Archive for April, 2006
Warning: Neil Young Fan Entry Dead Ahead!
Spent all morning listening to the stream of Neil Young’s Living With War. What a motherfucker of an album. This is classic Neil. Imagine the joyously roaring guitars on Ragged Glory, add the grungy lyricism of Zuma, Sleeps With Angels, Mirror Ball and Greendale, throw in some lusciously direct lyrics, and you’ll get the idea. The whole album could well be the soundtrack to an imaginary protest march on the White House. Album of the year, as far as I’m concerned.
Update: downloadable mp3′s available here, until the album hits the shops.
Here’s a little audio/visual taste of what we can expect from Zappa Plays Zappa, as recorded at the Jammy Awards last April 20. From the looks of it, the Dweez may be somewhat lacking in showmanship but by golly, he’s got the chops! I can’t wait to see these guys live in Brussels.
This week’s boot: Rockpile, Toronto Canada, May ’69. For you nitpickers out there (you know who you are) it may also have been the 5/19/69 Massey Hall gig, although the gig list seems to suggest otherwise.
Neil Young is set to release a new album called Living With War. The songs are — surprise! — anti-Bush / anti-war, and will be available as streaming audio on his site next Friday. There’s even a weblog:
This is about exchanging ideas… it’s about getting a message out. It’s about empowering people by giving them a voice. I know not everyone believes what I say is what they think. But like I said before.. ya know.. red and blue is not black and white.
Go Neil! But did you really need to get a myspace page?
For Cpt Beefheart fans: 2 rare releases are for sale at ReR Megacorp: Grow Fins (5 CD’s of unreleased material, tracing the Magic Bands from the beginning) and Dust Sucker (being the unreleased Bat Chain Puller LP).
Ya know, in the past we’ve been metafiltered, linkfiltered, growabrained, powazeked, and now this: it ain’t Rolling Stone, but Burnt managed to have Boing Boing post my FZ vs PMRC Flickr set on their frontpage this morning. What’s next? Slashdot? Digg? :)
For those of you who missed out on last Sunday’s wusb.fm’s ’06 Zappathon, a stream of the entire show is available here. Alternatively, you can sign up for the snailmail vine over at the Uncle Beat Forum. Oh, and by popular request, the pledge soundbite Dr Sharl and I made for the show can be heard right over here.
Duncan alerts me to the fact that Bill Camarata over at Box of Sound included a 1988 phone interview with Frank Zappa in one of his podcasts. Being the swell guy that he is, Duncan has clipped out the relevant bit and put it online for your listening pleasure.
I had never heard about this but apparently, several years ago a rumor began to circulate about a strange connection between Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon (1973) and the MGM classic The Wizard of Oz (1939). Synchronize the film and the album, a number of coincidental events occur.
“The Great Gig in the Sky” begins as the tornado approaches Dorothy’s farm, builds as the storm worsens, and slows when Dorothy is knocked unconscious; “Brain Damage” plays as the Scarecrow sings “If I Only Had a Brain”; and the album concludes with the sound of a heartbeat as Dorothy puts her hand on the Tin Woodsman’s chest.
An obese barefooted elderly man dressed like a mid-70s Barry Manilow, holding a stray dog and throwing around confetti while contemplating a possibly sexual relationship with a goodlooking yet otherwise blissfully ignorant chick. Cha Cha!
Some time ago, I obtained original prints of promotional pictures taken during the production of Zappa’s 200 Motels. Don’t ask how I got them — let’s just call it good karma. And since good karma begets good karma, I figured why not scan and put them online for you. So here they are. Enjoy!