Posts Tagged ‘the beach boys’

Album reviews

WILLIAM ALEXANDER: STRANGEST THINGS

November 20th, 2015

There was a more than a little well-deserved buzz surrounding his 2014 release Girl’s Basketball, and now William Alexander has done it again with his new Strangest Things. It's a blend of 60s-style pop-melody wizardry and space-y samples and loops, and it presents Alexander as a California pop songwriter in the Beach Boys tradition. However, his combination of sunny melodies with introspective lyrics and plenty of technological fiddling is as much in debt to acts like Animal Collective as it is to Brian Wilson.

Interview

MIKAL CRONIN: YOU’RE A PRETTY COOL CAT

April 28th, 2015

Mikal Cronin has moved back to L.A. with a sequel to 2013’s MCII, conveniently titled MCIII, and this time he’s in that state where the usual has been replaced with the unpredictable, so the songs have started getting deeper and the sounds have started getting clearer. If he’s writing a book with all these numbered albums, this is the chapter where we really find out who our hero might be. Cronin speaks now about his new hair, his new tattoo courtesy that last Ty Segall tour, and the scariest new song he’s written. Oh, and he also pet some kangaroos! He plays the Center For The Arts Eagle Rock on Friday. This interview by Kristina Benson and Chris Ziegler.

Album reviews

BEACH BOYS – THE SMILE SESSIONS BOX SET

November 15th, 2011

The Smile sessions were NOT written, arranged, and recorded by a drug-addled, paranoid recluse whose bad LSD trips had clouded his judgment. Done right, Smile could have tossed Pet Sounds around like a tidal wave, and maybe even made the Beatles yearn for yesterday. Though we’ll never know the answer to the mystery of what might have been, this collection gives us our best guess, while at the same time shattering any myths about what was assumed never could be.

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"THE T.A.M.I. SHOW" TO BE RELEASED ON DVD

December 15th, 2009

Now “not being alive then” is not an excuse for not seeing pretty much the first/rarest/greatest concert movie ever. The 1964 concert known as The T.A.M.I. Show featured performances by future Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Rolling Stones, James Brown, Chuck Berry, the…