blue square dot Mike Love has recorded a Christmas single for radio and iTunes release called “Santa's Goin' to Kokomo.” The animated video of the song can be seen on YouTube and on the Beach Boys Band homepage. (12/6/06)

blue square dot He's A Doll: Now you can get your very own Brian Wilson action figure, a 12-inch tall collectors' model, based on Brian circa 1966, dressed in a finely-detailed black pea coat and plaid pants like Brian wears on the cover of Pet Sounds. Designed by Mark London (and an unnamed sculptor), the doll comes in two limited edition packages — signed by Brian for$150 US and unsigned for $75 US. For more details, go to Brian's website. (12/6/06)

blue square dot David Marks' new solo CD, I Think About You Often, as well as his vintage live recording, Live @ Blue Dolphin '77, are now available. Ordering information and sample clips are available on Dave's website; sample clips are also available on his MySpace site. (updated 8/24/06)

blue square dot Special 40th anniversary repackages of the Beach Boys' “Good Vibrations” and Pet Sounds are being released. The CD single of “Good Vibrations,” features five versions of the recording in progress, plus the original U.S. B-side. The Pet Sounds deluxe edition includes a CD/DVD package with various mixes of the album, plus previously unreleased promo and documentary footage. There will also be a limited edition color vinyl release, with mono and stereo mixes. Brian Wilson's website is offering a weekly series of podcasts on Pet Sounds, with commentary from the surviving Beach Boys on each track. The free podcasts may also be heard on iTunes, which is also offering digital downloads of 1998's Pet Sounds Box Set for sale. (updated 8/24/06)

blue square dot A new Beach Boys CD, Songs From Here and Back, is out. The album consists of previously unreleased tracks, with both vintage live concert recordings and new studio solo offerings. The limited-edition release is being sold through July 23 (while supplies last) at Hallmark Gold Crown stores. Full details may be found at the official CD website and at Greetings cards that play Beach Boys songs are also available. (updated 7/18/06)

Beach Boys Capitol Records rooftop reunion, June 13, 2006
Photo ©2006, Trisha Campo

Five surviving Beach Boys — Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, Mike Love, Brian Wilson, and David Marks — gathered on top of the Capitol Tower on June 13, 2006, to receive a Double Platinum award for Sounds of Summer. This is the first time the full core group has appeared together since receiving their Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 2001. Artwork for the special anniversary reissues of Pet Sounds and “Good Vibrations”(with bonus tracks, see below) was revealed, and a second hits compilation, The Warmth of the Sun, was announced for release in spring '07. Thanks to Trisha Campo for the photo above! More photos of the event are here and here. (6/13/06)

blue square dot Blondie Chaplin has a new solo album, Between Us, available via his new website. (7/18/06)

blue square dot Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, a new book by Peter Ames Carlin, will be published in August of this year. (updated 4/26/06)

blue square dot Sir Peter Blake has been commissioned to create illustrations for a limited edition reissue of The Beach Boys' classic album Pet Sounds. Blake previously crafted the cover art for Brian Wilson's solo CD, Gettin' in Over My Head, and is best known for his work on the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper album. (updated 4/26/06)

blue square dot Brian Wilson Presents Smile: The DVD won top honors at the second annual Music DVD Awards in March, 2006. Brian's DVD was also nominated for a Grammy award for “Best Long Form Music Video,” but lost out to the Bob Dylan documentary No Direction Home. (updated 4/26/06)

blue square dot Mixed Messages is Billy Hinsche's first studio solo album and represents the culmination of 35 years of writing and recording. The Beach Boys (individually and collectively) guest on several tracks. More. (4/14/06)

blue square dot Brian Wilson provides the voice for “The Surfite” in Tales of the Rat Fink, a new film about the wild automotive creations of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth. (3/22/06)

blue square dot Rumblings are afoot that Mike Love's upcoming solo album, tentatively titled Mike Love Not War, might see release this year. The album features Mike's son Christian and daughter Hayleigh as guest vocalists. (updated 1/5/06)


In the late '60s, Brian Wilson's younger brothers came to the fore with a string of distinctive, intiguing songs that were featured on a series of Beach Boys and later solo albums in the '60s, '70s, and '80s. Not appreciated in their time, this emotional and idiosyncratic music has been extremely influential on post-modern pop.
blankspacerAdam Marsland's Chaos Band (featuring Evie Sands) are taking their “Songs of Dennis and Carl Wilson Tour 2006” on the road! Alan Boyd will be joining them on keyboards and background vocals. The set list includes a hour of songs written by Dennis and Carl Wilson, plus original music from the band. The tour is currently going to the Midwest. For more information, sample clips, and dates, go to the tours' MySpace site and the Chaos Band's website. (4/2/06)

blue square dot You can now order the new CD by Adam Marsland's Chaos Band (featuring Evie Sands and special guest Alan Boyd). Long Promised Road is a live recording of the Chaos Band's tribute to Carl and Dennis Wilson tour, taken from their L.A. show last spring. The CD contains 20 tracks, 14 of which are Carl and/or Dennis originals, including covers of the unreleased Wilson songs “Carry Me Home” and “Wouldn't It Be Nice to Live Again.” The basic price for the album is $15 US. Orders can be taken worldwide, via credit card and PayPal; other forms of payment can be arranged. Go to Adam Marsland's homepage or MySpace site for ordering and details. The CD is now going into wide release and will be available in stores and from online retailers. (updated 2/16/06)