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!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Record Store Day - northern Sweden and elsewhere

Record Store Day - now a fine tradition. These pics were taken today at Burman's Musik in Umeå, Sweden. During the day several groups played in the tiny space in the store.
Pictured here are JA (above) and Slowfox (below). A splendid time was guaranteed for all.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Record Store Day 2016 is almost here!

April 16 is the date. If you have a record store close go pay it a visit and maybe buy a record or two.

We at Radio Dupree are glad that we're not part of the collect-them-all crowd that try to find all the special RSD releases coming this year. But we can understand the effort put into finding and buying.

A quick look at the list had us getting somewhat interested in the previously unreleased songs from The Shaggs:



As well as the soundtrack to the documentary movie about Cambodia's rock 'n roll:


All about Record Store Day on http://www.recordstoreday.com/ 
and check out the exclusive releases here: http://www.recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Rosanne Cash and Elton John writing songs togetherr

Looks like Rosanne and Elton has made some music together. Here's a post frm her Twitter feed:



Thursday, March 31, 2016

Zappa bass player Arthur Barrow writes book

Arthur Barrow has written a book about his life as a performer, composite and producer. He has worked with artists as Frank Zappa, Joe Cocker, Diana Ross and Swedish singer Björn Skifs. 

Barrow explains that a lot of the book is about his time with Zappa: "So you FZ fans are gonna love it!"

http://www.amazon.com/Course-Said-Yes-Amazing-Adventures/dp/1522979832/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1459379703&sr=1-1&keywords=arthur+barrow

Arthur Barrow with Frank Zappa 1978:

Monday, March 21, 2016

Sir Paul wants back the rights to Beatles songs

McCartney in Stockholm 2015. Photo: Sigurd Huckle/Radio Dupree.
In the US the rights to the Lennon-McCartney catalogue becomes available in 2018. BBC reports that Paul McCartney recently made a move to recapture it.