Archive for October, 2007

The Voice Of Cheese: SOFA (II)

VOC #35 has our buddy SOFA chiming in once more. He says:

The band is called “Reckless” and it is the brainchild of my buddy Scott, and the drummer Jim. The idea is for this band to play American Country-Pop covers – because that’s what’s “hot’ around these parts (besides Karaoke, and synthesized-midi-driven dreck) and that’s what will get you hired – not that I’m Only in It for the Money, or anything…
When we were putting together a list of tunes, I suggested “Stealin” (sorry, I’m really just a dumb classic rocker at heart and I love Uriah Heep) because it was an old hit, it had ‘country’ lyrics, and it wasn’t Rascal Flats – who are great, don’t get me wrong, but enough is fucking enough…
This band’s “history” (we were ‘together’ for a little over a year) is too much like Spinal Tap to get into – our drummer never spontaneously combusted is the only difference.

I loves me some classic rock! Have a listen:

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Portrait of a Zappa Freak

How old were you when you figured out there was something seriously different with you? When did you discover that the world was going in one particular direction, and you the other? That age for me was around eight or nine years old. The same time I discovered the music of Frank Zappa. The album, Just Another Band From L.A. to be exact. It just made sense to me. Then and now. It was also plainly obvious, even to my young mind at that time, that I was different from my peers. I was a Freak.

The freaks, by Zappa’s reckoning, resisted the binaries of right versus left, dominant culture versus counterculture, or squares versus hippies, preferring instead to align themselves with an aesthetic not narrowly defined by fashion or political leanings.

Of course, it drove my family to distraction and despair as my collection of Zappa records grew, and many a Zappa album found it’s way shattered against the wall like a frisbee, or gashed with long scratches across the vinyl from being too hurriedly de-needled. But by high school, my Zappa fix was a close as the nearest record store (or for those who couldn’t afford them — the nearest public library).

Where do you fit along the Zappa continuum? Passing Zappa listener? Zappaholic? Full fledged Zappa Freak? Then read Ben Watson’s paper, “Houston … Fort .. Marcuse: Sin Versus Archetype in Zappa” addressed to the International Conference of Esemplastic Zappology on 16 January 2004 at Theatro Technis, Crowndale Road, Camden Town, London.

Some Zappa Freaks are really out of this world…

Envelopes – MR Symphonic Orchestra


Made by Nándi – thanks, man!!!

100% Zappa!

100% Zappa!

100% extasy! I’ve just arrived home. A real Zappa-celebration, a celebration of Music, with 3 concerts in a row. Beginning with the warm-up concert of Mike Keneally and Ed Mann, playing in duet – jazzy, improvisational, zappaesque: fun. Then came the Symphonic Orchestra, conducted by Adam Fischer – amazing! Smiling musicians, rich texture, carefully elaborated details, big laughs and power. Better than the LSO!
The day was closed by the Modern Art Orchestra (a Big Band), featuring also the two guests above. Cletus Awreetus Awightus, Big Swifty, Zomby Woof and more – can you imagine? Orchestrated by Tom Trapp, who also made a good job as a conductor – lively gestures, big smiles, collective improvisations.
The message of the day was: Music is the Best!

Could Be Worse. Could Be Wuthering Heights.

You’re Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain!
With an affinity for floating down the river, you see things in black and white. The world is strange and new to you and the more you learn about it, the less it makes sense. You probably speak with an accent and others have a hard time understanding you and an even harder time taking you seriously. Nevertheless, your adventurous spirit is admirable. You really like straw hats.

… or so says The Book Quiz

London ’72

Are you up for some vintage Grand Wazoo? Of course you are. Gilles will be providing your fix in the week to come: The Oval, London, 16 September 1972 — up for download as of… now! Enjoy.

Foot Badminton

..well, with nothing to do with Frank Zappa, sorry. But it looks crazy! Here are some pictures of the recent world-championship – and here’s a tiny video. Isn’t it amazing?

What A Pumpkin!

The world’s largest pumpkin – in Scituate, Rhode Island, now in the Guinness Book of Records. Arf.

Zappa’s Not Rock ‘n Roll

Michael says:

I have some friends that say “Zappa’s not rock and roll”. Now that is mostly true as we all know there was much more to Frank, but he did produce some of the most smoking rock and roll out there. I want to put together a playlist to prove it to my buddies. So I need help in naming the all time best pure rock and roll songs that FZ or the MOI did.

Troops? Rally!

FM TV — Documentary

A special type of entertainment for a specialized audience. That’s how Frank Zappa describes his own music in this obscure FM TV documentary first broadcast on July 13, 1982 — featuring interviews with FZ, Don Preston, Adrian Belew, and Terry Bozzio; plus footage of “You Are What You Is” as well as videoclips of “Punky’s Whips” and “Black Napkins” from Baby Snakes.

ZPZ DVD: Sneak Preview

So the Zappa Plays Zappa DVD is finally for sale at concerts since the Paris gig (Oct 5). Want to have a look at the goodies? Here’s a little sneak preview to whet your appetite…
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The Voice Of Cheese: Pablo Contursi

VOC #34! Pablo says:

Here it is my contribution to VOC. This tune is named “La danza de los colibríes esquizofrénicos” (“Dance of the Schizophrenic Hummingbirds”) and I did it all by myself on my PC.

I don’t have much more to say, except I’m a 33 year-old drummer who lives in Argentina, plays in a band called Panza and has a blog (in Spanish). In near future, I’ll upload more sounds to this site on MySpace.

A very nice track, which carries a whiff of Mahavishnu Orchestra, dixit Dr Sharl. Have a listen:

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Kansas City ’74

Dr Sharl and I are preparing for a nice little weekend-trip to Antwerp — and ZPZ obviously. While we’re out of the office, enjoy this week’s Friday Boot: Kansas City, 8 March 1974: a bunch of classic FZ tunes if ever I saw one.

Zappa Wiki Jawaka: Upgraded

It took some blood, sweat ‘n tears, but Zappa Wiki Jawaka has (finally) been upgraded from its ancient 1.4.2 incarnation to MediaWiki‘s newest, super shiny 1.11.0 version. Spambots be gone! I hope!

Sound Theories

Sound Theories

Yes, yes. The amazing new double album is out now. Order the limited edition digipak for your chance to win a Sound Theories Tour Aftershow Pass!

But read the small print first:

SOUND THEORIES AFTERSHOW PASS
2500 red satin passes SOUND THEORIES AFTERSHOW PASSES were randomly inserted into our limited edition 10,000 Sound Theories Vol. I & II digipaks – sold only through the Vai.com Online Store. Please read the following information about the Sound Theories Aftershow Passes carefully:

a.. The Aftershow pass is for ONE person to attend ONE aftershow meet and greet at any Sound Theories concert in the USA, Canada and South America. The pass does not allow you to bring a guest or guests.
b.. Passes remain the property of Light Without Heat/Euphoria Inc. and can be revoked at any time.
c.. Passes cannot be resold on sites such as Ebay. Passes sold on Ebay will become void and purchaser will be denied entry into the aftershow.
d.. Passes cannot be re-used.
e.. The aftershow pass is NOT a backstage pass, and does not allow you any special privileges, backstage or dressing room access, or pre-show soundcheck access. It will ONLY allow you into the aftershow meet and greet at the end of the concert.
f.. The Sound Theories aftershow pass is NOT and EVO Premium Experience pass. Please do not come to the show early and use it to try to get into the EVO Experience. You will be turned away.
g.. After the concert, you will need to come to the front of the stage and show your pass to security. You will then be taken to where the aftershow will take place. Your pass will need to be stamped or dates by a member of our touring crew. DO NOT stick the pass to your clothing before we have written on it.
h.. We reserve the right to cancel or cut short the aftershow meet and greet at any time in the event that Steve is unwell, or due to venue curfew. In the even that the aftershow is cancelled, you will be able to use the passes at a different show on the Sound Theories Tour.
i.. We reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone.

Remember when it was all just about the music?