Zappagram #72: Sweet sailing, JB

Zappagram #72: Sweet sailing, JB

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

This music newsletter ain’t gonna read itself.

You either have the magic or you don’t. There’s no way you can work up to it.
—Freddie Mercury





Featuring: Jimmy Buffett, Mad Honey, HOAX, Chandler Leighton, Twiinspeak, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Orions Belte, Slowdive, Proper Pet, Killing Joke, Peter Gabriel


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Jimmy Buffett, ‘Margaritaville’ Singer Who Turned Island Escapism Into an Empire, Dead at 76
The singer-songwriter behind "Fins," "Come Monday" and "Cheeseburger in Paradise" became a shrewd businessman while always radiating beach-friendly cool [RollingStone]

Steve Harwell, Smash Mouth Founding Singer, Dead at 56
"Walkin' on the Sun" and "All Star" vocalist announced his retirement in 2021 [RollingStone]

Burning Man Shut Down Due to Heavy Rain, Stranding Attendees
"Conserve food, water, and fuel, and shelter in a warm, safe space," organizers say after a half-inch of rainfall turns the Nevada desert into a muddy mess [RollingStone]

Metallica Postpone Arizona Show as ‘COVID Has Caught Up With’ James Hetfield
Singer struggled through vocal issues at previous Glendale show, resulting in shortened setlist [RollingStone]

Taylor Swift Announces Eras Tour Concert Film
Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour hits theaters on Oct. 13 [RollingStone]

Rolling Stones Announcing New Album On Wednesday
'Hackney Diamonds' is led by the single 'Angry,' which shares DNA with uptempo tracks such as 'Start Me Up' [Spin]

The Kills Announce New Album God Games
Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince return in October with their first new album since 2016 [Pitchfork]

Beirut Travels to Remote Norway and Returns With ‘Hadsel,’ First Album in 4 Years
Hear "So Many Plans" from indie-folk singer-songwriter Zach Condon's first LP since 2019's acclaimed Gallipoli [RollingStone]

Elton John ‘In Good Health’ After Brief Hospitalization Following Fall at Home
The 76-year-old musician was discharged Monday after being treated for minor injuries [RollingStone]

Florence Welch Reveals Recent ‘Emergency’ Surgery: ‘It Saved My Life’
Musician didn't offer any details, but said Florence and the Machine hoped to play the last two shows of their Dance Fever tour in early September [RollingStone]

The Birthday Party Documentary Mutiny in Heaven Gets New Teaser Video
The history of the Nick Cave band is chronicled in Ian White’s film [Pitchfork]

Tool’s Maynard James Keenan to Open New Scenic Arizona Winemaking Facility
The Tool singer has expanded his wine operations to the lavish complex in Cottonwood, Arizona [Consequence]

Pink Floyd Announce The Dark Side of the Moon (50th Anniversary Remaster)
Arriving just a week after Roger Waters' own reimagining of the album [Consequence]

Pearl Jam Kicks Off Fall 2023 Tour With Hits, Rarities
St. Paul, Mn., show opened with 'Indifference' for first time since 1994 [Spin]

Prince’s ‘Diamond & Pearls’ Getting Deluxe Reissue In October
Collection will feature a number of previously unheard rarities from the late artist's famed vault [Sprin]



Into the Abyss With Ethel Cain
One of the most intriguing rising artists in pop found her freedom by inventing dark, twisted stories — and she’s got lots more to come…

Please consider donating to those affected by the Maui wildfires. You can donate via the The Hawai'i Community Foundation, Maui United Way, or the Maui Food Bank.



Grandaddy: Sumday Twunny [listen]
Peter Frampton: At Royal Albert Hall [listen]
Slowdive: Everything Is Alive [listen]
Speedy Ortiz: Rabbit Rabbit [listen]



- SEP 8 -

Al Stewart: Songs on the Radio: The Complete U.S. Singles 1974-1981
Allison Russell: The Returner
Beastie Boys: Hello Nasty (Deluxe Edition) (Vinyl Reissue)
The Doors: Live at the Matrix 1967: The Original Masters
Everclear: Live at The Whisky a Go Go
Fleetwood Mac: Rumours Live
James Blake: Playing Robots Into Heaven
Jonathan Wilson: Eat the Worm
Morphine: Like Swimming (Vinyl Reissue)
Morphine: The Night (Vinyl Reissue)
Olivia Rodrigo: GUTS
The Cure: Show (Vinyl Reissue)
The Postal Service: Everything Will Change

- SEP 14 -

Baroness: Stone
The Beaches: Blame My Ex
Bonnie Tyler: Faster Than the Speed of Night (Vinyl Reissue)
Brian Setzer: The Devil Always Collects
Explosions in the Sky: End
Huey Lewis and the News: Sports (Vinyl Reissue)
Illiterate Light: Aloe EP
Kid Cudi: Insano
Mitski: The Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We
Pretenders: Relentless
S. Carey & John Raymond: Shadowlands
Shakey Graves: Movie of the Week
Vic Mensa: Victor

- SEP 22 -

Bleach Lab: Lost in a Rush of Emptiness
The Breeders: Last Splash (30th Anniversary Original Analog Edition)
Devendra Banhart: Flying Wig
Jenny Owen Youngs: Avalanche
Neil Young: Harvest Moon (Vinyl Reissue)
The New Pornographers: Electric Version (Vinyl Reissue)
The Replacements: Tim - Let It Bleed Edition
Soccer Mommy: Karaoke Night EP



- SEP 4 -

Birthdays: Kim Thayil of Soundgarden (1960) • Mark Ronson (1975) • Beyonce (1981) • The first guitar torched on stage by Jimi Hendrix sold for $328k at an auction of rock memorabilia. (2008)

- SEP 5 -

Birthdays: Al Stewart (1945) • Freddie Mercury & Loudon Wainwright III (1946) • Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine (1968) • An asteroid was named after Freddie Mercury on what would have been the singer's 70th birthday. (2016)

- SEP 6 -

Birthdays: Roger Waters (1943) • Dean Fertita of Queens Of The Stone Age (1970) • Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries (1971) • Elton John recorded a new version of “Candle In The Wind” after performing the song live at Diana Princess of Wales funeral. (1997)

- SEP 7 -

Birthdays: Buddy Holly (1936) • Gloria Gaynor (1947) • Chrissie Hynde (1951) • Benmont Tench (1954) • Keith Moon died of a overdose. (1978) • Warren Zevon died. (2003)

- SEP 8 -

Birthdays: Patsy Cline (1932) • Benjamin Orr of The Cars (1947) • Aimee Mann (1960) • David Bowie performed the first interactive concert when his performance was beamed live into 21 cinemas from Warsaw to Edinburgh. (2003)

- SEP 9 -

Birthdays: Otis Redding (1941) • Dave Stewart (1952) • Nirvana's Krist Novoselic knocked himself unconscious during the MTV video awards show after being hit in the head with his own guitar after throwing it up in the air. (1992)

- SEP 10 -

Birthdays: Cynthia Lennon (1939) • Jose Feliciano (1945) • Joe Perry (1950) • Matthew Followill of Kings Of Leon (1984) • The New York Dolls split up. (1974)

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