Steely Dan kicks off 2016 tour!

We’ve been quiet a little longer, we know. Digesting loads of music and news to share with you in the coming weeks. And we can’t ignore the fact that our favorite band kicked off their 2016 tour this week! We searched and found some footage and a raving review on the Steely Facebook page and will be sharing more of their tour in the future. Enjoy!

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Owen York at Madison Square Garden

OwenMSGLast year we received an email from a proud father who figured his son Own would be eligible for a Mizar6 mention. He deserved more than just a mention. Owen York is 12 years old now, but was a lot younger when he started to play Steely Dan tunes ‘from the heart’, as in, figuring out the chords and all that fuzz by himself. And it wasn’t just Steely Dan, but also Umphrey’s McGee, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Phish, Peter Gabriel and many others.

Umphrey’s McGee and Owen are good buddies by now, he got to hang out with them at a soundcheck last year. And the latest is this performance in Madison Square Garden. Yes. Your eyes are not faltering! Owen played at halftime during a Knicks game in March. Appropriately, he decided for a David Bowie song, Ziggy Stardust.

Father Harlan let us know that Owen’s not into multiple web appearances, auditions or a website of his own (apart from the YouTube channel), but prefers a regular childhood with the emphasis on getting good grades at school, playing soccer and golf with friends.

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2006 – 2016: Still A Fire In The Hole?

Ten years ago, these two Swedish vocalists dared to embark on a journey not many can pull off. What comes to mind in bold large font for some Steely Dan fans would be the word “ever“. We’re not here for discussion today, we’re just here to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this remarkable release, an album with twelve covers of well-known Steely Dan songs of which we’ll share this Your Gold Teeth II video with our faithful Mizar6 audience. Tack, Rebecka Törnqvist and Sara Isaksson!

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Project Pablo: the classic contemporary

The omnipotent search engine which often seems like a time machine in disguise, took us to Canada and introduced us to Project Pablo and more specific, the album I Want To Believe, a 2015 brainchild of first-Vancouver-but-now-Montreal based DJ Patrick Holland.

“Holland was inspired by “ultra-real types of smoothness” a la George Benson, Sade, and Steely Dan’s Aja when making this record. Those artists are often pigeonholed as cheesy and trite but there’s a sincerity to them that makes listeners vulnerable and engage with their music wholeheartedly. So be it the confidence that you’ve found a new, bigger love on Benson’s “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You”, a picture of love as a support system and everlasting friendship in Sade’s “By Your Side”, or trying to overcome disenchantment with the world in Steely Dan’s “Deacon Blues”.” Click image and/or links and let it all in.

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