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Total Slacker

TONIGHT! Total Slacker release show + Deli issue #37 launch party at Baby's All Right

Self-described slimegaze practitioners Total Slacker have released two videos supporting “Slip Away,” their February 12th album release on Blackbell Records. “Sometimes You Gotta Die” (streaming below) pairs the tracks ominous, unsettling pace with a classic teens-terrorized-in-the-woods parody. The amusing spin off of films like “The Blair Witch Project” and “Cabin In The Woods” serves as ample inspiration for director Norris Guncheon. The inevitable doom experienced by each member of the party is a perfect end for this song of rare intensity.

Follow-up single and video for “Keep The Ships At Bay” draws it’s spark from the exaggerated, reenactment scenes in television shows like Unsolved Mysteries. Directed by Nate Ford, the video features Tassy as narrator and Zoe as investigator while hyperbolic caricatures of Tucker and Emily steal a guitar (from Main Drag Music in Williamsburg!), raid a bodega and essentially go wild. The band has been quoted as also using bits of Paris Hilton’s “Good Time” video as an impetus for bombastic imagery - while a documented mutual admiration tweet exchange between the band and Ms. Hilton creates an additional element of wonder.

Total Slacker release show (which will also serve as The Deli's issue #37 launch party) is tonight at Baby’s All Right. On the bill also Perfect Pussy, Life Size Maps and Honduras, more info here. - Dave Cromwell


Winter 2013. NYC Issue #37 (CMJ)
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TONIGHT: Total Slacker headlines Deli/Pianos CMJ show

If you're old enough to remember the '90s, you probably remember it as mostly being about VHS tapes, crystal pepsi and long-lasting flannel. And that's exactly how Total Slacker remembers it too, commemorating the twilight hours of the 20th century with a set filled with odes to "Full House" and "Jurassic Park." It all might be a joke, if it weren't for how well they make it all sound. The Brooklyn trio may nod to early Weezer with their loose and dirty grunge, but singer/songwriter Tucker Rountree bakes his own kind of fuzzy bud into his Fender, keeping the party moving way past Y2K. The band's just finished putting the final touches on the followup to their 2011 debut "Thrashin," and are set to premiere it at CMJ. - Check out an old video below. Full Deli CMJ scehdule here. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)


Total Slacker, Hunters, XRay Eyeballs + Cassie Ramone at The Studio on 02.14

A not to be missed Valentine’s Day show is slated to go down at Webster Hall’s Studio in Manhattan on 2/14. Presented by Kristina Tequila, the star studded night will be headlined by scene veterans Total Slacker (pictured and streaming below). Their classic track “Crystal Necklace” set a standard for that low down, creep-along groove with appropriately reverberated boy-girl tandem vocals. Expect more of that and surely some bowl-cut fueled guitar jam-outs too. Hunters have been making waves all over the place this year, and one would expect their performance on this night to be just as punk-rock manic as recent shows of theirs have demonstrated. XRay Eyeballs spent a good portion of last year touring all through Europe. That kind of road-honed experience will surely be on display as they continue to showcase songs from their latest album “Splendor Squalor.” Opening the night will be none other than the tireless Cassie Ramone, who appears to be effortlessly juggling gigs between her bands The Babies, Vivian Girls and now these solo acoustic shows. -Dave Cromwell

Tracy's CMJ Days 3-4 Ninjasonik, Total Slacker, Unstoppable Death Machines, The Shrine, The Orwells + more

To understand how much of a treat this Friday was, I guess it makes sense to first explain how major a let-down Thursday turned out to be. With a tight schedule sorted for the last two stretches, I'd gambled on the fact that, venturing from one venue to the next, I'd eventually find a few good NYC bands to write about, or at least some that worked with the scenes we cover. But no. Not in the slightest. A complete failure. - Read Tracy Mamoun's report of CMJ's Day 3-4 here. - In the picture and Streaming: Unstoppable Death Machines.


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