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Old Man Takes A Look At His Life

We here at the Great 88 love a good rockstar memoir. They offer us windows into the creative minds of our musical heroes. Plus they’re just fun reading.

The latest and greatest grey haired musings come to us from everyones favorite flannel wearing Canadian, Neil Young. In “Waging Heavy Peace” the  prolific songwriter meanders through an wide array of topics from model trains to his new high fidelity digital audio company. Young hits all the musical periods of his life from his garage days as a teen in Ontario to the new Crazy Horse album. His stories share intimate details of the process behind his greatest recordings and the formations of his many important bands.

Young delves even deeper, speaking at length on various characters integral to his career, and in many cases, those characters deaths. He worries about not being able to write music since ceasing to smoke weed. It easy to imagine Young speaking while reading this. He writes not just for the product, but for the exercise.

If you find yourself with an empty bedside table and would like to sit down for a chat with one of the absolute greats of rock n’roll then grab this self described rich hippy’s book, and once you need to hear the thunder of Old Black be sure to tune in to KZSC.

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KZSC Jazz Charts 2/19

After what felt like a week of summer weather it’s finally a chilly 50 degrees with rain in California. For a second I thought winter was over. Your Charts and Adds for the week as follows:
KZSC Jazz Charts
1 JOY MOVER Joy Mover
2 AARON NEVILLE My True Story Blue Note
3 CECILY KATE Standards Self-Released
4 MIMI FOX Standards, Old And New Self-Released
5 MOLLY HOLM Permission
6 WAYNE SHORTER QUARTET Without A Net Blue Note
7 ORGANISSIMO Dedicated Big O
8 JOSE JAMES No Beginning No End Blue Note
9 PETE ESCOVEDO Live At Stern Grove Festival Concord Picante
10 JACKIE RYAN Listen Here OPEN ART
Reported Adds
1 NEXT COLLECTIVE Cover Art Concord
2 WAYNE SHORTER QUARTET Without A Net Blue Note
3 JOY MOVER Joy Mover joy mover
4 PATTY PETERSON The Very Thought Of You
5 IAN CAREY QUINTET +1 Roads & Codes
Besides these reported adds I also have added:
Rebecca Coupe Franks    Two Oceans
Mark Kleinhaut & Neil Lamb    Jones Street
Hoopty    Hoopty
Lisa Taylor    Let Love Shine
Troy Roberts  Nu-Jive 5
Shoestring Trio   Shoestring Trio
-N. Mokover
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Loud Rock Charts: 12/19

I sincerely hope everyone has had a great three day weekend! In celebration of our forefathers, why not take a listen to some awesome new metal? In particular, Suffocation’s Pinnacle of Bedlam has been making waves in the metal community, for great reason. Also adding today, Psychothermia’s newest album is just as awesome and “kooky” as its name implies. It’s also self-released, so why not help out an up-and-coming independent band?

 

Suffocation-Pinnacle-of-Bedlam-Small1 SUFFOCATION Pinnacle Of Bedlam Nuclear Blast
2 PSYCHOTHERMIA Fall To The Rising Sun Self-Released
3 STIGMA For Love And Glory Durty Mick
4 ORANGE GOBLIN “The Filthy And The Few” [Single] Candlelight
5 BLACK DRAWING CHALKS No Dust Stuck On You Self-Released

 

 

ShaiHulud-ReachBeyondTheSun1 SHAI HULUD Reach Beyond The Sun Metal Blade
2 CULT OF LUNA Vertikal Density
3 FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND Conduit The End
4 POMEGRANATE TIGER Entities
5 DEAD LABEL Sense Of Slaughter Nuerra
6 HOLY GRAIL Ride The Void Prosthetic
7 GLORIA MORTI Lateral Constraint Metal Blade
8 ANCIENT VVISDOM Deathlike Prosthetic
9 PISSED JEANS Honeys Sub Pop
10 HATE Solarflesh Napalm

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Loud Rock Charts: 2/12

In this week’s version of great awesome new metal, we see hardcore band Shai Hulud release what could amount to be one of the finest albums in the genre since Converge’s Jane Doe (yep, you heard me right).

Also dropping is the ever increasingly popular band Bullet for my Valentine with Temper Temper, who are hoping to set themselves apart from the quickly over-saturated genre.

ShaiHulud-ReachBeyondTheSun1 SHAI HULUD “Reach Beyond The Sun” [Single] Metal Blade
2 BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE Temper Temper RCA
3 AUDREY HORNE Youngblood
4 DEMON HUNTER Godforsaken [EP] Solid State
5 HEMLOK A Cautionary Tale Transit

 

 

vertikal1 CULT OF LUNA Vertikal Density
2 POMEGRANATE TIGER Entities
3 DEAD LABEL Sense Of Slaughter Nuerra
4 HOLY GRAIL Ride The Void Prosthetic
5 GLORIA MORTI Lateral Constraint Metal Blade
6 VOIVOD Target Earth Century Media
7 ANCIENT VVISDOM Deathlike Prosthetic
8 FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND Conduit The End
9 HATE Solarflesh Napalm
10 ZOMBIFIED Carnage Slaughter And Death Metal Blade

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Jazz Album Review: Branford Marsalis “Four MFs Playin’ Tunes”

This week I had the opportunity to listen to Branford Marsalis’ newest release, Four Mfs Playin’ Tunes. This album is the first of his to feature 21 year old drummer Justin Faulkner who in the last 5 years has replaced the seemingly irreplaceable Jeff “Tain” Watts. Tain is one of the most powerfully aggressive modern drummers out there who helped change the face of modern jazz in the 1980′s, but now is busy with his own projects which is why Faulkner has taken over since 2009 (when he was 18). Branford Marsalis’ quartet has a very nostalgic sound to it, as it really hasn’t changed much since 1984. The same hard driving swing that characterized the young lions from the late 80s/early 90s is still there, but so is the more relaxed and fluid songs that seem to lack time whatsoever: another Branford specialty. All in all, the album is what I expected, which doesn’t mean it’s bad at all, it’s your classic Branford, none of the guitar and drums heavy pretentious stuff you might hear at a Berkelee College of Music jazz senior recital, this is just four MFs playin’ tunes.

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Loud Rock Charts: 2/5

In this latest addition of new Loud Rock stuff ‘n’ things, the whole world is subject to the awesome instrumentation of Pomegranate Tiger, an instrumental outfit not unlike that of Scale the Summit or Animals as Leaders. However, they’re original enough to garner some well deserved critical acclaim. And for those of you wondering, they just so happen to be named after Salvador Dali, my personal favorite artist. Bonus points for them.

Also adding are The Beards, who are as amazing (and manly, if I might add) as their band name suggests.

6PAN1T1 POMEGRANATE TIGER Entities
2 HATE Solarflesh
3 BEARDS Having A Beard Is The New Not Having A Beard Self-Released
4 PISSED JEANS Honeys Sub Pop
5 LORD WEIRD SLOUGH FEG Traveller

 

 

vertikal1 CULT OF LUNA Vertikal Density
2 VOIVOD Target Earth Century Media
3 HOLY GRAIL Ride The Void Prosthetic
4 CORSAIR Corsair Shadow Kingdom
5 HELLOWEEN Straight Out Of Hell The End
6 GLORIA MORTI Lateral Constraint
7 ANCIENT VVISDOM Deathlike Prosthetic
8 LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH Baphometic Chaosivm Metal Blade
9 FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND Conduit The End
10 INCITE All Out War Minus Head