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Options April 5, 2002: Don... whip it on em! with special live guest, former Mother of Invention DON PRESTON

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Artist Track Album Comments
Frank Zappa  Waka / Jawaka   Options 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   Options Escalator Over the Hill  Don Preston on electronics 
Pyrolator  minimal tape 1/2.3   Options Synthesizer   
The Residents  Birth   Options Eskimo  yeah, Don Preston recorded with The Residents 
Dagmar Krause  Surabaya Johnny   Options V/a Lost in the Stars - Trib. to Kurt Weill   
John Cale  Leaving it Up To You   Options Helen of Troy   
Zappa / Mothers  Louie Louie   Options Uncle Meat  Don Preston on "the mighty & majestic Albert Hall pipe organ" 
Luther Wright & the Wrongs  In the Flesh   Options 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   Options The Blue Trees   
Avey Tare & Panda Bear  Chocolate Girl   Options Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished   
The Hangovers  Sitting on Top of the World   Options 7"  Gina Birch of the Raincoats starring in The New Mr Magic 
Anon  My Name is Funk Soul Brother   Options V/a The Best Bootlegs in the World Ever...   
John Oswald  Dally Proton 'Pretender'   Options Plunderphonic 69/96   
Aspera  Heaven's on Your Right Side   Options 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   Options Transformation  (by Carla Bley) 
Leo Sayer  I Am The Walrus   Options V/a All This & WW2 sdtk   
Lee Ranaldo  Isolation   Options 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"   Options Blood Diner & other soundtracks   
Don Preston's Akashic Ensemble  The Cherubim   Options 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   Options Super / System   

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