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26  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Source of Paley sessions quote? (\ on: February 14, 2016, 03:04:27 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEIP1tTouko
Beautiful song!
27  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Brian's temple blocks: which notes? on: February 05, 2016, 08:40:35 AM
Does anyone know which notes the temple blocks Brian used a lot consisted of?

with kind regards,

Yorick
28  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Rocky Pamplin book about The Beach Boys? on: December 21, 2015, 01:14:27 PM
Thanks for joining this board and taking the time to answer questions from fans and give some insights into your experience dealing with the Beach Boys!
It's very interesting to see that Steve Love has been posting a lot of replies lately on that Man vs Clown Why I Hate Mike Love blog.
This also caught my eye:
"Ambha Love on February 11, 2013 said:

Oh another fun fact Steve love also put a life ensurance on Brian with high hopes of him passing soon so he would get some money off of his death. He also tried to con my grandfather into getting life insurance on brian as well and he referred to it as an “investment”. I think that’s a little messed up in my humble opinion as well. Bet no one knew that.
"
29  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: All This is That/Cool Cool Water/Let The Wind Blow/Had To Phone Ya on: December 16, 2015, 03:53:51 AM
Where Is She
30  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Holy… NOTE: THERE'S NO FIRE WITHOUT SMOKE (… got in my eyes…) on: November 27, 2015, 07:46:52 AM
After reading all of this I retracted my bid of 400$ and the highest bid left was $59 or something. The seller then ended the auction and has put a new one up where you can buy it now for 1200$.
31  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / Smiley Smilers Who Make Music / Re: My third solo single Blood Money just got released! on: October 13, 2015, 05:53:02 AM
Here's a live-in-the-studio version of the song!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVkgzNOH-FI
32  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / Smiley Smilers Who Make Music / Re: My third solo single Blood Money just got released! on: September 21, 2015, 02:39:03 PM
I really enjoyed that, Yorick. Love the guitar tone and the background vocals in the second half of the refrain. Very well arranged, sounds good throughout. I hope people check this out.
Thanks a lot for taking the time to check it out captain! And your kind words are appreciated!!
33  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / Smiley Smilers Who Make Music / My third solo single Blood Money just got released! on: September 19, 2015, 03:30:27 AM
https://soundcloud.com/excelsiorrecordings/01-yorick-van-norden-blood

My third solo single Blood Money is out now and I hope you will like it!

Meanwhile, pre-orders are up for the album:

CD:
http://excelsiorshop.nl/products/details/9882836/NORDEN-YORICK-VAN/HAPPY-HUNTING-GROUND/1-CD/8714374964272#.Vf05Es4nYzg

LP+CD:
http://excelsiorshop.nl/products/details/9882838/NORDEN-YORICK-VAN/HAPPY-HUNTING-GROUND/2-LP/8714374964265#.Vf05IM4nYzh

Digital:
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/happy-hunting-ground/id1032805393
Amazon mp3: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B014DI8Q50/ref=dm_ws_sp_ps_dp
34  Smiley Smile Stuff / Ask The Honored Guests / Re: The Stephen Desper Thread on: September 05, 2015, 03:47:59 AM
Amazing Stephen, we're so fortunate to have you here!
35  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: No Pier Pressure - 4 Months Later on: August 13, 2015, 09:34:36 AM
I still feel like it's one of the weakest Beach Boys related efforts ever released. It's in the Looking Back With Love, BB '85, Summer In Paradise category for me.
The production renders it absolutely useless. There are a few high points, but compared to the high points on other Brian Wilson solo albums they are non existent on this album.
Show me the Live Let Live, Midnight's Another Day, Melt Away, Gettin' In Over My Head classics on this record please!
36  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Love and Mercy Soundtrack on: August 13, 2015, 09:05:52 AM
Am I the only one who's really disappointed they didn't throw in at least one goodie from the archives? Something from the Bedroom Tapes?
37  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / Smiley Smilers Who Make Music / Re: My second solo single 'Surrender To Love' just got released! on: July 18, 2015, 12:45:55 PM
Hey there! I dig this; awesome job. It has some 70s influence, am I correct?
Also the vocals are good. Makes me wish I could sing Tongue.

Thank you so much, that's really nice to hear! There is a 70s influence there I guess. I think the influences for the song were Paul McCartney, Noel Gallagher, Jeff Lynne etc.
38  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / Smiley Smilers Who Make Music / My second solo single 'Surrender To Love' just got released! on: July 15, 2015, 09:37:50 AM
My new single is out now! It's called Surrender To Love and can be heard here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgs0j6mskCA

I would love to know what you guys think of it!

Yorick
39  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Van Dyke Barks on: June 22, 2015, 05:45:04 AM
No one has seemingly noticed that Van Dyke posted four tweets on the 20th to celebrate famous people that celebrated their birthday that day. In every tweet he said something about the genius of the people (f.e. Chet Atkins and Eroll Flynn), but Brian's tweet was just a shred of I Get Around. Like he wanted to make a point that the other people were really geniuses and modest people and Brian wasn't.
40  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: seltaeb1012002's Stereo Remixes Thread (update: My Little Red Book w/drums) on: June 03, 2015, 03:22:53 PM
Really, really cool! It's a much nicer listening experience to me and it's totally how it would have sounded had snare drum been added back then!
41  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: New Release for June...Here Today! The Songs Of Brian Wilson on: May 25, 2015, 06:48:52 AM
Never seen that picture before, great!
42  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / Smiley Smilers Who Make Music / Re: Yorick van Norden - Happy Hunting Ground (2015): first video got released today! on: May 01, 2015, 02:36:46 PM
Now up on SoundCloud too!

https://soundcloud.com/excelsiorrecordings/yorick-van-norden-gonna-try-for-the-sun
43  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / Smiley Smilers Who Make Music / Re: Yorick van Norden - Happy Hunting Ground (2015): first video got released today! on: April 30, 2015, 06:02:43 AM
Thanks a lot! It's so nice how a song and recording can travel all around the globe with the internet nowadays. A couple of days ago I got mail from a Brazilian girl who told me how much she loved the song etcetera, amazing isn't it?
44  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / Smiley Smilers Who Make Music / Yorick van Norden - Happy Hunting Ground (2015): first video got released today! on: April 21, 2015, 01:38:37 AM
Let me start a new thread about my upcoming debut solo album, if I may be so humble. Wink

http://www.excelsior-recordings.com/2015/04/yorick-van-norden-met-eclectisch-debuut-toert-met-anne-soldaat-en-deelt-eerste-video/



"Bittersweet is the music of Yorick van Norden, the Dutchman who as a young man found his way to the stage with the band The Hype and debuts on Excelsior Recordings later this year. Yorick excels in writing catchy tunes like they used to in the sixties and seventies; jolly and careless on first listen, but in Yorick's case always layered. And they effortlessly stick in your head as well.

'Gonna Try For The Sun' is a classic example of such a song. Like a Disney film starring Harry Nilsson jamming with Fela Kuti and Van Dyke Parks' violins. It's the precursor of the upcoming album 'Happy Hunting Ground',
recorded in association with renowned indie producer Frans Hagenaars at Amsterdam's SSE Noord studios.
This week Yorick will start touring the Netherlands as a one-man-band support to Anne Soldaat (Daryll-Ann, Jason Falkner). Later he'll be joined by his own band featuring Maarten Kooijman (Johan, Anne Soldaat), Diets Dijkstra (Johan), Arjen de Bock (Bewilder, Wooden Saints) and Kees Schaper (Tim Knol, The Miseries, Tangarine)."

Here's the first video, to an album track called 'Gonna Try For The Sun':

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QH5YeemYIY

Hope you like it.

Cheers,

Yorick
45  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Many Negative Reviews of No Pier Pressure... on: April 12, 2015, 02:50:56 AM
I dare any sound engineer on this board to tell me with a straight face that no vocals have been pitched on this album. It's crazy how some people in this thread proclaim no Auto-tune has been used on this album, just because their ears aren't trained to detect it. Or the ones that start anal discussions about how it was not the Auto-tune brand that was used. Auto-tune is synonymous with pitched vocals and that's what we're talking about. Sorry for the rant, but knowing a lot about this stuff from working in professional sound studios all the time, it just irritates me to see this.
46  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Many Negative Reviews of No Pier Pressure... on: April 12, 2015, 02:31:01 AM
Essentially, NPP is Son of TWGMTR . With guests. A BW/JT album.
I see it like that as well. But with the difference that all that people disliked about TWGMTR has been taken a couple of steps further on NPP. The pitching of vocals, the AC sounds etc. And the strongest songs aren't nearly as strong IMO. There's no stone cold classic on this record.
47  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Many Negative Reviews of No Pier Pressure... on: April 11, 2015, 08:49:24 AM
I have to say I'm really sad for you.
Thanks for your compassion. I'm very dissappointed as well, I had been looking forward to the album a lot. Even though some signs weren't very hopegiving, I was very hopeful. I hadn't liked the production on TWGMTR, but some of the material was so strong it just shone through. Gettin' Over My Head to No Pier Pressure is like Pet Sounds to MIU to me.
48  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Many Negative Reviews of No Pier Pressure... on: April 11, 2015, 08:17:22 AM
A guy called lethimrun on the SteveHoffman.tv board wrote a very strong thing about the album I thought:
"I got a burned copy of the album a couple of weeks ago and picked up a Target copy on Wednesday. I watched the PBS special last night, overall I liked the sound of the PBS special better. Even so, I have serious problems with this album. Brian has said many times he doesn't listen to current music and when he does listen to the radio, he listens to oldies stations.
So, where did this stuff come from? It certainly doesn't sound like someone who is unfamiliar with current music trends. It certainly doesn't sound like the music that one might expect to be in the head of Brian Wilson in 2015. Even though, I'm not sure what that might be. I think I'd recognize it when I heard it. But, does anyone really think this is truly representative of Brian's musical creativity. In 2015, I might expect it to be odd, quirky, maybe even a bit troubling and hopefully still adventurous. But, I'd never expect it to be average and contemporary.
This album reminds me of a highly processed supermarket type food that has chocolate written all over it, yet on closer examination you find, ''contains artificial chocolate flavoring''.
Look at the photo of Brian on the rear of the booklet on this CD...for me that's this album in a nutshell. It looks like Brian, but we all understand, it's doesn't really look like him.
I wish Brian well, I hope his days are full of happiness. And if I thought there was any chance of his reading this, I'd never write any of it. "
49  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Many Negative Reviews of No Pier Pressure... on: April 11, 2015, 08:14:17 AM
Here's another negative review from a huge Brian Wilson fan:

This Beautiful Day - 5, heavily processed Brian vocals, Brian sounding very old. Sweet, but not much of a song. The arrangement is alright, but the way it's been produced to sound is awful. That's the main problem I have with the whole album. Even Brian-esque arrangements are made to sound real bad by the production. The 90s AC sound, the digital reverbs and crispy slick percussion sounds. The trumpet sound in this song comes straight from an 80S porn movie.

Runaway Dancer - 1, an awful intro. The finger clicks, shakers and saxophone sound almost make the glaze come off your teeth. Can this become any worse? Oh yes, there comes a cheap sounding four to the floor kick drum beat with idem dito synths and heavily processed vocals. When I watched the band perform this live on TV a couple of days ago I felt so sorry for the guys in the band..I know the Wondermints guys are total music nerds with a great taste and they must have been embarrassed having to perform this type of trash. It pays their bills.
Hope the song is over soon. Ouch, it can even get worse: there's the chorus! Here Comes The Night (1979) is like God Only Knows compared to this crap. Completely unnecessarily guest star. It pains me how out of touch with modern music Brian fanboys are who rant about how this song could become a chart hit etc. This is the kind of sound that was hip in the 90s, welcome to 2015. Joe Thomas in 2015 is a worse collaborator for Brian than Mike Love could ever be IMO. And that is saying a lot!

Whatever Happened? - 8, really pretty song. Almost The Association-like chords. Good vocal arrangement. Awful production once again. There's no life in the vocals, because they are all pitched to perfect pitch. It takes away a lot of the emotion for me.

On The Island, 6, Zooey is the best guest star on the album for me. The only one that brings something true and honest to the table, with personality. It's a nice inoffensive song. You shouldn't produce a cheesy song like this so slick, it makes it worse than having some raw elements left in. Such a shame that even solo backing vocal lines from Brian like 'wasting our time' are tuned in such an extreme way.

Half Moon Bay - 5, so cheesy. I can't find any true emotion here with the way it's been produced.

Our Special Love - 3, It starts with harmonies that are very reminiscent of Forever. Sadly, every vocal is so processed it's painful to listen to. When the tasteless beats and the horrible guestsinger enter I just have to switch it off.

The Right Time - 7, when I first heard it I thought it was a bad cliche rewrite of Lay down Burden, but on the album it's a standout. It's a shame the way it's been produced and the vocals have been processed, cause it's great hearing Al and Brian sing together. Sweet!

Guess You Had To Be There - 4, Once again, I like the arrangement with the banjo and stuff, but detest the actual sound of the production. The singer sounds like one of the popsingers of the Disney children club. I don't hear a lot of Brian Wilson in here, except for the vocal harmonies.

Don't Worry - 4, It's not just the title that is reminiscent of Don't Worry Baby, the start of the chorus harmonies are a total rewrite. Complete with awful trumpet accents that sounds midi-like, an awful disco rhythm guitar. Ouch... This is so ****ing cheap. I can't believe there's Brian Wilson fans that dig this stuff, while simultaneously raving about Brian's production genius.

Somewhere Quiet - 7, Very nice and sweet, if totally unnecessary. Great to have Al here again, I love the power when he sings 'Ima-gineee'. One of the albums highlights.

I'm Feeling Sad - 7, the album is becoming better as we move on. This is a nice song!

Tell Me Why - 7, this is a great, classic, little song. Nice arrangement. Awful deep 80s midi sounding snare here and there. Whereas percussion sounds like the coca cola bottle like sound have been employed by Brian since Pet Sounds or earlier, Joe Thomas makes them sound cheap productionwise.

Sail Away - 6, Great to HAVE Blondie on the album here, but not equally impressing to HEAR him. It's a nice inoffensive song, with some Sloop John B. bit thrown in. I won't spin this except for when the whole album is playing. Which I doubt I will do a lot. This is shaping up to be Brian's worst solo album for me so far. I love

One Kind of Love - 8, Great song, awful production. That 80s snare again!

Saturday Night - 6, not a bad tune, but I don't like the singer's vocal and delivery at all. And the production is once again trite and cheap.

The Last Song - 5, all the media hype about this song was unfair. This is a nice sentiment and all, but that does not always make a great song. The production just about destroys what could have been quite nice. The lalala's, the AC piano playing. Ouch once again
50  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: LISTEN TO THE LAST SONG, ON THE ISLAND, & I'M FEELING SAD!! BBC RADIO on: April 02, 2015, 07:43:34 AM
I think this may be the first time I don't bother buying the new Brian Wilson album. Everything I've heard so far from NPP is cheesy, corny, clichéd, predictable and has very little to do with the work of the great Brian Wilson. Sorry, but that's it. There were some great moments on TWGMTR, but the well has finally run dry.
I am going to buy the album, but mostly for the 1975 version of In The Back Of My Mind. I'm one of the biggest Brian Wilson fans and defenders, but this album is a Frankenstein monster.
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