Saturday, October 10, 2009

I'm a bigger music-nerd than you ever thought possible.

I couldn't persuade anyone I know to come with me, so I'm seeing Steely Dan at Massey Hall solo.

Come to think of it, that might be for the best. Because the Dan is so resolutely unpopular with my friends — some people even show an open and vigorous hatred for Becker and Fagen — I won't have to "drag" someone against their will. It'll just be me and my fellow nerds, nerding-out to the finest nerd-jazz-rock ever made.

A few samples are below. Now, before you go all crazy and say, "Dude, these guys sound like elevator music," I KNOW it sounds like elevator music, at first. I am fully aware of this. But, take a minute and take this music seriously. After the initial shock wears off, you'll realize these guys are absolute geniuses in terms of melody, the way they arrange their various instruments, and even the lyrics are worth a listen because they're not the typical "ooh ooh baby love love love" claptrap that pervades popular music. So, enjoy.

Hey Nineteen
Home At Last
My Old School
Do It Again (excellent live version here)
Razor Boy

And yes, the live version of Do It Again features Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, one of the best guitarists of the late 20th century, on bongos.


kelly o said...

Tori Amos does a cover of "Do It Again." You'd probably hate it, though.

I usually go to concerts/plays by myself - I really like it.

Eve said...

For the record, you were trying to convince your friends to buy tickets that were $100. $100! I am poor. Enjoy the concert.