Lars-Erik Dahle

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Interview with Steely Dan’s Walter Becker (2008)

<i>The following article originally appeared on Time Out New York in 2008.</i><p>No matter how well-balanced an artistic partnership is, someone always gets …

Read Rickie Lee Jones’ Poignant Tribute to Steely Dan’s Walter Becker

<i>Singer Rickie Lee Jones is a longtime Steely Dan fan who collaborated with the late Walter Becker on her 1989 album</i> Flying Cowboys<i>. In recent years,</i> …

Walter Becker, Steely Dan Guitarist, Dies at 67

Walter Becker, guitarist, bassist and co-writer for the sophisticated, dark-humored band Steely Dan, has died. He was 67.<p>The news was confirmed by a …

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Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen on Walter Becker: ‘Hysterically Funny, a Great Songwriter’

Steely Dan co-founder Donald Fagen quickly released a statement about the death of his partner Walter Becker, the only other full-time member of the …

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10 Genre-Defining Albums You Need To Hear, Part Two

I’m listing 10 must-own albums in an attempt to define the musical genre of the music scene this book project is all about. Read part 1 of this …

10 Genre-Defining Albums You Need To Hear, Part One

Defining a musical genre is trickier than one might think. I’ve been poring over my music collection trying to come up with a phrase that evokes the …

Alan O’Day Interview, Part 2

This is part two of the transcript of my talk with songsmith and recording artist Alan O’Day. You can find part one here. In this final part, O’Day …

Alan O’Day Interview, Part 1

I recently had the great pleasure of talking to songwriter Alan O’Day about the music he made in LA in the Seventies. Having written number one hits …

Under the Radar: The Story of Avalon

When I first came in contact with the music I’m now writing about, I approached it as a listener. I appreciated the way the music made me feel. It …

Breaking Into The LA Scene – A Conversation With Steve Lukather

Five years ago I got the chance to sit down for a couple cups of coffee and a handful of trips down memory lane with Steve Lukather of Toto and two …

Steely Dan Named a Song After Dallas, But They'd Prefer You Never Hear It

"'Dallas/Sail the Waterway' has been disowned by Steely Dan but hasn't precisely been buried," says Stephen Thomas Erlewine, the senior editor for …

Steely Dan Reels In Resident Orchestra at Hollywood Bowl Season Opener

The trombones and guitars may have rendered the strings almost subliminal, but the textural addition of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra helped render …

8 Fantastic Apps to Download Before Your Next Road Trip

Let your phone ride shotgun, where it can make sure you see more sights and hit fewer roadblocks.<p>Navigation<p><b>Waze Free (IOS, Android, Windows …

When John Williams Can't Go, Whom Does Spielberg Call? Thomas Newman

Up until this year, composer John Williams had scored every single Steven Spielberg movie, save one, since the director's big-screen debut in 1974. In a storied collaboration that has lasted decades, they've worked together on films like <i>Jaws</i>, <i>Close Encounters of the Third Kind</i>, <i>Indiana Jones</i> and</i> …

Jeff Porcaro: A Special Salute

<b>By Robyn Flans<br>Modern Drummer</b><p>On August 5,1992, incredibly, we lost drummer Jeffrey Porcaro to a heart attack. Even as I write the words, it seems …

Jonathan Gold's 5 best L.A. burritos

I like Tito’s Tacos. I have often defended it against the barbs of those who would dismiss it as somehow "inauthentic," as if the definition of authenticity encompasses only the cooking of Michoacan or Oaxaca. Tito’s is a proud bearer of California-Mexican tradition, and its hard-shelled tacos with …

Steely Dan Fans Are Assholes

Let us tell you: Listening to the Dan is akin to reading novel. You need a liberal arts degree to get it. Trust me, kids, it's not that you don't …

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Why Steely Dan Belongs at Coachella

Steely Dan's greatest sin, it seems, was in reimagining the rock band as studio project: a rotating cast of hired guns operating at the behest of the …

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Five of the Grammys most mystifying awards, from Milli Vanilli to Steely Dan

The Grammys can be embarassing. In the haphazard assembly of the Grammy categories and nominees, there’s a sense that the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences barely comprehend the musical traditions they are attempting to reward. However, even embarrassment can be refined over time, and …

Steely Dan: Two Against Nature Album Review

If you are a die-hard Steely Dan fan from "back in the day," let me first congratulate you on figuring out how this whole "Internet" thing works. The computer commercials promise plug-in-and-surf, but there's always a glitch. At work you're too embarrassed to ask the young tech guys how the "web" …

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Steely Dan on Making New Music: ‘We’ve Been Talking’

Interviewing Steely Dan is no easy task. Walter Becker and Donald Fagen turned messing with journalists into an art form back in the Seventies.</i> …

On tour with Donald Fagen

One of the purposes of <b>Deskbound Traveller</b> is to broaden ideas of what counts as travel writing, so I’m delighted to be publishing a passage from</i> …

Travel Writing

Inside Coachella: Donny’s Southwestern Adventure, Part 5

<i>Steely Dan performed at Coachella on Friday (and will again next week), and Donald Fagen has offered to chronicle his experiences in several</i> …

Santa Barbara

Inside Coachella: Donny’s Southwestern Adventure, Part 4

<i>Steely Dan performed at Coachella on Friday (and will again next week), and Donald Fagen has offered to chronicle his experiences in several</i> …

Music

Inside Coachella: Donny’s Southwestern Adventure, Pt. 3

<i>Steely Dan are performing at Coachella this Friday and next, and Donald Fagen has offered to chronicle his experiences in several installations of a</i> …

Coachella Valley

Inside Coachella: Donny’s Southwestern Adventure, Pt. 2

<i>Steely Dan are performing at Coachella this Friday and next, and Donald Fagen has offered to chronicle his experiences in several installations of a</i> …

Rock & Roll

Inside Coachella: Donny’s Southwestern Adventure

<i>Steely Dan are performing at Coachella this Friday and next, and Donald Fagen has offered to chronicle his experiences in several installations of a</i> …

Coachella Festival

Inside Coachella: Donny’s Southwestern Adventure Ends

<i>Steely Dan performed at Coachella on Friday, and Donald Fagen has offered to chronicle his experiences in several installations of a tour diary. The</i> …

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20 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Steely Dan

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Mark Ronson On Loving Steely Dan And Finding The Funk With Bruno Mars

<i>The following article is provided by Rolling Stone.</i><p>By BRIAN HIATT<p>Mark Ronson is, at his core, a DJ and a producer for other artists — he considers his four solo albums side projects. But for his latest, the high-concept "Uptown Special," he and Bruno Mars have a Number One hit, "Uptown Funk" — a …