the grouch catalyst

Fonzie Interviews The Grouch

Fonzie caught up with the Grouch to talk about his upcoming show at the Catalyst, his performance in Los Angeles at Camp Flog Gnaw a few weeks ago, and his latest triple-album with Eligh, The Tortoise and The Crow.

Be sure to attend the How The Grouch Stole Christmas Tour with the GrouchEligh, Cunninlynguists, DJ Abilities, and DJ Fresh coming to the Catalyst on December 4!

You can listen to The Fonzie Scheme every Monday night, 10PM – 12AM!


Simrit Kaur at the Pacific Cultural Center

simrit-love-crop1Harvest of the fruits of a new fall here at KZSC. World is starting off the quarter with an interview of artist Simrit Kaur!

Simrit , with her unique touch to devotional chant music, will be performing at the Santa Cruz Pacific Cultural Center on Friday, October 24th at 7:30pm. She also has a new album out soon! This album features a song with lead singer of the Go-Gos, Belinda Carlisle.

You can hear Simrit speak on music and her new album on Cross Stitch this Monday, at it’s new time slot, noon to 2pm.

Here is the song Mul Mantra, from her new album Simrit , so you can have a listen!


Groundation’s Harrison Stafford interviewed by DJ Tiffany

Professor Harrison Stafford, the leader of Groundation, was speeding across the California desert when he connected with KZSC’s DJ Tiffany on “Joy in the Morning.”

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.


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!


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. 







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.