Last week, Stephen Colbert went out on a limb, and the twig kinda-sorta snapped. Not because the Report-er mouthpiece taunted the Viacom/MTV/Comedy Central industrial complex when he spoiled the “secret special appearance” by the rarely seen yet somehow overexposed Daft Punk at the VMAs. No, Colbert’s crime is having chosen between DP’s “Get Lucky” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” as his Song of the Summer of the Century. A shame, because Colbert missed, by one week yet, the actual S. of the S.: “Crummy Summer” by Philly’s Spandex/electro-glam faves Sweatheart. Thom Lessner’s zippy seasonal tune comes from this week’s steamiest full-LP release, Sittin Pretty — highlighted by the return of MC Amanda Blank and the recorded debut of longtime live Sweatheart member Brian Langan. The song is a “reminder not to have a crummy summer,” says Lessner, who mentions that Sweatheart got a chance to “tune up” by touring with Free Energy and The Darkness. “We sound like the tender, big-balled rock band I always wanted us to be.”
When The Food Trust’s Night Market hits South Street between Front and Ninth today, Aug. 15, I say: Expect a mess. Eating food with your hands on South? Yeah, something’s bound to get sloppy. Prove me wrong, please. That said, look out for The Food Trust’s new partnership with Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens’ ART/GAGE: Celebrate Philly Creativity Festival, with dueling stages (far apart) on South (at Ninth and Second), starring Circadian Rhythms, Norwegian Arms, New Pony and others.
Nobody says enough good stuff about WXPN music director Dan Reed. He’s got good ears, he came up with the idea for NON-COMM and he’s a fine host. (I used to appear weekly on his Thursday afternoon program.) Well, the secret’s out: He’s been named Non-Commercial Radio Station Music Director of the Year by N.J.’s Friday Morning Quarterback. Bravo.
Speaking of local-radio icons, Ms. Patty Jackson, WDAS’ queen of the grown-and-sexy crowd, will hold and host her Ladies Night Concert at the Dell Music Center on Aug. 18 with a quartet of musky, male R&B crooners and shouters such as Avant, Johnny Gill, Keith Sweat and Christopher Williams.
You’ve probably heard about country-loving racist ass-wipe Darren Walp of Ridley Park — the guy who visits Camden’s Susquehanna Bank Center for seemingly no other reason than to wave Confederate flags and yell bigoted slurs (on his way to see Toby Keith and Blake Shelton) — but take heart: The Camden County police are trying to work with LiveNation to make certain Walp never visits again. Keith Urban plays there Sep. 14. Ticket holders, keep your eyes peeled.
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