Zappagram #81: New music from...The Beatles?

Zappagram #81: New music from...The Beatles?

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—Leonard Cohen





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A Christian Artist Sang ‘Cock’ on Their Album. The Grammys Bounced Them Out of Their Category
Flamy Grant, who performs in drag, submitted Bible Belt Baby for consideration for Best Contemporary Christian Album but was moved to pop vocal [RollingStone]

DJ Shadow Announces 2024 Tour of North America and Europe
His first full tour in seven years includes dates in Los Angeles and New York [Pitchfork]

Kate Bush to Reissue Back Catalog, “Artworked” New Versions of Hounds of Love
All of the singer's albums will be repressed on limited-edition vinyl and CD [Consequence]

Tom Morello, Ice-T Usher Rage Against the Machine Into the Rock Hall
"When protest music is done right, you can hear a new world emerging in the songs," Morello said in the band's acceptance speech [RollingStone]

Oakland Street Renamed ‘Tupac Shakur Way’ to Honor Rapper
"It’s a moment that I know my brother would be proud of," Sekyiwa “Set” Shakur said at ceremony [RollingStone]

Green Day to Play 30 Years of Hits With 2024 Saviors Tour, Celebrating ‘Dookie’ and ‘American Idiot’
The Smashing Pumpkins, Rancid, and the Linda Lindas to open tour tied to trio's 14th album [RollingStone]

John Mellencamp Announces 2024 “Live and In Person Tour”
Across 27 cities in North America [Consequence]

A Perfect Circle, Puscifer, and Primus Add Even More Dates to 2024 US Tour
The tour will now stop in Boston, Chicago, and New York, among other cities [Consequence]

MGMT Announce New Album Loss of Life
“Mother Nature” is the first single from Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser’s first studio LP since 2018 [Pitchfork]

Huey Lewis and the News Musical Will Finally Bring the ‘Power of Love’ to Broadway
The Heart of Rock and Roll, which debuted in San Diego in 2018, will reach New York City next spring [RollingStone]

Coral Reefer Band Will ‘Keep the Party Going’ in Honor of Jimmy Buffett
The musician died in September following a four-year battle with Merkel cell skin cancer, but his rotating cast of band members are keeping his legacy alive [RollingStone]



Pedal Steel Is Weeping Its Way Out of Country and into the Mainstream
Bend those notes, break my heart [Consequence]



Spotify and major record labels are tied for this week’s asshole of the week.



Atticus Chimps: Space Exploration [listen]
Cold War Kids: Cold War Kids [listen]
Frank Zappa: Over-Nite Sensation (50th Anniversary Edition) [listen]
Jackie Venson: Ghost in the Machine [listen]
Jimmy Buffett: Equal Strain on All Parts [listen]
Kira Lise: Missing Piece EP [listen]
Portishead: Roseland NYC Live 25 [listen]
Proper Pet: Until We Die [listen]
Semisonic: Little Bit of Sun [listen]
The Beatles: “Now and Then” (single) [listen]
The Struts: Pretty Vicious [listen]
Weathrhead: “Home” (single) [listen]



- NOV 10 -

Beirut: Hadsel
Cannons: Heartbeat Highway
Cat Power: Cat Power Sings Dylan: The 1966 Royal Albert Hall Concert
New Order: Substance (2023 Expanded Reissue)
Public Enemy: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (Vinyl Reissue)
Pure Bathing Culture: Chalice
R.E.M.: Up (25th Anniversary Edition)

- NOV 17 -

Bob Dylan: The Complete Budokan 1978
Daft Punk: Random Access Memories (Drumless Edition)
Deafheaven: Sunbather (10th Anniversary Remix) (Remaster)
Dolly Parton: Rockstar
Iron & Wine: Who Can See Forever Soundtrack
Kurt Vile: Back to Moon Beach EP
Pearl Jam: Vs. (30th Anniversary Edition)
The Polyphonic Spree: Salvage Enterprise
Speedy Ortiz: Major Arcana (10th Anniversary Edition)

- NOV 24 -

Busta Rhymes: BLOCKBUSTA
De La Soul: 3 Feet High and Rising (Vinyl Box Set)
Guided By Voices: Nowhere to Go But Up
John Prine: The Oh Boy Singles
Margo Price: Strays (Live at Grimey’s)
My Morning Jacket: Happy Holiday!
Noah Kahan: Cape Elizabeth EP (Vinyl Reissue)
Rilo Kiley: Under the Blacklight (Vinyl Reissue)
Screaming Trees: Live at Egg Studios
Snoop Dogg: Doggystyle (30th Anniversary Edition)

- DEC 1 -

Dillon Francis: This Mixtape Is Fire Too
Harp (feat. Midlake’s Tim Smith): Albion
Khruangbin: Live at Sydney Opera House
Peter Gabriel: I/O
Steely Dan: Gaucho (Vinyl Reissue)
Violent Femmes: Violent Femmes (Deluxe Edition)



- NOV 6 -

Birthdays: Adolph Sax, inventor of the saxophone (1894) • Guy Clark (1941) • Doug Sahm (1942) • Glenn Frey (1948) • Paul Brindley of The Sundays (1963) • Corey Glover of Living Colour (1964) • Michael Martin and Phil Kaufman were charged and fined $300 each for the theft of a coffin containing Gram Parsons’ body. The two men were merely carrying out Parsons’ wishes to be cremated in the desert. (1973)

- NOV 7 -

Birthdays: Mary Travers (1937) • Johnny Rivers (1942) • Joni Mitchell (1943) • David Guetta (1967) • Robin Finck (1971) • Lorde (1996) • Leonard Cohen died at the age of 82 at his home in Los Angeles. (2016)

- NOV 8 -

Birthdays: Bonnie Bramlett (1944) • Minnie Riperton (1947) • Bonnie Raitt (1949) • Rickie Lee Jones (1954) • Porl Thompson of The Cure (1957) • Jack Osbourne (1985) • Former Smiths frontman Morrissey stopped a concert halfway through his second song after being hit by a beer bottle. The singer was hit in the eye by a bottle of beer, said goodnight to the 8,000 strong crowd in Liverpool, England before walking off. (2009)

- NOV 9 -

Birthdays: Tom Fogerty (1941) • Phil May of Pretty Things (1944) • John Lennon met Yoko Ono for the first time when he visited her art exhibition 'Unfinished Paintings and Objects' at the Indica Gallery in London. (1966) • The first issue of Rolling Stone Magazine was published in San Francisco. It featured a photo of John Lennon on the cover, dressed in army fatigues while acting in his recent film, How I Won the War and the first issue had a free roach clip to hold marijuana joints. (1967)

- NOV 10 -

Birthdays: Greg Lake of ELP (1948) • Chris Joyce of Simply Red (1957) • Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World (1975) • Patti Smith released her debut studio album Horses. (1975) • Allen Toussaint died, aged 77, while on tour in Madrid, Spain. (2015)

- NOV 11 -

Birthdays: Mose Allison (1927) • Andy Partridge of XTC (1953) • Mike Mesaros of The Smithereens (1957) • Jon Batiste (1986) • The Allman Brothers Band bass player Berry Oakley was killed when his motorcycle hit a bus at the same intersection as former band member Duane Allman, who had died a year earlier. Oakley was 24 years old. (1972)

- NOV 12 -

Birthdays: Booker T. Jones (1944) • Neil Young (1945) • Vic Chesnutt (1964) • The three living former Beatles met for the last time at George Harrison's hotel in New York City for lunch. Harrison died two weeks later at a friend's home in Los Angeles on 29 November 2001, aged 58. (2001) • Mitch Mitchell, British drummer with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, was found dead in his U.S. hotel room aged 61. (2008)

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