Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Steely Dan 2013 tour in July - October?

A possible tour for Steely Dan in 2013 has been mentioned by Donald Fagen in interviews, but nothing has been confirmed yet. It's usually March, April before any news of a new tour is official.

That being said a post on the Bluebook where Steely Dan fans gather has reminded the fans of a (possible) tour in 2013.

The cryptic "7/13-10/13" from regular poster Lewis - with a great track record of cryptic but correct inside information - has been interpreted as meaning the tour will start in July and end in October.

Someone suggested that if this really is a sign of a 2013 tour it could just as well be another one for The Dukes Of September (Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs).

We wait. And see.

UPDATE March 7, 2013: Yes! Two dates out in the open. See more here.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sir Bob re-unites The Boomtown Rats

The Boomtown Rats with Bob Geldof will re-unite for a gig at The Isle of Wight Festival in June.
It's the first time in 26 years that the band has been brought together again with their front man Geldof.

BBC News
The Boomtown Rats official website

Saturday, January 19, 2013

UK festival plans performance of Zappa's 200 Motels

200 Motels: Zappa's surrealistic film from 1971 about a band on the road.
The Rest is Noise festival plans a performance of Frank Zappa's 200 Motels in October.
BBC News reports that the orchestra score will be performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra and members of Southbank Sinfonia with conductor Jurjen Hempel.

Read more here:

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

1974 Steely Dan concert named most downloaded in 2012 by Wolfgang's Vault

Wolfgang's Vault, according to Wikipedia's description a private music-focused company established in 2003 dedicated to the restoration and archiving of live concert recordings in audio and video format and the sale of music memorabilia. It began with the collection of the late promoter Bill Graham, and added multiple other music and memorabilia archives, named a 1974 Steely Dan concert the number one most downloaded for 2012.

Previously only available as a bootleg and apparently recorded by sound engineer etc Stuart Dinkie Dawson at The Rainbow Theatre, London, England May 20, 1974, it popped up on the Wolfgang's Vault site in 2011 together with another recording made at The Paramounth Theatre, Seattle July 1, 1974.
At that time we wrote a blog entry about the recordings' legal issues. Read it here!

Read an interview with Dinky from the April, 1992 issue of Steely Dan fanzine Metal Leg here.

You can also check out his homepage here.

Monday, January 14, 2013

New album by Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath will release the band's first album since 1978 (with Ozzy Osbourne on vocals). NME reports that the album "13" will be released in June.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Wilko Johnson diagnosed with cancer

Wilko with The Blockheads circa 1980.
The British guitarist Wilko Johnson, former member of Dr Feelgood and Ian Dury's backing band The Blockheads has been diagnosed with terminal cancer of the pancreas.
Manager Robert Hoy writes the following on Johnson's Facebook page:

"He is currently in good spirits, is not yet suffering any physical effects and can expect to enjoy at least another few months of reasonable health and activity.

He has just set off on a trip to Japan; on his return we plan to complete a new CD, make a short tour of France, then give a series of farewell gigs in the UK."

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Brand new from David Bowie!

Happy Birthday to David Bowie who's 66 today and also have a brand new single out; Where Are We Now.

It's one of 14 tracks on the album The Next Day coming March 8 in Australia and March 11 in the rest of the world. It's Bowie's 30 studio album and his first since Reality released back in 2003.

The new album was recorded in New York and produced by Tony Visconti and a deluxe version will include three extra songs.

Watch the video/hear Where Are They Now by clicking here!

Monday, January 07, 2013

Radio Dupree Top 50 - January 2013

1. Walter Becker - Medical Science
11 Tracks Of Whack (Japanese Edition)

2. Bryan Ferry - This Island Earth
The Bride Stripped Bare

3. Jimi Hendrix - Foxey Lady
Live at Woodstock

4. Blue Floyd - Shine on You Crazy Diamond

5. Jimi Hendrix - Midnight
War Heroes

6. Jimi Hendrix - Nine to the Universe
Nine to the Universe

7. Jimi Hendrix with Curtis Knight - How Would You Feel
Knock Yourself Out

8. Lou Reed - Vicious

9. Frank Zappa - Sharleena
The Lost Episodes

10. Jimi Hendrix - Message of Love
The First Great Rock Festivals of the Seventies

11. Frank Zappa & The Mothers - Yellow Snow - Apostrophe (')
12. Jimi Hendrix - Easy Blues - Nine to the Universe
13. Jimi Hendrix - Izabella - War Heroes
14. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Love or Confusion - Are You Experienced
15. Jimi Hendrix - Young & Hendrix - Nine to the Universe
16. Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention - Cruising for Burgers - Uncle Meat
17. Steely Dan - Your Gold Teeth - Countdown To Ecstasy
18. Jimi Hendrix - Power of Soul - Band of Gypsys
19. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Red House - Smash Hits
20. Cream - Spoonful - Fresh Cream

21. Jimi Hendrix w/ Curtis Knight - Gotta Have a New Dress - Knock Yourself Out
22. Steely Dan - Doctor Wu - Katy Lied
23. Lina Nyberg - Smile - Smile
24. Jimi Hendrix - Foxy Lady - The First Great Rock Festivals of the Seventies
25. Jimi Hendrix - Changes - Band of Gypsys
26. Jimi Hendrix - Drone Blues - Nine to the Universe
27. U2 - Gloria - October
28. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - May this be Love - Are You Experienced
29. Jimi Hendrix - Red House - Live at Woodstock
30. Jimi Hendrix - Room Full of Mirrors - More Experience Vol. 2
31. Jimi Hendrix - Little Miss Strange - Electric Ladyland
32. Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze/Wild Thing - More Experience Vol. 2
33. David Bowie - Fame - BBC Radio Theatre
34. Jimi Hendrix - Midnight Lightning - The First Great Rock Festivals of the Seventies
35. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - All Along the Watchtower - Smash Hits
36. Frank Zappa - Wonderful Wino - The Lost Episodes
37. Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention - Magic Fingers (single edit) - 200 Motels: Original MGM Motion Picture Soundtrack [Enhanced CD]
38. Jimi Hendrix - Jam Back at the House - Live At Woodstock
39. Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb - The Wall
40. Frank Zappa - Dinah-Moe Humm - Halloween
41. Peter Gabriel - Here Comes the Flood - Shaking the Tree: 16 Golden Greatest Hits
42. Macy Gray - Maybe Your Baby - Talking Book
43. Sting - Little Wing - Nothing Like the Sun
44. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - The Wind Cries Mary - Smash Hits
45. Stevie Wonder - Love's in Need of Love Today - Songs in the Key of Life
46. Peter Gabriel - Don't Give Up - So
47. Jimi Hendrix - Come on - Electric Ladyland
48. Steely Dan - Peg - Aja
49. Curtis Mayfield - Move On Up - The Very Best Of Curtis Mayfield
50. Jimi Hendrix - Fire - More Experience Vol. 2

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

We expanded our usual Top 20 to a Top 50 just to show you that it was - once again - Jimi's month! That said we're pleased to see Walter taking the top position with a bonus track from the Japanese version of his 1994 debut.

-- N.S

Friday, January 04, 2013

No more Pink Floyd reunions

Roger Waters from Pink Floyd explains to contactmusic that he can't see himself ever performing with the group again.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Donald Fagen producing/recording with Oh Whitney in Mexico

OK. So we have been taking it easy over the holidays. And that includes blog updates. We have a couple of updates that just haven't been blogged yet. And probably will appear later this week. But this find from our friend Gina and Mizar6 had us switching on the old computer to log in and write this.

Here's a photo published on the Facebook page belonging to a group called Oh Whitney December 14, 2012 together with this text:
"Day 7 in the studio with Donald Fagen of Steely Dan and Rick Shlosser of Van Morrison. New album coming along swimmingly in San Miguel de Allende. Stay tuned...."

Rick Shlosser produced the bands debut album released in 2011, and is doing the same this time around.
Rick's drumming can be heard on hits like Van Morrison's Jackie Wilson Said and Dolly Parton's 9 To 5, just to name two. More on Rick here:

Donald is supposedly producing but by the look of pics like this one there's been some playing going on as well.

So. Oh Whitney? Here's how the band presents itself on the very same Facebook page:
Oh Whitney is a rock band. 'Rock' being, in this case, the indie rock kind. And alt-country. And some jazz + metal lurking in the drummer, rhumba in the bass player. Guitars more from the zeppelin angle. Songs written mostly from a blues + folk viewpoint.

Here are the people : Will Arnold (LA, US) plays electric guitars, Jose Juan Poyatos (Madrid, ES) plays flamenco guitars, Adrien Lorca Faunce (Nadal, FR) plays drums, Diego Noyola (Monterrey, MX) plays bass, and Peter More (TX, US) sings, plays more guitars and octofone. Ron Tomlinson does everything else.

Some additional info: Formed in 2008 at Duke University, North Carolina and played New York, the eastcoast and central Mexico 2008 - 2010 with a stint in Puerto Rico and Brazil after that.

And this is what they sound like:

How Donald and Oh Whitney met? Check this article.

More music, pics and information can be found here:

(February 16, 2013: Links adjusted, repaired and changed at no extra cost for the reader of this blog!)