Archive for May, 2007

My Generation

The Zimmers on MySpace. Fabulous. Thanks Duncan!

The Voice Of Cheese: Hermann Schindler

VOC #18 has wiki-contributor Hermann Schindler (aka Propellerkuh) whipping it out. The track is called “You-Nique!”. Hermann says:

It’s a piece about stupidness of radio-listeners and Austrian radio-programmers, who always play music of Brian Adams, Bonny Tyler, D.J.Bobo, Cher, Celine Dion, Spice Girls, Rolling Stones, Joe Cocker, George Michael, Arrowsmith, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, or other up-to-the minute-actualized white-list-item over and over again while they themselves and the local public is too dumb to check when they are beeping out “dick” or “fuck” when once in a year they play “Bobby Brown” but not understanding when Lou Reed sings “… she never lost her head even when she was giving head”. They probably misunderstand that for some kind of special tender stroking like one would treat his dog or cat…
Just another proof of cultural and social retardedness.

Have a listen:

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ZPZ DVD Trailer!

So: on the slightly renewed ZPZ page here’s the trailer - and also a few words for The Still Hoping European Audiences:

I have already made my own inquiries into the possibilities of increasing the number of European dates. If it can be done it will done.

Dweez On ZPZ

Dweezil’s new post on the ZPZ Tour lineup:

I’ve noticed that there seems to be a bit of confusion surrounding the lineup of this year’s tour. I would love to clarify things for all of you.

…and he continues:

I am extremely excited to be able to present some new songs to you this year aided by the talents of our special guest vocalist Ray White. (…) Later in the year we may even have an international reunion with Steve Vai and Terry Bozzio but that has yet to be confirmed. I’ll keep you posted on the status of that as well as any other additions to our lineup.

ZPZ Antwerp: Tickets Now On Sale!

Tickets for Zappa Plays Zappa’s Elisabeth Hall gig in Antwerp (Oct 6) went on sale this morning and by golly: they are flying out the door. When I checked half an hour ago, the entire upper balcony was already sold out. Balcony seats? Ha! I got hold of front row seats for KUR-staff! All three of us! :D

Waterbury ’75 (2)

You asked for it, so here is Waterbury ’75, Late Show — with thanks to Gilles, as always.

Terry’s Drumkit

… and how it’s assembled on stage:

(Via FlabberM)

Diva’s Laugh

Diva’s Laugh: Episode 1. Odd.

Zappa Plays Zappa ’07′s Special Guest: Ray White

As noted in the comments by KUR’s Intrepid Eastern Europe Correspondent Balint, ZPZ’s summer/fall tour will not feature Napoleon Murphy Brock on vocals. Filling the void, guitarist and vocalist Ray White is said to join the tour instead. GuitarWorld Magazine:

Joining the tour this year is Ray White, the vocalist who toured and recorded with Frank Zappa during the period of such albums as Tinsel Town Rebellion, You Are What You Is and Zappa in New York (his is the lead vocal on the song “The Illinois Enema Bandit”).

We’d mentioned previously that playlists would differ by an approximate 70% (pun anyone?). Here’s the nitty gritty on that. Quoth Dweezil:

“What we’re preparing to do for this tour is perhaps even more complex than what we did on the first tour,” says Zappa. “Last year we learned about 40 songs from a very popular period of Frank’s career, and this year we will be learning about 30 more new ones that are somewhat more obscure. The tour will include material from [the albums] We’re Only In It for the Money, Absolutely Free, Weasels Ripped My Flesh, Joe’s Garage, You Are What You Is, The Yellow Shark and much more, including orchestral works.”

This is looking to be very, very interesting — if you ask me…

The Black Page: Teenage Drummer Version

If ZPZ is still around some 5 years from now, they should consider checking out 16 year old Michael Campo:

Thanks Ryan!

The Voice Of Cheese: Ezekiel Hubbard

VOC #17! The track: The Original Soup. Purpetrator Ezekiel Hubbard says:

It was recorded on a battered Tascam 488 8-track cassette deck, the bass & drum (myself and Clay Stricklin, respectively) tracks were recorded live, with the last 3rd of the performance being improvised. About a week later I composed and overdubbed the remaining instrumental parts, which consist of a few guitars and two alto saxophones. The title evolved – as these things do – from some dialog while establishing our recording plans, in which I declared something akin to “I just need to throw some soup at my sister and I’ll be right over”, which struck Clay as amusing for some reason.

The soup in question was spinach soup. Have a listen:

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Imogen Heap – Just For Now.

I can’t resist sharing it here. I’ve been listenning her for days now. Simply beautiful.

New European ZPZ Dates!

And here they are, according to zappa.com‘s mailing list:

  1. Sep 25, 2007: London, UK – Shepherds Bush Empire
  2. Sep 26, 2007: Tilburg, Netherlands – 013
  3. Sep 27, 2007: Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
  4. Sep 29, 2007: Fribourg, Germany Switzerland – Le Fri-Son
  5. Sep 30, 2007: Munich, Germany – Circus Krone
  6. Oct 01, 2007: Frankfurt, Germany – Jahrhunderthalle
  7. Oct 03, 2007: Stuttgart, Germany – KKL Beethovensaal
  8. Oct 04, 2007: Erfurt, Germany – Messehalle
  9. Oct 05, 2007: Paris, France – Grand Rex
  10. Oct 06, 2007: Antwerp, Belgium – Elisabeth Hall
  11. Oct 08, 2007: Arhus, Denmark – The Music House
  12. Oct 09, 2007: Stavanger, Norway – Venue To Be Announced
  13. Oct 10, 2007: Bergen, Norway – Peer Gynt
  14. Oct 12, 2007: Oslo, Norway – Sentrum Scene
  15. Oct 13, 2007: Lund, Sweden – Olympen
  16. Oct 14, 2007: Stockholm, Sweden – Cirkus

Never been to the Elisabeth Hall in Antwerp. Does anyone know what the sound quality is of that place? Better than Vorst, I would hope?

Waterbury ’75

Ready for another boot? Check out Waterbury, CT, 29 October 1975. Review here.

An Interview With Gail

Gail Zappa talks about the Apostrophe/Overnite-Sensation “Classic Albums” DVD release and other Z-related topics (including the Holy Grail Roxy release!) in this 18 minute (audio) interview — just in case that’s your kind of thing. :)