Sunday, 29 May 2022

Down the Steely Aja/Gaucho outtake rabbit hole:

 How good is this? I mean, seriously. They rejected this?




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  1. What's coming out after Eversion?

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  2. Machine Vendetta, the third Dreyfus novel.

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  3. The Second Arrangement is the motherlode at the bottom of that hole.

    I got lost down there during the first lockdown. Spotify is a gateway drug

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  4. I so wish there was more Steely Dan.

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  5. There may not be more Steely Dan, but Fagan's "The Nightfly" is as good as. "Sunken Condos" not bad as well.

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  6. Love this tune. I'm always wondering what could have been if SD made a few more records in the eighties.

    Also, I've just read Eversion and thought it was delightful! I really enjoyed the structure, the scenario, and the simultaneous exploration of Dr. Coade's psychology and the alien artifact.

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  7. I've mentioned this before, but if you were a Dan fan in the 80s, you'd seize at anything. I had The Nightfly, of course (I bought it before I'd exhausted all the-then Dan albums up to Gaucho) but after that it was very lean pickings. I had the China Crisis albums that WB produced and played on, as well as the Gary Katz-produced Love and Money album, but the only one that came close to an actual Dan album was the Rosie Vela record, with DF and WB both on it.

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    1. I've been listening to the albums you've mentioned over the last week. I was familiar with the ones by China Crisis and Rosie Vela, but I'd never heard the Love and Money record before. I've had Hallelujah Man stuck in my head pretty much nonstop.

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    2. Yeah, not surprised, it still sounds good!

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  8. Seymour Quilter16 June 2022 at 01:32

    Man I so love Steely Dan. Thanks for posting Alastair!

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  9. Don't like to talk s***, but John Scalzi is currently reminding me how much better your taste in music is than his. https://whatever.scalzi.com/2022/06/15/a-personal-history-of-music-day-15-coming-up-close-by-til-tuesday/ And when *he* names a gas giant in one of his novels after a leading Kosmische keyboard bank band, I might back off, but til then let this serve as a token of your impeccable taste, and my appreciation of it.
    Also should say I'm another American who ordered an Eversion hardback out of the UK, can't wait to start!

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    1. Thing is, I do really like Aimee Mann as well. "Invisible Ink" is one of my favorites of all time!

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    2. Have to agree. I love Aimee Mann's work. It's hard to pick favorites, but "I've Had It" from "Whatever" and "This Is How It Goes" from "Lost In Space" are right up there with the best.
      Just finished my (UK copy of) Eversion and thought it was an excellent read. Loved the ending.

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  10. Unrelated to previous comments but just wanted to say that the Inhibitors in RS have inspired my 4th floor kitchen splash-backs - not sure if I can upload a picture!!! Love EVERYTHING you write, so thank you x

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  11. Bit random but wanted to let you know that The Inhibitor machinery inspired my kitchen splash-backs!! Thank you the end result is AMAZING. And LOVE everything you write, thank you

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  12. Haha sorry about posting twice, haven't done anything like this before!!

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  13. I'll take twice the praise anyday.

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