Newest World Music

The Ides of March turned out to be a bummer for Caesar, however it also marked the beginning of the new year for the Romans. It’s a new season of world music releases at KZSC including station favorites from the experimental fusion group Beats Antique, internationally acclaimed Tuareg guitarist Bombino plus the collaborative work of Sudanese vocalist Alsarah with French electronic artist Debruit. A modern, haunting take on Sudanese music heard through the sonic lens of French electronic, I can’t tell you how much I’m loving “Aljawal Soundway”. And we just received one by Pink Martini with The (“Sound of Music”) Von Trapp Family. Theatrical world music? More on this one next time. Here’s a quick look at 10 new world recordings worth hearing:

1 BEATS ANTIQUE A Thousand Faces, Act I Beats Antique
2 BOMBINO Nomad Nonesuch
3 DEBRUIT AND ALSARAH Aljawal Soundway
4 OMAR SOULEYMAN Wenu Wenu Ribbon
5 LAS CAFETERAS It’s Time Self-Released
6 VAADAT CHARIGIM The World Is Well Lost Burger
7 DIDI FAVREAU Deal With It Didi Favreau
8 BOSSACUCANOVA Our Kind Of Bossa Six Degrees
10 JAMES WHETZEL Beats For Venus



Hospitality Interview at Rickshaw Stop

Brooklyn trio Hospitality recently released their Sophomore LP, Trouble, on Merge. They have been supporting the album with a nation-wide tour and are about to go overseas starting in May. I was lucky enough to catch up with Amber Papini (guitar, vocals) and Brian Betancourt (bass) before their show at Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco last February. In our interview, we cover influences for their new darker sound, what they’ve been listening to lately, and upcoming releases for the band. Friends of the band, Airwaves, opened as well as Matt Kivel, who you can hear sound-checking in the background.

Stream the full interview below:



Machinedrum - Fenris District EP

RPM Charts – March 4th

Top 10:

1 MACHINEDRUM – Fenris District [EP] / Ninja Tune
2 HASTA – Floral [EP]  / Apothecary
3 CASHMERE CAT – Wedding Bells [EP] / LuckyMe
4 BURIAL – Rival Dealer  / Hyperdub
5 LEE BANNON – Alternate/Endings / Ninja Tune
6 ACTRESS – Ghettoville / Werkdiscs-Ninja Tune
7 DISCLOSURE – Settle / Cherrytree-Interscope
8 RYAN HEMSWORTH – Guilt Trips / Last Gang
9 RECONDITE – Hinterland / Ghostly
10 FOUR TET – Beautiful Rewind / Text

Top 5 Adds:

1 THOMAS BLONDET – FutureWorld / Rhythm and Culture
2 TRUST – Joyland / Arts And Crafts
3 TUNDE OLANIRAN – Yung Archetype / Quite Scientific
4 MACHINEDRUM – Fenris District [EP] / Ninja Tune
5 CHRIS MALINCHAK – So Good To Me [EP] / Self-Released

Here’s a cut from the Machinedrum EP; the Rustie remix of “Back Seat Ho”:

And here’s the title track from Hasta’s excellent Floral EP:


Loud Rock Charts March 4th

Whats good metalheads? Here are the charts and adds for this week from KZSC! Yay new Hirax!!

1    BLACK EXPLOSION    Elements Of Doom    Metalville
2    VANDEN PLAS    Chronicles Of The Immortals: Netherworld (Path 1)    Frontiers
3    CHRYSALIS    Focus On The Center    Self-Released
4    COMEBACK KID    Die Knowing    Victory
5    SOCKS    The Socks    The End-Small Stone

1    CYNIC    Kindly Bent To Free Us    Season Of Mist
2    WITHIN TEMPTATION    Hydra    Nuclear Blast
3    BEHEMOTH    The Satanist    Metal Blade
4    ICED EARTH    Plagues Of Babylon    Century Media
5    FOR TODAY    Fight The Silence    Razor and Tie
6    SLOUGH FEG    Digital Resistance    Metal Blade
7    SKINDRED    Kill The Power    Cooking Vinyl-Red River
8    BODYFARM    The Coming Scourge    Cyclone Empire
9    LIONIZE    Jetpack Soundtrack    Weathermaker
10    ADRENALINE MOB    Men Of Honor    Century Media


Rock Charts – 1st Week Of March

Top 10:

imgres-11. NATURAL CHILD – Dancin’ With Wolves
2. PHANTOGRAM – Voices
4. CHERRY GLAZERR – Haxel Princess
5. DUM DUM GIRLS – Too True
6. HABIBI – Habibi
8. HOLY WAVE – Relax
9. XIU XIU – Angel Guts: Red Classroom
10. TEMPLES – Sun Structures




Top 5 Adds:

images1. ST. VINCENT – St. Vincent
2. AVA LUNA – Electric Balloon
3. REAL ESTATE – Atlas
4. DAMAGED BUG – Hubba Bubba
5. BLACK LIPS – Underneath The Rainbow





Here’s a video Natural Child playing the opening track of their new album Dancin’ With Wolves!


The Jazz Charts: First Week of March

CHARTS:1    BRAD MEHLDAU AND MARK GUILIANA    Mehliana: Taming The Dragon    Nonesuch
2    TAKUYA KURODA    Rising Son    Blue Note
3    BEN FLOCKS    Battle Mountain    West Cliff
4    DANILO PEREZ    Panama 500    Mack Ave.
5    ALFREDO RODRIGUEZ    The Invasion Parade    Mack Avenue
6    JACQUES SCHWARZ-BART    Jazz Racine Haiti
7    KING WILLIAM JAZZ COLLECTIVE    King William Jazz Collective    Self-Released
8    GERALD CLAYTON    Life Forum    Conchord
9    ARIEL POCOCK    Touchstone    Self-Released
10    STACEY KENT    The Changing Lights    warner


1    KRIS BOWERS    Heroes + Misfits    Concord Jazz
2    RUDY ROYSTON    303    Greenleaf
3    NIR FELDER    Golden Age    OKeh
4    PETE MILLS    Sweet Shadow    Cellar Live
5    ARI BROWN    Groove Awakening    Delmark