Monday, August 21, 2017
Sunday, August 20, 2017
The Nightfly is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Donald Fagen. Produced by Gary Katz, it was released October 1, 1982 by Warner Bros. Records. Fagen was previously best known for his work in the group Steely Dan, with whom he enjoyed a successful career in the 1970s. The band separated in 1981, leading Fagen to pursue a solo career. Although The Nightfly includes a number of production staff and musicians who had played on Steely Dan records, it was Fagen's first release without longtime collaborator Walter Becker.
Unlike most of Fagen's previous work, The Nightfly is almost blatantly autobiographical. Many of the songs relate to the cautiously optimistic mood of his suburban childhood in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and incorporate such topics as late-night jazz disc jockeys, fallout shelters, and tropical vacations. Recorded over eight months at various studios between New York City and Los Angeles, the album is an early example of a fully digital recording in popular music. The nascent technology, as well as the perfectionist nature of its engineers and musicians, made the album difficult to record.
The Nightfly was well-received, both critically and commercially. It was certified platinum in both the US and UK, and generated two popular singles with top 40 hit "I.G.Y." and the MTV favorite "New Frontier". Among critics, The Nightfly gained widespread acclaim, and received seven nominations at the 1983 Grammy Awards. The relatively low-key but long-lived popularity of The Nightfly led Robert J. Toth of The Wall Street Journal in 2007 to dub the album "one of pop music's sneakiest masterpieces."
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Umphrey’s McGee resumed their tour with a run through the South that began last night in Birmingham, AL, where the band surprised with the first cover of Van Halen’s “Panama” for the first time since exactly three years ago.
Gov’t Mule took to the stage at Peach Festival and welcomed a number of close friends and guests as Warren Haynes reunited with a number of former Allman Brothers bandmates and longtime collaborators.
Friday, August 18, 2017
Last weekend, Alice Cooper and Deep Purple began a month-long co-headlining tour of North America at the Chelsea, the concert venue located inside the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. You can check out the set lists from both acts below.