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51  Smiley Smile Stuff / Brian Wilson Solo Albums / Re: No Pier Pressure on: March 16, 2017, 02:27:57 PM
SB - lol, and yes. (Though Musgraves toured with K Perry a few years ago. That said, shitty pop beats bro country and boy bands in my book.)

Billy - I figured there was some confusion there. Then again, I'm the guy who once either here or at Record Room went on for about half a dozen posts FURIOUSLY insisting that Zeppelin was the best American rock band ever... until realizing what a full-on, suddenly brainless idiot I was! I would have loved to hear One Kind of Love live. All I ever got was Sail Away, in the PS tour last October. Which was great, mind you, but not the same. (For that matter, I only ever heard Summer's Gone from TLOS, on the BW-Jardine-Marks tour. So for new material from the past half-decade, I've had a rough go of it. And Summer's Gone isn't even in my top few songs from those years!)
52  Smiley Smile Stuff / Brian Wilson Solo Albums / Re: No Pier Pressure on: March 16, 2017, 02:19:34 PM
I don't love the song, but I think it's good. Fun. Kinda dumb. Pretty bad lyrics--I HATE the forced nostalgia sh*t, whether written by Brian himself, or more often seemingly by Bennett, Thomas, or Musgraves.--especially for such a great lyricist as Musgraves is. But yeah, it's fine with me. And I do like the way that they they managed to do something so interesting with only four chords repeating the whole damn time. I end up singing the backgrounds every goshdarn time.

It's Saturday Night that really gets me. That should have been an uber-hit (in like 1983). That's pure pop glory. The number of times I've heard the guys' voices on that one... Al on the verses, Carl on the chorus, Dennis on Brian's bridge part...
53  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Who Arranged 'Be With Me'? on: March 16, 2017, 02:15:46 PM
Carl was a great guitar player. There's more to guitar playing than just blazing lead parts. He knew every chord, every variation of every chord, what to play and what not to play, he just had it all together musically.

Absolutely. There are players, and there are musicians. All three Wilson brothers were more musicians than players, but Carl was the one who really could play, too.* I mean, really play. Not shred. Play.


*Yes, Brian was a pretty good keyboard player, too, in a way. (I want to say "in a clumsy, clunky sort of way," which I know will just piss people off, so I won't say it. Even though I kind-of just did.) But I think Carl's guitar playing was better than Brian's keyboard playing.
54  Smiley Smile Stuff / Brian Wilson Solo Albums / Re: No Pier Pressure on: March 16, 2017, 02:10:41 PM
I love Our Special Love. Brian *nailed* that one when I saw him in June 2015.

Wait, what? He did OSL live? Or am I misunderstanding? I must be misunderstanding.

I still think it's really, really cheesy. It's not terrible, but I really hated the Peter Hollens lead bits. I'd have rather heard the original version that Thomas discussed in some interview or other. And I just can't get over that part that is identical to the "Spring Vacation" part. Maybe because I don't like that song, either.

55  Smiley Smile Stuff / Brian Wilson Solo Albums / Re: No Pier Pressure on: March 16, 2017, 12:50:24 PM
I don't mind '75 Brian's voice at all. It's just the song itself (and the performance, to some extent). I get why people who like the tune would enjoy it, and obviously as a rarity/curiosity it's fun to hear. But just not for me.

On the main topic, though: I still like NPP more than a lot of people seem to (including several of the special-guest tracks). Good, but not great, record. Best of all: no theme. (OK, that's not what's best, but for me it was a welcome relief to have "just" an album of songs. That is what Brian has been best at his whole life: writing pop songs.)
56  Smiley Smile Stuff / Brian Wilson Solo Albums / Re: No Pier Pressure on: March 15, 2017, 04:50:45 PM
I do think it's a well done track. But I'm not a huge fan of the melody itself, and far less so of the vocal. Don't get me wrong, I'm not shitting on it. Just never liked it, myself. And then the demo!...and I like it even less. Hmpf. Woe is me.  Grin
57  Smiley Smile Stuff / Brian Wilson Solo Albums / Re: No Pier Pressure on: March 15, 2017, 01:46:03 PM
I'm more backwards: I don't like either version!
58  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Songs That Would Have Been Better With Different Lyrics on: March 14, 2017, 01:47:09 PM
I totally agree and would be surprised if that's a minority opinion. (Though I have no idea.) As-is, it's a cute little tune; not that I'd expect it to be an epic tome, I think something beyond "mmm mmms" would have been nice.
59  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: NBA 2017 Topic on: March 14, 2017, 09:03:41 AM
He was spectacular. KAT, when he wasn't whining about no-calls, was pretty great, too.
60  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Songs That Would Have Been Better With Different Lyrics on: March 13, 2017, 06:06:46 PM
Glad you like his work.
61  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: NBA 2017 Topic on: March 13, 2017, 05:34:46 PM
Rubio smacking around Wash. 6 pts, 2 reb, 10 assists in Q1.
62  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Songs That Would Have Been Better With Different Lyrics on: March 13, 2017, 01:46:48 PM
I have thought about this on and off as long as I’ve been a Beach Boys fan, and my opinions have changed.
 
For a long time—back before I was a fan and once I became one—the lyrics were a big sticking point for me. I’m bored to death by cars, totally ambivalent to surfing, so up until I got into the deeper catalogue and songs about feet, trees, the solar system, and creepy middle aged men leering at tomboys and other too-young-for-them girls, I figured there wasn’t much left other than typical boy-and-girl songs. And frankly, a lot of their lyrics just always struck me as clumsy or stupid.
 
Pet Sounds and Smile songs were the exceptions for me. The rest, I’d rather leave than take (in those days).
 
But just as I came around on the greatness of pop music, I have come around to really appreciate a good pop lyric. I don’t care if it’s clumsy or stupid if it’s the right kind of clumsy or stupid, which no, I cannot define. If it sounds to me as being within the skill-set of the writer (as opposed to a pretentious overreach), I’m likely to be just fine with it. For example, the OP’s reference to “Take a Load Off Your Feet”: I love it exactly as it is. Ditto “Susie Cincinnati,” “When a Man Needs a Woman,” “Mona,” and dozens more.
 
Pretty much the only type of lyrics I despise now are what sound to be to be the aforementioned pretentious overreach (I’d say Jack Rieley’s lyrics fit this bill), the excruciating self-references of later Mike Love lyrics, and the creepy moments in tunes like “Roller Skating Child” (which I like a lot of, on one level, but is just ICK) and “Hey Little Tomboy.” Otherwise, I’m good. I know the Beach Boys weren’t Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, or John Darnielle, and I’d assume they know it, too. But the opposite is true as well: those people are not the Beach Boys. For the most part, I like what’s there for what’s there.
 
63  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: NBA 2017 Topic on: March 11, 2017, 11:59:42 AM
And Aldridge is out with a heart issue.
64  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: NBA 2017 Topic on: March 10, 2017, 08:26:45 PM
Just in time for a meaningless run that will result in the 15th pick...but still a nice win!
65  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the \ on: March 10, 2017, 05:38:11 AM
Improving with each listen: The new Shins (FINALLY!):


You think so? I'm still lukewarm at best on the four tracks that are out, which makes me uneasy about the rest.
Yup Smiley After the third run-through, I actually really like it. More than Port of Morrow, for that matter. It's a neat album with just 1-2 throwaway tracks.
well my pre-order became available last night for download last night, so I've got it queued up for today. I haven't really lived a Shins album since Chutes, but I am hoping for the best. Great voice, good lyricist and a production style that sounds...I don't even know the word. Clean? Just so damn professional, polished. Idk. Anyway, fingers crossed.

Valerie June's album also came out, and I'm excited for that.
66  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the \ on: March 08, 2017, 01:35:53 PM
Improving with each listen: The new Shins (FINALLY!):


You think so? I'm still lukewarm at best on the four tracks that are out, which makes me uneasy about the rest.
67  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: NBA 2017 Topic on: March 07, 2017, 05:24:02 AM
Poor Bogut.
68  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: NBA 2017 Topic on: March 06, 2017, 07:34:40 AM
And sadly the industry would contract. Many (most?) people who attend are interested in being part of some big crowd/spectacle. Not watching a game in a quiet, empty gym.
69  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: NBA 2017 Topic on: March 06, 2017, 05:37:14 AM
Yeah the league needs to adopt that Knicks experiment full time! Cool Guy

Please yes. Never happen, but damn it would be fantastic.
70  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: NBA 2017 Topic on: March 05, 2017, 05:12:27 PM
another shooter in Bogdanovic;

 Grin
71  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Jazz on: March 05, 2017, 01:22:42 PM
As I've written ad nauseum, I'm a big Thelonious Monk fan. Just spun the self-titled album a few times while I read this afternoon and was (as always) thrilled. Almost giddy, as Monk always seems to be. That version of "Just a Gigolo" is one of my favorite records of anything, ever.

I found two versions:

https://youtu.be/j07z-42cxPI

https://youtu.be/WRs1mA2jnd8

i should imagine you mean the second one. The first one has a great cover. :=)

Actually it's this version (I've got it cued up, 7:36 or so into the album). The man liked rerecording his songs...

https://youtu.be/PjPxpCOYqC4?t=7m36s

This is a fantastic Monk album. It includes the debut of his great song "Bemsha Swing."
72  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: NBA 2017 Topic on: March 05, 2017, 12:26:41 PM
When he was at Oak Hill? Or when he was still with his California team? Who was it against?

I saw Oak Hill play a couple of times here in Minnesota, as they've occasionally been a part of an annual day of games at Target Center featuring top Minnesota teams playing against assorted, good regional or national teams. Sadly it wasn't ever one of the best Oak Hill teams. DeSagana Diop and Steve Blake were the best players they ever had in terms of eventual pro production, though there were basically full rosters of D1 guys each time: Travis Watson, Ron Slay, Rashad Carruth, Billy Edelin, Abdou Diame, Antwayne Robinson, etc.
73  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Paley Sessions Discussion Thread on: March 05, 2017, 09:18:25 AM
Around C50, wasn't Bruce talking about working with (I forget the details, but maybe meaning in a production role?) modern artists--country bands and Bruno Mars, I believe, were specifically mentioned--and getting back on the radio? It seems as if he's got an intellectual concept of what he wants, and he's got the reality in which he lives, and never the twain shall meet.
74  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: NBA 2017 Topic on: March 05, 2017, 09:16:18 AM
lol that's ok. My interest in basketball is pretty much the basketball, kind of like how all I like about music is music. Collectibles, autographs, etc., have never really been my thing.

Well, not since circa 1985-90, when I'd go to Vikings training camp and stalk the players for dozens of duplicative autographs. Rick Fenney, you came to know me well!
75  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: NBA 2017 Topic on: March 05, 2017, 08:23:50 AM
Nice, the new and improved Wizards. I think Bogdanovic and Jennings were great additions for them: two more scoring options; another shooter in Bogdanovic; another creator in Jennings at that badly needed upgrade at backup point guard. And with Orlando the opponent, it's a pretty good shot at seeing a victory, too.  Have a good time.
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