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Coming Soon In Hip Hop

The next month holds some exciting news for hip hop fans. Here at KZSC we’re especially stoked to see the release of 2 albums, the first being from none other than Tyler, The Creator. His third studio album Wolf is expected to drop April 2nd from Odd Future Records and XL Recordings. Originally set to be released in May of 2012, it has been highly anticipated. The new album plays around with genres, mixing hip hop/neo-jazz/soul. A single entitled “Domo23″ was released in February along with a music video. I am also excited to hear Kid Cudi’s new album Indicud set to come out April 23rd under Universal Republic and GOOD music. This is his third studio album, and he described the recording process as “go with the flow”. Singles dropped prior to the release of the album include “Just What I Am” and “King Wizard”. These rappers are unique and always bring something new and fresh to the scene. It is always exciting to see what new sounds they have created and what we can look forward to for their tours. Keep a look out for these albums and many more coming out this spring.

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Loud Rock Charts: 4/2

This just in: all members from Kvelertak found rendered unconscious in a freak belly dancing accident.

Also, April Fools.

However, you know what isn’t a really bad joke? This week’s charts!

 

Killswitch_engage_disarm_the_descent_cover1 KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Disarm The Decent Roadrunner
2 BRING ME THE HORIZON Sempiternal Epitaph
3 BEYOND THE SHORE Ghostwatcher Metal Blade
4 PUSHMEN The Sun Will Rise Soon on the False and the Fair
5 HYPOCRISY End Of Disclosure Nuclear Blast

 

 

clutchearthrockercover1 CLUTCH Earth Rocker Weathermaker
2 WITHIN THE RUINS Elite eOne
3 KVELERTAK Meir Roadrunner
4 SIX FEET UNDER Unborn Metal Blade
5 SOILWORK The Living Infinite Nuclear Blast
6 HATCHET Dawn Of The End The End
7 THY ART IS MURDER Hate Nuclear Blast
8 DARK SERMON In Tongues eOne
9 BYZANTINE Byzantine Self-Released
10 CROSSFAITH Zion [EP] The End

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Loud Rock Charts: 3/26

Happy Spring Break! I hope everyone has been having a very metal vacation because I sure have. I’ve been booty bumpin Thy Art is Murder’s newest album, Hate, and Byzantine’s self titled comeback record.

By the way, if you are a fellow concert goer, you should check out Summer Slaughter’s lineup here. Being a prog head, I’m incredibly excited for this show. It’s got some of the most forward thinking bands currently out there writing awesome music. You can also vote for the opening band (here), one of whom on that potential list is our #1 add for this week. Personally, I voted for Intervals, but to be honest there’s no way you could go wrong here.

 

ThyArtIsMurder-Hate-2012-thelastdisaster.net1 THY ART IS MURDER Hate
2 BYZANTINE Byzantine
3 LOSTALONE I’m A UFO In This City The End
4 DARK SERMON In Tongues eOne
5 IRON MAIDEN Maiden England ’88

 

 

clutchearthrockercover1 CLUTCH Earth Rocker Weathermaker
2 SOILWORK The Living Infinite Nuclear Blast
3 NEAERA Ours Is The Storm Metal Blade
4 KVELERTAK Meir Roadrunner
5 HATCHET Dawn Of The End The End
6 BLACK DRAWING CHALKS No Dust Stuck On You Self-Released
7 SHAI HULUD Reach Beyond The Sun Metal Blade
8 WITHIN THE RUINS Elite eOne
9 DARKTHRONE The Underground Resistance Peaceville
10 PSYCHOTHERMIA Fall To The Rising Sun Self-Released

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Passing of the Horn

Happy Friday.

A great thanks to all of our promoters for providing premiums for our pledge drive a couple of weeks ago . Our listeners thoroughly enjoy all of the new material, as well as their new gifts from our pledge drive.

I would also like to introduce myself as Jared “J Cat” Cattanach, I have been interning under Nicholas for the past year, and I will be the new Jazz Director here at KZSC starting now. I look forward to working with our wonderful promoters and artists in the near future. Please remember to change your mail labels accordingly.

What would you like to hear more of Santa Cruz?

Cheers.
J

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Loud Rock Charts: 3/19

One of the better weeks in terms of Loud Rock Adds, this time we see Clutch drop what could be their greatest album to date, Finnish monster costumers Lordi release a “beastly” (teehee) record, and the highly anticipated Kvelertak album.

Also, I still have no idea how to pronounce that band name.  Kelvin Tack? Kevlar attack?

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1 CLUTCH Earth Rocker Weathermaker
2 LORDI To Beast Or Not To Beast The End
3 KVELERTAK Meir Roadrunner
4 SIX FEET UNDER Unborn Metal Blade
5 CROSSFAITH Zion [EP] The End

 

 

Suffocation-Pinnacle-of-Bedlam-Small1 SUFFOCATION Pinnacle Of Bedlam Nuclear Blast
2 SOILWORK The Living Infinite Nuclear Blast
3 BLACK DRAWING CHALKS No Dust Stuck On You Self-Released
4 SHAI HULUD Reach Beyond The Sun Metal Blade
5 NEAERA Ours Is The Storm Metal Blade
6 WITHIN THE RUINS Elite eOne
7 KROKUS Dirty Dynamite The End
8 HATCHET Dawn Of The End The End
9 HATEBREED The Divinity Of Purpose Razor and Tie
10 PSYCHOTHERMIA Fall To The Rising Sun Self-Released

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Caspian’s Drummer Joe Vickers Discusses Newest Album and Current State of Post-Rock

Post rock outfit Caspian recently stopped by Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco to close out the Noisepop 2013 Festival, and holy mother of god what a way to go out. Before the prodigious climax however, I was lucky enough to sit down with Caspian drummer Joe Vickers and converse about topics ranging from their newest album to his opinion on the present condition of post rock and where he believes the genre is headed. Read below for more! 

How do you feel towards the critical reception your newest album, Waking Season, has received?

I feel really good about it. It feels good to be validated on something we worked really hard on. It was a long time coming. We feel like our writing process is becoming more refined, and we’re just getting better at we do, so it’s nice to know that other people feel the same way as well. I mean, you always want people to dig what you’re doing.

Would you say it’s well deserved?

Yeah, I feel like we’ve been at this for almost 9 years now. So it just took us a while to figure out our way with an album that is exactly how we wanted it to sound, which was to bring the energy of a live performance to the album.

What did you set out to accomplish with the new record?

We just wanted as many people to hear it as possible, really. I think it’d be great to keep touring it. Obviously we’re going to write some more in the time coming up, but it’s been nice to tour in Europe and have people cheer for some of the songs for once. People are recognizing the songs before we actually play them. The ultimate goal is to just keep touring and keep playing to more and more people.

How long are you planning on touring for the new album?

I don’t really know to be honest. After this tour we have one show with Appleseed Cast and we’re playing the Boston Calling Festival in May, and after that there are literally no plans. Whatever comes up we just do until there’s a new album out there, and then we have to tour for that one too.

I’m going to get a bit more philosophical on you now. How do you feel about the “post rock” label that is often associated with bands such as Sigur Ros, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and Caspian?

Well, you have to call it something, right? To me, it was always just rock music. I had always played in bands that were instrumental because no one we knew could sing that well, so we would all get in my parents’ basement and just jam out all through high school. It sounded a lot like what we’re doing now. Back then, we were leaning more towards “jammy” stuff, but it evolved as we got more pedals and delay stuff and it started to sounds a lot more like “post rock” before I even knew what post rock was. I think the first post rock album that I heard was an Explosions in the Sky record in college. Cal, a guitarist that doesn’t tour with us, showed me the album and told me, “This is post rock!” I was skeptical at first, but now I don’t really see how you could label it as anything else other than something like…modern classical? Maybe? I think even that’s a stretch. I think people just don’t dig the label because it sounds pretentious, in the same vain as post modernism stuff. Honestly, unless you’re going to call it “crescendo-core” or “slambient”, you just got to take it as it comes. If people want to call it post rock, sure, but we’ll keep hammering away with the instrumental rock thing hoping that it will kind of catch. There’s always been instrumental rock, even back in the ’70s it was pretty big, so if anything it’s been around for a long time. I don’t remember when the term was coined, I think I read it on Wikipedia.

I think the first time I saw it was when someone was writing an article about either Tortoise or Mogwai.

That makes sense. Tortoise and Mogwai are totally post rock to me. They’re definitely staples of the genre. Especially Mogwai. When I think of post rock I think of Mogwai. They’re the one band that everyone in our band agrees on as a good model for what post rock should be. To answer the question though, you can call it whatever you want, the point is we’re still going to make music that sounds good to us.

So what’s your opinion on the current state of “post rock”?

I think everyone is starting to move away from the twinkly guitar thing and beginning to incorporate more electronics into their sound. At least, that’s what I would like to see. Maybe I’m keeping my ears open to only what I want to hear, but the whole “quiet loud” thing might not be quite as popular as doing some more “verse chorus” type of stuff in the future. Who knows? I think it’s certainly going to continue to be the thinking man’s type of rock and roll. I hope it gets bigger, for the sake of us and a lot of our friends who are still doing this thing, people in the trenches working really hard to make sure the music stays relevant and progresses.

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Joe Vickers rockin’ it at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco.

Who would you consider some of your main influences?

When I was first learning, I would just put on Led Zeppelin albums next to my head on a big stereo and try to play along with John Bonham, which I was horrible at at first, but a lot of his beats are really groove oriented. Early hip hop sounds a lot like his drumming, and I just really like that groovy stuff. I also listen to a lot of electronic music. So for me it’s more groove oriented stuff. I know Phil (guitarist for Caspian) is a big Zeppelin fan too. Aaron likes 90s rock, like Bush and Live. Johnny likes emo stuff. Cal, who we started the band with, listens to country a lot and that shows through his playing, he utilizes lots of finger picking. So our taste in music is definitely diverse. I think it’s important for us to listen to different types of music and to expose each other to these vastly different things. For example, I have a soft spot for Skrillex, and these guys hate it, but they can get something out of my experience with that music and vice versa.

Would you say you pull influences from media not of the musical form?

Yeah, I read a ton of books. Recently we started getting into the Game of Thrones series because of the show. I read through everything. We even have a song based off of it called Fire Made Flesh. So I draw heavily from that because I spend a lot of time in books, so thematically when we’re writing our demos it helps me to think of where it’s going to get a storyline in my head, and I know Phil thinks along those same lines as well. He watches a lot of HBO television, which still has some of the most amazing storylines ever, and still a very immersive media. We also draw from a lot of personal experiences, from the atmosphere of where we come from. We’re all home town boys in Beverly, we just kind of hang out in our town. It’s a little seaside town, so we spend a lot of time on the beach in the summer. It’s nice. We like the ocean, and I think that comes through the most in our music. The vastness and expansiveness of the sea. I think everyone gets their influences from whatever their passions are, whether it be in that field of media or the music that they listen to causing them to create a painting or write a story or something. I’ve heard a lot of times after we’ve played a show people tell us, “Oh man, I just want to go home and write!”, and that’s awesome. It’s great to inspire people like that. We do a ton of traveling and see a lot of different places, and that affects our moods which comes through our music as well. I don’t know, I’m probably rambling at this point.

I’m here to let you ramble!

Haha, yeah I guess so!

Who or what are some of your favorite bands/acts out there right now?

These guys Native, who we’re on the road with, everyone should check them out. They are badass. They have a new album that they just finished, and their new stuff sounds ridiculous. It was a real cool thing for us to tour with them. I think in 2011 we did a short run with them on the way to SXSW and I had never even heard of them before our first show, and I was just blown away. So everyone should check them out and see them play with us on this tour!

Caspian is currently on tour with Native throughout the United States. If intrigued, please help support an awesome band and check out their newest album Waking Season which, in this humble writer’s opinion, was one of the best albums of last year.