Another Decade Ends In Turmoil

December 5th, 2019

5o years ago, the 60s ended with uncertainty and foreboding, after a tumultuous 1969 with the Vietnam War and many other things unresolved. So it may be fitting that in the decade of peace and love, the last classic album of the decade was a dark record reflecting both discord in the world and in the band. Let It Bleed is by no means easy listening, but the Rolling Stones classic album begins and ends with two absolute classics. Gimme Shelter and You Can’t Always Get What You Want offer contrasting tempos, but both offer hope and solace during tough times. So happy 50th birthday , Let It Bleed!

23 Songs For Today

November 29th, 2019

1) Free and Wild -Alice Peacock
2) Party Of One -Brandi Carlile
3) Tokyo Kyoto -Cornelia Murr
4) Are You With Me? -Courtney Jaye
5)Carnival -Emily Cavanagh
6)Last To Leave Emily -Cavanagh
7)Been Around -A Girl Called Eddy
8) My Only Child -The Highwomen
9)Wheels of Laredo -The Highwomen
10) Highwomen -The Highwomen
11) Ready To Love Again Joanna Wallfisch
12) Ballet of Birds -Joanna Wallfisch
13) Killing Time -The Last Detail
14) Tomorrow Morning -Lola Kirke
15) Past Life -Maggie Rogers
16) This Could Take a Lifetime -Maria Taylor
17) Frederick Douglass -Rumer
18) Take Me As I Am-Rumer
19) Goodbye Girl- Rumer
20) London Fog- Sarah Darling
21) Fall Into Me- Sugarland
22) Good Morning Tokyo -Swan Dive
23) Wild Time -Weyes Blood

A Poignant New Record

November 24th, 2019

Jeffrey Foskett has been a key part of both the Brian Wilson and Beach Boys tours, and has just released what may be his last album as a singer.  Voices came out on 22 November, including two Beach Boys songs and many other classic songs. The sad news is that Foskett has been suffering from thyroid cancer, and the treatment is likely to impact on his voice. We wish him a speedy recovery and the ability to continue making great music.

Al Podcast

November 18th, 2019

There is a podcast of an intimate interview with Al Jardine which you can find at https://broadwaypodcastnetwork.com/6-now-batting-al-jardine/?fbclid=IwAR1cbXFBD2pB3H1l2nOyro1dKA0E7EhQvUbXygfVTZSluqnA1mPdm6nyu4I . Have a listen to this interview, done after one of Brian and Al’s recent concerts.

4 Is 50

November 9th, 2019

Another iconic album is 50 this month- Scott 4 by the now sadly late, very great Scott Walker. You can see my detailed review of this great album here. 

Good News

November 2nd, 2019

12 years ago, I went off topic to congratulate the South African rugby side on winning the Rugby World Cup- I am very happy, as a South Africa, to be able to say that we have it for the third time -after the iconic 1995 win with Nelson Mandela immortalized in the Invictus movie and the 2007 triumph.

In more musical news, the first single from the new A Girl Called Eddy album is out -you can enjoy the wonderful video here.

 

Everything But The Brian XVII: Disney Girls (1957)

October 25th, 2019

Bruce Johnston’s best known song may be I Write The Songs, but his best known Beach Boys effort is Disney Girls (1957), a song that still features in the Beach Boys setlists, including the 2012 reunion tour. A highlight of the well-rated Surf’s Up album, the song hearkens back to a “innocent”age of perfect love and family. With a great melody, and classic Beach Boys harmonies, this is certainly in the top tier of “non-Brian” Beach Boys songs.

Been Around And Back

October 17th, 2019

It may not be as the wait for SMiLE , but the wait for a second A Girl Called Eddy album has been over 15 years. So the good news is that the wait will soon be over – Been Around is coming out 20/1/20.  To be fair, we had the excellent The Last Detail album last year plus a few bonuses, so in some respects we are being spoilt with new “Eddy” music. At very least, it will be help us get the twenty twenties off to a very good start.

Brian’s Hidden Beauties CLXXII: Saturday Night

October 13th, 2019

It’s time to introduce another “hidden beauty” and we don’t need to go too far back in time. Saturday Night is one of the outside collaboration tracks on No Pier Pressure is with indie star, Nate Ruess, and it’s a decent, uptempo song with a melody that easily becomes an earworm. While not breaking any new ground, it certainly shows that Brian is still the master of pop melody, whoever he collaborates with.

Still Cool After All Of These Years

October 8th, 2019

The Beatles are still breaking chart records  almost 50 years after they split, with Abbey Road hitting #1 in the UK based on the 50th anniversary re-release. USA chart performance was almost as impressive with the album reaching #3 on the Billboard album charts. And it’s not just the “granddudes” replacing their worn-out copies- the Beatles are appealing to millennials and younger as well.