Monday, November 20, 2017

BONDAGE FRUIT - IV

There's nothing wrong with some Bondage Fruit.
Album number 4, aptly called "IV".
Bizarre artwork and great music.

Intense.
Incorporating blues and world music elements.
Love it.
Data have been added to the United Mutations Archives.



BONDAGE FRUIT - SELECTED



The Japanese Pangea record label released this Bondage Fruit compilation album in 1999, the same year that the Maboroshi No Sekai label released the fourth album by Bondage Fruit.
Five tracks, taken from the first three albums.

No new material, but pretty exciting music.
Data has been added to the United Mutations Archives.


ABSOLUTELY FREE, NOT

The 2LP reissue of Absolutely Free has some bonus stuff, a copy of the original booklet, and a laser etching on side four.
Unfortunately, lots of (all ?) copies, like mine, have a white label on side four, ruining the etching.
Futhermore, the booklet has the pages in the wrong order.
Talking about a mess...



THE HALLOWEEN 77 BOX UPDATE

Track 15 on Show #2 from Frank Zappa's The Haloween 77 Box has an error.
There's two or three seconds somewhere in the track that are repeated, making the track two or three seconds longe than it should be.

Those of us / of you who bought the box directly through Zappa dot com will receive a message with a link to a download of the correct track.


Sunday, November 19, 2017

GERARDO TRIPOLI

Musa Fusa guitar player (and composer) Gerardo Tripoli plays a Frank Zappa inspired guitar solo.




MISSING PERSONS - LIVE IN NEW YORK 1981



It looks like a radio broacast of a Missing Persons' concert found its way to a CD-release.
"Live In New York 1981".
Semi-official release on the Air Cuts record label.
Missing Persons = Dale Bozzio, Warren Cuccurullo and Terry Bozzio

-- info: Danny Mathys


DIMITRI VERHULST / CORRIE VAN BINSBERGEN - GODVERDOMSE DAGEN OP EEN GODVERDOMSE BOL

Writer Dimitri Verhulst plus ten musicians, lead by guitar player and composer Corrie van Binsbergen who took care of the soundtrack.
I was very happy to attend the concert in Herentals a little while ago. Nice. Very nice.
Released on vinyl.

If you're able to attend one of these concerts, don't hesitate.

20/11/2017 - 20:15 @ de kleine komedie, amsterdam, NL
22/11/2017 - 20:30 @ theater de vest, alkmaar, NL
29/11/2017 - 20:15 @ muziekgebouw, eindhoven, NL
30/11/2017 - 20:30 @ cacaofabriek, helmond, NL
17/12/2017 - 16:00 @ lux, nijmegen, NL
19/12/2017 - 20:30 @ theater, heerlen, NL
20/12/2017 - 20:30 @ tivolivredenburg, utrecht, NL
22/12/2017 - 20:00 @ lantarenvenster, rotterdam, NL
23/12/2017 - 20:30 @ toneelschuur, haarlem, NL


MAGNUS - THE BODY GAVE YOU EVERYTHING

Belgian duo Magnus consists of CJ Bolland and Tom Barman.
(Tom Barman = dEUS, = Barman / Van Nueten, = TaxiWars)
Magnus is some sort of dance music project.
This first album, however, might be classified as some sort of rock album with dance beats.

It has been entered into the United Mutations Archives because it features Peter Vermeersch, Mauro Pawlowski and Tim Vanhamel.



VIDEO RECORDING OF THE ED PALERMO BIG BAND 2017 06 30 CONCERT


In concert at the World Café.
Performing the music of Frank Zappa and Todd Rundgren.
The Ed Palermo Big Band !!



SOUNDTRACK - HEARING IS BELIEVING



The soundtrack of the documentary about Rachel Flowers has been made available on CD.

Rachel became known through a number of YouTube movies where she performed some great music, including a couple of Frank Zappa tunes.
Shortly thereafter, she got invited on stage during a Zappa Plays Zappa concert.
The recording of Rachel with the Dweezil 'ZpZ' Zappa band perfoming 'Montana' is the closing track on this soundtrack.
Nice.


BUBBLEMATH - EDIT PEPTIDE

It must have been June when I wrote: "Rhythmically challenging, melodically impressive and vocally top notch, "Edit Peptide" is sure to make some eyebrows move. The music is could be considered experimental progressive, yet it sounds so poppy."

Bubblemath's "Edit Peptide" has been on my playlist ever since. This is one great album so I thought I should mention it again.

Give it a listen !!
Out on Cuneiform.
I got my copy at www.mandai.be



JOE DENINZON & STRATOSPHEERIUS - GUILTY OF INNOCENCE

About two years ago, Joe Deninzon made two tracks from their at-the-time upcoming album available : 'Guilty Of Innocence' and 'Take Your Medicine'. Both tracks sounded great. I couldn't wait for the album.
Luckily, I'm a patient person as it took Joe two more years to release the final album.
And patience pays off as this brand-new disc is superb.

"Guilty Of Innocence" has a great rock vibe. It is a very energetic album.
9 excellent original tracks and one coverversion.
Check it out.

It's available from CDBaby.

Here's Stratospheerius' version of 'Hysteria', originally recorded by some band called Muse.



BONDAGE FRUIT - SKIN



For some reason, Bondage Fruit left out the number "V" in the album title of "Skin", their fifth release.
Bondage Fruit had never been afraid to change course and shows this again on "Skin".
Two pieces. Two gigantic soundscapes.

Data has been added to the United Mutations Archives.


BONDAGE FRUIT - III RECIT


Keeping up the tradition of numbering their album, Bondage Fruit released "III - Récit" in 1997.

I like Bondage Fruit's first two albums, but I like "III - Récit" even more. It has a more progressive rock sound. With the guitar, the violin and the marimba up front in the mix, this is right up my alley.

Recorded live in concert, presenting 6 impressive compositions and fine improvisations.
Love it.



TODD RUNDGREN & DONALD FAGEN




THE ED PALERMO BIG BAND

from Glass Onyon PR

The Ed Palermo Big Band Releases The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren, a Dizzying and Ingenious Reinvention of Music by Frank Zappa and Todd Rundgren!

Featuring Zappa Vocal Legend Napoleon Murphy Brock!

Ed Palermo may have gained an international following with his ingenious orchestral arrangements of Frank Zappa tunes, but he’s hardly a one-trick pony. Earlier in the year, the saxophonist released an uproarious double album The Great Un-American Songbook Volumes 1 & 2, a project celebrating an expansive roster of songs by successive waves of British invaders, from the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Jeff Beck to King Crimson, Traffic, and Jethro Tull.

With his new big band project, slated for release on Cuneiform Records on October 6, 2017, Palermo is back on his home turf, but the landscape feels strange and uncanny. He’s reclaiming the Zappa songbook, filtering Frank through the emotionally charged lens of the polymathic musical wizard Todd Rundgren in a wild and wooly transmogrification, The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren. Working with the same stellar cast of players, Palermo somehow captures the essence of these iconoclastic masters, making Zappa Zappier and Todd more Rundgrenian.


He sees the Zappa and Rundgren as embodying a ying and yang approach to life that played an essential role in helping him navigate the minefields of teenage angst in the 1960s. “For most of my high school days my favorite musicians were Zappa and Todd Rundgren,” Palermo says. “Rundgren had his songs about self-pity, which were exactly what I needed back then. I’d go out with a girl and whatever party I brought her to she’d go and hang out with another dude. Todd understood. At the same time, Zappa had these snarky songs like ‘Broken Hearts are for Assholes.’ It was tough love. You gotta broken heart? Deal with it. Todd Rundgren’s music was there to give you a hug. I wanted to contrast the hard-bitten Zappa followed by a bleeding heart Rundgren ballad.”

Though the title suggests a forced merger, The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren doesn’t mashup the oeuvres of the two masters. Rather, the album mostly alternates between the composers, creating a deliciously dizzying whipsaw as the two diametrical stances sometimes blur or even switch. Zappa’s soaring fanfare “Peaches En Regalia” is more inspirational than smarmy, with a particularly eloquent alto sax solo by Cliff Lyons, while a brisk and forthright version of Rundgren’s “Influenza” showcases the muscular lyricism of violinist Katie Jacoby, one of the orchestra’s essential voices.

Palermo reaches deep into the Rundgren songbook for “Kiddie Boy,” a stinging blues from 1969’s Nazz Nazz, the seminal second release by his underappreciated band Nazz (an album which originally bore the Zappaesque title Fungo Bat). Drawing directly from the maestro’s original horn arrangement, Palermo displays some impressive guitar work on a vehicle for Bruce McDaniel’s blue-eye vocals. Napoleon Murphy Brock delivers a poker-faced rendition of Zappa’s surreal “Montana,” the tune that turned a generation on to the lucrative potential of floss farming, and McDaniel and Brock join forces on Rundgren’s deliriously silly “Emperor of the Highway,” an homage to Gilbert and Sullivan.

The contrasting sensibilities of the Zundgrens comes into sharp focus in the center of the album. While Palermo has recorded Zappa’s “Echidna’s Arf (Of You)” this time he replaces the horns with McDaniel’s intricately layered vocals via the miracle of multi-tracking. From Zappa’s playfully odd metered work out the big band saunters into Rundgren’s greatest ballad “Hello It's Me,” an arrangement for McDaniel’s most impassioned crooning based on the original version from 1968 album Nazz (not the hit from his solo Something/Anything? album).

Tenor saxophonist Bill Straub swaggers through Rundgren’s “Wailing Wall,” which is sandwiched between two slices of Zappa at his snarky best, “Big Swifty Coda” and “Florentine Pogen,” another superb feature for Brock. Palermo spotlights a dark and wondrous Zappa obscurity with “Janet's Big Dance Number,” a brief piece recovered from 200 Motels featuring Ben Kono’s noir tenor solo. From that unified hedgehogian arrangement Palermo unleashes the multifarious fox on Rundgren’s “Broke Down and Busted,” a portmanteau arrangement that touches on Rundgren’s “Boat on the Charles,” the Ramsey Lewis hit “The ‘In’ Crowd,” Zappa’s “Brown Shoes Don’t Make It,” and even traces of Steely Dan’s “Pretzel Logic.” It’s a tour de force that feels like stream of consciousness journey, though the id truly emerged on the closing hidden track. In what has become a Palermo tradition, he includes yet another version of an enduring lament about the difficulties of relationships, arranged this time in Nazzian style by McDaniel.

The seamless ease with which Palermo and his crack crew navigate between the Zappa and Rundgren shouldn’t come as a surprise. Over the years Zappa’s music has proven supremely pliable in Palermo’s capable hands, as evidenced further by a recent concert at Iridium that paired his songs with standards indelibly linked to Ol’ Blue Eyes (is there an album The Adventures of Zinatra in the future?). Everything he brings into the big band is a labor of love.

“Todd Rundgren holds a very special place in my heart,” Palermo says. “I realized I was in love with my girlfriend (now wife) listening to his album Something/Anything? It was about 2 years ago doing our regular hit at The Falcon that I decided to have Zodd Zundgren night. A lot of people who like the music of Zappa also like Rundgren and Steely Dan, but there are enough Steely Dan cover bands out there.”

Born in Ocean City, New Jersey on June 14, 1954, Palermo grew up in the cultural orbit of Philadelphia, which was about an hour drive away. He started playing clarinet in elementary school, and soon turned to the alto saxophone. He also took up the guitar, and credits his teenage obsession with Zappa to opening his ears to post-bop harmonies and improvisation.

Palermo caught the jazz bug while attending DePaul University, and took to the alto sax with renewed diligence inspired by Phil Woods, Cannonball Adderley, and Edgar Winter (the subject of an upcoming EPBB project). Before he graduated he was leading his own band and making a good living as a studio player recording commercial jingles. But like so many jazz musicians he answered New York’s siren call, moving to Manhattan in 1977. After a year of playing jam sessions and scuffling Palermo landed a coveted gig with Tito Puente, a four-year stint that immersed him in Afro-Cuban music.

An encounter with trumpeter Woody Shaw’s septet at the Village Vanguard in the late 1970s stoked his interest in writing and arranging for larger ensembles, and by the end of the decade he had launched a nine-piece rehearsal band with five horns. Between Don Sebesky’s well-regarded book The Contemporary Arranger and advice from Dave Lalama and Tim Ouimette, “I got a lot of my questions answered and I’ll love them forever,” Palermo says. “Then the real education was trial and error. I lived in a little apartment with no TV or furniture. All I had was a card table, and once a week I’d rehearse my nonet, then listen to the cassette of the rehearsal and make all the changes.”

Palermo made his recording debut in 1982, an impressive session featuring heavyweights such as David Sanborn, Edgar Winter and Randy Brecker. As a consummate studio cat and sideman, he toured and recorded with an array of stars, including Aretha Franklin, Eddie Palmieri, Celia Cruz, Lena Horne, Tony Bennett, Mel Tormé, Lou Rawls, Melba Moore, The Spinners, and many others. As an arranger, he’s written charts for the Tonight Show Band, Maurice Hines, Eddy Fischer, and Melissa Walker. Employed frequently by bass star Christian McBride for a disparate array of projects, Palermo has written arrangements for a James Brown concert at the Hollywood Bowl, a Frank Sinatra tribute featuring Kurt Elling, Seth McFarland, and John Pizzarelli, and a 20-minute medley of Wayne Shorter tunes for the New Jersey Ballet.

Palermo had been leading his big band for more than a decade before the Zappa concept started coming together. Inspired by electric guitar master Mike Keneally, who performed with Zappa on some of his final concerts before his death in 1993, Palermo decided to arrange a program of 12 Zappa tunes. When the time came to debut the material at one of the band’s regular gigs at the Bitter End in early 1994, a sold-out crowd greeted the band.

He earned international attention with the ensemble’s 1997 debut The Ed Palermo Big Band Plays Frank Zappa on Astor Place Records, which received a highly-prized 4-star review from DownBeat. With Palermo’s brilliant arrangements and soloists such as Bob Mintzer, Chris Potter, Dave Samuels, Mike Stern, and Mike Keneally, the album made an undisputable case for the Zappa jazz concept. In 2006 he released another collection of Zappa arranged for his jazz big band, called Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance, on Cuneiform, thus beginning an ongoing collaboration with that label. While Palermo has written more than 300 Zappa charts, he’s cast an increasingly wide net for material. Recent releases like 2014’s Oh No! Not Jazz!!, 2016’s One Child Left Behind and 2017’s The Great Un-American Songbook Volumes 1 & 2 - all on Cuneiform and all recipients of DownBeat’s coveted 4-star ratings - featured a bountiful selection of his original compositions and material by composers not named Frank Zappa.

Nothing demonstrates the ensemble’s ongoing vitality better than the stellar cast of players, with longtime collaborators such as violinist Katie Jacoby, baritone saxophonist Barbara Cifelli, drummer Ray Marchica, and keyboardist Ted Kooshian. Many of these top-shelf musicians have been in the band for more than a decade, and they bring wide-ranging experience, expert musicianship and emotional intensity to Palermo’s music.

The band’s following continues to expand with its monthly residency at Iridium and bi-monthly gigs at The Falcon. In addition, performances (some headlining) at jazz festivals across the USA are winning new fans of all ages for the band. Palermo’s profile in the jazz press is also rising fast, with articles and feature stories appearing this past year in such publications as Jazz Times and Jazziz. Regarding recordings, albums by The Ed Palermo Big Band have been critically acclaimed and also embraced by the general public-jazz and rock fans alike. Palermo has already recorded dozens of new tracks for The Great Un-American Songbook Volumes 3 & 4, and is hoping Zodd Zundgren helps introduce Rundgren’s ingenious, heartfelt music to a new generation.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

THE GRANDMOTHERS OF INVENTION & SHENKAR

Shenkar, or L.Shankar when he recorded an album with Frank Zappa, will join The Grandmothers Of Invention at their Oslo concert during their last tour.

May 12, 2018, at the Rockefeller / John Dee / Sentrum Scene in Oslo, Norway.

As you could have thought, it's a ZappaUnion Event.

http://rockefeller.no/jd120518.html?bb=R



MIKE KENEALLY UPDATE



Mike Keneally Joins The Oracle Cast!

Posted by Carl King (Creator)
I’ll make this one quick.

MIKE KENEALLY has joined the cast of The Oracle Of Outer Space!

Ok, I won’t make it quick.

Mr. Keneally is currently in Joe Satriani’s band, and has in the past played with other music composition legends like Steve Vai and Frank Zappa. And of course he also played in Dethklok with Brendon Small.

While I was editing The Making Of Grand Architects Of the Universe (my previous album that he did voice acting on) I realized what a perfect fit he was for this — he had such an intuitive understanding of our bizarre Outer Space dialogue. I of course loved his acting performance on the album, but in reviewing the video footage of the session, I realized how expressive he was and how quickly he understood and adapted to each line in the script, even as multiple characters, in a cold and improvisational reading. He just immediately got it.

Our plan is to record Mike’s character acting for THE ORACLE OF OUTER SPACE in December.

Welcome, Mr. Keneally!

The writing team is full speed ahead on the script. I just spent many hours today doing a massive restructuring. Brain fried.

Thanks to everyone who has pledged, and keep helping to get the word out! More news soon...

-Carl.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/carlking/the-oracle-of-outer-space-animated-tv-show-pilot



NONA HENDRYX AND GARY LUCAS

New album by Nona Hendryx and Gary Lucas, performing the music of Don Van Vliet / Captain Beefheart.
Out on the Knitting Factory record label.



-- info: Jan van Kemenade / Danny Mathys

JOE SATRIANI UPDATE

Joe Satriani's touring band for the upcoming G3 tour will consist of :

  • Joe Satriani
  • Mike Keneally
  • Bryan Beller
  • Joe Travers

The G3 tour will kick off in in the US of A in January 2018 and continue in Europe in March.

Joe Satriani / John Petrucci / Uli Jon Roth.
Each of them will play about half an hour and they'll do another set together afterwards.


-- info: Philippe Lamoot

INSIDIOUS RAYS

Robbie 'Seahag' Mangano is featured on the 2003 Insidious Rays album, entitled "More Songs About Sex, Love, Death & Sex".

Album cover has been added to the Robbie Mangano discography over at the United Mutations Archives.


THE ORACLE OF OUTER SPACE


Six days to go for the latest Carl King project, the animated tv-series that will be called "The Oracle Of Outer Space".

Read all about it here :

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/carlking/the-oracle-of-outer-space-animated-tv-show-pilot

With Dweezil Zappa doing one of the voices,
and music composed by Carl King.



Tuesday, November 14, 2017

SUN RA UPDATE

The latest newsletter from the Roaratorio record label says :

Next up will be another Sun Ra archival LP entitled Sun Embassy, about which I'll say more in due time...



Monday, November 13, 2017

NEW BEEFHEART RADIO SHOW ALBUM

Announced on Keyhole :


A 2CD set : "My Father's Place, Roslyn, '78".


STEVE VAI UPDATE


My Favorite Riff with Nikki Sixx: Steve Vai
Talking about the 'Jazz Discharge Party Hats'...



2017 Loudwire Music Awards: Steve Vai Interview
And gets asked a question about the Zappa hologram tour...




GEOFF & MARIA MULDAUR - POTTERY PIE

  • geoff & maria muldaur: pottery pie
        (1968, lp, usa, reprise) 
Former Mothers Of Invention drummer and percussionist Billy Mundi is featured on the first album by Geoff and Maria Muldaur, "Pottery Pie", from 1968.
Re-released on CD in 1990.


More info at :
http://therockasteria.blogspot.be/2017/11/geoff-and-maria-muldaur-pottery-pie.html


-- link : Jan van Kemenade

Sunday, November 12, 2017

THE ITALIAN PACKAGE

I received this package from Italy a little while ago.
It contained a couple of books.
I can't read one word of Italian but they look great in the library.
Pictures have been added to the United Mutations Archives.


  • zappa (è piû duro di tuo marito)
    by massimo bassoli
        (1982, book, italy, gammalibri)
     = First edition. The second edition got released in 1984.


  • frank zappa testi con traduzione a fronte
        (1981, book, italy, arcana editrice)


  • freak out! - la mia vita con frank zappa
    by pauline butcher
        (2013, book, italy, arcana)
    Italian translation of the 2011 "My Life With Frank Zappa" book.


SLABDRAGGER / WREN - MOTHERS OF BEEF AND THE MAGIC OF INVENTION

= 1 000 copies on cream coloured vinyl;
= the CD-version;
the black vinyl version of the 12".

Three times the same music, but in a beautiful package.
10 minutes of Muffin Man by Slabdragger,
and an 8 minute version of Electricity by Wren.

Excellent.

Slabdragger explore their most carefree, fun side, turning Frank Zappa’s ‘Muffin Man' into a 10 minute-plus quagmire of sludge. Wren meanwhile make Captain Beefheart’s ‘Electricity’ bristle with a cold, almost mechanical, Krautian post-metal edge.



BONDAGE FRUIT - S/T

Japanese band Bondage Fruit released their first album in 1994.
Led by guitarist Kido Natsuki (Kiki band, Korekyojinn), the band released six albums between 1994 and 2005.
These albums are not really easy to find, but they're worth your while.

This is pretty amazing music.
Data of this first album has been added to the United Mutations Archives.



THE RESIDENTS - RALPH RECORDS ARTWORKS 1972 - 2015 - BUY OR DIE !


the residents * ralph records artworks 1972 - 2015 - buy or die
by matteo torcinovich
(2017, book, italy, goodfellas)

Here's another gem that I brought home from Leuven (= Residents concert at Het Depot on November 8, 2017).
Superb 400-page full colour picture book with lots and lots of Ralph Records artwork.

Great stuff !

http://www.goodfellas.it/index.php/2017/05/22/the-residents-ralph-records-artworks-1972-2016-di-matteo-torcinovich-libro-dedicato-alla-ralph-records-label-e-studio-grafico-fondato-dai-the-residents/


THE RESIDENTS - SANTA DOG 17

  • the residents: santa dog 17
        (2017, 7", ger, psychofon records pro016)
Ding-ding-ding, dong-dong-dong...
He's back.
Santa Dog 17.

Released on 7" by the German Psychofon Record label.
Available in different editions, I brought the black vinyl copy home after enjoying the fabulous Residents concert in Leuven last week.

More Santa Dog, you say?
http://dieordiy2.blogspot.be/2013/12/the-residents-complete-santa-dog-72-78.html




BONDAGE FRUIT - II

Japanese band Bondage Fruit released their second album, "II" in 1996. It was their first album on the Maborosi No Sekai record label. Actually, it was one of the first albums on the Maborosi No Sekai label altogether.

The band's influences are obvious : experimental music, Zeuhl (Magma), Zappa and fusion jazz.
Not a bad mixture, if I may say so.
Add to this the compositional skills of Kido Natsuki (who one should also know as the guitar player of Kazutoki Umezu's Kiki band) and the amazing technical capabilities of the bandmembers and you get Bondage Fruit.

Recommended listening.



COR VAN DIEJEN - EEN MODDER VAN INVENTIE * CVD OVER FZ


  • een modder van inventie - cvd over fz
    by cor van diejen
    (2017, book, the netherlands, drekwerk publicaties)

Cor van Diejen might / should be known by the Dutch-speaking Zappaheads as he was a contributor to the Dutch Frank Zappa fanzine 'The Black Page'.

At the time, Cor wrote short essays on various Frank Zappa related topics. Not always easy to comprehend, but great fun to read.
The demise of Black Page magazine (in 1999) meant a temporary stop for Cor's FZ related literary output, but he did pick it back up around 2010 when he started publishing new pieces (about FZ) at www.itmustbeawinston.nl.

"Een Modder Van Inventie" (A Mud Of Invention) collects essays from both Black Page magazine and from Itmustbeawinston, and it includes some new material.

It's available in both a softcover and a hardcover edition.
I'm not sure about the softcover edition, but the hardcover edition is a print-on-demand book.

Available through most of the Dutch bookshops.











CARL KING

Carl King has made a number of his soundtrack compositions available as download and on CD.

Carl King (The Arcanosis! And Other Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Horror Music)

https://shop.carlkingdom.com/





SOFT MACHINE

Here's the perfect introduction to the various Soft Machine incarnations that released albums on the MoonJune Records label :

https://softmachine-moonjune.bandcamp.com/album/moonjune-years-2002-sampler




THE ALCATRAZZ FLASHBACK

Cherry Red records released a 3 CD set that combines the 'very best of'' Alcatrazz with numerous demos and live recordings as bonus material.

Features Steve Vai on a number of tracks as he recorded "Disturbing The Peace" with the band in 1985.

https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/breaking-the-heart-of-the-city-the-very-best-of-alcatrazz-1983-1986/


A CHARLES OWENS UPDATE

Charles Owens toured and recorded with Frank Zappa.
He can be heard playing saxophone on Frank Zappa's "Wazoo" album (that got released in 2007).

More recently he can be found / heard on :


  • the clayton-hamilton jazz orchestra: the l.a. treasures project - live at alvas showroom
        (2014, cd, usa, ??)

http://exystence.net/blog/2015/08/23/the-clayton-hamilton-jazz-orchestra-the-l-a-treasures-project-live-at-alvas-showroom-2014/

or on


  • kenny burrell & the los angeles jazz orchestra unlimited: unlimited 1, live at catalina's
        (2016, cd, usa, ??) 

http://exystence.net/blog/2017/05/02/kenny-burrell-the-los-angeles-jazz-orchestra-unlimited-unlimited-1-live-at-catalinas-2016/

Read more about Charles Owens here :
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/entertainment/music/sd-et-musiccharles-owens-20171107-story.html


-- album links: Jan van Kemenade

Saturday, November 11, 2017

JOE SATRIANI'S PLEDGEMUSIC CAMPAIGN


Joe's new album: "What Happens Next", at Pledgemusic.

https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/joe-satriani



KING CRIMSON UPDATE


King Crimson is about to release another album in their 40th anniversary edition series, combining the original album with extra material, released on a CD and an audio DVD.

Boz Burrell: vocals, bass
Robert Fripp: guitar, mellotron
Mel Collins: saxes, flute
Ian Wallace: drums


  • king crimson: earthbound
        (2017, cd + dvd-audio, uk, discipline global mobile kcsp)
13th release in the King Crimson anniversary series.


THE RESIDENTS PRESERVED

Deep in a San Francisco basement, lost in time and space and long-forgotten by their masters, lay over a hundred tattered boxes dating back to the early 1970s. Buried beneath layers of dust and rubble, these cardboard coffins had all but given up on ever being called into active service… Until now.

Containing master tapes, demos, curios and acres of unreleased material, these time-capsules were recently rediscovered by their creators - The Residents - who, contemplating their own existence for the first time in decades, had begun to wonder just who they were, and what they’d done with their lives. Torches were taken up, a base camp established, and the eyeball enigmas went to work.

The Residents pREServed proudly presents the results of those long, uncertain months spent exhuming their own pasts - a series of archival, deep excavation Residents reissues. Beginning at the beginning – with ‘Meet The Residents’ and ‘The Third Reich N Roll’ released in January 2018 – and working chronologically through the mire, these long-awaited sets will include newly remastered albums and singles, live recordings, alternate versions and, of course, as much long-lost and unreleased material as The Residents’ can bear to part with.

Accompanied by in-the-know essays by established experts from both sides of the Atlantic and detailed sleevenotes from The Residents’ mysterious archivist, each set will explore and contextualise its parent album – from conception to recording and on into its place in the ever evolving world of the legendary, unpredictable and much-loved quartet.

As ever with The Residents, users are advised to expect the unexpected and put their faith in the unknowable.

Is this the Real Residents? Find out for yourself in 2018.


to be released in January 2018 :

https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/meet-the-residents-2cd-preserved-edition

https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/the-third-reich-n-roll-2cd-preserved-edition


MAGNUS

Magnus, the band of Tom Barman and CJ Bolland, have decided to call it a day, largely because of Tom's commitment to TaxiWars a new film and of course the planned return of dEUS.

However the band have a final new EP 'Look At Us Now' to be released on 24th November on CD only.



PURE FOOD AND DRUG ACT - CHOICE CUTS

  • pure food and drug act: choice cuts
        (1972, lp, usa, epic)
Although he can also be heard on at least four or five Zappa albums,.Don 'Sugarcane' Harris is most famous for his contribution to Frank Zappa's "Hot Rats".

Pure Food And Drug Act was a blues-rock project by Harvey Mandel and Don 'Sugarcane' Harris that happened in the early seventies.
They released one album, "Choice Cuts", in 1972.
Those who want to check out the PureFood And Drug Act "Choice Cuts" album, can find the album here :
http://madshoesmusicology.blogspot.be/2017/11/pure-food-drugs-act-choice-cuts-1972.html

or here:


-- link: Jan van Kemenade

HÖRENSAGEN FESTIVAL


Hörensagen Festival

17.11.1 7 Kaschemme Basel, Switzerland

Doors 21h

  • Hl Bimbam
  • The Universe By Ear
  • Yolk
  • Zaperlipopette!
  • Rocco Raul




POIL - BROSSAKLITT

Can't stop listening to the latest PoiL album, "Brossaklitt".
Added PoiL data to the United Mutations Archives.




Friday, November 10, 2017

ADRIAN BELEW - LIVE AT THE PARADISE THEATER BOSTON

This is a recording of the radio broadcast of the July 18, 1989 concert at 'The Paradise Theater' in Boston.
Originally broadcast on WBCN-FM radio.
Semi-official release.

Featuring Mike Hodges on drums and Rick Fox on keyboards, plus Adrian Belew on guitar and vocals.
The recording sounds pretty good and the show is superb !!


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

GENE PRITSKER - RITE THROUGH AN ECLECTIC SPECTRUM

Gene PritSker has a huge admiration for Igor Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite Of Spring’. Not only for the, at the time, revolutionary compositional aspects, but also for the stir that it caused at its premiere performance. Guided by Stravinsky’s avant-garde piece, Gene wrote 8 new pieces for his Sound Liberation ensemble.

The result is quite energetic (that's probably where the 'riot' part comes in) and the influence is obvious.
In his typical eclectic style, mixing hip-hop and beats with jazz, Gene Pritsker gives ‘The Rite Of Spring’ a contemporary twist.
"Rite Through An Eclectic Spectrum".
I like it.

http://www.genepritsker.com/



THE ED PALERMO BIG BAND UPDATE


The CD Release Party of the Century!!
THE ED PALERMO BIG BAND presents THE ADVENTURES OF ZODD ZUNDGREN

Iridium Jazz Club NYC Nov. 13th, 2017

http://theiridium.com/events/6690/ed-palermo-big-band-cd-release-concert-25/



Monday, November 6, 2017

WHEN ZAPPA CAME TO SICILY


https://www.spacelandpresents.com/event/1573781-frank-zappa-summer-82-los-angeles/


Spaceland Presents
Frank Zappa - Summer of '82 - When Zappa Came to Sicily
& Q&A with Dweezil & Moon Zappa & Steve Vai

Mon November 6, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
The Regent Theater
Los Angeles, CA

-- info: Zappateers




Sunday, November 5, 2017

LES YEUX DE LA TETE - L'OEUF DU CYCLONE



"L'Oeuf Du Cyclone", the excellent debut release by Les Yeux De La Tête, got released in 2007 in a limited edition of 100 numbered copies.
It recently got re-released as 100 extra (numbered) copies were fabricated.
The album includes LYDLT's fine version of Frank Zappa's 'Cleetus Awreetus-Awrightus'.


YOUR OLD DROOGS - PACKS

I mentioned Your Old Droog a couple of months ago already as I had found out that he sampled Frank Zappa's 'The Pig Music' in his 'G.K.A.C.' song on his "Packs" album.
In the meantime, data of this CD have been added to the United Mutations Archives.
On an additional note, I'd like to mention that the album has been released on vinyl as well.


Sample appears at 03:35.

POLLOCK PROJECT - SPEAK SLOWLY PLEASE



Italian jazz ensemble Pollock Project recently released "Speak Slowly Please!".
With Marco Testoni on drums and percussion, Simone Salza on saxophones, Elisabetta Antonini on lead vocals and electronics, and Mats Hedberg on guitar, the quartet performs original material (composed by Marco Testoni) next to classics as 'So What' (Miles Davis) and 'Watermelon In Easter Hay' (Frank Zappa) with Elisabetto singing / improvising melody lines on both of these tunes. Superb !!

Impressive !

https://www.pollockproject.com/



OSSI DURI - NATI SOTTO IL SEGNO DI ZAPPA


December 2013, Ossi Duri (with a bit of help from Elio and from Fabio Treves) did a Zappa tribute concert in Milan, Italy.

The concert was recorded and recently found its way to an album release.
The beautiful package contains a CD and a DVD and makes it possible to enjoy this concert both in audio as in video.
I love it.

http://www.ossiduri.com/

  • intro the black page
  • pygmy twyolyte
  • echidna's arf
  • son of orange county
  • more trouble every day
  • peaches en regalia
  • city of tiny lites
  • dancin' fool
  • broken hearts are for assholes
  • stick it out
  • crew slut
  • cosmik debris
  • easy meat
  • why does it hurt when i pee?
  • florentine pogen
  • tell me you love me


FIDO PLAYS ZAPPA


MAKING ZAPPA GREAT AGAIN FOR 15 YEARS-TOUR 2017/18

10.11.17 - DE-Weinstadt, Jazzclub Armer Konrad
11.11.17 - DE-Würzburg, Immerhin
27.11.17 - DE-Freiburg, Wheit Rabbit
01.12.17- CH-Basel, Atlantis




JOE DENINZON AND STRATOSPHEERIUS

The new Stratospheerius album is called "Guilty Of Innocence".


Available from CDBaby and others.


IN MEMORIAM GLOBAL VILLAGE

The latest release on the El Negocito record label is entitled "In Memoriam Global Village".
It's a tribute by Gunda Gottschalk (violin, viola, voice), Xu Feng Xia (guzeng, voice) and Peter Jacqemyn (double bass, voice) to the late Peter Kowald (who was the one who founded the Global Village ensemble).

Improvised world music jazz.



NEW RESIDENTS SINGLE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

A message from Psychofon Records:

Presale Warning! The Residents latest single, Santa Dog '17 will be available for pre-order TOMORROW at 2pm Central USA time (9pm GMT+1). If you want to make sure you get your hands on one of the limited editions of this 7", be ready! The release date is still a window somewhere between the 15th and 20th of November. Only very limited copies of the Die Hard edition are available..supplies will NOT last!

https://www.psychofonrecords.com/product/residents-santa-dog-17/



NEW ALBUM BY SLIVOVITZ

Italian fusion band Slivovitz has a new album out, "Liver".
On the MoonJune Records label.


Here's link to their previous release, "All You Can Eat" :




Saturday, November 4, 2017

NEW PANZERBALLETT ALBUM

The new Panzerballett album is called "X-Mas Death Jazz" (as it's some sort of Christmas album) and will be released later this month.
It features Mattias 'IA' Eklundh and Mike Keneally as special guests. (Each one on one track)

Pre-order it at :
http://www.panzerballett.de/merch.html
It's available on CD and on vinyl.


Also take not e that the band will be touring in December and January !

05.12.17 20:00h Colos-Saal, DE - Aschaffenburg
06.12.17 20:00h franz.K, DE - Reutlingen
07.12.17 Red Horn District, DE - Detmold
08.12.17 20:00h, Live Club Barmen, DE - Wuppertal
09.12.17 20:00h Cyriaci-Kapelle, DE - Nordhausen
10.12.17 20:00h Logo, DE - Hamburg
11.12.17 20:00h Nuke Club, Support: Alex's Hand, DE - Berlin
12.12.17 20:30h, Jazzclub Cavete, DE - Marburg
13.12.17 Blauer Adler, DE - Würzburg
14.12.17 Explosiv, AT - Graz
15.12.17 22:30h, Jazzfest JIM, Black Box, Gasteig, DE - München
27.12.17 Exil, CH - Zürich
04.01.18 Leerer Beutel, DE - Regensburg
05.01.18 Klubovna, CZ - Prague
06.01.18 20:30h, Porgy & Bess, AT - Vienna


MORE INFO ON THE NEW AKA MOON BOX SET


The box will include 20 CDs and will be called "Constellations".

To be released on the OutHere record label.

https://www.outhere-music.com/en/albums/aka-moon-constellations-box-out-661



-- info: Philippe Lamoot

CAPTAIN CHEESEBEARD IN CONCERT NOVEMBER 17

November 17
At the Cali Club
In Drogenbox (near Brussels)

Zappa-esque music !!



Wednesday, November 1, 2017

THE ORACLE OF OUTER SPACE

Carl King is starting a Kickstarter project for an animated TV series.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/carlking/the-oracle-of-outer-space-animated-tv-show-pilot

The Oracle of Outer Space is an Adult Swim-style animated TV show pilot so-far starring Dweezil Zappa, Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse and Space Ghost Coast To Coast) and created and scored by Carl King. Written by Carl King + HisCheapMoves + Level Nivelo, and animated by Lance Myers (Lead Animator of A Scanner Darkly).


THE MIKE KENEALLY UPDATE

The Keneallist

Days of Future Passed


I have been to both Spain and Oklahoma!

And how are you doing? Are you sitting comfortably? Or perhaps you're at a standing, height-adjustable desk, just a-wheeling and dealing? Either way, I hope you're comfortable and happy.

Let's start with the near future.

On the weekend of November 4 and 5 I'll be at the Baked Potato for a couple of nights.

Saturday, November 4 finds Beer For Dolphins (quartet config. w/Beller, Travers and Musallam) back at the Potato for two sets. This will be the last MK/BFD excursion for 2017 so come celebrate all the holidays at once with us! Tickets can be found waiting patiently for you here. (The ticket page only lists the trio version of BFD but all four of us will be there, promise.)

On Sunday, November 5 the Potato presents the Kris Myers Band, featuring Kris Myers (superb Umphrey's McGee drumsman, and he's all over Scambot 2 and Inkling as well) along with me, Pete Griffin, Ben Thomas and Billy Steinway. Two sets of tomfoolery. We'll be playing quite the dizzying array of tunes including my all time favorite Tom Waits song. Your ticket to this whizbang event is accessible here. (Kris, Pete, Ben and I will soon be debuting another new original band, along with keyboardist Jonathan Sindelman. We presently have eight new songs in the works. More soon re: that action.)

Now, regarding the recent past.


I was just in Chicago at Progtoberfest III at Reggie's, playing with BFD trio-style. I really loved playing this show - thank you Joe T. and Bryan B. (and Gentle Giant's Gary Green sitting in on drums for a jam!). The festival as a whole was great, studded with many pals and wonderful bands (it was really great to see, among others, The Tangent/Karmakanic, Thank You Scientist, a one-time-only Necromonkey improv collective, the band Abacab playing all of Seconds Out, Nili Brosh playing with Alphonso Johnson and Chester Thompson, and the Chicago Zappa Collective playing "Billy The Mountain" – holy cow I loved that). I had a great time sitting in with Frogg Café and The Don and Bunk Show (it was an honor to play for the first time with Don Preston and Bunk Gardner, and a pleasure to see and play with my buds Nick D'Virgilio and Ike Willis). And sharing a brief moment backstage with Gary Green and Martin Barre, reuniting more than four decades after their bands Gentle Giant and Jethro Tull last toured together, was a pretty indelible moment.

Hey, regarding Gentle Giant: a few weeks ago I attended my first ever GORGG. That stands for Global On-Reflection Global Gathering and it's an annual meeting place for Gentle Giant fans the world over (and some Giant members also – Gary Green, Kerry Minnear and Malcolm Mortimore were in attendance this year), and it toggles back and forth between the US and Europe on alternate years, hosted each year by a different GORGGer. This year it was in Albuquerque, and the host Benjamin Harrison was kind enough to hire me to do a performance, primarily solo but I was delighted to be joined by Andy West for a good-sized handful of tunes, and by Anthony Garone who lent his acoustic guitar artistry to "Click" and Giant's "Aspirations." (My brother Marty and I recorded a version of "Aspirations" when I was 14 years old – can I convey to you how surreal it was to be playing it forty-ish years later for Gary, Kerry and Malcolm? No I can't.) (Speaking of surreal – the night after my gig there was an all-night jam wherein Gary and Malcolm played dual drums on "Pride Is A Sin," Kerry insisted I play keys instead of him on a version of GG's "Mobile," and I witnessed the Green/Mortimore drum duo with Kerry Minnear on bass powering a ZZ Top medley. THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED.)

Oh! Also! Speaking of entities named ZZ! Between GORGG and Progtoberfest III this month, I found myself in Mill Valley, CA, attending the world premiere of Beyond The Supernova, ZZ Satriani's directorial debut chronicling the last year or so of his dad Joe's touring adventures, featuring me and Bryan and Marco doing what we do. ZZ really has done a fantastic job with this film and I think you'd all enjoy the heck out of it – eventually you'll get a chance to see it and I recommend you do. After the film premiere we shot over to Bob Weir's beautiful Sweetwater music venue and had a great time performing for 300 or so sweaty Satch fans. A lovely day/night at the theatre(s)!

But back to GORGG for a sec: there are a couple of videos online which provide glimpses into some different aspects of what went down there…first is an interview that Anthony Garone of Make Weird Music conducted with Gary, Kerry, Malcolm and myself. What a singular honor to be interviewed along with these true heroes of mine. Anthony has posted a transcript, a video and an audio podcast of the interview so that you may consume it in any way that serves your needs. Thank you Anthony!




Also during GORGG, I performed an acoustic guitar duet with Alan Benjamin that originally was recorded by Alan's band Advent. My part was originally devised and performed by Greg Katona, whom I want to thank for coming up with such a challenging and beautiful part. I really enjoyed the process of learning and performing this lovely piece – thank you for inviting me to do so, Alan!


Anyway the moral of this story is: it's been quite a month ☺

Thanks for reading and I hope those of you within reach of the Baked Potato can make it there on Nov. 4 and 5. Stay safe. Don't let bugs bite you!

Love,
Mike

PS. Sending love and wishing peaceful rest to a beautiful cat named Solah – she had a guest vocal appearance on "Cat Bran Sammich" on Scambot 1 and did a really brilliant job – but more than that she was a wonderful personality and incredible presence. She will be very, very much missed.




THE MECHANICS

The Mechanics =
Mauro Pawlowski / Eric Thielemans / Rudy Trouvé / Roman Hiele / Jean-Yves Evrard



New album "The Mechanics Are Dancing In Your Head" to be released on Dec 1.




SECRET CHIEFS 3

Secret Chiefs 3 definitely needs a spin avery once in a while.



THE SECURITY PROJECT - CONTACT

"Contact" is album number four by the Security Project.

I wasn't familiar with the Security Project until a couple of months ago.
When I heard that the band featured Trey Gunn on touch guitar and that they were performing the music of Peter Gabriel, I knew I had to check it out.

And now, the album has been released.

Excellent stuff. Love the vocal work of Happy Rhodes !!




SLABDRAGGER / WREN


Slabdragger explore their most carefree, fun side, turning Frank Zappa’s ‘Muffin Man' into a 10 minute-plus quagmire of sludge. Wren meanwhile make Captain Beefheart’s ‘Electricity’ bristle with a cold, almost mechanical, Krautian post-metal edge.

Available on 12" (black or white vinyl) and on CD.
Still some copies available !

With excellent artwork :



THE RESIDENTS ARE TOURING EUROPE

The Residents are touring Europe at this very moment.

http://www.residents.com/tourdates/

Last week, in Poland :



BOGGAMASTA

David Bovée, Peter Vermeersch,
Flat Earth Society

Boggamasta




ZAPPATIKA FREE ALBUM DOWNLOAD


Zappatika
"From Glasgow to the Isle of Wight",
performing the music of Frank Zappa.

Free / Name your price download :



ORQUESTA GOMA DURA - LIVE

Sometimes I just can't hide my enthusiasm for big bands that play a mixture of rock and contemporary jazz.
The Canadian Hard Rubber Orchestra is such a band.
In 1999, the band (conducted, orchestrated and directed by John Korsrud) made a figurative journey to South America when they recorded an album as the Orquesta Goma Dura (Hard Rubber Orchestra).
Appropriately titled "Live", this little disc will most probably make you dance (or sort of nod your head in an approving manner).
Love it.

Here's a snippet from a 2013 concert by the Orquesta Goma Dura.
It will give you an idea of what the album sounds like.


POIL

The CD-version of the superb PoiL album "Brossaklitt" is almost sold out, but the vinyl edition is still available !!



THE ELECTRONIC QUARTERTONE GUITAR TRIO

The Electronic Quartertone Guitar Trio.

Jan Wouter Oostenrijk - 1/4 tone guitar
Marco van den Akker - fretless bass
Tuur Moens - drums

Take a look at Jan Wouter Oostenrijk's guitar !! Quartertone frets !!




CORRIE VAN BINSBERGEN IN CONCERT

Corrie van Binsbergen is touring with Dimitri Verhuls and their "Godverdomse Dagen" program.
In The Netherlands but also in Belgium !!
Check it out !!

Toon Tellegen: Hemels en Vergeefs
01/11 20:30 Paradox Tilburg, NL

Godverdomse Dagen
04/11 20:00 CC Ter Vesten Beveren, BE

Toon Tellegen: De optocht
05/11 16:00 De Roode Bioscoop Amsterdam, NL

Godverdomse Dagen
06/11 21:00 November Music Den Bosch, NL

Godverdomse Dagen
08/11 20:15 cultuurcentrum de Bogaard Sint-Truiden, BE

Godverdomse Dagen
09/11 20:00 30CC/Schouwburg Leuven, BE

Godverdomse Dagen
10/11 20:00 't Schaliken Herentals, BE

Godverdomse Dagen
20/11 20:15 De Kleine Komedie Amsterdam, NL

Godverdomse Dagen
21/11 20:00 Wilminktheater Enschede, NL

Godverdomse Dagen
22/11 20:30 Theater De Vest Alkmaar, NL

Godverdomse Dagen
29/11 20:15 Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, NL

Godverdomse Dagen
30/11 20:30 Cacaofabriek, Helmond, NL


FLAT EARTH SOCIETY UPDATE

The latest Flat Earth Society album is out !
CD released on October 27,
Vinyl to be released on November 11.


Order it at
http://fes.be/

Or pick it up at one of their concerts:

11 november - STORM! Festival, De Grote Post, Oostende, BE
16 november - Willem Twee, ’s-Hertogenbosch, Nederland
19 november - Botanique, Brussel, BE
22 november - De Roma, Antwerpen, BE
23 november - De Kreun, Kortrijk, BE


QUATUOR DIOTIMA PLAYS BEETHOVEN, SCHÖNBERG AND BOULEZ


Quatuor Diotima - string quartet marathon - Beethoven, Schönberg, Boulez

https://www.muziekgebouw.nl/diotima

Four concerts at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, NL, Nov 17-19, 2017
by Quatuor Diotima