Two years after landing on Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover has reached the base of Mount Sharp, located in Gale Crater. The $2.5 billion rover will now begin conducting scientific drillings. The US space agency announced Thursday that the rover has reached the base of Mount Sharp, where it will begin drilling.
Born in Hawthorne, California, Harkleroad was trained as an accordionist as a child but switched to guitar in his teens. In nearby Lancaster, California, he became involved in local bands. He joined up with future member of the Magic Band, Mark Boston, in a band named B.C. & The Cavemen. Later the two played in the group Blues in a Bottle along with future Magic Band guitarist Jeff Cotton. He joined the Magic Band in 1968 after the departure of Alex St. Clair. After recording Trout Mask Replica and several further albums, he left in 1974, with several other band members, to form Mallard. His book Lunar Notes describes some of the tensions that contributed to the split between Captain Beefheart and the other band members.
After the disbanding of Mallard, he had a limited involvement with the music community as a performer. He continued his involvement in another capacity, however, as a record store manager and guitar instructor in Eugene, Oregon.
On November 27, 2001, he released We Saw a Bozo Under the Sea. In 2008 John French (a.k.a. Drumbo) released an album City of Refuge in which Harkleroad was featured playing guitar on all twelve tracks. In 2013, Harkleroad contributed lead guitar to a psychobilly track on the Eugene-based band Cherry Poppin’ Daddies‘ album White Teeth, Black Thoughts.
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Bat Chain Puller is the 13th studio album by Captain Beefheart, released on February 22, 2012. It was recorded in 1976 by DiscReet Records, who had intended to release it with Virgin Records as Captain Beefheart’s tenth studio album. It was co-produced by Beefheart and Kerry McNab.
The album was a subject of friction between DiscReet cofounders Herb Cohen and Frank Zappa. Cohen had used Zappa’s royalty checks to fund the album’s production, and this led Zappa to withhold the master tapes from Virgin. Beefheart recorded a new album for Warner Bros., Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller), with no involvement from Cohen or Zappa.
Following a lawsuit which was settled in 1982, the album remained unreleased until 2012, after Zappa’s family had announced in 2011 that they would release the original Bat Chain Puller in its intended form.
A new Captain Beefheart box set will focus on three records the avant-garde blues singer put out after warping minds with his landmark 1969 LP Trout Mask Replica. The upcoming four-disc set, Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 to 1972, collects three remastered albums – 1970’s Lick My Decals Off, Baby, and his two 1972 releases, The Spotlight Kid and Clear Spot – as well as a disc of 14 previously unreleased outtakes recorded during sessions for the latter two albums. The limited-edition collection will be available on CD, LP and digital on November 11th.
Made 4 podcasts last weekend. Doling them out through the week at radionot.wordpress.com. Added Sean Shanahan’s website to my blogroll. Continuing to absorb music history via reading and listening. The internet is amazing for this. Took ’90s-era cassette deck to Jim’s Electronics yesterday. It had slowed down. Probably needs cleaning, new belts, etc. Guy on phone said it’s hardly ever the motor speed adjuster that changes. Dirt and wear more likely. I’ll find out in a week or so. Need to acquire a decent 4-head stereo vcr so I can dub my old radio shows to computer. Got one you wanna sell me? Lots of audio recorded on VHS back in the ’00s. Don’t wanna lose it!
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