Posts Tagged ‘Steely Dan’

29
Aug

Steely Dan: King of the World

by Nicholas Pell in Music

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“Any man left on the Rio Grande / Is the king of the world / As far as I know”

It’s almost a cliche to draw attention to the contrast between Steely Dan’s slick, smooth musical arrangement and the darkness of their lyrics. Still, they have fewer songs quite as dark as “King of the World,” a first-person narrative about a man living through man’s final days. As our Dear Leader begins to contemplate action against Syria AKA tip toe toward the tulips of World War 3, what better song is there to pick back up in my ongoing series about the Dan?

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26
Jan

Top 8 — January 25, 2013

by Nicholas Pell in Music

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Better late than never. Just got home from my honeymoon and a lovely birthday dinner with the wife. Back to our regularly scheduled blogging come Monday.

10
Jan

Steely Dan: Deacon Blues

by Nicholas Pell in Music

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Happy Feast of Saint Fagen one and all. Donald Fagen, everyone’s favorite member of Steely Dan, is 65 years old today. Hey Donald — go ahead and retire already!

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1
Jan

Top 8 — 2012

by Nicholas Pell in Music

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This here is what I listened to the most in 2012 according to Last.fm.

Nicholas Pell Top 8 for 2012

Some brief thoughts:

  • I’ve barely listened to Be Bop Deluxe since the first half of the year, but as you can see I listened to them a lot during that first half.
  • Ditto on Roxy Music.
  • The Dead… what can I say about my newfound love for The Dead? This is one that should be a whole article at some point.
  • Steely Dan had a rally at the end of the year to earn their place in the top 8.
  • I listened to quite a bit of ELO over the last week of 2012, which put them ahead of my man Gordon Lightfoot.
  • Gordon Lightfoot is awesome, but sometimes he just puts me down in the dumps.
  • Death In June are a slow burn favorite that get listened to a lot in little bits and pieces. Other than the last couple of months, they rarely ever make my weekly top 8.
  • The Tubes are another band I listened to a ton of during the first half of the year and didn’t listen to much of during the second half. Still amazing stuff and I have everything on vinyl, so it’s probably worth a revisit.

Top 30 and some more thoughts under the cut.

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14
Dec

Top 8 — December 14, 2012

by Nicholas Pell in Music

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This week I listened to a ton of music by a handful of bands.