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Eric Slick stands against hate and bigotry in new track, “secrets” ft. Sadie Dupuis

Eric Slick| Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

On the heels of performing the loaded Philly Music Fest at World Cafe Live, Eric Slick just shared a new track titled “secrets” via Boiled Records, which features Speedy Ortiz’s / Sad13’s Sadie Dupuis.

Of the song, Slick describes writing it after watching a news piece focused on a Jewish real estate agent in Montana who had been viciously trolled and threatened by a Neo-nazi hate group. Continue reading →

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Eric Slick shares new single “You Are Not Your Mind” from upcoming solo LP

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Eric Slick | photo via Egghunt Records

Local musician Eric Slick has shared a third single from his forthcoming Palisades LP, an album set for release on April 21st via Egghunt Records. Best known for his roles in Dr. Dog and Lithuania, Palisades marks the multi-instrumentalist’s first official solo outing and was created during a year spent in the Asheville, NC woods.

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Eric Slick creates a black and white dystopia in “The Dirge”

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Eric Slick | photo via Egghunt Records

In just over a month we’ll have Eric Slick‘s debut solo LP Palisades in our hands, an exciting moment for us and for the Dr. Dog drummer. He’s shared some digital material over the years but this will be the first official, cohesive release, and it’s proving to be worth the wait. We heard a lead single called “You Became the Light” back in February, and this week Slick shared a video for “The Dirge.”

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Eric Slick previews debut Palisades LP with meditation-inspired “You Became the Light”

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Eric Slick | photo via Facebook

The lead single from Eric Slick‘s debut solo effort Palisades is about his first time meditating.

If you were expecting to hear a mellow, sonically-intimate song after reading that line, you’re in for a surprise. Far from it, “You Became the Light” is a barrage of guitar and drums from the onset. An upswell of  tone, synth, and cymbals rush in on the phrase “wave to your friend,” perhaps evoking a sense of heaviness leading into lightness during mediation, but the mind remains steadily drenched in sound throughout the track.

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PHOTOS: The Eric Slick Band at Boot and Saddle

Eric Slick Band | Photo by Koof Ibi Umoren for WXPN | <a href=http://koofibi.com target="_blank">koofibi.com</a>
Eric Slick Band | Photo by Koof Ibi Umoren for WXPN | koofibi.com

Philadelphia’s Eric Slick has what you might call Restless Musician’s Syndrome; he’s always making song, whether it be with Dr. Dog (where he plays drums) or Lithuania (which he co-fronts on guitar and vox with Dominic Angellela) or under his own name. His latest record Palisades is on the way (listen to the song “No” here) and Slick went on a small autumn tour this month to preview songs from it. Joining him onstage at Boot and Saddle on Wednesday night were Ricardo Lagomasino on drums, Zannie Owens on guitar/keys, and Andrew Black on bass. Check out photos from the set by Koof Ibi Umoren (of Random Tea Sessions fame) — for more updates on Slick’s doings, keep tabs on his Facebook. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Myrrias at Johnny Brenda’s, Rosali at Ortlieb’s, Eric Slick at Boot & Saddle and more…

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Myrrias | photo courtesy of the band

Local outfit Myrrias celebrate the release of a new record at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The dream/psych rockers just dropped their debut LP Spectra last week after streaming the magnetic “PEAK,” but the album comes at a time of transition for the band as well – they’ll be taking some time off for the next few months to write new material and focus on their growing families. Listen to “PEAK” below and pick up tickets here for the 21+ show with Valley Exit (also releasing a record), Long Spells, and a DJ set by Suburban Living.

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Eric Slick tells us how Dr. Dog’s surprise charity album Abandoned Mansion came to be

Dr. Dog | photo via drdog4.bandcamp.com

Surprise! There’s a new Dr. Dog album out today that no one knew existed (except the band and I’m guessing some of their friends). To sweeten the deal even more, all proceeds from the album go toward the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The album, called Abandoned Mansion, is what the band described in an introductory missive as “Easy Peasy listening.” That’s to say that, as opposed to the “blips and bloops” of the band’s February release, The Psychedelic Swamp, Abandoned Mansion takes a more simplistic, traditional approach.

Drummer Eric Slick, who doubles as one-third of Philly’s Lithuania, said that the band actually recorded Abandoned Mansion before The Psychedelic Swamp, but had to let it sit on the backburner for a bit.

“We recorded it before we went into the studio to record The Psychedelic Swamp with the intention of getting it out before The Psychedelic Swamp,” he says.

In contrast to Swamp’s complex layering and production ambition, Abandoned Mansion is pretty much just the band playing live with mostly acoustic instruments.

“The intent of the record was to make something simple and elegant,” Slick says. “I think we’ve kind of gone into different trends in the band. We’ve moved toward this more psychedelic, noisier side—an experimental side—and then we’ve got this simpler side. So it’s just another exploration of our simpler side.” Continue reading →

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In Defense of Counting Crows: Read Eric Slick’s empathetic essay on why they’re his jam

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Eric Slick | photo by Shervin Lainez

Eric Slick, who plays drums with Dr. Dog, and is a member of the punk band band Lithuania, gets right to the heart of the matter in an article he wrote for The Talkhouse. The title? The Counting Crows Taught Me Not to Give a Fuck About the Critics.

“Today I’ll be defending the earnest jangle of California’s Counting Crows,” writes Slick, about the band’s incredible 1993, T-Bone Burnett produced debut album, August and Everything After. Continue reading →