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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
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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

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

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

DWEEZIL ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA PHOTOS
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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

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