Playlist: Back-to-School in 2020

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Our own version of a 2020 playlist with a back-to-school twist! Whether you’re online or on campus, you’ll enjoy this mix of music while studying, planning or taking a well-deserved break. Follow our playlist on Spotify or check out this compiled list, and be sure to click the links below to learn more about each artist and order your own 33 1/3.

Beach Boys Week: Video Vault: Shooting the Curl

We wrap up Beach Boys Week, in celebration of #94 in the 33 1/3 series, Beach Boys’ Smile by Luis Sanchez (out now!) with a video vault in celebration of “Surf’s Up” and Smile’s place in the canon. When I interviewed Van Dyke Parks in 2009 about his thoughts and recollections of being a working musician in 1960s Southern California and his creative relationship with Brian Wilson, he shared something that made a lasting impression on me. On the subject of what makes Smile such a vital work of art,…

Beach Boys Week: The Beach Boys and Comedy

Welcome to Beach Boys Week, in celebration of #94 in the 33 1/3 series, Beach Boys’ Smile by Luis Sanchez (out now!). This time around, Sanchez looks at the relationship between the band and comedy. A Beach Boy walks into a bar… There’s a peculiar moment captured during a Beach Boys studio session outtake that you can find on the 1996 Pet Sounds Sessions boxed set. It punctuates a break between takes for the instrumental track for “Hang On To Your Ego.” The session sounds like it’s going well enough—musicians…

Beach Boys Week: Beach Boys at the Movies

Welcome to Beach Boys Week, in celebration of #94 in the 33 1/3 series, Beach Boys’ Smile by Luis Sanchez (out now!). In his first entry, Sanchez looks at the beach and surf movie legacy of Brian Wilson and Co. One of the greatest ironies of the Beach Boys early music is that, for all its power to evoke a sense of Southern California place and mindset, only Dennis Wilson is remembered as an actual surfer. One theme I explore in my book is the tension between authenticity and inauthenticity,…