Snooze Alarm: Your late-arriving, flatpicking link roundup, 10/25/10

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Philadelphia’s music scene doesn’t get up early enough for a morning roundup. While the rest of the world is sipping on their lattes and reading about international affairs, we’re nursing our hangovers and trying to shake the ringing out of our ears. But that doesn’t mean we don’t like to (eventually) stay informed. Snooze Alarm presents Philly’s most important local-music-related news, whenever the scene finally gets around to making it (and the rest of us are ready to read it).

Our ’20s guitar man “From Django Reinhardt to Jimi Hendrix, the names that commonly appear on argument-starting lists of the greatest and most influential guitarists of the 20th century are familiar. But there’s one flat-picking virtuoso from South Philadelphia typically left out of the conversation, whose music has receded into obscurity despite a trailblazing career cut short by his tragic death in 1933: Eddie Lang.” (In The Mix)

R.I.P. Andy Kotowicz “Just wanted to take a sec to note the passing of Andy Kotowicz — head of sales and marketing at Sub Pop Records — who died over the weekend following injuries sustained in a car accident. He was 37. In addition to a long, esteemed career in the music industry and just generally being a great guy, he’s the one who brought Philly’s own Pissed Jeans into the Sub Pop fold a few years ago. We spoke with Andy for a Pissed Jeans piece we wrote up for PW last year.” (Make Major Moves)

Phoenix get creative at Tower Theatre “At this point in their career, it’s hard to argue that Phoenix—the charming, accessible, French chanteurs—are anything less than a force to be reckoned with. Their fourth studio album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, won the 2010 Grammy for “Best alternative music album”—not to mention the attention of thousands of fans seeking fun, danceable pop.” (Phrequency)

Plans For South Philly Walmart Renovation Sadly Do Not Include Total Destruction And Scorching Of Earth “On this much we can all agree: The South Philly Walmart is perhaps the darkest emotional corner of the entire city of Philadelphia. Sure, there are plenty of places that are in greater disrepair, more riddled with crimes both petty and capital, but no place we can think of locally will inspire more instant despair, more across-the-board automatic dread, more sympathy with all evildoers who hate America. For they do not hate us for our freedom; they hate us because of places like the South Philly Walmart.” (Philebrity)

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