PLAYLIST: Slaughter Beach, Dog
17 Oct 2019
The Big Scary Monsters signed quartet tell us what they're listening to right now
Slaughter Beach, Dog is the side project of Jake Ewald, one of Modern Baseball's two singer/songwriters and they'll be playing The Lexington this coming January. The band picked some of the albums which are 'currently on the record shelf...' and we've put them together in a handy playlist:
Craig Finn - I Need a New War - "Magic Marker"
Craig Finn has been a mainstay for me ever since I stumbled across The Hold Steady on iTunes as a teenager. What a master of characters. He has such a knack for dialogue in the stories that he tells. Also the arrangements on his last few solo records are totally captivating. Really neat choices with instrumentation.
Twain - Rare Feeling - "The Sorcerer"
I hadn't heard Twain until I was working the door at a solo show that Mat played in Philly a couple years ago. I was so enamored with his performance that I picked up the record on my way out and put it on as soon as I got home. I think that was the only time I ever bought a record at a show I was working. What a voice. The first line on this one kills me. "Every minute I spend with you is like eternity/So why should I get jealous about your boyfriend?"
Palehound - Black Friday - "Killer"
I've always been captivated by old murder ballads, but it's truly disturbing how often those kinds of songs will describe a man murdering a woman for no apparent reason. I think it's brilliant how Ellen turns the tables on this one. It's got the classic dark twangy murder ballad instrumentation, but the lyrics are all about this revenge fantasy of getting a gun and murdering the man who abused someone you love. It's great on every level.
The Afterglows - S/T - "Here Comes The Night"
Two great Philadelphia songwriters, one great Philadelphia record. Sounds like red wine and inconsolable longing.
The Babies - Our House on the Hill - "Alligator"
This record rocks. I come back to it all the time. It manages to be so playful and sincere at the same time.
Jeff Tweedy - Warmer - "And Then You Cut It In Half"
These days, if I'm talking about music, I'm usually talking about Jeff Tweedy. He's been making records since he was a teenager, and they've always been great, but now he's 52 and he's making some of the best records of his career. And the songs he's writing now aren't just objectively "good" songs, they're full-on spiritual meditations from a person who is constantly trying to learn and grow and be a better human. There's so much wisdom in it.
Big Thief - U.F.O.F. - "Jenni"
They're fucking magnetic on this one. Light, heavy, sensual, scary, spiritual... Nobody does it quite the same.
Leonard Cohen - Live Songs - "Please Don't Pass Me By (A Disgrace)"
After dinner I often put on this Leonard Cohen record and I usually finish washing dishes around halfway through this song. At that point I love to just lay down on the couch and listen to the band jamming while Leonard free-associates and implores everyone in the audience to go home and have sex with each other.
Dark Mtns - S/T - "Dark Mtns"
This is our drummer Zack's band. He left a copy of this on my record shelf while he was cat sitting for me over the summer. I hadn't listened to it in probably a year and I forgot how much I like it. Zack has made a huge impact on us when it comes to molding songs and writing arrangements and you can really hear his ideas syncing up perfectly on this record.
Dire Straits - S/T - "Wild West End"
I couldn't take Dire Straits seriously for a long time, but for some reason the switch flipped this year and now I love this record. Knopfler has easily become one of my top 5 favorite guitar players. On this record in particular they have a wonderful way of painting a portrait with every song, both musically and lyrically. I love the smooth, vibey chorus between the ultra Dylan-y verses on this one.