OK so this clip is from 2009 but Eric’s guitar playing is just perfect for the song.
I love it.
OK so this clip is from 2009 but Eric’s guitar playing is just perfect for the song.
I love it.
I used to use a little software gem called WireTap Studio, had it for years and it was great for recording audio either through the mic or Mac audio, or both. Now it doesn’t work with the latest Mac OS.
So can anyone recommend a way to record Skype calls? I have to record an interview with the director of “Eat That Question” for my radio show tomorrow – erk!!
I think I can probably do it running Quick Time at the same time, just wondered if there’s a nifty bit of pref free software though
Thanks in advance
The one where you can buy anything, where Jimmy Page buys his Zep bootlegs.
Cos what I would like to have is “Going To Auckland’, the recording of their NZ gig in Auckland NZ on 25 Feb 1972.
I know this concert is on the internet, it’s on this crap YouTube link but what I REALLY would like to have is a CD or vinyl copy. I was there on 25 February 1972, I’d just turned 18 and I travelled by train from Wellington and stayed at my Grandma’s place in Auckland NZ.
My daughter will be in Tokyo this week and she’s promised me she’ll seek it out, just need to know where to go!
This stuff is priceless
Amazing collection of videos from late 70’s into early 80’s of concerts at the Capitol Theatre, Passic NJ.
Artists include Randy Newman, Frank Zappa (my personal favourites) plus Jerry Garcia, Procol Harum, Linda Ronstadt, Reniassance, Orleans, Sparks etc etc
Racetrack, Bad Doberan, Germany
The best music I heard over a sporadic attendance over three days wasn’t actually by Frank Zappa – it was a band called The Dorf (pictured, © Mousey Photographic Services, all rights reserved) – about 25 of them, playing two of everything – trumpets, keyboards, drums, saxes, guitars, and a girl in a pink top out front whipping it out on the Theremin. And a brilliant conductor who controlled it all, and maybe writes the music, I don’t know. But it was beautiful cacophony, superbly organised and directed, quite thrilling. Like free jazz but extremely well disciplined if that’s not a contradiction in terms. The voice of Frank was heard as samples in a couple of the pieces. I bought their CD but haven’t had a chance to listen yet.
The other best band I had never heard in my life was Hazmat Modine, more bluesy and rootsy, an excellent guitar player, plus several brass and a singer who was a bit grating but very good. Again, bought the album, yet to listen.
The best Zappa was played by The Muffin Men which includes a bunch of Zappa alumni including Ed » Continue Reading.
David H, our former overlord just posted this on Twitter. Terry Reid at Glastonbury 1971. Apart from the excellent music, so of its time, the visuals just take me back to that early seventies hippie era. Starting with Alan White’s long toke before they even play! According to the comments (not always reliable or even vaguely comprehensible on YouTube) it’s the great David Lindley on guitar, and one Lee Miles on bass (who is he?). And Linda Lewis pops up at about 6.30 for a jolly good vocal rave-up.
But the shots of the crowd really do it for me – the hair, the dancing, the painted nipples and so on.
I”m going to be in London next month for a short visit, mainly to see my recently married daughter, and also to pop over to Germany for the Zappanale festival.
But I also want to do a quick trip to Fen Ditton (near Cambridge) to visit the cottage I lived in with my family in 1959. Probably stay a night in a b’n’b or a cheap hotel/pub. So my question is, what’s the recommended hassle free way of getting there? It seems to me there are a couple of options –
1. Hire a car in London and drive there and back – which means I can do it all to my timetable (which I like) but then there’s the thing of driving in a totally unknown place (which I have done but am apprehensive about).
2. Train to Cambridge – then hire a car there? Use local transport if it exists?
Any suggestions welcome, especially places to stay
Who else but Ted Nugent?
This is the kind of thing you suspect a lot of people think, but then when you see it in black and white it’s just chilling.
Year: 2016 Director: Bernard MacMahon
This is a wonderful and groundbreaking project. Three documentary films, the first two an hour long, the third lasting an hour and a half, about the earliest recordings of American blues and country musicians in 1926-1927 – the time when radio came of age, so the relatively wealthy middle classes immediately stopped buying records (sound familiar?) The record companies sent recording engineers out to the “poor” areas, purely to record the music people were playing and listening to – so they could sell them records. There was no cultural preservation agenda (unlike say Alan Lomax in later years), and thus we get to see and hear how the Carter Family, Charlie Patton, the Memphis Jug Band, Mississippi John Hurt plus a bunch of other obscure singers/musicians were first recorded. The recording people put ads in the newspapers asking for musicians to record – they traveled miles to do so.
The producers have done an excellent, meticulously researched job here. They found photos and film of the early recording equipment, never seen before. It was all direct to disk, powered by huge portable generators that lasted 3 1/2 minutes before the gigantic weight that was » Continue Reading.
My new 27″ iMac.
First of all it’s brilliant having such a big screen, especially for music scores. Secondly it’s working perfectly. Loaded all my stuff from my backup disk, had to re-authorise a few plug-ins and things but otherwise it’s all working perfectly. And super fast.
The best thing is I actually ENJOY working, even on hard stuff I’d normally procrastinate on.
What are YOU in love with?
I’m posting this because a friend of us all is posting distressing stuff on FB.
I can’t do anything practical because I’m on the other side of the world.
And if I was in the UK I don’t know if I’d disrupt my life to visit this person.
OTOH I’d feel like shit if their “threats” were carried out
1. Get a tattoo 2. Get plastic surgery 3. Own a gun
What are yours?
You’re only allowed three.
Must not include opinions about bands eg “like U2”
“Jazzing the classics” is a phrase from my childhood. Then (I’m talking the dreaded 1960s folks), it referred to the “dreadful” practice of “popular” musicians denigrating the Great European Tradition of Classical Music – Liberace playing Mozart for example, Dave Brubeck playing Mozart etc.
However there was also The NIce doing Brandenburger, and ELP doing Pictures, etc etc
Now the word “classic” akshully means yer classic pop song, and in the wonderful age of YouTube it takes on a new meaning.
This clip is clever, although after about 30 seconds you really don’t want to watch any more.
Any more for any more?
The other night a musician asked me what I was up to, and I replied that I was working on my arrangements of Italian composer Nino Rota’s scores for Fellini’s films. I rabbited on for a few minutes, and then he said “who’s Fellini?”
Well knock me over with a cold lasagne. I mean, I thought everyone had at least HEARD of Fellini, but obviously not. I suppose it’s a generation thing. Why would a thirty something person have heard of Fellini? Unless they were a student of (Italian) film.
That occasion reminded me of the time at the hairdresser when the guy who was cutting my hair said “how’s your day been?” and I said “great, I’ve just done my Frank Zappa radio show”, and he said “who’s Frank Zappa?”
I rather naively think that the world knows who Fellini and Zappa are, because I grew up with them.
But, while I was growing up with them, I also knew about the heroes of my parents’ generation, like Chaplin, and Ellington.
It seems the current generation doesn’t know about essential people from the past.
I’m not quite sure what my question is here – obviously it’s “has » Continue Reading.
Ridiculous over the top pretentious bombastic performance.
I love it.
There must be others that are more, better, worse…
Top the Fudge folks!
Has anyone been to Zappanale? It’s looking like I may be able to pop over to Bad Doberan for a couple of days during a brief visit to the UK in July.
The website is lacking some essential info – like, what are the performance venues and where are they? I don’t mind camping but I’d prefer not to, in which case how do I get to wherever the performances are from wherever I’m staying? Etc etc
Of course I am emailing them but but just wondered if anyone has any experience of being there.
I don’t know what’s funnier, the fact the the RAH reacted so seriously or that their representative had a name that sounds like it was invented by Dr Winston O’Boogie.
Or that I overlooked the date of the article…
I was compiling the playlist for my radio show earlier today (link below, since you asked), which included this track from The Yardbirds, and it occurred to me that back then in the sixties lots of songs had “hey” or “hey hey” or in extreme cases “hey hey hey” as part of the song.
OTTOMH I can think of The Kink’s “Dead End Street” and The Spencer Davis Group’s “Gimme Some Lovin’”. And of course Zep’s “Black Dog”. I thought maybe I could compile a whole 90 minute show of songs with guys saying “hey”.
And, are there any songs with girls saying/singing “hey”? I can’t think of any myself, but I’d love to include them, maybe even do a whole show of girls singing “hey” if there’s enough suggestions.
Paul Simon – “Wristband”
This is just brilliant IMHO. Paul Simon keeps getting better and better, and as we’ve often discussed here, not many of his generation do. Randy Newman (c’mon Randy where’s that new album?), Tom Waits, and depending on which university you went to maybe Bob Dylan, even Paul McCartney. And others.
But to my ears this is just great, and I’m basically a music not words person. It’s kind of a one chord old white man rap. The lyrics are brilliant, witty, clever and the musicians get a great feel happening. The bass player especially is wonderful.
According to this report in The Independent (see the link at the bottom of this post), this is the second time the Fabs have turned down the opportunity to star in The Jungle Book. Our beloved lads as Them Crooked Vultures? No way!
Good on them I say! Look at what they wanted them to do last time.
I’m kind of assuming that everyone here who has an interest in Frank Zappa will be aware of this, but if not, this guy Alex Winter is serious and is doing a great job.
The deadline is this Friday to get to a million bucks as the first part of an ongoing project to save the deteriorating tapes in Zappa’s vast vault of recorded stuff. Then there’s a documentary to be made.
The Zappa family are supporting this, and it’s worth a look and a few bucks of anyone’s hard-earned for anyone even vaguely interested in keeping Zappa’s legacy alive.
And if you hate Frank Zappa and have for some reason clicked on this link, there’s plenty of other stuff here to talk about.
My current one is Sudoku. I just love the challenge to my intellect – it’s all about logic, and I can’t believe that I can’t get my head around it, given that I think I’m an intelligent person.
In the last couple of days I have had a couple of breakthroughs, after buying a “how to solve” book, and also using an iPhone app that shows you different techniques.
In the past my obsessions have been musical – Frank Zappa, The Beatles, Thelonious Monk, Erik Satie, and so on.
Is “obsession” human nature? (We’re talking First World problems here of course). I recently stayed with some old friends and as I retreated to the couch to indulge in my latest obsession this question was seriously asked. I don’t know. But I’m happy in my little obsessive world…
As an unashamed grammar person myself, I love this, even if it is a joke.
I like correct grammar. And I think it’s important to preserve it.
*duck’s for cover*
Over on @Junior Wells thread about the sad passing of Australia’s greatest guitar player Ross Hannaford, I posted a song from the band Daddy Cool of which Hanna was a founding member.
It was this – “Baby Let Me Bang Your Box”, which is OF COURSE a song about playing the piano.
I can think of a few others, but as a piano player myself I’d love to hear more.