The Center-Stage Side Project: Eric Slick and Dom Angelella will bring a long-awaited Lithuania LP to Lame-O

Lithuania | Photo by Megan Kelly |
Lithuania | Photo by Megan Kelly |

You probably know Eric Slick and Dom Angelella from the bands they play in full-time. But there’s another act that the two Philly musicians have been associated with for way longer than the former has drummed for Dr. Dog, or the latter has performed in DRGN King.

Lithuania has been active for going on ten years, but is often spoken about as a “side project” or a “duo project.” That’s not how the guys see it, and year the band takes the spotlight to release its long-in-the-works full-length debut. Hardcore Friends comes out this summer on Lame-O Records, and it’s the culmination of a collaboration Slick and Angelella began as UArts freshmen in 2005.

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See visions in a bowl of Fruit Loops in Eric Slick’s new instrumental guitar video “Release”

Slick1Dr. Dog drummer Eric Slick has been on something of a creative streak from both behind the drum kit (the band’s great new record B-Room) and away from it. Last night, he shared a surreal music video for his new solo song “Release.” Musically, it’s is a contemplative instrumental featuring fingerpicked acoustic guitar, similar to but more refined than the “Creature Comfort” track he put on Bandcamp in June.

Visually, it’s an unsettling bud oddly comical trip into the human psyche via a bowl of Fruit Loops. Like the short film Primal Essence that Slick premiered at The Key’s Tuesday Tune-Out back in January, this video – directed by by Zia Anger and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte – begins in a slightly askew real world with Slick just awake, doing morning things like eating breakfast. As soon as he’s finished, his world becomes a dream-like state.

“Release” will be featured on Slick’s debut solo guitar LP <em>Out of Habit</em>, which will be available on limited edition vinyl and cassette via Solid Gold Record. Preorders are available at the label’s website.


John Pfeffer (of Capillary Action) released new track “Bodega”, co-starring a wide variety of fellow Philly artists


John Pfeffer of Capillary Action is a unique songwriter. Having dabbled in free-form avant-rock in the past with his band - which, as he acknowledges, has been more like a name he uses for whatever music he’s currently working on – he just released a new, very avant-garde track  under his own name called “Bodega.” It features collaborations he’s done with a handful of fellow Philly artists, including Ricardo Lagomasino of Many Arms, Eric Slick of Dr. Dog, YIKES the ZERO, Lushlife, and Jeff Zeigler of Arc In Round. The  track is wildly experimental, and largely instrumental until around the 7 minute mark (it’s 10 minutes in total). Check it out for yourself below, via Soundcloud.


The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Firefly, The Flaming Lips, The Downtown Club)


Relive the weekend’s Firefly Festival with reviews and photos [link]

William Tyler stops by for a Folkadelphia [link]

David Dye, Michaela Majoun and the XPN hosts list their favorite albums of 2013 so far [link]

Vampire Weekend will perform at the Mann Center on 9/19 [link]

Italian prog-rock film composers Goblin will make their U.S. debut this fall, playing Underground Arts on 10/5 [link]

The Flaming Lips will play Festival Pier with Tame Impala on 10/3 [link]

Members of Belle & Sebastian will DJ a party at Dolphin Tavern following their July 10th show at the Mann Center [link]

Dr. Dog drummer Eric Slick goes solo / acoustic on his new track “Creature Comfort” [link]

Stream local electronic / R&B duo Marian Hill‘s new single “Whiskey” [link]

Set times for this year’s XPoNential Music Festival have been announced [link]

Check out pictures of Wilco‘s Solid Sound Festival set, get ready to see them at XPo Fest next month [link]

Local new wave outfit The Downtown Club recorded this week’s Key Studio Session [link]


Eric Slick of Dr. Dog releases John Fahey inspired instrumental on Bandcamp

SlickEric Slick, the drummer for hometown heroes Dr. Dog, can do more than just drum. He’s just recently recorded an acoustic guitar instrumental track, inspired by the primitive guitar playing of the legendary John Fahey, and posted it to his bandcamp (listen below). He’s also made it available for purchase. The song, called “Creature Comfort”, displays Slick’s unique range and ability as a guitarist. Slightly experimental in nature, the track follow no set format, and instead functions as a sort of gritty, acoustic, solo jam. Be sure to catch Dr. Dog on July 27th, when they’ll be playing the Susquehanna Bank Center as part of this year’s Xponential Music Festival. Find tickets and information here.


From the Pages of JUMP: Eric Slick performing Primal Essence at PhilaMOCA

Here at The Key we’re big fans of JUMP Magazine and their extensive coverage of the broad-reaching Philly music scene – pop to punk, jazz to jam band, and whatever else you can think of. Beginning this week, we’ll regularly highlight some of the features from the pages of JUMP here on The Key, starting with their coverage of our Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA last night. Eric Slick played an impressive live score to his film Primal Essence, JUMP editor and publisher G.W. Miller III was there with his camera, and this is what he had to say:

This month, John Vettese (below, on the right) and The Key are hosting the Tuesday Tune-Out shows at PhilaMOCA and they kicked off their portion of the ongoing series with an amazing show.

Dr. Dog drummer Eric Slick, who also drums for Norwegian Arms, Ape School and others, performed a solo show set to a video he produced (with the help of his Norwegian Arms bandmate Brendan Mulvihill and friend Andy Molholt). The video, titled Primal Essence, featured Slick in a dream sequence – in which he had a romantic liaison with a slice of pizza.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Eric Slick at PhilaMOCA, Philly Plays Beck’s Song Reader at World Cafe Live, Elk Rhythms at the North Star Bar

The Key kicks off its month of curating Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA with a special solo performance by local multi-instrumentalist Eric Slick.  Best known as the drummer for Dr. Dog and Norwegian Arms, Slick will be improvising a set to his new short film Primal Essence, filmed specifically for this event.  Opening up the night will be short sets by Jonathan Pfeffer (Capillary Action) and Michael Johnson (Ape School).  Admission is a suggested $5 donation at the door; more information can be found here.  Below, watch Slick show off his drumming skills in a Madoff Productions promo video.

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Eric Slick’s five favorite things about Philly in 2012

For The Key’s year-in-review, we asked our trusted sources – our writers and photographers, XPN’s on-air staff, fellow bloggers in the Philly scene and even a few musicians – to send us their Top Five Whatevers. Could be the traditional music route – albums, songs, concerts of the year – or it could be only loosely connected. We’ll be sharing these recaps every day through to the end of the year. Today, drummer Eric Slick of Dr. Dog, Norwegian Arms, Ape School and more shares his five favorite things about Philly in 2012. Continue reading →


Unlocked: Watch Norwegian Arms play “Tired of Being Cold” to tabletop percussion

We’ve spent a lot of time this week talking about how lush and dream-like Norwegian Arms‘ new full length Wolf Like A Stray Dog is. When the band celebrates its album release at Johnny Brenda’s on Friday, it might have to augment its performance with a few extra players to truly capture that vibe. Or it might just do what it does really well – play stripped-down and to-the-point, with just three guys in a portable configuration. Drummer Eric Slick now plays a more traditional kit, but this video shot by Out of Town Films captures the band at its most portable. In a performance of “Tired of Being Cold,” Mulvihill strums his mandolin swiftly in the back porch of Kung Fu Necktie while Slick taps away on a trash can lid and a tabletop. Can you imagine that – playing a show where the only equipment you need to bring is a light mandolin in its shoulder bag and two drumsticks? Watch the video below.

Wolf Like a Stray Dog is the featured album in this edition of Unlocked; hear the spotlighted track “She Lives in a Secret Town” in Monday’s post, read yesterday’s album review; and check back tomorrow for an interview with Brendan Mulvihill and Eric Slick.