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Online Petition -> ZFT

2008 04 22

Zappa Plays Zappa - the album

2008 04 20 - part two

Sun Ra concert recordings

2008 04 20 - part one

Bruce Bickford on DVD
prof. Joe Satriani
Strictly Country

2008 04 15

The Dead Kennedys
WM Recordings
Pojama People
Ugly Radio Rebellion
Viva Zappa

2008 04 14

The rare stuff
Classic Rock
John Trubee
Chris Opperman update - NEW ALBUM
Conceptual Continuity
Muffinz Moovies
The Zappateers Festival
Bands in action
Voice Of Cheez - Underground Sensation
Keneally on the radio
The Central Scrutinizer Band
Some Evil Mothers
Outrageous Muzik
Monica Zetterlund

2008 04 12

Captain Cheese-Beard
two more austin bootleg variations
new vinyl bootleg: sous les pavés
buffalo bootleg variations - part six
buffalo bootleg variations - part five
buffalo bootleg variations - part four
new vinyl bootleg: Listen...And Find Out
The Clazz Orchestra
The Residents
Peter Carlsson
on-line newspapers
Joe Deninzon
CDR bootleg from 2007
Lucky Stiff
Thomas Darelid

2008 04 10


2008 04 09

La Vanguardia
Trank Zappa Grappa in Varese?
Disco Expres
Hans Annéllsson
Cordelia Records

2008 04 08

Pierrejean Gaucher
Disco Expres 366
Big Sonny and The Lo Boys
Bruce Bickford
Zappa Plays Zappa - the update

2008 04 07

2 more mags
The Keneallist 2008 04 02
the Grande Mothers Re:Invented
Zappanale 18 revisited
the Vilnius String Quintet
rare Captain Beefheart 7"

2008 04 06

Harry Kapeliaris Group
Shawn Lane
Maurizio Perri
The Zappanale line-up
Swedish Zappa coverversions
Underground Sensation

2008 04 01

Eric Burdon & the Animals
New Zappa bootlegs
the Ralphidents
FZ concert poster
Team Zappa
Sex without Nails
Daniel Rohr
Phlitman & Kangaroo

2008 03 31

20 extraordinary renditions

2008 03 30

Zappostrophe 107
Sun Ra concert recordings
Sun Ra "Live At The Horseshoe" box set

2008 03 29

Roy Estrada and the Rocketeers
Kevin Courrier's book on Trout Mask
Kelly Fisher Lowe
Transmissions revisited

2008 03 26

Zappateers in Nijmegen - Day Two
Ugly Radio Rebellion Update
I Virtuosi
Christophe Godin

2008 03 25

New on WM Recordings
WM Recordings on MySpace
Zappateers in Nijmegen - Day One
Het Brokken Leer Orkest
Acid Mothers Temple
The Muffin Men
Monty & The Butchers
Sheik Yerbouti

leftovers from the last couple of months

Zappanale 19
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 04 22


the album

  • zappa plays zappa: zappa plays zappa
        (2008, cd, , usa, razor & tie 7930182993-2)
    • Here it is. Your favourite album of 2008.
      Recorded in Portland, OR, and in Seattle, WA, this album presents Zappa Plays Zappa as they toured in 2006: the band, lead by Dweezil Zappa, plus special guests Napoleon Murphy Brock, Steve Vai and Terry Bozzio.
      This is one fabulous recording. The sound is great (I'm listening to it right now; goosebumps all over), and the musicians are in top shape.
  1. tell me you love me

  2. florentine pogen

  3. cosmik debris

  4. i'm the slime

  5. don't eat the yellow snow

  6. st.alfonzo's pancake breakfast

  7. father o'blivion

  8. black page #2

  9. peaches en regalia

  10. zomby woof

  11. the torture never stops

  • This is a must-have !!
    Essential listening.
    Good grief... Just listen to Steve Vai's solo in Zomby Woof...


the DVD

  • zappa plays zappa: zappa plays zappa
        (2008, 2dvd, , usa, razor & tie 7930182997-9)
    • And here's the DVD set: 2 discs, 29 track, plus bonus material. Most of you freaks will already have this as it was sold (in a limited edition) during the ZpZ tour last year, but it's good to see that it will be made available worldwide.

disc one

  1. andy

  2. call any vegetable

  3. tell me you love me

  4. florentine pogen

  5. cosmik debris

  6. i'm the slime

  7. pound for a brown

  8. don't eat the yellow snow

  9. st.alfonzo's pancake breakfast

  10. father o'blivion

  11. inca roads

  12. eat that question

  13. i'm so cute

  14. tryin' to grow a chin

  15. punky's whips

disc two

  1. black page #1

  2. black page #2

  3. regyptian strut

  4. peaches en regalia

  5. montana

  6. village of the sun

  7. echidna's arf (of you)

  8. zomby woof

  9. black napkins

  10. the torture never stops

  11. oh no

  12. son of orange county

  13. trouble every day

  14. sofa

  • I know that I'm repeating myself, but this is great. Essential stuff.
    Get it for Mothers Day.
  • As you can imagine, different editions of this release will be released: 
    • The 2DVD set - as reviewed here
    • The 2DVD - Brilliant Box
    • The 2DVD / 3CD - Fan Pak release
    • The CD release - as reviewed above

2008 04 20 - part two


DimeADozen has been treating Sun Ra fans real good lately. Just take a look at these data...

Sun Ra & his Arkestra

  • 1971/10/12 concert Stockholm

    • setlist

      • Discipline II, Discipline V, Enlightenment, Its after the end of the world, Discipline VIII, The Rainmaker, Rocket No. 9 > ann.

    • fm broadcast

  • 1973/--/-- radio show - unknown philly fm station - interview and jam with wilbur ware

  • 1975/01/30 concert 'Smiling Dog Saloon', Cleveland, OH, usa

    • Omniverse, Astro Nation Enlightenment, Love In Outer Space, Theme Of the Stargazers, The Satellights are Spinning, Friendly Galaxy #1, I Am the Brother of the Wind, I Pharoah, Unidentified, Sophisticated Lady

    • fm broadcast

  • 1979/06/30 concert Pisa, Italy

    • line-up

      • The Arkestra: Ra-p, org, syn, voc; Walter Miller-tp; Michael Ray-tp; Curt Pulliam-tp; Tony Bethel-tb; Marvin Consell (?)-tb; Marshall Allen-as, fl, ob; Hutch Jones-as; John Gilmore-ts, cl; Leroy Taylor (Eloe Omoe)-as, bcl; Danny Ray Thompson-bs, fl; James Jacson-bsn, perc; Damon Choice-vib; Taylor Richardson-eg; Skeeter McFarland-eg; "Scop"-b; Robert Barry-d; Reg McDonald-d; Atakatune (Stanley Morgan)-cga; June Tyson-voc, dance (and Evelyn Smont (?)-dance)

    • setlist

      • unidentified title (perc; Allen, kora; eg and perc)Space Is the Place (Ra)The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise (Ra)Discipline 27 (Allen, as; Omoe, bcl; tp)The Shadow World (Ra)Springtime Again (Ra)Yeah Man! (Sissle, Henderson)Big John's Special (H. Henderson)Watusa (Ra)Lady Bird (Dameron) / Half Nelson (M. Davis)King Porter Stomp (Morton)Space Is the Place / We Travel the Spaceways / Destination Unknown / 2nd Stop Is Jupiter (Ra)Calling Planet Earth (Ra)Strange Celestial Road (Ra)Somewhere over the Rainbow (Arlen, Harburg)Outer Spaceways Inc. / Sun Ra and his Band from Outer Space (Ra)

Sun Ra

  • 1977/07/08 Sun Ra (Solo piano) - WKCR studios

    • blues improv 1, st louis blues, sophisicated lady, blues improv 2, untitled, take the "A" train, untitled 2, try to put the blame on me, untitled 3 / station id, outro

Sun Ra & his Arkestra

  • 1978/05/05 concert 'Public Theater', nyc, NY, usa

    • line-up

      • Ra-org; Michael Ray-tp; Ahmed Abdullah-tp; Craig Harris-tb; Tony Bethel-tb; Vincent Chancey-frh; Marshall Allen-as; Danny Davis-as; John Gilmore-ts, cl; Danny Ray Thompson-bs; Eloe Omoe-bcl; James Jacson-bsn, perc; Luqman Ali-d; Atakatune-cga; Cheryl Banks-dance; Judith Holton (Wisteria)-dance; Mickey Davidson-dance

    • setlist

      • intro / disc 27 > shadow world, body and soul, yeah, man, lightening, enlightenment, images, lights on a satellite, sound mirror, watusa, We travel the Spaceways

  • 1978/03/13 concert 'The Horseshoe Tavern', Toronto, ON

    • set 1

      • Untitled Improvisation, When There Is No Sun, (The World Is Waiting) For The Sunrise, Discipline 27, Calling Planet Earth > Take The "A" Train, Lights on a Satellite

    • set 2

      • Yeah Man!, King Porter Stomp, Unidentified Title, Unidentified Blues, Images, Love In Outer Space > We Travel The Spaceways

  • 1978/09/25 concert 'Happy Medium Disco', Chicago, IL, usa

    • line-up

      • Sun Ra (org, syn); Michael Ray (tp); Walter Miller (tp); Eddie Gale (tp); Marshall Allen (as, fl, perc); Danny Davis (as, fl, perc); John Gilmore (ts, cl, timb, voc); Eloe Omoe (bcl, perc); Danny Ray Thompson (bars, fl, perc); James Jacson (bsn, fl, Inf-dr); prob. Damon Choice (vib); Dale Williams (eg); prob. Luqman Ali (dr); Atakatune (cga); June Tyson (voc).

    • setlist

      • untitled improvisation [perc, tp, rhythmic ens., vib], Springtime in Chicago [JT voc], Astro Black [JT voc], (The World Is Waiting) For the Sunrise [JT voc], Discipline 27, The Shadow World, Yeah Man! (Sissle-Henderson), Big John's Special (H.Henderson), Over the Rainbow (Arlen-Harburg), Lights on a Satellite, Body and Soul (Heyman-Green-Sour-Eyton), King Porter Stomp (Morton), Second Stop Is Jupiter [ens. voc], Space Is the Place [JT, ens. voc], Enlightenment (Dotson-Ra) [JT, JG voc], Next Stop Mars [ens. voc] > Calling Planet Earth [ens. voc]

The Sun Ra All Stars

  • 1983/11/01 concert Paris, France

    • line-up

      • Sun Ra-p, keyb, Lester Bowie-tp, Don Cherry-t, Marshall Allen-as, John Gilmore-ts, Archie Shepp-ts, ss, voc, Richard Davis-b, Don Moye-perc, Philly Joe Jones-d, Clifford Jarvis-d, 

    • setlist

      • unidentified title (ens; Allen-as; Shepp-ts), unidentified title (Davis-b; Gilmore-ts), Somewhere over the Rainbow (Arlen-Harburg), Lights on a Satellite (Ra), What's New? (Burke-Haggart), Poinciana (Bernier-Simon), 'Round Midnight (Hanighen-Williams-Monk)

Sun Ra & his Arkestra

  • 1985/07/24 concert 'Le New Morning', Paris, France

    • Sun Ra and His Arkestra 

      • line-up

        • Sun Ra (p, org, synth, voc), prob. Ronnie Brown (tp), unidentified (tp), Tyrone Hill (tb), prob. Dick Griffin (tb), Marshall Allen (as,oboe), John Gilmore (ts), Ronald Wilson (ts,picc), Danny Thompson (bs), James Jacson (Ancient Egyptian Infinity d, bsn, voc), Elo Omoe (as, bcl, contra-alto cl), Billy Bang (vln), Rollo Radford (eb), Avreeayl Ra Amen (d)

      • setlist

        • untitled improv, discipline 27-II, tomorrow never comes, unidentified blues, unidentified ballad, mack the knife, sophisticated lady, yeah man!, space is the place, we travel the spaceways, outer spaceway incorporated, rocket number nine, untitled improv, astro black, history-mystery, i have many names, fate in a pleasant mood, unidentified blues, i want to be happy, east of the sun, christopher columbus, see you later, alligator

  • 1985/07/25 "musicians talking before the concert"

  • 1985/07/25 concert 'Le New Morning', Paris, France

    • line-up

      • Sun Ra (p, org, synth, voc), prob. Ronnie Brown (tp), unidentified (tp), Tyrone Hill (tb), prob. Dick Griffin (tb), Marshall Allen (as,oboe), John Gilmore (ts), Ronald Wilson (ts,picc), Danny Thompson (bs), James Jacson (Ancient Egyptian Infinity d, bsn, voc), Elo Omoe (as, bcl, contra-alto cl), Billy Bang (vln), Rollo Radford (eb), Avreeayl Ra Amen (d)

    • setlist

      • i want to be happy, unidentified blues, (the world is waiting) for the sunrise, i pharoah, over the rainbow, sunset on the nile, fate in a pleasant mood 


2008 04 20 - part one


  • bruce bickford: prometheus' garden
        (2008, dvd, usa, brighteyepictures)

    new new new new new new new new new new new new
    • from the brighteyepictures website:
      "Prometheus’ Garden (28 minutes, 1988) is the only film over which Bickford maintained complete creative control. Bright Eye Pictures is thrilled to release Prometheus’ Garden, making it available to the public for the first time since its completion two decades ago. The DVD features a commentary track by Bickford plus the documentary featurette, Luck of a Foghorn.
      Luck of a Foghorn (28 minutes, 2008) is a documentary featurette exploring the creative processes behind the making of Prometheus’ Garden, an original masterpiece of stop-motion animation. Interweaving Bickford’s wildly imaginative animation with outtakes, interviews, home movies, and revealing cinematography, Director Brett Ingram takes viewers deep into the real garden of Prometheus . The original score was created by Laird Dixon, one of the founding members of Merge Records recording artists Shark Quest."


  • documentary: monster road - collector's edition
        (2008, dvd, usa, brighteyepictures)

    new new new new new new new new new new new new
    • In 2006, "Monster Road", the documentary about Bruce Bickford by Brett Ingram & Jim Haverkamp, got released on DVD. Now, two years later, it gets a "Collector's Edition" treatment.
      from the brighteyepictures website:
      "The new Monster Road Collector’s Edition DVD offers greatly improved encoding on a dual layer disc, plus 45 minutes of “extras,” including previously unreleased animations, deleted scenes, and the Monster Road trailer."



  • joe satriani: professor satchafunkilus and the musterion of rock
        (2008, cd + dvd, ??, epic 88697278862)

    new new new new new new new new new new new new
    • "Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock" has been released as a regular CD, and as a CD/DVD package.
      First of all, let me say that the album is great. If you're into Satriani, you'll love this one. I hear lots of Hendrix and Zappa, but that could just be me...
      The video footage is quite good as well and includes live fragments and interviews.


  • various artists: 25 years of strictly country
        (1996, 3cd, nl, strictly country 45)
    • Strictly Country is a dutch magazine, devoted to fifties country music and bluegrass. It was founded in 1971.
      Around 1980 another branch appeared on the Strictly Country tree: a record-label. It's this record label that released "25 Years of Strictly Country" in 1996. And somewhere in between all these country and bluegrass songs, one can find the Cor Mutsers & Patrick van Gerven rendition of Zappa's 'Sofa'. This track was originally released on their "We Are Not Alone" album.
      The entry for this album had been up for a while, but I added the cover today...

2008 04 15



Biafra stumbled upon a reproduction of a painting by European artist H.R. Giger titled "Landscape No. 20: Where We Are Coming From." The painting, which features dismembered, ugly genitals copulating in what looks like sludge, had been reproduced in many books and magazines over the years, and Biafra secured the rights to include it as part of the Frankenchrist package. About the painting, Biafra says "I began to realize, 'My god, we have met the enemy and it is us, this is what we do to each other every day in consumer-oriented society. Wait a minute, this is what we're talking about on a lot of the Frankenchrist songs.' I thought the Giger painting would be a great way to drive home the point, even if some people in high positions of power with no sense of humor didn't seem to understand."

Originally, the painting was meant to be the gatefold inner cover for Frankenchrist, but a member of DKs vehemently objected and it was instead inserted into the album as a poster. Although the poster was expected to raise some eyebrows, no one expected it to cause as much trouble as it did. A warning sticker, albeit a sarcastic one, was affixed to the cover, partially to parody the warning stickers that the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) was demanding at the time, partially to cover themselves in case there was difficulty. The sticker read : "WARNING : The inside fold out to this record cover is a work of art by H.R. Giger that some people may find shocking, repulsive or offensive. Life can sometimes be that way."

When a San Fernando Valley mother complained that her 13- year old daughter had purchased the record as a gift for her 11-year old brother (at a Wherehouse Records outlet in a large mall), the LA City Attorney's Office decided to prosecute the case. Deputy city attorney Michael Guarino, the prosecutor in the case, admitted they chose to prosecute the DKs because it would be a "cost-effective" way to send a message to other musicians, record companies and fans. Guarino had been considering prosecuting several other groups when this case came along, and he thought he could win this one.

The first Biafra heard of all this was when he was awakened from his sleep one morning by the sound of his window being broken and several police officers invading his house, supposedly to seize the "evidence." ( No one bothered to knock.) They took numerous personal effects, including his address book, as well as a few copies of Frankenchrist and the business ledgers of Alternative Tentacles, making it impossible to conduct business for a while.

Charged in the case were Biafra, and four others, including the 67-year old man whose company pressed the Frankenchrist disc. Conspicuously not charged were Wherehouse Records which sold the offending album. They had agreed to stop selling Frankenchrist and all other Dead Kennedys albums when the controversy first surfaced.

Biafra and the others decided to fight the charges of distributing harmful matter to minors, and set up the No More Censorship Defense Fund, which along with helping with the legal fees in the Frankenchrist case, makes available copies of articles dealing with censorship and plans to help others who are being harassed. Contributions came in mostly from fans of alternative music; envelopes of teenager's allowance and an encouraging note were common. Not so common were contributions from those popular figures who stood to suffer if Biafra lost the case. Three notable figures who did come to Biafra's aid were Frank Zappa, Little Steven Van Zandt and Paul Kantner.



Trash metal band Tankard released a DVD entitled "Fat, Ugly And Still (A)Live", recorded at the Batschkapp Club in Frankfurt, Germany, on the 25th of May 2005.

On the wall of the club, one can recognise Frank Zappa....

- info & pictures: Nikalai Zaharov


The WM Recordings / Marco Kalnenek interview

Panicphobia & RioJafari & the Delicious Allstars


2008 04 15
Sgt. Leonard's Loopy Arts Dub Band

Be Amazed! Be Entertained! Talk over the music!

Apr 19 Sat 8-10pm
Allan Bros Coffee
152 W 5th Av
Eugene OR
342 3378

  • 2008/04/19 Sgt. Leonard's Loopy Arts Dub Band - concert 'The Beanery', Eugene, Or


Look for Pojama People at Saturday Market in Eugene May 17, Sahalie Wine Bar in Corvallis May 31. New CD "footsie notes" will be available at shows or by writing to gleonard333 at gmail dot com . All improv, many Ike Willis guitar shreddings, etc.

  • 2008/05/17 Pojama People - concert "Saturday Market", Eugene, Or

  • 2008/05/31 Pojama People - concert 'Sahalie Wine Bar', Corvallis, Or

    "Fun-fun silly-willy."



2008 04 15

Ugly Radio Rebellion performs the music of Frank Zappa...

Summer 08 Tour
with Special Guest




2008/03/29, Viva Zappa played a concert at  'le bal du lézard' in Québec, Canada.

The band also has a new website, with music !


2008 04 14


Thanks to Dieter Jakob, the pictures of these two vinyl bootleg testpressings have been added to the UM files.

More pictures (back-cover, label, etc, ...) can be found at the bootleg entries.

frank zappa: outrageous muzik
-  lp  -  hoffman hof-00366  -  black vinyl testpressing

frank zappa: some evil mothers
-  lp  -  hoffman hof-00365  -  black vinyl testpressing


Zappa in Russian Classic Rock Magazine.

Info by Nikolai Zaharov

  • classic rock
        (2007/01, mag, russia)

    • Issue number 52 of Classic Rock, included a 1-page article on Zappa:
      Steve Harley (Cockney Rebels) tells about his favorite Zappa's album "Apostrophe'". Interview by Dave Ling.
  • classic rock
        (2007/06, mag, russia)

    • Issue number 57 of Classic Rock, included an 8-page article on the "Freak Out!" album and on the early days of FZ & The Mothers of Invention. Article by Valery Kycherenko.


I added some pictures to John Trubee's entry...
A bunch of nice shots, including the one below, entitled "John Trubee - Graveyard - Dead"


2008 03 10

from: Chris Opperman
subject: The Lionheart to be Released May 27th!

Hello, everyone!

This e-mail is to let you know that my fifth album, The Lionheart, will finally be released on May 27th, 2008!  You can pre-order it at through PayPal for $10 including domestic shipping to the United States ($15 for international orders).

Now, if that's not reason enough to pre-order, here are 10 other reasons!

  1. It features "The Porpentine," a 12-movement, 16-minute piece for full orchestra plus rhythm section that has been my primary compositional focus for nearly two years and is an encapsulation of everything I've learned over the last ten years about composing, arranging, and producing. 

  2. It contains beautifully recorded, well-produced, and thoroughly arranged versions of road-tested compositions including "Beware of the Random Factor," "Miles Behind," "Gen-Ebulous," "Telepathy on Mars?," "White Willow," and "Johannah."

  3. It also contains two new solo piano pieces: "Haasis" and "Knight of Winter's Day."

  4. Mike Keneally's beastly double-guitar solo on "White Willow" will blow your mind.

  5. It features the awesome musicianship of Grammy-nominated saxophonist Frank Macchia, Chris Spilsbury, Jen Kuhn, Daren Burns, Craig Bunch, Alma Carlsen, Joe Verderese, Cornelia Pesendorfer, Elizabeth Dotson-Westphalen, Clark Freeman, Neil Citron, and many, many more.

  6. It features artwork by my favorite comic book artist, multiple Eisner-award winner (it's like the Grammys for comic books) Mark Buckingham, renowned for his work on Fables, The Sandman, Miracleman, and more.

  7. It features award-winning singer/songwriter Kat Parsons' beautiful voice on "Idaho Potato," which is the only vocal piece on the album (and the only love song with words that I've ever written).

  8. There is a special pre-ordering price of only $10 ($15 international) including shipping because I want so much for everyone to have one and because I believe that the artwork and liner notes are an essential part of the album.  Therefore, I'm charging the same price for the physical product that it would cost for you to get it on iTunes.

  9. After all the years of hard work I put into making this album, it would mean a lot to me personally to have a lot of pre-orders.

  10. If you buy five copies of the album (or one copy each of all 5 of my albums), I will send you a signed, bound copy of the full orchestra score for "The Porpentine" (nearly 70 11"x17" pages) FOR FREE.

So please consider visiting and pre-ordering your copy today.  Thanks!

Chris Opperman

2008 04 13

from: Chris Opperman
subject: Lionheart News - Plus Performance May 8th @ the Derby!

"I believe that as a composer, Chris is a truly brilliant presence in Amercian music, and that he has made and continues to make priceless contributions to modern musical literature.  His solo piano album "Klavierstücke" is a classic collection which has moved many listeners.  His erudition and creativity as an orchestrator have been of immense value to me, and his enthusiasm and love for music is absolutely infectious." - master musician Mike Keneally

The news!

Firstly, thank you so much to everyone who has pre-ordered The Lionheart so far.  We've gotten pre-orders from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Japan, Brazil, and Denmark so far and it excites me beyond measure to know that people all over the world are interested in my compositions.  Very cool.  Thank you.  And if you haven't pre-ordered yet, there's still time!  Please do as I'm still only half-way to my goal w/the pre-sale!

Secondly, I had a lovely afternoon with NPS Radio 6 Holland's Creative Catalyst Co de Kloet a few weeks ago.  Co is putting together a one-hour radio documentary about my music (specifically the making of The Lionheart) which will culminate in the world broadcast premiere of "The Porpentine" which is the 12-movement piece for full orchestra plus rhythm section which concludes the album.  He also has some other amazing ideas that I hope come to fruition.  So stay tuned!

Thirdly, I will be performing on Thursday, May 8th @ The Derby (4500 Los Feliz Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90027) opening for my friend Beth Jean ( who is having her CD release party there that night.  I haven't decided if I'm going to play solo or invite a few friends, but I will be performing some new pieces including "Helenesque" which I wrote for "The Trojan Women" last year as well as some of the music that I'm currently writing for my sister's wedding.

Lastly (but certainly not leastly), I need to give a big shout-out to Scott Chatfield who really helped me out getting the website back up. is still down for now, but will be back soon.  In the meantime, you can always check me out at which has a blog that I update pretty regularly.  Subscribe, won't you?

I would also like to give a shout-out to Hiroshi Ota who was kind enough to draw some kanji symbols for Mark Buckingham and I to use in the liner notes of The Lionheart and for helping spread the word about this music in Japan ( 

Oh!  And a shout-out to Vienna's own Cornelia Pesendorfer who did an amazing job with the oboe parts for "The Porpentine" as well as my dear friend Neil Citron who started mixing the final version of "Miles Behind" Friday night, which sounds very beautiful.  Jen Kuhn's effortlessly melodic and searching cello solo gets me on that every time.

And that's it! Hope everyone's well and music is the best!

Chris Opperman  




Did you know that on the 1966 album by Champion Jack Dupree "From New Orleans To Chicago", that features John Mayall and Eric Clapton, is a track entitled '(Going Down To) Big Leg Emma's'.

-- info: T.A.


  • the muffin men: muffinz moovies vol.three (2004-2005)
        (2006, dvd, uk, private release)
    • A couple of weeks ago, the third volume of the Muffinz Moovies series got released. A very fine addition to the Muffin Men discography, this part takes you through the years 2004 and 2005.
      • chapter 11: the "when worlds collide" visit to glastonbury and the bands first appearance at the cropredy festival

      • the entire 18 minute encore from liverpool 2004, where almost every ex muffin man jam on an extended version of willie the pimp

      • the opening "overture" from a liverpool 2005 show.

      • the complete cropredy performance from 2005
    • I remember hearing about the Muffin Men in the early ninetees during on of Guus' "Zappa Days" in Eindhoven, NL. A little while later I saw them perform in Ghent, which was the start of a nice set of memories.
      Unfortunately, The Muffin Men don't play that often anymore, and when they do, they go straight to Germany, leaving Belgium aside.
      A pity, 'cause this is a band that knows what playing Zappa's music is all about. Not only one of the first bands to tour & play Zappa's music, but one of the best bands as well !!


Wim Hoogland's little Zappateers impression:

Fred's pictures



A couple of Wim Hoogland's Zappanale pictures have been added to entries of

All picture were taken during the bands' Zappanale performances.

Thank you Wim !

Here are a couple of examples:


It looks like The Voice Of Cheez will be teaming up with Underground Sensation for a night of Zappa music:
  • 2008/05/17 The Voice Of Cheez & Underground Sensation - concert 'Nietzsche's', Buffalo, usa


2007/12/12, Co de Kloet, during his "nps: in concert: beyond" radio show on radio 6, NL, presented a complete recording of the 2007/08/18 concert "offside festival", Geldern, NL, plus a part of the 2005/10/11 concert at 'paradiso' in Amsterdamn NL.

-- info: Gerard Wissink



The Central Scrutinizer Band will play a concert at the "no CB Bar":


Every month, Corrie van Binsbergen presents a "BrokkenAvond" in Amsterdam. The next one looks like this:
  • 2008/04/23 Brokken Avond:  het Brokken Leer Orkest - concert 'Zaal 100', Amsterdam, NL - 21.00 h

  • 2008/04/23 Brokken Avond:  Eric Vaarzon Morel, Albert van Veenendaal - concert 'Zaal 100', Amsterdam, NL - 22.30 h



A new vinyl bootleg on the Hoffman lbel:

  • frank zappa: some evil mothers
    -  lp  -  hoffman hof-00365  -  red vinyl  /  lilac label

[1]  1966/11/-- outtake from the sunset-highland studios of ttg
[2]  1967/10/02 concert 'olympen', lund, sweden
[3]  the "weasel music" acetate / 1968/10/25 concert london, uk
[4]  1968/10/23 "colour me pop", bbc2 studios, uk

side a

  1. studio fun  [1]

  2. orange county lumber truck medley - olympen, lund, sweden, october 2, 1967  [2]

side b

  1. some zany mothers bullshit  [3]

  2. king kong  [4]


-- info & pictures: Dieter Jakob

The orange vinyl variation:
  • frank zappa: some evil mothers
    -  lp  -  hoffman hof-00365  -  orange vinyl  /  brown label




And another vinyl bootleg has been spotted:

  • frank zappa: outrageous muzik
    -  lp  -  hoffman hof-00366  -  orange vinyl / yellow label

[1]  1989/--/-- the film score
[2]  1989/--/-- the german documentary by henning lohner, broadcast on 1991/10
[3]  1968/09/10 'sunset sound', the mothers & captain beefhfeart wish arthur tripp a very bizarre 24th birthday
[4]  1968/--/-- true speed studio version
[5]  the "weasel music" acetate / 1968/10/25 concert london, uk

side a

  1. outrage at valdez  [1]

  2. elektronik muzik  [2]

side b

  1. 24 big ones  [3]

  2. curse of the knick knack people  [4]

  3. some chamber music  [5]


-- info & pictures: Dieter Jakob


Besides the orange vinyl / yellow label, there's also a blue vinyl edition:
  • frank zappa: outrageous muzik
    -  lp  -  hoffman hof-00366  -  blue vinyl / yellow label


  • monica zetterlund: monica, monica
        (1971, lp, sweden, emi)
    • Here's another picture from the archives.
      Monica Zetterlund recorded Frank Zappa's 'Toads Of The Short Forest' in 1971. It got released on her "Monica, Monica" album entitled "Zäpovalsen".
      You can also find the track on a far more easier to locate CD from 1992.

2008 04 12


I saw Captain Cheese-Beard & The 7 Sisters Of Prevention in concert the other day. It did start with a bit of a blurry sound, and with a couple of mistakes, but once the band got to 'Outside Now' things had been straightened out and they  played an impressive second part.
The thing that surprised me the most was that there were only something between 60 and 80 people in attendance. For a concert with Zappa music. In Brussels. What some might consider the centre of the world (... just kidding with that last bit...)
And that was a pity.

2008/04/10 concert 'Atelier 210', Brussels, Belgium

  • setlist
    • Heavy Duty Judy, Cosmik Debris, Pygmy Twylyte, Son Of Orange County, More Trouble Every Day, Titties & Beer, The Torture Never Stops, Peaches En Regalia, Outside Now, City Of Tiny Lites, Uncle Remus, Don't Eat The Yellow Snow, Nanook Rubs It, St.Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast, Father O'blivion, Florentine Pogen, Yo Mama
  • the encores
    • Black Napkins, Andy, Inca Roads, Sofa




We already knew about the black vinyl edition and of the red vinyl edition of the "Austin 26 Oct" bootleg, but recently a clear vinyl edition, and a yellow edition showed up as well.

Extra pictures can be found at the bootleg entries.


Another brand-new vinyl bootleg has been spotted. It's a single vinyl album, on colored vinyl in a limited edition of 300 numbered copies.

100 copies are on yellow vinyl

100 copies are on clear vinyl

and 100 copies are on blue vinyl

info and pictures by Dieter Jakob.

More pictures at the entries for the albums.


Another version of the Buffalo 3LP vinyl album: blue/yellow and yellow marbled vinyl.

Pictures and info from Dieter Jacob.

More pictures from Dieter can be found on the entry for this album:

  • frank zappa: buffalo  - 3lp - green & yellow vinyl

cover side a - green vinyl

side c - green vinyl side e - yellow vinyl


Another version of the Buffalo 3LP vinyl album: blue/yellow and yellow marbled vinyl.

Pictures and info from Dieter Jacob.

More pictures from Dieter can be found on the entry for this album:

  • frank zappa: buffalo  - 3lp - blue/ yellow & yellow marbled vinyl



side a - blue/yellow vinyl

side c - yellow marbled vinyl

side e - yellow marbled vinyl


Another version of the Buffalo 3LP vinyl album: blue, green and yellow vinyl.

Pictures and info from Dieter Jacob.

More pictures from Dieter can be found on the entry for this album:

  • frank zappa: buffalo  - 3lp - blue, green & yellow vinyl

cover side a - blue vinyl

side c - green vinyl side e - yellow vinyl


There's a new Zappa bootleg out, called "Listen... And Find Out The Secret Word".

It's been released as a double vinyl (bootleg !) album, and it's available in black and in marbled white vinyl. It presents the first part of the 1988/05/25 Mannheim concert.

Pictures and info from Dieter Jacob.

More pictures from Dieter can be found on the entries for both albums:


cover back-cover

label of the black vinyl version side a of the clear marbled version


The Clazz Orchestra, 17 students of the Fontys Conservatory from Tilburg, NL, is conducted by Andreas van Zoelen.

The Orchestra will perform music of Frank Zappa, Coltrane, Bach, Pastorius and Parker in concert in Tilburg on 2008/05/03 at the 'NWE Vorst'.

Three Zappa pieces have been prepared: Igor's Boogie, Peaches en Regalia and Zappa's arrangement of Ravel's Bolero.


  • 2008/05/03 Clazz Orchestra - concert 'NWE Vorst', Tilburg, NL

-- info: Tom Baeten


At the end of the month, both "Duck Stab" and "Eskimo" will be re-released. They will be available as 'plain' CD's, and also as a hardbound book version.


  • peter carlsson och de blå grodorna: carlsson på scen
        (1994, cd, sweden, gazell gafcd 1021)
    • Peter Carlsson & De Blå Grodorna (The Blue Frogs) recorded 'Mystiska Mannen' on this 1994 album. It's actually Frank Zappa's 'Cosmik Debris', but with Swedish lyrics by Peter Carlsson.







  • stratospheerius: fiddle tripfunk live!
        (2006, dvd, usa, d-zone entertainment)
    • If you've been reading this Latest News section every once in a while, you'll probably know that I'm very fond of Joe Deninzon and Stratospheerius. For me, this is what progressive rock should sound like.
      "Fiddle Tripfunk Live" gave me the opportunity not just to hear, but to see Stratospheerius in action as well.
      Shot in a smaller club, "Fiddle Tripfunk Live" shows the quartet is a great setting. And they are in shape...
      Great show, great performance.
      And they play 'The Simpsons' theme' with a drum solo...
      What else do you need?


  • frank zappa: live in west germany 1980 
        (2007, cdr-bootleg, japan, zooey records)
    • This CDR-bootleg got released in 2007 in a limited edition of 100 copies as an appetizer for the "Mothers Including Beef" bootleg.
      This is, of course, another edition of the famous Flower Hour radio broadcast. An excellent show in FM quality.


  • lucky stiff: lucky stiff
        (1994, cd5", sweden, helikopter records helcd16)
    • Lucky Stiff's mini CD from 1994 included Frank Zappa's 'Ya Hozna', as well as The Residents' 'Simple Song'.
      The liner notes of the single say: "Taken from the forthcoming album "E.Z.". Beware!" Unfortunately, as far as I know this album never saw the light of day...
      This is a heavy stuff. Food for metal freaks. I like it. I like it a lot. Zappa's 'Ya Hozna' is a perfect choice for this band.
      The Residents' 'Simple Song' gets quite another treatment. The overdrive guitar is still there, but the synths and the vocals have been tuned to Residents-mode.


  • thomas darelid: rhytms of the heart
        (1994, cd, sweden, musik / musik mm 15)
    • Swedish artist Thomas Darelid recorded Frank Zappa's 'Uncle Remus' on his "Rhytms Of The Heart" album in 1994.
      Thomas Darelid is a piano / keyboard player, so it isn't hard to imagine that he's in for a coverversion of the famous Zappa / Duke composition. His rendition is funky and very impressive. It fits great on this excellent, instrumental album where the keyboard plays the most important role.

2008 04 10


Here are some more magazines that featured Frank Zappa. From all around the world.

Thanks to slime.oofytv.set for pictures and info.

  • qui giovanni
        (1973/05/10, magazine, italy)
    • Issue number 19 of Qui Giovanni included a 3-page article by Massimo Villa.

  • rock dunyasi
        (1994, jan/feb/march, turkey)
    • Issue number 15 of Rock Dunyasi included a 6-page article 'Son Oyununu Oynadi' by S.Tahsin Unlu.
  • musica
        (1995/05/10, magazin, italy)
    • Issue number 8 of Musica magazine included 2 stories on 1 page: 'Immortale Zappastory' by Riccardo Bertoncelli & 'Opera Omnia, Zappiani Di Tutto Il Mondo Unitevi' by Ale Sordi.

  • guitar club
        (1988/10, magazine, italy)
    • Issue number 10 of Guitar Club included a 4-page article on Frank, 2 pages on Dweezil, and a 4 page Al Dimeola interview.
  • hit parader
        (1967/07, magazine, usa)
    • Issue number 37 of Hit Parader included a 2 page story 'The Boss Mother ...... Meets The Animals' written by FZ.

  • la free press
        (1974/11/29, magazine, usa)
    • Issue number 48 / Vol.11 of the LA Free Press, included a 1 page interview / articley Elliot Cahn, leader of Sha Na Na (he met Zappa when both bands played at the nov-70 Fillmore E show)


  • toca rock
        (1985/07, magazine, mexico)
    • no Zappa content.

  • go set
        (1973/07/14, magazine, australia)
    • Issue number 28 of Go Set included a 2-page interview plus concert review of the Melbourne show.
  • canta
        (1971/07, magazine, mexico)
    • Issue number 336 of Canta included a 2-page interview 'Se Confiesia Se Queja Llora Y Reir' by J.Rams

  • east coast rocker
        (1988, magazine, usa)
    • Issue number 89 of East Coast Rocker included 'an interview with frank zappa; artist, buisinessman, politician' by Harold De Muir plus a review of the beacon theater show [3 pages].
  • musicians only
        (1980/01/26, magazine, uk)
    • This issue of Musicians Only included a 2-page interview with Paul Colbert.

  • focus
        (1976/12/15, magazine, usa)

    • This issue of Focus included a 2 page interview by Terry Wilson.


  • il mucchio selvaggio extra,
        (1994, magazine, italy)
    • Issue number 15 of Il Mucchio Selvaggio Extra, released in the autumn of 1994, presented 20-pages on Frank Zappa, including 'Io Sono Un Autarchio' by M.Drago, V.Rizzardi & J.Vignola; plus 11-aug-89 Hollywood interview by V.Rizzardi.


2008 04 09


German correspondent B.W.says:

Hello there...

appearantly things don't go too well for Gail in court. A decision from the Landgericht Düsseldorf will take at least 3 months and so far the judge has said that the Zappa logo and the zappanale logo are quite clearly two different things which people will not confuse. Also the judge pointed out that the ZFT knew all along over the last 18 years that the Zappanale festival took place and did nothing against it.

There only seems to be a slim chance for the ZFT to win this case.



Here's another beautiful newspaper cover. Well, actually it's the cover of the cultural supplement of La Vanguardi that got published last Wednesday, 

  • la vanguardia
        (2008/04/02, newspaper, spain)
    • April 2, 2008, the Cultural supplement of La Vanguardia, the spanish (catalan)  newspaper,  which probably is one of the oldest & most prestigious newspapers in Spain, dedicated a Zappa cover & 4 page article with 6 colour pics.
      Title: Zappa, libre"  (Zappa, free.)
      "He was one of the greatest musicians; nothing of life or politics was alien to him.
      We should remember that".


-- info: Javier Marcote



2008 04 09, Andre Cholmondeley says


greetings and welcome to april....

Lots going on -- Lots of music all around... on the road now with DELICIOUS, will be back out tour managing in May/June with the Adrian Belew Trio, eastern USA. Then some more shows in May..We are trying to get some Project/Object shows together as well-- stay tuned..!

Come out and rock with Delicious. We are a three-piece band, dealing with the thorny issue of..Sonic Mayhem and What to Do About It. It's heavy...but we can induce quite the cough-medicine style buzz as well, and keep it rhythmically interesting..

We're honored on some of these shows to be sharing the stage with the great ATOMIC BITCHWAX (Finn Ryan, Chris Kosnik and Bob Pantella of MONSTER MAGNET) and on some shows with the fantastic CRESCENT MOON (Eric Slick on double duty drums, and Dave Dreiwitz of WEEN).

More info below. Check the sites for details or email back. For more on our fellow bands .....Check out:

and for those of you far afield - THERE IS A WEBCAST:
FRIDAY, april 11 2008
10pm USA-ET
(both delicious and atomic bitchwax will be webcast)





APRIL 2008

  • 2008/04/10 Delicious - concert 'toy eaters', jersey city, nj, usa

  • 2008/04/11 Delicious - concert 'asbury lanes', asbury park, nj, usa  w/ATOMIC BITCHWAX  (live webcast  -

  • 2008/04/12 Delicious - concert 'black lodge', phila, pa, usa   w/ATOMIC BiTCHWAX

  • 2008/04/13 Delicious - concert 'midway café', boston, ma, usa

  • 2008/04/15 Delicious - concert 'john & peter's', new hope, pa, usa  w/CRESCENT MOON*

  • 2008/04/17 Delicious - concert 'ace of clubs', new york, ny, usa   w/ATOMIC BiTCHWAX,  CRESCENT MOON*

  • 2008/04/18 Delicious - concert 'nectar's', burlington, vt, usa

(crescent moon= eric slick and dave dreiwitz (ween bassist))


MAY 2008

  • 2008/05/24 Delicious - concert 'stella blue', asheville, nc, usa

  • 2008/05/25 Delicious - concert 'Asheville Music Jamboree', asheville, nc, usa   (


(Sound improves if you lower the volume on the youtube player & raise it on your speakers)

ALSO:  unedited JAN 2008 NYC show....warts and all:


  • JOSH ROSENSTEIN/BASS (dead girl, delicious founder)

  • ANDRE' CHOLMONDELEY/GTR (project/object, don preston's akashic)

  • ERIC SLICK/DRUMS (adrian belew power trio, project/object, crescent moon, black lodge ens.)

more info at as well



  • markus stauss: trank zappa grappa in varese? - more light
        (2008, cd, switzerland, fazzul music fm 0824)
    • In 2006, Markus Stauss released a promotional CDR, presenting his Trank Zappa Grappa In Varese? project. About a month ago, the first album got released.
      "More Light" includes music that got recorded in November 2007. Part of it even got recorded at the 'PlusEtage' in Baarle Nassau, a concert that I attended.
      I have very fond memories of this concert. Listening to this record, all these memories came back, and with good reason. "More Light" is a very fine album, displaying fine compositions and excellent improvisations, giving time and place to all four of the participating musicians.
      Frank Zappa's spirit is never far away.
    • Available throuth Markus Stauss' website:


Here are some more magazine covers from Javier's collection. Disco Expres, through the years.

-- info: Javier Marcote

  • disco expres
    (1974/09/27, magazine, spain)
    • Issue number 293
      Title:"Concierto en Barcelona ZAPPA¡ & Mothers of Invention.
      LA VISITA DEL (anti) MITO."
      One b/w whole ad-poster pic of Badalona show for October 4th Friday night at 10,15 hrs.
      One page article entitled: La visita del anti-mito Zappa ¡ & Mothers of Invention. La revolución del rock en España by Antonio Gómez on page 9 & continued by Andrian Vogel in page 14 with a b/w comic drawing.


  • disco expres 
        (1979/03, magazine, spain)
    • Issue number 479
      Zappa's name on cover.
      Back cover: Ad for next Zappa concerts: ( One show in Barcelona & two  shows in the same day in Madrid).
      March 13th 21,00 h., at Palacio Municipal de los deportes de Barcelona & March 14th at 19,00 h & 22,30 h. at Pabellón Real Madrid.
      Three page article & interview by Job with three b/w pics.

  • disco expres
    1975/10/19 , magazine, spain)
    • Issue number 342
      Title: "El esotérico JERRY. FRANK TALLA ÚNICA...¡
      One page article entitled: "Frank Zappa-Talla Única" by Job & b/w pic of Zappa.



  • hans annéllsson: detta har hant (1990 - 2006)
        (2006, cd, sweden, annellssongs)
    • A bit over a year ago, Hans Annéllsson released "Detta Har Hänt", an album that looked back on his career.
      If you're familiar with his previous albums, you know what to expect. If you haven't heard Hans' music, this will be a perfect introduction.
      Still, a pity that he didn't put any of his beautiful Zappa coverversions on this one  :-)
    • Available from CDBaby.


  • various artists: the miraculous healing of the daughter of henry the glass cat
        (200?, cd, uk, cordelia records cd038)
    • In the meantime, at Cordelia Records, Alan Jenkins is making an offer one can't refuse.
      If you order a copy of the excellent "20 Extraordinary Renditions", you can get this superb sampler almost for free. Tracks by The Thurston Lava Tube, The Creams, The Deep Freeze Mice, Don's Mobile Barbers, and by Alan Jenkins.
      Check it out. You won't be dissapointed.

2008 04 08


It looks like Pierrejean Gaucher will be playing more Zappa in the near future:
  • 2008/05/03 - 05 rehearsal for the "Zappa" project at the conservatoire régionnal d' Annecy
  • 2008/05/06 concert of the "Zappa" project at the conservatoire régionnal d' Annecy



Here's another great magazine cover. From Spain this time, and drawn by comic book artist Ceesepe !!

  • disco expres
        (1976/03/12 , magazine, spain)

    • Issue number 366
      Comic drawing on cover by Ceesepe titled: Zappa... ( snif) No viene¡ - Translation: "(Zappa) Doesn´t come".
      Half page article with b/w Zappa pic by John Ajuriah.
      Half page ad-poster in b/w of Zappa shows in Spain ( March 15th & 16th in Badalona & 17th in Bilbao)
      Half page comic drawing by Ceesepe.

-- info: Javier Marcote


Greg Russo recently located a copy of the rare Big Sonny And The Lo Boys 7" "Play Your Music / Funny Money".

This means that both tracks will probable get released on one of the Jimmy Carl Black compilation albums that he will be releasing on his Crossfire record label.

Talking about side-projects and old, pre-Mothers releases, Greg also confirmed that the Roy Estrada and the Rocketeers single was definitely made by the 17-year old Roy Estrada who later played with JCB & FZ...



  • stratospheerius: headspace
        (2007, cd, usa, private release)
    • The latest Stratospheerius record got released in 2007.
      Stratospheerius is Joe Deninzon's band. If you're into electric violin / guitar stuff, this is your thing.
      "Headspace" is another beautiful release. Mostly instrumental, beautiful solos, ...
      Progressive rock at its best.
      Lots of musical nods and jokes on this album. Track 5 is entitled 'Mental Floss', and track 6 'Gutterpunk Blues' includes a snippet of Zappa's 'King Kong'.


Coming soon: a new cover band from Livorno in Italy.


  • Nicol Franza: guitar, voice and other instruments

  • Iacopo Giusti: drums (= drummer of Fattore Zeta)

The record is coming soon....stay tuned.

The bands MySpace site offers 'Peaches En Regalia' and 'Dirty Love'.


-- info: Andrea Iacoponi



2008 04 08

A few years ago, Frank Zappa's eldest son Dweezil decided that his father's music had been missing from the musical landscape for far too long.  He created ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA, an extensive concert tour that brought selected compositions from Frank's body of work to the stage.  In 2006 two ZAPPA PLAYZ ZAPPA shows were filmed and recorded to capture the experience to reach an even larger audience on DVD.   

On April 29th, Razor & Tie will release ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA on DVD and CD. 


APRIL 3RD, 2008



(New York, NY) - On April 29th, Razor & Tie Entertainment will release ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA on DVD.  The DVD features the astounding music of Frank Zappa played by an expert ensemble led by his son, Dweezil, an accomplished musician in his own right. 

Considered by many to be a genius composer, guitarist and producer, Frank Zappa's body of work is as vast, as it is diverse.  His untimely death in 1993 left legions of loyal fans missing his satirical flair and brilliant musicianship.  A few years ago, Dweezil decided that his father's music had been missing from the musical landscape for far too long and chose to dive headlong into the massive undertaking that became ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA.  This extensive concert tour respectfully brings selected compositions from the elder Zappa's body of work back to the stage. 

Dweezil states, "Frank's music is unique.  It deserves to be discovered by today's audience.  They don't have any idea what they are missing.  His music is not going to suddenly appear on popular radio or TV programs and it's not going to get massive exposure in the media, so the only way to introduce it to new people is to play his music live.  Frank always called his music the 'World's Finest Optional Entertainment' and it really is."  The ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA tour offers audiences an opportunity to spend an evening with Frank Zappa's music, performed meticulously by a group of top-flight musicians who were schooled in its subtleties.

The ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA tour will be playing select dates (including festivals) beginning in June, with more dates to be announced for the fall.  This year's ZPZ line-up features: Dweezil Zappa (guitar, vocals), Aaron Arntz (keyboards and trumpet), Scheila Gonzalez (saxophone, flute, keyboards and vocals), Pete Griffin (bass), Billy Hulting (marimba, mallets and percussion), Jamie Kime (guitar), Joe Travers (drums and vocals) and special guest Ray White (guitar and vocals).  Please see below for confirmed shows to date. 

In 2006, two ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA shows were pristinely filmed and recorded (in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA, respectively) to capture the experience.  The result is a double-DVD set with a 12-track bonus audio CD.  Produced by Pierre and Francois Lamoureaux for Strobosonic, the DVDs feature over three hours of performances of Dweezil's "rocking teenage combo", including previous 2006 tour special guests: Steve Vai, Napoleon Murphy Brock and Terry Bozzio.  A limited edition fanpack will also be available which features the two-DVD set and three CDs containing the entire audio content, totaling 270 minutes.



  1. Andy

  2. Call Any Vegetable

  3. Tell Me You Love Me

  4. Florentine Pogen

  5. Cosmik Debris

  6. I'm The Slime

  7. Pound For A Brown

  8. Don't Eat The Yellow Snow

  9. St. Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast

  10. Father O'Blivion

  11. Inca Roads

  12. Eat That Question

  13. I'm So Cute

  14. Tryin' To Grow A Chin

  15. Punky's Whips


  1. Black Page #1

  2. Black Page #2

  3. Regyptian Strut

  4. Peaches En Regalia

  5. Montana

  6. Village Of The Sun

  7. Echidna's Arf (Of You)

  8. Zomby Woof

  9. Black Napkins

  10. The Torture Never Stops

  11. Oh No

  12. Son Of Orange County

  13.  Trouble Every Day

  14. Sofa

  15. Cheepnis* (*bonus track not listed on package)



  1. Tell Me You Love Me

  2. Florentine Pogen

  3. Cheepnis

  4. Cosmik Debris

  5. I'm The Same

  6. Don't Eat The Yellow Snow

  7. St. Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast

  8. Father O'Blivion

  9. Black Page #2

  10. Peaches En Regalia

  11. Zomby Woof

  12. The Torture Never Stops





  • 2008/06/06 concert 'First Avenue', Minneapolis, MN

  • 2008/06/07 concert 'Witherspoon Hall', Omaha, NE

  • 2008/06/08 concert 'Wakarusa Festival', Lawrence, KS

  • 2008/06/09 concert 'Pagaent', St. Louis, MO

  • 2008/06/11 concert 'House Of Blues', New Orleans, LA

  • 2008/06/12 concert 'Variety Playhouse', Atlanta, GA

  • 2008/06/13 concert 'Lincoln Theatre', Raleigh, NC

  • 2008/06/14 concert 'Bonnaroo', Manchester, TN


  • 2008/07/01 concert 'Milwaukee Summerfest', Milwaukee, Wi

  • 2008/07/03 concert 'Rothbury Festival', Muskegon, MI

  • 2008/07/04 concert 'Elements', Kitchener, ON

  • 2008/07/05 concert "Ottowa Bluesfest", Ottawa, ON

  • 2008/07/06 concert 'Quebec International Summer Festival', Quebec, QC

  • 2008/07/08 concert 'Common Ground', Lansing, MI


  • 2008/08/01 concert 'Gathering Of The Vibes', Bridgeport, CT

  • 2008/08/02 concert 'Higher Ground', Burlington, VT

  • 2008/08/03 concert 'Calvin Theatre', Northampton, MA

  • 2008/08/05 concert 'Merrill Auditorium', Portland, ME

  • 2008/08/06 concert 'Hampton Beach Casino', Hampton Beach, NH

  • 2008/08/07 concert "Thursdays At The Square", Buffalo, NY

  • 2008/08/08 concert 'North Fork Theatre At Westbury', Westbury, NY

  • 2008/08/09 concert 'Paramount Center', Peekskill, NY


2008 04 07


Two more magazine covers, pointed out to me by Hans-Peter Schmidt.

  • sounds
        (1978/09/16, magazine, uk)
    • This issue of Sounds included a 2-page review, including pictures, of the 1978 Knebworth Festival.
  • grapevine
        (1973/10, magazine, uk)
    • the October 1973 issue of Grapevine, a monthly guide to Birmingham, included a review of a Mothers Of Invention concert.



April 2, 2008: A message from Mike

Happy April Second Day! On April 2nd you're only allowed to say very TRUE things.

Welcome to the fabulous NEW LOOK Keneallist! More fun than boxes! Or boats!

Co de Kloet and the lovely Linde were visiting in California this week. They made me and Sarah and Scott and Claudia a truly wonderful dinner, and they are truly wonderful people. Thanks kids!

Wine And Pickles, the magical outtakes/rarities record that could, is complete, the audio at least. We're in artwork mode now. I'm doing two, possibly three paintings for it and I've done a major bunch of liner notes, the polar opposite of Dog where I was hiding everything for some reason, this time around everything's on the table for you to pick through. Ordering information will come your way after Scott gets back from Europe in mid-April.

But the main thing I need to do today is pack for Portugal, 'cause I'm flying there in the morning to play at the Gouveia Art Rock festival this weekend. Van Der Graaf Generator dude! I'm going to have a good time. Thanks Thomas Olsson (my buddy who I met last year at the Isildurs Bane fest) for hooking this one up. It's another solo set, like I did last year in Germany and earlier this year in Japan. Every time it's a little less nerve-wracking to do the solo thing. But it's still slightly nerve-wracking.

How about last week's gig at the Baked Potato? "Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA," dude. That was a result of Joe Travers and I watching a live Devo concert from the late 70s a few weeks ago and dying inside over how cool they were; we NEEDED to play that song. Eric Vesbit said it was the best cover he'd ever heard us do. And Jamie Kime was awesome, playing the whole second set with us.

Oh, Bryan Beller is going to also be sitting in with Janet Feder and myself at Alva's on April 12. Good times, yes! And Andy Partridge and I have re-engaged on our project which was started four years ago now, sheesh. This year we're going to actually finish the songs we started writing together, I hope, I hope.

Here's some names of songs which I'll be recording with Bryan, Rick and Joe after I get back from Portugal:

Cornbread Crumb

Life's Too Small



I think "Popes" is going to be a big, big hit. People love popes.

And last night I heard the finished Assumptions album (the songs of Layne Sterling as performed by Layne, myself, Jon Kanis and Brian Nucci) on VINYL, and it sounds utterly fantastic. More about this release soon, you need to check it out.

Now, to put clothes in things! See you in Portugal!



  • 2008/04/05 Mike Keneally
    - concert "Gouveia Art Rock 2008 Festival", Teatro-Cine, Complexo das Piscinas Municipais, Gouveia, Portugal

  • 2008/04/12 Janet Feder with special guest Mike Keneally
    - concert 'Rosalie and Alva Performance Gallery', 1417 West 8th Street, San Pedro, CA, usa












Have you been enjoying Wim Hoogland's Zappanale pictures as much as I have?
Well, there's more to come.

In the meantime, check out Burkhard's load of pictures of Zappanale 18 over at
Just ignore the chap with the red sweater on in the very first picture...



Zappart, the organisation who, years ago, erected the world's first Frank Zappa statue (in Vilnius), is organising another Zappa event:

The Vilnius String Quintet , in co-operation with the Lithuanian National Philharmonic, will be perfoming Frank Zappa's symphony pieces.

The evening is called "From A Distance", and will take place on the 10th of April in Vilnius, Lithuania.


the Vilnius String Quintet,
with guests:
  Danielius Praspaliauskis (saxophone)
  Andrius Kulikauskas (accordion)
  Raimundas Dauginas (keyboard)
  Valerijus Ramoška (trumpet)
  Marijus Aleksa (drums)

  • 2008/04/10 The Vilnius String Quintet - concert Vilnius, Lithuania

-- info: Avo Raup


2008 04 06
It did me a while to get this up. Lotsa new entries for the bands that will play at Zappanale, and I'm not completely finished as there is quite some new data in Lennart's list as well.
Enjoy !!


The Harry Kapeliaris Group performed Frank Zappa's 'Watermelon In Easter Hay' live on "1000+2 nights", June 2007.

Harry Kapeliaris - guitar
Chris Basios - keyboards
Thodoris Kouelis - bass
Thodoris Papastathis - drums
George Kapsopoulos - guitar

guests Mike Tsikos - clarinet, Marina Manolakou - voice



Shawn Lane performed Frank Zappa's 'Watermelon In Easter Hay' in concert.



Maurizio Perri has arranged and recorded several Frank Zappa compositions for fingerstyle guitar.

The results can be seen at YouTube:

Lumpy Gravy (F.Zappa) :

Let's Make The Water Turn Black (F.Zappa) :

Let's Move To Cleveland (F.Zappa) :

Watermelon In Easter Hay (F.Zappa) :



Rastop performed Frank Zappa's 'Black Napkins', live at 'Pianos' in New York City, NY, usa in 2008.

John Macaluso on drums, Jack Maiorino on bass, Jerry Z on keyboards.



Here's the Zappanale#19 Line-Up

  • Anti Agressive Action Band aka "Underground Sensation", USA
    feat. members of Voice of Cheeze, Ugly Radio Rebellion Band, DOOT

  • Low Budget Research Kitchen, Portugal

  • Wrong Object, Belgium

  • Finnish Zappa Tribute Band, Finnland

  • Paul Green School of Rock plays Zappa and YES, USA

  • Electric Orange, Germany

  • Panzerballett, Germany

  • Delicious Band Research Kitchen, France

  • INDUKTI, Poland

  • Alamaailman Vasarat, Finnland

  • Zappa Circus, Hungary

  • UZVA, Finnland

  • Jazzproject Hundehagen, Germany

  • Fattore Zeta, Italy

  • Bogus Pomp Semi Acoustic Orchestra, USA

Special guests:

  • Denny Walley

  • Napoleon Murphy Brock

  • Stanley Jason Zappa



During my stay in Nijmegen for the Zappateers Festival, I had a nice talk with Lennart Gustafsson.
Lennart told me that he had been working on a list of Swedish bands that had recorded Zappa's music. He was kind enough to send me the below list, which includes some very fine additions to the Others of Invention list.

And there's even more good news: Lennart said that he had a Swedish version that included some extra info. He's working on an English translation of this annotated document, and will send it when it's ready.

Thanks again Lennart !!


Swedish Zappa covers

    By Lennart Gustafsson


Swedish Records
(Chronological order according to date of first release)

Diamonds (Polydor NH 59787, singel, 1969)
The Spotnicks - Rare Collection (Riverside RRCD 2105, 1999)

  • Lumpy Gravy


Monica Zetterlund
Monica - Monica (Odeon 4E 062-34337, 1971)
Nu är det skönt att leva (EMI 1364492, 1992)

  • Toads of the Short Forest/Zäpovalsen

Egen blandning (Opus3, 78-06, 1978)

  • Popen (medley incl I'm the slime)

Nils Dacke
Disco-Dacke (Scranta SALP 1021, 1979)

  • Bobby Brown

Må (Bastun BAS 010, 1981)

  • More trouble every day/Spüan

You can't kill the boogeyman (Radium/MNW RACD 94, 1993)

  • Trouble comin' ev'ry day

Jukon speakers
House on haunted hill (Garageland BF 630, 1988)

  • My guitar wants to kill your mama

Omnibus Wind Ensemble
From Mozart to Zappa (Firma Ljudinspelning/Opus 3, 1992)

  • Bebop tango

Music by Frank Zappa (Firma Ljudinspelning/Opus 3, 1995)

  • Inca roads

  • How could I be such a fool

  • Revised music for a low budget orchestra

  • Let's make the water turn black

  • The black page no. 2

  • No. 7

  • Igor's boogie

  • Be-bop tango

  • Alien orifice

  • Dog breath variations

  • Uncle Meat

  • Sinister footwear, 2nd movement

  • Brown shoes don't make it

  • Peaches en regalia

Special 20th anniversary celebration disc (Opus 3, 1996)

  • Inca roads

Hans Annéllsson 
Tra-la-Larsson (Annellsongs, 1993)

  • Penis dimension/Penisens storlek

  • Oh no/On ho

  • Black Page

Du är min sötsak (Annellsongs, 1995)

  • Uncle Meat

One more time for the world (Annellsongs, 1999)

  • Uncle Meat

  • King Kong

  • The Black Page

  • Oh no/On ho.

Peace thru superior firepower (Nonstop NSM 33-19, 1993)

  • Ms Pinky

Stukas 9 (Birdnest CD singel BIRD055CD, 1994)
Draaa! (Birdnest BIRD065CD, 1994)

  • Wind Up Working In A Gas Station

Lucky Stiff
Lucky Stiff (Helikopter HELCD 16, 1994)

  • Ya Hozna

Thomas Darelid
Rhytms [sic] of the Heart (Musik/Musik MM 15, 1994)

  • Uncle Remus

Peter Carlsson och de blå grodorna
Carlsson på scen (Gazell, GAFCD 1021, 1994)

  • Cosmic Debris/Mystiska Mannen

Gunnar Spjuth
The Classical Guitar Reborn - fifties' music played by Gunnar Spjuth (dB Productions Swede, dBCD46, 1999)

  • Waltz for Guitar

Mattias IA Eklundh
Freak Guitar (Thunderstruck TSP2163992, 1999)

  • Black Page

Denny Walley
Spare Parts (UAE disc 5, 1997)

  • Suicide Chump

  • Bamboozled by Love

Bohuslän Big Band
Bohuslän Big Band plays Zappa (Imogena IGCD 089, 2000)

  • Zomby Woof

  • Sinister Footwear - movement 2

  • The Grand Wazoo

  • St. Alfonzo´s Pancake Breakfast

  • Father Oblivion

  • Son Of Orange County

  • More Trouble Every Day

  • Zoot Allures

  • Find Her Finer

  • Sofa / RDNZL

  • Let´s Make The Water Turn Black

  • Let Me Take You To The Beach

Dan Bäckman 
Jan Banan (EPI EPC 673178 1, 2002)
Dan Bäckman sjunger Jan Banan (& nio andra lägereldsklassiker, (EPIC, EPC 510166 2, 2002)

  • Bobby Brown Goes Down/Jan Banan

Zappanale recordings with Swedish groups

Arnie Fruit Quartet/Arne Frukt Kvartett
Arf-Society's "Black CD" (2112, 1997)

  • The purple Lagoon

  • Little Umbrellas

  • Uncle Meat

  • Louie Louie

  • Peaches en Regalia

  • Son of Mr Green Genes

Arf Society presents Zappanale #10 (GEMA LC 6545, 1999)

  • Pick me I'm clean

  • Keep it Greasy

Arf Society presents Zappanale #11 (GEMA LC 6545, 2000)

  • Mom and Dad

  • Yo' mama

  • Cy Borg

  • Road ladies

Zappanale 13 (GEMA LC 6545, 2002)

  • Pound for a Brown on the Bus

Arf Society presents Zappanale #10 (1999)

  • Echidna's Arf (of you)

  • Harry you're a beast/Orange County Lumber Truck

  • Dancing Fool

Zappa Graduates
Zappanale 15 (GEMA 6545, 2004)

  • Zomby Woof

  • Who Needs The Peace Corps

  • Oh No! Son Of Orange County

  • Blessed Relief

  • Sleep Dirt

  • Moggio

  • G-Spot Tornado

  • Patience

  • Montana

Other international records with Swedish performers

Morgan Ågren och Mats Öberg
Zappa's Universe (Verve 513 575-2, 1993)

  • Elvis Has Just Left The Building

  • Brown Shoes Don't Make It

  • Jazz Discharge Party Hats

  • Inca Roads

  • Moggio

  • Nite School

  • Echidna's Arf (Of You)

  • Hungry Freaks, Daddy

  • Heavenly Bank Account

  • The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing

  • Waka Jawaka (Edit)

  • Sofa

  • Dirty Love

  • Hot Plate Heaven At The Green Hotel.




Underground Sensation is
  • Kilissa Cissosko: saxophone
  • Joe Nolan: guitar
  • Preston Parrish: bass
  • Stephen Chillemi: drums
  • Mark Raffile: drums

The band is scheduled to perform on Friday at the 2008 edition of the Zappanale Festival in Bad Doberan, Germany.

The picture on the right is taken from Pete Brunelli's & Stephen Chillemi's Doot! website over at



2008 04 02

What's new, Dootycat

Dateline, Rancho Frio
Rat Fink reporting for DOOT! News World Times
April 1, 2008

DOOT! World Goons victorious over Straight Nation

Freak-music impresario Idiot Bastard, real name unknown, recently sent out a call for mutants with a musical opinion on a pop song, eponymous. The mutant response was overwhelming, and the unprepared gaily dressed villagers of Straight Nation were turned back. In celebration of their victory, evidence of these crimes against humanity were presented in the form of a World Wildlife Fund white paper entitled "20 Extraordinary Renditions: A Guide to Free Love in the Streets"". Editorial input from the "axis of finks" resulted in additional far-out graphics and a shortened title, and the evidence was entered as "Exhibit Z" before the court. More information available at

DOOT! mouthpiece Del Vitello offered this response to our inquiry "DOOT! has been called "idiots" and "bastards", so they felt a special bond with the concept. Is that a crime? Not the last time I checked. Are you guys gonna be long? I got traps to check." While the credibility of DOOT! News World Times could be called into question when quoting their own paid consultant, DOOT! News mouthpiece Dan Vitello insists "DOOT!'s support of the Protect UnMerica Act" in now way colors their judgement in this matter. Are you guys gonna be long? I got palms to grease, and tonight is Meatloaf Night."

Other developments in the aftermath of what is now dubbed "Operation Idiot Bastard" include the formation of splinter-group "Underground Sensation: A Guide to Free Love in the Streets", shortened by a late-stage fink mandate. Recently acquired training camp images clearly identify a virtual cabal of Axis leadership: Buffalonian Delegate Killissa Cissoko, BEADGF lieutenant Preston Parish, martial arts master Joe Nolan III, REMO kingpin Mark Rafile, and DOOT! founder Stephen Chillemi. A web presence located at
http:// reveals more details and high resolution surveillance documents.


For those of you not fluent in Finkish, DOOT! contributed a track to a great compilation CD, "20 Extraordinary Renditions", which consists of 20 unique audio reflections on a masterpiece of the modern era.
See the IBS website for more information:
We had a blast doing it, and we are blown away by the performances on this comp. Not a dull moment on a 20 track CD. Everybody really brings something unique to the party. Our 5 minute quick-set musique concrete, DOOT!CRETE, was formed from a nice dutch girl and a strange man of Sicilian extraction. Stephen Chillemi plays percussion, vibraphone, saxamaphone, and lays down the vocals.
Annemarieke Schoonderwaldt provided a buffet of violance. Pete Brunelli provided conduction services and technical production. We are sandwiched between John Tabacco and Nigey Lennon... and we are a trying not to look too uncomfortable.

Stephen Chillemi is also involved in Underground Sensation, a quintet recently invited to perform at Zappanale 19. With Voice of Cheez whiz Kilissa Cissoko on reeds, URR bass genie Preston Parish, guitar samurai Joe Nolan, and shadowy stranger Mark Rafile on drums, Stephen on vibes/perc/sax... and everybody sings. So that should be fun and we hope to have some audio proof soon. Lots of crunchy nuggets in the setlist! See a nice picture of a recent rehearsal here

Isn't hitting delete so much easier than wrapping a fish in this? 
Consider the Earth and let those electrons be free again.

More DOOT! soon,
D'ose D'OOTS  

2008 04 01


2008 03 

info by Nikolai Zaharov

"Winds of Change" is an album released in 1967 by Eric Burdon & The Animals.

The original band, The Animals, broke up in 1966 and this band was entirely new, except for lead singer Eric Burdon and recently-added drummer Barry Jenkins. With the new band, including guitarist Vic Briggs and electric violinist John Weider, Burdon began to transition from the gritty blues sound of the original mid-1960s group and moved into the pyschedelic era of music.
Winds Of Change starts with Eric singing deeply over a slow Indian beat. As the winds sigh in the background, Eric introduces his heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa,...
It's a litany of blues and rock'n'roll pioneers, the people who had most inspired and influenced the young composer.


ERIC BURDON & THE ANIMALS lyrics of Winds Of Change 

There are winds of changes blowing
Gathering leaves up in its path
And the people who are the leaves
Will remain in our hearts
With love, till eternity

King Elmore was born,
So was Duke Ellington
Jelly Roll made love
Bessie Smith was created in heaven above
Robert Johnson sang the blues
Shick Webb did those things that only he could do
Charlie Christian started a new thing
And, oh my, how Billie Holiday could sing
Alan Freed rock and rolled,
Joe Turner's voice was very low
B.B. King wailed
Charlie Parker cried
Louis Jordan smiled
Ray Charles moaned,
Chuck Berry rock and rolled
Fats Domino made me feel good
Elvis Presley did things that no one thought he could

Then came the Beatles, Rolling Stones
Whole new thing was going on.
Frank Zappa zapped
Mamas and Papas knew where it was at
They all listened to Ravi Shankar .
Now that we got Jimi Hendrix
We know where we are (and Louis Jordan smiled )
And the winds of change go on blowing, blowing,
Gathering more and more leaves in its path,
As time goes past

Winds of change keep on blowing,
Winds of change keep on blowing,
Bob Dylan sang about the winds of change
Blowing, it's all blowing, the winds of change.



There's a new vinyl bootleg album out. It's called "Mannheim '88". It has been spotted in black vinyl. Clear vinyl editions should exist as well.

Furthermore, the "Austin '73" bootleg is said to be available on yellow vinyl (175 copies), and on clear vinyl (also 175 copies)...


Hey Resident pal,

We'd like to invite you to the latest little thingy thing we just set up. 
Now Ralph has it's own BLOG! Not at all meant to compete with Big Brother, and the BOG, we just thought we'd set something up to get your feedback on the various Residents items we attempt to sell. With the music industry changing quickly, and the world in a state of flux, we figured it's better to hear straight from you what you want in a Residents product, rather than guessing all of the time.

So I'll be posting up there on very specific topics in an attempt to do this. I know everyone will put up posts to release the original WB record, or Baby Sex or something, but we only have so much say so here. You can suggest, so that we might suggest, and that's all we can do. But sometimes a collective idea can often become a very good idea, or at the very least, a spark plug to other new ideas.

So I just put up a post asking for a better name for the blog. "The Ralph Chronicles" is kinda dumb. So help me out.

Oh, and speaking of The Residents, did you know that here at, we sell a great collection of Residents rare CDs, LPs, DVDs, box sets and and wonderful array of wearable art (sometimes referred to as a teeshirt)? So stop on by, especially you Europe-folk, while the Euro is killing the dollar, and git a deal!

Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you over at the blog...oh, here's that address


the RalphGang (of one, tonight)




1971 05 29



Here are some excellent shots that Wim Hoogland took during Team Zappa's Zappanale performance in 2007:



Here are some more pictures from Wim Hoogland. It's Sex Without Nails during Zappanale 2007, including special guest NMB:


2008 03 29

Liebe Freundinnen und Freunde

Für alle, die die Vorstellung noch nicht gesehen haben und schon immer sehen wollen und für alle, die den Abend noch einmal sehen wollen, spielen wir - vermutlich zum letzten Mal - Am 9. April um 20.00 Uhr im Theater Rigiblick

"ZAPPA!, alles über Frank"

"Zehn, fünfzehn Minuten braucht es, dann ist man windelweich gekocht. Dann ist auch das ungelenkigste Temperament mobil geworden, der gefrorenste Griesgram aufgetaut."


Mehr Infos unter oder

Ganz herzliche Grüsse

Daniel Rohr

PS: "Goethes ,Faust' erzählt mit den grossen Songs aus Rock und Pop", die Nachfolge-Produktion von "alles über Frank". oder

Reservationen unter 044 361 80 51
oder per Mail an:

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Löwenstr. 31-35
8001 Zürich



2008 04 05, Phlitman, Kangaroo & Band of Lonely Lama's will perform at the 'Zaal Manège' at the Rijschoolstraat in Sint-Truiden, Belgium. (20.00 h)

A memorable event, even before it takes place.



2008 03 31


  • various artists: 20 extraordinary renditions
        (2008, cd, uk, cordelia records)
    • Twenty times Frank Zappa's 'Idiot Bastard Son'. Twenty different artists.

      When I first heard about this project, I was quite suprised. Sure, if you're name is Andrew Greenaway, and you have an excellent website called "The Idiot Bastard Son", this is your dream-project.
      On the other hand, if you want quality, you need some top artists to toy around with a Zappa composition. And that's exactly why this album is so good. Not only do you get top musicians, you also get superb arrangers. Musicians who 'know their Zappa'.
      Jerry Outlaw's impressive guitar work, Roddie Gilliard's psychedelic approach, Evil Dick's backward version, Wan Kemper's recognisable melodica, Tabacco's present-day version, the Doot! Arkestra with Ke on the violin, Nigey Lennon's collage, Fraizer Knapp's fusion / rap version, Ali Bach, the Bogus Pomp Orchestra, The Wrong Object, ...
      There's just too much to mention.
    • This is a must-have !!
      Do you doubt if you can play the entire album without getting tired of it? I've played my copy all afternoon. I've been making new entries, adding website and MySpace links for the artists, and I'm still listening to it.
      As I said, a must-have


2008 03 30


  • frank zappa quartet: video live concert 2007
        (2007, dvdr-pro, cz, private release)
    • February 22, 2007, the FZQ (or the Frank Zappa Quartet) played a concert in Brno in the Czech Republic.
      It is no secret that Brno is the home of some Zappa freaks, and so here it is: a new (promotional) release by the Czech Frank Zapa Fanclub: a video recording of (a part) of the FZQ concert.


-- thanks to Bohous


A little while ago, issue number 107 of Zappostrophe got published. This Czech Frank Zappa Fanclub fanzine has been around since 1986, and still is very alive and kicking.

In this issue:

  • the mofo project/object
  • fanclub mugs
  • the frank zappa quintet
  • 20.10.07 : frank zappa kongres
  • news
  • happy new year
  • new releases by the czech frank zappa fanclub



I've been listening a lot to Sun Ra lately. A lot of his concerts are circulating.

Here are some that I have been enjoying recently:


  • 1975/01/30 sun ra arkestra - concert 'smiling dog saloon', cleveland, usa

    • fm broadcast

    • setlist

      • astro nation, enlightenment, love in outer space, theme of the stargazers, the satellights are spinning, friendly galaxy #1, i am the brother of the wind, i pharoah, unidentified, sophisticated lady

    • comments

      • it was the last week of january 1975. sun ra and his unusual group of entertainers came to cleveland for the first time to play a six-day engagement at the smiling dog saloon. from tuesday night, january 28th, through sunday, february 2nd, the iconoclastic band that didnõt fit any of the usual categories of jazz, played twice a night, plus a matinee on saturday. the thursday night show was recorded and broadcast on radio.
        the announcer opened the broadcast, saying simply, "now, the wmms sound broadcasts sun ra and the intergactic myth-science arkestra."
        the scene was the smiling dog saloon, a former bowling alley at west 25th and woodbridge, just off interstate 71. it had been cleveland's almost exclusive venue for jazz since 1971, the club that had presented miles davis, stan getz, art blakey and many others. but, this night, it was sun ra and his almost cult-like big band that he called an "arkestra." members of the band, dressed in sparkling, colorful costumes and playing almost every kind of rhythm instrument you can imagine, marched out and began parading around the stage.
        bernard lairet, writing in the plain dealer, called the sun ra arkestra "a drastic alternative to lovers of the stereotyped big band." by comparison, the writer said, "maynard ferguson might be considered dull and boring" and stan kenton "might be likened to a ridiculous musical dinosaur."
        "in the later half of 1975 and the beginning of 1976, the arkestra worked frequently in the midwest: the smiling dog saloon in cleveland, various venues in chicago, and colleges. they also played in new york and on the east coast, including possibly the left bank jazz society in baltimore (though this last could have come later). [abdullah]" ~ saturn research

  • 1975/06/11 sun ra and the arkestra - concert 'the "new" five spot café', nyc, ny, usa
    • setlist
      • lightning (ellington), ??, 3. king porter stomp (morton), moonship journey, improv. pt 1, improv cont., interlude, space is the place > we roam the cosmos > immeasurable universe...
  • 1978/03/13 sun ra - concert 'horseshoe tavern', toronto, on

    • the arkestra

      • sun ra: keyboards, vocals * michael ray: trumpet, vocals * tony bethel: trombone * john gilmore: sax, percussion, vocals * marshall allen: sax, flute, kora, vocals * danny ray thompson: flute, bass * eloe omoe: bass clarinet, vocals * luqman ali: drums * james jacson: percussion, bassoon, vocals * atakatune: percussion * june tyson: vocals

    • set one

      • untitled improvisation, when there is no sun, (the world is waiting) for the sunrise, discipline 27, calling planet earth > take the "a" train, lights on a satellite

    • set two

      • yeah man!, king porter stomp, unidentified title, unidentified blues, images, love in outer space > we travel the spaceways

    • officially released on transparancy, as part of the "live at the horseshoe tavern" box in 2008

  • 1978/05/05 sun ra and the omniverse arkestra - concert 'public theatre', nyc, ny, usa

    • fm broadcast

    • the arkestra
      • ra-org; michael ray-tp; ahmed abdullah-tp; craig harris-tb; tony bethel-tb; vincent chancey-frh; marshall allen-as; danny davis-as; john gilmore-ts, cl; danny ray thompson-bs; eloe omoe-bcl; james jacson-bsn, perc; luqman ali-d; atakatune-cga; cheryl banks-dance; judith holton (wisteria)-dance; mickey davidson-dance
    • setlist

      • intro / disc 27 > shadow world, body and soul, yeah man, lightening, enlightenment, images, lights on a satellite, sound mirror, watusa, we aravel the spaceways

  • 1978/09/25 sun ra and his intergalactic arkestra - concert 'happy medium disco', chicago, il, usa

    • sun ra and his intergalactic arkestra

      • sun ra (org, syn); michael ray (tp); walter miller (tp); eddie gale (tp); marshall allen (as, fl, perc); danny davis (as, fl, perc); john gilmore (ts, cl, timb, voc); eloe omoe (bcl, perc); danny ray thompson (bars, fl, perc); james jacson (bsn, fl, inf-dr); prob. damon choice (vib); dale williams (eg); prob. luqman ali (dr); atakatune (cga); june tyson (voc).

    • setlist

      • untitled improvisation [perc, tp, rhythmic ens., vib], springtime in chicago [jt voc], astro black [jt voc], (the world is waiting) for the sunrise [jt voc], discipline 27, the shadow world, yeah man! (sissle-henderson), big john's special (h.henderson), over the rainbow (arlen-harburg), lights on a satellite, body and soul (heyman-green-sour-eyton), king porter stomp (morton), second stop is jupiter [ens. voc], space is the place [jt, ens. voc], enlightenment (dotson-ra) [jt, jg voc], next stop mars [ens. voc] > calling planet earth [ens. voc]

  • 1979/06/04 sun ra and the omniverse arkestra - concert "moers music festival", moers, germany

    • 42 min. radio broadcast

    • the arkestra

      • ra-p, org, syn, voc; walter miller-tp; michael ray-tp; curt pulliam-tp; tony bethel-tb; marvin consell (?)-tb; marshall allen-as, fl, ob; hutch jones-as; john gilmore-ts, cl; leroy taylor (eloe omoe)-as, bcl; danny ray thompson-bs, fl; james jacson-bsn, perc; damon choice-vib; taylor richardson-eg; skeeter mcfarland-eg; "scop"-b; robert barry-d; reg mcdonald-d; atakatune (stanley morgan)-cga; june tyson-voc, dance (and evelyn smont (?)-dance).

    • setlist

      • unidentified title (allen-ob; perc; tb; eg), announcement, unidentified title (ensemble; choice-vib), strange world (ra) (tyson-voc), tapestry from an asteroid (ra), the world is waiting for the sunrise (ra), discipline 27 (ra), big john's special (h. henderson), yeah man! (sissle-henderson), springtime again (ra), the shadow world (ra) (r), unidentified title (ra-org; gilmore-ts) (r), honeysuckle rose (waller-razaf) (r), watusa (ra) (an arrangement played in 1979/1980), space is the place / we travel the spaceways (ra) (r), calling planet earth (ra) (r) (edited on the radio broadcast), unidentified title (ra-p solo) (r), unidentified blues (r), king porter stomp (morton), destination unknown (ra) (ra-keyb; allen-as; ens.), strange celestial road (ra)

  • 1979/06/30 sun ra and the omniverse arkestra - concert pisa, italy

    • 120 min, sbd

    • the arkestra

      • ra-p, org, syn, voc; walter miller-tp; michael ray-tp; curt pulliam-tp; tony bethel-tb; marvin consell (?)-tb; marshall allen-as, fl, ob; hutch jones-as; john gilmore-ts, cl; leroy taylor (eloe omoe)-as, bcl; danny ray thompson-bs, fl; james jacson-bsn, perc; damon choice-vib; taylor richardson-eg; skeeter mcfarland-eg; "scop"-b; robert barry-d; reg mcdonald-d; atakatune (stanley morgan)-cga; june tyson-voc, dance (and evelyn smont (?)-dance).

    • setlist

      • unidentified title (perc; allen, kora; eg and perc), space is the place (ra), the world is waiting for the sunrise (ra), discipline 27 (allen, as; omoe, bcl; tp), the shadow world (ra), springtime again (ra), yeah man! (sissle, henderson), big john's special (h. henderson), watusa (ra), lady bird (dameron) / half nelson (m. davis), king porter stomp (morton), space is the place / we travel the spaceways / destination unknown / 2nd stop is jupiter (ra), calling planet earth (ra), strange celestial road (ra), somewhere over the rainbow (arlen, harburg), outer spaceways inc. / sun ra and his band from outer space (ra)

  • 1979/11/24 sun ra and the omniverse arkestra - concert 'soundscape', nyc, ny, usa
    "spaceships at soundscape"
    note: this is not the officially released concert from a few days earlier (see below)

    • notes from maudry discog:

    • the arkestra

      • michael ray-tp; poss. eddie gale-tp; poss. craig harris-tb; marshall allen-as, ob, fl, kora; john gilmore-ts, cl, timbales; prob. danny ray thompson-bs, fl; eloe omoe-as, bcl; poss. kenny williams-bs; james jacson-bsn, ob, fl, ancient egyptian infinity drum; ra-p, org, syn, voc; prob. harry wilson-vib; prob. damon choice-vib; poss. skeeter mcfarland-eg; poss. taylor richardson-eg; unidentified-clo; unidentified-b; poss. luqman ali-d; unidentified-d; prob. atakatune (stanley morgan)-cga, perc; june tyson-voc.

    • set one

      • unidentified title (perc, ob, b, bs, fls, tp, eg, vib, tb, t and tb, ens), unidentified title (perc; jacson, infinity drum; d; ens; allen, as), tapestry from an asteroid (ra) (tyson, voc), astro black (ra) (ens; cello; tyson, voc; ens), pleiades (ra) (fl duet), unidentified title (vib duet; eg; b; bs; perc; bs and omoe, bcl; tp; perc), mystery, mr. ra (tyson and ra, voc; ra appears after 50 minutes of introduction), discipline 27 (ra) (allen, as; ra, conducting), unidentified title (vib; b; bs; ens; excellent outside gilmore, ts), unidentified title (ra, p solo), the way you look tonight (ra, solo p intro; poss. ray, voc; gilmore, ts), unidentified blues (ra, p; eg), big john's special (h. henderson), unidentified title (ra, p; eg), images (ra) (ra, solo p intro; ray, tp; ra, p; gilmore, ts), unidentified title (ra, p; eg; tp; d; ens), spontaneous simplicity (ra) (allen, fl; ra, org) pt 1, spontaneous simplicity (ra) (allen, fl; ra, org) pt 2, watusa (ra) (eg; perc; jacson, infinity drum; the 1979-1980 version), door of the cosmos (ra) (ens voc), discipline 27-II (ra) (ra, declamation)

    • set two

      • unidentified title (allen, kora; perc), friendly galaxy (ra) (tp; vib; eg; bs), unidentified title (ens; ray, tp; allen, as; b; ens; williams?, bs; ens), enlightenment (dotson-ra) (tyson and ens, voc), unidentified title (wilson and choice, vib), unidentified title (eg), strange world / black myth (ra) (tyson, voc), we're living in the space age (ra) (tyson, voc; sax ens), ancient days and myths (ra) (tyson, voc; omoe, bcl ; ra finally appears, voc), tomorrow never comes (ra) (ra, voc; tyson, voc), keep your sunny side up (ra; not the standard) (ra, declamation; ens voc; thompson and williams?, bs duet; conducted ens), unidentified title (vib), three little words (kalmar-ruby) (poss. ray, voc; gilmore, ts), halloween in harlem (ra) (ray, tp), yeah man! (sissle-henderson), unidentified blues (eg; ra, p), unidentified title (ra, syn solo), unidentified title (ra) (ra, org; allen, as), love in outer space (ra) (ra, org; jacson, infinity drum; williams?, bs; perc; dance), calling planet earth (ra), space is the place (ra) / we travel the spaceways (ra), hit that jive, jack (calloway)

    • total time: 05:15:00

    • comments

      • "most of it is far out improvisation, really excellent" [webber]
        "it was a three or four night event. a guy from boston came down with a huge light show. real lights. the equipment was so large we hoisted it up the elevator shaft." [graves]
        soundscape was a real, physical club at this time, located at 52nd street and 10th avenue. bradford graves and verna gillis have not been able to locate their tapes of this concert as of yet. they say, however, that there are additional recordings of sun ra concerts made at soundscape between 1979 and 1985. abdullah was not present at the 1979 concerts but recalls performing at soundscape in 1980 or 1981, a period during which he was going to school. [rlc]

  • 1985/07/09 sun ra & his arkestra - concert stockholm, sweden

    • set 1

      • unknown title  (04:56), big john's special  (03:50), untitled improvisation  (11:46), unknown title  (13:01), unknown title  (02:37), discipline 27-II  (04:49), this world is not my home  (02:16), drums  (00:54), unknown title  (07:58), yeah man!  (03:20), unknown title  (06:18), mack the knife  (08:31), drums  (04:10), east of the sun (04:22), shadow world  (10:10), somewhere over the rainbow  (04:25), fate in a pleasant mood  (00:47), christopher columbus  (07:12), see you later alligator  (03:06)

    • set 2

      • untitled improvisation  (04:56), untitled improvisation  (06:18), never never land  (03:28), the world is waiting for the sunrise  (01:00), untitled improvisation  (03:45), untitled improvisation  (01:32), unknown title  (07:35), unknown title  (09:32), unknown title  (05:21), unknown title  (03:25), unknown title  (14:43), fate in a pleasant mood  (11:25)

    • encore

      • space is the place  (04:14), we travel the spaceways (01:05), outer spaceways incorporated > second stop is jupiter > outer spaceways incorporated > we travel the spaceways  (04:16)

    • total time: 3:07:05

  • 1985/07/24 sun ra and his arkestra - concert 'le new morning', paris, france

    • sun ra and his arkestra

      • sun ra - piano, synth, vocals * ronnie brown – trumpet * tyrone hill - trombone, vocals * marshall allen - alto saxophone, oboe, evi, percussion * eloe omoe - alto saxophone, bass clarinet, conta-alto clarinet, percussion * john gilmore - tenor saxophone, clarinet, timbales, vocal * danny ray thompson - baritone saxophone, evi, percussion* charles tyler - baritone saxophone * james jacson - bassoon, flute, infinity drum, vocals * bruce edwards - electric guitar * rollo radford - electric bass * john ore – bass * avreeayl amen ra – drums * june tyson - vocals, dance

    • setlist

      • untitled improv , discipline 27-II, tomorrow never comes, unidentified blues, unidentified ballad, mack the knife, sophisticated lady, yeah man!, space is the place, we travel the spaceways, outer spaceway incorporated, rocket number nine, untitled improv, astro black, history-mystery, i have many names, fate in a pleasant mood, unidentified blues, i want to be happy, east of the sun, christopher columbus, see you later, alligator

  • 1985/07/25 sun ra and his arkestra - concert 'le new morning', paris, france

    • sun ra and his arkestra

      • sun ra - piano, synth, vocals * ronnie brown – trumpet * tyrone hill - trombone, vocals * marshall allen - alto saxophone, oboe, evi, percussion * eloe omoe - alto saxophone, bass clarinet, conta-alto clarinet, percussion * john gilmore - tenor saxophone, clarinet, timbales, vocal * danny ray thompson - baritone saxophone, evi, percussion* charles tyler - baritone saxophone * james jacson - bassoon, flute, infinity drum, vocals * bruce edwards - electric guitar * rollo radford - electric bass * john ore – bass * avreeayl amen ra – drums * june tyson - vocals, dance

    • setlist

      • i want to be happy, unidentified blues, (the world is waiting) for the sunrise, i pharoah, over the rainbow, sunset on the nile, fate in a pleasant mood 

    • not entire show but all that was taped, supposedly. 
  • 1985/10/27 sun ra & his arkestra - concert hamburg, germany

    • setlist

      • untitled improvisation  (07:19), tapestry from an asteroid  (02:15), unknown title  (04:46), untitled improvisation  (03:30), untitled improvisation  (01:47), discipline 27-II  (01:55), children of the sun  (03:45), unknown title  (11:59), unknown title  (03:40), unknown title  (05:46), prelude to a kiss  (06:00), unknown title  (09:34), unknown title  (03:15), somewhere over the rainbow  (03:50), mack the knife  (12:51), untitled improvisation  (11:13)

    • total time: 1:33:25

  • 1985/10/31 sun ra & his arkestra - concert munich, germany

    • sun ra arkestra

      • marshall allen - as * john gilmore - ts,cl,timbales,voc * ronald wilson - ts,picc * danny ray thompson - as,bs,fl * eloe omoe - as,bcl,fl * ronnie brown - tp,flh * tyrone hill - tb * james jackson - bsn,fl,ancient-egyptian-infinity-dr,voc * sun ra - p,keyb,voc * bruce edwards - eg * rollo radford - eb * john ore - b * avreeayl amen ra - dr,sanza * june tyson - voc,dance * myriam broche - dance

    • setlist

      • retrospect (sun ra) - 9:20, discipline 27-ii/children of the sun (sun ra) - 11:04, queer notions (hawkins) - 3:52, hocus pocus (hudson) - 4:55, unknown 11:32, mack the knife (brecht-weill-blitzstein) - 15:48, what's new? (burke-haggart) - 11:31, daydream (strayhorn-ellington) - 6:20, the shadow world (sun ra) - 14:30, space is the place / we travel the spaceways / on jupiter / greetings from the 21st century / planet saturn (sun ra) - 13:09, the king of mystery/mystery, mr.ra (sun ra) - 15:45, discipline 27 / door of the cosmos (sun ra) - 10:27, sunset on the nile (sun ra) - 7:27, but not for me (gershwin) - 10:23, i dream too much (kern) - 6:51, somewhere over the rainbow (arlen-harburg) 3:45, drop me off in harlem (ellington) 10:28, east of the sun (bowman) - 4:36, i want to be happy (caesar-youmans) - 12:19 > fade out

    • total time: 3:04:19  (incomplete - a part of 3-4 minutes from the last piece is missing)

  • 1988/09/01 sun ra and the omniverse arkestra - concert 'hart plaza', detroit, mi, usa

    • fm broadcast

    • sun ra and his omniverse arkestra

      • ra-p, syn, voc * michael ray-tp, voc* ahmed abdullah-tp, voc * tyrone hill-tb* marshall allen-as, fl * noel scott-as* john gilmore-ts, perc * leroy taylor (eloe omoe)-as, bcl, contra-alto cl * danny ray thompson-bs * james jacson-bsn, ancient egyptian infinity drum * billy bang-vln * gerald bruce edwards-eg * carl leblanc-eg * john ore-b * philip watkins-b * earl "buster" smith-d * luqman ali-d * eric "samurai" celestial-d * kwasi asare-african perc * jorge silva-brazilian perc * elson nascimento-brazilian perc * lauremil machado-berimbau, dance * gato-perc, dance * june tyson,-voc, vln.

    • setlist

      • untitled improv, blue lou, unidentified blues, yeah man!, watusi, untitled improvisation, i dream too much, frisco fog, prelude to a kiss, capoeira dance, announcement

    • encore one

      • discipline 27-II > this world is not my home > i'll wait for you > somewhere there, greetings from the 21st century > we travel the spaceways > outer spaceways inc. >
        no news is good news > outer spaceways inc > first stop mars > rocket number nine > second stop is jupiter > on jupiter > second stop is jupiter > outer spaceways inc > journey to saturn > saturn rings > get your tickets here please > pluto too > we travel the spaceways > outer spaceways inc > we travel the spaceways

    • announcement

    • encore two

      • somewhere over the rainbow, i want to be happy > slumming on park avenue



Danny Matthys was kind enough to send me the info on the "Live At The Horseshoe" 10 CDR box set that recently got released on Transparancy.

Here it is:

According to Danny, this is release number 139 in the Sun Ra discography.

2008 03 29


A couple of weeks ago, over at the Zappateers site, someone mentioned the 'Jungle Dreams' 7" by Roy Estrada and the Rocketeers.

True, I'm not certain at all that this is made by the Roy Estrada that we call our Mother, but as there was a bit of a discussion on how the name was actually written (Estrada or Estrana), here's a scan of the label.


trout mask replica

by kevin courrier
    (2007, book, usa, continuum)

  • Kevin Courrier, who you should know as the author of "Dangerous Kitchen: The Subversive World Of Zappa", wrote a book in Continuum's "331/3" series.
    It's a nice read. Kevin Courrier takes his time explaining Van Vliet's relationship with Zappa, the early days of the Magic Band, Ornett's Coleman's free jazz,and much more.
    You'll like it.
    Nevertheless, information is not knowledge. So before you order this book, you should give "Trout Mask Replica" another spin.
    I did.


Last year, Bison Books did a softcover re-issue of the 2006 hardback edition by Praeger of Kelly Fisher Lowe's "The Words And Music Of Frank Zappa".

the words and music of frank zappa

by kelly fisher lowe
    (2007, book, usa, bison books)



Remember this book + enhanced CD thing that I mentioned a little while ago? Well, it looks like there are some problems with the CD.
My copy gets the hick-ups during the end of 'I'm The Slime', and it appears that I'm not the only one with these sort of problems.
Still, a nice little package, but pretty stupid that the CD doesn't function as it should...

frank zappa - transmissions

    (2008, cd + book, uk, ??)

  • book

  • enhanced cd, including video

    • i'm the slime

    • purple lagoon

    • peaches en ragalia

    • dancin' fool

    • meek shall inherit nothing

    • st alphonso's pancake breakfast /  rollo

2008 03 26
wowie zowie. it looks like i'll be getting back on schedule in a couple of days  :-)
how about, Nijmegen part two?
here we go...



Cuccurullo Brillo Brullo opened the second day of the Zappateers Festival in Nijmegen. The band featured Jeff Hollie on saxophone.
CCB had another gig scheduled the same evening...

  • 2008/03/15 Cuccurullo Brillo Brullo feat.Jeff Hollieconcert "Zappateers Festival", Nijmegen, NL
    • setlist
      • Bamboozled By Love, Stinkfoot, Texas Motel, Mr.Green Genes, Hot Plate Heaven At The Green Hotel, Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up, My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama, Willie The Pimp (incl. Bolero tease), Trouble Every Day, Watermelon In Easter Hay, Cosmik Debris, Cosmik Debris reprise, I'm The Slime


And here's Jeff Hollie, who played the saxophone on Zappa's "Joe's Garage" album.
Jeff told me that he's still a big Zappa fan, and that he knows all the tunes by heart.


The Muzquitos were the second band to play at the second day of the Zappateers Festival. For the occasion, the band had studied a complete Zappa set..

  • 2008/03/15 The Muzquitosconcert "Zappateers Festival", Nijmegen, NL
    • setlist
      • Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up, Zappa Quotes, Deseri, Uncle Remus, Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance, Stick It Out, Watermelon In Easter Hay, Big Leg Emma, Love Of My Life, Harder Than Your Husband, Let's Move To Cleveland, Catholic Girls, Lonesome Cowboy Burt, King Kong Pt.1, In France, Blessed Relief, Mr Green Genes > King Kong Pt. 2, What's The Ugliest Part Of Your Body?, Whippin' Post, Daddy Daddy Daddy


The Muzquitos on stage at the Zappateers Festival. Picture by Ed Lick.


Highlight of the festival, The Wrong Object, were band number three on Saturday. They had brought Frank van der Kooij along, and he added a very fine sound. Hurray for the horns.

  • 2008/03/15 The Wrong Object -  concert "Zappateers Festival", Nijmegen, NL
    • special guests: Frank van der Kooij, and Andrew Greenaway (who recited poetry, incl. Van Vliet's 'Apes Ma' during 'King Kong')
    • setlist
      • Eat That Question, Big Swifty, Blessed Relief, Filthy Habits, Strangler Fig, Chunga's Revenge, Malign Siesta, Outside Now, King Kong, Help I'm A Rock


The above picture shows the band in action during the Zappateers Festival in Nijmegen: Michel Delville, Laurent Delchambre, Frank van der Kooij, Jean-Paul Estiévenart, Damien Polard & Fred Delplancq

Another highlight, and closing on Saturday was Dutch band Uncle Meat. The played a very tight, and rocking set.

  • 2008/03/15 Uncle Meat concert "Zappateers Festival", Nijmegen, NL
    • setlist
      • Magic Fingers, Son Of Orange County, Trouble Every Day, I'm The Slime, Evelyn The Modified Dog, Big Swifty I, Black Napkins, Big Swifty II, Eat That Question, Sick Tiny Tears (poetry), Cosmik Debris, Lets Move to Cleveland, Cheap Thrills ("Op En Neer"), Sofa no.1 & 2, Pygmy Twylite, Big Leg Emma


Above picture taken by Ed Lick.


Spring 08 Update

It's been a busy time around URR land since the FZ Birthday tour in December... we would like thank everyone who came to the shows and a few very 'special' people for making it our best tour ever...

Layla Hall has been gigging around Detroit and is currently on tour in Europe for 2 weeks... check her MySpace page for all her updates and details...

John Garland has been busy with school at Wayne State University in Detroit, playing in the school jazz band and gigging with Tom Butwin and various other groups as well as honing his 'upright' skills... check his MySpace page for all his updates and details...

Scott Schroen is doing well and keeping very busy around Atlanta, GA... he is in his second semester at The Georgia Academy of Music as a faculty guitar instructor... he is also doing private guitar lessons for Music & Art in Alpharetta, GA as well as in home lessons for Amadeus and Allegro music... Scott just finished teaching the first of many classes at Emory Center for Lifelong Learning and he also wrote a book called 'Guitar Theory' which is in publication and will be available very soon... check his MySpace page for all his updates and details...

Andy Turpen is doing well and working with Scott on auditioning new members for the 'southern' unit... he has been working at CNN in Atlanta and was fortunate to have recently sold his house in MI...

Ike Willis is doing great and keeping Los Angleles on its toes... he has been doing some studio and voice over work and taking a little time off for a much deserved rest...

The next tour is booking up and set for 5/29 - 6/14... check the band site for dates and details...

Thanks to everyone for all their help and support!!!




The beautiful picture on the right was taken by Wim Hoogland at the Zappanale 2007 edition.

I had a nice talk with Wim at the Zappateers Festival, and I was quite amazed by the pictures that he showed me.
It's pretty cool that he is sharing some of them. You can find the one on the right, and a bunch of others over at the I Virtuosi Dal Pianeta Talento entry


On the right, you can find another fine shot by Wim Hoogland.

It shows guitar virtuoso Christophe Godin in action on the main stage of Zappanale, 2007/08/03.

A bigger version of this picture can be found over at Christophe Godin's entry.

2008 03 25
Wow, it's been over a week...
I did attend a very fine Zappateers Festival in Nijmegen, a little while ago. And there's some news as well.
Enough to keep me busy the next couple of days.
Here we go:


New on WM Recordings:

Phil Reavis - The Reagan Years

Free download!

Guitar-centric, lo-fi, art damaged squawking ditties recorded mid 1980s, some 4-tracked, some bouncing tracks between two cassette decks, some random guitar tunings, a few vocals, including the 18 minute guitars-on-the-table take on Beefheart's Trust Us.








The Foolz opened the Zappateers Festival on Friday, March 14, 2008, in Nijmegen, NL. Besides the new drummer (Erwin), the band featured Ke as a guest on the violin, and StatusBaby on vocals during 'Uncle Remus'

  • 2008/03/14 concert "Zappateers Festival", Nijmegen, NL
    • set one
      • Uncle Remus (feat. StatusBaby on vocals), Sofa, Let's Make The Water Turn Black, The Idiot Bastard Son, Blessed Relief, Sleep Dirt, San Ber'dino, Joe's Garage, Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?
    • set two
      • Echidna's Arf (Of You) > Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?, Uncle Remus, Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance, Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up, Camarillo Brillo, Eat That Question, I Don't Wanna Get Drafted, Bamboozled By Love, Montana
    • set three
      • Elvis Has Just Left The Building, Cosmik Debris, Peaches En Regalia, The Torture Never Stops, Dirty Love, I'm The Slime, Suicide Chump > Jumbo Go Away > MS Pinky
    • encores
      • Peaches En Regalia, Blessed Relief


Above picture taken by Bazbo during the Zappateers Festival in Nijmegen, 2008/03/14

Blurp was the second band to perform on the Zappateers Festival in Nijmegen. They closed Friday evening. Well, actually the police closed Friday evening, just about the time that Blurp was about to finish their set.

  • 2008/03/14 concert "Zappateers Festival", Nijmegen, NL
    • setlist
      • It Can't Happen Here, Hungry Freaks Daddy, -- the bass problem --, Hungry Freaks Daddy, Help I'm A Rock, Anyway The Wind Blows, Motherly Love, Go Cry On Somebody Else's Shoulder, Ruby Bang Bang, Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance, In The Sky, Status Back Baby, Suzy Creamcheese, Trouble Every Day, You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here, Dog Breath In The Year Of The Plague, W.P.L.J.


Above picture taken by Bazbo during the Zappateers Festival in Nijmegen, 2008/03/14


January 2008, Corrie van Binsbergen initiated the Brokken Leerorkest. Once a week, the Brokken Leerokest rehearses in Amsterdam. The last Wednesday of the month, the band will perform at "Zaal 100" in Amsterdam, NL. Conductors for 2008: Corrie van Binsbergen, Arend Niks, Joost Buis, Hans Hasebos and Albert van Veenendaal.
  • 2008/03/26 Brokken Avond (van Binsbergen) - het Brokken Leer Orkest / Joost Buis - concert 'Zaal 100', Amsterdam, NL - 21.00 h
    2008/03/26 André Manuel, Joost Buis, Hans Hasebos - concert 'Zaal 100', Amsterdam, NL - 22.30 h



Japanese New Music Festival in Brussels, April 23, 2008, at the Magasin 4 !!

  • 2008/04/28 "Japanese New Music Festival 2008" : Acid Mothers Temple (Jap) + Ruins Alone (Jap) + Akaten (Jap) + Zubi Zuva X (Jap) + Zoffy (Jap) + Tsuyama Atsushi (Jap) + Kawabata Makoto (Jap) - 'Magasin 4', Brussels, Belgium

ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE SWR (Kawabata/Tsuyama/Yoshida) Acid Mothers Temple have rapidly become acclaimed as the greatest, most extreme trip psychedelic group in the world. Releases have appeared on labels around the world at an amazing pace, and the magnificence of their live performances is already being whispered of as legendary. SWR is the AMT Family's most powerful battle-formation yet. featuring Tsuyama and Kawabata from the original AMT and Yoshida from Ruins. their crushingly acute freakout sound will pulverize the world's legions of wannabe psych groups.

RUINS ALONE (Yoshida Tatsuya solo) Yoshida is one of the most innovative drummer/composer/improviser in Japan's new music scene. pioneer of Drum & Bass duo RUINS was founded by Yoshida in '85 . Tunes are complicated and mysterious, and songs are sung in the language of their own invention. It's high-tension, wild, heavy, speedy, acute, and powerful tremendous ensemble never sounds like they are only two players. now RUINS had no bassist and currently he has been playing as RUINS ALONE. playing RUINS songs with sampling bass.

AKATEN (Tsuyama/Yoshida) Formed in 1995 with the motto of "irresponsibleness" and "perfunctoriness." They easily free themselves from the spell of the traditional seriousness of the art. Using daily commodities like scissors, toothbrush, zipper, camera, and plastic bottle as percussions, and shouting their brand names over and over as the "songs," the show is performed under the concept of low cost and maximum sound effect. AKATEN is the experimental convenience store punk band that provides the sound images of cheap and simple daily lives.

Zubi Zuva X (JAP)  
Eccentric poly-rhythmic a cappella ensemble. It covers from Gregorian chant to ethnic music, to do-wop to hardcore screaming, heavily using irregular rhythms and polyrhythm. All sorts of ideas and aberrant musicality overturn the image of a cappella. their totally meaningless lyrics and desperate performances throw the audiences into the abyss of the laughter and admiration. it makes the concept of "singing ability"nonsense.

Zoffy (JAP)  
Formed in 1998. Zoffy's music hints both at the members' deep musical knowledge via their improvised performances of troubadour music and European trad, and also at their deep love for rock via their destructivist covers of classic rock songs, that no longer sounds like anything but ZOFFY. The group believes that humor is essential in music, and their unprecedented performances stray far from the beaten track. Is this the Ultima Thule that rock music has long been aiming for?

Tsuyama is best known for his monster bass in Acid Mothers Temple, but he also has amazing technique of guitar and vocal. his He has travelled around the world and accumulated the traditional styles of guitars/vocals in europe and asia. he adds his own interpretations and lyrical sense to create a beautiful but odd "fake traditional" musical world. recently he developed a new figure called "prog.rock > blues-ization plan". he dismantle the masterpiece of progressive rock, and restructure it as an impromptu blues.

Kawabata Makoto is best known for his speed-demon noise-fuzz guitar in Acid Mothers Temple, but he is also widely active as an unparalleled drone guitarist. Drawing upon a huge reservoir of original techniques including metal glissando and bow-work that can summon up the sound of a string ensemble or orchestra, his work in this area cannot be simply categorized as minimal, drone or experimental. You'll find it hard to believe that a single guitar can create sonic worlds of such meditative and elegant depth.


2008 03 06


2008 The Illegailly Live Tour continues...

2008/03/07 Sheik Yerbouti - concert 21:00 Uhr,
Malzhaus, Plauen (Special mit Bläsersatz The Horny Hornz)
2008/03/08 Sheik Yerbouti - concert 21:00 Uhr,
Tante Ju, Dresden (Special mit Bläsersatz The Horny Hornz)

2008/04/05 Sheik Yerbouti - concert 21:00 Uhr,
Trafo-Station, Viersen

Sheik Yerbouti - concert 21:00 Uhr, Hard (Österreich), Kammgarn (Special mit Bläsersatz The Horny Hornz)
2008/08/23 Sheik Yerbouti - concert 21:00 Uhr,
Kreuzlingen (Schweiz), Ort: Zirkuszelt am Bodensee (Special mit Bläsersatz The Horny Hornz)
2008/08/30 Sheik Yerbouti - concert , ??? Uhr,
Zytanien Open-Air-Festival, Lehrte

The Return of SHEIK YERBOUTI feat. Napoleon Murphy Brock
2008/10/14 Sheik Yerbouti - concert 21:00 Uhr, Objekt 5, Halle
Sheik Yerbouti - concert 21:00 Uhr, Kammgarn, Kaiserslautern
Sheik Yerbouti - concert 21:00 Uhr, Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg
Sheik Yerbouti - concert 21:00 Uhr, Alte Patrone, Mainz, Veranstalter: Upart e.V.
Sheik Yerbouti - concert 21:00 Uhr, bei Georg Nilius, Westerwald (wahrscheinlich Stairway, Wallmenroth)

Und weiter geht’s mit dem Halloween-Special:
2008/10/31 Sheik Yerbouti - concert 21:00 Uhr, Café Hahn, Koblenz

2008/11/29 Sheik Yerbouti - concert 21:00 Uhr,
Tatort Musicclub, Übach-Palenberg (bei Aachen)


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).


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

  • 2008/04/05 Sheik Yerbouti - concert 21:00 Uhr, Trafo-Station, Viersen

  • 2008/04/05 Mike Keneally - concert "Gouveia Art Rock 2008 Festival", Teatro-Cine, Complexo das Piscinas Municipais, Gouveia, Portugal

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

  • 2008/04/10 The Vilnius String Quintet - concert Vilnius, Lithuania

  • 2008/04/10 Delicious - concert 'toy eaters', jersey city, nj, usa

  • 2008/04/11 Delicious - concert 'asbury lanes', asbury park, nj, usa  w/ATOMIC BITCHWAX  (live webcast  -

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

  • 2008/04/12 Delicious - concert 'black lodge', phila, pa, usa   w/ATOMIC BiTCHWAX

  • 2008/04/12 Janet Feder with special guest Mike Keneally - concert 'Rosalie and Alva Performance Gallery', 1417 West 8th Street, San Pedro, CA, usa

  • 2008/04/13 Delicious - concert 'midway café', boston, ma, usa

  • 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
  • 2008/04/15 Delicious - concert 'john & peter's', new hope, pa, usa  w/CRESCENT MOON*
  • 2008/04/17 Delicious - concert 'ace of clubs', new york, ny, usa   w/ATOMIC BiTCHWAX,  CRESCENT MOON*

  • 2008/04/18 Delicious - concert 'nectar's', burlington, vt, usa

  • 2008/04/18 The Central Scrutinizer Band - concert 'No CB Bar', São Paulo, Brazil

  • 2008/04/19 Sgt. Leonard's Loopy Arts Dub Band - concert 'The Beanery', Eugene, Or

  • 2008/04/28 "Japanese New Music Festival 2008" : Acid Mothers Temple (Jap) + Ruins Alone (Jap) + Akaten (Jap) + Zubi Zuva X (Jap) + Zoffy (Jap) + Tsuyama Atsushi (Jap) + Kawabata Makoto (Jap) - 'Magasin 4', Brussels, Belgium 
  • 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

  • 2008/05/17 Pojama People - concert "Saturday Market", Eugene, Or

  • 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

  • 2008/05/24 Delicious - concert 'stella blue', asheville, nc, usa

  • 2008/05/25 Delicious - concert 'Asheville Music Jamboree', asheville, nc, usa   (

  • 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

  • 2008/05/29 Ugly Radio Rebellion - concert 'The Empty Glass', Charleston, WV

  • 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  

  • 2008/05/30 Ugly Radio Rebellion - concert 'Jackie O's - Joes Garage', Athens, OH

  • 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

  • 2008/05/31 Pojama People - concert 'Sahalie Wine Bar', Corvallis, Or

  • 2008/05/31 Ugly Radio Rebellion - concert 'Jackie O's - Apostrophe/Overnite Sensation', Athens, OH