captain beefheart Archive

Album Review: Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band — Live From Harpo’s 1980

The late Captain Beefheart is one of those rare creatures. The casual music fan is unfamiliar with his name; a subset of those who know of him have actually heard him; fewer still can make a reasonable claim to actually enjoying his music. Appreciate it, yes: I know of quite a few of my friends

Book Review: Lunar Notes

Lunar Notes is not a Great Book, nor do the requisite few hours spent with it reveal anything that suggests the author’s intention that it be so. What it is is a look into one man’s experiences as a member of Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band during their most musically fertile period. In this slim and

DVD Review: From Straight to Bizarre

A new DVD from Sexy Intellectual – the outfit responsible for informative and incisive docu-DVDs on Brian Eno and many other influential figures in music – takes an in-depth look at the record labels Bizarre and Straight. Started by Frank Zappa and his business partner Herb Cohen, these labels sought initially to document the “freak”