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KZSC Rock Charts!

This fall at KZSC we’ve had seem real great new records coming in each and every week. Ty Segall’s third record of the year is perhaps his best, San Francisco’s Dum Dum Girls have a great new album, and Australia’s psychedelic groove masters Tame Impala have just put out an epic double LP. Not to mention new albums by indie heavy hitters Grizzly Bear and the XX. This autumn is full of indie goodness and KZSC is the best way to keep up with it all.

Here’s our CMJ Top 30 for October 23

1 TY SEGALL Twins Drag City
2 THE XX Coexist XL
3 GRIZZLY BEAR Shields Warp
4 DUM DUM GIRLS End Of Daze SUB POP
5 TAME IMPALA Lonerism Modular
6 MELODY’S ECHO CHAMBER Melody’s Echo Chamber Fat Possum
7 TILLY AND THE WALL Heavy Mood Team Love
8 BAND OF HORSES Mirage Rock Brown-Columbia
9 JENS LEKMAN I Know What Love Isn’t Secretly Canadian
10 FLYING LOTUS Until The Quiet Comes Warp
11 TURBO FRUITS Butter serpents and snakes
12 DIVINE FITS A Thing Called Divine Fits Merge
13 CAT POWER Sun Matador
14 MOUNTAIN GOATS Transcendental Youth Merge
15 KAKI KING Glow Velour
16 METZ Metz SUB POP
17 HEAVY Curse Me Good Counter
18 DAVID BYRNE AND ST. VINCENT Love This Giant 4AD
19 ARIEL PINK’S HAUNTED GRAFFITI Mature Themes 4AD
20 MENOMENA Moms Barsuk
21 MOON DUO Circles Sacred Bones
22 SEAPONY Falling Hardly Art
23 SOFT PACK Strapped Mexican Summer
24 HOW TO DRESS WELL Total Loss Acephale
25 UNNATURAL HELPERS Land Grab Hardly Art
26 FREELANCE WHALES Diluvia Frenchkiss-Mom And Pop
27 SUN ARAW The Inner Treaty Drag City-Sun Ark
28 MATT AND KIM Lightning Fader
29 AUDACITY Mellow Cruisers Recess-Burger
30 SLAM DUNK Welcome To Miami Sampler File Under: Music

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Loud Rock Charts: 10/23

This week in metal comes some very interesting releases. Wintersun’s newest album that was 6 years in the making, Time I, dropped last Friday. Can it live up to more than half a decade’s worth of hype?

Another notable release  is one of Sumerian’s latest signed bands, The Haarp Machine, who are touring alongside fellow labelmates The Faceless this fall.

1 WINTERSUN Time Nuclear Blast
2 HAARP MACHINE Disclosure Sumerian
3 SYLOSIS Monolith Nuclear Blast
4 ABIOTIC Symbiosis Metal Blade
5 THE SWORD Apocryphon Razor And Tie

 

 

1 VISION OF DISORDER The Cursed Remain Cursed Candlelight
2 ENSLAVED Riitiir Nuclear
3 THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE Dead Years eOne
4 CONVERGE All We Love We Leave Behind Epitaph
5 DOWNFALL OF GAIA Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes Metal Blade
6 BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME The Parallax II: Future Sequence Metal Blade
7 METALOCALYPSE: DETHKLOK Dethalbum III Cartoon Network
8 CASPIAN Waking Season Triple Crown
9 DAYLIGHT DIES A Frail Becoming Candlelight
10 GLAMOUR OF THE KILL Summoning eOne

 

"There's, like, always money in the banana stand, Scoob!"

Like, Zoinks Scoob!: On the Ambiance of All Hallow’s Eve

It’s that time of year again – people are making costumes, buying candy, and starting blog posts in the most clichéd ways imaginable. That’s right, anonymous internet stranger, it’s time for Halloween! That can only mean one thing: time for some tunes to soundtrack that spookiest of holidays! Below are a few classics for your listening pleasure:

Slint – Nosferatu Man

Never mind the fact that the song’s title alludes to the classic 1922 German horror film, it’s the atmosphere of it which really amps up the creepiness factor. With lyrics about a prince in a dark castle, attempting to “please [his] queen,” and subsequently chasing a trespasser into the darkness, the song is perfect for an eerie Halloween night. Its off-kilter beat creates a tension which puts the listener on edge, a trick which ultimately becomes a treat (See, cause it’s Halloween! Get it? Hello? Where did everyone go?)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=im74bBeOT74

Ramones – Chainsaw

From the fathers of punk rock comes something a little more upbeat but no less appropriate. The song is all about the use of the titular instrument being used in all sorts of creepy and terrifying ways. The most disturbing aspect of the song, however, may be Joey Ramone’s pronunciation of the word “massacre.” What’s up with that?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltyC3DEYoZ4

Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt Kickers – Monster Mash

I never claimed to be original.

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Album Review: Tilly And The Wall’s “Heavy Mood”

When it comes to going back to school, nothing is better than new music that keeps your walk to class up-beat and motivated. Tilly And The Wall’s new album Heavy Mood is filled with stomps and claps, making it the perfect anthem to pump up your stroll to class, as well as tug at your heart strings. Since their debut album Wild Like Children, they have evolved to encompass much more in their style. The heavy-folk-electronic sounds are accompanied by honest, genuine lyrics that emphasize love, friendship, and a power to the people attitude.

Although the entire album is phenomenal, some tracks from the album you definitely want to check out are:

Love Riot, Heavy Mood, Thicker Than Thieves (best BFF song ever), and Youth.

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Lil’ B – A Golden State Warrior?

The Santa Cruz Golden State Warriors tryouts were this weekend and there were many a talented players who came out to tryout for this NBA D-League team. Among all the players there was one that brought the attention of the folks from Pitchfork Magazine. The one and only Bay Area rapper and internet meme, LIL’ B BASEDGOD. LIL’B had tweeted about trying out for the team and he surely showed up to do just that — let’s hope that LIL’ B makes the team and we will make sure to go to every game.

Check out the Golden State Warriors website for more information about their upcoming season and check the link below for a video of Lil’ B practicing on his basketball skills.

 

http://www.nba.com/dleague/santacruz/

 

Do you think he has the skills to be on the team? If the Space Jam reference is any indication of his love for basketball, I’m sure he’ll be great.

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What a Month for Jazz!

If you haven’t already heard, it’s another great month for jazz is Santa Cruz. Some of the heaviest hitters on the scene today will be gracing us with their presence in our wonderful town. All of the shows are at the Kuumbwa Jazz center in downtown Santa Cruz. You do NOT want to miss these shows!

10/8- Kurt Elling 7/9PM

10/10- Hafez Modirzadeh/Vijay Iyer 7PM

10/15- Danilo Perez 7PM

10/18- Lionel Loueke Trio

10/22- Eliane Elias

And there is STILL more to come. Keep that radio dial tuned to the great 88 for more jazz programming starting this week! See ya’ll on the band stand.