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Date: Sat, June 12, 2021, 12:31:39 ET
Posted by: hoops, at Val's Halla Records, Oak Park, IL

Picked up the latest 180 g vinyl versions of EMG and 2vN this morning. Unlike the 2000 version which was not sanctioned by Donald and Walter, 2vN comes with a lyric sheet, additional (but not all) original artwork, and an updated label. The fourth (blank) side has the reindeer in relief. EMG LP artwork is identical to the 2003 Picking up a few different things for different people. Been to three stores participating in record store day. All of them are now sold out of 2vN but each had a copy or two of EMG.

I think we're going to eventually see something like "Cheap Xmas," but with the 7 ABC/MCA albums. In reality, I'd like to see all nine studio albums plus AIA in a single box, but I doubt Universal and Warners will get together on that one.

Wishing everyone good luck in obtaining these.


Date: Fri, June 11, 2021, 18:56:23 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

Rmember that Everthing Must Go and Two Against Nature vinyl goes on sale tomorrow on Record Store Day.


Date: Tues, June 08, 2021, 20:24:43 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

Happy "Everything Must Go" Day!
Released 18 years ago today on Tuesday, June 8, 2003.

Happy "Circus Money" Day!
Released 13 years ago today on Tuesday, June 8, 2008.


Date: Tues, June 08, 2021, 20:19:34 ET
Posted by: Courageous Cat, It's as simple as that!

See when the man tells you what he wants, DO WHAT HE WANTS!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgnES11CdtM


Date: Sat, June 05, 2021, 16:16:39 ET
Posted by: Just posted, to youtube

Walter Becker - Golden City - Sa's Verse


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cx27w4fpdrc


Date: Sat, June 05, 2021, 15:02:36 ET
Posted by: hoops,

Vinyl re-releases of Two Against Nature and Everything Must Go will be part of next Saturday's Record Store Day. Two Against Nature will be 2 lps/3 sides, like NY Rock and Soul Revue.

Except for a brief run back when the albums came out, they have not been out on vinyl since. I remember SD.com had a page about how the Two Against Nature vinyl out of Germany did not even seek their input.

Looking forward to getting these. It will be 18 years to the week that Everything Must Go was released.


Date: Mon, May 31, 2021, 10:54:31 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

Released 45 years ago today: Steely Dan's "The Royal Scam".


Date: Mon, May 31, 2021, 08:53:30 ET
Posted by: Arnie, F

Documentary about Steve Gadd coming. Not sure of release date. Here's the teaser trailer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoJs_1YMC0Y


Date: Sat, May 29, 2021, 20:17:12 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

Warner has released a "new" 180 g vinyl edition of "The Nightfly." I'm 99.9% certain that the master used to press this one is the same as the one used for the 180 g version that was included in 2017 with "Cheap Xmas: Donald Fagen Complete." This is based on the runout area information on the vinyl and discussion with Dan Fan Matt Channen. It appears to be identical. The only differences are minor graphics (new Warner Records logo replacing the Warner Bros. records logo, address, UPC code). Essentially the same LP from 2017. But does it sound great! So there!

"Cheap Xmas: Donald Fagen Complete" on 180 g vinyl is out of print. I recently was astounded to learn that the going price for the 7-LP set has quadrupled to over $400.

Remember, newly remastered 180 g editions of "Two Against Nature" and "Everything Must Go" are due next month on Record Store Day. Contrary to some recent publicity, both were previously available on vinyl in 2000 and 2003, respectively, but back then, 2vN was pressed without input from Becker/Fagen, and of course, they were not 180 g vinyl.


Date: Fri, May 28, 2021, 17:02:26 ET
Posted by: OrangeTom, NoLongerBackwoods

Wow, had completely forgotten Walter had sole producer credit on Kama.

But do remember where I was when I heard the first release from the disc on the radio. Headed down Rt. 33 to Columbus so I could pick up my girlfriend--now wife--for my law school graduation.

Damn, time moves fast. Jane, how do I stop this thing?


Date: Fri, May 28, 2021, 02:49:25 ET
Posted by: Steve M, Scotland

1.53: Cm7......hey, I know that one!


Date: Thurs, May 27, 2021, 19:13:21 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,


You chord sluts out there, and you know who you are, will enjoy this funhouse ride over Glamour Profession.

Keeping up with the masterful jazz chord progressions is like surfing the tube in Hawaii.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXnUa6SNJFQ




Date: Tues, May 25, 2021, 17:48:24 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

It was 28 years ago, just after midnight, that I got the keys to my very own Kamakiri…I'm sure I wasn't alone in that.

http://steelydaninternetarchive.com/kamatracks.html


Date: Mon, May 24, 2021, 23:46:05 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St. Augustine. Uptown, Baby!

Thanks, Chris. Good to hear. The initial "single" seems pretty tight.


Date: Mon, May 24, 2021, 20:54:56 ET
Posted by: Hat2Flat,

I remember the Crosby/Fagen collaboration being talked about. Nice to see it's finally here. Wonder if it's a one-off or if there will be more.


Date: Fri, May 21, 2021,  12:25:28 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

anyone catch this? new David Crosby record, due out next month, has a new Donald Fagen tune:

In a particularly meaningful turn for Crosby, For Free also includes a track penned by Fagen expressly for the album. "Steely Dan's my favorite band and I've admired Donald a long time, so that was a thrill for us," he says. A sharply detailed portrait of outlaws, angels, and drugstore cowboys, "Rodriguez For A Night" merges Fagen's sophisticated storytelling with Crosby's warmly commanding vocal presence, ultimately making for a glorious collision of worlds. Crosby taps another friend for the album's striking cover art, using a portrait Joan Baez painted of him.

https://davidcrosby.com/blogs/news/david-crosby-announces-new-album



Date: Sun, May 17, 2021,  13:06:08 ET
Posted by: Ben Jammin, Indy: Easy like Sunday morning/afternoon

An excellent interview with Donald from Fall of '91:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iFWLoWxPzeYV75WamXj2l0oFUJq05rOg/view

What shows are my Dandom Brothers and Sisters catching this concert season?

I've got tix to: Mike Love (the Reggae Boy, not the Beach Boy)
Satsang, Phish, Boz, and Christopher Cross.

A nice weekend of legendary artists is coming to Cincinnati in mid-October. Pat Metheny's Side-Eye Tour plays Memorial Hall Friday night, and Hiroshima's at The Ludlow Garage Saturday!



Date: Thu, May 13, 2021,  07:23:27 ET
Posted by: JCDS, random keys

DTMA would have been unwholesome AM fodder. Not that KC and The Fez were any better, hence their failure to crack the top 50.




Date: Tue, May 11, 2021,  10:26:05 ET
Posted by: chris , nh

Hat - re: "Other times they end up highlighting what Donald's contributed to Steely Dan."

I think the officially released solo material from both of them do a better job at highlighting their differences, as well as the fact that they truly did bring out the best in each other creatively. Everything released on WB Media was deemed unworthy of release (or unworthy of completing) at one point. It would be more fair to compare them with DF's unfinished works.

FWIW, I think everything posted there is worth a listen. Some of the songs are up there with my favorites of his released material, like Were You Close Today, Three Sisters, Only One Season, Our Lawn, This Is My Building, and Love in the Fourth. Good discussions happening over there too.


Date: Fri, May 7, 2021,  21:15:12 ET
Posted by: hoops ,

A hearty endorsement for our very own Nathan MacAdams and his cohorts known as The Third Arrangement. "Rosie" is The Third Arrangement's latest single, their first release since the group’s debut EP “Scarecrows” in November 2019. "Rosie" is the first of a few tunes to be recorded and released throughout 2021. “Available now on all platforms - Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music, and more!

https://tinyurl.com/9ht37554


Date: Thu, May 6, 2021,  02:12:40 ET
Posted by: (Don't Me Take Me Alive),

I was just thinking, how was Don't Take Me Alive not a single? According to Wikipedia, KC and The Fez (!) were the singles. Seems like the bulldozing guitar work and strong vocals would have made it a no-brainer as a single.


Date: Sat, May 1, 2021,  10:56:35 ET
Posted by: Hat2Flat ,

Walter's Slim's track is great. They should put out a box set with 11TOW, C$ and the Slim's show.

The other snips and demos can be insightful. Other times they end up highlighting what Donald's contributed to Steely Dan.


Date: Fri, April 30, 2021,  23:46:09 ET
Posted by: Matt ,

A track from Walter's 1994 gig at Slim's up on walterbeckermedia.com:

https://youtu.be/gd_0pbyPdYs


Date: Thu, April 29, 2021,  11:06:39 ET
Posted by: Pope Greg , CBE

Thanks, Jack, for the Tom Scott tiktok link. As you predicted, there's 2 awesome clips up regarding his work on "Gaucho."

https://www.tiktok.com/@tomscottjazzman/video/6955824574315416838

https://www.tiktok.com/@tomscottjazzman/video/6955480942072843525



Date: Tue, April 27, 2021,  10:48:01 ET
Posted by: Ben Jammin , Indy

Rolling Stone's Unknown Legends featured Ms. McWilliams. She's one of the best, and Cindy brought her into the fold to meet Don and Walt.

https://www.rollingstone.com/feature/singer-paulette-mcwilliams-interview-1161380/



Date: Tue, April 27, 2021,  04:24:03 ET
Posted by: Mike H ,

Al Schmitt has passed away. Truly a legend in the recording industry. He won more Grammys than any other engineer. In 1977 he won the Grammy for best engineered recording for his work on Aja, and in 1978 he won best engineered recording for FM (No Static At All).

Rest in Peace
https://www.musicradar.com/news/al-schmitt-legendary-recording-engineer-and-producer-dies-aged-91


Date: Tue, April 27, 2021,  01:00:03 ET
Posted by: hoops , Chicago

Posted before but bears repeating. David Bowie guitarist Reeves Gabrels explains why it pisses him off when people call Steely Dan "Yacht Rock."

"The problem became when people start copying. It’s like Steely Dan. I love Steely Dan; people calling it “yacht rock” piss me off to this day. It was because the people who copied it didn’t have the attitude behind it, or the lyric content. The copycats weren’t rooted in Naked Lunch; they were rooted in pina coladas."
https://www.guitarmoderne.com/artists/david-torn-and-reeves-gabrels-talk-rerecording-bowie


Date: Mon, April 26, 2021,  21:32:52 ET
Posted by: Prime Time , Texas

Reelin' just played on 9-1-1 Lone Star as Rob Lowe and his son were doing shots of Tequila.

Son- Oh man, this is my jam!
RL- You don't know Steely Dan!
S- I am all about the yacht rock!
RL- No, I AM ALL ABOUT THE YACHT ROCK!
S- You got a yacht, dad?
RL- No

(Something along those lines)


Date: Mon, April 26, 2021, 12:22:21 ET
Posted by: Jack , MD

Tom Scott has started a TikTok page giving anecdotes of his recording sessions for pop artists. Should see something on SD eventually, although he's previously said Fagen isn't too social.

https://www.tiktok.com/@tomscottjazzman



Date: Sun, April 25, 2021,  21:48:01 ET
Posted by: Little Birdie , Alabama

Donald did NOT participate...but still, it was a great show.

Connor, Marco Benevento (keys), and Levon Collins (drums--Amy Helm's son/Levon Helm's grandson/Donald's step grandson) were stand outs. A great performance.


Date: Sat, April 24, 2021,  12:49:30 ET
Posted by: The Dean , St. Augustine. Uptown, Baby!

Little Birdie, thanks for the heads up.


Date: Sat, April 24, 2021,  12:49:30 ET
Posted by: The Dean , St. Augustine. Uptown, Baby!

Little Birdie, thanks for the heads up.


Date: Fri, April 23, 2021,  17:39:52 ET
Posted by: Little Birdie , Alabama

Be sure to attend Sunday night's webcast at 7 PM EDT from Levon Helm's barn. Amy Helm and Connor Kennedy will be performing with others including some special guests. It's been mentioned here before I think. So here's what a little birdie told me. Donald's likely gonna join in. He's going to help out on a Grateful Dead tune, but probably not the one he usually performs. Hint: instead he'll help out on what some would call a lyrical cousin to "Deacon Blues." Then again he might change his mind.

The stream is for a minimum $12 donation, although more is appreciated. Here's the link to sign up now.

https://levonhelm.com/shows/2021/4/25/an-evening-to-be-grateful

And if Donald bails out or if the birdie is wrong, at least you'll hear some good music.

Over and out.


Date: Fri, April 23, 2021,  07:09:33 ET
Posted by: Jimmie , US

1974 Billboard story. A mention of Gary Katz having a previous partnership with Richard Perry. Perry produced I Mean to Shine for Barbara Streisand, so apparently Katz was the connection there.

https://tinyurl.com/k5b75zxz



Date: Thu, April 15, 2021,  17:14:53 ET
Posted by: (Doc Mu) ,

You chords sluts out there, and as always you know who you are are going to love this breakdown of the Steely Dan catalog highlights and progression of W&D by Bill Graham and host.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFTN5ybd2RA



Date: Wed, April 14, 2021,  10:54:50 ET
Posted by: Ben Jammin , Indy

Will Connor's influence and skill playing Americana/Country Swing maybe lead to some dusting off of the "down home" Dan jams on the '22 tour setlist? Several Pretzel Logic deep cuts come to mind.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4n-V5UFWlF0



Date: Sat, April 10, 2021,  07:14:29 ET
Posted by: hoops , Chicago

Randy: Thanks for the correction and link. I'm not sure how I got Michael Leonhart in the mix...unless it was because he was producing.




Date: Fri, April 9, 2021,  13:22:54 ET
Posted by: Randy , V

It was Scott Hull who did the mastering of Sunken Condos, including i Tunes. At least that's what was being reported prior to the album release.

https://sonicscoop.com/2012/04/17/session-buzz-whos-recording-in-around-nyc-a-monthly-report-8/




Date: Fri, April 9, 2021,  08:47:29 ET
Posted by: hoops , Chicago

Popegreg: Thanks for the thorough discussion on the two vinyl releases. I'm thankful that 2vN will be on three sides instead of four. It's great that they don't want to squeeze all those grooves into two sides; but four sides is a little too much flipping. the 2000 LP of 2vN was two-sided with "Almost Gothic" closing side one and "Jack of Speed" opening side two.

Some of the PR around these releases say it is the first time on vinyl. Not true. They were released on vinyl in 2000 (2vN) and 2003 (EMG), but 2vN was without input from Donald and Walter.

One thing I really miss is all the discussion that used to surround audiophile sound and high-end systems that used to be such a huge part of the Steely Dan culture. Perhaps that was more of a Walter and Roger Nichols thing? Or Donald has losty interest? I know Michael Leonhart mastered "Sunken Condos" for iTunes which was great because so much isn't specially mastered for that format--not that it's a great format.

At any rate, the reduced focus in audiophile discussion in the greater Dandom has been apparent in the past dozen years. I've posted here, Dandom on Facebook, and other SD forums for a credible reccommendation on turntables. Back in the 90s I think we would have experienced a huge debate about which turntables for best for the money. A few people kindly offered what model turntable they owned but nothing else. In the end, my plea was answered in depth in an Elton John forum with Matt Still, one of his producers, recommending a matrix of of turntables based on features, technical specs, brand rep, and budget. His comments included recommendations like, "For a $350 budget, this is a decent turntable; but the stylus will wear quickly. Replace with this stylus for better sound..."



Date: Thu, April 8, 2021,  07:18:53 ET
Posted by: popegreg , MKE

It looks like TVN and EMG are getting 180 gram vinyl releases limited to 10,000 copies each worldwide for Record Store Day on June 12.

https://recordstoreday.com/SpecialRelease/13596

In 2000, Steely Dan duo Donald Fagen and Walter Becker achieved both commercial and critical success with their long-awaited album Two Against Nature, which was released following a twenty-year hiatus. The album charted at #6 on the US and Canadian Charts, earned a Platinum certification in the USA, and went on to win four Grammy Awards including the prestigious Album of the Year. For RSD Drops 2021, Two Against Nature will achieve another first, as it will be released on vinyl for the very first time, skillfully cut by the album's original mastering engineer Scott Hull. It will be pressed on audiophile 180g double black vinyl for the discerning Steely Dan fans, and feature an etching on Side 4. Limited to 10,000 copies worldwide.

https://recordstoreday.com/SpecialRelease/13597

Everything Must Go is Steely Dan's final studio album with founding member Walter Becker. It was released in 2003, thirty years after their debut album and ended their studio album releases on a high with a Top-10 album in the US Billboard 200. It features the track "Slang of Ages," noted as the only Steely Dan song to feature Becker on lead vocals. For RSD Drops 2021, Everything Must Go will be made available on vinyl worldwide for the first time. Expertly cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering and pressed on audiophile 180gram black vinyl for the discerning Steely Dan fans. 10,000 copies worldwide.


Date: Sat, April 3, 2021,  11:58:01 ET
Posted by: hoops , Chicago

Dean:

Thanks for the appreciation. I should point out that Hans J. says he had a lot to do with the photos' release. I'm the same way about how Donald is depicted as Mr. Steely Dan. The Storytellers compilation video is one that especially bothers me--just shows Donald on the package without Walter.

I get a laugh once a year, because this is one of the few weekends each year when the peeps motif is timely with the holidays. (May is the Orthodox holiday.)



Date: Sat, April 3, 2021,  07:18:10 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe , Phraxos

As is usually the case, I'm sure that I'm years behind most denizens of the Blue, but the most recent Dandom Digest's mention of Roger Rosenberg's Baritonality album inspired me to finally buy it (not that I've been resisting since 2009, I just havent' mustered the gumption). If you haven't heard it, or if you haven't heard it lately, it is a wonderful jazz album. WB produced it, and there is a cool pic of WB and Roger Rosenberg on the inside cover.

Now, if we could just get an update on the rumored new Monkey House album...



Date: Sat, April 3, 2021,  00:22:13 ET
Posted by: The Dean , St. Augustine. Uptown, Baby!

br>
Thanks for those Getty images. Very cool.

Loved that Aretha made it in, via the Purdie, McCraken connection. Nice surprise.

Just a bit confused by the pic of Donald that's simply labeled "Steely Dan". I envision another group of idiots seeing that and believing that there is some guy in the band name Steely Dan.



Date: Fri, April 2, 2021,  18:48:33 ET
Posted by: Bad Sneakers , here

Received email from Ticketmaster today stating that Steely Dan's 2021 date is rescheduled for 2022:

"We've worked with the Event Organizer to reschedule your event and make sure you still have the chance to attend. Your tickets are still valid for the new date.
Steely Dan with Special Guest Steve Winwood
Steely Dan with Special Guest Steve Winwood
YOUR NEW EVENT DATE IS:
June 30, 2022 @ 7:30 PM
PNC Bank Arts Center
We understand that you might not be able to make it, but have worked with the Event Organizer to make sure you have an option.

You have through May 2, 2021 to choose a refund.



Date: Fri, April 2, 2021,  14:43:34 ET
Posted by: Ben Jammin , Indy: Sunny on this Good Friday

The bots at Jive Nation/TicketBastard are sending notices for tour dates bumping to 2022...


Date: Fri, April 2, 2021,  13:48:34 ET
Posted by: Hans ,

The 2020 Steely Dan tour rescheduled for 2021 is now officially rescheduled for 2022.

https://www.steelydan.com/#!/events?page=1


Date: Fri, April 2, 2021,  10:41:59 ET
Posted by: ....aaaaaaaannnnnnnddd they're gone , Nowhere

The SD website's touring page has been updated.

THERE ARE NO EVENTS SCHEDULED AT THIS TIME.
PLEASE CHECK BACK LATER


Official announcement coming soon.


Date: Fri, April 2, 2021,  09:11:22 ET
Posted by: Mikey , R

I was pretty certain that I could see any random snippet of 5 or 6 words from any Steely Dan song and know the song. I was testing myself, and this one got me.

he walks through the old routines

Had to look it up. Not that I hadn't heard the song a million times.



Date: Fri, April 2, 2021,  03:19:10 ET
Posted by: Steve M , Scotland

Jeff Porcaro on tambourine....I have no words.





Date: Fri, April 2, 2021,  00:41:31 ET
Posted by: hoops ,

Getty now has 66 photos from the Santa Monica Civic Center show in 1974. Great photos. Check them out. Great stuff, high definition. Love Donald in the "Ambassador" jacket. Reminds me of Donald's smoking jacket for the New York Rock and Soul Revue.

https://www.gettyimages.com/photos/steely-dan-1974?page=2&phrase=steely%20dan%201974&sort=best



Date: Fri, April 2, 2021,  00:34:28 ET
Posted by: hoops ,

Just a technical note:

If you post to the bluebook and fill one of the fields with only punctuation marks, it scrambles the rest of your post such that it can not be read. So for the benefit of you, me and everyone, don't do that. It's simply how it works (or doesn't work actually).

Been a while since I mentioned this, but it occurred again in the past few days, so need to explain. Thanks.

P.S. Personally I don't understand why so many routine posts need to be anonymous. Just sayin'


Date: Tue, March 30, 2021,  21:18:33 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

DaddyG: Dead at 90. Tried to warn ya...


Date: Tue, March 30, 2021,  18:39:40 ET
Posted by: hoops , Chicago

Bob in Texas:

Jon Herington's assistant has said in the past 48 hours that the dates are not happening.

Where did you hear? Please state sources.


Date: Tue, March 30, 2021,  17:49:40 ET
Posted by: Bob , Texas

Are the June Steely Dan concert shows going to take place? Today I heard some news that they have changed course and that the shows will happen as currently scheduled. This would be new news so to speak.


Date: Tue, March 30, 2021,  09:42:34 ET
Posted by: Bad Sneakers , nyc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GercWVffYo

DONALD FAGEN
"Paul's Pal"

Performance in honor of Sonny Rollins
Apollo Theater
October 23, 2015

trademark shaky video...
I don't watch the show through the phone


Date: Mon, March 29, 2021,  22:02:41 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Throwing a bone to David Palmer related to the 2014 royalty lawsuit?

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/steely-dan-sued-by-singer-684388


Yeah, I think we're all going to skip this one.


Date: Mon, March 29, 2021,  18:57:18 ET
Posted by: Jimmie , updown

As far as him licensing a song for a consumer product advertisement, everybody has their price. No manufacturer is likely to meet his since any song that may interest them is now 40-50 years old and has limited appeal. He did say that he turned down offers for IGY.


Date: Sun, March 28, 2021,  00:28:58 ET
Posted by: The Dean , St. Augustine. Uptown, Baby!

As far as I can tell, Fagen is fairly liberal with licensing the music to movies (and perhaps TV shows, etc). And (again, AFAIK) has never licensed his music for strictly advertising purposes.

My understanding (and I've been out of the business for years and I'm not a lawyer) is when an artist license the music, it typically applies to trailers and promotions. Although I'm guessing there might be ways to control that.

When I see a consumer product (like baked fucking beans) use a Dan/Fagen song, I will be extremely disappointed. I don't expect that to happen in Fagen's lifetime.


Date: Sat, March 27, 2021, 10:23:24 ET; Approved Sat, March 27, 14:23 ET.
Posted by: Chris , nh

Steely Dan was trending on Twitter last night because of this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuDLepNa7hw

Not the first time Dirty Work has been used in a movie, but probably the first time it's been in such a shlock fest. The strangest part to me is the "mashup" with the movie's score.

A lot of formerly choosy artists relaxed their standards for 'product placement' in the last year -- Wilco, for example, licensed a song to sell Bush's Baked Beans -- and it looks like Fagen might've done the same.


Date: Fri, March 26, 2021, 15:11:56 ET; Approved Sat, March 27, 14:23 ET.
Posted by: Geo , NOLA

I see the new trailer for James Gunn's "The Suicide Squad" features "Dirty Work".

https://www.gamesradar.com/the-suicide-squad-trailer-james-gunn-margot-robbie-idris-elba/

The movie itself also features Pete Davidson, who was memorably introduced to the wonders of Steely Dan by John Mulaney. The Dan-centric part starts at 3:15.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDz-RUMmpjE



Date: Wed, March 24, 2021, 14:16:07 ET
Posted by: Geo , N

I think we found the real Miss Marlene


https://www.tiktok.com/@ka1yarose/video/6943270140557511942?is_copy_url=1&is_from_webapp=v3


Date: Tue, March 23, 2021, 22:55:34 ET
Posted by: hoops , Chicago

The latest edition of the Dandom Digest (Vol. 29, No. 1) was sent out a few minutes ago and you should have it within an hour of this post. It covers January 1-March 23, 2021.. (The previous Dandom Digest covered December 17-31, 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.

The following are the subjects/headlines of the items in the latest newsletter:

SD Shows in 2021...or 2022?
"A really great honor for our fans..."
One In The A.M.
Great WB Interview from 2008
New 180g Vinyl of "The Nightfly"
NEW! Evan Arntzen Featuring Cathering Russell
NEW! "(quiet)" Album by Jon Herington
NEW Amy Helm; Featuring Connor Kennedy
NEW! Weiskopf Music Master Class
Weiskopf's "Fountain of Youth" Available on Bandcamp
3rd MLO Album Due
LA Times on John Beasley
John Beasley Wins Grammy
Purdie Nominated for Blues Music Award
Scorpion's Guitarist Loves "Royal Scam"
Aimee Mann on Steely Dan
Missing Connie Smith
Thank you for 28 Wonderful Years
Steely Dan Fan SPRING Shopping Guide
Calling All Current SD Orchestra Members & Alumns

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DANDOM DIGEST

January 1-March 23, 2021

Yr. 29, No. 1

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IN THIS DANDOM DIGEST

SD Shows in 2021...or 2022?
"A really great honor for our fans..."
One In The A.M.
Great WB Interview from 2008
New 180g Vinyl of "The Nightfly"
NEW! Evan Arntzen Featuring Cathering Russell
NEW! "(quiet)" Album by Jon Herington
NEW Amy Helm; Featuring Connor Kennedy
NEW! Weiskopf Music Master Class
Weiskopf's "Fountain of Youth" Available on Bandcamp
3rd MLO Album Due
LA Times on John Beasley
John Beasley Wins Grammy
Purdie Nominated for Blues Music Award
Scorpion's Guitarist Loves "Royal Scam"
Aimee Mann on Steely Dan
Missing Connie Smith
Thank you for 28 Wonderful Years
Steely Dan Fan SPRING Shopping Guide
Calling All Current SD Orchestra Members & Alumns

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

In the last Dandom Digest, we had a link to a Rolling Stone story that gave cred to the idea that those 2020 Steely Dan concert dates postponed exactly 52 weeks may wind up getting postponed at least a total of 104 weeks into 2022. But you never know...maybe some late winter 2022 dates in Vegas?

At any rate, the social media for a couple members of the Steely Dan Orchestra suggested the upcoming June/July shows will be postponed; meanwhile, as of this writing on March 23, 2021, Ticketmaster and SteelyDan.com shows the concerts moving ahead as scheduled this June and July. Stay tuned...

Here's a link to the referenced Rolling Stone article...no direct Steely Dan content, but insightful.
https://www.rollingstone.com/pro/features/when-live-music-return-2021-covid-1106719

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Subject: "A really great honor for our fans..."
Date: Febuary 21, 2021

"A really great honor for our fans and for us and for everyone who voted for us..."
--Walter Becker, 20 years ago, on February 21, 2001

Relive:

YOUTUBE.COM
Watch Walter Becker, Donald Fagen: Steely Dan's Album of the Year GRAMMY Win | Recording Academy Remembers
https://youtu.be/6XzvRwSg3M0

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From: Matthew Kerns
Date: February 20, 2021
Subject: One In The A.M.

A little piece to celebrate Walter's birthday.
https://youtu.be/ySuyyNLDaME

Discussion at WB Media Forum
https://www.walterbeckermedia.com/forum/rarities-unreleased/one-in-the-a-m

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Subject: Great WB Interview from 2008

Although this is 12 years old, I don't think that this has appeared here before. Nice article on Walter's second solo album. There are many good arguments for it being the best album of the Modern Steely Dan era.

SOUNDONSOUND.COM
Walter Becker
For his second solo album, Steely Dan's Walter Becker made the unexpected decision to apply his band's high production values and jazzy sophistication to the world of reggae...

https://www.soundonsound.com/people/walter-becker

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Subject: New 180g Vinyl of "The Nightfly"

Rhino/Warner Records will be offering a new 180-gram vinyl pressing of Donald's "The Nightfly". Originally scheduled for release in late March 2021, the release has been rolled back to May 28, 2021.

Music Diret, Acoustic Sounds, and of course Amazon are taking pre-orders, and of course, your local bricks-and-mortar or clicks-and-bricks vinyl retailer can probably order it for you.

Buy 2021 180-Gran Vinyl Edition of "The Nightfly" from:

Music Direct
https://www.musicdirect.com/donald-fagen-the-nightfly-(180g-vinyl-lp)

Acoustic Sounds
https://store.acousticsounds.com/d/162004/Donald_Fagen-The_Nightfly-180_Gram_Vinyl_Record

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Subject: NEW! Evan Arntzen Featuring Cathering Russell

Evan Arntzen's new single is Kid Ory's "Muskrat Ramble" sung swingingly by the one and only Catherine Russell!

Get it here! https://sym.ffm.to/muskratramble
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Subject: NEW! "(quiet)" Album by Jon Herington

Jon Herington's new CD. You can get an autographed copy for $20.00.
http://www.jonherington.com/store.html

Tracks: I Wish I Knew * Angel Eyes * 'Round Midnight * Love Theme From Spartacus * Both Sides Now * The Shadow Of Your Smile * Prelude To A Kiss * Happy Days Are Here Again * Autumn Leaves * Invitation * My Funny Valentine * When Sunny Gets Blue * Young And Foolish * Lover Man (Oh, Where Could You Be?) * ...

"When new shade is imposed upon a plant, it finds a way to bend towards the sun. Isolation helped push me to present a series of online workshops on the newly apt topic of arranging and performing music for solo guitar. In preparing for these monthly meetings I enjoyed losing myself in crafting new arrangements - an old obsession - and decided that the time was right to choose and record my favorites. Here is (quiet) - a small harvest of some of the unexpected fruit of the last eleven months."

— Jon Herington, January 2021

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Subject: NEW Amy Helm; Featuring Connor Kennedy

Ron Ozer shared a link.
3h ·
Amy has a new album in June and "Breathing" is the first single (in a much simpler arrangement than the studio) in Dangential news. Aside from Amy being Donald's stepdaughter, Steely Dan guitarist Connor Kennedy is also featured. Side note, we have booked Amy for an outdoor live show here in Arden, Delaware on June 12, we announce Thursday.

Here' s link to the video for "Breathing".

https://youtu.be/WUBoTf9IyFY

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Subject: NEW! Weiskopf Music Master Class

Walt Weiskopf hoped that you'll check out his new edition of "Standards GPS!"

https://www.mymusicmasterclass.com/premiumvideos/walt-weiskopf-jazz-standards-what-is-this-thing-called-love-lesson/

Description: In this "Standards GPS" lesson, renowned saxophonist and educator Walt Weiskopf breaks down the chord changes and improvisational choices for the iconic jazz standard "What Is This Thing Called Love?". Walt digs beneath the surface to show you what harmonic options are available, so that you can develop a deeper understanding of the song and achieve more cohesive improvisations. If you want to be able to play fluently through this tune as well as apply this knowledge to your other repertoire, this jazz masterclass is for you. NOTE: There is a PDF bundled with the download version of this video (not the $9.99 streaming version) which includes the onscreen notation. The PDF includes notation in C, Bb and Eb.
Topics Covered: Jazz, Improvisation, "What Is This Thing Called Love?" Changes, Jazz Harmony, Harmonic Function, Improvisational Choices, Common Substitutions, Exercises, Playing the Changes, Soloing, ii-V-I, Navigating Minor7b5 Chords, Etc.

While you are there, check out Walt's other masterclasses, listed near the bottom of the same page.

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Subject: Weiskopf's "Fountain of Youth" Available on Bandcamp

Walt Weiskopf's 2017 album "Fountain of Youth" is now available on Bandcamp,

For more info...
https://waltweiskopf.bandcamp.com/album/fountain-of-youth

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Date: Feb 5, 2021
Subject: 3rd MLO Album Due

Michael Leonhart reports:

I'm in the finishing stages of the 3rd Michael Leonhart Orchestra album which features two new extended compositions: "The Normyn Suites No. 1 & No. 2". These two works are contemplations on love & loss, written during a burst of inspiration & catharsis after the passing of our family dog Normyn in 2018. Little did I know that the themes of "love, loss and catharsis" would become a central theme for all of humantity during the pandemic.

Originally set for a 2020 release, the album will come out mid 2021 on Sunnyside Records. Thank you François Zalacain for your patience. The album features guests Elvis Costello, Joshua Redman Chris Potter Donny McCaslin Keyon Harrold Larry Goldings Bill Frisell Nels Cline and more... Today is Normyn's birthday so she's in our minds. Happy birthday to Neymar Jr.(28) and Cristiano Ronaldo(35) as well -- also legends in their own time.

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Subject: LA Times on John Beasley
From: Amy Eyre Acers
Date: March 10 at 8:20 AM ·

A nice piece about John Beasley, with bonus Walter Becker mentions.
On Sunday, a local session pro-turned-Thelonious Monk disciple could have a Grammys for the ages
LATIMES.COM

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2021-03-09/john-beasley-jazz-grammys

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From: Jim McKay
Date: March 10, 2021
Subject: John Beasley Wins Grammy

"The Beas' Knees." John did indeed win the Grammy.

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella: John Beasley, "Donna Lee"
(Sure, I have many complaints about the Grammys, but it is great when is Steely Dan orchestra alumni member wins. )

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Subject: Purdie Nominated for Blues Music Award

Bernard "Pretty" Purdie nominated for

"I am thrilled to announce I've been nominated for a 2021 Blues Music Award (BMA) in the category of Drum Inatrumentalist! The Blues Foundation's BMA is recognized as the highest honor conferred upon a blues musician by the blues community, and it is my great honor to accept the nomination!" The BMA's are June 6, 2021.

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Subject: Scorpion's Guitarist Loves "Royal Scam"

Why I <3 Steely Dan's The Royal Scam, by Rudolf Schenker
By Rudolf Schenker (Classic Rock) 02 March 2021

Scorpions guitarist Rudolf Schenker reveals his unlikely love for Steely Dan's 1976 jazz-rock classic The Royal Scam

https://www.loudersound.com/features/why-i-steely-dans-the-royal-scam-by-rudolf-schenker

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Subject: Aimee Mann on Steely Dan
From: Jack Evans

So Aimee Mann appreciates those "snarky jerks" Steely Dan. Who knew.

Private Playlist: Aimee Mann looks past the snark to appreciate Steely Dan's craft

Aimee Mann like's Steely Dan, if not Snark
https://www.kcrw.com/music/shows/music-special/aimee-mann-songwriter-playlist

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Subject: Missing Connie Smith

So many long-time Dandom fans will be sad to hear of Connie Smith's passing. She was a wonderful woman with a wonderful sense of humor. I got to know her through her late brother, Mark Drinan and related-Steely Dan fans. I know she's near and dear to everybody in the greater Dandom, so many of the hundreds of fans here. It's a loss to all of us.

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Subject: Thank you for 28 Wonderful Years

What became the Dandom Digest and Dangential internet resources started as an offshoot from rec.music.gdead USENET back on March 23, 1993. Back then and for much of the Digest's first four or five years or so, we came out almost every day. Today, there is of course countless Internet resources devoted to Steely Dan and fans, but this was the first fan newsletter and web site, not to mention Gopher server, if you remember what that was. Thanks to all who made it possible, missing those who have passed on, starting with Walter Becker at the top of that list. If the fates allow, let's start planning to make the 30th year something special. I am grateful for your support and thankful that I've had the opportunity to work on this.

Best regards and many thanks,

Jim "hoops" McKay
Chicago

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Subject: Steely Dan Fan SPRING Shopping Guide

In addition to the Steely Dan Orchestra items listed above, here' a link to some other spring treats and what nots from Steely Dan Orchestra members and other Dangential creators. Yes, this is a bit of a rehash of the post-Christmas shopping list...but hope it's useful. Support members and alumni of Our Favorite Band.

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Jim Beard/Jon Herington
"Chunks and Chairknobs"
Buy at: http://www.jonherington.com/store.html
A Great Interview with Jim & Jon: "How did this come about?"
https://youtu.be/euklbIfq414

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Jon Herington
Jon Herington's Arrangements for Guitar
http://www.jonherington.com/store.html

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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
http://keithcarlock.com/buy/

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LaTanya Hall
"Say Yes"
Buy at: http://latanyahall.com/album/la-tanya-hall-say-yes-coming-november-8th-2019/

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Jay Leonhart with Tomoko Ohno & Vito Lesczak
"Joy"
Buy at: https://jayleonhartbass.bandcamp.com/album/joy

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Michael Leonhart Orchestra
Several titles, including "Suite Extracts, Vol. 1"
Buy at: https://michaelleonhart.bandcamp.com/

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Roger Rosenberg
"Baritonality"
Buy at: https://www.amazon.com/Baritonality-Roger-Rosenberg/dp/B002F3BPF4

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Catherine Russell
Pretty much her entire CATalogue including her latest, the Grammy-nominated
"Alone Together"
Buy at: http://www.catherinerussell.net/listen.php

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Walt Weiskopf European Quartet
Latest releases including "Introspections" and "Worldwide"
Buy at:
https://waltweiskopf.com/product/european-quartet-worldwide/

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Monkey House (featuring Don Breithaupt)
"Friday" (featuring a cover of "Book of Liars")
Buy at http://www.almarecords.com/releases/#26 or Amazon.com

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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:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0826427839/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_rRJ7Fb8KAMYG8

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

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ANTHONY ROBUSTELLI
"Steely Dan FAQ: All That's Left to Know About This Elusive Band"
Amazon Link:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1495025128/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_2iL7FbTEJDZP4

Apologies for anything that may have been left off. Let us know by emailing jjmckay@me.com

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Date: Tue, March 23, 2021, 02:59:27 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Chris,

A note: .Paak, Bruno etc. wearing their ear monitors so that's "live" singing. I noticed .Paak is wearing just one - some singers like to hear the ambient as well as their soundboard mix.

Given that Bootsy Collins is involved the album is likely to be of high quality.


Date: Mon, March 22, 2021, 23:43:01 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

.Paak is an amazing drummer and performer. His pocket is so... deep - not a lot of drummers since Porcaro and Purdie's heyday

The official song video is a lip sync, but lievely. The Grammy "performance" is live, not live. It's pre-recorded with overlayed 70s video effects. That's their (live/not live) vocal performance over a pre-recorded band. In a nutshell a video "Alive in America" thing, where the SD "live album" features recorded live performances, then massaged and overdubbed by Fagen.

No fear when .Paak and Bruno Mars go out on the road. They are quintessential professionals. I've had both vaccines now - ready for Dan and Silk Sonic concerts! Maybe some Monkey House?


Date: Mon, March 22, 2021, 11:56:02 ET
Posted by: Chris , nh

I saw .Paak a couple years ago, it was by far one of the best shows I've ever seen. Insane stage show/production values and an incredible performances by him and his band.

But Doc, I could be wrong, but I think both of those videos are mimed to the recording, with plenty of pop vocal processing (including auto-tune). I was pretty disappointed the Grammy "performance" because they are both exciting, dynamic performers who *could* have replicated it live.

It's a great tune, though, no disagreement there. .Paak crosses genres a lot and his albums are a little uneven, but folks here might enjoy a handful of tracks on Malibu.

Side note, I did watch the Grammys, as I do every year, and it was one of the worst in recent memory.


Date: Sun, March 21, 2021, 03:13:32 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

WARNING: There was probably no autotune in these recordings.

I know y'all did not watch the Grammys. I didn't either. Maybe someone did...

But anyway, it was recorded so...

This collaboration with Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak has something. The lead single could be a fluke...but OG, analog production. Great spacing instrumentation, micing of instruments, rich vocals, tight harmonies. Sick, but economical drum fills. Chord changes rife with Dan-friendly maj7ths. Steeped in 70s soul and fusion. Kewl key changes. Bruno Mars finally goes beyond light vocals. A wicked Cmaj7 to A7 at the end of the chorus. As my Dad would say (about Gaucho): "sounds like they've practiced."

...able to replicate (kinda) live. Not bad kids.

https://youtu.be/adLGHcj_fmA

https://youtu.be/_d4yW6Lz_1o


It would be wishful thinking that an R&B/soul revival might happen...but a glimpse of actual musicianship? (instead of a computer and producer)

It reminds me of the parallel universe Steely Dan lived in when oddly pigeonholed as classic rock(ers) back in the day...they were always far closer to Stax, Atlantic, EWF, Thom Bell produced recordings, than the 70s rock scene dinosaurs.




Date: Sat, March 20, 2021, 18:24:45 ET
Posted by: Michael ,

Steve Khan kept reflects upon his Gaucho sessions.

http://www.stevekhan.com/gaucho_steelydan_reflections.htm

Heartbreak Souvenir featured Bernard 'Pretty' Purdie on drums while the full band arrangement for I Can't Write Home About You featured Jeff Porcaro. Perhaps recordings of both still exist somewhere.

I leave you with this excerpt from Steve Khan.

"One last little story, and it happened when Donald was really struggling to find one last song to complete "GAUCHO"! He phoned me one day, and by then, I had the confidence to speak with him frankly, and after hearing about his grave concerns about needing to have one more song, I decided to remind him that, at the very least, I knew that he had a GREAT performance on the track, "Heartbreak Souvenir" by Bernard Purdie [not to mention Don Grolnick, Anthony Jackson, and yours truly), and I begged him to PLEASE go back, and listen to it carefully!!! A few weeks later, he phoned me again to tell me that, he had gone back and listened to that performance, and he said to me, "You know, you were absolutely right, it is incredible!!! But, it's just too hard to sing for me!" And that was the end of it. As we all now know, "Third World Man" filled the role of the missing track!!! How about that?!?!?!"


Date: Thu, March 18, 2021, 10:28:30 ET
Posted by: Phil , Pau

Toxic vegan; and now you can put some names on the music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZALHN1AeTc


Date: Thu, March 18, 2021, 10:23:02 ET
Posted by: Steve M , Scotland

Yep, really enjoyed the Toxic Vegan album too. Nice to hear Freddie Washington in the mix. It would be great if they could time releases to fill the hiatus inbetween new Monkey House albums.


Date: Wed, March 17, 2021, 14:35:29 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Nicholas - good to hear. Picked up the album for just under $20 in the states. It was more than worth it.

Now that you mention it Andy Platts and Shawn Lee look like some weird reverse image Donald and Walter from the late 70s/Aja period. lol


https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81TIhSzkJfL._SL1200_.jpg

https://ibb.co/GpXbKnp

vs.

https://www.rollingstone.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/walter-becker-steely-dan-obit-rs1297-0c4e6f1a-5936-47ec-aa41-11630dc07827.jpg


Date: Wed, March 17, 2021, 14:15:28 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Wow Phil. That's really good. Toxic Vegan (great moniker) sounds more like a cross between Becker and Fagen solo albums than it does Steely Dan per se, but that's still a really, really good thing.


Date: Tue, March 16, 2021, 18:34:21
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe , Phraxos

Doc Mu, I bought Canyons and agree that it is a fine collection of songs. My timing wasn't great, though - I had to pay somewhere around $30 for it. But it's for a good cause, and all that.

They are an unlikely-looking pair, that's for sure.


Date: Tue, March 16, 2021, 14:48:26 ET
Posted by: Phil , Pau

A new Steely Dan ersatz, I've heard that Dean Parks and John Beasley play on it. The codes are there but there's nothing like te real thing of course. https://vimeo.com/316860523


Date: Tue, March 16, 2021, 00:18:32 ET
Posted by: hoops ,

Fun little tidbit, especially for those of you discussing Steely generations. This is clip is a year old, but Dan Levy (born 1983, creator, writer, and star of "Schitt's Creek") talks about his essentials. At 13 minutes in he mentions his current playlist, liking late 70s California rock, etc. "like your parents would listen to," with Steely Dan on that list. My description as well as this photo pretty much captures all the Steely Dan info, but if you feel you need to watch the whole YouTube video to catch nuances, context, my mistranscriptions, etc., here's the link. https://youtu.be/TmNARZonhvY


Date: Mon, March 15, 2021, 18:58:01 ET
Posted by: Dr. Mu ,

Soundboard recording from the 2006 Fagen solo tour. Still kicking myself for missing that leg.

https://youtu.be/Ds5EJ1SuD3g

[ Complaints about the video should be directed to YouTube. We are not responsible for the content. ]


Date: Mon, March 15, 2021, 18:53:45 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Brae is Gen Z, hoops. If anything can generate a new generation of SD fans it's Almost Gothic!

W/E - my experience with millenials (don't trust anyone over 27 and less than 43) is that most don't like jazz. Especially jazz fusion. For those better doctrinated, well done! My kids are now in their 20s and in the transition generation zone, but they were also exposed to Steely Dan and jazz in their formative years and played in jazz bands, etc.

Part of the thing with Gen Z may be that they aren't as over-helicoptered and exposed to jazz and fusion through hip hop. Also, the number of view on Steely Dan songs on has increased instead of decreased. Furthermore, 15 years ago at a Steely Dan concert, most of the crowd was older than myself. Almost no one under 29-30 (millenials at the time). At the Fagen & Nightflyers Tour in 2017 there was as many under their late 20s as over 50. There weren't a lot in between. Either young or older. Just my observations. Plus all the articles over the past 2 decades on Millenials hating on SD.


On to awards.

Good to see Chick Corea garner one more jazz Grammy.


Thundercat won in the progressive jazz category.

https://youtu.be/yA4R9qLa26E



OK, Young Gun Silver Fox did not win nor were nominated, but have expanded on their HallOatesSteelyDanAlJarreauEWFEyetoEye thing they've got going on. Andy Platts (YGSF, Mamas Gun) is a brilliant songwriter with a knack for R&B altered blues melodies and jazzy/R&B harmonies and chord changes. Production is reminiscent of Jay Graydon ca. 1979-1983

Canyons was released in the middle of the pandemic. Not quite as organic as AM Waves but the harmonies may be more developed.

Baby Girl has a bit of Prince vibe.

https://youtu.be/cjTRaEG7SFs

Who Needs Words - a little Purdie/Porcaro shuffle

https://youtu.be/_J-XXrwYIjg


Dream Woman - spookily chords changes reminiscent of of the Gary Katz produced (and Fagen guest starred) Eye to Eye group (Nice Girls, Shakespeare Stole My Baby, TWA Sari) and a Dan-like middle 8 break

https://youtu.be/loONrB3Zk3U

Major LA late 70s LA sound, especially Private Paradise


All this Love begins like an early Steely Dan piano riff and morphs into a Sad Café ballad. Tasty horns charts throughout the album.





Date: Mon, March 15, 2021, 11:59:23 ET
Posted by: Michael ,

I don't think it's accurate to claim that Millenials (or whatever generation) creating reaction videos on YT constitutes some sort of new SD movement. It's become trendy for people of all generations to react to a wide assortment of artists from across the spectrum. It doesn't require effort to sit there and listen to a song. That many of the reactors are discovering the quality of SD's catalog is pure happenstance, but what most of them are really after is clicks.

SD live audiences skew mostly towards older white audiences because they're the ones who for the most part supported SD's music from their formative years up to the present day. That DF & WB were heavily influenced by black artists is news to nobody that's been paying attention.

Right now I'm far more interested [ in hearing more about the two known copies of The Second Arrangement which have yet to be made public. One is in the hands of a collector, possibly one of the studio engineers, and the other by Roger Nichols' daughter. ]


Date: Sat, March 13, 2021, 14:41:22 ET
Posted by: Steve M , Scotland

Such precious memories of my oldest daughter who is now 30 singing "The Girls Don't Seem to care..." age about 4 in the back of our car.

Both our girls are itching to see our SD covers band "Nearly Dan" (the UK version) live, once the restrictions here are lifted


Date: Sat, March 13, 2021, 11:40:00 ET
Posted by: hoops , Chicago

Don:

Add #GreatDad to your impressive resume.


Date: Sat, March 13, 2021, 11:03:21 ET
Posted by: hoops , Los Angeles

My two sons, who are both technically millennials, were indoctrinated into the Dan at an early age, natch, and have never looked back. They're both in the music biz now, play multiple instruments, produce, sing, write and arrange. They have great ears, which I attribute in part to their brains decoding B&F's chord progressions at an early age. And they have great time and feel, which is maybe what happens to kids with innate musical wiring when they hear Gadd, Porcaro, Marotta et al while still in diapers! #ProudDad


Date: Fri, March 12, 2021, 12:22:29 ET
Posted by: hoops , Chicago

FYI, I believe this is the video that some are referencing regarding Millenials and a Canadian female. She is Braie McFadden:

https://youtu.be/hgRJIuCPxPc



Date: Wed, March 10, 2021, 11:30:39 ET
Posted by: Chris , nh

Millennials (sorry Hoops) are near or in their 30s now, and there is definitely a shift in favor of Steely Dan, at least in circles that I'm aware of. I see a ton of stuff on Twitter and Instagram. Not to mention friends and acquaintances who know I've been a lifelong fan approaching me in hushed tones to tell me that they "get" Steely Dan now.

Audiences still skew heavily over 40 of course. Ticket prices probably have something to do with it. Live Nation oldies package tours are marketed to boomers.

--

Nice article about John Beasly who is up for several Grammy awards this year. It mentions a children's audio book with music by him and WB, which I wasn't aware of. Also mentions Becker "pushing him out the door" when he got the call to join Miles Davis' band and was initially reluctant.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2021-03-09/john-beasley-jazz-grammys


Date: Tue, March 9, 2021, 11:54:29 ET
Posted by: hoops , Chicago

I'm not a fan of these labels like "GenX," "Millenial," "Boomer," etc. I rarely find people fit into those categories.

As for younger or new generation Steely Dan fans, I am pleased to see them in the mix at Steely Dan shows. That said, I still think the audience skews heavily to "over age 40." The Illinois State Fair show a few years ago was an exception. Very young crowd. For that matter, while I know quite a few women and African Americans who love Steely Dan, the audience at shows skews male and white, more than, say, a Michael McDonald, Elton John, or Dead concert.

The reality is that Steely Dan owes so much to African American culture; moreover, Steely Dan music is a gateway to African Amerian music and culture.


Date: Tue, March 9, 2021, 10:06:39 ET
Posted by: Would you , Care to explain?

How is "Almost Gothic especially big" on "millennial charts?" Because that one Canadian girl made a youtube video about it?


Date: Mon, March 8, 2021, 11:36:45 ET
Posted by: nope ,

Millenials are into SD way more than the generations that preceded them.

I'm not a millenial but I'm around more than a few who know more about TVN and EMG than the show-going, Boomer-Dan fans I know, or the age groups that followed them. TVN is really big on millenial charts, Almost Gothic especially.

So, no, bit of a miss on this one Mu. A bunch of kids doing reaction videos to Peg for clout does not a movement make.


Date: Mon, March 8, 2021, 08:01:03 ET
Posted by: Aja1 , Newtno

Wow, 15 years ago...I was at the Opera House performance in Boston which had to be rescheduled for a night or two after the original date as Don wasn't feeling well. On the night of the show, he was hoarse, but as he said during his brief monologue, "We're going to try to rise above!" I was more excited for that show than any concert to date. Hoops, your setlist looks similar to what I remember, though he did play at least one and maybe two from Kamakiriad (Springtime and Countermoon I think). I'd definitely give something for another solo tour.


Date: Sun, March 7, 2021, 23:01:01 ET
Posted by: hoops , Chicago

Thanks, Don P. Looking forward to when we can get out and see the band again. I especially miss the Beacon shows.

Best


Date: Sun, March 7, 2021, 22:46:09 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol , Mtl

Great post Hoops! A fine example of why I say the people who you hang with,can make even a regular show special. Having met some of the folks from that time, I know it was a blast.

That time period was during my U.S. border blackout. I had(still have) tickets for the Ottawa show(cancelled) and the Tour shirt. So I figure Donald still owes me one. Lol

Peace


Date: Sun, March 7, 2021, 11:04:08 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol , Mtl

Great post Hoops! A fine example of why I say the people who you hang with,can make even a regular show special. Having met some of the folks from that time, I know it was a blast.

That time period was during my U.S. border blackout. I had(still have) tickets for the Ottawa show(cancelled) and the Tour shirt. So I figure Donald still owes me one. Lol

Peace


Date: Sun, March 7, 2021, 16:38:30 ET
Posted by: hoops , Chicago

Today, March 7, 2021, marks 15 years since the legendary Donald Fagen Band "Morph The Cat" Tour Concert at NYC's Beacon Theatre.

The show had a lot of buzz going into it. The "Morph The Cat" album was scheduled for release on the same day. As a result, a lot of us hard core fans had quite a buzz about seeing Donald perform tracks from the album on the day of its release in Steely Dan's hometown of NYC. As the day approached, release of the album was bumped back a week to March 14th. Nevertheless, fans from around the country and the globe flew in.

That day, I flew in from Chicago during lunch hour. The next morning, I tool a 6 AM return flight as I had to be at work in Chicago the next morning at 9 am. Other fans flew in from California, Florida, and Seattle. Others drove or tool the train in from various points along the Bos-Wash Corridor. So there was a lot of anticipation.

There was a nice Danfest in the hotel adjoining the Beacon. It was a lot of fun to say the least...thanks to all who made it possible.

The show started out great and there was quite a buzz. However, unexpectedly at roughly midway through the show, Donald introduced Martha Wainwright. She came on and sang her song "Year of the Dragon." Now it was a good performance, but for the fans it was very unexpected. For more than a few hard core fans, it was like watching a first-run movie only to have the station interrupt with a news event or some other programming. It killed some of the momentum, with the late, great Steely Dan fan Mark Drinan from Boston referring to it as as "Marthagate." The rest of the show was good, but the momentum never came back. So the show fell short a little bit from hopes. That said, the rest of the tour gained momentum, with many saying the best shows were during the last week or two of the tour in late March.

Here's the setlist. I can't find my notes, so this is based on Setlist FM--so please consider any errors.

Here At The Western World (sped up version)
The Nightfly
Green Flower Street
New Frontier
Third World Man
Home At Last
Brite Nitegown
Year of the Dragon (Martha Wainwright)
FM
H Gang
What I Do
The Goodbye Look
I.G.Y.

Encore
Pretzel Logic
Viva Viva Rock and Roll (Chuck Berry Cover)

Here's a link to a YouTube video from the event. This isn't great quality but this gives you an indication of what the show was like. (As per policy, any complaints about this video should be addressed to YouTube management. I'm not responsible for it.)

https://youtu.be/GQ1LDq-TMHs


Date: Sun, March 7, 2021, 13:24:25 ET
Posted by: (Doc Mu) ,

There are exceptions but Millennials never really got Steely Dan. Completely swung and missed on their subversive messages ahd R&B/jazz fusion.

But Gen Z (or Gen COVID or whatever moniker they assume) are exploring and getting it. Young African Americans especially are discovering the wellspring of those samples, how the grooves can be so deep and the musician so top shelf. They can hear the wicked chord changes the instruments placed and executed so flawlessly. The revelation that SD isn't and never was a rock band, but some strange R&B/jazz alloy. One that morphed with every song, every album. Don't knock those reaction videos.

Steely Dan. It's growing. Again.


Date: Sun, March 7, 2021, 11:04:08 ET
Posted by: Jimmie , US

Apparently Stanley released a song called Night by Night similar enough to the Pretzel Logic track that Don & Walt got co-writer credits.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MSB_(album)


Date: Sun, March 7, 2021, 09:47:32 ET
Posted by: Gabe , PA

RIP Cleveland rock legend Michael Stanley. Why is this Dangential to me? Because in the 70s and 80s his records were always right in front of Steely Dan in the record bins.


Date: Sat, March 6, 2021, 17:12:51:27 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Jordan's ghost notes are ridiculous on True Companion. It's probably some of the best recording and mic placement of drums/percussion I've ever heard. So much space in the recording.


Date: Sat, March 6, 2021, 09:55:27 ET
Posted by: Jimmie , US

In a magazine story about the breakup of Steely Dan, it mentioned that Fagen had recorded a solo song called True Companion for a forthcoming movie. That's all I ever knew about it and didn't know it was ever released or even made it into the movie. The day I went out to the store to by the NY Rock & Soul CD, I saw the newly released SD Gold CD for sale which included it. That was a lot more exciting to me than NYR&S, which has been aptly described as like watching your favorite ballplayers in a Spring Training game.

Different world before the Internet (or at least before I had Internet.) I didn't know Kamakiriad was released until they played a song from it on the radio. I learned of 11 Tracks of Whack because I had a subscription to Stereo Review magazine which gave it Best of Month honors.


Date: Thu, March 4, 2021, 23:06:19 ET
Posted by: Ed ,

Sad no summer tour, but there's light at the end of the tunnel.

Pretty cool about the Scorps' guitarist. Another reason not to dismiss Steely Dan as Yacht Rock.


Date: Thu, March 4, 2021, 19:58:47 ET
Posted by: Shark DeVille , up on the hill

I've never posted about my shirts on here, so here goes.
in an effort to foil the bootleggers (I've shut down sellers on eBay, Etsy, teepublic, etc) here's a link to my Etsy shop. I am the artist of this design and I can get these done in any size or color, also ladies shirts, long-sleeves, and hoodies. just drop me a line if you don't see what you need.
thanks!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/RScottMurray


Date: Wed, March 3, 2021, 13:08:43 ET
Posted by: Linda ,

Will Lee talking a little bit about recording "True Companion."

Donald Fagen’s “True Companion,” is the first solo recording by either Becker or Fagen. With its gorgeous vocals and well-recorded instrumental sounds, it was featured in the animated movie “Heavy Metal”. Done at Automated Sound in NYC with Elliot Scheiner at the recording desk, we had all assembled not knowing anything about what we were about to play. Donald handed out charts to me, Steve Jordan, Don Grolnick and Steve Khan (who shines brightly on this piece!). As soon as we began playing through the beautiful chords, the song started to play itself through us. Turn it up!

https://youtu.be/stzE87JbOao


Date: Tue, March 2, 2021, 22:04:22 ET
Posted by: Marty ,

Doesn't surprise me about the shows this summer. Will be nice when they comes back.


Date: Tue, March 2, 2021, 16:33:19 ET
Posted by: hoops ,

Jim Beard says on one of his pages that Summer 2021 touring now not happening.

A different person who assists one of the SD band members says the dates will likely be moved back another 52 weeks to 2022. There is also a remote possibility that there will be some late 2021 dates or early 2022 dates if things go well with the pandemic recovery.

Bear in mind, nothing official from Steely Dan or Ticketmaster...but that's how things are shaping up.


Date: Tue, March 2, 2021, 12:22:18 ET
Posted by: Matt ,

"Why I Love Steely Dan's 'The Royal Scam'"

"Scorpions guitarist Rudolf Schenker reveals his unlikely love for Steely Dan's 1976 jazz-rock classic The Royal Scam"

https://www.loudersound.com/features/why-i-steely-dans-the-royal-scam-by-rudolf-schenker



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$$hø¬3s.


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

Gene:

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.

https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMeFC98TS/


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:
https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/best-sounding-no-dvd-a-donald-fagen-nightfly.25318/

Also, here's another interesting article:

Donald Fagen The Nightfly Alternate Format Discography
https://www.hifinews.com/content/donald-fagen-nightfly-sidebar-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.

Best,

Jim aka hoops


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

Hi
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.
Thanks,
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.)

https://www.rollingstone.com/pro/features/beach-boys-rights-sale-azoff-1129316/


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? No...it 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 0°F again, but bad news is that we have 36" of snow on the ground.

Best,

Jim


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, though...it 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.

M/O/D/P
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
ADULT GROUP CLASS / GUITAR PROGRAM

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.

https://www.oldtownschool.org/classes/detail/?courseid=6853


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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkUCCh6Y1Iw


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....

https://youtu.be/A_PIiWA-w2c

Nap


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

https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMJK4bWjL/

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,


https://i.imgur.com/I3GrFS2.jpeg


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...

https://youtu.be/sOLDxq7iYok


...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

https://youtu.be/S7-AuFnzsFA

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)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTiGjh7rNYE

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqHrc46M-4A


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."

https://uproxx.com/indie/steely-dan-best-songs-ranked/


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.

https://youtu.be/hgRJIuCPxPc


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.

Peace!


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.

https://youtu.be/los9WulxBjM

This time there really were (neo)nazis

https://youtu.be/VjnMrGdjxis


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

https://youtu.be/7Ay8tPN8Rys

https://youtu.be/roLIYw8Ov_I



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

My new Drew Zingg Spotify playlist:
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3ginpF6mAPh24gnBmhl8WC?si=tkLbDDSSTA2OnHTbRiK-3w


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! sfjazz.org/watch


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

https://bestclassicbands.com/howard-johnson-tuba-obituary-1-11-21/


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?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwrU8s-M-gc



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 ...
https://youtu.be/TDz-RUMmpjE?t=206


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:
https://youtu.be/B3ttW0TqScY


Also: Lost "11 Tracks of Whack" Liner Notes

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

Check it out.

https://www.walterbeckermedia.com/forum/rarities-unreleased/lost-whack-liner-notes


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.

https://youtu.be/sICy54XjjWY


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:

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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.

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Full piece which is very interesting...

http://www.billholland.net/words/Labels%20Strive%20to%20Rectify%20Past%20Archival%20Problems.pdf


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

Happy 2021, Dandom!

Peace and love, really!

XOXOXOXO

Jim


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

Happy New Year Dandom!!
Peace


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

-Peg
-Deacon Blues
-All of Gaucho
-All of The Royal Scam
-Do it Again
-Reelin' in the Years
-Kings
-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

rip MF DOOM

"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.

The following are the subjects/headlines of the items in the latest newsletter:

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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DANDOM DIGEST

December 17-31, 2020

Yr. 28, No. 9

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IN THIS DANDOM DIGEST

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

PRETZEL LOGIC

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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.

https://www.npr.org/2020/12/28/948032453/toast-of-the-nation-2021

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:
https://rollinglivestudios.com/collections/bowie

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 https://www.sfjazz.org/fridaysatfive/

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Subject: New Walter Becker Outtake: "Black Dog"

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

Link to outtake:
https://youtu.be/B3ttW0TqScY

From Walter Becker Media-- http://www.walterbeckermedia.com

Check it out.

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Subject: Lost "11 Tracks of Whack" Liner Notes

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

Check it out.

https://www.walterbeckermedia.com/forum/rarities-unreleased/lost-whack-liner-notes

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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:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0802127126/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_5aK7Fb5QGYGWE?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

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Subject: "Binky Listens To Steely Dan"

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

Binky has a life changing experience on Steely Dan.

https://youtu.be/JmJAgj9tc5M

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Subject: Cindy Mizelle: The RS Interview

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

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/cindy-mizelle-singer-interview-bruce-springsteen-rolling-stones-mariah-carey-1102369/

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Subject: Jim Keltner on Jeff Porcaro

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

https://youtu.be/M3HpNnHBSbE

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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.

https://www.rollingstone.com/pro/features/when-live-music-return-2021-covid-1106719

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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:

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Jim Beard/Jon Herington
"Chunks and Chairknobs"
Buy at: http://www.jonherington.com/store.html
A Great Interview with Jim & Jon: "How did this come about?"
https://youtu.be/euklbIfq414

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Jon Herington
Jon Herington's Arrangements for Guitar
http://www.jonherington.com/store.html

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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
http://keithcarlock.com/buy/

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LaTanya Hall
"Say Yes"
Buy at: http://latanyahall.com/album/la-tanya-hall-say-yes-coming-november-8th-2019/

***

ay Leonhart with Tomoko Ohno & Vito Lesczak
"Joy"
Buy at: https://jayleonhartbass.bandcamp.com/album/joy

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Michael Leonhart Orchestra
Several titles, including "Suite Extracts, Vol. 1"
Buy at: https://michaelleonhart.bandcamp.com/

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Roger Rosenberg
"Baritonality"
Buy at: https://www.amazon.com/Baritonality-Roger-Rosenberg/dp/B002F3BPF4

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Catherine Russell
Pretty much her entire CATalogue including her latest, the Grammy-nominated
"Alone Together"
Buy at: http://www.catherinerussell.net/listen.php

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Walt Weiskopf European Quartet
Latest releases including "Introspections" and "Worldwide"
Buy at:
https://waltweiskopf.com/product/european-quartet-worldwide/

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Monkey House (featuring Don Breithaupt)
"Friday" (featuring a cover of "Book of Liars")
Buy at http://www.almarecords.com/releases/#26 or Amazon.com

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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.
More: https://chicagotheband.com/js_albums/chicago-christmas/

***

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:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0826427839/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_rRJ7Fb8KAMYG8

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

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ANTHONY ROBUSTELLI
"Steely Dan FAQ: All That's Left to Know About This Elusive Band"
Amazon Link:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1495025128/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_2iL7FbTEJDZP4

Apologies for anything that may have been left off. Let us know by emailing jjmckay@me.com

Thank you and "Happy New Year!"

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Subject: Calling All Current SD Orchestra Members & Alumns

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