Sunday, February 06, 2011

Listening Post: Sunday Morning Edition



The last time I posted a song from Steely Dan, here's what I said about them:

"Steely Dan are one of my favorite bands. Their music has always been beyond easy description: smooth yet quirky; whimsical yet secretly black-hearted; cool yet utterly nerdy; classic yet completely fresh. For me, they were the soundtrack to life in Los Angeles."

No band of their generation was more subtly subversive, and this song is one of their best.

Here's Aja.

10 comments:

brite said...

The problem with listening to a Steely Dan tune is what the hell are you going to listen to next?
More Steely Dan, of course :)

motheralex said...

We got to see them live in VA, and the arena was filled. Wild part was, when they came on stage, a lightning storm hit, with amazing displays across the sky. At the end of the second encore, Fagen simply said,"Thanks out there to the Gods, for lighting the show." Bucket List - check.

jrm78 said...

I've recently been on a Frank Zappa bender. Where Steely Dan is subtly subversive, FZ is beat-you-over-the-head subversive.

Still both are great artists.

Stephen said...

This will always be my favorite Steely Dan song. There hasn't been a time in my life (including now) when Aja has come on where I didn't stop what I was doing and drift off until it was finished. Start to finish this album is a masterpiece. Good choice today.

Anonymous said...

Fagin...and FM!

Steven D Skelton said...

Donald is the greatest composer of his generation.

If one searches around on youtube, there is a series on the making of the entire Aja album.

What sticks out most to me about this song is that it can't be played on guitar. Too many odd shaped chords that are unreachable for human fingers.

Way cool Chez!

Benoit from Ottawa said...

Chez, have you gotten into Fagin's Kamikiriad? Sure, it's some 80s-90s science-fictionny thing, and it's not exactly Steely Dan, but it does hold some lovely songs, like Florida Room and Teahouse on the Tracks.

drater said...

Benoit, I'll take Nightfly over Kamikiriad, but both are great albums.

FatSunRival said...

I wore out my Aja cassette by playing it everytime I got in my car for a period of approx 6 months.

Steven D Skelton said...

I agree with Drater....what do you think of Morph the Cat?