Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Dukes of September 2012 tour: Even more dates!

A bunch of additional dates have popped up on fan sites. So in addition to the previously listed here's what's new as of today. Haven't found any of them on the official sites and haven't had the time to thrawl the ticket sites/venue sites for confirmation, so let's call them unconfirmed for the time being:

June 27 - Wells Fargo Center for the Performing Arts - Santa Rosa - CA
June 30 - Civic Auditorium - San Jose - CA

July 01 - Paramount - Oakland - CA
July 05 - Britt Pavilion - Jacksonville - OR
July 06 - Chateau Ste-Michele - Woodenville - WA
July 07 - Orpheum - Vancouver - BC
July 10 - Paramount - Denver - CO
July 14 - Verizon Theater - Grand Prairie - TX
July 15 - ACL Live at Moody Theater - Austin - TX
July 17 - Woodlands Pavilion - Woodlands - TX
July 20 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Alpharetta - GA
July 21 - Amphitheater at The Wharf - Orange Beach - AL
July 24 - Ruth Eckherd Hall - Clearwater - FL
July 25 - Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Hollywood - FL
July 27 - St. Augustine Amphitheater - St. Augustine - FL
July 28 - Tuscaloosa Amphitheater - Tuscaloosa - AL

August 01 - Beacon Theater - New York - NY
August 02 - Beacon Theater - New York - NY
August 05 - Borgata - Atlantic City - NJ
August 08 - Musikfest - Bethlehem - PA
August 11 - CMAC - Canandaigua - NY
August 14 - Jacob's Pavilion - Cleveland - OH
August 15 - Zoo - Toledo - OH
August 17 - Pine Knob - Detroit - MI
August 18 - Kresge Auditorium - Interlochen - MI

Please note that these are just the latest dates. The previously announced dates are listed here.

Update June 8: Final list of 2012 tour dates found here!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Elton John is 65! (Pnau & The Diving Board coming up)

And he celebrated his Birthday a couple of days ago; Sunday.

Just the right time to wish him a Happy Birthday and write about a couple of new things happening this year as fas as Elton goes:

 1) Back in 2008 Elton's management signed the Australian dance music duo Pnau (Nick Littlemore and Peter Mayes).
They have been working on his original multitrack recordings with the goal to make eight remix tracks that will eventually make an album's worth of new music. The first track is out and called Say Good Morning To The Night. It is based on Elton's Mona Lisa And The Mad Hatters plus a couple of other songs. Hear it a bit further down this post after we've written about...

2) Elton's brand new album set for an autumn release and his first solo album since The Captain & The Kid in 2006. After that one he released The Union in 2010 with Leon Russell. Just like The Union his new one is produced by T Bone Burnett. And it is thanks to T Bone that they ended up recording the album, titled The Diving Board, with just piano, bass and drums. Read more about it in this Rolling Stone article and - just like us - look forward to hearing the results later this year.

Soundcloud link:

Elton Versus Pnau - Good Morning To The Night by Elton Versus Pnau

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Dukes of September 2012 tour dates update

Tour dates as of March 26 27.

June 20 - Fox Theatre - St. Louis, MO. More info.
June 22 - Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Festival - Aspen, CO. More info.
June 24 - The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV. More info.

June 25 - Humphreys Concerts By The Bay - San Diego, CA. More info.
June 28 - Gibson Amphitheatre - Universal City, CA. More info.
July 3 - Santa Barbara Bowl - Santa Barbara, CA. More info.

July 11 - Vilar Performing Arts Center - Beaver Creek, CO. More info.
July 13 - The Brady Theater - Tulsa, OK. More info.
July 18 - Majestic Theatre - San Antonio, TX. More info.

August 4 - Count Basie Theater - Red Bank, NJ. More info.
August 6 - WolfTrap - Vienna, VI - More info.
August 9 - Wang Theatre - Boston, MA. [Listed on]
August 12 - Toronto, Canada. [Unconfirmed]

August 20 - The Riverside Theater - Milwaukee, WI. More info.
August 22 - The Pavilion - Ravinia, Highland Park, IL - More info.
August 23 - Fraze Pavilion - Kettering, OH. More info.

August 24 - The Lawn at White River State Park - Indianapolis, IN. More info.
September 10 - PNC Pavilion - Cincinatti, OH. [Unconfirmed]
September 27 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO. [Unconfirmed]

UPDATE March 29: Here's 25 more rumoured dates.

UPDATE June 8: Final list of 2012 tour dates here!

Ian Anderson touring with Thick as a Brick 1 + 2

First: Jethro Tull leader Ian Anderson is going on tour in Europe and the US with the classic Thick as a Brick album on the repertoire. The album has not been performed in its entirety since 1972.
Second: Ian has a new album out (soon) which is a sequel to aforementioned classic. The new one is entitled... Thick as a Brick 2, and it will be performed during the tour as well.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Beatles' Yellow Submarine surfaces in May

Back in 1968 The Beatles appeared in the animated movie Yellow Submarine.
In May it will get a digitally restored release on Blu-Ray. It will naturally come with some extra material. Read all about it here.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Dukes of September: Vilar Performing Arts Center, July 11 (+ updates)

The Dukes of September will play the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, Colorado on July 11. More info here and tickets go on sale Monday March 19.

Other known dates for the 2012 tour so far:

June 22Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival.

August 6 - WolfTrap, Vienna, VI - More info here.
August 22 - The Pavilion, Ravinia, Highland Park, IL - More info here.
August 24 - The Lawn at White River State Park, Indianapolis, IN. [Uconfirmed/unofficial]

UPDATE March 22: And here's two more dates in the form of

July 18 - Majestic Theatre, San Antonio, TX. More info here.
August 4 - Count Basie Theater - Red Bank, NJ. More info here.

+ two one more unconfirmed/unofficial

August 12 - Toronto
August 20 - The Riverside Theater, Milwaukee, WI Official as of March 26. More info here.

UPDATE March 23:

June 25 - Humphreys Concerts By The Bay, San Diego, CA. More info here.
August 23 - Fraze Pavilion, Kettering, OH. More info here.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Musician Andre Lewis has died

The american keyboardist Andre Lewis is reported to be dead. He passed away on January 31. Lewis was a member of Frank Zappa's last Mothers of Invention lineup (1975-1976) and can be heard on albums as FZ:OZ, Zoot Allures and Läther.
Andre Lewis has been described as a synthesizer pioneer, and also worked as a tester for Roland synthesizers. Lewis also played with Buddy Miles, Roky Erickson, Johnny "Guitar" Watson and he also released music of his own project named Mandre.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Guitars from old buildings. Walter Becker's buying one

Here's a link to a story/video about Rich Kelly in New York. He's building guitars made from tree from old houses. Recycling houses into guitars, if you will. Great story with the added tidbit that Steely Dan's Walter Becker is getting one made.


Thursday, March 08, 2012

Dukes of September 2012 tour: First dates official

Here are the first two confirmed dates of the 2012 tour for The Dukes of September, i.e. Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs:

August 6 - WolfTrap, Vienna, VI - More info here.
August 22 - The Pavilion, Ravinia, Highland Park, IL - More info here.

And from the land of unofficial info there's been mentioned an August 24 date at The Lawn at White River State Park, Indianapolis, IN. Plus the fact that the whole tour will last from June/July through September.

P.S. For the latest 2012 tour updates click this link!

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Drink your Steely Dan...

Meanwhile over at Chase Kimball is serving up a drink he named Steely Dan:

Vermouth, Gin, Rose Surup and Creme de Violette. If you try it please tell us what you think of it in a comment.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Steely Dan 8-track anyone?

The Steely Dan collector has an easier job than many other music collectors when it comes to collectiong all official releases. There are just a handful of albums and very few non-album tracks such as b-sides on singles and soundtrack contributions to track down.

The completist might continue to hunt down all versions of a release and this is where these three 8-track Steely Dan albums might be interesting.
They're still around and are still being sold, but if you live outside the Unites States you may not even have heard of this tape technology. Finding an 8-track player might be a bit of a problem, but as a gift to the Steely Dan completist these three albums (Pretzel Logic, The Royal Scam and Aja) for $16 might be just the thing. Here's a link to the page. Ships only to the US and ends March 31.

Monday, March 05, 2012

The Darcys' Josie video and remix

We wrote about it back in January and with the arrival of a video for one of the songs it is once again time to mention Canadian prog-rock band The Darcys' take on Steely Dan's album Aja.

This is what the video to Josie looks like:

Starring Ali, Anne, Annie, Charlotte, Claire, Chelsea, Coral, Elyse, Gill, Laura, Leah, Lisa, Liza, Madison, Molly, Raina, Rebecca and Sophie. Produced/Directed by Aaron Miller, shot by Adrian Vieni & Joel Barnes, post by Mike Portoghese and edited by Aaron Miller & Joel Barnes

Here's a link to download a remix called Josie (Vol.2) that is much slower and ... different.

Finally; you can download the whole album for free on the band's homepage

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Radio Dupree Top 40 - March 2012

1. The Beatles - Something
Abbey Road

2. Creedence Clearwater Revival - (Wish I Could) Hideaway

3. Allan Holdsworth - Road Games
Road Games

4. Christian Vander - Excerpt from Tristan et Iseult
Tristan et Iseult

5. Pink Floyd - Remember A Day

6. The Crimson Jazz Trio - Red
King Crimson Songbook Volume One

7. Focus - Focus III
Focus 3

8. Paul McCartney - What's That You're Doing?
Tug Of War

9. Linda Ronstadt - Tumbling Dice
FM (soundtrack)

10. Peter Gabriel - Not One Of Us
Peter Gabriel (3)

11. Donald Fagen - On The Dunes - Kamakiriad
12. Ruphus - Within The Walls - Inner Voice
13. Walter Becker - Circus Money Hammerhead Remix - Circus Money - Bonus Track
14. Frank Zappa - Farther O'Blivion (edit) - Imaginary Diseases
15. Genesis - All In A Mouse's Night - Wind & Wuthering
16. Genesis - The Colony Of Slippermen - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
17. Marianne Faithfull - Times Square - A Child's Adventure
18. Jethro Tull - Thick As A Brick (excerpt) - Thick As A Brick
19. Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe - Quartet (She Gives Me Love/Who Was The First) - Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe
20. Steely Dan - Bad Sneakers - Katy Lied

21. Genesis - In The Rapids - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
22. Steely Dan - Monkey in Your Soul - Pretzel Logic
23. Donald Fagen - The Nightfly - The Nightfly
24. Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention - Once Upon A Time - Carnegie Hall
25. Steely Dan - Black Friday - Katy Lied
26. Steely Dan - Any World - Katy Lied
27. Steely Dan - Cousin Dupree - Two Against Nature
28. King Crimson - Model Man - Three Of A Perfect Pair
29. Peter Gabriel - White Shadow - Peter Gabriel (2)
30. Sting - Shadows In The Rain - The Dream Of The Blue Turtles
31. Carolyn Leonhart - Meantime - Chances Are - The Romantic Music Of Robert Allen
32. Bruce Springsteen - Darkness On The Edge Of Town - Darkness On The Edge Of Town
33. Sweet - New York Connection - Greatest Hits
34. Yes - Shoot High Aim Low - Big Generator
35. Walter Becker - Book Of Liars - 11 Tracks Of Whack
36. Genesis - Dance On A Volcano - A Trick Of The Tail
37. Bruford - The Abingdon Chasp - One Of A Kind
38. Wigwam - Absalom - Light Ages
39. T. Rex - Cosmic Dancer - Electric Warrior
40. Pink Floyd - Paranoid Eyes - The Final Cut
Chart compiled by listeners voting
on the songs they hear on Radio Dupree

Just like last month we have two women in the Top 20. Linda Ronstadt at 9 and Marianne Faithful at 17. Plus Carolyn Leonhart at 31. 
Yes, we've had such a number of listeners reactions this month that we've expanded the chart to a Top 40. We're also enjoying a peak in listening this past month. Thanks all for tuning in!

Looking at the very top we find The Beatles followed by a nice mix of pop, prog and whathaveyou in the form of Creedence, Allan Holdsworth, Christian Vander (on a solo outing away from Magma), Pink Floyd, The Crimson Jazz Trio and Focus. Notice also that Genesis and Peter Gabriel are on a bit of a roll this month with six songs among the 40.

Until next month; Keep listening and keep voting! 

Friday, March 02, 2012

Album of the Month: Headquarters by The Monkees

It'sa new month and a new Album of the Month here on Radio Dupree. For March 2012 we've picked Headquarters, the third album from The Monkees. It is also the first one where they had a chance to write and play on the record.

The first two albums were written and recorded with the members of The Monkees just adding the vocals.

We'll go with the 2007 Deluxe version featuring a bunch of bonus tracks as well as both stereo and mono mixes of the original album from 1967.