Zappagram #25

News about Spoon, Queens of the Stone Age, and Smashing Pumpkins, RIP Nurse Ratched, and Elton John gets a surprise...

Zappagram #25

Hey friends,

Tons going on this week in the world of music and, as always, I’m here to bring you the scoop!

Let’s dive in…

“If I notice something, I’ve incorporated it. If I mention it, I’ve endorsed it. If I don’t like it, but do nothing, I’ve accepted it. If I’ve accepted it, I’ve condoned it.
―Henry Rollins


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The latest happenings in the world of music


Elton John Performs for White House, Gets Surprise Medal From President
Biden surprised an emotional Elton John with a National Humanities Medal at "A Night When Hope and History Rhyme." [via RollingStone]

Pharoah Sanders Dies at 81
The legendary saxophonist was a key figure in the spiritual jazz movement. [via Pitchfork]

Smashing Pumpkins Drop Sabbath-like ‘Beguiled,’ Announce 33-Song ‘ATUM’ Rock Opera
The sprawling set is the sequel to 1995's Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and 2000's "Machina/The Machines of God. [via Billboard]

Tommy Lee & Tool’s Danny Carey and More Complete Taylor Hawkins Los Angeles Tribute Concert Lineup
Following a Wembley Stadium gig earlier this month, Foo Fighters and friends will pay tribute to their late drummer at the Kia Forum next week. [via NME]

Spoon Announce Remix Album
Spoon have announced Lucifer on the Moon, a track-for-track reworking of their 2022 LP Lucifer on the Sofa, due out November 4. [via Consequence]

Queens Of The Stone Age Reissue Debut Album, Alongside Like Clockwork and Villains with Limited Edition Vinyl and More
The reissues feature exclusive new and restored artwork, posters, and more. [via NME]

Puscifer to Livestream Two Concert Films for Halloween
The band revisit V Is for Vagina and Conditions of My Parole for the double feature. [via Consequence]

Dead and Company Announce Final Tour
The Grateful Dead offshoot have announced their final tour for summer 2023. [via RollingStone]

Guns N’ Roses Releasing Massive Use Your Illusion I & II Box Set With 63 Unreleased Tracks/Videos
The box set also features a 100-page book with unseen photos and images. [via Billboard]

Doobie Brothers Drummer John Hartman Dies at 72
The band paid tribute to their co-founder and drummer John Hartman in a post announcing the 72-year-old rock veteran’s death. [via Billboard]



Nick Cave and Brad Pitt Reveal Ceramic Sculptures in Finnish Museum Exhibition
The musician and the actor’s ceramic works are in a show with sculptor Thomas Houseago, which runs at the Sara Hildén Art Museum through January. [via Pitchfork]

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ New Live Album Captures Fabled 1997 Residency at San Francisco’s Fillmore
Marking the band's first live album in 13 years. [via Consequence]

NFL Announces Apple Music as New Super Bowl Halftime Show Partner
The Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show is what it will be called for multiple years. Pepsi had been the Halftime Show’s sponsor for a decade. [via Pitchfork]

R.I.P. Louise Fletcher, from One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
Fletcher won an Oscar for her iconic portrayal of Nurse Ratched in the 1975 film. [via AVClub]


Listen to these recently dropped albums


Alice In Chains: Dirt (30th Anniversary Edition) [listen]

Beth Orton: Weather Alive [listen]

Billy Idol: The Cage EP [listen]

Daniel Lanois: Player, Piano [listen]

Joni Mitchell: The Asylum Albums (1972 – 1975) Boxed Set [listen]

Magdalena Bay: Mercurial World (Deluxe) [listen]

Nils Frahm: Music For Animals [listen]

Vieux Farka Touré & Khruangbin: Ali [listen]


These albums are coming soon



Björk: Fossora • Dead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (2022 Mix) • Dropkick Murphys: This Machine Still Kills FascistsHerb Alpert: Sunny Side Of The StreetHigh Vis: Blending • Keith Jarrett: Bordeaux Concert • Lambchop: The BibleOffice Culture: Big Time Things • Pixies: Doggerel • Roger Taylor: The Outsider Tour Live • Snarky Puppy: Empire Central • The War on Drugs: I Don’t Live Here Anymore [Deluxe Box Set] • Titus Andronicus: The Will to Live • Tycho: Back To Mine • Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Deluxe Edition)Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Cool It Down


Broken Bells: Into The BlueBush: The Art Of SurvivalCourtney Marie Andrews: LooseThe Cult: Under The Midnight SunThe Cure: Wish (30th Anniversary Edition) • Dayglow: People In Motion •  King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms and LavaLindsey Stirling: Snow WaltzMark Knopfler: The Studio Albums 2009-2018 • Tom Waits: Alice (Vinyl Reissue) • Tom Waits: Blood Money (Vinyl Reissue) • Will Sheff (of Okkervil River): Nothing Special


Brian Eno: FOREVERANDEVERNOMOREDavid Bowie: Heroes (Vinyl Reissue) • David Bowie: Live in Berlin (1978) (Reissue) • Frank Zappa: Zappa ’75: Zagreb/LjubljanaPaul Weller: Modern Classics (Vinyl Reissue) • Red Hot Chili Peppers: Return of the Dream Canteen •  Todd Rundgren: Space ForceThe 1975: Being Funny in a Foreign LanguageThe Vince Guaraldi Trio: A Charlie Brown Christmas (Deluxe Edition) • Various Artists: Here It Is: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen


See it to believe it


Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Live at The Isle of Wight Festival (2012)
This week marks five years since we lost Tom Petty. I was lucky enough to see him live, circa 2007. Not only did he put on an incredible show, his special guest the night I saw him was none other than Stevie Nicks. This show, from 2012, captures Tom and the Heartbreakers in fine form. [via YouTube]


Musical happenings of historical significance



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 France. (2003)


Birthdays: Randy Bachman (1943) • Meat Loaf (1947) • American drummer Russ Kunkel (1948) • Dee Dee Ramone of the Ramones was arrested for possessing marijuana during a drug bust in New York's Greenwich Village. (1990)


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


Birthdays: Gene Autry (1907) • Jerry Lee Lewis (1935) • Mick Harvey of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds (1958) • 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)


Birthdays: Johnny Mathis (1935) • Marc Bolan (1947) • Trey Anastasio (1964) • 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)


Birthdays: Donny Hathaway (1945) • Martin Cooper of OMD (1958) • Jimi Hendrix was buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Seattle. (1970)


Birthdays: Don McLean (1945) • Richard Hell (1949) • Mike Rutherford of Genesis (1950) • Sting (1951) • Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes and Thunderbitch (1988) • Tom Petty, found unconscious at his home in Los Angeles, not breathing and in cardiac arrest, he was taken to UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica where he died at 8:40pm. (2017)

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