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1  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Question about how tracks are broken up on live concert albums (digital) on: November 10, 2017, 03:20:41 PM
I'm making a compilation of BB live tracks from the officially released concert albums (purchased from iTunes), and I'm just wondering if anyone here knows why tracks on a live album are often broken up in such a way that the intro to the next song is at the end of the previous one. It's not true in every case, but it's common enough that there must be a reason for it. Why not break the tracks up so that each song is sort of self-contained with its own intro/stage banter and subsequent applause/thanks?
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2018 Tour Thread on: October 28, 2017, 07:01:18 AM
I want a BW Christmas show in my area! Afro

Me too! I doubt it would happen in that short space of time, but I would consider traveling stateside for this depending on the date and location.
3  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: New \ on: October 24, 2017, 07:15:31 AM
I love Ex's and Oh's by Elle King. It has a very Spectorian vibe about it for sure, right down to the way she sings the "oh oh oh's they haunt me" line. But I agree her singing style seems kind of ubiquitous. British singer Paloma Faith is another to add to the list of female singers with "that voice". But I love Paloma too! Actually I bought Elle King's album after seeing her live, that girl can belt it. Her voice fills a room.

I'd add Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. I can't get enough of their sound. I can't pinpoint exactly who/what they sound like, it's like such a vast fusion of classic sounds that it's almost something completely new.
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: A Response to a Request For a Positive Post...My Top 10 Beach Boys Observations on: October 18, 2017, 11:42:08 AM
I used to think the Beatles were the be all and end all of bands Ė nothing could ever top them. Thatís a very narrow minded view, I admit, but Iíve obviously changed my opinion since becoming a BB fan. It doesnít mean I donít still hold the Beatles in very high regard; I think its more that I can see them a bit more in the context of their time and balance them against what else was going on. And by what else was going on I mean the BB's.

They do deserve to be seen as being in the same neighbourhood of invention and ground breakage as the Beatles, and thatís a perspective I want to share with others who may have had similar ideas as I had. I remember one time several years ago a friend of mine whose knowledge of and taste in music I trust without question told me that the Beatles and the Beach Boys had a friendly rivalry, and for a short time were basically equals on the global music stage, and I was shocked.

I didnít start listening to the Beach Boys that day ( or that year, even) but it planted a seed in me. I remembered him telling me that often enough that when the time was right, I did start listening. Itís a seed I very much appreciate and I want to plant more of them, wherever I can.  

I wouldnít say Iím on a crusade to convert people into BB fans, I just want to be someone who plants those seeds. Itís not up to me where they sprout or take root.

Why do I care what other people think of the Beach Boys? On a personal level, of course it would be awesome if everyone I know were to become hardcore Beach Boys fans so I could gush about the music with them. But it's also maybe about giving back to the Beach Boys for all they have given us.
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: A Response to a Request For a Positive Post...My Top 10 Beach Boys Observations on: October 15, 2017, 04:41:02 PM
Wonderful post! Agree with everything. Also, I think their music is inexhaustible. I always find something new and beautiful that I hadn't noticed before.  And it is definitely angelic and out of this world - it's Johann Sebastian Beach!

Agreed. I am currently obsessed with the Live albums and as if I wasn't already aware of how ethereal this music is, the BB world just keeps opening up. I feel so thankful to have had the 'a-ha' moment that led to this.
6  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: RIP Tom Petty 1950-2017 on: October 02, 2017, 01:52:59 PM
I can't believe it. So heartbroken over this. RIP Tom.
7  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #12: The Beatles (the White Album part 2) on: October 02, 2017, 05:51:48 AM
Revolution Nein
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Honeys - Tonight You Belong to Me (1969) on: September 27, 2017, 10:38:26 AM
I love this so much. But whenever I hear it, I do tend to think of this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyinJyWUhas

(Bernadette Peters and Steve Martin, from The Jerk, 1979. Also a very lovely version, not even a joke! Except for that trumpet...)

9  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Cats on: September 27, 2017, 10:31:31 AM
Disregard dumb "look like humans" lists, this is THE human, looks familiar, don't you think? It could be your buddy, neighbor, local youth, ancestor, grandpa, grandpa's brother, your brother, even father. He's many people to everybody. To me, he bears resemblance to Anton Chekhov & Frank Zappa:



Salvador Dali.
10  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #11 FINAL ROUND: The Beatles (the White Album part 1) on: September 27, 2017, 10:29:22 AM
While My Guitar Gently Weeps!
11  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #11: The Beatles (the White Album part 1) on: September 23, 2017, 05:48:54 AM
I Will
12  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #11: The Beatles (the White Album part 1) on: September 19, 2017, 07:09:39 AM
Martha My Dear
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: AREN'T YOU GLAD You're A Beach Boys fan? on: September 18, 2017, 06:20:55 AM
I'm SUPER glad.

The Beach Boys arrived in my life at a time when I really needed them - they made a really terrible time in my life bearable, and now that that's over, they continue to stimulate my happy hormones like no other band. Even the sad stuff makes me  feel better. I don't think I've ever loved a band the way I love these guys. My life is absolutely better because of them.
14  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #11: The Beatles (the White Album part 1) on: September 13, 2017, 05:48:48 AM
Martha My Dear
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / Polls / Re: Which BBs clip do you like the best? on: September 11, 2017, 07:23:10 AM
Nice to see you posting, Z, but read the OP. There's answer to your GV question & to the note about Sullivan & the like shows.

Btw, it doesn't show you picked SU.

Woops, I forgot to click the Submit button. Fixed that.

I see now I missed your conditions for inclusion in the poll. I'm still recovering from the weekend, LOL.
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / Polls / Re: Which BBs clip do you like the best? on: September 11, 2017, 07:14:58 AM
I picked Surf's Up.

But I love the SJB clip also, and the Lonely Sea one, too.

Good Vibrations - which one? fire hall or the studio footage? I'll take the studio footage one.

1. Surf's Up
2. Sloop John B.
3. Lonely Sea
4. Good Vibrations (studio footage)
5. That Same Song

not listed - the 1964 Ed Sullivan Show clip of I Get Around (not the miming one by the car, the one where they're actually playing).
17  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #11: The Beatles (the White Album part 1) on: September 09, 2017, 05:24:32 AM
I'm So Tired
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: New Article: \ on: September 08, 2017, 12:58:22 PM
I wonder--if such an album actually ever comes out, which is far from a certainty after 15-20 years of talking about it--whether it ends up "new material, mostly new material," as he said in the pancakesandwhiskey interview, or "it's going to be covers ... and some original stuff," as he said in this interview. I really, really, really hope it would be the former. The occasional cover is fine, but I'd take an album of the likes of "Some Sweet Day," "My Marianne," "How Can We Still Be Dancin," or "Soul Searchin" type and quality material that's new (or at least remakes of unreleased stuff) over half an album (or more) of covers.

I would love it so much if he would re-record It's Not Easy Being Me with his mature voice for this new album, should it happen. Such a great song.
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: New Al interview on: September 06, 2017, 07:29:00 AM
Great article.

I missed Al's birthday but I hope he had a great one. He deserves every bit of love we have to send him.
20  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #11: The Beatles (the White Album part 1) on: September 06, 2017, 07:26:25 AM
I'm So Tired
21  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #11: The Beatles (the White Album part 1) on: September 01, 2017, 01:24:37 PM
My pick to go doesn't look like it's budging, so might as well boot off Rocky Raccoon, seems like the thing to do. (As I whisper softly to into the ragged ear of the stuffed toy raccoon named Rocky that was given to me by my Beatles-obsessed uncle when I was a kid... "shhhh, it's okay, I still love you")
22  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all do today? on: September 01, 2017, 09:08:41 AM
Today 1st September is Knowledge Day celebrated annually - school kids galore walking with parents, flowers, dressed in classic black & white, polished shoes. Elder kids - 8th-11th graders (there's no 12th grade here) walk alone. They go to school yard to listen to microphone speech by principal/ teachers.

As I walked way back home, some girl was just about passing me by. Till that time, I didn't look at people who pass by - I went with ear buds & the sun shining brightly, you know it's very difficult to see the phone if it's sunny, I wanted to break password to access to music to play it again (it stopped). I began walking slowly to gaze at phone to see if I write down the right password.

When finished, the very absolutely beautiful girl passed me by. She wore LBD (little black dress) with 3/4 sleeves & white embroidered collar. She had black straight hair waving in the breeze &...She smiled to me! It wasn't mocking smile but very kind, warm, sincere & joyful. As if she was too happy that day & she wanted to share it with me (well, people - maybe she's just smiley). Usually I don't look back - I walk forward. But this time I nearly did. But I didn't. But I still rmbr her face & the smile. Isn't it good beginning to day? It creates positivity, that everything'll be alright. Maybe it's strange to say but looking at beautiful people lifts spirits.

This evoked a gorgeous picture in my mind, thanks for sharing Smiley

It reminds me of what Audrey Hepburn said... "Happy girls are the prettiest" or something like that. A random smile from a beautiful stranger is a sweet thing, to be sure.
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: I heard \ on: August 29, 2017, 04:59:16 PM
Over the weekend I had lunch at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville in Niagara Falls and they played not one but two Beach Boys songs! They were playing Sail On, Sailor when we walked up to look at the menu, and that was pretty much the deciding factor, LOL. Then during our meal they played California Girls! Maybe it wasn't an entirely unlikely occurrence for being at a restaurant where they have surf boards hanging on the walls, but since the only time I ever hear Beach Boys while out and about is at Christmastime, I was pretty jazzed.
24  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #11: The Beatles (the White Album part 1) on: August 29, 2017, 04:42:29 PM
I'm So Tired
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / The Beach Boys Media / Re: A Beach Boys/Brian Wilson inspired music/art project on: August 29, 2017, 12:12:44 PM
You're welcome. Do you write as in additional money or is it what you do to live, main occupation? What was easier/ fun - to create the vid, write song or create the story about that Canadian girl? & why Lifesicle is said ['lifsikel]?
I write for personal enjoyment mainly. Self-publishing is expensive so I pay for the cost of a limited run of books just so that I can say I did it. Mostly family and friends buy a few and then I give the rest away as gifts Smiley There is no way I will recover the cost of the printing but that's okay.

I do a different kind of writing for a living (job title: Instructional Designer which is a fancy name for someone who writes e-learning courses).

As far as the Lifesicle project, all parts of it were equally fun! When I get an idea for a story it usually wakes me up in the night and I have to write the whole thing at once or I'll lose it. Then I spend lots of time editing it which is somewhat less fun, but necessary. The art in the book was a lot of fun this time. I'm more of a cartoonist/comic book style artist but I wanted to try abstract art, so that was a neat experience. I made the art style a part of the story.

The book was always the main project, and the song/video were something that came after. I came up with the idea of creating the video as a way to promote it (it was supposed to go viral! It didn't, LOL). So obviously I needed a song, and rather than buying stock music or something, I decided to do it myself. The song took about a month to do. I was waiting for the book to come back from the printer and needed to keep busy with something anyway. I really had a blast with it! As I said, I'm not really a musician but it was kind of proving to myself that I could do it, even if it was just a trifle of a thing.

The video was of course putting the song to a stop-motion animation, and I used very basic tools for that (I'm sure it shows). But I used the tools I had at my disposal. Which was kind of in the spirit of the story, DIY, self-publishing, all of that.

As far as the story being about a Canadian girl, well... they say write what you know. I based the 2 girl characters on my 7 year-old-niece and her cousin who are the same age and live down the street from each other.

It's pronouced Life-sickle, like Popsicle. I wanted to give it a fun, kind of abstract title to go with the art and story. And it sort of alludes to Life Cycle, which is also an element of the story.

By the way, thank you for these questions and taking an interest. It's fun to talk about Smiley
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