Thursday, May 25, 2017

ELEKTRYCZNE GITARY - NA KRZYWY RYJ



Polish band Elektryczne Gitary recorded Frank Zappa's 'MS Pinky'. The track got released on their "Na Krxywy Ryj" album in 1997.

In 2016, Universal released a compilation box by Elektryczne Gitary. The box included two album : a best of (previously released in 2001, and the "Na Krzywy Ryj" album (from 1997).

The cover of the cardboard box :


Data has been added to the United Mutations Archives.


THE MUFFIN3 QUINTET - LIVE IN THE BACKROOM



The last couple of weeks, I've been updating the Muffin Men entry over at the United Mutations Archives with some of their promotional releases.
Next to "Moo-Ah 2015" and the "4FM radio special", there's also "A Tale Of Steal City".

Recorded on November 28, 2015, in Sheffield, this is one of the shows that featured Mike Kidson, one of the original Muffin Men.

Superb concert. Fun !

-- info: Danny Mathys


CITADELIC GENT * * * JAZZCASE NEERPELT

Citadelic, the experimental jazz festival, is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

The festival kicks off tonight (May 25) and will be on full speed next week: from June 1 until June 5.

At the Citadel Park in Ghent, Belgium.
Check out the complete program here:

http://citadelic.be/17/program17.html


Jorge Rossy Vibes Quintet ft. Mark Turner, Al Foster
The Singing Painters ft. Carver and Horn
GLiTS
4tet Sal La Rocca, Lieven Venken, Jeroen Van Herzeele, Pascal Mohy
Moker
Patrick De Groote - Chris Joris - Paul Van Gysegem
Llop ft. Brice Soniano
Samuel Blaser Trio ft. Marc Ducret
Lilly Joel
Hamster Axis
Wandjina
Bruno De Groote / Ben Faes
Rodrigo Fuentealba invites Philip Weiss and Tsubasa Hori Taiko
De Beren Gieren Gents ft. Fulco Ottervanger
3/4 Peace : Ben Sluys, Christian Mendoza and Brice Soniano
Praed psychedelic shaabi van Beirut
Steiger Gents
Ruben Machtelinckx and Karl Van Deun
Pak Yan Lau
Frederick Leroux
Raphael Malfliet
Bardo
Osama Abdulrasols qanun
Klankenbos ft. Bassss project Musica
In Memoriam Global Village ft. Xu Fengxia
Paul Van Gysegem 3 ft. Giovanni Barcella and Erik Vermeulen

A number of these artists will also be appearing on the JazzCase Festival in Neerpelt (from June 2 to June 3)


SINERGIA ELETTRONICA - S/T

I bought this album at the Jooklo Zappa concert a couple of weeks ago.
Sinergia Elettronica features the Jooklo duo plus the Metabolismus collective.
Experimental music at its best.

Out on the Troglosound record label
Only 162 copies, each album cover hand drawn
On purple vinyl.
And most important : fascinating music.
These won't last long.

Sinergia Elettronica has released some tapes previous to this album but this is their first vinyl release.

Here's a fragment from one of their previous releases :


THE COMET IS COMING - CHANNEL THE SPIRITS

UK band The Comet Is Coming, or TCIC, released its first album last year.
Electronic jazz à la Stuff.

When Philippe mentioned the band last week, I thought I had heard the name before...
A bit of digging in my memory showed that I had seen them on tv.
On Dutch radio show Vrije Geluiden last year when they did a festival special.

The Comet Is Coming features
  • King Shabaka: saxophone
  • Danalogue The Conquerer: synthesizer
  • Betamax Killer: drums
Don't you love these aliases?
  • King Shabaka = Shabake Hutchings
  • Danalogue The Conquerer = Dan Leavers
  • Betamax Killer = Max Hallett
"Channel The Spirits" is a superb introduction to this trio.
Powerful psychedlic jazz. With a nice beat. The music has this nice flow. Really like it.

from 2014 :
The Sun Ra Arkestra with Shabaka Hutchings on the saxophone !!


And here's TCIC :
with 'Space Carnival' :



JOOKLO ZAPPA

May 12, 2017, Jooklo Zappa performed at 'Het Bos' in Antwerp, BE.

Jooklo Zappa = the Italian experimental music duo Jooklo (David Vanzan, Virginia Genta) plus Stanley Jason Zappa.

They shared the bill with The Selva (cello, bass, drums) and with Lauroshilau (electronics, drums, violin).
Three experimental trios on one night.

Virginia Genta  -  David Vanzan  -  Stanley Jason Zappa  (picture by Philippe Lamoot)

The Jooklo Zappa concert was excellent.
The two saxophones started with playing one note in unison, gradually moving away, searching for seperate lines.

The band had brought along some hand-crafted tour booklets and posters.
A fine night it was.

Here's a recording from a concert they did last year.
To give you an idea of what it sounded like.



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

'NEW' PRINCE ALBUM

Well, you know how it goes...

A 'new' Prince album has been announced :

"The Purple Era: The Very Best Of 1985 - 1991 Broadcasting"

But the tracklist does look interesting :

  1. Purple Rain (Live at the American Music Awards 1985)
  2. Baby, I'm A Star (Live at the Grammy Awards 1985)
  3. Sign O The Times (Live at the MTV Video Music Awards 1987)
  4. Play In The Sunshine (Live at the MTV Video Music Awards 1987)
  5. Electric Chair (Saturday Night Live 1989)
  6. Gett Off (Live at the MTV Video Music Awards 1991)
  7. Diamonds And Pearls (Live at the Special Olympics Ceremony 1991)
  8. Let's Go Crazy (Intro) (Live at the Special Olympics Ceremony 1991)
  9. Baby, I'm A Star (Live at the Special Olympics Ceremony 1991)
  10. Push (Live at the Special Olympics Ceremony 1991)
  11. Peter Gunn Theme (Live at the Special Olympics Ceremony 1991)


NEW ALBUM BY THE PERSUASIONS


Barenaked Ladies and a cappella legends The Persuasions performing "Dont Shuffle Me Back". From the album Ladies And Gentlemen: Barenaked Ladies And The Persuasions - available April 14th.



-- info: Jan van Kemenade

Sunday, May 21, 2017

JEFF BECK & IMELDA MAY


Jeff Beck...
Wow.
With a familiar face in the audience at 0:40 ?



Z - BASED ON A TRUE STORY



With both of Frank's sons in the picture lately, I thought I'd clean up the United Mutations Archives a bit.
Z, as Dweezil and Ahmet's band was called, released two album (in various version), one single and two promotional singles.
"Based On A True Story" is the only single that the band released.
In France.
Next to Dweezil and Ahmet, it featured Mike Keneally, Joe Travers and Bryan Beller.
Two tracks: 'Based On A True Story' from "Music For Pets" and 'In My Mind', the track that replaced 'What Went Wrong In The Real World' on the American version of "Shampoo Horn".

Data has been added to the United Mutations Archives.


THE ANIMALS - ANIMALISM

MGM released "Animalism" by The Animals in 1966. The album got produced by Tom Wilson who had brought along Frank Zappa to arrange two songs on the album.

The full story is that The Animals didn't really record these tracks. They got recorded by L.A. studio musicians (with Carol Kay, a.o.).
Frank played guitar on 'All Night Long" and bass on 'The Other Side Of This Life'.
Read all about it in the Hit Parader article from 1967 :
http://afka.net/Articles/1967-07_Hit_Parader.htm

The LP got released on CD in 2006 but has also been re-released two times with a number of bonus tracks.
In 1995 as "Animalism & Bonus Hits", and in 2014 on the above pictures "Animalism" with 11 bonus tracks. No FZ involvement on the bonus tracks, however.


PAWLOWSKI, TROUVE & WARD - S/T



Yesterday, I mentioned Rudy Trouvé's artwork for dEUS "In A Bar, Under The Sea" album.
Here's another fine piece of art : the cover of the Mauro Pawlowski, Rudy Trouvé and Craig Ward's split release on the JezusFactory label.
The album isn't bad either. Quite the opposite, actually, if you're in an experimental mode.

Two tracks by Craig Ward, nine by Rudy Trouvé, and ten by Mauro.

Info has been added to the United Mutations Archives.


PIERRE VERVLOESEM - CHEF-D'OEUVRE



Pierre Vervloesem's "Chef-d'Oeuvre" got released in 1999 on the Viakra label. It was Pierre's third solo album.
On "Chef-d'Oeuvre", Pierre pushed the boundaries a bit further: haunting polyrhythms, strange melodies wrapped in contemporary sounds and instruments. Beautiful.

The original CD has been out-of-print for quite some years but there's a remastered, upgraded and augmented version available on iTunes that even includes three bonus tracks.

All original compositions, except for the Stevie Wonder coverversion (with Philippe Tasquin on vocals).
Essential listening.


CABALLERO REYNALDO EUROTOUR 2017

Caballero Reynaldo is preparing for their Zappanale gig (!!) with a EuroTour :

Luis G.: guitar and vocals
Rebeca Ibáñez: Vocals
Román García: Bass and vocals
Manu Vicente: lead guitar and vocals
Santi Serrano: drums



Caballero Reynaldo will be performing at Zappanale on Saturday evening.
On the mystery stage, after the Dweezil Zappa concert.


WOLFRAM KLUG

Wolfram Klug recorded and released his "Burt, The Nerd" album in 2014.
It featured various musicians from Frank Zappa's band :
Ike Willis, Tommy Mars, Arthur Barrow, Robert Martin, Ed Mann and Albert Wing.

Wolfram has just announced a sequel : "L.A. Bang Bang".

Read all about it here :
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/another-album-with-frank-zappa-s-original-band#/



Saturday, May 20, 2017

FRANK ZAPPA METAL ACETATE

for sale, over at RockAway Records

http://www.rockaway.com/zappa-frank/lather#long-description


THE COMET IS COMING

UK ensemble The Comet Is Coming has released their first album in 2016.

Psychedelic, jazz, electronic, rock,...



The band will be touring Yurip early next year.

-- info: Philippe Lamoot

NEWS FROM PSYCHOFON RECORDS

Psychofon says :

We have a lot of new releases out now and on deck for June and beyond. Two new groups, Bexa Lala and Dead Man's Underwear have joined the line-up. We have just released the second run of The Residents' The Ghost of Hope on red splatter vinyl as well as a glow-in-the-dark edition of their single Rushing Like a Banshee/Train vs. Elephant!

https://www.psychofonrecords.com/


CARL KING - GRAND ARCHITECTS OF THE UNIVERSE

Carl King has just released his "Grand Architects Of The Universe" album.
The download that is. The actual CD-release should follow soon.

As Carl King states on his website :
Here it is! Carl King's first album in nearly a decade -- a fresh return to obscurity!
70 minutes of sci-fi orchestral rock and drum solos...


"Grand Architects..." has a narrator tell a rather bizarre science fiction tale. The liner notes mention books by William Reynolds, Randy Sinner and Ladybug Ruby Einstein as inspiration.
The music itself is pretty good and the list of participating musicians is amazing : Dweezil Zappa (on fretless guitar !), Mike Keneally, Marco Minnemann, Morgan Agren, Phi Yaan-Zek, Virgil Donati,...

https://shop.carlkingdom.com/



DEUS - IN A BAR, UNDER THE SEA

Twenty years ago, Belgian band dEUS released "In A Bar, Under The Sea".
A superb album. It was, and it still is.

One of the tracks on this album is called 'Roses'. The lyrics go like this :

Rose said "It's time to make a mess
This one's yours and yours is self obsessed
She's painting on my back a green tom, the Beefheart one
And she cuddles and she coos and she cuts the bullshit I confessed

The album got produced by Eric Drew Feldman, who had been part of Captain Beefheart's Magic Band (and who is performing with The Residents now).
Wonder what he thought of this.

Anyway, this album has some stunning artwork by Rudy Trouvé.
Reason enough for Universal to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this album with a beautiful picture disc set.
Soon on one of my wals. Somewhere.

side one
side two
side four


LADY BIANCA - ROLLIN'

Added data for Lady Bianca's "Rolllin' " album to the United Mutations Archives.

October 1976, Bianca toured with Frank Zappa.
Recordings from this line-up got released on "You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore - Vol.6", and on "Philly '76".
Bianca released a couple of solo albums. I believe "Rollin' " was her second one.

The following link might take you to a download location for the above mentioned "Rollin' " album. Not sure as I'm not really into that...
http://plazerna.blogspot.be/2017/05/lady-bianca-rollin.html


-- info : Jan van Kemenade


LUC PILMEYER EXPO IN LIEGE (BE)


Luc Pilmeyer expo : "DESSINS ET VOYAGES"
From june 1 to june 30, 2017
at 'TOUTES DIRECTIONS',
3 Rue de la Violette - 4000 Liège  (BE)

From Bali to China, from Egypt to Japan, from Holland to Iceland,...
Luc Pilmeyer presents his drawings from his travels.
With a psychedelic twist.





Monday, May 15, 2017

NEW CHARLES BOBUCK ALBUM


Charles Bobuck, composer for The Residents.
"Clank Clank Clank".
Limited edition of 300 copies.

http://www.klanggalerie.com/gg245


Sunday, May 14, 2017

THE MUFFIN MEN - 4FM RADIO SPECIAL



Next to their official discography, The Muffin Men released a small number of promotional albums. One of these promo-CDRs captures the 4FM Radio Special they did with Co de Kloet on June 16, 2001.
Next to some fine interpretations of a quite a bunch of Frank Zappa compositions, there's also interviews with Roddie Gilliard, Jimmy Carl Black (who was touring with The Muffin Men at the time) and with Ian Gardiner.

Data has been added to the United Mutations Archives.
Fun !


BUILDINGS - YOU ARE NOT ONE OF US

  • buildings: you are not one of us
        (2017, cd, europe, antena krzyku)
"You Are Not One Of Us" is the third album by Minneapolis-based power trio Buildings. And the title sets the tone. "You Are Not One Of Us" brings a collection of 11 loud and energetic, almost aggressive pieces.
Hardcore.
Something that you can bang your head and sing along to.

Released through Antena Krzyku.

Distributed by Mandaï.
www.mandai.be

Check it out here :



A MARKUS STAUSS UPDATE

Markus Stauss says :

Right now I work on a new quintet project with these musicians:

Damien Campion: bass, electric bass (you know from Trank Zappa Grappa ...)
Richard Koch: trumpet (from my ARTgenossen trio and the 5th Spaltklang)
  http://ritschekoch.com/

John King : electric guitar (my old friend around 1988-93 when we played with Jean Chaine and David Moss)
  http://www.johnkingmusic.com

and Rémy Sträuli: drums (from Spaltklang, Ulterior Lux & ARTgenossen trio)

The recordings are done and now I work on the mix.
A release during the next months (maybe autumn) looks to be realistic.


GONG ON TOUR

Well, at least one date has been confirmed :

GONG! 'Rejoice! I'm Dead!' World Tour 2017

October 6th, 2017
at 'N9' in Eeklo, Belgium


EARLE DUMLER UPDATE

Earle Dumler played oboe on Frank Zappa's "Grand Wazoo" album.

In keeping his discography up-to-date, I added Ricky Lee Jones' "Girl At Her Volcano" EP from 1983. Earle played oboe on one track.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girl_at_Her_Volcano



-- info: Jan van Kemenade

STEF KAMIL CARLENS ON VRIJE GELUIDEN

From a couple of weeks ago, Stef Kamil Carlens at Dutch tv show Vrije Geluiden.





EUGENE CHADBOURNE RETURNS TO YURRIP

The first dates of Eugene Chadbourne's European tour have been shared through his website :

Check it out here:
http://www.eugenechadbourne.com/default.htm

Dates in Belgium, Germany and Switzerland are up.
And Doc Chad is looking for more dates, so if you can arrange for a concert in your favourite club, get it touch !


MILLIONAIRE IS BACK

Belgian indie rock band Millionaire is back.

Here's the new single (and video !!).



ZAUSS - TRITTICO - IMMER - ALL OVER

Francesco Zago and Markus Stauss (ZAgo + staUSS = ZAUSS) have made a new album : "Trittico - Immer - All Over".
The liner notes say : "The music on this album consists of interwoven cycles similar to Zauss' 2nd album "überall in terra straniera borders beyond" (fm 0829). This time, there are four "tenor sax - soprano sax - flute - bass sax" cycles, two on each CD."

The result is very impressive. I just love the sound of an acoustic saxophone (or flute) against the tone of the electric guitar. At times, their sound is very different, but there are moments that they almost sound the same. Superb interaction.
On "Tritico - Immer - All Over", Zauss presents two times eight beautiful soundscapes.
And there's the addition of Giuseppe Olivini to the duo. With his subtle percussion, Giuseppe adds extra texture and more depth to the pieces.

A music journey.
A great album in a handsome package.
Recommended listening.

Out on Fazzul Music.
https://www.markus-stauss.ch/en/zauss-trittico-immer-all-over/

Xenometal
Outtake from Kurai (2006)
Giuseppe A. Olivini, percussion * Markus Stauss, bass sax * Peter Schmid, bass clarinet



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

JOOKLO ZAPPA


Friday, May 12, at 20h00 at 'Het Bos' in Antwerp, BE :

JOOKLO ZAPPA (it/us)
Virginia Genta (sax) and David Vanzan (percussion) team up with sax player Stanley J. Zappa (yes, Frank's nephew) and free blast your mind.

LAUROSHILAU (jap/be)
Audrey Lauro (sax), Yuko Oshima (percussion) and Pak Yan Lau (electronics, keyboard) further explore sounds in their own dimension.

THE SELVA (por)
Ricardo Jacinto (cello), Gonçalo Almeida (double bass) and Nuno Morão (drums) present their multi-idiomatic approach to free jazz.


Jooklo Zappa will also be performing in Ghent (on Saturday) and in Brussels (on Sunday).


GOV'T MULE UPDATE

Gov't Mule has just made a track available from their new album.
'Dreams & Songs' .
Available for people who pre-ordered the new album (but also on YouTube)

Sounds pretty good.



FRANK ZAPPA AND BABY CHICKENS

Australia 1976

ZAPPA FAMILY TRUST VAULT CLIP : ROBERTSON REPORT




ATTILA KRANG - GYMKHANA

  • attila krang: gymkhana
        (2017, lp, bel, cheap satanism records)
I can't tell you much about Attila Krang except that the trio has an album out. Their first one, I believe.
An LP, or EP if you prefer as it presents 6 tracks and clocks at about 30 minutes.

Pretty wild and energetic.
No Wave.
(They refer to it as Doggy No Wave.)

Try their version of Kim Wilde's 'Cambodge' and you'll understand what it's about.

Out on Cheap Satanism Records
http://www.cheapsatanism.com/catalog/cheap666-041

Available from Mandaï
www.mandai.be



NPO RADIO 2 SOUL & JAZZ

"Soul & Jazz" is a radio show on Dutch national radio station NPO Radio 2.

Saturday, May 13, 21h00 - 23h00, the program will feature live recordings from Dans Dans and from DAAU (Die Anarchistische Abund Unterhaltung), two Belgian bands that you need to hear.

Dans Dans


DAAU



Monday, May 8, 2017

MARBIN - GOAT MAN & THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD

Marbin just keeps getting better and better. Their latest album, Goat Man & The House Of The Dead" is mixture of klezmer bop, medieval jazz and Tarantino soundtracks. Or something like that.

Data has been added to the United Mutations Archives.

--


MEREDITH MONK AND DON PRESTON


In 1967, Meredith Monk and (Mother Of Invention) Don Preston released a one-sided 7" as Aunt Jamina And The United Pancakes. It was sold on the streets of NYC at the time.



The song can be found on Meredith Monk's 2009 "Beginnings" album, released on Tzadik.
Album cover :


Here's the audio :



GONG - EXPRESSO II

"Expresso II" follows "Gazeuse !" in the PMG discography.
Another excellent album with lots of melodic percussion. Zappa's never too far away.



GONG - GAZEUSE !

I don't consider myself a huge Gong fan. I've seen Gong with David Allen and with Steve Hillage at Zappanale once but it just didn't trigger anything.
PMG, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, on the other hand, is quite a different story. This is my cup of tea.
Browsing YouTube the other day, I came across "Gazeuse!", the first album of PMG. (or the second if you count "Shamal", or the minus two if you start with "Downwind"...).
It didn't take me five minutes to order the album.

Anyway, this is the real deal.
Allan Holdsworth on the guitar and loads of percussion, including marimba and xylophone, by Pierre Moerlen, Benoît Moerlen and Mireille Bauer.



VARIOUS ARTISTS - GOSPEL FOR J.F.P. III


MoonJune Records just released a tribute album to Jaco Pastorius.


With this release, Jaco's Gospel is preached by over 60 world class musicians resulting in a truly, globalized perspective of his existing legacy. More importantly, the various artists' extract the bassist's inherent compositional attributes, only to reshape rhythms and melodies into a nouveau perspective. Hence, a prudent tribute that stands on its own... definitely the best Jaco tribute heard to date.
- GLEN ASTARITA - Contributor to Downbeat Magazine,


SUPERFJORD / SENDELICA - ZAPPA

U.K. label Fruits De Mer released this split-7" last month.
Side A has Superfjord performing Frank Zappa's 'Peaches En Regalia', while the other side A has Sendelica with Frank Zappa's 'Don't Eat The Yellow Snow'.

On yellow vinyl, of course.
Love it !!

Superfjord and Sendelica get together to reinterpret two Frank Zappa songs - 'Peaches En Regalia' by Superfjord, and 'Don't Eat The Yellow Snow' by Sendelica; they range from sublime to slightly crazed, and quite right too

over to the bands to explain what they intended....

Jussi Ristikaarto from Superfjord says…"Last summer Superfjord drummer Ilari Kivelä and I used to listen to Zappa’s ‘Hot Rats’ album in the car when driving to rehearsals. Even though ‘Peaches En Regalia’ is such an iconic track that it’s almost up there beyond anything that would be wise to attempt at as a cover -- or maybe exactly for that reason -- we started toying with the idea of turning the song into a Superfjord live tune. First of all, it’s anthemic and fun as f***, and secondly the song is technically challenging in that all-too-alluring “I bet we could pull this off” sort of way. Inspired by this, I think it was me who actually initially suggested a Zappa-themed seven-inch to Fruits de Mer’s Keith, and lo and behold, he was up for it. Thus we were faced with actually having to learn to play the song. We didn’t want to stray too far out from the original, but rather wanted to preserve the bubbly and energetic, almost soundtrack-y vibe of the song, preserving all the essential arpeggios and melodies. Basically we just took the original anthem into a more of an acid-rock ballpark and added a new C-part that acts as a jam vehicle in live situations. We had a whole lot of fun doing it -- here’s hoping Frank digs it as well!”

Sendelica’s Pete Bingham puts his spin on the recording…"When FDM approached us with the idea of doing a Zappa cover this was one of the first tracks that popped up in my mind. Off course, as usual, we then started to think of a twist to give the track - and the idea of a juggernaut, almost Sabbath like, approach to the main riff began to form. We recorded the heavy section at Mwnci studios as a two drummer, dropped 'D' tuning heavy rhythm section. So now the idea of the song being in two parts solidified and we approached vocalist Karen Langley, of Babal fame, with the idea of doing a very minimalist, almost ethereal, first part of the track with us....... and voila.... the two parts melded together seamlessly"



Sunday, May 7, 2017

REDWOOD PROPHETS - FREEDOM ALWAYS LIES


  • redwood prophets: freedom always lies
        (2017, download, usa, private release)
More on Eric Cullen (see previous posts)

REDWOOD PROPHETS: located in Sonoma County, California, home of the giant redwood and sequoia trees. Formed in November 2015, Redwood Prophets have three singer-songwriters collaborating and creating fantastic original songs. Rooted in the Northern California music traditions of rock, blues, country, psych, jazz, latin and punk, Redwood Prophets bring it every time. Available to perform for music clubs, theaters and concert venues, Redwood Prophets are looking forward to the Summer 2017 Dead & Company tour.

  • Joe Chaplain: guitars, bass, vocals, percussion, Omnichord, harmonicas
  • Eric "Ric" Cullen: keyboards, vocals, harmonicas
  • Bryan Paisley: bass, guitars, vocals
  • Chuck Walter: drums, percussion
Check out their new single on CDBaby:
https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/redwoodprophets2

Nice song. Great message. Superb artwork.

"Freedom Always Lies" is the breakout debut single from Redwood Prophets, released on January 20, 2017, U.S. Presidential Inauguration day. The timing of the release is no accident. Recorded on July 4, 2016, U.S. Independence Day, the song celebrates freedom from discrimination and freedom from tryannical hegemony. The amazing cover image for the single is a painting by Santa Barbara artist Sue Van Horsen titled "Obama Tried." Sue - you nailed it! As Obama said, "Yes we DID." :-)


OCTAFISH - OCTAFISH



In one of my previous posts, I mentioned Eric 'Shaggy' Cullen's "Anthology" album. It included Eric and Glen Murell re-acting the Frank Zappa / Jimmy Carl Black dialogue from 'If We'd All Been Living In California', with music from Eric Cullen.
As it goes with anthologies, most (if not all) the material that gets released on an anthology is picked from previous releases. The same thing applied to "Anthology" where all the stuff (minus one piece) came from albums that Eric Cullen had released on the Neptunes and on the Mermaid label.

Initially, the recording of 'If We'd All...' had been released on a cassette in 1994.
So, no, the Octafish that we're taking about is not the German progressive rock / jazz ensemble but it's one of Eric Cullen's bands.

Data has been added to the United Mutations Archives.


FRANK ZAPPA - ROLLO (RSD 2017)

This latest Zappa release was made available on Record Store Day, making it an RSD (record store day release). The clear vinyl disc contains 20 minutes of music.
Side A: 'Rollo' from December 2, 1972 Kansas, and Side B: 'Portland Improvisation' from (you guessed it) December 9, 1972, Portland.

'Rollo' is known from the "Little Dots" album, but 'Portland Improvisation' is previously unreleased.



ERIC 'SHAGGY' CULLEN - ANTHOLOGY

Multi-instrumentalist and composer Eric Cullen released an anthology album in 2011. Subtitled "1989 - 2002 : The Neptunes And Mermaid Years", the collection of songs lets you take a look at Eric's various projects as released by the Neptunes and the Mermaid labels.

I like these sort of compilations. It's a great way to listen to various aspects of a musician. You also get a good impression of how an artist evolves.

The reason for me to dive into Eric's "Anthology" album is a track entitled 'If We'd All Been Livin' In California'.
Originally released by Frank Zappa on his "Uncle Meat" album, 'If We'd All Been Livin' In California' is a spoken word / conversation fragment between Frank Zappa and Jimmy Carl Black.
For this occasion, it got re-recorded by Eric Cullen and Glen Murrell with additional music composed by Eric. This is fun !


Saturday, May 6, 2017

MAPPA ZAPPA

A new Zappa tribute album is in the works.

By Andrew Greenaway and Cordelia Records.

Read all about it here :
http://www.idiotbastard.com/MappaZappa.htm


SIX PACK - ERBROCHENES AUS WUNDEN KEHLEN



German a capella band Six Pack recorded Frank Zappa's 'Bobby Brown' and released it in 1996 on their "MegaKerls" album.
A live rendition of the song can be found on the above pictured "Erbrochenes Aus Wunden Kehlen", and album that they recorded in concert at various locations in Germany.

Data has been added to the United Mutations Archives.


THE SINGING PAINTERS MEET CARVER & HORN - THE FOOD SUPPLEMENT


  • the singing painters meet carver & horn: the food supplement
        (2017, lp, bel, el negocito records enr056)
The Singing Painters started out as a trio in 1998: Laura Van (vocals), Michaël Borremans (guitar) and Merlyn Paridaen (drums).
In 2011, Michaël Borremans left the band. Laura and Merlyn continued as a duo, occasionally supported by Adriaan Verwée on bass clarinet.
Early 2016, Mathias Van de Wiele (guitar) joined. A bit later on, Peter Jacquemyn (bass) and Bart Maris (trumpet) followed, hence The Singing Painters meet Carver & Horn.

"The Food Supplement" got recorded live by the quintet at the Croxhapox in Ghent on May 20, 2016.
8 pieces. Live. Completely improvised. 

Very impressive. Very powerful.
Four of the pieces have improvised lyrics by Laura Van.

Out on the El Negocito record label:


MARBIN - AGGRESSIVE HIPPIES

Catching up with data on the latest Marbin albums, here's "Aggressive Hippies".
Listening to Marbin indeed is like meeting aggressive hippies. It's not someting that you would expect.

Both guitarist Dani Rabin and saxophone player Danny Markovitch hail from Israel. They've been living in Chicago for quite some years now, but their cosmopolite heritage is apparent.
Fusion / rock music with a nice dose of Middle Eastern influences.

Superb.



PETER VERMEERSCH & FLAT EARTH SOCIETY - S.S.BELGENLAND WORLD CRUISE 1927

From the Red Star Museum website:
Since the autumn of 2016, the Red Star Line Museum has been drawing attention to one of the Red Star shipping line’s lesser known activities: its cruise activity. The museum will bring the cruise era back to life with an exhibition, a book and a concert by the Flat Earth Society. The emphasis is on the stories of the passengers and crews of the Red Star Line's cruise ships. The exhibition includes an original film shot by an amateur filmmaker during his cruise on the Belgenland between 1927 and 1928.

In the meantime, these concerts have taken place. And, on top of that, the music got recorded at the national radio studios in Brussels.
The outcome is a DVD with 40 minutes of amateur movie (selected by Peter Vermeersch) with an astonishing soundtrack (written by Peter Vemeersch and performed by Flat Earth Society).

Beautiful.

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MUFFINZ POWER QUARTET - MOO-AH



From the liner notes:
As part of 25 years of operation, the Muffin Men played a handful of dates as the Muffinz Power Quartet during March 2015.
Festival Moo-Ah is a bi-annual 2 day event which features mainly performances of compositions by Frank Zappa.
The Muffinz played the opening set of day 2.


Also from the liner notes:
This is an unofficail, limited edition, promo, not for re-sale, bootleg.

Needless to say that this is a great concert.
Phil, Rhino, Jumpy and Roddie did a great job: familiar Zappa tunes intertwined with Musical Muffin Madness. I love it.
Data has been added to the United Mutations Archives.

-- info & extras: Danny Mathys

MARBIN - THE THIRD SET

MoonJune Records released "The Third Set", Marbin's fourth album, in 2014.
Recorded in concert, ten tracks from ten locations, "The Third Set" displays what Marbin is all about.
Beautiful tunes, impressive unison lines and amazing solos by Dani Rabin (guitar) and Danny Markovich (sax), backed by Justyn Lawrence (drums) and Jae Gentile (bass).

Blues, modern jazz, fusion or Hendrix-inspired power-guitar. It's all there.
Pretty impressive.


Out on MoonJune.
http://www.moonjune.com/mjr_web_2013/home_mjr/


Friday, May 5, 2017

PIERRE VERVLOESEM - COUNTRY OF CERTITUDES


COUNTRY OF CERTITUDES
Composition : Pierre VERVLOESEM

Bonus track from the album "Grosso modo" by Pierre Vervloesem (Carbon 7)
released March 24, 2017

credits
- Pierre Vervloesem (Guitar)
- Peter Vandenberghe (Keyboards)
- Guy Segers (Bass)
- Charles Hayward (Drums)




Thursday, May 4, 2017

PROJET ROME - 5

French band Projet Rome is Nicolas Débard's project. He started it around 2000.
If my info is correct, Projet Rome released a demo in 2005. Three years later, in 2008, Nicolas Débard released a solo album entitled "Prodrome".

More recently, Nicolas (guitar, vocals, keyboard, percussion) teamed up with Pierre-Olivier Morin (guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion). The result can be heard on "5", a 15-minute EP that one can check out on Soundcloud but that also has been offered for sale on CDR at concerts.

As you might expect, "5" presents 5 tracks : four French pop / rock songs and one Frank Zappa tune. All of the original material was written by Nicolas Débard. It sounds pretty good. Check out 'Trop Con !'.
This is the reason why I check out bands that record the music of FZ. This is a nice discovery.

Track 5 is Frank Zappa's 'Why Don'tcha Do Me Right?", a song that got released on 7" in 1967 but that found its way onto the CD-(re-)release of "Absolutely Free".
It's the odd one out on this little disc, but Projet Rome does a fine job.

Check it out.
https://soundcloud.com/projet-rome





Wednesday, May 3, 2017

PAT METHENY AND PERICO SAMBEAT

Small world.



PERICO SAMBEAT PLAYS ZAPPA

Performing or interpreting the music of Frank Zappa can be two different things. Actually, it can be five or six different things, all depending on how you look at it.
Spanish saxohone and flute player Perico Sambeat shows one of my favourite approaches. Perico uses re-arranged Zappa melody lines as a basis, as a vehicle for his ensemble to improvise on.
And take it from me, when I say "re-arranged", I mean "RE-arranged". This is great !!

It all started at the Jimmy Glass Jazz Bar in Valencia as a project entitled "Frank Zappa's Alchemy", directed by Perico Sambeat as part of the Jimmy Glass Festival on November 18, 2015.
The actual album got recorded in June 2016.
  • perico sambeat: alto and soprano sax, flute, tambourine
  • javier vercher: tenor and soprano sax
  • voro garcia: trumpet
  • toni belenguer: trombone
  • santi navalon: keyboard
  • ivan cabrian: guitar
  • julio fuster: banjo, electric banjo
  • miquel 'rochet' asensio: drums
I got my copy through http://www.sedajazz.es

Don't hesitate. You need to hear this.
  1. zomby woof
  2. it must be a camel
  3. don't you ever wash that thing?
  4. for calvin
  5. imaginary diseases / tink walks amok
  6. inca roads
  7. i promise not to come in your mouth
  8. a pound for a brown
  9. the eric dolphy memorial barbecue
  10. peaches en regalia
Essential listening !!

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

DWEEZIL ZAPPA UPDATE


November 30, 2017, Dweezil will be performing with the Noord Nederlands Orkest (NNO, NN Orchestra) in Groningen.
December 1, the concert will be repeated in Utrecht.


the program

John Adams - Slonimsky’s Earbox
F. Zappa - Bob in Dacron and Sad Jane
F. Zappa - G Spot Tornado
F. Zappa - Peaches en Regalia
Steve Vai - There’s Still Something Dead in Here
Dweezil Zappa - Truth
Dweezil Zappa - Marmux Buhdarux
Dweezil Zappa  - (new piece, world premiere)
F. Zappa - Watermelon in Easter Hay


GONG EXPRESSO

A MoonJune Records newsflash :

Pierre Moerlen’s Gong was a major branch of the massive Gong tree. In the mid ’70’s drummer Pierre Moerlen separated from Daevid Allen marking an end to the Flying Teapot period and a powerful jazz-rock unit was formed and signed to Virgin Records. Pierre’s brother Benoit Moerlen, Hansford Rowe, Francois Causse, Allan Holdsworth were core members. Many major guests joined them both on albums and touring. Mick Taylor, Mike Oldfield, and French violinist Didier Lockwood were key participants. Mike Oldfield occasionally used the PMG rhythm section for touring also calling on members for albums such as Ommadawn, Incantations, Exposed and Platinum. Pierre Moerlen died May 5th, 2005.
 In concert Gong Expresso mines their huge repertoire and has exceptional guests joining them regularly.

Hansford Rowe’s project HRIII merges with Gong Expresso. Gong alumni Francois Causse, Benoit Moerlen and Hansford Rowe join HRIII guitarist Julien Sandiford for the recording of the new album by Gong Expresso titled Decadence.

PM:GONG rehearsing. The title of this piece is "Expresso", which was one of Pierre Moerlens' composition on the album "Gazeuse". 




Monday, May 1, 2017

GLITS - GETTING LOST IN TINY SPACES

GLiTS is a project by Peter Vandenberghe (Too Noisy Fish, Flat Earth Society) and Bart Maris (Moker, Flat Earth Society,...). GLiTS stands for "Getting Lost In Tiny Spaces" and that's what this duo investigates : playing, improvising and communicating in a restricted musical environment.

Peter Vandenberghe on piano;
Bart Maris on trumpet, piccolo trumpet or flugelhorn

The result is breathtaking: improvisations are intertwined with composed pieces, resulting in beautiful soundscapes.

Mixed and mastered by Pierre Vervloesem.

A must-hear !! Highly recommended !!
Out on El Negocito Records.
http://elnegocitorecords.com/releases/eNR054+.html



FRANK ZAPPA - 1971 - THE SMITH TAPES

Here's the picture of the CD-release of the Zappa interview with Howard Smith from 1971.
It got released on CD in 2012.


  • frank zappa: 1971 - the smith tapes
        (2012, cd, usa, private release)

http://thesmithtapes.com/

Album cover has been added to the United Mutations Archives :
http://www.united-mutations.com/z/frank_zappa/frank_zappa_oddities.htm


LUC PILMEYER

"Gong Friends" is a photobook that got published in 2010. Poems by Gilli Smyth, pictures by Luc Pilmeyer. Essential stuff for Gong fans.

Zappa freaks probably will like the fact that Luc Pilmeyer also is a graphic artist.

His current expo at L'An Vert in Liège, BE, displays three Zappa inspired pieces :

frank zappa  -  luc pilmeyer (1994)

zappa's coffee  -  luc pilmeyer (2016)

zappa and girl  -  luc pilmeyer

The pictures have been added to the "References to Frank Zappa" map in the United Mutations Archives.
Over here : http://www.united-mutations.com/z/frank_zappa/frank_zappa_ref2.htm


MOKER - LADDER

  • moker: ladder
        (2016, cd, bel, el negocito records enr051)
"Ladder", the latest Moker album, preludes fifteen years of Moker, the Belgian jazz ensemble that consists of:
  • Mathias Van de Wiele - guitars and alto horn
  • Jordi Grognard - tenor saxophone, clarinets and bansuri
  • Bart Maris - trumpet and electronics
  • Lieven Van Pee - basses and electronics
  • Giovanni Barcella - drums
As if it had been agreed, "Ladder" presents fifteen compositions.
Most of the pieces have been composed by Mathias Van de Wiele and by Bart Maris, but there are also some joint efforts.
Clever compositions, fine interplay, beautiful improvisations,... This is one excellent album.

Check it out at :
http://elnegocitorecords.com/releases/eNR051+.html




STUFF. - OLD DREAMS NEW PLANETS

Stuff has just released their second album,
On "Old Dreams New Planets" the Stuff quintet continues their musicial adventure, mixing electronics and jazz with crazy rhythms.

Call it modern jazz, if you like. Or something else.
I love it.

'Strata' should give you an idea :