Christine Frka, a.k.a. "Miss Christine"

Her story remains largely a mystery => Erik Himmelsbach-Weinstein @

The Ultimate Droodles Compendium by Roger Price

Before the inspired nonsense of Monty Python, David Letterman and the Far Side, there were Droodles.


With a few squiggles in a simple square, these clever drawings created absurd scenes like "Ship arriving too late to save a drowning witch" (used by Frank Zappa as an album cover), "Octopus signaling for a left turn" and "Clam with buck teeth."


And they were all the creation of one brilliant and unpredictable man: Roger Price.


Paperback: 280 pages

Publisher: Tallfellow Press (March 6, 2019)

Language: English

R.I.P. Bob Zappa

Bob Zappa passed away on 8 December 2018.

Hommage an Jimmy Carl Black − 10 years gone

Eine Sondersendung auf vom Sonntag, 9. Dezember 2018

Live via Skype - Moni Black / Musikzusammenstellung: Burkhard Schempp



Geronimo Black: Low Ridin' Man (Geronimo Black, 1972)

Zappa/Mothers/Beefheart: You're So Fine (1975 05 23 - El Paso TX, 1975)

Big Sonny And The Lo Boys: I'm A King Bee (In Heat, 1979)

Geronimo Black: Lovesick Blues (Welcome Back, 1980)

JCB: Ain't Got No Home (Clearly Classic, 1981)

JCB & The Mannish Boys: Big Leg Emma (A Lil' Dab'l Do Ya, 1987)

Arthur Brown & JCB: Fever (Brown Black & Blue, 1988)

Holzhaus, Black & Teresas: The T-Bone Shuffle (I Just Got In From Texas, 1988)

Ant Bee: JCB Speakin' At Ya (With My Favorite Vegetable And Other Bizarre Muzik, 1994)

Sandro Oliva: Junk Food / Mr. Green Genes (Who The Fuck Is Sandro Oliva? 1994)

The Jack And Jim Show: Big Boss Man (Locked In A Dutch Coffeshop, 1995)

The Jack And Jim Show: Sure 'Nuff And Yes I Do (Pachuco Cadaver, 1995)

JCB and Behind The Mirror: Jazz Is Not Dead (Cockroach Albert, 1998)

Farrell and Black: Stick Man (Black Limousine, 1999)

JCB and Behind The Mirror: Harder Than Your Husband (An Evening with... 2000)

Black-Estrada-Pini: 44 Blues / How Many More Years? (Hamburger Midnight, 2002)

Blind Riders On Mad Horses feat. JCB: Volunteered Slavery (Roland Kirk Memorial Barbecue, 2002)

JCB: Mercedes Benz (Singin' The Blues, 2003)

The Jack And Jim Show: Willie The Pimp (Live at Zappanale #14, 2003)

JCB & Cosmic Debris: Directly From My Heart To You (2004)

JCB: Like A Rolling Stone (How Blue Can You Get, 2007)

Frank Wonneberg: Über Frank Zappa und zu seinem Geburtstag, 18.12.2018, 18.00 - 20.00 Uhr

Live aus Speiches Rock & Blueskneipe mit : Klaus Schnabel-Koeplin

FZ88 - A Visual Documentary of Zappa's Last Tour

Limited Edition - Only 500 available worldwide. 


Publication date: 1st March 2019. 


FZ88 follows in the wake of our hugely successful Zappa The Hard Way, written by Zappa aficionado Andrew Greenaway. That title published in 2010 documented Zappa's last tour in great detail. 

The only thing it really lacked was a swathe of great photos to accompany the insightful and in depth story. This new title now completes the picture in more ways than one, built around the photos of Sergio Albonico. 

The name will be familiar to Zappa buffs as Albonico’s photos were used on the tour programme as well as the album release Guitar. 

Now for the first time ever an extensive selection of Albonico’s photos are published in this limited edition hardback book. 

Produced in a custom-made presentation box it includes a set of prints alongside the many photos that adorn the pages of the book. 

With additional text from Greenaway that puts the photos in context, along with words from Albonico, this publication is further enhanced by other previously unpublished photos as well as memorabilia from the time. 

Strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide this collection is a visual documentary of Zappa’s last tour and a perfect companion to Zappa The Hard Way. But it also stands alone as a great collection of never before seen photos of Zappa from the rehearsals and concerts of his last tour. 


FZ88 comes in its own block foiled presentation box with a set of prints, perfect for framing. 


Order your copy and get your name on a dedicated fan page within the book! 

new: LIVE... New Year's Eve 1973 (CD)

Personally compiled by Frank Zappa for broadcast on WLIR-FM in Garden City, New York on New Years Eve 1973, this remarkable set, here on CD, offers a cross-section of his live performances with the Mothers Of Invention, finding him at his wittiest and most inventive. A treat for serious fans, this release is presented in a digipack with background notes and images.


1. WLIR Intro/Tango Chat/Pygmy Twylyte/Dummy Up

2. Be-Bop Tango Excerpt/The Story Of Dupree's Paradise

3. Father O'Blivion

4. Don't Eat Yellow Snow/Nanook Rubs It

5. St. Alphonso's Pancake Breakfast

6. Guitar Event/Jam/WLIR Announcer

7. Be-Bop Tango Contest


Label: KEYHOLE / Release date: 07/01/2019

The Rare Tapes Broadcast: Garden City New York 31 December 1974 (2LP)

Frank Zappa, Bruce Fowler (3), George Duke, Ian Underwood, Jean-Luc Ponty, Ralph Humphrey, Ruth Underwood, Sal Marquez, Tom Fowler

Rare Tape Library Broadcast, WLIR FM

Garden City, NY, 31st December 1974

+ recorded at various locations 1973


A1. Intro (1:12)

A2. Tango Chat (4:25)

A3. Pygmy Twylyte/Dummy Up (2:58)

B1. Be-bop Tango Excerpt (2:25)

B2. The Story Of Dupree's Paradise (7:51)

C1. Yellow Snow Suite (14:41)

C2. Guitar Event (6:00)

D1. Bebop Tango Contest (13:08)

D2. Outro (0:26)

Label: Parachute (Irascible Distribution)

Vinyl (30. November 2018)

Strictly Zappa

Welcome to the long awaited Frank Zappa tribute @ Rock Strikes

Royal Northern College of Music plays Frank Zappa

Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance @ Union, Metropolitan University, Manchester, Nov. 30

Review by Steve T

Valentina Ciardelli on Frank Zappa and chamber music

Valentina is on a mission to showcase the double bass in a chamber music setting and elevate its prominence outside of the bass world. She’s also a huge fan of Frank Zappa, and she has arranged many of his works for solo double bass. => listen @

new book: Zappa's Gear by Mick Ekers

The Unique Guitars, Amplifiers, Effects Units, Keyboards, and Studio Equipment

Frank Zappa was an unremitting musical innovator and experimenter, always looking for ways to exploit the latest advances in technology. His working life coincided with the explosive development of music technology that ran from the 1960s through the following three decades. Without such inventions as the Marshall amplifier, the Gibson SG, the wah-wah pedal, and the Synclavier – much of it modified to his requirements and used in ways for which they had never been designed – Zappa's “air sculptures,” as his music has been described, would have had a significantly different shape and texture.

Lavishly illustrated – including over 180 unique photographs of Frank Zappa's guitars and equipment taken by the author at his UMRK studio in LA and featuring a foreword by Dweezil Zappa – Zappa's Gear offers an unprecedented inside look at the machinery behind the legendary music. In addition to a detailed presentation of the equipment, Zappa's Gear also introduces some of the pioneering inventors, engineers, and entrepreneurs without whom the instruments would not exist.

Zappa's Gear is an official Frank Zappa book produced and written with the full cooperation and endorsement of Gail Zappa and the Zappa Family Trust.


This is a new product that is not yet available but may be pre-ordered.

Series: Book
Publisher: Backbeat Books
Format: Hardcover
Author: Mick Ekers
Release Date: 07/09/2019

$45.00 (US)
Inventory #HL 00250877
ISBN: 9781540012029
UPC: 888680714963
256 pages

new: The Wrong Object / Zappa Jawaka (CD)

Marti MELIA: tenor sax, clarinet, backing vocals

François LOURTIE: tenor & soprano saxes, vocals

Michel DELVILLE: guitar, Roland GR09, vocals

Antoine GUENET: keyboards, vocals

Pierre MOTTET: bass

Laurent DELCHAMBRE: drums, percussions, objects, samples

1. Wonderful Wino 4:16

2. Mr Green Genes/King Kong 7:57

3. Big Swifty 4:38

4. This Town is a Sealed Tuna Sandwich/The Sealed Tuna Bolero 5:11

5. Apostrophe/Chunga’s Revenge 6:24

6. Sleep Dirt 4:29

7. Wedding Dress Song/Handsome Cabin Boy 5:49

8. I’m the Slime 4:47


Physical and digital release on the 23rd of November 2018.

Kammermusik: Transcriptiones - Zapping!

Arrangements der Musik von Frank Zappa und Johann Sebastian Bach

Das italienische Duo Inventionis Mater (in Anlehnung an Frank Zappas erste Band „The Mothers of Invention“) zeigt an Transkriptionen von Zappas verstiegenem, wunderlichem Rock dessen musikalische und stilistische Vielseitigkeit: von Rhythm’n Blues bis Dodekaphonie.


Das Duo erzählt die Geschichte eines Genies, dessen lebendige Musik ihre Kraft bis heute nicht verloren hat – eines Gauklers auf der dünnen Linie zwischen Kunst und Pop, der eine wahrhaftig zeitgenössische Musik geschaffen hat, voller Ironie und intellektuellem Vergnügen.


Pierpaolo Romani - Klarinette
Andrea Pennati - Gitarre


Samstag, 23.02.2019 / Schinkelsaal, Magdeburg

We‘re only in it for the money RSD

Es gibt insgesamt fünf Versionen: Vier Versionen der Picture Disc für den US Markt. Diese sind zwar alle in der gleichen Verpackung, aber von außen nicht zu unterscheiden. Dazu kommt eine Version für den Markt außerhalb der USA.

Jazz from Hell: His Bizarre Relationship with Jazz

Ensemble Modern spielt Frank Zappa

Vorverkauf gestartet: Im Rahmen der KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen 2019 gibt das Ensemble Modern am 18. Mai in der Eilenriedehalle des HCC ein Frank-Zappa-Konzert.


Bereits vor rund 40 Jahren, im März 1979, begeisterte der legendäre amerikanische Musiker und Multimediakünstler Frank Zappa rund 4.000 Besucher in der Eilenriedehalle, der damals wichtigsten Konzerthalle Hannovers. Unter der Leitung des Dirigenten und Intendanten der Kunstfestspiele Ingo Metzmacher spielt am Samstag, 18. Mai 2019 das Frankfurter Ensemble Modern an gleicher Stelle Musik aus den Alben "The Yellow Shark" und "Greggery Peccary & Other Persuasions".

Singapore Symphony Orchestra: Rock in 60 Minutes

The Mothers of Invention, Daft Punk and Radiohead: orchestral reimaginations! The SSO performs an explosive, rock-infused, electric, genre-bending night of music from the likes of Frank Zappa.


Nick Omiccioli - [fuse]         

Connesson, Guillaume (b. 1970) - Night-Club        

Dessner, Bryce (b. 1976) - Imagining Buffalo        

Dessner, Bryce (b. 1976) - St Carolyn by the Sea   

Zappa, Frank (1940-1993) - G-Spot Tornado          

Zappa, Frank (1940-1993) - The Dog Breath Variations/ Uncle Meat       

Zappa, Frank (1940-1993) - Peaches en Regalia     

Radiohead - Weird Fishes (arr. Hyken)       

Radiohead - Jigsaw Falling into Place (arr. Hyken)

Daft Punk - Humans vs. Robots (arr. Hyken)          


Esplanade Concert Hall Singapore, 038981, Singapur / January 31, 2019 / 7:30 p.m.

Hallo Jimi Hendrix & Rock/Jazz-Musik - Fans!

In diesem Jahr verlosen wir von / in Zusammenarbeit und mit freundlicher Unterstützung von Jürgen Born ( eine Anzahl amtliche und wunderschöne Jazz Colours - Kalender 2019. Diese sind selbstverständlich a u c h käuflich zu erwerben, und zwar hier:


Bei gewünschter Verlosungs-Teilnahme bitte einfach eine E-Mail mit dem Stichwort ''Hendrix 2019'' an:


...und bitte keinesfalls Eure aktuelle Postanschrift - wegen evtl. Zusendung des Kalenders - vergessen!!! Vielen Dank!


Einsendeschluss: 12.12.2018! / Der Rechtsweg ist ausgeschlossen!

Na dann...viel Glück, beste Grüße und keep on rockin'

Eckhard B. @

Weihnachts-Spezial-Preis für Zappanale-Festivaltickets

Ab sofort gibt es Tickets für die Zappanale #30 zum Weihnachts-Spezial-Preis. Der Weihnachts-Spezial-Preis ist bis zum 20.12.2018 verfügbar. Danach gelten die regulären Vorverkaufspreise. => im Arf Shop


Festival-Ticket inkl. Parken, Campingplatz: € 220,- | VVK: € 230,- | Doors: € 260,-

Schüler und Studenten: inkl. Parken, Campingplatz: € 79,- | VVK: € 89,- | Doors: € 99,-

Sozialticket: inkl. Parken, Campingplatz: € 125,- | VVK: € 135,- | Doors: € 160,-

Sozial-Tickets und Tickets für Schüler und Studenten benötigen einen Nachweis.

Was passiert mit dem Recht am eigenen Bild nach dem Tod?

Das Ensemble der Untoten: Sehr spannender Artikel in der Süddeutschen Zeitung zum Thema Hologramm.

World of Jazz Podcast

This week the featured album is from Italian Violinist Anais Drago whose debut album interprets and builds on the music of Frank Zappa. In between music from Frank himself and also jazz interpretations of his music.


Anais Drago, LeBocal, Frank Zappa, The Ed Palermo Big Band, Ensemble Modern and more.

Anais Drago  – Phialella Zappa 1 – Anais Drago & The Jellyfish

LeBocal – Oh No! – Oh No!…Just Another Frank Zappa Memorial Barbecue!

Frank Zappa – The Dog Breath Variations / Uncle Meat – A Token Of His Extreme

The Ed Palermo Big Band – The Uncle Meat Variations – Oh No! Not Jazz!!

Ensemble Modern – Peaches En Regalia – Greggery Peccary and Other Persuasions

Harmonia Ensemble – Son of Mister Green Genes – Harmonia Meets Zappa

Anais Drago  – Provence’s Bar – Anais Drago & The Jellyfish

Frank Zappa – The Subcutaneous Peril – Finer Moments

The Ed Palermo Big Band – What’s New In Baltimore – Eddy Loves Frank

Ensemble Ambrosius – Zoot Allures – Ambrosius : The Zappa Album

The Ed Palermo Big Band – Dwarf Nebula Processional March & Dwarf Nebula – Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance

Zappatistas – The Grand Wazoo – The Music Of Frank Zappa : Absolutely Live

Anais Drago  – Zappa Changes – Anais Drago & The Jellyfish

Frank Zappa – Black Napkins – Joe’s Camouflage

new: The Poodle Magic Pig Type by Fred Händl - feat. Mark Watson

The Poodle Magic Pig Type is an album with fourteen songs composed by Frank Zappa. Arranged, performed and produced by Fred Händl, with the collaboration of the following amazing people, who have made this whole project possible:

Alan White, for my picture. Andrew Greenaway, for my biography. Ben Faydherbe, for graphic design. Clint Walker, Corné van Hooijdonk, Larry St. Pierre, Richard Drakes and Stephen Jones for voice. Craig 'Twister' Steward, for the guitar solos on Dirty Love. Dan Cooper, for Ms. Pinky. Dave Lee, for the guitar and for playing bass on Ms. Pinky and backing bass on Peaches en Regalia. David Noodler, for guitars on Peaches en Regalia. Eliot Aitken (not Aitkin), for the solo on Uncle Remus. Herrie Friend, for the soundscape on Dirty Love. John Parkinson, for drums on Duke of Prunes and Ms. Pinky. Kevin Crosby, for advice, for Duke of Prunes, for bass on Peaches en Regalia, for Z.E.R.O.. Marcel van de Vondervoort, for co-producing, mixing, mastering, drums on Peaches en Regalia, drums on Stink-Foot, hospitality and goeie schik. Mark Watson, for narrating, for singing, for advice, for believing. Marko Nakari, for the guitar solo on Peaches en Regalia. Prairie Prince, for drums on Any Way The Wind Blows. Rupert Kettle, for guitar on Ms. Pinky. Steffen Schindler, for vocals on Oh No and Uncle Remus. Yhi Lee, for amazing artwork.


releases December 1, 2018 / All tracks composed by Frank Zappa.

Arranged, performed and produced by Fred Händl. Mixed, Mastered and Co-produced by Marcel van de Vondervoort at The Torture Garden Studio, Oss.

Duke of Prunes, produced by Kevin Crosby / Peaches en Regalia, produced by Marcel van de Vondervoort - on concert replay

23.11.2018, 20.00 - 21.45 Uhr: Zappanale #29: BOGGAMASTA - Flat Earth Society & David Bovée

07.12.2018, 20.00 - 21.15 Uhr: Zappanale #29: Tatvamasi

21.12.2018, 20.00 - 22.00 Uhr: Zappanale #29: Fried Dähn & Skin of Clazz

04.01.2019, 20.00 - 21.30 Uhr: Zappanale #29: PinioL

18.01.2019, 20.00 - 21.10 Uhr: Zappanale #29: Lindsay Cooper Songbook

01.02.2019, 20.00 - 22.10 Uhr: Zappanale #29: Sex without Nails Bro´Sis

15.02.2019, 20.00 - 21.05 Uhr: Zappanale #29: Alex´s Hand

01.03.2019, 20.00 - 23.10 Uhr: Zappanale #29: Bozzio-O’Hearn-Cuccurullo Power Trio with Denny Walley

15.03.2019, 20.00 - 21.45 Uhr: Zappanale #29: Coogans Bluff

29.03.2019, 20.00 - 21.45 Uhr: Zappanale #29: Monika Roscher Bigband

12.04.2019, 20.00 - 21.05 Uhr: Zappanale #29: Bonnen, Aigui & Burghaus

26.04.2019, 20.00 - 21.50 Uhr: Zappanale #29: The Grandmothers of Invention

10.05.2019, 20.00 - 20.45 Uhr: Zappanale #29: Goodbye Session

24.05.2019, 20.00 - 21.10 Uhr: Zappanale #29: Gabba Zappa Hey! - on concert

19.07.2019, 15.00 - 24.00 Uhr: 30. Zappanale, live aus Bad Doberan

20.07.2019, 15.00 - 24.00 Uhr: 30. Zappanale, live aus Bad Doberan

21.07.2019, 15.00 - 24.00 Uhr: 30. Zappanale, live aus Bad Doberan

Burnt Weeny Sandwich Exclusive LP


Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention’s enigmatic Burnt Weeny Sandwich's 180-gram audiophile repressing was supervised by the Zappa Family Trust.


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.


Number of discs: 1

Vinyl weight (grams): 180

Limited edition of: 500

Label: Universal

Mono/Stereo: Stereo

Catalog Number: ZR38421C

Chunga's Revenge Exclusive LP


Frank Zappa’s stylistically diverse and subversive 1970 album Chunga’s Revenge's 180-gram audiophile repressing was supervised by the Zappa Family Trust.


The record was specially mastered for this release by Bernie Grundman with all analog production and cut directly from the original 1970 analog master tapes. Unavailable on vinyl for more than three decades, the last pressing was in 1986 for Zappa’s rare Old Masters Box Two on his own Barking Pumpkin Records.


Number of discs: 1

Vinyl weight (grams): 180

Limited edition of: 500

Label: Universal

Mono/Stereo: Stereo

Catalog Number: ZR38441C

Live In Sweden 1967 (vinyl)



Release date: 9 november 2018

Label: Keyhole

Barcode: 5291012908612


1. You Didn't Try to Call Me

2. Petrushka

3. Bristol Stomp

4. Baby Love

5. Big Leg Emma

6. No Matter What You Do

7. Blue Suede Shoes

8. Hound Dog

9. Gee

10. King Kong

11. It Can't Happen Here

SWR Linie Zwei Konzertreihe

FRANK ZAPPA - Ausgewählte Werke / SWR Symphonieorchester / Dirigent: Wayne Marshall
"Ein Komponist ist ein Typ, der arglosen Luftmolekülen seinen Willen aufzwingt, oft mit Hilfe argloser Musiker." Ob Frank Zappa sich selbst eher als Komponist verstand oder als Rockmusiker oder vielleicht als Satiriker des Musikbetriebs, hing von Phasen, Stimmungen, Kontexten und Gelegenheiten ab. Tatsächlich hat er zahlreiche Instrumentallwerke geschrieben, auch für größere Ensemble- oder Orchesterbesetzungen. Edgard Varese, Anton Webern, Maurice Ravel, Igor Strawinsky, Karlheinz Stockhausen und Charles Ives gehörten zu seinen Helden der so genannten E-Musik. "Linie Zwei" bringt Wayne Marshalls Auswahl aus Zappas Partituren, deren Aufführungen der Komponist nur teilweise, aber glücklich erst in der späten Zusammenarbeit mit dem Ensemble Modern erlebte.


Freiburg im Breisgau, E-Werk, Saal


Fr, 07.12.2018 - 20:00 Uhr

Fr, 01.02.2019 - 20:00 Uhr

Sa, 06.04.2019 - 20:00 Uhr

So, 07.04.2019 - 20:00 Uhr

Mi, 29.05.2019 - 20:00 Uhr

Eddie Jobson To Release '1971-1979 The Band Years'


This double-CD release features tracks from Jobson's band years in the '70s, including his work as a member of Curved Air, Roxy Music, Frank Zappa & The Mothers, and UK - the progressive-rock supergroup he co-founded with John Wetton, Allan Holdsworth and Bill Bruford.


Classic tracks include Curved Air's "Metamorphosis," written by Jobson at the age of 17; Roxy Music's "Out of the Blue"; Läther (a Frank Zappa - live recording); and UK's "In The Dead of Night."


All tracks have been digitally remastered for this special compilation.

Demnächst im Kino: Kosmische Brocken

Was macht einen kleinen Ferienort »am Ende der Welt« zum Mekka der Zappa-Freunde – und die Zappanale damit zum größten Zappafest weltweit?


KOSMISCHE BROCKEN ist eine persönliche Reise in das abgelegene Reich des »ernsthaften Enthusiasmus«, zu Menschen, die seit frühster Jugend von einem hartnäckigen Virus befallen sind, das sich nicht therapieren läßt.


Leider weigern sich die Lizenzinhaber, der Zappa Family Trust unter Ahmet Zappa, weiterhin beharrlich, Projekte, die irgendetwas mit der Zappanale zu tun haben, zu lizensieren. Wir können LIKE A SICKNESS also aufgrund der Musikanteile von Zappa-Songs offiziell nicht vollständig zeigen. Darum werden wir unter dem Titel KOSMISCHE BROCKEN eine bearbeitete und gekürzte Fassung von LIKE A SICKNESS sehen!


Mit: Jimmy Carl Black, Don Preston, Bunk Gardner, George Duke, Ali N. Askin, Jean-Luc Ponty, Ed Mann, Ike Willis, Ray White, Denny Walley, Robert Martin, Scott Thunes, Adrian Belew, Jon Hiseman, Garry Lucas, Claudia Roth, Dave Muscheidt, Jim Cohen, Peter Wawerzinek u.v.a.



Regie, Buch und Schnitt: Jörg Wulf


Kamera: Uwe Bohrer

Originalton: Carsten Thörmann, Reinhard Günzler


Dramaturgische Beratung: Kyra Scheurer

Produktion: Don Medien Filmproduktions GmbH

26.11. Freiburg, Friedrichsbau

27.11. Karlsruhe, Schauburg

02.12. Berlin, Sputnik-Kino

03.12. Hamburg, Studio-Kino

04.12. Bremen, Schauburg

06.12. Chemnitz, Metropol

08.12. Bamberg, Lichtspiel

09.12. Nürnberg, Casablanca

10.12. Würzburg, Central

11.12. München, Monopol

17.12. Hannover, Kino am Raschplatz

26.12. Braunschweig, Universum

The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa - Hologram Tour Set For 2019

“The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa” will include longtime and legendary Zappa players Ray White, Mike Keneally, Scott Thunes, Robert Martin and Ed Mann with Joe “Vaultmeister” Travers; they’ll be joined along the way by Steve Vai, Ian Underwood, Lady Bianca, Napoleon Murphy Brock and Arthur Barrow. Hours of never-before-seen (or heard) Zappa performance footage from the early seventies form the basis of the “can’t miss” concert spectacle.

Sierra Nevada Announces Frank Zappa-Themed Beer - America drinks!

The Zappa Family Trust has approved a new Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. beer collaboration, Zappa Wild Stache IPA, which will be available at a variety of breweries, liquor stores, and restaurants.


Zappa Wild Stache IPA features a wild hop cultivated by CLS Farms “as untamed as Zappa’s musical leanings.” Sierra Nevada purchased the entire 2015 crop of the wild hop.


It´s a teamwork by Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet, and Diva!

Now together in it for the money???

Marco Pacassoni Group ‎– Frank & Ruth

Blessed Relief (6:16)
For Ruth (4:15)
Planet For The Baritone Women (4:13)
The Black Page (2:30)
Echidna's Arf (4:42)
Sleep, Pink And Black [The Napkins Suite] (8:34)
The Idiot Bastard Son (3:24)
Peaches En Regalia (4:17)
Stolen Moments [Bonus Track] (4:13)


Bass – Lorenzo Degli Angeli
Classical Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar – Alberto Lombardi
Drums – Gregory Hutchinson
Keyboards, Piano – Enzo Bocciero
Vibraphone, Marimba – Marco Pacassoni
Voice – Petra Magoni


2018, Label: Esordisco, CD / LP

ZappaCast Episode 39

Lumpy Gravy and We’re Only In It For The Money at 50!

Are you hung up? Well the ZappaCast is here to lend you a hand! Our roundtable panel is back for this episode, replete with some new voices as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the LUMPY GRAVY and the WE’RE ONLY IN IT FOR THE MONEY albums! Music, mirth and more! Plus Mick gives us an update on his book ZAPPA’S GEAR! Just in time for the start of fall and a kicking off some busy months to come for Zappa fans, it’s the ZappaCast!

And Fuck You Too

numbered coloured vinyl LP limited to 200 copies / Audreay Records / Cat: AR 040 / tbr: 14 Jan 19

Erschienen im Wehrhahn Verag:

Totengrundgespräch – Arno Schmidt trifft auf Frank Zappa


„Nu, der olle Schmidt hätte ja wahrscheinlich den minder ollen/dollen Zappa nicht leiden mögen, zumal der Musik machte, die Schmidt ja partout nicht den Transistor-Seelen entnehmen mochte. Aber meine Vermutung, dass man (ich) die zwei mal bildlich verkuppeln könnte, erhärtete sich seit meiner Bekanntschaft mit Bernd Rauschenbach, der eine schöne & große Zappa-Sammlung besitzt. Das erfuhr ich allerdings erst, nachdem ich den Totengrund schon im Kopf hatte.“

(RWLE Möller, Briefwechsel 1989)


Auf die Aufführung eines unterhaltsam-ironischen Dialogs zwischen den beiden Protagonisten des Ölgemäldes Totengrund (auf dem Cover des Buches) oder Ich bin ein Heidediener, Blattanbeter, Windverehrer, in dem

RWLE Möller Schmidt und Zappa 1985 tatsächlich verkuppelte, folgen anhand von ausgewählten Passagen aus dem Schriftwerk Arno Schmidts weitere literarische Annäherungen an die versierten Schmidt-Szenerien des Künstlers.


Szenische Lesung: Bernd Rauschenbach (Arno Schmidt Stiftung) und Thomas Wenzel (Bomann-Museum Celle, Schlosstheater am 4. Februar 2018)


52 Seiten, Format: 11 X 7 cm, Erscheinungstermin: 09/10 2018

Per Mail an den Verlag kann man schon jetzt formlos vorbestellen.

Best of the Muffin Man Goes to College (Vinyl LP)

Disk #1:


Improvisations (Incl. Chariot, Moontrek)

Sam With The Showing Scalp Flat Top


Disk #2:

Penguin In Bondage

Willie The Pimp

Poofter's Froth Wyomingplans Ahead


Label: Cult Legends

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

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