Beach Boys

Musical DNA: Triathalon Exploring Unlit Beach Roads

by M.C. Antil on February 28, 2015

The following is the first in a series of profiles on the sons and daughters of friends of mine who have decided, at least for the time being, to follow their hearts and try to play music professionally — a decision that, I’d like to think, had at least a little to do with their parents’ (and […]

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Desert Island Jukebox: The Near Misses

by M.C. Antil on February 11, 2015

After posting my 300 favorite pop 45s of the 1960s, as you might expect, I received many emails and comments from those questioning my choices and suggesting replacements. As I said any number of times, the list was not a definitive accounting of the greatest singles of the decade. It was only one man’s list of […]

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It all comes down to the final two.  For almost an entire year, I have been working on this list of my 300 favorite 45s of the 1960s, writing about each in a way that, hopefully reflected why it was important to me and/or why it remains musically or culturally significant.  But more than that, these were to […]

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Nine down, one to go. And please forgive the delay between posts.  It seems the higher up this list I go, the more difficult these narratives are to write. (Not because I don’t have enough to say about each song, but because, in many cases, I have too much.  The hard part, I guess, is determining what to […]

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Forgive the delay, but I am writing this today from little Verona, Italy, where I’m spending a month drinking wine, pretending to be a local and letting my mind and body clock unwind to a degree I would have never dreamed possible at this time last year. I will continue to write from here and […]

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Look, I’ve always prided myself on having somewhat eclectic taste in music.  But as cool as I have always tried to be, I gotta be honest, when it comes to music I’m really a nerd, if not a stone cold one. I’m the kind of geek, after all, who grew up kneeling at the altar […]

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Echoes of California Past? Best Coast Is the Real Deal

by M.C. Antil on November 22, 2010

I wish I had a nickel for every time I heard some music critic or writer declare that yet another up-and-coming group or singer evokes Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys and/or the rich harmonies and lilting aural textures of Sixties California pop. Either that, or that I had a nickel for every time I’ve subsequently listened […]

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