Archive for April, 2007

Hawking’s Zero-Gravity Flight

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Doesn’t he look like one happy space cadet?

“It was amazing,” Prof Hawking said after the flight. “The zero-G part was wonderful and the higher-G part was no problem. I could have gone on and on. Space, here I come!” he said.

Cage’s Got A Secret

Before there was Zappa playing a bicycle on the Steve Allen show, there was John Cage performing Water Walk on the TV-show I’ve Got A Secret. Might there be a link between musical innovators and game shows?

Paging Sigur Ros

Please stop putting out records and attempt to acquire a sense of humour. Graphic designers around the world will mourn, I know — but the world will be a better place. Thanks! Bunch of wankers. Why I oughta…

Zappa In The Netherlands

Paul Berkholst was asked to start a Zappa weblog on the Dutch Radio 6 channel’s website. He just dropped me a note requesting a little plug on KUR, and I’m more than happy to oblige. Head on over to zappa.radio6.nl and marvel at all the funny little Dutch words — or read the articles if you’re able to, obviously!

My Country Boner (Won’t Go Down)

Country music really is an underrated genre. Want proof? Here ya go.
Thanks Bas!

ZPZ: New US Tourdates

Starting July 18 Zappa Plays Zappa is back on the road. Check the tourdates. Unfortunately there will be no Bozzio and no Vai on this leg of the tour. I’ve also read somewhere that the playlist is supposed to be some 70% different from what we’ve seen so far — but don’t quote me on that…

The Sound Of Pi

What does the number Pi (π) sound like as a piano solo? It sounds like this. Definitely has a certain je-ne-sais-quoi about it. More variations here.

Helsinki ’88 (2)

Helsinki ’88 Part Two is up — go get it!

YouTube: M.O. Apostrophe/Over-Nite Sensation

I don’t know how long this is going to be available on YouTube, but for now you can find the entire “Making of Apostrophe/Over-Nite Sensation” docu there. As it says “aired 21/4/07 on SBS Australian TV”, I reckon this to be the original TV-broadcast, not the DVD-version.

Part one:

Parts 2, 3, 4, 5.

Some YoYo Stuff

Evaristo kindly points out this 1993 Capt. Beefheart documentary by Anton Corbijn, available online.

His quite abrupt artistic transformation from working with a microphone to a paintbrush in 1982 and his consequent move from the desert to the ocean meant even less direct contact with the outside world than before. Subsequently there is very little information about Don from this time onwards and this short black-and-white film made in 1993 is an unique opportunity to see and hear this unique man.

I remember seeing this when it was first aired on VPRO. Well worth a moment of your time.

Green

You may think this site looks a bit on the red side, but…

Green Web Hosting! This site hosted by DreamHost.

Read more about it here and here.

It Can’t Happen Here?

A Fascist America, in 10 easy steps is one scary read. Naomi Wolf:

It is my argument that, beneath our very noses, George Bush and his administration are using time-tested tactics to close down an open society. It is time for us to be willing to think the unthinkable – as the author and political journalist Joe Conason, has put it, that it can happen here. And that we are further along than we realise.

Ugly Radio Rebellion

Via several people: FZ-tribute band Ugly Radio Rebellion. Check their MySpace profile for more. Good playin’!

Zappa Internet Jam Blog

The site we love made some blog-like changes. I could say that it’s “better than ever”, but it was always great. With amazing covers and now with a few videos – check this one where Dweezil plays Back in Black from AC/DC.
Read this, too. Congratulations!

The Voice Of Cheese: Jan Goddaer

A bit of history: I used to play in a band called Inflatable Henry. Concurrently, Jan Goddaer was making rather big waves with TranceJazzTical. Following one of their gigs, I boldly stepped up to Jan and asked if we might join up for a jam. He agreed. We’ve since been playing music together in some form or other (Virgil Venus! Moonbug!).

The track presented here is entitled “Henry Has Left The Building” which is kind of funny, seeing as how at the time we were both looking for a breath of fresh (musical) air. This tune comes from TranceJazzTical’s self-released album “Saterdaynightitis” [sic!], and I happen to think it rocks.

Have a listen:

Like it? Download it!