On Saturday, July 30th at 2 pm the shadow-puppet play “Jack and the Beanstalk,” will premiere at the Aptos Library. The play was written, acted, and produced this summer by local teens and will be exciting and fun for children of all ages. The Aptos Library is located at 7695 Soquel Drive in Aptos. More information is available by calling 427-7700 extension 5210.
Charting our top 10 world music lists for over a month now, Bombino’s newest album, “Agadez” chronicles the Tuareg people’s struggle for peace in Sub- Saharan Africa. Originating from this nomadic tribe, more formerly known as the Kel Tamasheq, Bombino speaks from the soul. For thousands of years, his people have been oppressed by larger and more powerful religious groups in the region. This oppression ultimately led Bombino himself to be exiled from his home in Agadez, a region in Western Niger. His sound is reminiscent of other gypsy music from Eastern Europe and North Africa, yet listen closely for the western influences of Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page with his skilled use of the electric guitar. Laidback and easy to listen to, his new album will put you in a bohemian trance that will make any long drive fly by.
Adounia, meaning “life”, the third track from “Agadez”, released on April 19th, 2011 from Cumbancha records.
I could tell you about the time I met Edgar and his brother Johnny at LAX shortly after they sued the D.C. Comics company, but there’s a more important story. Edgar had to be coaxed into recording a song tentatively known as “Double Drum Solo” by band members. After laying down several variations of their long live version, he sat down in the studio with producer Rick Derringer to cut bits here and there. The stitching up of the segments gave the song it’s official title, “Frankenstein”. Released in 1972 along with “Free Ride”, the song became part of rock and roll history. Edgar Winter brings his band to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk on Friday July 29th for two FREE shows at 6:30 and 8:30 pm.
Everybody loves music…….or do they? Music has always been a huge part of my life and whenever I hear someone say “Eh, I don’t really like music” it’s like hearing someone say “I don’t really like water” or “I don’t really like breathing.” I used to think people like that just needed more exposure to good music but research done at McGill and Ohio State University reveals that it’s not ignorance or bad taste, but rather biology that explains why some people just don’t really care for music. If you have ever gotten the chills from a song, a killer guitar solo or a great vocalist, you are in the minority. Only 35% of people can have music-induced chills or goosebumps (the technical term for pleasurable goosebumps is the French frisson though one German scientist like to call them ‘skin orgasms’).
In addition to giving you the shivers, music can also trigger a release of dopamine and “peak emotional arousal.” Dopamine is the neurotransmitter that causes addiction and it gets released when we experience food, sex or drugs. That means for about 1/3 of people, listening to a favorite album is as pleasurable as eating a double fudge sundae.
So maybe “Sex, Drugs and Rock n’ Roll” is more than just a contrived saying. And maybe instead of judging those middle-schoolers for crying when they hear a Justin Bieber song, we should celebrate that they have the ability to respond to any music so strongly.
It’s been a while since we’ve let all of our fine KZSC listeners know about the spectacular live musical guests we have on our program each and every friday night, so we figured it was time to let you know about tomorrow night’s guest: Her Band of Gold.
Her Band of Gold is the solo project of Barbara Crumm, who has written and recorded music for most of the last two decades while traveling all across the country before finally setting up shop in Santa Cruz this past year. Though she has released her music primarily through small cassette tape-oriented record labels, Her Band of Gold has taken full advantage of modern technology to get her music, a reverential take on americana and psych folk stylings simultaneously recalling the likes of PJ Harvey and Emily Wells, out to the masses. She has also been getting her music out into the world the old fashioned way, by performing in front of live audiences such as the one that will be present at Moe’s Alley on August 7th when Her Band of Gold takes the stage.
Tune into KZSC on friday night starting at 7pm to catch Her Band of Gold performing live in the studio where we’ll ask her about her journeysthus far, and where 2011 will take her.
Bite-size digestible local talk and music during your noontime every day can be found here on The Great 88. For more info and a peek at previous playlists, check the 12 pm time blocks on our Schedule Page.