Sometimes the coolest folk aren't even in bands at all. Sometime they're in the Peace Corps. Dan talks to Melissa Eckstrom, who is currently stationed in Jamaica for two years of Peace Corps service. They talk about travel, service, endearing yourselves to the locals, and what you do once you actually get to where you're supposed to be. It ain't easy, it ain't always pretty, but it's great work and she's thrilled to be doing it. Also, music from Dann Pell at the end from his new album "Rose Blues".
Dan talks with singer-songwriter Matt Wheeler about the usual: origins, influences, songwriting process, etc. But they get into it deep as they explore why people need to label Christian music separately from other music, and what it means to weave your faith into songs that are meant for everyone to get something out of. Also, they both agree that marriage is hard, but also great. (Really edgy, guys.)
We're taking a quick break from our usual thing. This week, The Legendary Dobb's closed its doors for good. This comes right on the tail of the North Star Bar discontinuing live music as well. So Dan chats with a few of his Philly music colleagues about what they think about all this: Is the Philly scene in trouble? What did they think about Dobb's in general? How do we keep things happening? For Philly music folk, this is close to home. For anyone else, it's a unique glimpse into the Philly music scene. Hope you all enjoy!
Dan helps Drew celebrate his 30th birthday with a career spanning chat about this amazing jazz musician. From Drew's early obsessions with Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong, to getting schooled as a pianist and trumpeter, to working on an old-time steamboat, to managing his own career as the most in-demand Jazz-era bandleaders in the area, we cover it all. Plus, he plays the piano like a madman! Live on the show! How cool is that?
We're back from all the live show fun and games to the ol' standard "One Guest/One Show" order of business. Dan sits down with songwriter/performer Courtlyn Carr for an in-depth chat about her roots in rural Maryland, her time in Nashville, working yourself out of being pigeon-holed as one kind of singer, and the unique pace and vibe that is the Philadelphia music world. Also, Dan gives his Pope Weekend wrap-up. Spoiler: we all lived and everything was mostly fine.
Let's all head back to South Street for one more night of live 25 O'Clock! Featuring phenomenal chats with Drew Harris, Alec Stewart, and Dave Dehart. Same Bridgeset Sound! Mostly different audience! Dan keeps it together for two weeks of shows in a row! Enjoy another wonderful evening from Philly Podcast Festival.
Dan's been talking about this one for a while, and now it's here. Listen to conversations with songwriters Scott Ratinoff, Rachel Schain, and Ben Hughes (returning from Episode 12) in front of a live audience at Bridgeset Sound, right on South Street in Philadelphia. The laughter is real. The applause is real. The motorcycles are real. Enjoy Part 1 of a two-part series of live shows from Philly Podcast Festival!
Philly Music Lab co-founder/Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra member Alexandra Cutler-Fetkewicz sits down in the studio. We talk about her time at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY (Dan's hometown), working outside the orchestral world, and the near-fatal car crash that changed everything. Plus, the advantages of teaching young players not only how to play, but how to survive the grind of being a working musician.
There are a lot of firsts this week. It's the first time Dan has had two guests at once, and those guests are Edward Everett and Becca Todd, the two voices of Pilkington. Enjoy a frank conversation about what it's really like to be in a band, the fear of asking for things, and how Pilkington arose out of the ashes of the very ambitious Panic Years. Also, it's the first live performance in the new studio!
Philadelphia stand-up comic Randi Lawson sits down with Dan and talks about her Twitter fame, the instant gratification of telling jokes onstage, and why Philly is as good a place to make your name as anywhere.
The best thing to do when talking about Joe Reinhart is to simply list his current to-do list: member of bands Hop Along and Dogs On Acid, owner/engineer/producer at The Headroom. Dan and Joe talk about growing up figuring out how to record bands, touring life, getting your stolen guitar back after two years, and the amazing ride that Joe has been on lately since Hop Along's been blowing up. Happy 20th Episode to all!!!
One of Dan's favorite Philly bands was The Gang Age. Sadly, they are no more. But ex-Gang Age leader Gina Cardillo sits down to talk about her new band, Dear Forbidden, so all is right with the world now. Also discussed: Kim Gordon, stage anxiety, the pressure cooker that is art school, hating yet also constantly using Facebook, and how dads are great because they give up their dreams of rock stardom to raise you. New music from Ben Tinsley at the end of the show, he's soulful and awesome!
You might remember Jay from Episode 6, where he checked off his list of favorite music of 2014. We had to get him back at the table for a one-on-one about fronting the band Venice Sunlight. They've got an upcoming record, produced by Joe Reinhart (Hop Along). Also, music by Pilkington from their new split EP, so stay to the end!
Dan talks to cellist/song-writer/painter Daniel De Jesus about the balance between classical structure and unbridled creativity, his time with chamber rock band Rasputina, and his desire to return to his Spanish-speaking roots on his upcoming album. Also, Dan (host Dan, that is) reflects on moving out of his apartment that he's lived in for a decade.
Dan talks to Baris about growing up in Istanbul, moving to America in his 20s, embracing his musical roots far from home, and his love of metal and classic rock at a young age. This episode features a brand new track from The Naked Sun's new EP, "Pickled Hearts", so stick around for that.
What do you get when you haven't been in the same room as your guest in 13 years? Find out as Dan interviews Baltimore front man Joseph Mulhollen (Joseph and the Beasts). They go deep, talking about college, songwriting, their love of the ladies of 90s indie rock and much more.
Since they go back years, and found themselves playing together again after a long time, it's only fitting that Dan have Katie Barbato on the show, right? Learn where she came from, about her Edna St. Vincent Millay concept record, how to make her special "green drink" and more!
Josh T. Landow has been a part of the Philly alternative rock radio world for more than a decade, and he's got the stories and scars to prove it. Dan and Josh chat about the ups and (way) downs of Josh's journey to being the guru and keeper of YNotRadio.net.
From Philly to Brooklyn, Dani never stops working and making music. Her solid and beautiful voice anchors all of her many projects (Owl and Wolf, Lover's League, to name a couple). Dan and Dani chat on the eve of a snowstorm about growing up with musical talent all around her, what makes a good tribute show, and how to be in what seems like a dozen projects at once. Also: this week's featured Philly artist is Alec Stewart, so stay around to hear one of his songs at the end.
Benjamin Hughes (Nightwindows, A Little Affair) has vowed to put out a solo release every month for all of 2015. 12 records. 12 months. Wow. Dan and Ben delve into how Ben has written so many songs, dealing with the unfulfilled expectations of adulthood, and growing up in a religious household. Don't miss a great performance by Ben at the end!
Dan talks to Dan (I know, right?) about his two odd instrumental choices: the tuba and the accordion. Also touched on: the COUNTLESS AWESOME PEOPLE that Dan has played with. Violent Femmes. West Philadelphia Orchestra. Laurie Anderson. Triumph The Insult Comic Dog. What a guy!
Mitch is an always-working musician. From his start jamming at UPenn to working with the likes of Digable Planets, David Ivory and many more, he is a cat very worth catching up with. Also, Dan plays a track from brand new Philly band Buster!, whom he recently produced an EP for.
Dan talks theatre, improv, being in your 30s and more to Jennifer MacMillan, Artistic Director of Bright Invention. The episode also features a song from Philly's own James Hearne in the closing, so stick around for it!
Drew Mercadante is a young electronic music artist from Philly better known at Jack Deezl. Dan is fascinated with electronic music, and is therefore fascinated with Jack Deezl. Their conversation sheds light on how the music is made, how it's performed live, and the upsides of having a crew of your fellow DJs.
With 2014 at a close, we thought we'd take a moment (or an hour of moments) to talk about some of the awesome music that has come out this year. Dan gathers some discerning music fans to discuss their favorite releases of 2014. Featuring James Hearne, Jay Verdibello and Bill Rose.