Nicky Jadaszewski is an avant-garde composer from Keene, New Hampshire, who recently released his EP “Five Numbers”. These “funny short pieces” were written between 2010 and 2012 and are now available for your listening pleasure.
Way back in July of last year we announced that The Zappa Family Trust would release “Roxy by Proxy” – a ‘prequel’ to the Roxy & Elsewhere-movie documenting Frank Zappa’s legendary Roxy-performances of december 1973, which would also see the light of day before the end of the year – in september 2013.
However, nothing happened and the release date was pushed back almost on a weekly basis. Now the ZFT has finally announced a new, definitive (we hope) release date: “Roxy by Proxy” should start shipping on or around February 14.
To refresh your memories: The original “Roxy & Elsewhere” album was released in 1974. Most of the songs were recorded at The Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, California on December 8, 9 and 10, 1973. The material taken from the Roxy concerts was later edited and amended with overdubs in the studio. The album also contains some tracks recorded at later dates.
“Roxy by Proxy” will be “All Roxy, No Elsewhere: 76 minutes of never-before-released Frank Zappa master recordings from the Roxy Performances of 9 & 10 December 1973: Inca Roads, Penguin in Bondage, T’Mershi Duween, Dog/Meat, RDNZL, Cheepnis & Dupree’s Paradise, King Kong, Chunga’s Revenge and you know, that’s not all. Yes, it is the same band as the Roxy part of Roxy & Elsewhere.”
“Roxy by Proxy” can be pre-ordered here. At the same time a new archival release was announced: “Joe’s Camouflage”, which will most likely contain previously unreleased rehearsal recordings recorded in the summer of 1975. Pre-order link is here.
Italian composer Riz Ortolani died on January 23 at his villa outside Rome. He was 87. In the early 1950s Ortolani was founder and member of a well-known Italian jazz band.
He wrote his first score for Paolo Cavara and Gualtiero Jacopetti’s pseudo-documentary Mondo Cane, whose main title-song More earned him a Grammy and was also nominated for an Oscar as Best Song. The success of the soundtrack of Mondo Cane led Ortolani to score films in England and the United States such as The 7th Dawn (1964), The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1964), The Glory Guys (1965) and The Spy with a Cold Nose (1966).
Ortolani scored all or parts of over 200 films, including German westerns and a long series of Italian giallos, spaghetti westerns, Eurospy films, Exploitation films and mondo films.
More recently, his music was used on soundtracks for Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), Drive (2011) and Django Unchained (2012). In 2013 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Soundtrack Academy.
Twink is the toy piano band of Mike Langlie, an artist and musical mad scientist living near Boston (USA). One day Mike found an old toy piano in a thrift store and fell in love with its charming, off-kilter tones. Soon more little pianos followed him home and a fun new project was born.
On February 10, 2014 Twink will release a new album: “Happy Houses”. We’ve been grooving to a preview copy for a few days now, and we really dig the sound of the toy pianos mixed with electronica, guitars, banjo, horns and flute. The video for the track “Close to home” is fun too. Check for yourself:
This is the age of transparency, so Zapoppin’ gave their latest album a honest title, to make sure Mumford & Sons fans don’t buy it accidentally and play it in front of their parents. Of course the staff at Weirdomusic.com loves ugly music. We can’t get enough of it. We have it for breakfast every morning. Check the album for yourself on Bandcamp, or buy it on cassette and play it in front of your parents.
Guitarist/Multi-Instrumentalist Eddie Brnabic‘s biography includes a long list of productions, collaborations, tours and releases. His new album “Subtle Realms” sounds like a long-lost 1970s space-rock album. And we mean that as a compliment!
“This is my first album. It is Avant-Garde. It is Experimental. It is Comedy. It is pathetic. It is gold. It is crap. It is golden crap”. You be the judge:
John Kuber is a songwriter/composer based in Ohio, USA. Friends and family have called his songs “nutso cuckoo head,” “wonderfully bizarre,” and even “retro”. Enough reason to share this album with you, don’t you think?
Quilted Cherry Podium, of Norman, Oklahoma, is a one man band stand crafted by artist and woodworker, Hunter Roth. The podium houses an amp, 15” organ speaker, Leslie rotating speaker, tray for synthesizer and it’s topped off with a Drum Buddy. Roth sings into his turned cherry bomb mic and hypnotizes behind his podium with his synced instruments and song. And it sounds like this:
“My music smells funny… similar to that glue smell from the inside of a doll’s head”. That description alone is enough reason to share this album with you, isn’t it?