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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Wage Weasels Ripped Your Flesh


If one is properly attuned, even the most innocuous seeming news story can be rife with outrage. For instance. I do not usually have the time to read the USA Toady, which is delivered with the local newspaper each morning, but this morning was enjoying a leisurely breakfast out and so had time to do […]

The Shakes Hawkin’ Jewlery


Yes, that is the Alabama Shakes’ “You Ain’t Alone” as the soundtrack to the latest commercial from Zales. I am so pleased when a band I like also gets to get paid. Way to go Shakes.

You Are Losing This Fight


I have an announcement to make to those who oppose marriage equality in these Untied States of America: You are losing. Six states now sanction marriage equality: Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, plus Washington, D.C. and Oregon’s Coquille and Washington state’s Suquamish Indian tribes. State by state and region by region, this […]

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 Ape Think offers a fantastic historical document: The start of the show at at the Montreaux Casino, Switzerland, December 4, 1971.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 […]