Archive for August, 2007

Chad ‘n Terry Whip It Out

Hey look, Chad Wackerman (Dr Sharl’s favorite) and Terry Bozzio (my favorite) in a competition over who gets to hit the most beats per millisecond. Who wins? Close call:

Via Night After Night who calls it “drum porn”.

St Louis ’77

This week’s Friday Boot: Washington University, St Louis 2 October 1977. Although the sound quality leaves something to be desired (ahem), there’s plenty to enjoy here. Just a couple of highlights: FZ’s monster solo in an instrumental version of Conehead, and some great improvisations in Wild Love. Enjoy!

Black & Pink Napkins

Hm, a nice classic: Black & Pink Napkins, played by a real metalhead, Dimaension X. Quite impressive! Of course from Zappa Internet Jam Session, where you will find some other crazy covers, like The White Boy Troubles. Hah!

God Warrior

Via Andrew, check out this outrageous slice of video from a reality show called Wife Swap:

Dark sided! Dark sided! Be sure to watch the vid all the way through by the way, as harrowing an experience as it may be…

Do You Know What You Are?

You are what you is, you nasty, bad, naughty boy.

Bum-Bum-Bum Bimbo

Take it away, Miss Teen USA:


Take your myspace, your facebook, your twitter, your pownce, your virb, your mashable — and ram it up yer snout. Finally here’s a social network I wouldn’t mind subscribing to: NoSocial. From the about page:

NOSO is a real-world platform for temporary disengagement from social networking environments. The NOSO experience offers a unique opportunity to create NO Connections by scheduling NO Events with other NO Friends.

Save your money don’t go to the show!

The Voice Of Cheese: Ryan McNealy

VOC #28, ladies ‘n gentlemen — featuring Ryan McNealy, whose nom de plume is Hank Peters. Ryan says:

In order to continue the flow of the wonderful VoC, I thought “what the hell”, and decided to submit my amateurish audio piece to you. It’s called “Adventures Through FM Radio”, and I’m sure as hell that this concept has been done before (and executed better).

The guitar quality sounds a bit iffy in some parts, but this is what you get for being 16 and not able to afford quality microphones.

Either way, VoC must not die! I will threaten you with more content if you even think twice of removing it!

Why thanks for that threat Ryan Hank! Have a listen:


Like it? Download it.


For those of you who didn’t receive todays’ Barfies newsletter:

Columbus ’71

What’s that saying again, “misery loves company”? Aah yes, that’s the one. Earlier today my car decided it would be a good idea to drop dead on me, and thought the event would be even more exciting were it to occur while its owner was lost in the middle of nowhere. Well, mission accomplished, you worthless bloody ’93 build Renault Laguna piece of motorized French crap.

Luckily, Dr Sharl managed to call in a cab for me. The twenty minute drive home cost me 25 euro. Hint: don’t ever take a taxi in Belgium.

All this to present you with this week’s Friday Boot — on a Thursday: Columbus, Ohio, 23 May 1971. I’ll be off for most of the day tomorrow having the old git towed to the garage and generally throwing around money for no apparent reason.

Meantime: enjoy, and behave.


Watch in awe as Finnish band Gregorius rock out on The Village People’s YMCA:

I’m speechless. Brilliant.

Update: Phax, of Finnish persuasion, comments:

The bassist is actually Pekka Pohjola, who played with Finnish prog band Wigwam and Mike Oldfield among others and was reportedly supposed to record with FZ himself, as “FZ especially liked to play with Bassist Pohjola, whom he had met already during his previous visits. He was planning to record something with Pekka, but this plan was never realised.”. Small world eh?

Small world indeed.

Last Bang

Hell freezes over: the Rolling Stones will reportedly quit touring for good after playing London’s O2 Arena this Sunday after 45 years in the music business.

The veteran rockers are believed to have declared that their current A Bigger Bang Tour will be their last because frontman Sir Mick Jagger, 64, and guitarist Keith Richards, 63, will be too old to do another.

I find that quote irresistibly funny for some reason.

Zappa: Satan Worshipper

Who knew? (GodTube vid. You have been warned.)

The Voice Of Cheese: Ken Duvall

VOC #27 features regular KUR commenter Ken Duvall. Ken says:

OK – Here’s my song Aftermath, recorded a few years ago with the help of my brother Rich, and Skip West. It was at one time a longer piece, but I prefer this short edit…

A homegrown slice of Waka/Jawaka anyone? Have a listen:


Like it? Download it.

On The Road

Amazing photo gallery of the “new American Beatniks”. Surely the girl pictured to the left below is a Zappa fan…