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Slackfest NYC 2009
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#DIP003 - Released 10/20/2009   /  Recorded 09/25/2009   /  23 Tracks  /  320kbps MP3s

The Slackers

Slackfest NYC 2009

The Slackers really know how to tune it up for NYC. Highlights are "Mama Told Me Not to Come", "Keep it Simple", the very rare "You Don't Know I", plus Vic Ruggiero freestyling some Pink Floyd and guest vox from Mr. T-Bone.
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DIP003.mp3
Play "Married Girl"
from the album
Slackfest NYC 2009
Track Name Play
1) Keep Him Away
2) Married Girl
3) Feed My Girl
4) Tonight
5) Estranged
6) Nurse
7) No More Crying
8) Old Dog
9) Please Decide
10) You Don't Know I
11) Don't You Want a Man
12) Peculiar
13) Wasted Days
14) In Walked Capo
15) Keep It Simple
16) What Went Wrong
17) Have the Time
18) Pedophilia
19) Band Intros > Don't Have To
20) I Still Love You
21) Close My Eyes
22) Mama Told Me Not to Come
23) Fearless > Sarah
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Album Notes

Bowery Ballroom is the one that got away. Away from the 'improved' NYC downtown, the condo developers and the big box stores. It's only 12 years old, but it's got the feel of an old time place. And on a perfect early Fall night, The Slackers almost tore it down. They blew past curfew, through the hits and the rarities, and proved once again why Slackfest should never be missed. It's their big night at home, and now, it's yours too.

With help from local legend the NYC Taper and the Bowery Ballroom sound team, we made this one a 'matrix' - a wonderful mix of a high quality audience recording and the soundboard feed. We wanted to make sure the Slackers fans - the seventh member of the band - got their due this time around. Enjoy the show!

Recording Details

Recorded by the NYCTaper using two shotgun audience mics, and a two channel soundboard feed. Mixed by Whatevski in the style of Dan Healy.

Photo credits David Mingee and Alan "Bloodbath" Redpath

About The Slackers

"The Slackers are part of an imaginary universe. It wasn't their fault, well not completely. The caterpillar told them not to eat the mushroom on the right. But they did and for 15 yrs now they've had to play Imaginary-Jamaican-Rock-and-Roll, and try to explain that to everyone who passes. One asks,"Are you a reggae band?...where are your dreadlocks then?" Another says,"YOU DONT SOUND LIKE PUNK-ROCK WITH HORNS AT ALL!!" One elderly gent says,"Why it sounds like a lot of music I used to like, but I don't think any of you boys look addicted to HEROIN!" Doomed to try and explain themselves to a world full of hungry club-promoters, style-police, genre-slaves and the generally confused, they wrote bio upon bio, hoping to snag someone...ANYONE!...who might understand...here is attempt #6,364..."

- Vic Ruggiero, The Slackers

The Slackers sound is Jamaican rock n roll. While they have been influenced, and even personally taught by Jamaican ska/reggae originators, like the Skatalites and the Upsetters (Original backing band for the Wailers), the band sees its music through an American lens. This band is equally appreciative of old blues, 60s soul, rock, and Rnb as it is of reggae, rocksteady, dub, and Ska. It is as if the Rolling Stones or the Yardbirds had grown up on Bob Marley as well as Muddy Waters. From their 1996 release, Better Late Than Never through to 2008 with Self Medication, the NYC-based band, the Slackers have established themselves as America's premiere interpreters and innovators of Jamaican music and a pretty good rock band to boot.

http://theslackers.com

 

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