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Online Petition -> ZFT

2008 02 24

The Chuck Foster interview
Rockin' In The USA
Flo & Eddie
Sun Ra recordings

2008 02 20

Enema Improvisations Revisited
Announced for March
Isi & Pojat Myrskystä
Metropolis Orchestra
Zappostrophe 107
Grand Funk Railroad
Zappateers festival update
The Stooges
Aka Moon

2008 02 17

Project / Object
Doot! at Zappanale
Live Transmissions

2008 02 15

WM Recordings
The Wrong Object
Russian Zappa bootleg DVDR
Corrie van Binsbergen
Bernard Strüber Z'Tett
The Balls
Joe Deninzon
Hungarian Zappa book (from 1989)
Sexton Ming

2008 02 12

A german residents comic book?
Mats / Morgan newsletter 2008 02
The Muzquitos go to Nijmegen

2008 02 11

Residents Forum
Big Electric Chat 2008 02 10

2008 02 10

Cpt. Cheese-Beard & The 7 Sisters Of Prevention
Os Persuaders
More Magz
Kilissa Cissoko
The Magazine Corner
Amen Andrews

2008 02 08

The Morticians
The Newest Model
PJP - more fun in Oregon
The Fattore Zeta discography
Allan Holdsworth Trio on tour

2008 02 05

A ZFT hostage video
Zappa on the cover
Andrea Pazienza
Frank Zappa - Music In Review

2008 02 03

Cpt.Cheese-Beard & the 7 Sisters of Prevention
Name & Henry Kaiser
Zappa in the magazines
Jimmy Carl Black
The Residents
Netjajev Society System
Aka Moon


Rainer Tankred Pappo Trio in concert

leftovers from the last couple of months

Zappanale 19
Grande Mothers Re-Invented on tour
Zappateers festival, march 2008
20 Idiot Bastards
the January 2007 newsletter can be found at
thebignotefiles - 2008/01

the concert calendar


short bits: 

* * * Kevin Courrier has written a book about Captain Beefheart's "Trout Mask Replica" album * * *
* * *
Octafish has a new album ready: "Party Alarm" * * *
* * * Unbelievable, yet predictable, "Wazoo" has been announced as a vinyl bootleg album as well... * * *



Let's make it clear to the ZFT that we don't agree with how they're dealing with zappa devoted websites, bands that play zappa's music and festivals where they play zappa's music.


We endorse the Aggressive Action by the Zappa Family Trust Petition to Zappa Family Trust.

Read the Aggressive Action by the Zappa Family Trust Petition


2008 02 24



                                                Geoff Wills (2008)


I've been intrigued by the original version of Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance (originally titled Never On Sunday) since it appeared on The Lost Episodes. It's an excellent piece of straight-ahead jazz, with strong solos all round: the trumpet is clean and arresting, broadly with a Dizzy Gillespie/Clifford Brown sound; the alto sax is excitingly reminiscent of Cannonball Adderley and Phil Woods, and the piano style is somewhat like that of Jack Wilson, who was making a jazz name on the West Coast around the time that this was recorded. Frank Zappa's rhythm playing is perfect for the music. Interestingly, the tune is a bossa nova, and was recorded a year before Stan Getz made this form popular with Desafinado. Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance fits right in with other jazz that was happening on the West Coast in the early 1960s: funky, soulful music played by people like Les McCann, Harold Land, Curtis Amy, Dupree Bolton, and The Jazz Crusaders.

Keen to find out more about the musicians involved in the recording, I managed to obtain a copy of the solo LP made by trumpeter Chuck Foster in 1985. Entitled Long Overdue, it features tenor saxist Pete Christlieb and drummer Alex Acuna, and is a very enjoyable, swinging jazz album that should have reached a wider audience. Interestingly, Chuck had put his telephone number on the back of the LP sleeve, so I took a chance and rang it. Amazingly, Chuck answered, still at the same number, as luck would have it. He proved to be a very pleasant person who was happy to talk, and he was able to provide fascinating information about the Take Your Clothes Off session and also the recording of the Run Home Slow soundtrack. This is his story, taken from telephone conversations and emails.

Chuck was born on December 11, 1939. After joining his High School band at age twelve, he heard Louis Armstrong live in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. This stimulated his interest in improvising on the trumpet, and soon he was listening to recordings by Chet Baker, Clifford Brown, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. With friends, Chuck started playing dance gigs, and this continued until he graduated from High School. Next, he auditioned for a US army HQ band and was accepted. After attending Armed Forces Music School he spent one year each in the Eighth Army and Sixth Army Bands.

In January 1961 Chuck got out of the service and was in Los Angeles, and he received a call from someone associated with Frank Zappa to do a recording session. This turned out to be for Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance. He can only remember recording this one track at the Pal Studio session, but he said that they rehearsed tunes for a couple of weeks - "It was real loose, we had a lot of laughs, a very relaxed atmosphere." Interestingly, Chuck also said, "Oh yes, Frank always liked jazz - he was always a fan."

Of the other musicians on the session, Chuck was only acquainted with the alto sax player, whose name was Tony Rodriquenz, not Rodriguez as stated on the Lost Episodes CD. "He was a monster - sounded like Cannonball Adderley," said Chuck, "But he gravitated away from music and became a teacher (not music) and played at weekends." Sadly, Tony Rodriquenz died as a result of cancer in 2007. Chuck also believes that the name of the drummer on the session was Chuck Glave, not Chuck Grove, again as stated on the Lost Episodes CD.

Of further interest is that Chuck played trumpet on the soundtrack music for the film Run Home Slow, and he remembered a number of other musicians who were also involved. These were Ron Myers (trombone), Chick Carter (flute, tenor sax, baritone sax), Don Christlieb (oboe), Pete Christlieb (tenor sax), Chuck Domanico (bass) and John Guerin (drums). Don Christlieb was already a first-call studio musician, and all the others developed high-profile jazz and/or session careers: Myers with Woody Herman, Don Ellis and Buddy Rich, Carter with Harry James, and Domanico with Don Ellis. Pete Christlieb appeared on Steely Dan's Aja.

In 1963 Chuck was a member of the Si Zentner orchestra, and between 1963 and 1966 he was in a nine-piece group (three trumpets, three trombones, three rhythm) backing singer Della Reese. In 1965 he made his first straight-ahead jazz album: this was Opus One, with the Hank Bagby Quintet. The album gained a 31/2  star review in Downbeat magazine. In 1966 he took the jazz trumpet chair with the Buddy Rich Orchestra. In 1969 he played with Harry James's orchestra, and from 1970 to 1978 he played headline shows in Las Vegas.

Unfortunately, Chuck had a motorcycle accident and retired from music for a time, but he gradually returned to playing local gigs. He recently had a serious eye operation, but is gradually improving, and appears to maintain a very positive attitude. His solo LP, Long Overdue, is well worth seeking out, and deserves to be issued on CD. Chuck's story also emphasizes that, from the beginning of his career, Frank Zappa had a liking for jazz, and associated with jazz musicians.

I'm very grateful to Chuck for co-operating so willingly in this interview, and for increasing the fund of knowledge available to music fans.

-- Geoff Wills


  • rockin' in the usa
        (2003, dvd, uk, classic pictures dvd6066x)
    • This DVD is a collection of German TV broadcasts. It includes Captain Beefheart with 'I'm Gonna Booglarize You'.


-- info: Nikolai Zaharov



-- info: Nikolai Zaharov


First, the Sun Ra discography has been adjusted.
Second, the list of Sun Ra concert recordings keeps growing.

Sun Ra and his Arkestra

  • early 1970's, c. 1972  -  Unknown Date and Location - "The Shadows Took Shape" (Transparency 0303)

    • Outer Space > Untitled Improvisation, Stardust From Tomorrow, Exotic Forest, Untitled Improvisation, Shadow World, Untitled Improvisation, Strange Worlds > Untitled Improvisation, Enlightenment, Outer Spaceways Incorporated, Prepare for the Journey to Other Worlds, The Shadows Took Shape, Friendly Galaxy > Watusi

  • 1974/12/-- rehearsal  -  San Francisco  -  "Dance of the Living Image"

    • Dance of the Living Image, Unidentified Title, Sometimes I'm Happy, Astro Nation, Unidentified Title, Unidentified Title, Hard Hearted Hannah (instrumental), Hard Hearted Hannah (vocals) > Passin' Gas, Sophisticated Lady, (Slow) Watusi



  • 1979/03/09 concert 'Stars', Philadelphia, PA, usa

  • 1981/04/02 concert 'Myrons Ballroom', Los Angeles, CA, usa

    • Opening medley / arrival, Blues improv / fletcher henderson medley / round midnight, Fate in a pleasant mood (?), Improv. 1, Moonship jouney > Space is the pLace > we travel the spaceways > percussion interlude, enlightenment, they'll come back, Improv 2, Fletcher Henderson tune, Lights on a satellite (?), Very fast old Sun Ra tune, ??, 27-II > someday soon

Sun Ra All Stars

  • 1983/10/29 concert 'Philharmonie', Berlin, Germany - part of the "JazzTage 1983" festival

    • Don Cherry,tp,voc Lester Bowie,tp 
      Marshall Allen,as,per John Gilmore,ts,fl Archie Shepp,ts,voc 
      Sun Ra,key Richard Davis,b Clifford Jarvis,dr Philly Joe Jones,dr Famoudou Don Moye,per 

    • Announcement MichaelNaura, Happy Birthday / Stars That Shine Darkly, ?? (DCh,tp-PhJJ,dr-duo), Somewhere Else, Early Morning Blues, Poinciana 

    • This concert got broadcast on TV. A 55-minute recording of this concert circulates

Sun Ra and the Jet Set Omniverse Arkestra

  • 1985/12/14 concert 'Club Lingerie', Los Angeles, CA, usa

    • percussion intro > Mystery Mr. Ra > space funk jam, 27-II > Somehwere There, perc. > ? tune (Ra piano), Hey Man (Henderson), Lights on a satellite (?), Piano solo / (? Ra ballad), (Ra tune??), Mack the knife (medley), queer notions ? (Henderson tune), keyboard solo / Love in outer space, drum solo, Somewhere over the rainbow, Space is the place

Sun Ra Arkestra

  • 1987/10/22 -L- concert "Jazz Jamboree", Warsaw, Poland

    • Sun Ra, p, keyb, voc, lead, Fred Adams, tp, Tyrone Hill, tb, Marshall Allen, as, fl, Pat Patrick, as, Danny Ray Thompson, as, bs, John Gilmore, ts, cl, voc, James Jacson, fl, bsn, Ancient Egyptian Infinity Drum, Leroy Taylor (Eloe Omoe), as, bcl, contra, alto cl, Danny Davis, as, fl, Kenny Williams, ts, bs, Robert A. Williams, space instruments, Oscar Fleming Brown, b, Earl C. (Buster) Smith, d, June Tyson, voc, dance, Judith A. Holton, dance, Cheryl Banks, dance, Greg Pratt, dance, Darrell Brown, dance

    • Untitled Improvisation, Discipline 27, II, Unidentified blues, Yeah Man, I Dream Too Much, Carefree (Egyptian Fantasy), Untitled Improvisation, In A Sentimental Mood

  • 1992/03/1992 concert 'Pumpehuset', Copenhagen, Denmark

    • Sun Ra: p,keyb, Marshall Allen: as,fl, James Jackson: bassoon,egypt.dr, Michael Ray: tp,voc(*), Ahmad Abdullah: tp,voc(*), Lester Nelson (or Tyrone Hill?): tb, Bruce Edwards: g, Jothan Collins: eb, Earl "Buster" Smith: dr,announcer, Stanley Morgan (Atakatune): cga, Elson Dos Santos Nascimento: b-dr,perc

    • Set I

      • Friendly Galaxy (Ra), Prelude to a Kiss (Ellington), Opus Springtime (Ra), love in outer space (Ra), Spontaneous Simplicity (Ra), unforgettable (Nat King Cole), Nameless One #2 (Ra), interplanetary music (Ra), [extro - Buster Smith]

    • Set II

      • Ankhnaton (Ra), Deep Purple (DeRose-Parish), Space Loneliness (Ra), Hocus Pocus (Hudson), Carefree [Egyptian Fantasy] (Ra), Day Dream (Strayhorn), The Shadow World (Ra), space is the place (Ra/all voc), [extro - Buster Smith]

    • [encore]

      •   They'll Come Back (Ra/all voc)



Here's two more pictures for the magazine section.

Links provided by Hans-Peter Schmidt.

  • ciao2001
        (1981/07/19, magazine, italy)
    • This july 1981 issue of Ciao2001 includes a three-page article on Frank Zappa.
  • blue suede news
        (1994, magazine, usa)
    • The spring 1994 issue of Blue Suede News (# 26) magazine has an early picture of Frank Zappa on cover.
      Inside are 7 pages on Zappa, including "Frank Zappa: Child of the 1950's", an article by Howard A. Dewitt, and "Help! I'm a Rock!", an article by Mark Dalton. It also includes a photo of Frank Zappa from the famous Steve Allen show where he played a bicycle on t.v.
      The magazine is printed in Duvall, Washington, USA.
2008 02 20


Thanks to I., here's the extra info on the "Enema Improvisations" album, another impossible-to-find Frank Zappa bootleg album.

There are two versions of this album.
The first one is the so-called "unused version": 10 copies were made, and these were planned to be destroyed as they are in a not-so-good condition (sharp vinyl edge and thin vinyl), but they are fully playable.
This version has an instrumental improvisation on side A.
These 10 albums did get sold, and are the last numbers of the 50 copies limited edition on black vinyl, # 41 - 50:
"enema improvisations - the unused version".

The second version is in better condition (and on thicker vinyl).
This version has the guitarpart from 'Big Swifty' on side A.
40 pieces were produced on black vinyl, # 01 - 40 :
"enema improvisations - black vinyl"
20 pieces were produced on clear vinyl, # 01 - 20:
"enema improvisations - clear vinyl"

From this second version, 5 acetates exist as well.


"enema improvisations" - version 1, the 'unused' version

"enema improvisations" - version 2, the black vinyl version

"enema improvisations" - version 2, the clear vinyl version

"enema improvisations" - the acetate for version 2


It seems like some fine zappa-related albums will get a CD treatment next month:

don sugarcane harris : sugarcane' s got the blues

geoge duke : faces in reflection

flo and eddie : the phlorescent leech & eddie / flo and eddie

-- info: Luc Reniers


My notes said that Isi & Pojat Myrskystä had recorded one Zappa composition and that they had released it on two singles. has both singles on their site, and it seems that my info was wrong. It should have been: Isi & Pojat Myskystä had recorded two Zappa compositions, and they have been released on one single...

-- links: Hans-Peter Schmidt


Hans-Peter Schmidt showed me link to the cover of the "Kontran Toinen Puoli" album from Kontra.
  • kontra: kontran toinen puoli
        (1978, lp, sf, love records lrlp 291)
    • incl. ‘mökö ja luru’ (=’let's make the water turn black’) (frank zappa)




Ciao ,

Siete tutti invitati Domenica 9 marzo 2008 al Palazzo Granaio a Settimo Milanese !
Vi aspettiamo per una grande serata + concerto in onore del grande Frank Zappa.

Ingresso ore 19:00 aperitivo, concerto ore 21:30 : € 10,00

Ingresso ore 21:30 solo concerto : € 4,00

Vi aspettiamo.

Metropolis Orchestra
Milano - ITALY


The Czech Frank Zappa FanClub Fanzine has recently reached number 107!

More info soon.


Frank Zappa produced Grand Funk Railroad's "Good Singin' Good Playin'" album in 1976. The LP got released on CD with one bonus track in 1999.
Both albums have been added to the UM files.

-- thanks to Thomas Reinicke for info & pics


There has been a slight change in the line-up: Monty & The Butchers aren't coming. Fortunately, there are still a lot of other bands attending...

More info over at the Zappateers site.

As for the festival itself, I'll be there, it should be fun.
Unfortunately, my wife (Inge) isn't coming along, so I have this spare ticket.
If anyone of you still needs a ticket, let me know. I'm selling it for 60 euro instead of 80.

contact me at



The latest Stooges album, "The Weirdness", includes a song called 'Mexican Guy' where Zappa gets mentioned. Actually, Iggy gives a list of dead popstars, and Frank Zappa is part of this list.
  • the stooges: the weirdness
        (2007, cd, usa, ??) - mentions frank zappa during 'mexican guy'


  • arno: covers cocktail
        (2008, cd, bel, emi 5099920692520)
    • This week's edition of Humo, a belgian radio & television magazine, included Arno's "Covers Coctail" for 7 euro.
      A buy, since Arno is one of our most impressive belgian artists. The CD is made up of coverversions, and does include two (previously released) tracks that were written by Don Van Vliet: 'Hot Head' and 'Gimme That Harp Boy'.


Here are two more albums from the Aka Moon discography. Essential listening if you're into modern jazz.
  • aka moon: invisible moon
        (2001, cd, bel, carbon 7 records)
    • "Invisible Moon" is part three of Aka Moon's musical journey. Where the previous volumes touched chamber music ("Invisible Mother") and big band music ("Invisible Sun"), "Invisible Music" draws the World Music card.
      Beautiful... Essential listening.

  • aka moon: in real time
        (2001, cd, bel, carbon 7 records)
    • "In Real Time" contains music composed for modern ballet / dancetheater. It's Aka Moon's 12th album and it's super. Fabian Fiorini (on keyboards) is added to the trio with great effect.
      Essential listening.

2008 02 17


Last year, the Arf Society recorded a few Zappanale concerts and made them available in very limited quantities.

Artists included were:

  • Octafish
  • Sex Without Nails Bros. feat. N.M.Brock
  • Team Zappa
  • Don Preston's Akashic Ensemble
  • Project/Object

Thanks to Thomas Reinicke, I was able to add the cover / label of the Project/Object disc to their discography.


It looks like a special version of Doot! might be playing at the next Zappanale festival.

This time around, it won't be the well-known Chillemi / Brunelli / Cholmondeley variation, but an almost completely different line-up:

  • Kilissa Cissoko: sax /  keys / vocals

  • Preston Parrish: bass /  vocals

  • Joe Nolan: guitar / vocals

  • Mark Raffile : drums / vocals
  • Stephen Chillemi : vocals /  vibes / sax

Familiar names if you've listened to The Voice Of Cheez, Kimono Draggin' and Doctor Dark.


There's another couple of 'semi-official' releases due out in the UK. The first one is a DVD entitled "Live Transmissions".


frank zappa - live transmissions
    (2008, dvd, uk, ??)


  • Presenting parts of Zappa's Saturday Night Live appearances.  



The second one is a CD/book combination entitled " Transmissions".

frank zappa - transmissions
    (2008, cd + book, uk, ??)

  • book: 

  • cd

    • i'm the slime

    • purple lagoon

    • peaches en ragalia

    • dancin' fool

    • meek shall inherit nothing

    • st alphonso's pancake breakfast

    • i'm the slime

    • purple lagoon

    • peaches en ragalia

    • dancin' fool

    • meek shall inherit nothing

    • st alphonso's pancake breakfast

2008 02 15


There's a new release on WM Recordings -

WM076: Various Artists - Wakka chikka wakka chikka: Porn music for the masses volume 2

released 14 february 2008

Check it out.

WM Recordings has gladly agreed to host Volume 2 of Wakka Chikka Wakka Chikka - Porn Music For The Masses on it's website, which means that once again; people all over the globe will be able to listen to and enjoy the soundtrack to their innermost fantasies. Since the 2004 release of Wakka Chikka Wakka Chikka - Porn Music For The Masses Vol. 1(with over 232,900 downloaded files to date!) on, the needs of the masses for new and exciting porn music tunes produced by artists from all over over the world has been temporarily met. Now the people have a new dose of "Porn Music Magic" to swing to/by. 20 tunes of porn groovieness and 1 bonus track with a 'Behind The Scenes' look at the industry will be sure to titillate even the most repressed listeners. It's time to turn those lights down low again, and get it on - Wakka Chikka Wakka Chikka!



The new album by The Wrong Obect "Stories From The Shed" got mentioned here a couple of weeks ago. It's a superb album, and it should give you high expectations for the concert that the band will be doing at The Zappateers Festival in March.

If you want to get an impression of what the band sounds like, check out the excellent radio6 website:


and while you're checking out the Radio6 website, don't forget to read the part about Albert Marcoeur !!!


Here's a little correction on the Russian "Beat Club" bootleg DVD. It's a DVDR, and not a factory pressed DVD.
But, as it is sold for money, and available (for sale) on the internet, it's very much a bootleg.
  • frank zappa: beat club
        (2007, dvdr-bootleg, russia, ocularmusic)
    • Here's a 35-minute Zappa bootleg DVDR from Russia. As you might suspect, it presents the "Liederliches" German TV special from 1968.


-- info: Nikolai Zaharov


  • 2008/02/27 CRAM concert 'Zaal 100', Amsterdam, NL

    • Corrie van Binsbergen gitaar, Rutger van Otterloo bariton & sopraansax, Arend Niks drums, Mick Paauwe babybass en gastspeler Vasile Nedea - cymbalom

  • 2008/03/08 Toon Tellegen / Josse de Pauw - concert 'Bimhuis', Amsterdam, NL

    • 21:00 ... mnopq ... gedichten van en door Toon Tellegen en het Wisselend Toonkwintet 

      • Corrie van Binsbergen gitaar, Joost Buis trombone, lapsteel, Albert van Veenendaal piano, Hein Offermans bas, Alan Purves percussie

      • Speciale gast: Miriam Overlach - harp

    • 22:30 Werk in uitvoering van en met Josse de Pauw

      • improtrio: Tobias Delius tenor, klarinet, Wilbert de Joode bas, Alan Purves percussie

      • brugtrio: Jan Willem v/d Ham fagot, altsax, Corrie van Binsbergen gitaar, Albert van Veenendaal piano

      • strijktrio: Tineke de Jong viool, Baptist Kurvers altviool, Marjolein Meijer cello



Yesterday, I received a recording of the January 28 broadcast of the Bernard Strüber Jazztett concert.  All Zappa material. Great stuff.

  • 2008/01/06 Struber Jazztett - concert "Jazzfestival Inbetween", Münster, Germany

    • Mike Alizon - Tenor Sax , Eric Echampard - Schlagzeug , Serge Haessler - Trompete, Flügelhorn , Ray Halbeisen - Alt Sax, Piccolo Flöte , Jérémy Lirola - Bassgitarre , Benjamin Moussay - Piano, Fender Rhodes, Keyboards , Fred Norel - Violine , Bernard Struber - Arrangement, Komposition, Gitarre , Franck Wolf - Sopran und Bariton Sax

    • the concert got broadcast on german wdr3 radio on 2008/01/28

  • 2008/01/28 Struber Jazztett - radio show, wdr3, german radio

    • broadcast of the 2008/01/06 concert

-- thanks to JP


  • the balls: come out swingin'
        (2006, cd, usa, lonely puppy music)
    • The Balls are an American power trio: guitar, bass and drums.
      Heavy Surf Rock would probably be a fair description.
      Guitar man Nick Kane wrote most of the compositions on this album. One of the exceptions is 'Blue Rondo a la Frank', which is Brubeck's 'Blue Rondo' but with a couple of little surprises. One of these is a snippet of Frank Zappa's 'Apostrophe'. Very nice.


  • joe deninzon: the adventures of stratospheerius
        (2002, cd, usa, d-zone records)
    • Joe Deninzon is very high on my list of my favourite prog rock artists. Mostly because he plays this very melodic, yet angular jazzy rock tunes. Zappa is never far way.
      "The Adventures Of Stratospheerius" shows a very energetic band. Superb musicianship (listen to the improvisations and the exchange of melodies between Joe Deninzon and Alex Skolnick in 'What's That Thang?'), combined with very fine compositions & coverversions.
      Deninzon's version of Guaraldi's "Peppermint Patty" is absolutely great. The only thing that I could say, was "Good Grief"...


In our search of books about Frank Zappa, here's one from Hungary, from 1989!


by dézsi csaba andrás
    (1989, book, hungary
, ??)

- a Zappa biography: 1940 - 1989.



  • sexton ming: out to stud
        (2004, cd, uk, rim records)
    • Sexton Ming recorded Captain Beefheart's 'Twenty-Fifth Century Quaker' on his "Out To Stud" album.
      The RIM record label says "Specialists in Outsider Music", and that should give you a fair idea of what's on this album.
      "Out To Stud" is a good example of a low-fi Do It Yourself project.
      I like it. Sexton Ming's version of 'Twenty-Fifth Century Quaker' fits in very nicely.

2008 02 12



-- info: Ive Hapers


  • spoedbult: natuurtroebel
        (2007, cdr, bel, lama recordings 019)
    • I know for sure that I mentioned this release last year, but for one reason or another, I never added the data to the UM-files...
      If you want a taste of Lama Recordings, Spoedbult's "Natuurtroebel" is a nice place to start. It's in Dutch, and it might scare away your neighbours, but it's fresh, and even a little bit weird...


2008 02 11  -  Mats/Morgan Newsletter February 2008


Mats/Morgan Band: Heat Beats Live  /  Morgan Ågren: Tourbook 1991-2007 (CD+DVD)

Heat Beats Live is an excellently recorded live album which covers two years of work, featuring Mats and Morgan alone, together and with up to 3 additional musicians.
The music is their modern blend of composition, improvisation, complexity and hypnotic beats, as well as their sense of humor.

Also included in this package is Tourbook 1991-2007, which is Morgan Ågren's long worked upon and anticipated DVD release. It contains various recordings made during a 16-year span including live and studio recordings featuring Mats/Morgan Band, Fleshquartet, [BOX] The Music of Captain Beefheart, Simon Steensland Kamikaze United, Freddie Wadling Magma/Vander tribute, Drumkit From Hell sessions, Fredrik Thordendal (of Meshuggah) etc.
Plus lots of solo drums. Total playing time: 1 hour, 47 minutes.

DVD previews here:

Soundbites and more here:


Mats/Morgan: Trends And Other Diseases  (Debut CD remastered with bonus tracks)

Mats and Morgans classic debut originally released in 1996.
Now remastered and filled with bonus material. Also featured on this CD are: Dilba, Jimmy Ågren, Fredrik Thordendal, Derek Huntsman, Ruskträsk, Johan Granström, Fredrik Söhngren, Gunnar Persson, Jonas Knutsson and more..

Soundbites and more here:






Dutch band Muzquitos will be performing at the Zappateers festival in Nijmegen  (see below flyer & link) the weekend of 14 / 15 march.

The band has expanded their Zappa repertoire, and will be doing a try-out in Vlaardingen (near Rotterdam, NL) on 2007/03/01.

90 minutes of Zappa... Live at café De Hommel in Vlaardingen, NL.


  • 2008/03/01 Muzquitos - concert 'café de hommel', Vlaardingen, NL

The Zappateers are organising a Zappa festival in The Netherlands.

It will all take place in Nijmegen, the weekend of 14 & 15 March 2008.

The line-up will probably be:


  • 1800 Blurp
  • 1930 Foolz
  • 2130 Studio Tan


  • 1200 Muzquitos
  • 1400 Cucurillo Brillo Brullo
  • 1630 Monty and The Butchers
  • 1900 Wrong Object
  • 2130 Uncle Meat


Tickets are still available, and you have to order in advance, so check out


2008 02 11


Did you know about this?

-- info: Ive Hapers


2008 02 10


February 10, 2008

Welcome to the first edition of the Big Electric Chat for 2008. 

If the hints that have been dropped over on Adrian's blog are any indication, this is going to be an exciting year for Adrian, the Power Trio, and his fans.  Be prepared for: new downloads and merchandise in StoreBelew, the release of the Dust boxed set, a new studio record, lots of live Power Trio performances throughout the U.S., some Krimson rehearsals, and hopefully, a massive amount of signatures on the petition to (finally) get Adrian inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.  More on that further down.

Hope to see you soon at

Your Webhamster,

Rob Murphree



Adrian, Julie, and Eric will soon be hitting the stages throughout America in February and March.

More dates are sure to be added but for now, here are the confirmed dates:

  • 2008/02/19 The Triple Door Seattle, WA

  • 2008/02/20 Aladdin Theater Portland, OR

  • 2008/02/22 The Crystal Bay Club Casino Crystal Bay, NV

  • 2008/02/23 Slim's San Francisco, CA

  • 2008/02/24 The Coach House San Juan Cap., CA

  • 2008/02/26 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA

  • 2008/02/28 Rhythm Room Phoenix, AZ

  • 2008/02/29 Santa Fe Brewing Company Santa Fe, NM

  • 2008/03/01 Belly Up Aspen, CO

  • 2008/03/02 The Fox Theatre And Cafe Boulder, CO

  • 2008/03/04 Shank Hall Milwaukee, WI

  • 2008/03/05 Martyr's Chicago, IL

  • 2008/03/06 The Magic Bag Ferndale, MI

  • 2008/03/07 Beachland Ballroom & Tavern Cleveland, OH

  • 2008/03/08 Tralfamadore Music Hall Buffalo, NY

  • 2008/03/09 Center for the Arts Natick, MA

  • 2008/03/11 Iron Horse Northampton, MA

  • 2008/03/12 World Cafe Live Philadelphia, PA

  • 2008/03/13 B.B. King's Blues Club New York, NY

  • 2008/03/14 Sunoco Performance Theatre Harrisburg, PA

  • 2008/03/15 Jammin' Java Vienna, VA


Wendy Lozenicins has taken on the duty of rallying the world to petition the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to induct Adrian into their ranks. (Thanks Wendy!) 

Due to the RNRHOF's rules, Adrian has only been eligible for a short while but with everything Adrian has done for music over the years (and what he's doing now), there is no better time to place him alongside the other greats of Rock N Roll. Help get Adrian inducted.  


As of this mailing, there are currently 407 petition signatures.


For the past year, not a week has gone by without the release of a Dust Particle. For a chronological list of what you may have missed and for what's to come, look below. Dust Particles are available for purchase at StoreBelew for $1.49 (USD) - payable via Paypal.

  • 02/05/07 Peas v01n02 6:12

  • 02/12/07 happy guy v03n19 3:23

  • 02/19/07 duck funk symphony v04n16 5:35

  • 02/26/07 lone rhinoceros (live) v02n07 5:09

  • 03/05/07 Dust v02n05 3:40

  • 03/12/07 postcard from holland (demo) v04n08 2:55

  • 03/19/07 Birds v04n01 7:03

  • 03/21/07 hawaiian cowboys v03n22 3:51

  • 03/26/07 one time (demo) v04n13 4:03

  • 04/02/07 what do you know? (complete version) v01n10 3:30

  • 04/09/07 p type (remix) v03n14 3:19

  • 04/16/07 staged fright v01n09 6:30

  • 04/23/07 Pygmies v02n03 3:58

  • 04/30/07 shoe salesman (1&2) v03n11 4:19

  • 05/07/07 kiss it goodbye (the bears) v03n04 4:56

  • 05/14/07 Spies v01n19 4:00

  • 05/28/07 on the beach goes the crimson king v04n11 2:26

  • 06/04/07 a nut for a jar of tuna (1984) v03n05 4:24

  • 06/11/07 manhattan/neurotica v02n04 5:37

  • 06/18/07 522 v01n04 5:22

  • 06/25/07 she left me (the bears) v03n07 4:46

  • 07/02/07 happy birthmark v04n03 2:51

  • 07/09/07 phone call from the moon v03n12 3:39

  • 07/16/07 japanese fan dance v02n13 3:32

  • 07/23/07 fly (demo) v04n15 3:52

  • 07/30/07 swingline/buy that face (live 1983) v02n08 7:38

  • 08/06/07 the phlegm / charlelle / don't leave my leg out there v01n03 9:40

  • 08/13/07 neptune pool v03n21 3:04

  • 08/20/07 Antarctica v02n11 4:17

  • 08/27/07 I am what I am (instrumental remix) v03n17 4:21

  • 09/03/07 small world (instrumental) v03n18 3:46

  • 09/10/07 gun man (instrumental remix) v03n20 4:12

  • 09/17/07 pretty pink rose (instrumental remix) v03n23 4:44

  • 09/24/07 big blue sun (remix) v04n06 2:54

  • 10/01/07 men in helicopters (strings) v01n12 3:22

  • 10/08/07 the ruin after the rain (piano demo) v04n14 3:31

  • 10/15/07 collage for girl with clouds v03n08 2:58

  • 10/22/07 this is what I believe in / standing in the shadows v04n04 7:30

  • 10/29/07 heaven's bed / member of the tribe v04n05 7:47

  • 11/05/07 yoli yoli v02n06 3:04

  • 11/12/07 Sand v02n01 4:17

  • 11/19/07 momur (demo) v01n05 4:21

  • 11/26/07 adidas in heat (live Gaga) v01n07 3:35

  • 12/03/07 the lone rhinoceros (original demo) v01n06 4:13

  • 12/10/07 dvorak's spaceport cantina 2:08 dec 10 2007 [blog] v02n10 2:08

  • 12/17/07 still life with dobro (reduction) v03n13 5:14

  • 12/24/07 Superboy v03n01 3:29

  • 12/31/07 man behind the curtain v03n02 6:22

  • 01/07/08 intro to something v04n07 1:32

  • 01/14/08 I walk alone v04n02 2:37

  • 01/21/08 another time another place (demo) v02n02 3:43

  • 01/28/08 oh daddy (original version) v03n10 3:04

  • 02/04/08 *hot zoo (remix) v03n15 4:21

  • 02/04/08 Lennon v03n03 2:03

  • 02/11/08 none of the above (demo) v03n06 2:48

  • 02/18/08 young lions v01n18 2:47

  • 03/03/08 here (instrumental) v04n09 3:46

  • 03/03/08 *People v04n12 3:48

  • 03/10/08 *no such guitar v03n09 3:58

  • 03/17/08 *bird in a box (remix) v01n15 3:38

  • 03/24/08 coconuts (backing track remixed) v03n16 4:07

  • 03/24/08 *house of cards (remix) v01n14 4:09

  • 03/31/08 *I know what I know and that is all I know and I know it v01n11 2:27

These are tracks previously available on Adrian's '99 release, Coming Attractions. All FREE tracks are available for download on the DUST page. Simply visit  and click the DUST link at the top of the page. The links to the free downloads are at the top of the Dust Track listing.


Think you know everything there is to know about Adrian Belew? I thought that too. Adrian's still burning up his keyboard on his Elephant Blog. Never a dull read.

NOTE: Due to time constraints while on the road, blogging may be minimal during Adrian's tour. 


If you're one of the few who've had trouble downloading from StoreBelew, we now have instructions on how to adjust your browser to allow you to download the files to your computer.  Visit and check the Latest News section.


That's it for now. You will receive another update as new tour dates or releases are announced.
And on behalf of Adrian, thank you for your support,

Rob Murphree

Adrian Webhamster


2008 02 10
some old stuff, some new stuff...
plus some very old stuff and some very new stuff...


Yesterday, I went to JH Merlijn in Wezembeek-Oppem (which is near Brussels in Belgium) for a concert of Cpt. Cheese-Beard & The 7 Sisters Of Prevention. I had seen them before, about half a year ago, so I knew that I was in for a treat.

The concert was good. Especially Vanessa (on vocals) made an overwhelming impression.

The setlist might have looked something like this:

  • 2008/02/09 concert 'JH Merlijn', Wezembeek-Oppem, Belgium
    • Heavy Duty Judy, Cosmik Debris, Titties & Beer, Pygmy Twylyte, Son Of Orange County, More Trouble Every Day, The Torture Never Stops, Peaches En Regalia, Uncle Remus, Don't Eat The Yellow Snow, Nanook Rubs It, City Of Tiny Lites, Outside Now, Yo'Mama
    • encores: Black Napkins, Andy, Inca Roads, Sofa

It was great fun, but it was a pity that only about 70 people turned up for this gig.
I had a nice chat with Fred, Jos & Zjakki, and I saw a lot of familiar faces, but not enough!
I know, we're all getting old(er), but it's these kind of concerts that keep you young. So better make sure that you'll be there next time!!


the 9-piece band on stage at JH Merlijn

Didier Demeestere on drums & Vanessa Spy on lead vocals - on stage at JH Merlijn

Sara Corsius on keyboard & Johan De Coninck on guitar and vocals - on stage at JH Merlijn


  • os persuaders: ?? / el gruñon
        (19??, 7", brazil, fermata fb-3396)
    • Here's a picture of the brazilian edition of the Hollywood Persuaders single that included Frank Zappa's 'Grunion Run'. Zapa also plays guitar on this track.


-- info: Hans-Peter Schmidt


Another nice set of magazine covers from slime.oofytv.set !



  • non-stop
        (1988/06, magazine, poland)
    • The June 1988 issue (n.189) of Non-Stop included a 2-page article on FZ: 'Freak Out' by Cezary Filew [printed upside down].


    (1989/05, magazine, poland)
  •  Issue number 200 of Polish Non-Stop magazine had Frank Zappa on the cover. There was no further Zappa content inside.


  • ciao2001
        (1972/02/06, magazine, italy)
    • Issue number 5 (1972) of Ciao 2001 incuded a 4-page article on FZ: 'Zappa ... Zoppo' by Armando Gallo.


zigzag no.53
    (1975/06, magazine, uk)
  • Issue number 53 of ZigZag magazine included a (one-page) Mothers family tree, drawn by Pete Frame, as well as a 6-page article / interview on The Magic Band.


2008 02 07

Podcast Interview Now Online

The WBFO 88.7 FM podcast interview from my Ujima show in January is now available online
- Buffalo Avenues Vol. 17 (2/4/08).

 I hope you can check it out. It was fun to do. I've gotten tons of great feedback-lots of people have heard it. The power of radio!!! If you use iTunes, you can subscribe to the Buffalo Avenues podcast by using the pulldown menus (Advanced/Subscribe to Podcast...) then just paste this URL in the box: or find the Podcast links here:
WBFO XPoNential Buffalo Avenues:



If you have trouble with any of this, let me know and I'll email you an MP3. 

Peace! Kilissa

***************UPCOMING PERFORMANCES*********************** 

I'm playing flute and singing some backups for Jason Pfaff's CD Release / Multi-Media Concert "Battle Battle"
Friday, February 15, 7 pm Villa Maria College Auditorium 240 Pineridge Ave
more info:

Friday, February 29, 9:00 PM
My next solo show is at People Art - a "classic" coffeehouse hearkening to the 1960s! (The same people may even be running it!). It's housed in the basement of Unity Church. A wonderfully intimate venue! Free parking behind the church. Use rear entrance. 1243 Delaware Ave, Buffalo NY (just South of Millard Filmore Hospital).

Dance Alive! is an all-ages community event held on first Fridays every month in the Elmwood Village. Come be part of the festivities. *Drum circle from 6-7 (BYOD). *Dance and Listen to live music - Bloodthirsty Vegans: original/rock/reggae/hip-hop (two sets, 7 and 8:30). *Open Mike from 8-8:30. Alcohol-free refreshments. Kids activities. Sliding scale donation ($5-10), kids & teens free. In the Parish Hall of the UU Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave. at West Ferry. Open to the public!




  • west
        (1966/11/27, magazine, usa)
    • November 27, 1966 issue of the Los Angeles Times' West magazine featuring mult-page article on "The Frenzied Frontier of Pop Music" with Brian Wilson, Frank Zappa, Grateful Dead, Byrds, and others.


-- info: Hans-Peter Schmidt


  • amen andrews: vol.1
       (2003, 12-dj, uk, rephlex)
    • Track number two on side b is called "Fast & Bulbous", and it samples the dialogue with Frank Zappa from Captain Beefheart's track 'Pena', from the album "Trout Mask Replica"


-- info: Hans-Peter Schmidt

2008 02 08
Oh yes, here's another little package of information. Useless to some, fascinating to others.
There's some familiar looking album covers, a couple of news flashes, and a pile of Fattore Zeta albums.
What else does one need on a friday night...


In 1987, The Morticians released a single that used the Mothers' "Freak Out" album cover as an inspiration. says:

Redfern Bros. began to play in the mid-80s as The Giant Sunhorse; at the beginning of 1986 they found bassist Ben Jackson and changed name to The Morticians, releasing this delicious sweet at the end of next year. An explosive punk side (those who don't know one original at least, lift up their own hand) and a visionary psych-side made few lucky owners happy... the first pressing of 500 ran out very soon and so did the second one of little more than a thousand, but Ben's leaving caused dissolution. At the end of 1988 a compilation of early recordings (demos and live sets) titled "She's like heroin" came out on Distortion Records.

-- info: Ive Hapers


Japanese band The Newest Model used the cover of The Mothers' "Freak Out" album for one of their CD-single releases.

  • Nakagawa Takahi: vocals, guitar, keyboads, synthesizer

  • Okuno Shinya: piano, organ, keyboads, synthesizer, backing vocal, guiar

  • Kawamura Hiroshi: bass

  • Tanaka "Ben" Tsutomu: drums, percussion

  • Oki Masahiro: drums, backing vocal

-- info: Ive Hapers


2008 02 08

Two lovely events that should be worth your while in Eugene & Corvallis.

Drummer Glenn Leonard's one-man marimbapercussionloopthing will be appearing with some equally nutty goofballs at Cozmic Pizza. Here's the scoop:


8th & Charnelton
Eugene OR  
338 9333

LAROMLAB- Laromlab provides classic sound blips of old school video game systems, such as the Atari and Commodore 64, which create a macrocosm of music that arouses one`s senses to the state of nostalgia. And he is joined by Robotcowboy, A futuristic expatriate American Space Ranger combines wearable computing, midi guitar, and live energy to wander the digi-range as a robotcowboy playing for dying astronauts. This is a lofi-guitar-compu-show with algorithmic balls from a DEVOspud, laptop-stomping idiot wearing exposed electronics! SGT LEONARD- Sgt. Leonard`s Loopy Arts Dub Band is a one-man multi-dimensional musical presentation which transcends boundaries. Percussion loops are set up before your very eyears to form a virtual drum circle. Melodic lines are set up as well on marimbas....and the journey begins. Seatbelts are optional but not provided.

And then, a sheer 19 days later Pojama People welcome guitarist Brian Berg Olsen into the fold. You can call him B-Bo if you like. I do. Since we now have two Brians in the band, bassist Brian Casey will solidify his nomenclature as his some-time alias Tanglehead. We may begin to refer to Ted as Banana Slug but we don't wanna hurt his feelings....or his image. It *is* a smashing baseball hat that he wears, though.

Pojama People Performing the Music of Frank Zappa
March 1  Saturday  9pm
Sahalie's Wine Bar
151 NW Monroe St 
Corvallis, OR 97330 

  • 2008/03/01 Pojama People - concert 'Sahalie's Wine Bar' , Corvallis, OR, usa



Besides their very fine "(R)umori Jazz" album, Fattore Zeta has about a dozen small print run releases available on CDR. They're made on demand, and they're really worth checking out.

I added them to the Fattore Zeta discography today.

You can order them through



Allan Holdsworth Trio

featuring Jimmy Johnson and Chad Wackerman

  • 2008/04/05 Allan Holdsworth Trio - concert 'Objekt5 ', Halle, Germany   /   feat. Chad Wackerman

  • 2008/04/07 Allan Holdsworth Trio - concert 'Treibhaus ', Innsbruck, Austria    /   feat. Chad Wackerman

  • 2008/04/12 Allan Holdsworth Trio - concert 'Das Haus ', Ludwigshafen, Germany    /   feat. Chad Wackerman

  • 2008/04/14 Allan Holdsworth Trio - concert 'Fabrik ', Hamburg, Germany    /   feat. Chad Wackerman

  • 2008/04/15 Allan Holdsworth Trio - concert 'P60', Amstelveen, Holland    /   feat. Chad Wackerman

-- info: Ulli Schäfer

2008 02 05


A ZFT Hostage Video for your entertainment! See:



More pictures from slime.oofytv.set



  • ciao 2001
        (1990/07, magazine, italy)
    • Issue number 26 of Ciao 2001 included a 6-page article by Paolo Battigellli.

  • let it rock, n.30
        (1975/06, magazine, usa)
    • Issue number 30 of Let It Rock included a 7 page special on Frank Zappa, including articles and an interview.


  • ciao 2001
        (1975/08/24, magazine, italy)
    • Ciao 2001, issue number 33, included a 4-page article on Zappa entitled: "fz: impegni da superman".

  • circular
        (1974/04/29, magazine, usa)
    • Circular v.6 n.17, the Warner Brothers Records magazine featured 3 pages on Frank Zappa.

  • modern hi-fi and music
        (1975/05, magazine, usa)
    • U.S. magazine Modern Hi-Fi and Music, Volume 5 Number 4 [formerly modern hi-fi & stereo guide], published in May 1975 included a 5-page Frank Zappa interview.


The late Italian comic book artist Andrea Pazienza made a couple of references to Frank Zappa in his artwork.

The panel on the right is taken from his famous "The Extraordinary Adventures Of Pentothal".

There's also another full strip about zappa citing "The Torture Never Stops", published in 1977.


-- info & scan: makxx



thanx to Nikolai Zaharov, here's info and pictures of a new Frank Zappa book/DVD combination:

frank zappa - music in review
    (2007, dvd + book, ??, ??)

  • book: 75 pages with an illustrated biography

  • dvd

    • "colour me pop" bbc tv 1968 ("king kong")

    • "news center 4" knbc 1980 (interview)

    • "saturday night live" 1976 nbc tv ("i'm the slime", "peaches en regalia" (full))

    • "saturday night live" 1978 nbc tv ("dancin' fool", "st. alfonzo's pancake breakfast")

    • "stockholm in bondage" 1973 sweden swedish tv

    • "the late show" 1993 bbc2 (interview)

    • "sunday at le lycée français de" 1980 knbc la (interview)

  • critical review about albums 1966-1974

    • chris welch - music journalist

    • gem howard-kemp - ex frank zappa eployee

    • ben watson - author, journalist

    • ian fortnam - music journalist

  • photo gallery


2008 02 03


Scheduled for next weekend.
Hope to see you there.



  • name: s/t
        (1981, 12"EP, usa, private release)
    • Here's another Henry Kaiser / Captain Beefheart related release.
      From 1981.
      Rick Snyder adds:
      "NAME is composed of six youthful musicians--they appear to be in their late teens and early twenties  --who grew up together near Disneyland, moved to Berkeley and; formed a band. Meeting local guitarist Henry Kaiser at one of his gigs, they asked him to fill in for an ailing member. The relationship  solidified and now Kaiser is one of three electric guitarists in the group. Erling Wold and Judilh Stadtman play the other Guitars,  (Wold doubling on keyboards).  Lynn Murdock and Rick Crawford  play electric bass. Mark Crawford  plays drums, and Everett Shock  adds declamatory vocals and  screeching sax lines.
      This EP is also engineered and co-produced by PHIL BROWN (who would later perform the same duties for CAPTAIN BEEFHEART on his "ICE CREAM FOR CROW" LP!)."


Here's another great batch of pictures from slime.oofytv.set's collection.



  • fusion
        (1969/09/05, magazine, usa)
    • This issue of Fusion included a 4-page FZ story / interview from may-69 in London by Miles Associates, plus a full page reprint of the straight records ad for the trout mask replica album originally published in rolling stone.
  • dzuboks
        (1975/03, magazine, yugoslavia)
    • The March 1975 edition of Dzuboks included a 6-page illustrated story on FZ including a 1-page color poster.

  • sun magazine
        (1986/10/26, magazine, usa)
    • This Baltimore magazine included a 5-page article / inteview on FZ's years in Baltimore.
  • fuzz
        (2003/10, magazine, sweden)
    • Issue number 10 of Swedish Furzz magazine, included a 5-page article on FZ.



Happy birthday to original Mother JIMMY CARL BLACK

Jimmy turned 70 on February 1, 2008!


and the newsflash says:

"New CD on Zonic Entertainment this summer..."


  • the residents: animal lover instrumental
        (2007, cd, usa, ralphamerica)
    • "Animal Lover Instrumental" is out. It's another Ralpharmerica release, and it's a limited edition of 1000 numbered copies.
      Resafinados are probably listening to this album right now. If you're not a Residents Freak, and only know them from some of their better known albums, you might consider giving "Animal Lover Instrumental" a try. Repetitive, child-like melodies, combined with haunting gong sounds and guitar lines.
    • I like it a lot.


  • netjajev society system: s/t
        (2008, cdr-promo, sweden, ??)
    • Every once in a while, bizarre things happen at the UM headquarters. I would classify this little Netjajav Society System promo as one of them.
      The Netjajev Sound System (or artist Magnus Lundberg) will have an album out next April. According to what I hear on this promo disc, it will be an hardcore / noise / punk album.
      It's not really my cup of tea, but that might just be me...
    • check them out at:


Last Friday, I saw Aka Moon in concert at 'De Singer' in Rijkevorsel, Belgium.

'De Singer' is a fine jazz club and I've seen quite a few bands performing there. Last Friday, however, the venue was almost too small for Aka Moon. The place was loaded.
This was the first time that I saw Aka Moon live, and I loved it. I do know a couple of their albums, and these are amazing, but what these guys do on stage is unbelievable.

And it's all a matter of taste, as I saw at least 5 people in the audience that own the entire Zappa catalogue... 

I've added an Aka Moon entry to UM, if only to add their discography and some data on various live shows...

  • aka moon: amazir
        (2006, cd, ??, cypres records cypres open 01)
    • Aka Moon's latest album is called "Amazir", and it's a perfect introduction to Aka Moon.
      Probably best described as an avant-garde jazz trio, Aka Moon is so much more. It's a perfect mixture of different styles, and yet immediately recognisable. It's Aka Moon.
      Check them out.



leftovers from the last couple of months


Zappanale, again, looks very promising.

The event will kick off in Hamburg on 2007/08/13, and will continue in Bad Doberan:

  • 2007/08/13 "Zappa meets Bach"
    • the Bogus Pomp Low Budget Semi-Acoustic Orchestra, Napoleon Murphy Brock and the St.Katharinen Kantor-Chor
    • at the St.-Katharinen-Kirche in Hamburg
  • 2007/08/14 Fritz Rau - lecture, music & images 'Kino', Bad Doberan, Germany
  • 2007/08/14 "street party", Bad Doberan, Germany
  • 2007/08/15 - 2007/08/17
    • Denny Walley, USA

    • Bogus Pomp Low Budget Semi-Acoustic Orchestra, USA

    • Electric Orange, Deutschland

    • Paul Green School of Rock, USA

    • Low Budget Research Kitchen, Portugal

    • Jazzprojekt Hundehagen, Deutschland

    • Zappa-Circus, Ungarn

    • Finnish Zappa Tribute, Finnland

    • UZVA, Finnland

    • Indukti, Polen

    • Delicious Band Research Kitchen, Belgien

    • Panzerballett, Deutschland,

    • Fattore Zeta, Italien

    • Alamaailman Vasarat, Finnland

... wowie zowie...


Here's a nice little piece of an interview with Frank Zappa, as published in Society Pages (the US zappa fanzine) number six. We're talking 1991. It's quite interesting to read how Zappa is amused and pleased by some of the things that his fans are doing. And even the Arf Society gets a mention...
I remember reading the interview when it came out, years ago, and I was quite suprised. Not only because FZ had taken the time to talk with Denn & Rob, but also because he seemed really interested. It looked like it might become an interesting symbiosis, FZ and Society Pages. Unfortunately, the mag folded in 1992 (not mentioning the 1994 issue).


2007 11 15


the only FZ alumni on the planet consistently performing the music of the maestro
80 plus concerts so far, 

featuring former members of the mothers of invention

  • Don Preston
    (with FZ  1966 - 1974) - piano, keyboard  synthesizers, electronics, vocals

  • Roy Estrada  
    (with FZ  1964 - 1984) - bass, pachuco falsettos and operatic madness, (gas mask)

  • Napoleon Murphy Brock
    (with FZ  1972 - 1984) - lead vocals, tenor saxophone, flute, suavenicity, dancing(!)

  • Miroslav Tadic - electric guitar

  • Christopher Garcia  - drumset, percussion, marimba, vocals


Safari Sam¹s
5214 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA, 90027

U.K. Tour MARCH 2008


festival tour
days and dates forthcoming



and now, the newsflash from a little while ago, but this time with the extra bonus flyer...

Zappa(teers) festival in Holland!!!

Following on from the success of the Zappateer weekend in England earlier this year,
the Zappateers are following up with the third Zappateer weekend for of the 14th and 15th March 2008, in a tranquil forest location near the historic Dutch city of Nijmegen close to the German border.

Promising to be bigger and even better than last time, Audrey one of the festival organisers said;
Everyone had such a great time at Bradford we just couldn't resist doing another one. This time we're holding it in mainland Europe to make it as accessible as possible for Zappateers and Zappa fans from all over Europe to attend. We've even managed to select a venue which includes accommodation so people don't have the expense or struggle to find accommodation themselves and which also means the partying can continue all weekend”.

Audrey was even more excited when talking about the line-up for the weekend.
We're really excited about this year's acts, we've so far confirmed 5 great bands, have another amazing band in the process of confirming and have possibly 2 or even 3 more bands in the pipeline, I really think people are going to be in for a dynamite show”.

The bands confirmed so far are:

    Wrong Object,
    those accomplished purveyors of psychedelic jazz with modern rock sensibilities and downright great musicians are a real coup for the festival and promise to be a real highlight of the weekend.

    Cuccurullo Brillo Brullo,
    Known as the Dutch masters, veterans of Zappanale, and all round great guys, Cuccurullo Brillo Brullo are doing their best to keep the music of Zappa alive by lovingly recreating his fabulous work live. Do not miss.

    The Foolz,
    veterans of the Zappa scene and great friends of the Zappateers always entertain whenever they're let loose on their instruments and on their native soil will excel themselves.

    a Dutch band will Freak everyone out with some early Zappa complete with zany and crazy stage antics reminiscent of Zappa's Garrick theatre days.
As for the previous Zappateer Festivals, a small scale intimate weekend is the aim, meaning tickets will be limited to a maximum of 150, which if the success of the Bradford on Avon weekend is repeated are expected to sell quickly.
The tickets are priced at 80 EUR which includes indoor festival accommodation meaning you can leave your tents at home, just bring a sleeping bag, pillow case, sheet and dancing shoes.




Now here's what I call an impressive project:

Andrew Greenaway, aka The Idiot Bastard, has teamed up with Cordelia Records to bring you what might become a very fine selection of songs.

Read all about it on Andrew's essential site:

Contributing artists include

  • Andre Cholmondeley

  • Die Beistelltische

  • Doot!

  • Ensemble Ambrosius

  • Evil Dick & The Banned Members

  • Frazknapp

  • Freedom In Hats

  • John Tabacco

  • Lex Kemper

  • Monty & The Butchers

  • Nigey Lennon

  • Pojama People

  • Project/Object

  • Roddie Gilliard

  • The Thurston Lava Tube

  • The Vegetarians

  • Todd Grubbs

  • The Whip It Out Ensemble

  • The Wrong Object



the concert calendar * the concert calendar











  • 2008/04/01 Humble Grumble - concert 'The Queen Charlotte', Norwich, UK
  • 2008/04/02 Mats/Morgan duo - concert Von Krahl, Tallin, Estonia 

  • 2008/04/03 Mats/Morgan duo - concert Athena, Tartu, Estonia

  • 2008/04/05 Allan Holdsworth Trio - concert 'Objekt5 ', Halle, Germany   /   feat. Chad Wackerman

  • 2008/04/07 Allan Holdsworth Trio - concert 'Treibhaus ', Innsbruck, Austria    /   feat. Chad Wackerman

  • 2008/04/12 Allan Holdsworth Trio - concert 'Das Haus ', Ludwigshafen, Germany    /   feat. Chad Wackerman

  • 2008/04/14 Allan Holdsworth Trio - concert 'Fabrik ', Hamburg, Germany    /   feat. Chad Wackerman

  • 2008/04/15 Allan Holdsworth Trio - concert 'P60', Amstelveen, Holland    /   feat. Chad Wackerman
  • 2008/04/30 Joe Satriani – concert ‘Coliseu dos Recreios’, Lisbon, Portugal     


  • 2008/05/01 Joe Satriani – concert ‘Coliseu do Porto’, Porto, Portugal

  • 2008/05/03 Joe Satriani – concert ‘Castellon Auditorium’, Castellon, Spain

  • 2008/05/04 Joe Satriani – concert ‘Sala la Riviera’, Madrid, Spain

  • 2008/05/06 Joe Satriani – concert ‘Palau de la Musica’, Barcelona, Spain

  • 2008/05/10 Joe Satriani – concert ‘013’, Tilburg, The Netherlands

  • 2008/05/12 Joe Satriani – concert ‘Birmingham Symphony Hall’, Birmingham, England UK

  • 2008/05/13 Joe Satriani – concert ‘Newcastle City Hall’, Newcastle, England UK

  • 2008/05/14 Joe Satriani – concert ‘Glasgow Royal Concert Hall’, Glasgow, Scotland UK

  • 2008/05/15 Joe Satriani – concert ‘Manchester Apollo’, Manchester, England UK

  • 2008/05/17 Joe Satriani – concert ‘Bristol Colston Hall’, Bristol, England UK

  • 2008/05/18 Joe Satriani – concert ‘Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre’, Bournemouth, England UK

  • 2008/05/19 Joe Satriani – concert ‘Cardiff St. David's Hall’, Cardiff, Wales UK

  • 2008/05/20 Joe Satriani – concert ‘London Hammersmith Apollo’, London, England UK

  • 2008/05/21 Joe Satriani – concert ‘Nottingham Royal Centre’, Nottingham, England UK

  • 2008/05/23 Joe Satriani – concert ‘Vicar St. ’, Dublin, Ireland

  • 2008/05/24 Joe Satriani – concert ‘Mandela Hall  ’, Belfast, UK

  • 2008/05/26 Joe Satriani – concert ‘Bourse Du Travail’, Lyon, France

  • 2008/05/27 Joe Satriani – concert ‘Le Rex’, Paris, France

  • 2008/05/28 Joe Satriani – concert ‘Cirque Royal’, Brussels, Belgium

  • 2008/05/29 Joe Satriani – concert ‘Filharmonie Filderstadt’, Stuttgart, Germany

  • 2008/05/29 Mats and Morgan with Gustaf Hielm - concert l'oreille qui traine Rouen(76), France

  • 2008/05/30 Mats and Morgan with Gustaf Hielm - concert Le Triton Le Lilas (93),France

  • 2008/05/30 Joe Satriani – concert ‘Serenadenhof     ’, Nurnberg, Germany

  • 2008/05/31 Joe Satriani – concert ‘Phonix-Halle ’, Mainz, Germany

  • 2008/05/31 Mats and Morgan with Gustaf Hielm - concert "Festival Toto n'aime pas la soupe", St Etienne(42), France


  • 2008/06/01 Joe Satriani – concert ‘Backstage-Werk’, Munich, Germany

  • 2008/06/03 Joe Satriani – concert ‘T-Mobile Arena’, Prague, Czech Republik

  • 2008/06/04 Joe Satriani – concert ‘Große Freiheit’, Hamburg, Denmark

  • 2008/06/05 Joe Satriani – concert ‘Amager Bio’, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • 2008/06/06 Joe Satriani – concert ‘Sweden Rock Festival’, Solvesborg, Sweden

  • 2008/06/08 Joe Satriani – concert ‘B1 Maximum Club’, Moscow, Russia

  • 2008/06/10 Joe Satriani – concert ‘Villa Manin’, Udine, Italy

  • 2008/06/11 Joe Satriani – concert ‘Live Club’, Milan, Italy

  • 2008/06/13 Joe Satriani – concert ‘Paradiso’, Amsterdam, The Netherlands





  • 2008/08/13 concert "Zappanale", Hamburg, Germany

  • 2008/08/14 concert "Zappanale", downtown Bad Doberan, Germany

  • 2008/08/15 - 2008/08/17 concert "Zappanale", Bad Doberan Germany

    • Denny Walley

    • The BOGUS POMP Low Budget Semi-Acoustic Orchestra