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Sire Records founder Seymour Stein talks with Dan & Dan about his legendary career, from signing The Ramones, Madonna, and The Smiths, to upcoming auction and more

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Meet Dan and Dan! Dan Reed, Music Director and Afternoon Host at WXPN/Philadelphia and Dan DeLuca, Music Critic and Columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer sit down on a bi-weekly basis to talk MUSIC!

For their 70th podcast, Dan & Dan welcome Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and founder of Sire Records, Seymour Stein to the show! Seymour shares stories about signing Depeche Mode, Madonna, The Smiths, Ice T and more. Plus, he talks about his connections to Philadelphia and offers his thoughts about the streaming music economy. Continue reading →

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Dan & Dan talk “Lou Reed: A Life” with Anthony DeCurtis

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The Velvet Underground perform at the Trip in Los Angeles in 1966. Said Cher, an attendee: the Velvets “will replace nothing, except maybe suicide.” | photo by Lisa Law

Meet Dan and Dan! Dan Reed, Music Director and Afternoon Host at WXPN/Philadelphia and Dan DeLuca, Music Critic and Columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer sit down on a bi-weekly basis to talk MUSIC!

Dan Reed calls Lou Reed: A Life, by Anthony DeCurtis, the best rock biography he’s ever read.  The book chronicles the life of one of the most intriguing, and complicated, artists of all-time.

Anthony stops by the studio to talk with the Dan’s about Lou’s career, the task of writing this book, plus his own relationship with Lou.

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Mike Vasilikos’ All-Philly best of 2017

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Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2017 incredible. Today, XPN on-air host and assistant music director Mike Vasilikos shares his favorite Philly music of the year.

Around this time each year I start the daunting task of trying to prioritize my favorites songs and albums of the year.  It’s a task that has become more arduous year after year.  Nonetheless, as I began to sift through my iTunes library I noticed that much of music had something in common … Philly music was dominating.

2017 was a tremendous year for bands like The War on Drugs who continued their ascent as a modern day rock and roll pillar with A Deeper Understanding.  Tim Showalter of Strand of Oaks dominated my stereo early in the year with the muscular, yet emotionally charged Hard LoveSheer Mag’s Need To Feel Your Love is as brazen a debut as we’ve heard in years.  And Waxahatchee’s Out of the Storm tops my overall Album of the Year list.  Katie Crutchfield produced a flawless collection of indie rock that see’s her making good on her massive potential. Continue reading →

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The Promise to Keep it Real: Lukas Nelson talks with the Dan & Dan Music Podcast

Lukas Nelson | photo by Myriam Santos | courtesy of the artist
Lukas Nelson | photo by Myriam Santos | courtesy of the artist

Meet Dan and Dan! Dan Reed, Music Director and Afternoon Host at WXPN/Philadelphia and Dan DeLuca, Music Critic and Columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer sit down on a bi-weekly basis to talk MUSIC!

Lukas Nelson was in Philadelphia this week for a show at Union Transfer.  Prior to taking the stage, he stopped by WXPN and joined the Dan & Dan Music Podcast.  Lukas talks openly about his evolution as a songwriter, growing up the son of Willie Nelson, and his work touring & recording with Neil Young.  He even sings us a short acapella verse from the first song he ever wrote. Hear it now.

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The Story of Rolling Stone‘s Jann Wenner: Dan & Dan Music Podcast talks with biographer Joe Hagan

Jann Wenner in 1977 | photo by Jean Pigozzi

Meet Dan and Dan! Dan Reed, Music Director and Afternoon Host at WXPN/Philadelphia and Dan DeLuca, Music Critic and Columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer sit down on a bi-weekly basis to talk MUSIC!

Jann Wenner is the cofounder and publisher of Rolling Stone magazine.  Joe Hagan is the author of the new biography STICKY FINGERS: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine.  The book looks at the life of a pivotal player in the history rock and roll, but it has also caused a stir.  Despite authorizing it and generally positive reviews, Jann is on record calling the biography ‘deeply flawed’.  Dan and Dan welcome Joe to the podcast to talk about accepting the project, the actual process of writing the book and the reaction its received.

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From David Gray to The War on Drugs: Dan & Dan Music Podcast talks artist development with A&R vet Steve Ralbovsky

David Gray | photo by Rachel Barrish for WXPN
David Gray | photo by Rachel Barrish for WXPN

Meet Dan and Dan! Dan Reed, Music Director and Afternoon Host at WXPN/Philadelphia and Dan DeLuca, Music Critic and Columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer sit down on a bi-weekly basis to talk MUSIC!

It’s part 2 of our conversation with Canvasback Music found Steve Ralbovsky, and this time in person! Steve took the trip to Philadelphia to continue the conversation about the role of a modern-day A&R person in the music industry. Steve gives some insightful advice for young bands and shares unique stories about some of the talented artists he has worked with over his career including Joe Henry and David Gray. Also, the Dan’s remember the late Gord Downie, frontman of the Tragically Hip, and pick new ‘Songs of the Week’. Continue reading →

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New Music Show Preview w/ Iron & Wine, Alvvays, & more!

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Monday nights mean new music discovery on WXPN, and tonight we get back in the studio to share some great recent finds.  The show starts at 8pm and on the menu we’ve got new albums from Lindsay Buckingham and Christine McVie, plus Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit and Gov’t Mule.  Also, the band Deer Tick are set to release TWO new albums, we’ll hear a new song from each of them.  The Philly music scene keeps cooking, we’ll play you new Waxahatchee, The Districts, and Son Little.  Plus, check out a few more new tunes we’ll spin this evening.

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New Music Show Preview w/ Radiohead, Waxahatchee & more!

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Radiohead-photo-Alex-Lake

Our New Music Show returns after the Memorial Day holiday, and we’ve got some catching up to do.  Of course, Dan Auerbach just released Waiting on A Song so we’ll dip into that album.  Plus, we represent Philly with new music from The Districts, Waxahatchee (read below), and a super cool collaboration between trumpeter Matt Cappy and rapper Chill Moody.  Also, another song from Offa Rex (The Decemberists and Olivia Chaney) with Colin Meloy on lead.  And we’ll give you a preview of another tune from Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit’s new album.  Whew! We’ll hear all that and a lot more tonight starting at 8pm!

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Listen to Joseph Arthur’s long lost song “Pictures of a Life,” get news on his Redemption’s Son reissue

Joseph Arthur | photo courtesy of the artist
Joseph Arthur | photo by Josephine Bono | courtesy of the artist

Akron, Ohio native Joseph Arthur is one of our favorite artists around here at XPN, going back 15 years to his breakout record Redemption’s Son, and even before that.

Next month, the veteran singer-songwriter will release a new anniversary edition of Redemption’s Son, complete with nine songs that have never been heard before. We’re excited to bring you one of those today — the simmering “Pictures of a Life,” a tune built beautifully about tremolo guitar tones and Laurel Canyon style harmonies, with a beautiful cello part rolling underneath. Continue reading →

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New Music Show Preview w/ Don Bryant, Alex Ebert & more!

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Not to quote Dawes, but we’ve got “a little bit of everything” on our New Music Show tonight.  Join us at 8pm tonight as we make sense of what has been a busy few weeks of new releases.  Among the highlights, Philadelphia DIY rockers Sheer Mag offer a preview of their upcoming album.  The National announced Sleep Well Beast, coming in September, and we’ve got an early tune to share.  Plus, more new songs from the upcoming Fleet Foxes album, Big Thief and the new project featuring The Decemberists and Olivia Chaney called Offa Rex (playing #XPNFest this July!).  All the above and few more for you to listen to tonight, including …

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