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1  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Country Music on: July 27, 2020, 02:25:22 PM
I finally gave this a good listen.  The whole thing is on youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njCtr_QQ5pQ&list=PLVufYqcrLG4seYvUDwlhv-hkhjbtvjO7J

It's nice to see artists still putting out concept albums.  The first three songs didn't do too much for me but I started digging the album on the fourth track (his version of John Henry was a Steel Driving Man).  Overall I thought it was pretty good with my favorite track being Black Lung.

I see Steve Earle has a new album out, "Ghosts of West Virginia". I listened to some clips on amazon. Sounds really good. Anyone heard it?



2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Unpopular Beach Boys opinions on: July 25, 2020, 04:21:33 PM
A couple possibly unpopular opinions:
- I usually appreciate the falsetto but in Hawaii, it's a bit too high/too much for my taste
- To my ear, the chorus in Heroes and Villains doesn't fit real well with the rest of the song

3  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: I Hear A Symphony: A \ on: July 01, 2020, 02:37:20 PM
Regarding Satie, my favorites are the Gnossiennes

Link to No. 1:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJGDKlu39xg

4  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the "What are you listening to now?" thread on: June 30, 2020, 08:47:03 PM
I have a bunch of CDs in the basement and have been going down there lately to pick something to listen to.  I had pretty much forgotten about the Smoking Popes but I think this is a decent listen if you like pop-punk.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZIfEFruAck&list=PLYwfYGziz-_3dEMajz58Gzp3531CV9dLq
5  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Thoughts on Bob Dylan's 'Rough and Rowdy Ways'? on: June 25, 2020, 05:21:12 PM
I've only listened to the whole album once so far...  but agree the songs seem to meld together.  Goodbye Jimmy Reed stood out to me maybe just because the instrumentation was different than the other tracks.

The Carl Wilson line was discussed a bit on the main forum.  Pretty cool - I wasn't familiar with that song beforehand.  http://smileysmile.net/board/index.php/topic,27022.0.html
6  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Tacocat on: May 30, 2020, 03:19:42 PM
I stumbled onto this video and thought some other BB fans might be entertained by this punk rock song:  https://youtu.be/DFH1BBdxGjw
7  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles on: May 25, 2020, 04:05:14 PM
On Facebook, one of my friends shared a poster - can you find the 39 Beatles songs in this poster? 

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/d2/88/e0/d288e0ed6d599b6f84fe9dc1bda5f9a4.png

Thought it was a cool idea - maybe someone will draw something like that for Beach Boys songs.
8  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: CCR 50th anniversary on: May 25, 2020, 04:01:46 PM



I don't understand the negativity toward John Fogerty here.  I think most people would be bitter if they lost ownership of hit songs they wrote an people can be bitter for years before they put it behind them.  I know that's happened with me anyway so I wouldn't assume he is faking anything.  Anyway, a very nice performance by him today of City of New Orleans:

https://youtu.be/7zmNs6sWTD8



I don't think there's any negativity towards him, at least not from my side, and that is all I can talk about. I'm just saying that his way of acting in interviews and such seems kinda faked to my eyes. I know that I've acted similarly when I was trying to hold down certain things. It's just my interpretation. I also think that he seemed more real in earlier years.
I don't think anyone is denying that he was ripped off; I don't see anyone putting him down as a songwriter, singer, or guitarist. There were three other guys that helped him achieve his dream of rock and roll immortality, but to hear him tell it today, they impeded him instead of helping him. I don't believe that is true. With rock bands, there is a tendency to always focus on the frontman or lead singer, main songwriter, but a great singer and songwriter needs a good band backing him up. How great would Elvis been at Sun Records without Scotty and Bill there to play those songs? How good would The Beatles have been minus George and Ringo? Give credit where credit is due, that's all i'm asking.

I think everyone posting here acknowledges Fogerty's immense talent, and I don't see anyone ripping him.  We're giving our opinion on what we see.  If we're only going to say nice things here you need to go delete 90% of the threads on the main forum.


Of course anyone can write their opinion on a discussion board.  I don't think he's faking being happy but I don't know him personally so can't say for sure.

On the main forum, there was a thread recently about Beach Boys covers.  I noticed Cotton Fields was released by the BB before the CCR version.  I wonder if the BB version might have inspired the CCR recording or if they were already working on the song independently. 
9  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: CCR 50th anniversary on: May 21, 2020, 04:51:14 PM
I don't understand the negativity toward John Fogerty here.  I think most people would be bitter if they lost ownership of hit songs they wrote an people can be bitter for years before they put it behind them.  I know that's happened with me anyway so I wouldn't assume he is faking anything.  Anyway, a very nice performance by him today of City of New Orleans:

https://youtu.be/7zmNs6sWTD8

10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The choir-part from the bridge on GV on smile. on: May 17, 2020, 08:17:57 PM
Why didn't that part make the single version? Does anyone know they decided to cut it away?

I'm talking about that hum di dum hum di dum uuh uuh part before the chorus hits back again. After hearing that on the smile sessions the bridge just sounds full and completed to me, and it gave me an answer to why they had that weird fast fadeout on the single version before the last chorus.
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I like the hum di dum hum part too but for some reason kinda reminds me of a Disney movie song...  although I can't place it!
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Beach Boys as part of a wedding on: May 17, 2020, 08:14:29 PM
Congratulations!  If the Chicken Dance is in the mix, Barnyard could go beforehand as a transition...
12  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: I Hear A Symphony: A \ on: May 16, 2020, 01:58:47 PM
I consider myself a fan of "modern" classical music. My favorite are Prokofiev, Debussy, Satie, and Philip Glass (although he's a different era). Prokofiev's Nevsky...woah!

This thread has a lot of good info and recommendations and I'm still going through it.  So far I seem to have similar taste to NickandthePassions.  Also, I have been enjoying Chopin's Nocturnes lately:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnFs85pLmj4&list=PL552450E1514256AB


13  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: CCR 50th anniversary on: May 09, 2020, 06:26:20 PM
Out of all the music from home videos these days, Fogerty & Family are my favorite I've seen so far.  It's a real joy to watch him with his kids.

Fogerty's Factory - John Fogerty + Family: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qW2139LKN0
14  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Lumineers - Piano on: May 09, 2020, 06:08:50 PM
Nothing like a wall of sound, but I appreciate the song-writing of the Lumineers.  I read an article where a piano tuner described the upright piano they use as "firewood."  For a while, I wondered if it might be deliberately de-tuned, but perhaps it is just a unique sounding old piano.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zW3H2mapSW0
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 'In My Room' on American Idol this week on: May 06, 2020, 06:20:22 PM
I liked both versions, especially the instrumental.  I agree with krabklaw about the embellishments in the Idol version... but "less is more" probably isn't a winning strategy on those types of shows... 
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Rank BBs album closing tracks on: April 21, 2020, 02:42:09 PM
I see Smile Sessions isn't considered a studio album but if it were and you ignore all the bonus tracks... I think Good Vibrations would be my favorite closing track.
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: BTTYS in new Disney movie on: March 26, 2020, 04:16:11 PM
My daughters aren't the Beach Boys fan I am (at least yet) but both liked the song in the movie.  I do have a niece that's a fan (has a record player and the Beach Boys Concert LP).

My daughter told me about this. Apparently The Beach Boys are starting to get popular again in her age group (she’s a tween)

18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: BTTYS in new Disney movie on: March 25, 2020, 09:06:42 PM
At home for a Spring Break stay-cation with my family - we decided to splurge on Disney + ($7/mo) and watched Stargirl last night.  Honestly, I've always thought BTTYS was a bit on the cheesy side but I like the song.  The versions in the movie are really good and I think will help introduce BB music to a new generation.  The song is actually in the movie twice (the bare solo version from the trailer near the beginning of the movie and then again with marching band backup later on).

Just saw the trailer for Stargirl, new Disney movie on channel Disney+ in March.

Gotta admit, Be true to your school is not your classical goose bumps tune. But in their version it cuts really close!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE-e7v4bvxw
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Which Beach Boys song is your earworm? on: January 27, 2020, 02:30:49 PM
Since going to the BW concert in Maryland last week, I've been getting California Saga in my head.  Thinking it might be because I hadn't previously listened to that song nearly as much as some of the others. 
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson 2020 Live Thread on: January 23, 2020, 07:53:31 PM
I'm so glad that this night turned into a success. I guess something I didn't take into account, is that a casino that's already populated with people may be obliged to buy tickets to who is performing, regardless of who it is. Not to say it wasn't Brian's crowd, no matter who it was it is clear Brian and the band made them his crowd! I hope we continue to hear about MORE nights like this!

I'm very glad as well.  I'm thinking they must have sold a lot of tickets in the last few days before the concert.  Although I wouldn't be surprised if some hotel guests attended, I think it was mostly concertgoers rather than the casino crowd - I was surprised how crowded the casino was on a Wednesday (we walked through on our way in), but think that was mostly locals who came for just the casino.  The casino had some kind of incentive thing going on - there were lots of people walking around with new comforters for beds.
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson 2020 Live Thread on: January 22, 2020, 08:52:40 PM
Just got back from the Maryland show at MGM.  This was my first time seeing BW since my parents took me to my first rock concert on June 6, 1983 when the Beach Boys played at RFK in DC after a Team America vs Fort Lauderdale Strikers soccer game.

I bought the $23 seats for my brother and me but was pleasantly surprised when offered by the ushers to move closer to the floor.  The place looked mostly full to me.  Anyway, we had a really great time and I'm very glad we went.  Crowd was mostly old-ish but there were some younger folks there as well including a young couple sitting near us that danced during several songs.  Al Jardine was awesome and Matt did a great job as well.  I thought Brian sounded good too, especially on Do It Again, Heroes and Villains, and Love and Mercy.  It smelled like someone must have lit a joint when Darian sang I Can Hear Music.

Lots of comments about whether Brian should continue touring...  I agree with those who say it's up to him.  I disagree that him performing could possibly take anything away from his legacy.  Nothing can take away from the songs and albums BW wrote and recorded....  

In addition the Beach Boys, I'm also into bluegrass and classic country music - and regret not seeing Bill Monroe and Johnny Cash when I had the chance.  Seeing a living legend perform tonight was a special experience.
22  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Che Apalache on: January 13, 2020, 04:38:18 PM
I haven't seen them live yet either but hope to get the chance.  I heard Rock of Ages on bluegrasscountry radio, then listened to more of their stuff on youtube ended up buying the album. Saw the other day where it's nominated for a Grammy.
23  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Che Apalache on: January 10, 2020, 03:06:24 PM
I've been into the Che Apalache album Rearrange My Heart lately.  The political lyrics probably won't be everyone's cup of tea, but the songwriting is creative and harmonies are great.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7LIz-BZWK8&list=OLAK5uy_lHhhLBhDLldvZUzpot-fDGwJRVDHFXse4
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Songs That Could’ve Fit On Pet Sounds on: August 16, 2019, 06:53:58 AM
I think In My Room would fit well especially with a bit more percussion and some found sounds added in.
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Last Beach Boys song you heard on the radio on: May 12, 2019, 08:58:25 AM
Yesterday I was listening to the 102.9fm ("The Valley FM" http://wxva.com/ out of Winchester, VA) and heard All Summer Long. 
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