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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Slaughter Beach, Dog at Johnny Brenda’s, Hoots and Hellmouth at Boot and Saddle, plus more

Slaughter Beach, Dog | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

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 →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Slaughter Beach, Dog

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
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Jake Ewald channels The National on Slaughter Beach, Dog’s new single “Building the Ark”

Slaughter Beach, Dog | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist
Slaughter Beach, Dog | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist

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 →

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Watch Slaughter, Beach Dog perform inside a Chicago dry cleaners for Audiotree

Photo by Jess Flynn | https://www.facebook.com/slaughterbeachdog/photos/a.1468523240052517.1073741825.1468515970053244/1483007125270795/?type=1&theater
Photo by Jess Flynn | via facebook.com/slaughterbeachdog

Outside of doing that sports-related band Modern Baseball. Jake Ewald takes his somber voice to his project Slaughter, Beach Dog, where his melancholy tunes are channeled to a single and signature vision.

Ewald brought some of his newest tunes to a session for Audiotree’s new project “Far Out”, which takes artists to some of the nooks and crannies of this country to record some unconventional sessions. Finding himself inside a Chicago dry cleaners among the textiles and pitter-patter of a sewing machine, Ewald does what he does best by combining his wonderfully-crafted expressions of personal battles with the stripped-down depressions of a single guitar. Ewald’s songs take us on his journey, and now we can see where those journeys take him. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: King Azaz at Haus of Yarga, Slaughter Beach, Dog at Boot and Saddle, Whaler at Kung Fu Necktie

King Azaz | via kingazaz.bandcamp.com

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 →

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Slaughter Beach, Dog leads a stacked Philly bill at Everybody Hits

Slaughter Beach, Dog | photo by Joseph Bloss for WXPN
Slaughter Beach, Dog | photo by Joseph Bloss for WXPN

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 →

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Jake Ewald grows up on Slaughter Beach, Dog’s eclectic debut

Slaughter Beach, Dog | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist
Slaughter Beach, Dog | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist

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 →

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Modern Baseball’s Jake Ewald continues to please on Slaughter Beach, Dog’s “Forever”

 

Jake Ewald | courtesy of the artist
Jake Ewald | courtesy of the artist

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 →

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Slaughter Beach, Dog releases contemplative single “JOBS”

Photo by Jess Flynn | https://www.facebook.com/slaughterbeachdog/photos/a.1468523240052517.1073741825.1468515970053244/1483007125270795/?type=1&theater
Photo by Jess Flynn | https://www.facebook.com/slaughterbeachdog

Slaughter Beach, Dog, the solo project of Modern Baseball co-frontman Jake Ewald, just released his first single since last August’s debut EP DAWG. “JOBS” was first featured on Lame-O Records’ 2015 sampler last month. Ewald shows off his lyrical creativity with the new track; the song dives headfirst into the paradoxes and dilemmas that face modern twenty-somethings. The song leads off with “My friends don’t need jobs ’cause they all sell drugs / spend their Fridays setting fires with their college degrees.” The song continues “searching in circles” to find answers about love, religion, careers, and self-satisfaction. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Shannen Moser closes video series with “Dirt and Water” at City Hall

Shannen Moser | photo by John Vettese

The concrete median just south of City Hall is a popular spot for photos. Wedding, tourist, selfies – they all look great with the ornate building standing behind and the lights glowing up Broad St. It’s also the spot Shannen Moser chose for the final installment of a live video series she’s been doing this summer, filming Oh, My Heart closer “Dirt and Water” well past sundown as cars fly by.

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