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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

MusicNOW Festival 2011 (kicks off today!)

13th May 11 (Fri) Leave a comment

Today is the first performance in the amazingly stacked MusicNOW Festival 2011 line-up in Cincinnati, Ohio. My Brightest Diamond kicks off the fest at Memorial Hall.  The National play Cincinnati’s Music Hall later this weekend. Click the reblog below or hit musicnowfestival.org for more info.

Read my review of My Brightest Diamond, Sufjan Stevens, Amiina, and more from MusicNOW Fest 2007.

~Dan

MusicNOW Festival 2011 If you live in or near Cincinnati Ohio, this is a fantastic music festival for you – MusicNOW Festival 2011.  I’m officially jealous, as I won’t be able to make it out this year.  I went in 2007 when I still lived in Cincinnati, and it was amazing.  Trust me, I thought about going back for this year’s line-up… The National / Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) / Sharon Van Etten / Richard Reed Parry / Little Scream / yMusic / Owen Pallett / Meg … Read More

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Eugene Beer Week – May 2nd to 8th, 2011

14th Mar 11 (Mon) Leave a comment

I’m not a “beer blogger” per se.  I’m a music blogger, but I’m a homebrewer and dig a good local beer.  For Oregonians, this is an event to get excited about…

Eugene Beer Week

From May 2nd to May 8th, Eugene Oregon will host its first annual beer week.
Eugene Beer Week will celebrate craft beer culture in the Willamette Valley.

The US craft brewing industry has been growing steadily and cities across the country have been organizing beer celebrations to promote the industry. These beer weeks include a great number of beer tastings, brewers dinners and other events celebrating craft beer. Breweries, retailers, bars, restaurants and beer writers participate in beer weeks by helping bring greater awareness to a region’s craft beers. Cities such as Seattle, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Chicago all boast successful beer weeks.

Eugene Beer Week’s objective is to bring a greater awareness of craft beer in the Willamette Valley. They aim to accomplish this goal by providing a website that beer drinkers can peruse and locate beer related events taking place during the week. Eugenebeerweek.org will also provide a forum for businesses to promote their beer week efforts. Eugene Beer Week culminates with the Sasquatch Beer Festival that celebrates the life of one of Eugene’s former brewers, Glen Falconer.

What’s in store?

  • Beer Dinners – Special dinners featuring a beer or several beer paired courses
  • Beer Releases – Release celebration celebrating a new beer
  • Festivals – Craft beer festivals
  • Tastings – Special tastings of craft beers
  • How to Brew/Taste/Enjoy – demonstrations and informational classes

For more information visit eugenebeerweek.org (or Facebook and Twitter below).  Stay tuned for some great events around town.


~Dan – np: EisleyThe Valley

MusicNOW Festival 2011

12th Mar 11 (Sat) Leave a comment

If you live in or near Cincinnati Ohio, this is a fantastic music festival for you – MusicNOW Festival 2011.  I’m officially jealous, as I won’t be able to make it out this year.  I went in 2007 when I still lived in Cincinnati, and it was amazing.  Trust me, I thought about going back for this year’s line-up…

The National / Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) / Sharon Van Etten / Richard Reed Parry / Little Scream / yMusic / Owen Pallett / Megafaun


For info, go to: http://www.musicnowfestival.org/
Tickets will be on-sale Tuesday, March 15th at 10 am.

~Dan – np: EisleyThe Valley

REVIEW: Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin @ Alberta Rose/PDX Jazz Fest (Portland, OR – 2/25/11)

1st Mar 11 (Tue) 2 comments

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

Despite Grammy-winner Esperanza Spalding going on at the same night as part of Portland Jazz Fest 2011, I wasn’t going to miss Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin.  I got into Ronin with 2006’s Stoa.  Nik’s way of creative a funky, piano-based jazz setting captured my attention.  And being from Switzerland, the chances to see Ronin are few and far between (their U.S. Tour consisted of four dates: Oakland, Portland, Knoxville & New York).  First, the opener…

First up was Portland’s own Blue Cranes.  I had heard of them, and I was glad to make it to the club early enough to catch their set.  Great reed-driven quartet.  They started out with a guest sax player and a string trio (with Anna Fritz, whom I’ve seen/heard before).  They were genteel at first, but also drove the tempo up with some raucous solos and melodies.

Songs I caught the names of their hour-long set (I missed the opening song’s name): Love Love Love (by Wayne Horvitz), Hated Because of Great Qualities (by Blonde Redhead), Grandpa’s Hands (featuring toy piano), Beware of the Pneumatic Nailer, Soldier (with strings), Ritchie Bros., and Maddie Mae.  Sha from Ronin joined them on-stage for a number as well.  They’re heading out on an 30-day Amtrack tour soon… kicking off March 19th @ Tony Starlight‘s in Portland.

RONIN is Nik Bärtsch on piano, Kaspar Rast on drums, Andi Pupato on percussion, Sha on the alto and bass clarinet, and Thomy Jordi on bass.  Their latest album, Llyrìa, came out on ECM in October 2010 and features what Nik calls “moduls.”

A “modul” is an unnamed, but numbered musical entities that can be woven together.  Per Nik (in his interview with Oregon Music News), “when a module combination makes dramaturgically and formally sense and creates a coherent piece, I give a number to it.

Friday’s show was primarily pulled from the moduls in Llyrìa.  Interwoven, interlocking, overlapping pieces played through the air as the dimly, strategically lit stage changed to fit the sounds.  Color and music formed an fantastic audio and visual masterpiece.  The moduls started with a slow rumble and grew and warped throughout their long set.  Very much jazz-centric, but also many elements of rock, funk, and progressive music.  The PDX Jazz Fest brought Nik to town in 2008, but I’m hoping it doesn’t have to be another three years before we get to see this amazing live act again in Oregon.

more photos below

The Appropriate Linkage:

Next show for me… Damien Jurado & Viva Voce at Doug Fir Lounge on Friday, 3/4.

~Dan – np: Mike PattonA Perfect Place

NIK BARTSCH PDX JAZZ FEST PHOTOS
all pictures (cc) 2011 Daniel Temmesfeld,
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

PDX Jazz Fest starts THIS WEEK

15th Feb 11 (Tue) Leave a comment

The Portland Jazz Festival (aka PDX Jazz Fest) kicks off this Friday, February 18th, 2011.  It boasts a great line-up of acts that brings attention to the theme Bridges & Boundaries – Jewish & African-American jazz playing together.  And now, it boasts new Grammy award winner – Esperanza Spalding!  Congrats!

PDX Jazz Fest 2011 – Headliners

  • Friday, February 18, 7:30pm, Winningstad Theater, Randy Weston
  • Saturday, February 19, 7:30pm, Winningstad Theater, Anat Fort
  • Sunday, February 20, 7:30pm, Winningstad Theater, Dave Frishberg
  • Thursday, February 24, 7:30pm, Newmark Theater, Don Byron
  • Friday, February 25, 7:30pm, Newmark Theater, Esperanza Spalding
  • Friday, February 25, 9:30pm, Crystal Ballroom, Poncho Sanchez
  • Friday, February 25, 9:30pm, Alberta Rose Theatre, Nik Bartsch’s Ronin
  • Saturday, February 26, 2:00pm, Crystal Ballroom, The 3 Cohens
  • Saturday, February 26, 7:30pm, Newmark Theater, SFJAZZ Collective
  • Saturday, February 26, 8:00pm, Tony Starlight’s, Gerald Clayton
  • Saturday, February 26, 9:30pm, Crystal Ballroom, Regina Carter
  • Sunday, February 27, 2:00pm, Newmark Theater, Joshua Redman
  • Sunday, February 27, 7:30pm, Crystal Ballroom, Maceo Parker
    FULL SCHEDULE (Feb 18-27)

I’m most excited about Nik Bartsch’s Ronin (above) set on Friday the 25th.  That and other shows still have available tickets.  If you’re in town, head on over to pdxjazz.com for the info.  If you’re out of town, head on over to Alaska Airlines and get your plane ticket along with your festival tickets.  This is not a fest to miss!

~Dan – np: Ozric TentaclesPungent Effulgent 

The Big 4 (trailer)

25th Jan 11 (Tue) Leave a comment

This. Looks. Massive.

The Big 4 Festival
Empire Polo Club, Indio, CA
Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
Metallica
Megadeth
Slayer
Anthrax

Unlikely I’ll be able to swing it and go… but it looks like it’d be an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime event…

~Dan – np: CelldwellerCellout EP 01 

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