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Frank Zappa

March 9, 2009

Recently acquired a whole raft of Frank Zappa albums, and felt compelled to honor his awesomeness with a quick post. Most of my prior Zappa experience was sadly filtered through a single album: Apostrophe. While that album is very good, it represents a very small slice of the Zappa pie, and captures none of the super-polished musicianship of the live performances. It goes without saying that Zappa was one of the bona fide musical geniuses of the last century, an acutely self-aware deconstructionist whose passion for satirizing musical and social conventions was only matched by his passion for embracing and enlivening the very conventions he mocked. I used to equate his dadaist lyrical bent with Weird Al Yankovic, but gawd how unfair I was!

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