Tuesday, September 27, 2022

THE GATEKEEPERS

The Gatekeepers Musical/Concept Album Feat. The Residents, Shawn Phillips, Renaldo & The Loaf, R. Stevie Moore & Other Revered Progressive Musicians To Be Released Nov. 11, 2022

The Gatekeepers is a narrative concept album that explores the whole creative process from beginning to end. In this 12 song (and 3 interlude) cycle, the cynical aspects of marketing art and the pressure to appeal to mainstream audiences are explored, culminating in the battle for artistic freedom. A whimsical and bizarre feel pervades the satisfying blend of progressive and left-field rock, jazz, and folk that accompanies the precise and biting lyric.

The Gatekeepers album creates a captivating musical contrast with a strong DIY lo-fi ethos. Occasionally hypnotic, sometimes turbulent, the eclectic mix is reminiscent of The Lamb Lies Down Broadway, Of Montreal, Kurt Weill, Canterbury prog such as National Health and Hatfield & The North, all with a nod to Zappa.

The album’s composer and mastermind Alex Wroten is joined by an array of highly acclaimed and unconventional vocalists to bring the story to life: The Residents, Shawn Phillips, Brian Poole (Renaldo & The Loaf), R. Stevie Moore, Elaine di Falco (Yugen, Caveman Hughscore), Mont Campbell (Egg, National Health), Bob Drake, Amy Denio, Deborah Perry (Thinking Plague) and CHEER-ACCIDENT.

Other performers in this musical’s ensemble include: drummers Morgan Ågren (Mats/Morgan Band, Frank Zappa), Jacopo Costa (Loomings), Brian Wnukowski (Salvation, Haymarket Riot), Rob Allum (Add N To (X)); guitarists Frédéric L'Épée (Shylock, Philharmonie, Yang), Alan Jenkins (Deep Freeze Mice, Ruth's Refrigerator), Bill Brovold (Larval, Rhys Chatham Ensemble, East Village Orchestra), Paul Lai (Upsilon Acrux), Ty Citerman (Gutbucket); multi-instrumentalists Dave Willey (Hamster Theatre), Robert Webb (England), Dan Britton (Deluge Grander, Birds & Buildings); flautist Emily Hay (U Totem, 5uu’s); keyboardist Duncan Mackay (Cockney Rebel, 10cc); violinist Matthew Parmenter (Discipline); and additional vocalists Molly Harvey (The Residents), Wally Scharold (miRthkon), and Blaine Reininger (Tuxedomoon).

To purchase: https://tlak.rocks/gatekeepers

For more information: https://www.gatekeepersalbum.com/


Check out these first twelve seconds of the promo video !!


 -- info: GlassOnyon PR


THUMBSCREW EUROPEAN TOURDATES

Thumbscrew is releasing a new album, "Multicolored Midnight", and has scheduled some dates in Europe to celebrate / promote.

2022 EUROPEAN TOUR

October 08 - Moods - Schiffbauplatz - Zurich, Switzerland
October 12 - Open Music Graz - Tube's - Grieskai 74a - Graz, Austria
October 14 - Handelsbeurs Concertzaal - Kouter 29 - Gent, Belgium
October 15 - Porgy & Bess Jazz & Music Club - Riemergasse 11 - Vienna, Austria [live & stream!]
October 16 - Skopje Jazz Fest - Macedonian Opera & Ballet - Skopje, North Macedonia
October 18 - Vortex Jazz Club - 11 Gillett Square - London, England
October 19 - JazzClub Singen - Singen, Germany
October 21 - Jazz & Wine of Peace - Circolo Controtempo - Cormons, Italy
October 22 - Jazz Club Ferrara - Ferrara, Italy

2022 USA CONCERTS

October 29 - Arts + Literature Laboratory - 111 S. Livingston St. - Madison, Wisconsin
November 11 - Jazz Gallery - 1160 Broadway (at 27th St), 5th Floor - NYC, NY [record release show!]
November 12 - Jazz Gallery - 1160 Broadway (at 27th St), 5th Floor - NYC, NY [record release show!]

-- info: Cuneiform 


THE CARL KING PODCAST, EPISODE 30

In this episode, Carl King shares 
* TWO Filmmaking Lessons (Big Trouble In Little China, Escape From New York),
* tells us Why Social Status Is An Illusion (starts at 23:45), and
* gives Documentary Advice from his experience on Morgan Agren’s Conundrum (starts at 30:15). 
* Finally, the Headphone Album of The Week: Godzilla by Alexandre Desplat.


 

Monday, September 26, 2022

DJ SHADOW - SIX DAYS

  • dj shadow: six days
        (2002, cd ep, uk, island records)
DJ Shadow has sampled Frank Zappa on several occasions.
Reason enough to check out some of his other stuff.

The "Six Days" CD EP presents two versions of the title track, a remix version plus a radio edit.
The surprise however, is '100 Metre Dash'. Nice scratching and mixing against an up-tempo beat.
No Zappa samples on this release (at least none that I can hear), but still an interesting couple of tracks.



Sunday, September 25, 2022

THE DICKEY BETTS BAND - PATTERN DISRUPTIVE

  • the dickey betts band: pattern disruptive
        (1988, cd, usa, epic)

Dickey Betts was one of the founding members of the Allman Brothers Band. He recorded and toured with the Allman Brothers Band until 2000.

Dickey released his first solo albums in 1974. "Pattern Disruptive" was his fourth solo release. It got released in 1988 (after a difficult search for a contract/ label).

Next to Dickey Betts (guitar and lead vocals), the album features a couple of familiar names: Warren Haynes (guitar & vocals), Johnny Neel (keyboards, vocals), Marty Privette (bass), and Matt Abts (drums).

Food for guitar freaks, with several typical Allman Brothers 'twin guitar' parts.
Blues rock at its best.

Here's one of the softer tunes, 'Duane's Tune', written by Dickey Betts.


GREGG ALLMAN - SEARCHING FOR SIMPLICITY

  • greg allman: searching for simplicity
        (1997, cd, usa, 550 music)
It's Sunday evening, and I'm enjoying Gregg Allman's "Searching For Simplicity" through my headphones.

There are thirteen tracks on this album, and each and everyone is a beautiful discovery.
Love it.

The album opens with a beautiful and almost swinging version of 'Whippin' Post' and continues with the slow and bluesy 'House Of Blues'. A great start, and it continues in the same vain.
Wow.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Searching_for_Simplicity



ANOTHER BOOK ABOUT FRANK ZAPPA, THIS TIME FROM ITALY

Frank Zappa - Il Padrino del Rock
by Sergio Michelangelo Albonico & Stefano Milioni

October 1987, Los Angeles, California. A young Italian photographer is hired to document the rehearsals and first dates of "Broadway The Hard Way", the new tour of Frank Zappa, one of the most eccentric, inventive and controversial figures in rock history.
For the occasion, Zappa put together a twelve-piece band, chosen from among the best in circulation in the United States, and conceived the show with four different programmes to be presented on the various evenings: each musician will have to learn to perfection around 300 songs from his repertoire. A titanic feat, even for what many did not hesitate to define as the best band ever assembled by the Italian-American composer and musician. ...

https://www.lafeltrinelli.it/frank-zappa-padrino-del-rock-libro-sergio-michelangelo-albonico-stefano-milioni/e/9788892771253

-- info: Corné on Facebook


ANOTHER FRANK ZAPPA BOOK

"The Torture Never Stops - Die Musik des Frank Zappa"
by Helge Holm

published in Germany earlier this month.

This book undertakes a musical evaluation and review on the basis of all essential releases, without being a biography in the classical sense. Rather, the focus is on Frank Zappa's musical oeuvre. Accordingly, all studio albums are discussed and classified. For a better understanding, some biographical facts and interpretations about the person and the work of Zappa round off the work.


 

NEW ALBUM BY THE SUN RA ARKESTRA CALLED "LIVING SKY"

To be released in about two weeks.



NEW ITALIAN FRANK ZAPPA BIO / BOOK TO BE RELEASED NEXT MONTH

Announced for the 11th of October:
Frank Zappa - The Man From Utopia
by Michele Monina