Archive for June, 2005

Actually

Unsurprisingly, I am, in fact, probably — yet unwittingly — and although I’m not really a writer per sé — guilty of many of these agonizing writer’s mistakes, no really.

WikiFreaks

Well look who’s turned their homepage into a wiki! How long before zappa.com jumps on the wiki bandwagon? ;)

Corporate Covers

pinkfloyd the wallmart

What would happen if corporations abused famous album covers to sell product? (Inspired by this news story)

Edit: link actually works now!

The Real Munich 80

Several knowledgeable readers (I’m lookin’ at you Balint!) have noticed some oddities with regard to the Munich 80 boot that was made available last Friday. Fear not, the correct version is now in place. Nothing but the best for KUR readers! :)

More Zappa Plays Zappa

Billboard interviews Dweezil. On the setlist:

Many a forgotten gem — some of which may never have been performed before — will be spotlighted. “We’re probably going to play a few things that might be from the ‘We’re Only in It for the Money’ period — I don’t want to give away all the surprises,” Dweezil says. “His music from the middle ’70s was really pivotal, and that’s going to play a really big role in what we’re doing — things from ‘Apostrophe,’ ‘Over-Nite Sensation,’ ‘Sheik Yerbouti,’ ‘Joe’s Garage.’ But we want people to feel like they’re getting a real well rounded experience.”

And apparently a live DVD of the tour is “being discussed”!

Munich 80

KUR: Salut Patron! Pour le boot de demain, une fois de plus le choix est à toi! Par contre, il y a un type qui voulait vraiment qu’on mettes le Munich ’80 – est ce que tu l’as celui-là?
Gilles: Salut Chef! Le Munich 80 est un classique, je pensai que tout le monde l’avait ;)

Munich, Germany, July 3rd 1980 — hope you’re satisfied, Aqualung!

Agency Man

The CIA is looking for a graphic designer. Neat! No such fun as photoshopping non-existent nuclear missile bases for a living.

You Talkin’ To Me?

In case you missed them: the 100 greatest movie quotes of all time. As pointed out here, “These go to eleven is sorely missing.

Chip, Ben, Kagan & Cameron

I’m absolutely loving this collaborative illustration weblog — some great stuff there daily. What’s more, these guys are cool cats!

The Sound Of Cheeze

Pictures of a drumset made out of cheeze. One commenter asks: “was the drummer any Gouda?”

Intelligent Design

Let us remember that there are multiple theories of Intelligent Design. I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster. It was He who created all that we see and all that we feel. We feel strongly that the overwhelming scientific evidence pointing towards evolutionary processes is nothing but a coincidence, put in place by Him.

An Open Letter To The Kansas School Board

Some surf-music

Now try to think of a guy, who is american, plays the guitar, has a touring band, makes not only music but also some movies, and also has tons of admirers (mostly but not only) on the web, and these fans trade his live recordings intensively between each other (mostly in lossless format). Who might that guy be? Yes: he’s Jack Johnson. Explore his page: you’ll find his music, his movies, the lyrics, the trading community on the forum, and so on. I have the album On And On. It’s just great. Here’s an interview with him from The Rolling Stone.

Past The Lyrics

Pat has compiled a double cd set of his favorite inoffensive instrumental Zappa tunes that he hopes, will sweep the minds of those sceptics who find it hard to “get past the lyrics”. I’d add this lovely ditty but I guess it would sort of — er — defeat the purpose.

Hurray For Beethoven

Awful atonal music?
Apparently, we have Beethoven to blame for it:

Beethoven managed to put an end to a noble tradition by inaugurating a barbaric U-turn away from an other-directed music to an inward-directed, narcissistic focus on the composer himself and his own tortured soul.
This was a ghastly inversion that led slowly but inevitably to the awful atonal music of Schönberg and Webern.

Via The Funk Files.

Kung Fu Hustle – the movie

„It was strange, really” – says Stephen Chow, director – „I was sitting in my Hong Kong office, then suddenly the door flung open, Quentin Tarantino rushed in, hugged me, kissed me, and rushed away. We’ve never met before, I only knew him from pictures. I didn’t even know about him being in Asia. It turned out that he had spent three days here and he definitely wanted to meet me. Finally he had only this short time. But it might be as important as the prize of the Best Movie.”

Kung Fu Hustle: yes, the best movie you’ve ever seen in your life. Just unbelieveable.