YouTube is turning out to be a prime source for some Steely Dan gems. Our resident Dan-ologist has the scoop.
Back in the day, Tin Pan Alley songwriters wrote introductory “verses” that were nothing like the song that followed. Steely Dan modernized this old-world technique on “Babylon Sisters.” See how.
It takes a unique point-of-view to make guitars by hand these days — and to maintain a shop in NYC’s now-high-rent Greenwich Village. Combining art, craft, persistence — and more than a touch of stubbornness — Rick Kelly of Carmine Street Guitars gets a well-earned moment in the spotlight in a thoughtful new documentary.
A recent auction of guitars and other instruments owned by Steely Dan’s Walter Becker had some interesting moments. And buyers.