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Monthly Archives: December 2010

Happy New Year


It’s a weird day to be reflecting on the attacks of September 11, 2001. I’m on dog, cat, hen, and house-sitting duty this week, a regimine that wraps up today when PB and the gang return from a jaunt to the Garden State. I wanted them to arrive home to a spotless kitchen and dining […]

Merry Christmas


This is a remarkable holiday. I am a secular humanist both by rearing and by my own choice as a grownup. And yet, I get to celebrate Christmas. This is the remarkable nature of Christmas, its awesome universality. And, in fact, if you look a little into the history of Christmas, you discover that this […]

Merry Christmas Eve


I spent some time last evening cleaning up the wrapping paper on Zappadan. You know how it is, just because the holiday is over doesn’t mean there’s not work to do. I considerably expanded the Zappadan 2010 blogroll in my sidebar, and I intend to keep it there through the year as a reminder to […]



It is sad to see the Zappadan holiday season come to an end. I always enjoy it so. As you’ve seen, this year, I chose to create a book report of sorts on Barry Miles’ Zappa: A Biography. It has been the third time I have read the book. From what others have written about […]

And They Called That ‘Doing Their Thing’


From Barry Mills’ Zappa: A Biography: [Zappa’s record label] Bizarre did a deal with Warner/Seven Arts to distribute their records on Reprise. …Now all they needed was some ‘product’ to release. …Warners must have had severe misgivings about their involvement with Bizarre. The distribution deal meant that Warners had to pay Zappa each time he […]

‘Dweezil’ Will Be Just Fine


Happy Zappadan Eve. A lot of people who do not follow Frank Zappa often like to intimate that he was crazy because he named his son “Dweezil” and his daughter “Moon Unit.” Would you have preferred “Motorhead?” From Barry Mills’ Zappa: A Biography: As Frank left for London he told Gail: ‘If it’s a boy, […]

Wowie Zowie, Baba Booey!


From Gary Dell’Abate’s They Call Me Baba Booey: My parents and my brothers each had their own pile of albums. My dad was a sucker for the Columbia House record deals and he’d send away for opera and big-band stuff. He loved Tommy Dorsey and Harry James, and would try to teach me the differences […]

Gotta Find My Roogalator


From Barry Miles’ Zappa: A Biography: By this time there were a number of people living at Kirkwood, including a groupie called Pepper, whom Frank had introduced to the house, but who was now running after Arthur Lee. There was also a singer called Bobby Jameson whom Frank was working with. He arranged Jameson’s song […]

Music and a Better World


Radio B.O.N.K. is undergoing some maintenance as the Zappadan holiday continues. Here is the latest promo we’ve cut, thanks to our good friends at AT&T Research:

Fetus Fetish


Republigoats and “conservatives” have an unhealthy obsession with the human fetus, and it’s high time for those of us in more reasonable circles to begin framing the issue in this manner. Check it: Last night, the House of Representatives killed a bill that would have recognized that strong-arming little girls into marrying perverts is a […]