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King Britt, Dozia, Questlove and the Back2Basics family had a high-energy reunion at Hard Rock

DJ  PHSH, King Britt and Questlove | Photo by John Vettese
DJ PHSH, King Britt and Questlove | Photo by John Vettese

The first time I heard King Britt was over the sound system of the HMV on Walnut Street back in 2001. I knew of him via City Paper and Philadelphia Weekly stories about Back2Basics, the party he and DJ Dozia threw at Silk City (which I was never cool enough to attend). The song coming from the speakers was “Happiness” featuring Lady Alma, and it blew me away. I immediately walked over to the Dance section, found the album under his moniker of Sylk-130 titled Re-Members Only” and skimmed the track list and collaborators: Alison Moyet, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Kathy Sledge, Grover Washington Jr.

It was a love letter to sitting at home on a Saturday night and listening to stations like Power 99 who, back in the 80’s, would play everything from quiet storm to rap to Madonna. It’s an album that still is miles beyond most in capturing that time for listeners who missed out.

When I heard there was going to be a Back2Basics reunion, I was itching to go and finally experience what I never got a chance to back when the event was a regular thing. Continue reading →

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Philly Drum Project welcomes Chuck Treece to Beats, Brews & Banter at the Back Room at Roosevelt’s Pub on 2/4

Local musician and pro-skateboarder Chuck Treece will be the host of February’s Beats, Brews & Banter event presented by The Philly Drum Project.  Treece was a founding member of 80s skate punk band McRad and has toured with Bad Brains and Urge Overkill, in addition to being a preeminent Philly session musician.  Started in April of 2012, Beats, Brews & Banter is a monthly gathering that brings together the best in Philadelphia drumming for an evening of discussion and demonstration; read Dan Brightcliffe’s interview with the group here. February’s event will take place in the Back Room at the Roosevelt Pub and is free to attend.  For more information, go here.  McRad appeared in one of our very first Key Studio Sessions from September 2010. Download “No Mystery” from that session below:

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Beastie Boys tribute night coming to The Fire on August 7th

It’s been a rough few months since Beastie Boys founding member Adam Yauch passed away at the all-too-tender age of 47. Though his absence leaves a yawning void in our hearts, his legacy as MCA leaves decades of amazing, groundbreaking music well worth celebrating. And that’s precisely the point of the event the folks at The Fire have put together. Brooklyn rap-rocker Don McCloskey will host an evening of music from DJs, MCs, and a house tribute band including local artistsChuck Treece, Tom Spiker, Damon Bennet, and Travis Woodson. Admission to the 21+ event is $10; show starts at 9. More info is available on the Facebook event page.

Below, watch the video for “Sabotage” from Beastie Boys’ 1994 Ill Communication. You know you want to.

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Hear McRad on the Y-Rock Local Tracks Sessions this Sunday

Chuck Treece‘s versatility is the stuff of legend. He spent the ’80s as a pro-skateboard kid who fronted an underground punk band, then made a switch to become one of the most skilled, sought-after session musicians in the city of Philadelphia.

Though he’s pulled bass duties with Pearl Jam and Billy Joel (That bumpin’ low end in “River Of Dreams”? Yup, that’s him.), Treece’s first love remains McRad, the punky power trio he founded as a North Philly teenager in the 1980s. This weekend, Treece is bringing McRad to WXPN studios to record a Y-Rock Local Tracks Session. You can tune in on Sunday, August 29, during the 8:00 hour of Jake Rabid’s Philly Local show.

The band has a few songs that you can stream here.