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Jul 27, 2021

Dan talks to Matt Scottoline of Philly power-pop masters Hurry about the new record, 'Fake Ideas', the pocketbook that goes with it, album aesthetics, how it's hard to practice guitar when you're a kid, the early days of the Drexel music business program, and how Matt learned that the best way to write a Hurry record was the same ol' way he's written every other Hurry record. 'Fake Ideas' is out now on Lame-O Records, and available everywhere you get music.

Jul 13, 2021

Summer is here, live music is happening, and that means a lot of music has been dropping over the last month or so. Dan puts together a playlist of top-notch Philadelphia bands and artists that have new music out now, and you can view the whole playlist complete with links over at 25oclockpod.com. Featuring Hurry, Grace Vonderkuhn, Omar's Hat, Kississippi, Bad Shapes, and more.

Jun 29, 2021

Dan interrupts Matt Taglang's New England vacation to talk about Athensville, their new record, 'Undressing Minds for Show', and the loaded term 'Dad band'. Matt talks about his days in his Penn State bar band, traveling the world as a teacher, meeting the Athensville guys later in life, and helps put to bed the old notion that you get more conservative as you get older. 'Undressing Minds for Show' is out now and available wherever you get digital music.

Jun 15, 2021

Dan takes the advice of a past guest (Susan Werner) and talks with slide guitar master Mike Brenner. Dan and Mike talk about his 90s band, The Low Road, Mike's countless credits (Songs: Ohia, Magnolia Electric Company, Marah, Wild Pink, John Train, etc.), his anticipation of upcoming shows, and his time in India where he studied the chaturangui (an Indian slide guitar). Mike is out on tour with Wild Pink this fall in support of their new record, 'A Billion Little Lights'.

Photo by Ron Adelberg

Jun 1, 2021

Dan talks to Brian Walker (A Day Without Love) about his upcoming documentary, 'Safe x Sound', filmed during his 2019 Storytellers tour by Briana Spause. They discuss the themes like safe spaces, consent, acceptance, community, as well as DIY touring, sponsorships, and the future of DIY booking now that live shows are starting to happen again. Check out the trailer here, the film release is July 27th, and more info can be found at BS Productions.

May 18, 2021

Dan celebrates his 200th episode with a very special guest: Helen Leicht of WXPN and Philly music champion of many, many years. Helen got her start at KYW news, worked at WIOQ, and came to XPN in the early 90s where she featured Philly artists and helped strengthen the growing music community. Dan and Helen talk about helping break Tom Petty at WIOQ, hearing folk like Amos Lee and Melody Gardot for the first time, her love of The Beatles, and so much more. 

May 4, 2021

On the eve of the 200th episode, Dan takes yet another opportunity to highlight some great Philly music. Featuring new tunes from Dave Cope and the Sass, Emily Drinker, Ali Awan, Sophie Coran, Erin Fox, and more. Check out the clickable playlist at 25oclockpod.com with all the artists links.

Apr 20, 2021

Dan talks to Niyonu about growing up in Newark during the 60s and the Civil Rights Movement, coming from a musical household, how her activism grew, teaching, Quaker Meetings, community engagement, her past singing group Tribe 1, touring as a means to learning about the rest of the country, and so much more. She has a new single out now called 'Kiss Me (Bobbi's Song)', available wherever you get digital music. 

Apr 6, 2021

Dan talks with Bel (Isabel Furman) about regional Connecticut highways, her parents' Grateful Dead cover band, the music they've been listening to over the last year, studios vs non studio spaces, School of Rock (the actual school, not the movie), and her new single, 'Amelia", available everywhere you get digital music. 

Photo by Julia Leiby

Mar 23, 2021

Brett Talley has been a part of the Philadelphia music community since he was old enough to go to open mics. Brett and Dan talk about his growing up in Mayfair, the Coffee Connection and the open mic scene, joining Ike and The Caulfields (and how he and Caulfields frontman John Faye are inseparable now), his love of Rush and Bowie, 80s and 90s power pop, producing in his studio, and his new record, 'Nonlinear', available now anywhere you get digital music.

Mar 9, 2021

Barney and Dan talk The Kinks, honesty in songwriting, Barney's days in the band Nicos Gun, the joys of demoing at home, and getting outside more. Barney has a new single out called "Playboys In Hell", available anywhere you get digital music. 

Feb 23, 2021

This past year was quite a boon for music releases, and 2021 is already gearing up to be no exception. Dan highlights a handful of Philly artists like Bel, Rob'n Delaine, Roberta Faceplant, Bad Sleeper, Riverby, and more. Special highlight of the new Philly Loves You compilation, featuring over two dozen love songs, and all in support of famed Philly small venue Ortlieb's.

Feb 16, 2021

Jared's been releasing singles all summer and fall, and his new album, 'Love Is An Obstacle' is finally out. Dan and Jared talk about how the record came together, his sudden life change from business school to Berklee, playing cabaret sets, and his non-profit, loveandbefree.org

Feb 9, 2021

Emily created Philly Live, a music blog that features Philly bands, as well as writes for WXPN's The Key, works with Will Yip's Memory Music record label, and does PR for No Earbuds PR. Dan and Emily talk about how to keep your work life from swallowing you whole, how she got her first jobs as a music writer, and all the amazing women she's become close with through the Philly music community.

Feb 2, 2021

Erin Fox talks with Dan about growing up playing in her mom's cover band, writing songs and playing with her drummer sister (and the joys of working with your sibling), getting nervous before everything, and her new single 'Pictures' and the forthcoming release ('Fuzzy Logic'). Features two acoustic performances from Erin, as well as a quick meet and greet with her dogs, Rudy and Peach.

Jan 26, 2021

Dan talks with Frankie DeRosa and Robbie Simmons of ThebandIvory about their new record, 'Anthropocene', and how the pandemic got them to slow down enough to finish it at all. They talk about coming from different parts of Florida, meeting in North Carolina, going to Berklee and some of the remarkable world music ensembles there, moving to Philly and making their home at Bridgeset Sound, and how they write songs and make music together. 

Jan 19, 2021

Joe talks to Dan about how he "accidentally" started Philly Music Lessons, his desire to never have a regular job, and how he grew his business slowly over the years. Amidst the pandemic, Joe has pivoted the school into the online world, and talks about the ups and downs of staying afloat over the past year. Dan and Joe also get into music they love (The Beatles, Phish and the Dead definitely come up), and the never ending quest to "stay even".

Jan 12, 2021

Dan talks to Matthew about running sound for a zillion shows, spending the year getting better at guitar, and creating the Statehouse Sessions with his sister, Caitlin (and how no one knows you like your sibling). Plus, Dan pays tribute to the late Shaheen Dibai, a poet and tireless supporter of the Philly music scene who passed away last week. 

Jan 5, 2021

Greg Sover can shred, this is a fact. He's steeped in the blues and classic rock, but his style goes beyond all that. Dan and Greg talk guitars, practicing, Greg's new EP, 'The Parade', more guitars, country music, growing up in Mount Airy, a bit more guitars, and a shared love of the old music video channel, The Box. 

Dec 29, 2020

As the year draws to a close, Dan talks to a few past guests about the music they put out this year, the tunes they discovered, and what they managed to get done. Featuring conversations with John Faye, Lia Menaker, Tara Murtha, Jesse Lundy, and Brian Walker. Includes tracks by Erin Fox, Sophie Coran, Avataria, Erin Incoherent, and more. Happy New Year to all!

Dec 22, 2020

Ali Awan and Dan talk about Ali's nomadic upbringing in Saudi Arabia and Turkey, growing up Muslim in America post 9/11, and how punk rock saved him at the right time. Touring life, recording in his van, a newfound skill in fixing cars, songwriting, and what the future holds are all up for discussion, as well as his involvement with the Philly Holiday Album, benefitting Save Our Stages and Tots for Tots. 

Dec 15, 2020

Despite a tour-less year, Susan Werner is thankful to be doing alright. Susan and Dan talk about coming up in Philly in the 90s, her new LP, 'Flyover Country', diving into all the different styles of country music, working with uber-talent Mike Brenner as a producer, and growing up on an Iowa farm. 

Dec 8, 2020

Since they live in the same house, it was easy to get both Maggie and Eric at once. They talk with Dan about what they've been doing to keep busy/sane, Eric's new 'Coop A Loop' album, Maggie's new single, 'Hometown', and everyone learns some fun facts about the octopus. 

Nov 24, 2020

Born in Colombia and raised in rural PA, Laura's journey to Philadelphia has been a unique one. Laura and Dan talk about growing up with music in the house (her brother was a classical bassist), being a woman in the jazz scene, all the risque moments of 'Anything Goes', and her new record, 'Heart'. 

Nov 17, 2020

Danny Black (Good Old War, Joshua Radin) has a new record, 'Black Ryno', out now. Danny and Dan talk about the LP, working with Ryan Zimmaro on drums (the 'Ryno' of 'Black Ryno), lots of guitars, and how working on the record during the first months of the pandemic helped keep him even.

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