Where’s Zappateers?

I’ve had a couple of emails asking me this, and I’d noted their site had gone offline myself sometime yesterday. I’ve no idea what’s happening but a quick domain name lookup says:

Domain Status: Registered And No Website

Perhaps a minor domain name hick-up — we’ll see…

24 Responses to “Where’s Zappateers?”

  1. Hugh says:

    As hardcore Z fan, it’s starting to feel like a “Twilight Zone” episode!
    I know how the “Mud Shark” girl most of felt. And I’m not liking it one bit. Thank goodness 4 Kur. Thanks 4 the heads up Barry!

  2. Andy says:

    A quote from Andy:

    Where’s Zappateers?”

    Saw this in the log:
    status: expired
    created: 2002-01-11 16:59:03 UTC
    modified: 2008-01-13 08:54:20 UTC
    expires: 2008-01-11 15:58:54 UTC
    Maybe Paul/Zappateers forgot to pay the domain re-registration fee?

  3. Chuck says:

    It sure makes one feel nervous though…..

  4. BengoFury says:

    Relax guys, it’s paid for and will be back very soon :)

  5. Zoe says:

    A quote from Zoe:

    “Where’s Zappateers?”

    So there’s still room for hope….by the way, I always assumed that the Zappateers guys were, let’s say “tolerated”, by the ZFT? We’ll see.

  6. Zoe says:

    A quote from Zoe:

    Relax guys, it’s paid for and will be back very soon

    Hallelujah!!

  7. glockenspiel says:

    A quote from glockenspiel:

    Hallelujah!!

    sure, but it’s not because you’re paranoïd that you DON’T have enemies …

  8. urbangraffito says:

    Thank goodness for Zappateers! They have always been a fantastic resource in the online Zappa community. For my part, every single torrent I ever downloaded from them has been backed up and filed away for the listening pleasure of future freaks. You said it, glockenspiel:
    Hallelujah!!

  9. hipbone says:

    A quote from urbangraffito:

    Thank goodness for Zappateers! They have always been a fantastic resource in the online Zappa community. For my part, every single torrent I ever downloaded from them has been backed up and filed away for the listening pleasure of future freaks. You said it, glockenspiel:
    Hallelujah!!

    You are a big fan of that ’78 Poughkeepsie tape, which does have amazing sound/music….Would you (or any other freaks) care to suggest any other great eff zee boots to track down once the site is back?

  10. Gavo says:

    It’s back up! Woo hoo!

  11. Hans says:

    A quote from Hans:

    It’s back up! Woo hoo!

    Yes, indeed! Phew!

  12. urbangraffito says:

    A quote from hipbone:

    You are a big fan of that ’78 Poughkeepsie tape, which does have amazing sound/music….Would you (or any other freaks) care to suggest any other great eff zee boots to track down once the site is back?

    Here’s a quick list I compiled of my favourite eff zee shows that I’ve downloaded from Zappateers over the years (while far from complete, it’s essentially a best of the best, and in alphabetical order at that):
    Agrodome, Van, Can 14 Mar 1974
    Ahoy Hall, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 27 Feb 1979
    Ahoy Hall, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 24 May 1980
    Apollo Theatre, Manchester, UK, 12 Feb 1979
    The Ark, Boston, MA, 8 Jul 1969
    Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin, TX, 26 Oct 1973
    Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL, 3 Mar 1988 (w/Sting)
    Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL, 4 Mar 1988
    The Beat Club, Bremen, West Germany, 6 Oct 1968
    Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA, 24 Oct 1976 (early show, w/ Lady Bianca)
    Capital Theatre, Passaic, NJ, 13 Oct 1978 (early & late)
    County Coliseum, El Paso, TX, 23 May 1975
    Denmark, Copenhagen, 25 Apr 1988
    Deutschlandhalle, Berlin, Germany, 15 Feb 1978
    Festhalle Mustermesse, Bale, Switzerland, 1 Oct 1974 (early & late)
    Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia, 29 Jun 1973
    Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, 6 Nov 1970
    Geneva, Switzerland, 21 Jun 1980
    Montreux Casino, Montreux, Switzerland, 4 Dec 1971
    Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN, 12 May 1974
    ALL PALLADIUM SHOWS
    Poughkeepsie, NY, 21 Sept 1978
    The Ritz, NYC, 17 Nov 1981
    Rockpile, Toronto, 24 May 1969 (early & late)
    The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA, 17 Nov 1974
    St. Paul Auditorium, St. Paul, MN, 27 Nov 1974
    Stadio Municipale, Pistoia, Italy, 8 Jul 1982
    State Farm Theatre, Harrisburg, PA, 29 Oct 1974
    SUNY, Stonybrook, NY, 15 Oct 1978 (early & late)
    University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Can, 18 Nov 1973
    War Memorial Gymnasium, Vancouver, BC, Can, 1 Oct 1975
    Happy tracking, hipbone…

  13. Hugh says:

    Back up, that’s a relief! I was starting to get paranoi . . . wait a minute is that Ga*l going threw my gabage can? Attack Fido, attack!!!

  14. hipbone says:

    WOW! now that’s a list. Thanks so much urbangraffito! Hopefully others in the community will find this list helpful as well

  15. Roland says:

    Hi urbangraffito, pls help me. How can I download from Zappateers?
    I don´t understand this bit torrent business. Okay, I´m blonde, but don´t hold this against me, will you?

  16. Roland says:

    Yes you´re right urbangraffito, to call me stupid would be an insult to stupid people. You´ve known sheep who could outwit me. You´ve worn suits with higher IQs, but please give me a hand … ;-)

  17. bernard says:

    You’re right, Roland. That site is something for peole with square eyes.
    And the only technique which we, you & I, are really mastering is peeling bananas.

  18. Roland says:

    Here bernard, I´ll share my bananas with you gladly … ;-))

  19. urbangraffito says:

    A quote from Roland:

    Hi urbangraffito, pls help me. How can I download from Zappateers?
    I don´t understand this bit torrent business. Okay, I´m blonde, but don´t hold this against me, will you?

    First thing you do is download some appropriate torrent download software (I use Azureus because I’m a Mac user and I’ve never had any problems with their software). Zappateers has a technical section which outlines which downloading software doesn’t work well on their site, i.e. bugs, etc. (read that first before downloading any kind of software). Then once you’ve chosen the software right for you and your particular PC, look for those shows you are interested in that currently have *seeders* (seeders are ppl who have already downloaded the torrent and are currently offering to share it with other members — the more seeders there are, the faster the download.) If the show you want isn’t currently seeded, you can make a request in the request section (be patient, all of this is done on goodwill and the sharing of bandwidth). Important note: once you have downloaded a torrent of a show, don’t just sign out, but let others get the files from you as well. In reality, Zappateers doesn’t possess any of the shows I’ve listed, they only act as a central hub where ppl share shows from their computers (so once you download a show, or shows, you are part of that hub. And don’t feel *stupid*, either, I had to have my own son help me figure out all this torrenting stuff at first (it’s always a bit of a learning curve in the beginning, but well worth it). Hope this was helpful, Roland.

  20. Roland says:

    Thank you urbangraffito, I appreciate your explanation.
    Glad to hear, that I´m not that THICK AS A BRICK!

  21. hipbone says:

    A quote from hipbone:

    In reality, Zappateers doesn’t possess any of the shows I’ve listed, they only act as a central hub where ppl share shows from their computers

    I believe this is why the Zippo family can’t close down the site. There is no central hub? Is this true??
    On the other hand, KUR has a definite central scrutinizer.

  22. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    A quote from Barry’s Imaginary Publisher:

    I believe this is why the Zippo family can’t close down the site. There is no central hub? Is this true??
    On the other hand, KUR has a definite central scrutinizer.

    Don’t be naive. If the domain name in question is a .com, .org or .net, it’s a matter of seconds to track down its owner — or central scrutinizer if you prefer. Regardless of what is being offered on the site in question (torrent, mp3, …), there is always someone paying for hosting and such. Your Berger-Kahn’s and ZFT’s can track that person down and C&D him/her.

  23. urbangraffito says:

    A quote from hipbone:

    A quote from urbangraffito:

    In reality, Zappateers doesn’t possess any of the shows I’ve listed, they only act as a central hub where ppl share shows from their computers

    I believe this is why the Zippo family can’t close down the site. There is no central hub? Is this true??
    On the other hand, KUR has a definite central scrutinizer.

    A quote from Barry’s Imaginary Publisher:

    A quote from urbangraffito:

    I believe this is why the Zippo family can’t close down the site. There is no central hub? Is this true??
    On the other hand, KUR has a definite central scrutinizer.

    Don’t be naive. If the domain name in question is a .com, .org or .net, it’s a matter of seconds to track down its owner — or central scrutinizer if you prefer. Regardless of what is being offered on the site in question (torrent, mp3, …), there is always someone paying for hosting and such. Your Berger-Kahn’s and ZFT’s can track that person down and C&D him/her.

    Quite a few torrent sites have relocated to Canada over the last few few years after the US law made it easier to bring them to court. The US gov’t is pressuring the Canadian gov’t to change it’s laws to bring them in line with their American counterparts, but so far the Canadian gov’t has resisted.

  24. The Enema Bandit says:

    Got kinda nervous when the Zappateers site could not be found.
    It’s the fucking best !!!
    Hoping for a fast return of this “monster magnet ” !!:p