Sunday, June 25, 2017

ORCHESTRA EXOTICA


Orchestra Exotica is releasing a first album in about two months.

Album Release: 31.08.17 - Jazz In 't Park - Gent BE

Album Teaser - Orchestra Exotica

Bruno Vansina - flute, synth and parafernalia
Pierre Vervloesem - guitar
Frank Van Eycken - vibraphone, marimba, glockenspiel, percussion
Peter Vandenberghe - keys
Filip Vandebril - bass
Kobe Proesmans - percussion
Simon Segers - drums

Video: Gil Mortiaux



GOV'T MULE - REVOLUTION COME... REVOLUTION GO



Classic Mule.
I went for the 2CD edition. It has a couple of alternate versions on disc 2.

Nice.

http://mule.net/


ED PALERMO BIG BAND IN CONCERT ON JUNE 30


The Ed Palermo Big Band
in concert,
June 30, 2017,

World Cafe Live Philadelphia
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
USA

Ed says :

After two years, we return with ZODD ZUNDGREN-THE MUSIC OF FRANK ZAPPA AND TODD RUNDGREN

TWO SETS OF INSANITY!

http://www.worldcafelive.com/event/1471969-ed-palermo-big-band-zodd-philadelphia/

Hope you can be there!

ed



NEW ALBUM BY THE 1000 QUARTET

El Negocito Records is releasing a new album by the 1000 quartet.

Jan Klare - reeds
Bart Maris - trumpet
Wilbert De Joode - bass
Michael Vatcher - drums and percussion

More info and soundsamples here :
http://elnegocitorecords.com/releases/eNR063+.html

-- info: Danny Mathys


Saturday, June 24, 2017

THE SPOTNICKS - RARE COLLECTION



The Spotnicks' recording of Frank Zappa's 'Duodenum', (or (the theme from) 'Lumpy Gravy' as they called it) can be found on various compilation albums.
I recently found another one: this "Rare Collection" 2CD set from 1999.

A fine addition to The Others Of Invention, musicians performing the music of Frank Zappa;


CARL KING - GRAND ARCHITECTS OF THE UNIVERSE

In the meantime, Carl King's "Grand Architects Of The Universe" arrived. I had been listening to the download, but having the actual CD in your hands, does have that someting extra.
A superb musical science-fiction epos that features Dweezil Zappa, Mike Keneally, Phi Yaan-Zek, Marco Minnemann and Morgan Ågren, just to mention the most familiar sounding names.

Excellent.
http://carlkingdom.com/


EUGENE CHADBOURNE - THE HILLS HAVE JAZZ

Next to his enormous output on CDR, Eugene Chadbourne does have albums released by record labels as well.
One of these is "The Hills Have Jazz".
In the liner notes, Eugene tells the story of how he visited L.A., got to borrow Wes Craven's vintage Gibson acoustic guitar, and of how he and Richie invited a couple of L.A. jazz musicians to participate in the recordings.
Great reading and the music's even better.

Recommended listening !!

eugene chadbourne: acoustic guitar
richie west: drums
brian walsh: tenor saxophone
carey fosse: electric guitar
bill barrett: harmonica
dan clucas: cornet, flute

produced by eugene chadbourne
  1. good bait (tadd dameron, count basie)
  2. heavy spirits (oliver lake)
  3. saturn (oliver lake)
  4. 17 west (eric dolphy)
  5. noonah (roscoe mitchell)
  6. space jazz reverie (sun ra)  !!
  7. miss toni (eric dolphy)
  8. miles' mode (john coltrane)

Here's a bit of Eugene Chadbourne, plus experimental duo Zu :



DOC CHAD CONTEMPORARY ROCK BAND - OLD DOG



Eugene Chadbourne released two album by his Doc Chad Contemporary Rock Band last year. Both present recordings of the tour he did with Jan Fitschen (bass, baritone guitar) and Dieter Schroeder (drums).
This is a great show. Great musicians and funny as well.
Eugene mentions Jimmy Carl Black in the lyrics of 'I Used To Be Somebody'.
It includes Sun Ra's 'The Satellites Are Spinning' in the set list.

http://www.eugenechadbourne.com/


FRANCO SAINT DE BAKKER - LIVE AT THE ANCIENNE BELGIQUE II

A couple of years after "Live At The Ancienne Belgique" (a concert hall in the city of Brussels), Franco Saint De Bakker released the follow-up, aptly called "Live At The Ancienne Belgique II".

No Sun Ra classics or Raymond Scott tunes this time, but another fine selection including a number of excellent original compositions.
I really like 'Saar van de Leest's 'Sarly's Theme' !!



THE KLEPTOMATICS

Yves Peeters' Kleptomatics.

Rob Banken: alto sax
Peter Delannoye: trombone
Berlinde Deman: tuba
Loïc Dumoulin: trumpet
Thomas Mayade: trumpet
Yves Peeters: drums
Bruno Van der Haegen: tenor sax

All names that you've heard before when bands like Flat Earth Society, Nordmann, DelVitaGroup, Manngold de Cobre, Yves Peeters Gumbo or the Opus 2 Brass Band were mentioned.

Wonder if they know any Zappa tunes? That should be fun !!




MILLIONAIRE - SCIENCING

Did I already mention the brand-new Millionaire album?
In times where one gets satured by info by e-mail, by facebook, by twitter and whatever else, it's hard to differenciate the informative messages from the garbage. Let alone keep track of the interesting info.
The large quantity of info also causes today's news being old news tomorrow.

So let me get back to the new Millionaire album.
"Sciencing" is a very impressive album. I've been playing it a lot the last couple of weeks.
Straightforward, contemporary rock.
The album has 12 songs on it and they're all quite different although they all bear the Millionaire signature.

The biggest surprise was the opening track, 'I'm Not Who You Think You Are'. The guitar solo (near the end of the song) sounds like it's played by Frank Zappa. Wow. Didn't expect that !



THE CZAR SHOP


Switzerland has a new source for music from obscure and underground bands.

They say it like this :
The Czar Shop is an underground webshop for Czar Of Bullets and Czar Of Revelations releases and also for other great music run by music addicted people from the labels Czar Of Crickets Productions, Desert Engine, Nocebo Records and the promoter group Deep Drone. Our major task is to offer you great music on vinyl and CDs from metal, rock, pop, ambient sounds and more…

Check it out :  http://czarshop.com/


BELA BARTOK


It seems like Bela Bartok is getting some renewed attention.
Sinister Sister Announced a number of concerts where they will be performing the music of Bela Bartok in a jazz / rock setting, and more recently, Dialeto has released an album with Bela Bartok compositions.

Out on the MoonJune record label :



FRANCO SAINT DE BAKKER - LIVE AT THE ANCIENNE BELGIQUE

Franco Saint De Bakker is a Belgian collective that unites rock musicians from various bands and ensembles to perform contemporary versions of jazz standards.
The band got formed by Elko Blijweert (Kiss My Jazz, Dead Man Ray, Rudy Trouvé Septet, Gruppo di Pawlowski). Together with Rudy Trouvé, Elko runs the Heaven Hotel record label.
Other members include Saar Van De Leest (Tip Toe Topic, Traktor, Capsule), Joris Caluwaerts (Zita Swoon, Stuff, ...), Sigrid Van Roosendaal (Lionell Horowitz, Rudy Trouvé,...), Karel De Bakker (Dead Man Ray, Manngold,...), Frans Van Isacker (various jazz combos) and Thomas Sainderichin.

Traditional, adventurous, contemporary jazz.
This first release (from 2004 already) includes a beautiful version of Raymond Scott's 'Powerhouse' and a breathtaking 'Angels And Demons At Play' from Sun Ra.



Friday, June 23, 2017

MIDVALE SCHOOL FOR THE GIFTED - OU 1999-2000 SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT

Three students from the Midvale School For The Gifted sent a demo to one Ed Furniture. They blew up their school shortly after that. Ed was impressed and released their demo on an album.

So far the quite funny story behind this Carl King / Sir Millard Mulch project from 2000.
The album is quite good so it had to be added to the United Mutations Archives.
Experimental / avant garde rock !

Get you sound samples and order info here :
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/midvale


VARIOUS ARTISTS - KRACHTVOER



"Krachtvoer" (powerful food) is a book about / is a tribute to Dirk van der Pijl.
The late Dirk van der Pijl was an inspiring musician and person. In 2008 a couple of his closest friends decided to publish a book as a tribute. This book includes two CD's, beautifully incorportated in the inside of the back cover. As Dirk was the lead singer for White Beans and as White Beans had done a couple of Frank Zappa shows, both of the discs have a couple of tracks of the White Beans performing Zappa.
A couple of these tracks have been previously available on a couple of White Beans albums, but another three Zappa tunes are unique to this release.

A beautiful tribute. Both to Dirk van der Pijl and to his affection for the music of Frank Zappa.

The book is available from :
http://www.wimrijnsburger.nl/cds/

The United Mutations entry on the White Beans:
http://www.united-mutations.com/w/white_beans.htm


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

PINK FLOYD - THE EARLY YEARS - 1969 - DRAMATIS/ATION

Parts of the Pink Floyd "Early Years 1965 - 1972" box set have recently been made available.
As the "Dramatis/ation" included the Frank Zappa / Pink Floyd jam at Amougies, I couldn't resist.

It's all (4 discs) housed in a nice package and comes with a booklet with a bunch of pictures.

Here's the complete tracklist for this particular set :

disc one (cd) : more non-album tracks, bbc sessions and live in amsterdam
  1. hollywood
  2. theme (beat version)
  3. more blues (alternative version)
  4. seabirds
  5. embryo
  6. grantchester meadows - bbc radio session, 12 may 1969
  7. cymbaline - bbc radio session, 12 may 1969
  8. the narrow way - bbc radio session, 12 may 1969
  9. green is the colour - bbc radio session, 12 may 1969
  10. careful with that axe, eugene - bbc radio session, 12 may 1969
  11. interstellar overdrive - live at paradiso, amsterdam, 9 august 1969
  12. set the controls for the heart of the sun - live at paradiso, amsterdam, 9 august 1969
  13. careful with that axe, eugene - live at paradiso, amsterdam, 9 august 1969
  14. a saucerful of secrets - live at paradiso, amsterdam, 9 august 1969
disc two (cd) : the man and the journey live amsterdam, 17 september 1969
  1. daybreak
  2. work
  3. afternoon
  4. doing it
  5. sleeping
  6. nightmare
  7. labyrinth
  8. the beginning
  9. beset by creatures of the deep
  10. the narrow way, part 3
  11. the pink jungle
  12. the labyrinths of auximines
  13. footsteps / doors
  14. behold the temple of light
  15. the end of the beginning
disc three and four (dvd / blu-ray) : video fragments
  • banner
  • set the controls for the heart of the sun - forum musiques, paris, france, 22 january 1969
  • david gilmour interview - forum musiques, paris, france, 22 january 1969
  • a saucerful of secrets - forum musiques, paris, france, 22 january 1969
  • afternoon - the man and the journey, royal festival hall, london, rehearsal, april 14, 1969
  • the beginning - the man and the journey, royal festival hall, london, rehearsal, april 14, 1969
  • cymbaline - the man and the journey, royal festival hall, london, rehearsal, april 14, 1969
  • beset by creatures of the deep - the man and the journey, royal festival hall, london, rehearsal, april 14, 1969
  • the end of the beginning - the man and the journey, royal festival hall, london, rehearsal, april 14, 1969
  • careful with that axe, eugene - essencer pop & blues festival, essen, 11 october 1969
  • a saucerful of secrets - essencer pop & blues festival, essen, 11 october 1969
  • green is the colour - festival actuel amougies, mont de l'enclus, 25 october 1969
  • careful with that axe, eugene - festival actuel amougies, mont de l'enclus, 25 october 1969
  • set the controls for the heart of the sun - festival actuel amougies, mont de l'enclus, 25 october 1969
  • interstellar overdrive, with frank zappa - festival actuel amougies, mont de l'enclus, 25 october 1969
Here's what it's all about :



Monday, June 19, 2017

TEDDY & HIS PATCHES

Somewhere in 1967, Teddy & His Patches released a 7" with 'Suzy Creamcheese' on the A-side.

No coverversion of a Zappa tune, but an original composition that uses some FZ lines.

wikipedia
... Recording sessions generated two tracks, including "Suzy Creamcheese", a bizarre tune written by Conway and promoter Jerry Ralston.[5] The song was inspired by the opening dialogue—which "Suzy Creamcheese" features Flores mysteriously reciting—taken from the Frank Zappa composition "The Return of the Son of Monster Magnet".

Well, this very rare 7" has recently been reissued. If you take a closer look at the above picture, you can see that it says "reissue" on top.
An illegal reissue? Yes, but with the original going for more than US $ 100, and this reissue being available for about US $ 10.00, it's not that bad a deal.



AN ED PALERMO UPDATE

The Ed Palermo Big Band played another stunning gig at 'The Falcon' in Marlboro, NY, earlier this months.
Two shows.
with special guest Napoleon Murphy Brock

An audience recording of these shows can be downloaded from Zappateers.

early show

THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN (The Brooklyn Bridge)
DON’T YOU EVER WASH THAT THING intro only (Zappa)
CALL ANY VEGETABLE part one (Zappa)
MOGGIO INTRO (Zappa)
NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN/MOGGIO mashup (Moody Blues/Zappa)
THERE’S NO MYSTERY ABOUT MY G-SPOT(Chick Corea/Zappa/Wayne Shorter)
MOTHER PEOPLE (Zappa)
SON OF MR. GREEN GENES/I SAW THE LIGHT (Zappa/Todd Rundgren)
LONELY BOY (Andrew Gold)
CAN’T AFFORD NO SHOES (Zappa)
BAREFOOTIN’ (Robert Parker)
PO’JAMA PEOPLE (Zappa)
SAUSALITO (George Duke)
FLORENTINE POGEN (Zappa)
LET’S MAKE THE WATER TURN BLACK (Zappa)
SPINNING WHEEL INTRO (Blood Sweat and Tears)
ECHIDNA’S ARF (Zappa)
WEDDING MARCH (Wagner)
LONELY BOY CODA (Andrew Gold)

late show

SOMETHING IN THE AIR (Thunderclap Newman)
OPTIMISTIC VOICES (Wizard of Oz)
TROMBONE GUILD (Wizard of Oz)
OVER THE RAINBOW (Wizard of Oz)
PYGMY TWYLYTE (Zappa)
ROCKY RACCOON (Beatles)
BIRTHDAY (Beatles)
I WILL (Beatles)
VILLAGE OF THE SUN (Zappa)
WICKED WITCH/BIRTHDAY (Wizard of Oz/Beatles)
BLACK HOLE SUN (Soundgarden)
FRED (Allan Holdsworth)
SNAKE OIL (Tony Williams)
FUR ELISE (Beethoven)
YER TUBA (Beatles)
TAXMAN/SAN BER'DINO (Beatles/Zappa)
DON’T YOU EVER WASH THAT THING-intro only (Zappa)
SON OF SUZY CREAMCHEESE (Zappa)
BROWN SHOES DON’T MAKE IT (Zappa)
CALL ANY VEGETABLE part two (Zappa)
REVOLUTION mash up: Revolution (Beatles) / School Days (Chuck Berry) / No Particular Place to Go (Chuck Berry)
MUFFIN MAN/HAPPY TOGETHER/EYE OF THE TIGER/WHIPPING POST (Zappa/Turtles/Survivor/Allman)

THE DOC CHAD CONTEMPORARY ROCK BAND - MONKEY BAR

Here's another recent title from Eugene Chadbourne.
The Doc Chad Contemporary Rock Band (Eugene Chadbourne: banjo, guitar and vocals * Jan Fitschen: bass * Dieter Schroeder: drums)

Recorded in concert at the "Monkey Bar", this fine album presents 16 marvellous tracks.
The band is in fine shape and the recording is excellent. Here's the tracklist for the album :

  1. 8 miles high
  2. rockin' in the free world
  3. autumn lullaby
  4. supplies dwindle
  5. after the rain
  6. danger!
  7. happy new year
  8. graveyard
  9. if you've got the money
  10. sunday monrnin' comin' down
  11. counting the days - the creator has a master plan
  12. dirty deeds done dirty cheap
  13. okie from muskogee
  14. drive on
  15. runnin' kind
  16. no reason to quit

Recorded around the same time, but released during the tour, was "Record Story Day". I would have liked to hear that one as well, especially since the band performed Don Van Vliet's 'Lick My Decals Off, Baby' that night. Unfortunately, Doc Chad's hard disc (with this recording) went dead...
If anyone has a copy of "Record Store Day", you could make both me and Doc Chad very happy with a copy ! Get in touch !!


RAN BLAKE - THE COMPLETE REMASTERED RECORDINGS ON BLACK SAINT & SOUL MATE



Remember the Ran Blake / David Fabris "Indian Winter" album? It included their version of Frank Zappa's 'Marqueson's Chicken'. Ran Blake on piano and David Fabris on guitar.
Well, this very album has been re-released (in a remastered edition) as part of the above shown box set.

Another fine edition to The Others Of Invention, bands and artists performing the music of Frank Zappa.


CHEER-ACCIDENT - PUTTING OFF DEATH


  • cheer-accident: putting off death
        (2017, cd, usa, cuneiform records)
Cheer-Accident is an experimental rock band. They have been making music for about thirty years and have released twenty-something albums.
Notwithstanding their 'non-commercial' music and the rapidly changing music industry, the band is still around and has produced a brand-new album.
And despite the title, Cheer-Accident sounds more alive than ever.

"Putting Off Death" collects seven pieces. Not your ordinairy love songs but beautiful, endearing compositions.

01. Language Is
02. Immanence
03. Wishful Breathing
04. Falling World
05. More And Less
06. Lifetime Guarantee
07. Hymn

Out on Cuneiform Records;
www.cuneiformrecords.com

Available from Mandaï;
www.mandai.be




Sunday, June 18, 2017

DR. MUMBAI - THE ADVENTURES OF DR. MUMBAI


Bill Pitts (= Dr. Mumbai) released "The Adventures Of Dr. Mumbai" a couple of years ago.
A beautiful album with lots of nods to Frank Zappa. It features a lot of familiar sounding names : Marco Minnemann, Arthur Barrow, Aaron Arntz, Scheila Gonzales, Bryan Beller, Pete Griffin, Dweezil Zappa (!!), and Billy Hunting.

A fine discovery. Why hadn't I heard of this before?

If I'm well informed, Bill is recording another album. It should feature one Ike Willis...

Samples and more right here : https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/drmumbai


EUGENE CHADBOURNE - FUCK INDEPENDENCE


Eugene Chadbourne's solo concert at the "Apostisis Festival" in St.Petersburg, Russia.
It includes Doc Chad performing Don Van Vliet''s 'Orange Claw Hammer'.
Great show.

http://www.eugenechadbourne.com/


EUGENE CHADBOURNE - 2017 IWW BAND



Eugene Chadbourne's latest release is entitled "2017 IWW Band".
Besides the fact that this is a very fine album, I should also mention that it includes the band performing Frank Zappa's 'Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance'.
The song starts with a recording of Jimmy Carl Black talking about his early life and then kicks in to a wild version of 'Take Your Clothes Off'.

http://www.eugenechadbourne.com/


THE NICE - COMPLETE BROADCAST TAPE



Here's the data for the bootleg with The Nice that included the BBC Top Gear Sessions with the band performing Frank Zappa's 'Lumpy Gravy'.


BRUCE BICKFORD EXHIBITION CATALOGUE

Good news from the publishing company.
The Bruce Bickford exhibition catalogue (for his expo that is running in Germany right now) should be available to order from June 21 onwards.

The ordering page is setup, but not all the links are working yet.
http://www.topalian-milani.de/herr-bickford-entdeckt-ein-neues-land/




DIMESLAND - CREEPMOON

The reason for me to check out Dimesland (or to Land Of Thin Dimes as the band was originally called) came from Nolan Cook. Nolan plays the guitar for The Residents. On record and on tour.
During the last years, Nolan Cook's guitar playing has added a very recognisable, typical sound on The Residents' recordings. Clean, long, floating notes. A sound that fits The Residents perfectly.

His work on Dimesland is quite different. Dimesland is a metal band. The guitar is a lot heavier and more energetic. Not something that I would consume on an empty stomach.

"Creepmoon" is a 15-minute mini album that got released in 2012, a couple of years before their latest "Psychogenic Atrophy".

Available from :
http://dimesland.bandcamp.com/

Here's one of their more recent songs. It will give you a pretty good idea of what Dimesland is about.




SNAKEFINGER - CHEWING HIDES THE SOUND

Next to his contribution to various Residents records, and to some Clubfoot Orchestra albums, Snakefinger released three solo albums.
All three, "Chewing Hides The Sound", "Greener Postures" and "Manual Of Errors" have recently been re-released by Klanggalerie.

True, the album is from 1979 and it has been re-released on both vinyl and CD in the late eighties and nineties, but just in case that you don't already have it (or that you need an extra copy), this Klanggaerie re-issue is excellent.
Perfect sound, great package and a couple of bonus tracks (from early singles).

http://www.klanggalerie.com/

A fine article on Snakefinger :
http://www.foundsf.org/index.php?title=The_Ballad_of_Snakefinger


SIR MILLARD MULCH - HOW TO SELL THE WHOLE F#@!ING UNIVERSE TO EVERYBODY...

Sir Millard Mulch's (or Carl King's) "How To Sell The Whole F#@!ing Universe To Everybody..." is (and I'm paraphrasing) : "the ultimate guide to social metaphysics for salesmen, artists, magicians, and all other types of manipulative fakes & liars".
Hilarious.
Musical madness.
Features Morgan Agren on drums and Lale Larson on keyboards.
Here's a sample :


For the complete thing, go to http://carlkingdom.com/


EUGENE CHADBOURNE - THE DIVINE

"The Divine" got released by Doc Chad in 2016. It offers pieces of the solo concerts that he did at the Beacon in New York and at the Apostisis Festival in St.Petersburg, Russia, plus a couple of tracks with a band.
Fine material, and an excellent choice of tunes !

  1. the look of strumpf
  2. aleucha / salt peanuts
  3. old dog
  4. compared to what
  5. the shreeve
  6. dear lord
  7. monk's dream
  8. one more road tocross
  9. the way i am
  10. lick my decals off (don van vliet)
  11. drive on
  12. happy new year
  13. if could only fly
  14. hurdy gurdy man
  15. satellites are spinning (sun ra)
  16. ride my see saw
  17. no reason to quit
  18. runnin kind


Saturday, June 17, 2017

THE NICE - DIAMOND HARD BLUE APPLES OF THE MOON


August 6, 1968, The Nice (Keith Emberson's band) recorded Frank Zappa's 'Lumpy Gravy' for a BBC Top Gear session.
The sessions got broadcast on August 25 of the same year. The recordings got released in 2002, but could already be found on a bootleg album.
The above pictured album, "Diamond Hard Blue Apples", offers recordings from various concerts and radio sessions from 1968 to 1970. It also includes 'Lumpy Gravy'.


BUBBLEMATH - EDIT PEPTIDE

  • bubblemath: edit peptide
        (2017, cd, usa, cuneiform records)
Minnesota quintet Bubblemath is Kai Esbensen (vocals, keyboards), James Flagg (vocals, drums), Jon Smith (vocals, guitar) and Blake Albinson (guitar, keyboard). "Edit Peptide" is their second album. It follows "Such Fine Particles Of The Universe" that got released in 2002.

Rhythmically challenging, melodically impressive and vocally top notch, "Edit Peptide" is sure to make some eyebrows move. The music is could be considered experimentel progressive, yet it sounds so poppy.
Right up my alley.
I love it.

Out on Cuneiform Records.
www.cuneiformrecords.com

Available from Mandaï.
www.mandai.be

Check it out !!


THE YELLOW SNOW CRYSTALS IN CONCERT IN AACHEN, GERMANY ON JULY 1


The Yellow Snow Crystals are getting ready for Zappanale !

Saturday, July 01. 2017, the band will be playing in Aachen.

Saturday, July 01. 2017,   20h00
'Raststätte',  Lothringerstraße 23,   52062 Aachen, Germany

THE YELLOW SNOW CRYSTALS - Zappa im DeutschJazzPunk
  • PAUL HUBWEBER Trombone, Vocals
  • ALEX MORSEY Double Bass, Sousaphone, Guembri, Vocals
  • SIMON CAMATTA Drums, Vocals
  • GERHARD HORRIAR Vocals, Narration
  • MARTIN VERBORG Violin, Saxofone, Vocals



MOONJUNE RECORDS SAMPLER


25 Jazz and Beyond Jazz tunes from 25 artists from 25 different albums released on MoonJune Records between 2011-2017.

https://moonjunerecords.bandcamp.com/album/it-must-be-jazz





EUGENE CHADBOURNE - MUSICAL SOUNDS OF GOLD AND PLATINUM



I recently bought another set of albums by Eugene Chadbourne. You may know that Eugene is a perfect example of a contemporary DIY (do it yourself) artist. He writes and performs his own music but he's also not scared to perform pieces by other artists. Music that is part of his history, his life. As Doc Chad has a good taste in music, this usually translates in familiar sounding tunes or fine discoveries. The recognizability depends on the quirky arrangement and/or the instrument that he is playing (guitar, banjo, rake, umbrella,...).
"Musical Sounds Of Gold And Platinum" has Eugene performing solo, in trio, and even with his Doc Chad Contemporary Rock Band.
Lots of great tunes, including Don Van Vliet's 'Orange Claw Hammer'. Very nice.

The CDR comes in the typical unique packaging: recycled / collage LP covers with the info written all over it.
Love it.


GOV'T MULE HALLOWEEN SHOW IN AMSTERDAM

That's right.
Gov't Mule will be returning to the old continent next October / November.
With a show in Amsterdam on October 31.

Here's their recent tribute to Gregg Allman.



THE LONDON HORNS

Next to the trombone, sax and trumpet, and the bass and drum rhythm section, the London Horns feature Mike Outram on guitar.
Beautiful jazz rock / fusion.
I can't pinpoint it, but it does have this familiar sound...



Sunday, June 11, 2017

OSSI DURI - FRANKAMENTE

Originally released as a download-only album, but more recently also available through Amazon as a cd-on-demand.
A fabulous Zappa tribute concert by Ossi Duri, with special guest Ike Willis as icing on the cake.


MORE MILLIONAIRE

I added a bit of extra data to the Millionaire entry over at the United Mutations Archives.

data & cover of the first album, from 2001 :



and a couple of early singles :


Does it show that I like Millionaire ?


FRANK ZAPPA - NASTY RATS LIVE...

The shady Keyhole label will be issuing another Frank Zappa concert.
It will be a 2CD set of the October 31, 1981 Palladium concert, called "Nasty Rats Live..."



MOSAE ZAPPA 045

Last week, I told you that there's another edition of Mosae Zappa 045 being prepared.
Again at the 'Oefenbunker' in Landgraaf, NL.
Excellent news.

I added a picture of the superb concert poster to the United Mutations Archives earlier today.



CHATO! UNPLUGGED


Chato says :
Before we release our album on 07/07/2017, you get another goodie: our special unplugged arrangement of Progtopia. We did it as a 3-piece and even put in a section from an old song of ours. This is Live from the Singer Songwriter Showcase in Osnabrück on May 30th



MILLIONAIRE - PARADISIAC

Belgian band Millionaire has a new album out. It's their third album in sixteen years.
What better way to celebrate than to give their previous one, "Paradisiac", a couple of spins.

An energetic rhythms section, guitar-driven songs and devilish vocals.
I love it.

Here's the opening track : 'I'm On A High', written by Tim Vanhamel and Mauro Pawlowski.



PAUL HUBWEBER - LOVERMAN


Every Zappa fan should be familiar with Paul Hubweber as he is the driving force behind The Yellow Snow Crystals, a band that brings Zappa's music in a fascinating, playful way.

Here's a sample :


In 2010, Paul Hubweber released "Loverman" a solo trombone album on which he performs original tunes next to Charlie Parker classics.
One of the original pieces, 'Evelyn', is in fact Frank Zappa's 'Evelyn, A Modified Dog'.
Superb.

Excellent CD, beautiful artwork (sculpture by Bele Scholz) and a superb Zappa piece.
A fine way to start my Sunday.


Friday, June 9, 2017

EXCELLENT INTERVIEW WITH CORRIE VAN BINSBERGEN

Excellent interview with Corrie over at Clouds and Clocks:
http://www.cloudsandclocks.net/interviews/VanBinsbergen_interview17.html


in concert :

'CLUB 100 3.0', curated by Sjoerd de Roij
June 14, 2017, 20:30 Zaal 100 Amsterdam, NL

Corrie van Binsbergen Solo @ Conny Janssen Danst
July 06, 2017, 20:30 Onderzeebootloods, Rotterdam, NL

Vanbinsbergen Playstation
August 26, 2017, 12:30 ZomerJazzFietsTour Tent in Garnwerd, NL

Vanbinsbergen Playstation - Tales Without Words
September 08, 2017, 20:30 Paradox Tilburg, NL

THREE AL'S
September 17, 2017, Cultuur Tonden Tonden, NL

Dimitri Verhulst - Godverdomse Dagen op een Godverdomse Bol (try-out)
September 30, 2017, 20:30 Zonnehuis Amsterdam, NL


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

CAZZURILLO - GREETINGS FROM GRINCHLAND

  • cazzurillo: greetings from grinchland
        (2017, cd, belgium, cheap satanism records)
Cazzurillo hails from Milan, Italy, or Grinchland as she calls it.
"Greetings From Grinchland" presents eleven quirky, experimental tunes. Almost pop, or not.

'Bunny's Bed' is the last track on the album. It will give you a fine idea of what Cazzurillo is about.
I think it's nice.
It fits the disturbed album cover / greeting card.

Distributed by Mandaï.
www.mandai.be



A RAYMOND SCOTT TRIBUTE

The Music On Vinyl label is releasing a Raymond Scott tribute album : "The Portofino Variations".

http://www.musiconvinyl.com/catalog/raymond-scott/the-portofino-variations-raymond-scott-s-portofino-as-performed-by#.WTbaxuvyhhE



GOV'T MULE

In concert in Antwerp tonight.
Check out the touring schedule at http://mule.net/upcoming-shows/

Here's another track from the upcoming album :



Monday, June 5, 2017

MIKE KENEALLY UPDATE


From Mike's newsletter :

GIGS AND WHISPERS OF GIGS

You know what's coming up? Some gigs! Here's them.

On June 4 and 6 there are a couple of Extreme Cream shows with Kofi Baker and Rob Pagliari.

  • June 4 – Extreme Cream at Brick By Brick, San Diego
  • June 6 – Extreme Cream at the Baked Potato, LA

Playing with us at Brick by Brick is instrumental progressive band Pet Shark, and their cellist Lindsay Jagich will join us on one of my favorite Jack Bruce pieces, "As You Said" from Wheels Of Fire. Cream themselves never played this piece live – I am really excited about playing it! I love it a lot.

On June 22 I'll be doing a clinic at Murrieta Arts Studios in Murrieta, CA. I've not been to this place yet, but Pete Griffin did a clinic there not so long ago and he told me this place is happening. So this will be a new experience for me and I am very much looking forward to it, like a baby fish looks forward to Infinite Day.

  • June 22 – MK guitar clinic at Murrieta Arts Studios

Starting in mid-July I'll be doing various things in Europe – for one thing, a trio gig with Stu Hamm and Chad Wackerman somewhere in Europe (the precise location and date are being kept a secret from the public for a few more weeks. Exciting!) where we'll be playing Stu's stuff, a little of mine, some Zappa, Satriani, Vai, Holdsworth – a cornucopia of wonderments.

Then I'll be out and about in Germany and Italy for a couple of weeks with comrades Jaan Wessman and Schroeder – those details are still being sealed in wax and will be presented with love to you quite soon.

There's going to be a gig somewhere in South America with some fine musicians we all know quite well which I see has not been announced online yet, so I'll keep my trap shut on that.

As indicated above, west coast BFD August action is in the planning stages. There's also some Extreme Cream touring in the blueprint stage for sometime around September/October.

Late October I'll be returning, with relish, to Progtoberfest III at Reggie's in Chicago. Last year was a hoooot and I look forward to further hooting. I'll be doing a set with BFD, and another set sitting in with the Don and Bunk Show (Don Preston and Bunk Gardner – freakin' legends), along with several other wonderful people, the also legendary Ike Willis and Nick D'Virgilio.

Progtoberfest III at Reggie's, Chicago Oct 20-22

  • Oct. 21 – Mike Keneally & Beer For Dolphins
  • Oct. 22 – MK guesting with the Don and Bunk Show



JACK AND JIM



Jack and Jim, better known in real life as Eugene Chadbourne and Jimmy Carl Black, toured Europe in 2003. They included a lot of Zappa material in their setlists, a lot of which can be enjoyed in the various recordings that the both of them released afterwards.
"Jack and Jim Play the Music of Frank Zappa" was a compilation album, combining Zappa compositions from various earlier releases.
Unfortunately, I don't have a copy of this album myself, but Spencer was kind enough to send me a picture (that he had found on Jimmy Carl Black's website).
If my memory serves me right, Jack and Jim released their "Play The Music Of Captain Beefheart" around the same time. Another 'compilation' that I skipped at the time.

-- info / album cover : Spencer Greene


ANOTHER EDITION OF MOSAE ZAPPA 045


It looks like another edition of Mosae Zappa 045 is in the making as the ParkstadPopstad website says :

Coming up in Landgraaf and Heerlen...

November 25, 2017
Mosae Zappa 045 – Oefenbunker, Landgraaf


-- info: Philippe Lamoot


Sunday, June 4, 2017

SIR MILLARD MULCH - THE DE-EVOLUTION OF YASMINE BLEETH

I've mentioned Carl King's "Grand Architects Of The Universe" a couple of times already the last couple of weeks. It's Carl's latest project that not only presents some fine original music but also features some fine guest musicians (Mike Keneally, Phi Yaan-Zek, Dweezil Zappa, Marco Minnemann and Morgan Agren).

The very same Carl King is also the man behind projects like Sir Millard Mulch, or Dr. Zoltan Obelisk.
The above picture is the album cover for Sir Millard Mulch's "The De-Evolution Of Yasmine Bleeth".
It got released some ten years ago and it's great.
It hops between genres and it's more a play than it's a music album.
Did someone say 'Weird' or 'Bizarre' ?
Anyway, I love it.

Here's a little sample (with Morgan on the drums)


For more info :
http://carlkingdom.com/


VARIOUS ARTISTS - HAM SESSIONS 2016



Ham Sessions is a small music festival that is held in Ghent, BE. Actually, it's held in the garden of Michel Mast to be more precise.
Three days of music. Not subsequent, although two of the three days are part of a longer weekend in May.

This year's edition is taking place right now : the previous Sunday, today, and tomorrow. I was there last weekend and had a blast.

Every year, the Ham Session team produces a promotional CD as a 'thank-you' for the participating musicians, contributors, helping hands, etceteras. This CD presents material that got recorded during the Ham Sessions concerts.

This year's edition (with material from the 2016 Ham Sessions) has Sinister Sister performing Frank Zappa's 'Inca Roads'. Nothing less than superb.
And if that wasn't enough, the album ends with Flat Earth Society (with Mauro Pawlowski) performing 'Drstkova Polevka'. Beautiful.

A limited number of copies of this album are for sale.
Contact the Ham Sessions Team through
http://www.hamsessions.be/
And tell them I told you about it.


EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL

This EP included a fine jazzy version of a Don Van Vliet / Captain Beefheart original : 'My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains".

Other coverversions that I know of, are listed over at :
http://www.united-mutations.com/c/captain_beefheart/cb_coversalbum.htm


-- YouTube link : Jan van Kemenade

Saturday, June 3, 2017

CHARLES BOBUCK - CLANK CLANK CLANK

  • charles bobuck: clank clank clank
        (2017, cd, austria, klanggalerie)
Klanggalerie is combining new releases, re-issues and special items when it comes to Charles Bobuck and to The Residents.

"Clank Clank Clank" is the 4th installment in the TOOK series.
This time, Charles Bobuck presents his demos for a redo of the first ever Residents album, "Meet the Residents".
Recorded in 2014, the project was shelved, but Klanggalerie has now put them on CD.

This is what Hardy Fox says about the recordings: "In the midst of writing music for The Ghost of Hope back in 2014, Charles Bobuck had what he thought was a musical epiphany, The Residents were very focused on their 40th Anniversary and he felt that a special 40th anniversary album should be released. The train wreck album seemed fine but very removed from the anniversary celebration. So he proposed an album about the Meet The Residents LP from 1974. It would be new material but include versions of the songs from Meet the Residents cobbled out of samples taken directly from the original recordings. It would be autobiographical. It would include stories and memories from making the recording forty years earlier. The idea was received with little interest. In response, he decided to record some demos to show what the new arrangements could sound like. Still, the idea did not catch on, and neither did The Ghost of Hope which was shelved due to the touring schedule, so Bobuck started working on What Was Left of Grandpa and the demos were filed away. Three years later, 2017, Hardy Fox and Walter Robotka were figuring out the Hacienda Bridge newsletter schedule and subjects. They wanted to do an issue on robots, AI, computer music - that kind of thing. Walter asked Charles Bobuck if he had any music that would fit into that theme for a CD to go with the issue. He remembered that he had the demo redo’s of Meet the Residents that used a lot of hi-tech computer driven splicing and syncing. Hardy and Walter agreed the demos should be released. After a bit of reworking, they were fashioned into an EP CD called Clank, Clank, Clank. It is the sound that robots make when they dance." 

Personally, I love the idea of redoing or rethinking an album from 40 years ago. Especially whent it's done by the same artist. And this little album sounds great !

"Clank Clank Clank" got released in a very limited edition of 300 copies. It sold out a couple of days after it became available.


NEW ALBUM BY THE YELLOW SNOW CRYSTALS

German band The Yellow Snow Crystals are famous for their open and experimental versions of Frank Zappa compositions.
On top of that, they make up their own lyrics, inspired by the originals. In German.
It's hilarious.

Later this month, The Yellow Snow Crystals will release a new album.
Just look at the fabulous album cover. Now that would make an impressive art print.

And in July, the band will be performing at Zappanale.

More info soon.


Here's a fragment from their 2012 Zappanale appearance, shot by Luuk :



LOOKING BACK AT MOSAE ZAPPA 045

The latest edition of the Mosae Zappa festival took place in Landgraaf, NL on November 26, 2016.

The festival had some warm-up parties and gigs but the actual festival started in the evening.
Four bands :

- John's Got A Sausage.
They were fun. It was obvious that this was their first gig. But still, fun.

- Bits From Hell
Next up was Bits From Hell. This one-man-band did some software things to Zappa's music. Live editing, sampling,... I loved the idea but it stayed way too close to the original music. Could have been (or should have been) more experimental, I guess. What we heard, sounded good but it wasn't always clear what Bits From Hell was adding...

- The Wrong Object
Top band. Great performance. This concert made the trip worthwhile.
A couple of superb original tunes plus a lot of superb verstions of Zappa songs.
Loved it.

- The Foolz
Great band, but scheduled way too late.
What I heard sounded good but I left after a couple of songs because it was getting too late. Lots of people were leaving. Even local folks. Too late is just too late.


Here's a bit of extra data on the concert by The Wrong Object.

line-up

Michel Delville: guitar, roland gr-09, vocals
Antoine Guenet: keyboards
Marti Mella: saxophone, clarinet
François Lourtie: saxophone, vocals
Pierre Mottet: bass
Laurent Delchambre: drums

setlist

- Eat That Klezmer (F.Zappa)
- Mr.Green Genes > King Kong > Mr.Green Genes (F.Zappa)
- Yantra (L.Delchambre)
- Wedding Dress Song > Handsome Cabin Boy (F.Zappa)
- Prologue Tuna Fish Promenade And Reprise (F.Zappa)
- I'm The Slime (F.Zappa)
- Big Swifty (intro) (L.Delchambre)
- Big Swifty (F.Zappa)
- Wonderful Wino (F.Zappa)
- Jungle Cow Part I to III (M.Delville, The Wrong Object)

below pictures by Philippe :

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AKA MOON

I saw Aka Moon in concert the other day.
At the Côté Jardin festival in Ghent (BE) on the 28th of May.

Fabrizzio Cassol on saxophone, Michel Hatzigeorgiou on bass, Stéphane Galland on drums, and guest for this concert, Fabian Fiorini on piano.

They performed material from their latest (and excellent) album, "The Scarletti Book".
An amazing concert.

Aka Moon will be releasing a new album later this year, plus, to celebrate their 25th anniversary, a box that will collect all their older albums !!

Here's a fragment from last year, live at Le Triton.



ABSOLUTELY FREE

The Mothers Of Invention's "Absolutely Free" will be re-issued on vinyl on September 29.

But there's more :

This double 180-gram LP version will include the original record mastered by Bernie Grundman cut directly from the original analog master tapes and a second disc with 20 minutes of rare and unreleased bonus material, including the “Why Don’tcha Do Me Right?”/“Big Leg Emma” single as well as vintage remixes, and radio ads from The Vault on side one and a laser etching of Zappa’s visage from the album cover on side two. The package features Zappa’s original layout and a reproduction of the rare, highly sought-after “libretto,” an 18-page booklet with a foreword by FZ and lyrics to all the compositions, that was offered only by mail order when originally released.

http://www.zappa.com/news/absolutely-free-50th-anniversary-expanded-2lp-edition-coming-september-29