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!

Three Card Trick (3Dvd)


FRANK ZAPPA & MOI IN THE 1960s Critical review of the Mothers early output, focusing on the band's musical work in the 1960s. The film features contributions from a number of band members plus LA wild man Kim Fowley, biographer Billy James, Zappa academic Ben Watson, music journalist Richie Unterberger, and many others. Also includes a wealth of archive footage and interviews with Zappa himself and rare live performances.


FRANK ZAPPA - The FREAK LOUT LIST Documentary exploring the musical roots of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention's Freak Out! album, tracing Zappa's favourite musicians as listed on the album's liner notes. Based around archive film, performance footage, interviews with Frank and those close him, and analysis by esteemed experts, the film looks at the rich and varied musical lineage that influenced Zappa's recordings.


FROM STRAIGHT TO BIZARRE ZAPPA, BEEFHEART, ALICE COOPER AND LA s LUNATIC FRINGE Desperate to remove himself from his original deal with Verve Records, in 1968 Frank Zappa set up the Bizarre and Straight labels in league with manger Herb Cohen. So began a string of releases which remain extraordinary in the extreme. This film tells the extraordinary story of these labels emergence, history and ultimate downfall.

Dream-Collector – Yellow String-Quartet

Stücke amerikanischer Komponisten der Minimal- und Rockmusik wie John Adams, Terry Riley und Frank Zappa präsentiert das Yellow String Quartet. Dazu das Streichquartett ‚anonyme Dinge’ des Cellisten und Komponisten Friedemann Dähn, der 1992 als Cellist im Ensemble Modern beim letzten großen Projekt von Frank Zappa (Yellow Shark) selbst mitwirkte und ihn persönlich kennenlernte.

Das 2011 gegründete Yellow String Quartet besteht aus Solisten der Württembergischen Philharmonie Reutlingen. Binnen kurzem etablierte sich das Quartett mit traditionellem Repertoire, Neuer Musik und populären Stilen. Vor allem begeistert die ungewöhnliche Kombination von Werken unterschiedlicher Epochen und Genres, die lässig und frei von jeglichem historischen Zwang ausgewählt und auf höchstem Niveau präsentiert werden. Das Quartett konzertierte bislang in Deutschland, Norwegen und Österreich. Mehrfach gastierte das Quartett auf der Zappanale in Dad Doberan, einem großen Festival zu Ehren von Frank Zappa.

Yellow String Quartet
Timo de Leo – Violine
Konrad Balik – Violine
Benjamin Hartung – Viola
Friedemann Dähn – Cello

Veranstalter: tonArt Esslingen e.V. in Kooperation mit dem Kulturzentrum Dieselstrasse

Do 22.02.2018, 20:00, Kulturzentrum Dieselstrasse, Dieselstraße 26, 73734 Eslingen/Neckar
VVK 15,00 €, AK 18,00 € / Schüler und Studenten VVK 8 €, Abendkasse 11 €

Live...San Francisco

Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention, live at the Fillmore West, San Francisco on November 6th 1970. In late 1970 Frank Zappa resumed touring with a reformed Mothers, including former Turtles Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, and a stage show involving provocative comedy routines alongside typically complex music. Originally broadcast on KSAN-FM, this superb show performed at the Fillmore West, San Francisco on 6th November 1970, features material from the forthcoming 200 Motels, older songs, jazz fusion, touches of Zappa s beloved doo-wop, and much more. With plenty of ingenious musical flourishes, and rabble-rousing audience interactions, this historic gig is a must for Zappa fans. It’s presented here together with background notes and images.


Label: Keyhole (Soulfood), release date: 2018-03-16

01 Intro And Chat > Improvisation
02 Have Gun Will Travel
03 Call Any Vegetable
04 The Sanzini Brothers
05 The Penis Dimension
06 The Sanzini Brothers (reprise) > Chat And Tuning
07 Jam
08 The Penis Dimension (reprise)
09 Mudshark (with Dr. John Parody)
10 Holiday In Berlin
11 Cruising For Burgers
12 Easy Meat
13 San Francisco Bullshit
14 Daddy, Daddy, Daddy
15 Do You Like My New Car?
16 Happy Together
17 Who Are The Brain Police?

A.G.R. Trio Plays Zappa “The return of fat chicken”

17.02.2018, 21.30, Teatro Regina Margherita di Marcialla

Eclectic Auction- Featuring Beyonce- Frank Zappa- George Harrison

by Ted Owen & Co., March 13, 2018, 7:00 PM GMT Timed Auction, London, United Kingdom


Frank Zappa's customised 1952/53 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop Guitar / Est: £100,000 - £120,000

Frank Zappa - The Birth of ...


UMRK Rehearsals


The Birth of ... Unborn Songs

The Birth of What's New In Baltimore

The Birth Of Sinister Footwear

The Birth Of Mudd Club

The Birth of I'm A Beautiful Guy

The Birth of Easy Meat

The Birth of I Don't Wanna Get Drafted

The Birth of Let's Move To Cleveland

The Bizarre World Of The Hologram Tour

It has just come to my attention the advertisement circulating for the proposed Frank Zappa Hologram Tour States my name as a guest. As I have not consented, this disclaims any involvement whatsoever. Thank you.

Vinnie Colaiuta.

The Universe By Ear auf Tour durch Deutschland


Es wird bluesig, hart, spacig, mathematisch und psychedelisch zugehen an diesen Abenden mit


Beni Bürgin: Drums, Vocals

Pascal „Fido“ Grünenfelder: Bass, Vocals

Stef "Fido" Strittmatter: Guitar, Vocals


16.02.18  DE-Hagen, Werkhof

17.02.18  DE-Frankfurt, Das Bett

23.02.18  DE-Fürth, Kofferfabrik

24.02.18  DE-Hamburg, Indra Musik Club

03.03.18  DE-Berlin, Quasimodo

“The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa” Hologram Tour Band Lineup


Live music’s premier hologram production company Eyellusion, today announced that a who’s who of Zappa fan favorite musicians will support “The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa” hologram tour set to hit music venues in late 2018.


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PROJECT/OBJECT on tour again

As always we give THANKS and pay tribute to the enormous body of work left by Frank Zappa.

Just a soft announce here....PROJECT/OBJECT will hit the road in April and May of this year.


Damn...sorry west coast peeps... try as we might we can only find a three week window, not enough time to get out that way. I promise we are trying to find a creative way to get out to see you again . It's way, way WAY overdue...! These dates will be in the Northeast/Rustbelt USA, out to the Great Lakes area.


SPECIAL GUESTS: on this one we bring back some old friends and touring partners. A special reunion for them also; as they toured together with Zappa in the mid 70s. None other than the legendary vocalist/saxophonist NAPOLEON MURPHY BROCK, and master slide guitarist DENNY WALLEY.


This unique combination of two of Zappa's most beloved Alumni, who just happen to be old friends, is not be missed. Both gentlemen are old touring pals and guests of Project/Object going back to at least 2000, but they have never toured together with P/O. Zappa History Here, Again! => Tourdates

The hologram wave

is another example of tech entrepreneurs trying to abolish death - by Leonid Bershidsky @

Zappa & Jazz

In den " Jazz News" wird das Freiburger "Radio Dreyeckland" am Samstag, dem 3. Feb. 2018, um 10 Uhr (morgens!) das Thema "Zappa & Jazz" beleuchten. Musik-Auswahl und Interviewpartner des Moderators: Thomas V. Schmitt. Ausserdem wird es Hinweise auf regionale Veranstaltungen geben sowie auf die  Zappanale #29 im Juli in Bad Doberan.


Die Sendung kann im Raum Freiburg auf 102.3 MHz und weltweit auf der RDL-Homepage als Livestream gehört werden.

He was a notoriously difficult man

Don Connolly still remembers his worst interview of all time: Frank Zappa.

Only In It For The Money!

Whitebank Fine Art published and exhibited Robert Davidson's work.

Guitar lessons Vai used to teach Dweezil

Take a trip through the notebook that Steve Vai used to teach Dweezil Zappa guitar.

3. Extrakonzert Con spirito: Freak out! - Tribute to FRANK ZAPPA

So. 13.05.2018, 18 Uhr, Kieler Schloss, Konzertsaal

Daniel Carlberg, Dirigent, Veranstalter: Theater Kiel AöR


The face of Frank Zappa has miraculously appeared on a doorknob!

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.


Ein Beitrag von: Sabine Gietzelt für Radio Bayern

The Roxy Performances (Live At The Roxy)

The legendary two-night, four-show December 1973 stand at Los Angeles' Roxy Theatre plus recordings from a December 8th film shoot and soundcheck from the venue, as well as material from December 12th at Bolic Studios.


Release Date: 2-2-2018


Total Length: 7:56:13


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ZappaCast Episode 35 (Ladies And Gentlemen, Ahmet Zappa!)

It's been a long time coming but we've done it! Ahmet Zappa, head of the Zappa Family Trust and a Very Wonderful Guy, joins us for a chat about the State Of The Zappa Union, the legacy of his mother Gail and much more! Plus listener questions answered! Come on down and get on down with the ZappaCast!

Frank Zappa’s 1982 European tour

was anything but conventional. Shows were booked in unusual venues with odd stage configurations that, on at least one occasion, contributed to violence breaking out... read more @

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

Don Preston, Mother of Keyboard Invention

Don has composed and played jazz since the 50s, was a Frank Zappa sideman through his classic 60s albums and beyond, and has since released 20+ albums, scored 20 films, and has performed with artists including John Lennon, Lou Rawls, and Nat King Cole. He has also been called "the father of modern synthesis" for his work in electronic music.

We discuss "Winds of Change" (3rd movement, 2001), "Palmer Park" (1975), and "Analog Heaven #7" (1975). End song: "Piano Solo" from TriAngular Bent (2016). Opening/closing music: "King Kong" from Uncle Meat by The Mothers of Invention.


Nakedly Examined Music #55

„Chris Berg und die Unverbrauchten“ spielen Frank Zappa

Abgerundet wird das Programm durch wunderbare Songs von Dave Matthews, Joe Jackson, George Benson, Paul McCartney und Freddy Quinn.


23.02.2018, 20:00 Uhr, Offenes Haus Oberwart, Lisztgasse 12, 7400 Oberwart

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

Herr Bickford entdeckt ein neues Land: Mr. Bickford discovers a new land

Die erste Monographie zum Werk von Bruce Bickford – kuratiert und gestaltet von Tommi Brem. Für Kenner seines Werks ebenso wie für Liebhaber der animierten Kunst ist der Katalog ein Muss: Fotografisch aufwändig und liebevoll dokumentiert von Conné van d‘ Grachten zeigt der Katalog „Herr Bickford entdeckt ein neues Land“ die Arbeiten aus sechs Jahrzehnten, von einem Hund aus dem Jahr 1955 über Bickfords Arbeiten für Frank Zappa bis hin zu Zeichnungen aus dem Jahr 2016.


Gebundene Ausgabe: 100 Seiten

Verlag: Topalian & Milani Verlag

Auflage: 1 (21. Juni 2017)

Sprache: Englisch, Deutsch

ISBN-10: 3946423981

ISBN-13: 978-3946423980

Nona Hendryx & Gary Lucas: The World Of Captain Beefheart (CD)


01. Sun Zoom Spark

02. My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains

03. Sure 'Nuff 'N Yes I Do

04. I'm Glad

05. The Smithsonian Institute Blues (or The Big Dig)

06. Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles

07. Suction Prints

08. Sugar 'N Spikes

09. When Big Joan Sets Up

10. Too Much Time

11. When It Blows Its Stacks

12. Tropical Hot Dog Night


November 10, 2017, Label: Knitting Factory


Hear the entire album here first! Zappanale #28 concert replay

02.03.2018, 20.00 - 21.45 Uhr: Jazzprojekt Hundehagen with Stoni

03.06.2018, 20.00 - 22.00 Uhr: rock-zeit - Zeit für ... die 29. Zappanale

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.

GrandMothers of Invention live in Lörrach

Die Band besteht aus Bunk Gardner (Mothers of Invention von 1966 bis 1969, Saxophon), Don Preston, der ab 1966 der Ur-Keyboarder der Mothers wurde, Ed Mann (ab 1977 Perkussionist und Sound-Designer der Mothers) und Schlagzeuger Christopher Garcia.


Karten für das Konzert der GrandMothers of Invention am 2. Mai 2018 im Burghof, Lörrach sind ab sofort erhältlich beim BZ-Kartenservice ( oder Tel. 0761/4968888) und bei allen BZ-Geschäftsstellen. (Badischer Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, Lörracher Str. 3, 79115 Freiburg).

Slabdragger/Wren: Mothers of Beef and the Magic Of Invention (Vinyl Single)

Sound of the underground, Post-rock, Math-rock …

There was a time I liked this stuff


01 Over in Brooklyn 3:26
02 Never Washboard 3:31
03 4T3 3:53
04 Charms 3:32
05 Here Is Nothing 3:23
06 Go Old 3:00
07 My First Castle 3:07
08 Ignatz 1:53
09 Waterworld 4:17
10 In Greenland 4:28
11 Tidy Diggs 4:09


Label: Holy Roar Records (Alive), 27. Oktober 2017

15. ZAPPA-NACHT im Westerwald

Die 15. Zappa-Nacht findet am 14.04.2018 in Nauroth im Westerwald statt. Es spielen für euch:

FIDO aus der Schweiz und Chato mit seiner Band aus Osnabrück.


Eintritt: 19,- € / Einlass: 19.30 Uhr / Beginn: 20:00 Uhr / In Nauroth im Bürgerhaus

Info: Georg Nilius Tel. 027471584 

The Rift – Dark Side Of The Moon (2017)


01. Omega – Don’t Keep on Me Waitin’
02. Dweezil Zappa – Us and Them
03. Colin Moulding – Brain Damage
04. The Anix – Mask
05. Echolust – 1799
06. Nik Turner – Paranormal
07. Lether Strip – Serenade for the Dead
08. Nektar – Astronaut’s Nightmare
09. Le Seul Element – C. Abyssal
10. Brainticket – Nebula
11. Rick Wakeman – Dynamics of Delirium
12. Chrome – Into the Eyes of the Zombie King
13. Guru Freakout – Notre Dame (Mothership) (The Rift Edit)
14. Guru Guru Groove Band – Ufolove
15. A Flock Of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away) (Re-Recorded)

Extrakonzert - Tribute to Frank Zappa

So. 13.05.2018, 18:00 Uhr, Konzertsaal Kieler Schloss

Freak out! - Tribute to FRANK ZAPPA

Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel, Daniel Carlberg, Dirigent

Kartenpreise: 13,19 €  41,25 €

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's 2018 season

Big blockbusters dominate the 2018 season from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra … and for something a little bit different - there’s Frank Zappa!


New Zealand Symphony Orchestra chief executive Christopher Blake: “Whatever you might think of the music of Frank Zappa … it’s challenging, it’s interesting, it’s thought provoking and it really does engage you.”


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Luckyman Concerts veranstalten Konzert mit den Grandsheiks

"Lange haben wir überlegt und diskutiert, vor drei Jahren schon einmal Kontakt aufgenommen, wieder verworfen und jetzt doch getraut. Wir veranstalten ein Konzert mit der genialen Musik von Frank Zappa. Für viele Musiker nicht vorstellbar, dass man diese unglaublich vielseitige und vielschichtige Musik – von Rock über Jazz, Blues, Kitsch, Pop, E-Musik und Avantgarde, an einem Abend auf die Bühne bringen kann. Aber es gibt eine Band – Grandsheiks – mit Namen. Und sie spielen so gut, dass sogar einige Ex-Zappa Musiker bei Konzerten mitwirkten – fast schon ein Ritterschlag für die Band. Am 28. April ist es so weit – wir zählen auf euch."


28.04.2018, Altes Sudhaus, Gasthaus Zum Bräu
Bräustraße 3, 84518 Garching - Wald/Alz

Wolfram Klug: L.A. Bang Bang (CD)

Another album with ex-members of Frank Zappa's band

"Burt, the Nerd" was a 1st successful album. Now comes part 2 - "L.A. Bang Bang" - it will be even better. Better music, better production, better organisation and involvement of same artists even more people joining.


Currently this artists confirmed their participation:

Ike Willis: Vocals and Guitar * 

Arthur Barrow: Sound Engineer and Studio Owner * 

Robert Martin: Vocals, Sax, Flugelhorn *

Michael Barsimanto: Drums


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