- Shine on You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5)
Feat. Geoff Tate, Steve Hackett, Billy Sheehan, Mel Collins, Geoff Downes, Ian Paice
- Welcome to the Machine
Feat. Todd Rundgren, Rick Wakeman, Tony Levin
- Have a Cigar
Feat. James Labrie, Steve Stevens, Patrick Moraz, Rat Scabies, Jah Wobble
- Wish You Were Here
Feat. Rik Emmett, Joe Satriani, Edgar Froese, David Ellefson, Carmine Appice
- Shine on You Crazy Diamond (Parts 6-9)
Feat. Rod Argent, Steve Hillage, Ian Paice, Bootsy Collins
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Friday, April 16, 2021
Daniele Sepe is offering two albums on Produzione dal Basso, a backer platform.
One of the albums, the fourth volume of"Truffe", classical music and music for movies, includes his version of FZ's 'Little Umbrellas'.
- project z: freak me out, frank
(2021, download, portugal, private release)
Fans of the early Mothers should most definitely check out "Freak Me Out, Frank" by Project Z.
Initially, the band was known as The Chrome Plated Megaphone Of Destiny, but it morphed into Project Z. The recent Covid pandemic almost turned it into a one man project...
Project Z mastermind Pedro Miguel Silva Marques explains:
"Yes, the album is almost a one man project. Our band almost disbanded during the pandemic and i had to record what i had in storage until then. I didn't want to lose what i had learnt. The first aim of this Project Z as a band was to learn all the freak out record. I wanted to understand better the evolution that Zappa the composer had during his career. So, we proceeded to play the second record. And these 2 are the basis of this record Freak Me Out, Frank. I'm currently mixing and finishing the next record, "We're Starving, Man" a rework of "We're only in It for the money". "
For the moment, the album is available as one mp3 file, without song separation.
Pedro added that the goal is to have it released on CD some day.
If you want the mp3 file, contact Pedro at pmsmarques at netcabo dot pt
It'll cost you 15 euro, but you'll be supporting the band and you'll get some excellent music in return.
I ordered and received my copy (file) last week and I've been playing it ever since.
Great stuff !!
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
from the Saturn newsgroup :
Honoring Sun Ra Arkestra maestro Marshall Allen
Ars Nova Workshop rallies community support following partial collapse of Sun Ra House in Philadelphia
Monday, April 12, 2021
Official merchandise: the Frank Zappa & The Mothers jigsaw puzzles.
OSFA, Freak Out, and We're Only In It For The Money are available as jigsaw puzzle !
Sunday, April 11, 2021
Beat Love Oracle has released a second album.
Actually, it's a split CD release by Beat Love Oracle and Hardscore (both projects by Frank Nuyts)
Available from :
- srdjan ivanovic's blazin' quartet: sleeping beauty
(2021, cd, usa, moonjune)
Together with his Blazin' Quartet, Srdjan recorded "Sleeping Beauty" in November 2019.
- Srdjan Ivanovic: drums, keyboards
- Andreas Polyzogopoulos: trumpet
- Federico Casagrande: guitar
- Mihail Ivanov: double bass
I love it.
Available as a digital download and on CD through Bandcamp:
- Armando Compean - Bass
- Don Heffington - Drums
- Eddie Zip - Organ
- Peter Wasner - Piano
- Fred Tackett - Guitar
- Jerry Jumonville - Saxophone
- Lee Thornberg - Trumpet
- Maxine Dixon - Backing Vocals
- Lowell George - Lead Vocal & Slide Guitar
1. Intro Jam 00:00
2. Fat Man in the Bathtub 06:40
3. Honest Man 11:29
4. What Do You Want the Girl to Do 15:30
5. I Can't Stand the Rain 20:38
6. Easy Money 24:03
7. Rocket In My Pocket 28:16
8. A Apolitical Blues 31:41
9. Two Trains 40:16
10. Dixie Chicken 45:01
11. Harlem Nocturne 57:46
12. Twenty Million Things 1:02:32
13. Willin' 1:05:42
14. Spanish Moon 1:11:12
-- info: Danny Mathys
a message from Sebkha-Chott
Hey boy and girls,
Former Sebkha-Chott team speaking to you!
As you probably know, Sebkha-Chott has ended up in 2015 as far as live-shows are concerned and in 2019 for our last release.
Still, we're going on with a new project called Plagiat since 2016, and I'm pretty sure you might enjoy it.
You can follow it here: plagiatbros.bandcamp.com,
or straight on our website (in french only, sorry): plagiat.org.
As you will see, there are video clips for every tunes we've published (or almost).
Hope you'll enjoy Plagiat's world and music!
WOII & Nots Awful Mitzahal Michel
Thursday, April 8, 2021
A bit over a year ago, the Laughing Bastards released "Unanimal".
- Michel Mast – tenor sax
- Jan-Sebastiaan Degeyter – guitar
- Eline Duerinck – cello
- Nils Vermeulen – double bass
- Marcos Della Rocha – drums
The vinyl album (artwork by Jan-Sebastiaan Degeyter !!) presents 8 tracks. The digital download that comes with the album has one extra track.
Playful, jazzy and cinematic.
Check it out :
Release Date: 6/12/2021
Label: Cherry Red/MVD
Release type: RSD Drops 2021 Jun 12th
The Residents: LeftOvers Again!?!
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
From the upcoming Dans Dans album.
The trio will do a livestream concert from the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels on April 21:
- schilz: freundin
(1992, lp, ger, private release)
German graphic artist and musician Alex Schilz released a couple of LP's as a DIY artist.
His 1992 "Freundin" album got issued in a limited edition, each album cover illustrated by Alex Schilz, resulting in different artwork for every copy.
The above picture was taken from discogs.
My copies have black and white drawings with a black felt-tip pen.
Side two of the album includes Schilz's version of Frank Zappa's 'Trouble Every Day'.
Alex Schilz - - - Corona Blues
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
- gruppo sportivo: topless 16
(2004, cd, nl, pias)
Years later, jump to 2004, Hans and his Gruppo Sportivo bandmates decided to compose the music to the album cover.
"Topless 16" offered 16 imaginary songs by Gruppo Sportivo, inspired by the original song titles and band names.
I love it.
MoonJune Records says:
Mahogany Frog's 'In The Electric Universe' is the seventh studio album (third on MoonJune Records) by Canadian instrumental electro-psychedelic outfit based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Six years in the making, the recording illustrates a foray into forms of sonic searching previously unexamined by the group. Building from approaches in orchestration captured on their 2012 effort SENNA, the group aims to create infinitely morphing waves of sound that transcend conventional perceptions of instrumentation, while simultaneously offering melodic and rhythmic closure. Utilizing the gradual unfolding of themes, extensive repetition, textural layering and crunchy, downbeat-heavy grooves, the tunes invoke a listening experience that is trance-like and hypnotic. The extensive employment of synthesized arpeggiators, often detached from the rhythm and irresolute in tempo, generate warm and disorienting backdrops to otherwise approachable structures. Tape loops and tape delay are used experimentally, highlighting decay and fragmentation. The compositions serve as foundations for melodic layering, tonal examination and deconstruction, resulting in a dynamic and colorful collection of music rich in expression, playfulness and resolve.
- the residents: freak show
(2021, 3cd, uk, cherry red)
Originally released in 1990 (on CD, on LP and even as a picture disc), the record has now been released as a 3 CD set including singles, live material and even rough mixes of the work-in-progress.
Monday, April 5, 2021
Pierre Moerlen's Gong released "Downwind" in 1979.
The album is getting a re-mastered and expanded CD reissue.
EAGERLY AWAITED RE-PRESS FOR THIS CLASSIC ALBUM BY PIERRE MOERLEN’S GONG FEATURING MIKE OLDFIELD, STEVE WINWOOD & MICK TAYLOR BOOKLET WITH RESTORED ARTWORK, PHOTOS & LINER NOTES.
- frank zappa: news from the shark
(2021, dvd-bootleg, germany, erektion records)
In 2009, the Erektion Records label released "News From The Shark", a wooden box that contained a dvd, a booklet, a pin and (!!) a wooden shark.
A tribute to the Ensemble Modern and their performance of FZ's "Yellow Shark", presenting the tv-broadcast of the 1992 Frankfurt concert plus parts of the press conference and of rehearsals.
It got released in a limited edition of 50 copies.
More recently, the DVD got re-released as a digipack.
1. overture (alte oper frankfurt, september 17, 1992) - interviews: frank zappa, gail zappa 9:02
II rehearsals at joe's garage, los angeles july 1991 & fabrik, frankfurt july 1992
2. 9/8 objects (joe's garage july 1991) - interview: ali n. askin 1:16
3. roland's big event / strat vindaloo (joe's garage july 1991) - interview: frank zappa 1:09
4. master ringo (joe's garage july 1991) 3:24
5. t'mershi duween (joe's garage july 1991) - interview: ali n. askin 2:20
6. struwwelpeter experiences (fabrik frankfurt july 1992) - interview: frank zappa 1:01
7. amnerika (joe's garage july 1991) - interviews: ali n. askin, pierre boulez, gail zappa 2:24
8. i like that one (fabrik frankfurt july 1992) 0:53
III 9. press conference frankfurt july 21, 1992 5:31
IV the last rehearsals - alte oper frankfurt september 16, 1992
10. dio fa (joe's garage july 1991) 2:37
11. food gathering rehearsals (alte oper frankfurt, september 16 1992) 12:16
12. the minutes before ... 1:40
V the yellow shark at alte oper, frankfurt september 17, 1992 part 1
13. dog / meat 6:16
14. be-bop tango 3:09
15. food gathering in post-industrial america 1992 5:20
VI the intermission & the yellow shark in berlin & vienna
16. amnerika (philharmonie berlin, september 22, 1992) - incl. moon zappa's quote 3:05
VII the yellow shark at alte oper, frankfurt september 17, 1992 part 2
17. welcome to the united states 6:36
18. pound for a brown 3:54
19. g-spot tornado 6:50
20. envelopes (the ensemble modern - musik triennale köln 2000) 3:32
- the residents: ozark (the missing bunny boy songs)
(2021, 2lp, usa, secret records)
Secret Records released "Ozark" as a 2 LP set. Limited edition on coloured vinyl.
Also available as a download through Bandcamp.
From the upcoming "The Others Of Invention - Volume 3" book :
Dietmar Bonnen’s “Lieder Book” compilation series collected material from 40 years of performing and recording with various ensembles. The common element on the “Lieder Book” series was that all the tracks featured Dietmar Bonnen on vocals.
"Volume I" : Bonnen’s version of Frank Zappa / Jeff Simmons' 'Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up' was taken from the 1996 “Watermelon In Easter Hay” album.
“Volume II” in Dietmar Bonnen’s “Lieder Book” compilation series included the Bonnen ensemble’s version of FZ’s 'Trouble Every Day’, taken from the 2000 “You Can’t Judge A Record By It’s Cover” album.
- the residents: bunny boy - live in frankfurt
(2021, 2cd, usa, secret records)
Cherry Red have been releasing beautiful box sets. Klanggalerie is doing a fine job with the Bobuck stuff and earlier material, Psychofon Records is putting out all this collector material, and then there's Secret Records.
The album got released as a 2 LP and as a 2 CD set. Both numbered limited editions.
I received my CD set last week. Fabulous show. It sounds great.
Sunday, April 4, 2021
- bob drake: the gardens of beastly manor
(2019, cd, uk, rer megacorp)
Unfamiliar with Bob Drake's work, I have to admit that I'm pleasantly surprised with this album.
22 instrumental, contemporary pieces.
All instruments by Bob Drake.
Album artwork by Peter Blegvad.
Here's a sample:
- chickn: wowsers
(2018, lp+cd, eu, inner ear records)
The album got released on 180 g black vinyl and on green vinyl. Both editions came with a promotional CD copy in a cardboard cover that offered the same set of tracks.
- the chadbourne / gonzalez collusion: irresponsible rocknroll shenanigans
(2021, cd, usa, cia records)
April 2019, Eugene Chadbourne joined Aaron and Stefan Gonzalez for two concerts. The first one on April 9 at Shoeshine Charley's Big Top Lounge in Houston, TX, and the second one on April 10 at Backyard On Bell in Denton, TX.
A compilation of these two concerts got released on CD.
The album, "Irresponsible RocknRoll Shenanigans", has the trio performing a fine set of tunes including FZ's 'Who Are The Brain Police?' and Don Van Vliet's 'Click Clack' and 'Lick My Decals Off, Baby'.
- click clack (don van vliet)
- lick my decals off, baby (don van vliet)
- saga of the creeks (eugene chadbourne)
- nonaah (roscoe mitchell)
- lucifer sam (syd barrett)
- who are the brain police? (frank zappa)
- summertime blues (eddie cochran, jerry capeheart)
Excellent album !!
CD (limited edition of 300 copies) and digital download are available through Bandcamp.
Mind you, the new postage rates may surprise you.
Volume 107 of The Arf Dossier got issued last month.
Pictures, reviews, news,... and all Frank Zappa related.
In German for the most part.
It comes with a subscription to the Arf Society.
the arf-dossier no.107 - 2021/03
- the hot platters heaven from the arf office
- the fine but unauthorized cd kaleidoscope
- the rare pictures gallery
- the fine but unauthorized cd kaleidoscope
- news from belgium - live from United Mutations
- back in time - may 17 1975 kalamazoo
- frank's recommendations
- ullis ecke
- info behind the photo(s)
- bobuck: chuck's ghost music
(2021, cd, austria, klanggalerie)
Originally issued solely through the group's now-defunct Robot Selling Device online MP3 store and credited to "The Residents' Talking Light", Chuck's Ghost Music was later reissued as a tour-only USB lanyard, and again later as a CD-R, credited partially as a Bobuck contraption, in 2012. Before his death, Hardy Fox made a new master for the album and also created new artwork. We are now happy to release this beautiful music for the first time ever on a proper CD.
Quite peculiar music to say the least.
Fragments of melodies and dreamy soundscapes.
The CD got released in February and already is out of stock at the Klanggalerie shop.
Fortunately, several shops still carry the album.
Or if you want to go for the digital download :
Saturday, April 3, 2021
From the Zappanale Team:
Dear Zappanale fans,
First of all, we wish you all Happy Easter holidays. We want to thank you very much for your patience and your loyalty to Zappanale.
During the last few weeks and months, we have done a lot of efforts in order to make the festival happen in 2021. Unfortunately, we were unable to obtain all the necessary permits, neither from the federal government nor on state level. Consequently, it will not be possible to make Zappanale #31 happen in 2021.
Our hope that at least half of the Zappanale visitors were vaccinated and others would accept to be tested is no longer feasible due to political and legal issues.
All the reasons above lead to the result that we have to postpone Zappanale #31 for one more year.
HOWEVER, we are working for you on “Zappanale # 30.75” in July. We have as well in mind to offer unique merch products for this "special event" in order to make the collectors’ and supporters’ hearts happy. With Zappanale #30.5 we could create a great virtual connection among all of us. We will do our best to make such an experience possible again, together with you as our esteemed audience. Thank you again for your positive feedbacks, although knowing that a web based Zappanale can of course not replace a “real” Zappanale in Bad Doberan.
We are sure that the circumstances will allow us to hold Zappanale again in Bad Doberan next year. We are optimistic that musicians, you and the Zappanale Team may be able to get vaccinated and/or other options will allow everybody to visit festivals again. We are looking very much forward to celebrate the end the festival-free period together with you next year, right on the horse racing track in Bad Doberan. There is no need to exchange tickets that have been purchased for Zappanale #31. All tickets remain valid for the year 2022.
As in previous years, the festival will take place on the same weekend in July.
Zappanale # 31: 07/15/2022 - 07/17/2022
Free “Warm-Up Party” at the Kamp in Bad Doberan on July 14th, 2022.
Music is the best!
Your Zappanale Team
Portuguese band Project Z is dedicated to the music of Frank Zappa.
The ensemble just finished recording their first album, "Freak Me Out, Frank".
It is available as a digital download.
More info soon.
And to prove that they are serious about this, they already started working on their second album, "We're Starving, Man".
This new and second edition of the book (300 copies) has some minor changes and corrections but also includes some extra pictures. And Hans Annéllsson's story of recording 'Penis Dimension' and getting the permission of Gail Zappa to record it.
Great pictures and amazing stories of fans.
If you don't have a copy of this book yet, you should order your copy today.
Friday, April 2, 2021
- trio grande: trio grande
(1994, cd, belgium, igloo)
It all started with Trio Bravo (Michel Massot, Michel Debrulle and Fabrizzio Cassol), a trio that released four albums between 1985 and 1990.
Trio Grande (Michel Massot, Michel Debrulle and Laurent Dehors) recorded five albums between 1994 and 2016).
Both Debrulle and Massot are also part of the Rêve d'Eléphant Orchestra.
Thursday, April 1, 2021
Belgian big band Flat Earth Society is changing its name to Flat Earth Society Orchestra and celebrates the event with a new website.
May 28, the Flat Earth Society Orchestra will release "Boggamasta III".
On vinyl and as a digital download.
The digital download will offer two extra tracks.
Available for pre-order from May 14 on.