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NOTE: This space is devoted to news/updates and information on the Beach Boys that appears in news outlets around the world.  The Beach Boys have entered public consciousness to such a degree that new bands are compared with them, their songs are played at numerous functions, and their names are frequently mentioned in the same breath with Summer, the California dream, and of course, surfing and cars.  Since I began collecting these stories, I've been amazed at how far and how deeply the Beach Boys' influence has penetrated.  Their music has reshaped people's ideas of American Pop Music and the subjects they sang about continue to resonate worldwide.  Check here to read what is being said about Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys and for news of updates to this site.


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December 14, 2017
UPDATE:   This week on BBRadio:  No - it's not Ethel.
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Yo La Tengo's legendary Hanukkah shows return with fresh ...

NJ.com
Beneath the venerable Hoboken band's own inventory of pensive noise rock and melty pop exists a vast list comprising hundreds of tunes the group has performed live, from classic pop singles -- The Beach Boys' "Little Honda" and The Cure's "Friday I'm In Love" are favorites -- down to tracks so obscure you'd scarcely ...
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OregonLive.com

'Endless Summer' film creator redefined surfing

Bend Bulletin
Along with the music of the Beach Boys, Brown took surfing from a quirky hobby to a fundamental part of American culture. Surfers had largely been portrayed as beach blanket buffoons in the mindless party movies of the early 1960s. Then came Brown and “The Endless Summer” with his beautiful, soulful story of surfers on ...
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                                                Charlotte

'A Soulful Noel' Is Not Your Normal Christmas Show

CL Charlotte
The show's director, OnQ Productions founder Quentin Talley, came up with this novel musical revue as a way of celebrating Christmas through the lens of black families, who gravitate to holiday music by James Brown, the Temptations or the Jackson 5 over Bing Crosby, Elvis or the Beach Boys. "You get classic Christmas ...
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                                                Times-Delta

Contemporary Christian band Newsboys coming to Visalia

Visalia Times-Delta
... and Jody Davis. The concert will feature many of the most popular hits of the bands three-decade career. Over the years, Newsboys have sold more than eight million records, scored 33 No. 1 songs and multiple Dove Awards. More: 3 Doors Down return to Visalia Fox Theatre · The Beach Boys set for Visalia Fox concert.

Tuesdays With Hank Harris

SDPB Radio
For over two years Black Hills musician Hank Harris spent his Tuesdays at Blackbird Studios in Rapid City working on original interpretations of songs by the Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Marley, Peter Gabriel and others. He's released the results on a new CD he's titled, appropriately enough, Tuesdays.
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NPR

Filmmaker Bruce Brown, whose 'Endless Summer' redefined surfing

Altoona Mirror
Along with the music of the Beach Boys, Brown took surfing from a quirky hobby to a fundamental part of American culture. Surfers had largely been portrayed as beach blanket buffoons in the mindless party movies of the early 1960s. Then came Brown and “The Endless Summer” with his beautiful, soulful story of surfers on ...
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An experimental mixtape from Paul McCartney has surfaced after 50 ...

Stoney Roads
Until now, it was believed they all copies were gone, which is why this discovery is so damn COOL! The eclectic mixtape includes tracks from Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys and more, spliced between some obscure narration. Don't expect much electronic flavour in this one, but as a music ambassador, we can't help but ...
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                                                Weekly

Caitlin McHugh Is an Actress Just Like Fiancé John Stamos — Plus ...

Closer Weekly
This works out, as John enjoys playing drums for The Beach Boys from time to time. And we could never forget his musical talents when he was part of Jesse and the Rippers on Full House!

A Christmas gift For you: Phil Spector's crowning achievement and a ...

LemonWire
He would later use the album as a template for The Beach Boys' Christmas album the following year, complete with a cheesy voice-over at the end of the record wishing the listener a Merry Christmas. In 1964, the Beatles would upend the American musical landscape, leaving the Wall of Sound to the annals of music history.
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                                                Weekly
BZ Weekly

Could JARDINE CYCLE & CARR (JCYCF) Change Direction

Weekly Register
More news for Jardine Cycle & Carriage Limited (OTCMKTS:JCYCF) were recently published by: Huffingtonpost.com, which released: “A Postcard From California : A Conversation with The Beach Boys' Al Jardine” on August 27, 2010. Reuters.com's article titled: “Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions” and published ...
 


December 13, 2017

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Rare live tracks from The Beach Boys to be released

Mixdown (press release)
Archival material from The Beach Boys has emerged and is soon to be released in two box sets. The releases are titled 1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow 2: The Studio Sessions and Live Sunshine – 1967, with both records containing material recorded after the band's iconic 1966 LP, Pet Sounds. There are 29 studio sessions ...
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                                                Washington Post

Bruce Brown, documentarian whose 'Endless Summer' caught ...

Washington Post
Sometimes an as-yet unknown musical group, the Beach Boys, would play at intermission. Mr. Brown burst to the fore with “The Endless Summer.” The film featured two young surfers, Robert August and Mike Hynson, who embark in 1963 on a sojourn around the globe, hopscotching across the equator and back several ...
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Jeffrey Joslin goes old school to record new Christmas EP

Beach Reporter
Even though he grew up in east Tennessee, Jeffrey Joslin wanted to be one of The Beach Boys. Inspired by the lifestyle, music, images of palm trees silhouetted by an orange sunset, and the world famous surf, the singer/songwriter landed in Redondo Beach in 2012. The Joslin family soon followed him to the beach cities ...
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Hollywood Reporter

'Endless Summer' surf film director Bruce Brown dies at 80

Sacramento Bee
... 1966 surfing documentary "The Endless Summer," has died He was 80. Alex Mecl, general manager of Bruce Brown Films, said Brown died of natural causes in Santa Barbara, California on Sunday. Along with the music of the Beach Boys, Brown took surfing from a quirky hobby to a fundamental part of American culture.
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                                                Alternative Press

14 new holiday songs to add to your Christmas playlist

Alternative Press
The take on the Beach Boys song is part of Amazon's project Indie For The Holidays, with a list of artists covering holiday classics. "Being from California and being heavily influenced by The Beach Boys we felt like we had to cover this one!," said vocalist Bethany Consentino. "Also always fun for me to cover a song with a ...
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                                                Tribune

Moran: Celebrating all things Illinois despite being tempted otherwise

Chicago Tribune
From "California Girls" by The Beach Boys to "California Gurls" by Katy Perry and/or Snoop Dogg, the state of California is so celebrated in song that the topic has its own Wikipedia page, with subchapters devoted to tunes about Los Angeles, San Francisco and "Other Locations, Cities and Streets." Texas is so famed for its ...
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                                                Journal

Indie-folk band Darlingside returns to Ithaca

Ithaca Journal
Add in some complex vocal arrangements that recall the Beach Boys and Fleet Foxes, and you've got the makings of a sonic potpourri that gained the group a widespread following. Learn more about the band at www.darlingside.com. Henry Jamison, a Vermont-based singer-songwriter who has been compared to Sufjan ...
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Vic Ferrari Symphony on the Rocks coming to Green Bay

Fox11online.com
The symphony is a high-powered rock symphony show featuring the biggest hits of classic rock including the Beach Boys, Earth, Wind and Fire, Led Zeppelin, Queen, the Beatles, Styx and more. Since debuting in 2007, Symphony on the Rocks has performed to sold-out audiences at many venues, including the Meyer ...
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Hear Paul McCartney's Long-Lost Experimental Christmas Mixtape ...

RollingStone.com
The unearthed portion includes an inventive selection of songs by the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, and Martha and the Vandellas, with McCartney assuming the role of a fast-talking New York DJ – perhaps a nod to the so-called "Fifth Beatle," Murray the K. At the time McCartney was living a central London townhouse ...
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                                                Consequence of Sound
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Paul McCartney's 1965 Christmas mixtape has surfaced: Stream

Consequence of Sound (blog)
Over fifty years ago, Paul McCartney gave his Beatles bandmates a custom vinyl mixtape as a Christmas gift. Entitled Unforgettable, it contained sampled songs, original sketches, and avant-garde loops. Only three or four copies were made at the time, but someone managed to get their hands on a recording and posted an ...


December 12, 2017
UPDATE:   This week on the Open Mic: I've never heard two-part harmony on this Beach Boys classic before...

UPDATE:   I've added reviews to two Pet Sounds "tribute" album releases:
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WJBD Online

The Beach Boys release two expansive digital companions to “1967 ...

Rock 107
Capitol/UMeThe Beach Boys have just released two new archival digital collections culled from the same period as the band's recent 1967 — Sunshine Tomorrow compilation, which focuses on recordings the band made during sessions for Wild Honey and Smiley Smile albums. The first digital collection is titled 1967 ...
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                                                Beach Press Telegram

These are some of the top acts who have performed at the Queen ...

Long Beach Press Telegram
“In the 50 years since the Queen Mary came to Long Beach, The ship has been honored to host such legendary performers as Lou Reed, the Beach boys, the Wu-Tang Clan, Iggy Pop and The Stooges, Smokey Robinson, The Offspring, Sublime, Ice Cube, and The Flaming Lips,” he added. While events at the ship date ...
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                                                Angeles Times

Stevie Wonder opens up 'Talking Book' and 'Innervisions' at holiday ...

Los Angeles Times
But you had to admire the thoughtfulness of his approach, especially now that live performances of classic albums, from the Beach Boys' “Pet Sounds” to U2's “The Joshua Tree,” have become common catnip for fans more interested in nostalgia than investigation. (Indeed, Sunday's gig came four years after Wonder did his ...
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cleveland.com

From Decatur to Washington, DC: Girl Scouts craft ornaments for ...

Herald & Review
30, in Washington D.C. with celebrity guests Kathie Lee Gifford, Dean Cain, The Beach Boys and Mannheim Steamroller in attendance. Unfortunately, no local Girl Scout or leader was able to attend the ceremony. +6. Girl Scout ornaments. This ornament made by Girl Scout Troop 3200 features inventions from Illinois.
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'Endless Summer' Filmmaker Bruce Brown Dies at 80

Variety
Documentary filmmaker Bruce Brown, known for surfing movie “Endless Summer,” died Sunday in Santa Barbara, Calif. of natural causes, his official website reported. He was 80. Brown was born in San Francisco and grew up on Long Beach, Calif. before briefly moving to Hawaii where he began making films and worked ...
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                                                Daily Herald

How a Loyola graduate went from drummer to CEO

Chicago Daily Herald
When Tom Crowley, who grew up in Wilmette, graduated from Loyola University in 1983, his rock band signed a record deal and moved to Los Angeles. Playing drums and singing background, Crowley said the group made a record and had a gig opening for Three Dog Night and the Beach Boys in Washington, D.C. But ...
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Benny Andersson: “I have no idea why Abba's music is still so popular”

Big Issue
The Beach Boys could make such good recordings as well. Brian Wilson is one of my heroes, but it was definitely Lennon and McCartney who inspired me to write music. I was 19 when I wrote my first No 1. It was called Funny Girl. I still think it is a good song. Rubbish lyric but good melody. I thought maybe this is something ...
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Kirsty MacColl: The Voice of Christmas

Independent.ie
There is still no other female singer who combines the mordant brilliance of the Smiths and Billy Bragg with the sonic sweetness of the Beach Boys. Or one who mixes sadness and satire as brilliantly as MacColl did on songs like There's A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis. Morrissey called her "a true ...

Steven Soderbergh's Limited Series MOSAIC Debuts 1/22 on HBO

Broadway World
MOSAIC stars Sharon Stone ("Basic Instinct"; Oscar® nominee for "Casino"), along with an ensemble cast that includes Garrett Hedlund ("Mudbound," "On the Road"), Frederick Weller ("In Plain Sight," "The Beach Boys: An American Family"), Jennifer Ferrin ("Hell on Wheels," CINEMAX's "The Knick"), Beau Bridges ...
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                                                Bolton News

Bolton singer Alex James Brierley to perform for hometown at the ...

The Bolton News
Most recently he joined Brit and Grammy Award winner Steve Levine – who has worked with the likes of Culture Club, The Beach Boys and The Honeyz – to master debut EP Listen. Steve said: “I was immediately impressed with his rich vocal tone and the sheer quality of his songwriting and musicianship. “I'm really pleased ...

December 11, 2017
UPDATE:   This week at The Drive-In:  Brian delivers the goodies in a live performance of "Little St. Nick"
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Beach Boys Unearth Rare Studio, Live Tracks for New 'Sunshine' Sets

RollingStone.com
The Beach Boys unearthed more archival material, including dozens of previously unreleased songs, with their two new retrospective sets, 1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow 2: The Studio Sessions and Live Sunshine – 1967. The digital audio collections, available to purchase or stream now, follow the June-issued double-LP, ...
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                                                RollingStone.com

10 New Albums to Stream Now: Kendrick Lamar, Jim James, More ...

RollingStone.com
Two Beach Boys rarities compilations issued today capture the group's incredibly prolific 1967, continuing the deep dive that began with this past summer's expansive Sunshine Tomorrow set. Sunshine Tomorrow 2 is a 29-track collection of studio tracks that includes a cappella versions, alternate mixes, and songs recorded ...
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Glide Magazine

Jim James 'Tribute To 2' and 'Tribute To' Re-Issue Out Today, Feat ...

Broadway World
Jim James is releasing his new album Tribute To 2 and a reissue of 2009's Tribute To today via ATO Records. Tribute To 2 is a collection of cover songs that reverberate with fresh meaning. Blurring the boundaries of time and genre, James interprets songs made famous by a wide variety of artists. See below for track listing ...
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How Darlene Love became the 'Christmas Queen'

Washington Post
This can lead to halfhearted music, but it also has inspired some of the best music ever recorded by Presley, Charles Brown, the Pretenders, Aaron Neville, the Beach Boys, Spector and Love. Spector, Love says, “always put you in the mood for the song. When we were doing the Christmas album, it was August and 100 ...
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                                                Guardian

Jim James: Tribute to 2 review – dramatic reworkings

The Guardian
Cosmic rockers My Morning Jacket aren't the force of old but, as this album of cover versions shows, their frontman's voice remains a potent instrument. From the Beach Boys' I Just Wasn't Made for These Times to Elvis Presley's Crying in the Chapel, these are songs brimming with anguish and regret, qualities that lend ...

The Longest Yard

KRWG
No one had yet ever heard of the Beatles. The Beach Boys were young kids in their bedrooms in Southern California just learning about surfing. Passenger jets were just being introduced to the flying public. You could still board a passenger train at the Las Cruces depot for Albuquerque, El Paso, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
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How Darlene Love Became a Christmas Queen

Valley News
This can lead to halfhearted music, but it also has inspired some of the best music ever recorded by Presley, Charles Brown, the Pretenders, Aaron Neville, the Beach Boys, Spector and Love. Spector, Love says, “always put you in the mood for the song. When we were doing the Christmas album, it was August and 100 ...

KornuKopia Calendar: Dec. 8 - Dec. 17

The Daily Courier
Beach Boys Surfin' Holiday, 7 p.m., Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St. Ring in the holiday season with a tribute to the enduring soundtrack of the Beach Boys. $25 for adults, $22 for seniors. 928-777-1370, prescottelkstheater.com. An Evening with Red Hawk, 7 p.m., Lotus Bloom Yoga Stuido, 777 ...



December 8, 2017

Under the Streetlamp Coming to the Granada

Santa Barbara Independent
As anyone who caught the recent touring production of Jersey Boys that landed at the Granada in November can attest, the impact of hearing four great singers locked into a chord has not diminished in the years since such great groups as the Four Seasons and the Beach Boys were in their heyday. If anything, in this era of ...
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                                                Northwest Inlander

Everlasting Love

Pacific Northwest Inlander
With her vocal group the Blossoms, Love started her career as a teenager in the 1950s, eventually singing alongside the likes of Dionne Warwick, Tom Jones and the Beach Boys. The Blossoms even contributed vocals to the Halloween novelty song "Monster Mash." But the artists Love says left the biggest impressions are ...
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                                                Chronicle

Beatles and Rolling Stones

Austin Chronicle
A year earlier in May 1967, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which famously took cues from the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds in 1966, wrote the proverbial bible on rock & roll's conceptual covenant – the whole of an album, not just songs – yet 50 years on still doesn't obscure its frivolity. Paul McCartney dominates vocally ...
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                                                China Morning Post

The talent spotter who made Rich Chigga, Indonesian rapper, a big ...

South China Morning Post
“88rising artists are their great role models. You can come from nowhere and still make an impact.” Miyashiro grew up in San Jose, California, the son of a mechanical engineer from Japan, who had been a jazz DJ in college, and a stay-at-home mother from South Korea, who favoured Michael Jackson and the Beach Boys.
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                                                Patriot Ledger

Music: Horton's Holiday Hayride coming to Boston

The Patriot Ledger
The Ventures, “(theme from) Hawaii 5-0,” and Jan and Dean and the Beach Boys were all over the radio. Later I got into it even more and discovered some of the greats like Dick Dale, Davey Allen and the Arrowheads, and of course Link Wray. Link was not necessarily surf rock, but he kind of bridged the gap between surf ...
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                                                Herald-Tribune

98 Degrees singer Drew Lachey on bringing Christmas songs to ...

Sarasota Herald-Tribune
... Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” that are common to Christmas albums. But some elements help “Let It Snow” stand out from many other holiday releases. For one, the group includes covers a few songs that rarely pop up on these seasonal albums, including the Beach Boys' “Little St. Nick” and Joni Mitchell's “River.”.
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