Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Steely Dan at the Hollywood Bowl June 18, 2016

Here's another date to the 2016 tour for Steely Dan. We've already told you about the April 22 show at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, so it looks like a spring/summer tour this year.

More on the Hollywood Bowl gig here.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Wild Man Fischer album finally on CD

An Evening With Wild Man Fischer, one of the oddest releases that Frank Zappa took part in, will finally be re-released on CD.
Wild Man Fischer or Larry Fischer was a mentally unstable street singer in Los Angeles in the 60's that caught Zappa's attention. Zappa recorded and produced a double album with Fischer, an album that maybe can be classified as dada rock. Most of it is Fischer a capella, "singing" his strange but still somewhat fascinating songs and telling stories about his (miserable) life.

Some people thought it was in bad taste and that Zappa should not have exposed the unhappy Larry Fischer to the ridiculed by a larger audience. Others claim that Zappa wanted to show that the hippie world was not for everyone, that the hippie movement was elitistic and would not accept people who were not cool and beautiful, even if the hippie view of beauty was different than what you saw on TV and in magazines at the time.

The album is owned by the Zappa Family Trust but Gail Zappa (that passed away in 2015) did tell media that she would not release it on CD.

The 2 CD set will be released on the Gonzo label:

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Oxford Street today: Elton John's first record signing there in 43 years!

Just posted on Elton John's Instagram is this picture of him signing his 1973 album Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player.
Today he's doing the same for his new one; Wonderful Crazy Night, and writes that it's been 43 years since he last signed albums there.

Oh. And it's not actually out in the street he'll be signing the record, it's in the HMV store on said street. Today.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Live365 (and Radio Dupree) shuts down!

Live365 has closed down. That means around 5 000 online stations - including Radio Dupree - has gone silent.

To be perfectly honest we haven't stayed on top of the news and we've seen no information in our mail from the company (*), but what's happened is basically this:

The licensing royalties set by the U.S. government’s Copyright Royalty Board announced new rates in mid December with streaming rates being raised by 20%.

Just before New Year's the Webcaster Settlement Act of 2009 expired and there was no word from SoundExchange which collects royalties on behalf of record labels, about a renewal or new negotiations. So the law that had protected low-revenue stations with a special way of calculating below-market rates was no more.

All of the above made live365's business modeluntenable.

Live365 laid off most of its staff and lost its investors at the end of last year. And January 31, 2016 was the last day the webcaster station platform was online.

Now there's this short message and links to alternatives for all listeners and broadcasters that used live365:

"Seventeen sweet years ago, it was something of a revolution to let
anyone launch their own station. Anyone with something to say or play.
Live365 provided the tools. Their talent brought the audience.

We were one of the first. Happy we are not the last.

The spirit of 300+ employees over the years, our hundred thousand
webcasters, and their hundred million dedicated listeners lives on.

THANK YOU for being here."

So what about Radio Dupree? We're pondering the situation. An update will follow in a few days.

-- Neb & Siggy

(*) Apparently some broadcasters got mail information from live365 a couple of weeks ago, but Radio Dupree's mailbox did not.  Here's a quote from the mail that live365 sent to broadcasters:

“We are sad that we are closing our doors at the end of this month. There are always possibilities that we can come back in one form or another, but at this point in time, January 31, 2016 is the last day that Live365’s streaming servers and website will be maintained and supported.”

More on this over on RAIN News.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

A tribute to jazz giant George Duke

Byron Miller, Josie James, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Zad McGough.
There is a band extraordinaire doing a short tour in Sweden now. A 55 piece band including ex George Duke veterans Napoleon Murphy Brock, Josie James and Byron Miller (Napoleon is also a well known Frank Zappa sideman).
Yesterday's show in Umeå was really great. The orchestra under conductor Tom Trapp performed a great variety of George Duke compositions, spanning from symphonic arrangements to soul/funk pop songs. 

From Me To You - A George Duke Experience, the programme:
From Me To You
Love's Weaker Side (Brock)
Tryin' and Cryin', 
Déja Vu
Inca Roads (Zappa)

I Love the Blues, She Heard My Cry
The Black Messiah pt. I
Patience (Brock)
Brown Sneakers
Sweet Baby
Dukey Treats

Also performed: Uncle Remus (Zappa)

Norrlandsoperan about the event

Sveriges Radio, January 28

Napoleon Murphy Brock and Mats Öberg, duo gig January 26:

Weekend video: Donald Fagen cover; Good Stuff by Bradley Smith

Favo(u)rite in reprise!

Three years old by now, but a great cover of a track from Donald Fagen's Sunken Condos album. Bradley Smith is the name of this talented guy.

GOOD STUFF - Donald Fagen cover from the album Sunken Condos (HD720) from Analog Image on Vimeo.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Bowie may have planned more albums

The sales of David Bowie music went trough the roof after the artist's death. But the Blackstar album may not be his last. Newsweek has the story.

Friday, January 22, 2016

New Zappa documentary by German filmmaker

The title of the film is Eat That Question. Rolling Stone reports that the film "will allow Frank Zappa to speak for himself through archival footage."  
It is made by German filmmaker Thorsten Schütte. It will be premiered January 25th at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. This is not to be mixed up with the film that is being made by Alex Winter. Both do have support from the Zappa Family Trust, though.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

New from State Cows: Stuck On A Train & Holly Mole

It's been a while but the westcoast/AOR band State Cows from Sweden is back with two new tracks. Stuck On A Train and Holly Mole.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Yes, Steely Dan will play live in 2016!

We were just about to compose a blog post extrapolating that Steely Dan will be touring again this year, when the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival decided to announce the lineup for 2016. And lo and behold! Headlining the very first day of the festival; Friday April 22, is ... Steely Dan!

More on the plethora of artist playing the festival can be found here:


Steely Dan has been touring eight of the past ten years. and since we doubt this is a one-off gig expect tour dates to start appearing in the coming months.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Bowie produced a Zappa cover in 1973

We knew there had to be a connection between two of the greatest music geniuses, the recently deceased David Bowie and Frank Zappa.
Here is a song from an obscure album recorded in 1973. Artist: Ava Cherry. Producer: David Bowie. Song: How Could I Be Such A Fool (Zappa).
Musicians: David Bowie, Mike Garson (keyboards), Herbie Flowers (bass), Aynsley Dunbar (drums). 

Nice to know that there were some other connection except the fight between Bowie and Zappa about guitarist Adrian Belew.

Ava Cherry's album was not finished but got released more than 20 years later.
The album The Astronettes Sessions also includes a prototype version of Scream Like A Baby (I Am A Laser), that would in its new form end up on Scary Monsters in 1980. Worth checking out!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Radio Dupree lists Bowie's best music

Bowie is dead. Long live Bowie!
The master is dead. Radio Dupree did an attempt to list Bowie's best music, as we see it.

Bowie's best songs:
1. Queen Bitch
2. Fashion
3. Word on a Wing
4. Move On
5. Ashes to Ashes

Bowie's best albums:
1. Station to Station
2. Hunky Dory
3. Lodger
4. At the Beeb
5. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust...

Unknown Bowie songs you should check out:
1. Growin' Up (Springsteen cover. Bonus track on some editions of Pin Ups)
2. Holy Holy (Bonus track on some editions of The Man Who Sold the World and The Rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust...)
3. Love you till Tuesday (a track from David's debut album released 1967)
4. Memory of a Free Festival (single version, bonus track on some editions of the Space Oddity album)
5. Baal's Hymn (from the EP Baal)

Music legend David Bowie dies