Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Rare Hendrix tape for sale

A home recording by Jimi Hendrix is expected to fetch between £50,000 and £100,000 at an online auction.
According to BBC the recording includes 14 tracks, including songs from the 1968 album Electric Ladyland. It was when Hendrix lived in London that he gave two tapes away to his neighbour. As the story goes, the neighbour kept getting disturbed by people, and said 'a favour for a favour'... and Jimi gave him two tapes.
One of the tapes will now be sold by the Fame Bureau.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Mr. Fagen I presume?

After Donald Fagen playing a fifth and final (?) date this year with Levon Helm March 28, it's time to point to some pics:
http://levonhelm.com/photos.htm

Check it out!

Elton & Billy sounds fine...

OK. Bear with me here. I know that - especially in my home country of Sweden - Elton John is not the name you should drop when discussing fine pop music of the past decades.

With a long time friend named Billy Joel he's right now doing another tour of the USA and getting good reviews.

Having skipped the last couple of solo tours from Elton I might just be persuaded to pay the ticket price for a John/Joel show.

/Neb

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Brian Eno on Zappa

Brian Eno says a few things about Frank Zappa in an interview in The Guardian:
The opposite of what they are doing, says Eno, would be the work of Frank Zappa. "Zappa was very technical and impressed by things that were musically challenging - weird time signatures, strange keys, awkward chord sequences. Zappa was important to me as an example of everything I didn't want to do. I'm very grateful to him, actually."

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Swede soul music... Billy Paul documentary

A movie we're looking forward to:

Billy Paul - Am I Black Enough For You

Were our fellow Swede Göran Hugo Olsson portraits 70's soul singer Billy Paul. He was part of the Philadelphia International Records/Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff success of the 1970's.
Billy is still touring and while the documentary has been shown at film festivals and just premiered here in Sweden it looks like you could get a chance to see it even if you happen to live someplace else on this planet. First Europe, then the USA and the rest of the world.

A couple of links to reviews:
Bradford International Film Festival
The Skinny

Billy Paul on Wikipedia
Billy Paul - Official site

Billy Paul - Am I Black Enough For You - Ofiicial site

Movie trailer:

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Steely Dan live 2009: Heading for Monaco?

Not a single word on the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival site, and nothing on steelydan. com. In fact all we have is an unsubstantiated post from the dandom BlueBook forum:

Steely Dan
July 12 2009
Sporting Monte Carlo
Monaco


It could fit in with the current official tour schedule. Guess we'll know soon enough...

And just to keep our priorities right and focused on the important subjects:

Two useful links:

steelydan.com - The only place for confirmed dates.
dandom.com/Bluebook - The fan page for breaking news, views and the occasional rumour.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Steely Dan live 2009: One more show in Italy

Confirmed today over on steelydan.com; Padova, Italy - Villa Contarini, July 8. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 27.

That's the fourth show in Italy and the tenth on the European trek. So far:

Jun 25 - Amsterdam, Holland - Heineken Music Hall
Jun 26 - Brussels, Belgium - Forest National
Jun 28 - Edinburgh, Scotland - Edinburgh Playhouse
Jun 29 - Birmingham, UK - NIA
Jul 01 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo
Jul 02 - Paris, France - Olympia
Jul 06 - Rome, Italy - Cavea Auditorium
Jul 08 - Padova, Italy - Villa Contarini
Jul 09 - Milan, Italy - Arena Civica
Jul 11 - Perugia, Italy- Umbria Jazz Festival

Two useful links:

steelydan.com - The only place for confirmed dates.
dandom.com/Bluebook - The fan page for breaking news, views and the occasional rumour.

Storm on cover art

Storm ThorgersonStorm Thorgerson is a living legend when it comes to album covers. He did Pink Floyd's but you can also find his name on records by Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel, Phish, Muse... and so on.

For the person interested in album cover art there's now a book titled Taken by Storm - album art by Storm Thorgerson. Click the pic or this link to get to the BBC page to read more and watch a short clip with Storm.

Oh! And by the way. If you want to read up on the man who invented record album art (Alex Steinweiss back in 1938) you can go here, here or here. Lots of record covers to enjoy!

Seeks money for new Woodstock festival

Michael Lang, the organiser of the Woodstock Festival in 1969, plans to revive the festival for the 40th anniversary. Lang has told The Times that "all he needs is sponsorship of $10 million (£7 million) in the next three weeks".

The original Woodstock festival marked the zenit, and the end of the sixties flower power era. Lang made an attempt to revive the festival for a 30th anniversary 1999, but it ended in chaos when fans were making bonfires that threatened to make the stage catch fire.

Reggae apparently a no-no for Amy

This just found on welt.de:

Amy Winehouse has reportedly had her new songs rejected by her record label. ... "She seems to have ditched her trademark vintage soul sound and is now heavily influenced by reggae. Her bosses don't think it's a wise move to change her style so sharply and have told her that."

... demo tracks for her upcoming third album have also been criticised for being "very dark" compared to her previous hits . . . In the past, she's written frequently about broken hearts and boyfriends, but this time round she's delving into harrowing terrain."

Bosses are determined to ensure Amy's upcoming album matches the success of her 2006 LP 'Back to Black'.

Isn't it nice to have bosses that want you to do the same thing over and over again?

"Reggae influences"? "Dark lyrics"? Sounds familiar...
Get her into a studio with Larry K and the guys including that Sadowsky-playing fella and see where it goes. Galang!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Steely Dan 2009: Skippin' Scandinavia?

Tack till Rasmus för länken!Time to relay a post on the dandom.com BlueBook that raises at least one question for us huddled together close to the Arctic circle: Any Scandinavian dates this time around?

Date: Mon, March 23, 2009, 15:31:09 ET
Posted by: TJ, DK

Steely Dan Scandinavia - cancelled?

Today reading Denmarks largest music magazine I came across a fullpage ad stating that Steely Dan would be visting the Danish city Randers on june 17 playing in the concerthall Vaerket.

Unfortunately the same day a friend who works in a booking agency told me that Steely Dan had actually cancelled the date although it was confirmed.

Sad and also a bit strange. Did they decide to skip Scandinavia?
While we wait for some official news either way we'd like to mention that the last time Steely Dan toured this part of the world the show at the Stockholm Jazz Festival 2007 proved to draw that festival's largest audience.
We're still hoping that some concert promotor/arranger is trying to get a deal done to get the band back here. "Here" being Scandinavia or any combination of the Nordic countries. We're not picky! :)

Thumbs crossed...

Two useful links:

steelydan.com - The only place for confirmed dates.
dandom.com/Bluebook - The fan page for breaking news, views and the occasional rumour.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Steely Dan live 2009: Padova, Italy?

It's not on steelydan.com and it's not on any ticket site that we've looked at. No, the only place listing a July 8 date for Steely Dan playing Villa Contarini in Padova, Italy is the site run by concert promotors D'Alessandro & Galli:

The listing at dalessandroegalli.comIt might prove to be a true listing, but it could also disappear like the early listed July 7 Arena Flegrea, Napels, Italy date on steelydan.com.

Two useful links:

steelydan.com - The only place for confirmed dates
dandom.com/Bluebook - The fan page for breaking news, views and the occasional rumour.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Walter saves the evening!

The Walter Becker Circus Money+ playlistAnother of those evenings when there's nothing on the TV worth watching. As a kid of the TV-generation something I have had a hard time adjusting to. More channels but less and less tempting me to even turn the set on.

So this evening I am enjoying a beer and the great playlist pictured above. All of Circus Money + the extras that have been released so far.
Just happened to be on the Vista side of the computer rather than the Ubuntu/Linux one, but as long as the Media Player is playing the music I can live with the fact that it somehow can't find and show the album cover. :)

While I'm enjoying the music I'm trying to remember the weird Steely Dan dream I woke from Monday morning. If we don't get any new tour dates Thursday I might share that Nemo-esque dream with you all in a separate post tomorrow.

Circus Money cover

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Sam, Clarence ... and Donald

Clarence & SamSo how did Donald Fagen end up playing on a couple of tracks on Clarence Fountain & Sam Butler's new album Stepping Up And Steeping Out?

The answer can be found in this short article from the huffingtonpost.com.

More on the album: http://www.fountain-butler.com
and on the MySpace page (including music).

P.S. The Gospel At Colonus mentioned in the article is out on CD and also on iTunes.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Archangel - Do It Again. The video

We wrote about the cover version in November. Now Archangel's take on Steely Dan's Do It Again has a brand new video.
The song is taken from taken from Archangel's (Nick Webber) debut album How To Lose Your Best Friend. The video is directed by Henry Schofield.
Archangel "Do It Again"

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

No Steely Dan at Soboba this year...

Steely Dan has played shows at the Soboba Casino, San Jacinto, California. But no more according to an article at pe.com about the casino reducing the size of its arena:
The change means that it won't be practical to book giant headliners such as KISS and Steely Dan, but Tarri Rubio, the casino's entertainment coordinator, said there are plenty of quality acts available, especially since many performers charge reduced fees in light of the dour economy.
The music from now on will "lean heavily on Latin music and country acts".

becker vs fagen dot com

Was wondering if there are any Donald Fagen fans who go to donaldfagen.com without also checking steelydan.com now and then? If "yes" chances are that they're still unaware of the upcoming summer tour. The tour dates page donaldfagen.com serves up simply says "no dates":


In contrast walterbecker.com was pretty quick in adding a link to the Steely Dan tour page:

This is also true for Walter's MySpace page:
By the way; did that empty player with no songs and no plays just appear or has it been there before?

And is there an official Donald Fagen MySpace page? A quick look gave us a few obvious fake ones but none that felt like the real deal.

- Yours truly, from the Observation deck

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Steely Dan live 2009: Tickets!

OK. As of today tickets to all nine announced shows announced so far are on sale!

Jun 25 - Amsterdam, Holland - Heineken Music Hall
Jun 26 - Brussels, Belgium - Forest National
Jun 28 - Edinburgh, Scotland - Edinburgh Playhouse
Jun 29 - Birmingham, UK - NIA
Jul 01 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo
Jul 02 - Paris, France - Olympia
Jul 06 - Rome, Italy - Cavea Auditorium
Jul 09 - Milan, Italy - Arena Civica
Jul 11 - Perugia, Italy- Umbria Jazz Festival

Visit steelydan.com for links to ticket vendors.

Radio Dupree is busy trying to get a few weeks off to catch a couple of shows. We're also waiting for the number of shows to increase. Quote from steelydan.com:
Yes — more dates will be announced ...
and these additions can break at any time!
Looking forward to a Danfest or two and a groovy summer '09!

steelydan.com - The only place for confirmed dates/shows.
dandom.com/Bluebook - The fan page for breaking news, views, discussions, setlists and the occasional rumour.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Madeleine Peyroux "Bare Bones" released

A reminder that March 10 is the US release date for Madeleine Peyroux new album Bare Bones. It will be out in Europe two weeks later and the UK April 13. Produced by Larry Klein it features two tracks co-written by Walter Becker; You Can't Do Me and the title track Bare Bones.
Here's the EPK (Electronic Press Kit):

Steely Dan live in 2009: Criswell Jr. predicts!

What follows are some unsubstantiated ponderings based on this tour in any way having to look like previous tours.

So after the European tour becoming official last week nine shows have been confirmed.
Looking even further back I can see that this will be the fourth tour of Europe since Steely Dan started playing live again in 1993.

1996: Nine shows in Europe in September after playing the USA and before going to Japan.

2000: 15 shows in Europe in late August and September after touring Japan and the USA.

2007: 16 shows in Europe in July after touring the USA and before goingto Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

With nine dates official so far there is clearly room for a few more in Europe this time around. Comparing the schedule to 2000 and 2007 I can see that a couple of countries are "missing". Germany and the Scandinavian/Nordic countries.

There are room for a couple of shows early July. Or maybe late June before the announced Amsterdam gig. Or maybe even late July after the week in Italy.
Of course nothing says Steely Dan must play any of the Scandinavian countries this time around, but I would be surprised if we didn't get at least one or two shows in Germany.

I would also be surprised if the 2009 tour is Europe-only. Surely some shows in the USA/Canada and Japan must be there somewhere in the mix?

- Criswell Jr.

And rememeber: "Future events such as these will affect you in the future."

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Steely Dan live 2009: Brussels, Belgium June 26

Not up yet on steelydan.com, but the tickets are already available:

June 26 Brussels, Belgium - Vorst Nationaal/Forest National

UPDATE March 8:

The Brussels date added to confirmed dates over at steelydan.com!

steelydan.com - The only place for confirmed dates/shows.
dandom.com/Bluebook - The fan page for breaking news, views, discussions, setlists and the occasional rumour.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Steely Dan live 2009: The band

And here are the band members in alphabetical order:

Left Bank Holiday Band - 2009

Tawatha Agee [Backing Vocals: '08, '09]
Jim Beard [Keyboards: 08, 09]
Keith Carlock [Drums: 03-'09]

Jon Herington [Guitar: '00-'09]
Michael Leonhart [Trumpet, Keys: '00-'09]
Cindy Mizelle [Backing Vocals: '03-'09]

Jim Pugh [Trombone: '00-'09]
Roger Rosenberg [Baritone Saxophone: '06-'09]
Catherine Russell [B. Vocals: '08, '09]

Freddie Washington [Bass: '06-'09]
Walt Weiskopf [Saxophone: '03-'09]

"Excuse me sir; could I borrow your binoculars to see if I am at the right venue. I can't hear the band over all the talking and mucking about here at the back of the arena..."

As far as tickets go it's the same old mess. Not that we expect it to be anything but.
Just took a look at what is on offer for the London show June 1 over on the Ticketmaster site. We were looking for one single ticket, best available. And got what?

Section BLK4
Row W
Seats 43
Description
PRICE LEVEL 2
DRESS CIRCLE

The general advice in the ticket selling world still is what it has always been; stay cool and check back as better tickets usually pop up later. Fine if you live close enough to the venue.

But what if you have to make plans to travel to the show?
Gamble on better tickets becoming available and order the airplane tickets, book the hotel room and risking ending up at the far back with the worst tickets possible? So much for the "concert experience".

If we're supposed to buy tickets up to six months in advance of a show we should also get the courtesy of having access to all the best tickets from the start. Not see them miracously appear weeks and months after the show went on sale.
It's enough to kill the initial buzz of being able to see your favourite artist live. Enough to make you stay at home and spare yourself the unnecessary hassle.

We wish that things were constructed to first and foremost serve the ticket buying audience, instead of making it as easy and profitable as possible for the Ticketmasters and Live Nations of this planet.

Se you at the shows? Maybe...

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Steely Dan live 2009: Three UK dates added

And the three unofficial dates mentioned in the previous post is confirmed as they are added to the list over at steelydan.com bringing the European shows to seven right now:

new Jun 28 - Edinburgh, Scotland - Edinburgh Playhouse presale now
new Jun 29 - Birmingham, UK - NIA presale now
new Jul 01 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo presale now


Jul 02 - Paris, France - Olympia on sale March 9
Jul 06 - Rome, Italy - Cavea Auditorium on sale March 6
(A fan found this link apparently selling tickets tho this show already)

Jul 09 - Milan, Italy - Arena Civica on sale March 6
Jul 11 - Perugia, Italy- Umbria Jazz Festival on sale March 6

Plus there are two unconfirmed dates (i.e. not up on steelydan.com yet ... or ever).

Berlin 19/06/09

Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam 25/06/09 (on sale Friday)

Two useful links:

steelydan.com - The only place for confirmed dates
dandom.com/Bluebook - The fan page for breaking news, views and the occasional rumour.

UPDATE March 5: The Amsterdam date is now confirmed and added to the tour dates on steelydan.com.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Steely Dan Left Bank Holiday Tour 2009

Five confirmed dates from steelydan.com

Jul 02 - Paris, France - Olympia on sale March 9

Jul 06 - Rome, Italy - Cavea Auditorium on sale March 6
(According to a post to the Dandom Digest already on sale here!)

Jul 07 - Naples, Italy - Arena Flegrea on sale March 6
Jul 09 - Milan, Italy - Arena Civica on sale March 6

Jul 11 - Perugia, Italy- Umbria Jazz Festival on sale March 6

plus five four unconfirmed

Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam 25/06/09 (on sale Friday)

Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh Sun 28/06/09
NIA Academy Birmingham, West Midlands Mon 29/06/09
HMV Hammersmith Apollo London Wed 01/07/09
(The three above on sale according to a Dandom Digest post. No links though...)
Aintree Pavilion, Liverpool, UK 6/7/09 Oops! Apparently an old date from the '07 tour...

Steely Dan Amsterdam tickets on sale this week!

Here's another European date on that so far non-official European trek. We've previously mentioned the Umbria Jazz Festival July 10 - 19 in Perugia, Italy that list Steely Dan as one of the artists without a specific date.

Today four diferent sites list another date:

June 25 Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam.

Tickets go on sale this Thursday or Friday depending which site you believe:

http://www.livenation.nl

http://www.nu.nl/muziek/

http://www.evenementnieuws.nl

http://oor.nl

Monday, March 02, 2009

Radio Dupree Top 20 - March 2009

1. Atomic Rooster - Death Walks Behind You (BBC radio session)
Death Walks Behind You

2. Electric Light Orchestra - Telephone Line
Light Years

3. David Byrne and Brian Eno - Wanted For Life
Everything That Happens Will Happen Today

4. Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson - Angel Dust
Messages

5. Frank Zappa - Whipping Post
Them Or Us

6. Steve Vai - Bledsoe Blvd
Flex-able Leftovers

7. Chamaeleon Church - Tomkin's Square Park
Chamaeleon Church

8. Warren Zevon - Networking
Transverse City

9. The Cramps - God Damn Rock 'N Roll
Stay Sick

10. Genesis - The Chamber Of 32 Doors
Genesis Archive 1967-75

11. Blue Floyd - Wish You Were Here - Begins
12. Peter Gabriel - That Voice Again - So
13. Martha Wainwright - See Emily Play - I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too
14. Steely Dan - King Of The World - Countdown To Ecstasy
15. Jimi Hendrix - Bleeding Heart - More Experience Vol. 2
16. Frank Zappa - San Ber'dino - Baby Snakes DVD
17. Walter Becker And Donald Fagen - Stone Piano - Catalyst
18. Frank Zappa - Black Napkins - Zoot Allures
19. Frank Zappa - Heavenly Bank Account - You Are What You Is
20. Frank Zappa - Lumpy Gravy, Part One (1984 remix, excerpt) - Lumpy Money
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Chart compiled by listeners voting on the songs they hear on Radio Dupree

Bubbling under: Frank Zappa - Be In My Video - Them Or Us, Genesis - The Musical Box - Nursery Cryme, Yes - Owner Of A Lonely Heart - 90125, King Crimson - Cirkus - Lizard, George Duke - Funny Funk - My Soul - The Complete MPS Fusion Recordings, Patrice Holloway - Those DJ Shows - A Cellarful Of Motown! Volume 2, David Byrne and Brian Eno - I Feel My Stuff - Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, Bruford - Forever Until Sunday - One Of A Kind, Genesis - I Know What I Like - Seconds Out and Funkadelic - Can You Get to That - Maggot Brain.

Number one this month: A bonus track from the 2006 CD version of an album originally released 1970 and considered Atomic Rooster's best.
Also from the 70's ELO's big hit Telephone Line and the Gil Scott-Heron/Brian Jackson collaboration Angel Dust.

Zappa is no stranger to the Top 20, but his cover of Whipping Post is not the most ovious track to make it to the top. One track from our Album of the Month; Lumpy Gravy, just made the chart. My guess is that Zappa will do better with this month's Sheik Yerbouti. We'll know early in March.

Fagen on Monk concerts

Monk at Town HallAccording to this The Chronicle article Donald Fagen attended the Monk concerts at Town Hall, New York City this past Thursday and Friday. He's even quoted in the article saying that "it was a really good representation of what Monk does. It was really great as far as tributes go."

http://www.monkattownhall.org

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Happy birthday, Sheik Yerbouti!

The Zappa orgy continues here on Radio Dupree. Our album of the month for February was Lumpy Money. Sheik Yerbouti takes over for March.
It is now 30 years since the Sheik Yerbouti album was released. The exact date was March 3, 1979. I realize that I also can celebrate three decades as a Zappa fan, since Sheik Yerbouti was the album that really got med hooked...to Zappa AND to music. It kind of changed my life a bit. I picked the album at the library and listened through headphones and the music totally blew my mind...the rich, flamboyant sound, the extremely close miked lead vocals, the energy!
Sheik Yerbouti is one of Frank's most important albums. It marked a sort of a come back, after a couple of tough years in the business. It even resulted in a hit record. It is also a landmark of music technology and innovativity.
/Siggy