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Date: Sat, February 27, 2021, 13:43:19 ET
Posted by: Marty ,

It's too bad the Internet has been diluted with so much noise. If you think about it, Walter and Donald checked out on their web site several years ago. Can't see them wanting to put up with a$$h3s.

Date: Sat, February 27, 2021, 04:28:18 ET
Posted by: Paul P ,

A streaming event would be great, but I think Donald will just kick back and rest his voice.

I don't think any shows until '22

"By '22, we'll be A-O.K."

Date: Thu, February 25, 2021, 16:12:22 ET
Posted by: Stevie Dan ,

Is there any chance that Donald might do a streamed concert or a pod cast talk show this year? I don't think they will be able to tour this year. Looking to 2022.

Peace out.

Date: Wed, February 24, 2021,  09:05:11 ET
Posted by: Hank, Ohio


Everybody thinks they are an expert these days because they have an internet platform. It's like the Tower of Babel.

Good attention aside, someone like this doesn't even deserve views.

Just my two piasters.

Date: Sun, February 21, 2021,  17:22:10 ET
Posted by: Gene, Ohio

This guy has posted a number of Tik Toks about SD considering himself somewhat of authority, then comes this.

Date: Sat, February 20, 2021, 22:23:41 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

A huge part of Steely Dan culture is sonic perfection. That's why the albums "Aja", "Gaucho", and "The Nightfly" are considered some of the most sonically perfect albums, commonly used for soundchecks or to try out high-end audio. Before Steely Dan resumed touring, so much attention focussed on debate version of a Steely Dan album was considered the most perfect.

With The Nightfly, the legendary story goes that when Stevie Wonder got the first CD edition, he immediately called Roger Nichols because it didn't sound right. It turned out that the first versions out in 1984 were made from 4th generation sources. This was subsequently corrected. From what I remember, if your CD stock number starts with the single digit of 9 separate from the rest of the stock number, then you have one of the corrected copies.

At Steve Hoffman's respected audio forum, that version (with the "9") is considered one of the preferred versions, as is the DVD-A version (which features four extra measures to the opening riff of "Green Flower Street").

The MoFo 45 RPM version naturally has higher resolution and gets a lot of praise.

Here's the rest of the discussion, but would prefer to hear what folks here like Mu, etc think. Looking forward to that.

Discussion on Steve Hoffman forum:

Also, here's another interesting article:

Donald Fagen The Nightfly Alternate Format Discography

About 18 months ago, Warner came out with an "MOA" / "Ultimate High Quality CD." It sounds great, but I'm haven't yet formed an opinion that I would recommend going out of my way to obtain it.

And now there's this 180 Gram version on it's way at the end of March.

Date: Sat, February 20, 2021, 22:09:29 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

Bob in Texas:

I would say it's almost certain that the June shows will be postponed for another year. If it's a Ticketmaster show, I think they will likely give a window to get a refund or hold on to your tickets until a new date; perhaps they will move it back another 52 weeks like they did with the 2020 dates. If you are able, scroll back to mid-2020 in the BlueBook and I think there is some more discussion as part of a reprint of the Dandom Digest.


Jim aka hoops

Date: Sat, February 20, 2021, 21:59:28 ET
Posted by: Bob, Texas

Have not posted in a awhile. But this is important,

I have tickets to Steely Dan in Austin for June 14th and 15th.

Is this going to happen? Some one in the know can help here.
Bob in Texas

Date: Sat, February 20, 2021, 
Posted by: The Greater Dandom, World-wide

Happy Birthday, Walter!

Date: Thurs, February 18, 2021, 14:10:17 ET
Posted by: Marty, USA

"A lot of versions of The Nightfly out there. Any that you especially recommend?"

Check out Donald Fagen's version.

Seriously, I still have my CD from 1986. A very sentimental purchase. And unless perhaps time has degraded the data layer, I'm still fine with it.

Date: Tues, February 16, 2021, 12:34:51 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

Irving Azoff has formed Iconic Artists Group. The company will purchase and manage music catalogs much like the deal Bob Dylan just did with Universal. their first big deal is with the Beach Boys. According to this article, his twist will be there he'll also manage and promote the artists image and brand, while other deals may be more financially-based. (I'm not sure I know enough yet to personally debate the nuances of that.) That said, I could certainly see Donald working with Azoff on this one, as well as some other Azoff- associated artists. Of course, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham have already done deals with others.

(Yes, the article I linked to below is behind a pay wall. Frankly, Rolling Stone is pretty overpriced right now and I do not have a subscription either. But a trick I've found is to set my smartphone to 4G. The connection is then slow enough such that the pay wall kick in until a minute or two after which gives me time to read the article. Or I can do a reload and get another couple of minutes.)

Date: Thurs, February 18, 2021, 08:23:24 ET
Posted by: Mike K, -

The Nightfly is being reissued on 180g vinyl at the end of March. You can pre-order at the usual vinyl places. This copy is selling for only $24.99.

Back about 3-4 years ago, there was a 45 rmp half-speed version on two 180g 12" records. From MoFi. Went for over $100. Out of print, copies have been sighted for over $400.

A year or two ago, there was talk of an LP release of Two Against Nature. So far that has not come to pass. The 2000 LP of Two Against Nature had limited released in Europe. Mastering for that version was never approved by Steely Dan, as I recall.

A lot of versions of The Nightfly out there. Any that you especially recommend? If so, why?

Date: Tues, February 16, 2021, 18:41 ET
Posted by: Greece, Phaxos

M/O/D/P, that is what we like to call pure internet gold. It should be posted every so often as a reminder of why Al Gore invented the internet. Anticipating your eventual demise (RIP, sir), perhaps you could set up some sort of autopost, or provide in your will that one of your beneficiaries will inherit untold sums - but only a little at a time as he or she reposts the Springsteen Dustup Treatise for a new generation. Failing all of that, I'll just thank you for a fine trip down memory lane.

Date: Tues, February 16, 2021, 15:44:29 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

Today's NYTimes Mini Crossword puzzle references Bernard Purdie...was the answer "snare" or "hihat" or something as obscure as the clue, give the relatively obscure Purdie reference? was (spoiler alert) "DRUMS." That said, gotta love that based on some recent NYT crosswords, there's clearly a Steely Dan fan there that loves us.

Hope you are all managing the weather well. Good news here in Chicago is that we are above 0F again, but bad news is that we have 36" of snow on the ground.



Date: Tues, February 16, 2021, 15:41:18 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

Unfortunately, we've had a "cease and desist" order because of some of the recent YouTube posts. So we have to go on moderation mode. Posts will appear here asap after posting. If there is something urgent, don't hesitate to contact me at jjmckay (at) me (dot) com. If for some reason your post does not appear and it seems to be a mistake on my part, accept my apologies and please email me privately at that same address. Be sure to include a valid email address where I can respond. Unfortunately, for reasons too complicated to explain here, I will be unable to such inquiries when made via bluebook posts (Dr Mu, M/D/O/P, a couple of other excepted.) At any rate, sometimes things go over my head or I misinterepret so your inquiries via email are welcome.

Many thanks for your patience.

aka hoops

Date: Mon, February 15, 2021, 15:07:33 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Waxing Nostalgic, with a small jar of "Andrea" brand cold wax treatment.

Ah, yes...The Great Springsteen Dustup of long ago. How we fondly remember it, fondly. Nicholas Urfe, my oh-so-wise Internet Pal, I can't thank you enough for bringing the subject up...again...

Hey! How about this? For old time's sake, for sheer nostalgia we understand, let's kinda/sorta "Do It Again" [sic]!! Whaddaya say?? It might be fun!! Certainly more fun than, say, engaging in (or reading) a heated argument about whether or not a cute girl is actually "cute", no?

OK, so, verbatim, here's my thoughtful, sensitive addition to that very-enjoyable-yet-thoroughly-aggravating-to-some conversation about Bruce Springsteen, posted many years ago here on The Blue. Not surprisingly, it evoked some positive responses ("a few people here loved my stuff"), and some bizarrely defensive & negative ones ("a few others surely hated my putrid guts") that appeared to have been composed by one VERY angry, cerebral-atrophy-afflicted eleven-year-old fan of The Boss - complete with threats of violence [snicker] and overflowing with unearthly foul language. Because (as we all know) posters are not supposed to deviate too far from the forum's specific mandate - Mr. Steely Dan and his many friends & associates - Hoops ("Jim") deftly swooped in and deleted almost everything, but leaving my post untouched because he enjoyed it so much. It's probably still up, I guess, although the idea of searching for it now is definitely out of the question. And so is born the concept of Reusable Posts...

Anyways, the fun started when some of the regulars were taking funny, snarky, arbitrary shots at Beloved Rock Mega-Star Bruce Springsteen, and forum regular and all-round good guy "EC/NY" specifically called on yours truly to add to the proceedings...

ORIGINALLY POSTED AS: M/O/D/P - By Popular Demand/Request Night/It's All in Good Fun/No Need to Pretend to Be "Offended"

Let's set the tone, shall we?

QUOTE: "This dustup over Springsteen has provided some of the most entertaining reading on the blue in months. Off topic, to be sure, but much more enjoyable than, say, actually listening to Springsteen."

Very well said, Nicholas Urfe. Sometimes, somebody just crystalizes the whole darn thing, with a few well-chosen words, like you just did. Sometimes I wish I could be that concise. Not tonight, wasn't meant to be...

EC/NY - I have in fact seen Bruce Springsteen Live & In Person - once and only once - and I have the deep psychological scars to prove it. Thanks for asking. They say you should never post anything really embarrassing about your past on the internet, but here goes anyways...

Once, long, long ago, I very reluctantly agreed to accompany a friend to a B.S. concert because he wouldn't stop assailing me with the "You just HAVE to see him LIVE, THEN you'll get it!" routine. I finally just gave in. And so I found myself - against all odds, against all common sense, and certainly against all common decency - in the middle of a crowded football stadium filled to capacity with fervent, devoted, frothing-at-the-mouth Lunch-Bucket-Toting/Blue Collar Springsteen fans as they happily bellowed & barfed along to every predictable, sound-alike number. I kept asking my friend, "Why are they playing this one again?", and he kept insisting it was a different song. He wasn't fooling anyone but himself.

Anyways, by the time the band had played "Born To Run In The USA" for the fifteenth fucking time in a row, I found myself desperately wishing for an escape route - any escape route. It was unbearable. "What if I pretend to be having a grand mal seizure? Will that get me out of here?", I wondered, as I looked around frantically for some ice-picks, so I could shove two into each ear and finally put an end to the pain. It was the mid 1980s, though, and there just weren't any ice-picks to be found at rock concert venues in those days. The "concert" - if you could call it that - droned on longer than a Fidel Castro "prime period" speech, or so it seemed to me at the time.

In hindsight, it was probably only four hours, but it seemed more like four and a half.

I still sometimes awaken late at night, shivering - and not because the A/C's been turned up too high, either. The awful, awful memories of that fateful, disturbing evening haunt me to this very day.

ps - "Shivering"


Well, I sure hope everyone enjoyed that misty-eyed trip down Memory Lane. For those of you who didn't enjoy it, that's OK too. Just remember, nobody gives a shit what you pinheads think anyways...

Date: Mon, February 15, 2021, 07:12:50 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

M/O/D/P, it's been sometimes ugly, you're right. Brings to mind the Springsteen Dustup of yesteryear. The Springsteen Dustup was ugly, for sure, but kind of fun.

Date: Thurs, February 11, 2021, 17:35:54 ET
Posted by: Marty, -

RIP, Chick Corea.

Date: Wed, February 10, 2021, 05:56:04 ET
Posted by: popegreg, MKE

An online event hosted by Chicago�s Old Town School of Folk Music on March 11:

Jon Herington: A Journeyman's Journey-How I Got Here

The Old Town School is honored to host a special workshop and conversation with the esteemed lead guitarist of Steely Dan. Join Jon Herington as he ruminates on his approach to mastery on the guitar. He will address the basic elements of music, the value of listening, finding individual style, and expanding one's knowledge of the instrument. Jon will provide materials to work on and demonstrate a couple of tunes as well. This will be a valuable experience to anyone who strives to enhance their own musical journey. If time permits, there will be a Q&A session.

Date: Thurs, January 28, 2021, 14:27:50 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Mamas Gun Live COVID concert. Here's the 2nd half. Chord slut changes, piano solos, guitar solos...

Very much in the Fagen/Dan/MonkeyHouse/SteveWonder/Kenny Kirkland R&B jazz/pop fusion.

Date: Tues, January 26, 2021, 14:05:57 ET
Posted by: Napoleon, UK

Hi everyone,

I'm listening to Worldwide FM as I type this and playing is a new release from someone called Lou Hayter with a cover of 'Time Out Of Mind'.

The strangest thing is that it's done in the style of 80s synth pop that might've been around when the original SD version was made. Not really my bag but see what you think....


Date: Sun, January 24, 2021, 14:57:54 ET
Posted by: Steve M, Scotland

Looks like the 'Steely Dan Greatest Hits' album to me but I would not claim to be in the top 1% of hardcore fans ( top 5% softcore maybe....)

Date: Sun, January 24, 2021, 14:30:43 ET
Posted by: MIkey, Online

If you can identify the Dangential object in that video by name you are in the top 1% of hardcore fans.

Date: Sun, January 24, 2021, 10:40:12 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Those WOH chords sound pretty close to me. Certainly closer than I could get it by ear. (Keep up with your ear training, kids.)

But I agree with Doc Mu - that's a top tier Steely Dan song, on the same level with Scam, Aja and Gaucho material.

Date: Fri, January 22, 2021, 23:34:09 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Date: Thurs, January 21, 2021, 12:14:58 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu, These tabs look iffy...

Les: West of Hollywood is an EPIC masterpiece. True SD fans understand.

A+ for effort. Some of the chords are wrong, though.

Date: Thurs, January 21, 2021, 12:12:36 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Take out the trash day...

...but full of those major and minor 7ths, chord inversions that you chord sluts need on a daily feed. Not sure if SD did it first with Show Biz Kids, but Ben Folds manages to find the right spot to interject profanity in many of this songs.

Date: Wed, January 20, 2021, 21:42:32 ET
Posted by: Les Steelies D�nud�s, on campus

A piano cover of one of the most underrated tracks from our beloved duo. Y'all should take a look at the rest of this guy's channel. Lots of cool SD/SD-adjacent covers.

Date: Wed, January 20, 2021, 19:35:38 ET
Posted by: Michael,

Steely Dan - The Second Arrangement (New Demo Source)

For no apparent reason the original uploader saw fit to add a bunch of horrible delay / echo effect over parts. Did he get access to Roger Nichols' demo tape and if so how? Is it being restored? I hope so.

For your listening satisfaction, here's a pleasant cover of SA on a classical guitar. That couldn't have been easy to do.

Date: Tues, January 19, 2021, 17:19:42 ET
Posted by: Dr. Hund, Hanging Valley Wall, CO

<<She could pull this off. I cannot. Well done. Good to see your new generation.>>

Almost Gothic wasn't included in Hyden's Best Steely Dan Songs, Ranked. :(

Date: Tues, January 19, 2021, 17:04:30 ET
Posted by: Dr. Hund, Hanging Valley Wall, CO

<<Azoff helped to put Steely Dan on a different level, transforming them from a cult act with a few fluke hits into one of the foundational bands of late "70s superstar El Lay rock culture. But even then they couldn't help but be snarky about their peers.

"We were supposed to go to The Eagles' wedding," Fagen deadpanned in a 1977 interview.

"No, that wasn't The Eagles' wedding, it was Jimmy Buffett's wedding," Becker countered.

"Or birthday party," Fagen sighed.>>

<<This separation also preserved their connection to outsiders personified by songs like "Charlie Freak," a parable about a man who buys a gold ring from a panhandler, and then learns that the destitute Charlie took that money and overdosed. It's hard to imagine The Eagles or Fleetwood Mac writing about that.>>

<<If we think of the �70s LA rock scene as a high school lunchroom, The Eagles were the jocks table, Fleetwood Mac were the beautiful rich kids table, and Steely Dan were the brilliant chain-smoking English-lit nerds table. But in true Breakfast Club fashion, the jocks and the nerds kind of got along. Steely Dan famously referenced The Eagles in the venomous �Everything You Did� as a pointed signifier in the mind of the song�s jealous narrator. �Turn up the Eagles the neighbors are listening,� he demands as they argue, because of course she�s into the era�s studliest, most confident band. The Eagles, much more famously, returned the favor with the �steely knives� reference in �Hotel California.� Hence the dynamic between these bands � The Dan mocks, and the Eagles laugh it off while laughing to the bank.>>

Got a chuckle out of this guys Azoff Dan stable adoption observations during the time.

Got a kick out of his partiality for Gaucho. "I came very close to simply listing the first four songs from Gaucho at the top of this list. The whole album is incredible, but those four opening tracks are probably Fagen and Becker�s peak as songwriters and social commentators."

Date: Tues, January 19, 2021, 15:12:11 ET
Posted by: H, C

She could pull this off. I cannot. Well done. Good to see your new generation.

Date: Tues, January 19, 2021, 12:42:20 ET
Posted by: Aja1, Newton

Nice list, Don. I might also add a song or two from Boz' Greatest Hits Live album, Drew was Zingging it that night big time.


Date: Tues, January 19, 2021, 11:32:28 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu, left of the Rio Grande

Raise up your glass to Good King John.

Todd and THE Donald nailed it years ago.

This time there really were (neo)nazis

So for any man left on the Rio Grande, this one's for you.

Date: Mon, January 18, 2021, 13:54:27 ET
Posted by: DonBreithaupt, Los Angeles

My new Drew Zingg Spotify playlist:

Date: Mon, January 18, 2021, 13:48:31 ET
Posted by: hoops,

On Fri, Jan 22 at 5PM PT (8PM ET), @SFJAZZ presents Catherine Russell's concert from September 2019. performing music from 'Alone Together', ft. renditions of swing era jazz & blues classics. Be there!

Date: Tues, January 12, 2021, 10:14:23 ET
Posted by: Hank, Hinktown

I included the part about the photo---but we don't have photos here. If you want to see the photo, check out Catherine's Facebook.

Date: Tues, January 12, 2021, 10:08:54 ET
Posted by: Hank, Hinktown

Catherine Russell writes:

Howard Johnson, my beloved friend and a musical mentor. Thank you for your gifts!! I met Howard through my mom, Carline Ray. Between them, they knew and worked with just about everybody. I got to work with Howard at Levon's Midnight Rambles, and many other shows. This photo was taken at Dizzy's club 2010. FUN!! Marion Felder is also pictured on drums. Thank you, brother Howard Johnson. Rest In Peace.

Date: Mon, January 11, 2021, 20:04:49 ET
Posted by: Tuba Man, w/ God Now

R.I.P. Howard Johnson

Date: Mon, January 11, 2021, 12:27:56 ET
Posted by: Lockdown, Fun

I found two things Dangential in this 1985 story on the new compact disc format. How many can you find?

Date: Sun, January 10, 2021, 14:08:30 ET
Posted by: Ben Jammin, Indy-finally kicking the fir to the curb

Happy Birthday, Donald!

Happy Belated 2021 to The Dan Fans, too! May the Earth After Hours Tour happen as planned, and isn't it about time for a complete Steely Dan Box Set?!

Date: Wed, January 06, 2021, 12:41:38 ET
Posted by: BadSneakers, my location

John Mulaney talks about bringing Pete Davidson to a Steely Dan Concert ...

Date: Sat, January 02, 2021, 14:13:36 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu, Left of the Rio Grande

Nice live blues track from Walter, hoops.

Date: Sat, January 02, 2021, 11:00:14 ET
Posted by: Something, New

As much as I once loved it, Deacon Blues is one of the few SD songs that no longer warrants a listen for me every now and again if I haven't heard it in a while. Perhaps overexposure from too much classic rock radio.

Date: Fri, January 01, 2021, 23:33:17 ET
Posted by: Mock Turtle,

...also, I forgot the PBS concert, Storytellers, Letterman. The turn of the millennium was a great time to be a danfan.

I'm speaking more about the era than about the music. Obviously Deacon fucking Blues is better than anything on Two Against Nature. Everything on 2vN is, however, superior to Kings (really? Kings??).

Date: Fri, January 01, 2021, 20:12:03 ET
Posted by: Lutz, SF

Thanks hoops, and a new one today!
Golden City.
HYN everyone, better luck this year...

Date: Fri, January 01, 2021, 17:38:20 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

Just a reminder of two recently new items at Walter Becker Media Project. How new? Around Dec 15, 2020, but that was last year......

New Walter Becker Outtake: "Black Dog"

"Black dog is barkin' all night long..."

Link to outtake:

Also: Lost "11 Tracks of Whack" Liner Notes

Dusted off liner notes by The Walter himself...from

Check it out.

Date: Fri, January 01, 2021, 17:36:32 ET
Posted by: Mike ,

This is pretty sweet. You can really hear what Chuck and Bernard are doing.
A sophisticated bass line if there ever was one. I read an interview with Chuck where he said he left the studio feeling pretty proud of his work that day.

Date: Fri, January 01, 2021, 17:35:07 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

A good read about masters, how record companies have historically treated them, etc. This was written before the 2019 NYTimes expos� on the 2008 Universal Music Group fire. (Do a quick 20-second search of this group for more on that topic before posting since a lot has already been said about that.) But if you want to cut to direct Steely Dan content, here it is:


The engineers who worked with Steely Dan on transferring the group's "Royal Scam" album tapes to digital in 1982 for eventual CD release says that MCA couldn't find the analog master for one whole LP side of the album.

"These guys searched and searched and finally had to use an (earlier) backup digital copy for that side of the album. They barely got the tape to play--some clown had apparently tried to play it on an analog machine. The edges were all wrinkled There's a photo somewhere of the engineers holding the tape down on the recording heads with a Q-Tip so it would track properly.


Full piece which is very interesting...

Date: Fri, January 01, 2021, 17:27:52 ET
Posted by: hoopsie, chicago

Happy 2021, Dandom!

Peace and love, really!



Date: Fri, January 01, 2021, 16:17:15 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Happy New Year Dandom!!

Date: Fri, January 01, 2021, 15:17:24 ET
Posted by: The Pizza Guy, the TV on the cover to Daft Punk's acclaimed 2005 album "Human After All"

on 2VN being peak Dan i'd disagree, when you say that you forget about several memorable moments in the catalogue, examples being

-Deacon Blues
-All of Gaucho
-All of The Royal Scam
-Do it Again
-Reelin' in the Years
-the Your Gold Teeth duology
-Black Friday
and the rest

plus the grammies mean NOTHING.

Date: Fri, January 01, 2021, 14:47:16 ET
Posted by: Mock Turtle,

A case could be made for 2vN being peak Dan. Massive hype and anticipation, huge grammy win, R&R HoF, great tour with awesome diverse setlist. The boys were mentally and physically at their prime. The website was updated consistently with amazing writing and other content. Few would argue 2vN was their best album, but it was very listenable at the time and has aged very well, I'd say.

Date: Thurs, December 31, 2020, 20:58:31 ET
Posted by: Mizarian, 2021

Happy new years to all the Dandom people!

Date: Thurs, December 31, 2020, 20:55:48 ET
Posted by: The Pizza Guy, the Steely Dan Directory

dear snobbish private collectors:

go fuck yourself!

signed, the people who actually care about releasing these unheard gems to the public (aka the Directory)

Date: Thurs, December 31, 2020, 20:52:21 ET
Posted by: frog, RIP


"Gas Drawls" isn't the best song of Operation: Doomsday but it's damn good

Date: Thurs, December 31, 2020, 20:04:09 ET
Posted by: The Pizza Guy, TRS is the greatest SD album

"TAN is peak Steely Dan Hill"

*laughs in The Royal Scam*

Date: Thurs, December 31, 2020, 18:17:56 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

The latest edition of the Dandom Digest (Vol. 28, No. 9) was sent out a few minutes ago and you should have it within an hour of this post. It covers December 17-31, 2020. (The previous Dandom Digest covered September 4/5-December 16, 2020.) At any rate, if you don't see it in your mailbox, let me know (see below) or check out the full text below.

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TONIGHT! RING IN THE NEW YEAR with Catherine Russell!
New Walter Becker Outtake: "Black Dog"
Lost "11 Tracks of Whack" Liner Notes
New Rickie Lee Jones Memoir
"Binky Listens To Steely Dan"
Cindy Mizelle: The RS Interview
Jim Keltner on Jeff Porcaro
SD Shows in 2021...or 2022?
Steely Dan Fan (Post-)Holiday Shopping Guide
Calling All Current SD Orchestra Members & Alumns
...followed by PRETZEL LOGIC


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December 17-31, 2020

Yr. 28, No. 9



TONIGHT! RING IN THE NEW YEAR with Catherine Russell!
New Walter Becker Outtake: "Black Dog"
Lost "11 Tracks of Whack" Liner Notes
New Rickie Lee Jones Memoir
"Binky Listens To Steely Dan"
Cindy Mizelle: The RS Interview
Jim Keltner on Jeff Porcaro
SD Shows in 2021...or 2022?
Steely Dan Fan Holiday Shopping Guide
Calling All Current SD Orchestra Members & Alumns

Followed by


Subject: TONIGHT! RING IN THE NEW YEAR with Catherine Russell!

Ring in the new year with Catherine Russell and her set, part of NPR "Toast of the Nation." 

Thursday December 31, 2020. Toast of The Nation is NPR's annual holiday special that rings in the New Year with a jazz party! We are honored to be included this year. Catherine Russell Trio was recorded on October 1, 2020, kicking off a Thursday night concert series "Live from Dizzy's Club" at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and will now be broadcast over 200+ NPR stations on New Year's Eve. If you can't catch us over the radio, you can read all about it and listen to the concert here.

Friday January 8, 2021 at 6PM PT. Streaming for 24 hours. Join Catherine and other guests:

"A Bowie Celebration - The David Bowie Alumni Experience...'Just For One Day'!"
Tickets and more information:

Finally, Catherine is part of SFJAZZ Center's Fridays at Five Virtual Concert Series
Friday January 22, 2021 at 5pm PT (8pm ET) Catherine Russell - vocals, Matt Munisteri - guitar, Mark Shane - piano, Tal Ronen - bass, Mark McLean - drums!

More info at

Subject: New Walter Becker Outtake: "Black Dog"

"Black dog is barkin' all night long..."

Link to outtake:

From Walter Becker Media--

Check it out.

Subject: Lost "11 Tracks of Whack" Liner Notes

Dusted off liner notes by The Walter himself...from

Check it out.

Subject: New Rickie Lee Jones Memoir

Rickie Lee Jones' memoir is due this spring. Bound to have some stories about Donald and especially Walter.

"Last Chance Texaco: Chronicles of an American Troubadour"
by Rickie Lee Jones
Amazon Link:

Subject: "Binky Listens To Steely Dan"

"(Steely Dan Music) is tres avante garde, Binky..."

Binky has a life changing experience on Steely Dan.

Subject: Cindy Mizelle: The RS Interview

Learn a few new things about one of the amazing Danettes!

Subject: Jim Keltner on Jeff Porcaro

This came out back in May, but we missed it back then. A good listen.

Subject: SD Shows in 2021...or 2022?

This story gives cred to the idea that those Steely Dan concert dates postponed exactly 52 weeks may wind up getting postponed at least a total of 104 weeks. But you never know...maybe some late winter 2022 dates in Vegas?

Some disclaimers:
--Yes, no direct mention of Steely Dan, and it is behind a pay wall--if you want, reload a few times and read real fast. If that is a non-starter, I understand if you drive by.
--It's strictly my opinion that we won't see Steely Dan shows until 2022. I have no inside track on information.

Subject: Steely Dan Fan (Post-) Holiday Shopping Guide

Now that Christmas has passed and the New Year is upon us, it's time for the Steely Dan Fan Holiday Shopping Guide--because, after all, it's time to pleasure yourself with the Steely Dan gifts no one else remembered to get for you.

Here are some suggestions:


Jim Beard/Jon Herington
"Chunks and Chairknobs"
Buy at:
A Great Interview with Jim & Jon: "How did this come about?"


Jon Herington
Jon Herington's Arrangements for Guitar


Keith Carlock
Buy All Kinds of Stuff including "IN THE JAM: NYC Funk" 10 Multi-Track Video Jams--You Control The Mix" with Carlock/Jenkins/Buono


LaTanya Hall
"Say Yes"
Buy at:


ay Leonhart with Tomoko Ohno & Vito Lesczak
Buy at:


Michael Leonhart Orchestra
Several titles, including "Suite Extracts, Vol. 1"
Buy at:


Roger Rosenberg
Buy at:


Catherine Russell
Pretty much her entire CATalogue including her latest, the Grammy-nominated
"Alone Together"
Buy at:


Walt Weiskopf European Quartet
Latest releases including "Introspections" and "Worldwide"
Buy at:


Monkey House (featuring Don Breithaupt)
"Friday" (featuring a cover of "Book of Liars")
Buy at or


Chicago featuring the song writing of Don Breithaupt
"Chicago Christmas 2019"
Features the track, "All Over The World" co-written by MonkeyH House's Don Breithaupt
Buy at: Target, iTunes, Amazon, etc.


Don Breithaupt
"33-1/3: AJA"

Not only one of the best books about Steely Dan, also by far the best of any of the books in the 33-1/3 series.

Aja book. Amazon link:

Here's an excerpt of Don's interview with Donald Fagen for the book:

"Dick LaPalm knew Wayne Shorter from Weather Report. He vouched for us. He said, 'These are nice guys, they seem to like a lot of the old jazz records, they talk about Jackie McLean!' Wayne said okay, and came in. We did a couple of takes, and wanted to look at it some more. He said, 'Give me a minute.' He went over to the piano with the chart, and he was over there for a good half hour messing with scales. Then he came back and did three or four takes, and they were all great." -- Donald Fagen


"Steely Dan FAQ: All That's Left to Know About This Elusive Band"
Amazon Link:

Apologies for anything that may have been left off. Let us know by emailing

Thank you and "Happy New Year!"

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