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« Reply #25 on: June 26, 2012, 06:59:18 AM »

so are we just blatantly spinning information to fit our threads now or what?  taken from wirestone's link:

It was another reclusive-genius type who provided the weekend with its biggest surprise. The Beach Boys' Sunday afternoon set had all the trappings of sad-making state fair fodder: there's another band serving as a safety net behind the remaining five Boys, and villain/hero Mike Love still has the slight scent of used car salesman on him. The tempos have slowed some, the harmonies certainly don't pop like they used to, and 20 seconds into "Do It Again", it wasn't clear if everybody knew they'd gotten started. A few songs in, though, things got good, and kept getting better.
The cars-and-surfboards songs are all but etched into America's DNA at this point, but no amount of boomer-ish mistiness for some imagined past can dull those melodies. And Mike Love pays just enough lip service to Brian Wilson that you almost forgive him for all those lousy years when John Stamos had him convinced he was Jimmy Buffett. Al Jardine's voice is spot-on, David Marks got off a couple truly ripping solos, and Bruce Johnston's clearly having a ball. Wilson, behind the piano through most of the set, isn't singing much, and when he does, it's a little shaky; he's got both a teleprompter and a guy to help finish his lines when he can't hit the notes. But when he takes the baton-- on "Heroes and Villains", a mini Pet Sounds-suite, and a knockout performance of "Sail On, Sailor"-- that cheaply nostalgic "'member when" feeling all but melts away. The songs from the new That's Why God Made the Radio are awfully schlocky and over-arranged, and nobody really needs to hear "Surfin' USA" and "Surfin' Safari" in a half-hour span. But they sounded better than any band who survived both Uncle Jesse and "Kokomo" ought to, and they absolutely nailed "Wouldn't It Be Nice". That's a good one to nail.

they sure are panning the tour hard  Roll Eyes

Yeah I was also expecting a far more scathing acct of the show, given the thread title. This seems pretty positive to me.

An no one really thought Pitchfork were going to give rave reviews of the new album, surely? It's a totally different demographic. What's heartening (and appropriate) is the gushing respect they afford the band's creative peak works such as Smile proving The Beach Boys' greatest works are still a hipster's favourite!

Additionally, they gave very positive reviews to Love You and TLOS, and BWPS was the number 5 best album of 2004 and something like 25th best of the decade. No need to spit on their reviews.
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« Reply #26 on: June 26, 2012, 08:41:01 AM »

Giving TLOS and the relative quality of the covers albums, I think maybe some people had too low of expectations for the new album. If it wasn't for those last three tracks, I don't think many people would be calling it a miracle - maybe just a competent album.
Well, yeah, but the album DOES have those last three tracks.
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« Reply #27 on: June 26, 2012, 09:01:18 AM »


Eff Pitchfork.  They are a bunch of no class, low rent loser doofuses, and everything they say is hokum.

TWGMTR is one of the BB's best.

Period.  The End.
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« Reply #28 on: June 26, 2012, 09:12:56 AM »

If you're a musician and want some good press from Pitchfork, either play a one-off show or record an indie EP (not an album...) featuring guest spots from at least one guy from Fleet Foxes, a guy from Grizzly Bear, "The Tallest Man On Earth", Justin Vernon from Bon Iver, and if he's not touring with other bands - hire Mike Watt to sit in on bass. Guaranteed a rave review, if not one that gushes with genuine enthusiasm devoid of any sarcasm or wink-and-a-nod nihilistic tendencies.
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« Reply #29 on: June 26, 2012, 10:14:48 AM »

so are we just blatantly spinning information to fit our threads now or what?  taken from wirestone's link:

It was another reclusive-genius type who provided the weekend with its biggest surprise. The Beach Boys' Sunday afternoon set had all the trappings of sad-making state fair fodder: there's another band serving as a safety net behind the remaining five Boys, and villain/hero Mike Love still has the slight scent of used car salesman on him. The tempos have slowed some, the harmonies certainly don't pop like they used to, and 20 seconds into "Do It Again", it wasn't clear if everybody knew they'd gotten started. A few songs in, though, things got good, and kept getting better.
The cars-and-surfboards songs are all but etched into America's DNA at this point, but no amount of boomer-ish mistiness for some imagined past can dull those melodies. And Mike Love pays just enough lip service to Brian Wilson that you almost forgive him for all those lousy years when John Stamos had him convinced he was Jimmy Buffett. Al Jardine's voice is spot-on, David Marks got off a couple truly ripping solos, and Bruce Johnston's clearly having a ball. Wilson, behind the piano through most of the set, isn't singing much, and when he does, it's a little shaky; he's got both a teleprompter and a guy to help finish his lines when he can't hit the notes. But when he takes the baton-- on "Heroes and Villains", a mini Pet Sounds-suite, and a knockout performance of "Sail On, Sailor"-- that cheaply nostalgic "'member when" feeling all but melts away. The songs from the new That's Why God Made the Radio are awfully schlocky and over-arranged, and nobody really needs to hear "Surfin' USA" and "Surfin' Safari" in a half-hour span. But they sounded better than any band who survived both Uncle Jesse and "Kokomo" ought to, and they absolutely nailed "Wouldn't It Be Nice". That's a good one to nail.

they sure are panning the tour hard  Roll Eyes

Yeah I was also expecting a far more scathing acct of the show, given the thread title. This seems pretty positive to me.

An no one really thought Pitchfork were going to give rave reviews of the new album, surely? It's a totally different demographic. What's heartening (and appropriate) is the gushing respect they afford the band's creative peak works such as Smile proving The Beach Boys' greatest works are still a hipster's favourite!

Additionally, they gave very positive reviews to Love You and TLOS, and BWPS was the number 5 best album of 2004 and something like 25th best of the decade. No need to spit on their reviews.

Pitchfork is a big joke and that has nothing to do with what they say about The Beach Boys.

However, this review is positive.
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« Reply #30 on: June 26, 2012, 10:17:16 AM »

If you're a musician and want some good press from Pitchfork, either play a one-off show or record an indie EP (not an album...) featuring guest spots from at least one guy from Fleet Foxes, a guy from Grizzly Bear, "The Tallest Man On Earth", Justin Vernon from Bon Iver, and if he's not touring with other bands - hire Mike Watt to sit in on bass. Guaranteed a rave review, if not one that gushes with genuine enthusiasm devoid of any sarcasm or wink-and-a-nod nihilistic tendencies.

haha nice.
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