ShaiHulud-ReachBeyondTheSun

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

branford

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

jazzmusic

KZSC Jazz Charts for the week of 2/1/2013

Hello, hope everyone is having a good week and looking forward to the weekend. Here are the KZSC Jazz charts and adds for the week:

KZSC Jazz Charts

1    MIMI FOX    Standards, Old And New
2    JACKIE RYAN    Listen Here    OPEN ART
3    AARON NEVILLE    My True Story    Blue Note
4    JOE LOVANO    Cross Culture    Blue Note
5    JOSE JAMES    No Beginning No End    Blue Note
6    LAUREN DESBERG    Sideways [EP]
7    LISA FORKISH    Bridges    Self-Released
8    MADELINE EASTMAN    A Quiet Thing    Mad-Kat
9    WOODY HERMAN AND HIS HERD    Ready, Get Set, Jump
10    ANAT COHEN    Claroscuro    Anzic

KZSC Jazz Adds

1    NICK FINZER    Exposition    Outside In Music
2    PETE ESCOVEDO    Live At Stern Grove Festival    Concord Picante
3    STOCKTON HELBING    Crazy Aquarius    Armored
4    ASUKA KAKITANI JAZZ ORCHESTRA    Bloom    Nineteen-Eight
5    TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON    Money Jungle    Concord

vertikal

Loud Rock Charts: 1/29

The week of January 29th brings upon us a very heavy slew of metal. Arguably the best record to drop so far, Vertikal sees Cult of Luna further themselves as the leaders in the post metal genre. I thought it was pretty darn tootin’ too.

Also brutalize our eardrums is Maelstrom’s newest record It Was Predestined and Ancient VVisdom’s (yep, that’s two V’s) Deathlike, who are actually playing at Slim’s in San Francisco on February 9th. If you like good music, which I’m sure you do since you’re reading this, why not check them out? I promise your ears will only bleed a little bit.

vertikal1 CULT OF LUNA Vertikal Density
2 MAELSTROM It Was Predestined Itchy Metal
3 ANCIENT VVISDOM Deathlike Prosthetic
4 GLORIA MORTI Lateral Constraint
5 FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND Conduit The End

 

 

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1 VOIVOD Target Earth Century Media
2 HOLY GRAIL Ride The Void Prosthetic
3 CORSAIR Corsair Shadow Kingdom
4 LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH Baphometic Chaosivm Metal Blade
5 SLAM ONE DOWN Who Really Wants To Live Forever Pour One Out
6 GAMMA RAY Skeletons And Majesties Eagle Rock
7 INCITE All Out War Minus Head
8 HELLOWEEN Straight Out Of Hell The End
9 NIGHTFALL Cassiopeia Metal Blade
10 CRASHDIET The Savage Playground Frontiers

 

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KZSC Jazz Charts

This week has been a little off in regards to the mail, so I’ve decided to do the charting early to get into a new flow of things. Additionally this week, I’m welcoming the Jazz Director intern Jared Frazier (Jamfrazi) into the circle. He will be gradually taking over the department by early April. I’m looking forward to another week of music.  Here’s this week’s charts.

Top Ten Jazz Charts

1 JOSE JAMES No Beginning No End Blue Note
2 KURT ROSENWINKEL NEW QUARTET Star Of Jupiter Wommusic
3 LAUREN DESBERG Sideways [EP]
4 LAKECIA BENJAMIN Retox
5 BRANFORD MARSALIS QUARTET Four MFs Playin Tunes
6 JEFF HAMILTON TRIO Red Sparkle Capri
7 MYRIAD 3 Tell Alma
8 JOE LOVANO Cross Culture Blue Note
9 ARTURO STABLE Cuban Crosshatching Origen
10 ROBERT GLASPER Black Radio Recovered/The Remix [EP] EMI

 

KZSC Jazz Adds

1 ARTURO STABLE Cuban Crosshatching Origen
2 DAFNIS PRIETO PROVERB TRIO Dafnis Prieto Proverb Trio Dafnison
3 JEFF HAMILTON TRIO Red Sparkle Capri
4 LUCE TRIO Pieces, Vol. I
5 JAMES SANDERS Blue Violin Amadeo

 

God bless