New Beach Boys album - That's Why God Made the Radio

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so far this is far better than a beach boys album in 2012 has any right to be

wack nerd zinging in the dead of night (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 5 June 2012 17:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

isn't it time is great

one of the really unique things about the beach boys is how on pet sounds and smile they really eschewed conventional trap kit drumming and i like the arrangement on isn't it time for that reason

goddam spoke to soon - SPRING VACATION, is this a stamos number?

haha now spring vacation is just as bad as you'd expect

wack nerd zinging in the dead of night (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 5 June 2012 17:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

NTI, I am both really liking your remix and feeling terribly embarrassed to be listening to it out loud.

Ha ha, thanks, Merdeyeux! I did it because I was going through a big Lindstrom and Prins thing at the time -- and my daughters are in love with the original (they particularly love that daddy is singing with "Brian").

Just be glad I didn't bust out a "Here Comes the Night"-style vocoder!

Naive Teen Idol, Tuesday, 5 June 2012 21:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

"riiide your bicycle anywhere"

*ring ring*

wack nerd zinging in the dead of night (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 8 June 2012 19:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

Contrary to what many of us assumed, "That's Why God Made the Radio" written only by Brian, Joe Thomas, Jim Peterik, and Larry Millas (the last two ex-Ides of March).

We all know what that means: In a few years, they're all gonna be sued by Mike Love claiming the "lift up my antenna" line was his.....

Lee626, Saturday, 9 June 2012 08:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

Been playing "Isn't it Time" on repeat this weekend - so good!

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Tuesday, 12 June 2012 08:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

seeing them tomorrow!

that's why ZOG controls the radio (brownie), Tuesday, 12 June 2012 12:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

Been playing "Isn't it Time" on repeat this weekend - so good!
"Isn't It Time" is like an unholy combination of all the things I dislike about both 15 Big Ones and Love You.

I have no love for 15 Big Ones but this song definitely has a big Love You vibe going on -- with the skeletal ukelele arrangement and sing-songy melody.

I know everyone's dying to proclaim the last three songs Brian's autumnal masterpiece and all. But thus far, this tune feels like the best thing on the record by some length, lifted antennae be damned.

I like the melancholy intro tho.

Naive Teen Idol, Tuesday, 12 June 2012 20:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

otm

iatee, Tuesday, 12 June 2012 23:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

Apparently they are selling the cd for a grand total of $5 US at the tour merch stand, and Mike Love is hawking between songs in his banter:

"We're battling it out with Adele, so buy American," said Love at one point during just one of his numerous pitches.

(from the Houston Press review of Friday's show)

Mike Love, please don't ever change.

Electro-Shock Rory (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 13 June 2012 01:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

Glad I didn't buy it on Amazon then.

skip, Wednesday, 13 June 2012 02:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

anyone read the latest Rolling Stone? when they were listening to the "13 minute suite" that closes the album Mike Love turned his hand into a gun and mocked blowing his brains out

also, Al Jardine needed help flushing the toilet on the plane

that's why ZOG controls the radio (brownie), Wednesday, 13 June 2012 13:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

"isn't it time" is great.
good tune, good production, good voices (except brian's first words on the opening).
totally unexpected and I'm quite surprised to like a new BW/Bboys song so much in 2012!
the final suite, I'm not really convinced. it's ok but nothing special.

AlXTC from Paris, Wednesday, 13 June 2012 13:38 (1 year ago) Permalink

haha I also really hate the opening vocal on that song!
Anyone has a link to that RS article?

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Wednesday, 13 June 2012 14:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

couldn't find it on the RS website. for some reason I get the print version.

that's why ZOG controls the radio (brownie), Wednesday, 13 June 2012 14:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

xpost
yeah, the rest of the vocals is great so I wonder why they left this horrible part !

AlXTC from Paris, Wednesday, 13 June 2012 14:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

Mike Love, still a douche...

skip, Wednesday, 13 June 2012 14:26 (1 year ago) Permalink

anyone read the latest Rolling Stone? when they were listening to the "13 minute suite" that closes the album Mike Love turned his hand into a gun and mocked blowing his brains out

Mike Love, still a douche...

Disagree. It's kind of awesome that Mike hasn't mellowed with age.

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 13 June 2012 16:12 (1 year ago) Permalink

he's just not the same without a jug of apple juice tho

a dense custard of infinity (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 13 June 2012 16:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

~thoughts~

-Al Jardine still sounds pretty good!
-I lost track of Brian Wilson at the end. It turns out he was out in front playing the bass. Then he puts the bass down and starts wandering around on stage. Like just pacing back and forth.
-turn up the guitars
-weird and sad Forever and God Only Knows appearance from Dennis and Carl
-had a ball

that's why Love made the weirdos (brownie), Thursday, 14 June 2012 13:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

-weird and sad Forever and God Only Knows appearance from Dennis and Carl

Pls tell me these were holograms, Tupac-style.

Julie Derpy (Phil D.), Thursday, 14 June 2012 13:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

I wish!

that's why Love made the weirdos (brownie), Thursday, 14 June 2012 13:30 (1 year ago) Permalink

but, no

that's why Love made the weirdos (brownie), Thursday, 14 June 2012 13:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

did they just show clips of old performances or something

a dense custard of infinity (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 14 June 2012 16:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

Dennis Wilson hologram would be amazing - arm in a cast, making fun of Mike Love, streaking, drunken rendition of "You Are So Beautiful"

a dense custard of infinity (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 14 June 2012 16:42 (1 year ago) Permalink

drowning

Julie Derpy (Phil D.), Thursday, 14 June 2012 17:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

did they just show clips of old performances or something

type in Forever Dennis Wilson on youtube and that's what they showed. same thing for Carl.

that's why Love made the weirdos (brownie), Thursday, 14 June 2012 17:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

can't believe Mike would be cool with showing this amazing clip:

a dense custard of infinity (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 14 June 2012 18:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

it was... strange

that's why Love made the weirdos (brownie), Thursday, 14 June 2012 18:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

wow gorgeous clip

dennis was such a dreamboat

has there ever been a band where there was such a contrast with one member being such a dude and the rest being such dorks? it's like a band with one robin zander and four rick neilsons

wack nerd zinging in the dead of night (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 14 June 2012 18:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

lol

a dense custard of infinity (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 14 June 2012 18:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

Brian was sort of cool for awhile. pre-bathrobe.

a dense custard of infinity (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 14 June 2012 18:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

Brian lorded over the group in early BBs videos like a dorky but hip genius. I would call him cool before the breakdown.

skip, Thursday, 14 June 2012 18:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

yeah but i doubt he was really getting in the bone zone that much you know?

wack nerd zinging in the dead of night (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 14 June 2012 18:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

some BB book I read years ago described Dennis as one of the great "swordsman" of the era.

dan selzer, Thursday, 14 June 2012 18:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

I can take a stab at it, but I'm not even sure what that means.

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 14 June 2012 18:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

you watch that TAMI show performance and it's clear that Dennis was the most popular with the girls.

tylerw, Thursday, 14 June 2012 19:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

that's why Love made the weirdos (brownie), Thursday, 14 June 2012 19:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

the amazing thing about Brian is that even as a 300+ pound of unshaved, unwashed pile of neuroses he STILL had multiple women literally fighting over him in the late 70s

a dense custard of infinity (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 14 June 2012 19:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

dude had a sandbox! if there's one thing ladies love it's a dude with a sandbox. am i right?

tylerw, Thursday, 14 June 2012 19:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

when they were listening to the "13 minute suite" that closes the album Mike Love turned his hand into a gun and mocked blowing his brains out

imagining this as the alternate ending of Videodrome

WARS OF ARMAGEDDON (Karaoke Version) (Sparkle Motion), Thursday, 14 June 2012 19:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

ladies love $$$$

and fame.

and guys who eat their vege-ta-bles.

dan selzer, Thursday, 14 June 2012 19:47 (1 year ago) Permalink

Posting just for the hell of it:

The 12-inch mix is quite something (I'm serious)

Electro-Shock Rory (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 14 June 2012 19:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

more than 25 years ago and they look old even then. not a bad track though - not sure how it slipped through the cracks in my collection. It's probably there somewhere but don't remember even hearing it.

Going to see them tomorrow night and will be wearing my new Black Flag/Beach Boys shirt.

skip, Thursday, 14 June 2012 19:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

oh, it's on Made in the USA.

skip, Thursday, 14 June 2012 19:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

Saw two things in the Paste review of this that caught my eye:

The seeds of most tracks date back over a decade, to a series of fruitful sessions between Wilson and producer-instrumentalist Joe Thomas, who originally collaborated with Wilson on his 1998 solo album, Imagination. A stand-out from those hours and hours of recordings was a mid-tempo, ‘50s-styled ditty called "That’s Why God Made the Radio," but instead of using the track as a springboard into a new solo album, Wilson shelved it away with an unselfish (and lofty) pride, claiming its potential could only be realized with his Beach Boys bandmates.

and
But just when you’re ready to write off Radio completely, it closes with a four-song stretch (part of a supposed long-form suite that remains, as of today, unfinished) that rivals anything in the group’s post-Pet Sounds repertoire.

the reflective, meditative closer “Summer’s Gone,” which was originally intended to serve as the final track on the final Beach Boys album.

http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2012/06/the-beach-boys-thats-why-god-made-the-radio.html

Are there any other sources for this stuff? I'd never heard either of the first two stories -- and the latter may prove yet to be true, so...

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 14 June 2012 20:47 (1 year ago) Permalink

think that stuff was covered in the recent newsweek (Time?) article.
hey i'm listening to this right now! http://www.npr.org/event/music/154917913/the-beach-boys-in-concert?sc=tumblr&cc=tumb_music

tylerw, Thursday, 14 June 2012 20:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

"isn't it time" holds its own mixed in with the hits!

tylerw, Thursday, 14 June 2012 20:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

That's right, it's here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/05/27/the-beach-boys-crazy-summer.html

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 14 June 2012 21:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

Jim Peterik

Not just ex-Ides of March, but also of Survivor fame, and writer of .38 Special hits, too. Plus, another local Chicago guy, which would explain why he and Brian hooked up.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 14 June 2012 21:56 (1 year ago) Permalink


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