Sunday, July 28, 2013
Steely Dan w/ Deep Blue Organ Trio
Steely Dan were always more subversive than they seemed on the surface. Although in the ’70s the group’s jazzy soft-rock seemed like a safe alternative to the brasher rock of the day, Steely Dan (a band named after an adult novelty toy) detailed a drug-addled underworld as seedy as anything glam rockers sang about. After a decade hiatus, co-leads Donald Fagen and Walter Becker reformed Steely Dan in the ’90s as a popular touring act—ironic, since the group had famously stopped touring altogether in the ’70s. Since reuniting, their recording schedule has been as laid-back as their music. They’ve only released two discs, but both are winners: 2000’s Two Against Nature won an improbable Grammy for Album of the Year, while 2003’s Everything Must Go is probably their loosest, most-carefree album since, well, ever.