Zappagram #4

Catch the B-52's farewell tour, The Doors + The Temptations = funky mashup, 3 things to look for in a new turntable

Zappagram #4

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Hey everyone,

Can you believe it’s already May? Spring has sprung and, as usual, lots is happening in the world of music.

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Let’s dive in!

“That’s one of the great things about music: You can sing a song to 85,000 people, and they’ll sing it back for 85,000 different reasons.” ― Dave Grohl

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Music News

The latest happenings in the world of music


The B-52’s are busy once again, reuniting one last time for what they’re calling their farewell tour, and preparing for the 2023 release of a yet-untitled documentary executive produced by Fred Armisen. [via Stereogum]

Naomi Judd, the singer and television actress best known as the matriarch of country music duo the Judds, died on Saturday (April 30). She was 76 years old. [via Tennessean]

Paul McCartney blew the minds of concert attendees last week when he performed a duet with John Lennon on the 1970 Let It Be classic “I’ve Got a Feeling” by screening footage from the Beatles’ legendary 1969 rooftop gig atop the band’s Apple Corps HQ in London. Unlike other acts who’ve performed with deceased bandmates via hologram or other digital trickery, fan-shot video of the get back between the two felt downright heartwarming. [via Billboard]

T Bone Burnett unveiled a new analog audio format that he’s calling “the pinnacle of recorded sound.” Ionic Original is a one-of-a-kind disc that apparently surpasses the sonic fidelity of existing formats like vinyl, CD, or streaming. “An Ionic Original is the pinnacle of recorded sound,” Burnett said in a statement. “It is archival quality. It is future-proof.” [via AnalogPlanet]

A career-spanning documentary on ambient god Brian Eno is currently in the works and is slated for release sometime in 2023. [via Variety]

Willie Nelson celebrated his birthday on April 29th. Rolling Stone wished him a happy birthday on Instagram, except there was one problem—they wished him a happy 90th birthday, but Willie just turned 89. Singer Margo Price commented and said “y’all, 89” after which they corrected their mistake. Happy 89th Willie! [via Instagram]

Heavy Rotation

Great music, new and old, getting lots of spins



Faye Webster: Car Therapy Sessions [listen]


Karen Elson: Green [listen]


El Vy: Return To The Moon [listen]


Ryan Adams: “Take It Back” [listen]


The Smile: “Free In The Knowledge” [listen]


Leonard Cohen: “The Future” [listen]

Video Spotlight

See it to believe it


Who doesn’t love a good mashup? This one deftly mixes The Doors’ “Break on Through (To the Other Side)” with The Temptations’ “Shakey Ground” into a strange, yet funky combo that does not disappoint.  [via YouTube]

New Releases

These albums have recently dropped


- APRIL 29 -

Faye Webster
Car Therapy Sessions [listen]

Bloc Party
Alpha Games [listen]

Karen Elson
Green [listen]

Parov Stelar
Moonlight Love Affair [listen]

Profound Mysteries [listen]

Skylar Grey
Skylar Grey [listen]

The Head And The Heart
Every Shade of Blue [listen]

Upcoming Releases

These albums are coming soon


- 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

Sage Motel

The Smile
A Light For Attracting Attention

- MAY 20 -

Delta Spirit
One Is One

- MAY 27 -

Liam Gallagher

Cruel Country

On the Horizon

Upcoming albums with no release date yet


Smashing Pumpkins Butthole Surfers The Cure Lana Del Rey Todd Rundgren

Tour Dates

The latest tour announcements


Aimee MannB-52’sCaampLocal NativesLollapaloozaRed Hot Chili PeppersSpoonStevie NicksTears For Fears

On This Date

Musical happenings of historical significance


April 26

Out on a day's shopping, Rod Stewart is robbed by a gunman of his $50k Porsche on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. (1982) ♯ Chris Mars, drummer for The Replacements, is born. (1961)

April 27

Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament is the victim of a robbery outside Southern Tracks Recording studios in Atlanta, where the band was recording. (2009) ♯ Kate Pierson of the B-52’s is born. (1948) ♯ Paul “Ace” Frehley of KISS is born. (1951)

April 28

Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth is born. (1953) ♯ Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band appear at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, the first time a rock band played the Opry since The Byrds in 1968. (1976)

April 29

Willie Nelson is born. (1933) ♯ After a gig in Memphis, Bruce Springsteen takes a cab to Elvis Presley's Graceland home and proceeds to climb over the wall. A security guard apprehends him. (1976)

April 30

Justin Vernon, frontman of Bon Iver, is born. (1981) ♯ American Blues legend Muddy Waters dies in his sleep at his home in Illinois, aged 68. (1983)

May 1

D'arcy Wretsky-Brown, bassist for Smashing Pumpkins, is born. (1968) ♯ Elton John becomes the first Western musician to perform in Israel. (1979)

May 2

Native American guitarist Link Wray is born. (1929) ♯ A security guard alerts police after a man wearing a wig, fake mustache, and false teeth walks into a Zales jewelry store in Simi Valley, California. Police arrived and detain the man, who turns out to be Michael Jackson wearing a disguise. (1989)

Off Topic

May or may not be music-related



Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush sit down for an interview in Toronto for House Of Strombo, to discuss Moving Pictures, the loss of Neil Peart, grieving in public, their new perspective on time, the music industry today, being booed off-stage, getting high before rehearsals, Taylor Hawkins, and more. [via YouTube]


Pitchfork compiled what they’re calling the 20 best punk movies, ranging from documentary to fiction. Have you seen any of these? Did they leave out a good doc or film they should have included? [via Pitchfork]


Apparently, Elon Musk might start charging third-party websites to embed tweets from verified Twitter accounts. Hey, whatever man, I just want my Twitter account back. [via Consequence]


If you’re in the market for a record player, this TikTok covers three things to look for in a turntable. [via TikTok]


Question of the week


Have you ever met a famous musician? Leave a response and let me know who it was, how it happened, and what they were like!

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I hope your week rocks!

Peace and love,
CZ 🤘🏻