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1  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Pet Peeves on: Today at 05:34:26 AM
I'd like to bring the dialog with Emily, it's related to this thread.

Are you still in touch with Emily? She made some great posts in her day...
2  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all do today? on: Yesterday at 01:23:33 PM
I was feeling really anxious, then turned on the radio. Zorba the Greek by Herb Alpert was on, which pepped me up. This was followed by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' Going to a Go Go, and Mr Fuzzy jumped onto my lap and started playing with me, purring away.
Doubt if any drug or booze could have made me feel better than great music and some playtime with my little buddy. :-)

That's the spirit, E. The Miracles can work, um, miracles. Smokin
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / Polls / Re: Discuss Every Beach Boys Song Day By Day on: Yesterday at 02:39:29 AM
Today we'll discuss Holland as a whole.

An excellent album that didn't take me very long to get to appreciate in its entirety.

4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys 2018 Tour Thread on: Yesterday at 02:37:30 AM
The Beach Boys will be playing the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal this July. Although confirmed, the date has not been released yet. Seeing as they are playing the Ottawa area on the 21st, one could assume it will be that same weekend, either the 20'th or 21st. Outdoor stage, Free show.

At a comedy festival?  Seems like a strange venue to be playing. I do believe you, and I did google it and found a few articles on it.  But just seems a little odd.

Most curiously, Brian is down as a comedy act at Bensalem PA on May 8th!

http://petsoundsforum.com/thread/2294/new-bw-show?page=1&scrollTo=57133
5  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Frankie Lymon's Last Song on: February 16, 2018, 02:23:19 AM
Thanks for linking it, SB, but I'll pass if you don't mind. I prefer to think of his hits with The Teenagers and the image of young Frankie on top of the world at the London Palladium chomping on a fat cigar...
6  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all do today? on: February 16, 2018, 02:19:58 AM
Greetings from Australia!


Your obsession with guns is fucking stupid.

Greetings from Mainland Europe!

What exactly are you driving at, sir?

As for the gun ownership issue, the McVeighs of this world will always find a way but gun ownership restrictions would make it very difficult for the socially and mentally challenged to act out what are often spur-of-the-moment fantasies. My two eurocents.
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / Polls / Re: Discuss Every Beach Boys Song Day By Day on: February 16, 2018, 02:12:22 AM
Today's song is Funky Pretty.

I believe I gave "Only With You" five before heading off at a tangent. If it were to have ended with the vocal tag I might have thought "soporific" but instead the last 40 seconds treat us to a gorgeous instrumental coda. A heartwarming Dennis--Mike--Carl collaboration.

As for "Funky Pretty", in my view it's not the album's weak link or whatever. It's a great rousing closer, with Blondie tearing down the house at the end.

Five.       

8  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all do today? on: February 15, 2018, 10:47:17 AM
A guy went to a school, shot to death 17 people and injured a bunch more.

This has happened before many times. But nothing's ever done about it.
A guy actually told me that these deaths are "acceptable losses" - I mean, you have a greater chance of being struck by lightning than dying in a mass shooting, so why worry! Better that kids die than anyone try to take away any of his precious guns or even make it just a little bit harder to get semi-automatic guns. (The AR-15 is the weapon of choice for most of the mass shootings).

And this will happen again, and again, and again.

So as the expression here goes, "lather, rinse, repeat"

Horrific. Acceptable losses? What an asshole. The general public should not be allowed to possess firearms, period. What is it going to take, I wonder?
9  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all do today? on: February 15, 2018, 04:31:32 AM
I'm sporadically watching the Dutch skaters' progress in the 10,000 Metres at the Winter Olympics...
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / Polls / Re: Discuss Every Beach Boys Song Day By Day on: February 15, 2018, 04:06:51 AM
Today's song is Leaving This Town.

I love this song! It has everything----great chords, a stunning lead vocal from Blondie, a
hypnotic tag and, perhaps best of all, a fantastic slinky Moog solo from Ricky that builds
wonderfully. Note that "LTT" is one of only two BB songs to include an extended instrumental
workout over a chord sequence or riff reserved for it alone (the other being "Feel Flows").

Far too few times IMO.

I suppose the closest they ever came to it elsewhere was "Carl's Big Chance". But generally there was little room for lengthily cutting loose----seems it just wasn't their (or Brian's) thing. 
11  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: I Hear A Symphony: A \ on: February 14, 2018, 05:38:05 AM
I came across this sparkling three-movement symphony quite by accident:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xOMDIOyfNo

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yasushi_Akutagawa
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / Polls / Re: Discuss Every Beach Boys Song Day By Day on: February 14, 2018, 05:09:39 AM
Today's song is Leaving This Town.

I love this song! It has everything----great chords, a stunning lead vocal from Blondie, a
hypnotic tag and, perhaps best of all, a fantastic slinky Moog solo from Ricky that builds
wonderfully. Note that "LTT" is one of only two BB songs to include an extended instrumental
workout over a chord sequence or riff reserved for it alone (the other being "Feel Flows").

13  Smiley Smile Stuff / Polls / Re: Discuss Every Beach Boys Song Day By Day on: February 13, 2018, 03:05:38 AM
Today's song is The Trader.

I rate it "Hi!"-ly. Cool Guy

"The Trader" goes from strength to strength. The second section is sheer heaven, particularly the moment when Carl pauses.

Holland is chock full of goodies, to be sure.
14  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the "What are you listening to now?" thread on: February 12, 2018, 02:27:51 PM
Heard this stirring symphony while sorting out some recalcitrant sky in a National Trust jigsaw puzzle:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wl3YUGHyEMc

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akio_Yashiro

15  Smiley Smile Stuff / Polls / Re: Discuss Every Beach Boys Song Day By Day on: February 12, 2018, 01:28:45 PM
I remember hearing this fine song at the time it was released as a 45 and loving the synth squelches but wondering about the wisp of flute at the start. All good now. Five.
16  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: The What Are You Reading? Thread on: February 12, 2018, 02:23:57 AM
Another discussion is how have musical terms such as Andante or Allegro changed over time. And how the available space on a CD was determined - possibly to be long enough to have Beethoven's Ninth fit on one disc.

Really? That's amazing!
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Thread for various insignificant questions that don't deserve their own thread! on: February 12, 2018, 02:20:43 AM
Can anyone point me to a site where I can hear or see Randy Bachman (or the band he was in, Union) doing Keepin the Summer Alive? 

It's here (as "Keep the Summer Alive") but you have to join AllMusic to hear it:

https://www.allmusic.com/artist/union-mn0001524136/songs
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / Polls / Re: Discuss Every Beach Boys Song Day By Day on: February 11, 2018, 02:51:40 PM
Iím kinda with BummerinParadise about spoken word parts in songs (itís the only part of ĎLonely Seaí I donít care for), but this track is so well done and the narration is so good I donít mind it at all.

The mixing on this album is so darn good and this song is a perfect example of it. Sounds like this song is being played somewhere in a forested canyon of Big Sur.

5/5

I am a fan of spoken bits. Anyway, it's great to hear Alan's speaking voice on disc (I believe the previous occasion was the intro to "Cassius/Sonny").

Great comment there, rab.

Five.
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / Polls / Re: Discuss Every Beach Boys Song Day By Day on: February 10, 2018, 04:14:25 PM
Today's song is Big Sur.

As much as I love the 4/4 version, this one was the right choice for Holland. One of Mike's most endearing songs.

Five.
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / Polls / Re: Discuss Every Beach Boys Song Day By Day on: February 09, 2018, 04:24:59 AM
Today's song is Steamboat

Another Dennis gem. Felicitous touches all along the way, including a ship's bell. It took a while for me to even notice this song on the album!

Five.
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / Polls / Re: Discuss Every Beach Boys Song Day By Day on: February 08, 2018, 04:00:04 AM
Today's song is Sail On, Sailor.

I remember hearing this on the radio at the time and thinking, "They've done it again!"----"it" being a superb, original 45.

Possibly Blondie's finest hour.

Five.
22  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all EAT today? + recipes. on: February 07, 2018, 01:15:44 PM

Last night, Bubs and I made massive sandwiches with:
herbed garlic loaves
avocado
grilled eggplant
fried eggs
alfafa sprouts
avocado hummus
"tofurkey"
red onions
tomatoes
& lettuce

oh, and we threw some turmeric, garlic, amongst other seasonings, and grilled that baby on a George Foreman grill. Good god I ate a lot last night.

Hi, M. This takes the concept of massive to another level.  LOL

Sounds scrumptious though.
23  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: I Hear A Symphony: A \ on: February 07, 2018, 04:53:16 AM
Johan Svendsen was a fellow countryman and contemporary of the much more famous Edvard Grieg.

Svendsen's Norwegian Artists' Carnival deserves to be heard more often:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeYS4QdPhAI

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johan_Svendsen
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / Polls / Re: Discuss Every Beach Boys Song Day By Day on: February 07, 2018, 04:19:46 AM
Today we'll discuss the whole CATP album.

Gave it a five (which was actually meant for "Cuddle Up"!). Still, I'm gradually coming to terms with C&TP so it's not entirely misplaced. Grin
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / Polls / Re: Discuss Every Beach Boys Song Day By Day on: February 05, 2018, 03:33:03 AM
Today's song is All This Is That.

This song is probably the closest you'll ever get to Mike, who's very in-your-face at times. But that's fine with me.

Their last great spiritual song in my view. Five.
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