Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Brand new from Doobie Brothers

The album World Gone Crazy was released yesterday. 10 years since the last album from the group and a mere 40 years since they started playing together.

The Dukes of September in December

Additional tour dates i December is mentioned in this Rolling Stone article, and with the final date of the current tour for The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue (Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs) being Las Vegas on October 2, it is time to look for any signs of those December dates...

And look what we found!

Dukes december casino date.

Thackerville, Oklahoma and the Winstar Casino is the place to catch the band.
All info is on the casino's Event calendar here and tickets go on sale October 11.

Additional December dates? We'll have to wait for those. But as it says on Michael McDonald's homepage; "More dates to be announced soon".

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Phil Collins tops album chart after 12 years

Phil Collins is back on the charts again.
BBC reports that Collins is on the top of the UK albums chart with his collection of Motown and soul covers - Going Back - 12 years after his last number one.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Radio Dupree also on Twitter

If you're using Twitter and drop in here now and then to check what's new on th blog, you might consider adding Radio Dupree to those your're following on Twitter. Why? Not only do we autopost a message/link whenever we update this blog, we also tweet the occasional non-blog entry on Twitter alone.

Here's where you find us on Twitter:

And these are a few of our recent Twitter-only posts:

Dan Rather Found Wandering the Desert in a Blanket looking for Walter Becker

Bruce Springsteen hijacks a NJ couple's photo shoot | Blogness on the Edge of Town

Jon Herington spotted jammin' in New Yorkl during Dukes tour break

Have you left anything for the year 2040 in the John Lennon Time Capsule?

Steve Lukather's new solo album All’s Well That Ends Well out 11th October 2010 feat Tubes' Fee Waybill on backing vocals and co-writing.

Music Week reviews Elton John & Leon Russell upcoming album The Union

Michael McDonald on the Dukes of September tour

Lennon's toilet sells for £9,500 ($14,650) in Beatles auction! Full story & pic:

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Ex Abba members in rage over nationalist party

The Danish nationalistic party Dansk Folkeparti re-wrote the Abba-song Mamma Mia for their congress last weekend. The authors Benny Andersson och Björn Ulvaeus are not amused.
TT Spectra and Aftonbladet reports that Dansk Folkeparti's youth association changed the words in the chorus to "Mamma Pia" to honour Pia Kjaersgaard, the leader of the party.
However, nobody asked ex Abba members Benny Andersson och Björn Ulvaeus for permission to use the song.
"First of all: you are not free to rewrite songs just the way you want, and secondly: They must get that we are not interested in supporting their party", says Benny Andersson to news agency TT Spektra.

The case is now in the hands of lawyers of their publishing company Universal Music.

Will not sue Dansk Folkeparti
Update September 24, 2010: Universal Music Publishing will not sue Dansk Folkeparti. Olle Rönnbäck, head of film and tv on Universal Music Publishing tells TT Spektra that the song was performed at a meeting that was not open to the public:
"And they told us they will not perform it again, so that's it."

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sweden's prime minister disliked Zappa concert

We heard the Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt (also head of the conservative party) on the P4 Extra show on Sveriges Radio today.
After playing his request Bobby Brown by Frank Zappa, Reinfeldt said that Zappa's show in Stockholm 1982 was a disappointment though: Zappa told the audience to "sit down!" and wiped out all the party spirit and then began noodling on his guitar.
Well, that might have been the reaction among persons who had not heard more than Bobby Brown and Joe's Garage. The slightly more qualified fans probably didn't mind FZ's sometimes harsh comments (which often were not meant to be taken seriously)...and why buy a ticket to a FZ show if you're not into his guitar playing??

Mr Reinfeldt, did you really hope to get our votes in the election on Sunday?

Photo: Emilia Öije.

Frida of Abba sings on Jojje Wadenius album

Former Abba member Annifrid Lyngstad is one of the vocalists on Swedish guitarist Jojje Wadenius' new album.
Lyngstad sings Cat Steven's Morning Has Broken.
The Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter reports that this is Lyngstad's first recording since her contribution on a Jon Lord album six years ago.
The cd entitled Reconnection also includes guest appearances by Nina Persson (The Cardigans) and Helen Sjöholm, and a cover version of Peter Gabriel's Don't Give Up, sung by Nicolai Dunger and Silje Nergaard.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Neil Young "Angry World"

Neil Young + an electric guitar and a few songs. Plus producer Daniel Lanois. It all adds up to his new album Le Noise and here's one song:

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Another Becker solo project mention

Walter Becker from Sonic360.comSince we kept an akin to stalking eye on news of Walter Becker's 2008 album Circus Money and are happier than a musician recording at Brentford Road, Kingston, Jamaica, about the news of some new solo stuff, we feel obliged to share yet another take on what Donald Fagen said regarding Walter's current whereabouts during that telephone conversation/interview he and the other Dukes of September; Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs, did with a handful of journalists to promote their current tour.

Every article based on the interview naturally repeat a lot of the same things, but they also differ in for example the way the journalist phrase what's been said. Here's the Walter Becker part from The Oakland Press:
The New York Rock & Soul Revue, besides being a hoot in which they played their own songs and select rock and R&B covers, was also the launch pad for the revival of Steely Dan after guitarist Walter Becker joined that tour. Becker is nowhere to be found this time. “He’s busy with is own project, a solo project, right now,” Fagen says. But The Dukes are confident that plenty of musical magic will indeed happen in September.

Feel free to compare it with:

Saturday, September 11, 2010

"Congress Shall Make No Law..." new Zappa cd announces a new release: "It's the eve of the 25th anniversary of Frank Zappa's Testimony before Congress. And to mark this anniversary we are releaseing Congress Shall Make No Law...This is your chance to reconnect with Freedom of Speech and celebrate on of the great advantages of living in a democracy. Music. Legal and available."

So what's on the cd?? We get the impression it's the spoken testimony and statements mixed with previously unreleased synclavier stuff. Shipping on or around 20 September 2010.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Electric Light Orchestra member dies

Mike Edwards, who played cello in the successful band between 1972 - 1975, died three days ago in what the BBC calls a freak crash when his van was crushed by a bale of hay weighing 600 kilograms/1320 pounds.

And here is a 1974 television appearance:

We'll add some early ELO to the playlist ASAP.

(And thank you to Graeme.)

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Comment from Ricky Barros on the Birmingham Post report of the accident:

Mike's involvement with the ELO is a thing far distant in the past, but hey the media clings on to this instead of praising Mike's love for music, the fact that he was one of the brains behind Devon Baroque Orchestra, that he played the Baroque cello and viola da gamba and for quite a long time has dedicated his time playing early music.
For decades he has been an accomplished classical musician (but as we know this does not sell papers!). He was a teacher, a great performer and cultural activist, and his love for music was reflected in his loving and caring personality.

I heard of the accident moments after it happened on Friday - we were supposed to perform in a concert of Medieval music in Totnes the following day. He hasn't yet been formally identified, but arrangements have been made for this. All colleagues and early music circle (specially in Devon) are saddened with the tragic loss and will miss a great friend and inspiring performer.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Radio Dupree Top 15 - September 2010

1. Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe - Birthright
Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe

2. Marillion - Incubus

3. Steely Dan - King Of The World
Countdown To Ecstasy

4. Steely Dan - Midnight Cruiser
Can't Buy A Thrill

5. Frank Zappa - Zoot Allures
Does Humor Belong In Music?

6. George Harrison - My Sweet Lord (2000)
CD single

7. Roxy Music - Bitter End
Roxy Music

8. Steely Dan - Green Book
Everything Must Go

9. Steely Dan - My Old School
Countdown To Ecstasy

10. George Harrison - My Sweet Lord
CD single

11. Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention - Aybe Sea - Burnt Weeny Sandwich
12. The Doors - Spanish Caravan - The Best Of Listener
13. Steely Dan - Almost Gothic - Two Against Nature
14. The Byrds - Ballad Of Easy Rider - Ballad Of Easy Rider
15. Yes - Starship Trooper - The Yes Album
Chart compiled by listeners voting
on the songs they hear on Radio Dupree

This chart is ... weird. It begins and ends with Yes, but still doesn't. And inbetween we find five Steely Dan songs and the same song two times by the same artist!

To address that last oddity first we've sent our statistics and archive experts to explore the fact that George Harrison's My Sweet Lord is at 6 and again at 10. We'll see what they come back with and add to this post whatever info they find.

Four different albums and five different songs make Steely Dan hitting a record when it comes to simultaneous songs on the Radio Dupree chart. One third.

And what about Yes? Anderson, Bruford , Wakeman and Howe had all played in Yes and Jon Anderson saw this 1989 album as a reunion of sorts. But legal aspects kept them from recording and touring as Yes. Suggestions of calling the band The Affirmative or No wasn't adopted and the decided to stick with their own last names.

And that's it for this month.


The Dukes of September on playing Labor Day

There are daily additions to the articles written aboyt the current Dukes of September Rhythm Revue tour Donald Fagen, Michaels McDonald and Boz Scaggs are doing.

Most tend to read the same since they were done during teleconference call(s), but here's a passage we've only read in the piece published by
But the Dukes of September have undertaken a six-week, late-summer tour that brings them to the State Fair grandstand on Labor Day.

How do they feel about playing Labor Day?

"That's great for me, because I tend to get depressed on holidays," Fagen explained. "So if I have a gig on a holiday, it saves me from having to live through it. Do they have any good rides at the fair? Like a Whip or something like that?"

How 'bout the bungee jump?

"There you go," Fagen said.

"I always like playing outdoors," McDonald said.

"Are there animal exhibits near the stage?" Scaggs asked.

Not near the grandstand, the interviewer said, but there's a birthing center and various animal barns at the fairgrounds.

"I love that stuff, like breeding," Fagen said.

"I'm there," Scaggs confirmed.

"I love playing fairs," Fagen said.

"Serenade the two-headed cow, yes!" McDonald promised.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

New project for Walter Becker?

From new interview with Donald Fagen on about The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue shows and more.
Is there any more Steely Dan stuff on the horizon?

Walter and I have been talking about a concept we'd like to do. Walter is also working on a solo project, so maybe after those are done we'll get to it.

Full article here.

What's Walter up to? A dub-box set of remixed Circus Money tracks? A new solo album? Compiling a storyline to fit all the old songs used in that Steely Dan musical set to premiere in 2012? Or maybe just writing a few apps for Apple?