Pop links: Zappa! Neko Case! Beatle vision! Frank Springer! More!

Hear a story about the new Frank Zappa collection Lumpy Money on NPR.

It combines music — released and unreleased — that Frank Zappa recorded in 1967. One session produced the Mothers of Invention album We're Only in It for the Money, the group's third release. The other was a surprise.

Zappa was a 26-year-old, self-taught composer with long hair and a funny goatee when he walked into a Capitol Records studio in Los Angeles and handed an orchestra charts for Lumpy Gravy.

"At one point, he turned to me when we were listening, just to playback," Gail Zappa says, "and he said, 'Did I write that?' It was so shocking."

It's almost as if Frank Zappa was writing avant-garde classical music in Top 40 segments, says Rolling Stone's David Fricke, who wrote the liner notes for the new set.

"It just blew my mind," he says.


This has always been my favorite period of Zappa's work.

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Also on NPR: A live performance by alt-country/pop singer Neko Case. She's great.

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Via On My Mind: This is a really nifty-looking Beatles art book/CD holder compiled by the great Bruce Spizer (who's penned a series of great tomes looking at the Fabs' vinyl releases). But will we really need it for storing our CDs once we plunk down big cash for the upcoming Beatles stereo and mono boxsets featuring remastered sound? (And when I say "we" here, I mean "me").



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From Plaid Stallions, the summer 1979 Ideal Toys catalog.



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Golden Age Comic Book Stories shares a few Atlas Western tales with art by Reed Crandall, Jack Davis, Bob Powell and others.



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Fred Hembeck pays tribute to late comics artist Frank Springer.

More on the Dollhouse debacle

Entertainment Weekly has more details about the "Dollhouse" episode Fox has elected not to air this season.

Fox bought and paid for 13 hours of Dollhouse (from sister company 20th Century Fox), one of which turned out to be the scrapped pilot that Whedon wound up reshooting. Which means Day's episode, "Epitaph One," is the 14th -- which the network didn't buy. And isn't going to buy. "We currently do not have plans to air 'Epitaph One,'" says a Fox source, who added that this decision does not reflect the network's feelings about the show or whether Dollhouse will be renewed. An official announcement about Dollhouse's possible return for next season will be made at the network's upfronts in May.

Confusing. So, even though this ep is somehow extra, the fact that the network is choosing not to air it is:

A. Because they have no faith in the show and intend to cancel it.
B. To force fans to buy the "Dollhouse" DVD set.
C. Both of the above.

Upcoming pop culture DVDs: Doctor Who! Land of the Lost! 60s Peanuts collection! Weeds! Woodstock! More!

Here's a look at upcoming DVDs of interest. Click the title links for more info and to pre-order from Amazon.

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Doctor Who, Episodes 11 & 12: The Rescue / The Romans
Out July 7

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Doctor Who: Attack of the Cybermen (Episode 138)
Out July 7

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Peanuts: 1960's Collection (A Charlie Brown Christmas / Charlie Brown's All-Stars / It's the Great Pumpkin / You're in Love / He's Your Dog / It Was a Short Summer)
Out July 7

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Sherlock Holmes: The Great Detective
Out June 30

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Tom and Jerry: The Chuck Jones Collection
Out June 23

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Get Smart: Season 3
Out June 9

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Weeds - Season 4
Out June 2

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Land of the Lost: Complete Series (Limited Edition Gift Set)
Out May 26

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Land of the Lost: The Complete Series
Out May 26

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Gunsmoke-Season 3 Vol. 2
Out May 26

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Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music Director's Cut (40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition with Amazon Exclusive Bonus Disc)
Out June 9

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Limited Edition T2 Complete Collector's Set (for the Endoskull) [Blu-ray]
Out May 19

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Girl on a Motorcycle
Out May 19