Fishtown harpist records with Beck, Thurston Moore

Fishtown harpist Mary Lattimore is just back from Los Angeles, where she recorded on Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore's solo album.

They recorded at Beck's house in Malibu. Lattimore, Moore and violinist Samara Lubelski stayed nearby at the home of Mike D. from the Beastie Boys.

Lattimore and Lubelski perform with Moore and Bill Nace Dec. 18 at the First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut). Tickets available at

Lattimore, 30, has been quite busy recording lately. She recently played on a few new songs by Meg Baird, who plays Dec. 8 with Bert Jansch at Johnny Brenda's (Frankford & Girard), and also contributed to Kurt Vile's album due in March.

Lattimore said she had the parts written for Moore's record. "But Beck had good ideas that enhanced them, so it was a true collaboration in the end." She said Moore "was the coolest to work with and gave Samara and me loads of freedom and trusted where we were going with his songs."

The Asheville, N.C., native moved to Fishtown after living in Vienna for a while because she heard the musical community was welcoming here. She's excited for the Dec. 18 show, which is supposed to be a completely improvisational set. We asked if it was hard to travel with a harp, but Lattimore says she's used to it. "I travel around pretty easily with it. If I have a friend to help me get it up and down the stairs, putting it into a van or my station wagon is no big deal."

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