Articles by: Preston Frazier

On Second Thought: Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata (BRO) – The Hills Are Alive (2011)

Hollywood has the unfortunate habit of taking an success and grinding it into the ground but remaking it until the essence of what made it successful dissolves.

Steely Dan Sunday: “What I Do” (2006)

Steely Dan Sunday: “What I Do” (2006)

<<< BACKWARD (“H Gang”) ||| ONWARD (“Brite Nitegown”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** While the album Morph The Cat represented the conclusion of Fagen’s musical trilogy, it was hardly an end. In fact, the album may represent the most productive stage in Fagen’s career.

Steely Dan Sunday, “H Gang” (2006)

Steely Dan Sunday, “H Gang” (2006)

<<< BACKWARD (“Morph The Cat/Morph The Cat (Reprise)”) ||| ONWARD (“What I Do”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** It wasn’t a good sign when I couldn’t find my copy for the album Morph The Cat. On my list of Steely Dan/Becker/Fagen related album this one ranks at the bottom for a number of reasons.

On Second Thought: JaR – Scene 29 (2008)

It’s amazing how many artists look back for inspiration while their mentors have moved forward. A good example is the recently reviewed project from the band State Cows called The Second One.

State Cows – The Second One [Japanese Edition] (2013)

State Cows hail from Sweden but you would never know it. Close your eye and listen and you think: L.A.

Leslie Johnson – Bass&Beyond (2012)

Listening to a bass player’s album is like watching porn to me. At first it seems like a good idea, but a few minutes in I get bored and would rather nap.

Steely Dan Sunday, “The Steely Dan Show” (2000, unreleased)

Steely Dan Sunday, “The Steely Dan Show” (2000, unreleased)

<<< BACKWARD (“Everything Must Go”) ||| ONWARD (“Morph The Cat”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Steely Dan’s “Second Act” started in 1993 and shows no sign of ending.

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Poco, November 9, 2013

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Poco, November 9, 2013

At Chicago’s Mayne Stage: I was looking forward to seeing the band Poco again. I had the good fortune of seeing the band, or more accurately the Poco acoustic trio, in 2012.

Lucas Lee – Normalcy Bias (2013)

Lucas Lee – Normalcy Bias (2013)

The seven tracks seem to build with intensity and lunacy as Lucas Lee’s sophomore album ‘Normalcy Bias’ progresses.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Lunch With Gina” (2003)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Lunch With Gina” (2003)

<<< BACKWARD (“Pixeleen”) ||| ONWARD (“Everything Must Go”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** “Lunch with Gina” flies along in full funk/rock mode. Guitarist Hugh McCracken and Jon Herington gleefully play along with the rock solid back beat laid down by Keith Carlock on drums