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1  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the \ on: November 27, 2021, 04:26:27 AM

Hey, CCW. Fancy seeing you around here. Good luck wth the band! (Sounds great, by the way.)

Me, I've been listening to three amazing mixes recently, two of Sovietwave...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLxj6TbbtDk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjeY5b49chE

...and one of Vaporwave:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaQS379Idss
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Billy Hinsche 1951-2021 on: November 21, 2021, 04:23:12 AM
Dreadful news. Seventy is no age to die. Rest in peace, Billy.

At leaat he doesn't seem to have suffered long. My thoughts are with his famiy and friends.
3  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss 'Raise the Roof' on: November 16, 2021, 11:55:28 AM
Alongside 'Long Promised Road' and 'At My Piano', Robert Plant and Alison Krauss' 'Raise the Roof' will be released on November 19 as well. I was a huge fan of their 'Raising Sand' album, and the three singles released for their latest project sound fantastic. Anywho, I just found out about this the other day, and wanted to inform anyone else of this in case they missed the news like I did!

https://www.amazon.com/Raise-Robert-Plant-Alison-Krauss/dp/B09BDLX1CL

My wife's a big fan of that album. Thanks for the heads up, rab. Wink
4  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / R.I.P. Sean Lock on: November 07, 2021, 05:04:43 AM
If comedians are included in this section, more sad news is that the UKs Sean Lock died last August aged 58. I already knew him from Stephen Frys QI show but it was only since his passing that I got to watch him (on YouTube) in episodes of the comedy game show 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, originally telecast on a channel unavailable in NL.

Here he reads some ancient love letters that he discovered in his loft:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPI3BUtIFeA

Rest in peace, Sean.
5  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: R.I.P. Bernard Haitink on: November 03, 2021, 12:53:25 PM
"On the beach at night, alone" from Ralph Vaughan Williams' A Sea Symphony, here sung by the baritone Jonathan Summers, is such an evocative piece, and most especially in Bernard Haitink's hands.

Bon voyage, maestro.     

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aK6k6tt1Z4

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Sea_Symphony
6  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / R.I.P. Bernard Haitink on: October 26, 2021, 05:15:34 AM
Bernard Haitink (19292021), who died last week aged 92, is regarded as the greatest Dutch conductor of the past sixty years.

I was lucky enough to attend at least one concert under his baton. The main meat of this one evening was Mahler's nocturnal Symphony No. 7. During the hushed opening bars before the Tenorhorn began its mournful solo, one of the double bass players dropped his mute with one hell of a clatter that must have been heard in the back row. We were close enough to Haitink to be able to read his face. There was not the slightest change in his expression, which was one of the deepest concentration. (He was utterly devoted to the symphonies of Mahler and even more so to those of Bruckner.) It was as if the incident had never happened.

Right now Dutch TV and radio are full of interviews with and documentaries about the man, who offstage was self-effacing almost to an embarrassing degree. My wife tells me he used to devour huge quantities of food after his concerts to bring himself back down to earth! Here he is conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker in the opening minutes of the finale of that Mahler symphony. Slaap zacht, Maestro.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4iN2VJoBRk

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Haitink
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Here's a little web-series about some Feel Flows era tunes on: October 25, 2021, 02:05:16 AM
Am I really the first to comment? Goodness...

I do like the way you zoom in on a single aspect, in this case a chord. And nice to see Marvin Gaye joining the proceedings.

These miniatures make a wonderful foil to the full-blown Power Mower videos!
8  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Does this song sound familiar to anyone here? on: October 19, 2021, 02:43:55 PM
This may not be of any help, but to my ear the missing words sound like "Once Again"

It would fit with the other lyrics...

"Does it mean I'll never have you...  once again... once again

Also, I agree with the other comment that it very well could be an American or Canadian band.  Do you know how the person who posted to YouTube got the audio?  That could possibly be a good clue...  recorded off college radio, found on a tape given to him, etc.?

It does indeed. Thank you! What worries me though is that the word heard more in the background "on the one" (over the G minor chord) is also part of the title.

According to the uploader, it came from a video, which does make one suspect a TV show.   
9  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Does this song sound familiar to anyone here? on: October 18, 2021, 06:06:27 AM
It's been baffling me for a couple of years now. Like its uploader, I have no idea. How about you?  

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

I should add that I've followed up every imaginable lead and all I ever found was the snatch of lyrics mentioned in one of the Comments. A major problem is that what I assume is the title (it's sung twice at the climax) is impossible to make out----at least it's unintelllgible to me. I have this idea that the song comes from Central or Eastern Europe----just a hunch...  

It's been three and a half years since I first asked this question. Lots of new posters have arrived since then.

Unless by some miracle you recognize the song straight off, it may help to read the thread in its entirety...
10  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Summer Fun (book) on: October 16, 2021, 09:22:38 AM
Ordered! I'll be collecting it from a local shop sometime in the last week of October.
11  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / Smiley Smilers Who Make Music / Re: Many, many harmonies on: October 12, 2021, 02:51:13 PM
I thought I'd share this, as it's got a lot of vocal harmony going on. It's from a new remix of one of my old albums coming out this week.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33tH-c2pmOQ

Are you sure you've linked the right video, Adam?
12  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Summer Fun (book) on: October 12, 2021, 07:31:46 AM
You're welcome! She's moved on since then but it's an awesome achievement and doesn't deserve to slip from view.
13  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Summer Fun (book) on: October 11, 2021, 01:35:32 AM
Looks fascinating, on many counts. I'm not much of a book person but I might just get this one -- one of my best friends is a trans woman and one-time SMiLE scholar (see lower link in my signature).
14  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: \ on: October 04, 2021, 04:46:45 AM
The Facebook group linked below presents a fascinating ongoing account of the herculean process of sorting and cleaning these tapes. With grateful thanks to ohm at EH: 

https://m.facebook.com/JoeMeeksTeaChestTapes/
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Jan & Dean are terrible singers on: September 22, 2021, 12:59:28 PM
A different version of the same problem confronted a group that still belongs in the RRHOF--the Shangri-Las, who were essentially abandoned by their svengali producer and allowed to die on the vine after a second LP that is one of the great records of the decade...but on the losing side of rock history, just as Spector was. Shadow Morton made a perfunctory effort to mold Mary Weiss into a version of the full-fledged "diva" singer that was emerging in 1966-67, but he didn't really have the arranging chops to pull off the transition, so he left them in a trash can adjacent to the Brill Building and moved on to Janis Ian and the Vanilla Fudge, signaling the exact type of phase shift that rock was undergoing at that time, a shift that made symphonic pop an endangered species literally overnight. SHANGRI-LA's '65, in its last incarnation (the label reissued it twice by adding singles) is the apex of the East Coast "symphonic pop" style and shows the range and singing group--check out their cover of the Ikettes' "I'm Blue," where its neither Mary or Betty Weiss but Mary-Ann Ganser, one of the twin "backup" singers, who gets one shot to step up to the plate and knocks it out of the stadium.

Indeed, an excellent rendition. The Shangs were in a field of one. R.I.P., Mary-Ann and Marge Ganser.
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Jan & Dean are terrible singers on: September 22, 2021, 10:43:36 AM

"Dork music" does seem apt at times -- and that's an interesting idea worth exploring: did people appreciate the schtick at the time, or did it fall flat then?

I think (as someone who heard their music at the time) for those of us whose first earful of J&D was "Heart And Soul", well... it was hard to take them seriously, although "HAS" does have its charms.

I remember "Surf City" came as quite a shock! Was this the same J&D?? (To say nothing of "Dead Man's Curve".) But then "Popslcle" was released in the wake of Jan's accident and we were back to "shtick". But I'd say it was appreciated, definitely.
17  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Lee \ on: August 30, 2021, 06:51:54 AM
Sad news indeed. My first encounter with Perry was in 1969, when his band The Upsetters took the splendid "Return Of Django" to #5 in the UK:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7zdzJ094vw
18  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: RIP Charlie Watts on: August 24, 2021, 10:59:29 AM
Terrible news. I liked Charlie. The motor of the Stones. May he rest in peace.
19  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Rest in Peace, Don Everly on: August 23, 2021, 01:19:52 AM
Sad news indeed.

Heaven can look forward to some heavenly harmonizing.
20  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the "What are you listening to now?" thread on: August 17, 2021, 09:29:11 AM
This is for NOLA BB Fan:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GN-AA1-WnQ0
21  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: DUSTY HILL ZZ TOP Bass Player R.I.P. on: July 29, 2021, 02:33:01 PM
"A Fool For Your Stockings" was part of "my" band's repertoire for years:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaLYs3-0Q-c

Sh!t, seventy-two is way before time. R.I.P., Dusty.
22  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Aretha Franklin on: July 16, 2021, 06:20:46 AM
Watched it twice and really enjoyed it.
Downloaded the live album that had been made of these performances .

It's nice to have some good news for a change. Wink
23  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: It Takes Two--The Duets Thread on: July 13, 2021, 12:21:38 PM
This is fun joyful duet, about recent football stuff in England: https://youtu.be/RJqimlFcJsM

Bet British people chant it to cheer at favorite respective teams.

Thanks for sharing! I hope this joyful anthem helps England fans come to terms with losing to Italy in the European Championship final... 
24  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Aretha Franklin on: July 13, 2021, 12:16:29 PM
Ah, great minds think alike! This doc is up next in my queue.

Hi Lizzie. Please let us know what you think of it!
25  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Sweet singing in the choir: a choral miscellany on: July 13, 2021, 12:11:24 PM
Recently discovered Foreigner, its popular hit everybody listened, looks like. Except I. "I Want To Know..." is song with choir. Is it sufficiently "sweet"? Can't tell. Could you decide, jk?

Hello, stranger. Smiley

Well...

"Sweet singing in the choir" is a line from a Christmas Carol that I thought would make a cool thread title. But the thread is for all choral music, so any song with a choir is a perfect choice! Thanks for reminding me how good this one is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3Pr1_v7hsw   
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