Fashion fanatics rejoice. KZSC Short Shorts are finally available. These versatile dark green shorts with our gold cassette logo are perfect for badminton at the gym, cheerleading camp or a first date with that spicy looking certain someone you met on OkCupid. Yes they’re oh-so-unisexy but, like summer, the KZSC Short Shorts will only be around for a little while longer. Your thigh tan can wait. Better hurry into our KZSC Store to get yours now.
Andrea Beaton will be performing at an intimate house concert in Bonny Doon at 7:30 pm on Thursday, July 28th sponsored by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay. Andrea is part of a younger generation of traditional musicians playing the Celtic music of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, music that was brought to that island community in the 1700′s by Scottish settlers. She is the niece of master Cape Breton fiddler Buddy MacMaster and plays with great drive and enthusiasm, and can also step-dance to the music. Her latest solo CD “Branches” mostly features her original tunes, and received the East Coast Music Award for best Instrumental Recording of the Year in 2010. Andrea will be backed by Grammy-winning guitarist and UCSC music lecturer William Coulter and the lead cellist of Alasdair Fraser’s San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers, Aria Di Salvio. For reservations and directions to the concert, contact Geoff at (831) 247-1365 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A few nights ago, KZSC’s Executive Committee piled into a booth at a nice restaurant and did our usual: discussed the station happenings and our projects over the summer and for the upcoming year. There was an event of some importance to discuss, however: this meeting coincided with the first day of new student summer orientation at UC Santa Cruz.
Every July KZSC is at the orientations to greet incoming freshmen and transfers as they get their first taste of life in Santa Cruz. There’s a chance to meet our school mascot, Sammy the Slug, lots of sunscreen and free tote bags weighed down with “informational packets” and stuff that campus organizations offer to impress and entice students into joining their ranks/using their resources. It’s also the first introduction to our station that new students get, whether they are dragged to our booth by parents who want a broadcasting legacy or by sneaking away from more “reputable” booths and tables. It’s a pleasure to meet with new faces as much as it is somewhat unnerving to think “very soon, these people will replace me.”
The five of us on Executive Committee are the closest a student can get to being an “old soul” at the station- each one of us started volunteering at KZSC our freshman year, and each of us has worked our way through the upper echelons of governance to get where we are today. When the topic turned to the new generation of DJs that our Station Manager and I had the pleasure to meet, we all had a moment: what was OUR first introduction to the radio station? The answers varied wildly: move-in packets, dining hall fliers, word of mouth, the music sale, and the aforementioned orientation. This year, we hope to have more opportunities to introduce more people to the Great 88 and leave a lasting impression on all the incoming bright-eyed and bushy-tailed students.
When did you first hear/hear of KZSC? Did you happen to find us on the dial or did a friend tell you about the sweet sounds that we play? Let us know- we’d love to hear it!
I recently heard about some studies mentioning a correlation between being an unhappy teenager and listening to a lot of music. I wasn’t too chipper as a kid, and much of my adolescence was spent with headphones on. However, try as I might, I never really felt much of a connection with all the male-oriented alternative rock I was surrounded with, as angsty as it was. I just wasn’t angry enough. I was nearly out of high school before I heard anything that sounded like Heavenly or the Pastels, twee bands with soft hazy female vocals that, while not brash, weren’t passive at all. It was sincere, but not weepy. I definitely needed this stuff at the age of 14.
Last year I heard a song called “Absolutely Everything” by a San Francisco band named Brilliant Colors, that soon became one of my favorites. The band just came out with a new album, entitled Again and Again, and it has promptly been added to my twee playlist. The music is sunny and jangly, the perfect album to shake your hair to on a summer night. Songs like “Hey Dan,” and “How Much Younger” will soon make their way onto all of your mix tapes. “Cult Face” is sweet and bouncy.
The band will be playing tomorrow night in San Francisco at Engine Works, and August 6th at the Think and Die Thinking d.i.y. music festival in San Jose.
Café Musique will be performing at an afternoon concert starting at 1:00pm at Don Quixote’s, 6275 Highway 9, Felton, CA (831) 603-2294 on Sunday, July 24, 2011. This local band from the Central Coast of California plays and sings with a European gypsy sound of its own, featuring original compositions as well as traditional and classics from swing, gypsy, folk, tango, and classical genres. The group features Brynn Albanese on violin and vocals, Piper Heisig on percussion and vocals, Duane Inglish on accordion, Fred Murray on bass, and Craig Nuttycombe on guitar and vocals.
So I recently went through a technological disaster that almost every person I know has experienced at one point or another: my beloved computer decided to die a very sudden death. Luckily, I had backed up my photos, documents, and music onto an external harddrive–but the last time I backed them up was over a year ago. Of the 50-some gigabytes of music lost in the depths of my now-deceased laptop, I managed to save only a small portion.
Building up a new music database from near-scratch is tough work, but thankfully there’s always the lovely KZSC to listen to and get music suggestions from! Always remember you can check what songs and artists we’re playing by going to our Schedule & Playlists tab, and don’t forget to back your files up before your computer crashes.