Music Issue 2012: Philly Tastemakers Reveal Their Favorite Music

By PW Staff
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Last record purchased: Fink, Perfect Darkness; Citizen Cope, One Lovely Day and Conception: An Interpretation of Stevie Wonder Songs, all iTunes downloads within the past week.

Favorite Philly act: The Roots and just about anybody they select as special guests.

Favorite Philly venue: World Cafe Live for live performances.

Now in heavy rotation: New double set from Christian Scott; Cassandra Wilson, Another Country and Oddisee, People Hear What They See.


JAMES CLAIBORNE, Arts & Culture Advocate, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance & Philly 360

First record purchased: Immature, Playtyme Is Over.

Last record purchased: Sarah Vaughan, “Sophisticated Lady” and “You’ve Changed.”

Favorite Philly act: Bilal Oliver.

Favorite Philly venue: Mann Center for the Performing Arts.

Now in heavy rotation: Absolutely everything by Georgia Anne Muldrow.

M. KOFI SMITH, Youth Development, Youth Service Inc./Event Production, ESO Productions

First record purchased: Big Daddy Kane, Long Live the Kane.

Last record purchased: Are we still using the word “record?” Nas, Life is Good.

Favorite Philly act: The Roots.

Favorite Philly venue: No longer exists, but The Five Spot.

Now in heavy rotation: “No Church in the Wild,” Jay-Z & Kanye West, Watch the Throne.


GEORGE LAWRENCE, Promoter/Event Coordinator,

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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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