Saturday, June 25, 2016

Dweezil Zappa on the Zappa vs Zappa spat


The place to hear it is comedian Mark Maron's WTF-podcast. Link here. Interview starts seven minutes in.

The Zappa name has been in the news lately thanks to, errrr... "diverse opinions" regarding financial matters among the Zappa siblings. Add a few lawyers and you get a downward spiral of a mess.

Zappa fans might find this interview interesting, even heartbreaking. Go give it a listen.


Friday, June 24, 2016

Celebrate Midsummer with Radio Dupree!

It's that time of year again. Midsummer. Next to Christmas the most important holiday of the year. Here's a surprisingly true video of the whole weekend:


Swedish Midsummer for Dummies from Sweden on Vimeo.

Swedish Midsummer – a holiday devoted to eating, drinking, dancing and assorted pagan rituals. This is a guide to making the most of it.

Read more about Midsummer in Sweden: https://sweden.se/traditions/midsummer/

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Pink Floyd albums back on vinyl again - and on UK stamps!

Pink Floyd Records has begun the reintroduction of the group's catalogue on vinyl for the first time in over two decades. 
The first four records are ‘The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn’, ‘A Saucerful Of Secrets’, the soundtrack from the film ‘More’ and the 2 LP set ‘Ummagumma’.

More here: www.pinkfloyd.com/vinyl

Also, Royal Mail in the UK is celebrating Pink Floyd with the release of special Pink Floyd stamps. 
Release date: July 7.
Details here: royalmail.com/pinkfloyd

Friday, June 10, 2016

"Circus Money" 8 years old today


It was June 10 back in 2008 that Walter Becker released his second solo album; Circus Money.
Here's hoping the third one will appear before June 10 2017! ;-)

(While we wait we'll give Circus Money a few more listens...)

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Two new Frank Zappa albums

What a surprise! We just got Road Tapes #3 and now there are two more CD's on there way. 
The Crux Of The Biscuit seems to be the most interesting one. It was created in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of Zappa's highly rated 1974 album Apostrophe ('). It contains rare alternate mixes, live performances & studio session outtakes.
The other one is called Frank Zappa For President. Seems to include some 80's material, but maybe other stuff as well. You never know what is behind those titles.

Track lists to both albums here.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Rickie Lee Jones joins Steely Dan for October shows


Steely Dan has just announced the by now traditional run of New York shows to the 2016 tour.
Ten nights at the Beacon Theatre with four of the band's albums getting one night each; Aja, The Royal Scam, Gaucho and Countdown to Ecstasy.

There's also the usual Greatest Hits night and the By Popular Demand night. Four of the ten shows will have Rickie Lee Jones as a Special Guest. Can we expect Steely Dan to join during her version of Show Biz Kids?

Tickets go on sale June 10 with an American Express Pre-sale starting June 2.

Oct 12……The Royal Scam - Plus Selected Hits

Oct 14……Special Guest - Rickie Lee Jones

Oct 15……Special Guest - Rickie Lee Jones

Oct 18……Aja - Plus Selected Hits

Oct 19……By Popular Demand

Oct 22……Gaucho - Plus Selected Hits

Oct 25……Special Guest - Rickie Lee Jones

Oct 26……Special Guest - Rickie Lee Jones

Oct 28…… Countdown to Ecstasy - Plus Selected Hits

Oct 29…… Greatest Hits

More (including the June 7 - July 17 summer dates):
steelydan.com
facebook.com/steelydan

Friday, May 27, 2016

Zappa's Road Tapes #3 on Spotify now

Today is the official release date of Road Tapes venue #3, and the music is also available through Spotify and Apple Music. 
In fact all three volumes in the series can be streamed through Spotify now.
This one, like the previous ones, is a 2 CD set. We get one show per disc. Yes, there were two shows that evening at Tyrone Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.
We expected to be a bit tired to hear yet another recording of the Flo & Eddie band, BUT this is actually surprisingly interesting. The later releases of the Flo & Eddie band have actually featured the 1971 line up. This is with the 1970 band at an early stage. That means we get to hear George Duke on keyboards and Jeff Simmons on bass.
Although the band had not been together for more than maybe two months they had managed to rehearse a rather big repertoire: two different shows with around a dozen songs each. No more than three songs are played twice.

At this time Zappa chose to play many songs that were already released, which wasn't the case when the old Mothers of Invention were around. Here we get several songs from Uncle Meat as well as We're Only In It For The Money. Actually, all of them do not sound that great, Mark and Howie's harmonies does not always match and on other places the p.a. system eats it,

There seem to be two sound sources: the better of them is probably a multi track recording (the ol' four track?). where they have set up several microphones on the stage. Quite a lot of stereo effect. It is not our impression that this is a line recording.
There must have been some recording problems during the 1st show since the other source cuts in here and there. And the second source sounds like an audience recording.
Now, if you put on a pair of decent ear phones you will hear a strange thing. During the "audience recording source" there is a leakage of (orchestral ?) music of unknown origin. We first assumed that there was another event going on in the venue and that the sound leaked through, but after listening again we think it is from the tape. The tape used must have been a badly erased one, so the earlier recording remained on the tape to some degree. Something like that. A little disturbing.

Overall this is actually quite a gem. The highlights are the instrumental pieces, the epic version of Chunga's Revenge that ends the 2nd show for instance.
And you hard core fans are probably very curious to find out how the track The Nancy & Mary Music was pieced together. It was recorded during these shows and released on the Chunga's Revenge album.

Listen to Road Tapes #3 here.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Jon Herington giving us some Adult Entertainment


Inspired by the 1960's pop/rock music and with echoes of Beatles, Stones, Motown, Stax and even countyry and reggae. That's how the brand new album Adult Entertainment is described.

A long time guitarist with Steely Dan since 2000 Jon has released a few albums under his own name along the way. Adult Entertainment is the latest.

Listen to it here and read more over on jonherington.com. That's also the place where you can order the signed, special edition pre-release version.



Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Dylan, McCartney, Young, Waters, The Who and Rolling Stones go on a Desert Trip

Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Roger Waters and The Who all on one three day festival? Yes it will happen October 7-9 this year.

The place? Indio, California.

But what about ticket prices? we hear you ask. They should be astronomical with this kind of line up.
Well, general admission three day tickets start at 399 US dollars. To get reserved floor passes you have to cough up between 699 and 1 599. And then there's the grandstand passes at 1 599. As well as the cheap one day option general admission passes selling for 199. Plus fees.

More here: http://home.deserttrip.com

Friday, April 29, 2016

Zappa family feud goes on - Dweezil changes the band's name

The feud within the Zappa family runs deep and has led guitarist Dweezil Zappa to change the name of his Zappa Plays Zappa tribute project.

The New York Times has the story.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Prince dominates charts

After Prince's death last week his music dominates the charts. One reason for that is that he did not like to make it available through streaming services.

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-36128075

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Prince has died

According to TMZ the artist was found dead on Thursday morning.

http://www.tmz.com/2016/04/21/prince-dead-at-57/

Steely Dan ticket presale for Hollywood Bowl in two days time!

The Steely Dan 2016 tour has started! Two dates have been played and if you go to

http://steelydan.com/tour16dates.html#presale

you can get preorder tickets for the June18 gig at the Hollywood Bowl in California. Tickets go on sale May 1 but with the password HB2016 you can click your way to a ticket starting April 23 (this Saturday!) at 10 AM PST. 

PST? What time is it where I live? Click here!