Zappagram #73: Master of Puppies

Zappagram #73: Master of Puppies

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

This music newsletter ain’t gonna read itself.

“This land is your land and this land is my land, sure, but the world is run by those that never listen to music anyway.”
—Bob Dylan





Featuring: Golden Blue, Safari Room, Full Mood, Jonathan Wilson, Houndmouth, Wildermiss, Elijah Johnston, S. Carey & John Raymond, Slow Joy, LA LOM, Friendship Commanders, New Radicals, The Verve


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Mike D and Ad-Rock Unveiled “Beastie Boys Square” in New York
The site of the Paul’s Boutique album cover, at Ludlow and Rivington, is being renamed in honor of the trio [Pitchfork]

Nirvana Reissuing In Utero With 2 Unreleased Live Albums for 30th Anniversary
Bonus tracks include full unreleased concerts from Los Angeles and Seattle [Pitchfork]

Billie Eilish, Sheryl Crow & More Musicians Join Anti-Gun Violence Coalition
The Artist for Action to Prevent Gun Violence coalition also includes Peter Gabriel, Rufus Wainwright, the Pixies and more [Billboard]

Keane Announce 20th Anniversary Reissue of Hopes and Fears, Detail 2024 World Tour
The new remastered version drops on May 10th, 2024 [Consequence]

The Osbournes To Revive Podcast After Five Years Away
The second season of 'The Osbournes' podcast will be available to listen to from September 12 [NME]

Devo Announce Career-Spanning New Box Set
50 Years of De-Evolution 1973–2023 “represents a great cross-section of early experiments and later creations,” according to Mark Mothersbaugh [Pitchfork]

Mitski Announces North American Acoustic Shows
In support of her new album, The Land Is Inhospitable And So Are We [Consequence]

Posthumous Jimmy Buffett Album Set For November Release
Three tracks are out now, including 'My Gummie Just Kicked In' featuring Paul McCartney [Spin]

Bruce Springsteen Postpones September 2023 Concerts Due to Peptic Ulcer Disease Symptoms
Springsteen plans to “pick these shows up and then some” at a later date [Pitchfork]

Guns N’ Roses Postpone St. Louis Concert Due to Illness
The band's return to the city of the "Riverfront Riot" pushed after someone gets sick [RollingStone]

Smashing Pumpkins To Recreate Classic ‘Siamese Dream’ Tower Records Release Party 30 Years On
The band will perform two acoustic shows, with the same setlist as the original 1993 release show [NME]

Bob Dylan Announces New Complete Budokan 1978 Live Album
The collection expands upon Bob Dylan at Budokan, offering two complete performances from Tokyo [Pitchfork]

Gary Wright, “Dream Weaver” Singer, Dead at 80
Wright was also a close collaborator of George Harrison [Consequence]

Dog Sneaks Into Local Metallica Show
No word on whether she responds to the phrase “obey your master.” [Stereogum]



Zappa interviews Butch Bastard

Chris Zappa, Butch Bastard • Sep 8, 2023

Listen now (64 mins) | Hey everyone, Thanks for joining me for a very special episode of the Zappagram podcast.

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The Songs That Make Thom Yorke Cry
Radiohead singer talks vocal technique, his favorite singers, and more — including the time he got so high he forgot his own song — in an excerpt from Jason Thomas Gordon's upcoming book The Singers Talk [RollingStone]

Watch Adam Horowitz and Mike D speak during the dedication ceremony for Beastie Boys Square in NYC

To donate to those devastated by the Maui wildfires, you can donate via the The Hawai'i Community Foundation, Maui United Way, or the Maui Food Bank



Allison Russell: The Returner [listen]
Everclear: Live at The Whisky a Go Go [listen]
Fleetwood Mac: Rumours Live [listen]
James Blake: Playing Robots Into Heaven [listen]
Jonathan Wilson: Eat the Worm [listen]
Olivia Rodrigo: GUTS [listen]



- SEP 15 -

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
Mitski: The Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We
Pretenders: Relentless
S. Carey & John Raymond: Shadowlands
Shakey Graves: Movie of the Week

- 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 29 -

Animal Collective: Isn’t It Now?
Blonde Redhead: Sit Down for Dinner
Bryce Dessner: She Came to Me (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Dan Auerbach: Keep It Hid (Vinyl Reissue)
Ed Sheeran: Autumn Variations
Friendship Commanders: MASS
Grateful Dead: Wake of the Flood (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
Green Day: Dookie (30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
Gunship: Unicorn
Jason Isbell: Southeastern (10th Anniversary Reissue)
Say She She: Silver
Steely Dan: Aja (Vinyl Reissue)
Wilco: Cousin

- OCT 6 -

Blondshell: Blondshell (Digital Deluxe Edition)
Dogstar: Somewhere Between the Power Lines and Palm Trees
Heatmiser: The Music of Heatmiser
Hüsker Dü: Tonite Longhorn
Ilsey: From the Valley
Incubus: Morning View XXIII
Joni Mitchell: Archives, Vol. 3: The Asylum Years (1972-1975)
Meat Puppets: Camp Songs
Omar Apollo: Live for Me EP
Sufjan Stevens: Javelin
Van Halen: The Collection II



- SEP 11 -

Birthdays: Mickey Hart (1943) • Moby (1965) • Harry Connick Jr. (1967) • Richard Ashcroft of The Verve (1971) • David Bowie recorded a guest appearance on Bing Crosby's TV show duetting with Crosby on “Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy.” (1977) • American songwriter Daniel Johnston died of a suspected heart attack at his home. (2019)

- SEP 12 -

Birthdays: Barry White (1944) • Neil Peart (1952) • Ben Folds (1966) • Michael Paget of My Bloody Valentine (1978) • Johnny Cash died of respiratory failure aged 71. (2003)

- SEP 13 -

Birthdays: Peter Cetera of Chicago (1944) • Don Was (1952) • Steven John Kilbey of The Church (1954) • Dave Mustaine of Megadeth (1965) • Stephen Perkins of Jane’s Addiction (1967) • Fiona Apple (1977) • Geffen Records threw a party to launch Nirvana's “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” The band ended up being thrown out of their own party after starting a food fight. (1991) • Eddie Money died of cancer at age 70. (2019)

- SEP 14 -

Birthdays: Morten Harket of A-Ha (1959) • Mark Webber of Pulp (1970) • Nas (1972) • Amy Winehouse (1983) • Roy Orbison's house in Nashville burnt down, his two eldest sons both died in the blaze. Orbison was on tour in the UK at the time of the accident. (1968)

- SEP 15 -

Johnny Ramone died in Los Angeles after a five-year battle with prostate cancer. (2004) • Pink Floyd keyboardist and founding member Richard Wright died aged 65 from cancer. (2008) • Apple released a tool to remove U2's new album from its customers' iTunes accounts six days after giving away the music for free. Some users had complained about the fact that their latest album Songs of Innocence had automatically been downloaded to their devices without their permission. (2014) • Ric Ocasek, lead singer with The Cars, was found dead in his New York City apartment, he was 75. (2019)

- SEP 16 -

Birthdays: B.B. King (1925) • Richard Marx (1963) • Former Clash drummer Topper Headon was released from jail after serving 10 months of a 15-month sentence on a narcotics charge. (1988)

- SEP 17 -

Birthdays: Hank Williams (1923) • Baz Luhrmann (1962) • Keith Flint of The Prodigy (1969) • The Doors were banned from The Ed Sullivan Show after Jim Morrison broke his agreement with the show’s producers. Morrison said before the performance that he wouldn’t sing the words, “Girl, we couldn’t get much higher,” from “Light My Fire” but did anyway. The Doors also performed their new single “People Are Strange.” (1967)

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