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By James Sauppe aka RVLVR



Welcome to Philly Cheese Quake, where we grab a cheesesteak (and other cheesy jawns) at one of the the city’s many cheesesteak gems with different Philly musicians each month! For episode 3 of PCQ we headed to South Street with two of Philly’s finest, John Morrison and Josh Leidy, the hosts of the very popular Serious Rap S**t podcast. ishkabibbles



John Morrison is a talented writer, DJ, rapper, and producer who’s been a fixture of the Philly scene for years now. His masterful debut record, Southwest Psychadelphia on Deadverse Records, showcases his eclectic taste, seemingly unlimited beat-making capabilities, and impressive knowledge and love of hip-hop culture. He and his Serious Rap Sh*t co-host, Josh Leidy, have been best friends since High School and came up immersed in the culture… so yeah, they’re Rap aficionados. 



After having a gracious convalescent-to-convalescent conversation with John while waiting

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The Spring Garden Records launch has been featured on WXPN's The Key.  The article, written by Philadelphia's own John Morrison, contains interviews with label director and Community College of Philadelphia music department head, Paul Geissinger, as well as label artists Amari and Aviance.  Check out the article here.


Morrison pretty much sums up what the label is all about, saying, "Spring Garden Records doesn’t propose itself as the cure for what our city’s music scene lacks but it does provide our community with a space to use their skill and education in the mission to create good music."

philly cheese quake

By James Sauppe aka RVLVR



Welcome to Philly Cheese Quake, where we grab a cheesesteak (and other cheesy jawns) at one of the the city’s many cheesesteak gems with different Philly musicians each month! For episode 2 of PCQ we headed to the famous Lorenzo’s on the Italian Market with South Philly’s favorite son, Barney McKenna aka Barney Cortez.italian market



Barney can often be found all over Philly (and the world) playing guitar in numerous projects, but his new solo project, Barney Cortez, truly showcases his remarkable songwriting abilities and seamless ease of genre flux. A Barnes record can segue from a strumming acoustic love song to an aggressive  hard rock anthem to a funky Prince-inspired glam thang. The son of a music journalist and poet, McKenna’s musical upbringing was eclectic, to say the least, aspects which his new Barney Cortez project certainly embodies. Be sure to check out

On October 14, students in Community College of Philadelphia’s Photographic Imaging program linked up with some Spring Garden Records artists for an afternoon long photo shoot. The collaboration took place at the photo department’s studios and featured some of the initial artists releasing on the label: Grander Lavail, Amari and Cranberry Juice Burgundy. Check out some of the behind-the-scenes photos.

philly cheese quake

By James Sauppe aka RVLVR



Dev79Welcome to the first edition of Philly Cheese Quake! We’ll be grabbing a cheesesteak (other cheesy jawns) at one of the the city’s many cheesesteak gems with different Philly musicians each month. For our inaugural outing we’re heading to deep South Philly to get cheesy at Oregon Steaks (10th & Oregon) with Philly DJ, producer, and label-owner, Dev79.



Gair Marking aka Dev79 has been a staple of the local scene for well over a decade now. Credited as the founder of the Street Bass sound, Marking has released records with a slew of local artists over the years. He’s hosted successful monthly Philly parties like Who Run It? at Fluid (rip) and currently co-hosts the popular footwork party, 160 Philly (w/ DJ Sideswipe). Along with Starkey, he co-owns and operates Seclusiasis and Slit-Jockey Records, the latter of which is co-co-owned by