Posts Tagged ‘Frank Zappa’

THE TUBES LOVE BOMB LEAVES A TIMELESS, LASTING MARK ON MUSIC PRODUCTION

January 12, 2018

The Todd Rundgren produced Love Bomb by the San Francisco band The Tubes. Photo courtesy Capitol Records.

We are reviving a feature on BouleBlog, the Friday Flashback. This gives us a unique opportunity to take a look at albums that were released in the distant past, but still have musical, technological or even social impact on the music horizon, some that even last years later.

This entry is not of any social consequence, but it has technological brilliance unequaled even today. For its time in 1985, it was leaps and bounds beyond anything that came out in that time period. Before things get too convoluted, perhaps some background will put things into perspective.

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THE MUSICAL COMET THAT IS LORD RUSS RETURNS WITH FUTURISTIC VISIONS OF THE PAST. HAVE YOU HEARD???

July 17, 2017

The newest take on some established songs, done Lord Russ style! Photo courtesy Russ Brooks

Lord Russ has a past with this blog. That sounds so sordid, doesn’t it? But that ‘past’ is a good one! Lord Russ found me while I was still with Princeton Record Exchange. He took advantage of my open position that “if you have the balls to accept what someone who knows something about music has to say about yours, bring it!” and brought me his first delightful album Heir Of Mystery! Easily the best “indie” (in the truest sense of the word, Lord Russ’ neighbor, Mark Mulcahy and his band Miracle Legion roadied for themselves on their recent reunion tour, set up, tore down, and loaded out, here’s a band that’s been on TV, David Letterman, Adventures Of Pete and Pete, too numerous to list, having to roadie their own shows because that’s how the record industry is now) disc to come my way this year. The fortunate part of the Miracle Legion show was the availability of two new releases, two double live CDs, one from Miracle Legion, and one from Polaris. The difference being, no Ray Neal in Polaris, his place was filled by another Lord Russ neighbor, Henning Ohlenbusch who played lead guitar and allsorts. The CT/Mass music scene is a very intriguing one. If what Fatso Jetson leader Mario Lalli claims is correct, the High Desert/Wonder Valley scene is dead.

But I digress…

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THE MASS EXODUS I HAD FEARED SINCE CHILDHOOD IS HERE NOW!

April 4, 2016

Sorry folks, no photos of album covers or artists performing live in this blog. In fact, we are embracing the here and now, with a morose eye towards the future. I never thought I would be posting something like this, but in the light of recent events (read: the massive amount of influential musicians who are passing away at a pace none of us can keep up with), I really had no choice. This was a necessity above and beyond my ordinary macabre nature.

For me, I think it started with the death of Alan Myers, the original drummer for Devo. It was a severe blow when a short time later, his bandmate and co-founder of Devo, Robert Casale also (and most definitely unexpectedly) passed away.

Then the onslaught began.

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THE END OF THE SILENCE, THE END OF THE IGNORANCE

December 10, 2014
Sometimes, the life of a blogger can be hazardous to that blogger's health. Photo by Lynn Vala

Sometimes, the life of a blogger can be hazardous to that blogger’s health. Photo by Lynn Vala

My WordPress screen prompts me by asking ‘what’s on your mind’? I guess I need to vent, come clean, explain why I have been absent from this blog for months now. Also to explain why a story was posted and then pulled almost in the same day. The story is long and convoluted so I will try to explain why I took a self-imposed sabbatical from this page.

But first, a bit of background on why this is personal to me.

Integrity has always been important to me. I have been asked to leave many bands because my integrity prevented me from playing over-exposed bands/songs such as Creedence Clearwater, or other bands I felt were not challenging enough to my ability as a player or were too commonplace for my liking. The more popular a musical genre, the less I find it appealing other than the finely crafted pop pieces from acts such as Hall & Oates, Foster The People, etc.

As I became older I found that bands who challenged the perceived norm of popular music or who went against the 4/4 popular time signatures lead to new vistas and horizons for me as a musician. Masters such as Frank Zappa, King Crimson and mid to latter era Todd Rundgren and or Utopia. Acts that really had musical meat for me, something I could dig my teeth into both as a listener and a musician.

So when I begin this blog I’ve virtually went into it with little to no restriction other than those imposed upon me by the webmasters. Limitations such as no obscenities, formatting, no artist bashing, promoting record sales… you can see how this would get tedious. Sad to say, one of the better things to ever happen to me might have been when Princeton Record Exchange dissolved it’s blog.  At that point I had to make a decision: Shit or get off the pot. I guess I shit because I am still on the pot!

The decision was made, I would start my own blog, go my own way and blaze my own path. Or so I thought. With this freedom also came a certain perverted perk. People would approach me and ask if I would want to promote either their own disc or an artist they represented. This is where things started to go downhill…

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PAINTING WITH GUITAR HAS ADRIAN BELEW GIVING NEW MEANING TO THE PHRASE ONE MAN SHOW!

April 19, 2013
Adrian Belew brings his art and music together in one place, The World Cafe Live.  Photo by Lynn Vala

Adrian Belew brings his art and music together in one place, The World Cafe Live. Photo by Lynn Vala

AUTHOR’S NOTE:  Again, the Friday Flashback reaches deep into our available archives to bring you a groundbreaking review.  There is a sordid history behind this one which will explain some of the mindset when this was composed.  You see, yours truly was involved in a global controversy because when I first started this column thousands of years ago, I used artist websites as a source of information.  I had been scouring both the website journals/blogs of Adrian Belew, Robert Fripp, Tony Levin, Trey Gunn and Bill Bruford (pertinent to this story and King Crimson).  On Belew’s site I gleaned some information.  On Fripp’s site, I gleaned some contradicting information.  Not knowing which was the truth, I presented what I believed was the truth.  Belew became immediately incensed and called me out on the former PREX blog.  I dismissed it as an artist not wanting to be portrayed as “the bad guy”.

Turns out, Belew was correct.

I was offered the truth by Belew’s power trio bassist Julie Slick’s mom Robin.  A respected author in her own right.  I declined.  I had been caught in the crossfire enough and I will forever go down in history as the patsy who took the fall and reported the end of King Crimson.  NOT my proudest moment, and a tremendous personal loss to me.  But as it turns out, Fripp would go on shortly thereafter to retire from public music performance as Bruford had done shortly after the release of his autobiography.

One more tragic note:  There were literally thousands of photographs taken for this show.  Unfortunately, due to the crash of an IBM machine (yeah, fuck you Bill Gates) those photos were lost forever.  They were great shots as well.  One is utilized in the header to this blog and I will not repeat it here.

Also, this was originally presented as four parts (a photo blog) on PREX and a two part blog on the rest of the syndication.  It is going to be condensed into one humongous blog here because, well, I can!  This was the show where I apologized to Belew afterward and I made up for my transgression by reviewing his previously released e disc, as well as the live DVD of the power trio show and Julie Slick’s debut CD.  For the whole story, read on…

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EDDIE JOBSON “FOUR DECADES” TOUR & MASTER CLASS PERFORM AT WORLD CAFE LIVE PHILADELPHIA ON SUNDAY, APRIL 21st, 2013!

March 12, 2013

One of the few remaining ‘greats’ of the original progressive-rock movement, returns to the stage with his hand-picked band mates.

AUTHOR’S NOTE:  I have long been wanting to post something promoting the venue World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.  They undertook a mitosis in that they opened a sister club in Delaware.  This happened right about the time that we relocated Coming Age Conglomo from Allentown to Scranton PA, and shortly after the collapse of the blog syndication.  All of these elements had contributed to this fine, intimate venue being overlooked.  However, today, with the announcement of the death of Peter Banks, we felt it was time to not only celebrate the remaining pioneers of Progressive music, but to also exalt the amazing venue that is World Cafe Live.  From a recent press release of theirs, detailing the appearance of Eddie Jobson.  Perhaps if you can, why not get out and enjoy some of Prog’s founding father’s before they go the route of Bill Bruford and Robert Fripp and throw in the towel…

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Philadelphia, PA – March 12, 2013 – Eddie Jobson, an internationally recognized electric-violin pioneer and keyboard icon, will be sharing his talent with fans at World Cafe Live on Sunday, April 21st, 2013.  The English born musician is considered a forerunner in the progressive rock and experimental rock movements.  Performing in a variety of progressive rock bands including, Curved Air, Roxy Music, Zappa, U.K. and UKZ, Jobson has also spent time on a solo career.

On Sunday, April 21st, fans will be treated to an up-close and personal experience with the talented musician.  Performing music from his past bands, as well as some never-before-performed music from his acclaimed solo albums, audiences are sure to be amazed by the talent they witness on the stage.    Jobson handpicked his band for his ‘Four Decades’ tour, which comprises of Marc Bonilla, Billy Sherwood, Alex Machacek, and Virgil Donati.

VIP ticket holders will also enjoy a pre-concert “Master Class with the Maestro” where Eddie will share his considerable knowledge of music, including the physics of sound and an understanding of the language of harmony. Tickets are currently on sale for the show and can be purchased online at www.worldcafelive.com or by calling the box office at 215-222-1400.

For more information regarding this performance or any press inquiries, please email dferrari@worldcafelive.com

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More information about this tour is available from the Bob Moog Foundation Facebook page:

Legendary synthesist, violinist, composer, and producer Eddie Jobson/UK Official fanpage announces a retrospective “Four Decades” North American tour.

From Eddie directly “These concerts are a one-time-only retrospective of my 50 years of creating music and 40 years of recording, covering my work with Curved AirRoxy MusicFrank Zappa, U.K. and UKZ, and including first-time-ever performances of music from my Zinc/Green Album and Theme of Secrets mixed in with the U.K. classics. There will also be integrated video tying in my other associations with Jethro Tull, Yes, King Crimson, the Bulgarian Women’s Choir and more.”

This retrospective concert combined with pre-show master class by Eddie is a once in a lifetime opportunity not to be missed. Find out more here: http://www.eddiejobsontour.com/


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