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Hall and Oates to return to Philly with headlining set at brand-new self-curated festival HOAGIENATION

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Hall & Oates | Photo courtesy of the artist.

Remember that scene in The Office where there’s a fire in the office and Michael Scott is yelling at everyone to “stay f*cking calm”? Well, we’re trying.

The legendary Philly pop / soul hitmakers  Hall and Oates are coming back to Philly this summer to headline their personally curated (and aptly named) HOAGIENATION Festival. Taking place on May 27th at Festival Pier, the festival is a “celebration of everything Philly”, from an array of multi-genre performances from Tears for Fears, G Love & Special Sauce, Son Little, Allen Stone, Marah, Kandace Springs, Vivian Green, and more to “Philly-centric food offerings, craft beer, and spirits.” Continue reading →

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Watch Hall & Oates perform a “Private Eyes” classic on Fallon

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The Fillmore Philly | Photo by Kate McCann for WXPN | katemccannphotography.com

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Hall & Oates have been around for almost 45 years now, and the Philly legends still find time to bring the funk to late night television. Jimmy Fallon, a known H&O superfan, had the band on The Tonight Show last night to perform “I Can’t Go For That,” their 4th #1 single and the 2nd from their 1981 smash album, Private Eyes. Continue reading →

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Philly Boy, Part 2: Listen to Jon Wurster guest DJ on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Jon Wurster | Photo by Eric Schuman
Jon Wurster | Photo by Eric Schuman

It’s always a good time when drummer Jon Wurster (Superchunk, the Mountain Goats) stops by the Indie Rock Hit Parade. This time around, Jon brought with him a batch of classic and rare Philly-centric indie and hardcore, along with some new and (perhaps rightfully) forgotten tracks. Jon also chats with host Eric Schuman in an extended conversation about his comedy partnership with Tom Scharpling, and how the duo are bringing The Best Show on the road for a live tour. Speaking of, you can see Scharpling and Wurster at Union Transfer on Sunday, December 13th.

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The Fillmore Philly opens in style with Hall & Oates and a hit-packed set

The Fillmore Philly | Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com
The Fillmore Philly | Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com

“We’re in Fishtown, right?” Daryl Hall asked the crowd at the opening night of The Fillmore Philly. “I used to be scared to come up here.”

Many concertgoers, clad in suit jackets and pumps, arrived to the venue wet after having parked their cars beneath I-95. Warm, colorful and even swanky, The Fillmore felt like walking into a high-end club after trekking through the pothole-filled streets of Fishtown on the first night of October. Continue reading →

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Watch Arc Iris cover Hall and Oates’ “Rich Girl”

Photo by Shervin Lainez
Photo by Shervin Lainez

The Providence, RI “sorcery” band Arc Iris recently recorded this fun cover of Hall and Oates‘ “Rich Girl” for Root Down In The Shadow’s Cover Club series. This series features various bands covering their favorite Philly artists. Hall and Oates will be opening The Fillmore Philly tonight with a sold-out show, while Arc Iris will be at Johnny Brenda’s on October 22nd. Watch the cover video below. Continue reading →

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Ballin’ Oates: Wu-Tang and Kanye West meet Hall & Oates

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New York based producer, musician, and remixer Scott Melker is at it again. He’s just released his third in a series of remix / mashup EP’s and this time out he’s taken on Hall & Oates. On Ballin’ Oates, Melker takes five Hall & Oates classics and mixes in songs and raps from Wu-Tang Clan, Kanye West, T.I., Twista and others. Melker’s previous hip-hop remix projects included The Skeetles (The Beatles), and Skeetwood Mac (Fleetwood Mac). You can download all of the music on Soundcloud here. Below, download Ballin’ Oates.

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Hall And Oates’ “Adult Education” at the top of NPR Music’s “Completely Embarrassing Music Videos” list

Over at the NPR Music blog The Record, Ann Powers has posted a list of eight shiver-inducingly terrible music videos—a list inspired by the recently released book, I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution. From The Record:

It’s also maybe the first book best read at the computer, with your browser open to YouTube. Any given page triggers memories of a classically great or awful video. Rob Tannenbaum and Craig Marks, the book’s co-authors, have been busy creating playlists to promote their new release. They’re both buddies of mine, so I asked them to do a special one for The Record. What they came up with is deliciously hideous: the top videos artists regret making, accompanied by excerpts from the book.

And there it is, sitting right at the top of the (unranked) list, the video for Hall And Oates’ “Adult Education”—of which Daryl Hall says: “Videos began to attract wannabe Cecil B. Demilles, directors who had almost unlimited budgets and did whatever they felt like. ‘Adult Education’ is a perfect example. We brought in a director I didn’t know [Tim Pope], who was newly hot. He didn’t have a clue what to do with the song. The plot? I couldn’t tell you.” Below, the video, in all of its head-scratching glory.

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What Has Been Seen Cannot Be Unseen: The alternate video for Broken Bells’ “The Ghost Inside” (starring Hall And Oates)

OK, to be honest, we don’t really know what to make out of this. Uh…essentially, it is the song “The Ghost Inside” by Broken Bells (Danger Mouse and the Shins’ James Mercer) set to the video for Hall & Oates’ “Private Eyes,” with mesmerizing results. Whatever the hell is going on, we can’t take our eyes off it (for better or for worse). It’s probably best just to let the folks at New York Magazine‘s A&E blog, Vulture (who posted this video earlier this morning) explain it:

The backstory: Filmmaker and friend of the band Matt McCormick says the clapping in “The Ghost Inside” reminded him of Hall & Oates “Private Eyes,” so he “looked up the ‘Private Eyes’ video on YouTube and realized that song structure and tempo was pretty darn close to that of ‘Ghost Inside,’ and from there just started playing around with syncing up the visuals from the ‘Private Eyes’ video with ‘The Ghost Inside.” Then he superimposed James Mercer’s mouth on the face of Mr. Daryl Hall and called it a day.

So, there you have it. You can either watch the original video (featuring Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks as a futuristic, cash-strapped cyborg aboard an Alien-inspired space shuttle bound for the resort planet of her dreams) which we’ve posted below, OR you can watch Hall & Oates creepily lip-sync their way through the song right here.