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BLOOD ON THE TRACKS Season 4: The Brian Wilson Story

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In 1966, Brian Wilson planned to follow up the Beach Boys' groundbreaking album Pet Sounds with an even bigger musical statement. He was writing a teenage symphony to God. That album, Smile, was never finished. Instead, Brian slowly unraveled, as the pressure to make something profound weighed heavy on him. He worried that he wasn’t good enough. He worried that he was a failure in the eyes of the record company, his band, his peers, and his own father. He thought his house was bugged. He thought the music he was making conjured some strange voodoo that had a disastrous impact on the real world. He became paranoid. He self-medicated with amphetamines, hash, and LSD. He held meetings in his swimming pool. He imagined people who weren’t there. And eventually, in 1967, he went off the proverbial deep end. Did the real Brian Wilson ever resurface? Part true crime, part historical fiction, part spoken word lo-fi beat noir brought to you by Jake Brennan, and featuring the fictionalized voice Brian Wilson, BLOOD ON THE TRACKS sounds like nothing you’ve heard before. Because you can’t push the needle into the red without leaving a little blood on the tracks.

In 1966, Brian Wilson planned to follow up the Beach Boys' groundbreaking album Pet Sounds with an even bigger musical statement. He was writing a teenage symphony to God. That album, Smile, was never finished. Instead, Brian slowly unraveled, as the pressure to make something profound weighed heavy on him. He worried that he wasn’t good enough. He worried that he was a failure in the eyes of the record company, his band, his peers, and his own father. He thought his house was bugged. He thought the music he was making conjured some strange voodoo that had a disastrous impact on the real world. He became paranoid. He self-medicated with amphetamines, hash, and LSD. He held meetings in his swimming pool. He imagined people who weren’t there. And eventually, in 1967, he went off the proverbial deep end. Did the real Brian Wilson ever resurface? Part true crime, part historical fiction, part spoken word lo-fi beat noir brought to you by Jake Brennan, and featuring the fictionalized voice Brian Wilson, BLOOD ON THE TRACKS sounds like nothing you’ve heard before. Because you can’t push the needle into the red without leaving a little blood on the tracks.

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In 1966, Brian Wilson planned to follow up the Beach Boys' groundbreaking album Pet Sounds with an even bigger musical statement. He was writing a teenage symphony to God. That album, Smile, was never finished. Instead, Brian slowly unraveled, as the pressure to make something profound weighed heavy on him. He worried that he wasn’t good enough. He worried that he was a failure in the eyes of the record company, his band, his peers, and his own father. He thought his house was bugged. He thought the music he was making conjured some strange voodoo that had a disastrous impact on the real world. He became paranoid. He self-medicated with amphetamines, hash, and LSD. He held meetings in his swimming pool. He imagined people who weren’t there. And eventually, in 1967, he went off the proverbial deep end. Did the real Brian Wilson ever resurface? Part true crime, part historical fiction, part spoken word lo-fi beat noir brought to you by Jake Brennan, and featuring the fictionalized voice Brian Wilson, BLOOD ON THE TRACKS sounds like nothing you’ve heard before. Because you can’t push the needle into the red without leaving a little blood on the tracks.

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English


Episodes

Presenting Badlands Season 5 - Armie Hammer (excerpt)

10/20/2022
Season 5 of Badlands uncovers even more extreme tales from Hollywood’s seedy underbelly. Here’s a gnarly excerpt from the new season for you to chew on, all about the cannibalism controversies surrounding actor Armie Hammer. Find and follow Badlands wherever you enjoy podcasts, and stay tuned for new episodes every Wednesday. This episode contains themes that may be disturbing to some listeners, including domestic violence and graphic descriptions of violence. See omnystudio.com/listener...

Duration:00:04:43

Brian Wilson Is Smiling Again (The Brian Wilson Story, Chapter 10)

10/10/2022
Sometimes you can find redemption, but you have to find it for yourself. No one is going to give it to you. You can’t find it in a movie or a song. You can only find it inside yourself. In the 21st century, decades after his pursuit of an unfinished teenage symphony to God that drove him to the edge of sanity, Brian Wilson found his redemption. But he also found something else, too: the realization of a dream that he thought had died long ago. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy...

Duration:00:36:15

Brian Wilson Is Free (The Brian Wilson Story, Chapter 9)

10/3/2022
Brian’s lost masterpiece, Smile, continues to lurk in the background. It’s there when Brian’s troubled and talented brother, Dennis, takes one last swim in the Pacific Ocean blue. It’s there as Brian claws his way out of the grip of the doctor who keeps him apart from health, love, and happiness. And it’s there as he prepares his triumphant return, not as a Beach Boy – but as someone he’s just discovering. Himself. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:39:50

Brian Wilson Is…Back? (The Brian Wilson Story, Chapter 8)

9/26/2022
The Beach Boys stage an intervention to get Brian the help he needs just as he reaches what he thinks is the bottom. He’s pulled out of the darkness by a doctor – a man Brian immediately recognizes as his savior. But Brian’s vision isn’t clear. He can’t see the doctor for who he really is: not the person who will set Brian free, but rather keep him trapped in a different kind of prison. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:41:40

Brian Wilson Is Sailing On (The Brian Wilson Story, Chapter 7)

9/19/2022
Brian continues to lose control. And not just of his band and the music he makes. He loses self-control and becomes so dependent on drugs that he pays someone to deliver them to him. He loses control of his car and nearly kills himself in a crash. And then he loses control of himself – in front of one of the biggest rock ‘n roll stars of all time. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:36:09

Brian Wilson Isn’t Himself (The Brian Wilson Story, Chapter 6)

9/12/2022
After months of frustration, the Beach Boys abandon Smile to work on new music. But for Brian it’s not that easy. He’s quickly losing control. He’s betrayed by those meant to be closest to him. And one of his brothers is flirting with a dark and disturbing group of people living on the fringes of society…a so-called family that may or may not infiltrate the warm and sunny climes of the Beach Boys’ world. SOURCES Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys’ Brain Wilson,...

Duration:00:42:38

Brian Wilson Is…a Son (The Brian Wilson Story Chapter 5)

9/5/2022
Brian’s troubled relationship with his controlling and abusive father comes into focus. Paul McCartney stops by a California recording studio to chew some celery into a microphone. And the tragedies of the past threaten to echo endlessly into the future. SOURCES Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys’ Brain Wilson, by Peter Ames Carlin I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir, by Brian Wilson with Ben Greenman Wouldn’t It Be Nice: Brian Wilson and the Making of the Beach Boys’...

Duration:00:37:20

Brian Wilson Is in the Deep End (The Brian Wilson Story, Chapter 4)

8/29/2022
Brian is haunted by the Monterey Pop Festival, John Lennon’s voice, and the disapproval of his fellow Beach Boys. He finally goes off the deep end – literally, straight into the deep end of his pool where he holds band meetings, far away from the prying eyes and ears of the people he thinks are watching him. SOURCES Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys’ Brain Wilson, by Peter Ames Carlin I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir, by Brian Wilson with Ben Greenman Wouldn’t It...

Duration:00:39:14

Brian Wilson Is Trapped (The Brian Wilson Story, Chapter 3)

8/22/2022
The pressure builds in Brian's mind as he continues to work on Smile with the Beach Boys. His vision is completely out of step with what the others expect. A new collaborator butts heads with the band. His father, Murray, and his idol, famed record producer Phil Spector, haunt him. And just when things seem like they'll never get back on track, inspiration strikes in the form of a trusted advisor...but the advice Brian receives leads to another in a long line of...

Duration:00:38:53

Brian Wilson Is Seeing Vibrations (The Brian Wilson Story, Chapter 2)

8/15/2022
Before the Beach Boys began to work on Smile, Brian Wilson was already expanding his mind with the aid of LSD. The drug proved to be a point of contention with other band members, who bristled at Brian's newfound mind-altering methodology. Brian's LSD intake didn't just spark arguments between the Beach Boys. LSD made a black-and-white appear in Technicolor for the first time. It made water taste like it fell straight from heaven. It made musical notation come alive, notes and staffs just...

Duration:00:37:00

Brian Wilson Is Burning Up (The Brian Wilson Story, Chapter 1)

8/15/2022
Things are pretty calm around here at the moment, but sometimes they get a little shaky. Where are we? We're inside the mind of Brian Douglas Wilson, of course, the genius behind the Beach Boys' unprecedented masterpiece Pet Sounds. There are lots of things in here...songs, melodies, ideas...but there are also many dark corners for things to lurk in. For people to lurk in. As Brian continues to work on the band's follow-up to Pet Sounds, a so-called teenage symphony to God called Smile, the...

Duration:00:37:26

Presenting Blood on The Tracks - The Brian Wilson Story

8/8/2022
In 1966, Brian Wilson planned to follow up the Beach Boys' groundbreaking album Pet Sounds with an even bigger musical statement. He was writing a teenage symphony to God. That album, Smile, was never finished. Instead, Brian slowly unraveled, as the pressure to make something profound weighed heavy on him. He worried that he wasn’t good enough. He worried that he was a failure in the eyes of the record company, his band, his peers, and his own father. He thought his house was bugged. He...

Presenting Disgraceland Season 10 - Charles Manson (excerpt)

7/19/2022
If you’re digging the darkness surrounded Bob Dylan’s summer of 1966 in Blood on the Tracks, we’ve got something even more sinister for you in Season 10 of Disgraceland. The newest season of Double Elvis’ award-winning music and true crime podcast Disgraceland continues with an episode about a killer and cult leader who you might not even know was a musician. We’re talking about Mr. Helter Skelter himself, Charles Manson. Hear this clip from a forthcoming episode of Disgraceland, and stay...

Duration:00:06:12

Introducing 27 Club Season 5: Ron "Pigpen" McKernan

6/24/2022
Hey, Blood on the Tracks fans! Listen to Season 5 of the 27 Club to hear the insane details behind the life of one of rock's greatest icons — ​​Ron "Pigpen" McKernan. A founding member of the Grateful Dead. Pigpen wasn't just a member of the Dead. He was the Dead. But just like Brian Jones in the Rolling Stones or Syd Barrett in Pink Floyd, Pigpen felt his role in the Grateful Dead shrink as the rest of the band members expanded their minds and their sound. The story of Pigpen is about a...

Duration:00:04:16

Introducing: About A Girl Season 3

5/16/2022
Hi, Blood On The Tracks fans! iHeartPodcasts and Double Elvis is excited to announce About A Girl Season 3! Host Nikki Lynette is back to bring women out from the shadows of music history. With familiar characters and new perspectives, this riveting podcast dives into the history of many iconic women whose stories have been eclipsed by their famous partners. Don't just take our word for it, check out the trailer to decide for yourself! About A Girl: About A Girl is a scripted narrative...

Duration:00:03:06

Presenting Dead and Gone Season 2 (Trailer)

5/11/2022
Blood on the Tracks fans, meet the dark side of The Grateful Dead. Double Elvis' long, strange, deadly trip continues in Season 2 of Dead and Gone, available now wherever you listen to podcasts. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:03:51

John Lennon: Violence, Protests, Provoking the FBI and Pissing off the President (Best of Disgraceland Season 8)

5/4/2022
In honor of DISGRACELAND's 100th episode, we're sharing a highlight reel of crimes, career comebacks, and downright crazy scandals from the past 9 Seasons. DISGRACELAND is a fellow Double Elvis show that combines true crime and music history through immersive, leap-outta-our-seat storytelling. Tune into this preview of “John Lennon: Violence, Protests, Provoking the FBI and Pissing off the President” to hear about John's political hijinks-- and how they brutally backfired on "the smart...

Duration:00:33:00

Bob Dylan’s Restless Farewell (A Bob Dylan Story, Chapter 10)

4/28/2022
Trees grow tall, leaves fall, rivers dry up, and flowers die. New people are born every day. Life doesn’t stop. Sometimes things can change in an instant—a gunshot to the head, a man losing control of a motorbike—but sometimes things take years to change. And sometimes, like in the curious case of Bob Dylan, a man can go through a lifetime of change in just ten days. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:43:49

Is Bob Dylan Real? (A Bob Dylan Story, Chapter 9)

4/20/2022
Nine days after his near-fatal accident, Bob Dylan has become increasingly consumed with his own mortality. He sees the world as a much older, and perhaps wiser, man. He has died as many times as he has lived. Bleak winters in Minnesota have taken their toll. So has the life of a touring musician. There’s also another brush with fate on yet another motorcycle…a harrowing moment that he may never escape. SOURCES Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys’ Brain Wilson,...

Duration:00:37:49

Bob Dylan Is Lucky Wilbury (A Bob Dylan Story, Chapter 8)

4/13/2022
As Bob Dylan’s physical injuries continue to heal, there is a growing concern that mental problems are only beginning to surface. He struggles with an identity crisis. Did he really introduce the Beatles to marijuana? Did he actually steal movie reels of an unreleased film from one of the most famous directors in the world? And what on earth was he doing inside a complete stranger’s house in London…what was it he was waiting for? SOURCES Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the...

Duration:00:37:28