Wednesday, April 29, 2020
from GlassOnyon PR
DGM Records Launches Robert Fripp “Music for Quiet Moments” Series
DGM Records is launching the Robert Fripp “Music for Quiet Moments” series. They will be releasing a soundscape every Friday on DGMLive, Youtube, Spotify, Apple Music and all the main online music platforms.
Says Co-producer David Singleton, “Hopefully something that will nourish us, and help us through these Uncertain Times. I have certainly enjoyed the peace that comes with editing and mastering them. Turning a seeming disadvantage to our advantage, a year at home without touring offers the chance to listen for the first time in many cases to existing live recordings. And there are treasures to be found!”
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Kjell Knudde wrote a nice piece on Adam Weller, comic book artist who drew The Residents' "Bunny Boy Comic".
The article got published on the Lambiek Comiclopedia, maintained by Amsterdam comic book shop Lambiek.
The used to be in the Kerkstraat but moved to the Koningsstraat (close to the Muziekgebouw Aan Het IJ). Visit them when you're in the neighbourhood.
Monday, April 27, 2020
I don't remember seeing this one up at Zappateers...
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Ilan Volkov - Zappa, Anderson, Ives (2018)
-- info: Jan van Kemenade
Saturday, April 25, 2020
"DEVIL TAKE THE HINDMOST – The Otherworldly Music of Allan Holdsworth",
a book by Ed Chang
Mentioning Chad Wackerman, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jean-Luc Ponty, Eddie Jobson, Dweezil Zappa and Zappa Plays Zappa.
-- info: Dirk Verschaeve
On Neil's website :
Be sure to check out his video section as well.
- Neil Sadler – composer/perc/synth.
- Mike Keneally – guit.
- Bruce Fowler – trb.
- Kurt McGettrick – bari/cb.cl.
- Milen Kirov – pno.
- Daren Burns – bass
- Jason McKenzie – drms/tabla
Chato Segerer recently added two albums to his Chato! Bandcamp page.
Actually, one single track as a fundraiser for Tim Smith, and one album that presented his Zappanale concert from a couple of years ago.
The Zappanale set included FZ's 'Let's Make To Cleveland', a track that Chato had already recorded and released on his "So Und Nicht Anders" album.
Pretty good stuff.
Be sure to check it out.
I only learned recently that, next to the digipack/slipcase Belgian edition, there was also a German edition released. Standard jewel case with slightly altered artwork. Released on the ZYX records label.
A couple of years ago, The Ugly Papas returned to the scene and released their third (and superb) album.
Here's a glimpse :
- various artists: zodiac records sampler 1964 - 1972
(2002, cd, australia, ascension records)
The track got re-released on an Underdogs compilation album in 2000 but can also be found on this 2002 sampler.
- willem breuker kollektief: at ruta maya cafe, austin, texas
(2006, cd, nl, bv haast records)
Label owner, bandleader and co-founder of the ICP Orchestra Willem Breuker passed away in 2010.
"Willem Breuker Kollektief At Ruta Maya Café, Austin, Texas" got recorded in concert in 2005 and released on album in 2006.
-- info: Danny Mathys
Six years in the making, Is that So? is one of John McLaughlin's deepest and most profound musical collaborations with prolific Indian composer and vocalist Shankar Mahadevan. Joining the duo is their life-long friend and musical brother Ustad Zakir Hussain on the tabla, who has been collaborating with John since they founded Shakti in the early '70s, acknowledged by most to be the first groundbreaking crossover East-West musical group.
Pretty impressive album by John McLaughlin, Shankar Mahadevan and Zakir Hussain.
As the Zappanale festival has been cancelled, I won't be seeing John McLaughlin in concert in a couple of months.
Hope he can reschedule for next year.
Out on LP and on CD, and as a free dowload on bandcamp.
You have no reason not to check this out.
Hans Annéllsson's band, The Vegetarians, released this 2-track EP a couple of weeks ago.
As you know, 'Touch Me There' was written by FZ and L.Shankar and released on Shankar's album with the same name.
Available on Bandcamp.
- rosa: akasha
(2020, cd, nl, rumble dish rd01013)
In the spatial concert ‘Akasha - a brief theatre of everything’ the director and composer Daniel Cross and the Rosa Ensemble bring the pseudo-scientific ‘theory of everything’ by the philosopher and futurologist Ervin Laszlo to the stage. According to Laszlo, the universe can be read from an all-encompassing field of information (‘akasha’, based on a Hindu concept).
Also available on CD.
Friday, April 24, 2020
from GlassOnyon PR
Internationally Renowned Musician JOZEF VAN WISSEM Releases New Single In Partnership With CLEOPATRA RECORDS!
Los Angeles, CA - He’s been called the most well-known lute player in the western world, earning immense critical praise from Pitchfork, NY Times, NPR and others and collaborating with a wide range of accomplished artists including Zola Jesus, Jarboe of Swans, film director Jim Jarmusch, and many more. Now, Jozef Van Wissem has found a new partner in L.A.-based indie label Cleopatra Records, through which Van Wissem will release his newest single, a stunningly dark and gothic take on the ‘70s folk classic by America “Horse With No Name.” Van Wissem draws out all the underlying themes of isolation and mental instability with his hauntingly visceral take on the song, his deep baritone voice contrasting with the lightness of the lute, which adds a baroque quality to this American classic.
“Cleopatra Records asked me to do a yacht rock cover from a playlist. My natural inclination was to decline since the material was too happy and suntanned. But then I took a closer look at the lyrics of “ A Horse With No Name.” I think it fits perfectly with the times. Musically I wanted to strip it down so there’s only two chords played on a 12 string electric guitar and baroque lute with effects. But to me the song is more about the character lost in dystopia. Or maybe it’s about heroin.” - Jozef Van Wissem
Give it a listen here: https://orcd.co/jozef-van-wissem-a-horse-with-no-name
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
- u.n.k.l.e.: psyence fiction
(1998, cd, japan, toy's factory)
Released on 2 LP vinyl and on CD.
UNKLE's 'Psyence Fiction' album was made available in different packages. The Japanese CD album came in an oversized card sleeve that folds out from the center (!!) of the front sleeve, pictured above.
Check out the sample at 3:50 in the track !!
- trabalhadores do comércio: o milhor dos trabalhadores do comercio
(1996, cd, portugal, poly dor)
I recently found a copy of the 1996 version (to put next to my copy of the 1995 album).
Pretty good stuff.
And I can't understand a word of 'Nel
Ligeiro' but it sounds nice. Real nice.
Female backing vocals, guitar solo,...
- international guitar ensemble: live in europe
(2011, cd, mexico, private release)
The “Live In Europe” album is the outcome of two tours the IGE did in Italy and Germany in 2010 and 2011, featuring the ensemble’s work both live and in the studio.
The album is beautiful. It also included IGE’s version of FZ’s ‘Five-Five-FIVE’.
From GlassOnyon PR
Legendary 1960's Psychedelic Garage-Band The Chocolate Watchband Release New Video HOPE
The Chocolate Watchband, the 60's legendary psychedelic garage-band from the San Francisco Bay Area, has released a new video today free to the world. As all of us face new challenges that may force us to reckon with future waves of the Covid-19 virus, to survive this experience we need HOPE so that we will prevail.
To all you fans of the Watchband out there quarantined from friends and loved ones, for all of you out there still working and supporting our country, for all you doctors, nurses, health care providers, governors and mayors working together to protect their people, National Guard, Army Corps of Engineers, firefighters, law enforcement officers, emergency medical aid providers and volunteers, mental health providers, teachers teaching from home and leaders of faith, all you delivery truck drivers and store workers keeping food and necessities on the shelves, for all you Fed-X, UPS and postal workers delivering necessities to those confined to their homes and journalists who tell us the TRUTH, this song is dedicated to YOU!
And thank all of you for your continuing support of our latest release “This is My Voice” available now in vinyl, CD and down load at www.thechocolatewatchband.com
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
- mark kross trio: cacciatore
(1989, cd, usa, tbone music)
It included his trio's version of FZ's 'America Drinks (& Goes Home)', with Herb Pomeroy on trumpet.
Classic trio. Piano, bass and drums.
No wonder they also recorded 'It Was A Short Summer, Charlie Brown'.
- malcolm tent: an introduction to...
(2019, cd, uk, real records)
This limited edition CDR-release included malcolm's take on FZ's 'Hungry Freaks, Daddy'.
Solo on guitar.
I like it.
Monday, April 20, 2020
Gernot Friedbacher's "Music Across" Radio Show is preparing something special.
RADIO ORANGE - ORANGE 94.0
Musik unter Quarantäne – Gemeinsam Radio machen und doch daheim
Gernot will be discussing the Corona crisis with ;
Wickerl Adam, Gründer und Frontman der „Hallucination Company“ und Preisträger des Amadeus Austrian Music Awards 2006 für sein Lebenswerk.
Fried Dähn (Tübingen, D), Cellist, Komponist, Ton- und Medienkünstler. Zusammenarbeit u.a. mit Karl-Heinz Stockhausen, Ornette Coleman und Frank Zappa.
Richard Graf, Gitarrist, Komponist, Pädagoge, Buchautor, Vorstandsmitglied des Österreichischen Komponistenbundes und Dekan für Musikpädagogik an der Privatuniversität JAM MUSIC LAB in Wien.
Kurt „Kubi“ Huber von den „Entspannten“ aus Wiener Neustadt. Ein hervorragender Liedermacher und Textschreiber, der in seinem Brotberuf allerdings EDV Spezialist ist.
Maddy Rose, Musikstudentin, Sängerin und Songwriterin. Sie war 2018 auch Finalistin beim Gesangswettbewerb „The Voice“.
Peter Janda, Komponist, Keyboarder, Produzent und Tontechniker. Musik zu unzähligen TV Produktionen und Kultfilmen wie „Muttertag“ oder „Müller‘s Büro“.
During the show, the guests tell how they are doing in times of the corona crisis, how work processes have changed, and that every crisis is also an opportunity to break new ground, even though everyone's real personal music-making is lacking.
However, current problems in the music industry are also addressed. Despite all the interesting thoughts and ideas that are addressed, the program primarily plays music by the guests, partly unpublished material and a song that has even been completed especially for this program.
A message from The Residents
Greetings fellow ocular observers,
We sincerely hope you and yours are well during these unprecedented times. Of course, all of our priorities have been brought into sharp focus, but we thought it might provide some light relief to know that, much like you, The Residents are staying home and staying safe at the moment, and hope you’re all managing one way or another.
In the meantime, you may have already heard that the freaky foursome have decided to release their new album, ‘Metal, Meat and Bone – The Songs Of Dyin’ Dog’ into this unpredictable maelstrom, in the hope it might help us all pass an hour or so in familiar surroundings. July 10th will see the album released worldwide in both 2CD and 2LP formats, both of which contain the original ten Dyin’ Dog recordings AND The Residents’ interpretations of them. The 2CD set also includes six new Residents songs written whilst under the influence of Alvin Snow.
The album will also be preceded by a vinyl release of the superb ‘Die! Die! Die!’ single, which anybody who saw the In Between Dreams tour will recall as a highlight of the evening. The Residents’ trusted besties at Psychofon will have the pleasure of releasing their usual plethora of collectors’ editions on May 15th – check out their website for more info too.
In the meantime, this unexpected downtime has given the group time to turn their attention to some other forthcoming projects. The guys would otherwise have been out on tour right now, but instead find themselves putting the finishing touches to the forthcoming ‘Cube-E’, ‘Freak Show’ and ‘Gingerbread Man’ pREServed releases, catching up on the ‘Double Trouble’ film project and considering all kinds of interesting offers from all kinds of interesting people to do all kinds of interesting things. All of which, dear pals, you’ll be the first to hear about the moment anything is set in stone.
- jeff simmons: blue universe
(2004, cd, usa, private release)
Jeff Simmons released both the “Naked Angels” soundtrack and his “Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up” album, in collaboration with Ian Underwood and Frank Zappa, in 1969. Afterwards, Jeff joined Zappa’s Mothers.
Jeff’s third album, “Blue Universe” only got released in 2004 and included a remake of ‘Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up’, a track he co-wrote with FZ.
Here's a fragment of the "Naked Angels" soundtrack:
Sunday, April 19, 2020
- terry ware: caffeine dreams
(1981, lp, usa, desire dsr 2)
Eventually, the album got reissued on CD as "Buffalo Tracks" in 2001, with another 'Let's Make The Water Turn Black' as one of the bonus tracks.
The info was already up at the U.M.Archives but I finally managed to take a picture of the actual album and put it up.
from Gene Pritsker's newsletter
While stuck here at home with all my concerts canceled I decided to launch a project, calling peeps on FB to record duos with me. I got 32 participants. So I wrote 32 duets for myself on electric guitar and my various composer/performer friends playing a dizzying variety of instruments. The basic idea is I write a duo for them, and call these Pandemic Dances and they write a duo for me, we record our parts at home and release it on this album.
Here is the link to the Bandcamp album:
So far I have recorded and released 6 of these.
It's Been A Minute Waltz
The great ensemble Kontraste from Nuremberg asked me to write a one-minute composition for a 19 piece chamber ensemble - kinda inspired bu Frédéric Chopin's, Minute Waltz. So in keeping with the spirit of all of us not being able to see each other for a while - I wrote: 'It's Been A Minute Waltz'. Here is the video with all the musicians recording their individual parts at home.
From the WareHouse of Tony Levin's Papa Bear Records.
A book of fine quality black and white photographs, and more, from concerts, touring, recording, and rehearsing with King Crimson
CRIMSON Chronicles vol. 1 the 1980's features all the years of the band's incarnation with Robert Fripp, Bill Bruford, Adrian Belew, and Tony Levin. Shot from a vantage point nobody else has - that of the bass player onstage with the band.
208 pages - perfect-bound - 200 line screen offset printed on heavyweight premium paper. 274 photographs. Extensive captions and commentary by the author.
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Friday, April 17, 2020
An update from the Zappanale Team :
Dear Zappanale fans,
Zappanale 31 is a real "torture".
German government announced yesterday that no festival is permitted to happen before 31 August due to the COVID-19 exceptional situation. Although we worked hard to make Zappanale happen in 2020, we had to decide today with a heavy heart to postpone Zappanale #31 to 16-18 July 2021
You can keep your tickets in your favorite place, they will of course remain valid. They'll be accepted at the box office on the festival ground.
We intend to keep the lineup for 2021 same as announced for 2020 and will start to get in touch with the artists in the coming days in order to check for their availability.
We think the government's decision is a necessary and an important safety measure for all, since many of us belong to the so called "high-risk groups" ;-)
The positive thing is: we never had so much time for the preparation of the festival before!
We'll come back to you with answers to your questions and will give you further updates, but please allow us to take some time for preparations. The last few weeks have been quite challenging for all of us.
But: we still are the other people! We are working on a surprise for all of you, expect the unexpected!
We want to see you all safe and healthy for Zappanale #31 again!
Your Zappanale Team
SONIC HEALING SESSIONS
We would like to send blessings to all you beautiful earthlings in these difficult times. Until we can once again join together in the physical realm you can catch DJ Zapot and members of Golden Dawn live-streaming every Friday from 8-11pm CST. Featuring Virtual Smudging, Digital Blessings and the afro-disco sounds of DJ Zapot.
To groove out with us tune in to the Golden Dawn Arkestra Facebook and Instagram pages...
JamesE mentioned this on Zappateers quite a while ago.
Genesis, performing 'Afterglow' in concert.
"at 4.15 you'll see Phil Collins stick in the intro drum to 'more trouble everyday'"
Don't you just love this stuff ?
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Monday, April 13, 2020
Below a list of albums by Flora Purim and one by Airto Moreira that featured George Duke.
From 1973 - 1979.
Nice stuff to read / to listen to.
-- info : Jan van Kemenade
from GlassOnyon PR
TODD RUNDGREN’S UTOPIA Benefit For Moogy Klingman 2011 Reunion Concert Recordings Now Available In A Special Limited Edition 6-Disc Box Set!
Los Angeles, CA - Todd Rundgren’s cult prog/art rock outfit Utopia released a mere handful of studio albums in several incarnations starting in 1974 before retiring in the early ‘80s. Yet the band has managed to maintain an intensely devout fanbase that enthusiastically flocked to sold out performances when Rundgren revived the act for a national tour in 2018. The seed of that extraordinarily successful reunion lay in a charitable act years earlier when Rundgren’s longtime friend, songwriting partner and founding member of the original Todd Rundgren’s Utopia, Moogy “Mark” Klingman, fell ill. As Klingman’s health deteriorated and his medical bills began to pile up, Todd Rundgren’s Utopia reformed for special benefit engagements to raise money for their dear friend. The result was an astounding coming together in music and a spirit of compassion as former Utopia members, including Mr. Klingman himself, stepped on the stage behind their leader, Todd Rundgren, and gave the fans an incredible concert, one they wouldn’t soon forget.
Now, a new box set collects together both the audio and video of the January 2011 Todd Rundgren’s Utopia reunion show as well as the November show later that year recorded just a few days after Klingman’s passing. The entire box, titled Benefit For Moogy Klingman, is a multi-media treasure trove featuring 4 audio discs and 2 DVDs with special features that include interviews with the band members and a gorgeous booklet with extensive liner notes and photos. The box is set to be released on May 1 courtesy of Purple Pyramid Records, a division of Cleopatra Records, Inc.
Sunday, April 12, 2020
VSL MIRx Walkthrough, by Carl King
Carl King said:
Hey, that's Captain Kirk...
Vienna Symphonic Library in Austria are having a sale this weekend, so they asked me to create some demo videos using their orchestral library software, the first being a convolution reverb extension called MIRx. I put together a wacky Muted Brass, Percussion, and Woodwind track called William Shatner On Ice, which I demo in 5 different modeled concert halls around Europe.
Saturday, April 11, 2020
Now reissued as a 3 CD set, probably without The Persuasions.
Date of release = April 17, 2020
Sunday, April 5, 2020
Billy Mundi was part of The Mothers Of Invention from 1966 until 1967.
In the early seventies, he played the drums on John Compton's "To Luna" album, re-issued in 2005 on CD in Japan.
Here's more info:
-- info: Jan van Kemenade
Friday, April 3, 2020
The Prince store is offering some new stuff in their Legacy series :
- The Rainbow Children (2LP / Crystal Clear / 150G)
- Up All Nite with Prince: The One Nite Alone Collection (4CD / 1 DVD)
- One Nite Alone... Live! (4LP / Purple / 150G)
- One Nite Alone... (1LP / Purple / 150G)
- The Rainbow Children
- One Nite Alone... The Aftershow: It Ain't Over! (2LP / Purple / 150G)
A message from Soundohm
Officially reissued after 50 years, Cairo FreeJazz Ensemble's "Heliopolis" is an entirely singular work of towering proportions, a stunning blend of big band spiritual jazz, the music of the Middle East, and the fire and energy of freejazz - unveiling a deep creative resonance with the contemporaneous efforts of Pharaoh Sanders, Phil Cohran, and Sun Ra - accumulating its elements and indigenous, cultural specificities to create a musical object with few parallels.
If there ever was a truly global musical language, it is hard to find a better example than jazz. First emerging from African American communities during the early years of the 20th century, by the 1920s, unique, indigenous forms began appearing in every corner of the globe, endlessly encouraging artists from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and sets of experience to come together in song over the last century.
While idioms of jazz from countries like the United States, France, Germany, The Netherlands, England, and Japan have received plenty of attention and acknowledgement over the years, countless other unique visions of this music have remained widely overlooked. One of the best examples is none other than the Cairo FreeJazz Ensemble from Egypt, whose lone LP, Heliopolis, has remained one of the great holy-grails for collectors since it was first released in 1970.
An absolute stunning piece of work with few parallels from the region, at long last it is receiving its first ever official reissue, via the always amazing Holidays Records.
One of the great projects in Egyptian jazz, the Cairo FreeJazz Ensemble was formed by Salah Ragab and Hartmut Geerken as an avant-garde offshoot of The Cairo Jazz Band - the first jazz big band in the country - formed by Ragab in 1968. Many will recognize the name of the later via their legendary 1983 collaborative LP, In Egypt, created with The Sun Ra Arkestra.
When encountering the Cairo FreeJazz Ensemble’s lone LP, Heliopolis, the deep resonance found between these artists and their American counterparts becomes startlingly clear.
An entirely singular work of towering proportions, Heliopolis is a stunning blend of big band spiritual jazz, the music of the Middle East, and the fire and energy of freejazz - unveiling a deep creative resonance with the contemporaneous efforts of Pharaoh Sanders, Phil Cohran, and Sun Ra - accumulating its elements and indigenous, cultural specificities to create a musical object with few parallels.
Enabled by Geerken’s connections with the Goethe-Institut in Cairo, copies of the tiny original pressing are as rare and sought after as any in the canon of recorded jazz. There’s little question why. The album is a throbbing, squealing, wild journey through the heights creative of sound, channeling swirling, focused artistry that taps the ancient and future in a single blow.
A total revelation that draws the ear toward the unsung history of global jazz, this record is just as killer as they come. An ecstatic, immersive force of joyful sound. We can’t thank Holidays enough for bringing this one back, 50 years after it first emerged.
Issued as a fully remastered, deluxe edition, with a beautiful booklet, we couldn’t possibly recommend it enough.