Sunday, December 23, 2012

Pet Sounds Tribute



You should listen to this right now.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

That's Why God Made The Radio Review

Hi everyone,

The Beach Boys' latest album, That's Why God Made The Radio, was released on June 5th, 2012 and I feel like I can write a really good review of the album now.

First of all, thank God! When I first started really loving the Beach Boys when I was in High School (2004ish) I never imagined that the Beach Boys would make a new album. Brian Wilson had just finished "Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE" and Brian's career was as hot as the sun.

Mike Love and Bruce Johnston had the Beach Boys touring band and Al Jardine was doing his own thing too. At that time almost all of the Beach Boys were involved in some sort of legal dispute about song writing credits or royalties and David Marks was writing "The Lost Beach Boy".

I don't think any of the Beach Boys were thinking about the year 2012 and how they were going to get together and make a new album and tour. In fact, I am positive none of the Beach Boys knew that would happen.

But look now! How dumb was I to think that the Boys didn't have it in them? Because they do have it in them to make great music.

The main things I want to impart about this album is 1. It might be the very last 2. Every member of the Beach Boys has an incredible voice (even at age 70) 3. It makes me feel very strongly.

I have always loved the Beach Boys' ballads the most and fortunately the album has plenty of moving ballads and even begins with a short ballad called "Think About The Days", a masterpiece conjuring up the vibes from the 1968 album "Friends" and the opener from that album, "Meant For You". The song has incredible vocal harmonies by all of the members of the band and instantly proves how incredible they still sound together. When I first heard this song I was finally able to breathe, thinking to myself - "This is going to be good!"

Second, the title track, "That's Why God Made The Radio" acts like a new anthem for the band. With trademarked vocal harmonies and key changes, it's easy to tell that this will go down in the list of best Beach Boys songs. Very upbeat. The music video for this song is also quite nice with a quick cameo by the Boys.

Third, the song "Isn't It Time" begins with some Ukelele chords and more uplifting vocal harmonies. I truly love the happiness of this song and hearing the Beach Boys perform it live during their tour lit up my life. This one is a really upbeat, fast-tempo tune.



The fourth song on the album is a huge stand out. "Spring Vacation" is an organ and guitar driven pop rocker that screams to have the late Carl Wilson singing it. When I hear Brian sing "Hallelujahhhh" I can hear Carl's voice. This song also has a great breakdown and solo at about 2:10 that brings me back to the solo in "I Get Around". This is A+ pop song writing, executed by the finest singing band America ever had.

The fifth song, "The Private Life of Bill and Sue" is unfortunately the weakest song on the album mainly because of the lyrical content and Parrothead influenced music (I hate Jimmy Buffett). I think re-writing the lyrics to "What would I be without me and you" would have made this song 50% better.

The next song, "Shelter" makes up for the previous song with its powerful chorus and early 60's influenced backing vocals. The chorus is sung by Jeffrey Foskett and gives me chills down my spine. This song reminds me a bit of "The Little Girl I Once Knew", with the way the song goes quiet for a second before the chorus begins. This one is a little bit more experimental in its structure than the rest of the songs on the album, so I give it extra points for being interesting.

The seventh song, "Daybreak Over The Ocean" starts with some very huge vocal harmonies and then moves into a verse that reminds me of "Kokomo" with Mike Love's singing and the percussion used. It's basically a nice island jam. However, this song is far superior to Kokomo and features a really nice guitar/marimba solo at 2:30!

The next song, "Beaches In Mind", begins with more HUGE vocal harmonies before a powerful drum beat arrives, similar to the beginning of "Do It Again". This is a really nice surf rock song and even has some cool talk box parts in it (remember Frampton Comes Alive?). Overall, this one isn't my favorite cut on the album, just because I don't like rockers, so ignore me.

The ninth song on the album, "Strange World" begins with some great Elton John inspired piano followed by Brian Wilson singing about how strange the world is. The vocal harmonies on this song are so fantastic. The music in this song feels like a really fantastic soft rock song from the 1970s (think Ambrosia's "How Much I Feel" mixed with "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John). This song is just a tiny bit slower than the last two songs and brings back that emotional feeling that I expect from the Beach Boys.

The last 3 songs on the album are considered part of a suite and they are EASILY the best 3 songs the Beach Boys have done since ...1971. It feels like I am listening to the B-side of "Today" or even "Sunflower" or "Pacific Ocean Blue" by Dennis Wilson. These 3 songs are just fantastic and will eternally be some of my favorite songs of all time.

They just hit EVERYTHING right with the last 3 songs. The vocals, the tempo, the melodies, the subject matter and they sung it from the heart (Murry Wilson would be so proud!).

"From There To Back Again" begins with a piano playing quarter notes (like Surf's Up) with Al Jardine singing and a flute riff reminiscent of "She Says That She Needs Me" off of Brian's second solo album. The vocal harmonies remind me of the sorrow of "Warmth of the Sun" but so much more tender. The song is about asking your loved one to just forget about the arguments and sit down at a nice Pacific Coast getaway and listen to your favorite songs. The ending of this song also has this OUTRAGEOUS whistling solo and a beautiful string ending.

The next song, "Pacific Coast Highway" begins immediately with some perfect 4 part harmonies and more piano quarter notes and flute riffs with Brian singing the lead. This song is a pure ballad and they do it big with a string section, similar to the song "Golden Slumbers" by the Beatles. This song is really just a quick transition into the highlight of the album.



"Summer's Gone" is the 12th and final song from "That's Why God Made the Radio" and the obvious emotional centerpiece of the album. When Mike Love "fired" Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks from the Beach Boys a couple weeks ago he quoted Summer's Gone as proof that he loved his band mates, but I just can't be sure. The song can only be compared to "Caroline, No" because of its extreme beauty, tempo and woodwind sections. There are also brilliant vocal harmonies and string moments that give me chills. The song remembers the old days of the Beach Boys, almost wordlessly paying tribute to Carl and Dennis and evoking the magical feeling of when they were still around to entertain us. It's very clear that this might be the very final moment that this legendary band ever shares with us and its hard not to feel sad.

"Summer's Gone" is emotional, chilling, sorrowful and beautiful. I don't know if it will ever be possible to top this moment and the many factors that went into creating it. The first album with all of the surviving Beach Boys together in 27 years, the first GREAT album in 35 years, the first reunion in decades, the band breaking up again, an uncertain future, an unforgettable past. It all feels so alive on this record; Brian, Al, David, Mike and Bruce.

I don't know if "That's Why God Made The Radio" will make me laugh or cry in 10 years, but I do know it will always make me feel passionately. Thank you to the Beach Boys and everyone involved for making this record. It truly means a lot to me.


1. "Think About the Days"
2. "That's Why God Made the Radio"
3. "Isn't It Time"
4. "Spring Vacation"
5. "The Private Life of Bill and Sue
6. "Shelter"
7. "Daybreak Over the Ocean"
8. "Beaches in Mind"
9. "Strange World"
10. "From There to Back Again"
11. "Pacific Coast Highway"
12. "Summer's Gone"


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Friday, November 2, 2012

Reupload!

Hey everyone, I am working on re-uploading all the files that got removed. As I add more files to my server in the following days, you can find them HERE. So keep checking in the following weeks and eventually it will all be done. Also, I seem to be getting attacked by a spam robot, so if you are spamming my blog - CUT IT OUT.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Apology

I want to apologize because almost every link on the blog is dead right now. I have all of the files, but I have to rebuild my server (where the files are located) because I accidentally locked myself out of my last server.

Right now I am building a big website for my day job; building another website for a start-up company; running my own start-up company; I got engaged on Friday; trying to get my car fixed and these things have all taken away from my time to fix my Beach Boys blog.

The problem is, I have to create a new server. Install Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP on it. Set up a subdirectory for my Beach Boys files. Then FTP transfer hundreds and hundreds of files onto the server (which can take a couple days). Give me a few days and I will do all that.

I even made a note on my calendar to do it! SEE! I'm serious. =]

Friday, October 5, 2012

Mike Love did not fire Brian, Al and David

The following is an essay written by Mike Love about the recent controversy saying that Mike Love and Bruce Johnston have fired Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks.

"It’s the last show of the Beach Boys’ 50th anniversary tour, at the tail end of our triumphant stand in London, first at Royal Albert Hall and then Wembley Arena, and we’re in the final moments of "Fun, Fun, Fun…"

Looking at the beaming faces, I’m filled with an enormous sense of pride for my bandmates and our fans. We didn’t just show up for this tour like some museum act. We sang well. We played well. We moved people and we touched a lot of hearts. And it was beautiful. That’s not easy for any band, let alone one with our history.

Then I get on the plane buzzing with excitement, and I start reading a lot of nasty gossip and I’m heartbroken. I didn’t want the divisive and ugly rumors of the last week to tarnish the experience of fans and the high note we ended the tour on. So, this is my attempt to set the record straight on the recent stories regarding the family I love and the music that has been my life for 50 years.

Let me get right to it: I did not fire Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys. I cannot fire Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys. I am not his employer. I do not have such authority. And even if I did, I would never fire Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys. I love Brian Wilson. We are partners. He’s my cousin by birth and my brother in music.

We grew up together. We sang Everly Brothers’ songs together at Aunt Audrey’s piano. We played football together. We formed a band together. We wrote songs together that have been woven into the fabric of this nation.

Our songs are in the DNA of America. Our imagery of the coast, surfing, cars and teenage freedom helped make our country the envy of the world.

There’s a tremendous amount of personal history between Brian and me… family gatherings, holidays, birthdays, graduation trips, and most importantly, a deep, shared love of the music we created together.

Brian composed, arranged, structured and sang harmonies that will be studied, analyzed, copied and revered hundreds of years from now. Writing songs with Brian and performing them with Al Jardine, Dennis Wilson, Carl Wilson, David Marks, Bruce Johnston and many other brilliant musicians over the years is my legacy, and something of which I am very proud and protective.

If you ask any couple who have been married 50 years or longer, they will tell you they’ve experienced it all. The same is true of the Beach Boys. We caught a romantic wave of success, the likes of which few have ever known. And since that time, we have collectively experienced profound joy, love, heartbreak, betrayal, anger, bitterness, pride and eventually resolve.

And it is that resolve (and some prodding from Capitol Records) that brought us all back together for the 50th anniversary concert tour and the release of our first album in 16 years, "That’s Why God Made the Radio."

What began as three brothers, a cousin and a friend jamming in a living room in Hawthorne, is now a major enterprise, complete with lawyers, managers, agents, children and wives ironing out every little last detail, months before we hit the road.

This tour was always envisioned as a limited run. None of us wanted to do a 50th anniversary tour that lasted 10 years. It was meant to be special. In fact, very early on, Brian was just going to join the tour for a few dates in big cities. We finally settled on 50 dates in 50 major markets.

Brian, Al and I signed an agreement outlining the beginning and end of the tour. Then, thanks to glowing reviews, the support of our loyal fans (and the prodding of promoters), we amended our agreement to add 25 more dates. As the year went on, Brian and Al wanted to keep the 50th anniversary tour going beyond the 75 dates.

Like any good party, no one wanted it to end. However, that was impossible, given that we had already set up shows in smaller cities with a different configuration of the band -- the configuration that had been touring together every year for the last 13 years. Brian and Al would not be joining for these small market dates, as was long agreed upon.

It is not feasible, both logistically and economically, for the 50th anniversary tour to play these markets. It’s vitally important for the smaller markets to experience our live shows, as this is how we’ve maintained a loyal fan base for 50 years. You can’t sustain a fan base on a great catalog alone. You must take your music directly to the people.

Initially, there was to be plenty of space between the two tours, but then we added 25 more dates and the two tours bumped up against each other. To avoid public confusion, and at the request of Brian’s representative, we had a press release sent out detailing the differences between the two Beach Boys tours and its varying lineups. I was surprised that Brian and Al said they were surprised by this announcement. Some media outlets interpreted all of this as me firing the band.

The plan was always to go back to our respective lives post the 50th anniversary run. Brian is writing a new album. Al often tours with his band -- they are terrific. And my job hasn’t changed in 50 years. I’m the lead singer of the Beach Boys and an ambassador of this amazing music that touched a generation. I’ve made it my mission to bring these marvelous harmonies to absolutely every corner of the globe, where people, no matter who they are, how much money they make and where they come from, are united in the pursuit of happiness and good vibrations.

This approach is not new for our band. Brian first stopped touring with the Beach Boys in 1964. Over the years, he’d sporadically join us on the road when he could. In ’65, Brian left our tour and went on to write and compose one of the greatest albums ever known to mankind, "Pet Sounds." And to clarify another misconception, I was enormously proud of "Pet Sounds" back in ’66, and I am even prouder of it today. I sang on "Pet Sounds," I wrote songs for the album and I even named it. I personally walked the album up to Capitol Records with Brian to encourage the A&R guys to get behind it. They didn’t know what to do with it at the time and asked us to write some more songs about cars and girls…

In the 40 or so years since “Pet Sounds,” many different incarnations of The Beach Boys played for crowds big and small— averaging 150+ shows a year. Stadiums, arenas, amphitheaters, county fairs: You name it, we’ve played it. We did a Fourth of July show at the Washington D.C. mall in front of 750,000 people, and in a week we’re doing a couple nights at the 1,500 seat Beau Rivage Theater in Biloxi. Regardless of the venue or the size of the crowd, the mission of the band remains the same: to move you to a joyous warm place somewhere just east of the sun.

The name "The Beach Boys" is controlled by Brother Records Inc., which was founded by the original members of the Beach Boys and whose sole shareholders voted over a decade ago to grant me an exclusive license to tour as "The Beach Boys." With it, I’ve felt a great responsibility to uphold, honor and further our legacy. For better or worse, I’ve been a constant link to the history of the Beach Boys through every live performance -- bar none. And during the lean years, when the world had moved on from the sounds of the California surf, we kept playing.

And every night, I always remembered why I was on that stage -- because a group of guys (my family) got together to form a band. Despite all the baggage that comes with harmonizing with family members for 50 years, I carry these gifted artists and their remarkable contributions in my heart every time I draw a breath to sing.

During this last anniversary year, I’ve experienced many magical moments. Night after night, I’d marvel at Al Jardine’s fantastic voice as he sang "Help Me, Rhonda" with all the fervor he did in the 1960s. We got to honor and "reunite" with Carl and Dennis, in a moving tribute as we performed under footage of them singing. But the most rewarding part about getting back together was standing in the studio, listening to playbacks of the new album and hearing all of our voices together. And Brian said it best: "Wow, it sounds like 1965 all over again."

The great thing about getting older is that you get a chance to tell the people in your life who matter what they mean to you. Throughout the course of the tour, Brian said some really kind things to me about how my early songs gave him the freedom to go deeper musically. His words meant so much to me and I returned the praise every chance I could.

Near the end of the very last show in London, right as Brian started singing "Summer’s Gone" off the new album, I started thinking about our journey together. I’m wondering if we’ll all get to do this again or if this is it. I’m standing proud that we came together, put our differences aside and made this tour happen. I listen:


Summer’s gone,

Summer’s gone away…

Old friends have gone

They’ve gone their separate ways

Our dreams hold on

For those who still have more to say


And at the end of the song, I have an epiphany: The Beach Boys are bigger than those who created it. When all of us remaining founders have turned to dust, the band will live on in the hearts of those who relish the sounds of summer. So you see, summer’s never really gone. And neither are the Beach Boys."


Mike Love is a founding member of the Beach Boys.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Linux Help

Hello all, I seem to have encrypted my way out of my server that I use to host my BB files. Can any Linux geniuses help me? Ericwarncke@gmail.com

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Surf School Dropouts - Summer is a State of Mind

The Surf School Dropouts are a surf pop band from Denmark who have released a new album called "Summer is a State of Mind". The band has 4 members, Andreas Jacobsen: vocals, keyboard, guitar, bass and drums; Christian Bendix: vocals, guitar and bass; Jari Nielsen: vocals; Martin Jensen; vocals.

The album is heavily inspired by 60s surf groups like Jan and Dean, the Sun Rays and the Beach Boys from 1962 after being visited by the Beach Boys from 2012.

The Dropouts are committed to trying to recapture the sound that the Beach Boys invented in 1961 and perfected until 1965, only to abandon it in 1966. They are trapped in that 5 years between 1961-1966, but the only problem is that it is 2012 and they are from Denmark and not California. Having said that, the musicianship on the album is purely fantastic, but the vocals, despite being always completely in key are often underwhelming.

Bands that rely on vocal harmonies like Queen, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Explorers Club or The Carpenters would overdub their vocals sometimes up to 80 times to create a very thick and lush sound, but it appears like the Dropouts are lacking in the vocal department on this album. They hit all the right notes, but the vocals just appear "thin". Despite this one drawback, the album is a nostalgic trip and picks up where Shut Down Volume 2 left off.



The album begins with the epic "Summer is a State of Mind". The song sounds almost exactly like "Don't Worry Baby" in the first couple seconds with clean guitar strumming, mid tempo drums and 4 part vocal harmonies before shifting into something more unique. The song has a typical verse-chorus-verse-chorus beginning but gets very interesting in the middle of the song with an organ breakdown with wood blocks serving as percussion. This middle section has great vocals and has a very interesting shift back into the chorus before finally ending with an A Cappella coda. This first song sets the mood for what the rest of the album will deliver.



Key standouts on the album are Follow The Sun, with its harpsichord background and Turtles-esque vocals, Beach Bound, with its ukelele chords and busy vocal harmonies and The Road Ahead of Me, a heart-felt ballad with a great theremin riff in it.

I would highly recommend this album if you want to hear the Beach Boys from 1962 after meeting the Beach Boys from 2012.

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Wouldn't It Be Nice BBC Documentary

In 2004 the BBC did a documentary about the Beach Boys called Wouldn't It Be Nice. This one is particularly eye opening. You can download it as an .AVI file and play with VLC player.

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Brian Wilon Live From Abbey Road

The twelfth, and final, episode of Season Two of Live from Abbey Road (Sundance Channel) featured Brian Wilson. This is the entire interview and performance. Great quality, highly recommended.

Available as an .ISO. You can play this video file with VLC player.

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The Pet Sounds/Sgt. Pepper Connection

This is mostly a short video that tries to correlate the famous Beach Boys and Beatles album.

Servers UP

My servers are working again, so you can download once more!

Sunshine - Volume 1

My friend Jakob has made a collection of Beach Boys rarities called Sunshine - Volume 1. Some highlights of this are Your Imagination (A Cappella), Cottonfield (A Cappella) and the Spanish version of Kokomo.

01. Then I Kissed Her (stereo)
02. Problem Child (Radio Edit)
03. It's Tryin' To Say
04. Sherry She Needs Me
05. Be My Baby - Brian Wilson
06. Rock And Roll To The Rescue (remix)
07. Go And Get That Girl
08. Winds Of Change (alt mix)
09. Runaway (live)
10. Kokomo (del Sol Spanish Version)
11. Good Vibrations (hit version with long fade)
12. Michael, Row The Boat Ashore
13. Jamaica, Farewell
14. Your Imagination (A Cappella)
15. Forever (CHR-Mix)
16. Deep Purple
17 .Calendar Girl
18. San Miguel
19. California Dreamin' (album version)
20. Lady
21. On Broadway
22. Cottonfields (A Cappella)

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Servers Down

Hey guys, My servers are down right now so my links aren't working. I will update when the servers are working again.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

"The Album That Never Was" Series - Remember the Zoo repost



Read the original entry HERE

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PROJECT SMILE

Project SMiLE is a collection of every known piece of music recorded for the SMiLE album in 1966-67. There are some very rare tracks in here: studio banter, Brian's Smog rant, Little Red Book, Tones and many more unreleased tracks. There is also a timeline of events for the SMiLE album, tons of photos, previews of Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE, video clips and tons more.

This is a REQUIRED download.

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Linkedin

Does anyone have Linkedin? Want to connect with me? http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=181100667

Monday, August 13, 2012

Brian Wilson Documentary

'Brian Wilson Songwriter 1962 - 1969' is a documentary film in which the rich tapestry of music written and produced by this brilliant 20th century composer is investigated and reviewed. With the main feature running at over three hours in length across two discs, the songs Brian wrote for and recorded with The Beach Boys during the 1960s are here put under the microscope to quite startling effect.
Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20

Friday, August 10, 2012

Loving Mike Love

You know, way too many people like to villainize Mike Love by calling him the bad guy of the group, a suppressor of Brian Wilson's creativity and sometimes far worse... but I have to admit I have always had a soft spot for him. I want everyone to watch this video and rethink your stance about Mike Love. He is a a very human guy who loves his family and his band.

New DVD

‘THE BEACH BOYS: DOIN’ IT AGAIN’

DVD due out August 28

This is a new live DVD celebrating the band's 50th anniversary and included live performances from their 2012 tour plus interviews and in-studio footage.

“If they’d told me back in the ‘60s that we’d be doing this in 2012 I would’ve said, ‘You’re crazy.’ There’s a special chemistry between the five of us. We love each other, and it comes out in our music, in our harmonies.”
--Brian Wilson

“Being in Southern California, with the fantastic potential of the environment, with the surfing and the cars, combined with the way we’re each individually capable of sounding, created a bit of a miracle sonically, and it’s the kind of thing which will last longer than we will.”
-- Mike Love

To commemorate their 50th anniversary as one of America’s most beloved and chart-topping bands, THE BEACH BOYS launched a triumphant 2012 reunion that has earned them massive critical accolades. Now with the August 28 release of The Beach Boys: Doin’ It Again DVD and Blu-ray Disc (BLAST MUSIC), music lovers will have a behind- the-scenes look at the reunion as well as pivotal moments in the band’s history.

Surviving members Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, David Marks and Bruce Johnston gathered earlier this year for an emotional reunion in Los Angeles to record their first album of new material in 20 years, to reflect on their remarkable history, and to kick off a worldwide tour. These moments and more are captured on The Beach Boys: Doin’ It Again.

The hour-long DVD features exclusive 2012 interviews with The Beach Boys, live performances from the band’s 2012 world tour, never-before-seen footage from the 1966 “Good Vibrations” recording sessions, moving tributes to founding members Carl and Dennis Wilson and behind-the-scenes footage from the recording sessions for their new That’s Why God Made The Radio CD.

A preview of The Beach Boys: Doin’ It Again, can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KB4FcUHecUo.

This DVD is being released by a new company called BlastMusic. You can pre-order the DVD on Amazon HERE.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A visual history of Cooper Black

I just received an interesting image made by someone named Melody at Fibers.com. It is a visual history of the font "Cooper Black" which was used on the cover of the Pet Sounds album, as well as one of my albums.


(Right click, View Image to view full size)

Monday, July 30, 2012

Rolling Stone Magazine 1971

In 1971 Rolling Stone magazine wrote a great 2 part article (spread across two editions) about the Beach Boys called California Sage that is VERY hard to get a hold of today. My amazing friend Michael Volpe gave me both of those editions for my birthday so I took pictures of them to share with everyone!

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The Definitive Video Collection

This is a DVD that my friend gave me. It has 43 music videos on it from 1962-1973, in color and Black and White. Total running time is 100 minutes.

1. Surfin’ Safari
2. Surfin’ USA
3. The things we did last summer
4. I get around
5. Wendy
6. In my room
7. The Monkey’s uncle (w/Annette)
8. Fun, fun, fun
9. Long tall Texan
10. Please let me wonder
11. Help me, Rhonda
12. Dance, dance, dance
13. Little saint nick
14. Papa
15. Johnny be good
16. Surfin’ USA
17. Surfer girl
18. I get around
19. Dance, dance, dance
20. I get around
21. When I grow up
22. The girls on the beach
23. The lonely sea
24. Little Honda
25. California girls
26. Barbara Ann
27. Sloop John B
28. Good vibrations
29. Do it again
30. Good vibrations
31. Breakaway
32. California girls
33. Do it again
34. Surfin’ USA
35. Bluebirds over the mountain
36. God only knows
37. I can hear music
38. Sloop John B
39. Friends
40. Cotton fields
41. Cool, cool water
42. Sail on sailor
43. Surf’s up

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This is an .ISO file. You can play it with VLC player. Its free. Enjoy this awesome collection of videos!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

String Quartet Tribute to The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds

http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/The+String+Quartet+Tribute+To+The+Beach+Boys+Pet+Sounds/3160349

Smile Recreation by Adwolf16

Someone on Youtube is doing a note for note recreation of SMiLE. I thought I would share it with you guys.

All I Wanna Do

This is one of my favorite Beach Boys songs. I have never heard a girl sing it before...so here we go!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Life's a Beach Series - Let Me Go Home

DJ Rock is at it again and has created another installment in his famous "Life's A Beach Series".


These are all chronological recordings from June - September 1965 by the Beach Boys and Bruce and Terry. Two discs.

DISC ONE:
Beach Boys:
01 Let Him Run Wild (Version 1 Rough Mono Mix, 04-06-65)
02 Let Him Run Wild (Alternate Version 1 Take, 04-06-65)
03 Let Him Run Wild (Stereo Mix, 04-06-65)

Glen Campbell:
04 Guess I'm Dumb (Single, 07.06.65)
05 That's All Right (Single, 07.06.65)

Beach Boys:
06 The Girl From New York City (Alternate Stereo LP 'Summer Days')
07 Amusement Park U.S.A. (Alternate Stereo LP 'Summer Days')
08 Then I Kissed Her (Alternate Stereo LP 'Summer Days')
09 Salt Lake City (track, Alternate Stereo LP 'Summer Days')
10 Girl Don't Tell Me (Alternate Stereo LP 'Summer Days')
11 Help Me, Rhonda (Alternate Stereo LP 'Summer Days')
12 California Girls (Alternate Stereo LP 'Summer Days')
13 Let Him Run Wild (track, Alternate Stereo LP 'Summer Days')
14 You're So Good To Me (Alternate Stereo LP 'Summer Days')
15 The Girl From New York City ('Summer Days...' LP, 05-07-65)
16 Amusement Park U.S.A ('Summer Days...' LP, 05-07-65)
17 Then I Kissed Her ('Summer Days...' LP, 05-07-65)
18 Salt Lake City ('Summer Days...' LP, 05-07-65)
19 Girl Don't Tell Me ('Summer Days...' LP, 05-07-65)
20 Help Me, Rhonda (Single Version, 'Summer Days...' LP, 05-07-65)
21 California Girls ('Summer Days...' LP, 05-07-65)
22 Let Him Run Wild ('Summer Days...' LP, 05-07-65)
23 You're So Good To Me ('Summer Days...' LP, 05-07-65)
24 Summer Means New Love ('Summer Days...' LP, 05-07-65)
25 I'm Bugged At My Ol' Man ('Summer Days...' LP, 05-07-65)
26 And Your Dreams Come True ('Summer Days...' LP, 05-07-65)
27 California Girls (Single, 12-07-65)
28 Let Him Run Wild (Single, 12-07-65)
29 Sloop John B (Takes 1-2, 12-07-65)
30 Sloop John B (Takes 3-5, 12-07-65)
31 Sloop John B (Take 6, 12-07-65)
32 Sloop John B (Takes 7-8, 12-07-65)

DISC TWO:
01 Sloop John B (Take 9, 12-07-65)
02 Sloop John B (Takes 10-13, 12-07-65)
03 Sloop John B (Take 14, 12-07-65)
04 Sloop John B (Instr. Insert Takes 1a & 2a)
05 Sloop John B (Instr. Insert Takes 3a & 4a)
06 Sloop John B (Instr. Insert Take 5a)
07 Sloop John B (highlights from tracking date)
08 Sloop John B (track)
09 Sloop John B (stereo backing track)

Bruce & Terry:
10 Raining In My Heart (Single, 09-1965)
11 Four Strong Winds (Single, 09-1965)

Paul Revere & The Raiders:
12 Steppin' Out (Bruce backing, Single 1965)
13 Blue Fox (Bruce backing, Single 1965)
14 Just Like Me (Bruce backing, Single 1965)
15 B.F.D.R.F. Blues (Bruce backing, Single 1965)

The Blossoms:
16 Things Are Changin' (Single, 1965)

Beach Boys:
17 Tuning Up (08-09-65)
18 Hully Gully #1 (08-09-65)
19 Hully Gully #2 (08-09-65)
20 Ruby Baby #1 (08-09-65)
21 Satisfaction #1 (08-09-65)
22 Satisfaction #2 (08-09-65)
23 Ruby Baby #2 (08-09-65)
24 Hully Gully #3 (08-09-65)
25 Satisfaction #3 (08-09-65)
26 Talk Between Sessions (08-09-65)
27 Ruby Baby #3 (08-09-65)
28 Talk Between Sessions (08-09-65)
29 Ruby Baby #4 (08-09-65)
30 Tell Me Why (08-09-65)

More info here. Download Disc 1 Download Disc 2

Highly recommended. P.S. To anyone who cares to know, I am going to be reuploading all of the content from this blog that I still have (plus more content) to my own server so that they can't be taken down by the hosting website any more. Let me know what stuff you want me to re-upload first, because this is going to be a project that takes weeks and I don't know where to begin. 5 or 6 years worth of material is difficult to sort through.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Personal Interview

A college student named Stephanie from Canada interviewed me for a journalism assignment. I wanted to share it here so you guys could learn a little bit more about me (Eric) and my love for the Beach Boys.

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1) So I need a bit of background information on you: What’s your age? Where were you born? And where do you live now?

My name is Eric Warncke. I am a 24 year old male and I was born in a town called Ware, Massachusetts, USA. Today I live in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

2) What do you do for a living?

I work full time for a start-up cloud computing company called ProfitBricks. They started out 2 years ago in Germany and have done very well there, so now they are launching in the Americas. I do marketing and sales for ProfitBricks. I also started my own company 2 months ago. I am the founder and CEO of Awesome Products. I have 4 employees right now and we are designing a mobile application that will allow anyone to create and share their own music - even if they have never touched an instrument before. It will be available for Android phones and tablets in fall 2012 and Apple Iphones and Ipads in spring 2013.

3) Have you attended post-secondary education? If so, where? And what did you major in?

I went to college at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, USA for Web Design and Graphic Arts. It was the biggest waste of time and money I've ever experienced. I learned much more by reading the Steve Jobs biography.

4) Now the fun stuff. Can you recall the first time you heard the Beach Boys? Explain to me how old you were, and what your initial reaction to them was.

I probably heard the Beach Boys before I could remember; as a baby. When I was 11 or 12 I got my first portable CD walkman and I had a burnt CD with the song Surfin' USA on it that I used to listen to every day. I don't know if I actually knew it was the Beach Boys. You see, I grew up with my dad and the only music he would ever listen to was Funk and Disco music. He never played the Beach Boys so I didn't know a lot about their music.

I remember one day hearing 15 seconds of the song "God Only Knows" on a commercial when I was 17. That was the first time I knew that I LOVED the Beach Boys. I ran around my house mis-singing the lyrics to that song over and over. I thought the words were "God Only Knows How Much I Love You". I started researching them on the internet and everyone raved about the album "Pet Sounds", so I went out to a music store in the city a few weeks later with my friend and bought a CD version of Pet Sounds (I still have it). The first time I ever listened to that album from beginning to end my life changed. I realized that music could be an expression of the hopes, failings, dreams and emotions of the song writer. The music itself was also so much more complex and clever than anything I had ever heard before. There were multiple bass guitars that played more than just the root note of the song; there were harmonicas, saxophones, multiples pianos and flutes embellishing upon the chords; there were sudden shifts in the music; there were incredible vocal harmonies that sounded better than any human voices I had ever heard before. I suddenly saw music as "art" and not just sounds. I knew from that point on that I would try to write something just like that album and that I would keep listening to the Beach Boys over and over. I was incredibly inspired. It was one of the most powerful feelings I had ever felt.

5) In our initial email, you mentioned that you are the biggest Beach Boys fan, what separates you from other fans?

I am not the biggest Beach Boys fan in the world, but I have been lucky enough to meet hundreds, if not thousands of other fans all over the world who share my obsession with this band and they have all given me new perspectives, ideas and theories about the band to keep my interest piqued for years. I love the Beach Boys and I always will, but I bet there is someone out there who ONLY listens to the Beach Boys, but I sometimes play the Beatles, The High Llamas, The Heavy Blinkers and lots of other great pop bands.

6) Have you ever had a chance to see them play live? If so, how was the concert (or concerts, if you’ve seen them multiple times)? I know they are touring now, will you be seeing them on this tour?

I saw Brian Wilson live on my 21st birthday in 2008 (I still have the ticket) in Northampton, Massachusetts and I absolutely loved it. I posted about that on my blog. I also saw the Beach Boys a month or two ago at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut (I still have this ticket too). I wrote a huge entry and posted lots of pictures and videos here (http://warnakeysbeachboysblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/review-beach-boys-in-concert-51212.html) I had the opportunity to sit in the 5th row, right in front of the stage and it was a magical night for me. When I first started listening to the Beach Boys all 6 of the members were caught in legal fights with each other and I wasn't sure if they would ever get back together, although in my heart I did feel that they would. Fortunately, the Beach Boys were able to let the past go and remember that they are family and originally loved playing music together. They also made a new album together called "That's Why God Made The Radio" that went to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in its first week. That is the first time the Beach Boys have ever charted that high so quickly. I am really proud of them and I have more peace in my life because of that. I feel that if the Beach Boys can resolve their differences then I can overcome any grudges that I hold too. It taught me a lot of life lessons.

7) If someone has never heard the Beach Boys (very unlikely, but who knows), and was interested in getting to know their catalogue, what album would you suggest they listen to?

Pet Sounds. That is the album that just about anyone would recommend as a starting point. It highlights what the Beach Boys are capable of - vocally and musically. Stand-outs from the album are "Wouldn't It Be Nice", "Let's Go Away For A While", "God Only Knows", "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times" and "Caroline, No".

8) What is your all-time favorite Beach Boys song? If you can’t narrow it down to one, a list of some of your favorites would be great.

That is a VERY difficult question, because so many of their songs have different qualities that are my favorite (for example, one song has my favorite vocal harmonies, one song has my favorite chorus, one song has my favorite intro, one song is my favorite fast song, one song is my favorite ballad, one song is my favorite instrumental piece, one song is my favorite A Cappella song, one song has the best hook, one song is my favorite unreleased track, etc.) So I will try to write my favorite songs and what makes them my favorites.

Friends - This is the title track from the Beach Boys 1968 album Friends. I love the fact that this song is in 3/4 time, like a waltz. I also love the great breakdown where they repeat the line "Let's Be Friends!" and a saxophone answers their vocal chant. This song makes me endlessly happy and has a wonderful message about (obviously) friendship.

Anna Lee, The Healer - This song is also from the 1968 Friends album. This song takes simplicity to a whole new level. It has 3 instruments: bongos, bass guitar and piano. The lyrics are about a woman who touches people and heals them. During the intro and choruses of the song the entire band sings "Anna Lee, Anna Lee, The Healer" in one of the most perfect examples of the Beach Boys' vocal harmonies. The vocals in this song make me feel fantastic and it is truly one of the most overlooked gems they have ever put on tape.

We're Together Again - This song was recorded right after Friends was released in 1968 and still had that wonderful vibe from the 2 songs I listed above. The song was originally written for the members of Three Dog Night back when their band was called "Redwood". Redwood rejected this song so the Beach Boys recorded it themselves, but it wasn't released until 1990. It features amazing key changes and beautiful lyrics about being back together with your girl after breaking up. It is perhaps more relevant today than it was when it was first recorded because the Beach Boys themselves are together again after more than 25 years apart.

Kiss Me Baby - This is from the Beach Boys Today album. The B side of this album had 5 incredible ballads on it and this one is absolutely the most beautiful. The song itself is about breaking up with a girl and the agony experienced in the hours after. This song features some of the most gorgeous vocal harmonies and tender lyrics the band has ever done. The chorus of this song is also beautiful, featuring multiple vocal parts happening at the same time.

Soulful Old Man Sunshine - This song was an unreleased track from 1968 (you may have noticed that was a fantastic year for the band) and features absolutely jubilant lyrics, exciting horns and tons of layered vocal harmonies. It really can't be described until you hear it. Soulful Old Man Sunshine is over the top fun, happy and also has some doo wop influenced vocal sections.

California Girls - This is one of the Beach Boys' best known songs with good reason. The introduction to this song is a brilliant instrumental buildup that starts in B major and ends up in A major. The lyrics to this song are in line with most boys' thought processes: girls and sun. The chorus of this song is also a force of nature that has to be reckoned with. Right before the end of the song the music suddenly drops and an organ and bass play solo for 4 seconds before a powerful final chorus featuring at least 3 separate vocal melodies.

Breakaway - This is from the 20/20 album and is the only song that the Beach Boys' head song writer Brian Wilson wrote with his father, Murry Wilson. The song has hundreds of vocal parts in it and literally every moment of the song has vocal harmonies with all 6 members of the band. If you ever hear this song A Cappella it is even more amazing than the version released on the record. This song is the most complicated and beautiful vocal performance the band ever did. I imagine that this song probably took as long or longer than Good Vibrations to finish. I am still in awe that this song even happened. I especially love the 2:30 mark of this song and onward where the band sings "Aahhhhhhh" high pitched behind the "break break break away" bass parts.

Wouldn't It Be Nice - This is one of the most well known Beach Boys songs and it deserves credit. The intro to this song features 2 guitars playing a pretty complex arrangement in A major with the main verse of the song switching to F major. This song is driven by 2 accordions, which is rather unusual in pop music. The bass line below the accordions is also stupendous. Brian Wilson sings the lead during the verses and the band sings vocal harmonies during the chorus and second verse of this song, rather beautifully if I can say. If you ever hear this song A Cappella it is even better than the album version of the song. The breakdown of this song is sung by Mike Love, the band's usual lead singer and is one of the finest moments in pop history.

I Just Wasn't Made For These Times - This is the song that changed my life. I had never heard a musician be so god damn honest before. It was like he was describing his very life to me and I understood the emotion he felt in his heart. I don't know how Brian Wilson was able to connect with me so perfectly, but he does just that in this song. Every moment of this song is special and moving. The music features wooden blocks, clarinets, a roaming bass guitar, harpsichord and, for the first time in a pop song ever, the theremin. This song is progressive, ahead of its time, beautiful, melancholy and still unmatched in my opinion. Also during the choruses, Brian Wilson sings 3 parts all at the same time, "Sometimes I Feel Very Sad", "Aint found the right thing I can put my heart and soul into" and "Sometimes I don't wanna be where I'm at". It doesn't get better than this.

9) I noticed on your blog that you are in a band called the Lexingtons. How has the Beach Boys influenced your band’s song writing process?

I have released 3 albums as the The Lexingtons. The first album in 2008 was called Get Lo-fi and at that time my two biggest influences were a lo-fi pop band called Rocketship and The Beach Boys. I really used this album to learn as much about recording, mixing and mastering as I could. I played every instrument on that album and I sang on every song. My biggest problem as a musician is that I am not even 20% as good at singing as Brian Wilson and the rest of the Beach Boys are. The only song on that album that really sounds anything like the Beach Boys is the very last song " Sailing On An Ocean". I borrowed some of the chords of that song from Carl Wilson's solo song "Heaven". I was feeling sad when I wrote that song and came out with some nice lyrics that I am still proud of. "When I notice half the things you do, I always wonder why I turn to you. No one makes me feel the way you do. I start to lose faith every time I turn to you." I tried very hard to emulate the vocals of the Beach Boys. I did my own vocal harmonies on this song and I must have recorded 200 vocal tracks on that song. My computer crashed multiple times recording it.

My next 2 albums were released at the same time in 2010, Choose Choice and Isn't It Nice To Be Loved? Choose Choice was all instrumentals, so it wasn't very Beach Boys inspired, but Isn't It Nice To Be Loved? was a big tribute to the Beach Boys. Every song on that album was almost directly inspired by the Beach Boys.

I have been really busy lately running my own business, but I do have a lot of new songs written that I hope to record soon that sound even more like the best Beach Boys material. I really hope I can find some truly great singers that want to make pop music before I do it though. No one seems to love pop music the way I do around here.

10) Tell me a bit about your blog: When did you start it? How much time do you spend on it per week? Where do you get your content from?

I started Warnakey's Beach Boys Blog in 2007 in my dorm room at Johnson and Wales University. At that time there was a blog called "Silverphial.blogspot.com" that I used to read every single day. Silverphial would post bootlegs of Beach Boys and Beatles albums and studio sessions and I just loved listening to their unreleased material that most people had never heard before. It felt so cool and I appreciated the Beach Boys in a way I never had before. I decided after a few days of reading his blog to start my own blog exclusively about the Beach Boys. A couple weeks after I started my blog, his disappeared. To this day I have no idea why his blog was taken down, or if he just chose to take it down himself. But for 5 years my blog has been up and I have tried to update it as much as my life would allow me. I would say that today I spend about 1 hour a week on it, but back in 2007 and 2008 I would spend up to 15 or 20 hours a week working on it. I used to make my own material and think up unique things to post, but today I just post when something urgent hits me. I still have hundreds of bootleg albums to post and hundreds more that I have to reupload because they were taken down. It makes me feel bad when my links are removed because I know people want them, but I have lost some of the stuff I posted over the years (because of computer crashes, etc) but I will eventually find the time to post EVERYTHING that I have on my computer and on CDs. I really do have a lot of material that I need to get around to posting, as well as reviewing the Beach Boys new album.

Finally, I get my material from friends. People email me saying "Want to post this on your blog?" or "Hey, here is a link to a Beach Boys bootleg I found" or sometimes people even give me CDs in real life that I rip onto my computer and upload. I get stuff from all over the world, but I just post links to stuff. I don't host anything and I never have and never will. That has helped me out legally, but it has hurt me because the sites where people store stuff (mediafire, megaupload, rapidshare, etc.) remove them or, in the case of megaupload, the entire site disappears. So keeping track of the stuff that is NOT on my blog (the links) becomes very difficult for me.

It would be nice if someone would help me with that aspect of the blog. But as far as the words themselves, I have written every word on that blog and anything anyone else writes is always in quotes.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Google Interview with the Beach Boys

One of the best interviews with the Beach Boys I've ever seen.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

New Interview

I was wrong about my last post...The Beach Boys ARE in that music video at the 2:39 mark. Sorry. ANYWAY! The Beach Boys have appeared for an interview on Qtv in Canada. Its quite good.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Music Video

The Beach Boys have made a music video for "That's Why God Made The Radio". The album is also #3!! I wonder if the Beach Boys were a little busy on the day this video was shot, because I can't find a single shot of them in this entire video.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

That's Why God Made The Radio

The Beach Boys new album has sold between 60K and 70K copies since its release and will appear on next week's Billboard Top 10 (the first time this has happened since 1974's Endless Summer). Congratulations guys! I will have a full review of the album later this week! I am still just taking it all in.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Brian Wilson Interview

Carl Wilson - God Only Knows

Shortly before Carl Wilson died he performed the song "God Only Knows" at a private event. It looks like it was a wedding, as you can see the chefs behind him in the kitchen. It is amazing to see Carl Wilson in such an intimate setting and hearing him sing so beautifully. Please enjoy this once in a lifetime video.

Heads up

On Lightman's Beach Boys blog he has posted a link to a recording of the Beach Boys concert on April 26 at Grand Prairie, TX. He also has a leak of a certain new Beach Boys album on there (I won't say which one). PLEASE BUY THE ALBUM.

We're Together Again A Cappella Cover

Hello everyone, We are getting closer to the release of the Beach Boys' new album every day. I found this INCREDIBLE A Cappella cover of "We're Together Again" from 20/20 on youtube by a user called dmcguire70. I hope you enjoy as much as I do.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

FIVE NEW BEACH BOYS SONGS!

The Beach Boys have released 6 songs from their new album, That's Why God Made The Radio. You can hear 5 of them on the Guardian's website HERE. You can hear the title track from the album HERE. I think this album is going to be fantastic. I particularly love "Isn't It Time". I can't help but smile when I listen to it. What do you think?!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

America

Hey everyone, I don't talk politics very much, but I just wanted to share something I feel in my heart. This November please don't vote for Mitt Romney. I don't want you to vote for Barack Obama, or anyone for that matter. Just please don't vote for Mitt Romney or donate to his campaign (he can afford it on his own without you). If you hate Obama, just stay home on election day, but for the love of this country, please don't vote for Mitt Romney. Thanks everyone =]

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Review - The Beach Boys in Concert 5/12/12

Last night I saw the Beach Boys live in concert for their 50th Anniversary tour at Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut. I brought with me my vinyl copy of "Friends" in the hope that they would sign my record. Ultimately, The Beach Boys never signed my record, but I did end up making a friend - which perhaps was even better than meeting the Beach Boys.

When I arrived at casino where the show was being held I went into the elevator with my "Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds" T-shirt on, a sharpie and my Friends record and talked to a guy in the elevator who ended up being one of the cameramen for the concert. His name was George. He told me that I had just missed the meet and greet, which was supposed to be at 7:30, but instead was done at 7. Most bands are LATE for things, but the Beach Boys are early. Weird. Anyway, George and I exchanged phone numbers and he said he would try to see if he could introduce me to the band. So I went up to my seat at the very top row of this sold out 10,000 seat arena (which equals over 1 million dollars in ticket sales) and sat down. This is where I recorded the first half of the show.

Some of the people sitting next to me were complaining about vertigo and how they couldn't see anything and some of the others were singing along and having a spectacular time. I tried my best to record the show well, but I was recording on my cellphone so it was very difficult. I apologize for the crappy quality of my videos and pictures, but I did the best I could.

When the band came out on stage the applause was pretty outrageous. Being there with 10,000 other people was very exhilarating. An announcer introduced Bruce Johnston, Al Jardine, David Marks, Mike Love and finally Brian Wilson. The audience reached a fervor when Brian was announced and cheered intensely for him, but he seemed to not notice as he sat down in front of his grand piano. Mike Love did most of the talking the entire show and Brian Wilson actually said NOTHING the entire show. He seemed like kind of a zombie, barely playing any notes on the piano and later on in the show he put a bass guitar on and lazily moved his hands to the right notes, barely accompanying the other bass player. It makes me kind of sad that Brian can't seem to muster the energy to be a real front man. He was there, but he wasn't really THERE. Anyway, the band played through all of their surf and car songs first, sounding extremely spot-on with their vocals and occasionally adding in great A Cappella sections and interesting musical changes (for example the great introduction to Be True To Your School). Later on they started playing songs like Wouldn't It Be Nice, I Just Wasn't Made For These Times and Heroes and Villains. It was great to hear those classic songs and to hear Mike Love giving so many compliments to Brian Wilson. I recoded about 15 songs from this first half of the show.

The band took an intermission after about 90 minutes and Mike Love "recommended" that everyone go to the merch stands and bring home a souvenir. I did not buy anything at the show, because I was still pretty anxious about possibly meeting the guys. When the band started playing again my friend George that I had met in the elevator grabbed me from my seat and took me down to the 5th row and let me sit in an empty seat, which ended up being the very best part of the show. I was about 10 or 15 feet from the stage and I ended up getting some fantastic photos and videos from there. I want to thank George again for letting me sit in a $500 seat without having to pay for it.

During the entire concert the audience was passing around Beach balls which can be seen in a lot of my videos and everyone was dancing too. It was a lot of fun, especially in the front rows. During the song God Only Knows the band paid tribute to Carl Wilson by playing audio of him singing from a concert in the 80s and projecting videos and images of him on the big screen behind the group. Brian Wilson looked at the pictures of his brother during the song for about a minute and then turned away and rubbed his eyes for a while. I think this was the only time during the show that he felt any real emotion. I felt really sad for him at that moment. It was very touching and sad. They also played Forever and did a tribute to Dennis that was equally beautiful. They also played some other songs that I really love but don't hear very often like This Whole World and Please Let Me Wonder.

Towards the end of the concert they played Good Vibrations, California Girls and All Summer Long. I held up my Friends record and Mike Love looked straight at me, pointed at me, made eye contact and then shook his hand as if to say "Ehhhhhh! Friends was an oooooooooooookaay record..." or perhaps to say "Well, we are kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkind of friends..." I was disappointed that they did not play any songs from the friends record or sign my record. The last song they played was Fun, Fun, Fun and then they snuck off stage as fast as they could. Security would not let me see them, so I went home. I think that perhaps its alright that I did not get to meet them, because they probably wouldn't want to see me (after what I said about Mike Love's country album and Al Jardine's Postcards From California) but it would have been nice to have a photo to frame forever. Oh well.

Here are my pictures and videos. They are not in chronological order.

I uploaded a lot more videos, but my internet is being super slow so you can just check them out here. http://www.youtube.com/user/lexingtonsband. Also, I recorded these all on my cellphone, so don't expect great sound or video. Just enjoy them the best you can.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Check this blog out

One of my friends, Jakob, has made a Beach Boys blog with some very interesting bootlegs on it! Check this out. beachyard.blogspot.com

CONCERT TONIGHT

Tonight I am seeing my favorite band, The Beach Boys, at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. I am going to be taking lots of video and pictures! So I will post a HUGE write up along with some videos in a couple days! I AM SO EXCITED! Talk to you all soon! P.s. buy some tickets!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Saturday, May 12

This Saturday I will be seeing The Beach Boys at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. Who is going to be there???

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Cassette Cover Art

Hello Everyone,

One of the reasons this blog exists is a great man called Doc Rock. He has sent me a lot of the stuff on this blog. He runs his own blog where he uploads very rare cassette artwork.

Beautiful stuff like this



If you want to see his EXTENSIVE collection of rare cassette artwork please go HERE

cassettecoverartlib.blogspot.com

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Beach Boys Tour!

I got my ticket to see the Beach Boys and I continue to be super excited about their upcoming tour! The tour will kick off on April 24th in Tucson, Arizona and will continue heading east hitting Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut (where I will be seeing them May 12th at Mohegan Sun Casino). The tour will also plays parts of Europe and Asia in July and August. This is the biggest thing the Beach Boys have done in nearly 30 years.

I want to be a crusader for the Beach Boys and try to get each of their shows sold out and packed. Fortunately for the Beach Boys, a lot of the shows have already sold out (and will continue to sell out), which means a lot of you might not have been able to buy tickets for the show closest to you. However, there are ticket resellers out there that buy tickets when they go on sale and then resell them at a slightly higher cost (which coincidentally still ends up being less than ticketmaster service fees...). One good site I found is called www.ticketliquidator.com. They have tickets for every show on the tour (even sold out ones) and offer a 125% money back guarantee just in case one of the Beach Boys comes down with the flu.

They also have tickets to pretty much every other large event or concert going on around the world.

It makes me feel happy to get back into seeing my favorite bands live again. First The Explorers Club and now the authentic Beach Boys and Brian Wilson. I really can't wait to see them on May 12th!

You should post a comment on this thread if you intend on seeing the Beach Boys and what show you will be going to! I would love to hear from as many people as possible about this. Go out there and buy some tickets and support the best pop band of all time!

- Eric

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Imagination Live on PBS

Brian Wilson and his band did a concert on PBS for a fund raising drive. This is audio of that TV performance and the interviews before the songs. The audio cuts off at the end of the songs horribly though. Whoever recorded this was an amateur. I don't have the video from this show, but here is a video from the same year.



1. California Girls
2. In My Room
3. South American
4. She Says That She Needs Me
5. Your Imagination
6. Cry
7. Lay Down Burden
8. Don't Worry Baby
9. South American (a cappella)
10. Repeat of California Girls (again, whoever recorded this was an amateur)

Download

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Smile Research Labs SLR-001

That is the rather strange name of this Smile mix. It has 20 smile songs on it and they are arranged in a slightly different way than usual. I always enjoy listening to Smile in different ways.

This is the tracklisting:

1 Our Prayer
2 Heroes and Villains Part 1
3 Heroes and Villains Part 2
4 I Ran
5 Do You Like Worms?
6 The Old Master Painter
7 Wonderful
8 Child Is Father Of The Man
9 Cabin Essence
10 Good Vibrations
11 Barnyard
12 Vege-Tables
13 Holidays
14 Wind Chimes
15 Fire
16 Mrs. O'Leary's Cow
17 I'm In Great Shape
18 I Love To Say Da Da
19 Surf's Up
20 Well, You're Welcome


Download

link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4, link 5

30th Anniversary Show repost

Have you heard the Beach Boys live at their 30th Anniversary show? Check it out here

http://warnakeysbeachboysblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/30th-anniversary-show.html

Also, be sure to see the Beach Boys at their 50th Anniversary tour!

http://www.thebeachboys.com/reunion/index.html

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Explorers Club - GRAND HOTEL - Review

HEAVENLY



http://www.facebook.com/explorersclub - Go there and tell them you like them!

In case you don't know yet, I love the Explorers Club. I am ecstatic about them. I saw them in Boston on Valentine's Day and I am going to post a lot of pictures from the show in this review. There are videos below.

When I first heard them I was sitting in a college dorm room when I came across the song "Don't Forget The Sun". My jaw hit the floor. I had wondered how they were able to accomplish such a feat. This was when I had just started my Beach Boys blog and was HEAD OVER HEELS in love with pop music. I knew that the greatest songs in the world were ones that you could hear only once and never forget. That immediately described the Explorers Club.

I still haven't forgotten Don't Forget The Sun and I still listen to their debut album "Freedom Wind" all the time. Some of my favorite songs ever are on that album. I also love their 6 song demo with the song Priscilla on it. That song still amazes me too. I have showed a lot of people this band and even though some people dismiss them for sounding too much like the Beach Boys, if you listen longer you can't deny that there is so much more going on.

The band's principle songwriter, Jason Brewer and the rest of the band draw inspiration from hundreds of classic acts including (but not limited to) Elvis Presley, The Jackson 5, The Temptations, The Beatles, Burt Bacharach, Neil Diamond, Phil Spector, Led Zeppelin and The Zombies. The Explorers Club are not trying to sound like any one band in particular, but really, they are trying to re-popularize and revive an unforgettable sound that tragically has died off in the last 30 years.

The 1980s and 1990s brought about more and more artists and bands that did not form in a garage or in a basement, but rather in a record label Executive's office. They signed contracts to obey the strict commandments of the label and their goal was to make the most money possible. They could sing well, but they did not write, produce, mix, master, print or distribute any of their music. I'm referring to bands like the Backstreet Boys, New Kids On The Block, etc. However, the Explorers Club practice, perform, play and perfect their own sound. Hearing them makes me have faith that in the future, music could be free of fake performers.

The Explorers Club have had a very busy year. The 6 piece group from South Carolina have released 3 EPs, one full length album and toured the country. They have signed on to Rock Ridge Music (Reel Big Fish are on the same label) and have made friends with some of the best musicians in the world (Thank Yous on their album include Probyn Gregory, Andy Paley, Jeffrey Foskett and Brian Wilson). It has been 4 years since their last album came out and the wait for "GRAND HOTEL" has been more than worth it.

It's almost as though the Explorers Club have taken it upon themselves to create a record up to the standards of even the most discerning pop geek. It was mixed by Mark Linett (The guy who did the remastered version of Pet Sounds and also worked with Brian Wilson, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane's Addiction and Randy Newman); the vocals are lush, multi-layered and pitch perfect; every song on the album is great; the bass guitar playing is excellent; there are tons of vocal harmonies; the flow of the album is emotional and finally you get to hear the deep voice of Wally, the band's bass player who sings on 3 of the album's best songs Run, Run, Run, It's No Use and Sweet Delights.

The first song on the album, Alcupulco Sunrise, truly sets the mood for the entire album. You begin by hearing the sound of waves crashing on a beach followed by gulls cawing above. When the music begins it becomes clear to the listener's mind that this music represents a tropical part of Mexico. Its incredible how this music is so associative of that location. The bass line in this song reminds me of work by Brian Wilson/Paul McCartney from the late 60s, especially the way the notes bounce so effortlessly up and down. It is a straight up kick-ass bass line. Flutes and wood blocks give way to a steel guitar then more waves and gulls end this piece.

The next song, "Run, Run, Run" is the single from this album and it is obvious why. The beginning of this song is rather anthemic and the vocals by bass player Wally are astounding, sounding great with the mix by Mark Linett. The real treasure of this song is the chorus and its backing vocals by all the members of the band singing "Run, Run, Run". It sounds fantastic and is undeniably catchy. Another highlight of this song is the female choir vocals during the third verse. The bridge of the song is musically very interesting and the bongos in the background of this song add a lot to the speed of this song (because the song is about running). Finally, the horns in the song and keyboard riffs toward the end are very nice. There is a lot going on in this song and it will remain a favorite of mine forever.




The third song on the album, "Anticipatin'" is another amazing song. It has a southern rock feel to it, but is TRULY catchy and original. The chorus of this song is addictive. The vocals are high-pitched and the melody is outstanding. The bridge of this song is exciting as well in the way that the volume drops slightly and the rhythm switches up. This is a solid song and the vocals by Jason are great. He has a way of emulating the voice of Elvis and this is one great example of that.

The fourth song on the album, "Bluebird" begins like a Cream song, but changes to a pleasant guitar jangler that sounds a bit like driving alone on a country road. The chorus however is completely pop and features an organ blasting the main chords backed up by harmony vocals singing "Aah's". DAVE sings this song and it is one of the band's prettiest vocals so far. Dave should sing lead more often...it sounds like he was really into it. This song has an AM gold sound and I believe it would have went to #1 in 1976. I truly do.

The fifth song on the album, "Grand Hotel" begins with minor power chords! Oh no! But its okay- there are cheerful horns playing loudly in the mix over the minor chords, so it sounds a bit like a south of the border chase scene. There are no lyrics in this song, but the horns basically serve as the vocal line. It is a great song and the melody is hard to forget. The bass line in this song is particularly interesting as part of it is straight 4/4 notes, but other parts are adventurous riffs. I would like to hear the bass part isolated. There is also a nice guitar solo in this song and delightful organ work. This is an interlude to reaffirm the Mexican theme.

The sixth song, "Go For You" starts with a grand vocal harmony that bursts into a rock song sung by Jason. The song reveals itself as a masterpiece during the chorus where the entire band chants "Oh girl I can go for you, if you go for me, Oh woah oh! Honey now!". It is perfect pop. There is incredible horn playing throughout the song and a great bridge that sounds a bit like lounge music. There is also an amazing horn solo after the bridge that plays around with the chorus melody. Then the final chorus has the horns backing up the band singing the song with "Come on baby's!" shouted by Dave. I am telling you, this song is stupendous.



The seventh song on the album, "Any Little Way", is another quick little interlude. It sounds a bit like a 1970s news theme or some kind of television intro. The vocals are very sweet though and I think this song will always be a testament to the sound that the Explorers Club have when they blend their voices.

The eighth song on the album gets a lot more serious. "It's No Use" is a ballad sung by Wally and one of the highlights of the whole album. I have ALWAYS particularly loved the ballads by The Explorers Club, but this one is even better than "If You Go" and "Safe Distance" off of their first album. Wally sings so sincerely and the music is ultra motown and smooth. The sound of this track is reminiscent of records by Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Al Green and The Temptations. I love this song.

The ninth song on the album, "Sweet Delights", is a perfect example of Wally's talents in the band. The bass line in this song is fantastic; it truly defines the song. Pianos and guitars strum the basic structure of the song while the bass guitar gives it life. There is an interesting whistling/horn solo in the middle of this song. The vocals on this song are outstanding and the little extras from bells and keyboards make this song stand out a lot.

The tenth song on the album "I've Been Waiting" is another great rock song. It features Beatles-esque "La La La La" backing vocals and the chorus of the song features E.L.O. style backing vocals that drop pitch and repeat words from the main vocal line. I love E.L.O. and this song really makes me feel like I am listening to Out Of The Blue or A New World Record. There is also a creative solo section of this song and a nice breakdown too. Jeff Lynne would be proud.

The eleventh song on the album "It's You" is another gorgeous ballad sung by Jason Brewer. It sounds like he is singing straight to his lady. I think the Explorers Club must enjoy black soul bands from the 60s, because this song sounds like the Sound of Philadelphia. This is a perfect, slow pop song that you can get your groove on to. There is beautiful slide guitar in this song and some gentle keyboard riffs that add to the rhythm of the song as well. The ending has Jason singing "Yes I am ready".

The twelfth song, "Alcapulco Sunset", repeats the beginning melody from the opening song but expectedly changes it up. There are gorgeous sounding vocals added over the music and dynamite vocal harmonies singing "There's nobody else for me, There's nobody else for you".

The thirteenth song on the album, "Summer Days, Summer Nights", is another tragically sublime ballad sung by Jason. The music on this song is different from "It's You", but the vocals are of a similar quality and subject matter. There are string sections in this song and much more backing vocals than "It's You". There is also a dramatic part where the music stops and Jason is singing powerfully without accompaniment before each chorus. The ending of this song is a bit like a jam and has unique solos on flute, keyboards, guitar, bass and percussion. It is very funky.

The fourteenth song on the album, "Weight of the World", could also be defined as a ballad, but it has much more of a flamenco influence. There are consistent shakers, scratchers, wood blocks and castanets in the rhythm of this song and the vocals are top notch. You can really hear Jason's voice reach its high point during bits of this song. It's very sweet and one of the most original ones on the album.

The fifteenth and final song on the album, "Open The Door", begins with a bit of Spanish guitar, but quickly turns to a solemn, Johnny Cash type of ballad. The guitar and drums are very low in the mix and Jason's voice is loud and right up front. When he yells "Open the door and let love in!" you hear a crack of thunder and the drums crash loudly. The chorus of this song is so dramatic. It is quite literally one of the most classic pop songs I have ever heard. The middle of the song has a tremendous horn and string section and the song concludes with the chorus repeating time and time again with various vocal and musical variations. The very ending of the album is stupendous and has all the members of the band humming louder and louder into an "A Day In The Life" type buildup and release. You feel very satisfied when it is done.

The entire album can be listened to from beginning to end without ever feeling the desire to skip a song. I would highly recommend this album to anyone. The Explorers Club have created a gem that will be remembered in the same category as some of the other great pop records including the Zombies' Odessey and Oracle, The Beatles' Revolver, The Beach Boys' Friends and Electric Light Orchestra's Out of the Blue. Timeless; classic.

http://www.facebook.com/explorersclub - Go there and tell them you like them!
http://www.explorersclubmusic.com - Go here and buy there album!

You can also buy the album on Itunes for $6 or amazon or in a record store.

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LIVE IN BOSTON 2/14/12



I saw The Explorers Club live in Boston, MA on Valentine's Day and they were nice enough to sign my copy of their new record! (See that photo above?)

I also took video. I apologize for the darkness of the videos.



Weight of the World (sung by Jason)


Run, Run, Run (sorry for cutting off beginning. Sung by Wally)


I'm A Man (originally by Spencer Davis. Paul sings this one)


(this is me talking to Jason, Dave and Paul backstage)

The show itself was an interesting experience. After driving 2 hours I almost didn't get into the club where the show was because they were sold out, but fortunately some people left so I was able to get in. I arrived with a melodica that I intended to give them as a gift.

Three groups were at the show and the entire place was pretty much elbow to elbow. I missed most of the first band's set because of the sold out debacle, but after their set I was able to meet the bass player for the second band, Oranjuly, who informed me where The Explorers Club were.

Behind a few doors I saw Jason and Dave in a small back room made out of cement with a couple of couches and guitars in it. I gave them my melodica as a gift and we talked for a while before watching Oranjuly's set. I have known about Oranjuly for a couple years and it was nice to meet/see them in person. They sang completely in pitch and sound just like their recordings. They also gave me their new album, which I will review later.

At the show I also met the Explorers Club's manager and Executive Producer of their new album, Marc Nathan, and we talked about the tour and the band. It was also Valentine's Day at the show, so plenty of the people there were couples on dates holding hands and cuddling. It was all very cute and the environment was very friendly and nice.

The Explorers Club were the final band to go on stage and they played a combination of old and new songs including Priscilla, Forever, Do You Love Me?, Last Kiss, Acapulco Sunrise, Run, Run, Run, Weight of the World, Anticipatin', Go For You, Any Little Way and Grand Hotel (the song). They also performed two covers, the first being Elenore by The Turtles the second being I'm A Man by Spencer Davis. It was nice to be front row center and to be able to sing along with them.

I was impressed at how good they are at their instruments. The band does all sorts of improvisations and jams in their songs. An exciting part of the show was during the song Priscilla when they suddenly switched to play "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" right in the middle of the song, before launching into a 5 minute long jam.

Another exciting moment was during the second cover song that night, I'm A Man, originally by Spencer Davis. The band's second guitar player, Dave, plays around with some amazing, psychedelic sounding foot pedals and the band's bongo player, Brian, falls over right in the middle of a bongo solo. There was a lot of energy and movement and all of the songs sound just like they do on the recordings.

At one point during the song Forever the band stops playing their instruments completely and sings the chorus of the song A Cappella. In one of the photos above Jason can be seen touching his ear, trying to stop himself from hearing the audience so he doesn't sing off key. It was all very exciting.

You can tell these guys practice and rehearse all the time and it was honor to get to see them in action. They are all around very talented. OH! Their "Grand Hotel" outfits looked very cool too.

After their set was over all of the members of the band signed my vinyl copy of Grand Hotel (which is now hanging on my wall), Jason gave me a hug and I got a couple T-shirts too. I also got a chance to talk to Wally, Paul, Dave and Kyle and I think they are all very nice guys. All in all, it was a great way to spend Valentine's Day!