Saturday, December 4, 2021

CLAUDIA CARDINALE AND FRANK ZAPPA

Next to an issue of Hitweek, the below copy of Epoca magazine (the left one) is probably one of the oldest magazines in my collection.
Early 1967, Claudia Cardinale was in the U.S.A. for a movie (?). The perfect opportunity to ask photographer Richard Avedon to take some shots.
Epoca (issue no.877, July 16, 1967, Italy) included 6-pages with 9 pictures, including two with FZ. Quite remarkable is that FZ is not mentioned anywhere. They refer to him as 'a shaggy guitar player'.

The Panorama mag on the right (6-12 Feb, 1968, Belgium) used  a picture from the same session on the cover. The 4-page article has the same picture and discusses the new 'pop music scene'.


 The article in the Epoca mag: https://afka.net/Mags/Epoca.htm


CORY WONG - THE PAISLEY PARK SESSION

Cory Wong // The Paisley Park Session [full album recording session]
Uploaded on Youtube on December 2.


FRANK ZAPPA - AMERICAN COMPOSER - DECEMBER 21, 1940 - DECEMBER 4, 1993


http://www.thepaltrysapien.com/2013/12/the-true-meaning-of-zappadan/

For the uninitiated, Frank Zappa’s birthday is December 21, but he shuffled off this mortal coil on December 4, leaving a seventeen day period of transition between the two for his disciples to bridge in any way that they could. Zealots to the last, they opted to use this period to celebrate Frank Zappa’s life, work and persnickety genius. This is sort of funny given that, being Zappa fans, it’s exactly what they do for the other 348 days of the year and it would hardly matter whether he was alive or dead, but hey – what else do you do when you’ve got a discrete and conveniently manageable block of time, a topic, and a great name?

http://www.thepaltrysapien.com/2013/12/the-true-meaning-of-zappadan/


Friday, December 3, 2021

MARKUS REUTER TALKS WITH JAN ZEHRFELD

Markus Reuter PODCAST #063: Jan Zehrfeld


MATS/MORGAN 40TH ANNIVERSARY BOX SET IS AVAILABLE

Mats & Morgan's "40th Anniversary" 6 CD box set is available from Morgan's on-line shop (and from other Yuripean shops) :

http://shop.morganagren.com/

For the digital download version, visit :

https://morganagren.bandcamp.com/album/40th-anniversary-box-set-6cd

And to check out the Japanese edition with a bonus disc (= a 7 CD box), go to:

https://diskunion.net/progre/ct/detail/1008389797



STEPHAN THELEN - FRACTAL GUITAR 2 - REMIXES

Stephan Thelen has just released "Fractal Guitar 2 - Remixes" to which he adds:

Fractal Guitar 2 remains one of my own favorite albums, not just for musical reasons, but also because it was such an enjoyable working experience in which many of my musician friends sent me file after file after file of amazing and spellbinding music. In the end, there were so many tracks that ultimately did not make it to the album, but were simply too good to just let go of. A good example ist Andi Pupato’s Middle Eastern percussion track for my remix of 'Point of Inflection’ which wasn’t quite right for the main album, but set the stage for the very different vibe of the remix.

Also, while preparing the mixes for Fractal Guitar 2, it became clear that the extensive material for this album had the potential to be remixed and remodeled in many different ways. Knowing that some of my friends were excellent and creative remixers, I reached out to see who would be compelled to re-imagine the pieces. A big thank you to Bill Laswell, Jah Wobble, David Torn and Barry Cleveland for their incredible remix skills and musical imagination. In an e-mail written after hearing Bill Laswell’s remix, Barry wrote to me: „This is fascinating on multiple levels. A sort of master class, really …Even King Tubby would raise his eyebrows at that schnizzle.“ Of course, he’s right.

https://stephanthelen-moonjune.bandcamp.com/album/fractal-guitar-2-remixes


Thursday, December 2, 2021

IF I COULD ONLY BE SURE: THE LIFE OF NOLAN PORTER

If I Could Only Be Sure: The Life Of Nolan Porter
by Patrice "Candy" Zappa

Released 11/27/21

Nolan Porter is one of the most beloved Northern Soul vocalists of all time. "If I Could Only Be Sure," "Keep On Keeping On," "Oh Baby" and "I Like What You Give" are just some of the many songs he recorded that have resounded strongly with generations of music fans worldwide. Curated by his wife Patrice "Candy" Zappa, "If I Could Only Be Sure: The Life Of Nolan Porter" reveals Nolan's accomplishments, struggles, and his completely unexpected and overwhelming success on the Northern Soul circuit and with the group Stone Foundation. Nolan Porter's outstanding service to his fellow man and the music industry cannot be overstated.

https://www.crossfirepublications.com/nolanbook.html?


Wednesday, December 1, 2021

FRANK OUT! - IT CONQUERED THE WORLD VOL.2

I've been playing Volume 2 of Frank Out!'s "It Conquered The World" almost every day since I picked it up in Bonn at one of their recent gigs. Well, actually, it was a video recordings session that will be made available for streaming in February next year, but more on that later.

Anyway, as logic dictates, "It Conquered The World Vol.2" is the twin companion of last year's Volume 1.
And as its predecessor, it meets all expectations.
Vol.2 delivers rock versions of Frank Zappa tunes. Straight-forward versions but with the occasional exception. 'I'm The Slime' is sung in a Tom Waits style and includes a piece of 'Killing In The Name Of'. Love it.

Recorded live with some overdubs and studio stuff. There's even some xenochrony going on...

Amazing solo's by Kai Rothfuchs (guitar), George Rademacher (guitar) and Thomas Jung (keyboards).
Just the way I like it.
Another fine tribute to the music of Frank Zappa.

Did I mention the amazing artwork by Tim Rothfuchs?


WHO KILLED RALPH?

"Who Killed Ralph?" was a series of compilations, paying tribute to the music of The Residents.

The eight volumes got released on Bandcamp, but will be taken down shortly.
The first 4 volumes are still available (as free downloads) so don't hesitate if you want to give these a listen:

https://whokilledralph.bandcamp.com/


FREAKOUT RECORDS

 Freakout Records is a Seattle-based record label.

They also hosted a festival ! (November 11, apparently)

Check out the website.
Love the artwork.


Here's a recent collaboration with Exag Records & Le C├Ępe Records :
the new release by You Said Strange : "Treat Me".