Zomby Woof & Zappa H@ll&w<<n Sp<c^@l

My blog mentor Nightskyradio has launched his annual Rocktober series, which is a slow burner this year. I’m picking up the vibe, plus I notice the moon’s approaching the full zone, so I offer Frank Zappa’s “Zomby Woof,” from Over-nite Sensation (1973).

Zappa (vocals, guitar), Ricky Lancelotti (vocals), Sal Marquez (trumpet), Ian Underwood (winds), Bruce Fowler (trombone), Ruth Underwood (vibes, marimba), Jean-Luc Ponty (violin), George Duke (keyboards), Tom Fowler (bass), Ralph Humphrey (drums), Tina Turner and the Ikettes (back vocals). Surprised to hear, after all these years, it was Tina Turner back there doing some of those vocals . . .

The Night Rules Rocktober

Nightsky Radio launches his second week of the Great Rocktober Countdown of 2016, with a band that I myself recommended, but a puzzling and perplexing one. Don’t miss NSR’s always interesting weekly specials. Here’s the first week, which is pure Garbage. And I don’t mean that in a bad way but in a plain, stating-the-facts kind of way.

All Saints, All Souls Day Music & Josquin

Combining Halloween and Feast Days celebrations here.

We’re also combining “Déploration sur la mort d’Ockeghem” (deploration on the death of Ockeghem) by Josquin des Près, with famously uncanny details from “The Garden of Earthly Delights” by Hieronymus Bosch. Johannes Ockeghem was a composer, singer and choirmaster, and Josquin was his student. Laudantes Consort performs, directed by Guy Janssens.

Text by Jehan Molinet (with portions from the Requiem-Mass). English translation from Choral Wiki:

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.

Wood-nymphs, goddesses of the fountains,
Skilled singers of every nation,
Turn your voices, so clear and lofty,
To piercing cries and lamentation
Because Atropos*, terrible satrap,
Has caught your Ockeghem in her trap,
The true treasurer of music and master,
Learned, handsome and by no means stout.
It is a source of great sorrow that the earth must cover him.

Put on the clothes of mourning,
Josquin, Pierre de la Rue, Brumel, Compère,
And weep great tears from your eyes,
For you have lost your good father.
May they rest in peace.
Amen.