Friday, June 5, 2020

NEW SINGLE BY YIN YIN


To be released next month.


Thursday, June 4, 2020

SPIKE JONES DOCUMENTARY




VOLKER KRIEGEL


German jazz and fusion guitar player Volker Kriegel was part of the Dave Pike Set and even recorded FZ's 'Mother People' with this quartet. It can be found on Dave Pike's 'Noisy Silence - Gently Noise".

Another version got recorded during a 1971 (!!) session for German radio.
The recording can be found on a recent album, "At Studio 2" from 2016.

A recent Facebook post made me check out some more stuff from Volker Kriegel...



Tuesday, June 2, 2020

THEODORE BIKEL


Probably a bit different from the stuff he recorded for Frank Zappa...

"Theodore Bikel - Sings Jewish Folk Songs"

http://zerosounds.blogspot.com/2015/09/theodore-bikel-sings-jewish-folk-songs.html


-- info: Jan van Kemenade

Monday, June 1, 2020

KLOOT PER W GROUP - JE T'AI TOUJOURS AIMÉE


Kloot Per W Group recorded 'Je T'ai Toujours Aimée'.
It's a reworking of an old Polyphonic Size number that JJ Burnell of The Stranglers original sang. Pascal Deweze produced it. Uwe Teichert mastered it.



The video :


The original version :



COMPRO ORO TO RELEASE A NEW ALBUM


Belgian psychedelic jazz collective Compro Oro released their debut album ‘Transatlantic’ in 2015.
In 2017, they released the ‘Bombarda’ 10" EP, adding the "Suburban Exotica" album to their discography in 2019.

Their latest album is a collaboration with Murat Ertel (co-founder and frontman of Istanbul's cult psychedelic folk band BaBa ZuLa) and his singer partner Esma Ertel.
Entitled ‘Simurg’, the album is set for release on the 19th June on the Sdban Records label.


Compro Oro are:

  • Wim Segers – vibraphone, marimba
  • Bart Vervaeck – guitar
  • Matthias Debusschere – bass
  • Falk Schrauwen – percussion
  • Frederik Van den Berghe – drums
Special guests:

  • Murat Ertel – Electric Saz
  • Esma Ertel – vocals


HENRY KAISER UPDATE


Shared by the Cuneiform record label :



DEVIN TOWNSEND'S EMPATH ALBUM DELUXE EDITION


Devin Townsend's "Empath" album is being released as a 2 CD + 2 BluRay / artbook set.

Featuring Mike Keneally and Morgan Agren !


CABALLERO REYNALDO - ZAPPA COUNTRY SPECIAL EP 2019


How did I miss this one?

Caballero Reynaldo And The Grand Kazoo’s “Zappa Country Special“ got released to support their 2019 “Zappa Crimson Freak Show” tour.

Released about a year ago, on the Spanish Hall Of Fame Records label.
Digital-only release on Bandcamp.




MORE FRANK ZAPPA RADIO SHOW ALBUMS


It says "Volume Two", so there's probably another volume out as well.



KURT MCGETTRICK


Saxophone player Kurt McGettrick was part of Zappa's 1988 band.

He participated in Leslie Smith's 1982 "Heartache" album.

... re-released on SHM CD on Japanese Vivid Sound...
 

more info :  https://www.discogs.com/Leslie-Smith-Heartache/release/4686873

even more info : https://rutracker.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4989609


-- info: Jan van Kemenade

IAN UNDERWOOD


Ian Underwood can be heard on :

eric tagg: dreamwalking
    (1982, lp, japan, agharta)

more info : https://www.discogs.com/Eric-Tagg-Dreamwalkin/release/3411902

on youtube :


-- info: Jan van Kemenade

Sunday, May 31, 2020

CABALLERO REYNALDO RELEASES COMPILATION ALBUM


Caballero Reynaldo is releasing an anthology.
"Antologia Vol. 1"
Digital Bandcamp release + CD



CD is limited to 50 copies, so don't hesitate if you want this one.
It features a couple of FZ compositions.

Don't forget to check out Caballero Reynaldo's recent "Kromos" and "Kronos" albums !


Friday, May 29, 2020

JON ANDERSON


Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and YES Founding Member JON ANDERSON Signs with Blue Élan Records

Anderson’s luminous new album, 1000 Hands, to be released July 31, features a stunning array of guests including Alan White, Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Jean-Luc Ponty, Ian Anderson, Billy Cobham and Chick Corea


LOS ANGELES, CA – For music fans everywhere, a new album by legendary Yes singer Jon Anderson is cause for celebration. But Anderson’s grand and glorious new solo album, 1000 Hands, is quite unlike any other record – it’s an event, one which the singer’s loyal legion of fans across the globe have been wildly anticipating for three decades.

1000 Hands will be Anderson’s first release via his new partnership with Blue Élan Records. The album will be available digitally as well as on CD and a deluxe 180-gram double vinyl package on July 31 and can be previewed HERE

“I’ve spent long periods of time making some records, but I’ve never taken a journey quite like this one,” says the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. “To say that 1000 Hands has been a long time in coming would be quite an understatement, but I’m thrilled that it’s finally a reality and that my fans will now be able to hear it. And I think they’ll be delighted to hear music that’s timeless. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.”

Of the label’s new signing, Blue Élan President Connor Pasich commented, “To have an artist of Jon Anderson’s caliber as part of our label family is exciting for all of us and to be able to be part of his musical legacy is priceless.”

Anderson began the album (originally called Uzlot – “it means a lot of us”) nearly 30 years ago, working with a group of musicians that included Yes drummer Alan White and bassist Chris Squire. However, due to his heavy touring commitments with Yes, Anderson had to put the record on the back burner. “Before you knew it, I started getting involved in other projects and tours, and years went by,” he explains. “I would listen to the tapes from time to time and think, ‘This could have been a great album! One day I’ll finish it.’”

Grammy-nominated producer Michael T. Franklin (Bruce Hornsby, Brian Wilson, Roger McGuinn) had at one point begun working on orchestrations for the album, but once again Anderson’s jammed schedule required the project to be put on hold. Finally, a year and a half ago, Anderson and Franklin got the album back on track and were determined to see it through. “Our ideas still matched,” Anderson says. “Michael knew everything I wanted to do and how I wanted the music to sound, so we agreed to go for it.”

Setting up shop in Franklin’s Solar Studios in Orlando, Florida, Anderson laid down backing vocals to his original lead tracks, and Franklin called in an astonishing array of rock and jazz luminaries to fill out the songs: fellow Yes alum Steve Howe, Ian Anderson, Jean-Luc Ponty, Billy Cobham, Chick Corea, Steve Morse, Rick Derringer, Jonathan Cain, and the Tower of Power Horns are just a few of the guests on 1000 Hands.

“That’s where the title 1000 Hands comes from, all of the brilliant musicians who played a part in making the record,” Anderson says. “Michael acted like something of a casting director, bringing so many great players. It was really exciting to hear the record open up and become what I had always envisioned.”

The sessions turned out so well, in fact, that Anderson decided to include four new songs on the album, with brand-new lead vocals. “Jon is such a remarkable writer and singer,” raves Franklin. “His newer songs were fabulous, and they fit seamlessly with the rest of the album. Everything came together beautifully.”

Anderson’s celestial voice – one of the most recognizable sounds in rock – is in stunning form throughout 1000 Hands, an album that features some of his most breathtaking compositions. Bookended by the starkly beautiful acoustic ballads “Now” and “Now and Again,” the record features electrifying new prog masterpieces (“Activate,” “Come Up”), glorious poly-rhythmic wonders (“WDMCF”) and delightful reggae pop (“First Born Leaders”). Listeners will be mesmerized by the cavalcade of sumptuous vocal harmonies on the frisky “Ramalama,” and they’ll be singing along merrily to the horn-driven funk of the aptly named “Makes Me Happy.”


Thursday, May 28, 2020

TWO NEW RELEASES ON THE DISCUS LABEL


from the Discus newsletter

...Adios Al Futuro is a second slice of creative and melodic prog / kraut / electronics from trio Das Rad.



 tribal / electronic / free jazz sounds from De Tian



A CARL KING UPDATE


a message from Carl King :

Hi, it's Carl King.

I've got two videos for you, but first...

The year I was 1983. I was 8 years old, and I'd get home from school just in time to watch He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. My parents owned a roadside motel on Highway 41 in Nokomis, Florida. There was a TV in one of the motel rooms that would just barely pick up some UHF station that played the show. My dad would unlock the room and let me go in there just for watching He-Man. The picture was usually scrambled with static, fading in and out, but I didn't care. The show was a kinda-psychedelic blend of outer-space and fantasy, futuristic technology and old weaponry.



The aesthetic has stuck with me -- and it has influenced my own cartoon projects, album covers, and most importantly, my physique.



Vienna Symphonic Library asked me to make a walk-through video for their Synchronized Solo Strings. The He-Man theme has a strong harmony and melody that's easy to translate to String Quintet. I embellished it a bit, but still followed the original music as a close guide.

Hope you enjoy it. The first video is just the music by itself, and the second video is a detailed walk-through in Cubase and VSL Synchronized Solo Strings.

-Carl.
http://www.carlkingdom.com


Wednesday, May 27, 2020

AKINETÓN RETARD


Discovered them earlier this week. (thanks, Danny !)
Akinetón Retard.
From Santiago, Chile.



Tuesday, May 26, 2020

GARY HUSBAND & MARKUS REUTER - MUSIC OF OUR TIMES


MoonJune Records has just released "Music Of Our Times" by Gary Husband and Markus Reuter.

The album got recorded while stuck in Japan after playing one gig and finding out that the upcoming Stick Men tour had been cancelled.
Leonardo (Moonjune) booked some studio time for Gary and Markus and the two of them improvised the complete set.
Beautiful soundscapes.

Check it out :



And listen to the Make Weird Music interview on YouTube with Gary Husband, Markus Reuter and Mr. Moonjune aka Leonardo Pavkovic, hosted by Anthony Garone of Make Weird Music youtu.be/EOesSn3b9C0


STEF KAMIL CARLENS


Hadn't imagined Stef Kamil Carlens doing a(nother) version of this stale tune.
Oh well...



'NEW' GEORGE DUKE ALBUM


Recorded live in Berlin in 1977.

George Duke - keyboards, vocal
Charles Icarus Johnson - guitar
Byron Miller - bass
Ndugu Chancler - drums
Sheila E - percussion and vocals
Josie James - vocals
Muffy Hendricks - vocals
It also features a surprise appearance by Herbie Hancock joining in for an encore.

Available on iTunes, Amazon,...

The setlist (and the album) feature : 'Echidna's Arf (Of You)' and 'Uncle Remus'


-- info : Jan van Kemenade



PIERRE VERVLOESEM BAND


Musician, composer and producer Pierre Vervloesem is preparing to take the Pierre Vervloesem Band on the road.

Wowie Zowie !!
That's excellent news.


Pierre Vervloesem: guitar, compositions
Bruno Vansina: sax
Nicolas Dechêne: bass
Peter Vandenberghe: keyboards
Renaud Van Hooland: drums


Zig Zag World management.


Saturday, May 23, 2020

DON'T PUSH THE CLOWN


Don't Push The Clown
featuring Bobby Vega (bass), Ray White (guitar, vocals), Terry Haggerty (guitar) and Prairy Prince (drums)
from 2003.




Friday, May 22, 2020

MARBIN - TEN YEARS IN THE SUN


Dani Rabin, Marbin guitar player, has released a solo album.

He adds :
The expression "ten years in the sun," as described in Hayao Miyazaki’s film The Wind Rises, encapsulates the notion that within every life there is an era of peak creative performance and opportunity. Dani Rabin tells us the story behind the album: “The Covid-19 pandemic and shutdown caught my band Marbin in the midst of an exciting swing. The band was a few days into a thirty-seven-day tour when we had to cancel all of our shows, turn back, and drive 3,000 miles back home to Chicago. I knew it was the right thing to do as I didn't want to put our fans and band members in danger, but I was disheartened nonetheless. When I was home I was trying to figure out a way to keep my creative momentum going when I stumbled across an old notebook filled with ideas and fragments of songs we never got to use and I immediately knew what I had to do. The acoustic guitar has a soothing kind of quality to it and it gives the listener a very intimate experience. The melodies and harmonies stand out without all the bells and whistles of a full band, which I do like, but can also be somewhat distracting from the real essence of the music at times.”




HAM SESSIONS TEAM WILL BE BROADCASTING CONCERTS


The Ham Sessions Team (located in Ghent, Belgium) will be broadcasting video concerts, including material from previous Ham Sessions.

Today, at 16h00, Michel Mast will discuss the upcoming plans and announce the first concert broadcast (by HOSHA) that will take place on the first of June.


Monday, May 18, 2020

DUO BAARS-BUIS - MOODS FOR ROSWELL


Ab Baars (clarinet) and Joost Buis (trombone) released "Moods For Roswell" last month.
Wow...



-- info: Danny Mathys

ZAPMACHINE


Frank Zappa and Soft Machine.
Zapmachine.

This Dutch improv quartet recorded their first album in 2016. "Kot".

Live, they performed at least one Zappa piece.



Sunday, May 17, 2020

ECKART RUNGE AND JACQUES AMMON PERFORMED ZAPPA


Yesterday evening, ON Belgian national radio Klara :
during the "Live" show, one could listen to a concert that got recorded last March by Radio Berlin.
A COVID-19 concert with a radio audience only.

It featured a set by Eckart Runge (cello) and Jacques Ammon (piano).
The duo performed their "Roll Over Beethoven" concert, including pieces by Beethoven, Beatles, Hendrix and Zappa (Be-Bop Tango).



DWEEZIL ZAPPA TALKS VAN HALEN


Dweezil Zappa shows another gem from his guitar collection: Eddie Van Halen's 'Rasta' guitar.


Mentioned in the above interview : Dweezil Zappa performs Crazy Train' with Jack Black on vocals, using Eddie Van Halen's guitar.


Dweezil talks about and plays some Van Halen (July 2013)



THE RESIDENTS - BAD DAY ON THE MIDWAY

  • the residents: bad day on the midway
        (2020, book + cd, usa, antibookclub) 
"Bad Day On The Midway" was game designed and scored by The Residents. It got released on CD-Rom in 1995.
In 2012, The Residents released a hardbound 160-page book with a CD in a limited edtion of 750 copies.
Earlier this month, the book / CD package got re-released as paperback.
https://antibookclub.com/


SUN RA - CELESTIAL LOVE

Originally released in 1984 as a vinyl album on Sun Ra's Saturn label, "Celestial Love" got a digital  reissue on the Cosmic Myth label in 2015. This download-only re-release did come with a bonus track.
Finally, the album got a proper reissue on the Modern Harmonic label. Both on vinyl and on CD and including the bonus track.
Beautiful.Great package as well. Comes with an obi.
John Gilmore on tenor sax, Marshall Allen on alto sax, June Tyson on vocals !!

Modern Harmonic adds :Though Sun Ra was renowned for outrageous music and performances, Celestial Love is a reminder that he was a man of many moods, with a deep respect for jazz history. His embrace of Futurism never implied a rejection of the past. Even rocket ships were constructed with raw materials discovered eons ago.




Saturday, May 16, 2020

PRINCE & THE REVOLUTION - LIVE


The Prince Estate, in partnership with Warner Records, have released the live audio of Prince and the Revolution: Live, a historic concert captured at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY on March 30, 1985. The audio from the concert has been remastered by longtime Prince mastering engineer Bernie Grundman, and is available officially in digital format for the first time across all streaming and download partners beginning today.
https://lnk.to/PrinceLACD

Exclusive Prince inspired face coverings are now available in the Official Store. For each mask purchased, The Prince Estate will donate one to communities in need
 - https://lnk.to/PurpleRainStore

In collaboration with YouTube and Google, this streaming event will run in support of the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization (powered by UN Foundation and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation). Any viewer donations will include a matching component from Google (Google.org will match $2 for every $1 up to $5 million).


Setlist:

1. Let's Go Crazy 00:20
2. Delirious 06:23
3. 1999 09:14
4. Little Red Corvette 15:05
5. Take Me With U 18:44
6. Yankee Doodle Dandy 23:41
7. Do Me Baby 27:34
8. Irresistible Bitch 32:25
9. Possessed 34:21
10. How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore 38:46
11. Let's Pretend We're Married 46:05
12. International Lover 48:16
13. God 50:17
14. Computer Blue 58:03
15. Darling Nikki 1:02:18
16. The Beautiful Ones 1:05:48
17. When Dove's Cry 1:12:38
18. I Would Die 4 U 1:22:07
19. Baby I'm A Star 1:25:34
20. Purple Rain 1:36:31


Thursday, May 14, 2020

EUGENE CHADBOURNE AND ANTHONY BRAXTON RELEASE 8 CD BOX SET


Eugene Chadbourne and Anthony Braxton will release a 8 CD Box set with improvised music.
8 CDs in 4 Gatefold Wallets plus 16-page booklet housed in hard slipcase.


https://eugenechadbourne.com/braxton-pre-release-info

Anthony Braxton: sopranino, soprano, alto, baritone, bass, and contrabass saxophones, contrabass clarinet
Eugene Chadbourne: Gibson Marauder electric, Gibson acoustic, bajo sexto, Deering 5-string banjo, Deering fretless 5-string banjo, Regal 5-string banjo, prepared guitar

Recorded November 27th - 30th, 2017 at Firehouse 12, New Haven CT
Recorded by Nick Lloyd and Greg DiCrosta
Mixed and Mastered by Jon Rosenberg
Produced by Anthony Braxton

Improvisations by Anthony Braxton and Eugene Chadbourne

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

ADRIAN BELEW TALKS ABOUT TOURING WITH DAVID BOWIE


Adrian Belew !


MULATU ASTATKE


This should get you in the right mood.



NEW SOFT MACHINE ALBUM ON CD AND BANDCAMP


From the Soft Machine bandcamp page :

In 2018 Soft Machine released their first studio album under the original name in 37 years called 'Hidden Details'. In support of this widely acclaimed and heralded album, John Etheridge (electric guitar), Roy Babbington (bass guitar), John Marshall (drums) and Theo Travis (saxophones, flute, Fender Rhodes piano) toured the world during 2018 and 2019.

A live album from this extensive tour recorded at the Baked Potato, Los Angeles, USA on 1 February 2019 is released now on CD and Digital Download, while it already came out as limited 2LP, 180 grams only 200 numbered copies each on transparent, blue and marbled vinyl.




EX-HAWKWIND BASSIST ALAN DAVEY RELEASES 4 CD BOX SET


From GlassOnyon PR

Ex-HAWKWIND Bassist ALAN DAVEY Releases 4CD Box Set Of Home Demos Including Early HAWKWIND Songs!

Los Angeles, CA - Alan Davey, the brilliantly creative musician/songwriter/producer perhaps best known for being the protégé of Motörhead’s Lemmy as well as filling Lemmy’s leather boots as the bassist for space rock icons Hawkwind, is an astoundingly exhaustive artist. Just this year, Davey has overseen the release of new singles by his superstar project Hawkestrel that featured Rick Wakeman, Pat Travers and electronic violinist Shankar (Peter Gabriel, Frank Zappa) as well as the release of a 3-album set from his side project Pre-Med. And now comes the release of a 4CD collection of home studio recordings, awesomely dubbed Four-Track Mind. With recordings that date back to the mid-‘80s all the way up to this decade, Four-Track Mind will give the listener a glimpse into the creative evolution of this amazingly adventurous artist. Packaged in a deluxe clamshell box with individual wallets for each disc along with a 12-page booklet with detailed liner notes and vintage photos, this is a box set that no Alan Davey fan should be without!

Davey has this to say about the collection: “Rarely do musicians ever release their learning curves of writing, mixing, and production skills, with all the clicks and pops and unedited flaws, but I thought people would find it interesting to see how I evolved my style and sound over the years. From a 4-track cassette machine, here are 60+ demos of many of my songs and some not yet used!”

Four-Track Mind will be available on both CD and digital everywhere starting May 22!

----------------------------------------------

Here's Hawkestral's 'Circles' feat. Todd Rundgren and L. Shankar :


And here's an older piece by Shankar / Shenkar, featuring Jonathan Davis (Korn)


Monday, May 11, 2020

LEON REDBONE


'Walking Stick' by Leon Redbone.


Leon Redbone passed way about a year ago.
His 1981 "From Branch To Branch" album featured Ralph Humphrey on one track.


-- info: Danny Mathys

Saturday, May 9, 2020

GIRAFFE TONGUE ORCHESTRA


The Giraffe Orchestra (or GTO) released their first album in 2016 : "Broken Lines".

The band consists of Alice In Chains vocalist William DuVall, guitarist Brent Hinds of Mastodon, lead guitarist Ben Weinman of The Dillinger Escape Plan, drummer Thomas Pridgen of The Mars Volta, and bassist Pete Griffin of Dethklok and Zappa Plays Zappa.



Friday, May 8, 2020

ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE ON THE NEW ZAPPA ALBUM


Info and tracklist on the latest Zappa release :
https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/frank-zappa-1970-mothers-lineup-box-set-996250/

Disc 1 – Trident Studios, London, England June 21-22, 1970
Disc 2 – Live Highlights Part 1 – “Piknik” VPRO June 18, 1970 / Pepperland September 26, 1970
Disc 3 – Live Highlights Part 2 – Hybrid Concert: Santa Monica August 21, 1970 / Spokane September 17, 1970
Disc 4 – Live Highlights Part 3 – FZ Tour Tape Recordings

https://www.zappa.com/news/mothers-1970



TOYAH WILLCOX AND ROBERT FRIPP - CELEBRATING VE DAY HEROES


From GlassOnyon PR

The two VE Day Heroes being celebrated within the Fripp and Willcox families:
Uncle Bill, aka RAF Flight Sergeant Alfie Fripp https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfie_Fripp, who helped in planning The Great Escape.
Beric Willcox of the Royal Navy, based in Alexandria, who guarded convoys in the Mediterranean.


The guitar used in the video is RF’s Les Paul serial no. 9-1986; used on all KC albums 1969-74; and on the Heroes session in Berlin with David Bowie, Tony Visconti and Brian Eno at the Hansa Studios, July 1977.

Backing track: King Crimson Live In Berlin on September 12th. 2016.

Personnel: Gavin Harrison, Jeremy Stacey, Pat Mastelotto, Mel Collins, Tony Levin, Jakko Jakszyk and Robert Fripp.
Fairy dustings provided by Bill Rieflin.

Recorded and mixed by Chris Porter.
Produced by Chris Porter with Robert Fripp and David Singleton.

Used by permission.

Vocal track and video: Toyah Willcox, at home in the kitchen, Middle England;
May 5th. 2020 on iPhone.

BEEFHEART REFERENCE BY BRAD LANER


On his latest release, Brad Laner included a composition entitled 'A Computer Is As Close As A Human Gets To A Carrot'.





IAN ANDERSON AND LESLIE MANDOKI SAY THANK YOU


Ian Anderson and Leslie Mandoki with the Mandoki Soulmates
with John Helliwell, Chris Thompson, Bobby Kimball , Simon Phillips, Randy Brecker and Steve Bailey;

“#WeSayThankYou” was written in the context of Leslie’s own isolation in Germany, where his doctor wife, Eva, is a first contact physician.



A CHRIS OPPERMAN AND KURT MORGAN UPDATE


A message from Kurt Morgan (who is producing and orchestrating Chris Opperman's latest release) :

Composer Chris Opperman and I are very excited to share this video premiere with all of you.

Over the last year, Chris and I have been working on Chamber Music From Hell, an album of some of his more challenging compositions for chamber ensemble and I am happy to report that we can see the finish line approaching.

The following video for “Waking Up” is a visual representation of a piece from that collection; one that attempts to convey some kind of peace, balance, and relief from the challenging music that precedes it.

We hope that this humble piece of art acts as some kind of relief for people as we try to navigate through the “new normal” world that we presently find ourselves in.

Chris and I wish all of you good health, peace, and happiness today and everyday.



JF THIRLWELL AND SIMON STEENSLAND RELEASED OSCILLOSPIRA


JG Thirlwell and Simon Steensland released "Oscillospira" on Mike Patton's IPECAC label this April.

Featuring Morgan Ågren on drums, nicely mixed in front.

Prog and RIO fans (Magma, Present,... ) take note !!



The digital release :



-- info: Harald Häring


JVLITH CHRISHVN - TEENAGE PROSTITUTE


Performed and recorded live in concert at Zappanale in 2010;
Dresden, Germany, based metal trio JVLITH CHRISHVN.

A bit awkward that Bandcamp says that this was made available on Jan 1, 2010 as it only got recorded in the summer of 2010...



Thursday, May 7, 2020

NEW ALBUM BY ACE 9


German rock band Ace 9 has a new album out: "Upsoro Park".
These guys used to include some FZ pieces in their repertoire although that's probably a while ago...
And they performed at Zappanale a couple of times.

Here's the album teaser :



THE RESIDENTS AND SNAKEFINGER ON SECRET RECORDS


sECRET rECORDS said:

This one is really doing it for me this morning. Two of these weirdos are gone now. We'll be releasing an LP by each of them soon (maybe July / Aug?). Grab a copy of this album while you can. There's a few mint, unnumbered copies for sale that we had locked up in the archives. Both the purple and black and the yellow inside clear vinyl editions are there if ya want one. https://secretrecords.bandcamp.com/track/walter-westinghouse

The Residents featuring Snakefinger - 13th Anniversary Live In Holland 1986 on Secret Records.
(SR08).
From 2017.


https://secretrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-residents-featuring-snakefinger-13th-anniversary-live-in-holland-1986-sr08



NEW ZAPPA RELEASE ANNOUNCED


"The Mothers 1970"
4 CD set.
to be released on June 26, 2020.


-- info: Knut Erlend Skogstad (on FB)

ARF! - ACCEPT NO OTHER SUBSTITUTES


Paris, France, based Frank Zappa tribute band Arf! released four tracks on Bandcamp.

Very nice.
The violin is 'Cosmik Debris', the guitar in 'Zoot Allures',...

Recommended.
Let's hope they put it out on CD as well !!




UNKLE SOUNDS - WW III, UNKLE VS UNKLE

James Lavelle’s UNKLE project performed live and as a DJ act as UNKLE Sounds.
“Unkle Vs. Unkle” included a live performance of “Drums Of Death”, Part 1 and Part 2. These tracks initially got released on UNKLE’s 1998 “Psyence Fiction” album (to which DJ Shadow contributed).
Both tracks use FZ samples.

Here's UNKLE Sounds' 2002 BBC mix tape.
No Zappa samples as far as I can tell, but it includes Kraftwerk mixed with Whitney Houston somewhere in there !!
R.I.P. Florian Schneider.



LOS SMUGGLERS - WET PANTS CLUB

Canadian (!!) band Los Smugglers recorded FZ's 'Let's Make The Water Turn Black' for their "Wet Pants Club" album.
It got released on CD but also on vinyl, which was new to me.
The LP has slightly different artwork compared to the CD and only offer eight tracks, but the Frank Zappa composition is also present.

Re-named 'Pacifica Stomp' !!
Check it out :


LES CORONADOS - N'IMPORTE QUOI... ET PLUS

French rock band Les Coronados released their version of Captain Beefheart's 'Zig Zag Wanderer' on a 7" EP in 1983.
I only recently found out that the track had been added as a bonus on the 1996 CD reissue of their first album, "N'importe Quoi", originally released in 1984.



PRINCE - THE ONE NITE ALONE COLLECTION


Prince reissue series continues

UP ALL NITE WITH PRINCE: THE ONE NITE ALONE COLLECTION (4CD / 1 DVD)

Up All Nite With Prince: The One Nite Alone Collection brings the electrifying power of Prince’s 2002 studio and live releases together in one stunning package.
This 4CD/1DVD set includes
  • One Nite Alone…, Prince’s striking piano-and-vocal studio album (in its first commercial CD release); 
  • the double-disc One Nite Alone…Live! featuring recent jams (“Muse 2 The Pharaoh,” “1+1+1 Is 3”) and classic favorites (“Raspberry Beret,” “Nothing Compares 2 U,” “When U Were Mine”); 
  • the high-energy One Nite Alone…The Aftershow: It Ain’t Over! with guest appearances by George Clinton and Musiq Soulchild; 
  • and the Live At The Aladdin Las Vegas DVD.
    The ultimate Prince concert experience is here!


One Nite Alone… (1 CD)
One Nite Alone…Live! (2 CD)
One Nite Alone: The Aftershow…It Ain’t Over (1 CD)
Prince Live At The Aladdin Las Vegas (DVD)

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

PAUL VAN HEES' TRIBUTE TO FRANK ZAPPA


Belgian sculptor,  and graphic artist Paul Van Hees made "Mother Of Invention" in 1998.

I've added the entry to "References to Frank Zappa by other artists (not in music)"
http://www.united-mutations.com/z/frank_zappa/frank_zappa_ref2.htm


Tuesday, May 5, 2020

KLADDERADATSCH - WEIDS

"Weids" is the latest release by Dutch band Kladderadatsch, a marching band that plays world music.
From 2014 already, but it is their latest release...
And a fine one.

https://www.kladderadatsch.nl/



MEZZ GACANO'S ZAPPA TRIBUTE


Mezz Gacano was Italian musician Davide Mezzatesta’s project.
“20 Years After Death” paid tribute to the music of Frank Zappa.

It got released on Bandcamp on December 4, 2013.



GURU GURU LEGEND MANI NEUMEIER AND OKINAWA FRIENDS RELEASE "GALAPAGOS"


from GlassOnyon PR

Guru Guru Legend Mani Neumeier and Okinawa Friends Release GALAPAGOS

Even after his 80th birthday, Mani Neumeier, a famous drummer from Germany who is familiar with “Mani-san,” and is still active with solo various projects including GURU GURU, has visited Okinawa and its beaches. There he played with coral percussion. Heavenly swaying in the south, with prog and free musicians participating, led by guitarist Ishihara, who manipulates from low-pitched to roaring, ambient to noise, and Kengo Sakamoto, who is one of the 100 views of Koenji, gathered as if invited by the sound. Together they formed a psychedelic jam band. This work was recorded in Urasoe City, Okinawa Prefecture in February 2019. Their first Taiwan tour in February 2020 this year received critical acclaim.

Mani Neumeier: Drum, Plate percussion
Takeshi Ishihara: Right Guitar
Halls: Left Guitar
Uechi Gacha Kazuya: Right Bass
Kengo Sakamoto: Left Bass



DR. ZILOG - APOTHECARY


Denver, Colorado, based progressive metal trio Dr. Zilog combined 8-bit compositions with guitars and drums.
For their “Apothecary” album, the band recorded FZ’s’Peaches En Regalia’ and a piece of ‘St. Alfonzo’s Pancake Breakfast’.



KLADDERADATSCH - SPRUITJES

Dutch world music marching band Kladderadatsch came to my attention as they recorded FZ's 'Cleetus Awreetus-Awrightus" on their "Wilde Kamelen" album in 1994.
CD, released in a cigar box.

Ten years later, Kladderadatsch made another CD. This one was called "Spruitjes" (Brussels sprouts) and got released in a hexagonal fold-out cardboard.
Nice. Very nice.

Here's their video report of a short tour in the Czech Republic in 2013.



FUDGE


Charlottetown, Canada, based musician Lee Rosevere is the man behind Fudge, a surf band that contributed to three Cordelia Records tribute albums.
“At The Beach” compiled the tracks from these discs.
Includes FZ's 'The Orange Country Lumber Truck'.




POMEGRANATE TIGER


Canadian instrumental progressive metal project Pomegranate Tiger was formed by multi-instrumentalist Martin Andres. Pomegranate Tiger’s version of FZ’s ‘The Black Page’ was released as a digital download on Bandcamp. Martin performed and recorded all instruments.



Monday, May 4, 2020

DESERT HIGHWAYS


Free sampler by Desert Highways.

Desert Highways is an independent music company based in Melbourne, Australia that includes a record label, online store, freelance music journalism, band management, booking and promo, and release and live reviews.

includes a Captain Cheesebeard track !


ANOTHER BANDCAMP UPDATE BY NICK DIDKOVSKY


Zinc Nine Psychedelic



Sunday, May 3, 2020

GOV'T MULE


The original versions of the songs that have been covered by Gov't Mule.

This is super cool. Someone made a playlist with the original version of every single song GM has covered.  Its almost 53 hours long!! It is meant to be listened to on Shuffle.  


-- info: Philippe Lamoot


MULATU ASTATKE


The Strut record label has issued a 3 LP set of Mulatu Astatke's "Mulatu Of Ethiopia" album.



COWBOYS FROM HELL - RUNNING MAN

I only recently found out that Swiss trio Cowboys From Hell released a new album in 2008.
Their third release.
First saw the band in 2014 at the Zapperlot! festival in Switzerland.
An overwhelming experience.

"Running Man" presents 9 tracks where the sax / bass / drums trio fills the space with energy.
Exactly what I like. And not just on a Sunday morning.




DIDKOVSKY - LYTLE - HEMINGWAY


Nick Didkovsky, Michael Lytle and Gerry Hemingway released "Swim This" on CD and on iTunes in 2006.
Since earlier this week, also available on Bandcamp.



HARDY FOX - KILLING TIME

  • hardy fox: killing time
        (2020, cd, austria, klanggalerie gg329)
Only a couple of weeks before his passing, Hardy Fox, one of the people behind The Residents, submitted several recordings to Klanggalerie, to be released after his death.

"Killing Time".


It's not just the compositions, I also like the the type and colour of his sounds.
Available from Klanggalerie and Bandcamp.
http://www.klanggalerie.com/gg329

Here's Homer and Hardy, pictured by Adam Weller.
from https://www.lambiek.net/artists/w/weller_adam.htm
Article by Kjell Knudde.



Saturday, May 2, 2020

INSTANT COMPOSERS POOL ORCHESTRA


Listening to the latest ICP Orchestra release.
It's a collaboration with the Asko Ensemble, recorded live at the Angelica Festival, May 9, 2007.

Adventurous music !
Out on Bandcamp.



PRINCE'S "THE RAINBOW CHILDREN" TO BE RE-RELEASED


Originally released in 2001 on Prince's own label and soon to be reissued.

Reason enough to give the album another listen.
(and to add the data to the United Mutations Archives at the same time.)




PHOENICIAN DRIVE RELEASES AN UNPLUGGED TRACK


'Deep Morning' by Phoenician Drive, unplugged.

Available on Bandcamp.



And to be enjoyed on YouTube ;


Beautiful !!


MORGAN ÅGREN NEWSFLASH


Morgan Ågren has uploaded new material to his Bandcamp page.

There's the hilarious 'Jamin' w. Kenneth',
"... a 10 minute jam with that crazy multimillionaire televangelist Kenneth Copeland."



and there's this compilation album :




ANDRE CHOLMONDELEY


Andre Cholmondeley founded Project/Object, participated in the Doot! project with Pete Brunelli and Steve Chillemi, performed with Don Preston's trio, worked as guitar tech, AND !! makes his own music as well.

In 2006, he released a solo album, "Enigma With Attitude". On CD.
In 2014, Andre put a re-sequenced version up on Bandcamp.

Check it out !!



NEW ALBUM BY L.SHANKAR


"In My Heart" is taken from the album "Chepleeri Dream" by L. Shankar.
Video by Balázs Gróf

Vocals, Double Violin and Keys by L. Shankar
with:
Additional vocals by Jonathan Davis
Drums by Stephen Perkins
Bass by Norwood Fisher
Guitar by Josh Lopez
Sax by Scott Page



from GlassOnyon PR

Legendary Electric Violinist and Vocalist L. SHANKAR Debuts New Single and Video From His Star-Studded New Album!

Album features guest appearances by Korn’s Jonathan Davis, world renowned vedic chanter P.N. Sivarama Krishnan, Tony Levin, Chester Thompson, Scott Page of Supertramp and Pink Floyd, Jane’s Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins, Norwood Fisher of Fishbone, and others!

Los Angeles, CA - Lakshminarayana Shankar, professionally known as L. Shankar, is widely considered a living legend, a pioneer, and a musical genius who has collaborated with giants such as Frank Zappa, Peter Gabriel, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and many, many more. His solo albums have always drawn not only enormous interest from fans and critics alike but also showcase the collaborative spirit that is integral to Shankar’s art. Musicians, singers, visionaries, both known and obscure, have all come to pay tribute to this uniquely talented musician and perhaps even find new inspiration for themselves by performing on his recordings. That tradition continues on Shankar’s new single “In My Heart,” which features the talents of groundbreaking artist Jonathan Davis, lead singer of alt-metal icons Korn, as well as Jane’s Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins, Fishbone’s Norwood Fisher, Scott Page renowned saxophonist from Supertramp and Pink Floyd and others. The song’s meditative pace sets the perfect vibe for Shankar’s mantra-like lyrics and melody while an ethereal musical bed transports the listener on a spiritual journey.

This is the first single from Shankar's newest full-length album Chepleeri Dream that also features guest performances from King Crimson’s Tony Levin, Chester Thompson (Phil Collins / Genesis / Frank Zappa), Dileep Palakkad, and more! Shankar shares this about the album, “I was so inspired to work on this album and to have many great musicians involved with this project. The songs reflect upon my experience living at Chepleeri Temple in Kerala when there was a major disaster, floods which destroyed Kerala and I had to over come all the obstacles to get this project finished. It was truly a challenge and I love challenges. It gives me strength.”



ANOTHER ZAPPA RADIO SHOW BOOTLEG


4 CD's,
so-called 'broadcasts' from the 1970's.



JOE DENINZON & STRATOSPHEERIUS - FRAME BY FRAME


It's just one track, but a great version of 'Frame By Frame'.
Written by Adrian Belew, Bill Bruford, Robert Fripp and Tony Levin.



YIN YIN


YIN YIN's "The Rabbit That Hunts Tigers" has been re-released on pink vinyl.
Reason enough to give my digital copy another spin.



Friday, May 1, 2020

INSTANT COMPOSERS POOL


From the ICP website

UPCOMING ICP RELEASES

In 2020 we’ll have two new releases: ICP 062, ICP Orchestra and Nieuw Amsterdams Peil (NAP), tentatively titled De Hondenmepper will be released on 1 April on CD.

Following that, a release featuring ICP Orchestra and pianola (“ICPianola”, dus), tentatively titled Tiger Rag will be released on 1 October as ICP 063.

In addition, we’ll continue to release some old and new music to the ICP Bandcamp page.

https://icporchestra.bandcamp.com/


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

ROBERT FRIPP UPDATE


from GlassOnyon PR

DGM Records Launches Robert Fripp “Music for Quiet Moments” Series

DGM Records is launching the Robert Fripp “Music for Quiet Moments” series. They will be releasing a soundscape every Friday on DGMLive, Youtube, Spotify, Apple Music and all the main online music platforms.

Says Co-producer David Singleton, “Hopefully something that will nourish us, and help us through these Uncertain Times. I have certainly enjoyed the peace that comes with editing and mastering them. Turning a seeming disadvantage to our advantage, a year at home without touring offers the chance to listen for the first time in many cases to existing live recordings. And there are treasures to be found!”

https://www.dgmlive.com/news/music-for-quiet-moments-fridays



CARL KING


Music by Carl King. http://www.carlkingdom.com
Art by Dug Stanat. http://www.dugosaurus.com


Also, check out Carl's Bandcamp page as he's adding lots of material.
https://carlking.bandcamp.com/


ALBUM COVER JIGSAW PUZZLES


Need a new hobby?
A lot of album cover jigsaw puzzles are turning up.
The Beatles, Alice Cooper, 
Here's an on-line Frank Zappa one :
http://www.jigzone.com/puzzles/AD15815A40








ROMANO NERVOSO - THE RETURN OF THE ROCKING DEAD


Mottow Soundz just released Romano Nervoso's "The Return Of The Rocking Dead".

Featuring Danko Jones on one track,
and including a nice version of Kate Bush's 'Babooshka'.


Nice album artwork as well.



NEW RELEASE BY NICK DIDKOVSKY


Nick Didkovsky / CHORD / Doctor Nerve is about to release "Chord III".

Experimental guitar soundscapes.
You can check it out here:



Tuesday, April 28, 2020

ADAM WELLER


Kjell Knudde wrote a nice piece on Adam Weller, comic book artist who drew The Residents' "Bunny Boy Comic".

https://www.lambiek.net/artists/w/weller_adam.htm


The article got published on the Lambiek Comiclopedia, maintained by Amsterdam comic book shop Lambiek.
The used to be in the Kerkstraat but moved to the Koningsstraat (close to the Muziekgebouw Aan Het IJ). Visit them when you're in the neighbourhood.



Monday, April 27, 2020

Saturday, April 25, 2020

HERBIE HANCOCK AND PRINCE


Herbie Hancock and Tina Turner perform Joni Mitchell's 'Edith And The Kingpin'.
Features Prince (uncredited) on the guitar.



PYGMY TWYLYTE TO STREAM A COMPLETE CONCERT


U.K. band Pygmy Twylyte will be streaming an entire concert on YouTube.

May 1, 2020
8 pm (UK time), that's 21h00 CET.



-- info: Dave Owen


THE OTHERWORDLY MUSIC OF ALLAN HOLDSWORTH


"DEVIL TAKE THE HINDMOST – The Otherworldly Music of Allan Holdsworth",
a book by Ed Chang


412 pages.
Mentioning Chad Wackerman, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jean-Luc Ponty, Eddie Jobson, Dweezil Zappa and Zappa Plays Zappa.

http://fingerprintsweb.net/ahwiki/index.php?title=Devil_Take_The_Hindmost_(2020_Book)

-- info: Dirk Verschaeve


NEW MUSIC BY NEIL SADLER


On Neil's website :
http://www.neilsadler.com/new/

Be sure to check out his video section as well.

  • Neil Sadler – composer/perc/synth.
  • Mike Keneally – guit.
  • Bruce Fowler – trb.
  • Kurt McGettrick – bari/cb.cl.
  • Milen Kirov – pno.
  • Daren Burns – bass
  • Jason McKenzie – drms/tabla


CHATO! ON BANDCAMP


Chato Segerer recently added two albums to his Chato! Bandcamp page.
Actually, one single track as a fundraiser for Tim Smith, and one album that presented his Zappanale concert from a couple of years ago.



The Zappanale set included FZ's 'Let's Make To Cleveland', a track that Chato had already recorded and released on his "So Und Nicht Anders" album.


Pretty good stuff.
Be sure to check it out.


MARBIN - FREE SAMPLER


From 2018 but still an excellent introduction to Marbin.



THE HELSINKI CONCERT


Has there ever been a better band ?



UGLY PAPAS - S/T

The second album by Belgian band The Ugly Papas included their fine version of FZ's 'Trouble Every Day'. It got released in 1994.
I only learned recently that, next to the digipack/slipcase Belgian edition, there was also a German edition released. Standard jewel case with slightly altered artwork. Released on the ZYX records label.

A couple of years ago, The Ugly Papas returned to the scene and released their third (and superb)  album.
Here's a glimpse :



VARIOUS ARTISTS - ZODIAC RECORDS SAMPLER 1964 - 1972

New Zealand band The Underdogs recorded Frank Zappa's 'Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance' and released it as 'There Will Come A Time' on 7" in 1969.
The track got re-released on an Underdogs compilation album in 2000 but can also be found on this 2002 sampler.



WILLEM BREUKER KOLLEKTIEF - AT RUTA MAYA CAFE, AUSTIN TEXAS

  • willem breuker kollektief: at ruta maya cafe, austin, texas
        (2006, cd, nl, bv haast records)
Much to my enjoyment, I have been listening to Willem Breuker's jazz band the last couple of days.
Label owner, bandleader and co-founder of the ICP Orchestra Willem Breuker passed away in 2010.

"Willem Breuker Kollektief At Ruta Maya Café, Austin, Texas" got recorded in concert in 2005 and released on album in 2006.
Very nice.


-- info: Danny Mathys