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.
Dan talks with Jon about songwriting, performance anxiety, being a sometime children's musician, and growing up in a house the youngest of four very talented brothers. Jon also holds the title of "First Musician To Play On 25 O'Clock"! And it is awesome.
DC area guitarist and podcaster Tony Porreco sits down at the kitchen table to talk about DIT (Do It Together), his Hometown Sounds podcast, and being a true DC music supporter and cheerleader. Also, Dan reveals his Seasonal Grumpiness Disorder and how he's trying to deal with it.
Bill offers up his perspective on a key role in the music world: tour merch. Dan and Bill talk the logistics of running a store in different place every night, the joys of travel, working with some big names (Jackson Browne, Two Door Cinema Club, Local Natives, to name a few), and why guys don't want to buy band-logoed underwear.
Steve owns Bridgeset Sound, a great music store in Philadelphia. Dan spends a significant amount of his money at Bridgeset Sound. Maybe they can work out a deal? Steve and Dan chat about hard work, the grueling uncertainty of being a business owner, and how the key to all of life might very well be soup.
It's our first episode! Welcome to the show!
Dennis Hurley is a Boston comedian/actor/writer/filmmaker/albino whose journey has taken him all over the place. Dan and Dennis talk about roots, the call to acting, touring, working in NYC, and Dennis' countless projects around Boston and beyond.