Apr 172012

…and keep your eye to the skyline.

Lycanthrope's Pig (Don Van Vliet, 1984)

The mighty Barfko-Swill corporation, which mostly releases old Zappa stuff, has just released the original version of Captain Beefheart’s Bat Chain Puller, long resident in Litigation Hell.  Most music that I buy these days is in digital form—and mostly contemporary—but I’m glad I made an exception for this.  Sleevenotes by John French and Denny Walley, both scarred veterans of this incarnation of the Magic Band, are funny-sad and shed semi-affectionate light on the old monster.  And genius, inconveniently enough.

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Apr 062012

This article is about my first-ever 600km event, in 1995.  The Brimstone, allegedly, was named after a butterfly.  Here it is:


This may be one of Shawn the organiser’s little jokes.  The permanent version of the Brimstone is called the Hellfire.  There is no butterfly called the Hellfire.  Now read on… Continue reading »