Archive for March, 2004

zappa on the rocks…

Apparently elderberry + liquorice = sambuca – for if barry is seeking some chromatic inspiration.

Spring Announcement

It is the spring time. We hug trees, we bless, we pay tribute to the sun, we shed skin. We are redesigning. Stay tuned.

That A Switchmaster I See Before Me?

Everything you always wanted to know about Frank Zappa’s gear, but were afraid to ask.

Mango Shark

The chances of finding a shark like Mango are about one in a million.

Waltz For Guitar

“At age 18, Zappa was experimenting with serialism and the guitar and tossed off Waltz For Guitar. It remained unknown until Keyboard and Guitar Player magazine published a Zappa celebration edition in 1992. In a characteristic comment, Zappa called it ‘…a 12 tone crab canon… it’s kind of short and boring‘”. (thanks Filipe)

Phillips, Erlewine & Given…

…are trial lawyers who specialize in complex commercial litigation. Indeed, Mr Given has written a fascinating article on online music vending. Perhaps slightly more interestingly, a highlight of his career was meeting and interviewing the late musician and composer Frank Zappa.

DMG: Does an artist feel devalued when an artist is censored?

FZ: I doubt whether artists can come to that conclusion. I mean which artists are you talking about?

“Burned-out Chickadee Sandwich

Get to know the story of Lulu, Nellie, Jack and Jill, who were rehabilitated for society at Mr. Croner’s farm, and were having a life of service to their community, but now their lives are in danger. Chicken, run!!

Todos Madrileos

On March 14, 1979, Frank Zappa played Pabellon de Deportes, Madrid, Spain.

Update: bonus stuff for you HP readers – what happens when Portland General Electric asks FZ to feature in a commercial?

Rule One

Charles’ Rules of Argument: “Rule one is scarily simple. You will never change anyones mind on a matter of opinion. Someone going into an argument believing one thing, and coming out the other side not believing it is a freak occurrence ranking somewhere alongside virgin birth and victorious English sporting teams.”

Le Pied Qui Pu

This is a real treat: Stinkfoot, the comic as drawn by comic artist Jean Sol in 1975 for french mag Fluide Glacial.

Zut Alors!

This one for our two Belgians readers (oe ist?): next Saturday, The Wrong Object are playing “Zappa & A Few Tunes Of Their Own” in l’Aquilone, 25 Boulevard Saucy, Lige (thanks Bernard).


Let’s pretend for a minute that, by means of some incredibly cosmic karma, I had the opportunity to interview Gail Zappa. In my place, what questions would you ask her? (Gail-bashers: don’t bother commenting)


“Walking up to an indoor farmer’s market, Lisa says that she’s heard they’ve ‘got good stuff in there.’ Dweezil wonders what she’s heard about. ‘Good fruits,’ Lisa says, swinging her hips and sticking out her dinners as she walks, holding Dweezil’s hand. They admire the wares. ‘Cornbread, bananners,’ Lisa points out. Seriously, are we on PBS? She just said ‘bananners.’ What’s next?(Thanks Evaristo)


We’ve had the Modified Dog, onward to the Modified Librarian (ssshh, she said?).

Ethereal Mann

“I feel like I hear from Frank all the time. Vivid dreams every week sometimes every night. Good dreams, always involving music great music, and a larger-than-life feeling of being Alive.” Idiot Bastard interviews Ed Mann.