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User Info: Mr Lasastryke

Mr Lasastryke
8 months ago#1
After I accidentally let the last topic purge ages ago, I'm finally bringing this back!

Not sure if I'm still going to do the Song of the Day thing (hence why I took that part out of the topic title) but I'd at least like to have a place to talk about some Zappa-related stuff.

General Info

Zappa Wiki Jawaka: http://wiki.killuglyradio.com/wiki/Main_Page

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Zappa

Song of the Day

http://zappasotd.tumblr.com/

YouTube

The official Frank Zappa YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/zappa

Information Is Not Knowledge

My Frank Zappa board on this site: http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/1135-information-is-not-knowledge
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User Info: Mr Lasastryke

Mr Lasastryke
8 months ago#2
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User Info: -Abomstar

-Abomstar
8 months ago#3
Yo, Lasa. Noticed you had mentioned Civilization Phaze III (iirc) recently and am stoked to see this topic. I’ve been a Zappa fan longer than I’ve been playing video games, even, ever since my dad introduced me to songs like, “Hungry Freaks, Daddy,” “Elvis Has Just Left the Building,” and “Let’s Make the Water Turn Black.” In my teens when I began listening to music more intentionally, one of the first albums I chose to focus on, somewhat spontaneously, was The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life, and have been inching toward discog completism ever since. Among my enduring favorites are Absolutely Free, The Man from Utopia (big fan of “The Dangerous Kitchen” and anything written in that style), and Jazz from Hell (all the Synclavier output is priceless).

What I admire most about listening to Zappa today is that it puts into perspective how much of recorded music is so reliant on putting its cathartic or emotionally-resonant aspects at the forefront, and how that can be limiting. A lot of other experimental rock, while often full of exotic sounds and hysterical intensity, is usually more deliberate in choreographing its dramatic intent than most of what Zappa was doing; broad sonic palettes, unusual juxtaposition of elements, often extraordinarily difficult to parse conceptually. For that reason, Zappa ends up not being music I want to put on at a moment's notice a lot of the time these days, but as a dabbling musician I definitely try to remember those lessons of sonic and creative depth of field. Going to read your song writeups soon and hopefully will learn a lot.
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User Info: Mr Lasastryke

Mr Lasastryke
8 months ago#4
Hey, nice to see you here, Aborn! I actually mentioned you a long time ago in one of these topics. I remembered when you did your top 100 albums project, your highest ranked Zappa album was Absolutely Free, which is kind of an unusual choice for best Zappa album (not a bad choice, mind you; it is a fantastic album).

You're right about Civilization Phaze III, I did bring that one up on Raetsel_Lapin's music topic not too long ago.

As for writeups, the Tumblr actually doesn't have any writeups. I used to do the writeups with SmartMuffin in these topics and obviously the old topics have all purged (I have 90% of the writeups saved on my PC and my external hard drive, though). GMUN's site has a few of the old topics saved, however. You can check out the previous topic here, for instance:

https:/l ogfaqs.com/topic.php?id=75986584&db=0 - remove the space

Also, you can check out writeups for Zappa songs I've done in order of release on Information Is Not Knowledge, my Frank Zappa board I linked to in the opening post. I was planning on doing the entire catalog but I didn't make it further than "Pygmy Twylyte" from Roxy & Elsewhere. I do still plan on finishing that project eventually, though. Unlike the Song of the Day writeups, these writeups were meant to be purely informative, so I didn't insert my own opinions into them. They were less "OMG this guitar solo is awesome!" and more "this guitar solo is over two chords."

I will say that if you want to learn stuff about music theory, the SotD and IINK writeups don't have much to offer, though. I did get a bit more into the technical stuff in IINK than I usually did in SotD, but I'm far from a music expert. While it's not Zappa-related, if you want to read writeups that teach you stuff about music theory (particularly time signatures), I recommend MycroProcessor's Odd Time VGM of the Day Tumblr. Great, highly informative writeups. Here's the link: http://vgm-in-irregular-time-of-the-day.tumblr.com/

Also, for a long time, I've been toying with the idea of creating a website where I list the entire Zappa catalog and post all the SotD writeups Muffin and I have done over the years, as well as YouTube links to all the songs (if they are available). It would be a MASSIVE undertaking (Muffn and I started doing this in 2013) ^_^; I think it would be really cool, though. It would also be helpful in determining which songs Muffin and I have discussed and which ones we've never touched on - it's become bit difficult to see the forest through the trees after all these years and so many writeups. Unfortunately, when I tried to create an HTML website years ago, it didn't work - there was a problem with my proxy server or something. Well, we'll see if I end up doing something with this idea.
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Mr Lasastryke
8 months ago#5
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Mr Lasastryke
7 months ago#6
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Mr Lasastryke
7 months ago#7
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Mr Lasastryke
7 months ago#8
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Mr Lasastryke
7 months ago#9
Friendly reminder that if you go to the official Zappa YouTube channel (linked to in the opening post) and click on "playlists," you can - totally legally - listen to a number of Zappa albums. For some reason, these videos used to be blocked for me (possibly because of some European copyright stuff) but now they're not anymore. Yay! At the moment, the following albums are available over there (listed in chronological order):

Freak Out!
Absolutely Free
We're Only in It for the Money
Cruising with Ruben & the Jets
Hot Rats
Burnt Weeny Sandwich
Weasels Ripped My Flesh
Chunga's Revenge
The Grand Wazoo
Over-Nite Sensation
Apostrophe (')
One Size Fits All
Bongo Fury
Zoot Allures
Studio Tan
Sleep Dirt
Sheik Yerbouti
Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch
The Man from Utopia
Them or Us
Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention
Jazz from Hell
The Yellow Shark
Everything Is Healing Nicely
Road Tapes, Venue 1
Dance Me This
Chicago '78
Halloween 77: The Palladium, NYC
(the costume box set edition)
The Roxy Performances
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SmartMuffin
7 months ago#10
I looked for this a couple weeks ago because I had something Zappa-related to say.

But now I don't remember what it was.
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