Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Louie Louie singer Jack Ely dies

Jack Ely who recorded the classic garage rock tune Louie Louie with his band The Kingsmen has died.

Richard Berry wrote the tune some years before, but it was the 1963 version by The Kingsmen that got the attention. Since then the song has been recorded by numerous other bands, including Motörhead, Black Flag, Jim Capaldi, Stanley Clarke, Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention, Robert Plant, Iggy Pop and The Pretenders.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Donald Fagen's tip o' the hat to Ian Dury and George Clinton

The sixth and final part of Donald Fagen's Coachella tour diary has been published on Rolling Stone. Enjoy all six episodes here:

Part 6

Part 5

Part 4

Part 3

Part 2

Part 1



And for those looking for a physical copy of Donald's diray it is reprinted in the current issue of the magazine.

Look for cover with The Hulk!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Record Store Day 2015 is here!

April 18 and it's time to celebrate record stores and records.
If you're lucky to still have a record store near do drop in and maybe buy some music!

There's a growing number of special releases on this day. Like the above pictured lost Chet Atkins record from 1958.
Recorded at the then-new RCA Victor Studio B in Nashville, this amazing album was cancelled before release—and the very few existing copies are now multi-thousand-dollar rarities.   Now out in a limited Record Store Day 180 gram R.T.I. pressing, from the pristine, original masters!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Radio Dupree Top 10 - April 2015

1. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Call on Me
Safe As Milk

2. Frank Zappa - Suicide Chump
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore - Vol. 1

3. David Bowie - Watch That Man
Aladdin Sane

4. Salem Al Fakir - Tell Me
This Is Who I Am

5. Yes - We Have Heaven

6. Donald Fagen - Mary Shut The Garden Door
Morph The Cat

7. Andrew Lloyd Webber - Variation 16

8. Carole King - No Easy Way Down

9. Spooky Tooth - I Am The Walrus
Last Puff

10. Little Feat - Truck Stop Girl
Little Feat
Chart compiled by listeners voting
on the songs they hear on Radio Dupree

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Donald Fagen's 2015 tour diary

And as Steely Dan embark on the 2015 Rockabye Gollie Angel tour Rolling Stone publish the first part of Donald Fagen's tour diary. Here's a link to the first of what the magazine promises is "several installations."

Choice quote:
I'm flying to the West Coast to do a shortish tour, about two weeks. The gigs were booked after we were invited to play at the Coachella festival as a token old-guy band along with AC/DC, whoever they are (I stopped following most mainstream radio rock soon after we put out our first Steely Dan record in '72). Really, I've  heard the name for years, but not sure what they sound like.
UPDATE April 10:

Here's two more parts:

Part 2

Part 3

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Long awaited Zappa CD ready for pre-order

Dance Me This has been stuck in the vault for 20 years or so. One can say that it is the follow up to the synclavier epos Civilization Phase III released in 1994. Now it is ready for pre-order.