Thursday, July 20, 2017

DAVID BOWIE & ADRIAN BELEW

"A New Career In A New Town" is a to be released David Bowie 11 CD box, or 13 LP box.

The box will include material that features Adrian Belew on the guitar !

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/david-bowie-a-new-career-in-a-new-town/updates/86351

LP Box Set:
84 Page hardback book
Low (remastered) (1LP)
Heroes (remastered) (1LP)
Heroes E.P. (remastered) (12” Single)
Stage (remastered) (2LP Yellow Vinyl)
Stage (2017) (remastered) (3LP)
Lodger (remastered) (1LP)
Lodger (Tony Visconti 2017 Mix) (1LP)
Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (1LP)
Re:Call 3 (non-album singles, single versions and b-sides) (remastered) (2LP)



CD Box Set:
128 Page hardback book
Low (remastered) (1CD)

Heroes (remastered) (1CD)
Heroes E.P. (remastered) (CD EP)
Stage (remastered) (2CD)

Stage (2017) (remastered) (2CD)

Lodger (remastered) (1CD)
Lodger (Tony Visconti 2017 Mix) (1CD)

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (1CD)
Re:Call 3 (non-album singles, single versions and b-sides) (remastered) (1CD)



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

THE RUDY SCHWARTZ PROJECT

Two recent Rudy Schwartz Project albums have been remastered.
Both "Tango Lessons In A Fascist Whorehouse" and "Delicious Ass Frenzy".

Available from DC Jam and/or Kunaki.

http://kunaki.com/MSales.asp?PublisherId=148137&PP=1




CHARLES BOBUCK - NINETEEN-SIXTY-SEVEN

  • charles bobuck: ninenteen-sixty-seven
        (2017, cd, austria, klanggalerie gg248)
Charles Bobuck, composer for The Residents, was nineteen years old in 1967.

Here's what the liner notes say :

The all-new album by former Residents composer Bobuck. Based on the H. Fox story, “O-bay Scooplaws and the Summer of Love.” O-bay Scooplaws was one of the thousands of bands who pilgrimaged to San Francisco in 1967 with hopes of making it big. O-bay Scooplaws was one of the thousands of bands whose dreams were smashed like a Peter Townsend guitar. "We planned to leave for California at midnight hoping for lighter traffic and avoidance of the excruciating heat the Southern Route is so famous for. But it was nearing 2:30 and the truck still did not have the drum set loaded. There was a nervousness in the air. Our parents had seen us off hours ago, telling us to be careful, the usual things they say when they finally accept that they no longer have any say in what their children are going to do. I started out in the cab. We listened to the all-night radio stations as we crossed the country. My turn to be in the back came somewhere in Arizona. It didn't go so well for me as I found the isolation and the flapping tarp challenging my mental state. I tried to sleep as best I could. When we arrived in San Francisco we had no real plans other to be a part of what was happening and try to get gigs. The only place we knew about in San Francisco was the Jefferson Airplane house on Fulton Street across from Golden Gate Park. The band members all lived in this huge mansion. It was famous. So we went there. That sounds silly from today's standards, but in that time, it made perfect sense. We stammered trying to explain who we were and why we were there, even though we knew the only explanation was that we were lost children who had no place to go. But before we could say more, the man put a finger to his lips to quieten us and then motioned us into the house.We only stayed one night. Their manager found us a flat the next day. I bought a tape recorder and started learning how to use it by setting lyrics of some of my favorite songs from 1967 to new music. I saw it as a way of hearing these lyrics fresh again, of understanding deeper meanings in what was being said. Now it is fifty years later, 2017. Klanggalerie thought it was time to release my old recordings as a way of paying tribute to those golden times."

  1. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
  2. Memphis Blues again
  3. California Dreaming
  4. All you need is Love
  5. She's a Rainbow
  6. White Rabbit
  7. I almost cut my Hair today
  8. Mr. Tambourine Man
  9. Holiday
  10. The Sound of Silence
  11. It ain't me, Babe
  12. Eleanor Rigby
  13. The End.

http://www.klanggalerie.com/gg248

ZAPPANALE 2017 - PART 03 - MOON ZAPPA

Moon Zappa was invited by the Arf Society to attend Zappanale.
It didn't happen, for one reason or another, but Moon did do two live Skype interviews during Zappanale.
The first one was on Friday, on a big screen at the exhibit.
'Non-music' topics included the groupies that lived in Zappa's basement at his family house and Moon talking about the children that Frank had with other women...
(Yes, you heard it right. There are other sibblings...)

Moon Zappa sort of promised to visit Zappanale next year. We'll see.

Here's more Moon :
 JULY 13 2017
Moon Zappa In-studio on Jonesy's Jukebox



ZAPPANALE 2017 - PART 02 - DWEEZIL ZAPPA

Dweezil Zappa's "Zappa Plays Zappa" was the headliner for Zappanale.
I've seen the band over ten times already so I thought that I knew what to expect...

The band featured:
  • Dweezil Zappa: guitar, vocals
  • Scheila Gonzalez: saxophone, flute, keyboards & vocals
  • Chris Norton: keyboards, vocals
  • Kurt Morgan: bass, vocals
  • Ryan Brown: drums, vocals
plus new faces :
  • Cian Coey: vocals
  • David Luther - saxophone, guitar, keyboards, vocals
And Cian and David are not just the new pretty faces. David plays a mean bass or baritone saxophone and both Cian and David have a great voice !!

Add special guest Ike Willis for some vocal backings and a bit of lead on a couple of songs and you've got the Zappanale line-up.

The band played a three-hour set and it was superb: excellent musicians, great vocals, nice guitar work from Dweezil,... I loved it.
  • Filthy Habits
  • Help I'm A Rock > Transylvania Boogie
  • It Can't Happen Here
  • You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here
  • Harry You're A Beast > Orange County Lumber Truck
  • Lemme Take You To The Beach
  • How Could I Be Such A Fool?
  • Who Are The Brain Police?
  • What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning?
  • She Painted Up Her Face
  • Half A Dozen Provocative Squats
  • Flower Punk
  • Inca Roads
  • Holiday In Berlin
  • The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing
  • Teenage Wind
  • Montana
  • Zomby Woof
  • Black Napkins
  • Apostrophe
  • Doreen
  • You Are What You Is
  • Echidna's Arf
  • Fembot In A Wet T-Shirt > On The Bus
  • Keep It Greasy
  • Watermelon In Easter Hay

    encores
  • Cosmik Debris
  • City Of Tiny Lites
  • Outside Now
  • Don't Eat The Yellow Snow
  • Rollo
  • Muffin Man
Here's the almost a capella version of 'The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing' :


Audience recordings of the complete concert can be found on DimeADozen.org


ZAPPANALE 2017 - PART 01

For the uninitiated :
Zappanale is a music festival that celebrates the music of Frank Zappa. It takes place once every year in Bad Doberan, a small town in the north of Germany.
Draw a horizontal line on the map, 200 km to the right of Hamburg, and you're there.
It's a pretty little town. The 'Bad' thing refers to hot water baths and spa and wellness things. But that's for the other 51 weeks of the year.

The last couple of years, the Zappanale festival kicked off on Wednesday with
 a) an opening concert in Hamburg's St.Katharinenkirche (where they have an organ that Bach once played) ;
 b) an opening of the expo at the Arf Society Headquarters in Bad Doberan.

I've been doing the Hamburg concerts since they started in 2008. Especially since it makes a perfect stop, cutting my trip to Bad Doberan in two parts.

On Tuesday, there's always a kick off party in the park of Bad Doberan. It usually starts at 16h00 and features some local bands and sometimes a couple of surprises.
It's a free kick off / warm up event that starts with about ten and ends with a couple of hundred people.
The park is in the center of the town. About one hundred meters from market place. It's all very small and cosy.

Friday to Sunday, the festival takes place at the horse race tracks (galopprenbahn) which is about five kilometes away from the town center.
It starts about 15h00 every day, and ends way too late (for the old folks).
Also from Friday to Sunday, there's concerts in the expo room. Actually, the expo room (located at the BD market place) consists of three rooms, one of which is also used as a concert room. It can only host about thirty people but it's always a lot of fun.
The festival itself has bands performing the music of Frank Zappa, or bands that have been inspired by Frank Zappa, or bands that take a similar eclectic approach to music.
As a bonus, some of the musicians also perform as a guest musician with other bands.

It's fun.
You should try it. At least once.
Below is a clip of Le Bocal. They have performed a couple of times at Zappanale already.
Their setlist included both Zappa and original material. In 2014, Robert Martin joined them on stage for a couple of songs.



MARK PINSKE

Mark Pinske was Frank Zappa's sound engineer from 1980 until 1987.
Once every while he posts mp3's of stuff that he recorded.
He recently added a couple of Zappa tracks :

from Zappateers :

Here is a link to some great downloads from Mark Pinske recordings from 1980
http://www.pinske.com/

(scroll down on his homepage for the links to the mp3's.)


PHISH - 07/18/2017 NUTTER CENTER, DAYTON, OHIO



Yesterday, (yesterday !!!) Phish performed FZ's 'Peaches And Regalia' during their concert at the Nutter Center in Dayton Ohio.
As it goes with Phish performances, a dowload of the recording of the show is offered for sale shortly after the concert. In this particular case, the show is also being made available on CD.
I like that.


STEVE VAI - MODERN PRIMITIVE


In 2001 (or was it 2002?), Steve Vai released "The Secret Jewel Box", a box that was to contain 10 discs. The latest addition to this box is "Modern Primitive", the album that got released as a package with the 25th anniversary edition of "Passion and Warfare" last year.

The CD has got the letter "H" printed on the spine.
Eventually, all the albums together will spell out "LIGHT w/o HEAT".

"Modern Primitive" is a superb album.
It's the missing link between "Flex-Able" and "Passion and Warfare" and those remain two of my all-time favourite albums.
In the liner notes, Steve says: '... the material on Modern Primitive was mostly written or recorded when I was between the ages of 23-26. And now, a 55-year-old Steve Vai is completing this material, hence the name Modern Primitive.'
Featuring Mike Keneally and Tommy Mars !
One track co-written by Tommy Mars and another one by Bob Harris !



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

ZAPPANALE 2017

Zappanale was a blast.
Great music & friends.
I'll try to get some impressions up the next couple of days.

In the meantime, here's Angel, Hasi and J.P. saying 'hi'.