The 50 most recent comments from across the Radar Station:

  • Galeans on Drink Paint Run Run lyricsPlease note that, although lyrically this is a precursor of "Run Paint Run Run" and has one of the riffs of that song, musically this is a prototype of the title track of "Ice Cream for Crow".
  • bruce kelso on Don and Vic Mortensengreat photo. wonder what happened to him. heard he was drafted but.....
  • on Ice Cream for Crow lyrics[…] to the point: In  Ice Cream for Crow Van Vliet (to my mind at least) draws attention to the limitations of binary thinking – that […]
  • Jim Madge on John French’s tribute to Don Van VlietWhen I was just 18 (in 1968) I heard Strictly Personal on the John Peel programme and became enchanted by this extraordinary music, quite unlike anything I had heard before. A year later there came one of the most thrilling records of all time: Trout Mask Replica. I still listen...
  • David Breuer on Don – 10 years gonePleased you got to the show. It was a complicated project but an absolute pleasure to make happen
  • on John French’s tribute to Don Van VlietThank you for sharing this, Uncle John. It allowed me travel back in time to glimpse the enigmatic relationship that you shared with Don. As I read it, I had the sense that he felt a sense of wonder about your talents and the enormity of all that you brought...
  • Steve on Don – 10 years goneHi David, thanks for the link. I recognised your name from the BBC documentary about Don's art show in Brighton. I managed to get to see that show. It was good to see his work up close to get a feel of the thickness of the paint and the sheer...
  • Eddy Coulson on Don – 10 years goneThis century has been an incredible eye opener for me. I hadn't appreciated the massive amount of effort John French applied to the creation of the music. His continued attempts to recreate it, at first with original members. Then, as illness, possible arguments, other projects and separate careers led to...
  • Ian on Don – 10 years goneBless you Don wherever you may be. Never forgotten 🎶❤️
  • David Breuer on Don – 10 years goneyou might be interested in this article just posted. Best David Breuer https://quillette.com/2020/12/17/wide-as-the-sky-and-deep-as-the-ocean/
  • Steve on Herb BermannHi Daniel, yes you're right there should be a link to the 'Connections' page. This was one of the many pages that were never transferred across when the design of the site was changed. I have been working on reinstating these 'lost'pages and that particular one should reappear in the...
  • Daniel Smallwood on Herb BermannLove the site; very interesting page, just one thing, the paragraph referring to 'Can Fever' and 'Bone Crazy' suggests there should be a link somewhere in it, but I'm not detecting one.....
  • Steve on Fur On The Trellis and Just Up Into The AirNo, sorry, there are very few prints available of Don's work. There are probably about three works that are available as cheap prints but they are difficult to find these days.
  • Dave Baker on “Bong? Oh, Fury!” by Dennis AllenVan Vliet lived on Carolside, which was close to our house on 2nd Street East. I don't remember meeting him, but I did hear their band practicing while I was walking home from school (Joshua). They sounded terrible, but then most bands just starting out need time to tighten up....
  • Hans-Jürgen Wirsching on Fur On The Trellis and Just Up Into The AirHi, there are reproductions to buy?
  • Steve on Trout Mask PodcastSuch are the divisions created in the fair US of A by the Orange Man/Baby. The comment was not directed at all conservatives just those followers of that particular intolerant bully.
  • Jeffery Hoelscher on Trout Mask PodcastThanks for posting this. I haven't listened yet, but I'm glistening with anticipation.
  • jan jansen on Trout Mask PodcastListened to the podcast for a while untill the presenter of the show told conservative listeners to literally f#ck off. Very dissapointed by this intolerance
  • John Haffenden on Don Vliet and Agostinho Rodrigues by Steve FroyHello, I am editing the letters of the poet T. S. Eliot, of whom Agostinho Rodrigues sculpted a bust, in London, in early 1940. I wonder, please, if you know anything about this connection, or the fate of the bust - it would be wonderful if it survives somewhere -...
  • Sanford C Fries on Gary Marker RIPGary was a good friend. He was always interesting, had a great sense of humor and was as cool as a human can get. Sandy Fries
  • Greg Cohen on Mark Boston aka Rockette MortonHi Mark. It's Greg from Woodland Hills. You bought the Dano double neck on my suggestion back in 1970. And almost bought my Sudebaker Lark VI - if you can go back that far. Hope your well and thriving. I am in Berlin these past 11 years.
  • Hengist Henge on Why this awful sounding album is a masterpieceAll you have said is the reverse of the Trout Mask reality! Van Vliet will never be emulated... by anyone. A unique madman from who knows where and who knows why. Just dig it!
  • Mike on Zappa vs. Beefheart: What Were They Really Like? by Art TrippThis was an incredible, informative read, answered lots of questions and taught me lots of stuff I didn't know. Sounds like it was an incredible time.....although it makes me angry how such a gifted musician(s) would get taken advantage of, money-wise. Art Tripp was such an essential part of those...
  • Steve on New Victoria Theatre, London reviewI met the band as they were leaving after the show and they all signed a Clear Spot cover I had ripped off the wall. I have it framed on my wall at home to this very day.
  • Steve on John French @ Threadgills 2017: ReviewYou did a great job with the band, Bill. A special event, wish I'd been there
  • bill on Trout Mask PodcastThis podcast is fantastic.
  • bill on John French @ Threadgills 2017: ReviewWow, I just finally saw this review. How nice. I put that band together for John from, recruiting from among my vast network of talented musician friends. The four of us--the core band--started learning the songs and practicing together 3 or 4 months before the show. I was sweating it...
  • Colin Lawless on Bob Krasnow RIPRecent vlogs by ex-Mafia member, Michael Franchese, of the Columbo crime family, makes the claim that his father, Sonny Franchese, also of that family, had a major stake in Buddha/Kama Sutra records. It was virtually all 'mob owned'. No wonder band members saw very little money.
  • Steve on Trout Mask PodcastVery nice!
  • Kim Crawford on Trout Mask PodcastRead your old post on Agostinho Rodrigues. I have a Buddha head bust signed by him dated 1953. My parents bought it in Miami in the ‘50’s. Cool!