Sunday, April 22, 2018

RECORD STORE DAY


Last Saturday was Record Store Day.
I like records and I do like record shops and yet, I'm not the biggest fan of Record Store Day.

I had three records on my want list.

I ordered one album (the Sun Ra one) over the internet from someone who sold a copy a couple of days in advance.
The other two (The Residents and the Frank Zappa one) I bought on Saturday morning at the Coffee & Vinyl record shop in Antwerp. I was glad to be there rather early as the shop only had one and two copies of these titles.
For one reason or another, however, the shop charged 47.25 euro per album.. A rip-off, as the price in other shops turned out to be 32.50 euro.
A friend of mine went to record shops to find all copies gone, so I wasn't feeling unhappy. Just ripped-off.

So if Record Store Day is about going to the record shop and being unable to find the album that you want, or about paying 5 or 10 euros extra over the internet, or about paying way too much for a brand-new release, they succeeded.



ZAPPACAST EPISODE 37

ZappaCast, episode 37, in which Scott Parker talks with Ahmet Zappa.

http://www.podcastgarden.com/episode/zappacast-episode-37-more-fun-with-ahmet_126415




PASCAL DEWEZE

When I talked about Dominique Vantomme's "Vegir" album recently (featuring Michel Delville and Tony Levin), I forgot to mention that it was recorded by Pascal Deweze (Metal Molly, Mitsoobishy Jacson, Gruppo Di Pawlowski,...).



-- hint: Philippe Lamoot


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

PROJECT/OBJECT TOUR STARTS TOMORROW


Project/Object tour starts tomorrow!

The Music Of Frank Zappa with Special guests... Zappa alums Napoleon Murphy Brock and Denny Walley.

https://www.projectobject.com/tour

APRIL 2018

18 WED SELLERSVILLE PA SELLERSVILLE THEATRE
19 THU NEW BRUNSWICK NJ THE COURT TAVERN (!)
21 SAT PAWTUCKET RI THE MET CAFE
22 SUN COHOES NY COHOES MUSIC HALL
24 TUE NEW HAVEN CT TOAD’S PLACE
25 WED NORTHAMPTON MA IRON HORSE
26 THU WOODSTOCK NY BEARSVILLE THEATRE
28 SAT SCHUYKILL HAVEN PA JIBBERJAZZ FESTIVAL


MAY 2018
01 TUE BUFFALO NY THE TRALF
02 WED CLEVELAND OH BEACHLAND BALLROOM
03 THU CINCINNATI OH LUDLOW GARAGE
05 SAT CHICAGO IL MARTYR’S
06 SUN MILWAUKEE WI SHANK HALL
08 TUE PITTSBURGH PA THE CLUB CAFE
09 WED ROCHESTER NY THE LOVIN’ CUP
11 FRI ASBURY PARK NJ THE SAINT
12 SAT NEW YORK CITY NY THE CUTTING ROOM
13 SUN PHILADELPHIA PA THEATRE OF THE LIVING ARTS


THE BAND !
NAPOLEON MURPHY BROCK VOC/SAX
DENNY WALLEY GTR/SLIDE GTR/VOC
ANDRE CHOLMONDELEY GUITAR/VOC
KENDALL SCOTT SYNTHS/KEYS
JERRY CUCCURULLO DRUMS
ANDREW WALLEY BASS










Sunday, April 15, 2018

IMAGINE RAYMOND IN CONCERT

I mentioned the excellent Imagine Raymond project / album last month.
https://united-mutations.blogspot.be/2018/03/imagine-raymond-st.html

Yesterday, I got the opportunity to see the band in concert at CC De Muze in Heusden-Zolder, BE.

Pretty good concert. Loved the music AND the images / little movies that were projected on the big screen.

Go see them !!
The music of Raymond Scott !!



April 17, '18 : Filmhuis, Mechelen
April 18, '18 : Handelsbeurs, Gent
April 19, '18 : De Werf, Brugge
April 20, '18 : CC Casino, Koksijde
April 24, '18 : Flagey, Brussel
April 26, '18 : Casino, St Niklaas
April 27, '18 : Rataplan, Antwerpen
May 10, '18 : CC Het Perron, Ieper


SIMAKDIALOG - WATER ON THE BRAIN PT.2


FREE DOWNLOAD
simakDIALOG "Water On The Brain, Pt. 2
Tribute to Allan Holdsworth (6 August 1946 – 15 April 2017)
Recorded live in Baltimore, MD (USA) on November 14, 2015.

Previously unreleased track, to be included on the album
simakDIALOG - Live in Baltimore
credits
released April 14, 2018

simakDIALOG is progressive jazz band from Jakarta, Indonesia.
On this tune, players are:
RIZA ARSHAD - Fender Rhodes piano
TOHPATI - guitar
RUDY ZULKARNAEN - bass guitar
ENDANG RAMDAN - kendang percussion
CUCU KURNIA - kendang percussion

R.I.P. Riza Arshad (Nov 2, 1963 - Jan 13, 2017)




Saturday, April 14, 2018

NEW ALBUM BY SHUGGIE OTIS


Music Legend SHUGGIE OTIS Lets His Guitar Take Center Stage On A New Fusion Rock Album INTER-FUSION!

Features drummer Carmine Appice and bassist Tony Franklin!

Los Angeles, CA - Though most known for his soulful songwriting and gentle croon as heard on blockbuster hits such as “Strawberry Letter 23” and “Inspiration Information,” Shuggie Otis has long been held as one of the most innovative and tasteful guitarists to ever pick up the 6-strings, the “heir to Hendrix” as he is often called. A guitar-playing prodigy from an early age, Shuggie performed on stage and in the studio alongside his legendary father, bluesman Johnny Otis. Now, Shuggie has a new project that showcases just how mindblowing he can be on the pearly frets of his gorgeous maroon Gibson SG, an adventurous new fusion rock project called Inter-Fusion. The album consists of mostly instrumental tracks that groove and weave, taking unexpected turns in surprising directions but all anchored by one of the finest rhythm sections imaginable featuring drummer Carmine Appice (of Vanilla Fudge and Beck, Bogert and Appice) and bass player Tony Franklin (of The Firm and Roy Harper). In addition, keyboardist Kyle Hamood (of local L.A. rockers Them Guns) steps in as both a musician and producer of the album bringing the absolute best performances possible out of each player.

Reflecting on the recording process, Appice enthuses “This was one of the wildest sessions I’ve ever done in my career!” while Franklin had high praise for Otis, saying “Shuggie loved to jam, and was very open to everyone's input. He was not afraid to experiment and try new directions and sounds. I think the music sounds very fresh and alive.” Additionally, Hamood summed up his thoughts on this unique experience saying “Watching the songs come together over such a short period of time, and the diversity that each band member brought to the overall sound and vibe was truly magical. It was an honor to work and create with such a talented group of musicians.”

In a behind-the-scenes promotional video, shot by director Vicente Cordero, Shuggie likewise gushes over the project and his fellow collaborators saying in conversation with Cleopatra owner Brian Perera, “Wow! Did you know it was going to be this good? I know how good it is because I’m in the group. But you’ve seen a little bit of it, and I think you know, you feel the excitement, you hear how good these guys are. And they’re really serious, not just some jive cats!”


Inter-Fusion will be available April 20th on both CD, vinyl and on all digital platforms.

Flashback to 1971 !!



Friday, April 13, 2018

SECURITY PROJECT TOUR DATES


The Security Project has once again reinvented itself, this time with vocalist Happy Rhodes. Together with Jerry Marotta (drummer from Peter Gabriel's first five records, Trey Gunn (King Crimson), Michael Cozzi(Shriekback) and NY keyboardist David Jameson, the group continues reimagining the early work of Peter Gabriel (and also on this disc - Kate Bush), but with Happy's impressive four-octave vocals adding an entirely new dimension.

The Security Project will be on tour in the North East USA and Canada with dates in May and June.

May 24, 2018 Bearsville Theater - Woodstock, NY
May 25, 2018 The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN) - Natick, MA
May 26, 2018 Sellersville Theater - Sellersville, PA
May 27, 2018 The Heights at Brother Vic's - South Salem, NY
May 31, 2018 Lovin’ Cup - Rochester, NY
June 1, 2018 The Garrison - Toronto, ON, Canada
June 3, 2018 Petit Campus - Montreal, QC, Canada

The Security Project:
  • Happy Rhodes - Lead Voice
  • Jerry Marotta – Drums, Vocals
  • Trey Gunn – Touch Guitar, Vocals
  • David Jameson – Keyboards, Eigenharp
  • Michael Cozzi – Guitar, Vocal


HELICON - GEHENNA

Exag Records re-released Helicon's Gehenna vinyl 12" (from 2015) in a rather limited quantity of 20 copies.
Fortunately, the EP is still available in the digital format.




THE GRANDMOTHERS OF INVENTION - LIVE IN BREMEN

Started in the early eighties by Jimmy Carl Black, Don Preston and Bunk Gardner, The Grandmothers have gone through various line-ups and incarnations.
During one or their most recent tours, November 2014, The Grandmothers recorded the concert that they did in Bremen, Germany. Next to the ever-present Don Preston, Bunk Gardner (and Christopher Garcia !!), the line-up included Eric Klerks on bass and vocals and Max Kutner on guitar and vocals.
It's great to have this concert available as on official release, especially since the Grandmothers will be starting their final tour in about a week.
Sure, Don and Bunk are in their seventies and they don't play as fluent as they used to, but the emotional / historical aspect plus the excellent performance by Chris, Eric and Max make up for that.
Love it.

On their final tour, Chris, Don and Bunk will be joined by Ed Mann.
Let's hope they bring a guitar and bass player along as well.

The Grandmothers Of Invention

22 Apr 2018  The Underworld London United Kingdom
23 Apr 2018  The Robin 2 Bilston United Kingdom
24 Apr 2018  Band on the Wall Manchester United Kingdom
25 Apr 2018  Nieuwe Nor Heerlen Netherlands
26 Apr 2018  Blue Notez Dortmund Germany
27 Apr 2018  Paradox Tilburg Netherlands
28 Apr 2018  Jazzclub Nordhausen Nordhausen Germany
29 Apr 2018  Stadttheater Landsberg Germany
01 May 2018  Blue Note Milano Italy
02 May 2018  Burghof Lörrach Lörrach Germany
03 May 2018  Kammgarn Schaffhausen Switzerland
04 May 2018  Mühle Hunziken Rubigen Switzerland
05 May 2018  Treibhaus Innsbruck Austria
06 May 2018  Kino Siska Lublijana Slovenia
07 May 2018  Porgy & Bess Wien Austria
08 May 2018  Metro Music Bar Brno Czech Republic
09 May 2018  Lucerna Music Bar Prague Czech Republic
10 May 2018  Quasimodo Berlin Germany
11 May 2018  Beta Copenhagen Denmark
12 May 2018  John Dee Oslo Norway
13 May 2018  Kulturhuset Stadsteatern Stockholm Sweden
22 Jul 2018  Zappanale Bad Doberan Germany


ERIC KLERKS


Eric Klerks joined the Magic Band as their guitar player in 2009.
In 2014, he did a tour with The Grandmothers and returned to The Magic Band for their final tour in November 2017.

Here's a fine interview with Eric :
http://www.beefheart.com/interview-with-eric-klerks/

You can follow Eric's musical adventures through his blog:
http://ericklerks.blogspot.be/


FRANK ZAPPA AND THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION - LIVE... SAN FRANCISCO



Another 'radio show' album.
November 1970.
"Live... San Francisco" combines the jam that Frank did with Shuggie Otis and Ray Agee during Johnny (= Shuggie's dad) Otis' radio show, with the Fillmore East concert that The Mothers did four days later.

Superb.
Great music. Fine package.
Couldn't resist...


FRANK ZAPPA - LUMPY GRAVY PRIMORDIAL

Record Story Day release.
Originally scheduled for 2017 !!
Due to various circumstances it didn't get released last year, but we should be able to get hold of it on the 21st of April.

http://www.zappa.com/news/lumpy-gravy-primordial-vinyl-pressing-record-store-day-black-friday-2017

Coming on 4/21/18 for Record Store Day! Lumpy Gravy: Primordial contains Frank Zappa’s first orchestral-only edit of the music sessions recorded at Capitol Studios during 1967.

This self-described “ballet” was never officially issued until 2008 on the posthumous collection Lumpy Money. On Record Store Day 2018 it makes it’s debut on limited edition 12” 45rpm mono translucent burgundy colored vinyl, mastered from the original 1967 1/4” mono master tape, with FZ’s original gatefold album design lovingly restored.

Pick up your copy at a record store near you on April 21!


THE RESIDENTS - THE W***** B*** ALBUM

  • the residents: the w***** b*** album
        (2018, lp, uk, cherry red records)
It looks like the actual title of The Residents' Record Store Day release is "The W***** B*** Album", and not "The Warner Brothers Album" as I thought earlier.

It's being released by the Cherry Red records label, the same people who are bringing us the Residents pREServed series.

Here's some extra info :
https://www.cherryred.co.uk/cherryredrecords-rsd-2018/


Plus the tracklist :

SIDE ONE

1. STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER
2. MAD SAWMILL OF COPENHAGEN, GERMANY
3. BABY SKELETONS AND DOGS
4. BOP BOP SHU BOP BOP
5. STUFFED GENITAL
6. CHRISTMAS MORNING ROTO
7. EVERY DAY I MASTURBATE ON A MERICAN FAG
8. OH MOMMY, OH DADDY, CAN’T YOU SEE THAT IT’S TRUE?
9. BABY SKELETONS AND DOGS #2
10. MAD SAWMILL OF COPENHAGEN, GERMANY
11. GOING TO ARCATA BLUES
12. MAD SAWMILL OF COPENHAGEN, GERMANY
13. BLACK VELVET ORIGINAL
14. MAD SAWMILL OF COPENHAGEN, GERMANY
15. JIMI HENDRIX DILDO
16. MAD SAWMILL OF COPENHAGEN, GERMANY
17. IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT
18. MAGGIE’S FARM
19. SNOT AND FECES LIVE AT THE GRUNT FESTIVAL
20. SWEET MEAT

SIDE TWO

1. OH YEA UHH BOP SHU BOP
2. OM IS WHERE THE ART IS
3. CONCERTO IN R FLAT MINOR
4. GAGAGAPIGGAEIOUPE
5. SOLD AMERICAN
6. LOVE THEME FROM A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE
7. PRELUDE FOR ACCORDION, SOUSAPHONE AND FRENCH HORN
8. OH GOD YOU’RE A PIE IN THE SKY
9. SHORT CIRCUIT COMES TO TOWN
10. MARCHING TOWARD A E I O U BLUES
11. IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT AGAIN / RUMBA
12. FOURTH CRUCIFIXION IN FIVE YEARS
13. OH MOMMY, OH DADDY, CAN’T YOU SEE THAT IT’S TRUE AGAIN
14. ART THE WHITE ELEPHANT
15. PSYCHEDELIC AND ORGASMIC FINALE


SUN RA - PINE STREET THEATRE OCTOBER 28TH 1988

Added the data of the soon to be released Sun Ra Record Store Day release (April 21) to the United Mutations Archives.
2 LP set, limited to 2000 copies.
Includes a poster.


ZAPPATEERS RULE !


The Zappateers are an international collection of freaks
dedicated to the music of the legendary American composer Frank Zappa (1940-1993).

Held together in this global village by the internet, the Zappateers have several distinct goals:
  • To further the appreciation of the music of Frank Zappa
  • To encourage the purchase and enjoyment of Zappa’s huge and varied back catalogue
  • To complete the task of collecting all 800-odd audience recorded Zappa performances
  • To share all audience recordings and commercially released bootlegs with one another and the wider internet community without profit, and thereby to undermine the illegal trade in Zappa material
  • To find the best, most complete versions of shows
  • To uphold and respect the Zappa Family Trust’s rights to the legitimate releases
http://www.zappateers.com

Thanks to my fellow Zappateers, I was able to give FZ's 1984 Brussels show another listen.
That was the second time I show Frank in concert (first time being 1982).
Hard to imagine that it's almost 35 years ago...

Frank Zappa * Allan Zavod * Robert Martin * Scott Thunes * Ike Willis * Chad Wackerman * Ray White

Chunga's Revenge, More Trouble Every Day, Penguin In Bondage, Hot Plate Heaven At The Green Hotel, I'm The Slime, City Of Tiny Lights, You Are What You Is, Mudd Club, The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing, Advance Romance, He's So Gay, Bobby Brown, Keep It Greasey, Honey Don't You Want A Man Like Me?, Ride My Face To Chicago, Let's Move To Cleveland (Kreegah Bondola), Camarillo Brillo, Muffin Man, Cosmik Debris, Filthy Habits, Whipping Post


Monday, April 9, 2018

MORE DATA ON THE NEW GRANDMOTHERS ALBUM



don preston: keyboards, vocals
bunk gardner: sax, flute & vocals
max kutner: guitar, vocals
eric klerks: bass, vocals
christopher garcia: drums, percussion

all compositions by frank zappa, except 'stratus' by don preston

disc 1

  1. introduction
  2. pound for a brown
  3. call any vegetable
  4. absolultely free
  5. flower punk
  6. who needs the peace corps?
  7. i'm the slime


disc 2

  1. uncle meat
  2. the orange county lumber truck
  3. trouble every day
  4. montana
  5. stratus (excerpt)


CORRIE VAN BINSBERGEN


An improvisation by Corrie van Binsbergen.
From the documentary "Improvising Hands - Improvising Minds", 2014.




NEW GRANDMOTHERS ALBUM

The Grandmothers are releasing a live album, recorded in Bremen during the 2014 tour !!

Should be available before their European tour (in a couple of weeks !!)


-- info: Danny Mathys

Saturday, April 7, 2018

THE WRONG OBJECT


Update #2 from THE WRONG OBJECT PLAYS ZAPPA - NEW ALBUM!

Track list soon tba !

Dear all

We are currently working our way towards a near-final list of FZ ditties which will be recorded & mixed in June so we can meet the September deadline.

Stay tuned - cheers for now —

The Wrong Object


FLAV MARTIN AND JERRY MAROTTA


From Glass Onyon PR:

Flav Martin and Jerry Marotta Release Debut Album Soul Redemption

Peter Gabriel's rhythm section of his classic line-up, Jerry Marotta and Tony Levin, reunite for the backbone of this album!

Soul Redemption is the debut release from singer/song writer Flav Martin and drummer Jerry Marotta. The duo harmoniously blends modern adult rock with traditional world pop. Whether performed in a cafe in Italy or on the polo fields of Indio, these songs would feel comfortably at home in either environment.

Soul Redemption is a harmonious blend of modern adult rock and traditional world music.

Credited as one of the most innovative acoustic guitar players on the scene today, Flav Martin blends beautiful melodies with intricate technique, voicing, and a percussive style that leaves people saying “How does he do that?”. Throughout his career Flav has performed with David Crosby, Al Stewart, Suzanne Vega, Tommy Emmanuel and more. Flav’s many writing credits include Saturday Night Live, PBS, Canon Films. All but two of the songs on this album were written by Flav.

World renowned drummer, touring and session musician/producer Jerry Marotta has left his mark on countless recordings by Paul McCartney, Hall & Oates, The Indigo Girls, Marc Cohn, Sarah MacLachlan, and John Mayer to name but a few. He first entered the music scene as the drummer for Orleans with the hit single “Still the One” followed by a decade of performing and recording with Peter Gabriel. His rhythmic drumming and world music inspired percussion complement the acoustic flavor of Flav’s guitar.

Fans of Peter Gabriel will delight as Jerry Marotta and Tony Levin, the rhythm section of his classic line-up, reunite for the backbone of this album. Also backing up the duo are their long time friends Peter Primamore (piano), Thor Jensen (guitar), Marc Shulman (guitar), and Gary Schreiner (harmonica/accordion).



SUN RA - GOD IS MORE THAN LOVE CAN EVER BE

Another Sun Ra release on the Cosmic Myth Records label.
Sun Ra in trio : piano / bass / drums.
Sounds great.
Available through Bandcamp, and also on CD and LP.


And while you're listening, you might enjoy this interview :
http://www.plonsey.com/beanbenders/SUNRA-interview.html


THE RESIDENTS PRESERVED

Cherry Red Records and MVD Entertainment have released album number 3 and 4 in the Residents pREServed series : "Fingerprince" and "Duck Stab / Buster & Glen".

Each album is now a 2CD set, presenting lots of bonus material next to the remastered original album.


  • the residents: fingerprince
        (2018, 2cd, , uk, cherry red records nrt004)


  • the residents: duck stab / buster & glen
        (2018, 2cd, , uk, cherry red records nrt005)


Friday, April 6, 2018

A RUDY SCHWARTZ PROJECT UPDATE


By means of an interview with Joe Newman (by Sean McGuire, that is).

http://shareaslicepodcast.com/2018/04/02/rudy/


HARDY FOX / SNAKEFINGER

Klanggalerie has issued a solo album by Hardy Fox. His first one as 'Hardy Fox'.

There's also a re-issue (with lots of bonus material) of Snakefinger's Vestal Virgins "Night Of Desirable Objects".

http://www.klanggalerie.com/catalog/available


Thursday, April 5, 2018

WALT FOWLER


Steve Gadd's pledgemusic project for his latest album features former Zappa band trumpet player Walt Fowler.
Check out the nice video clip.

https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/steve-gadd-band-self-titled-album


Grammy®-Nominated,world-renowned drummer, Steve Gadd, returns with his 4th album release from Steve Gadd Band!

On their self-titled fourth album released by BFM Jazz(www.bfmjazz.com) on March 23rd, Steve Gadd, the veteran drummer, shifts once again into the position of leader and producer, roles with which he feels increasingly confident at this stage of his lengthy career. “All the guys in the band are good friends of mine, people I like being around—not just musically but in general,” Gadd says. “It’s great to be able to play with guys you like and create more opportunities to keep playing with them.”

“The guys” are Walt Fowler (trumpet/flugelhorn), Jimmy Johnson (bass), Michael Landau (guitars) and the newest member of Steve Gadd Band, Kevin Hays (keyboards, vocals). Fowler, Johnson and Landau are, like Gadd himself, all veterans of James Taylor’s touring band. Hays was suggested by Larry Goldings, the band’s erstwhile keyboardist. Steve Gadd Band follows Gadditude(2013), 70 Strong(2015) and Way Back Home (Live from Rochester, NY)(2016), the latter—nominated for a Best Contemporary Instrumental Album Grammy®.



Tuesday, April 3, 2018

PIERRE VERVLOESEM - THE ART OF GOING NOWHERE

"The Art Of Going Nowhere" is a new album by Pierre Vervloesem.
Actually, it's a series in 4 parts.

I've only listened to part 1 and 2 and all I can say is that you have to hear this.
Very impressive.


Parts 1/2 and 3 are already available on Bandcamp.
All 4 parts (that's 4 times 40 minutes) have also been released on a usb-card, in a limited edition of 10 copies (and there's still 3 copies left while I'm typing this, so hurry !!).

Essential listening !!



Monday, April 2, 2018

FROM THE ZAPPA VAULT

Supporters of Alex Winter's "Frank Zappa Movie Project" are getting acces to various video and audio clips (to listen to and/or to download).
They're popping up everywhere (Facebook, Wetransfer, ...), so check them out.
Here's the list :

* * * AUDIO * * *

1. FZ Interview w. Matty Biberfeld
WRVR NYC - NY Summer 1967
Taped by FZ off the radio as it aired.
Source: 5 inch Reel-To-Reel 1/4” Mono Analog Tape

2. Oh No
(Live at the Palace Theater)
Live at the Palace Theater, Los Angeles, CA 7-20-84
Recorded direct to digital 1630, 2-Track stereo.
Players
FZ: Vocals * Napoleon Murphy Brock: Vocals * Ike Willis: Guitar, Vocals * Ray White: Guitar, Vocals * Bobby Martin: Keyboards, Vocals * Alan Zavod: Keyboards * Scott Thunes: Bass * Chad Wackerman: Drums
 "A good example of a disappointing find from the Vault. During the recording of this show, the clocking was malfunctioning, causing audible artifacts throughout the entire master. FZ did not save the multi-track masters for this show, all that exists is this faulty document. For this Kickstarter reward, the audio was run through a de-clicker filter, a maximizer plug-in to achieve some gain (as the level of the recording was extremely low) and was slightly equalized to enhance top end. It’s rare, hope you enjoy!"

3. Pound For A Brown/Sleeping In A Jar
Live at Kleinhan's Music Hall, Buffalo, NY 10-23-70
Source: 1/4” 2-Track Analog Stereo Master
Players
Frank Zappa: Guitar * Ian Underwood: Keyboards * George Duke: Keyboards * Jeff Simmons: Bass/Vocals * Aynsley Dunbar: Drums * Howard Kaylan/Mark Volman: Vocals

4. Radio Show 1981 (Part 1/5)
Compiled & Produced by Frank Zappa, circa 1981.
Source: 1/4” 2-Track Stereo Analog Masters
Filled with alternate edits and mixes of released material as well as unreleased stuff!
  • No Problem/She’s Not There (Civic Arena, Dallas, TX, 10-17-80)
  • The Dangerous Kitchen (Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin, TX, 10-16-80)
  • Shall We Take Ourselves Seriously? (Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA, 12-11-80)
  • Armadillo Music (Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin, TX, 10-16-80)
  • Nite Owl (Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA, 12-11-80)
5. Radio Show 1981 (Part 2/5)
Compiled & Produced by Frank Zappa, circa 1981.
Source: 1/4” 2-Track Stereo Analog Masters

1. The Jazz Discharge Party Hats (University Union Auditorium, Normal IL, 11-21-80)
2. I Have Been In You (The Palladium, New York City, October 1978)
3. Pound For A Brown (Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, Feb 1979)

6. Radio Show 1981 (Part 3/5)
Compiled & Produced by Frank Zappa, circa 1981.
Source: 1/4” 2-Track Stereo Analog Masters
"A cool note about the radio shows: every now and then, you might hear a glitch in the audio. That’s actually FZ himself making edits!"
  • Bobby Brown (Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA, 12-11-80)
  • Ms. Pinky (Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA, 12-11-80)
  • Dead Girls Of London (Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, Feb 1979)
  • Florentine Pogen (Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, Feb 1979)
  • Magic Fingers (Community Theater, Berkeley, CA, 12-5-80)
  • You Are What You Is (Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica. CA, 12-11-80)
7. Radio Show 1981 (Part 4/5)
Compiled and Produced by Frank Zappa, circa 1981.
Source: 1/4” 2-Track Stereo Analog Masters
  • Thirteen/Pound For A Brown (Solos) (The Palladium, New York City, October 1978)
8. Radio Show 1981 (Part 5/5)
Compiled & Produced by Frank Zappa, circa 1981.
Source: 1/4” 2-Track Stereo Analog Masters
  • Jumbo Go Away (Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, Feb 1979)
  • If Only She Woulda (Community Theater, Berkeley, CA, 12-5-80)
  • I Don’t Wanna Get Drafted (Community Theater, Berkeley, CA, 12-5-80)
9. Stucco Homes (Alternate Edit)
Recorded 1979, Village Recorders
Source: Cassette Reference
Players
FZ: Guitar * Warren Cuccurullo: Guitar * Vinnie Colaiuta: Drums

10. Vancouver Radio
Taped by FZ on the road.
Source: 5 inch Reel-to Reel 1/4” Stereo Analog Tape
The Mothers go to a Vancouver B.C. radio station to be guest disc jockeys on September 19, 1970.
Voices:
FZ, Howard Kaylan, Mark Volman, Aynsley Dunbar, Jeff Simmons, Ian Underwood, Dick Barber

* * * VIDEO * * *

1. Apostrophe Ad
"Although we've seen this before in the Apostrophe Classic Albums documentary, this spiffy new HD transfer by the Reflex film lab is a thing of beauty and a great example of the preservation work!"

2. Eugene Preshow
"FZ rehearsing 'Envelopes' and 'Sinister Footwear' with the band before their concert in Eugene, Oregon on October 4th, 1981. Also, a young fan in the audience plays with his date. From the Thomas (genius artist that he is) Nordegg VHS section of the vault."

3. Dance Fever
"We found this li’l nugget on a VHS compilation tape of FZ TV appearances, apparently put together by Barfko-Swill mail order manager Gerald Fialka. It's from somewhere around late 1979/early 1980. Possibly the only time FZ ever danced to disco!"

4. Speaking of Music
"On May 20th, 1984, FZ participated in the San Francisco-based Speaking of Music series. Some excerpts from this can be seen in the 'Does Humor Belong in Music' home video, but a never-before-seen highlight of the evening was this dancing life-size puppet to the tune of 'He's So Gay.' This and other puppets were created for 'A Zappa Affair,' which was performed in Berkeley that same year. Loved finding this stuff!"

5. Boston Rehearsal
"Here's another fun rehearsal clip from the 1981 tour, this time in Boston on November 7th. Featured are the R&B covers 'Mary Lou' and 'I'm a Rollin' Stone' (Lightnin' Slim) with some improvised lyrics by FZ tossed in, and good ol' 'Sharleena.'

6. Cosmik Debris Spermicide
"For this performance of Cosmik Debris, which includes FZ's band intros and opening rap, the lyrics are adapted on the fly to honor Steve Vai's sexual escapade of the previous evening. From the Kansas City show, December 5th, 1981."

7. Envelopes Thunes Mayo
"One of the regular features of the 1981 tour was during a section of the instrumental 'Envelopes' which was bass-free, allowing Scott Thunes to improvise a variety of activities (free-form interpretative dance, fondling bandmates, etc), ultimately returning to his bass and rejoining the song just in the nick of time. But touring can make you crazy, and by the end of this one, Thunes felt the need to push the boundaries; so for the Salt Lake City show on December 7th, 1981, after purloining a jar of mayonnaise from the backstage eating area, he pulled off this legendary act of self-condimenting."

8. Dusseldorf RDNZL
"As promised. This EPIC 14-and-a-half minute performance of 'RDNZL' encapsulates the awesomeness that was the 1981-1982 band. From May 22nd, 1982."

9. Village Recorders
"FZ records vocal takes for 'Keep It Greasey' at Village Recorders (the same studio our Kickstarter backers just got to record in!) during the 'Joe's Garage' album sessions. Circa May 12th, 1979."

10. Red Ronnie
"During a freewheeling 1984 interview with Italian TV and radio personality Red Ronnie, FZ tells an anecdote about seeing an Italian airport doctor."

11. The Original Mothers!
(Reel 17)
"The Mothers of Invention go sightseeing in London on their first tour of Europe and the UK, September 1967. Shot by FZ stalwart extraordinaire, Ed Seeman."

12. More Village Recorders (Canarsie)
"At Village Recorders in May of 1979, FZ also recorded 'Canarsie,' and here we have Warren Cuccurullo's sitar session, in which FZ makes him say the infamous opening statement."


TROUT MASK REPLICA RE-RELEASE ON THIRD MAN RECORDS

The Third Man Records label will re-releasing Captain Beefheart's "Trout Mask Replica" as one of their so-called Vault Packages.
In other words: You have to subscribe (US $ 60.00) , Third Man Records will print the exact number of copies to match the total number of subsscriptions, and you'll receive the package.

It does look impressive :

  • a re-issue of the album, on coloured vinyl
  • a re-issue of the pachuco cadaver 7"
  • a tote bag, a patch, a cut-out page, and Jack White's epitaph for Don Van Vliet



Here's all the info :
https://thirdmanstore.com/tmr-vault-platinum-subscription-new

(subscriptions are open until April 30, 2018)


Sunday, April 1, 2018

ED PALERMO CONCERTS IN 2018

There's quite a number of opportunities if you want to catch the Ed Palermo Big Band in concert in 2018 !
  • April 2 - The Iridium - 1650 Broadway - NYC, NY
  • April 21 - The Falcon - 1348 Route 9W - Marlboro, NY 12542
  • May 18 - The Iridium - 1650 Broadway - NYC, NY ["A Tale Of Two Franks" featuring Napoleon Murphy Brock!]
  • May 19 - The Iridium - 1650 Broadway - NYC, NY ["A Tale Of Two Franks" featuring Napoleon Murphy Brock!]
  • June 16 - The Falcon - 1348 Route 9W - Marlboro, NY 12542
  • June 18 - The Iridium - 1650 Broadway - NYC, NY
  • July 16 - The Iridium - 1650 Broadway - NYC, NY
  • August 13 - The Iridium - 1650 Broadway - NYC, NY
  • August 25 - The Falcon - 1348 Route 9W - Marlboro, NY 12542
  • August 26 - Long's Park Amphitheater - Route 30 & Harrisburg Pike - Lancaster, PA 17601 - 7:30 pm - free
  • September 17 - The Iridium - 1650 Broadway - NYC, NY
  • October 19 - The Iridium - 1650 Broadway - NYC, NY ["A Tale Of Two Franks" featuring Napoleon Murphy Brock!]
  • October 20 - The Iridium - 1650 Broadway - NYC, NY ["A Tale Of Two Franks" featuring Napoleon Murphy Brock!]
  • October 27 - The Falcon - 1348 Route 9W - Marlboro, NY 12542
  • November 19 - The Iridium - 1650 Broadway - NYC, NY
  • December 17 - The Iridium - 1650 Broadway - NYC, NY
  • December 31 - The Falcon - 1348 Route 9W - Marlboro, NY 12542


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

MATS / MORGAN KICKSTARTER PROJECT

Please check out Morgan Ågren's Kickstarter Project.

The project presents some brand-new music, but it's mostly about getting Mats urgently needed hearing treatment.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/804823372/morgan-agren-mats-oberg-cds-dvds-urgent-hearing-tr


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

G3

spoiler alert...



Mar 27 Offenbach
Mar 28 Koln
Mar 29 Berlin
Mar 31 Groningen
Apr 2 Rome
Apr 3 Florence
Apr 4 Milan
Apr 6 Bilbao
Apr 7 Barcelona
Apr 9 Madrid
Apr 11 Zurich
Apr 14 Eindhoven
Apr 15 Lyon
Apr 16 Paris
Apr 17 Bordeaux
Apr 18 Toulouse
Apr 19 Nantes
Apr 21 Antwerp
Apr 23 Lille
Apr 24 Southend
Apr 25 Hammersmith
Apr 26 Bristol
Apr 27 Manchester
Apr 29 Portsmouth
Apr 30 Birmingham


THE ESPOO BIG BAND

A fine introduction to the Espoo Big Band.
From Finland.

With Marzi Nyman conducting (and playing the guitar solo !)
Marzi Nyman was also featured on the UMO Jazz Orchestra Plays Zappa album.




Monday, March 26, 2018

VARIOUS ARTISTS - POP LIISA - LIVE IN STUDIO - 15/16



Svart Records has been releasing quite a number of radio sessions by various Finnish bands. They find a home in their Pop Liisa series.
All of the albums are released on vinyl but they also get a CD release.

As the title shows, "Pop Liisa - Live In The Studio - 15/16" combines both the 15th and the 16th vinyl release.
And that's very nice of them as volume 15 included Orfeus performing FZ's 'Magic Fingers' and volume 16 presented Hasse Walli & Zeus doing a 15-minute version of 'Willie The Pimp'.

Wowie Zowie !!


Sunday, March 25, 2018

SPAGGUETTA ORGHASMMOND - OPIUM / THIS IS JAZZ

  • spagguetta orghasmmond: opium / this is jazz
        (2018, ep, bel, rockerill records / love mazout)
This brand-new EP by Spageutta Orghasmmond presents two tracks: 'Opium' and 'This Is Jazz'.
Available from Rockerill Records.
http://www.rockerillrecords.com/250-spagguetta-orghasmmond-opium-this-is-jazz

'Opium' is a psychedelic oriental tune, while 'This Is Jazz' is pure Hammond organ madness.
Weird.



ITZA UCHEN

Around 1982, Brussels-based pop/rock band Itza Uchen released their first (and only) 7".
The band featured Anne Fontigny, Danny Trossat, Jean-Pierre Jonckheere, Lizzy, Pierre Vervloesem and Richard Morton.

In more recent years, Jean-Piere Jonckheere and Pierre Vervloesem reunited as Les Boucles Absurdes.

For those who want to check out Itza Uchen, there's a couple of tracks available on Bandcamp.

Here's 'Lassitude', also showing the superb cover of the 7" single !!




WALT FOWLER UPDATE

Walt Fowler can be heard on the latest album by the Steve Gadd Band.

http://exystence.net/blog/2018/03/24/steve-gadd-steve-gadd-band-2018/


-- info: Jan van Kemenade


SUN RA REMASTERED

A nice article about a recent Sun Ra remaster / re-release.

http://exystence.net/blog/2018/03/24/sun-ra-his-arkestra-of-mythic-worlds-1980-remastered-2018/

-- info: Jan van Kemenade


BUELL NEIDLINGER

Buell Neidlinger can be heard playing the bass on Jean-Luc Ponty's "King Kong" and "Cantaloupe Island" albums.
He started his career in Cecil Taylor's band.

http://surfingtheodyssey.blogspot.be/2018/03/cecil-taylor-and-buell-neidlinger-1989.html


-- info: Jan van Kemenade


SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-IHNFINITY ARKESTRA - SUN EMBASSY



Thanks to yesterday's special delivery, I was able to give this brand-new Sun Ra release a first listen today.
9 tracks assembled from various recording sessions at the Sun Studios in Philadelphia between 1968 and 1969.
Nice.

Out on Roaratorio !
http://roaratorio.com/uncategorized/sun-ra-his-astro-ihnfinity-arkestra-sun-embassy/


HASSE WALLI & ZEUS - POP LISA - LIVE IN STUDIO - 16

November 7, 1972, Hasse Walli's Zeus quartet did a radio session for Finnish Radio 2.
Next to Jimi Hendrix' 'Little Wing', Bob Dylan's 'All Along The Watchtower', and one original composition, the band also recorded a 15 minute version of Frank Zappa's 'Willie The Pimp'.

Great !

Out on both black and red vinyl.

Hassi Walli on the guitar :



Friday, March 23, 2018

BBC SCOTTISH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PERFORMS ZAPPA

the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra performs Zappa, Anderson and Ives
19:30 Thu 25 Oct 2018 Glasgow City Halls


Programme

Frank Zappa - The Perfect Stranger
Julian Anderson - The Imaginary Museum – concerto for piano and orchestra
Charles Ives - A Symphony: New England Holidays

Performers

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e9q2rz

The concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

VIOLENT ONSEN GEISHA - OTIS (1993)

Last week, I mentioned Violent Onsen Geisha, a Japanese one-man-experimentalist that had re-thought Captain Beefheart's 'Mirror Man'.
Well, the album cover that I pictured was the one from the 1996 (remixed) re-issue on the Rail Recordings label.
Here's the 1993 album cover, from the Endorphine Factory record label. Also with



BAYACOMPUTER - DISCO GLASS

  • bayacomputer: disco glass
        (2018, cd, bel, rockerill records)
Bayacomputer released their first single "Stevie Smith" in 2016. Their new album, "Disco Glass" was released earlier this month.
Belgian synth punk. 



Fun.

Here's the touring schedule :

24.03 @ Flabbergasted Festival, Essen (45127 - Germany)
25.03 @ Porno Diesel, Lausanne (1052 - Switzerland)
26.03 @ Excuse Bar, Saint-Étienne (42000 - France)
27.03 @ Le Farmer, Lyon (69002 - France)
28.03 @ La Makno, Genève (1204 - Switzerland)
29.03 @ Edera, Turin (10124 - Italy)
30.03 @ Lughè, Lugo (48022 - Italy)
31.03 @ Kraken, Milan (20122 - Italy)
01.04 @ Le Salopard, Bienne (2502 - Switzerland)
26.04 @ Le Biplan, Lille (59000 - France)
26.05 @ Maison de la culture de Tournai, Tournai (7500 - Belgium)
02.06 @ Rockerill, Marchienne-au-Pont (6030 - Belgium)
21.07 @ Rock Zerkegem, Zerkegem (8490 - Belgium)

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

MARBIN HAS A NEW ALBUM OUT


Album number 7 for Marbin : "Israeli Jazz".
Yes !!



KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD - POLYGONDWANALAND

  • king gizzard and the lizard wizard: polygondwanaland
        (2018, lp, bel, exag records)
Today, my vinyl copy of "Polygondwanalad" arrived.
Besides that it's an incredible album (I've been playing the download a lot), this vinyl version supports a good cause. Well done by Exag Records !!

http://exagrecords.com/




DAVID GOGO - BARE BONES



Originally released as "Bare Bones (The Acoustic Blues)" in 2000 and re-issued in 2002 as "Bare Bones".
Includes David Gogo performing Captain Beefheart's 'Crazy Little Thing'.
Excellent album.


Monday, March 19, 2018

PIETER CLAUS' MOLTEN PENGUIN PROJECT TO PERFORM AT THE HAM SESSIONS

May 19, 20 and 21, another edition of the Ham Sessions will take place in Ghent, BE.

Check it out here :
https://www.hamsessions.be/ham-sessions-2018.html

One of the participating bands is Pieter Claus' Molten Penguin !!



NYTT LAND


NYTT LAND 'Oðal' CD (CSR249CD)

Siberian band NYTT LAND presents its new epic musical canvas. Working with the same unchanging 4 band-members, the musicians continue to revive the true magical sound of the Ancient North.

OĐAL...
HERITAGE...
PATH TO THE ROOTS...

Oðal is inspired by the traditional music of the indigenous peoples of Siberia, the Old Icelandic epic and the atmosphere of classic Norwegian black metal.

This time the album was recorded without using samples; all parts of the instruments were performed live. All songs were recorded and mixed in one of the technical quality best Russian studios, "Radio Sibir", which strongly affected the sound quality. All the sounds of nature were recorded in western Siberia and northern Norway.

For the first time the 4-year-old son of Natalia and Anatoly, Yuri Pakhalenko, took part. By this they emphasise the concept of the album - heritage.

As in the previous album, Fimbulvinter (CSR234CD), Oðal features the traditional Siberian overtone singing technique "kargyraa", but the overtone singing by vocalist Natalia Pakhalenko gives a special character to the sound. This is very unique, since this technique is a almost exclusively a male singing practice due to its physicality.


Out on the Cold Spring record label.


Sunday, March 18, 2018

UNDERKARL - HOMO LUDENS

Underkarl recently released "Timetunnel 25". There previous album was called "Homo Ludens" and was from 2012 !
12 original compositions.
Great stuff.
Check it out here :



UNDERKARL - TIMETUNNEL 25

Underkarl's most recent release has the quintet doing what they do best. Re-interpreting, delving and deepening into jazz classics (or even solo sections from jazz classics).
Superb !!
The album starts with a great version of Sun Ra's 'A Call For All Demons' and the ride ends with Thelonious Monk and Steve Lacy's solo section from 'Evidence'.

Essential !!

Happy 25th anniversary, guys !!



STING - LOS ANGELES 1988



After performing 'Murder By Numbers' with the 1988 Zappa band, Sting added FZ's 'The Idiot Bastard Son' to the setlist for his 1988/07/27 concert in Los Angeles.

It never got released officially, but it did find its way to a couple of Sting bootleg recordings.
The 3CD set "Los Angeles 1988" is one of them.


DICKE LUFT - DROP IT!

Fans of Frank Zappa's music will probably recognize the German Obst record label as the source of many albums by Dietmar Bonnen.
Last year, Obst released the latest album by brass band Dicke Luft.
Lots of familiar themes, lots of fun.
From 'Mission Impossible' to Frank Zappa's 'Big Leg Emma'.

http://dickeluft.de/

http://dickeluft.de/files/Audio/2010-jetzt/Huelsenbusch[2].mp4


MISTER BIRD

Photographer Gie Knaeps, also known as Mister Bird, had his pictures placed in magazines like Hitweek and Humo.
He has an expo at Cultural Centre ' 't Getouw' in Mol, BE that will end next weekend.
(Feb 25 > March 25, 2018)

With a focus on the pictures that he took between 1968 and 1972, there's also a fine picture of Frank Zappa on display, taken at the Amsterdam 1970 show.
Frank's in good company with The Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Randy Newman, and lots of others.
Nice. Very nice.



CLOUDS - LEGENDARY DEMOS (VINYL VERSION)

Part three of the Clouds trilogy.
Clouds recorded "Legendary Demo" in 2006 and released the album in 2007 on the Hydra Head records label. (Wonder if SHIELD knew about this...)
The album included a composition called 'Magic Hater' that ends with the repeated riff of Frank Zappa's 'Willie The Pimp'.
It got released on CD in the US and also in Japan (with obi and bonus booklet).

Next to these two CD releases, the album was also pressed on vinyl and made available in a limited edition of 400 numbered copies. With different, silk-screened album artwork. Pictured above.

Want to check the album out ?
It's on bandcamp :



FLYWHEEL - MY CAREER MELTDOWN



Australian band Flywheel released their version of Captain Beefheart's 'Harry Irene' on their "My Career Meltdown" 10" release.
Nice release with an outstanding (beautifully song / acoustic version of) 'Harry Irene'.

It got released on the French Z & Zoé Records label in 2002.


STEVE HACKETT GUESTS ON DAVE KERZNER'S NEW ALBUM


from Glass Onyon PR :

Dave Kerzner Releases New Music Video “Dirty Soap Box” Featuring Steve Hackett

Sound of Contact co-founder Dave Kerzner has released a new music video from his second solo album “Static”. It's for his song “Dirty Soap Box” which features a guest appearance from the legendary Steve Hackett, former guitarist of Genesis.

“I wanted to make reference to my deep rooted influences of early Genesis in this song,” says Kerzner. “Having Steve Hackett join us for this modern day 'Broadway Melody' type adventure through current events completed the picture for me.”


This is the second guest appearance from Steve Hackett on Kerzner's songs. Previously Hackett guested on Kerzner's song “Stranded” from his debut album “New World”. Other musicians featured on “Dirty Soap Box” are guitarist Fernando Perdomo, drummers Nick D'Virgilio of Big Big Train and Derek Cintron with bassist Matt Dorsey also from Sound of Contact.


Saturday, March 17, 2018

EVIL DICK & DAVE JACKSON


For fans of experimental music :

The collaborations between Evil Dick (piano) and Dave Jackson (sax, percussion) has been titled "Lounge Suite Extrapolation".



PUGH & RAINROCK - ETT STEG TILL

"Ett Steg Till"  by Pugh Rogefeldt and his Rainrock band got recorded in 1974. It got released as a 2LP set in 1975 and re-released on CD in 1989.
It's a folk-rock album, in Swedish.
It includes Don Van Vliet's 'Peaches', turned into 'Langt Ut Pa Lande'.

Here's the title track :


CLOUDS - LEGENDARY DEMO (JAPANESE EDITION)

The "Legendary Demo" album by Clouds that I mentioned earlier (because of the song 'Magic Hater' that ends with a repeating 'Willie The Pimp' riff), has also been issued in Japan.
Comes with an obi and an extra japanese booklet.

Here's the album cover (with obi and sticker) : 




DISCO-DACKE - NILS DACKE SPELER PARTY-ORGEL VOL.7

Some might call this Party-Organ, I would prefer to label it Muzak or Easy Listening.

During the late 70's, Nils Dacke made a number of records on which he transformed various hits in an easy listening mush.
Volume 7 included his take on Frank Zappa's 'Bobby Brown'.

Here's a sample of volume three :



EXCLUSIVE PIERRE VERVLOESEM USB CARD RELEASE


Very limited Pierre Vervloesem USB card release!
http://off-recordlabel.blogspot.be/2018/03/exclusive-pierre-vervloesem-usb-card.html



Friday, March 16, 2018

NORDMANN - NORDMANN

To make their discography complete, data for the first Nordmann release have been added to the United Mutations Archives.
One year before their first album, "Alarm" (2015), Nordmann had already  released a 10" with three tracks. Some copies of the 10" also included a CD with the same tracks.

Excellent material.
You should check it out.



FREAK'S AMOUR - APPEAL TO MY ROCKET

In 1998, experimental rock band Freak's Amour released "Appeal To My Rocket".
Released in a limited run on CDR, the album included a coverversion of Captain Beefheart's 'Orange Claw Hammer'.

Main man behind the project, Stuart Werner, added :

On this recording I interpreted a version of 'Orange Claw Hammer (OCH)'.  I've listened to Captain Beefheart since high school and I had the pleasure to see the Captain in 1980.

The story behind covering "Orange Claw Hammer " is that a friend gave me the printed lyrics to all the material on Trout Mask Replica. I started reading and reciting the lyrics while listening to Trout Mask. I always loved OCH and focused in on that song. I found myself tooling around with some found sounds and loops. I then saw a connection between OCH and the test recordings. I put them together and the results are what you hear on "Appeal ..."


Great stuff !
A superb addition to The Magic Family, bands recording the music of Captain Beefheart.



NEW VLEK ALBUM ANNOUNCED


Teaser new album VLEK: ‘’Music on the far site of the moon”

I wonder if it will include their 'Return Of The Son Of Mr.Green Genes"...



STEVE VAI ON NTR RADIO



NTR Radio & podcast interview with Steve

This Sunday, March 18th , Mr. Vai & Co de Kloet will discuss the creation of Pink & Blows Over in Co Live!

Co will also air the Complete Version so it turns into yet another SV Special at NTR!

It will air at 20.00 hrs Local Dutch Time (12:00 PDT, 15:00 EDT) on NTR Radio and is released right after the broadcast as a podcast.

Download this, and all the other Co Live! podcasts right here.
https://itunes.apple.com/nl/podcast/ntr-co-live-podcast/id1250922661?mt=2


IMAGINE RAYMOND - S/T

Previously called Wofo, Imagine Raymond has made a remarkable album.
From the liner notes :

Wofo initially focused on Raymond Scott's accomplishments as a jazz composer, performing his combustile nuggets from the 30's with an appropriate energy and sense of humor, delighting in the eccentricity, exotic melodies and irresistible glee. True to the cartoonish spirit of the music, but enlivened with that one missing ingredient: improvisation. However, Wofo's Scott tribute was radically altered from within. Adding the old school skills of new member Dijf Sanders (electronics, keys), the band, now called Imagine Raymond, switched its focus to Scott's electronic period as well.


The striking effect is that these re-workings of the mysterious, eerie and unpredictable electronic compositions are steered towards jazz territory - because of the instrumentation, the added rhythms - but with a schizophrenic twist. Many of the eccentricities and tics of the originals are kept intact, but at the same time, the septet adds its very own, rich flavor. Combined with a few older compositions by Scott and one original contribution, their interpretations find an electro-acoustic middle ground between the old and the new.

The compositions were re-constructed and meant to be experienced with the brand new visual associations of Victor Van Rossem, who mimics some of the band's techniques during live performances, adding another layer of interaction. Raymond Scott was said to have been not much of a people's person (electronic equipment was so much easier to deal with), but something tells me he would have loved this accomplishemnt, which is equal parts loveing tribute and stubborn re-invention.

I love it !
Highly recommended !


in concert :

April 14, '18 : CC de Muze, Heusden
April 17, '18 : Filmhuis, Mechelen
April 18, '18 : Handelsbeurs, Gent
April 19, '18 : De Werf, Brugge
April 20, '18 : CC Casino, Koksijde
April 24, '18 : Flagey, Brussel
April 26, '18 : Casino, St Niklaas
April 27, '18 : Rataplan, Antwerpen
May 10, '18 : CC Het Perron, Ieper

SUN RA - OF ABSTRACT DREAMS


Read more about this recent release here :
http://exystence.net/blog/2018/03/15/sun-ra-of-abstract-dreams-2018/

-- info: Jan van Kemenade

THE DISCO BISCUITS - TRANCE FUSION RADIO BROADCAST 01 / 02

The Disco Biscuits celebrated the 15th anniversary of the "Trance Fusion Radio Broadcast" albums by releasing this amazing box set.

The box contains 3 lp's, each of them housed in a seperate record sleeve, plus and extra sleeve that contains two cd's and one dvd.
"Broadcast 02", originally released in 2003, includes the band performing Frank Zappa's 'Pygmy Twylyte'.
As the DVD offers a video recording of "Broadcast 02", this one has 'Pygmy Twylyte" as well.

Fine music.
FZ's 'Pygmy Twylyte' fits in perfect.

The band keeps adding 'Pygmy Twylyte' to their setlist.
Here's a more recent recording :



CLOUDS - LEGENDARY DEMO

In the liner notes of the "Legendary Demo" album, garage-punk-rock band Clouds thanks 5 people: Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart and three others.

Two of the tracks do indeed sound a lot like they were based on a couple of Zappa tunes.
And 'Magic Hater' even ends with a repeating 'Willie The Pimp' riff.

No. Not this one. But it'll give you an idea of what the album sounds like.



FZ FOR ALEX

'FZ For Alex' is an arrangement of (pieces of) various Frank Zappa compositions by Andrea Chenna.

Recordings can be found on Alessandro Carbonare / Andrea Dindo's "No Man's Land" album as well as on Alessandro Carbonare / Tetraktis Percussion's 'Invenzioni" album.

Here's a live performance of 'FZ For Alex" by Alessandro Carbonare (clarinet) and Aki Kuroda (grand piano) :



ALESSANDRO CARBONARE AND ANDREA DINDO - NO MAN'S LAND

I recently got hold of a copy of Alessandro Carbonare's collaboration with the Tetraktis Percussion Ensemble, and album entitled "Invenzioni" on which they performed 'FZ For Alex', a short and fine arrangement of Frank Zappa's 'Inca Roads.

On the above pictured "No Man's Land", Alessandro Carbonare (clarinet) teamed up with Andrea Dindo (grand piano). This album, however, includes a much longer version (almost nine minutes) of 'FZ For Alex'. As it seems, the piece does indeed start with parts of 'Inca Roads' but it does include a number of other familiar Zappa melodies as well. Arranged by Andrea Chienna.

Very nice.

It seems that the Carbonare / Tetraktis recording only presented a first part of the piece.
Here's a live (and longer) version of the Carbonare / Tetraktis performance of 'FZ For Alex' :



COSMO JONES BEAT MACHINE - MARRIED WOMAN / SAFE AS MILK

This 7" by Finnish blues band Cosmo Jones Beat Machine has Don Van Vliet's ' Safe As Milk' on the b-side.
Excellent !!

Here's a live version of 'Married Woman':


KHRUANGBIN


Languid grooves and drifting soul with a cinematic dreaminess.

From Austin, Texas : Khruangbin.





THE WHITE STRIPES - LIVE IN DETROIT

Last year, The White Stripes released a beautiful 3lp box set called "Live In Detroit".
A box with 3 lp's. Each album with its own (cut-out) album cover. Black, red and white vinyl. And three replica show posters.
Just beautiful.

The package presents The White Stripes in concert in 1999, 2000 and 2001.
Excellent performances combining original material with great blues classics.
One of these classics is Don Van Vliet's 'Ashtray Heart' !!



Thursday, March 15, 2018

ALEX MACHACEK

FAT will doing a short tour to promote their new album.

FAT - Fabulous Austrian Trio
= Alex Machacek + Raphael Preuschl + Herbert Pirker

18.4. Bruckmühle,Pregarten
19.4. BLUE TOMATO, Wien
20.4. KiK-Kulturverein Kunst im Keller Ried
21.4. Kulturmüµ, Hollabrunn
02.5. Opus Jazz Club, Budapest
04.5. Kunst & Kultur Raab
05.5. SYRNAU, Zwettl
11.5. Blackbox im Musiktheater des Landestheater Linz




ORFEUS UPDATE

The recent vinyl release of the 1973 radio session by Orfeus (on which they played Frank Zappa's 'Magic Fingers') will be released on CD in combination with the soon to be released vinyl album of Hasse Walli (performing 'Willie The Pimp').

Those 70's Finnish bands sure knew their Zappa.

Svart Records !

https://www.svartrecords.com/product/pop-liisa-15-16/#


CONDOR GRUPPE INTERVIEW ON BELGIAN RADIO


Here's a nice interview with Condor Gruppe where they discuss the new album (and the link with Sun Ra).
In Dutch :
https://radio1.be/reizen-tussen-planeten-met-condor-gruppe


HASSE WALLI & ZEUS

The Finnish SVART record label will be releasing a recording session by Hasse Walli & Zeus.

Hasse Walli is the legendary guitarist behind early Piirpauke and Blues Section. Between these two groups Walli had a short-lived quartet called Zeus, whose short lifespan lasted from 1972 to 1973. No studio recordings exist, but the band did record a live session on air. After laying in the archives for 45 years Svart are proud to present the world premiere of Zeus!

The session included Hasse Walli performing 'Willie The Pimp'.

Available on LP on March 23.



CONDOR GRUPPE

Condor Gruppe just released their new album. Their third one : "Planetary Travels".
They're doing a couple of concerts to celebrate.

16.03: Roma – Antwerp
17.03: AB – Brussel
30.03: NEST – Ghent
18.04: Het Depot – Leuven

Here's a track from their precious album, their tribute-to-Moondog-album :


And the original :



Tuesday, March 13, 2018

IDRIS ACKAMOOR AND THE PYRAMIDS


Strut presents the brand new album from cosmic jazz travellers The Pyramids, led by saxophonist Idris Ackamoor, ’An Angel Fell’. “I wanted to use folklore, fantasy and drama as a warning bell,” explains Ackamoor.
“The songs explore global themes that are important to me and to us all: the rise of catastrophic climate change and our lack of concern for our planet, loss of innocence and separation... but positive themes too, the healing power of music, collective action and the simple beauty of nature.” Produced by Malcolm Catto of The Heliocentrics, the album was recorded during an intense week at Quatermass studios in London and is one of the deepest, richest works yet from a band reaching their highest creative peak since the early ’70s.



ALBUM OF THE DAY ON BANDCAMP : SUN RA'S "OF ABSTRACT DREAMS"


read all about it here :

https://daily.bandcamp.com/2018/03/13/sun-ra-of-abstract-dreams-review



Monday, March 12, 2018

MORE CLASSICAL ZAPPA


The weekend before their Paris concert, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg will present "200 Motels" in their home-town !!

September 21, 2018.



part of the Musica Festival

http://www.festivalmusica.org/page/franckzappa