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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.

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Too ‘Modern’ for the 1920s?

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!

 

Disclosure's "Settle"

Disclosure’s “Settle”

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.

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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!

Late June Loud Rock News

End of June’s New & Good Loud Rock on KZSC:

1  Deceiver Of The Gods Metal Blade 2 SPIRITS OF THE DEAD Rumours Of A Presence The End
3 PHILIP H. ANSELMO AND THE ILLEGALS “Usurper Bastard’s Rant” [Single] Housecore
4 SUMMONING Old Mornings Dawn Napalm 5 WE CAME AS ROMANS Tracing Back Roots Equal Vision

Don’t forget about these: BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Everblack Metal Blade; CHILDREN OF BODOM Halo Of Blood Nuclear Blast; A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH Lay My Soul To Waste; ANVIL Hope In Hell The End; TRISTANIA Darkest White Napalm; MEGADETH ; TESSERACT Altered State Century Media; WE BUTTER THE BREAD WITH BUTTER Projekt Herz [EP]; CHURCH OF MISERY Thy Kingdom Scum Metal Blade and WHILE SHE SLEEPS This Is The Six.

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Reggae Music For Dads

Still thinking about Father’s Day? Here’s a song about a father’s love by reggae artist TURBAN X. Fathers are fathers all year long; try to find the time to let them really know how you feel. So along with your words of appreciation, pass along some new reggae music!