Archive for August, 2005

The Perfect Album

Good thread at about the phenomenon of the perfect album. “An album in which every track is great, each one worthy of being a hit. An album with not a single song you would skip past and nothing mediocre or even average.” Here’s the compiled list. Some Zappa picks: Waka/Jawaka, Apostrophe and Joe’s Garage. Can’t believe nobody mentioned Roxy & Elsewhere or OSFA…

One Day On Remulak…

Via Zappa In France, a slightly updated version of the animated gif that announced ZPZ! (Merci Francis!)

Dedicated to my dad

…and our 50% of Italian DNA :)

Palais Omnisports de Bercy, Paris ’84

With thanks once again to Gilles: FZ in Paris, France, 17/9/1984, available for one week as always.

BS Protector

bullshit protector

Gotta have a couple of those.

Violet Vortex Aura

WTF Dept — Violet Vortex Aura Photography:

I will update this blog as often as I can with new information as to where I will be and what i will be doing and answer any questions regarding auras.


Ugly Radio Again

Word has it Napoleon M. Brock did a recording session earlier this year with indie musician Robert Kramer for an upcoming release called “Legacy Of Love”. Meanwhile Kramer himself is on a crusade against sucky commercial radio:

Maybe it’s time for the radio station fatcats to trade in their Jaguars for a nice pre-owned Toyota, return the airwaves to the public, and start programming the kind of music people REALLY want to hear….to quote the late Frank Zappa, it’s time to “KILL UGLY RADIO”..once and for all…

Jim Owens writes: “If Kramer has the cahones to keep steam on this issue, I will certainly support his efforts to knock down some walls for indie music, and all interested parties should do the same.”

Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point: a map of the world in which the visibility of each country on the map results from the quantity of media coverage the country receives, so those countries that do not make the news disappear progressively. There’s currently a little black spot at the top right of South-America which probably wouldn’t be there if it weren’t for that bright Christian Right intellectual Pat Robertson. (via udn)

RIP Moog

Wasn’t going to post this, assuming everyone remotely interested in music would’ve heard the news — anyway: synthesizer innovator Bob Moog passed away yesterday at age 71.


A couple of days ago I saw a documentary on Daniel Barenboim, acclaimed conductor and pianist. Arguably his most important project however is The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra which he founded together with Edward Saïd. This orchestra consists of young Israeli, Lebanese, Lybian, Egyptian and Palestinian musicians who have performed all over the world, including the besieged areas of Palestine — Ramallah being the latest venue (shown on Arte last Sunday).

This post simply to express my utter admiration and respect for a man who’s willing to risk his life simply by playing music. His mission should be an eye-opener for many a hatemonger in the Middle-East. Respect!

Software That Thinks You’re A Jerk

The software, created at America’s Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will ask: “This person is acting like a jerk, do you want to hang up?” Inventor Anmol Madan said his software could herald a revolution in phone etiquette. Um, right. I think what we really need is software detecting callcenter-slaves that insist on selling you crap.

Thurston Lava

The Thurston Lava Tube is “a psychedelic, experimental surf instrumental group from Leicester, England”. They are FZ influenced and asked if I could link up to their version of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Sure thing! Although I must say it brings back memories of that brilliant Alas Smith & Jones skit where they evoke a couple of indifferent, “all-purpose” party musicians whose sole instrumental accompaniment is a cheap synth. Anyone remember that? Funny stuff!

The Big Note’s August/September Update Is Here

Is the blues getting to you? In dire need of some good news? Here’s some: TheBigNote has updated! Among the goodies: rare Zappa, live Project/Object excerpts, another TBN hitparade, and TBN’s SOFA whipping it out.

More Binghamton

Busy busy busy. Anyway, a little later than usual, here’s Part Two of Binghamton ’74.

Come On Frenchie!

Eh oh les Français: saviez-vous que la troisième édition du Festival Zappa à Bordeaux commence Jeudi 15 septembre? Mais oui! Allez-y!