“Opinions are like onions they are digestible but for best results you must peel back the outer layers until you end up crying and realizing that the core….”. Oh forget it, you can read that text on Doom Salad’s Bandcamp if you like. We prefer to listen to their music.
A new four DVD set called “Here’s Edie – The Edie Adams Television Collection” is out today. Unseen in any format in more than 50 years, this box set collects all 21 episodes of “Here’s Edie”. an American variety/sketch comedy television show starring Edie Adams, plus bonus features including segments from the Ernie Kovacs shows as well as guest that includes Kovacs, Sammy Davis Jr, Bobby Darin, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Stan Getz, Spike Jones, Soupy Sales, Johnny Mathis and many more.
The ‘wow’ factor of this box set resides in the eclectic guest stars Edie Adams was able to secure for the show. Jazz fans will be able to see rare performance footage of giants, such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Stan Getz, Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman and Al Hirt. Popular vocalists include Sammy Davis Jr., Bobby Darin and Johnny Mathis and more. Classical music fans can look forward to performances of Andrew Previn, Lauritz Melchoir and Laurindo Almeida. Additional guests include Allan Sherman, Spike Jones, Peter Falk, Sir Michael Redgrave, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Buddy Hackett.
Unlike any variety show before or since, “Here’s Edie – The Edie Adams Television Collection” is a tour-de-force for a female entertainer in the early-1960’s. After the sudden passing of her husband Ernie Kovacs in January 1962, Adams forged ahead with her own headlining show, showcasing her many talents. Adams hosts, sings, dances, acts, does comedy and also produces her own show. While much has been said of Adams’ preservation efforts of the Ernie Kovacs archive, she also left behind a stunning body of her own work that survives due only to her indefatigable preservation efforts.
This 12-hour, four DVD set features a new digital transfer from original 2-inch videotapes of the entire 1962-64 run of 21 episodes (with her famed Muriel Cigar commercials intact) plus extensive bonus footage.
“Shrew Astronaut Destiny” is the debut EP by Riq Chiznik. It’s instrumental, except for the last track, a remix of the title track with comedic vocals. According to Riq “you don’t have to pay for it because it’s a free download”, which makes sense to us. So, grab your own free copy here.
The Shaggs were an American all-female rock group, formed by sister Dot, Betty and Helen Wiggin in 1968, on the insistence of their father, Austin Wiggin, who believed that his mother foresaw the band’s rise to stardom. The band’s only studio album, “Philosophy of the World”, was released in 1969. The album failed to garner attention, though the band continued to exist as a locally popular live act. The Shaggs disbanded in 1975 after the death of Austin.
The Shaggs are primarily notable today for their perceived ineptitude at playing conventional rock music: the band was described in one Rolling Stone article as “sounding like lobotomized Trapp Family singers”. “Philosophy of the World” gained cult status over the years and apparently was one of Frank Zappa’s favorite records.
Now, 44 years later, Jello Biafra’s record label Alternative Tentacles releases “Ready! Get! Go!”, the first solo album by Dot Wiggin, The Shagg’s singer/songwriter. The album has newly-recorded versions of Shaggs-era songs as well as a number of new songs written by Wiggin. According to Boingboing.net the album “is terrific because the music retains the naive outsider charm of the Shaggs but is pleasantly listenable. If you have young kids, I think they will love Ready! Get! Go!”.
One year after the release of Frank Zappa‘s “Road Tapes, Venue #1” the Zappa Family Trust have announced a second volume in this series of “primitive audio documentary attempts to capture the essence of what was highly and improbably and even impossibly out there on the road in some of the worst audio terrain imaginable”.
“Road Tapes, Venue #2″ was recorded in august 1973 at Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland. The album can be ordered here and should start shipping today.
“Villa Wunderbar”, a new double album from Can founder Irmin Schmidt, will be out on 4 November. This two CD set includes 12 solo works plus 19 soundtrack pieces curated by Wim Wenders.
Disc one is a compilation of Irmin Schmidt’s extensive work as a solo artist over the past 30 years. It is accompanied by sleeve notes by the English writer Duncan Fallowell, author of most lyrics on the album. The second disc is selected and presented by filmmaker Wim Wenders, as an insight into Schmidt’s vast work as a composer for film and television for which Wenders has written extensive sleeve notes.
“Villa Wunderbar” also includes unreleased remixes by Schmidt of two Can tracks: “Alice” and “Last Night Sleep”.
The Zappa Family Trust will close out 2013 with a series of events honoring legendary composer Frank Zappa. This will also mark the beginning of the ZFT’s own “Year of Zappa” from December 4, 2013 to December, 21 2014, details of which will be revealed in the coming months.
The year 2013 will end with events celebrating the 40th anniversary of Frank Zappa’s acclaimed “Roxy & Elsewhere” release, which will be reissued on vinyl on December 10, together with “Uncle Meat”, another classic Zappa album.
The legendary December 1973 shows at the Roxy in Los Angeles were also filmed for a never before seen Live at the Roxy concert movie. In addition, Dweezil Zappa will perform three “Zappa Plays Zappa” shows–December 7, 8 and 9–commemorating the three dates (December 8, 9 and 10, 1973) Frank Zappa and the Mothers performed there 40 years ago. If we can expect a showing of the Roxy concert film around that time is still unknown.
Meanwhile, the “Roxy by Proxy” CD which was announced for September should finally be available before the end of the month.
Last night (Wednesday, October 23, 2013) the L.A. Philharmonic will marked the 10th anniversary date of the opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall with a special program presenting the world premiere of Zappa’s “200 Motels”. The event will be repeated with a different line-up at Royal Festival Hall in London on Tuesday 29 October 2013.
Early 2014 should see the release of a previously unissued Sun Ra LP from 1966, entitled “Other Strange Worlds”. It will be released by Roaratorio. It draws from the same sessions as “Strange Strings” – perhaps the most singular recording in Ra’s entire canon – but while that album featured a full size Arkestra, this one finds Ra exploring similar territory with a small ensemble.
More info about release date and track listing as soon as we get it.
Percussionist PC Muñoz and free-jazz pianist Ira Kamin, who is mostly known for his 1960s blues-based stuff with Michael Bloomfield, Mother Earth and Otis Rush, have recorded a percussion and piano duo album. It’s now available on Bandcamp and it’s free, in more than one sense of the word.
Way back in 1999 Rhino Records started Rhino Handmade, a label devoted to strictly limited edition reissues by artists like Tim Buckley, The Monkees and The Stooges. The Rhino Hadmade catalog included many hard to find or previously unreleased recordings, but for reasons unknown the label dropped from the radar about two years ago.
This week Rhino announced that Rhino Handmade is alive and well and will continue their quest for “material that has been out of print or never-before-released to curate, create, and release exclusive products you won’t find from anyone else.”
Singer, songwriter, musician, and poet Holland Greco‘s debut album “Volume 1″, due out February 2014 on Zappa Records, will mark the first original artist signed this century to the label headed by Gail Zappa.
On her debut album the multi-faceted Greco lives up to the honor with an eclectic musical palette that is in full effect on the album which showcases her double vision in the two halves of “Volume 1″: the light and dark sides of her personality and the deeper, smoke-filled vocals.
In Gail Zappa’s words: “I want to see what we can do with obvious talent, a unique vision, big dreams, and a ukulele.”
Dana Countryman – a longtime friend of our website and former publisher of Cool and Strange Music Magazine – has recently released his new CD “Pop! The Incredible, Fantastic Retro Pop World of Dana Countryman”. The album features 17 sparkling new vocal pop songs, written by Countryman, in many classic ‘retro’ pop styles.
Over the years, Countryman has worn quite a few hats in his musical career. He started writing songs as a teenager. At 19, Countryman started performing in Detroit, playing bass and singing in his first band, The Sparklers, a Beatles copy band. After that, he spent several years living in Hollywood, writing songs there. In the late ‘70s, he was the leader of a Swing vocal group that performed big band tunes at Holiday Inns in Reno, Nevada.
In 2006, Countryman partnered with legendary pioneer electronic musician Jean-Jacques Perrey, recording two CDs of crazy electronic Moog music with him, and the two appeared in concert together, both in Europe and in America. More recently, Countryman wrote a book about Perrey’s life, and released a CD of his own cartoonish electronic instrumental Moog music.
Now, Countryman has shifted gears once again, and has returned to his early singer-songwriter roots. “Pop! The Incredible, Fantastic Retro Pop Music of Dana Countryman” showcases Countryman’s ability to write in a variety of musical ‘retro’ styles, ranging from Bubble-Pop, Motown-esque 60s’ R&B, to 70’s-styled Power Pop, rocky ‘80s power ballads, to love songs that would have made the Carpenters proud.
American guitarist Sebastian “Billy” Mure passed away on September 25th. He was 97 and would have turned 98 on November 4th.
Mure was born in New York and played violin before making guitar his primary instrument. He played in bands while in the service during World War II and found work at radio station WNEW after the war until 1957. In addition to his solo recordings, he worked as a session musician, composer, and arranger.
Billy Mure released countless solo albums, in styles ranging from surf to pop to Hawaiian. Other artists he worked with include Paul Anka, Frankie Laine, Perry Como, Patti Page and Tony Bennett.
In an interview published 3 August 2012 Robert Fripp stated that he had retired from working as a professional musician, citing long-standing differences with Universal Music Group and stating that working within the music industry had become “a joyless exercise in futility”.
Now, about a year later Fripp writes in his online diary: “King Crimson might return to active service” and a bit later “King Crimson is in motion. This is a very different reformation to what has gone before: seven players, four English and three American, with three drummers.”
The entry is dated 6th September 2013, but it was only today that we were alerted to this extremely exciting news by a post on Something Else! Reviews. The site reports: “[The reformed King Crimson] will be in a new seven-man lineup with three drummers, according to Fripp. DGMLive’s Sid Smith has confirmed that this edition of Crimson will include Mel Collins, Gavin Harrison, Jakko Jakszyk, Tony Levin, Bill Rieflin, Pat Mastelotto and Fripp.”
Five of the current players were part of 2011′s A Scarcity of Miracles, released by Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins and featuring contributions from Levin and Harrison. King Crimson’s most recent configurations, dating back to 2009, saw Fripp working with Mastelotto, Harrison, Levin and guitarist Adrian Belew, who had been with Crimson since 1981. Collins was previously a member from 1970–72, with a return appearance in 1974.
The differences with Unviversal Music Group mentioned above are apparently close to a settlement. We look forward to any new King Crimson material that may see the light of day!
The box set features 13 of the band’s classic albums, alongside “Out Of Reach”, which has been unavailable in any official format since its original release in 1978, plus “CAN Live”, a bonus live disc featuring the classic CAN line up of Holger Czukay (bass), Michael Karoli (guitar), Jaki Liebezeit (drums) and Irmin Schmidt (keyboards). “CAN Live” was recorded at Sussex University in 1975 and will be unavailable in any format outside of the CAN Vinyl Box.
The box, which will be released on 2 December 2013, includes five posters and a 20-page 12” booklet featuring unseen photographs from the CAN archive and sleevenotes by Alan Warner.
CAN was founded in 1968 by Irmin Schmidt, Holger Czukay, Michael Karoli and Jaki Liebezeit. The group would utilise and transcend all boundaries of ethnic, electronic experimental and modern classical music. The box set reflects the changing eras of the band, the different powerful singers like Malcom Mooney and Damo Suzuki and collaborators such as Reebob Kwaku and Rosko Gee.
The band’s influence has never diminished, and their mark is apparent in the bands who freely acknowledge their importance – from Portishead, James Murphy, New Order, Public Image Ltd, Mogwai and Kanye West (who sampled ‘Sing Swan Song’).