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2013

blue square dot MIKE LOVE RELEASES “PISCES BROTHERS” ONLINE
Mike Love
recently released a tribute to George Harrison, titled “Pisces Brothers.” The song is inspired by the time Mike and George spent in Riskikesh, India with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in early 1968. Read Mike's article about the release here (with link to “Pisces Brothers”). (updated 2/25/13)

BB Trading Cardblue square dot BEACH BOYS TRADING CARDS
In stores now, Beach Boys Trading Cards from Panini. More. (updated 10/30/13)

blue square dot THE BIG BEAT 1963 DIGITAL RELEASE
Capitol Records is releasing The Big Beat 1963, a compilation of archival Beach Boys tracks and Brian Wilson productions for other acts. Consisting of mostly previously-unreleased rarities, this collection of early material will be a digital-only release, available December 17, 2013. More. (updated 12/11/13)

blue square dot ANOTHER NEW BB GRANDSON
BBFC sends our congratulations out to Michael Wilson and his wife Samantha on the birth of their son, Dennis, named for his grandfather. (12/28/13)

blue square dot WILSON BROTHERS BIOPICS UPDATES
Production has been officially cancelled on the Dennis Wilson biopic, The Drummer. Brian Wilson's biopic, Love & Mercy, starring John Cusack (as older Brian), Paul Dano (as younger Brian), Elizabeth Banks, and Paul Giamatti, has wrapped shooting and is in post-production. Mark Linnet also makes an appearance, in a nod to his predecessor Chuck Britz. (12/12/13)

blue square dot BRIAN WILSON & JEFF BECK
Brian Wilson is recording a new album, featuring guitar legend Jeff Beck, and special appearances by Alan Jardine and David Marks. The foursome has also announced a fall tour together. Former BB Blondie Chaplin is the most recent special guest to join them in recording at Ocean Way and will be joining the tour on select dates. Wilson and Beck will be making an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, on Thursday, October 10 at 12:35 a.m. on NBC TV. (updated 10/3/13)

Made in Californiablue square dot MADE IN CALIFORNIA CD BOX SET
The Beach Boys' Made in California, a career-spanning box set, was released on August 27, 2013. This 6-CD set includes previously unreleased and long sought-after tracks, including “Goin' to the Beach,” “California Feelin',” “Soul Searchin',” “You're Still a Mystery,” “(Wouldn't It Be Nice To) Live Again,” and more. The set also debuts 17 unreleased live recordings, dating from 1965-95, including “Wendy” live in a BBC studio from 1964, an early '70s version of “Help Me Rhonda” with Dennis Wilson on lead, “Only With You” live 1972, and “Wild Honey (New Jersey 1972)” with Blondie Chaplin on lead vocal. More information and full track listing. (updated 9/1/13)

blue square dot MIC CONTESTS
Capitol Records and Tongal are sponsoring two crowd-sourced projects in conjunction with MIC's upcoming release. One is for a fan-made video for “California Feelin',” with cash prize awards. The second is for fans to record and submit a guitar solo for “Goin' to the Beach.” The grand-prize winner will receive a MIC-branded Fender Stratocaster guitar and other goodies from Capitol and Fender. (updated 8/6/13)

blue square dot NEW MAGAZINES
Rock Cellar Magazine, September 2013 issue is devoted to The Beach Boys, with lots of intriguing interviews, in conjunction with the release of the Made in California box set. UK magazine Record Collector has a cover story on the BBs in their Sept. issue. Endless Summer Quarterly's Fall 2013 issue coming out soon. More. (8/19/13)

blue square dot SYMPATHY EXTENDED
Our sympathy goes out to Mike Love and to his family, on the passing of Milton Love (Mike's father) at the age of 95. Read Mike's statement here and watch the Love family's tribute slideshow to Milton here. (6/27/13)

Live: The 50th Anniversary Tourblue square dot 50TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT CD
The Beach Boys' Live: The 50th Anniversary Tour, a 2-CD set from last year's reunion tour, was released May 21, 2013. Track listing here. (updated 5/22/13)

blue square dot “GIVE PEACE A CHANCE”
Al Jardine
and Sean Lennon have recorded a mostly a capella remake of John Lennon's anthem, “Give Peace a Chance” for Bono's ONE project. Al also recorded a new version of “If I Had a Hammer” with Richard Barone. Watch the video here. (updated 6/12/13)

blue square dot NEW BB GRANDSONS
Congratulations go out to Matt and Susie Jardine on the birth of their son in May, to Adam and Marnie Jardine on the birth of their son in August, and to grandfather Alan Jardine and grandmothers Lynda and Mary Ann. (updated 8/24/13)

blue square dot HAPPY CAMPERS
Brian Wilson (featured performer), Billy Hinsche (camp counselor), Jeffrey Foskett (musical director), and other members of Brian's supporting band (Darian Sanahaja, Scott Bennett, and Probyn Gregory) will be taking part in this year's Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp in Las Vegas, NV. The camp runs from April 18-21, 2013. For more information, go to www.rockcamp.com. (updated 2/24/13)

blue square dot THE SMILE SESSIONS WIN GRAMMY AWARD
The Beach Boys' The Smile Sessions (Deluxe Box Set) has been given a Grammy Award for Best Historical Album. Congratulations go out to the producers (Alan Boyd, Mark Linett, Brian Wilson, and Dennis Wolfe), as well as to The Beach Boys, the session musicians, and everyone who helped put this very special package together. The award was announced at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, 2013. Watch the video on the Grammys' website. (updated 2/10/13)

blue square dot TWO LANE BLACKTOP RELEASE ON DVD/BLURAY
Two Lane Blacktop, the 1971 cross-country road race cult film, starring Dennis Wilson, James Taylor, and others is getting the deluxe reissue treatment from Criterion on both DVD and BluRay. More info on the release is available on Crierion's website. Two Lane Blacktop was also honored by being named one of the 25 movies added to the U.S. National Film Registry in 2012. (updated 1/8/13)

blue square dot NEW BW BOOK OUT
Brian Wilson by Kirk Curnutt is a new book in the “Icons of Pop Music” series from Equinox Publishing. More. (updated 1/16/13)

 
 


Record Collector Sept 2013 Beach Boys cover storyblue square dot RECORD COLLECTOR'S BEACH BOYS COVER ARTICLE
The latest Record Collector magazine, the UK’s oldest music monthly, features a captivating article and interview with The Beach Boys, as Brian and the gang look back on the low tides and high watermarks of their career. The September 2013 issue is available starting August 15th from UK newsagents, on iPad, and via Record Collector's website. (8/19/13)

blue square dot THE BAMBOO TRADING COMPANY
The Bamboo Trading Company consists of Gary Griffin, Randell Kirsch, Matt Jardine, Philip Bardowell, Chris English, and Miami Dan Yoe. Their first album is The Bamboo Trading Company, which features special guest appearances by Dean Torrence, Probyn Gregory, and Alan Boyd (plus a special surprise guest). TBTC is on Facebook and Twitter. (updated 6/30/13)