Archive for March, 2007


B-List Blogger

With 106 links in the last 180 days, Technorati places in the high authority group. That makes you a B-List Blogger! In keeping with the theme of the maturation of the blogosphere, it seems evident that many of these bloggers were previously in category two and have grown in authority organically over time. In other words, sheer dedication pays off over time.

Go me! :D

Recommended Reading

Looking to read some Zappa-interviews? Zappa Wiki Jawaka contributor Propellerkuh has been adding hard to find, out of print articles like a madman — currently 81 articles available for your reading pleasure. Kudos to all wiki workers!


And you thought Zelig was fiction? Think again:

When with doctors, AD assumes the role of a doctor; when with psychologists he says he is a psychologist; at the solicitors he claims to be a solicitor. AD doesn’t just make these claims, he actually plays the roles and provides plausible stories for how he came to be in these roles.

I’d love to know what happens when he’s in the presence of a rabbi…

Quote Of The Day

From a certain Zappa-list:

Bought a copy of Sheik’s Rehearsals yesterday on the usually reliable Swingin’ Pig label and am currently enjoying such classics as:

  • Hiney, Don’t You Want A Man Like Me?
  • Keep It Creasy
  • Watermelon In East
  • Dinah-Moo Humm
  • Little House I Used To Life In

Still, nothing beats my Japanese copy of The Six Wives Of Henry VIII by Rock Wankman.

Fundies Say The Darndest Things!

… and when they do, you can be sure there’s a website devoted to it. Some quotes? Hang on to your pointed stick:

  • “A person who sold a slave did not make God sick like watching two men do it.”
  • “But God don’t talk in Arabic. He talks in a REAL language, namely, English. It’s true that back in them days He translated that to some other language after Speaking it in English, but after all, it’s His universe and He can do what He doggone well wants to do.”
  • “I appreciate your recommendation, and it is intriguing, but as a pro-lifer, I cannot support an organization that is opposed to the death penalty.”
  • “I am a bit troubled. I believe my son has a girlfriend, because she left a dirty magazine with men in it under his bed. My son is only 16 and I really don’t think he’s ready to date yet. What’s worse is that he’s sneaking some girl to his room behind my back. I need help, God! I want my son to stop being so secretive!”
  • “I can sum it all up in three words: Evolution is a lie”

The Voice Of Cheese: HairFarmer

It’s time for VOC #8! This one comes to us from KUR-reader HairFarmer whose contribution is entitled “Shiva Up My Spine”. HairFarmer says:

This piece was composed in 2000/2001. It’s built on a tabla rhythm, lifted wholesale (& then flanged to death) from “To See All” by Ross Rice. The Sitar was live recorded & tweaked but virtually everything else is sample based, (bought, found and/or personally lifted or recorded). Argh.

Dim the lights, put on some incense sticks, and have a listen:


Like it? Download it.

Sid Peacock

If you’re into the likes of John Zorn and Frank Zappa, you may well enjoy Sid Peacock‘s music. Free Albums Galore says:

Like Zorn and Zappa, Peacock’s music takes unpredictable turns going from melodic jazz tunes to guitar rock riffs to noise in seconds.

“You Can’t Buy Everything Forever” is a free sampler album available at WM Recordings. Download all 7 tracks here.

Kiss YouTube

A little over a year ago I, quite naively, wrote:

If you have some time on your hands, take a look at YouTube. There’s loads of interesting video to watch, including some live Frank Zappa.

… to which KUR regular Birdman! responded:

I didn’t have any luck trying to download these videos. Can they not be downloaded?

But of course! If your default browser is Firefox (which, if you’re on Windows, it should be), check out this add-on. For the rest of you, there’s always KissYouTube.

You Didn’t Try To Ball Me

Baby Snake points out Play It Again Max, a cool blog featuring out of print LP’s never released on CD. One of them is The Plaster Caster Blues Band from ’69 (which has none of the Plaster Casters playing on it btw). The album contains one track entitled You Didn’t Try To Ball Me (Dedicated To Frank Zappa). Here it is for archival purposes:


Oh, and while perusing the aforementioned blog’s link section, I came across this rather familiar sounding name

Washington ’88

Your calls for another ’88 show have been heard: enjoy Warner Theatre, Washington DC, 10 February 1988 — 23 tracks from the best band you never heard in your life… Say “Thank you, Gilles!”

Zappa Midi

A Zappa midi for every day of the year — well almost: download here.

The Voice Of Cheese: Stanley Zappa

This week’s VOC (#7) features one Stanley J. Zappa, aka Carl’s nephew. The track he sent in is entitled Every King Of Cheese Needs His Queen. Stanley says:

Please enjoy this excerpt from a radio performance by the Leonard Skrowaczewski Zappa trio featuring Wyatt Doyle. Its release on the New Texture label is imminent.

On The Road meets Bird meets The Dangerous Kitchen — have a listen:


Like it? Download it.

Introducing… The iRack

iLol… (via)

Apostrophe + OverNite Sensation: Making Of (DVD)

Having been aired on (Swedish? Norwegian) TV previously, this Classic Albums episode is shaping up to be a very cool DVD release:

As ever the programme uses interviews, musical demonstrations, rare archive and home movie footage plus live performances to tell the story behind the conception and recording of these groundbreaking albums

DVD extras (not included in the original broadcast):

Full live performances of Montana from the Roxy in 1973 and I’m The Slime from Saturday Night Live in 1976. New full live performance of Camarillo Brillo by Zappa Plays Zappa done specially for this DVD.

Dweezil On The London Breakfast Show

Ben Cohen writes:

I stumbled across an interview with the Dweez. It’s from the Danny Baker London Breakfast show from around 2005 (I think). They discuss Wild Man Fischer, and the Hendrix guitar among other things. Danny Baker is clearly a Zappa fan but doesn’t ask too many questions we haven’t heard before – presumably as that would alienate his audience.

An interesting talk, have a listen: