Sunday, July 25, 2021

FROM 2017 CHRIS POTTER WITH SNARKY PUPPY

No words.
Just goosebumps.

Chris Potter with Snarky Puppy...





 

DIE ÄRZTE - UNROCKBAR

German punk-rock band Die Ärzte have several links Frank Zappa's musical universe. They recorded a couple of Zappa tunes and mentioned FZ in their lyrics.

A more refined one can be found in the music video for 'Unrockbar'. I'm not talking about the audio track, but the music video kicks off with one of the band members humming 'I'm The Slime' !!

This music video got released on the enhanced maxi CD "Dinge Von Denen" in 2003,


and can also be found on the 2009 "Overkiller" DVD.


GUITAR ADDICTION

The "Guitar Addiction - A Tribute To Modern Guitar" compilation album got released by the GuitarEuroMedia record label in 2011.

11 tracks with 4 or 5 different guitarists playing a solo on each track.

Too much?
Well, maybe, but it does feature Christophe Godin, Richard Hallebeek, Guthrie Govan, Pierrejean Gaucher, Grégory 'Gowy' François and Mattias IA Eklundh, just to mention some familiar sounding names...


4 years after this first collection, "Guitar Addiction 2" got released.
Same concept: 13 tracks with one guitar solo after another.
Not that many familiar names this time, but still... Featuring Richard Hallebeek, Christophe Godin and Frank Gambale.



Saturday, July 24, 2021

TIM MOTZER TALKING WITH JOHN ETHERIDGE

John Etheridge + Tim Motzer, Searching for Sparks, episode 14


Searching for Sparks, episode 14 with Soft Machine guitarist John Etheridge on this transatlantic chat with Tim Motzer about John's history with Soft Machine, Andy Summers, John Williams, Allan Holdsworth, and London in the late 60s/early 70s.





 

CLAUDIO NUÑEZ - NOSTÁLGICO

Previously released in June 2021, Claudio Nuñez re-released his “Nostálgico” album. with different album artwork and different track titles in July 2021.


CHATO'S FRANK ZAPPA TRIBUTE ON YOUTUBE

A message from Chato!

Sunday, July 25, 19h00 CET will bring you something special: the video premiere of "In memoriam, Frank Zappa" !
It literally is a premiere, because youtube has a feature to publish videos as "premiere", so we can all watch it together and we can talk in the chat with each other :)

Tomorrow, 7 pm German time, is the time to be here:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xv6hRhgBx7g

Actually, we can chat 15 min prior to that if you wanna
Of course the video will be on youtube afterwards, so don't worry if you can't make it

This was the last track we recorded with this lineup and also the last new finished song for this band, so it means a lot to me. Ironically it is also the 1st serious music piece I have written, when I was 14 years old (only changed a coupla notes in the melody). Full circle, I would say.



 

SUN RA - SLEEPING BEAUTY (EXPANDED)

Sun Ra And His Arkestra's "Sleeping Beauty" album got released in 1971 on Sun Ra's Saturn record label.
It has been re-issued several times, both on LP and on CD.

Last week, it got re-released as a digital download on Bandcamp, with a number of bonus tracks. This latest version is entitled "Sleeping Beauty (Expanded).



WRUPK UREI

Estonion ensemble Wrupk Urei blends progressive rock with jazz elements.
Beautifully structured and layered pieces.

So far, the band has released three albums. Self-released, that is, although their first album got re-issued on the Italian Altrock label.

Quite a discovery !!

Check them out on Bandcamp.

https://wrupkurei.bandcamp.com/




-- info: Danny Mathys

Friday, July 23, 2021

OCTOBER EQUUS

MoonJune Records is offering an October Equus compilation as a "name your price" album.

Check it out !


"WELCOME 2 AMERICA" PODCAST

The first part in the podcast series for Prince's "Welcome 2 America" album.

Recorded in 2010 but archived in the Prince vault instead of being released.
With Tal Wilkenfeld !

https://open.spotify.com/episode/3rbnpRoxzqWA0lJ7Pqil41?si=vwxEudPDTeiQfRkIGoCSYA&dl_branch=1


TOYAH & ROBERT FRIPP

Toyah - Levitate (From the album "Posh Pop" out 27 August 2021)
Featuring Robert Fripp on guitar.

'Sharp Dressed Man' from their YouTube series:


KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD

The latest video from King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard:

'Interior People' from the "Butterfly 3000" album.


 

SANHEDRIN - EVER AFTER

  • sanhedrin: ever after
        (2011, cd, italy, fading rock / altrock)
"Ever After", the one and only album by Israeli band Sanhedrin got released in 2011.

Progressive rock that incorporates beautiful melodies.
Leading roles for guitar player Gadi Ben Elisha, flutist Shem-Tov Levi and keyboard player Aviv Barness !

Nice. Very nice.
Also available as a digital download through Bandcamp.



-- info: Danny Mathys

Thursday, July 22, 2021

EMPTY DAYS - EMPTY DAYS

  • empty days: empty days
        (2013, cd, italy, altrock)

Empty Days is one of the many projects by Francesco Zago. For Empty Days, Francesco gathered a.o. Elaine di Falco (vocals), Maurizio Fasoli (piano), Jacopo Costa (vibes), Pat Moonchy (electric zen garden??), Giuseppe Olivini (percussion and theremin) and Paolo Botta (keyboards).

The resulting album is a rather minimalistic but beautifully combines a dramatic and melancholic mode with a certain sense of suspense.

Compositions and guitar by Francesco Zago.

Very nice.
Out on the Altrock label.
From 2013.


-- info: Danny Mathys

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

PAKT


PAKT feat. Percy Jones, Alex Skolnick, Kenny Grohowski, Tim Motzer


Confirmed and announced shows:

JULY 22, THU - PAWLING, NY (Daryl's House Club)
LIVE STREAMING!

JULY 23, FRI - KENNETT SQUARE, PA (Kennett Flash Rooftop Series)

JULY 25, SUN - SELLERSVILLE, PA (Sellersville Theater)

All shows of this project will be recorded and released in digital format later this year. Every show will be completely different from each other. Expect cosmic fire!


OKYEREMA ASANTE




 

THE COMPLETE (AND REMASTERED) ED PALERMO BIG BAND ZAPPANALE 2019 CONCERT

Flashback to Zappanale #30 (the 2019 edition)

The Ed Palermo Big Band headlined Zappanale #30 (A 3-day annual music festival dedicated to Frank Zappa in Bad Doberan, Germany).
With special guest Napoleon Murphy Brock, and Candy Zappa. Music by Frank Zappa.
All arrangements by Ed Palermo, except “Big Swifty” (1# & #2) by Bruce McDaniel, and “Pygmy Twylyte” by Ed Palermo and Bruce McDaniel

Live recording by Ralph Kessler, mixed by Bruce McDaniel at Rock Ridge Recording.

30th Annual Zappanale Festival in Bad Doberan, Germany, July 19-21, 2019.
Performance date: 7/20/19

Set List:

WATER MUSIC (Handel)
BRAHMS’ 1st SYMPHONY (excerpt)
BROWN SHOES DON’T MAKE IT (excerpt) (Zappa)
WHAT’S NEW IN BALTIMORE (Zappa)
BEETHOVEN’S 5th (excerpt)
HOLIDAY IN BERLIN (Zappa)
UNCLE MEAT/BOOGIE WOOGIE WALTZ/EAT THAT QUESTION (Zappa, Weather Report)
INCA ROADS (Zappa)
SOFA No. 1 (Zappa)
MOONLIGHT SONATA/SHE’S SO HEAVY (Beethoven, Beatles)
BIG SWIFTY #1 (Zappa)
SON OF ORANGE COUNTY (Zappa)
MORE TROUBLE EVERY DAY (Zappa)
BIG SWIFTY #2 (Zappa)
BEETHOVEN’S 7th, 2nd MOVEMENT
VILLAGE OF THE SUN (Zappa)
LET’S MAKE THE WATER TURN BLACK (Zappa)
DIRECTLY FROM MY MY HEART TO YOU (Zappa)
TOADS OF THE SHORT FOREST (Zappa)
ECHIDNA’S ARF (of You) (Zappa)
TOADS OF THE SHORT FOREST coda (Zappa)
THE EVIL PRINCE (Zappa)
STRICTLY GENTEEL - The Finale (Zappa)
(encore)
WATERMELON IN EASTER HAY (Zappa)
PYGMY TWYLYTE (Zappa)
PEACHES EN REGALIA (Zappa)

The band:

ED PALERMO - band leader, alto sax, vocals
DAN GLAUDE - alto sax
PHIL CHESTER - alto sax, soprano sax, piccolo
DREW VANDEWINCKEL - tenor sax, clarinet
BEN KONO - tenor sax
DANIEL PEARSON - baritone sax
MATTHEW OWENS - lead trumpet
AUGIE HAAS - trumpet
CHARLEY GORDON - lead trombone
NICK GRINDER - trombone
MATT INGMAN - bass trombone
BRUCE MCDANIEL - electric guitar, vocals
KATIE JACOBY - electric violin, vocals
BOB QUARANTA - piano
TED KOOSHIAN - electric keyboards
PAUL ADAMY - electric bass
RAY MARCHICA - drums

SPECIAL GUEST:
Napoleon Murphy Brock - vocals, sax, flute
Candy Zappa – vocals


GOV'T MULE TOURDATES

GOV'T MULE
UPCOMING SHOWS

8.25 - Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City, UT - SOLD OUT*
8.26 - Belly Up in Aspen, CO - Pre-Sale 7.21
8.27 - Dillon Amphitheater in Dillon, CO *
8.28 - Dillon Amphitheater in Dillon, CO *
8.30 - Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN
9.03 - Freeman Arts Pavilion in Selbyville, DE
9.04 - MLK Jr. Memorial Park in Rochester, NY*
9.07 - Artpark in Lewiston, NY
9.09 - Leader Bank Pavilion in Boston, MA +
9.10 - Bank of NH Pavilion in Gilford, NH ^
9.11 - The Mann Center in Philadelphia, PA ^
9.12 - Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga, NY^
9.14 - Levitt Pavilion Steelstacks in Bethlehem, PA
9.16 - Columbia Speedway Amphitheater in Columbia, SC*
9.17 - Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA^
9.18 - Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, NC^
9.19 - PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC^
9.23 - Riverfront Park in Wilmington, NC*
9.24 - Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD^
10.15 - Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ^
10.16 - Five Point Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA^
10.23 - Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain VIew, VA^
10.24 - Toyota Amphitheatre in Wheatland, CA^
 
* co-headline with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
+ with special guest Margo Price
^ Outlaw Music Festival


 

Monday, July 19, 2021

EELCO VAN ZANTEN

Eelco Van Zanten's latest album is called "Passion & Software".

Tribute, parody or something in between ?

This is one fine album !!

 

-- info: Dirk Verschaeve

OPEN AIR SCREENING OF THE ZAPPA MOVIE

Thursday, 22 July 2021,

At La Reine Sucré in Houthalen-Helchteren, Belgium

The Zappa Documentary

https://tickets.theroxytheatre.be/nl/events/roxy-music-fest-at-le-reune-sucree

19.00 Vinyl-Vintage & Art Fair - Drinks & Bites / Music & Movie 
Film vanaf 21.00 (bij voldoende duisternis)
Muziek / DJ Marco Cirone



CO LIVE ON DUTCH RADIO

On the agenda of "Co Live" and "Co Live Life Favorites"

Zondag 18 juli
20:00 Co Live Life Favorites - Billy Cobham / George Duke

Zaterdag 7 augustus
20:00 Co Live Life Favorites - Mothers of Invention

Zondag 29 augustus
20:00 Co Live Life Favorites - Zappa 88

If you can't listen live, check out the episodes at :

https://www.nporadio2.nl/soulenjazz/podcasts/co-live
(Which doesn't work if you live in Belgium, like me. Apparently, it's for Dutch freaks only.)

-- original info: Jan van Kemenade

Sunday, July 18, 2021

DIE MISERABLEN HUSOS - LIVE IM DUNGEON OF ÂPPLER

Zappa in the German language :

Die Miserablen Husos (who also contributed to the on-line Zappanale festival)

Bandcamp release.



GIRAFFE TONGUE ORCHESTRA

Giraffe Tongue Orchestra is an American rock supergroup.
The band consists of Alice in Chains vocalist William DuVall, guitarist Brent Hinds of Mastodon, lead guitarist Ben Weinman of The Dillinger Escape Plan, drummer Thomas Pridgen of The Mars Volta, and bassist Pete Griffin of Dethklok and Zappa Plays Zappa. The band released their debut LP, Broken Lines on September 23, 2016

Album cover of the Broken Lines LP :


Music video: 



ZAPPANALE LIVE STREAM - SUNDAY - 18 - 07 - 2021


10:00 - BEGINNING OF PROGRAM - ONLINE VIDEO STREAM

10:15 - BUT IS IT ART?

10:55 - ZAPPANALE EXHIBITION SPECIAL EVENTS

12:00 - ZAPPANALE 30.75 - ALTERNATIVE EXHIBITION

12:00 - HELMUT KING

12:05 - FRANK WONNEBERG LECTURES

12:35 - SON OF THE ZAPPANALE AUDIENCE ... SOME MORE

12:40 - LET’S HEAR IT FOR PROJECT OBJECT

13:15 - MAKE A JAZZ NOISE

14:40 - DO YOU LIKE A SNACK?

14:45 - ZAPPA MEETS CLASSIC SOME MORE

15:35 - AUDIENCE-PARTICIPATION-TIME

16:45 - DO YOU LIKE MY NEW CAR?

16:50 - YOU CALL THAT MUSIC?

17:45 - DIRECTLY FROM MY HEART TO YOU

19:00 - GRANDMOTHER'S DAY

20:25 - SNEAK PREVIEW ZAPPANALE #31

22:05 - GOODBYE-SESSION

24:00 -  END OF PROGRAM

Saturday, July 17, 2021

ZAPPANALE LIVE STREAM - SATURDAY 17 - 07 - 2021

Day two


10:00 - BEGINNING OF PROGRAM

10:15 - BUT IS IT ART?

10:50 - ZAPPANALE EXHIBITION SPECIAL EVENTS

11:45 - AN INTERVIEW WITH ART TRIPP

12:05 - ZAPPANALE AUDIENCE

12:10 - THE EXPLOSIVE WORLD OF FAMILY WATSON AND CHRIS OPPERMAN

13:20 - ICH BIN DEIN GEHEIMER SCHMUTZ (Zappa auf Deutsch)

14:15 - SON OF THE ZAPPANALE AUDIENCE

14:20 - LET'S SPIN THE BIG WHEEL, LARRY!

15:20 - EVELYN, THE MODIFIED DOG

15:25 - THE BIG BAND FLOWER HOUR

16:25 - PAUL GREEN AND THE KIDS WITH THE HORNS

18:00 - LIVE CONCERT WITH AUDIENCE
Kornhaus - Klostergarten 1, 18209 Bad Doberan
  18:00 - Jazzprojekt Hundehagen Trio
  19:40 - Die Reise
  22:00 - Coogans Bluff

24:00  - ONLINE PROGRAM CONTINUES

00:00 - MY GUITAR WANTS TO WEEP GENTLY

01:05 - KRAUT, CANTERBURY & CO.

02:30 - END OF PROGRAM


 

GEORGE DUKE RE-ISSUES

Volume 11 and 12 in the "Dig Up The Pieces" re-issue series by the Japanese MPS record label:
George Duke's "Feel" & "The Aura Will Prevail".
From 2007 !!
Nice additions to The Others Of Invention series.




ORCHESTRE TOUT PUISSANT MARCEL DUCHAMP - WE'RE OK. BUT WE'RE LOST ANYWAY.

The OTPMD recently released a new album: "We're OK...".

Great tunes. Beautiful instrumentation.


THE HEADSHAKERS - THE HEADSHAKERS

French rock band The Headshakers were the rock band at the performance of Zappa's "200 Motels, The Suites" in Strasbourg and in Paris a couple of years ago. They also did a tour with Napoleon Murphy Brock and performed at Zappanale.
They even recorded and released FZ's 'I'm The Slime' as a hidden track on one of their EP's.

Reason enough to keep an eye on them.

The above pictured "THS - The Headshakers" album was their second album. It got released in 2019 and had the same title as their first album, but it actually was their second.

Rock, funk, jazz.
I like it.

Here's a snippet from their Zappanale performance :


ANTONIO JASEVOLI - MY OWN EXPERIENCE

'Act 2' on Italian guitar player Antonio Jasevoli’s Jimi Hendrix tribute album was called 'The Foxy Lady Meets A Muffin Man In A Purple Haze' and included the trio’s rendition of Frank Zappa’s ‘Muffin Man’.


PIERRE VERVLOESEM - FOLKLORIK (REVISED)

The inimitable Pierre Vervloesem reworked his "Folklorik" album, previously released in January.

"Twisted and upgraded folkloristic dance music."
Makes you feel happy.



Friday, July 16, 2021

ZAPPANALE LIVE STREAM



ZAPPANALE

 Just a little reminder that the Zappanale festival will kick off today at 12h00 CET.

https://www.zappanale.de/

DAY 1

Friday - 16.07.2021

12:00 Uhr - BEGINNING OF PROGRAM - ONLINE VIDEO STREAM

12:00 - WELCOME TO ZAPPANALE #30.75

12:15 - ZAPPA POWER HOUR - EARLY SHOW

13:30 - KAMP WARM-UP PARTY

14:05 - AUDIENCE FEEDBACK ZAPPANALE #30.5

14:25 - NO MORE TROUBLE EVERY DAY

14:30 - ZAPPA MEETS CLASSIC

15:35 - THE EARLY YEARS

16:00 - MAGIE AUF DER GALOPPRENNBAHN

17:05 - DOBERANER RENNBAHN FANTASIE

17:10 - ONE SIZE FITS ALL

18:00 - VIRTUAL BEER TRINKING
Virtuelles Biertrinken mit dem Zappanale Team (Zappacheers!)

18:30 - EAST MEETS ZAPPA

19:40 - FRENCH CONNECTION

20:00 - ZAPPANALE DOKU VORFÜHRUNG - KOSMISCHE BROCKEN
in Bad Doberan, im Kamp-Kino
(!) Parallel-Event zum Live Stream

21:20  -CAPTAIN BEEFHEART MEMORIAL BBQ

22:45 - TAKE YOUR CLOTHES OFF…

23:45 - A NIGHT AT THE RACETRACK

23:50 - DOES HUMOR BELONG IN MUSIC?

00:50 - ZAPPA POWER HOUR - LATE SHOW

Thursday, July 15, 2021

GOWY IN CONCERT NEXT WEEK

Gowy will be performing a concert on the 22 of July in Montreuil, France.

https://www.bandsintown.com/e/102676977-gowy-at-le-clan-des-elfes?came_from=242&utm_medium=web&utm_source=artist_page&utm_campaign=event


BILL IN THE TEA - BIG TREE

Italian math rock sextet Bill In The Tea released a piece entitled 'I Wanna Be Frank Zappa' on their "Big Tree" album.
Private release on CD in 2013 & on the AMS record label in 2014.


SPACE DEBRIS AT ZAPPANALE 2007

Space Debris performed at the Zappanale festival in 2007.
The concert got released on Bandcamp and on CD.


The CD is available from https://www.green-brain-krautrock.de/

No Frank Zappa compositions on the album but the set ends with 'Zappäng', a sort of jam / tribute to Frank Zappa (although it sounds more like a Doors song).
Album cover artwork shows the Zappanale stage.



YUVAL RON TRIO - LIVE AGAINST THE VIRUS

Guitarist and composer Yuval Ron recently released a streaming concert.

The trio performed songs from "Somewhere In This Universe, Somebody Hits A Drum", of which I imagined that it would not possible to get performed in concert due to its complexity.

Anyway, you need to see & hear this.
With the trio in full astronaut uniforms, the listener is taken on a space voyage.
No psychedelic space trip, but top-notch Cinematic Prog.

Check out the concert at Yuval's MusoMind profile, where you can also check out and subscribe to more music.

https://www.musomind.com/artist/YuvalRon?fr=600411


DMYTRO RADZETSKYI - VEXATIONS VOL.8

Ukrainian multi-instrumentalist and composer Dmytro Radzetskyi is one of the people behind the SUR Band (check out their amazing "Zappanale #27" release), but also behind RADZ (with whom he released the excellent "Live In Europe" album).

More recently, Dmytro contributed an album to the Off Record label's "Vexations" series, a tribute to the music of Erik Satie.


MIKE KENEALLY ON WORKING WITH FRANK ZAPPA

from Guitar World:
Mike Keneally on working with Frank Zappa: “My mind was being blown on a daily basis”

https://www.guitarworld.com/amp/features/mike-keneally-frank-zappa


-- info: Jan van Kemenade


GOWY - ATOMS

Driving to Antwerp and to Brussels, I had Gowy's "Atoms" album in my car the last couple of days.
Instrumental, lyrical, guitar-driven rock. Great tunes.
This morning, I listened to the album once again. This time with the headphones. It sounded, as one might expect, even better.

Grégory Françpois' guitar is in the center of things, but the other musicians need some credit as well. Fierce drumming, beautiful percussion (I just love the sound of that marimba), unison playing, energetic solos,...
Love it.

As an unexpected surprise, the inside artwork of the fold-out cardboard sleeve shows a picture of the band in their recording / rehearsal studio with a concert poster of Frank Zappa (as the Mona Lisa) on the wall. Unexpected, but not unlikely.

Highly recommended.



BRUNO VANSINA TRIO IN CONCERT

Bruno Vansina - Teun Verbruggen - Louise van den Heuvel

in concert at Minigolf Beatrix

https://minigolfbeatrijs.be/programma/


-- info: Philippe Lamoot


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

CZECH VERSION OF THE REAL FRANK ZAPPA BOOK

The Czech Frank Zappa Fan Club has produced a (new) Czech version of The Real Frank Zappa book.
The book was to be ready in September but they were able to finish it one and a half month in advance! 
Limited edition of 150 copies.

More info soon.



CHIRONOMIDS OUTERSPACE ORCHESTRA

 A couple of posts ago, I mentioned Zappazik!, assuming it was the name of the band.
My bad. The ensemble was called the Chironomids Outerspace Group, and Zappazik! was the name of the show they put together.

Their fantastic performance is also available (for streaming) on Soundcloud.

https://soundcloud.com/user-171064091


NEW ZAPPA TRIBUTE ALBUM ON THE CORDELIA RECORD LABEL

Put together by Andrew Greenaway and released by Cordelia Records: "Would You Like A Snack?"

Read more about it here:
http://www.idiotbastard.com/200Motels.htm

And order your copy here:
http://www.cordeliarecords.co.uk/Pages/Buy%20Records.html




 

Monday, July 12, 2021

CHIRONOMIDS OUTERSPACE GROUP PERFORMED ZAPPAZIK!

Chironomids Outerspace Group performed Zappzik!, their tribute to the music of Frank Zappa

From 2016 !

  • The Purple Lagoon – Approximate
  • Help I’m a rock
  • St. Alphonzo’s Pancake Breakfast / Rollo
  • Catholic Girls
  • Penis Dimension
  • Flambay
  • Little House (versione inedita) per pianoforte e ensemble
  • It Can’t Happen Here per 5 voci soliste, pianoforte e batteria.
  • Zomby Woof
  • Brown Shoes Don’t Make It
  • Echidna’s Arf (of you)
  • Prelude To The Afternoon Of A Sexually Aroused Gas Mask
  • Dupree’s Paradise
  • Dirty Love
  • G-Spot Tornado
  • Lemme take you to the beach


 

Sunday, July 11, 2021

BRAM WEIJTERS' CRAZY MEN

Bram Weijters' Crazy Men pay tribute to the Belgian 1970's jazz-rock and fusion.

Their second album is scheduled for August.

  • Bram Weijters: keyboards
  • Sam Vloemans: trumpet
  • Andrew Claes: EWI & eletronics
  • Vincent Brijs: baritone sax
  • Gerben Brys: bass
  • Steven Cassiers: drums

PRINCE'S "CHAOS AND DISORDER" GETS A CD RE-RELEASE

Prince's 1996 "Chaos And Disorder" album is getting a CD re-release.

I guess the parental advisory sticker will no longer be part of it... 




MAGMA ON ARTE TV

 Magma on Arte TV.

CHATO!'S PERFORMANCE OF MARQUE-SON'S CHICKEN ON YOUTUBE

 Made available on Bandcamp earlier today, but also to be enjoyed on YouTube:
Chato!'s performance of Frank Zappa's 'Marque-Son's Chicken', from Zappanale 2017.



GOWY - S/T

  • gowy: gowy
        (2013, cdep, france, private release)

French guitar player Gregory ‘Gowy’ François released the 4-track "Gowy" CD EP in 2013.
Instrumental guitar-oriented rock.
Also available as a digital download through Bandcamp, but for some reason I only received the first track...



RICHARD HEMMINGS - NON-IDIOMATIC NINJAS

Richard Hemmings aka Evil Dick, has just released "Non-Idiomatic Ninjas".
Improvised music by Richard & his two kids.


NEW MUSIC BY JONO EL GRANDE

Norwegian composer Jon A. Håtun is better known as Jono El Grande.
He has just released a new piece of music on Bandcamp:

'Cheerful In Hell'.



GOWY - ESSENTIAL TRACKS

Gowy is guitar player and composer Grégory François' project.
"Essential Tracks" was Gowy's first album, released on CD in 2007 and also made available on Bandcamp.

I came across Gowy because of some obvious Frank Zappa references on their later albums, and I'm glad I did. This is great stuff.
In Gowy's music, I hear the same things that I enjoy in Steve Vai and Frank Zappa's music.

Check it out !!


 

CHATO! - MARQUE-SON'S CHICKEN (LIVE)


  • Chato!: Marque-son’s Chicken (Live)
    (2021, download, --, bandcamp)
Chato Segerer’s concert at Zappanale #28 (on July 16, 2017) included a performance of Frank Zappa’s ‘Marque-Son’s Chicken’.
The Zappanale concert got released on Bandcamp in 2020 but did not included this piece.
Chato: "It's an outtake from the Live album that I released last year. I cut it out because I toyed with the idea of making an album of Zappa covers, but in the meantime, I have thrown the idea out of the window.”

Another fine addition to The Others Of Invention.


 

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART'S "TROUT MASK REPLICA" RELEASED ON QOBUZ

Captain Beefheart's "Trout Mask Replica" album is made available for high resolution download and streaming through Qobuz.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/trout-mask-replica-captain-beefheart-streaming-1193345/

Qobuz, the music lovers’ Hi-Res streaming and download provider, has released Captain Beefheart’s Trout Mask Replica digitally in Hi-Res for the first time ever. You can read more about the iconic album’s legacy, and how such a masterpiece made its way to Hi-Res 24-bit streaming, here at Rolling Stone.

The Frank Zappa-produced album, and its Hi-Res premiere on Qobuz, are continuations of the partnership between Qobuz and Zappa Records that began earlier this year. In March, Zappa Records, UMe, and Qobuz announced the release of nine Frank Zappa titles in Hi-Res exclusively on Qobuz.

Trout Mask Replica will be available exclusively on Qobuz for four weeks beginning today, and joins a wide range of other premier content on the platform: Hi-Res downloads, longform essays, album reviews, and liner notes that can’t be found on any other streamer. This unique content, on top of 24-bit/96kHZ music available for both streaming & download, makes Qobuz the unparalleled choice for music lovers looking for a best-in-class listening experience.



Saturday, July 10, 2021

JOHN MCLAUGHLIN

John McLaughlin's new album, "Liberation Time" will be released next week.
Featuring Vinnie Colaiuta on drums.


Thursday, July 8, 2021

RUDY SCHWARTZ PROJECT - ADJACENT TO THE LATEX GERBIL

Opening with 'The South Won't Rise Again' where Joe Newman used a children's song / a country and western setting to give his view on the political situation in the U.S., ""Adjacent To The Latex Gerbil" is another masterpiece by The Rudy Schwartz Project.

But there's not only the funny lyrical content. The most admirable part is the music: collages of multi-layered melodies and sounds, piling up surprise after surprise.

Here's 'Please Don't Bring Mamaw', track 11 on the album :


Available from Kunaki:
https://kunaki.com/mSales.asp?PublisherId=148137

MARKUS REUTER PODCAST WITH LEONARDO PAVKOVIC

Another fine podcast by Markus Reuter.
His interview with Leonardo Pavkovic of MoonJune Records.
Part One.

Please check Markus Reuter’s latest episode of MR PODCAST with the great Leonardo Pavkovic of MoonJune Music & MoonJune Records, a very unique and rare kind of person, with extremely rich and interesting life full of challenges, hardship, dreams, persistence, and achievements. He truly lives his own dream.

Also on YouTube:

 

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD - SHANGHAI

 King Gizzard & TheLizard Wizard, 'Shanghai' from the "Butterfly 3000 " album.


Tuesday, July 6, 2021

RODRIGO BRANDÃO & THE SUN RA ARKESTRA

Rodrigo Brandão & The Sun Ra Arkestra

O Sol da Meia Noite

Two years ago, Rodrigo Brandão performed at the Moers festival, where he jammed with the Sun Ra Arkestra.
This single is a result from that meeting.


-- info: Zjakki Willems

 

THE RESIDENTS - LEFTOVERS AGAIN?!

  • the residents: leftovers again?!
        (2021, lp, uk, cherry red)
The Residents' recent Record Story Day release.
Archival release with stunning artwork.

Limited edition of 1.300 copies, which I think is still a lot.
Copies can still be found on Discogs and in several record stores.


Monday, July 5, 2021

HOW DID FRANK ZAPPA KEEP TIME?

Amazing.


THE RUDY SCHWARTZ PROJECT - FROP MUSIC

A new release by The Rudy Schwartz Projects is something to look forward to.
Imagine my surprise when I inserted "Frop Music" in the CD player not to discover the quirky mix of polka, tear-jerkers, 70's pop songs, cartoon-esque melodies and hilarious lyrics, but 7 contemporary instrumental pieces.

Sure, the titles of the compositions will still make you raise at least one eyebrow but the music is fascinating.

On "Frop Music", Joe Newman (the creative force behind The RSP) took a sideroad to his usual path and I love it.

Here's 'Burt Mustin's Pants', the final piece on the album.
Less adventurous than the other tracks but still a fine example.
Video by Zontar Venus.

Available from Kunaki:
https://kunaki.com/mSales.asp?PublisherId=148137


POIL UEDA

 PoiL Ueda = PoiL + Benoit Lecomte + Junko Ueda

TOUR 2021

  • 22.09 Les détours de Babel (GRENOBLE - FR)
  • 02.10 La Baie des Singes (COURNON - FR)
  • 06.10 Germany TBA
  • 08.10 Freakshow festival (WURZBURG - DE)
  • 14.10 Théâtre de la Renaissance (OULLINS - FR)
  • 16.10 Atlantique jazz (BREST - FR)
  • 27.10 B-Flat (BERN - CH)


PIERRE VERVLOESEM - 2020

  • pierre vervloesem: 2020
        (2021, download, --, bandcamp)

More than a year ago, Pierre Verloesem decided to record one album per month. Each time with different rules. We've been treated to a soundtrack for a mini series, a dance album, the flash-back "Influenza" album, a follow-up to his "Rude" album, and many more.

Although not all of these are a huge success ("Electronicaca" being my least favorite. Maybe I should give it another listen.), there's quite some gems to be found in this collection.

Pierre's latest release, "2020", looks back at a year of Covid-19. As Pierre states in the liner notes: "2020 was a nerve-wracking year you won't fail to notice if you're still alive".
And that's exactly what one can hear listening to the 15 tracks on "2020".

15 instrumental tracks. Just guitar, bass and drums.
Loaded with short guitar riffs and changing tempos, the tracks will take you in every direction possible.

No lyrical guitar solos but an impressive set of powerful (sometimes even dark and menacing) tracks.

Essential listening.
Check it out & buy the album.



Sunday, July 4, 2021

JON ANDERSON TO TOUR WITH THE PAUL GREEN ROCK ACADEMY

from GlassOnyonPR

Legendary YES vocalist/songwriter Jon Anderson will be touring with The Paul Green Rock Academy starting July 30th!

This Jon Anderson with The Paul Green Rock Academy tour is a resumption of the tradition started in 2005 when Jon toured with the original School of Rock all stars.

These shows, over 30 in total between 2006-2008, were nothing short of magical, and now Jon Anderson returns to continue that magic with a set of Yes Classics, deep cuts, mash ups, and solo works, all with lush arrangements featuring choral singing, horns, and all the other benefits of having a backing band of 25 young musicians.


Jon Anderson with The Paul Green Rock Academy tour dates:

July 30 - Patchogue Theater - Patchogue, NY
Aug 01 - Blue Ocean Music Hall - Salisbury, MA
Aug 03 - Rams Head on Stage - Annapolis, MD
Aug 05 - Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT
Aug 07 - Colonial Theatre - Phoenixville, PA
Aug 09 - Ocean City Music Pier - Ocean City, NJ
Aug 19 - Des Plaines Theatre - Des Plaines, IL
Aug 21 - Arcada Theatre - St. Charles, IL
Aug 24 - Palace Theatre - Canton, OH
Aug 27 - Paramount Theatre - Huntington, NY
Aug 28 - Stadium Theater - Woonsocket, RI

 

AL CAPRONA SAMPLED FRANK ZAPPA'S INCA ROADS

1 minute and 45 seconds into 'Smoothside', Al Caprona sampled the guitar solo of Inca Roads.
Not the smoothest cuts or transitions...
Wouldn't even call it sampling. It's more a cut and paste job.

Can be found on the "Yacht Tock Breaks 2" album.
Bandcamps / Soundcloud release.


ZAPPA - STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN


ATB: The thing that always struck me with that record was the cover of Stairway To Heaven.

Mike Keneally : Someone posted a video from Vienna in 1988 of us playing it. And someone posted some sound check footage of us from Philadelphia too. That blew my mind and felt like a time machine.

The story of that one was: Frank had decided during rehearsals that he wanted to play Stairway To Heaven. He asked, ‘OK…how does it go?’ He was aware of it but hadn’t heard it. Robert, Scott, Chad and I performed the best Stairway To Heaven we could so Frank could hear the song. He was like… ‘those changes during the guitar solo are really boring. A minor, G, F.’ He tried soloing over it. The thing of one minor down to flat 7 to flat 6 was like a harmonic prison. Anytime he was trying to get something going over it, it was not an inspiring progression for him. He kept trying to do solos. I knew the solo, and would play it at rehearsal when Frank wasn’t there. At one of the rehearsals, alto saxophonist, Paul Carman came over and asked me to show him the solo as he wanted to play it together with me. What a great idea! I showed him. That night, when Frank came to rehearsal, he started to improvise a solo over the solo section but Paul and I blasted over him with the solo in unison as a surprise for Frank. He didn’t know we were going to do it. Frank stopped soloing, turned around and looked at us, and he just stands there and smiles and watches us do the whole thing. He halted the band at the next section where the vocals come back in, and said, ‘OK…show it to the rest of horn section.’ We spent the next hour and half going through the solo so the rest of the horn section could write their own charts of the music. Frank said we’d play it like that. It was a remarkable moment.

 

ZOMBY WOOF

Krautrock / progressive rock band Zomby Woof formed in Germany around 1971 and named the band after the Frank Zappa song.
The band released one LP and one 7".
Originally released in 1977,’s “Riding On A Tear” got re-released with four bonus tracks in 2002.


 

MOVING TONES PLAY BOWIE

From a while ago...

MOVING TONES
A Small Plot Of Land (David BOWIE)

Live at ”Cité Refuge” – Paris – France (24/11/2008)

- Frank Van Der Kooij (EWI)
- Michel Delville (Guitar, Vocals)
- Benoît Moerlin (E-Vibes)
- Catherine Smet (Keyboards)
- Guy Segers (Bass)
- Ivo Sans (Drums)

 

PAMELA ZARUBICA / SUZY CREAMCHEESE -

www.pamelagoodheartzarubica.com

 

ZAPPANALE 2021 IN DETAIL

 from http://www.zappanale.de/






DWEEZIL ZAPPA ANNOUNCES A NEW ALBUM

Dweezil Kn'Evil

LIVE in - Kansas City 2018

Streaming & download through Dweezil's website.
https://www.dweezilzappa.com/songs/1967139-dweezil-kn-evil

1 Purple Lagoon
2 Andy (Original Version)
3 Lonely Little Girl (OZ Version)
4 Flakes
5 50/50
6 Suzy Creamcheese
7 Call Any Vegetable
8 Tell Me You Love Me
9 Rollo (All in one Version)
10 Absolutely Free
11 Dog Breath
12 Dog Breath Variations (instrumental)
13 Cocaine Decisions
14 Florentine Pogen (ORIGINAL Version)
15 Sleep Napkins
16 Camarillo Brillo
17 Dirty Love
18 Black Page Drum Solo
19 Black Page "vocal challenge"
20 The Black Page #2 Fast
21 Love Ride
22 Dragon Master
23 Peaches En Regalia
24 This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich
25 Keep It Greasey
26 Cheepnis
27 Son Of Orange County
28 More Trouble Everyday
29 Remington Electric Razor Jingle
30 Sleeping In A Jar
31 Muffin Man
32 Purple Lagoon Reprise


ZAPPANALE 2021

Zappanale 2021 will be online although there will be some live concerts as well.



Saturday, July 3, 2021

CHRIS HASKETT RECORDED A PIECE CALLED 'VAN VLIET'

How about a guitar instrumental called "Van Vliet"...

From Chris Haskett's "Gravity: Left/Righ" album.
Bandcamp + CD release

 

MAHOGANY FROG - IN THE ELECTRIC UNIVERSE

  • mahogany frog: in the electric universe
        (2021, cd, usa, moonjune records)

Mahogany Frog is an instrumental electronic rock band from Winnipeg, Canada. They have a new album out on the MoonJune Records label. Their previous release, "Senna", is from 2012, almost 10 years ago.

"In The Electric Universe" sounds very pleasant, melodic and surprising. Closer listening reveals the more experimental sounds and a few exotic, oriental lines.
What I like the most, are the ever changing and shifting melodies and the beautiful fuzz tone (guitar or synth?)

  • GRAHAM EPP: Guitars, Keyboards & Electronics
  • JESSE WARKENTIN: Guitars, Keyboards & Electronics
  • SCOTT ELLENBERGER: Bass Guitar, Keyboards & Electronics
  • ANDY RUDOLPH: Drums, Keyboards & Electronics

Out on CD and on LP.

Also available as a digital download through Bandcamp.

Recommended listening.
Check it out!

https://mahoganyfrog-moonjune.bandcamp.com/


MILES DAVIS - MERCI MILES! LIVE AT VIENNE

  • miles davis: merci miles! live at vienne
        (2021, 2cd, usa, rhino)

Miles Davis' performance at Jazz a Vienne on July 1, 1991 became one of his final live performances before he passed away on September 28, 1991, and this previously unreleased set includes two songs written by Prince, 'Penetration' and 'Jailbait'

Sure, this was one of Miles' last concerts, and he did perform two pieces that were written by Prince, but most importantly, this is a fabulous concert.

Wow !
Highly recommended.



CLAUDIO NUÑEZ

Claudio Nuñez released a piece called 'Zappa En El Paraná' on his recent "El Perfume De Las Magnolias".

Download-only release on Bandcamp.


VINNIE MOORE

Vinnie Moore (from UFO fame) in a funky mood.

And with a ridiculous video.

Have a nice Saturday.



Friday, July 2, 2021

L'ORCHESTRA TOUT PUISSANT MARCEL DUCHAMP HAS A NEW ALBUM OUT

L'Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp has a new album out: "We're OK. But We're Lost Anyway".

Available on LP (in different vinyl colours), on CD, or digital, all through Bandcamp.

 

Thursday, July 1, 2021

EIN TRIBUT AN FRANK ZAPPA - DER BILDBAND

"Ein Tribut An Frank Zappa - Der Bildband" is a little booklet that pays tribute to Frank Zappa by presenting some pictures and some commentary notes.

The book is presented as "presenting pictures from professional international photographers", and that's where it went a bit wrong.
At least four or five of the pictures are taken from album covers, others are well-known pictures that circulate on the internet.

This is a scam.

Please be warned.


STUDIO DAN RADIO BROACAST

The next days, Austrian radio will be broadcasting three shows by Studio Dan, recorded in Vienna a little while ago.

These will include a piece dedicated to Frank Zappa ('The Frank Zappa Memorial Barbecue'), as well as some Frank Zappa compositions.

Studio Dan added:

we start the second half of the year with three radio broadcasts and a hint to our new CDs:

Ö1 radio week
Our two concerts, produced for Cologne's ACHT BRÜCKEN Festival in cooperation with Radiokulturhaus Wien and Ö1, will be broadcast today and tomorrow. In addition to music by John Zorn, the program included Holy..., the new world premiere by Oxana Omelchuk.

Sunday will see a broadcast on the occasion of the foundation of our label and the release of the first three CDs. "In this Zeit-Ton extended Daniel Riegler gives an insight into the musical world that has shaped and accompanied him," promises the Ö1 website. As always, this will be streamed and stays online for 7 days.

Thu, July 1, 2021 - 11.03 p.m.
https://oe1.orf.at/programm/20210701#642269/Zorn-Zappa-Omelchuck
Fri, July 2, 2021 - 11.03 p.m.
https://oe1.orf.at/programm/20210702#644465/Vom-Be-Bop-Tango-und-Fahrradspeichern-A-Tribute-To-Frank-Zappa
Sun, July 4, 2021 - 10.05 p.m.
https://oe1.orf.at/programm/20210704#649307/Records-other-Stuff


Tuesday, June 29, 2021

MORE INFO ON FRED HÄNDL'S TOVARISHCHI PROJECT

a message from Fred Händl:

Last Saturday, June 26th, I launched a Kickstarter campaign for my new solo piano album, TOVARISHCHI.
My goal is to raise €1,900 which will allow me to fund production, artwork and sound engineering of this project.

I would like to invite you to join this project and help me reach my goal. Clicking the link below will send you to the Kickstarter page, where you'll find all the information about the album and the project. Don't forget to check out the perks. There is some really cool stuff in there you might like that's only available to those who help funding the project.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fredhandl/tovarishchi-solo-piano


CITIZEN HERRMANN

Vaalbara Records released a compilation album that offers material by Adam Minkoff, Mark Marshall and Kurt Morgan.

CITIZEN HERRMANN

~~~a tribute to Bernard Herrmann on what would have been his 110th birthday~~~

The Solution / The Clinic / Hypnotic Trance
from SISTERS (1972)
arrangement by Adam Minkoff

The Knife / The Airport
from NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)
arrangement by Mark Marshall

Overture
from THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD (1958)
arrangement by Kurt Morgan


Recommended listening !!



ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE ABOUT THE ZAPPA DOCUMENTARY

Alex Winter takes us behind the scenes of his extensive Frank Zappa documentary

https://www.guitarworld.com/features/alex-winter-zappa


Sunday, June 27, 2021

COMITÉ HYPNOTISÉ

Tim Van Hamel's latest project is called Comité Hypnotisé.

Soundsamples from the soon to be released "Dubs Pour Oh La La" album can be heard here:

https://www.hhv.de/shop/en/item/comite-hypnotise-dubs-pour-oh-la-la-837819


NEW ALBUM BY ASAF SIRKIS

For his latest release, drummer and composer Asaf Sirkis teamed up with Gary Husband (keyboard) and Kevin Glasgow (bass).

Special guests: Sylwia Bialas (vocals on three tracks) & Mark Wingfield (guitar on three tracks).

To be released in two weeks.



KICKSTARTER PROJECT FOR FRED HÄNDL'S NEXT ALBUM


A message from Fred Händl :

The Kickstarter campaign for Tovarishchi, my new solo piano album, has launched!!l Read all about it, support the project and/or share it.


FRENCH COMIC BOOK ON UNDERGROUND MUSIC

French publishing house Glénat released a comic book entitled:

"Undergound : Rockers Maudits & Grandes Prêtresses du Son"
The album cover does show some familiar faces (and eyeballs).
I need to check this out.


CAN - LIVE IN STUTTGART 1975

  • CAN: live in stuttgart 1975
        (2021, 2cd, europe, spoon records)
My journey into the world of Krautrock continues with Can's "Live In Stuttgart 1975".

Wikipedia adds:
Can (stylised as CAN) was a German experimental rock band formed in Cologne in 1968 by the core quartet of Holger Czukay (bass, tape editing), Irmin Schmidt (keyboards), Michael Karoli (guitar), and Jaki Liebezeit (drums). The group cycled through several vocalists, most prominently the American-born Malcolm Mooney (1968–70) and the Japanese-born Damo Suzuki (1970–73), as well as various temporary members.

Coming from backgrounds in the avant-garde and jazz, the members of CAN blended elements of psychedelic rock, funk, and noise on influential albums such as Tago Mago (1971), Ege Bamyasi (1972) and Future Days (1973). CAN also had occasional commercial success, with singles such as "Spoon" and "I Want More" reaching national singles charts. They have been widely hailed as pioneers of the German krautrock scene, and a considerable influence on subsequent rock, post-punk, ambient, and electronic music.


"Live In Stuttgart 1975" features Holger Czukay, Jaki Liebezeit, Michael Karoli and Irmin Schmidt, the four founding members of the band.
Lots of classical elements, psychedelic sounds and jazz drumming.

Here's a fine article / interview with Irmin Schmidt about the album:
https://daily.bandcamp.com/features/can-live-in-stuttgart-1975-interview


Friday, June 25, 2021

SALAH RAGAB AND THE CAIRO JAZZ BAND

Salah Ragab And The Cairo Jazz Band's 1974 "Egyptian Jazz" album is getting re-released by Strut Records.


SUN RA'S "LANQUIDITY (DEFINITIVE VERSION)" RELEASED BY STRUT

The re-issue of Sun Ra's "Lanquidity" arrived today.
Retitled "Lanquidity (Definitive Version)" the release is available as a 2CD, 4LP and digital download version.
It sounds great !




NEW RELEASE FROM UTOPIANISTI

The latest release by Utopianisti is entitled "Tango Solo".
It's available as a digital download from Bandcamp.



SALAH RAGAB AND THE CAIRO JAZZ BAND'S TRIBUTE TO SUN RA

Originally released in 2007 and re-issued in 2014.

Made available on Bandcamp in 2017 :

  • Salah Ragab And The Cairo Jazz Band: A Tribute To Sun Ra / Latino In Cairo
        (2007, 7", usa, art yard)