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Now displaying: 2022
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

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