Thursday, February 23, 2017

WIZARDS OF TWIDDLY - MAN MADE SELF


Two years after their debut, Wizards Of Twiddly released "Man Made Self".
More madness. More crazy music.
Carl Bowry on the guitar.
Data has been added to the United Mutations Archives.



THE RUBINOOS - ONE, TWO, THAT'S IT!



Although American pop band The Rubinoos started out in 1970, they sound a band from the early 1960's.
"One, Two, That's It'" is subtitled "another crimes & unreleased". It includes the band performing a nice pop version of Frank Zappa's 'Absolutley Free'.

Liner notes by Tommy Dunbar :
'Jon and I used to listen to "We're Only In It For The Money" by Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention every day after school. My dad came in one day, took a look at the album cover and proclaimed, "that's the ugliest person I've ever seen!". Always wondered which guy in the band he was talking about!
Anyway, we still want to do a recording of the whole album a capella someday...'


PHISH - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN DEC 29, 2016

Phish performed Frank Zappa's 'Peaches En Regalia' during one of their New Year's Eve shows last December. All of the shows were made available as digital download, and also on CD (for the old folks).
I recently received my copy (and, yes, I was starting to get worried...) and it looks and sounds fabulous.

OK, so maybe it's not their best performance of 'Peaches' but they did play it.
A beautiful tribute.
And what a concert...


VARIOUS ARTISTS - QUANTUM WAMPUMP PRESENTS A TRIBUTE TO THE RESIDENTS

I'm guessing that I've mentioned this release before when I got directed to it, but since I received the cassette last week, I'm happy to give it another mention (and at least one other listening session).

The bandcamp page:
https://quantumwampum.bandcamp.com/album/015-quantum-wampum-presents-a-tribute-to-the-residents

This is a great selection of Residents tunes, performed by the likes of Parlay Droner, Doko Penzo, Native Mode, Skybattle, Frank Hurricane, and a lot of others.
I don't know if these are all artists from the Quantum Wampum label. Don't have a clue if these tracks were recorded especially for this compilation, but they sound great !!

Give it a listen !!



WIZARDS OF TWIDDLY - INDEPENDENT LEGS

Recent babbling about the upcoming Muffin Men tour and shelving some otherWizards (Of Ooze), made me go for the Wizards Of Twiddly earlier this week.
I first heard about the Wizards Of Twiddly when four of them joined Roddie Gilliard to keep The Muffin Men on the road. Must have been around 2000.

"Independent Legs" was the first album by Liverpool-based Wizards Of Twiddly. A remarkable debut that mixes Canterbury prog rock with jazz, with lots of zappa-esque twists and turns.

Very energetic.
Data has been added to the United Mutations Archives.


DON PRESTON - BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC PRESENTS DON PRESTON CLINIC



Ten years ago, former Mother Of Invention, Moog-pioneer and jazz and rock musician and composer Don Preston did a clinic at the Berklee College Of Music.
At the time, the lecture got recorded.
A couple of weeks ago, Don made this recording available on DVDR (in a nice package, see picture above).

As for the recording, it's not a multi-camera, professionally shot recording, but it's pretty decent. Image quality is great and the sound is excellent as well.
The lecture itself is great. Don talks about the approach to composing. How he does it and how other composers that he worked with did it.
Great stuff.
While lecturing, Don gives examples on the piano and on the moog, performing some original material, plus some pieces or parts of pieces by Carla Bley, John Cage and Frank Zappa.
This is superb.

Thank you, Don, for making this available.


BOBUCK - EGGS FOR BREAKFAST

  • bobuck: eggs for breakfast
        (2017, cd, austria, klanggalerie gg240)
Since Charles Bobuck seperated himself from The Residents, he has been posting tracks for various occasions on various locations.
These tracks have been collected and are being released on the Klanggalerie label.

From Klanggalerie:
Over the past few months, former Residents composer Charles Bobuck has released several Tiny Tunes through his website, newsletter and as free giveaways for holidays. We are now happy to present you the first collection of these songs on CD. Eggs For Breakfast collects 26 of these tunes, perfect little pop songs about important and unimportant things, with playful joy or rather melancholy. All songs composed and performed by Bobuck, and yes, all vocals, too.

Track list: 1. Headstand 2. Truck 3. War 4. General 5. Smoke 6. Pupil 7. Saw 8. Yellow 9. Bag 10. Dali 11. Sing 12. Car 13. Hands 14. Death 15. Lemon 16. Shroud 17. Rug 18. Blue 19. Music 20. Toe 21. Beer 22. Itch 23. Toast 24. Kid 25. Gang 26. Nail.



Monday, February 20, 2017

MUFFIN MEN APRIL FOOLZ TOUR 2017

Those nice lads from Liverpool that everyone know as The Muffin Men are going on tour again.
April Foolz.
Or not.

Performing the music of Frank Zappa, of Captain Beefheart, and more.
With special guest Denny Walley !!




Sunday, February 19, 2017

GENE PRITSKER / FRANK ZAPPA


Reconstructions' - Gene Pritsker / Frank Zappa
Based on themes from Frank Zappa's 'Joe's Garage' album
Performed by the Absolute Ensemble, Kristjan Jarvi - conductor
and The Executioners @ The Barbican London

https://soundcloud.com/genepritsker/reconstructions-pritskerzappa




ART ZOYD CD BOX


Cuneiform Records Announces Plans and Exclusive Pre-Sale for their First-Ever Box Set Release :

12 CD's and 2 DVD's of Art Zoyd :

Art Zoyd's 44 1/2: Live and Unreleased Works

http://cuneiformrecord.blogspot.be/2017/02/cuneiform-presents-art-zoyd-box-set.html