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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Are we there yet?: on the road with Beach Boy Brian Wilson on: October 10, 2016, 07:32:13 PM
i'll say something that might get me some stick but,

what's even the point of interviewing BW these days?
2  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Rap on: June 14, 2016, 07:07:46 PM
I know this isnít huge, but The RZA (Wu-Tang mastermind) briefly mentioned The Beach Boys is an interview with RollingStone.

Here is the excerpt:

RZA: I think as far as my energy is concerned, Iím definitely at the level of life where I kind of take it seriously but donít take it so seriously. Iíve definitely had fun in my day. Itís gonna be sunny days. Itís gonna be cloudy days. You look at a song like ďAna Electronic.Ē To me, youíll never find a song like that on a Wu-Tang album. As far as my performance on it, itís very quirky. I wouldnít even say itís lyrical. Itís not like Iím conscious of my lyrical content. I didnít care about my lyrical content. Sometimes when an artist writes his lyrics, heís trying to write the best as if he wants everybody to praise him. In the particular song, I was just having fun. It goes along with the fun in the music and the fun that his voice was bringing. It has not gravitas to it. Itís like listening to a Beach Boys' song.

I wish we could find out what albums/songs The RZA likes from the BB's catalogue. Him talking about Brian Wilson could be a whole interview itself
3  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Explorers Club on: April 23, 2016, 08:00:30 PM
I'm excited for this album. Some good sounds so far, and Wyatt Funderburk, one of the newest members, is a terrific musician. I haven't however actually listened to Freedom Wind...

Do yourself a favour

'Freedom Wind' contains some of the best music the BB's never released
4  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Explorers Club on: April 14, 2016, 06:14:11 PM
New song from 'The Explorers Club' from their new album 'Together'

I love the sound of this track.

Personally, I don't care if they're just a BB's knock off - when the music is this good, its worth listening to

The album cover has a 'Friends'-ish look to it aswell.
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / The Beach Boys Media / Re: Read Brian Wilson Feature in May 2016 Uncut Magazine on: March 29, 2016, 06:21:28 PM
Read Brian Wilson feature in May 2016 Uncut magazine at

You're welcome,

thanks for posting this

but there isn't anything new or memorable about this interview

he gives nothing but basic one word answers - shouldn't be surprised really

6  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Summer of Trump on: March 02, 2016, 06:32:20 PM
Once again there's no candidate that I really support, but Bernie is not right for America.

Cause he talks sense and has real solutions to the real issues facing the US?
7  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Sunshine songs on: January 27, 2016, 06:59:10 PM
Been listening to 'Eternity's Children'. What a great slice of sunshine pop from the late 60's. Wonderful album.

Track 1 (Again) is a helluva track. If the BB's came out with this song on the Friends album, people would be praising it still.

Finally got around to getting 'Begin' by The Millenium. Let's see how I go.

Could track 1 (Prelude) be the first hip-hop track ever recorded?
8  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Lenny Kravitz mentions Brian Wilson on: January 19, 2016, 02:05:51 PM
Nothing major. He just mentioned about what he'd been listening to:

Rolling Stone recently touched base with enduring rock star (and actor) Lenny Kravitz, who weighed in on his ultrachill lifestyle, his musical heroes and some crucial advice he received from his grandpa.

You live part-time on Eleuthera, an island in the Bahamas. What's a day like there?

Last night, my sax player caught a 15-pound snapper that we just threw on the grill. That's the quality of living here: Pick vegetables out of the garden and fish out of the sea. My big decision is: Which beach are we going to hang out on? When we get to the water, am I going to paddleboard or swim? I don't surf, and I'm not even the best swimmer, but that's part of my New Year's resolution. I made a plan a month ago: Surfing is going to change my music. It's going to offer me something I don't have that I need to move toward. Lately I've been listening to "God Only Knows" over and over. A Brian Wilson phase wouldn't be bad!
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Someone recommended to me Hawaii by the High Llamas on: January 14, 2016, 06:51:51 PM
Just realised this was in the general thread

probably needs to go into the other music thread
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Someone recommended to me Hawaii by the High Llamas on: January 14, 2016, 06:50:58 PM
Ive only just got into listening 'Hawaii' based on this and the other High Llamas thread

Sure, its a BB rip off, but when it sounds this good, im not going to complain.

I wish there were more Beach Boy albums that were produced during the 60's after PS/Smile that had this sound. Just my opinion. (nothing beat the real thing)

Current fav song: The Hot Revivalist
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Rocky Pamplin book about The Beach Boys? on: December 21, 2015, 03:39:31 PM
Please Google "Man vs Clown"       (Why I hate Mike Love)

i just googled the above

Steve Love has some really interesting things to say about his brother.

No love there at all between siblings. As Steve Love says:

Mike is a huge disappointment as a person. I used to look up to him but now he creeps me out. What a spiritual phony that poseur is. Somehow he missed the Right Action lesson that is a tenet of all eastern religions. Half the time that Mike devotes to meditation is, I surmise, devoted to scheming and plotting how to fĖk people over.

12  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Sunshine songs on: December 01, 2015, 03:19:39 PM
I recently discovered an album by Eternity's Children

Some great songs on there with awesome production and harmonies.

i did a search on this board and couldnt find any mention of them. Anyone else heard any of their stuff?
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Does your fandom ruin the music? on: November 22, 2015, 05:45:21 PM
what ruins it for me sometimes is knowing what else they could have achieved musically if it werent for bad management/decision making

14  Smiley Smile Stuff / The Beach Boys Media / Re: creepiest Brian/Landy article I've ever read on: November 22, 2015, 05:42:53 PM
two kilos of grass??  Shocked

how long would that have lasted i imagine?

15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Albums you would change the titles to.. on: September 02, 2015, 08:11:11 PM
Sunflower - Morning View

Surf's Up - Ride The Black Wave
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Listen to Sail Away in its entirety on: March 24, 2015, 07:17:04 PM
This song is very boring. I can't be alone in thinking that, can I? Also, I don't like Blondie Chaplin's voice at all.

no your not. 'Runaway Dancer' was terrible. This is just 'meh'. Its not bad, but its nothing great either

I dont understand all the love these songs are getting to be honest. I guess i was expecting a whole lot more based on people's opinions here.

17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Runaway Dancer available for purchase on itunes on: March 17, 2015, 05:04:17 PM
I must be in the minority but this to me is forgettable

If I wanted to hear cheap, tacky Ďdance/technoí type beats, id just turn on the radio and listen to any of the countless disposable songs thatís played everyday

Is this what passes for a BW tune in 2015?

18  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Definitive Sunshine Pop thread on: February 19, 2015, 02:58:17 PM
Just another heads up.  A guy Harold Green just posted some more sunshine pop songs on YouTube. Some I'm familiar with already others I'm not. check it out!

I just discovered Summer Girl by New Sound Spectrum and Stop by Spring Fever which I can't stop listening to.

I am constantly amazed at the nuggets floating around from this genre. Did Brian influence this whole genre? I honestly think he did! The style anyways: the harmonies, production, backing track, overall style, theme and feel that is Sunshine Pop

In addition, I think this style/genre allows one to appreciate the song while generally putting up with the anonymity of the band! And I'm OK with that! If you can find one stellar, great, knockout track by a band then that's enough. I find some "bands" from this genre have 2 or 3 standout tracks and that's it. The history/information concerning the details of said band are lost to time. But the amazing track survives. I find perhaps I am not hung up on the details of the band (i.e. knowing who each band member was) It certainly isn't John Paul George and Ringo. With that being said I do appreciate the limited amount of information that survives (like say that Curt Boettcher produced a track). Discuss.

this is a great playlist put up by Harold Green

That 'Spring Fever - Stop' tune is just pure Californian bliss. And so many other songs on that list are awesome

So many bands that i have never even heard of. Thats the beauty of playlists like these.

Is there any way to get all these songs on a CD or mp3? im not sure if theres a way to D/L songs from youtube.
19  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Definitive Sunshine Pop thread on: January 27, 2015, 03:30:21 PM

So...what does sunshine pop do for me? Well, it stirs feelings of my original musical love: Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys. Listening to "I Believe In Her" by the Trade Winds gives me feelings of peace and relaxation. I can hear the wind as it dances on heights high above my head, that warm breeze that tickles your face on a hot July day. I can see the sparkle of sunshine punching through the trees on a summer day.  My mind can appreciate these seemingly simple but incredibly complex sunshine songs. My heart can be Brian Wilson "happy sad": love lost, love now, potential love...that one girl...a mirage of summer. I can whenever I want live the endless summer by pressing play. Now that is Sunshine Pop: an obscure highly underrated genre that I am glad to have discovered on my own volition and through the help of the wonderful members of this board.

Perfectly summed up markcharles75

I couldnít have explained the feeling I get from certain sunshine pop songs any better
20  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Yellow Balloon on: January 21, 2015, 09:23:38 PM
Love A Midsummer's Day Dream by Mark Eric...If I had to choose a favorite track it would be  "I'd Like To Talk To You"...what a great tune. And I love the bonus track "Place For The Summer" awesome.  Love the Yellow Balloon: Panama Red is so so great. Great quirky little track. Short and sweet. We should all start an exclusive definitive Sunshine Pop thread for those interested in that genre. I am always scratching around YouTube looking for hidden nuggets.

i would love that as im just now getting into the genre

would love to know of some more gems
21  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Yellow Balloon on: January 21, 2015, 09:21:51 PM
This topic has got me revisiting 'The Yellow Balloon' album

Love it!

'Ive Got a Feeling For Love' has an amazing ending. the last 30 seconds are awesome "i cant wait to make you my (little girl), just cant wait to make you my...."

Also, 'Follow The Sunshine' is a great tune. love how the tempo changes after the first 20 or so seconds
22  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Yellow Balloon on: January 18, 2015, 09:07:09 PM
My favorite of the obscure BW wannbes from the 60s is that album by Mark Eric 'A Midsummer's Daydream'. That one really hits the mark. I don't know anything about him but he sounds a lot like Brian, and wrote some good melodies for that album.

I have this album aswell. It certainly has a melancholy vibe about it - like a lonely Californian sunset over the ocean.

Very good in parts though with 'Dont Cry Over Me' being my fav. 'Sad Is The Way That I Feel' is also a good track

23  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Yellow Balloon on: December 14, 2014, 02:46:36 PM
Any disc with "How Can I Be Down" is ok in my book.
The vocals at the end of that are astonishing.

ive only just discovered this album and 'HCIBD' is one helluva sunshine pop ditty

absolutely love it!

you know how sometimes you hear certain songs and wished that it came from The Beach Boys's - well this is one of them for me
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Love and Mercy At The Toronto Film Festival on: September 07, 2014, 11:17:36 PM

Awesome review schiaffino and thanks very much for sharing

cant wait to see at least the trailer for it
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Love and Mercy At The Toronto Film Festival on: September 04, 2014, 05:01:44 PM
Honestly, I have zero hope that this biopic is going to be any better than the previous attempts at telling the BB/BW story through film that isn't a documentary.

John Cusack is just so fuckin' John Cusacky that all his attempts at acting are just like "oh, wow, look at John Cusack pretending that he's not John Cusack."

Paul Dano has the potential to play a pretty good Brian Wilson, but John Cusack was the wrong choice. Sorry, friends.

Unfortunately, the majority of actors end up being a case of ďOh, thereís so-and-so trying to act like heís not so-and-soĒ, and often they donít even try to act like theyíre not themselves. Oh, thereís Brad Pitt. Nope, heís not whatever character heís supposed to be in the movie. Heís Brad Pitt shooting zombies. Oh, Morgan Freeman, heís amazing, except that heís just playing the same character in every movie heís in: himself. Iím not being sarcastic. I end up often preferring unknown actors (as long as they have some acting talent of course) in many roles. There are a few really great well-known actors who can actually take you out of the headspace of just seeing that famous actor. But itís pretty rare.

The actors with all the weird idiosyncrasies are the worst. Hell, some directors are that way too. Oh great, itís Tim Burton, so we know the movie will have Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, will be emo and steampunk, and Johnny Depp will play a super quirky character.

I dunno, Cusack might actually be bland enough to make the movie a bit more credible. If theyíre truly doing away with the strictly chronological format, thatís proably a good start. ďSummer DreamsĒ and ďAn American FamilyĒ didnít succeed with that format.

Meanwhile, perhaps someone will piece together a ďBeatles AnthologyĒ-sized Beach Boys documentary; get the surviving guys on camera for thorough interviews while theyíre still alive. I canít fathom why this hasnít been attempted. ďEndless HarmonyĒ was just fine for what it was, but something longer and more epic is needed.

i have been hoping for to happen for years. EH just didnt cut it for what it needed to be

The Beach Boys story has so many layers to it that it needs to be told over a 3-4 doco

Use existing footage from previous interviews aswell like the Beatles Anthology but so much more needs to be told
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