Monday, December 20, 2010

RIP Captain Beefheart

News struck late Friday afternoon that Don Van Vliet, better known as Captain Beefheart, passed away.

Now, I'll never be able to explain the man behind the name, so if you're interested, start out here. If you are a Zappa fan but have never heard of Beefheart, I suggest you look into him some. His influences on music are definitely felt today. While his masterpiece, Trout Mask Replica, may be one of the more difficult albums you could listen to, don't let it turn you off. Either give it another try (or ten), or check out some of his more accessible stuff.

And now for a sample of his sound...

Go on with your bad self, Captain Beefheart. I'm not even sure God will know how to respond to the concert you're playing for him right now.

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