Sunday, September 14, 2008

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TLOS Negative Review Roundup [Smiley Smile Dot Net]

Posted: 14 Sep 2008 06:44 AM CDT

Wilson's remembrance of good old days forgettable

Wilson's latest fails to shine

Brian Wilson's new epic failure

Brian Wilson's 'Lucky Old Sun' long on nostalgia, short on inspiration

Wilson overreaches with beach opera

But while Wilson's new opus, "That Lucky Old Sun," has high points, it's another instance where fans will give him far more credit for past triumphs than what he's delivered now.

So says Brian Wilson’s PR. The new album tells a different story – a pop pastiche of past glories packed with lazy rhyme and little reason. In trying to recreate his California youth, Wilson has slipped into parody.

Unfortunately, the answer is no. Wilson wants to convey his jubilant vision of the City of Angels. What he gives us, though, is a shiny, shiny, oddly naive tourist’s guide to the Greater Los Angeles Area. Despite their awesome efforts to uplift, Wilson’s songs here — unlike so many of his past best — never become greater than the sum of their parts. They remain queasy melanges of blues and mariachi and barbershop quartet, all with vocal arrangements that sound like truck drivers doing the Beach Boys. L.A. never escapes Wilson’s no doubt fascinating mind.

Technical difficulties marred the first-ever complete live performance of Wilson's latest record, "That Lucky Old Sun," held in the U.S. That was a shame, especially since "Sun" ranks as one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's finest solo offerings to date. The biggest disappointment of the night, however, was told by the amazing number of empty seats in the house.

The former Beach Boy, a man who is responsible for so many of pop music's best-loved songs, was only able to sell some 500 seats at the 3,000-plus capacity venue. Promoters didn't even open the balcony and the main floor was about as crowded as a "McCain for president" rally would be in downtown Berkeley.

Re: Beach Boys references [Smiley Smile Message Board]

Posted: 14 Sep 2008 06:38 AM CDT

Austrian  cartoonist and painter Manfred Deix did a tribute CD. I have it at home, not here now. But it's very funny. California Girls is about 'Madels From Tyrol', for instance.

Writing Lyrics For TLOS [Smiley Smile Dot Net]

Posted: 14 Sep 2008 06:26 AM CDT

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He also wrote the bulk of the lyrics. Wilson didn't alter a syllable. "Brian told me, 'It's like you're in my brain.' Writing as if I'm Brian was tricky. It has to be interesting but not so clever that a 66-year-old guy goes, 'What's this?'

"We kept a lot of Brian's lyrics. He wrote the lion's share of the vibe of Oxygen," he adds. "It was invaluable to have him address his lost chapters."

Bennett quickly learned that Wilson functioned best as the alpha male and that his composing and arranging gifts haven't faded. When Bennett was at an impasse, Wilson's change of key "was like driving into a vat of butter," he says. "That's the money chord. He's still got it."

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The opening minute or so of our exchange didn't record properly, but during this time he explained to me that he didn't have much at all to do with the themes or concept of the record, that his role was primarily the composition of the music. At this point, given his long history and struggles, perhaps writing and performing music is what Brian Wilson wishes to be the extent of his involvement in the industry. Just a guess. But if so, he's certainly earned that right.

Pitchfork: Were you involved much in the discussion of how the words would flow and the themes and so on? Was that something you had talked about with Van Dyke Parks?

BW: Not really, no. He just rattled off five sets of 35-second narrations. I didn't tell him what to write about. I just said, "Call it the 'Heartbeat of L.A.'".

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Re: Beach Boys references [Smiley Smile Message Board]

Posted: 14 Sep 2008 06:19 AM CDT

Brian Wilson - "One For The Boys"
Brian Wilson - "Imagination" (I miss the way I used to call the shots around here)
Jan & Dean - "(Here They Come) From All Over The World" (The Beach Boys singing now "I Get Around")

Re: TLOS: any comments from Mike, Al or Bruce yet? [Smiley Smile Message Board]

Posted: 14 Sep 2008 04:03 AM CDT

bruce isnt the person to take sites or say a "bad" thing about a fellow member. Mike isnt positive about any new song brian makes ( wonder why  Roll Eyes) and from Al i dont know.

Re: Compression and Clipping on TLOS - is it that bad? [Smiley Smile Message Board]

Posted: 14 Sep 2008 03:34 AM CDT

(above) Midnight's Another Day....very nice

(below) Going Home. I said all along I preferred the live rendition. Maybe this is why?

You have to be careful with these sorts of comparisons of course, as these two images show: 1) Going Home full, 2) Going home but only the first few bars or so.

Some songs just don't have much in the way of dynamics, and some have more than diagrams such as these suggest!  Smiley

Re: TLOS: any comments from Mike, Al or Bruce yet? [Smiley Smile Message Board]

Posted: 14 Sep 2008 03:05 AM CDT

Bruce was really positive about BWPS, but then in the run up to that release he was convalessing after his heart bypass he had time on his hands! I remember Bruce saying he'd bought a copy for Mike, who said he was too busy to listen!

I would have imagined Bruce would have more to say about TLOS.

Re: Has anyone met Brian Wilson? [Smiley Smile Message Board]

Posted: 13 Sep 2008 11:51 PM CDT

I met Brian briefly in a post show meet n greet after the Cleveland Smile show (he signed the '88 cd booklet in my avatar). Can't say we really connected, although he was kind enough to shake my hand and sign. I then was asked by another party to sit next to him for a photo (which I've never received btw), and I stupidly spoke animatedly concerning the upcoming Vancouver Smile show - in his deaf ear. No wonder he never said a word Cheesy It was a brief meeting and whattheheck, I can say I 'met' Brian Wilson.

I'd like to however relate a great story from a friend of mine in Portland - the original guitarist for the Kingsmen, Mike Mitchell. I related the meeting on the Shut Down board, but I thought I'd rewind and share it all for those who haven't heard...

I've recently moved down to Portland Oregon. Last Sunday I was having a cigar at a cigar shop on the SE side of town, where I couldn't help but overhear a conversation between a couple of guys at an adjoining table. There was lots of talk about 'we opened for them...we opened for those guys...toured Europe, et al'

A couple nights later I run into the guy working behind the counter at the shop. I mentioned that I overheard his conversation and that I'm a musician as well. He introduces himself as 'Mike Mitchell - guitarist for the Kingsmen.' Great guy, (and unfortunately a Yankees fan Roll Eyes). We had a quick exchange about NW garage punk - the old Sonics, Wailers, et al and he seemed pleased that a Cleveland guy would know about that stuff.

On Friday night, I'm sitting there in the lounge buzzing over the Indians victory and he stops in and sits down. I decide that I'm going to talk to him about the old,old days - and he mentions to me that the Kingsmen opened for the BB's on their '64 summer tour...21 guys jammed in a Greyhound. Then the reminiscing kicks in; his memories of all the guys.

Turns out that he lived in LA at the time, and formed a lifelong friendship with Carl, hung out with Dennis and even visited Brian after he put in the sandbox in the living room. He went on with tales about Glen Campbell, Hal Blaine, and hanging out with Terry Melcher and the Raiders (the Raiders being Portland guys as well).

This will knock you out - - when I asked him for his memories of Brian, he told an amazing story from the tour bus. Apparently in the middle of the tour, in the middle of the night, Brian wakes up and announces that he had just conceived two songs in his sleep and just HAD to teach everyone the vocal parts. The rest of the guys were not into it, and wanted to get back to sleep asap but Brian was adamant that everyone try out these new vocal parts for his new composition - Wendy. Dude wrote it in his sleep and the vocal parts were prearranged in his head when he woke. For the life of Mike, he could not recall the second tune, but he swears it was another well known classic.

Apparently there were lots of high jinx on the tour bus; he recalls numerous shaving cream fights and wild scenes at outta the way desert towns. Apparently Brian purchased a super 8 camera and was filming some guy getting his entire head covered with the cream. Then when the bus stopped, Brian thought it would be funny if the guy went into a convenience store with his head covered with shaving cream and asked the guy for razors - sounds like Brian humor! The clerk got angry and threatened to call the cops - until Brian said 'haven't you heard of Candid Camera? You're on Candid Camera!' The clerk saw Brian's 8mm and thought he was about to be featured in that famous 60's show hosted by Allen Funt. No one told the clerk that it was a put-on...(an in-joke among the lads). Oh and then there was the time that Carl threw his pants out the window of the bus and boarded the plane in his underwear (but that's another story  Grin). Mike told me that the next time he sees Brian he's going to ask him if he still has the vid tape, because he wants a copy of it.

A good guy - he's very happy to hear of Brian's rebirth and the new album doing so well.

Re: Beach Boys references [Smiley Smile Message Board]

Posted: 13 Sep 2008 11:38 PM CDT

Randy Newman - I Love L.A.

"Roll down the window, put down the top
Crank up the Beach Boys, baby, don't let the music stop"

Re: TLOS: any comments from Mike, Al or Bruce yet? [Smiley Smile Message Board]

Posted: 13 Sep 2008 11:37 PM CDT

Over on the BBB board, Bruce was asked:

"Have you heard Brian's new album? Any thoughts you would like to share with us?"

His one-word response:


Re: Brian meets Zooey Deschanel [Smiley Smile Message Board]

Posted: 13 Sep 2008 11:09 PM CDT

I always thought that She & Him sounded a lot like the Beach Boys.
While M Ward is a pretty obvious Beach Boys fan (his Transistor Radio opens with an instrumental version of "You Still Believe In Me"), I wouldn't say She & Him sounds much like the Beach Boys at all. There are parts that are blatant Spector nods ("I Was Made For You," "Sweet Darlin"), so in a way that's BB-esque, but more a shared influence.

Re: Brian meets Zooey Deschanel [Smiley Smile Message Board]

Posted: 13 Sep 2008 10:17 PM CDT

Thanks for the link, PongHit!

That would've been funny if Zooey would've given Brian a dose of his own medicine and said, "I like Track #4 and #12 on your new album...."

Re: The Wilson Brothers picture thread [Smiley Smile Message Board]

Posted: 13 Sep 2008 08:43 PM CDT

That second picture...he's wearing the shirt I had been describing. Not the exact picture though.
Here's another one, same shirt, same day

Nope, not it either.

Damn this elusive picture!  LOL

Re: Beach Boys references [Smiley Smile Message Board]

Posted: 13 Sep 2008 08:39 PM CDT

Neil Young--Long May You Run

Maybe the beach boys have got you now
With those waves singing caroline no

I'm not a big fan of Mr. Young, but this is a cool song.

Re: Beach Boys references [Smiley Smile Message Board]

Posted: 13 Sep 2008 07:22 PM CDT

Some band has a song called 'fudge you Mike love' which sadly has a lot of views on youtube.

That band would be Hogpig. "We loves you Brian Wilson, we loves you Dennis Wilson, we loves you Carl Wilson, we loves you Al Jardine. Hell, we even loves you Al Jarreau. But foda you, Mike Love. Foda you."

Yes, you can criticize me all you want, but I'm a fan of that video.

Re: TLOS: any comments from Mike, Al or Bruce yet? [Smiley Smile Message Board]

Posted: 13 Sep 2008 07:19 PM CDT

Mike may give it a spin after he has read 'Wouldn't It Be Nice' and heard BWPS. Grin

i.e. Another lawsuit from the Lovester?? I wouldn't be surprised if it happens, but let's hope to hell that it doesn't.

Re: Beach Boys references [Smiley Smile Message Board]

Posted: 13 Sep 2008 06:30 PM CDT

The Ramones "7-11" - (Summer fun with the Beach Boys on, but we all know what went wrong).
The Queers "Brian Wilson" I had to mention it again.
The Queers "Live This Life" (...and everybody got to surf like Californ-i-a

Re: Has anyone met Brian Wilson? [Smiley Smile Message Board]

Posted: 13 Sep 2008 06:04 PM CDT

Thanks GLarson432. Great story. As someone else mentioned, that may be the oldest first-hand story on this board!  Wink

Re: Has anyone met Brian Wilson? [Smiley Smile Message Board]

Posted: 13 Sep 2008 05:50 PM CDT

Even then-this wasn't always the way it went.  Earl Leaf mentions in his articles about their Nov 1964 tour of Europe that 5 people including then Road manager Don Rice and roadie Ron Swallow were with them.  On their April 1965 tour they were accompanied by 8 people (according to an interview in the April 21 Wilmington, DE papers) -including Al's wife Lynda, Ron Swallow and probably new road managers Dick Duryea and Terry Sachen and their cousin Steve Korthof.  So-that Tulsa appearance with noone else accompanying them-was the exception not the rule-even in 1965

Re: New Brian Honour [Smiley Smile Message Board]

Posted: 13 Sep 2008 05:30 PM CDT

I'd love VDP stump speeches! And BW doing Q&A with reporters would be great, too. "Brian, can you elaborate on your plan to reduce global climate change?" "Do you have any drugs or sandwiches?" His cabinet would also be pretty great. Melinda, Danny Hutton, the guy he name-checked recently for giving him massages (I forget the name) ... yeah, that would be ok by me.

Re: New Brian Honour [Smiley Smile Message Board]

Posted: 13 Sep 2008 05:00 PM CDT

Brian would try to get Van Dyke Parks as his running mate. His speaches would consist of the lyrics to HV, SU and TLOS narratives. Of course, Melinda would be the one really running the country! Yikes!

Re: My Beach Boys marathon! [Smiley Smile Message Board]

Posted: 13 Sep 2008 04:25 PM CDT

I actually think "Mrs. O'Leary" is considerably better with the "Fall Breaks" vocals.  The original BB's version (with no vocals) just seems a tad repetitive and boring without them;  Purple Chick's remix had the right idea there. :-)

I agree, although who knows if Brian would have ended up overdubbing vocals onto "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow" at some point?  Obviously he became intent on destroying it and re-doing the "Fire" section as a candle, but perhaps the reason he brought them back together for BWPS was that he had originally intended to add vocals before he freaked out about it.

Re: Compression and Clipping on TLOS - is it that bad? [Smiley Smile Message Board]

Posted: 13 Sep 2008 04:18 PM CDT

Well, those waveforms aren't bad at all, all things considered. Yes, Goin' Home is extreme, but if any song on the album should look that way, it's Goin' Home.

Re: Compression and Clipping on TLOS - is it that bad? [Smiley Smile Message Board]

Posted: 13 Sep 2008 03:46 PM CDT

BillyC - I hope Ike didn't get you. Good luck to you!!

Brian Wilson Aids Surfrider Foundation [Smiley Smile Dot Net]

Posted: 13 Sep 2008 03:24 PM CDT

Brian Wilson has partnered with eBay Giving Works for a charitable auction benefiting The Surfrider Foundation, launching Tuesday, September 2 and running through September 12. The auction lot includes a custom, one-of-a-kind "That Lucky Old Sun" surfboard, designed under Wilson's creative direction and shaped by legendary surfboard shaper Robert August, and Brian Wilson's handwritten lyrics to "Forever She'll Be My Surfer Girl" from his new album, That Lucky Old Sun. The auction will be active until 8pm ET/ 5pm PT on Friday, September 12, when the listing ends. All bidders will be pre-qualified through Kompolt Online Auction Agency ( Visit for more information or to place a bid. For more information about the Surfrider Foundation, visit

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Re: my sunshine pop band, live [Smiley Smile Message Board]

Posted: 13 Sep 2008 03:24 PM CDT

I really dig it!!

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Posted: 13 Sep 2008 03:24 PM CDT

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Brian Wilson To Received California Sound Award [Smiley Smile Dot Net]

Posted: 13 Sep 2008 03:23 PM CDT

BEACH BOYS legend BRIAN WILSON is to be honoured in Los Angeles - for "defining" the city's sunny image.
The singer, who pioneered the 'California sound' with classic songs including Surfin' USA and California Girls, is due to perform three concerts at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend (13-14Sep08).
And he will be presented with an award for his contribution to the world of music at a special ceremony at Los Angeles City Hall on Friday (12Sep08).
In a statement L.A. City Council, which has granted Wilson the honour, said: "In the 46 years since Brian Wilson wrote the lyric 'If everybody had an ocean', nobody has done more to define the Southern California experience than The Beach Boys."
The prize will be presented by council members Jack Weiss and Tom LaBonge.

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Brian Wilson Signed Pet Sounds Beach Boys LP Autograph ["brian wilson"]

Posted: 13 Sep 2008 02:58 PM CDT

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Re: Beach Boys references [Smiley Smile Message Board]

Posted: 13 Sep 2008 02:09 PM CDT

There's the most obvious - the Beatles' "Spiritual Regeneration" (with its 'happy birthday, Mike Love' verse, sung to Mike himself).  I find it hilarious that the version that Mike tried to release on his "Mike Love, Not War" album was very obviously just taken from a bootleg, because it has the Wolfman Jack commentary badly spliced out.  (Methinks he sourced that from the Beatleg "The Essential Unofficial White LP", disc seven...)

Then there's the Beatles' "Back In The USSR" (allegedly co-written with Mike); and the 'Smile' parodies "Pancreas" (Weird Al) and "Black Sheep" (John C. Reilly).  What else... oh, the Beach Bums' awful "Upholstery" in the movie 'Phantom Of The Paradise'.

As for non-musical references... SNL used to have a series of recurring sketches with a group of businessmen talking about their supposedly amazing, now deceased co-worker Bill Brasky.  One of their outrageous claims about him, I believe made by Alec Baldwin's character, was "If you dropped a record needle on his nipple, it played the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds!"

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