Monday, December 17, 2018

MARKUS REUTER


Markus Reuter's "Winter Solstice" EP is available as a free download from iapetus records.

Bizarre soundscape versions of traditional songs usually associated with this time of year, at least here in Germany. In addition to the meditative soundscapes I've overdubbed the original melodies. Enjoy this parallel universe... It's strangely hypnotizing. Only available from December 17th to December 31st.




Sunday, December 16, 2018

THE GARDENING CLUB


Prog Ensemble The Gardening Club Release Eagerly Anticipated New Album “The Riddle”

London - Due to the tremendous response UK prog ensemble The Gardening Club received for the reissue of their 1983 self-titled album last year, the band has released a brand new album! The new Gardening Club album, “The Riddle” was recorded at producer/guitarist Norm Macpherson's Garry Oak Studios in Metchosin British Columbia. This location surrounded by forest and close to the Pacific Ocean, was ideal for writing and recording the new record.


Here's a sample :



JACO PASTORIUS TRIBUTE BY SEAN DRABITT QUARTET


'Cannonball' written by Joe Zaniwul,
Sean Drabitt on the electric bass



STEPHAN THELEN


Guitarist and composer Stephan Thelen releases his debut album for Moonjune Records worldwide on January 18, 2019. It's an instrumental, post-progressive album co-produced by Markus Reuter (Stick Men), featuring guest appearances of many leading electric guitarists including David Torn, Markus Reuter, Henry Kaiser, Jon Durant, Bill Walker, Barry Cleveland and Matt Tate, as well as drummers/percussionists Benno Kaiser, Manuel Pasquinelli and Andi Pupato.




Saturday, December 15, 2018

DON PRESTON


Don Preston did the soundtrack for "Android", the 1982 movie.
Here's the end credits, with music !!



JOHN TROPEA


Session musician John Tropea's discography features quite a number of people who have worked with Frank Zappa.
Lou Marini, Ronnie Cuber, the Brecker Brothers, Don Grolnick and Lou Del Gatto (these latter two were part of the SNL band that performed with FZ)

More info on John Tropea is to be found here : http://ketmokin10audio2.blogspot.com/

Here's a live snippet with Lou Marini on the saxophone.


-- info: Jan van Kemenade


CONDOR GRUPPE - FROG BOG - A TRIBUTE TO MOONDOG

"Frog Bog - A Tribute To Moondog" is the second release by Belgian band Condor Gruppe. It's from a few years ago. As one could expect, the band recorded a number of compositions by Moondog, the New York street musicians that used to dress up as a viking and who passed away in Germany in 1999.

It's the perfect way to start the day off right.
Check out 'Bird's Lament' !!

'Instrumental music, influenced by soundtracks (spaghetti westerns), Krautrock and surf music'.




Thursday, December 13, 2018

STICKMEN BEAT THE BOOTS


This is an unauthorized audience recording that has been shared on the internet. We are now making recordings like this officially available for purposes of archiving, (our own) historical research, and for your enjoyment as a fan and collector. Each show is offered for a rather low price and the proceeds from these downloads will get split evenly between Tony, Markus, Pat, and Robert, the four people who worked as a team to make this music come alive.




Wednesday, December 12, 2018

FESTIVAL MOO-AH


Festival MOO-AH
A biennial festival of LIVE Frank Zappa music and much, much MOO-AH!

In Corby, UK.

http://www.festivalmoo-ah.com/




DWEEZIL ZAPPA TALKS GUITAR LICKS


Learn three Frank Zappa-style guitar licks, as demonstrated by Dweezil Zappa himself! Dweezil Zappa takes a few minutes to break down some awesome guitar licks that were played by Frank Zappa. Get your guitar out to play along with Dweezil Zappa, and add a few guitar licks that were strummed by Frank Zappa to your arsenal.



GEORGE DUKE





Saturday, December 8, 2018

STEPPE-SCAPE


Steppe-Scape (Stars of Eurasia) is a unique collaboration between most interesting and widely known in the West artists from Central Asia and Siberia, such as Namgar (Namgar Project, Buryat Republic), Radik Tyulyush (Huun Huur Tu, Chalama, Republic of Tuva), Angela Manukyan (Volga, Moscow), and guitarist, composer, and electronica artist Markus Reuter (Crimson ProjeCKt, Stick Men, centrozoon, Namgar Project), one of the most talented European artists today. The band’s sound benefits enormously from a soloist Robert Yuldashev (Bashkiria), a renowned master of the traditional flute, kurai; drummer-extraordinaire Merlin Ettore (Canada) and bassist and chanza player Eugene Zolotarev form the hypnotic rhythm section.

The musicians of Steppe-Scape summon shamanic energies of their ancestors, opening infinite spaces of steppes, dense forests, and mountains reaching out to the sky. The music of Steppe-Scape is a ritual that enchants its listeners and transports them to the far-away ancient horizons where forces of Cosmos and spirits of Nature meet. Steppe-Scape (Stars of Eurasia) is a vibrant meeting of the millennia-old traditions of the Great Steppe with the cutting-edge music of tomorrow.



DE SCHULDJONGENS IN CONCERT

Just after mentioning De Schuldjongens (and De Sufgerukte Wallies) on this blog, I got a message that De Schuldjongens will be performing in Hasselt next weekend.

At the KABAAL festival.



COLLECTIVE CONSCIENCE - PRAYER

Sander Notenbaert (synths), Wannes Notenbaert (bass) and Bram Vanhove (drums).
The brothers are living in Amsterdam for the moment, but they consider Antwerp as their home base.

Prayer presents 4 tracks. Electronic jazz
If you'd ask them, they'd probably say "Epic Jazz, Hip Hop, Electronic and Beyond. Spaced-out-alternative-experimental-groove-music performed by three young musicians.".

This gets me in the right mood.



CONDOR GRUPPE - 4 TRACK DEMO

Condor Gruppe released a 4 track demo cassette tape in 2013. Two of the tracks found their way to their first album, "Latituds Del Cavall" that got released in 2014.
The two unreleased tracks can be downloaded for free on Bandcamp.

Give it a listen !


DE SCHULDJONGENS


De Schuldjongens were one of the top acts of the latest Mosae Zappa festival.
Frontman LoveCavern (Berend Vonk) and guitar player Safari Safari (Cesco Visbeek) used to be part De Sufgerukte Wallies, an early nineties punk band.
De Sufgerukte Wallies released one LP, one CD (in a wooden box) and a couple of tapes.
I don't know too much about the tapes, but I added both the LP and the CD to the United Mutations Archives. (and I'm spinning "Paterpiopriester" at the same time).







CONDOR GRUPPE - LATITUDS DEL CAVALL

It did take me a little while, but I finally got hold of the first album by Condor Gruppe.
Instrumental music.
Soundtrack material.
Love it.



Friday, December 7, 2018

FRED HÄNDL


Fred Händl's new album "The Poodle Magic Pig Type" will be presented to the public on

December 14, at 16h30, at 'De Stadhouder'
Stadhouderslaan 9, 2517 HV, Den Haag, NL

December 15, 14h00, at 'Muziekhandel Albersen'
Valeriusstraat 9, 2517 HM Den Haag, NL.

"The Poodle Magic Pig Type" has Fred playing compositions by Frank Zappa.

As one could imagine, Fred will be performing a couple of the tunes of the album, and the album wil be for sale.



A RESIDENTS UPDATE

Next month, Cherry Red Records will be releasing the next two titles in their Residents Preserved Series : "Eskimo" and "The Commercial Album".
Each album will be released as a 2CD set, with lots of bonus material.

Available for pre-order on the Cherry Red website.


ILL CONSIDERED - AN ILL CONSIDERED CHRISTMAS


Electronic jazz band Ill Considered made a Christmas album.



WE ARE OPEN (WITH COLLECTIVE CONSCIENSCE)



at 'Trix' in Antwerp, BE, on February 8 and 9, 2019.

11th edition of We Are Open, our two day showcase festival with the best Belgian bands of the moment on four stages.

https://www.trixonline.be/en/program/we-are-open-2019/2210/

With Collective Conscience !!




SEAN KUTI


Seun Kuti and his Egypt 80 band have been nominated for a Grammy for their album 'Black Times'. Released during Spring 2018, the album cemented Seun’s status as the modern day torch-bearer for Afrobeat, exploring themes around black identity, political corruption and the need for a new generation of revolutionaries. The title track featured a guest appearance by guitar legend Carlos Santana.




THE RNCM WIND ENSEMBLE PERFORMED ZAPPA IN MANCHESTER


The RNCM Wind Ensemble teamed up with a rock band to perform the music of Frank Zappa.
An audience recording is available over at Zappateers !

Not just Zappa, also some Nancarrow and Varèse !!

RNCM
2018.11.30  "Frank Zappa: Take Your Clothes off When you Dance (*Optional)"
at MMU Union, Manchester, UK

The Band and RNCM Wind Ensemble

01. Make A Jazz Noise Here Medley 1
02. Peaches En Regalia
03. Study No 6
04. Preamble
05. Igor's Boogie
06. Exersise No 4
07. Uncle Meat
08. Filthy Habits
09. Octandre
10. five-Five-FIVE
11. Preamble
12. Run Home Slow Title
13. Take Your Clothes Off
14. Interlude from Mother People
15. Orchestral Duke of Prunes
16. Preamble
17. Alien Orifice
18. Band Introductions
19. Big Swifty
20. T'Mershi Duween
21. Dupree's Paradise
22. Make A Jazz Noise Here Medley 2

The Band
  • Jack March Guitar
  • Tom Chapman Bass
  • Andrew Jones Keyboard
  • Gabriel Alexander Drums
  • Simon Evans Sax
  • Cameron Lockett Trumpet
RNCM Wind Ensemble
  • Michael Ready Flute/Piccolo
  • Adam Bowman Oboe/Cor Anglais
  • Chao Chen Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
  • Leonardo Bizzotto Bassoon
  • Lauren Collings Horn
  • Daniel Tarrant Trumpet
  • George Hardwick Trombone
  • Darren Gallacher Percussion
  • Nigel Smith Double Bass
Conductors
  • Clarke Rundell, Andrew Casey, Laurent Zufferey
Arrangements
  • Ian Gardner


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

2000 MOTELS

Yes, Two Thousand Motels.

2000 Motels is a band.
It's a Dutch band that performs the music of Frank Zappa.

They performed at Mosae Zappa recently and are doing some more concerts...

Dec 14, 2018 Zaal 100, Amsterdam, NL
Jan 13, 2019 Patronaat, Haarlem, NL
Jan 27, 2019 Miles, Amersfoort, NL
Mar 16, 2019 De Peppel, Zeist, NL
Mar 23, 2019 Brigant, Arnhem, NL
Apr 05, 2019 The Box, Katwijk, NL
Apr 26, 2019 Stichting Utopodium, Lelystad, NL


"ODE TO FRANK ZAPPA" IN ENKHUIZEN NL


Sunday, December 9, 2018, at 15h00,
at music centre De Drommedaris in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands

"Ode To Frank Zappa"
a musical project by Hans Malagride, John van der Schaaf and Steffen Snip.

http://www.drom.nl/drommedaris/evenement/ode-to-frank-zappa/


Sunday, December 2, 2018

LITTLE BOB BLUES BASTARDS - HOWLIN'

Another fine version of Captain Beefheart's 'Zig Zag Wanderer' can be found on this recent album by the Little Bob Blues Bastards.
With a mean harmonica...

Here's the band live, performing 'We Are The Blues Bastards' and 'Zig ZagWanderer'.


ILL CONSIDERED

Another fine moment during the Vrije Geluiden tv-show as Ill Considered took the stage to perform two improvised pieces...

Wowie Zowie !! This is great.


Nice little interview by Giovanca where at the end she asks the name of the next piece that the band is going to perform...


'Sunday Morning'


And there's more...
https://illconsidered.bandcamp.com/


LOS CORONADOS - VOIX BLANCHES ET IDEES NOIRES

Adding data to the United Mutations Archives.
French rock band Les Coronados recorded Don Van Vliet / Captain Beefheart's 'Zig Zag Wanderer' and released it on the B-side of their "Voix Blanches Et Idées Noires" EP in 1983.


HIT IT ZUBIN !


Performance by Anoushka Shankar (sitar) and the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Zubin Mehta.




OCTOBER EQUUS

October Equus is preparing a new album.
Here's one of the tracks :



DEEP IN THE DEEP - AU FOND DANS LA MER...

Somewhere during the early ninetees, bass clarinet player and composer Antoine Prawerman assembled a group of musicians to perform his compositions. This resulted in an ensemble that featured some of the best Belgian jazz musicians with Pierre Van Dormael on the guitar, Bo Van Der Werf on baritone sax, Kris Defoort on piano, Otti Van Der Werf on electric bass, Stéphane Galland on the drums, and Antoine Prawerman on the bass clarinet.

The ensemble released a second album, "Snake Ear", in 2000. Both albums are rather rare so you shouldn't hesitate when you come across them.