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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:

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
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
Weasels Ripped My Flesh
Chunga’s Revenge1970 Fillmore East, June 1971
200 Motels
Just Another Band From L.A.
The Grand Wazoo
200 Motels
Just Another Band From L.A.
The Grand Wazoo
Over-Nite Sensation
Apostrophe (')
Roxy & Elsewhere
One Size Fits All
Over-Nite Sensation
Apostrophe (‘)
Roxy & Eslewhere
One Size Fits All
Bongo Fury
Zoot Allures
Zappa In New York
Studio Tan
Bongo Fury with Captain Beefheart
Zoot Allures
Zappa In New York
Studio Tan
Sleep Dirt
Sheik Yerbouti
Orchestral Favorites
Joe's Garage, Act I
Sleep Dirt
Sheik Yerbouti
Orchestral Favorites
Joe’s Garage Act I
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
Tinseltown Rebellion
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
Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch
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
Baby Snakes
London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. I
The Perfect Stranger
Them Or Us
Thing Fish
Francesco Zappa
The Old Masters, Box I
Them Or Us
Francesco Zappa
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
Does Humor Belong In Music?
The Old Masters, Box II
Jazz From Hell
London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. II
Joe's Garage, Acts I, II & III
The Old Masters, Vol. III
London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. II
Joe’s Garage Acts I, II & III1987 The Old Masters, Box III
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
Broadway The Hard Way
You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 3
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
You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 4
Make A Jazz Noise Here
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
Ahead Of Their Time
The Yellow Shark
Civilization Phaze III
London Symphony Orchestra, Volumes I & II
The Lost Episodes
Civilization Phaze III1994 London Symphony Orchestra, Volumes I & II
The Lost Episodes
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?
Mystery Disc
EIHN (Everything Is Healing Nicely)
Joe's Corsage
Joe's Domage
Joe’s Corsage2004 Joe’s Domage2004
Joe's XMASage
Imaginary Diseases
The MOFO Project/Object (4 CDs)
Joe’s XMASage2005 Imaginary Diseases
MOFO (Deluxe 4-Disc)2006
The MOFO Project/Object (2 CDs)
The Dub Room Special (CD)
MOFO (2-Disc)2006 Trance-Fusion2006 Buffalo2007 The Dub Room Special!2007
One Shot Deal
Joe's Menage
Lumpy Money
Wazoo2007 One Shot Deal
Joe’s Menage2008 LUMPY MONEY
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 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 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


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, 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.

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

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:

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

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

~Dan – np: PusciferSounds Into Blood Into Wine

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

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

13th Jun 10 (Sun) 3 comments


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

all pictures (cc) 2010 Daniel Temmesfeld,
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

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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

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}

~Dan – np: Borah Bergman TrioLuminescence

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

3rd Jan 09 (Sat) 4 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-

Diva Zappa

27th Dec 08 (Sat) 2 comments

Diva Zappa‘s contributions to the recent aaafnraaa birthday bundle digital release on Frank’s 68th birthday are excellent… very quirky, she’s very much a Zappa offspring.  It’s on iTunes.  The whole album’s worth owning, especially for a Zappa fan.  Diva’s tracks are “Alice” (my fave) and “Espanoza.”  Melanie Starks take on “Dumb All Over” is another gem… of course, I’m quite fond of the lyrics to that one…

The tracklist for the album:

  1. Dancin’ Fool (Disco Version) by Frank Zappa
  2. More Trouble Every Day by FZ
  3. Gorgeous Inca by FZ
  4. Ancient Armaments by FZ
  5. America The Beautiful by FZ
  6. You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch by Dweezil & Ahmet Zappa
  7. Saturday Girl by Dweezil
  8. Alice by Diva Zappa
  9. Espanoza by Diva
  10. Dumb All Over by Melanie Starks
  11. Twenty Small Cigars by Joe Travers
  12. Lacksadaisial by Joe Travers
  13. Dirty Love by Cree Summer (Dweezil & Ahmet)

~Dan – np: the aforementioned aaafnraaa

PS-aaafnraaa” stands for “anything anytime anywhere for no reason at all again,” a motto of Frank’s.

PPS– Fave Instrumental Albums of 2008 to be posted Monday AM (for those who care).

Favorite Concerts of 2007

24th Dec 07 (Mon) 2 comments

Well, there are still some 2007 CDs that may or may not arrive in my hands before the year’s over (specifically Eyvind Kang, Dave Douglas, Greydon Square, Radiohead, Doug Pinnick & La Mar Enfortunaall of which have Top 20 potential); so I’m not ready to post my “Best CDs of 2007” list, yet. Look for that one sometime in early 2008…

This blog is for my favorite concerts of 2007. I went to too many to recount in detail, but these are the tip-top ones…

  1. Music Now Festival 2007 (Pedro Soler, Bryce Dessner, David Cossin, the Clogs, the Havels, Osso, Amiina, My Brightest Diamond, Sufjan Stevens) at the Memorial Hall, Cincinnati-OH (4/5/07 to 4/7/07) my review
  2. Masada (John Zorn, Dave Douglas, Greg Cohen, Joey Baron) at the Rose Theatre at the Lincoln Center, New York-NY (3/10/07) my review
  3. Nellie McKay at the Shedd Institute, Eugene-OR (10/5/07) my review
  4. Silverchair at the Fillmore @ the TLA, Philadelphia-PA (7/28/07) review snippet
  5. Secret Chiefs 3 at the Bowery Ballroom, New York-NY (3/15/07) my review
  6. John Zorn’s Moonchild (Mike Patton, Trevor Dunn, Joey Baron) at the Moore Theatre, Seattle-WA (11/4/07) my review
  7. Holy Fuck at the Southgate House, Newport-KY (4/1/07) my review
  8. Antibalas at the Southgate House, Newport-KY (4/29/07) review snippet
  9. Noctaluca at the Taste of Cincinnati, Cincinnati-OH (5/28/07)
  10. Blackfield (Steven Wilson & Aviv Geffen) at the Bowery Ballroom, New York-NY (3/16/07) my review

OK, I guess I’ve still got coming up in 2007 Iron & Wine in Portland (12/2) and maybe David Bazan (Pedro the Lion) in Eugene (12/14); but the above concerts were my favorites of 2007…

Happy thanksgiving, yo! One thing I’m thankful for is definitely music… :-)

~Dan – np: npr jazz profiles (podcast) – duke ellington: the bandleader, pt. 1

12/24 Update: wow… I totally forgot the kick ass Zappa Plays Zappa show at Moonlite Gardens in Cincinnati, OH on 7/24/07. I think I forgot because I didn’t blog about it when it happened (gettin’ ready to quit my job and pack up and head west at the time)… but now reading this week’s CityBeat, tons of people listed it as a favorite, and man, I was at that show, too… Dweezil = awesomes! Ray White = awesomes! Frank on a big screen behind the band, singing and soloing with the live band = awesomes! 2nd time seeing the ZPZ tour in 2 years (completely different setlist, too). I think it needs to be a once-a-year thing… in perpetuity.

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