Saturday, March 21, 2015

Steely Dan biography updated

Cover of the 2015 edition.
"Comprehensive, obsessed with detail, slow-moving and a bit dull: the description applies equally well to both book and band."

Hey! It's not our description but one from a review of the new and updated (as in February 2015) edition of the biography originally released in 1994 and written by Brian Sweet.

We read it back in the early 2000's with the knowledge that neither Donald nor Walter wanted to be interviewed for the book, and that hardcore fans were somewhat ... er ... critical of the contents and book in all.

That being said we found it a great way to get an overview and timeline of the band and look forward to what this updated version might bring. Last edition dates back to 2008.

(And if we ever run into Donald and/or Walter we wouldn't be busy asking what facts in this book are "facts", but rather enjoy a coffee/tea/beer together while watching the sun set ... as only the sun can ... set.)


Monday, March 16, 2015

Record Store Day release: Zappa 200 Motels single


A purple 7 inch single with two pieces from Frank Zappa's 200 Motels, two previously unreleased tracks. 
The first one is Overture from the 2013 concert of 200 Motels, performed by The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. On the flip side: The piece What's The Name Of Your Group?, an original recording from 1971.

http://www.recordstoreday.com/SpecialRelease/7596

What's The Name Of Your Group?

Toto-member Mike Porcaro has died

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-31900407

The third obituary in a row on the Radio Dupree blog. We do hope that there will be other types of news now.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Polar Music Prize winners: Emmylou Harris and Evelyn Glennie

The 2015 recipients of the Polar Music Prize has been announced.

"The Polar Music Prize 2015 is awarded to the artist Emmylou Harris from Birmingham, Alabama. No one in the history of popular music has harmonised like Emmylou Harris. For five decades she has embellished other artists’ recordings by adding vocal parts that did not exist in the melodies. But it is as an artist in her own right that she has made the greatest contribution.
...
Emmylou Harris has also used her position as a musician to work for feminism, animal rights and the care of people affected by war. Emmylou Harris makes the world bigger and smaller, more valuable and more beautiful."

"The Polar Music Prize 2015 is awarded to percussionist Evelyn Glennie from Aberdeen, Scotland. Evelyn Glennie, who has been deaf since the age of twelve, has a mission to teach the world to listen. She has widened our understanding of what music is and shown us that listening is only partly to do with our ears.
...
She has played with the world’s foremost orchestras, conductors and artists and has released more than 30 solo albums. Evelyn Glennie shows us that the body is a resonance chamber and that we live in a universe of sound."

More here:
http://polarmusicprize.org/announcement/

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Radio Dupree Top 20 - March 2015

1. Frank Zappa - Jesus Thinks You're a Jerk
Broadway the Hard Way

2. Jethro Tull - Play In Time
Benefit

3. The Beatles - Old Brown Shoe
The Beatles: 1967-1970

4. The Tubes - Boy Crazy
The Tubes

5. Frank Zappa - Dupree's Paradise
Roxy by Proxy

6. Captain Beefheart - Alice In Blunderland
The Spotlight Kid

7. Wishbone Ash - Time Was
Argus

8. Jean-Luc Ponty - Is Once Enough?
Aurora

9. Jukka Tolonen - Windermere Avenue
Crossection

10. Roxy Music - Would You Believe?
Roxy Music

11. Bruford - The Sliding Floor - Gradually Going Tornado
12. Yes - We Have Heaven - Fragile
13. Santana - Jingo - Santana
14. The Tubes - Telecide - Remote Control
15. Talking Heads - Born Under Punches - Remain in Light
16. Hawkwind - We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago - In Search of Space
17. Frank Zappa - Alley Cat - The Lost Episodes
18. Frank Zappa - Wonderful Wino - Zoot Allures
19. The Tubes - Don't Touch Me There - What Do You Want From Live
20. Mahavishnu Orchestra - Eternity's Breath Part 2 - Visions of the Emerald Beyond
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Chart compiled by listeners voting
on the songs they hear on Radio Dupree

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The latest from Georg Wadenius

Swedish guitarist Georg Wadenius latest album is CLEO 2 released in October 2014. On the album you'll also hear Lars Danielsson, Per Lindvall and Jesper Nordenström. Here's two tracks:

Friday, February 20, 2015

Happy Birthday to Walter Becker!

Walter Becker is 65 today.

Original photo by Danny Clinch
(While looking for some inspirational music on Spotify to combine the above two pictures to one to, we found that Circus Money seem to have been removed from the music service leaving 11 Tracks Of Whack as the only Walter Becker solo album available on Spotify.)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Celebrate Walter Becker's Birthday with Clam Radio this Thursday!

Clam Radio will do the annual Walter Becker Birthday Show Thursday February 19 between 9 and 11 AM EST. That's 3 o'clock in the afternoon CET (Europe) and 11 o'clock in the evening JST (Tokyo) time.

Clam Radio's John Tabacco wrote this on Facebook:

Last year everything lined up and we were able to celebrate Walter Becker's birthday on the actual day of his birth. This year - not so lucky. But none the less, this Thursday from 9-11am (EST) Clam Radio 
http://johntabacco1.wix.com/clam-radio  

will be playing a lot of Walter Becker and Steely Dan. So any requests are welcome.
To listen on line : www.wusb.fm


Get celebrating!




UPDATE FEBRUARY 19:

If you missed the show here's the playlist!
http://www.wusb.fm/node/31001

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Here are the July/August dates for the 2015 Steely Dan/Elvis Costello tour

JULY
6  Denver CO  Red Rocks        
9  Auburn WA  White River Amp.        
11 Mountain View CA  Shoreline Amp.        
13 Los Angeles CA  Hollywood Bowl        
15 Albuquerque NM  Isleta    
17 Austin TX  360        
18 Houston TX  Woodlands    
19 Dallas TX  Gexa        
22 Maryland Heights MO  Riverport        
24 Highland Park, IL  Ravinia Festival        
25 Highland Park, IL  Ravinia Festival    
27 Clarkston MI  Pine Knob        
28 Cuyahoga Falls OH  Blossom    
30 Boston MA  Blue Hills Bank        
31 Boston MA  Blue Hills Bank    

AUGUST
01 Holmdel NJ  PNC Arts Ctr    
03 Camden NJ  E Center   
05 Bristow VA  Jiffy Lube    
06 Raleigh NC  Walnut Creek            
08 Nashville TN  West Riverfront Park        
09 Atlanta GA  Chastain    
11 Tampa FL  Mid Florida    
12 West Palm Beach FL  Cruzan

For a complete list of dates and info on ticket sales go to steelydan.com

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Elvis Costello joins Steely Dan for summer tour

Steely Dan will have a special guest for the summer part of the 2015 tour:
Elvis Costello & The Imposters comes along for 22  U.S. dates July 6 - August 12.

Steely Dan and Elvis Costello. A nice combination if you ask us!