See also: *Best L.A. Novel Ever: The Tournament *5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week *Our Best of L.A. issue and our Best of L.A. app What do you get someone who has everything: a beautiful home, great food and legal marijuana? From endless gift certificates to countless books and DVDs, there's ... More >>
The Beach Boys The Hollywood Bowl 6/2/12 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 >>
A studio complex where the Beatles, Elvis and the Beach Boys recorded went up in flames tonight, according to the L.A. Fire Department and reports. The blaze at 1041 N. Orange Avenue in Hollywood (a.k.a. 1041 Production Studios) was reported about 7 p.m. and was put out in 18 minutes, according to ... More >>
The latest chef to step behind the virtual turntable at KCRW is Jonathan Waxman, who returns to his Southern California roots in his set for the radio station's Guest DJ Project. Waxman, the chef/owner of Barbuto in New York City and author Italian My Way, has a short but diverse list that includes ... 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.] See also: A Tour Of Beach Boys' Haunts In Their Hometown Of Hawthorne, California - With ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Ian BroylesHermosa Beach: Woo! Wait, not woo.Ah, the South Bay. Home of the Beach Boys, the laid-back, California lifestyle and, of course, white people partying. And now it's also where you'll find ... cigarette Nazis! That's right, the salt-air breezes don't seem to dissipate the anti-s ... More >>
Over the weekend we became aware of the fact that Lady Gaga a) has a little sister named Natali Germanotta and b) that Natali is pretty stylish, just like her big sis. This got us thinking about all the other famous musicians out there with siblings that are just as talented as they are, even if ... More >>
Alan Bishop gets his Busby Berkeley on
Los Angeles' Friends of Friends Music has spent 2010 figuring out how to reinvent the way music is released and as a thank you for a successful year, FoF is giving fans a free download of its Pop Massacre compilation. FoF gave its favorite producers simple instructions: "choose a song from a ... More >>
Being a selective selection of some of today's new releases--this week, we'll look at a modern lover, a man you think you really know, a new take on Congotronics and soul songs with the spirit of the Beach Boys' SMiLE.
What happens when L.A. bands take the Beach Boys literally?
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 >>
L.A.'s pre-Woodstock music summit, finally on DVD
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 >>
When we first starting doing word clouds of classic Los Angeles albums, we knew this day would come, and were itching to find out what a Guns 'n Roses Appetite for Destruction cloud would reveal. Our past exercises have been pretty interesting, if we do say so ourselves. N.W.A's Straight Outta Compt ... More >>
Resolved: The Mike Love is a Douchebag Page, dedicated to spreading the word about the Beach Boys member that Beach Boys fans love to hate. Mike Love, who some people think is a douchebag for what he did to their beloved Beach Boys Specifically, the description of the page: Mike Love, ear ... More >>
In an ongoing effort to better understand the many classic albums of Los Angeles, we've come upon an equation that gets to the heart of the matter without much thinking, analysis, verbiage or any of those other "old-model" music criticism techniques that have become obsolete. Specifically, wo ... More >>
Sometimes lyrics distilled to their essence reveal truths that the songs/music themselves don't. That's one way of looking at the below word cloud, created with help of the totally awesome wordle website. As a way of getting to the heart of the matter and better understanding classic albums, we've d ... More >>
By far, the Official Most Anticipated L.A. Reissue of the Year has officially become the just-announced Los Angeles Nuggets Box that Rhino Records has announced. It's a four CD-box of garage and weird rock classics of the 1960s, a wild ride through an LA long since vanished.
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.
Capitol Records has just announced its next round of 180 gram vinyl reissues, and it's a fantastic list. This next batch will arrive June 16. The Beach Boys / Sunflower (1 LP, single jacket) The Beach Boys / Surf's Up (1 LP, single jacket, lyrics sheet insert) Plastic Ono Band / Live Peace In To ... More >>
Despite having a name that will piss off copy editors for the duration of their career, Echo Park quartet Wait. Think. Fast. more than make up for their punctuational demands with generous melody and attentive songcraft. The songs are solid without being rigid, and pretty without being cloying. My ... More >>
Blender recently posted a list of John McCain's favorite songs. Sure, you could make fun of him for choosing kinda gay stuff like Perez Hilton did, but the more telling fact is that the most recent song on this list is more than thirty years old. Think about that. Thirty-one years have come and ... More >>
Tonight at Sugar in Silverlake, the Mae Shi play at the Spectrum art opening (see below). The Fleet Foxes, of Seattle, bring their harmonies to the Echo on Saturday and Spaceland on Sunday. Also check out my interview with singer Robin Pecknold in this week's print edition.
If you don't already know by now, Beck has a new album coming out on July 8 called Modern Guilt. In a carefully crafted rollout, the little one with the big hats has dropped a few songs at a time to calm the obsessives. Three have found their way to iLike. They're streams, but they sound okay. Th ... More >>
photo by Autumn Dewilde It starts off lightly with Beck Hansen in soft, sad falsetto mode, his moan high lonesome and sounding like a missing Beach Boys harmonist. This, friends, is a Southern California song by a Southern Californian which contains a vibe to die for. Then the drums kick in, and t ... More >>
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I'd like to think that I'm way more popular in real life than I am on Myspace. I've only got like 50 friends, but that's probably because I only say yes to requests from peeps who truly are friends. Call me a weirdo. Anyway, the pals I do have, happen to have thousands of friends and way too much ... More >>
South Bay smart-asses Dios (Malos) change their name and their game
Hawthorne, we have a problem
Brian Wilson sees himself and Smiles
The television event
Rhapsodies of light and heat and hope
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