25 O'Clock

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DC area guitarist and podcaster Tony Porreco sits down at the kitchen table to talk about DIT (Do It Together), his Hometown Sounds podcast, and being a true DC music supporter and cheerleader. Also, Dan reveals his Seasonal Grumpiness Disorder and how he's trying to deal with it.
Dan talks to Dan (I know, right?) about his two odd instrumental choices: the tuba and the accordion. Also touched on: the COUNTLESS AWESOME PEOPLE that Dan has played with. Violent Femmes. West Philadelphia Orchestra. Laurie Anderson. Triumph The Insult Comic Dog. What a guy!
It's our first episode! Welcome to the show! Dennis Hurley is a Boston comedian/actor/writer/filmmaker/albino whose journey has taken him all over the place. Dan and Dennis talk about roots, the call to acting, touring, working in NYC, and Dennis' countless projects around Boston and beyond.
Dan's been talking about this one for a while, and now it's here. Listen to conversations with songwriters Scott Ratinoff, Rachel Schain, and Ben Hughes (returning from Episode 12) in front of a live audience at Bridgeset Sound, right on South Street in Philadelphia. The laughter is real. The applause is real. The motorcycles are real. Enjoy Part 1 of a two-part series of live shows from Philly Podcast Festival!
Dan helps Drew celebrate his 30th birthday with a career spanning chat about this amazing jazz musician. From Drew's early obsessions with Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong, to getting schooled as a pianist and trumpeter, to working on an old-time steamboat, to managing his own career as the most in-demand Jazz-era bandleaders in the area, we cover it all. Plus, he plays the piano like a madman! Live on the show! How cool is that?
We're back from all the live show fun and games to the ol' standard "One Guest/One Show" order of business. Dan sits down with songwriter/performer Courtlyn Carr for an in-depth chat about her roots in rural Maryland, her time in Nashville, working yourself out of being pigeon-holed as one kind of singer, and the unique pace and vibe that is the Philadelphia music world. Also, Dan gives his Pope Weekend wrap-up. Spoiler: we all lived and everything was mostly fine.
With 2014 at a close, we thought we'd take a moment (or an hour of moments) to talk about some of the awesome music that has come out this year. Dan gathers some discerning music fans to discuss their favorite releases of 2014. Featuring James Hearne, Jay Verdibello and Bill Rose.
Since they go back years, and found themselves playing together again after a long time, it's only fitting that Dan have Katie Barbato on the show, right? Learn where she came from, about her Edna St. Vincent Millay concept record, how to make her special "green drink" and more!
Dan talks to cellist/song-writer/painter Daniel De Jesus about the balance between classical structure and unbridled creativity, his time with chamber rock band Rasputina, and his desire to return to his Spanish-speaking roots on his upcoming album. Also, Dan (host Dan, that is) reflects on moving out of his apartment that he's lived in for a decade.
Dan always knew Noelle as "the zombie piano girl", but that is only the surface. Noelle talks about her new production that combines theater, musical performance, and audience interaction. She talks about being an abuse survivor and how she's going to wave that flag for anyone afraid to put it out in the open. Mostly, they talk about how none of us really have it "together". Also, Dan rants about having his identity stolen, and congratulates the Philly music community for coming together to defeat a very restrictive piece of city legislation.
Dan finally gets Stephen Lorek from Shark Tape to sit still and chat, and it was worth the wait. They delve into the deep, dark recesses of what goes through your head as you're making a follow-up to a successful record, and how, in the end, it's all about playing music with your friends. Plus, Dan gives his farewell to David Bowie.
Nick Rahn and Danielle Lovier have a band and a life together. Back from a long stint in New York City and here to stay, they talk to Dan about the differences in the scenes, writing together, different ways to practice, too many dogs in Point Breeze, and their band, all boy/all girl. 
"[W]e've written songs and we're like 'Oh shit! We have our bridges, everything makes sense!' It falls into place because [our] glue has finally dried." - Kelly Derrig, on Canyon Ride's new line up and songwriting process Canyon Ride are Kelly Derrig, Ryan Kosinski, Chris DeSaye, and Cam Clark (who you might remember from Ep79) are a country-rock group that's gone through a lot of changes over the last couple of years. They were gracious enough to let me interview all of them at once as a sort of part conversation/part mini-concert. The band plays songs off their new EP, 'Wasting Time With Ghosts', and talks about their origins, their new beginnings, and how a band is, at it's core, a group of good friends. 
Ever since Dan started the show, he’s been trying to get Ben Tinsley on the mic to talk. It’s been over two years, and it finally happened. Ben and Dan talk about their mutual history together, playing the same clubs and bills together, the strength of their little community for a short time, and all the life that happens to you as you get older. The discussion includes:  guitars, love and respect for their fellow musician friends, recording a record completely on your own, and how to keep being creative amidst the many demands of adulthood. Happy holidays to everyone, and a Happy New Year from 25 O’Clock!
Making the trek from Lebanon, PA, Alex talks with Dan about growing up with a guitar virtuoso dad (and overcoming a fear of touching peoples' guitars), making his own music and records at home, starting his podcast to keep him from becoming an antisocial hermit, and his collective record label, Try Less Club. They also try their best not to name check major corporations for free, and fail completely.
MH the Verb, aka Marcus Harris, comes back for an hour full of great conversation and insight. Afro-futurism, touring, Oakland and the Bay area, A Tribe Called Quest, the tumultuous year that was 2016, and the making of his new record, ‘Afronaut’, are all on the table as Dan and MH catch up. They try their best not to be cranky old dudes, and are mostly successful.
Dan sits down with Sterling Duns and RB Ricks of Hardwork Movement to talk about their influences, their love of all things Philadelphia, and the philosophy behind what makes the group what it is. Keeping the conversation free and loose, there's a lot of laughs, and a lot to think about (definitely the first time bell hooks has been discussed extensively). This episode was co-produced by Kyle Pulley of Headroom Studios.
In Part 2 of this conversation, Dan and Rocco talk in detail about Rocco's project, New Speedway, and the new record, 'Total Babe', out on Time Castle Recordings. The nature of psychedelia, working with limitations, and what it all even means when it's done live: all this and more gets hashed out here.
Jacopo may be Italian born, but he's been all over the world and back, and it shows in his music. Part gypsy folk, part Balkan, part moody rock, all original, Dan and Jacopo talk about his many records and travels (including his 500 mile hike of the Camino de Santiago). Improvisation, touring Europe, the kazoo, and The Cure: it's all covered (and more) in this conversation. 
Since both Interminable and Hardwork Movement have been on the show, it's entirely fitting that Dan and Marty Gottlieb-Hollis get a chance to talk. Marty is an accomplished trumpet player, writer, composer, and member of both the aforementioned bands, as well as many more. Dan and Marty talk about how Marty came to the trumpet, putting it on hold for years to pursue hockey, picking it back up and deciding that it was missing from his life the whole time. Marty has a solo project called Martronimous, and a new single out now called 'Incompleteness', available anywhere you get digital music.
After featuring Marc's band, Good Morning Daydreamer, on last episode's music compilation, it was good timing that he was able to talk with Dan. Dan and Marc go deep into how Marc came to music (spoiler: it involves a flute, and an upright bass), his influences (Miles Davis, Bill Evans, etc), and how he came back from a debilitating injury that threatened his ability to play music. The newest Good Morning Daydreamer record is called 'Rinse and Repeat' and is available everywhere you get digital music.
Kristen Levine and Paige Walter are the brains and brawn and the everything behind Cherry-Veen Zine, a real, on-paper zine that spotlights Philly musicians and artists. Dan, Kristen, and Paige talk about how they started the magazine, the evolution of it's style, and the moments when it really feels like they're getting somewhere. With plenty of similarities between zines and podcasts, it's a spirited conversation about the work and the rewards of being scene supporters in Philadelphia music community. 
Brian is a multi-genre, one-man entertainment machine. Dan and Brian talk about the perils and triumphs of on-stage looping, the advantages of peaking early in middle school (neither of them seemed to have mastered that), and the love of two dudes for Steely Dan and Genesis. From his travels to his live show to building his own gear out of necessity, Brian takes you through the life of a solo artist trying to make a larger-than-life show. Check him out at brianfitzy.com.
Andrew Harris fronts The Naked Sun, a folk-rock band that's releasing it's third record, 'War With Shadows'. Dan and Drew talk about the band working with producer Brian McTear (War On Drugs, Kurt Vile), the writing process, the importance of singing together, and the age old battle with squirrels in your garden. 
Dan takes a field trip to Spice House Sound to talk to house engineer Alex Santilli about being a incessantly questioning child, the joy of taking things apart (and mostly putting them back together), and the drive to create a studio space where bands can do their best work. They chat driving in Connecticut, their mutual love of electronic music, and how to stay relevant as a studio these days. Check out spicehousesound.com to see their amazing studio.
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Podcast Details

Started
Oct 28th, 2014
Latest Episode
Aug 4th, 2020
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
167
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour
Explicit
Yes
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