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.

Another Year Of Touring Done

October 3rd, 2019

Northern hemisphere summer is definitely over, and so is Brian Wilson’s touring for the year. Despite a number of cancellations from earlier in the year, Brian still managed 24 shows in 2019,  including the well-received dates with the Zombies. There were some surprise guests, including Russell Thompkins from the Stylistics joining the Philadelphia show. All going well, 2020 will see the 22nd successive year of Brian’s tours, with four dates already scheduled.

23 Songs For Today

September 29th, 2019

1.Once Around The Block -Badly Drawn Boy
2. Octopus’s Garden -The Beatles
3. Because -The Beatles
4. You Never Give Me Your Money -The Beatles
5. Friday On My Mind -The Easybeats
6. Everyday I Write Book -Elvis Costello
7. I Want To Vanish -Elvis Costello
8. Instant Karma! -John Lennon
9. The Crossing -Johnny Clegg
10. Cruel Crazy Beautiful World -Johnny Clegg
11. Scatterlings of Africa -Johnny Clegg
12. Put The Hurt On Me -Midland
13. Round & Round -New Order
14. Young Boy -Paul McCartney
15. Slip Slidin’ Away -Paul Simon
16. Duncan -Paul Simon
17. I Go To Pieces -Peter & Gordon
18. Fascinating -R.E.M.
19. She’s Not Like Any Girl -Rockin’ Berries
20. At The Zoo -Simon & Garfunkel
21. Puppet Grrls R Go -Wondermints
22. No One’s Girl -Wondermints
23. Fleur-De-Lis -Wondermints

You May Know This Album Cover

September 26th, 2019

Today marks the 50th anniversary of possibly the most famous album cover in history – yes, Abbey Road was released in the UK on 26 September 1969. The cover is iconic, but the music isn’t too bad either. Featuring the last recording sessions including the four Beatles together, Abbey Road shows the progression over a scarcely believable seven years since Love Me Do, with the group perfecting rock, pop, harmonies and everything in-between. For the first and last time, George Harrison comes to the fore with two massive pop classics, Something and Here Comes The Sun. Paul summarises the group’s work in the closing medley while John Lennon moves effortlessly from the harder rock of his Side 1 songs to two of his most gorgeous harmonic songs (Because and Sun King). If there’s one thing missing from Abbey Road, it may be a bit of the personalization of the their early work -many of the songs are about other characters -but it’s a small quibble about an enduring classic that will make almost as much of an impact on it’s 50th anniversary than the original 1969 release.

School Of Brian Wilson

September 20th, 2019

Talented emerging composers can now be supported by a scholarship in the name of Brian Wilson.  Funded and organised by Brian’s longtime friend, David Leaf, the scholarship will be available to juniors at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

Hot September Night

September 14th, 2019

Brian’s concert on Thursday 12th at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles appears to have been something of a triumph, based on this review  from the Los Angeles Times. With a little help from same famous friends, including Billy Idol and Zooey  Deschanel, as well as the Zombies in support, this seems to have been one of Brian’s classic concerts in his hometown – some good news given all the difficulties this year.

Raising Arizona

September 11th, 2019

Here is a comprehensive review of the Brian Wilson/Zombies concert in Phoenix, Arizona including full setlists of both performers. The reviewer also has a great understanding of Brian’s many trials and why the concert was still very special.

Saturday Grabbag

September 7th, 2019

As the Brian Wilson/Zombies tour gathers pace, here is an interesting interview with Rod Argent setting out Brian’s influence on the very fine Zombies.

In other news, the Explorers Club who have made some of the finest music of this century are back with a new single, a cover of The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore, popularised by Scott Walker and the Walker Brothers. This has been promoted as a taster for not one, but two, new Explorers Club albums which is an exciting prospect.

Another blog favorite, A Girl Called Eddy, was responsible for the excellent The Last Detail album last with Mehdi Zannad, and they have a new EP with two completely new songs, headed by the brilliant Places.