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Cee Knowledge and the Cosmic Funk Orchestra is laid-back and romantic on new single “Spaceman,” featuring Marchitect and Cookie Rabinowitz

Cee Knowledge | via ceeknowledge.bandcamp.com

Founding member of the 90s hip-hop trio Digable Planets, Craig “Doodlebug” Irving’s talents in the studio and on the mic have marked him as a legend. In 2000, he founded Cee Knowledge & The Cosmic Funk Orchestra and has built a solo career on the side in the time since. The frontman continues to bring his jazzy rap flow to the stage, along with six other music veterans who are passionate about what they do and the city they’re from.

The Philly based funk/hip-hop group just released a new single, “Spaceman,” taken from their upcoming album Alien-Aided, set to drop on June 15th. Cee Know describes the upcoming record as “a cosmic fun anthology, or a collection of scattered thoughts, static rhythms, and smoked out vibes.” It incorporates many talented artists such as Abstract Artform, Marchitect, El Carnicero, Supreme Kai, Shawneci Icecold, Cookie Rabinowitz, Dr. Drummah, and Cazal Organism. Continue reading →

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Dan Reed and Robert Drake talk winter storms, Cookie Rabinowitz shares an “instant song” called “Bomb Cyclone Shuffle”

DJ Robert Drake | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

In case you’ve not heard already, the next few days are going to get cold. Like, colder than it’s been. I’m talking caps lock COLD. But, for a levelheaded assessment of the weather and what it’s going to do, it’s always good to turn to DJ Robert Drake. For not being a meteorologist — at least not in a greater-than-hobbyist sense — he has an astonishing degree of accuracy (via his Twitter and other social media channels) reading weather patterns and determining what storms are going to do, as compared to the people who actually make weather predictions their job.

Today he appeared on the air with WXPN’s Dan Reed and shared what he sees as the reason why: he doesn’t buy into the hype, he just calls the shots like he sees them, and he explained to Reed the nuances of what accelerated drops in atmospheric pressure are going to do to the eastern seaboard over the next two days. Reed, by admission, totally loves the hype element of extreme weather, and rang up his friend Cookie Rabinowitz earlier in the afternoon to record an “instant song” about the forecast. 40 minutes later, “Bomb Cyclone Shuffle” was ready to go, complete with a Robert Drake name drop, just in time for the show. Listen to the interview and song below. Continue reading →

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Listen to Philly Local Cookie Rabinowitz cover Pharrell Williams’ “Happy”

Cookie Rabinowitz | Photo via facebook.com/CookieRabinowitz
Cookie Rabinowitz | Photo via facebook.com/CookieRabinowitz

Local funk soul singer songwiter brother Cookie Rabinowitz has added to voice to our growing list of Philly local cover songs with a version of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.” Back in September, Cookie had the audacity to cover Fall In Philadelphia by Jall & Oates, and this time around he’s reflected on one of his favorite songs of 2014. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. The Hold Steady, Cookie Rabinowitz, Sugar Tongue Slim

The Hold Steady
The Hold Steady | Photo by Kelsey Stange for WXPN

XPN members at the Special Producers level got a treat from The Hold Steady recently when they performed and recorded an interview with David Dye live for World Cafe.  You can listen to the full World Cafe appearance here, which includes performances of “Stuck Between Stations,” “Sequestered in Memphis,” and “The Ambassador.”  “I Hope This Whole Thing Doesn’t Frighten You” is available as a free download below. Continue reading →

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Watch Cookie Rabinowitz’s comforting “Every St.” video

Cookie Rabinowitz
Photo via facebook.com/CookieRabinowitz

Local R&B-soul singer songwriter Cookie Rabinowitz recently released a video for “Every St.” The song is off of his newest album, Four Eyed Soul. The album title refers to the “blue eyed soul” genre which has deep roots in Philly, where artists like Hall and Oates who brought the genre to commercial success.

Originally an alternative singer songwriter, Cookie quickly embraced a more soulful direction when he started collaborating with local MC Schoolly D and guitarist Erik Horvitz. Continue reading →

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What’s happening at The Living Room at 35 East? We discussed the burgeoning venue with owner Laura Mann

The Living Room | photo courtesy of Laura Mann

In early 2018, The Living Room at 35 East opened on Ardmore’s Lancaster Avenue. Since that time, the intimate forty-seat venue has grown widely popular for its eclectic mix of events: rock shows, acoustic shows, classical and jazz performances, poetry readings, film screenings and more. Earlier this summer, Philadelphia Magazine named The Living Room the area’s Best Small Music Venue in its Best of 2019 issue. The venue has also recently announced a Grand Re-Opening on September 8th, new weekly hours and the opening of a new café.

To hear about the evolution that has been taking place at The Living Room in the past year, we spoke to the venue’s owner Laura Mann — who is also a singer-songwriter with an album release show at World Café Live coming up this October — and publicity director Fern Brodkin. Our conversation has been edited for length and clarity. Continue reading →

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PorchFest returns to South Wayne

photo courtesy of South Wayne PorchFest

PorchFest, a concept that’s increasingly popular in cities across the country, will return to the suburb of South Wayne for the third year in a row. On September 14, the community will close off five residential blocks to traffic and transform the neighborhood into an outdoor music venue, using porches as their stages to host more than 60 local acts. Continue reading →

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Chill Moody, Swift Technique and more will play Eagles center Jason Kelce’s “Night of Philly Music” to benefit Make The World Better

Chill Moody | photo by Reji B. | courtesy of the artist | www.rejibphotography.com
Chill Moody | photo by Reji B. | courtesy of the artist | www.rejibphotography.com

Continuing in the tradition lead by former Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Connor Barwin, current Eagles center and Philly icon Jason Kelce is throwing a concert dubbed “A Night of Philly Music” this Saturday at The Ardmore Music Hall. Similar to Barwin’s benefit shows, all of the proceeds will be donated to the Make The World Better Foundation. Continue reading →