July 29, 2015
Frank Zappa is a rich and fascinating subject. There are multiple films about the late guitarist and composer, but until now not an official, endorsed-by-the-family version. Alex Winter, whose career has ranged from the Bill &Ted franchise (yeah, he played Bill S. Preston, Esq.) to documentary filmmaking is set to direct the upcoming biography. Here is Winter, via Guitar World:
I am beyond thrilled to be embarking on this journey. Our tale will be told primarily in Frank’s own words; he will be our guide through this journey.
Ahmet Zappa chimes in as well:
This is not an easy story to tell and we trust that Alex truly understands the complex and multifaceted man that my father was.
Read more at GW.
May 16, 2014
If you’ve read Pointy Guitar for any amount of time, you probably know that multi-instrumentalist/composer/visionary Mike Keneally is a house favorite. Mike has embarked on a tour with bassist Doug Lunn and drummer Gregg Bendian and spoke with Anil Prasad at Innerviews. As with any Keneally interview, the topics and references are wide and robust. Here he spotlights a favorite piece of gear:
The shining star is a 1988 Fender Clapton Stratocaster. I got it from Fender moments after the Frank Zappa tour ended in 1988. They brought it to me to check out while I was hanging out in the studio with XTC while they were recording Oranges and Lemons. The guitar just sings. It has a beautiful vocal-like quality to it and I’ve leaned on it heavily.
Read oh so much more at Innerviews.
March 14, 2014
Watch as Warren Cuccurullo takes on “Transylvania Boogie,” a number by his former employer Frank Zappa and exhibits some very legitimate tone and phrasing.
June 13, 2013
Before ever appearing live with Nine Inch Nails, Adrian Belew has exited the projected touring version of the band. His original Facebook post is updated at The Guardian:
Hey folks … I greatly respect Trent (Reznor) and the music he makes. No one is at fault. [But] we both agreed it just was not working …
Jump over to take a look at that complete article right here.
This leaves the ever adventurous guitarist free to work on his long gestating project FLUX. As he tells Something Else! in a lengthy interview:
It’s an idea that’s been in my mind for several decades, but could never be technologically done — until recently. Unlike a record or anything before it, this is never finished. I can continue to add more parts to it, even as people already have it and start listening to it.
Read much more and listen to a sampling of Belew works at Something Else!
March 23, 2013
Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independently owned retail music outlets, marks the arrival of many special releases. This year’s instant rarities include extremely limited items from the likes of King Crimson (a collectors CD with graphic novel, t-shirt, etc.) and Frank Zappa. From to the RSD site:
Frank Zappa & The Mothers rare single originally released in 1973
Available on vinyl for the first time in 40 years!
Remastered from the original analog sources.
• Side A: I’m The Slime [non-LP track, also shorter than LP version]
• Side B: Montana [2013 single edit featuring 25 additional seconds]
See also a split 7″ single with Deep Purple and Type-O Negative.
Read about all the 2013 specials at the RSD site.
December 21, 2012
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Today is Frank Zappa’s birthday, an anniversary we always mark at Pointy Guitar. Frank would’ve been 72 today. Here is a nice clip from a 1973 performance in Sweden.
November 26, 2012
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Here we have Dweezil Zappa with Frank’s famous burned-in-Miami-by-Hendrix Strat. In ’92 when this ad was out Dweezil made a guest appearance on the Spinal Tap album Break Like the Wind. The band Z would’ve been on the horizon at this time. Scanned from Guitar School, July 1992.
From the Rooney Archive.