The Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society presents the 24th Annual Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair this Saturday, May 1, Noon-5:00pm at the Duck Pond Stage in San Lorenzo Park, downtown Santa Cruz. This free event kicks off International Bluegrass Month (May) featuring performances by five bands (Harmony Grits, Mountain Drive, Down Beets, Family Hogwash, Faux Renwah) and plenty of space for jamming. Bring instruments, a lawn chair or blanket, a hat and sunscreen. Bluegrass music is featured regularly at KZSC on Backroads, Sundays noon-2pm.
Can it be over 30 years that this guy’s been rocking? With a new release coming soon, Tom Petty shows no signs of slowing down. Yes he’s done it all: met Elvis when he was ten years old, sold over 60 million records, recipient of several songwriting genius awards, Super Bowl halftime appearance – even joined a band with George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison.
Spend an hour with Tom Petty’s music on Block of Bliss today from 5 to 6 pm on KZSC.
This video is in no way new, but worth noting for those of you interested in Autotune and all it’s dirt and glory. The great experimental indie collage group Lucky Dragons built themselves two radios with autotune in them (I don’t totally know how this works, so don’t push it). What that means is that every station they turn to is filtered through the warble of Autotune and that between the two radios, every sound is in-tune with eachother. The video is appropriately called “Peace on Earth”. Enjoy!
Tim Presley can’t get enough vitamin D. Tim is the sole member of White Fence, whose self-titled debut just knocked us on our asses with its decaying mess of garage-y buzz and hiss and a million megatons of sun sun SUN! We think it sounds like Dr. Dog on a weekend bender on Captain Beefheart’s melting wax yacht. This album is a perfect accompaniment to your favorite springtime activities: pulling weeds, lawn sports, and front-porch lemonade.
The second track “Who Feels Right” bottles Presley’s furry vocals and sends them bumping down a rocky embankment. At the bottom: a picnic feast of sour raspberries and crispy bacon.
Tune in this week The Rising Tide, Pocket full of Tentacles, or your favorite indie rock show, cuz we are going to play this one till it bleeds.
KZSC recently received a copy of Mike Preuss‘s self-made album “Big Sur“. In it’s very homemade CD sleeve was this note:
This album was created by Mike Preuss alone in the wilderness of Big Sur, CA during a four month long creative camping trip with one microphone and a van chock full of instruments equipped with a solar panel.”
This album is shockingly fun, as if Preuss totally escaped the Walden-esque stories of man’s torture and love of the nature + isolation concept. Instead of creating a Microphones-esque album that sounds like a straight reflection of thunder and dark trees, Preuss made an album so pretty and icy cool that it sounds like coconut popsicles (oh my god those are good). Ignore the connotation that “alone in the wilderness” has with giant redwoods and jump straight into a lake during summertime and you have Preuss’s Big Sur.
The song “Brooklyn and Miky” is an absurdly sweet summer song that makes me unbearably happy (and played with volumes far too loud) when I play it on Pockets Full of. A good second best is “Six Pack With Change”, of which we have a special video for you (see below! as above!). I and fellows at the station have been listening to the album all day and I can’t name one person who hasn’t walked in and said “What is this??”. It’s quickly become a favorite amongst us, and I really suggest you dive into it. It’ll enrich all of it (every corner of your soul), I promise.
No matter what time zone you live in, KZSC can brighten any lunch hour. Indie rock, jazz, folk, R & B, sounds from the 60′s…we got something for every taste.
Bite-size digestible music during your noontime every day can be found at 88.1 FM. For more info and a peek at previous playlists, check the 12 pm timeblocks in our Schedule.