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24 February 2009

CHICAGO 10-18-08 Download error...

Hello Friends,
Somehow there is a download error with the song "Peaches En Regalia". It effects "Billy The Mountain" as well. There is an issue with the start ID's. It has already been corrected and re-posted on Nugs.

If you have already downloaded the show it is complete. In other words, nothing is missing from the show. There is only an error in the way a few songs are ID'd.

If you would like to download the corrected track please contact nugs again with your code and e-mail same as before.

Sorry for the glitch---itch---itchh....

DZ

POSTED BY DWEEZIL ZAPPA AT 2009-02-24 16:38:29
23 February 2009

CHICAGO 10-18-08 NOW AVAILABLE!

Hello Friends,
The 2nd Chicago Show is now available to download. I hope you enjoy it. It features the very first performance of Ray White singing "The Torture Never Stops." Show three will follow not long after I return from the road.

We're looking forward to playing a few new tunes this week!

Regards, DZ

POSTED BY DWEEZIL ZAPPA AT 2009-02-23 21:53:34
21 February 2009

Chicago 10-18-08 Update

Hello Friends,
I have been double checking the reference discs for Chicago show 2 on different speaker systems. I had to make some adjustments. There was a bit too much sub bass clutter. I had to tone it down on a few songs.

It's good to go now. The files are being converted to MP3's as I write this. I expect that the show will be available by Monday night or Tuesday at the very latest. There is a slight turn around time once it is delivered to nugs.

We're in rehearsals at the moment as well. We are learning an instrumental tune that to my knowledge has never been performed live by any of Frank's bands. (There certainly aren't recordings from live shows that we've found in the vault yet) It only appears on an early record. Hmmm... what could it be?

We have a few other small surprises as well.

See you on the road next week!

Regards, DZ

POSTED BY DWEEZIL ZAPPA AT 2009-02-21 13:01:27
16 February 2009

Hello Friends,
As promised, here is another update. Chicago show 2 - 10-18-08 will be 100% complete by midnight tonight. I am going to encode the MP3's tomorrow.

They will be uploaded by nugs swiftly thereafter.

In order to receive your code for Chicago show 1 - 10-17-08 follow these instructions from the nugs webite.

To download the bonus 10/17/08 show, please visit http://nugs.net/zappa and redeem the download code you received at the show you attended. Be sure to allow us to email you so that we may send you a new code redeemable for the 10/17 show. You may download that show immediately, and we will send you another email when your show is ready to download.

Regards, DZ

POSTED BY DWEEZIL ZAPPA AT 2009-02-16 16:00:20
13 February 2009

YCFOSA Chicago 2 & 3 - Update

Hello Friends,
I'm sitting in the studio on a momentary break from mixing "Peaches En Regalia" from Chicago 10-18-08. In a few more minutes it will be done. It's the last song that needs tweaking from the show.

This particular show has proven to be more difficult to mix because there was a technical problem with the show. A very low level was recorded from Ray's vocal mic. When his mic is raised through compression and other processes it brings up a lot of undesirable background elements with it. As a result the there are noticeable inconsistencies with the drums. TJ and I have been working on ways to improve this issue. In the long run you won't really notice it - but that is because I worked very hard to fix it!

Show number 3 has similar issues and is taking a little more time to balance. I was planning to upload both concerts at the same time but show 3 won't be ready until this next brief west coast tour is completed.

So the new plan is to upload Chicago 10-18-08 early next week. We still have more speaker translation tests to do as well as all of the MP3 encoding but that's it.

I'll write another update as soon as it is being uploaded.

In order to make sure everyone gets their bonus download - Chicago show #1 10-17-08 - you'll all need to make sure that you write to nugs and reconfirm your personal download code and be sure to give consent to receive a return e-mail from nugs. This way we can properly distribute the bonus codes. (I will have even more info on this process in the next blog.)

On another topic, all of the muting is done on all of the shows through Halloween. We're getting started on the mutes for the 09 YCFOSA shows next week as well. Hopefully all of that muting will be done in under a month.

At that point everything will be in place to do final mixes and get all of your souvenirs uploaded.

Regards, DZ

POSTED BY DWEEZIL ZAPPA AT 2009-02-13 15:03:46
9 February 2009

Hello Friends,

Would you Bleev it? We actually won a Grammy last night. I'm quite pleased that "Peaches En Regalia" has finally received some significant recognition from the music industry itself.

This is just my opinion but I believe our note for note performance of the "Hot Rats" version gave voting members a chance to reflect on the real impact the original "Peaches" made to the world of music and the science of recording 40 years ago. They seized the opportunity to create a tiny tastefully decorated condominium sized place for it in music history.

I am honored to have been able to bring it to their attention and even more grateful that they saw fit to reward the efforts of all of the exceptionally talented musicians in my band as well as the contributions from our special guests. Without all of their hard work and dedication this perverse twist of fate could not have happened.

Thank you kindly to all the voting members who gave us the nod.

Regards, DZ

POSTED BY DWEEZIL ZAPPA AT 2009-02-09 14:36:16
2 February 2009

A bit of inspiration...

Hello Friends,

A couple of months ago I was asked to participate in a fun event for Fender Guitars. It was called Fender University. I spent about 90 minutes with the students who attended and answered various questions about music, guitars, guitar gear, recording techniques and practice tips etc. There was one fine gentleman who was very interested in improving his own playing and asked me for some specific examples that might help him. I asked him to join me on stage and I showed him a few things that I said would most likely improve his playing right away.

Within a few moments he started to get the idea of the new picking technique I shared with him and the other students enjoyed watching the transformation.

He recently wrote this kind note to me. With his permission I will share it with you.

Dweezil:

I want to thank you for the 15 seconds of fame I got in the pictures and video of you teaching me that picking move. It was a big hit with my family and friends, and I'm grateful for that.

More important, I wanted to thank you for the inspiration you gave me in those few moments. When you signed your picture for me afterwards, I said you changed the way I played guitar. You really did. I spent the fall on leave in Amsterdam and I had time to practice guitar 1-2 hours every day. I wore out three picks working on picking and scales and incorporating what I learned into my regular playing. I learned scales and modes years ago, but I never worked them out with three notes on each string, which I needed for that picking move. When I improvised, I'd fall back into pentatonics. Now I have a whole new vocabulary and I've found renewed joy in playing my guitar. I know I'll never be a rock star, but that's not the point. You showed me that I could play better if I worked at it, and you inspired me to put in the hours it takes to do it. I got better and I'm working hard at getting even better.

It's challenging but rising to the challenge is very satisfying. Thank you so much for your encouragement and inspiration. You really did change the way I play guitar.

Best wishes,
Gordon Logan

I decided to share Gordon's message with all of you because in many ways this whole Zappa Plays Zappa project reflects a very similar transformation within my own playing. I also share his sentiment in his final few sentences. I feel the very same way about my own musical journey.

I find so much inspiration in my Father's music. I have logged tremendous hours of practice forensically uncovering the twisted secrets behind his boldly idiosyncratic and quixotic phrases he composed both with a pen in hand and spontaneously with his guitar in hand. I always find something new that baffles me. I don't know how he did what he did - but I sure am grateful he did it.

It truly is the most fun and satisfying musical experience to be a part of. It's a privilege to be able to walk out on stage with my band and do what we do.

Thanks again for all of your support. See you on the road in a few weeks!

Regards, DZ

POSTED BY DWEEZIL ZAPPA AT 2009-02-02 09:58:44
 
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