Posts Tagged ‘videos’

Neil Young — Live at Massey Hall, 1971


Recorded on January 19, 1971 during the Journey Through the Past Solo Tour, Live At Massey Hall 1971 features solo, acoustic performances of Neil Young from Massey Hall in Toronto, Canada.
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Zappanale (Then & Now) – Lazuli

Lazuli is a French progressive rock band formed in 1998 in the Alès region in France and consisting of 6 members. Their music is a clever mixture of styles with some unique and unusual instrumentation: Chapman Stick, marimba, vibraphone, percussions, guitars, vocals, etc. as well as a unique instrument created by Claude Leonetti: the “Léode”.

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Inca Roads a la Mike Keneally


Before you vote comment on the Ben Thomas rendition of Inca Roads with ZPZ, I suggest you watch these two clips: the first has Mike Keneally performing Inca Roads in Swindon, UK, in October of 2008; the second clip is an acoustic cover of Inca Roads (with Brian Beller) performed at Guitar Center, Seattle, Washington, October 7th, 2002.

Captain Beefheart — Revisited


A couple of my favorite Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band videos, “I’m Gonna Booglarize You Baby” (The Spotlight Kid/Clear Spot, 1972) and “Hard Working Man” (Dust Blows Forward – Anthology, 1999) — and a reminder to revisit Barry’s Monday, September 29th, 2008 post of BBC’s documentary on The Captain, narrated by the late great John Peel. Click here.

Hawksley Workman — Live in France & Elsewhere



Hawksley Workman (born Ryan Corrigan on March 4, 1975) is a Canadian rock singer-songwriter who has garnered critical acclaim for his quirky yet accessible blend of cabaret pop and glam rock. Workman has released ten full length albums throughout his career. A multi-instrumentalist, he plays guitar, drums, bass, keyboards and sings on his records and often switches between those instruments when playing live.

A prolific artist, usually writing, recording, mastering and releasing entire albums in the span of only a few weeks. He explains:

“A lot of artists I know they get a year and a half away from a record they’ve just made it’s like… ‘Oh… it’s terrible I hate that thing,’ ya know? When I record [a] record, I never take more than a day per song… so by the time the record is mixed, finished, complete, done… I’m still in a honeymoon with the record…”

In the first clip, Workman performs “Smoke Baby” live in Lille, France, 2003. It appears on the album Lover/Fighter (Universal Music Canada, 2003). Warning/Guarantee: some tasteful partial male nudity (something Dr. Sharl would appreciate, I’m sure).

The second clip is a video of “The City Is A Drag” shot in a Hamburg, Germany, parking lot on May 7, 2008, during the European Los Manlicious Tour. Directed by Sean Michael Turrell. It appears on the album Los Manlicious (Universal Music Canada, 2008.) There is something very appealing about this bare-bones approach to music video making: one need not be glamorous or flashy to be good.

The third clip has Hawksley Workman on the Canadian CBC program, The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos, discussing his album, Between The Beautifuls (Universal Music Canada, 2008).

Click on the following to listen to other Hawksley Workman audio interviews:

We’d Like You To Meet Hawksley

Hawksley At Lowlands, 2003

Hawksley Workman is:

•Ryan Corrigan (“Hawksley Workman”) – vocals, guitar
•Todd Lumley (“Mr. Lonely”) – piano, organ, keyboards
•Derrick Brady – bass guitar
Jesse Zubot – guitar & violin
Brad Kilpatrick – drums

Zappanale (Then & Now) — Sheik Yerbouti



Sheik Yerbouti is a band from Kirchberg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. They have been performing and recording their unique interpretations of Frank Zappa‘s music since 1992.

Sheik Yerbouti includes Dr. Jörg Heuser (guitar, vocals), Thomas Rath (drums, vocals), Harry Sebel (lead vocals, keyboards), Andy Mertens (bass guitar, vocals), Thomas Jung (keyboards, vocals), and George Rademacher (guitar, vocals), as well as guest appearances by such ex-Zappa alumni as Mike Keneally (guitar), Ed Mann (vibes, percussian) and Napoleon Murphy Brock (vocals, sax, flute).

Their recordings include: Insanity Sauce CD (1996), Confetti Music CD (2001), Ouch Patrol (CD + DVD) feat. Napoleon Murphy Brock (2004), Unverschämtheit (Insolence) Vol. 1 (2004). Click on the individual CDs for sample mp3 excerpts.

In 2009, Unverschämtheit (Insolence) Vol. 2, is due for release. A particular focus of the album are songs with the woodwind phrase “Horny Hornz”. Estimated track of the album include: Heavy Duty Judy, Brown Shoes Do Not Make It, The Grand Wazoo, Tinseltown Rebellion, The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing, and Strictly Genteel. Recorded over the last 3 years at various concerts, including the band’s 15-year anniversary at Café Hahn, Koblenz.

On Tuesday, the 11th of August, 2009, in the St.Katharinen Kirche in Hamburg, Sheik Yerbouti will team up with Napoleon Murphy Brock for a “live and unplugged“ session that will kick off Zappanale #20. They will play the festival, itself, on Saturday, the 16th of August.

In the three clips above, Sheik Yerbouti with Napoleon Murphy Brock at the German club Objekt5, in Halle (Saale) on October 14th, 2008, perform “Village Of The Sun”, “Black Page #2”, and “St. Etienne”.

Sheik Yerbouti performed at Zappanale 4,5,8,10, and 14.

Zappanale (Then & Now) — DBRK


From the DBRK MySpace page:

DBRK is a Parisian collective of obedience “Fun First” composed of amateurs and professionals musicians. Real Cover Band, DBRK revisits the work of artists from the sixties to the eighties according to a basic principle: to explore each title must seduce each of the 9 members of the collective. It’s repertoire ranges from David Bowie to Frank Zappa, through Patti Smith, Bob Marley, Roxy Music, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Joy Division, Jimi Hendrix, The Fall, The Wolfgang Press, Brian Eno, Neil Young, Lou Reed, Talking Heads, Wire, Robert Wyatt, Martin Circus, Cream, John Lennon, Genesis, Nick Cave, etc… The commercial potential is not the main objective of DBRK, so do not you cross animating a wedding or a bar mitzvah, though… In a wink to Zappa, DBRK means: Delicious Band Research Kitchen.

In the first clip, DBRK performs a fantastic jazz-infused version of “Uncle Remus” live in Paris at the “Les Fils de l’Invention” FZ festival on July 5, 2008 (now my favorite version of this Zappa/Duke composition). In the second clip, they perform “Wino Man”.

Click here to catch up on the other goings on in Paris, in general, and in France, in particular (a pretty lively bunch of Zappa freaks, I must say). It’s entirely in French, so you’ll need to translate the page (use babelfish)

DBRK performed at ZAPPANALE 19.

Celebrating Alumni — KUR Style




The first clip, shot at a concert in Detroit, August 19, 2000, features the GrandmothersDon Preston, Ener Bladezipper, Sandro Oliva, Bunk Gardner, and the late Jimmy Carl Black – performing Black’s “Indian of the Group”.

In the second clip, recorded at the Jimmy Carl Black Benefit Concert on December 7th, 2008, in Action, California, has Bunk Gardner on flute and Andy Cahan on Guitar (both original Geronimo Black alumni) performing “Seista”.

The third clip, Jimmy Carl Black performs his last gig in El Paso, Texas, at King’s X with his son, Geronimo Black.

In the last clip, Mick Pini, Jimmy Carl Black, and Uwe Jesdinsky perform the song, “Political Man” at the Rockhouse, in June 2008. This track, recorded and available from CD Baby, on ‘Hamburger Midnight’ by B.E.P. (Jimmy Carl Black, Roy Estrada, Mick Pini), 2008, as a download-only release. An excellent live blues album. Go and have a listen.

A toast to all these Mothers, both official and unofficial.

Lost KBOO Airtapes – Frank Zappa Interview


From the vaults of the popular psychedelic show ‘The Radio Lab’ which later became ‘Cryptic Propensity Projections’ and ‘Midnight Collage’ on KBOO FM, Portland, Oregon from 1971-1985, Michael Christopher, Harry Mishkin and Bill Reinhardt talk to Frank Zappa after his performance at the Paramount Theater in Portland, Oregon. In the first clip, Frank discusses Germans, pop culture, the music scene and his own dubious popularity. In the second clip, he discusses musical interests, critics, and former ‘Mothers’ drummer, Jimmy Carl Black. The third clip is a spicy stew of The Mothers of Invention and The Firesign Theater. Unavailable since it’s broadcast on the Radio Lab in 1974.

Peaches, Peaches, Peaches en Regalia!




Grammy Award aside, Peaches en Regalia is a fantastic song regardless of when it is performed and by whom. These videos show Zappa Play Zappa performing the song from their live DVD; FZ and his 1988 Best Band performing the song live in Stadthalle, Wien, Austria on May 8th; the original version from Baby Snakes VHS; and students from The Paul Green School of Rock performing the track at the Baby Grande, respectively.

The following three field recordings of Peaches reveal how FZ and his bands never performed the song exactly the same way from show to show (it’s excellent fun for a Zappa freak, like myself, to listen for the similarities and differences):

Palladium, NYC, 28 Dec 1976

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Montreux Casino, Montreux, Switzerland, 4 Dec 1971

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Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK, 28 Feb 1978

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