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Random Concerts: The Goodbye Party, Long Beard, Tim Woulfe & Tyler Bussey

Sunday July 24th 7-10 pm

$7-$10 suggested donation
After spending five years leading DC/Philly-based power-pop band The Ambulars, Michael Cantor needed an outlet for his other songs: the bedroom recordings – noisy lo-fi experiments, meandering somber songs with auxiliary instrumentation (bowed guitar, lap steel guitar, tape collages) all recorded by Cantor in isolation.
 
He relocated to Philadelphia and started releasing home-recordings as The Goodbye Party. This solo project he would later fully flesh out to create his first full length album under that project, Silver Blues. A true labor of love, Cantor recorded most of the album himself, aided by drummer Joey Doubek (Pinkwash). Learning about recording and production as he went, he spent the better part of a year closed up in a makeshift studio, augmenting his album with cassette and analog 4-track recordings.
 
The result is an album that exists within its own universe, one that weaves in and out of itself, floats and sinks, held together by its own internal logic. Silver Blues is full of lush orchestral strings, built on top of degrading cassettes and feedback and ecstatic power-pop anthems that bleed out into vocal dirges.
 
The cover image of Long Beard’s debut album, Sleepwalker,is a single yellow and orange hued lampshade in the foreground with silhouetted trees and the final moments of dusk in the background. The lampshade, under closer examination, is decorated with paisleys and floral patterns. The twilit night is starless yet clear as the final tinges of light are washed out of the sky. These elements, when laid out side by side, do a pretty good job of presenting a visual representation of what the debut album from Leslie Bear, aka, Long Beard is about. That is to say, there’s a limited palette at work on this album, these songs and the instruments assembled to articulate their beauty employ a strict sense of what is permissible and avoid what will only muddy the contrasts and moods.
 
In this sense, the orange and the paisley are Leslie’s hypnotic and drifting vocal style. The blacks and the blues are the guitar tones and rhythm section employed by producer Chris Daly the band (Devin Silvers on bass and Stefan Koekemoer on drums). Calculated to a degree that’s reminiscent of early Kranky Records acts like Labradford, Magnog or Bowery Electric as well as the constructions of groups like The Pale Saints, Cat’s Miaow or Lush, the sonic restrictions present on Sleepwalker make it singular in vision and thus intense to the ear. It spooks, it grows cold, it lifts up with tremendous beauty and then it turns so dim it becomes impossible to discern from the sounds of night.
 
Tim Woulfe (Philly)
“Tim Woulfe has been taking a tip from his unconscious. Just as the sleeping mind gleans images from memory and gives them new life in dreams, Woulfe’s recently self-released album, The Sleep Cycles, resuscitates recordings from the places he’s been to. Musique concrète pieces occasionally achieve a delicate seamlessness—they let disparate sounds from myriad sources flatten and coalesce, giving rise to distinct senses of place. Keeping with this ethos, Woulfe has spun whole worlds. And from these worlds emerge songs with unflinching pop melodies and intimate lyrics.” – Impose
 
Tyler Bussey (Philly)
New solo project by Tyler from TWIABP

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Screen shot 2016-07-07 at 3.14.17 PMEvery third Saturday we’ll be vending our wares with Plowshare farm and High St. Market’s Farmers Market.

Join us at 308 Market St. to meet your farmers and browse our wide selection of fresh local produce.

The market will be open Saturdays from 10:00-2:00. The season runs from June 4th through November 19th.

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Pre Fringe: femme. collective at the Tea Room

femme. collective wants to meet YOU!

Gearing up for their Philadelphia Fringe Show in September, the ladies would like to invite the neighborhood to meet the artists and learn more about their initiatives and upcoming events at a happy hour event from 4-7 p.m. on August 20th.
 
femme. collective is is a group of female-centric artists based in Philadelphia, PA. They aim to bring more art and artist collaborations to the city through networking, showcase opportunities, and a sprinkling of lady power.

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