Music Issue 2012: Philly Tastemakers Reveal Their Favorite Music

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First record purchased: I can’t remember. But in third grade, I borrowed a friend’s LL Cool J tape and copied it by setting up two boomboxes face-to-face: one to play, the other to record.

Last record purchased: Lady Alma, Lady Alma Live, copped at the album release party.

Favorite Philly act: My three favorite DJs: Rich Medina, Sonny James aka Statik from Illvibe Collective and Jazzy Jeff.

Favorite Philly venue: Tower Theater.

Now in heavy rotation: Getting ready for this LF Daze EP, so I’ve been listening to a lot of his beats lately.


MR. SONNY JAMES, aka STATIK, DJ/Producer/Engineer/Videographer, Illvibe Collective

First record purchased: Bohannon, “Let’s Start The Dance” on 45.

Last record purchased: Opolopo, Mutants.

Favorite Philly act: The Roots.

Favorite Philly venue: Kung Fu Necktie and Johnny Brenda’s.

Now in heavy rotation: Frank Ocean, Illvibe Remix LP, Jose James, Nas’ Life is Good.


DJ PANEK, Art Director/Producer, Illvibe Collective

First record purchased: Who buys one record?! Wu-Tang Clan’s “Protect Ya Neck/Method Man” and Brand Nubian, “Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down.”

Last record purchased: Phantogram, Nightlife.

Favorite Philly act: The whole underground Philly hip-hop community from 1999-2005. Many great shows went on in that period.

Favorite Philly venue: Johnny Brenda’s. Good place to see a show.

Now in heavy rotation: Any rare/classic early ‘80s punk, Little Dragon, Theophilus London, Jonti, Wise Blood.

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1. Anonymous said... on Aug 15, 2012 at 12:27PM

“wow. what a truly diverse and varied group of "tastemakers". one more reason why PW is a joke of a weekly rag.”

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2. Anonymous said... on Aug 15, 2012 at 01:11PM

“They should have asked for their Favorite Philly Act that's not The Roots.”

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3. Anonymous said... on Aug 16, 2012 at 01:53AM

“troll much?”

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4. Anonymous said... on Aug 16, 2012 at 02:48PM

“In Philly, we play both types of music. Hip hop AND indie rock! No, but seriously, you guys couldn't find a few more MCs and DJs to contribute?”

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5. Anonymous said... on Aug 23, 2012 at 08:06PM

“Stop hating. There isn't even an indie rock station on main stream radio in Philly. Philadelphia is known for Soul music and Hip-Hop. And more music industry DJs have come out of Philly than any other city in the world. Whether it's Josh Wink, Diplo or Jazzy Jeff, we have dominated DJ culture for the last 30 years.”

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6. Anonymous said... on Aug 27, 2012 at 05:40PM

“I call it as I see it, and I see a music scene far more diverse in this city than was given credit by these so-called "taste makers". Maybe if there was someone over 35 contributing to PW, we'd hear about it. Oh, and if you're actually under the impression that there isn't an indie rock station in Philly, there's a little station called WXPN. You should tune in sometime! You'll get all the Avett Brothers and Dr. Dog your little eardrums can handle. (But only if Pitchfork says it's okay)”


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