Happy Valentine’s Day. Here’s ten great classic songs to celebrate the day, from some legendary Philly artists including The Delfonics, Teddy Pendergrass, Hall & Oates, Patti Labelle and others. Continue reading →
It’s the gift that keeps on giving. John Oates of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers (as of tomorrow) Hall & Oates, recently recorded a Daytrotter Session released today as a small present to fans from Oates who turned 65 on April 7.
Typically, the Rock Island-based Daytrotter sessions series features musicians are up and coming artists, but Oates is an obvious exception. With over 18 albums during his duo days, he released Good Road to Follow this past March which features three EPs with collabos from Vince Gill, Hot Chelle Rae and Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic.
His recorded Daytrotter session features “Stone Cold Love,” “Edge of the World, ” “This Is the Life,” and “Lose It In Louisiana” off of the new release as well as a cover of John Hurt’s “Stack O Lee.”
And in case you haven’t had enough of John Oates this week, check his guest appearance with other Philly favorites The Roots on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon earlier this week. Take note of his Phillies guitar.
Ali Wadsworth is not a new voice in Philly by any means, but she’ll be releasing her debut solo LP at Ruba Club tonight. The celebration will be an incredible one: a cocktail hour, sets by Auctioneer, Thom McCarthy and Divers and a “super top secret party band” will surround the centerpiece performance by Wadsworth and her band. Before striking out on her own, Wadsworth was a member of Unlikely Cowboy with Good Old War’s Dan Schwartz, Goldiebox with her sister Claire and Philly super-group Fantasy Square Garden. The new album, recorded by Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man), features songs written for Wadsworth by her friends and fellow musicians. Tickets and information for the all-night party can be found on the Facebook event page. Watch Wadsworth perform “Still Not Over You” at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology below.
Set to release their VIILP tomorrow, Blitzen Trapper headline Union Transfer tonight. The Portland, Oregon band forage for their sound in the dark, hidden forests of the Pacific Northwest and the deep, mind-bending backwoods of the South, blending alternative country with experimental, almost psychedelic warps. VII is streaming now on the New York Times‘ Press Play feature. TIckets and information for tonight’s show with Phox can be found here. Listen to Blitzen Trapper’s 2011 appearance on World Cafe here and watch the video for their 2009 single “Black River Killer” below.
MTV launched this day back in 1981 with the airing of The Buggles’ “Video Killed The Radio Star”. One of the original VJ’s was Mark Goodman, who was on WMMR in the Seventies, before he moved to New York to take a job at WPLJ, which led to his becoming a part of the original on-air team. A nice batch of Philly bands showed up in the playlist of MTV’s golden era; watch six of our most favorite selections from local artists below. Gosh, some of these videos were really cheesy in a good way.
They don’t call it “The Legendary Dobbs” for nothing; back in the day, the South Street haunt JC Dobbs was the place to see live music in town, and Robert Hazard and the Heroes filmed their 1983 video “Change Reaction” there. Note the framed 8×10 glossies all over the wood-panel walls, and the way they make the matchbook-sized club look massive.
Okay, technically it’s Chester County, but we’ll forgive The Hooters for going outside city limits. The “And We Danced” video is delightfully retro-50s, with convertible muscle cars pulling up to a party at the Exton Drive-In.
On November 3rd, 1973, Hall and Oates released their second album, Abandoned Luncheonette. Produced by the legendary Arif Mardin, the album included the band’s breakout hit song, “She’s Gone,” along with acoustic soul based songs like “When The Morning Comes,” “Las Vegas Turnaround,” and the title track “Abandoned Lunchonette.” The iconic album cover featured the picture of an abandoned diner – the Rosedale Diner – that was originally in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. When “She’s Gone” was first released as a single, it was not a hit song, In fact, it only reached Number 60 on the Billboard music charts. When Hall and Oates moved from Atlantic Records to RCA Records in 1976, the song was re-released and hit Number 7 on the Billboard charts.
Hall and Oates are playing the Tower Theatre on Saturday, May 19th. The Do What You Want, Be What You Are 2012 Tour is rolling in to town as part of the 25th Anniversary show for radio station 98.1 WOGL. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Below, videos of a couple of our favorite Hall and Oates songs, including “She’s Gone.”