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Zappadan 2011 (with complete Zappa discography)

1st Dec 11 (Thu) 5 comments

December 4th to 21st is Zappadan

In memory of Frank Zappa’s birth (Dec 21st, 1940) and his untimely death from prostate cancer (Dec 4th, 1993) – “Zappadan” is like Ramadan… but with more 32nd notes.  Start early, and listen to one Frank Zappa album a day for the month of December.  Dig through his vast collection and pull something out you maybe haven’t spun in a while.  I’ve got his most-complete discography below…

You can’t always write a chord ugly
enough to say what you want to say;
so sometimes you have to rely on a
giraffe filled with whipped cream.

~Dan – np: Frank ZappaShip Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch

Frank Zappa’s mostly-complete Discography (ZFT-approved releases)
Comprehensive list here: http://globalia.net/donlope/fz/lyrics/

Freak Out!
Absolutely Free
Lumpy Gravy
We're Only In It For The Money
Freak Out!1966 Absolutely Free1967 Lumpy Gravy1967 We’re Only In ItFor The Money1968
Cruising With Ruben & The Jets
Uncle Meat
Mothermania
Hot Rats
Cruising With Ruben & The Jets1968 Uncle Meat1969 Mothermania1969 Hot Rats1969
Burnt Weeny Sandwich
Weasels Ripped My Flesh
Chunga's Revenge
Fillmore East, June 1971
Burnt Weeny Sandwich
1970
Weasels Ripped My Flesh
1970
Chunga’s Revenge1970 Fillmore East, June 1971
1971
200 Motels
Just Another Band From L.A.
Waka/Jawaka
The Grand Wazoo
200 Motels
1971
Just Another Band From L.A.
1972
Waka/Jawaka
1972
The Grand Wazoo
1972
Over-Nite Sensation
Apostrophe (')
Roxy & Elsewhere
One Size Fits All
Over-Nite Sensation
1973
Apostrophe (‘)
1974
Roxy & Eslewhere
1974
One Size Fits All
1975
Bongo Fury
Zoot Allures
Zappa In New York
Studio Tan
Bongo Fury with Captain Beefheart
1975
Zoot Allures
1976
Zappa In New York
1978
Studio Tan
1978
Sleep Dirt
Sheik Yerbouti
Orchestral Favorites
Joe's Garage, Act I
Sleep Dirt
1979
Sheik Yerbouti
1979
Orchestral Favorites
1979
Joe’s Garage Act I
1979
Joe's Garage Acts II & III
Tinseltown Rebellion
Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar
Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar Some More
Joe’s Garage Acts II & III
1979
Tinseltown Rebellion
1981
Shut Up ‘n Play Yer Guitar1981 Shut Up ‘n Play Yer Guitar Some More1981
Return Of The Son Of Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar
You Are What You Is
Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch
Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar (The Box Set)
Return Of The Son Of Shut Up ‘n Play Yer Guitar1981 You Are What You Is
1981
Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch
1982
Shut Up ‘n Play Yer Guitar (The Box Set)1982
The Man From Utopia
Baby Snakes
London Symphony Orchestra Vol. 1
The Perfect Stranger
The Man From Utopia
1983
Baby Snakes
1983
London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. I
1983
The Perfect Stranger
1984
Them Or Us
Thing Fish
Francesco Zappa
The Old Masters, Box I
Them Or Us
1984
Thing-Fish
1984
Francesco Zappa
1984
The Old Masters, Box I1985
Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention
Does Humor Belong In Music?
The Old Masters, Box II
Jazz From Hell
Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention
1985
Does Humor Belong In Music?
1986
The Old Masters, Box II
1986
Jazz From Hell
1986
London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. II
Joe's Garage, Acts I, II & III
The Old Masters, Vol. III
Guitar
London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. II
1987
Joe’s Garage Acts I, II & III1987 The Old Masters, Box III
1987
Guitar
1988
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 1
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 2 - The Helsinki Concert
Broadway The Hard Way
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 3
You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 11988 You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 2 – The Helsinki Concert
1988
Broadway The Hard Way
1988
You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 3
1989
The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 4
Make A Jazz Noise Here
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 5
The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life
1991
You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 4
1991
Make A Jazz Noise Here
1991
You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 51992
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 6
Playground Psychotics
Ahead Of Their Time
The Yellow Shark
You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 61992 Playground Psychotics
1992
Ahead Of Their Time
1993
The Yellow Shark
1993
Civilization Phaze III
London Symphony Orchestra, Volumes I & II
The Lost Episodes
Läther
Civilization Phaze III1994 London Symphony Orchestra, Volumes I & II
1995
The Lost Episodes
1996
Läther
1996
Frank Zappa Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa: A Memorial Tribute
Have I Offended Someone?
Mystery Disc
EIHN: Everything Is Healing Nicely
Frank Zappa Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa: A Memorial Tribute1996 Have I Offended Someone?
1997
Mystery Disc
1998
EIHN (Everything Is Healing Nicely)
1999
FZ:OZ
Halloween
Joe's Corsage
Joe's Domage
FZ:OZ
2002
Halloween
2003
Joe’s Corsage2004 Joe’s Domage2004
QuAUDIOPHILIAc
Joe's XMASage
Imaginary Diseases
The MOFO Project/Object (4 CDs)
QuAUDIOPHILIAc
2004
Joe’s XMASage2005 Imaginary Diseases
2006
MOFO (Deluxe 4-Disc)2006
The MOFO Project/Object (2 CDs)
Trance-Fusion
Buffalo
The Dub Room Special (CD)
MOFO (2-Disc)2006 Trance-Fusion2006 Buffalo2007 The Dub Room Special!2007
Wazoo
One Shot Deal
Joe's Menage
Lumpy Money
Wazoo2007 One Shot Deal
2008
Joe’s Menage2008 LUMPY MONEY
2009
Philly '76
Greasy Love Songs
Congress Shall Make No Law

Hammersmith Odeon (2010)

Philly ‘762009 Greasy Love Songs2010 Congress Shall Make No Law2010 Hammersmith Odeon2010
Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison
Carnegie Hall
Note: This list doesn’t include some of the mp3 download only Frank Zappa / Zappa Family Trust Vault issues.
Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison2011 Carnegie Hall2011

Frank Zappa – Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison

2nd Sep 11 (Fri) 1 comment

New up on zappa.com today…

Pre-orders went live for a new CD, Frank Zappa’s Feeding the Monkies at Ma Maison:

For those of you that don’t want to know what sex this is, don’t read the following:

  1. Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison
  2. Buffalo Voice
  3. Secular Humanism
  4. Worms From Hell
  5. Samba Funk

Realized by FZ on his Synclavier. All tracks produced by Frank Zappa.

As with recent FZ Vault releases, getting it via zappa.com/barfkoswill/musictoday is the only way to get it.  It ships September 20, 2011.

~Dan – np: TestamentLow

Frank Zappa: Will That Be An Aisle Or A Window? (Cartoon)

14th Aug 11 (Sun) Leave a comment

A business lesson from the late, great Frank Zappa

A Business Lesson with Frank Zappa. Animated by Carl King. Original Score by Stephen Cox. Special Thanks to Anthony White. Original FZ audio interview recorded in September 1984. Source unknown. This cartoon was manufactured with the non-commercial / educational purpose of paying tribute to the wisdom of Frank Zappa.

~Dan – np: Sunny Day Real EstateDiary

Zappy Mothers Day 2011 – Penguin In Bondage EP

11th May 11 (Wed) Leave a comment

Released over the weekend to celebrate “Mothers of Invention Day”… Penguin In Bondage: The Little Known History of the Mothers of Invention by Frank Zappa:

The fine print…

Written and Performed by Frank Zappa with the Mothers of Invention
Recorded at Auditorium Theater, Chicago, Illinois at the stroke of midnight on the Day of
The Mothers, 10 May 1974

Band:

FZ: Guitar, Vocals
George Duke: Keys, Vocals
Jeff Simmons: Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Napoleon Murphy Brock: BG Vocals, Sax
Don Preston: Synthesizer
Bruce Fowler: Trombone
Walt Fowler: Trumpet
Tom Fowler: Bass
Ralph Humphrey: Drums
Chester Thompson: Drums

4 Track 1/2″ analog tape – Edit Master by Frank Zappa
Mix by Jared Lee Gosselin, UMRK, May 2011
Vaultmeisterment by Joe Travers, UMRK, April 2011
Original tape transfer to WAV through Euphonix converters to Nuendo at 96K 24B via ATR 4-Tk plus
edit in gtr solo at reel change & the fade over and out by Vaultmeister.

Executrix & Art Concept by – GZ
Renderment & Photoshoppage by Mike Mesker
Production Management by Melanie Starks
Shoppage by Susan Ledgerwood & Antonio
Lower case opinions by gz, jt & kurt morgan

©(P) 2011 Zappa Records
PIBTLKSOTMOI by FZ & published for the cosmos by Munchkin Music.

It’s a 26-minute single track, available for digital download on the iTunes store for $6.99.  iTunes is linked directly from zappa.com, and I don’t see it on Amazon or other digital etailers (yet).

~Dan – np: Bobby PreviteMusic of the Moscow Circus

Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa – 2011 Summer Tour

17th Apr 11 (Sun) 2 comments

Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa is hitting the road again this summer/fall… here are the date (so far).  More to be added, I’m sure.

DAY 
DATE
CITY
VENUE
Thu
7/28/11 -
Woodstock, NY
Bearsville Theater
Fri
7/29/11 -
Bridgeport, CT
Kline Memorial
Sat
7/30/11 -
Albany, NY
The Egg
Sun
7/31/11 -
State College, PA
State Theatre
Mon
8/1/11 -
Tue
8/2/11 -
Verona, NY
Turning Stone
Wed
8/3/11 -
Burlington, VT
Higher Ground
Thu
8/4/11 -
Portland, ME
State Theater
Fri
8/5/11 -
Quebec City, QC
Inter Nation Art
Sat
8/6/11 -
Northampton, MA
Calvin Theater
Sun
8/7/11 -
Pittsburg, PA
Stage AE
Mon
8/8/11 -
Buffalo, NY
UAB Center For The Arts
Tue
8/9/11 -
Wed
8/10/11 -
Philadelphia, PA
Mann Center
Thu
8/11/11 -
Boston, MA
The Pavilion
Fri
8/12/11 -
New York City, NY
Beacon Theatre
Sat
8/13/11 -
New York City, NY
Beacon Theatre
Sun
8/14/11 -
Balltimore, MD
Merriweather Post
Mon
8/15/11 -
Tue
8/16/11 -
Columbus, OH
Lifestyles Pavilion
Wed
8/17/11 -
Cleveland, OH
Nautica Pavilion
Thu
8/18/11 -
Cincinnatti, OH
PNC Pavilion
Fri
8/19/11 -
Detroit, MI
Meadowbrook
Sat
8/20/11 -
Chicago, IL
Chicago Theatre
Sun
8/21/11 -
Indianapolis, IN
The Murat
Mon
8/22/11 -
Tue
8/23/11 -
Milwaukee, WI
Wed
8/24/11 -
Minneapolis, MN
Orpheum
Thu
8/25/11 -
St. Louis, MO
Fox Theatre
Fri
8/26/11 -
Kansas City, MO
Midland Theater
Sat
8/27/11 -
Denver, CO
Paramount Theater
Sun
8/28/11 -
Salt Lake City, UT
Red Butte Gardens
Mon
8/29/11 -
Tue
8/30/11 -
Wed
8/31/11 -
Thu
9/1/11 -
Fri
9/2/11 -
Sat
9/3/11 -
Sun
9/4/11 -
Mon
9/5/11 -
Tue
9/6/11 -
Wed
9/7/11 -
Thu
9/8/11 -
Atlanta, GA
Fox Theater
Fri
9/9/11 -
Orlando, FL
House Of Blues
Sat
9/10/11 -
Boca Raton, FL
Mizner Park Amph
Sun
9/11/11 -
Clearwater, FL
Ruth Eckard Hall
Mon
9/12/11 -
Tue
9/13/11 -
Austin, TX
ACL Live @ Moody
Wed
9/14/11 -
Dallas, TX
Verizon Theatre
Thu
9/15/11 -
Houston, TX
Verizon Wireless Theater
Fri
9/16/11 -
Telluride, CO
Blues & Brews Fest
Sat
9/17/11 -
Mesa, AZ
Mesa Arts Center
Sun
9/18/11 -
Mon
9/19/11 -
San Diego, CA
Hunphrey’s
Tue
9/20/11 -
Los Angeles, CA
Greek Theatre
Wed
9/21/11 -
Davis, CA
Mondavi Center
Thu
9/22/11 -
San Francisco, CA
Warfield
Fri
9/23/11 -
Eugene, OR
Hult – Silva Concert Hall *changed*
Sat
9/24/11 -
Seattle, WA
Paramount Theater

Gaps may or may not be filled in later… I suppose Dweezil and Co need breaks, too.  I plan on hitting Portland, OR, if there’s no Eugene dateUpdate 5/16: the Portland/Newmark date was just changed to Eugene/Hult (per Pollstar).

~Dan – np: Porcupine TreeSignify

Favorite Concerts of 2010

23rd Dec 10 (Thu) 7 comments

Well, this year’s concert seasons were especially good to me… 365 days, 79 shows, 149 artists, many long nights driving home, and a lot of photos…

My favorite concerts of 2010:

  1. Sufjan Stevens :: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall :: Portland, OR {29 Oct} [review with photos] – completely stunning show
  2. Toad the Wet Sprocket :: Crystal Ballroom :: Portland, OR {28 Jul} [review with photos] – I am a slave to Glen & Co’s alt-pop
  3. Jon Þor “Jónsi” Birgisson (of Sigur Rós) :: Roseland Theater :: Portland, OR {13 Apr} [review with photos] – stupendous stage show
  4. Nellie McKay :: Berbati’s Pan :: Portland, OR {31 Mar} [review with photos] – missed her Eugene show while at Sufjan, I heard that show was also “the bomb”
  5. Dream Theater :: Roseland Theater :: Portland, OR {21 Jun} [review with photos] – made more special after Mike Portnoy left the band this fall
  6. Tegan and Sara :: Keller Auditorium :: Portland, OR {8 Apr} [review with photos] – first time seeing them, not too be missed
  7. Holy Fuck (twice) :: Mississippi Studios & Holocene :: Portland, OR {6 Jun & 14 Oct} [reviews with photos #1 & #2] – one of the most consistently great live acts, Holocene show was better, but Mississippi was also rad…
  8. Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa :: McDonald Theatre :: Eugene, OR {12 Jun} [review with photos] – keeping the FZ torch alive!
  9. Dave Douglas’ Brass Ecstasy :: PDX Jazz Fest / Crystal Ballroom :: Portland, OR {28 Feb} [review with photos] – honestly, all of these Top 15 could be #1 in a slow concert year
  10. Over the Rhine (twice) :: WOW Hall & Aladdin Theater :: Eugene & Portland, OR {15 & 17 Nov} [reviews with photos #1 & #2] – twice after three years of OTR drought for me
  11. Charlie Hunter Trio (twice) :: WOW Hall & Sam Bond’s Garage :: Eugene, OR {18 May & 16 Dec} [reviews with photos #1 & #2] – Charlie has a pact with the devil… he’s too good…
  12. Peter Mulvey & Jeffrey Foucault (twice) :: The Woods & Sam Bond’s Garage :: Portland & Eugene, OR {22 & 24 Oct} [reviews with photos #1 & #2] – both brilliant storytellers before VH1 made it a show
  13. Susan Enan :: House Show :: Eugene, OR {15 Jul} [review with photos] – at our house… super fun & intimate
  14. Damien Jurado :: Mississippi Studios :: Portland, OR {27 Feb} [review] – I didn’t know more than half of the songs, but it didn’t matter
  15. Medeski Martin & Wood :: McDonald Theatre :: Eugene, OR {25 Feb} [review with photos] – jazz dance party!

Runners-Up: Bill Frisell Trio at The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts, Fishtank Ensemble at a Eugene House Show, Pink Martini at The Hult Center / Oregon Bach Festival, Trio Subtonic & the Dead Kenny G’s at Mt. Tabor Theater, The Weepies at Aladdin Theater.  Even after honorable mentions, I cut some GREAT ones… 2010 was a great year.

My favorite concert photos of 2010: (in chronological order)


(all images are free to use under a creative commons designation, simply identify Daniel Temmesfeld with a photo credit and link to jazzsick.wordpress.com, or items noted with emobiephotography.com is photo credit Margaret O’Brien)

Past Favorite Concerts Lists:

Favorite music of 2010 will be coming soon… EPs/DVDs/etc, vocal albums, instrumental albums, artists of the decade

~Dan – np: nine inch nailsbroken

FZ was here.

21st Dec 10 (Tue) Leave a comment

Thanks, Frank! Happy Birthday!

Check out the new for 2010 Aaafnraaaa birthday bundle on iTunes… it features new covers from Dweezil & Ahmet Zappa, as well as a hip-hop “Willie the Pimp” (with DMC, Talib Kweli & others) and a cover of “Your Mouth” by Macy Gray.  More, too… I just haven’t had a chance to download & listen to it yet (soon, though).

~Dan – np: Kevin MooreShine

my ideas for Frank Zappa tribute beers

29th Nov 10 (Mon) 2 comments

Well, I wanted to get this down on record… hey, any brewers, feel free to steal my ideas.  I’m gonna try to make these eventually, but you’ll likely make the better beer than I would… :)

I got an idea whilst listening to Frank Zappa‘s 1978 Hammersmith Odeon show, and post-watching the Brew Masters show on the Discovery Channel which covered Dogfish Head‘s creation of the Bitches Brew tribute beer (to Mile Davis).

My idea:
We need more Zappa beers!!

Lagunitas Brewing did an amazing job on their 40th Anniversary tributes to the first five FZ albumsUpright Brewing made “Billy the Mountain” (a traditional English-style Old Ale, having undergone over five months of oak barrel aging and another several months in the bottle).  I hear Upright is about to go into Billy round 2.  I have a bottle of the 2009, but I haven’t popped it yet.  Rogue Ales has “Yellow Snow” – which may or may not be a FZ tribute.  I mean, FZ didn’t invent the term.

Anyway, here are my thoughts on potential Frank Zappa theme beers

‎’Amarillo Brillo IPA: 100% use of Amarillo hops.  I envision this being a bold, citrus-y hop forward IPA.  This is probably the one I could pull off easiest, even in an extract brew setting.

Sour Peaches En Regalia (sorry, Reg-ale-yuh was too corny): I’ve been really digging sour Belgian-style beers.  I’m fully blaming my friend and fellow beer-making Zappa head Aaron for that.  He turned me on to sours, and it’s mainly what I crave now.  I envision this Peaches En Regalia sour to be similar to Cascade Brewing‘s Apricot… but with peaches (duh!).  Cascade’s approach is “slow-ripened before being introduced to the beer. Based on a Belgian Tripel, this beer went through 16 months lactic fermentation and aging in French oak wine barrels, then rested on the fruit for four months before finishing.”

Watermelon Ale in Easter Hay: Frank’s guitar solo for “Watermelon in Easter Hay” is one where I distinctly recall stopping what I was doing to skip back to the beginning of the track and re-listening immediately (from the Guitar record).  I love it!  For the beer… maybe a wheat beer with watermelon added in secondary (a la 21st Amendment‘s “Hell or High Watermelon” wheat).  I’ll admit, I loved 21st’s watermelon the first time I had it (KLCC brewfest 2009).  It has sunk on my priority list on 2nd and 3rd tastes (KLCC 2010, Sasquatch, etc)… so, some reworking of that for the FZ tribute.

Pound for a Brown Ale: This one would have to be a hoppy brown ale.  To not ruin your pallet, I’d suggest fresh (wet) hops to come up with the required pound of hops.  At a rough 5 to 1 ratio, that’s still a big hop build for a 5 gallon beer recipe (3.2 ounces dry hop equivalent).

The inspiration (first appeared on)…
 
 

Any other homebrewers wanna tackle recipes?  I’m still new to the craft.  Let’s just put these on my long-term pipeline for now…

Ya Hozna!
~Dan – np: Frank ZappaHammersmith Odeon 

Zappa Plays Zappa’s Apostrophe

5th Nov 10 (Fri) Leave a comment

Dweezil Zappa is taking his Zappa Plays Zappa tour de Frank out again… this time, they’re going to tackle Apostrophe in its entirety.  This one of my favorite records by Frank Zappa… featuring tale of Nanook wandering through the tundra, urged “Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow.”  Other absolute faves are “St. Alfonzo’s Pancake Breakfast,” “Cozmic Debris,” and the groove-tastic instrumental title track jam.

No PacNW dates yet… I’m hoping a few are added as things get rolling along…

Nov 06, ’10     London, UK     London Roundhouse
Nov 07, ’10     Belgium, BE     Leuven Het Depot
Nov 08, ’10     Paris, FR     Olympia
Nov 09, ’10     Hengelo, NL     Hengelo Metropool
Nov 11, ’10     Oslo, NO     Sentrum Scene
Nov 12, ’10     Stockholm,SE     Filadelpia Church
Nov 13, ’10     Gothenburg,SE     The Concert House
Nov 14, ’10     Malmo, SE     The Concert House
Dec 1, ’10     San Francisco, CA     Warfield
Dec 2, ’10     Reno, NV     The Knitting Factory
Dec 3, ’10     Hollywood, CA     The Music Box
Dec 4, ’10     Hollywood, CA     The Music Box
Dec 5, ’10     San Diego, CA     House of Blues
Dec 6, ’10     Phoenix, AZ     Comercia Theatre
Dec 8, ’10     St. Louis, MO     The Pageant
Dec 9, ’10     Indianapolis, IN     The Vogue
Dec 10, ’10     Milwaukee, WI     Turner Hall
Dec 11, ’10     Chicago, IL     Congress Theater
Dec 13, ’10     Quebec City, QC     Grand Theatre
Dec 14, ’10     Montreal, QC     Metropolis
Dec 15, ’10     Toronto, ON     Queen E Theatre
Dec 16, ’10     Albany, NY     The Egg
Dec 17, ’10     New York, NY     Beacon Theatre
Dec 18, ’10     Philadelphia, PA     Keswick
Dec 19, ’10     Boston, MA     House Of Blues

Find out more info at:
http://www.zappaplayszappa.com/tourdates.html

In related Frank Zappa news, the Zappa Family Trust is releasing another legendary Halloween show from the Vault in memory of FZ’s 70th birthday.  It’s the 1978 Hammersmith Odeon show (3 CDs), and it features some pretty cute FZ cover art…

~Dan – np: dredgThe Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion

9/19 is Frank Zappa Day

19th Sep 10 (Sun) Leave a comment

September 19th is now officially proclaimed Frank Zappa Day in Baltimore.

Proclamation - FZ Day in Baltimore - September 19

Unwrapping the bust Installing bust

Lifting the bust into place. The FZ bust, installed

Ya Hozna!

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Frank Zappa: Statement To Congress, September 19, 1985
http://downlode.org/Etext/zappa.html

The new-from-the-ZFT-Vault release – Congress Shall Make No Law:

http://barfkoswill.shop.musictoday.com/

~Dan – np: PusciferSounds Into Blood Into Wine

no free mp3 or flac download torrent here.  if you like music, support it by buying it!

Miles Davis & Dogfish Head – Bitches Brew

21st Aug 10 (Sat) Leave a comment

Well, Lagunitas is officially done doing their Frank Zappa beers (Rueben & the Jets was their final one)… but I just got my hands on a couple of bottles of Delaware-based Dogfish Head‘s tribute to Miles Davis‘ album Bitches Brew.

It’s a 9% (ABV) dark beer that is a fusion of three threads imperial stout and one thread honey beer with gesho root (traditionally used in Ethiopian honey wine, tej).  Read more about the brew commemorating the 40th anniversary of Mile Davis’ album over at the Dogfish Head website.  I haven’t had time to taste the brew yet, but hopefully soon while spinning the record. :)

~Dan – np: Sufjan StevensAll the Delighted People EP

REVIEW: Zappa Plays Zappa @ McDonald (Eugene, OR – 6/12/10)

13th Jun 10 (Sun) 3 comments

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

Five years running, Dweezil Zappa and his precision-cut Zappa Plays Zappa band have toured the world bringing us a different slice of Frank’s music to our ears. Past tours have featured players from Frank’s own classic ’70s and ’80s band arsenals: Steve Vai, Terry Bozzio, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Ray White and more. There are no “old guard” members present in the 2010 incarnation — but regardless of which musicians surround Dweezil’s guitar mastery, the fact remains that the genius, adventurous spirit birthed in Frank’s songs is still alive.

The ZPZ band this time around is Dweezil Zappa: Guitar; Scheila Gonzalez: Saxophone, Flute, Keyboards & Vocals; Pete Griffin: Bass; Billy Hulting: Marimba, Mallets & Percussion (and lead vocals for a bit); Jamie Kime: Guitar; Joe Travers: Drums & Vocals; Ben Thomas on lead vocals; and introducing Chris Norton on Keyboards & Vocals.

With no opener, the band kicked into their long set a little after 9pm… they played a super tight, super long set.  Having seen the ZBZ band with Napoleon Murphy Brock and Ray White in the past, I was skeptical of this “new guy” Ben Thomas.  He joined the ZPZ band after Ray White left the tour last year.  After the first vocal belt, there was no more skepticism… Ben can sing (and plays a mean trumpet, harmonica and cow bell, too).  He handled the lows and highs, and carried the tunes in a way that would have made Frank proud.

Throughout the set, each band member got their time to shine… “Echidna’s Arf” was probably the tightest song the band played… lightning fast, and spot on.  Dweezil had killer solos on “Florentine Pogen” and “Pick Me, I’m Clean.”  “Big Swifty” & “Mystery Roach” showed off great solos from Billy on marimba, Scheila on sax, and Jaime on guitar.  Joe’s drum solo at the end of “Latex Solar Beef” could have ended the show, but (lucky for us) they stayed out and finished the main set with “Apostrophe” that featured Pete’s fuzzy, dirty bass groove and solo.

Here’s what they played:

Setlist: about 2 & 1/2 hours

  • Purple Lagoon
  • Stinkfoot
  • Daddy Daddy Daddy
  • What Kind of Girl Do You Think We Are?
  • Florentine Pogen
  • Big Swifty
  • Mystery Roach
  • Advance Romance
  • The Blue Light
  • Pick Me, I’m Clean
  • Blessed Relief
  • Echidna’s Arf
  • Keep It Greasey
  • Easy Meat
  • The Little House I Used To Live In
  • Latex Solar Beef (with hints of Willie the Pimp)
  • Apostrophe
  • Encore: Lonely Little Girl
  • City of Tiny Lites
  • Cosmik Debris
  • I’m the Slime

As in the past, amazing musicians this time out. Some of the highlights were the aforementioned tight “Echidna’s Arf,” “Florentine Pogen,” and the more gentle “Blessed Relief.”  The only song I was craving that wasn’t played was “Peaches En Regalia,” but it was nice to hear some older, rarer Frank songs being trotted out in lieu of the “fan fave” Peaches.  As far as sound quality, near the front it was OK, but I heard from people in the middle and back that it was a bit muddy.  Regardless of that downside, the evening showed off a super tight band who gave their all!  ZPZ band, Eugene loves you!  Come back soon!

many more photos below

The Appropriate Linkage:

Check out more tour dates below.

~Dan – np: Jóhann Jóhannsson& In the Endless Pause There Came Sound of Bees

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Tour Dates

  • May 30, ’10 Chilicothe, IL Summer Camp Music Festival
  • Jun 3, ’10 Mexico City, MX Teatro de la Ciudad
  • Jun 5, ’10 Ozark, AR Wakarusa Festival
  • Jun 6, ’10 Kansas City, MO Crossroads
  • Jun 7, ’10 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
  • Jun 8, ’10 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
  • Jun 10, ’10 Ventura, CA Ventura Theater
  • Jun 11, ’10 Santa Rosa, CA Harmony Festival
  • Jun 12, ’10 Eugene, OR McDonald Theater
  • Jun 13, ’10 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
  • Jun 14, ’10 Seattle, WA Moore Theater
  • Jun 15, ’10 Vancouver, BC Orpheum Theater
  • Jun 17, ’10 Richmond, VA Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
  • Jun 18, ’10 Pittsburgh, PA Palace Theatre
  • Jun 19, ’10 Tarrytown, NY Music Hall
  • Jun 24, ’10 Woodstock, NY Bearsville Theater
  • Jun 25, ’10 Providence, RI Lupo’s
  • Jun 26, ’10 Westbury, NY Westbury Music Theater
  • Jun 27, ’10 Atlantic City, NJ House of Blues
  • Jun 28, ’10 Verona, NY Turning Stone Resort and Casino
  • Jun 29, ’10 Niagara Falls, NY The Rapids Theatre
  • Jul 1, ’10 Bridgeport, CT The Klein
  • Jul 2, ’10 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
  • Jul 3, ’10 Great Barington, MA The Mahaiwe
  • Jul 4, ’10 Oxford, ME Nateva Festival
  • Jul 5, ’10 Moncton, NS Capitol Theater
  • Jul 6, ’10 Halifax, NS Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
  • Jul 9, ’10 Amsterdam, NL Melkweg
  • Jul 10, ’10 TBA, TBA Soon
  • Jul 11, ’10 Weert, NL Bospop Restival
  • Jul 12, ’10 Antwerp, BE Openluchttheater
  • Jul 14, ’10 Tel Aviv, IL Hangar 11
  • Jul 19, ’10 Nice, FR Nice Jazz Festival
  • Jul 21, ’10 Cambridge, UK Cambridge Corn Exchange
  • Jul 22, ’10 Brighton, UK Brighton Centre
  • Jul 23, ’10 Wolverhampton, UK Wolverhampton Civic Hall
  • Jul 24, ’10 London, UK London Classic Rock Festival
  • Jul 25, ’10 Liverpool, UK Liverpool Summer Pops Festival
  • Jul 26, ’10 Glasgow, UK Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
  • Jul 27, ’10 Gateshead, UK Gateshead The Sage

Artists of the Decade – 2000s (#21 to 25)

1st Jan 10 (Fri) 5 comments

So, I can’t / won’t do a Top XX Albums of the Decade… it’s probably more “can’t” than “won’t.” There are so many great albums from the past 10 years… but, what I can do is recount the artists that have been my chief form of musical pleasure for the past 10 years.

But first…

Artist of the Decade – Special Mention

Dweezil Zappa only had a couple albums in the 2000s, but he gets a special call out for carrying on Frank Zappa‘s music since 2006. Dweezil & Co have toured for the past three and a half plus years, playing Frank’s music in a new setting each year. I hope this continues. It’s a fantastic tour, every time I’ve seen it.

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Artists of the Decade – Honorable Mentions

Tori Amos ~ In the 1990s, she ruled. I still love what she does, and she’s very important in the foundation of my musical interests. The fact that she’s still active with albums and touring all throughout the decade gets her an honorable mention.

Her best albums of the decade…

Celldweller ~ He’s only released one regular album in the entire decade… had he done more, he’d probably make the proper 25 list. Despite the one album, he has released a mostly instrumental soundtrack, a handful of internet-only singles and Eps and a skad of remix CDs and EPs. He’s been far from lazy. I look forward to the 2nd full length Celldweller release sometime in the 2010s.

His most excellent debut and instrumental “score” release…

Iron & Wine ~ I got into Iron & Wine mid-decade, but immediately fell in love with Sam’s flourishing vocals and interesting guitar work. He has a beautiful whispy voice, a penchant for storytelling, and a great eye for videos (prior to music, he taught film down in Florida, and the videos he’s produced for his band and other bands have been fantastic).

My favorite release of his this decade…

King’s X (and related solo & side projects) ~ Between the regular band albums, all three solo members’ albums, the side projects, the live albums, and the indie demo issues – there are probably close 30 releases in the 2000s. Prolificity abounds. This is one band that keeps on ticking, and for that, I am grateful.

A few gems from this decade…

Derek Webb ~ Creative and exploratory since leaving his first band, Caedmon’s Call, Derek continues to push the boundaries of what a singer-songwriter is supposed to do. His latest, Stockholm Syndrome, is a fantastic exit from the 2000s and entrance into the 2010s. Rumor is that he’s working on one (or multiple) Caedmon’s Call-related releases with his old band, too… should be interesting.

My faves from this decade…

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Artists of the Decade

25 ~ Ben Folds (solo)

The Five were no longer at the turn of the decade / century / millennium, which left the name sake on his own. Ben Folds was one of the first to ditch the full length and rapidly release several EPs all in one year. He saw the writing on the wall for the eventual, slow death of the CD format… and his solo albums (all in the 2000s) were generally fantastic – yeah, they are always a few tunes on each one that are doozies. He ended the decade with a cute (and enjoyable) acappella tribute album to himself from various college singing clubs. I was skeptical, but once I got it, I was very pleased with the covers.

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24 ~ Peter Mulvey

Peter Mulvey is one of my favorite singer-songwriters around. He’s a hard worker, touring all around from Alaska, the entire U.S. (including Alaska) and Europe.  He’s put out more albums to count on two hands in the past 15 years.  He started off the decade with the stunning The Trouble with Poets and ended the decade with the fantastic Letters from a Flying Machine.  He’s a truly wonderful storyteller, and if he comes near your town… GO!

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23 ~ Opeth

From singer-songwriter to Swedish death metal… roar!  Opeth came along with the “getting into prog band Porcupine Tree” period of the decade for me (check in later for Porcupine Tree’s position).  The string of three Opeth albums produced by PT’s Steven Wilson rank among the BEST metal out there… ranging from melodic rock to sweeping progressive movements to the in your face “cookie monster” vocals.  The first in the series, Blackwater Park, may be my favorite metal album of all-time (sorry, Dave Mustaine, you’ve been trumped).

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22 ~ dredg

I showed up early to a Coheed & Cambria show and was blown away by the opener… once I dug into dredg’s music, I really fell in love.  They run a tight ship of well-crafted, melodic neo-progressive rock music.  Gavin’s vocals and lyrics are a major selling point, too.  Their latest album (The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion) is my favorite album of 2009 – hands down.

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21 ~ Holy Fuck

Starting out as a more experimental “live electronic” noise-jazz band and evolving into a more groove-oriented electronic jam band, Holy Fuck shot up on my hot list quickly.  Their 2nd full length is superb, and their live show is not to be missed.  Raw energy, dual keyboards, groovy rhythm section, crazy film-reel instrumentation, and uncanny dance-ability.  They’ve also embraced the vinyl comeback… score!

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The rest of the decade recap to follow in the next few days… more musical variety awaits…

My Other Favorites of 2009 Recaps:

~Dan – np: Charlie Hunter - Gentlemen, I Neglected To Inform You You Will Not Be Getting Paid

Oh, and for those who say that the decade ends at the end of 2010… meh. I’m starting with 0 and ending with 9 (like a LOT of people). Rationale: the 80s, the 90s… you don’t say the 80s went from 1/1/1981 to 12/31/1990 or the 90s from 1/1/1991 to 12/31/2000.

Derek Webb – Democracy Vol 1

21st Dec 09 (Mon) 5 comments

Before I get started… happy birthday, Frank Zappa!  Ya hozna!

OK, now on to the music news…

Derek Webb, whose Stockholm Syndrome is seriously gonna rank well in my soon-comingBest of / Favorite CDs of 2009” list, is doing something new for 2010.  He’s going to have a subscription music deal where he digitally releases cover songs each month… and subscribers get to pick the songs.  People who bought/buy a limited edition of Stockholm Syndrome over at the DW store got first crack at selections.

I already put in my votes a couple days ago… Chroma Key‘s “Colorblind” (longshot due to obscurity), Tori Amos‘ “Crucify” (that would pwn), and I think jokingly I put Opeth‘s “Blackwater Park” (even more of a longshot) – but I forget if I recanted and switched at the last minute to something else.  I’m pulling for a “Crucify” cover by Derek – I think he’d do it justice.

The cover songs will likely be a more stripped down, singer-songwriter style when compared to his 2009 record… but those are his roots and how I first got into him; so I’m stoked.  Plus… ya know, if he does Tori Amos’ “Crucify,” I’ll have his babies.

Derek Webb’s “What Matters More” video
{from Stockholm Syndrome}

http://www.derekwebb.com/

~Dan – np: Borah Bergman TrioLuminescence

Zappa Plays Zappa @ McDonald Theatre (canceled)

28th Nov 09 (Sat) Leave a comment

So, I just got a call from TicketsWest… the Zappa Plays Zappa show for tonight has been “canceled due to inclement weather in California“… boo… no word on a reschedule.  Tickets will be refunded at the place of purchase.

Check out more tour dates below.

~Dan – np: The Swell SeasonStrict Joy

Current Tour Dates

  • Nov 19, ’09 – Austin, TX – Stubbs Amphitheater
  • Nov 20, ’09 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
  • Nov 21, ’09 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues
  • Nov 23, ’09 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
  • Nov 24, ’09 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up
  • Nov 25, ’09 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
  • Nov 27, ’09 – Lake Tahoe, NV – Montbleu Resort
  • Nov 28, ’09 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theatre canceled
  • Nov 29, ’09 – Spokane, WA – Bing Crosby Theater
  • Nov 30, ’09 – Bend, OR – Tower Theater
  • Dec 01, ’09 – Arcata, CA – Van Duzer Theater
  • Dec 02, ’09 – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theater
  • Jan 3-7, ’10 – Carribbean Ocean – Jam Cruise 2010
  • Jan 8, ’10 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
  • Jan 9, ’10 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor
  • Jan 11, ’10 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
  • Jan 12, ’10 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
  • Jan 13, ’10 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
  • Jan 14, ’10 – Richmond, VA – The Hat Factory
  • Jan 15, ’10 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
  • Jan 16, ’10 – Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theatre

Nellie McKay / Zappa Plays Zappa

21st Aug 09 (Fri) Leave a comment

More information about Nellie McKay‘s upcoming album… Normal As Blueberry Pie – A Tribute To Doris Day (out October 13th). 13 songs, one new McKay song:

Tracklist:

  1. “The Very Thought of You” (Ray Noble)
  2. “Do Do Do” (George & Ira Gershwin)
  3. “Wonderful Guy” (Richard Rodgers / Oscar Hammerstein II)
  4. “Meditation” (Antonio Carlos Jobim / Norman Gimbel)
  5. “Mean to Me” (Fred E. Ahlert / Roy Turk)
  6. “Crazy Rhythm” (Joseph Meyer & Roger Wolfe Kahn / Irving Cesear)
  7. “Sentimental Journey” (Les Brown & Ben Homer / Bud Green)
  8. “If I Ever Had a Dream” (Nellie McKay)
  9. “Black Hills of Dakota” (Sammy Fain / Paul Francis Webster)
  10. “Dig It” (Hal Bourne, Johnny Mercer)
  11. “Send Me No Flowers” (Burt Bacharach / Hal David)
  12. “Close Your Eyes” (Bernice Petkere)
  13. “I Remember You” (Victor Schertzinger / Johnny Mercer)

It’ll be out on Verve Music Group.  No cover art that I could find, yet…

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Dweezil & Co are hitting the road again.  It’ll be my fourth time seeing them, once for each Zappa Plays Zappa tour.  This time, yay, a Eugene date!!  No official dates released yet on zappa.com (or on Pollstar as of now),  but it looks like after the Progressive Nation tour with Dream Theater, they’re at least hitting Eugene (Saturday, November 28 at McDonald Theatre).

~Dan – np: Peter MulveyLetters from a Flying Machine

REVIEW: Oregon Percussion Ensemble’s FRANK ZAPPA Tribute @ UO’s Beall Hall (Eugene, OR – – 3/7/09)

8th Mar 09 (Sun) 6 comments

I went to the University of Oregon’s Beall Concert Hall yesterday afternoon for a wonderful tribute to Frank Zappa put on by the UO College of Music’s Oregon Percussion Ensemble, conducted by W. Sean Wagoner.  It was a show that I found out about in the Eugene Weekly… yay for the local entertainment rag for giving us last minute cool info!

The show was great… about 90 minutes including breaks.  All percussion, except for a bass player and a violinist for “The Black Page Part 1 & 2.”  OK, there was a pianist and a tap dancer, too… but those are technically percussion instruments. :P

Setlist:

  • Concerto No. 1, Op. 12.3(1986) – composed by Ney Rosauro, soloist: Paul Owen (marimba)
    • I. Saudacao (Greetings)
    • II. Lamento (Lament)
    • III. Danca (Dance)
    • IV. Despedida (Farewell)
  • Ionisation for thirteen percussionists (1929-1931) – composed by Edgard Varese
  • Waltz (1958) – composed by Frank Zappa, soloist: Merlin Showalter (vibraphone)
  • Magnesium Zapp II (2009) – composed by Charles Dowd
  • The Black Page Drum Solo (1976) – composed by Frank Zappa, soloist: Paul Owen (drumset)
  • The Black Page, Part I (1976) – composed by Frank Zappa
  • The Black Page, Part II (1976) – composed by Frank Zappa

The first part of the first piece (Saudacao) was very Zappaesque… heavy on the marimba and xylophonic percussion… fast melodies, and the crazy percussive triplets or whatever you drummers call them. :)  The rest of Concerto No. 1 wasn’t as Zappaesque, but it definitely was a great warm-up to the rest of the show.  Paul Owen’s marimba work was great and the rest of the band really broke loose on this 20-something-minute piece.

Next up was Ionisation by Edgard Varese, from whom Zappa had only one degree of separation… the conductor for the first performance of Ionisation in the 30s was Nicolas Slonimsky, who later became a friend of Frank’s and also went out on tour with Zappa’s early 80s band.  The piece was an avant-garde percussive piece, if set-up as designed (which I assume they did) was 3 bass drums, 2 Side drums, 2 Snare drums, tarole, 2 bongos, tambourine, tambour militaire, crash cymbal, suspended cymbals, 3 tam-tams, gong, 2 anvils, 2 triangles, sleigh bells, chimes, celesta, piano, Chinese blocks, claves, maracas, castanets, whip (instrument), guiro, high & low sirens, and a lion’s roar.  I don’t remember a whip or lion’s roar… but regardless, it was fun and adventurous.

Waltz was the first official Zappa piece of the afternoon.  It was about a 2 minute, 12-tone vibraphone solo by Merlin Showalter.  It seemed like it was over before it started, but it was a nice piece.

Magnesium Zapp II continued in the Zappa theme… though not written by him.  It was written by UO Director of Music Charles Dowd, who drew inspiration from Frank Zappa’s “Girl in the Magnesium Dress” from The Yellow Shark.  It was somewhat avant-garde, improvisational with some structure.  It also had small melodies written in to represent F-R-A-N-K and Z-A-P-P-A, which they went over beforehand… and it was fun to pick it out when they were playing it.  Basically a 26-note run equating to the English alphabet… blah blah blah, you do the math.

Next up was The Black Page… I’d seen Terry Bozzio play this at the 2006 Zappa Plays Zappa tour in Louisville, and for the uninitiated, Zappa wrote it as a technical challenge.  The musicians dreaded seeing all of the black notes on the page… hence its name.

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Percussion/Battery drum transcript (PDF):

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The Ensemble started this as simply a drum solo by Paul Owen.  He did a great job on this 3-4 minute very technical solo.  Then the solo was played again by Paul… and 9 more drummers (and a tap dancer) at the same time, nearly perfectly in sync.  It was quite mind blowing seeing all 10 drum sets around the front of the stage when we got back from the short intermission, but I had no idea they all be playing the solo together.  Crazy good stuff.  The only downside, we could barely see the tap dancer (Alli Bach) as she was behind the drum sets, but she was going nuts and hitting all of the notes as well… per W. Sean Wagoner (the conductor), this was the world premiere of a tap dance transcription for The Black Page. :)

After the solo(s), they played the Black Page in both Zappa’s variations… the “Hard Version” and the “Easy Teenage NY Version.”  Much more melodic (not all on drums, as some of the drummers moved to play other instruments).  They were also joined by piano, electric violin and bass.  Great stuff… about 5 minutes for each version.

Good stuff… well worth the $5… like criminally worth it.

~Dan – np: Ben Folds FiveWhatever and Ever Amen

a quad-shot of espresso [in music news format]

14th Feb 09 (Sat) Leave a comment

Four shots of espresso…

  • Dream Theater will have a new album out in the Summer.  My guess is that it’ll have long songs, some rockin’, some ballads, and it’ll mostly be enjoyable when there is no singing involved.  No title for the album yet.  My guess would be that it’ll be named after some obscure latin verb conjugated in a clever way, or some multi-syllabic extinct bird and/or fish.  They’ll be kicking off the Progressive Nation 2009 Tour.  Dates are not out yet, but I hope they swing through Portland, OR (or at a minimum, Seattle).  And… and… and…
  • Zappa Plays Zappa will be on the bill for that tour.  So will Pain of Salvation and Beard Fish, but that’s totally not as cool as Zappa Plays Zappa and Dream Theater in one night.  Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater drummer) is a huge Frank Zappa fan; so I bet it’s a dream come true for him as well… I’m more stoked for ZPZ than DT.  Eh, sue me.
  • Iron & Wine is releasing a b-sides / rarities double-disc set called Around the Well (May 19, Sub Pop), and he’s also heading out on an all-request tour.  Check out the tracklist for the double-disc as well as the tour dates over at Pitchfork (link).
  • U2 will essentially take over as house band on the David Letterman Show with five days in a row performances the week of March 2nd in support of their upcoming album, No Line on the Horizon.

Half and half…

(image by burntwoodstudio.com)

  • Maynard James Keenan and his Puscifer project’s three nights of shows at the Palms in Las Vegas is underway now.  Feb 13, 14, 15… anyone go?  Got a good review?  I’m totally jealous.

The “don’t burn your hands” sleeve that goes around the cup…

  • Björk is re-issuing the underwhelming Volta in a special 4-disc edition that I may actually spring for (i.e.- I never bought Volta, but this version looks great).  It’s called Voltaic, and it’s the Volta CD (billed as “Songs From The Volta Tour Performed Live At Olympic Studios”), a CD of the official remixes, a live DVD from Paris & Reykjavik, and a DVD of the Volta videos.  Quite frankly, the DVD of the videos is what piqued my interest (see gif to the right).

Hmmm… now I’m craving a venti americano with room for cream.

~Dan – np: Wynton MarsalisFrom Plantation to the Penitentiary

anyway the wind blows is fine with me

6th Feb 09 (Fri) 14 comments

Anyway the wind blows
it don’t matter to me

A continuation from this post 6+ months ago… Lagunitas Brewery’s Frank Zappa beer #5… is in my hands (but not quite my mouf yet)…

Behold, the Cruisin’ with Ruben and the Jets Ale*… a tribute to the 40 year anniv of the album of the same name.  It’s probably my least favorite Zappa album, but Hot Rats followed shortly (and that one is superb).  *- as noted in the Brewed for Thought blog about this beer, he had this as a chocolate pepper stout.  My version is an ale.  I’m disappointed as the chocolate pepper stouts sounds fantastic, but I think I’ll live.

Update: it is a Chocolate Pepper Stout… I wonder why the label says “ale” in several places and “stout” is nowhere to be found.

Picture provided by Brewed for Thought, as I’m lazy and it’s busy season for me at work:

I’m looking forward to enjoying this on the weekend…

FZ beer 1 was Freak Out! Ale
FZ beer 2 was Kill Ugly Radio Ale (aka for the album Absolutely Free)
FZ beer 3 was Lumpy Gravy Ale
FZ beer 4 was We’re Only In It for the Money Triple Ale

FZ beer #6 should be Uncle Meat, by my count… we shall see.

~Dan – np: Joey BaronWe’ll Soon Find Out

Nellie McKay in China (old but new) & 5th Zappa beer (soon)

12th Jan 09 (Mon) 6 comments

There are some new-old (or old-new?) Nellie McKay songs on iTunes.  Four songs from the never released Live from the Great Wall of China concert that Nellie was involved in back in Sept 2004…

(photo by eatsdirt)

Songs: Dog Song, Manhattan Avenue, I Wanna Get Married, Really

Each song is its “own album” for $0.99.  Odd iTunes categorization, but great performances by Nellie.  Alicia Keys, Boyz II Men, and Cyndi Lauper also performed at the original concert (wacky line-up indeed).  Only Boyz II Men have songs up on iTunes outside of Nellie (as of now).  There is video footage of this concert that was intended for a DVD release a while ago, but as far as I know it never got released due to issues with the Chinese government.

No, I made that up.  It is Bruce Jenner’s fault, not the Chinese government’s fault.  Or maybe Bruce Banner?

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Unrelated… the 5th Frank Zappa beer made by Lagunitas Brewing Company (Petaluma, CA) will be a Cruisin’ with Ruben & the Jets ale.  Meh, it’s one of my least favorite FZ albums… but I’m a beer drinker and a Frank Zappa collector.

Someone is selling one on eBay now… my local beer shop (the Bier Stein, Eugene Oregon) doesn’t have it yet, but expects it soon.

Ya Hozna!

~Dan – np: Tori AmosThe Beekeeper

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