Music Issue 2012: Philly Tastemakers Reveal Their Favorite Music

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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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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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