The Birthday Massacre

Review of The Birthday Massacre’s “Superstition”

November 11th marked the sixth studio LP release of The Birthday Massacre’s “Superstition” through Metropolis Records. The Canadian synthrock band did not fail to impress with what they claim to be their best album yet. Superstition is ten track of beautifully executed vocals accompanied with upbeat yet dark instrumentals. Listening to the album in its entirety gives a feel of taking a journey through a haunting storybook tale. The euphoric yet melancholy back beats in sync with the sometimes sweet, sometimes dark vocals bring a natural progression throughout Superstition. It should also be noted that the stunning album art falls in line with The Birthday Massacre’s previous album’s artwork almost creating a cohesive timeline of their talent. The Birthday Massacre continue to evolve their sound while maintaining the qualities most unique to them, which can distinctly be heard in Superstition.

Here is the official music video for “Beyond” from Superstition:

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Programmer of the Month: Dylan Music

This month’s Programmer of the Month is DJ Oy-Dog, AKA Dylan Music from the long-running program “Muzikal Jewz.”

Dylan started volunteering at KZSC when he was a senior at UCSC. Then in March of 2008, after completing the broadcasting class,  Dylan was inspired to start the show “Muzikal Jewz,” in order to “make people laugh, dance, cry, and experience Jewish music and culture in all of its forms.”

“It took about 4 hours of prep time per week at first. I started with three Jewish music CDs (Socalled’s “Ghettoblaster,” “Connie Francis Sing Jewish Favorites,” and Black Ox Orkestar’s “Ver Tanz”) and it exploded from there,” said Dylan (aka DJ Oy-Dog). The show has been a staff and audience favorite ever since.

After finishing his Master’s thesis “Beat me Rabbi Eight to the Bar” (about Yiddish swing Jazz life in the U.S. in the early 20th century) and graduating from the Literature Department in 2011, Dylan is now a community member at KZSC and still hosts “Muzikal Jewz” every Sunday from 4PM to 6PM.

A little-known trivia fact: In the summer of 2011, Dylan also created and hosted a show at KZSC called  “Christopher Tracy’s Parade,” which featured music by the purple paisley love god Prince, and his disciples.

Over the years Dylan has also been an 8-time student mentor and twice served in the KZSC program review committee. For his dedication and creativity KZSC declares Dylan Music “programmer of the month,” an honor only bestowed upon the most awesome of staff members!

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Planet Cruz: Local Comedy at the Rio Theatre

bbbComing to the Rio Theatre this Saturday is Planet Cruz,  a comedy/variety show dedicated to ‘keeping it weird’, will feature the music of “the Goddess of Soul”  Tammi Brown and  Peter Cor and the Planetoid Band; Rhan Wilson, Matt Bohn, and Kevin Di Noto.

The Comedians include:

Teresa Tudury , Don Reed as seen on  HBO, Showtime, and The Tonight Show, Kellen Erskine, Dan St. Paul with “What’s Funny After 50?”, Sven Davis, Alan Heit , Ryan Coonerty , and  Zach Friend .

The event will be hosted by Richard Stockton and there will be plenty of  comedy sketches about the state of Santa Cruz for all the locals and neo-locals out there! Where else could a professional comedian space-cowboy come from? Only Santa Cruz!

For more information, Check out their promo video and http://planetcruzcomedy.com/ for all that Planet Cruz has to offer you!

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Simrit Kaur at the Pacific Cultural Center

simrit-love-crop1Harvest of the fruits of a new fall here at KZSC. World is starting off the quarter with an interview of artist Simrit Kaur!

Simrit , with her unique touch to devotional chant music, will be performing at the Santa Cruz Pacific Cultural Center on Friday, October 24th at 7:30pm. She also has a new album out soon! This album features a song with lead singer of the Go-Gos, Belinda Carlisle.

You can hear Simrit speak on music and her new album on Cross Stitch this Monday, at it’s new time slot, noon to 2pm.

Here is the song Mul Mantra, from her new album Simrit , so you can have a listen!

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Meow (Run) The Jewels!

The super talented hip-hop duo of Killer Mike and El-P are set to release their second collaborative studio album, Run the Jewels 2, on October 27. The pre-orders for the album began last month, and several interesting packages are available. For $25,000 The Show and Tell Package sends the emcees to your city to accompany your child on a day of school, including “personal bully protection for 24 hours”.

According to The Meow the Jewels Package, for $40,000 “Run The Jewels will re-record RTJ2 using nothing but cat sounds for music.” Much to the surprise of Killer Mike and El-P, a Kickstarter popped up to raise the funds for the package. The Kickstarter received much online attention, and various big name producers, such as Just Blaze, SKYWLKR, Baauer, Prince Paul, and Dan The Automator, offered to produce beats for the album if the funding goal was reached. With 11 days remaining for funding, over $55,000 has been raised, and Meow the Jewels is going to be a real album!

Check out the preview for Meow the Jewels, and their song from the actual Run the Jewels 2 album “Close Your Eyes and Count to F–k” below.