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Industry Interview: Peter James of Manic Kat Records

Based in New York, Manic Kat Records have been helping indie punk artists navigate the music business since 2009. They emphasize collaboration and interpersonal connections in all of their work, and put forth an an artists-first philosophy that ensures the artists and label grow together. Manic Kat have signed acts like Rival Town, Wired for Havoc and Bad Case of Big Mouth in their eight years in operation, and have seen their artists featured in outlets like Alternative Press.

We caught up with Manic Kat’s owner and founder Peter James to hear about the label’s history, latest happenings, and (of course) pizza preferences.

The Daily Slice: Could you first introduce yourself to our readers with your name, your official title at Manic Kat Records, and (since we’re a pizza-themed site) the best place to get a slice of pizza in your hometown?
Peter James: Sure thing, my name is Peter James and I am the owner/founder of Manic Kat Records. The absolutely best slice of pizza is right down the street from our office, it’s called Mr. Crispy’s Brick Oven Pizza. They have the best thin sliced pizza in the area, hands down!  Continue reading Industry Interview: Peter James of Manic Kat Records

Album Review: The Smith Street Band – ‘More Scared of You Than You Are of Me’

Fans of The Smith Street Band, and their vocalist/lyricist Wil Wagner, are no strangers to having their hearts broken through music. Wagner has a habit of penning lyrics in a way that is somehow both intensely personal and profoundly relatable. The band, however, has outdone themselves with their latest release, More Scared of You Than You Are of Me. This record finds The Smith Street Band going bigger, bolder, and darker with their art.

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Listen: Our Candy Clearance Day Celebration Playlist

It’s February 15th, also known as the day after Valentine’s Day, also known as the day the value packs of heart-shaped Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups go on sale for at least half off and every drug store in the country. Whether you hate that you love the black Friday of Hallmark stores or you love to hate its capitalist schemes, this blessed time of cheap candy and corny trinkets is something we can all appreciate. To celebrate, we’ve put together a playlist of our favorite angsty teenager-era anti-Valentine’s Day anthems for your enjoyment. Follow us on Spotify for more playlists and comment your addition to the list below!