Here at The Key, we spend a lot of time each week digging through every new release from Philadelphia that shows up on Bandcamp. At the end of each week, we present you with the most interesting, most unusual and overall best of the bunch: this is Items Tagged Philadelphia.
It rained inside XPN HQ yesterday. I mean, it also rained outside the station — boy did it rain, sideways rain, sheets of whiteish grey, torrents of liquid pellets, visibility so low that center city was only semi-discernible in the soggy haze, pedestrians running for cover in parking garages and under overhangs.
Such was the afternoon storm that a leak busted directly on top of one of my coworker’s computer, the downpour working its way through the floor to the lower levels and a steady stream of precipitation just beyond our studio walls, where we’d just wrapped up with a Folkadelphia / Key session with SΔMMUS, an Ithaca rapper recently relocated to West Philadelphia. She opted to brave the conditions to head home, and not unwisely so; as quickly as the rain hit, it stopped, reduced to fading blackish clouds in the distance as the sun broke back through to continue heating the July afternoon.
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