The Beach Boys: Becoming the Beach Boys

The Beach Boys: Becoming the Beach Boys

By John Paul

Becoming the Beach Boys offers a comprehensive glimpse into the embryonic stages of one of America’s finest pop groups. 26 Aug 2016 // 2:30 AM

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//Recent Reviews

10 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Making Easy Listening by Tim J. Anderson

In Making Easy Listening: Material Culture and Postwar American Recording, Tim J. Anderson shifts the focus away from more familiar approaches to popular music studies in favor of an examination of the creation of the cultural objects, techniques, and industries that played a significant role in popular music as we know it today.

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10 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Oh! Calcutta!

Chalk it up to the same societal impulse that produced such it-sounded-good-at-the time pop cultural ephemera as "The Macarena" and bicycle shorts.

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Struggle in the Hive: Struggle in the Hive

The tandem of Nigel Jeffrey and B Patric has created some decent tunes on this self-titled release. Easily comparable to early Pink Floyd tracks like “

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Say Hi To Your Mom: Impeccable Blahs

An eclectic look into the world of vampires that tells us more about humans. Not a concept album, but an album with a concept.

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10 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Chris Knight: Enough Rope

The coolest thing is that this might not even be the album of his career.

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The Wonder Stuff: Suspended by Stars

While the Wonder Stuff's comeback was questioned last time around, this disc makes a case for both change and longevity.

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10 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Various Artists: Sail Away

Although some artists are labeled "best" with surprising ease and frequency, others need a bit of advocacy on their behalf. Here's a well-deserved salute to Randy Newman.

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10 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Kahoots: Fourteen Ghosts

The Kahoots clearly know their indie pop, but are still searching for an identity.

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Scholar & TrueBLESS: The Love Freedom Movement

If Scholar & TrueBLESS could make a feature film, I’d bet half my CD collection it would be a parody of Quentin Tarantino’s

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Sandoz: Live in the Earth - Sandoz in Dub Chapter 2

Bill Laswell took his jazz roots to dub with his RadioAxiome project collaboration with Jah Wobble. Now Richard Kirk, founder of ‘70s industrial post-punk outfit

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The Specter of Multiplayer Hangs Over 'Door Kickers'

// Moving Pixels

"Door Kickers is not a multiplayer game, but for a while there, I couldn’t tell the difference.

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