He lays down a history and culture of reggae music and discusses his documentary called “Holding on to Jah.” He also talks about Groundation and their upcoming new album and concert in Santa Cruz on Friday Aug 29th at the Catalyst, with J Boog.
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!
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.
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.
Alexandra Starlight and Zachary James of Alexandra & the Starlight Band stopped by the station to do an interview with our own DJ Soul Patch during his program Not-so-distant Relatives which airs every Thursday from 2pm-4pm. Listen for Alexandra’s rocking acoustic jam! Although the KZSC talk department is fairly new on the scene, KZSC has a long tradition of getting awesome artists, writers, musicians and other talented people on the air. We want to keep that tradition alive by getting more exposure for some of these great interviews you may have missed, and some that are coming up in the near future! Stay tuned to KZSC and kzsc.org
Thursday July 17th be sure to tune in to “Happy beyond words” with me, DJ Roux, to hear a special live poetry reading with Gabe Kittle, a local poet and teacher! He will be sharing his poetry with us as well as talking about his poetry workshop at the tannery arts center and his upcoming projects. It’s sure to be very exciting and I hope you all tune in!
Check out Gabe reading “Writing a new world,” in a film by Jake Cushnir.