Favorite Philly venue: Tie between Union Transfer and Johnny Brenda’s.
Now in heavy rotation: Fiona Apple’s The Idler Wheel... and Santigold’s Master of My Make Believe.
DON RUSSELL, Executive Director, Philly Beer Week
First record purchased : The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Take Five. That and Tommy are the only albums I’ve purchased in all forms—vinyl, 8-track, cassette, CD and MP3.
Last record purchased: The Black Keys, El Camino.
Favorite Philly act: Ben Arnold.
Favorite Philly venue: The Hot Club, circa 1978. I guess I don’t get out much any more.
Now in heavy rotation: The Move and MC5.
CHICKENBOY, Owner, Kung Fu Necktie
First record purchased: Black Sabbath, Paranoid.
Last record purchased: Future Of The Left, The Plot Against Common Sense.
Favorite Philly act: A Life Once Lost.
Favorite Philly venue: KFN! Of course!
Now in heavy rotation: Future Of The Left or Ceremony—and Grand Funk Railroad’s Red Album.
GARY STEUER , Chief Cultural Officer of the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy
First record purchased: Don’t remember exactly. Probably a 45 of the Temptations’ “Cloud Nine,” which I think was 1969. Also spent a lot of time as a kid listening to records bought by my father – The Rolling Stones’ Beggar’s Banquet; The Beatles’ Help!, A Hard Day’s Night, Revolver, Rubber Soul, Sgt. Pepper, etc.
Last record purchased: I think Trombone Shorty, For True —actually bought at Jazz Fest in New Orleans, though that might have been Alabama Shakes.
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PW's Music Issue 2014