Friday, February 13, 2009

180. An old post from AFFZ

The following posting is from AFFZ ( in 2002. It concerns a nanosecond of FZ's breath at a certain point in a certain track on his last major release before his death, CIVILIZATION PHAZE III.

Yeah, that's how crazy we Zappa fanatics are! (Actually, we're much crazier, really.)

So here's Scott's post from 2002:


This reminds me of my personal favorite tiny little FZ moment.

At 1:20 into "This is all wrong," just after Michael Rappaport says "Hey, yo man ... I don't like all this waterfall action" you can hear Frank laughing quietly through his nose. The first time I heard this, on December 17th, 1994, I remember this sound conjuring an image of Frank in my head. The image starts at the great man's honker. Gradually the camera pulls out and you see Frank's face with a big grin on it. Further out you see him standing in UMRK around the big Bossendorfer. He's smiling because this is what he lives for. For Frank, appreciating that one random non-sequitor from Michael Rappaport is what living was all about. Frank collected all these random moments of moving air. Then he rearranged them temporally for his own amusement (and ours, as a side-effect).

This one act of Nasal Retention symbolizes the whole project/
object for me. It has added poignancy because this was near the end of Frank's life. His joy in the studio is was what kept him going in those years. If we could ask Frank, I bet he would attach as much significance to that brief exhalation of breath, causing the hair in his nostrils (the spherical constant?) to vibrate just ever so slightly, as he would give to the score of Sinister Footwear.

Or maybe not.

-- Scott "Call Any Vegetable" Morrison


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

179. Film Review #13: FUKASAKU: Yakuza Papers (1973-74)

A review [coming soon!] of the above four films. The Yakuza Papers is the American title given to the collection of four films which Kinji Fukasaku made between 1973 and 1974, which form the pentalogy. They are:
  1. Jingi naki tatakai (Battles Without Honour and Humanity) (1973);
  2. Jingi naki tatakai: Hiroshima shito hen (Deadly Fight in Hiroshima) (1973);
  3. Jingi naki tatakai: Dairi senso (Proxy War) (1973);
  4. Jingi naki tatakai: Chojo sakusen (Police Tactics) (1974); and
  5. Jingi naki tatakai: Kanketsu-hen (Final Episode) (1974)

178. Happy Birthday TO MY BROTHER (2009) + Cute Links Jinx


177. Does it really pour when it rains?

The following all rained down upon my household within a 48-hour period last week.

  1. I was watching the seven-hour Russian version of War and Peace. All the guns were silent for the moment; Pierre was searching for his soul; Natasha was pining; all was right in the world of Tolstoy, which happened to also be my world at the moment (great filmmaking) ... Suddenly I heard a loud crashing crunching sound at my patio door window. I got up and pulled back the curtains which cover the window and was shocked to see that the entire window was cracked to bits -- and an ARROW was lying on the concrete ground! Now I was really freaked out. Was someone shooting at me? With a bow and arrow? What the ... I got up the nerve to go outside and walk around a little to check it out. I noticed some people movement in the house behind me ... and a few minutes later, this elderly gentlemen is in the alley between our homes looking for something. I asked him if he had "lost" something. He gave me a funny look. I motioned for him to follow me up my property to the concrete slab which is our patio and pointed to the arrow. He was in shock. He explained how he had been shooting arrows at a target in his backyard with a bamboo bow, and that the arrow somehow deflected off the target, went over his wall and crashed into my window. The geometry seemed impossible -- but there it was. Turns out he's a real nice guy -- took complete responsibility -- and without dealing with any insurance companies, he took it upon himself to find a new door and put it in by himself.
  2. Both sources of water in the kitchen (regular and filtered) started leaking. We had soggy, moldy wood slowly disintegrating under the pipes and although we had to pay the plumbing bills, insurance has covered all the work to replace the wood and flooring. But we've had plumbers, carpenters, floorers and insurance adjusters running around our house for the past few weeks.
  3. During all this, I had some sort of really bad bronchial condition and a really bad cough. Just starting to feel better now after a course of Z-pack antibiots.
  4. Listening to the new Frank Zappa release: LUMPY MONEY -- 3 cds! NP: Track 25 on Disc 3 -- the basic (no vocals) tracks for Who Needs the Peace Corps? How cool is that!@
Life is pretty good. In other words, it could always be worse. Ian Underwood should have had a HUGE career. But maybe he's happier this way.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

175. LEWIS SAUL: Pantoum, Symphonic Tone Poem (1967) (6:06)

Pantoum, Symphonic Tone Poem

Written at age 15 (1967); this performance is from 1970 when I was a senior at the Interlochen Arts Academy (age 17) ...