Saturday, August 19, 2017
- the crosswalkers: get to get back the beatles
(2017, cd, ger, private release)
The Crosswalkers are a German quartet (guitar, organ, drums, bass) that performs the music of The Beatles. Next to Simon Oslender (organ), Benjamin Keil (drums) and Benjamin Gutzeit (bass), it features Chato Segerer on the guitar. No prog rock or zappa-esque madness here, but excellent instrumental renditions and interpretations of Beatles classics.
The ensemble just released their second album.
Do I like it? I love it !!
All four of these musicians do a fabulous job, but Chato's phrasing is outstanding. He makes his guitar sing.
Got To Get You Into My Life, Get Back, Lady Madonna, Let It Be, I Feel Fine, All You Need Is Love, Can't Buy Me Love, She's Leaving Home, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Yesterday, In My Life, Paperback Writer.
From their first album:
- orchestre tout puissant marcel duchamp: orchestre tout puissant marcel duchamp
(2007, cd, switzerland, private release / mutt1)
It's this trio plus Guillaume Fernez, Julien Israelien and Seni who recorded the first album in 2007, a private release with a nice reference to Marcel Duchamp's "Fountain" on the cover.
And is fun.
- frank zappa and the mothers of invention - one size fits all
(2011, book, usa, hal leonard)
Guitar freaks have been spoiled the last couple of years.
Three complete Zappa albums have been transcribed for guitar : "One Size Fits All", Hot Rats", and "Over-Nite Sensation". They've been published by Hal Leonard.
More recently Hal Leonard has also re-issued "The Frank Zappa Songbook Vol.1" and "The Frank Zappa Guitar Book".
- zappanale #27 - impressionen
by dieter jakob
(2017, book, germany, private release)
Dieter Jakob has selected his best photos of last year's Zappanale and collected them in a hardbound book. Almost 100 pages of beautiful pictures of the bands and of the audience.
- orchestre tout puissant marcel duchamp: the thing that everything else is about
(2010, cd, ger, red wig 005 1/2)
On "The Thing That Everything Else Is About", the OTPMD sextet presents their unmistakable exotic postpunk. It is no wonder that they have taken Marcel Duchamp as an inspiration.
Makes me happy.
Friday, August 18, 2017
- documentary: frank zappa - eat that question
(2017, dvd, ger, arsenal filmverleih)
The German release of the "Frank Zappa - Eat That Question" documentary by Thorsten Schütte includes over 40 minutes of bonus material.
(extra) Interviews with Tommy Mars, Arthur Barrow, Bruce Fowler, Tom Fowler, Ed Mann, Kurt McGettrick, Chad Wackerman and Robert Martin.
- marco minnemann: borrego
(2017, 2cd, usa, lazy bones recordings)
Music for on the road.
- frankie & bobby, the rest of our story
by bob zappa
(2017, book, uk, amazon)
"Frankie & Bobby, The Rest Of Our Story" is the sequel to Bob's book from two years ago : "Frankie & Bobby, Growing Up Zappa".
In "The Rest Of Our Story", Frank's younger brother talks about his personal life and his interactions with his brother. There's also chapters on Gail and the Zappa Family Trust, on his recent meetings with Moon and with Dweezil, and on the Zappanale festival (where the picture for the book cover was taken).
Emotional and frustrating at times, this must not have been an easy book to write.
Highly recommended !!
Says Co de Kloet, well-known radio personality and music producer in Amsterdam, “By sharing personal, sometimes extremely personal stories about his relationship with Frank, Bob gives us a clear view of that 'regular-guyness' quality, leaving the importance and impact of his brother intact. By not just focusing on Frank and giving us information about other relations and some of his own experiences, he puts Frank in a new and sincere perspective. I had a great time reading it and I hope it will do well. Over the years I had a friendship with Herbie Cohen, Frank's manager and business partner. He was at my farmhouse a few times and once when he was reading something in a book about Zappa, he smiled and said, 'It is always fun to read what people THINK really happened (in Frank's life) but they haven't got a clue.' Bob Zappa has! And that is what makes this book a must have.”
The book is also one of rejection, reconciliation and closure... As James Cohen: Zappanale Master of Ceremonies explains, “A memoir is more than recollection, it exposes a continuum of related events: Bob Zappa's 'Frankie & Bobby - The Rest of Our Story' is wisdom gained over time. Picking up where his first book left off, it focuses on Bob's adventures in the US and elsewhere - a Swedish university course in Deviant Behavior or a close brush with Soviet espionage. Bob's ultimate purpose of understanding how his alienation from his brother Frank's world developed, or was created, overshadows these episodes. Climaxing with a series of rejections relating to the passing of their mother Rose Marie and finally of Frank himself, Bob celebrates his subsequent reconciliation with Dweezil and Moon and a new life rooted deep in his past…A great read, and for the Zappa faithful, optimistic closure.”