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Zappagram #77: Welcome to the Jail Cell
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Zappagram #77: Welcome to the Jail Cell

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“No matter how close to yours another's steps have grown, in the end there is one dance you'll do alone.”
—Jackson Browne, For A Dancer

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WEEKLY PLAYLIST

:: NEW MUSIC EVERY WEEK

Featuring: Golden Blue, Tyler Treadwell, Dylan LeBlanc, Busty & the Bass / Son Little, Annie Leppert, Maiah Manser, Heartless Bastards, Elbow, Rhett Miller, Eurythmics, Marcy Playground, Aimee Mann

ZAPPAGRAM #77

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MUSIC NEWS

:: WHAT’S GOING ON

  • AC/DC launch limited-edition whiskey [NME]

  • Ozzy Osbourne's Bark at the Moon getting vinyl reissue for 40th anniversary [BrooklynVegan]

  • Public Enemy announce It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back 35th anniversary vinyl reissue [Consequence]

  • Sufjan Stevens dedicates new album Javelin to his late partner, Evans Richardson [RollingStone]

  • Blink-182 channel punk godfathers The Ramones in “Dance With Me” video [Billboard]

  • Austin City Limits 2023 to stream Foo Fighters, Alanis Morissette, Yeah Yeah Yeahs & more [Consequence]

  • Catfisher posing as The Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb scams woman out of retirement savings [Consequence]

  • The National's Matt Berninger details sitcom with brother, now called Dos Apes [Consequence]

  • Suge Knight won't testify against Tupac Shakur murder suspect [Consequence]

  • Stevie Nicks: “There's no reason” for Fleetwood Mac reunion after Christine McVie's death [Consequence]

  • Stevie Nicks announces new Barbie in her likeness [RollingStone]

  • Ministry announce 2024 North American tour with Gary Numan and Front Line Assembly [Consequence]

  • Geddy Lee of Rush announces book tour [Consequence]

  • Tori Amos covers Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools (Drank)” on Trevor Horn’s new album [Stereogum]

  • Kacey Musgraves & Noah Kahan to release duet version of “She Calls Me Back” [Billboard]

  • Spiritualized announce Amazing Grace 20th anniversary reissue [Pitchfork]

  • Metallica to re-release first five albums on limited colored vinyl [NME]

  • Sharon Osbourne is opening an Ozzy Osbourne museum in Birmingham [NME]

  • David Gilmour promotes documentary on Roger Waters’ alleged anti-Semitism [NME]

  • Central Park’s Great Lawn closed until April 2024 due to concert damage [Consequence]

  • A Perfect Circle, Puscifer, and Primus expand 2024 US tour [Consequence]

  • Ed Sheeran confirms he has his own grave in his backyard [Billboard]

  • Spotify to offer premium subscribers 15 free hours of audiobook streaming per month [Consequence]

  • King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard announce album, share new video [Pitchfork]

  • Boygenius’ big, emotional, gay-as-hell night out at Madison Square Garden [Pitchfork]

  • Ms. Lauryn Hill reunites with Fugees for tour celebrating 25 years of 'Miseducation' album [RollingStone]

  • Sleater-Kinney preview 11th LP Little Rope with single “Hell”; detail 2024 tour [RollingStone]

  • Mitski announces 2024 “The Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We” North American tour [RollingStone]

  • Ronnie Milsap says goodbye [RollingStone]

  • Man crashes car into police station while blasting Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" [Consequence]


Z-REX

:: ZAPPA’S RECOMMENDATIONS

The article "SRV: The Fan Who Would Be King" by Michael Corcoran delves into the incredible life and talent of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Through a blend of historical context, personal anecdotes, and insights into Vaughan's musical journey, the article pays homage to SRV’s enduring legacy.

Being the Stevie Ray aficionado that I am, I thought I’d watched every film clip ever recorded of him burning down the house, but I just came across this video from July 1988 that I’d never seen, recorded at Blues Peer, a music festival held annually in Peer, Belgium. He is always amazing although this particular video suffers from poor quality and the audio doesn’t perfectly sync up in some parts. However, this part in his solo around 3:45 is the perfect example of why Stevie Ray is an absolute legend. After this, check the part around 5:00 when he plays the rest of the song with the guitar behind his back and never misses a note. SRV will always be my personal guitar god.

Lastly, there’s this incredible cover (audio only) of Stevie Ray doing B.B. King’s “You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now” recorded in 1981 at Fitzgerald’s in Houston.


NEW RELEASES

:: RECENTLY DROPPED MUSIC

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


RELEASE RADAR

:: UPCOMING RELEASES

- OCT 13 -

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

- OCT 20 -

Blink-182: One More Time...
Bombay Bicycle Club: My Big Day
Devo: 50 Years of De-Evolution 1973–2023
Duff McKagan: Lighthouse
The Rolling Stones: Hackney Diamonds
The Shins: Chutes Too Narrow (20th Anniversary Remaster)

- OCT 27 -

Black Pumas: Chronicles of a Diamond
DJ Shadow: Action Adventure
The Gaslight Anthem: History Books
José González: Veneer (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
The Kills: God Games
Nirvana: In Utero (30th Anniversary Super Deluxe)
Prince: Diamonds and Pearls (Super Deluxe Edition)
Taylor Swift: 1989 (Taylor’s Version)
U2: Zooropa (Vinyl Reissue)

- NOV 3 -

Bob Marley and The Wailers: Catch a Fire (50th Anniversary Edition)
Christine McVie: Christine McVie (Reissue)
Christine McVie: In the Meantime (Reissue)
Cold War Kids: Cold War Kids
Dave Matthews Band: Before These Crowded Streets (Vinyl Reissue)
Frank Zappa: Over-Nite Sensation (50th Anniversary Edition)
Jimmy Buffett: Equal Strain on All Parts
Neil Young: Time Fades Away 50 (Vinyl Reissue)
Semisonic: Little Bit of Sun
The Struts: Pretty Vicious


ON THIS DATE

:: MUSICAL HAPPENINGS OF HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE

- OCT 9 -

Birthdays: John Lennon (1940) •  John Entwistle (1944) • Jackson Browne (1948) • PJ Harvey (1970) • Sean Ono Lennon (1975) • Marking what would have been John Lennon's 45th birthday, Yoko Ono formally opened the three and a half acre garden at the Strawberry Fields site in New York's Central Park. (1985)

- OCT 10 -

Birthdays: John Prine (1946) • Cyril Neville (1948) • Sharon Osbourne (1952) • Midge Ure (1953) • David Lee Roth (1955) • The real Eleanor Rigby died in her sleep of unknown causes at the age of 44. (1939)

- OCT 11 -

Birthday: Daryl Hall (1946) • Dave Grohl played his first gig with Nirvana when they appeared at the North Shore Surf Club in Olympia. (1990)

- OCT 12 -

Birthdays: Sam Moore (1935) • Pat Dinizio of The Smithereens (1955) • David Letts of The Damned (1956) • Blondie appeared at CBGB’s for the first time. (1974) • Whilst living at the Chelsea Hotel in New York City, Sex Pistol Sid Vicious called the police to say that someone had stabbed his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. He was arrested and charged with murder and placed in the detox unit of a New York prison. Vicious died of a heroin overdose before the case went to trial. (1978)

- OCT 13 -

Birthdays: Paul Simon (1941) • Sammy Hagar (1947) • TV host Ed Sullivan died. (1974) • Bob Dylan was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, becoming the first songwriter to win the prestigious award. The 75-year-old rock legend received the prize "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition". (2016)

- OCT 14 -

Birthdays: Cliff Richard (1940) • Justin Hayward (1946) • Thomas Dolby (1958) • Natalie Maines of The Chicks (1974) • Usher (1978) • David Bowie released his twelfth studio album Heroes. (1977) • Freddy Fender died. (2006)

- OCT 15 -

Birthdays: Richard Carpenter (1946) • Chris De Burgh (1947) • Tito Jackson (1953) • Elgin Lumpkin, a.k.a. Ginuwine (1975) • Keith Richards was found guilty of trafficking cannabis by a court in Nice, France. He was given a one-year suspended sentence, a 5,000 franc fine, and was banned from entering France for two years. (1973)


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Until next week, friends…

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