Saturday, December 30, 2006
Amazon.co.uk as well as Spin CDs have no other information than the release date, that the record company is Warner Brothers and that it consists of four CDs. Play.com is another advertising the upcoming set. And we also found a Swedish online store; Megastore.com.
Monday, December 25, 2006
James Brown started his carreer in 1953 and had more than 116 songs on the charts. James Brown was one of the first soul artists to write songs that expressed criticism against racism (Say It Loud, I'm Black And I'm Proud).
Friday, December 22, 2006
Bjork, Prince, James Taylor and Elvis Costello are among the artists who have recorded covers for "A Tribute to Joni Mitchell," due in the spring via Nonesuch. The 11-track set also boasts contributions from Sarah McLachlan, k.d. lang, Emmylou Harris and Sufjan Stevens.
The complete track listing according to billboard.com is:
Free Man in Paris Sufjan Stevens
Boho Dance Bjork
Dreamland Caetano Veloso
Don't Interrupt the Sorrow Brad Mehldau
For the Roses Cassandra Wilson
A Case of U Prince
Blue Sarah McLachlan
Ladies of the Canyon Annie Lennox
Magdalena Laundries Emmylou Harris
Edith and the Kingpin Elvis Costello
(Note that just 10 tracks are listed. The 11 should be k.d. Lang's Help Me, as she is mentioned in the news item.)
The album was announced late 2000 with the title A Case Of Joni. Numerous artists have been submitting tracks to the tribute over the years, including Steely Dan doing a version of Carey. Looks like it's cut from the album toghether with a few others. What happened to PM Dawn Night in the City, Stevie Wonder Woodstock, Janet Jackson Beat of Black Wings, Duncan Sheik Court and Spark, Chaka Khan Hejira, Etta James Amelia, Elton John Free Man In Paris and Lindsey Buckingham with Mick Fleetwood Big Yellow Taxi? It's enough to do a Volume 2!
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Ertegun was respected in the business. The founder of Rolling Stone magazine, Jann Wenner, puts it like this in a statement: "Ahmet was perhaps the most revered, respected figure in American popular music of the modern era."
Even the rather cynical Frank Zappa (1940-93) seemed to like Ertegun.
Zappa was known to refer to record company people as "record company pricks", but he named one of his sons after Ertegun...Ahmet Zappa.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
The ebay auction opened on December 14 and after ten hours the highest bid was up to £ 5900.
BBC reports that the money will support the homeless through the organisation Crisis.
During Christmas Crisis will open seven centres in London for homeless people.
Monday, December 11, 2006
January 17: Table Mountain Rancheria Casino - Friant, California. Tickets go on sale December 18.
This makes the Heavy Rollers 2007 tour two dates long. Will more be added? We'd like to think so, but decide to quote the Steely Dan Newsletter mailed to fans this weekend:
"Will there be more?
Who can really say for sure.
The canny oddsmaker can only keep an eye on
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
We have just uploaded a couple of tracks from it, as a teaser...All tracks from the album will appear on Radio Dupree as Album of the Month in December. (Will put us in the right Christmas mood, huh?) For you who didn't know Trance-Fusion is made up by guitar solos recorded live on different stages between 1977 and 1988. The extended guitar solos were edited from songs like Easy Meat, Inca Roads and others. Zappa thought of the solo parts as impovised compositions of their own, thus giving them new titles...and what titles! Good Lobna!
Friday, November 10, 2006
Jukon Speakers. Nobody knows for sure who plays the bass.
More music by Jukon Speakers.
Some more fresh Zappa.
Some more Johnny "Guitar" Watson.
That is what to expect on Radio Dupree this weekend.
We are adding more songs by artists that have gotten "thumbs ups" from you listeners.
That is for instance the obscure swedish group Jukon Speakers.
A couple of weeks ago we decided to test a couple of Jukon tunes on Radio Dupree, which turned out to be quite successful.
We will also upload some more Zappa stuff. You can expect more music from The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life (live 1988), but also from the You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore and Beat The Boots series.
Then we've got some more songs by Johnny "Guitar" Watson, David Bowie and Jethro Tull and...and...Well, you may just hafta tune in, folks!
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
"I have mixed feelings about this", says Radio Dupree prog connaisseure Sigurd Huckle.
"I lost interest in the group with their late 70's albums but now Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford declare that they will play songs from most eras of their history. It's a good thing to pick up those old pieces, but you just have to do them right, and that is not necessarily to do them the way they were done in the early 70's either. But it's certainly not like pulling off a number like Illegal Alien."
Collins has told BBC that the tour is about playing classic songs, not about making money. The first tour date is Helsinki, Finland in June 2007.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
The two guys pictured above are Georg "Jojje" Wadenius and James Hollingworth. Long before Georg Wadenius went to the United States to record and tour with people like Donald Fagen and Steely Dan, he recorded and toured back home in Sweden.
He also made a couple of children's music records that are considered classics in Sweden. That was back in the early 1970's.
At the same time James did a couple of children's records, so it's not that strange that they call themselves a "super group for children's music" now that they've written and recorded an album together. It's titled Hajar du and will be released November 15.
They're out doing a few gigs together as well.
I went searching for sounds and while Georg has a few on his homepage I couldn't get the links to work. James on his did, however. Nothing from the new record. Yet.
And over on youtube.com somebody has put a video of a kid in a tree to one of Georg Wadenius children's hits from the 70's; Kalles klätterträd. This is a re-recorded version:
The fun thing about both James and Georg is that the way the do their music makes it a great listen for adults as well.
And on a totally uneleated matter; here's this week's Top 10 over on Radio Dupree!
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
And after the theme song a longer clip. Seven minutes of 60's sitcom...
We are celebrating with some scary Halloween music. Just the other day we uploaded a bunch of such tunes. And you listeners seem to appreciate it.
Five of the ten most popular songs on Radio Dupree right now are tunes with a unmistaken Halloween flavor (*):
1. The Fiends - Theme From Addams Family (*)
2. Frank Zappa - Goblin Girl (*)
3. Donald Fagen - I.G.Y.
4. Captain Beefheart - When I See Mommy I Feel Like A Mummy (*)
5. G Duke / B Cobham - Juicy
6. Jukon Speakers - Give Me Love
7. Frank Zappa - The Radio Is Broken
8. Tom Jones - Ghost Riders In The Sky (*)
9. Pink Floyd - Fat Old Sun
10. Frank Zappa - The Torture Never Stops (a traditional Halloween number) - As An Am (*)
Monday, October 30, 2006
New and old stuff from Sparks will probably appear on the playlist faster than you can catch a rat. Whatever that means.
Friday, October 27, 2006
Sara Isaksson & Rebecka Törnqvists album of Steely Dan songs enters the Swedish sales chart this week at 22. Congratulations to Sara & Rebecka! And to Lars and all the others who played on the record.
Don't forget that we' re giving away three copies of the album. Here's more about the giveaway.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
1. Cornelius Bumpus - Jupiter Spin - Known Fact
2. Rosie Vela - Interlude - Zazu
3. Steve Khan & Donald Fagen - Reflections - That's The Way I Feel Now - A Tribute To Thelonious Monk
4. Steely Dan - Mock Turtle Song - Catalyst (Demos)
5. The Push Stars - Bad Sneakers - Me, Mysel & Irene
6. The Joe Roccisano Orchestra - Blue Lou - Glengarry Glen Ross Soundtrack
7. Smash Mouth - Do It Again - Me, Myself & Irene
8. They Might Be Giants - 25 O'Clock - A Testimonial Dinner: The Songs Of XTC
9. The Rembrandts - Making Plans For Nigel - A Testimonial Dinner:The Songs Of XTC
10. Sun Ra - The Perfect Man - Greatest Hits
11. Weather Report - Pinocchio - Mr. Gone
12. Weather Report - River People - Mr. Gone
13. E.S.T. - Tuesday Wonderland (Radio Edit) - Tuesday Wonderland
14. Rickie Lee Jones - Have You Had Enough - MySpace free download
15. Utopia - Junk Rock (Million Monkeys) - Swing To The Right
16. Utopia - Lysistrata - Swing To The Right
17. David Bowie - This Is Not America - BBC Radio Theatre, London, June 27, 2000
18. David Bowie - Thru' These Architechts Eyes - 1. Outside
19. Johnny "Guitar" Watson - Broke And Lonely - The Very Best Of
20. Wilco - Jesus, Etc. - Kicking Television: Live In Chicago
21. Lindsey Buckingham - September Song - Law & Order
22. Viktoria Tolstoy - Strollin' - Pictures Of Me
23. Michael Leonhart - Suzy Lattimore - The Suzy Lattimore ep
24. The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night - Anthology 1
25. Electric Light Orchestra - Mr Blue Sky - Out Of The Blue
26. Frank Zappa - Yo Mama - Sheik Yerbouti
27. David Bowie - Rock'n'Roll Suicide - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
28. John McLaughlin And Mahavishnu - Florianapolis - Adventures In Radioland
29. Hawk On Flight - To Be Or Not To Bop - Bermuda Triangle
30. Lars Hollmer - Kamelsväng - XII Sibiriska Cyklar
Friday, October 20, 2006
FIRE IN THE HOLE - SARA ISAKSSON & REBECKA TÖRNQVIST SING STEELY DAN
We went to the record store and bought it, just to give it away to YOU! Why? Because we think it's a great album and we think that more people living outside of Sweden should get a chance to hear it.
What does it sound like? Well, you can go here and scroll down a bit and press the play button to hear a few short excerpts. If you're a Steely Dan fan or not is of no importance. If you like what ou hear you can enter the giveaway just by sendning us your address in an email to email@example.com
* * * UPDATE NOVEMBER 2! * * *
All three winners have been picked. We didn't see the meaning in postponing the draw of the second and third winner, so...
We got three albums to give away for free. But hurry up! We'll pick a first winner October 31.
P.S. With the exception of our first giveaway all the rest have been sound and surefire misses as far as winners go. Not one person entered. Why? All that's been needed to enter has been an email with an address and that's it. Maybe that's been seen as too easy? Haven't felt like a proper competition? Should we perhaps have added some questions or such you have to answer to win? OK. Let's try that this time around. Let's se... To enter the giveaway you email us and include your favourite answer to whatever question you see choose. OK? OK!
Monday, October 16, 2006
Like its namesake, the Nokia 8800 Sirocco Edition consists of two variants - light and dark, the light inspired by the hot, dry air mass, the dark by the cooler, humid one.
And as it blows, the powerful sirocco makes its own unique sound - a composition from nature caused by two air masses colliding. With nature as his inspiration, Brian Eno, the world renowned music composer and ambient music innovator, has created a unique 'sonic texture' that is organic, calm and highly evolved. It has an otherworldly feel - comprised of notes created by instruments that Eno has selected and 'synthesized' himself.Makes you wanna run down to the nearest dealer to expose yourself to this apparently otherwordly experience... ;-)
You have to admire the PR departments way with words. Trying to catch the poetry in technology. If they managed to this time? You be the judge. But I know that I'd like to hear the "sonic texture" even if it comes across sounding like a handful of leaking flutes.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
The record label site is now up and running. So far just a couple of pics and a short text, but hopefully soon with soundbites and other stuff as the release of the album is next week.
(Pic of Rebecka & Sara borrowed from Moule Recordings site.)
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Held in San Francisco TEC stands for "Technical Excellence & Creativity". The awards is - according to the official site - "the foremost program recognizing the achievements of audio professionals. Presented annually by the Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio, the TEC Awards honor the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, films, TV shows and live performances.
TEC Awards nominations are made by a panel of industry professionals and voted upon by the subscribers of Mix, the leading trade magazine of the recording and sound production industry."
Morph competed in the category Record Production/Album and beat the other nominees:
Late Registration Kanye West.
Back Home Eric Clapton.
Good Night and Good Luck-soundtrack Dianne Reeves.
Timeless Sergio Mendes.
The award goes to Recording Engineer, Mixing Engineer, Mixing Facility, Producer, Recording Studio, Mastering Engineer and Mastering Facility. Which means the following people and places:
Recording Engineer: Elliot Scheiner, Brian Montgomery, T. J. Doherty.
Mixing Engineer: Elliot Scheiner.
Producer: Donald Fagen.
Mastering Engineer: Darcy Proper.
Mixing Facility: Avatar Studios, NYC.
Mastering Facility: Sony Mastering, NYC.
Recording Studios: Avatar Studios, Clinton Recording Studios, Sear Sound, NYC, Sugar Sound, Kauai, HI.
No pics of any of the above Morph-people on the Awards site, but seeing as Elliot was there giving an award away, I suspect he collected Donald's together with his own and ducked back into a studio somewhere.
Like we reported a month or so ago, Zappa's Trance-fusion will be out October 24. What we can show you here and now is the color cover of the CD. And can you see what shape the dolphins make?? First correct answer posted to the blog will win a set of disposable razors.
Germaine Greer presents a profile of Frank Zappa, the 70s icon of eccentric rock whose range of work included serious orchestral composition, film-making and social activism.
The programme marks the 40th anniversary of his first album Freak Out. Contributors include Gail Zappa, son Dweezil and ace guitarist Steve Vai, family friend and author Peter Occhiogrosso and Chief Executive of the Britten Sinfonia, David Butcher.
It's still available to listen to, but we don't know for how long.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Jazzy pop. And more jazz than pop. Laidback. Gave it a spin and added a couple of tracks to the Radio D upree playlist. The song Mystery Boulevard comes with a slight Steely Dan-feel to it. At least that's what we felt when we heard it.
Friday, October 06, 2006
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Check it out and then keep an eye on this here blog the coming four weeks. It's where we'll add the new stuff.
Saturday, September 30, 2006
We got to hear a fine selection of Zappa tunes such as Who Needs The Peace Corps, I Promise Not To Come In Your Mouth and our personal favorite composition Dupree's Paradise. This was a new experience...Zappa in flamenco style with a little touch of Toots Thielemans (Mats also plays the harmonica). Pretty amazing! This trio adds a new dimension to these songs. It was a strange thing to hear Who Needs The Peace Corps in this arrangement with the beautiful harmonies which are kind of hidden behind the comedy style on the original album (We're Only In It For The Money).
The Savela brothers have played local gigs but also the Zappanale festival in Germany in 2005.
Hey guys, how abot a world tour?
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Former King Crimson bass player and vocalist Boz Burrell passed away on September 21st.
The information comes from www.dgmlive.com, a site about King Crimson, Robert Fripp etc.
Burrell was born in 1946 and died at his Spanish home in Puerto Banus, Marbella.
Burrell played with King Crimson in the early 1970's and appears on the albums Islands and Earthbound. Later he joined Bad Company and he also appears on albums with Alvin Lee, Ted Nugent and others.
Rebecka Törnqvist and Sara Isaksson both released their debut solo albums in the early/mid-90's and have worked together as part of the group Gloria.
Sara has two albums to her name as well as collaborations with Swedish pianist Anders Widmark, while Rebecka has released seven albums.
Her "official homepage" is for the two year old album Travel Like In Songs, but at least you can hear a few short music samples there.
For a "newer" Rebecka check out four songs from her latest Melting Into Orange over on her myspace page.
Sara Isaksson's keeping a low profile on the Internet. No links to share...
About the album Fire In The Hole - Sing Steely Dan the record company information quotes the two ladies saying:
We've recorded 12 songs by the American duo, mainly using just piano and vocals. As a contrast to the originals we wanted it as simple as possible to focus on the songs fantastic stories and melodies.
Part of the project is also Lars Halapi, another member of Gloria but probably best known internationally as the collaborator/producer for Sophie Zelmani.
1. Rose darling
4. Green earrings
5. Your gold teeth II
6. Brooklyn (owes the charmer under me)
7. Don't take me alive
9. Do it again
10. Fire in the hole
11. Pearl of the quarter
12. Midnite cruiser
Radio Dupree think that Rebecka and Sara could have a great album here. We'll know October 16 when Fire In The Hole - Sing Steely Dan is released. In the meantime we'll add some of their solo stuff to the playlist.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
We get the news that Frank Zappa's long awaited CD Trance-Fusion is scheduled for release on October 24.
This is Zappa's third collection of guitar solos. The first one was Shut Up'n play Yer Guitar (1981) and then Guitar (1988). Both are 2 CD-sets.
Trance-Fusion consists of one CD with solos recorded live in concert between 1977 and 1988. It has been delayed for years.
Saturday, September 16, 2006
For this weekend we've got some old school 70's prog for you listeners. French group Magma, Pierre Moerlen's Gong along with some "new" King Crimson and Zappa...
The video clip shows some essential Magma...the repetitive but still haunting music, the occult mysticism expressed in Kobaïa - the group's own language!, the feeling of a family or a religious sect rather than a musical group with the undoubted leader Christian Vander on drums.
We've also piled up a bunch of Bob Dylan songs, just to warm you up til next month. Expect the new Dylan CD for "album of the month" for October.
Monday, September 11, 2006
This is of course a blow to the hopes that Donald just might take his Morph The Cat tour to Europe. So what about the other rumoured date: Milan, Italy? Who knows?
Keepin' hope alive is a short notice on donaldfagen.com:
This in from Joelly Dubner:
this morning i had a rather odd voicemail from DF --
something about how when he was out on the road he wanted to be home, but now that he's home, he's not sure..."every minute I stay in this room I get weaker... and every minute Charlie squats in the bush he gets stronger"... what's that supposed to mean?
For the show-starved fan this might be dechipered as a possible urge to get back out on the road again.
Back to waiting... and perhaps seeing things where there's nothing to see.
Sunday, September 10, 2006
1. David Bowie - Dead Against It - Buddha Of Suburbia (soundtrack)
2. The Diamonds - The Stroll - Yesterday's Gold Vol. 21
3. Electric Light Orchestra - Do Ya - A New World Record
4. David Bowie - Red Money - Lodger
5. Yes - Turn Of The Century - Going For The One
6. Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention - Mr. Green Genes - Uncle Meat
7. Captain Beefheart - You Know You're A Man - Shiny Beast
8. Robert Fripp - North Star - Exposure
9. Rickie Lee Jones - Bitchenostrophy - The Evening Of My Best Day
10. Omnibus Wind Ensemble - Igor's Boogie - Music By Frank Zappa
11. Gentle Giant - River - Octopus
12. Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention - Sofa No. 1 - One Size Fits All
13. Weird Al Yankovic - Don't Download This Song - Straight Outta Lynwood
14. Bob Dylan - Someday Baby - New single
15. Bob Dylan - Baby, Let Me Follow You Down - Live 1966
16. Omnibus Wind Ensemble - Let's Make The Water Turn Black - Music By Frank Zappa
17. Yes - Every Little Thing - Yes
18. Frank Zappa - I'm So Cute - Sheik Yerbouti
19. Bill Bruford - Back To The Beginning - Feels Good To Me
20. Frank Zappa - Approximate - The Dub Room Special (DVD)
And recently added tracks include: Warren Zevon - I'll Sleep When I'm Dead - Warren Zevon, Lindsey Buckingham - Show You How - Under The Skin, Lindsey Buckingham - It Was You - Under The Skin, Jethro Tull - Alive And Well And Living In - Benefit, Genesis - The Grand Parade Of Lifeless Packaging - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, David Bowie - In The Heat Of The Morning - Another Face (compilation), David Bowie - Buddha Of Suburbia (rock mix) - Buddha Of Suburbia (soundtrack), David Bowie - Sorrow - Pin Ups, King Crimson - Earthbound - Earthbound and Hatfield And The North - Shaving Is Boring - Hatfield And The North.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
But how much Bowie do you want to hear on Radio Dupree? All you can get...? Or is there actually any place for the thin white duke at all?
Any comments are welcome. Please mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, September 04, 2006
Dirk Werner reports the following in the latest Dandom Digest:
I've just bought the new issue of the German jazz magazine "jazzthing" and there is an small advertisement that says that Donald Fagen is coming to the "Aalener Jazzfest" here in Germany.
The "Aalener Jazzfest" will take place on 11/02 - 11/05.
The Aalener Jazzfest homepage isn't updated with what artists will play this years festival, but the magazine mentioned; Jazz Thing, has Donald listed in it's live section online. Just scroll on down to the Aalener Jazzfest note.
* * * Update September 6: It says the tickets will go on sale mid-September, so in another week or two we should know if Donald will be there or not. * * *
A post over at the alt.music-steely-dan newsgroup adds that Donald Fagen will play Milan, Italy later this year according to the link below. No exact date, but then again my Italian is useless. If anyone feel like adding a rough translation, please do!
"Di Donald Fagen, mente degli Steely Dan, formazione jazz rock degli anni Settanta, è impossibile non ricordare l’eclettismo e le grandi capacità musicali: un nome su tutti, The Nightfly, titolo del suo album d’esordio del 1982, disco amatissimo e da molti considerato
un vero e proprio capolavoro. Ma è nel 2006 che arriva l’ultima fatica solista di Donald, Morph the cat, che sarà in tour anche al Teatro Ventaglio Smeraldo."
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Monday, August 28, 2006
We usually look at the thumbs up, thumbs down and other assorted ways of making it clear to us what you like and what you don't like. If enough people push the "+"-button we'll leave the track playing and maybe add another couple from the same artist. If the "-"-butto is pushed enough times we'll delete the song and try something else.
With the slowly rebuilt statistics things are looking positive for that end-of-the-month chart on the updated Radio Dupree homepage. It's coming up this weekend, and while we wait let's take a quick glance at the favourites of the currently played tracks as of August 25 this month. (Most of them still won't make the August Top 10).
1. Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention - Theme From Burnt Weeny Sandwich - Burnt Weeny Sandwich
2. Captain Beefheart - Autumn's Child - Safe As Milk
3. Nouvelle Vague - Too Drunk To Fuck - Nouvelle Vague
4. David Bowie - Seven - Hours
5. Marian McPartland, Donald Fagen & Walter Becker - Hesitation Blues - Piano Jazz With Steely Dan
6. David Bowie - Station To Station - Station To Station
7. Bob Dylan - Someday Baby - CD single
8. The Beatles - For No One - Revolver
9. Steely Dan - Home At Last - Aja
10. Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention - Concentration Moon - We're Only In It For The Money
11. Carolyn Leonhart (pictured right) - If I Should Lose You - New 8th Day
Saturday, August 26, 2006
"Oh, that crazy Al and his crazy songs!" ;-)
Another great reason to watch the video is that it's made by Bill Plympton, animator with a distinctive style and twisted humour whose work I first came across in the 80's in the form of shorts on MTV like this one; Wiseman:
Have a great weekend!
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Well, it's not Burns really, but the man who's done his voice on the animated TV series for all these years; Harry Shearer (pictured on the left).
Harry not only does the voice for Burns, whenever you hear Smithers, Principal Skinner and Reverend Lovejoy it's the very same voice; Harry Shearer!
Harry's done a lot of other stuff as well besides voices on The Simpsons. One thing is of course Spinal Tap. Read more on his official homepage www.harryshearer.com.
And check out the music he picks for BBC Radio 2's daily show hosted by Ken Burns. You can hear it live Monday - Friday, and each show is also availabl to listen to for one week after it's aired. The link to Ken Burns show is here.
So what has "Montomery Burns" picked?
You Won't See Me ~ The Beatles
Dinner Bell ~ They Might Be Giants
In The Midnight Hour ~ Wilson Pickett
What's So Funny 'Bout Peace Love & Understanding ~ Elvis Costello
Boris The Spider ~ The Who
Playground ~ XTC
I've Got You Under My Skin ~ Frank Sinatra
Train Out Of Hollywood ~ Judith Owen featuring Keb Mo
Pinball ~ Brian Protheroe
The Sweetest Girl ~ Scritti Politti
Monday, August 14, 2006
Sunday, August 13, 2006
Gustaf Hielm, former member of Meshuggah will play the bass.
The event includes music by Zappa and Varèse, including some arrangements and transcriptions of Zappa's music by Ali N. Askin.
In the early 1990's Askin was Zappa's assistant for the project The Yellow Shark with Ensemble Modern.
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Michael Leonhart has been one of the constants on Steely Dan/Donald Fagen albums for the past six years. And Fagen has apparently sung on three songs and even played a little keyboards on the as yet untitled Leonhart/Yvinec collaboration.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Sunday, August 06, 2006
Read more on and by David here: http://www.walleyswitzend.com/
And here's a nice piece he wrote on Steely Dan's Two Against Nature back in 2000.
Eventual time and those waves: David Walley, 1945-2006
Friday, August 04, 2006
It's been 14 years since his last solo album Out Of The Cradle and I had all but given up on a new one from Lindsey Buckingham. But ... this news item appeared on his official homepage two days ago:
"We are very pleased to announce that Lindsey has a new album coming out in October on Reprise Records. This will be an acoustic album titled Under The Skin.
Lindsey will also hit the road in October for about a month of shows across the US."
So there we have it! Although I don't expect anything sensational from the man who's "plundered" at least two solo albums to fill Fleetwood Mac reunion albums. Tango In The Night (1987) and Say You Will (2003).
The fact that the new one will be acoustic rules out too much overdubbing and studio trickery.
His three solo outings so far have been progressively more produced and less direct. From the fairly pop/rocky Law & Order (1981) via Go Insane (1984) to Out Of The Cradle (1992).
It'll also be interesting to see if any of the tracks from the unreleased Gift Of Screws that weren't used on Fleetwood Mac's Say You Will will pop up on the new acoustic one. Gift Of Screws being an album of tracks that has "leaked" and can be found on the Internet by the curious and investigative. Supposedly an album from 2000/2001 that never made it to the pressing plant.
The public accusation in the form of a letter on Steely Dan's homepage was of course a joke. A joke that - understandably - didn't register with a lot of journalists reporting it. Owen delivered a funny reply. A funny reply that still didn't convince journalists that the whole thing isn't for real. What's even more disturbing is that I've read comments from so called Steely Dan-fans who missed the fun of it all.
One person that gets it is Pete Howell in the Toronto Sun. He puts it in perpective by calling it an inside joke and mentioning more examples:
"The best inside jokes are ones that have multiple layers of meaning. Such as the current slanging match between pop band Steely Dan and actor Owen Wilson, a feud that's playing out mostly on the Internet. It's an exchange of volleys that might look hostile to those not sufficiently clued in."
"But the really funny thing about this whole exchange is that Steely Dan, I think, were riffing on a classic Groucho Marx prank."
Read the whole column here.
Meanwhile over at The Cleveland Plain Dealer one Michael Heaton misses the point ... or decides to play dumb just to get a complete column based on people accusing other people for borrowing/stealing ideas.
I'm not really sure where I have Michael. He writes like he's familiar with the band: "But all Steely Dan songs have narrative lyrics." and "The very name Steely Dan comes from the novel "Naked Lunch" by William S. Burroughs."
But he also writes: "This piece of bellicose business between rock stars and movie stars doesn't surprise me one bit. I've seen so much of this kind of bickering between artists over the years, I've come to expect it."
Just to end the whole piece: "Owen Wilson talked to the press last week in an attempt to put the whole controversy behind him. He said he was unfamiliar with Steely Dan, never heard the song "Cousin Dupree" and that he just wanted to get back to work on his new movie. He said it's called "Hey Nineteen.""
Which could be seen as Michael getting the inside joke of that film title. Or maybe not.
Read Michael's column here.
And enjoy the weekend!
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Among the "victims" a bear made by German manufacturer Steiff in 1909 and once owned the young Elvis Presley.
According to the article the man who owns The whole teddy bear collection is valued at $900.000. According to the article the bear with Elvis connections was owned by English aristocrat Benjamin Slade, who bought it at an Elvis memorabilia auction in Memphis, Tenn., and had loaned it to the museum. He is not very pleassed at all.
That was today's News Of The Weird from the world of Rock N Roll... I just had to share it. Oh! And the bear pictured is not the Elvis bear. It's a younger relative.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Good or bad compilation?
Read about all the different Steely Dan Greatest Hits compilations. Neb sorts it all out and you won't have to feel confused anymore.
Neb's also been listening to his childhood favourite Elton John's brand new single and ponders the new album from the man constantly on tour, often seen in the media - but these days rarely talked about because of his music. Can that change?
There's some news about Captain Beefheart and a link to a rare video with a Zappa connection!
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Every show has a theme. Weather, Mother, Drinking, Baseball... The latest is Rich Man, Poor Man.
It says that he picks the records from his own collection and you can see what songs he's been playing here.
But, you might ask, can I hear the actual shows? Well if you live in the U.S. you can subscribe and listen. If you live in any other country you have to sign upp using an U.S. billing address. Which means that you're pretty much screwed if you're not in the States.
But ... here's where the beauty of the Internet comes to the rescue of the curious who'd like to hear how Bob manages as a "radio personality". The shows are available on more than one BitTorrent site as well as other places. Just go do a search for Bob Dylan and Theme Time Radio Hour. Not in the mood for a search? >>OK<<
Saturday, July 22, 2006
The movie The Big Lebowski is a Radio Dupree favourite. Created by Joel & Ethan Coen it has a fair amount of that word "f*ck".
An obvious fan of the movie has gone through the trouble of cutting out all 280+ utterings of said word. It ended up as a 2 minutes and 14 second movie. Here it is. And if you haven't seen the full The Big Lebowski please do yourself a favour and rent it. Why not this weekend?
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Since then the premiere has come and gone. It was this past weekend. And the reviews are in and ... well ... let's just say they're not the best we've seen. Not even OK.
We mentioned the movie because of the Dupree-connection to Steely Dan's track Cousin Dupree as well as Frank Zappa's Dupree's Paradise. However, if you look at the storyline you could argue that the character played by Owen Wilson in this film isn't that unlike the character in Steely Dan's Cousin Dupree!
Time for another tongue-in-cheek letter from Donald Fagen & Walter Becker to Owen's brother actor Luke Wilson regarding what Owen has to to to make things right.
Read the letter here or by clicking the pic to the right. You'll get a chance to brush up on your Lovin' Spoonful trivia at the same time!
As far as You, Me and Dupree goes you can read some reviews as well as more about the movie over at rottentomatoes.com.
I get the distinct feeling this could be a direct-to-DVD movie here in Sweden. Tried to find any info about a Swedish release date, but no luck.
It looks like the film will start showing in a bunch of European countries in August/September though. Maybe we'll have to go to Finland to catch the premiere. Then again maybe not.
Monday, July 17, 2006
Could Knocked up be a film worth watching? Well...
Movieweb has an on-the-set interview with two of the leading stars in the comedy; Seth Rogen (left picture) and Paul Rudd (right picture). A couple of paragraphs caught our attention:
Seth Rogen: Oh yeah, that was so strange.
Paul Rudd: I play a guy in the music business, and we had no idea where everything went, and I was saying that a band like Steely Dan could never get signed today and they'd never get any radio play - and he says, 'That's because Steely Dan sucks.' And we get into this whole thing like 'no, Steely Dan is amazing, the early Steely Dan,' and you said something like 'I don't think you'd get into a Steely Dan concert without wine and cheese. If you ever catch me listening to Steely Dan, you could cut my head off with a Spiro [sic] Gyra record.'
OK. So a Steely Dan mention. If the scene isn't left on the cutting room floor.
Read the whole piece here.
And when can you expect to see the movie? It will premiere in August. 2007.
Oh yeah, one more thing: Seth is also in the new comedy with a thin-but-still-Zappa/Steely Dan/Radio Dupree connection in the title that we mention on the Radio Dupree homepage; You, Me and Dupree.
Sunday, July 16, 2006
We don't know what it'll sound like, but based on her two albums so far it'll be classy and jazzy.
If you're not familiar with Madeleine you can hear short previews of the songs on her 2004 CD Careless Love here.
The new album, titled Half The Perfect World, will be releasd in the USA September 12 with the UK (and Europe? the rest of the world?) following November 6.
Larry Klein and Walter Becker recently crossed paths on another singers album; Tough On Crime from Rebecca Pigeon.
And let us not forget that Larry is involved in Walter's next solo album as well!
Friday, July 14, 2006
The answer is "yes". Despite the fact that there are a number of compilations available from 1978's Greatest Hits to the latest Showbiz Kids: The Steely Dan Story 1972-1980 released back in 2000, the powers that be find it suitable to get another one out this August 1.
The title of the 2-CD compilation is Steely Dan: The Definitive Collection. And you do get tracks from all albums, but nothing new. Here's the track listing:
1. Do It Again
2. Dirty Work
3. Reelin' In The Years
5. My Old School
6. Rikki Don't Lose That Number
7. Black Friday
8. Bad Sneakers
9. Kid Charlemagne
10. Deacon Blues
13. Hey Nineteen
14. Babylon Sisters
15. Cousin Dupree
16. Things I Miss The Most
We'll do a rundown of all Steely compilations available when we update the Radio Dupree homepage in a couple of weeks time. Take a look at what's out there and what Greatest Hits you should get to get the best one.
And true to their previous records Donald and Walter doesn't appear on the cover of this one either. Just two male shadows.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Barrett recorded a couple of solo efforts after that but never got close to the magic of the songs he did for the very psychedelic Pink Floyd of the 60's.
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Watch this early Pink Floyd (with Syd) clip from the TV show The Look Of The Week. Music and interview:
Pink Floyd "Jugband Blues":
Monday, July 10, 2006
John Fogerty was back in Sweden once again playing to an appreciative audience. Everything was pretty much as expected. The big difference for me personally was the fact that previous times I've seen John it was indoor arenas. This time on the beach at Piteå Havsbad way up north.
A beautiful Swedish summer evening where the daylight rfused to leave. 12 000 people in the audience got two hours full of Fogerty classics delivered with an amazing energy whe you consider that he's 61 years old and has played these songs a few hundred (thousand?) times by now.
John Fogerty and the band have been mixing it up on this tour, from an early Creedence track like Porterville to his latest solo work. Almost all shows have seen some changes in the set list. In Piteå they premiered Jambalaya (from 1973's Blue Ridge Rangers) and Blueboy (from Blue Moon Swamp released in 1997.
Piteå was the eight stop on a 15-date tour of Europe. It's followed by an additional 30 + dates in the States this autumn.
Although I haven't seen/heard it yet, the recently released live concert DVD The Long Road Home sounds like it comes with the same shortcomings as the live CD and DVD Premonition from 1998; pristine picture and sound but lacking that rawness and rock n roll that very much is a part of a Fogerty show. If you're looking for a live record I'd recommend you go search for the Live At Roskilde 1997 bootleg. That's the way a John Fogerty live record should sound!
Thursday, June 29, 2006
As far as the latter goes we'll spotlight an album celebrating 40 years in July. "What album?", you might ask. Well... tune in and check out the Radio Dupree homepage this weekend!
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Hey, Ian McDonald is 60 years young Sunday 25! So let's celebrate this original member of King Crimson (one of Radio Dupree's favourite groups) as well as Foreigner.
Ian was most recently seen (and heard) in The 21st Century Schizoid Band playing the early Crimson stuff.
Hat's off to Ian. Have a great birthday!
Friday, June 23, 2006
"Little frogs, little frogs". College Neb Stephenson sings a traditional Swedish midsummer song. Its orgin is unknown but I get a feeling of pagan rituals under the Nordik sky maybe a thousand years ago. I bring the thin bread and schnapps. Neb has the strawberries in his bag. People of all ages is dancing around with green leaves tied to their hair. The tradition lives on.
Monday, June 19, 2006
1. Frank Zappa - Advance Romance - You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore - Vol. 5
2. Billy Preston - Outa-Space - I Wrote A Simple Song
3. Frank Zappa - Roy's Halloween Gas Mask - Baby Snakes DVD
4. Frank Zappa & The Mothers - Latex Solar Beef - Fillmore East, June 1971
5. Steely Dan - Doctor Wu - Katy Lied
6. Mahavishnu Orchestra - Miles Beyond - Birds Of Fire
7. Godley & Creme - Desperate Times - Goodbye Blue Sky
8. Frank Zappa - Zoot Allures - Zoot Allures
9. Frank Zappa - City Of Tiny Lites - You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore - Vol. 5
10. Frank Zappa - Mudd Club - Thing-Fish
11. Steve Lukather - Pretzel Logic - The Royal Dan - A Tribute
12. Easy Star All-Stars feat. Gary Nesta Pine & Dollarman - Money - Dub Side Of The Moon
13. Steely Dan - Aja - Aja
14. Freddie Wadling - Nowadays A Woman's Gotta Hit A Man - The Music Of Captain Beefheart
15. Frank Zappa - Chungas Revenge - FZ:OZ
16. The Fleshquartet - Dancing Madly Backwards - Vasteras Symfonietta
17. Steve Morse - Bodhisattva - The Royal Dan - A Tribute
18. Jackie Allen - Do Wrong Shoes - Tangled
19. Iggy Pop - New Value - Iggy Pop
20. Godley & Creme - The Last Page Of History - Goodbye Blue Sky
21. Jimmy Herring - The Fez - The Royal Dan - A Tribute