the big nOte files - 2002/05/20
- nasal retentive orchestra:
have a bun (2)
(2002, cd, fr, pickaboo nro 002) - incl.various frank
- as they say in french "le nouveau nro est arrivé" !!
i think i already told you last time that i consider "fric
out" as one of the best things to come out of 2001. no need
to say that i was quite curious to hear the new one. and yes,
"have a bun" is another superb album. the nasal
retentive orchestra knows how
to play and it sounds like they're having a lot of fun doing it.
the album kicks off with lennon & mccartney's 'drive my car' (beep
beep - beep beep - burp) and carries on with a couple of zappa
compositions, including freaky solos & backing vocals: 'regyptian
strut', 'call any vegetable', 'igor's boogie' and 'status back baby/oh
no' all get the nasal retentive treatment.
'circles', a delbrouck/metzger compositions starts out as a minimal,
repetative line, only to turn into a backing (vamp) for an exellent sax
solo. and 'igor's variations' is motheresque band improvisation.
the disc continues with zappa's 'the idiot bastard son' and 'willie the
pimp', separated by 'mandraque' (delbrouck, metzger, bruneau) and ending
with 'the surgenerator's monopoly' (metzger, marschalle).
"have a bun" is must-have for every mothers fan. limited
to 500 copies (as is "fric out"), you shouldn't wait too
long. contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
faust - freispiel
(2002, cd, ger, klangbad frr 1992) - incl. the residents:
the 30th anniversary of electronic music band faust, record label
klangbad put out an album on which various artists remix compositions
from the faust "ravvivando" album.
as mentioned above, the disc also includes a reworked 't-électronique'
by our masked resifriends. the complete title of the residents
remix is 't-électronique (the death of komarov)'; vladimir komarov not
only being the name of the russian composer of electronic music, but
also of a ussr cosmonaut who died in a crash.
residents: petting zoo
(2002, cd, usa, ralphamerica)
another 30th anniversary celebration: the residents have compiled 20 of
their most ear-friendly compositions on one disc. it's a sampler,
it's cheap and it has been issued in the us of a (jewel case), in yurrip
(digipack) and in japan (paper sleeve edition), so don't tell me you
can't find it. an easy and good-looking introduction to the
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2002/07/24 - 26 concert 'suntory hall', tokyo, japan
steve vai will perform ichiro nodaira's "fire strings", a concerto for
guitar and 100-piece orchestra (the tokyo metropolitan symphony orchestra,
conducted by yutaka sado). the concert program also includes bernstein's
"candide overture" and stravinsky's "le sacre du printemps.
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vai's newest release "the elusive light and sound, vol.1" was
previously released in the limited "secret jewel box". it's a
collection of film contributions. as you might expect, from a commercial
point of view, the album has a different cover than the one that came in the
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2002/06/29 film: frank scheffer: frank zappa: phase II
- the big note
frank scheffer made another documentary on frank zappa. it
will premiere on a big screen as part of the docuzone film festival in amsterdam
on 2002/06/29 - 16.00 h, and will be followed by a discussion with producer
subjects include: 200 motels, zappa's friendship with captain beefheart and (!!)
unique footage about the grand wazoo tour, thanx to malcolm mcnabb's private
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someone asked if lowell george contributed to robert palmer's 1974
"sneakin' sally through the alley"; that the album listed no
line-up. the question was forwarded to me, so i don't know who wants to
know, but in danny mathys's database, the line-up for this album looks like this:
i guess the answer is positive.
* * * a nice article on peter wolf
from "studio sound" (info from bill)
* * * a new documentary on frank zappa by frank scheffer: docuzone
* * * mats öberg - random notes
* * * and a bunch of frank