The witty Kate Nash is back with her sophomore release My Best Friend Is You from Geffen Records. Nash continues to charm listeners with her sarcastic, witty lyrics and catchy melodies, reminiscent of the hits “Foundations “and “Merry Happy” from debut release Made of Bricks. As a bonus surprise, My Best Friend Is You has some more rock than pop tracks, including the grungy “I Just Love You More”, which features distorted guitars and Nash shrieking like a rockstar. The best part about Nash are her simple lyrics that say just what you were thinking that one night at the bar but were too afraid to say. In the track “Do-Wah-Doo”, Nash sings “Every guy is checking out her thighs/Everyone thinks that girl’s a lady/But I don’t I think that girl’s shady.” My Best Friend Is You is a pleasant surprise and hard evidence that Nash isn’t a one-hit album wonder.
Elena Rossman is taking the local music scene by storm. Rossman, a UC Santa Cruz junior and Santa Cruz native, has been playing guitar and writing music since she was 13 years old. She just released her five song EP, The Wind Shift, recorded at Gadgetbox Studios in Santa Cruz. The EP features Rossman’s melodic acoustic guitar playing and singing accompanied with bass, electric guitar, lap steel and drums. Rossman wrote all songs on the EP, reminiscent of Alela Diane, Neko Case and The Be Good Tanyas. The Wind Shift can be purchased at Streetlight Records or at her next show at the Asana Tea House in downtown Santa Cruz on May 14th. Check out her music at www.myspace.com/elenarmusica.
If you haven’t heard KZSC’s new circus/gypsy/cabaret show, now’s the time. Tomorrow from 4-6pm The Baro Foro Death Circus will be on air– with special guests Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley! The two will be talking about the Evelyn Evelyn album that they recently put out. Evelyn Evelyn, the concept album about a pair of conjoined twins, which includes songs like “You Only Want Me ‘Cause You Want My Sister” and a cover of “Love Will Tear Us Apart.” Awesome. Tune in tomorrow to hear more!
“So after working for eight years I discovered at the end that nobody had ever paid my taxes and I owed a fortune. So then you have to leave the country. So I said fuck it, and left the country” -Mick Jagger
April in Paris conjures up images of tranquility; down in the south of France at Villa Nellcote during spring and summer 1971, not so much. Formerly occupied by Nazis trying to hide after WWII, the villa had a history of decadence. The Rolling Stones simply updated it with sex, drugs and rock & roll. Despite all their problems (check Robert Greenfield’s excellent account in the book, “Exile On Main Street: A Season In Hell With The Rolling Stones”) The Stones produced what many agree was their best recording and their only double-album. Even with all this music there was plenty left behind. On May 18th “Exile On Main Street” will be re-released in two deluxe packages: one with LPs, a book and DVD material, the other a CD-only package. Both contain ten songs not commercially available before: alternate takes of Soul Survivor and Loving Cup (perhaps the drunken Keith version), Pass the Wine, I’m Not Signifying, Dancing in the Light, So Divine, Following the River, Plundered My Soul, Title 5 and Good Time Women (which became Tumbling Dice). Although “Exile” is a great title (based on the band’s tax problems), it could have just as easily been called “Song of the South”. It has roots in American blues, country, rockabilly and R & B from our southern states, played better than most Americans ever will.
Hear the original radio ad for “Exile on Main Street” here
Porterpalooza is an annual event put on by Residential Life at Porter College. It’s a chance to showcase all of the talent concentrated at Porter plus innumerable bands and performers from across the UCSC campus, all of whom come out to play for free at Porter College. Ranging from acoustic indie songwriters to hip-hop ensembles to screaming rock balladeers and everything in between, it’s evident that the people of Porter know how to have a good time.
Check out KZSC’s webcast of Porterpalooza – live from Porter College. Tune in throughout the day Saturday, May 15th – Click the Listen Now tab on the home page, pause the main stream and play the side stream. Thanks for listening to the best station in the woods, KZSC!
When Mick Jones was booted out of The Clash in the summer of 1983, his old band claimed he’d become a lost sheep. Was it so wrong to fall under the spell of drum machines, synthesizers and sampling? One of the better pop examples of the time was 1985′s “This is Big Audio Dynamite”, now released in an expanded 2-disc CD package. Besides the remastered original, the set includes 12-inch mixes and previously unreleased material.
Hear this classic on KZSC along with other sounds from the Reagan Era Saturday mornings between 10 AM and noon on “Living in the 80′s”. You’ll also have a chance to win a copy of “This is Big Audio Dynamite: The Legacy Edition” this week so be sure to brush up on your 80′s trivia. Good luck!