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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / 1960's Beach Boys Albums / Re: Little Deuce Coupe on: September 13, 2017, 02:35:13 PM
JK: Good to hear from you.  Realized l had a message from FF.  Hope you didn't mind too much
my negativity (about BTTYS). I feel a little negativity is good for one's soul. Plus I earn it by estimating
that Hey Little Tomboy is.......fantastic. 
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / 1960's Beach Boys Albums / Re: Little Deuce Coupe on: September 13, 2017, 11:56:10 AM
I give it 5 stars despite a single flaw…Be True To Your School, which sounds like a throwaway in Brian’s stream of composition that gained traction nevertheless. The song’s musical ideas are near hackneyed, near Billy Joel. Adding insult, Mike arrives with his too-quick phrasing and the adverb “now.” Elsewhere on the album, Mike’s singing is better. Otherwise…

Give me Roger Christian. This is the Brian/Roger album. Seemingly effortless song craft…from Brian’s thoughts, Roger’s legitimate argot as added trope, to each 2.5 minute soundscape that keeps it simple and adds Beach Boy early career-making harmonies.  Lots of room for strong metaphor and philosophy in the whole shebang. My favorite is Cherry Cherry Coupe, with the static base-added melody under the harmony in the chorus end.  Think of the subconscious supporting the overt eros.

Here’s a great short album…  “The Beach Boys Sing the Brian Wilson-Roger Christian Songbook”…

Car Crazy Cutie
Little Deuce Coupe
Cherry Cherry Coupe
Don’t Worry Baby
In The Parking Lot
No-Go Showboat
Spirit of America
Shut Down
Ballad of Ol’ Betsy
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / Polls / Re: Discuss Every Beach Boys Song Day By Day on: June 02, 2017, 08:37:20 AM
Agreed, JK.  I'll give it a 24.

What strikes me especially is Brian's phrasing and control of dynamics.  Vocal qualities that don't get enough study.
His instincts in those areas are unique and superlative.  ("are" in the historical/editorial sense)

The business of going in and out of falsetto also amazes me in this song and elsewhere. But you allude to such.

(Speaking of which, I've been listening to Jason Lytle's latest, "Last Place" (Grandaddy) and digging the same things. 
4  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / "Hank Briarstem Arrested for DUI" on: June 01, 2017, 05:13:24 AM
Thanks, JK. Will let you know what I hear. The bumgravy crowd moves slowly
these days. No texting and lots of pressure-lowering eye-drop medications.*
Hank remains an enigma worth considering*.


*in my case, Lumigan (bimatoprost 0.1 mg/ml)
*even if his recent travels and detours prevented him from offering input into the new Wild Honey issue.
5  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / "Hank Briarstem Arrested for DUI" on: May 31, 2017, 06:53:33 AM
Someone recently sent me a clipping from a Clearwater* paper (old-style!) reporting such. Thought you should know...to avoid confusion. It’s not our boy. I phoned  Briarstem’s third wife Candy*, who said it couldn’t have been Hank, who, she swore, was in England at the time of incident. To back it up, I contacted the Clearwater paper, which established that the person of interest was named Hank Earl Briarstem. Another dude…so, not to worry. Candy informed me that our Briarstem was in Merry Old tracking down legendary BB fanboy Topgazza. It seems the two had a big falling-out over a trade-gone-bad. Hank had offered a 1977 Silver Jubilee scones tin* for Topgazza’s (purported) “Dutch Uncle” double-vinyl boot of Holland outtakes. When Hank complained that the boot seemed to be a piss-poor recording of what seemed to be Zydeco/Polish-harmony fusion, Topgazza demurred, claiming you could hear someone yelling “where the hell is Desper when you need him” near the end of the third album side. Hank headed across the pond to seek restitution, and topgazza went into hiding.
 

*Florida
*she and I had a little pas de deux about 14 months ago.
*oddly enough, found at an outdoor flea market in Bowling Green KY. Evidently the tin was embossed, with 4-color designs and a striking illustration of the queen looking vaguely like Scarlett Johansson.
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Early Nineties Yankee Stadium on: February 17, 2017, 11:07:34 AM
Not sure where this should go. But seems to be new.  I like the amateurish aspect of the recording.
The OLD Yankee Stadium.  Really sensing history.  [pause for deep breath...]

Alan is superb in his lead singing.  Carl is an angel.  Mike sounds good on Little Deuce Coupe.
Who is singing the high falsetto throughout?  Love the little girl in the seats dancing.

Some American boys making a paycheck...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiKvYVWaD_8
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Pet Sounds Overrated? on: February 07, 2017, 05:26:22 AM
Don M...like your thoughts.  The tyranny of the art-LP item (thanks to Bob Dylan?) has always grated.
Considering the great works...all have their blemishes.  Even with Dante, one can say, geez, did it have
to be this long?  Perhaps the problem lies in the language of description and the urge to chauvinism.
Human failings...how they grate/are frustrating.  So, not the art itself.

With Pet Sounds...having heard Caroline No at the proper speed...I hope never to hear the sped-up
version again.

Still, a pretty good album...
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / 1970's Beach Boys Albums / Re: The Beach Boys Love You on: February 01, 2017, 09:11:56 AM
Braggart:  You have slight mental illness of the good kind, as I hope I do. Thank you for your honest remarks.
For Love You, try to draw up the history of garage/punk.  Louie Louie...Hang on Sloopy...Rockaway Beach.
Love You is Brian recognizing that and adding his own peculiarity.  And his band's voices.  Very good things!
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary on: May 17, 2016, 09:49:24 AM
Emily and Hey Jude:  Yes...thank you. Of course there is that. And Al is so good there. And so like Brian. Amazing.
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary on: May 17, 2016, 08:49:08 AM
That's DOK, as in Deus Only Knows.
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary on: May 17, 2016, 08:46:15 AM
At risk of duplicating past discussion, yet...

I spent yesterday afternoon listening to Be My Baby multiple times (like the big guy)...in preparation for listening to Pet Sounds
this morning.  Hey! It's a pretty good album!

But seriously...I have a question. Can anybody point to lines/phrases in the album where Al Jardine is up front?  He doesn't have
a lead, of course. Is that him with the "bah bah bah" in the DOK bridge? ( I imagine it is Brian sounding like Al.)  Any help would be
appreciated. In summary:

1:  I'm surprised that Al, with a recent number-one single under his belt, did not feature more.

2: I wish that he had been the lead on Here Today.  (or is he in there?)

 
12  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Lifetime ban on AGD on: April 27, 2016, 03:01:32 PM
I’m sure Andrew will buck up, will continue to contribute to the saga as only he can. He has seen worse.
I am reminded of a soirée years ago. He was in officer’s uniform, glass of Maker’s Mark in hand, light and shadow
stressing his tilted jaw, and letting it be known—to a circle of maidens no less—that his cousin Prince Vassily
was in town for a spell, bunking with Andrew himself. One lass called him out—suggesting that Vassily had
in fact recently passed on—whereupon Andrew broke into a falsetto take on the bridge from “No Go Showboat.”
The girls positively swooned. He can maintain his balance.
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: al and dave playing tonight at autism BB themed benefit on: February 21, 2016, 03:01:46 PM
Wow.  Thank you Professor and Andrew H.  There is such commitment in those performances.
Susan Cowsill...fantastic.  Micky Dolenz...fantastic.  And Let Us Go On This Way!

This is the sort of thing that makes one realize the essential genius of BW.  It's in his genes,
his epigenetics, his neurons.  Can't be explained except by the results.   
14  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Why Musicians Need Philosophy on: January 25, 2016, 03:40:37 PM
Captain...thanks for the reminder.  Had seen it listed at A&L daily.  Now have read it.
The article seems underdeveloped to me.  There seems to be confusion in the use of the word
"philosophy".  To me, an important quality of high art is the surpassing of  ideology (not so much
with lower art forms).  Not sure that the author is saying such when he talks about "philosophy."
I wish he had gone further to consider the hard problem of consciousness and the virtue
or lack of virtue in making ideology a presence. The article made me go back and listen
to Steve Reich's"Eight Lines" and think of how it reminds me of some of the work
of Sean O'Hagan/High Llamas. But not the other way around. 
15  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Great Seventies Movies on: January 07, 2016, 05:43:21 AM
The Last Picture Show.  1971.

You have to be in a certain mood.  But then it is moving and magical and devastating.
Terrific performances...of course especially by Cloris Leachman (AA).
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Postmodern Jukebox on: December 24, 2015, 04:25:03 AM
No Beach Boys content... but gosh, those legs of Ariana Savalas...

a Christmas gift for all.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3Hrn2_LxDs&list=PL7A4D9C100657150E&index=1
17  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: BEACHB-oysters' (sand-corny) POETRY PEARLS - YULEtide-edit... on: December 23, 2015, 04:06:05 PM
This reminds me of my old response to the Gettin' In Over My Head album:


Yon air ... Brian! Oy!
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Don't Worry Baby on: July 02, 2015, 04:40:55 AM
As they say in Costa Rica, spot on.  And I too recall the Shake character.  He was
sort of a hybrid of Damon Runyon and Elizabeth Bishop.
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Van Dyke Barks on: June 22, 2015, 09:00:21 AM
I've always disliked the cello bit in Good Vibrations.  I would have used rapid, descending
bass guitar (higher notes) arpeggios.  But I will always love Parks' statement in the American
Band video about the legitimacy of a band that sang about the place where the ocean water touched
the shore.  Very Shakespearean that.  Don't care much for what gets said today.
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Many Moods of Al Jardine on: June 16, 2015, 08:49:11 AM
Cam, I don't think you need apologize. This board, if nothing else, is meant to allow an expansive
rhetoric.  (I'm thinking of the example of the hermeneutics of Mr. Loaf as he has boosted jazz and
questioned a couple of songs on Summer In Paradise).  The problem, of course, is when the board's
automatic editor changes our phrases ( "dinky to behold" becoming "hard wood").  Is such censorship
necessary?  Perhaps it depends on the clientele.
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: POSNER PRODUCES NEW \ on: June 16, 2015, 05:57:07 AM
...which makes 3 now. Yes, Mr. Loaf?

(4 if you also include "Billy C.")
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Many Moods of Al Jardine on: June 15, 2015, 07:53:46 PM
Even in this craziness, some light shines.  I recall that, during the long walk
to his "Postcards" album, he considered many album titles, including:

I Can't Believe It's Not Al Jardine
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: POSNER PRODUCES NEW \ on: June 15, 2015, 06:27:35 PM
Hah hah!  I definitely couldn't make that out.  I do hope Andrew D. can help us.
Gen. Aldo told me he thinks the Peter Smits character is some sort of Capitol liaison
within the Universal Music Group, based in London.  I bet he has a copy of the 45.
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: POSNER PRODUCES NEW \ on: June 15, 2015, 06:10:43 PM
PP:   Sorry for the lag in my responding…the story deepens.  A friend from Whitechapel allowed me
to hear the production (evidently pressed as an old-fashioned vinyl 45) over my cell phone.
It sounded like the original Beach Boys version but in bad quality—like a 45 played on a phonograph
and sent over a phone.  This is more weird:  The friend stated that a restraining order (he called it
an “epoxy wicket”) has caused the records to be embargoed.  I may be the only person over here who
has heard it. So I guess I’m the link for now.  I’m trying to get my friend, General Aldo, to contact Andrew Doe.   
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: POSNER PRODUCES NEW \ on: June 15, 2015, 10:46:47 AM
Hank B:  I've read your posts, and have to guess that you are embellishing (I'm being
kind) here and there. Like Carl Wilson in his "Australia" phase.  To suggest that A. Boyd
is your contact...well...last time I spoke with him he didn't know the difference between
a primrose and a prime number.  Although he knew a little about impatiens.   
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