2012: The Year of Ty

It’s been one helluva year for San Francisco garage rock wonderkid Ty Segall. Ty’s been rockin’ all over the free world spreading his gospel of scuzzy psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll. This year Ty recorded and released three records of his own in addition to producing a killer LP for Nashville punks Heavy Cream and a single for Memphis up and comers Ex Cult. After hitting the road with fellow Bay Area residents Thee Oh Sees, Ty and his band have been making the late night TV rounds with performances on Conan and Letterman. To put it lightly Ty’s been killing it.

Here’s a sampling from each of Ty Segall’s releases from this year

For his first full length of the year Ty teamed up with San Francisco cohort White Fence

Next up he hit the studio with his touring band for his fastest, heaviest album yet

For his third and final album of the year Ty played every instrument himself. Here he is on Letterman with his band ripping the place to shreds


So go check out Hair, Slaughterhouse, and Twins to get as stoked on Ty Segall as we are here at the Great 88.


Thanks For Coming…

Hundreds of music-hungry people braved the rainy weather to attend the KZSC Ultimate Music Sale. Whether you found that LP you’d been trying to find for ten years, bought a bag of CDs for five bucks or just walked to get out of the rain and eat free candy, we’re glad you came. Money raised from this annual event goes towards helping KZSC operate, so it’s all good. More info and pictures from The Ultimate Music Sale are on our Facebook Page and if you missed the fun you’ll be happy to know that The Great 88 is already planning for next year’s event in November 2013.

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KZSC Music Sale Today

Here’s a peek at what the annual KZSC Ultimate Music Sale looks like. Vendors from all over the Bay Area will be selling everything from rare collectibles to bargain-priced vinyl and CDs. And yes, the legend lives on: The Great 88 will have a separate set of tables with no item over 25 cents. If you’re a music collector, the Ultimate Music Sale is…well, the ultimate. A family-friendly Santa Cruz tradition for over a decade, the KZSC Music Sale offers FREE admission and FREE parking at Merrill College.

Get here early for best selection. The double doors open at 10 a.m. TODAY. Follow the signs and balloons to the Crown/Merrill Cultural Center on the UCSC campus. More info and pictures on our Facebook Page.


Brother Ali In Santa Cruz

On October 26 Brother Ali graced Santa Cruz with his presence downtown at The Catalyst. Homeboy Sandman opened, freestylin’ up a storm and bringing some serious energy to the room with his conscious lyrics. Brother Ali in my opinion is a true artist, making his music for the poeple and about the people, not the money. As he took the stage, everyone fell silent. His first words were a message, encouraging people to appreciate life, love who and where they are, and enjoy every second they can. Then the beat dropped and the live band began to play, complete with trombone, trumpet, drummer, guitarist and more. Every time a beat began you could feel the floor tremble as if an earthquake approached. His words served as a sermon to all who attended, telling stories of life, regret, hope and love. This was no show…it was a religious experience. Brother Ali is still on tour for his new album Mourning In America And Dreaming In Color, check out upcoming tour dates at www.rhymesayers.com/brotherali!


Loud Rock Charts: 11/13

Finally, after all these months of waiting, Deftones’ newest record, Koi No Yokan, is dropping on Tuesday, November 13th. It’s one hell of an album, definitely on par with Diamond Eyes and White Pony.

Other new releases include one of the most influential punk rock bands, Fear, with their newest release The Fear Record and a return to form for black metal outfit Anaal Nathrakh with one of their best albums to date, Vanitas. 

1 DEFTONES Koi No Yokan
2 FEAR The Fear Record The End
3 ANAAL NATHRAKH Vanitas Candlelight
4 CASKET LOTTERY Real Fear No Sleep
5 AEON Aeons Black



1 THE SWORD Apocryphon Razor And Tie
3 NEUROSIS Honor Found In Decay Neurot
4 HAARP MACHINE Disclosure Sumerian
5 AXEWOUND Vultures The End
6 BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME The Parallax II: Future Sequence Metal Blade
7 TEXAS IN JULY Texas In July Equal Vision
8 ABIOTIC Symbiosis Metal Blade
9 GLAMOUR OF THE KILL Summoning eOne
10 ALL THAT REMAINS A War You Cannot Win Razor and Tie


Anita Tijoux Returns to Nor-Cal

Chile’s Anita Tijoux is returning to Northern California after playing here at Santa Cruz’s Catalyst a few months ago. Tijoux is a Chilean rapper who grew up in France due to her parents political exile during the dictatorship of Pinochet. She flew back to her father’s homeland of Chile after the return of democracy, where she found herself in the hip-hop scene of Santiago. After some time spent in the band Makiza, who quickly reached the top of Latin American Hip-Hop, she soon broke away and began making solo music that resulted in three full length albums. Her single titled “Shock,” is seen to many as an anthem for the student movement in Chile. The song has in a way become a part of the movement and contains lyrics regarding the Pinochet regime, police repression, and the many inequities within Chile’s education system (see video below).

If you’re heading home to the bay area for the holidays, already happen to be in the area, or are just in the mood to see an amazing musical activist, head on over to La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley to see Anita Tijoux on November 21st at 8pm.


Shock by Anita Tijoux