All posts by Sam Miller

Sam recently graduated from Emerson College with a BS in Communication Studies and a minor in literature. When they aren't crying about music on the internet, Sam spends most of their time at home with their cat or out in the world hanging posters for local concerts.

Mixtape Monday: LGBTQIA Pride

June is LGBTQIA Pride Month, and pride festivals, parades, and other events are in full swing all over the world. Pride Month is incredibly important to many members of the LGBTQIA community, because it is a time to celebrate the parts of us that the world often demeans and criticizes us for. It is also a time to remember the activists that have fought for us to be able to have the voice we have now, such as Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera (two trans women of color who took part in the Stonewall Riots), and Harvey Milk (the first openly gay person elected to public office in the US). In order to mark this auspicious occasion, we’ve created a Pride themed mixtape, featuring queer, transgender, and gender non-conforming artists. Representation in media, including music, is incredibly important for LGBTQIA people, and youth especially.

We would also like to take this time to express our love and support to those affected by the shooting in Orlando. This Pride Month is also about remembering the lives that were tragically cut short by homophobia and hatred. We stand with you.

Bojack Horseman: An Animated Portrait of Mental Illness

The following contains spoilers for Bojack Horseman. Proceed with caution.

Netflix recently announced that the third season of its adult animation series, Bojack Horseman, would be available for streaming on July 22. I’m not ashamed to say that multiple people posted on my Facebook timeline or privately messaged me to make sure I heard the news. There are a lot of amazing things I could say about Bojack Horseman. The vocal cast is incredible, from Will Arnett to Paul F. Tompkins to Amy Sedaris, just to name a few; the running gags, including the many appearances of character actress, Margo Martindale, and a multitude of animal-themed puns, never fall flat; and, while at first glance, Bojack Horseman may seem like your typical Seth MacFarlane-style adult cartoon, the humor in the show is intelligent and often addresses deeply-entrenched societal issues, one of which is mental health. Continue reading Bojack Horseman: An Animated Portrait of Mental Illness

Mixtape Monday: Mental Health Awareness Month

May is mental health awareness month, so we at The Daily Slice have come together to craft a playlist of songs pertaining to mental health issues as well as uplifting songs that help us through tough days. The stigma surrounding mental illness often makes it really hard for folks to find help and support for mental health issues. We hope that this playlist can help somebody out and shed a little light on the importance of self-care, especially for those struggling with mental illness.

TV Review: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Season 2

After the huge success of last year’s release of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the show’s second season was made available on Netflix early in April. The show follows the titular Kimmy Schmidt, a woman who spent her formative years locked in an underground bunker with three other women and the cultmaster who had kidnapped them, as she finds herself and adjusts to the modern world in New York City. Season two starts not with a bang, but with an “Eh…” The premiere episode, “Kimmy Goes Roller Skating”, feels less like a  season premiere than a continuation of the first season. Undoubtedly Netflix had binge watchers in mind during production, assuming that as the show continues, viewers will be watching these seasons in quick succession. However, the premiere fell short for those of us seeing season two for the first time, and I personally questioned whether it was worth continuing.
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Live Review: The Smith Street Band at the Middle East in Cambridge, MA

Australian pop-folk-punk quartet The Smith Street Band have recently embarked on their first headlining tour in the United States. On a snowy night in April (yes, I’m serious), they played to a sold out crowd at the Middle East in Cambridge.

Save Ends, a local band, were a late addition to the lineup, only announced a couple days before the show. They were able to play a few tracks from their new EP, Hug Your Friends, which was released in March. Unfortunately, as is common with punk shows in tiny venues, the audio mix wasn’t amazing, and for much of their set the vocals were completely drowned out by the instruments on stage.

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