Steely Dan UHQR Series

November 13th, 2022

Mo-Fi Launches Andrew Jones's SourcePoint 10 Loudspeaker at Capital Audio Fest 2022

"Why repeat what I've already done?" says Jones. Stay tuned for more Cap Audio Fest coverage!

By: Michael Fremer

Andrew Jones's first speaker for Mo-Fi is a radical departure from his slim baffle small driver past designs, though it retains the concentric drivers he's well know for creating over his long career, from companies like KEF, TAD and ELAC.

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November 8th, 2022

Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'Greatest Hits' Provides A Good Discography Overview

From the archives: SRV's 'Greatest Hits' is a good snapshot of the singer/guitarist at his best

By: Tracking Angle

(This review, written by Carl E. Baugher, originally appeared in Issue 5/6, Winter 1995/96.)The lineage of American electric guitar is a long, rich, exciting thread. It runs through Muddy Waters, Albert King, Albert Collins, B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and the kid from Texas, Stevie Ray Vaughan. A plane crash in late August 1990 took Vaughan way too soon but his music sounds just as fresh and vital today as ever. Stevie never made a bad album so putting together a... Read More

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November 7th, 2022

"Vintage" Walter Becker/Donald Fagen Interviews Still Hold Interest

So Cal's Harvey Kubernik conducted

By: Harvey Kubernik

(Photo by Henry Diltz, courtesy of Gary Strobl). Prolific rock writer and chronicler of the Southern California rock scene Harvey Kubernik interviewed more than a few times Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. Here are some lengthy excerpts including how the duo visited Kubernik's late night KPFK-FM radio show to play an acetate and debt "Aja" on the show. What a scoop!

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November 5th, 2022

UHQR "Can't Buy A Thrill"—You Can Buy a Thrill

a remarkable "pick up" band's assured debut

By: Michael Fremer

When Steely Dan recorded "Can't Buy a Thrill" it was more of a "pick-up" studio band than a "group". As Donald Fagen recounts in the notes accompanying this new UHQR release sourced from the original master tapes (shown on the notes insert), Fagen and Walter Becker had failed as ABC Dunhill "staff composers" and decided it was time to live the dream leading a real band.The pair called their friend New York guitarist Denny... Read More

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November 5th, 2022

Zachary Cale Interviewed

Cale Discusses the Production Behind His Newest Release, "Skywriting"

By: Evan Toth

Is this where you finally meet Zachary Cale? The songwriting troubadour has been writing, performing and recording for nearly two decades now, having created his own niche, building upon his upbringing in St. Tammany Parish in Louisiana, spending some time living in Jakarta, Indonesia, as well as in Washington State, and as you'll read, listening to a lot of music many of us hold dear. Cale sought to craft his own brand of folk/punk sound before moving to the... Read More

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November 4th, 2022

An Extended Suite For Musical Insanity

From the archives: Michael Fremer reviews Mr. Bungle's 'Disco Volante'

By: Michael Fremer

(This review originally appeared in Issue 7, Spring 1996.)An extended suite for musical insanity and sonic meatcleaver that mutates The Bonzo Dog Band, Spike Jones, Nino Rota, Frank Zappa, Alvin Cash, The Art Of Noise, surf music, exotica, industrial heavy metal sludge, the tango, methedrine, Metallica, Don Van Vliet, and just plain old fashioned wise-assery into a rip roaring roller coaster ride through a double E ticket musical and sonic fun house. That these guys... Read More

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