Friday, May 26, 2017


  • the residents: the ghost of hope
        (2017, cd, usa, mvd audio mvd9754a)

Yes !  A brand-new Residents album.
"The Ghost Of Hope" is about major train accidents at the end of the 19th century.
As explained in the liner notes : Technology was progressing faster than society could regulate or control it.

The Residents are asking us : "Have we learned from the past or are we doomed to repeat our mistakes on an even grander scale?'


Featuring Nolan Cook, Eric Drew Feldman, Carla Fabrizio, Laurie Hall, Peter Whitehead and Isabelle Barbier as special guests.

Various editions exist. I went for the deluxe CD edition (CD housed in a cardboard book).


  • snakefinger: manual of errors
        (2017, cd, austria, klanggalerie gg239)

Snakefinger's third solo release (from 1982!) with a couple of tracks that were co-written by The Residents. It was produced by Eric Drew Feldman, who also plays keyboard and synthesizer.
Add to that the superb artwork of Mark Beyer and you have an album that has it all.

Re-released by Klanggalerie with a number of live bonus tracks from the 1981 Melbourne concert.


The first volume that collected pieces by Mauro Pawlowski, Rudy Trouvé and Craig Ward got released in 2007.
The sequel got released ten years later. Again a split release.
Improvised and experimental pieces by the three of them.


  • the residents:
        (2017, cd, austria, kanggalerie gg241)

Last month, Klanggalerie re-released "Dot.Com", the album that got released by RalphAmerica in 2000 in a limited edition of 1200 copies.
As a bonues this new version presents six Radio Thoreau tracks. Radio Thoreau presented singles from recent Residents pieces (reworked by Charles Bobuck) intended for iTunes and the likes. One of these was previously unreleased.


The latest update from Chato Segerer has some exiting news :

Artwork is finished. Off to the pressing plant.

"So Un d Nicht Anders" will be all original music plus Frank Zappa's 'Let's Move To Cleveland'.

And, yes, the artwork :

More info real soon.


Early March, I saw Flat Earth Society with David Bovée in concert in Wilrijk, BE.
They presented their "Boggamasta" show.

June 9, 2017, FES and David Bovée are taking Boggamasta to 'De Singel' in Antwerp, BE.
As part of the SWTC festival.

June 10, 2017, in Bergen Op Zoom, NL at Rabo JazzBoZ.

Expect South-American rhythms, distorted voices, big band madness, Pierre Vervloesem on the bass, and more.
I even had a 'Residents' moment during the show...

Aimed at the summer festivals as it does have this groove and some sort of happy vibe.
It should get a few people dancing...

'Happy Hummer'

'Confiscated Song'


European tour in November :

Belgian date should be added :

November 8, 2017,  'Het Depot' in Leuven, BE


Tonight in concert at 'De Singer' in Rijkevorsel, BE.



Machine Mass is a trio, but it's a trio that consists of two people: Michel Delville on guitar and Tony Bianco on drums. The third spot is invitation-only.

Next to Michel and Tony, "As Real As Thinking", the first Machine Mass album, featured Jordi Grognard (sax, flute, bass clarinet). Their second release, "Inti", had Dave Liebman (soprano and tenor sax, flute) in the spotlight.
On the brand-new "Machine Mass Plays Hendrix", the third seat is reserved for the inimitable Antoine Guernet (on keyboards and synth). Not only is Antoine part of The Wrong Object, he's also the man behind  (Moonjune, 2012).

"Machine Mass Plays Hendrix" is an album that I have been waiting for. The trio uses Jimi Hendrix's compositions as if they were jazz standards. Moving from and moving towards the original melody lines, improvising and re-arranging on the spot.
Contemporary Jimi Hendrix. Performed by a trio as if  they have been playing together for ages.

Highly recommended !!

Out on MoonJune Records.

I saw the band in concert in Liège last month at 'L'An Vert' where they played the album in its entirety (and Antoine inserted a couple of lines from Frank Zappa's 'King Kong' in one of his solos). Loved it.

Michel Delville  -  Tony Bianco  -  Antoine Guenet

Thursday, May 25, 2017


Polish band Elektryczne Gitary recorded Frank Zappa's 'MS Pinky'. The track got released on their "Na Krxywy Ryj" album in 1997.

In 2016, Universal released a compilation box by Elektryczne Gitary. The box included two album : a best of (previously released in 2001, and the "Na Krzywy Ryj" album (from 1997).

The cover of the cardboard box :

Data has been added to the United Mutations Archives.