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Beach Slang

I love when sometime in the past I order a record…forget about it, then it arrives!

Last night I came home after a long day of work to a package from Polyvinyl. They finally sent me Quiet Slang’s We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags ep. The 7-inch has two Beach Slang songs broken down and then two covers.

James Alex talks about the project, “most of the time, I’m caught in a tug-of-war between the gutter and the light, fighting to figure out where I fall. Look, all the best stuff is part-cracked and part-patched. The best humans are made the same. And that’s all this is-a love letter to all my friends who thought they were meant to die young. See?-we made it.”

I love the two covers. The Replacements “Androgynous” and Big Star’s “Thirteen.”

the two Beach Slang songs are glorious as well. Piano, cello… amazing.

ugh… and it is so pretty.



And since I love Polyvinyl so darn much… I saw they have have a pre-order for a book called Anthology of Emo: Volume One by Washed Up Emo podcast host Tom Mullen.

The book has a bunch of his best interviews and stories including (and we’ll quote the press release now):

Includes interviews with

  • Dan Didier & Davey Von Bohlen (The Promise Ring / Maritime / Vermont)
  • Norman Brannon (Texas Is the Reason / New End Original / Shelter)
  • Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional / Further Seems Forever / Twin Forks / Vacant Andys)
  • Mike Kinsella (American Football / Owen / Cap’n Jazz / Joan of Arc / Owls / The One Up Downstairs / Their/They’re/Their)
  • Chris Leo (The Van Pelt / The Lapse / Native Nod / Vague Angels)
  • Caithlin De Marrais, Kaia Fischer & William Kuehn (Rainer Maria)
  • Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids / The New Amsterdams / The Terrible Twos / Radar State)
  • Eric Richter (Christie Front Drive / Antarctica / The 101 / Golden City)
  • Blair Shehan (Knapsack / The Jealous Sound / Racquet Club)
  • Chris Simpson (Mineral / The Gloria Record / Zookeeper / Mountain Time)

Real good man, real good. I needs it! Pre-Order it right here.

The Jealous Sound is fucking cool.

That’s all I got.

oh wait…look how cute my baby is!

Now I’m done.

Go with yourself.

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Beach Slang principle, James Alex, has a new project for us simply called Quiet Slang.

On October 14th, Quiet Slang will release a 4 song ep called  We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags (pre order from Polyvinyl). The EP features two Beach Slang songs broken down with cello and piano and two covers. The covers are takes on The Replacements’ “Androgynous” and Big Star’s “Thirteen.”

Alex talks about Quiet Slang, “I suppose we’re all chasing something that resembles salvation, something that calms our bones. Maybe this is some small slice of that. Maybe it’s not. Maybe it’s chaos in soft clothes. Maybe it’s frightened. Maybe it’s fearless. Maybe it’s both. Or maybe it’s nothing. I don’t know, but I think about this: one day I’m going to be dust. And when my soul splits, maybe this will be the thing that sneaks me through the gates. If not, well, those are the breaks.”

“We’re allowed to be alone…..”

  1. “Future Mixtape For The Art Kids”
  2. “Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas”
  3. “Androgynous” [The Replacements]
  4. “Thirteen” [Big Star]

Beach Slang doesn’t have any Vancouver shows in the short term, but maybe I’ll go see them in Seattle or Portland….maybe.

Go with yourself.

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“I’m hardly ever right, but I’ve never been wrong.”

The warm fuzz wraps around Beach Slang’s A Loud Bash of Teenage Feeling‘s “Spin The Dial.” The new music video has a timeless or vintage feel, but captures contemporary California urban beach vibes.

Life, I suppose, is about really getting alive, about getting after it. I hope this shakes that good feeling into you

Here’s the new music video.

Look out for Beach Slang in Vancouver on April 16 in support of Jimmy Eat World at the Commodore.


The Menzinger’s After The Party is such a great record. My favourite song drifts all over the place. Today it is “Midwestern States.”

The song makes me nostalgic for being broke but in love.

My wife and I don’t have stick and poke tattoos….but yeah, I still feel this.

Most nights we always fall asleep with something dumb on Netflix
Some nights trash reality or kids cartoons or shitty documentaries
Not perfect but we’re good together
Yeah, me, you, and our bad tattoos
Yeah, all our stick and pokes, all our inside jokes
We’ll regret them when we’re dead and sober
But we’re still breathing and the party ain’t over 

Huh…both bands are from Pennsylvania…I didn’t do that on purpose.

Happy Friday. Go with yourself.

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Incredible rock and roll news to start the week. Jimmy Eat World are hitting the road for a tour with Beach Slang.

April 26th at the Commodore!?! Heck yes.

Go with yourself

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I knew it would be a good day when I woke up and threw on my JAPANDROIDS t-shirt. Trolling twitter and this tweet came down the feed.

Well hey now. Beach Slang covering one of my favourite band’s bestest songs! Alright.

The song is part of a compilation record from Polyvinyl Records called Polyvinyl Plays Polyvinyl. The 20th anniversary record features bands on their roster covering other bands on the roster.  Beach Slang plugging in and turning up JAPANDROIDS “Younger us” is pretty much a layup.

We’re getting close to Beach Slang’s sophomore album, A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings, out on September 24th.

JAPANDROIDS begin their four night home stand at The Cobalt in Vancouver on October 5th.


Well intrepid music blog reader….I don’t just share soundcloud streams on Hype Machine, I am also a commercial radio DJ. I’ve been working in alternative or modern rock radio since 2003 (and five years before that on college radio). I have a big ole space in my heart for radio songs and wanted a place to collect a few songs that “I used to play on the radio all thew time.” But now they rarely come up. So here’s my new music podcast, Maximum Warp, Engage. The show is gunna be songs from Y2K to 2009. I’ll likely focus on modern rock radio hits, but you’ll be subjected to some CanCon forgotten wonders and the occasional Thursday cut. I was on the radio in Victoria and now Vancouver….so it’ll be my take based on recollections of West Coast Canadian Radio. If you have any feedback or requests for a song to dig up…don’t be shy. Comment or tweet or email me. It’s all good.

And depending on how I feel and where my energy is at… Alternative to What?…my meditations on new/charting modern rock might come back for an new episode.

Go with yourself.

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Philadelphia’s Beach Slang are getting ready to release their sophomore record, A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings, on September 23rd (Polyvinyl Records).

We’ve already enjoyed the song “Punks in a Disco Bar.” Now we have another listen with the song song “Atom Bomb.”

There is a music video for the song too if you’re still jiving on the audio-visual medium. Noisey says the music video takes to an explosive and volatile relationship. “Dysfunctional relationships are a vicious cycle. Fight, then makeup sex. More fighting, more makeup sex. One minute you’re drunkenly screaming at each other in a parking lot about god knows what, the next you’re tearing at each other’s clothes against a dumpster behind the movie theater.”

James Alex sings, “I won’t die, don’t need heaven. Too fucked up to put out.”

Beach Slang is on tour back east then Europe. Nothing out west yet. I missed their show last fall at the Cobalt and it is one of my great rock & roll regrets.

Go with yourself.

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Trying really hard to not throw more shit on my VISA. It all adds up…t-shirts, concert tickets, songs from iTunes, parking, bridge tools, I bought a book yesterday! But c’mon! New Beach Slang pre-order is so pretty and just $20 (US dollars, but whatever).

And for my homeboy Tyson…yes they have a cassette option for $8.


In other news…. I am obsessed with JEFF The Brotherhood‘s “Idiot.”


What else is going on….I gotta get an Ellice Blackout thing up for you sometime.

I miss Friday nights. Like the vibe. The energy. Getting paid, then rolling hot.

Go with yourself.

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Philly punks, Beach Slang, have a new song out today called “Punks in a Disco Bar.”

The song comes with the news that Beach Slang‘s next record, A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings, is out on September 22nd.

Lead Beach Slanger, James Alex says of the new songs, “They’re autobiographical, too, but kind of at a remove-I’m not that young kid anymore, but I used to be.  You know how it is;rock and roll is a new crop of 15-year-olds picking up guitars every year and having at it.  There was something really cool about documenting someone elses life, but seeing myself in it.  I suppose that’s why we connect.  We’re all kind of one big gang.”

This song is going into iPod heavy rotation.

Go with yourself.

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Coral and I watched the romantic comedy Two Night Stand the other day. The movie was alright….it ended weird.

But there was one great standout moment during their “two night stand” where Analeigh and Miles are jamming some records and Dramarama’s “Anything, Anything,” came on. Damn I love that cut. Analeigh Tipton trashes around for a bit and the movie carries on. But after the film, I couldn’t help but positively reflect on Beach Slang‘s most excellent cover.

Another song from the soundtrack that caught our attention was this oldie from Charli XCX. “Nuclear Seasons.”

Go with yourself.

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Toronto producer (or maybe Montreal) Robotaki has put his spin on Aussie act Strange Talk’s “Painted in Gold.” I like the sound of this one.


One of my favourite records right now, Beach Slang‘s The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us has a music video for the song “Bad Art & Weird Ideas.”

And fi you are jiving on Beach Slang, then read this great SPIN article on the group.

Today is Remembrance Day in Canada. I hope you had a chance to reflect.

My daughter and I hit the cenotaph in our town. Now the sun is shining so that means we’ll get a chance to go skateboarding.

Go with yourself.

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