Archive for March, 2009

Musik & Mythos Giveaway!

Update: Contest closed! Winners to be announced shortly — stay tuned…

Now that the book is finally up for sale, Sharl and I are giving away:

A/ one copy of Tom Waits: Musik & Mythos, the book, along with one set of twelve postcards, and
B/ six sets of twelve postcards.

Click image to enlarge:
Tom Waits - Musik & Mythos

To enter the competition, simply post a comment answering the following three questions:

1. Name an artist who covered a Tom Waits song, and name the title of the song itself.
2. Mention your favorite Tom Waits song.
3. How does one say Good Morning in German?

The contest starts now and remains open until Wednesday April 1st, 6pm Western European Time, upon which an innocent hand will draw the winners — not to worry: there will be video! Ladies and gentlemen: start your engines…

Fantomas – with Terry Bozzio, Montreux 2005

Woooaahh. I like it.

Some News From The ZPZ World

Scott Thunes on his guest-appearence with ZPZ:

All in all, I had a wonderful time and I would do it again. In fact, if they come back, I’ve already asked Dweezil if I can play Echidna’s Arf with them to make up for fucking it up on Zappa’s Universe. He said that if they had it ready (in their repertoire) I’m welcome to try my hand at it.

 

 Thank you for reading this.

Dweezil about some recent changes in the lineup:

In other news we have encountered a glitch in the matrix! ZPZ has suffered the departure of Aaron Arntz. Obviously that changes the material we can readily perform and requires some shifting of duties within the band.

And now for something completely different:

- The Filthy Habits Ensemble – three FZ tunes, check them out. Good.

All of the above from the Idiot Bastard. Thanks!

Italo Zappa

Funniest thing: two Italians writing in with Zappa related links almost simultaneously.

First up, Andrea Rizzardo, who pointed me to this Italian band called Elio e le Storie Tese, in concert with special guest Ike Willis:

There’s more

Then there’s Il Signore Sterbini who introduced me to a band called The Cardiacs. These guys merge FZ’s rhythmic sophistication with the “educated” punk of The Clash — and then some:

Good stuff — and yes, there’s more

Some Articles on FZ

Found on the FZ In Hungary Page:

- Great rock solos of our time (NME – 1970, maybe?…)
- Songwriting: Frank Zappa (Guitar Magazine, 2001)

The latter has some score-samples, too.

In Search Of Maria

I may be a grumpy old man, but this made me smile:

Warning: contains music from “The Sound of Music”!

Son Of FZ Drummers Round Table

After the previews available before, here are two video-gems showing some pretty good musicians:

- FZ Drummers Round Table – all seven parts!
- FZ Drummers Drum Jam – the whole, uncut version.

Via the Idiot bastard - thnx!

Lost KBOO Airtapes – Frank Zappa Interview


From the vaults of the popular psychedelic show ‘The Radio Lab’ which later became ‘Cryptic Propensity Projections’ and ‘Midnight Collage’ on KBOO FM, Portland, Oregon from 1971-1985, Michael Christopher, Harry Mishkin and Bill Reinhardt talk to Frank Zappa after his performance at the Paramount Theater in Portland, Oregon. In the first clip, Frank discusses Germans, pop culture, the music scene and his own dubious popularity. In the second clip, he discusses musical interests, critics, and former ‘Mothers’ drummer, Jimmy Carl Black. The third clip is a spicy stew of The Mothers of Invention and The Firesign Theater. Unavailable since it’s broadcast on the Radio Lab in 1974.

On The One

What you are about to see is a mix of unrelated YouTube videos/clips edited together to create ThruYou. In other words – what you see is what you hear:

(and to the multitudes that have already seen this I say: “oh rats!:)

Remember That Baltimore Bust?

Back in May 2008, KUR was notified of the fact that an FZ statue donated by the state of Lithuania, risked being put on the outskirts on the city of Baltimore — “because Frank Zappa was not an appropriate image to have on their grounds.”… meaning- it would be put in a place where no one would see it.

FZ baltimore statue

Quoth Lithuanian and Baltimorian Eric Leicus:

I’m thinking it should be in Fells Point Square/Mt Vernon Park or at least somewhere downtown where people can actually see it and appreciate it.

We urged you to mail Baltimore city hall officials, asking for a better spot. Well, lo and behold:

On Wednesday, the commission formally endorsed placing the bust in the quirky Fells Point community. The neighborhood is a major tourist draw known for its nightlife.

Eric writes:

I have a friend who works in Baltimore Promotion of the Arts who said they got a TON of emails from around the world about the location of the statue. So thank you for posting. Between you guys and Zappateers (the other place I posted) I think we really made a difference!!!

I guess we did :-)