Quiet Slang (Beach Slang’s James Alex) Covers Big Star’s “Thirteen”

“It was just this haunting, weirdo, alien pop.”

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Beach Slang’s James Alex has recently embarked on a new project titled Quiet Slang and is preparing to roll out his new project’s EP, We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags, on October 29th. After sharing us the re-worked version of “Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas,” he has unveiled his cover of Big Star’s “Thirteen,” which is in the upcoming EP. Listen below.

“The first song I ever heard by Big Star was ‘September Gurls.’ The second was ‘Thirteen.’ After that, everything was different. I couldn’t define it or categorize it or even come close to figuring it out. It was just this haunting, weirdo, alien pop,” explained James. “And it walloped me. Some stuff is like that, you know? It rattles you around, shakes you loose, confuses you, fixes you. Too many things are made to make sense. Not everything should. So, yeah, this is me playing dress-up, chasing that same strange feeling, buzzing with confusion. Man, I hope I did alright.”

The cassette version of his new EP will be available on Cassette Store Day (October 14th). As of now, Beach Slang has show dates coming up:

10/20 – House of Independents (Asbury Park, NJ, USA)

10/21 – The Broadberry (Richmond, VA, USA)

10/22 – Motorco Music Hall (Durham, NC, USA)

10/23 – New Brookland Tavern (West Columbia, SC, USA)

10/24 – The Masquerade (Atlanta, GA, USA)

10/26 – Pre-Fest (Tampa, FL, USA)

10/28 – The Fest (Gainesville, FL, USA)

10/30 – Saturn (Birmingham, AL, USA)

10/31 – The Basement East (Nashville, TN, USA)

11/1 – Zanzabar (Louisville, KY, USA)

11/2 – The Southgate House Revival (Newport, KY, USA)

11/4 – Turf Club (St Paul, MN, USA)

11/7 – Marquis Theater (Denver, CO, USA)

11/8 – Urban Lounge (Salt Lake City, UT, USA)

11/10 – Neurolux (Boise, ID, USA)

11/11 – Chop Suey (Seattle, WA, USA)

11/12 – Hawthorne Theatre (Portland, OR, USA)

11/14 – Great American Music Hall (San Francisco, CA, USA)

11/16 – Echoplex (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

11/16-18 – Emerge Music and Impact Conference (Las Vegas, NV, USA)

11/18 – The Rebel Lounge (Phoenix, AZ, USA)

11/20 – Barracuda (Austin, TX, USA)

11/21 – White Oak Music Hall (Houston, TX, USA)

11/22 – Curtain Club (Dallas, TX, USA)

11/24 – The Ready Room (St. Louis, MO, USA)

11/27 – Cattivo (Pittsburgh, PA, USA)

11/28 – Black Cat (Washington, DC, USA)

11/29 – Irving Plaza (New York, NY, USA)

11/30 – The Sinclair (Cambridge, MA, USA)

12/1 – ArtsQuest – Blast Furance Room (Bethlehem, PA, USA)

12/2 – Theatre of Living Arts (Philadelphia, PA, USA)