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RPM Charts – Beginning of October

Top 10:

1. RUSTIE – Green Language / Warp
2. APHEX TWIN – Syro / Warp
3. GARDEN CITY MOVEMENT – Entertainment/Bengali Cinema / BLDG5
4. REDINHO – Redinho / Numbers
5. SLOW MAGIC – How To Run Away / Downtown
6. HIPPIE SABOTAGE – The Sunny Album (Deluxe Edition) / iH2D
7. GALTIER – Main10 [EP] / Apothecary Compositions
8. HUDSON MOHAWKE – Chimes [EP] / Warp
9. TOKIMONSTA – Desiderium / Young Art
10. ODESZA – In Return / Counter

Top 5 Adds:

1. CARIBOU – Our Love / Merge
2. ANNA LUNOE – All Out [EP] / Ultra
3. LES SINS – Why [Single] / Carpark
4. BLACK TAXI – Electroshock Death Grip / No Shame
5. FLYING LOTUS – You’re Dead / Warp

We’re starting off the fall quarter with some excellent tunes this year; first up we have the title track from Caribou’s new album Our Love, a dark synth-driven dance number sure to grab you:

Also, have a listen to this beautiful remix of Odesza’s “Say My Name” from the album In Return by Slow Magic:

Be sure to check out Slow Magic’s album How To Run Away too! Its well worth a listen.

Keep rockin’ y’all,  and be sure keep it tuned to 88.1FM!

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Santa Cruz Music Festival Pre-Party Ticket Giveaway!

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The Santa Cruz Music Festival is back! With more than 92 hours of entertainment, 100+ performing acts, all engaging in seven venues in Downtown Santa Cruz, this event is set to surpass last years debut.

You can get a little taste of it at the Santa Cruz Music Festival Pre-Party and we’ve got tickets! This event will be held at the Catalyst on October 10-11. Artists to be featured include Far East Movement, THE GASLAMP KILLER, ill-esha, Thriftworks, Starkey and many more.

For a chance to win tickets to this jam-packed 2 day event, check out our ticket giveaway contest on our Facebook!

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In My Life – A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles, Oct 20

Support KZSC and catch a multi-media musical theatre biography of the Beatles!

100% of the ticket price goes to support KZSC.

Where? The Heritage Theatre in Campbell.
When? Monday, October 20 at 7:30 pm.

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Told through the eyes of Beatles manager, Brian Epstein, “In My Life” features the live music of renowned tribute band Abbey Road.

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They portray the Fab Four with tight harmonies, flawless note for note renditions of Beatles hits, custom–tailored costumes, and precise attention to every detail. These four premier Beatles tribute musicians also recreate the wit and charm of the Beatles, including the Fab Four’s cheeky personalities, familiar onstage banter and patter between songs. More than just a Beatles tribute concert, In My Life gives the audience a chance to “be there” at pivotal moments in the extraordinary career of the Beatles – from Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club, to the Ed Sullivan Show, Shea Stadium’s 50,000 + screaming fans and their final live performance on the rooftop of their Apple Corp offices.

The multi-media musical plays at The Heritage Theatre in Campbell on Monday, October 20 at 7:30 pm. The Milpitas High School String Quartet will perform with the show!

If you buy from us, 100% of your Premier-level ticket price goes to support community radio and KZSC–the home of Here, There and Everywhere.

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Zion I Ticket Giveaway + Free Album

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Zion I, Oakland’s diverse underground kings, present a rare concert experience at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz on Saturday October 4th, 2014. Zion I will be recording their upcoming album “The Rapture: Live from Oaklandia” with a full band at The Catalyst, featuring classics from their expansive catalog. The band, curated by piano prodigy Kev Choice, will re-envision and transform these standards into a unique and intimate space by incorporating elements of jazz and acoustic instrumentation. In addition, attendees will have their names recorded in the liner notes of the album as well as receiving the album digitally before it is available to the public, making this a truly collaborative experience for the artists and fans alike. For aficionados of Zion I and Hip Hop culture, this is an extraordinary opportunity to participate in and be a part of Bay Area musical history.

Make sure to tune in this week for a chance to win tickets to Zion I!

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Charts and Adds for the Third Week of September

As always, our weekly adds and charts from the world of jazz here at KZSC.  Some new artists are infiltrating what has otherwise been a summer dominated by a few great artists. This week we have introduced Afro Bop Alliance, a compilation of upbeat Brazilian tunes, to the airwaves alongside Moon Hooch, a new New York experimental jazz group. And by experimental, I mean straight up placing traffic cones in their horns. All the same, we are lucky to have a fair mixture of jazz legends of new and old. New Blue Note artists include pianist and composer Jason Moran (All Rise); and drummer Otis Brown III (The Thought of You).  Brown has worked alongside acclaimed artists like Esperanza Spalding and Terence Blancahard. Chick Corea’s latest album Triology is nothing short of a trinity of modern jazz masters…. Bassist Christian McBride  and drummer Brian Blade accompany Corea on this live album, which contains three albums steeped in hard driving melodic lines.

1    MELISSA ALDANA AND CRASH TRIO    Melissa Aldana And Crash Trio    Concord
2    SERGIO MENDES    Magic    Sony
3    TRIOLOGY    Triology    Cellar Live
4    YELENA ECKEMOFF QUINTET    A Touch Of Radiance    L and H
5    AFRO BOP ALLIANCE    Angel Eyes    Zoho
6    AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE    The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint    Blue Note
7    ALEX MERCADO TRIO    Symbiosis    Fornarte Latino
8    BAD PLUS    Inevitable Western    SPEAKEASY
9    MOON HOOCH    This Is Cave Music    Hornblow-Palmetto
10    OTIS BROWN III    The Thought Of You    Revive-Blue Note

1    CHICK COREA TRIO    Trilogy    Concord
2    VERVE JAZZ ENSEMBLE    East End Sojourn    Self-Released
3    JASON MORAN    All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller    Blue Note
4    OTIS BROWN III    The Thought Of You    Revive-Blue Note
5    KIKI EBSEN    Scarecrow Sessions    Painted Pony

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One to Watch: Jazz: Jon Batiste & Stay Human

Social music. This is how up and coming artist, John Batiste refers to his music and jazz music in general as during a live set of Jon Batiste & Stay Human.* At first, this phrase may seem pretentiously effusive. After all, it does not take a professional music critic nor an intellectual to understand that music is meant to be enjoyed by others or shared. What the twenty seven year old Lousiana pianist means instead is that jazz likes to draw from all sorts of styles and inspiration in a way that allows for seriously progressive music. Jazz is everything you want it to be in many ways, and Jon Batiste & Stay Human  are creating some seriously enticing progressive jazz.

Batiste is backed by a talented group of young artists: Eddie Barbash (sax), Ibanda  Ruhumika (tuba), and Joe Saylor (percussion). I had a chance to see the group in performance at the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival. The group’s carefree and fun loving vibes was most evident in in Batiste’s wardrobe choice for his big MJF debut: skinny mint green suit. The man has confidence and knows how to have a good time.

The group is surely eclectic in its inspiration and sound. It’s almost as if Andree 3000 successfully decided to dapple in jazz one day. Batiste has a soulful voice that is built for R&B and smooth jazz, yet his music touches upon numerous musical styles. One moment he crooned a classic and the next he is busting out some hardcore Dixieland jazz, whose rollicking vibes got the otherwise indifferent audience on its feet. Whatever he decides to draw from, what is certain is that Batiste is a virtuosic pianist who enjoys some serious foot stompin’ backed percussion. I look forward to seeing what is next for the man in the mint green suit.

* See video for Jon Batiste & Stay Human covering “Wrecking Ball” below