Zappagram #31

Low's Mimi Parker passed away on Sunday, the Rock Hall induction ceremony was held on Saturday, and Jack White stars in a new Scorsese film

Zappagram #31

Hey everyone,

I want to ask everyone to get out and vote in Tuesday’s midterm elections if you haven’t already done so. Vote like your life and the lives of our children depend on it because they absolutely do. We cannot lose our democracy to the right-wing fascist nutjob assholes who want to cancel freedom. If we don’t see the blue wave we’re so desperately in need of, America is over. This is no joke. This is not a drill.


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Low’s Mimi Parker, Whose Otherworldly Vocals Helped Define Slowcore, Dead at 55 After Cancer Battle
Mimi Parker, whose lush soprano vocals and minimalist drumming helped define the slowcore band Low, has died following a battle with ovarian cancer. Her husband, Low frontman Alan Sparhawk, confirmed the news today on Twitter. [RollingStone]

How Bon Iver, Harry Styles, and More Are Getting Out the Vote for the 2022 Midterm Elections
The 2022 midterm elections are nearly upon the United States, and musicians have been rallying behind their local candidates to encourage fans to get out and vote. Ahead of the elections on Tuesday, November 8, here is a roundup of the artists hoping to drum up higher turnouts with events, endorsements, and more. [Pitchfork]

Dave Grohl Jams With Lionel Richie, Dr. Dre Inducts Eminem, And More Moments From Rock Hall Induction
Dolly Parton also got her due, while Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp paid tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis. [Spin]

John Mellencamp Decries Antisemitism At Rock Hall Induction: ‘Silence Is Complicity’
While inducting entertainment lawyer Allen Grubman into the Rock Hall, John Mellencamp denounced antisemitism in his speech. [Billboard]

Duran Duran’s Andy Taylor Reveals Stage 4 Cancer Diagnosis During Rock Hall Acceptance Speech
Simon Le Bon read a letter from Taylor sharing the news during the band’s acceptance speech. [Spin]

First Aid Kit Announce 2023 North American Tour Dates
In support of their new album Palomino. [Consequence]

Taylor Swift Announces 2023 U.S. Stadium Tour
The Eras Tour will feature support from Phoebe Bridgers, Haim, Paramore, Beabadoobee, and more. [Pitchfork]

Billy Joel & Stevie Nicks to Co-Headline 2023 Stadium Concerts
Tickets for the icons' three-show (so far) go on sale soon. [Billboard]

My Morning Jacket Announce Deluxe Edition of Circuital
My Morning Jacket have announced a new deluxe edition of their 2011 album Circuital, out December 9th via ATO Records. Available in 3xLP and 2xCD physical formats, the expanded set will include 10 previously unreleased demo recordings. [Consequence]

Autographed Instruments From Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts Set for Charity Auction
Guitars and drum equipment signed by Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Joan Jett, and many more to benefit MusiCares. [RollingStone]



Jack White Cast in Martin Scorsese’s New Film Killers of the Flower Moon
He joins an ensemble that also features Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Robert De Niro, and Leonardo DiCaprio. [Pitchfork]

See Metallica’s James Hetfield dressed as ‘Stranger Things’ Eddie Munson for Halloween
The band's "Master of Puppets" experienced a renaissance over the summer thanks to its use in an episode of the Netflix hit. [Billboard]

Bruce Springsteen Makes Howard Stern Debut With The Song He Played For Clarence Clemons In The Hospital And His Thoughts On Taylor Swift’s Midnights
Next week, Bruce Springsteen will release a soul covers album, Only The Strong Survive. In the lead up, Springsteen stopped by Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show for a wide-ranging discussion, where he talked about the death of E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons, selling his songwriting catalog, and what he thinks of Taylor Swift’s Midnights. [Stereogum]

Chris Shinn on Fronting Live: ‘I’m Just Embarrassed By the Whole Thing’
The son of former Charlotte Hornets owner George Shinn was overjoyed when Live asked him to replace Ed Kowalczyk, but things eventually got dark and ugly. [RollingStone]


See it to believe it


Low: live from the Fitzgerald Theater (November 8, 2018)
In honor of Mimi Parker who passed away today after a long battle with cancer, here’s her band Low performing an incredible set in St. Paul, Minnesota almost four years ago to this day. May she rest in peace and may her husband and bandmate Alan and all her family and friends feel the outpouring of love from their legion of fans. [via YouTube]


Listen to these recently dropped albums


Billy Joel: Live at Yankee Stadium [listen]

Dean Fertita (of Queens of the Stone Age): Tropical Gothclub [listen]

Dermot Kennedy: Sonder [listen]

First Aid Kit: Palomino [listen]

Honeyyycrush: “Belly Empty” (single) [listen]

Jason Collett (of Broken Social Scene): Head Full of Water [listen]

John Mellencamp: Scarecrow (Deluxe) [listen]

The Lone Bellow: Love Songs for Losers [listen]

Phoenix: Alpha Zulu [listen]

PJ Harvey: B-Sides, Demos and Rarities [listen]

The Pretty Reckless: Other Worlds [listen]

Rayland Baxter: If I Were A Butterfly [listen]

Ryan Adams: Devolver [listen]

Spoon: Lucifer on the Moon [listen]

William Fitzsimmons: Covers, Vol. 1 [listen]


These albums are coming soon



Bruce Springsteen: Only the Strong Survive • Fitz and The Tantrums: Let Yourself Free • Groove Armada: GA25 • Guns N’ Roses: Use Your Illusion I & II (Box Set)Larkin Poe: Blood Harmony • Phantogram: Eyelid Movies (Expanded Edition)Sharon Van Etten: We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong (Deluxe Edition) • Smut: How the Light Felt • Warhaus: Ha Ha Heartbreak


The Smashing Pumpkins: ATUM – Act 1


The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Los Angeles Forum: April 26, 1969 • Mandrake Handshake: The Triple Point of Water EP • Neil Young & Crazy Horse: World Record • Queen: The Miracle Collector’s Edition • Röyksopp: Profound Mysteries III • Vince Guaraldi: Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus (Deluxe Edition)Weyes Blood: And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow • Willie Nelson: Live at Budokan


Alex Chilton: Live In London (Encore Edition) • David Bowie: Divine SymmetryDavid Crosby & The Lighthouse Band: Live at the Capitol TheatreThe Doors: Paris BluesThe Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (20th Anniversary Edition) • Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band: Live at the Greek Theater 2019Sigur Rós: ( ) 20th Anniversary Reissue (Physical Release) • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Live at the Fillmore (1997) • Type O Negative: Dead Again (Reissue)


Musical happenings of historical significance



Birthdays: Mary Travers (1937) • Johnny Rivers (1942) • Joni Mitchell (1943) • David Guetta (1967) • Robin Finck (1971) • Lorde (1996) • Leonard Cohen died at the age of 82 at his home in Los Angeles. (2016)


Birthdays: Bonnie Bramlett (1944) • Minnie Riperton (1947) • Bonnie Raitt (1949) • Rickie Lee Jones (1954) • Porl Thompson of The Cure (1957) • Jack Osbourne (1985) • Former Smiths frontman Morrissey stopped a concert halfway through his second song after being hit by a beer bottle. The singer was hit in the eye by a bottle of beer, said goodnight to the 8,000 strong crowd in Liverpool, England before walking off. (2009)


Birthdays: Tom Fogerty (1941) • Phil May of Pretty Things (1944) • John Lennon met Yoko Ono for the first time when he visited her art exhibition 'Unfinished Paintings and Objects' at the Indica Gallery in London. (1966) • The first issue of Rolling Stone Magazine was published in San Francisco. It featured a photo of John Lennon on the cover, dressed in army fatigues while acting in his recent film, How I Won the War and the first issue had a free roach clip to hold marijuana joints. (1967)


Birthdays: Greg Lake of ELP (1948) • Chris Joyce of Simply Red (1957) • Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World (1975) • Patti Smith released her debut studio album Horses. (1975) • Allen Toussaint died, aged 77, while on tour in Madrid, Spain. (2015)


Birthdays: Mose Allison (1927) • Andy Partridge of XTC (1953) • Mike Mesaros of The Smithereens (1957) • Jon Batiste (1986) • The Allman Brothers Band bass player Berry Oakley was killed when his motorcycle hit a bus at the same intersection as former band member Duane Allman, who had died a year earlier. Oakley was 24 years old. (1972)


Birthdays: Booker T. Jones (1944) • Neil Young (1945) • Vic Chesnutt (1964) • The three living former Beatles met for the last time at George Harrison's hotel in New York City for lunch. Harrison died two weeks later at a friend's home in Los Angeles on 29 November 2001, aged 58. (2001) • Mitch Mitchell, British drummer with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, was found dead in his U.S. hotel room aged 61. (2008)


Birthdays: John Hammond Jr. (1942) • Eagles of Death Metal were in the midst of performing a sold-out show at Le Bataclan in Paris, France, when the venue was attacked by terrorists armed with automatic rifles, grenades, and explosive suicide vests. The band escaped unharmed through a backstage door, but 89 audience members were killed, including the band's merchandise manager, Nick Alexander. (2015)

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