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Tech N9ne’s Independent Grind Tour 2014 Concert Review

Tech N9ne and his Strange Music camp are work-horses. They tour for two-thirds of the year, and still manage to find time to release many quality albums. Strange Music put out 13 projects in 2013 alone.

Tech N9ne made a stop at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz for a sold out show on Sunday, June 1. The Independent Grind Tour 2014 has over 70 stops and includes opening acts from Psych Ward Druggies, Jarren Benton, and Freddie Gibbs; Tech N9ne is joined by Krizz Kaliko on stage for his set.

The Psych Ward Druggies began the night, Sunday, with a very energetic set. They bring an interesting dynamic with several MCs on stage, as well as a live band. Their performance was a good way to get the crowd going. Jarren Benton, of the Funk Volume label, was up next. Benton was just named to the 2014 XXL Freshman List. The crowd seemed to really enjoy his performance. The Atlanta native’s style incorporates elements of the hip-hop from his home town with influence from Eminem, Wu-Tang Clan, as well as artists from other genres such as Nine Inch Nails. The final opener was Freddie Gibbs, accompanied by his ESGN affiliate G-Wiz. Gibbs’ has been releasing music for about ten years, but his career is now at its highest point following the release of his critically acclaimed collaborative album with Madlib, titled Piñata. The set was going well, but Gibbs really won over the crowd when he rapped a verse his song “Rob Me a N***a” completely accapella. It was interesting he chose not to perform any of his songs from Piñata, but his other work is still very hype. Following Gibbs’ performance, the stage was set up in an interesting fashion, with props laid out across it. Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko came out together wearing all white, Tech N9ne with his face painted. The performance was very theatrical, as Tech and Krizz are very animated in the way they perform and there were many special effects incorporated in the set. The audience absolutely loved it; there was so much energy in the Catalyst that night.

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Ambrose Akinmusire at Ronnie Scott’s for the London jazz festival

Jazz Charts and Adds: Second week of June

All is swell at Great 88 here in the Jazz/Blues department.  Your new Jazz/Blues Director to happy to report her first official adds and top played tracks from the Great 88’s Jazz/Blues Department. I know many here are particularly excited to add José James’s new album While Your Were Sleeping.


1 HIROMI Alive Telarc
3 JULIET GREEN Think About That Self-Released
4 AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint Blue Note
5 ALFREDO RODRIGUEZ The Invasion Parade Mack Avenue
6 BAD PLUS The Rite Of Spring Sony Masterworks
9 PETER EPSTEIN QUARTET Polarities Songlines
10 STRUNZ AND FARAH Moods And Visions


1 JOSE JAMES While You Were Sleeping Blue Note
2 PETER LERNER Continuation Origin
3 BOBBY SELVAGGIO Short Stories Origin
4 STEVE KALDESTAD Straight Up Cellar Live
5 JERRY VIVINO Back East Blujazz

To get a sneak peak at José Jame’s new album, see the video below off the debut single “EveryLittle Thing” from his album.

Ambrose Akinmusire at Ronnie Scott’s for the London jazz festival


RPM Charts – 2nd Week in June

Top 10:

1. CHROMEO – White Women / Atlantic
2. VARIOUS ARTISTS – Hyperdub 10.1 / Hyperdub
3. BADBADNOTGOOD – III / Innovative Leisure
4. TOURIST – Patterns / Monday
5. HETEROTIC – Weird Drift / Planet Mu
6. PARKINSON WHITE AND KYLE COOK – Sapphire [EP] / Terrorhythm
7. DEADMAU5 – “Avaritia” B/w “SeeYa” [7-Inch] / mau5trap-Astralwerks
8. NADUS – Broke City [EP] / Pelican Fly
9. PANTHER GOD – Golden Changes / Outside
10. QUANTIC – Magnetica / Tru Thoughts

Top 5 Adds:

1. TAYLOR MCFERRIN – Early Riser / Brainfeeder
2. WHITE HEX – Gold Nights / Felte
3. MUX MOOL – Appetite For Production [EP] / Super Best
5. ELECTRIC WIRE HUSTLE – If These Are The Last Days / Okayplayer

Here’s a couple of my favorites as of late; a cut from Norwegian producer Lido’s new EP, “I Love You”…

…and Parkinson White and Kyle Cook’s new EP, “Sapphire,” out on Terrorhythm:

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Fonzie Interviews Freddie Gibbs!

Fonzie got a chance to ask Freddie Gibbs a few questions before his show on Sunday, June 1st at the Catalyst on Tech N9ne’s Independent Grind 2014 Tour!

Check it out: [youtube]

Stay tuned for more interviews with Fonzie coming to the KZSC blog soon!


Rock Charts – 1st Week of June

Happy June, everyone! This week we kept on playing Thee Oh Sees and gave the new Parquet Courts album a top add.

Top 10:

ee1edafa8a13824e022e32efb22cdcc4d001b5c21. THEE OH SEES – Drop
2. DYLAN SHEARER – Garagearray
3. WOODS – With Light And With Love
4. LITTLE DRAGON – Nabuma Rubberband
5. LA SERA – Hour Of The Dawn
6. EX-CULT – Midnight Passenger
8. AMEN DUNES – Love
9. TUNE-YARDS – Nikki Nack
10. MYSTIC BRAVES – Desert Island


Top 5 Adds:

images1. PARQUET COURTS – Sunbathing Animal
2. DUB THOMPSON – 9 Songs
4. FUCKED UP – Glass Boys
5. HAUNTED HEARTS – Initiation





I’m really excited about this new Parquet Courts album. It is a great followup to the ep they put out late last year entitled Tally All The Things That You Broke. I think this is a going to be a breakthrough album for this band and I’m looking forward to hearing it more on KZSC.



Record Review: Glass Boys

Listen with caution! One listen through of this album may leave you couch-locked as a result of your mind being fully blown. Fucked Up’s latest Matador release, Glass Boys, is nothing short of a juggernaut of an album. The band’s first full length LP since 2011’s David Comes to Life, Glass Boys shows just how far Fucked Up has come in terms of musical mastery. It’s melodic, yet ear piercing; polished rock, yet still hardcore. Like many of their previous releases the album starts off soft and gentle, only to unexpectedly lurch into a furious punk rock maelstrom. Track one (Echo Boomer) begins with 27 seconds of new age wind chimes, leaving one with a deep feeling of wonder as to what the hell is about to happen next. A bass drum pounding bars later, a wall of wailing guitars appears wildly to pimp-slap your expectations across the face. With the familiar screaming of Damian “Pink Eyes” Abraham, the album begins in earnest, combining the pure, unfiltered rage of their earlier work with some (but not TOO many) of the softer, “prettier” tendencies of their last two albums. Fucked Up channel the latest installment of their trademark melodic hardcore in a manner we have both come to expect and admire. Pink Eyes’ vocals sound like he may just be poised to kill you, a feeling strongly backed up by high-pitched wailing guitars, pounding drums, vocal harmonies, and overall furious musical intensity. An extremely polished piece of work, Glass Boys is truly a gem, as evidenced by such epic tracks as “Sun Glass” and “Paper the House”. Despite having achieved huge success within the mainstream, Fucked Up use this album to prove that they are no less furiously awesome than they have always been. Released June 2nd, Glass Boys is sure to blast some young, impressionable ear drums in the near future.