The Babies have just come out with their second full length album, House on a Hill to amazing reviews. After their show at the Crepe Place in Santa Cruz on December 7th, Kevin Morby and Cassie Ramone sat down with Bikini Kill DJ Ana, frequent guest DJ Andrea Casablanca and Jesse Perez to talk about tour life, their favorite city (SANTA CRUZ) and House on a Hill.
This week Talkabout hosts musician Diane Patterson and her performance at Synthesis 2012 Festival in Mexico.
1. Iggy Azalea, Glory (EP)
Iggy Azalea was signed by T.I. earlier this year and blew up with her single “Murda Bizness” off of her EP. This Australian babe raps like nobody’s business, combining unstoppable sex appeal and rough lyrics. For a sexy time check out “Flash” featuring Mike Posner.
2. Aesop Rock, Skelethon
This was Aesop’s first fully self-produced full-length studio album. With bangers such as “Grace”, “Tetra”, “ZZZ Top”, and “Zero Dark Thirty” it won’t disappoint. Heavy beats and serious rhymes turn childhood anecdotes into songs you won’t soon forget. Aesop is known for being rather dark, but this is one of his darkest albums yet.
3. A$AP Rocky, LONG.LIVE.A$AP
Although the whole album hasn’t technically been released yet, there have been 2 singles and a leak of this album that assure me it makes it into my top 5 list. Videos for “Long Live A$AP” and “Goldie” can be found online, having been released earlier this year. The release date has been pushed back a number of times, but it will definitely be worth the wait.
4. Odd Future, OF Tape, Vol. 2
Odd Future did it again with their second tape. They presented inappropriate, offensive, disgusting, abrasive songs to us in a fashion that no one seemed to notice. Who could help it? Tracks like “Doms”, “Forest Green” and “P” became instant classics. It was quite a bummer not having Earl on there, but I’m sure we’ll be seeing much more of him in the next year.
5. Brother Ali, Mourning in American and Dreaming in Color
Brother Ali is incomparable in the way he reaches the hearts and souls of his listeners. This album touches on so many aspects of simply being human in today’s world. He brings to light what we should be grateful for and what we should be fighting to change. With instruments of all sorts, this live band album truly swept me off my feet.
Bruce’s guest in the first half hour is Brian Staufenbiel the head of UCSC’s Opera Program. Opera is an important and unique part of the UCSC campus and Brian brings us up to date on Opera news.
In the second half hour Bruce interviews Heather McDougal, author of the new book “Songs for a Machine Age”. A fantasy of dream machines, dancing spiders, and secret maps.
Alas, it is time once again to bring ourselves back into reality. However, that also means more awesome music for the masses. This week brings some really neat stuff out of Corsair, a band that actually self released their first full length album back in April, but is now signed with Shadow Kingdom Records, and thus is releasing it under them on January 23rd.
Of course, a name you don’t need any introduction to, Rammstein is also on this week’s list. Expect lots of creepy, yet awesome, piano interludes.
I sincerely hope you all had a great break during the holidays. Here’s to another metal year!
1 CORSAIR Corsair Shadow Kingdom
2 RAMMSTEIN Mein Herz Brennt [EP] Universal
3 CODE ORANGE KIDS Love Is Love/Return To Dust Deathwish
1 DOWNFALL OF GAIA Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes Metal Blade
2 NE OBLIVISCARIS Portal Of I
3 ENSLAVED Riitiir Nuclear
4 GOJIRA L’Enfant Sauvage Roadrunner
5 SOUL CYCLE Soul Cycle II
6 AMENRA Mass V Neurot
7 DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA Pandora’s Pinata Sensory
8 HYPNO5E Acid Mist Tomorrow
9 NEUROSIS Honor Found In Decay Neurot
10 HIGH ON FIRE De Vermis Mysteriis eOne
If there’s a more well-known instrumental from the 1960s than “Green Onions” we haven’t heard it. Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Booker T. Jones and his band, Booker T. & The M.G.s were a staple of radio with hit instrumentals. They also helped define the Stax record label sound by serving as a backup band for many important soul singers including Otis Redding. When the M.G.s went their separate ways, Jones went on to producing, composing, and collaborating with new groups. Don’t expect only the oldies at this show; his latest album Sound The Alarm (with Gary Clark Jr) features Jones at his most soulful in years. It’s a Hammond B-3 sound fest as the Kuumbwa Jazz Center proudly presents Booker T. for two shows, 7 and 9 pm, Monday, January 20th. Don’t miss an opportunity to see a musical legend in such an intimate venue.