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September’s New RPM

This month begins with “Body Music”, great new RPM/electronic music from AlunaGeorge (of Disclosure collaboration fame) as well as a new Tiesto! Here are some of the latest late night sounds you’ll be hearing on KZSC:

  1.  MODERAT: II (Mute)
  2. ZOMBAY: With Love (4AD)
  3. DISCLOSURE: SETTLE (Cherrytree-Interscope)
  4. GOLD PANDA: Half Of Where You Live (Ghostly)
  5. JON HOPKINS: Immunity (Domino)
  6. DAFT PUNK: Random Access Memories (Columbia)
  7. FLWRS AND MARALISA: Muddy Your Feet [EP] (Belgian Man)
  8. TECLA: We Are The Lucky Ones (Mayimba)
  9. EMPIRE OF THE SUN: Ice On The Dune (Astralwerks)
  10. MAJOR LAZER: Free The Universe (Secretly Canadian)

Also: Olympic Ayres “Episode III” and Etienne De Crecy “Beats ‘n’ Cubes Vol. 2″. Enjoy your end of summer everyone and keep rockin’ out to the Great 88!

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Keeping Tabs on Ty Segall

2013 has already been an extremely exciting year for fans of the Bay-Area rock god Ty Segall. Not only have we been given the Sabbath-inspired powerhouse trio that is FUZZ, but we have also been gifted with a brand new solo album that shines the spotlight on a whole new Ty that we haven’t seen in previous releases. Sleeper is out now via Drag City and it showcases a more melancholic and mostly acoustic Segall, a first for fuzzed-out rocker. Sleeper was written shortly after Ty’s adopted father’s death and the event has a strong and obvious influence on the album. Songs are sadder and deal with mostly acoustic, minor chords layered with heart-wrenching strings which can be heard on the first track, “Sleeper”. Even the less despondent songs seem to have something off about them, a certain unsettling tone that hasn’t been heard in his other albums. The seemingly playful “Crazy” with it’s major chord melody has a darkness surrounding it that comes out through Segall’s new personal lyricism. We hear these improvements in songs like “The Keepers” where Segall paints a portrait of a distant land where The Sleepers, Keepers, and Dreamers all coexist in a alternate deserted reality. While there are many changes in Ty’s songwriting and instrumentation, we are still given a lick or two of the raw distorted power that we are accustomed to with him in the end of “The Man Man”. NPR interviewed Segall and asked him about touring in support of his new album and the mostly acoustic set up that is the exact opposite of his new band FUZZ who seem to have been touring for most of 2o13. In his answer, Segall gives a shout out to the fans that came out to see him on August 1st at the Catalyst:

“I’ve always had a good time, not necessarily messing with people but doing stuff different each time and its fun to push it. And if people would want to listen this way then that’s really great and I’m honored that they could be that thoughtful to not need the giant amplifiers, you know? Those shows went so great. We were really freaked out and it was really cool. In Santa Cruz people were stage diving to an acoustic set. It was ridiculous and super fun.”

No surprise there. Santa Cruz can’t get enough of Ty and that remains the same with the release of Sleeper. From the beautiful strings and heartfelt lyrics of “She Don’t Care” to the slide-guitar powered jam “6th Street”, Segall has yet again made another prolific album start to finish.

Hear a track from Sleeper below, along with a cut from Ty’s new band FUZZ’s self titled out October 1st:

Sleeper:

Fuzz:

Hear these songs and more on the Great 88 for the rest of the summer quarter and on into fall.

 

-Brandon of the PRC

 

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NIRVANA – IN UTERO reissue, Sept. 24

Nirvana’s seminal masterwork and final studio album In Utero, originally released via Sub Pop in 1993, will be born again next month thanks to Universal Music. The album’s 20th anniversary edition will arrive in a delectable collectible format, featuring the remastered album, B-sides, unheard demos, compilation tracks, live recordings, show footage, et cetera. The 70+ track collection includes the “Live and Loud” concert from Pier 48 in Seattle, which took place December 13, 1993 with Cobain, Novoselic, Grohl, and Pat Smear.

Sub Pop has been having a field day revealing little tidbits about the band on their Tumblr, the latest being the original contract Kurt Cobain and the guys signed back in 1989.

“Six hundred bucks well spent—not that we had it at the time.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out Steve Albini’s cut of “Heart Shaped Box” below (side note: the forthcoming reissue contains a four-page note from Albini to the band before they worked together on the record), and prepare yourself for the rebirth of a timeless classic into the airwaves, next month here at the Great 88.

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Rock Charts – End Of August

As we end August and summer swings slowly into September, here are the new sounds spinning on KZSC:

images1. COKE WEED – Back To Soft
2. BASS DRUM OF DEATH – Bass Drum Of Death
3. THE MALLARD – Finding Meaning In Deference
4. HUNX AND HIS PUNX – Street Punk
5. DIARRHEA PLANET – I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams
6. SALVIA PLATH – The Bardo Story
7. SMITH WESTERNS – Soft Will
8. COOL GHOULS – Cool Ghouls
9. SUPERCHUNK – I Hate Music
10. MEDICINE – To The Happy Few

And don’t forget about these:

images-31. TY SEGALL – Sleeper (on tour and coming here in September)
2. NO AGE – An Object
3. RUBY PINS – Ruby Pins
4. SKI LODGE – Big Heart
5. SO SO GLOS – Blowout

 

 

 

I am super in love with this new Coke Weed album. Every track is worth listening to, but here’s one of my favorites:

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Loud Rock Charts: 8/20

This week in new metal music is one of the more diverse in recent memory. You’ve got extreme metal in Watain, electro-deathcore with Born of Osiris, and a huge epic album from Fleshgod Apocalypse. Speaking of which, they’re coming to San Francisco this Sunday with their very own grand piano. And we all know there’s nothing more metal than a grand piano…right?

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2 BORN OF OSIRIS Tomorrow We Die Alive Sumerian
3 FACEBREAKER Dedicated To The Flesh Metal Blade
4 WATAIN The Wild Hunt Century Media
5 ENDRAH The Culling Epochal

 

 

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2 KARNIVOOL Asymmetry Density
3 LEGION Woke eOne
4 NORMA JEAN Wrongdoers Razor and Tie
5 TEAR OUT THE HEART Violence Victory
6 NEWSTED Heavy Metal Music Collective Sounds
7 SPIRITS OF THE DEAD Rumours Of A Presence The End
8 FUELED BY FIRE Trapped In Perdition Napalm
9 TROUBLE The Distortion Field FRW
10 HEY! HELLO! Hey! Hello! The End

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From MJ to MJ: Take a Chance on “Acid Rap”

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.

Download Acid Rap for FREE here!