Zappagram #95: Record Store Day 2024 is upon us

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Zappagram #95: Record Store Day 2024 is upon us

Hey Zappagrammers,

How’s everyone doing? As everyone knows, I turned 50 last week, and one of my goals was to stop drinking and smoking. I’m happy to report that I’m 55 days alcohol-free and, as of today, two weeks smoke-free. I feel healthier, but damn quitting is hard, y’all. I’m not gonna lie.

As always, I’m relying on willpower, incredible stubbornness, and cranking tons of great music. Anyone familiar with Cloudkicker?

Speaking of kicking things, why not kick on over to the Rock Hall’s website and cast your vote for the 2024 nominees?

As you know, one of my 2024 goals is to include a piece of original artwork in every week’s newsletter. This week, the artwork and quote of the week are both the late, great Taylor Hawkins. Gone way too damn soon.

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

This newsletter ain’t gonna read itself.

Why go on vacation when work is so much more fun?
—Taylor Hawkins



Last week’s poll: 42% of you guessed correctly that Jim Morrison played Monopoly with Francis Ford Coppola, his film study classmate from UCLA.



Featuring: Lana Del Rey, Honeycrush, Hermanos Gutiérrez, Nickel Creek, Deau Eyes, Maren Morris, Emile Haynie


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Record Store Day 2024: Check Out the Full List of Releases
Set your calendars for April 20 [NME]

South Park 25th Anniversary Concert Getting Record Store Day Vinyl Release
Featuring Primus, Ween, and RUSH's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson [Consequence]

Neil Young and Crazy Horse Announce ‘Love Earth’ American Tour
The tour kicks off April 24 in San Diego, and wraps up May 23 in Chicago [RollingStone]

Eminem to Co-Produce New Documentary About Stans
Eminem previously coined the term "stan" in his 2000 track of the same name [Consequence]

Tina Turner’s ‘What’s Love Got to Do With It’ to Feature Even More of Simply the Best
The hit soundtrack album will be released with bonus tracks, rarities, and a full concert this spring [RollingStone]

Taylor Swift Donates $100,000 to Woman Killed at Kansas Chiefs’ Super Bowl Parade
Lisa Lopez-Galvan, a Kansas City radio DJ, was shot and killed during the parade on Wednesday [Consequence]

Dolly Parton Backs Elle King After Seemingly Drunk Opry Performance: ‘She Felt Worse Than Anybody’
King cursed on stage and forgot the words to Parton's "Marry Me" at a special show celebrating the country icon's 78th birthday [RollingStone]

Pearl Jam Announce ‘Dark Matter’ World Tour
Their new album 'Dark Matter' will drop April 19, weeks before they begin a 35-date tour that will hit nine countries [RollingStone]

Dexter Romweber, Founder of Flat Duo Jets, Dead at 57
“He was one of my favorite people I've ever known,” Jack White wrote in a tribute [Consequence]

Brian Wilson Suffering From Dementia, Placed Under Conservatorship
Wilson's longtime publicist and business manager will serve as his conservators following the passing of his wife, Melinda Ledbetter [Consequence]

Maynard James Keenan Yells at “Dickhead” to Put Phone Away at Tool Show
“Put your f**king phone down dickhead! Seriously!” [Consequence]

Mk.gee Announces 2024 North American Tour
Featuring stops in Los Angeles, Austin, Toronto, New York City, and Washington, DC [Consequence]

Paramore Reject Tennessee Honor Denied to Allison Russell, Rip “Blatant Racism” of GOP
"The blatant racism of our state leadership is embarrassing and cruel" [Consequence]

Paul McCartney’s Stolen Hofner Bass Found and Returned 50 Years Later
The Hofner bass that Paul McCartney used to play countless live shows in the ‘60s and record The Beatles‘ first two albums was stolen out of the back of a van in 1972 [Consequence]



Watch my friend John Runnels perform his beautiful songs at Red Rocks. This is an amazing performance by an amazing musician who is also an amazing human being. That’s what I call a win win win.



Grandaddy: Blu Wav [listen]
Idles: Tangk [listen]
Matthew Logan Vasquez: Frank’s Full Moon Saloon [listen]
Nouvelle Vague: Should I Stay or Should I Go? [listen]



- FEB 23 -

Bombay Bicycle ClubFantasies EP
Can: Can Live in Paris 1973
Laetitia Sadier: Rooting for Love
MGMT: Loss of Life
Modern English: 1 2 3 4
Motörhead: The Löst Tapes
The Cult: Dreamtime (Vinyl Reissue)
The Waterboys: 1985 (Deluxe Edition)

- MAR 1 -

Faye Webster: Underdressed at the Symphony
Kaiser Chiefs: Kaiser Chiefs’ Easy Eighth Album
Liam Gallagher & John Squire: Liam Gallagher & John Squire
Mannequin Pussy: I Got Heaven
Nils Frahm: Day
Thundercat: Apocalypse (10th Anniversary Edition)
The Who: Live At Shea Stadium 1982

- MAR 8 -

Air: Moon Safari (25th Anniversary Edition)
Alice Cooper: Billion Dollar Babies (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
Bleachers: Bleachers
The Cars: Candy-O (Vinyl Reissue)
Grateful Dead: American Beauty (Vinyl Reissue)
The Jesus and Mary Chain: Glasgow Eyes
Kim Gordon: The Collective
The Libertines: All Quiet On The Eastern Esplanade
Norah Jones: Visions
The Rolling Stones: Live At The Wiltern

- MAR 15 -

The Black Crowes: Happiness Bastards
Dan Boeckner (of Wolf Parade): Boeckner!
The Dandy Warhols: Rockmaker
Lenny Kravitz: Blue Electric Light
Miles Davis: Volume 2 (Vinyl Reissue)
Nina Simone: Nina’s Back (Reissue)



- FEB 19 -

Birthdays: Smokey Robinson (1940) • Tony Iommi (1948) • Falco (1957) • Seal (1963) • Kate Radley of Spiritualized (1965) • AC/DC singer Bon Scott was pronounced dead on arrival at a London hospital after a heavy night's drinking. (1980) • Ozzy Osbourne was arrested in San Antonio for urinating on the Alamo. (1982)

- FEB 20 -

Birthdays: Buffy Sainte-Marie (1941) • J Geils (1946) • Walter Becker (1950) • Poison Ivy of The Cramps (1953) • Kurt Cobain (1967) • Rihanna (1988) • Olivia Rodrigo (2003) • The single “Instant Karma!” by The Plastic Ono Band was released in the U.S. John Lennon had written, recorded, and mixed the track all in one day on the 27th January 1970. (1970)

- FEB 21 -

Birthdays: Nina Simone (1933) • David Geffen (1943) • Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads (1949) • American DJ Murry the K died. Murray is thought to be the first person to play a Beatles record on radio in America. (1982)

- FEB 22 -

Birthdays: Bobby Hendricks of The Drifters (1938) • Brad Nowell of Sublime (1968) • Andy Warhol, pop artist and producer, died after a gall bladder operation. The founder of the Pop Art movement also produced and managed the Velvet Underground, designed the 1967 Velvet Underground And Nico 'peeled banana' album cover and The Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers album cover. (1987) • A category for Heavy Metal was included at the Grammy Awards for the first time. Metallica performed on stage, but the award went to Jethro Tull. (1989) • Mark Lanegan died at age 57. (2022)

- FEB 23 -

Birthdays: Johnny Winter (1944) • Brad Whitford of Aerosmith (1952) • Howard Jones (1955) • Skylar Grey (1986) • Woody Guthrie wrote the lyrics to “This Land Is Your Land” in his room at the Hanover House Hotel in New York City. (1940) • Jay Z was set to become the first rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. (2017)

- FEB 24 -

Birthdays: George Thorogood (1950) • Michelle Shocked (1962) • Kurt Cobain married Courtney Love in Waikiki, Hawaii. (1992)

- FEB 25 -

Birthdays: George Harrison (1943) • Doug Yule of the Velvet Underground (1947) • John Doe of X (1953) • Brian Baker of Minor Threat (1965) • Suze Rotolo, the one-time girlfriend of Bob Dylan and the inspiration of some of his early songs, died from cancer. She appeared in one of the decade's signature images, walking with Dylan arm-in-arm for the cover photo of his breakthrough album, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. (2011)

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Peace and love to all,