BrianWilson 1967 DavidAnderle Painting 1500

david anderle’s won-won-wonderfully weird portrait of brian wilson

THINGS WERE GETTING WEIRD in Brian Wilson’s world when he met David An­derle. By the third quarter of 1966, many sig­nif­i­cant changes had taken place in his life and his sur­round­ings. PET SOUNDS and Good Vi­bra­tions and the SMiLE ses­sions that everyone in Los An­geles seemed to know about had brought a very dif­ferent kind of at­ten­tion to Brian that pre­vious Beach Boys records had not. [Continue reading]

Toklas NancyTattoo 1500 crop

sex, love, hitchhiking, and other excitations

JUST AS LOVE AND SEX are not syn­ony­mous, nei­ther is a great song syn­ony­mous with a great record. Hell’s Belles, in such genres as rock & roll and rhythm & blues and even country & western, a great song may ac­tu­ally im­pede the making of a great record! This is es­pe­cially so if the artist and the pro­ducer focus too much on a pretty melody or a clever lyric and not on the ac­tual making of the record. [Continue reading]