Peeling Back The Years

There are a good few items on the BBC website to help mark the first anniversary of John Peel’s death this week. Most notable are: ARead More

Graham
27 Oct
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Admirable Eccentrics – a soprano sings Beefheart

A fascinating concert programme which includes an unusual new arrangement of Bat Chain Puller has been announced by Zeitgeist, the eclectic new music ensemble from StRead More

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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Putting the boot in…

At long last! I’m pleased to announce the re-opening of the bootleg section of the discography. A lot of re-coding, re-arranging, and rewriting has gone intoRead More

Steve
8 Oct
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I never heard it put quite that way

I recently received a tip off from Colin B Morton about an item on PJ Harvey’s message board which features an unusual interpretation of a tuneRead More

How to buy… Beefheart

This issue of Mojo (November) has a buyers’ guide for Captain Beefheart featuring a readers’ top ten of all his albums: Trout Mask Replica Clear Spot/SpotlightRead More

Blues ghosts cry again from discs of long ago

One of my favourite labels, Revenant Records who released the “Grow Fins” treasure trove of unreleased Beefheart, released the second volume in their “American Primitive” seriesRead More

Graham
6 Oct

“not … the Trout Mask Replica of the new millennium”

‘Mixing It’, with its impeccably selected range of new music, is one of the BBC’s most interesting radio shows. Informed and witty commentary is provided byRead More

Beefheart on John Peel tribute CD

Beefheart on John Peel tribute CD

The first anniversary of John Peel’s death will be marked by several hundred concerts which are to be staged under the banner of John Peel Day.Read More

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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Anton Corbijn DVD

Anton Corbijn persuaded Don Van Vliet to remove his hat during the Ice Cream For Crow cover shoot. Corbijn later recalled that Don put it straightRead More

Refried Big Eyed Beans

Big Eyed Beans From Venus, that bunch of Beefheart botherers from Athens GA, have announced another two dates for their ongoing assault on the auditory sensesRead More

Derek
10 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

Tearing strips off the sky

I’ve just stumbled across an excellent, in depth and lengthy article about what many would consider a holy trinity – John Peel, John Walters and CaptainRead More

Graham
6 Sep
Purely Peel

Purely Peel

BBC Radio 7 has just broadcast an excellent 3 hour John Peel memoir and tribute in which Peel talks extensively about his life, influences, passions andRead More

Graham
27 Aug

Doctor Dark reviewed

The New Haven Advocate reviews the appearance at the Zappanale festival in Germany of Doctor Dark. Doctor Dark are notable not only for being a CaptainRead More

Graham
27 Aug
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"Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles" – new cover version

A Mongolian “throat-singing heavy rock band”, Yat-kha, have released an album of cover versions featuring Captain Beefheart’s “Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles”, along withRead More

Graham
27 Aug

Dr Robert Moog is dead

I’m sure many visitors will already have heard of the sad passing of Dr Robert Moog, inventor of the MiniMoog synth. As with so many greatRead More

Graham
23 Aug

Beef-spotting

I’ve always tried to avoid taking a train-spotter approach with this site over the years (not that you would think it from my blog entries) –Read More

Graham
23 Aug
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Elbow Room

Elbow Room

A friend started off a blog a while ago featuring a gallery of his doodles and abstract photographs, entitled Elbow Room. I used to work withRead More

Graham
9 Aug
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