Friday, January 31, 2014

The band that never left the rehearsal room

New Zappa CD - Joe's Camouflage: rehearsals from the summer of 1975 with the short-lived line up that never went on tour or recorded an album:
Frank Zappa: guitar and vocals
Napoleon Murphy Brock: sax, vocals, keyboards
Robert "Frog" Camarena: guitar and vocals
Denny Walley: guitar and vocals
Novi Novog: viola and vocals
Roy Estrada: bass and vocals
Terry Bozzio: drums and vocals

Two tracks from the album has been spinning on Zappa Radio on for a while now:
Phyniox, Take 1 (2.30) Instrumental piece not reminiscent of any other known Zappa work (we think). Sounds like a piece of music at early developing stages. Mostly a guitar solo over a chord pattern laid down by a (clavinet?) keyboard and a rhythm guitar. Bozzio's style of drumming is somewhat pompous here.

Any Downers (6.00) Early version reminding of the one performed during the fall '75 tour. A version that focused more on the band's theatrical talents. Allows more fun and cavortment compared to the one released of You Are What You Is (1981).

Joe's Camouflage is also supposed to feature at least two other songs: Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance and The Illinois Enema Bandit. Of these four songs Phyniox seems to be the most thrilling one since it is previously unknown by fans.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Syd Barrett's catalogue now on Spotify

Syd's "uniquely memorable and influential catalogue is now available to stream on Spotify." 
That is how they put it on the Facebook Pink Floyd account, which is run by EMI. Great!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Keith Carlock new Toto drummer!

Photo: Tom Schwartz
Drummer Keith Carlock will join legendary group Toto according to the band's website:

It has also been announced that long-time member drummer Simon Phillips will be departing the band to pursue his solo career and other interests. 
Luke shares, "He is still a dear friend and we wish him the very best and continued success," 
The band welcomes new addition Keith Carlock (Steely Dan, Sting, James Taylor, John Mayer).  Carlock originally hails from Clinton, Mississippi, and has collaborated with Luke in the past in the jam band Toxic Monkey.

Will Keith be leaving the Steely Dan lineup he's been part of for the past ten-or-so years?
We doubt it. We're sure that Keith can keep both gigs.

Here's a couple of "Steely Dan-quotes" from Keth's website:

Donald Fagen on Keith :

"Keith's attitude, his enthusiasm, and everything is just great. When you're cutting tracks like we do, the band will get to a certain point when things are working and everything coalesces, and everybody realizes they are now going to play a take. To get there you need not just the drummer, but everybody to have refined their parts.

We had that with this band, thanks in large part to Keith. We would get to that point and converge on something, and he would give us a take we could really work with."

Walter Becker on Keith:

"...we're trying to re-create a kind of rhythmic feel that predates the drum machine era, where it's really a feel generated by the players, something that has a swing and a lope to it and still has hypnotically steady time.

With Keith, everything he tried to play worked in that way. He also began with a good idea of where a tune was supposed to go, and he got better as we played it. He actually made this whole thing possible... His groove is just as good at the end of the day as it is at the beginning."
(Thanks to Carsten for the news!)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Beats Music online service launched today

How about another online music service? If you live in the USA you can try out Beats Music that debuted today.
Headed by rapper Dr Dre and veteran music producer Jimmy Iovine and with a user interface designed by a group lead by Trent Reznor fron Nine Inch Nails it has its connections to the music firmly in place.

Read more about it here and watch the short promo video here:

Saturday, January 18, 2014

A Frank Zappa cover from Finland and 1971

And we go back in time to 1971 and the band Noidannuoli from Finland covering Frank Zappa's The Little House I Used To Live In.


(Beware of the fadeout...)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Paul and Ringo will play at the Grammy Awards

Ex-Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will perform together at the Grammy Awards on January 26. 
Last time they reunited was in 2009.

Read more here:

The Huffington Post

On The Red Carpet


Friday, January 10, 2014

Monday, January 06, 2014

Jimi was the most popular artist on Radio Dupree 2013

We have compiled a Radio Dupree chart for the entire year 2013, based on the monthly charts compiled by listeners voting on the songs they hear on Radio Dupree. This is how we did it: A #1 position got 10 points, #2 got 9 points etc. So here it is:

1. Jimi Hendrix
119 points
22 listings

2. Frank Zappa
82 points
15 listings

3. David Bowie
25 points
5 listings

4. Donald Fagen
18 points
4 listings

5. Shakti
17 points
2 listings

6. Steely Dan
16 points
4 listings

7. Lou Reed
14 points
3 listings

8. Walter Becker
14 points
2 listings

9. Jethro Tull
13 points
2 listings

10. Mark Masters Ensemble
11 points
3 listings

Sunday, January 05, 2014

What? Yet another Beatles box?!

Yes. In order to celebrate the 50 anniversary of the Beatles first TV appearance in the US (The Ed Sullivan Show, February 9, 1964), here comes a 13 CD box set titled "The US Albums".

Anything new in the box except the 64 page booklet? Well, five of the albums have never been out on CD before: The Beatles' Story, A Hard Day's Night, Yesterday And Today, Hey Jude and Revolver. We're talking about the US versions here.

For a limited time all the albums withe the exception of the audio documentary The Beatles' Story will be available to buy individually.

What you get in the box is the mono and stereo versions of each album except The Beatles' Story and Hey Jude that both come in stereo only. All have replicas of the original covers and inner sleeves.

Release date is January 20 or 21, 2014 depending on where you happen to live in this world.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Radio Dupree Top 18 - January 2014

1. The Blues Brothers - Shake Your Tailfeather
Blues Brothers - The Definitive Collection

2. Frank Zappa - Sofa No. 1
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore - Vol. 1

3. Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention - Status Back Baby
The Ark (Beat The Boots I)

4. Mud - Don't You Know
Use Your Imagination

5. Jimi Hendrix - Valleys Of Neptune
Valleys Of Neptune

6. Stacey Kent - I Won't Dance
Let Yourself Go

7. Michael Leonhart - Mr. Venus
The Suzy Lattimore EP

8. Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Sheriff of Hong Kong
Doc at the Radar Station

9. Krantz Carlock Lefebvre - Rock
The Hudson Sessions

10. Joe Jackson - Loisaida
Body & Soul

11. Lulu - The Man Who Sold The World - The Man Who Sold The World
12. State Cows - Tinseltown - The Second One (Japanese Edition)
13. The Grandmothers - Going to Idaho - Looking Up Granny's Dress
14. U2 - Alex Descends into Hell for a Bottle of Milk/Korova 1 - The Fly [single]
15. Yes - Tempus Fugit - Drama
16. Miles Davis - U 'n 'I - Star People
17. Tin Machine - Sacrifice Yourself - Tin Machine
18. Mike Oldfield - Froggy Went A-Courting - '74 single b-side

Chart compiled by listeners voting
on the songs they hear on Radio Dupree

Welcome to the first listener-made chart of favourites on Radio Dupree. With a brand new group to the top slot, although The Blues Brothers have come and gone in real life. The same can be said for British 1970's pop group Mud making it to fourth place, and we're happy to see a woman in the top 10: Stacey Kent at 6.
And Sweden make the chart thanks to State Cows at 12.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Radio Dupree 2013 Advent calendar 21-24

[Window 21]

Let this and a couple more windows inform you of a couple of music documentaries worth watching. First out is Foo Fighter's Dave Grohl's 2013 documentary of legendary Los Angeles recording studio Sound City.
Read more about it and watch it online here:

[Window 22]

It's all about the back up singers in this 2013 documentary.

[Window 23]

Released in 2002 and already a classic is this documentary about the musicians who played on all the Motown hits of the 1960's and 70's.

[Window 24]

And for the explorer there's always this page on Documentarystorm focusing on nothing but music documentaries:

And let's not forget