Listen to sixteen minutes of Harmonica Dan jamming with Chris Forsyth

Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band
Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band | photo by Kait Privatera | courtesy of the artist

You never know when Harmonica Dan is going to show up, but it’s always a mesmerizing occasion when he does. Reliably found at Philadelphia Record Exchange in Fishtown, Dan Balcer has been a mainstay of the psych-folk community in town since the treasured days of Jack Rose.

Last month he turned up at Boot & Saddle, joining Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band for what the band leader is calling “The First (Sixteen?) Minutes of Cocksucker Blues.” Adapted from this year’s The Rarity of Experience, the performance takes album cut “The First Ten Minutes of Cocksucker Blues” (named after a Rolling Stones doc) into uncharted territory with Balcer’s playing.

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Bang your head to Spacin’ with Harmonica Dan in the video for “Sunshine, No Shoes”

Shouts to The Deli for alerting us to this fun new video from Spacin‘. If you’re not familiar, the fuzzy garage-rock thrashers (which include Mike Polizze of Purling Hiss) dropped an excellent LP, Deep Thuds, on Richie Records earlier this year. [correction: Mike Polizze played in an early incarnation of Spacin’, but as Richie Charles of Richie Records put it, “he’s got his plate full with the Hiss!”] This knockabout anthem “Sunshine, No Shoes” comes from it, and in this video, we pretty much see “Harmonica” Dan Balcer of the Philadelphia Record Exchange hanging out in his store wearing a Mountain t-shirt, sipping a lager, banging his head and playing air guitar. Check it out below, and join him if you feel so inclined.