Mt. Joy In 5 (Philly) Songs : World Cafe Band member Matt Quinn shares five songs that offer a view into Mt. Joy's musical inspirations.
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Mt. Joy In 5 (Philly) Songs

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The members of Mt. Joy are massive music fans. The NPR Slingshot band cites The Allman Brothers' quintessential 1971 live album, At Fillmore East, as one of their favorite all-time records. They count Paul Simon, Grateful Dead, My Morning Jacket, Talking Heads and Kanye West as some of their favorite bands.

Though they are now based in Los Angeles, lead vocalist and guitarist Matt Quinn and guitarist and singer Sam Cooper were born and raised outside of Philadelphia. About to release its self-titled debut album on March 2, we asked Mt. Joy to share five songs that offer a view into its musical inspirations. From rock to hip-hop, five songs (ok, six), from Matt Quinn.

Mt. Joy In 5 (Philly) Songs

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The War on Drugs, 'Pain'

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My favorite song of the year so far. There's Bruce Springsteen in a very updated, original way in this record. I think a lot of that just speaks to the level of songwriting and arranging they've reached. It doesn't feel like a reach at all to compare it to some of the great songs of all time.

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Dr. Dog, 'Shadow People'

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Growing up in the Philly area and wanting to play music I really looked up to Dr. Dog (still do!) Could have picked any of their tunes, but this one is really nostalgic of high school, disappearing into this song, often.

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Shame Shame [Deluxe Edition]
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Shame Shame [Deluxe Edition]
Artist
Dr. Dog
Label
Epitaph
Released
2010

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The Roots, 'You Got Me ft. Erykah Badu'

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The Roots deserve everything they've achieved. I struggled between choosing this song and seed, which was an anthem growing up. Just always loved this groove, featuring Erykah Badu.

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Things Fall Apart
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Things Fall Apart
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The Roots
Label
MCA

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The Districts, '4th and Roebling'

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I'm a big fan of these guys. As so many Philly folks know, the live show is pretty magical. Specifically this one, "4th and Roebling," live is something that sticks with you.

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A Flourish And A Spoil
Album
A Flourish And A Spoil
Artist
The Districts
Label
Fat Possum Records
Released
2015

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Meek Mill, 'Dreams and Nightmares'

  • from Dreams and Nightmares

It's become an important song for the city in a beautiful way. Meek being in jail is a massive injustice. His situation is a glaring example of how broken the criminal justice system is in this country. Proud of the Eagles for a million reasons, but this is one of them. Free Meek.

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Dreams and Nightmares
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Dreams and Nightmares
Artist
Meek Mill
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Warner Bros.
Released
2012

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Bruce Springsteen, 'Thunder Road'

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Can we claim Bruce???? If so this might be my all-time favorite tune. Also my first concert ever.

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Born to Run
Album
Born to Run
Artist
Bruce Springsteen
Label
Sony
Released
1975

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