Sunday, September 24, 2017

STEVE HUNTER


Guitar Legend Steve Hunter To Release New Album “Before The Lights Go Out”

The Deacon Of Rock Bites Back!

“Before The Lights Go Out” is long time Alice Cooper/Lou Reed Guitarist Steve Hunter's latest solo album. The cover art and title make a statement about his failing eyesight, but don't make the mistake of thinking this is a quiet wave goodbye. As soon as you put on the first track, you will know that this is more like a Blues Rock Declaration of Independence! There are sexy grooves, luscious guitar tones and melodies galore.

As with all Hunter's releases, there is some diversity and sound imagery, not least of which is Tienes Mi Corazón where alongside his nylon string improvisation comes the sound of his own heart. And listen out for Joe Satriani adding his fire to the heat of “Mojo Man.”

Also joining Steve on a couple of tracks are two great Bass players: Erik Scott can be heard on “Mojo Man,” Erik is also an Alice Cooper alumni. On “Under The Bodhi Tree” is Andy Stoller. Steve and Andy toured together with Tracy Chapman during the “Telling Stories” album period, most recently Andy has been touring with Ann Wilson of Heart.

Says Steve, “This album was a real joy for me on many levels. A big part of the inspiration and motivation that kept me going; was from all the people out there who had faith in me and encouraged me through the entire process with their donations and comments. It was really a wonderful experience having you all be a part of it. It's my deepest hope and desire that you all enjoy the music on this album as much as I enjoyed making it.
Thank you and God bless!”



Steve Hunter is his own man; he has been around the block with a forty-five year career.

From his 1973 solos on Alice Cooper's “Billion Dollar Babies” album, his legendary acoustic work on Peter Gabriel's “Solsbury Hill,” his “Intro” to Lou Reed's “Sweet Jane” and his searing opening solos on Aerosmith's version of “Train Kept A Rolling” Most recently he can be heard on Alice Cooper's 2017 album “Paranormal” making this his ninth Cooper album appearance. The Deacon is not done yet but his life is evolving! He has challenges playing live now but his honed skill, tone, power and soul, is dished up on this hot plate of guitar driven instrumental tastiness.

Release date September 25, 2017


VARIOUS ARTISTS - JAZZTUBLIEFT! EEN OOR OP JAZZ IN VLAANDEREN

I brought this promotional album home after a visit to a record fair.
This release is an initiative from the Flanders Music Centre and it takes a look a jazz music in Flanders. Well, to the jazz music scene in Flanders in 2005.

Next to the music that is taken from various albums that were released at the time, the album also includes some unreleased material, like Flat Earth Society’s ‘Psychoscout’, recorded in concert at De Vooruit in Ghent in 2004, or a track by Bart Maris’ Les Poubelles project from 2005.


AL DI MEOLA AND STEVE VAI

Performing Clownz On Velvet !



ABSYNTHE MINDED

I don't listen to the radio that much.
When I do, it's in the car and it's Belgian Radio 1 or Studio Brussel.

Today started with the news that Absynthe Minded will be releasing a new album.
Perfect radio material.



Sunday, September 17, 2017

ZAPERLIPOPETTE

Zaperlipopette is sharing the bill with Universe By Ear at the Hörensagen Festival in Basel, Switzerland on Friday November 17.

HÖRENSAGEN 1
Friday 17.11.2017, 21h - KASCHEMME BASEL

HL BIMBAM
THE UNIVERSE BY EAR
YOLK
ZAPERLIPOPETTE!
&
ROCCO RAUL

Zaperlipopette,
A nice discovery :




SUN RA ARKESTRA IN CONCERT

September 15, Live in Baltimore



Wednesday, September 6, 2017

VRIJE GELUIDEN REMEMBERS HOLGER CZUKAY


https://www.vpro.nl/vrije-geluiden/lees/tips/2017/week36-37/holger-czukay-1938-2017.html


BECHES BREW - BECHES INDIAN BREW

It is no secret that Swedish jazz drummer, composer and producer Bengt Berger has a weak spot for Indian music. He even lived in India for a while (in the 60s) and studied there with different teachers.

January of last year, Bengt took his Beches Brew ensemble to India where they were joined by eminent Indian maestros of the Karnatic and of the Hindustani tradition for a series of concerts.
Later the same year, some of the Indian musicians traveled to Sweden for the Swedish leg of the tour.

On "Beches Indian Brew", we get treated to recordings from this latter part of the tour. Eight amazing tracks.
It's fascinating to hear how beautiful jazz and Indian music blend together.

This is essential listening.
Highly recommended.

Available from Country & Eastern.
http://countryandeastern.se/


A short film by Jöns Jönsson about the meeting between the Swedish group Beches Brew and four of today's greatest Karnatic instrumentalists in Chennai and the concert at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha on January 3, 2016.
Featuring Mats Öberg !!



ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE EUROPEAN TOUR

Acid Mothers Temple will be touring Europe !!


Sep.
– 15th (fri) @ Levitation – Angers FR
http://levitation-france.com
– 16th (sat) @ Rock In Opposition – Cap’ Découverte FR
http://www.rocktime.org/rio/index.php/en/
– 17th (sun) @ La Scène Michelet – Nantes FR
http://www.scenemichelet.com
– 18th (mon) @ La Malterie – Lille FR
http://www.lamalterie.com
– 19th (tue) @ Magasin4 – Brussels BE
http://www.magasin4.be
– 20th (wed) @ Het Bos – Antwerp BE
http://hetbos.be
– 23rd (sat) @ Fuzz Club – Athens GR
http://www.fuzzclub.gr
– 25th (mon) @ Control Club – Bucharest RO
https://www.facebook.com/clubcontrol
– 26th (tue) @ Mixtape 5 B-side – Sofia BG
https://www.facebook.com/mixtape5
– 27th (wed) @ Dom Omladine – Belgrade SRB
http://www.domomladine.org
– 28th (thu) @ OKC Palach – Rijeka CR
http://www.palach.hr
– 29th (fri) @ A38 – Budapest HU
https://www.a38.hu/en/
– 30th (sat) @ PMK – Innsbruck AU
http://www.pmk.or.at

Oct.
– 1st (sun) @ Treppenhaus – Rorschach CH
http://treppenhaus.ch
– 2nd (mon) @ Dachstock – Bern CH
https://www.dachstock.ch
– 3rd (tue) @ Cave 12 – Geneva CH
https://www.facebook.com/cave12.org/
– 4th (wed) @ Rocking Chair – Vavey CH
https://www.facebook.com/rkcvevey/
– 5th (thu) @ Sonic – Lyon FR
http://www.sonic-lyon.fr
– 6th (fri) @ R25-Kulturschlachthof – Dusseldorf DE
https://www.facebook.com/kulturschlachthof
– 7th (sat) @ Komma – Esslingen DE
http://www.komma.info
– 8th (sun) @ Theremin – Prague CZ
https://www.facebook.com/thereminclub/
– 9th (mon) @ Musik & Frieden – Berlin DE
http://musikundfrieden.de
– 10th (tue) @ Loppen – Copenhagen DK
http://loppen.dk
– 11th (wed) @ Radar – Aarhus DK
http://radarlive.dk
– 12th (thu) @ Effenaar – Eindhoven NL
http://www.effenaar.nl
– 13th (fri) @ DB’s – Utrecht NL
http://www.dbstudio.nl/en/
– 14th (sat) @ The Dome – London UK
http://www.dometufnellpark.co.uk
– 15th (sun) @ Music Hall – Ramsgate UK
http://ramsgatemusichall.com
– 16th (mon) @ The Waterfront – Norwich UK
https://thewaterfront.ticketabc.com/venues/thewaterfront/
– 17th (tue) @ Mama Roux – Birmingham UK
http://therainbowvenues.co.uk/venues/mama-rouxs/
– 18th (wed) @ Con Club – Lewes UK
http://www.lewesconclub.com/index.php
– 19th (thu) @ The Exchange – Bristol UK
https://www.exchangebristol.com
– 20th (fri) @ Trades Club – Hebden Bridge UK
http://thetradesclub.com
– 21st (sat) @ Sneaky Pete’s – Edinburgh UK
http://www.sneakypetes.co.uk
– 22nd (sun) @ Conroy’s – Dundee UK
https://www.facebook.com/ConroysBarDundee/?rf=480337098717292
– 23rd (mon) @ Broadcast – Glasgow UK
http://broadcastglasgow.com
– 24th (tue) @ The Crescent – York UK
https://www.facebook.com/thecrescentyork/
– 25th (wed) @ Soup Kitchen – Manchester UK
http://soupkitchenmcr.co.uk
– 26th (thu) @ Black Box – Belfast UK
http://www.blackboxbelfast.com
– 27th (fri) @ DBD Under The Mezz – Dublin IRE
https://www.facebook.com/mezzdublin
– 28th (sat) @ Crane Lane Theater (afternoon show) – Cork IRE
http://www.cranelanetheatre.ie
– 28th (sat) @ Connollys of Leap – Cork IRE
http://connollysofleap.com
– 29th (sun) @ Clwb Ifor Bach – Cardiff UK
https://clwb.net


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

FOCUS ANNOUNCE NEW DOUBLE ALBUM

from Glass Onyon :

Dutch Rock Legends FOCUS Announce New Double Album Collection THE FOCUS FAMILY ALBUM feat. Extensive Unreleased and New Material! OUT NOW!

London - Focus is pleased to announce the release of its new 2 CD collection “The Focus Family Album” which has been prepared over the last 12 months. The 20 track set gives fans new insight into the band and includes 15 unreleased original songs, alternate versions from the Focus X sessions, solo tracks from each of the current members and tracks from the beginning of the Focus 11 sessions.

Many of the tracks have been recorded in a variety of countries in Europe and South America and are exclusively available on this collection. Thijs van Leer said, “Dear Friends & Fans! With pleasure we present to you our new double album 'The Focus Family Album,' it makes us so happy that you will listen to pieces recorded together as a band and solo songs too, in many different countries during our travels! We hope it will make you happy as well!!!”

The set includes all of the rarities from the “Focus X” era and is an ideal companion to that album and the forthcoming “Focus 11.” The set also introduces the band's new bass player Udo Pannekeet, who takes over the position from long term bass player Bobby Jacobs, who said, “Dear beautiful fans, after 15 years playing the beautiful music of Focus with my heart and soul I decided to stop and focus on new life adventures (music and a lot of other things). Thank you and love! Hope we will meet again...”

“The Focus Family Album” features artwork by Roger Dean and is being released to coincide with the band's South American and European tour dates. It's the latest release on the band's own 'In and Out of Focus Records' (via Cherry Red): https://www.cherryred.co.uk/artist/focus/

Track Listings
Disc: 1
1. Nature Is Our Friend - Thijs Van Leer
2. Song for Eva - Focus
3. Riverdance - Pierre Van Der Linden
4. Victoria - Focus
5. Two-Part Intervention - Menno Gootjes
6. Mosh Blues - Focus
7. Raga Reverence 1 - Swung
8. The Fifth Man - Focus
9. Song for Yaminah - Udo Pannekeet
10. Clair-Obscur - Focus

Disc: 2
1. Let Us Wander? - Thijs Van Leer
2. Birds Come Fly Over (Le Tango) - Focus
3. Spiritual Swung - Pierre Van Der Linden
4. Santa Teresa - Focus
5. Hazel - Menno Gootjes
6. Fine Without You - Focus
7. Raga Reverence 5 - Swung
8. Five Fourth - Focus
9. Anaya - Udo Pannekeet
10. Winnie - Focus

“The Focus Family Album” is OUT NOW on CD and Download:
Amazon CD: http://geni.us/IF008CD

Official website: www.focustheband.com


Monday, September 4, 2017

ARTHUR BARROW - OF COURSE I SAID YES

  • of course i said yes ! - the amazing adventures of a life in music
    by arthur barrow
        (2016, book, uk, cydonian music / amazon)
Last year, Arthur Barrow wrote a book about his musical adventures.
As you know, Arthur played bass in Frank Zappa's band from the summer of 1978 until the end of 1980.
Afterwards, in 1981 and in 1982, Arthur didn't tour with the Zappa band, but he did take care of the rehearsals in Frank's absence (as FZ's 'clonemeister') and he still did some recording sessions with FZ.
In "Of Course I Sais Yes", Arthur talks in detail about his time with the Zappa band, about working with other musicians that had played with Zappa, and, of course, about his Band From Utopia project.

Sure, he also writes about his time with Giorgio Moroder and about working with Janet Jackson and Joe Cocker, to name just two, but for me, the most interesting part was about his time with Frank and his relation to Frank's music.

The most fascinating chapter is the one in which Arthur explains how he headed out to L.A. and he seemed to be predestined to play in Zappa's band.

I loved reading this book and I learned a lot of interesting facts on the side.

Available from Amazon.

Here's a recent podcast that touches on a couple on these topics :



ANDREAS SCHAERER - THE BIG WIG

In 2005, together with five of his fellow students, Andreas Schaerer founded the Hildegard Lernt Fliegen ensemble. At the time, he was still finishing his studies in composition at the Bern University Of The Arts.
Ten years and a couple of albums later, Andreas was asked to write a piece for the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy, an orchestra that had been founded by one of Andreas' heroes : Pierre Boulez !
The result is entitled "The Big Wig", and it was performed by Hildegard Lernt Fliegen together with the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival.
The concert got broadcast by Radio SRF, but fortunately for those who couldn't hear it (or attend), it has been made available on CD and on DVD.
Mind you, this album exists in different formats: as a 2LP album, as a CD, and as a CD/DVD package. You definitely have to go for the CD/DVD package as the performance is a joy to be heard and to be seen !!

Amazing !!



BUTFF ZAPPA ZONDAG // BUTFF ZAPPA SUNDAY


It looks like the BUT Film Festival hosted a "Zappa Sunday" yesterday.
In Breda, NL.
Too bad that I didn't know about it or I would have been there.
Sure, the info was on facebook...


The "BUTFF 2017 - Zappa Zondag!" presented :
the 'Eat that question: Frank Zappa in his owns words' movie,
and two bands performing Zappa's music  :

The Foolz and Absolutely Frank


Sunday, September 3, 2017

THREEDS - PALETTE

Three reeds. Threeds. Plus guests on flute, bass clarinet, percussion, vocals,...
From New York.
http://www.threedsoboetrio.com/

"Palette" is their second album.
Excellent modern chamber music album. It includes a playful, beautiful version of Frank Zappa's 'Peaches En Regalia'.

Excellent choice of compositions as well.
  1. decarissimo (astor piazzolla, arr. scott anderson)

    three selections from 8 short pieces (igor stravinsky, arr. david bussick)
  2. andantino
  3. larghetto
  4. moderato
  5. missouri sky (eleanor dubinsky, arr. k.halvorson)
  6. love is this (kathy halvorson, humberto delolmo)
  7. christmas rollout (john wriggle)
  8. caravan (ellington, mills, arr. scott anderson)
  9. etude no.5 (heitor villa-lobos, arr. scott anderson)
  10. silver pharaoh (pamela sklar)
  11. the sky, the earth, and the afterworld (pamela sklar)
  12. my funny valentine (rodger & hart, arr kathy halvorson & christof knoche)
  13. peaches en regalia (frank zappa, arr. kathy halvorson)
  14. music for marcel duchamp (john cage, arr. kathy halvorson)
A live version :


Available from CDBaby :
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/threeds2


THE NIGHTMARE TRIO - TN3


The Nightmare Trio consists of Joel Smith (guitar), Michael Hutchens (bass) and Erick Dodero (drums). The trio plays instrumental rock. (Texas Blues-inspired rock.)
On their "TN3" album, the band plays some fine original compositions next to FZ's 'Peaches En Regalia' and Miles Davis' 'So What'.

Give it a listen here :
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/thenightmaretrio


JOHN KORSRUD'S HARD RUBBER ORCHESTRA - CRUSH

I only got to know the Hard Rubber Orchestra and John Korsrud's compositions a little while ago.
"Crush" is their third and most recent album, their previous one being from 2005 !!

Subtitled "Compositions For Large Ensembles By John Korsrud", the album presents 9 excellent tracks. Two by the Hard Rubber Orchestra, two by the Hard Rubber Chamber Orchestra, and the rest by smaller combinations.
It needs your attention.

Recommended listening !!



OLEG POLYANSKIY - FROM BLOOM TO GLOOM AND BACK TO FRONT

Ukrainian pianist and composer Oleg Polyanskiy recorded Frank Zappa's 'Peaches En Regalia'.
It got released on his "From Bloom To Gloom And Back To Front" album in 2007.

Nice.
Also includes his rendition of a Prokofiev piece and an ELP composition, next to his original material.


ART ZOYD BOX SET IS MATERIALISING

The Cuneiform record label update says that the Art Zoyd box set will be out on October 27.

44 ½ is a landmark release. It is a monumental work - 12 CDs, 2 DVDs, 2 booklets, 2 posters, encased in a stunning box designed by UK graphic designer/artist Max Franosch. It is the first box set released by the band Art Zoyd, and the first box set released by Cuneiform Records. It is also an important work, a comprehensive collection of all of the previously unreleased material created by Art Zoyd, one of the late-20th/early 21st century's most significant European New Music ensembles. 44 ½ focuses the spotlight on and unearths the treasure chest known as Art Zoyd, genre-defiant pioneers who fused elements and instrumentation from classical, rock and electronic music and helped pave the way for Chamber Rock, post-rock and post-classical music, and other 21st Century's genre transcendant music.



THE TURTLES


Fans of Frank Zappa band vocalists Flo & Eddie (and bass player Jim Pons) should be happy to hear that two new releases have hit the shelves :


  • the turtles: the complete original album collection
        (2016, 6cd-box, ??, manifesto records)


  • the turtles: all the singles
        (2016, 2cd, ??, manifesto records)

You can check them out here :
http://exystence.net/blog/2017/08/30/the-turtles-the-complete-original-albums-collection-all-the-singles-2016/


-- info: Jan van Kemenade

CARL KING - THE ARCANOSIS !



Carl King, who recently released the very impressive "Grand Architects Of The Universe", has just released a compilation of some of his film scoring and midi orchestration pieces.
Download only.

Data has been added to the United Mutations Archives.


THE ADVENTURES OF ZODD RUNDGREN

The Sept 11 show has been cancelled, but here's the next ones :



THE SIOUX FALLS MUSIC SCENE PODCAST


Want to check out the Sioux Falls Music Scene ?
Well, here's the solution :

http://sfmspod.com/


-- info: Russ Stedman




MAUROWORLD

The 'Arenberg Schouwburg' in Antwerp, BE, will host the next edition of Mauroworld, offering a glimpse into the musical mind of Mauro Pawlowski.

https://www.arenbergschouwburg.be/programma/detail/mauroworld



HILDEGARD LERNT FLIEGEN MEETS THE ORCHESTRE OF THE LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY


Hildegard Lernt Fliegen Meets The Orchestre Of The Lucerne Fesvival Academy.
That's a mouthful.
Or more.

Anyway, Andreas Schaerer's (mastermind of Hildegard Lernt Fliegen) latest project is entitled "The Big Wig"and it's performed by HLF and The Orchestre Of The Lucerne Fesvival Academy.
It has been performed twice already, but it's getting two new dates :

November 24, 2017 at the Philharmonie in Essen, DE.
November 25, 2017 at the Lucerne Festival
  www.lucernefestival.ch


THE RESIDENTS & RENALDO AND THE LOAF - TITLE IN LIMBO

Klanggalerie has just released a new, 2 CD-version of "Title In Limbo".
It includes bonus material !!


http://www.klanggalerie.com/gg200-2

from Klanggalerie :
OK, we know you all waited for this a very long time, but now the wait is over. We are happy to be able to present you a special 2 disc edition of Title In Limbo including the legendary 4 Daze! Many of you have heard about this legendary recording for a long time, now over 35 years after its recording it is made available to the public for the first time.