Entries tagged with: The Beach Boys
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Brian Wilson at Wellmont Theater in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Beach Boy Brian Wilson is releasing his new solo album, No Pier Pressure, on April 7 via Capitol, and he's now put out a new single from it, "The Right Time." The song features his former bandmates Al Jardine and David Marks (with Al singing lead), and if nothing else, it's got plenty of those trademark Beach Boys harmonies in the chorus. Watch the lyric video, which includes studio footage of Brian and his pals, below. You can get an instant download of the song if you pre-order the album on iTunes.
Brian doesn't have a tour announced yet, but he is playing the State Theatre 2015 Benefit Gala on May 16 in NJ. Tickets are currently on presale for State Theatre Benefactor Donors, and they go on sale to the general public on Friday (2/20) at 10 AM.
photo: Brian Wilson at Wellmont Theatre in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
A lot of people are calling Brian Wilson a liar for his false reports on the Iraq War. Though unless the former Beach Boy has a secret history as a news anchor that we're not aware of, chances are they mean NBC's Brian Williams (of BriTunes fame!), who was suspended for 6 months after admitting to those exact same accusations.
It may have seemed, however, that Brian Wilson was a liar for saying Frank Ocean and Lana Del Rey would be on his upcoming solo album. Though one of his reps has since told Pitchfork that he did intend for them to be on it, but scheduling issues wouldn't allow it.
Brian also spoke this week in a new video for Hollywood Reporter about the upcoming biopic on his life, Love & Mercy, which will screen at SXSW. You can watch a three-minute video of him and members of the cast speaking about it, below.
Meanwhile, Brian still hasn't announced a tour in support of his new album, but he did announce he'll be performing at New Brunswick, NJ's State Theatre 2015 Benefit Gala concert on May 16. Tickets go on sale Friday, 2/20 at 10 AM with a presale starting Thursday, 2/19 at 10 AM. Gala tickets are $700, but concert-only tickets range from $55-$150.
by Andrew Sacher
Beach Boy Brian Wilson has revealed details for his eleventh solo album, No Pier Pressure, which will be out on April 7 via Capitol Records. The album features his former Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine, David Marks and Blondie Chaplin; members of his touring band (including band leader Darian Sahanaja, who helped arrange the 2004 release of Smile); and a handful of collaborations with modern musicians including Zooey Deschanel, M. Ward, fun.'s Nate Ruess, Kacey Musgraves and Capital Cities' Sebu Simonian.
At the risk of bumming Brian out even more (he's already negatively reacted to backlash against these collaborations), I have to say it would've been nice to see him working with musicians who do the sound he created justice, like maybe Robin Pecknold, Panda Bear or even Rivers Cuomo, but it's also not too surprising that he went with a more mainstream cast.
The record was produced by Joe Thomas, who also co-produced the Beach Boys' 2012 reunion album, That's Why God Made the Radio, with Brian. You can check out the tracklist below...
Brian Wilson, the mastermind behind The Beach Boys, turns 72 today (happy birthday Brian!), so it's good timing for a Beach Boys cover, which we've gotten from Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming's Diane Coffee project. One might argue there there are about 300 better options, but he has taken on "Kokomo," the 1988 hit that Brian actually had no part of (but certainly sounded like it was trying to recreate his style). Shaun said of picking this song, "Kokomo has always been one of my favorite summer songs. For as long as I can remember I've played it in my head as a slightly darker tropical tune."
You can listen to his darker (and sax-less) take on the song in this post, below...
French artist David Redon has taken on a new project, "Ads Libitum," where he takes vintage American ads and posters, but applies themes of modern pop culture (mostly music), as Animal New York points out. The project included takes on Kanye West (above), Nirvana, Outkast, Daft Punk, Drake, Beyonce, Jay Z, Breaking Bad, The Beach Boys and more.
This comes not longer after we saw rappers painted as royalty portraits.
Check out all of them here and more below...
Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck @ Beacon Theatre - 10/15/13 (via Evan Agostini)
Beach Boy Brian Wilson and guitar maestro Jeff Beck are on a tour together (that also includes ex-Beach Boys Al Jardine and Dave Marks), and that tour came to NYC for a show at Beacon Theatre last night (10/15). It was doubly special because it featured Blondie Chaplin (who sang lead on the album version of "Sail On Sailor"), but triply special because Brian unexpectedly performed the classic 1966 Beach Boys album Pet Sounds in its entirety! From Rolling Stone's review:
Jeff Beck is along for the ride, too, and is in the middle of recording a new album with Wilson. At first glance the pairing seems completely incongruous, since the 1960s British blues rock scene had little in common with the Surf Wall of Sound that Brian created 5,000 miles away in Los Angeles. But the minute the former Yardbird played the opening notes of "Surf's Up" on the guitar - flawlessly recreating the original vocal melody while Wilson and his bandmates contributed gorgeous backing vocals - the pairing made complete sense. These are artists with a lot of mutual respect, and they've found a way to perfectly compliment each other.Afterwards, Jeff Beck took the stage for his portion of the set, which included Brian joining him for a few Smile classics, "Our Prayer," "Child Is Father of the Man," and "Surf's Up." Check out a couple videos and the full setlist below.
The show began promptly at 8:00 PM with Wilson and his band performing a beautiful a-cappella rendition of "Their Hears Were Full of Spring" by the Four Freshman, a formative influence on Wilson. After getting the crowd on their feet with "California Girls," they brought out Blondie Chaplin - a man whose tenure in the Beach Boys stretches from early 1972 all the way to late 1973. He cut two albums in that time period, and song lead on the classic "Sail on Sailor." Forty years later, he delivered it with pretty stunning vocal power and followed it up with the fan favorite "Wild Honey."
It was at this point that Wilson dropped the bomb: not only were they going to play "Wouldn't It Be Nice" next, but they it would be followed by the rest of Pet Sounds in sequence. It's the first time he's done the album in many years, and the first time he's ever done an album without any prior announcement. The audience was stunned into silence, and didn't seem to even believe it was true until sometime around "That's Not Me." They didn't have the string section from the Pet Sounds tour of 2000 - 2001, but the band was clearly up for the challenge.
Pet Sounds is a very demanding album for Wilson vocally, and although Jeff Foskett handled many of the higher notes, it was clear Wilson gave it everything he had. "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" has rarely been so touching, and "Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)" was incredibly moving. "Now we're going to play, I think, the best song I ever wrote," he said before "God Only Knows." "And I've written a lot of songs." Nobody can match Carl Wilson's original vocals, but he still did a stellar job and got a huge standing ovation.
The tour continues in NJ tonight (10/16) at Wellmont Theatre, and after that Brian will be hanging around to play the Right to Rock benefit (which honors Darlene Love) on Thursday (10/17) at Cipriani (55 Wall Street) with Elvis Costello, Jake Clemons, Paul Schaffer and many more special guests. There will also be a live and silent charity auction, which features "prizes like dinner with Maureen & Steven Van Zandt, a guitar signed by Bruce Springsteen and a private tour of Carlo's Bakery." $1000 tickets are available, and proceeds benefit Little Kids Rock.
Videos and the setlist below...
"Blondie was one of my favorite singers in the '70s. He blew my mind with 'Sail On, Sailor' and he also sang on a song called 'Funky Pretty' on The Beach Boys' Holland album," Brian Wilson said. "Until two weeks ago, I hadn't seen him since 1974. It was great to see him again. He came into the studio and sang on one of my new tracks called 'He Come Down' - and he sang it great. I'm stoked that he'll be performing at a few of our shows." [Pollstar]As discussed, former Beach Boy Brian Wilson and guitar maestro Jeff Beck are going on a tour together this year. Brian will be joined by fellow ex-Beach Boys Al Jardine and Dave Marks, and it's now been announced that they'll also be joined by past member Blondie Chaplin, who most famously sang lead on "Sail On, Sailor," the opening track on 1973's Holland. (The track was written by Brian and his Smile collaborator Van Dyke Parks, and performed/sung by Brian on The Beach Boys' 2012 tour.)
Blondie will only be joining the tour on a few of the dates, but one of those is the NYC show which happens on October 15 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for that show are still available (but "not many left"). The tour also hits Wellmont Theatre (10/16) a day later, but Blondie is not currently set to appear at that one (tickets).
All dates are listed, along with a stream of "Sail On, Sailor," below...
Brian Wilson w/ The Beach Boys at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys) and Jeff Beck (overall classic rock guitar wizard) are touring together this year, and that tour has just been expanded to include another NYC-area date on October 16 at Wellmont Theatre. Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday (8/29) at 10 AM with Live Nation/Mobile App presales starting Wednesday (8/28) at 10 AM.
Brian and Jeff's tour also hits NYC a day earlier at Beacon Theatre (10/15), and tickets for that show are still available (but "not many left"). Updated dates are listed below.
Brian Wilson w/ The Beach Boys at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Last year, pop genius Brian Wilson reunited with The Beach Boys for a tour, which has since ended, and the Boys have gone back to touring without Brian (or Al Jardine or Dave Marks). Fortunately, Brian has some touring plans of his own. This fall, he'll be heading out with classic rock guitar maestro Jeff Beck for a tour which will include the two musicians performing solo and together.
There's no exact word on what material they'll be performing, but it seems likely that there will be some stuff played from Brian's upcoming new album, which as Consequence of Sound points out, includes appearances from Al Jardine, Dave Marks, and... Jeff Beck. The tour hits NYC on October 15 at Beacon Theatre. TIckets for that show go on sale Friday (8/9) at noon with a Citi Cardmember presale starting Tuesady (8/6) at 10 Am and another presale starting Thursday (8/8) at 10 AM.
Last month, Brian, Al and Dave went on a mini tour that included an Atlantic City show. Check out a 16 minute video from that show, along with a list of all Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck tour dates, below...
Frank Ocean performing at 2013 Grammys
The 2013 Grammys went down last night (2/10), and here's a quick recap of some of the winners and videos of performances.
The big ones: Gotye took home Record of the Year for "Somebody That I Used To Know" (beating The Black Keys, Kelly Clarkson, fun., Frank Ocean, and Taylor Swift), Mumford & Sons won Album of the Year (beating The Black Keys, fun., Frank Ocean, and Jack White), and fun. took Song of the Year and Best New Artist (totally robbing Miguel's "Adorn" and "Call Me Maybe," and Frank Ocean (!), respectively). Other wins included Skrillex for Best Dance Recording (sorry Al Walser), The Black Keys for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song and Best Rock Album, Gotye for Best Alternative Music Album (beating Fiona Apple, Bjork, M83, and Tom Waits), Usher's "Climax" for Best R&B Performance, Beyonce's "Love On Top" for Best Traditional R&B Performance, Miguel's "Adorn" for Best R&B Song, Frank Ocean for Best Urban Contemporary Album, Robert Glasper Experiment for Best R&B Album, Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Niggas In Paris" for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song and their song, "No Church In The Wild" (feat. Frank Ocean and The-Dream) for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Drake's Take Care for Best Rap Album, Dr. John's Dan Auerbach-produced Locked Down for Best Blues Album, Jimmy Cliff's Tim Armstrong-produced Rebirth for Best Reggae Album, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross' The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo score for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, Bjork's Biophilia for Best Recording Package, The Beach Boys' long-awaited The Smile Sessions for Best Historical Album, Black Keys singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, and Mumford and Sons' "Big Easy Express" for Best Long Form Music Video. There were many other categories too and you can check out the full list of winners HERE.
And of course, during the Awards Ceremony a number of artists gave performances, which you can watch videos of below. You can see Miguel and Wiz Khalifa doing "Adorn," Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z doing "Suit and Tie" and then JT doing "Pusher Love Girl," The Black Keys, Dr. John, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band doing "Lonely Boy," Jack White doing "Freedom At 21" with his all-guy band (he also played "Love Interruption" with his all-girl band but no video of that at the moment), Frank Ocean doing "Forrest Gump" with a thematically appropriate visual backdrop, a big tribute to Levon Helm with Elton John, Mavis Staples, members of Mumford and Sons, Alabama Shakes, and others, and finally, LL Cool J, Chuck D, Z-Trip, Tom Morello, and Travis Barker doing "Whaddup" with a small piece of Beastie Boys' "No Sleep Til Brooklyn."
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
" The band has a treasure trove of outright classics, and they performed what felt like all of them during their Sunday afternoon set. "Surfer Girl," "Barbara Ann," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Sloop John B," "Surfin' Safari," even "Kokomo" -- you name it, they probably played it. While that wasn't inherently surprising, what came as a bit of a shock was how fresh the band sounded -- even if its elder members didn't look the part -- both on their classics and on tunes from their recently released reunion LP, "That's Why God Made the Radio." Brian Wilson's presence is what makes this reunion so successful, but onstage he looked like the Queen of England, sitting idly behind a grand piano and taking the occasional vocal lead; Mike Love, meanwhile, seemed to be the main Beach Boy behind the wheel. Taken together with the afternoon's balmy weather and the day-in-the-park vibe of festivalgoers knocking around beach balls and splaying out on towels, the group's sublime set was just the thing for a lazy, hungover Sunday." [Rolling Stone / CNN]The reunited Beach Boys (Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks), on a tour that also brought them to Chicago and NYC's Beeacon Theater recently, played Bonnaroo on Sunday (6/10). Our pictures from their 3pm Tennesee set are in this post (with the rest of our Sunday Bonnaroo pics coming shortly. Saturday can be seen HERE.)
If you're curious what the band sound like live, listen to some tour highlights at NPR. If you're curious what their new album cover looks like, head to their Facebook where you can also change the colors if they're not to your liking. If you're curious what the new album sounds like, you can listen to the whole thing below.
If you're in NYC and can't wait to see the band live at PNC Bank Arts Center or Jones Beach, don't forget you can catch them EARLY FRIDAY MORNING in Central Park courtesy of Good Morning America (free and also being televised).
More pictures from Bonnaroo, their 31 song setlist, and the new album stream, below...
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who introduced transcendental meditation to the West and gained fame in the 1960s as the spiritual guru to the Beatles, died Tuesday at his home and headquarters in Vlodrop, the Netherlands. He is believed to have been in his 90s. Steven Yellin, a spokesman for the organization, confirmed the Maharishi's death but did not give a cause....The Beatles/Maharishi thing was recently spoofed in the movie Walk Hard. Actual video footage below...
....The visibility and popularity of the organization can largely be attributed to the Beatles. In 1968, the band, with great publicity, began studying with the Maharishi at his Himalayan retreat, or ashram, in Rishikesh, in northern India. They went with their wives, the folk singer Donovan, the singer Mike Love, of the Beach Boys, the actress Mia Farrow and Ms. Farrow's sister Prudence....
...In the last years of his life he rarely met with anyone, even his ministers, face-to-face, preferring to speak with followers almost exclusively by closed-circuit television.
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