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We're gonna take a quick deviation from our regularly scheduled way of doing things this week. I learned Sunday night that The Legendary Dobb's had closed. Dobb's was a small rock club on South Street, perhaps the most polarizing street in all of Philadelphia. You either love it or you won't be caught dead anywhere near it. And, not for nothing, but I wouldn't have thought to make a deal out of it. definitely not a whole episode. But it came on the tail of the North Star, another Philly club, announcing that it would no longer do music anymore. Two i...



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Did I mention we did two live shows for Philly Podcast Fest? I did? Several times? Well, good. Here’s the other one.


As I said last time, I’m pleased with these shows for many reasons. I’m pleased to talk with whom I talk with. I’m pleased with their musical performances. I’m pleased that the audience seemed to be into it all the way through. I’m pleased that we got to make something unique and special in a moment, and that we also thought to record it so we could share it with the rest of you. 


Huge thanks to Drew Harris, Alec Stewart and Dave Dehar...



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This week, I’m beyond excited to put out my first live podcast ever. It was such a blast to do. There are a lot of emotions. Mostly relief. Is relief an emotion? It is for me. It means an end to whatever thing was making me anxious/frantic/hard to be around. It was a huge weight off of me to get this thing done, and to know that everything was going to be fine.


I am by no means a stranger to performing in front of others. I’ve been a musician for most of my life, and being in front of people, even alone, does not really phase me anymore. Without the...



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I’m back from vacation. I walked back into the house, put the clothes in the wash, and sat down to put together this week’s episode. I had even entertained the idea of editing and doing the intro and outro from my room overlooking the Chesapeake Bay while I was out there. I brought the laptop, the headphones, the notebook, my little travel USB microphone, the whole deal. Maybe get some wind and sea sounds in there, make it real authentic and all. Didn’t touch them. They sat in my backpack the whole time. Sometimes you just gotta unplug.


On the show t...



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Happy continuing summer season to all! We're all still here. We haven't melted into a puddle. We haven't been eaten by sharks, bears, um... moose... and... um... other things you may encounter during summer.


First off, some important dates:


-August 29th and September 5th. I'll be doing live tapings of the show for the Philly Podcast Festival at Bridgeset Sound, at 710 South Street. 8/29 will feature Drew Harris of The Naked Sun, Wilmington singer-songwriter Rachel Schain, and Benjamin Hughes, whom you might remember from Episode 12, and who keeps put...


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Happy 20th episode, everyone!


I’ve finally finished the new home of 25 O’Clock, which is my basement. It’s actually pretty nice, and I’ll put up pics soon of the new secret lair. To tell the truth, I don’t think I’ve had everything all out and functioning in... well... ever. I’ve been acquiring gear and equipment for various purposes over the last 15 years or so, and I’ve finally got a place for all of it. It is immensely satisfying. 


On the show this week is Joe Reinhart. Joe runs The Headroom, a studio here in Philadelphia. He’s also in Dogs On Acid...


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Summer is here. People are starting to eff off from work earlier and earlier in the week. My cucumber and tomato plants are taking over my already cramped back patio. I continue to wear my sunglasses everywhere, only now it’s less creepy to do so. I also refuse to go to the beach. It is definitely summer.


Hope you all are enjoying it. Some people have summer as a time where life slows down a bit and they can relax. Some people have their busiest time of year in the summer. Here at the swank offices of 25 O’Clock, we are neither more or less relaxed t...



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Greetings and happy onslaught of heat, humidity and misery (if you’re on the east coast, that is). I’m reminded of the Shel Silverstein poem “It’s Hot” in which he closes the poem with the line “I think I’ll take my skin off/And sit around in my bones./It’s still hot!”


Am I really going to complain about the weather? No. And I do enjoy any opportunity to drop a little Shel into your day. On the program this week is rock n’ roll animal Jayson Verdibello, frontman of the band Venice Sunlight. Jay was on Episode 6, where we all talked about our favorite...


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After an evening of last minute packing and cleaning, I now no longer reside in the little one bedroom, second floor corner apartment that I’ve lived in for ten years. I moved there in April of 2005 with my not-yet wife who moved to Philadelphia within weeks of graduating college to be with me. We were living in a house in a shot-up, low-rent drug neighborhood with some college friends when she turned to me one night as we were going to bed and asked “When are we getting out of here?” That was that, and a month later we were moving into the then not-s...



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Gonna try and keep this quick and brief. Which is always hard for me.


One of my least favorite things is moving. That is because one of my least favorite things is packing. I hate going through everything I own and taking it from the place that it is and putting it in a box. And then taking that box and moving it in a truck. To be truthful, I haven't moved since 2005. That's right, I've had the same apartment for ten years. That's how much I don't like moving.


So when I think about Baris Kaya and how he moved his entire life in his early 20s to Ameri...



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This week has me sitting down with Katie Barbato. I love Katie. We've known each other for years, she introduced me to her husband who ended up engineering "On So Thin A Line", the record by The Way Home that I was fortunate enough to be a part of. We've played a ton of shows together throughout this time, so i was excited to have her on the show. She's a unique sort of writer, in that she doesn't let the genre or style get in the way of a good song. She's done some style hopping and tried some things, and I have nothing but respect for that. But at...


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I thought about having a whole post full of fake things about the show, all funny and whimsical, in honor of this day of pranks and merriment. But I've had a fairly intense day of venting my frustration regarding Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act. And that's almost entirely where my head is at. I've had some really great conversations with people today, and a ton of bullshit ones on social media. Ick. In the end, it doesn't matter how much I crank myself up and scream to the heavens, shaking my fists in the air. What matters is that there ar...


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My apologies for the wait this week. It’s been an action packed week, full of emotions and activity and large life decisions. To be brief, my wife and I are buying a house. And anyone who’s done that before knows that the process is a roller coaster ride of nerves and drama and potential disaster at every turn. And this is something we choose to do. No one is making us. This is something we actually want to do. 


It’s scary how you can go from looking at pictures online to viewing houses to suddenly signing a seller’s agreement and thinking about mort...


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The winter still perseveres here in the Mid Atlantic region and beyond, keeping most of us engaged in a steady beeline of home to work to home to couch. This weather can make hermits of even the most adventurous folk. It's made me appreciate the little things like: going outside for extended periods of time, dry socks, seeing people socially, etc. In places like Montreal, when the nice weather comes to pass, they seem to have a major outdoor festival every week of the summer. I guess if you stayed cooped up for such a concentrated period, you'd let lo...


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It's Episode 10!!! Woohooo!!!! It's a number that we can all feel good about. Thank you to all who have been listening, I'm happy to have put out 10 whole episodes, and happy to put out even more. When I first started this thing, I wasn't thinking about the tenth episode, or even the second. i was just thinking about the first one, and how to put that one together and put it out there. And then I focused on the second one. And so on. And here we are.


I have really no other remarks prepared for 10 episodes. To tell you the truth, it kind of snuck up on...

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