Sunday, June 28, 2015

Yes bassist Chris Squire dies

Chris Squire, one of the co-founders of the group Yes passed away yesterday. 
The news comes from the other band members on the band's Facebook page:
"It’s with the heaviest of hearts and unbearable sadness that we must inform you of the passing of our dear friend and Yes co-founder, Chris Squire. Chris peacefully passed away last night in Phoenix Arizona. We will have more information for you soon."

In May Squire was diagnosed with leukemia.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Elton John gets his own show on Apple's Beats 1 Radio

Part of Apple's new music offering is the 24/7 radio station Beats 1 starting Tuesday June 30.
The stations three main radio DJ:s are Ebro Darden, Julie Adenuga och Zane Lowe, but there will also be room for shows by people like Dr Dre, Pharrell, St. Vincent and Elton John!

Elton's weekly show is titled Elton John's Rocket Hour and is said to offer an eclectic mix of old and new music. What that means? Tune in next week!

More on Beats Radio 1 here.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

New Bowie box out in September

...containing six albums - from Space Oddity to Pin Ups, plus the Santa Monica '72 live album and the soundtrack from the Ziggy Stardust film, plus a collection of oddities. 
The say this is the first in a series of David Bowie box sets. Release: September 25th (Parlophone Records).

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Walter Becker's Circus Money is seven!

Yes. This week it is seven years ago since Circus Money was released. A great album back then and we think that it is even better in 2015!

So we're featuring it on Radio Dupree. Every single track. On the playlist. Now.

11 Tracks of Whack and Circus Money. The next and third one is hopefully on the way and in the works. (The world would be a better place with a third Walter Becker solo album in it!)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Radio Dupree Top 19 - June 2015

1. Frank Zappa - What Kind Of Girl Do You Think We Are?
Philly '76

2. Brian Auger & Julie Driscoll - Season of the Witch

3. Steely Dan - Babylon Sisters
Alive In America

4. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Call on Me
Safe As Milk

5. Love - The Daily Planet
Forever Changes

6. Captain Beefheart - Grow Fins
The Spotlight Kid

7. Peter Gabriel - The Heat

8. Peter Gabriel - Slow Water - Birdy
Music From The Film (Remastered)

9. Brian Eno & David Byrne - Regiment
My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts

10. The Who - Magic Bus
Live At Leeds

11. Jethro Tull - Cross-eyed Mary - Aqualung
12. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Castles Made of Sand - Axis: Bold as Love
13. Chicago - Byblos - Chicago VII
14. The Beatles - The Fool on the Hill - 1967-1970 (Blue)
15. Frank Zappa - Inca Roads - The Lost Episodes
16. Supertramp - School - Crime of the Century
17. The Moody Blues - Steppin' In A Slide Zone - The Best Of The Moody Blues
18. Elvis Costello - This Years Girl - This Year's Model
19. Mats/Morgan Band - Softma - Thanks For Flying With Us
Chart compiled by listeners voting
on the songs they hear on Radio Dupree

Friday, June 05, 2015

Happy Birthday John Fogerty!

CCR: John Fogerty, Doug Clifford, Tom Fogerty and Stu Cook.
That guy on the left is John Fogerty. He's about 25 years old and the photo is the cover of the single Up Around The Bend by the group Creedence Clearwater Revival released in 1970.

It is also my very first rock record after a Swedish kiddie LP and a pop ditto single.
John Fogerty is still making and playing music. A few days ago (May 28) he celebrated his 70th birhday.

A perfect time to add some extra Creedence Clearwater Revival as well as John Fogerty solo stuff to the Radio Dupree playlist during June.


-- Neb Stephenson

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Grateful Dead farewell show in cinemas all over the world

Fare Thee Well. With close to 50 years around legendary U.S. band Grateful Dead has decided to quit with three already sold out shows in Chicago.
The four original members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir will be joined on stage by Trey Anastasio (guitar), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards), and Bruce Hornsby (piano).

In Sweden six cinemas will show the July 5 show on July 6 and cinemas in other parts of the world will do the same. More info here! But Radio Dupree is still surprised, as the band hardly can be called a household name although it has been around since the 1960's.
In the U.S. movie theatres will livestream all three shows.

Adding to the festivities there's also a limited run of 6 500 copies of the box set 30 Trips Around The Sun containing 30 live shows from 1966 - 1995 for a total of more than 73 hours of music on 80 CDs. Yep. A pretty BIG box!
You can also get it on a limited edition USB stick in high definition (FLAC 96/24) and mp3. 1 000 copies made. The price for these collector items? 699.98 US Dollars.

Monday, June 01, 2015

Short Zappa update on Dance Me This

Message from 
Dear People of Earth,
Just in time for FZ’s half birthday we are pleased to confirm that we WILL commence shipping Dance Me This the week of the Summer Solstice. Until then, the pre-order shall remain in effect.
And let’s also talk about ZAPPA 101: 200 MOTELS, Conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, performed at Disney Hall by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
And yes. There will be Vinyl.
And we hope to see you at the Movies!
the barfies

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Not buying any music? How about a premium book of music photos?

With sales of CD:s and other physical means of sharing music falling, artists and the musiv business more and more focus on touring and other means of making money. How about a book? An expensive book? How about £395/$600/€549?

"No!" you say? Then you're probably not part of the music loving audience prepared to pay premium price for a concert ticket. Or even better a concert package including some perks like a hotel, behind-the-stage-tour or wine and cheese before the show.

You're also not part of the ... more "mature" audience that have the memories and the money. And it's somewhere here that Ormond Yard Press in London, England fits in.
Making and selling photo books featuring artists like Rolling Stone, Sex Pistols, Jimi Hendrix, Kate Bush and Pink Floyd.

The very latest book is about Bob Dylan and feaures photos by Ken Reagan taken during the 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue. He was the official photographer of the tour and this is part of how it is presented on the publishers homepage: 

Rolling Thunder: Photographs by Ken Regan will contain the very best of Ken Regan’s 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue photographs of Bob Dylan - a tour on which he was official photographer. Incredibly, Ken’s Bob Dylan photographs have never been the subject of a dedicated book of their own, and many of the photographs in the book have not have been published before. 

This will be the sixth limited edition ultra-large-format book by our publishing arm, Ormond Yard Press, and follows on from titles featuring Bruce Springsteen, Nick Drake, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Kate Bush. 

 The edition size for Rolling Thunder: Photographs by Ken Regan is reassuringly small - just 750 individually numbered copies are being offered to collectors worldwide. 

Full size Bob Dylan photo book from Ormond Yard Press
A lovely book of photos for sure. And previously a prime target mainly for hardcore collectors. But these days there is a growing number of fans with money ready to spend to get the exclusive and expensive stuff.
Right now it's on pre-sale for £195/$298/€271. Read more about the book here.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Steely Dan adds 8 nights at The Beacon Theatre, New York to the 2015 tour

Steely Dan has just announced eight October gigs at The Beacon Theatre in New York for the 2015 tour. All nights with a special theme and the final night promising surprise guest artists.

Owners of an American Express card get a pre-sale chance starting tomorrow May 28. The rest of us have to wait until 10 am EST on June 5.

Here's more about the dates from the homepage where you also can find links to tickets.

……* Oct 06……Aja - Plus Selected Hits

……* Oct 07……Greatest Hits

……* Oct 09……Gaucho - Plus Selected Hits

……* Oct 10……The Royal Scam - Plus Selected Hits

……* Oct 13……Aja - Plus Selected Hits

……* Oct 14……Greatest Hits

……* Oct 16……By Popular Demand

……* Oct 17…… "The Most Unforgettable Night of Whatever - Featuring Spectacular Musical Guests, Glorious Tunes and Riffage, and Whatever the Party Calls for! Parking Validated for First Dozen Diehard Fans"

== Classic Albums — Plus
Setlist is one of three classic Steely Dan albums — Aja, Gaucho, or The Royal Scam — performed in its entirety, start-to-finish. The evening then continues with additional selected favorites, making for a wide-ranging, hit-strewn ramble
through Steely Dan's extraordinary catalog.

== Greatest Hits
An evening of ... well, this one pretty much speaks for itself, doesn't it?

== By Popular Demand
Fans have always found a way to let Fagen and Becker know what they want to hear. This setlist represents oft-requested songs of recent years.

== "The Most Unforgettable Night of Whatever ...
Featuring Spectacular Musical Guests, Glorious Tunes and Riffage, and Whatever the Party Calls for! Parking Validated for First Dozen Diehard Fans"

- : - : - : -

Neb Stephenson. Jockeying the discs. And files...
"It's kinda amazing and scary at the same time", says Radio Dupree prime-DJ Neb Stephenson, who back in 2011 attended two of the special nights at The Beacon on the Steely Dan tour. (Catch up on the reports here!)
"My birthday is October 8, but I had nothing to do with this years run of shows taking place on the weeek of my birthday. Feels like I have to go. Should go. Perhaps. Maybe..."

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Radio Dupree Top 20 - May 2015

1. The Beatles - I am the Walrus
1967-1970 (Blue)

2. Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman & Howe - Order of the Universe
Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman & Howe

3. Frank Zappa - Honey, Don't You Want A Man Like Me?
Zappa in New York

4. Electric Light Orchestra - Need Her Love

5. David Bowie - Life On Mars
Santa Monica '72

6. Kevin Coyne - Eastbourne Ladies
Let's Have a Party

7. Steely Dan - Babylon Sisters
Alive In America

8. Steely Dan - Rose Darling
Katy Lied

9. The Doors - Easy Ride
The Soft Parade

10. Steve Vai - Viv Woman
Flex-able (25th Anniversary Re-master)

11. Salem Al Fakir - Tell Me - This Is Who I Am
12. Rush - Lessons - 2112
13. Gino Vannelli - Ugly Man - Gist Of The Gemini
14. Donald Fagen - Tomorrow's Girls - Kamakiriad
15. David Bowie - Somebody Up There Likes Me - Young Americans
16. David Bowie - Fascination - Young Americans
17. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Call on Me - Safe As Milk
18. Steely Dan - Reelin' In The Years - Alive In America
19. Jethro Tull - Sweet Dream - Living in the Past
20. Deep Purple - Our Lady - Who Do We Think We Are
Chart compiled by listeners voting
on the songs they hear on Radio Dupree

Just another un-authorized Zappa album...

The most recent of Zappa bootleg CD's. This one being sold by a well known Scandinavian mail order company (along with other similar products).
The cover art - a rip off of a photo from the booklet from the Carnegie Hall 3 CD set (Vaulternative Records).

Sunday, May 10, 2015

50 years ago today - the birth of The Mothers

On Mothers Day 1965 it was the first time that Frank Zappa's band played under their new name The Mothers. 
One year later they released their groundbreaking debut, Freak Out! By then the record company had told them to change their name to The Mothers of Invention.

And hey, to commemorate Mothers Day there is a new single download on
It sure ain't The 60's Mothers. It sounds more like Zappa's band of spring/summer 1980.