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Here comes Record Store Day!

Either you have heard of it or you have been living under a rock. Record Store Day will take place April 18th nationwide this year. A day that advocates we all go out and support local business, or more importantly local record stores.

On this day independent labels and legendary artists release or re-release great albums specific for this event to get high attendance in local record stores.  This year Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl was given the title of Record Store Day Ambassador, which may or may not have zero meaning.

The stage is set for another great year of record buying–until debate arose on the newly developed intentions of such a glorious day. First to speak out was Father/Daughter Records who had Faux Real II (a sequel to Faux Real released last record store day) shot down as an album for release during the event. This shed light on the gained recognition of Record Store Day that now albums are being sifted through and turned down at the expense of independent companies.

If not released through Record Store Day then the already produced music either will never see the light of day or be released out of pocket from independent labels, which some may not afford to do. Not so problematic, as that is the way of business, except the mission of Record Store Day is to aid independent companies. When typically independent labels would be unable to afford getting a prime setup of albums they are putting out in record stores across the country, Record Store Day was a remedy. Now with mainstream popularity, which was the ultimate goal, bigger names are getting the spots that would typically go to albums made on independent labels. An inevitable cycle due to potential profit gain and notoriety.

But at the end of the day these marketing tactics get people out from behind their computer screen and into the record stores that need patrons to keep inspiring great music. Especially in the vinyl revival currently taking place, Record Store Day is at its peak of interest. The whole situation seems muddled due to any controversy but everyone agrees if people are stopping in to these record stores than the mission is complete. So do your part in supporting local and independent business, April 18th head to your local record store!

If you are in the Santa Cruz area Metavinyl located at 320 Cedar St and Streetlight Records located at 939 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz will be participating in Record Store Day so be sure to stop by!

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KZSC Reviews: Painted Caves reviewed by David Anton Savage

The self-titled debut album by the Milwaukee-based band, Painted Caves is a true genre bending gem; a pleasure from start to finish. In an unlikely mix of Arab music dosed with 60s psychedelic folk surf rock, Painted Caves ventures into new musical territory.

The lead vocals were so lovely, I had to double check the CD case to see if Rufus Wainwright had made a special guest appearance! Besides traditional Middle Eastern instruments combined with drums, guitars, trumpet and piano, the band even sneaks in a bit of didgeridoo and conch shells. I am already spinning this new disc on my show, Unfiltered Camels, Monday afternoons from 2-4pm, and have been busy, here at KZSC, telling my fellow DJs about this unique album.
Lady Day. Someone enjoyed lots of her tunes this week.

Charts & Adds – 1st week of April

Hello everyone!

Here are the charts & adds for the 1st week of April!

Top Ten:

1 COMPILATION The Great Billie Holiday     Goldies
2 BILLIE HOLIDAY Lady Day: The Best Of Billie Holiday      Columbia Jazz8768-Billie-Holiday1
3 BILLIE HOLIDAY Stormy Blues      Polydor
4 LISA PARROTT Round Tripper
5 BILLIE HOLIDAY Lady Day: The Master Takes And Singles      Columbia
6 COMPILATION The Golden Years Of Revival Jazz Vol. 10      Storyville
7 CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE Number Two Express      Verve
8 JOSE JAMES Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music Of Billie Holiday     Blue Note
9 BEBO AND CIGALA Lagrimas Negras      RCA
10 BENNY GREEN TRIO Testifyin’! Live At The Village Vanguard     Blue Note

Adds:

1 MARIO CRUZ A View From the Mind’s Eye Armored Records
2LISA HILTONHorizons
3 HENRY KAISER AND RAY RUSSELL The Celestial Squid Cuneiform
4 MIKE OSBORNE Dawn Cuneiform
5 KURT RIBAK I Got One More! Rodia Records

Loud Rock Charts 4/7

Hey metal fans! Here’s the top ten and newly added music for the week.

TOP TEN:

1 ALL THAT REMAINS The Order Of Things Razor And Tie
2 MOONSPELL Extinct Napalm
3 ENSIFERUM One Man Army Metal Blade
4 AGONIST Eyes Of Providence Century
5 NIGHTWISH Endless Forms Most Beautiful Nuclear Blast
6 SANITY DAYS Evil Beyond Belief Candlelight
7 BYZANTINE To Release Is To Resolve Snakepit
8 FULL DEVIL JACKET The Valley Of Bones eOne
9 SECRET OF BORIS My Ghost Cabo
10 DODHEIMSGARD A Umbra Omega Peaceville

LOUD ROCK ADDS:

1 APOPHYS Prime Incursion Metal Blade
2 AGNOSTIC FRONT The American Dream Died Nuclear Blast
3 CRACKED ALICE Soul Debris [EP]
4 KORPIKLAANI Lempo
5 HEIDEVOLK Velua Napalm

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DakhaBrakha playing Kuumbwa Jazz April 13th

Ukranian quartet, DakhaBrakha will be playing at Kuumbwa Jazz April 13th as part of their United States tour

This Ukrainian “ethno-chaos” band creates a world of unexpected new music. Accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian traditional instrumentation, the quartet’s astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range creates a trans-national sound rooted in Ukrainian culture. The name “DakhaBrakha” means “give/take” in the old Ukrainian language, and they certainly take from many world influences while giving the influence of Ukrainian culture!

You can follow their music and support the artists on bandcamp: https://dakhabrakha.bandcamp.com/

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You can check out here the music video for their song “Please don’t cry” from their 2010 album, Light.  I highly recommend it.

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KZSC Show Reviews: Whirr/Nothing

Alternative punk, shoegaze band Whirr joined their friends, Nothing to put on a show at Bottom of The Hill February 3rd, 2015. Bands Whirr and Nothing put out a split via Run For Cover Records late of last year, as well as their album Sway through Graveface Records, leaving much to be anticipated for this show.

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