“Aja” On Acid

Last week, we excerpted Rolling Stone scribe Mark Binelli’s sad profile of a heroin-snorting Pete Doherty. (The full article’s online now. Am I the only one who didn’t know it was pronounced Dockerty?)

In the same issue, Austin Scaggs plays the drug card on Donald Fagen to a decidedly more comedic effect.

AUSTIN SCAGGS: Have you ever dropped acid and listened to Steve Gadd’s drum solo on “Aja”?
DONALD FAGEN: No. That’s after my LSD moment was over. Have you?
DONALD FAGEN: How was it?
AUSTIN SCAGGS: It was incredible!
DONALD FAGEN: [Laughs] I did drop acid and listen to Blonde on Blonde. That was pretty good.

Steely Dan – “Aja” (MP3 Link Expired)

Now, unlike you (I assume), I’ve been anxiously awaiting Morph The Cat, Fagen’s first solo disc in 13 years. I was a big fan of Kamikiriad and that’s a source of endless amusement to some esteemed journalist friends of mine. (They don’t dispute Steely Dan’s importance, but love to rib Indie Boy for listening to CD101.9 fodder). Ergo…

From: Stereogum
Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2006 5:17 PM
To: C.
Subject: RE: Morph The Cat

I actually clicked on that. Dick.

 > _____________________________________________
 > From: C.
 > Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2006 4:22 PM
 > To: Stereogum
 > Subject: RE: Morph The Cat
 > I think he’s streaming it on his myspace page.
 > www.myspace.com/thenightfly

  >> From: Stereogum
  >> Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2006 4:19 PM
  >> To: C.
  >> Subject: Morph The Cat
  >> Go ahead, make fun of me. ‘Kamikiriad’
  >> was great. If you get the new Donald Fagen
  >> can you lemme know?
  >> -s

Turns out Morph is a snoozer. After I bought “H-Gang” on iTunes my wife commented, “You’re actually listening to this … on purpose?” Stream it for free if you’re curious.

So I won’t try to sell you on the new Donald Fagen. But Steely Dan … please tell me there are some fans out there. “Reeling In The Years”? “Deacon Blues”? Even MF Doom and Sondre Lerche dig the “Black Cow.”

Spence back me up here.

If you are a fan, here’s a .zip of a 2000 concert for ya: “Two Against Nature: Live On PBS, January 2000″ (YouSendIt Link, 98.6 MB). (Via Aquarium Drunkard.)

Since it’s apparently Old Man week on the Gum, I should mention Paul Simon gives us Surprise on May 9. Produced by Brian Eno! Rolling Stone Q&A with a stoned Garfunkel TK.

Tags: Steely Dan