Saturday, October 30, 2010

Zappa Plays Zappa goes to Europe

The Zappa Plays Zappa band will soon leave for Europe (UK, Netherlands, Belgium, France and Scandinavia). They will perform the music from one of Frank Zappa's most popular albums in its entirity: Apostrophe (').
First gig is at the Roundhouse in London on November 6, where the Frank's 70th birthday festivities will take place. (Yes, we know that FZ's birthday was on December 21).

Dweezil Zappa explains it like this:

"I'm really excited about this tour for a number of reasons. We've had the chance to learn some obscure stuff that shows off even more textural changes within the band. We're inspired and energized by the new tunes we've learned. The Apostrophe(') material is so much fun as well. Excentrifugal Forz has never been performed live by any of Frank's bands and the Apostrophe(') arrangement of Stinkfoot has not been performed either."

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Walter Becker-related semi-conundrum on The Interwebs

Benjy Wetheimer. Photo: Joni Miller.
Benjy Wertheimer? Toured with Walter Becker? See, here's one of those makes-you-wonder moments that the Internet Interwebs throws your way now and then.

Makes you wonder. If someone got their facts wrong. If I missed a Walter Becker tour. If I didn't read the liner notes closely enough. Or something completely different.

I leave the following links to you to peruse:

Monday, October 25, 2010

Dukes of September tour update

A December 7 date has been added bringing the total to four for the second leg of the 2010 tour.

Dates announced so far:

December 04 Tower Theatre
Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

December 6 The Beacon Theatre
New York, New York

December 7 The Beacon Theatre
New York, New York

December 10 Winstar Casino
Thackerville, Oklahoma

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Dukes of September private party

Or at least by invitation only.

December 11 will see Lisa Blue-Baron, a Dallas lawyer, throw a Christmas party where Sheryl Crow and The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue will play.

Wall Street Journal article.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Fun video promote Bob Dylan mono box

With the release of Bob Dylan's The Original Mono Recordings box and The Witmark Demos: 1962- 1964, the recod company has put together a quite amusing back-to-mono video:

Gilmour producer on new Syd Barrett compilation

EMI/Harvest just released a new Syd Barrett compilation entitled An Introduction To Syd Barrett (EMI/Harvest). Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour is the executive producer of this album that combines Barrett's solo material with songs Barrett performed with Pink Floyd.
The album includes five new remixes. Pink Floyd's Matilda Mother gets a new mix, containing verses by both Barrett and poet Hilaire Belloc.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Pink Floyd may get back together for charity

BBC News reports that Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason has said that Pink Floyd may get back together to play concerts for charity.
"I think all of us would like the idea of repeating the Live 8 concept," Mason said.
The group's last performance was at the Live 8 concert in London in 2005.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Elton John & Leon Russell: The Union - NPR First Listen

A preview of the whole album available here (until October 19, 2010):


1. If It Wasn't For Bad
2. Eight Hundred Dollar Shoes
3. Hey Ahab
4. Gone To Shiloh
5. Jimmie Rodgers' Dream
6. There's No Tomorrow
7. Monkey Suit
8. The Best Part Of The Day
9. A Dream Come True
10. When Love Is Dying
11. I Should Have Sent Roses
12. Hearts Have Turned To Stone
13. Never Too Old (To Hold Somebody)
14. In The Hands Of Angels

Friday, October 15, 2010

Dukes of September: One more date

A third date of the second leg of the Dukes of September Rhythm Revue tour has been posted over at

It's back to New York and the Bacon Theatre December 6.

Dates announced so far:

December 04 Tower Theatre
Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

December 6 The Beacon Theatre
New York, New York

December 10 Winstar Casino
Thackerville, Oklahoma

Friday, October 08, 2010

Lennon for sale

December 9, 2010 marks the John Lennon's 70th birthday. And Google - who's been known to change the logo to celebrate special days - has just delivered a Lennon logo:

There's also an animated version doing the rounds.

In other news it's business as usual with people making money selling Lennon stuff like there's no tomorrow.
In a twist the planned online auction of some 850 items to mark Lennon's birthday has been marred by FBI seizing a set of John Lennon fingerprints planned to sell for at least $100.000.
Read the whole story here.

Expect more madness when we approach December 8, as he was shot that date 30 years ago.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Dukes of September December dates

The demand for more shows quickly resulted in plans for a handful dates in December.
And just days after the original Dukes of September Rhythm Revue tour ended, a couple of December shows have appeared. Not up on any of the pages of Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald or Boz Scaggs yet, but nevertheless looking genuine enough as posted by Live Nation and the like.

December 04
08:00 pm
Tower Theatre
Upper Darby, Pennsylvania


December 10
09:00 pm
Winstar Casino
Thackerville, Oklahoma

All info is on the casino's Event calendar here and tickets go on sale October 11.

Expect a few more.

Rudder back on tour in Europe

Rudder will be playing dates in Europe between October 12 - November 12. This is what the schedule looks like now. Check the tour page for additions/changes.

Oct 12 Stuttgart Theaterhaus
Oct 13 Ulm Roxy
Oct 14 Karlsruhe Tollhaus
Oct 15 Darmstadt Centralstation
Oct 17 Munich Gasteig, Carl Orff Saal
Oct 18 Erlangen Redoutensaal
Oct 20 Lubeck Muk
Oct 22 Bremen Glocke
Oct 23 Hamburg Kampnagel
Oct 24 Berlin Quasimodo
Oct 26 Mannheim Alte Feuerwache
Oct 27 Mainz Frankfurter Hof
Oct 28 Kaiserslautern Kammgam
Oct 29 Bonn Harmonie
Oct 30 Dortmund Konzerthaus
Oct 31 Dusseldorf Savoy Theater
Nov 3 Tilburg Paradox
Nov 5 Prague Jazz Dock
Nov 6 Prague Jazz Dock
Nov 12 London London Jazz Fest

Jeremy Spencer is the drummer for the first half of the tour. Keith Carlock will be back for the second.

And here's som Rudder!

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Radio Dupree Top 20 - October 2010

1. Horizont - Delirium Fetisch
Tonkraft 1977-78 (various artists)

2. Frank Zappa - Twenty Small Cigars
Chunga's Revenge

3. Frank Zappa - Tell Me You Love Me
Chunga's Revenge

4. Frank Zappa - Road Ladies
Chunga's Revenge

5. Neil Young - Walk With Me
Le Noise

6. Frank Zappa - Let's Move To Cleveland
The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life

7. Frank Zappa - Stick It Out

8. David Bowie - Cracked Actor
Ziggy Stardust (soundtrack)

9. Genesis - Dance On A Volcano
Seconds Out

10. Frank Zappa - Transylvania Boogie
Chunga's Revenge

11. Marillion - Assassing - Fugazi
12. David Gilmour w/ Richard Wright - Arnold Layne - 45 Single
13. Frank Zappa - When The Lie's So Big - Broadway The Hard Way
14. Genesis - After The Ordeal - Selling England By The Pound
15. Talking Heads - Stay Up Late - Little Creatures
16. Godley & Creme - Madame Guillotine - Birds Of Prey... Plus
17. Donald Fagen - Teahouse On The Tracks - Kamakiriad
18. Pink Floyd - Not Now John - The Final Cut
19. Donald Fagen - Countermoon - Kamakiriad
20. Steely Dan - Babylon Sisters - Gaucho

21. Steely Dan - Glamour Profession - Gaucho
22. Donald Fagen - New Frontier - The Nightfly
23. Mahavishnu Orchestra - Eternity's Breath Part 2 - Visions Of The Emerald Beyond
25. Godley & Creme feat. Sarah Vaughn - Lost Weekend - Music From 'Consequences' + L
23. Steely Dan - Bodhisattva - Alive In America
26. Jethro Tull - Sweet Dream - Living In The Past
27. Godley & Creme - Snack Attack (Remix) - History Mix Vol 1... Plus
28. Godley & Creme - Cat's Eyes - Birds Of Prey
29. Magma - Otis - Merci
30. The Billy Cobham/George Duke Band - Hip Pockets - Live On Tour In Europe
31. Jethro Tull - Jeffrey Goes To Leicester Square - Stand Up
21. Pink Floyd - Waiting For The Worms - The Wall
33. Genesis - The Knife - Trespass
34. King Crimson - Easy Money - Larks' Tongues In Aspic
35. The Tubes - Telecide - Remote Control
36. Gentle Giant - Thank You - Giant For A Day
37. Ultravox - Vienna - Vienna
38. Marillion - Punch & Judy - Fugazi
39. Larry Carlton - Tight Squeeze - Mr. 335 Live In Japan
40. Mahavishnu Orchestra - Resolution - Birds Of Fire
41. The Beatles - Within You Without You - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Chart compiled by listeners voting
on the songs they hear on Radio Dupree


At number one we find a Swedish sound recorded some 30+ years ago: Horizont. (Link 2) (Link 3 - Swedish)

So what we have here is a band formed in 1977 playing prog rock/symphonic rock, released two albums and then the singer Tommy Nilsson went on to have a very successful solo career in Sweden in the 1980's while the guitarist Jonas Isacsson dida few kronor playing with among others Roxette.

The track is not from any of Horizont's two albums, but a compilation of various artists playing live picked from a radio show called Tonkraft.

Chunga is apparently getting his its?) revenge as Frank Zappa's album take four of the Top 10 positions this month.

And it is especially interesting as it is also our brand new Album of the Month for October. We sneaked it in on the playlist a couple of days before the end of September and apparently the tracks hit home immediately. Unlike our Album of the Month for September:

We were sincerely a bit surprised over the reactions to the album we had chosen for Album of the Month, David Bowie's Scary Monsters. Not a single positive reaction, no position on the Radio Dupree chart.
Well, we can take that. But it's a bit harder to understand why two songs form that album caused listeners to press the thumbs down button (Fashion and Ashes To Ashes) and three songs caused several drops among you listeners (Teenage Wildlife, It's No Game (Part 1) and the cd bonus track Alabama Song).

OK, Scary Monsters may not be the greatest Bowie album, but it's certainly not a bad one! It's sort of the last quality album before his ill fated Let's Dance/Tonight period.

Well, everyone does not have to be of the same opinion, but it would be interesting to get to know you feelings and/or thoughts upon this subject. Please, feel free to comment here, on the blog or by e-mail (

Final note: Among the ususal suspects of popular Radio Dupree artists on the chart this month we find Godley & Creme who traditionally find themselves outside the Radio Dupree Top 20 however much we like them. So that's a few thumbs up we're pleased about! ;)

/Neb S & Sigurd H

And here's a bonus Horizont:

Friday, October 01, 2010

Donald Fagen friday quips

A couple of typical Fagen-flavoured comments in a Dukes of September Rhythm Revue article from the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

The Dukes of September may reconvene or return to Vegas: "It could be the Siegfried & Roy of the 21st century," Fagen quips.

Fagen, in the early stages of his next solo album, says "the record business has vanished as far as we're concerned." He maintains he no longer can get the budget to record anywhere but a home studio.

"None of us could make a living from records anymore," he says. "If you don't look so good naked anymore on your video, you basically have no recording career in most cases."