Listen to Kurt Vile cover Lou Reed on ‘The Best Show’

Kurt Vile | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN |

It’s hard to predict what will happen each week on “The Best Show.” Tom Scharpling’s internet radio show/podcast goes live every Tuesday night and travels down a path somewhere at the intersection of music and comedy, but the conversation can stray to really anything. This week, that path took us to Philly’s own Kurt Vile, a frequent “Best Show” guest, covering Lou Reed, Steve Gunn intertwining his own tunes with one of John Mayer’s and plenty of Jersey Shore chatter. Continue reading →


April 12 in Music History: R.E.M. release Murmur, Metallica sues Napstser

R.E.M. Murmur

1954 – Bill Haley records “Rock Around the Clock” at Pythian Temple studios in New York City. It is considered by many to be the version of the song that put rock and roll on the map around the world. The song is used over the opening titles for the film Blackboard Jungle and goes on to be a worldwide #1 & the biggest selling pop single with sales over 25 million.

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Listen to Lou Reed perform at The Mann 30 years ago today

Lou Reed | photo by Ebet Roberts | via Rolling Stone

The poet laureate of rock and roll debauchery, Lou Reed, had a spectacular run of solo records across the 70s and into the 80s. Some critics argue that that streak ended 30 years ago this May, when Reed released Mistrial – an album recorded with a new group of players and laced with 80s production gloss and drum machine rhythms.

Whatever your take on the record is, the crowd at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts sounded positively pumped to hear Reed play in this recording of a Philly concert from 30 years ago today. Joining him are Fernando Saunders on bass, J.T. Lewis on Drums, Eddi Martinez on guitar, Rick Bell on sax and Woody Smallwood on keys, and the band works its way through seven out of Mistrial‘s 10 songs – the funky “Video Violence” sounds particularly indebted to the Talking Heads. Continue reading →