This Pope Shall Not Abdicate

All hail Pope Lou Reed the Only.  His robe is a Velvet Underground. His throne, the mighty city of Berlin.  Whose Mary Magdalene’s were transvestite streetwalkers on the wild side.  Who turned the other cheek when struck viciously with flowers and miraculously turned one day in New York City, utterly perfect.  Who abides in grace and married the glorious angel of experimental heaven, Saint Laurie Anderson.  He, who in his early ministry, delivered prenatal punk sermons of sublime beauty. We have all been thus baptized.  We, who have loved and honored him with our mortal hearts.  We, who are severely bummed out that his show on April 16th, at the Golden State Theatre in Monterey California, has been cancelled. We, who would have washed our own feet and other parts of our corporeal selves, before making the pilgrimage.  A pilgrimage we would have made without the use of certain opiates, because we all know that chariots are powered best by horses, not heroin.  Let us all give a nod to a divinely inspired rescheduling, if it is possible.


Why The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle Should be the Next Poet Laureate of the United States

As a creative writing major here at UCSC, I’m all too aware of the changing times and how they’re affecting writers of all varieties. A lot of people are under the impression that a lot of writing, particularly poetry, is racing Keith Richards to the grave, and is probably going to win. Well, win is a relative term in that case. This leaves our nation in an artistic crisis, but fear not! Hope is not lost! There was recently a petition to the White House to appoint John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats the next United States Poet Laureate, and, while he isn’t a poet in the traditional William Carlos Williams sense, his words speak for themselves, you know, like words. According to the always-reliable Wikipedia, the U.S. Poet Laureate “seeks to raise the national consciousness to a greater appreciation of the reading and writing of poetry.” Who better to bring poetry back into the national consciousness than a popular musician, especially one whose lyrics have affected so many in such a profound way. So, for what it’s worth, this is my endorsement of John Darnielle to be the next Poet Laureate of the United States. Check out a few videos below that might give you an idea of his lyrical brilliance:

Going to Georgia (live)

This Year

The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton


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.


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
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

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
9 DARKTHRONE The Underground Resistance Peaceville
10 PSYCHOTHERMIA Fall To The Rising Sun Self-Released


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?