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CMJ 2012

In mid-October I had the privilege of attending the CMJ conference/concert marathon in New York City. There are over 1000 artists that play within 5 days, as well as conferences in the morning/early afternoon ranging from DJ tips to the ins and outs of the biz. I managed to stay on California time during my weeklong work-cation fun-tastrophe, and couldn’t have done it without my old friends and new ones too. I was fortunate enough to stay with my friend Angelie in the West Village, special thanks to her and her roommate for allowing me to intrude on their exotic New York lifestyle. Also thanks to Mateo and Peter for keeping my company because our Station Manager and Rock Directors couldn’t make it, so we put their passes to good use. Although I wasn’t 21 I managed to see some cool shows with interesting new artists as well as catch up with old friends who were around in the city. My top artists of the week were the Robert Glasper Experiment which played the first night (Tuesday). Even though they started their set an hour and a half late and I hurt my foot and subsequently couldn’t walk for the next few days, I think it was worth it. The Experiment as it is called now is a hip hop band full of once (and still) jazz musicians who decided to take their artistry to the next step. Robert Glasper is still a Blue Note artist, despite his genre change. What I find interesting is the tendency for artists to mesh genres once they get a big time contract. Glasper is no exception. He brings in the who’s who of hip hop on his latest release “Black Radio,” including Mos Def (Yasiin Bey), Erikah Badu, Lupe Fiasco, and so many more. You should check out this record, it’s worth your time, although it may get repetitive after you play it a few hundred times every day.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-0JZlrk4xA

Besides Glasper, after my foot healed and I could walk again I managed to catch my next favorite Tokimonsta, an important player in the LA electronic beat scene. Think Flying Lotus in the body of a hip asian woman. Her music was noticeably more mature than other artists from her label, which made her really stand out to me. Her music is easy to experience, and spectacularly put together. She was doing live material not just prerecorded CDs like her colleagues.

These were my top two artists of the week, but others include Hundred Waters, The Neighbourhood, and many many more.

All in all this week was a week of discovery of new music, and also how much it costs to not walk in New York City. Being surrounded by my new friend(s) from WMVL, a pirate station from Manhattanville College was nice, special thanks to Elyse Rousseu for being an awesome person along with Candice, Mitchell, and all the other WMVL folks. Truly good vibes all around. It was a blast seeing cool music, and hanging with old friends too, this is one for the books. But it’s also good to be back in the Cruz finally caught up on school work. Would I go again? Yes, but hopefully I won’t have to do as much homework.

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Loud Rock Charts: 11/27

I hope everyone had a very metal Thanksgiving break because I sure did. Here’s what happened in the life of Bröötalisk these past two days:

1) Interview The Haarp Machine. See them play with The Faceless and Revocation.

2) Interview Brendon Small from Dethklok. See them play with Machine Head, All That Remains, and Black Dahlia Murder.

In other news, Rage Against the Machine is rereleasing one of their masterpieces for the 20th anniversary of their self titled debut. Does this foreshadow the coming of more RATM? Only time will tell…

1 RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE XX Legacy
2 GAMMA RAY Skeletons And Majesties Eagle Rock
3 AUROCH From Forgotten Worlds Self-Released
4 MAMMOTH MAMMOTH Volume III Napalm
5 ADRENOCHROME Hideous Appetites

 

 

1 DEFTONES Koi No Yokan Warner Brothers
2 ALL THAT REMAINS A War You Cannot Win Razor and Tie
3 HAARP MACHINE Disclosure Sumerian
4 FEAR The Fear Record The End
5 BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME The Parallax II: Future Sequence Metal Blade
6 THE SWORD Apocryphon Razor And Tie
7 CRADLE OF FILTH The Manticore And Other Horrors Nuclear Blast
8 ABIOTIC Symbiosis Metal Blade
9 TIAMAT The Sacred People Napalm
10 HEARTIST Nothing You Didn’t Deserve [EP] Roadrunner

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Programmers of the Month

From left to right it’s Madeline, Luisa, Lani, Betsy and Carol. Known collectively as “Breakfast in Bed”, it has been recognized as the longest-running women’s music program on radio. They prefer to say their show, “features music by women for everyone”. Need a lift on the weekend? Check out “Breakfast in Bed” with a this bunch every Sunday morning at 9 on KZSC.

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Henry: My Hero

Have you ever wondered what kind of spider that is in your bedroom window? Is it a wolf spider? Is it a black widow? (If you responded yes to the last question, kill the spider immediately. Please.)  No matter what species of spider encroaches on your personal space, you have to admit–it’s nice having him around. His name might be Henry. He might be a bulbous orb weaver (Google images of “orb weaver,” I dare you). A few things about Henry are definite. He’s there every evening when you get home from a long day of work. He always says the right things. He knows you pretty well–that you try to match your underwear to your socks but the blues are a little bit off, that you watch Big Bang Theory very late at night. Your spider hates you for that, by the way; one of his eight tiny legs face palms his tiny face. But he’ll never judge you. He’ll watch you and lure you in with his exotic ways and love you from afar until you love him back. Kind of like KZSC. Both Henry and KZSC are delightfully predictable, even when you’re Facebook stalking Marty O’Reilly (http://martyoreilly.com/): they can always be found on the web.

Check out The Cruz Report Tuesday nights 8-8:30pm.

 

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Holly Near Dec. 1st

In 1972, Holly Near was one of the first women to create an independent record company, paving the way for women like Ani DiFranco and others. Her goal was to promote and produce music by politically conscious artists from around the world, a mission that Redwood Records fulfilled for nearly 20 years. Often cited as one of the founders of the Women’s Music movement, she not only led the way for outspoken women in the music world, but also worked for peace and multicultural consciousness. Throughout her long career Holly has worked with a wide array of musicians, including Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Arlo Guthrie, Mercedes Sosa, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, Harry Belafonte, and many others. Holly Near performs with a full band Saturday, December 1st at the Kuumbwa Center in downtown Santa Cruz. Showtime is 7 pm.