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Zappagram #75: Introducing the Asshole Of The Week
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Zappagram #75: Introducing the Asshole Of The Week

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Hey everyone,

Welcome to fall! It’s now officially pumpkin spice season so bust out your fuzzy sweaters, light your candles, and prepare to get cozy.

I’m adding a new section to the newsletter and starting a new segment on the weekly podcast called “Asshole Of The Week.” AOTW in the newsletter will be short, but I’ll deep-dive into the reasons for bestowing the award a bit more on the podcast so if you aren’t already listening to the show, be sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts so you don’t miss out!

Okay, enough chit-chat. Time to dive in…

Ground control to reader: Take your protein pills. Put your helmet on.

This newsletter ain’t gonna read itself.

“Blind faith in your leaders, or in anything, will get you killed.”
—Bruce Springsteen

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WEEKLY PLAYLIST

:: NEW MUSIC EVERY WEEK

Featuring: Honeycrush, Leonard Cohen, Cleo Sol, Joesef, Primo The Alien, Westerman, Middle Kids, The Traveling Wilburys, Slow Joy, Embassyrowe, Ween, Primus

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MUSIC NEWS

:: WHAT’S GOING ON

New Jersey Celebrates First-Ever ‘Bruce Springsteen Day’ to Mark His 74th Birthday [RollingStone]

Billie Eilish, Peter Gabriel, Bootsy Collins and Other ‘Artist for Action’ Raise Voices to End Gun Violence [RollingStone]

PJ Harvey Plays First Concert in Six Years in Dublin [Consequence]

Gillian Welch Announces Reel-to-Reel Tape Reissue of The Harrow & the Harvest [Pitchfork]

Marilyn Manson’s Nasty Nose-Blowing Results in Fine and Community Service [RollingStone]

Taylor Swift Calls Swifties to Action on National Voter Registration Day [RollingStone]

Taylor Swift Reveals 1989 (Taylor’s Version) Vault Songs [Pitchfork]

Elon Musk Begs Taylor Swift to Post Her Music on Zombie Twitter [RollingStone]

Pussy Riot Announce Fall 2023 North American Tour [Pitchfork]

R.E.M. Reissuing Up for 25th Anniversary, Share Unreleased Live Song [Pitchfork]

Blink-182 Announce New Album One More Time… [Pitchfork]

Queens of the Stone Age Announce New 2023 US Tour Leg [Consequence]

Sufjan Stevens Reveals He’s Relearning How to Walk After ‘Very Scary’ Autoimmune Disorder Diagnosis [RollingStone]

Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Desmond Child To Meet With Congressmen to Push for Legislation on AI [RollingStone]

Lana Del Rey Wishes Her Album ‘Had Gone as Viral’ as That Waffle House Video [RollingStone]

Ozzy Osbourne Says Next Spinal Surgery Will Be His Last [RollingStone]

Chelsea Wolfe Announces 2024 Tour, Shares New Song “Dusk” [Pitchfork]

Noah Kahan Unveils 2024 “We’ll All Be Here Forever Tour” [Consequence]

Juliana Hatfield Details Fall Tour, Shares Cover of ELO’s “Telephone Line” [Consequence]

Katy Perry Sells Catalog for $225 Million [Consequence]

Puscifer Announce Halloween Streaming Concert “Global Probing” [Consequence]


ASSHOLE OF THE WEEK

:: BECAUSE THERE’S ALWAYS ONE

This week’s winner is Eric Clapton. Check that link to learn why.


Z-REX

:: ZAPPA’S RECOMMENDATIONS


NEW RELEASES

:: RECENTLY DROPPED MUSIC

Bleach Lab: Lost in a Rush of Emptiness [listen]
Devendra Banhart: Flying Wig [listen]
Jenny Owen Youngs: Avalanche [listen]
The National: Laugh Track [listen]
The Replacements: Tim - Let It Bleed Edition [listen]
Soccer Mommy: Karaoke Night EP [listen]


RELEASE RADAR

:: UPCOMING RELEASES

- SEP 29 -

Animal Collective: Isn’t It Now?
Blonde Redhead: Sit Down for Dinner
Bryce Dessner: She Came to Me (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Dan Auerbach: Keep It Hid (Vinyl Reissue)
Ed Sheeran: Autumn Variations
Friendship Commanders: MASS
Grateful Dead: Wake of the Flood (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
Green Day: Dookie (30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
Gunship: Unicorn
Jason Isbell: Southeastern (10th Anniversary Reissue)
Say She She: Silver
Steely Dan: Aja (Vinyl Reissue)
Wilco: Cousin

- OCT 6 -

Blondshell: Blondshell (Digital Deluxe Edition)
Dogstar: Somewhere Between the Power Lines and Palm Trees
Heatmiser: The Music of Heatmiser
Hüsker Dü: Tonite Longhorn
Ilsey: From the Valley
Incubus: Morning View XXIII
Joni Mitchell: Archives, Vol. 3: The Asylum Years (1972-1975)
Meat Puppets: Camp Songs
Omar Apollo: Live for Me EP
Sufjan Stevens: Javelin
Van Halen: The Collection II

- OCT 13 -

Holly Humberstone: Paint My Bedroom Black
Margo Price: Strays II
Ringo Starr: Rewind Forward EP


ON THIS DATE

:: MUSICAL HAPPENINGS OF HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE

- SEP 25 -

Birthdays: Shel Silverstein (1930) • T.I. (1980) • Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino (1983) • John Bonham, drummer with Led Zeppelin, died aged 32 after a heavy drinking session. (1980) • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performed their final show at the Hollywood Bowl. Petty died of an accidental drug overdose a week later. (2017)

- SEP 26 -

Birthdays: Bryan Ferry (1945) • Olivia Newton-John (1948) • Tracey Thorn of Everything But The Girl (1962) • Robert Palmer died of a heart attack aged 54 in Paris. (2003)

- SEP 27 -

Birthdays: Randy Bachman (1943) • Meat Loaf (1947) • American drummer Russ Kunkel (1948) • Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind (1966) • Lil Wayne (1982) • Avril Lavigne (1984) • Dee Dee Ramone of the Ramones was arrested for possessing marijuana during a drug bust in New York's Greenwich Village. (1990) • Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship died at the age of 76. (2018)

- SEP 28 -

Birthdays: Ed Sullivan (1902) • Ben E. King (1938) • Young Jeezy (1977) • Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent (1982) • Miles Davis died. (1991)

- SEP 29 -

Birthdays: Jerry Lee Lewis (1935) • Mick Harvey of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds (1958) • Brett Anderson of Suede (1967) • Halsey (1994) • Julien Baker (1995) • Prince & the Revolution started a two-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Let's Go Crazy.” (1984) • American blues guitarist Otis Rush died from complications of a stroke aged 84. (2018)

- SEP 30 -

Birthdays: Johnny Mathis (1935) • Marc Bolan (1947) • Trey Anastasio (1964) • Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons (1986) • A schoolboy from Philadelphia who skipped class to meet his musical hero handed his teacher an absence note signed by Bruce Springsteen. Fifth-grader Michael Fenerty met The Boss at a "meet-and-greet" in the Free Library of Philadelphia when Springsteen was in town signing copies of his new autobiography, Born to Run. (2016)

- OCT 1 -

Birthdays: Donny Hathaway (1945) • Martin Cooper of OMD (1958) • Dizzee Rascal (1985) • Jimi Hendrix was buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Seattle. (1970) • Radiohead's official website crashed after the band announced that their new album 'In Rainbows' would only be available to order via www.radiohead.com. Fans could pre-order the download at any price they choose or pay £40 for a "discbox", which included two CDs, two records, plus artwork and booklets. (2007)


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Until next week, friends…

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