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Date: Sun, January 01, 2017, 00:27:47 ET
Posted by: Mars, drinking champagne

David Crosby's best song is "Wooden Ships". Crosby wrote the music and Paul Kantner/Stephen Stills wrote the lyrics. I like the Jefferson Airplane version better than the Crosby, Stills & Nash version because it's more loose and jazzier. "Deja Vu" is probably Crosby's second best song. I also like "Shadow Captain" from the "CSN" album a lot.

Date: Sat, December 31, 2016, 23:10:40 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Happy New Year to all the B'bookers out there! Hoping 2017 brings out the best in us all. Peace

Date: Sat, December 31, 2016, 18:44:12 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, FL

David Crosby was a talking head on a VH1 music show looking at the top 100 acts in music and "Steely Dan" was on the list and he recommended them highly and said they were one of his favorite groups to listen to.

Date: Sat, December 31, 2016, 16:18:03 ET
Posted by: Mars, Ponoma CA

You need to listen to David Crosby's first album "If I Could Only Remember my Name". It's a real classic. Very unorthodox. I also have Crosby's 3-CD compilation called "Voyage". It's another must-have. His other solo recordings vary in quality. Would love to hear a Donald Fagen/David Crosby collaboration.

Date: Sat, December 31, 2016, 05:56:12 ET
Posted by: Steve M, Scotland


Not really up on the whole Crosby back catalogue but did really get into CPR (Crosby Pevar Raymond) a while back (probably after someone here on the Blue recommended them) . Their first self titled album is class and the track 'Morrison' might be a good way in to see if you like their stuff.

Date: Sat, December 31, 2016, 05:27:34 ET
Posted by: fagenism, She go (I cry)

Listened to an interview with David Crosby on the WTF podcast from October. When going through his current collaborators, he said "I think I'm working on a song with Donald Fagen."

On a related note: what are some essential songs to get into the Crosby back catalogue?

Wishing everyone a merry 2017.

Date: Fri, December 30, 2016, 23:24:06 ET
Posted by: Bubba, West Haven CT

Donald said in an interview back in October that he's working on new songs for an album. No mention of Walter, so it'll probably be solo.

Garth Brooks is awful. Vastly overrated. I'm surprised Don Henley & Stevie Nicks covered a Garth Brooks song (It Don't Matter to the Sun).

Date: Fri, December 30, 2016, 22:02:21 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

DonB: Everything is right about Left. Well done and best of luck on the Next One.

hoops: Don't know what it is about Garth Brooks, but I have the same impression. and I live in the heart of a country-centric area.

IF I listened to Country (like the Blue Bros movie line - We got BOTH kinds - country AND Western!) I'd listen to something like Gretchen Wilson. Some C#maj, F#maj and diminished chords snuck in there for you chord sluts out there (and you know who you are).

Date: Fri, December 30, 2016, 20:49:48 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach. Near the terminus of 2016.

Chris, in the aforementioned interview, where Don (and Walt?) actually discussed the way they typically write songs, Don mentions Barrytown as the one song he recalls not having Walt's input. Don then made some disparaging remark about the song. I can't recall the date of that interview, but it was certainly after some of the songs Bill believes Walt possibly originated.

I would suspect (given their solo output) Walt had some serious input onto the songs Bill mentions, but if we believe Don, he probably started them, or at least some of them. Either way, while you can hear a lot of SD in the solo work of both, there are differences from the SD collaboration.

But I wouldn't say Don's solo work is less polished. I'd say lyrically it's slightly less subversive and outrageous. I think Walt brings more of the snark, and perhaps oddity, to some of the songs. Don is as smooth, and polished, as can be, IMO. But that's just my take.

But Don touring as Steely Dan without Walt? In the words of Jackie Chiles, "It's outrageous, egregious, preposterous."

Date: Fri, December 30, 2016, 18:07:30 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

The quote I heard somewhere was that Becker would never start a song without Fagen and Fagen would never finish a song without Walter.

I'm sure there are many exceptions. But that makes sense to me looking at Fagen's solo work - with the exception of The Nightfly, his creative peak, a lot of his solo stuff lacks some of the polish of SD songs, especially lyrically.

Date: Fri, December 30, 2016, 15:46:51 ET
Posted by: Bill Poulenc,,

Thanks Fred.

But I'm thinking that WB came up w/ the music for songs such as, "Monkey in your Soul", "Haitian Divorce", "Everyone's Gone" and "Daddy Don't", but I'm not sure.

Date: Fri, December 30, 2016, 15:33:01 ET
Posted by: Fred, on location

Fagen said long ago that he usually came up with the framework for a song. Even if he didn't say it, it would be a logical conclusion to draw from listening to his solo stuff. Not really a mystery, imo.

Date: Fri, December 30, 2016, 15:15:56 ET
Posted by: Bill Poulenc,

Dear Dan Fandom -

Wouldn't it be kinda/sorta nice to really know the compositional genesis - which of the 2 initially conceived/composed the melody/chords to all/most of SD's recorded songs?

Even though I personally don't think we'll ever really know, because I think they like keeping it elusive to remain true to their professional supercilious nature, it still would be cool to know.

Date: Fri, December 30, 2016, 12:01:17 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Marty, you know what a "foreword" is, but couldn't make the connection to "forward", even though it was used to describe a contribution to a book?

Thanks for posting that old NY Times article on Metal Leg. Yes, Pete Fogel really is that interesting.

Date: Fri, December 30, 2016, 11:28:35 ET
Posted by: Marty, TX

Ahh, foreword. I know what THAT is.

Date: Fri, December 30, 2016, 11:19:43 ET
Posted by: The, Forward

Hey Marty!!

Date: Fri, December 30, 2016, 10:51:29 ET
Posted by: Marty, TX

The forward?

Date: Fri, December 30, 2016, 10:36:23 ET
Posted by: Barney Beacon, Boys Town

Worth Reading - Thanks for posting. Pretty cool that it made the Sunday NY Times. I read recently that Pete Fogel wrote the forward to that new Steely Book by Anthony Robustelli that's coming out in February. Looking forward to reading it!

Date: Fri, December 30, 2016, 08:40:25 ET
Posted by: Worth, Reading

Old NY Times story on Megal Leg.

Date: Fri, December 30, 2016, 01:33:35 ET
Posted by: Jerry , Manchester England


Date: Thurs, December 29, 2016, 17:30:45 ET
Posted by: moaldn gafen, j

i got a girrl and fuky is her name

fuky fuky fuky baby

i got a girl and fuky is her name

Date: Thurs, December 29, 2016, 16:18:20 ET
Posted by: Abu, More Monkey Business

Don B, that is great news, that a new album is already in the works. An SD cover included, perhaps? One can dream anyway. Keep up the good work. I'm sure it will be great!

Date: Thurs, December 29, 2016, 11:26:58 ET
Posted by: Beacon Fan, Sharing the Intimacy

Anybody here want to spend an "intimate" evening with Anderson Pooper and his friend Andy Cohen? If the very thought doesn't scare the pants off you - although maybe that's the idea, I don't know - here's the link for tickets:

Date: Thurs, December 29, 2016, 11:01:19 ET
Posted by: Clyde, H

As Fagen appears in this video, and so does pretty much everyone else, I declare that Springsteen et al are now Dangential.

Date: Thurs, December 29, 2016, 10:39:39 ET
Posted by: Don Breithaupt, Los Angeles

Many thanks to Abu, M/O/D/P, Lutz, The Dean et al for the year-end love! Left is getting kudos from the places that count, and Monkey House is already at work on the next one...

Date: Wed, December 28, 2016, 22:33:34 ET
Posted by: mnald gafen, 9

way bak when

in 67 i was a dandy of fukky ki

sweet fuks form bostoan so young and wheelin

move down to fukdal

where the FUK am i?

hey 19

Date: Wed, December 28, 2016, 20:55:58 ET
Posted by: Newsboy, ny

RIP Debbie Reynolds. Carrie Fisher's mother.

Date: Wed, December 28, 2016, 20:53:00 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

mnald gafen, you are no John Valby.

Date: Wed, December 28, 2016, 20:19:02 ET
Posted by: mnald gafen, 43

while the music played youfucked by candlelight

the alabama nights

you were thre bdst in town

get along get along kid fuck-amang

Date: Wed, December 28, 2016, 14:43:07 ET
Posted by: News, Flash

Reports circulating of SD at the Hollywood Bowl this summer actually refer to last year's concert.

Date: Wed, December 28, 2016, 13:27:49 ET
Posted by: Vern, CT

A review of the Sweet bio, 20 some years after it was first published.

Date: Wed, December 28, 2016, 05:18:19 ET
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Date: Wed, December 28, 2016, 02:16:24 ET
Posted by: Gus Winterbottom, Torrance, CA

Mrs. GW and I only caught the last half hour of the Kennedy Center Honors, but in addition to Keith, we believe that we saw Cindy Mizelle performing backing vocals.

Date: Wed, December 28, 2016, 01:44:30 ET
Posted by: MikeDoc, MWyurycSgsVR

good site ; ; ; ;

Date: Wed, December 28, 2016, 00:13:05 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

Rudy: I watched the whole show. It had some great moments, but none matching a previous year's tribute featuring Aretha Franklin performing "You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman" in honor of Carole King.

I saw Keith Carlock during the performance of "Hotel California." The Eagles themselves did not perform but I forgot who did "Hotel California." Bob Seeger performed lead vocals on "Heartache Tonight" which he co-wrote. He was great. I actually preferred the Mavis Staples and classical pianist tributes most.

Garth Brooks performed in honor of James Taylor. There are some massively successful artists that I don't like but I do appreciate why others like them. I simply do not understand. At. All. The appeal of generic sounding Garth Brooks. For 25 years that I've been aware of Garth, I can't fathom why he has any popularity beyond a local Country and Western bar.


Date: Tues, December 27, 2016, 23:16:33 ET
Posted by: Rudy, Miami

Was The Kennedy Center Honors show good? I forgot all about it and missed it.

Date: Tues, December 27, 2016, 21:50:37 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

I will be putting out a Dandom Digest that covers something like everything since the tour ended. It will come out sometime between this Friday, December 30 and January 1. Due to a bad cold, this is delayed until around January 8-10, 2017. Thank you for your patience.

The Dandom Digest is emailed to about 1,500 email addresses these days. My educated guess is that maybe 800-900 actually open it. So if you want to reach that many diehard SD fans, send me your mind.

Please drop me a line if you have something special you'd like mentioned, jjmckay at me dot com gets the fastest email response these days. Thanks as always.


Date: Tues, December 27, 2016, 21:50:08 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Just so we all know we're having fun and not disparaging those passed on, I offer probably my favorite, fwiw.

A Dmaj7 in the bridge. Almost a Steely Dan chord, so there ya go.

Date: Tues, December 27, 2016, 21:29:03 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

KD: I never said *****, but following along with the name conflation and reaction. More like implying that the songs today are irrelevant. Very, very good vocalist. Seemed like a likable guy. who struggled with fame and a secret. I hope he found some personal peace.

Glenn Frey took some flak - the Everything You Did inside joke not withstanding. he and Don Henley penned some iconic tunes along the way. In a better world Warren Zevon would have achieved more success as a SoCal scene songwriter...

I'm not going to go into your post history, although I'm chuckling at the irony. Have a happy holiday season.

Whenever the time comes that the dynamic duo are no longer with us, and here's hoping that's a very long time - they would probably want to be discussed in the same manner as when active. I'm more concerned about a generation that doesn't "get them" while still touring and (maybe) recording again. Coachella actually helped.

Deceptively complex doesn't go over well, and jazz chords are sometimes a puzzlement to the social media mongrels...

Date: Tues, December 27, 2016, 21:07:08 ET
Posted by: NJPhil,

Kennedy Center Honors on CBS now. Watch many great talents including Keith Carlock.

I guess this means that Keith finally played with Eagles.

Date: Tues, December 27, 2016, 17:05:07 ET
Posted by: Toad, Los Angeles

That's because George Michael was more sex symbol than rock musician/songwriter.

Date: Tues, December 27, 2016, 15:39:05 ET
Posted by: Bruce Springsteen, E Street

KD - if you think that George Michael was treated shabbily, just imagine what will happen here when I kick the bucket.

Date: Tues, December 27, 2016, 14:11:35 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Kind of a dick move, Dr. Mu. Do you hop on here to discuss how much other dead people's music sucks all the time, or is this a new wrinkle?

My family, spanning several generations, listened to George Michael, Wham, AND watched that Traveling Wilburys documentary (prior to watching The Rutles) after basketball ended on Christmas.

It's one thing to bring up bands that suck terribly -- like the Eagles, or Toto, or Journey -- it's another to talk about shitty bands (Eagles, Toto, Journey, etc) once a member of that band (say, the Eagles. Or Journey, or Toto) once they die.

Date: Tues, December 27, 2016, 13:36:54 ET
Posted by: Carlton, TX

Didn't Donnie Fagan do a song about Carrie Fisher, Ah-Leia?

Date: Tues, December 27, 2016, 13:29:25 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

RIP Carrie Fisher.

Date: Tues, December 27, 2016, 13:09:27 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

In the end Boy George Michael Norm McDonald Fagen couldn't deal with "overexposed, commercialized"

In lieu of substance. Srsly, when was the last time you listened to Faith or Wham-my?

Nice amygdala reference by The Donald.

Date: Tues, December 27, 2016, 12:23:11 ET
Posted by: Bookkeeper's Son, Florida

Belated Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone. Early Safe and Happy New Year wishes as well.

Just opened a new CD, Tal Wilkenfeld's Transformation (a 2007 release). She is a bass player who I first became aware of when she played in Jeff Beck's touring band. Nice jazz/fusion tunes. The guitar work on the CD is none other than Wayne Krantz with Keith Carlock on drums.

Date: Tues, December 27, 2016, 10:24:29 ET
Posted by: Jack, Embracing the spreading haze

George Michael's passing reminded me of Bill Griffin. The most dedicated of Steely Dan fans, Bill used to co-host the best Danfests in the Boston area with Mark Drinan aka Boston Rag. Bill passed away a few years ago. Besides Steely Dan, Bill's other favorite artist was George Michael. Hoping Bill finally gets to meet George up there.

Date: Tues, December 27, 2016, 10:16:01 ET
Posted by: Carlton, TX

I don't remember this getting discussed.

Date: Tues, December 27, 2016, 08:51:45 ET
Posted by: Cool!, US

Thanks for the heads up on What A Fool Believes by Boy George Michael McDonald Fagen.

Date: Tues, December 27, 2016, 02:06:27 ET
Posted by: Benson, Hartford

I finally found a George Michael song I liked. He sang a cover of Michael McDonald's "What a Fool Believes". I don't think George Michael covered any songs by Steely Dan/Donald Fagen.

Date: Mon, December 26, 2016, 22:58:16 ET
Posted by: Benson, Hartford CT

What did George Michael bring to music anyway? I've been watching/listening to George Michael songs and videos on YouTube today but there's nothing that stands out. It's all very commercial. Mostly eye candy.

Date: Mon, December 26, 2016, 21:31:49 ET
Posted by: Lucky, W

I think the monkey song about suburban NJ was by the Traveling Wilburys.

Date: Mon, December 26, 2016, 20:35:42 ET
Posted by: Jones,

George Michael Dolenz sung this Goffin/King-penned ode about New Jersey suburbia - theme song for a trapped monkey man like Donald Fagen

house all the same, and no one seems to care.

Date: Mon, December 26, 2016, 19:51:40 ET
Posted by: Smith, working

George Michael Dolenz is the real name of Micky Dolenz of The Monkees.

Date: Mon, December 26, 2016, 19:50:16 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

red, gold, green

The Royal Scam


May the RIP or sit in as judges on UK Voice.

Date: Mon, December 26, 2016, 18:34:33 ET
Posted by: Mt. Belzoni, Portland OR

To those of us occasionally struggling to identify various pop stars here, please note that Boy George Michael Jackson Browne may be at least 4 different people.

Date: Mon, December 26, 2016, 18:16:27 ET

My Rival? And more importantly, should I be embarrassed by knowing this?

Date: Mon, December 26, 2016, 17:08:05 ET
Posted by: lyrics Quiz, p

Karma Chameleon had a lyrical nod to SD. Name it.

Date: Mon, December 26, 2016, 16:45:14 ET
Posted by: M. Ali, Is this Iowa? ...or Zaire?

George Foreman was singin' when I hit him with that ol' one-two.

Thought he was common' to join me for another round!

Date: Mon, December 26, 2016, 16:32:50 ET
Posted by: Alkali, NYC

RIP George Michael who's international hit record "Karma Chamekiriad" was a direct inspiration for Fagen's second solo effort.

you will be missed.

Date: Mon, December 26, 2016, 15:15:49 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

Without getting all wrapped up in who's been getting busy living and who's been getting busy dying, all of this Boy George Michael (that's an answer on Jeopardy!) talk sent me scurrying to YouTube to listen to Church of the Poison Mind again. The one I selected was the original music video. If you want a full frontal assault reminder of why MTV had to move on to things besides music videos and if you have a few minutes of your life that you don't mind never getting back, give it a watch.

Date: Mon, December 26, 2016, 14:13:56 ET
Posted by: Blue, eating lunch

Emma Stone rocks!

Date: Mon, December 26, 2016, 13:09:48 ET
Posted by: Jimmie, On Location

Emma Stone quotes Walter lyrics.

Date: Mon, December 26, 2016, 07:43:37 ET
Posted by: Sammy, K

I'm just glad it wasn't George Thoroughbred.

Date: Mon, December 26, 2016, 01:48:40 ET
Posted by: Galen, Van Nuys CA

Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) made the same mistake too. She thought Boy George had died and posted the following tweet: "Do you really want to hurt me? I guess you do 2016 - #ripboygeorge I was truly one of your biggest fans". Very embarrassing for Sarah since people are now ridiculing her.

Date: Sun, December 25, 2016, 22:09:44 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach. Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah

Actually, Syd, your very un-Christmaslike post should have been directed at one poster only (Sad)--who I suspect was having a bit of fun in his post. "You lazy fucks" suggests there were multiple posters confusing these two.

As long as nobody confuses either of these two Georges with Lowell George (you know, someone with actual talent), I'm fine.

Date: Sun, December 25, 2016, 21:23:53 ET
Posted by: Syd, MA

You lazy fucks don't know shit. It's George Michael of Wham! who died. Boy George of Culture Club sang "Karma Chameleon" & Church of The Poison Mind". You lame asses have them confused. My favorite Wham! songs were "Wham Rap", "Everything She Wants" and "Careless Whisper". I didn't care for "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go".

Date: Sun, December 25, 2016, 20:20:54 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St. Augustine Beach

Thank you, Don. Merry Christmas to you and all of the Damdom universe.

In the spirit of the season , I will pass on any comment regarding George Michael.

Date: Sun, December 25, 2016, 19:05:00 ET
Posted by: Sad, F

RIP George. I don't care what anyone says. Karma Chameleon and Church of the Poison Mind were good songs.

Date: Sun, December 25, 2016, 18:37:48 ET
Posted by: NJPhil, NJ

RIP, George Michael.

Date: Sun, December 25, 2016, 12:03:49 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Merry Christmas to the Greater Dandom!
On earth.

Date: Sun, December 25, 2016, 12:03:48 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Merry Christmas to the Greater Dandom!
On earth.

Date: Sat, December 24, 2016, 20:58:24 ET
Posted by: Rusty, watching lousy films on Netflix

Actor Alec Baldwin has offered to perform AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" for King Trump's Inauguration. King Trump should take the offer. It should get good ratings.

Date: Sat, December 24, 2016, 19:15:23 ET
Posted by: Trumpty Dumpty, Road Not Taken - Leningrad

I move to dissolve the corporation
In a pool of margaritas

CNBCVerified account
BREAKING: President-elect Trump announces that he "intends to dissolve the Donald J. Trump Foundation"

Date: Sat, December 24, 2016, 14:48:59 ET
Posted by: Drunk Santa, North Pole

Xmas sux.

Date: Thurs, December 22, 2016, 23:39:18 ET
Posted by: Dr. Benjamin Spook, Live Long and Perspire

KD: Donald and Walter both spent part of the 80s in the fetal position at different ends of the US

Date: Thurs, December 22, 2016, 23:35:22 ET
Posted by: Penny Hungman, Heaven - hey, can you turn up the heat a little here?

...and those were the backup singers!

baddabing baddaboom

: Thurs, December 22, 2016, 09:31:34 ET
Posted by: Mitch, PA

Agreed Luke. It reminds me of something I observed at Fagen's show at the Tower Theater outside Philly. A couple of young bla.. African American girls walked by, one looked up at the marquee and said "Donald Fagen?...whatever."

Date: Thurs, December 22, 2016, 23:17:46 ET
Posted by: Nuke Gingrich, Fox News

Scumbag Mike Love of The Beach Boys is considering playing at Trump's Inauguration since nobody else wants to perform. Brian Wilson & Al Jardine want no part of it. Trump asked KISS to play but Gene Simmons declined.

Date: Thurs, December 22, 2016, 13:31:33 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

OK, instead of that dreary thought, how's about this?

Donald Fagen went through hell in the 1980s trying to get something together consistently without Walter Becker and Gary Katz acting as co-writers, co-producers and all-around security blankets. Great output, to be sure, and always busy -- but never an album until 1992 when Walter came about. And Donald didn't even put together a full album without either Becker or Katz until 2006.

Now the guy schleps up to Woodstock, he sits in with other bands, he produces, he creates (fantastic) albums in Michael Leonhart's crawlspace of an ex-apartment space, he writes books, he bounds about.

So, instead of thinking of Steely Dan live without Walter (because Steely Dan in the studio has been dead for 14 years now), how's about we just chew on the idea that Donald Fagen has come a long way in the last three decades?

I'm trying, here.

Date: Thurs, December 22, 2016, 13:07:13 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

I've said it before,I'll say it again. There is no Steely Dan without Walter! Just sayin'

Date: Thurs, December 22, 2016, 11:12:30 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Mitch, I'd go ahead and just assume Fagen has far more personal integrity than you give him credit for. I know the very thought of your proposal skeeves the hell out of me.

Date: Thurs, December 22, 2016, 09:31:34 ET
Posted by: Mitch, PA

Agreed Luke. It reminds me of something I observed at Fagen's show at the Tower Theater outside Philly. A couple of young bla.. African American girls walked by, one looked up at the marquee and said "Donald Fagen?...whatever."

Date: Thurs, December 22, 2016, 09:18:24 ET
Posted by: Luke, Lido

Donald Fagen alreday toured without Walter. The shows sold much better under the Steely Dan banner.

Date: Thurs, December 22, 2016, 08:46:37 ET
Posted by: No accouting, for some things

Mr. Azoff apparently doesn't have a problem with a number of things that are just plain wrong. It's doubtful he would care one way or the other whether Walter was in or out of a band called "Steely Dan".

He represents Journey and, as stated earlier by an enthusiastic poster, "Bon Jovi".

Date: Thurs, December 22, 2016, 06:55:11 ET
Posted by: Mitch, PA

An SD concert without Walter would not be any different any this point. If touring without Walter as Steely Dan instead of under his own name meant the difference between the tour succeeding or failing, I think Fagen would agree to do it. We all know Azoff wouldn't have a problem with it.

Date: Thurs, December 22, 2016, 05:25:14 ET
Posted by: NYB, Mirror Moves

Anybody else wanna be PeterQ for a while? I'm switching to Putin.

Date: Thurs, December 22, 2016, 00:06:43 ET
Posted by: Roberto, NJ

Kevin Spacey is also a very liberal Democrat just like Alec Baldwin. Both actors were very good in Glengarry Glen Ross. Kevin Spacey called Trump a "disease".

Date: Wed, December 21, 2016, 19:27:48 ET

Well done The Dean, that was very entertaining as well as informative. Re:
Kevin Spacey, he brought the house down at a John Lennon 9-11 benefit with his cover of Mind Games, so I am not surprised he did well here.

Date: Wed, December 21, 2016, 18:54:09 ET
Posted by: Abe, Pittsburgh

Hey, Walt. Skip touring next year and just relax in Hawaii. Let Donald do a solo tour. Thanx.

Date: Wed, December 21, 2016, 18:18:44 ET
Posted by: Grinch,

How Mariah Carey and Irving Berlin "stole" D&W's Cmaj7 and Dm7b5 chords for Christmas:

Date: Wed, December 21, 2016, 17:14:47 ET
Posted by: Eskimo, North

My favorite Kevin Spacey movie is American Beauty. His Bobby Darin biopic Beyond the Sea was a real stinker and was a box office flop. I turned it off after 20 minutes.

Date: Wed, December 21, 2016, 16:47:21 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Kevin Spacey is very, very talented.

Date: Wed, December 21, 2016, 16:44:22 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Dean: Yeah only KD Lang, Bocelli, and Leslie Odom Jr. would be of interest.

Esperanza Spaulding - Radio Music Society

It's fusion from another planet. Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, Weather Report, Laura Nyro weave their way in and out...Cinnamon Tree is ridiculous. - maybe the same solar system as D&W? Near Stevie Wonder's constellation. If you didn't pick it up a few years ago, you should now...and thank me later.

Date: Wed, December 21, 2016, 14:52:16 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

@ the Dean, you finally found a Canuck, you don't like?
Great post though! Peace

Date: Wed, December 21, 2016, 07:42:29 ET
Posted by: NJPhil, NJ

Hey Dean. Roger Rosenberg was in the house band for the whole event. Therefore, that's all Steely Dan content.

NYBill = Peter Q

Date: Tues, December 20, 2016, 23:11:38 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach. Sharing too much.

Pretty Dan-free post, so feel free to ignore, or delete.

Relaxing, with a very pleasant buzz, when I come across the Tony Bennett 90th Birthday Special. I'm an old man. I'm Italian American. I don't really have anything better to do. I'll bite.

We're off!

Alec Baldwin. Intro and inserts throughout. Decent. Funny. At least they were when I typed this.

Lady Gaga. After a short while, I figured out if I closed my eyes, it sounded better. The over-the-top stereotypical/unnatural/whatever attempt to "tempt the eyes", detracted from the music, for me. I'm betting this would have killed, if Gaga just took the mike and belted it out (and let the band shine, a bit more). But what the fuck do I know?

Paul McCartney. Classy. Boring. Pretty lame, actually. But classy. I'll give him that. This sort of thing just merits a "no comment" as we progress.

Andrea Boccelli. Beautiful. Straight ahead. I have to admit, if Andrea had performed Lady Gaga's choreographed performance, I would have had my mind blown. So, there's that.

Ophra no comment

Madonna no comment

Kevin Spacy, The Very Thought of You. Nice sincere version. Nicely orchestrated. Considering their comparable singing talent, shouldn't I have enjoyed Lady Gaga's performance more? I preferred this, without question.

Bruce Willis no comment

Diana Krall. [World on a String. "Image Krall" Was she lip syncing?] I jotted those comments down, while I watched. I love Diana Krall (unlike some others, here). But she's at her best, by far, when she's playing the piano and singing. She "sits" at the piano, and pecks a bit, here. But her performance is too stilted, IMO. I've seen her perform at a much higher level. Big disappointment.

John McEnroe no comment

Tony Bennett and Billy Joel performance. NY State of Mind. Billy, then Tony. Then both. Touching. Closing my eyes didn't help this song at all. Watching actually made it bearable. I think I might have actually enjoyed it, had I seen it live. But I didn't. So it was borderline bearable.

Tony Bennett Interview/Historical Flashback. "No such thing as a bad audience. Just a bad performer."--Sinatra. Nice piece with the old guy. Spans commercial, unless I missed something.

Rufus Wainright. I'm a big Loudon Wainwright III fan---at least as a live performer. The music was beautiful. The voice was haunting---not necessarily in a good way. The effect was a bit creepy. Again, I might have enjoyed this more live and/or, perhaps it might grow on me with repeated listening

Bennett/Rickles clip no comment

Homer Simpson no comment

More Tony Bennett Interview/Historical Flashback

KD Lang. WOW. The most pure/natural, and beautiful performance of so far. For me, the highlight of the night, at this point.

Carrie Underwood no comment

Wynton Marsalis shocking but no comment. Introduces.......

Stevie Wonder. I'm very happy. Rough start for Stevie? D'Oh! My bad. Stevie kicks the snot out of Visions and Sir Duke.

They cut to Tony Bennett a few times, during the end of Stevie Wonder's performance I suspect Tony is having the time of his life---wait, he's 90---restart---I suspect Tony is having the best time he can possibly have, at this time in his life. But I can't help wondering if he's thinking "Get off my lawn, you damn kids. And turn that music down!"

Gaga. Once again, closing my eyes helped, quite a bit. Opened then during nice trumpet solo, and there's Gaga preening all over the trumpeter. Eyes instantly closed.

Elton John no comment. Oh, wait, he's performing. My bad. WTF is this? Why is this on the Tony Bennett Special? Did I just hear Elton sing "Jesus"? Is this some sort of carol? I have to admit, I'm seriously confused, at this point.

Trish Yearwood and Garth Brooks no comment

Tony Bennett Interview/Historical Flashback. Spans commercial.

Leslie Odom Jr. Missed the name of the song. A standard, I'm pretty sure. On the tip of my tongue. Sounded pretty decent, as I took care of some business. Nature called. Sorry.

Rickles/Regis Philbin clip (Was the earlier sketch Regis, too? Dunno) no comment

Keith Richards no comm---no, sorry--He creeped me the fuck out.

Steve Buscemi introducing Dylan no comment

Bob Dylan. Bob does his best Leonard Cohen impression. But instead of a hat, he sports Kenny, from South Park's, hair.* Nonetheless, I was entertained.

*Yes, I know the punctuation of that sentence probably isn't perfect. I don't particularly care. But give me some credit for knowing it's probably wrong.

Celine Dion (stomach turning) no comment

Tony Bennet/Alec Baldwin shtick. I will make no comment, to be nice.

Tony Bennett performs solo, Finally!
The Best is Yet to Come. Wow. Damn fine performance by this nonagenarian.
Left my Hear in SF. Love SF, but not a huge fan of this song. But it's tolerable. Bennett gets the win, after a short struggle with the range.
How Do You Keep the Music Playing? A GREAT song, in my opinion. Not sure I consider this a perfect Tony Bennett song---but given all the circumstances, he did a creditable job. Great song. Gutsy performance.

Tony Bennett Interview/Historical Flashback. "Happy Birthday" sung by every mook on the show. Pretty lame, actually. But what? Stevie Wonder singing the show out? Kick save.

It's quite possible I missed some performers. On occasion, my attention waned.

I've had a worse times with 90 year old man, I suppose.

Date: Tues, December 20, 2016, 14:08:49 ET
Posted by: Spot,

Fellacious ChromeHooker. You're dumb.

Date: Tues, December 20, 2016, 13:40:07 ET
Posted by: Fellacious Chromebooker, Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy!

Boy you guys are really thirsty to be thinking NYB is anyone other than the arch nemesis of Hoopsy!

OR you could be PeterQ trying to get his name on the front page again by making the accusation himself. Pete's kind of needy that way...

Date: Tues, December 20, 2016, 12:48:26 ET
Posted by: Damn, u

This makes the T-shirt hawking seem as exciting as a leaked track listing of the 10th album.

Date: Tues, December 20, 2016, 12:33:09 ET
Posted by: Steve, Sighhhhh

Figures about Peter Q.

Date: Tues, December 20, 2016, 12:14:32 ET
Posted by: NJP,

Bullshit, NYB. You are PQ.

Date: Tues, December 20, 2016, 12:04:15 ET
Posted by: NYB,

Philly, you're demonstrating your newbieness... PeterQ is a fullblown conservative Republican, he and I are on either ends of the spectrum. Anyone who's been around a while knows that.

And Billy can actually play an instrument.

Date: Tues, December 20, 2016, 11:31:47 ET
Posted by: NJP,

Now we know NYB = Peter Q. Who knew PQ even had a last name?

Date: Tues, December 20, 2016, 10:23:16 ET
Posted by: Chet, B

I saw La La Land last night. The protagonist is a jazz purist and listens to Bird, Thelonius Monk and Coltrane. He's upset because he thinks jazz is dead. He joins a band that has a modern sound and has artistic differences with the band member played by John Legend. The Legend character explains that they have to innovate and if they stick to standard 50s and 60s jazz, they will only be reaching 90 year olds and jazz will certainly die. I didn't capture it all exactly but that was the jist of it.

Date: Tues, December 20, 2016, 08:25:37 ET
Posted by: Gino F., No fan of lightweight celebrities

There's something unsettling about knowing that a vapid celebrity like Jennifer Anuston listens to SD, even if somewhat involuntarily. I can't put my finger on it. And I certainly wouldn't put that finger near her or any other similarly empty-headed cosmetic-surgery-altered Hollyweird dimwit.

I would have pegged her as more of a Bon Jovi fan.

Date: Tues, December 20, 2016, 08:16:30 ET
Posted by: NYB, American Cold War Radio!

NJPhil & Abu,

For God sakes (my sake) SHUT UP! The end of the world happened less than 24 hours ago and you two idiots are talking about Mu chords! Well MUUUUVE on over because we're not talking about THAT! This along with the ridiculous assertion that I am actually "Peter Q" has just caused you both to be placed on report with the SS Stormtroopers of the Dirty Don Administration... Report to a concentration camp near YOU (there will be many)!

Additionally, Peter Quinones is like a Mexican or something. He will be thrown over the glistening border wall as soon as Tricky Dick Trump builds it! Now get out!

As far as music goes, I'm the only one who SHOULD comment on music around here! I'm better than anyone who's ever played with Steely Dan, I'm better than any of 'em! I'm better than anyone playing with 'em NOW! I'm a GOD! I'm a literal GOD! I am THE CREATOR! THE CREATOR OF ALL! Now please shut the hell up!


Thank you,

Date: Tues, December 20, 2016, 07:20:51 ET
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Date: Tues, December 20, 2016, 01:28:33 ET
Posted by: Lutz, SF

Dean, sorry me for my snarky reply.
I was pissed at myself for having to look up that word.

Date: Tues, December 20, 2016, 01:13:21 ET
Posted by: Lutz, SF

Dean, that’s a cool, big word to use. Flattering for both of us.
Perhaps it shouldn’t be used twice in the same sentence.
That’s just my limited take - not recognizing the genius of it - apologies.
I was exited about this album from day 1 and knew what impact it will have.
Forgive me for sharing and posting.
The floor is all yours and there shall be no more interference.

Date: Tues, December 20, 2016, 00:43:49 ET
Posted by: NJPhil,

But we have to let NYBill post political views otherwise Dr. Mu won't post anymore. I keep hearing that NYBill is really Peter Q.

Date: Mon, December 19, 2016, 23:56:54 ET
Posted by: Farley, Chicago IL

This is from today's Celebrities were asked for their ideal jams to ring in 2017:

JENNIFER ANISTON: "I let Justin Theroux take care of the music. We hear a lot of Steely Dan". Justin Theroux is Jennifer's hubby. He's best known for his acting roles in David Lynch films like Mulholland Drive & Inland Empire.

Date: Mon, December 19, 2016, 23:17:10 ET
Posted by: Abu, Dandom, and Dandom only

I searched back and saw that NYB has had numerous political posts here on the Blue. I agree with The Dean. Knock it off, NYB, please. There are plenty of other places to post your political opinions, but here is not the place for it. Go to YouTube and post there. I'm sure you can find some people there who may agree or disagree with your stuff.

Date: Mon, December 19, 2016, 22:16:57 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Add the estimable Lutz to the estimable list. As if there was any doubt.

Date: Mon, December 19, 2016, 22:11:21 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

I have to agree with the estimable Abu and M/O/D/P. Left is the album of the year, IMO. I have to include a caveat here--I haven't heard all that many new releases, this year. But of those I've heard, none come close to Left.

The Gentleman Loser t-shirt arrived (very quickly) today. And it is quite nice. Very good quality. Highly recommended.

When did The Blue become a "breaking news" site? If you can't even make something in the post SD-related, or give your political opinion some Danesque snark, keep it to yourself. Your posts are no better than Viagra ads, or testimony for the Illuminati. Same level of garbage. NYB, take the meds, dude.

Date: Mon, December 19, 2016, 22:10:28 ET
Posted by: Lutz, SF

"Left" is also my album of the year, and I put it in my Amazon review a couple of days after it was released.
With Don and Walt not recording what else could have topped it and even then - it's just so perfect.

Date: Mon, December 19, 2016, 21:02:25 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Toronto

I couldn't agree with Abu more - I usually can't - and as usual he has hit the nail squarely on the head. Count mine as a vote for "Left", and a very enthusiastic vote at that.

I fully realize that some here would claim the top prize goes to Bon Jovi's "This Horse Is Not For Sale", but I would respectfully disagree. It's a Big Tent, after all - why can't we be inclusive and respectfully disagree?

Date: Mon, December 19, 2016, 20:37:16 ET
Posted by: Abu, 2016 Rewind

I submit that "Left" by Monkey House is the top new album of 2016. Finely crafted music with a tinge of SD, which is no accident, of course. Somehow, it even tops their excellent 2012 release of "Headquarters", if that is possible. What do you think? Cast your votes here and we will tally them up.

Date: Mon, December 19, 2016, 18:11:29 ET
Posted by: NYB, Turn That Hearbeat Over AGAIN!

Well it's official:





Date: Mon, December 19, 2016, 15:31:58 ET
Posted by: Gino F., wretching

Thanks, Reg. Just the thought of those two acts being foisted upon me at the same time made me barf all over my left foot. Now I gotta get another pair of Keds...

Date: Mon, December 19, 2016, 13:34:38 ET
Posted by: Reg, Houston

I see a lot of videos on YouTube of Jon Bon Jovi performing with Bruce Springteen together onstage. Makes me sick to my stomach.

Date: Mon, December 19, 2016, 10:52:34 ET
Posted by: casual fan, orlando

Driving down the road the other day and listening to Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me, and they had celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain on as a guest contest participant.

Random thought: I think Donald and/or Walter would be fine guests on that show. Clever, sometimes glib, quick witted.

Anywhosal, like I say, just a thought.

Date: Mon, December 19, 2016, 09:39:04 ET
Posted by: Alkali, NYC

many people may not realize this but Bon Jovi is/are known as the "Steely Dan" of New Jersey.

also to add to the ironical coincidences, Bon Jovi actually means Steely Dan in Italian!

Date: Mon, December 19, 2016, 09:25:35 ET
Posted by: Chet, B

I have a Billboard Top Hits of 1983 CD which has two Jim Steinman compositions. He sure raked in the royalties that year.

And any [Steely Dan cover band that covers Steely Dan] should be treated with respect. That includes Bon Jovi.

Date: Sun, December 18, 2016, 22:45:37 ET
Posted by: NYB, Proxima-b

Her favorite coat, lets in the wind
Her favorite shoes, are flat and thin
Walking home
All alone
It's 4am and the bars are closed
They say they love you
But they never do...
She turns around and picks up her shoes
He might be out
You never know
But it's 4am and it's really cold...

Armed with a broken heart
She walks against the lights
Uptown 15 blocks
In the winter night
She remembers longer days
The red of a rose
In the winter rain
Still wearing her summer clothes...

Her favorite dress, is nothing at all
It's wearing out, and getting small
He might be where he used to go
But it's really late, and it's a long way home...

Armed with a broken heart
She walks against the lights
Uptown 15 blocks
In the winter night
She remembers longer days
The red of a rose
In the winter rain
Still wearing her summer clothes...

(Freedy Johnston)

Date: Sun, December 18, 2016, 21:22:50 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

To add to the irony Rick "Chain Lightning" Derringer and E Street Band members Max Weinberg and Roy Bittan are featured on "Making Love Out of Nothing at All..." originally to be a Meatloaf vehicle, but record cos (shocking) got in the way.

Date: Sun, December 18, 2016, 21:17:27 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Air Supply singing Jim Steinman though has to be the most (unintentionally) funny thing in the annals of rock ,music.

Date: Sun, December 18, 2016, 20:40:15 ET
Posted by: Gino F., trying not to think about hearing "Bon Jovi"

"...if you like great music like Steely Dan and Air
Supply" - Classic!

Since the music of Steely Dan has little in common with the product of Air Supply, could this be yet another case of Steely Dan & John Ford Coley Syndrome?

Date: Sun, December 18, 2016, 19:44:32 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, FL

Unusual "Steely Dan" mention #441

I can remember a time..back around 1990, I think
I was in between jobs and was home in the morning watching
"The Joan Rivers Show", one of her daytime talk shows.
She was introducing a band on her show and said in
the intro "...if you like great music like Steely Dan and Air
Supply, then you're really going to like this group."
The band she was talking about was a British boy band
from that time period called Breathe that had 2 or 3 songs that
reached the top 40 charts in the US.
It was probably some production assistant that wrote that
for Joan to say, but although their light pop was actually pretty
good, they didn't have much in common with the legendary "Steely Dan".
Thanks for reading and Happy Holidays ! - Steve

Date: Sun, December 18, 2016, 19:39:46 ET
Posted by: Enough, Pease, patience waning

Speaking positively about a lowbrow act like Bon Jovi is bad enough anywhere, but it's just about the worst thing a human being can do on a Steely Dan fan board.

Mocking this ridiculous band is OK, even a welcome & humorous diversion, but promoting the likes of Bon Jovi here is just so wrong. Shame on the "big tent" guy who started this. I hope he gets Bon Jovi concert tickets for Christmas.

Date: Sun, December 18, 2016, 18:10:52 ET
Posted by: jon, jick

bon jovi is way better than steely dan.

Date: Sun, December 18, 2016, 17:37:19 ET
Posted by: Van, traveling

Cindy Williams (of Laverne & Shirley) said on a YouTube interview that Jon Bon Jovi runs the film "American Graffiti" on a loop whenever he's in the recording studio performing his songs. Will post the link later when I get home.

Date: Sun, December 18, 2016, 16:19:33 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

NG: One far more preferable....

There's a reason Donald move OUT of NJ.

Surprised Esperanza Spalding got no Grammy nod, but am pulling for Erskine's Dr. Um or Ms. Russell.

Dr. Um is epic with Sheppard and Beasley all over the recording. Good stuff.

Date: Sun, December 18, 2016, 16:10:09 ET
Posted by: Andy , San Diego

Last year Bon Jovi was voted "The Best American Rock Band Ever" by an online poll conducted by Steely Dan didn't do to well and lost to Heart early on.

Females flock to see this preening loverboy in concert and it's not for the music. They just love watching Jon Bon Jovi prance around the stage. I heard a few seconds of Bon Jovi's "Livin' On a Prayer" and it's garbage. Real low-class.

Date: Sun, December 18, 2016, 11:35:53 ET
Posted by: Nasty Guy, NH

BJ = blowjob or Bon Jovi. They are both the same.

Date: Sun, December 18, 2016, 09:33:18 ET

Ric, as mush as I love SD, I am not willing to substitute them for a good BJ. Can I say that on TV? Sorry, couldn't resist, though I clearly should have.

Date: Sun, December 18, 2016, 06:38:06 ET
Posted by: Ric, CT

There's an old joke, what has 78 legs and no hairs? The front row of a Bon Jovi concert. Sadly, that joke now works better if you substitute SD for BJ.

Date: Sun, December 18, 2016, 03:18:22 ET
Posted by: Robbie, Dayton OH

Ladies man Jon Bon Jovi is on Forbes 20 wealthiest celebrities list for 2016. Bon Jovi is No. 16 with $410 Million. Jon Bon Jovi amassed the fortune through touring according to Forbes.

Date: Sat, December 17, 2016, 23:19:26 ET
Posted by: Davey B., enjoying a midnight snack

RE: Bon Jovi - "Crap Rock at its most obnoxious" - The Dean, December 2016

Quite possibly no truer words have ever been posted here.

Date: Sat, December 17, 2016, 22:58:30 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, recoiling in horror

For what it's worth - perhaps not much, I acknowledge - even the very thought of thinking about someone else listening to (and enjoying) "Bon Jovi" is enough to send me into apoplectic paroxysms (the most serious kind of paroxysms, I'm told). I can't - even for humor purposes - envision a scene wherein I myself am actually, y'know, listening to "Bon Jovi" or "Van Halen" (they are essentially the same act, no? Didn't they consummate a big trade back in '88 involving lead singers and/or microphones? No??). No way. No how. Ya gotta draw the line somewhere.

I'm with The Dean on this one. I definitely love Security Joan's new t-shirts. But I do NOT love "Bon Jovi", nor do I endorse any enthusiastic Bon Jovi related conversation - in public, here on The Blue, in a crowded bar where everyone is done in, or in some dark corner of some dark alleyway where even the darkest whispers are barely audible. Especially if they're whispering about "Bon Jovi".

Geez...I never thought I'd long for the days when all we talked about on The Bluebook was "Springsteen".

Date: Sat, December 17, 2016, 22:19:01 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

"Rub off", not "run off".

Probably more typos, but I need to get a drink.

Date: Sat, December 17, 2016, 22:14:56 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach. Way too sober for this shit tonight.

I have to believe the Bon Jovi post, by LaPage, was meant as humor. I mean I HAVE to, otherwise I might have a fucking meltdown. I understand LaPage has also expressed love for such regrettable acts as Asia and Springsteen (though Bruce did make a couple good records in the 70's, before he became a ROCKSTAR!) But Bon Motherfucking Jovi? This HAS to be a sarcastic post---it just has to be.

Dunno, maybe I'm wrong. Maybe he's serious. There's no accounting for taste. Maybe LaPage was a 13-year-old girl in the mid 80's. Crap Rock at it's most obnoxious. Fortunately Azoff represents all types of acts, and would never try to let any of Bon Fucking Jovi run off on Steely Dan. Plus Don and Walt have far too much musical integrity to let that happen. Hell, they probably don't even know who Jon Bon Fucking Jovi is.

And, for the record, I'll make a prediction. None of the acts mentioned by Royce or Gino will open for Steely Dan. Just my opinion, I have no inside knowledge. You might see one festival, or show, where those acts might appear together, but none of them will be a regular opening act for SD, in 2017. You read it here first---but c'mon, you already knew it.

Anxiously awaiting my "Gentleman Loser" t-shirt. Figured I might as well sport the truth, proudly. I wish there was an "Expanding Man" design, as that would really be "on the nose" for me. And I know Joan doesn't need suggestions from me, but----How about "Where did you get those shoes?" I'd also suggest "Don't take me alive" but as that is a song title, it might be too much of an infringement, and not quite as sly as the others. It would make an interesting license plate frame, though.

Date: Sat, December 17, 2016, 21:25:13 ET
Posted by: Gino F., hypothetical?

Opening act? Looks like at least one ebullient poster here would pick "Bon Jovi".

With the Azoff connection, is anything more of a lock for 2017?

Start saving your hard-earned pennies now, kids.

Date: Sat, December 17, 2016, 21:12:09 ET
Posted by: Royce, NY

The only thing that will be different is the opening act. Maybe The Doobie Brothers? Huey Lewis & the News? Joe Jackson? Don Henley? Hall & Oates? Bonnie Raitt?

Date: Sat, December 17, 2016, 19:05:34 ET
Posted by: Kenny, C

This year will unfold like last.

1. Fagen in the news with legal issues. check.
2. Some festival dates for the spring will be announced.
3. Tour with the same intro, outro, set list, and band intro song.
4. Same complaints.
5. Maybe a scaled back Beacon run due to this year's apparent oversaturation.

I don't fault the band. They have to make it fly financially.

Date: Sat, December 17, 2016, 17:32:10 ET
Posted by: Ronald Coleman®, working late at the big tent factory

No company should ever manufacture any tent large enough to accommodate or include "Bon Jovi".

Date: Sat, December 17, 2016, 17:08:45 ET
Posted by: King Troll, Eating

Not funny, LaPage.

Date: Sat, December 17, 2016, 15:07:09 ET
Posted by: Mr LaPage, Big Tent/in the den

Great news for all us Danfans, beloved classic rock mega-stars Bon Jovi recently signed a big deal with Irving Azoff AND about a year ago they released an album called Burning Bridges, which includes old songs that were never finished, songs that were finished but never released, and a couple of new songs. Sounds pretty good, no? Well it is damn good - it's Bon Jovi after all! Let's hope that a little of Bon Jovi rubs off on Steely Dan - well, hopefully more than just a little bit - a lot!!

And what about Bon Joni's amazing new one This House Is Not For Sale, which I can hardly wait to see live! One of music's all time very best acts returns to form is what I would say! Although right now I'm giving desert island classic Slippery When Wet a good workout, and at full volume of course! Gotta love Livin' On A Prayer!! Rock ON!!

Date: Fri, December 16, 2016, 18:29:13 ET
Posted by: Cheese, Saratoga Springs NY has announced that Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band was the highest grossing tour for 2016. On January 6, Pollstar will release the Top 100 tours of 2016. I wonder if the Steely Dan/Steve Winwood tour is on that list.

Date: Fri, December 16, 2016, 10:53:48 ET
Posted by: kuleebaba, They got the shapely bodies...


Thanks so much for the t-shirts! I picked up a couple as well. Looking forward to confusing some Eagles fans.

Date: Fri, December 16, 2016, 10:23:22 ET
Posted by: Security Joan, The Blazer...

Dean: Temporary impairment -- having spine surgery Jan., should be all better in a few months, definitely by the time the expected '17 tour begins (as others have noted, Donald promised this would happen *if* U.S. is still around)

Anthony: Actually, most of them are men's sizing, you might just be looking at home page (I highlighted women's sizes because a lot of women were asking about them). But "very few women" are Steely Dan fans? Ahem. Perish the thought!

M/O/D/P !!! TY :)

Date: Fri, December 16, 2016, 02:15:57 ET
Posted by: Deke, CA

There's going to be a CD release gig with Keith Carlock and The Band of Other Brothers on January 18, 2017 at the Blue Whale club here in Los Angeles.

Date: Thurs, December 15, 2016, 22:24:15 ET
Posted by: "Hand work", more like "hand job"

QUOTE: "i will like to publish the hand work of God to the general public."

Please do let us all know when this publication of yours is completed and ready for general distribution. We're all waiting anxiously. Especially for the explanation of the direct connection between the deity and the five million dollar house.

Date: Thurs, December 15, 2016, 19:20:57 ET
Posted by: From Roger Nochols' Facebook,

Proud to announce: Roger Nichols' invention WENDEL will be inducted into the TECnology Hall of Fame on January 21, 2017, hosted by George Petersen.

To this day, Wendel stands alone as the only machine to receive a Platinum Record and be nominated for a Grammy. (Steely Dan - Gaucho)

"In 1978, studio engineer Roger Nichols developed the Wendel to sample audio and drums, and in 1979, he put his machine to the test on “Hey Nineteen” on Steely Dan’s album, Gaucho. His invention gave birth to a new class of musical technologies, and today he is considered the pioneer of digital drum replacement."
#WENDEL #RogerNichols #TECawards #TECnologyhalloffame #namm #SteelyDan

More info on WENDL:

Date: Thurs, December 15, 2016, 17:06:00 ET
Posted by: nice!,

I love it Joan! Seems targeted equally to men and women to me.

Date: Thurs, December 15, 2016, 16:03:34 ET
Posted by: The Dean, Manatee Bar. It's Happy Hour!

Fantastic, Joan. I may pick up a "Luckless Pedestrian" or perhaps "Gentleman Loser"--though that might be too "on the nose" for me to wear. They look great.

Mobility limited? Hope it's nothing serious. Season's Greetings!

Date: Thurs, December 15, 2016, 15:00:39 ET
Posted by: Anthony, NJ

These shirts are mainly designed for women and Steely Dan has a small female fanbase.

Date: Thurs, December 15, 2016, 12:49:08 ET
Posted by: Security Joan, A bus called Happy Days

Hey kids... As I'm somewhat mobility limited lately, I've indulged myself and posted a gaggle of my Steely Dan-themed tshirt designs on a shopping website, where you can get them print-on-demand. Designed to be something like visual "secret handshake" displays for avid Steely Dan fans :D

Hope you like them... more to come. It's

(Apologies for shameless promotion -- but trust me, this is a labor of love project, which I hope to simply break even on!)

Date: Thurs, December 15, 2016, 09:37:51 ET
Posted by: Henny Penny, anywhere but "facebook", please

While the folks who just can't accept any political viewpoint other than theirs, and the folks who seemingly can't even acknowledge their own political defeat, are ranting on "facebook", another segment of the population that has been marginalized for two terms is actually getting to work - preparing to try something different from what they see as the on-balance failure and general decline of the United States of America over the past decade plus. Whether they're "right" or "wrong", only time will tell.

But at least they're doing something constructive and not whining and crying and bleating and barfing and Chicken Little-ing all over "facebook".

I guess my main point is that is that Katy Lied is a superb album that really, really deserves the Complete Album Live treatment in 2017.

Date: Wed, December 14, 2016, 23:20:11 ET
Posted by: Homes, Seattle WA

Go take a look at the Facebook page for Anthony Robustelli. He's the author of the new Steely Dan FAQ book coming out in February of next year. The man is very political. He's a left-wing liberal just like Donald Fagen & Rickie Lee Jones. Anthony can't stand Donald Trump and he's not afraid to show it. I agree with him all the way.

Date: Wed, December 14, 2016, 21:42:51 ET
Posted by: Homes, Seattle WA

Somebody wrote a review of Brian Sweet's 3rd Edition of the book on and said there is an index but it's completely useless.

Date: Wed, December 14, 2016, 19:57:04 ET
Posted by: Phred,

One thing that would have been cool is if Sweet's book had an index. At least the first edition did not. But the book is a good place to start.

Date: Wed, December 14, 2016, 18:30:01 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Sweet never actually interviewed D&W, and his book is filled with errors.

It's not karma. D&W snarked a gravytrainer. It's not like they haven't produced quality solo albums since EMG.

It would be nice to have D&W give it one more go together in studio with Klein and/or Michael Leonhart producing...and getting Don's mind off the scaffolding (Steely Pan Alley). Not getting my hopes up though.

Date: Wed, December 14, 2016, 12:08:10 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

I wouldn't go as harshly, but that is a good call.

If I recall correctly, the biggest digs at Sweet came in both the liner notes from the CD reissues, and one of the chats before 2vN came out.

That means the two had a brilliant album in the can, three massive and successful tours behind them, and they were working on swank new notes for a CD series that would make them a ton of new money as we all end up (rightfully) re-buying the new CD reissues. All while Walter was tossing up new stuff on the website every week.

It was a good time to act fat and sassy. As it was for a lot of us, from 1998 to 2000.

Now, nada from the two as a collective in as long a space (going on 14 years) that marked the beginning of the Bard partnership until the breakup in 1981. Sigh.

Date: Wed, December 14, 2016, 01:50:50 ET
Posted by: dondon, waltwalt

Reading the comments about Sweet by KD a few pages down got me thinking.

I wonder if Don and Walt would have been as snarky if they could have seen into the future and seen what they would become in the year 2016.

A touring oldies, nostalgia act who can't take a risk, haven't produced any new material as Steely Dan since 2003 and a guitarist who can barely fucking play the shit he wrote, but somehow thinks ranting passes for entertainment.

Date: Wed, December 14, 2016, 01:48:30 ET
Posted by: Tom, In bed in Boston

American sounding bands? These come to mind: The Beach Boys, The Eagles, The Byrds, Chicago, Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers, ZZ Top, R.E.M., Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bruce Springsteen and tons more. I could go on and on but it's late at night and I'm fallin' asleep.

Date: Wed, December 14, 2016, 00:05:55 ET
Posted by: Lutz, SF

What band is more American than Steely Dan.
That sound could only have been conceived and created right here.
Lyrics all almost exclusively about life and characters in the US.
They would be great for the Super Bowl Half Time Show.
Inauguration party, why not.
That sound is bigger than politics and might ease a few jittery souls.
Would they do it if asked?

Date: Tues, December 13, 2016, 23:47:28 ET
Posted by: Gino F., enough, already

Donald Trump is wealthy & powerful because, like it or not, he has notable talent as a businessman - regardless of your opinion of his often ridiculous public persona & downright embarrassing antics.

Kanye West is a mentally ill, no-talent idiot whose "art" involves talking over top of the recordings of others, always to the detriment of music in general. He is (sadly) famous - a pathetic contrivance of today's cell-phone-connected/facebook-obsessed/selfie-taking-shallow-as-hell society - and he may or may not be "wealthy", although he has obviously hoodwinked way too many people into paying for his low grade, pre-fab "entertainment product".

Aside from their media-circus "meeting" today, the two have absolutely nothing in common, other than the irrefutable fact that neither one has ANYTHING to do with the goddamned Bluebook.

Date: Tues, December 13, 2016, 22:44:14 ET
Posted by: Nojack, Hollywood

Country singer Garth Brooks has decided he no longer wants to perform at Trump's Inauguration. Some say bonehead Kanye West might perform after meeting with Trump earlier today. These two nitwits deserve each other.

Date: Mon, December 12, 2016, 02:21:00 ET
Posted by: search, k

Desert Island Discs castaways who have chosen an SD song.

Fagen song:

Date: Sat, December 10, 2016, 04:37:25 ET
Posted by: Cool, CO

Shut your mouth, troll.

Date: Fri, December 09, 2016, 22:30:18 ET
Posted by: Jose, Houston

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is still unsure if she will perform at Trump's Inaugeration. Country star Garth Brooks wants to perform and is in talks with Team Trump.

Date: Fri, December 09, 2016, 17:07:22 ET
Posted by: Juno, Happy Hour Time

That Victor Wooten trio with Dennis Chambers sounds like something I might attend. But Tom Petty? Forget it!

Date: Fri, December 09, 2016, 14:38:34 ET
Posted by: Ben Chillin', Indy

SD drummer alum Dennis Chambers is touring with the Victor Wooten Trio in early spring.

Also making concert news:
Tom Petty's announced his 40th Anniversary Tour.

Happy Weekend, y'all!

Date: Fri, December 09, 2016, 10:40:47 ET
Posted by: Dan Belcher, Louisville, KY

My wife watched the new Gilmore Girls thing on Netflix recently, and she had me come into the room to see one scene. One of the characters was making fun of the other for wanting to have a flash mob dance to Hey Nineteen at their wedding...

Date: Fri, December 09, 2016, 08:20:12 ET
Posted by: Vernon, US

Watching the end credits of Do The Right Thing, I saw that one of the songs was published by Hey Nineteen music.

Date: Thurs, December 08, 2016, 21:20:56 ET
Posted by: Just Call Saul ,

Scoop - hard to balance on that crappy scaffolding.

Date: Thurs, December 08, 2016, 20:51:00 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Ben Chillin',

Thanks for the link to the Karl Denson's Tiny Universe cover of Show Biz Kids. Very energetic cover. Must have been great to see it live.

Date: Thurs, December 08, 2016, 20:35:15 ET
Posted by: Jake, NYC

New Steely Dan tour for next year to be announced soon.

Date: Thurs, December 08, 2016, 20:31:05 ET
Posted by: Scoop B, g

Surprised there were never any complaints of someone playing a melodica.

Date: Thurs, December 08, 2016, 19:58:02 ET
Posted by: scoop brady, pc & as

It seems the journalist spelled it right, but the editor responsible for headlines and captions got it wrong.

Date: Thurs, December 08, 2016, 16:45:11 ET
Posted by: Lutz, SF

It's amazing to me how many times Fagen is misspelled even by journalists.
Good for him that he is not a push over, plenty of scams going on with these boards.
Declining property values in Manhattan?
Who heard of that in the last 10-20 years.
On the other hand, Keith Olberman's place at Trump Tower has been vacated, Donald! Jk...

Date: Thurs, December 08, 2016, 15:19:06 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Yeah, the Googlemap May 2016 view looks like a freakin' mess.

Might as well keep the blind down the door closed... ;)

Date: Thurs, December 08, 2016, 15:07:12 ET
Posted by: Search, k

NY Daily News has more detail.

Date: Thurs, December 08, 2016, 15:02:53 ET
Posted by: Vinny, NY

Nonsense. The chipped marble is owner abuse.

Date: Thurs, December 08, 2016, 14:40:52 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Maybe Donald should just take that loft on Greene Street.

Date: Thurs, December 08, 2016, 14:14:59 ET
Posted by: Ben Chillin', Indy

Cool take on Showbiz Kids from Karl Denson joined by Jimmy Herring...

Date: Thurs, December 08, 2016, 12:43:18 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Ole - Don Was a Danfan also. Alison Kraus voice is pure and a bluegrass artist with a hint of jazz merged in.

Great version of Dolly's Jolene:

Was Not Was back in the Day:

Date: Thurs, December 08, 2016, 10:46:09 ET
Posted by: Gino F.,

RIP Greg Lake.

Really sad about this one...

Date: Thurs, December 08, 2016, 10:45:28 ET
Posted by: Jimmie, R

RIP Greg Lake. That "bad things come in threes" thing isn't looking so good for Carl Palmer right now.

Date: Thurs, December 08, 2016, 09:59:59 ET
Posted by: oleander, languidicious

KD, Mu--With respect to the Last Waltz tour, which starts in Jan., there will actually be a scrumptious preview at this year's Christmas Jam in Asheville, NC, my adopted home town (and Warren Haynes' actual), this Saturday night.

Mr. Haynes (whose brother, BTW, is on City Council) has put on the Jam for 27 years, many of those as a benefit for Habitat for Humanity.

Dan-related content: Michael McDonald will be performing.

Not to mention Branford Marsalis, Bob Weir, Terence Higgins, Don Was, Alison Krauss, John Medeski, and many more. (I have always had a soft spot for Was/Not Was: Detroit surrealism.)

This is always a massive event in our civic arena, with a plethora of twinkling lights woven into drifting cumuli of pot smoke. It begins at 6:45 and usually doesn't wrap up until 2-3-4 am. And you never know who might pop up onstage.

Check it out:

Anybody else coming? Well, you don't have to, because you can stream it on

Date: Thurs, December 08, 2016, 09:03:18 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

NY bluebookers: Carlock/Krantz/Lefebevre are at the 55 bar tonight. I can't say enough about how great this trio is, and appearances are rare.

Date: Thurs, December 08, 2016, 09:02:06 ET
Posted by: not, fatal

Elliot is alive and well.

Date: Thurs, December 08, 2016, 01:15:30 ET
Posted by: Gavin, Watertown NY

Elliott Randall proclaims himself "Steely Dan's Premier Guitarist" on his official website. Donald & Walter asked Elliott to become a permanent member of Steely Dan but Elliott turned it down. Later on, Jeff Porcaro & David Paich asked Elliott to become a founding member of Toto but Elliott rejected it too.

Elliott Randall made a fatal mistake by not joining Steely Dan.

Date: Wed, December 07, 2016, 23:08:26 ET
Posted by: Better, etc.

Save yourself some, but probably not all, infuriating pop up ads on that site.

Date: Wed, December 07, 2016, 18:13:23 ET
Posted by: Gavin, Watertown NY has a new article about Elliott Randall's guitar solo on "Reelin' in The Years". Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page calls it his favorite solo of all time. The article includes Donny & Marie Osmond's infamous rendering of "Reelin" from their late '70's TV Show.

Date: Tues, December 06, 2016, 18:56:44 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Here's a taste of Band of Other Brothers:

And the website:

Date: Tues, December 06, 2016, 17:03:17 ET
Posted by: tommy, other news

keith carlock has a new album he is a part of Band of Other Brothers.

just came out.

Date: Tues, December 06, 2016, 12:26:14 ET
Posted by: The Greater Dandom!, everywhere

Congratulations to Catherine Russell on the Grammy Nomination for Best Jazz Album for "Harlem On My Mind"!

❤️U 😻

(♥︎ U Cat)

Date: Mon, December 05, 2016, 19:36:35 ET
Posted by: HouDanFan, Houston

Steve G I agree the 2000 band was by far the best traveling band and a live album would have been fantastic. I like AIA but it took me a few listens before i really warmed up to it. And my fav song on that track is Green Earrings even though it is not one of my fav SD songs.

Date: Mon, December 05, 2016, 18:58:24 ET
Posted by: Jon, NY

Ahoy there Steve Winwood fans! Steve will be doing a 10-date solo Spring tour starting in April (including a stop at The Beacon Theatre) next year. Since Winwood is the headliner, you can expect to hear more cuts from Traffic/Blind Faith.

Date: Mon, December 05, 2016, 18:13:40 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

And no doubt M/O/D/P was there too.

Date: Mon, December 05, 2016, 18:06:21 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

@the Dean,no wonder you feel like you've known me longer.Karma;12 years later, we meet in NYC. Go figure!

Date: Mon, December 05, 2016, 17:45:40 ET
Posted by: TO Danfan, at home

Hey Don your pointing out that 2003 Gina in TO stirred up a lot of great memories for me. Not only was Gina played, but also Janie, Slang, Caves, Parker's, Haitian D (yay!)along with some hits.

It was in fact the first time I saw SD even though I was a huge fan from day 1 and wore out numerous vinyl goodies. As I recall (sort of)I had tickets for them somewhere (Massey Hall?)around the time they stopped touring. The show was cancelled. When they started touring again, they may have been here prior to '03 but I was likely too busy working like a dog and raising a family to take note.

2003 also was the year I discovered the bluebook and have been a loyal follower, occasional poster ever since. Thanks for all the fun Hoops!


Date: Mon, December 05, 2016, 16:57:15 ET
Posted by: Steed, SoCal

According to "Lunch With Gina" has only been performed 12 times. Five times in 2003 & seven times in 2011. Despite the poor recording quality, that live 2003 version of Gina sure beats the studio version.

Date: Mon, December 05, 2016, 14:18:44 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Here's a (poor quality) recording of Gina live, in Hawaii, from 2003:

Date: Mon, December 05, 2016, 14:15:53 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Don, I was at that concert. It was a great show. I sure wish they would play Gina live, more often. BTW, I fell and broke my left hand after the concert, on the way to the car. Fortunately, we had a cooler full of ice, in the car. But the damn hand has never been the same.

Date: Mon, December 05, 2016, 13:37:56 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Had to go back to my setlists,but we got Lunch with Gina in TO in was the make up show from the big power failure in the NE. Didn't see it on any other.Peace.

Date: Mon, December 05, 2016, 10:15:00 ET
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Date: Mon, December 05, 2016, 10:14:59 ET
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Date: Mon, December 05, 2016, 08:45:11 ET
Posted by: Chris, Nh

Thanks for posting that Greg. Really wanted to see that show while I was in NYC but couldn't afford it on top of everything else. may he'll come back and get too much tuna.

I get the sense Mulaney and Kroll are fans. Heard them on a podcast in character bring up Weather Report and their knowledge was just slightly too deep for it to be 100% bit (in fact they quickly made a joke about the fact that most of the millennial listeners would have no idea what they were talking about).

Date: Mon, December 05, 2016, 02:19:42 ET
Posted by: Steed, SoCal

Sometimes I hear SD play Lunch With Gina outside during a soundcheck but it never gets in the setlist.

Date: Mon, December 05, 2016, 00:33:50 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Mu, I always thought Lunch With Gina would be a perfect live song. I'm actually a bit surprised they don't play it on occasion. IMO, it's a classic Dan song.

While likely not a popular choice, I also think they should let Walter sing Slang of Ages in conert, which I think is not only very good, but funny as hell. It would be a great live tune, IMO.

Date: Sun, December 04, 2016, 22:59:41 ET
Posted by: popegreg, MKE

Looks like DF made it to Oh Hello On Broadway!

I'm guessing he just attended? I think Amy Sediaris was the special guest on Saturday unless there was also a matinee. It would have been awesome to see him interviewed and 2Much2na pranked.

I caught the show during the Beacon run and I loved it!!!


Date: Sun, December 04, 2016, 19:44:00 ET
Posted by: Kimchee, Albany New York

Ask that question about The Eagles. Almost all their recordings sounded just like the live band.

Date: Sun, December 04, 2016, 14:32:56 ET
Posted by: Carson, Jersey

Probably "Blues Beach" even though the song rarely gets performed.

Date: Sun, December 04, 2016, 14:09:20 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

What Steely Dan recording sounds most like the Live Band?

I vote for Lunch with Gina. Rhythm section cooking. Sassy blues - bop horns. Mid thingy blaring Rocks and swings at the same time. party time - even with the Grim Reperess staring you down...

like meat on the bone.

Date: Sun, December 04, 2016, 13:51:58 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,


Book of Liars
Third World Man - awesome dirge
Sign in Stranger - killer little instrumental break and VIBES!
Green Earrings

probably are my favorites

RITY maybe right after

Date: Sun, December 04, 2016, 08:06:47 ET
Posted by: Alkali, NYC

an oldie but a goodie
for your viewing pleasure
ladies and gentlemen
Jeffrey Allen "bongos" Baxter

Date: Sat, December 03, 2016, 18:56:10 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, FL

I've always enjoyed the "Alive in America" CD
since the day it came out.
But I would say...had the first live CD have been
something from the 2000 would have been the best
CD as that was the best travelling band, In my humble opinion.

Date: Sat, December 03, 2016, 17:02:47 ET
Posted by: here, you go

Date: Sat, December 03, 2016, 15:13:51 ET
Posted by: Mt. Belzoni, Portland OR

When you turn on your car radio and the very first word you hear sung is "languid," you know immediately what you're hearing.

(Wonder how many other songs have ever even used this word?)

Date: Sat, December 03, 2016, 02:15:09 ET
Posted by: Pete Simmons, NYC

I play "Alive in America" a lot. My fave track is the jazzed-up version of "Reelin". Besides, how could you go wrong with great jazz musicians like Chris Potter, Peter Erskine and Dennis Chambers on this CD?

Date: Fri, December 02, 2016, 23:19:20 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

I'll chime in here, on Alive in America. It's easily SD's worst effort, IMO. That doesn't mean it's bad. It's pretty damn good. The version of Book of Liars is sensational, IMO. And there are other highlights, too.

But it probably gets less play than any other official SD (or Fagen/Becker solo) album, for me.

Date: Fri, December 02, 2016, 22:51:30 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Pete: Truer words never spoken.

A dedication to him...

Date: Fri, December 02, 2016, 22:30:07 ET
Posted by: Pete Simmons, NYC

I love "Alive in America". Brian Sweet doesn't know shit.

Date: Fri, December 02, 2016, 22:05:40 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, FL

About the only opinion I remember from reading
the Brian Sweet "Reelin in the Years" book was how he
trashed "Alive in America".
It seems that most fans feel that was a poor
representation of how good "Steely Dan" sounds live.
I would add to that though that the version of
"Josie" that's on that album, is excellent and that's the
way they still play it today when they do the song on the tour.
I did more sampling of 10cc and I don't think they
are for me. They remind me a little bit of Paul McCartney
and Wings and something else from the 70's.
I seem to get more out of groups like CSNY, Buffalo
Springfield, and a little bit of Poco and Firefall.
...and yes, if you look hard enough "Toto" has
some truly great songs....

Date: Fri, December 02, 2016, 19:58:04 ET
Posted by: Man, Seattle

Graham Gouldman also wrote some pretty dismal hits for Herman's Hermits. The worst was probably "No Milk Today".

Date: Fri, December 02, 2016, 19:07:52 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Graham Goldman was the author of major hits by the Hollies

and Yardbirds

with Jeff Beck

with Clapton

Eric Stewart on guitar with Mindbenders

sweet candy

while Godley & Creme more cynical. eclectic

Date: Fri, December 02, 2016, 17:49:55 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick co-founded Incognito, the British acid-jazz band. Maysa Leak on vocals here.

Big 10cc fan back in the day. Life is a Minestrone.

Date: Fri, December 02, 2016, 17:26:39 ET
Posted by: Dr. Hünd, Hanging Valley Wall, CO, USA

The current 10cc only has one original member, Graham Gouldman.

Date: Fri, December 02, 2016, 17:16:22 ET
Posted by: Man , Seattle

10cc are still out there touring but mainly in Europe. I think "Art for Art's Sake" is my favorite song from them.

Date: Fri, December 02, 2016, 16:02:21 ET
Posted by: Man, Seattle

I agree. "The Things We Do For Love" was a real stinker hit for 10cc. I always hated it.

Date: Fri, December 02, 2016, 15:57:09 ET
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Date: Fri, December 02, 2016, 15:45:08 ET
Posted by: Steve M, Scotland

A lot of the press over here in the UK labelled 10cc as the British Steely Dan. A lazy analogy given that SD's roots were in jazz and 10cc's firmly in British and American classic pop but I suppose the studio kings comparison held true (to a degree)

The funny thing is BlueBookers, my favorite 10cc track is called "The Dean and I".........

Date: Fri, December 02, 2016, 15:44:01 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu, F Autocorrect

Bluey = Bluesy

Date: Fri, December 02, 2016, 15:41:07 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Lim: Yeah, don't chill on the Toto site. Worth listening for Carlock, BTW on XIV. 21St Century Blues and the latter half with Paich's Tears that Shine, Great Expectations, Chinatown are interesting R&B with a touch of fusion. The Joseph Williams tunes (Orphan, Burn, Holy War) are too simplistic.

Arguably, Toto's other great recordings are Human Nature and Beat It with MJ.

For your listening pleasure, the R&B/jazz stylings of Bluesy in Life Between the Notes (Great name for a Thelonius Monk biography!):

Date: Fri, December 02, 2016, 15:01:59 ET
Posted by: Dr. Hünd, Hanging Valley Wall, CO, USA

10cc was a great band with four different but synergetic equal contributing members. Stellar instrumentation, vocals, melodies, with a great sense of humor. Hard for me to fathom how any true Dan fan would not like them.

10cc should not be judged on their poppy singles. Their best work imho would be the How Dare You and The Original Soundtrack albums. Listen to the first two songs on How Dare You, the title track and Lazy Ways. See if that grabs you.

Date: Fri, December 02, 2016, 13:18:58 ET
Posted by: Mason, Long Beach CA

You like Traffic? Then go see Dave Mason's Traffic Jam. It's Dave Mason who's keeping the Traffic legacy going. Steve Winwood doesn't play enough Traffic cuts in his setlist.

Date: Fri, December 02, 2016, 12:59:20 ET
Posted by: Lee, etc.

Winwood is a fine example of what happens to kids when someone tells them to go play in traffic.

Date: Fri, December 02, 2016, 12:54:06 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Traffic got me into, or ready for, Steely Dan. I was a Dan fan as a kid-kid, heard all the albums save for 'Gaucho' all the way through and had them in the canon of great, classic rock stuff. Getting into Traffic obsessively when I was 15-17, though, got me prepped for the giant Steely Dan obsession that hit when I was 18, and hasn't let up.

Watched that Ginger Baker documentary last night. I had no idea that he basically bullied his way into Blind Faith, and that Eric and Winwood were too timid to tell him off.

Date: Fri, December 02, 2016, 03:37:43 ET
Posted by: Heinz, home in bed

I like Godley & Creme's "Consequences" and "L" albums. Very ambitious works. I may write more about them later but I'm getting very sleepy this late at night.

Date: Fri, December 02, 2016, 00:11:43 ET
Posted by: Kreg, H

I was mildly interested in 10cc after the mid 80's Godley & Creme hit "Cry." But I never explored them beyond a greatest hits compilation.

As for the widely held theory as to what the name means.

Date: Thurs, December 01, 2016, 21:17:14 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, FL

This year's concert really introduced me to the music of
"Traffic" and "Blind Faith"...and I am now a fan of Steve Winwood's early years.
How do fellow "Steely Dan" fans...rate or think of the group 10cc from the 70's. I've been trying to find another group to uncover their tunes...and this may be one worthwhile since their pop hits have stood the test of time but I'd like to deep dive into their catalogue of songs.
Any thoughts on that group ? -Thanks, Steve

Date: Thurs, December 01, 2016, 20:35:20 ET
Posted by: Danny again,, that guy who doesn't enjoy "Toto"

Hey, Doc - no offense taken. For what it's worth, your posts, along with a those from a handful of other semi-regulars, are a big reason some of us check in here. You're always a good read, even when you're cryptically brief. However...this recurring public love of yours for Toto is baffling, and not in a good way.

Your comment about Silk Degrees - which I agree with - says all there is to say about "Toto". And, sure, I realize that Porcaro (especially) was a major contributor to Katy Lied, but for the life of me I can't figure out what that has to do with Toto, who never, ever came close to creating a "Katy Lied". Not even close. Surely you're not suggesting that they ever did? That one Toto album filled with oh-so-earnest/heart-on-the-sleeve songs about "love" doesn't count, by the way. That album was awful!

As for my choice not to sift through the Toto discography being my loss, you may very well be correct. It's the kind of loss I can happily live with, though. In the same vein, I also wouldn't dive headfirst into a ten-foot-high pile of manure on the off chance of finding a $5 bill or two lost inside the steaming pile, either.

In conclusion, I can't stand Toto, even in small doses. But don't take it personally. I know I don't.

Date: Thurs, December 01, 2016, 19:48:32 ET
Posted by: Abu, Still with the Condos

DeaconBlues16, I have always grouped certain DF/WB tunes into similar categories. To me, since Day 1, there has NEVER been a Bad category for any SD, or DF stuff. It is either excellent, very good, or good. Occasionally, there are tunes that are even above the Excellent status. To name a few: (DF tunes): I'm Not the Same Without You, Pagoda of Funn, Slinky Thing, The Nightfly, Maxine, Tomorrow's Girls, Florida Room. But even with this superlative ranking, there is quite a fine line between some of these aforementioned tunes than several others, that may somehow fall between awesome and excellent. I agree, DF's cover of the Isaac Hayes tune is still good. If someone absolutely forced me to name my least favorite song.. at gunpoint.. I would have to say Show Biz Kids. Sorry, for those who rank it as excellent or above, but in my book I would still rank it as good, but at the bottom of the heap.

Date: Thurs, December 01, 2016, 14:15:49 ET
Posted by: Jimmy J, stamford pa

Yes. Excellent musicianship but flawed songwriting skills. Definitely a hit singles band.

Date: Thurs, December 01, 2016, 13:21:39 ET
Posted by: Lim, J

Sure Toto is comprised of skilled musicians and they put out some competent radio Fodder. But did their music ever make you want to know about the guys behind it? Not for me it didn't.

Date: Thurs, December 01, 2016, 12:26:07 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

No offense, Danny. My ears are pure gold, but my fingers lead. Not all the songs are great (particularly lyrics, but no McCartney banal), but there's fabulous musicianship in a scattering of the recordings. You realize Jeff Porcaro and David Paich are significant contributors (more Jeff) to Katy Lied, right? Arguably, Silk Degrees is the best Toto album. If you can't hear quality while sifting through the discography, it's your loss. You should also realize that Fagen deliberately includes some schlock and fake jazz into their recordings and chord progressions for effect.

Date: Thurs, December 01, 2016, 09:59:51 ET
Posted by: Danny Rosé , Enjoying a late breakfast at the New Wave Cafe - Broadway, between 78th & 79th

Quote: "Toto meets with paroxysmal derision from the board".

And with very good reason.

Toto's awful, schlock-y music invites derision. It would be impolite to turn that ridicule away.

For more talented musicians embarrassing themselves for fun 'n' profit, see "ASIA: The Band". Or, better yet, don't. Your ears will thank you.

Date: Thurs, December 01, 2016, 00:01:18 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Toto meets with paroxysmal derision from the board...but from the overlooked Tambu If You Belong to Me features Eliottt Schiener at the knobs, a Danlike sound and verses. Before Brickwalling! Scheiner jealously guards the space between instruments.

Date: Wed, November 30, 2016, 22:59:22 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Donald Fagen didn't write Ruby Baby. Moron

Date: Wed, November 30, 2016, 16:40:39 ET
Posted by: DeaconBlues16,

Sunken Condos rankings for me:

1. Slinky Thing - one of the more unique Fagen tunes with a lovely upright bass. The richness the horns provide after the second "More light more light...," the split second guitar licks during the coda - all of those classic SD/Fagen subtle nuances that elevate songs from good to great, or in this case in my opinion, from great to transcendent.

2. I'm Not the Same Without You - completes a brilliant 1-2 punch album opener

3. Miss Marlene - I would argue that this song is the closest 1993 Dan and beyond to sounding like 70s/Nightfly stuff.

T4. Weather in My Head/Memorabilia

T6. The New Breed/Good Stuff - The New Breed was probably my least favorite song when I first listened to SC, but like a lot of SD/Fagen tunes, it stuck with me and grew on me.

8. Planet D'Rhonda

9. Out of the Ghetto

Here's how I would categorize the songs:

-Transcendent: Slinky Thing & I'm Not the Same Without You
-Excellent: Miss Marlene, Weather in My Head, Memorobilia
-Great: The New Breed, Good Stuff
-Good: Planet D'Rhonda, Out of the Ghetto

I would also put Sunken Condos as the top post-Nightfly album.

For reference, these are - for me - the transcendent songs on other post Nightfly SD/Fagen albums. (Love Walter's albums as many of us do but I view them a little differently, so not including them).

Kamakiriad: Snowbound
Two Against Nature: Almost Gothic, West of Hollywood
Everything Must Go: Everything Must Go
Morph the Cat: The Night Belongs to Mona, The Great Pagoda of Funn

I think Sunken Condos has a bit more depth than the albums above though, which is why it's my highest post-Nightfly album.

Date: Wed, November 30, 2016, 16:23:53 ET
Posted by: KD, aasdf

The enmity for Brian Sweet continues.

It's not a definitive document, but who cares? He did the best he could with what little he had, and had TONS of room for guesswork but kept those thoughts mostly off of the pages.

And absolutely nobody else has tried anything along those lines in the years since. The brilliant 'Aja' 33 1/3rd doesn't count. One book I bought, 'The Steely Dan Reader,' I actually had to stop reading a chapter or two in because it was awash in not only factual errors, but grammar and editing issues as well.

It just seems like piling on.

Over the course of a couple of afternoons back in 1998 and 1999 -- during the time it took to write some brilliant-yet-smartass CD reissue liner notes or participate in a chat room interview -- Don and Walt took some cracks at the book and Sweet. This kind of starfuckery doesn't need to extend to 2017, does it? It's not as if Donald and Walter are reading each of your posts and thinking, "I sure do like that one, he said something shitty about Brian Sweet!"

Date: Wed, November 30, 2016, 16:04:10 ET
Posted by: Also, noticed

Rustabelli is FB friends with Pete Fogel.

Date: Wed, November 30, 2016, 15:29:27 ET
Posted by: Barney Beacon, NJ

Skunk Bait- This is so far off it isn't even funny!

"His book will most likely be more accurate than Brian Sweet's Steely Dan book"

Date: Wed, November 30, 2016, 15:26:27 ET
Posted by: Barney Beacon, NJ

Dean- You will be disappointed. The book will not have any new insight on the band or the inner working of B&F. Plus, either were interviewed for the book. It's going to be the same shit we all know.

Date: Wed, November 30, 2016, 14:51:19 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu, Left of the Rio Grande

KD: New Breed

"clicks on inside my head"

"special glow"

"keener spark"

"you new dot-com slash life"

My thought is the protagonist is actually a computer and is being replaced by a new model that is more social media friendly by the IT guy.

I like the song a lot. The percussionprodsuction/engineering is a little mushy - but I think it's supposed to sound like a failing hard drive.

That's how good Sunken Condos is IMO - There isn't a recording that's weak or doesn't hold some interest...much like The Nightfly and nearly as good..

Pete - I LOVE Memorabilia. Elegance of the south seas and music of the era + humor +nuclear dread/ it's just all memorabilia.

Time and passing of generations does that...

Date: Wed, November 30, 2016, 14:25:14 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Hoops, what's the New Breed secret that's too clever to reveal?

I actually welcome Leonhart and the programming as a break from the Carlock ubiquity. I don't prefer any set style throughout the songs, but sadly this has been what Don and Walt have geared themselves to since after TvN.

Carlock is a brilliant drummer, but he's also unique in ways that makes me appreciate a break from his take on EVERY ... SINGLE ... SONG. I'm not asking Don and Walt to fly half of New York and Los Angeles in for each song as they had the time and money (and need) to do in the 1970s, but I would appreciate a break in the action from song to song, at times.

I'd like a change in the drum stool for the next tour to mix things up, but fearful of what's out there (was unimpressed with the Dukes drummer) I'd probably prefer the same Carlock stuff for the elventy-billionth tour in a row over a New Guy/Gal just missing the cut.

Date: Wed, November 30, 2016, 13:12:26 ET
Posted by: Morph, Waltham MA

Sunken Condos would have been a much greater album if Keith Carlock played the drums instead of Michael Leonhart's excessive drum programming.

Date: Wed, November 30, 2016, 12:52:39 ET
Posted by: Pete Evans, Manchester UK

DocMu. I completely agree with you. SC is a superb album in my opinion and the best solo since The Nightfly. I agree Memorabilia and Good Stuff are my favourite songs but I like them all ! In the song Memorabilia the line " a photo of laughing navy types" is pure genius and typical Don at his best, you can just see that photo on the mantelpiece !

Date: Wed, November 30, 2016, 09:22:34 ET
Posted by: Eric, Burden (of proof)

Just in case anyone missed it/skipped over it, or just in case the short post gets accidentally deleted (since it's one line right between two similar-looking spam posts), here again is the link to the story where DF is said to have been pondering a Sunken Condos tour:

Note that the source is "Billboard" and not "Bluebook". Thanks kk!

Date: Wed, November 30, 2016, 07:55:05 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

I will take care of the spam within the next 12 hours. Thanks for your patience.

Slinky Thing is probably the most original tune on the album with I'm Not the Same Without You a close second. I enjoy Miss Marlene a great deal; however, I think it's overrated--musically it's largely a retread of IGY. The New Breed has wonderful woody Allen-style lyrics. But I hate discussing the song here because more than a few people miss the funniest aspect of the lyrics.

Have a great day.


Date: Wed, November 30, 2016, 07:13:30 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, FL

In my opinion, there are 5 great songs on
"Sunken Condos"....
The Best is "I'm not the Same without you"
2nd: "Miss Marlene"
3rd: "Memorabilia"
4th: "Slinky Thing"
5th: "Weather in My Head"
The rest of the album to me is just filler
not up to the usual supremely high Fagen standards.

Date: Tues, November 29, 2016, 21:48:20 ET
Posted by: Bob, Cheetle

There of a tour by Donald for Morph?

Yes, but only among fans on the bluebook.

Seriously? No I don't think so. The burden of proof is on you.

Date: Tues, November 29, 2016, 21:28:40 ET
Posted by: Morph, Waltham MA

There was talk of Donald launching a solo tour to promote Sunken Condos but unfortunately he decided not to do it.

Date: Tues, November 29, 2016, 18:10:54 ET

I will have a bite of this apple: Miss Marlene and Memorabilia luv it all!

Date: Tues, November 29, 2016, 17:41:54 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Good Stuff
Slinky Thing
Miss Marlene
I'm Not the Same Without You (outtro is killer stuff)

in that order

SC IMO is the best Dan album since The Nightfly, but that's just me.

Weather in My Head (live)
Out of the Ghetto
Planet D'Rhonda
New Breed

are fab, but not at the top level.

Date: Tues, November 29, 2016, 17:12:38 ET
Posted by: Gino F., Still full of Good Stuffing

I've probably listened to Good Stuff and Miss Marlene more than any other songs on the album. I mean, I normally listen to the whole thing all the way through, but whenever I'm picking & choosing & mixing things up those are the two I go to. The 1920s (Dirty '30s?) gangster imagery in the lyrics to Good Stuff are remarkable. The song took a few listens to grow on me...often the sign of something quite Good.

Date: Tues, November 29, 2016, 16:58:08 ET
Posted by: Bookkeeper's Son, Florida

I will go with Weather In My Head as my favorite from Sunken Condos. Especially roused by the performance of this song on Letterman!

Date: Tues, November 29, 2016, 15:55:57 ET
Posted by: Jerry , Manchester England

Ha ha yes Steve, know exactly what you mean about KOTW.... aaargh drives you mad.. more more more! When they played Liverpool Aintree a few years ago they came on stage to Time Out Of Mind with an extended intro that went on for a long time before the duo came on stage.. so maybe intro's might be stretched out too.. just a thought boys if you're reading / laughing at this on your holidays!

Date: Tues, November 29, 2016, 15:42:24 ET
Posted by: Steve M, Scotland

It's not terribly original I know but Miss Marlene gets my vote for best on SC

In terms of endings I wished would go on a bit longer then KOTW. Every time I listen with headphones on I crank up the volume in the vain hope of hearing a few more notes of the solo on the fade. Sign of a great band though....leave you wanting more!

Date: Tues, November 29, 2016, 14:30:30 ET
Posted by: fagenism, She go (I cry)

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Date: Tues, November 29, 2016, 13:17:55 ET
Posted by: Jerry, Manchester England

Yes Abu I agree with you. Maybe hard pushed by Slinky for 1st place but can't disagree. The ideal tune to play someone at the end of a relationship (theme developing in my posts). Actually I think if you look back through all the posts at the time it came out I said the same thing about the horns and added that there are so many SD or DF/WB recordings that you just want to go on and on.. Kid C springs to mind.. the fade outs do my head in as we say over here.. Keep going please. How blissful it would be if SD released a compilation of original recordings which didn't fade out.. can you imagine!

Date: Tues, November 29, 2016, 13:05:45 ET
Posted by: Abu, Concerning DF's songwriting

In light of the thought about Donald Fagen's genius in his songwriting, I hereby submit that I'm Not the Same Without You is hands down the best tune on Sunken Condos. Such a great tune. I always seem to first go back to this one after not hearing the album for a while. So unique, totally unlike any other DF or SD tune. The horns, for instance. The ending horn riff is exquisite, with the "up and down" trills. What is the best tune on SC? What do you think?

Date: Mon, November 28, 2016, 23:36:58 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

If we go by Barney's track record, Robustelli's book is likely to be the best book of 2017! But I have to love this, "It's basically going to be a "FAQ" thing." Seeing as how the title is "Steely Dan FAQ: All That's Left to Know About This Elusive Band", it took some serious insight to guess it is a "FAQ thing". Perhaps he can market "Barney Beacon's Banal Bullshit!"

It may be and faq book, but if it is anything like some others in the FAQ Series, it is far from just a bunch of faqs. Take a peek inside the FAQ Series book on The Band:

Now, since I haven't read either of these books (the SD book isn't due to be published until February 2017) it would be completely idiotic of me to give a review. But not for some, apparently.

Fred, at first I thought it was just an innocent typo, on Amazon. But I see it's like that (in the book's description) on multiple sites. They probably steal their copy from Amazon---or perhaps the publisher's marketing people just screwed up.

Skunk Bait, thanks for the tip. I checked out some of Robustelli's youtube vids. Not bad.

Date: Mon, November 28, 2016, 21:48:55 ET
Posted by: Barney Beacon, NJ

Skunk Bait - Brian Sweets book was ok. Anthony Robustelli's will not be anywhere as good. It's basically going to be a "FAQ" thing.

Date: Mon, November 28, 2016, 17:43:57 ET
Posted by: Jedi Warrior, deep space

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Date: Mon, November 28, 2016, 14:40:29 ET
Posted by: Fred, northwest

It's not promising that the Amazon description cites "the genius behind the songwriting of Donald Fagan"

Date: Mon, November 28, 2016, 13:44:54 ET
Posted by: Skunk Bait, CA

This new Steely Dan book was written by Anthony Robustelli. He's a Beatles historian and musician strongly influenced by Steely Dan. He has a lot of videos up on YouTube. His book will most likely be more accurate than Brian Sweet's Steely Dan book.

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Date: Mon, November 28, 2016, 09:38:21 ET
Posted by: Fred, northwest

New book coming about SD. Hope we finally find out where they got the name!

Date: Sat, November 26, 2016, 18:42:22 ET
Posted by: Alkali, Stars Hollow, CT.

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Date: Sat, November 26, 2016, 09:01:04 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

popegreg, thanks for the link, and the knowledge. My card was, indeed, compromised that weekend in NYC. I barely considered MSG when thinking where it might have happened. Stupid on my part, since I know it can happen anywhere.

Aretha's rendition of the National Anthem, was terrific, for the most part. I loved that she also played the piano, and gave our national song, some much needed soul, and flourish. It wasn't perfect (she hit a sour note or two, vocally), but c'mon. In total, it was a thing of beauty. I have a tiny bit of sympathy for those who choose to stand and cover their hearts for the entire five minutes--that can be a pretty uncomfortable position, for some. But to the drunken fans who just want to "get the game started", and especially to those who don't appreciate the Queen of Soul, I have only one (holiday appropriate) comment: Stuff it!

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Date: Sat, November 26, 2016, 07:37:52 ET
Posted by: Alkali, NYC

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Hey 19 thats Retha Franklin
he dont remember the queen im told
its a far cry from knowledge a sole survivor
he thinks im crazy but just then hes been told

on a lighter note, castro is dead and although no one really knows but third world man is about his kind

and finally on a incidental note, Hey 19 and Third world man are two of my least favorite Dan tracks however ive always loved the national anthem, so theres that

Date: Sat, November 26, 2016, 06:42:26 ET
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Date: Fri, November 25, 2016, 21:16:27 ET
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Date: Fri, November 25, 2016, 19:18:34 ET
Posted by: Stevie Dan, Philly

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Date: Fri, November 25, 2016, 11:25:56 ET
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Date: Fri, November 25, 2016, 05:57:54 ET
Posted by: Mole, NH

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Date: Fri, November 25, 2016, 00:49:40 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Steve, my recollection is SD recorded Carey for a Joni Mitchell tribute album, but it was not used. But I drink, so I could be mistaken. :#)

If true, not sure who would own the rights to it. I know Don and Walt don't like (what they consider) sub-standard material to see the light of day--and I respect that. But if they actually submitted this for the album, I suspect they thought it was decent enough. Maybe someone had a more complete explanation.

Date: Fri, November 25, 2016, 00:18:25 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, FL

I had the pleasure of reading the updated version
of Brian Sweet's "Steely Dan" biography and I enjoyed it.
It mentions that "Steely Dan" had covered Joni Mitchell's
song "Carey" from her "Blue" album...has this ever been released ?
Thanks, Steve

Date: Thurs, November 24, 2016, 20:03:50 ET
Posted by: John, Brooklyn

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Date: Thurs, November 24, 2016, 09:24:56 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

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Date: Wed, November 23, 2016, 22:49:39 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Chubby, my uncle has a red pencil box!

Date: Wed, November 23, 2016, 21:27:49 ET
Posted by: Chubby, East Coast

Well, why not? Just go on YouTube and watch Joe Jackson perform ABBA's "Knowing Me, Knowing You". Joe's version is very intense and emotional and always gets a good response from the crowd. That's why he keeps it in his setlist for every tour.

Date: Wed, November 23, 2016, 18:34:40 ET
Posted by: The Dean, Manatee Bar. It's Happy Hour!

Speaking of the Banana Splits, ever notice how the chorus to Buffalo Soldier is, basically, the same as the Banana Splits theme song? Marley claims to have never heard of the Banana Splits. But I have to think it must have entered his consciousness at some point in time. The similarity is too much to completely ignore, IMO. I'm not suggesting he ripped off the song, just that he probably heard it at some point, when he was younger, and it stuck.

And, Steely Dan doing Abba covers? Is this the level we stoop to between tours/albums?

Oh, and Nicholas, absolutely hysterical!

Date: Wed, November 23, 2016, 18:23:40 ET
Posted by: Chubby, East Coast

Never heard of Abba Dabba Wu before. But the combination of Steely Dan, ABBA and Hanna-Barbera cartoon music sounds like a good mix to me. I think The Banana Splits was my favorite Hanna-Barbera show.

Date: Wed, November 23, 2016, 14:44:31 ET
Posted by: Gabby, South Coast

Hey Chubby there already is a cover band that plays Abba, Hanna-Barbera theme music, and Steely Dan covers.

They call themselves Abba Dabba Wu.

Date: Wed, November 23, 2016, 13:44:41 ET
Posted by: Chubby, East Coast

Steely Dan could do a cover album too. A lot of artists/bands are doing it just like the Rolling Stones. "Steely Dan Plays the Music of ABBA" would be nice. Donald would do a phenomenal version of "Dancing Queen". Even Joe Jackson & Elvis Costello play ABBA covers in their sets.

Date: Wed, November 23, 2016, 09:44:49 ET
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Date: Wed, November 23, 2016, 08:23:33 ET
Posted by: Gino F., Zero percent interest

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Date: Wed, November 23, 2016, 00:55:31 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

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Date: Tues, November 22, 2016, 20:41:18 ET
Posted by: Norm, Los Angeles

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Date: Tues, November 22, 2016, 19:45:24 ET
Posted by: Fuckin A, mman

Fuck these fuckers who don't fuckin' know how to fuckin' write about steely fuckin' dan.

I can fuckin' barely fuckin' hear Michael fuckin' McDonald on back-fuckin'-ground vocals on fuckin' Time Out of fuckin' Mind.

Date: Tues, November 22, 2016, 19:00:58 ET
Posted by: Purple 1, Lewiston

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Date: Tues, November 22, 2016, 17:20:23 ET
Posted by: Max, NY

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Date: Tues, November 22, 2016, 15:44:58 ET
Posted by: Sugartooth McDan, Tampa FL

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Date: Tues, November 22, 2016, 12:15:41 ET
Posted by: ha , ha

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Date: Tues, November 22, 2016, 11:35:45 ET
Posted by: search, k

Not sure I would call Mike M's contribution "significant."

Date: Tues, November 22, 2016, 11:12:58 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

The 'Soundbreaking' documentaries on PBS are somewhat trite, nothing we haven't heard before, but a great watch for Steely Dan fans.

No mention of the group thus far, in spite of the series' in depth discussion over recording techniques and acts that took things to the extreme in that realm (lots of talk of Fleetwood fuckin' Mac). The only thing we'll get is a small image of the Aja album cover at the 1978 Grammies, right before CSN award the Album of the Year to Fleetwood fuckin' Mac.

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Date: Tues, November 22, 2016, 03:27:45 ET
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Date: Tues, November 22, 2016, 02:50:29 ET
Posted by: Lenny, MA

Have no fear fellow Democrats. Filmmaker Michael Moore warns Trump/Pence that "they haven't seen anything yet".

Date: Mon, November 21, 2016, 13:39:08 ET
Posted by: kzkzkz, FOX-TV

Yet another SD reference on "The Simpson's" last night! Homer gets the "Chore Monkey" app that does everything for him and he sings
"I'm a fool to do my Dirty Work, oh yeah. I can hire all these dirty jerks for free. I ain't gonna do my Dirty Work no more,gonna leave my socks & dirty shirts on the floor...."

Date: Mon, November 21, 2016, 13:38:21 ET
Posted by: kzkzkz, FOX-TV

Yet another SD reference on "The Simpson's" last night! Homer gets the "Chore Monkey" app that does everything for him and he sings
"I'm a fool to do my Dirty Work, oh yeah. I can hire all these dirty jerks for free. I ain't gonna do my Dirty work no more,gonna leave my socksdirty shirts on the floor.

Date: Mon, November 21, 2016, 13:23:39 ET
Posted by: Mt. Belzoni, Portland OR

For what seems like the 2d time in recent months, the weekend Wall St Journal featured a short essay about Deacon Blues.

Here's the first:

And this weekend's:

I don't disagree that it is one of the Dan's very finest works. Curious though, given the high regard in which so many hold it, that it has been absent from the (often too static) set list for several tours now.

Best version ever: perhaps when they ran it right into Tomorrow's Girls during the '93 tour - a brilliant 15 min of music.

Date: Mon, November 21, 2016, 11:45:49 ET
Posted by: Lutz, SF

I believe EMG was written after the Enron and .com busts and how some of these overvalued high fliers got their cards called and still got away with $$$.
I was just wondering if it’s any consolation to have $ 250 Million in the bank after being so close to becoming President or if the urge to power negates that.
EMG lyrics are so good, they don’t necessarily make a loss sound like defeat. The same could be said about Hill/Bill and their Clinton foundation.
For the die hards who are in denial as to why Hillary had such high negatives and are in attack mode:
The Clinton Foundation right now is under investigation by 5 different FBI departments.
The actual amount that goes to charitable causes is very little and most of the money is used up for salaries, travel, Chelsea’s wedding and such.
Already donations are down by 40% and will dry up, because there is no future payoff possible now.
It is not far fetched to make a comparison with Tyco/ Koslowski and any of these looters.
But the ill winds will stop blowing and it will be cozy down below because Obama will pardon Hillary.
Sanders would have been a more credible candidate for sure, although Jim Webb was my favorite. Sorry to digress.

Date: Sun, November 20, 2016, 22:47:10 ET
Posted by: Abu, Sadland

RIP Nigey Lennon

Her cover of Brain Tap Shuffle:

Date: Sun, November 20, 2016, 05:11:31 ET
Posted by: ps, Sun Mountain

The correct link to Angel's blog is:

"In Brain tap shuffle, Nigey's arrangement ties together her fondness for Zappa and Steely Dan. Brain tap shuffle is a polished version of an unreleased Becker and Fagen demo written before they were called Steely Dan. Like all Steely Dan material, the lyrics are cryptic, sarcastic and the twisted chord progression supports a typical catchy Dan melody. Tabacco and Lennon share the vocals. Jim Dexter plays the 'Beckerish' guitar solo and the piece ends on the chorus: "Let your mind snap - mash your knee cap - rock and roll crap" and then plummets into an hysterical, hyper FZ meltdown." ~ Lionel Rolfe

Date: Sun, November 20, 2016, 04:40:43 ET
Posted by: Gina/Mizar6, Sun Mountain

Nigey Lennon passed away Monday, November 14 due to complications from radiation therapy she received in 1998. She survived the cancer, but not the treatment. She thought she was fighting a virus, but instead she was fighting a battle she couldn't win.

Like a lot of creative people who choose the artists' path, our friend Nigey and her husband Eric depleted their resources during the course of her illness. With this fundraiser we aim to cover the expenses for a funeral. Please do what you can and share to get the word out.

It's her wish to be buried at Northport Rural Cemetery. In a bio-degradable cardboard coffin. She didn't want to be cremated. Maybe she liked the idea of becoming part of the soil, the land she cared for.

Can you, as her friends or fellow SD and FZ fans, make that wish come true?
The goal amount is provided by the Northport Rural Cemetery.
All donations will solely be used for Nigey's funeral.

Nigey is known as a published author. She wrote "Sagebrush Bohemian," the first book about Mark Twain in the West, Homeopathic Cell Salt Remedies (co-author Lionel Rolfe), "Being Frank," her time spent with Frank Zappa, "Bread & Hyacinths" (co-author Lionel Rolfe) which illuminates an obscure chapter in the history of Los Angeles and America's socialist movement, and a popular book about the Grandmaster of Pataphysics, Alfred Jarry, "The Man with the Axe" which was extensively illustrated by Bill Griffith, a famous underground comics artist who has had a daily strip (Zippy the Pinhead) for decades.

Her skills as a musician and composer resonate on her album Reinventing the Wheel which was first released in 2001. A remastered version with bonus tracks is in orbit since 2013. Providing these bits and pieces of her resume, however, don't do justice to who she was as a person and a human being. Her wit and intuitive sense for the peripheral perspective in life gained her an inner encyclopedia of knowledge, a stealth mode that made her invisible and unknown to others, yet she saw and noticed a lot, if not all. Her return to the cosmic collective consciousness is a deep loss for those who love her.

Nigey was also part of a vast Steely Dan fan community online, which long before social media started to dominate our cyber landscapes, consisted of an extensive Yahoo Steely Dan News group, the Dandom Digest newsletter subscribers and two message boards or guestbooks, the Yellow and the Blue.

The Yellow was hosted by St. Al Pat Beemer (because yes, Steely Dan fans are also often Frank Zappa fans although there are exceptions of which we're about to present one here) and the Blue was or rather, is, hosted by Hoops James McKay.
The Yellow folks produced a number of music albums presenting some of the musicians who frequented the Yellow. Nigey contributed two tracks for the latest compilation CD "Yellow Peril" (2002), namely Brain Tap Shuffle and Calle Sin Nombre, both in collaboration with John Tabacco and others.

Over the years, plenty of brain taps and shuffles occurred as kindred spirits and souls commuted along the both broad and narrow lanes of the Steely Dan fan cyber hangouts.

One of Nigey's friends from the Yellow is Angelle LeMarche, whom she met in person a couple of times. Angel has been blogging for many years, and also wrote about Nigey back in 2010. Please check out her latest blog here…/nigey-lennon.html and follow the link to that 2010 entry.

Thank you.

Date: Sat, November 19, 2016, 01:38:06 ET
Posted by: popegreg, MKE

Damn. Leon Russell, Mose Allison and now Miss Sharon Jones. RIP.

And Fuck 2016.

Here's a fantastic video of Miss Jones (with a Prince guitar solo around the 7 minute mark) from 2011:

Date: Sat, November 19, 2016, 01:12:10 ET
Posted by: NYB, Countdown To Entropy!

I stand corrected... As of yesterday Mrs. Clinton is leading Donald Trump by 1.4 MILLION VOTES and projected to win the popular vote by approximately 2 MILLION BALLOTS!

This is something that the Electoral College CANNOT IGNORE!

We have a very serious test of the election system here, one that will determine the future of the Electoral College itself. The Electors must realize that this man has ABSOLUTELY NO POLITICAL EXPERIENCE WHAT SO EVER, that he has made numerous derogatory statements towards many different types of people, that he has been caught on video saying that privileged people can "do whatever they want" and has made very belittling statments regarding women (see "Pussygrabber").


Date: Fri, November 18, 2016, 23:42:41 ET
Posted by: Bob,

Sarcasm, Dean sarcasm.

Date: Fri, November 18, 2016, 21:47:57 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

There is NOTHING about EMG that suggests it is about a "not-for-profit" company. The thought of that is simply ridiculous. I don't believe Lutz suggested it was, if you actually read his post. And, since when has SD "into shaming not-for-profits"? Perhaps you were being sarcastic (the only way your post makes ANY sense), but there was no clue that was the case.

Date: Fri, November 18, 2016, 17:54:43 ET
Posted by: Bob,

Agreed, Lutz, it's about a not-for-profit that's put out of business by a demagogue who public becomes blinding followers like in Chain Lightning. Steely Dan is into shaming not-for-profits. But really it's closer to the Goodbye Look, but I don't think you get that either.

Translation: Enough of the right-wing hooey stinking up this joint.

Date: Fri, November 18, 2016, 15:39:42 ET
Posted by: Jerry , Manchester, England

Hi Lutz, I always thought that song was about a relationship breakdown.. probably because I was going through one at the time and it struck a chord so to speak. Anyway what do I know.. apart from it was great crossing the pond and meeting sooooo many friendly people including those on here to see them at the Beacon.

Re Trump and that miserable rat Farage.. as Elvis Costello will often sing and I'd like it carved into my gravestone 'What's So Funny 'Bout Peace Love And Understanding'

To the 3 women sat behind me at greatest hits night if by a miracle you're reading this and who tapped me on the shoulder asking me for a drink after the show... just beacause I ran out before the encores doesn'y mean I was avoiding you.. there was a queue in the gentlemens toilets as we say over here and I stood outside waiting to see you.. I mean who wouldn't. Sorry we didn't meet.. maybe next time!

Just showing off :)

Date: Fri, November 18, 2016, 13:35:58 ET
Posted by: kzkzkz, NYCity

God Street Wine opened their second set at The Cutting Room last week with "Any Major Dude"-

Date: Fri, November 18, 2016, 01:02:54 ET
Posted by: Lutz, Sf

'It's high time for a walk on the real side
Let's admit the bastards beat us'
'It was sweet up at the top
Til that ill wind started blowing'
Now it's cozy down below'
'We gave it our best shot
But keep in mind we got a lot'

This song was written after the .com crash happened but I have to think of Hillary, Bill and the Clinton Foundation and if that's how they feel now.

Date: Thurs, November 17, 2016, 21:01:52 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

I'm sure plenty of us have seen Haynes at Dan shows. My Haynes story is seeing him at one of the Chicago Theatre nights, out in the hallway trying to grab one last drink/bathroom break in while the band played "Peg."

The hallway was filled with six or seven other guitar dorks just like me, no interest in hearing "Peg" for the trillionth time live, all very interested in buying a $12 scotch before they closed up the bars, all recognizing and shaking Haynes hand and he/we made our way back to our seats. So like-minded that it was super hilarious.

Date: Thurs, November 17, 2016, 19:56:39 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Bob, I think your thoughts are on the mark---except for I have to wonder if Levon's issues with the film tempered with time. I'm just guessing here. Yes, Robbie made this his star turn, and that really was not the right thing to do for/to the band, well, The Band. But Levon came out smelling like a rose. It was poor Richard Manual who ended up looking like a drugged out fool. His contributions were never properly highlighted.

I sincerely hope Donald gets involved, and perhaps Libby will have something to do with it. Let's face it, Levon's post band career is far superior to Robbie's. So maybe things will work themselves out.

I dig the idea of Fagen playing, and singing, Stage Fright. I may be the only one, though.

Date: Thurs, November 17, 2016, 18:23:25 ET
Posted by: Bob,

Good hypothesis, KD.

On the positive side, I could see Donald participating, especially with Michael McDonald and Warren Haynes involved. Haynes is a huge Steely Dan fan.

On the other hand, will Robbie Robertson be directly involved in this? Levon Helm hated The Last Waltz. According to most stories I've read, Levon Helm thought Robertson forced the end of The Band and used The Last Waltz as sort of an anointing of Robbie's future career. With Robbie's new biography just out, he again is pretty down on Levon for his heroin habit. Pretty much everyone here knows that Donald is the stepfather of Levon Helm's daughter, Amy Helm. She is rather loyal to her dad.

Of course, what do I know? I've never met any of these people.

Good catch, KD. We'll have to wait and see. W

Date: Thurs, November 17, 2016, 16:41:09 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

I'm sure Mr. Fagen will find a way to contribute to one or two of these 'Last Waltz' celebratory shows, no?

Date: Thurs, November 17, 2016, 10:59:35 ET
Posted by: mod, r

Anyone named Donald J is fair game for discussion on an SD board.

And SD did play in Trump's house in 2006.

Date: Thurs, November 17, 2016, 10:57:29 ET
Posted by: Bookkeeper's Son, Florida


When I get home later I am going to give Circus Money another listen! Great way to spend quality time this evening.

Date: Thurs, November 17, 2016, 10:39:25 ET
Posted by: Pfil, here

NYB, All in Cleveland and Gino F, Listen to today's Osgood File on the radio and at the web tomorrow. Alexander Hamilton wrote that the reason for the electoral college is to have an elite class that could override a populace that is foolishly swayed or entranced to vote for an authoritarian personality who is otherwise unfit and unqualified to be president. Although 24 states prohibit electors from not voting with the popular vote, the others are not bound. Some of those in the 24 states could also vote otherwise but pay a fine. As many Republicans have pointed out, Trump fits the Hamilton's description. Electors should stand up as Patriots and not vote for Trump.

Date: Thurs, November 17, 2016, 10:17:35 ET
Posted by: Gino F., Although...

I still maintain that "Circus Money" is the best thing I've heard since the Year of the Small Potato.

Date: Thurs, November 17, 2016, 10:15:40 ET
Posted by: Gino F., apologies all around...

Bookkeeper's Son - You're right. I just couldn't resist, but I should have. Hoops, I hereby nominate my previous post for summary deletion.

Date: Thurs, November 17, 2016, 09:22:27 ET
Posted by: Bookkeeper's Son, Florida

For the last eighteen months plus we were saturated with election coverage, negative statements, negative ads....everything political. During that time I could count on coming to the Blue and finding NONE OF THAT.
Please follow the simple rules of the Bluebook and keep posts to things Steely Dan. PLEASE do not turn this into a political forum. There are plenty of other outlets for that.

Date: Thurs, November 17, 2016, 09:19:30 ET
Posted by: Gino F., confusualised

NYB - I thought Bernie was yer candidate?

For what it's worth, he was mine too.

And he very likely would have won by a decent margin if the cynical puppeteers that control his party hadn't cynically decided that what America needed was a Lady President, no matter what, even one who was thoroughly repulsive even to many of the party faithful who held their noses even as they voted for her.

Of course we're ready for a woman President. Just not one with so much filth-caked baggage. Bernie was/is far less "scary" than Donald Trump for a lot of left-of-center voters, and he didn't/doesn't have the overwhelming repugnancy factor that comes with the Clintons.

I know a number of life-long Democrats who either (a) voted for Trump rather than continue to support the corruption, or (b) spoiled their ballot rather than encourage either candidate.

So there's no point in protesting the Cleveland Indians' loss, NYB. Maybe next time. There WILL be a "next time", and your time would be far better spent working towards that goal rather than burning cars and breaking windows. Just a thought.

The point is, Walter Becker's "Circus Money" is quite possibly the greatest single group of songs to be released, anywhere in the world, over the past ten years or so.

Date: Thurs, November 17, 2016, 08:23:15 ET
Posted by: all in, cleveland

thirty thousand emails vanished.
numerous lies to congress
illegal $$ from foreigners
dozens of mysterious deaths to people too close to her
the list could go on and on

Date: Thurs, November 17, 2016, 06:58:49 ET
Posted by: NYB, Henry Bemis @ The Library

Dear "Cleveland",

Uh, perhaps you were unaware that Mrs. Clinton won the popular vote by nearly ONE MILLION BALLOTS! Hey "Cleve", remember when your boy Georgie Bush won the election by 2 votes and a "hanging chad" back in whenever? Well Mrs. Clinton won by ONE MILLION VOTES AND SHE AIN'T GONNA BE PRESIDENT???

The Electoral College "Cleve"... There is another shoe YET to drop...

Date: Wed, November 16, 2016, 21:08:26 ET
Posted by: all in, cleveland


Date: Wed, November 16, 2016, 19:24:38 ET
Posted by: Chet, B

Given that Harrison Ford was early 30's at the time and she was 19, according to the story, I thought it was relatively Dangential. And easy enough to scroll by without commenting if you felt otherwise.

Date: Wed, November 16, 2016, 14:18:14 ET
Posted by: The Dean , St. Augustine Beach

So, Chet, now we are wading into the shallow cesspool of celebtity gossip?

Date: Wed, November 16, 2016, 11:37:16 ET
Posted by: Chet, B

So Han Solo had a "Hey 19" affair with princess Leia.

Date: Wed, November 16, 2016, 10:48:13 ET
Posted by: Indians Fan, Cleveland

The World Series isn't over either! There's still time left to pretend that The Cubs didn't win!

And Christmas isn't coming right 'round the corner if we all just make enough "positive affirmations"!

Finally, if we all just get to it and make enough angry phone calls, Bowie won't be dead either!

Date: Wed, November 16, 2016, 06:57:30 ET
Posted by: NYB, The Final Frontier

For those of you disheartened about the election, please keep in mind that THIS AIN'T OVER YET! The Electoral College has not yet voted! Right now it appears to be 290 for Trump, 232 for Clinton... BUT THAT CAN CHANGE! If we can get 10% of the Electors pledged to Trump to change their vote based on Trump's lack of experience, judgement, temperament, and numerous pending lawsuits and investigations making unable to effectively govern and discharge the office of President, we can STILL avoid this tragedy!


Date: Tues, November 15, 2016, 20:03:02 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

But is Graphite and Glitter rigged or not?

Date: Tues, November 15, 2016, 19:32:35 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

"To the graduating class, I just want to say, from a blues verse from Mose Allison, 'When you move up to the city, there's just one thing I hope / When you move up to the city, there's just one thing I hope / You don't take money from a woman / and don't start messin' around with dope.'"

Date: Tues, November 15, 2016, 18:50:15 ET
Posted by: NYB, Trump policy made easy!

"Don't worry about Global Warming. We're gonna build a new Earth, a better Earth, it'll be the best Earth ever!"

Donnie J. Trump
Fuhrer of The Universe

Date: Tues, November 15, 2016, 17:49:25 ET
Posted by: Sadly, This trend will only get worse

RIP Mose Allison

Date: Tues, November 15, 2016, 11:19:51 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Dean: Haha I love the way they seamlessly slid those lines into their usual banter.

Kind of like the way Steely Dan stole some of the best lines from jazz greats - Horace Silver, a prime example. YGTII...sometimes it's an entire rant - Gaucho.

Date: Tues, November 15, 2016, 00:27:26 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Mu, many thanks. Been checking out the fine Bennie Green tracks you posted. Very sweet. Rudy's sound engineering is in fine form, too.

But one thing that stuck me, was this little Buddy Rich video, linked in the sidebar. Funny shit:

That led me to this Seinfeld video, where he discusses how he incorporated some of Buddy's cursing shtick into the Seinfeld show. Great shit:

I can see this is going to be another night shot to hell....

Date: Mon, November 14, 2016, 23:44:32 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Dean - this is a good one to start from Soul Stirrin. Elvin Jones on bass, Sonny Clark on the ivories, Gene Ammons tenor

a little swing, NOLA, Jazz Messengers, also hailed from Chicago.

Date: Mon, November 14, 2016, 17:55:39 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

I would have never run across The 1957 Tail-Fin Fiasco (or Snarky Puppy or the two Scandinavian women who do great SD covers or many others) if it wasn't for the Blue. They're out today with a new four-song EP confusingly called the 3-Song Drive EP (that's a reference from Scenes From a Fell Running Year). It's worth a listen. I like it.

Date: Mon, November 14, 2016, 16:42:42 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

PLEASE NOTE: Before posting, you may need use your browser's "reload" or "refresh" button/command to update the "POST" button and the ability to post. You just need to do this once for your particular browser--not every time you post from the same browser. Thanks. Thanks also to John.


Date: Mon, November 14, 2016, 01:43:44 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Please excuse my indulgence, but here's another little piece on Joe Kelly. Have a great night.:

Date: Mon, November 14, 2016, 01:39:29 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Quick late-night, Steely Dan free post. Hoops, feel free to delete if you think it isn't relevant.

A jazz trumpeter from Chicago, Joe Kelly is a friend, well a bar-friend, of mine here in St Augustine. A terrific guy, who takes care of his mentally challenged (and incredibly cool) son. The kid is in his forty's, and looks like he's in his twenty's. Hardest working, nicest people you could ever meet. But I digress...

Joe played with a "show band" at the Gaslight for many years. He also played the post call, at a Chicago race track. One day, bored, he jazzed up the traditional, boring, tune they play at every track. Eventually, the people from the Preakness asked him to come and play the post call at the Preakness Stakes. He did the Preakness for many years. I remember hearing his, very cool, Preakness post call, which was unlike any other I'd ever heard. This was many years before I met him.

Since meeting him, he has given me a CD of his performances from the Gaslight. FUN is the best description I have of his, and his band's, music. "I wasn't a great player. I was just a show band guy.", he always very modestly says. I can tell you, he was better than that.

Today he told me about the time he opened for someone (I forget who) in Memphis, and Elvis (attending the show in disguise, to see the main act), sent a representative backstage to tell him how much Elvis enjoyed the show. Elvis invited Joe, and the band, to Graceland to hang out. Joe admits he really was never an Elvis fan (didn't pay too much attention to rock-n-roll), but the man showed him (and the entire band) so much respect, and had so much knowledge of the blues, he turned Joe into a huge Elvis fan. One musician to another, they connected.

It really made my day. Just thought I'd share it. I looked for some recording on the net, but came up short. Anyway, here's Joe's Wikipedia page:

Date: Mon, November 14, 2016, 01:16:18 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

No issues here, Mu. And thanks for the Bennie Green tip. I'm not that familiar---checking his stuff out now. Thanks.

Date: Sun, November 13, 2016, 22:58:18 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Dean - For context, I was listening to a Bennie Green recording - made in Rudy's Hackensack studio...and was thinking about jazz clubs on the lower east side...and an arcane connection to Daddy Don't Live in that New York City No More.

I think my Dad visited the Five Spot a few times back in the 50s.

Date: Sun, November 13, 2016, 22:38:07 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu, on the counter

I wasn't kidding - your post was the only one on Rudy's passing! Busiest time of the year for me - I thought about Black Cow, all the great recordings, but probably wasn't posting that week.

In the corner of my eye...

Date: Sun, November 13, 2016, 22:23:47 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Dean: We did. Unfortunately, Frey got a lot more notice...

Date: Sun, November 13, 2016, 21:36:53 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

RIP, Leon Russell. Been a huge fan for years. Saw him live a few years ago, and he was awesome. One of the great songwriters in rock.

And, Doc Mu, I'm fairly certain we commiserated Rudy's death on the Blue when it happened. I recall making a post about it. I could be wrong, though-maybe what I wrote was just an email to a friend. If so, shame on us. He was a major figure in jazz recording, and also a big influence on the way Steely Dan records in the studio.

Date: Sun, November 13, 2016, 21:21:46 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

RIP Leon

So many greats lost

Let's not forget Rudy Van Gelder back in August.

Rudy worked as an optometrist in Teaneck, NJ to pay the bills while setting up a recording studio in his parents home in Hackensack. His parents living room provided the dry sound that made Blue Notes Records famous and D&W emulated.

Executives from Hell's Kitchen and musicians from the lower east side (Avenue D)drove like fools to Hackensack to play some gigs. There at Rudy's food and drink were not allowed, particularly after moving to a larger chance of touching those German microphones! Dinner in a paper sack, and back to the city.

Date: Sun, November 13, 2016, 18:06:24 ET
Posted by: Bookkeeper's Son, Florida

Rest In Peace Leon Russell. You will be missed.

Date: Sun, November 13, 2016, 14:45:05 ET
Posted by: Ben Jammin, ChiTown

We've lost another legend...

Date: Sun, November 13, 2016, 09:42:40 ET
Posted by: Trivia, Q

As Don & Walt are an odd couple, what's the significance of today's date?

Date: Sun, November 13, 2016, 08:11:50 ET
Posted by: Seaquake by Morning, Quake TV

Stay safe our New Zealand fans.

Date: Sat, November 12, 2016, 19:49:45 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Crowd Pleaser,

Thanks for the link. Pretty fucking nice. I had heard Throw Back the Little Ones, but not Fire in the Hole (one of my favorites). A very interesting arrangement.

Date: Sat, November 12, 2016, 12:41:16 ET
Posted by: NYB, Back Jack, Do It Again...

"Make Germany Great Again!" is EXACTLY the motto Adolf Hitler sold the German people in his rise to power in the 1930's.

Exactly the same.

Date: Sat, November 12, 2016, 11:33:29 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Saw Oz Noy with Jimmy Haslip and Keith Carlock last night. Awesome show, Keith took a looong drum solo towards the end of the night that brought the house down.

Date: Sat, November 12, 2016, 05:49:55 ET
Posted by: Crowd Pleaser Man, UK

At the end of a turbulent week. Here a string quartet version of 'Fire In the Hole' that you've probably not heard before. It's by Dirk Radloff, who's also done a spiffy cover of 'Throw Back The Little Ones'. ->>

Date: Fri, November 11, 2016, 22:33:28 ET
Posted by: Sammy, NY

Please keep in mind Donald Fagen's last words of warning to the audience at the final Beacon show: "See you next year, IF there's a United States of America next year".

Date: Fri, November 11, 2016, 14:22:13 ET
Posted by: sad, NY

Date: Fri, November 11, 2016, 08:25:41 ET
Posted by: Alkali, NYC

aw shucks when exactly did this place turn into a political bored seems to me that if it aint dan related it dont belong the people who rant and hold it up high are lying just check the lyric if you dont believe me While he plundered far and wide All his starving children cried And though we sung his fame We all went hungry just the same He meant to shine To the end of the line
the only legit way to console his passing and yet be able to cognate would for me be Jeff Porcaro-Steve Lukather-Laura Branigan-Leonard Cohen i guess what im trying to say is cant we all just get along? theres a sudden flash of a bloodied face on the television screen and then the reception is lost as cohens the future begins to play

Date: Fri, November 11, 2016, 07:06:25 ET
Posted by: popegreg, in despair

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That's how it goes
Everybody knows

RIP Leonard Cohen.

Date: Fri, November 11, 2016, 00:41:38 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Yep - RIP

Date: Fri, November 11, 2016, 00:17:27 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Need a bolus of dark sarcasm:

We all went hungry just the same.

Sad old men...who took this town back...

Date: Thurs, November 10, 2016, 23:50:03 ET
Posted by: Gino F., bummed out

@The Dean - Nope. Respectfully - I meant what I said the first time.

Too many folks have been sniffing the glue and/or drinking the [toxic] Kool-Aid, for too long, I think. We really do need to stop. For our own sakes. For all of our sakes. We all need to wake up.

The national debt is either 19 trillion or 21 trillion, depending on what source you read from. More-or-less double what it was eight years ago. The country's in a mess. We're far worse off than we were a decade ago, in every respect - financially, socially, environmentally, manufacturingly. Far worse.

And of course this new clown is very likely NOT the answer. Bernie just might have been - maybe. But the cynical Democrat puppet masters cynically figgered we'd all go for a lady president, just 'cause she's a lady...and they couldn't have picked a more unelectable, repugnant, mobbed-up candidate. Everyone knows the details, even if they choose to ignore them.

I know - this isn't the place for all that.

And by "wake up", I do not mean, "Burning cars & rioting & breaking store windows so you can upgrade your electronics because you didn't get your way this time". That's not "waking up". That's "anarchy". I know some of us want that, but most of us don't.

I know - this isn't the place for all that. Sorry, again.

Me? I'm gonna medicate myself right now with a big slice of 1975. I've just put Katy Lied into the CD tray, volume cranked way up. And when that one's done I may just wallow in some 1974...because a little Pretzel Logic might just help all of us get through this.

PS - RIP Leonard Cohen. For selfish reasons, I really wish he'd lived until at least 95.

Date: Thurs, November 10, 2016, 22:53:57 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Toronto

Haven't had access to the internet for a while, but when I finally came back I checked in here first. Not what I had expected to read.

I had some stuff to post about the 2016 Beacon run, but the unexpected news of Leonard Cohen's passing has sucked the enthusiasm out of me tonight.

The music world has lost a real good one...we've all lost a real good one.

Date: Thurs, November 10, 2016, 22:41:30 ET
Posted by: The Dean, Still Shakin' Up in the USA

Leonard Cohen---wow. RIP

I have to admit, I respected/admired him more than I actually enjoyed listening to him. But that's my issue. Very talented man, indeed.

And, Gino---I hate to be "that guy" but don't you mean a lot of people are going to have to START sniffing glue, now?

Date: Thurs, November 10, 2016, 22:03:34 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Leonard Cohen's hometown

RIP Leonard Cohen, a great Montrealer.

Date: Wed, November 09, 2016, 03:36:22 ET
Posted by: Gino F., surprised as anyone

Don't feel too bad. It looks like a lot of people are gonna have to stop sniffing glue.

Date: Wed, November 09, 2016, 00:41:40 ET
Posted by: kuleebaba,

Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.

Date: Tues, November 08, 2016, 23:35:30 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

D&W better get in the *** **** studio fast.

Plenty of material to work with.

Date: Tues, November 08, 2016, 23:27:07 ET
Posted by: Depressed, watching CNN

The election results are making me sick. I won't sleep well tonight.

Date: Tues, November 08, 2016, 10:57:29 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Keith Carlock was great while sitting in with the band on Seth Meyers' show last night.

Date: Tues, November 08, 2016, 03:01:01 ET
Posted by: Johnny C., NYC

Today is Rickie Lee Jones' birthday. Happy Birthday, Rickie!

Date: Mon, November 07, 2016, 00:47:04 ET
Posted by: Abu, Next time I will proofread better

I have an extra word in there somewhere. And, I meant to say that the Bob Merrill-Drew Zingg cover of Traffic's "Glad" does NOT quite have the raw energy of the original. If there are any more misteaks, oops I mean mistakes, then I apologize for my total lack of proofreading.

Date: Mon, November 07, 2016, 00:40:57 ET
Posted by: Abu, misspell

Sorry, but it is Steffen Kuehn, (not Kuehne).

Date: Mon, November 07, 2016, 00:25:38 ET
Posted by: Abu, Zingg Flingg

If you are fans of Drew Zingg, you might be interested to know that he has been a busy man the last couple of years. Not only does he solo on one of the Monkey House tunes on "Left", but he is featured on the Wide Hive Players latest album called "Players Please". These guys have some funky horn arrangements, with Drew guitar work on virtually every tune. He is has a few nice solos on trumpeter Steffen Kuehne's super album entitled "Leap of Faith", which also has drummer Tommy Zoe (who has is own Steely Dan Groove Conspiracy, who often plays live in the SF-Oakland bay area). Last year Zingg appeared is on another trumpet player and sometimes vocalist Bob Merrill's 2015 release "Cheerin' Up the Universe", which includes a cover of DF's IGY, which is decent enough, with some interplay between Merrill and Zingg (nothing too elaborate). Perhaps the tastiest cut on this album is a nicely done cover of the wonderful instrumental "Glad" by Steve Winwood's Traffic (John Barleycorn album), which on the original Traffic album featured the late reed player Chris Wood. On this remake, Zingg takes Wood's place. This cover does quite have the raw energy of the Traffic original, but it is done fairly well. At this rate, Drew Zingg is likely recording somewhere else. Stay tuned.

Date: Sun, November 06, 2016, 17:55:32 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago, on the quick

Thanks for your patience with the spam, especially for ignoring it. I've removed what's appeared in the past few days which is a short term fix, but thanks for your continued patience until I implement a longer-term fix in the next day or two. (That means there may be a few more bursts of spam--thanks for ignoring.) Special thanks to John.



Date: Sun, November 06, 2016, 16:35:36 ET
Posted by: James, NH

Late night talk show junkies: Keith Carlock will be the special guest drummer on Late Night with Seth Meyers Nov. 7 - Nov. 10. It's unanimous now. Hillary wins on Tuesday.

Date: Sun, November 06, 2016, 08:53:14 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Chris said: "Kind of funny that they asked the mastering engineer what Fagen had to say about the *lyrics* on the record."

It amused me, too, Chris. I guess he is the only guy close to Don, or who had any real involvement with the album, who would give him the time of day.

It also gave me a possible new perspective on the album, as a whole. Not sure I'm buying in (certainly not all-in) but might have to start re listening with this perspective in mind.

Now, if I could only find an instant payday loan, somewhere.

Date: Sat, November 05, 2016, 18:25:36 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

I usually dislike Vox but I thought that one was pretty good.

Kind of funny that they asked the mastering engineer what Fagen had to say about the *lyrics* on the record.

Date: Sat, November 05, 2016, 04:25:38 ET
Posted by: Lester, stayin' up late

I'm just guessing, but I think the majority of the BlueBookers are liberal progressives just like Donald Fagen.

Date: Sat, November 05, 2016, 01:42:08 ET
Posted by: kuleebaba, vox and kamakiriad


:-) Google is your friend:

Yeah, Vox can be unabashedly liberal. I do think the email article is more correct than not, though.

Date: Fri, November 04, 2016, 20:21:21 ET
Posted by: Gino F., It can't get any worse, can it? Please tell me it can't...

Holy crap! Never heard of "" before, but I sure know enough about it now.

Look, I get that Trump is a complete buffoon, and a loose cannon. And I know that he'll make a terrible president. But the folks behind this site must be pretty messed up themselves. The first two things that stick out on the front page of this "we'll-explain-everything-to-you-from-the-looney-left-perspective" site are:

1) A puff piece all about "Hillary Clinton's Quiet Revolution" [sic]


2) A mind-numbing headline to an embarrassingly facile article that claims, "The Real Clinton Email Scandal is That a Bullshit Story has Dominated the Campaign".

Add to that a load of fresh, steaming "articles" about how Trump hates women, hates minorities [sic], and how he might just eke out a victory so WE ALL HAFTA GET OUT AND VOTE FOR HILLARY!!!!

It's like a totally koo-koo mirror image of the thoroughly execrable Fox "News".

Sadly, I never made it through the pro-Hillary gunk to find the Kamakiriad/Global Warming [sic] thingy...

Date: Fri, November 04, 2016, 19:50:18 ET
Posted by: oleander, Voxin'


Go to and check out the extended riff on Kamakiriad & climate change!

Date: Thurs, November 03, 2016, 01:57:11 ET
Posted by: Baseball Hater, Anaheim CA

The antithesis to The Fez is Walter's onstage rapping. Fuck baseball and go to more rock shows. Rock on!

Date: Thurs, November 03, 2016, 00:05:17 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach. Extra Innings Game 7. Very Drunk.

Alex T, while I don't know the song itself is the lyrical antithesis to The Fez, but there is a line from Aja that qualifies:

Throw out the hardware. Let's so it right.

Date: Thurs, November 03, 2016, 00:01:04 ET
Posted by: Jerry, MI

I'm VERY disappointed no videos have surfaced on YouTube of Steely Dan singing Show Biz Kids with Rickie Lee Jones at The Beacon Theatre. Sucks.

Date: Wed, November 02, 2016, 22:54:06 ET
Posted by: Abu, Rolling Review

Review in the Rolling Stone, mostly about the CTE show. Decent enough, for a junk magazine, as referred to by M/O/D/P.

Date: Wed, November 02, 2016, 22:02:35 ET
Posted by: Abu, East meets West

Watching the various vids of the Beacon shows that have been posted on the Tube. Thankful to see whatever was recorded, mostly in mediocre to fairly good quality, all things considered. Was mainly interested in the Scam, Ecstasy, and Gaucho. Nice to see King of the World, Razor Boy, Boston Rag, Show Biz Kids and Pearl of the Quarter from CTE; Time Out of Mind, Third World Man and Gaucho from that album; Caves of Altamira, Haitian Divorce (minus the first minute, and pretty low quality) and the title track to the Royal Scam. For some reason, only half of Don't Take Me Alive was recorded. I was (a little) disappointed that the following are not on vid: Sign in Stranger, The Fez, Everything You Did, My Rival and Glamour Profession. (I failed to mention that there were a few often-performed tunes that were recorded) Perhaps the "missing" tunes are still awaiting an upload. Again, I for one, appreciate any songs that are to be seen, especially as I could not attend any of the Beacon shows. So, please don't take this post as a complaint, for any who might take it that way. And, GO CUBS!!!

Date: Wed, November 02, 2016, 21:51:15 ET
Posted by: Moon, watching TV

West of Hollywood. 2 Against Nature has now become my favorite SD album. I'm getting sick of Don & Walt focusing too much on their early material just to please the crowds. That's why I admire artists like Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Rickie Lee Jones and Neil Young. These artists don't pander to the audience. They don't give a shit about what the crowd wants to hear. They play what they feel like playing.


Date: Wed, November 02, 2016, 21:01:15 ET
Posted by: Alex T, Jeopardy

Which SD song might be considered the lyrical antithesis to The Fez?

Date: Wed, November 02, 2016, 16:24:44 ET
Posted by: WERTY, POIU

You could argue that every unsold seat was, in essence, a scheduling conflict!

Date: Wed, November 02, 2016, 15:23:56 ET
Posted by: Jack, CA

The Alan Parsons Project just canceled their show for tomorrow "due to unforseen scheduling conflicts" in San Luis Obispo, CA. Yeah, sure. Just admit it guys: LOW TICKET SALES.

Date: Wed, November 02, 2016, 13:59:02 ET
Posted by: Reality Check,

Ok, that was a good song, and sure, it's nice to think of Hillary in jail. But it's not likely that she'll do hard time in The SHU (i.e. solitary confinement, where only the really violent felons go) in some supermax prison. She'll end up in one of those cushy Club Fed "Prison Camps" like Bryan (TX) or Alderson (WV).

Date: Wed, November 02, 2016, 13:35:38 ET
Posted by: Worried, sipping coffee

I'm very worried about the outcome on Election Day next week.

Date: Wed, November 02, 2016, 11:58:42 ET
Posted by: And if, Hillary wins,

I'm goin' to jail
It's just a matter of time
They're gonna nail me soon
Just let the evidence shine

Oh I'll enjoy my few days
Before they put me away
Doling out favors
And deleting all day

I'll be the first Lady President
You know that it's true
And the first one to end up
Breakin' rocks in The SHU

Date: Wed, November 02, 2016, 10:36:04 ET
Posted by: NYB,

Theme song in case Trump is elected:

"And they can all look down on Sucker Row
But they all forget
The tallest trees from acorns grow
(They they ain't yet)
I never look down on a sucker's take
They all pay their bills
And never give a sucker an even break!
And I never will..."

(Mark Knopfler)

Date: Wed, November 02, 2016, 03:39:20 ET
Posted by: Sherman, Watertown N.Y.

This year I was lucky to get a seat in row A of the loge at the Beacon. Perfect sightline and even if people got up and danced, they couldn't block my view.

Date: Wed, November 02, 2016, 01:56:40 ET
Posted by: suedave, Seattle

Great to meet up with a bunch of you in NYC before and after the CTE shows - Joan, Fiona, Miranda, The Dean, Pete, Shari, Big Fan, Reidar, Don & Fran, Gus Winterbottom, Karen, Randy, Sandy, I’ve probably missed someone and I apologize for that. I sat a few seats behind Reidar and both he and I had people who stood/danced in front of us for the majority of the show - which was a little fun but mostly distracting and pretty much mostly blocked Jon from view. Didn’t keep me from enjoying the show but next time I’ll get seats closer to where I saw some others of our kind over by the soundboard - sounded great there and no one standing.

Missed seeing several regulars - you know who you are. Otherwise it is super that we meet up in NYC and catch up, share food, drink, whatever, and our love of the music. Thanks to to Don & Walt who have made the best music ever.

Date: Wed, November 02, 2016, 01:28:39 ET
Posted by: Bubba, MA

Poor Rickie Lee Jones. She once again is the opening act (this time for Madeleine Peyroux). When I saw her play at the Beacon for Steely Dan a lot of the crowd seemed to be disinterested. What Rickie needs to do is hire a full backup band. Her acoustic sets can be a bit slow and tedious.

Date: Tues, November 01, 2016, 18:26:21 ET
Posted by: Buttsteak, Worcester MA

Hey fans! Rickie Lee Jones & Madeleine Peyroux are going to do a co-headlining tour starting in March 2017. It's on Rickie's Facebook page. Two openers for Steely Dan at The Beacon have now joined forces together. Interested?

Date: Tues, November 01, 2016, 18:25:21 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Walter Becker lost his dad at an early age, something that drives many sons to treat their own lives as if they're living on borrowed time. He lost a longtime girlfriend and, during the grieving process, watched as the girlfriend's mother brought suit against him in the same year that he nearly died from being hit by a car.

Then, oh, a few months later his professional career more or less stopped in its tracks.

Is it a little frightening to see his playing or mid-song pieces go a little ... "unsure?" Fine. Do we wish that he was back to putting out solo albums, or at the very least treating us to the brilliance he used to toss up on Steely Dan's website every few weeks (or days)? Of course. It's fair and understandable to worry about the guy, whom we all love and respect.

Walter Becker doesn't owe us shit, though. Professional (regarding record companies, his interest in writing new tunes, etc) guesswork is one thing, but aligning hinted-at ("sheer Bavarian willpower") health woes from the past with current-day armchair stuff from a YouTube video or concert seat should be beneath us.

Date: Tues, November 01, 2016, 17:39:43 ET
Posted by: Kurt, c

And of course the source is the uncorroborated Sweet bio.

Date: Tues, November 01, 2016, 16:54:42 ET
Posted by: Juan, Dallas

On the Wikipedia page for Walter Becker it says "Becker suffered from numerous personal setbacks including addiction to narcotics".

Date: Tues, November 01, 2016, 14:09:29 ET
Posted by: detective, Q

Walter's High School yearbook.

No actual picture, he's in the "camera shy" list.

Date: Tues, November 01, 2016, 10:50:50 ET
Posted by: Barney Beacon, Hoboken, NJ

Jesse, back in Boston
Everybody knows Walter suffered a serious leg injury due to a car accident in 1980. This left him with substance dependency on narcotics"

Jesse, it's a good idea that if you don't know what the f*ck you're talking about..... just shut up!

Date: Tues, November 01, 2016, 02:20:24 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

@ Chris nh, Beacon runs can do that to a person, that's for sure!
Maybe next go round.

Date: Mon, October 31, 2016, 22:36:10 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Dean, your memory is correct - I did not make it out to pre or post festivities this year. I got to NYC on Thursday and never really went to bed ... that hit me almost immediately after the last note on Friday, on the train towards the Bitter End.

Date: Mon, October 31, 2016, 21:41:25 ET

Carl, you should have gotten a tinnitus shot, # not exactly Pulitzer material

Date: Mon, October 31, 2016, 18:11:18 ET
Posted by: Carl, PA

I don't know. I always wear ear plugs at the Beacon. I have tinnitus now after going to a lot of rock concerts without hearing protection.

Date: Mon, October 31, 2016, 14:32:23 ET
Posted by: Buttsteak, Worcester MA

Hey, guys! Rickie Lee Jones just uploaded the official video for "Flying Cowboys" on her Facebook page.

Date: Mon, October 31, 2016, 13:59:34 ET
Posted by: From Facebook. ,

Apologies if this is redundant.

Donald writes about what horror movies taught him.

Date: Mon, October 31, 2016, 10:11:40 ET
Posted by: To get around, the obstucted views

You need one of those backpacks Homer Simpsons had on that lets you hover in the air.

Date: Mon, October 31, 2016, 09:56:41 ET
Posted by: Gus Winterbottom, Manhattan, but homeward bound shortly

My apologies for the typo in yesterday's post; I meant 2011 and 2015 of course, and not 2014, since they didn't play at the Beacon that year.

Date: Mon, October 31, 2016, 06:56:00 ET
Posted by: Angry Bob, NY

Fuck these damn expensive side orchestra seats with obstructed views. If I pull one up on Ticketmaster then I always throw it back.

Date: Mon, October 31, 2016, 06:46:42 ET
Posted by: Cory, F

Obstructed views from the outer edges of the front row(s) is hardly unique to The Beacon. I got burned at a couple different places before learning my lesson. As obstructed as my view was at one show, the people next to me had it worse and tried sticking their necks out like cranes trying to see more. They left before the show ended and they were $200, front row seats.

Date: Mon, October 31, 2016, 02:15:32 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Several Days In New York.
Safe trip home, surely helped by all the good vibes from so many people! We were in for the last 3 shows. Met most everyone I expected, but like the Dean, I missed a few. My memory is maybe more "hazy" than his. Unfortunate not to have Hoops with us, but raised more than one or two drinks to him! And also LWO, and Aussiesaatva! So maybe all that toasting was as much to blame as hangin' with the Dean (and Frank) for the alcohol consumption! Great to see Gus and Mrs, Joan ,Jim, Sandra, Fionna, and Karen. M/O/D/P and better half.And my two good buddies, LaVetta and her sis. Once again, a special shout out to my guardian subway angels SueDave, super job guys, my wife thanks you! And thanks to Pete and Shari for the great after-parties! Also my pal Marc who reps Mtl with us, and for some bizarre reason thinks I'm hip. And as ever, you know him, you love him, my man, THE Norwegian, Reidar Solli. One of the coolest guys I've ever met! He has inspired me more than you can imagine! His tour shirts are a treasured gift, but the time spent with him, is a gift of much greater value! So I guess to but a bow on my yearly long post, I can only recommend to Danfans out there,next tour, get out there and meet us, any of us, any show, any city. On the whole we're a pretty good bunch,(at least some of the time). They say familiarity breeds contempt, but it doesn't have to be that way. If we continue to meet each other face to face the Blue will have a much friendlier tone.IMHO. Enough mushy stuff for now, oh yeah, the shows. They were fuckin' great!

Date: Mon, October 31, 2016, 00:28:11 ET
Posted by: popegreg, Home At Last

Gus, I sat in Row A, all the way to the right. for one of the shows last year and we could not see the Danettes at all. We were right next to some of Cindy Mizell's friends who got tickets from her and they couldn't even see her! I'm certain that the Beacon knows about this but they just don't care. Most people won't complain (as I did not) so why should they do something about it? If you have the time and energy you should complain to the Beacon and Ticketmaster. Maybe even dispute it with your CC company if it's not too late and you have pictures to back it up.

Chris, yeah that was a nice spot for the most part. I was lucky enough to pull a single Row AA Center seat for CTE. I moved over a couple of seats because one of those 6 speakers (I'm not 100% sure they are monitors) placed about a foot from the edge of the stage completely blocked my view of Madeline Peyroux. At least for her set the row was mostly empty. Back in my assigned seat for SD I could barely see Freddie or Keith when I was seated. So even some front row center seats there are obstructed view!

So I was right in front of Jon and Walter on CTE night and, to me, Walt seemed like pretty much same Walt as last couple of years. I missed most of the Hey Nineteen rant for a bathroom (then beer) run, so maybe that was worse than usual? I also completely missed whatever was going on with Jon during RITY, I was most likely watching the Danettes doing that dip dance move thing they do for that song.

Walter did sit down off to the side on GH night for all of Dirty Work though. I don't think I've seen that happen in a few years. So what ails him must have ben acting up after all those shows. I hope he's feeling better.

Also, does anyone know why the band sets up so far back (like 10-15 feet) from the front edge of the stage? Does it have to do with the sight lines in the balcony?

Date: Sun, October 30, 2016, 21:52:19 ET
Posted by: Curly, Rochester NY

Don't ever buy an orchestra seat at The Beacon Theatre with a high seat number on it. It means you'll get a limited view of stage. I prefer sitting up on the Loge section. I always get a nice clear view.

Date: Sun, October 30, 2016, 21:38:01 ET
Posted by: The Dean, Upper West Side, NYC

Chris, I think you nailed the explanation to Jon's gesture. Hard to believe since his solo as spot in, but it make sense otherwise. Were you at any pre/post events? I met you last year, but do not recall seeing you this year. Then again (as I mentioned previously), I was far too faced to remember much. I spent several days with minimal sleep, little food, and way too much bourbon (is that really a thing?). Sorry if we actually talked and I just don't remember. There are several tings (I'm certain) that escaped my memory from the past two nights.

Everyone was fantastic, as always. (For some reason, whenever I come to NYC, people just give me things. I probably should spend more time here.) I hesitate to mention names, for fear I will forget someone, but these people deserve some special mention:

M/O/D/P and his lovely wife, Rose (Darling): I wouldn't have been able to attend the last two shows (and last year's show, for that matter), without his generous (and strange) magic.

Don Patrol (and his awesome wife, Fran, and his friend from Montreal-Marc I think): He brings a new meaning to the term "generosity". You never feel more welcome, and important, than you are with this dude. I'm not sure this fucker has a bad-vibe bone in his body.

I only met these guys a year ago, but it feels like I've known them forever.

Pete Fogel: I keep saying how special this guy is, but I didn't know the half of it. Finally got to sit down and talk to him for awhile on Saturday. Great guy, great stories---and another guy with an unbelievably cool, and beautiful, wife. He always treats me like a king, even though he barley knows me.

Joan Smith: Even though we didn't spend much time together this year, she greeted me with a huge smile, and hug--which for an old fat guy like me, is a terrific thrill. As much as I admire and respect her for her writing, I gained a new level of admiration for her after speaking with Pete Fogel. Let's just say, this woman might be a candidate for sainthood. (Just smile and say Thank you", Joan. Accept the compliment, you know it's legit.)

Gus Winterbottom: Another guy who always has something to share. The salt of the earth. I delivered your package, as instructed, to Pete on Friday night.

It was great to see suedave,Joe/Jeff from England, and---well let's just say my memory is starting to fade, right now. I understand oleandar was there, but for some reason, I can't recall meeting here this year. If I did, I'm sorry, I'm a drunken asshole--and there was a lot of confusion (for me) at Playa Betty's on Friday. That's no excuse, I know. But it's what I got, right now.

And once more, I'm confused by those who thought Walter's guitar playing was substandard this year. I won't drag any others into this, but several Blue-Bookers agreed with my take, this was one of his better shows. I guess we just disagree on what makes a good solo.

OK, that's it for now. I have two days to sober up (or get progressively worse) before I head back to Florida. Maybe then, I'll be able to recall the others who deserve mention/praise. Sorry for any omission tonight.

Date: Sun, October 30, 2016, 17:47:48 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

KD, I believe Walter was coming through that half stack. I know Jon's amp was moved off stage a few years ago when he switched to in-ears, looks like Walter followed suit, although he still has monitors. (I noticed it when the roadies were checking Walt's rig before the set).

Dean, I think JH was having issues with his in-ear monitors when he mouthed "WTF" during Reelin'. My guess was he couldn't hear himself during perhaps the most iconic Steely Dan guitar solo of the night, which would make anyone lose their composure - although he still played it flawlessly.

PopeGreg, from your photos it looks like you were right in front of me, maybe a bit to the left ... I was in CC, center "chunk," closest to the aisle. Hell of a way to see a Steely Dan show.


Regarding WB on Friday: there wasn't anything really out of the ordinary that stood out to me. He rambled a little on the intros. His playing was very sloppy at times. I've seen (much) better, I've seen (a little) worse. This is the state of Steely Dan in the '10s. Fagen's voice remains impossibly strong, the band continues to top themselves, Becker leaves you scratching your head, and the setlist -- unless you make the journey to the Beacon -- remains the same. If you post here, you know all this. I take the good with the not so great and I had a blast.

Date: Sun, October 30, 2016, 15:49:59 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Mr. Clean: I think Eric Wolfson noticed an industrial area of factories, pipes. No trees or people, located on an Ammonia Avenue...a rejection of modern society and industry.

William: Echo Valley and Timothy stretch my memory out as far as it can. Touch and Go is a little clearer, but pretty earnest

Adventure is like a weird hybrid of Split Enz, Genesis, and Steely Dan. And weird is good - akin to the back half of Everything Must Go.

Pretty complex stuff - but Pina Colada made and KILLED RH's career...and Adventure didn't sell much.

Cold from the same album...even more Fagen-like

Date: Sun, October 30, 2016, 14:13:30 ET
Posted by: //Kyle Oleynik//, Denver CO

Hello ;) Happy Holidays..

Date: Sun, October 30, 2016, 13:55:46 ET
Posted by: Bob, Still in NYC

What was wrong with Walter? Sick or just hammered?

Anyone know the story?

Date: Sun, October 30, 2016, 13:37:37 ET
Posted by: Marc, New York City

Gus, I agree 100% with you. I was barely able to see Jon, Walter and the horn section. The sound was much better than I expected given we were so close to the stage but the view was really sacrificed by the speakers. I sat by the sound console in row Q the previous 2 shows and I had a perfect view and perfect sound quality for less cost. Having said this being close to the stage and watching the skills of the players is really something every serious fan should do at least once in their life if they can afford it.

Date: Sun, October 30, 2016, 13:10:52 ET
Posted by: Reidar from Norway, NYC

My last day in NYC for this year and I just want to take this occasion to thank everyone I met this year, it's so nice to get the faces to some of you posters. No one mentionend no one forgotten you all know who you are. This trip's memories will get me through a cold winter in Norway, but I hope to see the most of you for some kind of Beacon Run i 2017.
As I don't post here unless I'm here in NYC I also take the oppertunety to whish every one Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
See you all in 2017.

Date: Sun, October 30, 2016, 12:25:29 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf


interesting, thanks for the heads-up. It appears that, after eleventy-billion shows at the Beacon with the same sets of discerning ears in the band, they're adapting to the old place's various angles.

Date: Sun, October 30, 2016, 12:23:55 ET
Posted by: Julo, New Haven

That stinks. Paying over $300 a ticket for obstructed view seats.

Date: Sun, October 30, 2016, 10:11:24 ET
Posted by: Gus Winterbottom, Manhattan


The short answer to your question is: as far as I could tell, everyone in the band.

To expand on this point, last night Mrs. GW and I were seated at the house-left end of the fifth row (Row A) of Orchestra 1, which is the left-center section. Since the other orchestra section starts well back of those seats, we were at the extreme left side of the house. So we were staring right at the bank of speakers you mentioned (instead of Herington and the horn section; more on that later). I did not detect any imbalance in the sound from the left or right members of the band, so I think that those speakers were placed there for our audio benefit, and perhaps were fed the full mix. I have heard some "channel separation" on at least one prior SD show, at the Forum in LA in 2014. We were in roughly the same relative position to the stage, and Walter's guitar was definitely higher in the mix at that show.

Someone else who might wish to weigh in here is Mark, the person seated to my immediate right last night. He is a friend of Don Patrol, but I don't know his handle if he posts here. He should be able to confirm or controvert my opinion.

Now I will digress into a "Consumer Alert". For Friday's show we were in the same relative position, but two rows forward in Row CC. Since there was nothing on the ticket indicating "Obstructed View", I spoke with the management, and we were able to move to the front row of the Loge, only a few seats away from The Dean and other Bluebookers. Since last night's show was a sellout, there was nothing comparable that they could do, so we had to make the best of a bad situation. Looking back through my photo library, these banks of speakers at the edges of the stage were present during both the 2011 and 2014 Beacon runs. So it seems to me that this problem must have been brought the the house's attention before, and moreover the band has had plenty of time to improve the arrangement of the speakers to either reduce or remove the obstruction. If anyone on this board has mentioned this before, I missed it myself, so that's my own fault. So while I didn't do a full survey of the obstructed seats, I would say that to be safe you should avoid the outer four or five seats in at least the first 10 rows of orchestra sections 1 and 2, except that Row AA is shorter by a couple of seats and may not have a problem at the left and right edge.

Sorry for the rant, but I felt duty-bound to bring this up at some point.

Date: Sun, October 30, 2016, 09:42:00 ET
Posted by: Mr Clean, o

I always wondered if Ammonia Avenue was a nod to the Parsons brand of ammonia. Maybe he figured he could write the perfect jingle for them with his antiseptic music!

Date: Sun, October 30, 2016, 06:06:44 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Can anyone tell who is playing through that half-stack speaker cabinet far to Walter's left?

Date: Sun, October 30, 2016, 04:28:54 ET
Posted by: William, now listening to Rupert Holmes

Rupert Holmes first three albums on Epic are quite good. Very catchy melodic adult pop songs. But then he wrote the silly Pina Coleda tune. I disregarded his work after that.

Rupert Holmes also wrote the infamous hit song about cannibalism called "Timothy" in 1970. Remember that? He also wrote a great song for The Partridge Family called "Echo Valley 2-6809". David Cassidy loves performing it at his shows.

Date: Sun, October 30, 2016, 04:03:32 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, NYC

@ the Dean, you rock!

Date: Sun, October 30, 2016, 03:21:31 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu, F autocorrect


Date: Sun, October 30, 2016, 03:20:36 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

From around the same temporal mark, Rupert Holmes on Him (not the crappy and annoying Pina cold song) shares some structure and Cmaj7 type stuff:

Answering Machine is rife with maj7ths, but all y'all can find it on your own...

Date: Sun, October 30, 2016, 02:56:07 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

KD: I think the CTE quip in the liner notes is directed at Donald by Walter as a joke. Fagen at one time conceded that CTE may be his favorite SD album.

Date: Sun, October 30, 2016, 02:45:29 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

KD: Wow - doesn't Alan Parsons know SD plays the same setlist every night? ;)

Yeah hoops, I noticed they were a bit on the earnest side.

Still, there are a couple of jazz chords on Don't Answer Me that channels Roy Orbison

and Prime Time (Asus2, Gsus2, Dm7, Bbmaj7))

from Ammonia Avenue - catchy, simple, but probably their best stuff. Layered and slick/professional like SD, but musically limited overlap.

Date: Sun, October 30, 2016, 02:31:15 ET
Posted by: Hugh, up late in Chicago

Some ominous words from Donald at the end. Guess we'll find out what happens on Election Day.

Date: Sun, October 30, 2016, 01:32:45 ET
Posted by: William, still listening to England Dan & John Ford Coley

The only song I liked after (England) Dan Seals left John Ford Coley was "Meet Me in Montana". It was a duet with Marie Osmond. I think I'll go listen to some Starland Vocal Band and Starbuck (Moonlight Feels Right).

Date: Sun, October 30, 2016, 01:22:05 ET
Posted by: Gus Winterbottom, Manhattan

Steely Dan at the Beacon
Greatest Hits night, 29 Oct 2016


INTRO: November Afternoon ~9:23 PM

Black Cow
Hey 19
Black Friday
Show Biz Kids
Kid Charlemagne
Rikki Don't Lose That Number
Dirty Work (Ladies rotating lead vocals)
Daddy Don't Live In That New York City No More (WB vocals)
Things I Miss The Most
I Want To (Do Everything For You); Band Intros
My Old School
Reelin' In The Years

ENCORE: Pretzel Logic

OUTRO: Untouchables Theme ~11:30 PM

*I know that Dirty Work was played, but I had trouble writing in the dark. My photographic evidence suggests that this is the correct order, however.

When the band came back for the encore, Donald said something like "See you next year - IF there's a United States of America next year."

Date: Sun, October 30, 2016, 00:31:50 ET
Posted by: Mike in NYC, NYC

Re: England Dan.

Oh. Ah.


Ya got me.

(Face turns red.)


(Turns off computer.)

Date: Sat, October 29, 2016, 22:48:02 ET

The KOTW from last night viewed via You Tube was "otherworldly" pardon the pun. I am not familiar with the one your referencing Micky, but trust your judgement based on previous post.The Boys appear to be in peak form.

Date: Sat, October 29, 2016, 22:13:16 ET
Posted by: Micky, Vegas

Of course they had to change the arrangement for King of the World to make it sound more like the original at the Beacon show. But the updated 2013 version really sticks in my brain. I feel the same about Reelin'. I prefer the jazzy 1993 version instead of the 1972 original.

Date: Sat, October 29, 2016, 19:14:45 ET
Posted by: Micky, Vegas

People sure are uploading a lot of videos from last night's show on YouTube. There's even videos of the opener Madeleine Peyroux. King of the World from last night is not as good as the version played during the 2013 Mood Swings Tour. The 2013 arrangement was more jazzier with a bigger emphasis on the horns. Unfortunately, not many people got a chance to hear it and the videos on YouTube were taken down years ago.

Date: Sat, October 29, 2016, 18:24:34 ET
Posted by: The Dean, Off to the Show

One more quick comment. I have to throw the bullshit flag on Jesse's post. Walt is not using a chair anymore, and looks far better than he did a couple tours ago. AFAIK, his major drug issues are a thing of the past. Just sayin'...

Date: Sat, October 29, 2016, 18:21:52 ET
Posted by: The Dean, Deep in the Upper West Side

Major thanks to LWO for hooking my friends up with nice seats. Her loss was their gain.

As for Walter, yes he really did seem to be hammered last night. But I thought his playing was exceptional, for the most part. And he took quite a few solos--more than usual, based on what I've seen in past shows. Don seemed to be having a lot of fun, too.

After his main solo on Reelin', Jon looked toward Don (in that general direction) and put both of his hands--palms facing toward himself, tilted slightly upwards. Sort of a "WTF?" gesture. Anyone else in attendance notice that? Any clue what was going on?

It was great seeing "the gang" again---and I look forward to doing it again tonight. These past few days have consisted of very minimal sleep, fairly minimal food, and far too much booze. Not sure if this far old body can do this two nights in a row. But I guess we are about to find out. Off to Playa Betty's. Hope to see YOU there.

Date: Sat, October 29, 2016, 18:04:44 ET
Posted by: Jesse, back in Boston

Try not to look at Walter too much. His health is not 100 percent. Everybody knows Walter suffered a serious leg injury due to a car accident in 1980. This left him with substance dependency on narcotics. Every year he looks in worse shape than before.

Date: Sat, October 29, 2016, 17:51:49 ET
Posted by: popegreg, TriBeCa hi-see-ho

Here's some photos from last night:

Hoping for FM and Do It Again tonight!!!

Date: Sat, October 29, 2016, 15:41:20 ET
Posted by: Casual fan, Orlando

Tupelo, not just you. Becker looked in terrible shape. The rambles were unfocused, he seemed drunk or stoned, or both. And what was the drama with the guitar tech coming out after every song to talk to him but do nothing? Weird.

But agree with others on Herrington. Stole the show I thought. And I agree on KOW. If Becker can stop this tailspin on his health and they tour next year, hope they add it to the standard set list.

Date: Sat, October 29, 2016, 14:04:14 ET
Posted by: oleander, comin' down

I think that's the best I've EVER heard Mr. Herington play, and that's (as mentioned) after a set accompanying Ms. Peyroux and with (as mentioned) unknown difficulties during RITY. He was TOTALLY en fuego. Creative and virtuosic.

The horn section acted as though they had just stepped out of the phone booth in superhero garb--all notched up their solos past the usual brilliance.

Jim Beard did a lyrical, compact intro to Razor Boy that was transporting. Also loved Dr. F's intro to Josie.

Agree that KOTW was roof-blowing--it's the perfect jazz kickout song, and when it degenerated into its melliflous chaos at the end, Dr. Becker's prickly guitar perfectly seasoned it.

Didn't take long to tie the bow on CTE--I would have been happy if they just played it twice. The rest of the "random shit" (Dr. Fagen's words) was of course not random, and there were no surprises. Just fist-pumpin', jumpin'-up-&-down great music.

BTW, Faces in the Crowd Dept.: Jerry Seinfeld sat behind us Wed. and Joe Jackson was behind us briefly last night.

Date: Sat, October 29, 2016, 13:40:52 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Reminded of the liner notes for the 1999 re-issue of CTE, where the Boys warn people not to give any personal info to anyone claiming that CTE is their favorite album, should that person be consuming alcoholic beverages at the time of his or her statement.

Date: Sat, October 29, 2016, 12:29:52 ET
Posted by: Fishermen's, Friend

And Mike in NYC gets reeled in.

Date: Sat, October 29, 2016, 12:15:20 ET
Posted by: steelyfez, CT/NYC

Great show last night. crowd was lively and it was my first time hearing
King Of The World and Pearl Of The Quarter live.

Date: Sat, October 29, 2016, 11:30:09 ET
Posted by: Mike in NYC, NYC

Just for the record, England Dan and Dan Fogelberg were not the same people. England Dan was Dan Seals, younger brother of Jim Seals; he died in 2009. Dan Fogelberg passed away in 2007 after a very prolific solo career of writing and recording many excellent albums.

Date: Sat, October 29, 2016, 11:18:21 ET
Posted by: Chris, Nh

Fwiw, WB's performance overall was not unlike much of what I've seen in the past 5 years or so. Inconsistent. But a lot of clams last night and he didn't shine as much where he typically would on Pretzel and Josie.

I thought he might have been killing some time with the band intro preamble so Fagen could take a leak or whatever.

Sounded solid on the Boston Rag solo, though.

Date: Sat, October 29, 2016, 11:03:14 ET
Posted by: Chris , Nh

Great show last night. CTE works phenomenonally well in a live setting. KOTW was killer and should be played every damn night. Arrangement stuck fairly close to the original with horns replacing the synth line and a keyboard solo instead of guitar at the end (which was unfortunately way too low in the mix to make out, the only misstep the sound guy made all night from where I sat).

The rest was almost a little anticlimactic. Bodhi, My Old School, Boston Rag and KOTW = a lot of high energy, heavy hitting songs in the first 1/3 of the set. Still, I get it, you gotta play the hits.

Fagen was in great voice and looked like he was having a good time, animated and talkative between songs. Not sure Walter was having his best night.

It looked like Madeline Peyroux expected to do 30 mins, but after finishing a song on the 30 min mark exactly, a roadie rushed out and told her she had 15 more minutes. Combined with the late start, which is quite odd for this very punctual band, I wondered if Fagen's limo was stuck in traffic or something ...

One other observation: during one of his solos in Reelin, Jon looked like he was having issues with his in-ears - saw him fiddling with his mixer and mouth "what the fuck?" at someone off stage - but if you weren't watching, you wouldn't have noticed because his playing was flawless. Dude's a pro.

Date: Sat, October 29, 2016, 10:27:15 ET
Posted by: Trupel,

OK, was it just me or was Walter' wrecked last night ?
Anyone remember that three minute incoherent ramble he went on sometime well before the introductions ( which themselves were especially protracted). I thought Becker's solos were also noodly and crappy for the most part -- I swear he was hammered, teetering back-and-forth up there like Bad Santa
Thoroughly enjoyed the show...but surprised no one else mentioned this so far. The long delay before they started was probably so he could get appropriately in the bag

Date: Sat, October 29, 2016, 03:45:34 ET
Posted by: Alan, San Francisco

Videos of Boston Rag & King of the World from last night's show at the Beacon are up on YouTube. King of the World is fuckin' incredible. Love the horns and Keith Carlock.

Date: Sat, October 29, 2016, 02:27:38 ET
Posted by: Vito, Cleveland

Maybe the reason Steely Dan started so late was because Jon Herington needed some rest after playing with Madeleine Peyroux. Jon has to do double duty performing two sets on one night.

Date: Sat, October 29, 2016, 01:33:00 ET
Posted by: Gus Winterbottom, Manhattan

Steely Dan at the Beacon,
Countdown to Ecstasy Night, 28 Oct 2016


INTRO: November Afternoon ~9:25 PM

CTE (album)
Hey 19
Black Friday
Dirty Work (Ladies rotating vocals)
Daddy Don't Live In That New York City No More (WB Vocals)
I Want To (Do Everything For You): Band Intros
Kid Charlemagne
Reelin' In The Years

ENCORE: Pretzel Logic
OUTRO: Untouchables Theme, ~11:35 PM

I don't know the reason for the relatively long (~50 minute) break following the MP set; perhaps some other Bluebooker at the show has some info. More later...

Date: Sat, October 29, 2016, 01:22:32 ET
Posted by: Jumbo, West Coast

So how was the Countdown show everybody?

Date: Fri, October 28, 2016, 21:57:32 ET
Posted by: Go, Tribe

I imagine that his sister Susan is an Indians fan.

Date: Fri, October 28, 2016, 21:28:04 ET
Posted by: Owen, CA

I love Donald and his attitude towards baseball. I couldn't care less about some shitty World Series. Fuck baseball is right!

Date: Fri, October 28, 2016, 20:54:20 ET
Posted by: oleander, ...

Fuck autocorrect: Jon

Date: Fri, October 28, 2016, 20:53:17 ET
Posted by: oleander, The Beacon

So John Herington accompanying Madeleine Peyroux...and singing?!? A first for me.

Back to Wed.: The Dan doing "Everyone's Gone to the Movies"--with relish--another first for me. The period touches are more evocative than ever.

Date: Fri, October 28, 2016, 19:53:12 ET
Posted by: oleander, Back at the Beacon

Mu & Cazh Fan,I'm beholden to y'all.

Re-stoked to be back for CTE. Hoops!; LWO; WYWH.

More highlights from Wed. night:

Dr. F noted that the house was "light," probably because of the Series, and added, "Fuck baseball!" He asked if we knew who Cab Calloway was (to many shouts of "Minnie the Moocher!" etc.) and confided, "He's my idol."

Date: Fri, October 28, 2016, 19:28:46 ET
Posted by: Jeff, at the beacon theatre

I'm here at the show. They just opened the doors to let people in. I'm going to get some ice cream before I go inside the theatre.

Date: Fri, October 28, 2016, 18:58:11 ET
Posted by: Little Wild One, Houston, sadly not NYC

I'd just like to publicly thank The Dean for coming to the rescue on my ticket dilemma. I only wish I could say it in person.....but if I could then I would not have had a dilemma. (Yes, I am wallowing.)

And the beat goes on. Looking forward to spectacular reviews of tonight!

Date: Fri, October 28, 2016, 16:04:55 ET
Posted by: Tripel,

going tonight -- does anyone know the expected rough timing? Is madeline P going on around 8-45, then SD around 915?

Date: Fri, October 28, 2016, 16:04:16 ET
Posted by: hoops , in chicago, sadly not nyc

The latest edition of the Dandom Digest went out last night. It covers September 15-October 28, 2016. The previous edition covered August 1 - September 14, 2016.

The following are the subjects/headlines of the items in the latest newsletter:

- NYC: PRE-Show Danfests 10.28 & 29
- NYC: POST-Show Danfests 10.28 & 29
- DF Wants to Make Peace with Bob Dylan
- SPOILEResque: Q & A: Fagen Writing for New Album?
- DF in Slate: How Nuclear Fears Fueled the Counterculture
- DF on The Simpsons
- SPOILER: Transcript of DF on The Simpsons
- David Crosby Says He Is Collaborating with Fagen
- Big Paris Review appreciation of Gaucho
- Paste Magazine Ranks Albums of Steely Dan, But...
- Big Paris Review appreciation of Gaucho
- King of Comedy Soundtrack Finally Out On CD
- Keith Carlock Spending A Week On Late Night With Seth Meyers 11.7-10
- Michael Leonhart Plays Psycho at Rockwood 11.9
- REDUX: OUT NOW! Catherine Russell, Harlem On My Mind
- REDUX: DL Media and Jazz Village on Catherine Russell's New One
- REDUX: From New Catherine Russell Album - Swing! Brother, Swing!
- The New Yorker: David Bowie Celebrated by His Friends, including Catherine Russell
- Everything 25% Off at Store
- Mountain Heart Does It Again Differently
- Don Breithaupt's 71-75 and 76-79
- Re: Don Breithaupt's 71-75 and 76-79
- A Single Thought: How Do You Break Into the Music Biz Today?
- Joe Roccisano: He Was a Roc, He Was an Island
- SPOILER: Beacon Night 1, 10.12.16
- SPOILER: Review: Steely Dan Stuns at the Beacon Theatre 10.18
- SPOILER: Beacon 10.15.16
- SPOILER: Beacon 10.22.16 Review
- SPOILER: Beacon 10.25.16

If you are a subscriber, you should already have received it. If you don't see it, check your spam filters first; then, if it's not there, please email me.

As I regularly remind subscribers, some people have problems with delivery of the Dandom Digest, usually because of their spam filters, firewalls, etc. That's why this sort of notice is posted here--so you are aware that you should have received the latest edition. Heck, if you want, email me privately that you did get it. WIth email filters and spam what they are today, there can be some issues beyond our control. For example, many work-place email servers reject email that it scans as having a naughty word.

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Thanks to all who contributed to the latest edition of the Dandom Digest, be it through the emailing digest AT dandom DOT com or through posting to our BlueBook guestbook or Facebook page; or tweeting @dandomdotcom. Special thanks to Luke, Ben, and Gus.

As always, thank you for your support and writings through the years, especially Pete and Shari, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Winterbottom, and especially thinking of Mark, Bill, and Fezzie, and purposely not to mention a couple of people who request anonymity.

Fly about as low, be so cool,


Date: Fri, October 28, 2016, 15:53:17 ET
Posted by: Steelyfez, CT/NYC

Hey Jim thanks and hope you are feeling better.

Thanks for all of your dedication with the blue.

I will check out Playa and perhaps head to the Bitter End.


Date: Fri, October 28, 2016, 15:19:05 ET
Posted by: hoops, sadly in chicago and not NYC

Steely Fez:

This what we have for tonight and tomorrow's fan gatherings in NYC. I've also heard about some other doings but am unclear if they are open or just by invite:

From Dandom Digest for Sep 14-Oct 28, 2016

Subject: NYC: PRE-Show Danfests 10.28 & 29

While there are no formal or official pre-show Danfests, a number of fans in NYC for the Beacon Shows have been informally meeting up at Playa Betty's, northwest corner of 75th and Amsterdam.

Writes a certain highly regarded restaurant connoisseur on Facebook:
"Just a heads up for those of you coming to the SD shows at the Beacon. There's a brand new bar/restaurant that's opened up right around the corner from the Beacon. It's called Playa Betty's. It's where "Cilantro" use to be. They have cheap Mexican fare and the bar is a very good size and is not cramped. For me, it seems like a much better place than the Amsterdam bar or any other restaurant/bar in that area to meet up before a show at the Beacon."

More details about Playa Betty's, including reservation policies, menu, etc, are at

From: Pete Fogel, Via Facebook Group Dandom
Subject: NYC: POST-Show Danfests 10.28 & 29

This Friday, October 28. If anybody wants to head over to The Bitter End after The Steely Dan show, just show your ticket stub at the door for a reduced ($5) admission. Starting at midnight will be "L*A*W", with his red-hot 7-piece musically diverse, high energy Funk and R&B band.

L*A*W is a singer/rapper/dancer/producer & multi-instrumentalist who is part of Funk Legend George Clinton's P-Funk camp. He's known by many for his historic work singing & dancing behind the late legendary British sensation, Amy Winehouse. L*A*W was Amy's opening act for her sold-out shows in New York City, and also appeared with Amy on her one and only appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman.

[Additionally, Danfans are also planning to gather at the Bitter End around Midnight after Saturday's show. The legendary Bitter End is at 147 Bleecker Street, between Thompson and LaGuardia, in Greenwich Village. Directions and more can be found at


Date: Fri, October 28, 2016, 13:04:55 ET
Posted by: Merlin, just arrived in NYC

I do not know. I'm a very shy person so I always avoid those social gatherings. I'm gonna eat at a nice restaurant then head for the show tonight.

Date: Fri, October 28, 2016, 11:04:30 ET
Posted by: Steelyfez, CT/NYC

Where is the pre-show gathering tonight?


Can't wait for Countdown!!

Date: Fri, October 28, 2016, 10:25:31 ET
Posted by: Ell Cee, -+==+-


Apologies for having to correct you publicly, but John Ford Coley was part of a duo with the late Dan Fogelberg, not Steely Dan. Not to worry, you're not the first to make that mistake.

Date: Fri, October 28, 2016, 04:10:55 ET
Posted by: Toejam, Beacon bound

Rickie Lee Jones uploaded some nice photos of herself singing with Steely Dan at The Beacon on her Facebook page. She's standing right next to Walter.

Date: Fri, October 28, 2016, 01:26:57 ET
Posted by: William, listening to England Dan & John Ford Coley

My favorite England Dan & John Ford Coley song is "Love is The Answer" written by Todd Rundgren. It's John Ford Coley's favorite too. John Ford Coley was part of a tour that included Ambrosia and Gary Wright some years back. It was really good and brought back a lot of memories growing up in the late '70s.

Date: Fri, October 28, 2016, 00:37:13 ET
Posted by: Denny, Long Beach SoCal

Alan Parsons? What a joke. His band made one decent album in 1977 called I Robot and his Game People Play hit was pretty catchy but the rest of his music is all junk. He draws meager crowds at the small venues he plays. I saw him play as the opener for Yes many years ago. It was extremely boring. He has some nerve comparing his band to Steely Dan. The Alan Parsons Project is a real minor league rock act.

Date: Fri, October 28, 2016, 00:02:11 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, There's a warm wind blowin' the stars around [sic], and I'd really like to see you tonight, tomorrow night & Saturday night as well

Is there any truth to the rumour currently making the rounds that John Ford Coley will join the band on stage Saturday night for a long-awaited/highly-anticipated reunion? That's what I've been hearing. Please note that I've been up for over 20 hours straight now, with no hope of any sleep in sight, in anticipation of tomorrow morning's 6:00am flight to NYC, and as a result there's always the slight possibility I may have misread something, somewhere.

@Don Patrol - Likewise!

@LWO - Sorry to hear you won't be there.

See all ya'll (or at least some of ya'll) in The Big Apple!

Date: Thurs, October 27, 2016, 23:32:51 ET
Posted by: ric, etc.

I wonder if it was Walter's Hey 19 rap that sent AlPar scurrying for the exits.

Date: Thurs, October 27, 2016, 23:28:45 ET
Posted by: Gino F., Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?

All I can say is that Alan Parsons is no Norman "Hurricane" Smith.

Not by a long shot.

Date: Thurs, October 27, 2016, 23:04:18 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

I used to listen to Alan Parsons albums over 30 years ago, when I did not have a sense of humor.

Date: Thurs, October 27, 2016, 21:23:44 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Killing Time

QUOTE: "I walked out of a Steely Dan concert [recently] for that reason, because it was so self-indulgent!"

Oh, Alan Parsons.

So now we learn that the tape operator guy who used to routinely take credit for Dark Side of the Moon, as though it was his and his alone, thinks the SD more-or-less static, radio-play-heavy setlist of the past decade or so is "so self-indulgent"?

Meanwhile, on The Bluebook...

It just goes to prove the old saying that "You can't please Alan Parsons all of the time", I suppose. What a drip.

Date: Thurs, October 27, 2016, 21:20:46 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, NYC

@ the Dean, M/O/D/P, GW, et al, can't wait to see you all tomorrow night!

Date: Thurs, October 27, 2016, 18:53:42 ET
Posted by: The Dean, Packing for NYC!

Little Wild One, that sucks. I will check with anyone and everyone, to see if there are any takers. In the meantime, can you put them on an electronic ticket exchange?

And Alan Parsons echos the same remarks I've heard from many Dan concert attendees. "They didn't play their hits!" Then again, there are those here who constantly say, "They only play their hits! It's a money grab!"

I was going to end that last paragraph with "Fucking whiners!" But that's not very nice. So I won't say it. But I mean it.

Date: Thurs, October 27, 2016, 17:34:24 ET
Posted by: Gus Winterbottom, Manhattan


I agree with Ted. I think the seats are the same size in the balcony as in the other sections; at least we were comfortable, and I am not much over 5' 5", and quite a bit over 120 lbs. We also sat in the balcony twice last year, on the extreme house right of the lower balcony, and the next night ("Request Night") in the last row of the left balcony. While the house-right seats were slightly obstructed (we never saw Paulette, the right-most vocalist), we did have a unique view of Carlock at work. So if you are a drummer or a serious fan of his technique, that might be the spot for you.

Date: Thurs, October 27, 2016, 16:57:13 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Alan Parsons still acts like an Alan Parsons-type:

"“We don’t go ‘eclectic’ with the set lists—I walked out of a Steely Dan concert [recently] for that reason, because it was so self-indulgent! The show is fun, liberating, and it’s great to hear audience reaction. The fans will hear all the songs they know we have to play in the spectacular fashion they deserve!”

Date: Thurs, October 27, 2016, 16:44:00 ET
Posted by: Ted, Philly

I haven't had any problems sitting in the lower or upper balcony at The Beacon. Try to get a seat towards the center. Bring a pair of binoculars if you have it. I'll be sitting in row C of the lower balcony for tomorrow's show.

Date: Thurs, October 27, 2016, 15:21:50 ET
Posted by: Little Wild One, Skipping Dimensions

YEAH, this time it is all about me! I have two fantastic seats to C2E on Friday night, Orchestra 2, Row A (5th) right in front of Donald. I am stuck in Houston. Been checking cheap-o-air, Amtrak, Greyhound and air balloons for hire to try to make it in time, but sadly, not going to happen.

If ANYONE needs good seats, I would love to not eat $557. Ask your friends, ask your enemies, make me an offer. It sucks to be stuck and poor at the same time......Real email address is listed or post here.

Sign me, Not the King of the World.

Date: Thurs, October 27, 2016, 12:31:59 ET
Posted by: Kenny, Metro area

Gus, how are the Beacon's balcony seats in terms of size and space? I've only ever sat in orchestra there, and I know some theaters have small and uncomfortable balcony seats for anyone over 5 ft. 5 and 120 pounds.

Date: Thurs, October 27, 2016, 12:25:51 ET
Posted by: Don Breithaupt, Los Angeles


Rickie's "Show Biz Kids" (2000):

Date: Thurs, October 27, 2016, 11:45:48 ET
Posted by: Gus Winterbottom, W. 77th Street, Manhattan


Thanks for posting the setlist. A few comments:

The RLJ set went from about 8:05 to about 8:50 PM, while the SD set started at about 9:20 and wrapped with the Untouchables theme at about 11:30. Donald mentioned the World Series a couple of times, once thanking the crowd for showing up in spite of the series. He was clearly in a great mood all night, and his vocals were generally strong, as far as I could tell.

The highlight of the night for me was EGTTM, since I had never before heard it live. The song was melodically very similar to the Katy Lied track, as opposed to the demo version on Citizen Steely Dan; this version featured a rousing introductory solo by Roger Rosenberg. I think that someone asked about this, but I couldn't find the post.

I believe that Walter performed the lead guitar work on Pretzel Logic, and from what I could hear he did a fine job. The problem was that he was too low in the mix to hear his solo clearly, at least from where we sat. We were dead center in the fourth row of the lower balcony. This section was essentially full, but the upper balcony was half-full at best.

Bring on CTE!

Date: Thurs, October 27, 2016, 11:19:26 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Someone needs to tell Roger Friedman -- Hollywood Insider, Friend to Many Stars -- that Kroll and Mulaney aren't exactly using Steely Dan as walk(er)-in music as a tribute to the band.

Date: Thurs, October 27, 2016, 06:45:45 ET
Posted by: h, C

Donald talks about Dylan in a new interview.

Date: Thurs, October 27, 2016, 02:18:25 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu , Skipping dimensions

All y'all is even better than y'all because it implies a larger crowd.

Slang of Ages

Date: Thurs, October 27, 2016, 01:39:21 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, NYC

Another great night! Great show, great pals! Can't wait for CTE night. One thing I have noticed, Danfans travel. Our seat neighbors were from New Zealand, the folks immediately behind came from Ireland. Gotta love that kind of dedication! Anyhow, looking forward to Fridays preshow, and meeting a few more Bluebookers.
As always,

Date: Thurs, October 27, 2016, 01:19:20 ET
Posted by: Fred, at home in NJ

Looks like Rickie Lee Jones didn't sing with Steely Dan on her last night at The Beacon. Probably was too tired and wanted to get home quickly. Booo!

Date: Thurs, October 27, 2016, 00:14:51 ET
Posted by: Reidar from Norway, NYC

This is what was played on Wed.

Intro: November A
Aja Complete album.
Black Friday
Dirty Work (Danettes)
Everyone's gone to the movies
Two Against Nature
Joe Tex
Kid C
My old School

If you have the chance go see them on Friday.

Date: Wed, October 26, 2016, 23:33:31 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Sam, I think the chances are slim. Since 2013 it's been more or less the same setlist, save for album shows advertised as such that mostly take place at the Beacon.

With attendance being iffy this year, I wonder if they will a year off. If it meant a new setlist, I'd welcome it.

Date: Wed, October 26, 2016, 16:09:08 ET
Posted by: Sam, San Diego CA

Same here. Any chance SD might play the entire Countdown album on next year's Summer tour? Then everybody gets an opportunity to hear it.

Date: Wed, October 26, 2016, 15:46:21 ET
Posted by: Gino F., No Beacon of Hope or Hope of Beacon this year

I really wish I could be there for Countdown, but it's not in the cards this year. And I agree with the recent list that ranks it as SD's best. Meaning I agree right now, and I'll very likely agree all of Friday and probably next week as I read thorough the first hand accounts of the show. By the beginning of the second week of November, though, it'll be The Royal Scam all the way. As it should be.

And the only thing worse than a penny-ante grammar cop is a penny-ante grammar cop who embarrasses himself by pointing out errors that aren't even there. And I've started three sentences with "and" in this post alone, so I realize this will likely put me in someone's bad books. Oh well...

Date: Wed, October 26, 2016, 15:46:10 ET
Posted by: casual fan, orlando

"All y'all" is the King's English, anywhere South of Virginia, anyway.

Date: Wed, October 26, 2016, 15:06:24 ET
Posted by: oleander, Beacon bound

STOKED to see Ms. Jones, the good Doctors et camarades, & all y'all tonight.

And nobody better drop the grammar hammer on me for "all y'all."

Date: Wed, October 26, 2016, 13:59:12 ET
Posted by: steelyfez, CT/NYC

Looking forward to Friday night for Countdown.
Who else is attending?

Date: Wed, October 26, 2016, 02:47:49 ET
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Date: Wed, October 26, 2016, 01:18:52 ET
Posted by: Mole, still awake

So where the heck is this "eyes ears" fella who claimed to be a member of the crew and said he heard a special Steely Dan/Rickie Lee Jones duet at soundcheck but it wasn't Show Biz Kids?

Date: Wed, October 26, 2016, 00:21:15 ET
Posted by: Chubby Hubby, Midtown NYC

Many thanks for the review. I'll be at the show tomorrow night and then the big CTE show on the 28th.

Date: Wed, October 26, 2016, 00:14:28 ET
Posted by: Reidar from Norway, NYC

For those of you not on FB and Dandom:

Great show, a very good band, but you all know that by know!
Set List:
Black Cow
Black Friday
Show Biz Kids with Rikki Lee Jones
Kid C
Rikki don't loose that number
Razor Boy by The Danettes
Daddy dom't live in that New York City nomore
The things I miss the most
Joe Tex (Band intros)
My old school
Not a bad evening at all and Aja tomorrow.

Date: Wed, October 26, 2016, 00:04:27 ET
Posted by: Tripel,

Just got home – was a great show, very long for all the blue hairs in the audience, but lots of fun! Got there right at 8 PM and Rickie Lee started pretty much right away. Was just a duo with her playing acoustic and singing and later piano accompanied by a guy playing fives and percussion was sparse but really great. A lot of her hits from Pirates, the Magazine, her self titled album (Chuck E, Must Be Love, We Belong Together, etc.). She was in good voice and I enjoyed it a lot although the crowd was a little low key.

She finished around 845 and SD didn't take the stage until after 915, it seemed.....long break.

They started w the warmup tune then did Black Cow, Aja, Hey 19... Very lively kickoff.. Don't remember all the tunes in order but I do know that R LJ came out for showbiz kids which was a lot of fun. After she left they did Rikki don't lose that number, alluding to her... Also played razor boy with the women singing and then Bhodisattva, loads of energy. The show also included all the hits, with the exception of do it again FM.

Having seen them last probably three years ago I would say it was equal energy and fun with the band Cranking the whole time... Donald was into it although his vocals were a bit sparse at times. He was definitely laying it down on tunes like Hey 19 and also on Josie for which he did the intro (previously Jim B)

One thing I noticed was that Walter was a lot more prominent -- took a lot more solos than i last remember, with Herrington relegated to more of a support role (overall not a positive in my opinion..). walter also croaked his way thru Daddy Dont Live ..but it had better energy than past versions i remember. He also did the obligatory protracted intros...something that couldve taken half the time easily... With a Pretzel Logic encore we didnt get out until 11:30, long show for sure...but loads of fun. Going Fri night as well, will report back..

Date: Tues, October 25, 2016, 22:33:46 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Almost in Row 5, seats 5A & 5B

Thanks to BillfromPgh for the Gaucho era interview. It was new to me (I wasn't getting home delivery of the Washington Post back in '80), and a pretty good read.

I especially enjoyed this bit from WB - "Somebody that totally wanted to do what we do would be crazy. There's no need for two of us; it's a shame that there's one". Classic. As far as the poor editing, more than likely the article was carelessly transcribed long after the original interview appeared in print. I mean, "the internet" and "careless" generally go hand in hand. So, The Dean, I would encourage you to have several more drinks, but not because they'll help you make better sense of the bad transcription job, but rather because you might just benefit from a few practice runs before this Friday and Saturday nights.

Thanks also to Right On, A for the list link. I generally hate lists, but sometimes they're an interesting diversion, like this one was. I too would more or less invert the ones in the middle, and I might even invert the top and bottom. Today. Next week, I'd totally rearrange the whole thing, probably. All these SD recordings are like children to me, and it's just not right to have a favorite child, even when some days you might. And, really, aren't lists generally arbitrary & deliberately contentious, and better left to junk publications like Rolling Stone?

Finally, thanks to KD for your diligent grammar & punctuation policing here on The Bluebook. It's not about the clear difference between a hyphen and a dash, or idiosyncratic (new vs. old/American vs. British) use of quotation marks & periods - it's about keeping those new contributors in line. Because there's nothing more encouraging to a newcomer than being crapped on over some picayune details in your first post here, and then being emphatically referred to as "he" when you're a "she", right?

Date: Tues, October 25, 2016, 22:04:03 ET
Posted by: Chubby Hubby, midtown ny

Tripel. Will you give us a review of tonight's show when you get home? If RLJ does sit in with Steely Dan, then I might buy a cheap seat from Ticketmaster for $39.50 for tomorrow's show since it's Rickie's final night with Steely Dan. Thank you.


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Date: Tues, October 25, 2016, 20:02:59 ET
Posted by: Right on, A

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Date: Tues, October 25, 2016, 15:01:50 ET
Posted by: Harry, NY

On it mentions Rickie Lee Jones sat in with Steely Dan to sing "Show Biz Kids" on October 15 at The Beacon. I'll be at the show later tonight. Rickie BETTER sing with SD. It's the main reason I bought a ticket.

Date: Tues, October 25, 2016, 14:49:59 ET
Posted by: casual fan, orlando

Hey Dean,

Now looks like I'm going Friday night rather than Saturday. Based on this post-show Danfest you mentioned for that night, I think that might be the right call for me and my friends. You might remember we met some years back just ahead of the St Augustine Amp Dukes show. I can't remember if any of the folks with me then are the same group as I will be with Friday, but its possible.

See you Fri night at the Bitter End, I expect. Look forward to meeting other regulars.


Date: Tues, October 25, 2016, 10:20:22 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Leaving

Looking forward to seeing "those of my kind" soon! Especially THE Norwegian!!
Let's go big again my man!!

Date: Tues, October 25, 2016, 08:44:10 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Tripel, RLJ is the opening act. Reports here (scroll down) are that she starts at 8:00 PM. Steely Dan has been starting anywhere from 8:50 to 9:15. RLJ MAY sit in with SD, but I don't think it has happened, yet.

While I don't think I've ever had this experience at the Beacon, sometimes the SD opener is halfway through their set at the scheduled start time. So, I try to get there with some time to spare.

Date: Tues, October 25, 2016, 07:57:04 ET
Posted by: Tripel,

Going tonight, and Friday -- v excited!
Does anyone know what time the band actually hits the stage? Is RLJ the opening act, or does she sit in w the band (or both)....just trying to plan dinner reservations so i know what time to arrive...

Date: Mon, October 24, 2016, 23:26:56 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

kzkzkz and Bill from the 'Burg, how dare you interrupt the fascinating (Dan-content-free) discussion of possible minor grammatical errors in a message board post. (For the record, Cynthia, I found your post completely understandable. And, like you, I follow the British style, when it comes to where to place periods inside parentheses, as it makes far more sense to me.)

I don't recall ever reading that Washington Post interview/article, Bill---and I believe I would remember something that bizarre. (And since we're deep into discussing minutia, I'm a bit surprised how poorly that article was edited. I wonder if it was that sloppy in the original print version.) I'll have to read that again, after a few drinks---or perhaps something a bit stronger. I have a feeling I'll be able to make a bit more sense of it all, then. Thanks for posting the link.

kzx3, that's what often happens when it gets down to game-time. I know Friday and Saturday will be a bit tougher, but I have to believe there will be tickets available at face value, the night of the show. At least I hope so for a few folks who are counting on it.

Can barely contain myself until the Countdown show.

It's finally official, The Bitter End has a SD after show on Friday night. $5 with your Dan ticket stub. Pete Fogel is The Man.

It starts at midnight wtih L*A*W ("with his red-hot 7-piece musically diverse, high energy Funk and R&B band.") Followed by "Lo Fi 3".

Here's some power-trio goodness from Lo Fi 3:

Oh, yes. We gonna have a good time!

Date: Mon, October 24, 2016, 21:21:58 ET
Posted by: BillfromPgh, pgh

Just found a Gaucho-era interview I actually never saw before. May be old news to most of you here. Some classic Donald and Walter bon mots:

Date: Mon, October 24, 2016, 20:12:54 ET
Posted by: kzkzkz, Beacon24hrs

Hey kids,
Balcony seats for tomorrow and Wednesday (10/25-6) are available for the ridiculously low price of $39.50 via ticketmaster (+fees) or the Beacon box office (2 twenties will get you 50 cents back).

Date: Mon, October 24, 2016, 17:10:57 ET
Posted by: µ, wherever


Date: Mon, October 24, 2016, 17:09:54 ET
Posted by: DocMu,

Oh, and

dash ≠ hypen

Back - to my alt-life.

Date: Mon, October 24, 2016, 16:48:08 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Let's try that again:

FWIW, I think KD meant the use of a period outside quotation marks, instead of inside, was grammatically incorrect:

untreated." is how it should read.

Date: Mon, October 24, 2016, 16:46:02 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

FWIW, I think KD mean the use of a period INSIDE quotation marks outside instead of inside was grammatically incorrect:

untreated." is how it should read.

However, the use of a dash between sewage and untreated is fine, because the dash boldly declares something important is coming...and yes, the "untreated" part would be important.

Back to your regularly scheduled programming...and battling autocorrect.

Date: Mon, October 24, 2016, 14:33:06 ET
Posted by: Cynthia K.,

No, KD - "sewage - untreated" refers to a label, a sign on a big pipe that contains untreated sewage. It's not "bad grammar", merely a written description of an actual printed sign, "as is". I used it metaphorically. Don't make me explain the metaphor. And the period comes right where it the end of the damn sentence. And how the hell did you get to "a shot at transgender people" from any of what I wrote?

In short, your conclusions and assessments are provably wrong across the board, and your sensitivity level for perceiving "shots" is clearly over the top. However, after reading your responses to me, and reading some of your other comments here, I have absolutely no doubt that you are both "on twitter" and "popular on twitter".

I won't bother responding to any more "twitter"-related hypersensitivity or silly allegations of imaginary grammar/punctuation errors. I'm travelling to NYC to see Wednesday's Aja show, and I can hardly wait for my first SD concert at The Beacon. I'll post a review after I get back home, with an accent on proper punctuation, grammar, and overall clarity.

Date: Mon, October 24, 2016, 14:30:34 ET
Posted by: DocMu,

Gaucho songs probably benefit the most as a live showcase. Contrary to post-modern rock critic belief, Donald was on top of his songwriting game: Aja - Gaucho - Nightfly

They are big band songs, almost Broadway - like and thus bloom with a full orchestral jazz/R&B band.

Remember, Rolling Stone gave Gaucho 4 1/2 stars real time and Stereo Review pimped it as Album of the Month with the caption "Too good for common folk?"

Only later, when it was cool, did Gaucho become more highly dissed.

Is the album and WENDEL a little plastic?. Did the pursuit of percussive perfection lead to "Birth of the Cruel?"

Sure. But remember, the album is really a snarky take down of eL Lay and its facades in the late 70s/early 80s...even predictive to the cocaine surge later in the decade...the pulsating beat drives stories of excess.

Hollywood, I know your middle name.

Date: Mon, October 24, 2016, 11:15:45 ET
Posted by: KD, KD

"sewage - untreated".

Improper grammar. Lower case letters, misused hyphen, period in the wrong place. A shot at transgender people. Perfect for Twitter. And, yes, I am good at quick shots. That's why a bunch of people follow me on Twitter.

Spent the week dying over the lack of news on "Everyone's Gone to the Movies." Is it the 1996 version? The weird 2006 reggae attempt? Some hybrid? Or an attempt to recreate the original?

Play it again, boys, so someone can relay the breakdown.

Date: Sun, October 23, 2016, 20:03:07 ET
Posted by: Casual fan, Orlando

Hey all, in addition to working on my own ticket for Saturday night, 10/29, I have friends coming up. They bought for both Friday and Saturday, but now only want to go Saturday, so they are selling their Friday night tix, 10/28, that's CTE night. Two of them. They are orchestra 2, row k. They paid 275 ea, but will sell for 210 ea. and you can buy direct from them and avoid stubhub fees. If interested, leave a note here with some email contact and I'll put you in touch.

Date: Sun, October 23, 2016, 19:37:59 ET
Posted by: HEY!, KD!!

@KD - 1) There is no improper grammar in my short post, 2) I am most definitely not a "he" (and never will be, despite current fashionable trends), and 3) the fact that I dismiss "twitter" outright as a legit form of communication does not make me "uninformed" nor does it make me a good candidate for "twitter" membership. So, to recap: "wrong, wrong, & wrong".

BTW, my little post was actually reasonably germane to the conversation. Yours, on the other hand, added nothing aside from some irrelevant sniping. You seem to be pretty good at that, though. Go with your strengths, right?

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Date: Sun, October 23, 2016, 12:38:04 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach. Football Sunday!

Mike, thanks for the review (and finally, someone commenting on the opening act). Can't wait to hear what "Tawdry Zookie" is.

For those concerned, my recollection from last year, as is Mike reported today. Pat down, wand, check the bag. The 30 minute recommendation is, IMO, just to let you know you should come a bit early. I plan to show AT LEAST 30 minutes before the opening act.

Date: Sun, October 23, 2016, 12:24:43 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

"Hey , RLJ" is anonymous, bad with grammar, and proudly uninformed.

He (because this is definitely a "he") would do wonderfully on Twitter.

Date: Sun, October 23, 2016, 12:19:18 ET
Posted by: Mike in NYC, NYC

Very good show last night. Band seemed to kick in during Glamour Profession, followed by a surprisingly strong Gaucho, a perfect My Rival (dark and brooding) and searing Third World Man with Herrington nailing it. Walter played some very nice guitar throughout the night as well, more interesting noodling than I've heard before, and he did just a short bit during Hey 19 about it being suddenly cold in New York and when you trudge outside in the wind and cold you'll need something to warm you up, but hot chocolate won't do it, oh no, you need something to warm you from the inside, girls, tell 'em what they need...Second song following the album was a great Show Biz Kids (Fagen seemed to mention the name of a person before launching into the song, it sounded like "Tawdry Zookie", did anyone catch that or know what he said?). The three female singers added much to that song as they did throughout the evening, including most notably Black Cow. Other songs included the usual blistering Bodhisatva, a terrific Kid Charlamagne with Jon excelling, the girls singing Dirty Work taking turns at the verses and Michael with a touching solo, Daddy Don't Live in that NYC No More sung by Walter, Black Friday, and a hot Reelin' in the Years. Jim and Roger were notable on a few songs, certainly Black Cow but not as much as I would have liked, I suppose I would have to go to an Aja show to get more of them. Donald was in good form and humor but from where I was sitting I thought we should have heard him and Freddie better and I was not far from the mixing board. Keith was his usual powerhouse though no Aja last night. Opening act was good, Adam Rogers sounding a bit like Kazumi Watanabe at one point, with strong support from his drummer and bass player. Security at the door is pretty tight, doing pat downs and using wands but thankfully not walking up and down the aisles during the show as sometimes occurs at MSG. If the tickets weren't so expensive I would be back for another show this time around for sure.

Date: Sun, October 23, 2016, 10:24:06 ET
Posted by: popegreg, MKE

I saw on (ahem) Twitter that the Beacon advises allowing 30 minutes for security. I don't remember them doing anything last year? Anyone who has been to the shows so far, are they exaggerating or did they go full TSA? Thanks.

PS. I think I bitched about Twitter on this very site last year, but I've since joined. I really like the feed thing. I'm mostly using it for keeping up to date with artists, show announcements and such. I follow RLJ and I will definitely tweet at her on Tuesday and Wednesday and mention that I'd love to see her do a song with SD.

Date: Sat, October 22, 2016, 22:51:58 ET
Posted by: Lutz, SF

Have fun everyone at Gaucho night!
Glamour Profession alone would be worth it for me.
Cosmo - you have a point about RLJ, if she plays hard to get she'll be be hard to get.
I read here that she was too tired to join the boys for their set - did she just return from the South Pole on a sled?
Come on, that was her chance.
Likely quite a few in attendance hoped for some sort of collaboration.

Date: Sat, October 22, 2016, 22:48:51 ET
Posted by: Holy, Cow

The Cubs go to the World Series. Maybe Donald will take requests tonight too.

Date: Sat, October 22, 2016, 22:37:37 ET
Posted by: Hey , RLJ

HEY! RLJ!! Presumably most of your fans are intelligent enough to avoid "twitter" like they would avoid drinking from the pipe marked "sewage - untreated". The fact that your fans apparently don't bother with something as mindless and pointless as "twitter" reflects rather well on them as a group. You should be proud.

Date: Sat, October 22, 2016, 21:07:50 ET
Posted by: Cosmo, Staten Island New York

Rickie Lee Jones wants to know where her fans are. Here's the lastest tweet from her on Twitter: "Where are my fans on Twitter? All the shows I do but U never see tweets".

Hey, Rickie! I'll see you open for SD at The Beacon this Tuesday on the 25th. Will you please play a song from your Flying Cowboys album and sing a duet with Steely Dan? Thanks!

Date: Sat, October 22, 2016, 17:49:36 ET
Posted by: Row Jimmy, NYC Metro (on my way!)

Nothing like a Saturday night show at the Beacon. Band has had a few days off, refreshed, ready to jam!

Date: Sat, October 22, 2016, 17:21:06 ET
Posted by: Row Jimmy, NYC Metro (on my way!)

Nothing like a Saturday night show at the Beacon. Band has had a few days off, refreshed, ready to jam!

Date: Sat, October 22, 2016, 13:39:28 ET
Posted by: Hoops McCann, at the oyster bar

Gaucho night at the Beacon tonight!

Date: Sat, October 22, 2016, 11:50:08 ET
Posted by: Casual fan, Orlando

Thanks for all of the comments on the tickets for the October 29th show. I'm nervous about going on Craigslist. I never hear anything good about it !! Hopefully something will turn up. If not, I may just have to try to get one the night of the show. Somebody won't show up, right?

Date: Sat, October 22, 2016, 11:50:02 ET
Posted by: Casual fan, Orlando

Thanks for all of the comments on the tickets for the October 29th show. I'm nervous about going on Craigslist. I never hear anything good about it !! Hopefully something will turn up. If not, I may just have to try to get one the night of the show. Somebody won't show up, right?

Date: Sat, October 22, 2016, 10:54:27 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Heard Ivy's cover of "Only a Fool Would Say That" at the grocery store yesterday afternoon, which was nice. Not even a hipster joint or accessible hep place like Trader Joe's, either. A Kroger in the middle of Indiana.

Date: Sat, October 22, 2016, 07:17:25 ET
Posted by: popegreg, MKE

Casual Fan, definitely keep an eye on Craigslist (Tickets by Owner only, don't even look at the Dealer ads) as well. Obviously proceed with caution on any deal. If the seller purchased directly through Ticketmaster, they can transfer the tickets directly to your account (and pay with PayPal so you have some protection). Or, if you can meet the seller at the show, have them walk in with you and pay them after it scans properly. Good luck!

Date: Fri, October 21, 2016, 21:00:49 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Casual, I'll be shocked if you can't score a ticket (at a reasonable price) for the concert. As you know, tickets are almost always released at the last minute, dates cancel, people get sick, etc. I really hope I'm right. I have my ears open for any possibilities, for you.

Hey kids, it's getting serious here. Are there any pre-post activities in the works? Has our man, Pete Fogel, put together any shows? (That guy is awesome.) Unfortunately, Malcolm Hunter isn't going to be playing anywhere. Too bad, he, and his band, were sensational, IMO. I'm sure the company (and the buzz) helped, but I stand by my recollection.

I should have several folks looking for somewhere to go on Friday, and a few on Saturday, too. If I wasn't stuck here in Florida, I'd be working on something. I included my email in the email field, if anyone is putting something together, off-board.

Date: Fri, October 21, 2016, 20:27:23 ET
Posted by: Casual fan, Orlando

Got plane ticket and hotel for greatest hits 10/29. But no show ticket. TM hasn't had any for over a week and stubhub it's 300 for nosebleeds. Hope I haven't outsmarted my self by waiting !!

Date: Fri, October 21, 2016, 17:37:54 ET
Posted by: Joe Totale, Manchester England

Hey Gus i've struggled to suss your e-mail address if you fancy pre hits night meet up and drinks.. mine is same for M/O/D/P although think I've got yours.
Anyway anyone up for it give me a shout!
Funny thing today whilst walking Ziggy my dog I bumped into a guy I haven't seen for 30 years and he was wearing a FM no static at all Tee shirt.. how mad is that!

Date: Fri, October 21, 2016, 11:24:13 ET
Posted by: SD, Riddle

Does Peg work at the the "I hop" in Walter's Little Kawaii?

Date: Fri, October 21, 2016, 00:20:37 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Lewis calling out "eyes ears"?

Hold on while I get my popcorn!

Can't remember Lewis ever steering us wrong.

Date: Thurs, October 20, 2016, 22:23:13 ET
Posted by: Lewis, The Bitter End

Eyes and Ears...
Go on then... Member of the big crew.
You're not the Skipper or Gilligan so. Pony up!

Date: Thurs, October 20, 2016, 20:09:39 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

@NYB re: limpid
Helen O'connell - Green Eyes
One of my mom's faves

Date: Thurs, October 20, 2016, 19:00:02 ET
Posted by: Johnny Thunder, Albany NY

Bummer. A pox on Rickie Lee Jones.

Date: Thurs, October 20, 2016, 16:16:33 ET
Posted by: eyes ears, me again again. I realized it might be easy to discount my info because I mentioned an SD-RLJ duet at soundcheck....and she ended up not playing at all! Ouch. The story I heard is that she was jet-lagged from some huge trip and just couldn't wait till the middle of the set (when it was schedued). and it wasn't Show Biz Kids. Let's wait to see if she does the other one her next 2 shows. If she doesn't, then I'll tell you the song..don't want to lay down potential spoilers.

Date: Thurs, October 20, 2016, 16:13:10 ET
Posted by: eyes ears, PS

so that you know I'm telling true information (anons are usually doubted) I can say im a member of the large crew working for SD and the Beacon and MSG. Stuff Ive posted is based on my actual eyes and ears around the shows. Just sayin....

Date: Thurs, October 20, 2016, 16:10:29 ET
Posted by: eyes ears, nyc

FYI Beacon Start times: the 8:50 time was set because of the relatively short set of that particular opener. All other shows so far were scheduled SD at 9:15...and I guess, but DON'T know, all remaining shows at the Beacon may revert to the usual 9:15. Good advice to check in advance...but don't assume the time for one will be the time for all.

Date: Thurs, October 20, 2016, 14:36:51 ET
Posted by: Beacon Help, NYC

Regarding the start times for shows. MSG provides a customer service number for the Beacon, Radio City and MSG. You can call day of show and ask for the exact start and stop times. For Steely Dan they have listed
opening band 8-8:30pm
Steely Dan 8:50-11pm

That should help, although times are fluid and can change, but that's what they shoot for.

Date: Thurs, October 20, 2016, 14:10:15 ET
Posted by: Row Jimmy, NYC Metro Area

I was going to wear a fez but did not want to piss them off. (People are always yelling out things for them to play and you can tell they get bothered.)

By the way, are people yelling out drunkenly at the Beacon? They were at the Capital Theater the last time I was there. Donald asked Walter about all the loud drunk people as he called it Walter's neck of the woods.

Date: Thurs, October 20, 2016, 11:58:19 ET
Posted by: Row Jimmy, NYC Metro Area


Date: Thurs, October 20, 2016, 11:18:24 ET
Posted by: Freddy, NYC

The warm ups have come on stage close to post time (8) and generally last half an hour. The Dan is on just prior to 9.

Date: Thurs, October 20, 2016, 11:06:09 ET
Posted by: Row Jimmy, NYC Metro Area

Can people comment on start times of opening act, the band for the shows so far? (I saw one comment, but not much more.)

Looking forward to show on Saturday.


Date: Wed, October 19, 2016, 13:48:31 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu, left of the Rio Grande

More of a reference to about 50% of SD lyrics referencing drug use or commerce of some type.

Walt may or may not have inhaled but chased the dragon for awhile...which is why home base is in Maui.

I enjoyed the languid, extended intro to Babylon Sisters inappropriately over the James Bond spoof fight scene. No hot jazz!

Sure beat the dour intro Letterman gave Donald late in 2012 before that stellar rendition of Weather in my Head.

C, East Coast

I thought it was a great line. Right in line with Simpsons always alluding to partying behavior. And with Steely Dan reputation for smart rockers imbibing (but never inhaling).

Date: Wed, October 19, 2016, 13:22:11 ET
Posted by: Security Joan, Door Number Two

Hey all. I have tickets for the 10/22 Gaucho show at Beacon -- first row, orchestra left -- and it turns out we have to be out of town. I've listed them for resale on Ticketmaster, but would rather sell directly so you don't have to pay the crappy 100+ TM fee... Selling for $300/each (about what I paid pre Ticketmaster fees). email me if interested... jksmith AT icihere DOT com

Date: Wed, October 19, 2016, 12:55:21 ET
Posted by: Abu, SoCal

You're welcome, Don B! Nice to hear more and more are hearing Monkey House and responding favorably. Now, I'm waiting for you guys to tour. I did read somewhere in an interview that you guys are seriously considering it. I'll be first in line for tix. Of course, you must do a couple of shows out here on the Left coast. Us Danfans will continue spreading the word about you.

Date: Wed, October 19, 2016, 11:13:01 ET
Posted by: DonBreithaupt, Los Angeles

Hey Abu, thanks for all the attention, praise, investigative thoroughness! I was actually part of the decision to categorize the Monkey House album for iTunes purposes as Jazz. As you've observed, it's an imperfect label, but IMHO it's closer to the truth than Pop. The minute you call something Pop in 2016, you're aligning yourself with a bunch of soul-destroying, production-line EDM stuff that has nothing to do with live instruments, interesting changes, or offbeat lyrics. At least Jazz browsers are going to be people who have their ears open and are reachable for an artist with Steely Dan-like priorities. The truth is, most of the promotional mojo for "Left" has come from people sharing their excitement about the album with like-minded friends and colleagues. I continue to be *blown away* by the raves I'm getting from prominent players and writers, most recently the 4x-Grammy-winning arranger Vince Mendoza (Joni Mitchell, Elvis Costello, Yellowjackets, Joe Zawinul): "Hey Don, great record. Strong writing and playing, cool tunes and the recording band kicks ass!" Just yesterday Randy Brecker made contact with me and asked for a copy. #PinchMe

Date: Wed, October 19, 2016, 09:41:16 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

How do they handle the Victor Feldman part in the live arrangement of EGTTM?

Date: Wed, October 19, 2016, 07:50:38 ET
Posted by: NYB, 1313 Pussygrabber Lane

"Negative Girl" uses the strange word "Limpid". I can think of only one other song that ever used this term, which is "Astronomy Domine" by Syd Barrett of early Pink Floyd.

Lime and limpid green, a second scene
A fight between the blue you once knew.
Floating down, the sound resounds
Around the icy waters underground.
Jupiter and Saturn, Oberon, Miranda and Titania.
Neptune, Titan, Stars can frighten.
Lime and limpid green, a second scene
A fight between the blue you once knew.
Floating down, the sound resounds
Around the icy waters underground.
Jupiter and Saturn, Oberon, Miranda and Titania.
Neptune, Titan, Stars can frighten.
Blinding signs flap,
Flicker, flicker, flicker blam. Pow, pow.
Stairway scare, Dan Dare, who's there?
Lime and limpid green, the sounds around
The icy waters under
Lime and limpid green, the sounds around
The icy waters underground.

Date: Wed, October 19, 2016, 00:20:23 ET
Posted by: Pete, sick in bed

I'm glad they played Everyone's Gone to the Movies. We need more of those rarely heard tunes.

Date: Tues, October 18, 2016, 23:37:12 ET
Posted by: Something , like



Hey 19
Black Friday
Dirty Work
Everyone's Gone To The Movie's
Two Against Nature
Daddy Don't Live
Kid C
My Old School



Date: Tues, October 18, 2016, 19:22:00 ET
Posted by: Wilbur, Illinois

Maybe it's because the opener Julian Lage demanded a longer time to play his set.

Date: Tues, October 18, 2016, 16:49:29 ET
Posted by: Eyes ears, Nyc

Attention Beacon goers tonight (Tuesday) The sets are starting a little earlier for some reason. SD scheduled for 8:50. Dunno when opener set is.

Date: Tues, October 18, 2016, 15:17:04 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

Was a huge freak for The Simpsons when the show came out--and even before on Tracey Ullman. Loved "Life In Hell" even more when it was at its peak in the 1980s.However, it's been at least 15 years and probably more since The Simpsons have done anything for me.Humor is very predictable and flat.

A bit amusing to see Donald drawn up in the Simpson's palette. (No Walter?) A stretch to write SD in the script, all IMHO, perhaps I'm having an off day. Well, I am...

KD. Regarding your post from yesterday at 11:17 am: For the record, it was alleged. The matter was dropped.

Date: Tues, October 18, 2016, 11:21:39 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

'Show Biz Kids' live is also a highlight for me as well, partially because it's a fantastic song and I dig the arrangement, but probably mostly (sorry for going here) because it's probably the newest arrangement/addition to the current set list.

And by "newest," I think we're talking the 2006 tour with Michael McDonald. Sigh.

Along those same lines but in reverse is 'Godwhacker,' which is always the newest song in the set list by 23 years (save for the rare times they pull out TvN), but bores me as a live track. I love the song, the album (which I cranked up in the house on Sunday morning), and the solos from the live setup, but it bores me (relative to the rest of the set list) when performed live. A B- in a night full of A+s.

Date: Tues, October 18, 2016, 04:28:14 ET
Posted by: popegreg, MKE

I absolutely love "Show Biz Kids" both on record and the funky live JB's arrangement. It's always a highlight for me.

"Daddy," on the other hand, just thinking about that song makes me feel like it's time to go relieve my bladder!

One week until my flight, can't wait to get back to NYC. Keep the show reports coming!

Date: Mon, October 17, 2016, 21:00:47 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

They've been posted here before. Some covers work and some don't. Check. I like the covers these two do.

Now, back to the Beacon!

Date: Mon, October 17, 2016, 17:01:46 ET
Posted by: casual fan, orlando

Well, now that the proverbial cat is out of the proverbial bag, the episode in its entirety seemed to me to be a mish-mash of 1) modern horror movies premised on the ghost of some imaginary person coming into the physical realm to wreak havoc; and 2) a Quentin Tarantino script for filming violence so extreme its funny.

It was... out there.

Date: Mon, October 17, 2016, 14:23:04 ET
Posted by: JC, East Coast

I thought it was a great line. Right in line with Simpsons always alluding to partying behavior. And with Steely Dan reputation for smart rockers imbibing (but never inhaling).

Date: Mon, October 17, 2016, 14:20:44 ET
Posted by: JC, East Coast

James Bond Theme (Homer as Ernst Stavro Blofeld)

Homer: To kill me, you'll have to get through an army of jazz rock aficionados age 50 and up.


Homer: Attention, lovers of studio perfectionism. I've drugged all the concessions so you'll do what I say.

Donald: Drugs at a Steely Dan concert? I never thought I'd see the day.

Voice: Angry mob, kill the intruders.

Homer: Huh? Steely Dan, play Deacon Blues. ... No, Royal Scam ... No, Babylon Sisters.


Bart (after 30 seconds of intro to song plays): (SIGHS) We still haven't gotten to the beginning of the song.

Date: Mon, October 17, 2016, 13:11:40 ET
Posted by: Griff, etc.

I thought Fagen's spoken line/joke wasn't that good.

Date: Mon, October 17, 2016, 12:58:46 ET
Posted by: casual fan, orlando

I enjoyed the SD/Fagan appearance on The Simpsons last night. No spoiler here yet, but hopefully soon we can discuss our thoughts.

Date: Mon, October 17, 2016, 12:03:25 ET
Posted by: Watch , It

Date: Mon, October 17, 2016, 11:50:46 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

The real treat would be for RLJ to sing Low Spark of High Heeled Boys. Maybe even get the brass and woodwind section out to accompany her. They've done it before, at least some of them.

Date: Mon, October 17, 2016, 11:12:19 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Griff, that wasn't exactly tabloid fodder. Nothing was made up or faked -- the guy pushed a woman. I understand people not being comfortable with that, but Donald Fagen fucked up big time and it's hardly a newspaper's fault that it happened.

The Simpsons episode was great, watched it with the kids and then cranked 'Gaucho' right after it while the baseball game flickered away on mute.

Date: Mon, October 17, 2016, 10:48:15 ET
Posted by: Griff, etc.

So apparently everyone was much more interested in Donald making the tabloids this year than his animated appearance on one of the all time great TV shows.

Date: Sun, October 16, 2016, 22:46:04 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

I must say, while Show Biz Kids was never one of my favorite songs, from the studio albums, the live arrangement is AWESOME, IMO. Everyone has their own opinion, I guess.

Date: Sun, October 16, 2016, 21:09:37 ET
Posted by: Scott,


Definitely not sold out. We actually moved up a row because my friend was next to an obese person who did not smell good... we had to move.

Yeah, I agree - they don't need a break! That band just kills and could play Springsteen-eque length shows.

The real disappointment for me was the lack of WW soloing. Dude is just so damn good!

Date: Sun, October 16, 2016, 20:09:43 ET
Posted by: Lutz, SF

Scott, how was attendance last night.
I do agree with you on Hey 19, the rant eats up a lot of time. There are hardly any novices at these shows that follow Walters lips.
Even if the bosses welcome the banter as a break, the band hardly seems in need of it and could play a couple of instrumentals at least.
The Fez, East St. Louis Toodle-Oo come to mind.
While I like the funky, improvisational part of ShowbizKids the vocal part does sound high pitched and stale more like 70's and at least here on the West Coast that usually makes people go pee. It has been payed to many times. So has Daddy.
The only way Don and Walt might get over their stubbornness to freshen it up a little could be half empty halls.
People shell out 2-3 large bills for the same shows only so many times.
Having said that if it was sold out last night, my foot will go you know where...

Date: Sun, October 16, 2016, 19:11:57 ET
Posted by: Scott,


I'm just saying she's famous for one song. Mention her name to any radio listener and that's the only one they'll know. I was hoping to hear it. Had she played a better set, I wouldn't have complained about it at all. She was friggin boring as hell.

She sang Show Biz Kids with SD. The one song I wish they wouldn't play. Can't stand it. lol

Date: Sun, October 16, 2016, 18:55:32 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Haha, I bet that was the only guy in the whole world going to a DF show just to hear H-Gang. The only time I'd want to hear that song at a DF/SD show is if I really had to use the bathroom.

Date: Sun, October 16, 2016, 18:29:50 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach. Big Sunday Bash!

Kenny, I believe Fox streams live (providing you have your provider creds) from here:

Good luck!

Scott, sorry to hear you had a bad experience. But complaining RLJ didn't play "Chuck E's in Love"? Seriously? Was there any Dan/RLJ combined performances?

Went to a Fagen solo show in Oakland, and they guy sitting next to me complained "He didn't play H-Gang. That's why I came!" WTF? My response was something along the lines of, "If there is really only one song you know/like by an artist, perhaps you shouldn't waste your money attending a show."

Date: Sun, October 16, 2016, 15:20:45 ET
Posted by: Kenny, US

Anyone know if Fox has the Simpsons streaming at the same time it's broadcast? I won't be home to watch Donald tonight.

Date: Sun, October 16, 2016, 13:44:23 ET
Posted by: Scott,

I've had more than enough of Walter's ridiculous babbling on and on in Hey 19. They could have played 2 more songs instead of his not-so-clever rantings.

Although a great show in the grand scheme of things, this was my least enjoyable SD show, ever, and I've been to over a dozen of the Beacon shows over the years. RLJ was BOOOOOOOOOOOORING, and I specifically chose to see her open. Didn't even play Chuck E.'s in Love. Nonsense, I say!

We sat lower balcony, dead center and the sound was bad. Boomy and muddy all night. Didn't hear a distinct, individual note from the bass guitar one time. It made the guitar solos hard to hear, trying to cut through the mud. The sound man must have had a bad night.

Walt W played one solo - on alto! That was all. Way too many trumpet solos for my liking, but the t-bone and bari features were nice. Also, not sure why every song had to end with a big drum fill. Every. Song. Big. Drum. Fill. Too. Much.

Date: Sun, October 16, 2016, 11:49:59 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

I love when Walter just says "fuck it," in live settings, and just runs the rhythm guitar like he's overdubbing a bass line. Cool, little licks here and there.

Date: Sun, October 16, 2016, 00:36:23 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Very nice, and classy, Abu. Thanks for the memories.

Date: Sun, October 16, 2016, 00:10:43 ET
Posted by: Abu, He Was a Roc, He Was an Island

Joe Roccisano was born on this day (October 15, 1939). Here is part of the tribute I posted last year:

He played alto sax, flute, and occasionally baritone sax. Fagen & Becker met Joe in the late 70’s, no doubt hearing already about his arranging ability. In a 2014 interview, Donald said “… I like big-band arrangers, like Gil Evans. There’s a band called the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra that I used to like for the arrangements.” In 1977 Joe was hired to write the charts for four tunes on their jazz album “Apogee” by the Pete Christlieb Warne Marsh Quintet. On the heels of that release, Mr. Roccisano wrote the grammy-nominated arrangement of Green Earrings on the Chick, Donald, Walter & Woodrow LP by Woody Herman’s big band, which was recorded in January 1978. Throughout the 80’s Joe stayed busy with the Louie Bellson Big Band, touring, recording, and arranging. Then, in 1988, he was the Producer for the Hoops McCann album, writing the arrangements for all but two of the eight Steely Dan cover songs, and conducting the band in the studio. Mort Fega, DF’s favorite jazz radio personality, stated in the album liner notes that “It’s easy to understand why Joe’s reputation has prospered so dramatically and why he is in such great demand.” He went on to record a couple of tunes for the 1992 movie soundtrack of Glengarry Glen Ross, even arranging for his own Joe Roccisano Orchestra a “big-band” number written by Donald himself, entitled Blue Lou.

Joe was now well on his way as an established band leader, as he then recorded two of his own (Joe Roccisano Orchestra) albums in 1993 and 1995, the first The Shape I’m In, and the next Leave Your Mind Behind, the latter sporting two covers of Fagen and Steely Dan tunes, namely The Goodbye Look and Throw Back the Little Ones. Back in 2009, DF was asked if he had some favorite jazz covers of their own stuff. After saying that one of the first covers, Do It Again by Herbie Mann, was one of his faves, Donald then said “Also, Joe Roccisano did some nice charts where he just used the tune as a jump-off point. That’s the best way to go”. DF also wrote a few words on the liner notes of that CD, stating that “Joe obviously enjoyed playing with the material, taking the harmonic and melodic motifs and expanding them in unexpected directions. His charts tended to avoid the ‘here’s the jazz treatment syndrome’”.

But alas, Joe had heart trouble that had started to show up, according to a 2010 interview of Phil Woods, who was perhaps Joe Roccisano’s biggest influence. Phil said “Joe and I became the best of friends…(He) was very advanced in musical talent and skill and although he was a great alto player it was his arranging and composing skills that got my attention. All the cats who played Joe’s music were hooked! Joe always attracted superior musicians. The cats always know and that is the important thing! Quality! Joe was quality and love, a helluva package.” Phil Woods wrote these sincere words in the liner notes for Joe’s last album, recorded in October 1997. Joe now had a slightly smaller orchestra, a Nonet (nine players), and that last recording was made in New York. One month later, Joe Roccisano died of a heart attack. He was only 58. Everyone who knew and played with Joe were greatly saddened. Conrad Herwig, a trombone player who was in Joe’s last band, recorded a tribute to Joe the very next month, called Silent Tears, which is on Herwig’s Heart of Darkness CD. Bill Charlap also has a nice piano solo in this heartfelt elegy. Mike Holober also composed a tribute tune not much later entitled Roc and a Soft Place, which was recorded in two versions. Joe served as a mentor to Mike when he was starting his New York bandstand experience.

In that 2010 interview, Phil Woods said of Joe, “I want to make sure people remember him.” Phil is no longer able to help folks remember, so this small tribute to Joe Roccisano is my way of helping to keep his memory alive. “Joe is still with us – just listen to him”, Phil says.

To see Joe Roccisano performing, check out this video of him playing alto sax with the Louie Bellson Big Band. Joe's solo playing starts at 04:50 of the vid:

Here is another link to a YouTube playlist containing many of the songs referred to above:

Date: Sun, October 16, 2016, 00:00:39 ET
Posted by: Scott ,

Razor Boy is after Green Earrings. Couldn't remember the name. the girls sang it

Date: Sat, October 15, 2016, 23:57:45 ET
Posted by: Scott , NY

Steely Dan 10/15/16 Beacon

Babylon Sisters
Black Friday
Showbiz Kids with RLJ
Kid Charlemagne
Green earrings
From cte??
Home at last
Time out of mind
My old school


Date: Sat, October 15, 2016, 20:32:52 ET
Posted by: George, Denver, CO

I just took a look at the setlist for last night's show at The Beacon on I see no mention of Rickie Lee Jones sitting in with Steely Dan. Rickie hasn't tweeted about it either. It must be bogus.

Date: Sat, October 15, 2016, 19:07:40 ET
Posted by: Bob, Texas

Could someone please post tonight's set list already??

Date: Sat, October 15, 2016, 10:27:43 ET
Posted by: corrector,

FYI, it is Adam RogerS. Should be Adam Rogers' Dice. Beacon erred. Very hip group. Rogers played on Becker's 11 Tracks.

Date: Sat, October 15, 2016, 09:01:42 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Stanford, thanks. That was easy. I cant believe I didn't think of it. Then again, I can't believe the SD folks are that bad at updating their website.

Since I also know how to cut and paste, here's the info for the rest of the Beacon run:


I'm looking forward to seeing Peyroux again, as I thought she was fabulous, last year.

Still no word on what people thought of Adam Roger, opening night.

Date: Sat, October 15, 2016, 01:05:56 ET
Posted by: Fred, Boston, MA

Will somebody please post a review/setlist for last night's Beacon show? This Rickie Lee Jones & Steely Dan duet performance has aroused my interest. It's starting to get late and I need to get some sleep. Thanks.

Date: Fri, October 14, 2016, 23:44:52 ET
Posted by: Sanford, CT

Dean..The opening acts are listed on the Beacon Theatre's website at Just click on Steely Dan.

Date: Fri, October 14, 2016, 23:36:04 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Forgot to thank you for the Slate link, Jim. It had NOT been posted, to the best of my recollection. Good stuff.

And I discovered that Adan Roger's Vice did play on the 12th, on the Beacon's twitter. How were they? While on the twitter feed (is there anything more cumbersome to navigate?) there was this link---for what it's worth:

Date: Fri, October 14, 2016, 23:25:28 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Sanford, where are you getting the info that "Julian Lage and Madeleine Peyroux are the opening acts for the other shows"? I don't see that on the Dan website. Hard to believe they wouldn't mention Madeleine Peyroux. Did Adam Roger's Dice open on the 12th? How was he? Do we know who is opening on the last two nights?

Hoop, what do you mean by "I'm gonna place my money on Rickie do wedding on showbiz kids" ? I'm going to figure it was a typo of some sort. But I'm too sober, or just too stupid to decode.

Godspeed on the recovery, my friend.

Date: Fri, October 14, 2016, 22:33:29 ET
Posted by: bikemann, colorado

Don't post here much but thought I would chime in on RLJ playing with the boys. Gotta think she would get the same vocal on dirty work like several other ladies have.

Date: Fri, October 14, 2016, 22:20:48 ET
Posted by: Howard, Los Angeles

I love Horses. Is Walter doing the duet with Rickie Lee?

Date: Fri, October 14, 2016, 21:57:50 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

Then I'm going to say they duet on Horses.

Date: Fri, October 14, 2016, 21:18:48 ET
Posted by: Eyes ears, Nyc

Think RLJ....WB.......

Date: Fri, October 14, 2016, 21:09:00 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

Forgive me if this is been mentioned, but Donald has something new in Slate this week.

Date: Fri, October 14, 2016, 21:08:16 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

I'm gonna place my money on RickIe do wedding doing vocals on showbiz kids. That said, our guys always do the unexpected in these sorts of things. It's never a people magazine/celebrity scene.

Date: Fri, October 14, 2016, 20:48:04 ET
Posted by: Howard, Los Angeles

What song is RLJ + SD doing? Is it Third World Man or Show Biz Kids?

Date: Fri, October 14, 2016, 18:21:13 ET
Posted by: eyes and ears, nyc

Soundcheck RLJ + SD duet - wow! Look for it several songs into the SD set....

Date: Fri, October 14, 2016, 14:54:03 ET

Haven't bought my tickets for Count down yet. Looking forward to that show.
Jim hope you get better.

Date: Fri, October 14, 2016, 11:28:32 ET
Posted by: Lyle, TX

"Spoiler free" review.

"Finally, the episode wraps up with a segment equally inspired by the James Bond movies and last year's Kingsman. Bart takes center stage here as he discovers that Moe and the regulars at the tavern are secretly members of an international super-spy organization. It's a solid concept that never really takes off. Again, the seven minute time-frame is a hindrance, but it also doesn't help that so much precious time is wasted on a tangent about the band Steely Dan (with frontman Donald Fagen appearing as himself). Voice actor Dan Castellaneta helps spice up this segment thanks to his portrayal of Homer and several other characters, but that doesn't change the fact that the concept feels half-baked"

Date: Fri, October 14, 2016, 11:23:19 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

OK, so not much press for the Beacon shows, but Donald appears as himself for a large segment of this week's Simpsons episode. So that's pretty dope.

Date: Fri, October 14, 2016, 11:05:37 ET
Posted by: 90 minutes, from NJ to NY

The fact that Donald interviewed with the Asbury Park Press is an indicator that they are attempting to lure the crowds that sold out the Count Basie Theater, both for the Dukes and SD. But there's a reason that venue exists. It's a long day if you head into NY for a show from down there.

Date: Fri, October 14, 2016, 07:38:06 ET
Posted by: Dan Belcher, Louisville, KY

Abu, I last saw Boz Scaggs about two years ago. Drew Zingg was not touring with him then. I actually did not recognize the guitarist and can't remember his name for the life of me, but he was a nice fit. (Very entertaining show in a small venue, by the way.)

Date: Fri, October 14, 2016, 07:29:53 ET
Posted by: popegreg, MKE

Casual Fan - I have been tracking the 10/29 show on ticketmaster, stubhub and tickpick. Ticketmaster was showing that one as the only show with "not many left" but I no longer see that mesage showing up. Still, as has been the case for the last month, only single tickets are available. I'm seeing the same single seats I've been seeing for weeks (I've been pulling 3 single seats on 3 different devices at the same time).

I bought a single seat last week when an Orch 2,Row N aisle seat next to the soundboard popped up. I'm happy enough with that.

Could very well be that more seats get released, but my *guess* is that it's unlikely.

Also, definitely check out tickpick and compare vs. stubhub. tickpick is legit and they often have the same inventory with a much lower overall price and there's no fees above the advertised price. I almost bit on an Orch 2, Row A seat a few weeks ago. It would have been $510 or so on stubhub with fees or $429 (after $10 off on 1st purchase) at tickpick for the same seat, both printouts. Good Luck!!!

Date: Fri, October 14, 2016, 07:10:40 ET
Posted by: popegreg, MKE

I see that the Wednesday, October 26 show is now listed as a second Aja show, still with Rickie Lee Jones, on Ticketmaster and the Beacon site??? Must be an attempt to goose ticket sales. I'm not complaining, as I'm now guaranteed to hear "Deacon Blues" at least once in the 4 shows I'm seeing!!!

Date: Fri, October 14, 2016, 03:08:57 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

Casual Fan, others:

The tickets I had for sale for October 29 at the Beacon are sold. Thanks for your interest. Also thanks for your good wishes. Hoping all the best for you and finding some good seats.

Glad to see the reviews and set lists. Wish I could be there.



Date: Fri, October 14, 2016, 00:06:41 ET
Posted by: Billy, Passaic NJ

Rickie Lee Jones won't have a band with her when she opens for Steely Dan at the Beacon shows. Rickie will just be joined by her percussionist Mike Dillon. It's gonna be a real stripped-down bare bones acoustic type set.

Date: Thurs, October 13, 2016, 22:55:35 ET
Posted by: Since U Asked, Beacon 2016 N1

The Royal Scam album

Hey Nineteen
Dirty Work (Danettes)
Time Out of Mind
Daddy Don't Live in That New York City No More (Walter)
I Want To Do Everything for You
My Old School
Reelin' in the Years

Pretzel Logic

Date: Thurs, October 13, 2016, 21:18:56 ET
Posted by: Abu, same

seen, not scene

Date: Thurs, October 13, 2016, 21:17:21 ET
Posted by: Abu, Zingg with Boz?

Does anyone happen to know if Drew Zingg is still touring with Boz Scaggs? Anyone scene the Boz live lately? Just wondering.

Date: Thurs, October 13, 2016, 15:14:37 ET
Posted by: Keith, TX

Thanks KD.

Date: Thurs, October 13, 2016, 15:00:03 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

The Donald picture is from the 2000 from what I remember, the last leg when they were touring the Hinterlands.

Date: Thurs, October 13, 2016, 14:34:35 ET
Posted by: CJB, YVR

Viking helmets for midgets, by the look of 'em.

Date: Thurs, October 13, 2016, 13:49:26 ET
Posted by: Archie, MI

A dildo.

Date: Thurs, October 13, 2016, 13:26:10 ET
Posted by: Keith, TX

What's Donald holding in this pic?

Date: Thurs, October 13, 2016, 10:47:14 ET
Posted by: casual fan, orlando

I'm coming up for the 10/29 show and have been online trying to find tix. Very few on stubhub and all well above face value. TM doesn't let me use the find a seat option, i.e. use the map to pick a seat. Beacon Fan, the fact that TM does not let me pick from the map means the show is likely undersold?

That could be good news for me over on stubhub the seats start dropping in price there. Or on TM if they start putting up seats in the front rows.

I choose to be an optimist, although I have to think the last show, the "greatest hits show" on a Saturday night end of October is naturally going to be a bit more popular than some of the others.

Date: Thurs, October 13, 2016, 07:19:16 ET
Posted by: Toby, NY

Pretty obvious from the crowd reports that it's approaching over saturation.

I had my fill of SD at the Beacon last decade, having gone to the Marthagate show and then three concerts in 08/09 including Aja and Royal Scam nights.

Date: Thurs, October 13, 2016, 01:32:57 ET
Posted by: Jp,

Complain about the lighting....
You'll get a free seat upgrade.

Date: Thurs, October 13, 2016, 00:10:31 ET
Posted by: Beacon Fan, The Beacon

I don't know how many shows I have seen at the Beacon, but never have I've seen anything like tonight. The entire upper balcony was empty, except the first row center and maybe like 8 other people spread around. Maybe 20 people up there. It was really weird when they put the light up there and it was absolutely empty. Don't know what SD was thinking when they saw that. I figured the shows were undersold as they never switched over to pick your own seats on TM, but never figured it was this bad. Besides that, ripping show! How could it not be, they played the Royal Scam!

Date: Wed, October 12, 2016, 21:08:47 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Heard from a pal earlier who was waiting in line at tonight's show. That alone,was enough to jack up the anticipation level for me. To all going to shows, have a great time! Mine will come soon, and I look forward to seeing fellow Bbookers I've met and those I haven't. Enjoying '11 Scam show in the meantime.

Date: Wed, October 12, 2016, 21:03:09 ET
Posted by: kzkzkz, Inside!

Also, RLJ will be opening Aja night.

Anywho, when I last saw the boys and girls, about 3 months ago in Holmdel, I was able to upgrade my lawn ticket for a 2nd row spot in front of The Donald for a mere $10. No, not tonight, ha ha....tonight I got a FREE upgrade from my upper balcony seat way down to the 10th row, in front of Walter! Unbelievable. I'd imagine that this will be the case most nights.
The table is on the far left, before the merch area, as soon as you get in.
The opening act played about 45 minutes; kinda reminded me of an instrumental Stevie Ray Vaughn type trio. Not bad at all. Ok, I'm ready for some Scam! Figure they play title track to Aja too. Life is good, life is good. Especially when I get to Do It Again in a few nights. And then again. And probably again.

Date: Wed, October 12, 2016, 19:57:36 ET
Posted by: Sanford, at the airport

Yes. Adam Roger's Dice opens tonight's show. Julian Lage and Madeleine Peyroux are the opening acts for the other shows.

Date: Wed, October 12, 2016, 18:50:58 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Is there an opener on the nights without Ricki Lee Jones?

Date: Wed, October 12, 2016, 01:28:31 ET
Posted by: CJB, Yikes!

Here's Tuzz's Shadow...LIVE in '93...and some other very tasty things on the same channel:

Date: Tues, October 11, 2016, 21:09:43 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

Casual Fan: thank you for your offer to buy my tickets. Someone has offered to buy them and I'm just waiting for payments to confirm that they're sold . That said maybe they found something else. When they are sold I will confirm on this board so people don't wonder.

I want to thank everyone for their very kind and sincere wishes for my speedy recovery. I'm doing better. Unfortunately, the problem I have impacts my vision so thanks to all for the generous, wide berth you've given me in waiting for me to reply to your correspondences and posts.

Thank you,


Date: Tues, October 11, 2016, 15:36:34 ET
Posted by: CS, oc

In honor of the forthcoming CTE night.

Date: Tues, October 11, 2016, 11:43:21 ET
Posted by: Alkali, NYC

if anyone's in the mood for a Broadway play, some laughs and Steely Dan stuff you might want to visit the Lyceum theater on 45 street, here's a piece of a review I pulled:

"oh hello on Broadway"
Actor Gil (Nick Kroll) and novelist George (John Mulaney) are septuagenarian roomies living in a rent-controlled five-bedroom apartment on 73rd Street and Columbus (for $75 a month). They met as undergraduates at Columbia University and have since shared their boundless enthusiasm for Steely Dan, a mountain of cocaine, and a penchant for principled career failure.

Date: Mon, October 10, 2016, 12:49:42 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

After last night, the national needs a long, hot, disinfecting shower...and a Steely Dan album.

C'mon Walt, get jiggy with it. Royal Scam, Part Deux. Make it happen.

Date: Mon, October 10, 2016, 12:41:38 ET
Posted by: casual fan, orlando

hoops, first, hope you get to feeling better. I know you'd go to the show if you could.

Second, I'm heading up for the 10/29 show with friends, who all have tix already, and my girlfriend is still a girl, but no longer my friend, so I'm solo. If you still have the tix and someone else needs a single, I'm happy to email and figure it out.

Very thoughtful of you to opt for selling to fans here if you can, rather than just take the insurance.

Date: Mon, October 10, 2016, 12:18:37 ET
Posted by: jJoe Totale, Manchester England

M/O/D/P and Gus.. thanks for the advice. Sounds like I'd be better off leaving my camera at the hotel rather than risk not being allowed inside the Beacon. I'll drop you guys an e-mail nearer the time!

Date: Mon, October 10, 2016, 02:26:19 ET
Posted by: Gus Winterbottom, Torrance, CA


Last year at the Beacon I asked one of the ushers about the policy regarding photos, and she informed me that non-flash still photos were permitted. This was a change from 2011, the other time we were there. I didn't ask about cameras with detachable lenses, however. Based on my experience at other venues in the Los Angeles area (Nokia and the Hollywood Bowl), such cameras are not permitted for the general audience.

It is likely that the size of your camera/lens assembly will be a factor. I took a look at the Micro four thirds webpage and if you have something like a Panasonic DMC-GM5/14mm F/2.5, it will be about the same size as the point-and-shoot camera we use (Canon SX600HS), so you might avoid further questions.

Feel free to contact me off-line for further info. Mrs. GW and I have tickets for the last three Beacon shows; we're looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting some new ones.

Date: Sun, October 09, 2016, 21:30:02 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.


Oh, we'll be getting together, alright.

More later after I recover from this hurricane--no major damage (shockingly), for those concerned.

And the "Craiglist guy" is doing fine, too. BTW, his ticket is now gone, as he sold it to me (for a friend) at a bargain basement price. So anyone I contacted previously about a cheap seat for Saturday, can now disregard the request. She'll be my buddy's date on Friday. She has been appropriately warned.

Date: Sun, October 09, 2016, 20:08:35 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Toronto

Hey, Joe...

Where ya goin' with that micro four thirds in your hand...?

I'd say, from personal experience, your mission is a "just give it a try" one which may yield hit or miss results. At The Beacon - even in recent years - I have been cautioned by concerned staff while very discreetly using only tiny high end compacts (Sony DSC HX90V/HX80 or Panasonic DMC-LX3), with the screens dimmed to lowest setting (so as not to disturb those around me, and so as not to attract too much attention), all while taking only the occasional photograph - definitely not playing Jimmy Olson, Cub Reporter all night long. Even with all the real-time-facebook-twitter jackasses and their obnoxious (and always on) mobile phones in the audience, the ushers at The Beacon seem to hone in on actual "cameras" for some reason. Be discrete.

Since your equipment is a bit bigger than a phone, you may get unwanted interest from venue staff on entry - or not, it's hard to say. As Hoops says, "fly low and be cool"...

My email is included in my handle if you'd like to meet up with a handful of Bluebook contributors before or after the last two shows on October 28 & 29. As far as I know, there's nothing actually planned yet, but I'm sure some of us will be getting together.

Date: Sun, October 09, 2016, 15:19:10 ET
Posted by: Joe Totale, Manchester England

Hello Dan Fans.
Advice needed.. I'm crossing the pond to fulfill one of those 'do before you die missions'.. to see SD play in NYC (greatest hits night). Now I'm taking an educated guess here that some of you folks are also into photography as am I. Here's the question.. What chance if any do I have of taking a micro four thirds camera into the Beacon with either the panasonic 14mm or oly 45mm attached? It'd also be good to meet anyone up for a drink beforehand who might want to meet an Englishman in New York? (first time) :)

Date: Sun, October 09, 2016, 14:36:11 ET
Posted by: Les, C

Thanks for the link to the interview. But really, they long ago confirmed that their past association with Chevy Chase isn't just a rumor. Did he really need to ask again?

Date: Sun, October 09, 2016, 13:39:07 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Sorry about that last post - hit enter too soon.

Thanks for the report, Dirty Work. Enjoy tonight's show!

Not sure if this was posted here or not, but Fagen mentions writing new music here:

Date: Sun, October 09, 2016, 13:37:25 ET
Posted by: Chris, n

Date: Sun, October 09, 2016, 12:00:54 ET
Posted by: dirtywork, Pittsford, New York

Hi All,
I must say that I am proud of my hometown. The show was sold out and the crowd was loud and responsive. It didn't take long for the band to blow out the cob webs and jam. Isn't that what us old timers get out of our rocking chairs for? There were some very hot numbers and it was the best Walter show I have seen in many years. During the encore (pretzel logic) Walter's guitar playing was simply amazing and the rest of the band noticed. I am usually more into Donald's jazz licks which were right on. I guess I have been so used to Walter's mechanical performances that it was easy to forget how he got to be the "other" half of the band. Last night was as good if not the best I have seen him play. I go back a ways so that says something. Bodhissattva was just plain killer. In an amusing story about a hit that was a different time, to quote Donny "from the Jurassic" he introduced Dirty Work and even mentioned David Palmer by name. Lol. The Brats did their usual soulful and tasty version of the tune. My Old School was amazing. I know some here are not fans, I don't understand that. It is one of my favorite live songs. The band really rocked the fuck out of it. It was easily one of the best Dan shows I have ever seen. I have pit tickets for the show tonight and am excited. I will take my nap (Us old timers need that kind of thing) get up and shower, smoke , then my 24 year old daughter will drive to Syracuse. It will be the first time she will see the band.
"Do I know any of their songs?" I told her probably. See some of you there.


Date: Sun, October 09, 2016, 11:55:24 ET
Posted by: popegreg, On my way to Green Bay for SNF - GO PACK GO!!!

Hoops, wishing you a speedy recovery!!!

No show reports? C'mon, we need to know so we can bitch and moan about the setlist!!! ;)

Date: Sat, October 08, 2016, 17:26:09 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

@M/O/D/P, you must love your family more than I love mine! LOL
Have a great long weekend!

Date: Sat, October 08, 2016, 16:22:28 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, In & Out

Jim - Really sorry to hear that you won't be in NYC this time around. You will be missed. Get better soon.

Don Patrol - I'd be there, tonight and tomorrow, if family commitments didn't come first. It's "Canadian Thanksgiving", after all.

Tripel (Westmalle or Westvleteren, by the way?) - Of course my generational info is off. To make matters worse, it was deliberate. Thanks for noticing, though.

KD - It's Sunken Condos right now, almost exactly four years later. I haven't listened to it for some time, so it feels really good. I'd sure love to hear some of those songs live, one day. Barring that, how about some new stuff? It's been four years now. I think I mentioned that...

Date: Sat, October 08, 2016, 14:21:58 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Be well, Jim! Everyone have fun at the shows this weekend!

What's everyone's late summer/early fall Dan go-to? For some reason I get really into the early NYC demos and the Katy Lied outtakes this time of year.

Date: Sat, October 08, 2016, 09:24:50 ET
Posted by: Phil, Pau

Hi Jim, living in France I won't be able to make it to the N.Y show but I wish you a quick recovery.
Take care

Date: Sat, October 08, 2016, 02:06:10 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

But really, who's seeing shows this weekend?

Date: Fri, October 07, 2016, 21:27:41 ET
Posted by: Tripel,

your generational info is off..
The greatest generation, also the G.I. gen, was born in the 20s, went to war and saved the world from fascism, came back built suburbia and the infrastructure and kids were the bloomers, Born 46 to 64
Order is: Greatest, Silent, Boomer, Xer, Millennial, Homeland
Check this out --

Howe and Strauss are the guys f youre into it...fascinating stuff

Anyway get a check out to shows at the Beacon they think anyone know what they've been doing with Ricky Lee? Or is she only at the Beacon. Looking forward to countdown to ecstasy as well

Date: Fri, October 07, 2016, 18:07:12 ET
Posted by: Tripel,

your generational info is off..
The greatest generation, also the G.I. gen, was born in the 20s, went to war and saved the world from fascism, came back built suburbia and the infrastructure and kids were the bloomers, Born 46 to 64
Order is: Greatest, Silent, Boomer, Xer, Millennial, Homeland
Check this out --

Howe and Strauss are the guys f youre into it...fascinating stuff

Anyway get a check out to shows at the Beacon they think anyone know what they've been doing with Ricky Lee? Or is she only at the Beacon. Looking forward to countdown to ecstasy as well

Date: Fri, October 07, 2016, 16:39:53 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

Hey gang!
Although the show is more than 72 hours away, circumstances mean I must post this now.

I have for sale: Pair 4th Row Beacon Tix Sat 10.29.2016. Due to a medical condition, I'm not able to travel away from Chicago for at least the next several weeks. This means I can't attend the last Beacon show for which I have a pair of fabulous 4th Row (Row DD), Walter/Jon side tickets. Back in June, I purchased that $8/ticket insurance for my tickets in case my flight got cancelled at the at the last minute, but didn't think I'd actually use it for a medical reason. They will approve it but the then the tix will go unused. So rather than have to fill out five pages of paper work and leave these great seats empty, please contact me ASAP if you would like to buy. Email me at jjmckay AT me DOT com I'm asking what I paid and would be reimbursed-- $557 for the pair.

Below is a map:



Date: Fri, October 07, 2016, 13:36:07 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

MODP, interesting reconfiguration of a couple generations there ...

I hate to call myself a millennial because according to NYT trend pieces we're the fucking worst of all time, but I am one as a late-80s baby. And in my circles the "heads" in my peer group usually have an appreciation for Steely Dan. They're not spending half a rent check to go to CTE night, but they dig Aja.

But yeah, they're certainly not part of the collective consciousness the way Kanye or Beyonce are.

Date: Fri, October 07, 2016, 12:12:00 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

A good laugh to start the day! Thanks!

Date: Fri, October 07, 2016, 09:16:12 ET
Posted by: wise , ass

Actually Don, they haven't sold a single ticket for either show :)

Date: Fri, October 07, 2016, 01:32:01 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Anybody going to shows this weekend?

Date: Thurs, October 06, 2016, 23:09:52 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, auto-correcting auto-correct

Dear Auto-Correct,

I very specifically typed "mu chord", using the proper Greek Alphabet character, in the latter part of my last post here. Why did you mangle my carefully-chosen words? I'd really like to know.

Hope to hear from you soon.

All the best,

ps- Happy Canadian Thanksgiving, Auto-Correct!

Date: Thurs, October 06, 2016, 22:49:38 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, National Bureau of Stereotypes

*****Note that all descriptions below are sweeping (and maybe even insulting, if you're one of those unusually sensitive types) generalizations. Your experience may vary. I sure as hell hope it does, for your sake(s).

Boomers (1946 - 1959) - The last generation that, as a group, generally had to work hard growing up. You will know this fact, because they will certainly tell you, given the slightest opportunity. They had it a lot easier than their Depression-era/Wartime parents did, but not as easy as each subsequent generation/cohort has had it. Inexplicably, most Boomers still think of themselves as "cool", even though they are now mostly fat, bald, gray, half-deaf, and possibly even judgemental. "Don't trust anyone over 30?" - Never mind all that now.

The Greatest Generation - (1959 - 1970) - The group that isn't nearly as obnoxious & rich & self-absorbed as the Boomers, and not nearly as disaffected & lazy as the GenXers, although The Greatest Generation often gets lumped in with either of those two groups. Their early lives were shaped by "The Flintstones" or maybe "The Brady Bunch", among other similarly highbrow television fare, and it shows. TV Babies? On balance, guilty as charged, Your Honor. On the positive side, they clearly remember a time when children were not the heads of households, and, as such, they are also the last group of North American kids to be disciplined in any manner, at home or at school. Most are, to this day, still "unlikely" or "very unlikely" to believe that the entire world revolves around them or their every whim. The term "greatest" is used by them (mostly) in a light-hearted, semi-sarcastic manner. "C'mon, we're really not THAT great!"

Generation X (1970 - early/mid 1980s) - Increasingly slacker-ish and whiny, commensurate with their year of birth, even though mostly everything has been handed to them. The first group to be well acquainted with the ability to control both television (home video recording, wireless remote, VHS pre-recorded movies) and their parents/"caregivers" at the same time. Often considered the first "lost" generation, because of how lost they are.

Generation Y a.k.a. "Millennials" (early/mid 1980s - 2001ish) - The "everything-all-the-time-NOW" kids. The "follow your dreams" kids. The "it's everyone's fault but mine" kids". The "I want my birthday OFF!" kids. The "I hate work 'cause it's HARD" kids. The "kneepads 'n' helmets" kids. The "I'm being bullied!" kids. Everything offends them - thankfully, they usually have a "safe space" to protect them from all the world's full-on badness! The first group comprised entirely of hopeless cell-phone/tech addicts, and they have the social skills to match. Statistically, 95.27% of them still live with their parent(s), sleep until noon most days, and play video games all afternoon and evening. What little money they manage to scrape together ("Aw, c'mon MOM, I totally NEED it!") is spent on weed, or <snicker>, bus tickets. Everything you read about them is true.

Of course, I've modified the parameters, a bit, to fit my argument. I figure that's OK, since there isn't much consistency across the board with the use of these arbitrary terms, and no single authority seems to stand out. Plus, shit, it's The Bluebook - not some stodgy peer-reviewed scientific journal-thingy, like I'm used to. And since every generation seems to think it is the "greatest", I've used the term as it applies to me personally. So there.

So, in order of Dan Fannishness:

1) The Greatest Generation ("I still remember the day The Royal Scam was released!")

2) Boomers ("Steely Dan is one of the last great '70s bands - too bad they broke up in 1980!")

3) Generation X ("Steely Dan? Whatever, Dad likes him...")

4) Millennials ("Text me later, bro")

And, just for inclusiveness, the as yet un-named group that's coming after The Millennials - those kids who would be fifteen years old or younger today - doesn't give a flying ì chord about "Steely Dan", one way or the other. Who needs yer granddaddy's real music when you've got Justin & Miley & Angry Birds & Pokey-Man[sic]?!


ps - Hoping that all the Florida Bluebookers - The Dean, Casual Fan, Gino F., Steve Gennarrelli, Bookkeeper's Son, (hopefully I haven't missed anyone) - are safe & OK tonight. I know Florida is a big state, and not everybody is in the same level of danger, but a level 4 hurricane is a scary thing to go through. Be safe.

Date: Thurs, October 06, 2016, 21:07:02 ET
Posted by: CJB, YVR

Big Paris Review appreciation of Gaucho today:

"My wife, who was staying home to care for our infant son, said, If you’re going out to the Beacon tonight can you get a new toilet seat while you’re at it?"

Date: Thurs, October 06, 2016, 16:49:58 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

To all of our Floridian 'Bookers, stay safe and best of luck!
Same to anyone else facing the bad weather.

Date: Thurs, October 06, 2016, 13:36:35 ET
Posted by: Dick Goddard, weather man

Here's hoping that Craigslist guy stays safe from Matthew.

Date: Thurs, October 06, 2016, 13:04:38 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

I can't imagine many people in their 60s in the 1970s, outside of those working in Hawaiian shirts at record companies, were big into Steely Dan because they kept the spirit of jazz chops alive. Just putting that out there. Come on.

My grandfather, whose Hi-Fi hutch was stacked with Dave Brubeck records, the guy that gave me Wes Montgomery tapes once he learned I started playing guitar when I was 12 in 1992, would not have even sniffed a rock band because of their "jazz chops."

Gen X isn't into Steely Dan because they were ubiquitous in their youth. Millennials (of which I am technically a member) aren't into the band as much not because they obsess over Kanye and Bey, but because music fans aren't often in the habit of going back two decades to get into a sub-superstar (remember, Steely Dan didn't make the cover of Rolling Stone when Aja hit: James Taylor, Peter Asher and Linda Ronstadt did) act.

Least of all an act that topped Kid A and Midnite Vultures, two groundbreaking albums for our generation, for a Grammy.

Date: Thurs, October 06, 2016, 07:03:55 ET
Posted by: Steve ,


The greatest generation have a great appreciation and affinity for Steely Dan. They appreciate their jazz chops and that Steely Dan kept jazz live in the 70s when it almost completely died.

I can't keep all the other generation categories/classification straight, but the youngest generation tends not to like Steely Dan--assuming that's true I don't-only because they're into superficial image. They don't like the looks of older men. moreover they don't like to dumb down lyrics like you hear from Beyoncé and Kanye West

Date: Wed, October 05, 2016, 22:39:50 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Circumstantial evidence: People who I've heard describe SD lyrics as "gross" without irony are Gen X.

And my grandparents are dead, so it's too late for me to ask them what they think.

(No offense to any posters of any generation, living or dead.)

Date: Wed, October 05, 2016, 22:37:18 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Theory: Steely Dan appreciation, ranked by generation:

1) Boomer

2) Millenial
(for the purposes of this ranking, people born between '80 and '00)

3) Gen X

4) Greatest Generation

Date: Wed, October 05, 2016, 15:59:52 ET
Posted by: Abu, Snooze on


Date: Tues, October 04, 2016, 10:56:50 ET
Posted by: Len, R

Who's going to make this for Gaucho night?

Date: Mon, October 03, 2016, 08:16:00 ET
Posted by: Weary, old man

Abu - don't let one smartass get to you. Don't stop posting intelligent thoughtful stuff. There is an adult audience here too.

Date: Mon, October 03, 2016, 02:44:06 ET
Posted by: Abu, 13 or 5?

Us older ones who remember SD since Day 1, can't count higher than five anymore, it seems. Perhaps my eyesight is getting dim. I'll have to get new glasses or something. I've counted several times, and I still count only five questions in my last post. I guess there are eight additional ones there. Since I didn't number them, but our friend Nick was kind enough to do that, it helps everyone now reading these two posts to easily discern which numbered answer relates to each question raised. Thank you so much for clarifying things, and even more for the highly detailed replies. Quite informative.

Date: Sun, October 02, 2016, 21:28:52 ET
Posted by: Nick, C

Abu, to answer your questions.

1. Yes
2. No
3. 27
4. Not sure
5. Of course
6. Sure why not.
7. Depends
8. I'll have to look into that.
9. Doubtful
10. Probably
11. About Half
12. No way
13. Both

Date: Sun, October 02, 2016, 19:16:25 ET
Posted by: Abu, Peering into the pigeon hole

More on the topic: It seems to me that Monkey House is being pigeonholed as a jazz artist, and the album Left as a jazz album. It peaked at no. 9 on the iTunes jazz chart, and debuted at no. 24 on the Billboard jazz chart, then disappeared in a short while. I am wondering who decides this kind of thing. Is it Billboard magazine? Is it iTunes? Or the powers at the record companies? IMO, categorizing them into this genre is doing them a disservice. When Steely Dan came upon the scene in late 1972, were they categorized as such? No, clearly not. Of course, not many folks knew much about them at the time. CBAT did not have that many "jazz chops", as it were. It was not until CTE that they really started revealing their jazz side. Even Gary Katz likely would not have put them in that category right out of the gate. Thus, they entered the free-for-all singles (45 rpm records) market that existed back in the early 70s, still not that long after the demise of the Beatles. Granted, times have clearly changed forty-four years later. As I previously mentioned, there are more so-called musical genres now than there were back then. Does "AM radio" even still exist now? Perhaps the comparisons made by ones who have reviewed the album or interviewed Don B have helped to categorize them, although even to this day no one would say that Steely Dan is a strictly jazz artist. There are different factors involved, not the least of which is the changed times of the 21st century. There is a tremendous amount more competition in the Hot 100 singles or Top 200 albums market than in the jazz market, speaking of sheer volume of artists only. Of course, for Monkey House even to rise to the level it did on the jazz charts is a fine accomplishment in itself.

Date: Sun, October 02, 2016, 14:39:10 ET
Posted by: Question for DOCTOR MU, mn

JUst to clarify--is the word "Choirs" supposed to be replaced by "chords"?

Thank you for your writing.

Date: Sun, October 02, 2016, 14:10:45 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,


Date: Sun, October 02, 2016, 14:08:04 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu, battling autocorrect and autotune


Date: Sun, October 02, 2016, 14:06:28 ET
Posted by: DocMu,

TM: Jamie Lidell is fantastic. a more sophisticated Jamiroquai, allthough I like him/them too.

Mick Hucknall/Simply Red went a little poppy after Picture Book...the PB track Sad Ol Red actually got traction on modern jazz stations.

However, 2007's Stay is a really solid R&B/jazz effort that harkens back to Picture Book. maybe better.

I think Danfas might like Death of the Cool especially:

It cooks, sings, and pulsates. TOOM might be a reference. Very Nice chord changes.

Speaking of which the choirs 1 and 3 are the same, but not 2 and 4 on the transition into the Sheppard solo on Book of Liars (live or on CD). It signifies a really clever transition from a sad, winsome, ironic look at childhood to a sax solo that evokes children's laughter and playing. Incredibly clever. I've always wondered if that was Donald's or Walter's idea.

Date: Sun, October 02, 2016, 12:49:08 ET
Posted by: Technicolor Motorhome, SE USA

I'm getting more familiar with some white R&B artists with horn sections I hadn't heard before. This one is really good: and I know St. Paul and the Broken Bones have been getting popular for several years.

Are Dan fans into this younger trend of old school style funk? I think it beats all the new bands trying to sound like Green Day and the Offspring.

Date: Sun, October 02, 2016, 00:19:13 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Indeed, Abu. Exactly! They promised "fame and fortune", I believe.

But these days, Hoops has been Johnny-on-the-spot on the spam. Thanks, Jim.

Date: Sun, October 02, 2016, 00:02:56 ET
Posted by: Abu, Unknown

Well, The Dean, I seemed to have missed something. Perhaps some spam, now deleted?

Date: Sat, October 01, 2016, 20:32:21 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

A very strange event, here on The Blue. Our man, Abu, posts this very nice comment:

"I think Don Breithaupt needs a break. What I mean is, he needs to have a single that gets heard on the radio"..."But now, how does a single get put on the radio? I would think there still has to be some kind of connection that could make it happen. It could be that the people involved don't necessarily want that, perhaps."

Then then, as if by magic--nay, Divine Intervention--we are alerted to The Illuminati Church of Satan"

"Coincidence", say you?

Will Don B get the hint, and make the deal with the devil? Stay tuned to your radios.

Oh, and BTW, Left is just slaying me. It's getting way too much (but never too much) play in my car, the past couple weeks.

Date: Fri, September 30, 2016, 00:21:17 ET
Posted by: Abu, Still in the same place

Here's that link, if you would like to see Don B sing..

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