Friday, July 03, 2015

Weekend Listomania: Special Les Garcons de la Plage Cinematic Edition

So I finally caught Love and Mercy, the Brian Wilson bio-pic, last weekend; I won't bore you with my usual prolix fan gush about it except to say the two leads are excellent (frankly, I hadn't expected the estimable Jon Cusack to be as good in the role as he is), the music is transplendent (the in the studio scenes are nothing short of miraculous), and the film makes it clear that Mike Love is a dick. What more could anybody ask?

In any case, our chum Pete Spencer also saw it over the weekend, and he suggested the following little project for us all:


No arbitrary rules this time, you're welcome very much; originally, I was going to disallow songs from any period in Brian's life not actually covered in the movie, but then I figured fuck it.

Incidentally, you can find a complete list of the songs -- both by the Beach Boys and others -- included in the film over HERE

And so, without any further ado -- my totally top of my head Top Five is/are:

5. I'd Love Just Once to See You

From the Wild Honey album, and one of Brian's funniest and most sweetly innocent songs ever.

4. Dance Dance Dance

This was, deservedly, the A-side of the single hit...

3. The Warmth of the Sun

...and this staggeringly beautiful ballad was the fricking B-side. This still boggles my mind.

2. Vegetables

My favorite track from Smile. Never fails to crack me up.

And the number one, absolutely has to be, The Genius That is Brian Wilson number that should have been in there is...

1. This Whole World

Simply glorious on every level, and perhaps the finest example of Brian's little pocket symphonies.

Alrighty then -- what would YOUR choices be?

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Closed Just to Be Difficult

Regular, non-pissed off, posting resumes tomorrow, starting with a BRAND SPANKING NEW!!!!! Weekend Listomania (topic suggested by friend of PowerPop Peter Spencer -- thanks, Pete!)

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

The Kids Are Alright

The Strypes, live at the BBC in 2012, and their cover of "Route 66."

Best shit I've heard since Eddie and the Hot Rods. If these guys ever turn into songwriters, they're going to rule the fricking world.

Capt. Al played that one -- which I hadn't heard previously -- on last night's intertube radio show. Here's a link to listen to the whole program.

Lotsa laughs and some very cool music, if I do say so myself.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Who Listens to the Radio?

I'll be guesting on my pal Capt. Al's intertube radio show today at fabulous AREA 24 RADIO

Beginning at 5pm east coast time and continuing for two glorious hours.

You can listen to it stream at the link HERE.

We'll be giving out my e-mail addy throughout the show; feel free to make requests, threats, or just say hi -- we get lonely in the studio.

Oh -- and here's a hint to the theme of the show.

And no -- it ISN'T songs about summer.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Thank You, Supreme Court -- I Just Went GAY All of a Sudden!

From 1984, Tom Robinson's cover of the Steely Dan classic "Rikki Don't Lose That Number." And yes, it was always a gay song, apparently we just never noticed.

I don't think this -- a minor hit in England -- can really touch the original, but good on Robinson for doing it anyway.

Friday, June 26, 2015

And So You See....Ennui!!!

"Casanova's Waltz."

My old chum from my Greenwich Village rock-and-roll days Peter Spencer, who wrote it, did an absolutely killer version of this when I saw him play at Kline's Gallery in Lambertville N.J. last Saturday.

Yes once I had money and lovers
Once I had teeth in my jaw
But why have adventures except when you're old to tell stories
That fill your companions with awe?

I shall die here of boredom
I shall die here of boredom

I swear to god, that's one of the greatest songs of all time. And yes, a certain Shady Dame and I had a lovely weekend, BTW.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Taylor Hawkins: Living Saint

Foo Fighters drummer and mensch Taylor Hawkins sings the lead vocal on "Holy Man," a Dennis Wilson solo track left unfinished at the tine of the Beach Boys legend's tragic death.

Being a Southern California surfer dude himself, I guess Hawkins kind of related to Dennis. In any case, a beautiful job (originally released on the 2008 Sony reissue of Wilson's 1977 masterpiece, Pacific Ocean Blue).

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Closed for Monkey Business

Real life has reared its ugly head once again. Regular fun-filled posting resumes on the morrow.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Dave Grohl: Living Saint (An Occasional Series)

The Foo Fighters (on the Jimmy Fallon show) and "I am a River," the concluding track from Sonic Highways.

And here's the actual album version.

Just binge-watched the complete Sonic Highways documentary series and finally listened to the CD. Short version: Both doc(s) and album are inconsistent -- and "River" is not without its flaws, either, which is to say it's admittedly a tad earnest and a little contrived -- but overall they're both freaking tremendous. And when Tony Visconti's string arrangement kicks in at the end of "River," frankly I'm a goner.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Nick Danger Has Left the Office

Firesign Theatre member Phil Austin has passed away at the age of 74.

Announcing the news on Facebook, Phil Proctor said it for everybody who loved the guy's work:

Rest in Peace, Regnad Kcin.