NPR has posted Brian Wilson's complete live performance of That Lucky Old Sun (audio), recorded during his appearance at The Warner Theatre in Washington, DC, on Nov. 18, 2008. There's also an extensive interview with Brian and band available for viewing. Rolling Stone is also running an interview story on Brian and the band. (12/17/08)
David Marks and Nelson Bragg (Brian Wilson's band) headlined Endless Summer Quarterly's A Celebration of Music, a fundraiser to support the Cornelius Animal Shelter, on Saturday, November 1, held at Crave the Experience in Cornelius, NC. The event celebrated the official public unveiling of ESQ's Dennis Wilson — Only With You tribute CD, which commemorates the life and music of Beach Boy Dennis Wilson. (More details on the CD at ESQ's website.) (updated 11/25/08)
Brian Wilson will be releasing a studio version of That Lucky Old Sun on Capitol Records. The vinyl version of the album will be released on Aug. 19, 2008 in the U.S. The CD version, plus a package with the CD and an additional “Making Of” DVD, are set for a Sept. 2 U.S. release. From Aug. 22 - Sept. 1, you can listen to the the album in streaming audio from over 50 Gannett newspaper and television websites, including USA Today. A video for “Forever She'll Be My Surfer Girl” from TLOS is available for viewing here. Capitol has an official website for TLOS (all-Flash site, plugin required). Brian is also touring behind the new album this fall. Brian recently taped a performance of TLOS which will appear online on Yahoo! on Sept. 1st. For more details, see Brian's website or his MySpace page. (updated 8/22/08)
Dennis Wilson's long out-of-print solo album was reissued June 17, 2008 on Caribou/Legacy. The two-disc set, titled Pacific Ocean Blue: Legacy Edition, contains a remastered version of his acclaimed 1977 solo album Pacific Ocean Blue, as well as his previously unreleased Bambu album, considered a lost classic by rock historians. Overall, this set includes 20 previously unreleased tracks from Dennis. More. (updated 6/23/08)
The Beach Boys: U.S. Singles Collection — The Capitol Years (1962-1965) was released on June 10, 2008, as a limited edition boxed set of 16 CDs and as a digital collection. More. (updated 6/9/08)
David Marks has released a new 3-CD compilation of recordings over his career, called The Lost Years. The CD collection, which includes tracks from Dave & the Marksmen, The Moon, and David solo, is available from David's website. (updated 1/23/08)
Coming soon, a new book, Beach Boys' Drive — Guide to the Beach Boys' California. Billed as the definitive Beach Boys guidebook, the tome follows a patchwork quilt across time, chronicling a career spanning over four decades and over 150 locations. For more info, go to www.myspace.com/beachboydrive. (12/14/08)
Mike Love and Alan Jardine have both released statements on the passing of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Mike Love's Statement:
While in Paris participating in a UNICEF benefit show, the Beach Boys were introduced to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. That was in December of 1967. Dennis Wilson, Carl Wilson, Alan Jardine and myself along with several family members learned the TM technique from Maharishi himself. Two months later, I made the journey to Rishi Kesh, India, where Donovan and the Beatles also attended a teacher's training course. Alan and I both became teachers of TM a couple years later.
To say that what I have learned from Maharishi has been of great benefit to me is an understatement to be sure. Maharishi has designed a pathway of development of human potential, which includes transcendental mediation, the TM-Sidhi program, Maharishi Ayurveda, Jyotish, and Yagyas — all derived directly from the Earth's most ancient text, The Vedas.
No less a goal than that of world peace was Maharishi's life's work. For those of us who were fortunate enough to have been in his presence, his passing is profoundly sad. But I for one, am among the millions who are grateful for what he shared with us on this, “The Dawn of the Age of Enlightenment” on the way to the goal which Maharishi called “Heaven on Earth.” We will miss you, but your great light will shine on.
Jai Guru Dev, Michael E. Love
Al Jardine's Statement:
I am saddened by this great man's passing. He helped to enlighten me and my family to the value of transcendental meditation. He hoped to enlighten the world, but said that it must start with each individual, the family, the community, and then entire nations.
He would chastise me in a kind way if I stayed away too long, “Where have you been?” And of course I could not think of a single good answer, because being in his presence made one feel like a complete idiot for staying away too long.
He left me with a tool to deal with life and its complexities. For that I will always be greatful, and whenever I'm dipping into that “pool of peace inside,” I will always think of him.
Jai Guru Dev, Al Jardine
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