Zappagram #58: There is a light that never goes out

Zappagram #58: There is a light that never goes out

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Smiths Bassist Andy Rourke Dies at 59 After Battle With Cancer
The band’s guitarist, Johnny Marr, confirmed the news on Twitter this morning [RollingStone]

Pete Brown, Co-Writer of Cream Classics, Dead at 82
The British poet-turned-singer wrote lyrics for band's "Sunshine of Your Love," "White Room," "Politician" and more [RollingStone]

Blur Announce New Album The Ballad of Darren, Share New Song “The Narcissist”
It’s the band’s first full-length in eight years [Pitchfork]

Liz Phair Performing Exile In Guyville In Full On 30th Anniversary Tour
Full-band trek begins Nov. 7 in El Cajon, California [Spin]

Foo Fighters Reveal New Drummer Josh Freese, Taylor Hawkins’ Successor
Following the death of Hawkins in 2022, the prolific session percussionist made his debut with the band during a livestream event [Pitchfork]

Spoon Announce New ‘Memory Dust’ EP
Coming June 13th, the EP is comprised of songs they first wrote during the recording sessions for Lucifer On The Sofa [Consequence]

Lana Del Rey Shares Previously Unreleased “Say Yes To Heaven” After Success As Sped-Up TikTok Sound
Originally recorded in November 2013, the song was intended to be included on 2014’s Ultraviolence but was cut [Stereogum]

Hozier’s First Album In Four Years Will Arrive In August
Unreal Unearth includes the pre-release hit ‘Eat Your Young’ [Spin]

Gordon Lightfoot’s Final Album Announced
At Royal Albert Hall, recorded live in 2016, features performances of the Canadian legend’s most beloved songs [Pitchfork]

Jay-Z and Beyoncé Purchase the Most Expensive Home in California History
The 30,000-square foot home in Malibu for a record-breaking price tag of $200 million [Consequence]

Courtney Love Accused of “Grabbing Journalist’s Crotch” Without Consent
Frank Elaridi alleged that the incident took place six years ago [Stereogum]

Supreme Court Rules Against Andy Warhol Estate in Prince Portrait Copyright Case
The Andy Warhol Foundation was sued by photographer Lynn Goldsmith over an illustration of Prince based on her work [Pitchfork]

Indigo Girls Announce 2023 Tour Dates
The folk icons have announced an extensive run of tour dates, taking them through North America and Europe through summer 2023 [Consequence]

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Smiths Bassist Andy Rourke Was a Light That Will Never Go Out
His playing was the most underrated element in the band’s sound — and a big reason you won’t forget the songs that made you cry [RollingStone]

The Woes of Being Addicted to Streaming Services
After a decade under the influence of music algorithms, a look at what streaming services afford the most engaged fans and what lingers below the surface [Pitchfork]

Post Malone Helped a Fan Buy a Home After Meeting at a Bar
Post Malone has continued to cement his reputation as a friendly guy by donating towards a deposit for a Scottish singer and fan who he met at a bar last weekend to buy a home [Consequence]

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+ With the end of MTV News' 36-year run, three of its most iconic anchors look back at their time bringing news to a generation, from covering Kurt Cobain's death to interviewing Tupac Shakur and much more in “MTV News Confidential: Kurt Loder, Tabitha Soren, and John Norris Tell All”

+ Hosted by Namila Benson, Art Works is a weekly half-hour arts show sharing the most inspiring, surprising, and formative ways that Australian creatives are telling our stories today. This doc showcases Nick Cave & Warren Ellis performing live at Hanging Rock.

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Dave Matthews Band: Walk Around the Moon [listen]
Graham Nash: Now [listen]
Lewis Capaldi: Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent [listen]
Paul Simon: Seven Psalms [listen]
Raul Malo: Say Less [listen]
Sufjan Stevens, Timo Andres & Conor Hanick: Reflections [listen]

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- MAY 26 -

Arlo Parks: My Soft Machine
The Exploding Hearts: Guitar Romantic
Simply Red: Time
Sparks: The Girl Is Crying in Her Latte

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Khruangbin: Live at Stubb’s

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Ben Folds: What Matters Most
Ben Harper: Wide Open Light
Bob Dylan: Shadow Kingdom
Cowboy Junkies: Such Ferocious Beauty
Foo Fighters: But Here We Are
Half Moon Run: Salt
John Mellencamp: Orpheus Descending
Louise Post (of Veruca Salt): Sleepwalker
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats: What If I EP
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds: Council Skies
Rancid: Tomorrow Never Comes
Rufus Wainwright: Folkocracy

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The Boo Radleys: Eight
Christine and the Queens: Paranoia, Angels, True Love
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit: Weathervanes
Jenny Lewis: Joy’All
Love and Rockets: My Sweet Twin
My Morning Jacket: MMJ Live Vol. 3: Bonnaroo 2004
Youth Lagoon: Heaven Is a Junkyard

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Balmorhea: Pendant World
Drive-By Truckers: The Complete Dirty South
The Flaming Lips: Hypnotist EP
Hand Habits: Sugar the Bruise EP
Mötörhead: Live At The Montreux Jazz Festival ’07
Queens Of The Stone Age: In Times New Roman…
Son Volt: Day of the Doug
The Teskey Brothers: The Winding Way

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- MAY 22 -

Elton John's long-time songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin, was born in Lincolnshire, England. (1950) ♯ Morrissey was born in Manchester, England. (1959) ♯ The Beatles went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Ticket To Ride.” (1965) ♯ White Stripes drummer Meg White married Jackson Smith at ex-husband and bandmate Jack White's Nashville home. (2009)

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Robert Moog, inventor of the synthesizer, was born in Asheville, North Carolina. (1934) ♯ Radiohead drummer, Phil Selway, was born in Oxfordshire, England. (1967) ♯ Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kicked off their 117-show Darkness Tour in Buffalo, New York. (1978)

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Bob Dylan was born in Duluth, Minnesota (1941) • Cynthia Dorothy Albritton, a.k.a. Cynthia ‘Plaster’ Caster was born in Chicago, Illinois (1947) • David Bowie released his eighth studio album, Diamond Dogs. (1974)

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Paul Weller was born in England (1958) • Jay Bennett, a former member of Wilco, who was suing the band over a royalties claim, died at his home in Illinois at the age of 45. (2009)

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Miles Davis was born in Alton, Illinois (1926) • Levon Helm was born in Elaine, Arkansas (1940) • Mick Ronson was born in England (1946) • Stevie Nicks was born in Phoenix, Arizona (1946) • Lenny Kravitz was born in NYC (1964) • Lauryn Hill was born in Newark, New Jersey (1975) • The Beatles recorded “Yellow Submarine” at Abbey Road studios in London. (1966) • John and Yoko began an eight-day “bed in” in room 1742 of The Hotel La Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Canada, to promote world peace. (1969) • Depeche Mode keyboardist Andy Fletcher died age 60. (2022)

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Siouxsie Sioux was born in London (1957) • Neil Finn was born in New Zealand (1958) • André Benjamin a.k.a. André 3000 was born in Atlanta (1975) • The Sex Pistols single “God Save The Queen” was released in the UK. (1977) • Gregg Allman, founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, died at the age of 69 at his home in Savannah, Georgia. (2017)

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T-Bone Walker was born in Linden, Texas (1910) • John Fogerty was born in Berkeley, California (1945) • Wendy O. Williams was born in Webster, New York (1949) • Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull were arrested at their London home and charged with possession of cannabis. They were later released on £50 ($85) bail. (1969)

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