The Beach Boys’ SMiLE Sessions finally gets release date; the world still waiting on Brian Wilson’s Pleasure Island: A Rock Fantasy

The Beach Boys' SMiLE Sessions finally gets release date; the world still waiting on Brian Wilson's Pleasure Island: A Rock Fantasy

After decades of devoted fans compiling mix tapes of studio outtakes, B-sides, and unfinished recordings, The Beach Boys’ SMiLE sessions are finally being released November 1 by Capitol/EMI. Dubbed “The most famous unfinished album in rock & roll history…” by Rolling Stone, the album was intended to best Brian Wilson’s magnum opus Pet Sounds, but due to Wilson’s deteriorating grip on reality/health combined with pressure from their record label, the sessions were scrapped and hastily packaged together as the lackluster Smiley Smile. Since then, music critics and fans alike have wondered what the actual project would have sounded like, and even though Brian Wilson released his revamped take on SMiLE a few years ago, it still differed from what the intended project was supposed to be. However, with the release of The SMiLE Sessions, the full participation of the original Beach Boys (Al Jardine, Mike Love, and Brian Wilson) has collected and compiled the band’s original 1966-67 sessions for the never-completed album. Hopefully now some of the mystery will be taken out of the enigmatic album, which many have assumed would’ve been one of the greatest records of all time.

The album will be released in a wide array of formats, including a 2-CD lift-top box, double-vinyl LP, digital album, and iTunes LP, with the boxed edition of The SMiLE Sessions (being released physically and digitally) featuring the main SMiLE album tracks, plus four CDs of additional audio from the sessions, a double-vinyl LP set, and two 7-inch vinyl singles. The deluxe box will also contain a 60-page hardbound book with rare and unseen photos and memorabilia from The Beach Boys’ archive, as well as newly-written essays by Al Jardine, Mike Love, Brian Wilson, and Bruce Johnston, as well as Beach Boys historian Domenic Priore and other inner-circle participants. The Beach Boys are also planning to produce the first official music videos for “Good Vibrations” and “Heroes and Villains” by partnering with Tongal, a “leading” creative social platform. Fans will be able to collaborate to create these official music videos in two phases. Firstly, the concept phase will have fans conceptualize the music videos in 250 characters or less. Secondly, the video phase will have Tongal users select five winning concepts from the first phase and produce a music video based on it. Cash prizes and special items will be awarded to Tongal users for the top submissions.

Wait a sec, this just in: The Smile Sessions have just been scrapped in favor of The Deluxe Kokomo Experience, which will feature four CDs of remixes for The Beach Boys’ classic track “Kokomo,” as well as a 60-page hardbound book with newly-written essays by Mike Love detailing the process of writing and recording the song. Hopefully, he will also explain why he enjoyed ruining the band’s legendary image in order to appear on the Cocktail OST.

Okay, I should stop now. I’m not funny.

The SMiLE Sessions tracklisting:

Disc One:

01. Our Prayer
02. Gee
03. Heroes and Villains
04. Do You Like Worms (Roll Plymouth Rock)
05. I’m in Great Shape
06. Barnyard
07. My Only Sunshine (The Old Master Painter / You Are My Sunshine)
08. Cabin Essence
09. Wonderful
10. Look (Song for Children)
11. Child Is Father of the Man
12. Surf’s Up
13. I Wanna Be Around / Workshop
14. Vega-Tables
15. Holidays
16. Wind Chimes
17. The Elements: Fire (Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow)
18. Love to Say Dada
19. Good Vibrations
20. You’re Welcome *
21. Heroes and Villains (Stereo Mix) *
22. Heroes and Villains Sections (Stereo Mix) *
23. Vega-Tables Demo *
24. He Gives Speeches *
25. Smile Backing Vocals Montage *
26. Surf’s Up 1967 (Solo Version) *
27. Psycodelic Sounds: Brian Falls into a Piano*

Disc Two:

01. Our Prayer “Dialog”
02. Heroes and Villains: Part 1
03. Heroes and Villains: Part 2
04. Heroes and Villains: Children Were Raised (1/27/67)
05. Heroes and Villains: Prelude to Fade (2/15/67)
06. My Only Sunshine (11/14/66)
07. Cabin Essence (10/3/66)
08. Surf’s Up: 1st Movement (11/4/66)
09. Surf’s Up: Piano Demo (12/15/66)
10. Vega-Tables: Fade (4/12/67)
11.The Elements: Fire session (11/28/66)
12. Cool, Cool Water (Version 2) (10/26-10/29/67)
13. Good Vibrations Session Highlights

* bonus tracks

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Lil B releases mixtape about forgiveness, in talks to host peace summit

It’s been nearly two months since Lil B let us know he’s Gay, but just when you thought the Based God went into recycling mode by releasing music videos for pre-Gay tracks, he returns with a new mixtape, I Forgive You. Given that he and The Game recently squashed their beef, it’s all the more fitting that we hold hands, make peace, and forgive and forget.

Lil B’s latest boasts 12 new tracks that skew toward darker territory, such as “Heard Her Cry,” dedicated to women in abusive relationships. Think that’s more morose than Lil B was capable of? Well, leave it to him to remind you it’s because he’s “2 Real” on the closing track.

The mixtape might offer less ‘“cooking dance swag,” but we have to agree with Game — it’s Memphis Bleek, not Lil B, who is the wackest rapper of all time. Hit up Livemixtapes to grab the free download.

I Forgive You tracklisting:

01. Tonight
02. I’m in the Streetz
03. I Forgive You
04. Can I Live 4real
05. Durty Pop
06. Neva Stop Me (Remix)
07. Take a Picture BasedGod
08. Bitch Fuck with Me
09. Gotta Question
10. Heard Her Cry
11. 30 Year BasedGod
12. Im 2 Real

• Lil B:

RIP: David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Delta blues legend

From the Chicago Tribune:

David “Honeyboy” Edwards, a bluesman who was a living, breathing link to blues legend Robert Johnson, died early Monday morning of congestive heart failure while resting at home, according to the performer’s official website. He was 96.

Born in 1915, Edwards left home when he was 14 years old, to perform with Big Joe Williams. It was a life on the road that the classic Delta blues player continued right up to April of this year, when his health took a turn for the worse. His last live outings were in Mississippi, on April 16 and 17.

The list of musicians that Edwards played with is immense, also serving as a Who’s Who of great blues artists. Edwards has worked with Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton, Big Joe Williams, Rice “Sonny Boy Williamson” Miller, Howlin’ Wolf, Sunnyland Slim, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Big Walter, Little Walter, Magic Sam, Muddy Waters. Edwards’ career included several hit songs, such as “Long Tall Woman Blues,” “Gamblin Man” and “Just Like Jesse James.” He has won two Grammy awards, in 2008 for best traditional blues album, and a 2010 lifetime achievement award. Edwards’ biography, “The World Don’t Owe Me Nothing,” first published in 1997, described his life of almost constant motion and performing.

• David “Honeyboy” Edwards:

Sebadoh announce tour to save your marriage

If Sunday’s VMAs taught me one thing, it’s that I am completely out of touch with youth culture. If it taught me another thing, it’s that I clearly have no idea what teenagers think is cool anymore. So, after watching Nicky Minaj (spelling?) and some nine-year-old kid named Tyler win awards, I quickly rushed home and found refuge in my old cassette collection and flannel shirts and came to the realization that my Golden Year, 1991, is already 20 years ago. Wait… are you for real? Holy shit! 1991 is 20 years old! God, I’m old! I’m old, aren’t I?

If you’re like me, realizing suddenly that you worked (drank) away your youth and that you are NO LONGER COOL, then do what I do and find solace in old bands from your wonder years that still go on tour! For instance: Sebadoh have made it public knowledge that they will indeed be going on tour! In October, the scruffy young lads in Sebadoh, who made their name with fantastic albums like III and Bakesale (which was lovingly reissued earlier this year), will be revisiting all of their favorite dive bars and independent music venues across the country as they bring their “lo-fi” music to the (aging) masses.

So forget that best-of classical compilation, toss out that Michael Bolton CD, and find a band you loved as a teenager and go see them on tour. It saved me and my marriage!

Sebadoh tourdates:

10.25.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox
10.26.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
10.27.11 - Newport, KY - Southgate House
10.28.11 - Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio
10.29.11 - Columbia, MO - Mojo’s
10.30.11 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
10.31.11 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
11.01.11 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill
11.02.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 400 Bar
11.04.11 - Columbia, SC - Headliners
11.05.11 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone
11.06.11 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
11.07.11 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
11.08.11 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle Tavern
11.10.11 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
11.11.11 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwells
11.12.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg

• Sebadoh:

Leyland Kirby releasing new album Eager to Tear Apart the Stars, channels Ronald Reagan with his hatred of Space

Kindly recall the last ambient album that you listened to. Now, try and remember anything about that album that was musically outstanding in any way. Okay, so this might not work if you just listened to Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks by Brian Eno, but if your consumption of ambient music is anything like mine, then you’ll quickly realize where I’m coming from. It’s a genre utterly stuffed with talented artists from around the globe, but for which memorability is an extremely difficult feat to achieve.

With the massive undertaking that was his 2009 triple-album Sadly, the Future is No Longer What It Was (TMT Review), Leyland Kirby, combined with his more hauntingly sinister work as The Caretaker, has increasingly solidified his status as one of the relatively few, prominent, and noteworthy ambient artists currently active. And with the release of Eager to Tear Apart the Stars on October 3, he has the palpable opportunity to secure his place alongside comparable musical demigods like Tim Hecker, William Basinski, or Stars of the Lid.

According to The Quietus, Kirby’s own label, History Always Favours the Winners, describes the album as evincing a “temporal warping and sense of decayed decadence individual to Kirby’s oeuvre. There’s an ostensible sadness to these six pieces, but of a life-affirming and subtly ambiguous kind.” In other words, all signs point to Eager being just as beautifully affecting as his previous work.

Eager to Tear Apart the Stars tracklisting:

01. The arrow of time
02. This is the story of paradise lost
03. To reject the World
04. No longer distance than death
05. They are all dead, there are no skip at all
06. My dream contained a Star

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• History Always Favours the Winners:

Jacuzzi Boys get America wet on fall tour in support of Glazin’

From the land of endless summer, pool parties, and gator wrasslin’ comes Miami’s own Jacuzzi Boys! The raucous garage trio are setting fire to the stony, cold hearts of critics across the US, and have landed one high-profile fan, the Earl of Contemporary Garage Rock himself, Mr. Jack White, who asked the band to record a live performance at his own Third Man Records headquarters in Nashville. (You can purchase the Jacuzzi Boys’ Live at Third Man 12-inch vinyl from the Third Man online store. Well played, Jack White, well played. Will napkins touched by the Jacuzzi Boys also be available online?) And now the Boys are debuting their most recent album Glazin’ over at Spin. This is the band’s first album for Hardly Art and it hits stores August 30.

Diehard Florida residents, the men of Jacuzzi Boys love Miami, and they wanna tell you about it. They’re so Florida that their practice space is located inside Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park on Key Biscayne, FL. It’s an enchanted land of reptiles, greenery, and Nixon summer homes, but as the Boys note, “Miami is not known for producing many good bands.” Bassist Danny Gonzalez says, “So, quite frequently we get asked, ‘would you ever consider moving?’ Our answer is always, ‘No!’” So it’s a good thing these upstanding gents from the Scarface state have charted an intense tour across the lower 48 this fall, bringing a little bit of sunshine, a whole lotta good times, and perennial garage favorite Davila 666 along for the ride.


09.20.11 - Tallahassee, FL - Retrofit Records
09.21.11 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia
09.22.11 - Houston, TX - The Mink
09.23.11 - Austin, TX - Red 7
09.24.11 - Denton, TX - Rubber Gloves
09.25.11 - Tulsa, OK - The Reverb
09.27.11 - Tempe, AZ - Yucca Tap Room
09.28.11 - Palm Springs, CA - Dillon Roadhouse
09.29.11 - Fullerton, CA - The Continental
09.30.11 - San Diego, CA - Til-Two Club
10.01.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Blue Star Bar
10.02.11 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern
10.03.11 - Seaside, CA - The Alternative Lounge
10.04.11 - Sacramento, CA - TBA
10.06.11 - Portland, OR - East End
10.07.11 - Seattle, WA - Funhouse
10.08.11 - Vancouver, BC - The Waldorf
10.11.11 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
10.12.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
10.13.11 - Chicago, IL - Ultra Lounge
10.14.11 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
10.15.11 - Detroit, MI - Lager House
10.16.11 - Toronto, ON - Parts & Labour
10.18.11 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
10.19.11 - Boston, MA - TBA
10.21.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Hardly Art CMJ party @ 285 Kent
10.22.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Bruise Cruise CMJ show
10.23.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
10.24.11 - Baltimore, MD - Talking Head Club @ Sonar
10.26.11 - Cincinnati, OH - The Comet #
10.27.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - 31st Street Pub #
10.28.11 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups #
10.29.11 - Nashville, TN - TBA
10.30.11 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Cafe
10.31.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl #

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