Frank Zappa Documentary Update

fAlex Winter, best known for his roles in The Lost Boys and the two “Bill & Ted” movies with Keanu Reeves (and this infamous Butthole Surfers “home movie”), is developing a documentary on Frank Zappa, which he will direct from his own script and produce with Glen Zipper.

The Zappa Family Trust has given its blessing to the untitled project.

Variety reports:

“There has yet to be a definitive, authorized documentary on the extraordinary life and work of Frank Zappa,” Winter said. “I am beyond thrilled to be embarking on this journey. Our tale will be told primarily in Frank’s own words; he will be our guide through this journey.”

Winter expects the doc to be finished in time for release in 2017.

“This is not an easy story to tell and we trust that Alex truly understands the complex and multi-faceted man that my father was,” Zappa’s son Ahmet Zappa said.

This is excellent news indeed and it’s been a long time coming.

[ article by Dangerous Minds Staff ]

Vive La France ! Bastille Day !


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Just in time for Bastille Day, our very own Tom Stark returned to the BaNGWAvE! studios to record this special program. We think you will enjoy it especially if you are into French stuff.

In this program Tom takes you through a crash course in French Pop music, concentrating on the 1980s through today. All the best France has to offer the world and it’s right here on BaNGWAvE.ORG.

Happy Bastille Day! Long live the French nation!

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Artist rendering of the Bastille Prison in France, circa 1780

RAAF Captures Flying Saucer On Ranch in Rosewell Region


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Today is the anniversary of the Roswell incident. Those were the headlines.

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We have an episode of Fresh Air with Terry Gross.  The episode originally aired on NPR affiliates in 2011. In this program Terry interviews Anne Jacobson who just wrote a new book about Area 51.

Jacobson discusses new theories concerning the Roswell incident and a possible soviet connection. It might even blow your mind. We don’t buy it, but it’s really fun to talk about!

The theory sounds so plausible it will have you asking questions. You just have to listen! And take a look at this artist’s rendering of a US Airforce plane! That sure as hell looks like a “flying saucer”.

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Buffy Sainte-Marie : New Album : Interview

516bK1aDv+L._SS280Legendary singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie made an appearance on Democracy Now to announce her new album, Power in the Blood.

With Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Buffy talks about making the album and the social issues discussed throughout the album such as Positive Mutation. She stresses a concept called Alternative Conflict Resolution.

Two of her older songs have been updated and re-recorded. She sings in a song Lyric.

“Mother Nature She’s the Daughter of God”

Juan Gonzalez asked her about the state of the music industry. You need to hear Buffy’s responses. Amy asked about her experience being black-listed from performance venues in the 70s and 80s. The presidential administrations of those decades apparently were attempting to squash the careers of outspoken musicians.


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RIP : BB King : Dead at 89

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It seemed as if he’d go on forever — and B.B. King was working right up until the end. It’s what he loved to do: playing music, and fishing. Even late in life, living with diabetes, he spent about half the year on the road. King died Thursday night at home in Las Vegas. He was 89 years old.

He was born Riley B. King on a plantation in Itta Bena, Miss. He played on street corners before heading to Memphis, Tenn., where he stayed with his cousin, the great country bluesman Bukka White. His career took off thanks to radio; he got a spot on the radio show of Sonny Boy Williamson II, then landed his own slot on black-run WDIA in Memphis. He needed a handle. At first it was Beale Street Blues Boy. Then Blues Boy King. Finally B.B. King stuck.

You can’t mention names without talking about his guitar, Lucille. It was actually more than one. The story goes that the first was a $30 acoustic he was playing at a dance in Arkansas when two men got in a fight, kicked over a stove and started a fire. When King was safe outside, he realized he’d left the guitar inside. He ran back into the burning dance hall to save it. After he learned the fight had been over a woman named Lucille, he decided to name his guitar for her to remind himself never to get into a fight over a woman. And since then, every one of his trademark Gibson ES-355s has been named Lucille.

The sound he got out of her was what set him apart. Playing high up on the neck, he’d push a string as he picked it, bending the note to make it cry. He didn’t burn a lot of fast licks, but you could feel each note he played. Nobody sounded like B.B. King, though later on plenty of rockers tried. (Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green got closest.)

King scored an R&B hit in 1951 with “Three O’Clock Blues” and began the next stage of his life as a touring musician. According to his website, King and his band played 342 one-night stands in 1956. He performed more than 250 nights a year into his 80s, his distinctive guitar sound and smooth vocals filling just about every major venue in the U.S. and abroad. In 1991, he opened his own spot, B.B. King’s Blues Club in Memphis. Others followed, and King remained involved in how they were run.

He was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in ’87. He was so beloved that he received honorary degrees from the Berklee College of Music as well as Yale and Brown universities, among others.

In 1970, he scored a crossover hit with “The Thrill Is Gone.” It’s the tune everyone knows — classic B.B. King: Lucille’s piercing single notes punctuating each phrase.

The thrill is gone.
The thrill is gone away from me.
Although I’ll still live on,
But so lonely I’ll be.
That pretty well sums up how a lot of fans are feeling right now, now that B.B. King is finally gone.

[ Article & Podcast by Tom Cole of NPR ]

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Deee-Lite : Rare Interview Surfaces

A backstage post-show interview recently surfaced, lost for over 20 years.

11219047_10153393013988982_813497248813445226_nLast week we gave it to them form Album of the Week. Now we have to follow up with this kick-butt interview. It appears to have been taken for a local cable access show.

What a great find!! Kier and Dmitry let you know that they never lip sync and there is a lot of phony baloney out there! At the time they were performing live with a 9 piece band.

And for our podcast subscribers. we offer it as an audio-only experience, we frankly kind of works better when divorced from the video footage.

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Strapped for Cash? or Cha-Ching?


Today is TAX DAY in the United States. We know everyone hates paying taxes. This mix is a all about money and taxes. Think of it as a tax-day catharsis

make-moneyEveryone else seems to be botching about money lately, so maybe it’s our turn. Just like everything else, operating BaNGWAvE online radio certainly costs money.

Spacial Audio charges every month to run our live stream. Plus we have to pay Godaddy for server space and domain names. We have operating expenses such as high speed internet, equipment, library costs, royalties and and so on.

All of our regular staff and guests work for free. We’d like to be able to make a living off this some day. You can help by becoming a VIP member at Live365 and then keep it locked on BangWave. Or if you really want to help click here to make a cash donation.

Reagan’s failed assassin linked to DEVO

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On March 30, 1981, only 69 days into the new administration, Reagan, his press secretary James Brady, Washington police officer Thomas Delahanty, and Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy were struck by gunfire from would-be assassin John Hinckley, Jr., outside the Washington Hilton Hotel. Although “close to death” upon arrival at George Washington University Hospital, Reagan was stabilized in the emergency room, then underwent emergency exploratory surgery. 

He recovered and was released from the hospital on April 11, becoming the first serving U.S. President to survive being shot in an assassination attempt. The attempt had great influence on Reagan’s popularity; polls indicated his approval rating to be around 73%. [wikipedia]

When Foster enrolled in Yale University, Hinckley moved all the way from Texas to New Haven, just so he could be near her. He engaged in a lot of creepy, stalker behavior that if you saw it in a movie, you’d think it was overdone, enrolling in the same writing class as her, leaving all kinds of poems and messages for her, and calling her repeatedly. Eventually he would squeeze off six rounds outside the Hilton Hotel in Washington, wounding two Secret Service agents and Reagan’s press secretary as well as (via a ricochet) the president himself.

According to Rolling Stone, DEVO got in touch with Hinckley and acquired one of his demented love poems to Foster and adapted it into a song called “I Desire.” Here are some representative lyrics:

I pledge allegiance to the fact
That you’re wise to walk away
For nothing is more dangerous
Than desire when it’s wrong

Don’t let me torment you
Don’t let me bring you down
Don’t ever let me hurt you
Don’t let me fail because

I desire your attention
I desire your perfect love
I desire nothing more

The stunt not only annoyed Warner Bros., who learned that they would be obliged to send Hinckley royalty payments for the song, but also, according to Rolling Stone, won DEVO the official attentions of the Federal Bureau of Investigation:

As Mark Mothersbaugh recalled, “[Hinckley] let us take a poem that he had written, and we used it for the lyrics and turned it into a love song. It was not the best career move you could make. We had the FBI calling up and threatening us.”

In November of 1982, Hinckley wrote a letter to the “Morning Zoo” crew of KZEW, a Dallas radio station, in which he professes his love for “New Wave music” (hey, me too!) and requests that the station play “I Desire” a total of “58 times each day.” Here’s the full quote:

I like New Wave music, especially Devo, since I co-wrote a song on their new album. The song is called “I Desire” and I want you to play it 58 times each day.

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In the letter Hinckley also writes, “I used to listen to the song ‘Heroes’ by David Bowie when I was stalking Carter and Reagan. It got me in a strange mood. … In March and April of 1980, I hung out at Peaches Record Store on Fitzhugh.” Peaches, which used to be on the intersection of Cole and Fitzhugh in northern Dallas, has, alas, bitten the dust.

Below, listen to “I Desire,” the only new wave ditty ever co-written by a presidential assassin:

[ Posted by Martin Schneider ]

World Theater Day (Radio Dramas)


Radio theater is theater of the mind.

You have to construct symbols in your mind as you eavesdrop on the story from your safe remote location on the receiving side of the transmission.

Let’s open the time capsule to the 30s and 40s and explore the classic Radio Drama from the period.

In honor of World Theater Day, we have collected two extremely rare programs.

These two classic suspense thrillers survived only as air-check tapes. Alex Velocity, your host, will talk about how these programs were obtained during the podcast, so tune in! But first, dim the lights and find a quiet corner alone.

We’ve made an attempt to sonically improve them to make them easier to listen to, without taking away from the characteristic sound of old time radio which was done with primitive monophonic equipment.

Program 1 – The Halls of Fantasy – “The Jewels of Kali”
Ancient Hindu legend predicts certain death to anyone who defiles the lost temple of Kali. Do you think there is anything to those old stories? And if they are true, exactly who or what carries out the curse?

Program 2 – The Haunting Hour – “The Hands of Mister Smith”
Its a creepy tail of uncontrollable urges to do unspeakable things with your hands. Enter the mind of a confused criminal.

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Further Exploration:
World Theater Day, The Halls of Fantasy, The Haunting Hour, YesterdayUSA, Dr Mabuse

Sixteen Inches Of Radio

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Sean visits old school audio collector Randy Riddle in his Mebane, N.C. home.

They listen to selections from his massive collection of sixteen-inch transcription discs, a recording format from the 1930s.

His collection preserves moments in time, like World War II and the period when America was worried about socialism.

[ produced by: Lauren Spohrer, from The Story ]

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International Women’s Day


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Join guest host Rose Love as BANGWAVE celebrates International Women’s Day.

We’ll share plenty of music and some spoken word from influential female artists. We’ll hear from Rosa Parks, Tina Turner, Yoko Ono, Indigo Girls, Bessie Smith and more!

We’ll share a poem by Audre Lorde and discuss the book War is a Bad Idea with the author herself.

And we’ll hear all about how Esperanza Spalding emerged as Best New Artist of 2011, in her own words!

And while you are listening, consider donating to one of your favorite causes that promote the Women’s health and human rights. We really appreciate the efforts of two great organizations, Women Against Military Madness and Planned Parenthood.

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Further Exploration:
International Women’s Day, Bessie Smith, Yoko Ono, Rosa Parks, Women Against Military Madness, Planned Parenthood, Endless Blue, The Gossip, Esperanza SpaldingEleanor Roosevelt , Aichlee’s YouTube Channel

It’s About Time to Obliterate an Hour


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Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 AM today, March 8 in the United States. US Residents are asked to reset their clocks ahead one hour. Technically you are supposed to do this right at 2 AM.

This time change occurs in other countries on different days. Some nations do not observe Daylight Savings Time at all. The official change over dates have been altered many times. On top of that the change over happens one time zone at a time.

All of this can make it difficult to know what time it is where today. That is one reason it is done on a Sunday. Can you imagine if this happened during a regular business day?

The energy savings benefits of Daylight Savings Time has evaporated in a now 24 hr America. Perhaps it’s time has come?

We say just get rid of Time Zones all together. Everyone on the entire planet should just use Universal Time Code. That day may be just around the corner.

Until then, spend an uneven hour with us as we explore the concept of TIME in music and pop culture. This podcast will leave you with more questions than answers. We’ll hear some great tunes that discuss time or time travel. We’ll talk science. We’ll also review movies that deal with the topic.

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FCC Passes Strongest Net Neutrality Rules In America’s History

2000px-US-FCC-AltLogo.svgThe open internet finally got the protection it deserves from profit-hungry cable companies. The FCC just approved the strongest set of net neutrality rules in this country’s history, punctuating a years-long battle for this future of the internet. However, the war’s not yet over.

The new rules largely resemble the open internet rules that Obama laid out three months ago. They forbid paid prioritization—the practice that enables cable companies to create internet “fast lanes”—as well as throttling. The new rules do not allow internet service providers to block websites and give the FCC authority to intervene when big cable companies don’t act in the public interest.

In a nutshell, this plan lets the FCC regulate the internet as a public utility, much like telephones. The plan does not give the government the power to set the price of internet service.

This is all fantastic news, and it’s news we’ve been waiting years to hear. However, the next battle for the future of the internet will happen in America’s courtrooms and possibly in Congress as well. Several cable companies have already expressed intentions to sue the FCC over the rules, and those cases could drag out for years. These court cases are particularly dangerous. In 2011, a Verizon lawsuit led to a judge overruling the FCC’s old net neutrality rules.

But for now, these are the rules that internet experts agree are the best way to preserve net neutrality. This is the outcome that America deserves.

[ article by Adam Clark Estes ]

Happy Birthday : Johnny Cash : RIP

26th Feb, 1932, Born on this day, Johnny Cash, US country singer, songwriter who was considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Although he is remembered as a country icon, his songs spanned other genres including rock and roll and rockabilly and blues, folk, and gospel.

This crossover appeal won Cash the rare honor of induction in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. During the last stage of his career, Cash covered songs by several late 20th-century rock artists, most notably ‘Hurt’ by Nine Inch Nails. Cash died of respiratory failure on September 12th 2003, aged 71. Favorite Johnny Cash song? Let us know in the comments below.

[ copy courtesy of This Day in Music]

The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records


Paramount Records14gift-oloizia-blog480[1] was an American record label, best known for its recordings of African-American jazz and blues in the 1920s and early 1930s, including such artists as Ma Rainey and Blind Lemon Jefferson.

John Fahey’s Revenant Records and Jack White’s Third Man Records began a comprehensive re-release of Paramount Records’ catalog in two volumes called “The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27)” and “The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32).”

The two sets contain the music, remastered, on several vinyl records containing key tracks. All tracks (800 recordings in each of Volumes 1 and 2) are included on a USB flash drive for digital listening. Each volume of the collection features 800 songs (volume two, was released on December 4, 2014), 200 restored original ads and images in volume one and 90 ads in volume 2, two books – one a history of Paramount, the other a field guide to the artists and recordings – and six 180-gram vinyl LPs, all of which come in a hand-crafted oak case modeled after those that carried phonographs in the 1920s.

We heard this segment on NPR and just had to share it with the BangWave community!

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[ audio feature written and voiced by Meredith Ochs ]