Monday, October 31, 2011
November 10 - November 12.
'De Singel', Antwerp, Belgium
Sunday, October 30, 2011
due to absolutely unforseen changes in the German Horse Race calender we are obliged
to change the date for Zappanale #23 2012.
We are really sorry about this and do hope that none of you will have difficulties with the new
The new date for Zappanale#23 is: august 1st until august 4th, 2012.
Nice to know = that the "Trust" album features Patrick's former Missing Persons buddies Warren Cuccurullo and Terry Bozzio.
- patrick o'hearn: trust
(1995, cd, usa, deep cave records)
- patrick o'hearn: beautiful world
(2003, cd, usa, private release)
- hectic watermelon: the great american road trip
(2006, cd, usa, predator fish records)
Today, the search for zappa-esque music brings us Hectic Watermelon.
Hectic Watermelon is John Czajkowski's band and it's described as "a Post-Zappa, commando-fusion band from San Diego/Los Angeles ... ".
On "The Great American Road Trip", the Hectic Watermelon power trio (John Czajkowski - guitar ** Darren Debree - drums ** Harley Magsino - bass) is joined by electric violin legend Jerry Goodman.
It's jazz. It's fusion. It's progressive rock. And it's indeed very zappa-esque compositionwise.
A great discovery.
- othin spake: child of deception and skill
(2008, cd, bel, rat records rat 008)
I mentioned both Othin Spake's first album "The Ankh" (from 2006) as their third album "The Nethack Dictionary" (brand-new) the last couple of days, so it's only logical that I'm adding the data for Othin Spake's second album as well.
Improvised rock music with Teun Verbruggen (drums), Mauro Pawlowski (guitar) and Jozef Dumoulin (fender rhodes).
Friday, October 28, 2011
- Pete Griffin / Bass
- Joe Travers / Drums
- Jamie Kime / Guitar
- Rick Musallam / Guitar
- Chris Norton / Keyboard
The band will be doing a concert shortly:
2011/11/04 concert 'Molly Malones', Los Angeles, CA, usa
Bill Laswell, Raoul Björkenheim and Morgan Ågren released "Blixt" on the Cuneiform Records label. The album is out !!
In a couple of months, Belgian label Off Records will be releasing the first album by The Kings Of Belgium (Pierre Vervloesem, Gilles Mortiaux and Morgan Ågren)
The Mats / Morgan Band "Live" album has been re-released by Cuneiform !!
- bruno vansina: nirvana bonus and the demons of shame
(2011, cd, bel, rat records rat 011)
Bruno Vansina, who you should know as one of the saxophone players of Flat Earth Society, released another album on his RAT Records label.
"Nirvana Bonus And The Demons Of Shame" is a fine, weird little album. Experimental rock and jazz elements are mixed with a fine dose of humour.
I like it.
Bruno Vansina on vocals and saxes; Billes Mortiaux on guitar and vocals; Pieter Vandenberghe on keyboards; Teun Verbruggen on drums; and Pierre Vervloesem on bass and vocals.
- othin spake: the ankh
(2006, cd, bel, rat records 004)
Teun Verbruggen (Jef Neve, Flat Earth Society, ...) on drums, Jozef Dumoulin (Mââk's Spirit, Octurn, ...) and Mauro Pawlowski (Evil Superstars, dEUS, ...) on guitar,
let them play a completely improvise set,
and you get an exceptional record.
Energetic, powerful drumming, spacey keyboards, and sharp guitar lines.
Experimental rock? Free jazz?
It's Othin Spake, and it's worth checking out!
- too noisy fish: fast easy sick
(2011, cd, bel, rat records rat 014)
Peter Vandenberghe on piano, Kristof Roseeuw on double bass, and Teun Verbruggen on drums, that's the line-up of Too Noisy Fish. In this classic piano / bass / drums setting, the threesome offers an interesting album.
"Fast Easy Sick" is a fine piano trio jazz album. It got released on the (Vansina / Verbruggen) Rat Records label.
Worth checking out.
- konstrukt feat. marshall allen / hüseyin ertunç / barlas tan özemek: vibrations of the day
(2011, cd, ??, ares)
Marshall Allen, leader of the Sun Ra Arkestra, contributed to this new Konstrukt album.
- acid mothers temple & the melting paraiso u.f.o.: the ripper at the heavens gates of dark
(2011, cd, ??, riot season)
The AMT have a new album out.
Read full review of The Ripper At The Heavens Gates Of Dark - ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO U.F.O on Boomkat.com ©
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- othin spake: the nethack dictionary
(2011, lp, bel, sub rosa)
Belgian Sub Rosa label released "The NetHack Dictionary", a new album by the Teun Verbruggen / Jozef Dumoulin / Mauro Pawlowski trio. Vinyl only. Black and white vinyl. 300 copies in all.
Data has been added to the United Mutations Archives.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
During the festival several expos are held in and around De Warande, Turnhout’s cultural centre.
And I am happy to tell you that the next edition of Strip Turnhout will feature “Freak Out In Turnhout”, an expo by the C.I.A., a french group of comic book artists.
The C.I.A. (Confrérie Intergalactique des Arts) will present comics that have been inspired by (the music of) the late Frank Zappa.
And to make it even more interesting, composer & trumpet player Bart Maris (X-Legged Sally, Think Of One, Flat Earth Society) has agreed to perform at the expo on Saturday afternoon.
Wowie Zowie. This will be great.
when: Saturday afternoon, December 10, 2011
where: café ‘De Wemeling’, Kasteelplein 29, Turnhout, Belgium
To show you the sort of thing that you might expect, here's a fine little Zappa doodle by Robert Ross. How many Zappa songs / references can you find?
for a bigger picture, click here.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Good news for the fans of Frank Zappa's music !!
The Yellow Snow Crystals have two shows scheduled in December:
december 4, theater-k.de/, Aachen
december 21st, hauptquartier.ac Aachen
THE YELLOW SNOW CRYSTALS
- PAUL HUBWEBER Trombone, Vocals
- ALEX MORSEY Double Bass, Sousaphone, Guembri, Vocals
- SIMON CAMATTA Drums, Vocals
- GERHARD HORRIAR Vocals, Narration
And the band has been invited to perform at Zappale 23!!
Here's a short snippet of the band's Truckstage performance at Zappanale, August 2011.
"Our fall ZPZ UK tour is swiftly approaching and along with preparing the music for the tour I have also completed a special project called Dweezil Zappa - Live "In The Moment."
It's a double CD compendium of excerpted guitar solos culled from the last 3 years on tour. I've selected performances that symbolize the musical growth I've made as a guitarist. I also wanted to emphasize the variety of tones and textures I've been working with. Not only have I been able to recreate some of my favorite FZ tones but I've stumbled onto some new guitar tones of my own. The celloesque tone bows it's way on to the scene along with some expressive delay soundscapes and extracurricular dynaflanger madness.
The mixes are from Front Of House References (FOH). Having listened to all of our FOH mixes I've found some great examples where they are well balanced and made a record out of them. There's even a track where the kick drum is quite deficient and the local crew did speak Italian, nevertheless the guitar solo was inspired and this is the only authorized recording of it. When things cannot be multitracked FOH refs become master recordings and sometimes capture amazing performances. Because of that very reason I chose to examine the FOH recordings that fit that description and make this record.
Dweezil Zappa - LIve "In The Moment" will be produced in limited numbers and will be available very soon! Cal Schenkel is working on the artwork and as soon as that is ready we will be planning to manufacture the discs and plan a release date.
Will it be ready for the UK tour? All crossable parts are crossed..."
The Ensemble Lunapark, with Arnold Marinissen and Anthony Fiumara will be performing (playing around with) The Beatles' "Revolver";
Joost Buis and his Astronotes ensemble will be performing the music of Sun Ra;
and The Wrong Object will be performing the music of Frank Zappa.
NOVEMBER 19, 2011
- ALEC K. REDFEARN AND THE EYESORES
- UPSILON ACRUX
- HAMSTER THEATRE
- THINKING PLAGUE
NOVEMBER 20, 2011
- JASON ADASIEWICZ'S ROLLDOWN
- IDEAL BREAD
- CARLO DE ROSA'S CROSS-FADE
- THE CLAUDIA QUINTET + 1
- POSITIVE CATASTROPHE
- the claudia quintet + 1 feat. kurt elling and theo bleckmann: what is the beautiful?
(2011, cd, usa, cuneiform)
On their sixth release, The Claudia Quintet pays tribute to avant-garde poet and artist Kenneth Patchen.
If you're unfamiliar with the work of Kenneth Patchen, be sure to check it out. It's fascinating. Appearantly, Patchen did not just write poetry. He wrote novels, worked together with John Cage, and with Charles Mingus, and he painted so-called "painted poems".
On "What Is The Beautiful?" John Hollenbeck celebrates Patchen's birthday (December 13 , 1911) by putting his poems to music. And John did a great job.
John Hollenbeck's contemporary, jazzy pieces fit perfectly with Kenneth Patchen's catchy and funny poetry. The slightly changing, repetitive lines create a intemate atmosphere, serving as a soundscape and guideline for Kurt Elling and Theo Bleckmann who recite and sing the poems. Very impressive.
As on their previous CD, the album is credited to The Claudia Quintet + 1. Again, the ensemble - John Hollenbeck on drums, Drew Gress on acoustic bass, Matt Moran on vibraphone, Ted Reichman on accordion, and Chris Speed on clarinet and tenor sax - are joined by Matt Mitchell on piano.
soundsamples & info: http://cuneiformrecords.com/bandshtml/claudia.html
available from www.mandai.be
- j21: beyond the holographic veil
(2011, cd, uk, floating world records freem5033)
Don Preston takes care of '21° West' and '21°East', the intro and outro of the album. Both tracks are solo synthesizer pieces.
'I Can't Remember' showcases the excellent vocals of Robert Martin; Scott Thunes plays bass on three tracks; 'The Jupiter Trilogy' features Ed Mann (percussion), Andrew Greenaway (speech) and Marco Minnemann (drums), and so on...
But it's not just the list of contributors that's impressive. There's some excellent music to be found on "Beyond The Holographic Veil".
Progressive rock with a twist, leaning heavy on the guitars & vocals.
While listening to the album title one should most certainly study the album cover and the liner notes. The album title already suggest that J21 has a different look upon the world.
Here's what the intro to the liner notes add: "Unlike normal photographs, every portion of a piece of holographic film contains all information of the whole. If a holographic plate is broken into fragments, each piece can still be used to reconstruct the entire image. Just like in a hologram we can search for the answers of the questions that the whole universe presents us in each of our atoms. We are the center and the edge of the universe at the same time."
Here's a little sample.
Phi Yaan-Zek is a UK guitar player that contributed to Marco Minnemann's "Normalizer 2" series with his "Dance With The Anima" album.
Zappa-inspired, guitar oriented compositions...
In a recent newsflash, Phi Yaan-Zek says that his companion CD to the "Dance With The Anima" album will be ready early next year.
It'll be entitled "Deeper With Then Enima", and will contain 14 tracks.
Wowie Zowie. Can't wait...
Here's a track from the 2007 re-release of his "Anomalies" album from 1997;
Saturday, October 22, 2011
- mike huckaby: the mike huckaby reel-to-reel edits volume 2 - sun ra
(2011, 12", uk, art yard)
Mike Huckaby continues his Sun Ra Remix series.
On volume two he reworks 'Friendly Galaxy' and 'Space Is The Place'.
Out on Kindred Spirits / Art Yard.
Listen to samples here:
Here he is as a part of Michael McDonald's band. On tour in Japan in 1986.
Footage looks great. Anyone knows the source? TV-broadcast? DVD-release?
-- info: Clint Walker
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
- gruppo sportivo: the secret of success
(2011, cd, nl, prcd2011011)
Hans Vandenburg's Gruppo Sportivo made name in the late seventies as a fun rock band. Everybody should have their first two albums.
One of these included a track called 'Superman', and it incorporated Zappa's 'Take Your Clothes Off'.
Gruppo Sportivo still exists, and the band released a new album recently: "The Secret Of Success". The formula is still there: guitar orientated pop songs, female vocalists,...
It's not the Gruppo Sportive from the first albums as it lacks the fun element, but it's still an okay album.
And, yes, this is the same Hans Vandenburg that did some concerts as The Rubbers Of Prevention...
MAGIC BAND TOUR - November and December 2011
Mark Boston, John French, Craig Bunch, Eric Klerks and Denny Walley
- 2011/11/30 concert 'Scala', London, UK
- 2011/12/02 concert 'Button Factory', Dublin, Ireland
- 2011/12/03 concert 'Kazamir', Liverpool, UK
- 2011/12/04 concert "ATP', Minehead, UK
- 2011/12/05 concert 'Pavillion', Falmouth, UK
- 2011/1/07 concert 'Rescue Room', Nottingham, UK
- 2011/12/08 concert 'Irish Centre', Leeds, UK
Saturday, October 15, 2011
- stucky: live
(2011, cd, ger, traumton 4548) - incl. 'i'm the slime' (f.zappa)
Erika Stucky's biography reads like a novel: born in the sixties in San Francisco; from Swiss parents, and they all moved back to Switzerland in the seventies ; Erika studied drama and jazz in Paris ; started The Sophisticrats in 1985...
Do you remember The Sophisticrats? They released this fine album in 1990: "Four Singers And Bass" on which they covered Zappa's 'Cosmik Debris'.
And now there's "Live 1985 - 2010", another fine and funny album on which Erika takes on Zappa's 'I'm The Slime'.
Nice. Very nice.
- lazuli: en avant doute...
(2006, cd + dvd, france, musea fgbg 4660 ar)
About two months ago, I was one of those lucky people to see a performance of Lazuli at Zappanale. The band took the stage in the middle of the night and played a tremendous show.
Taking a look at their albums, I have to say that, for me, "En Avant Doute" is my favourite. It's the one that I pull out of the shelves the most.
The léode (the guitar like instrument that Claude plays) is prominently featured on "En Avant Doute". By the way, the DVD carries a fine little piece on the how and why of the léode. Fascinating.
Melodic and powerful prog rock. Beautiful.
Friday, October 14, 2011
and click on “Luister” to enjoy
- REVOLTING COCKS – No devotion
- PYROLATOR – Mein Hund
- LEE PERRY vs KING TUBBY – African roots
- BETTY HARRIS – I’m a little teapot
- ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER – Inn of the seventh ray
- ROBERT WYATT – Pigs
- ANNETTE PEACOCK – Rap with the trees
- DAPHNI – Orchestra of spheres / Hypersphere
- LEMON KITTENS - ...In wooden brackets
- PIERO UMILIANI – Consumismo
- DEATH IN VEGAS – Your loft my acid
- CHRIS & COSEY – October love song
- ARTO LINDSAY & AMBITIOUS LOVERS – Venus lost her shirt
- CAROLINER RAINBOW COMMODE MINSTRELS IN BULLFACE – Theme from the destruction of the turd man
- MEL TORME – Comin’ home baby
- C-SCHULZ – Fluter
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Last year, Scott already published volume four of the series, entitled "The Hook", about the 1973 - 1974" years, so he is going strong.
But, as you can imagine, mistakes have to be corrected and additions have to be made, so these books are outdated the day that they roll out of the printer.
Hence, this third re-issue of the first volume.
Another new cover (a beautiful one, by Robert Ross), and another bunch of additions.
- deus: keep you close
(2011, cd, eu, play it again sam)
dEUS is back. I liked "Pocket Revolution", but I've already played "Keep You Close" more often than "Pocket Revolution".
Picture & data have been added to the dEUS entry over at the United Mutations Archives.
For more information about Drom, please visit:
Forty years ago today on October 11, 1971, FRANK ZAPPA & THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION performed two marathon, full-length shows at New York City's famed Carnegie Hall.
This is your ticket directly to the Vault, and to four CDs of the music made THEN and you can have it NOW for the first time since it was first performed LIVE by FZ with Mark Volman, Howard Kaylan, Ian Underwood, Don Preston, Jim Pons & Aynsley Dunbar. The ZAPPA FAMILY TRUST announced the pre-sale today via their www.zappa.com website.
Headed by Zappa's widow GAIL ZAPPA, the ZFT administers exclusively the extensive and iconic legacy of the Composer, Musician, Bandleader and Filmmaker. ZAPPA was posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. Frank Zappa, American composer, was born in 1940 and died in 1993.
Carnegie Hall...warts and all...on Vaulternative Records...in glorious mono. As Gail Zappa says, "We tweaked and we tweezed and did everything possible to be certain this does not sound like a breakfast cereal gone mad somewhere in the Van Allen Belt. I am happy to say The Mud Shark Legend Continues."
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
- j21: yellow mind : blue mind
(2008, download, spain, private release)
Somewhere in 2008, J21 (who one might also know as Joseph Diaz) released "Yellow Mind : Blue Mind" as a download-only album.
"Yellow Mind : Blue Mind" is a great album with an impressive line-up.
Besides J21 on guitar, the album features a.o. Geoff Tyson, Graham Bonnet, Trey Gunn and former Zappa percussionist Ed Mann.
Heavy rock. Instrumental guitar stuff. Except for two tracks that have superb vocals by Graham Bonnet. I love it.
Ed Mann plays mallet and gongs on 'Earth Spiritual Surgery', one of the most impressive tracks on the disc.
And the good news is that the album got picked up by Voiceprint in the UK and that it got a proper CD release in 2009.
The only problem with "Yellow Mind : Blue Mind" is that you won't get it out of your head :-)
- adrian belew power trio: live in germany
(2011, dvd, usa, adrian belew)
July 2006, Adrian Belew headlined the Zappanale festival with his power trio. A memorable performance.
Two years later, the trio (Adrian Belew - guitar ; July Slick - bass ; Eric Slick - drums) performed at the Leverkusen Jazz Festival. The concert got recorded by german TV-station WDR and was made available on DVD on Adrian's private label a little while ago.
An excellent concert that also included some fine King Crimson material.
- writing on the wall (adrian belew)
- ampersand (adrian belew)
- dinosaur (king crimson)
- young lions (adrian belew)
- beat box guitar (adrian belew)
- a little madness (adrian belew)
- of bow and drum (adrian belew)
- e (adrian belew)
- three of perfect pair (king crimson)
- thela hun ginjeet (king crimson)
Data & pictures have been added to the United Mutations Archives.
- metropole orkest: adrian belew's e for orchestra
(2011, cd, usa, adrian belew 052011)
If my data files are correct, Adrian Belew released his 20th solo record in 2009. The album got released on Adrian's private label (Adrian Belew Presents), and it was entitled "e".
The five pieces on the album ('a' to 'e') were recorded live in the studio by the power trio (Adrian Belew - July Slick - Eric Slick), and were a pleasure for the ear.
And now there's this recording by the Metropole Orkest of "e".
Orchestrated by Tom Trapp ('Everybody loves Tom Trapp') and performed by The Metropole Orkest with special guest Adrian Belew, "e" sees a whole new dimension.
This is great. If you liked Adrian's "e", you will love the Metropole's "e".
Check it out. You won't be disapointed.
This is the studio recording. The CD version. There's also a DVD with a recording of the concert that took place a couple of days later. Recorded by the VPRO and broadcast on dutch TV around the same time.
- metropole orkest: adrian belew's e for orchestra
(2011, dvd, usa, adrian belew)
Adrian Belew has played in Zappa's band, but he has also toured and recorded with David Bowie, with Talking Heads and with King Crimson, to name just a few.
One of his latest adventures, was having his piece 'e' performed by the Dutch Metropole Orkest.
This DVD is a recording of the concert that the Metropole Orkest, with special guest Adrian Belew, did at Paradiso earlier this year.
Really good. I love the energy of Adrian's guitar against the full sound of the orchestra.
Monday, October 10, 2011
- the magic band: oxford, june 6, 2005
(2011, cd, usa, sundazed)
The Sundazed record label has released The Magic Band's Oxford concert from 2005/06/06 on CD.
Cover, line-up & tracklist have been added to the U.M. Archives.
-- info: Danny Mathys
Hello..hoping this message finds you well.
It's time for another Project/Object Tour, this will be in the Northeast and out to Chicago/Milwaukee/St Louis.....
Back on the road celebrating the creative genius of Frank Zappa, and performing his timeless music with some of his most beloved band members.....
Thanks again to everyone here in the USA who came out to shows and festivals this year, and to all of you who came out for the European shows! We were honored and excited to play for the first time in London and Vilnius, Lithuania, it was extra fantastic to have great bunches of Zappa fans welcome us. Wow.
Here we go again - hope to see you on the road, dates below!!
Extra THANKS to our "PO Local Crew" folks who've got in touch to work with us at their local show -- if you are interested in a pair of tickets & being on the PO Local Crew, please reply to this email with City, your name and cell number.
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Thanks so much...now go Crank Some Frank!!
Project/Object On Tour - The Music Of Frank Zappa- Oct 2011
With Zappa Band Vocalist/Guitarists:
Ike Willis (Zappa tours/albums 1978-1988)
Ray White (Zappa tours/albums 1976-1984)
2011/10/13 Harrisburg PA ABC
2011/10/14 Pittsburgh PA Thunderbird
2011/10/15 Buffalo NY Nietzsche's
2011/10/16 Ferndale MI Magic Bag
2011/10/18 Carbondale IL Tres Hombres
2011/10/19 St Louis MO Old Rock House
2011/10/21 Milwaukee WI Miramar Theater
2011/10/22 Chicago IL Martyr's
2011/10/23 Cleveland OH Beachland Ballroom
2011/10/25 New Hope PA Havana
2011/10/26 Albany NY Valentine's
2011/10/27 Pawtucket RI Met Cafe
2011/10/28 Norfolk CT Infinity Hall
2011/10/29 New York NY BB King's
by Larry Kart — 10/3/1969
-- info from the Nederzappa newsgroup
Captain Cheesebeard and the 7 sisters of prevention.
Chée de Saint Pierre, 210
5 Novembre 2011
Johan De Coninck: guitar and voice
Didier Demeestere: drums
Pascal Hauben: bass
Vanessa Spy 007: lead vocals
John Van SteenLandt: voice and guitar
Jonas Vanhove: alto sax
Kristof Kerremans: baritone and tenor sax
Mattias De Craene: sax
Todor Stefanov: keyboards
Bart Quartier: melodic percussion
Take 10 enthusiastic, energetic Musicians and a carefully chosen selection of Frank Zappa's greatest tracks, mix together, sit back and enjoy.
Anyone who is familiar with Frank Zappa knows that to successfully present a live rendition of his music is not a venture for the faint hearted. As well as having highly qualified musicians you need guts ambition, dedication and an unstoppable force to drive the whole endeavour.
It looks like we may have found a formula which addresses all these concerns in "Captain Cheesebeard and the 7 sisters of prevention".
A wonderful spectacle of excellent music and comedy just like Frank would have wanted.
The Captain and his Musical Allies have been taking Frank to the people since May 2006 to very favourable reviews and now they are back in Brussels to do their thing at the Atelier 210 on the 5th of November. The Concert will be filmed for an upcoming live DVD release.
The Captain Says" It has been a long time since we played at the Atelier 210, but the place has always had a great ambience, it has always been a treat to play there. This time we will be playing with an evolved line-up, over the year we have had acouple of personnel changes but we are playing very comfortably together now, we are especially excited to have Bart Quartier taking over on Vibraphone duty, he has a serious reputation and it is an honour for us that he was keen to play with us.
It is always a pleasure and a thrill to play in our home town and we are looking forward to putting on a really good performance. Now fasten your seat-belts!"
- cabbage boy: the lost tapes, vol.1
(2004, 12", uk, noodles recordings)
In 2004, Cabbage Boy (real name Simon Begg) released 6 demos on his "The Lost Tapes Vol.1".
One of the tracks on this 12" vinyl, is his version of Frank Zappa's 'King Kong'. The track also found its way onto Osymyso's "The Art Of Flipping Channels" (that I mentioned a couple of months ago).
Data has been added to the U.M.Archives.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
WFMU is offering a CD of Sun Ra remixes by the WFMU dj's in exchange for a pledge of US $ 100.
You can find more info over here:
- vargton project: progxprimetal
(2011, cd, finland, lion music)
The Vargton Project unites Mats Hedberg (guitars, sitar & ebow), Morgan Ågren (drums & percussion) and Björn Jansson (vocals). Together with an impressive list of guest musicians, this metal power trio fabricated an album that you really need to hear. "ProgXprimetal" says and has it all: progressive, experimental rock music with jazz and eastern influences.
Think Zappa, think King Crimson, think Morgan Ågren.
While I was listening to the album earlier today, I noticed that it completely absorbed me. I was sitting behind the computer, had my headphones on: typing, cutting, copying and pasting. After a couple of minutes I just stopped typing and gave the music my full attention. I had no choice.
Check out the soundsamples at www.myspace.com/vargtonprojekt
And you can find more info plus details on where and how to get hold of the album at
I think these are beautiful pieces of art & pasted them into Don's entry at the United Mutations Archives.
Don Preston says:
"This is the actual construction that I used a photo of for the CD Escape From 12/2012. The piece is 23 1/4"X 23 1/2" and weighs about 40 lbs."
Don Preston says:
"This is another construction. It is 28"X28" and weighs about 40 lbs. The piece was finished in 2008.
The Bush doll sings and dances."
Don Preston says:
"This is a smaller construction that measures 16"X81/2". It contains a circular light and weighs about 10 lbs."
- van dyke parks: arrangements volume 1
(2011, cd, usa, bananastan)
In an attempt to give you your daily dose of Zappa-related info, I would like to tell you that Van Dyke Parks has a 'new' album out. It's a compilation of tracks that were produced by Van Dyke Parks in the late sixties / early seventies. Songs by Little Feat, Ry Cooder, Lowell George, and others...
Van Dyke Parks, as you might / should / could / do know, was part of The Mothers for a very short time. Pre-Freak Out, that is.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Matthew Rowe: conductor
Martin Fondse: piano, vibrandoneon
Kurt Berger: vocals
Norbert Kögging: vocals
Steffen Schorn: saxophones
2011/09/30 concertgebouw 'De Doelen', Rotterdam, NL, cond. Matthew Rowe
- Renard Aust
- Frank Zappa
The Perfect Stranger
Naval Aviation in Art
Outrage at Valdez
- Martin Fondse
Far East South
- Frank Zappa
The Adventures of Greggery Peccary
2011/10/01 concertgebouw 'Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ', Amsterdam, NL, cond. Matthew Rowe
- Renard Aust
- Frank Zappa
Naval Aviation in Art
Outrage at Valdez
- Martin Fondse
Far East South
- Frank Zappa
The Adventures of Greggery Peccary
Audience recordings of both concerts turned up at Zappateers.
I was at the Amsterdam show, and it was quite good. A very fine concert hall with excellent sound. You might have noticed that the Amsterdam show did not include Zappa's 'The Perfect Stranger'. Wonder why. But, still quite a good concert.
Driving home after the concert, I made a quick stop in Rotterdam where I picked up two boxes with Zappa and related articles. A gift from Klotz. Great stuff. That'll keep me busy for hours and hours...
- chickenfoot: oh yeah
(2009, cd5"-promo, usa, red line entertainment)
As you can imagine, a 'supergroup' like Chickenfoot has a promotional machine behind it. Here's the picture of one of their promotional CDs: the 2009 single for 'Oh Yeah': radio edit and album version.
Sammy Hagar on vocals, Michael Anthony on bass, Chad Smith on drums, and Joe Satriani on guitar.
Picture and data have been added to the U.M.Archives.
Friday, October 7, 2011
- doug lunn project: s/t
(2011, cd, usa, abstract logix)
For his "Doug Lunn Project" album, Doug Lunn worked together with former Zappa sidemen Vinnie Colaiuta and Mike Keneally. Vinnie can be heard on all tracks, while Mike is only on track 5.
Cover picture and data have been added to the United Mutations Archives.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
and click on “Luister” to enjoy
- BLITZOIDS – Good vacation
- MULATU ASTATKE – I faram gami I faram
- BEIRUT – The gulag orkestar
- TOO FAT TO FIT THROUGH THE DOOR – Flinstones meet the Flinstones
- FUNKI PORCINI – Surge
- SERGE GAINSBOURG – Les papiers qui collent aux bonbons
- LADYTRON – Ritual
- -EERIE CONCLUSION-
- STOCK, HAUSEN & WALKMAN – Fraud
- GALA DROP – Ubongo
- MARTYN BATES – Nascent fragrence of skin
- MONOLAKE – Reminiscence
- ANDY GIORBINO & ELDORADO – Ivanhoe! Jägt auf mini-Mädchen
- EUGENE CHADBOURNE – Dirt
- PHIL PHILLIPS & THE TWILIGHTS – Sea of love
- SONIC YOUTH & CHRISTIAN WOLFF – Edges
a message from Zonic Entertainment
THE BUNK GARDNER STORY
The amazing audiobiography of the original Mothers Of Invention reed player BUNK GARDNER - joined by the hip to keyboard player DON PRESTON. A rare glimpse of the creation of the MOI, and a new perspective on this important chapter of the 20th century music.
THE BUNK GARDNER STORY is an audiobook of nearly three hours, including ringside comments by Don Preston, and bonus material by the Don And Bunk Show. Part one is now released, part two will be released in November. THE BUNK GARDNER STORY was recorded in ARTHUR BARROW’s lotek studio, LA, and produced by JON LARSEN for ZONIC ENTERTAINMENT.
Photos from the studio during the recording of The Bunk Gardner Story: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.197712640260873.48031.193257297373074&type=1#!/media/set/?set=a.197712640260873.48031.193257297373074&type=1
Did you enjoy THE JIMMY CARL BLACK STORY? Then this is a must for you!
ZONIC ENTERTAINMENT – www.facebook.com/ZonicEntertainment
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
He is featured on John Hiatt's latest album "Dirty Jeans And Mudslide Hymns".
-- info: Danny Mathys
The band has just released their debut album : "ProgXpriMetal".
It's described as "a varied and special release that will satisfy the extremist metal and hard rock fan and Zappa freaks too with its wide ranging sound."
The soundsamples sure sound very promising.
Here's a little jam by Morgan Ågren and Mats Hedberg...
Corrie van Binsbergen performed
- More Stories From The Girl Who Wasn't Talking (an answer song to F.Zappa's "Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar")
- De Weg Kwijt (with Bob Fosko & Beatrice van der Poel)
- You're Under Arrest (including Zappa samples)
And she did an interview with Jaap Boots.
Nice. Very nice.
She definitely needs to release a solo guitar album...
-- thanks to Klotz !!
Remaining true to the experimental and Dada impulses of Tropicália, Tom Zé has been noted for both his unorthodox approach to melody and instrumentation, employing various objects as instruments such as the typewriter.
He has collaborated with many of the concrete poets of São Paulo, including Augusto de Campos, and employed concrete techniques in his lyrics. Musically, his work appropriates samba, Bossa Nova, Brazilian folk music, forró, and American rock and roll, among others.
He has been praised by avant-garde composers for his use of dissonance, polytonality, and unusual time signatures. Because of the experimental nature of many of his compositions, Zé has been compared with American musicians such as Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart.
If you want to check Tom Zé out in concert, he'll be playing in Belgium and in Holland in a couple of weeks: Ghent, Antwerp, Brussels, Utrecht, Valenciennes, ...
-- info: Zjakki Willems
- jack bruce: somethin' else
(1993, cd, usa, ??)
Legendary bass player Jack Bruce is part of the United Mutations Archives because he jammed with Frank Zappa and Jim Gorden in 1972. The result got released as 'Apostrophe (')'.
In 1993, Jack Bruce recorded (another) solo album. Featured on "Somethin' Els" are Bruce and Walt Fowler (trombone & trumpet) who were both once part of Zappa's band.
If you want to check out the album, you can do so at:
-- info & link: Jan van Kemenade
KENEALLY / BELLER WEST COAST TOUR STARTS THIS WEEK
Ladies and gentlemen, I humbly write you on this fine fall day to say one thing, and one thing only. Matter of fact, I think I just said it in the line above this one.
And I'll even say it again: Yes, The Mike Keneally Band and the Bryan Beller Band are starting their first-ever joint tour of the west coast in just one week!
Mike Keneally Band
with special guest Bryan Beller Band
West Coast Tour 2011
Wednesday 10/12 - Don Quixote's, Felton (Santa Cruz), CA
Thursday 10/13 - Biscuits & Blues, San Francisco, CA
Friday 10/14 - Music Max, Palo Cedro (Redding), CA
Saturday 10/15 - Humbrew's, Arcata, CA
Monday 10/17 - Mt. Tabor Pub, Portland, OR
Tuesday 10/18 - The Rendezvous, Seattle, WA
Friday 10/21 - Winston's, San Diego, CA
Saturday 10/22 - The Baked Potato, Studio City, CA
Sunday 10/23 - The Lark Barn, Anaheim, CA
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
- corrie en de grote brokken: vier!
(2011, cd, nl, brokken records br005)
Composer / guitarist Corrie van Binsbergen is celebrating her 25 years in the music business with a short tour with her Corrie en de Grote Brokken band. Coinciding, she released "Vier !", sort of a compilation - best of album of de Grote Brokken band.
This is the real deal, my friends. Great music, funny, lots of variation, AND superb musicians.
The album includes Corrie's tribute to Frank Zappa: 'Zootsuit I & II'
Monday, October 3, 2011
Premiere del Conjunto Instrumental del CNDM ( Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical) en el Auditorio Nacional de Música en Madrid, Sala Cámara. Proyecto 20/21 /Fronteras 1
Conducted by Joan Cerveró, the ensemble will be performing:
- Bolero (Maurice Ravel / Frank Zappa)
- Eclat (Pierre Boulez)
- Semana Santa en Gomorra (Juan José Colomer)
- Déserts (Edgard Varèse)
- The Yellow Shark Suite (Frank Zappa)
- Be-Bop Tango (Frank Zappa)
- Outrage at Valdez (Frank Zappa)
- Welcome to the United States (Frank Zappa)
- G-Spot Tornado (Frank Zappa)
-- info: Javier Marcote