Archive for December, 2008

Jethro Tull @ Fillmore East 1970


Let’s all climb aboard the YouTube time machine and trip back to the year 1970 at the Fillmore East where Jethro Tull is captured performing two tracks from their 1969 release, Stand Up: “A New Day Yesterday” and “For A Thousand Mothers”. Got to love the energy and enthusiasm in these videos. Well worth the trip.

Satisfaction Injection – Solaris (outtake)

I recently came across this new band, Satisfaction Injection, while trolling around Last.fm looking for new music. They consist of Matthijs Tuijn (guitar/tenor saxophone), Bas Warner (guitar), Kim Bots (alto saxophone/clarinet), Jonathan Roorda (bass guitar/piano) and Laurens Roorda (drums/soprano saxophone). They first began as a jamming formation that has grown to a band with own material and an extensive cover repetoire. Jazz forms the basis of their music which experiments with funk, fusion and post-rock. Jazz like John Coltrane, and progressive rock bands like The Brecker Brothers, Caravan, and Frank Zappa are also inspirations and influence. To hear more, check out their page at Last.fm.

Duo Sonare

Nice little medley of Zappa tunes, performed on the classical guitar:

Via zappa.hu!

Zappa Autographs

Says SOFA in a thread that kind of morphed into a discussion on FZ autographs:

TBN had a nice page of sigs, at one point in time (hint).

Now, I know a hint when I see one and yes, TBN did have some nice sigs (two, three). Since we’re on the topic, here’s my coveted little FZ sig, a birthday gift from a distinguished English gentleman who goes by the name of Magic Fingers, I hasten to add.

How about yourself? I would be interested to see any autographs (FZ or other!) you boys ‘n girls may have collected in the past. If you have any, drop me a note at killuglyradio [at] gmail [dot] com with a pic attached and perhaps a little blurb on how you obtained it, and I’ll see if I can post them here.

Eric Clapton — Cocaine

I have always dug this Eric Clapton song*, especially when performed “live” as in this video. Sit back. Enjoy. A great way to start one’s week.

*Cocaine was originally a song written and recorded by J.J. Cale in 1975 and most widely known as a cover version recorded by Eric Clapton.

A Brighter Shade Of Green

As a member of Dads Without Sleep I can attest to the fact that it is of the utmost importance to stay creative during those sleepless nightly hours. Behold! I redesigned this site mostly in between — to quote my people — the soup and the potatoes.

Oh look. We seem to have broken the search form as well as a number of other things in the process, but that’s okay because you all will, in the end, get rid of your Windows machines and buy an iMac. No? Yes. Regardless: if you find anything weird around these parts, do feel free to drop me an email (address at the bottom).

So… how do you like the new look? Be brutally honest now…

Pink Floyd – Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2 (1980)

This footage was filmed to be used on the movie “The Wall”, but it was not included later. I did not know of the existence of a live (filmed) recording like that, I would certainly like to see that on a DVD. The audio here was updated from “Is There Anybody Out There Live CD”.  Long, nice solos.

Confessions Of A Bootlegger

Surely, a fun read:

I rigged up the inside of a basketball that I cut in half, with all the gear laid out inside and taped down, buttons up, and I had a girlfriend who’d strap this on under a puffy blouse and go in pretending to be pregnant! We had wires snaked up the arms to lavalier [clip-on] mikes on her shoulders, or on either side of a hat that I rigged up. She went to the bathroom, turned it on in the stall, walked back out to the front and we were taping! But then she had to stand, not sit, in the center of the stage all night, to get the stereo sound, and everyone kept asking her ‘When are you due?’ and saying ‘You can sit in my chair’ and all that stuff got recorded too. They were babbling into the microphones and ruining my tape.”

From the same site, also check out a comic entitled The Ballad of Frank Zappa as well as this interview with Wild Man Fischer (scroll down).

3 CDs From Crossfire Publications

What do you get a Zappa fan for Xmas who has everything (okay, well, mostly everything, then)? There’s always Freak Out ale, or a ZPZ DVD? Or perhaps even the latest offering of FZ-related merchadise from Barfko-Swill.

Myself, after enjoying my serving of Don Preston’s Vile Foamy Ectoplasm which I ordered from CD Baby earlier this year, along with Napoleon Murphy Brock’s After Frank: 1st Movement (featuring Gregarious Movement), and Jimmy Carl Black’s Where’s The $%&§#@’ Beer? I ordered three more Crossfire Publications titles from CD Baby:

Bunk Gardner — It’s All Bunk!

The first-ever Bunk Gardner solo album! It’s All Bunk! spans Bunk’s first sessions with Bud Wattles And His Orchestra (1959) to a live track with The Grandmothers in 1981. In between are post-Mothers improvised recordings done with his late brother Buzz and bassist John Balkin, and melodic pieces with the late Andy Cahan. More than half of these tracks have never been released in any form. In tribute to Buzz Gardner, Buzz’s My Love Has Gone is also included.

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B.E.P. (Jimmy Carl Black, Roy Estrada, Mick Pini) — Hamburger Midnight

Download-only release! In early 2002, former Mothers Of Invention drummer Jimmy Carl Black gave his old bandmate, bassist Roy Estrada, a call to find out if he was interested in recording an album of blues favorites and originals. Roy was completely into it and it was the first time they had recorded together since 1970. They were joined by UK guitarist Mick Pini, who had played with JCB in blues bands over the years. Recorded in Germany, the album contains the title track that Roy Estrada co-wrote and originally recorded with Little Feat. That song is presented as part of a medley and on its own for the first time. Roy also sings Little Richard’s “Directly From My Heart To You,” which Frank Zappa’s Mothers Of Invention released on the album “Weasels Ripped My Flesh.”

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The Grandmothers — Dreams On Long Play (Revised Version)

Download-only release! This edition of The Grandmothers was assembled in Austin, Texas in 1988 by Jimmy Carl Black with guitarist/vocalist Roland St. Germain, violinist Linda Valdmets, woodwind player Gerald “Eli” Smith and bassist Ener Bladezipper. “Dreams On Long Play” appears in its revised version here. For some reason, the band was unhappy with it and re-recorded most of the album (the original version is available separately). Regardless, this edition also features the bonus tracks “Taco Soup In 7/4,” covers of Frank Zappa’s “Let’s Make The Water Turn Black” and “Lonesome Cowboy Burt,” the unedited version of “The,” an edit of “Waiting” and a brilliant cover of The Beatles’ “I Am The Walrus.”

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Check out these and other Crossfire CDs at CD Baby and, perhaps, bring a smile to that Zappa-fanatic near you (and, no, I’m not receiving payola…sniff, sniff…I just dig the Crossfire catalog). The three audio tracks offered as samples are: “Qualude To Chaos And Fine”, “Slinkin’ Around”, and “Lonesome Cowboy Burt (Live at KUT)” respectively.

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The Real Frank Zappa Book And Elsewhere

A new homepage found on FZ – gee, in hungarian… Okay, you won’t understand a word, but you migh find interesting these:

– The Real FZ Book, hard cover version; (Nice, huh?…)
– Poster about the Real FZ book: front, back.
– Pictures: The Mothers in Zagreb, 1975.
The Grandmothers in Hungary, 1994 (with JCB, of course…)

The above things are completely new to me. The rest are mostly documents, artitcles from 1991. Keep on bloggin’, Lajos!