Thursday, August 17, 2017

FLAT EARTH SOCIETY

I took this picture a couple of months ago.
As you can see, the numberplate on this car says "FES". Indisputable.
And we all know that FES stands for Flat Earth Society.

Is this an attempt by Flat Earth Society to go for some subliminal advertising ?

My sources tell me that there are 1000 similar number plates driving around in Belgium.


Flat Earth Society's teaser for their 2013 "13" album.



MANZAP

A couple of days ago, ManZap (= Stanley Zappa, sax and Andrew Wedman, Rhodes) performed at UFDA, the second edition of the annual untempered festival of dissonant arts, in Naramata BC.

https://drewwed.wixsite.com/ufda2

The festival was established by Stanley Zappa and Andrew Wedman in 2016.



DAVID SANBORN

Did you know that both George Duke and Robert Martin appeared as guests on David Sanborn's "As We Speak" album?
From 1981.

Data has been added to the United Mutations Archives.

-- info: Jan van Kemenade


A SPANNERTATE UPDATE

SpannerTate are buskin' in Paris, France !!

I'm sure they'll throw in a Zappa tune or two if you kindly ask...

***ATTENTION S'il vous plaît***

Announcing the Spannertate tour de France 2017:

Wednesday 16th August 8pm Café Le Rat Perché Le Rat perché Arras
Thursday 17th August TBC
Friday 18th August Bar sur Seine
Saturday 19th August Tonnerre
Sunday 20th August Chablis
Monday 21st August Chaource
Tuesday 22nd August TBC


GREG TORO AND TOM DOWD PLAY ZAPPA

Excellent performance of some of my favourite Zappa compositions.

This is our tribute to Frank Zappa celebrating the 40th anniversary of his landmark recording Roxy/Elsewhere.

Composed by Frank Zappa, arranged by Greg Toro and Tom Dowd.

Video recording by Frank Hegyi (www.frankhegyi.com), editing by Tom Dowd.

Audio recorded, mixed, edited, engineered, and generally fucked with by Geoff Nielsen (www.audityoddio.com).

Tom Dowd - guitar/vox
Greg Toro - bass
Geoff Nielsen - trombone/vox
Joe Brogan - trumpet
Erik Van Dam - alto sax
Matt Knoegel - tenor sax/flute
Sam Crawford - guitar
Tiago Michelin - drums
Evan Waaramaa - keys


-- link: Jan van Kemenade

CRYPTIC ARCHIVES AUCTION

CRYPTIC ARCHIVES AUCTION
THE VAULT IS OPEN!


Sort of... The Residents and The Cryptic Corporation are proud to announce the FIRST EVER sale of items hand picked from their OFFICIAL ARCHIVE! The recent retirement of longtime Cryptic associate Hardy Fox stimulated the relocation of this extensive collection from an armored depository on Mr. Fox's estate to the less spacious storage facility at the Cryptic World Headquarters. Consequently, WE NEED TO CLEAR OUT SOME SPACE! And would love to do so by sharing these cherished items with Residents fans.

An auction of the first 31 items will be starting on Friday, August 18 with an initial posting on eBay. Additional pieces will be going up for one month until a total of 31 items have been auctioned off. Each item will come with an Official Archive Certificate of Authenticity.

http://www.residents.com/news/


GABBA ZAPPA HEY! - HEY PUNK

Gabba Zappa Hey! is a London-based trio. A punk band to be more exact.

This "Hey Punk" release presents 12 short and powerful tracks, all about two and a half minutes long.
Raw and unbridled.
Intertwined with guitar riffs from various punk classics (The Ramones, The Clash,...).

I started my day with this album and I have to say that I love it.
It put a big smile on my face.
Love the artwork too. Superb.

Now this is what I want to see at any Zappa festival !!

Here's a clip from a recent concert !


For those of you who can handle torrents, the recordings that are on this album have been seeded on Zappateers.


GRATEFUL DEAD DISCOGRAPHY

Talking about Phish and their immense output, Danny Mathys mailed me the Grateful Dead discography.
I added it (album titles only) to the United Mutations Archives.

http://www.united-mutations.com/g/thegratefuldead.htm


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

COSMIC MYTH RECORDS


Earlier this year, Irwin Chusid and Michael D. Anderson started adding the music of Sun Ra to Bandcamp. They're doing this in agreement with the heirs and rightholders of Sun Ra's music.

https://sunramusic.bandcamp.com/

This will also be the place where one can buy CD and vinyl editions of (some of) these digital albums. For this purpose, the Cosmic Myth Records label has been created.

Recently, the stereo / remastered version of "The Magic City" has been made available on CD and on vinyl.


And more recently, "My Brother The Wind" (expanded and remastered) got materialised on CD and vinyl as well.

Irwin Chusid adds:
"God Is More Than Love Can Ever Be" is one of my personal favorites — an amazing power trio (Sun Ra, acoustic piano; Hayes Burnett, bass; Samarai Celestial, drums — his first recording session with Ra).
By coincidence, this week Ben Young, Joe Lizzi and I completed a new restoration/remaster of this album, which will be the third or fourth LP/CD issue on our new Cosmic Myth Records label. The other album in the CMR pipeline is the solo piano set "Monorails and Satellites Vols. 1, 2, and 3". (Yes, there is an unreleased volume 3.) We expect to have special guest liner note writers for each new release. Christopher Trent (and Ben Young) contributed notes for Magic City, and Moog historian Brian Kehew (and Ben Young) did notes for MBTW. Edley ODowd is designing these stellar-looking packages.'


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

MORE PIERRE VERVLOESEM ON BANDCAMP


I assume that you all know that a remastered and augmented (= with bonus tracks) version of the complete Pierre Vervloesem discography can be found on iTunes?
If not, go to iTunes and get it right away.

In the meantime, former Carbon 7 record label chief Guy Segers has been posting a lot of material on his Bandcamp page, including some nice tracks by Pierre Vervloesem. Not a surprise as Pierre released his first albums on the Carbon 7 label (and Guy played bass on all of these tracks).
I'll try to walk you through them.

Amazing Grease (Pierre Vervloesem), a track from the "Grosso Modo" album.
Guitar instrumental. Mixing different styles into one powerful composition.


Anti Caking Agent (Pierre Vervloesem), or postassium ferrocyanide as we say in the trade, a track from the "Grosso Modo" album.
Starts as an up-tempo track and morphs into a contemporary classical piece, and back. Has Peter Vandenberghe on the keyboards.


Bon Courage (Pierre Vervloesem), from the album "Home Made".
Guitar instrumental with a shifting melody line. Has a nice intersection with two basses.


Country Of Certitudes (Pierre Vervloesem), a previously unreleased track from the "Grosso Modo" sessions.
Beautiful and energetic !


First Time Machine (Pierre Vervloesem), a previously unreleased track from the "Grosso Modo" sessions.
Another beautiful gutiar instrumental. Bass-driven.


Full Metal Carpet (Pierre Vervloesem), from the album "Grosso Modo".
Has Pierre's signature all over it. Superb track. With Peter Vermeersch on clarinets.


Hairdressers Go Home (Pierre Vervloesem), from the album "Grosso Modo".
Another great track. Chaos and energy turned into music. Have to play the Grosso Modo album today.


Are You Out Of My Mind (Guy Segers). Written by Guy Segers, arrangement and computer sounds by Pierre Vervloesem.


PIERRE VERVLOESEM - SERVING SUGGESTION

Guy Segers just released Serving Suggestion by Pierre Vervloesem through his bandcamp page.

SERVING SUGGESTION – 3’52“
Composition (01/01/2002) : Pierre VERVLOESEM

Bonus track from the album "Grosso modo" by Pierre Vervloesem (Carbon 7)

credits
released January 1, 2002
- Pierre Vervloesem (Guitar)
- Peter Vandenberghe (Keyboards)
- Guy Segers (Bass)
- Charles Hayward (Drums)

As far as I know, the track is previously unreleased.
There's some weird noises in the background, but I like this track.
Perfect for a soundtrack or a road trip.



GEORGE CLINTON AND PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC

I have been / am still listening to an audience recording of George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic concert this morning.
A show they did in Glasgow, Scotland, last May.

The concert opened with 'Super Stupid', 'Cosmic Slop' and about two minutes of Frank Zappa's 'I'm The Slime' before George Clinton entered the stage to continue the show with 'Atomic Dog'.
Nice.

The recording is available at DimeADozen.



Monday, August 14, 2017

MUFFIN MEN TO TOUR THE UK IN NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2017


Celebrating the music of Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention !!
Dates to be announced soon !!

Most of these chaps were also performing at Zappanale in 1991 !!




THE HERMETO PASCOAL DISCOGRAPHY

I like data.
So I started with the Hermeto Pascoal discography over at the United Mutations Archives.

If you think that I'm missing certain album titles, or if you have jpg's of album covers that I haven't depicted, let me know.

http://www.united-mutations.com/p/hermeto_pascoal.htm




HERMETO PASCOAL - NO MUNDO DOS SONS


  • hermeto pascoal & grupo: no mundo dos sons
        (2017, 2cd, brazil, ??)
Let's be honest. Hermeto Pascoal is quite a name in the avant garde / jazz world. He released over 20 albums and his eclectic approach might appeal to people who, let's say, like the music of Frank Zappa.
I'm not always convinced, but his latest album, "No Mundo Dos Sons", is spot on.
This is one excellent album.



SCOTT PARKER BOOKS

Scott Parker has been busy.

He has two books in the pipeline :

http://spbpublishing.webs.com/

- "Discorporate, Frank Zappa in the studio 1966 - 1967";


- "The Recordings of Frank Zappa, Vol.6 : 1975 - 1976";



THE BIG NOTE, THE MOTHER OF ALL BOOKS ABOUT FRANK ZAPPA


... You’re not going to want to forget Mother’s Day 2018, either. For that date, May 13, is the publication date for a very special project about some other Mothers that’s been way more than ten years in the making.
It is, quite simply, the Mother of All Books About its subject, which also explains why it’s taken so long.

http://newstarbooks.com/blog/remember-mothers-mothers-day/

Written by Charles Ulrich.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

STEVE VAI INTERVIEW - - - THE CARL KING PODCAST

Musician and composer Carl King (Sir Millard Mulch, Dr Zoltan Obelisk, Carl King) started with a series of Podcast interviews.
To date, he has done nine.
In his first episode, he had a great chat with Steve Vai.



SATANIQUE SAMBA TRIO UPDATE

Added the Satanique Samba Trio discography to the United Mutations Archives :
  • satanique samba trio: misantropicalia
    (2004, cd, brazil, amplitude)
  • satanique samba trio: sangrou
    (2007, cd, brazil, amplitude)
  • satanique samba trio: bad trip simulator #2
    (2010, cd, brazil, private release)
  • satanique samba trio: bad trip simulator #1
    (2011, cd, brazil, private release)
  • satanique samba trio: bad trip simulator #3
    (2013, cd, brazil, private release)
  • satanique samba trio: badtriptych
    (2014, cd, brazil, ??)
  • satanique samba trio: mó bad
    (2015, 10", brazil, dom pedro discs)
  • satanique samba trio: xenossamba
    (2017, 2 x 7", brazil, private release)







SATANIQUE SAMBA TRIO


Satanique Samba Trio live @ Grande Colorado - banzo bonanza



https://www.vpro.nl/vrije-geluiden/lees/artiesten/satanique-samba-trio.html


Saturday, August 12, 2017

PRINCE NSJF JULY 10, 2011


Prince North Sea Jazz Festival, July 10th, 2011


Joy In Repetition - The Love We Make - Mountains - Come Together (Lennon, McCartney) - Alphabet Street - Dear Mr.Man - If You Want Me To Stay (Sly The Family Stone) - Stand (Sly & The Family Stone) - I Want You Back (The Jacksons) - When We're Dancing Close And slow - The Look Of Love (Burt Bacharach) - Guitar - I Like It There - Colonized Mind - Bambi
Johnny B.Goode - Peach
The Beautiful Ones
Dance - Baby I'm A Star


A PHISH UPDATE

Jamband Phish makes every concert that they play available. As a download, but most of them also on CD. They've been doing it for a  couple of years now;
I have a couple of these shows. Yes, the ones where they play 'Peaches En Regalia', the Frank Zappa composition.
I mentioned some recent ones a couple of weeks ago.

I should check the Live Phish website again one of these days, 'cause I'm pretty sure that more shows that feature 'Peaches' have been released...

In the meantime, my friend Danny sent me an update for the Phish discography. Counting the Live Phish concert album that the band has released the last year, they have released 385 albums to date !!
Three hundred and eighty-five albums.
I updated the Phish entry at United Mutations with the studio albums.
Album titles only. 18 to date.

Here's Phish performing 'Purple Rain' with a vacuum cleaner (!!) solo...



MILOSZ PEKALA AND MAGDALENA KORDYLASINSKA


In 2016, Polish duo Miłosz Pękala and Magdalena Kordylasińska released an album on the Polish Lado ABC record label that included their recording of Frank Zappa's 'The Black Page #1'.

The album got re-released as an LP (also with the Zappa piece) on the German Gagarin record label earlier this year. For the occasion, the original title got translated into German : "Werke Für Schlagzeug Und Elektroakustische Geräte", which in English would say something like : "Pieces for Drums and Electro-Acoustic Equipment".


Sunday, August 6, 2017

GEORGE DUKE

Added a nice promo picture of the late George Duke to the United Mutations Archives.


-- info: Aad Hoogesteger

ALLAN HOLDSWORTH TRIBUTE

The MoonJune record label celebrates the music of the late Allan Holdsworth with a tribute.

https://allanholdsworth-moonjune.bandcamp.com/album/crack-in-the-sky



THE RUDY SCHWARTZ PROJECT - DELICIOUS ASS FRENZY

Last month, Joe Newman remastered two of his albums and made them available through Kunaki.

The first one was "Delicious Ass Frenzy", an album that he originally released in 2010.
The album kicks of with a sea shantee in some sort of ancient and long forgotten language, mixing in another couple of almost familiar sounding melody lines. Next up is 'Trailer Queen', The Rudy Schwartz Project's take on Queen's collaboration 'Killer Queen'. Hilarious. And it just doesn't stop.
My favourite track is 'Invasion Of The Chrome Fish People'. It starts as synclavier piece and continues as a guitar solo. A respectful tribute, if I may say so.

Highly recommended.

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

From another RSP album, here's 'Poop Hatcha Cha'.



Saturday, August 5, 2017

SUM OF R - ORGA

  • sum of r: orga
        (2017, cd, switzerland, czar of revelations)
Swiss duo Sum Of R are Reto Mäder (guitar, bass guitar, effects, organ, drums, electronics, synthesizer) and Fabio Costa (drums, effects, synthesizer). They released their first album in 2008. It was followed by the "Ride Out The Waves" EP in 2012 and by another full album, "Lights On Water", in 2013.

Sum Of R is typified by their instrumental and dark soundtrack-like compositions.

Their brand-new release is entitled "Orga" as in 'organic' or as in 'organism'. The 11 tracks on "Orga" are dim and gloomy. Hypnotic.
The band adds : ...the listener will enter into a self-contained dimension that speaks its own language: a wordless, organic language made of pieces of an orchestral wall of sound, raw-boned melodies and repetitive mantras, where spirit, body and instruments become one.

Fascinating.
The album comes in beautiful artwork. It fits the total package.

Out on Czar Of Revelations.
https://www.czarofcrickets.com/

As an appetizer, here's their previous album :



MOSAE ZAPPA 045 PRESENTS MÖRGLBL AND APE SHIFTER

Mosae Zappa is the name of a festival that takes place in and around Heerlen, NL.

The first edition counted two evenings and took place in 2011. It featured Lilo, The Wrong Object, The Yellow Snow Crystals, The Beefheart Project and Tarentatec.

The second edition happened in June 2012. Ensemble Mosae, The Muze Jazz Orchestra, The Lex Bronkowitz Orchestra, Grupo Go, and Peach Noise all made an appearance.

After a bit of an hiatus, the festival returned in 2016 (with an extended crew) as Mosae Zappa 045 : one evening (plus some afternoon activities) with John's Got A Sausage, Bits From Hell, The Wrong Object, and The Foolz.

In the meantime, the team behind Mosae Zappa 045 decided that they should do more than organize a festival. Mosae Zappa 045 has the intention to promote music by organizing concerts.
Fortunately, they plug the music that I like.

September 21, Mosae Zappa 04, in collaboration with concert venue De Nieuwe Nor, will present Mörglbl and Ape Shifter.
For French guitar wizard Christophe Godin and his Mörglbl project, this will be the first date of their 3 or 4 day tour in The Netherlands. I've seen the band in concert two times and they're not to be missed.
German band Ape Shifter doesn't ring any bells with me. The clip sounds promising. They have one album out. Released last March.

21.09.2017 NL-Heerlen, Nieuwe Nor (Mörglbl & Ape Shifter)
22.09.2017 NL-Hoofddorp, Duycker (Mörglbl & Ape Shifter)


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THE RESIDENTS - 80 ACHING ORPHANS


  • the residents: 80 aching orphans
        (2017, 4cd, uk, cherry red records)
The Residents are taking their Theory Of Obscurity to another level.
Cherry Records will be releasing a 4CD box, AND they're making a signed copy available.

Extended, 4CD anthology set chronicling the career of the legendary San Francisco experimentalists and curated with the band themselves, from the debut 1972 single to the band’s most recent album, The Ghost Of Hope. Singles, fan favourites, album highlights, live recordings and material never before available on CD.

To be released on October 13.

More info :
https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/80-aching-orphans-45-years-of-the-residents-4cd-anthology-book-set



STING - LIVE VOL.1



I guess that most of you know that I'm always on the lookout for recordings of artists that perform the music of Frank Zappa. One of these recent detours brought me (back) to Sting.
Every Zappa fan knows that Mr.Sting performed with Frank Zappa on stage during the 1988 tour in Chicago. On March the 3rd to be more precise. They did 'Murder By Numbers'.

Shortly thereafter, Sting asked Frank for the music of 'The Idiot Bastard Son'...

The above pictured "Live Vol.1" bootleg CD captured Sting in concert. It includes Sting performing 'The Idiot Bastard Son'.
Beautiful.



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

TERRY BOZZIO UPDATE


TERRY BOZZIO

“An Evening With Terry Bozzio”

14.10.2017 NL-Tilburg, Paradox
15.10.2017 NL-Den Haag, Herfstfest
18.10.2017 DE-Mannheim, Pop Akademie
20.10.2017 NL-Uden, Markant Uden
21.10.2017 DE-Osnabrück, Gaste Garage
22.10.2017 BE-Diest, Adams Muziekcentrale NV
24.10.2017 DE-Burgebrach, Musikhaus Thomann
25.10.2017 DE-Nordhausen, Ratssaal im Bürgerhaus
26.10.2017 DE-Potsdam, Lindenpark
28.10.2017 PL-Katowice, Teatr Rialto
31.10.2017 LT-Vilnius, Club Vakaris
02.11.2017 LV-Riga, Art of Riga Jazz 2017
03.11.2017 EE-Tallinn, New Arts Museum Kumu
04.11.2017 FI-Espoo, Sellosali
05.11.2017 FI-Äänekoski, Suolahtisali
08.11.2017 SE-Stockholm, Fasching
10.11.2017 SE-Goteborg, Nefertiti


-- info: Philippe Lamoot


Monday, July 31, 2017

ED PALERMO IN CONCERT

The Ed Palermo Big Band will be doing two concerts entitled "A Tale Of Two Franks".
The below flyer will show you what it's all about.

August 19 at The Falcon,
August 21 at the Iridium.

With Napoleon Murphy Brock !!






Sunday, July 30, 2017

SUN RA ON BANDCAMP


It looks like the Sun Ra catalogue (and more) is finding its way to Bandcamp...

https://sunramusic.bandcamp.com/

Wow...
There's stuff there that I've never heard of...


RACHEL FLOWERS UPDATE


Rachel Flowers recorded a couple of Frank Zappa compositions. They can be found on YouTube. As because of these little YouTube movies, she got invited to perform with Dweezil Zappa during one of Dweezil's "Zappa Plays Zappa" concerts.

from the Rachel Flowers newsletter :

"Hearing is Believing"

The documentary film about Rachel, "Hearing is Believing," has completed its scheduled theatre run and is now available in VOD, DVD, and Blu-ray. It has been quite a ride, from meeting Lorenzo DeStefano at Squashed Grapes back in January 2014 through 2 years of filming, then editing, theatre screenings, and now it is out there! Plus, the latest big news is that an international distribution deal has been struck, so Rachel's European fans won't have to wait much longer! Thank you for your patience!



http://rachelflowersmusic.com/2017/06/20/hearing-is-believing-video-on-demand
http://amzn.com/B01LTIC4Z0

The soundtrack

The soundtrack album to "Hearing is Believing" is ending production and will be released soon! This album includes 5 of Rachel's original compositions which can't be found anywhere else, plus a variety of covers, collaborations with guest artists, original songs by each of her parents (Dan and myself)... I have to say, it came out pretty darn great! Dweezil Zappa was kind enough to provide the liner notes - worth it for that alone, and the live recording of Frank Zappa's "Montana" from Rachel's guest appearance with Dweezil Zappa's band in Las Vegas! More details to come!




HAM SESSIONS

Ham Sessions in Ghent, BE.
September and October

http://www.hamsessions.be/achterham-sessions.html

Sunday - September 24, 2017 - 15h00

​BERAADGESLAGEN​​​

Fulco Ottervanger, keys
​Lander Gyselinck, drums



Sunday - October 29, 2017 - 15h00

BRIGHT NOISE

​Ben Bryden (New York/Schotland) - tenor sax en composities
Steven Delannoye (New York/België) - tenor en soprano sax
Reinier Baas (Nederland) - gitaar
Des White (New York/Australië) - bas
Martin Krümmling (Duitsland) - drums


PROGDAY 2017


Welcome To ProgDay 2017.
...The Twenty-Third Edition of the world's longest running progressive rock festival.

SATURDAY and SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2nd and 3rd, 2017.
Storybook Farm, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.

Join us for another great weekend of the best in progressive music!

http://progday.net/index.html

  • Bubblemath (US)
  • Ephemeral Sun (US)
  • Hedersleben (Multinational)
  • iNFiNiEN (US)
  • Shylock (France)
  • Sonar (Switzerland) with special guest David Torn (US)



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FINISTERRE - STORYBOOK

Italian progressive rock band Finisterre released 6 albums between 1995 and 2004.
Their 2000 "Live At Progday 1997" album got re-released on the MoonJune record label as "Storybook" in 2001.

A fine discovery.



ZAPPANALE 2017 - PART 03bis - MOON ZAPPA

Moon Zappa recently got interviewed at Zappanale. Through Skype.
Recordings and transcriptions turned up shortly after that.
Moon wasn't too happy with this, so they have been removed.

During the Zappanale skype interview Moon showed a painting / collage of her proposal for a cover for Frank Zappa's "Dance Me This" album.
It got rejected by Gail.
She posted this picture of it on Facebook, so I'm sure this can be shown :



TONY LEVIN - STICK MAN

Tony Levin (King Crimson, Terry Bozzio,...) released "Stick Man" in 2007.
A small number of copies of the CD are still available :

https://stickmen-moonjune.bandcamp.com/merch/tony-levin-stick-man-cd

Tony Levin's discography (solo albums, album titles only) has been added to the United Mutations Archives.


STICK MEN - KONNEKTED

Last month, The Stick Men released "Konnekted".

The Stick Men are releasing a free digital download companion album to the limited edition promotional CD "KOLLEKTED" (Blue), which is currently available exclusively at King Crimson concerts. For this download version we've assembled some other favorites under the name "KONNEKTED" (Red), and included are also some rather odd tracks from the catalogue. Enter "0" (zero) to download for free.



Stick Men =

  • Tony Levin: stick and voice  (King Crimson, Yes,...)
  • Markus Reuter: U8 and AU8 touch guitars and voice  (King Crimson, Tuner,...)
  • Pat Mastelotto: acoustic and electronic drums and percussion    (King Crimson, Tuner,...)

Stick Men discography (album titles only) has been added to the United Mutations Archives.


Sunday, July 23, 2017

PHISH - 07/22/2017 MADISON SQUARE GARDEN NYC

American jamband Phish is doing a series of 13 concerts at Madison Square Garden in NYC. They call it their Baker's Dozen concert series.
Yesterday, during concert number two, Phish performed Frank Zappa's 'Peaches En Regalia'.
They had already performed the song in Dayton earlier this month.

The Madison Square Garden concert was broadcast live and has been made available as download and on CD.

It kicked off like this :



NEW ALBUM BY MARCO MINNEMANN


"Borrego" - New Double-Album by Marco Minnemann.
Features Joe Satriani.

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/marcominneman

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-- info: Philippe Lamoot

A RUDY SCHWARTZ PROJECT UPDATE


Yes its "The Best of The Rudy Schwartz Project", available now in two exciting volumes !



Friday, July 21, 2017

GOV'T MULE

Listening to the soundboard recording of the recent Antwerp gig of Gov't Mule.

http://www.muletracks.com/

Pretty good show (and an excellent recording).

set one
  • Hammer And Nails
  • Rocking Horse
  • Time To Confess
  • Million Miles From Yesterday
  • I Believe To My Soul
  • ScoMule
  • Recolution Come Revolution Go
  • Slackjaw Jezebel
  • World Boss
set two
  • Mother Earth
  • About To Rage
  • Sarah Surrender
  • Stone Cold Rage
  • Drums
  • Dusk Jam
  • Dark Was The Night
  • 30 Days In The Hole
encores
  • New World Blues
  • Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody's Home


THE IKE WILLIS PROJECT TO PERFORM TWO CONCERT AT THE IRIDIUM

The Ike Willis Project will do three shows at The Iridium.

One concert on October 5,
and two shows on October 6, 2017.

http://theiridium.com/events/6619/ike-willis-project-and-micki-free-25-35/


-- info: Philippe Lamoot

ZAPPANALE 2017 - PART 04 - FAMILIAR STUFF AND NICE DISCOVERIES

As always, there's bands that you know and have heard or seen before, but each Zappanale there are a couple of bands that you probably never have heard about and that will blow your socks off.
It's the combination of familiar stuff and nice discoveries that makes Zappanale great.

When discussing this with my friends, I tell them that there's one band that really needs to play at Zappanale and that's Flat Earth Society.
This 14-piece Belgian big band combines avant-garde, eclectic compositions with superb technical skills.

And the band comes with extras as a lot of the musicians are part of other fine groups and ensembles: Pierre Vervloesem, Teun Verbruggen, Michel Mast, Bart Maris and Bruno Vansina (to name a few) all have very interesting projects going on.
Guitar player Pierre Vervloesem should need no introduction. He's a band on his own.
Drummer Teun Verbruggen has numerous experimental projects going on;
Saxophone player Michel Mast performs the music of Raymond Scott with one of his ensembles;
Trumpet player Bart Maris performs solo with loop stations and has too many projects.
Saxophone player Bruno Vansina has a new project called Orchestra Exotica (with music by Martin Denny, Les Baxter,...)

Sure, Zappanale is not a 'big' festival with unlimited financial resources but Zappanale can offer fun times and the best crowd there is.

Did I tell you that Flat Earth Society has a program and an album called "Terms Of Embarrassment", their sort of tribute to Frank Zappa?


So here's the deal. If you know someone who's part of FES (Flat Earth Society), tell them that they should play at Zappanale !



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'.




Tuesday, July 11, 2017

VARIOUS ARTISTS - GOD OWES US A SWIMMING POOL

Next to being the best album title that I've ever heard, "God Owes Us A Swimming Pool" is a fine showcase / sampler for the Heaven Hotel record label.
You will get a taste of Mitsoobishy Jacson, Kiss My Jazz, Ow, Rudy Trouvé, Franco Saint De Bakker, and many more.
All released on the Heaven Hotel record label the last twenty years.



ED PALERMO BIG BAND IN CONCERT


The Ed Palermo Big Band will be doing two shows next Monday,
July 17, 2017 at the 'Iridium' in NYC.

http://theiridium.com/events/ed-palermo-big-band-6/


OW - MOON TAN

Fans of dark, psychedelic rock should definitely check out Belgian band OW.
The band consists of Jan Stoop (bass), Chris Wauters (drums), Thomas Noppe (guitar) and Elko Blijweert (keyboards). Guests include Sigrid Van Rosendaal (trumpet) and Frans Van Isacker (alto sax and bass clarinet).
A couple of these musicians can also be found on the Franco Saint De Bakker albums.
The big difference is that OW is more psychedelic and darker.
"Moon Tan" was their second (and last) album.

Does it show that I'm selecting music for my road trip to Zappanale?



Monday, July 10, 2017

ZAPPA ON ZAPPA




VARIOUS ARTISTS - THE FUNDAMENTAL HYMNAL

In 1989, Austrian record label Save (or Fundamental Safe) released an album by Camper Van Chadbourne, the collaboration between Camper Van Beethoven and Eugene Chadbourne. The album included 'Zappa Medley', Camper and Eugene's take on a some old Mothers material.
The same track got released on a sampler, "The Fundamental Hymnal", later the same year.

Ten years later, the Knitting Factory record label re-released part of the Camper Van Chadbourne album as "Used Record Pile", also including the 'Zappa Medley'.



Sunday, July 9, 2017

JIMMY LESLIE & FRIENDS - LIVE DOWNTOWN



Another addition to The Others Of Invention : http://www.united-mutations.com/z/frank_zappa/fz_ooi_albums.htm

Jimmy Leslie & Friends recorded Frank Zappa's 'My Guitar Wants To Kill Yer Mama'. It can be found on their "Live Downtown" album.