Ahead of West Coast Sound's 20 Worst Albums of the '90s poll next week, let's talk about the Barenaked Ladies. When I tell people I love Barenaked Ladies, the first thing they usually say is, "I'm sorry." This is because I typically only bring it up after one of my friends has launched into a mini-r ... More >>
Monday, February 25
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Somewhere between rock & roll's spiritual mystique and a distinctly unhinged surrealist pathology, you'll find the lair of bizarro-art-imitates-music tribe The Residents. Unprecedented, with no discernible frame of reference save for a magnificently ... More >>
There's one stipulation that comes with our invitation to visit Jeff Lynne at his house: Don't tell anyone where he lives. This is mentioned more than once. You see, Lynne is a bit of a homebody. Kind of private. In the opening scene of the new documentary chronicling Lynne's life and work, Mr Blue ... More >>
September 4, 2012
See also: Our People issue profile of Gaby Moreno
Better than.... Your current favorite Spanish artist.
Celebrating the release of her first all-Spanish album Postales, Gaby Moreno performed her entire work live last night at Largo. Wearing a shiny 1920's-inspi ... More >>
The Beach Boys
The Hollywood Bowl
See also: A Tour Of Beach Boys' Haunts In Their Hometown Of Hawthorne, California - With Pictures
Better Than: Your average Carnie Wilson show.
This year in the UK, Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee is bringing together millions of her subjects (and pl ... More >>
Brian Wilson and Mike Love back in the daySee also:
*Henry Rollins: The Column! The Beach Boys' SMiLE: Even Better than Advertised
*A Tour Of Beach Boys' Haunts In Their Hometown Of Hawthorne, California - With Pictures!
"A lot of people are thinking that Mike Love is crazy but they've been ... More >>
[Look for your weekly fix from the one and only Henry Rollins right here on West Coast Sound every Thursday, and come back tomorrow for the awesomely annotated playlist for his Saturday KCRW broadcast.]
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We've got nothing but love for Heavy D, who died this week at his Beverly Hills home. Dan Hyman wrote a touching memorial for a man who was a pioneer of the hip-hop/R&B hybrid.
This week will be remembered for sunnier news as well, however: We finally enacted Nigel Tufnel day. And it's toda ... More >>
Busta RhymesSee Also: The Worst Rapper Names Of All Time, Besides Shorty Shitstain
Last week we ran down the world's corniest MC names, and on Haterade Monday this week we complained about the worst albums by the best L.A. rappers, as well as the most ridiculous Beach Boys songs (including o ... More >>
Wait, where are our wetsuits? See also: A Tour Of Beach Boys' Haunts In Their Hometown Of Hawthorne, California - With Pictures!
Last week saw the release of the Beach Boys' The Smile Sessions box set, and folks can't stop talking about how amazing it is. In fact, the recent splurge of criti ... More >>
[Editor's note: Haterade Monday continues! Earlier in the day we told brought you the five dopiest Beach Boys songs (including one where Brian Wilson raps). And now, on the heels of our top 20 greatest L.A. rap albums of all time here's some more drivel from classic artists.]
Hip-hop doesn' ... More >>
Sean J. O'ConnellToday Capitol Records releases one of the greatest lost albums of all time -- the Beach Boys' Smile. Brian Wilson intended this "teenage symphony to God" as a follow-up to Pet Sounds and countless tapes were recorded. But owing to a hazy blitz of paranoia and group in-fightin ... More >>
Timothy NorrisThere's a thin line between hipster and furry, wethink[See also Timothy Norris' slideshow "FYF Fest 2010 with The Rapture, Dead Man's Bones, Panda Bear and More".]
Given that I refuse to pair a word as lovely as "summer" near detractors such as cruel "end" or the gentler "fade, ... More >>
Eternal optimist Al JardineBeach Boys guitarist Al Jardine recently spoke with Rolling Stone and confirmed that
the Beach Boys are going to reunite for at least one concert next year to celebrate the group's 50th anniversary. Jardine tells Rolling Stone the lineup will include himself, Brian ... More >>
It's a little hard to fathom, the line-up of the legendary T.A.M.I. Show film that was recorded over two days at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in 1964. There's James Brown and the Flames (before they became "Famous"), Chuck Berry, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye, the Miracles, Le ... More >>
Depeche Mode ought to reach out and touch British filmmakers Nick Abrahams and Jeremy Deller for making the most loving and life-affirming documentary about their fans. First off, Trent Reznor pops up for a sizeable interview, and when the elusive Mr. Self Destruct talks about his influences, you dr ... More >>
By Gustavo Turner
Last night, the always entertaining Taschen Bookstore in Beverly Hills hosted an event celebrating the release of a very curious artifact: a box set including Brian Wilson's last released CD, That Lucky Old Sun, a handsome little book with an exclusive interview with Brian by Harv ... More >>
If you're a fan of writing and you've never read Nick Kent's The Dark Stuff, you're missing a great book. You're also missing the best piece of writing on Brian Wilson's crazy days in the 1970s, when the Beach Boys' genius was battling demons and trying to understand, uh, something. Love maybe.
You're going to be seeing a lot of lists in the next few weeks. Lists of bests and worsts of year, lists of disappointments, lists of dance mixes and YouTube clips. We figured we'd begin our weeks of lists with one that captures not the year in music, but one aspect of the decade in music: new wei ... More >>