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Radio Crystal Blue news 4/28/13

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RCB Novus Ordo is a separate podcast with 10 songs, one each
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So I got the new mouse, an new CD player, and life continues to evolve, the vibrations to be raised. Had some minor health issues that seem to persist this week, and I’m taking life somewhat easier while pursuing work. I’m still averaging one job interview per week. I haven’t attended live events in a month but I’ll make an effort to do so before 4/30. I already have 2 events to attend in May, and I’ll give you more info during my next podcast.

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I plan to feature an album in a new CD Focus segment, in which case I’ll be spinning the contents, track-for-track. I do this for outstanding compilation and concept albums. In this new case, the album is the final one by the artist. If you have (or know of) a great album I should feature in this manner, send a message.

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RCB Novus Ordo: Great quality as usual with this program, tho particularly so with the soul/folk hybrid sound of Chastity Brown. Alex Kelly, whom I interviewed earlier this year, is debuted, as well as The Parachuting Apostles, a Philly band hot on the rise. Lucas Rotman’s band Melodic Miners also debuts their newest album.
RCB proper: Reflecting on the passing of Richie Havens, I spun not only a tune from his final album (released in 2008) but also a tune from two of his contemporaries, the sainted Dave Van Ronk (traditional tune from an album containing rarities), and Vance Gilbert, who opened for Richie a number of times. Segment 1: Yes it was time to get holy in this segment but also somewhat secular, bridging earth to heaven; such was the theme here. Ashley McBryde is back on my radar. Her song “Holy Water” starts off with part of “Amazing Grace” and then turns into something much more contemporary. Elisa Peimer recently performed her first show with band in about a year. Segment 2: Alycea & The X Isles return to my spotlight as well. They, and Jean Mann are among many performing at the Tuscon Folk Festival on May 4. Segment 3: Peter Galperin returns with his first album in 2 years. I was positively amused with Chip Taylor & The New Ukranians and the song “Be Kind” which is spun here. I hear there’s a new album in the works by Chip alongsides. Carsie Blanton also has a new EP which you can hear me debut on this podcast. Segment 4: Very reflective in nature, starting with the aforementioned Jean Mann, plus Dan & Faith, both with songs about dreams. Ellis is back with a 2-CD set, from a live concert recorded at the White Bear Unitaritan Universalist Church in Mahtomedi MN. It’s arranged so you hear enough of the witty stage banter beforehand. Closing up is Andrew McKnight & Beyond Borders, with a song about a Montana town from their live album, recorded at the Franklin Parks Arts Center, Purcelville, VA.


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Radio Crystal Blue/RCB Novus Ordo 3/21/13

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Brian Laidlaw & The Family Trade “Idioms” – Whiskey With Goliath CD www.brianlaidlaw.com www.facebook.com/thefamilytrade
Melodic Miners “I Got News” – Lead Me Back CD www.melodicminers.com
The Parachuting Apostles “On Top Of The Airway” – Dish Pig EP www.theparachutingapostles.com
Macminima “Wall Of Reality” – s/t CD www.macminima.com
Alex Kelly “Magnet” – Orange Circle CD www.alexkellymusic.com
Tortoise & Hair “Idella” – The Sunny Side CD www.tortoiseandhair.com
Chastity Brown “After You” – Back-Road Highways CD www.chastitybrownmusic.com
Rebecca Zoe Leigh “Connecticut” – Self-Loathing & Self-Satisfaction CD www.rebeccazoeleigh.com
Rich Mahan “Money In The Bank” – Blame Bobby Bare CD www.richmahan.com
Marcy Marxer “Things Are Coming My Way” – Things Are Coming My Way CD www.cathymarcy.com

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This show was distributed on 4/25/13.

“If I could change the ending, no one would ever lose/I’d keep this road from bending, no one should have to choose..”

Opening music:
Dave Van Ronk “All My Trials” – The Mayor Of MacDougal Street
Richie Havens “If I” – Nobody Left To Crown
Vance Gilbert “The Brakeman’s Son” – Old White Men www.vancegilbert.com
Ben Bedford “John The Baptist” – What We Lost CD www.benbedford.com
Ashley McBryde “Holy Water” – Elsebound CD www.ashleymcbryde.com
Liz Longley “Peace Of Mind” – s/t CD www.lizlongley.com
Elisa Peimer “Long Way To Heaven” – Transparent CD www.elisapeimer.com
Professor Louie & The Crowmatix “The Bird Song” – Wings On Fire CD www.professorlouie.com www.thecrowmatix.com
Bob Corritore & Friends “Things Have Changed” – Harmonica Blues CD www.bobcorritore.com
BD Lenz “Smooth Sailing” – Five & Live CD www.bdlenz.com
Jesse Terry “Blue Touches Blue” – Empty Seat On A Plane CD www.jesseterrymusic.com
Alycea & The X Isles CD “Something Simple” – Thirteen Moons CD www.alyceaandthexisles.com
Suns Of Orpheus “Deseo Mayor” – Amoris Orbita CD www.sunsoforpheus.com
Theopolis James “Bummer” – A Different Kind Of Evil CD www.thirstyrecords.com
Jo Wymer “This Ain’t Love” – Living With Scars CD www.jowymer.com
Shane Cooley “Really” – When It Rains, It Pours CD www.shanecooleymusic.com
Nico Rivers “Hey, Josephine” – To The Bone CD www.nicorivers.com
Peter Galperin “Rainy Day Games” – A Disposable Life CD www.petergalperin.com
Sharon Goldman “Weekend Afternoon” – Sleepless Lullsaby CD www.sharongoldmanmusic.com
Chip Taylor & The New Ukranians “Be Kind” – …All The Perfect People CD www.trainwreckchords.com
Carsie Blanton “Trigger Finger” – Rude Remarks and Dirty Jokes CD www.carsieblanton.com
Jean Mann “The Moon Said So” – Dream Of Goats CD www.jeanmann.net
Dan and Faith “Old Cabin” – Dreaming Of Another Path CD www.danandfaith.com
Greg Klyma “Minor Key” – Pianomandonation CD www.klyma.com
Ellis “How Would It Be” – Wherever You Are CD www.ellis-music.com
Andrew McKnight & Beyond Borders “A Prairie Wind/Big Sky Town” – One Virginia Night CD www.andrewmcknight.net
Closing music: Gabrielle Roth & The Mirrors “Speaking Curves” – Jhoom: The Intoxication Of Surrender CD www.ravenrecording.com
Running time: 3 hours 25 minutes.

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@ The Legendary Dobbs, 1/25/13

I attend a rock showcase on Friday night among modest winter temperatures. With the lack of a fierce wind, and with the snowfall just ending in mid-afternoon, the roads were somewhat passable, and I found my commute relatively easy, trudging up South Street.
I was to interview electro-rock artists Alex Kelly, who was to play an unplugged set with Kelsey Warren (Pillow Theory). Neither artist showed up. I haven’t received definite word as to why just yet. I know they are based in NYC and I have to wonder whether or not the travel or weather advisory warnings were enough of a threat not to make the trek in. As I type this, I’m planning a Skype interview with Alex. She’s scheduled for gigs in New Hampshire tonight (1/26) and the Jersey shore (1/27)

It appears that all the Philly kids who grew up on grunge are now finding their voices and applying the same sounds and techniques.  Such is the case with The Good Excuses. They kicked off song #1 with an original that recalls Smashing Pumpkins. Then a 50s cover which I positively cannot recall at this moment. Every song contained some humorous banter from lead vox/guitarist Andrew. He produced some chime-like sounds from one of his pedals, another nod to 90’s guitar bands. Generally they keep to a pop structure and find space to jam a bit, get progressive with some solos, and show off some humor amidst the lyrics.

Once They Were are a 5-piece (electric guitar, bass, acoustic, backing vocalist, drummer) led by vocalist Chris Panico. Drummer Anders tells me that they each met while attending the city’s University For The Arts. Chris and Kate (vocals) come across fairly low-key, delivering in a sing-song style. My favorite song of their set is Broken Headphones, which could be attributed to squabbles or disagreements at about any age. Indeed they pretty accessible in their sound; it appeared that a lot of their fellow students were in attendance. They only truly rocked out on the final song, perhaps to placate those who were seeking to be sufficiently rocked.

The Parachuting Apostles were headliners bringing a good loud rock sound with elements of metal, punk, and classic rock. Domenic Malandro leads this band on vocals and assorted antics. He was present on guitar for a Stone Temple Pilots cover (more grunge!) and performed sax on an original. Very exciting band, whose members find easy to be nearly as animated as Domenic himself. They recorded their new 3-song EP at the legendary Studio 4 in Conshohocken. Will Yip, in the producers chair had worked on albums there by The Hooters, Schooly D., Ms. Lauryn Hill among the notable there.

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