frank zappa


V.25 No.30 | 7/28/2016
The Grand Wazoo himself
Courtesy Zappa.com

Film Review

You Could Reach Nirvana Tonight!

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words

August March reflects on the life and work of Frank Zappa as seen through director Thorsten Schütte’s lens in Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words.
V.21 No.40 | 10/4/2012
EcoVirtual / CC BY-SA 2.0

Music

Memory, music and stealing Martin Mull’s material

I reveal some embarrassing memories, wax (sort of) poetic about the New Mexico music scene and use way too many proper nouns in my intro column, Dancing About Pueblo Revival Style Architecture. I’m a noise fan, so send me your feedback.

V.19 No.14 | 4/8/2010

Sonic Reducer

The Grateful Dead Crimson, White & Indigo · The Freak Out List, DVD

Despite the stereotypically cheesy cover art that will probably shoo away non-Deadheads (as usual), Crimson, White & Indigo (or “7/7/89”) includes a whole lot more than the mindless hippie drool suggested by the horrible ponytails worn by Mickey Hart, Bob Weir and Jerry Garcia at the time. Just one year before his fatal drug overdose, keyboardist Brent Mydland delivered an improvised monologue that was both uplifting and jarring during “Blow Away” and was really the MVP of this charged evening in Philly. The band also covered Willie Dixon, James “Sugar Boy” Crawford and Bob Dylan, and mesmerized the huge audience with its often-peaking space-folk, highlighted by poet Robert Hunter’s powerful lyrics in “Box of Rain” and “Wharf Rat.” Proof that the Dead were an impressively diverse and effectual band well after the ’60s.

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