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Jan 19 in Music History: The Beatles begin recording “A Day in the Life,” The Pretenders release their debut album

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Jan 19 in Music History: The Beatles begin recording “A Day in the Life,” The Pretenders release their debut album
1934 – Laurens Hammond files for a patent for the pipeless organ with the tonewheel generator. The patent is granted on April 24.

 

1957 – Johnny Cash appears on national TV for the first time when he performs on The Jackie Gleason Show.
1967 – The Beatles began recording “A Day In The Life” at Abbey Road studios London, recording four takes of the new song. According to Lennon, the inspiration for the first two verses was the death of Tara Browne, the 21-year-old heir to the Guinness fortune who had crashed his Lotus Elan on December 18, 1966 ...

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Sire Records founder Seymour Stein talks with Dan & Dan about his legendary career, from signing The Ramones, Madonna, and The Smiths, to upcoming auction and more

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Sire Records founder Seymour Stein talks with Dan & Dan about his legendary career, from signing The Ramones, Madonna, and The Smiths, to upcoming auction and more

Via NME.com

Meet Dan and Dan! Dan Reed, Music Director and Afternoon Host at WXPN/Philadelphia and Dan DeLuca, Music Critic and Columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer sit down on a bi-weekly basis to talk MUSIC!

For their 70th podcast, Dan & Dan welcome Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and founder of Sire Records, Seymour Stein to the show! Seymour shares stories about signing Depeche Mode, Madonna, The Smiths, Ice T and more. Plus, he talks about his connections to Philadelphia and offers his thoughts about the streaming music economy.

Seymour is also participating in a Rock and Roll Memorabilia ...

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Pre-order Live at the World Cafe Volume 43 featuring The Districts, Maggie Rogers, The War on Drugs, Waxahatchee and more

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Pre-order Live at the World Cafe Volume 43 featuring The Districts, Maggie Rogers, The War on Drugs, Waxahatchee and more

Live at the World Cafe Volume 43

The latest compilation of live performances from NPR’s World Cafe is available this spring to XPN members — and it’s a fantastic collection.

Ranging from rock and folk vets Bob WeirLittle Steven & The Disciples of Soul, and Suzanne Vega to new voices Maggie Rogers, Sweet Spirit, and Phoebe Bridgers, Philly rooted artists The DistrictsThe War on Drugs, and Waxahatchee, Live at the World Cafe Vol. 43 is an expansive release.

Existing XPN members can get a copy of the CD for an additional donation ...

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Mavis Staples perform live on Kimmel for MLK Day, see the “video likeness” of Prince onstage in April in Minneapolis

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Mavis Staples perform live on Kimmel for MLK Day, see the “video likeness” of Prince onstage in April in Minneapolis

Mavis Staples | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

Mavis Staples was the musical guest on last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! for Martin Luther King Day. Watch the legendary singer perform an emotional live version of “Build a Bridge.”

Mavis Staples will be performing at this year’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival following the release of her latest album If All I Was Was Black, which was written and produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy.

A special concert & event featuring a “video likeness” of Prince is being planned for April 21st in Minneapolis. The show, featuring Prince’s video likeness, ...

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R.I.P. Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries, gone at 46

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R.I.P. Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries, gone at 46

Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries | photo by Amarvudol | via Wikimedia Commons

Irish singer and songwriter Dolores O’Riordan — the singular voice at the front of alternative-era favorites The Cranberries — has passed away in London at age 46.

According to a BBC report, O’Riordan was in London for a recording session; a statement from the band’s publicist said “Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

O’Riordan joined The Cranberries in 1990 — brothers Mike and Noel Hogan formed an early version of the band in Limerick, ...

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WXPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “All Nerve” by The Breeders

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WXPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “All Nerve” by The Breeders

The Breeders | Photo by Marisa Gesualdi

Alternative rockers The Breeders recently announced details about their first album in ten years, All Nerve, to be released on March 2nd. The band’s classic lineup of Kim and Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs and Jim Macpherson return for the new album.

The Breeders were formed in 1989 by Kim Deal of the Pixies and Tanya Donelly of Throwing Muses. Their second album, Last Splash – released in 1993 – included their most popular alternative hits, “Divine Hammer,” and “Cannonball.” Last fall, the band released “Wait In The Car,” signaling a possible full ...

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Jan 15 in Music History: The Who release their debut single, John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat release their collaborative album

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Jan 15 in Music History: The Who release their debut single, John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat release their collaborative album
1961 – The Supremes sign a world wide recording contract with Motown Records. Along with Mary Wilson, Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, there is a fourth member, Barbara Martin, who leaves a year later. All except Martin are under 18 (Ross is 16) and need parental consent, which is granted after label boss Berry Gordy and his sister, Esther, win over their parents.

1965 – The Who release their first single “I Can’t Explain” with Jimmy Page on guitar and The Ivy League on backing vocals.
1967 – The Rolling Stones are forced to change the lyrics of “Let’s Spend ...

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Listen to two songs from Jack White’s next solo album, Boarding House Reach

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Listen to two songs from Jack White’s next solo album, Boarding House Reach

Jack White | via facebook.com/jackwhiteiii

Modern rock royalty Jack White has announced the details of his third full-length solo album. Boarding House Reach will be released later this year via Columbia Records, as well as White’s own label Third Man Records, and while no set release date is public yet, a 7″ single with two new tracks is now available.

“Connected By Love” is a two-chord, meditative slow burner with glorious harmonies on the refrain by Ann and Regina McCrary of Nashville gospel trio The McCrary Sisters. The song meditates on attachment and desire, with White howling “I wanna be directed ...

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XPN MusicNotes: See the latest video from Sharon Jones’ final album, listen to some early Nirvana demo tapes

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XPN MusicNotes: See the latest video from Sharon Jones’ final album, listen to some early Nirvana demo tapes

Sharon Jones | photo by Jacob Blickenstaff | courtesy of the artist

If God watches over a little sparrow, you know, if he takes care of the birds, here I am, one of his children, you know, he’s got so many of us down here. Human beings that send our faith up and believe. And if he watch over a sparrow, I know he watches over me.”-Sharon Jones

Before her death in 2016 Sharon Jones recorded one last album with the Dap-Kings called Soul Of A Woman. There’s already been two posthumous music video releases, and now comes the third ...

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Meet the #NPRSlingshot class of 2018

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Meet the #NPRSlingshot class of 2018

L-R, Top To Bottom: Air Credits, Bedouine, Brent Cowles, George Li, Gracie and Rachel, Haley Heynderickx, Hello June, Hembree, The Hogan Brothers, Jade Bird, Knox Fortune, Lawrence Rothman, Liz Brasher, McKinley Dixon, Mt. Joy, Phoebe Bridgers, The Shacks, Sidney Gish, Thunderpussy, WebsterX – The #NPRSlingshot Class of 2018 | via NPR Music

After an introductory year introducing Big Thief, Jamila Woods, and Lo Moon to listeners across the country, public radio’s emerging artist spotlight Slingshot returns for a second year — and a seven-fold increase in artists.

Some of the class of 2018 will be familiar to savvy listeners of XPN — like ...

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Listen to Belle & Sebastian’s feel-good new single “The Same Star”

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Listen to Belle & Sebastian’s feel-good new single “The Same Star”

Belle and Sebastian | photo by Kate McCann for WXPN

Belle & Sebastian start off 2018 by reminding the world of their jangle-pop superpowers. While you may find yourself nodding along to the opening minute of “The Same Star,” the back half of the track elicits full on feel-good grooves from the Scottish group. Anchored by a shimmering guitar solo and immediately followed up with roaring horns, it proves the band’s knack for songwriting has lasted into their 21st year as a group.

Out January 19 on Matador Records, How To Solve Our Human Problem, Part 2 is the second ...

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Everybody’s Coming To My House” by David Byrne

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Everybody’s Coming To My House” by David Byrne

David Byrne | Photo by Jody Rogac

David Byrne has announced a new solo album, American Utopia, out on March 9th. It is his first solo album since 2004’s Grown Backwards, and will also accompany a world tour, with a stop at WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival on Friday, July 27th.

As he has in the past, Byrne collaborates with Brian Eno, with additional contributions from Rodaidh McDonald (The xx, King Krule, Sampha, Savages), Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never), Jam City, Thomas Bartlett (St. Vincent producer, aka Doveman), Jack Peñate, Sampha and others.

About the album, Bryne writes ...

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Jan 8 in Music History: Elvis and David Bowie are born, Blackstar is released

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1957 – Elvis Presley takes the U.S. Army pre-induction exam on his 22nd birthday.

1960 – Eddie Cochran’s holds his last recording session in Hollywood.
1968 – Stax Records releases Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” and Sam & Dave’s “I Thank You.”
1973 – Elvis files for divorce from Priscilla Presley.
1974 – KISS sign their first recording deal, with Casablanca Records.
1979 – Canadian rock band Rush are named the country’s official Ambassadors Of Music by the Canadian government.
1981 – Linda Ronstadt makes her Broadway debut alongside Rex Smith and Kevin Kline in the ...

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Listen to David Bowie’s 1982 demo for “Let’s Dance,” featuring Nile Rodgers

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Listen to David Bowie’s 1982 demo for “Let’s Dance,” featuring Nile Rodgers

via davidbowie.com

To mark what would have David Bowie‘s 71st birthday, a stripped-down and funky demo of his hit “Let’s Dance” was unearthed and released today. With the new / old track came a bit of lore about the recording sessions — which took place in December of 1982 at Bowie’s Switzerland home with Chic’s Nile Rodgers and a pickup crew of local musicians coordinated by Claude Nobs of the Montreaux Jazz Festival.

“Inspired by the new songs that Bowie had written the pair decided to record a set of demos straight away,” explains a note on Bowie’s website ...

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Dan Reed and Robert Drake talk winter storms, Cookie Rabinowitz shares an “instant song” called “Bomb Cyclone Shuffle”

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Dan Reed and Robert Drake talk winter storms, Cookie Rabinowitz shares an “instant song” called “Bomb Cyclone Shuffle”

DJ Robert Drake | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

In case you’ve not heard already, the next few days are going to get cold. Like, colder than it’s been. I’m talking caps lock COLD. But, for a levelheaded assessment of the weather and what it’s going to do, it’s always good to turn to DJ Robert Drake. For not being a meteorologist — at least not in a greater-than-hobbyist sense — he has an astonishing degree of accuracy (via his Twitter and other social media channels) reading weather patterns and determining what storms are going to do, as ...

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XPN MusicNotes: Mark Ronson and Diplo pay homage to Philly’s Silk City in new joint project

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XPN MusicNotes: Mark Ronson and Diplo pay homage to Philly’s Silk City in new joint project

via Pitchfork

Philadelphia’s Silk City has been a staple for late night bites and music fixes for decades, and now the Spring Garden Street bar and club is the inspiration behind a new, joint project between singer-songwriter / producer Mark Ronson and DJ Diplo.

Ronson and Diplo have named their new collaboration Silk City as an homage to the place where Diplo got his start as a DJ, and the duo will make their first live performance at this year’s Governors Ball in NYC where Jack White, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, & Eminem are the headliners.

Last summer ...

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong ring in 2018 by covering The Replacements with Steven Van Zandt and more

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong ring in 2018 by covering The Replacements with Steven Van Zandt and more

Steven Van Zandt and Billie Joe Armstrong | via billboard.com

There was no shortage of artists ringing in 2018 with New Year’s Eve performances including Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong teaming up with Steven Van Zandt,Tommy Stinson and others for a new year’s set at New York’s Club Berlin. Below, watch the super-group — which also included Blondie’s Clem Burke, The Hold Steady’s Tad Kubler, Jesse Malin, and Billie Joe’s own sons — cover “Color Me Impressed” by The Replacements.

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Jan 2 in Music History: All Things Must Pass makes George Harrison the first Beatle with a solo US #1 album

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Jan 2 in Music History: All Things Must Pass makes George Harrison the first Beatle with a solo US #1 album
1941 – The Andrews Sisters record “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”

 

1969 – The entire shipment of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s album Two Virgins is seized by authorities in Newark, New Jersey due to the full frontal nude photograph of the couple on the cover. The album is eventually released and wrapped in plain brown paper in record stores.
1969 – Filming begins at Twickenham studios in England of The Beatles rehearsing for the Let It Be album.
1971 – The George Harrison album All Things Must Pass starts a seven week run atop the US album chart, making ...

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week – “Every 1’s a Winner” by Ty Segall

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week – “Every 1’s a Winner” by Ty Segall

Ty Segall | Photo by Denee Segall | Courtesy of Drag City

Ty Segall’s new single from his forthcoming album, Freedom’s Goblin, is a winner. A cover of the British band Hot Chocolate’s “Every 1’s a Winner,” Segall has turned the band’s funky 1978 title track into a fuzzed out indie-funker.

As a reminder, Hot Chocolate are best known for their big 1976 hit song, “You Sexy Thing.” “Every 1’s A Winner” was the title song to their fourth album, releaed in 1978.

Freedom’s Goblin is out on January 26th on Drag City Records. About the Hot Chocolate cover, ...

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Laura Marling weaves her own storyteller prowess through a Bob Dylan classic

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Laura Marling weaves her own storyteller prowess through a Bob Dylan classic

Laura Marling | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

Laura Marling left us speechless with her powerful strength in delicacy this past spring at Non-COMM, where she performed her acclaimed 2017 album Semper Femina. Now, she’s managed to gift the world with another new track just before the year ends.

And not just any tune, but a cover of a Bob Dylan, classic, no less, as Marling weaves her own unique storyteller prowess throughout the track, “A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall.” Though still keeping reverence to the original, Marling’s rendition could definitely be seen as a song ...

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Merry Fringemas from the Cutting Room Floor of The Night Before on XPN!

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Merry Fringemas from the Cutting Room Floor of The Night Before on XPN!

As you may have heard, this year marks the 25th anniversary of Robert Drake’s holiday marathon: The Night Before on XPN. To celebrate, our resident Kringle is pushing the limits of endurance radio by adding an extra hour to his now-standard 24. Despite occupying more airtime than little Ralphie and that leg lamp this year, you might be surprised to learn that there are still plenty of musical confections that Robert simply doesn’t have time to play during The Night Before. Between the special features, holiday greetings and oft-requested tunes, countless recordings are left on the cutting room floor. ...

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Dan & Dan talk “Lou Reed: A Life” with Anthony DeCurtis

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Dan & Dan talk “Lou Reed: A Life” with Anthony DeCurtis

The Velvet Underground perform at the Trip in Los Angeles in 1966. Said Cher, an attendee: the Velvets “will replace nothing, except maybe suicide.” | photo by Lisa Law

Meet Dan and Dan! Dan Reed, Music Director and Afternoon Host at WXPN/Philadelphia and Dan DeLuca, Music Critic and Columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer sit down on a bi-weekly basis to talk MUSIC!

Dan Reed calls Lou Reed: A Life, by Anthony DeCurtis, the best rock biography he’s ever read.  The book chronicles the life of one of the most intriguing, and complicated, artists of all-time.

Anthony stops by the ...

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A seven-LP vinyl box set for The Velvet Underground’s 50th anniversary is on the way

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A seven-LP vinyl box set for The Velvet Underground’s 50th anniversary is on the way

The Velvet Underground 50th Anniversary box set | via udiscovermusic.com

Exciting news for vinyl enthusiasts and Velvet Underground completists alike: to mark the 50th anniversary of a band that debuted in 1967, a seven-LP vinyl box set is on the way that collects the vast majority of the band’s discography, with solo and unreleased work as well.

Due out February 23rd via UDiscoverMusic, the set contains 1967’s The Velvet Underground and Nico, 1968’s White Light / White Heat, 1969’s self-titled record and 1970’s Loaded. In the mix is Nico’s 1967 solo debut Chelsea Girl and a double LP ...

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Watch Charles Bradley give his second-to-last performance in this video from Pickathon

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Watch Charles Bradley give his second-to-last performance in this video from Pickathon

XPoNential Music Festival | photo by Joe Del Tufo | deltufophotography.com

Thinking back on the artists we lost over the year 2017, one name looms large: Charles Bradley. The powerful vocalist and commanding funk/soul/rock and roll frontman lost his battle with cancer this autumn, not even two months after his thrilling performance at the XPoNential Music Festival.

From XPNFest, Bradley and the band traversed the country to Portland, Oregon, to play his final two shows at the Pickathon music festival…and today, video from night one has made its way into the world, care of NPR Music. Watch ...

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Watch Foo Fighters rock a holiday medley on SNL

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Watch Foo Fighters rock a holiday medley on SNL

Foo Fighters | still from video

Dave Grohl and friends were clearly feeling festive this weekend, when Foo Fighters made their seventh appearance as musical guests on SNL.

For their second performance of the night, the band re-decked the stage to get in the seasonal spirit: lights were strung around evergreen branches, pots of poinsettias mixed in with their amplifiers. Grohl donned a loud Christmas sweater and guitarist Chris Shiflett rocked a Santa hat; meanwhile, keyboardist Rami Jaffee already had a plug-in menorah on top of his rig, lit up for the fourth night of Hanukkah.

Grohl opened the medley solo, ...

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