Sunday, April 28, 2013

DR. DEMENTO & FZ

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/smogberrytrees/under-the-smogberry-trees-the-true-story-of-dr-dem

"UNDER THE SMOGBERRY TREES" will be an engaging filmed history of “The Dr. Demento Show” from its humble start at revolutionary radio station KPPC-FM in Pasadena, CA and up to date at DrDemento.com, covering the lasting impact of funny music on popular culture, and including current interviews with Dementites (the famous and the nearly famous) connected to and/or inspired by the show over its four decades and counting.

Here's a nice picture of Dr. Demento in action.




ZAPPA FEATURED IN MUZIQ MAGAZINE

The next issue of Muziq magazine will be out on May 24, 2013.
It will include a 16-page article on Frank Zappa by Guy Darol !!



DWALMACAT 514

The Dwalmacat Radio Show.
This week with special guest Rudy Trouvé.

http://www.mixcloud.com/Dwalmacat/dwalmacat-514-rudy-trouve-deel-1/

Engelse les n° 39 – Walter and Conny go to a party
PIERRE BAROUH & BADEN POWELL – Samba Saravah
JACK NITZSCHE – Hounddog
JOAN BAEZ – Silver dagger
IRON MAIDEN – Prodigal son
BRIGITTE FONTAINE & ARESKI BELKACEM – Moi aussi
JAN DE WILDE – De ballade van 7 vingers
THIS HEAT – Health and efficiency
THE KINGSMEN – Louie Louie
KEVIN COYNE – Mark & Juliet
BONGWATER – David Bowie wants ideas
RIP, RIG & PANIC – Subversive wisdom
JOHN MARTIN – The devil made me do it (excerpt)
MAN – International kangaroo
COIL – First five minutes after death
ORLANDUS LASSUS – Deus, qui sedes

CABALLERO REYNALDO & THE GRAND KAZOO - MARIETA Y LOS JETAS


Luis G. released another beautiful 2CD set on his Hall Of Fame record label.
Disc number two presents the demo: Caballero Reynaldo performing Zappa's "Ruben And The Jets" in Spanish. Solo on acoustic guitar.
Disc number one is the actual album: "Ruben And The Jets" in Spanish, performed by The Grand Kazoo band, with Marieta Tamarit on vocals.

Beautiful !!

Here's a sample.

NEW SUN RA PICTURE BOOK


space, interiors and exteriors, 1972

    (2013, book, usa, ??)

= picture book by John Corbett. Intro by Glenn Ligon.




CAPTAIN BEEFHEART RECORD STORE DAY RELEASE

April 20, 2013, music maniacs celebrated Record Store Day.
Beefheart fans were treated to a 'new' album, "Frank Freeman's Dance Club And Other Rarities".
The album got released in a limited and numbered edition of 1.000 copies.
On colored vinyl.
The album includes 8 tracks, 4 of which were taken from the 1968 concert at the Frank Freeman's Dance Club.


INTERNATIONAL STREET CANNIBALS PERFORM BEEFHEART IN CONCERT

The International Street Cannibals is a collective of acclaimed and untamed instrumentalists, singers, composers, videographers, audio technicians, dancers, puppeteers and visual artists.

The International Street Cannibals (ISC), the multi-genre new music ensemble of seasoned and exploratory chamber musicians/composers, directed by Dan Wotan Barrett, and co-directed by Chala Yancy and guest co-director Joe Gallant, will crown its 2012-13 season with Hour of The Beast, on Sunday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m.
A 2-hour mosaic of short works plumbing the sensibility of totemistic belief, this butt-kicking event will set the rawest modes of rock against classic techniques, in an ungovernable melange of incongruous transcriptions and new music compositions from some of today's most establishment-unfriendly composers. The course of this incendiary hullabaloo will usher in the dance components of Megan Sipe and Amanda Mottur, bellydancer, which will serve to "translate" the music, spatially. Among the tidbits of this savage musical repast will be renderings of several Beethoven Bagatelles with piano, belly dance and electro/acoustic ensemble; a malformed chamber version of Captain Beetheart's "When I See Mommy I Feel Like A Mummy" with go-go dancer;  a schizo-affective rendering of Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs' "Wooly Bully"; a recitation, in the original Ionic dialect, accompanied by tribalistic sonorities, of Homer's Hymn to Demeter; and some solo bijoux by Mr Kigawa. Hour of The Beast is part of ISC's Holding Tank series, which offers a mix of traditional and non-traditional chamber works by European masters, contemporary American composers and satirists, as well as improvised and semi-staged works exploiting the spatial qualities of venues in novel ways. 



HUMBLE GRUMBLE WILL BE PERFORMING AT THE ALTROCK FESTIVAL

June 1 & 2, 2013 : ALTROCK / FADING FESTIVAL
Milano, Italy
with Humble Grumble

www.altrock.it


NEW ALBUM BY THE HELIOCENTRICS

The new album by The Heliocentrics, "13 Degrees Of Reality" will be out next week.
On Now-Again Records.

Hyponotic, psychedelic jazz.


Saturday, April 27, 2013

SUPERMOKO ULTRABEAVER & OLIVE

December 2000, Supermoko Ultrabeaver & Olive released their version of Frank Zappa's 'Anyway The Wind Blows' on a 7" on the Japanese Orange Records label.

I'm still looking for a copy of this 7", so if anyone can help me with this, please let me know at bignote@yucom.be.



The track also found its way to a couple of samplers. One Japanese one on the same Orange Records label, and two French ones on the Tricatel label.

Here are the data for the French samplers:






-- thanks to Reijo Heurlin for the info



NEW RUDY SCHWARTZ PROJECT ALBUM

The new Rudy Schwartz Project album is out!!
"Full Frontal Klugman".
Released on DC-Jam Records.

http://www.dcjamrecords.com/home.cfm


Here are some samples.




ZAPPA RE-RELEASES ON VINYL

Dr. Dot shared this on Facebook:

http://www.bravewords.com/news/203012

The ZFT will release vinyl editions of "Finer Moments", "Freak Out" and "Over-Nite Sensation".


Friday, April 26, 2013

MUSIKFABRIK PLAYS ZAPPA, CAGE AND VARESE ON 2014 02 20 IN AMSTERDAM

The MusikFabrik Ensemble will be doing an interesting concert at the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ in Amsterdam on 2014 02 20.

http://www.muziekgebouw.nl/agenda/Concerten/2507/musikFabrik/Zappa_en_zielsverwanten/

Frank Zappa Peaches and regalia
John Cage Credo in Us
John Cage Seven
Edgard Varèse Ionisation
Frank Zappa The Black Page 1, 2 
Frank Zappa RDNZL
Frank Zappa Echidna‘s Arf (Of You)
Frank Zappa Don‘t You Ever Wash That Thing?



-- info: Jan van Kemenade

INSOMNIO PLAYS ZAPPA'S THE YELLOW SHARK ON 2013 12 20 IN AMSTERDAM

The Insomnio Ensemble will be performing highlights from Zappa's "The Yellow Shark" at the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ in Amsterdam on 2013 12 20.

http://www.muziekgebouw.nl/agenda/Concerten/2637/Insomnio_/The_Yellow_Shark_van_Frank_Zappa/


-- info: Jan van Kemenade

RECORD STORE DAY ZAPPA RELEASE

Last week's Record Story Day release : Frank Zappa : I'm The Slime / Montana on 7".

On green 'slimy' vinyl.




A.L. GUILLÈN - DER CUCAMONGOL CANNIBALIZES YOUR IDOL



Luis G.'s Hall Of Fame record label just released album number eighty !!
Congratulations are in place.

And there's more. Album number eighty is a fabulous album by A.L. Guillèn.
On "Der Cucamongol Cannabalizer Your Idol", A.L. Guillèn experiments with the music of Frank Zappa. He  takes it apart, reduces it, and then puts it back together or converts it into something else.

I love it. This is great.

Experimental. Contemporary.
Essential listening !!


A PIERRE VERVLOESEM UPDATE

Great news from the Off Record label !!

http://off-recordlabel.blogspot.be/2013/04/pierre-vervloesem-news.html


It's my pleasure to annonce that Off will reissue digitally all the solo albums from Pierre (http://www.pierrevervloesem.be/ ) on his P.V.Presents - Digital Only series. There will also be a reissue of the fabulous Zala Zala album he did with John Litton Baroï and the never released second album they did together.
All albums will be remasterised, will have a few new mixes and a lot of unreleased bonus tracks. They will come as separate downloads and in two boxes for a bargain price. Be prepared!

There will be another new release on his series as well by Les Boucles Absurdes. It will be a double album including various guests such as Morgan Agren and Albert Marcoeur! More details very soon!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

THE RETURN OF THE SON OF THE UNMATCHED SERIES


THE RETURN OF THE SON OF THE UNMATCHED SERIES - SPANISH ZAPPA TRIBUTES

UNMATCHED VOL. 14 - A.L. GUILLEN
DER CUCAMONGOL CANNIBALIZES YOUR IDOL
(a joyful digestion of Frank Zappa)

A.L. Guillèn (Sefronia, Les Rauchen Verboten, Amatria, etc, etc) is considered one of the most skilled, personal and daring Spanish composers and guitar players. With Der Cucamongol cannibalizes your idol (a joyful digestion of Frank Zappa) he has actually delivered not only a very personal view on the Zappa legacy but also a most original work as all tracks, although vaguely based in Zappa tracks, have an identity of their own. We could call it easy-noise music packed with sounds that add further twists to the already complex original FZ material. A true masterwork of Spanish avant-garde contemporary music.

UNMATCHED VOL 15 - CABALLERO REYNALDO & THE GRAND KAZOO
MARIETA Y LOS JETAS / RUBEN DEMOS
THIS IS A DOUBLE CD.

Caballero Reynaldo and his beloved Kazoos' next target is the FZ album Cruising with the Ruben & The Jets (1968) and they continue with their well-established policy of avoiding any unnecesary complication while having as much fun as humanly possible. They strip out the irony of the original record and in their native Spanish have released a record that will fit perfectly in your collection, right next to the Grease soundtrack.
The original idea of what was to become "Marieta y los Jetas" was a solo album by Caballero Reynaldo but it soon grew so insanely big and expensive that he called the Kazoos to join him. Part 2 of this double cd is comprised of the original demos by Caballero Reynaldo and his notorious love for the original and his well-known English language limitations...

PACK IN OFFER ONLY UNTIL APRIL 26 - BUY NOW!
http://www.halloffame.es/products-page/unmatched/pack-1-marieta-y-los-jetas-ruben-demos-cucamongol/



Saturday, April 20, 2013

NEW OSTRICH VON NIPPLE RELEASE ANNOUNCED

The German Psychofon Records label has announced a new Ostrich Von Nipple release !!

Here's the teaser.



http://www.psychofonrecords.com/

BUFFOON - CHROMOSCOPE



Buffoon is the alter ego of Peter Vleugels, also known as Pi.

"Chromoscope" is a journey through Peter's 20 years of home recording. Fragments of songs and transformed melodies and instruments are presented in one big almost psychedelic mix.
The result is quite impressive.

Check it out at:
https://soundcloud.com/buffoon-1/sets/chromoscope

"Chromoscope" got released on vinyl (and does include a CD) on the Fons Records label.
Distribution through Rough Trade / Jesus Factory.

Saturday 20/04/2013 - RECORDS STORE DAY
Buffoon will be performing at
12:00 h at FATKAT in Antwerp (B)
16:00 h at TUNE UP in Antwerp (B)

Sunday 21/04/2013
12:00 h at PICK UP in Heusden Zolder (B)


VARIOUS ARTISTS - ON BROADWAY * COVERS OF INVENTION


During his 1988 "Broadway The Hard Way" tour, the late Frank Zappa performed and recorded quite a number of compositions by other artists. Remember the Beatles-medley, Ravel's 'Bolero', not forgetting 'Stairway To Heaven' or 'Hey Joe'.
Andrew Greenaway celebrates the 25th anniversary of this 1988 tour by releasing an extraordinary sampler.
"On Broadway" presents 15 artists that perform a song that has been covered by FZ in 1988.
Among these artists, we find a lot of musicians that are quite familiar with the Zappa Universe: J21, Doubt, Caballero Reynaldo, Chato Segerer, Alan Jenkins, The Low Budget Research Kitchen, The Vegetarians, and many more.

An excellent idea that lead to a fine album. Some of the interpretations are a bit cheesy, but there's some superb stuff on there as well.

I like it.
Realised by Alan Jenkins, and released on his Cordelia Records label.
www.cordeliarecords.co.uk


Thursday, April 18, 2013

THE RESIDENTS PRESENT CHARLES BOBUCK - CB SUITE


  • the residents present charles bobuck: cb suite
        (2013, download, --, --)

The Residents are offering "The Coochie Brake Suite" for sale through their Download Robot System.

"The Residents present Sonidos de la Noche CB Suite (37:00)
 A Charles Bobuck Contraption with guest: N. Cook
 CB Suite is a rethinking of the acclaimed Coochie Brake album, distilled and refocussed, aligned to a template set by other recent Bobuck abstract recordings. Charles originally envisioned CB as an extension of the style set forth on The Ughs, earthy and organic. Early reports even had it pegged as a kind of Ughs 2. But the project changed as it was developed. This suite returns more to the original thinking of being Ugly. Not Ugly as in repulsive, as this version is possibly more seductive in its alien beauty than the original Ughs album or Coochie Brake. If you liked Coochie Brake you will find this a worthy addition to your collection, expanding on the music to give you a new way of appreciating the swampy compositions.
"



THE WILLIAM GRANT STILL ART CENTER STUDENTS PERFORM THE MUSIC OF SUN RA 2013 04 20

April 20, 2013, the William Grant Still Art Center Students perform Sun Ra inspired music in Los Angeles.



NEW CAPTAIN BEEFHEART DVD ANNOUNCED


The Lost Tapes: 1966-1970 (DVD)
by Captain Beefheart

The Lost Tapes is a music documentary film tracing the roots and history of this iconic musical legend. It features rare live and studio performances of The Captain and his Magic Band.

Date of release: June 4, 2013.

NEW JOE SATRIANI ALBUM OUT ON MAY 7

Pre-order bonus track 'A Door Into Summer' arrived today.

Excellent !!

http://www.satriani.com/presale/

Here's the Youtube version:




DWALMACAT 513




everyone's favourite radioshow, with special guest Jos Moers.
  • FELIX KUBIN & MARK BOOMBASTIK - I hate art galleries (Meeuw Muzak 026)
  • CHRIS IMLER - Tanzen! (Meeuw Muzak 038)
  • GEILE TIERE - Geile Tiere
  • THORAX-WACH - Dick sind Sie und keuchen
  • DEUTSCHER KAISER - Der Anfang / Das Ende / Danke / .....
  • ALU - Ich warte
  • PRIMITIVE CALCULATORS - Do that dance
  • BRUCE LOSE - What's your name
  • THE TAKE - Last summer
  • MINIMAL MAN - Two little skeletons
  • PRIMITIVE CALCULATORS - Glitter kids (Meeuw Muzak 025)
  • SCREAMERS - Cholo jump (Meeuw Muzak 024)
  • TITMACHINE - I wanna be your dog (Meeuw Muzak 035)
  • BRAUSEPÖTER - Bundeswehr
  • PALAIS SCHAUMBURG - Rote Lichter
  • ZAZA - Tango d'élite
  • SPECTRAL DISPLAY - It takes a muscle to fall in love
  • HARRY MERRY - Australian sun (Meeuw Muzak 042)

A WOLFRAM KLUG UPDATE


An update, including a sound fragment !!

featuring former Zappa sidemen: Ike Willis, Arthur Barrow, Tommy Mars and Ed Mann !

http://musicfromutopia.com/recording-with-frank-zappas-band-members/sound/


GARY LUCAS * * * UPCOMING APPEARANCES


Monday April 22nd
9am
Rutgers University, New Brunswick New Jersey
Gary Lucas gives a masterclass for Prof. Chris Opperman's course
Mason Gross School of the Arts
http://garylucas.com/www/mclass

Tuesday April 23rd
6pm
BMCC Tribeca Pac, NYC
"Greetings from Tim Buckley" screens at the Tribeca Film Festival

Thursday April 25th
8:30pm
AMC Loew's Village, NYC
"Greetings from Tim Buckley" screens at the Tribeca Film Festival

"Greetings from Tim Buckley" opens in select theaters across the US May 3rd

Fri. April 26th
4:30pm
Bergen Community College, New Jersey
Gary Lucas gives a TED Talk lecture/performance
"Blues and the Tuning of the World"
http://bit.ly/14JnMEh

Sat. May 4th
8pm
Rockwood Music Hall NYC
Gary Lucas sits in at the record release party for his friend
Jann Klose's new album "Mosaic"

Sat. May 11th
11pm
Melkweg, Amsterdam
Gary Lucas performs his original live score accompanying Jose Mojica Marins (Coffin Joe)'s
1967 Brazilian cult classic "Esta Noite Encarnerei no Teu Cadaver" (This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse)
http://garylucas.com/www/cadaver

Sunday May 12th
3pm
Melkweg, Amsterdam
Gary Lucas performs his original score for Coffin Joe's "Esta Noite Encernerei no Teu Cadaver"


Monday May 13th
7pm
Shakespeare and Company, Paris France
Gary Lucas performs a return solo concert at the legendary Parisian bookstore
with his special guest Jeanne Madic sitting in

Tuesday May 14th
8pm
Kino Siska, Llubljana Slovenia
Gary Lucas performs his original score for Coffin Joe's "Esta Noite Encarnerei no Teu Cadaver"
Thursday May 23rd
8 and 10pm
Reigen Live, Vienna Austria
Gary Lucas performs a solo concert
with special guest Austrian singer Mika Vember sitting in
on Gary's tribute to Jeff Buckley


Saturday June 8th 2013
9pm
SaratogaArtsFest
Saratoga Springs, NY
Gary headlines this 4 day festival performing his original score accompanying "The Golem" (1920, d. Paul Wegener)
Gary will also play his program of solo guitar arrangements of well-known film music--"Cinefantastique"
http://garylucas.com/www/cine

http://garylucas.com/www/golem
Thursday July 4th
9pm
Zappa Club, Jerusalem
Gary Lucas performs a solo concert
with his very special guest Israeli rock star Ninet Tayeb
in a tribute to Jeff Buckley
http://bit.ly/11gikCk

Friday July 5th
9pm
Zappa Club, Tel Aviv
Gary Lucas performs with special guest Ninet Tayeb
http://bit.ly/13j9BCn
Sat. July 6th
9pm
Cinemateque, Jerusalem
Gary Lucas closes the Jerusalem Film Festival
with one of his live music and film projects, project tba
http://garylucas.com/www/film

RESIDENTS REFERENCE IN SUPERJAIL!



Christy Karacas, Stephen Warbrick and Ben Gruber are the people behind the animated series Superjail!

Superjail! is a crazy animated series about a ultrasecured prison. The series gets broadcast in the U.S. on the Adult Swim channel.

A fragment of one of the episodes of Superjail features The Residents.




-- info: Kjell Knudde


THE JOURNEYMAN

Last year, Cauleen Smith did an exhibit on Sun Ra.
She also released a Sun Ra tribute album (that features Sun Ra !!).

The album comes in two editions. Both very limited.

More info here:
http://three-walls.org/programs/threewallssolo/cauleen-smith-1.php


THE RESIDENTS - KAW-LIGA


  • the residents: kaw-liga
        (2013, 12", nl, music on vinyl mov 12001)

A limited re-issue on coloured vinyl for Record Store Day : 2013/04/20

http://www.musiconvinyl.com/releases/Residents/Kaw-Liga_(RSD_2013)


TODD GRUBBS - TIME, SPACE AND THE ELECTRIC



Todd Grubbs released his fourth solo album in 2008. "Time, Space and the Electric" is one of my favourite Todd Grubbs albums. This is instrumental guitar music at its best. The album is more rock oriented than his previous discs and it sounds great.
Data has been added to the United Mutations Archives.

Zappa and Mothers fans should know that Don Preston plays an outer space moog solo on 'You Are Here'.

Here's a sample:


RESIDENTS REFERENCE IN THE VENTURE BROTHERS



Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick (= Chris McCulloch) are the brains behind The Venture Brothers, an American animated television series.
One of the episodes, "Slumber Party", features a giant eyeball. One of the characters picks the eyeball up, puts it in front of his face and says: "Hey look, I'm in The Residents".




-- info: Kjell Knudde


FAMOUS RESIDENTS FANS



Belgian singer, radio and tv host Marcel Vanthilt is fan of The Residents.
He mentioned The Residents' "The Commercial Album" as one of the ten records that changed his life in an article in belgian magazine Humo.

June 1, 2010, during the Wonderwall radio show at Studio Brussel, he asked for The Residents' 'It's A Man's Man's Man's Man's World'.

August 1, 2012, during the radio show "Sonar" on Belgian Radio 1, he asked for The Residents' 'Easter Woman' from "The Commercial Album".
http://www.radio1.be/node/268394


-- info: Kjell Knudde


THE SUN RA / EL SATURN COLLECTION IS ALIVE


http://www.creativeaudioarchive.org/xml/sun-ra-el-saturn.xml

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

SUN RA ARKESTRA IN MEXICO CITY ON MAY 15


The Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen will open its 2013 World Tour with a concert as part of the 28th FMX Festival de Mexico in the Teatro de la Ciudad on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 8:30 pm. The Arkestra will headline this May 15 show, which also presents the Cosmic Brujo Mutafuka Trio. The FMX Festival de Mexico features programming sections in Aural, Music, Dance, Theater, Literature, Folk, Animation, and Childrens.

The 2013 World Tour intinerary is as follows:

May 15, 2013 - Teatro de la Ciudad, Donceles No. 36, col. Centro, Mexico City, Mexico. Concert at 8:30 pm. Tickets are Pesos 250, 300, 350, 400. For further information:


May 25, 2013 - Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., Philadelphia, PA. Doors at 8:00 pm with Arkestra set at 9:30 pm. Tickets are $15. For further information:


August 4, 2013 - Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA. For further information:


October 5, 2013 - The Allen Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Time Warner Building, Columbus Circle, Broadway & 60th Street, NY, NY. Sets at 7:00 & 9:30 pm. Tickets start at $45. For further information:


For additional information about the Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen, including Tourdates, CD Releases, Arkestra Member Bios, Multimedia, Weblinks, and Arkestra Booking Information, please visit:


Monday, April 15, 2013

SUN RA REISSUES

Next month, the Let Them Eat Vinyl label will be reissuing two Sun Ra albums:
"Live At Montreux" and "Cosmos".
On vinyl.

UNMATCHED VOLUME 14 AND 15

Hall Of Fame Records is releasing volume 14 and 15 in their (Zappa Tribute) Unmatched series.

More info at : http://www.halloffame.es/


A.L. Guillén – Der Cucamongol cannibalizes your idol (Unmatched Vol. XIV)


= a contemporary take on Zappa's music.

Caballero Reynaldo & The Grand Kazoo – Marieta y Los Jetas – HOF-081-CD (Unmatched Vol. 15 part I)
Luis G. – Ruben Demos – HOF-082-CD (Unmatched Vol. 15 part II)

= Zappa's doo wop in Spanish.

TOM BROWN'S CONFESSIONS OF A ZAPPA FANATIC

Let me take a minute to tell you how much I liked reading Tom Brown's "Confesstions Of A Zappa Fanatic".

Tom Brown is featured on The Grandmothers' "Lookin' Up Grannie's Dress" album. Tom played the drums in Zoogz Rift band. Tom worked at Rhino Records where he compiled the Beat The Boot series.
These are not just mere facts in my appreciation of Frank Zappa's (and Zoogz) music. These are landmarks.

In "Confessions Of A Zappa Fanatic", Tom shares his experiences. Because of the various links to the people, the albums and the music that are also part of my musical world, I find it very easy to relate to his stories. It's so close to my perception that it's likeTom was sitting next to me while I was reading his book.

Thanks Tom !!

A must-read.




ARF DOSSIER VOL.75

Volume 75 of the Arf Dossier is out !
This Zappa fanzine is published by the German Arf Society.


the arf-dossier no.75  -  2013/03
incl.
  • leserpost
  • dr.demento on the road by matthew galaher
  • the hot platters heaven from the arf office by peter görs, burkhard schempp, volkmar mantei
  • sigrun köler / wiltrud baler: where's the beer & when do we get paid by lena kettner
  • help, i'm a freak by max schindler
  • news from belgium - live from United Mutations
  • just another cover version by chloe & robert trujillo
  • die urmutter der zappanale * interview, 1 teil
  • the fine but unauthorized cd kaleidoscope by burkhard schempp, peter görs
  • the vinyl bootleg releases by burkhard schempp
  • zappa-musik in rostock by jürgen blümel


NEWS FROM THE CZECH FRANK ZAPPA FAN CLUB

The Czech Frank Zappa Fan Club released another issue of their Zappostrophe fanzine.



JIMMY CARL BLACK WEBSITE IS BACK


Read more here: http://jcb.starthago.de/en 

TODD GRUBBS - TODDITIES VOLUME 1


After his two first album, "Combination" (1994) and "Beautiful Device" (2004), Todd released a disc called "Toddities". It's a first in a series of albums that collects material that he doesn't see fit on his regular, normal albums.
The biggest part of "Toddities Volume 1" consists of songs from two cassette only E.P.'s., and there's also four new tunes.
I like it.



CAL SCHENKEL

More cutting and pasting, adding data to the United Mutations Archives.

Hit Parader 1967, ad by Cal Schenkel

A drawing / painting that Cal Schenkel did for a friend in L.A., 2011.


WALL CLOCKS

There's nothing like adding great pictures to the United Mutations Archives.
Here's a collection of shots that I got from my friends at the Czech Zappa Fan Club.
Added them to the Frank Zappa "Oddities" section.

These wall clocks were made by Slavka Prevendarcikova (who lives in Bratislava, Slovakia).








LAYLA ZOE



Layla Zoe performed Frank Zappa's 'Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up' a capella at the Yard Club in Cologne, Germany, on April 8, 2011, during a concert of The Muffin Men (with special guest Denny Walley).

The track got broadcast on WUSB's "Zappathon" radio show on 2013/04/14.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

TODD GRUBBS - BEAUTIFUL DEVICE


Adding data to the United Mutations Archives, here's Todd Grubb's second album: " Beautiful Device". It's a private release from 2004 and it presents some fine instrumental melodic rock and fusion guitar tracks.
Fans of Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Jeff Beck and Frank Zappa should definitely check out Todd's music.
"Beautiful Device" is an excellent album.
Food for guitar freaks, and essential listening for melomaniacs.



PICTURES FROM THE 2013 04 09 GRANDMOTHERS BRATISLAVA CONCERT

I received this nice batch of pictures of the GrandMothers Bratislava concert that took place on 2013 04 09 from my friends of the Czech Frank Zappa Fan Club.

Don Preston

Mike Miller

Napoleon Murphy Brock

Napoleon Murphy Brock & Dave Johnson

NAPOLEON MURPHY BROCK: vocals, tenor saxophone, flute
DON PRESTON: keyboard, vocals
DAVE JOSHNSON: bass
CHRIS GARCIA: drums & vocals
MIKE MILLER: guitar & vocals
  • 2013/04/14 concert 'Bürgerhaus Diago...', Ingoldstadt
  • 2013/04/15 concert 'Hirsch', Nürnberg
  • 2013/04/17 concert 'Zeche', Essen
  • 2013/04/18 concert 'Scala Club', Leverkusen
  • 2013/04/19 concert 'Cultuurpodium Boer...', Zoetermeer
  • 2013/04/20 concert 'De Piek', Vlissingen
  • 2013/04/21 concert 'De Bosuil', Weert
  • 2013/04/23 concert 'Burghof', Lörrach
  • 2013/04/25 concert 'Jazzfestival Sankt...', Sankt Ingbert
  • 2013/04/26 concert 'Sudhaus', Tübingen
  • 2013/05/01 concert 'Mühle Hunziken', Rubigen

ORIGINAL FRANK ZAPPA PAINTING UP FOR AUCTION

About a month ago, I received a message from the owner of this fantastic piece...

You might have seen a picture of it in the United Mutations Archives.
It's a painting by Frank Zappa.
& it's up for auction at Bonhams.

https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/20984/lot/3450/


TODAY = THE ZAPPATHON RADIO SPECIAL


John Tabacco and Nigey Lennon host "Zappathon" at WUSB, Stony Brook, NY between Noon to Midnight ! You can listen online at http://wusb.org/. The entire broadcast is also archived online for the following week.

INVENTIONIS MATER TO RELEASE A ZAPPA ALBUM

a message from Inventionis Mater 


Hello to everyone,
as well you would know we're planing to publish our first album "Does Humor Belong in Classical Music?" online and for free (or with free offer), giving the .wav files in HD and covers for printing.

For CD-Covers we establish a public contest online.

* only images free from copyrights
* images coherent with a CD-cover printing, 12x12cm, however with length = width;
* please, send image with high resolution;
* the cover can optionally contain the writings "Inventionis Mater" and the album title "Does Humor Belong in Classical Music?";
* send the cover with your (real) name to our e-mail: inventionismater@gmail.com or in attachment in private message to our facebook page "Inventionis Mater - Zappa Duo";
* you can join this contest with all the number images you prefer and desire;
* the deadline to send the cover is wednesday, May the first.

All images, from the first of May, will be publish on our facebook page (with author name) and subjected to your opinions.

Have a good Day!
Pierpaolo & Andrea

http://www.inventionismater.com


Saturday, April 13, 2013

IBRAHIM MAALOUF

Ibrahim Maalouf plays the quarter tone trumpet, which means that he is able to produce semitones.

Here's Ibrahim Maalouf with 'Beirut'.



TODD GRUBBS - COMBINATION



I first heard about Todd Grubbs when Andrew Greenaway mentioned the artists that were participating on his "20 Extraordinary Renditions" Zappa tribute album. Must have been around 2006.
Todd Grubbs is a guitar player. Actually, he's a great guitar player. And he's also a guitar teacher and a composer. If you fancy instrumental guitar music à la Jeff Beck, Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, this will be most probably be right up your alley as well.
"Combination" was Todd's first album. It got released in 1994 and presents 11 impressive tracks.

Data added to the United Mutations Archives.
CD available from CDBaby.

Friday, April 12, 2013

MIKE KENEALLY - WING BEAT ELASTIC



Mike Keneally's latest album, "Wing Beat Elastic" arrived today. I had listened to the download a couple of times already, but I still prefer listening to the album and reading the liner notes while I have the album in my hands.
Beautiful.
As the record cover says: "Remixes, demos & unheard music".
I love it.

www.keneally.com



Monday, April 8, 2013

THE RESIDENTS DOCUMENTARY - - PART 1 OF 143


In My Room feat. Randy from Don Hardy on Vimeo.

LAST SHOP STANDING


OFFICIAL FILM OF RECORD STORE DAY TAKING PLACE 20TH APRIL

'Last Shop Standing - The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of the Independent Record Shop'

Based on the bestselling book of the same name by Graham Jones, Last Shop Standing documents the story of that much-beloved but tragically endangered British institution: the independent record shop.
The highly praised film features music from independent bands, was financed by independent music fans and is made by an independent film company. We are proud that Last Shop Standing is the official film of Record Store Day 2013 which takes place on April 20th.

Record Shops all over the world are organising screenings of the film on the run up to RSD. So far over 80 record shops have organised their own screenings.

Blue Hippo Media and Proper Music Publishing are delighted to announce three monumental steps in the ongoing journey of the film:

* We have secured a broadcast deal with Sky Arts that will see the film aired on two prime time slots tied in with Record Store Day. Scheduled for Friday 19th April at 9pm and Saturday 20th April at 5pm.

* A new Deluxe edition of the DVD will be released at the same time. Beware - there are Deluxe editions and there are Deluxe editions! This is the real deal with an extra 74 minutes of footage including extended interviews with Johnny Marr, Richard Hawley, Billy Bragg ,Paul Weller Sid Griffin and others, along with record shop owners telling funny anecdotes about life behind the record shop counter. None of this will be shown on the TV broadcast and is exclusive to the DVD. The physical DVD will be available initially only through independent record shops taking part in Record Store Day 2013.

* At the same time the Deluxe edition will be launched in Canada and the USA through our friends at Conveyor and MVD with the USA premiere being held across the country in independent record shops during the week before RSD.

For further information on other screenings and access to high res stills of the film go to http://www.lastshopstanding.com


ZAPPATIKA UPDATE

True, this message reached me about two weeks ago...

a message from Zappatika


After a 4 year stint as the hard working bassist in ZAPPATiKA, Ingo "The Kid" Oosterbaan (23) will play his last show with the band on June 8th in Stockholm when ZAPPATiKA perform at violinist Ke's wedding.
 The Kid is now deeply involved in music studies and has his eye on some new projects, so, with no animosity, but a little sadness, ZAPPATiKA will bid him farewell.

Auditions for the new Bass player begin this weekend (23 March) and the band already has a few very good potential new recruits lined up to show their skills in the rehearsal rooms.
The successful applicant will be announced as soon as a final decision has been made !


Sunday, April 7, 2013

SPALTKLANG IS BACK

During the summer of 2012, Markus Stauss put his Spaltklang project on hold.
As he explains on his website:
"The size of the group, a 6 piece outfit, the musicians' very different availabilities and therefore very individual schedules, made it impossible to continue the rehearsals on a regular basis."

A couple of days ago, however, a nice message arrived at the United Mutations Headquarters. Markus Stauss has re-arranged the Spaltklang pieces (originally intended for a sextet) for a quintet.
You know what this means.
Spaltklang is back !!
The new line-up includes a new trumpet player and a new guitarist, and a new release is scheduled for September.

By the way, did you know that Spaltklang's drummer, Rémy Sträuli is also the drummer for Fido Plays Zappa?


MADVILLAIN

MF Doom (MC) and Madlib (beats) are Madvillain. Their 2004 album "Madvillainy" included a Zappa sample. Track 3, 'Meat Grinder', starts with a repeated 'Sleeping In A Jar' sample.

I learned earlier today that 2004 also saw the release of "Madvillainy Instrumentals", a 2LP instrumental version of the album. It got released in a generic sleeve on the same label (Stones Throw Records).
This instrumental album got rereleased in 2011. This time with artwork / an album cover.

Both of these albums included the Zappa sample.

NIGEY LENNON


a message from Muffin Records Productions USA, April 2013

It's official: MRP USA and NIGEY LENNON (musician,composer and author of the book "Being Frank") will release a very special and exclusive track by Nigey featuring JIMMY CARL BLACK's VERY LAST RECORDING before he passed away ! "Stolen Cadillac" is a Western Swing which Nigey Lennon and Candy Zappa (Frank Zappa's sister) premiered at Zappanale 13 in 2002 (Lennon/Tabacco/Zappa with Ed Palermo a.o.). The studio recording features Jimmy Carl Black,Vocal - Candy Zappa,vocal. fiddle, and guitar parts - Laura Kass, fiddle - Paul Lacques, guitar - Jay Rozen, tuba & Nigey Lennon, rhythm tracks, programming, mixing.

Also we are also pleased to announce that we gonna offer you Nigey Lennon's album "Reinventing The Wheel" with bonus track. Both - 'RTW' and 'Stolen Cadillac' will be available for download after our website has been redesigned - we keep you posted and more details follow.....

Saturday, April 6, 2013

KOH I NOOR PLAYS MIKE KENEALLY

In addition to Paul B's movies of the Mike Keneally concert in Tilburg, here's his recording of the Koh I Noor saxophone quartet.
Also at the 'Paradox' in Tilburg.
Performing Mike Keneally's 'Metrolinofenagea'.
2013 03 27



thank you Paul !!

MIKE KENEALLY IN TILBURG

March 29, 2013, jazz and alternative music club 'Paradox' in Tilburg was the place to be for fans of Mike Keneally's music. I saw friends from Sweden, Germany, The Netherlands & Belgium. Fun!

Godsticks opened with 45 minutes of prog rock. They were followed by Koh I Noor, a Dutch saxophone quartet.
A couple of years ago, Dutch national radio NPR had commissioned two musicians / composert to write a piece. The artists were Steve Vai and Mike Keneally.
Koh I Noor performed the world premier of the Mike Keneally piece, entitled 'Metrolinofenagea'.
Picture taken by Philippe Lamoot.

  • Frido ter Beek: soprano sax
  • Michiel van Dijk: alto sax
  • Sander Beumer: tenor sax
  • Marc Scholten: baritone sax
The piece was pretty impressive. An audience audio recording is up at Zappateers, but it was recorded by Co de Kloet for broadcast on Dutch Radio 6 as well!!

Next up was the Mike Keneally Band.
The complete gig will be broadcast by Co de Kloet on Radio 6 as well.
I loved it. It was great. Thank you, Mike Keneally. And thank you, Co de Kloet !!
(picture by Philippe Lamoot)



  • Mike Keneally: guitar, vocals, keyboard
  • Bryan Beller: bass
  • Rick Musallam: guitar, vocals
  • Joe Travers: drums, vocals
The band was in great shape and played an impressive set.

intro by Co de Kloet - Mike Keneally, Frozen Beef, Backwards Deb, Hallmark, Hum, I'm Raining Here  Inside, Choosing To Drown, Bobeau, You Kill Me, Tranquillado, Quimby > Stove, Seven Percent (Bryan Beller), Your House, Dolphins > Lightnin'Roy, Cowlogy, Cause Of Breakfast
the encores
Spoonguy (vocal/instrumental), Uglytown

Here's Paul B.'s impressions:














NEW GARY LUCAS ALBUM IN SEPTEMBER


Guitarist extraordinaire GARY LUCAS  just signed with Brooklyn-based label NORTHERN SPY RECORDS for the September release of his new album "CINEFANTASTIQUE". The album features solo arrangements of music from classic films by Jacques Tati, Alfred Hitchcock, Federico Fellini, Bela Tarr, Werner Herzog,  and many others, and also includes excerpts from Gary Lucas' fantastic film scores for the 1931 Spanish "Dracula" and Rene Clair's "Entr'acte".

The release of Gary's new album coincides with the Sept. publication in the UK and US of his new book "Touched by Grace--My Time with Jeff Buckley" via Jawbone Press.

Friday, April 5, 2013

THE RESIDENTS' WONDER OF WEIRD

My favourite Eye Balled Band, The Residents, finished their U.S. tour a little while ago. The European leg of their tour will start in a couple of weeks.
To everyone's delight, the band is bringing some new and re-newed goodies along.

Both "Lonely Teenager" and "Coochie Brake" have been released in an excellent looking digipack.
The "Wonder Of Weird - 40the Anniversary" stamp is present on the inside of the package.