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And now, music to score the solar eclipse care of Lushlife, Mary Lattimore and Botany

Lushlife
Lushlife | Photo by Ebru Yildiz ebruyildiz.net | courtesy of the artist

Today, for the first time in nearly four decades, the moon will cross the path of the sun in the skies above North America — and finding the right soundtrack for the total solar eclipse has become something of a cottage industry in the past week.

Playlists were crafted — check out WXPN’s here — viewing parties were planned, and in the case of Philadelphia’s Raj Haldar, a score was written. Continue reading →

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Waxahatchee, Mary Lattimore and Molly Fischer pack Johnny Brenda’s to support the Bicycle Coalition

Waxahatchee | photo by Michelle Goodwin for WXPN

Headlining a fundraiser for the Greater Philadelphia Bicycle Coalition, Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee performed a delightfully eclectic collection of new songs and old to a sold-out crowd last night at Johnny Brenda’s. The first show of a several-week tour with Philadelphia’s Mary Lattimore, Waxahatchee charmed fans with an intimate, solo performance spanning her discography. Continue reading →

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Folkadelphia Session: Mary Lattimore

Photo by Scott Troyan, courtesy of the artist.
Photo by Scott Troyan, courtesy of the artist.

Over the past decade, Mary Lattimore has mesmerized and delighted with her adaptive harp playing abilities, challenging preconceptions of where the many-stringed instrument sits in indie rock, folk, and experimental music. The long-time Philadelphian (though soon-to-be West Coaster [sad emoji]) has pushed and carried her audience, along with her hugely unwieldy instrument, to explore the far reaches of what the harp is capable of doing. What can it do? An awful lot apparently, especially when you add in electronics, sonic manipulation, amplification, a knack for improvising, and an awesome set of collaborators, notably go-to partner-in-crime multi-instrumentalist and producer Jeff Zeigler. I personally try to see Mary as much as possible, and I recommend you follow suit, because her performances always feels entirely special, like experiencing the birth of mini-sonic worlds that all start from the same place, a single pluck of the string.
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Listen to a new song from Mary Lattimore, “The Boy Who Swallowed A Coin”

Mary Lattimore
Mary Lattimore | Photo courtesy of the artist

Longtime Philadelphia harpist Mary Lattimore is having a most excellent 2016. Though she recently departed the city for a new home on the west coast, she left us with a great batch of new music; this summer, her collaboration with Jeff Zeigler, Music Inspired by Philippe Garrel’s Le Révélateur, received some serious critical acclaim. Earlier this year, Lattmore also released her sophomore LP At The Dam via Ghostly International. Most recently, though, is this week’s new song, “The Boy Who Swallowed A Coin.”

Beyond that evocative title – which sounds it should belong to a long-lost Bergman short or something – the song is a sublime, dreamlike soundscape of the sort Lattimore does so well, this time focusing her style into a three-and-a-half-minute nugget that also finds her voice acting as another instrument in the fray. Listen below, and see Lattimore live at Johnny Brenda’s on Tuesday, August 16th with Ahleuchatistas – tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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The High Key Portrait Series: Meg Baird and Mary Lattimore

Mary Lattimore and Meg Baird | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | <A href=http://www.hellerhound.com/ target="_blank">hellerhound.com</a>
Mary Lattimore and Meg Baird | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

High Key” is a series of profiles conceived with the intent to tell the story of Philly’s diverse musical legacy by spotlighting individual artists in portrait photography, as well as with an interview focusing on the artist’s experience living, creating, and performing in this city. “High Key” will be featured in biweekly installments, as the series seeks to spotlight artists both individually and within the context of his or her respective group or artistic collective.

For fans of Philly’s local music scene, it hurts a little to have to use the word “former” to describe Meg Baird’s residential whereabouts. The singer uprooted from her longtime home here about four years ago and settled into San Francisco, a transition she reviewed briefly with The Key for an interview last August, in advance of a show at Johnny Brenda’s where she shared a stage with friend and frequent collaborator, Philly-based harpist Mary Lattimore.

Luckily for Baird’s fans, whatever coast she’s living on, she has been as prolific as ever. Last year saw the release of her third solo album, Don’t Weigh Down The Light, where she was accompanied throughout by Charlie Saufley for a return more toward the fuller sound of records made with her Philly-based band, Espers. Baird premiered a music video for the title track from that record on NPR last December.

Lattimore is celebrating the release of new music of her own as well. Her new record At The Dam hit stores on March 4th – it’s an album of experimental harp music that she improvised as a document of recent trips in California and Texas. Having recently garnered a Pew Fellowship, Lattimore is looking forward to an upcoming tour playing a number of European dates. Though she’d played throughout Europe before — as a duo along with multi-instrumentalist Jeff Zeigler, opening for Steve Gunn, or as part of Thurston Moore’s band — Lattimore looks forward to the autonomy and accolade of this tour as her first international venture as a solo headlining artist. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: “Jimmy V” by Mary Lattimore

Mary Lattimore | Photo courtesy of the artist
Mary Lattimore | Photo courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia harpist, Mary Lattimore is releasing her new EP At The Dam on March 4th on Ghostly International. Classically trained since she was 11, Lattimore incorporates experimental techniques and technologies into her music, and has performed and recorded with Kurt Vile, Sharon Van Etten, Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Steve Gunn, and others, and frequently collaborates with Philly producer and multi-instrumentalist Jeff Zeigler. Continue reading →

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Philly artists Creepoid, Nothing, Jeff Zeigler and Mary Lattimore descend on Austin Psych Fest

Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler
Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler | photo courtesy of the artist

Tonight, Jeff Zeigler and Mary Lattimore are setting up shop at the Alamo Ritz in Austin to play their live soundtrack of Philippe Garrel’s 1968 avant-garde film, Le Revélatéur. This will be an intimate gig compared to the next of the weekend, when they’ll switch gears to play for hundreds at Austin Psych Fest’s Levitation festival at Carson Creek Ranch.

“In terms of performing at Levitation, as per usual we’re going into our set with little or no real formal preparation as it’s all improvised, so I guess the plan is to have no real plan. We may discuss the overall arc and vibe but beyond that it’ll be fairly loose,” Jeff writes.

May 8th thru the 10th marks the 8th annual festival, which was rebranded this year as “Levitation” to celebrate the first-ever reunion show from the 13th Floor Elevators, who will close out the festival Sunday night. Continue reading →

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Download Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler’s “I Only Have Eyes For You” via the Ghostly Swim 2 comp

Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler
Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler | photo courtesy of the artist

The Detroit record label Ghostly International and Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim has released Ghostly Swim 2, a collection of ambient electronic music. It’s their second co-release together since the first installment in 2008.

One of the highlights of the 13-song set is “I Only Have Eyes For You” by the Philly duo Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler, the Philly harpist and producer / multi-instrumentalist respectively that have been collaborating on ambient soundscapes for the past couple years. Although this song shares a title with a 1959 classic by The Flamingoes, it does not appear to be a cover – unless it’s an extremely abstract cover. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler at First Unitarian Church, Glenn Tilbrook at Tin Angel, Reagan Youth at Underground Arts and more…

Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler
Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler | photo courtesy of the artist
Locals Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler open for Nico Muhly and Richard Reed Parry at the First Unitarian Church tonight.  The harp / guitar / synth duo released its debut full-length Slant of Light last Tuesday, an LP that was recorded during the city-stopping snowstorm of last winter.  Lattimore and Zeigler have been performing live together for a few years now, but this release expands on the droning, exploratory, freeform pieces they have played in the past to include subtler, more introspective works as well.  Listen to “The White Balloon” below and get information for the show here. Continue reading →
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Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler share “White Balloons” off of Slant of Light

 

Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler
Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler

“White Balloons,” the first sampling off of Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler‘s debut LP collaboration Slant of Light, will probably turn out to be one of the more contemplative and subtle compositions on the record.  The pairing of Lattimore’s delicate harp playing bouyed by Zeigler’s distant hum of synths transports the listener to the time that the album was recorded – it was during the snowstorms of early 2014 when the city was blanketed in white and quite literally stopped in its tracks.

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