Saturday, November 17, 2018

Mats and Napoleon continue their Zappa mission

Two new members added.
On Friday November 16 the Radio Dupree staff attended a concert with Zappa veteran Napoleon Murphy Brock and keyboard virtuoso Mats Öberg. The concert took place in Mats' old hometown Umeå, Sweden.

The Öberg/Brock duo that call themselves Colour Flash have been around since 2014 but now they have added two more members; guitarist Christian Bjerring and percussionist Rafael Sida. This added more width and variation to the performance, of course, while the music is still performed in a small enjoyable format. There are no more gigs planned with this quartet, but let's see what happens in the future.
And Napoleon Murphy Brock is still one of the best showmen in the business. Catch them if you get the opportunity!

Set #1
Chunga's Armageddon (Frank Zappa/Wayne Shorter)
Stink-foot (Zappa)
Unknown title (George Duke)
Uncle Remus (Duke/Zappa)
How About You? (Lane/Freed)
Aybe Sea (Zappa)
My Ship (Weill/Gershwin)
Montana (Zappa)

Set #2
Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance (Zappa)
What's The Ugliest Part of Your Body? (Zappa)
Oh No (Zappa)
Son of Orange County (Zappa)
More Trouble Every Day (Zappa)
Unknown title (George Duke?)
Yo Mama (Zappa)
Chunga's Armageddon outro (Frank Zappa/Wayne Shorter)

Pygmy Twylyte (Zappa)

Monday, October 29, 2018

Walter Becker Way named! 
If you missed yesterdays very casual and fun street naming ceremony in Forest Hills, Queens, New York there's video of it over on Q104.3:s Facebook page:

For more information and additional material surrounding the naming of Walter Becker Way check out: 

Among the highlights for fans of Walter Becker was the giveaway of a USB full of Walter Becker music including a never before heard demo of a song called This Is My Building dating back to the Circus Money era, i.e. 2008.

It will eventually be available for all to hear on the site where uncompleted songs, rehearsal tapes, alternate versions of released songs, demos and never before heard songs have been published since February this year. All according to Walter's wishes:

Photo:Sandrine Lee

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Coming soon: Bowie at Glastonbury 2000

David Bowie's concert at Glastonbury 2000 will be released on CD, DVD and vinyl LP.
37 minutes of the show have been broadcast on TV, but otherwise this is a premiere release.

Set list:
 1. Introduction (Greensleeves)
 2. Wild Is the Wind
 3. China Girl
 4. Changes
 5. Stay
 6. Life On Mars?
 7. Absolute Beginners
 8. Ashes to Ashes
 9. Rebel Rebel
 10. Little Wonder
 11. Golden Years
 12. Fame
 13. All the Young Dudes
 14. The Man Who Sold the World
 15. Station to Station
 16. Starman
 17. Hallo Spaceboy
 18. Under Pressure
 19. Ziggy Stardust
 20. "Heroes"
 21. Let's Dance
 22. I'm Afraid of Americans

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Kate Bush releases remastered catalogue

Kate Bush will release remastered versions of her album catalogue on vinyl and CD in November. 

This is the first (and definitive) programme of remastering and includes the release of many rarities and cover versions on vinyl and CD for the first time.

Read more here:

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Angélique Kidjo's version of Talking Heads Remain in Light

New album. In 1980 when Talking Heads released their album Remain in Light it made a huge impact on the music scene. Singer Angélique Kidjo was one of many who fell in love with it, She has toured with her own versions of the album's songs. Now she has released a studio album – her own version of Remain in Light.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Steely Dan live in England, Scotland and Ireland in 2019

Steely Dan yesterday announced five dates in England, Scotland and Ireland in February 2019.

The band played two shows as part of The Bluesfest 2017 in London (October 28) and Dublin (October 29), sharing the stage with the Doobie Brothers.

This time around the band is billed with Steve Winwood as "Special Guest". Here are the dates and tickets go on sale this Friday, September 7.

20 Glasgow - The SSE Hydro

21 Manchester - Manchester Arena

23 Birmingham - Genting Arena

25 London - The SSE Arena, Wembley

28 Dublin - 3Arena

Monday, August 13, 2018

King Crimson leader Robert Fripp dancing

Guitarist Robert Fripp is not exactly known for his amazing moves on stage during shows with his group King Crimson. He usually sits still on his stool and plays his guitar with his eyes staring at the floor.

But there actually seem to be moments when mr Fripp takes the opportunity to do a little dance, in this case while interpreting his wife Toyah's new track "Telepathic Lover" from the EP Four From Toyah | Birthday Edition.

Monday, July 30, 2018

60's recordings by Neil Young and Joni Mitchell discovered

The Michigan History Project has discovered a treasure of historic musical recordings made in Ann Arbor, Michigan during the late 1960s.
The reel-to-reel tapes include recorded performances by artists as Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tim Buckley and others.

The non-profit organisation is now looking for a record label that would be interested in releasing the recordings.

Read more here.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Todd Rundgren plays Zappa

Todd Rundgren debuted his version of Frank Zappa's Camarillo Brillo last night in Salisbury Beach, Massachusetts, USA. 
However the lyrics were totally different. Maybe Frank would have liked it. Don't know, but anyway he would have insisted on more rehearsing.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Bozzio-O'Hearn-Cuccurullo at Zappanale

The Bozzio-O'Hearn-Cuccurullo Power Trio was probably the most interesting unit to play the Zappanale this year. For us who did not have the possibility to go to the german festival last weekend there is at least this recording. The sound quality could have been better (where is Patrick's bass?), but this is still something.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

New 4 CD set: Phil Collins with McCartney, Clapton, Fripp...

Phil Collins has collected 59 tracks where he performs with other artists (Paul McCartney, Brian Eno, Tommy Bolin, Robert Fripp, John Martyn, Frida of ABBA...)

Rolling Stone reports that the title of Plays Well With Others originated from a gift from drummer Chester Thompson – a T-shirt featuring the phrase. It was meant to reflect Collins’ willingness to play drums at seemingly any recording session.

Read the entire story and the complete track list here.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Bowie live at Earl's Court 1978

A new David Bowie album was released recently: Welcome To The Blackout. 
It had a limited vinyl release in April for Record Store Day. On June 29 it was more widely released (CD + download and streaming.

Here is a nice video to celebrate the release:

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Drummer Morgan Ågren invited to play with Magma

Swedish drummer Morgan Ågren has been asked to record with the legendary French zeuhl-prog group Magma.

This is how Morgan describes this on Facebook:

"Beyond honored for this request.. In September I will go to Paris to record one track for Magma, WITH Magma!!! It’s an old track that will be re-recorded again. Christian Vander is doing the vocals on this track, just as he did in the past, so I will do the drums live with them in the studio. Overwhelmed."

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Zappa siblings on good terms again?

Good news from Dweezil.
This is the latest on the Zappa kids' family issues. Dweezil Zappa writes that three of the four siblings have got together and discussed the situation:

"Recently, we Zappa siblings (Diva, Ahmet and Dweezil) got together with the goal of resolving our differences. Once we sat down and actually listened to one another, we found a much greater understanding of each other’s intentions. We regret that our communication broke down and that things were misconstrued. It may be a bumpy road at times – we are a passionate Italian family – but we have decided to work toward privately discussing issues rather than using public forums and lawyers.

We are hopeful that if any of our father’s fans have felt conflicted, they can join us in the peace of our resolution. With our best feet forward, we are moving ahead and will faithfully deliver much more of our father’s indefinable brilliance, also known as the “World’s Finest Optional Entertainment.”

Thank you for your passion and love for our father. We can assure you, we all feel the same about him."