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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 11:03 am 
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Hey folks,

We're about to launch the new Zappa.com.

As this is a beta launch, we're still adding material and building out the content, and the site will continue to expand over the next few months and beyond. What we are launching with it only part of the content planned, so we are looking forward to rolling this out in the future.

I look forward to your comments, feedback and input - and remember, we're just getting started, and we started from the ground up.

Cheers,

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 4:47 pm 
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Thanks for the years that you have already done a fantastic job with !

Many more to come :D

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 7:18 pm 
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pedro1 wrote:
Thanks for the years that you have already done a fantastic job with !

Many more to come :D

8)

Thank you! I'm excited about the road ahead. Tons of great stuff happening.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 7:34 pm 
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Mikey wrote:
I'm excited about the road ahead. Tons of great stuff happening.

That's what I like to hear. There's been so much doom and gloom from the music industry (especially from the end of the alphabet).

But I'm going to see the Zombies next week, and there's good Zappa news. All in all, the letter Z is looking pretty good...

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But I'm going to see the Zombies next week...


The real Zombies, or the Texas Zombies?

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 4:26 am 
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Hi Mikey, thanks for the update. When do you think the message board will again link to the homepage? Just asking...

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 10:24 am 
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Funny how the ZPZ icon is still up. Nothing happens when you click it, though.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 11:28 am 
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tweezers wrote:
Hi Mikey, thanks for the update. When do you think the message board will again link to the homepage? Just asking...


When we upgrade the board, it will feature a navigation allowing you to easily jump back to any part of Zappa.com. It will feel a lot more integrated.


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Mikey wrote:
tweezers wrote:
Hi Mikey, thanks for the update. When do you think the message board will again link to the homepage? Just asking...


When we upgrade the board, it will feature a navigation allowing you to easily jump back to any part of Zappa.com. It will feel a lot more integrated.


cool 8)

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 2:17 pm 
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We are live in BETA mode!


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 2:46 pm 
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I just looked through all of the menus and I really like the new look. Slider on the main page looks spiffy, plus the way the media and information sectioned out now is very nice. It's a definite improvement on the previous look.


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Looking good!

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Thanks for the feedback so far.

We are adding FZ relevant quotes about each release on the Discography pages. If you have a quote you would like to suggest, we're all ears.


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Zoot Allures: an album delivered in time for Halloween - FZ Philly '76

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FZ: Now that we have everything worked up to a mild roar, we have to present to you a new song. This is— This particular song deals with the delicate subject of higher education. This particular song is also Cut One, Side One of our new album, Zoot Allures, which is being delivered to you in time for Halloween. And it goes like this ...

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nifty new site, lookin sweet

Image fz on freak out!, international musician feb-1979 wrote:
"I'll give you some examples. Freak Out cost $20,000 – which was preposterous in that day and age. People were shocked. The average rock 'n' roll album then cost $8,000, mainly because it was a collection of all your hit singles with a couple of Chuck Berry tunes thrown in on the side. When Freak Out was released it didn't sell. The first year it didn't do shit, so the company was very upset and when it came time to do the second album they spent a grand total of $11,000..."

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Image fz on absolutely free, trouser press apr-1979 wrote:
"Our second album called 'Absolutely Free' is not exactly rock and roll. It's an oratorio. Each member of the group sings a character part. There are about eight songs edited together in a continuous piece of music presenting a panorama of life in America today" ...

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Image fz on we're only in it for the money, rolling stone july-1968 wrote:
"They sent me a test pressing of "We're Only In It for the Money" that had a whole bunch of stuff censored out of it. This is one line they cut: "And I still remember mama with her apron and her pad, feeding all the boys at Ed's cafe." Now, this not only didn't make tiny sense to cut, it fucked up the piece of music by removing four bars before the bridge. And they changed the equalization. They removed the highs, boosted the bottom and the middle to obscure the words. So they sent me this test pressing and I'm supposed to sign a paper saying they can release it. I called them up and said, "You can't put this record out!" And they've already pressed 40,000 of them" ...

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Image fz on lumpy gravy, trouser press apr-1979 wrote:
"...In fact, if you're looking for rare collectors' items, there are 8-track tapes with the Capitol label of Lumpy Gravy that have a different Lumpy Gravy than the album. Those have only the orchestral music and they do exist." ...

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Image fz on ruben and the jets, musician aug-1979 wrote:
"... I'll tell you, there's a very scientific reason for the existence of Ruben & The Jets. The closest relationship between that album as an artistic event and another event from a different field that you can compare it to would be the point in Stravinsky's career in which he decided he was going to write neo-classical music ..."

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Image fz on mothermania, umbc retriever apr-1974 wrote:
"That happened because I put Mothermania together. Instead of sending them a final master tape, I sent them lacquers. You can’t play back a lacquer. They couldn’t listen to it, but they released it anyway" ...

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Image fz on uncle meat, record hunter july-1992 wrote:
When we did Uncle Meat, we had a 12-track Scully recorder, a humungous piece of furniture as big as my fireplace. What we tried to do was play all the individual lines in this orchestral score. We had two wind players, Ian Underwood and Bunk Gardner, who could read. So they would be playing those parts two at a time and we'd be stacking them and bouncing them together. It took days just to do a few seconds of music that way. But it was an experiment that needed to be done." ...

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Image fz on hot rats, go set july-14-1973 wrote:
"... some people think that the Hot Rats album was completely scored out. Well, it wasn't. Here's how the "Hot Rats" album was made. It started out with basic rhythm tracks that were done by a four-piece rhythm ensemble and all the rest of the parts were over-dubbed on top of that and much of it was written right there in the studio." ...

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Image fz on burnt weeny sandwich, playboy apr-1993 wrote:
"... I still eat burnt weeny sandwiches. It's one of the great things in life. At least it's a great lunch. You take a Hebrew National, put it on a fork, burn it on the stove, wrap two pieces of bread around it, squirt some mustard on it, eat it and you're back to work." ...

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Image fz on weasels ripped my flesh, jazz & pop apr-1970 wrote:
"... What I've been doing is ripping up the twelve albums, which were already edited – I had them ready to go. Chopping them up and I put together a new album called Weasels Ripped My Flesh – the cover of which is right here. So Weasels Ripped My Flesh is an all-live album. Most of the music on it – I'd say 80% of it – is group improvisation not just accompaniment with solos, but where the group was conducted into a spontaneous piece of music. " ...

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Image fz on chunga's revenge, the seed dec-1970 wrote:
"... At the time we started recording Chunga’s Revenge, it was with the same personnel that did Hot Rats. And then I got side-tracked on some other things, like working on the Uncle Meat film and things like that. So when I went back into the studio, I was already working with these players (the Mothers) so I figured I’d use them as a rhythm section." ...

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