Tuesday, July 23, 2019

MAGMA


Magma's final piece, the "Zess" album :



ETT FETT STORBAND


"Zappananza"
The Ett Fett Storband performs the music of Frank Zappa.
Recorded in concert, May 2013.

2013 download-only album by the Ett Fett Storband.
iTunes, Amazon,...
Didn't find the wav version, so I went for the mp4 iTunes one.

There's also this track on YouTube :




Monday, July 22, 2019

ZAPPANALE #30 - THE HAMBURG EVENT


For the last eleven years, the Bach organ support group has been scheduling concerts at the St.Katharinenkirche in Hamburg as 'opener concerts' for the Zappanale Festival.
The Hamburg concert always takes place on Wednesday and the Zappanale festival starts on Friday (not counting the warm-up party in Bad Doberan on Thursday).

Initially, the concerts were set up as a fundraiser to repair the organ (that J.S. Bach once used to play).
Now that the organ has been restored, it's sort of a support for the Bach organ group.
Hence the title: "Zappa Spielt Für Bach".

This year's show consisted of three parts : a Frank Zappa set (by all the musicians), a Thelonious Monk set (by the jazz trio and with Napoleon doing vocals on one piece), and after the break, Fried Dähn's compositions (Fried Dähn and Laurenz 'light show' Theinert).
The show ended with another couple of Zappa pieces as encores (by everyone but Napoleon)

Here's a picture that was taken during the encores. If you look closely, you can see the band in the below center. The rest of the picture shows the walls (and ceiling) of the church.



Napoleon Murphy Brock: vocals, sax,flute
Chris Garcia: marimba, percussion
Matthaeus Winnitzi: piano
John Hughes: bass
Björn Lücker: drums
Fried Dähn: electric celle, arrangements, musical direction
Laurenz Theinert: visuals

Frank Zappa
  • Yellow Shark "Walk On Music"
  • Uncle Meat
  • Sleep Dirt
  • Twenty Small Cigars
  • Oh No
  • Son Of Orange County
Thelonious Monk
  • ...
  • Round Midnight
-- break --

Friedemann Dähn
  • Supercluster for 4 Players, Conductor and Grand Piano, feat. Chris Garcia, percussion in dialog
  • Die 'Sonografen' (with Laurenz Theinert)
  • Tango Poison
  • Add
  • Double Check
  • Bach on Mars (prelude nr.1 für cello bwv 1007)
  • Sch
  • Furado
Frank Zappa
  • Blessed Relief
  • King Kong
  • Son Of Mr. Green Genes
It was a very fine concert. It's never easy to make concerts sound good in a church, but this time, the sound guy did an excellent job.
The jazz trio made it swing; Napoleon was in fine shape; Fried Dähn gave me goosebumps with his oriental sounds and feedback on his electric cello (L.Shankar came to mind); and Chris Garcia showed why the marimba is such a beautiful sounding instrument.
Loved it.
The Zappa tunes were great.
The Monk pieces sounded fine, especially when Napi added the vocals.
And Fried's pieces (+ light show) were quite interesting.

That's what I call kicking off Zappanale..

The show got recorded by German national radio so we might get another CD release.

Here's some snippets from the latest ten years;



SATANIQUE SAMBA TRIO TOUR DATES


Satanique Samba Trio Tour dates

Friday 13 September: Brussels - Recyclart (release concert MAIS BAD)
Saturday 14 September: Oostende - Leffingeleuren festival
Sunday 15 September driving to Denmark (day off)
Monday 16 September: Humble - Musikefterskolen
Tuesday 17 September: Copenhagen - Alice
Wednesday 18 September: Malmö - Victoriateatern
Thursday 19 September: Odense - Teater Momentum
Friday 20 September: Aarhus - Radar
Saturday 21 September: Aalborg - Huset
Sunday 22 September: Bad Doberan - Arf Society presents @ Kamp-Theater
Monday 23 September: Hamburg - Entenwerder1
Tuesday 24 September: Leipzig - Leipzig-Ost
Wednesday 25 September: Erfurt - Frau Korte
Thursday 26 September: Hannover - Feinkost Lampe
Friday 27 September: Moers - mœrs festival presents @ Die Röhre
Saturday 28 September: Leiden - De X / QBus



POIL TO PERFORM AT HERZBERG FESTIVAL NEXT WEEKEND


Poil concert dates :

27.07 Herzberg festival (BREITENBACH AM HERZBERG - DE)
02.08 Les Nuits du 4 Août (ORGELET - FR)
15/16.11 La Gare (PARIS - FR)
17.11 L'Antonnoir (BESANCON - FR)

February 2020 : Japan and Asia



FRANK NUYTS' SONATES


Frank Nuyts' Sonates have been made available through different digital music channels.

Here are the CD Baby links :

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/franknuyts

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/franknuyts2

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/franknuyts3

Check it out !!


ZAPPANALE IS THE BEST


The 30th edition of the Zappanale festival was incredible.
Again.

Amazing performances by The Ed Palermo Big Band and by the Ensemble MusikFabrik.
Wow times two.


It all started with one of the best performances that I ever saw at St.Katharinen (and I saw them all...), and it continued like this :

2019 07 18 : warm-up party

in Bad Doberan centre

  • MagNiFZnt
  • NTS trio
  • Bad Penny


2019 07 19 - Zappanale Festival Day #1

at the exhibition

  • Don and Bunk
  • Charles Ulrich : The Big Note book presentation

at the festival ground

  • Jazzprojekt Hundhagen
  • Zement (mystery stage)
  • Treacherous Cretins
  • Ali N. Askin (mystery stage)
  • Precussion under Construction
  • Long Distance Calling (mystery stage)

2019 07 20 - Zappanale Festival Day #2

at the exhibition

  • Mick Zeuner / Klaus Kühner / Andrew Greenaway : Mappa Zappa book presentation
  • Zement

at the festival ground

  • Jim Cohen lecture
  • 30 for 30
  • AMM All-Stars
  • The Headshakers
    - interrupted due to bad weather conditions
  • The Loomings
  • The Ed Palermo Big Band feat. Napoleon Murphy Brock
  • Det Skandalose Orkester

2019 07 21 - Zappanale Festival Day #3

at the exhibition

  • Fried Dähn and Ali N. Askin
  • Frank Wonneberg lecture

at the festival ground

  • The Headshakers (mystery stage)= continued their set from Saturday
  • Ensemble Musikfabrik
  • Percussion under Construction (mystery stage)
  • Grandmothers Of Invention
  • Good Bye Session
  • SIOR Band (mystery stage)


RESIDENTS UPDATE : SOUNDTRACK RELEASED TO THE BRICKEATERS BOOK


https://booksale.residents.com/

It’s been almost exactly a year since The Residents’ neo noir pulp masterpiece, The Brickeaters, was released by Feral House. We were celebrating the book’s success when it suddenly hit me – WE HAVEN’T OFFERED IT FOR SALE ON RESIDENTS.COM!?!?! Okay, the last year has been pretty crazy, but there’s really no excuse for not making it available to true fans on THE RESIDENT’S PERSONAL WEBSITE!!! My bad…

So, to make amends we have a ONE TIME ONLY SUPER SPECIAL MONDO COOL OFFER! You can buy The Brickeaters right here for 18 buckeroos – okay, that’s retail price, no big deal. But The Residents said we’ve got to add some music, which was a bit of a head scratcher until one of them said – HEY! What about the River of Crime soundtrack as a bonus? It’s perfect!

And of course The Eyeballs are always right. Now, the River of Crime Soundtrack was released in 2006 as part of the two CD ROC set which featured all five podcast episodes, but this is the soundtrack as it was originally composed and never released until NOW! – all 68 minutes of it.

(Some of you hardcore followers have heard several of these tracks on the Free! Weird! page on the website, but this is the first time they are all collected together and put on a CD.)



Monday, July 15, 2019

NEW ALBUM AND TOUR FOR THE SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA

New album by the Souljazz Orchestra : "Chaos Theories".



And a tour through Europe and Canada.

Sep 20 - Ottawa, ON - Babylon
Sep 27 - Montpellier, FR - Rockstore
Sep 28 - Rambouillet, FR - Usine à Chapeaux
Sep 29 - Chelles, FR - Les Cuizines
Sep 30 - Paris, FR - New Morning
Oct 01 - Gent, BE - Vooruit Balzaal
Oct 02 - Madrid, ES - Café Berlín
Oct 04 - Granada ES - Planta Baja
Oct 05 - Zaragoza ES - Las Armas
Oct 06 - Barcelona ES - La Nau
Oct 09 - Dusseldorf DE - Zakk
Oct 10 - Mainz DE - KUZ
Oct 11 - Athens GR - Gagarin 205
Oct 12 - Thessaloniki GR - WE Complex
Oct 13 - Berlin DE - Gretchen
Oct 14 - Dresden DE - Tonne
Oct 16 - London UK - Jazz Cafe
Oct 17 - Dublin IE - Sugar Club
Oct 18 - Épinay-sur-Seine - PMO
Oct 19 - Nancy FR - Nancy Jazz Pulsations
Nov 16 - Gatineau QC - Le Petit Chicago
Nov 21 - Sherbrooke QC - La Petite Boîte Noire
Nov 22 - Montréal QC - Groove Nation
Nov 23 - Québec QC - L'Anti
Nov 28 - Waterloo ON - Starlight
Nov 29 - Hamilton ON - This Ain't Hollywood
Nov 30 - Toronto ON - Velvet Underground


SUN RA - EXOTICA

Compiled from a number of Sun Ra albums that got released in the late fifties / early sixties, plus a couple of inevitable unissued tracks, "Exotica" presents two discs of laid back jazz tunes.
Out on the Modern Harmonic label.

Comes with expanded liner notes, also discussing the music of Martin Denny and Les Baxter.

Also available as a 3LP set.



BELEW - FLUX VOLUME TWO



Adding one more album to the Adrian Belew discography...
"Flux Volume Two" got released in 2017. It's another set of 50 little songs and compositions, each one about one minute long...
Intended for shuffle playing.
Together with volumes one and two, I would guess.


ADRIAN BELEW - NEVER ENOUGH



This promotional CD got released in 1994. 25 years ago.
Four tracks.
One was taken from the "Here" album, the other three were previously unreleased versions of album tracks.


VARIOUS ARTISTS - I WALKED INTO THE NIGHT AND THE VEGETABLES BEGAN TO HOWL



This second Cordelia Records sampler (the first one got released in 2004) includes three bands performing the music of Frank Zappa, previously released on the Cordelia label :
Spanner Jazz Punks with 'Lumpy Gravy', Chato Segerer does 'Rollo', and the Zappatistas recorded 'Oh No'.
Lots of other neat stuff on this album as well.
Check it out.

Cordelia Records.
http://www.cordeliarecords.co.uk/


PRINCE - ULTIMATE RAVE



Released last April, "Ultimate Rave" collects "Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic" (1999), "Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic" (2001) and the quite amazing "Rave Un2 The Year 2000" DVD.

Fantastic indeed.


PRINCE - ORIGINALS



If Google's your friend, Google probably told you that there's a new Prince album out.
Well, Google told me and I'm pretty happy with that, I guess.

15 songs that Prince wrote for other artists, performed by Prince.
Amazing...



HARVEY & NIPPLE



Molly Harvey and Ostrich Von Nipple.
Three tracks.
One 7".
On magenta or on black vinyl.
Would like to hear more. Fine collaboration.

https://www.psychofonrecords.com/product/molly-harvey-ostrich-von-nipple/


KOSMISCHE BROCKEN


Kosmische Brocken (Frank Zappa and the Germans)

With Jimmy Carl Black, Don Preston, Bunk Gardner, George Duke, Ali N. Askin, Jean-Luc Ponty, Ed Mann, Ike Willis, Ray White, Denny Walley, Robert Martin, Scott Thunes, Adrian Belew, Jon Hiseman, Garry Lucas, Claudia Roth, Dave Muscheidt, Jim Cohen, Peter Wawerzinek and many others.

Watch the trailer here :
http://kosmische-brocken.de/

The movie will be shown six times during Zappanale.
Check out the schedule to find the moment that suits you best.


ED PALERMO BIG BAND UPDATE - ZAPPANALE WEBCAM BROADCAST


Performing at Zappanale on July 20, and then back to the States :

Saturday July 20

Zappanale #30
Bad Doberan, Germany
Can't be there?
Live web cam for our performance!
https://rockradio.de
4pm EDT



Monday August 12
The Iridium
1650 Broadway (corner of W. 51 St.)
New York City

8:00pm - One set only
(Doors open at 7pm)

The Ed Palermo Big Band will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of
FRANK ZAPPA'S groundbreaking 1969 release "HOT RATS".
Ed Palermo and his 16-piece big band will be performing the entire album
from start to finish. Don't miss it!


Saturday August 17
LIVE at the FALCON
1348 Route 9
Marlboro, New York

Showtime: 7:30pm

Don't forget to put flowers in your hair and head to beautiful Ulster County!

Ed Palermo presents THE SUMMER OF LOVE
A Musical Big Band Trip Through the '60s & '70s
And that's not all! Ed and the cats will be performing FRANK ZAPPA'S groundbreaking "HOT RATS" ALBUM in its entirety!!

Don't miss it!


Sunday, July 14, 2019

THE ZAPPANALE SCHEDULE






SUN RA / HENRY DUMAS - THE ARK AND THE ANKH



"The Ark And The Ankh" documents a conversation / interview between Sun Ra and Henry Dumas.
Completists only.

The recording also got released on a 12" vinyl picture disc.


BELEW - FLUX 3



Adding data for Adrian Belew's recent "Pop Sided" album, I noticed that I still needed to add "Flux 3".
The Flux Series is an enormous collection of little musical pieces that are intended to be played in shuffle mode. Volume three got released last year and presents 50 pieces for the puzzle.
Beautiful.


ULTRA ZOOK

Data for Ultra Zook has been added to the United Mutations Archives.

Their first album got released a little while ago.
Essential listening.



VARIOUS ARTISTS - MAPPA ZAPPA EP



The Extended Play follow-up to the "Mappa Zappa" album and the perfect companion to Mick Zeuner's Zappa Tour Atlas.

Two new tracks plus two previously released ditties.

Fred Händl
Z.E.R.O., short for the Zappa Early Renaissance Orchestra
Caballero Reynaldo,
Jerry Outlaw & Friends


ZAPPA I NORGE


  • zappa i norge
    by jon larsen, ulf hoberg, erlend sundin, erland bekkelund
        (2014, book, norway, kunstbokforlaget dgb)

I recently got hold of the first edition of this beautiful picture book, "Zappa In Norway".

I was / am very happy with my second edition (december 2014).
It wasn't limited / numbered but did have some extra pictures and a number of corrections. As a fine bonus, it has a number of signatures (printed) on the first page.

The first edition (november 2014), however, is a hardcover book (with a dust cover).
They make a nice pair.


BLUMENTOPF - GERN GESEHEN INSTRUMENTALS

This instrumental 3 LP version of Blumentopf's "Gern Gesehen" album got released as a teaser for the actual album.
It includes the track 'Macht Platz', with a Zappa sample all the way through the track.



TERRY BOZZIO & CHAD WACKERMAN

DW released Terry Bozzio's and Chad Wackerman's "Solos & Duets" on VHS tape in 2001.
The recording included  FZ's 'Black Page', performed as a duo.

Earlier today, I added the cover of the VHS release to the United Mutations Archives.


In 2004, the above video got released on a 2 DVD set, combined with a Terry Bozzio concert recording.

PROG MAGAZINE


The June 2019 issue of Prog magazine (n°98) :



  • prog n°98
        
    (2019, magazine, uk)

Came with a bonus cd that included a Panzerpappa track.
The cd, "Shake, Rattle and Roll", fits over the cover.

The mag included :

  • FZ on the cover,
  • FZ on the contents page,
  • "This Is What I Call Genius", a 6-page article by Malcolm Dome (also talking to Terry Bozzio and Adrian Belew)
  • "Zappa Lives Again", a 6-page article by David West (also talking to Ahmet and Dweezil Zappa)
  • an add for Andrew's "FZ 88" book !!
-- info : Philippe Lamoot

LFANT - S/T

  • lfant: s/t
        (2019, cd, france, dur et doux dd-040)
Gulheim Meier (Poil !!)'s LFant project released a first album for Dur Et Doux.
In the meantime, the physical copy arrived at the United Mutations headquarters.

Difficult to physically fit in on the CD shelves, but sounding fresh and exciting.



TABOR RADOSTI - JOYCAMP


  • tábor radosti: joycamp
        (2015, cd, austria, klanggalerie)

Initially released in 2001 and re-released by Klanggalerie, Tábor Radosti's "Joycamp" album is something special. Discogs calls it Czech Dark Ambient and that sounds pretty accurate as the Czech spoken parts add a lot of mystery.
New to me, received as a gift and very impressed.

Tábor Radosti is a fantastic band from the Czech Republic. Their debut album came out in 2001 as a self-released CDR that is now totally impossible to find. Tábor Radosti have created a very unique sound that includes drone, voice, samples, but also beats and analogue instruments. Their visuals and lyrics are very much centered around occult themes, if you have ever seen them live you will have been stunned. Klanggalerie is now very proud to start a re-issue program for the first two albums. Many of you have probably not heard of them before, but it is time that they gain popularity outside of their home country. The vocals are spoken in Czech - to Western European or American ears there is a certain similarity to early Laibach, they share the same roughness, but Tabor Radosti also include electronic beats which again is reminiscent of present day Laibach. On this re-issue, we bring back the first album, but also updated artwork and some bonus tracks.

Visit the Klanggalerie order page for sound samples :
http://www.klanggalerie.com/gg201


Saturday, July 13, 2019

THE SUN RA ARKESTRA UNDER THE DIRECTION OF MARSHALL ALLEN - MUSIC FOR THE 21ST CENTURY


Recorded in 2003 in Switzerland and released on CD later the same year, a video recording got released by the Uncool society (who organised the festival) in 2006.

7" in size, the regular edition is blue and white printed on gold.
There's also a limited (100 copies) silk-screened edition (blue and white on cardboard).

The last track is different from the CD release.
It's called 'In-B-Tween' and features singers from Tuva.

https://uncool.ch/


EDDIE JOBSON - THE GREEN ALBUM - THEME OF SECRETS


The Green Album/Theme of Secrets contains two of Eddie Jobson’s most highly sought after solo albums.
The critically acclaimed Green Album, with studio band Zinc (and guest Gentle Giant’s Gary Green), was originally released in 1983 and represented a creative updating of Jobson’s unique Progressive Rock vision. Theme of Secrets - from 1985 - was a groundbreaking electronic music album performed entirely on the Synclavier Music Computer.
All tracks have been remastered for this special 3-disc 2CD and high-fidelity blu-ray audio re-release (24bit/96k stereo).

Eddie Jobson has recorded and performed with Frank Zappa, Roxy Music, U.K., and Jethro Tull. He also recorded two solo albums. The first one as Zinc, the second one as Eddie Jobson.
Both albums have now been remastered and re-released by Globe Music.
Beautiful package and the albums sound superb. (the CD's, that is. Haven't checked the blu-ray).


ROB CUCCURULLO - BY WAY OF CANARSIE


  • by way of canarsie
    by rob cuccurullo
        (2019, book, usa, private release)

Rob is Warren Cuccurullo's brother.
Warren was part of Frank Zappa's band, co-founded Missing Persons and eventually even played guitar in Duran Duran.
As Rob's book is about living in Brooklyn with the family, parts of this book are about Warren and also about Frank Zappa's visits to the Cuccurullo's.
Too bad Rob didn't include the pictures of Zappa's visit that he showed on facebook.
Still, nice reading, spectacular story and glad it turned out fine with Rob (getting addicted, serving in the army, being arrested,...).

I got my copy from Amazon.


THE ARISTOCRATS - YOU KNOW WHAT...?



Album number 7 (!!) by The Aristocrats.
Great band.
Technical wonderment.

Haven't looked at the DVD yet, but the album sounds amazing.


VARIOUS ARTISTS - LES MYSTERES DE VOIX VULGAIRES



Released in 1997 by Art As Hammer, in support of Anarchica, an anarchist and pacific magazine.
It included Eugene Chadbourne's 'FZ Medley'.

One year later, the tape got re-released by the Divergo label, also on cassette.


VARIOUS ARTISTS - GANZ TIEF, 15 TREFFER UNTER DER GÜRTELLINIE



This "Ganz Tief" compilation album got released in Austria in 1995.
It includes Ostbahn Kurti & Die Chefpartie's 'Bertl Braun' which is an Austrian version of FZ's 'Bobby Brown', taken from their 1992 "A Blede Geschicht" album.


MACHINE MASS AND THE GÖDEL CODEX


Upcoming concerts at 'L'An Vert' in Liège, Belgium.

October 25, 2019 : Machine Mass
    as a sextet with Michel Delville, Antoine Guenet, Tony Bianco,...

October 29, 2019 : The Gödel Codex
    Michel Delville: gitaar, Roland, GR09, loops, electronics, vocals
    Antoine Guenet: toetsen, synthesizer, piano, electronics, vocals
    Etienne Plumer: drums, e-percussie, glockenspiel, trompet, electronics, samples


-- info : Philippe Lamoot


SEBKHA-CHOTT UPDATE


In the meantime, the CD edition of Sebkha-Chott's latest album has been added to their bandcamp page.
Check it out. And that goes for their previous albums as well !!



STRATUS LUNA


Stratus Luna is a progressive rock band from São Paulo, Brazil.
They have one album out.






SNARKY PUPPY IMMIGRANCE BONUS TRACK


'Chrysalis', bonus track for the "Immigrance" album.



Friday, July 12, 2019

STICK MEN BOX


STICK MEN

in association with
Iapetus and MoonJune Music
is launching a limited edition
5 CD box set

TO PRE-ORDER CONTACT LEONARDO PAVKOVIC

STICK MEN with DAVID CROSS
“PanAmerica”
(Live in Latin America)

featuring
TONY LEVIN stick
MARKUS REUTER touch guitar, keyboards
PAT MASTELOTTO drums
with very special guest
DAVID CROSS violin, keyboards


SEBKHA-CHOTT - CRPTS ND TPSTRZ

Six years since Sebkha-Chott performed Frank Zappa's "Thing-Fish" at Zappanale.
Seven years since their latest album.

Sebkha-Chott is back. And how.
Their new album, "CRPTS ND TPSTRZ - Concerto pour Öttotamponeuses et Orchestre de Chambre de Passe" got released last week.

"CRPTS ND TPSTRZ"  (carpets and tapestries ?) is another audio adventure by Sebkha-Chott

Experimental, avant garde, eclectic, abstract, Sebkha-Chott.



ADRIAN BELEW - POP SIDED



Adrian Belew was in Frank Zappa's and in David Bowie's band. Quite a story but let's not get into that. Next to being an excellent guitar player, Adrian Belew can write beautiful songs.
Adrian's latest album, "Pop Sided", is a fine example of these facts.

Music and lyrics by Adrian Belew.
Produced by Adrian Belew.
Album cover painting by Adrian Belew.

Made available during Adrian's concert and, more recently, (fortunately) also from his website.

Very enjoyable.


VARIOUS ARTISTS - THE GODFATHER OF ODD, A HARDY FOX TRIBUTE

A beautiful tribute to Hardy Fox.
Sad and beautiful at the same time.



HARDY FOX'S NACHTZUG TO BE RE-RELEASED ON VINYL


Hardy Fox's "Nachtzug" album got released by the Klanggalerie record label in 2018. It was Hardy's second solo album (as Hardy Fox).
The album will be re-released on vinyl by Psychofon Records.

First time on vinyl, 45rpm 180 gram 12″ to be specific. Will be released in regular black (200 copies) and special limited edition (limited to 100!) clear vinyl packages. Release date is July 15th. Pre-orders now available.


ANOTHER MOTHERS RADIO SHOW



Another Keyhole 'radio show' release.
London & Paris 1968.
Out as a 2CD set and on vinyl.


-- info : Danny Mathys

Sunday, July 7, 2019

WARREN CUCCURULLO HAS A NEW EP OUT


Warren Cuccurullo has released an EP through Soundcloud.
Sounds pretty good.
I'd be happy to buy/download this. Let's hope it will be made available on Bandcamp as well.



PANZERPAPPA - PAPPA XMAS' BOX OF AVANT DELIGHT


December 2016, Panzerpappa released "Pappa Xmas' Box Of Avant Delight", an early Xmas gift.

3 hours of Panzerpappa, including pieces that were recorded in concert at Zappanale in 2015.
Pretty amazing.


-- info: Danny Mathys

Friday, July 5, 2019

PHI YAAN-ZEK RELEASES FOURTH VOLUME IN HIS "LEY LINES" SERIES


Steve Lawson, Andy Edwards and Phi Yaan-Zek released the fourth volume of "Ley Lines" on the first of July :
Bandcamp download-only release.



Wednesday, July 3, 2019

HARDY FOX TRIBUTE ALBUM


The Hardy Fox tribute album, The Godfather Of Odd, can be ordered at Klanggalerie:
http://klanggalerie.com/gg300


1. Blaine L. Reininger - Autumn Shore
2. The Residents - If Only
3. Harry Lagoussis - Crossing Up In Space
4. Palo Alto - El Ralpho
5. Laurie Amat - He Said
6. Harvey & Nipple - Teddy
7. Carla Fabrizio - Inter
8. DDAA - Adios Come Again
9. Cult With No Name - I Hate Heaven
10. JG Thirlwell - Trouble Adore
11. Renaldo & The Loaf - Mahogany Wood
12. Steven Brown - The Yawn Song
13. Už Jsme Doma & Randy - Never Known Questions
14. Ptose - The Black Hound Shrine
15. Fred Frith - Almost Certain


SUN RA ON CD


The Greyscale record label will be releasing "Sun Ra - Jazz Masters" Volume 2, 3 and 4.
Three 2 CD sets.

I didn't see Volume 1 mentioned anywhere...


BRYAN BELLER'S NEW ALBUM IS AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER


BRYAN BELLER’S NEW SOLO WORK,
‘SCENES FROM THE FLOOD’,
AN EPIC-SCALE MODERN PROGRESSIVE DOUBLE CONCEPT ALBUM,
TO BE RELEASED ON SEPTEMBER 13, 2019

PRE-ORDERS START TODAY,
***ANIMATED VIDEO FOR “THE STORM” DROPS TODAY***

As a bassist and composer, Bryan Beller (The Aristocrats, Joe Satriani, Dethklok, Steve Vai) has never been accused of being insufficiently driven. But nothing he's done before can truly prepare audiences for his newest release, the massively ambitious and unapologetically progressive double concept album Scenes From The Flood, scheduled for worldwide release on September 13, and available for pre-order starting today at bryanbeller.com.

A work so sweeping in scale that it took Beller nearly a decade to conceive, compose, and now fully realize, the album grapples with an existential question: When the storm comes for us, the big one after which things will not be the same, who are we and what do we become in those defining moments? What do we keep, and what do we let go? Scenes From The Flood explores themes of ambition and loss, intentionality and reality, hope and disillusionment, and uses every second of its 18-song, 88-minute running order to tell an emotionally consuming and unforgettable musical story.

Realizing Beller’s vision meant enlisting 26 musicians spread across four continents to bring Scenes From The Flood to life. Special guests on guitar include legends Joe Satriani (on the optimistic, “road trip” vibed opening track “Volunteer State”), John Petrucci (who lays down a screaming lead on the 9-minute story-climactic progressive epic “World Class”), Guthrie Govan (taking the lead on the album’s closing ballad “Sweet Water”), and Mike Keneally (going from layered acoustics on one track to furious metal riffing on another), just four of fourteen total guitarists who appear on the album. Drummers include veterans Gene Hoglan (Dethklok, Strapping Young Lad, Death), Joe Travers (Zappa Plays Zappa, Joe Satriani), Ray Hearne (Haken), and Nate Morton (Cher, The Voice)

Today marks the debut of the animated video for one of the album’s signature tunes, “The Storm”, a dark and heavy odyssey that serves as one of the signature compositions of Beller’s new opus. The 7-minute piece features the aforementioned metal legend Gene Hoglan on drums and an army of four guitarists to deliver the song’s urgent, powerful message. See it here:


“Not exactly light fare, is it?” chuckles Beller, who just turned 48. “But all of my truly favorite albums take me to deep, sometimes challenging places, even upon repeated listening. Especially the double albums. Somewhere inside me, in the eleven years since my last solo album, I’d absorbed and processed a series of life experiences that, I thought, could possibly inform an extended work like this. I felt like I had something big and complex to say. And then I just dove into it.”

Presented in the classic format of four vinyl sides (or four "parts" on two CD's), Scenes From The Flood was inspired by hallowed progressive double-albums like Pink Floyd's The Walland Yes' Tales From Topographic Oceans, as well as more modern expanded works, such as Nine Inch Nails' The Fragile. The deluxe packaging (2CD 8-panel digipak + two 20-page double-CD booklets; 2LP gatefold + 24-page full-size booklet) reveals not just album artwork, but unique cover-style artwork for each of the eighteen songs, or "scenes". The resulting sense of story urgency and dramatic narrative presents like a soundtrack to a movie suspense thriller as much as it does a double album. A limited run of 200 colored (purple) vinyl will also be produced.

Scenes From The Flood is performed by: Christopher Allis, Bryan Beller, Nili Brosh, Paul Cartwright, Darran Charles, Julian Coryell, Mike Dawes, Janet Feder, Guthrie Govan, Ray Hearne, Gene Hoglan, Mike Keneally, Jamie Kime, Fred Kron, Teddy Kumpel, Jake Howsam Lowe, Evan Mazunik, Nate Morton, Rick Musallam, Mike Olekshy, Griff Peters, John Petrucci, Matt Rohde, Joe Satriani, Rishabh Seen, Joe Travers, Leah Zeger

Visit http://bryanbeller.com/



MORE INFO ON THE LATEST ALLAN HOLDSWORTH RELEASE


info from Manifesto :

Allan Holdsworth - Warsaw Summer Jazz Days '98 (CD+DVD)

Deluxe CD + DVD set. Along with Holdsworth, this amazing performance features Allan playing with his Trio, featuring the late Dave Carpenter on bass and Gary Novak on drums, who also contributes to the liner notes for this release. The performance of Warsaw Summer Jazz Days '98 was beautifully recorded, filmed, and originally aired on Polish Television. The sound quality of both the audio and video is amazing and was digitally re-mastered from the original tapes. In addition to the broadcast performance, the DVD contains bonus footage from the performance. The Warsaw Summer Jazz Days is still one of the most prestigious and heralded jazz festivals in the world and the 1998 performance by the Allan Holdsworth Trio is still talked about today as one of the great moments in the history of the festival.



GERONIMO BLACK


From Glass Onyon PR

Geronimo Black “Freak Out Phantasia” Features Previously Unreleased Live and Studio Sessions Now Available on Vinyl/CD


These previously unreleased live and studio sessions are a loose exercise in spontaneity, and sheer art, which has been lost in the mists of time. Geronimo Black, a truly underrated band from Los Angeles, had existed long before its self-titled debut album released officially by UNI Records in February 1972.

Composer, arranger, keyboard player, and founding member Andy Cahan, was also part of Dr John's band at the time. Despite the fact that nearly all his players were part of the busy schedule of the evolving Frank Zappa's band Mothers Of Invention, Cahan attests that, “it was a real band with every intention of getting a record deal. Of course, since Jimmy Carl Black, Ray Collins and Bunk Gardner were from Zappa's original band, that was a big selling point to record companies.”

Talking about the songs on “Freak Out Phantasia” release, which preceded the first official album, Andy mentions that The Beatles were his main influence. Also, he name checks other luminaries such as The Zombies, Kinks, Lovin' Spoonful, Hendrix, Cream, Dave Clark Five, and The Beau Brummels. The live output found on this release is part of their non-stop gigging system. It's worth pointing out that around that time, they were playing gigs with The Eagles, Delaney and Bonnie, The Byrds, Eric Burdon, Joe Cocker, Ike and Tina Turner, The Standells, Canned Heat, Southwind, Taj Mahal, Little Feat, and many others.

Some songs herein included were recorded in a prison. Even doing very well on their live adventures, in terms of breaking through in sales, Geronimo Black never had the same lucky destiny of many of their Californian contemporaries. Signing a record deal with Uni Records around Christmas time, they were essentially deemed a tax right-off and were billed thousands of dollars on no income.

Back to the present, some highlights of Munster Records' compilation include “Topanga Canyon People” and “Ooh Poo Pah Doo” (both live recordings showing their total intensity and stoned freak-out atmosphere, recalling Zappa's sound, which obviously they were part of). “Let Us Live” is a superb song, with a bluesy-pop-twisted Southern rock vibe. An alternate version of “Siesta” is another key song, and in some ways resembles “Flute Thing,” a classic instrumental by The Blues Project. Now it is time to enjoy these recordings because they “reveal the raw passion and excitement we had on stage,” as Andy concludes. Includes CD with four bonus tracks.


NEW ALBUM BY THE GOLDEN DAWN ARKESTRA


The Golden Dawn Arkestra has announced their new album, "Darkness Falls On The Edge Of Time", by releasing a single: 'Allo Allo Boom'.



Sunday, June 30, 2019

NEW ALBUM BY QUANTUM FANTAY


Belgian space-rock band Quantum Fantay has a new album out : "Yemaya Orisha".

Here's the band in concert in 2012 :


-- info : Danny Mathys

Saturday, June 29, 2019

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD


Influenced by FZ, you say ?


-- info: Ive Hapers

VARIOUS ARTISTS - VIDEO GAMES LIVE, VOLUME ONE

This 2008 soundtrack / compilation album has various orchestras and ensembles performing famous video game tunes or melodies.
From the list, I only recognised Tron, Warcraft and Tetris, but the music is quite interesting.
The last track, 'Castlevania Rock (Live)' is performed by Tommy Tallarico (guitar), Dweezil Zappa (guitar), Martin Leung (keyboards), Joe Travers (drums) and Pete Griffin (bass).
Oh,... and 'Halo Suite' features Steve Vai... Wow. Hadn't noticed that before...


BALALAIKA NUEVO - NEW ART FOR THE PEOPLE



The Balalaika Nueva trio released "New Art For The People" in 2007. The album presents 12 of the trio's favorite melodies including Frank Zappa's 'Peaches En Regalia'. Performed on balalaika, accordion and contrabass-balalaika.


ALTERNATIVE TV - VIVA LA ROCK 'N' ROLL

Recorded live in England, France, Germany and the US of A, and released in 2004, this 'Official Bootleg' album features ATV performing two Zappa compositions : 'Why Don't You Do Me Right?' and 'Plastic People'.
It's the first time 'Plastic People' got released on one of ATV's releases. Previously, it could already be heard on the 2002 "Punk Aid" compilation album.
Another fine addition to "The Others Of Invention", bands performing Frank Zappa's music.


CHITARRE 1994 07


Nothing wrong with going through some old magazines...
Issue #100 of the Italian Chitarra magazine got published in July 1994.
There were a lot of Zappa specials after FZ's passing, but this one looks pretty impressive. Too bad I can't read Italian. Well, I can read it... I just can't understand it.
  • chitarre
    (1994/07, magazine, italy)

The july / august 1994 issue of Chitarre had FZ on the cover and included:

  • a 6 page article:"Dedicato a Frank Zappa" by Jacopo Benci
  • a 2-page transcription of 'Willie The Pimp' by Simone Sello
  • a 3-page article "Zappa Sulla Chitarra" by Gianfranco Salvatore
  • a 2-page trancription of "Treacherous Cretins' by Simone Sello
  • a 7-page article "Frank Zappa Trent'anni Di Strumenti" by Gianfranco Salvatore
  • a 3-page interview with Bunk Gardner by Jacopo Benci
  • a 2-page transcription of 'Blessed Relief' by Simone Sello
  • a 2-page piece on Steve Vai / Mauro Salvatori
  • a 3-page interview with Sandro Oliva by Jacopo Benci

THE RETURN OF THE ORCHESTRAL FAVORITES TRACKLIST AND MORE


Over at Zappa dot com :
https://www.zappa.com/news/frank-zappas-orchestral-favorites-be-presented-audiophile-quality-first-time-specialty

LP (remastered reissue)
3CD
digital deluxe

Coupled with new hi-res transfers from the original tapes and mastering by Bob Ludwig, the music sounds the best it ever has. The bonus concert features brand new 2019 mixes by Craig Parker Adams from the original 2” 24-track masters. The digital deluxe, which mirrors the 3CD version, includes an instant grat download of a first-time available version of “Revised Music For Low-Budget Symphony Orchestra.”

Spotify adds:
https://open.spotify.com/track/1re2MnFDvMjEZL0hJMeqni


Friday, June 28, 2019

TOM IBARRA PLAYS GEORGE DUKE


Le clavieriste américain George Duke (1946-2013) a enregistré "Brazilian Love Affair" à Rio en 1979.

Tom Ibarra, guitare
Romain Labaye, basse
François Faure, claviers
Archibald Ligonnière, batterie

Caveau des Oubliettes (Paris)
28 juillet 2016



ORCHESTRAL FAVORITES TRACKLIST


https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/frank-zappa-orchestral-favorites-40th-anniversary-edition-3-cd-tbr-august-15th-2019.855646/

A 3CD set featuring the remastered original album with a bonus live concert from the Royce Hall event of 1975. Includes a 32-page booklet featuring liner notes by Terry Bozzio and photos from the performances.

DISC 1: ORIGINAL ALBUM - 40th Anniversary Remaster

  1. Strictly Genteel
  2. Pedro’s Dowry
  3. Naval Aviation in Art?
  4. Duke of Prunes
  5. Bogus Pomp

    BONUS TRACK:
  6. Strictly Genteel (Keyboard OD Version)

DISC 2: - The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra live at Royce Hall, September 18th, 1975

  1. Show Start/Bogus Pomp Explained
  2. Bogus Pomp
  3. Revised Music for Low-Budget Symphony Orchestra
  4. The Story of Pedro’s Dowry
  5. Pedro’s Dowry
  6. The Story of Rollo
  7. Rollo

DISC 3: - The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra live at Royce Hall, September 18th, 1975

  1. Black Napkins Instructions
  2. Black Napkins
  3. Dog/Meat
  4. The Players
  5. Naval Aviation in Art?
  6. “Another Weirdo Number”
  7. Lumpy Gravy (Extract)/Improvisation
  8. Evening at the Hermitage
  9. “A Special Guest Artist”
  10. Duke of Prunes
  11. “Absolutely Disgusting”
  12. The Adventures of Greggery Peccary
  13. Strictly Genteel



NEW LFANT ALBUM IS OUT


The new LFANT album is out!
CD has arrived and the digital download is available.

A project by Guilhem Meier, Poil drummer.




LEOPARD SKULL


Belgian prog rock by Leopard Skull.



Thursday, June 27, 2019

ORCHESTRAL FAVORITES 40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION


Announced at Zappa dot com (and later removed from Zappa dot com) :
Orchestral Favorites 40th Anniversary Edition.
Release date around August 15, 2019.

A 3CD set with a bonus live concert form the Royce Hall event of 1975.
Comes with a 32-page booklet.


GUTHRIE GOVEN - - - THE 10 GUITARISTS WHO BLEW MY MIND


https://www.musicradar.com/news/guthrie-govan-the-10-guitarists-who-blew-my-mind

An impressive list.
And look who's also there...
Frank Zappa...



ARISTOCRATS 2019 EUROPEAN TOUR


Bryan Beller, Marco Minnemann and Guthrie Govan

EUROPE TOUR LEG 1

November 10th – Budapest (Hungary) – Ellatohaz
November 11th – Vienna (Austria) – Szene
November 12th – Kosice (Slovakia) – Collosseum
November 13th – Bochnia (Poland) – Oratoria SW Kingi
November 15th – Warszaw (Poland) – Venue TBA
November 16th – Olomouc (Czech Republic) – S Klub
November 17th – Bratislava (Slovakia) – MMC
November 18th – Munich (Germany) – Strom
November 20th – Hamburg (Germany) – Fabrik
November 21st – Bensheim (Germany) – Musiktheater Rex
November 23rd – Winterbach (Germany) – Strandbar
November 24th – Dortmund (Germany) – Piano
November 26th – Oslo (Norway) – Cosmopolite
November 27th – Gothenburg (Sweden) – Pusterwik
November 28th – Malmö (Sweden) – KB
November 30th – Stockholm (Sweden) – Nalen Klubb
December 2nd – Helsinki (Finland) – Virgin Oil
December 3rd – Tampere (Finland) – Olympia
December 4th – Jyvaskyla (Finland) – Lutakko
December 6th – Istanbul (Turkey) – Zorlu Center
December 7th – Istanbul (Turkey) – Zorlu Center
December 9th – Sofia (Bulgaria) – City Stage
December 11th – Tel Aviv (Israel) – Venue TBA
December 13th – Tenerife (Canary Islands) – Venue TBA
December 14th – Gran Canaria (Canary Islands) – Auditorio Alfredo Kraus

EUROPE TOUR LEG 2

Two dates at De Boerderij !!
And watch out if you want to go to Verviers as the Spirit Of 66 website says February 17 !!

January 16th – Esch sur Alzette (Luxembourg) – Rockhal
January 17th – Verviers (Belgium) – Spirit of 66
January 18th – Zoetermeer (Netherlands) – De Boerderij
January 19th – Zoetermeer (Netherlands) – De Boerderij
January 21st – Newcastle (UK) – The Cluny
January 22nd – Edinburgh (Scotland) – Liquid Room
January 23rd – Manchester (UK) – Academy 2
January 25th – London (UK) – Islington Assembly Hall
February 3rd – Bilbao (Spain) – Kafe Antzokia
February 4th – Madrid (Spain) – But
February 7th – Lisbon (Portugal) – Lisboa Vivo
February 9th – Seville (Spain) – Sala Custom
February 10th – Murcia (Spain) – Garaje
February 11th – Valencia (Spain) – Rockcity
February 12th – Barcelona (Spain) – Apolo

-- info: Philippe Lamoot

WILLEM BREUKER KOLLEKTIEF


from 1989, the Willem Breuker Kollektief's "Metropolis".



TAXI WARS


Tom Barman's vocal jazz band TaxiWars have announced their new album 'Artificial Horizon' to be released on CD and LP on 6th September. To accompany the album there will be a tour...



Monday, June 24, 2019

ROB CUCCURULLO


Warren Cuccurullo's brother, Robert, wrote a book that includes a part where Frank Zappa visited the house.

https://www.bywayofcanarsie.com/
(Check out the "More" section for some nice pictures)

Available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kindle, and Kobo.


While growing up in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn, New York during the ‘70s and ‘80s, Robert and his siblings had to endure their father’s violent temper. Robert’s brother Warren found solace in music, first joining Frank Zappa’s band, then co-founding the group Missing Persons, and eventually becoming the lead guitarist for Duran Duran. Following an encounter with a violent sociopath and witnessing a mob murder, Robert became a heavy drug user by the age of sixteen. By his twenties, with his cocaine use spiraling out of control, he got involved with associates of the Lucchese Crime Family and found himself the target of a corrupt police detective. Desperately seeking to escape the neighborhood, Robert volunteered to serve in Operation Desert Storm, where he witnessed death and destruction on an unimaginable scale. Suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress, his drug woes continued as he experienced one life-changing event after another. Following a felony arrest and facing eight years in prison, Robert was forced to confront his demons.


Sunday, June 23, 2019

THE RESIDENTS - PAL TV LP

  • the residents: pal tv lp
        (2019, cd, austria, klanggalerie gg307)
The latest Residents-release by the Austrian KlangGalerie record label is the CD re-issue of the 1985 "PAL TV LP".

The album combines live recordings from The Mole Show (originally on side one), and pieces of the Whatever Happened To Vileness Fats soundtrack (originally on side two).
As a bonus, the CD presents 35 minutes of "The Mole Show Live At The House".

Beautiful.

THE RESIDENTS - RMX


  • the residents: rmx
        (2019, cd, austria, klanggalerie gg276-2)

Klanggalerie has made a re-issue available of "RMX", the sold-out 2018 album.
The only difference is that the question mark is green.
Still, a fine album.
"RMX" does indeed mean that you get remixes of older tunes.

Here's the original cover :

GOLDEN DAWN ARKESTRA TO TOUR EUROPE


GOLDEN DAWN ARKESTRA TO TOUR EUROPE
Europe 2019

07.07 _ CAN _ Quebec _ Le Festival d'été de Québec
20.07 _ NL _ Lichtevoorde _ Zwarte Cross
21.07 _ UK _ Cheshire _ Bluedot Festival
23.07 _ NL _ Bladel _ Totaal Festival
24.07 _ NL _ Bloemendaal aan Zee _ Woodstock 69 Festival
25.07 _ DE _ Hohenlockstedt _ Habitat Festival
26.07 _ DE _ Breitenbach _ Burg Herzberg Festival
27.07 _ FR _ Aulnoye-Aymeries _ Les Nuits Secretes Festival
28.07 _ FR _ Aulnoye-Aymeries _ Les Nuits Secretes Festival
30.07 _ DE - Stuttgart _ Proton
31.07 _ DE _ Wiesbaden _ Schlachthof
01.08 _ DE _ Neukirchen _ Skandalös Festival
02.08 _ DE _ Diepholz _ Appletree Garden Festival
03.08 _ DE _ Kurhaus Dangast Strand _ Watt En Schlick
07.08 _ NL _ Den Bosch _ Boulevard Festival
08.08 _ DE _ Cologne _ At The B-Sites
09.08 _ DE _ Oberhausen _ Druckluft
10.08 _ DE _ Wustrow _ 3000 Grad Festival
11.08 _ DE _ Dresden _ Palais Sommer
13.08 _ CH _ Winterthur _ Musikfestwochen Winterthur
14.08 _ FR _ Paris _ Point Éphémère
15.08 _ NL _ Groningen _ Noorderzon Festival
16.08 _ DE _ Hamburg _ Dockville Festival
17.08 _ DE _ Hannover _ parkbeben & friends



VARIOUS ARTISTS - WAYSIDE SAMPLER 6



Here's another fine addition to The Others Of Invention.
"Wayside Sampler 6", a promotional album that got included with orders over at Wayside Music.
From 2009.

This Wayside sampler includes the Ed Palermo Big Band with FZ's 'Echidna's Arf (Of You), Fast 'N' Bulbous with Don Van Vliet's 'Smithsonian Institute Blues' and lots of other fine stuff !
Both tracks were taken from (at the time) recent Cuneiform albums.


VARIOUS ARTISTS - PUNK AID - 25 YEARS OF ANARCHY



This "Punk Aid - 25 Years Of Anarchy" compilation album includes Alternative TV performing Frank Zappa's 'Plastic People'.


FUN WITH THE FOO FIGHTERS


YouTube thought I'd like this.
YouTube was right.



KATZENJAMMER - A KISS BEFORE YOU GO

Norwegian pop/folk/cabaret band Katzenjammer was founded in 2005. They released their second album, "A Kiss Before You Go" in 2011.
Dweezil Zappa plays the lead guitar and guitar solo on on track 11.
The track is called 'Gypsy Flee' and does indeed have some sort of Gypsy feel to it.

The entire album is quite interesting.


Here's a live version of the latest track on the CD.
Nice !!