Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Japanese Steely Dan fan wanted!

Donald Fagen on the Japanese promo material.
It's already May 30, which means that it's almost time for our monthly update adding new info on our homepage including a brand new Album Of The Month. Do, however, expect the chart of listeners favourites to be particulary one-sided and ... boring. ;)

The update will be this coming weekend. Probaly closer to Sunday than Saturday as we're having a PA-A-A-R-TY! Friday evening.

While Sigurd was down in Stockholm enjoying the Zappa plays Zappa and The Magic Band shows (see the three posts below for more on that), I had to stay put and settle for Eilert Pilarm in a one-song comeback after 2.5 years away from the stage. I shot some video but my computers has been acting up, and even if it hadn't I wouldn't have the right whatever to transfer the film from the analog camera to the computer.

Felt a bit "off" this past week so in an effort to cheer myself up I went and bought myself an mp3-player this past Friday. And I succeeded! Got some great music on it and have been enjoying myself.
Most if not all of that music is being added to Radio Dupree as well.

As far as the headline goes; "Japanese Steely Dan fan wanted!", I really need to get some help translating/checking a 6 page leaflet promoting Morph The Cat. It m-a-y include some news or such stuff that would be great to know. Including an interview that may/may not be new.
I'll do some scanning and put it up on the homepage and hope someone fluent in Japanes will be willing to check it out and report whatever news might be there.

Celebrated Mothers Day this past weekend. Met - among others - these two World Of Warcaft players taking a rare break from the game. Hi guys!

Hey! That's D & J!

Monday, May 22, 2006

ZPZ success in Stockholm

The Zappa Plays Zappa concert at Hovet, Stockholm, Sweden on May 19th turned out to be a great success!
It started unconvincing but at the end the audience was making standing ovations for Dweezil Zappa and his band.
The first half hour or so could have been better. We got Montana and Dupree's Paradise on a screen from the upcoming (?) Roxy DVD. Then the band opened with Help I'm A Rock and Hungry Freaks, Daddy. Not a bad movie and no bad songs, but Chunga's Revenge (for instance) could have worked better as a starter.
The last song before intermission was Inca Roads where Dweezil played a real nice solo using a guitar sound a' la Ship Ahoy.

2nd part started off with tons of energy...I'm So Cute with Bozzio, and finally I had the pleasure to see him sing and play Punky's Whips live on stage. Guitar virtuoso Steve Vai played his impossible guitar parts on The Black Page and Zomby Woof. What a show!

The next day I went to see another great concert when The Magic Band played Club Fasching. Former members of Captain Beefheart's band played the Captain's songs, and they did it very well!
Especially Drumbo (John French) impressed as a vocalist.
/ Sigurd Huckle, Radio Dupree

Thursday, May 18, 2006

ZPZ + Magic Band = Impossible

My thoughts that The Magic Band members could join the Zappa Plays Zappa event in Stockholm on May 19 turns out to be close to impossible. The Magic Band plays a concert in Umea 700 kilometers away on that night.
/ Sigurd

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Time for Zappa Plays Zappa!

What a weekend! I'll attend the Zappa Plays Zappa show at Hovet, Stockholm on Friday 19th, and the next day I plan to catch The Magic Band when they play the club Fasching! Be sure to expect a review of the events maybe already on Sunday 21st.
If you don't know already, Zappa Plays Zappa is Frank's music performed by his son's Dweezil's band plus guests like Napoleon Murphy Brock, Steve Vai, Terry Bozzio...let's see who shows up. The Magic Band consists of members of Captain Beefheart's band (Denny Walley, John French and others) performing the Captain's music and some own stuff too I believe.
It's my guess that these two events might even interact, since the ZPZ band will invite various guests on stage.
/ Sigurd Huckle, Radio Dupree

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Two new shows

Look out for two new shows on Radio Dupree this week!

Top 120 will play two hours of listeners favorites every Sunday 7 p.m. and Wednesday 2 p.m. Swedish and Central European Time. That's 1 p.m. and 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

The New Stuff on Sundays at 10 a.m. and Mondays at 8 p.m. (4 a.m. and 2 p.m. EST) will play two hours of the latest additions to the playlist.

Listen in and don't forget to send comments and suggestions to radiodupree@yahoo.se

You can check the exact times for the shows in your part of the world by clicking the headline or here. It will bring you to the schedule.

The Royal Dan reviewed

Album cover
Read a review of the brand new guitar tribute album to Steely Dan; The Royal Dan over at the All About Jazz website.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Silliness ensues!

Cover of the acapella albumPink Floyd's 1973 classic Dark Side Of The Moon has just celebrated 1500 weeks on the U.S. Billboard chart. That's 28 years and 9 months! Quite a feat even though the weekly chart lists the Top 200.

Several tributes dow exist. One of the latest can be found here.
It's by a group calling themselves Voices on the Dark Side. (Album cover pictured).
And yes, the whole album is recreated acapella. The obvious question to ask is how they manage the opening of Money with it's sound of coins and cash registers? Well, you can hear for yourself by clicking the link!

It's silly enough for me to place an order. Expect to hear some acapella Floyd on Radio Dupree in a couple of weeks. In the meantime I turn to what might be a better album musically, but still in the same vein as the one above. I 'm of course talking about Dub Side Of The Moon by the Easy Star All-Stars. The album gives you the songs in a reggae-fied version. I'll add a couple of tracks this weekend! Just to celebrate the original Darkside... reaching 1500 weeks.

If you have the Pink Floyd album you can also experience the strange and yet very real connection between it and the movie Wizard Of Oz. The theory and truth is that if you start the movie and record at the same time the music will play as if to comment on scenes and whatever's happening in the movie.

Go to any of the following sites to learn more about the Dark Side Of The Moon/Wizard Of Oz connection:



are just two. More can easily be found. But I'll end with a link to an article that tries to take a more critical view of the phenomenon:


Weekend music ... and musings

Hey! Another week zoomed by and here's the weekend again!

Inbetween doing little to nothing in the sun Siggy's been busy listening to the recently found 70's Zappa/Ponty recording (read more on the Radio Dupree homepage) while I've just placed my order for the Steely Dan tribute album The Royal Dan. Should be spinning on Radio Dupree next week, but if you like to hear at least a little of what people like Al DiMeola, Steve Lukather and Mike Stern do to classic Steely Dan songs you can catch 30 second clips over at the audiophileimports homepage.

More on the tribute album can be read on the Radio Dupree homepage.

Very, very weird version of Morph... for sale

Here's a weird find on Ebay. A "special" version of Donald Fagen's Morph The Cat. (Pictured above.) With extra tracks listed: 10. Rocky Mountain Way, 11. In My Life, 12. Mississippi Queen, 13. Go Now, 14. Woman & 15. 21St Century Schizoid Man.


Looked what other records the seller had for sale and it was a wide variety of artists and records with weird extra tracks. And all - like Morph The Cat - filed under "hip-hop". Legit or bootlegs?

Finally: Here's hoping that Keith Richards makes a full recovery from his tree accident. If only to slap the Swedish tabloids Expressen and Aftonbladet around the head after they've more or less delared him dead just to sell a few extra copies.
The truth will get you in the end...

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

May on Radio Dupree

Another long weekend here with the arrival of spring and sun making all us Swedes forget about just about anything else and concentrate on getting outdoors, leaning against walls or sitting down facing the sun after all these months of darkness and winter.
Only a Swede would eat the year's first ice cream with the temperature just a handful of degrees above zero. I am that Swede and it happened late last week.

Zappa and PontyAs April turns to May we have the monthly update of our homepage over at Radio Dupree. This time around you'll get some news on a brand new "old"
recording from 1970 featuring Frank Zappa and Jean Luc Ponty (pictured below).
I've heard the audience recording from the festival in France but have to give Radio Dupree's Zappa specialist Sigurd Huckle a chance to hear it and perhaps even write about it in detail either here on the blog or over at RadioDupree.
The homepage update should happen May 3 or 4. News, charts and information...

As far as music goes we have a new Album of The Month. If you've never heard Franternity Of Man you can hear songs from the groups first album as well as read more about it and the group.

I'd like to take the opportunity to plug a great spring/summer album of covers that I've been listening to the past week. Under The Covers Vol. 1 from Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs is great! No surprise that we're playing tracks from it on Radio Dupree.

We've also added a couple of tracks from the new Neil Young CD Living With War. An anti-war, anti-Bush record that it has been written a lot about. Of his two latest I still prefer Prairie Wind, but if you want the outspoken rock-Neil then Living With War is for you.

Why not listen to the whole album streamed here!

Another add to the playlist is Swedish artist Katie Goes To Tokyo. Her debut album is out now and we like to spotlight national/local artists we like. And Radio Dupree-listeners liked her first single; Moving From This Town. OK. Go listen and then tell us what you think, like, dislike and want. An e-mail is always welcome! radiodupree@yahoo.se

Katie Goes To Tokyo
Katie Goes To Tokyo. Photo: Evelina Örn