MeMyself&I

Hi, my name is Bruce Warren and this is my “About” page.

Some Velvet Blog was born on December 31, 2004. Wanting to experience and engage with this new community of music fans, I leaped right into blogging and discovered a new fan-driven cultural movement that excited me. It still does, hundreds of posts and interactions with music fans later. The name SVB was inspired by “Some Velvet Morning” by Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra. It was the song I was listening to when Blogger asked me for a name. It just sort of worked at the time. I could go on about how Blogger shut down my blog because of DMCA violations, but I won’t. For now, wordpress is my home.

Some vital statistics:

– I am the Assistant Station Manager for Programming at WXPN in Philadelphia where I am in charge of all the local and national programming and digital media. I am also the Executive Producer of World Cafe a show that I proudly helped start & launch in October 1991.
– I have been in public radio/public media for 20 years. I was once quoted in a trade magazine saying “I will never work for commercial radio.” I meant it.
– You can follow me (or not) on twitter here
– You can become my friend (or not) on Facebook here
– You can read my Some Velvet tumblr here
– I wrote a book called Wisdom For A Young Musician.
– I teach Radio Management at Drexel University and Social Media And The Organization at the University of Penn in the Organizational Dynamics Masters degree program.
– I have a wonderful, amazing wife and two boys who have re-taught me the joys of Top 40 music.

There’s a legendary DJ in Philly who I grew up listening to named Jerry Blavat AKA The Boss With The Hot Sauce & The Geator With the Heator. He was and continues to be a huge inspiration to me. He’s got this great saying, which is: “Keep on rockin’ cause you only rock once.” Every day that goes by I try to live that commandment to the fullest.

29 Responses to “MeMyself&I”

  1. Jon chapman January 3, 2011 at 5:24 am #

    Hi

    Please find time to listen to one 
    http://www.variouscruelties.com 
    song “if it wasn’t for you”

    Shabby Motown pop from White city london 3 gigs in. 

    Supported the vaccines and villagers recently. 

    I also manage Stornoway on 4AD if you know them. 

    I actually use to work at Hut the verve’s label!

    Best 
    Jon Chapman. 
    http://Www.radiatemanagement.com

  2. James Patrick February 1, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    Hey Some Velvet,

    Im sure you guys get these requests all the time, but how would one submit an album/mixtape to your site for people to check out?  I am a hip hop artist out of Los Angeles, and have been continually told to promote my music through indie avenues.  If possible, I would love to post my mixtape,The Naked Eye, on your site for a free download.  My myspace page is myspace.com/trickPAmusic , and if you guys ever get the time I would sincerely appreciate you checking me out.

    Thanks very much!
    James

    Sent from my iPhone

  3. K Kas February 6, 2011 at 8:31 am #

    Hey Bruce. Great blog!

    Please have a listen to the new single from Kenneth Kas, a London-based upcoming Singer/Songwriter from Sweden.
    http://kkas.bandcamp.com/track/juliette

    Tack/Thanks 🙂

  4. DJ WEIGS February 8, 2011 at 9:26 pm #

    can you give this a listen and maybe post it on hypem?

  5. Madeline Schaefer February 14, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    Bruce,

    You are the best DJ on XPN, hands down. Thank you for playing obscure Joni Mitchell tracks on Saturday mornings–these have made my Saturdays more than a few times.

    Madeline

  6. Justin D'Onofrio March 4, 2011 at 3:46 am #

    Hi my name is Justin D’Onofrio and my bands name is Grandpa Was A Lion.

    This past year I wrote and recorded an album on Garageband on a second hand iBook in my basement. Last month I took these song’s to Tarquin Recording Studio in Bridgeport Connecticut to be mastered and have since made the whole album available on myspace and would like to be considered for your website. The whole album is available for free download at last.fm as well as for purchase at bandcamp.com

    http://www.myspace.com/grandpawasalion

    http://www.last.fm/music/Grandpa+Was+A+Lion/The+Whalestoe+Tapes

    http://grandpawasalion.bandcamp.com

    Thank you for your consideration
    Justin D’Onofrio

  7. Kevin C March 17, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

    Hello I have a twin Pop/hip hop duo called Tru Fam, who would love to be featured in your blog. They love your blog they check it out everyday. Tru Fam is performing this year on the 2011 Vans Warped Tour . Here is the Vans Warped Tour Commercial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOY4L8bmWKs.
    Tru Fam is from New Jersey, NYC scene and have done many shows..Toured at Hot Topic stores through out the Tri State area.
    Also playing School of Rock http://vimeo.com/15697759 ,Stone Pony ,Crocodile Rock Cafe, New York Times Square Arts Center,
    Six Flags Great Adventures, and many clubs, about 50 Festivals ,Colleges and Sweet Sixteens. These guys write their own material and
    understand the Lane that their in…Tru Fam is currently working on their EP Bowties & Applause ..Also here is their Latest Video
    All We Need ft Dinner and a Suit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH5NUTZRTZU ..Looking forward to hear back ..
    Thanks Kevin C.

    Check them out
    http://www.facebook.com/trufam
    http://www.twitter.com/trufam
    http://www.myspace.com/trufam
    http://www.trufamusic.com

  8. NIjae Draine March 18, 2011 at 4:49 am #

    hiya,

    I’m Nijae Draine, singer/songwriter for the indie pop band Crash Collect. Recently, I wrote, composed, and produced a solo acoustic/folk EP over spring break titled Spring Cleaning [appropriate, eh?]. Its a short but sweet 6 track extravaganza about the ever persistent paradox of love, disappointment, etc… — described by one friend (who may or may not be biased) as a “female Bon Iver with the soul of Tracy Chapman.” I can live with that.

    The EP is available for streaming/downloading [for freesies!] on my bandcamp site nijaedraine.bandcamp.com. I encourage you to have a listen. It would make me a very happy camper.

    peace,
    nij

  9. Nick March 21, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

    Bruce!

    I wanted to take a minute to pass along to the music of a new project I’ve been working on over the past year. Borne out of sickness and stagnation, what we thought was going to start as a noise duo quickly morphed into a project based more on crafted songwriting than layers of sound (though I still stand by my fuzz pedal(s)).

    I know you guys are innudated with new music everyday, but I thought you might like our stuff. Hope you have time for a listen – email me if you have any questions.

    Thanks!

    -Nick Lembo

  10. Ken Yates May 9, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    Hey Bruce,

    A couple days ago John Mayer blogged about this song:

    http://jhnmyr.tumblr.com/post/5213533687/want-to-hear-a-great-song-i-mean-a-really-great

    Thought you might want to take a listen. There is a free download of the song at http://kenyates.bandcamp.com/

    Thanks for your time.

    Ken Yates

    facebook.com/kenyatesmusic

  11. Josh May 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    Hello there,

    We were hoping to get a review.

    Artist: Not 4 Nothin
    Songs Included: Straight Way, Keep it Jumpin

    More info and songs available at http://not4nothin.com/media-music.html
    Thanks,

    Josh Roberts
    spotliteonu@gmail.com

  12. Kyle O'Hara May 20, 2011 at 8:38 am #

    Hey Bruce,

    Dance/Electronic duo, KOPPS just released a new single “Machine” for free here:
    http://thekoppsarehere.com/machine.html

    KOPPS has recently been featured on Tympanogram as well:
    http://tympanogram.com/music/mp-from-kopps-machine/

    Any help with promoting the new single would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you for your time in advance, let me know if you need any additional info.

    Kyle O’Hara | KOPPS

    Elsewhere:
    http://thekoppsarehere.com/
    http://twitter.com/#!/thekoppsarehere
    http://facebook.com/koppsmusic

  13. Cedric Muyres May 25, 2011 at 4:59 am #

    Hi there!

    You should write about I am Oak 😀 Indiefolk from the Netherlands that will be worth your effort;

    You can listen to the new album here: http://snowstar.bandcamp.com/album/i-am-oak-oasem

    You can download the new single ‘Curt’ here: http://bit.ly/izSzX4

    And listen to the old album here: http://snowstar.bandcamp.com/album/i-am-oak-on-claws

    For more info, let me know!
    Cheers,
    Cedric@snowstar.nl

  14. Mac May 25, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    Hey,We’re in a band called StaG. We’ve just finished our first album,
    Rifle Meeker, and we’re now adding Mac Welch to our set and wanted to
    try to spread our solo efforts around while we get to work on merging
    sounds. We’re originally from Los Angeles and Yosemite, CA but have been living in
    Boulder, CO for the last few years. Please have a listen:

    http://stag.bandcamp.com/
    http://macwelch.bandcamp.com/

    Here is some press we’ve received:
    http://www.tometotheweathermachine.com/reviews/2011/05/stag
    http://nofearofpop.net/2011/05/first-listen-stag-rifle-meeker/

    Thanks! StaG

  15. Jesus Apodaca June 9, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    Hey Bruce,

    We really like some of the music you’ve posted, and thought we’d share some of our music with you in hopes that you’d be interested in reviewing it and/or posting it on your site. We’d recommend you listen to “All Alone” or “Honestly,” but please feel free to embed any secondary tracks that you like and offer them as free downloads.

    http://theroyalty.bandcamp.com/

    http://www.theroyalty.net

    http://www.facebook.com/theroyaltyband

    We’re including a link to our website, where you can find links to hi-res photos to include in your post as well as some videos of new songs for a new album we’re currently working on. Also, you can download all of our tracks for free on our bandcamp page. 🙂

    Please feel free to contact us for further information / interviews / whatever else you may need from us.

    Thanks so much for your time, and happy listening.


    Jesus Apodaca
    The Royalty

  16. Chris July 20, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    Hi Bruce,

    I just wondered if you had an email address I could contact you on about an artist?

    Let me know via my email address chris@chickenwirerecords.com

    Hope you’re well,

    Chris

  17. Matt July 29, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    Hi,

    I manage a band called The Sunday Skyclub. They are a 5 piece from Exeter, Devon. They play regularly at the famous Cavern Club in Exeter and just did a gig at the Camden Barfly which went fantastic.

    It would be great if you’d listen to some of their songs!

    You can find them here:

    http://www.myspace.com/thesundayskyclub

    http://www.facebook.com/thesundayskyclub

    And if you’d like to get in touch then our email is sundayskyclub@gmail.com

    Thanks and i look forward to hearing from you!!

    Matt

  18. Stephen Weibelt August 7, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    A financially lacking folk duo from Alabama self-records and self-releases a debut concept album. Catchy songs, narrative lyrics.

    Stream it here: http://colossalgospel.bandcamp.com/
    Friend us here: http://www.facebook.com/ColossalGospel

    Thanks for your time!

  19. Peter August 10, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    You say france & I whistle. The new Swedish music phenomena.
    Okey how many bands have this: A full 30 days European tour booked for the fall. Already done 100 shows over Europe. Got Coca Cola to use their song to their biggest campaign worldwide for teenagers. Open up the coolest festival in Stockholm. Played on the three biggest festivals in Sweden last year. Played for a big clothbrand on the Fashion week in Milan, Italy. Got over 6 more commercials aired in USA with their music including Mc Donalds, GAP, Orbit. Played live on the biggest TV morning show in Sweden. Will play on Popkomm (the worlds second biggest music fair) and will do showcases in USA (Los Angels : Culture collide, NYC : CMJ and Washington DC) in October.
    ….and just released two EP:s and is unsigned.

    Discover them
    http://www.yousayfrance.com
    http://www.myspace.com/yousayfrance

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkjslqRutB8 When lovers die
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktUrEaGNux8 OMG indie version
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKUfvFuwPk4 OMG European version
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kj6hbZDR0qk Johnny Ulyssus

  20. UNIVOX (@univox) August 10, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

    Hello! Please check out the new track from Philadelphia’s UNIVOX here:

    Our record release show is happening on 9/7/2011 at Kung Fu Necktie.

    Check out univoxmusic.tumblr.com

    Thanks!
    -Rob of UNIVOX

  21. Amanda Kelsey August 25, 2011 at 1:15 am #

    Hey Bruce,

    Have you heard of new singer/songwriter Kirby Kaiser?

    Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, singer-songwriter Kirby Kaiser delivers the blue-eyed, airy melodies of a 60’s girl group combined with harmony-rich vocals, then dusted with dreamy reverb. Her songs are a melting pot of soul, jazz, du-wop, vintage pop, and bubblegum-sweet lyrics tinged with the melancholy of teenage romance. Only 19 years old, this is Kirby’s first-ever EP, both self-released and self-titled. Her lyrics are inspired by the likes of the Ronettes, Fiona Apple and Lesley Gore and she prides herself on blending various genres to produce a sound that is all her own.

    Her first single “There’s a Boy” was released on August 9 to the delight of the blogosphere.
    We want to give you a chance to listen to a sneak peek of her 5-song EP which will be released in the coming week:

    Here’s what people are saying:
    URB Magazine
    Blah Blah Blah Science

    Any chance you’d like to schedule an interview or review her self-titled EP or single?

    Please let me know if you need a hard copy or anything else moving forward.

    Thanks,
    Amanda

  22. Leigh Swinn September 6, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    Hi Bruce,

    Sorry for the uninvited interruption but we thought that you might like to hear our music. We are a London based band called Remodel and have released three singles and recently an album called Statues. We’ve had a bit of radio play in Britain and abroad and played a lot of gigs, mostly in London but we try to get out as often as we can. It’d be great if you’d have a listen to our stuff.

    You can download our album from here for free (just set the amount to £0)
    http://corporaterecords.co.uk/artists/Remodel/Statues/

    or listen to us on soundcloud

    http://www.soundcloud.com/remodel

    Thanks for your time

    Kind regards,

    Leigh (Remodel)

  23. Liam Modlin September 10, 2011 at 7:00 am #

    Have been waiting for a long time to send you these links 🙂
    Would love for you to have a listen ,

    Have a great weekend ,
    Liam

    P.S- Your site is literally a life saver.


    http://www.myspace.com/liammodlin

  24. Valerie Patton November 8, 2011 at 12:10 am #

    Hi Bruce,

    I love the ME MYSELF & I section… after reading all that you do, how do you have time for ANYTHING? You’re amazing!

    I would live for you to take a moment to listen to Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Bryan Akcasu at http://www.soundcloud.com/bryanakcasu. He has recently self-released the album “Put Your Hand Out,” which has many local favorites. Bryan’s unique style transcends through his chords and vocals. Saying “I know you’re busy” seems to be a bit of an understatement, but I appreciate your time.

    Thank you!
    Valerie

  25. Frank Cifarelli November 16, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    Hi Bruce,

    My name is Frank Cifarelli. I’ve just self-released an EP under the name Good Frames for which I wrote, programmed or performed, produced, recorded and mixed everything on.

    Like most creative people who work hard, I believe in this stuff, but I’d love to know if you or your readership does. I see this is the way all us opportunists are trying to get a hold of you, so I’m adding myself to the list. I hope mine won’t be the post that puts you over the edge.

    Are you currently accepting submissions for reviews/posts/mentions on your blog?

    If so, here is a link to the EP’s Soundcloud page:

    And a really great animated music video a friend made over the course of the last year:

    Please feel free to post this and subject it to your harshest criticism.

    If there’s anything I can do to make your life easier to get my music posted or if you’d like a free download of the EP and lyric booklet (I don’t currently have a budget for CD production), please let me know.

    Thanks so much for your time and energy!

    Best,
    Frank

  26. Carl Smith January 16, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    Hi Bruce,

    Montreal’s Indie-Folk band Harvest Breed will be releasing their debut album in April. “Everything Changes” was recorded by Grammy Award and Brit Award winner Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire).
    Last year the band opened for acts such as My Morning Jacket, Dan Mangan and Basia Bulat.
    Until the release you can listen to the first single “Everything Changes” and watch a live clip of the song “Don’t give up on me” on their website:
    http://www.harvestbreed.com

    Thank you for your time,

    Best,

    Carl Smith
    Communications Director/Landlocked Records

  27. Mark Northfield February 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    Hi. I’m Mark Northfield, a UK based indie-pop-classical musician. I make quirky, intelligent and occasionally theatrical arty pop stuff, often collaborating with vocalists drawn from a variety of genres.

    I’m releasing a digital EP this week entitled NOTHING IMPOSSIBLE and have crafted a cute n colourful fishy animation video for the title track with a subtext reflecting the song’s somewhat darker theme.

    The EP and the forthcoming album it comes from (ALTERATIONS – out in April) can both be heard on my Soundcloud page, with four of the album tracks presently downloadable: http://www.soundcloud.com/mark-northfield

    The EP will be available to buy from regular online music stores as of this week (iTunes etc) and also Bandcamp: http://marknorthfield.bandcamp.com/

    Hope you like.

    Cheers,

    Mark

  28. Gregory James February 8, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    Hey Bruce,

    Long time no see!

    I have a new project and I wanted to forward you a track. I did many XPN shows in the past with the band “Blue Sinatra,” currently playing in “Fantastic Planet,” but check out my new venture when you get a chance:

    Thanks for supporting us locals!

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