Claudio Nuñez recorded an instrumental version of Captain Beefheart's 'Harry Irene' for this "Ayler's Cry" album.
Pierre Vervloesem's latest music adventure is called "Electronicaca".
Says Pierre about his album: "Electronicaca is like all my albums directed by a rule (a different one each time), this time a very simple recipe: non-vintage synths, non-vintage rhythm boxes, and playing on the keyboard which cannot be very sophisticated since I don't know how to play the keyboard (as normally for me, the keyboards are played on my midi guitar). The electronica music is like a photo, everyone can take a photo!"
Miss Mercy wrote a book.
Mercy Fontenot ran away to the Haight-Ashbury at sixteen in 1965. In 1967, citing that the Haight was getting boring and she couldn’t stay a hippie forever, Fontenot moved to Los Angeles, where she met Frank Zappa and Pamela Des Barres and fell in with the GTOs, an all-female band whose album Permanent Damage was released in 1969. The two songs she wrote for the band were eventually recorded by Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, and Lowell George.
In the late-70s, after marrying and divorcing Shuggie Otis, she reinvented herself, doing punk hair and styling for bands like the Rockats and Gears and then influencing the roots-rock scene. After falling on hard times, she finally got sober and wrote her story. Permanent Damage is her memoir, published posthumously in 2021.
Beat Goes On Records has re-released three Juicy Lucy albums on one CD: "Juicy Lucy" + "Lie Back And Enjoy It" + "Get A Whiff A This".
Extra ! Extra ! Read all about it here:
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of 200 Motels later this year, the IBS (Andrew) asked many of those scheduled to appear at the cancelled 2021 edition of Festival MOO-AH – plus several chums, old and new – to record a selection of choice cuts from FZ’s opus for a new album on Cordelia Records.
-- info : Harald Häring
Track 7 : Beef Heart (For Don Van Vliet)
Originating from Belfast, N-Ireland, Fos Brothers performed acoustic folk with prog rock influences.
Their 1994 cassette-release "Live At The Mission", as well as their 1994 CD "Without Reason" included the band performing FZ's 'The Torture Never Stops".
"Without Reason" is an excellent album and their almost-8-minute-version of 'The Torture Never Stops' is great and not just because it features a didgeridoo.
"Without Reason" got re-issued in 2012 on Bandcamp. This digital re-release did offer two bonus tracks but did omit the FZ tune.
Mentioned the album a couple of days ago.
Here's Carme's version of FZ & Jeff Simmons' 'Lucille'.
(Thanks to Black Page)
"Boggamasta III" to be released on May 28.
2 LP release will follow next month.
A couple of years ago, Chris Wade wrote two books on the music of Frank Zappa. The first one took a closer look at the years 1966 to 1976 and got released in 2014. The sequel was subtitled 1978 to 1993.
Around the same time, Chris also did a book on Captain Beefheart.
Check out his other subjects here:
Last year, the two parts were put together as "The Music Of Frank Zappa 1966 - 1993".
Includes interviews with Malcolm McNabb, Warren Cuccurullo, Pauline Butcher,...
Guthrie Govan (guitar), Bryan Beller (bass) and Marco Minnemann (drums) are The Aristocrats, although The Amazing Aristocrats might be a more appropriate name.
Recorded in concert in Spain in February 2020, "Freeze! Live In Europe 2020" presents six energetic tracks.
The album got released earlier this month and is, again, sensational.
After having approved the print proof for the paperback version of The Others Of Invention Volume 3 about a month ago, the actual copy of the final volume arrived only last week.
I guess it was a busy couple of weeks at the printer's office.
Anyway, I did get messages from some folks that they already received their copy of volume 3, both hardback and paperback, so now, the series is complete.
It was quite an adventure, but I'm quite happy with the result.
I recently got hold of a fine reissue of Stack Waddy's first album.
From 2008. Sounds great. And not just the Captain Beefheart tune.
'Unreal', kicks off with 'Lonely Little Girl' :
-- info: Andy
French band Raoul Petite released their Frank Zappa tribute, ‘Mister Z’ on their 1995 “Têt De Krän” album.
The track got re-released on the “La Grande Histoire” compilation album.
Next to the CD, the album included a DVD that included music videos, live clips and more.
Here's a live version of 'Mister Z':
And here's a superb live session:
Orchestral Custard has released another beautiful piece of music on YouTube.
'Frank & Don's Vacation @ The Burnt Trout Sandwich Motel' is, again, an amazing tribute to the music of Frank Zappa and Don Van Vliet.
An update from the Rudy Schwartz Project :
I'm finishing up two new albums that I hope to have ready sometime in June. "Frop Music" will be all instrumentals with a heavy dose of ambient/noise collage material. "Adjacent to the Latex Gerbil" will be more of my usual zany bullshit. Both will be available from DC-Jam Records as a CD on demand or as downloads.
"Liberation Time", new album by John McLaughlin, to be released in July, features Vinnie Colaiuta.
Spanish jazz vocalist Carme Canela teamed up with the Joan Monné Trio in 2013 to record "Granito De Sal".
Clean, classic jazz.
Vocals, piano, bass and drums.
Track 5 is Carme's version of Jeff Simmons / Frank Zappa's "Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up".
A fine addition to The Others Of Invention !
Here's the first track from the album :
The last couple of years, Vinnie Colaiuta released two 'streaming-only' album.
Released on the Extreme Music label, the music on these albums cannot be bought on LP or CD or cannot be downloaded but is only available on streaming platforms.
The goal of the Extreme Music label is to have this music used in commercials, soundtracks, and the likes.
Data for both albums has been added to the United Mutations Archive.
A couple of days ago, one of Sun Ra's rare albums got a digital re-issue.
Transferred from a 1977 "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" LP (Saturn #7877) and adding two bonus tracks the album has found its way into the digital age.
Here's a funny little album that I received last week: "1960s Psychedelic Radio Commercials".
I bought it because it includes Frank Zappa's commercial for Remington Electric Razor, but there's some great and crazy stuff to be found on this CD.
Even an ad for the "I Am A Groupie" movie !?
It had me search for more on YouTube.
Latest news from Cherry Red:
Residents' RSD to be released early next month !
We are so excited to announce our releases for Record Store Day 2021! Limited Edition vinyl treasures from Toyah, Buzzcocks, Howard Jones, Procol Harum, Jon Anderson, The Residents, and Trapeze will be arriving at a participating record shop near you on 12th June / 17th July
Orchestral Custard's "Some Nerve... Finale II... Ballet dedicated to Frank Zappa".
This is great. Check it out:
And here's "Pinocchio's Planet", inspired by 'Duke Of Prunes'.
"For Francis, In Memory Of Frank Zappa"
If you like this, check out Orchestral Custard's YouTube Channel for more amazing material.
The digital version of Sun Ra's "Lanquidity" re-release will be released today.
Physical copies will be shipped in a couple of days.
…featuring the widely distributed version of the album alongside alternative mixes by Bob Blank originally released in limited quantities for a 1978 Arkestra gig at Georgia Tech.
Recorded overnight at Bob Bank’s Blank Tapes on 17th July 1978 after the Arkestra had appeared on Saturday Night Live, the album is unique in the Ra catalogue. “Most critics felt that it was more of a fusion-inspired record,” explains Michael Ray. “As the name suggests, the album is liquid and languid.” Bob Blank continues, “Musically, it was very ad hoc and freeform. There were horn charts but most tracks came out of improvised jams. Sun Ra just did his thing.”
Comprising five effortlessly fluid pieces, the album eases in with Lanquidity.
NYOIL sampled Frank Zappa's 'Lonely Little Girl' on 'Unreal'.
The track can be found on the "Hoodtreason" album, released on CD in 2007 and re-released in 2008 as a deluxe 2 CD edition.
A fine addition to The Others Of Invention!
-- info: Andy
Drummer Cindy Blackman toured with Lenny Kravitz for 18 years!
Her recent solo album features (husband) Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin as special guests.
Here's 'We Came To Play' with John McLaughlin:
From Cindy's "Give The Drummer Some".
-- info: Harald Häring
Here's a YouTube compilation of fragments from the Normal Life sitcom, featuring Dweezil and Moon Zappa.
TV show from the early ninetees.
Jump to 3:00 to see Mike Keneally and Scott Thunes in the band !
I'm slowly discovering the exciting world of Magma.
Slowly, because it's a universe on its own.
A French fusion super-group, formed in 1971 by two early members of Magma: François "Faton" Cahen and Jeff "Yochk'o" Seffer, and featuring many other talents of the 1970's prog and fusion fields. Zao took the Magma "Zeuhl" brand of fusion and jazzed it up a bit, adding folk elements of Seffer's cultural heritage, and lots of other unique touches. After Seffer left, the band became more jazz-rock. They have reformed at least twice since disbanding in the late 1970's.
Pumporgan is Dirk Bruinsma (bass, alto sax), Christian Ferlaino (baritone sax), Mikael Szafirowski (guitar, bass), Wilbert Bulsink (organ) and Nout Ingenhousz (drums, percussion).
All pieces composed by Dirk Bruinsma.
Pumporgan released one album.
In 2015, on the TryTone record label.
Energetic, pumping, (mostly) instrumental jazz.
Great stuff. Check it out.
by geoff wills
(2021, book, italy, auditorium)
In 2015, Matador published Geoff Wills' "Zappa And Jazz" book.
Earlier this year, the book got released in an Italian translation by Auditorium.
As if COVID wasn't enough, the international cultural sector is getting another stab. This time from the European Union.
As of July 1st, customs’ laws in Europe change : EVERY package coming from outside the European Community will be taxed.
For the moment, there's the exception of goods with a value below 22 euro.
I've got not problem with the fact that every package will be taxed.
VAT needs to be paid in the country where the goods are consumed.
I do have a problem with the flat fee handling cost and with the VAT being be calculated on the package plus (!!) shipping costs...
Let me explain :
In Belgium, there will be a flat customs’ fee of 30 € with on top VAT on the total value of the package.
(value = value package + postage paid !?! How's that for a math exercise??)
Combined with the new shipping rates that are appearing everywhere, this just might be one bridge too far.
Example : a book or CD of 14 € sent from the USA or UK to Belgium (postage around 16 €) will cost you in the end : 14 (item) + 16 (shipping) + 30 (custom handling) + 6 (vat) = 66 €.
In theory, it should only be 14 + 16 + (14*.21) = 33 €.
To quote one of my pals: "Diabolical and outrageous".
In practice, smaller shops, distributors, independent and DIY artists will no longer be able to send goods with a value below 22 euro into the EU without the customer having to pay a lot of extra costs.
Online sellers, including online marketplaces/platforms can register in one EU Member State and this will be valid for the declaration and payment of VAT on all distance sales of goods and cross-border supplies of services to customers within the EU.
I can imagine this will be no problem for the bigger players, but I'm curious to find out how smaller distributors or artists selling their material through their website, Bandcamp or Discogs will cope with this.
On their latest release, Marbin takes a parallel road, exploring jazz standards.
Fernweh, a German word for wanderlust that means specifically to be homesick for a place you've never been, is the perfect name for Marbin's 12th album, which focuses exclusively on jazz standards. Because these songs were written so long ago, and their origins span several continents, each and every song connects you to a different place and time—most of which are not places or time periods any of us have actually experienced.
"Cosmos" is the final part of Caballero Reynaldo's trilogy : "Cromos", "Cronos", "Cosmos".
On Bandcamp, Luis González explained that this is Caballero Reynaldo's final release.
He added :
Some 50 unedited recordings remain in the pipeline (discards, rarities, songs for compilations, etc.) that perhaps with time I would like to see the light of day. In addition, there are some albums that probably deserve remixes and updates in the future, since for various reasons they were released so quickly that they cry out for a facelift. I will keep the conservation and visibility of the entire discography active, but I will not record anything new under the brand name «Caballero Reynaldo». My creative and exhibitionist needs are more than satisfied, and if not, I will do them under the mantle of any other character, anonymously or with The Visionaries.
Here's Lee discussing his collaboration with Ricky Lancelotti in the first band he played in : Wolfgang.
Great story and impressive demos !!
-- info: Jan van Kemenade
“The Others Of Invention” lists bands and artists that have recorded and released compositions that were written by Frank Zappa. It also includes recordings that Frank Zappa contributed to, a handful of tributes, and even a couple of albums that include references to Frank Zappa.
I'm pretty happy that the final volume is out.
Full colour luxurious hardback versions available from Boekenbestellen.nl
Paperback black & white versions available from Amazon (dot com, France, Germany, UK, Japan,...) but do compare postage & handling costs !!
I revisited Devin Townsend's "Order Of Magnitude - Empath Live Volume 1" earlier today.
Browsing through the picture artbook while listening to the actual album.
Featuring Morgan Ågren and Mike Keneally !!
The Golden Dawn Arkestra is returning to the stage.
MAY 22 - HOUSTON TX
JUNE 5 - DALLAS TX
Ralph Steadman designed the artwork for FZ's "Have I Offended Someone?" in 1997.
An older one, but with more album cover artwork