Archive for the ‘General Music’ Category

A Somewhat Surrealistic Time

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Flag of Zimbabwe

As Zimbabwe dares to dream of change, one of the most evil men ever has passed away -sadly Charles Manson has a Beach Boys connection in terms of his relationship with Dennis Wilson. We also say goodbye to Della Reese and Jana Novotna, while David Cassidy (for whom Brian Wilson wrote Cruise To Harlem) is critically ill.

50 Years Again

Saturday, November 18th, 2017


Buffalo Springfield are a legendary group -not just for the musicians that came out of the group, but also for their music itself. This is best exemplified by their second album which celebrates is 50th today. While it is a cohesive musical statement, the individual members were already going in their own directions. Niel Young rocks out on Mr Soul, while Expecting To Fly and Broken Arrow are orchestral early Young classics- Broken Arrow’s disillusionment still resonating 50 years later. Stephen Stills contributions are more conventional rock, with Bluebird and Rock And Roll Woman regarded as classics, while Richard Furay contributes his first songs – Sad Memory is a beautiful ballad while A Child’s Claim To Fame is another beacon on the road to county rock. This may not be everyone’s first answer to classic records of 1967, but it makes most best albums lists,   and 50 years later, warrants repeat listens.

Changing 50 Years On

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Image result for forever changes Since 1967 predates the internet, let alone Facebook, the exact release date of Forever Changes seems to have been lost in the sands of time. But evidence seems to point to early November 1967, so this does seem an appropriate time to celebrate 50 years of one of the best records ever released. Love’s masterpiece may not have burned up the charts, but in 2017 the record that focused on the flipside of the hippie dream seems more poignant than ever.

Indeed, at a time that many of the 1967 hippies may well have voted for greater division, the sense of paranoia and doom exhibited on tracks like The Red Telephone and A House Is Not A Motel seem a bit more relevant than many sentiments on Sergeant Pepper or wearing flowers in your hair. Not to mention the utter brilliance of Alone Again Or, Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark And Hilldale and You Set The Scene. \

There was a lot of great music in 1967, much of which remains fresh in 2017. But Forever Changes may well the album that resonates most fifty years on.

23 Songs For Today

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

1) Autumn Afternoon   – Association
2) Run James Run    -Brian Wilson
3) Rock ‘N’ Roll with Me -David Bowie
4)Just Like Always   -Glen Campbell
5)It Won’t Bring Her Back    -Glen Campbell
6) When Eddie Comes Home    -Jimmy Webb
7) Mia & Sebastian’s Theme (Late For the Date)    -Justin Hurwitz
8) It’s Over / Engagement Party    -Justin Hurwitz
9) Silver Lining   -Kacey Musgraves
10) Merry Go ‘Round    -Kacey Musgraves
11) Another Day of Sun    -La La Land Cast
12) (Hurts Like a) Bee Sting   -Lucky Soul
13) Locked Out   -Lucky Soul
14)Strut!    -Lucky Soul
15″) America    -Prefab Sprout
16) City of Stars    -Ryan Gosling
17) London Like a Distant Sun    -Saint Etienne
18) Whyteleafe    -Saint Etienne
19) What Kind of World    -Saint Etienne
20) Sweet Arcadia    -Saint Etienne
21) Lonely Days  – The Beach Boys
22) Always You   – The Sundowners
23) Beach Boys    -Weezer



Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Quite a bit has happened in the last 10 days since my last post – we’ve had the sad passing of Tom Petty and tragedy of Las Vegas among other things. But the big news on the Beach Boys front is…at last…a new Mike Love solo album. You can see the details here and an interesting article which puts Mike Love in some interesting company as well as showing another side of the coin in terms of how many perceive him.

We Need A Melody

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Weezer-pacific-daydream-album.jpgPlayback: The Brian Wilson Anthology, the first solo Brian Wilson compilation is released today and as we digest that album and Brian’s solo career, we’ll take a detour to Weezer’s new album, which includes a heartfelt tribute to Brian and the Beach Boys. Simply called Beach Boys, it’s one of the best tributes ever, capturing the spirit and emotional depth of Brian’s best music.

23 Songs For Today

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

1. Everything That Touches You-    The Association
2.Never My Love-    The Association
3. Time To Get Alone-    The Beach Boys
4. We’re Together Again-    The Beach Boys
5. I Do-    The Beach Boys
6. Your Summer Dream-    The Beach Boys
7. Forever-    The Beach Boys
8. I Will-   The Beatles
9. First Of May-  Bee Gees
10. You’ve Touched Me-  Brian Wilson
11. Don’t Let Her Know She’s an Angel-  Brian Wilson
12. One Kind of Love-  Brian Wilson
13. Heaven -  Carl Wilson
14. For All We Know -  The Carpenters
15. We’ve Only Just Begun- The Carpenters
16. The Green Grass Starts To Grow-  Dionne Warwick
17. I Just Have To Breathe -  Dionne Warwick
18. Butterflies-  Kacey Musgraves
19. Symphony-   Marvin Gaye
20. Can’t Find the Time-    Orpheus
21. Your Valentine-    Saint Etienne
22. You Send Me-    Sam Cooke
23. Darlin’ -  The Beach Boys

Would It Be The Same Country If You Could Change Your Mind

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

They’ve been gone too long, but they are back just at the right time. Lucky Soul’s last album was all of seven years ago, and we thought we may have lost them forever.  There has been a lot of personal and political water under the bridge in those seven years, a lot of it painful, and Lucky Soul’s response has been to take it to the dancefloor -just like in the uncertain 1970s where the disco was the escape from the turbulent reality.

Change gonna come, but it stays the same and I’m still waiting

Ali Howard sings this line on the brilliant disco stomper, Locked Out -she could be singing about the personal or the political, but she’s letting her tears out on the dancefloor, and this is where Lucky Soul’s new album resonates. (Hurts Like A) Bee Sting, seemingly the centerpiece of the album seems to be a response to Brexit in the catchphrase that headlines this post, but can also be a response to any sudden jolt to one’s reality. Stonewashed slows the pace down with a classic Lucky Soul ballad, while No Ti Amo is pop perfection.

Hard Lines -the new album released last week after the seven year hiatus -may not solve the world’s problems, but it resonates musically and lyrically in these times. Let’s just hope it’s not another seven years before the next one.

Farewell, Glen Campbell

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Image result for glen campbell Glen Campbell was not just an important part of the Beach Boys story; he was a major artist in his own right. His passing yesterday marks the end of a long goodbye, and ends a glittering career including over 70 albums, selling over 45 million records.

Brian Wilson fans will know him best as the singer of the brilliant Guess I’m Dumb as well as Brian’s temporary replacement in the touring Beach Boys. But he was a talented musician and member of the wrecking crew, a great singer and a showman who hosted his own television show. Musically, he may be best remembered as the interpreter of Jimmy Webb’s song, especially Wichita Lineman, often regarded as the perfect song, on which he also played guitar.

So 2017 sees the end of another era, as we say goodbye to Glen Campbell and cherish all the great musical memories he has made. Farewell, Glen Campbell

23 Songs For Today

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

1) I’M NOT DOWN (The Clash)
5) MONDAY (The Jam)
7) ASIMBONANGA (Johnny Clegg)
8) LATE TO THE PARTY (Kacey Musgraves)
9) FINE (Kacey Musgraves)
15) SHE LOOKS GOOD (Bryan MacLean)
16) LITTLE WING (Neil Young)
17) LONG LONG ROAD (Paul Weller)
18) THE CRANES ARE BACK (Paul Weller)
20) MY EVER CHANGING MOODS (Style Council)
22) PARTY CHAMBERS(Style Council)