Thursday, December 5, 2019

THE BUREAU OF ATOMIC TOURISM


New release by The Bureau Of Atomic Tourism !
featuring Jon Irabagon, Markus Broo, Jozef Dumoulin, Julien Desrez, Ingebrigt Häker Flaten and Teun Verbruggen.


Let's take a closer look at that artwork !!!
Wow!


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

KENT NAGANO


A bit of info on "The John Adams Album" by Kent Nagano and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal.

http://exystence.net/blog/2019/12/04/kent-nagano-orchestre-symphonique-de-montreal-the-john-adams-album-2019/

-- info: Jan van Kemenade


MOSAE & ELSEWHERE


Last weekend was Mosae Zappa weekend, an annual event that takes place in Heerlen and celebrates the music of the Moustache Man.

On Friday, the Oefenbunker (in Landgraaf, NL) gave the stage to Zappa Talks, VLAMP and The Dangerous Kitchen.

Zappa Talks (featuring Wan and Marco, both from The Foolz) mixed familiar melodies with samples and percussion. Highlight of the evening.
Guitar/bass/drums trio VLAMP was up next. Blues, Hendrix, The Soul Train,... It was all there. It even included some local carnaval artist, a moment that was enjoyed by a couple of people (while others left the building...).
The Dangerous Kitchen had flown in from Germany. Zappa with horns. Nothing wrong with that. I would have liked the band to be a bit more tight and I did miss the ripping guitar solos, but as Klaas said, 'We're spoiled'. Great vocals. Great band.
An excellent evening it was.

Saturday kicked off at noon with Die Miserablen HuSos, a German guitar duo that offered German versions of Zappa Tunes. In a pub in Heerlen. Quite funny. Liked it a lot.
Right after Die HuSos, the famous Carillion From Hell played Zappa. The town square will never be the same. Beautiful.
Next up was a Q and A session with Dweezil Zappa. Hosted by Tim, who did a fine job. Informative, relaxed and very enjoyable.
The afternoon ended with Jeff Silvertrust, a multi-instrumentalist who plays keyboards, percussion and trumpet and who also sings. I only caught a glimpse of this as I wanted to pay the local record store a visit...

My Saturday ended with Dweezil Zappa playing Hot Rats (and more) at the theater hall in Heerlen. Pretty amazing. Great band, excellent choice of tunes and a fabulous sound !!

Mosae rules.


Sunday had Dweezil playing in Utrecht, NL. At Tivoli.
I was standing next to some guys from Switzerland !!

Same set but it was great to see and hear it again.
Some of my German friends called it too sterile, too predictable. I just called it awesome.
I'm already looking forward to the Zappanale concert.


CORRIE VAN BINSBERGEN'S ZAPPA TRIBUTE


Composition-assignment for The Asko Ensemble.
A tribute to Frank Zappa, dec 2003.
Part II of the suite The Magic Sock, composed by Corrie van Binsbergen



ZAPPA JAM PERFORMING ZAPPA'S G-SPOT TORNADO


Zappa Jam


HAPPY ZAPPADAN EVERYBODY


As my friend Sally wrote earlier today:

My friends and family know I am a big Frank Zappa fan. Today is the 26th anniversary of Franks death, and for Zappa fans marks the first day of Zappadan. This celebration runs from Dec. 4th to the 21st, Franks Birthday. I know a lot of people know very little about this man, and Frankly, ( get that?) I don’t recommend a random search for the faint of heart because his vast career is peppered with many types of music, and as Frank himself has said not all is equally liked by even the most ardent fan. So on this first day of Zappadan, I post this video of one of my favorite pieces, covered by the Ed Palermo Big Band. It is an instrumental jazz piece .


Let me add another nice little tune, from one of Dan's Facebook posts :



Tuesday, December 3, 2019

ZAPPA DOO WOP

  • zappa doo wop

    by bruce whitaker
        (2019, book, usa, private release)
"Zappa Doo Wop" is a brand-new 150-page book that discusses the relation between doo-wop and Zappa's music : early influences, songs that FZ covered, snippets that he used and more.

I've been reading it while YouTube is taking care of the originals / soundtrack.
I love it.





J. ROLOFF'S PAPER ON ZAPPA'S MUSIC


  • frank zappa und seine musik im spiegel der möglichkeiten moderner studiotechnik und ihre auswirkungen auf den produktionsprozess und die ästhetik des klangs

    by j.roloff
        (2004, book, germany, grin)

Jan Roloff submitted his paper on Frank Zappa's music in 2004.
It was made available as a digital e-book and as a paperback.
20 pages.
In German.
Paper edition is available from Amazon although I bought my copy through ebay.


PRINCE - 1999 (BOX SET)


  • prince: 1999
        (2019, 5cd+dvd, europe, warner bros / npg)

Prince's "1999" album got a deluxe reissue.
Originally released in 1982.
Nice memories.

I went for the 5 CD + DVD set.

  • Original album, remastered
  • B-sides and remixes
  • Vault Tracks I
  • Vault Tracks II
  • 1982 audio concert
  • different 1982 video concert

Fine collection.


Monday, December 2, 2019

NEW MARBIN ALBUM IS AVAILABLE


The new Marbin album, "Strong Thing", is available on Bandcamp.
Download and CD.



JOE SATRIANI - SURFING WITH THE ALIEN

Limited Black Friday release.
Double LP red/yellow.

From its original release in 1987, Surfing With The Alien established Joe Satriani as one of the definitive guitarists of his generation thanks to unforgettable songs like “Satch Boogie” and “Always With Me, Always With You.” More than 30 years after Surfing With The Alien went platinum, earned two Grammy Award nominations and camped out on the Billboard 200 for over a year, the remastered original album is paired on vinyl with a unique presentation of the album without its signature guitar leads—a chance for seasoned fans and aspiring shredders to appreciate what makes this album a must hear for guitar players the world over.


RËVE D'ÉLÉPHANT ORCHESTRA


Rêve d'Éléphant Orchestra will be performing at L'An Vert in Liège, BE, next Friday, December 6.

https://lanvert.be/vendredi-6-decembrereve-delephant-orchestra/





HAWKESTREL, FEATURING TODD RUNDGREN AND L.SHANKAR


from GlassOnyon PR:

TODD RUNDGREN AND L. SHANKAR Join HAWKESTREL For A Cover Of POST MALONE’s “CIRCLES!”

Los Angeles, CA - Hot on the heels of their debut release, The Future Is Us, the Hawkwind-themed supergroup returns with a brand new single, “Circles” featuring the extraordinary guitar work of legend Todd Rundgren and gorgeous violin soloing by musical genius Lakshminarayana Shankar (L. Shankar) who has worked with Frank Zappa, U2, Peter Gabriel, Jeff Beck, Pete Townsend and many, many others! The song, which will be featured on the forthcoming Hawkestrel album (coming in 2020), is an historic first for Prog Rock as it is the first Prog Rock-style cover version of a song originally performed by a hip hop artist!



THE COMET IS COMING


Black Friday / Record Store Day saw this vinyl release of  'Afterlife' by The Comet Is Coming.


I also noticed that the band released a second album earlier this year.
Something I need to check out.
Shabaka Hutchings on the saxophone !!