Chalk Pie

Apparently a bootleg, an unreleased Zappa joint. Much of the material is available on other releases but mixed differently.

Tracklisting:
01 Drowning Witch
02 Envelopes
03 Teenage Prostitute
04 The Dangerous Kitchen
05 Chalk Pie
06 We’re Turning Again
07 Alien Orifice
08 The Jazz Discharge Party Hats
09 Toronto
10 What’s New In Baltimore
11 Moggio
12 Takes 1 To Know 1
13 Clownz On Velvet
14 Frogs With Dirty Little Lips

Some excellent notes are here: http://www.guitars101.com/forums/f90/frank-zappa-chalk-pie-unreleased-album-50488.html

Poodle Bites

Ladies and gentlemen: “Dirty Love” by J*Davey.

Who?

…an American music duo from Los Angeles, CA…signed a record deal with Warner Bros. Records in 2007…J*DaVeY’s music has been licensed for episodes of the television drama, CSI: NY and a Snoop Dogg starred film, Bossin’ Up…

According to a Ubiquity Records press release, the track I’m referencing here “…their track was personally approval by Gail Zappa.”

Interesting.

The ‘Rainbow Theatre Incident’ as told by Howard Kaylan

42 Years Ago Today

Up at noon on Friday, but I didn’t leave the hotel until 2 p.m. Something felt wrong – it really did. There was a very uncomfortable sound check at the Rainbow and I was bombarded with ticket requests for a show that had been sold out for months. It was a bullshit day punctuated by a cheap Greek dinner. The first of the Rainbow shows was at 7. Again, it was the encore — something about that damned encore.

We had finished our first set, which went amazingly well, considering the alien guitars and drums we were forced to use. The audience loved it and I did too. We had already taken our group bow and I was happily leaving the stage, feeling fulfilled and exonerated. As I reached the wings, I heard the audience suddenly stop applauding and gasp as one. There was a shocked silence in the Rainbow. I ran back to the stage, but I couldn’t see anybody. Band and roadies were standing on the apron at the edge of the platform and gazing down into the darkness of the orchestra pit below. I ran over to see what the lack of commotion was all about. It sure didn’t sound good.

There, at the bottom of the pit, lay Frank Zappa. He was unconscious and silent, his twisted body fallen below in the shape of some anatomical swastika. His arms and legs were bent at bizarre angles and I couldn’t tell if he was breathing or not. Humans aren’t supposed to bend like that. There was no reason to believe that Frank Zappa was still alive.

This had been a very deliberate act. It seems that an audience member named Trevor Howell, who was very, very high indeed either a) didn’t feel as if he had gotten his money’s worth or b), more likely, was responding to his girlfriend articulating her crush on Frank at the end of the concert. For whatever reason, this maniac jumped onto the stage just as Frank, his back to the audience, was placing his guitar in its stand. He pushed Frank in such a way that he first hit his head on the wall of the orchestra pit before falling to its bottom. We all thought Frank was dead.
Howell tried to get away, but the audience restrained him and brought him to the front of the theater.

Here, official accounts vary. But I was there, and I know. Before Howell was delivered to the local authorities, Herb Cohen personally beat the shit out of him. Newspaper stories through out the years have attributed this beating to angry roadies, but in fact, it was Cousin Herb who took control of an out-of-control situation. We were ushered out of the theater and back to the hotel before anyone with authority could tell us anything. Sure, why tell the band anyway?”- From the book “Shell Shocked” by Howard Kaylan

Poodle Bites

Ladies and gentlemen: “Dirty Love” by J*Davey.


Who?

…an American music duo from Los Angeles, CA…signed a record deal with Warner Bros. Records in 2007…J*DaVeY’s music has been licensed for episodes of the television drama, CSI: NY and a Snoop Dogg starred film, Bossin’ Up…

According to a Ubiquity Records press release, the track I’m referencing here “…their track was personally approval by Gail Zappa.”

Interesting.

The Art

One of my earliest memories as a child was being sprawled out on the living room floor, reading and gazing at the album cover for Freak Out! (Yesh. I am a second-generation freak.)

It was scary. I don’t think I listened to the album then. If it wasn’t “Free to Be You and Me,” it was that Johnny Rivers demo or Through the Hits Darkly. I wasn’t ready at that age for Frank Zappa.

But I sure did dig the art.

And now, for this fine Zappadan day, I give you a portrait of the artist, Cal Schenkel.

You could probably kill a little time there, just as I used to do in my footies.

Frank Zappa’s Deserted Island List

Ever wonder what Frank Zappa listened to? What he thought was good?

Fortunately, a reporter named Giovanni Dadamo of the now defunct Let It Rock magazine in the UK spent a good deal of time with Zappa in June 1975. Out of his interview notes, he culled kind of a deserted island list for the man.

I’m digesting the list here and adding YouTube embeds just for fun.

1. “Supernaut” by Black Sabbath

2. After the Gold Rush by Neil Young

3. Between the Buttons by The Rolling Stones

4. Abbey Road by The Beatles

5. Folk Singer by Muddy Waters (the full album does not appear to be available on YouTube)

6. Krzysztof Penderecki’s Die Teufel von Loudun

7. The Complete Works Of Edgar Varèse Vol. 1 (Duh.)

8. “Three Hours Past Midnight” by Johnny “Guitar” Watson

9. “The Story Of My Life” by Guitar Slim

10. “Who Will Be The Next” by Howlin’ Wolf

Not forgetting . . .

The Hoople by Mott the Hoople (Zappa refers to Mott the Hoople, released in 1969, but he mentions a song that isn’t on that album. I assume he wanted to refer to The Hoople of 1974, which I cannot find on YouTube.

“Newly Wed” by The Orchids

“My White Bicycle” by Tomorrow

“Claremount Lake” by Tomorrow

“Can I Come Over Tonight” by the Velours

“Let’s Start All Over Again” by The Paragons

Anything That Richard Berry Did How about “Sweet Sugar You?”

That, my fellow Zappadan revelers, is one hell of a playlist. Enjoy.

They Breathe Fire

From sublime to horrifying: Ladies and gentlemen, it’s a band named Anne Frank Zappa.

You’re welcome.

And no, I’m not even going to show you the band logo. Yes, it’s exactly what you think it is.

Unless you were thinking it is anything but a photograph of Anne Frank sporting a Zappastache.

Such talented lads.

In case you were curious about the “making of” this video, here: