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Gold Standard

The readers of Santa Cruz Weekly have spoken. After all the ballots have been counted, The Great 88 was once again named “Best Radio Station” and KZSC’s Sleepy John Sandidge was named “Best Radio Personality”. Thank you to all who helped us repeat once again as Number One. We appreciate the recognition and the 2013 Gold Award; in fact we’re thinking of having it bronzed…

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Our New Spring Schedule

Everyone is waiting for KZSC’s spring program schedule – some more patiently than others. Starting mid-month you can set aside your own record collection and hear gypsy music, surf, blues, neo-classical polka and who knows what. Many of our regular shows that have become favorites are moving to new days and times. Have a favorite show you can’t do without? Leave your comments, wishes and dreams below. Our new program schedule begins Monday, April 15th.

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This Pope Shall Not Abdicate

All hail Pope Lou Reed the Only.  His robe is a Velvet Underground. His throne, the mighty city of Berlin.  Whose Mary Magdalene’s were transvestite streetwalkers on the wild side.  Who turned the other cheek when struck viciously with flowers and miraculously turned one day in New York City, utterly perfect.  Who abides in grace and married the glorious angel of experimental heaven, Saint Laurie Anderson.  He, who in his early ministry, delivered prenatal punk sermons of sublime beauty. We have all been thus baptized.  We, who have loved and honored him with our mortal hearts.  We, who are severely bummed out that his show on April 16th, at the Golden State Theatre in Monterey California, has been cancelled. We, who would have washed our own feet and other parts of our corporeal selves, before making the pilgrimage.  A pilgrimage we would have made without the use of certain opiates, because we all know that chariots are powered best by horses, not heroin.  Let us all give a nod to a divinely inspired rescheduling, if it is possible.

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Why The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle Should be the Next Poet Laureate of the United States

As a creative writing major here at UCSC, I’m all too aware of the changing times and how they’re affecting writers of all varieties. A lot of people are under the impression that a lot of writing, particularly poetry, is racing Keith Richards to the grave, and is probably going to win. Well, win is a relative term in that case. This leaves our nation in an artistic crisis, but fear not! Hope is not lost! There was recently a petition to the White House to appoint John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats the next United States Poet Laureate, and, while he isn’t a poet in the traditional William Carlos Williams sense, his words speak for themselves, you know, like words. According to the always-reliable Wikipedia, the U.S. Poet Laureate “seeks to raise the national consciousness to a greater appreciation of the reading and writing of poetry.” Who better to bring poetry back into the national consciousness than a popular musician, especially one whose lyrics have affected so many in such a profound way. So, for what it’s worth, this is my endorsement of John Darnielle to be the next Poet Laureate of the United States. Check out a few videos below that might give you an idea of his lyrical brilliance:

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