Dylan october 2012

Bon Voyage, Dylan Music

Quite frankly, I’m not happy about it, but what can you do? Reality has that annoying habit of being unavoidable.

In this case, KZSC is losing one of its very best DJs, just as we head into our fall schedule. Dylan Music (AKA DJ Oy-Dog) of Muzikal Jewz has to end his seven-year run with The Great 88.

The good news is that he has a job in radio. The bad news is the commute back to our side of the Monterey Bay is just too long. Two hours of driving to do a two-hour radio show on a day off is not a great plan. Many have tried and all have failed. It’s a tough deal, because, Muzikal Jewz has been one of the most iconic, humorous and straight-up delightful shows ever in the history of this college radio station. We can only hope that the fates bring him back to us someday. He knows he’s welcome anytime.


Programmer of the Month: David Anton Savage

The Man The Myth The Legend…

David Anton Savage, The Savage, as he is warmly known by many at the station, has been a big part of the KZSC Community for 16 years now. Best known for his work on Unfiltered Camels, a show which began in the Fall of 1989; he became the host in June of 1999 (and the show hits its 26th year this Fall) !

Savage has also gone above and beyond the call of duty as a volunteer at KZSC. He has served on the Program Review Committee four times and was elected to be the station’s music librarian for two years in a row.

He has acted as an alternate host for the public affairs show Talkabout for many years, and been involved with various side projects, including:

  • For almost every Summer since 2007 , he has hosted The Savage Bistro, a show dedicated to mixing music and spoken word. It is a show that can only be on after hours because things can get kind of savage.
  • Also, beginning last Summer, 2014, he created a new show called, Insect Agony, a program of free-form experimental music and noise. Which has now grow to a large collective of his fellow DJs programming for chaos theory.
  • And finally, in his alter ego, DJ Goy Boy, he produces a weekly feature for the Sunday radio show, Musikal Jewz, called “Did Jew Know?” a  2 to 4 minute segment of Jewish knowledge.

So here is to David Anton Savage for truly being a dedicated member of the KZSC community through and through. Very well deserving of August’s Programmer of the Month!

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Fonzie’s “Don’t Sleep on ‘Em” Recommendations Volume Two: Top 10 Hip-Hop Songs of 2015 So Far

The Fonzie Scheme will be back on air in the Fall! Until then, here are some “Don’t Sleep on ‘Em” Recommendations to hold you over while I’m gone. For Volume Two of my “Don’t Sleep on ‘Em” picks, I decided to list my top 10 songs of 2015 so far since we’re about at that halfway point. There’s a repeat or two from Volume One because a few of those recommendations were some of my favorites of the year. I honestly tend to hate on top 10 type lists, so I want you to keep in mind, this is just my opinion!


Nell – One Life to Live ft. Twelve’len (The Screw Tape)

Nell first made a name for himself with Spaceghostpurrp‘s Raider Klan. Living in the South Florida area, he has continued to garner an underground following. Nell‘s release The Screw Tape from this year is a collaboration with El Camino Black. Each song samples a classic joint by the Legendary DJ Screw. Twelve’len also hails from the South Florida area, and you can hear both Nell and Twelve’len featured on Denzel Curry‘s newest Double EP 32 Zel/Planet Shrooms. This song uses the chopped and screwed cut of One Life To Live by Al D, Dat Boy Grace, and Wood. Nell comes in with that classic 90s Bone Thugs flow, and Twelve’len is rapping with somewhat of a dancehall influence. I love how the song uses the original song for the hook and closes out with DJ Screw speaking. RIP to DJ Screw.


Sicko Mobb – Robin Jeans (Mulah)

The Chicago Bop scene is really blowing up right now. No, I’m not talking about Be-bop jazz haha. Bop has been a dance and sub-genre movement in hip-hop for a couple years now, with Chicago artists such as Lil’ Kemo, DJ Nate, and Sicko Mobb fusing elements of Chicago drill with dance, pop, and R&B. Mulah is Sicko Mobb‘s second release this year, following up Super Saiyan 2. This song “Robin Jeans” is produced by TM 88 of the 808 Mafia from Atlanta, popular for their production with Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka Flame, and Future. It’s just a really fun song. Lil’ Trav and Lil’ Ceno go in about flexing their great fashion decisions.


CZARFACE (Inspectah Deck + 7L & Esoteric) – Ka-Bang ft. MF DOOM (Every Hero Needs A Villain)

Czarface is the collaboration between Inspectah Deck of the Wu-Tang Clan and Boston hip-hop legends 7l & Esoteric. Every Hero Needs a Villain is their second full length LP which just came out earlier this year. Both albums feel like you’re listening to a comic book on record, and they have some sick album art. MF DOOM destroyed his verse here on “Ka-Bang”, as usual. 7L made a crazy beat here, and I like the vocal samples to give the song that comic book feel. DOOM, Inspectah Deck, and Esoteric all use really sick rhyme schemes in this song.


Bones – TheHealingFields (Powder)

Bones has been steadily growing his underground following for years now. 2015 is turning out to be a big year for Bones with his placement on A$AP Rocky‘s new album (the song actually just uses a rerecorded hook from Bones‘ song Dirt).  Powder came out in April, and with 28 songs it is much longer than his usual release. “TheHealingFields” is a collaboration with Greaf, who produces for Bones side-project surrenderdorothy. The acoustic guitar sample really makes for a meditative feeling on this joint.


Future & DJ Esco – 56 Nights (56 Nights)

Future and his official DJ, DJ Esco “The Coolest DJ in The World” released a mixtape together in March of this year. Future is member of the Atlanta Dungeon Family Collective with Outkast, TLC, Killer Mike, Janelle Monae, and several other artists from Atlanta. Future has been dropping mixtapes since 2010, and he has since gained a pretty sizable mainstream following with his last album Honest reaching critical acclaim and selling over 100,000 copies. The name “56 Nights” is inspired by the 56 Nights DJ Esco spent in a Dubai prison (read the full story at Fader). Produced by Southside of 808 Mafia, the song has a catchy Atlanta trap sound with somewhat of a dark mood to go along with the emotional topic.


Post MaloneWhite Iverson

Post Malone is really on the rise. He’s only released a few songs on his soundcloud, but he’s already been spotted meeting with Rick Rubin, who has produced for LL Cool J, the Beastie Boys, Kanye West, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, just to name a few. Atlanta duo FKI produced the beat on “White Iverson”. There are countless metaphors between basketball and life here, but the one that stands out to me is “I need that money like the ring I never won.”


Meyhem Lauren & IceRocks – Fly Counterparts (More Cashmere EP)

I’ve heard of Meyhem Lauren for while now from his work in the New York hip-hop scene with artists such as Action Bronson and Harry Fraud. His newest release More Cashmere EP straight blew me away. Every song is so polished, and you can really tell Meyhem Lauren has developed his own sound reminiscent of 90’s boom bap. His delivery couples so well with IceRocks New York sound. Laurenovich is just spitting about his life on this song. The imagery is clear, and his delivery is on point. This song just rides.


KeithCharles Spacebar – All my Luv (ft. Abra) (We’re All a Little Triflin)

I’ve been saying it, but Awful Records is taking over in 2015. Almost 20 members deep, they just killed it in their Boiler Room set, which will definitely get them some more recognition. KeithCharles Spacebar or KCSB both produces and raps, and he is touring with Awful labelmates Father, Playboi Carti, and Slug Christ this summer, which will stop at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz. This track features Awful Records’ “Darkwave Duchess” Abra bringing a smooth R&B hook. KCSB produced a killer beat here, and his verses are solid.



Black Kray has been grinding in the underground for a few years now. The young rapper has already worked with Bones, Spaceghostpurrp, and Yung Lean. He puts out a bunch of material, this year already releasing two albums, several music videos, and several releases by members of his Goth Money Records, based in Richmond, Virginia. You can really feel the emotion in this song. Produced by Kenshi, the instrumental, has some deep bass and the piano melody makes for quite a dark mood.


Xavier Wulf – Wulf of Akina (Project X)

Xavier Wulf has been growing his underground fan-base for years. Originally from Memphis, TN, he now pulls in hundreds of thousands of plays on his songs on Soundcloud. Wulf started out as Ethelwulf in Spaceghostpurrp’s Raider Klan, but he has since broken off into his own Hollow Squad, frequently touring and collaborating with Bones and Chris Travis as SESHOLLOWATERBOYZ. His early work drew strong influence from lo-fi 90’s underground Memphis rappers such as Three 6 Mafia and Tommy Wright III. You can still hear that sound in Xavier Wulf‘s newer music, but he has developed his own style that also incorporates anime and cloud-rap. Both of his projects released in 2015, Tundra Boy: Season One and Project X, have been two of my favorite releases of the year. Although I have never watched the show Initial D, his new album Project X has kind of inspired me to. This is my unproven theory about the album:  With a duration of about 30 minutes, and opening and closing with songs by M.O.V.E., the band behind most of the soundtrack of Initial D, I think the album is meant to be kind of an episode of Initial D. It seems to me like X Wulf is rapping as if he is a character in the anime show, hanging out at Fujiwara‘s house, while still relating elements of his own life to the story, making frequent references to racing people in his 240 S13, and smoking blunts with women. The songs incorporates vocal and car engine samples from the show, which with his lyrics form a storyline throughout the album. After opening with the high energy “Akina Speed Star” and “Wulf Takahashi“, “The Wulf of Akina” is kind of a slow-down point in the album. Brobak made a very meditative instrumental, that Wulf rides perfectly. The first verse he raps about driving around smoking blunts while also briefly mentioning his relationship with a girl. In the second verse he explains his decision go against Mr. Fujiwara‘s advice and race. The song closes with the sound of a car driving away.


Programmer of the Month: Marley Lix-Jones (Marles Barkley)

In just a few short days, KZSC will bid a “see-you-later” to senior programmer, Marles Barkley aka Marley Lix-Jones. Earning her staff badge during her freshmen year, Marles went on to be Rock Director for one year, followed by Music Director for one year. Marles Barkley had her debut show, Hairdresser Blues with fellow DJ Justin Credible during the Spring of 2012, where “hairstyles rotate[d] weekly.” In the Fall of 2012, Marles began Soulacoaster, which will have it’s final edition this week—just short of three years on KZSC’s program schedule. With her diverse array of musical tastes, Marles has also hosted neo soul show No Love, indie rock show Pop-Rock-Sicle, and post-punk show Rebellious Jukebox. Marles and I caught up on spices, curling, college, and of course, radio.

  1. If I were a nut butter I would be… peanut butter. I mean, of course she would, it’s the title of Joanna Gruesome’s newest album and Marles is all about Joanna Gruesome.
  2. My favorite pepper/spicy spice/hot sauce is… I like black bean chili sauce. The oil is good as hot sauce for soups and stuff and the actual sauce is really good in a stir fry type thing. Versatile sauce. 
  3. My favorite summer Olympic sport is… soccer.
  4. My favorite winter Olympic sport is… I’m not passionate about any winter Olympic sport. What about curling? How do you feel about curling? Waste of time y/n? I think curling is pretty chill. It’s fun-ish to watch and seems fun to play. It is one of those Olympic sports where the people who play it are just regular people with day jobs and they are just mad good at curling, which I think is cool but also kinda sad. I feel like if you are the best in the world at something you should be allowed to just do that for a living. 
  5. Best meal of the day? Of today? All I’ve eaten is coffee and goldfish. 
  6. Are you a sandwich person or more of an anything-wrapped-in-a-tortilla person? Both. 
  7. Most college meal you’ve ever created? Sometimes I eat uncooked ramen.
  8. CD you would put in a time capsule? A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness by Rocketship.

Marles Barkley can be heard with Brickfrog on Soulacoaster, this Friday from 4-5:30pm, and on The Jangle Book, Tuesday from 2-4pm.

Written by Shay Stoklos.


Farewell Greg Williams

We are deeply saddened to inform you that our longtime KZSC volunteer programmer and friend, Greg Williams, aka DJ Sequoia Slim and The Gemini Factor, has left us. Greg died in his sleep, at home, on Friday May 29th.

Greg was a wonderfully diverse programmer and one of the kindest people ever to join the KZSC community. He hosted many successful shows like Indie Babies and Sternal Precautions and he was always eager to provide a warm welcome to newcomers to the station family. We have been grateful for every day that he could come spend time with us at KZSC and to share himself and his music with our community.

We have set aside some time to memorialize him on the air, during his show Sternal Precautions, on both Monday June 1st and June 8th, from 4 pm to 6 pm. Greg left an online archive of hundreds of his playlists–showcasing what he always championed as “weird and wacky” music.

Rest in peace dear Greg. You will be missed.


Programmer of the Month: Jacob Block (Brickfrog)

Jacob Block, known on-air as “Brickfrog” has been tearing up the airwaves of Santa Cruz for four whole years. Since his radio debut in May of 2011, Jacob has programmed over 200 shows on KZSC.

Jacob’s older brother, who programmed for KRFH in Humbolt, planted the seed for Jacob’s radio future. When Jacob was admitted to UCSC, he knew immediately that he wanted to be a part of the Great 88. Instead of only programming a show for KZSC, Jacob went above and beyond, quickly finding his place among the station’s governance. In his sophomore year, he was the teaching assistant for the Intro to Radio class. His junior year, he taught the radio course. Senior year, Jacob became KZSC’s volunteer coordinator.

Jacob is also a well-oiled humor machine. When we sat down for a brief interview, the conversation leaned more toward absurd banter than journalism. But hey, it’s college radio, what did you expect? (cliché snare fill to cymbal noise).

Should I give you pull quotes?? …I GOT INTO RADIO TO ROCK….

Wait, don’t use that. That’s awful.” -Jacob

Listening to and sharing music is Jacob’s bread and butter…

Radio is like making a mixtape for everyone. It’s a way to show people music they might really like.” -Jacob

Jacob has programmed shows in almost every genre during his career at KZSC. From hip-hop, to psychedelic rock, to metal mixed with Sienfeld Bass breakdowns… if it makes you move your hips, Jacob has spun in.

In the near future, Jacob plans to apply for grad school, eventually shooting for a PhD in writing, and a career as a teacher. As far as broadcasting goes, Jacob claims that he would want nothing to do with the commercial radio industry.

I can see myself sticking with radio, but I cannot see myself working for commercial radio, because that would take all the fun out of it.” -Jacob

This spring quarter will be Jacob’s last program on KZSC. Jacob is one of the grooviest and wittiest deejays to have ever called our station home. Farewell, Brickfrog. Station Lobby banter will never be the same…

It’s been crazy, but it’s been one of the best things I have ever done. It has made me a different person, and I’m proud…” -Jacob

You can catch Jacob’s show “The Jangle Book” every Tuesday afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00 on the one and only, KZSC Santa Cruz.