Zappagram #65: I'll stir fry you in my wok

Zappagram #65: I'll stir fry you in my wok

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Featuring: He’s Not Your Kind, Bluhm, Marc Scibilia, Golden Blue, David Gray, Dan Auerbach, Bird and Byron, Omar Velasco, CVC, Twiinspeak, PJ Harvey, Tycho, The Angry Lisas


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Taylor Swift Dodges Friendship Bracelets Thrown at Her in Kansas City
The star was seen lifting her arms up as she exited the stage, dodging a handful of bracelets [Billboard]

Jack White Calls Out “Disgusting” Joe Rogan, Guy Fieri, Mark Wahlberg, & Mel Gibson Over Donald Trump Photos
White often uses his Instagram page for political statements. In the past year, he’s spoken up about gun control laws, abortion rights, and free speech [Stereogum]

Ozzy Osbourne Pulls Out of Power Trip Festival for Health Reasons
The rock musician continues to limit his live performances as he experiences pain from a spine injury [Pitchfork]

Noel Gallagher Show Evacuated Over Bomb Threat, Investigation Underway
Police evacuated the Saratoga Performing Arts Center over the weekend before Gallagher could take the stage with the High Flying Birds [Pitchfork]

Porno for Pyros Announce First Tour in 25 Years
The 21-date outing launches in October [Consequence]

Depeche Mode Announce 2024 Tour Dates
In support of their latest album, Memento Mori [Consequence]

Neil Young, Willie Nelson, and John Mellencamp Announce Farm Aid 2023
Dave Matthews, Bob Weir, Margo Price, Allison Russell, and Nathaniel Rateliff will also play the charity concert [Consequence]

Handwritten Will Found in Aretha Franklin’s Couch Is Valid, Jury Rules
Multiple handwritten documents were found in the singer's home after her death [Consequence]

Beastie Boys to Go Intergalactic Once More With ‘Hello Nasty’ Reissue
The legendary hip-hop outfit will bring back a long out-of-print vinyl box set to celebrate the LP's 25th anniversary [RollingStone]

Tom Waits Reissuing His Studio Albums From 1983 to 1993
Swordfishtrombones, Rain Dogs, Franks Wild Years, Bone Machine, and The Black Rider were all remastered from their original tapes [Pitchfork]

Andrew Bird Announces New Album Outside Problems
The follow-up to last year’s Inside Problems is out next week [Pitchfork]

Kathleen Hanna to Tell Life Story in ‘Rebel Girl’ Memoir
The Bikini Kill frontwoman plans spring release for autobiography that includes passages on her bandmates, Kurt Cobain, and others [RollingStone]



My friends Claire and John of the Detroit-based band Bluhm have been working on new music and have a full-length album planned for release later this year. Here is a beautiful live performance of their dreamy song “Like You Did Before” recorded at DogTown Studio. Also, if you’ve not done so already, be sure to check out our interview in which we talk about the dreamy music they make, what inspires them, and the ever-evolving Detroit music scene they are an integral part of.



Bluhm: “I’m Not Okay” (single) [listen]
He’s Not Your Kind: Cambria [listen]



- JUL 21 -

Andrew Bird: Outside Problems
Bloc Party: The High Life EP
Blur: The Ballad of Darren
Greta Van Fleet: Starcatcher
Guided By Voices: Welshpool Frillies
Nils Lofgren: Mountains

- JUL 28 -

Aphex Twin: Blackbox Life Recorder 21f / in a room7 F760 EP
Bethany Cosentino: Natural Disaster
Brad: In the Moment That You’re Born
Darlingside: Everything Is Alive
Joni Mitchell: Joni Mitchell at Newport
Madeline Kenney: A New Reality Mind
Stevie Nicks: Complete Studio Albums & Rarities
SUSTO: My Entire Life

- AUG 11 -

Liam Gallagher: Knebworth 22
Neil Young: Chrome Dreams
The Hives: The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons

- AUG 18 -

Aerosmith: Greatest Hits
Cautious Clay: KARPEH
Grace Potter: Mother Road
Gregory Alan Isakov: Appaloosa Bones
Hozier: Unreal Unearth
Jon Batiste: World Music Radio
Sonic Youth: Live in Brooklyn 2011
Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense (Deluxe Edition)

- AUG 25 -

Cindy Wilson: Realms
Grandaddy: Sumday: Excess Baggage
Hiss Golden Messenger: Jump For Joy
Hüsker Dü: Tonite Longhorn



- JUL 17 -

Birthdays: Spencer Davis (1941) • Ron Asheton of The Stooges (1948) • Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath (1949) • Lou Barlow of Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, and The Folk Implosion (1966) • Billie Holiday died in a New York City hospital from cirrhosis of the liver after years of alcohol abuse, aged 43. (1959) • John Coltrane died from liver cancer at Huntington Hospital in Long Island, New York, aged 40. (1967) • Chas Chandler died aged 57 at Newcastle General Hospital, England, where he was undergoing tests related to an aortic aneurysm. (1996)

- JUL 18 -

Birthdays: Screamin' Jay Hawkins (1929) • Lonnie Mack (1941) • The first ever Lollapalooza tour was held at Compton Terrace, Phoenix, featuring Living Colour, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Jane's Addiction, Nine Inch Nails, Henry Rollins Band, and Butthole Surfers. (1991)

- JUL 19 -

Birthdays: Bernie Leadon & Brian May (1947) • Ellie Rowsell of Wolf Alice (1992) • Residents of Washington, Connecticut formed a “Roll the Stones Out of Town” action group after they were unhappy with The Rolling Stones and their entourage setting up in the town for rehearsals for their forthcoming tour. (1989)

- JUL 20 -

Birthdays: Carlos Santana (1947) • Chris Cornell (1964) • Stone Gossard (1966) • Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band played the opening night on their Born To Run Tour at The Palace Theatre, Providence, Rhode Island. (1975) • Jackson Browne settled his lawsuit against US Senator John McCain and the Republican Party after his 1977 hit 'Running On Empty' was used without permission in a 2008 McCain presidential campaign ad. (2009)

- JUL 21 -

Birthday: Cat Stevens (1948) • Jim Martin of Faith No More (1961) • Guns n’ Roses released their debut album Appetite For Destruction. (1987) • A performance of Roger Waters' The Wall took place at the Berlin Wall to commemorate the fall of the wall eight months earlier. (1990)

- JUL 22 -

Birthdays: George Clinton (1941) • Rick Davies of Supertramp (1944) • Don Henley (1947) • Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls (1963) • Rufus Wainwright (1973) • John Lennon and Yoko Ono spent the second day filming the Imagine promotional film at their home in Tittenhurst Park, Ascot, England. The day’s footage included the morning walk on the grounds though the mist and Lennon singing “Imagine” in the white room on his white piano. (1971)

- JUL 23 -

Birthdays: Martin Gore of Depeche Mode (1961) • Slash (1965) • Alison Krauss (1971) • Fran Healy of Scottish rock band Travis (1973) • The International Astronomical Union named an asteroid orbiting between Mars and Jupiter after Frank Zappa who died the previous December. (1994) • Amy Winehouse was found dead at her north London home at the age of 27. (2011)

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