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The Woodstock of Jazz: MJF55

You don’t want to miss this concert. Ever. It’s not just a concert, it’s a weekend of concerts. A full weekend of the world’s finest jazz artists performing at the Monterrey Jazz Festival including: Trombone Shorty, Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra, Jack DeJohnette, Pat Metheney, Esperanza Spalding, Ambrose Akinmusire, Mulgrew Miller, Gerald Clayton, Tigran Hamasyan, and the list goes on and on. If you’re looking to spend a weekend listening to the best jazz from all corners of the world, you will NOT want to miss this. Tickets are already on sale, I’ll be there, will you?

Sept. 21-23 at the Monterey Fairgrounds

http://www.montereyjazzfestival.org/2012/

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Loud Rock Charts: 8/21

Our thoughts here at KZSC go out to both Baroness and Periphery. We hope for a quick recovery for Baroness, and that everything is okay for Periphery and their family. You will be sorely missed on the rest of the Summer Slaughter tour, but that means I’ll just mosh even harder for you guys!

ADDS
1 STRATOVARIUS Under Flaming Winter Skies Eagle Rock
2 GYPSYHAWK Revelry And Resilience
3 DOWNSPIRIT Bulletproof Metalville
4 VORE Gravehammer AFM
5 AUTUMN’S END The Siren’s Lament The Orchard-CM Distro

CHARTS
1 FACELESS Autotheism Sumerian

2 TESTAMENT Dark Roots Of Earth Nuclear Blast
3 HELLYEAH Band Of Brothers Eleven Seven
4 PERIPHERY  Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal Sumerian
5 CONTORTIONIST Intrinsic eOne
6 KING OF ASGARD …To North Metal Blade
7 FOR THE FALLEN DREAMS Wasted Youth Artery
8 SAINT DIABLO Saint Diablo Eclipse
9 BARONESS Yellow And Green Relapse
10 DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT  “Lucky Animals” [Single] InsideOut

 

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channel ORANGE

Frank Ocean, a member of Odd Future (OFWGKTA) recently released his second album, channel Orange, on July 10. His first album was quite successful, and I look forward to seeing where this album leads him.  Along with his new album Ocean sent out a letter to his fans informing them about when he “realized [he] was in love”.  His first love was a man.  Ocean spent an entire summer falling in love with this man. I found his story extremely impressive and I am a very proud fan.

Ocean writes in his message, “To my first love, I’m grateful for you. Grateful that even though it wasn’t what I hoped for and even though it was never enough, it was. Some things never are…and we were. I won’t forget you. I won’t forget the summer. I’ll remember who I was when I met you. I’ll remember who you were and how we’ve both changed and stayed the same. I’ve never had more respect for life and living than I have right now “.  

I find his letter and his honesty almost revolutionary.  I am a very proud fan of Frank Ocean and I cannot wait to see where his immeasurable talent takes him.

If you have not listened to channelORANGE, you should. His new album, as some may know, shows hints of his love for multiple people in his life. His lyrics are well thought out and he uses his knowledge of words well.  Ocean’s attributes are revealed throughout the entire album. Please take the time to listen to it. Some of my favorite songs are Pyramids, Bad Religion, and Forrest Gump.  Enjoy his creativity, honesty, vulnerability, and talent. 

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Loud Rock Charts: 8/14

Is it just me, or is it getting HOT AS BALLS? (Cue Nelly) Summer is getting fairly close to ending, so it should not be getting this damn hot. Speaking of hotness, my interview with The Contortionist’s lead singer is up for all those interested. Okay, that’s the last time I shamelessly plug it. I swear. Until my next interview.

ADDS
1 FACELESS Autotheism Sumerian
2 KORPIKLAANI Manala Nuclear Blast
3 LOUDNESS Eve To Dawn FrostByte
4 DARKNESS BY OATH Near Death Experience Metal Blade
5 BLACK LIGHT BURNS The Moment You Realize You’re Going To Fall Rocket Science

 

CHARTS

1 PERIPHERY  Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal Sumerian
2 CONTORTIONIST Intrinsic eOne
3 TESTAMENT Dark Roots Of Earth Nuclear Blast
4 GOJIRA L’Enfant Sauvage Roadrunner
5 HELLYEAH Band Of Brothers Eleven Seven
6 KING OF ASGARD …To North Metal Blade
7 DELAIN  We Are The Others Sensory
8 SERJ TANKIAN Harakiri Reprise
9 BONDED BY BLOOD Aftermath Earache
10 FOR THE FALLEN DREAMS Wasted Youth Artery

 

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New Rock In August

August means getting ready to start another year of academics at our fine University. It’s been a wild summer at The Great 88 with stacks of knockout new releases hitting the airwaves. Right now, Nashville’s favorite bros Jeff the Brotherhood are on top. This garage rock duo’s latest release paired them with producer Dan Auerbach to put out their raddest album yet. Here’s our Top 30 indie rock list at KZSC in early August (artist, title, label):

1 JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD Hypnotic Nights Warner Brothers-Infinity Cat
2 DIRTY PROJECTORS Swing Lo Magellan Domino
3 INTELLIGENCE Everybody’s Got It Easy But Me In The Red
4 PEAKING LIGHTS Lucifer Mexican Summer
5 PASSION PIT Gossamer Columbia
6 DIIV Oshin Captured Tracks
7 METRIC Synthetica Mom And Pop-MMI
8 HOT PANDA Go Outside Mint
9 MISSION OF BURMA Unsound Fire
10 LIARS WIXIW Mute
11 FLAMING LIPS The Flaming Lips And Heady Fwends Warner Brothers
12 JAILL Traps SUB POP
13 A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS Worship Dead Oceans
14 SHONEN KNIFE Pop Tune Good Charamel
15 EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS Here Vagrant
16 AUDIAFAUNA Grow Down Self-Released
17 ECHO LAKE Wild Peace Slumberland
18 FANG ISLAND Major Sargent House
19 JEN SCHANDE 19: Songs For And Inspired By Valencia Chapter 19 Self-Released
20 HERE WE GO MAGIC A Different Ship Secretly Canadian
21 WOODPECKER Thanks Anyway Self-Released
22 DEEP TIME Deep Time Hardly Art
23 TWERPS Twerps Chapter-Underwater Peoples
24 MAGIC TRICK Ruler Of The Night Hardly Art
25 ERIC COPELAND Limbo Underwater Peoples
26 DENT MAY Do Things Paw Tracks
27 WALKMEN Heaven Fat Possum
28 INFANTREE Hero’s Dose Vapor
29 LOST SOUNDS Lost Lost Goner
30 JEANS WILDER Totally Everloving

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Interview with The Contortionist’s Jonathan Carpenter

Every now and then, a band comes along that just blows everyone out of the water with each musical piece that they write. Right now, that band is The Contortionist. I recently got a chance to sit down (or rather, stand up) with their lead singer, Jonathan Carpenter, to talk about their newest release, Intrinsic.

Bröötalisk: Alright, let’s cut to the chase. Intrinsic is, to say the least, a powerful record. Can you give me your though process behind the transition from Exoplanet to Intrinsic? What did you want to accomplish with this record?

Jonathan Carpenter: When we did Exoplanet, we went with the space vibe and that was something that I think, even before I was in the band, was a goal for the end result to be a sci fi type of story. With this album, we had to make a choice of where to go. It’s kind of like a novel style of music. I think we just kept the elements that makes us different and stand out and what we’re good at and finally carved out all the shit we just didn’t want to do anymore. Kinda made a new sound that represents what we enjoy playing live and what we can play live well. We wanted to push ourselves further and know that we’re getting better at writing music and performing it. We tried to get our wide range of sound in the new album and diversified it. Keyboards are definitely more pronounced this record, but they also don’t take over the album. I think overall we’re really pleased with how production and our concepts turned out.

Bröötalisk: Where Exoplanet was about the destruction of our homeworld and our search for a new one, Intrinsic is more about the human mind and how we interpret reality. What inspired you to write such a complex album? Are these kinds of thought provoking themes something you plan to do with later records?

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Jonathan Carpenter: There a bunch of books that I’ve read, mostly science, not necessarily science fiction, that talk about topics that are still being discovered, like neuroanatomy and different biotechnologies that are discussed on the album as far as story goes. Reading books like that inspired me to talk about things that could happen in the future. Things that could really change our daily lives and experiences of reality.

Bröötalisk: Misha Mansoor of Periphery mentioned that Intrinsic is more of a “grower album”. That is, you have to listen to it multiple times before you really understand and appreciate the record. Is that something you were going for with Intrinsic?

Jonathan Carpenter: No, I don’t think that necessarily motivated us. But we didn’t really have a goal to make music that could easily be understood either. We would ask ourselves, “Do we feel like these songs are any more commercial or simplified that represents pop music or anything that’s not thought provoking?” We still feel like the sounds and everything are very interesting and that they break expectations.

Bröötalisk: Speaking of Misha, he always speaks very highly of your band. Is it safe to say that The Contortionist and Periphery and are BFFs?

Jonathan Carpenter: Haha yeah, that’s a good term to describe it. Whenever we’ve toured with them, things were amazing. We got along really well. Buddying up with everybody in the tour. That was an amazing tour in general, but Periphery was definitely great to us. It was a lot of fun.

Bröötalisk: Is that when you first met the band?

Jonathan Carpenter: We had played one show with them before that, and it was just a one off day where two tours got combined randomly. It wasn’t expected. We were the first band to play out of 10 bands, so we played in front of like 15 people. They were one of the coheadliners. So yeah, we met them there, and a year later we toured together.

Bröötalisk: Many people have been speculating that Periphery and you guys might tour together some time soon. Is there any info you can give out on this?

Jonathan Carpenter: We don’t have anything solidified right now, but there have been talks between their manager and ours. Summer Slaughter was definitely something we tried to be in the running for, and unfortunately it didn’t work out this year. But who knows, maybe next year we’ll get that.

Bröötalisk:A little more off topic, I’m what you might call a vinyl enthusiast, so when I saw that Intrinsic wasn’t being pressed on vinyl, I was disappointed. Are there any future plans to release the album on vinyl?

Jonathan Carpenter: I’d imagine that’s very likely that will happen. The reason we just released a CD is because we wanted to focus on just getting it out there and then maybe later on do some secondary things and spice things up.

We just couldn’t keep our hands off of each other.

Bröötalisk: So, every time I mention that I listen to The Contortionist, almost every one seems to think I’m talking about something Cirque de Soleil. This made me wonder, where did you get the name “The Contortionist” from?

Jonathan Carpenter: I’m pretty sure that that originated from Joey, our drummer. I don’t know all the reasons for it. I think it’s kind of a mixture between sounding fucking awesome and the fact that we change our sound a lot. But I’m not really sure, it wasn’t me. I would say that it’s basically those two things. You know how it is when you have to pick out a name.

Bröötalisk: What are some of your favorite bands out there right now?

Jonathan Carpenter: There’s a lot of lighter stuff that have nothing to do with metal that I like to listen to, Deerhunter, Minus the Bear. I really like Wild Beasts a lot. As far as metal goes, the newest Textures album is still really sick, I like to jam that out. I also like Last Chance to Reason, busting out Level 2 never gets old. The new Periphery was also really awesome, I liked that. Other than that, I haven’t really been listening to music because I’ve been so busy finishing up recording. But now that that’s over, I’m starting to get back into the cycle again.