Thursday, June 29, 2017

MOVIE / DOCUMENTARY - STUPOR MUNDI

December 2013, Sycomore Films started a crowdfunding campaign for a movie called "Ritual Of Pope Decapitation".

Sycomor adds:
The movie was born of our meeting with the producer Xavier Filliol, great connoisseur of the Freaks and friend of Carl Franzoni. Xavier Filliol introduced us to Gail Zappa in Los Angeles, who was very enthousiast in watching our movies. She gave us her consent and support to use musical materials from her husband. The crowdfunding campaign of December 2013 had to cover the investments in new shootings and post production costs.The minimum amount required was 35 euros. As a counterpart of this support, contributors received a box of 4 DVDs with 52 episodes of the serie The Apparatus. If contributors gave 50 euros or more, they'd also get the DVD of Ritual of Pope Decapitation. With this campaign, with your support (over 500 contributors), we reached the amount of 32,000 euros.

One year after, following shootings and a long editing time, we realized that we won’t « put our elephant in a shoe box ». So, it’s not one but 4 movies that we decided to release, gathered under the title STUPOR MUNDI. The topic is not only Zappa and the Freaks but « A History of EVERYTHING (and its monsters) ». And since last April, the two first episodes have been screened at several festivals.

To be quite  honest, I had forgotten all about this documentary and its crowd funding campaign. I did remember receiveing the box set with "The Apparatus" episodes in 2014, but the package with "Stupor Mundi" that arrived last week came as a surprise.
The box can hold 2 DVDs, but only 1 DVD was included. This disc presents the first two movies : "Ritual Of Pope Decapitation" (a reference to pope of LSD Timothy Leary, who has his head stored in a fridge somewhere), and "Men Who Devoured The Mountain" (being the yuppies who took over Hollywood and the music industry and everything else).
A film by Thomas Bertay and PacômeThiellement. Music by Frank Zappa.

Not the easiest stuff to watch but very impressive.
Includes interviews with Frank Zappa, Gail Zappa, Carl Franzoni (one of the early L.A. freaks) and Trey Spruance (of Secret Chiefs 3), plus some concert fragments of Zappa's band.

Great package with a superb cover mixing a shot of the "Freaks" movie with FZ's yawning face from "Chunga's".
Can't wait to see the sequel.

Those who missed the original crowdfunding, can still order this documentary.
Check out : http://stupormundi.tv/ for all the details.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

AKA MOON FEAT. PIERRE VAN DORMAEL


New album, with recordings from 1991.
Out on Outhere Music.

https://www.outhere-music.com/nl/albums/nasa-na-out-659

The group NASA NA, made up of Pierre Van Dormael, Fabrizio Cassol, Michel Hatzigeorgiou and Stéphane Galland was formed in 1989 at the time of the opening of ‘De Kaai’, the legendary Brussels jazz club. There, all risks were permitted, and a series of musicians experimented together with a new kind of music. Initially called NASA NA GROUP, which means ‘I have a group’, NASA NA developed naturally, creating great cohesion between its members.

When the group broke up in 1992, Fabrizio Cassol, Michel Hatzigeorgiou and Stéphane Galland formed AKA MOON, and Pierre Van Dormael would join them on a few occasions for concerts and recordings.


Sunday, June 25, 2017

ORCHESTRA EXOTICA


Orchestra Exotica is releasing a first album in about two months.

Album Release: 31.08.17 - Jazz In 't Park - Gent BE

Album Teaser - Orchestra Exotica

Bruno Vansina - flute, synth and parafernalia
Pierre Vervloesem - guitar
Frank Van Eycken - vibraphone, marimba, glockenspiel, percussion
Peter Vandenberghe - keys
Filip Vandebril - bass
Kobe Proesmans - percussion
Simon Segers - drums

Video: Gil Mortiaux



GOV'T MULE - REVOLUTION COME... REVOLUTION GO



Classic Mule.
I went for the 2CD edition. It has a couple of alternate versions on disc 2.

Nice.

http://mule.net/


ED PALERMO BIG BAND IN CONCERT ON JUNE 30


The Ed Palermo Big Band
in concert,
June 30, 2017,

World Cafe Live Philadelphia
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
USA

Ed says :

After two years, we return with ZODD ZUNDGREN-THE MUSIC OF FRANK ZAPPA AND TODD RUNDGREN

TWO SETS OF INSANITY!

http://www.worldcafelive.com/event/1471969-ed-palermo-big-band-zodd-philadelphia/

Hope you can be there!

ed



NEW ALBUM BY THE 1000 QUARTET

El Negocito Records is releasing a new album by the 1000 quartet.

Jan Klare - reeds
Bart Maris - trumpet
Wilbert De Joode - bass
Michael Vatcher - drums and percussion

More info and soundsamples here :
http://elnegocitorecords.com/releases/eNR063+.html

-- info: Danny Mathys


Saturday, June 24, 2017

THE SPOTNICKS - RARE COLLECTION



The Spotnicks' recording of Frank Zappa's 'Duodenum', (or (the theme from) 'Lumpy Gravy' as they called it) can be found on various compilation albums.
I recently found another one: this "Rare Collection" 2CD set from 1999.

A fine addition to The Others Of Invention, musicians performing the music of Frank Zappa;


CARL KING - GRAND ARCHITECTS OF THE UNIVERSE

In the meantime, Carl King's "Grand Architects Of The Universe" arrived. I had been listening to the download, but having the actual CD in your hands, does have that someting extra.
A superb musical science-fiction epos that features Dweezil Zappa, Mike Keneally, Phi Yaan-Zek, Marco Minnemann and Morgan Ågren, just to mention the most familiar sounding names.

Excellent.
http://carlkingdom.com/


EUGENE CHADBOURNE - THE HILLS HAVE JAZZ

Next to his enormous output on CDR, Eugene Chadbourne does have albums released by record labels as well.
One of these is "The Hills Have Jazz".
In the liner notes, Eugene tells the story of how he visited L.A., got to borrow Wes Craven's vintage Gibson acoustic guitar, and of how he and Richie invited a couple of L.A. jazz musicians to participate in the recordings.
Great reading and the music's even better.

Recommended listening !!

eugene chadbourne: acoustic guitar
richie west: drums
brian walsh: tenor saxophone
carey fosse: electric guitar
bill barrett: harmonica
dan clucas: cornet, flute

produced by eugene chadbourne
  1. good bait (tadd dameron, count basie)
  2. heavy spirits (oliver lake)
  3. saturn (oliver lake)
  4. 17 west (eric dolphy)
  5. noonah (roscoe mitchell)
  6. space jazz reverie (sun ra)  !!
  7. miss toni (eric dolphy)
  8. miles' mode (john coltrane)

Here's a bit of Eugene Chadbourne, plus experimental duo Zu :



DOC CHAD CONTEMPORARY ROCK BAND - OLD DOG



Eugene Chadbourne released two album by his Doc Chad Contemporary Rock Band last year. Both present recordings of the tour he did with Jan Fitschen (bass, baritone guitar) and Dieter Schroeder (drums).
This is a great show. Great musicians and funny as well.
Eugene mentions Jimmy Carl Black in the lyrics of 'I Used To Be Somebody'.
It includes Sun Ra's 'The Satellites Are Spinning' in the set list.

http://www.eugenechadbourne.com/