No Concessions: “Love & Mercy”

1988’s Brian Wilson is one of my very favorite albums. Around the time of its release, I read in Rolling Stone or Variety or maybe both that a biopic was in the works, with William Hurt as Wilson, who had come ...

A Fan’s Notes: Brian Wilson, “No Pier Pressure”

There are some people who think that Brian Wilson should be graded on a curve. Personally, I find that insulting, and I suspect that he would too. While artists may be proud of their legacies, the best of them want an ...

A Fan’s Notes: The Bob Gaudio Interview

 

 

 

 

In conjunction with this interview, one very fortunate reader is going to win a treasure trove of Four Seasons and Four Seasons-related music. The prize package includes:

A Fan’s Notes: Newport Folk Festival 2014

I’ve had my doubts about the Newport Folk Festival over the last few years. It was mostly about me, and the strong feeling that the festival had passed me by as it seemed to be programmed for a younger crowd. That and ...

A Fan’s Notes: Holiday Gift Guide 2013

I know I’m a little late with the guide this year, but there are nine days left until Christmas, which will hopefully give you enough time to pick up some of these things at a (hopefully local) store, or if need be, ...

Review: The Beach Boys’ Made in California + Giveaway

It’s hard to dispute 2012 as the best summer to be a Beach Boys fan in the last quarter-century or so, but thanks to the band’s new Made in California six-disc box set, out tomorrow from Capitol, 2013 comes pretty ...

The Friday Five: August 9, 2013

Friday Five : |ˈfrīdā – fīv| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll have a ...

Album Review: Orval Carlos Sibelius, “Super Forma”

At a time when albums are teased, hyped, leaked, dissected, discarded and re-evaluated before they are even officially released, it has become increasingly rare to be able to approach one with fresh ears, no preconceptions and little baggage. Perhaps that’s why I ...

You’re Dead To Us…Medleys

In which we look at once common curiosities of pop culture that don’t exist anymore, be it because of changing tastes, the fragmentation of culture, or merely the fickle nature of fads. 

In the late ’70s in the Netherlands, most disco ...

Desert Island Discs with Alexander Fairchild

Alexander Fairchild  is a unique artist that is soon to be a household name. A one-man band, his songs have echoes of legends past -The Beatles, The Beach Boys and Joni Mitchell to name a few – and he’s amassed a solid ...

The Friday Five: April 12, 2013

Friday Five : |ˈfrīdā – fīv| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll have ...

10 Songs to Make You Love Chicago (the Band)

If you’re reading this and are not already a believer in Chicago, then I simply ask you to do one thing: forget. Forget about all the greatest hits collections, repackaged material, teeth-grindingly stale Christmas albums, and other assorted money grabs. Forget about ...

A Fan’s Notes: Favorite Albums of 2012

These are not necessarily the best albums of 2012. They may not even be all of my favorites. There was so much music out there this year, again, and I only got to hear a small fraction of it. Among the ...

The Friday Five: December 7, 2012

Friday Five : |ˈfrīdā – fīv| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll have ...

Top 5 Music Autobiographies That Need to Be Written

Kiss frontman Paul Stanley recently admitted that he’s working on his autobiography, making him the last of the original four members to do so. I’m guessing that as far as the ratio of honest insight to revisionist bullshit goes, the Starchild’s ...

Album Review: Don DiLego, “Western And Atlantic”

One of my favorite things about social media is the concept of the random connection — you know, like when you learn on Facebook that your co-worker went to college with someone you knew from high school. I recently had a ...

The Friday Five: May 11, 2012

Friday Five : |ˈfrīdā – fīv| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll have ...