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.
Middle of Summer’s Top Rock on KZSC:
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: 1. 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!
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
Jay-Z, Andre 300, Beyonce, will.i.am, Fergie, The xx, Florence and the Machine, Lana Del Ray, and Jack White.
Now, lets mull on those artists a bit… What comes to mind? Obviously the Roaring 20′s, right? Wrong! Or, at least it would have been up until May 1, 2013. Director Baz Luhrmann decided to shake up his interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, ‘The Great Gatsby’ with a ‘young’ and ‘modern’ musical vibe. Was this choice a hit or miss? Two viewer based websites took a poll and the responses varied largely. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a painful 34% out of 100%, while imdb.com awarded it an impressive 7.5 out of 10. What causes such a large disparity among viewers? My opinion, the soundtrack.
I personally loved the film and its soundtrack, but many viewers (of all ages I might add!) felt the soundtrack pulled the audience out of the story with its distracting dupstep beats and multi-layered rap/full orchestra compositions. Luhrmann has been known to add a ‘fresh twist’ on films set in different time periods, such as Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet. Viewer’s opinions of these films vary, but a unanimous amount agreed that the beautiful cinematography was the breath and heartbeat of both films. I agree that The Great Gatsby also possessed a magical visual quality that could entrance any audience member, but whether the soundtrack kept you in that world is up to you!
After dropping single after single, brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence have finally come through with their debut album. Filled with the sounds of UK’s past, the album draws heavily on UK Garage and deep house, and infuses it with the best pop vocalists the UK has to offer right now. Not only do the Lawrence brothers produce a mean house track, but they also display a gift for pop sensibilities; “Settle” is impeccably sequenced, both opening and finishing strong, with their instrumental tracks smartly placed to highlight the numerous guest vocalists on the album. A standout track is “Latch” featuring vocals by Sam Smith – check it out:
Disclosure’s live set has also picked up steam, with the duo amassing an ever growing collection of live instruments to liven up the traditionally stale visual aesthetic of most electronic shows – this is not just a couple dudes hunched over a laptop. If you are able to catch them live I recommend you do!
“Settle” was released June 3rd and is available in all the usual formats – MP3, CD, and LP.
Chancelor Bennett is not old enough to buy alcohol. Chances are (heh), he probably doesn’t remember when mixtapes were actually tapes. Despite all of this, Bennett, better known as Chance the Rapper, recently released his highly-anticipated second tape Acid Rap. Following up his highly-acclaimed first tape 10Day, whose title is a reference to the amount of time he was suspended from school, during which time he recorded it, Acid Rap (whose title comes from the fact that Chance did a whole lot of LSD during the albums writing and recording process) takes his music to another level, filled with scratchy, soulful samples, clever wordplay, and high-profile guest spots. Beginning with uptempo, Beyonce-esque vocals ushering in opening track “Good Ass Intro”, the album oozes good vibes, with a chorus featuring an ecstatic Chance chanting “you did it, you did it/you did a good-ass job” (Fun fact: “Good-Ass Job was a working – and in my opinion much better – title for Kanye West’s 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy). The album quickly moves into highlight “Pusha Man”, likely a callback to Curtis Mayfield, and a two minute fast-paced banger which quickly ends and we’re left with fifteen seconds of silence before secret track “Paranoia” begins. Here, Chance gets serious for a bit, lamenting the murders that happen every summer in his hometown of Chicago, which go unreported in mainstream media. The song is mellow and contemplative, with a catchy hook floating in a river of questions that don’t seem to get an answer. Other highlights on the album include the party-starter “Juice”, which soundtracks a hilarious and heartwarming video of Chance handing out roses to people on the streets of Chicago; the funky bass grooves of “NaNa”, featuring Action Bronson (or is that Ghostface?); and “Chain Smoker” whose “bridge” section I will defy anyone not to get hyped on. Finally coming to “Everything’s Good (Good Ass Outro)”, the album closes on a feel-good note, with everything feeling just about right. All in all, I highly recommend you take a trip through Acid Rap, and keep a tab on this Bennett kid, ’cause he’s goin’ places.