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Tycho March 19th

Scott Hansen, also known as synth ambient electronic music producer Tycho, has just released his second LP.  Once strictly a solo project, Tycho has now evolved into a three-piece band providing plenty of energy and euphoria at their live shows. Their debut performance in Santa Cruz will take place at The Catalyst on March 19th. Showtime is 9 pm…or so.

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Pour House St. Patrick’s Day

How can you go wrong with a name like “Pour House” on today’s holiday? They will cap off your St. Patrick’s Day with a variety of Irish songs, jigs and sing-alongs, adding a fresh twist to tunes from Irish artists like Van Morrison, The Pogues, Waterboys and others tonight at special Crepe Place gig. The revery may begin sooner, but the pour from Pour House will start around 9 pm.

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Programmer of the Month: Luisa Cardoza

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 7.26.18 PMIn January 2004, Luisa Cardoza (aka DJ LC) started spinning music on The Great 88. Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 7.23.38 PMIt all started when she enrolled in our broadcast class while working at the UCSC Ticket Office.  Luisa loved our Friday afternoon “Not So Distant Relatives” program so when host DJ Abel graduated, she and DJ Soul Patch (Ben Kutcher) took over.  LC also did a great job as part of the longest running women’s radio collective  in the world, Breakfast in Bed (Sundays 9-noon) and subbing on “Jazz Kitty” (Saturdays, noon-2). Luisa has recently moved to San Francisco, where she’s hosting the show “Tapestries” on KCSF Radio every Wednesday as part of SF City College’s Broadcast Media program. The station streams live via TuneInRadio with programs also archived on Mixcloud.com. Even though LC is now on a different spot on the dial, she’ll always be a loyal fan of where she got her radio start, KZSC.

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RPM Charts – March 17th

Top 10:

1 TENSNAKE – Glow / Astralwerks
2 ILLUM SPHERE – Ghosts Of Then And Now / Ninja Tune
3 WAVE RACER – Streamers / Future Classic
4 JEROME LOL – Deleted/Fool [EP] / Friends of Friends
5 HASTA – Floral [EP] / Apothecary
6 PATTEN – Estoile Naiant / Warp
7 CASHMERE CAT – Wedding Bells [EP] / LuckyMe
8 MACHINEDRUM – Fenris District [EP] / Ninja Tune
9 ACTRESS – Ghettoville / Werkdiscs-Ninja Tune
10 PAUL BASIC – Transient Horizons / Pretty Lights

Top 5 Adds:

1 ODESZA – Sun Models / Odesza
2 DOJA CAT – “So High” [Single] / RCA
3 SAINT TIIMBRE – Power / Little Friend
4 WAVE RACER – Streamers / Future Classic
5 VARIOUS ARTISTS – Suicide Squeeze Records Presents: Forever Singles / Suicide Squeeze

Have a listen to Wave Racer’s obnoxiously catchy single, “Streamers” here:

And here’s a taste of Jerome LOL’s excellent EP:

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Upcoming Hip-Hop To Cop

 

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Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata (Madlib Invazion)

Gary, Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs is set to release his fourth collaborative project on March 18 with critically acclaimed producer Madlib, known primarily for his work with MF DOOM (Madvillainy) and J Dilla (Jaylib). Freddie Gibbs was originally signed to Young Jeezy’s label CTE World in 2011, but due to contract disputes Gibbs left CTE and started his own label called ESGN last year. Their previous 3 EPs Thuggin‘, Shame, and Deeper, have shown Freddie Gibbs talent to rap over Madlib’s unorthodox style of production. With Piñata, we can expect more of Gangsta Gibbs’ street-inspired rhymes.

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Kevin Gates – By Any Means (Bread Winners’ Association)

Kevin Gates will be following up a very successful 2013 with his new mixtape By Any Means, set to release March 18. The Louisiana rapper’s 2013 releases Luca Brasi Story and Stranger Than Fiction showcased his ability to incorporate the Southern rap style popularized by Master P and T.I., with very well-thought out lyricism. Kevin Gates has found much popularity in his home state, but has yet to fully break into the national spotlight. Perhaps By Any Means will be the release to change that.

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Future – Honest (Epic/Freebandz)

Future has gone from being a one hit wonder to one of the biggest names in the rap industry today. He kills the hook game. Following up his 2012 debut, Pluto, the self-described “Astronaut Kid” looks to bring more extra-terrestrial sounding, infectious rhymes on Honest, set to drop April 22. Future has already taken advantage of the rising fame by starting his own label called Freebandz, on which has signed several up and coming rappers. Future is the cousin of Rico Wade, member of Organized Noize, the producers behind countless hits by Goodie Mob, TLC, and Outkast. So it is no surprise to see a rare Andre 3000 verse featured on this. Honest also includes guest appearances by Pharrell Williams, Pusha T, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Drake, Wiz Khalifa, and Freebandz affiliates Young Scooter and Casino. You can play the video game accompanying his new single “Move That Dope” at  MoveThatDoh.com.

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Mid-March New Indie Rock

End of the quarter finals are facing UCSC students, including yours truly. Here are 10 new indie rock releases that will help anyone concentrate:

1. CHERRY GLAZERR – Haxel Princess
2. TACOCAT – NVM
3. HABIBI – Habibi
4. DAMAGED BUG – Hubba Bubba
5. NATURAL CHILD – Dancin’ With Wolves
6. ST. VINCENT – St. Vincent
7. PHANTOGRAM – Voices
8. REAL ESTATE – Atlas
9. BROKEN BELLS – After The Disco
10. HOLY WAVE – Relax

The new Warm Soda album is super fun garage pop awesomeness. Here’s a track from it!