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|my zappanale check-list|
2008 09 30
|new zappa bootleg box|
2008 09 29
|fz - sleeping in a jar|
|open fist 2008 09 16|
|bogus pomp 2008 09 16|
2008 09 28
|the alex maguire sextet|
|new zappa album|
|sun ra on transparancy|
|new george duke collection|
2008 09 27
|the sun ra arkestra|
|the residents - bunny boy|
2008 09 26
|zappatika - live tonight|
|the sun ra arkestra in tilburg|
|the central scrutinizer band 2008 09 26|
|zappatika - finally got it right|
2008 09 14
|scott parker books|
|jc black albums available for download|
|zappatika 2008 09 10|
|sheik yerbouti 2008 09 13|
2008 09 10
|jimmy carl black - freedom jazz dance|
2008 09 08
|electric bongo fury|
|viva zappa - the purple lagoon sessions|
2008 09 07
|weasel music acetate for sale|
|trubee 2008 09 07|
|j21 - yellow mind : blue mind|
2008 09 06
|jazz op het dak|
|a concert for jimmy - the link|
|keneally: wine and pickles|
2008 09 05
|kilissa's zappanale pictures|
|the new drumbo album|
|urr fall update|
2008 09 04
2008 09 03
|ed mann & the moving tones|
|a concert for jimmy|
|new Zappa DVD|
|Sun Ra Arkestra artist in residence in Tilburg NL|
|help jimmy carl black|
|carl franzoni update|
2008 09 02
|mats and morgan on tour|
2008 09 01
|buckethead's giant robot|
LEFTOVERS FROM THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS
|sun ra's sound of joy|
|more news from weirdomusic|
|steve vai newsletter 2008 07 14|
|weirdomusic dot com|
|it's after the end of the world|
|new sun ra releases|
|zappatika visited zappanale|
|cross cultural dub|
|fattero zeta at zappanale|
|joe's cajun garage|
|bickford & cuccurullo|
|the zappanale bonus album|
|zappanale 18 - the album|
|les georges leningrad|
|mats & morgan|
|new book on frank zappa by guy darol|
|new album by drumbo / john french|
|the residents on tour|
|adrian belew power trio tourdates|
|a message from zappateers|
|leftovers from the last couple of months|
the January 2007 newsletter can be found at
thebignotefiles - 2008/01
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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.
2008/08/15 - 2008/08/17 concert "Zappanale", Bad Doberan Germany
--- latest news on the ZFT's lawsuit against the Arf Society &
The Legal Battle for Rock Legacy
By Sebastian Knauer
The Zappa Family Trust may be willing to compromise in
its legal battle against the annual Frank Zappa festival Zappanale in
northern Germany. And when it comes to battling Bach, the rock legend's
heirs have changed course.
It was an unlikely spot for music history to be
written. The scene was room 157 of a state courthouse in the Western
German town of Düsseldorf on Wednesday. There, lawyers for the two sides were asked to present
their sides of the story -- a story which pitted the Zappa Family Trust
against the annual German music festival Zappanale.
is far from the first courtroom appearance for the Los Angeles-based Zappa
Family Trust (ZFT), which is headed up by rock legend Frank Zappa's widow
Gail. Indeed, the group has set its German and American lawyers on all
manner of different bands and cover groups that have dedicated themselves
to Zappa's musical legacy.
The case against the founders of Zappanale (more at http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,546288,00.html
), which takes place every year in the north-eastern German town of Bad
Doberan, is more complicated. It is a case about trademark rights and
copyright -- of Zappa songs, of Zappa products, and of the famous Zappa
moustache, a slightly altered version of which the not-for-profit
Zappanale uses in its promotional materials. The Düsseldorf legal
practice of Reimann, Osterrieth, Köhler, Haft argues on behalf of the
Zappa Family Trust that the Zappanale should not be allowed to use the
Zappa name on any of the T-shirts or CD's sold at the festival. Indeed,
the lawyers argue, the festival shouldn't be able to use the Zappa name at
in Our Path'
November, the plaintiffs demanded that the organizers of the Zappanale be
forced to pay a €250,000 penalty or be sent to jail for two years should
the festival or the related "Arf-Society" refuse to comply.
Despite the threat, 18 bands took to the stage in the 19th annual
Zappanale last weekend.
Following the Wednesday arguments in Düsseldorf, it is
now up to the court to find an adequate solution -- one that weighs both
the interests of Zappa's legacy and that of the Zappanale -- the
"biggest Zappa festival in the world," the organizers claim. The
Zappanale people also claim that Frank Zappa himself gave his backing to
the festival during a meeting in the 1990s in Amsterdam. Some in Zappa's
family will deny the meeting ever took place, but Wolfhard Kutz, the
Zappanale treasurer, says it is time for Gail Zappa to give up.
widow should finally stop putting hurdles in our path and help us further
promote this fantastic music," he says. Kutz, who grew up in East
Germany, was even persecuted by the East German secret police, the Stasi,
for being a Zappa fan. In his file, which SPIEGEL has seen, it says that
Kutz "knows how to influence the youth with Zappa."
moral arguments, though, carry little weight in the courtroom. But the
Zappanale may not need them. Early on in the proceedings, the defendants
pointed out that the Zappa Family Trust trademark may not still be valid
in Germany. The ZFT only sells its products online and buyers may only pay
in US dollars. There is no ZFT office anywhere in Europe.
makes things interesting," says Zappanale spokesman Thomas Dippel.
Dippel is also president of the Arf Society, which is intimately involved
in organizing the Zappanale. He and his lawyers have now filed a
counter-claim asking the court to declare the Zappa trademark to have
expired, retroactive to August 1, 2007. If trademarks aren't used for five
years, they are lost, and Zappanale argues that the Zappa Family Trust has
not been using the trademark in Germany. Were the court to agree, Zappa's
moustache would become the property of Zappanale. ZFT lawyers have
responded by asking for another hearing, one which Gail Zappa herself
might fly in for.
Are Zappa Fans'
two sides now have some six weeks to come up with an out-of-court
settlement. And the Zappa Family Trust may be willing to compromise. ZFT
lawyers now say that the Zappanale can use the Zappa name if they brand
the festival as "Zappa music and more." Johannes Vogel, a lawyer
for Zappanale, isn't convinced. "They want to see money. That's
it," he told SPIEGEL ONLINE.
and Kutz, for their part, insist that they are not interested in denying
Gail Zappa's right to protect the Zappa legacy from abuse. The festival
pays the requisite fees for each and every song performed in Bad Doberan.
Organizers also make sure that all taxes are covered for the international
numbers that fly in for the party, many coming from as far away as the US,
South America and Asia. Indeed, each year the Zappanale doesn't lose money
is considered a success. "We haven't become millionaires so
far," says Dippel. "We are Zappa fans."
The festival has, however, begun looking beyond the
site in Bad Doberan. Last week, Zappanale organizers put on a show at St.
Katharinen church in Hamburg called "Zappa Plays for Bach." Some
600 guests showed up for a performance of variations on the famous
Goldberg Variations. Indeed,
improvisation is one quality Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) shares with
his colleague Frank Zappa (1940-1993).
proceeds from the concert went to the Hamburg foundation Stiftung Johann
Sebastian, which is trying to raise money to recondition a Barock organ on
which Bach played in 1720. And it was a fantastic show -- with nine
musicians from the Florida group Bogus Pomp playing together with the
former Zappa saxophone player Napoleon Murphy Brock putting on pieces
ranging from "Absolutely Free Medley" to "Chunga's
Revenge" to "Idiot Bastard Son."
prior to the show, the Stiftung Johann Sebastian also received a letter
from Zappa Family Trust lawyers threatening legal measures if the
performance went ahead. The ZFT mistakenly thought that the church was
planning a performance of Zappa's orchestral work "Yellowshark,"
and the letter warned that Gail Zappa had not given her permission for
such a performance.
of Music over Legalese'
is always difficult to deal with widows who manage the legacy of their
husbands," says Karsten Jahnke, one of Germany's largest event
organizers. All too often, he says, money becomes the primary goal.
Stanley Jackson Zappa, a nephew of Frank Zappa's who played tenor
saxophone at this year's Zappanale finds his aunt's efforts "crazy
and sick." A big band collaboration between a German radio station
and the London conductor Colin Towns likewise had to be torpedoed. The
distribution of a CD with Zappa arrangements was stopped after a legal
and Zappa are gods for me. A combination of the two is a fantastic idea I
think," says experienced concert organizer Fritz Rau, who came to
Hamburg for the show. Rau has had his hand in tours by such big names as
the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan and also helped out with a Frank Zappa
tour once. Rau hopes that the Düsseldorf trial will result in a
"victory of music over legalese."
|the "zapping" project / album is out as well -> more info soon * * over at the zappateers site, a bunch of audience recordings of the zappanale festival are up for grabs... check them out * * stanley jason zappa's "visions" album is in - more info soon * * the new zappatika album is due out, and a review of the first album will be up somewhere soon * * new album by the jack and jim show: "think 69" * * latest jimmy carl black album is called "freedom jazz dance" * * george duke has a new album out * *|
|2008 09 30|
Their CD will be released / presented during the 'Melkweg' concert in Amsterdam, NL
A little while ago a new bootleg title turned up: "Missing Ritz Tracks" (aka Toxic Shock 4). It was a limited run of 30 copies of a testpressing (on black vinyl).
A couple of weeks later a set of 5 colours of this "Missing Ritz Tracks" was presented. Also on the Hoffman label.
And more recently, a new Hoffman release, a 4LP Toxic Shock Boxset got announced. This being a re-issued volume 1 up to 3, plus "The Missing Ritz Tracks". Limited to 50 copies.
|2008 09 29|
a little video of the commercial that uses FZ's Sleeping In A Jar
-- info: Javier
the link to purchase tickets:
here's a link to The Open Fist Theater's website.
2008 09 16, a message from Fred
see the following e-mail from Jerry:
that we are back from Germany, Bogus Pomp is preparing for Zappaween 13.
Germany was incredible and we hope to return again next year for the 20th
anniversary of the Zappanale festival as well as some other shows too.
Zappaween 13 we are having the legendary vocals of the one and only Ike Willis
and the incredible electric fiddle of Dan Campbell. This is going to be a very
special show indeed. As always, the best dressed freak gets a new Dean guitar.
Come hear the legendary voice that made some of Frank's greatest records so
special. The original Thingfish is back!! Dan Campbell will smoke your doors
off with his fiddle too!!!
a donation of $100 you will receive two tickets to Zappaween 13 and two
T-shirts as well as reserved seating in the balcony.
just bought Ike and Dan's plane tickets and I'm in serious need of some funds
to promote this show. Please help if you can.
you all there!!
you are interested in the donation please send me a check payable to Bogus Pomp
Fund and I will take care of the details. Just getting to sit up front in the
balcony is worth the premium plus it will help the band with much needed
advertising dollars. And Ike doesn't work for free so they need a good turnout
to cover his costs. You can send a check to me at:
me know if you have any questions.
Weekly - 2008 09 18
ZAPPA'S JOE'S GARAGE GETS ITS PREMIERE 29 YEARS ON
opera, like its revered creator, was ahead of its time
STEVEN LEIGH MORRIS
by Ted Soqui
on September 18, 2008
Some people can just see things coming. In 1979, one year before Ronald Reagan was elected president, Frank Zappa wrote a rock opera called Joe's Garage. It's a "stupid story," said Zappa, a fantasia about a garage-band singer who finds himself at odds with an increasingly religious, controlling society in which music is eventually banned for its destructive effects on society.
|Jason Paige's Joe: Solipsistic bliss in his garage, relishing an art form about to be banned||
years after Zappa completed it, the U.S. Senate held hearings on a
proposal by Tipper Gore's Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) to put
warning labels on rock-music CDs and videos. Gore had been offended by
the lyrics in the Prince song "Darling Nikki": "I met her
in a hotel lobby, masturbating with a magazine . ..." Children,
said the PMRC, needed to be protected from sexually provocative lyrics.
surprisingly, Zappa, a satirist, celebrity rock musician and respected
avant-garde composer, testified as an opposition witness (with John
Denver and Twisted Sister's Dee Snider), describing the PMRC proposal as
"an ill-conceived piece of nonsense, which fails to deliver any
real benefits to children [and] infringes on the civil liberties of
people who are not children."
next year, 1986, Zappa appeared on CNN's Crossfire, with so-called
leftist journalist Tom Braden (a former employee of the CIA's
International Organizations Division), conservative columnist Robert
Novak and John Lofton of the right-leaning Washington Times. In a
contentious conversation, Zappa revealed the prescience that makes Joe's
Garage as relevant as the day it was written:
Do you support records that promote incest as just another kind of sex,
or in some instances it might even be preferable? Do you agree with
No I don't agree with it. I don't have any interest in incest ... but I
didn't realize that incest was such a terrible problem in the United
States that we suddenly need government intervention ...
Does the government have any purpose, Frank?
Yeah, it has a number of purposes ... how about national defense?
I consider this national defense, pal! Our families are under attack by
people like you, with these lyrics.
John, you don't have to buy them.
Can I make a statement about national defense? The biggest threat to
America today is not communism, it's moving America toward a fascist
theocracy, and everything that's happened during the Reagan
administration is steering us right down that pipe.
... Do you really think ... in this country, with the permissiveness,
that we are moving toward a fascist theocracy?
You bet we are, buddy.
and Novak laugh derisively.]
One example of a fascist theocracy?
When you have a government that prefers a certain moral code derived
from a certain religion, and that moral code turns into legislation to
suit one certain religious point of view, and if that code happens to be
very, very right wing, almost toward Attila the Hun ...
Then you are an anarchist. Every form of civil government is based on
some kind of morality, Frank.
Morality in terms of behavior, not in terms of theology.
ideas in this debate form the crux of the ribald cultural satire in
Joe's Garage, which will have its world premiere on September 26 at the
Open Fist Theater. The play opens with an Orwellian "Central
Scrutinizer," a large robotic puppet who speaks through a megaphone
and whose job is to enforce laws "that haven't yet been
passed." A local policeman counsels Joe to drop his music and
engage in more church activities, but Joe's sweet Catholic girlfriend,
named Mary (of course), abandons him for a backstage pass to see another
band. After following that band on tour and after being used as a sex
toy by the band's roadies, the exhausted Mary is dumped in Miami, where
she enters a wet-T-shirt contest to raise enough money to get home.
Joe learns of her plight, he goes into a funk of depression, contracts
venereal disease, and seeks religion - at the door of L. Ron Hoover and
his First Church of Appliantology - to pull him back up. Membership in
the church costs Joe his life's savings, and he is ordered "into
the closet" in order to find salvation by having sex with home
appliances - so much more safe and titillating than with human beings.
There's a three-way orgy between Joe, an appliance named Sy Borg and a
"modified Gay Bob Doll"; Joe accidentally destroys Sy Borg's
circuitry during a golden shower episode and is imprisoned for being
unable to pay for Sy's repair. In prison, Joe is gang-raped by record
executives and other riffraff. He eventually emerges into a new world,
where music has been banned, but he does land a good job in a muffin
Among L.A.'s small theaters, Open Fist is comparatively spacious. Situated within a former warehouse, it has an expansive, freshly painted lobby, tall ceilings and audience seating on a wide bank of risers. On August 18 - one month to the day before the first preview of Joe's Garage - the stage is lit by overhanging fluorescents, because the lighting plot hasn't yet been installed; instruments hang from pipes, with cords dangling, waiting to be focused and plugged in.
|At 7 p.m., Anthony Sandoval leads warm-up exercises with the ensemble of 12 Joe's Garage actors - four of them from Open Fist's resident company. Sandoval is an invited guest instructor and student of Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki, with whom Sandoval studied at the University of Delaware and, later, in Japan. Sandoval is taking the company through Suzuki movement exercises for balance and breathing, which appear like a blend of martial arts and U.S. Army drills. They are, by design, tortuous tests of mental discipline and physical stamina.||
Choreographer Jennifer Lettelleir front and center, with (left to right) Lindsay Loesel, Glen Anthony Vaughan and Nicole Disson
company forms two lines of six. They're dressed in leotards and sweats;
some wear kneepads. Each actor crosses toward the opposite line of
actors, walking pigeon-toed, stepping on a beat that Sandoval claps out
with his hands. Among the goals is to sink into each step, to complete
the gesture, regardless of its contortion, and to do it on time. This is
a warm-up for the brutal choreography that's to come.
they're in a circle. Keeping their torsos erect, they're to dip with
their knees and then return up on eight counts that are clapped out,
then 10 counts - dipping slowly is more stressful. Now they execute a
clean jump, a quick turn and an exclamation of "ha!" - which
releases the accrued stress.
a 10-minute break, director Patrick Towne and choreographer Jennifer
Lettelleir take over. Towne's co-writer/producer, Michael Franco,
crosses the front of the stage, speaking into a flashing Bluetooth cell
phone in his ear.
Paige portrays musician Joe, and the cast is rehearsing a scene from his
suburban garage, where the solipsistic bliss of his music is interrupted
by a police squad responding to an excessive-noise complaint. Herbert
Russell, a gifted, roly-poly comedian, leads the squad, which strides
in, with mimed weapons drawn. But this isn't an episode of Law &
Order - it's closer to the Keystone Cops.
they drag Joe away, Towne is concerned that the police exit is too
realistic and too sloppy.
stride," he barks at the cops while pacing in the risers.
"Stride till the thighs hurt."
they're working on the song "Catholic Girls," featuring Joe's
girlfriend, Mary, played by wide-eyed Becky Wahlstrom with heartbreaking
Castellani, as Mary's priest, Father Riley, repeats with exaggerated
nasality the one-line refrain "Catholic girls" - between which
the chorus of singer-dancers toss in one-line commentaries:
"Catholic girls/With a tiny little mustache/Do you know how they
go? In the rectory basement/Father Riley's a fairy/But it don't bother
Lettelleir is working on jazzy moves for the chorus, trying to capture
the blend of perkiness and perversion at the heart of Joe's Garage. They
work through the moves with house accompanist Scott Nagatani, and then
with both the piano and CD playing simultaneously.
croons, "When they learn how to blow" - answered by Father
Riley, "They're learning to blow/All the Catholic boys!"
jumps in to choreograph stylized fellatio - considerably larger than
life - to a chorus line of young women on their knees, mouths gaping
open like hungry carp. They bear animated expressions of disgust and
alarm, bobbing necks accompanied by fake gagging and spitting that
Lettelleir is working to coordinate. Wahlstrom, also on her knees with
her back to the audience, sways her head to and fro. One of her wrists
flings away some imagined goo, right on the song's beat, then the other
wrist. A few measures later, all will repeat. It's clear that the
musical's point of view is carried largely by the choreography, which
depicts porn's generic eroticism as part of a numbing machine.
says he's lost a couple of actors due to religious conflicts with the
play. "'Why are there so many blowjobs, so much sexuality?' they
asked. So we had a meeting, I tried to explain the satire. 'I don't
think Frank is celebrating this stuff,' I told the cast, 'there are some
people who will walk in here and will think solely that it's obscene.
You've got to be ready for that and take responsibility for it.'"
keeps sharpening the choreography, until Wahlstrom complains, "This
is a 10-hour BJ!"
Suzuki work is really paying off," says Towne without a trace of
irony. He's right. The fellatio has moved beyond titillation through
parody into an ugly and allegorical grinder, shredding whatever it means
to be human.
almost 30 years, the rights to a stage production of Joe's Garage were
tied up by the Zappa Family Trust. Along the way, however, in 1995,
Towne cast Moon Unit Zappa (one of Zappa and second wife Gail's four
children) as Bianca Jagger in a local production of a play called
Waiting for Studio 54. Gail Zappa oversees the trust and therefore
controls the rights to Joe's Garage. Towne, who'd come to L.A. from
Chicago after working there with the sketch-comedy company Annoyance
Theatre, says he had a long-standing desire to direct a production of
the musical. Finally, after Gail attended the show to see her daughter
perform, Towne and his producing partner, Franco, drafted a formal
proposal for a pitch meeting with Gail. Franco says the deal was
eventually sealed with a handshake and that Gail was relieved they
weren't "pushing papers in her face" like so many applicants
who had come before.
Franco has worked as a pitchman on TV, and it shows. He's a fast-talking, product-oriented guy who has produced a number of shows in L.A. - some independently, and some (Nosferatu, Pathe X and The Master and Margarita) with the company Zoo District. Franco became the focal point of a philosophical conflict within that company, a conflict with possible reverberations for the Open Fist production of Joe's Garage. Though the opposing Zoo District camp was led by director Jon Kellam, most of those who backed him were women, revealing a gender divide within the Zoo District troupe. Franco and the men were advocates of the "let's find a script and do it now" approach to putting on plays - a view in stark contrast to Kellam and the women's desire to concentrate the company's resources on actor training and play development. Franco describes the division as the "product-versus-process debate." The women's view translated into the time-consuming idea of giving new plays readings and workshops in order to repair weak ligaments and prime the plays for a professional debut, with the highest standards possible.
|Co-writer/producers Michael Franco (left) and Patrick Towne have brought Zappa back to Santa Monica Boulevard.||The world bearing down on Joe|
50 years old," Franco says in the Open Fist lobby during a
rehearsal. "I don't have four years to spend telling one story.
There are too many other stories I still want to tell."
attitude reflects Franco's damn-the- torpedos insistence on presenting
this Joe's Garage not as a workshop but as a full production - a
cavalier choice that's perplexed and bemused some people associated with
the production. Franco and Towne drafted a script from the libretto and
liner notes enclosed in the CD of Joe's Garage, a studio recording of
the opera made in 1979, and the project now has a budget of $70,000 to
$90,000. Open Fist (of which Franco is a member) is contributing the
venue, some actors, equipment, staff support, operating costs and a
small percentage of the overall budget. But almost anywhere else in the
country, a work of this scale - blending a new script, choreography,
video design, puppetry and the sound-mixing challenges that come with a
live band - would at least be tried out as a smaller-scale workshop.
Among the many purposes of such workshops is to attract potential
investors for future productions. Franco is having none of it, and says
he's happy to spend up to $25,000 of his own money to offset whatever
funds he can't raise from outside sources. It wouldn't be the first time
he's drawn down his mutual funds for a theater project, and it sounds
like it won't be his last.
are a lot of Zappa fans out there, and they're already reserving
tickets," he says when asked what plans he has for transferring
this production. "I'll just have to see who turns up, and how it
the evening of August 19, Gail Zappa floats into the lobby of the Open
Fist Theatre, delighted and surprised to find daughter Diva and son
Ahmet also there. A vocalist herself, Gail has the beautiful, round face
of an ageless hippie, with kind, world-weary eyes. Behind her candor and
gentle veneer percolates some muted frustration. "It's not easy
working for a dead guy," she says in the theater office while the
cast is doing their Suzuki warm-up. "The simple answer and the
horrifying answer is that my future is my husband's past. And I'm just
trying to keep it as unfiltered as possible by everybody who would like
to have it reflect their image."
makes no mention of the lawsuit she threatened to file last year against
Arf-Society, the German musicians society and fan club that helped to
organize the renaming of a Berlin street after Frank Zappa. The Zappa
family failed to respond to invites from Arf-Society for its
endorsement, so the the club proceeded anyway. The club also supports
the kind of Frank Zappa tribute bands that arouse Gail's ire. She
doesn't cite them by name, but the target of her anger is clear enough:
"People who misinterpret Frank, or miscast him, somebody who plays
his music, somebody who writes a book, taking a very large footprint and
shrinking it down to a minuscule size that's not recognizable by
anybody. It's really grand theft identity. I can imagine, but I can't
prove that I'd be right about what Frank would want."
could possibly know more about what a man would want than the woman who
bore his four children? "You can't imagine how many people would
disagree with that," she says. "I've had a lot of experience
people had approached her for the rights to produce Joe's Garage, but it
never felt right, she says, until Towne came along.
"The ones that have shown up ... I didn't want to get involved with. And the ones you would hope would show up have issues of their own. What I've been told is, 'Joe's too blue for the stage.' I don't know anybody who talks like that in any generation."
|Becky Wahlstrom's fallen virgin, Mary||Levity in the chorus: Nicole Disson|
directed it. It was very small and totally cheesy," she says,
clearly pleased. (Frank Zappa described Joe's Garage as "a really
cheap kind of high school play.")
felt, 'Oh why not? Why not take a chance?' ... I think of it as, I'm
doing the best I can with the tools I've got. You hope for the best, you
expect the worst, and if you come out somewhere between, that's a good
Towne, however, Gail plays down the importance of the story, because
most of what Frank Zappa did is musical. His playfulness and
gregariousness, "it's all in the music. It doesn't have anything to
do with words. So that's the legacy."
three Zappas in attendance for the rehearsal sit in the same row. Ahmet,
in a suit and tie, rests his elbows on his knees. Diva sits knitting,
smiling, preparing for a September exhibition of her knitting designs in
New York. Towne and Lettelleir are restaging "Catholic Girls"
- refining all that fellatio. Gail Zappa watches, beaming.
love this energy," she says.
September 2, the full band - two keyboardists, two guitarists, a drummer
and a couple of horn players - makes its first appearance for a
rehearsal with the ensemble. The theater is awash in activity, with
actors practicing routines in the lobby as equipment is hauled in around
them. The theater's huge backstage door hangs open. A table saw stands
on one side of the stage. Two platforms that have been constructed on
the stage now give the actors points of elevation.
singers gather 'round. This is going to be a funky night,
obviously," Towne bellows. "A couple of people we have
wireless mikes for are Joe and Father Riley - everyone who has a solo,
go over to the standing mike so we can hear what you sound like against
plan is to just sing through the whole show without choreography, so
sound designer Tim Labor can get a clearer idea of how the music needs
to be mixed.
outdoes anything I've ever done," says Towne, smoking on the
sidewalk during a break. "We're going to make it flashy and put in
lots of lights, but the music is key and has been the hardest to get
part of a song has a 19/16 count per measure, and then it shifts to
21/16, "So you've got these weird Frank time signatures - and then,
even in the easier songs, there's a funky dissonant harmony the men
have, and I'm thinking, 'Am I hearing this right?' - because if you're a
little flat on a dissonant chord, it's all over."
the drummer clacks his sticks together, setting the beat, and the full
band blasts out the title cut, "Joe's Garage." Lanky Ben
Thomas approaches a standing mike, and apes Zappa's vocal cadences:
"We could jam in Joe's Garage/His mama was screamin'/His dad was
mad/We was playin' the same old song/In the afternoon 'n' sometimes we
would/Play it all night long/It was all we knew 'n' easy too/So we
wouldn't get it wrong ...'"
music envelops the room. The ensemble on stage sneak glances at each
other, as though they never imagined this could sound so good. Some
break into irrepressible grins and begin swaying to the music.
two weeks until the first preview, only a fraction of the theatrical
elements is in play, but the interactions in the hall are so cordial and
cooperative, you can't help but feel that Franco's grandiose and
possibly reckless approach to producing a new musical might just fly -
or, at least, that enough of it will leave the ground to give this show
Garage, presented by Open Fist Theatre Company, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd.,
Hollywood. Currently in previews; opens September 26 and plays Fridays
through Sundays through November 22. For information, call (323)
882-6912 or visit openfist.org.
|2008 09 28|
announced Sun Ra Arkestra albums by Transparency for october - january:
-- info: Hans-Peter Schmidt
|2008 09 27|
2008 09 22
THE JIMMY CARL BLACK STORY
Jon LARSEN'S sequel to STRANGE NEWS FROM MARS!
THE JIMMY CARL BLACK STORY is double: CD one is
"The Rockumentary" - an 80 minutes documentary about the "Indian
of the group", where the old, native American (Cheyenne) tells his life
story. We hear about the start at the reservation, via The Soul Giants, Frank
Zappa, The Mothers of Invention, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, mafia connections,
and years of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll, but also moving stories from a long,
and unusual life in music. Jimmy Carl Black is the born storyteller. Does
humour belong is music? Listen for yourself.
The other CD is "The surrealistic Space
Odyssey" - one hour of music inspired by Jimmy Carl Black's life story.
The music is groove based R&B, laidback spacerock, and zappaesque
jazz/rock, and even with some
glimpses of Django. Here is also the 20 minutes adventure of Capt. Zurcon and
his crew onboard the Spaceship BigEar III, on their way to the red planet Mars,
and their problems with the sexually frustrated Martian (the Guacamole Queen),
the mutant fromage, and a lurking whale (depicted on the cover, enclosed).
Jimmy Carl Black is legendary not only for his
drumming, but also known as one of the greatest absurdists in rock, starting
with his film debut together with Ringo Starr in Zappa's 200 Motels. This is
evident on the very last track on the CD, recorded in April this year, with the
Indian of the group, reduced by the intensive cancer treatment, on the phone
directly from his hospital bed!
On The surrealistic Space Odyssey CD you'll also hear
marvelous soli by jazz musicians Knut Reiersrud (guitar/harmonica), Ola
Kvernberg (violin - like you've never heard it before), Rob Waring (marimba),
Jon Larsen (guitar) and Tommy Mars (keyboards).
THE JIMMY CARL BLACK CD is not an ordinary CD. The
music, the adventure and the long documentary is a part of the conceptual
continuity, and tell a different story - THE JIMMY CARL BLACK STORY.
THE JIMMY CARL BLACK STORY is the second release on the
new label ZONIC ENTERTAINMENT / HOT CLUB RECORDS.
Check out Jon Larsen's entry for
more info, or go to his MySpace corner to listen to some samples !
another day, another blog
|2008 09 26|
a message from Les Fils de l'Invention
is the CENTRAL SCRUTINIZER... again. Hi!... It's me again, the CENTRAL
La soirée Zappatika du vendredi 26 septembre chez Aris est confirmée et s'enrichit d'un set acoustique dédié à la musique de Zappa. Le répertoire devrait grosso modo être le suivant
Zappatika night next Friday, September 26, at Aris has been confirmed and
will contain a set of acoustic music, dedicated to the music of Frank
Zappa. The setlist might look something like this:
A partir de 20h, 115 rue Oberkampf
From 20h on, at 115 rue Oberkamf in Paris, France.
OK, so why has it been so quiet over at UM?
It was a great experience.
If you want to catch a glimpse of what you've missed, check out:
I don't know how long this will be up, so make sure to give it a listen soon...
About a week ago, I received an mp3 of Zappatika's 'Finally Got It Right'.
Previously entitled 'Boris the Jazz Dog', 'Finally Got It Right', is laid-back, jazzy guitar tune.
"Sorry if you
don't like it.... But this is the way I have always heard it...errmm...
it's not what you expect... but I guess it's still Jazzzzzz
|2008 09 14|
Scott Parker's supplement to the first two books of his
excellent series on Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention is ready.
The Zappa Supplement One: A Box Of History And The Mud Shark Saga
more info soon
2008 09 14
a message from Greg Russo:
remastered versions of 12 JCB albums are now available from CD Baby with
the other companies to follow. The
links are shown below.
FRANKLIN AND THE GOLDEN ECHOES FEATURING JIMMY CARL BLACK: Live At KUT
CARL BLACK WITH BIG SONNY & THE LO BOYS: In Heat
BLACK: Welcome Back Geronimo Black
GRANDMOTHERS: Dreams On Long Play (Original Version)
GRANDMOTHERS - Dreams On Long Play (Revised Version)
CARL BLACK: Clearly Classic (Expanded Edition)
CARL BLACK & THE MANNISH BOYS: A Lil' Dab'l Do Ya
JIMMY CARL BLACK BAND: How Blue Can You Get?
CARL BLACK & THE X-TRA COMBO: Mercedes Benz
HOLZHAUS, JIMMY CARL BLACK & LOUIS TERRAZAS: I Just Got in From Texas
- Hamburger Midnight
BROWN WITH JIMMY CARL BLACK - Brown, Black & Blue
of the albums have bonus tracks and they all sound better than ever.
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Waffelschmiede released a tape in 1983 entitled "We Are Not The
The tape has an early pic of The Residents on the cover.
-- info: Ive Hapers
Bozzio & The Metropole Orkest Live in Groningen, 2003
-- info & video: TA
2008 09 10
title Video -see it now - you'll see a DODO fly !!!
new album is done ,dusted and sent to the Press ! It will be launched at
the Party, as promised ,on Friday 26th September in Paris -France. If YOU
ARE THERE YOU WILL GET A FREE COPY !!!
now check the Title Track/Video right here >>
~ Peace,Love,Life & Music
have new things and joys to bring...
So if you missed out before, we have more now!
Also new, the original Gary Panter, RESIDENTS FOR PRESIDENTS tee shirt is in stock. Show everyone that The Residents are a great choice for the highest position in the land.
we just got more Bunny Boy discs in yesterday (the distributor ran out
and had to manufacture more, so we were delayed on getting our restocks).
So a big batch went out yesterday, and few more out today.
and toodles from the RalphGang
The official Residents online store
Seeding on Dime right now, a beautiful concert that George Duke did on a cruise
2008/09/13 PaNoPTiCoN - concert 'L'An Vert', Liège, Belgium
Panopticon is a Domenic Solazzo project.
|2008 09 10|
|2008 09 08|
The CRAM CD will be released on october 1 !!
Something to look forward to...
|2008 09 07|
The Weasel Music acetate has been offered for sale on ebay.
There's still a couple of days to go, and the highest bid is about 2,125.00 US $.
2008 09 07
"The love of tradition springs from these human failings and weaknesses:
LACK OF CURIOSITY to explore new ways of doing things
LACK OF IMAGINATION to create new, better ways of doing things
FEAR of the unknown; IGNORANCE, terrifies weak people to cling to ancient ways
The inability for or AVERSION TO THINKING causes average, mediocre people to
retreat to modes of behavior for which thinking is unnecessary.
tradition: a crutch for the fearful, weak, and unimaginative "
a world in which people are increasingly willfully ignorant and obtuse,
deliberately obstreperous, consciously averse to reason, and unable or
unwilling to listen--the only methods to change their behavior are to interfere
with and obstruct their means of making money, or to inflict so much pain upon
them that they must cease all normal activities to immediately address the
source of pain.
-- info: Andrew's www.idiotbastard.com website
|2008 09 06|
Jazz Op Het Dak (jazz on the roof) is a yearly returning festival in
Amsterdam, NL. This year, the Low Frequency Tuba Band took part in the
event and performed some Zappa music. The concerts took place a little
while ago, but tomorrow and the sunday after that, parts will be broadcast
on dutch television.
Check out "Vrije Geluiden" on dutch tv: Nederland 1, from 10.30 h until 11.30 h.
Here's the link with all the info concerning the concert for Jimmy Carl
It's over at Andrew's www.idiotbastard.com and it will be updated regularly!! Just click the picture on the right.
(I also put it on the UM home-page)
|2008 09 05|
Cristine (the woman on the cover of "Hot Rats") was Andee's
roomate at that time.
So it's not Ed Caraeff that took this picture... It's Andee Nathanson.
-- info: Joseph Horgen
I'm pretty sure that Kilissa won't mind...
Here's the link to her photo album of the Zappanale Festival (and the other general shots of East Germany)
cool thing about that site is, if you want to make a mug or tshirt... you
can do it!!"
2008 09 04
Drumbo release date / sound clips
RELEASED 10th NOVEMBER 2008
Here's the paradox of John "Drumbo" French:
his influence has been sizable and significant, while remaining largely
invisible. As the drummer and music director for revered iconoclasts
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band, Drumbo made central contributions to
a handful of LPs - notably 1969's mind-altering, revered masterpiece
"Trout Mask Replica," on which French first acquired the antic
stage-name "Drumbo" - that vastly expanded the parameters of
contemporary music. Yet while the group earned droves of ultra-impassioned
admirers, its music was too unusual and idiosyncratic to spawn many direct
The same is true of Drumbo himself. While his hugely
energetic, exceptionally disciplined playing told us new things about the
drums and their possibilities, it was too personal, and context-specific,
to be taken up by many other players. But what Drumbo did - memorably,
gorgeously - was to provide a model for musical invention. After exposure
to Drumbo's extraordinary reinvention of his instrument, a generation of
drummers responsive to innovation felt liberated to go their own ways.
French sired not so much a school of playing as a possibility of freedom.
2008 09 04
URR FALL UPDATE
Radio Rebellion performs the music of Frank Zappa...
finally have new audio on the site from the Summer 08 'Non-Dramatic' tour
with Ike Willis!!! Let us know what you think?!?!
shows with Ike...
Birthday Tour 08
to everyone for all your support!!!
2008 09 04
to hassle you with mail but you MUST see this dude.... Fernando Miyata
...a fat,lonely boy in Brazil who can play guitar like NONE of us have
ever seen !
I mean this kid is off the fuckin planet ! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATub40Npxik&NR=1
PARTICULAR ATTENTION to the phrasing he uses just to bring his Solo in
between 0:40 - 0:52 ....that shit is too difficult for words !
|2008 09 04|
am sending you this announcement from Warren -
has asked me to announce that his new album, "Playing in
Tongues" which reunites him with Missing Persons/Zappa drummer Terry
Bozzio, will be released on Edel Records. Warren considers this his best
guitar work ever recorded, now in its final stages of production.
also excited about his new website venture, HAUPTCOUTURE - a website
featuring t-shirts with a message & for a cause. The shirts are
high-quality materials displaying messages that will get people talking
about the false and dangerous information being broadcast by the major
media and news outlets. This is a cause that is most important to him, and
he's looking forward to sharing it with all of you. www.hauptcouture.com
that note, he also wants to urge all of you to see the film
"September Clues." This definitive breakdown of the details
surrounding the 9/11 attacks goes into forensic detail about how the news
portrayed this event versus scientific facts debunking the media hype.
well, and keep your eyes and minds open..."
zappostrophe no.110 - 2008
The czech frank zappa fanclub issued number 110 (!!) of their fanzine, Zappostrophe.
|2008 09 03|
Ed Mann & The Moving Tones will be performing
in a jazz club in Rijkevorsel, Belgium on November 21.
Rijkevorsel is in Belgium, near Antwerp, and close to the dutch border.
JIMMY CARL BLACK (posted on Mike Keneally's MySpace site)
am going in the hospital and having an operation on my lung on the 20th
and that is what is happening. It isn't a cancerous tumor which is good. I
am not sure what they are going to do except operate on me. I hope
everything is OK. I am a little worried. I don't like operations anyway.
Please let the fans on Inkanish Records site know that I really need help
money wise and any contributions would be appreciated. I really don't like
charity but I am strapped for funds to help pay the hospital and my bills.
I am willing to sell the fans CDs and that way it isn't charity. They get
some good music and I get some much needed funds.
Andrew (idiot bastard website, who also did an excellent interview with
The Indian Of The Group)
UPDATE: I spoke with Jimmy this evening following his operation last week to remove a tumour on his lung. He confirmed that, despite what he had been told (see above-mentioned interview) the tumour WAS in fact cancerous. He sounded fairly chipper, but they say they can now only treat him with more chemotherapy. He comes out of hospital on Monday (1 September) and will soon start his treatment as an out patient. To help Jimmy pay his mounting medical bills, there's a special limited edition CD (Stick Man For Ever!) and some nifty apparel and other stuff available to buy at http://www.cafepress.com/jimmycarlblack. Please do what you can to help the dear old Mother.
CONCERT FOR JIMMY
9 November 2008
are starting to speed-up on the 'Concert For Jim' front. Now confirmed
are: The Muffin Men, Mick Pini, Ben Watson and Fraz Knapp. Hopefully to be
confirmed shortly are Sandro Oliva, The Thurston Lava Tube and Zappatika.
There's others in the pipeline. The date has been confirmed at
http://www.bh2live.com/page3.html, and tickets should go on sale soon.
Please book early to avoid disappointment.
|I don't have a clue as to what these contain... the first one probably is a DVD with the Saturday Night Live performance (in bad quality), the second one a 2 DVD set with who knows what...|
5 concerts by the Arkestra, at least one tribute concert, and two movies. That's what I've read about so far.
ZXZW is an extensive festival for independent culture.
With a solid musical base, the festival also brings visual arts, dance,
theatre and movies. Over 200 cutting edge artist present themselves in
an intimate context to an international audience. Black metal next to
free jazz. Street art next to academic dance.
ZXZW takes place from the 14th untill 21st of September
2008 in the city of Tilburg in the Netherlands. From a squat to the
mayors room. From music venue to museum. The big music-happening is on
For all confirmed acts, check our last.fm:
2008 09 03
HELP JIMMY CARL BLACK - buy this record!
MESSAGE FROM LEAPING CAT RECORDS (UK)**
Jeff Berlin, Ed Mann, Captain Sensible, Zappatika, RagacatZZ, The Wrong Object, Dr Dot & more to come.
All have at least one thing in common. They are all coming together on a FANTASTIC new compilation CD to help Jimmy Carl Black.
Jimmy Carl Black is the original drummer and one of the founder members of The Mothers Of Invention. Jimmy has served the music industry well over five decades. He has given his life to the music industry, pleasure to millions of people over the years and now Jimmy needs help. It's time to give a bit back to jimmy and in return you will get a CD containing unique music from all of these great artists and more. This CD is not available anywhere else. You can buy it soon from Leaping Cat Records or Inkanish Records and the money that you pay for it is ALL going directly to Jimmy Carl Black, if anyone else offers to sell you it please don't buy it.
Leaping Cat Records, Inkanish Records & Jerry Ford say a big thank you now to all of the artists on the CD for helping a Brother. If you want to thank them yourselves please visit their Myspace pages and leave them a nice comment.
The CD will be available soon from Leaping Cat Records and Inkarnish Records. It will not be available as a download so if you see it offered anywhere for download please tell us and we will publically shame who ever is stealing from Jimmy Carl Black, who is a musical legend and sadly at the moment a cancer victim.
2008 09 01
an article from the Guardian about Esouteric's Tours of LA. Carl Franzoni and I
were featured guests on the Rock & Roll Hollywood Tour last February. Here's
a pic of Carl dancing in front of where Vito had his art studio at Beverly &
top 10 cult locations
you know Los Angeles? Think again. Benji Lanyado explores the city's cult
locations and off-beat cultural landmarks
we've all grown up seeing the tanned, supple bodies of Los Angeles
splashed across our TV and cinema screens, it's easy to make the mistake
of thinking we know the city intimately. But take it from Kim Cooper and
Richard Schave - native Angelenos and principals of Esotouric, the bus
adventure company that delves deep into the city's secret heart - the real
Los Angeles remains a beautiful enigma.
bus tours are dedicated to discovering these elusive locations and putting
them into a cultural context - the secret power spots where pop culture
moments fizzed into life, where great writers found their muses and where
incredibly strange happenings gave everyday places cult status.
caught up with them, and convinced them to divulge their top 10 spots:
the early 1960s, these modest art-deco storefronts were the starting
point for a social, musical, artistic and fashion revolution spearheaded
by Vito Paulekas, a 50-something sculptor and dancer. The community of
self-professed "freaks" that formed around Vito, his fashion
designer wife Szou and court jester Carl "Captain Fuck"
Franzoni, included a who's who of 60s youthquakers: The Byrds got their
start in the basement, Love's Bryan MacLean lived upstairs, and the
Fonda kids learned how to dance freak-style. Paulekas left town around
the time of the Manson killings, but today you can work out above the
former site of Szou's dress shop and Vito's basement art studio in
Harvey Easton's historic gymnasium, founded in 1938 and long a favourite
of Hollywood's athletic set. The site is one of the highlights of
Esotouric's Where the Action Was rock history tour - Carl Franzoni once
got on the bus with the visitors, and then proceeded to demonstrate
free-form dance moves on the sidewalk.
Easton Gym Hollywood, 8053 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048; +1
(323) 651 3636; eastongym.com
|2008 09 02|
The draft version of the report of ICE-Z
#3, the third edition of the International Conference of Esemplastic
Zappology, is availabe at Kill Ugly Radio:
ICE-Z #3 (International
Conference of Esemplastic Zappology)
2008 09 01
Mats/Morgan Newsletter September 2008
2008/09/04 Morgan Ågren drumclinic - Slagverket/Musikbörsen - Södermannag. 10, Stockholm, Sweden 19:00 / Ph. 0855693060
2008/09/20 Mats/Morgan duo - Musikmuseet - Sibylleg. 2, Stockholm, Sweden 18:00 / Ph. 0851955490
2008/09/26 Mats/Morgan Band - Bass & Drum festival,
Folkungag. 84, Stockholm, Sweden
2008/10/13-20 DW clinic tour - Morgan Ågren, Rickard
Nettermalm, Eric Thyselius and more.
Mats/Morgan Band - Montreal Drumfestival, Montreal,
2008/12/03 Mats/Morgan Band - Metropol, Köpmannag. 11, Härnösand, Sweden / ph. 0611102 01
2008/12/04 Mats/Morgan Band - Studion - Idunteatern, Umeå, Sweden / ph. 090156200
Mats/Morgan Band - Pipeline - Kyrkog. 6, Sundsvall,
Sweden / ph. 060619940
For more info on Mats/Morgan Band and Morgan Ågren, go to www.myspace.com/morganagren
Dutch melomaniacs started a petition to ask the governement to give more support to contemporary music, experimental jazz and improvised music.
It's meant for people that live in The Netherlands, but hey, it's important...
Read all about it at: http://hoed.petities.nl/
|2008 09 01|
|leftovers from the last couple of months|
WM Recordings has released over 80 downloadable albums. For free.
In 2006, WM Recordings presented its first commercial release through iTunes, eMusic, and other e-stores.
And now, august 2008, WM Recordings released its first CD: "Handle With Care - Might Panic" from Danish band Panicphobia.
Available from CDBaby and from www.wmrecordings.com
2008 07 14
Vai - "Naked Tracks"
Tracks Vol. 1-5, is a series of recording packages that contain mixes of
Steve's songs without the lead guitars. They are offered as "play
along tracks." Included are select backing tracks from Passion and
Warfare, Sex & Religion, Alien Love Secrets, Fire Garden, The Ultra
Zone, Alive In An Ultra World, Real Illusions: Reflections and others.
comments on the package: "Through the years, whenever I would mix my
records I would usually do a mix of specific songs without the lead
guitar. This allowed me to play along with the track or make loops to jam
to, and because I figured perhaps someday maybe others would like to do
the same. Voila! We have arrived at someday.
to these naked tracks, or creating loops of various sections, to endlessly
meander over, is a phenomenal way to discover unique musical ideas from
we are playing an instrument and our mind enters that exclusive elusive
mental real estate of our own personal muse, it can result in a form of
series of play-along CDs is designed to help create an atmosphere of focus
so you can shred yourself into a personally-induced inspirational nirvana.
the most part, the tracks in this series are presented in their original
form with the lead guitar removed. In some cases I looped the solo
sections to give you an opportunity to stretch out. I suggest you import
these files into a sequencer program of sorts, (ProTools, Band, etc.) and
create loops of various parts of the songs to jam over. It's an excellent
way to develop your inner musical ear.
5 disks will be offered together in one package at various retail stores,
through Vai.com, or can be downloaded by various tracks or volumes at any
of the online digital stores (such as the iTunes Music Store.)"
checking Vai.com in the coming weeks for the Naked Tracks mini-site with
information about each track, as well as links to download the tracks, or
order the 5-CD package...
- Live In Poland
in countries through Eastern Europe is an adventure. We usually travel
over night to the next city after the previous gig. In this situation we
were coming from a gig in Vilnius, Lithuania and driving overnight for a
day off in Katowice Poland. The day after that we had a show scheduled for
video goals on the Real Illusions tour (among some other colorful
celluloid exploits) was to capture a unique kind of performance for each
song on the Real Illusions CD. Since K'm-Pee-Du-Wee was already released
on a G3 DVD from Japan, I wanted to offer a different type of performance
video other than a live concert setting for that song. Never having been
to Katowice Poland (oddly enough), I thought it would be a cool idea to
just show up and set up a little trio combo somewhere outside of the hotel
in the street, unannounced, and just jam on K'm-Pee.
band and crew were real sports about it. Mikey Mesker shot some
entertaining footage and although the equipment we used to perform with
looked a little anemic, it was mic'ed properly and heavily EQ-ed so the
sound we captured is actually pretty good.
just jammed through the song a few times and I cut it together. I think it
turned out charming with some striking moments. The citizens of downtown
Katowice took very little interest in what we were doing.
THEY KNOW WHO WE WERE???? Maybe not.
The full 12 minute version of "K'm-Pee-Du-Wee - Live In Poland" will be available through the iTunes Music Store very soon. In the meantime, check out a teaser trailer on the official Steve Vai YouTube Channel!
We will also be making all of Steve's official promo videos available through iTunes, along with select cuts from the Live At The Astoria London DVD, and all videos from the Alien Love Secrets DVD.
you checked Weirdomusic.com lately?
Check out reviews of albums by Freida Abtan, Sonny Bono, Bruce Haack, Idle Tigers, Nurse With Wound, Polka Floyd, Tangela Tricoli, Sun Ra, Frank Zappa and many more at http://www.weirdomusic.com/reviews.htm
-- info: Danny Mathys
from the Transparancy newsletter
RA - Live at the Electric Circus (NYC 1968) and Newport Jazz
Festival (RI 1969)
beginning the label's in-depth survey of
the lesser-known psychedelic era of Sun Ra (1968-1971), these
discs were painstakingly mastered from first and second
generation passes of Michael Wilderman's original recordings.
The Electric Circus show features an unknown female
singer who was with the group prior to June Tyson.
RA - Untitled Recordings
A COMPLETELY UNKNOWN Quintet recording with Sun Ra, John Gilmore, Milford Graves, Andrew Cyrille, Don Moye from Prospect Park band shell in Brooklyn, June 1985 -- Plus two intimate recordings from "The House of Ra" in Philadelphia -- a rehearsal from 1978 and a jam from 1973.
info: 500 copies of the factory-made version The Complete
Detroit Jazz Center Residency (Transparency 0307, 28CD) will also be
available the first week of September -- so
if you or someone you know needs this album, now is the time
to reserve your or their copy. Just 60 dollars plus Priority
Mail rates as listed above.
+ + ZAPPANALE FESTIVAL + +
a shitty little film about a really great festival
a message from ZAPPATIKA:
so a recent common subject amongst us Muso's seems to
be Cross Cultural Dub - which
is really cool
this odd little piece will open our DODO album and its
a blend of Gregorian Chapel Singing with an old Indian Folk song.
The piece is called,aptly, "Gregor the Swami"
have a lovely sunday
check out http://www.myspace.com:80/zappatika
from Federico Pistelli's picture book:
a message from ZAPPATIKA:
our dear friend Dr Dot recently made a comment in a video about Accordions which set us to thinking about what would have happened if Joe had been born into a Cajun family in Louisiana.......growing up with washboards,mandolins,geetarz and of course...accordions
here (especially for Dot ; )
.......... Joes Cajun
(dont worry, this is just a bit of fun and NOT a new direction for Zappatika !)
listen to it over at http://www.myspace.com:80/zappatika
Cinefamily is an organization of movie lovers devoted to finding and
presenting interesting and unusual programs of exceptional, distinctive,
weird and wonderful films. The Cinefamily's goal is to foster a spirit of
community and a sense of discovery, while reinvigorating the movie-going
experience. Like campfires, sporting events and church services, we
believe that movies work best as social experiences. They are more
meaningful, funnier and scarier when shared with others. Our home is the
Silent Movie Theatre, one of Hollywood's most beloved and beautiful
cultural landmarks. There, The Cinefamily will provide a destination spot
for Los Angelenos and others to rediscover the pleasures of cinema.
@ 7:30 & 9:30pm
Zappa's The Amazing Mr. Bickford
title is not an exaggeration. Bruce Bickford's art--a hallucinatory
stop-motion amalgamation of Peter Pan, Ray Harryhausen, and The Wild
Bunch--is nothing short of amazing. Frank Zappa first used the incredible
talents of self-taught claymation wizard Bickford as visual companions to
his music in the film Baby Snakes, and continued this collaboration in The
Amazing Mr. Bickford. On the film's original VHS cover, Zappa exclaimed,
"Bruce Bickford is a genius!...Few other home video products can
compare with the years of effort and attention to detail contained in less
than an hour of The Amazing Mr. Bickford. It is a show that will be
watched again and again, freeze-framed, and gasped at for years to
come." Bruce Bickford will be in attendance for a Q&A after this
incredibly rare screening.
Bruce Bickford & Frank Zappa, 1987, digital presentation, 60 min.
Tickets - $14/ $10 for members
and Other Unreleased Bruce Bickford Films
the greater mass of animator Bruce Bickford's work seen by the public
consists of the films he made while working for Frank Zappa, he never
stopped working, either before or after his employ. We will screen some of
Bruce's early Super-8 experiments as a teenager, as well as his unfinished
45-minute opus Cas'l, the inspired result of years of solitary work,
featuring a live score by The Gaslamp Killer. Also, Bickford will perform
on of his "blues raps", with musical accompaniment by Gerry
additional info: Warren Cuccurullo will back up Bruce Bickford, and then play a short set after after the screening.
-- info: Herman, over at the Zappateers site
-- info: Ive Hapers
Guy Darol has written various books on the subject of Frank Zappa. In 1996, he wrote
"Frank Zappa, La Parade de l'Homme-Wazoo"; in 2000 he co-wrote some
sort of Zappa dictionary "Zappa de Z à A", together with Dominique
Jeunot; en in 2003, he finished "Frank Zappa, l'Amérique en
More recently, he was responsable for the excellent Frank Zappa special in Jazz Magazine.
And next september will see the release of his next book on Frank Zappa:
frank zappa / one size fits all - cosmogonie du sofa
by guy darol
Zappatika! will release its new album "The Short But Legendary Flight Of The Dodo" on September 1st.
Ed Mann will be in Europe on 12 November and tour around (with various musicians including Wrong Object, Moving Tones, Corkys Cats & Zappatika) in Holland, Belgium, France and the UK thru til 5 December !!
can hear an exclusive clip from the new / scheduled album on Drumbo's
The new album will be called "City of Refuge”, and features Bill Harkleroad (AKA “Zoot Horn Rollo”), Mark Boston (“Rockette Morton”), Greg Davidson (“Ella Guru”) and John Thomas (keyboardist on “Bat Chain Puller”).
Zappa freak, fan, and collector Martin Herberich passed away last week. Too bad.
He was a nice guy. I enjoyed our (telephone) conversations...
He will be missed.
2008/12/05 The Residents will be performing in Leuven, Belgium, at 'Het
Or as the eyeballs say: "December 5th you can see The Bunny Boy hopping in Leuven, Belgium."
OCTOBER & NOVEMBER 2008 - EUROPE
a message from Zappateers Audrey & Ben:
A long time ago, in a green and leafy corner of England, a disparate group of people met after travelling from far and rides, with a common purpose, to celebrate the music of Frank Zappa whilst drinking copious amounts of beer and having an inordinate amount of fun. That event was the 2007 Zappateers Festival held in the George at Woolley.
Skipping forward to the present, and sad tidings have
been heard echoing in that normal tranquil corner of Old England, Jim
and Julie will be moving on the pastures new in January 2009, meaning
the demise of another traditional British pub, another little gem of
good fellowship and cheer swept aside by the tide of blandness and
Well before you short your keyboard in a deluge of
tears borne of sadness and frustration, let me offer temporary blessed
relief, with the chance to enjoy for 1 last time the best of what a
traditional public house can offer, the chance to wish Jim and Julie a
fond farewell, and that made the 2007 Festival such a huge success. What
I hear you cry is this chance; well it is a weekend of fun, friendship
and music to be held on
The weekend of 14th
to 16th November 2008 at the George in Woolley.
Provisional schedule for the weekend include:
If the tempting titbits above aren't enough to convince
you that this is a weekend not to be missed, how does the fact that it's
all free grab you? Pardon, free? Yes that's right, don't touch that
dial, you heard right, it's free, it's not a festival, it's a party, a
get together, all you need to do is turn up with your party head on and
your drinking pants.
The small prints
See you in November!!
Illegailly Live Tour continues...
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
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