You’re sitting on the porch with a cup of coffee. The sun’s setting, there’s a slight cool breeze, trees are rustling, and you’re tucked under a crazily cozy blanket. Not a care, just good and safe. If this setting of comfort had a musical equivalent, it would be Slaughter Beach, Dog’s new song “Acolyte.” Continue reading →
As Modern Baseball gears up to play its last shows for the forseeable future at Union Transfer — as of this writing, only tickets for the Sunday gig remain — singer-guitarist Jake Ewald is readying the release of Birdie, the latest and best release from his solo project Slaughter Beach, Dog. Following up on “Gold and Green,” a single released earlier in the summer and performed live during the band’s terrific Key Studio Session, today we get a melancholic pop tune called “Fish Fry.” Continue reading →
Just in time for your Labor Day weekend rotation, we present you with 16 standout artists from all corners of the Philadelphia music community, performing live at WXPN Studios and recorded for The Key Studio Sessions.
In this, the 20th edition of our regular scene-surveying compilations, we hear veterans — the breezy psychedelic pop of Circadian Rhythms, the pensive and Pink Floydian neuroses of Queen Jesus — and we meet relative newcomers — like atmospheric emo four-piece Small Circle and driving riff rockers Honeytiger. As always, there’s stylistic variety: rapper Ivy Sole lowkey rocks the mic and experimental instrumentalists Palm get weird with interlocking licks and askew rhythms; Katie Frank brings some heartland-y country torch and twang and Ellen Siberian Tiger dials up the studied musical theatrics.
We teamed up with the folks at Folkadelphia to co-present sessions with SΔMMUS and Harmony Woods, captured a beautiful solo electric performance by Sorority Noise‘s Cameron Boucher, mellowed out to windswept Bossa Nova-flavored jazz by Ensemble Novo, and cheered Jake Ewald on as Slaughter Beach, Dog jammed on “104 Degrees” for a roaring six minutes. And, as always, there’s more still, in great performances from basement show staples coping skills and ominous electronic soundscaper Harrowgrove. Continue reading →
Jake Ewald’s side project Slaughter Beach, Dog has been churning out a ton of material lately. From the Motorcycle.jpg EP to a new single off his upcoming record, to his recent rocking off of socks at this week’s The Key Studio Sessions — there’s a ton of music gold to delve into. Seriously, please feast your ears upon the drawn-out, jam-fest of a performance of “104 Degrees.” It’s just too gosh dang good. And if you’re as taken with these tunes as I am, go see them live tonight at Johnny Brenda’s as well as sets from Shannen Moser and No Thank You. Continue reading →
Seriously, how is it possible that Jake Ewald is this sick of a songwriter? The Philadelphia singer / guitarist and producer, known by many as half of Modern Baseball’s core songwriting duo, also leads a rotating-cast indie rock troupe called Slaughter Beach, Dog, and has done so for the past several years. Though the band is a considerably more lowkey experience than when he plays theater-size spaces to pop punk devotees, it’s no side joint either; Ewald’s attention to craft, both lyrical and compositional, is in top form here, and only continues to heighten as the project releases more music. Continue reading →
Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
As Modern Baseball takes a much-needed, indefinite hiatus following their European tour and cancellation of their US tour earlier this year, co-frontman Jake Ewald has continued his solo project as Slaughter Beach, Dog. Ewald released a successful debut LP Welcome last year, which began as an exercise superimposing his own experiences onto characters he created to break through a struggle with writer’s block and soon turned into a legitimate project with enough material for an LP.
Last week marked the release of lead single, “Building the Ark,” from Slaughter Beach, Dog’s upcoming four-song EP, Motercycle.jpg that is set for a July 14th release on Lame-O Records. The song already hints at a sonic departure for Ewald than Welcome, sounding, oddly enough, much less like Modern Baseball and more like The National, but lyrically remaining on par with the themes of the disillusionment and disconnectedness of youth that he often draws upon. Continue reading →
Drummer Sarah Schardt and singer-guitarist Christo Johnson met in North Carolina eight years ago, transplanted more recently to Philadelphia and are currently destroying in the punk two-piece King Azaz. Their record Spiritus Mundii was a quiet standout in 2016, filled with grungy riffs, hammering drums and minor key aggression – but there’s also a level of Fugazi / Dischord style socially charged catharsis. Tonight they’re on a pretty stacked lineup at West Philly staple Haus of Yarga, along with Thin Lips, Tombo Crush and more. Info on the show can be found at Facebook. Continue reading →
Jake Ewald said Tuesday night was his first concert. Before the show, he pleaded with Brendan Lukens to buy his record. Ewald was kidding, of course — he and Lukens have put on many shows themselves as two-fourths of Modern Baseball, so it’s hard to imagine he had to sell anything to his friend.
This kind of playfulness is commonplace with any show involving some of the MoBo guys. It bleeds into the crowd, too. Everyone seems to be friends. Tuesday night was no exception, as Ewald’s project Slaughter Beach, Dog kicked of a tiny six-date tour at Everybody Hits. Abi Reimold and Harmony Woods rounded out the all-Philly bill. Continue reading →
When an established musician starts a new band, it’s hard to avoid drawing comparisons. There’s almost bound to be some overlap, especially when that musician is a primary songwriter for both projects. While this is definitely the case on Welcome, the debut record from Jake Ewald’s Slaughter Beach, Dog, the Modern Baseball guitarist manages to take his songwriting in a new direction. In fact, he takes it in several, and it’s those deviations that make the album so successful. Continue reading →
With a successful album release in their rear view and an opening slot for Brand New in their future, Modern Baseball has been having quite the year. At this point, It would be easy for guitarist/songwriter Jake Ewald to rest on his laurels, but he’s not done yet. Somehow, in the midst of everything going on with his main band, he’s managed to write and record the debut album for side-project Slaughter Beach, Dog. Continue reading →