“Set It Right” will be out on Arctic Rodeo Recordings in a limited vinyl pressing on December 6, 2019 and available via all streaming platform. Check it out!
Check out Beach Slang’s “Tommy In The 80s”, an ode to the late, great Tommy Keene. The album (and apparently song) features contributions from Replacements’ Tommy Stinson, a longtime acquaintance of Keene’s dating back to shared tours in the 80s and 90s.
Stinson may also remember sharing a stage at the House of Blues New Orleans with Tommy’s nephew Hunter Keene (Matt Surfin’ & Friends) while opening for the Lemonheads this summer. Or maybe not!
Beach Slang will be hitting the road with the Goo Goo Dolls this spring so don’t be surprised if there’s some love for TK on those stages! Who needs a hologram when Tommy’s in your heart!?
– “By My Side” Video Premieres Today –
West Hollywood, CA – Electro-pop musician Devin Tait today released his second full-length solo album “Art Damage“ and premiered the video for the single “By My Side“. The album seamlessly covers the spectrum from Tait’s 80s electropop influences (Human League, Howard Jones) to his dreamsynth/chillwave inspirations (Chrvches, Neon Indian) and features a bevy of his favorite talents including: LGBT icon Wendy Ho; Rayssa (Demi Lovato, The Voice); Chris Freeman (Pansy Division); Jordan von Haslow; Kraig Hill (Seamonster Sounds); Scott Anderson (Solar City Music); and his longtime collaborator Bradley Jacobson as co-producer. Get it now via all major distributors including iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, and Bandcamp.
While the song “By My Side” is a direct dedication from Tait to his husband Dylan, the lush music video eloquently expounds the sweet sentiment by flashing back to the era and film stock of a late 80s Halloween night to tell the story of two young men within their group of friends discovering that there may be more joy to be found in removing your mask than in hiding who you are. The video is the latest directorial effort from Danial J. Smith and production house Ravensview Films.
“I loved the concept so much – the 80s were so formative for me and the video treatment was just so sweet,” said Tait. “We felt no need to insert strife for its own sake or to exploit the darkness that’s in the world today, but rather to wax nostalgic on the exhilaration of finding love, and the safety and security that comes with it. I tried to write the song as a pure expression of love, and I feel Danial did a an amazing job translating that in the video.”
– Devin Tait’s Full LP “Art Damage” Now Streaming –
West Hollywood, CA – Electro-pop musician Devin Tait today drops his debut video single for “Anyone Can Break Somebody’s Heart” featuring the incomparable Wendy Ho whose sultry diva vocals in this performance are no joke! The song and video celebrate taking chances on love and turning your broken heart into art. It’s the perfect Valentine’s Day offering to lovers, the lovelorn and most of all – those who love to dance!
Directed by ubiquitous “Boy’s Town” visuals master Jasten King (visuals for Revolver, Fubar, etc. and producer/editor of trans doc “Finding Kim”) this video has something for everyone – bears, drag queens, little people, CAKE MOSS – OMFG.
“When Tommy Met Ivan: After a false start, Tommy Keene and Ivan Julian join forces nearly Four decades on”
Rock and roll aficionados need no introduction to pop songwriter Tommy Keene and pioneer punk guitarist Ivan Julian. However, what even the most dedicated listener might not know is these two Washington D.C. area natives need no introduction to each other. In fact, the two were briefly in a band together in New York in 1980. While that partnership was not destined to last, Tommy and Ivan have joined forces again for a dynamite acoustic solo tour double bill.
To get to the roots of this relationship, we have to go all the way back to 1978. Ivan was playing guitar with the seminal New York punk outfit Richard Hell and The Voidoids. Tommy was working in D.C. with The Razz, a legendary local rock and rock outfit. One night, along with Razz bassist Ted Niceley, Tommy drove up to NYC to see Cheap Trick at The Bottom Line. Arriving to find out that the show had been cancelled, the two headed to Max’s Kansas City, where Ted introduced Tommy to his friend Ivan.