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Perfect Pussy – Album Review

Perfect Pussy at the CatalystPerfect Pussy’s full-length first album, Say Yes to Love is a fantastic showcase of the unique, unclassifiable sound that the band has to offer. After the band’s debut EP last year, several people got excited about the band’s future. And after almost a year of waiting, I don’t think fans  will be disappointed. The overall sound can be summed up as a masterfully crafted wall of noise. Guitars mimic the shoegaze bands like Loop and My Bloody Valentine; the drums add a very upbeat, thrashy element to the music. Then there are the vocals-barely coherent from all the feedback added-which are inspired. I think there are some really well orchestrated tracks on the album, but the feedback that dominates over the other instruments gets in the way of the instrumentation on some tracks. The best description of Perfect Pussy’s sound would be “thrash-gaze”; very easy to visualize a mosh pit forming in front of the band at a concert while Perfect Pussy plays their emotionally driven noise. It’s as if D.N.A and Deafheaven got together to record but had really low quality microphones. The album isn’t perfect, but it still leaves you wanting more. After Say Yes to Love, I join the other very curious fans to hear how (and if) the band progresses in sound.

- Brandon Oleksy

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Newest World Releases

Time for fresh World Music on your multicultural plate! Still lovin’ that twisty new bossa nova from Thievery Corporation and desert rock from Tinariwen. Add La Misa Negra to the list! An old school style Cumbria group from Oakland with a kick. As hard as it is to stop playing these three on repeat mode, here are some other worthy new World Music releases:

  1. SEUN KUTI AND EGYPT 80 A Long Way To The Beginning
  2. ALSARAH AND THE NUBATONES Silt
  3. CAETANO VELOSO Abracaco [Nonesuch]
  4. MALAWI MOUSE BOYS Dirt Is Good
  5. HAFEZ NAZERI Rumi Symphony Project Untold
  6. FAREED HAQUE Trance Hypothesis
  7. RODRIGO Y GABRIELA 9 Dead Alive
  8. JEFFERSON ROSE BAND Feel Like Dancing
  9. YOLANDA DUKE Te Llevo Bajo La Piel
  10. TOUMANI DIABATE AND SIDIKI DIABATE Toumani And Sidiki

And just in time for Father’s Day, check out the new album from father-and-son collaboration, Toumani & Sidiki Diabate

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ0c4Pq2pQI

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RPM Charts, Last Week in May

Top 10:

1. TEEBS – Estara / Brainfeeder
2. CHROME SPARKS – Goddess / Future Classic
3. HETEROTIC – Weird Drift / Planet Mu
4. CONRAD CLIFTON – Picture In Picture / Self-Released
5. TENSNAKE – Glow / Astralwerks
6. TOURIST – Patterns / Monday
7. JACQUES GREENE – Phantom Vibrate [EP] / LuckyMe
8. BADBADNOTGOOD – III / Innovative Leisure
9. DOSS – Doss [EP] / Acephale
10. ILLUM SPHERE – Spectre Vex / Ninja Tune

Top 5 Adds:

1. RESISTOR – First World Problems / Self-Released
2. SLEEP – Oregon Failure / Strange Famous
3. SHAPESHIFTER – Remix [EP] / TrueTone
4. POPSTRANGERS – Fortuna / Carpark
5. FUTURE DEATH – Future Death / Bloodmoss

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Rock Charts – Last Week of May

It may have been a three day weekend but the charts never stop! This week we played Thee Oh Sees endlessly and Perfect Pussy had a huge bump in air-play. I think it’s cause our DJ’s are all really excited for their show in Santa Cruz this week.

Top 10:

ee1edafa8a13824e022e32efb22cdcc4d001b5c21. THEE OH SEES – Drop
2. CHROME SPARKS – Goddess
3. EX-CULT – Midnight Passenger
4. PERFECT PUSSY – Say Yes To Love
5. WOODS – With Light And With Love
6. MIRAH – Changing Light
7. FUTURE ISLANDS – Singles
8. LITTLE DRAGON – Nabuma Rubberband
9. MYSTIC BRAVES – Desert Island
10. LES BIG BYRD – They Worshipped Cats

 

 

Top 5 Adds:

images1. GOLD-BEARS – Dalliance
2. ED SCHRADER’S MUSIC BEAT – Party Jail
3. YANN TIERSEN – Infinity
4. BABES – Babes [EP]
5. POPSTRANGERS – Fortuna

 

 

 

 

Gold-Bears new album is some really fun, catchy pop rock off of Slumberland records. The record, entitled Dalliance, is a very logical addition to the Slumberland line up. It’s got great fuzzy, punky guitars with sweet pop-y vocals thrown on top. It goes well as a kind of lighter cousin of the some of the other bands on the Slumberland roster, like Terry Malts or Joanna Gruesome. The album comes out June 3rd, but you’ll likely hear it over the KZSC airwaves throughout this week. I really dig this record. It’s definitely worth checking out!

Here’s a song off of it called For You:

 

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End of May, New RPM

America takes a 3-day holiday. If you’re planning on spending some time listening to new electronic dance/RPM music, we recommend the following. For maximum results, try two a day:

  1. TEEBS – Estar / Brainfeeder 
  2. CHROME SPARKS – Goddess / Future Classic
  3. HETEROTIC – Weird Drift / Planet Mu
  4. CONRAD CLIFTON – Picture In Picture / Self-Released
  5. TENSNAKE – Glow / Astralwerks
  6. TOURIST – Patterns / Monday

Here’s a few more that just came in the mail; more details next time:MR. SCRUFF – Friendly Bacteria / Ninja Tune; PLAID – Reachy Prints / Warp;  MARTYN – Forgiveness / Ninja Tune; EVY JANE – Closer / Ninja Tune; FREE THE ROBOTS – Two Snakes [EP] / Perfect Touch.  Have a great, sunny holiday weekend!

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Memorial Day Memorable Rock

Heading into a 3-day weekend and the official start of tourist season in Santa Cruz, here’s what’s hot in new rock on KZSC:

MI00037103041. EX-CULT – Midnight Passenger
2. BADI ASSAD – Between Love And Luck
3. CAETANO VELOSO – Abracaco
4. DYLAN SHEARER – Garagearray
5. LES BIG BYRD – They Worshipped Cats
6. CHROME SPARKS – Goddess
7. THEE OH SEES – Drop
8. MYSTIC BRAVES – Desert Island
9. HETEROTIC – Weird Drift
10. THIEVERY CORPORATION – Saudade

 

These have just been unwrapped:

91620421. LA SERA – Hour Of The Dawn Hardly Art
2. SHARON VAN ETTEN – Are We There
3. HERZOG – Boys
4. LITTLE DRAGON – Nabuma Rubberband
5. BO NINGEN – III

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Bonus: a live Ex-Cult video because…they’re pretty cool.