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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.

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Programmer of the Month: Keith Rozendal

July’s programmer of the month is Keith Rozendal with one of KZSC’s newest programs, Music is a Teacher. Keith is also KZSC’s new broadcast advisor! Taking on a new program, an early morning time slot and a new job  — all while relocating to Santa Cruz — is no easy feat, so thanks Keith for everything you’ve done so far for the Great 88. We appreciate it, and look forward to seeing what you do for KZSC in the coming months!

Hailing from Houston, Texas, Keith earned a B.A. in psychology from Rice University, a Ph.D. in social and political psychology from UC Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of British Columbia. As if that wasn’t enough, Keith also completed the science communication graduate program right here at UC Santa Cruz. Equal parts scholar and DJ, Keith programmed for Rice University’s KTRU and UCSB’s KCSB, and also served as an assistant producer for the radio show Big Picture Science at the SETI Institute in Mountain View. We also have a seasoned journalist in our midst, as Keith worked as a reporting intern for the Santa Cruz Sentinel and as a multimedia journalist for the Vancouver Sun.

Who knows what Keith will accomplish next? Stay tuned to the Great 88 to find out, and be sure to catch Keith’s show Music is a Teacher every Saturday from 6-9 a.m, featuring finds from KZSC’s own archives spanning the globe’s rich musical history. Keith’s current favorite genres range from horror and sci-fi movie soundtracks to spacey new age to pagan British folk, so expect an eclectic mix of tunes.