Sunday, May 19, 2019

TSUNEO IMAHORI


Guitar player and composer Tsuneo Imahori was the man behind Tipographica, releasing four albums between 1993 and 1997.
Recently, a couple of Tipographica live recordings turned up on DimeADozen.

Here's the first Tipographic album :


Tsuneo Imahori's latest project is called Unbeltipo :



Saturday, May 18, 2019

GREETINGS FROM VILNIUS


Every once in a while, you get an unexpected surprise.
Here's a picture of the postcard I got from Bert & Nerri.
From Vilnius.

They might not be in to Zappa, but they sure know how to make me smile.
Thank you !


RAY WHITE, ROBERT MARTIN, ED MANN, MIKE KENEALLY, SCOTT THUNES, JOE TRAVERS, AHMET ZAPPA


In others words, The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa.

Here's 'City Of Tiny Lites' from the Amsterdam show.
And 'No.2' and 'Why Does It Hurt'...

I wasn't there, but unicapb21 made some audience recordings.
Goosebumps (again)...




MARSHALL ALLEN - RODRIGO BRANDAO


Marshall Allen will team up with urban poet Rodrigo Brandao at the Moers Jazz Festival on June 7.
at 18h30

https://www.moers-festival.de/en/program/program-overview-2019/friday-june-7th-2019/marshall-allen-rodrigo-brandao-toshimaru-nakamura-guenter-baby-sommer-usbrjpde/

The Sun Ra Arkestra will take the stage later the same day.

https://www.moers-festival.de/programm/programmuebersicht-2019/freitag-7-juni-2019/sun-ra-arkestra-us/


PIERRE VERVLOESEM UPDATE


Let's be clear. Pierre Vervloesem's latest album is amazing.

If you stumbled on this blog by accident, no problem, but if you're here because you're into the same kind of music that I like (Zappa, Beefheart, Residents, Sun Ra,...), you definitely need to check out "Artiste Belge".

And if you order the album through Pierre's Bandcamp page, you also get the bonus tracks with the download !!


Essential listening !!


THE BIZARRE WORLD OF FRANK ZAPPA


What a fun week it was...
We went to see tBWoFZ (the Bizarre World of Frank Zappa) in London (UK) and in Oostende (BE).

I loved it.
Reverse karaoké, that's what it was. Musicians playing live to accompany a pre-recorded vocal part or guitar solo by the late Frank Zappa.
Mixing classic sing-alongs with (my favourite) more complex and instrumental compositions.
Top musicians with completely over-the-top projected animation and graphics, including some gigantic Bruce Bickford claymation clips.

Paraphrasing (the amazing !!) Mike Keneally during the Oostende concert : "Frank Zappa's music is a friend for life."

Here's a shot of Hot Dog Frank playing a guitar solo. This had me laughing out loud.



INEZ


Americana desert-pop artist INEZ has just released "Now".
Mysterious and poetic. A fine combination.

Here's two tracks from this new album :






STEVE VAI TALKS IBANEZ


30 years of the Ibanez JEM guitar.



Wednesday, May 15, 2019

TWO DAYS OF ZAPPA AND BEEFHEART IN ANTWERP NEXT OCTOBER


https://desingel.be/nl/programma/muziek/zappa-beefheart-tweedaagse-sinister-sister-plays-zappa-hans-dagelet-rosa

Friday - October 4, 2019, Sinister Sister: "Sinister Sister Plays Zappa"

This is so good. These guys need to put a record out !!

Saturday - October 5, 2019, Hans Dagelet & Rosa : "Beefheart, Treat Pork Musical"

A tribute to Captain Beefheart's "Trout Mask Replica" album by Hans Dagelet and the Rosa Ensemble !!


To give you an idea, here's Sinister Sister performing 'Sinister Footwear' :



TERRY BOZZIO IN CONCERT IN TURNHOUT BE


Saturday, November 2, 2019, at 'De Warande' in Turnhout, BE :

Terry Bozzio solo.
https://www.warande.be/programma/3793/Terry_Bozzio_VS_/

I saw him last year at Tivoli in Utrecht NL.
Excellent concert !


Sunday, May 12, 2019

THE SONS OF TOTO


from Glass Onyon PR

Based in Los Angeles, ZFG consists of Trev Lukather (son of legendary guitarist Steve Lukather and founding member of Toto), bassist Sam Porcaro (son of original bassist for Toto, Mike Porcaro), drummer Josh Devine of One Direction, and stellar vocalist Jules Galli.

The members were close friends in different projects, but decided to get into the studio for fun with a new approach in mind, making music with no rules or boundaries. “Zero F**ks Given” is what they called their first day in the studio, which led to their band name ZFG. After writing and recording together on day one, the chemistry was undeniable, so the decision was made to forge their individual projects into one. By melding anthemic, hook-filled melodies within funk rock guitar riffs and groove rock beats, the band shows their ability to compact a vast array of influence and experience into a signature sound with substance, style, and soul.


And, no surprise, they'll be touring with Toto

ZFG Summer 2019 tour dates:

June 25 - OPERA LESNA - SOPOT, POLAND with TOTO
June 27 - BUDAPEST ARENA - BUDAPEST, HUNGARY with TOTO
June 29 - BOERDERIJ - ZOETERMEER, NETHERLANDS - HEADLINE
June 30 - HEDON - ZWOLLE, NETHERLANDS - HEADLINE
July 02 - TOLLWOOD FESTIVAL - MUNICH, GERMANY with TOTO
July 03 - PIAZZA DEGLI SCACCHI - MAROSTICA, ITALY with TOTO
July 04 - AUDITORIUM CAVEA - ROME, ITALY with TOTO
July 05 - PIAZZA NAPOLEONE - LUCCA, ITALY with TOTO
July 06 - BALADIN OPEN GARDEN - PIOZZO, ITALY
July 10 - MTC - KOLN, GERMANY - HEADLINE
July 11 - NOCHTWACHE - HAMBURG, GERMANY - HEADLINE
July 12 - MUSIK AND FRIEDEN - BERLIN, GERMANY - HEADLINE
July 13 - BLUES GARAGE - ISERNHAGEN, GERMANY - HEADLINE
July 14 - GELSENKIRCHEN AMPHITEATER - GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY with TOTO
July 16 - Z7 SUMMER NIGHTS OPEN AIR - PRATTELN, SWITZERLAND with TOTO
July 17 - BAROCKGARDENT - FUSSEN, GERMANY with TOTO
July 18 - SCHLOSS OPEN AIR - SALEM, GERMANY with TOTO


DEUS REISSUES

Coinciding with the new dEUS tour, "The Ideal Crash", "Pocket Revolution", "Vantage Point", "Keep You Close" and "The Ideal Crash" are getting vinyl reissues.


AHMET ZAPPA TALKS HOLOGRAM IN HUMO


Humo is a Flemish weekly magazine.
The latest issue has a 4 page interview with Ahmet Zappa on the hologram tour.
Nice interview by Serge Simonart.



LE REX - ESCAPE OF THE FIRE ANTS

The latest release by Le Rex is called "Escape Of The Fire Ants". It's the band's fourth album. The first two were released by the Swiss Unit Records label, the latter by Cuneiform.
Le Rex is a brass quintet and consists of Benedikt Reisinger on alto sax, Marc Stucki on tenor sax, Andreas Tschopp on trombone, Marc Unternäher on tuba, plus Rico Baumann on drums.
The ensemble combines a groovy, funky sound with original melodies and quirky rhythms into beautiful instrumental modern jazz.

Original, eclectic compositions (it's no coincidence that the group named themselves after an abandoned cinema complex on the island of Corsica) with a recognizable sound. My cup of tea.

Out on Cuneiform.
http://www.cuneiformrecords.com/bandshtml/LeRex.html

CD available from Mandai.
www.mandai.be

Digital download from Bandcamp.



NEW RELEASE BY PANZERPAPPA


Panzerpappa has a new album out: "Summarisk Suite":



FLAT EARTH SOCIETY UPDATE


*** CONCERTS ***

June 7 Flat Earth Society @ Moers festival (De)
June 13 Flat Earth Society @ NDR, Rolf-Liebermann-Studio, Hamburg (De)
June 14 Flat Earth Society @ NDR, Rolf-Liebermann-Studio, Hamburg (De)
June 21 Flat Earth Society @ Jazz Festival Jette (Be)
August 22 Flat Earth Society @ Festival Les Sentiers de Sart Risbart (Be)
August 25 Too Noisy Fish @ Rallye Jazz04 - Liège (Be)


Saturday, May 11, 2019

NEW ARISTOCRATS ALBUM TO BE RELEASED IN JUNE


a message from The Aristocrats :

Dear Aristocrats Fans

Our fourth studio album, “You Know What…?” is complete! This might just be our most ambitious release yet. During the writing and recording of this album we feel like we inspired each other as songwriters and musicians to do things we've never done before as a band. Yet still, it's totally, completely an Aristocrats album. We think it may be the coolest thing we've done yet and we can’t wait for you to hear it! “You Know What…?” will be released on June 28th, with pre-sales available in early June. And continuing our Aristocratic tradition of illustrated artwork, Graphic Artist Hajo Müller has created this awesome cover art for us. We’ll be sharing some audio clips and other details with you all very soon...




Monday, May 6, 2019

BILLY MUNDI


Former Zappa drummer Billy Mundi guested on The Rhinestones' 1975 release.

http://therockasteria.blogspot.com/2019/05/the-rhinestones-rhinestones-1975-us.html


FRED DELPLANCQ


Fred Delplancq (who used to be part of The Wrong Object) has a new album out.
Concert scheduled in Liège, BE on Friday, May 10 at L'An Vert.

https://lanvert.be/vendredi-10-mai-2019fred-delplancq-quartetjazz-tour-des-les-lundis-dhortense/



THE ARISTOCRATS TOUR PHAZE 2 !



09-Aug, Asheville, Isis Music Hall
10-Aug, Nashville, City Winery
11-Aug, Atlanta, Aisle5
14-Aug, Orlando, SoundBar
15-Aug, Boca Raton, Funky Biscuit
16-Aug, Tampa, Brass Mug
17-Aug, Jacksonville, Nighthawk's
19-Aug, New Orleans / Metarie, Southport Hall
21-Aug, Houston, Scout Bar
22-Aug, San Antonio, Sam's Burger Joint
23-Aug, Austin, The Dirty Dog
24-Aug, McKinney, Guitar Sanctuary
27-Aug, Albuquerque, Launchpad
29-Aug, Phoenix, Club Red
30-Aug, Mexicali, Bol Bol
31-Aug, San Diego (Ramona), Ramona MainStage

Also, we've had such a great response from our fans in Québec that we've exceeded the capacity of L'ANTI Bar & Spectacles! So this show has now been moved to Le D’Auteuil which is located just a minute away from L'ANTI. The excellent Travis Larson Band will be opening for us at all of these shows. For full details and ticket links please see our Tours web-page
(http://the-aristocrats-band.com/shows/)


Sunday, May 5, 2019

WIZARD OF THE SUN


UNCOOL PROJECT 2019—2020
WIZARD OF THE SUN
SUN RA MYTHIC DREAM ARKESTRA
under the direction of Marshall Allen

Live at La Tor Poschiavo – September 2019

https://uncool.ch/2018-crowdfunding/



NEW ALBUM BY KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD


King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard released 5 (five!) albums in 2017 including the recommended "FLying Mircotonal Banan" and "Polygondwanaland". 2018 consisted mostly of touring but now they're back with "Fishing For Fishies", their fourteenth studio album.

Here's a clip for the new album :


It looks like it's a bit further away from their previous releases.
Check out 'Billabong Valley' with Stu MacKenzie's microtonal guitar lines !!



Saturday, May 4, 2019

EVIL DICK - SUITES



Evil Dick (Richard Hemmings) has a new album out.
Well, a new album with recordings from 2003 and 2009. Plus one from 2008 and one from 2011.

Excellent stuff.
Check it out on Bandcamp.



Friday, May 3, 2019

RICK WAKEMAN OPENS ONLINE SHOP


from Glass Onyon PR:

Keyboard Legend Rick Wakeman's Emporium Now Open!

Signed special items available from official online store!

Rick Wakeman is pleased to announce a new partnership with Music Glue as the new home of his online store, The Rick Wakeman Emporium! Featuring Signed Special Items, Signed CDs, DVDs and LPs, Signed Memorabilia and Artwork, CDs, DVDs and LPs, T-Shirts, Mugs and Tote Bags!

Visit Rick Wakeman's Emporium: https://www.musicglue.com/rick-wakeman-emporium

Born in Perivale, Middlesex, England, Rick Wakeman's interest in music manifested itself very early, and from the age of seven on he studied classical piano. At the age of 14, he joined a local band, Atlantic Blues, the same year he left school to enroll in the Royal College of Music. He had his eye on a career as a concert pianist, but Wakeman was dismissed from the college after it became clear that he preferred playing in clubs to studying technique.

By his late teens, he was an established session man, playing on records by such diverse acts as Black Sabbath, Brotherhood of Man, and Edison Lighthouse. At the end of the '60s, his name also began appearing on the credits of albums by such artists as Al Stewart and David Bowie, and one set of sessions with a folk-rock band called the Strawbs led to his joining the group in 1970. After two albums with the Strawbs, Wakeman joined Yes, a post-psychedelic hard rock band that had attracted considerable attention with their first three albums. Wakeman played a key role in the final shape of the group's fourth record, Fragile, creating a fierce, swirling sound on an array of electric and acoustic pianos, synthesizers, and Mellotrons. Fragile was a hit, driven by the chart success of the single "Roundabout," and Wakeman was suddenly elevated to star status.

Yes' next album, Close to the Edge, expanded his audience and his appeal, for his instruments were heard almost continually on the record. During the making of Close to the Edge in 1972, Wakeman also recorded his first solo album, an instrumental work entitled The Six Wives of Henry VIII, which consisted of his musical interpretations of the lives and personalities of the said six royal spouses. Released early in 1973 on A&M Records, it performed respectably on the charts. Public reception of Yes' 1974 album, Tales From Topographic Oceans, was mixed, and the critics were merciless in their attacks upon the record. Wakeman exited the group before the album's supporting tour. His new solo album, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, adapted from the writings of Jules Verne and featuring a rock band, narrator (David Hemmings), and full orchestral and choral accompaniment, was released to tremendous public response in both America and England, where it topped the charts. In 1975, his next album, The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, was given a grand-scale premiere at Wembley's Empire Pool, although it also cost Wakeman a fortune to stage the event on ice. During this same period, Wakeman began working on film scores with the music for Ken Russell's Lisztomania, which was a modest hit.

In 1977, Wakeman returned to Yes, with which he has continued recording and touring. His solo career continued on A&M into the end of the '70s, with Criminal Record and Rhapsodies, which were modestly successful. Wakeman's biggest media splash during this period, however, came through his alleged role in getting the Sex Pistols dropped by A&M Records soon after being signed. None of this bothered his fans, which rapidly expanded to encompass those he picked up through his work with lyricist Tim Rice on a musical adaptation of George Orwell's 1984, and his burgeoning film work, which included the music to movies about the 1976 Winter Olympics and the 1982 soccer World Cup competition. Additionally, he became a regular on Britain's Channel 4. Wakeman's audience and reputation survived the 1980s better than almost any progressive rock star of his era, as he continued releasing albums on his own label. He also remained associated with Yes into the '90s.

In January 2016, Trevor Rabin announced he plans to perform with Wakeman and Jon Anderson as Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman (ARW), later in the year. Anderson revealed the three wrote "some unique songs together". Also in January, following requests from fans, Wakeman recorded piano versions of "Life on Mars?", "Space Oddity", and "Always Together" as a tribute to David Bowie following his death with proceeds from the songs donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Rick Wakeman's official website: https://www.rwcc.com/




ULTRA ZOOK - EPUZZ

"Epuzz", with two z's, so this is the second mini-album by French band Ultra Zook.
Exotic !
Data has been added to the United Mutations Archives.

Check it out here :



ZAUBER - PROFONDO BLU


Italian prog music ensemble Zauber released "Profondo Blue" in 2001.
The album includes two Frank Zappa compositions in an arrangement from Mauro Cavagliato and Maria Tortorici.


KEVIN MAX AND ADRIAN BELEW - RAVEN SONGS 101


Wikipedia and Discogs add :
Raven Songs 101 is a spoken-word album by Kevin Max and Adrian Belew. It features Kevin Max reading several poems from his book The Detritus of Dorian Gray.
Adrian Belew provides the music and sound effects.

A private release by Kevin Max, the CD was only available (for a short while) through Kevin's (and Adrian Belew's) website.
Also released digitally by dPulse Recordings, in 2009.

Nice.


MARTY SMYTH - SYNCHRONOUS


Marty Smyth released his "Synchronous" album in 2007. It included an organ version of Zappa's 'Peaches En Regalia', recorded in a church in Toronto.
In the meantime, the album has been made available both as a digital download and as a CDR-on-demand by CDBaby.



ULTRA ZOOK - EPUZ

Adding data to the United Mutations Archives, here's the first release by Ultra Zook.
Ultra Zook is a French guitarless trio that performs, as they call it, Zouk In Opposition.

Rock In Opposition, Avant-Prog, Progressive Rock, or just music with a twist.
Weird rhythms and crazy noises and fun. Lots of fun.

"Epuz" got released on 12" vinyl and is also available on Bandcamp.




NEW ALBUM BY GOV'T MULE


a message from Gov't Mule 

BRING ON THE MUSIC - LIVE AT THE CAPITOL THEATRE

We are excited to announce the release of Bring On The Music – Live at The Capitol Theatre, a brand new live CD/DVD package out June 28th. Filmed at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, on April 27th and 28th , 2018, the 9-camera video shoot was directed by renowned music photographer and director Danny Clinch. The release features more than 2 hours of live music, a full-length concert film, interviews with the band, behind-the-scenes footage, photos shot by Danny Clinch over the years, and more. This is the first time that Gov’t Mule’s updated stage set and production have been filmed, bringing the excitement and spectacle of a Gov’t Mule show directly into fans’ homes – a fitting way for the rock torchbearers to mark 25 years together.

The title, Bring On The Music, taken from Gov’t Mule’s song of the same name that touches upon the passing of time and appreciating life’s journey, is a nod to the band’s treasured relationship with their fans. The Capitol Theatre has been the backdrop of many unforgettable shows for the band and is one of Gov’t Mule’s favorite venues to play. Inviting longtime Mule photographer and friend Danny Clinch to direct the film was also something of a destined choice, as Clinch’s relationship with Haynes pre-dates the band’s formation.



CHRIS OPPERMAN KICKSTARTER PROJECT


Chamber Music from Hell
a kickstarter project by Chris Opperman (and Kurt Morgan).

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chrisopperman/chamber-music-from-hell


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

SUN RA ARKESTRA UPDATE

Yesterday, the Sun Ra Arkestra performed the music for the "Space Is The Place" movie live in concert at the Bozar in Brussels.
It was OK, but the four songs that they played after the movie were awesome !!

Some vinyl news : there's a Record Store Day release 3LP  with Marshall Allen and Danny Ray Thompson of the Sun Ra Arkestra !



LE REX - ASCONA

"Ascona", the second album by Swiss quintet Le Rex got released in 2012.
Lovely contemporary groovy brass tunes with a fine dose of humor.

Album number three and four got released on the Cuneiform record label.



THE MUFFIN MEN - (IT'S ALL) SMOKE AND MIRRORS - LIVE IN THE UK 2018



The Muffin Men released this album to promote their upcoming tour.
Take it from me.  You need to see these guys in concert.
I saw them at the below-mentioned Moo-Ah show in Corby and had a great time !!
So go see them and grab a copy of this "Smoke And Mirrors" album while you there.



DEUS - THE IDEAL CRASH - 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

The 20the anniversary edition of "The Ideal Crash", 3rd album by Belgian band dEUS, has a bonus CD with demos and a live track.
Nice.



DEUS - ZEA, 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

  • deus: zea
        (2018, 10", nl, music on vinyl)
The recent re-issue of the first dEUS single by Music On Vinyl is available on both gold and black vinyl.
It kicks off with 'Zea Intro Replica', a track that has a familiar sounding intro.


NEW MAGMA ALBUM WILL BE OUT IN JUNE


Magma celebrates its fiftieth birthday with a new album : "Zëss, Le Jour Du Néant".

Featuring Mogran Agren !
Featuring The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra !


In 2019
An international tour ...
For their fiftieth birthday Magma begins an international tour in Finland, returns to France on June 26, 2019 at the Philharmonie de Paris for a promising concert (at least three hours and many surprises), continues on July 02, 2019 at Nuits de Fourvière and continues to Japan, Germany, Sweden, England, Belgium...


LE REX - LE CORSE

Funky brass band Le Rex has just released their fourth album. It's their second on the Cuneiform label, and it's called "Escape Of The Fire Ants".
Haven't heard it yet, but it's the perfect excuse to play their first album again.

"Le Corse" got released in 2010 and it's an excellent introduction to Le Rex.
Tenor and alto saxophone, trombone, tuba and drums.
Funky, groovy brass music.



Sunday, April 28, 2019

JOHN CAGE, SUN RA - JOHN CAGE MEETS SUN RA

Audio of this 1986 collaboration can be found on various media : a vinyl album, both as single and as double album, a cd and a 7" have been released, documenting the encounter.
More recently, as part of the 2019 record store day, Modern Harmonic re-released their 7" but this time with an added DVD that presents the entire footage.

Nice extras as well.


PIERRE VERVLOESEM - ARTISTE BELGE

Pierre Vervloesem is back !
Well, he's never been away but he has a new record out. An excellent record, if I may say so.

"Artiste Belge" is unmistakably Pierre Vervloesem.
Performed, recorded, mixed and mastered by Pierre.
Pop songs that you can't tap your foot to, futuristic sounding sequencer pieces that make you want to watch Star Trek reruns, all intertwined with magnificent guitar lines and solos.

Weird rhythms, quirky melodies. I love it.
Essential listening !!
Digital download on Bandcamp, but also out on CD !!

http://off-recordlabel.blogspot.com/2019/03/opv014-pierre-vervloesem-artiste-belge.html



THE FURIOUS BONGOS PLAY ZAPPA


The Furious Bongos, featuring Arthur Barrow, will be performing the music of Frank Zappa

May 12th Metro Gallery, Baltimore, MD 8pm
May 14th Tralf Music Hall, Buffalo, NY 7pm
May 15th The Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH 8:30pm
May 16th Martyrs', Chicago, IL 9:30pm (double bill)
May 17th The Acorn, Three Oaks, MI 8pm
May 19th High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI 8pm



ADRIAN BELEW - SIDE FOUR (LIVE)

Despite the fact that Adrian Belew's "Side Four (Live)" album is quite hard to find, it is a must-have.
The album captured the power trio (Adrian Belew - Julie Slick - Eric Slick) on a February night in 2007 in Ohio and they were in fine shape.
Released ten years ago, it brings back vivid memories of seeing the band live in Tilburg...
Beautiful.


THE RESIDENTS' ESKIMO DECONSTRUCTED TRAILER


Cherry Red's promo for "Eskimo Deconstructed"


R.I.P. JOHN SMOTHERS


John Smothers, Frank Zappa's bodyguard for quite a number of years, has passed away.



Saturday, April 27, 2019

SUN RA - WHEN ANGELS SPEAK OF LOVE


"When Angels Speak Of Love" is one of my favourite Sun Ra albums.
It got released in 1966 on Sun Ra's Saturn record label and it remains hard-to-find.
I'm very happy with the CD version that got released by Evidence in 2000.

So two years ago, when the malicious Grey Scale record label started re-issuing five or six of these older Saturn albums, I wasn't surprised that they added "When Angels Speak Of Love" to their list.

The perfect balance between melody, rhythm and free improvisations. Perfect !!

Just listen to 'Celestial Fantasy' !


ULTRA ZOOK RELEASES FIRST FULL ALBUM


After three mini-albums, Ultra Zook has finally released their first full album.
This is fun !!
They remind me of that other French band, Ni.
Chaotic and fun.

Out on vinyl, on CD and as digital release on Bandcamp.



EVIL DICK UPDATE

February 9, Richard Hemmings, or Evil Dick, released a new track on bandcamp.
Musique concrete.



CAL SCHENKEL

Cal Schenkel is the man (and mind) behind some iconic Frank Zappa album covers not to name Captain Beefheart's "Trout Mask Replica" album.
He's selling his artwork through his website :
https://www.ralf.com/galerie/

But more recently, he put op some artwork for sale on ebay as well.
Some paintings of the famous album covers, but also a couple of limited edition silk screen prints from 1978 / 1979.

"Zappa Lints"

"Apesma", 1979

"Cruisin' ", 1979

"Wild Meat", 1979

"Lumpy Ralf", 1978



ROCK IN OPPOSITION FESTIVAL 2019


ROCK IN OPPOSITION 2019
Festival Des Musiques Indomptables
9, 10, 11 MAI 2019
Lyon, France

2 SALLES, 2 VILLES, 3 JOURS UN FESTIVAL

May 9, 2019
John Greaves and Annie Barbazza
Mange Ferraille
Poil

May 10, 2019
Koenjihyakkei
a.P.A.t.T
Schnellertollermeier

May 11, 2019
Pinoil
The Watts (Cutler, Leigh, Holdgkinson, etc)
Present
The North Sea Radio Orchestral with John Greaves and Annie Barbazza

http://www.lesabattoirs.fr/2019/05/09/rock-in-opposition--9-10-et-11-mai-2019-mange-feraille-poil-concert-special-schnellertollermeier-koenji-hyakkei-a-p-a-t-t-robert-wyatt--s-rock-bottom-present-piniol-the-watts-geoff-leigh/



MOSAE ZAPPA


The Mosae Zappa crew teams up with the Limburgzaal in Heerlen to make Dweezil Zappa's concert part of a Mosae Zappa Weekend !
All in and around Heerlen.

In chronological order :

29/11 - The Dangerous Kitchen at Oefenbunker, Landgraaf, NL
29/11 - Zappa Talks at Oefenbunker, Landgraaf, NL
30/11 - Let's Make The Water Turn Black at Coasters, Heerlen, NL
30/11 - Dweezil Zappa at the Limburgzaal, Heerlen, NL
30/11 - The Disco Boyz at Café Bluff, Heerlen, NL

I assume that The Disco Boyz is a DJ set, and I hope all the rest is live music...

Get your combined tickets here :
http://mosaezappa.com/



SUN RA


Here's a bit of extra info on "The Antique Blacks"

http://zerosounds.blogspot.com/2019/04/sun-ra-antique-blacks.html


-- info : Jan van Kemenade


MARBIN TOURDATES


Chicago-based progressive jazz-rock band Marbin is touring.


APR 27 Memphis, TN The P&H Cafe
APR 28 North Little Rock, AR Four Quarter Bar
APR 29 Tyler, TX The Nine Muses
APR 30 Houston, TX Bohemeo's
MAY 01 San Antonio, TX 502 Bar
MAY 02 Austin, TX Sahara Lounge
MAY 03 Dallas, TX The Free Man Cajun Cafe & Lounge
MAY 04 Norman, OK The Deli
MAY 05 Wichita, KS Barleycorn's
MAY 06 Tulsa, OK The Vanguard
MAY 07 Bentonville, AR Meteor Guitar Gallery
MAY 08 Springfield, MO Outland Ballroom
MAY 09 KCMO, MO Davey's Uptown Ramblers Club
MAY 10 Jefferson City, MO The Mission
MAY 11 St. Louis, MO BB's Jazz


JIM PONS

Jim Pons played bass for The Leaves and later for The Turtles.
He joined Frank Zappa's band in 1971.

https://fissurarock.blogspot.com/2019/04/the-leaves-discografia-essencial.html

-- info: Jan van Kemenade

PATRICK O'HEARN UPDATE


Former Zappa bass player Patrick O'Hearn can be heard playing the bass on John Hiatt's "The Eclipse Session" album from 2018.



-- info: Danny Mathys

SUN RA & HIS SOLAR ARKESTRA - SECRETS OF THE SUN



The above pictured "Secrets Of The Sun" is another (unauthorised) re-issue of one the older Sun Ra albums by Grey Scale.
This Grey Scale disc has the same tracklist as the 2008 Atavistic re-issue, meaning that it has one extra track 'Flight To Mars', taken from an unreleased album that was to be released on Sun Ra's Saturn record label.

Classic Sun Ra !


IKE WILLIS & ZAPPATIKA'S THREE DAY INTERNATIONAL TOUR


Zappatika with special guest Ike Willis will be performing on :
  • Friday - May 3, 2019 - in Leiden, The Netherlands, at 'Het Muziekhuis';
  • Saturday - May 4, 2019 - in Essen, Germany, at 'Freakshow'
  • Sunday - May 5, 2019 - in Lens, Belgium, at the 'Titans Club'



SUN RA - PICTURES OF INFINITY



Originally released in 1971 and re-released by various labels with a different album title, the best-known being "Outer Spaceways Incorporated" on the Black Lion label.
Anyway, the UK Grey Scale label did release this (unauthorised) version in 2017 with the original title.
On CD with one bonus track compared to the original release : 'Intergalactic Motion'.


DWEEZIL ZAPPA TOURDATES


Next September, Dweezil Zappa will be embarking on another tour,
performing the music of Frank Zappa's "Hot Rats" album.



09.03.2019 Tue - Living Arts Centre - Mississauga ON - Canada
09.04.2019 Wed - Asbury Hall @ Babeville - Buffalo NY - United States
09.05.2019 Thu - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom - Hampton Beach NH - United States
09.06.2019 Fri - Stateside Amphitheater at Jay Peak Resort - Jay VT - United States
09.07.2019 Sat - The Newton Theatre - Newton NJ - United States
09.08.2019 Sun - Strand Theatre - York PA - United States (PENDING)
09.10.2019 Tue - Infinity Hall Hartford - Hartford CT - United States
09.11.2019 Wed - The Warehouse - Fairfield CT - United States
09.12.2019 Thu - Westcott Theater - Syracuse NY - United States
09.13.2019 Fri - Bergen Performing Arts Center - Englewood NJ - United States
09.14.2019 Sat - Avalon Theatre - Easton MD - United States (PENDING)
09.15.2019 Sun - The National - Richmond VA - United States
09.17.2019 Tue - Bijou Theatre - Knoxville TN - United States
09.18.2019 Wed - James K. Polk Theater - Nashville TN - United States
09.19.2019 Thu - Live at Ludlow Garage - Cincinnati OH - United States
09.20.2019 Fri - Michigan Theater - Ann Arbor MI - United States
09.21.2019 Sat - London Music Hall - London ON - Canada
09.22.2019 Sun - Music Box Supper Club - Concert Hall - Cleveland OH - United States
09.24.2019 Tue - The Arcada Theatre - St. Charles IL - United States
09.25.2019 Wed - Fargo Theatre - Fargo ND - United States
09.26.2019 Thu - Burton Cummings Theatre - Winnipeg MB - Canada
09.28.2019 Sat - Bella Concert Hall - Calgary AB - Canada
09.29.2019 Sun - Myer Horowitz Theatre - Edmonton AB - Canada
11.21.2019 Thu - Cirkus - Stockholm - Sweden
11.24.2019 Sun - Concert House - Gothenburg - Sweden
11.25.2019 Mon - Sentrum Scene - Oslo - Norway
11.27.2019 Wed - Fonden VoxHall - Aarhus - Denmark
11.28.2019 Thu - Amager Bio - Copenhagen - Denmark
11.30.2019 Sat - Parkstad Limburg Theater - Heerlen - Netherlands
12.01.2019 Sun - TivoliVredenburg - Utrecht - Netherlands
12.02.2019 Mon - La Cigale - Paris - France
12.04.2019 Wed - Royal Festival Hall - London - England
12.05.2019 Thu - Palace Theatre - Manchester - England
12.06.2019 Fri - Southampton Guildhall- Southampton - England
12.08.2019 Sun - New Theatre Oxford - Oxford - England
12.09.2019 Mon - Glasgow Royal Concert Hall - Glasgow - Scotland
12.10.2019 Tue - Leeds Town Hall - Leeds - England
12.11.2019 Wed - Town Hall - Birmingham - England


SUN RA - MONORAILS & SATELLITES



Sun Ra's 1968 "Monorails & Satellites" is one of his classic albums. It has been re-issued a number of times with some sort of 'ultimate / final' re-issue earlier this year on the Cosmic Myth record label.
In 2018, however, the Grey Scale record label didn't hesitate put out this (unauthorised) re-issue with the original 8 tracks.


DWEEZIL ZAPPA ON THE COVER OF GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE


Dweezil Zappa is on the cover of the March 2019 issue of Guitar Player magazine, while Frank has articles in this month's Rolling Stone and in Rock 'n Folk.
FZ's music seems more alive than ever.


-- info: Philippe Lamoot

DEAD MAN RAY - CAGO

Dead Man Ray (Daan, Rudy Trouvé, Elko Blyweert, Wouter Van Belle and Karel De Backer) have just released a follow-up to their 2002 "Cago" album.
After 17 years !
Reason enough to give "Cago" a spin.


Friday, April 26, 2019

THE MAPPA ZAPPA EP


New from Cordelia Records :
The Mappa Zappa EP

An accompaniment to the Mappa Zappa album.
Fred Händl, The Zappa Early Renaissance Orchestra, Caballero Reynaldo and Jerry Outlaw & Friends perform the music of Frank Zappa.

CD in a cardboard cover


http://www.cordeliarecords.co.uk/Pages/Buy%20Records.html


THE ED PALERMO BIG BAND CELEBRATES "MOTHERS"



May 20th, 2019
THE ED PALERMO BIG BAND CELEBRATES "MOTHERS"
An Evening of Music dedicated to Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention,
and to the wonderful Mothers around the World.
We Salute You One and All!

The Iridium
1650 Broadway (corner of W. 51 St.), NYC
8:30PM - One set only

Monday, April 22, 2019

JINTA-LA-MVTA


Japanese Klezmer band Jinta-la-Mvta plays Zappa's "Peaches En Regalia" at KulturfestNYC;
June 15, 2015



MILLIONAIRE

Millionaire released a new single, "Don't".

"Don’t" is the first new music from Tim Vanhamel's Millionaire since their hugely acclaimed Sciencing album from 2017. We are still clueless over whether this track is also a peek into the next Millionaire record, but we do know for sure Don't is an essential funky groover.



SUN RA - SOLO KEYBOARDS, MINNESOTA 1978

Next to the "Space Is The Place - Music For The Film" re-release, this brand-new recording turned up on Bandcamp earlier this month.
Sun Ra on solo piano and on Crumar Synth.

Recorded at a Minnesota club in 1978.
Sounds pretty good !!


-- info: Danny Mathys


THE RESIDENTS RSD


If you want to know more about the two recent Record Store Day releases by The Residents,

2018 : The W*** B*** Album

and
2019 : B.S.,


you can find it here :

http://exystence.net/blog/2019/04/18/the-residents-b-s-rsd-2019/

http://exystence.net/blog/2019/04/18/the-residents-the-w-b-album-rsd-2018/

--- info: Jan van Kemenade


GEORGE DUKE RADIO SHOW ALBUM



Here's a nice find.
A promotional radio show album. Rock Around The World #199.
With the spotlight on George Duke and on Dirk Hamilton.

It features a nice interview with George (about his time with Frank Zappa) while (a.o.) 'Fifty-Fifty', 'Be-Bop Tango' and 'Inca Roads' are played.
Broadcast  on May 28, 1978.


SNARKY PUPPY - SYLVA

Keeping the best for last in my Snarky Puppy updates...
Sylva is the result of the contribution of Snarky Puppy with the Dutch Metropole Orkest.

Simply amazing.
Essential listening.



SNARKY PUPPY - FAMILY DINNER VOLUME 1

Snarky Puppy has recorded two album with guest vocalists. Plural, as it's another vocalist on (almost) every track.
As the title suggests, "Family Dinner Volume One", released in 2013, was the first one.
It did get the band some extra attention as they won a Grammy Award for their rendition of 'Something', with Lalah Hathaway on vocals.
Well deserved.



SNARKY PUPPY - TELL YOUR FRIENDS

Catching up with the Snarky Puppy catalogue, here's "Tell Your Friends".
Recorded (and filmed) in front of a live audience on November 21, 2009, at the Dockside Studio in Maurice, Louisiana.
5 tracks and if you get the edition with the dvd, you'll have a couple of bonus tracks as well.
Data has been added to the United Mutations Archives.



PASQUALE GRASSO AND THE WDR BIG BAND


The WDR BIG BAND featuring Pasquale Grasso performing "A Parisian Thoroughfare" written by Bud Powell. The Arrangement is written by Chris Byars, who also is leading the WDR Big Band. Soli by Johan Hörlén, on Altosaxofone, Andy Hunter on trombone, Pasquale Grasso on guitar, John Goldsby on bass and Hans Dekker on drums. Produced at the rehearsal in April 2019 at the WDR Funkhaus Studio 4 in Cologne.



THE OAKLAND ELEMENTARY ARKESTRA


From Bandcamp :

Unless you attended elementary school in Oakland, California in 1997, you probably had no idea that this meeting of elementary school music students and improvisational jazz luminaries existed.

Working within and beyond the vision of elementary school music teacher Randy Porter, The Thornhill Sound presents the odyssey of 4th, 5th & 6th grade students from novice musicians into an avant garde ensemble. The extremely rare, once cassette only, The Thornhill Sound features 29 mini opuses of imprecise, meditative, ethereal soundclouds of wonder and joy, the children were joined by such luminaries as Terry Riley, Fred Frith, Dave Slusser, and Dave Gordon, Tyrone Hill, & Marshall Allen of the Sun Ra Arkestra! Among these amazing interplanetary improv pieces are a few Sun Ra covers. Highlights of this cassette combined with the Big Music, Little Musicians recordings went on to form The Saga Of Padani.

Data has been added to the United Mutations Archives.


-- info : Danny Mathys

THE OAKLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ARKESTRA - THE SAGA OF PADANI

Last year, Modern Harmonic released a follow-up to the 1994 "Big Music, Little Musicians" album by The Oakland Elementary School Arkestra.
This time, the Little Arkestra got a little help from none other than Marshall Allen, Terry Riley, Fred Frith, Dave Slusser, Dave Gordon and Tyrone Hill !!

Elementary school kids performing music from outer space...
Don't you just love this ? I know I do.
The vinyl version of this album comes with a Sun Ra Colouring Book. True.


-- info : Danny Mathys


Sunday, April 21, 2019

THE OAKLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ARKESTRA - BIG MUSIC, LITTLE MUSICIANS


Working within and beyond the vision of elementary school music teacher Randy Porter, Big Music, Little Musicians presents the odyssey of 4th, 5th & 6th grade students from novice musicians into an avant garde ensemble. An ensemble that engenders an array of sonic textures which never remain static or stagnant, but flow in a way that it's always surprising, often starling and astonishing. BMLM, released in 1994 exclusively on CD, is the earliest elements of The Saga Of Padani which curates the best moments from both volumes of the “little Arkestra's” journey through sonic space. 43 original compositions and one iconic Sun Ra cover. Includes the prophetically named 55 second opus “Trump Bone Music.”


-- info : Danny Mathys

SNARKY PUPPY - BRING US THE BRIGHT

From 2008 !
Album number four for Snarky Puppy and the last one that they released independently on the Sitmom label. The album did get a re-issue on the GroundUp label later on.
Beautiful.

Here's the odd one out, 'Loose Screws' :



SUN RA ARKESTRA TOUR DATES


from Outerspaceways :

Below is the current concert itinerary for the 2019 European Tour along with the upcoming USA engagements following the European Tour. Please use the weblinks on the Sun Ra Arkestra website for additional information for each Arkestra manifestation. Also, please keep checking the "Tourdates" section of the Sun Ra Arkestra website for new additional appearances that will likely be expanding the 2019 World Tour by visiting:

http://www.sunraarkestra.com

Fri April 19th., London, England, Ronnie Scott's
Sat April 20th., London, England, Ronnie Scott's
Sun April 21st., Lewes, England, Lewes Con Club
Mon April 22nd., Lewes, England, Lewes Con Club
Tue April 23rd., Bristol, England, Colston Hall
Wed April 24th., Edinburgh, Scotland, Summerhall
Fri April 26th., Wroclaw, Poland, Jazz Nad Odra Festival
Sat April 27th., Budapest, Hungary, Trafo
Sun April 28th., Vienna, Austria, Porgy & Bess
Mon April 29th., Innsbruck, Austria, Treibhaus
Tue April 30th., Brussels, Belgium, Bozar
Wed May 1st., Manchester, England, Gorilla
Thu May 2nd., Leeds, England, Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen
Fri May 3rd., Wuppertal, Germany, Caritas Verband
Sat May 4th., Mannheim, Germany, Alte Feuerwache
Sun May 5th., Kassel, Germany, Theater Stubchen
Tue May 7th., Strasbourg, France, Espace Django
Thu May 9th., Milano, Italy, Blue Note
Tue May 14th., Stockholm, Sweden, Fasching
Wed May 15th., Paris, France, New Morning
Thu May 16th., Liege, Belgium, Jazz a Liege
Fri May 17th., Mainz, Germany, Frankfurter Hof Mainz
Sun May 19th., Utrecht, The Netherlands, Tivoli Vredenburg
Thu May 23rd., Prague, Czech Republic, Palac Acropolis
Fri May 24th., London, England, Union Chapel
Sun June 2nd., Berlin, Germany, Berlin Jazz Experiment
Fri June 7th., Moers, Germany, Moers Festival
Sat June 8th., Oxford, England, Oddball 2019, Isis Farmhouse
Thu-Sun July 18th.-21st., San Francisco, CA, San Francisco Jazz Center
Mon-Tue July 22nd. & 23rd., Los Angeles, CA, Zebulon
Fri August 2nd., Newport, RI, Newport Jazz Festival
Sat August 3rd., North Adams, MA, Bang on a Can Loud Weekend at Mass Moca


SNARKY PUPPY - THE ONLY CONSTANT

Snarky Puppy released their firstborn, "Live At Uncommon Ground" in 2005. Their second album, "The Only Constant" followed in 2006.
If you've never heard of Snarky Puppy, this is a great way to start.
Modern jazz. Contemporary big band music.
All tracks written Michael League. Produced by Michael League and Erik Herbst.