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‘SMiLE’ Cellist Missing In Tsunami’s Wake

Brian Wilson has issued a desperate plea for any information on the whereabouts of Markus Sandlund, a cellist from the Stockholm Strings & Horns who played on his recently released recreation of the lost Beach Boys album “SMiLE.” Sandlund was vacationing in Thailand when the area was battered by a tsunami following a Dec. 26 earthquake in the Indian Ocean and has not been heard from since. “I have been devastated since I heard the news that Markus is missing in Thailand,” Wilson says in a statement. “We have sent an agent to see what we can find out, but as of today (Jan. 4) we have been unable to locate Marcus in the area. If there is anyone out there who might know Markus’ whereabouts please contact “My prayers go out to all of the victims and their families and I would ask you to say a prayer for Markus’ safe return,” he adds. Sandlund and his girlfriend, identified only as Sofi, embarked on the vacation at the end of the Wilson’s New Zealand and Australian tour in support of “SMiLE” (Nonesuch). They were in the pool at the Orchid Beach Resort at Khao Lak when the tsunami struck. Sofi was swept away and later rescued, and is now recovering in a Swedish hospital. According to the Web site of trombonist Bjorn Samuelson, a member of the Stockholm Strings & Horns, the 29-year-old Sandlund has played cello since he was 6 years old and studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Besides Wilson, he has also performed in Sweden behind the late Ray Charles.

Super Furry Animals Prep Hits Set

It’s set to be a Super Furry world in 2005, as idiosyncratic Welsh pop mavens Super Furry Animals have three album projects in the works. The band is working on its seventh full-length and front man Gruff Rhys’ first solo effort is due March 8, but XL Recordings/Beggars Group has a career spanning compilation due before either of those projects comes to light Set for a Jan. 25 U.S. release, “Songbook: The Singles Volume One” is the first Super Furry singles collection. The set covers a lot of ground, from fan favorite “Blerwytirhwng” — off the group’s improbably titled 1995 debut EP “Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyndrobwllantysilio-gogogochynygofod

(In Space)” — to “Slow Life” and “Golden Retriever,” from SFA’s 2003 album “Phantom Power.” Other choice selections among the album’s 21 tracks include “Northern Lites,” “Something for the Weekend,” “Hermann Loves Pauline,” “Play It Cool,” “If You Don’t Want Me to Destroy You” and “The International Language of Screaming.” The set includes cuts from each of the band’s full-lengths as well as lauded non-album singles “The Man Don’t Give a F***” and “Ice Hockey Hair.” A companion “Songbook” DVD will feature all of the band’s videos and a 40-minute documentary featuring footage of the band on tour in the United States.

Here is the “Songbook: The Singles Volume One” track list:

“Something for the Weekend”

“It’s Not the End of the World”

“Northern Lites”

“Juxtapozed With U”

“Slow Life”

“Fire in My Heart”

“The Man Don’t Give a F***”

“Herman Loves Pauline”

“Play It Cool”

“Ice Hockey Hair”

“Do or Die”

“Rings Around the World”

“God! Show Me Magic”

“Ysbeidiau Heulog”


“Golden Retriever”

“The International Language of Screaming”

“Hello Sunshine”

“Hometown Unicorn”

“If You Don’t Want Me to Destroy You”