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.
STEPHANIE RENEE, On-Air Host, 900 AM WURD
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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PW's Music Issue 2014