New West Street Session Release

Hello eveeryone!!! I hope you enjoy this free, improv, warts and all...

Thank You for Your time and Patience 

Stephen Chillemi


West Street Five is the second West Street Session Release. Unlike the initial release, it is very much Electric. Over a one week period in May 2018, Steve Chillemi and I invited various musical friends over for series of live recording sessions. These have become the West Street Sessions. There were 5 sessions involving 8 musicians and about 15 hours of live recordings. Recordings were made on one or two Zoom H6 recorders depending on the number of tracks needed. Steve and I are common to all the recordings. Thanks to Chris Venter for technical assistance and the use of much-recording equipment. We are very grateful to all the musicians that took the time to participate.  


The West Street 5:

Ben Hecht, Bass

Jeff Cedrone, Guitar L

Steve Chillemi (Doot, Doctor Dark), Drums

Chris Venter, Guitar R

John Venter, TSax

Zappanale 2018

Denny Walley wird das Trio Terry Bozzio, Patrick O' Hearn und Warren Cucurullo nach ca. 2 Stunden Spielzeit noch eine Stunde zum Quartett ergänzen.


L. Shankar wird am Sonntag mit GMOI auftreten.

R.I.P. Jon Hiseman

Der britische Jazz- und Rockschlagzeuger Jon Hiseman ist tot. Der 73-jährige Musiker ist an den Folgen einer Hirntumor-Operation gestorben.

Boulez besucht Frank Zappa-Konzert

Eine ungewöhnliche Freundschaft bei BR Klassik in der Reihe "Was heute geschah"

Various ‎– Mappa Zappa (CD)


Todd Grubbs Group

Transylvania Boogie



Gabba Zappa Hey!

Dead Girls Of London



Evil Dick

Wolf Harbor



Hans Annellsson

The Purple Lagoon



Tante Tofu

Tinsel Town Rebellion



Bogus Pomp

Let's Move To Cleveland



The Muffin Men,

Jimmy Carl Black

Poofter's Froth Wyoming Plans Ahead



String Trash




Acton Zappa

Village Of The Sun








Outrage At Valdez



Fred Händl

Been To Kansas City In A Minor




D.C. Boogie



Caballero Reynaldo

San Ber'dino



Zappa Early Renaissance

Orchestra, Ike Willis

What's New In Baltimore?


Label: Cordelia Records ‎– CD083, released: 06 Jun 2018, get it here

Manchmal gibt´s sogar auf´m Fatzebuch was zu entdecken

GrandMothers of Invention - Free Energy


01 Free Energy 08:12

02 The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue 10:11

03 The Eternal Question 05:19

04 King Kong 09:08

05 Flower Punk 04:28

06 Silicon Hump 01:22

07 Evelyn the Modified Dog 00:56

09 Lament 07:02

10 Dr Know 04:59

11 Talking Ruth 03:43

12 Dupree's Paradise 07:08


get it here

Silk, Satin and Velvet: The Secret History of Groupie Chic by Pamela Des Barres

Pamela Des Barres shares the origin story of her love of the thrift store treasure hunt, the goldmine of vintage fashions that changed her life, and the encounter with Frank Zappa’s entourage that led to the start of her all-girl group the GTOs @

State Farm Theatre 1974 (2LP)

Recorded live at the State Farm Theatre, Harrisburg, PA, USA, October 29, 1974. Very Rare and Extremely Limited 2018 USA Multicoloured (Marble Red) 2LP Vinyl. Includes an Insert.

Complete concert. Soundboard recording. Limited and Numbered Edition of 400.


Label: Casino Records Entertainment

Side #1: Tush Tush Tush, Stinkfoot, Inka Roads, Penguin In Bondage
Side #2: T´Mershi Duween, Dog Breath Variations, Uncle Meat, Building A Girl, Florentine Pogen, Montana (q: Big Swifty)
Side #3: The Booger Man (incl. The Hook, q: Straight No Chaser), Dupree´s Paradise / Tush Tush Tush Outro
Side #4: Camarillo Brillo, More Trouble Every Day + Bonus Track: King Kong (1967-12-3, Ann Arbor)

Cold & Heat Part 1 & Part 2 (2 X 1LP)

Rehearsals, Culver City, 16/8/78
Limited to 100 copies / yellow and pink vinyl / TMOQ Issue

LP 1, side #1: Dancing Fool, Honey, Don´t You Want A Man Like Me?, Keep It Greasy, Village Of The Sun, The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing, Tell Me You Love Me
LP 1, side #2: Tiny Lights City (!), Baby Snakes, Sofa, Packard Goose, A Pound For A Brown On The Bus
LP 2, side #3: Black Napkins, I´ve Been In You, Flakes, Magic Fingers, Little House I Used To Live In
LP 2, side #4: Don´t Eat The Yellow Snow, Bamboozled By Love, Sy Borg

Burnt Weeny Sandwich

Burnt Weeny Sandwich receives a 180-gram audiophile repressing on black vinyl via Zappa Records/UMe. Supervised by the ZFT, the record was specially mastered for this release by Bernie Grundman with all analog production and cut directly from the 1970 ¼: stereo safety master tape in 2018. Unavailable on vinyl for more than three decades, the LP will include the original album's black and white poster, which has never been reproduced in any of the album's CD editions.


Vinyl (6. Juli 2018)

Anzahl Disks/Tonträger: 1

Label: Universal (Universal Music)


Bob & Frank’s Not Your Mother’s Witbier

The new beer is a hazy, light coloured, fruity, spicy version of an American IPA. “Bob & Frank’s Not Your Mother’s Witbier” (5.5% abv) has this backstory.

Eyellusion gains $2 million dollar investment in advance of FZ hologram tour

Currently in production and scheduled for early 2019, is the highly-anticipated “Bizarre World of Frank Zappa” tour. The show will be based in part, on never-before-seen performance footage from the early ‘70s, and will feature longtime and legendary Zappa players performing live on stage. => read more @

Suzy Cream Cheese (live at the Bitter End club NYC 1967)

Discography: Frank Zappa: Episode 5 – YCDTOSA to Civilization Phase III

This episode’s discography:

0:00 –  Intro  |  7:35 – You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 3  (1989)  |  16:00 –The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life (1991)  |  24:00 – You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 4 (1991)  |  30:20 – Make a Jazz Noise Here (1991)  |  38:34 – You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 5 (1992)  |  45:08 – You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 6 (1992)  |  52:48 – Playground Psychotics (1992)  |  58:30 – Ahead of Their Time (1993)  |  1:03:55 – The Yellow Shark (1993)  |  1:11:54 – Civilization Phase III (1994)  | 1:25:38 – Outro => Listen @

Discography: “Weird Al” Yankovic, Alex Winter, and Mike Keneally Discuss FZ

On first encounters, being influenced, first album lessons, and much, much more: Marc is joined by “Weird Al” Yankovic, actor/ documentarian Alex Winter, and Zappa band member Mike Keneally. Each of them share their first encounters with Zappa’s music, the ways he influenced their lives, and they even offer advice on which album should be your first. => Listen @

Live In Sweden 1967 (CD)

Frank Zappa, live at the Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden on September 30th, 1967. In the last week of September 1967, Frank Zappa and the Mothers played a week of shows in Europe.


This remarkable performance, broadcast from the Konserthuset in Stockholm, Sweden on national FM radio, features favorites such as "It Can't Happen Here" from Freak Out! (1966), "Big Leg Emma" (which had recently appeared as a 45 in Sweden), and an epic rendition of "King Kong" (in its first known live recording), as well as a couple of Elvis classics.


The entire broadcast is presented here, digitally remastered, together with background notes and images.


Label: Keyhole
Catalog # KH 9086CD
Release Date: 6/15/2018

Discography: Frank Zappa: Episode 4 – Them Or Us to Broadway The Hard Way

This episode’s discography:

0:00 –  Intro  |  5:50 – Them Or Us  (1984)  |  15:52 –Thing-Fish (1984)  |  26:25 – Francesco Zappa (1984)  |  29:30 – The Old Masters, Box I (1984)  |  31:00 – Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention (1985)  |  37:22 – Does Humor Belong In Music? (1986)  |  44:24 – The Old Masters, Box II (1986)  |  45:32 – Jazz From Hell (1986)  |  50:35 – London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. II (1987)  |  54:54 – The Old Masters, Box III (1987)  |  55:50 – Guitar (1988)  |  1:00:18 – You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 1 (1988)    |  1:04:53 – You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 2 (1988)  |  1:10:00 – Broadway The Hard Way (1988)  | 1:21:26 – Outro => Listen @

Are you ready...

for a solid six-and-a-half minutes of kick butt, high energy, old school, funk rock?

An uplifting treat for your ears, mind and body, "Land of the Free" draws from the deep well of American soul, ignites and rolls relentlessly with the power of a freight train at full throttle. It features a powerhouse lead vocal, blues-rock piano, 5 strong horns, soulful backing vocals, percolating organ, driving funk bass and force-of-nature drums.

Unlike many productions where I sing and play everything, I had some musical cohorts join me on this one, wildly talented people who graciously added their own musical signature to the whole, for which they deserve sincere gratitude and deep appreciation. Major kudos and heartfelt thanks to one and all! Credits listed below.




released April 26, 2018

Robert Martin - lead vocal, piano, organ, tenor sax,
writer, arranger, producer, mixing and mastering
Gerry Antonelli - bass
Ken Post - drums
Darrell Leonard - trumpets
Tom Peterson - baritone sax
Sharon Hendrix - backing vocals

Discography: Frank Zappa: Episode 3 – Studio Tan to The Perfect Stranger

This episode’s discography:

0:00 – Intro  |  6:25 – Studio Tan  (1978)  |  13:00 – Sleep Dirt (1979)  |  18:10 – Sheik Yerbouti (1979)  |  26:20 – Orchestral Favorites (1979)  |  29:42 – Joe’s Garage (1979)  |  37:08 – Tinseltown Rebellion (1981)  |  47:27 – Shut Up ‘n Play Yer Guitar (1981)  |  53:16 – You Are What You Is (1981)  |  1:04:40 – Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch (1982)  |  1:12:39 – The Man From Utopia (1983)  |  1:20:00 Baby Snakes  (1983)  |  1:23:37 London Symphony Orchestra Volume 1 (1983)  |  1:28:12 Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger (1984)  |  1:33:30 – Outro => Listen @

Discography: Frank Zappa: Episode 2 – 200 Motels to Zappa In New York

This episode’s discography:
0:00 –  Intro  |  4:50 – 200 Motels  (1971)  |  16:15 – Just Another Band From LA (1972)  |  26:30 – Waka/Jawake (1972)  |  33:18 – The Grand Wazoo (1972)  |  38:22 – Over-Nite Sensation (1973)  |  45:15 – Apostrophe (‘) (1974)  |  52:28 – Roxy & Elsewhere (1974)  |  1:00:20 – One Size Fits All (1975)  |  1:09:21 – Bongo Fury (1975)  |  1:16:25 – Zoot Allures (1976)  |  1:24:20 – Zappa In New York (1978)  | 1:36:00 – Outro => Listen @

ZappaCast Episode 37 (More Fun With Ahmet!)

Well well, looks like it's time for another ZAPPACAST! And this time around we have the long-awaited PART TWO of our conversation with Ahmet Zappa! Will the Lather album be reissued on vinyl? What is Ahmet's #metoo story? And why is Scott such an asshole? All this and more right here, right now...on the ZAPPACAST!

The Sound of 1968 - Folge 3: Progressive Rock

50 Jahre Flowerpower: Der Zündfunk feiert das Jahr 1968. In Folge 3 beschäftigt sich Sabine Gietzelt mit dem Album als Kunstform. Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa und Jimi Hendrix veröffentlichen monumentale Alben.

Discography: Frank Zappa: Episode 1 – Freak Out! to Fillmore East

This episode’s discography:

0:00 – An Intro to Frank Zappa  |  9:24 – Freak Out!  (1966)  |  15:15 – Absolutely Free (1967)  |  20:53 – Lumpy Gravy (1967)  |  25:36 – We’re Only In It For The Money (1968)  |  30:44 – Cruisin’ With Ruben & The Jets (1968)  |  37:34 – Uncle Meat (1969)  |  48:00 – Mothermania (1969)  |  53:40 – Hot Rats (1969)  |  1:00:40 – Burnt Weeny Sandwich (1970)  |  1:06:30 – Weasels Ripped My Flesh (1970)  |  1:14:00 – Chunga’s Revenge (1970)  |  1:21:50 – Fillmore East – June – 1971 (1971)  | 1:31:22 – Outro … The journey continues in a week (4/17) => Listen @

The Grandmothers Of Invention: Live In Bremen 2014 (2CD)

Disk #1: Introduction, Pound For A Brown, Call Any Vegetable, Absolutely Free, Flower Punk (Bunk) (Hey Joe Excerpt), Who Needs The Peace Corps?, I'm The Slime

Disk #2: Uncle Meat (Main Theme) - Drum Solo - Let’s Make The Water Turn Black / Oh No, The Orange County Lumber Truck - Synthesizer (I-Phone) Solo, Trouble Every Day, Montana, 5 Stratus (Excerpt)


Don Preston (lead vocals, keyboards, electronics, I-phone)
Bunk Gardner (saxophone, flute)
Max Kuttner (guitar, vocals)
Eric Klerks (bass, vocals)
Christopher Garcia (drums, percussions, vocals)


Label: Sireena / tbr: 2018-04-13

Rare Vpro Broadcast Live At The Piknik Show In Uddel 1970 (LP)

Live at the "Piknik" show in the Netherlands, in 1970, this is the Zappa and the Mothers of Invention at their prime. Featuring a killer version of "King Kong", and "Call Any Vegetable". A classic live broadcast remastered in audiophile quality!


Wonderful Wino
Concentration Moon
Mom & Dad
The Air
Dog Breath
Mother People
You Didn'T Try To Call Me Agon
Call Any Vegetable
King Kong Part 1
Igor's Boogie > King Kong Part 2


Label: Lively Youth

Berlin 1978(2CD)

After falling out with his long-time manager Herb Cohen, Frank Zappa spent much of the late 1970s in a legal battle with Cohen and later with Warner Brothers too. With the majority of his own recorded material thus tied up, Zappa concentrated on touring with a small, rock-oriented band. March 1978 witnessed the release of Zappa In New York, recorded live with a 13-strong band at the Palladium in late December 1976. Demonstrating in equal measure Zappa s extraordinary ability as a composer and fearless approach to controversial topics, the record reached a respectable No. 57 on the Billboard chart. Two standout numbers from In New York, Titties & Beer and The Black Page , would be a fixture of Zappa sets by the time his 1978 European tour rolled around, as the concert featured on this two CD set can attest. Recorded at Berlin s Deutschlandhalle on 15th February that year, broadcast live across Germany and synced too in the US, Zappa performs a wide array of material spanning his entire career, including material that would appear on his upcoming 1979 releases , Sheik Yerbouti and Joe s Garage.


Label: Left Field Media (2CD), tbr 2018-05-14

Zappa, Anderson and Ives

19:30 Thu 25 Oct 2018 Glasgow City Halls

Season Ticket Booking Only until 30 April

The concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.



Frank Zappa: The Perfect Stranger

Julian Anderson: The Imaginary Museum – concerto for piano and orchestra

Charles Ives: A Symphony: New England Holidays


Performers: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Steven Osborne, piano

Ilan Volkov, Conductor

Stimmen-Festival Lörrach 2018

Die fünf Marktplatzkonzerte:

Liam Gallagher: Der frühere Oasis-Frontmann tritt am Mittwoch, 25. Juli, auf dem Marktplatz auf.

Dendemann: Der Hamburger rappt am Donnerstag, 26. Juli, in Lörrach.

Editors: Die britische Indie-Rock-Band spielt am Freitag, 27. Juli.

Dweezil Zappa: Der Sohn des legendären Frank Zappa kommt am Samstag, 28. Juli.

Robert Plant: Der frühere Leadsänger von Led Zeppelin tritt am Sonntag, 29. Juli mit seiner Band The Sensational Space Shifters auf.

Zappa Weekend

Cité de la musique - Philharmonie de Paris 221, avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019 Paris

The weekend offers a portrait in two albums (The Perfect Stranger, The Yellow Shark) and an off-the-wall oratorio (200 Motels).

September 29 2018, 11:00


Le Grand Wazoo
Edgar Varèse / Frank Zappa


Ensemble intercontemporain
Matthias Pintscher
Clément Lebrun

Frank Zappa, «The Grand Wazoo», s’est amusé de tout. Musicien ouvert à une très grande variété de styles, il fut l’admirateur de nombreux compositeurs du XXe siècle. Ce concert est conçu comme une expédition dans sa tête kaléidoscopique, entre esprit de satire, doo-wop et musique contemporaine.

September 29 2018, 20:30

Yellow Shark


FZ - The Dog Breath Variations / Uncle Meat (aka Dog/Meat)

Edgar Varèse - Intégrales

FZ - Naval Aviation in Art?

John Zorn - For Your Eyes Only

FZ - Dupree's Paradise, Get Whitey, G-Spot Tornado, The Perfect Stranger

Bernhard Gander - Take Death, pour ensemble et DJ, création française


Ensemble intercontemporain

Matthias Pintscher

Patrick Pulsinger

September 30 2018, 16:30


200 Motels - The Suites


Frank Zappa

Léo Warynski

Antoine Gindt


Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Les Métaboles, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, The Headshakers, Léo Warynski, Lionel Peintre, Dominic Gould, Zachary Wilder, Nicholas Scott, Mélanie Boisvert, Nicholas Isherwood, Aliénor Feix, Marina Ruiz, Antoine Gindt, Philippe Béziat

The Big Note: A Guide to the Recordings of Frank Zappa


THE BIG NOTE is the complete guide to the music of Frank Zappa—100 albums recorded over 35 years, the 80+ players on them, each one of 1,772 tracks described in detail, backed up by 1,424 citations.


Based on hundreds of interviews, letters, and e-mail correspondences with scores of musicians, singers, engineers, artists, copyists, and others who worked with Zappa, THE BIG NOTE provides the liner notes that every album in the protean and prolific composer's oeuvre cries out for.


It is the indispensible resource for any Zappa fan or scholar.



  • by Charles Ulrich
  • New Star Books
  • 736 pages
  • 2018-05-13

Pauline Butcher and Frank Zappa @ Podcast

This week we take you all the way back to the 1960’s to a log cabin nestled in Laurel Canyon. Chanty tells Lynx the story of Pauline Butcher, Frank Zappa’s secretary. This episode is based on her book: FREAK OUT! My life with Frank Zappa.

So how did a secretary from England come to work for, befriend and even live with Frank Zappa, his wife Gail and all of the “freaks” in Laurel Canyon? Who is Suzy Creamcheese? What was it like living in a log cabin where anyone including Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithful, Captain Beefheart, Graham Nash or Joni Mitchell might walk through the door on any given day?

To our squealing delight, we learn that Pauline became close with our beloved GTOs (The Girls Together Outrageously), documenting their formation, beginning and wacky time together. We remind our listeners where the word “Groupie” came from and go back to a time when Hollywood was a trusting community and you just never knew who might stop by or what might happen.

Other notable characters we chat about this week is (of course) our amazing Pamela Des Barres (the most “professional” of the girls), Cynthia Plaster Caster, Miss Mercy, Christine (the Zappa’s babysitter), Tiny Tim and like always- Eric Clapton. Take a break from the cold February winter and join us in warm Laurel Canyon, it sure is a trip!

Have A Little Tush (2Cd)

By early 1974 Frank Zappa was touring with a smaller band of musicians, albeit one still going under The Mothers Of Invention moniker. This ensemble variously included Ian Underwood (reeds, keyboards), Ruth Underwood (vibes, marimba), Sal Marquez (trumpet, vocals), Napoleon Murphy Brock (sax, flute and vocals), Bruce Fowler (trombone), Tom Fowler (bass), Chester Thompson (drums), Ralph Humphrey (drums), George Duke (keyboards, vocals), and Jean-Luc Ponty (violin), the majority of whom also appeared on Zappa s two albums released that year: March s solo LP Apostrophe, and September s Roxy And Elsewhere (largely recorded live at the end of 73).


In the latter months of the 1974, he was out again, but now just with Murphy-Brock, Duke, Thompson and Ruth Underwood for reasons unknown husband Ian was not onboard. It was this line-up who performed with Frank at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI on 23rd November, a show which was recorded for live FM Broadcast, albeit only by the University s own radio station, making reception of the gig fairly limited in its geographical scope. This show is now available on this double CD set, a recording rarely heard before and one that Zappa fans will certainly wish to add to their collections.


Released:  19th January 2018

Live In Barcelona 1988 (2CD)

Frank Zappa’s 1988 tour turned out to be his last. Many fans consider it to be FZ's best tour ever; the presence of horns, percussion and "stunt guitar" (not to mention the infamous Synclavier) gave the band a tumbrel variety lacking in the synth-dominated '84 tour, and the proliferation of “secret words” made each show unique.


Unfortunately, the tour proved to be a turbulent experience for Zappa due to conflicts among the band members, and this ultimately cut short the existence of this lineup.

One of the finest shows on the tour however took place at Barcelona’s Palau Dels Esports on 17th May. This performance is now available here on CD for the first time, featuring a line-up which featured Frank Zappa (lead guitar/Synclavier/vocals), Ike Willis (rhythm guitar/vocals), Mike Keneally (stunt guitar/keyboards/vocals), Robert Martin (keyboards/Synclavier/vocals), Ed Mann percussion/Synclavier/vocals), Scott Thunes (bass/mini-moog), Chad Wackerman (drums/electronic percussion), Walt Fowler (trumpet/flugelhorn/Synclavier), Bruce Fowler (trombone), Paul Carman (alto/soprano sax), Albert Wing (tenor sax) and Kurt McGettrick (baritone sax).


Released: 9th February 2018

Newbury Comics exclusive color vinyl pressings

Over-Nite Sensation

180 gram reissue mastered directly from the original 1973 analog stereo Master Tapes.


Frank Zappa’s highest-charting album, Apostrophe (') includes Zappa classics such as “Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow” (his first charted single) and “Cosmik Debris.”

Hot Rats

The album, recorded on a prototype 16-track recorder, sounds as fresh & sonically superior on this 180 gram audiophile edition as it did when first released in 1969.

Vinyl weight (grams): 180, Limited edition of: 750 (Hot Rats), 500 (Apostrophe (') and Over-Nite Sensation)

Release Date: 01/19/2018, more infos @ Newbury Comics

Live in November 1973 - 180 Gr. LP


Seite 1:

Pygmy Twylyte / Dummy Up

The Story Of Dupree's Paradise

Be-Bop Tango Part One


Seite 2:

De-Bop Tango Part Two

Guitar Event



17. November 2017

Label: DOL

Compositions by Frank Zappa

Heikki Poroila: „You are reading an enhanced (corrected, enlarged and more detailed) PDF edition in English of my printed book Frank Zappan sävellykset (Suomen musiikkikirjastoyhdistys 2015, in Finnish).


I try to explain shortly the reasoning behind this yet-another-Frank-Zappa-monograph. The idea of listing all the compositions by Frank Zappa is an obsessive project typical for music librarians. It was matured during the years I was forced to tell many Finnish Zappa fans that the book Zappa äänitteillä [Recorded Zappa, 1995] by me and HEIKKI KARJALAINEN was out of print and in no circumstances was I willing to compile a new edition of its material.“


You can read and download it for free.

An analysis of the evolution of Frank Zappa’s BE-BOP TANGO