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Hey everyone,

I hope you enjoyed the first Zappacast episode last week. It was a lot of fun to record despite the 300 different takes I did to get something I was remotely satisfied with. I might have to release a blooper reel someday.

As always, there is a ton of music news to cover this week, so without further adieu…

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

It’s time to drive it like we stole it.

“Minds are the real estate of the 21st century.”
—Chuck D

ROCK THE VOTE

:: MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD

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WEEKLY PLAYLIST #46

:: NEW MUSIC EVERY WEEK

Featuring: Jenny O., Danielle Ponder, Victoria Bigelow, Son Little, Free Whenever, Blondshell, The Magnetic Fields, Oracle Sisters, Daydream Twins, Inhaler, Bodywash, Fruit Bats, Terry Callier, Velocihamster

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MASTER PLAYLIST (ALL WEEKS)

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MUSIC NEWS

:: WHAT’S GOING ON

Daft Punk Announce New Random Access Memories Reissue With Unreleased Music
The expanded 10th-anniversary reissue is due out May 12. [Pitchfork]

Hozier Announces New EP Eat Your Young
Irish-born songwriter Hozier announced a new EP, Eat Your Young, which is set to drop this spring on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day and his birthday. [AmericanSongwriter]

Flea Announces New Podcast This Little Light
The show will see the longtime Chili Peppers bassist excavating some of his most notable early musical memories with a who’s-who of guests; Rick Rubin, Thundercat, Patti Smith, and Margo Price are all confirmed to appear on upcoming episodes. [Consequence]

Lana Del Rey’s Dad, an ‘Accidental Musician,’ Announces Debut Album ‘Lost at Sea’
Rob Grant's daughter is featured on two of the album's songs. "I mean let’s get real," Del Rey wrote on Instagram. "He’s always been the star." [RollingStone]

Madison McFerrin Announces New Album and Tour, Shares Video for New Song
“(Please Don’t) Leave Me Now” is the new single from the musician’s debut album, I Hope You Can Forgive Me, which is due out May 12. You can listen to the song here on your streaming service of choice, or watch the video here.  [Pitchfork]

King Gizzard Cancel Bluesfest Appearance In Protest Against Sticky Fingers Booking
The band canceled their appearance at Bluesfest after the festival booked Australian group Sticky Fingers who had gone on hiatus in 2016 after leader Dylan Frost was accused of threatening Indigenous musician Thelma Plum. He was also allegedly ejected from a pub after trying to fight a transgender woman. [Stereogum]

Rihanna to Perform “Lift Me Up” at 2023 Oscars
The Black Panther: Wakanda Forever single got nominated for the 2023 Academy Award for Best Original Song. [Pitchfork]

Feist Announces 2023 North American Tour
Feist has mapped out a North American tour in support of her newly announced album, Multitudes. [Consequence]

Peter Murphy to Lead David Bowie Tribute Tour
The 2023 version of "Celebrating David Bowie" also features Adrian Belew, A Perfect Circle's Matt McJunkins, and Spacehog's Royston Langdon. The string of U.S. dates run from early April through mid-May. [Consequence]

David Bowie’s Archive Acquired by London’s V&A Museum
From Major Tom to Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane, the many faces and inspirations of David Bowie are getting a permanent home in London.  Britain’s Victoria & Albert Museum has acquired Bowie’s archive of more than 80,000 items as a gift from the late musician’s estate. The David Bowie Center for the Study of Performing Arts opens in 2025. [Billboard]

Ticketmaster Takes Aim at Resale Sites, Scalpers with ‘Fair Ticketing Act’ Proposal
Live Nation pushed for new ticketing laws a day after senators called for the DOJ to continue its reported investigation on the company. [RollingStone]

SZA’s SOS Makes History as It Spends Ninth Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200
It’s the first album from a female artist in seven years to spend at least nine nonconsecutive weeks atop the charts. [Pitchfork]

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit Announce New Album Weathervanes
The album is set for release June 9th and the band is already on a massive tour of North America beginning Mar 1st through mid-August. [Consequence]

The Rolling Stones Reportedly Prepping New Album Featuring Paul McCartney And Ringo Starr
McCartney has already recorded bass parts for a forthcoming Stones project, which is also apparently being worked on by super producer Andrew Watt. Sessions have already started taking place in Los Angeles. [Stereogum]

Garth Brooks Details Duets Album
An album of duets are confirmed for late 2023 release. [AmericanSongwriter]

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ ‘Push The Sky Away’ At 10
On 17th February 2013 Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds released their fifteenth album ‘Push The Sky Away’, it sparked a radical evolution of the band’s sound that would develop into an ongoing trilogy. [ClashMusic]

Smithsonian Readying a New Robert Johnson Biography and a Trove of Unheard Field Recordings
The releases are the first based on material from the collection of storied folklorist Robert “Mack” McCormick. [RollingStone]

Billboard Explains: The Origins of Hip-Hop
The latest episode of Billboard Explains dives into hip-hop, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. [Billboard]

Florence Welch’s Great Gatsby Musical Set to Premiere in 2024
Florence Welch’s Broadway-bound musical adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby is ready to make its theatrical stage debut next year at American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass. [Consequence]

‘Top Gun’ Songwriter of “Danger Zone,” “Take My Breath Away,” Tom Whitlock, Dies at 68
Tom Whitlock, the Oscar-winning songwriter who co-wrote the lyrics for “Danger Zone” and “Take My Breath Away” for the 1986 film Top Gun, died at 68. [AmericanSongwriter]

Richard Belzer, Extraordinarily Smart-Ass as a Comic and a TV Cop, Dies at 78
The stand-up legend and actor played Det. John Munch on 'Law and Order: SVU' and eight other shows. [HollywoodReporter]

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Z-REX

:: ZAPPA’S RECOMMENDATIONS

+ Clayton Purdom, writing for Rolling Stone, has a great review of the new Gorillaz album Cracker Island.

+ My friend, Keith Jopling runs a brilliant podcast/website The Art of Longevity where he just published a new white paper: “Crossing The Rubicon: Creative and Commercial Longevity in the Music Business” in which he takes a look at 25 different artist case studies using data and insights from interviews with those artists to literally map the highs and lows of their careers. (Artists include Suede, Norah Jones, KT Tunstall, Tears for Fears, Gary Numan, Los Lobos, Death Cab For Cutie, Calexico, Interpol, Spoon, and many more.) It’s a fascinating look at real-world data illustrating the longevity of these accomplished artists.

+ David Letterman landed the best possible tour guides for his first visit to Dublin. Captured in an upcoming documentary special, titled Bono & The Edge: A Sort of Homecoming, with Dave Letterman, the interview maestro gets to see the view of the city from U2’s Bono and the Edge – and what better place to dig into the songs they’ve written over the course of decades.

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NEW RELEASES

:: RECENTLY DROPPED MUSIC

Algiers: Shook [listen]
Death Valley Girls: Islands in the Sky [listen]
Gorillaz: Cracker Island [listen]
Gracie Abrams: Good Riddance [listen]
Philip Selway: Strange Dance [listen]
The Church: The Hypnogogue [listen]

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RELEASE RADAR

:: UPCOMING RELEASES

- MAR 3 -

Elvis Costello: The Songs of Bacharach & Costello
LANNDS: Music for the Future
Slowthai: Ugly
Willie Nelson: I Don’t Know a Thing About Love

- MAR 10 -

Death Cab for Cutie: Asphalt Meadows Acoustic
Fever Ray: Radical Romantics
Lonnie Holley: Oh Me Oh My
Manchester Orchestra: The Valley Of Vision

- MAR 17 -

100 gecs: 10,000 gecs
Black Honey: A Fistful of Peaches
Hozier: Eat Your Young
M83: Fantasy
U2: Songs of Surrender
Unknown Mortal Orchestra: V

- MAR 24 -

Caroline Rose: The Art of Forgetting
Depeche Mode: Memento Mori
Elton John: Honky Château (50th Anniversary Edition)
Lana Del Rey: Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd
Nickel Creek: Celebrants
Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon (Live at Wembley 1974)
Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon (50th Anniversary)
Sharon Van Etten: Tramp (Anniversary Edition)

- MAR 31 -

Boygenius: The Record
Crazy Horse: All Roads Lead Home
The Hold Steady: The Price of Progress
The New Pornographers: Continue As a Guest

APR 7 -

Blondshell: Blondshell
Devon Gilfillian: Love You Anyway
Matthew Logan Vasquez: As All Get Out
Mudhoney: Plastic Eternity
Oracle Sisters: Hydranism
Thomas Bangalter: Mythologies

- APR 14 -

Feist: Multitudes
GoGo Penguin: Everything is Going To be OK
Metallica: 72 Seasons
Natalie Merchant: Keep Your Courage
The Tallest Man on Earth: Henry St.

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ON THIS DATE

:: MUSICAL HAPPENINGS OF HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE

- FEB 27 -

Birthdays: Neal Schon of Journey (69/1954) • Paul Humphreys of OMD (63/1960) • Josh Groban (42/1981) • James Brown was paroled after spending two years of a six-year prison sentence, imposed for resisting arrest after a car chase across two states. (1991)

- FEB 28 -

Birthdays: Brian Jones (1942) • Cindy Wilson of The B-52s (66/1957) • U2 released their third studio album, War. (1983)

- MAR 1 -

Birthdays: Glenn Miller (1904) • Harry Belafonte (1927) • Jerry Fisher of Blood Sweat & Tears (1942) • Roger Daltrey (79/1944) • Nik Kershaw (67/1958) • Pink Floyd released their eighth studio album, The Dark Side Of The Moon. (1973)

- MAR 2 -

Birthdays: Lou Reed (1942) • Rory Gallagher and Larry Carlton (1948) • Karen Carpenter (1950) • Jon Bon Jovi (61/1962) • Chris Martin (46/1977) • Dusty Springfield died after a long battle against cancer, aged 59. (1999) • Canadian guitarist/singer, Jeff Healey, died of cancer. (2008)

- MAR 3 -

Birthdays: Doc Watson (1923) • Robyn Hitchcock (1953) • Camila Cabello (26/1997) • Metallica released their third album, the highly influential album, Master of Puppets. (1986)

- MAR 4 -

Birthdays: Bobby Womack (1944) • Chris Squire of Yes (1948) • Chris Rea (1951) • Jason Newsted (60/1963) • Patrick Hannan, drummer of The Sundays (57/1966) • Evan Dando of The Lemonheads (56/1967) • Jeremiah Green of Modest Mouse (1977) • John Lennon's statement that The Beatles were “more popular than Jesus Christ” was published in The London Evening Standard. (1966)

- MAR 5 -

Birthdays: Mark E. Smith of The Fall (1957) • Identical twin brothers, Craig and Charlie Reid, of The Proclaimers (61/1962) • John Frusciante (53/1970) • Patsy Cline was killed in a plane crash near Camden, Tennessee. (1963) • John Belushi died from an overdose of cocaine and heroin. (1982)

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