“One song, one take, one cab”—that’s The Black Cab Sessions in a nutshell. Stuff as many members of a band (and their respective pieces of equipment) as possible in the back seat of a cab, then give them one shot at recording a song as the vehicle makes its bumpy way through town (usually the streets of London). The online video series—which has has been going on since May 2007—has featured performances by everyone from Weezer and Brian Wilson to Grizzly Bear and St. Vincent.
According to The Black Cab Sessions Twitter, they arrived in Philly on Sunday and—after taking care of the initial business of finding some doughnuts—went off in search of local rock and hip hop acts to record. As far as we can tell, they’ve already gone on joyrides with Philly’s Grandchildren (who just got back into town from tour), Reading Rainbow (who just left town for tour), and music blogger Mark Schoenveld; they’ll also be stopping by World Cafe Live tomorrow for the Free At Noon concert with Robert Randolph And The Family Band. You can check out all of the Black Cab Sessions videos (which includes a performance by Man Man) at the website. —Matthew Borlik