Zappagram #69: Lahaina needs our help

Zappagram #69: Lahaina needs our help

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Featuring: Boxplot & Honeycrush, Robbie Robertson, The Band, The Eagles, ‘Til Tuesday, Lone Justice, Wolf & Moon, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Allison Russell, Harry McNally & Buzzy Lee, Velocihamster, Ike Brand, The Hives


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Robbie Robertson, Master Storyteller Who Led the Band, Dead at 80
The Band's guitarist and primary songwriter collaborated with Bob Dylan and penned "The Weight," "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," and "Up on Cripple Creek," among other classics [RollingStone]

Mick Fleetwood Loses Hawaii Restaurant to Destructive Wildfires on Maui
The Fleetwood Mac drummer and co-founder shared that his restaurant, Fleetwood’s on Front Street, is one of the buildings that has burned down [RollingStone]

Jason Isbell Is Reissuing His Breakthrough ‘Southeastern’ With New Album Cover, Demos
The Deluxe Edition package, due out this fall, includes scans of the singer-songwriter's handwritten lyrics, a live album, and the remastered original LP [RollingStone]

Steely Dan’s Aja Remastered From Analog Tapes for New Vinyl Reissue
It is the latest in a series of Steely Dan reissues, all remastered by Bernie Grundman. [Pitchfork]

Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On Set for Reissue With Unreleased Songs
The 50th anniversary reissue comes with several unheard recordings including a 1973 version of the ballads album Vulnerable [Pitchfork]

Nathaniel Rateliff Announces 2023 Solo Tour Dates
On Monday, August 7th, he announced that his “And It’s Still Alright Tour” — originally scheduled for 2020, but then canceled — is back on [Consequence]

Beach Fossils Announce Fall 2023 North American Tour
They’ll hit the road in October and November after opening for Post Malone this month [Pitchfork]

Beyoncé’s Tour Rider Includes Brand-New Toilet Seats at Each Venue
No detail goes overlooked when it comes to the “Renaissance World Tour,” even the bathrooms Beyoncé uses backstage [Consequence]

Truck Carrying Metallica Gear to Montreal Involved in Major Accident
While the wreckage was significant, it appears there were no major injuries and that the band’s Friday (August 11th) and Sunday (August 13th) concerts in Montreal will go on as planned [Consequence]

Taylor Swift Announces New Re-Recorded Album 1989 (Taylor’s Version)
“The 5 From The Vault tracks are so insane,” she says. “I can’t believe they were ever left behind” [Pitchfork]

Taylor Swift Leads MTV VMAs Field With Eight Nominations
Trophies will be handed out Sept. 12 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey [Spin]

YouTube celebrate 50 years of hip-hop with FIFTY DEEP campaign
The campaign kicks off this Friday on the day many cite hip-hop started [NME]

Sex Pistols artist and punk legend Jamie Reid dies aged 76
Reid created iconic artwork for 'God Save The Queen' and other staples of British punk [NME]



This week, I’m asking everyone to please consider making a donation to those so tragically affected by the Maui wildfires. You can make a donation via the American Red Cross, The Hawai'i Community Foundation, Maui United Way, or the Maui Food Bank.

Paradise Lost: Lahaina and The Last Resort

Chris Zappa • Aug 14, 2023

When I was young, years before I knew where Lahaina was, and decades before I’d meet my wife of Hawaiian descent, I fell in love with a song by The Eagles called “The Last Resort.” In a nutshell, my interpretation of this swelling ballad is that it depicts the metaphorical human search for paradise, and contrasts it against the harsh reality that any such utopia, once discovered, straight away becomes debased and corrupted by the avarice and hubris of man.

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Liam Gallagher: Knebworth 22 [listen]
Neil Young: Chrome Dreams [listen]
Raye Zaragoza: Hold That Spirit [listen]
The Hives: The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons [listen]
Wolf & Moon: To Get Lost [listen]



- 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

- SEP 1 -

Pretenders: Relentless
Slowdive: Everything Is Alive
Speedy Ortiz: Rabbit Rabbit



- AUG 14 -

Birthday: David Crosby (1941) • Tanya Donelly of Throwing Muses (1966) • Foo Fighters made their network television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman when they performed their new single “This Is A Call.” (1995)

- AUG 15 -

Birthdays: Jimmy Webb (1946) • Tom Johnston of The Doobie Brothers (1948) • Lennon and McCartney drove from Liverpool to Skegness, to ask Ringo Starr to join the Beatles. (1962) • Woodstock Festival was held on Max Yasgur's 600-acre farm in Bethel outside New York. (1969) • Paul Simon played a free concert in New York's Central Park before an audience of 750k people. (1991)

- AUG 16 -

Birthdays: Scott Asheton of The Stooges (1949) • Madonna (1958) • Emily Robison of The Chicks (1972) • Vanessa Carlton (1980) • Elvis was found dead in the bathroom of his Graceland mansion in Memphis. (1977) • Paul Simon married Carrie Fisher. (1983) • Aretha Franklin died in Detroit at the age of 76. (2018)

- AUG 17 -

Birthdays: Belinda Carlisle (1958) • Maria Mckee (1964) • Nirvana shot the video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” at GMT Studios in Culver City, California. (1991) • Jackson Browne sued John McCain for his unauthorized use of “Running on Empty.” (2008)

- AUG 18 -

Birthdays: Greg Leisz (1949) • Marvin Isley (1953) • Régine Chassagne of Arcade Fire (1977) • Frances Bean Cobain (1992) • Two Missouri girls were killed and a third critically injured when a car being driven by an 18-year-old Memphis teen swerved into a crowd of over 2,000 mourners standing in front of Graceland at about 4am. The driver was charged with drunk driving, leaving the scene of an accident, and two counts of 2nd degree murder. (1977)

- AUG 19 -

Birthdays: Ginger Baker of Cream (1939) • Johnny Nash (1940) • John Deacon of Queen (1951) • Saxophonist LeRoi Moore, a founding member of the Dave Matthews Band, died aged 46. (2008)

- AUG 20 -

Birthdays: Isaac Hayes (1942) • Robert Plant (1948) • Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy (1949) • John Hiatt (1952) • Michael Shuman of Queens of the Stone Age (1985) • American keyboard player and bassist Larry Knechtel died at the age of 69 of an apparent heart attack. He is best known as a member of the Wrecking Crew who worked with such artists as Simon And Garfunkel, Duane Eddy, The Beach Boys, The Doors, Jerry Garcia, Elvis Presley, and as a member of the 1970s band Bread. (2009)

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