Articles by: Preston Frazier

Doobie Brothers Songs with Jeff “Skunk” Baxter: Gimme Five

Doobie Brothers Songs with Jeff “Skunk” Baxter: Gimme Five

Most fans of the Doobie Brothers seem to have allegiances to particular periods in the band’s 45-year history — with the most common divide being Tom Johnston vs. Michael McDonald.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Darkling Down” (2008)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Darkling Down” (2008)

<<< BACKWARD (“Somebody’s Saturday Night”) ||| ONWARD (“God’s Eye View”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** I recall hearing an interview with Al Stewart of “Time Passages” fame who mentioned that the reason his songs are so lyrically lush (i.e. wordy) is because he believes it’s better to write songs with verses composed of many words and using wordsRead More

Ozomatli – Place In The Sun (2014)

I can say without reservation that the Los Angeles-based Ozomatli puts on the best live show I’ve ever experienced. The term “show” doesn’t do the band’s live gigs justice since the audience can’t help but be caught up in the “Ozobeat.” There’s no passive involvement in an Ozomatli concert.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Somebody’s Saturday Night” (2008)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Somebody’s Saturday Night” (2008)

<<< BACKWARD (“Do You Remember The Name”) ||| ONWARD (“Darkling Down”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** In case there was any doubt, Walter Becker is a smart ass. Of course if you are a Steely Dan fan you’ve known that for decades.

Deep Cuts: Songs Where Toto Sounds Nothing Like Toto

Deep Cuts: Songs Where Toto Sounds Nothing Like Toto

Toto, despite achieving fame as a ballads act, has consistently pushed itself to new heights in the studio.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Do You Remember The Name” (2008)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Do You Remember The Name” (2008)

<<< BACKWARD (“Selfish Gene”) ||| ONWARD (“Somebody’s Saturday Night”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** “Do You Remember The Name” is one is the few Becker solo songs where I wonder what it would sound like if Donald Fagen co-wrote the music and worked on the arrangements.

On Second Thought: Rickie Lee Jones – Flying Cowboys (1989)

Rickie Lee Jones has produced a series of stellar albums (including her self-titled debut, Pirates and The Magazine, among others) and more than one head shaker (the dismal album Pop Pop and 2009’s Ben Harper train wreck The Devil You Know). Perhaps one of the commonalities regarding her great albums is the use of strong, yet empathetic, producers. Jones’ betterRead More

Steely Dan Sunday, “Selfish Gene” (2008)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Selfish Gene” (2008)

<<< BACKWARD (“Circus Money”) ||| ONWARD (“Do You Remember The Name”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** “Sweet little baby from the hills somewhere, here’s a pretty lovebud for your hair…”. Is this how old Manhattan producer-types start their sex raps on Manalo wearing wafs? Well, according to Walter Becker’s track, “Selfish Gene”, yes, and apparently this tactic worksRead More

Throwing Muses – Purgatory/Paradise (2013)

There is no shame is admitting you don’t get the Throwing Muses or for that matter know who the Throwing Muses are.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Circus Money” (2008)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Circus Money” (2008)

<<< BACKWARD (“Paging Audrey”) ||| ONWARD (“Selfish Gene”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Last week Victor explored the brilliant track “Paging Audrey” and declared it the most Steely Dan-like track on Walter Becker’s solo album, Circus Money. By contrast, the title track may represent the least Steely Dan like. Becker and producer Larry Klein built on an environmentRead More

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