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Pink Slip Daddy paying tribute to Fabian and other rock things at Boot & Saddle on May 28th

Pink Slip Daddy | Photo courtesy of the band
Pink Slip Daddy | Photo by Dan Long

If you happened to be following the Philly music scene in the late 80s/early 90s, then you probably remember Pink Slip Daddy. The original group, consisting of Mick Cancer, Sal Mineo’s Only Son, Palmyra Delran, Barb Dwyer, and producer Ben Vaughn, were a local favorite, rocking the Philly musical landscape with their mix of chaotic psychedelic garage rock and punk. Continue reading →

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Dean Ween shares song recorded with Ben Vaughn from 1995

Ben Vaughn and Dean Ween (seated left) with Gene Ween and members of the legendary Jordanaires in Nashville during the recording of Ween's 12 Golden Country Greats | photo courtesy of Ben Vaughn
Ben Vaughn and Dean Ween (seated left) with Gene Ween and members of the legendary Jordanaires in Tennessee during the recording of Ween’s 12 Golden Country Greats | photo courtesy of Ben Vaughn and Mickey Melchiondo

Dean Ween gave fans a blast from the past last week when he surfaced an old tape recording he made with Ben Vaughn back in 1995. It’s a nameless song about summertime love, recorded around the time Vaughn, a longtime local / South Jersey musician now based in California, was working with Ween on their 12 Golden Country Greats album.

Fans have been digging the rarity, comparing it to Mac DeMarco and urging Dean (a.k.a. Mickey Melchiondo) to share other lost tracks he might have lying around.

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Listen to Ben Vaughn’s Spotify playlist for the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s International Pop exhibit

Ice Cream, 1964, by Evelyne Axell (Collection of Serge Goisse, Belgium) | Image courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Ice Cream, 1964, by Evelyne Axell (Collection of Serge Goisse, Belgium) | Image courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Rock and roller, producer, guitarist, music historian, and host of his own radio show – heard each Saturday on WXPN at 5 pm – Ben Vaughn, has curated the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s first Spotify playlist for their new International Pop exhibit. Continue reading →

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Locals weigh in on the Greatest Year in Music

Greatest Year

The theme for WXPN’s annual countdown this year is The Greatest Year In Music, and WXPN invites you to vote on what you think was the greatest year (or years) were in music.

Polls for XPN’s Greatest Year in Music close tomorrow – Monday, October 26th – and if you’re still on the fence about what to vote for, read through some cases we gathered from local musicians and writers. Below, check out snippets from Ben Vaughn (1964), Tara Murtha (1989), Aaron Parnell Brown (1971) and more. Then vote for your favorite year in music here and listen back to winners during the Greatest Year In Music countdown starting Monday, November 2nd.

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Ben Vaughn, Bardo Pond and more will play Philadelphia Record Exchange’s 30th Anniversary Block Party

Bardo Pond | Photo by Katie Tapman
Bardo Pond | Photo by Katie Tapman

With the recent de-commissioning of Old City’s revered AKA Music, it’s more important than ever to celebrate and appreciate our bricks and mortar record retailers while they’re here. So in that spirit, mark off your calendar and make plans to head out to Frankford and Oxford on Saturday, September 19th, for the 30th anniversary of the Philadelphia Record Exchange. For one thing, it’s a legendary music institution. For another, there’s some great live music to go with it – Philly psychedelic luminaries Bardo Pond, rock and roller and XPN host Ben Vaughn, indie stalwarts Strapping Fieldhands and more TBA. More information can be found at the block party’s Facebook event page. Continue reading →

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Ben Vaughn will perform in New Hope and New Jersey next month

Ben Vaughn
Ben Vaughn | photo by Greg Gutbezahl

Collingswood, NJ native Ben Vaughn will come back to our neck of the woods for a pair of shows up river around Christmas. The leader of the Ben Vaughn Combo has been writing new material that he’ll hopefully share with fans at John and Peter’s in New Hope on December 26th before traveling thirty minutes down the Delaware River to The Record Collector in Bordentown, NJ on December 27th.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ben Vaughn Quintet at The Tin Angel, Angel Olsen at Studio 34, The Astronauts at PhilaMOCA, Mirah at Johnny Brenda’s, The Tragically Hip at The TLA

South Jersey-bred rocker, producer and XPN host Ben Vaughn takes to the stage of The Tin Angel tonight. The venue is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month, and XPN Welcomes Ben and his quintet to rattle the walls a bit with some timeless garage rock tunes. The 21+ show begins at 8 p.m., tickets and more information can be found here. Below, watch a video of the Ben Vaughn Quintet playing “My First Band” at Maxwell’s in Hoboken last year.

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The inside story behind a picture of two of our favorite DJ’s

Check out the photo below of two of our favorite DJ’s: Jerry Blavat, The Geator With The Heator, and Ben Vaughn. Ben tells us the photo was taken in 1996 at KCRW’s studios in Los Angeles when Ben was doing the video shoot for his album Rambler ’65, in which The Geator makes a guest voiceover cameo appearance. WXPN has The Geator and Ben on the radio weekly; iisten to The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn Saturdays at 5PM followed by The Geator’s Rock N Roll Rhythm and Blues Express at 6PM. WXPN Welcomes the Ben Vaughn Quintet to the Tin Angel on Tuesday, November 13th. Go here to buy tickets and for more information about the show. Below the photo be sure to watch the video for the song. Photo below compliments of Ben Vaughn