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April 5, 2002: Don... whip it on em! with special live guest, former Mother of Invention DON PRESTON
Listen to this show:
|Frank Zappa||Waka / Jawaka||Waka / Jawaka||Don Preston on the minimoog, prompting the Bob Moog comment "That's impossible to do on a moog!"|
|Carla Bley & Paul Haines||This is Here||Escalator Over the Hill||Don Preston on electronics|
|Pyrolator||minimal tape 1/2.3||Synthesizer|
|The Residents||Birth||Eskimo||yeah, Don Preston recorded with The Residents|
|Dagmar Krause||Surabaya Johnny||V/a Lost in the Stars - Trib. to Kurt Weill|
|John Cale||Leaving it Up To You||Helen of Troy|
|Zappa / Mothers||Louie Louie||Uncle Meat||Don Preston on "the mighty & majestic Albert Hall pipe organ"|
|Luther Wright & the Wrongs||In the Flesh||Rebuild the Wall||Bluegrass versions of the entire Pink Floyd record The Wall|
|Gorky's Zygotic Mynci||This Summer's Been Good From the Start||The Blue Trees|
|Avey Tare & Panda Bear||Chocolate Girl||Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished|
|The Hangovers||Sitting on Top of the World||7"||Gina Birch of the Raincoats starring in The New Mr Magic|
|Anon||My Name is Funk Soul Brother||V/a The Best Bootlegs in the World Ever...|
|John Oswald||Dally Proton 'Pretender'||Plunderphonic 69/96|
|Aspera||Heaven's on Your Right Side||Birds Fly|
All welcome & hail Don Preston!!
Don Preston was perhaps best known as keyboardist & electronic noisemaker in Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention. He was the mad scientist mixing vile foaming liquids in "200 Motels"; he was the title character of Zappa's album & film "Uncle Meat". He played a mini-moog solo on "Waka / Jawaka" that prompted Bob Moog himself to say "that's impossible!" His best-known phrase was "we must progress!"
Well, that's all I ever knew about him. Tonight, we learned far more. Did you know, f'rinstance? :
* he played for many years with Carla & Paul Bley.
* he was largely responsible for John Coltrane abandoning be-bop (Progress!!)
* he played & recorded with The Residents
* he composed the music for gorefest "Blood Diner"
* he performed with John Lennon & Yoko Ono
* he was Leo Sayers' musical director!! (??)
Indeed, it's all true! Many shockers were revealed tonight, along with some first-hand insights into being A Real Live Mother of Invention and inspiring youth revolution in Eastern Europe (remember The Plastic People! remember Vaclev Havel!)
Ah, but there's more... Don has graced us on this evening with a spontaneous improvised piece of electronic music, performed on a laptop, a parameter fucker-upper called the Chaos Box - and my favorite, an EMS SYNTHI-A!!!
Also, we played a bunch of songs Don has recorded. Witness:
|Don Preston Trio||Walking Battery Woman||Transformation||(by Carla Bley)|
|Leo Sayer||I Am The Walrus||V/a All This & WW2 sdtk|
|Lee Ranaldo||Isolation||Amarillo Ramp|
|And more chat with our guest Don Preston - including some truly horrifying revelations about what schoolkids were really learning about in the mid-1940s!|
|Don Preston||sdtk music from "Prescription for Murder"||Blood Diner & other soundtracks|
|Don Preston's Akashic Ensemble||The Cherubim||The Inner Realities of Evolution|
Thanks again to Don Preston for coming down our way & absolutely delighting the crap out of me tonight!
Thanks also to Andre Cholmondeley for bringing Don by & being being a restless and relentless supporter of Don's.
Thanks also to Chris Stubbs for helping out on the engineering end, and being an extra gushing fan with me.
And thanks to our own Tom Crowe for joining us tonight & helping me roundtable it with Don.
For more info on what Don Preston is up to these days, do go visit his website DON PRESTON DOT COM . For info on Don's current live activities with Other Former Mothers, check out ufomusic.com
|El Guapo||My Bird Sings||Super / System|
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