The Slip deliver a double deep dish with two new discs and the announcement of their own record label records. Conceptualized as companion releases, one acoustic and one electric, these albums capture the breadth of The Slip's diverse artistry.

Alivelectric showcases stage recordings from across the country during the past year. The richly varied environments in which these songs took shape are reflected in the record's diverse textures: Psychedelic desert blues on a Massachusetts island; impressionist post-bop in a snowy New York City ballroom; a California beach shack breakbeat throwdown; Bach-and-roll in a rapt Boston theater. This album explores The Slip's penchant for creating in the moment and displays their unique soundcraft. Both danceable and listenable, earthy and urban, The Slip invent a live experience that feels like the soundtrack to a Kubrick film set in the analog jungle.

Aliveacoustic, in contrast, is characterized by its rustic appeal. Recorded at Club Helsinki, a wonderfully intimate room in the Berkshire mountains, this acoustic album captures a unified gentleness. A rainy May evening provided a fitting canvas for concise story-songs and playful multi-instrumentation; bassist on acoustic guitar, drummer as bassist, guitarist adding banjo and kazoo to the mix. The squeaking shifts of people's chairs, the sounds of ice clinking in glasses, the soft laughter and more exuberant yelps... each lends an informal intimacy that draws the listener in. A profound maturity is revealed as the band members delve deeper into their creative cubbyholes and find simplicity.

These albums are available at and soon, right here.

The Slip will tour in October and November. Catch them alive and electric:
10.22.03 The Haunt | Ithaca, NY
10.23.03 | Revolution Hall | Troy, NY
10.24.03 | Le Swimming | Montreal, QC
10.25.03 | Higher Ground | Winooski, VT
10.31.03 | Paradise Rock Club | Boston, MA
11.04.03 | The Stone Pony | Asbury Park, NJ
11.05.03 | The Funk Box | Baltimore, MD
11.06.03 | Starr Hill Music Hall | Charlottesville, VA
11.07.03 | Plaza Azteca | Norfolk, VA
11.08.03 | Marrz Theater | Wilmington, NC
11.10.03 | Blue Cats | Knoxville, TN
11.11.03 | Smith's Olde Bar | Atlanta, GA
11.12.03 | Georgia Theater | Athens, GA
11.13.03 | The Orange Peel | Asheville, NC
11.14.03 | Baylee's | Blacksburg, VA
11.15.03 | The Pour House | Raleigh, NC
11.21.03 | Pearl Street Nightclub | North Hampton, MA
11.28.03 | Narrows Center For The Arts | Fall River, MA
11.29.03 | Narrows Center For The Arts | Fall River, MA

Andrew Warren
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[Published on: 10/20/03]

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