what is the beach boys’ best album?

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WHAT IS THE BEACH BOYS’ BEST ALBUM? For most people, that’s an easy an­swer: Pet Sounds. But for afi­cionados of the group, it’s a tricky ques­tion that re­quires clar­i­fi­ca­tion. Fans would want to know does the ques­tion refer to the best album at­trib­uted to the Beach Boys or to the best album ac­tu­ally cre­ated by the Beach Boys as a group. [Continue reading]

captain beefheart appreciation 101 (son of sun zoom spark)

CaptainBeefheart SunZoomSpark art 1500 bw

I DON’T REMEMBER DREAMS. Even a few min­utes after I have been awak­ened by one of them, they im­me­di­ately start slip­ping away. If I want to re­member a spe­cial dream, I have to lug my scrawny be­hind out of bed—and I sleep on a futon on the floor and get­ting up from the floor when you’re 67 ain’t al­ways a given—and write it down. [Continue reading]

was beach boy mike love one of rock & roll’s greatest frontmen?

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OPINION QUESTIONS are big on Quora and I try to pro­vide an­swers that are ac­cu­rate but some­what off the beaten path. The ques­tion I re­ceived this morning was, “Who are the all-time great frontmen in music?” I read the ques­tion as who are the great lead singers of rock groups, as both vocal and vi­sual performers. [Continue reading]

just how did david bowie affect your consciousness?

Bowie ManWhoFell Schapiro 1975 1500 crop

THE ORIGINAL TITLE to this piece on David Bowie was “Damn That Damn Disco Music!” But that was re­ally an in­ad­e­quate opening for the tone of this ‘true story’ about con­ver­sion. Then I dal­lied with vari­a­tions on “The Day I Came Out as a David Bowie Fan,” which was an al­lu­sion to his an­drog­y­nous Ziggy Star­dust period. [Continue reading]