Dan talks with long-time Philadelphia musician, writer, mover, and shaker Joey Sweeney about all the "low-key Philly" things he's been involved in. The two talk about Joey's famous Philebrity blog (a huge part of Dan's early acclimation to the city), the death of alt-weeklies, South Street, doing cool projects with cool people, the upcoming 48 Record Bar in Old City, his monthly vareity show residency at Ortlieb's, and Joey's music, which he's been writing and performing since the early 90s. His newest release, asJoey Sweeney and the Neon Grease, is the 'Magazine Moonlight' EP, available now wherever you get digital music and on The Giving Groove Records.
Dan talks with Wilmington, DE native IVA about growing up singing opera and jazz, being the first of her very musical family to pursue music as a career, being a repeat player on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in the early 00s, working for Sony Classical, living and making music in Sweden, writing songs in Nashville, and her new EP, 'Nobody's Woman', produced at Turtle Studios by Philadelphia all-star Ross Bellenoit. 'Nobody's Woman' is out now, and is available wherever you get digital music.
Dan talks with Tim Hause about growing up in Roxborough, writing music his older brother, Dave Hause, playing with The Bouncing Souls when he was just 10 years old, running a record label, his debut solo LP, working with Will Hoge in Nashville, and the ups and downs of touring life. Tim's debut LP, 'TIM', is out now on Blood Harmony Records. Tim and Dave have teamed up with Rising Sun Presents to bring the Sing Us Home Festival to the Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia from May 5th-6th, featuring Drive By Truckers, Kathleen Edwards, The Tisburys, Catbite, and many more.
Dan and Scarlet Hernandez have been mutual fans of each other for a while, and only in the summer of '22 did they finally meet (almost accidentally) in person. Scarlet talks about growing up in Newark, New Jersey, booking national bands at her high school radio station, doing everything under the sun in the music industry to find what she liked, hallowed Philadelphia venues like the Electric Factory and the Trocadero, managing artists like Max Swan, and her role as the membership director at REC Philly.
Lisa Schaffer has been to more shows than you have, for sure. Dan talks to the hardest working photographer in the Philly music community about her love of music, records, live shows, and how seeing Philly artists like Ben Arnold and Hezekiah Jones in the early 00s put her on her path. She's also an accomplished vinyl DJ, so we talk records, how she ended up working in a record store in her 40s, where to start with legacy artists, her daughter's obsession with Eartha Kitt, and so much more. Check out Lisa's extensive portfolio on her website, and follow her on IG to find out where she's spinning next.
Dan talks with Autumn Luz about "starting late" as a musician, using the pandemic as a jumping off point where she gave herself permission to make music, her love of ballet and dance, working with Philly producer Sam Rosen and bassist Mitch Beer, and finding her collaborator, Sam Esquith, who joins us in the conversation. We talk dark, moody vibes, digital collaboration, and the joy of finally putting it all together in person. Autumn has two singles out curently with videos, "Heat" and "Speed", available at her website and wherever you get digital music.
Dan talks with Rumi Kitchen, aka Michael Baker, and it's a conversation that's been meaning to happen for a long time. Michael talks about growing up in Kentucky, touring in Moscow in his previous band, The Spinning Leaves, being given the character of Rumi Kitchen as a way to explore being a frontman in a different way, his current band OOLALA, Johnny Showcase, and his newest collaboaration with West Philadlephia Orchestra on an EP called 'Cosmic Trilogy'. The EP is available via Giving Groove records, with all the profits going to Rock To The Future.
We're back! It's been a useful and productive month off, and we're back to bring you all the Philadelphia music goodness we can. This week, Dan talks with Jon Houlon of John Train and The Donuts. Dan and Jon discuss the new John Train LP, 'Cowboy Dreams' and it's ties to the Philadelphia horseback riding community, John Train's residency at Fergie's Pub (every Friday from now til March 31st), a mutual love for guys like Tommy Keane and Elvis Costello, and how to make your bands last for 20+ years. Jon plays a couple of tunes live in the studio, an element of this show we're excited to see return. 'Cowboy Dreams' is available wherever you get digital music, and you can score a copy of the vinyl release from John Train's website, as well as select record stores in the Philadelphia area.
Dan gets by with a little help from his friends in the Philadelphia music community, and we hear from a handful of artists about their favorite things of 2022, as well as things they're looking forward to in 2023. Lots of great picks from Jesse Lundy, John Faye, Avataria, Tyler Asay, Ryan Young, and Brian McTear. Head over to 25oclockpod.com and click on this week's episode post, you'll find the clickable playlist there with links to all the music played on the show this week. Thanks to everyone who helped make this episode happen, and Happy New Year to you all!
Dan talks with Evan Thornburg, current leader of the GRP (Girls Rock Philly) board, and long time activist and public health advocate in Philadelphia. Evan talks about her path into activism and non-profits, years of AIDS activism through the mayor's office, youth advocacy at The Attic Youth Center, and how GRP came back into her life a decade after she first encountered them. From summer rock camp to working on a lengthy rebrand of the organization, Evan gets into how 2022 was a banner year for the non-profit. GRP is a youth centered organization building community through music, go to girlsrockphilly.com for more info on their mission, future programs, and how to donate.
Dan talks with The War On Drugs drummer Charlie Hall about his part in producing 'A Philly Special Christmas', an album of Christmas songs performed by Philadelphia Eagles' players Jason Kelce, Jordan Mailata, and Lane Johnson, as well as a giant cast of Philly musicians (Marshall Allen, Eric Bazillian, Lady Alma, and so many more). Charlie talks about how it all came together, the importance of being 'coachable', the amount of effort that the players put into making the record, and his own background in working with non-profit organizations in Philadelphia. 'A Philly Special Christmas' will be available on 12/23 on all digital music platforms, and all procedes, including the thrice-sold-out vinyl presale, will go to the Children's Crisis Treatment Center in Philadelphia.
Rock To The Future has come up many times on the show, but this is the first time it's founders have been on. Dan talks with Josh and Jessica Craft, who started RTTF twelve years ago, and have taken it places they never would have imagined. Josh and Jess talk about the growth of the non-profit over the years, how the pandemic made them able to serve even more students than before, the odd jobs they had during the first few years to keep everything afloat, and how music education is just the tip of what they offer to their students and their families. Donate now at their website and help RTTF continue to bring music programs to Philadlephia schools.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.