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Japanese Breakfast, Modern Baseball, Beach Slang and more Philly artists to contribute to Polyvinyl’s Single Series

Japanese Breakfast | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Since 2014, Illinois-based label Polyvinyl Records’ Single Series has been putting out monthly exclusive singles from their favorite artists, all recorded on the same Tascam 4-Track cassette recorder. We’ve already gotten dual singles from Ra Ra Riot, Tim Kasher, and Joyce Manor this year, and we just got word that Philly favorites Japanese Breakfast are this month’s featured artist will be featured in the series later this year.

In addition, Modern Baseball, Beach Slang, Owen, Jay Som, and more are coming out with singles in the next couple months.

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Wye Oh Wye: Flock of Dimes, LVL UP and Beach Slang on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Flock of Dimes | Photo by Paley Fairman, courtesy of the artist
Flock of Dimes | Photo by Paley Fairman, courtesy of the artist

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade has just the thing for you. That is, if the thing you need happens to be a wide variety of brand new music tunes. Listen in at 11pm ET on WXPN for a full two-hour show that, among other things, will feature TWO spotlights on newly released albums. First up is If You See Me, Say Hello, the debut album from Flock Of Dimes. Flock Of Dimes is the on again-off again solo project of Jann Wasner, better known as one half of Wye Oak. We’ll also hear tracks from the Sub Pop debut of NY’s wooly guitar crushers LVL UP. The band has been making retro-minded and forward-thinking music for several years, and Return To Love is easily their best record yet. Also in the mix, new things from Philly punks Beach Slang, eclectic shoegazers Slothrust and jangle purveyors EZTV. Preview some of those below…

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Beach Slang makes A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings on their sophomore LP

Beach Slang | courtesy of the artist
Beach Slang | courtesy of the artist

On September 23rd, Philly punks Beach Slang will drop their second album in two years, A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings. You can stream the album now via NPR and check out the video for new single “Atom Bomb” below. A Loud Bash comes less than a year after their commercial debut, The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us.

Fans of the band’s earlier output still have a lot to be excited about this time around, as they continue to deliver one anthemic, fuzzed-out banger after another. Beach Slang has punk energy in spades, and they put all of it on display over the album’s compact thirty minute run time. Where The Things We Do had calmer moments in tracks like “Too Late To Die Young” and “Porno Love”, A Loud Bash gives no such breathing room. Continue reading →

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Beach Slang release new music video, play Project Pabst in October

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Beach Slang at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company | photo by James Breslin for WXPN

Oh, the liberation of summer — walking around with no discernible destination, the sun shining above melting away all responsibilities. Philadelphia’s Beach Slang aimed to capture this free spirited energy on their latest music video for “Punks In A Disco Bar,” creating a fuzzed, home movie which follows a group of misfits as they take on the town, along with a bout of debauchery. Continue reading →

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Beach Slang announce sophomore album, drop lead single “Punks In A Disco Bar”

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Beach Slang at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company | photo by James Breslin for WXPN

The debut LP from Philadelphia’s Beach Slang, The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us, came out just last year, but already the rockers are back with a follow up. Their sophomore album A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings is due out September 23rd via Polyvinyl, and its lead single “Punks In A Disco Bar,” is available now. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Beach Slang at Union Transfer, Ground Up at Bourbon and Branch, Live From The Lot at Electric Factory, and more…

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Beach Slang at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company | photo by James Breslin for WXPN

There might have been some rumors that punk rockers Beach Slang were going to break up recently, but their response? “If you’re still in, we are.” Well so are we. The band returns to Union Transfer tonight to light the venue on fire with blood, sweat, and rock and roll. Opening the show will be Potty Mouth, Dyke Drama, and Positive No. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Circa Survive, Beach Slang, and more to appear on Nirvana tribute compilation

Doused in Mud, Soaked in Bleach cover art

Over the past couple years, Robotic Empire has made their way backwards through Nirvana‘s short but dense catalog of music by releasing tribute compilations of their entire albums. Their next undertaking will be the grunge pioneers’ first LP, Bleach, and they’ve enlisted Circa Survive, Beach Slang, and many more to cover songs from the album.

Doused In Mud, Soaked In Bleach will also feature bands such as Defeater, Basement, Daughters, Young Widows, and many more. Robotic Empire also released the first single from the compilation, Circa Survive’s cover of a cover of “Love Buzz.” Anthony Green and crew remain faithful to the original while at the same time beefing up the instrumentation and adding extra noise to the mix.

The tribute compilation, which also features Beach Slang covering the classic “About A Girl”, will be released for Record Store Day on April 16th. Continue reading →

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Beach Slang announce nationwide tour, concluding May 21st at Union Transfer

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Beach Slang at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company | photo by James Breslin for WXPN

Beach Slang had a 2015 to remember. The Philly four-piece released their stellar second album, The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us, mastered their brand of guitar-laden punk rock, and found themselves receiving heaps of national praise.

It seems the group has every intention of maintaining this momentum, having just announced a new nationwide tour, which will conclude at Union Transfer on May 21st. Continue reading →

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Beach Slang release film-inspired music video for “Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas”

Beach Slang | Photo by Jessica Flynn
Beach Slang | Photo by Jessica Flynn

Philly punk rockers Beach Slang just released their music video for “Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas,” created by Konstantinos Psimaris and Tom Ammon. The video features quick clips of beaches and ocean water, kids climbing trees and driving around, and slowed down and sped up clips of the band. Layered on top of it all, Psimaris and Ammon add colored filters, scratchy film-reel-like shapes, and illegible scribbled words scrolling by. The punk song, off of last month’s The Things We Do To Find People Like Us, is filled with airy guitars, crunchy riffs, howling vocals and a catchy hook. Catch Beach Slang on December 19th at the First Unitarian Church and watch the video for “Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas” below: Continue reading →

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Listen to the new Beach Slang album, The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us

Beach Slang | Photo by Jessica Flynn
Beach Slang | Photo by Jessica Flynn

Philly rockers Beach Slang release their debut album, The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us this Friday, October 30th. Fronted by James Alex, the band has released a handful of well received covers and EPs. The album is streaming ahead of its release at NPR Music’s first listen, where commentatror Mike Katzif writes that The Things We Do is “packed with songs that erupt with thrashy guitar, hard-charging drums and a cascading squall of distortion.” Continue reading →