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(Last updated 10 April 2017)



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·        The University of Hawaii Hilo Jazz Orchestra has performed annual Frank Zappa tribute concerts since 2013. Watch their story... from classroom to concert hall. [Added: 10 April 2017]


·        The third Festival Moo-ah was a roaring success, artistically and organisationally. Check out our report here. [Added: 08 April 2017]


·        Hall Of Fame Records continues to celebrate the XX anniversary of its Unmatched series of albums with the release of Sensations Over Night. This compilation of covers of the tracks from Over-Nite Sensation features Caballero Reynaldo And The Grand Kazoo and a brand new recording of Fifty-Fifty by the Zappa Early Renaissance Orchestra. Pre-order your copy here. [Added: 08 April 2017]


·        Captain Beefheart’s last lengthy phone interview with Co de Kloet was set to music by Gary Lucas, and named I Have A Cat. It has just been released by Okaymusic, and you can grab a copy here. [Added: 08 April 2017]


·        Finnish cosmic jazz-rockers Superfjord and Wales-based instrumental psyche-space-rock band Sendelica have reinterpreted two FZ songs - Peaches En Regalia and Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow - which will be available on a 7" single from Fruits de Mer Records on 17 April 2017. [Added: 08 April 2017]


·        You can now pre-order Scott Parker’s book, DISCORPORATE! - Frank Zappa In The Studio 1966-1967, here. [Added: 08 April 2017]


·        The second part of Bob Zappa’s memoirs, Frankie & Bobby: The Rest Of Our Story (1967 to the present day), is now in production and should be available through Amazon by late May/early June 2017. It promises to lift the lid Gail’s “increasingly irrational behaviour during the final years of Frank’s life.” [Added: 04 January 2017 / Updated: 08 April 2017]


·        Sadly, Moon Zappa is now unable to attend Zappanale in person – but she’ll still be there thanks to the miracle of Skype! [Added: 29 March 2017]


·        Extras on the German DVD of the Eat That Question - Frank Zappa In His Own Words documentary include Thorsten Schütte’s interviews with the members of Band From Utopia from the Jazz Open Festival in Stuttgart in July 1994. Here’s hoping we get them on the UK Region 2 version in May. [Added: 29 March 2017]


·        Suddenly available, Jim Pons’ memoir, Hard Core Love: Sex, Football, And Rock And Roll In The Kingdom Of God. Read the Press Release. [Added: 29 March 2017]


·        Albert Wing - tenox saxophonist on Frank’s Broadway The Hard Way tour and, more recently, with Banned From Utopia - suffered a stroke in February which disabled the motor functions on the right side of his body from head to foot. He now faces overwhelming medical expenses and ongoing physical therapy expenses. You can help him here. [Added: 21 March 2017]


·        Zappa Records celebrates Record Store Day on 22 April 2017 with an exclusive 10" clear vinyl release featuring the Petit Wazoo: Side 1 is Rollo in its complete form, as released on Little Dots; Side 2 contains the unreleased track Portland Improvisation, produced by FZ and mastered by Bernie Grundman. [Added: 21 March 2017]


·        Finally, formal confirmation from UMe of the imminent posthumous reissue programme. [Added: 17 March 2017]


·        While Ahmet and Diva are looking to hit back at Dweezil and Moon’s alleged misrepresentations of the ZFT’s recent actions, they are also planning to open the UMRK’s new location and home for the vault (according to an article on the Relix website). Ahmet is quoted as saying, “When you’re in the control room, behind you will be windows into the room, and you’ll be able to see just how much content Frank made. It will be the crown jewel of this space.” [Added: 17 March 2017]


·        Denny Walley and Ike Willis are now also confirmed for this year’s Zappanale (as special guests of Paul Green’s Rock Academy). [Added: 17 March 2017]


·        Alex Winter says the bulk of the Zappa Movie Kickstarter rewards are now on their way. Although it got deleted as an Add-On, the reissued Frank Zappa Songbook - Volume 1 is now readily available elsewhere. [Added: 17 March 2017]


·        Nice interview with the great Cal Schenkel here. [Added: 17 March 2017]


·        Of the 20 plus Zappa Records/UMe reissues coming on 24 March, ZFT designer Mike Mesker tells me, “Just about all the releases will retain original packaging.” [Added: 07 March 2017]


·        Watch Terry Bozzio talk about the limited edition ‘Black Page’ Icon Snare Drum – yours for around £1300. [Added: 07 March 2017]


·        The footage of Frank ‘n Floyd at Amougies was briefly posted on Vimeo; hopefully my FB friends and Twitter followers got to see it before it was removed - but you all should of course buy the box set mentioned below. [Added: 07 March 2017]


·        Z.E.R.O. have revealed “We are going to be working with Ike Willis and the usual suspects on What’s New In Baltimore? for the upcoming CD Mappa Zappa from Mr Greenaway, to be released in co-ordination with Mick Zeuner’s Zappa Tour Atlas project...YAY!!” Yay, indeed. For those who care, this will not be the first time Mr Willis has appeared on one of the albums I have compiled for Cordelia Records: he previously performed appears under the guise of Sick Willie on Pojama People’s rendition of The Idiot Bastard Son. [Added: 07 March 2017]


·        Here’s a press release for the great new Ed Palermo Big Band album, which includes a link to the Idiot’s review. I have also recently penned a few words on the new CD from Orange Claw Hammer. [Added: 07 March 2017]


·        Eddie Jobson and Marc Bonilla will undertake a short semi-acoustic tribute tour to their musical partners, John Wetton and Keith Emerson. European dates for the Fallen Angels tour are in the Diary. [Added: 07 March 2017]


·        The orchestral premiere of Dweezil’s composition Marmux Buhdardux will take place in Holland at the end of the year. A little like T’Mershi Duween, the piece is named after a daughter-invented character. A version of Marmux Buhdardux was first performed by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet in Montana in 2015. This time around, the Northern Dutch Orchestra will do the honours - alongside a bunch of works by FZ. [Added: 19 February 2017]


·        This Idiot understands Dweezil will play for around three hours at Zappanale in July, and that the Norwegian Wind Ensemble will be joining the band formerly known as ZPZ during October’s shows in London, Gothenburg, Stockholm and Oslo. [Added: 19 February 2017]


·        Dweezil has finally completed work on What The Hell Was I Thinking?, the track he started work on over 20 years ago. As to whether it still features contributions from over 30 guest guitarists - including Eddie Van Halen, Brian May, Steve Vai, Angus and Malcolm Young, Yngwie Malmsteen, Warren Cuccurullo, Albert Lee and Joe Walsh - remains to be seen. Hopefully we'll get the download details very soon and find out. Meantime, those who haven’t coughed up for his PledgeMusic ‘In The Name Of...?’ campaign can hear a short snippet here. [Added: 19 February 2017]


·        Pink Floyd’s 4-disc The Dramatis/ation 1969 set (culled from the bigger Early Years 196572 box), will be released in March. This includes footage of the band jamming with FZ on stage at the Amougies festival that year. [Added: 19 February 2017]


·        In March, there will be CD reissues of Lord Buckley’s A Most Immaculately Hip Aristocrat and Permanent Damage by The GTO’s from Greyscale Records. [Added: 19 February 2017]


·        The revised editions of Greg Russo’s Cosmik Debris and Candy Zappa’s My Brother Was A Mother became available from 24 January from Crossfire Publications. [Added: 19 February 2017]


·        Shuggie Otis returns to the UK in May – details in the Diary. [Added: 19 February 2017]


·        While 200 Motels - The Suites did not win the Grammy for ‘Best Classical Compendium’ for its two producers, the day before attending the ceremony, Diva posted on Instagram “I didn’t realize that BOTH OF MY PARENTS would get a Grammy if we win on Sunday!” Does this mean Frank Filipetti is her father? [Added: 12 February 2017]


·        Saddened to learn of the passing of bassist extraordinaire, Doug Lunn, who had been battling pancreatic cancer. Doug worked with Chad Wackerman, Mike Keneally, Chester Thompson (Fire Merchants), Vinnie Colaiuta, Terry Bozzio (OUTtrio), L. Shankar, Warren Cuccurullo (Playing In Tongues), Eddie Jobson, Ed Mann and many more. Some may recall his headline performance at Zappanale with Chad, who he first met when he auditioned for FZ in the early 80s. Lovely man. [Added: 12 February 2017]


·        Check out the Valentina Scheldhofen Ciardelli Duo, who will play at Zappanale in July (including the pre-concert at St. Katharinen in Hamburg). Valentina graduated from the Royal College Of Music last July, as well as spanking some Frank in another duo, The Girls In The Magnesium Dress. The almost complete programme for Zappanale is now up here. [Added: 12 February 2017]


·        There was to have been a performance of three Zappa pieces (Outrage At Valdez/Be-Bop Tango/G-Spot Tornado) at the Leeds College of Music on 27 February by the Chamber Orchestra & New Music Collective. However, conductor Damien Harron tells me, “The hire prices for the music were VERY expensive so we were unable to programme as originally planned.” [Added: 12 February 2017]


·        Chato – who played the first Festival Moo-ah in 2013 and covered Rollo on my Rare Episodes album – would appreciate your help in making his second album even better than it might otherwise be. The album is to be called So Und Nicht Anders and will comprise seven Zappaesque prog-rock originals, plus a cover of FZ’s Let’s Move To Cleveland, and should be done in time for his band’s appearance at Zappanale in July. Please pledge here. [Added: 06 February 2017]


·        A bunch more posthumous Zappa albums are to be reissued via Universal on 24 March, including Civilization Phase III, Everything Is Healing Nicely, the Joe’s Corsaga series and Dance Me This. [Added: 06 February 2017]


·        We are happy to announce that Acton Zappa have been added to the line-up for the third Festival Moo-ah. They will open the second day (Saturday 1 April 2017). Tickets here. [Added: 06 February 2017]


·        Artist Theo Holdt talks about how his work ended up on the cover of Meat Light here. [Added: 06 February 2017]


·        All of the UK dates for Dweezil’s ‘50 Years Of Frank’ tour now in the Diary. Meanwhile, on the family dispute, he has this to say: “I would prefer that there was no conflict and I look forward to the day when there is an end to the vexatious episodes I am forced to deal with. Not only are they eating up my time and resources they are casting shadows on the amazing musical legacy our father created. None of it should be happening at all.” [Added: 24 January 2017]


·        Tony Palmer has just written this interesting article on the making of 200 Motels. [Added: 24 January 2017]


·        The Ed Palermo Big Band has a new album, The Great Un-American Songbook: Volumes I & II, which features loads of great British rock toons. No FZ this time (although the arrangement for Traffic’s The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys owes something to him!) , but Napoleon Murphy Brock does sing Arthur Brown’s Fire! Check it out here. [Added: 24 January 2017]


·        Terry Bozzio is issuing unreleased tracks digitally from his website. Check this out. [Added: 24 January 2017]


·        Robert Davidson, the snapper of Zappa on the crapper, now has a presentation called I Shot Frank Zappa. Hear him talk about it on this podcast. And buy a signed copy of the poster here. [Added: 24 January 2017]


·        Adrian Belew is “writing liner notes for a new Zappa release…a new box set: all six shows from Halloween at the Palladium in New York 1977. 18 hours worth! It’s the shows the Baby Snakes movie was made from.” [Added: 22 January 2017]


·        A six-piece Muffin Men are about to go into the studio to record their version of Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus for a new Unmatched compilation album. [Added: 22 January 2017]


·        Here’s a fun little promo video for Festival Moo-ah, featuring the wondrous Mark Watson. Get yer tickets NOW! [Added: 22 January 2017]


·        The Zappa Early Renaissance Orchestra has a concept, a record deal and a plan for its third album. “We begin recording with Ike Willis in June!” says ZERO main man Kevin Crosby. [Added: 22 January 2017]


·        As well as playing selections from The Yellow Shark and Greggery Peccary & Other Persuasions in Berlin next month, Ensemble Modern is also going down under to do same in June. Dates in the Diary. [Added: 22 January 2017]


·        According to his manager, Ike Willis will be playing the music of FZ alongside Dweezil at Zappanale this year. [Added: 15 January 2017]


·        Another year, and Alan Clayson now informs us that, “The Zappa book has almost-but-not quite left the runway...it’s now been seven years since Gail Zappa and I first met and the project was suggested.” [Added: 15 January 2017]


·        The new album featuring multiple renditions of Zappa’s Son Of Mr. Green Genes is now available to buy for download from Amazon and iTunes, and to listen to for free on Spotify. So now you have no excuses not to listen to it! [Added: 15 January 2017]


·        A limited number of one-day tickets for Festival Moo-ah are now available for those that can’t make both days – check out your options here. [Added: 15 January 2017]


·        In addition to Dweezil, expect to see Chato!, Studio Dan and Caballero Reynaldo & The Grand Kazoo at Zappanale in July. [Added: 04 January 2017]


·        In our latest ZappaCast, we grill the ever genial Mike Keneally about all manner of things, including his illustrious solo career, Zappa’s Universe, AZ/DZ, Steve Vai, Nigey Lennon, 1988 an’ all that. [Added: 04 January 2017]


·        The Frank Zappa Guitar Book will be back in print this June. Compiled, introduced and transcribed by Steve Vai, it features 22 transcriptions of songs from seven FZ albums. Meanwhile, the reissue of The Frank Zappa Songbook - Volume 1 has been delayed a tad. [Added: 04 January 2017]


·        The Idiot Bastard Sons Of Mr. Green Genes album is now available from CD Baby. [Added: 04 January 2017]


·        Hans Annellsson and his band The Vegetarians have just released a four track EP in time for Christmas called, appropriately enough, Let’s Have A Good Time. Napoleon Murphy Brock sings on three of the tracks - one being an amazing acoustic cover of Zappa’s Amnerika, where he is backed back by the fabulous-o Mats Öberg on grand piano and harmonica. Grab a copy from CD Baby now! [Added: 23 December 2016]


·        New editions of Greg Russo’s Cosmik Debris: The Collected History & Improvisations Of Frank Zappa and Candy Zappa’s My Brother Was A Mother will be available from Crossfire Publications in January 2017. Greg says, Cosmik Debris will be over 400 pages. The complete and very expansive Pal/Studio Z saga is now a separate chapter. Everything has been reformatted.  The discography covers everything up to Little Dots. Candy has now brought her book up to the end of 2016, since lots of things have happened in the meantime. Gonzo Multimedia will be printing books in the UK to handle European orders. Book PDFs will only be available at Crossfire’s site.” [Added: 23 December 2016]


·        After Moo-ah, you can catch the Muffin Men with Denny Walley elsewhere in the UK throughout April – check the Diary for details. [Added: 23 December 2016]


·        Far be it from me to tell you how great The Idiot Bastard Sons Of Mr. Green Genes album is, but Peter at United Mutations can! And Ben Watson has also given us a plug as only he can on his radio show. [Added: 23 December 2016]


·        Backers of the Zappa Movie got an update from Alex Winter and Joe Travers in the week: footage from the Halloween 1974 show at the Felt Forum is being spiffed up, they’re working their way through show footage and backstage material from 1988, and discovered some previously unseen material from the 1993 jam with the Tuvans, the Chieftains, Terry Bozzio and Johnny Guitar Watson, as well as excellent quality video of Frank working with Ensemble Modern at Joe’s Garage in 1991. Joe also tells us he’s been working on “two mammoth audio projects” that will be announced in 2017. [Added: 17 December 2016]


·        John ‘Drumbo’ French has “decided not to pursue any more tours” with The Magic Band. The reunion lasted 14 glorious years, with many great shows and some nice CDs and DVDs along the way. John will now concentrate on conducting drum clinics. [Added: 17 December 2016]


·        Dweezil’s pledge thing (to allow him to continue using his surname) is now live. Go here to grab rewards, like guitars, picks, mugs and music - including ‘new’ song Dinosaur, that features a solo “via zenochrony” (sic) by FZ! [Added: 17 December 2016]


·        200 Motels – The Suites has been nominated for a Grammy in the Best Classical Compendium category. [Added: 17 December 2016]


·        Brand new recordings by ZERO, the Muffin Men and Spannertate are set to appear on two new Unmatched albums from Hall Of Fame Records in 2017. More soon. [Added: 17 December 2016]


·        Terry Bozzio’s Composer Series CD/DVD set now readily available to all-comers. Check this out. [Added: 17 December 2016]


·        Acton Zappa has a brand new website, at www.actonzappa.fourfour.com. [Added: 17 December 2016]


·        Haven’t you always wanted to hear loads of different versions of Frank Zappa’s Son Of Mr. Green Genes? Of course you have. And now you can. Cordelia Records is proud to announce the release of 14 new recordings of the tune commissioned by the Idiot Bastard (that’s me!) - plus one old Muffin remnant - on The Idiot Bastard Sons Of Mr Green Genes. The album features many artists who have played (or are about to play) Festival Moo-ah, a previously unseen photo from the Hot Rats sessions (by Bill Gubbins), and graphics by the artist formerly known as Antero Valério (of Portuguese extraction). Here's The Kettering Vampires' rendition. Here's where to buy the complete collection. And here’s where you can read all about it. [Added: 29 November 2016]


·        Keyboardist Allan Zavod, famous for his ‘Volcano solos’ during the 1984 tour, has sadly passed away. [Added: 29 November 2016]


·        After announcing Dweezil as the headliner, the complete programme for Zappanale #28 is apparently now confirmed and the Arf Society will release full details in the coming weeks at www.zappanale.de [Added: 29 November 2016]


·        Happily, Bob Zappa’s memoirs are set to continue beyond he and his big brother’s ‘growing up’ years: “The first draft of the second part of our story is now complete and being edited for publication soon. The events described...in the second book, continuing up to and beyond 1993, will give readers an intimate look into Frank’s unique personality and the circumstances relating to his untimely death.” [Added: 29 November 2016]


·        The funky Z3 has a fantastic new four-track EP available to download, titled Zappa Probably Would Think You’re Stupid. Check it out on Spotify – then buy a copy! [Added: 29 November 2016]


·        More UK screenings of Eat That Question in the diary, and a whole lot more! [Added: 29 November 2016]


·        Deep Purple’s Smoke On The Water is to be inducted into the 2017 Grammy Hall of Fame. [Added: 29 November 2016]


·        It is now confirmed: six years after saying he personally was not a fan of Zappanale, Dweezil Zappa will headline the festival in 2017! [Added: 25 November 2016]


·        After it dropped out of the Zappa Movie Add-On Rewards, Hal Leonard is now reprinting The Frank Zappa Songbook - Volume 1 in paperback, making it available to all-comers this December. [Added: 25 November 2016]


·        Another great ZappaCast in the offing for Zappadan following a two hour chat with the ever genial Mike Keneally – chatting 88, Zappa’s Universe, AZ/DZ, XTC, Steve Vai, Nigey Lennon, The Beatles and MK’s own illustrious solo career. [Added: 25 November 2016]


·        Robert Davidson, who took the photo of FZ on the loo, is currently writing a book about his experiences almost 50 years ago. He claims he was forced to hand over the negatives to Herb Cohen in 1967 following a mix-up over royalty payments. A year ago, he managed to buy them back on eBay for just £66. [Added: 25 November 2016]


·        Get your tickets for Zappanale #28 before 16 December at a ‘Christmas Special’ price here. [Added: 25 November 2016]


·        Saddened to learn of the passing of Nigey Lennon due to complications from her radiation treatment for cancer in 1998. I interviewed Nigey in 2000 as she was about to unleash her “super-bitchen debut album” and had remained in touch with her ever since. As a result, I contributed to this article in the New York Times about her. The one and only time we met was at Zappanale in 2002, a gig I had some part in helping her secure. She contributed her unique take on The Idiot Bastard Son to my 20 Extraordinary Renditions CD in 2008, and allowed me to use her FZ-approved master Opus One, recorded in 1970 and based on Ian Underwood’s improvised piano introduction to Little House I Used To Live In, for my 21 Burnt Weeny Sandwiches album. My photo of Nelson’s Ship In A Bottle atop the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square was to have been the cover of her never completed album of sea shanties and still adorns her Twitter page. I interviewed her again in 2013 with Scott Parker for the ZappaCast. She was always very sweet and incredibly funny, and I will miss her a lot. Time to re-read her book (Being Frank: My Time With Frank Zappa) and listen again to her album (Reinventing The Wheel Reinvented), which drew on her musical and personal connection to FZ. [Added: 16 November 2016]


·        Hey, wouldn’t it be nice if Dweezil had the Christmas number one this year? I’ve started a campaign to help make it happen here. [Added: 16 November 2016]


·        Here’s my review of the new Evil Dick album, All That Glisters. [Added: 16 November 2016]


·        Someone has helpfully filmed their TV set so that we can see a clip of FZ playing with Pink Floyd at the Amougies Festival in 1969, taken from the band’s new Early Years 196572 box set. [Added: 12 November 2016]


·        Dweezil is claiming that the ZFT (ie. his two youngest siblings) want to ban him from using his own surname and plans to sell branded ‘Zappa beer, wine and yoga pants’. He says will shortly be seeking pledges to aid his campaign to stop this. Given that the ZFT half-heartedly sought to copyright the name Zappa for beer and soft drinks in 2007, this is something Dweezil must already have been aware of as a beneficiary of the Trust. Its more recent applications do go further (covering live music performances, the production of music and music video recordings, etc.), but who’s to say Ahmet and Diva will be any more tenacious than their mother in seeing these become a reality? In his open letter to his brother, Ahmet talked about Dweezil paying the Trust a token sum of $1 per year to continue as ZPZ. If these new applications do become legally binding, would Dweezil really be charged any more than he wants from us to help fight for his right to use his surname? To quote Frank, this all seems ill-conceived and promises to keep the courts busy for years. I'd certainly like to know much more before contributing. [Added: 12 November 2016]


·        This Idiot attended the UK premiere of Eat That Question – Frank Zappa In His Own Words in London this week. Some have commented that there’s very little rare footage included, which I think misses the point: it’s a beautifully edited overview of FZ and his views on music, politics and life in general - showing that they remained consistent throughout his time. Also in attendance at the Hackney Picturehouse were the semantic scrutinizer, Simon Prentis, and the ever wonderful Ben Watson, who I had engineered to do the Q&A that followed with director Thorsten Schütte (live from Germany via Skype). You can watch it here. [Added: 12 November 2016]


·        Here’s a selection of Zappa property sold by Julien’s Auctions on 4 November 2016. And there’s still time to bid on quite a few other bits and bobs, here. [Added: 06 November 2016]


·        While you wait for postie to deliver your CDs, you can hear the three new FZ releases on Spotify: Meat Light (Official Release #107); Chicago '78 (Official Release #108); Little Dots (Official Release #109). [Added: 06 November 2016]


·        More UK screenings of Eat That Question in the Diary. [Added: 06 November 2016]


·        FESTIVAL MOO-AH! – IT’S HAPPENING ONCE MORE!: Having failed to reach our break-even sales target, we have re-negotiated deals with everyone - except the bands, of course - in order to lower the running costs. We have also negotiated a new sponsorship deal which covers the shortfall to ensure Festival Moo-ah! 2017 goes ahead. A big thanks to all those who have already bought their tickets. If you haven’t, buy them NOW and help us to make this the best one yet! [Added: 02 November 2016]


·        New ZappaCast, featuring a monster interview with the Vaultmeister, waiting for you here. Includes live versions of Sy Borg, Rollo and Uncle Meat from Official Releases 107-109. [Added: 02 November 2016]


·        Watch Lisa Popeil perform Teen-age Prostitute with Banned From Utopia at ZappaUnion here. [Added: 02 November 2016]


·        The next three albums from the ZFT (Meat Light/Chicago 78/Little Dots) are now available to pre-order from Amazon UK. Hopefully the prices will drop over the next few days – if not, shopping at Amazon.fr or Spin might be a better option. [Added: 29 October 2016]


·        November’s Zappa Record Day Release is another coloured vinyl single, this time comprising How Could I Be Such A Fool? Backed with Help, I’m A Rock 3rd Movement: It Can’t Happen Here. Freak out here. All you vinyl junkies will also no doubt be pleased that Joe’s Garage, We’re Only In It For The Money, Lumpy Gravy, Cruising With Ruben & The Jets and Weasels Ripped My Flesh are all being reissued on black plastic before the end of the year. [Added: 29 October 2016]


·        Miss Pamela will be in town on 14 November at The Islington in Tolpuddle Street, London. An Evening With Pamela Des Barres will feature readings from her books, a Q&A, and an exclusive meet & greet opportunity with one of rock and rolls most captivating storytellers. [Added: 29 October 2016]


·        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 ‘DuntSloatman, 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]


·        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]


·        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/


...and finally, Esther...

...coming in 2018...


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