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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

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

REVIEW: Zappa Plays Zappa @ the Hawthorne Theater (Portland, OR – – 1/2/09)

3rd Jan 09 (Sat) 2 comments

Boo… no concert photos this time around… they wouldn’t allow cameras into the venue at all. :(

(Dweezil = rock)

This was my 3rd time seeing the Zappa Plays Zappa tour (aka Tour de Frank)… each one being different (set lists, lineup, promotions).  This time was at Portland’s Hawthorne Theater as the “You Can’t Fit On Stage Anymore” variation of the tour.  The venue had a small capacity (~300), you get a download code at the venue to get the entire recorded show after they mix it down (about a month?), you have a chance to win a free Hagstrom guitar (at each show), and you get to help choose the set list for the night.  Of the 68 available tunes in the ZPZ band’s repertoire, here were my selections: Broken Hearts Are For Assholes, Inca Roads, Montana, Peaches En Regalia, and Sofa. They played two of my choices. I was really hoping for “Montana,” though.  Eh, choosers shouldn’t be beggars.

Dweezil came out first and talked about the download code and how it wouldn’t quite be ready within 8 days, but that it’d be worth the wait.  I’m sure it will, as it’s gonna be 3 CDs of professionally recorded audio for “free.”  Free in that it’s part of the pricey ticket.  But, it’s not like I have to pay for it again, eh? :)

The band was very similar (if not the same) as when I saw the 2007 tour at Moonlite Gardens in Cincinnati, OH.  Different set list, of course.  They had a few technical difficulties during the show, but veryveryvery minor, and they rolled with the punches very well.  Outside of Ray White, they were all pretty much playing for the entire show, and even Ray only had a few breaks when he wasn’t needed to sing.

The ZPZ Band this time around is:

  • Dweezil Zappa: Guitar
  • Aaron Arntz: Keyboards
  • Scheila Gonzalez: Saxophone, Flute, Keyboards & Vocals
  • Pete Griffin: Bass
  • Billy Hulting: Marimba, Mallets & Percussion
  • Jamie Kime: Guitar
  • Joe Travers: Drums & Vocals
  • SPECIAL GUESTRay White: Guitar & Vocals

(Ray White is the pimp)

Setlist: (any help in filling in the blanks is appreciated)

  • Peaches En Regalia (a fave of the set)
  • City of Tiny Lights
  • Inca Roads (a fave of the set)
  • I’m Not Satisfied
  • Pygmy Twylyte
  • Idiot Bastard Son
  • Cheepnis (partial) then back to Inca Roads (??)
  • Hagstrom Guitar Giveaway Jam (I didn’t win… boo…)
  • Chunga’s Revenge with solos
  • Billy the Mountain (28 minutes) (a fave of the set)
  • Andy
  • Dirty Love (a fave of the set)
  • Uncle Remus
  • Willie the Pimp (a fave of the set)
  • Wind Up Workin’ in a Gas Station
  • San Ber’dino
  • Yo Mama
  • Black Napkins
  • Encore: ____________ (missing name, more guitar solos)
  • Muffin Man (a fave of the set)

All in all… fantastic show… 2 hours and 40+ minutes of amazing musicianship… the only things to make it better?  My own pictures perhaps… oh, and winning the guitar would have been nice. :)

I hope they come around again in the fall… I’ve seen all three of the ZPZ tours.  And this was technically the “2008” tour, even though it was in 2009 (obviously).  Seeing as I wasn’t into Frank’s music before he died, this is the next best damn thing.  Thanks, Dweezil and Co.!

The Appropriate Linkage:

~Dan – np: Ryan AdcockFinished -LP-

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