“We are going to make James Webster cry.” - Nick Pitman
“And that was our one emo cover for the evening.” -Sarah Cowell
“That’s the only time I’m ever going to see a Snowing song live.” -Webstar
Well, okay original member of the Beach Boys following me on something I didn’t even know I’m signed up for.
The Beach Boys - God Only Knows (1966)
Beautiful song from a beautiful album sung by a beautiful voice belonging to Carl Wilson. There’s this great video from (I think) the early eighties in which Brian actually sings his brother’s song, for perhaps the first time live, as Carl was on a solo tour. I’ll try to queue it up later.
Am I the only one who enjoys Dennis Wilson’s singing?
You are not alone.
Song of the Day: The Beach Boys - Don’t Worry Baby. This is Brian Wilson’s attempt to match his favorite Phil Spector song “Be My Baby”. From a more technical standpoint, his key changes are perfect. You know this because It’s really hard to pin down where they happen. His melody in the opening verse goes from on the beat to syncopated (on the “up” beat) and slows down doing it. And it’s just so damn pretty.
Not to mention one of the first times in pop music a hit song didn’t have all root notes in the bass.
"The Beach Boys Love You is my favourite album we ever did. It’s funny because now people are beginning to see it as a classic. It was quite revolutionary in its use of synthesisers. It’s got so much good stuff on it – ‘Ding Dang’, ‘Let Us Go On This Way’ and ‘The Night Was So Young’. I think it’s overlooked. Everything’s going on in there."
— Brian Wilson on The Beach Boys Love You
Hal Blaine, though.
HAL BLAINE THO!
Strange days, my friends.
I just logged into last.fm for the first time in a while to find that The Mountain Goats have overtaken my #2 all-time listen spot (well, not really all-time, but since fall 2010) from The Who. I used to listen almost only to The Who back in high school and before. Well, The Who, other classic rock, and showtunes. Seeing so plainly on a chart how my music taste has evolved since I entered college (I only even learned who the Mountain Goats are from my talented all-around good guy suitemate Chris my freshman year) makes me feel a little uncomfortable and strangely guilty with myself. You can still see a few hangers-on from my pre-NYU period, like the Stones and She & Him and the Beach Boys. But still, it feels bad in a way.
That being said, about to go running while I listen to all of Live at Leeds and then maybe get back and put on Quadrophenia while I cook up some quinoa kale salad with some friends.
(Oh, and we’re not talking about what #1 is.)
Oh my god the beach boys at the end of love actually
Love Actually is actually really good
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This soft pretzel looks exactly like Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson - Brian Wilson/’Til I Die
In reference to this earlier post. When Brian “came back” again from his decades of battles with mental illness, the deaths of his brothers and self-medication, he teamed up with one of my favorite bands (The Wondermints) and other great musicians and played live for the first time in years at the Roxy.
He came back in the second half of the set by covering The Barenaked Ladies song “Brian Wilson” which references the darkest parts of Brian’s battles with drugs and mental illness where he literally went to bed. (And, it’s true, he did play piano in a sandbox he built in his living room.) It was a ballsy and brave move on Brian’s part. And, as an ardent fan of the music he created, especially the brilliance he produced before even turning 24, I listened with a strong sense of pride for him.
I still find it amazing and uncanny that Brian Wilson chose to cover the Barenaked Ladies’ song about him in one of his early comeback concerts. Hear this affecting live version which goes straight into ‘Til I Die, along with Brian Wilson begging the audience “Don’t fall asleep, please!”
…and he actually follows me back. Also, it is a cruel and unjust world in which a stupid kid like me has 4x as many SoundCloud followers and 20x as many listens as a member of the goddamn Beach Boys.