The smell emanating from the back of the van, the bitching and moaning about how your stash of expired Slim Jims has mysteriously disappeared, the license-plate game for the nth fucking time, passing the last rest stop for 150 miles just before that last beer hits your bladder. It's like Vacation all over again. The real question on our minds here at Backseat Beat headquarters is not which member of Social Studies would play Clark Griswold, but rather, what the hell did happen to that stack of nudie books this high?

In this week's installment of Backseat Beat, our favorite juvenile delinquents practice their back seat singalong technique in preparation for hitting the road for SXSW. Not content to feel up every state in the union, Social Studies skipped town and parked it in Texas recently to enlighten the visiting hordes (and the few Austin natives that actually remain in Austin during SXSW) with their moody, mathy brand of indie pop. We're hoping they kept their pants on this time around but we aren't holding our breath.

So enjoy the episode, and be sure to check out the full video for Social Studies' unreleased new song, You Still Laughing ( Oh - and don't forget to pick out something nice for the band from their Canadian wedding registry. What does America's first four-way-married rock band really need, anyway? They have each other and the B-52s, and that should be enough for any family.

You can watch part 1 of episode 9 here:

Social Studies

Backseat Beat

Created by Brad Robertson

Produced by Dana Goldberg & Brad Robertson

Hosted by Jaime Lee Currier

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