Have had this song stuck in my head all week! Took out my copy of Pet Sounds on vinyl yesterday but the record is missing. Read about the band for most of last night and- wha-la! An a-cappella version on the tuneage tumblr today! What a great inadvertent focus for the week.
It’s Friday and dreary in Nashville, so on the music menu this morning is something to make it as sunny indoors as possible. Sunny….southern California…1960s…Beach Boys! And what’s better than the regular, like-you’ve-heard-it-a-hundred-times Beach Boys? That’s right, a capella Beach Boys. All harmonies, all the time.
When Pet Sounds (seriously, it’s one of the greatest albums ever; if you don’t own it, go get it right now) turned 30, the Beach Boys released a 4-disc Pet Sounds extravaganza with remasters, alternate takes, stereo mixes, and these “Stack-o-vocals” recordings. Hearing these a cappella versions highlights just how much of the Beach Boys’ music is built on their perfect harmonies, and if you’ve never heard these harmonies all by themselves, you’re missing out.
Just bought my first movie on DVD ever. Seriously. (Concert docs and “Arrested Development” seasons don’t count.) Saw this movie for the first time the other week, it blew me away. Seemed like the right movie to start a collection. I’m happy with my choice!
President Obama came to Allentown last week to visit a bunch of small businesses as his first stop on his “Main Street Tour” of America. I happen to work at a television production company only one half-mile away from his first stop, so naturally the whole area was on lock down. They halted traffic on small streets and major highways, stopped trains, and also, (rumor) welded the manhole covers down on streets he was to use. When he passed by my work early in the morning I wasn’t prepared for how fast his caravan would speed by, so I only got one shot. This picture is from later that day when he visited the Hamilton Family Restaurant for lunch (I took an extended lunch break to play paparazzi). There are usually two Presidential Limo’s on any excursion, which are totally bad-ass, but with their super-thick glass they make taking pictures of the President kind of difficult. This is the only one where you can kind of make him out. Anyway, as an Obama supporter and volunteer during the campaign, it was fun trying to catch a glimpse of the guy I helped put in office.