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Dec 6, 2022

Dan and Sean have both been highlighting Philadelphia artists for years. Sean shares his story of travelling to the US from Dublin for a summer job at Appel Farm Arts and Music Center in the late 80s, and deciding to stick around (Sean calls it "the longest summer of my life"). From his days creating and booking the Appel Farm Arts and Music Festival to artist management and talent buying, to founding Addison Artists this year, Sean has also involved himself in Philly non-profits like PhillyCam, iCreate, and more. Dan and Sean talk about the importance of the community, or "ecosystem", as Sean calls it, and how you have to give back if you want to be part of it all. 

Nov 29, 2022

Dan talks with West Philadelphia Orchestra founder/percussionist/activist/community leader Greg Mervine about the history of the Balkan brass group, living in Brasil, his "secret" solo album from 2018, fatherhood, punk rock ethos, jazz nights at Ortlieb's and Fiume, and his current collaboration with Michael Baker (aka Rumi Kitchen of Johnny Showcase, OOLALA) on their new 'Cosmic Trilogy' EP. The first single, "Cosmic Freak", is out now via The Giving Groove Records, with all proceeds going to Rock To The Future

Nov 22, 2022

Dan talks with Sarah Dia Rue about her solo work, her band Twin Sines with her partner Justin King, the New Energy Music Collective non-profit they started, making her own video, how her solo music has changed over time, quitting the day job and going back to school for music, and much more. Sarah's latest single 'Say', featuring George 'Spanky' McCurdy and Nicholas Semrad, is available now wherever you get digital music, as is Twin Sines' 'Man Down' LP. The live version of 'Man Down', entitled 'Man Up @ World Cafe Live' is available to download free at Twin Sines' website

Nov 15, 2022

Dan talks with Jason McGovern about his band, The Describers, and the newest LP, 'Ghosts In the Rearview'. They get into the process of making the record, coming out of your self-induced social hibernation, the balance of synths and acoustic instruments, playing keys for The Tisburys, and more. 'Ghosts In The Rearview' is out now, and available everywhere you get digital music, including at The Describers' Bandcamp

Nov 1, 2022

Dan is back from vacation with another playlist episode, featuring great Philadelphia artists like Shannen Moser, Ron Gallo, Kate Dressed Up, Jackson Pines, and more. Head over to 25oclockpod.com for a clickable playlist of all the tracks and artists you hear, and go suport them! 

Oct 25, 2022

Dan takes a moment to highlight a handful of great tracks from Philadelphia artists on this playlist episode. Featuring music from bands like Hauntress, gladie, The Describers, Unluck Mammals, and more. Head over to 25oclockpod.com and click on the episode post for a clickable playlist, linking you to every band played on the show. 

Oct 18, 2022

Dan talks to Laura again (check out #182 for the first time she was on back in Fall 2020), and she's been up to a lot since they last chatted. They talk about her new album, 'Daughter Of The Sea', her work with the Almanac Dance Circus Theatre and Cannonball Festival, splitting her time between Philly and New York, her Bowie-inspired music video (directed by Matt Keppler), cultural identity, learning to love yourself, and the term Laura coins: "Lizzo-big-dress-energy". 'Daughter Of the Sea' is out now and available wherever you get digital music, including Laura's Bandcamp

Oct 10, 2022

Dan talks to Marisa Dabice of Mannequin Pussy about growing up in suburban Connecticut, being a bad teen employee, Phish (just a little bit), the journey of the band over the last several years, late 90s/early 00s MTV, moving forward as a three-piece, Epitaph Records, and their upcoming Philly Music Fest performance at Undergroud Arts. 

Oct 4, 2022

Dan talks to Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz/Sad 13) about as much as he can cram into an interview: fronting her bands, her new book of poetry 'Cry Perfume', juggling grad school and touring, her work with Union of Musicians and Allied Workers, advocacy for safe venues, and so much more. 'Cry Perfume' is out now via Black Ocean, available wherever you get books, and she's currently out on book tour with Michael DeForge. You can keep up with everything Sadie at sadiedupuis.com.

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.

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