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Movies: Frank Zappa – The Torture Never Stops (2008)

Movies: Frank Zappa – The Torture Never Stops (2008)

What better way to spend Halloween than with (as it’s lovingly referred to in the liner notes) “this thing“? “The Torture Never Stops” — a 24-song, two-hour blast of almost indescribably brilliant/crazy rock from an Oct. 31, 1981 concert by the equally brilliant/crazy Frank Zappa — affords us a unique opportunity to experience one of popular music’s most original guitarists,Read More

One Track Mind: Joe McPhee "Give Them Flowers While They're Here" (1992)

by Pico Tribute records to living icons don’t occur nearly as frequently as the salutes to fallen musical heroes, but they do happen here and there. I was reminded of that occurrence when I covered Jeff Richman’s celebration of Jeff Beck’s music last year. Similarly, avant garde saxophone player Joe McPhee didn’t wait until one of his progressive jazz heroesRead More

Joe Pass – Six String Santa (1992)

by Pico From my earliest years, before I even developed a strong affinity for jazz, I always felt that jazz and Christmas went together hand in hand. Blame it on Vince Guaraldi and those annually broadcasted Charlie Brown Christmas specials on TV, but the relaxed, comforting tone of mainstream jazz seems to be a natural fit for the warm andRead More

Something Else! Guide: Mardi Gras in New Orleans

NICK DERISO: As Mardi Gras dawns in a reborn New Orleans, we provide your cool-rocking road map to some recommended local hot spots. Now, most will say Preservation Hall, next to Pat O’s. But that’s overrated, and too crowded for our tastes. A sampling from elsewhere — though the list is by no means complete: 1: DONNA’S BAR AND GRILL.Read More

One Track Mind: Koko Taylor, "Merry, Merry Christmas" (1992)

by Pico This week’s choice for OTM was dictated by two considerations: it needed to have a holiday theme and if it could augment the spirit of Something Else’s blues side, so much the better. With potentially so many Christmas albums to comb through, I soon honed in on Alligator Record’s fine 1992 blues-themed holiday compilation The Alligator Records ChristmasRead More