The Jazz Charts: 3rd Week of April


1 LISA HILTON Kaleidoscope Self-Released
2 AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint Blue Note
3 BRAD MEHLDAU AND MARK GUILIANA Mehliana: Taming The Dragon Nonesuch
4 CATHERINE RUSSELL Bring It Back Jazz Village
5 BOSSA ZUZU Under Leaves Under Sky
6 NIR FELDER Golden Age OKeh
7 MONTY ALEXANDER Harlem Kingston Express Volume 2 Motema
8 PETE MILLS Sweet Shadow Cellar Live
9 RUDY ROYSTON 303 Greenleaf
10 SHAWN MAXWELL’S ALLIANCE Shawn Maxwell’s Alliance Chicago Sessions


1 DAVID HAZELTINE For All We Know Smoke Sessions
3 NELS CLINE SINGERS Macroscope Mack Avenue
4 MARK BUSELLI Untold Stories oa2

We had the pleasure of interviewing Dan Reckard from neo-Brazilian jazz group BOSSA ZUZU last week. After their fantastic show at Kuumbwa Jazz last wednesday, they are continuing their tour down sunny California promoting their new CD, Under Leaves Under Sky. Check out the group’s website below,  give them a listen and catch them live if you can!


Loud Rock Charts 4/15

Whats good KZSC metal community? Hope you are all doing splendidly. Here are the charts and adds for this week. So many strong albums!

1    GAMMA RAY    Empire Of The Undead    Eagle Rock
2    TRIPTYKON    Melana Chasmata    Century Media
3    CROWBAR    “Walk With Knowledge Wisely” [Single]    eOne
4    BRAINSTORM    Firesoul    AFM
5    BIRDS OF SATAN    The Birds Of Satan    Shanabelle

1    ANIMALS AS LEADERS    The Joy Of Motion    Sumerian
2    ASSASSINS    War Of Aggression    Entertainment One
3    PILGRIM    II: Void Worship    Metal Blade
4    HAMMERCULT    Steelcrusher    SPV
5    SOCKS    The Socks    Small Stone
6    COMEBACK KID    Die Knowing    Victory
7    FLOTSAM AND JETSAM    No Place For Disgrace – 2014    Metal Blade
8    BLACK LABEL SOCIETY    Catacombs Of The Black Vatican    eOne
9    MOUNT SALEM    Endless    Metal Blade
10    STEEL PANTHER    All You Can Eat    Kobalt-Open E


Rock Charts – Second Week of April

Top 10:

blackdenney1. DENNEY AND THE JETS – Mexican Coke
2. MAC DEMARCO – Salad Days
3. PERFECT PUSSY – Say Yes To Love
4. COATHANGERS – Suck My Shirt
5. BLACK LIPS – Underneath The Rainbow
6. WAR ON DRUGS – Lost In The Dream
7. PINS – Girls Like Us
8. CLOUD NOTHINGS – Here And Nowhere Else
9. WARM SODA – Young Reckless Hearts
10. AVEY TARE’S SLASHER FLICKS – Enter The Slasher House



Top 5 Adds:

Wye Oak1. WYE OAK – Shriek
3. SWF – Let It Be Told
4. BLACK ANGELS – Clear Lake Forest
5. SPITS – Kill The Kool





I’m incredibly excited about the new release from Death. It’s a remastering and debut of some of their recordings made in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Their last releases on Drag City have been really great. I’m hoping you’ll be hearing of lot of this record on KZSC in the next few weeks! Here’s a great song from their last release.



The Jazz Charts: 2nd week of April

It is my understanding that springtime is the best time to hear good jazz- and boy, is there plenty of it. Here’s just a few of the fine musical fruits that you can pick this Spring, and what’s been hot so far. How do you like them apples?

Top Ten Charts:

1    AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE    The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint    Blue Note
2    DAVID KRAKAUER    The Big Picture    Self-Released
3    BAD PLUS    The Rite Of Spring    Sony Masterworks
4    JEFF BALLARD TRIO    Time’s Tale    OKeh
5    SHAWN MAXWELL’S ALLIANCE    Shawn Maxwell’s Alliance    Chicago Sessions
6    KROM    Krom    Self-Released
7    RENE MARIE    I Wanna Be Evil: With Love To Eartha Kitt    Motema
8    SAM BOSHNACK QUINTET    Exploding Syndrome    Shnack
9    SNARKY PUPPY    We Like It Here
10    IAN CAREY AND BEN STOLOROW    Duocracy    Kabocha
Top Adds to KZSC Jazz:

riteofspring1    MARK EGAN    About Now    Wavetone
2    ZARA MCFARLANE    If You Knew Her    Brownswood
3    ZAN STEWART    The Street Is Making Music
4    PETE MCGUINNESS JAZZ ORCHESTRA    Strength In Numbers    Summit
5    BAD PLUS    The Rite Of Spring    Sony Masterworks

So, the irresistable jazz power trio The Bad Plus has come out with their latest album – The Rite of Spring, their rendition of a ballet composed by classical legend Igor Stravinsky. Did you know that the original performance of this piece caused a riot in Russia in 1913? Well, I guess folks just weren’t ready for such an intensity of sound at that time…But things are different now, The Bad Plus surely takes Stravinsky’s composition to a new level in this release. Check out the 2011 live debut of their arrangement below.




Loud Rock Charts 4-8

Here are this weeks CMJ charts for your viewing pleasure.  I had to give Behemoth number one after seeing them slay on Sunday in San Francisco.ADDS
1    OFF!    Wasted Years    Vice
2    BLACK LABEL SOCIETY    Catacombs Of The Black Vatican    eOne
3    TROLLFEST    Kaptein Kaos    Napalm
4    MOTORHEAD    “Crying Shame” [Single]    UDR
5    CHIODOS    Devil    Razor and Tie

1    BEHEMOTH    The Satanist    Metal Blade
2    ANIMALS AS LEADERS    The Joy Of Motion    Sumerian
3    ASSASSINS    War Of Aggression    Entertainment One
4    HAMMERCULT    Steelcrusher    SPV
5    PILGRIM    II: Void Worship    Metal Blade
6    COMEBACK KID    Die Knowing    Victory
7    SOCKS    The Socks    Small Stone
8    MENACE    Impact Velocity    Season Of Mist
9    OUR LAST ENEMY    Pariah    Eclipse
10    HIRAX    Immortal Legacy    SPV

Evian Christ - Waterfall EP

RPM Charts – April 8th

Top 10:

1. CONRAD CLIFTON – Picture In Picture / Self-Released
2. PANTHER GOD – Golden Changes / Outside
3. TENSNAKE – Glow / Astralwerks
4. EVIAN CHRIST – Waterfall [EP] / Tri Angle
5. S-TYPE – “Billboard (Lido Remix)” [Single] / LuckyMe
6. KELIS – Rumble And Breach Remix / Ninja Tune
7. ACTRESS – Ghettoville / Werkdiscs-Ninja Tune
8. LEE BANNON – Alternate/Endings / Ninja Tune
9. MACHINEDRUM – Fenris District [EP] / Ninja Tune
10. PATTEN – Estoile / Naiant Warp

Top 5 Adds:

1. PANTHER GOD – Golden Changes / Outside
2. HTRK – Psychic 9-5 Club / Ghostly International
3. KI:THEORY – Kitty Hawk Deluxe / Kringer
4. S-TYPE – “Billboard (Lido Remix)” [Single] / LuckyMe
5. TEEBS – Estara / Brainfeeder

You’ll definitely want to hear Lido’s take on “Billboard” by S-Type; this is Rocky taken to another level:

And you won’t be able to sit still when you hear Evian Christ’s Waterfall EP, out on Tri-Angle Records: