It’s out. I have been waiting for it since the day I heard of its upcoming release. After seeing them in concert last year I couldn’t get enough. Dream Theater is the band with the technical expertise and the know how to write some of the most amazing songs I have ever heard. Their new CD entitled, ‘Black Clouds and Silver Lining‘ does not disappoint in any way. Read more
This is the new video for Peggy Sue’s “Lover Gone”, a song that is sure to be playing on KZSC very soon. I’m very excited about this CocoRosie-style folk, and hope you’ll enjoy it too.
Charts will be posted this Wednesday, stay tuned!
My name is Daniel, and I am your friendly KZSC Electronic Music (RPM) Director for the year! I may not be the most experienced genre director this year, but I’m going to try my damndest; I’m happy to be here and even more than happy to be producing for the blog (and my shows, of course). Every week I’m going to create a small write up about the new CDs coming into the RPM department so you, the esteemed (and technologically savvy) listener, can know what to expect from our musical universe, and whats current in a musical genre that really doesn’t get that much public attention!
Grafton Primary is an electro dance band from Sydney. They draw their sound through the heavy use of synthesizers that shimmer and glisten, overlaid on deep, driving bass beats – the sort of sounds that really lend themselves to night driving in the rain. Their latest album, Eon, is almost a nod to the synthy days of the 80s – as it seems a lot of modern Australian dance music is want to do! The first half of the album is very tongue-in-cheek — We are the Music (#2) literally asks the listener: “does anybody know / what this song is about? / I’m fresh out of ideas / but I’ll buy any lies you can sell me” which, to me, seems like the musical equivalent of an author writing about himself writing — but I digress. The album ends up on more serious and dance-able notes, however, with the late-night dance floor suited Telling Lies (#7) – hyperactive bass, lifting bridges, and synth lines that build into a fervor before letting go – a song that is just asking for a sweet remix.
What a pleasure to have the new Bibio cd new in the station this week! I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t heard his older albums, the sounds of which are apparently important to understand because his newest cd, Ambivalence Avenue, has a markedly different (more focused? more polished?) sound. Where his older albums were heavily influenced by electronic acts from the late 90’s such as Boards of Canada and others and therefore possessed certain ethereal and experimental qualities, Ambivalence Avenue is much more focused and is full of solid, hip-hop inspired beats (Fire Ant, #4) yet is still, at times, overlaid by a nostalgic, pensive haze, created through the use of soft guitar arpeggios in what could almost be considered folk (haikuesque [when she laughs] #5). The Boards of Canada and IDM influence definitely shows through in the track Sugarette (#7) with the style’s signature wet drums and off-tempo, spastic beats.
Rebotini is an experimental electronica throwback to the early days of electro. In Musical Components, Instead of names, the brands of his synthesizers are credited to song names (#5 Swamp Waltz, for instance, is credited to ‘TR-707, SP 1200, SH-101, JUNO-60 and MONO/POLY). This album has deep synth beats, programmed drum machines and all the constructions of music that is begging to be remixed or used by other DJ’s as a beat. While some songs are more danceable than others, the whole album is characterized by a consistent beat throughout that is more or less followed by erratic synths.
Another artist par excellence that we are pleased to have new here in the department is Tiga’s Ciao! Produced with help from Soulwax and DFA the record is very, thoroughly danceable and is characterized by deep, bass heavy house beats, a tongue-in-cheek attitude and a thoroughly enjoyable, light, and farcical. A great example of whimsical songwriting can be found in Shoes (#3) – “whats that sound / I like that sound / I love that sound / Its the sound of my shoes.” All the trimmings of a great club-suited dance album are here.
Finally, Bodycode’s Immune is a new album that is ambient, experimental, and very chill. Erratic programmed beats and subdued basslines feature prominent which make it at times sounds very IDM-ish. The #2 track, is almost dance-worthy, yet still maintains the ambience and down tempo qualities found throughout the rest of the record. This is not unlike a more adventurous Thievery Corporation – chill out, ambient experimental!
For those of you lucky enough to be romping around Santa Cruz for the summer, there are some great live music shows popping up all over the place. Here at KZSC we’ll try to keep you updated on any music events that you really should be attending.
SHOWS! You love them, we love them. Come out, feel good, support your local music scene. Out of these three shows, there’s something for everyone (catch me at the sweetest one on the list). Need more info? Email email@example.com
Here’s the local music forecast for the next few days:
First up is a sweaty sweaty dance show at the Crepe Place this Sunday. If you’re tired of DDR and hate riding bikes, get a nighttime is LA-time dance workout with local dance band Sheena. Openers TPF! and locals Moon Cadillac will warm you up oh so good. Show starts at 9pm and is $8.
Then on Monday at The Bike Church get cute, have fun, dance jingle jingle dance. Local garage fuzz masters Palm Yard will be there to help swoon you straight into summer. Opening is Razz M’ Tazz (oh my god they’re cute, have keyboards and are from Olympia.) and Socks & Sandals (members of Hail Seizures). This will probably be one of the most good natured shows of your life. Plus, it’s at The Bike Church. We love the Bike Church. Show starts at 6pm and probably requires some sort of friendly donation (read: cupcakes).
Hold tight ’till Wednesday when the beautiful San Francisco folk for the win band Port O’Brien will be playing with gorgeous orchestral dream band The Devotionals at the Crepe Place. Show is at 9pm, $10.
|1||DIRTY PROJECTORS||Bitte Orca||Domino|
|4||GRASS WIDOW||Grass Widow [12-Inch]||Make A Mess|
|5||PHOENIX||Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix||Glassnote|
|7||SNOWGLOBE||No Need To Light A Night Like On A Night Like Tonight||Makeshift|
|8||MICACHU AND THE SHAPES||Jewellery||Rough Trade|
|10||JOAN OF ARC||Flowers||Polyvinyl|
|11||CITY CENTER||City Center||Type|
|13||MATH THE BAND||Don’t Worry||Slanty Shanty|
|14||MAGIK MARKERS||Balf Quarry|
|15||OUR BROTHER THE NATIVE||Sacred Psalms||FatCat|
|16||JAMES RABBIT||Perfect Waves|
|17||MARK SULTAN||Hold On [7-Inch]||SUB POP|
|19||WOODS||Songs Of Shame||SHRIMPER|
|20||ALEXA WOODWARD||Speck||Constant Clip|
|21||VEILS||Sun Gangs||Rough Trade|
|22||STRANGE BOYS||And Girls Club||In The Red|
|23||SONIC YOUTH||The Eternal||Matador|
|24||FRESH AND ONLYS||The Fresh And Onlys||Cattle Face-Castle Face|
|25||HIGH STRUNG||Ode To The Inverse Of The Dude||Park The Van|
|26||MIKA MIKO||We Be Xuxa||Post Present Medium|
|27||INVISIBLE CITIES||Houses Shine Like Teeth||Self-Released|
|28||JARVIS COCKER||Further Complications||Rough Trade|
|29||THE CHURCH||Untitled 23||Second Motion|
|30||MOUTHFUL OF BEES||Mouthful Of Bees||Afternoon|
Radio 200 Adds:
|1||THROW ME THE STATUE||Creaturesque [EP]||Secretly Canadian|
|2||MATH THE BAND||Don’t Worry||Slanty Shanty|
|4||TOM BROSSEAU||Posthumous Success||FatCat|
|5||ROYAL CITY||Royal City||Asthmatic Kitty|
|1||IWRESTLEDABEARONCE||It’s All Happening||Century Media|
|2||DREAM THEATER||“A Rite Of Passage” [Single]||Roadrunner|
|3||CHILDREN||Hard Times Hanging At The End Of The World||Kemado|
|4||GOD DETHRONED||Passiondale||Metal Blade|
|5||HEAVEN AND HELL||The Devil You Know||Rhino|
|6||GRAVES OF VALOR||Salarian Gate||Relapse|
|7||DROP DEAD GORGEOUS||The Hot ‘N Heavy||Suretone|
|10||NEAERA||Omnicide-Creation Unleashed||Metal Blade|
Loud Rock Adds:
|1||ALESTORM||Black Sails At Midnight||Napalm|
|2||SUICIDE SILENCE||“Wake Up” [Single]||Century Media|
|3||GOATWHORE||Carving Out The Eyes Of God|
|4||DEVILDRIVER||Pray For Villains||Roadrunner|
|5||1349||Revelations Of The Black Flame||Candlelight|
|1||MIIKE SNOW||Miike Snow||Downtown|
|2||JUAN MACLEAN||The Future Will Come||DFA|
|3||NITE CLUB||My Tronic||Tape Theory|
|4||PEACHES||I Feel Cream||XL|
|5||EAR PWR||Super Animal Brothers III||Carpark|
|6||THE FIELD||Yesterday And Today||Kompakt-Anti|
|7||DIAMOND WATCH WRISTS||Ice Capped At Both Ends||Warp|
|9||CRYSTAL METHOD||Divided By Night||Tiny E|
|10||NEW LAW||High Noon||Self-Released|
|2||LOOP 2.4.3||Zodiac Dust||Analog Arts-Music Starts From Silence|
|3||LATIN PROJECT||Musica De La Noche||TLP|
Here at KZSC, we’re all about the beauty of impermanence. And by beauty, we mean beauty.
Tomorrow is the official start of our new Summer Schedule. Plenty of your old favorites will be sticking around for the sunny months, but a few are out on vacation. To fill their place, we’ve got an arsenal of interesting shows to keep you entertained. Here are a few of the highlights.
First up, the much celebrated Stories Often Told is back for one last hurrah. This classic program features a new theme each week with dozens of great songs that go along with it. It airs Wednesday from 9-10:30am.
We have two tribute shows, one for the Smiths (Louder than Bombs Wed at 10:30am) and one for Bob Dylan (4th Time Around Sat at 3pm). A new Native American music show kicks off on Tuesday at 2pm called America: Old School.
And last there are my shows! (please excuse the promotion) Mondays at 1:30pm check out The Extra Special Eastern European Exercise Elixir Show!
There are lots of gems hiding in our new schedule, so we suggest you take a look at our schedule and go exploring. Have a favorite? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know who your new favorite programer is!