Saturday, April 30, 2011
- cpex: olraait!
(2011, cd, bel, cpex002cd)
CPeX, or the Clement Peerens Explosition is a belgian pastiche rock band.
Clement Peerens was a character (performed by Hugo Matthysen) on Flemisch radio show "Het Leugenpaleis". Each week, Clement gave his opinion (in a Flemish (Antwerp) dialect) on various topisc of the pop and rock music scene.
With CPeX, Hugo Matthysen (as Clement Peerens), Aram van Ballaert (as Dave de Peuter) and Ronny Mosuse (as Sylvain Aertbeliën) bring an hilarious parody. Familiar sounding riffs and melodies (AC/DC, The Beatles, Hendrix, ...) are combined with lyrics about the most silly subjects (including a lot of macho blah blah), all sung in an Antwerp dialect.
You have to understand Dutch to fully appreciate it. Fun.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Here you go. A flashback to the entire 1972 album:
-- info: Jan van Kemenade
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
and click on "Luister" to enjoy
- ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS – Shake that devil
- BJÖRK GUÖMUNDSDOTTIR & TRIO GUOMUNDAR INGOLFSSONAR – Gling-Glò
- IVA BITTOVA & VACLAVEK – Sirka v louzi
- JORGE REYES – Danza del tambor
- PIERRE BASTIEN – Eloj du piqueupe
- DOMINIQUE REGEF – Partir, dit-elle
- JEAN JACQUES PERREY – E.V.A.
- KAZUTOKI UMEZU – Used go-go
- OAFNA NAPHTALI & CHUCK BETTIS – Hybrid chatter
- FRED LONBERG – HOLM – Dialog 3
- TIPSY – Neon tetra
- WHA-HA-HA – Tactics
- BLEVIN BLECTUM – Rockitship long light years (version 2)
- BENEVA Vs CLARK NOVA – 88 kilos of excrement
- THE EX & TOM CORA – Hidegen fujnak a szelek
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Corrie van Binsbergen will be touring with Corrie en de Grote Brokken later this year.
The following dates have already been booked:
Corrie en de Grote Brokken
- 2011/09/29 concert 'JIN in De Lindenberg', Nijmegen, NL
- 2011/09/30 concert 'Paradox', Tilburg, NL
- 2011/10/02 concert 'De Regentes', Den Haag, NL (15.00 h)
- 2011/10/06 concert 'Bimhuis', Amsterdam, NL
- 2011/10/08 concert 'Chassé Theater', Breda, NL
- 2011/10/13 concert 'Lantaren/Venster', Rotterdam, NL
- 2011/10/14 concert 'Muziekcentrum De Toonzaal', Den Bosch, NL
- 2011/10/15 concert 'SJU Jazzpodium', Utrecht, NL
- 2011/10/25 concert 'Stadsschouwburg', Haarlem, NL
New Band Line-Up
- Ike Willis - Guitar/Vocals
- Scott Schroen - Guitar/Vocals
- Daniel Paschall - Drums/Vocals
- J Willis - Bass/Vocals
Ugly Radio Rebellion performs the music of Frank Zappa - with Ike Willis or 'the hyper little 3 piece'... We are completely based in Atlanta, GA now and very excited to introduce our new full-time band members.
We are working on routing and filling dates for summer and the rest of 2011 so please let us know where you want us to play and we will do our very best to bring some live Zappa Music to you!!!
Crank Some Frank!!!
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Check out the Off Blog for more info!
Friday, April 22, 2011
Here's the list.
- just another sucker (dance mix)
- if you feel like dancin' (dance version 1)
- if you feel like dancin' (dance version 2)
- if you feel like dancin' (radio edit)
- just as long as we're together (disco mix)
- soft and wet (disco_mix)
- sexy dancer (long version)
- gotta stop (messin' about)
- let's work (dance remix long verison)
- how come u don't call me anymore
- little red corvette (dance mix)
- horny toad
- irresistible bitch
- 17 days
- let's go crazy (special dance mix)
- erotic city (make love not war...)
- god (instrumental)
- god (vocal)
- i would die 4 u (extended)
- another lonely christmas
- paisley park (remix)
- raspberry beret (new mix)
- she's always in my hair (new mix)
- pop life (extended version)
- pop life (fresh dance mix)
- hello (fresh dance mix)
- america (extended)
- girl (extended)
- kiss (extended)
- love or $ (extended)
- mountains (extended)
- alexa de paris (extended)
- anotherloverholenyohead (extended)
- la, la, la, he, he, hee (highly explosive mix)
- shockadelica (extended)
- u got the look (long look)
- housequake (7 minute mo' quake)
- hot thing (extended remix)
- hot thing (dub)
- alphabet street (this is not music....)
- glam slam (remix)
- escape (free yo mind)
- i wish you heaven (part 1)
- i wish you heaven (part 2)
- i wish you heaven (part 3)
- scarlet pussy
- scarlet pussy (extended)
- feel u up (long stroke)
- if i love u 2 nite
- gett off (damn near 10 minutes)
- gett off (thrust mix)
- gett off (rosie's dub)
- 7 (after 6 long version)
- pink cashmere (remix)
- pope (remix)
- the most beautiful girl in the world (beautiful extended club mix)
- beautiful beats
- the most beautiful girl in the world (brian's mix)
- face down (a capella)
- face down (instrumental money mix)
- face down (x-tended rap money mix)
- the greatest romance ever sold (jason nevin's romance beats)
Thursday, April 21, 2011
- 2 many dj's: radio soulwax pt.12
(????, cd, ??, waxehead recordings)
More Zappa-related goodies.
Here's the data and the cover of "As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt.12" by top remixers 2 Many DJ's (also known as the Dewaele Brothers). Volume 12 of this 50 track disco mash up Radio Soulwax album includes their remix of Frank Zappa's 'Dancin' Fool'.
Here's some samples of what they do.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Part One of 'The Eternal Myth Revealed' will be at the CD pressing plant and
book printer/binder in two weeks -- and I have recently been told that the
album will be about TWENTY CDs (rather than the previously estimated fourteen
A new Sun Ra DVD got announced on Amazon: "Jazz Session".
Might be a Transparency release.
'Master quality French television broadcast from 1972, 31 minutes total. This black and white portrait of the Arkestra is startlingly beautiful, and is possibly the single finest film of the band ever seen. This even surpasses ""Space Is The Place"" in its details of how this tribe conjures the purest magic of costumes, percussion and joyous science fiction truth. Recorded on a momentary stop in France (Jan.8, 1972) on their way back to Oakland after the Autumn/Winter 1971 European and Egypt tours, this flawless video recording has never been seen by even the most hardcore Sun Ra collectors and discographers.'
- eindexamenstudenten lichte muziek van de hogeschool voor de kunsten arnhem: zappa
(1997, cd, nl, hka producties 004)
Hard-to-find, you say? Well, that's putting it mildly.
In 1997, the students of the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Arnhem (Highschool of the Arts from Arnhem, NL) did a couple of concerts as part of a Zappa Project.
Recordings of the Nijmegen (1996/10) and the Arnhem (1996/11) concerts found their way to a promotional CD.
Pretty good stuff and a nice addition to the Others Of Invention section over at the United Mutations Archives. Check the link for line-up & tracklist.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
- yumi hara cawkwell & sato yukie: ride a white rabit
(2010, cdr-promo, ??, kootownrecords kooc-04)
I received this nice a little while ago. Even before the earthquake / tsunami / nuclear disaster in Japan.
On "Ride A White Rabbit" Yumi Hara Cawkwell (on keyboard and vocals) teams up with Sato Yukie (on guitar). The result is an album with seven psycheledic, improvised tracks, with the last track, 'Clinging Bogy' clocking in at almost 19 minutes.
The album title refers to T-Rex' "Ride A White Swan" and Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit". Add to this that the Super-Hakuto express train plays an important role in today's Japan (Hakuto = white rabbit) and that 2011 is the year of the rabbit, and you will understand that this is not a random album title.
Listening to the music on this album, is like entering another world. Improvised, avant-garde music gets combined with Yumi Hara's psychedelic sounding vocals. Intriguing to say the least.
- copernicus: cipher and decipher
(2011, cd, usa, nevermore / moonjune)
Copernicus is back with a new album.
On “Cipher And Decipher” performance poet Copernicus (real name Joseph Smalkoswski) continues to explain his view upon the the universe. In Copernicus’ world, everything we see and hear is fake. It’s all an illusion. The only world only exists on the subatomic level, as everything is made up out of 12 subatomic particles.
Copernicus rants that matter is energy, that the force of gravity can be felt throughout the universe, and that matter can become mind.
Supporting Copernicus in his statements, is a group of improvising musicians. Moving between soundscapes and improvisations around returning patterns, the music that accompanies Copernicus’ poems complements that total package.
I’ve said it before, and I am happy to repeat it:This is art.
I love it.
Out on the MoonJune record label.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Stefano Bollani - - "Sheik Yer Zappa"
- Stefano Bollani: piano, fender rhodes
- Josh Roseman: trombone
- Larry Grenadier: bass
- Jim Black: drums
- Jason Adasiewicz: vibraphone
2011/03/23 - concert Poggibonsi, Italy
- Theme From Lumpy Gravy, Blessed Relief, improvisation (q: Don't Eat The Yellow Snow), Cosmik Debris (q: Bolero), improvisation (incl. Summertime), unknown piece, Bobby Brown, drum solo, Let's Move To Cleveland, audience participation, unknown, Peaches En Regalia, Uncle Meat Variations
- a 92-minute audience recording of this concert got seeded at Zappateers
2011/03/24 - concert 'De Roma', Antwerp, Belgium
- first set
- Theme From Lumpy Gravy, Blessed Relief, improvisation, Cosmik Debris, Eat That Question
- second set
- Bobby Brown, Let's Move To Cleveland, improvisation, Peaches En Regalia > Uncle Meat Variations
- a 99-minute audience recording of this concert got seeded at Zappateers
Another very fine audience recording has been put up at the Zappateers site. Setlist & links have been added the United Mutations Archives.
- The Muffin Men feat. Denny Walley - Eurotour in april 2011
- Denny Walley - slide guitar, vocals
- Roddie Gilliard (roddie) - bass, vocals
- Paul Ryan (rhino) - drums, vocals
- Ian Jump (jumpy) - lead guitar, vocals
- Phil Hearn - keyboards, vocals
2011/04/16 concert 'Schuhfabrik', Ahlen, Germany
- first set
- Zoot Allures, Don't Eat The Yellow Snow, Black Napkins, San Ber'dino, Crew Slut, Preamble to Cold Winter Gale, Cold Winter Gale (The Muffin Men, dedicated to Jimmy Carl Black), Dead Girls Of London, City Of Tiny Lights, Jones Crusher, Preamble to Denny and Beefheart, Suction Prints (Captain Beefheart)
- second set
- My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama, Peaches En Regalia, Preamble to Pygmy Twylyte, Pygmy Twylyte, Tryin' To Grow A Chin, Band Introduction, Suicide Chump, Whipping Post (Allman Brothers), Wonderful Wino, Denny Walley speaks, Camarillo Brillo, Muffin Man, Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance
- Eat That Question, In France, Magic Fingers
a 140-minute audience recording of this concert got seeded at Zappateers
Sunday, April 17, 2011
The Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen will be celebrating Marshall's 87th Arrival Day (87th birthday to those of us who are earthbound) as it continues its 55th Anniversary 2011 World Tour with a performance manifestation at Sullivan Hall on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 7:30pm. Sullivan Hall is located at 214 Sullivan St. between Bleecker & West 3rd Streets in the Greenwich Village section of NYC. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the show. More information about Sullivan Hall can be found at:
The Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen is also pleased to announce that it will be making its first ever landing in Australia on Sunday, June 5, 2011 when it is featured at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival in a concert at The Forum with 2 sets starting at 8:30 pm. For further information about the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, please visit:
The Arkestra will also be traveling the spaceways when it appears at the Field Day 2011 Festival in Victoria Park, London, England on August 6, 2011. More information about this event can be found at:
- Amilcar Rodrigues, trompete
- Leonardo Muniz Corrêa, sax tenor
- Maurício Caetano, bateria
- Henrique Alves, baixo
- Marcelo Castilho, teclado
- Yvo Ursini, guitarra
- Let's Make the Water Turn Black
- Black Napkins
- King Kong
- Little Umbrellas
- Son of Mr. Green Genes
- It Must Be a Camel
- Pound for a Brown
- Oh No
- Peaches en Regalia
- The Black Page #1
- Let's Make the Water Turn Black
- HEMATIC SUNSETS – Parade mit Grooms
- THE STRANGLERS – Let me introduce you to the family
- POSSESSED FACTORY – Giant on a bicycle
- FRANK CHICKENS – We are Ninja
- THORAX-WACH – Das kleine Volk
- WILHELMINA KUTTJE – De rimbim
- HYBRID KIDS – Enlightment
- AA – The shot
- THE YUSEF LATEEF QUINTET – Night in Tunesia
- WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS – Twilights last gleamings
- GEORGE TOOT SMITS – Isomopolis ICC (Excerpt)
- PASCAL PLANTINGA – You make me feel like a teenager again
- PHLITMAN & KANG – Velvet coma hotel
- THE BEATLES – I want you (she’s so heavy)
- SPOEDBULT – Sobelia
- NEU – Lieber Hönig
- ant-bee: electronic church muzik
(2011, cd, usa, barking moondog records bmr1)
Okay, boys and girls. It looks like a sunny Sunday afternoon (central yuripean time) from where I'm typing this, so there's no reason to withhold this gem any longer.
After years of hard work, the Ant-Bee has finally released "Electronic Church Music". "ECM" is a contemporary mix of psychelic, progressive and Mother-esque music. The album features an unbelievable list of guest musicians (stay with me !!): former Mothers Don Preston, Jimmy Carl Black, Motorhead Sherwood, Bunk and Buzz Gardner and Napoleon Murphy Brock; Soft Machine and Gong's Gilli Smyth and Daevid Allen; Alice Cooper Group's Michael Bruce; Yes guitar player Peter Banks; former Magic Band members Zoot Horn Rollo and Rockette Morton; italian writer and musician Alessandro Pizzin; Focus guitar player and icon Jan Akkerman; German progressive rock multi instrumentalist Peter Frohmader; the late Bruce Cameron and also Moogy Klingman from Todd Rundgren's band.
The music, my friends, is as breathtaking as the above list suggests. A lot of the songs were composed by the participating musicians. Other tunes make the mysterious puzzle even more complete. Napoleon Murphy Brock, for instance, sings Todd Rundgren's 'Don't You Ever Learn?'. Add to all this some church organs, psalms, whispering voices and monk choirs and you know what to expect.
As the album title and the cover art suggest, the Ant-Bee offers us a the bible / songbook of the Electronic Church. Praise the Ant-Bee. I love it.
The album is available from Barking Moondog Records. Don't hesitate!
- Steve Billman - 4 String fretted and fretless basses, 6 string fretted bass
- Paul Carman - soprano, alto, tenor saxophones
- Christopher Garcia - drumset, talba, olla, Paiste cymbals, electronic percussion
- Craig Ochikubo - keyboard synthesizers
More recently, the quartet's line-up looked like this:
- Christopher Garcia - drumset, tabla, kanjira, olla, Paiste Cymbals, percussion
- Alfred Garcia - electric fretted and fretless bass guitar
- Craig Ochikubo - keyboard synthesizers, piano
- Damon Zick - soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, & tenor saxophone
The band has released three albums. "You Tell Me" (1991), "Continuum" (1995) and "Passages" (2000). The latter two include pieces by John Bergamo, and "Passages" featured Paul Carman (who performed saxophone in Zappa's 1988 band).
Christopher Garcia, as you should now, is part of the Grande Mothers Re:Invented, and is the man behind the Quarteto Nuevo.
- Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 Santa Rosa Downtown Market 5:00 PM-8:30 PM
- Friday, June 17th, 2011 A'roma Roasters, Railroad Square, Santa Rosa 8:30 PM
- Jasmine's Birthday/Housewarming (Private Party) Date Pending
- ...Opening for Three Day Stubble, San Francisco, CA--Date TBA
- bryan beller: wednesday night live
(2011, cd, usa, onion boy records obr-6913004)
Bryan Beller's "Wednesday Night Live" arrived at the U.M.Headquarters about two weeks ago. After "View" in 2003, and "Thanks In Advance" in 2008, "Wednesday Night Live" is Bryan Beller's third solo release.
Besides the two 'bonus tracks', the majority of this album got recorded live in concert at the 'Baked Potato' in L.A. in 2010. At that time, the Bryan Beller Band consisted of Rick Musallam (guitar), Joe Travers (drums), Mike Keneally (keyboard and occasional impossible guitar), Bryan Beller (bass) and Griff Peters (guitar).
The result is fabulous. The band is in top shape and the songs that made it to this album are among my favourite BB compositions. "Wednesday Night Live" combines excellent musicianship and improvisational talents with superb, melodic compositions.
Highly Recommended !!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
I added data and pictures of this album (and the singles) to the United Mutations Archives. Mauro was part of the Evil Superstars. In more recent years, he's been playing guitar in dEUS.
So here's my tip to the songs from a bad hat.
Well, here they are:
Here's the Amadeo record label edition And here's the MCA record label edition.
- todd grubbs: return of the worm
(2011, cd, usa, ls1110365)
Guitar virtuoso Todd Grubbs has a new album out! It's called "Return Of The Worm" and it rocks.
You might have heard of Todd Grubbs as he has contributed to the two Zappa tribute albums that Andrew Greenaway put together for Cordelia Records. For "20 Extraordinary Renditions", Todd Grubbs (and Bo Smith) contributed his version of Zappa's 'The Idiot Bastard Son', and for "21 Burnt Weeny Sandwiches" the Todd Brubbs Group (and Ant-Bee) recorded 'Themes From Burnt Weeny Sandwich'.
In the same vain, "Return Of The Worm" does not make concessions. This is a great album. It's funny, it has some great rock tunes and includes a couple of zappa-esque surprises as well. Todd adds:
“My new CD is a little different than my previous few releases,” explains Todd, “although it really may be more of a progression in being truer to myself. I really have gotten to the point where I am creating my music without any consideration of what others might think, or what I think others might think. Don't get me wrong, this is still a crazy guitar CD with tons of varied guitars flying around, but I had a lot of fun with the addition of 'field recordings'; a group of interesting recordings that I have made over the years and then I have built compositions around them or interjected them into preexisting songs. That was definitely the best time I have ever had making a CD and I am excited about continuing in this direction.”
Icing on the cake are contributions by Mike Keneally and Jerry Outlaw!! Love it.
Recommended listening !
Saturday, June 4, 2011, the MJO is scheduled to perform at Appeltuinjazz in Leuven with "Muze Jazz Orchestra plays Frank Zappa".
MJO is a 9-piece band. The Zappa pieces got arranged by Lieven Cambré. The band will be performing some material by Lieven Cambré as well.
The setlist should include: Peaches En Regalia (F. Zappa), Cletus Alwreetus-Alwrightus (Zappa), Po-Jama People (Zappa), Sofa (Zappa) As I think you are (Cambré), Lady Bird (arr. Cambré)
Muze Jazz Orchestra
- Lieven Cambré - altsax
- Daniel Vanderhoydonks - trumpet
- Koen Nys - tenorsax
- Igor Maseroli - bariton sax
- Tim Daemen: trombone
- Marco Cirone: gitaar en vocals
- David Hermans: piano
- Tom Van Acker: bass
- David La Mela: drums
2011/06/04 Muze Jazz Orchestra - concert "AppeltuinJazzFestival", 'De Appeltuin', Leuven, Belgium
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
We here at WUSB-FM will once again be hosting a celebration of Frank Zappa, something we've been doing for two decades in some shape or form.
This one will start at Noon(EDT) on Sunday, April 17 and will continue until at least midnight of the same day. Twelve hours worth and, as you and I know, we'll only scratch the surface. While we broadcast over the FM dial from Stony Brook University we also webcast worldwide and have received calls and e-mails from all over the globe during these soirees.
Zappathon on Sunday, April 17
WUSB-FM (Stony Brook, NY)
Webcast at http://wusb.fm
12 noon-12 midnight (EDT)
Hosted by John Tabacco, Mr. Edison, Kevin Kovarik & Nigey Lennon.
- razl: microscopic
(2011, cd, spain, martian sheep records ms-02)
Congratulations are in place as guitar player and composer Razl has just released his new album. Razl, real name Raúl Hulves, was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1973. "Microscopic" is his second solo album. His first one, "Rotonova", got released in 2008 and featured guest appearances by Mike Keneally and Bryan Beller.
On "Microscopic", Razl presents 9 instrumental tracks, performed by the Razl / Bryan Beller (bass) / Pepe Acebal (drums) trio.
This is playful rock - music with a lot of jazz influences. Call it fusion if you will. Very nice. Very nice indeed.
After listening to "Microscopic", it didn't surprise me when I read that Razl mentions Zappa & The Mothers, Gentle Giant and King Crimson as important influences. Add a dose of joyfulness, concentrate it to a trio, and you get "Microscopic".
I'm glad that I got to hear this. An excellent discovery. Great music for happy people.
* Frank Zappa: Come On Punky! Get funky
(2011, 2cd-bootleg, ??, the godfatherrecords gr 627/628)
= Live at Leroy theaters, Pawtucket, RI - October 23, 1977 – early show
* Frank Zappa: Brest 1979
(2011, 2cd-bootleg, ??, ??)
= longbox digipack
* Frank Zappa: Hammersmith Odeon
(2011, 4lp-box, ??, ??)
on black, yellow, white and red vinyl. includes poster
- michael kieran harvey: 48 fugues for frank
(2010, cd, australia, move records)
Michael Kieran Harvey recorded Frank Zappa's 'Ruth Is Sleeping' on his "Storm Sight" album, released in 2001.
Last year, he composed "48 Fugues For Frank" as a hommage to the life and work of Frank Zappa. It was premiered during the "Mona Foma Festival of Music and Art 2010" (curated by Brian Ritchie) at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, The Bond Store in Hobart on 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 January 2010.
March 2010, the pieces got recorded at the Move Records studio. They got released on CD later the same year.
This is not the easiest album to find. It took me quite some time to track it down after I had read Andrew's (Idiot Bastard) review. To be honest, I do like the album, but I wouldn't be able to tell where to find the Zappa influences...
- bryan beller: view
(2003, cd, usa, onion boy records obr-6913001)
Today, adding data and pictures of albums that are worth your attention, brings me to Bryan Beller's debut album.
Released in 2003, "View" still sounds as good as the first time that I heard it. At the time, I had received a CDR-copy from a friend who thought that I needed to hear it. Needless to say that I replaced the CDR-copy with the real album in the meantime.
There are some fine compositions on this disc, and the album features a bunch of excellent musicians as well, including Mike Keneally and Joe Travers.
Quirky rock / progressive rock fans will like this.
This should be good.
http://www.mi-negocio.net/elnegocito/ - In concert in 'El Negocito' in Ghent, Belgium, at around 22.00 h.
We had so much fun webcasting from the studio a couple of weeks ago, we would like to do it again. Sorry for the short notice, but this Thursday April 14 at 12 noon Pacific time, The Mike Keneally Show - In The Studio at Chatfield Manor will be on the air.
On this episode I believe I would like to continue work on the same two songs I was working on in the last webcast, "Raining Here Inside" and "Pitch Pipe." I thought those of you who checked out the last show might like to continue to look in on those particular songs' development. Oh if you didn't know you should, that all our Ustream webcasts are archived at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mike-keneally.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
- napoleon murphy brock: this is what frank zappa heard
(2011, cd, usa, private release)
Everybody knows, or should know, that Frank Zappa discovered one of his top musicians at a concert in Hawaii. In 1973, Napoleon Murphy Brock was performing with Communication Plus at the 'Red Noodle' club in Hawaii. Zappa spotted him, was impressed, and asked him to join The Mothers.
Napoleon did join, and together with George Duke, Ruth Underwood, Chester Thompson, Tom and Bruce Fowler, Zappa made some of his finest albums.
40 years later, Napoleon is giving us a glimpse of what Communication Plus was all about. We get to hear what Zappa was so impressed about. Sure, we all know about NMB's musicianship and his stage presence, but listening to this album does have a couple of nice surprises.
This is funk. Pure funk. Party music. Not the best audio quality, but that's OK. This is a historical document.
Available through Napoleon's website.
To celebrate this, the band will be performing at the 'Baked Potato' in North Hollywood on Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4, 2011.
Here's where we could use your help-- it's entirely possible that the MKB/BBB show could expand into a short tour up the west coast after the two Potato concerts, through San Francisco, Sacramento, Portland, Seattle, and any locale on on the way. We're working on some ideas now, but time is short, so any suggestions or connections you have along this proposed route might come in handy right about now. If you have a usable lead about cool west coast places to play in early June, please email us at "mkb at keneally dot com". Operator is standing by!
Friday, April 8, 2011
- 2010/12/06 radio show "Radio 6 Live", radio 6, NL
Interview & music, incl. parts of the 2010/10 Groningen concerts (part one of three)
- 2010/12/13 radio show "Radio 6 Live", radio 6, NL
incl. parts of the 2010/10 Groningen concerts (part two of three)
- 2011/03/28 radio show "Radio 6 Live - Jazz, Blues and Beyond", radio 6, NL
incl. parts of the 2010/10 Groningen concerts (part three of three)
Adrian Belew's recent gigs in The Netherlands could be followed on Dutch radio 6. Here's the summary.
- 2011/02/24 radio show "VPRO Jazz Live", radio 6, NL
announing the Dutch concerts
- 2011/02/27 concert 'Paradiso', Amsterdam, NL
performing 'e' (a.belew) broadcast on radio 6 on 2011/03/24
- 2011/03/03 radio show "VPRO Jazz Live", radio 6, NL
incl. the 2010/10/27 'P60' Amstelveen concert
- 2011/03/06 tv show "Vrije Geluiden", dutch tv, NL
interview & music
- 2011/03/06 concert 'Paradox', Tilburg, NL
broadcast on radio 6 on 2011/03/31
- 2011/03/10 radio show "VPRO Jazz Live", radio 6, NL
interview (part 1)
- 2011/03/11 radio show "VPRO Jazz Live", radio 6, NL
interview (part 2)
- 2011/03/11 webcast "VPRO Jazz Live", radio 6, NL
interview (part 3) - webcast only
- 2011/03/24 radio show "VPRO Jazz Live", radio 6, NL
incl. the 2011/02/27 'Paradiso' Amsterdam concert
- 2011/03/31 radio show "VPRO Jazz Live", radio 6, NL
incl. the 2011/03/06 'Paradox' Tilburg concert
Walt Fowler is featured on Mitchel Forman's "Mr.Clean - Live At The Baked Potato" album.
Originally released in 2002 on Skip, and recently re-released on the Marsis Jazz label.
Here's a link if you want to find out what it sounds like. http://fusionjazzandsomethingelse.blogspot.com/2011/04/mitchel-forman-quintet-mr-clean-live-at.html
-- info: Jan van Kemenade
Yesterday, The Muffin Men, featuring Denny Walley, started their little Eurotour in Verviers, Belgium. I couldn't make it yesterday, but I sure hope that you caught them, or that you will be able to catch them, on one of their next dates! Tell them I said 'hi'.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
- scott robinson, marshall allen, kevin norton & pat o'leary: live at space farms
(2010, 2cd, usa, sciensonic laboratories)
- BEDTIME FOR BONZO – The good bombardment
- SANDOZ – King dread
- STEREO TOTAL – Supercool
- TEDDY LASRY – Tarzoon’s march
- HALF JAPANESE – Don’t go to bed
- THE GO! TEAM – Titanic vandalism
- IAN DURY – Spasticus autisticus
- THE AFGHAN WHIGS – Debonair
- THE FIERY FURNACES – Leaky tunnel
- HOWLIN’ WOLF – Moaning at midnight
- IGNATZ – Silver moon.... Shine sun! Sun! Sun!
- BEAK > - Granby hill
- THE VEGETABLE ORCHESTRA – Greenhouse
- DREADZONE – Far encounter
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
- don preston's akashic ensemble: tetragrammaton
(2003, cdr, usa, brain records br014)
After the Grande Mothers concert in Weert, NL, I was able to find another excellent Brain Records release. Brain Records is Don Preston's private label. On this label, he has released music by various projects: solo, the Don & Bunk Show, the Grandmothers, and, yes, also the Akashic Ensemble.Besides Don, the Akashic Ensemble featured Andre Cholmondeley (from Project/Object fame) on guitar, and the late Cheri Josne on percussion. This is the real stuff. It's funny, it has some great music (with some excellent improvisations), and there's some Zappa tunes on it as well. My guess is that this release dates from 2004 (the label says Brain Records BR014), but I could, of course, be wrong. I you're able to find it, don't hesitate!
- quarteto nuevo: quarteto nuevo
(2010, cd, usa, private release)
- Christopher Garcia: percussion
- Jacob Szekely: cellos
- Kenton Youngstrom: acoustic guitar
- Damon Zick: soprano sax, alto flute
added info: the album contains 10 pieces, 5 of them are cover tunes. Actually there
are 2 Ponty coverversions: "Don't let the world pass you by" and "Mirage". And there's also a coverversion of Al Di Meola's "Egyptian Danza".
--info (& added info): Harald Haering
Monday, April 4, 2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Essra Mohawk - the first! - the only one! - the real Uncle Meat!
Singer/songwriter Essra Mohawk (b. Sandra Elayne Hurvitz, Philadelphia, PA) is a performing songwriter and recording artist whose career encompasses a who's who of popular music. In addition to releasing several critically acclaimed solo albums, she has collaborated with Al Jarreau, Bonnie Bramlett, Al Stewart, Narada Michael Walden, and Keb' Mo'; provided background vocals for John Mellencamp, Jerry Garcia, and Kool & the Gang; and written songs for Cyndi Lauper and Tina Turner.
Liberty Records released her first single, "The Boy with the Way" under the name Jamie Carter when she was 16. She later declined several offers of staff writerships, although the Shangri-Las and Vanilla Fudge began recording her material.
In 1967, Mohawk met Frank Zappa, who, after hearing her sing and play for the first time, immediately asked her to join the Mothers of Invention! He later gave her the name Uncle Meat, a moniker she assumed reluctantly. During this period she opened to Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Grateful Dead, Procol Harum and many other notable 60's artists. Essra was the first artist signed to Zappa's Bizarre label (a Verve subsidiary). Her first album, Sandy's Album Is Here at Last!, appeared soon after and remains the only album released under her birth name. It was during this period that a friend began calling her "Essie," a nickname that quickly morphed into "Essra." In 1969 she married Frazier Mohawk, the producer of her second album, who had worked on Nico's Marble Index. Their working relationship spawned Primordial Lovers, hailed in Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 25 best albums ever made . It missed out on receiving wider publicity at the time of its release, but gradually developed a strong following over the ensuing decades.
Further interest in Mohawk's music was prompted in the mid-'70s by her appearance on Schoolhouse Rock, the popular educational and musical cartoon TV series. Her vocals were featured on "Interjections," "Sufferin' Till Suffrage," and "Mother Necessity." In 1974, Mohawk moved to the Elektra/Asylum label, where she released Essra Mohawk. The album should, by rights, have consolidated her position in the first league of singer/songwriters, but was insufficiently publicized and distributed, despite its positive reviews. Two years later, the same fate greeted her fourth album, Essra, which appeared on Private Stock.
Meanwhile, Mohawk's reputation in musical circles was such that from 1980 to 1982 she performed as a background vocalist with the Jerry Garcia Band after narrowly missing out on joining Jefferson Starship following Grace Slick's departure in 1978.
After recording two solo albums Burnin' Shinin' and E-Turn on indy labels in the 80's, Mohawk enjoyed a huge hit as the songwriter of Cyndi Lauper's Billboard number three hit "Change of Heart," from Lauper's double platinum-selling True Colors album. Later in that decade Tina Turner recorded "Stronger Than the Wind," again penned by Mohawk. In '92 one of her songs found its way onto a major country album, Something in Red by Lorrie Morgan. The album went double platinum.
After moving to Nashville, Mohawk recorded the albums Raindance and Essie Mae Hawk Meets the Killer Groove Band and then -- starting in 2000 -- her earlier material began appearing on CD. Primordial Lovers was reissued by Rhino Handmade in a luxury package including non-LP singles and the entire follow-up album that had originally appeared on Asylum. Within a few years, additional albums -- including 1976's Essra -- were released as Japanese mini-LP CDs, and E-Turn also appeared on CD. In a phase of prolific creativity, albums including You're Not Alone and Love Is Still the Answer, as well as a career roundup of rarities, Revelations of the Secret Diva, were released. Maintaining her presence in television, Essra also contributed songs to the soundtracks of CBS series Joan of Arcadia and All My Children. Mohawk remains an active live attraction and recording artist.
Essra's first three albums were released on CD last year on Collectors Choice, much to the delight of music journalists and fans everywhere.
We are very pleased to welcome Essra Mohawk at Zappanale #22.
Essra Mohawk website: http://www.essramohawk.com
- beardfish: mammoth
(2011, cd, ger, insideout 0505438)
Swedish band Beardfish has just released their 6th album. It's called "Mammoth", which suits it fine, because it's a monster!! This is a must-listen-to for progressive rock fans. As an excellent bonus, "Mammoth" comes with a DVD that includes "The Making Of", a home-movie about recording "Mammoth" and with a lot of footage of the band's Zappanale concert !!! plus the October 2010 concert that Beardfish did at 'De Boerderij' in Holland.
Movie edited by Karel Verhoeven.
Zita Swoon (or Zita Swoon Group as they're called nowadays) have a new album scheduled for release later this month. It's entitled "Dancing With The Sound Hobbyist". Too bad that the closest independent record story is over 40 kilometers away from where I live...
Friday, April 1, 2011
- marbin: breaking the cycle (2011, cd, usa, moonjune records mjr038)
Jazz-rock band Marbin started out as a duo when Israeli saxophonist Danny Markovitch and Israeli-American guitarist Dani Rabin teamed up in 2007 (MARkovitch + raBIN = MARBIN).
In 2008 they relocated to Chicago and released their eponymous debut album. Shortly thereafter they took part in the recording of Paul Wertico's "Impressions Of A City" album, a release that got a lot of media attention. And now there's "Breaking The Cycle", the second Marbin CD.
"Breaking The Cycle" is an excellent album. The combination of impressive musicianship and beautiful, melodic compositions is stunning: great melodies and great improvisations. It's like they have never done anything else. I love it.
On this latest release, Marbin has transformed into a quartet with Steve Rodby on bass, and with Paul Wertico on drums. Especially Paul Wertico's contribution is remarkable. His drumming takes you from the jungle to Tom Waits' shed, and back.
Check out the band's MySpace site for samples. http://www.myspace.com/marbinmusic
Another excellent MoonJune Records release! www.moonjune.com
- king crimson: happy with what you have to be happy with
(2003, cdep, uk, sanctuary recordings )
- king crimson: the power to believe
(2003, cd, ??, sanctuary records)
Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Trey Gunn and Pat Mastelotto.
and click on "Luister" to enjoy
- PINK FLOYD – Pow R. Toc H.
- AMOS & SARA – Horrible echo in space
- MIKE PATTON – Deep down
- UP, BUSTLE & OUT – An unmarked grave in memory of Butch Cassidy and the sundance kid
- THE ELECTRONIC SYSTEM – Coconut
- THE RESIDENTS – The electrocutioner
- PIXELTAN – Beats prepare for torture
- ROGER DOYLE – Senanbru Vendanswi
- SILUETES 61 – Sex
- THE (HYPOTHETICAL) PROPHETS – Wallenberg
- GENTLE PEOPLE – Journey (Aphex twin care mix)
- TAPE CUTS TAPE – Petrol blue
- TED MILTON, ANDREAS GERTH & PADDY STEER – Where you end
- MASSIVE ATTACK – Be thankful for what you’ve got
- DOGFACED HERMANS – Astronaut
- FEIST – Tout doucement
- RICHARD JOBSON – The happiness of lonely