Music Issue 2012: Philly Tastemakers Reveal Their Favorite Music

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Favorite Philly act: George Miller from Jump turned me onto Toy Soldiers, and I’ve really been enjoying them. Also, though they’re ubiquitous these days, I’m also a big fan of The Roots.

Favorite Philly venue : World Café Live. Love the acoustics, sight lines, vibe and programming. I’m getting too old to really enjoy music in venues where there is no seating and where your feet stick to the crud built up on the floor.

Now in heavy rotation: In addition to Trombone Shorty, the Shakes, the Roots (both Undun and the Betty Wright collaboration) and Toy Soldiers, Big Sam, The Kills’ Blood Pressure, Chimes of Freedom (the Dylan benefit tribute for Amnesty), Carolina Chocolate Drops, Leaving Eden; a variety of recent Paste mPlayer issue tracks, Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball, Bonnie Raitt’s Slipstream. And not to leave jazz out: Terell Stafford’s new CD, This Side of Strayhorn.


STACEY “FLYGIRRL” WILSON, Co-Owner, Tasty Treats/Designer/Visual Artist

First record purchased: The Sesame Street series.

Last record purchased: Frank Ocean, Channel Orange.

Favorite Philly act: The Roots, Hall and Oates, The Sound of Philadelphia.

Favorite Philly venue: Tasty Treats at Fluid.

Now in heavy rotation: Bucie, Frank Ocean, Khemist, Marva Whitney.


JOSHUA MAYS, Muralist/Graphic Designer/Visual Artist

First record purchased: My earliest music purchase I can recollect is Dr. Dre’s “Let Me Ride” maxi-single.

Last record purchased: Probably the James Blake album. I’m downloading free music almost everyday.

Favorite Philly act: The Roots. Maybe Diplo, if he ever dropped another solo album.

Favorite Philly venue: Johnny Brenda’s.

Now in heavy rotation: I’m always mixing my music. Amon Tobin, Teebs, Dimlite and Tune-Yards are regulars in the mix.



First record purchase: A subscription to the Disney storybook records. Original movie soundtrack LPs with fully-illustrated books on the ding-turn-the-page tip.

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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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