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We don’t mean to dwell on Coachella, but when our plane touched down at LaGuardia late Monday night, they were playing Steely Dan’s “Hey Nineteen.” We notice things like this because we like Steely Dan … and that song could make a grown man cry. Looks like Cryptacize are fans as well. We’ve posted about the California trio previously, but for playing and singing along to their own Dig That Treasure tunes. Here, they take on the classic Dan track, “Peg.” Sacred! In case you can’t recall the original — for shame — here’s some history before you imbibe:

All caught up?

Cryptacize’s “Peg” is the their half of a split 7″ with WHY?, who take on Bob Dylan’s “As I Went Out One Morning.” It’ll be out one morning (7/22) as part of Asthmatic Kitty’s “Unusual Animals” series. AK’s been busy these days. On top of this 7″, the label’s signing more new artists than you can count on one hand. Seven to be exact. There are so many new names and faces over there that they’ve created a Muxtape and a free download compilation called Works In Progress at their site to better acquaint you. You already know about Cryptacize, though, so why not catch them on tour?

05/01 – Portland, OR @ Rotture w/ Dead Science
05/02 – Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project
05/03 – Vancouver, BC @ Media Club w/ Kelly Stoltz, Vetiver
05/04 – Eugene, OR @ Sam Bond’s Garage
05/17 – San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
05/31 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
06/02 – Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
06/03 – Lincoln, NE @ Box Awesome
06/04 – Fargo, ND @ Aquarium (Dempsey’s Upstairs, early show) w/ Islands
06/05 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
06/06 – Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
06/07 – Bloomington, IN @ Art Hospital
06/08 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
06/10 – Providence, RI @ As220
06/11 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
06/12 – New York, NY @ Knitting Factory w/ MV & EE with the Golden Road
06/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brendas w/ MV & EE with the Golden Road
06/14 – Baltimore, MD @ Floristree w/ MV & EE with the the Golden Road, Jana Hunter
06/15 – Washington, D.C. @ Black Cat w/ Shearwater
06/16 – Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light
06/18 – Hot Springs, AR @ The Exchange
06/19 – Houston, TX @ The Mink
06/21 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
06/23 – Tucson, AZ @ Solar Cultural Gallery
06/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echo

Comments (25)
  1. The Skunk  |   Posted on May 1st, 2008 0

    Super weak.

    I just whistled a “cover” of “The Fez” that destroys this shit, but sadly, there was nobody here to blog about it.

  2. rc  |   Posted on May 1st, 2008 0

    The band has stripped the song of every ounce of soul the original had. It was a difficult listen.

  3. rc  |   Posted on May 1st, 2008 0

    The band stripped the song of every ounce of soul the original had. This was difficult to listen to.

  4. Greg  |   Posted on May 1st, 2008 0

    This band SUCKS live.

  5. Big Gray  |   Posted on May 1st, 2008 0

    Call me crazy, but I love Steely Dan and Cryptacize. I think this is an interesting interpretation.

  6. evs  |   Posted on May 1st, 2008 0

    You guys are just mad ‘cuz they’re cute – I saw them back in March w/ Why and they were the perfect opener!! This cover is fun, stop taking yourselves so seriously.

  7. evs  |   Posted on May 1st, 2008 0

    You guys are just mad ‘cuz they’re cute – I saw them back in March w/ Why and they were the perfect opener!! This cover is fun, stop taking yourselves so seriously.

  8. ryan  |   Posted on May 1st, 2008 0

    why are people so afraid of adventurous reinterpretations? i love it when a band finds their own voice in another group’s music. this is a great. i prefer it to the original.

  9. lovely arrangements as always and this is nothing but some great artists having fun. that’s what’s so cool about this band. i hope that why most people still play…

  10. Robert  |   Posted on May 1st, 2008 0

    Only now, in 2008, can you claim without irony that someone has stripped the soul from a Steely Dan song. This version is a good, bedroom pop version of song that’s silly to begin with. No complaints.

  11. joe  |   Posted on May 1st, 2008 0

    cryptacize is so awful

  12. It was OK. Musically I liked how it started, but then the limp vocals kicked in. The chorus, reinterpretation or not, was a train wreck.

  13. CLD  |   Posted on May 1st, 2008 0

    Well, no one I know of has recorded a Steely Dan cover that equals the original, and I don’t imagine that’s what they had in mind. It’s an interpretation and tribute by a modest indie band. From a Steely Dan and Cryptacize fan- just listen and form your own opinion.

  14. Don Fagan  |   Posted on May 1st, 2008 0

    This baby is a turd no matter how many heartfelt comments are left in its defense. Terrible bad. Terrible bad.

  15. that’s exactly why the Dan had to chill for years. Don you just you never really connected with the kids. this is what the kids want, everybody knows it.

  16. bridger  |   Posted on May 1st, 2008 0

    Far superior to the original!! They took an insufferably wanked out track (somebody count the studio musicians here!) wiped off the white leather upholstery, and fixed it up real nice. real soul like.

    • Hey, leave the studio musicians out of this. They’re a hard working bunch, putting forth a lot more work and effort (for no credit) than your typical indie musician.

      And you’d be surprised by how many of your favorite indie (or any genre) band’s guitar/drum/bass (*specifically* drum) parts are actually being played by hired musicians. It’s sort of a dirty little secret in the industry, although everyone in the recording field is aware of it. Sometimes hired musicians replay parts, recording afterhours, without the band ever knowing it (a lot of studio musicians are masters at emulating someone’s sound). That’s why you run into a lot of bands that seem to be able to play on record, but suck live.

  17. Paul  |   Posted on May 1st, 2008 0

    Wow this is terrible. Just awful. You really could not do a worse job if you tried. Stripped of everything interesting about the original. Someone needs to tell somebody that bad musicianship plus this chanty singsong twee avant-folk infection is not really a positive development.

  18. Stephen B.  |   Posted on May 1st, 2008 0

    Wilco’s “Any Major Dude” cover is pretty damn great as well.

  19. cover songs aren’t about mimicking the original artist. they’re about putting you’re own spin on someone else’s work. like a book being adapted for film. don’t think of this as a remake of the steely dan song. think of it as a cryptocize song. if you’re not a fan of crypotcize, but are a fan of steely dan, odds are you won’t like this. that’s not saying anything about the quality of the cover. it’s just taste.

  20. Yeah that was pretty rough. I think I’d rather listen to the Michael Macdonald harmony parts from the video acapella all day long than sit through that chorus again.

  21. jonas  |   Posted on May 6th, 2008 0

    oh god – that was awful…it should be deleted.

  22. As Leonard Pinth Garnell would say at the conclusion of a “Bad Theater” segment: “That wasn’t very good at all now, was it?”

    Interesting can equal lousy.

  23. I’d love to see a video clip of Donald and Walter listening to this track.

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