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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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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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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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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 →