Monday, December 30, 2013

Radio Dupree 2013 Advent calendar 16-20

[Window 16]

One of our heroes in broadcasting is Alan Partridge. After watching this interview he did with The Who's Roger Daltrey we're sure that you agree!

[Window 17]

Year-end charts come in all shapes and sizes. Often with the same artists and albums mentioned again and again. For an alternative view we give you this from Vice:

[Window 18]

Did Hip-hop start at this one party? Interersting read from BBC:

[Window 19]

And how about music done for television. Can you find genius and creativity there to rival any classic recording from a studio or stage? Of course!

[Window 20]

A witty letter from Don Was from Was (Not Was) answering questions about the groups hit Walk The Dinosaur. Read it after the video!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Radio Dupree 2013 Advent calendar 11-15

So, here we go! We stopped our Advent calendar after Window 10 on December 10. Why? Because we had an idea.
And after letting all the other calendars finish December 24, we now have the luxury of being the only Advent calendar still alive and filling those final few hours of 2013 with the remaining 14 windows we have in store.

Here's 11 - 15:

[Window 11]

Let's begin with a new oldie. The Gramovox Bluetooth gramophone 1920s inspired by the 1920 Magnavox R3 horn speaker. Yours for $299 and up if you get your order in before the end of the year:
[Window 12]

With YouTube the most popular music place these days we thought we'd take a look at the year end global chart and finding very little to excite us. Miley Cyrus, Rhianna and so on... A bit more interesting or at least not played to death music can be heard on the various country charts collected by Buzzfeed in this article:

[Window 13]

Do we still buy physical records over here at Radio Dupree? Yes, we do! And in contrast to all the music charting behidn Window 13 here's Neb Stephenson's final store find for 2013:

[Window 14]

And while we're on the subject of physical records we wonder if this might be the answer to a question we ponder now and then. "How big can a CD-box be?"
It's Karajan 1938-1960 released about a year ago. A box set of ... 117 CD's!

[Window 15]

And as far as year end charts go the 50 Worst Albums of 2013 from Vice is now and again a slightly smile-inducing read. Although we haven't heard much of the music they sometimes get around to mentioning inbetween bursts of ... well, go check it out for yourself.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Zappa Roxy DVD teaser available on iTunes

A short film documentary on the making and performance of the song Cheepnis, by Frank Zappa and the 1973 Roxy Mothers is now available on iTunes.
Watch the preview snippet. Download ($ 1.99) if you want some more.

Click here!

This monster movie item is the Zappa Birthday Bundle of 2013. (The Birthday Bundle is a series of annual downloads to commemorate Frank's birthday on December 21.

Barfko-Swill has also a message concerning the delay of the Roxy By Proxy CD: "Your next email from us concerns Roxy By Proxy ship date for January 2014. And Thank You!"

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Led Zeppelin albums now streaming exclusively on Spotify

Led Zeppelin has been cautious of making its recordnings available online. The remastered catalogue was issued on iTunes as late as a year ago and now comes the news that all albums will be available for streaming exclusively on Spotify.


Led Zeppelin's arrival on Spotify also is a nail in the coffin for the cover band LedZepAgain. The band has enjoyed sex-figure revenues annually from Spotify according to this article on

How far off can the day be when AC/DC and The Beatles join the party?

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Beatles songs released in a hurry

Apple records will release 59 rare and unheard recordings by The Beatles before New Year.
The batch includes BBC sessions and the release is a bid to stop their copyright protection expiring. A spokeswoman for Apple records confirmed the release to the BBC. Read the full story here.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Zappa Roxy By Proxy CD delayed again

We just can't wait long enough for the Roxy by Proxy soundtrack CD, right? Just got the message that our order is still on back order: "We anticipate that your order will ship within the next 2 – 3 weeks." Sigh!
The CD could be a welcome preview to the loooong awaited Roxy DVD (Frank & The Mothers live 1973). Something to nibble on while waiting for the film to be ready for release. In July Barfko-Swill announced that they were ready to take pre-orders. In September: "We are experiencing delays in the manufacturing process so we will be shipping to you somewhat later."

Also in the latest e-mail: "Please accept our apology for the continued delay...."
Radio Dupree station manager Neb Stephenson comments: "Do they make those CD:s by hand, one at the time?"

Sigurd "Siggy" Huckle
Radio Dupree executive

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Radio Dupree 2013 Advent calendar: December 8

[Window number 8]

Hello Radio Dupree! 
It would make my day if you could find me a music video featuring various cookies and cakes on plates suspended in air by strings. The video should also include at least one rabbit plus one other animal with a furry tail. Thanks! 
- A listener with specific taste

Thank you, A listener with specific taste. Here you go:

Radio Dupree Top 30 - December 2013

1.  Shakti - Get Down And Sruti
Natural Elements

2.  Frank Zappa - Ship Ahoy

3.  Fleetwood Mac - Albatross
The Pious Bird Of Good Omen

4.  Lulu - The Man Who Sold The World
The Man Who Sold The World

5.  Lou Reed - Make Up

6.  Pete Townshend - Rough Boys
The Best of Pete Townshend

7.  Giles Giles & Fripp - Newly-weds (album version)
The Cheeful Insanity Of

8.  Frank Zappa - The Gumbo Variations
Hot Rats

9.  J.J. Cale - Cocaine
Classic; The Universal Masters Collection

10. Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Tropical Hot Dog Night
Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)

11. State Cows - Into Something Good - The Second One (Japanese Edition)
12. Frank Zappa - Baby Snakes - Sheik Yerbouti
13. State Cows - Tinseltown - The Second One (Japanese Edition)
14. Mike Oldfield - Froggy Went A-Courting - '74 single b-side
15. Camel - Six Ate - Camel
16. Pink Floyd - Interstellar Overdrive - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
17. The Grandmothers - Going to Idaho - Looking Up Granny's Dress
18. Brian Eno - David Byrne - The Jezebel Spirit - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts
19. Stacey Kent - I Won't Dance - Let Yourself Go
20. Van der Graaf Generator - Killer - H to He, Who am the Only One
21. Donald Fagen - Big Nose New York - Trilogy : 10 Extras
22. Gentle Giant - Experience - In a Glass House
23. Bruford - The Sliding Floor - Gradually Going Tornado
24. Betty Davis - Bottom Of The Barrel - Is It Love or Desire
25. Steely Dan - Pretzel Logic - Pretzel Logic
26. Paul McCartney - Dress Me Up As A Robber - Tug of War
27. Gentle Giant - Playing the Game - The Power and the Glory
28. Shakti - Face To Face - Natural Elements
29. Lou Reed - Vicious - Live
30. Joe Walsh - Indian Summer - But Seriously, Folks...
Chart compiled by listeners voting
on the songs they hear on Radio Dupree 

And here's the final chart for 2013! Thanks to all who voted by clicking the up, down, want, buy buttons while listening.
If you are unfamiliar with this month's number one; Shakti, there's a Wikipedia entry on the group here.

Radio Dupree 2013 Advent calendar: December 7

[Window number 7]

Radio Dupree 2013 Advent calendar: December 6

[Window number 6]

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Radio Dupree 2013 Advent calendar: December 4

We searched for "radio" on a popular video streaming site and hit upon this:

[Window Number 4!]

Some of our favorite intros (420 to be exact) are in this mix we did for BBC Radio1 a while ago, and it is actually quite a good introduction to the rest of Radio Soulwax, as a lot of tracks that are featured in this hour will come back in later shows to follow. The animated sleeves illustrate the mix and give it a whole new dimension!

Radio Dupree 2013 Advent calendar: December 3

[Window Number 3!]

[UPDATE December 8: Hey! So what or who swallowed the content here? Link, video or whatever gone... If we'd kept any sort of list of what we blog each time we could've re-created the content, but as it is... Well, you'll have to settle for a bunch of Japanese celebrities + American movie actor Tommy Lee Jones singing a line each of the classic hit Sukiyaki/上を向いて歩こうmade famous by Kyu Sakamoto/坂本 九in 1961/1963.

Trivia: Apparently done to raise money after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Tommy has a house in Kyoto. At least that's what the Internet says...

OK. Let's see if this sticks behind Advent calendar window numer 3...]

Zappafest on Radio Dupree - in memory of Frank

It is now 20 years since Frank Zappa passed away. He died on December 4, 1993, only 52 years old. To commemorate Zappa's memory Radio Dupree is having a real Zappafest today. Our playlist is packjammed with familiar tunes as well as some really rare tracks. Enjoy!

Monday, December 02, 2013

Radio Dupree 2013 Advent calendar: December 1

And with the first of December we'd like to introduce our own Advent calendar not really sure what we'll find behind each "window", but there will be one a day until Christmas.

So... first out we'd like to tell a story of Christmas that involves some people opening a 15 000 square feet/1 400 square meter large record store. Yes, you read that right. A record store. In these days of online buying and listening how can anybody make reality of opening a store where you're supposed go to buy music on physical formats like ... er ... what is that silvery thing from the 1980's called? Yes, CD! And no small store at that.

Are we just making this up or ... could it be true? The answer is behind

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Pink Floyd play ready for release on 11/25

Darkside, the play by Tom Stoppard which includes music from the iconic Pink Floyd album The Dark Side of the Moon, will be released on November 25. Formats: Deluxe 2 cd set and digital download.
Preview of opening scene here.
Pre-order at iTunes.
More about the release here.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Track listing for Frank Zappa - Road Tapes, Venue #2

So what's included on the somewhat delayed but soonish out Road Tapes, Venue #2? Thanks to a post by Pepe Nusbaum in the forum this is what you can expect:

DISC # 1

Show 3

1. Introcious 5:18
2. The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue 1:08
3. Kung Fu 1:11
4. Penguin In Bondage 4:07

Show 1

5. Exercise #4 1:58
6. Dog Breath 1:36
7. The Dog Breath Variations 1:30
8. Uncle Meat 2:27
9. RDNZL 6:17

Show 3

10. Montana 7:03
11. Your Teeth And Your Shoulders And Sometimes Your Foot Goes Like This...../Pojama Prelude 10:14
12. Dupree's Paradise 15:55

Show 1

13. All Skate/Dun-Dun-Dun (The Finnish Hit Single) 14:10

TT 72:51


Show 3

1. Village Of The Sun 5:40
2. Echidna's Arf (Of You) 4:22
3. Don't You Ever Wash That Thing? 9:56

Show 2

4. Big Swifty 12:58

Show 2,3

5. Farther O'Blivion 22:54

Encore, Show 1

6. Brown Shoes Don't Make It 7:33

TT 67:32

(Yes, a copy is spinning its way to the Radio Dupree HQ for inclusion on our playlist. Stay tuned.)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Last chance! Vote for Jon Herington's "Time on my Hands" as Vintage Guitar magazine's "Album of the Year"!

Jon Herington Band -
Jon Herington's latest album Time On My Hands is one of five albums nominated in Vintage Guitar magazine's Hall of Fame 2013 vote. And the readers and you decide who wins.

If you haven't heard it on Radio Dupree, haven't bought your own copy you can find it on iTunes, Spotify and all those places ... or catch a video or two over on

So where do you go to vote? Here's the link:

Last date to vote is November 12, 2013, so click away on over there, register and vote!

Saturday, November 09, 2013

From Sweden via Japan to Radio Dupree: State Cows bonus tracks!

It arrived just in time for the weekend; the Japanese version of Swedish band State Cows current album titled The Second One.
There's not one, not two, not three but four bonus tracks. Looking at the back that might actually be "bones tracks" ... :)

Whatever. They're still on the Radio Dupree playlist as of right now. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Radio Dupree Top 8 - November 2013

1. Sparks - Hospitality on Parade

2. Shakti - Face To Face
Natural Elements

3. Brian Eno/David Byrne - Help Me Somebody
My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts

4. Asia - Midnight Sun

5. The Flying Lizards - TV
The Flying Lizards

6. Mark Masters Ensemble - Black Cow
Everything You Did

7. Soft Machine - Down the Road

8. Back Door - 32-20 Blues
8th Street Nites
Chart compiled by listeners voting
on the songs they hear on Radio Dupree 
Q: So what's weird and new with this month's chart?
A: No Zappa and no Steely Dan (including Fagen and Becker solo stuff) recordings present!

And the short but sweet eight titles long chart is one of the oddest in Radio Dupree history. The mix. See for yourself. And thanks to all who voted up and/or down favourites helping us compile this.

A brand new one will be coming your way in 30 days.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Friday, November 01, 2013

Zappa live in Helsinki 1973 available now

Road Tapes Venue #2 is here! says "As you know these are the more primitive audio documentary attempts to capture the essence of life on the road." Well, over at the Radio Dupree staff we feel that we are happy to take that risk! Finally we get a full release featuring the Ponty band. That era has been even more of a missing link than the Lady Bianca band was until we got Philly '76.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Have a fun and frivolous Halloween, listeners...

Neb Stephenson getting ready and in the mood for a Halloween sort of a broadcast:

And here's a movie for ya! (Starts at 6:30)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Brand new documentary about Frank Zappa in Italy 1982

Here's a ten minute trailer for a brand new documentary about Frank Zappa's visit to his father's home town on Sicily in conjunction with his 1982 tour of Italy:

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Lou Reed dead at 71

The legendary rock musician Lou Reed has died. He recently underwent a liver transplantation.
In the 60's Reed was one of the members of the group The Velvet Underground. After the break up of VU Reed started a solo carreer. Walk on the Wild Side, White Light/White Heat and Satellite of Love are some of his songs. Radio Dupree claims that Lou Reed's huge influence on popular music can not be overestimated.

200 Motels on stage in L.A. and London

Frank Zappa's music suite 200 Motels seems to be havng a revival. It is not replayed "just" like the soundtrack but has more emphasis on the orchestral parts. On October 25 there was a performance by Esa-Pekka Salonen and The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. The staged play that took place in The Walt Disney Concert Hall (in L.A.) got fair but not overwhelming reviews in Los Angeles Times.

On October 29 200 Motels will be performed in Royal Festival Hall in London, by "the full forces of the BBC Concert Orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia, London Voices and a large cast of rock musicians, singers and actors." Zappa's daughter Diva will play one of the groupies. Zappa bassplayer Scott Thunes will play the band member Jeff Simmons. Conductor: Jurjen Hempel.

On October 26 the film 200 Motels was shown as part of the 60's film series at the Southbank Centre in London.
Gail Zappa is also in UK now and gave this interview to BBC Radio 4.

Friday, October 25, 2013

On Point radio show October 25: Donald Fagen talking about Eminent Hipsters

Donald Fagen talking about his book "Eminent Hipsters" on On Point with Tom Ashbrook today Friday, October 25:

More here:

Catch the podcast here:
(Looks like it'll be available for just 24 hours, so grab it while it is hot!)

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And don't miss yesterday's Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane that had Donald as a guest. Click for more including podcast.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Donald Fagen guest on Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane Thursday

Thursday October 24 Donald Fagen will make an appearance on the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania station WHYY's show Radio Times hosted by Marty Moss- Coane. Since his book Eminent Hipsters has just been released our guess is that a lot of the conversation will be about the book.

Tune in live at 11 a.m. (Check what time that is in your part of the world using this Time Zone Converter) or catch the podcast version after the fact. We'll add a link as soon as it is published.

More info and links here:


And here's another Donald Fagen radio appearance happening today (October 25):
On Point with Tom Ashbrook

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Slate Book Review on Donald Fagen's Eminent Hipsters

No extra points for the headline of the review; "Reelin' in the Years", but the review in itself does shed some light on what the book is all about. More than a collection of texts and perhaps a glimpse of Donald Fagen if you're prepared to lay the puzzle. Here's at least one sizeable bit.

Eminent Hipsters will be out October 22, 2013.

Here's a link to the review complete with an illustration by Peter Bagge.

Monday, October 07, 2013

Prefab Sprout - The Best Jewel Thief In The World

Prefab Sprout's new album Crimson/Red has already gotten full points from the critics. So no surprises there...

We've heard the first "single" and find it a real corker. What do you think?

Album of the Month for October 2013: David Bowie - Pin Ups

Our Album of the Month (#209) for October 2013 is David Bowie's Pin Ups!

The album cover with Bowie posing with model Twiggy is one of his iconic ones from the 70's. (Yes, it's actually 40 years since it was released).

This is a collection of cover versions, Bowie favourites from the 1964–67 period. Songs by Kinks, The Who and Pink Floyd to name a few. A neat collection of songs but maybe recorded in a bit of a hurry. The previous album Aladdin Sane was released less than six months before Pin Ups.

One may think that it is a mystery why the best cover song from the period was not released until 1990, when two bonus tracks were added to the Rykodisc cd reissue. We are talking about Growin' Up by Bruce Springsteen, a superior version of a song from Springsteen's Greetings From Asbury Park album that had been released earlier that year. The explanation is that the recording of Growin' Up did not take place during the Pin Ups sessions, but later when Pin Ups was already released during the early sessions for the following album Diamond Dogs. Also, the song by the then rather unknown American artist Bruce Springsteen may not have fitted in with Bowie's idea to do songs from the 60's that were not known as well in the States as they were in England.

Today is the day that the 2013 version of the song Sound And Vision is released. And later tis month we'll be able to hear a never-aired 1973 promo for Pin Ups on Spotify. So it's definitely Bowie month here in October.

Radio Dupree Top 6 - October 2013

1. George Duke - Uncle Remus
The Aura Will Prevail

2. Ensemble - Black Cow
Everything You Did

3. George Duke - Malibu
The Aura Will Prevail

4. Genesis - Watcher Of The Skies

5. Prefab Sprout - King of Rock'n'Roll
From Langley Park to Memphis

6. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - I Don't Live Today
Are You Experienced

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

A bit of a delayed reaction to our Album of the Month in August; The Aura Will Prevail. But, hey, we're not picky! Anytime is George Duke time in our book.

Happy to see Prefab Sprout in the chart the very same month the group release a brand new song followed by an album.

Enjoy the music on Radio Dupree and - if you feel like helping us i what we should play - please press the up and down buttons as you listen.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Wishing we were in New York...

Walter and Donald. Photo by Danny Clinch
Photo: Danny Clinch/
Sitting here in the Radio Dupree station cottage surrounded by an escalating attack from a chilly and dark autumn where even twisted happy pop from Japan on repeat is having a hard time helping us keep our bright and sunny disposition, it is easy to wish we were - like 2011 - back in New York to enjoy Steely Dan at The Beacon Theatre.

The band is in the middle of the seven show run that will finish the Mood Swings 2013: 8 Miles To Pancake Day tour:

* Sep 30 Aja - Plus Selected Hits
* Oct 01 Greatest Hits Night
* Oct 03 Royal Scam Plus Selected Hits
* Oct 04 Gaucho - Plus Selected Hits
* Oct 05 Audience Request Night
* Oct 07 Aja - Plus Selected Hits
* Oct 08 Greatest Hits Night

A special shout-out to Reidar from Norway who will have to represent not only Norway but Sweden and perhaps all of Scandinavia as he is there once again for all seven shows.
We had the pleasure and privilege of meeting him last time together with a whole bunch of other friendly and fine fans of Steely Dan.

Walter Becker had to leave stage a few songs into the show Tuesday due to a fever. Here's hoping he's feeling better today

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Documentary film on drummer Morgan Ågren out now

Clicking on this picture will not take you anywhere. Check the link below.
Swedish drummer Morgan Ågren is truly a phenomenon.
He has performed with artists as Frank Zappa, Steve Vai, Fredrik Thordendal (Meshuggah), Spoonman, Glenn Hughes, Tony Iommi, Terry Bozzio, Kaipa and Dweezil Zappa.

Morgan (born 1967) was voted the best fusion drummer in the world by the magazine Modern Drummer in 2010.

Now there is a two hour documentary available about mr Ågren:

Monday, September 30, 2013

Bowie fans raging over new edition of The Next Day presents a 3-disc version of David Bowie’s The Next Day album, called The Next Day Extra.
The Next Day album was first released in March 2013.
The Next Day Extra includes the original 14-track CD, a 10-track CD of bonus tracks and a DVD of the four promotional films made for the album: Where Are We Now?, The Stars (Are Out Tonight), The Next Day and Valentine’s Day.

The 10-track bonus CD includes four previously unreleased tracks, two new mixes and God Bless The Girl, the track that was only released on the Japanese issue of The Next Day. The remaining three tracks gather up the bonus tracks from the deluxe version of the album.

Tracklist for The Next Day Extra:
01 Atomica
02 Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for The DFA)
03 Plan
04 The Informer
05 Like A Rocket Man
06 Born In A UFO
07 I’d Rather Be High (Venetian Mix)
08 I’ll Take You There
09 God Bless The Girl
10 So She 

In addition to the physical release of The Next Day Extra, there will be a 7-track digital EP bundle featuring these tracks.

The news have raised several critical comments from fans on Facebook, of which we have chosen to citate a few: "Milking the customer cow", "Jeez, he sure does know how to make the most of his 'bonus material'." "I ordered The Next Day from Japan especially for exclusive bonus tracks, and now they are released in this expensive 3 disc box?" A few positive comments too: "If you don't want it you simply don't buy it and stick to your existing copy of a great album - or just buy the EP with the new tracks on it."

Friday, September 27, 2013

Fellini #1 & 2 when Donald Fagen picks his Criterion Top 10 films

Donald Fagen picks 10 favourite films from The Criterion Collection - "a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films" that since 1984 "has been dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world and publishing them in editions that offer the highest technical quality and award-winning, original supplements".

Here's Donald's Top 10

Quote D.F.:
It’s silly to choose ten, but okay!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

King Crimson 2013

From the diary of Robert Fripp the entry dated September 6:

So, King Crimson is in motion. This is a very different reformation to what has gone before: seven players, four English and three American, with three drummers.
The Seven-Headed Beast of Crim is in Go! mode.
And those seven are apparently Robert Fripp, John Wetton, Mel Collins, Gavin Harrison, Pat Mastelotto, Tony Levin and Bill Rieflin.


The actual line-up is Fripp, Gavin Harrison, Bill Rieflin, Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Mel Collins and Jakko Jakszyk.
And Robert writes that due to each individuals previous engagements it will be a year before this version of King Crimson is able to perform.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Zappa Roxy By Proxy CD delayed

The release of the soundtrack prequel to the Roxy DVD has been delayed.

The e-mail from Barfko Swill/
Dear People of Earth with Roxy By Proxy Pre-Orders on their minds,

We sincerely regret to inform you that we are experiencing delays in the manufacturing process so we will be shipping to you somewhat later than we stated previously. Sometime within the next 2 weeks we will notify you once again with an actual shipping date and we can all experience the excitement together all over again. Thank you for your continued support for this project. We are also pleased to inform you that the MOVIE will be ready in time for the ZPZ Show at the Roxy on the 40tieth anniversary of FZ's Performances there.


the barfies

Sunday, September 15, 2013

A new Beatles album - BBC Volume 2

A sequel to Live At The BBC (1994) is planned for release on November 11: On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2.
It will include 63 tracks. 23 of them are studio banter and conversation etc. Among the songs are “I Saw Her Standing There,” “Twist And Shout,” “Do You Want To Know A Secret,” “Boys,” “Please Mister Postman,” “Money,” “And I Love Her,” and “If I Fell.”

Thursday, September 12, 2013

David Bowie Pin Ups radio show revealed

To mark the 40th anniversary of David Bowie's album Pin Ups, Spotify will stream a special promo program originally recorded in 1973 but never used. 
The David Bowie Pin Ups Radio Show will be streamed on Spotify on October 28th. I was originally produced as a promotional tool for the release of the record in 1973, but was by some reason never used. 

David Bowie (official) announces the event like this on Facebook:
"The radio show features snippets from Pin Ups interspersed with brief but nevertheless wonderful observations from Bowie regarding the bands he covers on the album, wherein he adopts his very best mockney to recall his days as a mod during the period. It's great fun and you’re going to love it."

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Elton John live on BBC Radio 2 tomorrow! (11 September 2013)

Wednesday September 11, 2013 is Elton John day on BBC Radio 2.

Starting with two tracks performed during Ken Bruce's show starting at 11:05 via a preview of the evening's performance during Simon Mayo's show 17:00 and an Ask Elton portion with Jo Whiley to the big finale; a live show broadcast from BBC Radio Theatre starting 20:00 local time.

Elton has a new album titled The Diving Board set for release September 16. Three years after the duet album with Leon Russel The Union and seven years since his most recent solo outing The Captain & The Kid.

More detalis here!

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Radio Dupree Top 3 - September 2013

1. Mark Masters Ensemble - Show Biz Kids
Everything You Did

2. State Cows - This Time
The Second One

3. Steely Dan - Your Gold Teeth II
Katy Lied

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

Another month has passed and we bring you the-shortest-Radio-Dupree-chart-ever. Yep, it's just three places long. Not 20 as we usually present it.
But this tijme around these were the only songs that got any reaction from our listeners, so...

It is a Steely Dannish top 3 at that. The number one tune is from a brand new CD with jazzy covers of SD tracks. We wrote about it here. Number two is Swedish band State Cows that started out playing SD covers. These days they have two albums of original material.
And at number three we find Steely Dan itself with one of our favourite tracks.

Keep on listening and if you hear something you like give it a thumbs up. If it's something you don't like a thumbs down. That way we know what to remove and add to the ever-changing playlist and also get a chart of listeners favourites once a month.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Video: Carolyn Leonhart "Waiting For The Day"

Carolyn Leonhart has a brand new song out titled Waiting For The Day. Here's the video followed by links to where you can buy it:



Thursday, August 29, 2013

Nazareth lead vocalist retires due to bad health

Dan McCafferty, singer in Scottish band Nazareth has been forced to retire. explains that McCafferty suffers from C.O.P.D. (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease):
"It has gotten worse lately and after trying to play a festival in Switzerland last weekend Dan found it impossible to continue after performing only three songs. In the dressing room afterwards he told the band that he couldn’t go on any longer."

Recently singer Linda Ronstadt told AARP Magazine that she can not sing anymore since she is diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. "No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease,” said Ronstadt to AARP.  “No matter how hard you try.”

Very sad indeed.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Coming soon: Zappa live in Helsinki 1973?

The mysterious message.
The next release in the Zappa Family Trust's series Road Tapes is most likely a recording from Helsinki, Finland 1973.
Check out the latest message on
On August 23, 1973 Frank and The Mothers played Finlandia-talo in Helsinki. Yes, one year before the concerts in another venue in the same city that would end up on You Can't Do That On Stage Volume 2. Excellent choice, ZFT! Finally we get an official release by the forgotten 1973 band with Jean-Luc Ponty, George Duke and others!!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Dark Side radio play on BBC tonight

A radio play inspired by Pink Floyd's album The Dark Side of the Moon? British playwright Sir Tom Stoppard's play Darkside will be broadcast tonight on BBC Radio 2 at 10 PM GMT.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Legendary concert promoter Fritz Rau dies

The German concert promoter Fritz Rau passed away on August 19, at the age of 83. He became a legend in the trade and used to be mentioned as the man who brought the rock stars to Germany.
Fritz Rau organized concerts with Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Madonna and many, many more. Frank Zappa mentioned Fritz Rau in one of his songs, Shall We Take Ourselves Seriously?

Some nice pictures here:

More to read here:

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Roger Waters and The Wall 2013 in Gothenburg, Sweden a success

The show is over and Radio Dupree's man on the spot at Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg was pleased with Roger Waters and The Wall as it looks and sounds 2013.

It's a surround sound multimedia extravaganza featuring peaks like the appearance of the giant puppets, i.e. the schoolmaster and the pig. 
Radio Dupree's man in the audience says this is the most spectacular rock show he has ever attended: "The surround effects were fantastic! A few minutes into the show I almost believed that there was an aircraft that was about to crash land in the middle of the stadium".

The music was mostly true to the album, with minor differences as a couple of pieces that he'd never heard before as well as a few songs being slightly rearranged. Roger Waters looked to be in good shape and a happy mood. So thumbs up from The Wall from our concert attendee!

The local newspaper GP reviews the concert here (in Swedish) giving it a 4 out of 5 rating. A couple of translated senteces:

Popular culture is full of fools who assume the mantle madness and we should be extremely thankful for that. Otherwise we would have never known Roger Waters and been able to experience one of the most spectacular rock shows ever. This year's stadium edition of The Wall is signed by a man who moste likely is just that: both beautiful and challenging.

2013 The Wall is so packed with expression and impression that it is hard to take everything in.

The reviewer's only criticism is the anti-war propaganda, calling it "naive and over explicit".

Yet it is impossible to resist the force of the show. When the helicopter wings and hail of bullets are slamming into you from the surround system at Ullevi you can not help but be amazed.

"If you don't eat yer meat, you can't have any pudding!" The schoolmaster on stage.
Time will tell if this really is the very last tour performing The Wall. Ten shows remain before the grande finale in Paris, France September 21.

GP also tells the story of how a handwritten letter from Roger Waters reached Gothenburg's Mayor Anneli Hulthén two years ago. Written on a paper napkin it says:

"My Dear Mayor!
My old friend Thomas, well he´s not that old! But you know what I mean! Happened to mention that Göteborg has not only the best Symphony Orchestra in Sweden but also a great annual festival. Also that he might persuade you to consider a semi staged concert version of my opera "CA IRA" (There is Hope) for inclusion. Should that happen, I would be very happy. Thank you for your consideration!
Roger Waters"

Pic and full story (In Swedish) over here!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Gothenburg, Sweden getting ready for Roger Waters and The Wall

- - - - UPDATE 12.05, August 18 - - - -

How was it? Read the review here!

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Roger Waters is in Gothenburg, Sweden today playing The Wall. Still a couple of hours to go but here's a first report and a couple of pics from our correspondent ready to enjoy this classic rock creation:

The town is gearing up for Waters. Here and there you can here fragments of Pink Floyd music ... from cars passing and from record stores. People here and there wearing Floyd t-shirts.

Tune in for - hopefully -  a review and some pics later today/tomorrow!

- - - - UPDATE 8.30 p.m. - - - -

On site. Many fans outside the arena. The Wall is played in the bar at the entrance. Talking Heads, John Fogerty and J.J. Cale on the PA.
The atmosphere is good. 

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- - - - UPDATE 12.05, August 18 - - - -

How was it? Read the review here!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Book title: Eminent Hipsters. Author: Donald Fagen

We were sure we'd done a blog post about Donald Fagen's book Eminent Hipsters, but apparently not!

Well, not to worry, as there's some brand new news regarding that book coming here. Together with what we should've posted in that post that never was posted. Until now.

The book was mentioned in passing by Donald during Sunken Condos interviews late last year, but here are the facts:

Title: Eminent Hipsters
Publisher: Viking Adult
Publication date: October 22, 2013
176 pages.
ISBN 9780670025510

There's also an audio book version released by Penguin Audio on the same date. Five hours, four CD:s and read by Donald Fagen himself.
ISBN 9781611762198

Here's how the publisher presents the book and author:

A witty, revealing, sharply written work of memoir and criticism by the cofounder of Steely Dan

Musician and songwriter Donald Fagen presents a group of vivid set pieces in his entertaining debut as an author, from portraits of the cultural figures and currents that shaped him as a youth to an account of his college days and of life on the road.

Fagen begins by introducing the “eminent hipsters” that spoke to him as he was growing up in a bland New Jersey suburb in the early 1960s, among them Jean Shepherd, whose manic nightly broadcasts out of WOR-Radio “enthralled a generation of alienated young people”; Henry Mancini, whose swank, noirish soundtracks left their mark on him; and Mort Fega, the laid-back, knowledgeable all-night jazz man at WEVD who was like “the cool uncle you always wished you had.” He writes of how, coming of age during the paranoid Cold War era, one of his primary doors of escape became reading science fiction, and of his invigorating trips into New York City to hear jazz. “Class of ’69” recounts Fagen’s colorful, mind-expanding years at Bard College, the progressive school north of New York City, where he first met his future musical partner Walter Becker. “With the Dukes of September” offers a cranky, hilarious account of the ups and downs of a recent cross-country tour Fagen made with Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald, performing a program of old R&B and soul tunes as well as some of their own hits.

Acclaimed for the elaborate arrangements and jazz harmonies of his songs, Fagen proves himself a sophisticated writer with a very distinctive voice in this engaging book.

And the very latest is that Donald will do a short promo tour with five dates listed over at the Penguin Group's homepage:

* Tuesday, Oct 22 2013
Location: New York
Upstairs at the Square, Pre-sign books, On stage Q&A
* Thursday, Oct 24 2013
Location: Philadelphia
Pre-sign books, On stage Q&A
* Tuesday, Oct 29 2013
Location: Washington
Pre-sign books, On stage Q&A
* Wednesday, Nov 06 2013
Location: San Francisco
Pre-sign books, On stage Q&A
* Thursday, Nov 07 2013
Location: Seattle
Pre-sign books, On stage Q&A

Click this link for more information!

And since a few of the texts appearing in the book have been up on in the past, the publication of this book is probably one reason that since a couple of months redirects to Donald's Facebook page.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

UK premiere of Zappa's 200 Motels after 42 years

Frank Zappa swore he would never return to Britain unless he got an apology from the Queen after the Royal Albert Hall cancelled a concert with the music from his film 200 Motels in 1971. Zappa did eventually return to the UK but died without getting an apology from anybody. Now there will be redress of a kind when the show is finally given its UK premiere.

Read the full story here (The Independent)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Pink Floydmania in Gothenburg

Roger Waters. Photo:
Gothenburg in Sweden seems to be the place to be this week for fans of Pink Floyd and/or Roger Waters. Tonight there is a performance of Water's opera Ça Ira with Waters as narrator and on Saturday August 17 there is a performance of The Wall.
Ça Ira will be performed with Göteborgs Symfoniker outdoors at Götaplatsen and is free of charge. The Wall will be staged at Ullevi and Radio Dupree will have a reporter in the audience at that event.

Friday, August 09, 2013

Zia helping Keith get that Black Cow sound right on the night!

Feelgood post of the week:

Zia soundchecking Black Cow with dad Keith Carlock during the current Steely Dan tour!


(And we can't help thinking about all the hardcore Steely Dan fans who'd like to be in Zia's place just there and then! :) )

Thursday, August 08, 2013

George Duke our Album of the Month artist for August 2013

We were just about to launch our Album of the Month for August when the news reached us that George Duke had passed away, so instead of a brand new album of jazzy Steely Dan covers we picked George's 1975 record The Aura Will Prevail. An album that includes two Frank Zappa collaborations.

Enjoy these as well as the other tracks on this jazz fusion classic this month on Radio Dupree!

Got any Duke favourites you'd like us to add? Write a comment or mail us at

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Radio Dupree Top 12 - August 2013

1. Steely Dan - Bodhisattva
Countdown To Ecstasy

2. Roxy Music - Bitter End
Roxy Music

3. The Rolling Stones - Complicated
Between the Buttons

4. Paul McCartney & Wings - Bluebird
Band on the Run

5. Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention - You Didn't Try to Call Me
Cruising with Ruben & The Jets

6. Lou Reed - Lady Day
Rock'n'Roll Animal

7. Steely Dan - With A Gun
Pretzel Logic

8. Jimi Hendrix - Room Full of Mirrors
More Experience Vol. 2

9. Frank Zappa - Pinocchio's Furniture
Shut Up'n Play Yer Guitar

10. The Doors - Alabama Song
The Doors

11. The Doors - Roadhouse Blues - Morrison Hotel
12. Mahavishnu Orchestra - Sister Andrea - Between Nothingness & Eternity
Chart compiled by listeners voting
on the songs they hear on Radio Dupree

Look! Our Album of the Month for July delivered the number one for this short but sweet chart. And we notice that a rare visitor to our chart in the form of Lou Reed. Other than that it is the "usual suspects".

Keep on listening and if you hear something you like give it a thumbs up. If it's something you don't like a thumbs down. That way we know what to remove and add to the ever-changing playlist and also get a chart of listeners favourites once a month.

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

George Duke dies at 67

Musician and producer George Duke died Monday evening in a Los Angeles hospital were he was being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
His wife Corrine died in July last year.

George Duke was born in San Rafael, California and began taking piano lessons at age 4 after seeing Duke Ellington play.

In 1966 he released his first record and went on to play with - amongst others - Jean-Luc Ponty, Don Ellis Orchestra, Cannonball Adderley, Frank Zappa and Stanley Clarke before going solo in 1976.


Radio Facts: Vic McLean, George Duke’s Close Friend and Promoter Talks to Radio Facts

George knew his time was near. He always kept his health issues close to the vest. - See more at:
"George knew his time was near. He always kept his health issues close to the vest."

BBC: George Duke, jazz musician, dies at 67

Wikipedia: George Duke
George knew his time was near. He always kept his health issues close to the vest. - See more at:

Friday, August 02, 2013

Zappa catalogue now represented by Kobalt Music Group

Kobalt Music Group will be representing the entire Frank Zappa catalogue.

The company announces that Kobalt "immediately begins global representation of all of Zappa’s extraordinary songs, including his early works with the Mothers of Invention, and his touring groups as well as his solo works. Along with global copyright administration services, Kobalt will also represent the catalogue for synchronization in film, TV, games, and other media."

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Roxy By Proxy CD available for pre-order

Finally it's available for pre-order, the Zappa/Mothers Roxy By Proxy CD, the soundtrack prequel to the Roxy DVD (recorded live at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood in December 1973).
Barfko-Swill describes it as: 75' 49" of musical mayhem and a voluminous booklet jacked with liner notes (no trivia here) by the redoubtable Ms Ruth Underwood.