Friday, December 15, 2017

ZAPPA BOX

Still waiting for the announcement that says that Halloween 1977 will be issued as a 12 CD box set, and now there's this :




BABENKO / PAWLOWSKI / DE WACHTER


Painter Andrej Babenko,
Musician Mauro Pawlowski,
and psychiatrist Dirk De Wachter.


Place to be :

Kunsthal Extra City,
Antwerp, Belgium,
February 24, 2018 - 19h00
"Paintings & Performance"

http://www.babenkobelgium.com/


PRINCE - PURPLE RAIN PICTURE DISC



Browsing through my Prince stuff, I came across this picture disc from 1984.
A good enough reason to add a picture to the United Mutations Archives.


HAM SESSIONS 2018

The 13th edition of the Ham Session festival will take place in Ghent, Belgium, from May 19 to May 21.

First names:

May 19 - Ralph Alessi Quintet
May 21 - Manu Hermia

https://www.hamsessions.be/


DUSAN JEVTOVIC

Dusan Jevtovic's latest album is called "Live At Home".
Available as a download from Bandcamp and in a very limited edition of 200 copies on CD.

Recorded live in Serbia in 2016. Sounds great.

DUSAN JEVTOVIC guitar 
VASIL HADZIMANOV keyboards 
PERA KRSTAJIC bass guitar 
PEDJA MILUTINOVIC drums 



NEW ALBUM BY THE LEVIN BROTHERS

Tony (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson) and Pete (Gil Evans, Charles Mingus, Jaco Pastorius) Levin have released a second album.
Straight-ahead jazz.
Out on Lazy Bones Recordings / MoonJune.




WINTERLAND 76


Winterland 76 is the Belgian tribute to The Band.

January 26, 2018, in concert at 'De Roma' in Antwerp, BE,
with special guests Mauro Pawlowski, Pascal Deweze, Jan De Smet, Neeka, Iwein Segers, Annelies Van Dinter and Koen Kohlbacher.



BROKKENFESTIVAL IN AMSTERDAM ON DECEMBER 30, 2017


Saturday evening, December 30, 2017,
In Amsterdam, NL

"Brokkenfestival", curated by Corrie van Binsbergen.


SOLIN
Roosmarijn Tuenter violin/vocals, Sjoerd de Roij bass, Mees Siderius drums

TOO NOISY FISH
Peter Vandenberghe piano, Kristof Roseeuw bass, Teun Verbruggen drums

HIDE & SQUEAK
Alan Purves percussion/toys

LAVALU
Lavalu piano/vocals

LA DIANTENNE
Dianne Verdonk La Diantenne/Bellyhorn/vocals

OLIJVEN MOET JE LEREN LEZEN
Ellen Deckwitz poetry/performance, Corrie van Binsbergen guitar, Martijn Grootendorst video

DIMLICHT
Morris Kliphuis horn/cornet, Mete Erker bass clarinet/tenor sax, Alexander Hawkins piano, Jasper Slijderink synthesizers, Ricardo Lekatompessy bass, Mischa Porte drums




PRINCE - ULTIMATE PRINCE

Talking about Prince compilation albums, "Ultimate Prince" is worth checking out.

It's a 2CD set of which the first disc has the classic hits and disc two presents an excellent batch of remixes taken from various 12"- and maxi-singles.

  1. let's go crazy (special dance mix, from 12" single)
  2. little red corvette (dance remix, from 12" single)
  3. let's work (dance remix, from 12" single)
  4. pop life (fresh dance mix, from 12" single)
  5. she's always in my hair (12" version)
  6. raspberry beret (12" version)
  7. kiss (extended version, from 12")
  8. u got the look (long look, from 12")
  9. hot thing (extende remix, from 12")
  10. thieves in the temple (remix, from maxi-single)
  11. cream (n.p.g. mix, from maxi-single)

Nice.


PRINCE - 4EVER


  • prince: 4ever
        (2016, 2cd, eu, npg records  / warner brothers 9362-49146-0)

This Prince compilation album got released last year.
2 CD's with some of the man's finest songs.
The sales rap says that it does include some tracks that were previously unavailable on CD, and also one track, 'Moonbeam Levels', that was previously unreleased.

Data has been added to the United Mutations Archives.


PRINCE - THE HITS COLLECTION



Nothing better to start a day off from work.
This DVD was released around the same time as the three "hits" CDs : "1", "2" and "B-Sides".
 Data has been added to the United Mutations Archives.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

TWO NEW DVD'S BY THE RUDY SCHWARTZ PROJECT

From the brand new DVD release "Blood Freak", the second of two volumes of low-budget video entertainment from The Rudy Schwartz Project.

Available through Kunaki:

http://kunaki.com/mSales.asp?PublisherId=148137




ALAN PURVES

Alan Purves has performed and recorded with Han Buhrs, Joost Buis, Corrie van Binsbergen and Ernst Reijseger.
He recently released a solo album : "Hide & Squeak".






ART ZOYD BOX RELEASE

You want more info on the Art Zoyd Box release?

Go to : http://cuneiformrecord.blogspot.be/2017/09/


Monday, December 11, 2017

LE MYSTERE DES VOIX BULGARES


The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices (better known as Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares of The Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir),
recorded at the Utrechtse Domkerk (church) at the 2017 edition of the "Le Guess Who?" festival.


MARK WINGFIELD - CINEMA OBSCURA



Mark Wingfield's "Cinema Obscura" album, from 2012, has been made available on Bandcamp by MoonJune Records.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

AKA MOON - NOW

"Now" has Aka Moon performing as a trio again:
  • fabrizio cassol: alto saxophone
  • michel hatzigeorgiou: fender bass
  • stéphane galland: drums
Contemporary, modern jazz. With a twist.
I saw the band in concert earlier this week at the 'Rataplan' jazz club and I loved it.
I still don't understand how they do it.
It's not 'just' playing polyrhythms. It's using the melody as the rhythm, even during improvisations.

Highly recommended !!


Catch them promoting "Now" at De Casino in Sint Niklaas BE on December 21,
or at Paradox Tilburg NL on May 4, 2018.



GREG LAKE

From Glass Onyon PR :

“Greg Lake Live In Piacenza” Limited Box Set, CD and Vinyl!

Manticore Italy Records is proud to announce the release of “Greg Lake Live In Piacenza” Limited Box Set, CD and Vinyl! Recorded in sound-demonstration quality this is the documentary of Greg Lake's last tour, recorded on November 28, 2012 in a sold out Teatro Municipale in Piacenza. It was a very special, magical evening, as Greg remembered in his outstanding autobiography, Lucky Man. The audience was so warm and he gave such a passionate performance. The Mayor of Piacenza and all the municipality attended the concert and went on stage thanking Mr. Lake for opening the “Musiche Nuove in Piacenza” festival. The concert was a triumph and eventually on January 9, 2016 the trustees of Conservatorio Nicolini of Piacenza gave Greg Lake the first honorary degree ever given by a Conservatorio.

This is a wonderful record, bringing the “Songs Of A Lifetime” project to its highest point. Exclusively for this concert, Greg performed with 3 special guests: Le Orme's leader Aldo Tagliapietra, ex PFM and Acqua Fragile's great vocalist Bernardo Lanzetti and the young talented Annie Barbazza, making the Piacenza show even more special and rare. It was Greg's wish that a precious, audiophile limited edition would re-launch his Manticore Label.



ZAPPANALE NEWSFLASH


July 21, 2018, at Zappanale,
Terry Bozzio, Patrick O'Hearn and Warren Cuccurullo will be performing the music of Frank Zappa !!

That's Saturday at the next Zappanale in Bad Doberan, Germany.

http://zappanale.de/en/


DWEEZIL ZAPPA - LIVE IN THE MOMENT II

Those of you (of us) who took part in Dweezil campaign to support his new album, "Live In The Moment II", received a digital copy of the album last week.

A beautiful selection of live guitar tracks.
This is an excellent release.

As Dweezil says in the liner notes:
“Live In The Moment” series of records is my homage to my father’s “Shut Up And Play Yer Guitar” album. On that pivotal album he compiled his favorite solos from his concert tours and sandwiched them together between assorted palette cleansing interludes in a way that can only be described as Zappa. The main focus of the record was his idiosyncratic guitar playing. He had an extraordinary ability to spontaneously compose with his guitar. His vast rhythmic and harmonic vocabulary allowed him to react to the music and create what he called “Air Sculptures.” I am grateful that he captured those stunning works of art and I am still mesmerized by them all these years later. Some of you reading this actually got to see those guitar performances live! Those excerpted solos took on a life of their own and stand alone as unique compositions. His ingenious playing coupled with his highly evolved guitar tones was the ideal delivery system to tantalize our senses. Both the playing and the tones from that record remain a huge daily inspiration to me.

"Live In The Moment II" includes four compositions by Frank Zappa. All the other compositions are by Dweezil.
Beautiful.
This is what making Air Sculptures is all about.


GIZMODROME

A couple of weeks ago, the Gizmodrome album (feat. Stewart Copeland, Mark King, Vittorio Cosma and Adrian Belew) was only available as an import for us Yuripean folks.
Fortunately, this has changed, and you can find the album all over the world by now.
For your info, the Japanese edition is a 2CD set and totals 20 tracks.


HAWAIIAN UH HILO JAZZ ORCHESTRA PERFORMED WITH DWEEZIL ZAPPA


UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra Meets Dweezil Zappa;

Friday and Saturday, December 8 and 9, 2017, Dweezil Zappa performed with the UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra.
The Hilo Jazz Orchestra has been doing Zappa annual Zappa tributes for a number of years. For this latest one, they were able to get Dweezil to perform with them.

http://artscenter.uhh.hawaii.edu/dweezil-zappa



UGLY RADIO REBELLION IN CONCERT WITH IKE WILLIS


Ugly Radio Rebellion's Zappa Birthday Party with Ike Willis

Tuesday, December 12,
at 'Reggies' in Chicago.


AKA MOON - CONSTELLATIONS BOX

The Outhere Music record label has just released the brand-new "Now" album by Belgian jazz trio Aka Moon.
And as if that wasn't enough reason to be (extremely) happy, Outhere has also issued a 20 (twenty !!) CD Box to celebrate 25 years of Aka Moon.
"Constellations" presents 19 previously released Aka Moon albums (= their complete output, except for the "Live At The Kaai" album from 1999), plus one disc with an unreleased album from the late ninetees: "Light Ship Trio".

What a beautiful way to celebrate 25 years of Aka Moon.
One word : Wow !!

Here's how they celebrated their 20th anniversary at the Jazz Station in Brussels :



RICK WAKEMAN

a mesasge from Glass Onyon PR :

New PledgeMusic Campaign To Support the Recording and Filming of Rick Wakeman's “Live Portraits”

Keyboard legend Rick Wakeman will be recording a live version of his critically acclaimed album “Piano Portraits” at the Lincoln Cathedral in London on March 7th, 2018. “Live Portraits” be released on CD/DVD later this year. A new PledgeMusic campaign has been started to help fund the recording & filming of the event!

https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/rick-wakeman-live-portraits


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

ED PALERMO BIG BAND PRESENTS "THE EDDYS"


Folks, here's your last chance to see The Ed Palermo Big Band in 2017.
Let's ring in the New Year together at The Falcon (The Musical Jewel of Ulster County)!
Don't miss THE EDDY'S! A New Year's Eve award show to end all award shows!!

http://www.liveatthefalcon.com/171231




Tuesday, December 5, 2017

BILLION DOLLAR BABIES


Billion Dollar Babies, Feat. Original Alice Cooper Group Members, First Ever Live Show - Flint 1977 Now Available!



Featuring Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway & Neal Smith!

Alice Cooper was undoubtedly one of the major rock artists of the 1970s and 80s. However, what is less well known is that originally the man now known as “Alice” was called Vince and he was the lead singer of a band called “Alice Cooper.” The band consisted of lead singer Vince Furnier, Glen Buxton (lead guitar), Michael Bruce (rhythm guitar, keyboards, main songwriter), Dennis Dunaway (bass guitar), and Neal Smith (drums). Furnier legally changed his name to Alice Cooper and has had a solo career under that name since the band became inactive in 1975. The Alice Cooper Group played their final show on April 8, 1974 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Bruce, Dunaway and Smith would go on to form the short-lived band Billion Dollar Babies, producing one album titled “Battle Axe” in 1977. While occasionally performing with one another and Glen Buxton, they would not reunite with Alice until October 23, 1999, at the second Glen Buxton Memorial Weekend for a show at CoopersTown in Phoenix (Buxton having died in 1997). This is a recording of the Billion Dollar Babies first ever live show on July 6, 1977 in Flint, Michigan, and what a show it was!

Tracks:

  1. I Miss You
  2. Rock n Roll Radio
  3. Love is Rather Blind
  4. Rock Me Slowly
  5. Alice Cooper Medley: No More Mr Nice Guy/Neal Smith solo/Elected/Eighteen/School's Out
  6. Battle Axe Suite: Ego Mania
  7. Battle Axe
  8. Nights in Cracked Leather/Sudden Death/Winner
  9. Too Young
  10. Billion Dollar Babies


To purchase Billion Dollar Babies First Ever Live Show - Flint 1977 (CD): http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/16073/Billion_Dollar_Babies-First_Ever_Live_Show_-_Flint_1977.html


POIL

French band PoiL released their first album "L'Ire Des Papes" in 2008. It was download-only.
In 2011, the Dur Et Doux record label put out their second album, "Dins O Cuol", followed more recently, in 2014, by number three: "Brossaklitt".

As "Dins O Cuol" has been out of print for quite a while, Freakshow Records recently decided to re-release the album together with "L'Ire Des Papes".

Excellent news.



REPLUGGED VIENNA FESTIVAL


KLANGGALERIE celebrates 25 years! Two evenings with 8 sensational live acts.
Replugged Vienna, June 15 and 16, 2018.

Tickets now available at the early bird price of € 50,- for the whole weekend.
Contact klanggalerie for more info and / or tickets

The line-up so far:

  • Tabor Radosti
  • Eric Random
  • Ron Wright
  • Renaldo & The Loaf
  • Rapoon


Renaldo & The Loaf relased their first album in 1979 in The Residents' Ralph label, after a previous album and 12" deal with a British label fell through. They soon became everybody's favourite group as they make music that is completely unique. A sort of medieval electronic playfulness has become their trademark. In 1980, the band played a 20 minute set to a very small crowd and later refused to go on a stage agaim because their sound couldn't be reproduced in a live setting. For Klanggalerie's 25th anniversary the band will play their first ever proper show including songs from the new album alongside some classic tunes. Possibly a once in a lifetime chance to ever see this group on a stage!



DIRECTLY FROM MY HEART TO YOU


Here's Los Lobos performing 'Directly From My Heart To You', a song you might know from The Mothers Of Invention "Weasels Ripped My Flesh" album.
Written by R.Penniman.
First recorded by Little Richard (= Richard Wayne Penniman) / Johnny Otis.


The original version


Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention, with Don 'Sugarcane' Harris on the violin and on lead vocals !!



Monday, December 4, 2017

FLAT EARTH SOCIETY - BOGGAMASTA

I saw Flat Earth Society in concert a little while ago. At 'De Roma' in Antwerp. It was one of the "Boggamasta" album-release-concerts.
I had seen them performing "Boggamasta" earlier this year (in Wilrijk if my memory serves me right) and for one reason or another, I wasn't convinced at the time. It was a fine concert, but I felt like I was missing something.
At 'De Roma', however, they had me on their rollercoaster from the first song on.
Maybe because I didn't (have to) use my earplugs ? Maybe because I heard it for the second time ? Maybe because the overall sound was better (and I could actually hear the rhythm secion) ?

"Boggamasta" is a project by David Bovée and Peter Vermeersch.
David Bovée played the guitar in the earlier FES-years but quit Flat Earth Society to tour the world with Think Of One.
And now he's back for a one-time project, "Boggamasta".
About half of the pieces were written by Peter Vermeersch. The other half by David Bovée, but all of the compositions mix Flat Earth Society's signature rhythms with world music elements.
Add some weird vocal effects and you get "Boggamasta".

The album sounds great. (Use headphones !! Dive into it !! )
Beautiful melodies, great rhythms...
Hints of a Zappa horn section, the Residents, Snakefinger, but also of Mulate Astatke.
This is modern jazz. Amazing.

Out on vinyl (with a selection of songs on the vinyl + a download code for the complete album),
and on CD.

http://fes.be/





WINTERVUUR FESTIVAL IN ANTWERP


December 29, 2017 to January 06, 2018,
the Wintervuur Festival will take place in Antwerp, Belgium.

https://wintervuur.be/

30.12.2017 : Nordmann
31.12.2017 : De Karvaan
02.01.2018 : Brzzvll
03.01.2018 : Mauro Pawlowski and Rudy Trouvé
04.01.2018 : Black Flower
05.01.2018 : Glitterpaard
06.01.2018 : Dans Dans




A MESSAGE FROM THE RUDY SCHWARTZ PROJECT

The RSP says :
"Nothing will ruin someone's holiday like the three new RSP CDs available TODAY. First up, the sonically enhanced "Salmon Dave" with sexy new cover art by Roy Tompkins. Then there's the first ever CD release of "They Saved Grandpa's Gauze", sure to make Grandma shed a tear into her mug of tepid egg nog during the "American Pickers" marathon. And as if that weren't enough, the ASS AND HAMMER album also makes its official debut, chock full of fucked up 70s cover tunes, and guaranteed to send cousin Beatrice out to her Buick LeSabre to fetch the 9mm Glock from the glove compartment. Sweet Jesus, swoop down and piss on EVERYTHING!! HOORAY!!!"

http://kunaki.com/mSales.asp?PublisherId=148137






Sunday, December 3, 2017

LOCUST FELLOW & FRIENDS

The German Psychophon Records label recently released the second album by Locust Fellow & Friends.
Music written and performed by Mr. Locust Fellow, lyics written by Shitty Bedford.
Additional performances by Ostrich Von Nipple (!!), Robot, Shitty Bedford and Savage Joe.

Love the art brut / outsider art by Poxodd.
It fits the music perfectly.
This is music from the other side of the fence.
A place where I like to take a walk every now and then.

Here's a snippet :


Available from Psychophone:

CARL KING - "THE ARCANOSIS!" AND OTHER SCI-FI / FANTASY / HORROR MUSIC

Carl King has collected a number of his soundtrack material on this very fine compilation. Entitled "The Arcanosis! And Other Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Horror Music", this disc presents some great pieces of music.
All music is performed / excecuted / played by (or as) midi orchestrations in Steinberg Cubase.
Sounds really good.

Love it !

The bandcamp entry does not offer the CD. You need to go to the Carl King shop for this.




GORE SLUT

newsflash from the Jezus Factory Webshop:

Something we have been ITCHING to tell you about... Heyme Langbroek, Kiss My Jazz saxophonist and Heavenhotel and Jezus Factory website designer extraordinaire found some live CD's in his loft... Amongst them was this recording from the legendary Gore Slut that was too good not to release; so we spoke to Rudy and decided upon this limited co-release between Heavenhotel and Jezus Factory... Strictly limited to 100 cassettes with download and exclusive new Rudy Trouvé artwork available in our webshop or bandcamp if you prefer or in a few days via heavenhotel as the official release date is 8th December...

Gore Slut were, Jacki Billet, bass– Dirk Belmans, drums – Rudy Trouvé, guitar and vocal – Thomas Noppe, guitar

Founded in 1992, like so many heavenhotel bands in the cellar of heavenhotel, the house where Rudy, Jacki and Bassie lived. First record released in 1996 (These Days Are The Quiet Kind). Followed by a second in 1998 (Above The Lisa Drugstore). Third and ‘final’ one in 2001 (Girl + Turtles).

Gore Slut played traditional alternative guitar rock in the style of Dinosaur Jr, Yo la tengo, Sonic Youth, Jonathan Richman and Motorpsycho. Dark and introvert lovesongs, covered in a wall of noise.

This could have been where the story ended, but Heyme Langebroek of Kiss My Jazz was clearing his loft and found a dusty box of CD’s containing this live recording from 1997. He sent the box to Andrew from the sychophantic sympathetic UK Belgian friendly label Jezus Factory. After being blown away by several of the contents he messaged the ever busy Rudy Trouvé and he said ok to a co-release with his own label Heavenhotel.

A limited cassette of 100 copies and unlimited download felt like the way to go and what follows could be the first in an archive release series of classic heavenhotel bands…




THE GIRLS IN THE MAGNESIUM DRESS PERFORMED 'WHAT'S THE UGLIEST PART OF YOUR BODY?'


Old Naval Chapel, Greenwich, London Recital 1st December 2017 - in memory of Laura Keyes -

Double bass: Valentina Ciardelli
Harp: Anna Quiroga



THE MECHANICS


THE MECHANICS DEBUT ALBUM - 'THE MECHANICS ARE DANCING IN YOUR HEAD'
RELEASED 1ST DECEMBER. NOW IN STOCK AND AVAILABLE TO SHIP IN TIME FOR RELEASE DATE

Genre blending and audience crossing drummer/percussionist Eric Thielemans (Tape Cuts Tape) is proud to present a brand new, exciting combo together with Rudy Trouvé (ex-dEUS, Tape Cuts Tape, Gore Slut, Kiss My Jazz), Mauro Pawlowski (ex-dEUS, Evil Superstars), Roman Hiele and Jean-Yves Evrard.

Our on CD and on vinyl.
Vinyl version silkscreen printed sleeve, limited to 300 worldwide



FUSE PERFORMED FRANK ZAPPA'S G-SPOT TORNADO

November 26, 2017, during the "Paul Witteman" tv-show on Dutch national television :
a short interview with Dweezil Zappa AND (!!) Fuse performed Frank Zappa's 'G-Spot Tornado'.

https://www.npo.nl/podium-witteman/26-11-2017/VPWON_1277001/POMS_NTR_11822990


-- link: François Kneepkens

SUN RA - ANGELS AND DEMONS AT PLAY

I received a link from which I took the picture of the 1974 vinyl re-release of Sun Ra's "Angels And Demons At Play" on the Impulse record label.
(http://madshoesmusicology.blogspot.be/2017/11/sun-ra-angels-and-demons-at-play-1963.html)
Added it to the Sun Ra discography over at the United Mutations Archives.


Exellent album, check it out on Bandcamp:



-- info: Jan van Kemenade


THE ASPHALT ORCHESTRA


The Asphal Orchestra recorded Frank Zappa's 'Zomby Woof' in an arrangement of Peter Hess.
The track got released on their eponymous album in 2010.


More recently, in 2012, this marching band / street band used Zappa's 'Zomby Woof' as an opener for their indoor "Unpack The Elephant" performance.

Here's the video :



HARDSCORE

Here's two pieces from "Carbon Fixation", the most recent Hardscore project.
Composed by Frank Nuyts and performed by Hardscore.

I saw the live performance at 'De Bijloke' in Ghent last October and was blown away by it.

Superb !!

'Convertible Superstar'


and
'A Better Plan'



Both songs to be released as singles via itunes, spotify and several other internet stores during the first week of December.


ROEL SAUVILLER


Roel Sauviller is a graphic artist / painter who lives in Borgerhout (Antwerp) in Belgium.

Roel did a series of artworks that featured album covers by Captain Beefheart, King Crimson, Zappa, Colloseum, Peter Gabriel, and others, of which he did an expo at the AB concert hall in Brussels.

The piece on the right is entitled "Burnt Weeny Sandwichman". It's acryl on paper and measures about 12 on 18 cm.



-- info: Filip Schepers

PRINCE - PURPLE RAIN * EXPANDED DELUXE *

Prince's "Purple Rain" album (from 1984 !) got quite an upgrade earlier this year: a remastered version of the original album, a bonus disc with previously unreleased material, another extra disc with single edits and b-sides, plus a dvd with the "Live" vhs release from 1985.

Nothing wrong with that !