Beach Boy Al Jardine Thinks Fleet Foxes Rule, Taps Band for New Collaboration

Beach Boy Al Jardine Thinks Fleet Foxes Rule, Taps Band for New Collaboration
It's one thing to be flattered by your peers, but receiving flattery from your idols is on a whole other level. Seattle indie folksters Fleet Foxes found out exactly what that feels like recently when Al Jardine of the legendary Beach Boys told Rolling Stone he thought they were "awesome."

"They kind of have the Beach Boys vibe, too - very beautiful harmonies. They're just taking the world by storm, and without any singles," said Jardine of the Foxes.

Jardine and the Foxes first met at his Red Barn Studios in Big Sur, CA, where the five-piece plan to do some recording. But it won't be just new Fleet Foxes material they'll be working on by the sounds of it, as Jardine has accepted the band's offer to provide some vocals on his upcoming album, A Postcard from California.

After meeting Jardine, Fleet Foxes singer Robin Pecknold told Pitchfork that Jardine "was amazing. A really sweet guy," and drummer Josh Tillman said the band were given an advance listen of the new Jardine track "A California Saga," featuring Neil Young, David Crosby and Stephen Stills.

Jardine's A Postcard from California is set for a September 7 release and will also feature appearances by the likes of fellow Beach Boy Brian Wilson, Steve Miller, Glen Campbell, Flea and, Jardine's close buddy, TV actor (and, apparently, singer) John Stamos (Full House and ER).

Fleet Foxes had a banner year in 2008 with the release of their self-titled debut album but have yet to begin working on their follow-up. They did, however, release a seven-inch single on Sub-Pop in June, and the band are playing select dates in Canada and the U.S. this summer.

Fleet Foxes North American tour dates:

7/29 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

7/30 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory

7/31 Jersey City, NJ - All Points West

8/1 Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival

8/3 Montreal, QC - Metropolis Theatre

8/4 Toronto, ON - Massey Hall

8/5 Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Theatre

8/7 Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza

8/9 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue