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.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

J J Cale dies, aged 74


JJ Cale Has Passed Away

JJ Cale passed away at 8:00 pm on Friday July 26
at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, CA.

The legendary singer / songwriter had suffered a heart attack.


And here's the great documentary To Tulsa and back:

And as soon as he passed away the company owning the documentary was reminded to do a round on the interwebs and this clip that had been up on YouTube for at least six months, maybe a year (we really can't recall) was pulled down.
Once again proving that you're worth more dead than alive. ;)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Tom Schiller & Donald Fagen - Danish Prison

In spring, 2013 the comedy album "Tom and Don" which is a compilation of improv interviews between Schiller and musician Donald Fagen was released.

More on Schiller according to Wikipedia:

Tom Schiller is an American Emmy Award winning writer best known for his eleven-year stint writing and directing short films for Saturday Night Live (following the show's original short film makers Albert Brooks and Gary Weis). His films, often featuring members of the original SNL cast, aired on the program in a segment titled, "Schiller's Reel." He is also the son of former TV comedy writer/producer Bob Schiller.
Schiller was part of the original 1975 writing team when Saturday Night Live debuted on NBC.

Donald Fagen is currently pursuing a full-time career as a musician in a band named Steely Dan.

A couple of Doanld/Tom skits were online at the "old", but a whole album was released on April 1, 2013 without any crash, boom or - indeed - bang. And we were none the wiser until Carsten tipped us off.

We tried buying it from but got a no-no you're-in-the-wrong-region-of-this-planet message. Luckily for us in Sweden it is on Spotify. Your mileage may vary...

We do love laughing Donald and the allround fun they seem to have. And, yes, everything they say about Danish prisons is one hundred percent true! ;)

Interested? Look for Tom and Don by Tom Schiller and Donald  Fagen.

(Thanks to Carsten for the link!)

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Steely Dan 2013 tour premiere tonight!

July 19 is the day of the first show of the Mood Swings 2013 - 8 Miles To Pancake Day tour. The place is the Ovation Hall - Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

We'll add the setlist as it becomes available, but here are two brand new articles/interviews with Donald Fagen and Walter Becker:

People my age aren't that interested in music, period. I've found they're much more interested in sports, or they're more interested in the fact that their knee hurts or something like that. That's perfectly valid. I'm very interested in the fact that my knee hurts. Nevertheless, I still enjoy music.
From Rolling Stone.

Look for the "Dukes of September Rhythm Revue" to hit the road again in 2014: "We're going to keep it going. We've had requests, both from the States and from Europe."

From Huffington Post.


According to what was tweeted @dandomcom this is what was played opening night:

Your Gold Teeth
Hey 19

Show Biz Kids
New Frontier
Green Book

Time Out Of Mind
Monkey In Your Soul (Walter vocals)

Razor Boy (Borderline brats vocals)
Babylon Sisters

Don't Take Me Alive

My Old School
Reelin In The Years
Kid Charlemagne

And here's a couple of short clips (Josie and Babylon Sisters) from the show:

Friday, July 19, 2013

Nick Mason on the early Pink Floyd days

The new issue of the UK's Record Collector magazine has an interview with Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, talking about a range of early Pink Floyd acetates, and his hopes for an Immersion set looking at the early years.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Steely Dan: A new album still not out of the question

With the start of the 2013 tour less than a week away Donald Fagen and Walter Becker have been doing interviews that are starting to appear here and there.

Here's one Donald did with Los Angeles radio station KLOS.
(Is that a Frank Zappa reference at the 1 minute mark?)

And here's Billboard's article on the upcoming tour.

If you've read/listened to interviews for previous tours they pretty much rehash the same subjects once more.

One such subject is the possibility of a new Steely Dan album. The most recent one titled Everything Must Go was released ten years ago back in 2003.
The Billboard article takes Walter's answer as the headline:

New Steely Dan Album? 'It's In the Air'

The quote in full reads

"It's in the air, it really is. It's just a smell now. The next thing is then you taste it, then you start to feel it. You know how this goes."

Donald Fagen added that they have "some songs, these really good ones that we only half-finished back in, like, 1984 that we keep threatening to work on."

And Walter added that they actually finished a couple of those.

"Any other band in the world would have finished or mixed these old things that were lying around and issued them with a great ta-da fanfare. But we just don't. We don't play it like that, necessarily. It's not the way we roll." 
Cue excitement from the fans, but even if it has been worded a bit differently in past interviews we've always known that ideas for a new album has been discussed and a new Steely Dan album a real possibility. News - and sad news at that - would've been hearing Donald and Walter say that they've decided that Everything Must Go is the final one from Steely Dan and whatever more music they make as Steely Dan will be touring.

As far as the 2013 tour goes we have speculated in the possible addition of dates abroad after they finish up in New York on October 8. Japan? Australia/New Zealand? Europe?
In our blog post in May our assumption was that it probably won't happen, and now that drummer Keith Carlock has updated his touring page with information saying he'll be playing in Europe with Mike Stern Band October 11 - 31, well...

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

UK all time best selling albums: ABBA inches past The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper!

It's old news. But we never got around to reporting it in May, so here it is two months later:

ABBA's Greatest Hits collection Gold has passed The Beatles Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and is now the second best-selling UK album of all time. Queen's Greatest Hits is still #1.

Click this link for the current top 5.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Dukes of September PBS special likely to air late summer/early fall.

The Dukes of September (Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs) recorded special for PBS that probably will air later this summer or early fall.

All according to Security Joan over on the Bluebook. She says it's straight from the horses mouth, and we have no reason not to believe her.

The simultaneous DVD-release of the concert it will coincide with a PBS fund drive and be offered as a gift for pledging money.

Saturday, July 06, 2013

"Everything You Did" - Mark Masters Ensemble covers the music of Walter Becker & Donald Fagen

July 16 is the release date for Everything You Did: The Music Of Walter Becker & Donald Fagen. Worth keeping an ear (or two) open for.

Here's the people involved as well as the track listing:

Mark Masters, Gary Smulyan, Gary Foster, Pete Christlieb, Gary Foster, Billy Harper, Sonny Simmons, Oliver Lake, Tim Hagens, Gary Smulyan, Peter Erskine, Hamilton Price and Anna Mjoll.

1.Show Biz Kids
3.Do It Again
4.Charlie Freak
5.Black Cow
7.Fire in The Hole

More on Mark Masters over at the Capri Records page here.

And on a side note we couldn't help notice that Amazon and a couple of other online stores truncated the album title to "Everything You Did: The Music Of Walter Becker".

Now there's an album we'd love to see announced! :)

Monday, July 01, 2013

Radio Dupree Top 15 - July 2013

1.  Stackridge - Purple Spaceships Over Yatton
Do The 'Stanley'

2.  The Who - Too Much of Anything
Odds & Sods

3.  Donald Fagen - Teahouse On The Tracks

4.  Jimi Hendrix - Tax Free
War Heroes

5.  The Doors - You're Lost Little Girl
Strange Days (Perception Remaster)

6.  Jimi Hendrix - 3 Little Bears
War Heroes

7.  Walter Becker - Somebody's Saturday Night (Radio Edit)
Somebody's Saturday Night EP

8.  Frank Zappa - Carolina Hard-core Ecstasy

9.  Lina Nyberg - Old Devil Moon

10.  Steely Dan - Pretzel Logic
Pretzel Logic

11.  Frank Zappa - Shall We Take Ourselves Seriously? - Buffalo
12.  Stevie Wonder - You Haven't Done Nothin' - Fulfillingness' First Finale
13.  Yes - America (single version) - Close to the Edge
14.  Four Deuces - W-P-L-J - Frank Zappa's Jukebox (various artists)
15.  Steely Dan - Peg - Aja

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

And it's a "Welcome back!" to Stackridge, who topped the Radio Dupree chart with the very same song back in April of 2011 (and another one in February that same year). Third time lucky and all that...

Our main artists; Frank Zappa and Steely Dan are pronouncedly featured as well as a fairly constant visitor to the chart the last six-plus months; Jimi Hendrix.
And look! Even our Album of the Month; Strange Days by The Doors makes the Top 10!

Other than that you might notice that the Top 20 ended up being a Top 15 this time around. No real surprise as the listening goes down during the summer months and with that follows fewer thumbs up and thumbs down from our listeners. And that's what in the end makes this chart tick.

Enjoy the summer and don't forget you can take Radio Dupree with you thanks to apps for both Android and various i-devices:

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