The Listening Station: The Slip
Here is the first post of what will become a regular feature on DGB. ‘The Listening Station’ Will bring you into my musical world outside of Phish once a week in an attempt to hip you on to some new awesome music. I can’t wait to get started with one of my favorite bands, so I won’t ramble anymore. If you have any suggestions for bands you’d like to see featured, send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and hopefully I’ll get around to it.
Sometimes a band comes your way, and upon first hearing them you feel like you have already been a fan for years. Very few bands have the ability to draw one in the way Phish or the Dead does, spawning a willingness to travel to great lengths to visit the musical pastures these bands create. Bands come and go from our listening patterns, and we enjoy their music while it’s there, and often, it doesn’t have a long-lasting effect. However, I had a lasting musical revelation about two years ago when I realized that there was yet another band out there that could bring me to such pastures – The Slip.
If you haven’t heard their music, you may have heard their name as they were one of the acts that played at Phish’s Camp Oswego in ’99. They were also offered the rare opportunity to record their album Angels Come on Time at The Barn in 2002. Countless artists and writers have recognized the immense talent of these musicians – they were featured on Jambands.com’s “New Groove of the Month” over 10 years ago – but it seems the band members prefer to remain off the main thoroughfare.
The Slip is a trio made up by the two Barr brothers, Brad (guitar) and Andrew (drums), along with bassist Marc Freidman. After meeting at the Berklee School of Music, and going through various personnel adjustments, the band settled on the current lineup and began to record their debut album From The Gecko.
What makes this band so appealing, at least for me, is their ability to traverse the various musical genres with a genuine authenticity. Like Miles Davis, The Slip will stumble across something great, and just as they see it reach its potential, they abandon it and move on to something new. It’s a constantly evolving process that has seen the band visit free-form jazz, jamband psychedelia, indie rock and even stripped down acoustic folk.
Like Phish and the Dead, you have to seek out this music and really be willing to search hard in order to discover the greatness that it beholds. I was lucky enough to have a friend who is deeply into The Slip and all of its various side projects – Lucas from Back In 15 Minutes and Listen.in – who was kind enough to help me on my journey to discover more of their music. I hope to be able to do the same for some of you, as I am of the belief that this is music that everyone should be aware of (even if the band doesn’t feel the same way). So for today, I’ve put together a playlist from various Slip shows to help introduce readers to this great music. There is also a Slip show from 2007 available for download below. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Playlist: 1. Get Me With Fuji 2. Soft Machine 3. Else 4. The Woods 5. Abide With Me 6. More Intense Surveilence > Lots of Socks > 7. Even Rats 8. Call It What You Like 9. Children of December 10. If One of Us Should Fall 11.Sorry > 12. Kicked it in the Sun > 13. Sorry