Sunday, August 9, 2020
Saturday, August 8, 2020
Belgian drummer and composer Antoine Pierre has toured and recorded with jazz guitarist Philip Catherine, but also with Taxi Wars (Tom Barman, Robin Verheyen).
In 2016, he released his first Urbex album, featuring some of the finest musicians of the Belgian modern jazz scene.
The second Urbex album followed in 2018, "Sketches Of Nowhere".
Urbex has a new album scheduled for 2020.
Sunday, August 2, 2020
Saturday, August 1, 2020
The YouTube info said :
Frank Zappa gave this record to my Aunt, Miss Christine of the GTOS. Its a rare demo version of one of the songs from the GTOS album Mercy's Tune (I have a Paint Brush in my Hand to Color a Triangle) before Mercy sang it with the full band that Zappa used for the song. Lowell George sang this rare demo.
Written by Miss Mercy. This is a song about a lovers triangle which involves Brian Jones, Bernardo B.T.O and Miss Mercy.
This demo 45 rpm record came from my Aunts personal record collection. Same song on both sides.
-- info: FB
- phlox: keri
(2017, cd, estonia, mkdk records)
Sax and violin playing melody lines unisono, a powerful rhythm section, a bit of chaos, and a lot of madness.
This is good.
Let me rephrase that. This is excellent.
- sundays & cybele: gypsy house
(2015, lp, japan, guru guru brain)
Released on the Guru Guru Brain record label, the album got issued in different editions.
A very pleasant surprise.
Jimi Hendrix isn't far away.
I like it a lot.
Mike Keneally has started a Patreon account meaning that you can get access to audio and video material after a subscription.
More info here:
Also, Mike is working on his new solo album but he did find the time to share this nice little video :
A few weeks ago, Marc Bonilla and I made a video of Ravel’s “Prelude” from “Le Tombeau De Couperin.” It’s an acoustic guitar arrangement we came up with in the early ‘90s for Marc’s American Matador album, but at the behest of his label, Marc played both parts on the record. Now, our duet version can be heard! And seen!
June 26, Mats (Öberg) and Morgan (Agren) did broadcast a live concert on Youtube.
It was fabulous.
For those who missed, those who want to hear it again, those who want to support Mats & Morgan, the audio recording of this concert has been made available through Bandcamp.
Perico Sambeat Plays Zappa - LIVE 55 JAZZALDIA - july 24, 2020
The live stream has been made available on YouTube.
Perico Sambeat (alto sax), Javier Vercher (tenor sax), Voro García (trumpet), Toni Belenguer (trombone), Iván Cebrián (guitar), Santi Navalón (piano), Julio Fuster (double bass), Miquel Asensio (drums)
-- info: Jean Paul Carmona
Cal Schenkel did the artwork design for Emitt Rhodes eponymous album, released in 1970.
Here's some extra info:
His "The American Dream" album (also from 1970) featured Jim Gordon and John Guerin !
To show his Beatles-side...
-- info : Jan van Kemenade
250 page hardcover coffee-table book.
A message from the Off Records label :
Alinovsky (featuring Pierre Vervloesem)
After '4' (see OVD026), this is '5'!
Alinovsky recorded again in Merida (Yucatan) some electronic tracks using also this time some mobile recordings from Asia and a portion of a violin played by Phoebe Tsang (see OUC019) on track 4.
And again like on his album '4', Pierre Vervloesem added his genius touch of mixing, more rhythms and heavy basses.
The result is yet another powerful dance-trance-experimental-electro-minimal house-future something! Enjoy!
A video for Merida 9 (edited by Jean-Pierre Jonckheere):
Friday, July 31, 2020
Moonjune records :
Challenging the millenniums-old 'nothing new under the sun' assertion, the nose thumbing at convention continues: as pioneering UK guitarist Mark Wingfield provides the second installment of live look-in's while recording his first ever solo album. The track's backdrop is an immediate Eastern meditative drone, with the guitarist weaving his magic throughout this musical homage to the majestic mountain range which sprawls across Northwestern India. Gliding through the atmosphere, high above, we find Wingfield's soaring electric guitar providing the narrative – once again, in appropriate fashion, eclipsing traditional tonal bounds. Buckle up, and enjoy your flight!
Spotify Release Radar mentions a third volume of Captain Beefheart "Magneticism" series.
Here's the info from the Viper record label:
Maybe we should also expect an LP / CD release?.
Thursday, July 30, 2020
The Beat Goes On record label will be doing a reissue of Flo and Eddie's "Illegal, Immoral And Fattening / Moving Targets" CD.
Originally released as two separate albums, they got a (first) combined CD release in 2007.
Includes 'Eddie, Are You Kidding?'
Mark Volman (Flo) and Howard Kaylan (Eddie) were the original founding members of The Turtles, and after the band split up, they both made an extraordinary career. Together with Frank Zappa's Mothers Of Invention they recorded several albums before they appeared as session singers for T. Rex, Blondie, Alice Cooper and many others These two Columbia albums were recorded in 1975 and 1976. Flo and Eddie reformed The Turtles in the 1980s and toured successfully. Digitally remastered, in new packaging and with extensive new liner notes.
The Secret Records label will be releasing a vinyl version of Bobuck / Hardy Fox's (the late composer for The Residents) "Nineteen Sixty Seven".
Gold and Pink vinyl (only 150 made) and Green vinyl (350 made)
Current Confirmed Shows with more TBA
All times are in US Eastern:
Saturday, August 1:
5PM: Peter Jones of Tiger Moth Tales (45 minutes)
6PM: Julie Slick – Bassfest (90 minutes)
8PM: Rachel Flowers (90 minutes)
Saturday, August 8:
4PM: Markus Reuter of Stick Men (45 minutes)
5PM: Jean Pageau of Mystery (45 minutes)
6PM: Jimmy Keegan of Pattern-Seeking Animals (45 minutes)
7PM: Paul Bielatowicz of Carl Palmer Band (45 minutes)
8PM: Dennis Atlas of Initiator and Arch Allies (90 minutes)
Saturday, August 15:
5PM: Frogbelly and Symphony (45 minutes)
6PM: Gabriel Agudo (45 minutes)
7PM: André Cholmondeley of Project/Object (45 minutes)
8PM: Bob Richardson of Cell15 (90 minutes)
Saturday, August 22:
5PM: The Holzman/Getter Collective (45 minutes)
6PM: Beledo (45 minutes)
7PM: Mile Marker Zero (45 minutes)
8PM: McNally Waters (90 minutes)
Saturday, August 29:
5PM: Melanie Mau and Martin Schnella (90 minutes)
7PM: Potter’s Daughter (45 minutes)
8PM: To Be Announced…
Pricing: 45-minute shows will have a minimum ticket price of $2.50 (25 Notes) and 90-minutes shows will have a minimum ticket price of $5.00 (50 Notes), with prices in US Dollars. You can pay more, if you have the means, and you will also be able to tip during the show with your StageIt Notes. We encourage you to support the artists at this difficult time.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
The Residents: Cube-E Box – The History Of American Music In 3 E-Z Pieces pREServed, 7CD Boxset
Sun Ra: ‘I’m Everything and Nothing’
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Caballero Reynaldo's Bandcamp page has been updated with :
"The Original Album Series"
in a limited edition of 200 copies and only a handful are left.
With lots of Zappa cover versions.
"Marieta Y Los Jetas"
Caballero Reynaldo's take on "Ruben And The Jets".
in a limited edition of 500 copies.
Monday, July 27, 2020
From Mike Keneally on YouTube:
Here's what Devin has to say about this video: "So this here is from the Empath Monnow Valley drum recording sessions. After one of the last days of tracking. Myself, Mike Keneally, Morgan Ågren and Nathan Navarro had our first jam, and this was it. Recorded live off the floor and mixed on the fly by the fantastic folks at Monnow Valley in Wales with Nolly Getgood and his team as well, it was straight in and out of a great old Neve mixing desk, and one take. Would be cool to continue with this and see where it goes when we're able again maybe."
I'm really grateful this moment was captured so well, and yeah I'm good to do more...
Saturday, July 25, 2020
The one and only Fred Händl will release two new albums the next couple of months.
One of these will be called "Zappa" and will present his renditions of :
Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance, Son of Mr. Green Genes, The Idiot Bastard Son, Watermelon in Easter Hay, Dirty Love, Stinkfoot, Mom and Dad, Son of Suzy Creamcheese, Ms. Pinky, Let's Make The Water Turn Black, Eat That Question, How Could I Be Such A Fool, Black Napkins, Oh No, Blessed Relief, and Treacherous Cretins
The album cover might look something like this :
Limited to 100 (numbered and signed) copies.
From GlassOnyon PR :
Prog Duo Days Between Stations to Release New Album “GIANTS” Feat. Billy Sherwood, Colin Moulding and Durga McBroom!
Los Angeles - Prog duo Days Between Stations (DBS) is releasing their highly anticipated 3rd album titled “GIANTS” which features guest appearances by legendary XTC member Colin Moulding, Billy Sherwood of YES and backing vocalist for Pink Floyd Durga McBroom on Sept. 21, 2020!
Although firmly rooted in the progressive rock genre, the new DBS album “GIANTS” ventures into more rock-oriented material. Says guitarist Sepand Samzadeh, “'GIANTS' really brings the band through areas that we have not ventured before. Our debut album was instrumental, cinematic, atmospheric, experimental and more contemporary in vision and sound. The sophomore album had both elements with a classic prog sound. GIANTS is more aggressive, unabashed and raw. It is designed to sound as us as a 4 piece band. Billy had more creative and producer input and really pushed us to play better, faster, take more chances and recorded us in fluid/ unrepressed state of mind”
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
- stanley j. zappa: muster point
(2020, cd, usa, we jazz records)
US saxophone player Stanley Jason Zappa recorded a new album with Finnish drummer Simo Laihonen and bassist Ville Rauhala.
Will be released in August.
On CD but also on LP, both on black and on purple vinyl.
German jazz/techno trio LBT, also known as the Leo Betzl Trio, released a track called ‘Zappa’ on their “My Songs” album. It’s their tribute to the music of Frank Zappa. The live performance featured percussion on a bicycle wheel and playing on the inside of the piano.
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
- various artists: sailor moon - friends forever - vol.7
(1999, cd, ger, edel records)
Money-making marginal phenomena included a series of CDs of which Volume 7 presented Double Up performing FZ's 'Bobby Brown'.
The original 1999 Double Up single release already left out some of the verses that were a bit too explicit but I don't have a clue if it was actually used in the anime series...
Remarkable wiki fact : Despite being intended for 4-year old girls (??), the original series has been censored in the U.S., removing lesbian scenes, upskirts, drunken characters,...
Here's the Double Up single:
- goreshit: memestreet
(2017, cd, uk, private release)
- dave martone / glen drover: live at metalworks
(2013, cd+dvd, usa, magna carta)
These were live performances that were webcast over the internet on September 25, 2011. Glen’s set included his version of FZ’s ‘Filthy Habits’ as well as two pieces by Jean-Luc Ponty. The audio CD presented 14 tracks. The DVD had the same 14 tracks plus 4 bonus tracks. The recording of ‘Filthy Habits’ could be found on both the audio CD and the video DVD.
Saturday, July 18, 2020
In more normal circumstances, I'd be enjoying the Zappanale festival in Bad Doberan, Germany: listening to the concerts, talking to friends, buying records,...
As it happens, Zappanale 30.5 is digital only. It's a pretty impressive online broadcast showcasing highlights from the previous years but it's, of course, not the same.
The only advantage is that I have some extra time to clean up my desk and some boxes with albums and CDs.
Still, looking forward to next year's edition.
- sur band: live at zappanale #27
(2016, cd, ukraine, private release)
Released in a cardboard package and presenting an all-Zappa set.
As a bonus, the album included an excerpt from an interview by Gernot Friedbacher.
The complete concert can be enjoyed on YouTube.
I remember that they played quite late but that I decided that I really wanted to watch this.
It's great to see it again.
- various artists: jazzprint sampler 2001
(2001, cd, uk, jazzprint)
Harry, You’re A Beast / Oh No / Theme From Lumpy Gravy (Medley)
- sanne wallis de vries: stuk
(2003, 2cd, nl, cnr music)
- cécile nordegg: jazz proclamation vol.1
(2017, lp, austria, rossori music)
- cécile nordegg: jazz proclamation vol.1 + 2
(2018, cd, austria, rossori music)
- sh-boom forsberg: sh-boom forsberg
(1992, lp, germany, private release)
All instruments and vocals by Sh-Boom Forsberg.
- simon bates: and all because...
(2004, cd, uk, recorded time)
Friday, July 17, 2020
- caballero reynaldo: antojos vol. 0-1-2-3-4
(2020, 2cd, spain, hall of fame)
This is so much fun.
61 tracks. Available as a Bandcamp download but also as a 2 CD set (in a DVD case)
- nurse with wound: rock 'n roll station
(2020, 2lp, spain, abstrakce records)
The album was a limited edition and came with an obi and with a cardboard insert.
- doshisha university third herd orchestra: penny arcade
(1979, lp, japan, king records)
- u.n.k.l.e.: psyence fiction (sneak preview)
(1998, 12", usa, mowax )
The album presented a track that sampled FZ's 'Apostrophe'.
It can also be found on this "Sneak Preview" 12". Both on the regular version and as on the instrumental version.
The 1991 CD rerelease (and later reissues) got credited to lead vocalist Renata Przemyk.
The album included ‘Tortury’, a track that sounds like it was inspired by FZ’s ‘The Torture Never Stops’.
a message from the Strut record label
The planets align this October as the mighty Sun Ra Arkestra, under the direction of the maestro Marshall Allen, release their first studio album in over twenty years, ‘Swirling’.
Recorded at Rittenhouse Soundworks in Philadelphia, the new recording represents the continuation of a heartfelt rebirth of the Arkestra under Allen’s guidance since Sun Ra left the planet in 1993, gaining new generations of followers from their regular touring across the globe. With a big band line-up featuring long-standing Arkestra members including Danny Ray Thompson (RIP), Michael Ray, Vincent Chancey, Knoel Scott, Cecil Brooks, Atakatune (RIP), Elson Nascimento and Tyler Mitchell, the album is a full-blooded celebration of Sun Ra’s legacy.
Tracks include brand new arrangements of Arkestra staples ‘Angels And Demons At Play’, ‘Satellites Are Spinning’, ‘Door Of The Cosmos’ and ‘Rocket No. 9’ alongside lesser known gems; the rousing blues ‘Darkness’ is recorded here for the first time, resurrected from the Ra archives by Marshall Allen. Other highlights include an epic version of ‘Seductive Fantasy’ (first recorded on Ra’s ‘On Jupiter’ LP in 1979), the freeform sonic blast of ‘Infinity / I’ll Wait For You’ and a first ever recording of the Marshall Allen swing composition, ‘Swirling’.
“We truly hope that this recording brings much joy to a planet which is so deeply in need of a spirit sound and vibration,” states saxophonist Knoel Scott. “We hope it contributes to a change in the ominous direction of man’s journey through the cosmos.” “This new release is the Arkestra’s love offering to the world,” concludes Marshall Allen. “Beta music for a better world.”
Sun Ra Arkestra’s ‘Swirling’ is released on 9th October 2020 on Strut on all formats. The album was produced by Jim Hamilton at Rittenhouse Soundworks. Cover artwork is by Lewis Heriz.
Thursday, July 16, 2020
- caballero reynaldo: tic tac toe
(2007, cd,spain, hall of fame records hof)
The album presented a fine set of cover versions of songs by King Crimson, Chicago, The Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac, and more.
Data has been added to the United Mutations Archives.
- various artists: abruzzo sound volume 5 - nuove frontiere
(2008, cd, italy, suono & oltre)
o Uncle Meat
o Oh No
o Igor’s Boogie
o The Idiot Bastard Son
o The Little House I Used To Live In
o Music For Electric Violin And Low-Budget Orchestra
o Let’s Make The Water Turn Black
Gentle Giant Reunite Virtually For First Time In 4 Decades For New Video Along With Members of King Crimson, Yes and More!
Prog Legends Gentle Giant reunite for new version of “Proclamation” premiered by PROG Magazine
The classic Gentle Giant line-up have reunited for the first time since 1980 for a unique new video. Pieced together over the last few months, it’s a brand new performance of “Proclamation” (originally from the band’s 1974 album “The Power & The Glory”) including appearances from Gentle Giant alumni Derek, Ray and Phil Shulman, Gary Green, Kerry Minnear, John Weathers and Malcolm Mortimore. There are also guest appearances by numerous notable musicians including Jakko Jakszyk (King Crimson), Billy Sherwood (YES), Lee Pomeroy (ELO/Steve Hackett), Dan Reed (Dan Reed Network), Richard Hilton (Chic) and Mikey Heppner (Priestess).
“This terrible pandemic is being felt all over the world and with everyone being stuck at home, I figured now would be the perfect time to bring positivity out in the world, bring everyone together and celebrate our love of music and Gentle Giant,” explains Noah Shulman, son of Derek and mastermind behind this project tp Dom Lawson of PROG Magazine. “Over the years I was always amazed with how many people were filming their renditions of Gentle Giant tracks from all over the world on an array of instruments. So that sparked the idea of wanting to see them all in one place, blending sounds and instruments into a single track.”
Directed and edited by Noah Shulman and mixed by his uncle Ray, the video is likely to be remembered most for the momentous reuniting of the real Gentle Giant, albeit only briefly and via to the wonders of remote communication. Seeing that the band have never seemed likely to reform, this is a significant and exciting moment for Gentle Giant fans everywhere. Says Noah, “It’s a sort of thank you from the band to the fans.”
- various artists: the sound engineering tapes
(2020, 10", ireland, private release)
Track 2 on side B featured a demo of Irish band Night Engines performing FZ’s ‘Cosmik Debris'.
Came in a plain white generic sleeve.
Needless to say that I'm pretty glad that I got hold of a copy.
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Updating the FZ books section with some analytical stuff.
I only hope they have a section 'for dummies' as I'll give these a try the following days.
- analyzing zappa: uncovering the musical secrets of an american genius
by stefan ullmann
(2020, book, --, books on demand / private release) - january 2020
- frank zappa's musical language
by kasper sloots
(2007, book, the netherlands, private release)
Kasper's website is already offering the 5th edition (pdf only) !!
Scott Parker has been investigating Frank Zappa's concerts and recordings for quite some time now.
Every couple of years, he adds another tome to the impressive collection.
A bit over two years ago, he released Volume 6 (1975-1976) and last year Volume 7 (1976-1977).
Live concerts, bootleg albums, it's all in there.
Available from Scott Parker Books, and also through Amazon.
- the recordings of frank zappa and the mothers of invention - volume 6 / 1975 - 1976: your five closest relatives
by scott parker
(2017, book, usa, scott parker books / private release)
- the recordings of frank zappa and the mothers of invention - volume 7 / 1976 - 1977: frank zappa meets the be-bop samurai
by scott parker
(2019, book, usa, scott parker books / private release)
The online version of Zappanale will start tomorrow.
True, it isn't the real thing,
but it will enable friends from all over the world to participate and to get to know Zappanale.
The Zappanale team added:
We have so much excellent video stuff that we can want to start with the "Warm up" event already on Thursday, July 16, 2020, at 10 a.m. (Europe / Berlin, CEST) at: www.zappanale.de
We will start with the special events from the exhibition of the last 11 years and shows from our virtual “Kamp Stage”.
From 17 – 19 July (Friday – Sunday) to 07/19/2020 we will start our program from the “virtual racetrack” from 10:00 (Europe / Berlin, CEST) until late at night in the livestream with many completely new contributions and the best shows from previous Zappanales.
all times in Central European Time:
- one alternative: air sculpture
(2011, cd+dvd, usa, one alternative / private release)
Oboe and guitars.
BTW, the liner notes mention that Air Sculpture was a term coined by Frank Zappa.
- various artists: 20 per luca - chi non ha memoria non ha futuro
(2006, book + 2cd, italy, social press)
The second disc featured the Orchestra Metropolis performing FZ’s ‘Trouble Every Day’.
- discoprorate! - frank zappa in the studio 1966 - 1967
by scott parker
(2017, book, usa, scott parker books / private release)
Scott Parker released his "Discorporate!" book a couple of years ago.
Subtitled "Frank Zappa In The Studio 1966 - 1967", it takes a closer look at the period when FZ was recording "Absolutely Free", "We're Only In It" and "Lumpy Gravy".
Almost 200 pages and excellent reading.
- plume latraverse: plume pou digne
(1974, lp, canada, london records)
The track ends with Plume citing a couple of sentences from FZ’s ‘Cruising For Burgers’ !!
by tony adam
(2020, book, usa, private release)
The booklet ends with, for me, the most interesting part : the influence of FZ's music on other bands and artists.
One of the bands that gets a mention in the book is Danish band Dr. Dopo Jam.
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
- thierry maillard trio and philharmonic orchestra: ethnic sounds
(2016, cd, france, ilona records)
It's an impressive release.
Melodic with lots of different sounds and colours.
Track 3 is called "Zappa" and features special guest Nguyên Lê on the guitar. A beautiful tribute.
- frank zappa beautiful coloring book
by giselle brooks
(2020, book, usa, private release)
There's coloring books and there's coloring books...
This one's a joke showing black and white scans of familiar pictures...
A black and white scan of the cover of "The Real Frank Zappa Book" ??? As a coloring page ???
True, I don't intend to color any of these but I was hoping to see some (original) black and white drawings.
What a disappointment.
- da werdz
(1980, book, germany, dwarf nebula productions)
I recently found (and bought) "Da Werdz", a 40-page booklet with lyrics of some FZ songs.
Published in 1980 by Dwarf Nebula Production(s).
Contrary to what Avo mentions on:
my copy does not have the Sheik Yerbouti sticker on the front cover.
A nice little find.
The same package also included two Japanese music mags from the early eighties.
I was pretty sure that I already had a copy of the mags but couldn't locate them...