"We're having a lot of fun, we've been very, very productive creatively, we have a lot of great music that we're still working on and here to put out as fast as possible and we're playing shows and all of this is happening as Linkin Park is working on our next record."
Seeing Allen Toussaint perform twice in the space of about 60 days -- in drastically different circumstances each time -- reminded me of why a love for musical roots can seemingly never run out of ways to discover and rediscover the beginnings of American popular music.
"I enjoy getting out in front of the crowds every single night, I enjoy seeing their faces light up and having a good time out there and seeing the smiles on their faces. That's what gives me a thrill now, just getting up there for the live action and just performing."
Donald Fagen -- as a solo artist -- is back, and this time we only had to wait six years. When the first single from Sunken Condos dropped in September, it only heightened anticipation. Now that the full album is in hand, how does it size up?
I knew of a woman who was always trying to meet a guy driving a new Mercedes. She should have been looking for someone who drives a 10-year-old Toyota. The Toyota driver is more likely to have real wealth in the long run.