Wednesday, November 30, 2016

ZAPPA TRIBUTE CONCERT BY THE UH HILO JAZZ ORCHESTRA

Frank Zappa's music seems more alive than ever.
Zappa tribute concert at the UH Hilo Perfoming Arts Center in Hawaii.




CLASSE MANNEQUIN - CLASSE MANNEQUIN

  • classe mannequin: classe mannequin
        (2016, lp, ??, head records)
A bit too tense and too nervous to be considered pop, but that's fine with me.
Classe Mannequin recently presented their first album. It's out on the Head Records label.

I like it.
It reminds me a bit of David Thomas / Pere Ubu.

Out on Head Records.
www.head-records.com

Vinyl available from Mandaï.
www.mandai.be



ULTRAPHALLUS

When I mentioned the latest Ultraphallus album about a week ago, I had only listened to the download of the album. Earlier today, I picked up the physical copy of the album.
It still sounds great, but it looks beautiful as well.
The CD is a nice digipack, and the vinyl edition is on blue-ish marbled vinyl !!

Includes 'Sinister Exaggerator' (The Residents)




THE HEIMATDAMISCH


This clip is all over facebook, but it's so funny that I had to post it as well.



VARIOUS ARTISTS - ROMANTIC WARRIORS III SPECIAL FEATURES DVD


I already told you that my weekend was great. It kicked off with a fabulous concert by the Sun Ra Arkestra, and it continued with another excellent edition of the Mosae Zappa festival (thanks again, Tim. Thanks again, Chantal).
It was at this very festival, right after the amazing concert of The Wrong Object, that I bought this DVD : "Romantic Warriors III Special Features DVD". It features Soft Machine Legacy, Dave Sinclair, Forgas Bandphenomena, The Muffins, Glass, and last but not least, the inimitable Wrong Object.
The DVD presents three tracks by The Wrong Object and if I'm not mistaken, all three (or at least two) were performed during the Mosea Festival concert as well. Great stuff, and there's a  lot of bands and music that I'm not familiar with on this DVD. Always worth investigating.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

R.I.P. ALLAN ZAVOD

Allan Zavod toured and recorded with Frank Zappa in 1984.
He passed away on November 28, 2016.

Allan on working with Frank :
http://www.allanzavod.com/interviews_zappa_rolling_stone_mag.asp


Sunday, November 27, 2016

MOSEA ZAPPA 045

Landgraaf, NL, was the place to be on Saturday night as the main part of third edition of the Mosae Zappa festival settled at 'De Oefenbunker'.

I was told that the pre-parties (sing-along + DJ on Friday night, and the Saturday afternoon concert by Antoine Putz) had been enjoyed by all, so I was quite curious for the sequel.

Saturday night started with John's Got A Sausage, a project by a bunch of local musicians. The warm-up. Charming.

Next up was The Wrong Object. They played original material and lots of Zappa stuff. They had practiced some new Zappa material as well. This was great. A stunning performance, beautiful arrangements and loads of energy. One word: Wow !

Third in line was Bits From Hell, an exercise with midi files and Zappa music. Nice, but way too close to the original versions. The set could probably have been more powerful if it would only have lasted for 10 or 15 minutes.

And last but not least : The Foolz. Relaxed as always, the guys played a fine selection of Zappa songs. A bit sloppy at start maybe, but I really liked them. The audience loved them too.
Too bad that it got a bit too late and that people started to leave during the show. I did as well.

It was great to see my fellow Zappateers again (from Ireland, England, Sweden, Norway, Germany, NL and BE) and I did attend one superb and half of a fine concert.
Worth the trip !


SUN RA ARKESTRA

Saw the Arkestra, under the direction of (92-year old) Marshal Allen at De Singer in Rijkevorsel, BE, last Friday.

This was and will be an absolute highlight of my musical year. I had seen the band in Tilburg, way back, where they performed for one week in a row, so expectations were high but they delivered.
An amazing concert.

Check out their tourdates and try to catch them.

Next year, they should be playing at the Jazz Festival in Leuven. Not confirmed as of yet, but do keep an eye out for this.





Friday, November 25, 2016

DWEEZIL ZAPPA AT ZAPPANALE 2017 !!

* * * breaking news * * *

Dweezil Zappa will be performing at Zappanale 2017.

Zappanale
14 - 16.07.2017

More info soon.


Thursday, November 24, 2016

SUN RA


How Sun Ra’s Definitive Singles Catalog Finally Saw The Light of Day

https://daily.bandcamp.com/2016/11/21/sun-ra-feature/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_content=Sun+Ra