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24 June 2016

"Eat That Question" - Opens Today!

Eat That Question premieres TODAY in Los Angeles and New York, before rolling out to other theaters around the USA in July and August!

Orchestra En Regalia - Musics By Frank Zappa


14 June 2016

"Musics by Frank Zappa/Orchestra En Regalia" - June 18

Orchestra En Regalia - Musics By Frank Zappa

The Zappa Family Trust and Columbia Artist Management are proud to present Musics by Frank Zappa - Orchestra En Regalia on Saturday June 18 at Dvorak Hall, Rudolfinium, Prague, as part of the PROMS Prague 12th Annual International Music Festival. The performance will feature Joe Travers (Drums), Scott Thunes (Bass), Jamie Kime (Guitar) and Ian Underwood (Piano) with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, and Sarah Hicks, Conductor.

The program will include performances of:
THE BLACK PAGE / drums solo by Joe Travers
LITTLE HOUSE I USED TO LIVE IN / piano solo by Ian Underwood
THE DOG BREATH VARIATIONS, orchestration approved by FZ

Get tickets: http://www.pragueproms.cz/en/


9 June 2016

"Frank Zappa For President" & "The Crux Of The Biscuit" - July 15

Two new Frank Zappa titles, Frank Zappa for President and The Crux of the Biscuit, will be released on CD July 15 by Zappa Records/UMe. Both releases feature previously unreleased material from the Zappa Vault.

Frank Zappa For President

Frank Zappa for President? You betcha! We know at various times he wanted to run for office. In the spirit of the dramatic 2016 presidential election adventures comes a release that gives us a glimpse into what could have been. This album is comprised of unreleased compositions realized on the Synclavier, along with other relevant tracks mined from the Vault, with a political thread tying it all together. Don't forget to register and vote!

Frank Zappa For President

The Crux of the Biscuit was created in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of Frank Zappa's 1974 album Apostrophe('). As part of Zappa Records' ongoing Frank Zappa Project/Object Audio Documentary Series, it contains rare alternate mixes, live performances, and studio session outtakes. This release celebrates Zappa's iconic, Gold-certified album, which landed in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart.


8 June 2016

Road Tapes, Venue #3

Eat That Question

OUT NOW! "Road Tapes, Venue #3" features two complete shows from Tyrone Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN. The July '70 Mothers line-up featured Flo & Eddie, George Duke, Ian Underwood, Aynsley Dunbar & Jeff Simmons. FZ's vast Vault does not contain many full shows from this time period, so that alone makes this release a special one. The tapes were recorded to stereo reel-to-reel, but not without problems. Due to their historical relevance, we felt it was worth it, warts 'n all! Venue #3 does not disappoint.



8 June 2016

The Lumpy Money Project/Object - Reissued through Universal

Lumpy Money

ALSO OUT NOW! "LUMPY MONEY" - part of a Zappa Family Trust Project/Object Audio Documentary series - celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Frank Zappa's Masterworks "Lumpy Gravy" & "We're Only In It For The Money." Contains unique and rare versions of both legendary albums (released digitally in pristine audio quality for the 1st time), nuggets from the Vault (studio outtakes, single versions, instrumental mixes, FZ interviews) with extensive booklet featuring photos and liner notes from David Fricke & Gail Zappa.



31 May 2016

Eat That Question - Premieres June 24

Eat That Question

Shattering conventions – musical, social, political – was the life's work of Frank Zappa, the iconoclastic musical genius, rock legend and intellectual firebrand of the late 20th century whose work is equally revered by hardcore rockers and serious musical scholars. Zappa, who died in 1993 at the age of 52, is the subject and spokesman of EAT THAT QUESTION: Frank Zappa in His Own Words, Thorsten Schütte's documentary which premiered at 2016 Sundance and will be released by Sony Pictures Classics.

The film is an energetic celebration of Zappa and his extraordinary musical and political legacy, told entirely through a treasure trove of archival footage culled from the performer's 30-year career in entertainment. Weaving together rare TV interviews and performances from around the world, the film explores Frank Zappa's bravura musicianship and eccentric charisma--his outspoken and outrageous combination of slicing acerbic wit, righteous indignation, and anti-authoritarian irreverence.

Through archival film material of Zappa live, once buried in oblivion and unearthed by Schütte, EAT THAT QUESTION portrays the essence and landmarks of a unique career and creates an eclectic portrait of one of the most original composers and cerebral minds of the 20th century. Zappa's provocative music and ideas cut across generations, while his goal of freeing the listener from conformity still resonates today.

EAT THAT QUESTION opens at the Film Forum In NYC & NuArt In Los Angeles on June 24th, 2016, and then around the country.

Visit the EAT THAT QUESTION Facebook page for screening times near you.


4 May 2016

An Open Letter to Dweezil from Ahmet


Strange to be writing this in public, but I don't know how else to respond.

After reading the article in The New York Times, I'm not sure how else to reach you. If we talk through our lawyers, it's not because I want that. It's because you've refused to talk any other way. I've been reaching out to you for months. I even tried to set up a family meeting so we could discuss all of our family issues, but you repeatedly said you couldn't fit it into your schedule, and that you weren't available to attend without your lawyers present.

Instead, you've given this incomplete, misleading story to the NYT and the media, and invited the whole world to take sides about our family business. Now, we're becoming "that family" – the spoiled brats arguing in public about who deserves what.

I understand you're hurting and angry. We all are. But the more we fight about this in the press, the worse it gets for all of us. We're not gaining anything by doing this in public.

If you're not willing to talk to me, though, I don't know what else to do. The New York Times has a story about a version of me that isn't based on facts or reality, and I don't know how else to set the record straight – or get you to talk to me – except to write this here, where people can form opinions by reading what I said for themselves...

Read Ahmet's full letter HERE.


8 March 2016

Hey Everybody,
People have been asking so I just wanted to clarify that the family is proud to give Alex Winter and his project our complete support, as well as unrestricted access to the Vault. This is the first time we've ever opened the Vault to someone outside of our family, but Alex is an exceptional filmmaker and storyteller, and we are excited to see him tell Frank's story.
While we appreciate that the Kickstarter will help us with the larger project of preserving the Vault, I want to make sure everyone knows that this is NOT our project but we absolutely SUPPORT the project and Alex, and that the Zappa Family Trust will not receive any of the funds Alex raises during the Kickstarter (though if someone makes the $9 million pledge, which would obviously be awesome, a portion of that pledge will be used to purchase the house from the family at its market value).
Alongside the rest of you, we're excited to see what Alex and his team will find.
Ahmet Zappa


8 March 2016

Who The Fuck Is Frank Zappa?

Filmmaker Alex Winter invites Zappa fans to help save Frank's archives and make the definitive Zappa movie with his new Kickstarter project, Who the F is Frank Zappa? Check it out for a great mission and some absurd FZ rewards: http://bit.ly/1p4VC3d


29 January 2016

Premiering tonight! Ahmet and Shana Zappa’s Star Darlings on the Disney Channel at 8PM PST.


9 December 2015

2016 Dweezil Zappa Solo Dates:

2/2/16:   Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere   Tickets
2/3/16:   New York, NY - The Gramercy Theatre   Tickets
2/4/16:   Ridgefield, CT - Ridgefield Playhouse   Tickets
2/5/16:   Boston, MA - Paradise   Tickets
2/6/16:   Ardmore, PA- Ardmore Music Hall   Tickets
2/8/16:   Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall   Tickets
2/10/16: Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre   Tickets
2/12/16: San Francisco, CA - Social Hall   Tickets
2/13/16: Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theater   Tickets


30 November 2015

200 Motels - The Suites

Frank Zappa's "200 MOTELS - The Suites" available now! Featuring Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Master Chorale. Recorded at Disney Hall, 2013. Further proof that Touring Can Make You Crazy!


12 October 2015
Roxy The Movie - October 14th 2015


1 October 2015

A Zappa movie experience unlike any other. Prepare to have your minds and ears blown!

World Premiere! Special Guests In Person!


Discussion following the film with guests to be announced.

Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

Wed, Oct 14, 2015

Get Tickets


17 September 2015


Studio, Live And Audio Documentary Albums Now Available For Download Purchase From All Major Digital Music Retailers Worldwide

‘One Size Fits All’ 40th Anniversary Edition 180g Vinyl Coming October 16

(Click Here For Full Release)


4 September 2015

ROXY Trailer


24 June 2015

Dance Me This is now shipping.

This is it. #100.
The LAST album by Frank Zappa.
It’s 1993 & YOU ARE HERE!

(For no reason in particular,
Happy Birthday, Jeff Beck!)


1 June 2015

U  P  D  A  T  E

Just in time for FZ’s half birthday we are
pleased to confirm that we WILL commence
shipping Dance Me This the week of the
Summer Solstice.

Until then, the pre-order shall remain in effect.



10 May 1964 / 10 May 2015

"Pick Me I’m Clean" – Single, Download

"There is no undertaking more challenging,
more rewarding than the responsibility of
being a Mother." ˜ Richard Milhous Nixon

"Thanks a lot, Dick!" ˜ FZ

FRANK ZAPPA, Ike Willis, Ray White,
Arthur Barrow, Tommy Mars, Dave Logeman
The Olympiahalle, Munich Germany, 3 July 1980
Produced by Frank Zappa
Mixed by Frank Filipetti, 2015



Mayday, Mayday, Mayday Baltimore

My heart goes out to the people of the City of Baltimore, to the family of Freddie Gray, to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and to everyone who is working every day in every way to open doors to understanding, respect and communication - to end racism, sexism, and social disenfranchisement. gz & family


15 April, 2015

Record Store Day Rocks! This Saturday, April 18th.
Enjoy this fine vinyl offering from Frank Zappa’s 200 MOTELS on Barking Pumpkin & Zappa Records.
From 1971, "What’s The Name Of Your Group?" & from 2013, "The Overture" Conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen with the L.A. Philharmonic

See Joe, the Vaultmeister, showing how it’s done!


April Fools’ Day, 2015

Dance Me This

FZ’s last album.
Tap your foot algorithmically to this!



15 January 2015

RIP  Martin Luther King, Jr. 1/15/1929 - 4/4/1968  Don Van Vliet 1/15/1941 - 12/17/2010


21 December 2014

2014 Anything Anytime Anywhere For No Reason At All

Happy Birthday Frank!

01. Down In De Dew - Alternate Mix

Produced by Frank Zappa
Recorded at Electric Lady Studios, NYC 1972, & Paramount Studios 1973
Engineer, Kerry McNab
FZ, Guitars, Bass
Jim Gordon, Drums

Transferred by Joe Travers, UMRK 2014
from 1/4” Stereo Analog Tape
Mastered by Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering 2014
Released in 2014 as the B-Side to the Record Store Day 7” single “Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow”

02. Freak Chouflée

Live Recording from the Vault
Circa 1966
Previously Unreleased
FZ, Guitar
Del Casher, Guitar
Don Preston, Keys
Roy Estrada, Bass
Billy Mundi, Drums
Jimmy Carl Black, Drums
Ray Collins, Tambourine

Transferred & edited by Joe Travers
from 1/4” Stereo Analog Tape
Mastered by Steve Hall 2003, Future Disc

03. Uncle Meat/Uncle Meat Variations

Fernando Mariña, Guillermo González Phillips & Jesús Serrano

04. RDNZL Palermo, 1982 (Video Omen)

Frank Zappa
Ray White
Tommy Mars
Chad Wackerman
Scott Thunes
Ed Mann
Bobby Martin
Steve Vai

Mix, FZ with Bob Stone
Mastered by Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering 2014
Camera, Thomas Nordegg



Halloween 2014
Happy Halloween!



Halloween 2014
Happy Halloween!



12 August 2014

We hope to see you there!

We (Gail, Moon, Dweezil, Ahmet & Diva) are pleased to announce the World Premiere of Bunny Bunny Bunny, a short film by Frank Zappa followed by Cheepnis, a very short film by Frank Zappa followed by Uncle Meat, a feature film by Frank Zappa followed by a Panel Discussion with Special Moderation and excited Panel Members of Interest

Red Carpet Reception 7:00PM
Program 7:30PM, Sunday, 17 August 2014
Panel Discussion immediately following

Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028



10 May 2014

2014 Download

Zoot Allures 1982 

FZ - Lead Guitar
Ray White - Guitar
Steve Vai - Guitar
Scott Thunes - Bass
Chad Wackerman - Drums
   (Overdubbed- UMRK)
Bobby Martin - Keys
Tommy Mars - Keys
Ed Mann - Percussion

Cosmik Debris 1973
Finlandia Hall, Helsinki

FZ - Lead Vocal, Guitar
George Duke - Keys
Ruth Underwood - Percussion
Bruce Fowler - Trombone
Jen Luc Ponty - Violin
Ian Underwood - Woodwinds,
Tom Fowler - Bass



20 February 2014

We’re about to announce the
release of Holland Greco’s
Volume One on Zappa Records.
Very Exciting!

Meanwhile check out her
6-8PMPST - Listen & Watch
Suicide Girls Radio:

Questions for Holland?
Call in during the live
broadcast at:


30 January 2014

Joe’s Camouflage

The band that never was.
The group that never toured.
Are you holding?
Now you can!!!



17 December 2013


Monster Movie!
My baby, my baby!
Go to the shelter!
Horrible Eye!
Horrible Eye!

Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha!



10 December 2013


25 November 2013

A Token Of His Extreme.
We’re extremely happy to
offer the soundtrack!
Try it in your car.
Use it with steak.
Makes it’s own sauce.
Call room service.



14 & 21 November 2013

A screening of 200 Motels will take place on 14 November 2103 at 7:00PM in the Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, in the lobby of the George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles. Q&A to follow with Gail Zappa and Joe Travers.

A screening of Uncle Meat will take place on 21 November 2103 at 7:00PM in the Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, in the lobby of the George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles. Q&A to follow with Gail Zappa and Joe Travers.


Halloween 2013
Road Tapes #2

Road Tapes, Venue #2

Frank, Ruth, George,
Ralph, Tom, Bruce,
Ian & Jean-Luc.

All Skate!!

Get Some


23 August 2013

Today is the 40th Anniversary of our
next release (Road Tapes, Venue 2!!)!


30 July 2013 (Diva's Birthday!)

Hey all you pussycats!
You've been whiling
and now you're smiling,
cuz we're beguiling
and dialing up ROXY for you.
We've got it covered.

Pre-Order NOW!


75' 49"


19 July 2013
Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Died for Our Sins



7 June 2013
Roxy by Proxy


Countdown Begins!
Target Date: 21 June 2013



6 June 2013


On Wed, Jun 5, 2013 11:03:46 PM PDT, jjj wrote
Subject: Re: Token Of…
To: Gail Zappa
Wow! They left ALL of us out of the loop!

On Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 5:04 PM, Gail Zappa wrote:
But you did find it! No one told us either. Thanks for sharing. We'll use your enquiry.


On Jun 4, 2013, at 11:49 AM, jjj wrote:
A Token Of His Extreme is finally released on DVD today (I pre-ordered mine!), but not a word about it at ZAPPA.COM. What's up with that? I just sort of ran across is on Amazon.



6 June 2013



10 May 2013
Help I'm A Rock 12"

L I M I T E D   E D I T I O N

From Freak Out! to Understanding America And all the Finer Moments in betwixt The simple message remains simple: It Can't Happen Here. Who Are The Brain Police? HELP I'M A ROCK - The Single At 45 revolutions per moment 12 inches of Brain Expansion in Red Vinyl!

Pre-Order NOW!



Yes & But Also: DIVA! http://iam8bit.com/the-gallery/grace-ritual/


8 May 2013

Zappa Plays Zappa

Coming to a Venue Near You


The Whole Work: LIVE!

ZPZ Poster!



1 April 2013


No Kidding!
Trout Mask Replica!!
Replicate Yourself!!!

Note: We here at UMRK determined that the TMR Master was damaged somewhere in the years of it's return orbit. The Vaultmeister created almost in its entirety a new Master from our own Vault safety copies. And as if that wasn't enough chocolate for your Sunday sundae, we had Bob Ludwig remaster the Work for you. What you now have available to you is the definitive TROUT MASK REPLICA. Be the judge. Be the jury. Be the bongo. Be the fury!!!

Pre-Order Here.


Roxy by Proxy


So: We’re baaaaack!
Sure: Mercury’s out of Retrograde tomorrow!
No: Yes way!
Yes: Lemme take a minute & tell you my plan: GET SOME!


8 February 2013
Bat Chain Puller


Mar 01, 2013 Brighton, Concorde 2
Mar 02, 2013 Colchester, Arts Center
Mar 04, 2013 Bristol, Fleece
Mar 05, 2013 Bilston, Robin 2
Mar 06, 2013 Preston, Continental
Mar 07, 2013 Manchester, Band on the Wall
Mar 09, 2013 Glasgow, The Arches
Mar 10, 2013 Edinburgh, Picture House
Mar 11, 2013 Newcastle, Cluny
Mar 13, 2013 Liverpool, Eric's
Mar 14, 2013 York, The Duchess
Mar 15, 2013 Reading, Sub 89
Mar 16, 2013 London, Under The Bridge


15 January 2013
Bat Chain Puller

Digital mambo outside
Shoes too big to fill.
All dance!
Thrill to Hobo-Ism!
At iTunes NOW.


21 December 2012


(2 Hours 44 Minutes 20 Seconds)


Watch the movie in your head:
When you are driving
When you are bathing
When you are jogging
When you are cooking
When you are singing
Happy Birthday to FZ!


28 November 2012
Roxy by Proxy


So: Yes, I’ve always dreamt of being a music mogul.
Sure: I know how to sell Zappa better than the ZFT!
No: I am not kidding!
Yes: I will: Dream through the night of holding it near me.

What It Is!


1 November 2012

GZ on HuffingtonPost.com


Halloween 2012
Frank Zappa Understanding America


"Politics is the entertainment branch of government." - Frank Zappa

Cook something up for your

Put his menu on your shopping list
when you VOTE!






"The Legends of Laurel Canyon"


From Eye on L.A. at 8:30 p.m. PT on Saturday, Oct. 13 on ABC7: If you're in the Los Angeles area, you can watch this 1-hour primetime special.
If you're located outside of the KABC-TV viewing area, you can watch the special after it airs on abc7.com/EyeOnLA.
(Note: It comes on after a live NASCAR event, so if you record it we suggest recording from 8:30-10pm just in case it runs long. It will also be available online for a limited run at www.abc7.com/eyeonla. Note 2: Remember, you can access the show through these links AFTER it airs on 13 October.)


22 August 2012

Dear Citizens & Denizens,

Joe (you know, from Joe's Garage, Acts 1, 2 & 3) reminded me just the other day when we were signing off on the art for the next batch of Releases "that we (do) want you to know that we like you all too." So I want to say thank you again for being such the fabulous audience for what we do (for FZ). And this is to let you know that it's not over. As of the 14th of this month, everything from the Primary Catalog went up at iTunes. Officially. Legally. And by the end of the year there will be more - on iTunes. But for those of you who fancy the CD (I know I do), you can find each Batch of 12 Titles as they are Deployed each month through November at Barfko-Swill. (All the little Barfies are running amok, squealing with delight, exhorting me to tell you not to forget them. They work very hard at Barfko-Swill to make sure that everything is just the way you want it whenever you need it - especially if you live in some socially retarded jurisdiction - there are just so many these days, and isn't that the truth!)

And now for some announcements!

The September Batch of singular Old Masters is:
Orchestral Favorites
Joe's Garage Acts 1, 2 & 3
Tinsel Town Rebellion
Shut Up 'N' Play Yer Guitar
You Are What You Is
Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch
The Man From Utopia
Baby Snakes
London Symphony Orchestra, Vols. I & II
Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger
Them Or Us

And ere the frost is on the Pumpkin:
Francesco Zappa
Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention
Does Humor Belong In Music?
Jazz From Hell
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 1
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, The Helsinki Tapes, Vol. 2
Broadway The Hard Way
The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life
Make A Jazz Noise Here
*Exciting New Title (TBA): Compiled by Frank Zappa just in time for what turns out to be THIS U.S. Presidential Election!!!

WHEW! Did you notice the asterisks? Now that the Dust Of The Ages (DOA) is finally beginning to settle in the Vault - hopefully for the last time - we, Without Regret, are pleased to inform you: Yes, that's right, there will be 60 ACTUAL Titles this year. Something old, something new, something borrowed & something blue. Say I do!


gz & the barfies

p.s. Ah yes, not to be forgotten questions@zappa.com.


30 July 2012


4 July 2012

Yes! Independence too for the
most Independent Artist! For those
of you who must, iTunes coming soon!
'Ere the banners yet wave.

Happy 4th of July! Be Safe. Enjoy!


Frank Zappa

Frank's Back! And they said It couldn't happen Here.
Doot. Doot.






Back home where it belongs, the music of FRANK ZAPPA is now back in the hands of the ZAPPA FAMILY TRUST.

To celebrate this, the estate has signed a global license and distribution deal with UNIVERSAL MUSIC ENTERPRISES to release 60 of the iconic composer’s recordings. The roll-out kicks off July 31 with 12 recordings, with another dozen recordings to be released monthly through the end of 2012.

“The ink is not yet dry on The Zappa Family Trust's worldwide deal with Universal Music Enterprises,” says Gail Zappa. “They made us the offer we couldn't refuse--for all the right reasons. It is a win-win for all of us, but mostly for Frank Zappa. Long may his baton wave. We are so ready to go.”

“The artist and composer, Frank Zappa, is one of the most important and influential artists in music history with his prolific body of work, including his breakthrough rock ‘n roll concept albums. We are honored that Gail Zappa and the Zappa Family Trust have entrusted us with his legacy. We intend to honor him and bring high quality releases, digital and physical, for his new and longtime fans,” said Bruce Resnikoff, President/CEO, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe).

Now fully back in hands of the Zappa Family Trust--headed by Zappa’s widow Gail Zappa--the releases will honor the iconic legacy of the composer, musician, bandleader and filmmaker. ZAPPA was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997 (although the family would like to know where it is). The official biography: Frank Zappa, American composer, 1940-1993.

The UME deal is for the entire Zappa Catalog as it appeared on Frank Zappa's own independent label, Barking Pumpkin Records. Many of the original analog masters have been re-mastered for this occasion. Yes that's right, you heard right. The entire Catalog, in all its spiffnificent glory will launch July 31, just in time for Frank Zappa’s daughter DIVA’s birthday-- an occasion that will be celebrated along with GAIL, sister MOON UNIT and brothers DWEEZIL and AHMET.

For more information, go to www.zappa.com.

The initial 12 FRANK ZAPPA releases included in the ZAPPA/UNIVERSAL deal set for July 31 are as follows. **Date signifies original year of release.

1. Freak Out! (1966)
2. Absolutely Free (1967)
3. Lumpy Gravy (1968)
4. We're Only In It For The Money (1968)
5. Cruising With Ruben & The Jets (1968)
6. Uncle Meat (1969)
7. Hot Rats (1969)
8. Burnt Weeny Sandwich (1970)
9. Weasels Ripped My Flesh (1970)
10. Chunga's Revenge (1970)
11. Fillmore East, June 1971 (1971)
12. Just Another Band From L.A. (1972)


For more information, contact:

Marcee Rondan/Mitch Schneider/Todd Brodginski
marcee@msopr.com, mschneider@msopr.com, toddb@msopr.com


10 May 2012
Frank Zappa and the Mothers Est. 1964 Cucamonga, California


21 December 2011

Anything Anytime Anywhere For No Reason At All, Again Also And Mathilda

aaafnraaaaam 2011

Happy Birthday Frank!

01. "Wowie Zowie" by Frank Zappa 
Artist: Mathilda Plum Doucette Zappa
Produced by Gail Zappa
Vocals Recorded & Mix by Jared Lee Gosselin for UMRK
Lead Vocals - Mathilda Plum Doucette Zappa
All Background Vocals - Joe Travers
Original Track Produced by Frank Zappa:
Guitar - Frank Zappa
Rhythm Guitar - Elliot Ingber
Tambourine - Ray Collins
Xylophone - Gene Estes
Bass - Roy Estrada
Drums - Jimmy Carl Black
Mastered by John Polito, Audio Mechanics

02. "Bobby Brown (Se Upp För F-N)" by Frank Zappa
Artist: Lise & Gertrud
Vocals - Lise Hummel & Gertrud Stenung
Cello - Gertrud Stenung
Lyrics by Lise & Gertrud by permission of The Zappa Family Trust © 2009 ZFT 

03. "Yellow Snow" by Frank Zappa
Artist: Serj Tankian
Engineered, Produced & Mix by Jared Lee Gosselin
Backround Vocals - S Gonzalez, B Thomas, C Norton
Guitar - Orbel Babayan, Jamie Kime
Horns - Scheila Gonzalez, Ben Thomas
Keys - Chris Norton
Vibes - Billy Hulting
Bass - Kurt Morgan
Drums - Joe Travers
Mastered by John Polito, Audio Mechanics

04. "Magic Fingers" by Frank Zappa
Artist: Rama Duke
Engineered, Produced & Mix by Jared Lee Gosselin
Vocals - Rama Duke
Guitar - Orbel Babayan
Keys - Zoux
Bass - Kurt Morgan
Drums - Joe Travers
Mastered by John Polito, Audio Mechanics

05. "Dirty Love" by Frank Zappa
Artist: The Dirty Diamond
Engineered, Produced & Mix by Jared Lee Gosselin
Lead Vocal - Sam Babayan
Backround Vocals - Rama Duke
Guitar - Adam Schalke, Orbel Babayan, Sam Babayan
Keys - Zoux
Bass - Narek Pogosyan
Drums - Shay Godwin
Mastered by John Polito, Audio Mechanics

06. "Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?" by Frank Zappa
Artist: Pancho and Sancho
Engineered, Produced & Mix by Jared Lee Gosselin
Guitar, Vocals - Orbel "Pancho" Babayan
Guitar, Vocals - Alexy "Sancho" Yeghikian
Trumpets - Brian Garfield
Saxamaphone - Colin Kupka
Trombone - Craig Kupka
Keys - Sandro Rebel & Chris Norton
Bass - Artyom Manukyan
Drums - Mike Schron
Mastered by John Polito, Audio Mechanics

07. "Dead Girls of London (vm)" by L Shankar & Frank Zappa
Artist/Producer: Frank Zappa
Lead Vocal - Van Morrison
Background Vocals - Vicky Blumenthal
Acoustic & 5 string Electric Violin - Shankar
Acoustic & Electric Guitars - Phil Palmer
Fender Rhodes, Organ, Acoustic Piano, Synthesizer - James Lascelles
Bass - Dave Marquee
Drums - Simon Phillips
Mastered by John Polito, Audio Mechanics

08. "Another Variation Of The Formerly Secret" by Frank Zappa
Artist: Frank Zappa
(Recorded live at The Palladium, NYC, 30 October 1980)
Produced by Frank Zappa
Mixed with Bob Stone at UMRK, ca. 1981
Original Recording Engineer: George Douglas
Digitally transferred from original 1/4" analog stereo mix master at 96K 24B by Joe Travers, UMRK
Lead Guitar - Frank Zappa
Rhythm Guitar - Steve Vai, Ray White, Ike Willis
Keyboards - Tommy Mars, Bob Harris
Bass - Arthur Barrow
Drums - Vinnie Colaiuta
Mastered by John Polito, Audio Mechanics

09. "Peaches (Vienna 88)" by Frank Zappa
Artist: Frank Zappa
Recorded Live at Stadhall 8 May 1988
Produced by Frank Zappa
Mixed with Bob Stone, UMRK
Transferred from 1630 digital mix master by Joe Travers, UMRK
Guitar - FZ
Guitar, Keyboards - Mike Keneally
Keyboards - Bobby Martin
Trumpet, Flugel Horn, Synth - Walt Fowler
Trombone - Bruce Fowler
Saxes - Paul Carman
Tenor Sax - Albert Wing
Baritone Sax, Contrabass Clarinet - Kurt McGettrick
Percussion - Ed Mann
Bass - Scott Thunes
Drums, Electronic Percussion - Chad Wackerman
Mastered by John Polito, Audio Mechanics

10. "Cosmik Debris" by Frank Zappa
Artist: FZ with DZ/ZPZ
Vocals, Guitar - Frank Zappa
Guitar - Dweezil Zappa
Guitar - Jamie Kime
Vocal - Ray White
Sax, Keys, Vocals - Scheila Gonzales
Keys - Aaron Arntz
Percussion - Billy Hulting
Bass - Pete Griffin
Drums, Vocals - Joe Travers
Mastered by John Polito, Audio Mechanics

11. "Sleep Dirt" by Frank Zappa
Artist: Pete Griffin
Recorded, Produced, Mix by Pete Griffin
Mastered by John Polito, Audio Mechanics

12. "Evelyn, A Modified Dog" by Frank Zappa
Artist: Jamie Kime
Mix by Jared Lee Gosselin, UMRK
Mastered by John Polito, Audio Mechanics

13. "Love of My Life" by Frank Zappa
Artist - Jerry Lawson
Produced by Gail Zappa
Recorded, Mix by Jared Lee Gosselin
Mastered by John Polito, Audio Mechanics

All tracks ℗ 2011 Zappa Records & tracks 2 & 11 are under exclusive license to the Zappa Family Trust for this Compilation/Bundle.



20 December 2011
Overnite Sensation - Guitar Transcriptions
On Size Fits All - Guitar Transcriptions

Guitar Transcriptions

Suddenly for no reason at all:
Pick one, Pick two.
Don't be fretless this Xmas!


17 December 2011

Bat Chain Puller

Bat Chain Puller

Beefheart & his Magic

The dust blows forward and the dust does blow back. The Good Captain rests his case.

Pre-Order Here.


11 October 2011
11 October 1971


Carnegie Hall

and the
Mothers Of Invention
Carnegie Hall - warts & all!!!
2 Full Shows, 4 CDs
40 Years Ago Today
Pre-order now!!!
If you are not on the Barfies' List, here's your chance to sign up now.

I Want It Now.


17 September 2011
Frank Zappa Day In Baltimore


01 September 2011

Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison

Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison

For those of you that don't want to know what sex this is, don't read the following:

1. Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison
2. Buffalo Voice
3. Secular Humanism

4. Worms From Hell
5. Samba Funk

Realized by FZ on his Synclavier. All tracks produced by Frank Zappa.

Shipping on or around the Autumnal Equinox.

I Want It Now!


26 August 2011


26 August 2011

   Al Malkin "In The Field Of Danger" at the Stress Factory Comedy Club. September 01. 8pm.


23 August 2011

Vintage Vaultage Vinyl

Vintage Vault Vinyl

Extremely lImited availability.
For the discriminating vinyl advocate.



10 May 2011


Penguin in Bondage/The little known story of the Mothers of Invention - by Frank Zappa

Penguin In Bondage


Written and Performed by Frank Zappa with the Mothers of Invention
Recorded at Auditorium Theater, Chicago, Illinois at the stroke of midnight on one of the Mothers Day Concerts, 10/11/12 May 1974


FZ: Guitar, Vocals
George Duke: Keys, Vocals
Jeff Simmons: Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Napoleon Murphy Brock: BG Vocals, Sax
Don Preston: Synthesizer
Bruce Fowler: Trombone
Walt Fowler: Trumpet
Tom Fowler: Bass
Ralph Humphrey: Drums
Chester Thompson: Drums

4 Track 1/2" analog tape - Edit Master by Frank Zappa
Mix by Jared Lee Gosselin, UMRK, May 2011
Vaultmeisterment by Joe Travers, UMRK, April 2011
Original tape transfer to WAV through Euphonix converters to Nuendo at 96K 24B via ATR 4-Tk plus
edit in gtr solo at reel change & the fade over and out by Vaultmeister.

Executrix & Art Concept by - GZ
Renderment & Photoshoppage by Mike Mesker
Production Management by Melanie Starks
Shoppage by Susan Ledgerwood & Antonio
Lower case opinions by gz, jt & kurt morgan

©(P) 2011 Zappa Records
PIBTLKSOTMOI by FZ & published for the cosmos by Munchkin Music.
All rights reserved.


1 April 2011

Cross your fingers. Watch the skies. And think extra good thoughts today. We just might have some news you've been waiting to hear coming right up . . .


25 January 2011

GRAMMY Museum Presents: S'Talking Zappa


Thursday January 27, 2011; 7:30pm
800 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste. A245, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Join us for a Zappa-wise and Zappa-wide view of the Composer in Residence at the Utility Muffin Research Kitchen (UMRK), part and soul of the cottage industrial complex where Zappa hung his hat (the wide-brimmed pointy one, slightly crumpled at the top with the stars and comets on) for virtually his entire adult life and career. This inside/multi/track discussion will examine the wherefores of FZ's statement "Music is the Best!" and include audio and visual elements and a bit of live music presented by Gail Zappa with Todd Yvega and Joe Travers. Moderated by Scott Goldman, VP, GRAMMY Foundation, followed by audience Q & A.

Doors open at 7:30pm. Admission is $10. Tickets can be purchased at the Museum Box Office or online at Ticketmaster.com beginning January 10, 2011 at 12:00pm. All proceeds benefit The GRAMMY Museum.


21 December 2010

Anything Anytime Anywhere For No Reason At All, Again Also

aaafnraaaa 2010

Happy Birthday Frank!

"Willie The Pimp" by Frank Zappa
Artists: DMC, Talib Kweli, MMM & Ahmet Zappa
Produced By Jared Lee Gosselin For Monsterfoot Music
Recorded and Mixed By Jared Lee Gosselin, UMRK
Vocals - DMC (Darryl McDaniels), Talib Kweli (Talib Kweli Greene courtesy of Blacksmith Music) & Ahmet Zappa
Drums - Marshall Goodman
Guitar - Orbel Babayan
Bass - Kurt Morgan
Scratches - Mix Master Mike

"Bobby Brown" by Frank Zappa
Artist: Ahmet Zappa
Produced, Recorded & Mixed By Jared Lee Gosselin, UMRK
B.G. Vocals - Rama Duke
Guitar - Orbel Babayan
Keys - Fred Kron
Bass - Kurt Morgan
Drums - Joe Travers

"Treacherous Cretins" by Frank Zappa
Artist: Frank Zappa
Pau, France, 16 March 1979
Produced & Recorded Live by FZ
Guitar/vocals - FZ
Vocals - Ike Willis
Slide guitar/vocals - Denny Walley
Guitar - Warren Cuccurullo
Keyboards - Tommy Mars
Keyboards - Peter Wolf
Percussion - Ed Mann
Bass - Arthur Barrow
Drums - Vinnie Colaiuta
Mixed by FZ
Mastered by John Polito 2010

"The Deathless Horsie" by Frank Zappa
Artist: Dweezil Zappa (Live with ZPZ)
Produced by Dweezil Zappa
Mixed by Dweezil Zappa & TJ Helmerich
Mastered by Dweezil Zappa & TJ Helmerich
Live Recording Engineer: Dave Tobias
2011 GRAMMY NOMINEE - Best Rock Instrumental Performance

"City Of Tiny Lites" by Frank Zappa
Artist: Frank Zappa at Hammersmith Odeon
London, England, 26 January 1978
Produced & Recorded Live by FZ
Guitar, vocals - FZ
Drums - Terry Bozzio
Guitar, vocals - Adrian Belew
Percussion - Ed Mann
Bass - Patrick O'Hearn
Keyboards, vocals - Tommy Mars
Keyboards - Peter Wolf
Mixed by Craig Parker Adams, December 2010
Mastered by John Polito 2010

"Your Mouth" by Frank Zappa
Artist: Macy Gray (Courtesy of Concord Music Group)
Produced By Jared Lee Gosselin For Monsterfoot Music
Recorded & Mixed By Jared Lee Gosselin, UMRK
B.G. Vocals - Rama Duke
Lead Guitar - Dweezil Zappa
Horns - Scheila Gonzalez
Keys - Fred Kron
Rhythm Guitar - Orbel Babayan
Bass - Kurt Morgan
Drums - Joe Travers

"My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama" by Frank Zappa
Artist: Frank Zappa
Syracuse, NY, 21 March 1988
Produced & Recorded Live by FZ
Lead guitar, computer-synth, vocal - FZ
Vocals - Ike Willis
Rhythm guitar, synth, vocal - Mike Keneally
Keyboards, vocal - Bobby Martin
Vibes, marimba, electronic percussion - Ed Mann
Trumpet, flugel horn, synth - Walt Fowler
Trombone - Bruce Fowler
Alto sax, soprano sax, baritone sax - Paul Carman
Tenor sax - Albert Wing
Baritone sax, bass sax, contrabass clarinet - Kurt McGettrick
Electric bass, Minimoog - Scott Thunes
Drums, electronic percussion - Chad Wackerman
Mixed by FZ with Bob Stone, UMRK 1989
Mastered by John Polito 2010

"Jumbo Go Away" by Frank Zappa
Artist: Frank Zappa at Hammersmith Odeon
London, England, February 1979
Produced & Recorded Live by FZ
Guitar/vocals - FZ
Vocals - Ike Willis
Slide guitar/vocals - Denny Walley
Guitar - Warren Cuccurullo
Keyboards - Tommy Mars
Keyboards - Peter Wolf
Percussion - Ed Mann
Bass - Arthur Barrow
Drums - Vinnie Colaiuta
Mixed by FZ with Bob Stone, UMRK circa 1981
Mastered by John Polito 2010

"Peaches En Regalia" by Frank Zappa
Artist: Dweezil Zappa, Zappa Plays Zappa with N.M. Brock & Steve Vai
Produced by Pierre & Francois Lamoureux
Mixed by Denis Normandeau & Dweezil Zappa with Francois Lamoureux
Mastered by Bryan Martin & Francois Lamoureux at Sonosphere, Montreal
2009 GRAMMY WINNER - Best Rock Instrumental Performance

"Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance" by Frank Zappa
Artist: Holland Greco
Ukulele / Vocals / Kazoo / Bells - Holland Greco
Drums - Andy Sanesi
Tracking Produced by Joe Travers, UMRK
Engineered by Richard Landers
Additional Recording, Engineering, and Synths by Starvon Washington at S1V Music Studios
Mix by Jared Gosselin

"The Torture Never Stops" by Frank Zappa
Artists: Chloe & Robert Trujillo (on Bass)
Guitar - Jamie Kime
Keys - Fred Kron
Drums - Andy Sanesi
Tracking Produced by Joe Travers, UMRK
Engineered by Richard Landers
Mix by Jared Lee Gosselin, UMRK

"Stairway To Heaven"
by Jimmy Page & Robert Plant

Artist: Frank Zappa
Buffalo, NY, 9 March 1988
Produced & Recorded Live by FZ
Lead guitar, computer-synth, vocal - FZ
Vocal - Ike Willis
Rhythm guitar, synth, vocal - Mike Keneally
Keyboards, vocal - Bobby Martin
Vibes, marimba, electronic percussion - Ed Mann
Trumpet, flugelhorn, synth - Walt Fowler
Trombone - Bruce Fowler
Alto sax, soprano sax, baritone sax - Paul Carman
Tenor sax - Albert Wing
Baritone sax, bass sax, contrabass clarinet - Kurt McGettrick
Electric bass, Minimoog - Scott Thunes
Drums, electronic percussion - Chad Wackerman
Mix by FZ with Bob Stone, UMRK 1989
Mastered by John Polito 2010


9 December 2010

Questions: gz sez
(The first 50 questions have been asked and answered. Check it out.
If you wish to submit additional questions, feel free to do so.)


2 December 2010
Dweezil Zappa - Return Of The Son Of...

Congratulations to Dweezil on the Grammy Nomination in the category of Best Rock Instrumental Performance for FZ's "The Deathless Horsie."


2 December 2010


17 November 2010
Hammersmith Odeon

Hammersmith Odeon

Shipping Now!!!

Psst! Pre-order ends tonight midnight PST.


16 November 2010

Yes that's right. You heard right.
GZ will answer 50 questions before Christmas.
Submit yours to questions@zappa.com.


31 October 2010


Hammersmith Odeon

Hammersmith Odeon
Hammersmith Odeon
Hammersmith Odeon

Frank Zappa LIVE in Concerts
The concerts that brought you Sheik Yerbouti.
Special Party Package available first at The Roundhouse
3 discs full - for all you black sheep out there.



27 October 2010

Frank Zappa at the Roundhouse

Frank Zappa At The Roundhouse

Did we mention that it is huge?

November 5, 6, 7



16 September 2010

Proclamation - FZ Day in Baltimore - September 19

Unwrapping the bust
Installing bust
Lifting the bust into place.
The FZ bust, installed
Photos: John Lewis


10 September 2010

Congress Shall Make No Law . . .

Congress Shall Make No Law

Here, at UMRK we feel it is our duty . . .
Frank Zappa tells it like it is and was
25 years ago. All his Testimony and
Commentary and the Z Pac too.
Exciting air escaping from mouths in the
vicinity of the Beltway . . .

Shipping on or around 20 September 2010.



27 July 2010

Frank Zappa Dedication

Frank Zappa Statue September 19, 2010
Enoch Pratt Free Library
3601 Eastern Avenue Baltimore, MD 21224

Frank Zappa statue to be dedicated on Sunday, September 19 at the Southeast Anchor Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library located at 3601 Eastern Avenue. Additional details are forthcoming.

The sculpture is a gift to the city of Baltimore orchestrated by three guys from Lithuania: Saulius Paukstys, Saulius Pilinkus and Arturas Baublys. It is a replica of the bust of Frank Zappa installed in Vilnius (pictured here), created by artist Konstantinas Bogdanas. The gift and location were approved by the Baltimore City Public Art Commission and sanctioned by the family.

Legendary musician and composer Frank Zappa was born in Baltimore in 1940 and passed away in 1993, at home in Los Angeles. He is internationally recognized as one of the most innovative composers and musicians of the 20th century with a career spanning more than 30 years.


9 June 2010

Ojai Music Festival

Friday, June 11, 2010

1:00 to 2:15 pm - SYMPOSIUM lll: The World of Frank Zappa
Ara Guzelimian - moderator
Gail Zappa
Ian Underwood
Steve Vai
Todd Yvega
Dietmar Weisner - Ensemble Modern

8:00 pm, Concert, Ensemble Modern, Libbey Bowl
Selections from Greggery Peccary & Other Persuasions

"Night School"
"The Beltway Bandits"
"Put A Motor In Yourself"
"Peaches en Regalia"

Selections from The Yellow Shark

"Outrage at Valdez"
"The Girl in the Magnesium Dress"
"Ruth is Sleeping"
"Get Whitey"
"G-Spot Tornado"



10 May 2010
Mothers Day Downloads 2010

Ok. Most of you probably know that Mothers' Day, apart from coming from an ancient pagan ritual, was originally instituted by women in this country who were protesting war and their sons having to fight. And that day, according to Hallmark, now falls on the second Sunday in May. But we here at the UTILITY MUFFIN RESEARCH KITCHEN recognize Mothers Day as May 10th every year - the anniversary of the day in 1964 that Frank Zappa named his band.

This year, to commemorate his work, we are making four more albums available to you on a digital level at Barfko-Swill. Official Digital Downloads now available: Everything Is Healing Nicely, FZ:OZ, Buffalo, Imaginary Diseases.



15 April 2010


Greasy Love Songs

Pip Pip Pooray

If ever since LUMPY MONEY, PIPCO has been on your mind, now you can have it on your chest!

Luxuriant cotton.



1 April 2010


Greasy Love Songs


Cruise along with Ruben & The Jets. Explore the gratifying booklet in the back seat of your Carucha. Check out Cheech Marin's liner notes. Yes, here we are again with the most recent installment from the Anniversary FZ Audio Documentary series: Cruising With Ruben & The Jets. It's 1968 and it's never too late to learn and it's never too late to bop!



1 April 2010
Joe Travers in the Vault

Vaultmeister sighting!

Joe Travers in the Vault.


21 December 2009


16 December 2009

Philly '76 (Concert Double CD) - Shipping NOW!

Philly '76

You could be the first to find this in your mailbox
this year! Yes, that's right.

Frank Zappa. In concert. Alive & Good on CD.

Smoke this in your ears!

Shipping NOW!



29 October 2009

Halloween 2009

200 Motels

Happy Birthday Chloe.

Happy Birthday Jeanne.

Happy Halloween Everybody.

Happy Birthday Larry.

Happy Birthday Roseanne.




19 August 2009
200 Motels

Baby Snakes

Together At Last

Presented by American Cinematheque

Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Avenue at 14th Street in Santa Monica
Thursday, August 27, 2009
$10 Box office opens at 6:30pm
Screening at 7:30pm

This, from American Cinematheque online:

Frank Zappa Double Feature:

New 35mm Print! 200 MOTELS, 1971, MGM Repertory, 98 min. Dir. Tony Palmer & Frank Zappa. "Touring can make you crazy, that's what 200 Motels is all about."- Frank Zappa. Frank Zappa was a mad scientist constantly pushing the boundaries of music, film, and video. 200 MOTELS is no exception; Zappa combined The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with The Mothers of Invention and filmed the bulk of the soundtrack live. Zappa's favorite topics -- groupies, mundane Americana and inside jokes -- are the themes of this film. Musical interludes provide a transcending break, where things like place, time and plot are forgotten. With Theodore Bikel, Keith Moon and Ringo Starr as Frank Zappa.

BABY SNAKES, 1979, Intercontinental Absurdities, 164 min. Dir. Frank Zappa. In 1977, Frank Zappa gave a major concert in New York that gave full rein to the astonishing range of his talents as a composer, musician, band-leader, conductor, satirist and ringmaster. Orchestrating the band, the event and the audience – the concert was a triumphant celebration of the breadth of his uniquely idiosyncratic vision. Zappa filmed the concert and spent the next two years editing, polishing and adding sequences to the film including ground-breaking claymation. As usual, Zappa was far ahead of his time – and the film did not enjoy wide distribution on release.

And we have this to say: It's Ringo Starr as Larry the Dwarf disguised as Frank Zappa and furthermore we all know that Baby Snakes (which stars the New York audience) is about "people who do stuff that is not normal."

See you there.


30 July 2009
Uncle Meat


First ever U.S. screening of Frank Zappa's UNCLE MEAT
Presented by American Cinematheque

Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Sunday, August 2, 2009
$10 Box office opens at 6pm
Screening at 7:30pm

UNCLE MEAT, 1987, 100 min.
By 1968 Frank Zappa was deep into this masterpiece of conceptual continuity but ultimately had completed UNCLE MEAT principal photography by 1985 for the launch of his Honker Home Video label. Zappa uses footage from his "Absolutely Free"-era residency at the Garrick Theater in New York, and from the "We’re Only in it for the Money" album cover shoot and edits of The Play from the 1968 concert at The Royal Festival Hall, London.

The cast in UNCLE MEAT includes FZ's film editor, Phyllis Smith, Don Preston and footage with other original Mothers & band members, Ray Collins, Roy Estrada, Jimmy Carl Black, James "Motorhead" Sherwood, Bunk Gardner, Billy Mundi, Art Tripp, Ian Underwood, Aynsley Dunbar while Rodney Bingenheimer, Linda Ronstadt, Meredith Monk and others tag along for the ride at the legendary Hollywood Ranch Market on Vine Street. Acclaimed director of photography Haskell Wexler contributes camerawork.



30 July 2009
Happy Birthday Diva!
Photo Credit: Ryan Rickett

Happy Birthday Diva!


24 June 2009
Joe's Garage

We're celebrating . . .
Today is Jeff Beck's Birthday! Yay!
And it is the 30th Anniversary of the
final recording sessions for
Joe's Garage Acts I, II, III
And here's just a little something
from the L.A. stage production . . .

(click to play)

Mothermania - Official Digital Download

"Packard Goose"

Here's what some of you missed . . .
And for the rest of you we hope this
brings back wonderful memories.

(click to play)


10 May 2009

Mothers Day

Mothermania - Official Digital Download

Zappa Records is pleased to present the Official Digital Download of MOTHERMANIA a special 4tieth Anniversary edition in celebration of the original Vinyl release (March 1969).  On Mothers' Day (10 May 1964)!

Download it Now!


24 April 2009

NEW!!! On Zappa Records!

Playing in Tongues

We here at Barfko-Swill are pleased to begin our digital release schedule (that includes FZ, DZ & other artists) with Warren Cuccurullo's Playing In Tongues. And speaking of Playing In Tongues this is the launch of releases available through Barfko-Swill in 256 Kbps & FLAC formats. How you like it.



10 April 2009

Zappa Plays Zappa - Son of Roxy & Elsewhere DVD Preview

ZPZ Son of Roxy & Elsewhere DVD Preview

Watch in high-def on the newly minted Zappa Plays Zappa YouTube Channel!


2 April 2009

Jennifer Wins!
Jennifer Lettelleir
For Joe's Garage!!

Jennifer Lettelleir Bests Choreographer L.A. Weekly Theater Awards this week in Los Angeles. Congratulations to the very deserving, fabulous, gorgeous, beloved and classy director and performer of the art of Dance. Here are some of her remarks:

"First of all I'd like to thank the late Frank Zappa for being the brilliant and hilarious composer that he was. Joe's Garage was my first Zappa album. I've been a fan for a long time, so this was like a dream come true."

"I'd like to thank Gail and the Zappa Family Trust for allowing us to do the show. It was an honor."

"Thank you to Pat Towne, Michael Franco and Charlie Otte for bringing me on to this project and believing in me."

"Thanks to Martha Demson and the Open FIst Theatre Company for opening your arms to me." "Thank you to our talented designers for creating such a beautiful space for us to play in."

"Thanks to our kick ass crew for working so hard - Marjorie Knight and Monica Dibiasio - you are the best stage managers ever!"

"Thanks to the killer musicians - I loved dancing to you guys every night!"

"To the cast - thank you for bringing my choreography to life and for working so hard. I loved being right there with you guys singing and dancing. Thanks for all your sweat and personality."

"Thanks to my husband Dave for letting me disappear into Joe's Garage right after our honeymoon. You are the best."

"I fucking LOVED doing this show. It was an experience that I will carry in my heart forever."

Puppets Rule!
Producer Michael Franco holds Award
Producer Michael Franco holds Award

Michael Franco, Jeff G. Rack & Shawn MacAulay win for Puppet Design!!  There is no competition for The Central Scrutinizer!



4 March 2009

Diva's Dream

Diva's Dream

Check out Diva Zappa's collaboration with artist, Evan York.

And view more videos here!


19 February 2009

Gail Zappa & Joe Travers Radio Interview


Talking About LUMPY MONEY . . . and maybe a little something special on the side.

Interview is Thursday, 19 February 2009 between 11:10AM-12:00 PST KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles.

Listen to the archive.



Yes.  Bleef or not, it's true!  Dweezil's peers with voting privileges honored Zappa Plays Zappa (Dweezil, Scheila, Aaron, Billy, Jamie, Pete & Joe and special guests Mr. Brock & Mr. Vai) for their wonderful performance of Frank Zappa's "Peaches En Regalia."   As well they should.  And we couldn't be more grateful for the GRAMMY recognition of this band of merry men (and woman)!  Congratulations

http://www.grammy.com/GRAMMY_Awards/GRAMMY_Live.aspx  (scroll to approximately 2:53:36)

More:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xuum94iLiHE

Read Dweezil's Blog about the GRAMMY Win



LUMPY MONEY (3 CDs) - Pre-Order

Lumpy Money


This Limited Addition to the FZ Audio-Documentary Anniversary Series contains Deluxe booklet (with more notes by David Fricke!!) in a flamboyantly exciting package yes, and but also THE 3 (THREE!!) CDs, which more than sufficiently and even emphatically answer all those questions posed and implied in the cross-talk balloons of yore. See in the eye of your mind the pencil that drew out and the baton that pointed out the future path into one man's musical galaxy as Composer in residence, Earth, 1967/8. Music is the Best! Get some today.



21 December 2008

New Release(s)


It's that time again and we are pleased to consort with iTunes to bring you our latest bundlement of joy!  Enjoy!

This time we're including special guests.  More info.

Visit The iTunes Music Store and download the bundle.


21 December 2008

What's New In Baltimore?

What's New In Baltimore?



20 December 2008

Merry Xmas!!!!

Flula Borg Explores Frank Zappa


19 December 2008


03 December 2008

Comedy Performance by:

Al Malkin - in the Field of Danger
Appearing at EastVille Comedy Club
85 E. Fourth St.
New York, NY 10003

Saturday, December 13th from 6-8pm


24 November 2008

New Release(s)

Lumpy Money

Bad News:  We sincerely regret to inform you that yes, we're delayed.  Here's a little token for your extreme from UMRK:

We will notify you here as soon as we have a real date.  Which should be soooooon!


18 November 2008

Pacifica Radio Archives Campus Campaign

Pacifica Radio Archives

The Pacifica Radio Archives annual marathon broadcast fund drive launches the Campus Campaign
From the Vault to the Classroom: Providing a new generation with a sound education.

The Campus Campaign is a new initiative to bring the historic recordings of Pacifica Radio to the classroom…grassroots style…one school at a time. Click the banner above for more info.


11 November 2008

Suddenly for no reason . . .

Your Life Is Now - A California Safe Schools Environmental Presentation
Project: LA36 Special 08/09

Project ID 927, Program ID 7076

Play Date / Time




1:00 pm - Channel 36
9:00 pm - Channel 36
10:00 am - Channel 36
8:00 pm - Channel 36
10:30 pm - Channel 36
10:00 pm - Channel 36
3:30 pm - Channel 36
10:00 pm - Channel 36


31 October 2008
Happy Halloween!


We are pleased to announce that Schott Music is now the worldwide representative for Munchkin Music, Frank Zappa's orchestral and ensemble works for hire. Click here for more info.


29 October 2008

Joe's Garage - L.A.

Go there, Get there, Be there!


16 October 2008

Suddenly... GZ on KPFK 90.7FM on your dial at 11AM Pacific Time


Guests may also include Pat Towne, Director, First Official Theatrical Presentation of JOE’S GARAGE.

For nearly 50 years, KPFK and the Pacifica Foundation have been broadcasting news, information and analysis based on a mission which remains unique in radio broadcasting. Listener sponsored and free of commercial influence, Los Angeles based KPFK 90.7FM has paved the way for a non–commercial media movement that has been instrumental in the development of this country’s crusades for peace and social justice. Once you tune into KPFK you know you’ve found something very special.

For music fans, the difference is breathtaking. Programmers at KPFK aren’t forced to play some Top 40 list of pre-approved songs. Instead, artists from around the world get the chance to be heard, and the interviews are both in-depth and insightful, allowing listeners to step inside the creative process. Such an institution needs to be treasured – and supported. Won’t you help keep this amazing radio station alive? KPFK is currently having a drive to raise much-needed funds and you can show you care by logging onto http://www.KPFK.org and pledging your financial assistance. Thank you!


26 September 2008

Joe’s Menage

Joe's Menage

Vaultage. Corsaga.

Pretties from 1975.

Guess who?



18 September 2008

What's New Next Week (22-26 September)

YES! It's official.

Joe's Garage

Tickets:  www.openfist.org

& Joe's Corsaga #4


19 September 2008

Zappa Mobile!

Zappa Mobile

Available Now!

Just a click away momentarily...


20 August 2008

The Amazing Mr. Bickford - Special Screening

Amazing Mr. Bickford

Cinefamily is presenting The Amazing Mr. Bickford on the big screen at the Silent Movie Theatre on Fairfax in Hollywood, CA this Sunday, August 24 at 7:30 and 9:30pm.

Bruce Bickford will be in attendance for a Q&A after this incredibly rare screening.

Click here for more information and tickets!


Friday the 13th of June 2008

One Shot Deal!!!

One Shot Deal

FZ on CD on Zappa Records

The confinement loaf of your dreams.  
Add water.  Makes it's own sauce.  
Put it on your fries.  Use it to connect your dots.
Wash the car.  Shave with it!




29 May 2008

The Torture Never Stops on DVD

The Torture Never Stops DVD


2 hours & Xtras - All by FZ
4 your evening's entertainment U will need:
TTNS, 1 glass of H2O & possibly a napkin.
Open the DVD & U'LL C Y




29 May 2008

Watch DZ not shut up and play his guitar - but he will soon enough!! Enjoy!


28 May 2008
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 1

GWWYK - $15.00

Automatic - $12.00

together for $25

As you know, Zappa Plays Zappa is imminently on tour and the DVD is available in an entire bouquet of formats for you to snoofer. And we are posting this here so that you know it will soon be available at Barfko-Swill along with Dweezil's CDs Go With What You Know and Automatic at special prices as of June 1st.


10 May 2008
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 1

Today is our Mothers Day - and it's as good a day as any to announce that this month is the 20tieth anniversary of the release of the first in the series of You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore.


08 May 2008

What's New In Baltimore?

What's New In Baltimore?

Baltimore Sun

Rolling Stone


The Guardian, UK

CBS News

LA Times

Chicago Tribune

Washington Times

PR Inside


30 April 2008
Zappa Plays Zappa


Check out Zappa Plays Zappa on KPBS-TV, Channel 15/Cable 11 - Live at 10 pm. Saturday 3 May in San Diego.



12 March 2008

Beware the Ides of March.  GZ speaks in Lexington March 14th.



14 February 2008

ZAPPA Plays ZAPPA on Craig Ferguson

ZPZ Plays Craig Ferguson Show
New Air Date:  29 February 2008

12:35AM PST, 18 February 2008.
Check your local listings.
(Who doesn't love hearing Zappa said with a Scottish accent!)


30 January 2008
Beat The Boots! on Zappa Radio!


16 November 2007

Tour De Frank In Japan

Tour De Frank In Japan


31 October 2007



woo hoo!

Big Swifty, Grand Wazoo, Penis Dimension
Large & In Charge
Et Ceterate Yourself




01 November 2007


Kill Ugly Radio

we're baaaack!!!!!

ZAPPA RADIO   (in vitro)

at a computer near you


23 October 2007

Zappa Plays Zappa

RADIO & TEEVEE!!! (has warnerbros gone too far?)

1. ZPZ on ROCKLINE - live 24 October 2007 - Live 8:30-10PM PST
(Archived at Rockline Replay.) Click here.

2. CONAN    Willie The Pimp!
ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA with Mr. O'Brien on 30 October 2007. Check local broadcast times here.

3. ZPZ at THE BEACON. HALLOWEEN 31 October 2007.



24 August 2007

The Dub Room Special - CD

Dub Room Special
Pre-Order Now!

I'm flashing, man. And so will you when you find this in your mailbox.
Or in your ear. Yeah. Available exclusively at Barfko-Swill.
First luckies get a piece of Ye Old Vault to cherish or fetish or both.




7 August 2007
Zappa Plays Zappa - New Dates!!!

Fall Tour: ZPZ Europe/North America
Australia: ZPZ In OZ


1 May 2007

Apostrophe (') / Over-Nite Sensation on DVD

Classic Albums DVD

While you're waiting for the ZPZ tour bus to arrive, check out the DVD in the Classic Album Series - Apostrophe (') / Over-Nite Sensation - due 1 May 007 and the TV presentation should be up by then as well. Just the way Zappa made it in the studio with a little Freak Out! and some Hot Rats on the side. Yum!



1 April 2007



Pick one from the herd
for your favorite pair of ears.
Full concert - 2 CDs.




30 January 2007

Imaginary Diseases - In Stores

Imaginary Diseases

We at the Utility Muffin Research Kitchen are proud to announce that Imaginary Diseases (formerly only available through Barfko-Swill) is now available at a store near you.

You can preview the album here.



21 December 2006

Anything Anytime Anywhere For No Reason At All

AAAFNRAAGo To iTunes...

"AAAFNRAA" exclusively on iTunes - except this is just in time to celebrate the birthday on 12/21/2006 of Frank Zappa, The Imperial Wizard. And speaking of Imperials see if you can guess which one on which Zappa is from what era. "When the Balls Drops" you and Diva can bring in the New Year with Al on Global Warming and Tipper on drums. Here at the Utility Muffin Research Kitchen, we feel it is our duty...

All FZ tracks are previously unreleased. And this AAAFNRAA is an iTunes Exclusive - except for the illustrious DZ's "Rhythmatist" is available on his CD, Go With What You Know.

For more Info on the tracklisting click here.

Visit The iTunes Music Store and download the bundle.


24 October 2006


Trance-FusionI Want It Now!

In the Grand Tradition of
Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar,
Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar Some More,
Return of the Son of Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar,
You Can't Do that On Stage Anymore series,
and Guitar -
We are pleased to present
Frank Zappa on Zappa Records.
Where he belongs...

For Trance-Fusion tracklisting and samples, click here!


18 October 2006

Suddenly Available for HALLOWEEN!

Halloween T-ShirtsI Want It Now!

How would your pumpkin feel in this fantastic t-shirt?

How would you feel, feeling your pumpkin in this fantastic t-shirt?

Call your favorite vegetable today and get this shirt in stunning Orange or Neon Black.

Soon to be a classic in your very own home.


10 September 2006

The MOFO project/object


In 1966 the first Double Album in Rock 'N' Roll which was also the first Concept Album in Rock 'N' Roll and the first album in Rock 'N' Roll in which the music revealed disciplines and constructs far more familiar in the world of classical music, made it's way into the hearts, minds and consciousness of just enough of those people under the age of 30 to cause them to Freak Out! beyond their wildest expectations, even in Kansas! It did happen here, there and everywhere. And we are pleased to present the Sessions, the Man and the Music that made it all possible. (And impossible!)

MOFO, like the release that inspired it, is a double release. Frank Zappa's Official Album #77 is the Limited Edition which contains 4 Discs of audio magnificence and a 60 page booklet of joyous fetishment. Available exclusively through Barkfo-Swill. Official Album #78 is the lovely & talented 2 Disc MOFO with the wild abandon of a 30 page booklet included - appearing in stores on 7 November. Freak Out! now - before it is illegal.

Music is The Best!

Click here to preview the album!



MOFO 4-Disc Now Shipping!


We have it on good authority that MOFO will begin shipping today after 3:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Therefore, Pre-order closes today.

Music is the Best!

Click here to preview the album!


24 August 2006

Freak Out! Ale

Freak Out! Ale

The Brewers of Lagunitas Freak Out! Ale reaches retailers this week around the Bay Area. Tony Magee, the co-founder of Lagunitas Brewing in Petaluma, worked out an agreement with Zappa's family in Southern California for rights to produce the beer using Zappa's name. The label is the original cover of Freak Out!

This is a most unusual beer for Lagunitas, a brewery famous for big, malty bombs. Freak Out! is strong, all right — about 7.3 percent alcohol by volume. But the taste is quite dry with a strong finish with a lot of hop bitterness. If a huge hop package pleases you, don't miss this one. It's a blend of pale malt and malted wheat and a couple of new hops, which Lagunitas isn't talking about.

Freak Out! is the first of a series of Zappa tributes, Magee says. "We will be doing a label every nine months or so as the other (Zappa album) anniversaries come up," he says. "Next, Absolutely Free next summer, then Lumpy Gravy and We're Only In It For The Money, Uncle Meat, Hot Rats and so on and so on and so on. ... Fun, it is!"


23 August 2006

Baby Snakes - Special Los Angeles Screenings

Baby Snakes

REMINDER! For those of you in Los Angeles this month we are pleased to announce Baby Snakes is making its appearance in the Mods and Rockers Film Festival, on August 31st at The Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.

This is the last surviving 35mm print of the groundbreaking film - with a stereo soundtrack rather than the originally released mono version.

There will be a Q&A with Gail Zappa and Martin Lewis, and program begins at 7:30 pm. General admission tickets are $9 each.


10 August 2006

Gail Zappa Radio Interview

Gail Zappa will be interviewed on Tuesday, August 15th between 2:00-3:00 PST on Experience Talks on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles, and 98.7 FM in Santa Barbara.

UPDATE! Listen to an archive of the broadcast here.


23 August 2006

Go With What You Know

Go With What You KnowI Want It Now!

What do you know? 
Dweezil Plays Dweezil.
Go With it.
It's good for you...
Now on Zappa Records

Click here to preview the album...


24 July 2006

The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless

The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless

Suddenly available now at a bookstore near you - First-time Author (& Illustrator) Ahmet Zappa delivers a horrifyingly hysterical tale that will surely bewitch & betwitch monster lovers in your area.

Now available at the Barfko-Swill store!



28 May 2006

Dateline: Manchester, England

Men Of Mystery

Men of Mystery prove case for Joe’s Garage.

See scientific evidence with your own eyes – And ears – hear/here.


21 December 2005

Imaginary Diseases

Imaginary DiseasesI Want It Now!

On Zappa Records - home of the brave & more of the finest optional entertainment! Where can I get some Petit Wazoo? Go to Kansas City or Montreal or Right here!

You can preview the album here.


15 December 2005

Joe’s XMASage

Joe's XMASageI Want It Now!

Newer from the Vault.

Corsaga #3. Purse your lips!

Sing Happy Birthday to FZ.

Preview the album here!

Available Now!


17 October 2005

The Dub Room Special!

The Dub Room Special!


In stores near you NOW!

Preview the DVD here...


14 September 2005



Produced by FZ & DZ
Surround by Frank Zappa
14 September street date on DTS.

Preview the DVD-AUDIO here...

Available NOW!


18 September 2005

Joe's Domage

Joe's Domage

Now from the Vault.
Stew! Sauce! Spicy!
Hurt yourself!
#2 in the Joe's Corsaga

Joe chose this.

Preview Joe's Domage here!

Available NOW!


30 May 2004

Joe's Corsage

Joe's Corsage

New from the Vault.
On Vaulternative Records, home of your most exciting optional frolicment.
For your next prom date. Now a series.

Joe made this.

Preview Joe's Corsage here!

Available NOW!


Mothermania - Zappa Records Official Digital Download - AVAILABLE NOW!
gz sez Martin Luther King, Jr. 1/15/1929 - 4/4/1968 Don Van Vliet 1/15/1941 - 12/17/2010