We’re a few days into 2015 and there were a few albums that made a huge appearance in 2014. 2014 was the most stressful year for me. With the end of my junior year and the start of my senior, it was hard to stay up to date with new music. I started listening to many songs on the radio, something I usually try to avoid. Spotify became my best friend this year. Through Spotify, I found four albums that made my 2014:
In Technicolor by Jesse McCartney
Favorite Track: “Back Together”
No Interruptions by Hoodie Allen
Favorite Track: “Won’t Mind” feat. MAX
X By Ed Sheeran
Favorite Track: “Photograph”
In the Lonely Hour by Sam Smith.
Favorite Track: “Not in That Way”
I know that seeing these albums in the same list seems weird but 2014 was a year of listening to many types of artists, some I never thought to listen to. I couldn’t pick a favorite album because I haven’t actually had that time to sit down, listen, and understand the songs on each album. These four albums brought back my childhood, helped me through late night study sessions, and were put together beautifully. I recommend these albums to anyone that wants to start listening to different kinds of genres in the new year, I’m sure that you’ll fall in love with at least one of these.
As 2014 comes to a close, I look back on how amazing The Daily Slice’s first year has been. We’ve interviewed some amazing artists, started important conversations, and shed light on some incredible music. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with the best staff I could have ever asked for, and, if you couldn’t tell, our taste in music as a group is kind of all over the place.
As we ring in the new year, and prepare to start our second year as a team (including some brand new members!), we want to show all of you the diversity of our musical preferences by sharing our favorite songs of 2014 with you. Check them out below, and let us know your favorites in the comments!
Thank you for a great first year as a site, and I can’t wait to share our plans for 2015 with all of you. Happy New Year!
~Tori Continue reading Staff Favorites of 2014
I’m about to stage dive into a subject that’s bound to stir up some conversation, so I can only hope the crowd will hold me up on this one. Although I know for a fact that if I was concerned about maintaining some kind of passive, acquiescent reputation on the internet, I definitely wouldn’t be bringing this up. But I’m not. I think it’s something we have to talk about because it’s something I’m seeing more and more of in music, and it’s certainly not okay. Let’s talk about sexual assault in the music industry.
Certainly, stories like those of Lostprophets’ Ian Watkins or Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst aren’t the only circumstances where musicians are accused of, and allegedly responsible for, sexual assault. Let me tell you from personal experience, there are some creeps out there. Continue reading Tori Talks Sexual Assault and Song Lyrics
Back in the day, when going to a punk rock gig was a genuinely dangerous thing to do, were there barriers or security separating the crowd from the band? Of course not. I am sure even the biggest of security guards would think twice about standing in front of GG Allin or Circle One. But nowadays, shows tend to be much tamer, yet we have a barrier and 5 foot gap filled with security guards.
Though, of course, they are placed there in the interest of health and safety by helping kids get down from crowd surfing (often shortly before kicking them out of the venue). However, attending various shows, you occasionally find the bands or venues that don’t enforce these rules. Californian superhero punk/ska band The Aquabats play shows in the UK that are on a small enough scale that there is no need to have security, and this makes the shows a hundred times better due to the increased crowd participation and involvement. [And even after throwing three 12 year old kids into the waiting crowd to surf them back to their parents at the side of the venue there is no worry that they will come to harm. And not to mention punk legends Fugazi led by Minor Threat’s Ian MacKaye, straight up refused to play shows if there was a barrier present at the venue as he wanted to be as close to as crowd as possible so he can involve them. In the instance of someone causing trouble at their shows, the band personally escorted the individual out and refunded them. All without using any security.
Continue reading Barriers and security at shows: How much do we really need them?
Here is a little Public Service Announcement for those of you who like to attend shows but have zero respect for other people: hitting someone in order to get something that was thrown off of the stage is not ok.
Picture this: you’re at a concert, it’s the end of the show, and a drumstick is thrown into the crowd and you catch it! Yes! A few more are tossed into the crowd and you’re still standing there basking in the glory of a 16 inch piece of wood. But all of a sudden someone decides that they deserve to have it more than you do so they try to grab it out of your hand. “What the hell! This is mine I caught it,” you exclaim, but the girl decides to keep pulling on it. You’ve got two hands on it now and you know that you are NOT letting this go because is this chick for real? Trying to steal this piece of memorabilia right out of your grasp because she wasn’t able to catch one herself? So you try and turn away from her hoping for the love of god she would just let go already. Continue reading PSA: What NOT to do at Shows