The Beach Boys
Going Steady: New Singles 10-28-22 – 11-03-22 Reviewed
if Dennis had lived longer he would have emerged as a serious solo artist
L.A. Burning, West Coast Concert Picks: August 1st To 7th
Rostam is at the El Rey Theatre
Lady Gaga Visits The National Guards – Trump Reported Furious
Dozens of stars refused to perform at Trump’s inauguration
The Musical Tastes Of Our Ex-Presidents
‘Gregg Allman and the Allman Brothers just about put me in the White House’
The Beach Boys At the Beacon Theatre, Thursday, August 17th, 2017, Reviewed
For his next tour, I hope Brian performs The Beach Boys Love You. As for Mike? I don’t care and I won’t be there
Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Review
only completists will really need to upgrade
The 100 Greatest American Rock ‘n’ Roll Bands #2: The Beach Boys
There are a small handful of true geniuses that have worked in the field of pop music and Brian Wilson is one of them.
See Mike Love’s Beach Boys for the Price Of A Movie Ticket
FIFTEEN BUCKS, my God it cost me more than that to see Star Wars (A movie, last time I looked)
10 Songs: Wednesday, December 9th, 2015
The lousy advise is dripping in irony and the Beach Boys may do many things, but they never have trafficked in irony
Brian Wilson at the Greek Theatre, Saturday, June 20th, 2015, Review
Set highlights included “This Whole World”, The Little Girl I Once Knew”, “Shut Down”, “Then I Kissed Her”, “Wild Honey” (with Chaplin singing and blistering guitar parts), “She Knows Me Too Well”, “Wake the World” and this is the first time I ever heard him do “Busy Doin’ Nothing” the bossa nova ode from 1968 Friends lp. You mix that in with the hits (California Girls, God Only Knows, In My Room, Lil Deuce Coupe….do I really have to list them???) and it was just a marvel
The Beach Boys ” Live In Sacramento 1964″ and “Keep an Eye on Summer – The Beach Boys Sessions 1964”
For a Beach Boy fanatic, both albums might not add much to the story but what they add you’ll want to hear. And to hear Dennis, Carl and Brian performing together on stage can’t help but make you Smiley Smile.
The A+ List: 10-25-14
It is in the very first couplet, “make my heart come all undone” -it is like he is begging for the sweet sensation of love: make and undone are the two words that come tumbling through and it captures her illsuiveness, his insecurity: the earliest sense of insecurity of love
Active Viewin': rock nyc Concert Picks Week Of June 30th, 2014
if you are going to see Mike Love’s version, don’t expect transcendence, expect old guys thinking young guys songs so old couples can singalong and maybe their kids can join. On July 4th, at Jones Beach, maybe that’s what we want, memories of when we could have fun all summer long instead of working every summer for the past 40 odd years
10 Songs: Sunday, June 29th, 2014
Mathematics – Mos Def – “You want to know how to rhyme you better learn how to add” Mos Def advises and he makes his point on this classic whose rhythmic hook has showed has shown up ever since, on the flip side of his biggest song – A
Different Songs With The Same Name, Part II
As attentive readers know, the theme of this piece is great songs by different artists that share the same title. In the first article on this subject, we learned to “Walk Like a Man” with The Four Season and Bruce Springsteen (but forgot Grand Funk), we observed “Love Is All Around” from the Troggs and Joan Jett, and we were infatuated with “Starry Eyes” by The Records and Roky Erickson.
The A+ List – 4-7-14
The struggling, stranger rocker before he straightened his life out takes a love of his life and ties it to a specific time and place (nyc the week before 9-11), struggles through a freezing cold and adds an image for all time: “I was holding your arm, you were holding my trust like a child” and then it’s over. “I’ll always love you, love New York”.
The A+ List 3-7-14
His ode to Duke ellington is not jazz, it is pop, and it might have a groove but it isn’t taken from Ellington but this ebullient, bouncy, and very tuneful dance number needs none of that to echo a Black Excellence that deserves the term. “You can feel it all over” is as hooky as an advertising jingle and memorable as your own middle name.
Hear Ye On Spotify: what rock nyc is listening to 11-25-13
Who’s Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet – The Everly Brothers – From Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, this is a strange and beautiful close harmony duet about romantic fealty – A
Trixie Smith And Chuck Berry: Reelin' And Rockin'
When you compare “Sweet Little Sixteen” with “Surfing USA”, you don’t hear the metamorphoses you do with Berry and Smith. Berry took an idea and changed it 30 years later whereas there wasn’t a decade between the Beach Boys and Berry.