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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Bono’s surgery forces U2 to postpone “Tonight Show” residency, & watch Marcus Mumford, Elvis Costello & Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith- aka “New Basement Tapes” perform on Ellen

Bono

Bono has injured his arm an apparent cycling accident in New York’s Central Park which will require surgery to repair, and has forced the postponement of U2′s week-long residency on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this week. Continue reading →

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Make Room for Boom? Reflections on Boom 107.9′s first week on the air

New "throwback hip-hop" station Boom 107.9 favors classic tracks over current artists
New “throwback hip-hop” station Boom 107.9 favors classic tracks over current artists

Last Friday, November 7th, my Twitter feed was abuzz with news of Philly’s latest radio station: Hot 107.9 changed formats and is now Boom 107.9, a “throwback hip-hop” station. This in itself is not too surprising to me. Over the summer, rap icon and political activist Chuck D was very vocal on Twitter and in interviews that stations such as Radio One’s Hot 107.9  and Emmis Communications’ Hot 97 (out of New York) were “disrespectful” to the tradition of hip-hop in that there was not enough diversity in the music. Also, he stated the lyrics of the songs most prominent on their playlists were negative and derogatory.  While Hot 97 continues to be a juggernaut, 107.9 apparently was struggling. Continue reading →

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: John Fogerty responds to alleged “controversy,” Ryan Adams writes music for new Al Pacino movie, and Patti Smith to perform at the Vatican

Tommaso Boddi/Getty
Tommaso Boddi/Getty

John Fogerty has responded to the “so-called” controversy, created by some over the performance by Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl & the Zac Brown Band’s of Fogarty’s CCR classic: “Fortunate Son” at the Concert for Valor on Veterans Day in front of military veterans in Washington. Continue reading →

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XPN Morning Show MusicNotes: #XPNVinylatHeart – “Zoomed-out” classic album covers; Stream TV on the Radio’s new “Seeds” & Bruce Springsteen & Dave Grohl perform controversial cover of “Fortunate Son”

via Stereogum.com
via Stereogum.com

Stereogum is showing that perhaps they’re “Vinyl at Heart” with a montage of what some classic album covers might look like if you zoomed out a little farther!   Check out several below and a bunch more here. Continue reading →

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Questlove reveals his impressive wall-to-wall vinyl collection for Dust & Grooves

Questlove and his records | via Dust and Grooves
Questlove and his records | via Dust and Grooves

Philly music hero Questlove recently gave fans a peek into his massive vinyl collection for Dust & Grooves, a project that explores people and their eclectic record collections across the globe. The 43-year-old bandleader, drummer for The Roots, NYU professor and DJ has become a household name over the years, for both his music and encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture.

Dust & Grooves founder and photographer Eilon Paz, along with reporter Jameson Harvey, sat down with Questlove this past summer for an in-depth interview about his collection. Continue reading →

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Kurt Vile appears on stage again with Warpaint in L.A.

Photo via Warpaint Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/warpaintwarpaint/)
Photo via facebook.com/warpaintwarpaint

Back in March, Warpaint played Union Transfer and Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter Kurt Vile joined the band on stage at a sold-out Union Transfer performance to perform”Baby” off of their 2010 album The Fool. It seems that this could be a forming tradition, as Vile has hit the stage with them again, though now the two have switched hometowns with LA-based Warpaint back in familiar territory. Pitchfork reports that Vile joined Emily Kokal in singing “Baby” at the Echoplex on Friday night for Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days in L.A. Watch their performance below. Continue reading →

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Left and Right’s “Low Expectations” video features pizza, chainsaws

Left & Right | photo via www.facebook.com/leftandrightva

Virginia-bred, Philadelphia-based punk four-piece Left and Right just released a new video for “Low Expectations” from their latest album 5 Year Plan. It’s a comedic portrayal of a group of friends baking and selling pizza on their street corner, lemonade-style. The guys grow aggravated when the local food critic doesn’t love it and they go about new, shall-we-say creative, ways to make something fresh and original out of an old favorite. Watch the video below; 5 Year Plan is out now on Infinity Cat Records. Continue reading →

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Peter Gabriel sings David Bowie’s “Heroes” in Germany on 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and “Band Aid” to re-record “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” for Ebola relief.

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Adam Berry/Getty Images

Peter Gabriel gave a heartfelt performance on Sunday, November 9th in Germany, performing David Bowie’s “Heroes” to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Watch video after the jump. Continue reading →