August 15th, 2012
Not sure if y’all noticed but it’s Wednesday, and out there in honor boxes now is a new Music Issue for your consumption. It’s a doozy. One of the simplest but most entertaining pieces inside is a collection of Q&As from Philadelphia Tastemakers and big names. We simply asked about their first record purchased, their last record purchased, a favorite Philly act and venue, and what they’ve been listening heavily. Some responded with simple one-phrase answers, one title, one act, one record they’ve been listening to on repeat. But others, naturally, spread out a little and waxed about their love for all things Philly. We even got Mayor Nutter, and heyyy, he’s got some hip-hop taste.
A few things we learned? The older folks are looking for seats (often times at venues that don’t exist anymore). SO MANY first records purchased were old-school hip-hop records. Just about everyone’s been listening to Frank Ocean. And The Roots are extremely well-loved. Before I cut and paste a few faves, here are my answers:
First record purchased: My dad had a subscription to a mail-order CD catalogue called BMG. For some reason I’d seen the video for 2 Pac’s “I Get Around” and felt like I needed to have Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. I was 11.
Last record purchased: I bought Dead Can Dance’s Anastasis on iTunes yesterday.
Favorite Philly Act: P!nk.
Favorite Philly Venue: For a seat with a drink? World Cafe. For a 1,000-large crowd? Union Transfer. For a tight-spaced kinetic show? JB’s.
Now in heavy rotation: Yup, Frank Ocean, too. Nostalgia and Orange. Fantasea. Hot Chip’s In Our Heads. Always heavy is Amy, Robyn, Bey and Kylie.
A few gems:
MAYOR MICHAEL A. NUTTER, City of Philadelphia
First record purchased: The Jackson 5. Can’t recall the title.
Last record purchased: My last download was Laura Izibor’s The Brooklyn Sessions, Vol. 1.
Favorite Philly act: The Roots.
Favorite Philly venue: The Dell Music Center.
Now in heavy rotation: My own hip-hop/rap mixtape, with DJ Kool, Jay-Z, Public Enemy, Kool Moe Dee, The Roots, The Sugarhill Gang and Gil Scott-Heron.
KEVIN BACON, Actor/Director/Musician
First record purchased: The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Last record purchased: John Mayer, Born and Raised.
Favorite Philly act: Hall and Oates.
Favorite Philly venue: Electric Factory.
Now in heavy rotation: Frank Ocean, Channel Orange.
ZAC RINALDO, Center, Philadelphia Flyers
First record purchased: Eminem, D12.
Last record purchased: Rick Ross, God Forgives, I Don’t.
Favorite Philly act: None off the top of my head.
Favorite Philly venue: Wells Fargo Center.
Now in heavy rotation: Old school Lil Wayne.
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.
FATIN DANTZLER, Kindred the Family Soul
First record purchased: Probably Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
Last record purchased: Nas’ new CD.
Favorite Philly act: Today, Bilal and The Roots; back in the day, Teddy Pendergrass and The O’Jays.
Favorite Philly venue: Although they never book me, World Cafe Live is probably the classiest.
Now in heavy rotation: Chuck Brown, The Best of Chuck Brown.