The 10 Best Steely Dan Songs. His music is a nice little blend of whatever dragged its way into the 80s from the previous decade combined with the stuff of then and even the occasional stuff of now. Steely Dan guitarist and co-founder Walter Becker has passed away at age 67 and hip-hop is reacting. The track-listing also finds ample time for these more dense jazz-funk fusions – hyper-speed snippets like How Sway, where Bruner reminds listeners he isn’t from the mainstream, he’s just visiting from somewhere altogether gnarlier. ‘Black Squalls’ is a fairly honest account of paranoia and fame; “Just moved out the hood, doesn’t mean I’m doin’ it good / Wanna post this on the ‘Gram, but don’t think I should.”. Read more about Michael McDonald joins Thundercat for performance on Business Standard. It is hard to drop into any one song on this and enjoy it in isolation – since they have an interlocking flow and rarely surpass 3 minutes. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. It feels a little unfinished. Every week, we invite a local artist to share a handful of tunes they can't stop listening to. "They’re doing too many things at once in a song." Musician Thundercat teamed up with jazz virtuoso Michael Mcdonald, formerly of Steely Dan, and soundtrack king Kenny Loggins for a live performance of his new song 'Show You the Way'. No Brasil, um músico que sentiu bastante a partida de Becker foi Ed Motta, que sempre foi um dos maiores fãs do Steely Dan. I would spend a lot of time listening to Steely Dan, and I didn't connect the dots – sometimes you don't connect them on your own. In 1974, McDonald became a member of Steely Dan's touring band, singing lead and backing vocals. This song is more of a novelty than a solid effort, but with Thundercat showing the way, well, the future looks bright. PTI Feeds | June 8, … ... but rather using their platform to denote relatable situations in a tongue-in-cheek fashion, everyone from Steely Dan to Beck has taken their respective swings. He appeared on subsequent Steely Dan recordings including 1976's The Royal Scam and 1977's Aja. Thundercat – “Paris” Thundercat – “Paris” News November 15, 2015 5:44 PM By Peter Helman. He joined Steely Dan in 1974 as a lead and backing vocalist. A hazy, 52-second song called Existential Dread gives instructions on how to survive a panic attack, recalling Tame Impala as much as it does any of Bruner’s idols. Thundercat’s playing is tremendous, weaving almost comically overextended bass lines throughout. Rappers Ty Dolla $ign and Lil B guest. ... hancock kamasi washington brandon coleman egberto gismonti hermeto pascoal slave steve arrington donald fagen michael mcdonald steely dan. ‘Dragonball Durag’ is his best song yet, an effortlessly assured sex jam about how much he loves his titular headpiece featuring the choice lyric “Baby girl, I’ma smash in my durag / ‘Cause it’s only right.”. share. The blinding ‘Interstellar Love’ and beautiful idiocy of ‘Miguel’s Happy Dance’ are testament to the unfathomable range of Thundercat, and his balance between genius and absurdity. Thundercat Stephen Bruner -- aka Thundercat -- is a master bass player and frequent collaborator of fellow LA natives Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar. He also He also became one of the many in-studio adjunct members of the band, providing backing vocals on tracks for 1975's Katy Lied. ( Log Out /  hide. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Bruner first heard Michael McDonald's voice on Steely Dan's 1977 album Aja, on which he contributed vocals to their seminal hit "Peg." The erstwhile Doobie Brothers leader and Steely Dan associate’s first album in 20 years is more of an urbane R&B labor of love than an attempt to capitalize on his resurgent popularity. Steely Dan performs “Reelin’ in … … Archived. London, Jun 8 Musician Thundercat teamed up with jazz virtuoso Michael Mcdonald, formerly of Steely Dan, and soundtrack king Kenny Loggins for a live performance of his new song "Show You the Way" Steely Dan . Born in 1952, he started his career as a touring member (and studio fixture) of Steely Dan before joining The Doobie Brothers when vocalist Tom Johnston got sick mid-tour—a temporary pairing that proved so successful (“Takin’ It to the Streets,” “What a Fool Believes”) that … Thundercat just released the video for "Dragonball Durag," the second single from new album due out April 3. At the other end of the scale, I Love Louis Cole is a paean to partying with an obscure Los Angeles funk mischief-maker; Bruner’s sweet vocal floats hazily above a pulverising workout by drummer Louis Cole and Bruner’s own fingers, working his custom six-string bass to the core. He also Thundercat’s fourth album is a jazzy jaunt through space, time, and grief. Here’s a fantastic clip from the “Old Grey Whistle Test”, which was recorded around 1973 but wasn’t aired until 1978. youtu.be/7YDTDI... 0 comments. Thundercat, "Song For The Dead" by Alex Balk June 23, 2016. This made-up genre provided a sanctuary for McDonald and other musicians, such as Kenny Loggins and Steely Dan, who seemed out of place in the current musical scene. Even he didn’t realize how much until after he recorded the songs. The track Miguel’s Happy Dance suggests dancing, however bad you feel. His music is a nice little blend of whatever dragged its way into the 80s from the previous decade combined with the stuff of then and even the occasional stuff of now. サンダーキャット(thundercat)がtower vinylにやってきた! Listen: Steely Dan Aja Musical Lead Up Playlist Read more: Album Of The Month: Steely Dan Aja “These people are too fancy, they’re too sophisticated," William S. Burroughs said of Steely Dan in 1977. report. Thundercat just released the video for "Dragonball Durag," the second single from new album due out April 3. Thundercat on Steely Dan and Michael McDonald. Posted by 3 years ago. Get latest Steely Dan news updates & stories. 27. “Trabajar con Kendrick (Lamar) moldeó mi forma de ver las cosas de otro modo, sin duda. Mit seinem neuen Album »Drunk« stellt sich Thundercat 2017 einmal mehr als unglaublich vielseitiger Fusion-Künstler heraus. His love for Steely Dan’s Aja is more evident than ever. Part of the Cat’s appeal is his dislocation from our reality, but when he does touch back home the results can be surprising. Con Steven Ellison (Flying Lotus) he pasado mucho tiempo en el estudio, noches enteras. Donald Fagen’s spongy electric keys abound, as do squeals of sax and Totoesque precision on the beat. Don’t anticipate this enticing many new fans. Creating A Songwriter: The 13 Albums That Made Thundercat Rob Hakimian , April 14th, 2020 08:53. The drawback here is not that Bruner hasn’t made the out-and-out pop album his narrative arc as an artist might demand. The Grammy Award winning producer and singer appeared on "The When the title track glides in, at a luxurious five minutes (even if it is in two parts), you wish Thundercat had given all his ideas the benefit of the album’s title – It Is What It Is. Blending elements of rock, jazz, latin music, R&B, blues and sophisticated studio production with cryptic and ironic lyrics, the band enjoyed critical and commercial success starting from the early 1970s until breaking up in 1981. Check out how Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch and more are honoring his legacy. You stuck with it for the talent of the guy himself (Stephen Bruner); his silky vocals and nimble fretwork. Rezensionen »Ganz große Klasse: Die Steely Dan des Electronica-Zeitalters.« (Rolling Stone, 8.03.2017) Steely Dan guitarist and co-founder Walter Becker has passed away at age 67 and hip-hop is reacting. Protagoniste de la bouillonnante scène de Los Angeles, acolyte de Kendrick Lamar et de feu Mac Miller, le prodigieux bassiste Thundercat revient sur It Is What It Is en (bonne) compagnie des Californiens Steve Lacy, Kamasi Washington, Louis Cole et bien d’autres pour un revival seventies funk et A.O.R. Bruner wanders through these 15 songs half-cut and rambling about the cosmos, Back to the Future, durags, girls, and whatever other fancy flits across his bong-addled state of mind. “No more living in fear,” Bruner self-soothes. Following team-ups with Thundercat and Solange, the singer reflects on his recent resurgence and what inspired his first LP of new songs in 17 years ... Christopher Cross, Steely Dan … A meandering, bizarre, at times unparsable ramble through acid-jazz in which true-to-life laments on sex, love and American life were interspersed with references to science fiction and yacht rock. Thundercat is a kid of the 80s and it shows (or if he isn't, he can sure fake it well!). London, Jun 8 Musician Thundercat teamed up with jazz virtuoso Michael Mcdonald, formerly of Steely Dan, and soundtrack king Kenny Loggins for a live performance of his new song "Show You the Way" Lá fora, o baixista Thundercat também foi outro que publicou post falando do colega. London, Jun 8 (PTI) Musician Thundercat teamed up with jazz virtuoso Michael Mcdonald, formerly of Steely Dan, and soundtrack king Kenny Loggins for a … "They’re doing too many things at once in a song." (He did the same on Drunk, a record that unexpectedly embraced Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, and Kenny Loggins). Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. "I remember everything was … MENU. Praise the day, new Thundercat has arrived. It Is What It Is provides more kitschy delights. ( Log Out /  The other artists here adapt the Dan’s soft rock mastery to their own tastes with exciting new flavor, most notably Wilco, The Sea and Cake, Thundercat (featuring Aja collaborator Michael McDonald), and Ween. You wish for a record that allowed Bruner to do less and just… be. This is an album very much about how to coexist with grief. Steve Arrington was at one time the singer in the funk band Slave, active in the early 80s; he guests on Black Qualls, alongside Steve Lacy, guitarist from the Internet – three generations of performers united by very distinct takes on funk. Michael McDonald has a lot to say on Wide Open, his first album of original material in 17 years, out Friday (Sept. 15). Nor is it that he is showcasing his conservatoire-grade talents. A Guide to Synthwave Part II - Drive, Blood Dragon & Hotline Miami, Tracey Thorn's 'Smoke' is the perfect lament for post-Brexit Britain. Michael McDonald (born February 12, 1952) is an American singer-songwriter, keyboardist, and record producer. Despite the occasional sop to more contemporary sounds, It Is What It Is is encased in the opalescent sounds of late 70s FM radio. This song is more of a novelty than a solid effort, but with Thundercat showing the way, well, the future looks bright. Another song, Black Qualls, finds Thundercat voicing the anxiety brought on by success and a modicum of money. ( Log Out /  Sort by. Thundercat is a kid of the 80s and it shows (or if he isn't, he can sure fake it well!). If Bruner is a loyal friend, he is equally keen to showcase influential figures and bit-part players. Michael McDonald (born February 12, 1952) is an American singer-songwriter, keyboardist, and record producer. This is a really narrow field of one, occupied by 35-year-old Los Angelean Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner, freak-funk polymath, anime obsessive, heir of sorts to the spacey Afro-futurism of George Clinton, a man who “may be covered in cat hair”, as he sings on Dragonball Durag, one playful single off his fourth album, but “still smells good”. It was a record that catapulted Bruner out of muso renown and into qualified fame. Thundercat commands a bass almost the same way as a conductor commands an orchestra and in a way, his music is just as complex. Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Michael McDonald reflects his early days playing banjo with his dad, and why he's still proud to be a Doobie Brother. ... leaning on Steely Dan … “We were just getting lifted yesterday,” Bruner boggles, audibly shaking his head. By way of example, one of his tunes – Them Changes – was covered by Ariana Grande in Radio 1’s Live Lounge a couple of days before the death, in 2018, of Mac Miller, who was Grande’s ex and Bruner’s close friend. On It Is What It Is – the title sighs at the normalisation of loss – what “it” is varies wildly. If there is a sore spot here it’s the lack of bankable songs. The lovely Fair Chance, a tender bromantic ode, mourns Miller. Walter Becker dying is worse than everything. This thread is archived. London, Jun 8 (PTI) Musician Thundercat teamed up with jazz virtuoso Michael Mcdonald, formerly of Steely Dan, and soundtrack king Kenny Loggins for a … Despite the occasional sop to more contemporary sounds, It Is What It Is is encased in the opalescent sounds of late 70s FM radio. Back in 2017, Thundercat (his name is also a Dragon Ball Z reference) released his breakthrough third album, Drunk. Thundercat’s playing is tremendous, weaving almost comically overextended bass lines throughout. Bruner’s quick mind and faster fingers dash off on tangents, never quite exploring his grooves to their fullest extents. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Thundercat may record all his vocals alone, but his albums stress interconnectedness. Thundercat commands a bass almost the same way as a conductor commands an orchestra and in a way, his music is just as complex. 95% Upvoted. It is, perhaps, that he doesn’t sit with one emotion, be it high or low, for a sustained length of time. It all makes for an album that gently weeps, then does a set of star jumps. Michael McDonald has a lot to say on Wide Open, his first album of original material in 17 years, out Friday (Sept. 15). The sound quality is sometimes demo quality too, which seems a shame. The song’s video sees Haim, R&B singer Kali Uchis and the US comedian Quinta Brunson turning the deluded Bruner down, despite his fetching bandana (the titular “durag”), manga shorts and signature leopard-print ear muffs. Funny Thing is a slapping electro-funk party tune just shy of two minutes long that would be a hit if Thundercat allowed it to swell. ‘A quick mind and faster fingers’: Stephen ‘Thundercat’ Bruner. Steely Dan performs “Reelin’ in … RIP to one of … Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Thundercat can be dense, goofy, comedic or desperately sad. [7/10] It’s a rare musician, too, who can combine writing songs for his cat, Tron, with picking up a Grammy for their sterling work with Kendrick Lamar, the finest rapper of his generation. “These people are too fancy, they’re too sophisticated," William S. Burroughs said of Steely Dan in 1977. The sonic references to Steely Dan fit right in. If you're a Daedelus or Flying Lotus fan, definitely worth the purchase. Bruner’s fourth album as Thundercat finds him meditating on the loss of Miller and embracing the multiple, contradictory strands of his art. Ditto Overseas, an early 80s smooth-funk track in which the blithe lothario-figure – who appears again in Dragonball Durag – imagines trysts in various exotic locations and joining “the mile-high club”. Back in 2017, Thundercat ... (He did the same on Drunk, a record that unexpectedly embraced Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, and Kenny Loggins). Kate Nash's 'Made Of Bricks' 10 years on - still worth the hype? The frisson comes from the inexplicably intricate grooves and song structures underlying his dorm-room polemic. Musician Thundercat teamed up with jazz virtuoso Michael Mcdonald, formerly of Steely Dan, and soundtrack king Kenny Loggins for a live performance of his new song "Show You the Way". I would spend a lot of time listening to Steely Dan, and I didn't connect the dots – sometimes you don't connect them on your own. But Bruner’s work began rippling more widely still. His love for Steely Dan’s Aja is more evident than ever. 最近ラジオから偶然流れてきて、steely dan?なんだこのaor?とshazamしてみると、なんと去年リリースされたthundercatの曲でした。完全に80年代の知らない名曲かと騙されてしまいましたが、thundercatやflyinglotusの仕事だともう納得。 Here’s a fantastic clip from the “Old Grey Whistle Test”, which was recorded around 1973 but wasn’t aired until 1978. By CAS Chicago host Sam Willett. The series featured McDonald, portrayed by co-creator JD Ryznar, in a heroic light bringing life and energy into what would prove to be the newly coined genre, Yacht Rock. Steely Dan is an American rock and jazz fusion band founded in 1972 by core members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. London, Jun 8 (PTI) Musician Thundercat teamed up with jazz virtuoso Michael Mcdonald, formerly of Steely Dan, and soundtrack king Kenny Loggins for a live performance of … (Brainfeeder)Mood and mode fluctuate wildly on an album that finds the jazz virtuoso meditating on the death of a close friend. ( Log Out /  Explore Steely Dan photos and videos on India.com. This is still a very strange brew of 1000 competing and conflicting interested and influences, but a great listen all the same. The sonic references to Steely Dan fit right in. Thundercat will release his third full-length studio album 'Drunk' on February 24 via Brainfeeder,… [7/10] The march towards a new Thundercat album continues. “As long as I keep breathing I know I’ll be all right,” he croons in falsetto; cicadas chirp in the distance. Creating A Songwriter: The 13 Albums That Made Thundercat Rob Hakimian , April 14th, 2020 08:53. Close. Y con Michael McDonald (N. del R.: miembro de The Doobie Brothers, amén de otras muchas aventuras junto a Steely Dan, Quincy Jones o Patti Labelle), también. Despite the occasional sop to more contemporary sounds, It Is What It Is is encased in the opalescent sounds of late 70s FM radio. Michael McDonald (born February 12, 1952) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, keyboardist, and record producer known for his distinctive, soulful voice and as a member of the bands The Doobie Brothers (1975-1982, 1987, 2019-present) and Steely Dan (1974). Check out how Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch and more are honoring his legacy. Another Great Track Here’s the video link https://youtu.be/jmdiKePVUy8 That said some of these songs are his peak. Featuring Kenny Loggins [of 'Highway To The Dangerzone' fame] as well as Michael McDonald of Steely Dan. His reach was already broader than that of most musicians, thanks to that stint in Suicidal Tendencies and his work with Lamar, Erykah Badu, Earl Sweatshirt, Childish Gambino and his own close childhood friends Flying Lotus and Kamasi Washington, with whom he shared teenage jazz bands. Thundercat is a kid of the 80s and it shows (or if he isn't, he can sure fake it well!). Few virtuoso jazz bassists could a spend a decade in a legendary thrash punk band and then swap all the shredding to tour with Snoop Dogg, purveyor of languid west coast hip-hop. He joined Steely Dan in 1974 as a lead and backing vocalist. The charm of Thundercat’s 2017 album Drunk cannot be overstated. best. Michael McDonald (born February 12, 1952) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, keyboardist, and record producer known for his distinctive, soulful voice and as a member of the bands The Doobie Brothers (1975-1982, 1987, 2019-present) and Steely Dan (1974). Thundercat on Steely Dan and Michael McDonald. Thundercat's new song "is about going down the rabbit hole, taking you to another place… On the edge of dark, there's the brightest light". It’s a rare musician, too, who can combine writing, Watch the video of Dragonball Durag by Thundercat, embraced Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, and Kenny Loggins. TOPS succeeds in brightening skies through their unique brand of nostalgic dream-pop that recollects the best of what Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, and soft/yacht rock can do: … Steely Dan is an American rock band founded in 1972 by core members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. In these 40 jam-packed minutes are some of Bruner’s most pop-facing tunes yet, where the epic sadness is counterbalanced with levity. ... but rather using their platform to denote relatable situations in a tongue-in-cheek fashion, everyone from Steely Dan to Beck has taken their respective swings. Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. One song was dedicated to his cat. Even he didn’t realize how much until after he recorded the songs. ew virtuoso jazz bassists could a spend a decade in a legendary thrash punk band and then swap all the shredding to tour with Snoop Dogg, purveyor of languid west coast hip-hop. Change ), Fiona Apple – Fetch The Bolt Cutters -Review, A Guide to Synthwave Part III – Stranger Things & the future, The Christmas Song We Deserve: Girls Aloud's 'Not Tonight Santa', This Pet Shop Boys style cover of 'Last Christmas' is the tits. ... Michael McDonald joins Thundercat for performance. Du Steely Dan à la sauce electro-R&B, pour le meilleur et pour le kitsch. The march towards a new Thundercat album continues. save. His love for Steely Dan’s Aja is more evident than ever. His music is a nice little blend of whatever dragged its way into the 80s from the previous decade combined with the stuff of then and even the occasional stuff of now. Thundercat’s playing is tremendous, weaving almost comically overextended bass lines throughout. Sep. 2, 2015 from Morning Becomes Eclectic