The Slip
The Slip will be appearing live on MTV Canada this Thursday (5/17) to promote the Canadian release of EISENHOWER on Studio Plateau Records, one night before their Toronto CD release party at the Mod Club. Also appearing will be Vice and VBS co-founder Shane Smith. Tune in to find out about the time Smith could have bought a nuclear warhead from a Bulgarian arms dealer and stay for the smashing live version of "Even Rats." If fans want to be in attendance for this, all that they have to do is call 1.888.491.6888 or email and request tickets for the date of the show. MTV Canada studios are located at the Masonic Temple, 888 Yonge street, Toronto, Ontario - studio audience has to be there by 5pm.


Bobby Bare Jr.
Having just finished a winter tour throughout the Eastern US, The SLIP will be heading back out yet again in early June for three weeks on the road with Bobby Bare Jr.. So get psyched for a great tour that winds its way from Wakarusa to Bonnaroo to NYC, Boston, and beyond... Bobby, whose career has included collaborations with Silver Jews and Frank Black (and whose backing band on his last full-length also goes by another name that you may recognize, "My Morning Jacket") - will be opening the shows with his road-tested tales of flat-chested girls, bionic hearts, and monks at the disco. This is going to be fun. Get your tickets ahead of time.

The Slip tour dates available HERE.

[Published on: 5/16/07]

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deadpig79 Wed 5/16/2007 11:49AM
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gabus! starstarstarstarstar Wed 5/16/2007 11:51AM
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This band continues to amaze. They have evolved so much - sometimes I miss the jazzy influences and quick improv, but all I can think about is that they can't break up now. And, they were close there for a little while.


monacle Wed 5/16/2007 11:52AM
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gabus! starstarstarstarstar Wed 5/16/2007 11:52AM
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WHo cares!!!!!!!!! Its MTV CANADA - These bands we love deserve money too. If there is no monetary support for what we love, then no one would do they strenuous lifestyle of incessantly touring that bands like the Slip struggle through....for who? you

Kayceman Wed 5/16/2007 12:12PM
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I don't take to posting here much, but every once in a while i feel it's needed. You don't have to like the new Slip (although they are easily one of my favorite bands of all time, and the grown-up version brings me to my knees), but to make harsh accusations with absolutely no credibility is simply not cool. For the guy show said

"slip=drugged out sellouts!"

Please, keep your wild thoughts inside. These are real people, people I happen to spend time with, talk with, and respect on many levels. They are not "drugged-out." Far from it. Again, you can call them sellouts and bash their music all you want, but don't get personal, cause you clearly don't know them.

monacle Wed 5/16/2007 12:39PM
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your right i dont have the right to assume, i only based that assumptions off seeing them live in the early 2000's compared to this year they looked hagard and unhappy on stage and made mistakes in almost every song my only point is younger up and coming bands deserve more attention than washed out bigger acts. drugs seemed like a reasonable explanation for their severe decline in talent, and i dont just based that on the switch in music i like rock but to go from playing complex jazz fusion to simple indie(which they could barely even hold down) you see where i based my assumtion i agree posting rumors is immature but i used to really love this band just seems like they are not into it anymore

keenan41 Wed 5/16/2007 01:08PM
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Monacle, I think you're drugged out. Ever heard of a period? I saw the Slip back in December and they were pretty tight. I did not have the opportunity to see them before their transformation so I can't really compare the styles.

phishr82 starstarstarstarstar Wed 5/16/2007 01:11PM
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right on kayceman! it's one thing to dislike some music and vent on that, but another to attack the character of the people in the band. anyways, you gotta love those crazy canucks, at least MTV Canada seems kinda cool

The Glick Wed 5/16/2007 01:11PM
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The Glick

i don't like the new slip sound but they are good musicians.

monacle Wed 5/16/2007 01:16PM
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you guys are right. and ive stated that i shouldnt have posted stupid rumors, but look at trey bad drugs=shitty music. And they looked super unhappy when i saw them and really skinny compared to years past their probably not druggies but they seem bored on stage. The only reason i posted that is because it seems like Jambase has become Indierock base. why dont you guys right about some up and coming Jam/livetronica bands for once Like Pnuma trio, OTM, zilla ANYTHING! every time i come on jambase these days its another article on a washed out group or an indie rock band cover some up and coming bands for once! thats it i wont subject you to anymore of my posts my oppinion is stated and you all have the right to yours as well. peace and love sorry for the negativity but sometimes you have to vent

All Loving Liberal White Guy Wed 5/16/2007 01:22PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

What it all comes down to is that I've seen firsthand that touring can be incredibly straining on band memebers. The constant cycle of not getting enough sleep and bouncing from one town to the next as well as being away from your family can take a toll on a person and all bands no matter who they are have their good nights, thier great nights, and sometimes bad nights when playing a gig.

phishr82 Wed 5/16/2007 01:29PM
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i do gotta agree with monacle on the last post, i would like to see some more coverage on the younger jam/livetronica acts. pnuma trio has got it goin on for sure, and zilla could be huge

The1AndOnlyDJCT starstarstarstarstar Wed 5/16/2007 03:01PM
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I saw the Slip in Towson, and it was a FANTASTIC show! I'm still debating between going to see them or the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey when they come to NYC in June though.

phish0 star Wed 5/16/2007 09:04PM
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Im begging you guys to please leave MTV outta here. PLEASE!!!!!!!! Dont do this! It's a quick path down that road. doesn't do this shit!!!! Stop calling your website jambase or start covering JAMBANDS!!!!!!!! Damn you guys! write really great articles. lol

gabus! starstarstarstarstar Thu 5/17/2007 05:28AM
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Point taken phish0, but let's be serious....its "mtv CANADA." The channel plays hockey games and curling matches and neil young biographies!!!

And this has already become a dead horse but the new Slip is pretty Indy but there is still improv at their shows (though not as much as we'd like).

they shred and thats the bottom line. if they wanna go on mtv canada to prove it...fine. You cant like a band until they get paid and then suddenly they are wack sellouts. This is the ska/punk scene. Our favorite musicians need to get money or the scene suffers - less will tour and strive to make music at the precious level - you know that level i'm talking about - thats my we go.

gabus! Thu 5/17/2007 05:29AM
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correction = this is NOT the ska/punk scene

dedhed6111 starstarstarstarstar Thu 5/17/2007 10:47AM
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referring to the SLIP as washed up or merely an indie-rock act is highly, highly inaccurate. These guys are only in their early thirties, just about 11 years old as a band, they still create stunning music, and while you apparently caught a bad show (who doesn't have those?) they are rocking it most every night out. there are plenty of articles on jambase about "younger jam/livetronica bands" and there will be plenty more to come. But the SLIP are stalwarts of the jam scene. princes of that late 90's post-dead breeding ground that has spawned some of the most creative and brilliant music of all time. While their musical direction has steered toward indie as of late, one can simply follow the SLIP's history and you can see they are a band of phases, pure jazz to folk rock to art/noise to full on jambandia. The combination of these things makes them the very epitome of a "jamband" and quite possibly one of the few true groups who fall into that genre these days. Much, much respect due to the SLIP, their fans, and jambase for the support. peace

yemmw Thu 5/17/2007 11:21AM
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I don't like the new Slip. Their Fusion stuff was awesome. Their new stuff is just ho-hum indie rock. Just my opinion.

jackiesoup Thu 5/17/2007 12:37PM
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I love The Slip's music.
For me, Eisenhower is a triumphant album.
See you at the Mod Club tomorrow.
Go Slip.

redplate Thu 5/17/2007 08:19PM
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MTV... Bleh...

EVILFUNK Fri 5/18/2007 07:08AM
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MTV is stupid - but - i still love the slip...hey, anyone remember the little van they traveled around in for years and years? how did they do it? people sometimes said they were too jazzy and mellow to back than but they just played what they felt and they still do...thank god.

deadheadskier Fri 5/18/2007 09:13AM
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Personally, I think Eisenhower is one of the best albums produced in the last 20 years. The stories within the song a pure brilliance. I for one like how they have changed and evolved over time. I can't wait to hear what they do next.

HOPEFULPHAN starstarstar Fri 5/18/2007 09:24AM
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dedhed6111 Fri 5/18/2007 10:25AM
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He merely asked him to not spread false rumours. and quite politely I might add. Journalists are supposed to censor libel, that's what editing is all about

HOPEFULPHAN starstarstar Fri 5/18/2007 11:45AM
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dedhed, if it had been a band kayceman didnt know he wouldnt have said anything. dont talk about my friends man, whatever. free speech is a bitch.......

deadpig79 Sat 5/19/2007 01:09PM
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we live in america! fuck mtv canada

bluefox starstarstar Sat 5/19/2007 03:23PM
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I really don't get people these days who "used to like the slip back when they were jazzy" but now think they are "indie sell-outs" because they seem to imply that The Slip suddenly woke up one day, stopped playing jazz and wrote a bunch of pop songs. If you actually happened to be a fan of the band you would have probably noticed an evolution. I started seeing The Slip in 1999 and have seen them at least a couple times a year since and more and more lately. Their material has changed over the years but it has been an organic evolution. They always have had vocal tunes and started writing more and more. I think Nathan Moore was a huge part of that & that he really helped them open up the craft of the song.

Whatever you want to call it, their newer sound really isn't that new. Children of December appeared in '03, four years ago people! Even Rats was introduced in late 2004. There was a discussion about this on a Slip torrent on etree and there was one guy who mentioned 2003 in particular and how he only liked about half the tunes at that point. I didn't happen to agree, '03 is one of my favorite Slip years but at least he was paying attention.

I do miss the jazz and some of the older tunes but you are likely to get some sort of wild psychedelic instrumental workout like Get Me With Fuji, Moderate Threat > Cowboy Up or Wolof at every show. They also do play the oldies now and then, Weight of Solomon has come back in a big way and they drop little treats like Rhythm and Gold and Dear Melina now and then.

I also feel that people have a knee-jerk reaction to the name MTV, get over it people. MTV Canada is also a very different beast. (disclaimer- I have not watched MTV of any flavor or nationality for more than 5 minutes since the '80's probably)

I do respect people liking older Slip better than newer Slip because I love older Slip myself. It is great stuff and if you were to listen to a show from 2000 say and then one from 2006 you would have to be on serious drugs not to notice a drastic difference. People have different musical tastes, it's ok. The opposite holds true as well, just go and read Amazon reviews of Eisenhower and you'll find people who like the new Slip who have bought the older albums and not liked them. Personally I am very interested in what they are up to these days but I just have to say that anyone who seems to think they have suddenly changed hasn't been listening very carefully and that anyone who questions their musical integrity probably wasn't much of a fan in the first place because it has been always clear how these guys play what they are passionate about.

jackiesoup Sun 5/20/2007 11:41AM
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BLUEFOX - Very well put.
Last night in Hamilton was awesome.
These guys are down to earth as well as talented, evolving musicians.
Ontario needs you back SlipOs.