Thursday, May 15 2014
While there are obvious downsides to the kind of discography that the Beach Boys have assembled -- it's dense, lengthy, and larded with inconsistent results -- one of the payoffs deserves special mention: those moments of discovery.
Monday, April 7 2014
Diving into the first track on The Beach Boys Today!, we look at "Do You Wanna Dance", a re-interpretation of a 1958 Bobby Freeman song, and investigate the question of what exactly a Beach Boys song is.
Friday, August 9 2013
Five good reasons to catch Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, and David Marks in concert if you get a chance.
Tuesday, August 6 2013
Then and now, the ethical questions that arise here involve the choice to turn this troubled phase of Brian Wilson's life and career into entertainment.
Friday, November 4 2011
Thursday, November 3 2011
Thursday, September 29 2011
An album is not an insulated document, but rather something that breathes and grows within an artist's discography. I challenge music fans to not simply find songs or albums that they like (though certainly that has a completely worthwhile place), but to find entire discographies (from acknowledged classics to forgotten albums) to grow with over time.
Thursday, February 3 2011
June 2010, the subject of our latest look at the year’s biggest events in music, was a month of successful releases and summer concerts.
Thursday, January 6 2011
The Beach Boys are my favorite band, and all following pop composers are compared to the incomparable standard of Brian Wilson, the true pop genius
Thursday, September 23 2010
The album is a phenomenal format, don’t get me wrong, but there was something truly magical about Motown, the Brill Building, and the British Invasion simultaneously giving you the best two minutes and 30 seconds they had.