Court Links: Beach Boys, Beach Boys, Alicia Keys

30 Nov

Does this look weird to you?

There was something weird about the Beach Boys and no, it wasn’t the looming insanity of Brian Wilson (well maybe it was). Their music is incredibly well-known, well-respected, creative and quite catchy. I am sure every music fan can name at least one Beach Boys song that they like, whether it be songs about coupes, the sun, surfing, or electro-theremin inspired good vibrations. Pet Sounds is widely considered one of the greatest albums of all time (it is ranked #2 on Rolling Stones 500 greatest albums of all time) and Paul McCartney praises it as being his favorite album and the inspiration for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which coincidentally is ranked #1 on the Rolling Stones list. McCartney and the Beatles were and will always be the only band to trump Pet Sounds.

Anyway, this link is not about the great Beach Boys songs, favoring some of the more peculiar songs that they recorded. On the A.V. Club’s 17-song list includes one of my favorite Beach Boys songs, “Vegetables,” which is off the chart in weirdness. Look, the song is odd. It was written by Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks (which you would think to be a band but he is not) for the album Smiley Smile. Beyond the fact that the song is an excellent portrayal of the detachment of Brian Wilson from reality, none other than Paul McCartney provides the percussion with vegetable chewing noises in the background.

Check out the rest of the list: http://www.avclub.com/articles/give-me-some-root-beer-17-particularly-peculiar-be,35789/

So, on that note, recordings from the Beach Boys, The Doors, Bob Marley and others have been named as 2010 inductees to the Grammy Hall of Fame. “This year’s Grammy Hall Of Fame inductees highlight a diverse array of masterpiece recordings that have had a profound impact on our musical history,” Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement. Great list of some very worthy songs including “California Girls” by the Beach Boys. Personally I believe I am most happy for “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano because I believe it may be the most timeless song on the list. If you have not heard it thirty times already since we are post-Thanksgiving then I believe you may live in a radioless box.

Check out the rest of the list: http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2009/11/25/beach-boys-doors-recordings-join-grammy-hall-of-fame/

The Element of Freedom

Moving on, and away from the boys of the beach (I promise), let’s take a quick peak at the album releases for tomorrow, December 1. It looks like various diseases have made the list. Rock band Yellow Fever and Deer Tick (which may cause Lyme Disease with a bite) are both releasing an album and EP respectively. I hope they both do not leave you down with any sickness. Also, the healthy Alicia Keys is releasing her fourth studio album.

Album Release for December 1

The Element of Freedom by Alicia Keys

– In an interview with Billboard magazine Keys described her new album as an album that, “eliminated all of the boundaries and all the limitations, so that you can feel your freedom and express your freedom in every way you possibly can.” The fourteen track album’s anticipated release should bring good sales for the already succesful R&B performer.

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