Zappagram #100: Happy anniversary, you beautiful bastard.


Zappagram #100: Happy anniversary, you beautiful bastard.

Hey Zappagrammers,

Anniversaries are special occasions meant to be celebrated, only I never know what to do on special occasions. Special occasions stress me out. This issue/edition/whatever marks Zappagram’s 100th newsletter. I guess there’s something to be said for that. Maybe I’ll buy one of those cheap cakes from the grocery store bakery and stress eat the entire damn thing myself. Maybe that’s acceptable as long as I wear a party hat and listen to music while doing it?

You’d think I’d have made a festive playlist to celebrate or something, but I didn’t. What I did do is the same thing I’ve done for 100 weeks now—build this newsletter with an abiding love for music and a deep appreciation for those of you who invite me into your inbox every week. Thank you for that.

Who’s coming with me to 200?!

On this subject, let’s talk about how things are going. What do you like about Zappagram? What do you love about it? What’s something you’d change, add, take away, etc.? Hit reply and let me know. I’m always looking for ideas and your feedback is important to me.

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

This newsletter ain’t gonna read itself.

We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. It's our basic human right. I think it would be a far greater world if people were kinder and more respectful to each other.
—Aretha Franklin



At Least 133 Dead in Attack at Concert Hall Outside Moscow
More than 140 people also injured in mass shooting; "all four terrorists directly involved" have been detained, the Russian Security Service says

At Last: Joni Mitchell’s Music Is Back on Spotify
The singer-songwriter followed Neil Young back to the platform after the pair left over Joe Rogan's Covid-19 vaccine comments

Elvis Act Signed Into Tennessee Law to Protect Musicians From AI Deepfakes
Described as "first-of-its-kind legislation," the act seeks to protect artists against artificial intelligence misuses

Radiohead Bassist Colin Greenwood Announces Photo Book ‘How to Disappear’
Collection of Radiohead images containing "two decades worth of memories" arrives this fall

Amy Winehouse, Billie Holiday, Nick Cave to Appear on ‘Back to Black’ Biopic Soundtrack
Back to Black: Songs From the Original Motion Picture will feature original recordings from late singer's Frank and Back to Black as well as her musical influences

Modest Mouse Announce 20th Anniversary Reissue of Good News For People Who Love Bad News
The band has also unveiled two rare videos from the era

Tool’s Maynard James Keenan Trains Mike Tyson for Fight Against Jake Paul
"Gonna be bragging about that for a bit. Long after y'all are tired of hearing about it."

A Perfect Circle, Puscifer, and Primus to Release New Songs on Sessanta EP
Featuring a new song by each band co-written by Maynard James Keenan

Josh Freese to Rejoin A Perfect Circle for 2024 North American Tour
He will play his first run of shows with the band since 2011, before joining back up with Foo Fighters

Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood Announces Photo Book How to Disappear: A Portrait of Radiohead
Chronicling the band's "middle years" from 2003 through their latest album, A Moon Shaped Pool, in 2016

Dr. Dre Announces New Eminem Album “Coming Out This Year”
"I've got songs on it and it's fire"

Bruno Mars Apparently Owes $50 Million in Gambling Debt
The singer has been play a residency at Park MGM for the last nine years

Jeff Lynne’s ELO Announce Farewell Tour
"The Over and Out Tour" kicks off in August

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Kick Off 2024 Tour
Marking the band's first concert since Springsteen postponed their 2023 outing due to health issues

Lemmy’s Ashes to Be Enshrined at Rainbow Bar & Grill in West Hollywood
The ashes of the late Motörhead leader will be enshrined at his favorite Sunset Strip haunt



Here is every single known filmed performance by the Ramones at CBGB from 1974 through 1979. What I wouldn’t give to have been there at any one of those shows.



A Perfect Circle, Puscifer, and Failure: Cinquanta
Adrianne Lenker: Bright Future
Alice in Chains: Jar of Flies EP (30th Anniversary Reissue)
The Cure: Paris (30th Anniversary Edition)
Elbow: Audio Vertigo
Illiterate Light: Slow Down Time EP
The Jesus and Mary Chain: Glasgow Eyes
Julia Holter: Something in the Room She Moves
Rickshaw Billie’s Burger Patrol: Big Dumb Riffs
Sierra Ferrell: Trail of Flowers
Waxahatchee: Tigers Blood
Wye Oak: Shriek: Variations



- MAR 29 -

The Church: Eros Zeta and the Perfumed Guitars
Sarah Shook & the Disarmers: Revelations
Sheryl Crow: Evolution

- APR 5 -

The Black Keys: Ohio Players
Khruangbin: A la Sala
The Libertines: All Quiet on the Eastern Esplanade
Lizzy McAlpine: Older
Novo Amor: Collapse List
Old 97’s: American Primitive
Phosphorescent: Revelator
Vampire Weekend: Only God Was Above Us

- APR 12 -

Eagles: To The Limit - The Essential Collection
Maggie Rogers: Don’t Forget Me
Mark Knopfler: One Deep River
Nia Archives: Silence Is Loud

- APR 19 -

Bruce Springsteen: Best of Bruce Springsteen (Expanded Edition)
Hozier: Wasteland, Baby! (Vinyl Reissue)
The Melvins: Tarantula Heart
Pearl Jam: Dark Matter
Pink Floyd: The Dark Side Of The Moon (Remastered Collector’s Edition)
Taylor Swift: The Tortured Poets Department

- APR 20 -

Record Store Day 2024!

- APR 26 -

Iron & Wine: Light Verse
Justice: Hyperdrama
Laufey: Bewitched: The Goddess Edition
Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Fu##in’ Up
Pet Shop Boys: Nonetheless
St. Vincent: All Born Screaming



- MAR 25 -

Birthdays: Aretha Franklin (1942) • Elton John (1947) • Buzz Osborne of The Melvins (1964) • Jeff Healey & Drummer Frank Ferrer (1966) • Buck Owens died, aged 76. (2006) • Taylor Hawkins died, aged 50. (2022)

- MAR 26 -

Birthdays: Diana Ross (1944) • Steven Tyler (1948) • Teddy Pendergrass (1950) • James Iha (1968) • Rapper, producer, and record executive Eazy-E died of AIDS in Los Angeles, aged 30. (1995)

- MAR 27 -

Birthdays: Tony Banks of Genesis (1950) • Andrew Farriss of INXS (1959) • Mariah Carey (1970) • Kimbra (1990) • U2 performed from the roof of a store in downtown LA to make the video for “Where The Streets Have No Name” attracting thousands of spectators and bringing traffic to a standstill. The police eventually stopped the shoot. (1987)

- MAR 28 -

Birthdays: Steve Turner of Mudhoney (1965) • Salt (Cheryl James) of Salt-N-Pepa (1969) • Dave Keuning of The Killers (1976) • Lady Gaga (1986) • Led Zeppelin released their fifth studio album, Houses Of The Holy. (1973)

- MAR 29 -

Birthdays: Evangelos Papathanassiou (a.k.a. Vangelis) (1943) • Bobby Kimball of Toto (1947) • Michael Brecker of Brecker Brothers (1949) • Perry Farrell (1959) • Austrian singer Falco started a three-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Rock Me Amadeus.” (1986)

- MAR 30 -

Birthdays: Graeme Edge of The Moody Blues (1942) • Eric Clapton (1945) • MC Hammer (1962) • Tracy Chapman (1964) • Joey Castillo of Queens of the Stone Age (1966) • Norah Jones (1979) • Prince released his ninth studio album Sign o' the Times. (1987) • Soul singer Bill Withers died from heart complications aged 81. (2020)

- MAR 31 -

Birthdays: Herb Alpert (1937) • Angus Young of AC/DC (1955) • Jack Antonoff (1984) • Chuck Berry's rock 'n' roll classic “Johnny B. Goode” single was released. (1958) • Kenny Loggins started a three-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Footloose.” (1984) • Rapper Nipsey Hussle died, age 33, after being shot multiple times in the parking lot of his store, Marathon Clothing, in South Los Angeles. (2019)

Peace and love to all,