Beefheart tribute band team up with Magic Band members

I’ve just received the following message from Spencer Pope: Big Eyed Beans from Venus, the Athens GA based Captain Beefheart tribute band, are playing in AtlantaRead More

Graham
11 Oct
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Magic memories

I have just received the following statement for the site from John French: Well, all good things must come to an end as they say… AfterRead More

Yesterday’s paper headlines approach

Yesterday’s paper headlines approach

Here are a few items which should have appeared here earlier. Sorry to have kept you waiting. Hank Grebe’s Beefheart photographs The recently issued Captain BeefheartRead More

Derek
22 Jul
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New Moris Tepper Exhibition

Moris Tepper was an artist before he joined the Magic Band, and he still continues to paint and sculpt as well as play music. For thoseRead More

Steve
23 Jun
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Fast ‘N Bulbous over Europe

Fast ‘N Bulbous over Europe

Fast ‘N Bulbous, The Captain Beefheart Project, featuring Gary Lucas and Phillip Johnston, have just announced a short European tour. Friday, Nov. 17th BimHuis, Amsterdam, HollandRead More

Derek
20 Jun
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The Magic Band live on Swedish television – available worldwide

The Magic Band have been invited to broadcast live on Swedish TV4’s morning show on Tuesday 16th May. John French will be interviewed and the bandRead More

Derek
8 May
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Meet Mr Marimba

Meet Mr Marimba

Art Tripp has spoken exclusively to the Radar Station about his time in the Magic Band. From the astounding Lick My Decals Off Baby to theRead More

Steve
29 Apr
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Herb Bermann interview part two

The second part of Derek Laskie’s interview with Herb Bermann, legendary writing partner of Don Van Vliet in the early days of the Magic Band isRead More

The Magic Band to tour Scandinavia

Booking has just opened in Aarhus, one of the venues on The Magic Band’s 2006 Scandinavian tour. John French and Denny Walley, who are in theRead More

Derek
16 Mar
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Rick Snyder on new Mystery Band CD

Rick Snyder on new Mystery Band CD

‘Wood’, the first new Mystery Band CD for ten years, will be released on the Poo-Bah Record Label on March 28th. Former Magic Band member RickRead More

Derek
15 Mar
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Dropout Boogie from Long Beach

Dropout Boogie from Long Beach

A recording of The Magic Band playing Dropout Boogie has been released on a CD compliled by Matt Groening, All Tomorrow’s Parties Vol.3.1. (ATPRCD16) Recorded inRead More

Michael Traylor’s new website

Michael Traylor, the Magic Band drummer, has sent a link to his new website. If, like me, you have difficulty opening http://www.swampmonk.com/ then try this linkRead More

Derek
19 Jan
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John French interview on BBC Radio 3

On Friday 6 January from 22:15 to 23:30 BBC Radio 3’s show Mixing It features alternative music in Los Angeles. The presenters Mark Russell and RobertRead More

Derek
1 Jan
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Drumbo and Rockette recording new material

I recently received a message from John Drumbo French to update me on progress with his new recordings: So here Rockette and I are at ProperRead More

Graham
28 Dec
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Leon Rubenhold and Don Van Vliet

An article by Gerry Fialka in Venice Paper caught my attention. It described a party held in the Canals at Venice, California to raise funds forRead More

If the hat fits….bid for it.

Hats were an important part of the appearance of Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band. There were probably dozens of hats worn on stage and inRead More

Derek
6 Dec
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Doug Moon appearance

Doug Moon, an early Magic Band stalwart, returns to one of Don Van Vliet’s old stamping-grounds on November 5th when he performs at the Desert SongRead More

Derek
17 Oct
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Gary Lucas update

Gary Lucas continues to be one of the most hard-working and prolific members of the various Magic Bands. Gary’s calendar shows him to be currently performingRead More

Derek
21 Sep
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Distant Cousin of The Magic Band

Distant Cousin of The Magic Band

For every one who appreciates the Hammond Organ playing of Jimmy Smith, Ian McLagan or John Medeski there are plenty more for whom the Hammond OrganRead More

Message from Micheal Smotherman

Message from Micheal Smotherman

I received a very interesting series of messages a short while ago from Micheal Smotherman, one-time member of the “tragic” era Magic Band. This is whatRead More

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