Guests: Bill Monning and Linda “Elle” Black
During our Fall On-Air Fundraiser we always open the KZSC Thank You Gift Shack. Not only do you get a chance to help The Great 88 stay on the airwaves but you can choose from tons of treasures available as thank you gifts. Don’t wait until Halloween – get in on the goodies now!
Call us at 831-459-4036 or cruise into the Gift Shack here.
While the rest of KZSC labors for your love this this week, I’ve been dispatched to New York City, New York for the College Music Journal (CMJ) Music Marathon: a week of panels, parties, open bars, and shows shows shows. Come back to the blog often this week, as I’ll reporting back on the music, the people, and the hangovers of CMJ2010.
Last night I celebrated CMJ eve–the marathon officially kicks off today–at an AOL office, where, to my delight, the caterers were serving complimentary basil hard lemonade and 4 oz. pours of whiskey. The libations quickly put me at ease, and after locating the bathroom and emergency exits, I began introducing myself to anyone that didn’t look like a banker. Hoping to meet some radio dj’s, I targeted the scruffiest of the bunch. Unable to locate any other dj’s or music directors, I made sure that any promoter with an intriguing lineup got one of my Kate Bush business cards.
Halfway through my second cocktail, I was corralled into a television studio for a set by Gold Panda. He performed three tracks off his new Ghostly International release, Lucky Shiner, named after his grandma. Gold Panda’s sample-heavy electro dance pop has the potential to get people moving, but I and others spent the set distracted by painfully bright studio lights and a jib camera that, without warning, would swing out and grace the one or two hairs standing akimbo from the rest of these beautiful coiffures!
Opting to preserve my eyes and my scalp, I watched the Jamie Lidell set that followed on the half dozen LCD screens outside the studio. Lidell’s experimental soul pop felt like a revival gathering in a submarine, echoing with distorted vocal samples and junky percussion. And, of course, the camera shots were slick.
Hopping a turnstile with two armloads of luggage, I subwayed to Rebel for a promotion company showcase. The stand-out performance came from Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. The duo’s cascading harmonies and crisp samples contrast adorably with their embroidered NASCAR jackets and Old Glory set pieces. Their fuzzed-up version of “Nothing But Our Love” from the Horsepower EP concluded with them singing “We get more than we deserve. Maybe everyone has some worth”–a fitting commencement for a week when over 1300 bands are hoping this year’s CMJ deems them worthy.
Tune in to KZSC’s “Pop Molecule”, today, Monday October 18th at 2pm for a special acoustic performance by the band Telekinesis. Telekinesis is Michael Benjamin Lerner, an indie pop musician from Seattle, WA. Michael will be performing songs from his first album, Telekinesis!, as well as from his upcoming EP, Parellel Seismic Conspiracies. You can check out Telekinesis with Cory Chisel tonight at The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz. Today is also the first day of KZSC’s Fall Pledge Drive, so please support this program and KZSC by calling in and pledging to your favorite non-commerical radio station!
Just in time for Santa Cruz’s major surfing event the Coldwater Classic and the KZSC pledge drive, we’ve got a shirt to celebrate.
Our new KZSC “reggae surf” shirt comes in beige with our red, gold and green station logo wedged into a big wave. These are a very LIMITED EDITION design; get yours while they last! To get a closer look and order yours now, check our web store.
You’re invited to Free Wheelin’ Farm’s annual Harvest Party on Sunday, October 24th from noon ’til sundown. The party features live music from Audiafauna and the Bluetail Flies, organic brews, wine tasting, dancing, wood-fired pizza, farm-fresh tamales, local art, farm tours, kids’ activities, and tons of farm fun! Here’s how to get to the Freewheelin’ Farm:
From Santa Cruz (and points south): Take Highway One north 5 miles from town to the second Scaroni Road turn-off. Turn left, and follow the signs for parking.
From San Francisco (and points north): Take Highway One south approximately four miles past Davenport to Scaroni Road. Turn right, and follow the signs for parking. Visit www.freewheelinfarm.com, or call 831-588-1377 for more info.