Zappagram #26

Springsteen announces new covers album, Dave Navarro battles long Covid, and we remember Stevie Ray Vaughan today on his birthday

Zappagram #26

Hey friends,

In honor of fall’s arrival, this week’s newsletter is appropriately pumpkin-spiced. In all seriousness, this is our 26th edition of Zappagram, marking six months since we first started. We’ve added lots of friends both old and new to the list over the last 26 weeks and I want to say thank you all for being here every week. Your readership and generous support keeps this ball rolling.

Lots of new music dropped this week and we still have a ton of upcoming releases over what remains of 2022. With the world in a constant state of upheaval and unrest, it’s the music that connects us and keeps us sane. We can all be thankful for that.

Let’s dive into this week’s musical soup…

“Forget what life used to be, you are what you choose to be. It's whatever it is you see that life will become.
―Jackson Browne


New weekly playlists highlighting great music



Björk • Pixies • Spoon • 2nd Grade • Julie Odell • Nathaniel Rateliff & the Nightsweats • The Little Ones • The Temper Trap • The Head and the Heart • Lord Huron

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The latest happenings in the world of music


Dave Chappelle Sings ‘Creep,’ Pink Rocks Out With Queen and More Memorable Moments From Taylor Hawkins’ L.A. Tribute Concert
Foo Fighters fans flocked to the Kia Forum last Tuesday night for the Los Angeles edition of the Taylor Hawkins tribute concerts, the first of which took place in London earlier this month. [Variety]

Bruce Springsteen Releasing Soul Covers Album Only the Strong Survive
Album will feature classics originally recorded by the Temptations, the Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, the Supremes, and many other legends. [RollingStone]

Neil Young & Crazy Horse Announce New Album World Record
“Love Earth” leads the 11-track LP, which was produced by Young and Rick Rubin and arrives November 18. [Pitchfork]

Dave Navarro Sitting Out Upcoming Jane’s Addiction Tour Due to “Continued Battle” with Long COVID
The guitarist has been suffering from debilitating long COVID symptoms since late last year. [NME]

Beach House To Replace Iggy Pop At Desert Daze Festival
Iggy Pop’s French-based band was unable to enter the U.S. due to visa complications. [Spin]

Coolio, ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ Rapper, Dead at 59
Coolio, whose ‘90s music was a staple on radio, a favorite on MTV, and included the hit “Gangsta’s Paradise,” died Wednesday at the age of 59. [RollingStone]

Neil Young Takes A Shot At Beck’s “Old Man” Cover Appearing In An NFL Commercial
Neil Young always famously refused any and all requests to license his music for advertising purposes, and he made a big point about it. [Stereogum]

The Flaming Lips to Reissue Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots for 20th Anniversary
A new box set adds B-sides, demos, live albums, covers of Radiohead and Kylie Minogue, and more. [Pitchfork]

David Bowie’s Hunky Dory Gets Deluxe Boxed Set With 48 Unreleased Songs
‘Divine Symmetry’ includes a 100-page hardback photo book and a 60-page replica of Bowie’s notebook from the early ’70s. [Spin]

Billie Eilish Is Celebrating the End of Her Tour by Livestreaming a Concert
The star's Happier Than Ever, The World Tour show was filmed this summer at the O2 Arena. [Billboard]

Phil Collins and Genesis Sell Portion of Catalogs to Concord Music Group
The reported $300 million deal includes publishing rights, recorded music income streams, and masters. [Pitchfork]



Watch the Trailer for Netflix’s Show About the Rise of Spotify
Netflix has released the official trailer for The Playlist, its upcoming show about the creation of Spotify, and the nearly two-minute trailer indicates the show will be a very serious look at how the streaming giant built its empire. [via TheVerge]

Abbey Road Studios Launches New Suite for Dolby Atmos Music Mastering
London’s Abbey Road Studios has announced that it is expanding its mastering and Dolby Atmos mixing services with the opening of a new mastering suite designed specifically for Dolby Atmos Music mastering. [via MusicWeek]

Trevor Noah to Exit ‘Daily Show’ After Seven Years
The comedian, who took over the program from Jon Stewart in 2015, plans to exit the flagship Comedy Central series after a seven-year tenure that saw him transform it for a new generation of viewers who are more at home on social media than they are cable outlets and broadcast networks. [Variety]

Nick Cave Explains Why He’s Decided to Start Doing Interviews Again
"I feel ready to be able to sit down and talk about all manner of things, on my terms." [NME]


Listen to these recently dropped albums


2nd Grade: Easy Listening [listen]

Björk: Fossora [listen]

Dead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (2022 Mix) [listen]

Dropkick Murphys: This Machine Still Kills Fascists [listen]

Herb Alpert: Sunny Side Of The Street [listen]

High Vis: Blending [listen]

Keith Jarrett: Bordeaux Concert [listen]

Lambchop: The Bible [listen]

Office Culture: Big Time Things [listen]

Pixies: Doggerel [listen]

Roger Taylor: The Outsider Tour Live [listen]

Snarky Puppy: Empire Central [listen]

The War on Drugs: I Don’t Live Here Anymore (Deluxe Edition) [listen]

Titus Andronicus: The Will to Live [listen]

Tycho: Back To Mine [listen]

Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Deluxe Edition) [listen]

Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Cool It Down [listen]


These albums are coming soon



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


a-ha: True NorthAbby Sage: The Florist EPArctic Monkeys: The Car • Bibio: BIB10 • Frankie Cosmos: Inner World Peace • My Morning Jacket: MMJ LIVE VOL. 2: CHICAGO 2021 • Simple Minds: Direction of the Heart • Siouxsie and the Banshees: All Souls • Sloan: Steady •  Taylor Swift: Midnights • Tegan and Sara: Crybaby • Young The Giant: American Bollywood


The Beatles: Revolver (Special Edition) • The Damned: A Night of a Thousand VampiresDan Mangan: Being SomewhereDead Cross (feat. Mike Patton and Dave Lombardo): IIGarbage: AnthologyGuided By Voices: Scalping the Guru •  INXS: Shabooh Shoobah (Deluxe Edition) • King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: ChangesTrampled By Turtles: Alpenglow


See it to believe it


A Brief History of the Ramones
The Beat Goes On is a YouTube channel dedicated to telling stories about the great music, films, and cultural trends that influence us all. This week, they ran a feature on the Ramones, so you know I had to share it.  [via YouTube]


Musical happenings of historical significance



Birthdays: Eddie Cochran (1938) • Chubby Checker (1941) • Lindsey Buckingham (1949) • Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954) • Tommy Lee (1962) • Gwen Stefani (1969) • Woody Guthrie died. (1967)


Janis Joplin was found dead at the Landmark Hotel in Hollywood after an accidental heroin overdose. (1970)


Birthdays: Steve Miller (1943) • Brian Johnson of AC/DC (1947) • Bob Geldof (1951) • Harold Faltemeyer (1952) • Elton John released his seventh studio album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. (1973)


Ginger Baker of Cream died at the age of 80. (2019) • Eddie Van Halen died at the age of 65. (2020)


Birthdays: Kevin Godley (1945) • John Mellencamp (1951) • Toni Braxton (1967) • Thom Yorke (1968) • John Lennon was awarded his green card—permanent residency status—at a hearing in New York which overturned previous efforts by the U.S. Government to deport him. (1976)


Birthdays: Johnny Ramone (1948) • Bruno Mars (1985) • Philip Chevron, guitarist with Irish folk-punk band The Pogues, died of cancer aged 56. (2013)


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)

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Love, peace, and harmony…
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