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SDIP // Kid Charlemange

SDIP // Kid Charlemange

The Steely Dan Infographic Project, in which we create a chart, diagram, graph or other visual aid inspired by each and every Steely Dan song. This edition: “Kid Charlemange” from The Royal Scam. Inspired by Owsley Stanley, producer of more than 1.25 million doses of LSD in Summer-of-Love San Francisco and pioneer of the Grateful […]

DYRT90s? // Spacehog: In The Meantime

DYRT90s? // Spacehog: In The Meantime

If only this masterpiece was recorded 20 years sooner, Spacehog might be mentioned in the same sentence as Marc Bolan and Mott The Hoople instead of being mentioned in the same sentence as Deep Blue Something and Eve 6. Even worse are the comparisons Spacehog must endure to acts such as The Darkness, who’s similarities […]

SDIP // Brooklyn (Owes The Charmer Under Me)

SDIP // Brooklyn (Owes The Charmer Under Me)

The Steely Dan Infographic Project, in which we create a chart, diagram, graph or other visual aid inspired by each and every Steely Dan song. This edition: “Brooklyn (Owes The Charmer Under Me)” from Can’t Buy a Thrill.

DYRT90s? // Soul Asylum: Black Gold

DYRT90s? // Soul Asylum: Black Gold

Not only is this song one of the catchiest protest songs of any decade, it may be the only thing from the 1990s that has actually become more relevant since its original heyday. Even such beloved and enduring pieces of popular culture as Seinfeld, rollerblades, and third-wave feminism seem dated – if not charmingly quaint […]

DYRT90s? // Collective Soul: Shine

DYRT90s? // Collective Soul: Shine

In college, my friend Tim and I started a semi-comedic acoustic cover band called Bad Sneakers.  Even though he possessed 98% of the combined musical talent of the group, he graciously let me pick all the songs.  In a career that spanned nearly 14 months and encompassed the musical stylings of everyone from Talking Heads […]

SDIP // Black Cow

SDIP // Black Cow

The Steely Dan Infographic Project, in which we create a chart, diagram, graph or other visual aid inspired by each and every Steely Dan song. This edition: “Black Cow” from Aja.

Exploring “Empire Records” // The Shaggs

Exploring “Empire Records” // The Shaggs

It’s still early in the day when Eddie stops by the store to bring some pizza to a downtrodden Lucas, who has just gotten chewed out, yet again, by Anthony LaPaglia for losing his small stockpile of investment money. Meanwhile, Ethan Embry has gone insane with the store’s PA playlist. Amused, Eddie says: What’s up, dude? […]

SDIP // Barrytown

SDIP // Barrytown

The Steely Dan Infographic Project, in which we create a chart, diagram, graph or other visual aid inspired by each and every Steely Dan song. This edition: “Barrytown” from Pretzel Logic.

DYRT90s? // R.E.M.: Everybody Hurts

DYRT90s? // R.E.M.: Everybody Hurts

Back in my day, bands routinely made short films to accompany some of their more popular songs.  These short films were called “music videos,” and there were entire television stations devoted to playing nothing but these short films – music videos, that is – all day long.  Some music videos were little more than footage […]

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