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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Surf's Up podcast with Long Promised Road's Brent Wilson and Jason Fine on: November 24, 2021, 07:59:15 AM
Hey guys - just wanted to let you know that Phil Miglioratti and I have uploaded a new episode of Surf's Up: A Beach Boys Podcast Safari featuring Brent Wilson, director of Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road, and Rolling Stone editor Jason Fine, who appears alongside Brian in the documentary. Brent shared some great stories about the challenge of making this film, like the time Brian kicked him off the tour bus, and when Brian said that back in the 70s he wanted to work out to have "pecs." And how "Long Promised Road" and "It's OK" represent the film's spiritual soundtrack. Jason had some interesting insight on his magazine's evolving evaluation of The Beach Boys over the years. You can find it on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Audible, Alexa, Facebook mobile and here on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-93394161. Check it out and let us know what you think.
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Surf's Up: A Beach Boys Podcast Safari - \ on: September 28, 2021, 09:55:08 AM
And just a reminder that we are also on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Alexa, Audible, and in the US you can listen from our FB page on your mobile device by clicking the "podcasts" tab. 
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Surf's Up: A Beach Boys Podcast Safari - \ on: September 28, 2021, 09:28:46 AM
Thanks so much FS.
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Surf's Up: A Beach Boys Podcast Safari - \ on: September 18, 2021, 02:39:40 PM
Thanks Howie for being posting this, and for lending your insider insights to Phil Miglioratti and myself. I'm sure fans will appreciate your thoughts on the momentous Feel Flows release, and I'm sure they will also appreciate hearing about potential forthcoming archival releases. Our show is also available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Audible and Alexa. Surf's Up!
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Surf's Up: A Beach Boys Podcast Safari reviews Long Promised Road on: June 18, 2021, 09:53:34 AM
Hey Everyone,

Phil Miglioratti and I got to see a preview screening of Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road and sat it on a Zoom press conference featuring director Brent Wilson, Rolling Stone's Jason Fine - who is featured in the film - and Brian himself! Our new podcast  is structured around tracks that tell the movie's story, and we cover those influenced by Brian who appear (from the Boss to Nick Jonas!), Brian as live performer, lots of Carl and Dennis, the new song "Right Where I Belong," and Blondie Chaplin's great vocal on a new version of the title track. Check us out on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and on SoundCloud here: https://soundcloud.com/user-93394161. Thanks for listening and eager to hear what you think.
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: New podcast on California Music with David Beard, Rob Bonfiglio and David Marks on: April 03, 2021, 05:44:10 PM
Thanks Emdeeh.
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / New podcast on California Music with David Beard, Rob Bonfiglio and David Marks on: April 01, 2021, 09:07:26 AM
Hello all. Wanted to let you know we have a new episode of Surf's Up: A Beach Boys Podcast Safari, talking about the worthwhile California Music project with David Beard of Endless Summer Quarterly and Rob Bonfiglio from Brian's band. And we were totally surprised when David Marks jumped on the call! David M. gave us a bit about the band's 60th anniversary scuttlebutt and a project he's thinking about in which he would cover some of the band's gems he wasn't around for, particularly from the 1967-1972 era. Check us out on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and here on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-93394161/california-music-with-david-beard-rob-bonfiglio-and-beach-boy-david-marks. Let us know what you think.
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / New episode: Surf's Up-A Beach Boys Podcast Safari with author James B. Murphy on: January 30, 2021, 09:55:24 AM
Hello all. I hope you're having a great weekend. I wanted to give you the heads-up that we have a new episode of Surf's Up - A Beach Boys Podcast Safari with special guest James B. Murphy, author of the excellent Becoming The Beach Boys 1961-1963. We talk about the group's demo recordings with Hite and Dorinda Morgan and some of the key characters from the early days, including Murry Wilson, Judy Bowles, Nik Venet, Russ Regan, Jodi Gable, and more. And together we ponder whether Brian would have been smarter to keep "Surf City" for the boys and given "Surfin' USA" to Jan & Dean! Please check it out. Would love to hear your feedback. It's available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and here on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-93394161.
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: New podcast with Carli Munoz on touring in the 70s, Dennis' Bambu & Jack Rieley on: July 30, 2020, 10:57:43 AM
Just listened to the podcast over lunch and it was outstanding. Very much enjoyed Carlis stories about Dennis and making the album and also the stories about Dennis and Christine. Top Notch podcast. Let's see we've had Bobby Figueroa and Carly Munoz from the seventies touring band how about steady Eddie Carter? He'd be a great guy to interview since I think he's the original back up musician from the late 60s. Just a thought great job guys

Thanks for tuning in, Tony, and I'm glad you liked it. We totally agree that it would be great to speak with Ed Carter. It is not easy to get all the touring musicians, however, because some of them signed non-disclosure agreements when they left. But we'll try!
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / New podcast with Carli Munoz on touring in the 70s, Dennis' Bambu & Jack Rieley on: July 30, 2020, 07:49:30 AM
Hello all,

Wanted to let you that Surf's Up: A Beach Boys Podcast Safari has a new episode featuring an interview with keyboardist Carli Muñoz, who discusses the group's 70s touring unit. And that great organ solo on the live "Leaving This Town."  Of course, Carli was also a skilled composer and wrote songs for Dennis' projected Bambu album. Here he talks about why he felt compelled to rerecord those songs for his In My Soul album. There's a song there called "Wake Up America" that was also intended for Bambu. He reveals the inspiration behind all these songs and the sometimes crazy circumstances in which they were written. He also talks about his good friend Jack Rieley and "Constant Companion" co-writer Rags Baker, with whom he deliberately got arrested after recording the demo!

You can hear it at Apple Podcasts, Spotify and on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-93394161/carli-munoz-a-decade-at-the-keys-writing-for-dennis
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / New podcast with Carli Munoz on touring in the 70s, Dennis' Bambu & Jack Rieley on: July 30, 2020, 07:48:54 AM
Hello all,

Wanted to let you that Surf's Up: A Beach Boys Podcast Safari has a new episode featuring an interview with keyboardist Carli Muñoz, who discusses the group's 70s touring unit. And that great organ solo on the live "Leaving This Town."  Of course, Carli was also a skilled composer and wrote songs for Dennis' projected Bambu album. Here he talks about why he felt compelled to rerecord those songs for his In My Soul album. There's a song there called "Wake Up America" that was also intended for Bambu. He reveals the inspiration behind all these songs and the sometimes crazy circumstances in which they were written. He also talks about his good friend Jack Rieley and "Constant Companion" co-writer Rags Baker, with whom he deliberately got arrested after recording the demo!

You can hear it at Apple Podcasts, Spotify and on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-93394161/carli-munoz-a-decade-at-the-keys-writing-for-dennis
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Bobby Figueroa on new episode of Surf's Up: A Beach Boys Podcast Safari on: June 24, 2020, 11:48:39 AM
Just wanted to say fantastic job guys! Very well done and entertaining (and informative) interview. That was one of the better BB's related interviews I've heard, and the fact that Bobby is one of the genuine good guys in this whole crazy saga comes shining through as he's talking and answering questions. It left me wanting to hear more, and as there is more to tell obviously about some of the inner turmoil among band members during the late 70's era, it's clear Bobby as a working musician and an honest straight-up kind of guy wouldn't want to go too deep into some of it although he obviously could. I always enjoy hearing a working musician tell his or her story about how their careers developed and some of the chance happenings or even moments of great timing came together to get them to where they eventually got and stayed for years. You can still hear it in Bobby's voice when he describes some of his experiences, how he's both a talented and hard-working guy yet comes across as humble and appreciative of his opportunities and proud of his work. Such a contrast to others in the BB's universe, and not just among band members.

I know it's not easy to book guests, but if you continue to book guests such as Bobby who were actually in the band when they were *The Beach Boys* and were also friends of the band, I'll listen to every episode. It's refreshing to hear first-person accounts rather than lectures from guests.

Just an aside, when I was listening to Bobby's voice, he at times had a similar cadence and accent if you will as Brian Wilson! I can't pinpoint it or label it, but it's a certain Southern California drawl and phrasing that Brian and Bobby share at least to my ears.

Thanks again for a truly great interview, keep em' coming!

Thanks for listening and for the great review! We definitely plan on mixing up our guests and speaking with more band members. As for the Bobby/Brian similarities in speaking, I didn't think of it before, but I see what you mean!
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Bobby Figueroa on new episode of Surf's Up: A Beach Boys Podcast Safari on: June 22, 2020, 10:22:50 AM
Thanks Joel. I'm a Montreal native as well. Another I thing I saw after the interview was that Bobby thought the '79 Montreal Forum show came after the group's trip to Japan. According to Andrew G. Doe's website, it preceded the Japanese tour by three weeks.
I saw you at the Paragraphe bookstore where you did a Q and A on the 50 Sides book. I asked your reaction to a music magazine (I think the NME or maybe MOJO) choosing Surf's Up as the best Beach Boys song.

Hey Joel. I remember. Thanks for coming to that. I have a photo from the event that you're in but I can't find it at the moment.
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Bobby Figueroa on new episode of Surf's Up: A Beach Boys Podcast Safari on: June 19, 2020, 11:25:39 AM
Thanks Joel. I'm a Montreal native as well. Another I thing I saw after the interview was that Bobby thought the '79 Montreal Forum show came after the group's trip to Japan. According to Andrew G. Doe's website, it preceded the Japanese tour by three weeks.
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Bobby Figueroa on new episode of Surf's Up: A Beach Boys Podcast Safari on: June 18, 2020, 12:24:07 PM
The latest episode of our podcast series is now up. Bobby drummed with the band -- with some interruption -- from 1974 to 1988 and gives a compelling behind-the-scenes look at the Ricky Fataar era, the group's 1974 resurgence, Beachago, Brian Is Back, Bruce Is Back, working on Pacific Ocean Blue and L.A. (Light Album), and the biggest concerts the group ever played. He was very candid in recounting all the heady highs and tragic lows. Please have a listen and let us know what you think.

You can find it on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and here on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-93394161/bobby-figueroa-on-drumming-with-the-band
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Happy ending for "Angel Come Home" and new podcast with Geoffrey Cushing-Murray on: May 14, 2020, 07:38:47 AM
Hi all,

On the latest episode of Surf's Up: A Beach Boys Podcast Safari, Phil Miglioratti and I speak with Geoffrey Cushing-Murray, who co-wrote "Angel Come Home," "Full Sail," "Goin' South" and "Love Surrounds Me" on L.A. (Light Album). He brings us inside Carl's music room, recalling the process and inspiration behind these tracks, the drama of Dennis, and how Brian would walk away whenever he saw him. A preview: he brought some of his personal story into the lyrics for "Angel," and I am happy to report that, many years later, he did indeed get the girl. You can find us on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and here on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-93394161/geoffrey-cushing-murray-on-co-writing-la-light-album. Let us know what you think.  

P.S. A couple of corrections: Jack Rieley got four co-writing credits on the Holland album, as Cushing-Murray did on L.A. (Five for Rieley if you include the EP.) And super-fan Eric Aniversario considers L.A. his second-favorite Beach Boys album, not his first. Friends is actually his favorite.
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Best songs NOT written or produced by Brian + new podcast with Adam Marsland on: April 15, 2020, 11:50:00 AM
Hello all,

Wanted to give you the heads up that we have a new episode of Surf's Up: A Beach Boys Podcast Safari in which guest Adam Marsland - who recorded that excellent Long Promised Road: Songs of Dennis and Carl Wilson CD with his Chaos Band - runs through an album's worth of his top Beach Boys cuts that Brian did not write or produce. I guarantee his choices will surprise and his insights will educate. Now available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and SoundCloud at this link: https://soundcloud.com/user-93394161/the-best-beach-boys-songs-not-written-and-produced-by-brian-wilson-with-adam-marsland

What would be your picks? To start things off, I will say that one track Adam, Phil Miglioratti and I all agree on is "Celebrate the News."
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: B-sides that are better than A-sides (and a new Surf's Up podcast) on: March 20, 2020, 08:42:44 AM
Thanks for that Mark, and just listened to the cast (great stuff)
Its always been a keen topic of conversation with my Tribute Band mates (especially Sean Macreavey) , what a travesty for Dennis having minor classics relegated to the B-Sides ? (well not really, i see it as 2 for the price of 1 AND if anything should assist in album sales)
Keep up the good work, it's appreciated

Thanks for listening, Rob, and for the kind words. Yes, I think the band would have done well to put more Dennis stuff on A-sides. But the zero performance of "Slip on Through" likely put the kibosh on that.
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / B-sides that are better than A-sides (and a new Surf's Up podcast) on: March 20, 2020, 07:18:51 AM
Hi everyone,

It's very old-school to talk about 45 RPM records and A-sides and B-sides. But I think the decisions as to what to promote as the radio song and what to put on the flip went far in shaping public perception of the group and, ultimately, its creative direction. In some cases, I think they should have  reversed the side designation. What are some of the B-sides you think would have made better A-sides? I think one example would be "Forever" over "Cool, Cool Water." As much as I love "Water," the single edit is awkward, and it just would have sounded weird on the radio. "Forever," on the other hand, was a ready-made classic ballad. Looking forward to hearing your choices.

This is the kind of thing Phil Miglioratti and I discuss in the latest episode of Surf's Up: A Beach Boys Podcast Safari, titled "The Beach Boys' Brilliant B-sides and What Is a B-side Anyway?" Now available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and here on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-93394161/the-beach-boys-brilliant-b-sides-and-what-is-a-b-side-anyway

We now have 17 episodes in total. You can access the complete selection here: https://soundcloud.com/user-93394161
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / This Hour Has 22 Minutes' Mark Critch nerds out about The Beach Boys in podcast on: January 25, 2020, 12:09:38 PM
Hi everybody,

Shameless plug time. In the latest episode of Surf's Up - A Beach Boys Podcast Safari, hosted by Phil Miglioratti and myself, we talk to Mark Critch, star of Canadian comedy news show This Hour Has 22 Minutes about his massive BB fandom. He discusses becoming a fan in Newfoundland in the 1980s, his odd run-ins with the band, and impersonating Brian on his show. He also picks a couple of songs that are particularly meaningful to him: one that won't surprise anyone and another that certainly will. And I'm not saying we got him to do Donald Trump introducing the group, but I'm not denying it, either. This and all our past episodes are now available on iTunes, Spotify and SoundCloud. You can listen here: https://soundcloud.com/user-93394161

If you have a chance, please check it out and let us know what you think.
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: \ on: November 20, 2019, 09:39:27 AM
Wow, MTR. Great list. Some smart suggestions we didn't include.
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / "Pet Sounds: The Prequel"? New ep of Surf's Up: A Beach Boys Podcast Safari on: November 17, 2019, 07:04:26 PM
Hello all,

Phil Miglioratti (of the Pray for Surf blog) and I have just released a new podcast in which we are joined by Philip Lambert, editor of Good Vibrations: Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys in Critical Perspective and author of Inside the Music of Brian Wilson, to each come up with an album's worth of earlier Beach Boys songs/Brian Wilson productions that anticipate the 1966 masterpiece in terms of sound, structure, theme, anything. Some of the selections are what you might expect, while others might surprise. I mean, "Cuckoo Clock," really? Have a listen at the following link and please let us know what you think: https://archive.org/details/petsoundsprequelolambertpodcastosurfsup

You can also visit our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/PodcastSafari/

 
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / The Surfin' Safari vs. Surf's Up Debate in pt.2 podcast with Tom Smucker on: June 20, 2019, 08:18:02 AM
Hello all. This is part two of our Surf's Up: A Beach Boys Podcast Safari interview with Tom Smucker, author of the very worthwhile Why The Beach Boys Matter. We revisit the Great Surfin' Safari vs. Surf's Up Debate of 1971, as well as how Brian Wilson's childhood trips to church may have influenced his music, why he is the Picasso of Pop, how modern stars such as Janelle Monáe are keeping The Beach Boys on the radio, some stunning Spotify numbers, and a Canadian perspective on the group? Check it all out at the following link and let us know what you think: https://archive.org/details/01SurfsUpPodcastTomSmucker2
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / New Surf's Up podcast featuring Tom Smucker, author of Why The Beach Boys Matter on: May 15, 2019, 07:25:43 AM
In the latest episode of Surf's Up: a Beach Boys Podcast Safari, Phil Miglioratti (Pray for Surf) and I speak with author Tom Smucker about his insightful book Why The Beach Boys Matter.

Tom has been writing about the group for decades, starting with his 1972 Creem article, a part of the group's critical evaluation at the time. We had so much to talk about that we divided his interview into two parts: in part one, we discuss the change in critical opinion towards the group over the years, Pet Sounds as a counter-culture statement and the wonder that is Smiley Smile. (And we resolved our audio issues from last time!)
Check it out and we'd love to hear what you think.

Listen here: https://archive.org/details/01Track01_201905
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Surf's Up: A Beach Boys Podcast Safari featuring an interview with David Leaf on: February 27, 2019, 10:59:19 AM
I have not listened to the podcast, full disclosure - But I plan to as soon as I can.

I just wanted to add to previous comments and say that as soon as I saw the title of the podcast, the one most blatantly obvious topic I was curious to hear from David himself was his reaction to Mike Love's book. David and his book (and writings/words in general) are on the list of Mike's targets throughout...in this case David is one of those able to respond unlike others called out by Mike...and I wanted to hear what David thought after reading Mike's comments. If that is not covered in the podcast, maybe a "part 2" would address it in the future.

As far as bias in writing a book - That's like being surprised in learning firsthand any hard or inconvenient truth, such as "life isn't fair" and "why do good people end up getting the shaft?".  Every book about this band and every author who decided to wade into these waters has had to face some stark realities about the personal/familial issues that have been crippling this band from inside for the better part of 60 years. And whichever "sources" said authors of said books have relied on for either minor or significant chunks of info will come loaded with a bias because it's how they saw things play out...or what they were told by the firsthand subjects.

It's funny to see some suggesting how biased other books are, and going to ridiculous lengths to put a magnifying glass on mistakes and errors, on books from Leaf, Gaines, Carlin, etc while holding up things said in Mike's book as near Gospel Truth simply because Mike said it was so on those pages. The biases are there and will always be there on anything related to documenting the private side of this band - Many reading will believe what they read, because it's in print. But ultimately the fans more invested will be able to sift through and pull out what matters.

In the case of David's original book, "is there/has there been/can there be" a rundown of things that detractors or supporters of other band members' versions of events can peg as a clear case of getting it wrong in that book 40 years ago?  Again, if so, the opportunity could be here through a follow-up for David himself to address them.

Thanks for the thoughtful commentary, and from JakeH as well. We did not get to Mike's book in this conversation due to time restraints. But I very much want to ask David about that, Brian's book, Love and Mercy, the 50th Anniversary Tour... all the major stuff of the past few years. I think we will be doing a part two looking into all that.

In terms of writers and bias, the approach for my own book was to give all the key players their turn to express themselves, and to enter into it with as little bias as possible. If somebody told me they thought Eugene Landy was a great guy, I would have printed that.
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