Archive for the ‘Brian Wilson’ Category

Pet Sounds 50 ..And 2

Sunday, May 20th, 2018

Since I last posted, we’ve had Pet Sounds 52nd birthday, taking place while Brian Wilson is still touring the album’s 50th birthday. Here is what I wrote about the greatest album in the universe on it’s golden anniversary. There’s been a wedding that some of you have heard about, and in much more obscure but highly welcome news….after 14 years, a new album from A Girl Called Eddy.

23 Songs For Today

Monday, May 14th, 2018

1.  Hard On A Heart-  Ashley Monroe
2.  The Power of Three -Belle and Sebastian
3.  Best Friend -Belle and Sebastian
4.  Bare Feet -Caroline Jones
5. Love Of The Loved -Cilla Black
6, Anniversary Song -Cowboy Junkies
7. Twice As Worth It -Deana Carter
8. So I Could Find My Way -Enya
9. Another Bridge -Everything But The Girl
10. The Lakes of Canada -The Innocence Mission
11. Dirty Computer- Janelle Monáe (feat. Brian Wilson)
12. Space Cowboy -Kacey Musgraves
13. Golden Hour -Kacey Musgraves
14. Out of Reach -Karnataka
15. A Million Tears -Kasey Chambers
16. The Closest Thing To Crazy -Katie Melua
17. I Envy The Wind -Lucinda Williams
18. If I Could -October Project
19. Terribly Sorry -Saint Etienne
20. Fascination -Saint Etienne
21. Montmartre -Sarah Darling
22. Since You’ve Gone -Spanky & Our Gang
23. Walk Your Feet In The Sunshine -The 5th Dimension

Brian’s Back (And The Beach Boys Go Classic)

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

With the news that Brian Wilson’s back surgery has gone well, we also now have a “new” Beach Boys album on the way. The Beach Boys With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra isn’t really a new album -it is the classic Beach Boys songs with new orchestral overdubs, but has been endorsed by all the living members and it is coming very soon.

Bad Back To Touring

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

We’ve been celebrating Brian’s touring record but there has now been a bad break, or rather a bad back. In a message sent out to fans yesterday,Brian indicated he needed surgery for a bad back that has been bugging him for some time (it was quite noticeable for much of the 2012 reunion tour) and the May dates would be postponed. At this stage, his July and later dates are still on. We all wish Brian a quick and painless surgery, and hope that the recovery goes very well.

Brian Cleaning Up Your Computer

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

And now for something completely different. Brian Wilson is featured artist and backing vocalist on the title track of Janelle Monae’s new album Dirty Computer.  It’s  quite interesting to read how this artist in the world of Rap and R&B is fascinated by Brian and the Beach Boys. The track itself is quite melodic, with Brian’s sunny harmonies a spectral presence in the background, and it certainly honors Brian (who wasn’t involved in writing it). You can hear it here.

Over 800 On The Road

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

As Brian Wilson adds 2018 dates to his three different shows, it is a good time to reflect again on Brian’s touring history. A very good reference point is Andrew Doe’s site at http://esquarterly.com/bellagio/britour.html and a quick statistical analysis shows that Brian is now in his 20th year of serious touring, with at least 3 shows per year since 1999, and indeed doing at least 20 shows in all but four of these years. The total number of dates (past and planned) is 842, which also means that over the 20 year period, Brian has done a show in at least one in every ten nights. So much for a quiet retirement.

Historic Album, Historic Venue

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Pet Sounds is an historic old album, and it will now be played in a venue with it’s own very long history. Brian Wilson has announced a show at the Ancient Theater of Taormina  , in Sicily, Italy. It looks like it will be part of a wider European tour with a Birmingham, England date also announced.

An Early Holiday Present

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

After three years of a 50th anniversary Pet Sounds tour, interspersed with a few greatest hits, it’s time for something completely different. At the end of the year , Brian, with Al and Blondie still in tow, will present the Beach Boys 1964 Christmas album in its entirety.

In addition, there will be songs from his solo Christmas album, What I Really Want For Christmas, plus more. It’s a slightly surprising turn, but good to see something different being done on the road by Brian.

Brian’s Hidden Beauties CLX: Half Moon Bay

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

The romantic instrumental has featured a few times in Brian’s works, but there hasn’t been an example in recent times, until the fifth track of No Pier Pressure in 2015. It’s a pleasant enough track, with the interesting percussion effects one of the highlights, as with earlier examples of this genre. (Summer Means New Love, After The Game). Mark Isham adds the romantic trumpet.

Brian’s Hidden Beauties CLIX: Ride The Wild Surf

Saturday, March 17th, 2018

In our 158 “hidden beauties”, we have only covered one of the songs that Brian co-wrote with Jan Berry, and which only appear on Jan And Dean albums. That number moves up to two, with our 159th entry. Surf City is the best known of these collaborations, but possibly the one song that captures the exhilaration and excitement of riding the waves is Ride The Wild Surf, also featured in the movie of the same name.