Archive for March, 2009

Ultimate Insult: Somewhere In NYC

In the first video, Frank Zappa tells the story of how the Fillmore East incident involving John Lennon and Yoko Ono started from an exciting jam between two musical iconoclasts, to a matter to be decided between opposing lawyers.

The second video is footage of Lennon’s and Yoko’s 1971 guest appearance at the Mothers of Invention gig at the Fillmore East.

Finally, as a point of historical interest, the following is an original vinyl version of Jamrag (anyone with even a passing affinity for Frank Zappa and the Mother’s music will quickly identify this song):


French FZ-Fans To Boycott ZPZ’s Paris Concert

This just in via Uni-Muta: French FZ fansite Les Fils de l’Invention are calling for a boycott of the upcoming ZPZ Concert in Paris. Translation:

Just after last month’s dismissal of the case of the ZFT against the Arf Society, the ZFT is back with a new complaint against the organisers of the Zappanale Festival. In order to:

  • react against this unreasonable juridical harassment
  • show solidarity with our friends
  • make it clear that we are determined to protect the works realised by organisations, artists and writers, who make sure that the works of Frank Zappa will not be forgotten,

we ask you TO BOYCOT the concert that Dweezil Zappa and his band ZpZ will be doing on the 18th of May at the ‘Olympia’ in Paris.

Wow… Meanwhile, this year’s edition of Zappanale is already starting to take shape.

One Year Old Scotch Milk

Today this weblog turns one (although technically, it’s to turn eight in July)!

Having made the switch in February 2008, we instantly lost a whole bunch of readers. The new KUR started out with about 12,000 views per month. We are happy to report a current monthly readership of over 28,000 views. That’s still peanuts, but at least the numbers are going up, not down. 🙂

Throughout the past year, two things have kept us going: your support and comments. 308 posts were made, harvesting 3853 comments — an average of 12.51 comments per post.

So, we say thanks to you, and here’s to another year! Commemorative screenshot here. Oh, and don’t forget to have a taste of KUR’s very own beverage over by the bar…

BL – Borlai & Ladányi

This is a collaboration between Andrea Ladányi (dancer) and Gergő Borlai (drummer). She holds the drumsticks, he holds her hands (its just a part of their performance). See details and criticism here. (BTW: G. Borlai is a big Zappa-fan, his favorite is V. Colaiuta)

Kent Nagano on How He Met Frank Zappa

Tuesday Mix: FZ in the 80s

Admittedly, there are some Frank Zappa fans who do not enjoy his 80s material quite as much as his music which came out of the 60s and 70s. That said, I really enjoyed compiling this mix together. At first, I thought I wouldn’t have enough tracks, yet, as you will soon see for yourself, Frank Zappa’s 80s set lists were just as varied as those from any other era of his career, and just as intriguing, both musically and satirically.

Click here to listen to the mixtape.

I’d like to thank our webmaster, Barry, for his help in uploading the larger tracks of this mixtape. Thanks.

Update 03/06: Added some Sinister Footwear to the Mix…

Note: If any of the tracks infringe on someone else’s copyright, let us know and we’ll remove them.

Odds & Ends Some More

Time for another bag of miscellany that may or may not be of interest to you: