Articles by: Preston Frazier

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

Kere Buchanan – Goodbye Yesterday (2014)

Kere Buchanan’s new release, Goodbye Yesterday almost seems to be in a time warp. The New Zealander’s release harken back to a time when albums contained thoughtful and intriguing melodies.

China Crisis – Diary of a Hollow Horse (1989): On Second Thought

China Crisis – Diary of a Hollow Horse (1989): On Second Thought

The Walter Becker-produced tracks on China Crisis’ unjustly overlooked 1989 album ‘Diary of a Hollow Horse’ represent their best work to date.

Pixies – EP1 (2013)

The Pixies’ EP1 came out in September of 2013 but I was late in listening to it — just as I was late to listening to the Pixies. My first encounter with the band was during their reunion tour stop at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, 2005.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Upside Looking Down” (2008)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Upside Looking Down” (2008)

<<< BACKWARD (“Bob Is Not Your Uncle Anymore”) ||| ONWARD (“Paging Audrey”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** There is a certain elegance in Steely Dan and Donald Fagen albums that was missing in Walter Becker’s first solo release, 11 Tracks of Whack.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Bob Is Not Your Uncle Anymore” (2008)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Bob Is Not Your Uncle Anymore” (2008)

<<< BACKWARD (“Downtown Canon”) ||| ONWARD (“Upside Looking Down”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Walter Becker’s Circus Money covers a wide music landscape. The song, “Bob’s Just Not Your Uncle Anymore” appears — at least on the surface — to be a simple reggae track.

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