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Sonic Gems: Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica

Born on January 15, 1941, Don Van Vliet fka Don Glen Vliet was an American singer-songwriter and visual artist known by his stage name Captain Beefheart before he passed away from multiple sclerosis on December 17, 2010.  175 more words

Thought For The Day

Lick My Decals Off, Baby

Captain Beefheart is an acquired taste. He approaches the blues from the outside in: Straddling the avant-garde, forgoing at times the “mama heartbeat” rhythm so germane to pop, his freak-outs range from musical free fall (e.g., the superficially untutored Trout Mask Replica) to gutter-garage (e.g., Safe As Milk).1 The overall effect is instructive if not wholly satisfying. 188 more words


Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band - Veteran's Day Poppy

Today would have been Don Van Vliet’s 77th birthday if he was still in this dimension. So to celebrate this we give you the closing track from Don’s main masterpiece (as opposed to all of his other one’s), 1969’s “Trout Mask Replica’. 21 more words


Is Trout Mask Replica by Captain Beefheart and His Magical Band the greatest album of all time?

Don Van Vliet’s alter ego, Captain Beefheart, assembled a team of the most qualified musicians to bring a collection his spoken word poetry to its fullest form. 223 more words

"I've Gotta Understand Beefheart"

“I’ve gotta understand Beefheart. Captain Beefheart has been hanging over me like this weird, cryptic…like, I will never be smart enough or large enough of mind to assess and understand Captain Beefheart.” – Marc Maron,  1,040 more words

Fast & Bulbous

“A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is fast and bulbous, got me?”
— Captain Beefheart

Down the hall from my freshman dorm room lived a skinny, eccentric kid from Connecticut.

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365 Days of Album Recommendations - Sep 19

Captain Beefheart – Trout Mask Replica

It’s been said that this album is both pure genius, and unlistenable. Here’s what I suggest. Listen to it simultaneous to reading this: 9 more words

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