The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys - Holland 1972

The Beach Boys – Holland 1972

Holland

 

Times where changing and The Beach Boy were branching out in there musical expression. Holland is has so many flavors that taste so good. An interesting fact about the title track, “Sail on Salor” is Dennis Wilson was the original lead singer of the song. On the day he was supposed to record his lead vocal, he had just purchased a new surfboard and couldn’t wait to break it in. His impatience got the best of him, and he left the session with only a partially-recorded vocal and went surfing. Carl Wilson then asked Blondie Chaplin to sing lead. What a great song with Blondie Chaplin’s soulful voice. I hope the surf was good Dennis.

By mid-1972, a combination of Wilson’s focus waning from the Beach Boys to other creative outlets teamed with a growing addiction to cocaine led to Brian producing less music for the band than ever before and so the Beach Boys were hoping to jump-start his creative juices. Although he did make the trip (after three separate attempts to get on the plane), Wilson contributed little to the album, concentrating his musical efforts on “Mount Vernon and Fairway”, a ten-minute long “musical fairy tale” which is a strange story about a transistor radio fairy. I have included it in a separate track because it is so weird.

Due to homesickness, Al Jardine and Mike Love conspired to create a three-part song cycle as an ode to California. “I love this song because of all the mentions the central coast of California”. Mike Love donated the country-laced “Big Sur” (written three years earlier and here presented in 3/4 waltz time), while Love and Al Jardine delivered the partially spoken-word of Robinson Jeffers’ poem “Beaks of Eagles” and the shuffle-arranged “California”, which features Brian on its first two lines.

Holland is the nineteenth studio album by The Beach Boys, released in January 1973. It was recorded in Baambrugge, Netherlands over the summer of 1972 using a reconstructed studio sent from California. The photograph on the front sleeve of the “Holland” album is an upside down image of the Kromme Waal, a canal that runs through the center of Amsterdam.

Mount Vernon and Fairway

 

Enjoy the music. David

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Van Halen

Van Halen

 

This is the best of the bunch from these guys. High energy, great song list, cool artwork and cover sleeve. In the blizzard of’79, this was blasting at full volume while skitching off the side of Herrmann’s red Hornet in a full leg cast. Yes, we were Atomic Punks!

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The War on Drugs

Lost in the Dream

The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream 2014

Lost In The Dream

Here is a band that has stopped me dead in my sound traxs. This new release by The War on Drugs “Lost in The Dream” has left me speechless. If you like Dylan, Petty, Dire Straits, The Boss, along with a little bit of Roxy Music thrown in, then this band will change your faith. Turn up the volume, sit back, and feel.

True believer that music is God, David

 

 

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Pixies – Then and Now

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Pixies – Come on Pilgrim 1987

Come On Pilgrim
I saw this band play in a seedy smoke filled auditorium in downtown Long Beach. CA, just after this album dropped on the world. The back story to this album is what makes it is so great. Amazingly, the Pixies’ 1987 debut EP, Come on Pilgrim, was compiled from the quickly, inexpensively made demo tape — paid for by Black Francis’ dad for a $1,000 bucks. AD4 label signed them and the rest is history.

The Pixies’ essential sound – Black Francis’ unearthly shriek of a voice, David Lovering’s propulsive drumming, Joey Santiago’s insistent, prickly guitar playing, and Kim Deal’s sugar-and-sandpaper vocals and steady basslines — arrives fully formed on songs like the bouncy, yet twisted, surfer-girl ode “Ed Is Dead.” Francis’ lyrical fetishes for sex, death, and religion and his twisted sense of humor crop up on every track, from the eerie opener “Caribou,” which urges listeners to “Reeeeepent!,” to the final song, “Levitate Me,” which borrows Christian folksinger Larry Norman’s catchphrase: “Come on pilgrim, you know he loves you!” “The Holiday Song” and “Nimrod’s Son” provide voyeuristic, back-to-back glimpses at incest, as well as the priceless lyric, “My sister held me close and whispered to my bleeding head/You are the son of a motherf*cker” (from “Nimrod’s Son”). An electrifying debut, Come on Pilgrim remains as raw, vibrant, and engaging as the day it was recorded.

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Pixies – EP 1 2014

Ep 1
The Pixies released their first song after nine long years “Bayboy” for free on their website. It’s unconfirmed and also denied that the background voice is Kim Deal. It sure sounds like Kim’s voice. Lets just say it’s her last spoken word on a Pixies song sampled or not.  The songs I like on EP 1 are “Andro Queen” the first track, it has a cool reverberating guitar and voice of Francis’. The other is “Indie Cindy” the third track, it sounds is more like classic a Pixies song. Great lyrics like this part:

Mixed messages from Sir Naff
Please authenticate
Just to be sure that you’re a sap
Set for stun automatica
Crap is the operative
Locomotive of the longest death

Who Sir Naff?

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Pixies – EP 2 – 2014

EP 2  
The second track “Magdalena” works for me it got some catchy guitar riffs. This anthem song “Green and Blues” also has some good guitar work, but it sounds like most of the cords were taken former song “Wave of Multilation”.

All said, The Pixies two EP’s are worth a listen, even though Kim Deal isn’t with the band and The Muffs singer/lead guitar player Kim Shattuck didn’t make the cut for Kim’s replacement.

I am on the wait list for tickets to see The Pixies in Big Sur at the Henry Miller Museum, April 15th, 2014. Maybe Kim will show up and play!

Enjoy your pixie dust,
David

Pixies EP1

Pixies EP2

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