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Radio Crystal Blue/RCB Novus Ordo 1/5/14

Radio Crystal Blue Novus Ordo is a weekly podcast that spotlights brand new music from songwriters and bands. Most of the new music from these artists eventually get heard on my companion radio program, Radio Crystal Blue.
There are a number of options on the page and in the player to stream and download, as well as to embed the player on your site or blog.
Via Internet Archive:
You can share the audio player with the HTML code on the page.
All shows are archived for a year.
This show was published 1/10/13The Knollwood Boys “What A Way To Be” – s/t CD www.theknollwoodboys.com

Buck 69 “Dead End Road” – No Medicine Like The Blues CD www.buck69.net
The Lymbs “Kerosene” – Casa de Amor EP www.thelymbs.com
A Hundred Years “Venus” – Altered Reality CD
Knockin’ Spirits “Nowhere Fast” – s/t EP
Skeletons in the Piano “Digging Underneath The House” – Please Don’t Die CD
Running time: 55 minutos
Here’s RCB proper:
Radio Crystal Blue is my 13-year-old freeform radio program, usually publishing Wednesdays or Thursdays in podcast format.
Via Big Contact:
There are a number of options on the page and in the player to stream and download, as well as to embed the player on your site or blog.
Ogg Vorbis format also available.
You can share the audio player with the HTML code on the page.
All shows are archived for a year.
Artists who are sharing gigs are denoted with *
This show was published on 1/10/14“She’s a yellow sun/She’s a walking hit-and-run/Happy New Year’s Day…”
Opening music:
Bjork “Frosti” & “Aurora” – Vespertine
R.E.M. “I’ll Take The Rain” – Reveal
Death Cab For Cutie “The New Year” – Transatlanticism
Brenda Kahn “Yellow Sun” – CMJ New Music Sampler Volume 36
Sarah Rabdau & Self Employed Assassins “Say Hello” – Free As Thieves CD www.sarahrabdau.com
Catie Curtis “Another Day On Earth” – Stretch Limousine On Fire CD www.catiecurtis.com
Shakeh “Take Me To Jericho” – Songs Of My Soul CD www.shakeh.com
Amy Speace “In Salida” – How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat CD www.amyspeace.com
Karen Collins & The Backroads Band “Too Much Me, Not Enough You” – No Yodeling On The Radio CD www.karencollins.net
Butcher’s Blind “OPP” – Destination Blues EP www.butchersblind.com
Spuyten Duyvil “Bitter” – Temptation CD www.spuytenduyvilmusic.com
The Symbols “Kristin” – s/t EP www.thesymbols.net
Pi Jacobs “Mrs. O’Neill” – Urbanicana CD www.pijacobs.com
Ashley McBryde “Lie To Each Other” – Elsebound CD www.ashleymcbryde.com
Too Slim and the Taildraggers “New Year’s Blues” – Blue Heart CD www.tooslim.org
Tweed Funk “Gettin Home” – Love Is CD www.tweedfunk.com
Black Vendetta “Leave Me Now”
Jack + Jill “Me Myselfish I” – Coloradio CD http://www.jackplusjill.com
These artists are performing at the 5th annual 30A Songwriters Festival in Walton County, FL, 1/17-19:
Ellis Paul “Rose Tattoo” – The Day After Everything Changed CD
John Gorka “Trouble In Mind” – So Dark You See CD www.johngorka.com
James McMurtry “You’d A’Thought (Leonard Cohen Must Die)” – Live In Europe CD www.jamesmcmurtry.com
Mary Gauthier “Wheel Inside The Wheel” – Live At Blue Rock CD www.marygauthier.com
Garrison Starr “When You’re Really Trying” – Amateur CD www.garrisonstarr.com
Rebecca Loebe “I Will Wait” – Circus Heart CD www.rebeccaloebe.com
John Brodeur “Old Wounds” – Little Hopes CD www.tigerpop.com
Davey O “Eventually” – Testing For Rust CD www.daveyo.com
Chuck Schaefer “The Way Love Grows” – Along These Lines CD www.chuckschaefer.com
Rodger Delany “Livin’ Without You” – Moment Of Truth CD www.rodgerdelany.com
Roger Silverberg “No Trespassing” – Major Seventh Heaven CD www.rogersilverberg.com
Jon Regen “If You’re Here” – Revolution CD www.jonregen.com
Danielle Miraglia “Glimmer Of Gold” – Box Of Troubles CD www.daniellem.com
Lowland Hum “White Stone” – Native Air CD www.lowlandhum.com
Dana & Susan Robinson “Roscoe” – American Hornpipe CD www.robinsongs.com
Closing music: Chicha Libre “Sonido Amazonico” – Sonido Amazonico CD www.barbesrecords.com
Running time: 3 horas, 50 minutos
Atmosphere: bright yellow sun
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Radio Crystal Blue 1/5/14 news

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NEXT SHOW will be published on or about January 9 and will be available
for about 1 year. 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 is a separate podcast with 8 songs, one each from a brand
new recording. I spin the music and give you the backstory of each artist.
The next edition of RCB Novus Ordo will also be first published the week of January 5 ,2014.


Radio Crystal Blue is my pride and joy and it’s a true joy to receive both from those of you within the music industry along with the common listeners. I don’t know what I’d do without this major creative…er…snowball. What else do I call it? It’s gained momentum from its earliest days, strengthened by people that many of you probably don’t know. I’m speaking about radio promoters like Lisa Grey, Tracey Delfino, Jenni Finlay, Erik Balkey, Chip Schutzman, Mike Farley, along with artist managers from just about everywhere. Their clients and their music strongly fuel the content of Radio Crystal Blue. Once in a while, they publicize my own efforts. This very show is the subject of a press release by Trespass Music, based at Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Read the full story here http://www.trespassmusic.org/2014/01/03/rcb100/

Via Twitter, the word came mid-afternoon on December 26 that Aztec Two Step, the 40-year-running duo of Rex Fowler and Neal Schulman, won the Artist of the Year title. They had been leaders in the 2nd quarter and always near the top in the other 3 quarters. Tom Principato had one of the better EPs and ranked high in the 2nd half. Davey O received the Best New Artist title. The Steel Wheels won for Best Album, while Long Island’s Aqua Cherry scored the Best EP title. An easy choice for Best Concept/Compilation came from Reimagine Music, with homage to Jack Kerouac’s novel “Tristessa”. In particular “She Has To Come Down”, by Peter Bradley Adams is magnificent. In a snap decision before compiling chart results, I opted to change the all-time rankings…having ignored all but the top 25 of the annual charts in the last 11 years the charts were compiled, and determined rank by who had the highest cumulative rank score across the years. I also took artists off the list who have not received airplay in years. Sirsy, the amazing duo from upper NY state, have gained the #1 ranking all-time, usurping Natalia Zukerman. The big chart page with this year’s results and a snapshot look at award winners from prior years, are at http://www.radiocrystalblue.net/chart-page

Outside of radio briefly, I’m still interviewing occasionally, often having to do so outside the city simply to find more opportunity. Recently I came into extra money via a sports contest, and that will help keep me afloat another month or so. There is always the threat of eviction, tho I have no plans to go through that situation anytime soon.
I also lost a number of personal items this past week, including my debit card. A bill for my website is due and I won’t be able to upload any files to the server until the bill is paid. Hopefully I will have the card in my hands by Thursday, which is a fair amount of time to get a show in anyway. Don’t expect me to have the podcasts ready before then.

I’m also blogging again via my sports/stats site http://www.idealistic.wordpress.com I present my thoughts on different sports, usually about money, the Internet watching experience (I’ve no TV), and my own, yes, idealistic viewpoint about how sports really should be. I will post a general series of thoughts a bit later on Sunday (today, that is)
Oh, I also wrote a poem, with a melody and instruments in my head. It was inspired by some drama on the homefront, some aspects of which were too close to my heart and sense of common sense not to spew about on social media or elsewhere. I still feel there is an injustice about it all. That was the impetus to write. And sometimes I write and type in a certain poeticness. I may not win the battle but at least something creative comes from it. When am I publishing it? Maybe later this week.

Send CDs to
Dan Herman
Radio Crystal Blue
1701 Snyder Avenue, #4
Philadelphia, PA 19145
Keep physical packages of reasonable size and weight, as this is a residence.
Please indicate release date. No material released before April 2013 accepted.
Compilations or great concept albums, ones I can feature track-for-track, are highly encourage
Material released before then 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 list.

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If I like the EPK, I will then ask for a CD

Dan Herman
Radio Crystal Blue
twitter: @radiocblue
215 995 2234

Dan herman on music genres

Earlier in 2012 in several of my weekly missives steering my audience to news of the show, I openly mused on several genres of music.  I sought to clarify my own definitions of music after musing on this long enough.  So I took fingers to keyboard and added some that came to mind right away.  I’ve added a few since then.  I hadn’t dwelt on these commentaries since.
Fast forward to September, and I had heard from Beth DeSombre on Facebook, who cited that she was not to appear in a local (Massachusetts) folk blog, because she was ‘not folk enough’.  I gave my sympathy and also provided my homespun definition, which she later declared “What a fantastic definition, of folk, Dan! It’s perfect!’

Beth furthered spelled out her own definition of folk here.

I, in turn now share my definition of folk with you, followed by my further thoughts on other genres and expressions:

FOLK is old-style journalism and editorializing. Folk tells stories of what
goes on down-home, across the hall or across picket fences to the neighbors.
Folk comments on politics. Sometimes it even politicks. Folks presents a sense
of community, at once urban, rural, and metaphorical. We can relate to the
music. We can relate to the songwriter. It is our kin, our kinfolk, as it were.
Relatedness. Get it? Listen to storytellers in song like Danny Schmidt as a good

ROOTS music is about our yearning and search for one’s security, one’s roots,
one’s place in one’s heart, one’s earth, one’s universe, as well as one’s
community as with folk. Roots takes us back in time; it doesn’t preach
necessarily. There is a time warp, a reminder of days gone by, as you might have possibly remembered it, or even imagined it. The first roots albums were in a comparative way, roots rock, such as Creedence Clearwater Revival’s take on rockabilly. or Dylan’s ‘Blonde On Blonde’. For an indie comparison, how about Kathleen Edwards, or Mark McKay? And how do we explain Spuyten Duyvil, with those old-time instruments and a youthful spirit making songs fit for the urban landscape? Or The Defibulators, who go steps further and brand something totally their own?

AMERICANA appears to be something that’s not necessarily in the pop category.
Akin to folk, it’s about realism, and not always positive realism. The songs
contain innate meanings of what today’s America is like. Would the songs suggest meanings relevant to the days of yesteryear, they would be called ‘roots’.
Americana differs from roots for its modernism. Remember, there is still the
Great American Songbook, all those jazz standards and easy listening songs out there. That’s not Americana, just a different interpretation. Americana
resembles roots and country and pretty much anything that are not on the major (Billboard, etc.) radio/sales charts. Suggested artists: Mark McKay, Larry McMurtryAndrew McKnightMark Erelli

INDIE…as in ‘independent’. Indie is anything that has the backing of an
indie label, or otherwise is more of a DIY approach. Indie types might have
their own vanity label and studio.  Schwervon! comes to mind as a great success story.

ALTERNATIVE: Alternative to what? Alternative to the majors, Billboard, and
the like. That’s about it, really. There’s no ‘alt’ sound, just the level
of exposure that’s given. An artist can be both indie and alternative but
once one flirts with a major or is on the charts, there goes the alternative
UNDERGROUND firmly suggests what you think it is..bands and songwriters who are generally unsigned, performing in venues that don’t advertise very much and generally doesn’t have the name recognition as their alternative peers, much less your true household-name types.