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Mid-March New Indie Rock

End of the quarter finals are facing UCSC students, including yours truly. Here are 10 new indie rock releases that will help anyone concentrate:

1. CHERRY GLAZERR – Haxel Princess
2. TACOCAT – NVM
3. HABIBI – Habibi
4. DAMAGED BUG – Hubba Bubba
5. NATURAL CHILD – Dancin’ With Wolves
6. ST. VINCENT – St. Vincent
7. PHANTOGRAM – Voices
8. REAL ESTATE – Atlas
9. BROKEN BELLS – After The Disco
10. HOLY WAVE – Relax

The new Warm Soda album is super fun garage pop awesomeness. Here’s a track from it!

Ambrose Akinmusire

Ambrose Akinmusire Does it Again

 Ambrose Akinmusire (ah-kin-moo-sir-ee)  and his new album The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paint really cooks! His second release on Blue Note records since his debut in 2011, Ambrose truly takes you on a auditory exhibition for over an hour with his emotionally-packed new compositions. Featuring collaborations with artists such as Becca Stevens, Theo Bleckmann and Charles Altura on several tracks, Ambrose Akinmusire continues to paint a dramatic narrative for the listener as his musical career continues to unfold and flourish.

Oakland’s own, Ambrose has received countless awards for his musicianship and compositions since beginning his career as a  jazz trumpeter. Winning the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition in 2007, as well as the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition,  one could say Ambrose Akinmusire is one of the most decorated young musicians in the world today.

His newest album is no disappointment – Check it out as it hits the streets March 11th!

AmbroseAkinmusire_ImaginedSavior_cover Personnel on The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paint:

Ambrose Akinmusire: trumpet
Walter Smith: tenor sax
Sam Harris: piano, Mellowtron
Harish Raghavan: bass
Justin Brown: drums

 

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Jazz Charts – 2nd Week of March

I hope your week is going well! Is spring in the air, or is it just me? Oh well, Here’s what’s happening with Jazz @ KZSC:

Top Ten Charts:

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2 ANTON SCHWARTZ Flash Mob Antonjazz
3 PETE MILLS Sweet Shadow Cellar Live
4 TAKUYA KURODA Rising Son Blue Note
5 BEN FLOCKS Battle Mountain West Cliff
6 BRAD MEHLDAU AND MARK GUILIANA Mehliana: Taming The Dragon Nonesuch
7 DANILO PEREZ Panama 500 Mack Ave.
8 AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint Blue Note
9 HELEN SUNG Anthem For A New Day Concord
10 IAN CAREY AND BEN STOLOROW Duocracy Kabocha

Top Adds:

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2 LISA HILTON Kaleidoscope
3 PATRICK BUTLER Primemover M.M.O.S.
4 REVOLUTIONARY SNAKE ENSEMBLE Live Snakes Accurate
5 SHAWN MAXWELL’S ALLIANCE Shawn Maxwell’s Alliance Chicago Sessions
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RPM Charts – March 10th

Top 1o:

1 ILLUM SPHERE – Ghosts Of Then And Now / Ninja Tune
2 LEE BANNON – Alternate/Endings / Ninja Tune
3 ACTRESS – Ghettoville / Werkdiscs-Ninja Tune
4 ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER – R Plus Seven / Warp
5 BURIAL – Rival Dealer / Hyperdub
6 PATTEN – Estoile Naiant / Warp
7 MACHINEDRUM – Fenris District [EP] / Ninja Tune
8 HASTA – Floral [EP] / Apothecary
9 RYAN HEMSWORTH – Guilt Trips / Last Gang
10 DECO – Timescales / Deceast

Top 5 Adds:

1 TENSNAKE – Glow / Astralwerks
2 KIESZA – Hideaway / Lokal Legend
3 ADANOWSKY – Dancing To The Radio / Everloving
4 WHOMADEWHO – Dreams / Volcano-Darup
5 CHRIS MALINCHAK – So Good To Me [EP] / Self-Released

Here’s a taste of the amazing Tensnake album:

And have a listen to the dark jungle sounds of Lee Bannon if you haven’t already:

Don’t forget to keep it locked to the Great 88 y’all!

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Newest World Music

The Ides of March turned out to be a bummer for Caesar, however it also marked the beginning of the new year for the Romans. It’s a new season of world music releases at KZSC including station favorites from the experimental fusion group Beats Antique, internationally acclaimed Tuareg guitarist Bombino plus the collaborative work of Sudanese vocalist Alsarah with French electronic artist Debruit. A modern, haunting take on Sudanese music heard through the sonic lens of French electronic, I can’t tell you how much I’m loving “Aljawal Soundway”. And we just received one by Pink Martini with The (“Sound of Music”) Von Trapp Family. Theatrical world music? More on this one next time. Here’s a quick look at 10 new world recordings worth hearing:

1 BEATS ANTIQUE A Thousand Faces, Act I Beats Antique
2 BOMBINO Nomad Nonesuch
3 DEBRUIT AND ALSARAH Aljawal Soundway
4 OMAR SOULEYMAN Wenu Wenu Ribbon
5 LAS CAFETERAS It’s Time Self-Released
6 VAADAT CHARIGIM The World Is Well Lost Burger
7 DIDI FAVREAU Deal With It Didi Favreau
8 BOSSACUCANOVA Our Kind Of Bossa Six Degrees
9 ALSARAH AND THE NUBATONES Silt Wonderwheel
10 JAMES WHETZEL Beats For Venus

 

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Hospitality Interview at Rickshaw Stop

Brooklyn trio Hospitality recently released their Sophomore LP, Trouble, on Merge. They have been supporting the album with a nation-wide tour and are about to go overseas starting in May. I was lucky enough to catch up with Amber Papini (guitar, vocals) and Brian Betancourt (bass) before their show at Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco last February. In our interview, we cover influences for their new darker sound, what they’ve been listening to lately, and upcoming releases for the band. Friends of the band, Airwaves, opened as well as Matt Kivel, who you can hear sound-checking in the background.

Stream the full interview below: