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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 5:19 pm 
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the 'what's new? page has a couple of exciting new items.

what's new?

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I've never heard of Flula.. but I'm a fan now. Check out his website http://flula.blogspot.com/


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:36 am 
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Here's his Xmas song.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrUdLfjW2fQ&eurl=http://flula.blogspot.com/search/label/FILMS&feature=player_embedded

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well, we've seen this one before, but, still...

:arrow: let peace reign

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l u m p y m o n e y

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and on st. patrick's day, it's still merry christmas on the 'what's new'-page...
what's new

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Quote:
ojai music festival
friday, june 11, 2010 –
1:00 to 2:15 pm - symposium iii: the world of frank zappa
ara guzelimian - moderator
gail zappa
ian underwood
steve vai
todd yvega
dietmar weisner - ensemble modern

http://www.ojaifestival.org

ian underwood and todd yvega...
awesome. would have been great to hear what they had to say.

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Are classical ensembles actually performing Zappa over there?

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Ensemble Modern
Brad Lubman, conductor

ENSEMBLE MODERN
BRAD LUBMAN, conductor
Frank Zappa: Music from Greggery Peccary & Other Persuasions:

What will Rumi do
Frank Zappa: Works from The Yellow Shark:
Dog Breath Variations/Uncle Meat
Outrage at Valdez
The Girl in the Magnesium Dress
Ruth is Sleeping
Get Whitey
Welcome to the United States
G-Spot Tornado
----------------------- INTERMISSION -----------------------
Edgard Varése: Density 21.5
Edgard Varése: Octandre
Frank Zappa: Music from Greggery Peccary &
Other Persuasions:
Night School
Revised Music for Low Budget Orchestra
The Beltway Bandits
A Pig with Wings
Moggio
Put a Motor in Yourself

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Frank Zappa: straight outta Cucamonga


There’s been no permanent recognition of Frank Zappa in the Inland Valley, but Rancho Cucamonga’s Biane Library did mount a display for him earlier this month before the library’s holiday closure.

By David Allen, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 12/19/15, 4:06 PM PST | Updated: 8 hrs ago

Frank Zappa should be preparing to turn 75 on Monday. Alas, the iconoclastic musician died at age 52 of prostate cancer.

He’s something of a native son of the Inland Valley, even if he was born in Baltimore and achieved fame in Los Angeles. A chunk of his formative years was spent in various cities local to us: Rancho Cucamonga, most notably, but Ontario, Pomona, Claremont, Montclair and Upland all figure in.

Let me pull together some of the threads of his story, based on previous research and Barry Miles’ invaluable biography, to offer a one-stop overview.

Because of the young Zappa’s health problems, the Italian-American family headed to California, first to Monterey and then to Claremont. His father, Francis, who worked in aerospace, got a job at Convair in Pomona.

Zappa seems to have attended eighth and a portion of ninth grade at Claremont High before the rootless family — mother Rose Marie and siblings Bobby, Candy and Carl — tried San Diego and then Lancaster, where Frank graduated from Antelope Valley High in 1958.

At that point the family returned to Claremont. And that’s where the local Zappa story really begins.

“He never lived anywhere more than two years,” Zappa fan Murray Gilkeson of La Verne observed. “But when they came back in ’59, he was here for six years, until he hit it big with the Mothers.”

The Zappas returned to Oak Park Drive, the neighborhood where they had previously lived, and Frank attended Chaffey College in spring 1960, its first semester in its new Alta Loma campus. Joyce Shannon, head of the music department, later called him “a very exceptional music student, extremely bright.”

The broke but ingenious Zappa somehow took a music composition course at Pomona College, and briefly hosted a show on the campus station KSPC-FM, despite not enrolling.

Chaffey was the end of Zappa’s formal education. He did get something else out of his time there: a girlfriend. He and fellow music student Kay Sherman moved in together in the summer of 1960 and married that December.

They lived in an old home at 314 W. G St. in Ontario, Kay working at First National Bank in Ontario and Frank at Nile Running Greeting Cards in Claremont, although he had other odd jobs, such as selling encyclopedias door-to-door and designing ads for Kay’s bank.

He put his energy into music, performing folk with future Association leader Terry Kirkman at the Meeting Place in Claremont, rock with the Boogie Men in his garage and lounge music with Joe Perrino and the Mellow Tones at various clubs in San Bernardino and environs.

Offered the chance to score a very low-budget movie, titled “The World’s Greatest Sinner,” Zappa composed music and recorded it in part at Chaffey College with the 52-member Pomona Valley Symphony Orchestra. He was never paid, but the lover of avant-garde music delighted in writing charts for an orchestra and hearing the results.

A friend introduced him to Paul Buff, who had a small recording studio in Cucamonga, Pal Recorders, at 8040 Archibald Ave. Zappa and Buff hit it off and Buff taught him how to record, overdub and record on multiple tracks, all invaluable training. (Buff later recorded the Surfaris’ “Wipe Out” there.)

Zappa recorded some novelty folk songs at Pal with Ray Collins, whom he’d met in Pomona. Collins heard Zappa sing R&B at a Holt Avenue bar, the Sportsman, talked his way into singing a couple of songs and struck up a friendship after the gig with Zappa over their shared love of doo-wop and R&B.

One of their writing collaborations was “Memories of El Monte,” about teen dances at that city’s American Legion hall, which was recorded by the Penguins; another was “How’s Your Bird?,” a riff on a Steve Allen catchphrase, “how’s your fern?”

In March 1963, Zappa got on Allen’s TV show via the gimmick of demonstrating all the musical sounds that could be produced on the parts of a bicycle. He even got the host to blow into the handlebars.

The rest of the Zappa family briefly relocated to Florida but, missing Southern California, returned, moving to Palo Verde Street in Montclair. Francis and his brother Joe opened a restaurant named The Pit in Upland, where Frank built a small stage and performed with Collins for the college crowd.

By the end of 1963, Frank and Kay were through and he moved into Pal, which he bought the following year and renamed Studio Z. He also bought a bunch of scenery from a movie studio that was going out of business, thinking he might make low-budget movies at Pal. A feature story in the Daily Report dubbed him “the movie king of Cucamonga,” which the local cops decided must mean he was a pornographer.

An undercover officer hired Zappa to produce a sexy audiotape, then busted him when he did so, arresting him and a girlfriend on a charge of conspiracy to produce pornography. The Daily Report, invited to witness the arrest, wrote a story headlined “2 A Go-Go to Jail.” (Probably not one of our finer moments.)

In March 1963, Zappa served 10 days in jail in San Bernardino, the worst experience of his life, one that included finding a cockroach in his jailhouse breakfast. Zappa’s hostility toward authority dates to his arrest.

Shortly after his release, he got a call from Collins, who needed a guitarist for his R&B cover band, the Soul Giants, which was the house band at the Broadside Club in Pomona. Zappa joined in April, wrote songs and asserted control.

On May 9, 1965, Mother’s Day, they came up with a new name for themselves: the Mothers. Days later, Zappa was evicted from Studio Z and moved to Echo Park, ending the phase of his life that we might call The Inland Valley Years.

The Mothers became the Mothers of Invention and Zappa became a well-known singer, songwriter, composer and free-speech advocate.

http://www.dailybulletin.com/arts-and-e ... -cucamonga


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2015 1:32 am 
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Frank Zappa's Lost Broadcast Being Released On DVD (Top Story)

On Tuesday Frank Zappa's Lost Broadcast Being Released On DVD was a top story. Here is the recap: (Prog) A concert film recorded by Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention during their second European tour is to be released on DVD for the first time.
The Lost Broadcast: The Beat Club '68 was shot in Germany on October 6 that year, during the group's first visit to the country and its iconic Bremen venue.

The DVD edition includes a band rehearsal alongside the full performance, which features Ian Underwood, Bunk Gardner, Don Preston, Roy Estrada, Jimmy Carl Black, Art Tripp and Motorhead Sherwood.

Gonzo Multimedia say: "Much of this material has never been legitimately released before now. Only the last 35 minutes were ever transmitted." Read more - here. http://prog.teamrock.com/news/2015-12-1 ... ing-to-dvd


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Celebrating Frank Zappa on his 75th birthday

Friday, December 18, 2015 Jonathan deBurca Butler

Frank Zappa would have been 75 on Monday. Jonathan deBurca Butler pays tribute to the man who mixed mad antics and great music with a large dollop of cleverness

Frank Zappa: Having an asteroid named after him was an appropriate honour.

SHORTLY after his death from prostate cancer in 1993, the musician and sometime film director Frank Zappa was honoured by the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Centre which named an asteroid after him.

The citation announcing the naming of 3834 Zappafrank appeared in the Minor Planet Circular and noted that “Zappa was an eclectic, self-trained artist and composer with incredible energy and a biting wit”.

The eulogy may have made him wince a little but giving his name to something so potentially earth-shattering would surely have made him smile.

“His music is very humorous but it’s also highly cerebral and he had that double edge,” says journalist Joe Jackson. “He was just the same in conversation. He was a dynamic force.”

Jackson interviewed Zappa in 1993 while he was covering The Chieftains at the Grammy awards. Zappa, who was a fan of the trad group, had invited them to record in his studio. He was only months from death and Jackson recalls that although the room was warm, Zappa was “wrapped in a heavy blanket”.

“What I noticed about him, and this was before I interviewed him really, was that whenever the music caught his spirit he was utterly alive,”

he says. “On one occasion, I remember The Chieftains were in a room recording with Tom Jones on vocals and Zappa, who was overseeing the whole thing. There was one moment when they just couldn’t get a particular melodic line and Zappa, not imposing himself, just walked over to the piano and did it and you could see that his connection to music and its spirit was very powerful.

“He was the same in conversation. He was an intellectually astute guy and he was engaged, so when you were talking to him you forgot that he was sick.”

Zappa was born in Baltimore on December 21, 1940, to parents of Italian heritage — he would be celebrating his 75th birthday this week.

He was a sickly child who once suffered the indignation of having radium pellets shoved up his nose by a doctor treating him from sinusitis; his nose featured prominently both on his face and in his lyrics. Zappa’s path to music started early.

In high school he was a drummer in his first band but gradually he moved on to guitar. It was one of several instruments he would go on to master. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 22 in their all-time top 100 guitarists.

Zappa was a self-taught musician who took his inspiration not just from the rock’n’roll that was so prevalent around him growing up but also from jazz and classical music.

During the recording of his 1966 debut album Freak Out!, session musicians were expected to read the notes on sheet music from charts on a wall while Zappa conducted them.

This eclecticism has meant that Zappa, although prolific — he produced some 60 albums — has not always been the most accessible.

“He was one of those artists that was yin to everyone else’s yang,” says Dan Hegarty of 2FM.

“Zappa’s music was very much its own thing — hilarious, intelligent, and inventive. It certainly splits an audience. Any time I play him on my show, I get a divide of hugely positive feedback, and an equal amount saying ‘What the hell is that?’”

Zappa considered himself an anti-establishment figure. Some biographers suggest that a police sting which saw him jailed on trumped-up charges of producing pornography was a catalyst but the truth is probably more complex than that.

“He played it by his own rules,” says Stuart Clark of Hot Press. “He was definitely a man of his time who said what he wanted to say. So many bands are now so media trained but he really didn’t care.”

Having the freedom to say it as he saw it was something Zappa was almost militant about. In 1985, he gave testimony in front of a US Senate committee attacking the Parents Music Resource Center; a group, led by Tipper Gore, which sought to censor lyrics of a sexual and satanic nature.

Zappa had warned of a United States that was on its way to becoming a “fascist theocracy” and in his closing statement he painted a grim picture of a censored future: “What if the next bunch of Washington wives demands a large yellow J on all material written or performed by Jews in order to save helpless children from concealed Zionist doctrine?”

One wonders what he would have to say about his country today.

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