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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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →