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Shocking

This Friday KZSC will have its plug pulled. As part of a larger electrical project, UC Santa Cruz needs to temporarily cut power to our little cabin in the woods. That means zero webstream signal and a blank spot at 88.1 FM for a while…but not too long. We will go dark (literally) at noon on Friday, June 21st and expect to be back bothering the world again sometime around 6 pm Friday night.

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Summer Wave Rider

Everyone knows surfing started in Hawaii but when it came to the mainland, it came and stayed in Santa Cruz. KZSC’s Hawaiian surfing shirt is the best of both worlds. Remember: “Wiki Wiki” means fast. Get your summer shirts, canvas totes and other Great 88 goodies now inside our KZSC Summer Store.

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KZSC Summer Schedule

The Great 88 has launched our longest programming quarter of the year. Tastier than deep-fried Twinkies, our summer program schedule features the premiere of a Frank Zappa theme show, modern folk music, “Electric Kool Aid” and tons more. Since the days are longer, many of your long-standing favorites have been given extended timeslots. Take a peek at the outstanding lineup for summer on our SCHEDULE page and let us know what you think!

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Reggae Music For Dads

Still thinking about Father’s Day? Here’s a song about a father’s love by reggae artist TURBAN X. Fathers are fathers all year long; try to find the time to let them really know how you feel. So along with your words of appreciation, pass along some new reggae music!

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The Uncluded- Hokey Fright

Kimya Dawson & Aesop Rock come together as The Uncluded to create the collaborative album Hokey Fright.

At first I was a little hesitant, not knowing what to expect from the unusual collaboration. It was like I was listening to nursery rhymes dubbed over by a rap artist.

The fuse of Kimya’s sweet melancholy singing with Aesop Rock’s stern vocals complete 16 tracks on Hokey Fright. They both deliver clever verses over quirky instrumentals which make for a creative mash-up. While Kimya sweetly sings her way through the tracks, Aesop uses word play masterfully. Tracks like “Teleprompters” and “Delicate Cycle” provide lighthearted instrumentals, while the musicians deliver thought-provoking verses. Meanwhile at the opposite pole, “Superheroes” & “WYHUOM” are carefree and playful tracks.
Some may say that Aesop rapping over Kimya’s strumming guitar and folk singing is awkward, but I believe that this is what makes the album unique and refreshing. Embrace the odd combination! They were destined for greatness once the folk singer and rapper joined forces to create a musical experiment that has set a standard unmet by other artists. This is a perfect album to listen to this summer while riding your bike down the block– headphones in, real world out. Give it a listen!

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Radio: All In The Family

Father’s Day came up fast June 16th. My situation involved receiving a small package in the mail from my pops the other day, and inside the cardboard box was a small recyclable doggie-poo bag.  Despite that informality, I found gold within this doggie bag – my dad’s radio on-air tapes from the 80’s! My family and myself hail from Sacramento and that’s where dad did radio when he was in his twenties. Quite a trip that we both got into radio at the same time in our lives at the same age. So as I listen to these old cassette tapes, everything about it a total blast from the past; the guy talking on air is my dad and he sounds just like I do now! I decided to take all of these old tapes and convert them to a digital format with my own introductions and commentary between them. The finished product for pops will be all of his analog air checks neatly compiled onto a CD with his own son’s radio voice talking about it!  Better than a Hallmark card and golf balls…

Whether your paterfamilias  devoted himself to an art, a tough career, a trade or just his family, make sure to recognize him for that. I’m sure he’ll appreciate it more than anything. And tell him you love him too-even if you do that already.

-J Dog; KZSC Jazz Music Director