There’s a little corner of the radio world called “triple A” music
- it covers a lot of the stuff we at Paste like. On the radio dial, that world is usually on
public or non-commercial stations - often NPR-affiliated. So these radio stations gather once a year to hear new music and discuss what's going on in the industry and sometimes we join them to eavesdrop on their annual
“Non-Commvention” hosted by our friends at WXPN 88.5 in Philadelphia. It's a great chance to check
out the bands showcasing for all these program directors.
It’s only day one at 4:45 in the afternoon and we’ve already
seen four pretty damn good acts play.
And they all play 5-6 song sets which works perfectly for my
short-attention-span-addled brain. First
off, over a lovely lunch served up at WXPN’s companion World Café Live venue
was The Watson Twins. Their new record, Fire Songs, comes out June 24 and the girls brought it pretty good. You might remember them backing up Jenny
Lewis the past couple years. Old school
going from backup singers to headliners!
Next was raucous Philly folkster Phil Roy. Here’s a guy with Passion with a capital
P singing songs from his record The Great Longing. Next up, taping for David Dye’s
excellent nationally syndicated show World
Café was a banging live set from Jackie Greene - whose huge vocals and gutsy
guitar moves wowed us all. He’s been
hanging out with Phil Lesh and I’m not sure what that did to a guy who I
thought to be fairly mellow but if you like big hooks with big vocals, Jackie
might be your guy. His band is
crackerjack and I'll definitely be checking out his new record Giving Up the Ghost. Back to back with Jackie in
another World Café taping is the
buzzy and well-named Wild Sweet Orange from Birmingham, Alabama. They are a brand new band, at least to me. But I had to go so not much to say but here's their MySpace page.