Dan had to go get some lawn chairs to seat everybody around the desk, but it was all worth it to talk to James, Jake and Samoeun of Ju-Taun. These guys have been singing together since they were kids, and it shows. They talk about their origins: James and Jake working behind the scenes at concerts for their father, a Philadelphia producer and promoter, Samoeun coming to America as a child, escaping the Khmer Rouge with his parents. They detail their beginnings as a band: hustling their CDs and performing to crowds on the street, and running afoul with the law more than once. And that's just the first 20 minutes or so. Capping it all off with a phenomenal performance, Ju-Taun are a force of nature. Also, Dan offers a call for support of Pharmacy, a DIY Philly venue and coffee shop that needs your help to keep doing their great work.
Sonja and Dan talk about her new record, 'Patterns We Know', and so much more. PJ Harvey, Kim Gordon, how Bob Dylan could benefit from an editor, their love of the Philadelphia music scene, and how when you hang around long enough, you end up meeting everyone you need to. Dan confesses what a bad podcast listener he is, and they discuss the difference between engaging with a work as a creator or as a fan, their many mutual friends, and are bonded by their love for the heady arrangements of Steely Dan.
When two friends start a studio, that's big. When that studio lasts 10 years, that's bigger. And when they start a charity-based record label, that's even bigger. Matt and Mike have been friends since they were kids, have run a business together for a decade, and are now launching The Giving Groove, their new Philly based record label. Dan talks with them about their own Sine Studio, their roles in the Philly music scene, the secret to staying friends while also owning a business together, early "advice" from acclaimed producer Obie O'Brien, their time at boarding school together, and they announce the first crop of artists on their label (spoiler: all three are a big deal).
Jonas is a regular Philly music man about town. He hosts Fergie's open mic, drums for Purples, tours with Work Drugs, DJs, runs sound, and on and on. Dan and Jonas talk many of Jonas' projects, their time in the restaurant industry, and the joys of doing a lot of different things to not only keep busy, but to keep interested.
Josh and Dan go through the list of their favorite Philly venues, talk about how to make a live show fun for everyone, nerd out about Beck's 'Odelay', and highlight some of the projects Josh is engineering and producing at Hi5 Studios. They also talk about his upcoming tour as drummer for Philly mainstays The Lawsuits, and how they never do a record the same way twice.
Back on Episode 25, Scott was Dan's first live guest on his first live show. It was only fitting that he come back for a full episode. Scott talks about his unique approach to songwriting, which includes writing songs fully improvised from the top down. Dan and Scott talk inspiration, improvisations, Guided By Voices, Ween, those people at open mics who aren't performing (and why they're there), and their love of the Philly music community.
Jake Lewis lives in Brooklyn, but came from a very religious family growing up in Central PA. Dan and Jake have a very frank and honest talk about Jake's full on rebellion in his teen years, his need to settle down by the time he was 20, and how it's all influenced his music from it's beginnings to now. Jake has a new record out called 'Honey Moon', and it's an amazing blend of singer-songwriter folk and ambient, almost psychedelic tones and arrangements.
Ever since Dan started the show, he’s been trying to get Ben Tinsley on the mic to talk. It’s been over two years, and it finally happened. Ben and Dan talk about their mutual history together, playing the same clubs and bills together, the strength of their little community for a short time, and all the life that happens to you as you get older. The discussion includes: guitars, love and respect for their fellow musician friends, recording a record completely on your own, and how to keep being creative amidst the many demands of adulthood. Happy holidays to everyone, and a Happy New Year from 25 O’Clock!
Dan met Thom years ago when Thom had just moved to Philadelphia, in a big city for the first time. They would run into each other on and off for nearly a decade. Now, Dan gets the full story on Thom. They talk about Thom's rural roots, his love of Django Reinhart, making a whole record through the voice of a character, and his latest album, 'Marvin The Giant'. It's the first album that Thom has ever put his real name on, and it's (obviously) an important one.
Bob shot film of Dan's old bands, and after recently reuniting at a record release show, they discovered they have a ton in common. They talk Bob's origins as a film and video maker, his time living in a small town and just making films for the heck of it, how to build yourself a network of artists to work with, and their memories of 90s MTV and movies and how it shaped them. Bob is also an accomplished documentary filmmaker, as well as a walking film encyclopedia.
This week, Dan takes a break from the usual guest interview. Instead, he highlights some unreleased performances form past guests (including Abi Reimold, Bruno Catrambone, and Stephen Lorek) as well as some studio tracks from new and upcoming albums from guests like Nicklas Hughes, James Hearne, and Pilkington. Check out any guests you may have missed at 25oclockpod.com!
Rachel was Dan's introduction to the Wilmington, Delaware music scene. And there IS a Wilmington music scene, smarty. Dan and Rachel talk about her new EP, "Enough", getting floored by talented kids using technology to make amazing art, Elvis Costello, quieting the voice inside that tells you to give up, a mutual love of Pretenders' front-woman Chrissie Hynde, and how to just keep making your art amidst your crazy life. Also, Dan talks about his seminar on podcasting for college students at this year's CBI conference in Philadelphia.
Ross and Dan met once, briefly, a few years ago, and never saw each other again until they sat down for this conversation. This is one of those good, ol' fashioned musician nerd outs. They talk Peter Gabriel, Phish, and XTC. They also talk about Ross' extensive discography, including three full-length releases in 2015 alone, his days as part of Amos Lee's band (including a tour with Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello), and his desire to never stop writing songs.
Brian Walker plays under the name A Day Without Love, and talks with Dan about what it is to be one of the only young black men playing indie rock in a white-dominated DIY scene. It gets heavy, it gets real, and the two explore what the impact of race is in a seemingly all-inclusive art form. A Day Without Love’s newest LP, “Solace”, is out now on Sounds And Tones Records.
Dan brings another former band member on the show to catch up. Nicklas Hughes and Dan toured and played together for many years, and now Nick has a new solo album, 'Games', out very soon. They cover Nick’s growing up (which Dan kinda knew about), his songwriting and recording process for his new record (which Dan didn’t know about), and just sorta catch up on life things, as two old friends do. Fun fact: Nick is the first performer to have reverb applied to his voice. It weirds Dan out a bit.
First off, it's the 50th episode! Who would've thought? It's been a blast putting out 50 episodes, and here's to many more.
This week, we take you to Tattooed Mom's on South Street for our live show as part of the Philadelphia Podcast Fest. Dan talks to new friend Brian Erick of the band The Paper Jets, as well as co-host of the fantastic The Great Albums Podcast. Dan also catches up with show favorite Ben Hughes of the band Night Windows. It's a great night of conversation and acoustic performances.
Host of the "Everything Is Awesome" podcast, Kevin braves the heat, traffic and DNC madness to be in the cool, temperate underground studio to talk with Dan about his almost decade-long run as a podcaster. Dan and Kevin also have the longest conversation about wrestling in 25 O'Clock history. And Dave Matthews Band. The guys talk about their early love of radio and how it influenced them to eventually becoming podcasters, and their excitement for the upcoming Philadelphia Podcast Festival.
From Northeast Philly to Jersey to art school to finally putting together her live band, Emily Mineo's trajectory has been quite a ride. Dan talks to Emily about learning on her dad's Guild guitar, loving Springsteen before it was cool to love Springsteen again, and her love of the Philly scene, particularly Connie's Ric Rac. And her song, "Barbara Streisand" will get stuck in your head in a wonderful way. It's still stuck in Dan's.
Andrew and Dan talk Andrew's band, Shadowplay, their new album, "Almost Lifelike", and how their shift from a blues-rock band to something more adventurous and unique came about. Dan gets to namecheck some of his faves when talking with Andrew: Portishead, Drive Like Jehu, Fugazin, Mogwai, and many more as the two delve into the band's history, their recent work in the studio, and how a band keeps it fresh after nearly a decade together.
Tom plays drums for Modern Colour, Lou, writes and takes pictures for the Spirit Newspaper, and sleeps maybe sometimes. Dan and Tom have a spirited conversation about levels of success in music, managing your own band, Quest Love, Dan's rudimentary drum skills, and Tom's much, much better drum skills.
It's a truly unique conversation to have with someone who refers to their stage personae entirely in the third person. David Sweeny is Johnny Showcase, but Johnny is not David, at least not entirely. Blurring the lines is a main topic between David and Dan as they discuss the origin of the character, being both a piece of theater as well as an honest to goodness funk band, and how it's all about the live show experience in the end.
It was both strange and also incredibly fitting to have my best friend since youth/longest running musical collaborator James Hearne on the mic back in February. What was supposed to be a quick promo piece about his upcoming record became a full conversation about his move to the Hudson Valley of New York, how he's treating his new musical direction by fully embracing country music, and what it's like being your own boss after years and years of collaborating with others.
Dan thinks Abi Reimold's new record 'Wriggling' is an adventurous, challenging piece of work. It's a pretty uncomfortable record, both sonically as well as thematically. Abi talks about seeing herself as an artist but not as a musician, reading her own reviews, her love of photography, and a unique way to not actually do a real guitar solo. Plus, her live, stripped down solo performance is not to be missed. Also, Dan gives a heartfelt shout out to Gordon Downie of the Tragically Hip and his re cent news of illness.
Carolyn Lederach helps run Philadelphia's SoFar Sounds concert series, takes photos for countless music outlets, and is an important fixture to the Philly scene. Dan and Carolyn talk about being involved in the not-as-glamorous parts of the music world, wading through a 'dude-heavy' music industry, and how someone has to step up and tell a band what to do.
On her way through Philadelphia on tour, Arsena and her band stop by to chat and play. Dan and Arsena talk touring, spirituality in art, doing it all yourself, and how she is a "six year-old musician" (the number of years she's been playing). Dan crams the full band down into the basement studio, and the result is impressive. Also, Dan pays his respects to Prince, remarking on his truly unique way of controlling his career himself.