Last night, it snowed for the first time in New York all winter. It was absolutely frigid. (Note that my perception of this may be affected by the fact that I was wearing a summer dress without tights as I ran weekly errands.
Because I am an idiot with no foresight.) The sky was this incredibly dismal grey color, deep and gloomy. If a vibrant sunset is a work of art, oil on canvas, this sky was the murky, opaque water left behind after the brushes are washed between colors. It made a jarring contrast with the ivory falling fast, coating the ground with a thin layer of icy down, shockingly white in a black-and-grey landscape.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about grey areas. Not so much the uncertainty or the vagueness that the colloquialism implies, but the grey areas in which we contain ourselves, hearts heavy and heads buzzing, the moments in which our lives are so consumed by violent darkness and weariness that even the brightest moments are covered by a thin layer of ash. The greyness can be dusky, a storm cloud hanging over the sun, preventing any lightness from breaking through, or it can be leaden, like your lungs are suddenly filling with cement, you, human pavement, footprints left by those who couldn’t wait for the concrete to settle. But either way, the greyness reduces you to a silent film, the color drained from your cheeks, your eyes dull and tired. Continue reading Silver Linings Playlist: Auditory Remedies to Battle the Darkness
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
Check out my photographs of The Wonder Years, The Story So Far, Modern Baseball, and Elder Brother at the Providence, RI stop on their fall tour on October 3, 2014.
At Slam Dunk festival this year, we also caught up with Philadelphia heroes Ian Farmer and Jake Ewing from Modern Baseball and had them answer the questions that you sent in!
Joe – Derby, UK: Did you expect to have this level of success after only three years as a band?
Both: Hell no.
IF: We never thought we would play anywhere other than our basement and our friends basement. Like, we thought maybe we would play the Fire, which is this venue that our friend booked for and that held 130 people.
JE: The reason we even had a record out was because we wrote it and we just really wanted to have something to be proud of. Our friend Eric made up a record label out of thin air to create the record and we were like, “OK this is cool” but then people actually listened to it and it was like, “Oh what the heck?”
IF: It was really funny because when we were doing that, we were actually debating whether to make 100 copies or 300 copies and we were just so worried that Eric wasn’t gonna break even.
JE: Yeah, we did 300 and were like, “We might sell them in like two years… maybe”
IF: That is literally what we were thinking and, like, five weeks later we were like, “Oh? Well I guess it’s time to do another press.” It was crazy. Continue reading Modern Baseball Interview @ Slam Dunk Festival
In 2014, Modern Baseball embarked on their first trip to Europe which included Slam Dunk festival. The Philadelphia quartet were greeted with bad weather and an obscene amount of their shirts being worn by attendees of the festival.
As second band on the Atticus stage at quarter to three, they seemed to have half the festival in attendance at their set, seeing as there were people packing out the door trying to peer through for a view. Continue reading Slam Dunk Festival Leeds 2014: Modern Baseball Set Review