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The Best #88Worst Countdown tweets (so far)

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So far, so good. Follow the conversation about the 88 Worst Songs as voted on by the WXPN listeners on twitter with #88worst. Here’s a sampling of some of our favorite tweets so far. Thanks for listening to the #88Worst Songs countdown. Check out the final list here.

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#885countdown Talk: What makes a song “the worst?”

Journey clowning around in the 80s. Many people think they wrote some of the worst songs ever, others stringently defend them. Or so we hear.
Journey clowning around in the 80s. Many people think they wrote some of the worst songs ever, others stringently defend them. Or so we hear.

As we’re winding down the 885 All Time Greatest Songs countdown playback, we’re also looking forward to part two of the countdown – the playback of the 88 Worst Songs. The notion of “best,” “greatest” and “worst” are, of course, quite subjective. Which will explain why (partial spoiler alert) there will be some songs on both the 885 All Time Greatest and 88 Worst Songs. As Paul Simon once said, “one man’s ceiling is another man’s floors;” or – to put it a slightly different way – “one person’s trash is another’s treasure.”

As we get ready to play the worst songs (as voted on by the WXPN community) tomorrow starting at 10 a.m., we want to know: “what exactly makes a worst song?” Continue reading →

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Download “Slow Train” by Streets of Laredo

Streets Of Laredo | photo courtesy of Streets Of Laredo
Streets Of Laredo | photo courtesy of Streets Of Laredo

Streets Of Laredo are an indie folk band based in Brooklyn via New Zealand. Formed by siblings Daniel and Dave Gibson along with Dave’s wife Sarahjane, the band’s new album, Volume I & II, on the Toronto based label Dine Alone Records, is a 70′s folk rock influence collection of ten songs with soft touches of Arcade Fire like flair. Continue reading →

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Download “H.S.K.T.” by Sylvan Esso

Sylvan Esso | Photo courtesy of the artist.
Sylvan Esso | Photo courtesy of the artist.

One of our favorite new bands of the year is Sylvan Esso, the duo of singer Amelia Meath & electronic musician Nick Sanborn, Their self-titled album on Partisan is undeniably seductive and filled with fresh sounding, intimate songs. What began as a one-song collaboration between Meath and Sanborn ultimately turned into a full blown recording project. Continue reading →

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Listen to a new, previously unreleased Diego Garcia song, “Jenny And Juan”

Diego Garcia | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com
Diego Garcia | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

This Saturday night, October 25th, Diego Garcia returns to Philly to the Tin Angel. The last time he visited town was when he played the XPoNential Music Festival this past summer in July. During his set at the festival, accompanied by his guitarist, Diego performed material from his 2011 debut, Laura, and his latest release, Paradise, that came out in October, 2013. With stand out songs like “Laura,” “You Were Never There,” and “Sunnier Days” in his catalog, now we have a “new” song from Garcia to add to that body of work. Continue reading →

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Introducing the soulful sounds of Leon Bridges

Leon Bridges | Photo courtesy of the artist.
Leon Bridges | Photo courtesy of the artist.

Fort Worth, Texas soul and R&B singer-songwriter Leon Bridges is a name you want to put on your radar. The soul, R&B and gospel influenced musician caught the attention of Austin Jenkins from the band White Denim in a bar in Fort Worth. Jenkins, along with White Denim’s drummer Josh Block are currently working on a debut record by the 25 year old Bridges. According to the Fort Worth Weekly: Continue reading →

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Free download: 5 songs by Minus The Bear

Minus The Bear | Photo by Ryan Russell
Minus The Bear | Photo by Ryan Russell

Minus The Bear recently released a new album, Lost Loves, on Dangerbird Records. The album follows their 2012 release Infinity Overhead, and 2013’s Acoustics II. Formed in 2001, Minus The Bear includes Dave Knudson (guitar), Jake Snider (vocals, guitar), Erin Tate (drums), Cory Murchy (bass), and Alex Rose (synths, vocals). The Seattle band released their debut EP in 2001, followed by their debut album, Highly Refined Pirates, in 2002. Since then, the band has continued to evolve their sound, and on their new album, Continue reading →

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Download the debut single by Philly dream pop newcomers Riva Ridge

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Philly’s Riva Ridge has written one of “those” songs. “Slide,” the debut single from Mel Riva. It’s the kind of song that instantly grabs you and has a hard time leaving. With twinkling reverbed guitars, soft fluffy synths, and a subtle, yet powerful hook, “Slide,” is a sweet slice of soulful, ambient dream pop. Continue reading →

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Flippin’ With The Dipper: Inside Wilt Chamberlain’s DJ career

Wilt Chamberlain | Photo courtesy of http://kuhistory.com/articles/center-of-attention/
Wilt Chamberlain | Photo via http://kuhistory.com/articles/center-of-attention/

There’s no doubt that the legendary Philly basketball player Wilt Chamberlain had mad skills on the court. But have you ever hear him behind the mic?

When he was in college at the University of Kansas in the mid-fities, in addition to becoming one of the greatest college basketball players of all time, Wilt carved out time to follow a passion he had for music, and had a weekly radio show on the campus radio station, KANU. It was called “Flippin’ with the Dipper,” and was also broadcast on KLWN in Lawrence, KPRS in Kansas City, WREN in Topeka, and several other stations in the area. Continue reading →