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Brian Howard of Philadelphia Magazine picks five songs for the Greatest Songs of the New Millennium #885countdown

The Mountain Goats photo by D.L. Anderson
The Mountain Goats photo by D.L. Anderson
We asked Philadelphia Magazine News Editor Brian Howard to hand over five songs for XPN’s 885 Greatest Songs of the New Millennium, and he more than rose to the occasion with an excellent selection of songs. You may recognize Howard’s name from his byline, as he’s written for the Philadelphia City Paper, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Magnet Magazine and others. He’s one of the most knowledgeable music fans and writers we know; any list with a song as incredible as “The Best Ever Death Metal Band In Denton,” gets our two thumbs up. You can follow along to the countdown here or listen to our Spotify playlist here.

“Letter From An Occupant” by The New Pornographers

“The Best Ever Death Metal Band In Denton” by the Mountain Goats

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The Soundtrack Series returns to L’Etage on December 5th for a night of musically-inspired storytelling

We all have anecdotes of funny, embarrassing or meaningful moments in our lives that we associate with a particular song or album or musician.  In fact, whenever I hear a Spice Girls song, I am reminded of the summer my sister and I choreographed dances to our Spice World cassette.  Every morning during that two-week long vacation in the Outer Banks we woke up early, popped the tape in our Bugs Bunny-themed tape player and worked out pantomime-like movements to the lyrics.  I don’t remember if we got our parents to sit through formal shows once the racket woke them up, but I do remember the choreography and I could perform our entire dance for “Spice Up Your Life” right now, if the song happened to be playing (it’s not, unfortunately).  That was a fun summer, filled with sea-glass searches and boogie-boarding in overzealous waves….

Writer Dana Rossi noticed she often tells stories connected to songs from her past and realized other people enjoy reminiscing that way too.  Wanting to create a platform for those stories to be shared, Rossi started The Soundtrack Series.  With monthly shows at Le Poisson Rouge in New York and now at L’Etage on S. 6th Street in Philadelphia, The Soundtrack Series brings together talented writers, actors and comedians with enthusiastic audiences for a night of nostalgic, musically-centered storytelling. Continue reading →