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Wiggin’ Out: The Endless Cycle

As you probably are aware, the Olympics just happened in London. All eyes were on the British athletes, who wanted to demonstrate their abilities on their home turf. As a cycling fan, I was most interested in the road race and time trial; in the latter England’s own Bradley Wiggins, winner of this year’s Tour de France, took a decisive gold. To honor this achievement, here’s some classic music from a couple of very important British artists:

 

 

 

Wire started up at the same time punk rock was sweeping through Europe. While the band certainly fit the punk template (kids who couldn’t play their instruments playing fast and aggressive music in short bursts), much of their music was a reaction to the image of punk and the rigid rules that seemed to be in place surrounding the likes of the Sex Pistols and the Clash. They rejected what they viewed as “too rock,” and instead created concise pieces unlike anything else at the time. “Brazil”, from their debut Pink Flag, embodies the band’s minimalist aesthetic, over as quickly as it began. Be sure to check out the rest of the album as well, as it works best as a full work.

London’s very own Talk Talk may very well illicit initial thoughts of New Wave and Synth Pop, but when the early 90s came around, the band recorded some of the most compelling music ever released. 1991’s Laughing Stock is considered by many as one of the first ever “post-rock” albums. Released the same year as Slint’s monumental Spiderland, it helped usher in the genre made famous by the likes of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Explosions in the Sky years later. Check out Talk Talk’s phenomenal “Ascension Day” above, and let the soulful slow build engulf you. Cheers!

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The Woodstock of Jazz: MJF55

You don’t want to miss this concert. Ever. It’s not just a concert, it’s a weekend of concerts. A full weekend of the world’s finest jazz artists performing at the Monterrey Jazz Festival including: Trombone Shorty, Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra, Jack DeJohnette, Pat Metheney, Esperanza Spalding, Ambrose Akinmusire, Mulgrew Miller, Gerald Clayton, Tigran Hamasyan, and the list goes on and on. If you’re looking to spend a weekend listening to the best jazz from all corners of the world, you will NOT want to miss this. Tickets are already on sale, I’ll be there, will you?

Sept. 21-23 at the Monterey Fairgrounds

http://www.montereyjazzfestival.org/2012/

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Loud Rock Charts: 8/21

Our thoughts here at KZSC go out to both Baroness and Periphery. We hope for a quick recovery for Baroness, and that everything is okay for Periphery and their family. You will be sorely missed on the rest of the Summer Slaughter tour, but that means I’ll just mosh even harder for you guys!

ADDS
1 STRATOVARIUS Under Flaming Winter Skies Eagle Rock
2 GYPSYHAWK Revelry And Resilience
3 DOWNSPIRIT Bulletproof Metalville
4 VORE Gravehammer AFM
5 AUTUMN’S END The Siren’s Lament The Orchard-CM Distro

CHARTS
1 FACELESS Autotheism Sumerian

2 TESTAMENT Dark Roots Of Earth Nuclear Blast
3 HELLYEAH Band Of Brothers Eleven Seven
4 PERIPHERY  Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal Sumerian
5 CONTORTIONIST Intrinsic eOne
6 KING OF ASGARD …To North Metal Blade
7 FOR THE FALLEN DREAMS Wasted Youth Artery
8 SAINT DIABLO Saint Diablo Eclipse
9 BARONESS Yellow And Green Relapse
10 DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT  “Lucky Animals” [Single] InsideOut

 

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Bonnie Raitt September 16th

What did you do in summer camp? Whittle? Paddle a canoe? Bonnie Raitt learned to play guitar at Camp Regis-Applejack in upstate New York. Unlike our nights burning s’mores on a campfire, her experiences  led to a career in music playing some of the best electric slide guitar there is. Her blues interpretations, singing and songwriting have gained Bonnie a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame plus numerous Grammy awards. As summer and summer camp season come to an end, Bonnie Raitt brings her “Slipstream Tour” to Santa Cruz on Sunday September 16th with special guest gospel legend Mavis Staples. The Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium downtown is the place. Showtime will be 8 pm.