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1  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Your Favorite Non-BBs Christmas Album on: December 10, 2018, 10:17:34 AM
Aside from the BBs and Phil Spector albums, and I can't leave out A Charlie Brown Christmas either, my top Christmas records are:

1. Johnny Mathis
2. She & Him
3. Brian Setzer

My LEAST favorite is Barbra Streisand. Her "Jingle Bells" gives me the fits.
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Al Jardine \ on: November 24, 2018, 10:51:19 AM
I got one too! I thought it was nicely packaged.
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Paul Dano on Fresh Air with Terry Gross Talking About Love & Mercy, etc. on: November 01, 2018, 11:34:37 AM
I was fan of Paul Dano before I saw Love & Mercy, so maybe this won't be of interest to all. But about 20 minutes into this interview with Terry Gross, he talks about playing Brian Wilson and learning the music.

http://www.nhpr.org/post/paul-dano-wildlife-and-different-anxieties-acting-and-directing#stream/0
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Discuss & Rate Brian Wilson Songs Day by Day on: November 01, 2018, 10:43:47 AM
Today's song is Goin' Home  (not TLOS ver. but early ver. recorded circa '95):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHt_LQBfZ-Y

Thanks for the YouTube link, but can you include where "Goin' Home" appears in this 1 hour, 15-minute video?
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Discuss & Rate Brian Wilson Songs Day by Day on: October 30, 2018, 10:22:20 AM
This sounds like a mix between surf instrumental and lounge music ... SURF LOUNGE! I like it ... a lot ... gave it a 5.
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Love is in the white house on: October 11, 2018, 10:33:05 AM

FYI for the video embedded at the bottom of that article, you need to skip ahead 30 minutes before the actual video starts. Mike Love comes on at 44:15. 
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Discuss & Rate Brian Wilson Songs Day by Day on: October 10, 2018, 02:08:57 PM
The vocal phrasing and inflection are a little goofy to me. I ranked it at 3, perhaps a bit too harshly.
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 2018 Record Store Day - The Beach Boys on: October 09, 2018, 06:09:36 AM
Thanks for that update. I had heard rumblings of "Postcards" getting a vinyl release. It makes sense that they'd capitalize on RSD.
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: BWRG Vinyl on: October 04, 2018, 05:53:05 AM
Sorry to resurrect this old thread, but I was in my local record store and found a signed copy of the Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin. From what I read, only the first 200 copies ordered were signed, and I was just trying to determine if this one is legit. I wasn't a member here when this came out, so I'm trying to play catch up on this eight-year-old album. The number is 1646. The autograph is in silver, which seems to match the others I've seen online. Is there a way to verify its authenticity?
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Discuss & Rate Brian Wilson Songs Day by Day on: October 04, 2018, 05:39:17 AM
I haven't really given this album its due before. It's great lineup of songs, and Brian's performances are pretty strong throughout. His latter-day voice sounds pretty good. He sounds like Dennis to me on "This Whole World." I gave it a 5.
11  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What have you bought recently? on: October 03, 2018, 02:05:48 PM
Just today, on my way to library, I stopped by my local used record store and bought two, cool records that may be of interest to folks here. I found a very nice copy of Beach Boys, Party! that still had the photo cutout sheet insert, and a signed and numbered copy of Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin. Pretty excited about that.
12  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: The What Are You Reading? Thread on: October 01, 2018, 11:30:44 AM
I'm about halfway through Don DeLillo's Underworld. I tried to read it around the time it came out 20-some years ago, but had trouble with it. Now, it's going by pretty easily.
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Discuss & Rate Brian Wilson Songs Day by Day on: September 24, 2018, 10:36:21 AM
Speaking of "Thank You," thank you for including links to the songs.
14  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: NFL 2018 on: September 19, 2018, 07:24:10 AM
And the Browns have almost not lost twice in a row ... 0-1-1!
15  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: September 18, 2018, 08:04:57 AM
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I know I was surprised the first time I watched 1975's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest to see Danny Devito and Christopher Lloyd
Hey, me too! Isn't it fantastic? They played respective characters really well. 3D

Btw, the film credits Michael Douglas as producer. Is there any actor who didn't play in film but produced it (directing doesn't count)?

Nothing overly surprising except that Christopher Lloyd has several TV production credits, must notably Frasier. 

That's a different Christopher Lloyd. Check IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0515941/?ref_=ttfc_fc_wr11

Well, color me surprised.   I've been wrong for a quarter century now. 

I was in the same boat. I finally realized it was a different guy when I happened to see that he won an Emmy for Modern Family and saw his picture. Doc Brown isn't quite as talented as I once believed.
16  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: September 17, 2018, 01:10:31 PM
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I know I was surprised the first time I watched 1975's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest to see Danny Devito and Christopher Lloyd
Hey, me too! Isn't it fantastic? They played respective characters really well. 3D

Btw, the film credits Michael Douglas as producer. Is there any actor who didn't play in film but produced it (directing doesn't count)?

Nothing overly surprising except that Christopher Lloyd has several TV production credits, must notably Frasier. 

That's a different Christopher Lloyd. Check IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0515941/?ref_=ttfc_fc_wr11
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: what did Glen Campbell do on stage with the BB's? on: September 06, 2018, 12:32:12 PM
Whooosh.

It's hard here sometimes  ('scuse the pun) ....

Mr. Campbell, your package.
18  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Mike may not be the richest Love anymore on: July 27, 2018, 07:33:45 AM
I was pleasantly surprised to see him sign an extension in Cleveland. He's gotten a lot of flack over the years, but I respect his recent efforts to dispel negative stereotypes about mental illness and appreciate that he wanted to stay in Cleveland. At least it won't be too painful to watch the Cavs in the wake of LeBron leaving again.
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: A Bizarre Retrospective on Friends on: June 28, 2018, 12:51:46 PM
I found the last three paragraphs to be particularly strange, especially the parts I put in boldface.

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If Pet Sounds was the introduction to a tormented genius, Friends became a segue for Wilson to pour out an even bigger range of emotions. Due to the instrumental similarities between the two projects, people did not react to Friends with as much praise unfortunately. In a way, fans just kind of expected this from him it seemed like.

Eventually, the tour for the record failed miserably, and Friends flew under the radar. Even to this day, if you ask any mild Beach Boys fan about the 1968 release, most if not all would say they don’t remember it.

Unsurprisingly, Pet Sounds became a more successful body of work because it was ultimately sad. And people love sad music. Heck, sir Paul Mccartney said he still cries when he hears the song, “God Only Knows.” On the other hand, the lasting legacy of Friends ironically developed into a shrug for listeners. No one knows about it, but the record was just as inventive and forward-thinking as Pet Sounds. As an accomplished musician dealing with a drug problem, Wilson became an instant legend in the latter part of the 60s. And many were lucky to witness his magic at the time.

So Pet Sounds is a masterpiece because it's sad?
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / A Bizarre Retrospective on Friends on: June 28, 2018, 12:07:59 PM
I came across this article on the Beach Boys 1968 album, Friends: https://www.theyoungfolks.com/music/122268/from-the-record-crate-the-beach-boys-friends-1968/

I was surprised there didn't seem to be much discussion about the album, considering its 50th anniversary just passed. However, this article has to be one of the stranger takes on the album I've ever read. The author repeatedly compares it to Pet Sounds and focuses entirely on Brian Wilson's contributions. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on the article. And while you're at it, how about your own reflections on Friends?
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian's back (his actual back) on: June 25, 2018, 10:03:43 AM
Gettin Hungry, I hope you can make both shows, so you don't have to choose.

Our show in Atlanta is going to be GH, but if I could hear "Wild Honey," "This Whole World," and "Feel Flows" performed in the same show, I'd be a very happy camper.

Short of starting a GoFundMe page for the two shows, I'll only be able to pick. They are just too close together to swing both. If I had an idea of what non-Christmas songs were to be included, I'd have an easier time deciding. We'll see.
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys Have A Number 1 Album! on: June 25, 2018, 06:07:52 AM
I don't know why, but this feels kind of like when a basketball player shoots at the wrong basket to get the last rebound needed for a triple double.
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian's back (his actual back) on: June 25, 2018, 06:00:53 AM
It's great to hear that Brian's back is better after surgery. I'm having a hard time deciding if I want to see the Christmas tour, which is playing locally, or drive three hours to Windsor to see the last (rescheduled) Pet Sounds show. I know everyone is tired of the Pet Sounds tour, but I missed my previous chances to see it.
24  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: June 21, 2018, 09:44:07 AM
I too pretty much checked out in the early 2000s. To me Big Fish is his last good movie.

I love Ed Wood, Mars Attacks and Beetlejuice. And of course Batman (which was the first home movie I ever owned).
25  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: June 05, 2018, 10:26:06 AM
This week I finally got around to seeing The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Both were quite good, though the general plot of The Shape of Water was a bit predictable. Great set design and special effects carry it past that one drawback. I really liked Three Billboards. I'm a sucker for dark comedy. 
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