Listening to the digital download-version of Phi Yaan Zek's "Reality Is My Plaything".
It sounds pretty good.
The included pdf-booklet tells me that some of the tracks feature Bryan Beller,Marco Minnemann and Mike Keneally.
Next September, a fine selection of Belgian jazz musicians will pay tribute to Placebo.
Not to be confused with the pop/rock band Placebo, this hommage goes out to Marc Moulin's 1970's fusion project with the same name. They'll be doing concerts at various festivals and jazz clubs : Deurne, Leuven, Herselt, Heusden-Zolder, Sint-Niklaas,...
Geert Roelofs (drums), Hans Mullens (bass), Patrick Steenaerts (guitar), David Thomaere (keyboards), Dree Peremans (trombone), Sam Vloemans (trumpet), Wietse Meys (sax, clarinet, bass clarinet)
Here's a (way too short) fragment from Placenta Plays Placebo :
There's lost of great recordings to be found on Bandcamp.
Recent digital travels to Camden, CT, allowed me to enjoy John D Venter (sax) and Steve Chillemi's (drums) musical adventures, not forgetting the Light Upon Blight ensemble (with Pete Brunelli !).
Here's another recording with Steve Chillemi :
The JDEFSCJV ensemble (Jeff Day, Ed Flyn, Steve Chillemi and John D Venter) as recorded performing an improvised music set on 2018 02 01.
The Power Trio Terry Bozzio, Patrick O' Hearn and Warren Cuccurullo will travel already one week earlier to Bad Doberan and will start with additional rehearsals for their very special program.
On top, Denny Walley will jump in will upgrade the trio to a quartet. And we are already keen to announce L. Shankar as a new delight at Zappanale! We’ve got a verbal agreement from the management yesterday and want to share this news with you first. Shankar will support the power trio.
The B-side of The Spotnicks' "Diamonds" 7" single was their version of Frank Zappa's 'Lumpy Gravy', released in 1969 ! The track can be found on Spotnicks compilation albums from Japan to the U.S.A.
"The Spotnicks In Acapulco (Mexico) + Rarities" is such a compilation, from Hungary.
Added to the Others Of Invention section over at the United Mutations Archives.
1972 saw the release of the "You Really Got Me / Willie The Pimp" 7" single by Stackwaddy.
The Frank Zappa composition also could be found on the band's album that got released around the same time, "Bugger Off".
The above pictured 3CD box collects all the singles that got released by Dandelion between 1969 and 1972. Needless to say that it also includes their version of 'Willie The Pimp'.
Krautrock Legends faUSt to Tour North America Summer 2018!
Vagabondages in North America tour featuring founding members Jean-Hervé Péron and Werner 'Zappi' Diermaier
German Krautrock legends faUSt will be embarking on their Vagabondages in North America tour in July 2018! faUSt is an experimental rock band which came out of the Hamburg music scene in the late sixties. Formed in Wümme in 1971, faUSt were the first band to have the term “krautrock” applied to their music, and to the genre that ensued. German for “fist,” and also the protagonist of Goethe's eponymous play, faUSt were one of the first bands to use the recording studio as an instrument. Their live appearances were explosive (literally), as the pinball machines and jack-hammer legends detail.
Featuring founding member Jean-Hervé Péron, faUSt's North American tour begins on July 11th in Chicago. There will be line-up changes and guest additions at various points of the tour – founding member and drummer Werner 'Zappi' Diermaier will join the ensemble in Brooklyn on July 22 to the end of the tour. Also featured with the band is guitarist Amaury Cambuzat.
Hello faUSt friends in Canada and USA!
As for 1994! and for the fifth time now, faUSt will ride again the highways of your continent, up and down from Chicago/IL to Montreal/QC, across and back, from Brooklyn, NY to L.A., CA, spreading the good words of DadaKrautRock.
Here all musicians involved in the tour... well, almost all because we do have “last-minute guests”...
In the North East faUSt will be: Jean-Hervé Péron aka art-Errorist (voc, strings, wind and tools), Amaury Cambuzat (guit, voc), Tim Barnes (drums and sounds). In Chicago we will share the stage with Bobby Conn (guit, voc), Monica Boubou (voc, violin) and Josh Johannpeter (drums). In Brooklyn we will meet up with Braden Diotte (bass and sounds)... and Zappi, yeah! That's “ze big man wiz ze big nose!” on drums, voc, tools and metal.
But wait: on the West Coast faUSt will fuse with the German/Spanish/Croatian all female dada-punk trio Ernsthafte Angelegenheiten. Yes, just call them “E.A.” before your tongue get cramped.
Each day, each gig a new adventure, like vagabonds on tour... Rund ist schoen!!! - Jean-Hervé Péron
July 11 line-up:
Bobby Conn (vocals and guitarist), Monica BouBou (vocals and violin), Josh Johannpeter (drums), Amaury Cambuzat (guitar and vocals), Tim Barnes (drums and sounds), Jean-Hervé Péron ((vocals, strings, wind and tools)
July 12-21 line-up:
Amaury Cambuzat, Tim Barnes, Jean-Herve Peron
July 22 line-up:
Amaury Cambuzat, Tim Barnes, Braden Diotte (bass and sounds), Werner 'Zappi' Diermaier (drums, vocals, tools and metal), Jean-Hervé Péron
July 25-29 line-up:
Ernsthafte Angelegenheiten (all-female punk trio), Amaury Cambuzat, Braden Diotte, Werner 'Zappi' Diermaier, Jean-Hervé Péron
faUSt Vagabondages in North America tour dates:
July 11 - Chicago (IL) - The Empty Bottle
July 12 - Cinncinatti (OH) - Woodward Festival
July 13 - Detroit (MI) - El Club
July 14 - Hillside Festival / Guelph (ON) / Canada
July 15 - Toronto (ON) / Canada - Jamfactory
July 16 - Montreal (QC) / Canada - BAR LE RITZ PDB
July 17 - Portland (ME) - Space Gallery
July 18 - Boston (MA) - Brighton Music Hall
July 20 - Philadelphia (PA) - Underground Arts
July 21- Baltimore (MD) - Creative Alliance
July 22 - Brooklyn (NY) - Murmrr Theater
July 25 - San Francisco (CA) - The Chapel
July 26 - Felton (CA) - Don Quixote's Music Hall
July 28 - Los Angeles (CA) - Summer Happening / Social Shamans / The Broad
July 29 - San Diego (CA) - Casbah
"Mappa Zappa" arrived at the U.M.Headquarters last week.
15 tracks by a superfine selection of artists.
Compiled by Andrew Greenaway.
As the album title hints, all the tracks were composed by Frank Zappa and carry the name of a place in the title.
The Todd Grubbs Group performs 'Transylvania Boogie', Gabba Zappa Hey! tackles 'Dead Girls Of London with an appropriate 'London Calling' intro, and so on and so on...
This album belongs in every Frank Zappa record collection.
This music was recorded during the making of Carl Kings documentary movie Conundrum. I was fortunate to have some great people coming down to Bell Sound Studio in Hollywood to join two days of open jam sessions and also sharing some fermented herring! The herring was the only critic moment of these two days. The rest was just great fun. Short snippets of the music can be heard and seen in the Conundrum movie, but much more was recorded. I kept all the pro tools sessions on a hard drive and opened them up recently and decided to bounce down a few sections. The musicians that took part in this was DAEDELUS (electronic mastermind and Ninja Tune/Brainfeeder/Warp records artist). JANEK GWIZDALA (bassist ace that has been heard with Wayne Krantz, Pat Metheny, Mike Stern, Marcus Miller and more)
TOSIN ABASSI of Animals As Leaders also came down to join our adventure but this session is not mixed and ready yet. Will return to that later. Anyways, what you will hear on these three tracks is me together with Daedelus and Janek. A long open jam session straight down to "tape" without any overdubs. I did however edit some sections and added just a few sounds and a tribe man and his wise words on top of our recording. As Daedelus responded when I sent him my mixes "What a wonderful mess of everything".
Mixing experimental electronic sounds with a powerful bass and ditto drums.
Data has been added to the United Mutations Archives.
Back in 2010, my friend Carl King released an insanely dense and highly musical album under the persona of Dr. Zoltan Øbelisk. After finishing drum tracking for my next solo EP, he challenged me to cover a song entitled "Upptäckten Av Ancient Alien Obviation Ruler Kit" (0:26). Being a fan of the record, I also suggested the tune "Join the War on Fun!" as a brief intro piece, for it is both bitchen and--ironically--fun to play. I 'Orbinated' them, rehearsed for a week, and what you see here is some of the hardest stuff I've ever had to track.
Prog Ensemble 41POINT9 is premiering the first video and single from the band's forthcoming album “Mr. Astute Trousers.” “Confessions At Midnight” is the risqué new video that has been accepted into a service providing music to over 2500 strip clubs in the US making the single the first ever Prog Rock single and video to be accepted into this type of market. Yes, you heard that right, for the first time thanks to 41POINT9 you can hear Prog in a Strip Club. Gentlemen, you're welcome.
Says bassist Bob Madsen, “What started as an inside joke has actually become a pretty cool lil' tune. One evening the band was wondering why you never hear Prog in a Strip Club? That just seemed unfair. So 41POINT9 set out to rise to the challenge and correct this tragic wrong. Hence, 'Confessions At Midnight' was born. For the first time Progsters can now hear 'Prog In A Strip Club.' Gentlemen, yer welcome... This video tells the story of a burlesque dancer that falls in love with her Emcee and the sparks sure do fly! Enjoy!”
Norwegian guitarist, composer, painter and surrealist Jon Larsen has produced a number of albums with various ex-Zappa bandmembers.
The first one was called "Strange News From Mars" and got recorded in L.A. at Arthur Barrow's Mar Vista studio.
A follow-up album got released in 2008: "The Jimmy Carl Black Story".
In 2011, Jon Larsen released "Willie Nickerson's Egg", a project with Tommy Mars: music composed and performed by Tommy Mars. Tommy narrates the story as well. Arthur Barrow is featured on the bass. It was a download-only album.
"Willie Nickersons Egg" got re-released in Norwegian in 2013. This time on CD. Narrated by Terje Stromdahl. Music written and performed by Tommy Mars, bass by Arthur Barrow.
One of the bonus tracks has Jimmy Carl Black yelling "This is Jimmy Carl Black. The first indian on Mars'. Hilarious.
Album cover and various booklet illustrations by Cal Schenkel.
And if that isn't enough, the first track, 'Pinnsvinet Fra Skinkebekk' includes a Frank Zappa theme !!
Info has been added to the United Mutations Archives.
Here's the english version. Check out the Zappa reference at 07:00.
Jimmy Ågren's "Honk Flap And Tease" got released last year on the Garageland Label. I had this CD on my want list, but apparently it's not easy to come across.
So when Morgan Ågren's digital package arrived, I was happy to see that it included "Honk Flap And Tease".
The physical copy of this album does stay on my want list.
Data has been added to the United Mutations Archives.
Features Morgan on drums.
Light Upon Blight is a improvised music ensemble around Camden-CT-based guitarist Jeff Cedrone.
A couple of concerts got recorded and were made available on Bandcamp.
There's different line-ups at every concert. I picked "Dead By Mourning".
Next to Jeff Cedrone, the recording features bass player Pete Brunelli and drummer Tom Hogan.
Data has been added to the United Mutations Archives, but be sure to check this out.
Pushed by Jeff's guitar, the twenty-plus minute track shows some great interaction and keeps everyone (including the listener) on his toes.
Stanley Jason Zappa will arrive in Finland in August. In these four concerts, he plays the Black Motor band as a guest, in the quartet with saxophone player Mikko Innanen, double-bass player Ville Rauhala and percussion player Simo Laihonen, as well as two Zappa and Laihon-duo concerts.
And Phi Yaan-Zek describes the special 3CD set as follows:
- Double CD in 6 panel digipack with 20 page full colour booklet.
- Limited edition companion CD "Play My Strange Thing" presented in 6 panel card wallet. This is a 'Lumpy Gravy' style album of new music from the California sessions, weird out-takes, behind-the-scenes interludes and special musical surprises.
jesus is my son: tout a une fin (même l'amour) (2018, cd, bel, cheap satanism records)
Jesus Is My Son is the solo project of guitarist Grégory Duby.
"Tout A Une Fin (Même L'Amour)" (Everything Has An End (Even Love), is the fourth release by Jesus Is My Son. The album presents seven beautiful pieces. Melancholic at times, experimental but without losing the melodic context, "Tout A Une Fin (Même L'Amour)" invites multiple listening sessions.
There's a new Zappa-related album out on Cordelia Records: Zappa compositions performed by various bands and ensembles from around the world.
Compiled by Andrew Greenaway to coincide with Mick Zeuner's book.
As Andrew puts it :
This collection was inspired by my dear friend Amaretto Mick Zeuner, who is currently working on The Zappa Tour Atlas. It is hoped that this will be available in time for Zappanale in 2019. The tome is very much a labour of love ("by fans, for fans"), which this CD happily heralds. Mick's cartographer chum Klaus Kühner is providing all of the necessary graphics for the book, while ‘my Cal Schenkel’, Antero Valério, has supplied the artwork for the CD.
the residents: i am a resident (2018, cd, usa, mvd1330a)
October 2017, The Residents asked their fans to submit their version of a Residents' song. A selection of these were layered and edited into 'new' tracks by The Residents.
I was rather curious to hear the actual finished product so I was happy to receive the album earlier this week.
As a result, I have been playing "I Am A Resident" at least once a day. Haunting, captivating, sounding familiar, soothing and strange at the same time.
I love it.
L'Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp was one of the revelations of last year's Zappanale festival. They have just released a new album. On the Bongo Joe record label, in cooperation with Red Wig.
"Sauvage Formes" is the OTPMD's fourth album and it doesn't disappoint. Quite the contrary, actually.
Beautiful minimalistic layers (marimba, guitar and violin) serve as the basis for fragile songs.
Available as digital download, but also on vinyl and on CD !
Here's the data for Shadowgraphic City's first and only album. An occasional project from 2003.
Carol Van Dyk sings and plays the guitar for Bettie Serveert, a Dutch indie rock band. She's also part of Chitlin' Fooks, a duo in which the other part is made up of Pascal Deweze.
Pascal Deweze plays the guitar in Metal Molly and Sukilove and participates in various projects by Mauro Pawlowski.
Mauro Pawlowski should need not introduction, but he was part of the Evil Superstars and played with dEUS.
Team up Carol Van Dyk, Pascal Deweze and Mauro Pawlowski and you get Shadowgraphic City.
Here's two third of Shadowgraphic City, in Chitlin' Fooks
jean-luc fafchamps: H1KhH2WM (du seuil), a five-letter sufi word (2018, cd, bel, sub rosa)
Contemporary classical composer Jean-Luc Fafchamps started his Sufi Letters project in 2000. He wants to write and dedicate a composition to each letter (28) of the Arabic alphabet.
His latest five compositions materialized in "H1KhH2WM (du seuil), a five-letter sufi word", part three of the series.
Jean-Luc adds: "I am drawing inspiration from the symbolic charts found in Sufi mysticism. Each Letter is a sonic meditation on the frontiers of conscience and the paradoxes of time.Today's word, Du seuil [From the threshold], is the third word to be released by Sub Rosa. It is a journey of sort through grief: stages of conscience, journey through hell, nocturnal anxieties, meditation, resilience. Do not worry too much though, for isn't it from the distance of death that one can shine the best light on life? Isn't all grief also a threshold ? "
Last year, the Skin Graft Records label re-released remastered versions of "Trading Balloons" and "Salad Days", early albums by Cheer-Accident.
So it comes as no surprise that the brand-new "Fades" album is also being released on Skin Graft Records.
The Cheer-Accident line-up has been changed numerous times. On "Fades" the core members are Jeff Libersher (guitar) and Thymme Jones (drums, vocal). They are, however, supported by a large and impressive group of guests.
Some tracks sound more 'pop' than what I expected, but that's not a bad thing. The variation in vocalists adds to the diversity.
Out on LP (black and colored vinyl) and on CD.
The CD has two bonus tracks !
Available from Mandaï : www.mandai.be
Fukkeduk is one of the best-kept secrets of the Belgian music scene.
This avant-garde rock band only released one album. In 1994. "Ornithozozy".
The line-up shows links with The Simpletones and with Flat Earth Society, and the album got produced by Doctor Nerve's Nick Didkovsky.
Earlier this week, I mentioned a brand-new album / recording by John D Venter and Steve Chillemi, "West Street".
Well, the duo alread released one album last year. One with a superb title: "Past Performances Are Not An Indications Of Future Performances".
You might / should remember Steve Chillemi as the drummer for Doctor Dark, or maybe from his contribution to the Doot! project. Here, you can hear him like you've never heard him before. John D Venter: saxophones // Steve Chillemi: drums
More digital download from Morgan Ågren's support project for Mats Öberg.
The album was called "Invisible Rays" and it featured Morgan plus Henry Kaiser and Trey Gunn.
It was released in 2011. Also CD. (How did this escape my radar? Definitely need re-tuning!)
Anyway, superb album.
Three top musicians and 11 great tracks.
Data has been added to the United Mutations Archives.
I received this album as part of the support package that Morgan Ågren started for Mats Öberg.
Fine album. It features Morgan on most of the tracks, and Mats playing a synth solo on (only) one track: 'Curious And Comfortable', the last track on this album. Data has been added to the United Mutations Archives.
Fourth album by Al Doum & The Faryds : "Spirit Rejoin".
"Basically the Faryds absorb and re-elaborate with remarkable insights disparate elements and influences of certain Electric Jazz or Rock-Jazz-Blues of the ’70 (Miles Davis, Dr.John, Graham Bond, Jeremy Steig) and Spiritual Jazz (Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders, Don Cherry, Brother Ah), marrying them with the forceful instances of certain Afro-Free (Pyramids, Alkebu-Lan) and the more Freak-Jam plots typical of Space Rock."
Founded by Johan De Smet and Rudy Cabie, The Simpletones project took a start in the late seventies. In their early years, all the compositions of the band consisted of maximum three different notes. A minimal music punk band.
In the eighties, the band morphed into a marching band, just to prove that there were no boundaries.
Later, Johan De Smet, as he got influenced by Frank Zappa, Edgar Varèse and Igor Stravinski, started composing classical music.
"Einfach" by The Simpletones is a fine example of this. The album features Peter Vermeersch, Bart Maris, Kristof Roseeuw and Tom Wouters (all from Flat Earth Society)
The Golden Dawn Arkestra released their first EP in 2014, followed by the "Stargazer" album in 2016.
They have a brand-new album out (or due out) called "Children Of The Sun", so I was in a bit of a hurry to add the data for "Stargazer" on the United Mutations Archives as this is superb material.
I love it !!
GOLDEN DAWN ARKESTRA
2018 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
31.05.18 - Düdingen, CT- Bad Bonn Kilbi
01.06.18 - Kleinreifling, AT – Seewiesen Fest
02.06.18 - Aflenz, AT - Sublime
06.06.18 - London, UK - Moth Club
07.06.18 - Lille, FR - La Cave aux Poèt
08.06.18 - Le Havre, FR - Le Tetris
09.06.18 - Tours, FR - Festival Aucard de Tours
10.06.18 - Paris, FR - Espace B
14.06.18 - Oberhausen, DE - Drucklufthaus
15.06.18 - Hannover, DE - Cumberlampe
17.06.18 - Mannheim, DE - Maifeld Derby Festival
19.06.18 - Terschelling, NL – Oerol Festival
22.06.18 - Luxembourg LU - Fete de la Musique
24.06.18 - Berlin, DE - Kantine am Berghain
27.06.18 - Lärz, DE - Fusion Festival
28.06.18 - Lärz, DE - Fusion Festival
29.06.18 - Bocholt, DE - Alte Molkerei
30.06.18 - Paris, FR - Macki Festival
"Nachtzug" (Night Train) is Hardy Fox second solo album (as Hardy Fox, that is).
The album presents 7 tracks and totals a bit over 20 minutes.
If you liked Hardy's previous (self-titled) album, you should definitely take a trip on this "NightTrain".
Very recognizable. Both in composition as in instrumentation.
With special guest Nolan Cook on the guitar. Very enjoyable.
The Residents are fiddlers. Not fiddle players, just fiddlers. They like to play around and see different ways their songs could sound. They call this RMX. Some say RMX stands for "remix" but with The Residents, who knows? While the RMX concept is mostly associated with two album projects (The King and Eye RMX and WB:RMX), The Residents had also tinkered with individual songs. These were released as free streaming tracks on the band's official MySpace page (yes, they had one). In 2007 most of these tracks were collected in a compilation simply titled RMX, first made available on iTunes. Never before have this tunes been available on a physical release, so we are now glad to present you RMX as a CD including two previously unreleased rmx's! New cover artwork by Pore Know Graphics. 1. Icky Flix Theme 2. Kaw-Liga RMX 3. Blue Rosebuds RMX 4. Teddy RMX 5. Picnic In The Jungle RMX 6. Jelly Jack - The Boneless Boy RMX 7. He Also Serves RMX 8. This Is A Man's Man's Man's World RMX 9. Mahogany Wood RMX 10. Just 4 U 11. Ship's A Going Down RMX 12. The Sleeper RMX 13. Baby Skeletons And Dogs RMX 14. Hello Skinny RMX 15. The Golden Goat RMX.
Exactly 17 years ago MoonJune Records started its unpredictable journey as an underdog brutally independent record label emerging from nowhere. Three albums were released at the same time in June 2001, and to celebrate label’s 17th moonjuneversary, FINISTERRE “Storybook” is available for a limited time for $4.44 (instant download), while the last copies of the original CD release, with different cover and album title, packaged in a jewel case are available for $15 +shipping.
a message from Notopia : These are the raw isolated recordings of every instrument on the song "Celebrate" of our album "Celebrating Life". No EQ, no compressor was added. No effects or even panning. Please play around with them, rearrange them, mix them, cut them, put them in a different context. In short, please play around with these files and send your results to email@example.com.
The best three remixes will be released as a free download EP here on our BandCamp site, of course mentioning your name as the one who created the remix.
Philip Lithman (or Snakefinger) only released a handful of albums during his short lifetime.
"Night Of Desirable Objects" was a project of Snakefinger's Vestal Virgins, a band that featured Eric Drew Feldman on keyboards and synthesizers. It got released in the year that he passed away.
Klanggalerie has done a superb job in making a number of Snakefinger albums available again. Housed in beautiful digipacks, they already released "Chewing Hides The Sound", "Greener Postures" and "Manual of Errors". "Night Of Desirable Objects" fits in perfectly.
Klanggalerie: Snakefinger surely needs not much of an introduction. Born Philip Charles Lithman in London, he moved to San Francisco in 1971. His roots lie in the British blues scene, but he soon became friends with The Residents who also gave him the name Snakefinger based on a photograph of Lithman performing, in which his finger looks like a snake about to attack his violin. In 1972 Lithman returned to England and formed the pub rock band Chilli Willi and the Red Hot Peppers. After the lack of success of the second album, he returned to the states and work on his solo albums co-written and produced by The Residents began. Night of Desirable Objects was Snakefinger's fourth and final studio album, recorded with the Vestal Virgins and released by Ralph Records in 1987. It featured a variety of styles including jazz, folk, rock, gospel and polka, and displayed a compositional maturity. Snakefinger suffered a heart attack and died on 1 July 1987 in Linz, Austria while touring in support of the album, on the same day the album's first single was released: "There's No Justice In Life". As with all previous re-issues by us, this album will come remastered and with bonus tracks.
For the Klanggalerie record label, 2016 was the year of Renaldo And The Loaf. The label re-issued "The Elbow Is Taboo", plus the new "Gurdy Hurdy" album.
Also in 2016, Klanggalerie added two albums by The Darkening Scale to their catalogue.
The Darkening Scale is David Janssen's solo project. David Janssen aka Ted The Loaf (of Renaldo And The Loaf).
Here's something completely different : The Darkening Scale Play The Residents
... Anyway, there’ll be no rest for the wicked as our heroes head straight back into the studio to add some finishing touches to the forthcoming ‘Intruders’ album, which is already sounding wonderful. Tyrone and Erkie will be busying themselves with that whilst Cha-Cha and Eekie oversee the completion of the ‘I AM A RESIDENT!’ project – news of that should be hitting your mailboxes any moment…
... The next two ‘pREServed’ releases are well underway too – everything The Residents can find related to ‘Eskimo’ and ‘The Commercial Album’ has now been excavated and worked into something digestible, and those releases are anticipated sometime around November – just in time to ruin your mother’s Christmas!
... There’ll also be a ‘Mole Trilogy’ box set, an ‘American Composers Series’ thing, ‘God In 3 Persons’, ‘Cube-E’ and, rumour has it, a ‘Pre-Residents 1971-1972’ pREServed set all heading your way in 2019 too.
... Oh, and on the subject of hearing shit, there’s the W***** B*** Album Record Store Day release to talk about too….. While The Residents hope you liked it (although THEY insist THEY never heard of it and have no idea where it came from), THEY are extremely grateful to anyone dumb enough to buy it. They also hope the artwork didn’t spoil anybody’s lunch. And not to worry, those of you without a turntable, a CD version of the album will be along as part of that Pre-Residents pREServed package before you know it, along with something called ‘B*** S**’ (which THEY also never heard of and we must never name) and a bunch of live and rehearsal recordings from that period in time. Word of warning, there are a lot of takes on ‘Kamikaze Lady’. A LOT. Like, dozens. ‘Kamikaze Lady’ this, ‘Kamikaze Lady’ that… If The Residents had their way, there’d be an entire ‘Kamikaze Lady pREServed’ set, but it just feels like too much. For now, anyway.
... The coming months will also see news of the ‘Double Trouble’ movie, which you may or may not be aware of – you can watch the trailer if you need to catch up. There are, of course, a handful of legal issues to figure out with Randy, as ever, but nothing a few bucks or a hot meal won’t put to bed. That guy is a mess right now, so he won’t be a problem.
Alan Jenkins, the man behind Cordelia Records and responsible for releasing Andrew's / The Idiot Bastard's Zappa Tribute albums, has a new album out.
You might also know Alan from his Deep Freeze Mice and his Thurston Lava Tube projects. Or from his recent collaboration with R.Stevie Moore.
"Commencing Countdown" is the second album by Berlin-based hard rock band Travelin Jack.
I bought it because the liner notes mention a Frank Zappa quote : 'The mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open.'
I don't really know if this is a Zappa quote. I've seen it linked to Albert Einstein and even to the Dalaï Lama...
Stevie's website (Parachute Mind) even goes a bit further back :
'Minds are like parachutes. They only function when open'. Sir Thomas Dewar (1864 - 1930)
Anyway, despite mentioning Frank Zappa in the liner notes, there's not really a musical link. "Commencing Countdown" isn't a bad album. Not at all. It's just that I had expected a musical reference as well...
Legendary keyboardist Rick Wakeman is launching his official YouTube channel!
The channel will feature many rare and unreleased videos, as well as the exclusive premiere of Rick's forthcoming film “Live Portraits.”
The OTPMD, short for Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp, has a new album out.
The band performed at Zappanale in 2017 and made a fine impression.
The new disc is entitled "Sauvage Formes" and is made available on CD, LP and as digital download.
Jun 13 - Rouen, France
Jun 15 - B Sides Festival - Luzern, Switzerland
Jun 16 - Le Port Franc - Sion, Switzerland
Jun 17 - Festi'Neuch - Neuchatel, Switzerland
Jun 30 - Fusion Festival - Lärz, Germany
Jul 01 - Halfway Festival (trio) - Białystok, Poland
Jul 04 - arkaoda - Berlin, Germany
Jul 06 - La Ferme Electrique - Tournan-En-Brie, France
Jul 07 - Oh2 Festival - Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, France
We're delighted to announce that our first full-length album is coming out after summer this year, recorded by the great 'Roo' Laurent Eyen at Koko Studio.
TODAY we share the first track 'ALMADRABA' with this music video created, filmed and edited by visual artist Léo Lefrançois André.
Also we're going on tour in Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and Italy this June (check out gig dates below).
See you on the road ladies & gents!
ALMADRABA TOUR' 18
02.06 : FR, Angoulême - Chez Zi
05.06 : ES, Bueu - Nova Labranza
06.06 : PT, Lisbon -MUSICBOX LISBOA
07.06 : PT, Leiria - Texas Bar
08.06 : PT, Figueira da Foz - DRAC - Direito de Resposta Associação Cultural
09.06 : PT, Praia da Tocha - Piolho - Praia da Tocha
10.06 : PT, Porto - Woodstock 69 Rock bar
12.06 : ES, San Sebastian - Gross
14.06 : FR, Bourges - Le Nadir
15.06 : FR, Biarritz - Wheels and Waves Festival
16.06 : FR, Pay - Le pingouin alternatif
22.06 : BE, Liège - l'An Vert, Fête de la Musique
23.06 : BE, Brussels - Pacrock Festival 2018 Warm up
24.06 : BE, Fleurus - Soviet Bloem Fête de la Musique
27.06 : CH, Chaux-de-Fond - Le LAC
28.06 : IT, Firenze - TBA
29.06 : IT, Pescara - IndieRocket Festival
30.06 : IT, Cupramontara - Musica Distesa 2018
Bardo is a Belgian jazz / improvised music quintet.
They just released an album on the RatRecords label. http://www.ratrecords.biz/
Gilles Vandecaveye-Pinoy: keyboards, vocals and spoken word
Cesar De Sutter-Pinoy: guitar, vocals
Elias Devoldere: drums
Lieven Van Pee: electric bass, double bass
Rob Banken: alto sax, bass clarinet
Bardo is the graduation project of Gilles Vandecaveye-Pinoy at School Of Arts/ Conservatory Gent, Belgium. He received the PlayRight price at the graduation ceremony.
All members are currently very active in the contemporary rock and Jazz/impro scene of Belgium with bands like Nordmann, Steiger, Peenoise, De Beren Gieren, HAST and many more.
Derek Smalls, bass player for Spinal Tap, has released a solo album that features an impressive list of guest artists.
Next to the Hungarian Studio Orchestra (an essential asset if you want the 'symphonic' aspect), there's JC Vanston, Jim Keltner, Chad Smith, Donald Fagen, Larry Carlton, David Crosby, Toss Panos, Richard Thompson, Rick Wakeman, Steve Lukather,...
And if that's not enough, 'MRI' features Dweezil Zappa, 'Gummin' The Gash' has a guitar solo by Steve Vai, and Joe Satriani plays the lead guitar on 'When Men Did Rock'.
Bombastic, pastiche,... I love it.
Available on CD and on LP !
Brazilian band DIALETO is releasing its fifth CD, a live album with the guest participation of violinist David CROSS, ex-King Crimson.
The album, entitled simply “Live with David Cross”, was recorded in 2017 at São Paulo, Brazil, on the second of a pair of concerts held to promote the band’s then new album, “Bartók in Rock”.
As such, the material of this album includes some live versions for the Béla Bartók pieces that were adapted by DIALETO, as well as renditions of a few Crimson classics and one track by the David Cross Band.
A Deep Journey Into the Music and Poetry of Greg Lake - Annie Barbazza & Max Repetti's MOONCHILD
Produced by Greg Lake! Limited edition 1000 papersleeve CD and 500 gatefold coloured audiophile vinyl!
Italy - Much to the excitement of Greg Lake and ELP fans worldwide, Annie Barbazza and Max Repetti are releasing MOONCHILD - A deep journey into the music and poetry of Greg Lake! To be issued as Limited edition 1000 papersleeve CD (MAN002) and 500 gatefold coloured audiophile vinyl (MANLP002) on Manticore Records on May 18, 2018, this album marks Greg Lake's final production before his passing on December 7, 2016.
“Amongst the many projects Greg Lake and I planned for Manticore was the re-arranging of his favourite songs in a black and white, contemporary way. A sort of back to the bone, vocals and guitar setting, as simple as that. I remember Greg became an advocate of the new 'less is more' concept and he often reminded us that 'simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.' “As we went further into the project, we soon discovered that an acoustic guitar could be fine for some tunes, but not suitable for others; so Greg decided we should go for piano and vocals and asked me to look for a talented piano player. I knew Max Repetti who I considered to be the perfect pianist for Greg. Apart from the fact that he had the entire ELP songbook in his repertoire, he is a very able musician. The audition lasted just a few minutes in a countryside restaurant on an upright piano which had seen better days, slightly out of tune, where Repetti dared to propose a medley of 'The Stones Of Years,' from 'Tarkus,' and 'Take a Pebble.' Greg was so delighted that he immediately asked Max to arrange for him a list of tunes he intended to put on the album that we called 'Moonchild,' after one of our favourite early songs. “Sadly, in early 2014 Greg called me with the very worst news. Shortly after that, he decided to ask his young friend and talented singer and musician Annie Barbazza to take his place and carry on his legacy with this album. He patiently trained Annie using all the available technology to keep him up to date with our progress, while continuing to work with Max Repetti and me on the arrangements and production. We all spoke on Skype several times a week to ensure this project matched his standard of perfectionism and musical integrity. “When Greg was awarded with an honorary degree for lyrics and music composition by Conservatorio Nicolini in January 2016, he was already too ill to attend the ceremony in person. I decided to surprise him by having Annie and Max perform his music on his behalf in front of the dignitaries. Greg was attending via Skype and you may listen to his encouraging comments on Greg Lake's Official Channel on Youtube. He was so happy with the results that he pushed even harder for Annie to improve her skills as a singer. Annie Barbazza and Max Repetti performed Moonchild again at a sold out concert for Greg's last birthday on November 10, 2016. As Greg wanted, we will keep the flame alive by playing his music. So this is for you, Grande Gregorio wherever you are. May your music resound forever in our hearts.” - Max Marchini
“Annie and Max recorded such a wonderful and touching tribute to the music I have made during my lifetime. Max's arrangements are absolutely superb! What a magical touch he has and Annie's vocals are at the same time beautiful, brave and heartfelt. It is a very moving experience for me to hear them perform these songs so passionately.” - Greg Lake, 2016
01. In The Court of the Crimson King - 21st Century
02. Trilogy - The Endless Enigma part II
04. The Stones Of Years - Take A Pebble
05. C’est La Vie
06. Battlefield including Epitaph
07. Karn Evil 9 1st impression, part 2
08. Memories Of An Officer And A Gentleman
09. In The Wake Of Poseidon
10. Lucky Man
11. The Sage / The Great Gates Of Kiev
Looking for the latest Mörglbl release (with guitar wizard Christophe Godin), I came across "Wax'in", a project by Magma bass player Philippe Bussonnet, world music percussionist and drummer Franck Vaillant, jazz trumpet player Médéric Collignon and the aforementioned Christophe Godin.
All four musicians regularly take the stage at Le Triton, a club in Les Lilas in Paris, performing as a leader or frontman of their trio or quartet. September 2016 was the first time they performed in the same band, as a quartet. At Le Triton. The result got recorded and released by the Le Triton record label.
Coming from different musical corners, this band offers an amazing mix of progressive rock and jazz. "Wax'in" will make you hold your breath.
Mental note to myself: next time in Paris, visit Le Triton.
Beefheart Jr. (???) is none other than Robert Arthur Williams, drummer for Captain Beefheart's Magic Band on "Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)" and "Doc At The Radar Station".
After releasing a 12" in 1981 and his first solo album, "Late One Night" in 1982, Williams only released two other albums: "Date With The Devil's Daughter" in 1998, and more recently "Temporarily Immortal".
Mike Miller guests on a couple of tracks.
Guy Segers' Bandcamp says :
Aka Moon’s fourth album confirms the group’s progress and at the same time fully realises the "Akasha" project.
Beautifully balanced with Volume 1, this second part throws us further into the Indian mood with Indian musicians.
The band are gaining confidence - you only need to listen to the microcosms that Stéphane works into the percussion; or Michel’s bassline sliding through an avalanche of information before finaly blossoming into melodies which are each stronger and yet more subtle than the one before; and then Fabrizio, like the pilot of a spaceship, sfeering the whole trip to its finale and finishing the album on the first notes of the first volume.
It’s difficult not to listen to the whole of Akasha in a loop...
Ra led his Arkestra in a "Jazz Symphonique" at the Théâtre-Carré Saint-Vincent, Orléans, France, on October 27, 1990.
This rare concert was issued in the UK on a 2-CD set entitled Pleiades, on the Leo label in 1993. However, that album's audio sounds like a direct transfer from a source DAT with no attempt at sonic adjustments. Consequently, the instruments and channels are out of balance, and volume levels are erratic. The violins, drums, and tabla are well-represented, often at the expense of other instruments and soloists. In ensemble passages the horns generate enough collective power to blast through, but some soloists are exiled to the sonic shadows. The tabla (which sporadically seem to have been placed directly near a mic, or vice-versa) are often intrusively loud, and the bass drum accents explode above the limits of comfort.
Back in 1993, digital audio editing was a relatively young technology, and the more sophisticated systems were largely housed in professional studios. Software, plugins, waveform editors, and sonic juicers were primitive compared to what can be accomplished today at home on a laptop. Consequently, this 2018 digital edition offers a remarkable upgrade to that 1993 CD. Our version offers a better mix—the best that can be accomplished from a seemingly haphazard stereo capture with no isolated stems.