Sunday, December 14, 2008

white christmas

this'll be on an upcoming R&R xmas comp

Thursday, November 6, 2008

chequing in

so this past sunday we went to an nyu recording studio to begin recording our song "no dialogue" for doug's recorded music project. we had to settle for no 36 piece orchestra but the results thus far have been nonetheless pimp. we did drums, guitar and bass (dees best playing yet), and are going in sunday evening to lay down the vocals and finish things up. i don't know when we'll have a finished mix since its really dougs thing, but i'm very psyched for whenever we do. this is probably as slick and sugary as the slothbear gets.

also about that last mr beery's gig. the sound guy that night was this big fat neanderthal with a rat tail who unecessarily mic'd our amps and then gave us shit for "overpowering the system," blaming our own faulty equipment rather than his own ineptitude. we turned down to inaudible levels, essentially ruining what would've been an otherwise good show, and he still gave us shit. during the guitar squalls of olio/d jam this d-bag straight up unplugged my guitar! whatta dick. the me of old would probably have broken a mic stand or something belligerent like that in response, but now that i've mellowed out and wisened up -- the fact that this was a dive bar full of white trash biker-looking skinheads who would've punched my teeth wasn't encouraging either -- i just walked out of the place with my tail between my legs. apparently in my absence slothbear just had a noise meltdown a la our SUNY purchase debut. someone told them it was "awesome." haha. ja called the sound guy a cocksucker and we left. this dude outside told us that sound guy has given his band a hard time in the past, and is just totally incompetent. it was definitely disappointing to know we would've played well if it weren't for the morbidly obese rat tailed motherfucker, but tough shit, right? we definitely won't be asked back again, and given the crowd that comes out there, and the fact that none of our friends can legally get in, it's probably for the better. we appreciate tom paying us last time even though we didn't earn him any money, and booking us again for this show. it was definitely really nice of him and no one affiliated with a long island venue has ever really "gotten" us or actually come out back to just shoot the shit with us the way he did, but ultimately things just didn't work out. thems the breaks.

BUT HEY, S'ALL GOOD, SLOTHBEAR'S GOT A GIG AT STONY BROOK NEXT THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH. we were picked to play the egregiously named "RockYoFace" Showcase upstairs at the Tabler Arts Center, and because our recordings are so shitty, we're opening in the 8:15 slot. dbleek will not be in attendance but such is the case for basically every practice so it'll be a good time. and its free so shit why not?


Friday, October 17, 2008


hey so during one of my many daily vanity searches the other day i came across this:

made by youtube user "israeliheart," the clip is just bastards with broken heart wallpaper throughout. there's technically no actual video. it's actually pretty weird. he/she (going with she here, but i can have an open mind) has made over 200 other clips like it for other songs. but israeliheart, if you are out there, thank you for this. real talk. in fact, hit us up and we'll send you a CD -- all the way to israel, if that's where you're at -- as a token of our gratitude.



PPS- i know no one reads this still

Thursday, October 9, 2008


The Slothbear is a wonderful animal and so it's only fitting that a band named after such an awesome creature should, too, be awesome. NYC's Slothbear make noisy, caustic pop songs with more catchiness – and treble – than you could shake a stick at. Since yesterday I've been pretty stuck on them and songs like "The Exceptional Bastards" and "You Make Me Choose You" are so instantly infectious and, well, I don't know, they're just really really good. I wouldn't be surprised if Slothbear were picked up by Siltbreeze in some time soon.
-- Skatterbrain!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008



" SLOTHBEAR " will begin recording whatever the next thing they do ends up being this Friday, effectively christening doug's new Can't Commit Studios (alt title- GAAAHHD DYEHHHMIT Studios), which he built with his own two bare hands out of a single tree log. We berz are so excited about our new songs that we may even make you pay to hear them this time. It could be an album, and EP, a single, or nothing at all (wouldn't be shocked), but its COMING and here are just a few titles that may be on it:

no dialogue
killed by cars
wide berth
baby i aint no killa
ghost indians
la da da
the words will come
pa kids
bam bam
little qid
the proof will do me in
bear today, gone tomorrow
another josh song that doesn't have a working title
fa la la

maybe some others. many of these have been played out before and hypothetically speaking, if we had fans, they would probably recognize a few. and of course, ya can't rule out the old hits...


Our EP is freely available on myspace, lastfm, some still active link on the Animal Collective message board, and from our swollen, bleeding hands to your mailbox. But now you can also download it for free here from the nice folk(s) at RACK AND ROOOIN records. Basically, if you don't have that album by now, you are a fucking asshole !~!!

slothbear also has a SEMINAR this thursday with the peter tabler big whigs.


To Whom It May Concern,

Due to the inappropriate behavior of the band Sloth Bear at the Tabler Café on Wednesday, September 10th the band, including members Craig Heed, Josh Ginsberg, Doug Bleek and Ian Miniero, is no longer allowed to perform at any future Campus Dining Open Mic event. All Tabler Building Staff and Campus Dining staff have been informed to immediately contact University Police if approached by any member of the Sloth Bear band during a future Open Mic. Any questions please feel free in contacting me.

Thank You,
Lisa Ospitale


I have some sinister things to unleash, but i am waiting for just the right moment

l8 p

Monday, September 29, 2008

Monday, September 15, 2008

ether switch greatest hits

1. desperate waiting
2. suicide
3. emile

Japanese bonus material:

4. desperate waiting (seu jorge cover)

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Aw shit

I know very little about the band as the email they sent me was one of the least informative I've received in my two years of blogging. A couple of short, unpunctuated, sentences inviting me to check 'em out. So somewhat intrigued check 'em out I did by hot-footing it to their myspace site (they at least provided a link in the mail!) to find six tracks of seriously lo-fi fuzzed up slop pop that have enough spark of genius to suggest mega cult status beckons.
-- The Devil Has The Best Tuna

Big upps to the devil.

Friday, September 5, 2008


MAYBE YOU HAVEN'T HEARD but we've lately been tearing up the Blog O' Sphere by which i mean we've received a handful of (generally) positive write-ups of our Extended Play on some pretty sweet blogs. Here's what the people are saying:

"i love when people send over shit with nothing other than a few mp3’s and a few sentences. such is the case with sloth bear. no individual band member names, no myspace page, no album title, nothing… just, and i am paraphrasing, hey we are sloth bear, we recorded this in our basement on a 4 track, blah blah blah. i appreciate that they didnt send me to myspace or some other bullshit. instead, they sent over 6 tracks of what turned out to be pure fuzzed out pop bliss complete with barely decipherable lyrics. that shit gets me every time, in all seriousness."
-- Captain's Dead

"Oh baby, have you been looking for a band that continues the Lo Fi aesthetic a la GBV? One that has Volume Compressed guitars (no it's not Times New Viking, let me finish), and has L.I. roots? Then you gots to listen to some Slothbear."
-- Gimme Tinnitus

"So I get alot of stuff in my mailbox from bands...well, not alot, but some. I've been meaning to write about it all, but never gotten around to it. So with that said, I just got an email from a New York band called Slothbear, and I instantly liked it. Lo-fi noise pop. This gives me alitte Sic Alps feeling; which is a good thing. According to their myspace page, the songs "were recorded on a broken four track with no microphones."
Great. Keep using it."
-- Compost Modern Art

"They ain’t crap"
-- Bad Luck City

a big zoocratic thank you to all of these noble bloggers.

-- slothbear has been booked yet again at Mr Beery's in Bethpage. We be jammin Friday, October 17th opening for such alleged indie rock luminaries as Gilgongo, Moose Moose, and Lost Nairb. Show starts at 9.

And lastly, on a much more diabolical note, this awesome photograph reminded me of the heart wrenching tale behind it.


Monday, August 25, 2008




IT'S 21+ : (


Friday, August 15, 2008

Do Squats

It's time for me to tell you about one of the most innovative groups in the history of Long Island music, Valley Stream's very own Do Squats. Do Squats formed somewhere around 2006 or 2007, though the seeds were planted long before (it is rumored the two were boyfriends prior to the band's inception). Comprised of emcee Thigh Sexual and producer 8x8=myhugedick, Do Squats scored fame pretty quick on the heels of their debut single, the 8x8-penned "What U Wanna Do Wit Me (Fuck)," which lit up clubs across America all summer long.

Thigh Sexual (top) and 8x8=myhugedick (bottom), were once boyfriends

The song fueled an intense beef between Do Squats and popular hip hop group Dipset for Thigh's lyrical taunt, "Jim Jones get at me." The two rivals exchanged barbs through the press, and gunshots through the streets, but no diss tracks were recorded. Muddled by the controversy, Do Squats' follow-up single, "Run," another 8x8 composition, failed to chart and the group quickly disbanded. While 8x8 remained relatively quiet after the break-up, Sexual found success as a solo artist with his techno single "Put My Dick In Your Mouth (Reverse! Reverse!)" although its use of a sample from Nico's "These Days" without permission landed the rapper in legal troubles.

However, the band's publicist has announced that the group are now reuniting, and have begun recording their first LP, Sexually Active Girls. The lead single and title track is set for release this fall, with details of a full-scale stadium/backyard tour to be announced soon after. Jim Jones declined comment on the band's reunion.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Q: Why is that band being so awesome? A:That's Just Animal Collective being Animal Collective

Yesterday at roughly five PM, three of the men pictured above took the stage at New Jersey's APW festival. The festival (which was harder to escape, as it turns out, than a Nazi concentration camp) was marked by performances by some of Earth's most bangin' artists, such as Chromeo(see: Ninja Turtles: The Movie(Soundtrack)), Jet(see: The artists formerly known as the Kentucky Fried Strokes) and Metric (see: It'z Okay 2 B Gay!!!). The best act of the day, for real now, Animal Collective, comprised of Avey Tare(vocals, guitar, sequencing, percussion), Panda Bear(vocals, sequencing, sampling, drums) and Geologist(beard, sampling, sequencing) played an absolutely stellar set.

It was a remarkable thing to see and take part in, when a good portion of the crowd of several thousand people, sang furiously/ecstatically along to the set opener "House" which has only been heard in concert or on concert bootlegs of the 2008 tour. Animal Collective will never score charting hits and will probably never have a gold record, but unlike acts like Coldplay or Maroon 5, whose commercial success will inevitably eclipse that of Animal Collective eternally, Animal Collective are the proud possessors of what may be the most rabid, cult following of any band of this decade.

The band's sound, which bonds melodies and vocal harmonies as sugary and peaceful as the Beach Boys or Beatles with abrasive sound effects that would send shivers down pre-EVOL Sonic Youth's spines ebbs and flows in cohesion like classical music or say some of the more conceptual albums of Charles Mingus, with each song sounding like a movement in a much larger and grander work.

Animal Collective's set, which was criminally shorter than their following act, the Kings of Leon, packed seven or eight songs, depending on what you consider the near twenty minute "Fireworks/Essplode," a medley of two songs from opposite poles of Animal Collective's almost ten year career, into an hour. After the sing-along that was the Panda Bear led "House," the Collective jumped into another song only known to the devoted AC followers who scour blogs and youtube for new songs; the Avey Tare led "Bearhug" elicited just as energetic of a response from the crowd, who it seems to me, shouted in elation the chorus' main lyric: And I want to walk around with you.

Before I move on, I would like to make a quick note that distinguishing the songs as being Avey Tare led versus Panda Bear led is misleading perhaps to those who haven't seen and listened to the Animal Collective songs debuted on this tour. The new Animal Collective seem to be more democratic and balanced than the earlier phases of the band, including even the Sung Tongs(2004) era, where Tare and Bear were often indistinguishable from one another. This creates a more captivating show than bands like, say, Kings of Leon, who in addition to being void of any talent/hooks feel more like a showcase for one man than a real band.

An album track was not performed until the fifth song of the night, which after minutes of industrial sounding abrasion and noise, revealed itself to be "Comfy in Nautica" the opening track of Panda Bear's deservedly critically lauded solo release Person Pitch(2007). The only song(s) played from Animal Collective LP's were "Lablakely Dress/Fireworks/Essplode," Fireworks from their most recent album Strawberry Jam(2007) and "Lablakely Dress" and "Essplode" hailing from Danse Manatee(2001). "Fireworks/Essplode" was the highlight of a show, comprised entirely of highs. "Fireworks" is one of the two songs released off of the last LP as a single, and makes the perfect soundtrack for a walk on a summer night. Although when Animal Collective played the sun still illuminated Liberty State Park, the magic of the vibe was still retained. I don't know if it was just me, but it seemed that everyone in the audience vocalized the eloquent, melodic vocal passage that marks the real start of the song.

On the chorus when Avey Tare sang about the children watching the fireworks and screamed "THEY'VE GOT TWO/flashing eyes, but they're color blind..." the audience (or at the very least I) screamed cathartically along with them. An added bonus for a guitarist who loves soloing when the mood is right, was seeing Avey Tare bust out a several minute long solo. This could be seen to some Here Comes The Indian(2003) purists as a surrender to tradition, but should be viewed as what I believe it was at its heart: a reminder that for all their innovation and experimentalism Animal Collective is an earnest band who loves music and playing music as much as their biggest fans love it and furthermore, that Animal Collective are the best rock band making music today.

The set closed with a phenomenal performance of a new, Panda led song, "Brother Sport," which evokes African and Caribbean music with its vocal melodies and harmonies. An hour had passed by the time Animal Collective vacated the stage and left their audience victim to an impending ear raping of epic proportions by Kings of Leon. Sure, Animal Collective didn't play "Peacebone" or "Banshee Beat" or "Who Could Win A Rabbit," but they did manage to play what was, in my mind, the most engaging live set I have ever seen and in a full hour of music, without any breaks for tuning or schmoozing with the audience, left me feeling a stirring combination of ravenous for more and incredibly fulfilled. I know I'll be seeing them again next time they play in New York, hopefully this time for a longer amount of time.

Setlist:House/Bearhug/Daily Routine/Lion in a Coma/Comfy In Nautica/Lablakely Dress/Fireworks/Essplode/Fireworks/Brother Sport.


Thursday, August 7, 2008

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Thursday, July 17, 2008


SLOTHBEAR is playing a show TOMORROW !!!

Now for a brief Q & A session !!









Thursday, July 10, 2008


Glamcrunkfunksters SourpuSS formed in 1969 in Alabama, though they are now based out of Long Island. Something about John Mayer and a trainwreck. They are comprised of Doug (bear) and his "musical slaves" Jess (lion) and Kaitlin (seal). Though they have never performed live, and have so far put out just the digital-only single/blooper reel "Do Ya Think I'm Kevin" (a nod to their former band name, which was in my opinion better), Sourpuss have already established themselves as the second best collection of white people to make music in LI history. "Kevin" features Jess on vocals, her lyrical subject matter ranging from a poignant retelling of her father's days in Vietnam, to maniacal shouting. Backing her up is a cheesy keyboard loop and some guitar wankery with a stupid effect on it. However, my favorite track of theirs is one off their forthcoming LP The Last McFlurry, entitled "New Leaked Track." Mostly instrumental, it showcases Doug's guitar chops. It's a feel good anthem for an alien invasion. I don't know who produced it, but if it was Doug, it's the best thing he's ever done. This song would be the second best track if it were on that Times New Viking album. Hopefully, the rest of McFlurry matches up.

sourpuSS's website:

Tour Dates:

4-20-2010 Kettle Corn, Louisiana - Moe's Southwestern Grill