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Archive for October, 2004

SWPA Roadgeek Meet: “No accidents, no arrests, and no unpleasantness.”

by on Oct.16, 2004, under Highways

Ray's Hill, western portal.

Ray's Hill, western portal.

Despite the cold and damp weather that cast a raw pall over Southwestern Pennsylvania on Saturday, October 16th, faithful roadgeeks from around the Commonwealth and nearby states descended upon “the Town of Motels” for a pilgrimage onto a section of highway which is also one the most talked-about and mysticised topics for highway enthusiasts. (continue reading…)

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International Geophysical Year (I.G.Y.) – Donald Fagen

by on Oct.01, 2004, under The Greatest

Donald Fagen - The Nightfly

Donald Fagen - The Nightfly

Donald Fagen is perhaps best known as one of the two principals behind the ’70s jazz-rock fusion (I hate that term) group, Steely Dan. As listeners follow Donald Fagen, Walter Becker, and a rotating group of highly skilled hired hands through the group’s discography, they will note that each successive album becomes more polished, more calculated, and that rock and roll stylings take a back seat to blues-inspired riffs and jazz-based chords that are ingeniously interwoven with enigmatic lyrics to create unique and captivating musical experiences.

The 1980 release Gaucho marked Steely Dan’s last studio album (for the next two decades, at least), and someone searching a database only for “Steely Dan” would miss one of the greatest entries in Fagen’s entire career. A solo effort, The Nightfly, was released in 1982, and the entire album deserves a “Greatest” mention, but the standout is Fagen’s most successful solo single, “I.G.Y.” (continue reading…)

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