Music Issue 2012: Philly Tastemakers Reveal Their Favorite Music

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Last record purchased: Last vinyl was the remastered Dark Side of the Moon.

Favorite Philly act: I always had a soft spot for the Trammps back in the day.

Favorite Philly venue: The Spectrum because I attended many shows there.

Now in heavy rotation: I have a ‘60s and ‘70s play list that includes lots of really old staples: the Who, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, Tower of Power, Blood Sweat & Tears, The Zombies, just to name a few.


JOSE GARCES, Iron Chef/Owner of Amada, Village Whiskey, Tinto, Distrito and Chifa

First record purchased: The Rolling Stones, Tattoo You. A classic that still makes its way out of my speakers quite a lot.

Last record purchased: The Black Keys, Attack & Release. Smart, contemporary rock ‘n’ roll from some of the best in the business right now. It was their first album with an outside producer, and the result is impossible to stop listening to.

Favorite Philly act: Dr. Dog. You have to love a band that builds their own amplifier to make sure that their sound reaches the crowd the way they mean it to get there.

Favorite Philly venue: It’s decidedly less rock ‘n’ roll than my previous picks might suggest, but I absolutely love The Kimmel Center. Visually, acoustically and historically, it is a stunning venue and a very special place to see all kinds of live music.

Now in heavy rotation: It’s tough to find a day when I’m not in the mood for The Beatles. I’ve also been playing a lot of Grateful Dead for the past week or two, in honor of Jerry Garcia’s birthday.


ZACH MILLER, Keyboardist, Dr. Dog

First record purchased : The first piece of music I can remember owning is an MC Hammer cassette single: “U Can’t Touch This” b/w “Up With Hope (Down With Dope).” It came free when you bought a pair of BK shoes. I would play that cassette over and over while playing Brickles or Lode Runner on the computer.

Last record purchased: Ty Segall Band, Slaughterhouse.

Favorite Philly act: (Past) The Teeth; (present) Purling Hiss.

Favorite Philly venue: Johnny Brenda’s.

Now in heavy rotation: Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin.


JASON KERNEVICH, Co-Owner, The Heads of State

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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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