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Radio Crystal Blue 5/26/13 news


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RCB Novus Ordo is a separate podcast with 10 songs, one each
from a brand new recording. I spin the music and give you some backstory of
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PHOTOS from a CD release event at Milkboy Philly, 5/25, performers included The Miners, Morning River, and John Train
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VIDEO of The Miners:
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THE ALTERNATE ROOT:
I’m proud to announce here that I’m joining the folks at The Alternate Root. I am assisting with advertising sales for the top music magazine devoted to American Roots, both worldwide and in the Internet world. At the heart of my own choices of genre (and I like just about all of them), some of my favorites do comes from Americana, roots, alternative-country, and close-knit sound-alikes to these. Sounds that should, and do, feel familiar, fresh, broken-in like your favorite pair of jeans or boots.
The Alternate Root operates a weekly magazine in print and online, along with a weekly airplay chart, a TV program that reaches millions nationwide along with its presence on the website, and of course, the latest in newly released material. In fact, this week the website lists their top 35 artists based in East Nashville.
As a reporting station to their Roots 66 Airplay Chart, I’m well-versed in knowing who are new and breaking to their radar, and some of that info translates to Radio Crystal Blue. Building upon this knowledge and with my years of experience doing radio and connecting with industry people over time, this alignment is a new and important step in my professional growth. There are a number of areas The Alternate Root provide for advertising and I’m happy to shed more light on this if you are willing to inquire. http://www.thealternateroot.com
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RCB Novus Ordo: There’s a good buzz here in Philly about indie-pop rockers Looseleaf Trio, whom debut here. Fallen Riviera also debuts; they were first heard about a year ago on this program. Scranton, PA’s Silhouette Lies have a post-hardcore rock thing going on which I’ve seen in person and I’m now a convert. I was thoroughly impressed by the musicianship and production from Steph Barrak. Her music is easily the best I’ve spun from this program.

RCB proper: It was several years ago that my usage of music from the Grassy Hill New Folk Competition, part of the long-running Kerrville Folk Festival, served as the prototype for airplay features. I would spin the music of whichever finalists I had music of (or permission at least to spin of at least). From here I expanded to doing likewise with full showcase events and similar festivals. The idea was simply to be more inclusive of those who were not in direct focus for my airplay but who happened to share billing for an event or a festival or similar circumstances. This year, 7 finalists at Kerrville were aired on this week’s podcast. Also here I aired Pat Wictor’s ode to the campfire experience at Kerrville. In the opening segment, I included 2 short pieces with the now late keyboardist Ray Manzarek, and iconic Beat poet Michael McClure. From here, naturally, a Doors song came to mind..and then a gently intro to summer, saluting graduates and the sun alike (a well-produced piece by Baz Luhrmann, and NYC underground rockers Heth & Jed). Segment 3: Spuyten Duyvil & Bobtown share billing at Urban H2O in Yonkers NY on June 8. James Hearne, who fronts Philly’s own The Way Home takes a solo turn with an absolutely new song. Segment 4: Jo Wymer & Danielle Miraglia bring the blues in this one. Both songwriters are at the FMCU Coffee Beanery on June 8 in Media, PA. You also get to hear more new music from Polarcode, making bigger splashes in the Midwest. Segment 5: More featured performers at Kerrville in focus here, including brand new music from the almighty Amy Speace. Her songs on the album “How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat” are prefaced in the liner notes with Shakespearean references (“Hesitate” which I spun, aligns with the end of “Romeo & Juliet”. Listen and figure why) plus a fun tune from The Sweetback Sisters, and a rather engaging song from Nels Andrews (who really should be aired more often). Segment 6: Mary Gauthier. What more to say? This: Debut of a new album, her first live album at that, and twinned here with The Steel Wheels, who have a new album and a good late spring song. Both perform at Roots On The River, Bellows Falls, VT on 6/9. Final segment presents a new version of the matthew show’s “Bring Me Safely Down”, along with brand new music by Craig Sonnenfeld. The songs in this segment hope more than anything else. Closed out with Heather Pierson’s piano composition, as she reflects on the Midwest weather.

IDEALISTIC SPORT aired music from these artists this past week: Annie Wenz, Theopolis James, Song Dogs and Fellaheen. I’m continuing to seek music that would befit a sports theme or otherwise be something upbeat to fill in the time, so as not to make the show a sermonette.
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Dan Herman
Radio Crystal Blue
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Philadelphia, PA 19145
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Radio Crystal Blue/RCB Novus Ordo 3/21/13


Radio Crystal Blue: Novus Ordo spotlights CDs that are debuting on my
standard freeform radio program, Radio Crystal Blue. The show exists as a
weekly podcast.

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This show was distributed on 4/25/13

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

Running time: 77 minutos
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Radio Crystal Blue is my long-running standard freeform radio program. The
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Artists who are sharing gigs are denoted with * symbols.
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Next show will be recorded and distributed in the week of 4/28/13

 

Radio Crystal Blue 12/2/12 news


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NEXT SHOW will be published on or about November 28 and will be available
for about 1 year. Remember, even if you miss hearing a show the week I
record, you can always find it within the FeedPlayer’s archive of older
shows. Owing to schedule demands, I usually publish on Wednesdays or as soon
as possible thereafter. You will hear music in several segments of top
indie/DIY/underground songwriters and bands.
RCB Novus Ordo will also air separately. On this show I spin one song from
8 songs in one sitting and give you background info of each artist.

PROGRAMMING NOTE:
Each week through my January shows I’m airing tracks from The 1861 Project, a series that touches upon the Civil War experience. We’re up to Volume 2: From The Famine To The Front. This collection of original music recalls those families with Scottish and Irish ties who fought in the war. From the liner notes “Every singer, player and writer on this album has a strong connection to Ireland, by ancestry, birth, or just by heart”. More about this fascinating series at www.the1861project.com

Down to 3 more shows, and 2 more of RCB Novus Ordo. There is still room to have holiday music by artists you know or work with to be aired on the final show of the year, set for the week of 12/16. Anything appropo for the time of the year (doesn’t have to be Christmas) will be considered.
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COVERAGE: 3-4 times a month I go out to Philly-area gigs to do photos, some
video, and a write-up on my website afterward. I do this for free, tho at
some point in the future I might want to barter this work or be simply paid.

NEXT shows I’m covering:
12/11 possibly seeing Yarn at Milkboy Philly www.yarnmusic.net

12/29 Ray G. Ward @ Milkboy Coffee in Ardmore
REVIEW of last night’s show at Legendary Dobbs: http://t.co/fSeJcfV6
REVIEW of the 11/23 GoGirlsMusic event at M Room:
https://radiocrystalblue.net/2012/11/24/the-m-room-112312/
VIDEO of Theopolis James: http://youtu.be/xJ40lgqcunw
VIDEO of Grown Up Avenger Stuff: http://youtu.be/_mkIrZtR5Tc
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RCB REVIEW from this week’s shows:
RCB Novus Ordo: Brian Dolzani returns to my airwaves after a number of years with a tender ballad. The acclaimed Bern & The Brights are also heard on this program with polished acoustic pop. Edith Crash in this segment, checking in from France (tho I couldn’t possibly pronounce any titles). Freddy Hall, plus Flashbulb Fires are two acts I first met at The Grape Room earlier in the year.

RCB proper: Water and dreams, two subjects that come up in the first segment in most of the songs. Both Flo Anito, and Katie Collins & The Backroads Band perform in Washington DC’s Downtown Holiday Market during the holiday season. Segment 2: Good Co., with their unique brand of ‘electro swing’ can be heard here. Ki & The Arrowtooth Waltz is an older project Kevin McWha Steele. Segment 4 had a real reflective tone, with songs about the moon (Jean Mann, Mark Erelli), and the only way to close my final show for November, Craig Sonnenfeld’s “November’s Song”.

AIRPLAY SUBMISSION:

Send CDs to
Dan Herman
Radio Crystal Blue
1701 Snyder Avenue, #4
Philadelphia, PA 19145

CDs MUST have a 2012 or 2013 release date
If material is from 2011, it will be added to RCB’s loose rotation instead.
Digital is acceptable if media is not available in other formats.
Artists are also advised to add my email address to their general email
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215 995 2234

@ Legendary Dobbs 11/29/12


A modest audience was in place to see 5 solid rock acts at The Legendary Dobbs on Thursday. Upon invite from Ted Bunch of Theopolis James, I came early to see the opener and stick around for everyone else.
Kiernan McMullan, on tour out of Nashville, was that opener, playing with a fair amount of loops, a high emotive voice, and a beautiful cherry red guitar. His performance style was rather quiet and reflective. I recall one song referencing a man who never traveled outside his home state. His album Two Years, released earlier in the year, speaks to a concept regarding the very nature of life on the road, as if you were watching a documentary unfolding on disc (or download, if you prefer).
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Theopolis James did the rock thing all over the stage, playing all the songs from their album “A Different Kind Of Evil” plus one new song. Just about everyone attending loved the grooves, and the vocals. Johnny Zero, a friend and bandmate of Ted’s in a side project of the latter, was in attendance, and, like myself, was around for just about the entire night. He was situated at front at times enjoying the action on stage.
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4th Line Revolutionary played a somewhat shorter set than the others….or maybe they just played a lot of short, punky songs? They have just started performing this summer, very animated on stage, and some excellent modern rock. They are quite busy invading the Delaware Valley with a sound that may remind one of late 80’s-early 90’s punk-pop. Their logo evokes The Ramones’s classic coat-of-arms logo, tho with a turkey in focus. Hmmmm
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Leiana fronts a 4-piece band on twin lead guitars, bass, drums. They all sport punk looks and serious hard rock chops from each member. This is a relatively new lineup for Leiana,who recently added Julia T on bass and Sean Bombz on guitar. I feel like I’ve seen them all on stage before in other bands around the city. The songs are edgy, a bit more so than I remember them from what I heard on their Reverbnation page. My favorite song of theirs, which I believe they did play, is “Love Don’t Matter”, which should be required listening for fans of Joan Jett.
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Closing the event were indie-rock band Terrible Friends (South Jersey), with vocalist Vin Dammann wearing an Atlantic City cap for much of the show, and some sort of message on t-shirt. He gestures on stage with his strumming hand at times in each verse. I love the tone from lead guitarist Rich Ealer’s instrument; I’m told it’s a Schechter. At times their sound recalled more of those 90’s rock grooves, especially from shoegazers like Ride. Funny coincidence here: The band covered a Ryan Adams tune. Earlier in the night, there was another Ryan Adams cover, which I believe Kiernan did.
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Someone else who played on South Street:
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After the shows:
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Lots more photos in the latest Facebook gallery