Archive for October, 2007

New Official Release: Zappa Wazoo

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See and listen to the intro, check the details: $30, “Available Almost Immediately”, now available at Barfko-Swill where a little more information is posted: “Grand Wazoo/Hot Rats/M.O.I 20 Piece Band – 1972″.

Update Nov. 3rd: Zappa Wiki Jawaka has all the info you need. Liner notes:

“This concert was recorded live at Boston Music Hall in Boston, Massachusetts on 24 September 1972. These stereo masters were digitally transferred from FZ’s Ampex ATR 100 deck into Nuendo at 96 K 24 bit by Joe Travers using Euphonix AM 713 Converters – in April 2007. …this concert had a slightly different original dynamic in that Big Swifty followed Greggery Peccary. Due to disc space we resequenced the program to maintain the integrity of the performance.”

Disc One

  1. Intro Intros
  2. The Grand Wazoo (Think It Over)
  3. Approximate
  4. Big Swifty

Disc Two

  1. “Ulterior Motive”
  2. The Adventures Of Greggery Peccary
  3. Movement I
  4. Movement II
  5. Movement III
  6. Movement IV – TheNewBrownClouds
  7. Penis Dimension
  8. Variant I Processional March

Happy Halloween! :)

Moggio Jazz Band Plays RDNZL

An excellent cover of a FZ classic. The only thing missing is Ruth Underwood.

A Zappa-picture

A nice picture. I’ve found it on David Ocker’s blog, but it’s originally from Richard Emmet’ homepage (go there to see some more), and the pictures were taken possibly in ’81, one of these used for the cover of You Are What You Is (the same hat!)

Posing for the sake of the photographer (we weren’t really playing any notes).

Richard Emmet, John Steinmetz, FZ, David Ocker

Pictures made by John Livzey.

Download: Dweezil Zappa On Rockline 26/10/07

Ah the joys of Audio Hijack! Dweezil on Rockline is now available for download right over here. The file is about 101Mb, so please download directly to your hard disc (right-click, save as) instead of listening online. Bandwidth is a costly commodity…

Update: Our pal Balint has split the above monolithic track into consumable segments. Download here.

Hartford ’81

This week’s Friday Boot: Hartford, CT, 6 November 1981. Say “Thank you Gilles!”

Zappa Plays Zappa on Rockline Replay

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Dweezil and Zappa Plays Zappa are live in studio on Rockline Replay, which includes five individual on air segments, wherein Dweezil answers questions from callers as well as from the host Bob Coburn, in between performances of FZ’s and Dweezil’s music. Ever wanted to know if Frank played with Hendrix? Click and find out.

Snider Marching Band

Ever heard a high school marching band play G-Spot Tornado and Pound For A Brown? These kids pulled it off. Also check the video!

Hat tip: Francesco G.

The VoC: So Long & Thanks For All The Fish!

Indeed: the time has come to lay to rest The Voice Of Cheese. Over the past months, no less than 35 participants have had the guts to submit a track, knowing full well their entry would be scrutinized and critiqued before an audience of die-hard Zappa fans. That’s saying something.

To all who participated: kudos! You are the best, and I hope your submission got you some exposure.

“Is this the end of KUR Audience Participation?”, you ask? Mmmh, well I do have an idea that involves nothing much more than a webcam and a YouTube account… I’ll keep you posted.

Livin’ In The Jungle — Flo & Eddie

By the time Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan joined Frank Zappa’s second incarnation of the Mothers, not only had the Turtles disbanded, but their legal troubles had reached such epic proportions that they had lost rights not only to the band’s name, but their own ‘noms de plume’ as well so that while these cases were before the courts, neither of them could tour or perform as themselves. Thus were created the Eddie and the Phlorescent Leech (aka The Sanzini Brothers) personae out of sheer necessity.

In this clip from the Happy Together (Documentary) (1990), Volman and Kaylan explain their now famous “Manager Story” which led to their major legal entanglements.

Remember, this is not an Elton John concert!

Here’s One I Prepared Earlier

For my birthday Dr Sharl got me a wicked little Wacom drawing tablet. Takes some getting used to, but with a bit of help from Jackson Pollock, adequate results are obtained in a snap:

Opening bid at 10,000 euro. Anyone?

Wohs Sdrawkcab Eht

The members of our rockin’ teenage combo don’t know this right now that we’re not gonna open the show the normal way we usually open it.
Gonna start with Green Genes… the whole show backwards.

And it’s 1 March 1973, Daytona Beach, Florida - more infos here (from aaafnraa.de).

Frost On The Pumpkins

A message from the ZFT Marketing Dept:

gz: Frost is on the Pumpkins
And you know what that means. Maybe even sooner than 10 questions from Jayp.

Hat tip: Michael P.

Melbourne ’76

This week’s boot takes us back to Melbourne, 22 january ’76. Apologies for the rudimentary naming of the tracks (i.e. Track 01, 02 etc) but I haven’t had time to listen to this one yet myself! Besides, today’s my birthday so I’ve other things on my mind. Whew, that went fast

I Come From Nowhere — Zappa or Zoloft?

Are you sad? Take a pill. Stressed out? Take this pill. Depressed? Take that pill. Did Zappa envisage the present-day mass marketing of drugs like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil — drugs designed and marketed to modulate your brain chemistry and intended to make you less depressed, more sociable, more happy at work; aimed at altering your mood or “changing” the way you think, feel and act: with over tens of billions of dollars in annual sales and 35 million users worldwide — when he composed the song “I Come From Nowhere“?

According to The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA):

Listening to music for at least 20 minutes each day can help slow down your heart rate and other body functions and can help you deal with the root causes of depression, such as anger, frustration, sadness or anxiety.

I don’t know about you, but not only does 20 minutes of Frank Zappa each day do good for my bodily functions, but the image of that pussy in headphones alone brings a smile to my face…

Remembering Frank

In my dream Frank and I were laughing and talking, having a lively conversation about music and things. It felt good, like a friendship.

A real nice story by Adrian Belew – Anectode nr. 46.