Episode 4: James Alex with A Reading From Jessica Hopper

Featured Beach Slang frontman James Alex discusses the impact of literature on his creative process. Plus, a scene report from the 2015 Pygmalion Festival with a reading from music critic Jessica Hopper. 


About the Guests:

James Alex writes songs and sings them for Beach Slang. He plays a really cheap guitar, reads really brave books and thinks way too much. When he's not making loud things, he's probably being really quiet. His book Even Trash Has A Place (2015) is now available from the Beach Slang store.

Jessica Hopper’s music criticism has been included in Best Music Writing 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2011. Her first book, The Girls Guide to Rocking, was named one of 2009’s Notable Books for Young Readers by the American Library Association. She is Senior Editor at Pitchfork and the Editor-in-Chief of The Pitchfork Review. She lives in Chicago with her husband and two young sons. Her latest book The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic (2015) was published by Featherproof Books.


Music for this show provided by:

Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken? & Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us | Beach Slang (Polyvinyl & Bandcamp) | Used with permission from the band