After the loss of Allen Woody, Gov't Mule recorded a tribute called "The Deep End", inviting various bass players (and other musicians) to participate.
The response was overwhelming and Warren Haynes and Matt Abts released two albums from these sessions.
"The Deep End - Volume 1" got released in 2001 as a single CD album. There's also a version with a 4 track bonus disc.
"The Deep End - Volume 2" got released later in the same year. Also as a single CD album, plus a version with 4 (different) tracks on a bonus disc.
In 2002, both albums got compiled on a 2 CD set. The obvious choice however, is the 3 CD set version as the added bonus disc collects all 8 tracks from the previous extra discs.
Gary Lucas and Tony Levin guest on 'World Of Confusion' on Volume 2.
After releasing in April this year a fantastic first album Bran Coucou, PinioL is getting ready for Europe! They will cross Germany, Czech Republic, and France in the upcoming weeks.
On stage, PinioL are two bass/drum/guitar trios, one on stage left and the other on stage right, separated, or maybe linked, by a keyboard player, the central and converging point. All these elements put together give an impression of strangeness: Are we seeing double? Maybe yes, maybe no, but definitely, that state of uncertainty is an invitation to lose your senses and surrender.
10.10 LYON - Jack Jack, FR
14.10 MÜNICH - Glockenbachwerkstatt, DE
15.10 PRAGUE - Underdogs, CZ
16.10 PILSEN - Mistni Borci, CZ
17.10 JENA - Kassablanca, DE
18.10 HAMBOURG - MS Stubnitz, DE
19.10 BREMEN - Güterbahnhof Tor 9, DE
20.10 HOFHEIM - Jazzkeller, DE
27.10 LILLE - La Malterie, FR
29.11 NANTES - Scène Michelet, FR
30.11 CAEN - La demeurée, FR
16.02 HAARLEM - Complexity fest, NL
16.05 COURNON - Baie des singes, FR
The band played at Zappanale, last July.
Unfortunately, in the middle of the night...
One of my favorite bands at the moment : Phoenician Drive.
Haven't seen them live (yet), but the two 12" records that they released have made a big impression.
Yesterday, their first album got released. Vinyl and download.
Expectations are met.
At the crossroads of Middle Eastern, North-African and Mediterranean musical traditions and psychedelic rock, Phoenician Drive is a six piece band born in Brussels' cultural maelstrom. Making drums and fuzzy guitars meet with oud and Eastern percussions.
Thanks again to Philippe who pointed me in their direction.
Tim Morse began his instrument instruction at a young age and started composing immediately upon picking up the guitar. He later moved onto the piano and studied as a music composition major, writing extended pieces such as a string quartet and two piano sonatas. During this time Tim performed with various rock and fusion bands and played on many recording sessions. Tim's first album of original music was entitled “Transformation” and was released in 2005. The album was well received by the Progressive Rock community and recognized as an original voice, in the tradition of Yes and Genesis, yet recorded and performed with a modern edge.
His second album “Faithscience” was released in 2012 and musically it picked up where “Transformation” left off, continuing to explore the best of Progressive Rock. In addition to this release Tim became a member of the Jerry Jennings band and formed The Mangoes with Bret Bingham. The Mangoes released their debut album in 2014 and it was embraced for its pop sensibility and quirky humor.
Tim Morse is also a published author and his book “Yesstories” has sold over 20,000 copies worldwide. His book “Classic Rock Stories” was published by the St. Martin's Press and was featured on the Howard Stern show. He has also written for music magazines over the years including Mix, Guitar World, Keyboard and Bass Player.
“Tim Morse III” will be released on CD and digital download on October 22, 2018 by Cymbalick Music. There will be a limited edition vinyl LP release of the album in January 2019. Plans for live performances in support of the new album release are in the works.
In closing Tim has this message for listeners: “I'm always grateful when anyone takes the time to listen to my music, whether they loved it or were critical of it. In this modern age of endless distractions it is a lovely thing when someone will truly listen to music.”
This French book got published about a year ago, in December 2017, as a project of the University of Rouen.
Directed / compiled by Juliette Boisnel and Pierre Albert Castanet, this 300-page volume presents contributions by various musicologists, composers and musicians that talk about one or multiple facets of composer, chef d'orchestra, filmmaker,... Frank Zappa.
Not always easy if French isn't your native language but it's fun to read and very informative.
Generally I am not up this early typing, but I'm enjoying the lingering effects of powerful jetlag, after an incredible 10 days in Wales working on the next Devin Townsend album, Empath. You'll hear the results in March 2019 when the album is released, at which time I'll get more into it, but for now I simply express my gratitude at being a part of this project: I'm freaking grateful! (And I'll briefly add: Devin astonishes me.
Completely. This music is absolutely breathtaking.)
Now I'd like to tell you what this month of October has to offer, for those of you in the vicinity of LA. If you're not in the vicinity of LA, you still have time to get there.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 19
MIKE KENEALLY and BEER FOR DOLPHINS
with DISREPUTABLE FEW
5253 W. ADAMS BLVD.
This is a brand new room for us, and we'll be playing for a lot of new people, more of a Dead/jam-type scene than we normally play for, and I'm very excited about lattice-working our energy into this particular vibe. Like, REALLY excited. This will be the quintet BFD with Beller, Travers, Musallam and Peters and we will be playing one long set starting at 11:05. Zolomon starts at 8:25, with Disreputable Few at 9:45.
An entirely fantastic way for you to kick off your weekend. Join us all, please!
SATURDAY OCTOBER 27
MK'S HALLOWEEN BASS PARTY
THE BAKED POTATO
So, Justin at the Potato offered us this night, and Beller is unavailable to do the gig, working hard on his upcoming solo opus. After thinking on it a bit I decided I definitely wanted to play at the Potato on the Saturday before Halloween it should be nuts but there wasn't time to work another bassist in on a full night of material.
I then came to a bold realization: I really wanted to play bass for this gig. I love playing bass and hardly ever do so publicly. So I will toughen up my low-end chops and we (me, Travers, Musallam and Peters) shall present a selection of my tunes with basslines I particularly enjoy some of which I originally tracked in the studio - but never get to play live. Rick will take over the bass for some tunes so I can be excessive on guitar and keys as well.
In addition to my "bassist costume" for the night we will also deliver some Halloween-specific cover song action. No "Monster Mash" I promise. But SOMETHING relevant to the weekend's needs.
Two sets, as per Spud norm.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 28
MK as special guest with PET SHARK
For their CARNIVORE CRUISES album release show
I co-produced the upcoming Pet Shark album, a brilliant slab of searing instrumental rock (with one really epic vocal tune), and the night after I have my bass fun on Saturday, I'll be guesting with Pet Shark at their album release party playing tunes from the album. I'll be on keys and 2nd guitar. If you're not familiar with the Shark, now's the time - definitely come on out and be prepared for some friendly face-melting.
JOE SATRIANI BAND LIVE IN AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND AND INDIA NOV/DEC
The touring for What Happens Next is not over yet, Satch heads! In fact, THIS is what happens next: gigs in Australia, New Zealand and India late this year. I've never been to India! I'm (as I rarely say without irony because it's not normally how I conduct myself linguistically but it's actually completely true) stoked!
Six dates in Australia, Nov. 24-Dec. 2. A gig in Auckland, NZ on Dec. 4. Then over to Pune, India for The Happiest Music Festival (how can anyone resist attending with a name like that?) Dec. 7-9.
Between The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa tour, more Satriani dates, Devin stuff, and other things currently in the offing but still under concealment, 2019 is shaping up to be nuts. My gratitude for continued being-busy-ness is immense and I have great love for all people and circumstances which allow me to continue playing music for folks. Hooray!
"The Brick-Eaters" tells an incredible story of a guy who investigates something that he has read in the papers. It's the start of an amazing story. These two hundred and forty something pages have kept me entertained for quite some time. Loved it.
On page 66, the main character says : 'The words of the late great Frank Zappa echoed in my brain: "There's no way to delay that trouble comin' every day".'
And there's a similar reference to The Residents 'Constantinople'.
frank zappa - them or us translated by thierry bonhomme (2018, book, france, philharmonie de paris)
I'm not really counting, but my bookshelf tells me that at least 150 books have been released (in various languages) on the subject of Frank Zappa. A bit overwhelming now that I think of it...
Only a handful of these had FZ's cooperation or were actually written, co-written or approved by Frank Zappa.
There's "The Real Frank Zappa Book", "The Zappa Songbook", and, of course, "Them Or Us", a mix of various older screenplays like Hunchentoot, Billy The Mountain and Thing-Fish.
On the occasion of the Zappa Weekend in Paris, the latter title has been translated in French.
It's a beautiful book. Hardcover, bound and 520 pages.
Swiss Music Ensemble Sonar to Release New Live Album with Legendary Guest Guitarist
Recorded live at Moods Jazz Club, Zürich
Swiss music ensemble Sonar will be releasing their new live album “Live At Moods” with guest soloist/texturalist David Torn on November 16, 2018 on 7d Media. It was recorded live at Moods Jazz Club in Zürich, Switzerland, on May 24th 2018.
Fusing a rigorous minimal concept with the power of a rock band and the sensitivity of a jazz combo, Sonar have quickly gained international reputation for creating a unique blend of music. With their slow-build approach to dramaturgy and avoidance of conventional forms, they focus on collective group efforts and a deeper kind of interaction amongst their members Stephan Thelen (guitar), Bernhard Wagner (guitar), Christian Kuntner (electric bass) and Manuel Pasquinelli (drums). Sonar's music is complex but still visceral, hypnotic but still dynamic. The ground feels as though it's continuously shifting beneath your feet in opposing directions as multiple motifs and rhythms flit about your head, circulating in different orbits.
Sonar was formed in late 2010 and has been on tour in the USA, UK, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, Germany, France, Romania, Liechtenstein and Austria. In 2012, they released their first CD A Flaw of Nature on Nik Bärtsch's Ronin Rhythm Records label. Cuneiform Records released their second full-length CD Static Motion in 2014. Their third album Black Light was recorded and mixed by Peter Gabriel and Tool producer David Bottrill and released by Cuneiform in 2015 on CD and vinyl.
For their 4th full-length studio album Vortex, Sonar invited producer, guitarist and film-composer David Torn to work with them. During the recording, the chemistry between Sonar and David Torn worked so well that Torn was invited to play on every track. David Torn is regarded by many as one of the most influential electronic guitarists of our time. He's worked with many well-known musicians including David Bowie, Madonna (also co-writing), Tim Berne, Jan Garbarek, The Pineapple Thief, Jeff Beck (Grammy-winning production of “Jeff”), Kit Taylor, Mick Karn, David Sylvian, Craig Taborn, Tony Levin, Meshell Ndegeocello, Bill Bruford, Don Cherry, John Legend, Laurie Anderson, k.d. lang, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Matt Mitchell, Tori Amos, Kaki King, Donna Lewis etc.
The stylistic blending of Sonar's precisely structured, polyrhythmic rock music and David Torn's freely improvised, raw and emotional guitar interjections - a trademark of Vortex - is now continued in a live context on the six tracks of the Live at Moods album. There are three pieces from Vortex (“Waves and Particles”, “Red Shift” and “Lookface!”), a piece from Static Motion called “Twofold Covering” (the title of the track refers to the fact that the main bass riff of the piece is exactly the same as the guitar riff, just played half as fast and two octaves lower), a completely improvised David Torn solo piece called “For Lost Sailors” and “Tromsø”, a piece that Sonar played without David Torn. “Tromsø” is one of the first pieces that Sonar rehearsed together and it is the first track on the band's first album A Flaw of Nature. As a composition, it is a very minimal and austere piece that consists of only six small fragments in 9/8, but it remains one of Sonar's most dramatic and dynamic pieces.
The recent Zappa Weekend in Paris had the bookshop a La Vilette displaying some of the most recent books on Zappa.
I brought home a couple of them, including this fine 300-page biography / pocket book, written by Guy Darol. (It got published in 2016 !)
This isn't Guy's first book on the subject of Frank Zappa. He wrote a.o. "La Parade de l'homme Wazoo", "Zappa de Z à A" and "L'Amérique en Déshabillé" and a book about the "One Size Fits All" album.
A new album by Pierre Vervloesem always makes me happy. Curious and happy.
The Off Record label added the following info: From September 2017 to December, Pierre Vervloesem spent 3 months editing, mixing adding guitars and basses, keys and noises, spices and magic to a few recording sessions he did with Alinovsky who provided on command or improvised beats, percussions and keys. The album features also Caroline Lumia, an electro acoustic artist who gave a full range of field recordings and house noises that Pierre used on most of the tracks.
The results is the album ‘ Invisible Quality’ which is a versatile mix of country - blues and Vervloesemesque guitars, dub basses, phantomatic or funky keyboards, experimental avant pop and even disco!
Take your time to listen as there are so many little variations in each songs that you’ll need at least ten hearings before enjoying the invisible quality of the album! Enjoy!
I couldn't agree more. This is one superb album.
Digitally released on bandcamp, but also available on CD (250 copies) !!
Ahmet, Joe,... Here's the perfect opportunity to continue Frank's Beat The Boot series. Not in a box or anything like that. Just release some of the shows that are surfacing as 'radio show' albums.
"Berlin 1978" is the perfect example. An amazing show in soundboard quality. Released by some company called LeftFieldMedia...
It's up at Zappateers (for free) for those who are able to handle torrents.
zappa cover by dominiquedupuis (2017, book, france, editions de layeur)
Last year, French publishing house Editions de Layeur released a beautiful book by Dominique Dupuis. It's a 10" square hardcover coffee table book.
Beautiful pictures of all of Frank Zappa's albums plus a bit of extra info.
"Poughkeepsie" is one of the latest albums in the semi-official Zappa albums circuit.
Legal in some countries and thus available through various shops.
Positive : this 2CD set has the excellent 1978 Poughkeepsie concert.
frank zappa: guitar, vocals * ike willis: guitar, vocals * denny walley: slide guitar * vinnie colaiuta: drums * arthur barrow: bass * ed mann: percussion * tommy mars (!!!): keyboards * peter wolf: keyboards
Negative : I'm pretty sure that a better quality recording circulates, but that's not the worst part. A two-second pause between the tracks??? Are you kidding or what????
FiDO plays ZAPPA - Atlantis and Elsewhere ab Oktober bei Sireena Records! Die passende Tour startet Mitte Oktober (Tickets: www.eventim.de)
Do 11.10.2018: DE-Immenstadt, Rainbow
Fr 12.10.2018: DE-Hildburghausen, Route 66
Sa 13.10.2018: DE-Crimmitschau, Theater
So 14.10.2018: DE-Magdeburg, Feuerwache
Mo 15.10.2018: DE-Berlin, Quasimodo
Di 16.10.2018: DE-Bremen, Meisenfrei
Mi 17.10.2018: DE-Köln,Yard Club
Do 18.10.2018: DE-Rüsselsheim, Das Rind
Fr 19.10.2018: Private Show
Sa 20.10.2018: DE-Halle(Saale), Objekt 5
Volume Eight of "Who Killed Ralph", or is it just a little tast of what's to come?, has just been released on Bandcamp.
Presenting Toasty Floyd, Vanyo, Lowry, and Lucaloop, all performing the music of The Residents.
économie eskimo - le rêve de zappa by pacôme thiellement (2018, book, france, éditions mf)
Pacôme Thiellement released "Economie Eskimo - Le Rêve De Zappa" in 2005. In this (French) book, Pacôme reflects on various aspects of Frank Zappa's oeuvre, quoting from interviews and lyrics. Nice reading. The book got re-released (with an extra chapter) last month.
The PMCE (Parco della Musica Contemporanea Ensemble) performed Frank Zappa's "The Yellow Shark" in Venezia, Italy at the 'Teatro Carlo Goldoni' on Sept 28, 2018 as part of the Biennale Musica festival.
Parco della Musica Contemporanea Ensemble
Tonino Battista : direttore
David Moss : performer
THE YELLOW SHARK (1992)
Ouverture, improvvisazione per voce e orchestra
Dog/Meat (1983/1992) per orchestra (arr. Ali N. Askin)
Outrage at Valdez (1990/1992) per orchestra
Times Beach II (1985) per sestetto di fiati
III Revised (1992) per quintetto di archi
The Girl in The Magnesium Dress (1983/1992) per percussioni, plettri e tastiere
Be-Bop Tango (1972/1992) per orchestra (arr. Ali N. Askin)
Food Gathering in Post-Industrial America (1992) improvvisazione per voce e orchestra
Ruth is Sleeping (1983/1992) per due pianoforti
None of the Above (1983) per quintetto di archi
Pentagon in Afternoon improvvisazione per orchestra
Questi Cazzi di Piccione per quintetto di archi
Times Beach III (1985) per quintetto di fiati
Welcome to the United States improvvisazione per voce e orchestra
Pound for a Brown/Exercise #4 (1958/1992) per orchestra (versione di A. Digby)
Get Whitey (1992) per orchestra
G-Spot Tornado (1986/1992) per orchestra (arr. Ali N. Askin)
Recordings of the radio broadcast and of an audience recording have been spotted (Zappateers and DimeADozen).
Alice Cooper Drum Legend Neal Smith Celebrates 10 Years of KillSmith With New Compilation “KillSmith Halloween”!
This year marks the 10th anniversary of legendary Alice Cooper drummer & RnR Hall of Fame Inductee Neal Smith's first “KillSmith” solo CD. To celebrate, Neal has created a new 12 song compilation CD called “Neal Smith-KillSmith Halloween,” the best of KillSmith. It has 11 previously released KillSmith songs and features one brand new song called “Strychnine.”
2018 not only marks the golden 50th anniversary of the original Alice Cooper Group, but it also marks the 10th anniversary of my “KillSmith” solo project. Since my last solo album “KillSmith and The Greenfire Empire,” I have been wanting to put together a compilation CD of my scariest and best “KillSmith” songs. I have chosen 11 of my songs plus a brand new bonus track called "Strychnine,” it's a killer! Get your downloads or CD's today! Happy Halloween to all of my sick things around the world! Play my “KillSmith Halloween” loud and let it scare the “HELL” out of you! - Neal Smith
Neal Smith is best known worldwide for his innovative drumming and outrageous stage antics with the original Alice Cooper Group. His solid drumming is the hallmark sound behind such classic 1970's Alice Cooper hits as “School's Out,” “I'm Eighteen,” “Billion Dollar Babies” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” Neal is also a prolific songwriter, who helped pen many of the groups best known songs. Alice Cooper was the first band to introduce theatrics to the rock and roll stage, the group has sold over 25 million records worldwide. Neal has six gold and five platinum records to his credit and has performed before millions on extensive grand world tours from the late 1970's to the present. Smith's trademark drum style can be heard on additional albums, including the Billion Dollar Babies Band “Battle Axe,” The Plasmatics “Beyond The Valley Of 1984,” Buck Dharma “Flat Out,” Deadringer “Electrocution Of The Heart,” Bouchard, Dunaway and Smith “Back From Hell” and “BDS Live In Paris,” Cinematik “Cinematik” and “One Full Moon Away.” And Neal's most recent critically acclaimed solo project KillSmith. Neal's KillSmith CD's “Sexual Savior,” “KillSmith Two” and “KillSmith and The Greenfire Empire,” garnered praise from fans and critics worldwide.
We had a great weekend in Paris. Two concerts by the Ensemble Intercontemporain and one performance of 200 Motels by the Philharmonic Orchestra Philharmonique de Strasbourg / Métaboles / Headshakers / Percussions de Strasbourg...
Intertwined with video screenings and discussions.
One word: amazing.
Here's the video recording of the second concert the the Ensemble Intercontemporain :
The new Flat Earth Society album will be called "Untitled #0" and will be released in about two weeks time.
After a short series of CD release concerts, the band will leave for Colombia and Argentina !!
October 16 - 2018 CAFe Budapest, Hungary (Untitled #0)
October 17 - 2018 Reigen-Live, Vienna, Austria (Untitled #0 - cd release concert)
October 18 - 2018 Unterfahrt, München, Germany (Untitled #0 - cd release concert)
October 24 - 2018 Handelsbeurs Ghent, Belgium (Untitled #0 - cd release concert)
October 25 - 2018 De Singel Antwerp, Belgium (Untitled #0 - cd release concert)
November 02 - 2018 De Schakel, Waregem, Belgium (Untitled #0 - cd release concert)
November 23 - 2018 Bimhuis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Untitled #0 - cd release concert)
December 4 - 2018 Auditorio León de Greiff, Universidad Nacional, Bogotá, Colombia
December 5 - 2018 Teatro Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, Bogotá, Colombia
December 6 - 2018 Teatro Mayor - Teatro Estudio, Bogotá, Colombia
December 7 - 2018 Club El Anónimo, Bogotá, Colombia
December 9 - 2018 La Usina del Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sunday evening, October 7, the Muze Jazz Orkest will perform in concert at the MUZE cultural centre in Heusden Zolder, BE.
Setlist will include original material from Lieven Cambré and David Demuynck, and might include music from Frank Zappa and/or Herbie Hancock...
Okay gals and guys ... this is where things get serious.
In follow-up to the announcement about The Poodle Magic Pig Type being released in a limited edition Yellow Vinyl, I am excited to announce that you can pre-order the album, starting NOW.
Here's the deal:
The album will be released in two formats.
1) Limited edition (100 signed and numbered copies on yellow vinyl - INCLUDING a signed CD);
2) A, not so much limited, yet ONE time pressing of 500 copies only, signed CD.
The vinyl edition will, due to limited time capacity, not include all the tracks - and that's why you will get the CD containing all the tracks, included in the purchase of the vinyl.
This album is NOT going to be released digitally (Spotify, iTunes and the lot), and will be only available by (pre-)ordering directly by contacting me by email.
--> management AT jazzappa dot com
I will place you on the pre-order list for a vinyl album, starting at #11 (as numbers 1 through 10 and #100 are reserved), if you would like a specific number (between 11 and 99, 99 included) - please state so in your mail.
If you want to pre-order just the CD, please put that in the mail.