Archive for November, 2006

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Not that there’s anything wrong with that! Yourself?

Baby MOFO: First Tracks

Look! A tracklist for the (2CD) Baby MOFO! Is it accurate? We have no idea. (Thanks Thomas!)

Frank In Pictures

Via Kevin: a cool bunch of never before published pictures of Frank Zappa (the Frank photos start here). They were taken by Mark Estabrook during a press conference in Austin Texas, prior to a concert at the Armadillo World Headquarters.

These photo have never been published before now. The negatives have been packed away for almost thirty years.

Aspergers

Quote of the day:

I am almost certain that Frank Zappa had AS or HFA.

Lemme See Your Thumb

Mike Newman sent me this cool picture of Zappa which he took in 1980:

Thanks Mike! I wonder who he’s aiming that gesture at…

Mo’ Little MOFO

Ned (thanks Ned!) informs me of this post made by Gail on the Zappa.com forums:

Re Little MOFO – We are informed that the release date is officially 5 December and you could easily see it in the stores that week in the U.S. As for the Mother of Freaking Out, we think it could start shipping as early as the following week but there will be an Official Update at Zappa.com sometime this week when we confirm real information. Just so you know, we did just get a little MOFO in our hot little hands but not the MAMA. One more thing – the baby MOFO is not a prequel or a sequel (should it come out either before or after MOFO Deluxe) – it is of course geneticaly related but was brought into the world with its own material as well. We did not want to leave anyone out over a budgetary concern. We deemed it a necessity to make this an all inclusive release option, given that FZ’s Music (et al) is the world’s finest optional entertainment.

Dentil Floss, The Boardgame

Anyone up for a game of Dentil Floss Tycoon? Your goal, the longest string of floss! Check the demo.

The Big One

Okay, you asked for it: here comes the Big One.
(The same on Google Maps)

Cruisin’ With Keneally

Have you noticed this brand new blog called The Central Scrutinizer? It has a fine interview with Mike Keneally (among other things), who’s Zappa-esque musical taste seems to be really close to Barry’s:

Any opportunity to play Cruisin’ for Burgers was a peak moment. That song was pure ecstasy for me.

Kramer vs Kramer

Whatever happened to Kramer from Seinfeld? Well…

His apology on the Late Show — painful.

Friday’s Magic Fingers: Oakland ’75

We’re going to try something a little different today. You may know Magic Fingers from The Big Note, as the man who gave us the Variation Variations, or perhaps as a man who likes to wear funny hats. This week he’s agreed to provide a Friday Boot Show and some explanation as to why this one — Oakland, CA, 26/12/’75 — is of particular interest:

So what do we have here? A fairly typical late ’75 show featuring the usual songs we have come to expect from this tour. Tonight, however, Frank is ON, and delivers some excellent solos throughout the set. But it is the day after Christmas, and there are presents in store…

Curious? Read on…

Cheesy Vinyl

A photoset on Flickr. I want this guy’s shirt!

William’s Special #2

Christie’s will be holding a Rock and Pop Memorabilia Auction on December 4th featuring “some of the more choice lots to hit the lots in quite some time”. One item, estimated at 5,000 to 7,000 USD, is this abstract painting by Frank Zappa entitled William’s Special #2.

Mo ‘n Herb’s Vacation

I was listening with my girlfriend to a recording of Frank Zappa’s orchestral piece Mo ‘n Herb’s Vacation when she suddenly asked a very interesting question:

“Why did he write this?”

Kill Ugly Radio World Tour: Let’s Roll!

Right, well I’ve pretty much finished doing the cover of Our Latest Pet Project. Just to give you an idea of the mess this has been causing on my desktop, here are some pictures:

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The Plastified Cover…:

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More on Flickr. What’s more, Dr Sharleena has completed her contribution as well, so this book is ready to hit the road — starting with Tommi. I’ll be putting up a promotional banner shortly but until then, remember: if you want to be part of this, the place to sign up is right over here. Happy doodling! :)