Zappagram #2

Billie Eilish headlines Coachella, Aimee Mann is a great painter, Eddie Vedder's new album is out of this world, and The Melvins are on tour this summer

Zappagram #2

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I haven't understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it.”  ― Igor Stravinsky

Recent Essays

The latest music essays by Chris Zappa


Eddie Vedder’s Earthling is Out of This World
A stellar offering for his third solo album

Music News

The latest happenings in the world of music


This past Saturday, Billie Eilish fulfilled a dream and became the youngest artist ever (she’s 20 years old) to headline Coachella. Damon Albarn joined her onstage for a performance of the Gorillaz hit “Feel Good Inc.” This may have been worth putting up with the constant sandstorms that pounded festival goers all weekend. [via Rolling Stone]

Jeff Tweedy says that Wilco is working on new music and simultaneously preparing for their biannual Solid Sound Festival, taking place May 27-29 in North Adams, MA. [via Rolling Stone]

Jack White is releasing soundboard recordings of every show from his 2022 tour and this is very good news considering his new album kicks much ass. The first few shows are already online and available to stream on [via Consequence]

A new David Bowie documentary is coming soon(ish) to IMAX theaters and will also be available to stream on HBO Max. The film features never-before-seen performance footage and is the only documentary to be officially sanctioned by the late artist’s estate. The film premieres at the 2022 Cannes Festival, but you’ll be able to stream it sometime in spring 2023. [via Billboard]

Sonic Youth recorded a live show in Kyiv during the spring of 1989, and they’ve just made it available for purchase as a digital download on Bandcamp. Proceeds will be donated to World Central Kitchen, a wonderful humanitarian organization working to feed the embattled people of Ukraine. Support a great cause and get a great live album to boot. Win, win. [via Spin]

Aimee Mann recently announced her first solo art show at City Winery in Manhattan. The Washington Post recently ran a story titled, “Turns out Aimee Mann is really good at painting, too” in which they deep dive into her lesser-known other artistic side, drawing comics and painting portraits. Follow her on Instagram where she often shares her artwork. [via Pitchfork]

Music Spotlight

Music-related coolness you should see


Watch Sarah Jarosz and Chris Thile cover “Teardrop” by Massive Attack. This is so damn good, it gives me chills every time I watch it. [via YouTube]

New Releases

These albums have recently dropped


- APRIL 15 -

Flock Of Dimes
Head Of Roses: Phantom Limb [listen]

Kurt Vile
(watch my moves) [listen]

Moving Pictures (40th Anniversary Super Deluxe) [listen]

Upcoming Releases

These albums are coming soon


- APRIL 22 -

Bonnie Raitt
Just Like That

Conspiranoid (EP)

S. Carey
Break Me Open

Everything Was Beautiful

- APRIL 29 -

Bloc Party
Alpha Games

The Head And The Heart
Every Shade of Blue

- MAY 6 -

Arcade Fire

Sharon Van Etten
We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong

Suki Waterhouse
I Can’t Let Go

- MAY 13 -

The Black Keys
Dropout Boogie

Florence and the Machine
Dance Fever

On the Horizon

Upcoming albums with no release date yet


Butthole Surfers, The Cure, Lana Del Rey, and Todd Rundgren

Heavy Rotation

Great music, new and old, getting lots of play



Jack White: Fear Of The Dawn [listen]


Flock Of Dimes: Head Of Roses/Phantom Limb [listen]


Inhaler: It Won’t Always Be Like This [listen]


Wye Oak: “You Of All People” [listen]


PJ Harvey: “We Float” [listen]


River Whyless: “Motel 6” [listen]

Tour Updates

The latest tour news and announcements


Robert Plant and Alison Krauss have added additional West Coast dates to their North American summer tour, which starts June 1st.

Primus is touring this spring, and in addition to some of their own songs, they’re playing Rush’s A Farewell To Kings album in its entirety. How cool is that?

The Melvins have added a handful of new shows as headliners to their summer 2022 tour already underway. (They’ve been touring and sharing a bill with Ministry for the last few weeks.)

The Doobie Brothers are reuniting with Michael McDonald for the band’s 50th anniversary tour, kicking off in May.

One show, two acts: Andrew Bird and Iron & Wine. Um, yes please. Their limited-date tour kicks off in June. Don’t miss this one if you’re able to go.

On This Date

Musical happenings of historical significance


April 12, 1967

Mick Jagger is punched in the face by an airport official at Le Bourget Airport in Paris. Jagger lost his temper after the band was searched for drugs, resulting in them missing their flight.

April 13, 1951

Max Weinberg, drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, was born in Newark, New Jersey.

April 14, 1969

Paul McCartney and John Lennon recorded 'The Ballad Of John and Yoko.” Paul played bass, drums, and piano with John on guitars and lead vocals.

April 15, 2001

Jeffrey Ross Hyman, a.k.a. Joey Ramone died at the age of 49 after a long battle with lymphatic cancer.

April 16, 1993

David Lee Roth is arrested in New York's Washington Square Park for allegedly buying a $10 bag of marijuana.

April 17, 1964

Maynard James Keenan, frontman extraordinaire for TOOL, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer is born in Ravenna, Ohio.

April 18, 2015

In their first year of eligibility, Green Day is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Off Topic

May or may not be music-related



Big news for fans of Portlandia and Schitt’s Creek: Carrie Brownstein is directing Annie Murphy in a new comedy, Witness Protection. No release date has been set, but the film is in post-production and is expected later this year. [via Deadline]


Voice actor/comedian Gilbert Gottfried passed away last week at the age of 67 after a long battle with muscular dystrophy. [via Variety]


This couple recorded a funny remake of Adele’s song, “Hello” and it’s way better than the original. Be prepared to laugh your ass off. [via YouTube]


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