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646661 Posts in 25871 Topics by 3688 Members - Latest Member: LavenderBlueMama May 25, 2019, 06:27:57 PM
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 on: Today at 05:26:15 AM 
Started by NateRuvin - Last post by rab2591
One thing I will say about Bruce: he added such an incredible vocal sound to The Beach Boys music. What I mean by this: while Mike and Brian do sound different, they also sound similar during certain moments...there is definite variation but their tones can sound similar (even though Brian's falsetto is completely unmatched by anyone). And perhaps this is due to them being related? But when Bruce comes into the mix, it is this really great and unique sound that adds a whole other dimension to the music. The end of GOK is a perfect example of this.

Bruce's vocals on TWGMTR stand out so much (in a good way), you can really tell it is Bruce. Idk, he just adds a really unique blend to the palette of vocals in The Beach Boys. I'm beyond glad he was brought on board.

I can't comment on his current stage voice or what he does on stage, as I don't keep up with Mike's version of the band. But if he's anything like Mike and Brian, I'm sure he is getting tired, his voice is getting a bit more worn. I swear that Al found the fountain of youth because that dude sounds like he's still 25 years old.

 on: Today at 05:23:02 AM 
Started by Al Jardine: Pick Up Artist - Last post by RangeRoverA1
7 cool quotes by cool peeps in blogs & sites. Random wisdom edition:
"Frugal people can bring pop stir into solar food"
"Boss ain't no chief"
"Princess Barbie made BBQ at Ken's Bratzday party"
"Choc-latte isn't black - it's fruitful color"
"Garlic, stand back, you're too distinct, brother. You don't overpower the Onion"
"Chew the ears!"
"It's sunny chill zoom"

 on: Today at 05:09:17 AM 
Started by BubbaFide - Last post by rab2591
A quick answer: subscribe to Apple Music ($9.99 a month), download the songs you want from YouTube (using a third party program), upload those songs to Apple Music, and then assemble your custom playlists. As for your son's music, just send him an email asking for the files of his songs and upload those to Apple Music as well.

The details of the quick answer:

You could use YouTube Music to assemble your playlists of songs from YouTube...I did this recently. The major problem with this: You are never sure whether those rare tracks will be taken down by BRI or by the user who uploaded them. I had created many playlists in YouTube Music that ended up with so many songs missing after a couple months. It was so frustrating because there were some really cool tracks that just became unplayable, and I may never hear them again. And this is why it is a good idea just to rip the songs you want from YouTube so you can keep them forever...

There is a computer app that allows you to rip songs/video from YouTube. It is called "4K Video Downloader". You just copy the YouTube link of the song you want, then paste it in the program. Choose MP3 as your export, and in a few seconds you'll be downloading the file you can forever keep.

This is where Apple Music comes in. Apple Music allows you to upload up to 100,000 of your own songs (plus, you have access to their streaming service which has 50 Million songs and rising). So when you download all your rare Beach Boys tracks from YouTube, you can then drop them into iTunes and upload them to your Apple Music service (you HAVE to have iTunes in order for you to upload to Apple Music).

At that point you can find the 1973 In Concert album (already on Apple Music), add all those songs to a new playlist, then you can add the songs you ripped from YouTube onto that same playlist. You can then arrange those songs in any way you see fit.

And the same goes for your son's music on Soundcloud. I'm sure he'd be happy to email you the files. And if you'd rather, I'm pretty sure you can download those tracks directly from Soundcloud if you pay for them. Then you can just drag those tracks into iTunes, and then upload them to Apple Music.

I know all of that sounds overly confusing! Yes, the simplest thing you can do is use YouTube Music (as Joel recommended), or YouTube Premium, and assemble playlists (mixtapes) straight from YouTube. But the problem with that is that YouTube can take down any of those videos at any point (and they do this constantly due to copyrights, users taking their own videos down, etc). You will also not be able to upload your son's music to YouTube Music as they don't allow any user uploads at this time.

With Apple Music, once you upload your music it is there forever (as long as you keep paying $9.99 a month for their service). You have total control over the album artwork, song titles, etc (by using iTunes), and you can make as many playlists/mixtapes as you want. All of your songs and playlists will be available on any device that supports Apple Music.

Anywho, that's exactly what I do. It is somewhat confusing but it's well worth it in the end.

 on: Today at 04:52:41 AM 
Started by Lonely Summer - Last post by RangeRoverA1
I still didn't get the best answer, despite NBBF pointing at the OP's OP. Anybody got the real definitive answer to why novelty songs looked at as "Z-grade ditties"?
I read that people use "novelty" negatively. Anybody know why they're considered "Z-grade ditties"? People in youtube & elsewhere use "novelty" negatively. Any detailed well-written answer why is it people use it negatively? Anybody? Thanks in advance. Smiley 3D police
If need be, I shall be getting back to this question to remind everybody kindly about it. Smiley Maybe 10 times, maybe 15 times. Smiley

 on: Today at 01:48:47 AM 
Started by JK - Last post by JK
Out of all the "Keepers", I shall forever associate Gandalf with my blogger friend. In some ways it's an unlikely candidate for a list of psychedelic albums--eight of the ten songs are covers, including the seriously non-psychedelic likes of "Scarlet Ribbons". But it works wonderfully well--and the cover is stunning in itself. I know this is her favourite track, "Can You Travel In The Dark Alone":

 on: Today at 01:29:46 AM 
Started by KDS - Last post by JK
This is fantastic, thanks! I've watched Metropolis thrice with different soundtracks each time, but this one is my new favorite...

Glad to oblige, bc. This is the uploader's description of the original version:,23322.msg557104.html#msg557104

That's one super-creative and astonishingly prolific individual (not least in the alias department--the last post in that topic is another!). She'll be so pleased you like it.  Smiley

 on: Today at 01:06:31 AM 
Started by NateRuvin - Last post by NateRuvin
I totally find the clapping/prancing around the stage jokes funny as hell LOL

But in reality, yeah, Bruce's keyboard isn't too important (although seemingly important according my conversation to Totten), but his vocals are sure as hell important to The Beach Boys blend, in 1965 and still in 2019. Don't believe me? Check out this video of a Bruce-less Beach Boys show from 2017...
The band's vocals sound thinner, and quite frankly, less like The Beach Boys , and that's why Bruce has been a pretty crucial member, either vocally, instrumentally, or both for his entire tenure in the group.

Anyway, back to previous points...

1. At the end of the day I think Bruce continues to stay with Mike, and still perform at his age in general, for the following reasons... He obviously is a HUGE fan of The BBs as a fan, he seems to enjoy performing, looks like has a good time on stage (despite being a worn out d*ck after shows sometimes), and of course- the paycheck.

2. The demise of C50 being a "suits" oriented decision is obviously pretty unlikely, I think most reasonable people, would admit that the waters are pretty murky as to what happened, and it probably wasn't JUST Mike's fault.

 on: Yesterday at 10:54:25 PM 
Started by NateRuvin - Last post by Fall Breaks
Agreed. The Bruce-Al blend was most noticeable, and most pleasant, to me in the verses, of all songs, "Surfin' Safari" during C50. Beach Boys magic, indeed.
Mainly because he makes sure his mic is always placed in the right spot.

 on: Yesterday at 07:59:50 PM 
Started by ReggieDunbar - Last post by RangeRoverA1
There was a scene in Star Trek V where they all sang Row Row Row Your Boat, and itís considered a jump the shark moment
Thank you kindly. Smiley

 on: Yesterday at 07:52:52 PM 
Started by KDS - Last post by beachcat

On this subject, here are six tryouts of The American Metropolitan Circus, Lang's Metropolis synchronized with the self-titled 1968 album by The United States of America:

This is fantastic, thanks! I've watched Metropolis thrice with different soundtracks each time, but this one is my new favorite...

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