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(Last updated 27 October 2016)








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·        Thanks to all those who reached out and touched this old Idiot when this news page disappeared for a couple of days. I’ll try not to let it happen again as I didn’t realize how many of you still visited. Thanks a big bunch. [Added: 27 October 2016]


·        IBS readers in the US can purchase the Frank Zappa FAQ book for 25% off the cover price here. [Added: 25 October 2016]


·        Lady GaGa confirmed to Howard Stern that she did indeed buy the Zappa home. She excitedly said, “His studio is in it, and I get to keep the board! The idea is to restore it and to help it to be in its best condition, but to kind of leave it the way that it is and hear the sound that comes out.” One assumes she’s blissfully unaware that Frank’s Harrison and Neve mixing consoles are about to be flogged off by Julien’s. Talking of which, Muffin Man Roddie Gilliard has pointed out to me that Lot 378 (‘Frank Zappa Portrait Letterman’s Sweater’) in fact belonged to Jimmy Carl Black: in his memoirs, Jim tells us that Tom Wilson can be seen on the cover of We’re Only In It For The Money wearing his “high school Letterman’s sweater”. The ‘G’ stands for Gadsden, in Anthony, New Mexico. [Added: 25 October 2016]


·        Would he really choose Vinnie to do His Work? [Added: 25 October 2016]


·        Okay people – we need to sell around 50 odd tickets this week to ensure the third Festival Moo-ah happens. Just a reminder that (i) if it doesn’t proceed, everyone will get a FULL refund; (ii) if it does go ahead, you have five months to figure out how to get to Corby!; and (iii) none of your money comes our way until after the event has taken place (by which time most of the bands will have been paid). We want it to happen, but only you can MAKE IT HAPPEN! [Added: 24 October 2016]


·        Here’s my review of the new Frank Zappa FAQ book. [Added: 24 October 2016]


·        Hear Inventionis Mater’s contribution to The Idiot Bastard Sons Of Mr. Green Genes album (coming soon!) here. [Added: 24 October 2016]


·        Below I mention the planned Waka/Wazoo box set the Vaultmeister is working on. Travers mentioned that “Frank produced about four tunes for George Duke around that time. Psychosomatic Dung is one of them…” which he hopes to include on the album. When Mick Ekers interviewed Duke for his Zappa’s Gear book, he mentioned this track. Listen to it here. [Added: 24 October 2016]


·        My dear friend Hans Annellsson has re-recorded Bobby Brown…with topical new lyrics. Have a listen. [Added: 24 October 2016]


·        Dweezil has posted this blog about new band members, the current Cease & Desist tour and the ongoing battle with the ZFT. [Added: 18 October 2016]


·        Seems I wasn’t the only one who took 15 years to find out that unscrewing the bottom of Steve Vai’s Secret Jewel Box reveals a hidden interview CD. Very neat secret! [Added: 18 October 2016]


·        Oh joy! Craig ‘Twister’ Steward will be joining the Zappa Early Renaissance Orchestra on stage at Moo-ah next year – if we sell enough tickets! [Added: 18 October 2016]


·        The UK premiere of the documentary Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words takes place at London’s Hackney Picturehouse on 8 November 2016. Details here. [Added: 02 October 2016]


·        Here’s the catalogue for the 4 November 2016 auction of property from the Zappa estate. It includes a fair bit of Frank’s gear (guitars, recording equipment, clothes, awards, etc.) as well as original artwork - including some by Beefheart, Cal Schenkel and Bruce Bickford, along with FZ. Regarding the Performance Strat, Dweezil has Tweeted that “It was given to me by Frank, taken back by my mom & ZFT said I could bid on it at auction like everyone else.” [Added: 02 October 2016]


·        Variety reports that it was Lady GaGa who purchased the Zappa house last month. Let’s hope she retains the UMRK and starts making some decent music again soon. [Added: 27 September 2016]


·        Watch Ike Willis with the band formerly known as ZPZ rehearsing for their upcoming Cease & Desist US tour dates together here. [Added: 27 September 2016]


·        Another ZappaCast is here – this ‘lost episode’ features the wonderful Matthew Galaher, with stories of alumni interaction and stuff. [Added: 27 September 2016]


·        The Vaultmeister has revealed he’ll be working on a Waka/Wazoo audio documentary project/object type o’ thing, which he hopes will include some FZ produced George Duke tracks recorded contemporaneously. Read about this and a whole lot more here. [Added: 20 September 2016]


·        Who The F*@% Is Frank Zappa movie backers will soon be getting information about their Kickstarter rewards, Meanwhile, a video showing Bruce Bickford at work on his exclusive artwork can be viewed here. In all the excitement, you may not have noticed that The Frank Zappa Songbook Vol. 1 no longer appears as an Add-On option. What the f*@%?! [Added: 20 September 2016]


·        For those perplexed by the omission of Stink-Foot from the recent Crux Of The Biscuit CD, engineer Mark Pinske has been delving through his archives and pulled out “this ridiculous mix for the song” that he prepared while working on The Dub Room Special. Mark tells us (on Facebook), “Frank said that he thought it might be a bit over the top. So I said to Frank that we need to make some of these things so they can hold up for the future because 20 years from now everything will be more outrageous. So Frank just started laughing hard and said ‘I tell you what Markman, you hang on to this work tape and then 20 years from now you can pull it out and see how well it does.’ Well it has been more than 20 years so, see what you think.” [Added: 20 September 2016]


·        Project/Object are about to tour the US with Ike Willis and Don Preston – read all about it here. [Added: 20 September 2016]


·        Sunset Dreams Records are reissuing Robert Martin’s one and only solo album, Bobby Martin, for the first time since 1983, “not only in 180 gram remastered LP, but also in CD included in the ultra limited edition of the vinyl with only 1000 copies available worldwide.” [Added: 20 September 2016]


·        Some of the world’s finest experimental surf bands (it says here) will be featured on a new CD from Cordelia Records, which can be acquired via Kickstarter along with the Zappa-themed albums I have compiled for the label. [Added: 20 September 2016]


·        Machine Mass - featuring The Wrong Object’s Michel Delville - are recording an album featuring their arrangements and interpretations of nine Jimi Hendrix compositions. Help them complete it here. [Added: 20 September 2016]


·        Anyone who listened to me nattering on WCR FM recently, will have heard that I’m currently compiling all of my Zappa alum interviews into a book for Wymer UK - which is why they’re not here anymore. They are all being edited, expanded and annotated, so hopefully a very worthwhile exercise. [Added: 20 September 2016]


·        And they thought it couldn’t happen here! Dweezil informs us that, “Ike Willis will be joining us for songs from Joe’s Garage and more,” in Chicago and New York (12 & 30 October). He adds, “For me, Ike’s voice has a special place in my father’s music – Joe’s Garage, Thing-Fishit’s part of the fabric of the music and the folklore. I especially look forward to playing Outside Now. I anticipate that the dialogue between the guitar and vocal will stir some emotions for me. Hearing the authenticity of Ike’s voice in the mix will be exciting for all of us.” The band formerly known as ZPZ now has a new female vocalist in Cian Coey, and baritone singer and multi-instrumentalist Dave Luther has replaced Ben Thomas. [Added: 08 September 2016]


·        Terry Bozzio: “Coming in November is the History Of Terry Bozzio live concert DVD, featuring me singing and playing favourites from my past with an all-star Japanese band.” [Added: 08 September 2016]


·        Listen to FZ chatting with Co de Kloet at UMRK in 1990 here. [Added: 04 September 2016]


·        Napoleon Murphy Brock will be in Leipzig on 12 October with Mats and Morgan and the MDR Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kristjan Järvi, playing the music of FZ and George Duke. Check the diary for details. [Added: 04 September 2016]


·        Belgium’s Flat Earth Society is releasing a new CD called Terms Of Em-Barr-Ass-Ment, which is described as a “Homage to Zappa or not, he's dead anyway”! It features three FZ covers (Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance, Solitude and City of Tiny Lites) as well as an “insanely scored mash-up of about 100 assorted themes and riffs of Frank’s all stuck together in under 4 minutes.” Grab a copy here. [Added: 04 September 2016]


·        ZAP feat. Ike Willis, Chip Z’Nuff and Sean McKee have released a digital single, Air Traffic Control, on Steve Vai’s Favored Nations label. Here’s the Press Release. [Added: 04 September 2016]


·        Hot on the heels of ZAPPAtite, expect three more Zappa releases on 14 October: Meat Light: The Uncle Meat Project/Object (3CD – yay!); Chicago '78 (2CD – with Vinnie!); and Little Dots (1CD). In 2003, GZ sed there were two finished Petite Wazoo CD projects (“with a possible special vinyl edition”) - since then, we’ve had Imaginary Diseases. Little Dots is the second, which looks like it includes the R&B version of Cosmik Debris at 15:15 here. Huzzah! [Added: 23 August 2016]


·        Ahmet and Diva bid farewell to Woodrow Wilson Drive on Twitter. Yes, the Zappa house sold for $5,250,000 on 22 August 2016. [Added: 23 August 2016]


·        Big box of Adrian Belew-era King Crimson coming your way if you want it. [Added: 23 August 2016]


·        The latest in the Zappa family distrust comes from Gail’s brother, Jay ‘Dunt’ Sloatman, who has posted on Facebook: “I will be suing Moon Zappa, Bob Zappa and others for 20 million in damages. You won’t believe why!” Responding to comments on his post, he has added “Dweezil and Moon have a lot to answer for…Dweezil’s divorce discloses things he doesn’t want anyone to know. Made me sick…what Moon Zappa did one week before Gail’s death will astound you. It’s the reason I’m suing her.” [Added: 16 August 2016]


·        Universal will be issuing an 18-track ‘best of’ CD on 16 September 2016, titled ZAPPAtite - Frank Zappa’s Tastiest Tracks. Presumably being released to tie-in with the appearance of Eat That Question on DVD later that month, the album repeats nine of the tracks that appeared on Ryko’s Best Of… eight years ago. For full details of this new compilation, go here. [Added: 16 August 2016]


·        A few months ago, Zappa Forum administrator Mikey announced they were “planning for significant message board upgrades/changes in the coming months” and it appeared as if Zappa.com was heading for a major overhaul. The first significant change has now been rolled-out in the shape of a new Zappa Store. [Added: 16 August 2016]


·        New soundtrack music and FLUX CD from Adrian Belew – full details here. [Added: 16 August 2016]


·        Some details of the items up for grabs from the estate of Frank & Gail Zappa via Julien’s Auctions in November can now be viddied here. You should bear in mind that the auction catalogue will set you back $100 before bidding for the likes of: the purple ribbed turtleneck worn by Frank in 200 Motels; his vest from the back cover of Waka/Jawaka; various Gold records; his National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award; his Grammy nomination plaque; a clay Thing-Fish model (plus the ukulele featured on the album cover); or a collection of hotel keys. The Inquisitr has additionally ascertained that several of Frank’s guitars will be included in the sale [Added: 11 August 2016/ Updated: 16 August 2016]


·        Looks like Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words will be out on DVD at the end of September - according to various Amazon sites around the globe. [Added: 11 August 2016]


·        There’s new 150 word reviews of the last five Zappa albums here. [Added: 11 August 2016]


·        In November, Pink Floyd release The Early Years 1965–1972, a 27 disc box-set with bonus content and memorabilia that includes (on the 1969 DRAMATIS/ATION DVD/Blu-ray)) “Interstellar Overdrive with Frank Zappa” from Amougies, 25 October 1969. [Added: 28 July 2016]


·        Magnum Classics ordered, work permit sorted: we are delighted to announce that Denny Walley will definitely, positively be joining those loveable scamps, the Muffin Men, at Festival Moo-ah next year. No foolin’....provided enough tickets are sold! So go do that voodoo that you do so well: www.festivalmoo-ah.com/Tickets.htm [Added: 28 July 2016]


·        Zappanale #27 was a blast: full report in due course, but you can see my snaps here …and the dates for next year are here. And here’s my review of the new z26 CD set. [Added: 28 July 2016]


·        John K Sloatman III has posted the following on Facebook: “In honour of my sister Gail Zappa we are going to build a mini home for a homeless family. Need all the Zappa fans moral support and help to find a homeless family in need of a tiny home. We don’t need your money. I will put up a live camera so you can watch the progress - we need to get suggestions from all of you. Gail helped a lot of people out, and animals, including me. Let’s do this and find peace within all of us. It will be fun and rewarding. Let me know your ideas and suggestions please.” Diva and Carl need not apply, one assumes. [Added: 28 July 2016]


·        This just in: “For many music people, Tom Wilson is known mainly by his unique record as a producer: Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Connie Francis, the Velvet Underground, of course the Mothers of Invention, and many more. But the man behind the resumé remains to this day unknown, with no books, films or scholarly articles having yet appeared about him. With the help of his family and friends, we aim to change that with a documentary, and so would appreciate any information you might share, whether it be people who may have known Wilson, written materials, recordings, photos or footage. Thank you in advance; we can be contacted at marshallcrenshaw1@aol.com [Added: 04 July 2016]


·        Interesting comment from Gail Zappa’s closest friend, Beverly D’Angelo, regarding Frank’s will and more, here. [Added: 04 July 2016]


·        Nice little promo video for Dweezil’s current summer tour. [Added: 04 July 2016]


·        The Zappa family distrust continues with more volleys from Moon and Dweezil. I assume Moon refers to Melanie Starks, Holland Greco, Michael Mesker, Owen J. Sloane - and maybe even Joe Travers - when she talks about “the team the ZFT has lovingly kept in place”? It’s all pretty mind-boggling, and I continue to pray that heads will soon be knocked together and this will all blow over. [Added: 04 July 2016]


·        Ben Watson has written this erudite review of Dance Me This (for which he is grateful to David Aldridge and Evil Dick for their technical input). [Added: 04 July 2016]


·        I don't tend to review things that I am directly involved with, but I just want to say how immensely proud I am of the Weasels Re-Ripped CD that Cordelia Records released in April 2015. I think it includes some of the best performances of any of the Zappa-themed CDs I have compiled thus far - as well as amazing artwork! Sadly, it seems to have come and gone relatively unnoticed, and I would hate for our next collaboration to go the same way. Most of the Sons Of Mr. Green Genes are now in, and I can tell thee it's sounding pretty awesome too. For those of you who care, it should be available in time for Moo 3. [Added: 04 July 2016]


·        Wanna schedule a tour of the Zappa Estate – and maybe even own this piece of music history? Look here and here. And you may also want to buy some property from the estate of Frank & Gail from Julien’s Auctions? [Added: 23 June 2016 / Updated: 04 July 2016]


·        Turns out that - despite what it states on the actual discs - Roxy - The Movie is Official Release #102 and Road Tapes, Venue #3 is #103. Got that? [Added: 23 June 2016]


·        Dweezil has impishly decided to rename his band ‘Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever The Fuck He Wants’ for his upcoming Cease And Desist Tour. He recently talked about this and the origins of the current family spat during an emotional WTF interview with Marc Maron. [Added: 23 June 2016]


·        Moon reunited with her Uncle Bob during a promo tour for the Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words documentary. In a damning Facebook post, she refers to the “years of GZ brainwashing, believing my dad was estranged from his brother, another spell has been broken. The journey of undoing all the lies and madness of my mother is a strange one, including her untrue, altruistic brag about paying for Bobby’s son’s cancer treatments.” She also ponders “the complex layers of my mother’s undiagnosed and hidden-to-the-public mental illness. Is that why my dad stayed away so much of the time?” On a slightly lighter note, here’s a cool video chat with Moon and ETQ director Thorsten Schütte. [Added: 23 June 2016]


·        Mike Keneally assures us “there’s a sizeable amount of really good unreleased material coming” on the Uncle Meat project/object. But when, we ask?  While we wait to find out, you can order Mike’s long-awaited Scambot 2 album here and NOW! [Added: 23 June 2016]


·        On 15 July, Zappa Records will release two new albums: Frank Zappa For President (a rag bag of “unreleased compositions realized on the Synclavier, along with other relevant tracks mined from the Vault, with a political thread tying it all together”) and The Crux Of The Biscuit (the belated 40th Anniversary Apostrophe audio documentary project/object). Full details here. [Added: 10 June 2016]


·        DZPFZ has a brand new band member for its imminent Summer dates: Mikki Hommel (www.mikkihommel.com), who opened one of Dweezil’s recent Via Zammata’ shows, will be on hand to sing some of the high notes. [Added: 05 June 2016]


·        Sony Pictures has posted a new trailer for the Eat That Question documentary. The film will be shown in various US cinemas from 24 June 2016. [Added: 05 June 2016]


·        Trombonist Glenn Ferris says he has yet to be paid for his contributions to Imaginary Diseases and Wazoo. [Added: 05 June 2016]


·        Turns out Road Tapes, Venue #3 is Official Release #102 – after Roxy – The Soundtrack was #102.2. That’s Zappalogical. [Added: 30 May 2016]


·        The 25th Anniversary Edition of Steve Vai’s Passion And Warfare comes with Disc 7 of The Secret Jewel Box: Modern Primitive by The Classified - featuring Tommy Mars and seen as the ‘missing link’ between Steve’s first two solo albums. You can hear one of the bonus tracks on the Passion And Warfare disc here. The package will be released on 24 June 2016 [Added: 30 May 2016]


·        Those of you in Western Canada and that top left bit of the US of A might want to look out for Jooklo Zappa, touring your way soon. [Added: 30 May 2016]


·        Guranfoe (formerly Gumbo Variation, who opened the inaugural Moo-ah, supported Ike Willis & ZAPPATiKA in Grays and contributed to Rare Episodes and Weasels Re-Ripped) will be playing in Bad Doberan on 14 July 2016. [Added: 30 May 2016]


·        After Moon referred to Ahmet as “evil incarnate” on Twitter, Dweezil finally posted his riposte to his kid bro’s open letter. (So glad that Gail got all the profits from those shitty ZPZ mugs that the lettering fell off after a couple of washes.) [Added: 17 May 2016]


·        Looks like the Adrian Belew Power Trio will be touring Europe again in July – coupla dates int Diary. [Added: 17 May 2016]


·        Ed “One Star” Mann will also be joining the Muffin Men live on stage at Zappanale - along with Denny Walley and Candy Zappa. [Added: 17 May 2016]


·        The biggest developments in the ‘Zappa Pay$ Zappa’ saga this week are Ahmet’s opened lettuce to his brother and Moon’s Mother’s Day missive. Both pretty extraordinary, and sadly there’s more to come as Dweezil says he will be setting out his side of things in a blog. [Added: 10 May 2016]


·        Somewhere down below, I mention that the Czech National Symphony Orchestra will perform Musics By Frank Zappa at the Prague Proms. I am now informed that the orchestra will be joined by a rock band. Scoremeister Kurt Morgan now provides us with a little more info: “I am putting this entire programme together. The band is Joe Travers, Scott Thunes, Jamie Kime and Ian Underwood.” Sadly the unreleased orchestral version of Sinister Footwear, 2nd Movement will not be included, but still sounds like summat not to be missed. [Added: 10 May 2016]


·        You can buy some mighty fine Dave McMacken art and illustrations here. [Added: 10 May 2016]


·        Tickets for Festival Moo-ah #3 are available now. Remember, if we don't sell enough to break-even by Halloween, it won't happen. Go buy a few here. [Added: 02 May 2016]


·        Following Dweezil’s comment (on Facebook) that “Gail Zappa controlled everything about the music catalog and Frank’s name and likeness…the ZFT changed hands this year, and there is no change in the operating procedure,” it’s sad to now read a little more about the family rift (in the New York Times), which sees ZPZ having to be re-branded as ‘Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa’. I will continue to support Dweezil, all future ZFT releases and Alex Winter’s plans to save the vault, and hope that the family can resolve its differences soon. [Added: 02 May 2016]


·        Road Tapes, Venue #3 will be issued by Universal on 27 May 2016. It consists of two complete shows from the Tyrone Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, recorded on stereo reel-to-reel on 5 July 1970. The Mothers at this time featured Flo & Eddie, George Duke, Ian Underwood, Aynsley Dunbar and Jeff Simmons. For the tracklist and more, go here. [Added: 27 April 2016]


·        The Zappa Early Renaissance Orchestra featuring Ike Willis and Prairie Prince with special ZAPPATiKA envoy and keyboardist, Fred Händl along with Rupert Kettle, Rob Morgan and Kevin Crosby are putting together a quick tour of the Pacific Northwest for September 2016! And you you can help ZERO continue its efforts to perform and record the music of Frank Zappa by joining the ZERO Support Group - right here! [Added: 27 April 2016]


·        Patrice “Candy” Zappa will be the special guest of the Muffin Men featuring Denny Walley at Zappanale in July. [Added: 27 April 2016]


·        On 18 June, as part of the Prague Proms, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra will perform Musics by Frank Zappa: Orchestra En Regalia at the Rudolfinum in Prague. Check out the spiffingly good programme here. [Added: 19 April 2016]


·        Free Express-O Machine is the title of the album taken from the sessions recorded three years ago by The Rose Vortex (that is, Warren Cuccurullo, Azar Lawrence, Tommy Mars, Alex Alessandroni, Doug Lunn and Joe Travers). Warren tells me it’s now finally mixed and sequenced: “it was done in a day, with three additional days of vocals, horn, keyboards and guitar overdubs…‘makes it own sauce’ kinda thing. Planning on releasing it by myself July 4th - same as N’liten Up, basically.” [Added: 19 April 2016]


·        The line-up for Festival Moo-ah #3 in 2017 looks complete. Here ‘tis: The Muffin Men, The Wrong Object, Orange Claw Hammer, Zãþþã Éårlý Rênáissánçê Ørçhêstrå, span'nər-tāte, MagNiFZnt, The Goodges and Charlie’s Gorilla. [Added: 19 April 2016]


·        Steve Vai will embark on a Passion And Warfare 25th Anniversary World Tour in June, and there will be an announcement about a 25th Anniversary Edition of said album shortly. [Added: 19 April 2016]


·        The Banned From Utopia will play this year’s Zappa Union in Oslo with very special guest Lisa Popeil. BFU will also play Camden’s Underworld in October. Details in the Diary. [Added: 19 April 2016 / Updated: 27 April 2016]


·        Across five concerts of music, dance and drama, the Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen will explore the storytelling that lies at the heart of the music of Igor Stravinsky, in a series entitled Stravinsky: Myths And Rituals on London’s South Bank and elsewhere. Find out more here. [Added: 19 April 2016]


·        Interesting excerpt from Zubin Mehta: A Musical Journey, the new authorised biography of the world renowned conductor: “When he was with LA Philharmonic, Mehta did a rock concert with Frank Zappa. Critics took it apart. So did he. ‘It was the worst piece of music I’d ever heard, but I’d given him my word so we performed it,’ he said about Zappa’s composition.” This of course refers to the excerpts from 200 Motels ‘for Mothers & Orchestra’ performed during Contempo 70. [Added: 12 April 2016]


·        Zappa Plays Zappa will be back out on the road in 2016 celebrating the 50th anniversary of Freak Out! Several Euro dates now in the Diary. [Added: 21 November 2015 / Updated: 12 April 2016]


·        Banned From Utopia will also be back touring Europe – a few dates in the Diary. [Added: 31 March 2016 / Updated: 12 April 2016]


·        After getting our wires crossed summat chronic last time around (maybe The Idiot’s Guide To Sprechen Zee Swedish didn't help?), we are now incredibly delighted to advise that the magnificent twosome MagNiFZnt will definitely, positively play the third Moo-ah...assuming we sell enough tickets by Halloween, that is! [Added: 12 April 2016]


·        Dweezil plays on the track Damn This Groove on Oz Noy’s new album, Who Gives A Funk. In other news, Dweezil says the 2008 ZPZ YCFOSA mixes have finally been completed, and “a release date for download from http://nugs.net/ is imminent.” [Added: 12 April 2016]


·        This mural of Frank was painted several years ago by graffiti artists James Mayle and Leigh Drummond, on London Road in Newark, Nottinghamshire. It can be found here, but James tells me “it’s looking a little worse for wear now.” [Added: 12 April 2016]


·        As well as playing both the pre-Zappanale Hamburg church gig and in Bad Doberan itself, that great Italian double act Inventionis Mater will also have a new long player ready in July. Zapping! will be an album dedicated to Frank’s Wonderful World mixed up with other composers who inspired him: from Stravinsky to Varese to themes often quoted by Frank. All the arrangements are original. Original and crazy artwork, as usual, by Antero Valerio. On the track list you’ll find Zappa pieces like G-Spot Tornado, Echidna’s Arf, Wet T-Shirt Nite and Son Of Mr Green Genes.” Go here to help them make it. [Added: 12 April 2016]


·        Denny Walley says he will be “playing Zappanale #27 along with those wild Liverpool gents, The Muffin Men! This is one that you don't want to miss. Hope to see you there!” [Added: 07 April 2016]


·        Ike Willis has announced plans to record an album of Beatles/John Lennon songs with ZAPPATiKA. Here’s hoping there’s room for Norwegian Jim, Louisiana Hooker With Herpes and Texas Motel! There will also be a live album taken from Ike & ZAPPATiKA’s recent Spring Tour, entitled Live In the Starlight Lounge. [Added: 07 April 2016]


·        Another act lined-up to play next year’s Festival Moo-ah: the dynamic duo that is span'nər-tāte! [Added: 07 April 2016]


·        Arthur Barrow: “SURPRISE! I wrote a book called Of Course I Said Yes! It’s about my life in music from my earliest memories up to the present. A lot of it is about my time with Zappa, so you FZ fans are gonna love it! I also talk about my experiences with Giorgio Moroder, Robby Krieger and much more. It is available from Amazon.” [Added: 07 April 2016]


·        We are excited to announce a third Festival Moo-ah, featuring the Muffin Men, The Wrong Object, the Zappa Early Renaissance Orchestra and more still to be announced. It’s scheduled for 31 March & 1 April 2017. We will be sticking to the ‘Moo-ah Formula’: tickets will go on sale soon, but we will need to sell enough to break-even by 31st October 2016 before we can confirm with the bands, venue, etc. The Raven Hall in Corby has been booked again, and a discounted rate for 60 rooms in nearby hotels has been negotiated. The ‘Uncle Ian Guarantee’ will apply again: if we don’t sell enough tickets to break-even before Halloween, WeGotTickets will refund you IN FULL and Uncle Ian will pay the admin charge. Keep your eyes on www.festivalmoo-ah.com for more. Hope to see as many of you as possible there! [Added: 31 March 2016]


·        For those that have still to lob-in to Alex Winter’s wondrous Kickstarter project, the emphasis just changed slightly: the first £1M (or whatever gets raised up to that figure by 8 April) will ALL go towards saving, cataloguing and digitising the contents of the Vault. Pledgers will also gain exclusive access to “a dozen brand new clips that have never been released, featuring concert performances, interviews, news features, personal videos and more. This is stuff that Joe Travers has already been working to protect and digitize...we’ll have a brand new clip every single day for the rest of the campaign, which we'll release exclusively to our backers through PRIVATE Kickstarter updates.” The first nugget from the mine was the Lady Bianca line-up performing Chrissy Puked Twice. There’s also some very cool add-ons to be had. So what are you waiting for? [Added: 31 March 2016]


·        Warren Cuccurullo says he has “just completed a Q&A for a forthcoming book release by author Chris Wade titled The Music Of Frank Zappa: 1978-1993. He enjoyed reading my 1400 words and I'm sure you all will too. It was such a trip for me going back 40 years and beyond to the night when I met Frank and even as far back as when I first heard his music. No cobwebs yet!” Wade of course published The Music Of Frank Zappa: 1966-1976 last year via Wisdom Twins Books. Wonder if he’ll be covering 1977 in isolation? [Added: 21 March 2016]


·        Sadly, Bogus Pomp will not now be playing at Zappanale this year…but ZERO still are, and they’ll have their second album out very soon on Cordelia Records too! [Added: 21 March 2016]


·        Here’s Ian Stone’s review of Bruce Bickford’s recent Sacred & Profane exhibition in Seattle. And here’s Diva Zappa’s snap of some little clay FZs. [Added: 21 March 2016]


·        We are very proud to present a new ZappaCast featuring Alex Winter, talking ’baht that there forthcoming Zappa movie an’ all that Kickstarter malarkey – totally non-egregious! Listen here. And don’t forget to keep an eye on all the groovy updates Alex and his team are providing over at www.zappamovie.com. [Added: 17 March 2016/21 March 2016]


·        Roxy: The Movie is being screened in London on 5 April: be there – it’s for a great cause! [Added: 17 March 2016]


·        Reporter David Allen of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin has been trying to find out if FZ attended eighth (and part of ninth) grade at Claremont High from Autumn 1953 to late 1954. He appears to have found out. Is this a picture of the 13-year old Frank’s signature in the school’s yearbook? Read more about it here. [Added: 17 March 2016]


·        ZPZ will be playing some Euro dates in July – a few in the Diary now (including the band’s return to Germany!); hopefully more to follow. [Added: 17 March 2016]


·        Since the launch of the Who The F*@% Is Frank Zappa? Kickstarter project, Ahmet has clarified the ZFT’s stance on it, Dweezil has denied any involvement with it, Winter has been ferociously updating the FAQs, Travers has taken us on a tour of the UMRK, and the film is over half-way to getting started. [Added: 12 March 2016]


·        Record Store Day on 16 April 2016 will see the limited release of two Zappa singles: Joe’s Garage b/w The Central Scrutinizer, on limited green marble-effect vinyl and (as mentioned below) mono recordings of My Guitar and Dog Breath on coloured vinyl. [Added: 12 March 2016]


·        If you can bear to listen to Mark Maron, his WTF interview with Dweezil is worth checking out. [Added: 12 March 2016]


·        The Budapest Organ Festival in May will feature the Frank Zappa Project. Check it out here. [Added: 12 March 2016]


·        The Zappa documentary announced by Alex Winter late in 2015 is now part of a Kickstarter project, called Who The F*@% Is Frank Zappa? Winter invites fans to help save Frank’s archives, make the definitive movie and even buy the Zappa house! The movie now has its own dedicated website and you can check out everything you need to know about the project here. Anyone got $9M to spare an old Idiot? [Added: 8 March 2016]


·        Finally, confirmation of more acts playing Zappanale this year. [Added: 1 March 2016]


·        After all them recent rock casualties, here’s better news: Howard Kaylan tweeted “Thanks for all of your positive thoughts. Here to tell the world, Mark (Flo) Volman is cancer free!” [Added: 1 March 2016]


·        Ike Willis & ZAPPATiKA’s London gig on 26 March will take place at Under The Bridge – with Acton Zappa as special guests. [Added: 18 February 2016]


·        Eddie Jobson has put together a 16-disc U.K. Ultimate Collectors’ Edition box set, which includes the band’s first two studio albums, the live album Night After Night expanded by 50 minutes, and loads more. Read all about it here. [Added: 18 February 2016]


·        Pauline Butcher’s Freak Out! My Life With Frank Zappa is now available in Spanish. [Added: 18 February 2016]


·        Here’s my review of the new Beat Club Lost Broadcast DVD. [Added: 12 February 2016]


·        John French on Facebook: “Although I don't have a signed and sealed contract as of yet, it looks very much as though we [The Magic Band] will be playing Zappanale again this Summer, and a possible London show.” [Added: 12 February 2016]


·        Resonance FM wants to raise some dosh and is offering this unique wax bust of our Frank. [Added: 12 February 2016]


·        Ahmet has opened up the UMRK for an art exhibition, named after the spoken word track on Civilization Phaze III, ‘Someplace Else Right Now’. This article in the Hollywood Reporter talks about the possibility that the Zappa house might be put up for sale soon, and ponders Barack Obama’s lack of a vagina. [Added: 12 February 2016]


·        The press notes for Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words confirm that it has the continued support of the ZFT. To quote Ahmet, “Gail collaborated with Thorsten Schütte and Estelle Fialon for many years on this project and had great respect for both of them. The film that Thorsten has made provides a new way for old and new Frank Zappa fans to discover more about FZ — in his own words.” [Added: 4 February 2016]


·        It’s February and we only have Bogus Pomp and the Lex Bronkowitz Orchestra formally confirmed for this year’s Zappanale. However, it’s highly-very that Inventionis Mater will play at the church in Hamburg, that sound engineer Guy Bickel will present his Behind The Garage Door paper at the Kamptheatre, that the Zappa Early Renaissance Orchestra feat. Alli Bach will play the Mystery stage, and that Paul Green’s Rock Academy feat. Ed Mann and The Grandmothers will appear on the Main stage. Confirmation (or otherwise) as soon as. [Added: 4 February 2016]


·        For those who pull one-off about such things, the next Zappa vinyl release on Record Store Day (16 April 2016) is likely to be another coloured vinyl 7" single comprising remastered 1969 mono recordings of My Guitar and Dog Breath. [Added: 4 February 2016]


·        Mark Pinske has posted another soundboard snippet – this time Why Does It Hurt When I Pee? from London’s Wembley Arena in 1980…I was there! [Added: 4 February 2016]


·        Check out the King Kong Orcheztra’s A Brass Tribute To Frank Zappa EP on YouTube. [Added: 4 February 2016]


·        Since their appearance at Zappanale (with Ike Willis, Ed Mann, Denny Walley, Jeff Hollie and Craig ‘Twister’ Steward) there have been big changes in the ZAPPATiKA camp and the band is approaching its upcoming Spring tour (again with Willis, Hollie & Steward on every show) with a very new line-up and quite different sound and dynamic. With the amazing Jeff Hollie now a fixed member of the band, there is less need of ‘surplus’ guitars and this has given way to much more keyboard interaction as well - between Hieronymus and Fred Händl, all the keys are covered! Band leader Zap Mcinnes puts it this way: “So the instrumentation and musicians we have now has really altered the ‘general harmonic structure’ of the band, and with a totally revamped rhythm section - due to the arrival of our little Italian drum virtuoso, Diego Mocci - everything has become much, much more dynamic and the whole band has worked REALLY hard this Winter to bring it all ‘into the pocket’. I am also enjoying the chance to further explore all the guitar parts for the first time, and the interaction between drums, sax and guitar in the solos has become something we are all quite excited about. This version of Zappatika is, without doubt, rather more evolved than previous incarnations, something I have been trying to move towards for quite some time. Then, when you add Ike and Twister back into the mix, it’s headed for something pretty awesome on this tour.” ZAPPATiKA & Friends will kick off the 15 date Spring tour in Osnabruck on 17th March and go through Paris and then eight shows in the UK before heading back to Germany for four more shows and finishing off in The Netherlands on April 1st. All of the dates can be found in the Diary - and you can hear a sneak preview of the new line-up in rehearsal right here. [Added: 4 February 2016]


·        Watch the trailer for Thorsten Schütte’s Eat That Question - Frank Zappa In His Own Words documentary. Sony Pictures Classics has announced that it has acquired the worldwide rights to the film (excluding France and Germany). “I’m delighted and I’m thrilled that Sony Pictures Classics believes in the film, and I feel we’re in very good hands,” said Schutte. “The news of the acquisition is really the cherry on the cake of our world premiere at Sundance.” Here’s a short review of the documentary. [Added: 24 January 2016]


·        An Evening With Wild Man Fischer will be exclusively available on CD from Gonzo Multimedia shortly. [Added: 24 January 2016]


·        Caballero Reynaldo is celebrating 20 years in the music biz this year, and is “re-recording, re-mixing, re-friting his discography. The first step of his evil master plan, obviously, is the volume dedicated to the music of Frank Zappa, with which he toured around Europe in 2010 thanks to records such as The Grand Kazoo, Traca/Matraca or Marieta y Los Jetas. In Reynaldo plays Zappa? he squeezes and minimalises the original music up to the limit of non-recognition.” Do yourself a favour and grab one of these. [Added: 24 January 2016]


·        After x and ê, let’s get the Zappa Early Renaissance Orchestra to #3 in the charts! Download Who Are The Brain Police? and Montana (which features Tubes’ drummer, Prairie Prince, the talents of Thriftshop vocalist, Macklemore...and The Idiot too) NOW! [Added: 12 January 2016]


·        Sad to learn that composer/conductor Pierre Boulez passed away on 5 January 2016 - at the grand old age of 90. [Added: 12 January 2016]


·        ZappaCast #27 marks the passing of Gail Zappa, and can be heard right now and here. [Added: 12 January 2016]


·        After his wife lost her battle with cancer, Chad Wackerman now faces huge medical and funeral costs. Please help if you can https://www.youcaring.com/chad-wackerman-485395 [Added: 30 December 2015]


·        So far confirmed for Zappanale #27: Lex Bronkowiz Orchestra and Bogus Pomp! [Added: 30 December 2015]


·        During my interview with Dweezil in October, he said he'd like to have his band play some of FZ’s orchestral/major instrumentals with a brass section, and also work with Vinnie Colaiuta. And so it came to pass that on 1 and 2 November, ZPZ were joined by the 20-piece Norwegian Wind Ensemble (for Regyptian Strut, Imaginary Diseases, Sinister Footwear and more) and, at LA’s Saban Theater on 11 December, Vinnie was one of a number of special guests. He still hasn’t worked with Mike Keneally either. [Added: 30 December 2015]


·        Mark Pinske has now posted a soundboard recording of Outside Now from FZ’s 11 December 1980 shows at the Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica. The Resentemnt Listener has all this and more here. [Added: 30 December 2015]


·        A new documentary DVD, Frank Zappa - In His Own Words, will be released in March. Presumably nothing to do with the film of the same name by  Thorsten Schütte. Anyone know more? [Added: 30 December 2015]


·        Just for shits and giggles, here’s some things we might be lucky enough to get on the next AAAFNRAA Birthday Bundle: Flambay (Lucy Lawless); Dr Acula (Diva Zappa); Uncle Sam (Ascolta Plays Zappa); Drowning Witch (Fireworks Ensemble); What’s The Name Of Your Group? (200 Motels outtake, 1971); Cosmik Debris (Petit Wazoo, Capitol Theatre Passaic, 1972); Montana & Dupree’s Paradise (Roxy, 1973 - video download). [Added: 15 December 2015]


·        Here’s the press release for the imminent Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention - The Lost Broadcast: The Beat Club ’68 DVD. [Added: 15 December 2015]


·        From Me To You - A George Duke Experience - featuring Napi, Mats & Morgan, Josie James and Byron Miller - is finally happening, in Sweden in January. More here. [Added: 15 December 2015]


·        Here’s a trailer for Tim Corvin’s forthcoming documentary, Frank Zappa’s Greater Ontario. [Added: 15 December 2015]


·        And now for your delectation, ladies and gentlemen, Ms Eryka Badu will perform a tender little ballad for you. This is dedicated to all the Republicans in the audience – it’s Cock-Suckers’ Ball. A one, a two, a one-two-three-four[Added: 15 December 2015]


·        Thorsten Schütte’s FZ documentary, which he discussed with Gail at the Roundhouse in 2010, will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah next month. Now named Eat That Question — Frank Zappa In His Own Words (its working title was ZAPPED), the blurb says it’s “full of rich and rare archival footage...and dashes a few myths about the man himself”. I always wondered what became of this – especially since Alex Winter’s documentary, due out in 2017, was announced. Now we have two docs to look forward to. Lucky us. [Added: 8 December 2015]


·        Engineer Mark Pinske has posted (at pinske.com) a few soundboard samples from Frank’s St Paul Civic Arena Bowl show on 18 November 1980. Check out the Intro Panty Rap, Love Of My Life and City Of Tiny Lites. Thanks, Mark! [Added: 8 December 2015]


·        Howard Kaylan seems a tad miffed that his and Mark’s ‘special material’ has been removed from 200 Motels – The Suites. Here’s what he said, “Great idea - NOT. Let’s do 200 Motels onstage with hired hands singing. Then, we’ll remove all of the solos and the humour. Sorta like listening to Australian Pink Floyd. Heard it. Laughed at the ‘performances’ of our vocal parts; even the use of our names, just as FZ had written it. Weezer should have done this. Or at least, Ryan Adams. Something very sad and desperate here. Sadder if this music sells WITHOUT the genius who conceived it. Good luck, Family Trust and Universal. Hope it sells a billion downloads. But you should own the original soundtrack. That one doesn't suck.” Personally, I’m happy to have both versions J. [Added: 8 December 2015]


·        Warren Cuccurullo: “To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the NON-RELEASE of my concept album N’Liten Up we’re making it available to everyone TODAY [8 December 2015], my 59th birthday. Visit www.nlitenup.com for a trip you'll never forget!” The album features Shenkar, Dale Bozzio, Nick Rhodes and Joe Travers, among many others, and is cheap as chips to download. [Added: 8 December 2015]


·        Dweezil will play some Stateside ‘solo’ shows in support of Via Zammata’ next February. Details here. [Added: 5 December 2015]


·        James Richardson and Zappa And Jazz author Geoff Wills both attended the recent ‘Britten Sinfonia plays Frank’ gig at the Barbican. Read what they thought here. [Added: 5 December 2015]


·        200 Motels – The Suites (Official Release #101) is out now – and streaming on Spotify. Here’s the official trailer. You can also listen to the pre-concert chat here (including a reading of Drool Britannia). [Added: 21 November 2015 / Updated: 5 December 2015]


·        My review of Geoff Wills’ Zappa And Jazz: Did It Really Smell Funny, Frank? is here. [Added: 21 November 2015]


·        Zappa Plays Zappa will be back out on the road in 2016 celebrating the 50th anniversary of Freak Out! But before that, Dweezil is planning a short solo tour to support Via Zammata’. [Added: 21 November 2015]


Lukewarm Poop


Suddenly available: VaiTunes #9. Flash Mob is an epic guitar anthem created and recorded by Steve Vai & The Vai Academy Army, featuring a bounty of licks and guitar solos by 155 campers that Vai skillfully mixed into one track. All proceeds from the download will be donated to The Make A Noise Foundation. Vai Academy Special Guest Artists/Clinicians: Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Guthrie Govan and Vernon Reid. More at: www.vai.com/discography-vaitunes ...for those confused about the number of shows performed at the Roxy by FZ and The Mothers in December 1973, the Vaultmeister has kindly clarified the situation: there was “...one soundcheck/invite-only type show on the 8th. Then two shows on each night after.” So five in all. Dummy Up, featuring Jeff Simmons, was recorded at the first show…when I interviewed Dweezil at Bush Hall, it seemed pretty clear that he had something in mind as regards ZPZ performing a show that focused on Frank’s major instrumentals with “a bigger brass section”. And so it was that on 2 November at the Sentrum Scene in Oslo the band were joined on stage by The Norwegian Wind Ensemble (aka ‘The Brass From Utopia’) to perform Regyptian Strut, The Grand Wazoo, Imaginary Diseases, The Evil Prince, Sinister Footwear II, Big Swifty, Peaches En Regalia and I’m The Slime. Dweezil apparently said he hopes to tour with the ensemble next year. I’m keeping everything crossed…Sketches Of Spam, the 16-track, 69-minute, genre-surfing debut release from Spaghetti Eastern Music (aka New York-based guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Sal Cataldi) includes a variation of Sleep Dirt, “which is also a tribute to one of my other favourite guitarists, Jan Akkerman, of Focus.” Hear Nap Dust here. …sorry to hear that Naomi Star (Australian actress and wife of Chad Wackerman) has lost her lengthy battle with cancer. My sincere condolences go to Chad and their two children…there are (at least!) two ‘easter eggs’ to be found on Roxy The Movie: select ‘And But Also’, press up button, click FZ’s moustache, and you’ll see the Cheepnis Monster Movie; select Titles>Next>Back, press up button, and click ‘sun’ icon for sped-up footage of the band sound-checking. There’s also an image of Official Release #101 in the ‘Discography’ – yes, 200 Motels–The Suites by the LA Phil is slated for a 4 December release…okay, first up, the second part of our Bob ZappaCast is now ready for your listening pleasure. Secondly, I recently conducted a short interview with Bob for this here website – check it out. And finally, Bob’s book is now available to buy from Amazon. What are you waiting for? …in 2014, Gonzo Multimedia pulled a planned DVD (Mothers Of Invention - Lost Broadcasts) at the last minute. Now they’re trying again, with Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention - The Lost Broadcast: The Beat Club ’68 (Full Show) hopefully out on 18 December…as well as the Barbican gig in November, the Britten Sinfonia & Eddie Gomez will also spank some Frank at the Saffron Hall in Saffron Walden (on 21 November)...here’s the interview I conducted with Dweezil before his recent Bush Hall show…Mike Kidson is joining the MufFinZ power bunch on their upcoming November dates; the original Muff-saxman is currently inbetween tours with the Oz Pink Floyd. The band’s 25th anniversary party gig at the Cavern is likely to see at least 13 old and current UK Muffin Men performing. Will three hours be enough to fit it all in? (The Cavern gig takes place between 3-6pm on Sunday afternoon on 20 December - exactly 25 years since the original ‘one-off’ gig 25 years ago.)…Wymer UK will have Roxy in stock - as well as a few other FZ items ;-) Looky here. …Project Object feat. Ike Willis & Denny Walley are about to tour the US – see the dates in the Diary. Also now out on the road is the GrandMothers Power Trio: sadly, guitarists Max and Eric are not with Don & Bunk & Chris “due to last minute mishaps of individuals hired by the band…”…very sad to hear of the death of Gail Zappa, reportedly from lung cancer, aged just 70. While I didn’t agree with a few of the things she did in the name of protecting Frank’s legacy, she was responsible for ensuring we got some fantastic posthumous releases and always came across as an intelligent, witty and thoughtful person. She also knew FZ better than anyone on earth, and now those memories are gone forever. If there is a heaven, Frank waits for her - not us. Sincere condolences to Moon, Dweezil, Ahmet and Diva…the MufFinZ April Fools 2016 UK tour dates now in the Diary. …Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs! My Adventures In The Alice Cooper Group by Dennis Dunaway reviewed. …here’s my review of Bob Zappa’s book: http://www.idiotbastard.com/reviews.htm#BZ …after the first live DVD got funded in the blink of an eye, the second Magic Band fillum project (Singing Through You - Live in London) seems to have stalled. Come on chaps, we need this one out there! Get to it. See all of the band’s November dates in the Diary! …here’s a very wonderful interview by Make Weird Music with the very wonderful Mike KeneallyDweezil’s solo show at Bush Hall in London’s Shepherds Bush on Saturday 17 October has now been confirmed. Says the Dweez: “I’d like to perform more of my own music to live audiences and I’m beginning to plan for that to happen. I’ve always been grateful to the UK fans who have supported me since even before Zappa Plays Zappa and the show at Bush Hall is going to be an intimate gig where I perform my own music - old and new. This show is very much a one-off and a fun break from my current Zappa Plays Zappa One Size Fits All tour – we are playing the Royal Festival Hall the following night.” The show will include the premiere of Dragon Master. Get tickets here…sadly, Mark “Rockette Morton” Boston will not be part of The Magic Band’s November 2015 tour: keyboardist Brian Havey will be filling his boots. Read all about it (and more) here…another trailer for the Roxy Movie here – hopefully they’ll never be another!...watch Son Of Mr Green Genes performed by the LA Guitar Quartet feat. Dweezil here…Part One of our ZappaCast chat with Bob Zappa is up here!...most of the posthumous FZ releases are now streaming on Apple Music and Spotify, with a three-track Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison sporting an alternate cover (presumably the artwork - by John Alexander - for the vinyl version mentioned below?)…here’s a cool review of Cordelia’s Weasels Re-Ripped CD…Singing Through You - The Magic Band Live Under The Bridge is the band’s second live DVD pledge campaign. Help them raise the doshgo here…following the release of the Sun Zoom Spark box set, Rhino Records are now issuing the ‘remastered’ versions of Captain Beefheart’s Lick My Decals Off Baby, The Spotlight Kid and Clear Spot as separate CD albums…one of Dweezil’s Via Zammata pledge perks was a download of Demos And Rarities, which has now been delivered. This companion album (which is actually a gnat’s longer than VZ’) includes an early, instrumental version of Dragon Master, the guitar piece DZ plays in Summer 82: When Zappa Came To Sicily, You Can’t Judge A Girl By The Panties She Wears (from the Vanity EP), Z’s legendary 70s Medley, and lots of other fun stuff…because I could not be arsed, Arjun von Caemmerer has written this review of Dance Me This…want to celebrate Frank’s 75th birthday and Halloween in Paris? You can, with ‘Zappy Birthday Mister Frank’. Or you could go and see Burger And The Beast (“the best band you never heard in your life”) at the St James’ Wine Vaults in Bath. Or visit Apeldoorn…the long awaited Roxy movie is very nearly here. A couple of websites have advertised the Halloween release, which will see it available on a single Blu-Ray disc as well as a CD/DVD combo. The track listing is as follows:
(Blu-Ray/DVD) Cosmik Debris/Medley: Penguin In Bondage-T’Mershi Duween-The Dog Breath Variations-Uncle Meat-RDNZL/Inca Roads/Medley: Echidna’s Arf (Of You)-Don’t You Ever Wash That Thing-Cheepnis (Percussion)/Cheepnis/Medley: I’m The Slime-Big Swifty/Be-Bop Tango (Of The Old Jazzman’s Church)/Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow/Father O’Blivion.
(Bonus Features) Medley: Pygmy Twylyte-The Idiot Bastard Son/Dickies’s Such An Asshole.
(CD) “Something Terrible Has Happened…”/Cosmik Debris/Medley: Penguin In Bondage-T’Mershi Duween-The Dog Breath Variations-Uncle Meat-RDNZL/Medley: Echidna’s Arf (Of You)-Don’t You Ever Wash That Thing-Cheepnis (Percussion)/Cheepnis/Be-Bop Tango (Of The Old Jazzman’s Church)…y
ou can now pre-order Bob Zappa’s memoir – from here…want to help The Magic Band produce a DVD of their gig at Lincoln’s Engine Shed in 2014? Here you goDweezil’s Via Zammata (his new album, featuring Dragon Master and more) is now shipping to them what pledged…here’s an interesting article from Rolling Stone in which Gail and Ahmet appear to take slightly different views regarding Zappa fandom…after over two decades in the making, Bruce Bickford is finally able to present for your delectation: CAS’L’ - for the first time on DVD. Snare a copy here…coming in April 2016 from Backbeat Books is Frank Zappa FAQ: All That’s Left To Know About The Father Of Invention by John Corcelli. Now this Idiot had the opportunity to pen this here tome hisself, but was just too darn slow putting together a proposal. Any road up, John is a good friend of Kevin Courrier (author of The Dangerous Kitchen: The Subversive World Of Zappa and the 33 book about Trout Mask Replica) and I reckon it will be well worth the read. More here…Chris Wade, who published his booklet The Music Of Captain Beefheart earlier in 2015, now has his 110 page book The Music Of Frank Zappa: 1966–1976 published by Wisdom Twins Books. It includes interviews with Pauline Butcher, Tony Palmer, Randy Brecker and Carol Kaye. More here…more GrandMothers, Banned From Utopia and Magic Band dates in the Diary!...Goodheart, the film Pamela Zarubica has been working on these past few years, will have its world premiere at the Pop-Up Cinema in Acklam Village (as part of the Portobello Film Festival) on 16 September 2015…Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison may be issued on yellow vinyl on the next Record Store Day, whenever that is…it looks like Eagle Rock (acquired by the Universal Music Group in 2014) will be issuing Roxy: The Movie just in time for Halloween: look at this. As noted a while back, the main feature clocks in at around 90 minutes, and there’ll be 20 minutes of extras. Word is there may be a limited theatrical run of the fillum first…the Munchkin Music page at Zappa.com has been updated and now includes links to “instrumentation and other information”…Bob Zappa has received proofs back from the printer of his memoir, Frankie And Bobby: Growing Up Zappa. The book is 356 pages long with 21 chapters and an epilogue. A pre-order link should appear at bobzappa.com real soon. Scott Parker and I have just interviewed Bob for an imminent ZappaCastDweezil confirms: “I am going to do a Dweezil Zappa show in London in October that features a lot of material from [Via Zammata] and from some of my other records.” The Idiot understands this will take place the day before the ZPZ show at the Royal Festival Hall, on 17 October…Zap McInnes: “I once wrote an original concept surrounding My Little Pony. The pony is actually representative of the east European prostitutes who end up in the darkness of the red light district in Amsterdam, never to return to the forests of Lithuania and Rumania having been trapped into this lifestyle by manipulative pimps. Now, in our first ever collaboration, Ike Willis and I have orchestrated a completely new work incorporating elements of that original pony concept mixed with some newer ideas and some of Frank Zappa’s lyrics. The music is written and orchestrated by Mr Willis and myself. It is performed by ZAPPATiKA, featuring both Jeff Hollie and Craig Twister Steward. Ike features very strongly of course. The Pony Suite is pompous comedy, it is even operatic in parts but can best be described as prog-jazz-classical-rock. This new recording both evolves the Pony concept to fruition and also introduces some new characters such as the Beastial Boys and the Black Ninja. The Pony Suite has now gone into final mixing and will be released on 1 September.”…the ZFT has struck a new deal with Universal that will see Ahmet take over the reins from Gail and the release of Joe’s Garage, The Musical (presumably a DVD of the 2008 LA stage production starring Ben Thomas), the The Roxy Movie (oh joy!) and the LA Philharmonic’s performance of 200 Motels (supposedly Official Release #101). But the first release will be a remastered edition of One Size Fits All, which comes out on 14 August on 180-gram vinyl. Says Gail, “This is literally an opportunity of a lifetime for me. I am universally thrilled with this partnership because the fans will have unparalleled access to Frank Zappa’s works. The doors to the vault are now officially wide open.” Adds Ahmet, “The fans of Frank Zappa will have more music and more access – when they want it and how they want it. With Universal as our partner, I look forward to bringing to life Joe’s Garage, The Musical, the release of The Roxy Movie, the release of the Disney Hall performance of 200 Motels under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen and so many more projects of this caliber. I couldn't be more excited about the future.” Here’s the press release…Ike Willis will be back in the UK next March – see dates in the Diary…I somehow missed that Frank’s first wife, Kay (aka Kathryn J. Sherman), commented on the PBS website regarding the The Drum Shop collage. For those who also missed it, read what she said here…a ZFT-approved documentary about FZ is now in development. To be directed by Alex Winter (Bill S. Preston, Esq. from the Bill & Ted films), the ZFT is giving him and partner Glen Zipper exclusive access to the Vault’s collection of unseen visual and audio recordings, in addition to previously released video clips, interviews and concert recordings. Winter says, “Our tale will be told primarily in Frank's own words; he will be our guide through this journey.” The film is due in 2017…Cameron Piko has made an interactive map tracking FZ’s conceptual continuity over 63 of his albums; you can see it here http://www.in-disciplined.com/in-disciplined/network-zappa/


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