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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

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 

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