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Eric Slick on his latest album, 'New Age Rage'

Eric Slick
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Eric Slick

On his new album, Eric Slick wanted to break his own self-imposed rules about what his music should or shouldn't sound like.

The longtime drummer of Dr. Dog, who's also played on records from The War on Drugs, Bethany Cosentino, Robyn Hitchcock and Ruston Kelly, had been asked by more than a few people why his music didn't reflect his playful and irreverent personality. So he stopped worrying about pleasing everyone and made a record that screams Eric Slick.

The resulting album, called New Age Rage, is 10 tracks of pure, unadulterated fun. Its production is dizzying and whimsical, while its lyrics tap into our collective anxiety and unease. Oh, and it also has a song based on the cult movie Ratboy. Like we said, it's very Eric. In this session, Slick unpacks it all, plus how he found out he was playing on a Taylor Swift song.

Set list

  • "Freakin' Out"
  • "New Age Rage"
  • "Anxious to Please"
  • "Ratboy Two"
  • "Philadelphia Lights"

This episode of World Cafe was produced and edited by Miguel Perez. Our senior producer is Kimberly Junod and our engineer is Chris Williams. Our programming and booking coordinator is Chelsea Johnson and our line producer is Will Loftus.

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Miguel Perez
Miguel Perez is a radio producer for NPR's World Cafe, based out of WXPN in Philadelphia. Before that, he covered arts, music and culture for KERA in Dallas. He reported on everything from the rise of NFTs in the music industry to the enduring significance of gay and lesbian bars to the LGBTQ community in North Texas.