NonCommvention 11 Opens Today in Wilmington DE

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Starting today, the eleventh annual NonCommvention will gather adult music industry-ites at the new World Cafe Live at the Queen, in Wilmington Delaware. As its title implies, the conference focuses on listener-supported stations, many of which are also affiliated with National Public Radio.

Bruce Warren and Dan Reed, programmers of WXPN, Philadelphia, the ultra-successful […]

Playing for Change at the World Cafe

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One of the great triumphs Earbender generated on the Playing for Change tour was a booking on WXPN‘s immensely popular and influential syndicated daily program, The World Cafe with David Dye. This episode will be broadcast nationally on December 23. On it, the group performs “A Change is Gonna Come,” “Stand By Me” and […]

Playing for Change Disrupts Earbender.com

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Last week I was at radio stations with the Playing for Change band, and I got bit distracted from the blog. In the coming months, I’ll be undergoing a technology upgrade which will enable me to log on remotely with greater reliability.

A few of the duties included attending their show at Town Hall […]

WXPN's 885 Desert Island Song Countdown Has Commenced

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WXPN‘s annual 885 Desert Island Song countdown has commenced, and its staff created this great video to promote it. I’m happy to join the effort by posting it here. It’s difficult to be all things to all people, but WXPN is an outlet that covers a lot of ground musically. I wouldn’t call them […]

New and Old Media Team (Pitchfork and World Cafe) to Host Music Debate

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On a recent World Cafe, Ryan Schreiber of Pitchfork and Dave Thompson, who wrote the book, New Music Sucks, faced off in a heated debate about new vs old music. Thompson opens the argument talking about shoes (which brings to mind “St. Hubbins – the patron saint of Quality Footwear” in Spinal Tap).