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Sep 20, 2022

Dan talks to Evan Mader about his photo book, 'Sound of a City: Behind the Music of Philadelphia', which features interviews with engineers and producers, as well as great photos of studios around Philadelphia. Evan talks about growing up in Brookhaven, making beats as a teen, the Drexel University music industry program, his mentor Ryan Schwabe, and how the book came together. You can get the book on Amazon, and be sure to check out Evan's website and his Instagram.

Sep 13, 2022

Dan talks to Sug Daniels (aka Danielle Johnson) about growing up in Smyrna, DE (from cows and corn to housing developments), church music, the rise of her band Hoochi Coochi, going solo during the pandemic, knowing when you need someone to help, how the ukulele changed everything for her, and her recent move from Wilmington to Philadelphia. Sug's new single, 'Be Cool', is out now everywhere you get digital music, and she'll be playing at XPonential Music Fest as part of the Black Opry Revue. Join her mailing list to keep up with all things Sug!

Sep 6, 2022

Welcome back, we've enjoyed our August break! Right off the bat, it's a great talk with Jordan Caiola of Mo Lowda and the Humble. Dan and Jordan talk about their new EP, 'Lily Pads/Snowbird', life on the road, leaving space in the music, aging gracefully in indie rock, and more. 'Lily Pads/Snowbird' is out now, available everywhere you get digital music. Mo Lowda and the Humble are on tour all fall, check their dates and get tickets here.

Aug 2, 2022

Dan talks with Steven and Jay of the band Phantasm about their new LP, 'Shadow Work', their sizeable catalog and touring life, growing up in Chautauqua County in New York (where Dan spent his college years), how the pandmeic changed their work flow for the better, and our love of big riffs. 'Shadow Work' is out now and available wherever you get digital music.

Jul 26, 2022

Dan has compliled new music from some of Philly's greatest artists, plus sets featuring the Sweet Juice Fest, and some upcoming shows put on by 4333 Collective. Featuring Sug Daniels, Rid Of Me, Dear Forbidden, A Day Without Love, and more. Go to 25oclockpod.com and click on this episode's blog post for a clickable playlist.

Jul 19, 2022

Dan talks to Amelie Swann about her love of trip hop (and Dan's mutual love of trip hop) and being influenced by groups like Portishead, Massive Attack, and Moloko. Amelie goes into her decision to be a niche artist rather than trying to make a splash as a "pop" artist, working with Frank Cervantes at Moonrocket Records, and how she uses singing to overcome her stutter. The new video for her recent single 'Enough' out on YouTube now.

Jul 12, 2022

Dan talks with Out Of Service bassist Bryan Williams about the band's newest LP, 'The Ground Beneath Me', out now on Enjoy The Ride Records. Bryan goes deep, sharing the long process of making the record, working with engineer and musician Nathan Hussey (All Get Out, ATX Heat Studios), landing a guest appearance from John Nolan (Taking Back Sunday), being a new dad, and how to keep a band of older guys together and making great music. 

Jul 5, 2022

Dan talks to Doug Keller, member of such killer Philly bands as The Tisburys and Riverby, about his project Duke Maroon and their newest LP, 'A Duke Reunion'. Doug discusses his long history in the Philly scene, how he keeps all the songs straight, and how lucky he feels to be involved with such great musicians. 'A Duke Reunion' is out now, get it at Duke Maroon's Bandcamp and wherever you get digital music. 

Jun 21, 2022

Dan gets down to it with one of the busiest cats in the Philly music community. Charles D'Ardenne has been helming their own Comprador project for nearly a decade, plays in Best Bear and Humilitarian, and sits in with folk like Riverby and The Lunar Year when they get a chance. We talk songwriting, how to keep all your projects straight, Cincinatti, our love of Guided By Voices, and much more. Comprador's latest LP, 'Don't Worry About It', is out now everywhere you get digital music. 

Jun 7, 2022
Dan talks to Andy Hurwitz about the upcoming Love From Philly festival, making it's real-life debut in the world after two years as a digital fest. Andy talks about the planning of the fest, his non-profit 30 Amp Circuit, plus founding Ropeadope Records back in '99, working with Pearl Jam during the Ticketmaster hearings, Knitting Factory Records, DJ Logic, Snarky Puppy, teaching music business, and so much more. Love From Philly is Saturday, June 11th. Go to their site for more info.  
May 24, 2022
Dan talks to David about his new LP, 'Late Bloomer', growing into being a band leader, the institution that is Time (a jazz club in Philadelphia, for those unfamiliar), the importance of calling your mom, and so much more. 'Late Bloomer' is available everywhere you get digital music, and is a must-have for any Phill jazz-head for sure.  
May 10, 2022

Kevin McCall has a lot going on: frontman of Andorra, artist manager, booker and promoter at the Grape Room, and so much more. Dan and Kevin talk new Andorra music (spoiler: they're all rockers), helping artists navigate the music biz, how to make a killer email, the Manayunk vibe, and more. 

Apr 26, 2022

Dan gets all the details on saxophonist/songwriter/producer Max Swan's newest LP, 'Slow Jail', studying with Lenny Pickett (SNL, Tower of Power), his love of Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder, messing with genre, grief and how to deal with it, and his never ending search for his dining room table that he lost when his house flooded last year. 'Slow Jail' is out now and available anywhere you get digital music, pre-order the upcoming vinyl edition at Max's Bandcamp

Apr 12, 2022

Dan talks with Derek about his group, Archpalatine, how to build an engaging live show, the ups and downs of fathers and sons, the Grape Room in Manayunk, and using MarioPaint on SNES as a composition tool. New single for Archpalatine, 'Hypnotized', is out now, and is available wherever you get digital music. 

Mar 29, 2022
Dan talks with Will and Carlos of Caracara about the band's new LP, 'New Preoccupations', their early days in the West Philly basement show scene, working with Will Yip, being sober in a touring band, and treating the Rhodes like a guitar. 'New Preoccupations' is out now on Memory Music Records and is available everywhere you get music. 
Mar 15, 2022

Dan talks to filmmaker and former Philly podcaster Joe Manno about his new short film, 'Black Point', doing your own thing, podcasting as a lonely activity, and the ups and downs of separating your work from your day job. Check out Joe's YouTube channel to keep up to date with his growing body of work.

Mar 8, 2022
Even more great music from Philadelphia artists, including new tunes from Grocer, Starkey, Cowmuddy, and Riverby. Go to 25oclockpod.com, click on the blog post for this episode, and check out the clickable playlist, full of links to support these amazing artists. 
Mar 1, 2022
It's always a great time for a playlist episode. Featuring a whole slew of new music from Philly artists like Jamie and the Guarded Heart, Dave Cope, Taylor Kelly, and more. Go to 25oclockpod.com and click on the blog post for this episode to get the clickable playlist, which will send you to any of these artists' sites. 
Feb 15, 2022

Dan talks to Don about growing up in Bucks County, his ties with Philly area folk like Rob McElhenny, G. Love, and Chuck Treece. Recently back in the area after 20 years in Brooklyn, Don talks about his new album, 'The Chaos and the Beauty', various forks in the road he's taken, the stages of excitement surrounding making a record, and the lift to Brooklyn Don gave to Dan back in 2010.

Feb 1, 2022
In Part 2, Dan talks to Eli Wenger about his work on the Bannister Effect LP, 'A Life I Knew', and gets into how the music was put together, the studio sessions, and his history recording and touring under the name Los Halos. Digital vs analog recording, surrendering ego as you get older, and wanting to finish a project all get talked about, as well as Eli's time owning and operating Steel City up in Phoenixville. 
Jan 25, 2022

Dan talks with writer/athlete/coach Joe Puleo, lyricist for the Bannister Effect, a collaboration with Eli Wenger (Los Halos). Dan and Joe discuss his writing process, Steel City Coffeehouse in Phoenixville, their respective literature backgrounds, and what it's like being a non-musician making a record with some of the top musicians of Philadelphia. The Bannister Effect LP, 'A Life I Knew', is out now and available wherever you get digital music. 

Jan 11, 2022

Not only do Dan and Niki talk about her music, how she became a riff-master, and the various starts and stops of her musical journey, they also play with guitar pedals. On top of being a great songwriter and guitarist, Niki designs and creates one-of-a-kind guitar pedals (and guitars, too!). All this plus a live performance. It'a a fuzzy guitar kind of episode. 

Photo: Marissa Both @photoladyphotos

Dec 30, 2021

And now we close out the year! Dan has put together a short playlist of some of his favorite tracks of 2021. Featuring Philly artists like John Faye, Hurry, The Lunar Year, and more. Happy New Year to all, looking forward to even more great music in 2022. Go to 25oclockpod.com and click on the episode blog post for a clickable playlist of all the artists. 

Dec 27, 2021

Dan talks to two Johns this week as part of the 2021 Year End Wrap Up: writer/musician/DJ John Morrison and  head of WXPN's The Key John Vettese. Each John talks about songs they liked from 2021, shows and events that they saw, and some of the work they put out this year amidst all of the ups and downs. Featuring music from Mannequin Pussy, Shortie No Mas(s), and Tyshawn Sorey and King Britt. 

Dec 14, 2021

Dan and Katie talk about all the music she's made as The Lunar Year, including their outstanding Left Of The Dial Live Session. Growing up in Bucks County, living in the Midwest, songwriting and recording, the undertaking of making a live record, and more. Plus: live performance at the end! So glad we can do that again!

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