Can!!Can LIVE!

July 24, 2010

You have to see it to believe it! Check out Georgia’s Jewish garage punk sensation, Can!!Can putting on one of their iconoclastic live performances last week at The Earl in Atlanta during their Monsters & Healers CD Release Party!


“Can!!Can is a spastic and soulful garage rock band that invokes almost primal reactions with its tribal-like rhythms.”

Metromix Atlanta

Click Here to See the Video of Can!!Can LIVE at The Earl!






JDub Digital is excited to announce the release of Can!!Can’s debut LP, MONSTERS & HEALERS, which is available NOW EVERYWHERE!

Can!!Can - Monsters & Healers - JDub Digital

Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia’s Can!!Can is Patrick Aleph (vocals), Mary Collins (guitar), and Joshua Lamar (drums). The three are a trio to be reckoned with! Can!!Can makes dark, but playful garage punk that thinks.

Why the name Can!!Can? The band won’t say for sure, joking “Patrick can, and Mary can, and Josh is the exclamation points.”


Can!!Can Performing One of Their Iconoclastic Live Performances

MONSTER’S & HEALERS draws from the worlds of alternative, dance, metal and punk. Mary’s distorted guitar and bass combination fuels the fire with Mudhoney fuzz, while Josh’s drumming asserts itself as the massive driving force that stokes the coals. Throughout, Patrick’s broken yelps and howls are rough, yet pure against Josh and Mary’s effervescent backing vocals that go from old-time radio coos to riot grrl gang chants.

The lyrics on the record are a striking expression of the band’s fascination with spirituality, and Patrick’s thematic explorations of holy Jewish texts. Songs like “Giants” (You build an altar/You find a priest/Two tablets tell us what to do and say and feel and think), “Black Rainbow” (Will you come to me/In our Tent of Meet/Shine your face on me/For all my offerings), and “God Lives in NYC” (In the city of forbidden fruit/Child, you know you’ll touch the sky/HaShem brings a beautiful light/Bottled up when the city’s alive) illustrate Can!!Can’s complex understanding that mythology, spirituality and rock ‘n roll are inextricably tied together.


Can!!Can's Patrick Aleph, Mary Frances Collins, and Josh Lamar

Live, Can!!Can quadruples the force you hear on MONSTERS & HEALERS, with Patrick writhing and thrashing about both on and off the stage. Can!!Can has played with bands like The Electric Six, Living Things, The Coathangers, Peelander-Z, Bobby Bare Jr. among others.

MONSTERS & HEALERS is sure to spread

Can!!Can’s particular brandof Atlanta punk across the nation.

JDub Records is a non profit dedicated to innovative Jewish music, community, and cross-cultural dialogue. JDub has released albums by Matisyahu, Balkan Beat Box, Golem, and Michael Showalter.

PRESS CONTACT: BECCA LANEBeLa Media – 215.620.7900

Hit me up if you would like a copy of the album for review or to set something up with one of the trio or for any other press materials!

Throughout the semester, we’ve been taught to seek out those who play a major role in the community. These people are usually church leaders, community activists, or just “unofficial mayors”, and they always have a pulse on what’s happening in the neighborhood.

Former Julia de Burgos Teacher Christina Saxton Shows Urban Kids the Importance of Gardening

This week, we happened to come across a person who defines what it means to be “involved in the community.” Christina Saxton, a former teacher at the Julia de Burgos Middle School, only moved to Fairhill two years ago (from Lancaster) after her marriage. Yet she is involved with the local school, takes care of the school’s garden, is involved with a local church, and volunteers at The St. Francis Inn – a soup kitchen on Kensington Ave.–and on top of it all, she has a newborn baby of her own.

Despite the fact that she is not currently working at the middle school because of the birth of her son, Saxton took the time to visit the school to talk to us about the garden project that she started. The project itself started because due to Saxton’s love for gardening, inspiring her to rally fellow teacher, Erin Kelly, to get involved with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. According to Saxton, the idea came about due to the fact that her students are mostly Puerto Rican and Dominican, and many are used to rural areas. She thought the students would enjoy a garden, so she worked tirelessly to make it happen.

In a struggling neighborhood like Fairhill, it’s great to see someone like Christina Saxton working to better the community.

Audio Slideshow of the Gardening Project in Motion

By, Becca Lane & Danielle Harvey

(Extracted from, posted Wednesday, October 21, 2009)

For more on Christina Saxton – check out blog entry: Kindness and Helpfulness are Both Next to Godliness

For yet another assignment for my Publishing to the Web class, I turned an article that I wrote – which was never published – for MURL into an actual web story. Delving into the issue of the disparity between Philadelphia’s “Haves” and “Have-nots,” I initially sought to highlight the budgeting decisions that allowed for the implementation of the new solar paneled trash receptacles littered throughout Philadelphia’s elite neighborhoods while still neglecting what seemed to be rising numbers of homeless citizens. After a rather in-depth interview with President & CEO of The Center City District (CCD), Paul Levy, however, I discovered that not only did these seemingly expensive, environmentally friendly trash receptacles first get introduced by the privately funded organization, but that CCD also employs numerous different teams and organizations that work in partnership with the city and the Philadelphia Police Department to help keep the city safe and clean while also attempting to assist those previously mentioned displaced Philadelphians. For more information, check out my story, “Mo’ Money? Mo’ Problems?”

CCD Boundary Map

Philadelphia's Center City District Boundary Map. Photo Courtesy of the CCD.

So, as I said in my introductory blog, I have done a bit of freelance journalizing over the years…. So, in case anyone was interested in actually checking out my published shteeze, here is a link to the clips page of my website (which you may also check out in further detail, if you so wish!)…

My Website Clips Page

These are only clips, however, so to see them actually “in print” on their publication’s respective websites, check out the following links:

“Old City Get’s Steady with Jonny Lives!” – 12/21/06

“My Brightest Diamond SXSW Preview” – 3/12/07

“My Chemical Romance Creates a Flurry in Philly” – 2/26/07

“Most Serene Republic Recruits Inhabitants” – 12/13/07

“Springhouse Reunite in Philadelphia!” – 10/28/08

“Balkan Tunes Attract Locals at Tritone” The Temple News – 3/24/09

I also wrote a couple features for the local ‘zine, Love Thy Neighbor. Although the text of the pieces that I wrote are not online, the photos that accompany my features are so here are the links to those: The 2007 Philadelphia Tattoo Convention and Featured Artist: Justin Weatherholtz

Just to share a bit of my portfolio with ya!


So, while not only being a good friend and my bestie’s beau, Adam Hershberger is an extraordinarily talented artist in every sense of the word. His vast range of prowess over the brass extends across a plethora of musical performance groups – you never know what’s coming next! Check out my second Flash project where I attempt to provide a glimpse into the symphonic expertise that is THE HERSH…


PS Sorry, Adam, if I’m making you blush here! 🙂

In studying journalism at TU in this day and age, it only comes with the territory that we are not simply required to learn how to put sentences together to create a decent article but we also need to acquire these constantly evolving yet prevalent “multi-media” skills. So, in my last semester here at TU, I am taking this class called Publishing to the Web which is basically a design class. I know I’m not THAT much older than my fellow classmates but the 6-8 year age gap is becoming more and more apparent when it comes to dealing with these “webby” classes… I mean, I consider myself pretty good at computers but these Adobe programs are tough! But, I digress…

My first assignment for Publishing to the Web was to create my very own flash animation – so, check it out! And remember, I’m STILL learning!

My First Flash Assignment

Hello world!

February 2, 2010

Hey there!

I just wanted to start this blog off with a bit of an introduction… Then, we’ll get into the good stuff!

My name is Becca Lane and I am 28-years-old. I just graduated with a B.A. in Journalism in the Magazine Sequence from the Annenberg School of Communications and Theater at Temple University. While pursuing my degree, I also served as a freelance writer for,, The Temple News and the local ‘zine, Love Thy Neighbor and have served as a contributor to the Coldwell Banker Real Estate Blog. Connecting my passion for publicity and music, I have also filled some of my spare time freelancing for musicians and artists.

Before moving back to my hometown of Philadelphia to finish up my Journalism degree at Temple, I attended the American University in Washington, DC and then lived in New York City where I quickly moved up the ranks to become the National Tour Publicist for indy record label, V2 Records.

I completed two and a half years at American University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice. My intent was to build a career in Forensic Psychology and I even had aspirations of one day joining the FBI in the behavioral psychology department (think CSI or Criminal Minds!). This dream was cut short halfway through my junior year when my long term boyfriend was tragically killed by a drunk driver. I reevaluated my long term choices and decided to relocate to New York City and try to rediscover myself while pursuing my passions rather than studying a field that drained my passion.

A few months after moving to New York City, I obtained an internship in the publicity department of V2 Records. Two months later, I was promoted to a part time publicity assistant. After another two months, I was promoted to a full time position as Publicity Coordinator and then a few months later, I was promoted to National Tour Publicist where I was in charge of coordinating all tour press for V2 and Luaka Bop (a subsidiary of V2, owned by the Talking Heads lead singer, David Byrne) bands.

After working in the industry for a few years, I decided the time had come to finish my degree. Temple University offered a stellar Journalism program, ranking 21st in the nation, through the Annenberg School of Communications and Theater. The opportunity to be both back in Philadelphia and to earn a degree in a field I had come to love, was the perfect solution. I have now resumed my career in public relations and marketing, armed with my newly acquired journalism and multimedia design skills in the form of my own company, BeLa Media. My current clients include: Hoopla Marketing & PR, Can!!Can, Transmar Commodity Group, Divided Heaven (Jeff Berman) and many MORE in the works!

So, that catches you up to the present… Stay tuned!