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This Month in Hip Hop

Hip Hop charts from July at KZSC!

  1. TOUSSAINT MORRISON    Fast Times At Trillmont High    Urban Home Companion
  2. BRYANT DOPE X HANNIBAL KING    New New York    Young One
  3. DESSA    Parts Of Speech    Doomtree
  4. RABBI DARKSIDE    Prospect Ave    Say Word
  5. ACEYALONE    Leanin’ On Slick    Decon
  6. YOUNGBLOOD BRASS BAND    “20 Questions” [Single]    Tru Thoughts
  7. FAT TONY    Smart Ass Black Boy    Young One
  8. KID CUDI    Indicud    Wicked Awesome
  9. ANIMAL NATION AND SLY BUSINESS    Don’t Grow Up To Be Like Us
  10. A$AP ROCKY    LongLiveA$AP    RCA
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Rock Charts – July 25th

We’ve been really into Cool Ghouls’ debut album over here at KZSC.  We’re also loving the Burger Records’ rerelease of King Tuff’s first album Was Dead. Both are definitely worth checking out!

Top 10:

  1. Cool Ghouls – Cool Ghouls
  2. Smith Westerns – Soft Will
  3. Bass Drum of Death – Bass Drum of Death
  4. Shannon and the Clams – Dreams in the Rat House
  5. King Tuff – Was Dead
  6. Rose Windows – The Sun Dogs
  7. Surfer Blood -Pythons
  8. David Lynch – Big Dream
  9. Salvia Plath – The Bardo Story
  10. Speedy Ortiz- Major Arcana

 

Adds:

  1. The Weekend – Jinx
  2. Gogol Bordello – Pura Vida Conspiracy
  3. Love Language – Ruby Red
  4. Trails and Ways – Trilingual
  5. Jackson Scott – Melbourne
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Hot Jazz of July

As we all may know, summer is slow. Regardless, a few new titles have been coming in here and there, and some of it’s hot. Check it out:

  1. CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE TRIO    Out Here
  2. HRISTO VITCHEV QUARTET    Familiar Fields
  3. ETIENNE CHARLES    Creole Soul
  4. EMILY BEAR    Diversity
  5. GEORGE BENSON    Nspiration: A Tribute To Nat King Cole
  6. PAT METHENY    Tap: John Zorn’s Book Of Angels, Vol. 20
  7. JANE MONHEIT    The Heart Of The Matter
  8. ARJUN    Space
  9. BRANDON BERNSTEIN TRIO    But Beautiful
  10. WAYNE WALLACE LATIN JAZZ QUINTET    Latin Jazz-Jazz Latin
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The “Original” Wailers

The Original Wailers recently released a five song album named Miracle that, “recreates the true sound of Bob Marley and The Wailers.” The “Original” name is somewhat misleading since guitarist Al Anderson remains the only performer from the mid-1970′s Wailers, a band several line-ups removed from the Marley/Bunny Wailer/Peter Tosh “Wailing Wailers”. Performances by groups like these carry the power of nostalgia with them; aged adults love to revisit “their glory days” via music idols (now aged themselves) from their youth. And it more often than not works because music is timeless-it flows into the past and into the future. Old influences alter future trends. As they say in Jamaica, “There is no fruit without the root”. So you’re too young to remember the original Wailers? Listen to The (new) Original Wailers album or better yet, seem them perform live to catch that mid-70′s reggae vibe…again. The Original Wailers will be performing during the U.S. Grand Prix event July 20th at the Mazda Raceway in Laguna Seca.

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Top Rock Charts For Mid-July

Middle of Summer’s Top Rock on KZSC:

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1. SMITH WESTERNS – Soft Will
2. MIKAL CRONIN – MCII
3 SHANNON AND THE CLAMS – Dreams In The Rat House
4. COOL GHOULS – Cool Ghouls
5. VAMPIRE WEEKEND – Modern Vampires Of The City
6. BASS DRUM OF DEATH – Bass Drum Of Death
7. KING TUFF – Was Dead
8. FEMI KUTI – No Place For My Dream
9. SURFER BLOOD – Pythons
10. ROSE WINDOWS – The Sun Dogs
 Top 5 Adds:
945080_670323512982411_1298616250_a1. HUNX AND HIS PUNX – Street Punk
2. DAVID LYNCH – Big Dream
3. HOT CHIP – Dark And Stormy [EP]
4. IMPRESSIONS – “Rhythm!” B/w “Star Bright” [7-Inch]
5. TRAVIS BRETZER – Making Love 

 

 

 

And although it didn’t make it into our Top 10 charts, one of my favorite new albums is Salvia Plath’s, The Bardo Story.  Everyone should check it out!

 

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The Daily Mail

If you’re a local artist, band on tour, or bedroom pop architect angling to make bleep on the blogospheric radar, it’s time to think inside the box.

KZSC staff are keeping their mailboxes extra ajar for your CDs, LPs, EPs, singles, tapes, laser discs, 8-tracks, or similarly strange ephemera for a HITS FROM THE BOX-style comp to drop (possibly?) this fall.

Here at the Great 88, we love to get first taste of fresh new artists looking to sow their sonic seeds. So lay those tracks to tape, groove, or polycarbonate plastic and provide us with something solid to rock out to – just remember, this station’s ballin’ on a budget, so copyrighted material need not be submitted without appropriate permissions. Legal battles really yuck our yum over here at this not-for-profit establishment, sayin’?

However, if free’s your jam and your sounds are smooth, cut out the crust and submit your material to:

KZSC Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Alternatively, you can drop mp3 files in this director’s Dropbox on Soundcloud here.