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The Sweet Black Bear

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The Sweet Black Bear album cover
Orchid Taster
Crushing Yer Head
Stealing From the Future
An Evening in Eastpointe
You Made Me Do It
Bat Nav
Last Tuesday's Child
Starcock (Basement Version)
An Evening in Eastpointe (Playground Version)
(The Remains of) Emma Peel
Album Information

Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 53:23

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Nice album for a now defunk group


I liked this album enough that I went on Amazon to look for other stuff by them. For the Sweet Brown Bear, I found this mention in the project description: "Slot recorded one last lot of songs before their dissolution in 1995. Alas, it was never released to anyone but close friends. When Billy Rivkin lost his struggle against cancer in 2004, the Small Stone crew was in Austin looking forward to nights of heavy drinking and heavy rock. But when the phone call came, that all changed ... pain, anger, and disbelief led to nostalgia. Eventually Small Stone "revisited" the Slot catalog and, to the label's amazement, the "unreleased" material held up beautifully. The Sweet Black Bear is nothing less than Slot and Rivkin's last testament, and Small Stone has decided to release this album not only as a tribute to dear, departed friend, but as fans--pure, gleeful fans of this little band called Slot." Hopefully, e-music will make the ir other EPs available.

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Slot- Noon


Nice tune(Noon). She can hold her own as a vocalist, although a tad o' Joan Jett slips in a few places. Great back-up band. (I don't know if she plays an instrument, or just sings however) The best to ya, Slot!

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she sounds scary....like she really will


ive just listened to the free track and i like the groove here. i'll listen to rest in a few days. i'm guessing she's maybe just under 5 foot and nobody's bitch!

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Nicely Put Together


I fell in love with this band because of the free track. It's a sort of alt punky blend that will appeal to those who like Mr. Airplane Man, the White Stripes, and Robert Plant. Eclectic, wandering, punky, with just a bit of spacey thrown in. Love it.

They Say All Music Guide

Detroit’s Slot spent much of their career out on the fringes of the alternative rock nation, recording a series of EPs filled with sonic references to the era’s leading bands, yet showing too much versatility to find any single category capable of containing them, and, by extension, any specific audience they could attract as their own. By the time Slot recorded their first full-length, The Sweet Black Bear, in 1995, their time was effectively up, and the album was left unreleased, seemingly forevermore. But when Slot guitarist Billy Rivkin — whose wife, vocalist/bassist Sue Lott, and drummer Eddie Alterman completed the band’s lineup — succumbed to cancer in 2004, a cadre of Motor City-based music professionals associated with Small Stone Records took it upon themselves to dig up this LP’s masters and finally make it available to the public. And so it was that The Sweet Black Bear arrived in 2006, like a smoking silver DeLorean, ready to whisk aging Gen-Xers back to the decade that defined them via Slot’s deliberate grooves, quivering power chords, and hauntingly sweet vocals. From start to finish, the album’s songs ebb and surge like dark gray waves upon Lake Michigan: too restrained to surf away on; too forceful to paddle out of — and positively begging listeners to give in to their irresistible undertow and be swept away on memory’s tides. Among the notables, “Orchid Taster” and “You Made Me Do It” take the psychedelic sludge of early Soundgarden with a fistful of downers; “Crushing Your Head” is pure My Bloody Valentine, minus the visit to the ear doctor one day later; and “An Evening at Eastpointe” drains the excess testosterone from Stone Temple Pilots’ “Vasoline” while proving just as hypnotic. On their lonesome, not a one of these even sniffs at commercial potential that might contradict Slot’s unheralded mid-‘90s demise, but as part and parcel of The Sweet Black Bear‘s whole, their powers are magnified into a surprisingly seductive listening experience, and ultimately offer a fitting tribute to the Detroit rock community’s fallen family member. – Eduardo Rivadavia

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