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Time Capsule: Brian Langan of Langor channels seasonal sadness on “Set Me Free for Christmas”

Langor | Photo by Cassie Rose Kobeski-Schlittler | courtesy of the artist
Langor | Photo by Cassie Rose Kobeski-Schlittler | courtesy of the artist

In Time Capsule, we ask artists to revisit songs they may have forgotten: pieces they wrote, released, and packed away—until now. Each month, we’ll pick one band who will pick one song and tell us the story behind where they were and what they were thinking when they wrote it.

Two years ago, someone was dumb enough to break up with the great Brian Langan of Langor, Needle Points, and a handful of other local rock bands, The Swims included.

And it was Christmas. What a terrible thing.

But instead of huddling in his cold (but cozy!) Brandywine street apartment alone, or crying, or drinking too much, he wrote a song.

Full disclosure: I’m a little biased here. As former manager of Brian’s band Needle Points (which, to him, meant I was supposed to bring him orange juice when he was hungover), I have a personal tie with this supremely talented human being. But anyway, listen to this song—rightfully called “Set me Free for Christmas”—and be your own judge about how talented he is, even when he’s sad sacking about some silly girl who didn’t deserve him in the first place. Continue reading →

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Philly Tapes Philly takes things on the road with Lobo Marino and Langor for Volume 6

Lobo Marino | photo courtesy of the artist
Lobo Marino | photo courtesy of the artist

This months Philly Tapes Philly collaboration brings us a special edition featuring Richmond, VA’s Lobo Marino and Philly’s Langor.  In the past, the installments were recorded to tape at the Gun Shop, home to PTP founders Commonwealth Choir.  This time around the group takes things down the street and west a few blocks to Ortlieb’s, where the tape will be recorded in front of a live audience during the free release show.

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Enjoy an eclectic evening with Lil Sean at PhilaMOCA August 30th

Photo via facebook.com/philamoca
Photo via facebook.com/philamoca

The always interesting PhilaMOCA has announced its latest celebration, Lil Sean Day, held August 30th. The event is curated exclusively by its namesake, the Eraserhood venue’s 12-year-old neighbor: a reported connoisseur of art, film and music. Last year, Lil Sean performed at PhilaMOCA’s Mausoleum Pizza Party. He also released his first two songs on Bandcamp in late July.

The day starts off with a live performance by Pat Finnerty, a Scranton based comedian and musician. Continue reading →