Friday, August 31, 2007

Lyn Leon

August up and went. September's here. Dark outside and the temperature is fighting to stay above 0 these days...

In the mood for some music to fit that weather and this time of year where we are situated. Cue the song Never by Swiss percussion group Lyn Leon featuring Steely Dan vocalist Carolyn Leonhart:

More on Lyn Leon:
Official homepage
MySpace page

Monday, August 27, 2007

BBC Steely Dan interview

Steely Dan interviewed on BBC today. The listen again page is here:

Johnnie and the Dan

The shows are usually up for seven days after they originally aired, so this link will probably stop working September 3.

P.S.: If you should happen to find this link after it has expired please feel free to write and we might be able to help you out.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Top 10 - August 26

l. Frank Zappa - Pick Me, I'm Clean - Tinseltown Rebellion
2. Steely Dan - Android Warehouse - Catalyst (The Original Recordings 1968 - 71)
= Frank Zappa - Stink-Foot - FZ:OZ
4. Marillion - Fugazi - Fugazi
=. Magma - La Dawotsin - Retrospective Vol. 3
6. Stevie Wonder - You've Got It Bad Girl - Talking Book
=. Rod Stewart - (I Know) I'm Losing You - Every Picture Tells A Story
8. Robert Plant - Let's Have A Party - The Last Temptation Of Elvis
=. Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze/Wild Thing - More Experience
=. Frank Zappa - Friendly Little Finger - Zoot Allures

The past weeks favourites as voted by our listeners by pressing those thumbs up/down and buy/wish-buttons. = of course means that the song shares the position. This week we have two at 2, two at 4, two at 6 and three at 8.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Steely Dan interview on BBC Radio August 27

The smiling man is veteran radio DJ Johnnie Walker currently working for BBC Radio 2.
And it's on that very same channel you can hear Johnnie and the Dan this Monday (August 27) at 3 p.m.

"Celebrating the music of Steely Dan, Johnnie Walker talks exclusively to Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, the song-writing and musical partnership at the heart of the Grammy Award-winning group."

Sounds like there will be a new interview. And whatever is said we're sure it'll be a fun hour if you're a fan of Steely Dan. You can listen live using the BBC player here. Just click on the listen-button in the upper right corner. The show will also be available for seven days for all that can't tune in live.

And here's the time to tune in Monday:
3 p.m. in London = 4 p.m. central Europe = 7 a.m. in Los Angeles = 10 a.m. in New York = 11 p.m. in Tokyo. Feel free to use this Time Zone Converter.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Aja cover model dies

It's 30 years ago this year since Steely Dan released the album Aja. Right now Steely Dan is in Japan on the 2007 Heavy Rollers tour.
And we've just learned that the woman on the cover of the Aja album; Sayoko Yamaguchi, has died 57 years old.

She was born in Yokohama and became a succesful model in the 70's. Sayoko modeled for major designers such as Kenzo Takada, Issei Miyake and Kansai Yamamoto, and i 1977 Newsweek magazine named Yamaguchi one of the top six models in the world.
She died from acute pneumonia August 14.

(Pic to the right: Sayoko in 2002)

(Pic below: She was also on the Japan-only Steely Dan album Greatest Hits released in 1978)

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Steely Dan: Japan and surprise cover

OK. It's not like Stely Dan playing a surprise cover during the first night of shows i Japan. It's two different Steely Dan news items:

1) We've got quite a few covers of Steely Dan songs. But it's ususally the familiar ones that get covered. But that's not what happens when Brazilian singer Luciana Souza's album The New Bossa Nova is released August 21.
It features Where You Blind That Day. That's the alternative lyrics version of Third World Man from Steely Dan's Gaucho album.
Luciana's version the first official release of that song with those lyrics.
Where You Blind That Day has previously circulated in a set of demos for the Gaucho album.

You can hear 30 seconds of Luciana's version here.

Another song on the album; Love Is For Strangers, is written by the producer of the album; Larry Klein together with Walter Becker.


2) The long Heavy Rollers 2007 tour has hit Japan. Steely Dan do two shorter shows per evening, and reports over on says that the following songs were played during the first night's two shows in Tokyo:

Time Out Of Mind
Hey Nineteen
Babyron Sisters
Dirty Work
Kid Charlemagne
My Old School
Time Out Of Mind
Bad Sneakers
Hey Nineteen
Haitian Divorce
Green Earrings
Dirty Work
Chain Lightning
Pretzel Logic
Black Cow

Basically the same set of songs as they played i the US and Europe with a couple of additions. And talking of Europe: There's a few new pics from the road up on

Thursday, August 16, 2007

A very special day...

And we're not talking about this August 16 marking 30 years to the day that Elvis Presley passed away. He would've been 72 had he still been alive!
To mark the anniversary there's an avalanche of repackaged music released on CD, online and whathaveya.
And tomorrow on you can catch a special duet between Elvis and his daughter Lisa Marie using his 1969 version of In The Ghetto to which Lisa Marie has added her vocals.

So if it's not Elvis, why do we call this day special. Because it's the 2007 premiere for that northern Sweden speciality Surströmming!
Sweet-smellin', sweet-tastin' fermented fish that we love all year round, but expecially the very day and date the yearly vintage is put on sale. And this year it's August 16.


Read more about Surströmming here.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Chris Adamson

"Chris who?"

Well, if you've heard Pink Floyd's Another Brick In The Wall you've heard Chris. He's the voice that says "If you don't eat yer meat, you can't have any pudding. How can you have any pudding if you don't eat yer meat?".

But his real occupation has been as roadie/production manager for a bunch of artists for a bunch of years. Including Steely Dan.
Dinky Dawson writes about Chris in this article. Well worth checking out.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Top 10 - August 11

The past seven days favourites on Radio Dupree as voted by the listeners:

1. Rory Gallagher - On The Boards - On The Boards
2. Miles Davis - Decoy - Decoy
=. Klaatu - Madman - Hope
=. Frank Zappa - Black Napkins - Halloween (audio DVD)
5. John Mayall - Change Your Ways - Jazz Blues Fusion
=. Frank Zappa/Captain Beefheart/The Mothers - Advance Romance - Bongo Fury
7. Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter - 40 Licks
8. The Brecker Brothers - Sponge - The Brecker Brothers
9. William Hung - Hotel California - Inspiration
=. Pink Floyd - The Narrow Way, Part Three - Ummagumma
=. O'Jays - Back Stabbers - The Philly Sound. Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff & The Story Of Brotherly Love (1966 - 1976)

And speaking of charts: We noticed that a lesser chart than the Radio Dupree Weekly Chart has a brand new number one. The chart in question is the official U.K. chart where Swedish artist Robyn takes over the top spot this week with With Every Heartbeat.
Congratulations to Robyn from your countrymen here at Radio Dupree. We've actually played one of her songs; a cover of an old Prince track that she did on a single a year or so ago.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Steely Dan in Japan: "It's not cheap and it's not free"

The dates in Japan are coming up. Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka are the places with multiple dates in each city.

It also marks the debut of a new set of upscale clubs under the name of Billboard Live that according to this article caters for persons with a "well-endowed wallet".

Six dates in Tokyo and Osaka respectively plus three in Fukuoka adds up to the Heavy Rollers 2007 tour of Japan:

Aug 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24 - Billboard Live Tokyo - Tokyo
Aug 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, Sep 01 - Billboard Live Osaka - Osaka
Sep 03, 04, 05 - Billboard Live Fukuoka - Fukuoka

According to reports the dates will consist of two one hour shows /day.

In Sweden the tickets for the 90 minute show was priced at 350:- Swedish kronor = 52 $ = 26 £.

A bargain compared to the Tokyo prices that start at 19 000 yen = 161 $ = 80 £ = 1 090 Swedish kronor.

Regardless the Tokyo dates are sold out. And Radio Dupree is sure that the shows will be wonderful and great and offer a very different experience compared to the U.S. and Europead dates. Let's just say that it's shows for a different income bracket. Hope they have the brains and hearts to enjoy it...

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Dub Room Special on CD is now taking pre-orders for the audio CD version of The Dub Room Special:
"Directly from the Vault and for a limited time, your actual 'recorded tape' souvenir from UMRK. First come, first served. Originally produced for Vinyl by FZ. Liner notes by John Frusciante.
Shipping August 24, 2007!"

Track List:
1. A Token of My Extreme (Vamp)
2. Stevie's Spanking
3. The Dog Breath Variations
4. Uncle Meat
5. Stink-Foot
6. Easy Meat
7. Montana
8. Inca Roots
9. Room Service
10. Cosmik Debris
11. Florentine Pogen

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

New release of "Piper" on 3 discs!

Radio Dupree celebrates the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd's first album 'The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn' by choosing it for album of the month for August.
And the festivities continues: EMI will release a special edition of this classic album...a 3 CD set! reports that it will be released on Tuesday 28th of August in North America, and Monday September 3rd in Europe.
The set includes 3 CD discs where discs 1 and 2 will contain the full 'Piper' album, in both stereo and mono versions. Both have been remastered. Disc 3 includes bonus tracks, including all the Pink Floyd singles from 1967, ('Arnold Layne', 'See Emily Play', and 'Apples And Oranges'), plus the B sides 'Candy And A Current Bun' and 'Paintbox'. Other tracks are a version of 'Interstellar Overdrive' - Take 2 of the original recording sessions, previously only available on an EP in France - and the 1967 stereo version of 'Apples And Oranges'.
The package (see picture) is designed by Storm Thorgerson.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Top 10 - August 5

The past weeks favourites on Radio Dupree. The first time for a non-CD/vinyl release in the top 10. GG/06 at number nine are none other than Kevin Godley and Graham Gouldman from the 70's group 10 cc. They've so far recorded and made available five songs that may end up on an album. But so far they're downloads only. You buy them on their homepage.

1. Steely Dan - Everything Must Go - Everything Must Go
=. Frank Zappa & The Mothers - A Pound For A Brown On The Bus - Fire (Beat The Boots II)
3. Frank Zappa - Bamboozled By Love - You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 3
=. Frank Zappa - It Ain't Necessarily The Saint James Infirmary - Guitar
=. Dick Heckstall-Smith - Crabs - A Story Ended
6. Little Feat - All That You Dream - The Last Record Album
7. The Tubes - Golden Boy - Now
=. James Blood Ulmer - Moon Beam - Black Rock
=. GG/06 - - Download
=. Billy Cobham - Red Baron - Spectrum

Lee Hazlewood R.I.P.

I remember hearing his baritone voice on the radio. Must've been around the time he lived and worked in Sweden.

Now he's gone and here's a couple of clips from his Swedish years.

Read more:
Requiem for a pop hit master

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Fagen Trilogy due August 6?

The Your-guess-is-as-good-as-mine dept:

Donald Fagen
's box set of his three albums The Nightfly/Kamakiriad/Morph The Cat has been in the pipeline for some time now. We had a May 22/23 release date that morphed into June 5. That became late June. And the late June date was scrapped with a promise of a message as soon as a new release date was decided.

Well, no official word yet, but some online retailers has it wrongly listed as released July 10 and SPIN Compact Discs in Newcastle upon Tyne, England boasts an August 6 date.

So the box set is just for days away then ... or maybe not ;-)

Update August 4: OK. We've also seen September mentioned somewhere ... was it an online article? We forgot and it doesn't seem to matter as the official store over on now mentions the date as November 20. That's November 20, folks! And we'll go for that date until otherwise informed, even though it's way further into the future compared to August 6.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Zappa Street

Frank Zappa has his own street on the eastern outskirts of Berlin. Suitably named Frank Zappa Strasse was formerly known as Strasse 13.
Musicians living in the Orwo Haus - a film factory turned practice studios for bands - have campaigned for two years to get the street renamed.