Thursday, December 5, 2019
New release by The Bureau Of Atomic Tourism !
featuring Jon Irabagon, Markus Broo, Jozef Dumoulin, Julien Desrez, Ingebrigt Häker Flaten and Teun Verbruggen.
Let's take a closer look at that artwork !!!
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
A bit of info on "The John Adams Album" by Kent Nagano and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal.
-- info: Jan van Kemenade
Last weekend was Mosae Zappa weekend, an annual event that takes place in Heerlen and celebrates the music of the Moustache Man.
On Friday, the Oefenbunker (in Landgraaf, NL) gave the stage to Zappa Talks, VLAMP and The Dangerous Kitchen.
Zappa Talks (featuring Wan and Marco, both from The Foolz) mixed familiar melodies with samples and percussion. Highlight of the evening.
Guitar/bass/drums trio VLAMP was up next. Blues, Hendrix, The Soul Train,... It was all there. It even included some local carnaval artist, a moment that was enjoyed by a couple of people (while others left the building...).
The Dangerous Kitchen had flown in from Germany. Zappa with horns. Nothing wrong with that. I would have liked the band to be a bit more tight and I did miss the ripping guitar solos, but as Klaas said, 'We're spoiled'. Great vocals. Great band.
An excellent evening it was.
Saturday kicked off at noon with Die Miserablen HuSos, a German guitar duo that offered German versions of Zappa Tunes. In a pub in Heerlen. Quite funny. Liked it a lot.
Right after Die HuSos, the famous Carillion From Hell played Zappa. The town square will never be the same. Beautiful.
Next up was a Q and A session with Dweezil Zappa. Hosted by Tim, who did a fine job. Informative, relaxed and very enjoyable.
The afternoon ended with Jeff Silvertrust, a multi-instrumentalist who plays keyboards, percussion and trumpet and who also sings. I only caught a glimpse of this as I wanted to pay the local record store a visit...
My Saturday ended with Dweezil Zappa playing Hot Rats (and more) at the theater hall in Heerlen. Pretty amazing. Great band, excellent choice of tunes and a fabulous sound !!
Sunday had Dweezil playing in Utrecht, NL. At Tivoli.
I was standing next to some guys from Switzerland !!
Same set but it was great to see and hear it again.
Some of my German friends called it too sterile, too predictable. I just called it awesome.
I'm already looking forward to the Zappanale concert.
As my friend Sally wrote earlier today:
My friends and family know I am a big Frank Zappa fan. Today is the 26th anniversary of Franks death, and for Zappa fans marks the first day of Zappadan. This celebration runs from Dec. 4th to the 21st, Franks Birthday. I know a lot of people know very little about this man, and Frankly, ( get that?) I don’t recommend a random search for the faint of heart because his vast career is peppered with many types of music, and as Frank himself has said not all is equally liked by even the most ardent fan. So on this first day of Zappadan, I post this video of one of my favorite pieces, covered by the Ed Palermo Big Band. It is an instrumental jazz piece .
Let me add another nice little tune, from one of Dan's Facebook posts :
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
- zappa doo wop
by bruce whitaker
(2019, book, usa, private release)
I've been reading it while YouTube is taking care of the originals / soundtrack.
I love it.
- frank zappa und seine musik im spiegel der möglichkeiten moderner studiotechnik und ihre auswirkungen auf den produktionsprozess und die ästhetik des klangs
by j.roloff (2004, book, germany, grin)
Jan Roloff submitted his paper on Frank Zappa's music in 2004.
It was made available as a digital e-book and as a paperback.
Paper edition is available from Amazon although I bought my copy through ebay.
- prince: 1999
(2019, 5cd+dvd, europe, warner bros / npg)
Prince's "1999" album got a deluxe reissue.
Originally released in 1982.
I went for the 5 CD + DVD set.
- Original album, remastered
- B-sides and remixes
- Vault Tracks I
- Vault Tracks II
- 1982 audio concert
- different 1982 video concert