Beach Slang

Beach Slang & Opinions on Drive-By Truckers

Beach Slang has wowed critics and audiences alike with its loud, energy filled live performances and unabashedly earnest lyrics. But in front of a live audience at the Goose Island Tap Room, Beach Slang songwriter James Alex strips away the volume, but not the heart, for an intimate acoustic performance and conversation with Jim and Greg. Plus, the new record by Southern rockers Drive-By Truckers, and the story behind a forgotten garage classic.

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Beach Slang

Beach Slang's music is at home in a loud, crowded, sweaty club with an energetic crowd singing along to every word. But at their core the songs are sincere, emotional and from the heart. So it makes sense that the writing process starts with just singer and guitarist James Alex and an acoustic guitar. If the songs can hold up in that form, he says, then he“makes it loud and they become Beach Slang.”James treated Jim and Greg, and a crowd of fans at the Goose Island Tap Room in Chicago to a special acoustic performance featuring songs from Beach Slang's new album A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings. James talks about starting a band while raising a family, his songwriting process and his on-going pursuit of happiness in a world full of muck.

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Drive-By Truckers American Band

The Georgia rock band Drive-By Truckers are back with their 11th studio album, American Band. While the southern rock group has been playing together for around 20 years, their latest record is very much in the now, discussing hot button issues like immigration, race relations and gun control. Jim loves this record and he respects the band for still thrilling listeners all these years later. Jim thinks that this album interprets the important issues of today in a way that measures up to what Neil Young and Crazy Horse did at the height of their powers. He gives American Band an enthusiastic Buy It. Greg agrees, and feels the album has a great balance between the band's signature guitar-based anthem rock and introspective, moodier tracks. He likes the record's social consciousness, and thinks it's just damn good music to boot. Greg gives it a Buy It.

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Jack Wood

A few weeks ago, Greg selected a song for the Desert Island Jukebox called Born to Wander from a songwriter named Jack Wood. Recorded in 1966 in small town Michigan, the song was pressed on just 100 records and largely forgotten. That is until the song appeared in a worldwide TV ad campaign and was repressed by Jack White's Third Man Records. While Greg was able to research the song, less was know about Jack Wood. But Jack himself heard Greg's pick on the show, and he called our Hot Line. Jim and Greg talk with Jack Wood about writing a song that reached the height of popularity 50 years after it was recorded!

Featured Songs

  1. Beach Slang, Future Mixtape For The Art Kids, A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings, Polyvinyl, 2016
  2. Weston, My Favourite Mistake, Music From The Soundtrack Matinee, Go-Kart, 1996
  3. Beach Slang, Young Hearts, A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings, Polyvinyl, 2016
  4. Beach Slang, Atom Bomb (Live on Sound Opinions), A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings, Polyvinyl, 2016
  5. Beach Slang, Filthy Luck, Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken?, Dead Broke Rekerds, 2014
  6. Beach Slang, Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas (Live on Sound Opinions), The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us, Polyvinyl, 2015
  7. Beach Slang, Kids, Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken?, Dead Broke Rekerds, 2014
  8. Beach Slang, Throwaways, The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us, Polyvinyl, 2015
  9. Beach Slang, I Break Guitars, The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us, Polyvinyl, 2015
  10. Beach Slang, Dirty Cigarettes (Live on Sound Opinions), Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street, Tiny Engines, 2014
  11. Beach Slang, American Girls And French Kisses, Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street, Tiny Engines, 2014
  12. Beach Slang, Ride The Wild Haze, The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us, Polyvinyl, 2015
  13. Beach Slang, Wasted Daze Of Youth, A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings, Polyvinyl, 2016
  14. Drive-By Truckers, Surrender Under Protest, American Band, ATP, 2016
  15. Drive-By Truckers, Ramon Casiano, American Band, ATP, 2016
  16. Drive-By Truckers, What It Means, American Band, ATP, 2016
  17. Jack Wood, Born To Wander, Born To Wander, Lawrence, 1966
  18. The Replacements, Answering Machine, Let It Be, Twin/Tone, 1984
  19. The Replacements, Kids Don't Follow, Stink, Twin/Tone, 1982
  20. The Replacements, Unsatisfied, Let It Be, Twin/Tone, 1984
  21. The Replacements, Breakdown, The Shit Hits the Fans, Twin/Tone, 1985

Footnotes

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