Sleepy Hollow’s Greatest Year(s) in Music: 1959

Miles Davis
During a recording session (later released as ”58 Miles’), American jazz musicians John Coltrane (1926 – 1967), Cannonball Adderley (1928 – 1975), Miles Davis (1926 – 1991), and Bill Evans (1929 – 1980) perform in the studio, New York, New York, May 26, 1958. (Photo by Frank Driggs Collection/Getty Images)

As we prepare for this November’s playback of the XPN community’s continuing conversation regarding “the greatest year in music,” the folks here at Sleepy Hollow will be offering a glimpse into what we believe are five years that best exemplify not only popular music over the course of the last sixty-five years or so, but also, what we do here each Saturday and Sunday morning.

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Sleepy Hollow’s Songs of Summer

Yp La Tengo | via
Yo La Tengo | via

Today is the official first day of summer, the Summer Solstice. To celebrate, the hosts of WXPN’s Sleepy Hollow, Keith Kelleher and Julian Booker have put collaborated on a list of their favorite summer-themed music. As languid and dense as a late July afternoon, these selections are a good place to start for those looking for a soundtrack to get them through the season, especially during those early mornings and late nights. (Words by Julian Booker) Continue reading →


Sleepy Hollow celebrates the music of Karen Dalton

Karen Dalton | Photo by Elliott_Landy_|
Karen Dalton | Photo by Elliott Landy |

Of all the decisions made during the recording and release of Karen Dalton’s second album titling it In My Own Time was, in retrospect, the most apt. Take Dalton’s country-soul workout of Holland-Dozier-Holland’s “How Sweet it is (to be Loved by You)” and listen to it next to the haunting folk-informed pleas on her take of Richard Tucker’s “Are You Leaving for the Country” and try and figure out how they work together on the same album; they do. Continue reading →


Take Me Out to the (Sleepy Hollow) Ball Game

Illustration by Alex Fine
Illustration by Alex Fine

Continuing our exploration of music relating to spring, we take a look today at songs inspired by the game of baseball (whose season begins tonight)…and while the topic has spawned plenty of novelties and throwaways, here are a few songs about America’s pastime that should appeal to the Sleepy Hollow faithful. Continue reading →


Sleepy Hollow’s Songs of Spring

Sarah Vaughan | Photo by William P. Gottlieb c. 1946

The changing of the seasons has long been an abundant source of inspiration for musicians and songwriters, so as we round the corner past Friday’s spring equinox (albeit a snowy one), the Sleepy Hollow team is anxiously looking ahead toward longer days and warmer weather with five songs celebrating the season of rebirth and rejuvenation! Continue reading →


Sleepy Hollow’s Sounds of the 70s playlist

Nick Drake | Photo by Keith Morris | from the Five Leaves Left album sleeve

As you know, last weekend Dan Reed graced you with every #1 song to be released in the 1970s–some were great, and some were…well flat out dismal. It got the three of us here at Sleepy Hollow thinking about many of our favorite songs and records from that decade–here are a few thoughts about three recordings particularly close to our hearts, as well as a playlist that we curated for your listening pleasure. Enjoy the Sleepy Hollow Sounds of the 70s playlist! Continue reading →


Sleepy Hollow’s Shows to See: Justin Townes Earle, Kat Edmonson and more

Justin Townes Earle | Photo courtesy of the artist
Justin Townes Earle | Photo courtesy of the artist

There is nothing better to keep your spirits up during this relentless onslaught of cold air than to take some time to go see live music. For those of you looking to extend your Sleepy Hollow experience beyond the confines of Saturday and Sunday mornings, here is a rundown of some upcoming concerts we think you ought to check out. Continue reading →


Q&A: Get to know Julian Booker, the new host of Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow host Julian Booker
Sleepy Hollow host Julian Booker

Last April, Sleepy Hollow host Keith Brand announced that he would be retiring from his Sunday morning post of 27 years to spend time working on other creative outlets.  Now just about one year later, the “eclectic, quiet sounds of Sleepy Hollow” have a new voice to carry the show into its next several decades.

Julian Booker took over the mic at the end of February and has already shown a great ability to curate interesting and surprising playlists that fit the Sleepy Hollow mood while exploring new directions and introducing new artists to the rotation.  We thought it would be a good idea to get to know the newest addition to the XPN DJ line-up so we sent a few questions Julian’s way.  Check out his thoughts on the heritage of Sleepy Hollow, avoiding preconceptions and what he does in his time off below while listening to some of the songs he played on his first few Sleepy Hollow broadcasts.

The Key: How did you get started DJing?

Julian Booker: I got my first radio show towards the end of college. I had worked for my father (who has been in radio for over forty years) at Delmarva Broadcasting Company in Wilmington, DE throughout high school.  Later he asked me if I would help develop their HD-affiliate Graffiti Radio, whom I’ve worked with ever since. I started DJing live around the same time and was the house DJ at The Blockley until it closed last December.

TK: How did you spend your Sunday mornings before becoming the host of Sleepy Hollow?

JB: In addition to my new position at XPN, I work as a live sound engineer, so I spent a lot of Sunday mornings sleeping after late nights at shows. My schedule is kind of inverting now, so far I enjoy actually seeing the sunrise.

TK: What drew you to the eclectic Sleepy Hollow format?

JB: I’ve always loved a wide spectrum of music – I grew up listening to everything from The Spinners to Steely Dan to Carole King and music that was popular on the radio at the time – things like Semisonic or New Radicals. So when I began to get older, that eclecticism really started to grow. I try to find elements that I like in everything that I hear – I think it helps to become a more well-rounded listener.

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The Week So Far: 11 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Sleepy Hollow, The National, Peter Murphy)

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Market East shared a new song called “To Walk With You” ahead of the release of Children of Summer, out May 27th [link]

The 52nd annual Philadelphia Folk Festival line-up is jam packed with sets by Richard Thompson, Toy Soldiers, Black Prairie and more [link]

Alo Brasil brought tropical sounds and rhythms to their Key Studio Session earlier this week [link]

The National debuted the first video for their upcoming LP with the song “Sea of Love” [link]

XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week featured San Francisco’s John Murry and his deeply personal song “Southern Sky” [link]

Get ready for tonight’s Peter Murphy show at The Trocadero with a video-playlist of five songs we hope he plays [link]

The Swollen Fox and WXPN have announced a show with The Districts, Goodnight, Texas and Satellite Hearts on 7/19 [link]

Sunday morning marked Keith Brand’s final Sleepy Hollow show on XPN; listen back to the full broadcast [link] and check out the song he chose to close out his 27-year run [link]

In a special Folkadelphia Session, we meet Nadia Sirota and Valgeir Sigurdsson and a mix of reinterpretations and original material [link]

Download a 44-track mixtape from 100 Years of Solid Dudes featuring samples of Elvis Costello, Bowie and more [link]

Get a glimpse inside The Breeders‘ Sunday night show at The Trocadero with a photo recap and set list [link]