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RPM Charts – 2nd Week of August

Top 10:

1. JIM-E STACK – Tell Me I Belong / Innovative Leisure
2. LONE – Reality Testing / R&S
3. FLUME – Flume Deluxe Mixtape / Mom And Pop
4. MARTYN – The Air Between Words / Ninja Tune
5. CHROMEO – White Women / Atlantic
6. LIDO – I Love You [EP] / Pelican Fly
7. FHLOSTON PARADIGM – The Phoenix / Hyperdub
8. DEON CUSTOM – Bliss [EP] / Terrorhythm
9. SPAZZKID – Promise / Magical Properties
10. DEADMAU5 – While(1<2) / mau5trap-Astralwerks

Top 5 Adds:

1. DORIAN CONCEPT – “Draft Culture” [Single] / Ninja Tune
2. AMP LIVE – Headphone Concerto / Plug Research
3. LUSINE – Arterial / Ghostly International
4. LEMAITRE – Singularity [EP] / Astralwerks
5. KODOMO – Patterns And Light/ Self-Released

Here’s a beautiful slow-burner  from Jim-E Stack’s debut album, “Tell Me I Belong”, out now on Innovative Leisure:

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State senator Bill Monning cleans KZSC’s windows and interviews on Talkabout!

This week on Talkabout, State Senator Bill Monning showed up with a bucket and squeegee ready to clean the windows and talk with Santa Cruz residents about the issues facing them. Bill Monning is the representative of the 17th district, which encompasses much of the California central coast. He also is a frequent listener of KZSC and the “Bushwackers Breakfast Club!”

Give this episode of Talkabout another listen if you have already heard it, or listen for the first time if you missed it live on air!

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Summer music sale, Sat Aug 30

Everybody had such a good time at our first Summer Music Sale, we can hardly wait to do it again. It’s almost time! We’ll see you at Verve on Saturday August 30th. An expanded set of vendors, mild summer weather, and all the great memories from last year mean that we expect even more of our friends will come out this time. Save the date. We’ll bring KZSC coffee mugs to hold your favorite beverage from Verve, and record tote bags to haul off all the great music you’ll find.

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The Memories interviewed by Brandon K (DJ Sandwich)

You may have noticed while listening to KZSC that our DJs play their fair share of bands from the beloved label Burger Records. It’s almost impossible to think about Burger Records without thinking about the LA-via-Portland band The Memories. They seem to be billed on most Burger events, they have arguably the biggest Burger catalog, and they even do the theme song for Burger’s (sort of) weekly web series, BRGRTV. Not only do fans love their music, but they also seem to get caught up in endless-party-lifestyle of The Memories captured in the band’s facebook page.

I got to sit down with The Memories in their tour van to catch up on what’s new with the boys, amongst other things. Check out the full interview below along with a couple of the band’s music videos. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Juan Wauters interview with Brandon K (DJ Sandwich)

Juan Wauters has quickly become one of the most likeable and sought-after musicians of 2014 since the release of his debut solo album, N.A.P North American Poetry, earlier this year. Wauters is not a stranger to this kind of reception after gaining a big following with his previous project, The Beets. N.A.P North American Poetry, now out on cassette and LP via Captured Tracks, picks up where The Beets left off in 2012 with acoustically driven, infectious melodies and a healthy balance of both English and Spanish lyrics. But this album takes a bit of a different direction from Juan’s previous releases by having the spotlight not only on his songwriting abilities, but also on his exploration of what it means to be “you”.

I was lucky enough to see Juan two times in one week; once at day 2 of the Burger Boogaloo at Mosswood Park in Oakland, and then later that week when he opened up for Mac Demarco at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.

After his second set of the week, I met up with Juan in the windiest alley of San Francisco which is conveniently located in the back of the Great American Music Hall. Check out the interview below where we discuss existentialism, what it means to be New Yorker,  Jonathan Richman, and his creative collaborator Matt Volz. Also check out the music video for “Water” below directed by Matt himself.