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(Spinner)   Donald Fagen talks about the third album in his Nightfly trilogy, the upcoming Sunken Condos and what we can expect from the dynamic duo that is Steely Dan   ( spinner.com) divider line
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2012-10-23 12:45:05 PM  
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rickythepenguin: there's a cool youtube video of Fagen and Becker playing the multitracks from that session, with interview of the musicians. the bassist is like, "at the time, popping the bass was the new thing but they didn't want that, but......I popped all over that record" and they play it and you hear it.

It's part of the "Classic Albums" series (Aja) -- also available streaming on Netflix. They're decent little documentaries. Fagen plays a few of the guitar solos that different players laid down for "Peg," and just dismissively points out that "yeah, that's no good; yeah, that's no good," etc. He's also a hoot in sitting there talking about what some of the lyrics to different songs mean -- "'This is the day of the expanding man' -- self-explanatory, really."

Michael McDonald I think said he was singing in thirds for his backing vocals, and it was hard as shiat since that chord spacing / interval is uncommon in Western music but it is what Fagen wanted.

Had a thrash metal guitarist as my roommate in college. He'd scoff at my Steely Dan records. Then, one month, the featured guitar tablature in his "Guitar" magazine was "Kid Charlemagne" and I told him he should try to learn it. He came back a couple of weeks later and said "those are the sickest chords I've ever seen. I don't even know what the hell they are."
2012-10-23 12:55:26 AM  
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I use Morph the Cat to test speakers I repair (a side gig). Just sayin'.

/huge Dan and Fagen fan
//one of the crossword clues today was "multi-platinum Steely Dan album," with three letters
/one of the best albums ever made, of any genre
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