Monday, September 25, 2017

THE MUSIC OF MAGMA


Just released! “To Life, Death and Beyond: the Music of Magma” is a feature film that explores one of the most visionary and innovative music of the last 50 years, Magma. It takes the audience on a journey through several countries where the band has been filmed, fascinating interviews with fans and musicians, including Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Trey Gunn (King Crimson). The film also includes an in-depth interview of the leader of the band, Christian Vander, and various musicians who were part of this extraordinary adventure over a period of more than 45 years.



ARANIS - SMELLS LIKE ARANIS

Flemish acoustic avant-rock, experimental and neo-classical chamber music ensemble Aranis recently released "Smells Like Aranis", their 7th release.

Lots of Nirvana, a bit of Joris Vanvinckenroye and one David Bowie piece.

Beautiful.

http://www.aranis.be/



THE RESIDENTS & RENALDO AND THE LOAF - TITLE IN LIMBO


  • the residents & renaldo and the loaf: title in limbo
        (2017, 2cd, austria, klanggalerie gg200-2)

This re-release on the Klanggalerie label does not just offer a remastered edition of the 1983 album as it includes "4 Daze" as a bonus disc.
"4 Daze" presents the original jam recordings from 1981 that were used to develop the songs that later could be found on "Title In Limbo".



Available from Klanggalerie.
http://www.klanggalerie.com/gg200-2


MAGMA


French Music Legends Magma Release Rare 1973 Mostly Acoustic Version of “MEKANIK KOMMANDOH” with Orchestra Choir!

REMASTERED VERSION - NEW COVER - DIGIFILE PACKAGING

Paris - From the very first short version recorded in the summer of 1971 on the compilation album “PUISSANCE 13 + 2” to the spring 1973 version on the eponymous album, “MEKANIK DESTRUKTIW KOMMANDOH” slowly evolved over time. “MEKANIK KOMMANDOH” is the last stage before the definitive version. Recorded in January 1973, it mirrors a concert Magma put on two months earlier at the Sigma Festival in Bordeaux. In this largely acoustic rendition, the STORCHHAUS orchestra choir magnificently complements Stella's and Klaus's voices.

“MEKANIK KOMMANDOH” is now remastered and features a new cover in a digipack.

Featuring:
Klaus BLASQUIZ - vocals, percussion
Stella VANDER - vocals
CHOEURS DE LA STORCHHAUS
René GARBER “STUNDEHR - bass clarinet, vocals
Jean-Luc MANDERLIER - keyboards
Jean-pierre LEMBERT - bass
Christian VANDER - drums, vocals, organ, percussion










Sunday, September 24, 2017

STEVE HUNTER


Guitar Legend Steve Hunter To Release New Album “Before The Lights Go Out”

The Deacon Of Rock Bites Back!

“Before The Lights Go Out” is long time Alice Cooper/Lou Reed Guitarist Steve Hunter's latest solo album. The cover art and title make a statement about his failing eyesight, but don't make the mistake of thinking this is a quiet wave goodbye. As soon as you put on the first track, you will know that this is more like a Blues Rock Declaration of Independence! There are sexy grooves, luscious guitar tones and melodies galore.

As with all Hunter's releases, there is some diversity and sound imagery, not least of which is Tienes Mi Corazón where alongside his nylon string improvisation comes the sound of his own heart. And listen out for Joe Satriani adding his fire to the heat of “Mojo Man.”

Also joining Steve on a couple of tracks are two great Bass players: Erik Scott can be heard on “Mojo Man,” Erik is also an Alice Cooper alumni. On “Under The Bodhi Tree” is Andy Stoller. Steve and Andy toured together with Tracy Chapman during the “Telling Stories” album period, most recently Andy has been touring with Ann Wilson of Heart.

Says Steve, “This album was a real joy for me on many levels. A big part of the inspiration and motivation that kept me going; was from all the people out there who had faith in me and encouraged me through the entire process with their donations and comments. It was really a wonderful experience having you all be a part of it. It's my deepest hope and desire that you all enjoy the music on this album as much as I enjoyed making it.
Thank you and God bless!”



Steve Hunter is his own man; he has been around the block with a forty-five year career.

From his 1973 solos on Alice Cooper's “Billion Dollar Babies” album, his legendary acoustic work on Peter Gabriel's “Solsbury Hill,” his “Intro” to Lou Reed's “Sweet Jane” and his searing opening solos on Aerosmith's version of “Train Kept A Rolling” Most recently he can be heard on Alice Cooper's 2017 album “Paranormal” making this his ninth Cooper album appearance. The Deacon is not done yet but his life is evolving! He has challenges playing live now but his honed skill, tone, power and soul, is dished up on this hot plate of guitar driven instrumental tastiness.

Release date September 25, 2017


VARIOUS ARTISTS - JAZZTUBLIEFT! EEN OOR OP JAZZ IN VLAANDEREN

I brought this promotional album home after a visit to a record fair.
This release is an initiative from the Flanders Music Centre and it takes a look a jazz music in Flanders. Well, to the jazz music scene in Flanders in 2005.

Next to the music that is taken from various albums that were released at the time, the album also includes some unreleased material, like Flat Earth Society’s ‘Psychoscout’, recorded in concert at De Vooruit in Ghent in 2004, or a track by Bart Maris’ Les Poubelles project from 2005.


AL DI MEOLA AND STEVE VAI

Performing Clownz On Velvet !



ABSYNTHE MINDED

I don't listen to the radio that much.
When I do, it's in the car and it's Belgian Radio 1 or Studio Brussel.

Today started with the news that Absynthe Minded will be releasing a new album.
Perfect radio material.



Sunday, September 17, 2017

ZAPERLIPOPETTE

Zaperlipopette is sharing the bill with Universe By Ear at the Hörensagen Festival in Basel, Switzerland on Friday November 17.

HÖRENSAGEN 1
Friday 17.11.2017, 21h - KASCHEMME BASEL

HL BIMBAM
THE UNIVERSE BY EAR
YOLK
ZAPERLIPOPETTE!
&
ROCCO RAUL

Zaperlipopette,
A nice discovery :




SUN RA ARKESTRA IN CONCERT

September 15, Live in Baltimore



Wednesday, September 6, 2017

VRIJE GELUIDEN REMEMBERS HOLGER CZUKAY


https://www.vpro.nl/vrije-geluiden/lees/tips/2017/week36-37/holger-czukay-1938-2017.html


BECHES BREW - BECHES INDIAN BREW

It is no secret that Swedish jazz drummer, composer and producer Bengt Berger has a weak spot for Indian music. He even lived in India for a while (in the 60s) and studied there with different teachers.

January of last year, Bengt took his Beches Brew ensemble to India where they were joined by eminent Indian maestros of the Karnatic and of the Hindustani tradition for a series of concerts.
Later the same year, some of the Indian musicians traveled to Sweden for the Swedish leg of the tour.

On "Beches Indian Brew", we get treated to recordings from this latter part of the tour. Eight amazing tracks.
It's fascinating to hear how beautiful jazz and Indian music blend together.

This is essential listening.
Highly recommended.

Available from Country & Eastern.
http://countryandeastern.se/


A short film by Jöns Jönsson about the meeting between the Swedish group Beches Brew and four of today's greatest Karnatic instrumentalists in Chennai and the concert at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha on January 3, 2016.
Featuring Mats Öberg !!



ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE EUROPEAN TOUR

Acid Mothers Temple will be touring Europe !!


Sep.
– 15th (fri) @ Levitation – Angers FR
http://levitation-france.com
– 16th (sat) @ Rock In Opposition – Cap’ Découverte FR
http://www.rocktime.org/rio/index.php/en/
– 17th (sun) @ La Scène Michelet – Nantes FR
http://www.scenemichelet.com
– 18th (mon) @ La Malterie – Lille FR
http://www.lamalterie.com
– 19th (tue) @ Magasin4 – Brussels BE
http://www.magasin4.be
– 20th (wed) @ Het Bos – Antwerp BE
http://hetbos.be
– 23rd (sat) @ Fuzz Club – Athens GR
http://www.fuzzclub.gr
– 25th (mon) @ Control Club – Bucharest RO
https://www.facebook.com/clubcontrol
– 26th (tue) @ Mixtape 5 B-side – Sofia BG
https://www.facebook.com/mixtape5
– 27th (wed) @ Dom Omladine – Belgrade SRB
http://www.domomladine.org
– 28th (thu) @ OKC Palach – Rijeka CR
http://www.palach.hr
– 29th (fri) @ A38 – Budapest HU
https://www.a38.hu/en/
– 30th (sat) @ PMK – Innsbruck AU
http://www.pmk.or.at

Oct.
– 1st (sun) @ Treppenhaus – Rorschach CH
http://treppenhaus.ch
– 2nd (mon) @ Dachstock – Bern CH
https://www.dachstock.ch
– 3rd (tue) @ Cave 12 – Geneva CH
https://www.facebook.com/cave12.org/
– 4th (wed) @ Rocking Chair – Vavey CH
https://www.facebook.com/rkcvevey/
– 5th (thu) @ Sonic – Lyon FR
http://www.sonic-lyon.fr
– 6th (fri) @ R25-Kulturschlachthof – Dusseldorf DE
https://www.facebook.com/kulturschlachthof
– 7th (sat) @ Komma – Esslingen DE
http://www.komma.info
– 8th (sun) @ Theremin – Prague CZ
https://www.facebook.com/thereminclub/
– 9th (mon) @ Musik & Frieden – Berlin DE
http://musikundfrieden.de
– 10th (tue) @ Loppen – Copenhagen DK
http://loppen.dk
– 11th (wed) @ Radar – Aarhus DK
http://radarlive.dk
– 12th (thu) @ Effenaar – Eindhoven NL
http://www.effenaar.nl
– 13th (fri) @ DB’s – Utrecht NL
http://www.dbstudio.nl/en/
– 14th (sat) @ The Dome – London UK
http://www.dometufnellpark.co.uk
– 15th (sun) @ Music Hall – Ramsgate UK
http://ramsgatemusichall.com
– 16th (mon) @ The Waterfront – Norwich UK
https://thewaterfront.ticketabc.com/venues/thewaterfront/
– 17th (tue) @ Mama Roux – Birmingham UK
http://therainbowvenues.co.uk/venues/mama-rouxs/
– 18th (wed) @ Con Club – Lewes UK
http://www.lewesconclub.com/index.php
– 19th (thu) @ The Exchange – Bristol UK
https://www.exchangebristol.com
– 20th (fri) @ Trades Club – Hebden Bridge UK
http://thetradesclub.com
– 21st (sat) @ Sneaky Pete’s – Edinburgh UK
http://www.sneakypetes.co.uk
– 22nd (sun) @ Conroy’s – Dundee UK
https://www.facebook.com/ConroysBarDundee/?rf=480337098717292
– 23rd (mon) @ Broadcast – Glasgow UK
http://broadcastglasgow.com
– 24th (tue) @ The Crescent – York UK
https://www.facebook.com/thecrescentyork/
– 25th (wed) @ Soup Kitchen – Manchester UK
http://soupkitchenmcr.co.uk
– 26th (thu) @ Black Box – Belfast UK
http://www.blackboxbelfast.com
– 27th (fri) @ DBD Under The Mezz – Dublin IRE
https://www.facebook.com/mezzdublin
– 28th (sat) @ Crane Lane Theater (afternoon show) – Cork IRE
http://www.cranelanetheatre.ie
– 28th (sat) @ Connollys of Leap – Cork IRE
http://connollysofleap.com
– 29th (sun) @ Clwb Ifor Bach – Cardiff UK
https://clwb.net


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

FOCUS ANNOUNCE NEW DOUBLE ALBUM

from Glass Onyon :

Dutch Rock Legends FOCUS Announce New Double Album Collection THE FOCUS FAMILY ALBUM feat. Extensive Unreleased and New Material! OUT NOW!

London - Focus is pleased to announce the release of its new 2 CD collection “The Focus Family Album” which has been prepared over the last 12 months. The 20 track set gives fans new insight into the band and includes 15 unreleased original songs, alternate versions from the Focus X sessions, solo tracks from each of the current members and tracks from the beginning of the Focus 11 sessions.

Many of the tracks have been recorded in a variety of countries in Europe and South America and are exclusively available on this collection. Thijs van Leer said, “Dear Friends & Fans! With pleasure we present to you our new double album 'The Focus Family Album,' it makes us so happy that you will listen to pieces recorded together as a band and solo songs too, in many different countries during our travels! We hope it will make you happy as well!!!”

The set includes all of the rarities from the “Focus X” era and is an ideal companion to that album and the forthcoming “Focus 11.” The set also introduces the band's new bass player Udo Pannekeet, who takes over the position from long term bass player Bobby Jacobs, who said, “Dear beautiful fans, after 15 years playing the beautiful music of Focus with my heart and soul I decided to stop and focus on new life adventures (music and a lot of other things). Thank you and love! Hope we will meet again...”

“The Focus Family Album” features artwork by Roger Dean and is being released to coincide with the band's South American and European tour dates. It's the latest release on the band's own 'In and Out of Focus Records' (via Cherry Red): https://www.cherryred.co.uk/artist/focus/

Track Listings
Disc: 1
1. Nature Is Our Friend - Thijs Van Leer
2. Song for Eva - Focus
3. Riverdance - Pierre Van Der Linden
4. Victoria - Focus
5. Two-Part Intervention - Menno Gootjes
6. Mosh Blues - Focus
7. Raga Reverence 1 - Swung
8. The Fifth Man - Focus
9. Song for Yaminah - Udo Pannekeet
10. Clair-Obscur - Focus

Disc: 2
1. Let Us Wander? - Thijs Van Leer
2. Birds Come Fly Over (Le Tango) - Focus
3. Spiritual Swung - Pierre Van Der Linden
4. Santa Teresa - Focus
5. Hazel - Menno Gootjes
6. Fine Without You - Focus
7. Raga Reverence 5 - Swung
8. Five Fourth - Focus
9. Anaya - Udo Pannekeet
10. Winnie - Focus

“The Focus Family Album” is OUT NOW on CD and Download:
Amazon CD: http://geni.us/IF008CD

Official website: www.focustheband.com


Monday, September 4, 2017

ARTHUR BARROW - OF COURSE I SAID YES

  • of course i said yes ! - the amazing adventures of a life in music
    by arthur barrow
        (2016, book, uk, cydonian music / amazon)
Last year, Arthur Barrow wrote a book about his musical adventures.
As you know, Arthur played bass in Frank Zappa's band from the summer of 1978 until the end of 1980.
Afterwards, in 1981 and in 1982, Arthur didn't tour with the Zappa band, but he did take care of the rehearsals in Frank's absence (as FZ's 'clonemeister') and he still did some recording sessions with FZ.
In "Of Course I Sais Yes", Arthur talks in detail about his time with the Zappa band, about working with other musicians that had played with Zappa, and, of course, about his Band From Utopia project.

Sure, he also writes about his time with Giorgio Moroder and about working with Janet Jackson and Joe Cocker, to name just two, but for me, the most interesting part was about his time with Frank and his relation to Frank's music.

The most fascinating chapter is the one in which Arthur explains how he headed out to L.A. and he seemed to be predestined to play in Zappa's band.

I loved reading this book and I learned a lot of interesting facts on the side.

Available from Amazon.

Here's a recent podcast that touches on a couple on these topics :



ANDREAS SCHAERER - THE BIG WIG

In 2005, together with five of his fellow students, Andreas Schaerer founded the Hildegard Lernt Fliegen ensemble. At the time, he was still finishing his studies in composition at the Bern University Of The Arts.
Ten years and a couple of albums later, Andreas was asked to write a piece for the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy, an orchestra that had been founded by one of Andreas' heroes : Pierre Boulez !
The result is entitled "The Big Wig", and it was performed by Hildegard Lernt Fliegen together with the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival.
The concert got broadcast by Radio SRF, but fortunately for those who couldn't hear it (or attend), it has been made available on CD and on DVD.
Mind you, this album exists in different formats: as a 2LP album, as a CD, and as a CD/DVD package. You definitely have to go for the CD/DVD package as the performance is a joy to be heard and to be seen !!

Amazing !!



BUTFF ZAPPA ZONDAG // BUTFF ZAPPA SUNDAY


It looks like the BUT Film Festival hosted a "Zappa Sunday" yesterday.
In Breda, NL.
Too bad that I didn't know about it or I would have been there.
Sure, the info was on facebook...


The "BUTFF 2017 - Zappa Zondag!" presented :
the 'Eat that question: Frank Zappa in his owns words' movie,
and two bands performing Zappa's music  :

The Foolz and Absolutely Frank


Sunday, September 3, 2017

THREEDS - PALETTE

Three reeds. Threeds. Plus guests on flute, bass clarinet, percussion, vocals,...
From New York.
http://www.threedsoboetrio.com/

"Palette" is their second album.
Excellent modern chamber music album. It includes a playful, beautiful version of Frank Zappa's 'Peaches En Regalia'.

Excellent choice of compositions as well.
  1. decarissimo (astor piazzolla, arr. scott anderson)

    three selections from 8 short pieces (igor stravinsky, arr. david bussick)
  2. andantino
  3. larghetto
  4. moderato
  5. missouri sky (eleanor dubinsky, arr. k.halvorson)
  6. love is this (kathy halvorson, humberto delolmo)
  7. christmas rollout (john wriggle)
  8. caravan (ellington, mills, arr. scott anderson)
  9. etude no.5 (heitor villa-lobos, arr. scott anderson)
  10. silver pharaoh (pamela sklar)
  11. the sky, the earth, and the afterworld (pamela sklar)
  12. my funny valentine (rodger & hart, arr kathy halvorson & christof knoche)
  13. peaches en regalia (frank zappa, arr. kathy halvorson)
  14. music for marcel duchamp (john cage, arr. kathy halvorson)
A live version :


Available from CDBaby :
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/threeds2


THE NIGHTMARE TRIO - TN3


The Nightmare Trio consists of Joel Smith (guitar), Michael Hutchens (bass) and Erick Dodero (drums). The trio plays instrumental rock. (Texas Blues-inspired rock.)
On their "TN3" album, the band plays some fine original compositions next to FZ's 'Peaches En Regalia' and Miles Davis' 'So What'.

Give it a listen here :
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/thenightmaretrio


JOHN KORSRUD'S HARD RUBBER ORCHESTRA - CRUSH

I only got to know the Hard Rubber Orchestra and John Korsrud's compositions a little while ago.
"Crush" is their third and most recent album, their previous one being from 2005 !!

Subtitled "Compositions For Large Ensembles By John Korsrud", the album presents 9 excellent tracks. Two by the Hard Rubber Orchestra, two by the Hard Rubber Chamber Orchestra, and the rest by smaller combinations.
It needs your attention.

Recommended listening !!



OLEG POLYANSKIY - FROM BLOOM TO GLOOM AND BACK TO FRONT

Ukrainian pianist and composer Oleg Polyanskiy recorded Frank Zappa's 'Peaches En Regalia'.
It got released on his "From Bloom To Gloom And Back To Front" album in 2007.

Nice.
Also includes his rendition of a Prokofiev piece and an ELP composition, next to his original material.


ART ZOYD BOX SET IS MATERIALISING

The Cuneiform record label update says that the Art Zoyd box set will be out on October 27.

44 ½ is a landmark release. It is a monumental work - 12 CDs, 2 DVDs, 2 booklets, 2 posters, encased in a stunning box designed by UK graphic designer/artist Max Franosch. It is the first box set released by the band Art Zoyd, and the first box set released by Cuneiform Records. It is also an important work, a comprehensive collection of all of the previously unreleased material created by Art Zoyd, one of the late-20th/early 21st century's most significant European New Music ensembles. 44 ½ focuses the spotlight on and unearths the treasure chest known as Art Zoyd, genre-defiant pioneers who fused elements and instrumentation from classical, rock and electronic music and helped pave the way for Chamber Rock, post-rock and post-classical music, and other 21st Century's genre transcendant music.



THE TURTLES


Fans of Frank Zappa band vocalists Flo & Eddie (and bass player Jim Pons) should be happy to hear that two new releases have hit the shelves :


  • the turtles: the complete original album collection
        (2016, 6cd-box, ??, manifesto records)


  • the turtles: all the singles
        (2016, 2cd, ??, manifesto records)

You can check them out here :
http://exystence.net/blog/2017/08/30/the-turtles-the-complete-original-albums-collection-all-the-singles-2016/


-- info: Jan van Kemenade

CARL KING - THE ARCANOSIS !



Carl King, who recently released the very impressive "Grand Architects Of The Universe", has just released a compilation of some of his film scoring and midi orchestration pieces.
Download only.

Data has been added to the United Mutations Archives.


THE ADVENTURES OF ZODD RUNDGREN

The Sept 11 show has been cancelled, but here's the next ones :



THE SIOUX FALLS MUSIC SCENE PODCAST


Want to check out the Sioux Falls Music Scene ?
Well, here's the solution :

http://sfmspod.com/


-- info: Russ Stedman




MAUROWORLD

The 'Arenberg Schouwburg' in Antwerp, BE, will host the next edition of Mauroworld, offering a glimpse into the musical mind of Mauro Pawlowski.

https://www.arenbergschouwburg.be/programma/detail/mauroworld



HILDEGARD LERNT FLIEGEN MEETS THE ORCHESTRE OF THE LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY


Hildegard Lernt Fliegen Meets The Orchestre Of The Lucerne Fesvival Academy.
That's a mouthful.
Or more.

Anyway, Andreas Schaerer's (mastermind of Hildegard Lernt Fliegen) latest project is entitled "The Big Wig"and it's performed by HLF and The Orchestre Of The Lucerne Fesvival Academy.
It has been performed twice already, but it's getting two new dates :

November 24, 2017 at the Philharmonie in Essen, DE.
November 25, 2017 at the Lucerne Festival
  www.lucernefestival.ch


THE RESIDENTS & RENALDO AND THE LOAF - TITLE IN LIMBO

Klanggalerie has just released a new, 2 CD-version of "Title In Limbo".
It includes bonus material !!


http://www.klanggalerie.com/gg200-2

from Klanggalerie :
OK, we know you all waited for this a very long time, but now the wait is over. We are happy to be able to present you a special 2 disc edition of Title In Limbo including the legendary 4 Daze! Many of you have heard about this legendary recording for a long time, now over 35 years after its recording it is made available to the public for the first time.



Wednesday, August 30, 2017

UPCOMING ED PALERMO BIG BAND CONCERTS


The Ed Palermo Big Band in concert :

September 11 - The Iridium - NYC, NY

September 30 - The Falcon - Marlboro, NY

October 12 - The Iridium - NYC, NY

October 28 - The Falcon - Marlboro, NY

November 13 - The Iridium - NYC, NY

December 14 - The Iridium - NYC, NY

December 23 - The Falcon - Marlboro, NY








MARCO CIRONE / FREAK ACCIDENT


Marco Cirone was the guitar player,vocalist and composer for Freak Accident, a Belgian rock band (with obvious Zappa influences).
Freak Accident recorded one album, "Tha More, Con-fusing Tha Better". It got released in 1999.

Nowadays, Marco plays the guitar and takes care of the vocal parts for the Muze Jazz Orchestra, a band that recently toured with a Frank Zappa tribute concert.

Freak Accident will be doing a reunion concert in 2017.

"Tha More, Con-fusing Tha Better" is still available on CD through Marco Cirone's website.



NEW ED PALERMO ALBUM ANNOUNCED

The Cuneiform Records label will be releasing a new Ed Palermo Big Band album in October !

The Ed Palermo Big Band — The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren (CD)


Todd Rungren meets Frank Zappa !! Can't wait.


Sunday, August 27, 2017

PIERRE VERVLOESEM - THE GREEKS HAD A WORD FOR THEM

Posted by Guy Segers on his bandcamp page.
'The Greeks Had A Word For Them' by Pierre Vervloesem.
A track from 2002.



CLIPS FROM THE ZAPPA VAULT

1982, shot by Thomas Nordegg :

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KAZUTOKI UMEZU KIKI BAND - AMATSU-KITSUNE

August 2013, I saw Kazutoki Umezu and his Kiki Band perform at Zappanale. Goosebumps.
This year, they came back to Zappanale. Expectations were high, but they delivered. And how.

The band also brought copies of their soon-to-be released album, "Amatsu-Kitsune", with them.
"Amatsu-Kitsune" is the sixth album on their Zott record label. Their previous one, "Coyote", got released in 2010 !

Compositions by Natsuki Kido, Takeharu Hayakawa and Kazutoki Umezo.
Odd tempo changes, quirky melodies,... I love it.
The odd one out is 'Euroydike', an acoustic tune with a lot of folk influences.

Here's the Kiki Band at Zappanale, one month ago.



GREG RUSSO - COSMIC DEBRIS (THE RETURN OF THE SON OF REVISED)


  • cosmik debris (the return of the son of revised)
    by greg russo
    (2017, book, usa, crossfire publications)

Greg Russo released the first edition of his Cosmic Debris book in 1998. Earlier this year, Crossfire Publications released the 4th edition of this impressive book. Completely revised, with lots of new info, the book now counts 540 pages !!

I browsed through the digital pdf file earlier this year, but to be quite honest, there's nothing like the real deal. One big tome with facts and pictures. Lots of pictures.

Recommended !

http://www.crossfirepublications.com/zappa.html


HILDEGARD LERNT FLIEGEN - THE FUNDAMENTAL RHYTHM OF UNPOLISHED BRAINS

This morning, I had my cup of coffee while listening to album number four in Andreas Schaerer's Hildegard Lernt Fliegen's discography.
"The Fundamental Rhythm Of Unpolished Brains" is the perfect soundtrack to start your day.
Imaginative, surprising, funny,...

I was blown away by their Zappanale concert last month and this album brought it all back.

If you want to check this band out, "The Fundamental Rhythm Of Unpolished Brains" is a perfect place to start.



SUN RA AND HIS ASTRO INFINITY ARKESTRA - MY BROTHER THE WIND VOL.1

A remastered and expanded version of Sun Ra's 1970's "My Brother The Wind Vol.1" is the second release on the new Cosmic Myth Records label.
Out on both LP and CD, this release includes the full studio tracking session of 'The Perfect Man' (3 different takes) plus a 17-minute version of 'Space Probe'.

"My Brother The Wind Vol.1" showcases Sun Ra's use of the Moog synthesizer(s), adding more space sound to his playing.

Another beautiful release: remastered, expanden, digipack plus a very informative 16-page booklet.
Beautiful !!

The originaly vinyl album has been reissued a couple of times, but never like this. And never on CD.



SUN RA - THE MAGIC CITY

Originally released in 1966, Sun Ra's "Magic City" must have raised a few eyebrows at the time.
This is improvised, experimental jazz.

It's hard to tell how much of this was instructed and / or directed by Sun Ra but the result became a turning point in Sun Ra's musical career.

Reissued on both LP and CD by the Cosmic Myth Records label and produced by Michael D. Anderson (from the Sun Ra Archives) and Irwin Chusid, this edition has been remastered, has a bunch of extra material and is in stereo !

It's good to hear that a lot of Sun Ra material is being made available through bandcamp, but I applaud the fact that we're getting it released on LP and on CD as well.
What a way to start a new label.

Read all about it here:
https://sunramusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-magic-city-stereo-remastered-cd-lp-digital



RAREST ZAPPA ALBUM

I know quite a few people who collect all the various editions of the Frank Zappa discography.

Here's a picture of (one of) the rarest albums: The original Japanese edition of the "Uncle Meat" album, including the original obi (covering the entire front of the album).

Don't have it myself.
I've only seen these pictures :

Issued as the World New Rock Series no.6

cover
back cover


Saturday, August 26, 2017

HARD RUBBER ORCHESTRA - RUB HARDER

The Hard Rubber Orchestra, directed by John Korsrud, released a first album in 1997. Three years later, the band released a salsa album as the Orquestra Goma Dura.
This was followed by "Rub Harder", the Hard Rubber Orchestra's second album in 2001.

For "Rub Harder", John Korsrud asked some of his colleagues to write something for the Hard Rubber Orchestra. "To create a snapshot anthology of maverick Canadian composition", as Bill Shoemaker explains in the liner notes.
I might not understand what he means by this, but the result does sound amazing.

Recommended listening !!

To give you an idea of what the Hard Rubber Orchestra sounds like, here's a recording from a recent concert.



PHISH - LIVE PHISH 07/22/2017 MADISON SQUARE GARDEN


All of the shows that Phish did at 'Madison Square Garden' in New York City recently, have been released as official downloads and on CD(R).

The second night saw the band performing Zappa's 'Peaches En Regalia', as the first encore.

Listening to it at this very moment.
It does include some very wrong notes, as always, but I think it's great that it keeps popping up during Phish concerts every once in a while.


CANDY ZAPPA - MY BROTHER WAS A MOTHER, TAKE 2


  • my brother was a mother - take 3 : a zappa family album
    by patrice 'candy' zappa
        (2017, book, usa, hot cannoli books)

Candy Zappa has just released the 3rd edition of her book about her big brother.
Available through Crossfire Publications or your local Zappa Dealer.


Including lots of family pictures and stories.
Compared to the first edition, it presents an interview that Larry Rogak did with Frank.
Compared to the second edition, Candy's story has been updated until 2016, and the book has a couple of extra pages with fan comments.


HARD RUBBER ORCHESTRA - CRUEL YET FAIR

France has LeBocal; The Netherlands have Tetzepi, the U.S. of A. have the Ed Palermo Big Band and Belgium has Flat Earth Society.
All of these big bands (or slight mutations thereof) have one thing in common : their eclectic and modern jazz approach. It should come as no surprise that most of these ensembles are appreciated by those music aficionados who also listen to the music of Frank Zappa and / or Sun Ra. And, yes, I'm one of those...

So when I read about the Hard Rubber Orchestra (and saw one of the YouTube videos), I just knew that I had to check them out.
I'm glad I did. This is great stuff.
The Hard Rubber Orchestra, under the direction of John Korsrud.
The band is from Vancouver, Canada, and they have 3 albums out to date. "Cruel Yet Fair" was their debut album, released in 1997.

As I said. Great stuff.
Highly recommended (and still available on CD !)


ARANIS UPDATE

Belgian ensemble Aranis has a new album out : "Smells Like Aranis", on which they perform music by some famous band.


September 28, 2017, Aranis will be performing mdieval music at the OLV church in Sint Niklaas, BE. One time event to celebrate the 800th birthday of Sint Niklaas.




HILDEGARD LERNT FLIEGEN - S/T


A bit over ten years ago, Andreas Schaerer started with his Hildegard Lernt Fliegen project.
A bit over a month ago, and five albums later, the band performed at Zappanale.

I had never heard of Hildegard Lernt Fliegen (and I wasn't the only one). The ensemble played a great concert. They were one of the highlights of the 2017 edition of the festival.

Hildegard Lernt Fliegen is from Switzerland. They released their first album in 2007 on the German Unit Records label.
From the first notes, you're immediately sucked in the parallel world that's been created by HLF. Big band swing, ballad, funk, beatbox, balkan and avant garde jazz, with a superb vocalist... It's all mixed and dosed in Andreas Schaerer's compositions.
Andreas Schaerer (vocals), Matthias Wenger (sax), Patrick Schnyder (sax, clarinet), Roman Bieri (trombone), Marco Mueller (bass) and Christoph Steiner (drums).

Recommended !

Spotlight on Andreas Schaerer :



ORCHESTRA EXOTICA ALBUM IS OUT !!

The Orchestra Exotica album is out !!

Martin Denny revisited by Bruno Vansina and Pierre Vervloesem.

read all about it here :
http://off-recordlabel.blogspot.be/2017/08/opv012-orchestra-exotica-plays-martin.html


Here's 40 seonds of 'Escales':


JOHN KORSRUD - ODD JOBS, ASSORTED CLIMAXES

John Korsrud is a Canadian composer and jazz trumpeter. He's also the leader of The Hard Rubber Orchestra. More on that later.

John Korsrud studied with Louis Andriessen in Amsterdam, NL, and he has worked with Tetzepi and with the Zapp String Quartet to name two.

"Odd Jobs, Assorted Climaxes" collects pieces that John wrote for (and /sometimes performed with) various ensembles.
It's an impressive set of contemporary music.

Here's 'Glurp', performed by the Combustion Chamber ensemble. Track two on the album.
(the strange sample (??) that you hear during this YouTube recording at 4:12 is also present on the CD recording. Don't know what to make of it...)



Friday, August 25, 2017

CRYPTIC ARCHIVE AUCTION IS GO !

The Residents Cryptic Archive Auction.

at https://www.ebay.com/sch/crypticorp/m.html

  • Santa Dog Singles set
  • The Beatles Play The Residents and The Residents Play The Beatles Single
  • Blorp-esette LP
  • Kaw-Liga Pic-disc Single
  • Third Reich'n Roll (Censored Version)
  • The Cryptic Guide to The Residents
  • The Commercial Album - Celluloid (France)
  • Kettles of Fish on the Outskirts of Town Boxset


Thursday, August 24, 2017

NEW RELEASE BY Z.E.R.O.

The Z.E.R.O. ensemble, or the Zappa Early Renaissance Orchestra, is preparing a new album. It might even be a Christmas album. And it will be released by Cordelia Records.

Next to the core members (Kevin Crosby, Rupert Kettle) and the familiar faces (Prarie Prince, Juliana Brandon, Jimmy Thomas,...), the album also features Ike Willis, Craig Twister Steward, Joe Trump (of the Kiki band !!), Fred Händl, Niklas Lychou and Magnus Liljqvist (of MagniFZnt), Herman Schindler and narrator extraordinaire Andrew Greenaway.

Next to the set of rearranged Zappa tunes, there's also a composition from Danny Elfman to be found on the album : 'The Oogie Boogie Song'.

Something to look out for.



INTO THE GREAT WIDE OPEN

This remarkable festival is taking place in The Netherlands next weekend.
On an island. You can only get there by boat and you have to leave your car behind.
The actual festival takes place in a forest.
There's music, movies, art exhibits,...

https://www.intothegreatwideopen.nl/programma/into-the-great-wide-open-2017

And Dutch TV show Vrije Geluiden will do a special (actually, two specials) on September 10 and 17 at 10h30 on NPO1.

Last year, The Comet Is Coming played at Into The Great Wide Open.


This year, Kikagaku Moyo will be performing.



Tuesday, August 22, 2017

DWEEZIL ZAPPA NEWSFLASH

Dweezil Zappa says :

The best news is that the live “Dweezil Zappa Plays Apostrophe” album, (the entire album played in sequence) is being mastered in Norway this week. I will be sending out special messages about its addition to the campaign (Dweezil Zappa & The Others Of Intention) as soon as it is added.


Sunday, August 20, 2017

THE YELLOW SNOW CRYSTALS - LIVE

German ensemble The Yellow Snow Crystals plays the music of Frank Zappa, with lyrics translated into German.
Actually, they use Zappa's songs as a vehicle to tell and to sing funny stories, and to improvise. They're hilarious.

The Yellow Snow Crystals got founded by Paul Hubweber in 2011.
With Paul on the trombone, Alexander Morsey on the double bass (and sousaphone), Martin Verborg on the violin and saxophone, Simon Camatta on drums and the engaging Gerhard Horriar on  lead vocals, they're not your average rocking teenage combo.
This is jazz. This is not just a band playing the music of Frank Zappa. And it's great fun to hear and to see.

I've seen the band on a couple of occasions (Mosae & twice at Zappanale) and I'm glad to tell you that the joy that the band showcases in concert has been translated on this live album.
"Live" collects the Yellow Snow Crystels in concert at various times and at various occasions. An excellent collection.
The 2 CD set is accompanied by an informative booklet (lyrics and pictures) and is housed in a beautiful package. Artwork by Alfred Reuters.
Even if wouldn't understand German, this album is worth your while.

Check it out here:
https://www.the-yellow-snow-crystals.de/



RESIDENTS' CRYPTIC ARCHIVES AUCTION - DELAY


CRYPTIC ARCHIVES AUCTION - DELAY
Sorry folks... we've been having some trouble with posting to eBay. First it was a run of the mill technical issue, but now it's something with eBay itself. Watch this space for updates.

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


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Z.E.R.O. PLAYS ZAPPA




FRANK ZAPPA & EDDIE JOBSON 1976

24th October 1976 - Boston Music Hall, Boston, Massachusetts



THE CROSSWALKERS - GOT TO GET BACK THE BEATLES


About a month ago, Chato Segerer performed at Zappanale with his Chato! band. He performed a very impressive set of original material (plus a Zappa and a Cardiacs tune) and he showcased his amazing talent on the guitar.

The Crosswalkers are a German quartet (guitar, organ, drums, bass) that performs the music of The Beatles. Next to Simon Oslender (organ), Benjamin Keil (drums) and Benjamin Gutzeit (bass), it features Chato Segerer on the guitar. No prog rock or zappa-esque madness here, but excellent instrumental renditions and interpretations of Beatles classics.
The ensemble just released their second album.

Do I like it? I love it !!
All four of these musicians do a fabulous job, but Chato's phrasing is outstanding. He makes his guitar sing.

Got To Get You Into My Life, Get Back, Lady Madonna, Let It Be, I Feel Fine, All You Need Is Love, Can't Buy Me Love, She's Leaving Home, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Yesterday, In My Life, Paperback Writer.

Recommended !!
http://www.the-crosswalkers.de

From their first album:



ORCHESTRE TOUT PUISSANT MARCEL DUCHAMP - S/T

The Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp was created by Vincent Bertholet after a one-night-stand / concert at 'Cave12' in Genève, Switzerland in 2006. After some changes in the line-up, OTPMD consisted of Vincent Bertholet, Liz Moscarola and Anne Cardinaud.
It's this trio plus Guillaume Fernez, Julien Israelien and Seni who recorded the first album in 2007, a private release with a nice reference to Marcel Duchamp's "Fountain" on the cover.

Sounds great.
And is fun.



FRANK ZAPPA - OVER-NITE SENSATION


  • frank zappa and the mothers of invention - one size fits all
        (2011, book, usa, hal leonard)

Guitar freaks have been spoiled the last couple of years.
Three complete Zappa albums have been transcribed for guitar : "One Size Fits All", Hot Rats", and "Over-Nite Sensation". They've been published by Hal Leonard.
More recently Hal Leonard has also re-issued "The Frank Zappa Songbook Vol.1" and "The Frank Zappa Guitar Book".


DIETER JAKOB - ZAPPANALE #27



  • zappanale #27 - impressionen
    by dieter jakob
        (2017, book, germany, private release)

Dieter Jakob has selected his best photos of last year's Zappanale and collected them in a hardbound book. Almost 100 pages of beautiful pictures of the bands and of the audience.


ORCHESTRE TOUT PUISSANT MARCEL DUCHAMP - THE THING THAT EVERYTHING ELSE IS ABOUT

L'Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp released their second album in 2010. It was their first release on the Red Wig label.
On "The Thing That Everything Else Is About", the OTPMD sextet presents their unmistakable exotic postpunk. It is no wonder that they have taken Marcel Duchamp as an inspiration.

Makes me happy.



Friday, August 18, 2017

DOCUMENTARY - FRANK ZAPPA, EAT THAT QUESTION



The German release of the "Frank Zappa - Eat That Question" documentary by Thorsten Schütte includes over 40 minutes of bonus material.
(extra) Interviews with Tommy Mars, Arthur Barrow, Bruce Fowler, Tom Fowler, Ed Mann, Kurt McGettrick, Chad Wackerman and Robert Martin.


MARCO MINNEMANN - BORREGO

Marco Minnemann's latest release "Borrego" features Joe Satriani and Tony Levin as special guests.
Nice album.
Music for on the road.
Or not.



BOB ZAPPA - FRANKIE & BOBBY, THE REST OF OUR STORY


  • frankie & bobby, the rest of our story
    by bob zappa
        (2017, book, uk, amazon)

"Frankie & Bobby, The Rest Of Our Story" is the sequel to Bob's book from two years ago : "Frankie & Bobby, Growing Up Zappa".

In "The Rest Of Our Story", Frank's younger brother talks about his personal life and his interactions with his brother. There's also chapters on Gail and the Zappa Family Trust, on his recent meetings with Moon and with Dweezil, and on the Zappanale festival (where the picture for the book cover was taken).
Enjoyable reading.
Emotional and frustrating at times, this must not have been an easy book to write.

Highly recommended !!


from http://www.writeamusicreview.com/2017/06/music-legend-frank-zappas-brother-bob.html

Says Co de Kloet, well-known radio personality and music producer in Amsterdam, “By sharing personal, sometimes extremely personal stories about his relationship with Frank, Bob gives us a clear view of that 'regular-guyness' quality, leaving the importance and impact of his brother intact. By not just focusing on Frank and giving us information about other relations and some of his own experiences, he puts Frank in a new and sincere perspective. I had a great time reading it and I hope it will do well. Over the years I had a friendship with Herbie Cohen, Frank's manager and business partner. He was at my farmhouse a few times and once when he was reading something in a book about Zappa, he smiled and said, 'It is always fun to read what people THINK really happened (in Frank's life) but they haven't got a clue.' Bob Zappa has! And that is what makes this book a must have.”

The book is also one of rejection, reconciliation and closure... As James Cohen: Zappanale Master of Ceremonies explains, “A memoir is more than recollection, it exposes a continuum of related events: Bob Zappa's 'Frankie & Bobby - The Rest of Our Story' is wisdom gained over time. Picking up where his first book left off, it focuses on Bob's adventures in the US and elsewhere - a Swedish university course in Deviant Behavior or a close brush with Soviet espionage. Bob's ultimate purpose of understanding how his alienation from his brother Frank's world developed, or was created, overshadows these episodes. Climaxing with a series of rejections relating to the passing of their mother Rose Marie and finally of Frank himself, Bob celebrates his subsequent reconciliation with Dweezil and Moon and a new life rooted deep in his past…A great read, and for the Zappa faithful, optimistic closure.”


PHISH - 06.22.12 RIVERBEND MUSIC CENTER, CINCINATTI, OH

Live Phish Downloads produces CDRs with Phish concert recordings.
Looks neat. Sounds pretty good as well.

June 22, 2012, Phish performed FZ's 'Peaches En Regalia' as the second song of their first set.
This concert is available through LivePhishDownloads.

Another fine addition to The Others Of Invention.


ORCHESTRE TOUT PUISSANT MARCEL DUCHAMP - ROTOROTOR

If you saw or heard the band in concert at Zappanale and you liked it, this is the album that you need.

"Rotorotor" is the band's third album and latest to date. It presents 10 tracks. 10 adventurous pop songs that float on African rhythms and repetitive percussion.
Produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey !)

Here's a sample.



BOB ZAPPA - FRANKIE & BOBBY, GROWING UP ZAPPA


  • frankie & bobby, growing up zappa
    by bob zappa
        (2015, book, usa, crz publishing)
Actually, I wanted to mention the sequel to "Growing Up Zappa", called "The Rest Of Our Story", but then I decided that "Growing Up Zappa" could use some extra attention.

Bob Zappa is Frank's three year younger brother.
In "Frankie & Bobby: Growing Up Zappa" he talks about their childhood and about events that were important or even decisive for the both of them.
Just until the 1967 "Absolutely Freee" shows in NYC.

I was a bit afraid that the book would be a bit opportunistic of maybe even voyeuristic, but that's not the case. The book is fun to read and very informative at the same time.

Highly recommended !

Amazon adds:
Written by Frank Zappa’s younger brother, Bobby, this new “coming of age” memoir provides readers with never before told stories about events that helped shape Frank’s political, social, intellectual and creative development. The book begins with the brother’s time in Maryland from the late 1940’s until the summer of 1967 in New York City before Frank and the Mothers went on their first of many European tours. This fascinating account describes how the two brothers lived through, and handled, a series of events ranging from amusing to life threatening. It is a must-read for anybody interested in Frank’s amazing life that only his closest confidant and brother, Bobby, can tell.


ZAPPANALE 2017 - PART 04 - ORCHESTRE TOUT PUISSANT MARCEL DUCHAMP


Swiss band L'Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp performed at the latest edition of the Zappanale festival on Sunday, July 16, 2017.

Despite the weather conditions, OTPMD showed where the 'orchestre tour puissant' in their name comes from : African rhythms, repetitive marimba lines, chants and trance.
Combined with the fragile voice of the lead singer, it resulted in a laid back feeling that everybody enjoyed. No wonder that it stopped raining.

Perfect for a festival. Especially on a Sunday afternoon.
Too bad that didn't add a Zappa tune to their repertoire. Could have been nice.


For the occasion, the ensemble performed as OTPMD XXL with extra violins and a cello.
I didn't count them, but I guess they had ten or even twelve people on the stage.

Here's a snippet :


The concert got recorded by the Arf Society, was put on DVDR and made available in very limited quantity during the festival.




Thursday, August 17, 2017

FLAT EARTH SOCIETY

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

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

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


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



MANZAP

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

https://drewwed.wixsite.com/ufda2

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



DAVID SANBORN

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

Data has been added to the United Mutations Archives.

-- info: Jan van Kemenade


A SPANNERTATE UPDATE

SpannerTate are buskin' in Paris, France !!

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

***ATTENTION S'il vous plaît***

Announcing the Spannertate tour de France 2017:

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


GREG TORO AND TOM DOWD PLAY ZAPPA

Excellent performance of some of my favourite Zappa compositions.

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

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

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

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

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


-- link: Jan van Kemenade

CRYPTIC ARCHIVES AUCTION

CRYPTIC ARCHIVES AUCTION
THE VAULT IS OPEN!


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

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

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


GABBA ZAPPA HEY! - HEY PUNK

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

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

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

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

Here's a clip from a recent concert !


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