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!?

“TOMMY IN THE 80s” + CoS 👊🏻❤️Dear Consequence of Sound,Thanks for letting me have a crack at it. Thank you for the thoughtful writing. Thanks for talking about rock & roll. And meaning it.Dear Friends,This one means a-whole-lot-of-something to me. I hope I got it right. But, look, if you don’t dig it, no sweat—just listen to Tommy Keene’s records. They’re the blueprint for all of it.Tommy, I hope I did real right by you, man. You’re the real-life goods and an absurdly sweet heart. And this thing is for you.LISTEN HERE: https://bit.ly/2Nq07omPRE-ORDER HERE: b9store.com/beachslang“The Deadbeat Bang Of Heartbreak City” out January 10, 2020

Posted by Beach Slang on Thursday, November 7, 2019

“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.