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Category Archives: Zappadan 2011

I Got Nothin’


It’s the final day of Zappadan, and I hate to admit that I got nothin’. I shot my load and did not plan wisely enough to be presenting something as fantastic as G-Spot Tornado today. Or much else. Sorry about that. All I can report is that I spent a bit of time last night […]



The Yellow Shark, An Appreciation. Merry Zappadan. This is of course not Zappadan Eve (which actually falls on Dec. 20, not Dec. 3, my friends, I don’t know why, but that’s what Mark H has decreed) or even The Grand Wazoo Birthday, so we are not wrapping on Zappadan yet. I have it in my […]

Václav Havel


Those of us who are celebrating the holy holiday of Zappadan this year recognize the passing of one Václav Havel, dissident, artist, and the first President of the Czech Republic, who is reported to have discorporated permanently today. Havel was a rabid fan of Frank Zappa. His favorite Frank Zappa album was Bongo Fury. Frank […]

G-Spot Tornado


The Yellow Shark, An Appreciation. Merry Zappadan. First thing you should do is listen to the track off of Jazz From Hell. I did manage to find a link to it on Vimeo. If you are not familiar with the piece, and if you have a heart condition, tread carefully. This is what you might […]

Get Whitey


The Yellow Shark, An Appreciation. Merry Zappadan.

A View From Deep Inside Zappastan


Seeing a few nice ornaments on the Zappadan tree lately. For example. Ape Think offers a fantastic historical document: The start of the show at at the Montreaux Casino, Switzerland, December 4, 1971. Not only is it historically interesting, but it’s, how you say? Oh, yes. “Fuckin’ cool.” There’s also a picture of Frank Zappa […]

Exercise #4


The Yellow Shark, An Appreciation. Merry Zappadan. If you’re interested in Zappa history, this is, apparently, a tune you want to hear. I couldn’t find it on the YouTube, but thanks to the WP plugin known as Haiku, you can just steal a listen here: Zappa comments in the liner notes: This tune dates from […]

Pound for a Brown


The Yellow Shark, An Appreciation. Merry Zappadan. So many Zappa titles remind me of this (embedding disabled, worth the click). From Barry Miles’ Zappa: A Biography: England also inspired the title of ‘A Pound For a Brown On The Bus’, an attractive tune originally written for a string quartet in a music competition that William […]

I’m So Happy I Could Cry


Sound familiar?

Welcome to the United States


The Yellow Shark, An Appreciation. Merry Zappadan. From the liner notes, in mid-paragraph: [Herman] Kretzschmar, who is normally employed at the piano, cembalo, and celeste, found himself inside a piano at Joe’s Garage rehearsals, reciting everything from his library card to a rather colorful letter-to-the-editor of a flesh-piercing magazine (detailing methods of impaling genitals) while […]