Saturday, December 31, 2011
- alessandra celletti: paraphernalia
(2011, book + dvd, usa, transparancy)
Earlier this year (talking 2011), the Transparency label released a beautiful storybook: "Alessandra Celletti : Paraphernalia". The book looks great and presents a lenghty interview that Massimo Marchini did with Alessandra Celletti. There's also lots of pictures in it and also some fine stories by Alessandra. As a bonus, the book carries a DVD. This DVD carries 13 tracks, or 13 little movies.
Each movie is like a little music clip. All the compositions, except for two, are by Alessandra. The music is performed by Alessandra, and the videos were shot by various video artists.
And for some reason, the following didn't suprise me.
Next to the actual discography, there's a short list (with pictures) of a couple of "unavailable albums". The list includes "Alessandra Celletti / Karlheinz Stockhausen - Integrale Klavierstücke", "Alessandra Celletti: The Worst Of Italian Popular Song", "Alessandra Celletti: The Merry Barbarian By Bartok And Variations On The Theme", and "Alessandra Celletti Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa - Ruth Is Sleeping". The covers of these imaginary albums look like the real thing.
Nice. Really nice.
They released a demo in 2004, aptly titled " Demo 2004".
Data & pictures have been added to the United Mutations Archives.
Here's a picture of the disc. I don't know what's on it, as I can't get it to play anymore, but my pc tells me that it had six tracks.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
and click on “Luister” to enjoy
- FURIOUS PIG – I don’t like your face
- THE FIELD – Looping state of mind
- ANTENA – To climb the cliff
- WOODEN SHJIPS – For so long
- ENOCH LIGHT & THE LIGHT BRIGADE – Temptation
- PEAKING LIGHTS – All the sun that shines (Doldrums remix)
- DEERHOOF – Rainbow silhouette of the milky rain
- BIEL BALLESTER TRIO – When I was a bay
- ENSEMBLE PITTORESQUE – Several sunsets
- PENSION STAMMHEIM – Medox-Mutanten
- THE BEAT – Mirror in the bathroom
- ART ZOYD – Rêve artificiel (continuation)
- U.S. GIRLS – The island song
- MATTHEW FRIEDBERGER – Katie did and Katie didn’t
- OFFICER! - Dogface
The concerts were part of the Holland Festival.
Michel Hatzigeorgiou is one of the most incredible bass players around. He plays the bass in Aka Moon.
Here's Claron McFadden & Michel Hatzigeorgiou in concert earlier this year, performing Jimi Hendrix' 'The Wind Cries Mary'.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
- gnô: trash deluxe
(2001, cd, france, janvier records)
Guitar wizard Christophe Godin cannot be pinned to one band or to one musical genre. With Pierrejean Gaucher, he toured and recorded as G2, performing pop and rock tunes in jazz arrangements. With his Mörglbl band he brings progressive rock music: amazing technical abilities combined with a fine sense of humour.
And then there's Gnô.
On his website, Christophe describes Gnô as playing heavy metal pop music. On "Trash Deluxe", does indeed gets treated to a nice set of pop songs, but with a nice layer of heavy vocals and guitars.
Gnô has a second, new album out as well, but I thought I'd start with adding "Trash Deluxe" to the U.M.Archives.
For a taste, you might try this little youtube video, but keep in mind that the one with the camera was standing in front of Christophe's amplifier...
and click on “Luister” to enjoy
- PSYCHICK TV – White nights
- SHINY TWO SHINY – Waiting for us
- PIZZICATO FIVE – Silent night
- DAVID GARLAND – I am with you
- THE RESIDENTS – Dumbo the clown (who loved X-mas)
- GEORGE HARRISON – Ding dong
- VOICEDUDE – Mi amigo Rudolpho
- THE FALL – We wish you a protein Christmas
- V/VM – Lonely pig in a Christmas shop
- NAT KING COLE – Jingle bells
- MANIA D – White Christmas
- PETER WIEDEMEYER – De winters waren koud
- THE GOONS – I’m walking backwards for X-mas
- HARRY CONNICK, JR – It had to be you
- TUXEDOMOON – Here ‘til X-mas
- MIKADO – Message de Noël
- 17 PYGMIES – Sunflowers
- SPIKE JONES – All I want for X-mas is my two front teeth
- THE KORGIS – We wish you a merry X-mas
- CRASS – Merry crassmass part 2
- barnes & barnes: yeah: the essential barnes & barnes
(2000, cd, usa, oglio records)
Adding a bit of extra data to the Barnes & Barnes entry at the United Mutations Archives, here's "Yeah: The Essential Barnes & Barnes". I'm not a big fan of compilations, but this one was easy to come by (and was rather cheap...) .
Plus, any reason to play some Barnes & Barnes is a good reason.
- hot fur!: live in tel aviv
(2011, cd, ??, private release)
Hot Fur! played two concerts at the 2011 edition of the Zappanale festival.
The first gig took place at the Kamptheater in the village of Bad Doberan. The second one was scheduled on the main stage at the festival grounds, but got postponed to a later day and to the truckstage due to bad weather conditions.
I didn't catch the band's first concert as I was meeting way too many friends, but I had first row seats at the (standing only) truckstage concert a couple of days later. It was a very impressive gig. The band played a lot of material from their "Live In Tel Aviv" album, plus a fine 'Whippin' Post' with special guest & former Zappa vocalist Robert Martin.
Listening to the "Live In Tel Aviv" album shows why this band was a perfect match for Zappanale. Frontman and bandleader Lior Frenkel plays some fine lead guitar and the compositions do carry a zappa-esque signature.
Check out Luuk's recording of the band's second Zappanale concert:
Tuesday Jan. 10th
7 - 9pm
The Standard East Village, NYC
Gary Lucas performs solo as part of the Annie O Music Series
free admission --RSVP email@example.com
Sunday Jan. 15th
Sala BBK, Bilbao Spain
Gary Lucas performs his original live solo guitar score
accompanying the 1931 Spanish "Dracula"
(d. George Melford)
at the annual
Musiketan Festival of Bilbao
Gary Lucas presents his Captain Beefheart Symposium in Liverpool Engand
over two nights at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Fri. Jan 20th and Sat. Jan. 21st
with special guests Pete Wylie, David Stubbs and more tba
Tuesday Jan. 31st
New Morning, Paris France
Gary Lucas performs solo with a tribute to Captain Beefheart and Jeff Buckley
and then a free improv set with avant-guitarist Jean-Francois Pauvros
and Orchestre National du Jazz director and bassist Daniel Yvinec
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
- barnes and barnes: voobaha
(1980, lp, usa, rhino records)
Barnes & Barnes are known as Bill Mumy and Robert Haimer in real life. They released their first album, "Voobaha", in 1980. On Rhino Records. The same label that featured Wild Man Fischer and The Grandmothers.
"Voobaha" was put on CD in 1996 by Oglio Records, so that even people who only like CDs can enjoy 'Party In My Pants', or 'Fish Heads'.
- paul carman & esp: even picasso couldn't find her
(2000, cd, usa, 9 winds)
Paul Carman was part of Frank Zappa's 'best band you never heard in your life', playing the saxophone in the famous 1988 band.
After recording and touring with Zappa, Paul Carman released two solo albums. The first, "Passion", in 1993, and the second, "Even Picasso Couldn't Find Her", in 2000.
"Even Picasso Couldn't Find Her" is a straight jazz album. It includes mostly originals and sounds quite good.
Paul Carman: saxes, Mark Massey: piano, Joel Hamilton: bass & Steve Distanislao: drums
Album cover & data have been added to the United Mutations Archives.
- cracked latin: alone with you
(2011, cd, usa, transparency 0329)
Cracked Latin, the crazy duo that's made up by Lane Steinberg and Luis Accorsi, has a new album out. After listening to their first album "The World Is Cracked Latin" a year ago, I hope that this would not be a one-album stint. This was just too good.
And now there's "Alone With You" (stress 'alone'). The album presents 12 twisted pop/latin songs that you will hum along immediately. Great songs, fun to listen to, and displaying impressive craftmanship. The album cover (Jim Flora!) gives it all away.
One of the tunes on "Alone With You" was co-written by R.Stevie Moore, who also contributed guitar & strings to the track. Beautiful.
The perfect album to get you in a good mood.
Here's a track from their previous release, also on Transparency. It should give you an idea of what Cracked Latin is about.
Monday, December 26, 2011
American musician Euclid James “Motorhead” Sherwood, notable for playing soprano, tenor and baritone saxophone, tambourine, vocals and vocal sound effects in Frank Zappa’s original Mothers of Invention, died on December 25th, 2011.
performing the music of Frank Zappa
Jerry Outlaw~guitar, Alex Pasut~bass, Rick Olson~keys, John Citrone~drums, Dan Campbell~violin, Byron Hogan~cello, David Pate~saxophones, David Coash~percussion, Pat Buffo~vocals.
- gotan project: la revancha en cumbia
(2011, cd, fr, ya basta)
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of their "La Revancha Del Tango" album, the Gotan Project asked a bunch of DJ's to each remix one track of the original album.
The result is called "La Revancha En Cumbia" and it's just out.
Alex Krygier took on 'Chunga's Revenge'.
I like the idea of having each track remixed by a DJ, but the result does have some weak points...
This remix album was also made available in combination with the original album in a so-called "La Revancha Del Tango Limited Box Set Edition". Here's a picture of that box:
- gotan project: live
(2008, 2cd, fr, ya basta)
The Gotan Project recorded Frank Zappa's 'Chunga's Revenge' and released it on their "La Revancha Del Tango" in 2001. With their modern approach to tango, they not only released an impressive album, but an excellent version of FZ's 'Chunga's Revenge' as well.
As the band performed 'Chunga's Revenge' in concert on a regular basis, it could be found on the 2005 DVD-release "La Revancha Del Tango Live". Contemporary tango. Great stuff.
More recently, Gotan Project released another live album. This time as a 2CD-set, and again, with 'Chunga's Revenge'. Nice. Very nice.
For those of you who are into this kind of thing, the album also got released as part of the "Gotan Object" box. That's a box with the live album, a 7", a photobook, a dvd and a puzzle.
It looks like this:
Browsing through the B13 catalogue for their new Zappa release, I came across two Sun Ra titles.
I had always assumed that B13 had released one Sun Ra title: "Live At The Storyville", but apparently there's two of them: one with a part of the concert of the 24th, and another one of the 29th.
- sun ra: live at the storyville in nyc - 24th october 1977
(2011, lp, italy, b13 - bb presents b135)
- sun ra: live at the storyville in nyc - 29th october 1977
(2011, lp, italy, b13 - bb presents b136)
The recording got declicked and was posted on Zappateers.
You can read all about it here:
So if you don't feel happy buying an italian semi-official release, you can always download the recording for free over at Zappateers.
- wipe out (live in l.a., 1968)
- east l.a. (live in nyc, 1969)
- weasels ripped my flesh (live in stratford, ct, 1969)
- kung fu (live in philadelphia, 1969)
- igor's boogie (live in philadelphia, 1969)
- passacaglia (live in philadelphia, 1969)
- copenhagen night music (live in copenhagen, 1968)
- help, i'm a rock (live in london, 1968)
- chocolate halvah (live in miami, 1969)
- prelude to the afternoon of a sexually aroused gas mask (live in london, 1968)
- the cookie jar lecture (live in nyc, 1969)
- it must be your breath (live in birmingham, uk, 1969)
Sunday, December 25, 2011
- pro brass: in & out
(2000, cd, austria, atmu cd 20001)
When people ask me why I listen to bands and to records of bands that perform a Frank Zappa composition, the answer is simple: many of the most interesting people that I have met in my life have a connection with Zappa's music. So I assume that a band that performs one or more Zappa compositions is worth investigating.
And second, some of these performances are great.
I first heard about the Pro Brass band having recorded some Zappa stuff some four or five years ago. Unfortunately, the "In & Out" album on which these compositions could be found, was sold out. Too bad. The record company did tell me that it would be reprinted but didn't say when.
So when I stumbled across the album a couple of weeks ago, the brain said: 'Need this' and that was a good decision.
"In & Out" carries 4 Zappa compositions and they're very close to my favourite Zappa compositions, especially after listening to this record. 'Don't Eat The Yellow Snow', 'Echidna's Arf', 'Purple Lagoon', and 'Sofa'. All full blown. 12 minutes of pure enjoyment.
These are among the best performances of Zappa material that I've heard, and I've heard a few.
'The Purple Lagoon' is just superb. Transcribed from the "Zappa In New York" album.
You really need to hear this.
and here's 'Sofa' by the Pro Brass ensemble:
- the mothers of invention: fz at artisan
(2011, lp, italy, b13 - b152 lp)
The italian B13 label is known for its bizarre and mysterious releases. B13 has released some pretty rare stuff, including some fine live jazz music: Miles Davis, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, and more recently even two Sun Ra albums: "Live At Storyville".
Most of these are limited vinyl releases. On coloured vinyl. In a clear plastic sleeve.
They do look pretty neat.
And here's their latest one: "FZ At Artisan", taken from a recently found demo / acetate album.
- the residents: dolor generar
(2011, cdr, usa, rz1105)
Last week, I received "Dolor Generar - Una Noche Lost En Van Horn, Texas", one of the latest CDR-On-Demand releases from The Residents.
The music on this album is the pre show music that got played during the Talking Light tour.
All instrumental, and it sounds great.
Part of this album already got previously released as "Dollar General". On CD.
And to make things a confusing: there's also the RZ1102-version. That's the one that got sold on the tour only.
Still, an impressive album.
Eventually, I went to see Doctor Nerve because I knew that the Jono El Grande concert would be taped on video and made available (in very limited quantities) on DVDR.
The Doctor Nerve concert was the highlight of the festival, but I did enjoy the recording of the Jono El Grande concert a lot as well. Still feel bad that I wasn't able to catch both...
Friday, December 23, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
(Ted Nugent &) The Amboy Dukes "Call Of The Wild" and "Amboy Dukes" have been put on one CD and are available as digipack.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Headliner for this extra day, also known as the "Guitar Day", will be Alice Cooper and band.
Tickets and prices are available from 15. january 2012.
Festivalticketholder pay half price.
Free entrance for all Arf-Society members with festivalticket!
- tuxedomoon: the super-8 years with tuxedomoon
(2006, dvd, usa, transparancy)
Experimental rock band Tuxedomoon started in San Francisco in 1977. A couple of years later, they released their first album on Ralph Records, the label that you should know from you Residents History.
In the early eighties, the band moved to Brussels where Luc van Lieshout joined the band.
"The Super-8 Years" is a 30-minute collection of little movies that gives a impressionistic impression of what Tuxedomoon was about. It got released by the Transparency label in 2006.
Tuxedomoon is still around but the band has never escaped the cult-status.
Here's a live snippet from a couple of years ago.
- various artists: abstract logix live! the new universe music festival 2010
(2011, 2dvd, usa, abstract logix)
November 20 & 21, the Abstrac Logix record label hosted the New Universe Music Festival in North Carolina. Two days of excellent music by Alex Machacek, Jimmy Herring and John McLaughlin to name just a few.
Abstract Logix not only released a fine 2CD set of this festival, but also a 2 DVD set. The selection is the same on both editions. The only difference is that the DVD set has a bonus disc with a tribute to John McLauglin and a bunch of interviews.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
MOONJUNE RECORDS MEGA END-OF-YEAR-SALE.
FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE.
From We People at MoonJune Records - aka Me, Myself & I ===> Leonardo Pavkovic. The ongoing goal of MoonJune is to support music that transcends stylistic pigeon-holing, but operates within an evolutionary progressive musical continuum that places jazz at one end and rock at the other. The ever-expanding boundaries of these two musical categories have since come to include everything from progressive rock to ethno-jazz, from experimental avante-garde to jazz-rock, and anything in between.
I'm actually involved in a couple cool musical projects for next year -- not only playing but doing some tour support/crew stuff, stay tuned or check FB.
Right now --we're about to do a very quick Project/Object Tour, this will be in PA, MD, CT, MA, NJ only. Sorry.....
Back out for a quick run the road celebrating the BIRTHDAY BOY (Dec 21), amazing American Composer and Guitar Pioneer Frank Zappa. We'll once again perform his timeless music with one his most beloved lead vocalists...Ike Willis
Some changes to the band -- Eric Svalgard has decided to focus on some other projects and his School of Rock, we thank him for some awesome years behind the keyboards! This tour we'll have Kendall Scott on synths and keys, and Max Johnson will sit in on bass for the vacationing/camping Dave Johnsen. We'll also have the excellent Liz Cary on violin for PA, NJ, MD shows.
Thanks again to everyone here who came out to the October shows, that was a real blast. We hope to come back to each and every place as much as we can.
Have a great holiday and a healthy & creative 2012 - hope to see you on the road, current dates below!
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Project/Object On Tour
The Music Of Frank Zappa
New Years Tour 2011-2012
With Zappa Band Vocalist/Guitarist: Ike Willis (Zappa band 1978-1988)
DECEMBER 2011 TOUR w IKE WILLIS
Anrdé Cholmondely: guitar & vocals
Kendall Scott: synths and keys
Max Johnson: bass
Ryan Berg: drums
Ike Willis: guitar & vocals
Liz Cary: violin (for PA, NJ, MD shows)
* 2011/12/27 - World Cafe´Live - Philadelphia PA
* 2011/12/28 - Baltimore Soundstage - Baltimore MD
* 2011/12/29 - Arch St. Tavern - Hartford CT
* 2011/12/30 - Regatta Bar - Cambridge MA
* 2011/12/31 - Mexicali Live - Teaneck NJ
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Zappanale extended for one more day - Hot news!
Zappanale is extended for one more day and this ' cause we have some very special surprises for you!
I hope to send you some very special Christmas greetings soon. Please get prepared for the new date:
Zappanale # 23: 01.08. - 05.08.2012
Friday, December 16, 2011
- mörglbl: bienvenue à mörglbl land
(1999, cd, france, private release)
Ze Mörglbl Trio released their second album in 1999.
"Bienvenue à Mörglbl Land" is a fine album. It combines humour with excellent musicianship.
Fans of Zappa, Vai and Satriani should really check this out.
The album isn't easy to find, but it got re-released in combination with the band's first album, "The Mörglbl Trio" as "Toons Tunes From The Past", on the Free Electric Sound label in 2008.
Last month, Ya Basta records released a couple of remixes of Gotan Project songs. The album is called "La Revancha En Cumbia" and includes an Alex Krygier remix of Gotan Project's version of 'Chunga's Revenge'.
-- info: Zjakki Willems
March, 2012 Experience Hendrix Tour confirmed dates (additional dates to be added)
6 - Tue - Baltimore, MD - Strathmore Theater
7 - Wed - Greensboro, NC - War Memorial Auditorium
8 - Thu - Knoxville, TN - Civic Auditorium
9 - Fri - Nashville, TN - Tennessee Performing ArtsCenter
10 - Sat - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theater
11 - Sun - Charleston, SC - North Charleston Performing ArtsCenter
14 - Wed - Hollywood, FL - Seminole Hard Rock
15 - Thu - Clearwarter, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
16 - Fri - Saint Augustine, FL - Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
17 - Sat - Orange Beach, AL - Warf Amphitheatre
22 - Thu - Houston, TX Arena Theater
23 - Fri - Thackerville, OK - Winstar Casino
24 - Sat - Austin, TX - ACL Live @ Moody Theater
-- info: hoops
Thursday, December 15, 2011
and click on "Luister" to enjoy
- THE BEATLES – Only a northern song
- JONATHAN RICHMAN - I was dancing in the lesbian bar / Velvet underground
- JANDEK – Liquids flow to the sea
- GONG - Pothead Pixies
- FAMILY - Strange Band
- BULLDOG BREED - Austin Osmanspare
- LAGGER BLUES MACHINE – Darknessly
- ROBERT WYATT – Muddy mouse
- GRAUZONE – Film 2
- MC 5 - Kick out the Jams
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
- mörglbl: jäzz for the deaf
(2009, cd, usa, free electric sound fes4009)
I just heard that the Mörglbl Trio will be releasing their fifth album soon. It should be called "Brutale Romance". But this also implies that I have no time to lose to tell you about Mörgblb's fourth album.
"Jäzz For The Deaf" (watch the umlaut !) got released in 2009 and does indeed sound a bit heavy.
As with Mörglbl's previous albums, the Trio shows some fabulous chops, but when Christophe Godin hits his guitar strings...
Right up my alley.
Judge for yourselves.
Lead Vocals: Brendan McCreary
Guitars: Brendon Small, Mike Keneally & Rick Musallam
Piano: Bear McCreary
Bass: Pete Griffin
Drums: Joe Travers
Backing Vocals: Raya Yarbrough, Felice Hernandez and Ben Thomas
- dweezil zappa: live - 'in the moment'
(2011, 2cd, usa, fantom records fr1 112011)
"Live - 'In The Moment' " is a collection of guitar solos by Dweezil Zappa, recorded during recent tours with his Zappa Plays Zappa project.
This means that you get almost thirty guitar solos on pretty recognisable vamps. As you probably know, Dweezil has put a lot of time and effort in getting the right tone and the right sound for his guitar in the ZpZ band, and the result sounds very good.
Sure, there's more to tone and sound to play a good guitar solo, but the air sculptures that I heard sounded quite good.
Dweezil succeeded in recreating the atmospheres of a Frank Zappa guitar solo.
I've seen the ZpZ in concert on a number of occasions already, and at a number of these, I felt that DZ actually nailed FZ's guitar playing. "Live - 'In The Moment' " collects the best of these moments.
Here's an impressive tribute to the best guitar player I ever heard.
And Dweezil is preparing a new release, going through the FOH (Front Of House) mixes from previous shows...
Dweezil Zappa adds:
I am currently knee deep in FOH CDs that I am sorting through for the next release but I wanted to take a moment to let you all know that the February run will be quite unique.
Why? Good question.
Is it the material you'll be performing? Another good question.
Is the band performing nude? Not such a good question and NO.
The material will reflect some changes but the biggest change is in the low end frequency response. Anything offered to you from 40hz to 200hz will be done so by Scott Thunes on his beat to s h i t Fender P bass.
We are happy to have Scott join us for the whole tour "All Night Long" and not in the Lionel Ritchie way, more Advance Romance... anyway, it will be fun for all of us.
For those of you wondering if Pete Griffin will be returning, sorry but he won't. He has quit the band to pursue other ventures.
We have selected a talented replacement who will be introduced to all of you in the coming months. He's a little busy learning a huge list of the World's Finest Optional Entertainment.
See you all soon! Happy Holidays.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Five concerts from Jan. 27th to Feb. 6th 2012
Songs - Jan. 27 - Turtle Bay Music School
Marathon - Jan. 29 - Drom club
New-Blues - Jan. 31 - Nublu
Electronics - Feb. 3 - Gallery MC
Ensemble - Feb. 6 - William Paterson University
more info at:
For anyone interested, there is an interview that will be airing in the UK soon that features a little bit of "In The Moment" as well as some FZ music.
Here is a clip from the interview, which you can hear in full on Stuart Maconie's Freakier Zone, Friday 16 December at midnight on BBC Radio 6music, also available as a podcast and worldwide on the iPlayer for seven days after broadcast.
Interview clip is here: http://soundcloud.com/jazzon3/dweezil-zappa-freakier-zone-1
Freakier Zone homepage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rwkjd
I am currently sifting through CD's to make the next FOH CD and I appreciate everyone's suggestions on the site!
There are a lot of new announcements on the way about 2012 projects!
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
- pharoah sanders: in the beginning - 1963 - 1964
(2011, 4cd, usa, esp 4069)
Disc three and four of the box present the Sun Ra Arkestra with Pharoah Sanders, live at the Judson Hall on December 30 and 31, 1964.
Here's two promotional videos for this box set, with Pharoah telling how he met Sun Ra and some great music samples.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
- the mörglbl trio: the mörglbl trio !!
(1998, cd, france, private release)
In 1998 The Mörglbl Trio recorded its first album: Ivan Rougny on bass, Jean-Pierre Frelezeau on drums and the fabulous Christophe Godin on guitar.
Later, The Mörglbl Trio changed its name to Mörglbl. The band played at Zappanale in 2007. The festival had already featured Christophe Godin in 2002 when he had teamed up with Pierrejean Gaucher for one of the best gigs in Zappanale history.
Christophe Godin does have this thing with unpronounceable names as he also perfoms with Gnô, and with 2G.
"The Mörglbl Trio" was the trio's first release. It was a private release and you should consider the album as rather hard to find. The music on the album is great. Instrumental, guitar-orientated rock music. Right up my alley.
Here's some "2G" for you: Christophe Godin & Pierrejean Gaucher.
And here's some more freaky guitar stuff!!
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Kimono Draggin' have made it to the final 30 in the 2011 Verbicide Unsigned Band contest. Please go to their profile on Verbicide Magazine and vote for them! These guys are seriously the most active band that isn't together!
It's a Beefheart tribute with live music.
Noord Nederlands Toneel with: Frank Lammers + The Magic Band: René van Barneveld (ex-Urban dance Squad) + Joost Buis (o.a. The Ex) + Richard Heijerman (Morzelpronk / Sjako) + Wouter Planteijdt (Sjako!) + Dolf Planteijdt (Morzelpromk)
-- info: Jan van Kemenade
Nice anecdote: it got recorded in Bruce Fowler's house, another famous Zappa trombone player.
- bradford, dresser & ferris: live in l.a.
(2011 cd, usa, ??) - recorded at tom fowler's house
-- info: Danny Mathys
- 2011/11/17 Noord Nederlands Orkest, cond.Michel Tabachnik - concert 'Vredenburg Leeuwenbrecht', Utrecht, NL
new orchestra piece: 'The Middle Of Everywhere'
- 2011/11/19 Noord Nederlands Orkest, cond.Michel Tabachnik - concert 'Vredenburg Leeuwenbrecht', Utrecht, NL
new orchestra piece: 'The Middle Of Everywhere'
A recording of the world premiere will be broadcast on Dutch Radio 4 on 2011/12/13.
-- info: JP
and click on “Luister” to enjoy
- LOU REED & METALLICA – Junior dad
- KING CRIMSON – Starless
- GENESIS – The knife
- THE SHARKS – Brown eyed boy
- KAMAGURKA & DE VLAAMSE PRIMITIEVEN – Constant degoutant
- HUMBLE PIE – Hallelujah (I love her so)
- LEWIS FUREY – Rubber gun show
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
- the residents: talking light - bimbo's
(2011, dvd, usa, mvd5251d)
"Bimbo's" presents a concert from The Residents' recent Talking Light show. I saw it in Brussels last year. An excellent concert by Randy, Chuck and Bob.
Here's a little youtube vid from the Paris gig from November last year.
Monday, December 5, 2011
- sun ra: heliocentric worlds vol. 3 - the lost tapes
(2005, cd, usa, esp disk esp 4002)
Adding data & pictures to the Sun Ra discography, brings me to "Heliocentric Worlds Vol.3". This recording was taken from the record session for "Heliocentric Worlds Vol.2", November 16, 1965 !
The original and first two volumes of "Heliocentric World" were both recorded and released in 1965. The recording of the session that was released on this album was found after 35 years and got released by ESP in 2005.
This is improvised music at its best. Think 1965. Think Sun Ra, the Arkestra's rhythm section and three fabulous improvisers: Pat Patrick, John Gilmore and Marshall Allen.
Here's 'Cosmic Chaos', from Vol.2, which should give you a bit of an idea.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Three former Sheik Yerbouti bandmembers decided to continue to play the music of FZ.
The result is called The GrandSheiks !!
- Jörg Heuser (guitar, keyb, voc)
- Daniel Guggenheim (saxes, keyb)
- Maximilian Hilbrand (lead-voc)
- Thomas Schmittinger (guitar, voc)
- Andi Mertens (bass, voc)
- Christian Majdecki (drums)
-- info: Andreas Hosse
On "Tres Cabecas Loucuras", the Sao Paulo Underground adds latin spices and electronic beats to snappy jazz lines. Party time.
Next up is the Cuneiform reissue of the famous Mats / Morgan "Live" album. Originally released in 2001, this album shows what Mats & Morgan are all about: a perfect mixture of angular rock and jazz. A must-have !! Just listen to this amazing little live clip.
An impressive piece of history.
Zappa fans that need that little extra reason to buy one of these, or maybe even both boxes, should know that both George Duke and Tom Malone can be heard in these concerts. George Duke was a special guest in 1986 and performed on a couple of tracks, while Tom Malone (think Wazoo) can be heard as part of the Gil Evans Orchestra with whom Miles performed in 1991.
The video box also includes an interview with former Zappa sideman and jazz great Jean-Luc Ponty.
- miles davis: miles ! the definitive miles davis at montreux dvd collection 1973 - 1991
(2011, 10dvd, usa, eagle rock)
- miles davis: the complete miles davis at montreux 1973 - 1991
(2011, 20cd, usa, sony)
- helios creed: galactic octopi
(2011, cd, usa, transaparency)
Attentive readers might have noticed that the latest Dwalmacat radio show featured a track by Chrome, 'Pygmies In Zee Park'. When Chrome broke up in the early eighties, their guitar player, Helios Creed, started a solo career.
Both Chrome and Helios Creed do have a cult following, but it will not only be these fans that will like this album. On "Galactic Octopi", Helios Creed's distorted guitar takes a leading role. Mixed with a heavy drum beat and Residents-like narration, it will indeed take you to another planet.
Industrial Space Rock.
Out on Transparency.
Available on CD and on vinyl.
The below clips offer 'Pygmies In Zee Park' by Chrome from 1978 (!!) and 'Star Streaker' from Helios Creed's "Galactic Octopi' (love that title). Check them out !!
- various artists: arezzo wave 1993
(1993, 2cd, italy, big square records)
This one includes a live Grandmothers track
- various artists: zuckerfabrik - volume 2
(1993, cd, ger, candy records)
This album includes 2 tracks by The Muffin Men
Saturday, December 3, 2011
We've been busy making touring plans for 2012. In the past the early part of the year has been downtime for us but not next year! We are happy to announce a special run of dates in February that take us up and down the west coast of California as well as a brief visit to Arizona. We're excited to be playing some new cities on this tour and look forward to making the shows memorable for all of you.
2012/02/10 San Luis Obispo, CA - SLO Brew
2012/02/11 San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
2012/02/12 Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
2012/02/14 Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues
2012/02/15 Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre
2012/02/16 Napa, CA - Uptown Theatre
2012/02/17 Chico, CA - El Rey Theater
2012/02/18 Sacramento, CA - Crest Theatre
In our continuing effort to present the variety and depth within Frank's musical compositions we are planning to premier more new material on this tour. More 60's, 70's and 80's FZ! Of course we still have a good amount of the well known classics we're ready to whip out as well!
Please keep an eye open and an ear tuned for other special announcements about additional dates, new projects and music that is coming soon as well! If we are able to do everything on our list, 2012 is going to be a very busy year for us and a good year to provide the "World's Finest Optional Entertainment"!
See you on the road very soon!
Thursday, December 1, 2011
and click on “Luister”
- BILLY CHILDISH – You are all phonys
- SNATCH – Joey
- NEGATIVLAND – A nice place to live
- PIERO UMILIANI – Power stations 1
- TALKING HEADS – Pulled up
- SIR JULIAN – Caravan
- TIPSY – Space golf
- HINT – Why the top ten sucks in 2002
- PEOPLE LIKE US – Morning, Pedro
- THE 49 AMERICANS – Beat up Russians
- THE RAPTURE – The jam
- CHROME – Pygmies in Zee Park
- SEBASTIAN ROCHFORD & PAMELIA KURSTIN – Hop
- NEW ORDER – Your silent face
- THE RESIDENTS – Stuck on you
- SMEGMA – Exotic hayride
- ALICE COLTRANE – Morning worship
Here's Moraine's Dennis Rea interviewing Machine Mass Trio's Michel Delville.
- machine mass trio: as real as thinking
(2011, cd, usa, moonjune records)
The Machine Mass Trio has Tony Bianco on drums and percussion, Michel Delville on guitar, synth guitar and electronics, and Jordi Grognard on saxophone, clarinet, flute and more.
I'm quite familiar with Michel Delville's output and I was quite impressed by douBt, the previous collaboration by Tony Bianco an Michel Delville, but that hadn't prepared me for "As Real As Thinking".
On this album, The Machine Mass Trio mixes jazz-rock, experimental rock and jazz into a feast for the mind.
There's only three people and eight compositions on this album, but there's so much going on.
I really like Tony Bianco's drumming. He's got this great jazz groove that not only gives a lot of room to the other musicians, but that keeps it all together as well.
Michel Delville's guitar playing is exceptional. I knew that Michel could toy around with synth chords and soundscapes and that he could produce beautiful clouds of notes, but on "As Real As Thinking" he really pushes his limits. The guitar solos in 'Cuckoo' and in 'Let Go' are fantastic.
And then there's Jordi Grognard's fluent jazz lines that add the experimental jazz flavour to the whole.
I love it !!
With "As Real As Thinking" the Machine Mass Trio gives you a varied mix of experimental rock and jazz: angular melodies on groovy rhythms, impressive improvisations and great interactions.
Highly recommended !!
& out on Moonjune Records.
Check out the samples at the band's MySpace site !!
Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Steve Lukather are very excited to announce they will be touring in Australia and New Zealand early next year as G3: 2012! The group will also appear at "Australia's Byron Bay Blues Fest" following the tour.
A very limited number of "Guitar Secrets Experience" meet and greet packages are being offered on G3 2012's Australian & New Zealand tour dates. The "Platinum" Package will include a 30 minute Q&A "meet and greet" with Steve Vai & Joe Satriani, a ticket in the first five rows for that night's concert, an individual photo opportunity, an autograph signing & a special laminate. The "Gold" Package will include a concert ticket in the first 10 rows, an autographed poster, photograph with Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Steve Lukather & a special laminate. For more information, visit the vai.com news page
Here are the current tour dates:
- 2012/03/24 - MICHAEL FOWLER CENTRE
- 2012/03/25 - LOGAN CAMPBELL CENTRE
- 2012/03/27 - ROYAL THEATRE
- 2012/03/30 - HORDERN PAVILLION
- 2012/03/31 - PALAIS THEATRE
- 2012/04/03 - FESTIVAL THEATRE
- 2012/04/05 - CONVENTION CENTRE
- 2012/04/06 - BYRON BAY BLUESFEST
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The band is from Basel, Austria, and is scheduling a tour in Germany / Benelux between the 3rd and the 8th of April, 2012.
If you know a club or a promoter that might be interested, please send these guys a little message at fido@FiDOplaysZAPPA.com.
I'm not 100% sure, but I think that it's a two-day-event, and that it will be on Friday 2012/02/10 & Saturday 2012/02/11.
Latest news says that the following bands are expected.
And they'll all be playing the music of Frank Zappa...
* The Norwegian brassensamble
* Muffin Men
and special guests Ike Willis and Denny Walley
Bad Doberan Germany
The latest Arf Newsletter says that the following bands probably will be playing at the next Zappanale festival
- Dead Dino Storage
- The Yellow Snow Crystals
- Jerry Outlaw & Friends
- Bogus Pomp
- Doctor Dark
- Quantum Fantay
- Jazzprojekt Hundehagen
- Humble Grumble
and maybe also
- Pojama People with Ike Willis
... right in time for the holidays! The brand spanking new LP from Kimono Draggin' will be dropping on December 15th. So why not be 1 of 300 lucky fans to own you're own copy? Or give it as a gift to one of your audiophile friends! The final 10 songs that KD will ever write...now archived for your listening pleasure on Gold color 12" vinyl...plus a code to download the high-fidelity digital AAC versions. Only $10ppd from Kimono Music / Spaynsive Productions.
Pre-order your copy now at:
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
- john litton baroï & pierre vervloesem: zala zala
(2000, cd, bel, carbon 7)
A bit over ten years ago, the Brussels-based Carbon 7 label released an album by John Litton Baroï.
John Litton Baroï was born in Bangladesh but lived in Brussels at the time. I don't have a clue where he lives nowadays. He might still live in Brussels. I don't have a clue.
"Zala Zala" featured Pierre Vervloesem who played a lot of freaky guitar, who also arranged all of Baroï's songs and who produced the disc. Besides John Litton Baroï and Pierre Vervloesem (who also played the bass), the album also featured Sandip Bhattacharva on tablas, Peter Vandenberghe on keyboards, and Didier Fontaine on very powerful, machine-like drumming.
Pierre Vervloesem's influence is very present. Presenting this album as a Baroï / Vervloesem collaboration was the least that they could do.
Picture and data have been added to the United Mutations Archives.
The actual date of this performance was 2009/04/24. Here's the complete listing for this concert.
- 2009/04/24 Jimmy Herring Band - concert 'The Handlebar', Greenville, SC, usa
Jimmy Herring - guitar * Oteil Burbridge - bass * Jeff Sipe - drums * Greg Osby - saxophone * Scott Kinsey - keyboards
New Moon, Transients, Speak No Evil, Augusta's Ankle, Utensil Oceans, Sophie, Zoot Allures (Frank Zappa), Splash, Grey Day, Scapegoat Blues, What If
Band Intros, Rainbow
A recording of this concert can be found on etree:
-- link: Jan van Kemenade
The Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen will conclude its 2011 World Tour with appearances in Israel and England. Details about this exciting manifestation of the Arkestra, which includes the 4th residency of the Sun Ra Arkestra at the Cafe Oto, are below:
December 3 - Barbie Club, Tel Aviv, Israel
December 6, 7, & 8 - Cafe Oto, London, England [December 8 is sold out]
December 10 - Band on the Wall, Manchester, England
December 11 - Butlin's Holiday Resort, Somerset, England
A very interesting interview with current Sun Ra Arkestra member Knoell Scott regarding his experiences with Sun Ra can be found at:
Also, Sun Ra Arkestra alumni Vincent Chancey discusses his introduction to Sun Ra, his first Arkestra rehearsal, and his first Arkestra gig in an interview in the December 2011 edition of The New York City Jazz Record. The article is on page 6 and can be downloaded at:
Monday, November 28, 2011
- moraine: metamorphic rock
(2011, usa, cd, moonjune records)
When the Moonjune Records released Moraine's "Manifest Density" in 2009, I was quite impressed.
We're 2011 now, and Moraine is back with "Metamorphic Rock", another excellent album.
Moraine plays fusionlike, instrumental progressive rock with a dash of world and eastern flavours.
Compared to their first release, the colour of their sound has changed a little bit, and the line-up did slightly change as well. Dennis Rea on guitar, Kevin Millard on bass & NS/stick, Alicia DeJoie on violin, James DeJoie on sax and flute and Stephen Cavit on drums and percussion.
The album was recorded live in concert at the 2010 edition of NEARfest. The sound is great and the performance is excellent. It's hard to believe that this was recorded live. The band plays very tight, very powerfull.
NEARfest, is one of the biggest festivals for progressive rock music fans. I'm pretty sure that Moraine made quite an impression. 2012 will see the last edition of NEARfest, byt the way, which is a shame as many great bands have performed there.
Moraine has a very unique and recognisable sound and "Metamorphic Rock" gives a perfect description of what you will get. Just listen to the below clip, and you'll immeditately hear what I mean.
Here's 'Save The Yuppie Breeding Grounds' from the very same NEARfest concert. The track could be already be found on "Manifest Density" and is now available on "Metamorphic Rock" in a live version.
- the residents: couchie brake special edition
(2011, 2cd, usa, ralph rz1110)
The Residents released "Couchie Brake - Special Edition" only a couple of weeks ago. This is the so-called special edition because it's a two CD set. The regular (single CD album) will be out next february.
There are two remarkable things about this album: one: it features Chuck, Bob and Carlos (plus special guests Nolan Cook and M.Villalobos), and second: it's not only subtitled "Sonidos De La Noche", but the story is told in Spanish, which adds some sort of other dimension...
I do like it, but I had not expected this.
The horrible thing about this release, however, is that it's a limited edition of 444 copies that is completely being sold through ebay. I don't like that. I like to buy my albums in a regular shop.
I wasn't too happy when I found out that The Residents were selling some of their new albums only at their shows. They didn't tour Yurrip, so how are we Yurripean fans going to get a copy? And now things are even getting worse with this ebay mess.
I don't like where this is going.
The book made me go back to a couple of Zappa albums (and concert recordings) that I hadn't listened to in a while.
Featuring new interviews with the surviving band members, a Foreword by Frank’s sister Candy, and an Afterword by his former secretary, Pauline Butcher (who interviewed Frank during the tour) - this is a must-read not only for Zappa fans but for anyone with an interest in playground psychology.
The book can be purchased from:
For more details - including excerpts, reviews and other nonsense - visit: http://www.facebook.com/ZappaTheHardWay
- sun ra: sun ra presents the qualities
(2011, 7", usa, norton records norton 169ep)
Originally issued in 1955, this rare doo-wop single now gets a re-release on Norton Records.
Norton already released a similar 7" two years ago with "I Am Strange / I Am An Instrument".
Vinyl isn't dead !!
- alessandra celletti: crazy girl blue
(2011, cd, usa, transparency 0362)
Italian pianist Alessandra Celletti has a new album out. "Crazy Girl Blue" is a collection of solo piano pieces.
As the album cover, the album title, and the titles of the various compositions suggest, "Crazy Girl Blue" invites you to an intimate world, Alessandra Celleti's fairyland.
The compositions are very melodical, very lyrical.
Noteworthy is track 5, 'Tra Una Stella E L'altra' that features Maurizio Mansueti on theremin. Excellent.
"Crazy Girl Blue" is a narrative and entertaining album.
I found it quite restful.
Nice. Very nice.
Out on the Transparency label.