Aesop Rock’s New One

Any Aesop Rock fans will be happy to hear that he has recently dropped a new album, Skelethon. This is the San Francisco-based rapper and producer’s sixth studio album and first self-produced project. Skelethon contains a multitude of playful and dark horror film-like beats that are accompanied by classic Aesop lyrics. Although the entire album is fantastic, there are a few dope tracks that stand out from the rest: Zero Dark Thirty, Tetra, Racing Stripes and don’t forget ZZZ Top. Random Fun Fact: Aesop Rock is also really into his cats. Grrrreat!


Jovanotti’s “Italia 1988-2012″: A 24-Year Retrospective

Through ATO Records, Italian singer-songwriter and rapper Lorenzo Cherubini, better known as Jovanotti, has finally issued his first U.S. release after over two decades of being in the business. This compilation album that includes the greatest hits of his career so far, aptly titled “Italia 1988-2012″. Initial tracks like “Con La Luce Negli Occhi” and “Sulla Frontiera” are very energetic and contribute to the album’s generally light-hearted feel. Meanwhile, other tracks like “Mi Fido Di Te” and “La Porta É Aperta” take it down a notch and show Jovanotti’s softer side, complete with acoustic guitars and even some backing vocals. With Jovanotti’s own nonchalant and distinct style of rapping in just about every track, this quasi-greatest-hits-collection is not to be missed.


Loud Rock Charts: 8/6

Can you believe its August already? I can’t. I still feel like it’s June. Pretty soon, us UCSC students have to go back to the grind that is school. I am not looking forward to upper division math homework. It’s gonna be bröötal.

On a happier note, did anyone catch Usain Bolt’s insane run? Didn’t quite beat the world record this time, but he did get the olympic record (again). Oh and the gold. That man is crazy.


1 FORESHADOWING Second World Metal Blade
2 ROB ZOMBIE Mondo Sex Head UME-Geffen
3 DUST BOLT Violent Demolition Napalm
4 DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT  “Lucky Animals” [Single] InsideOut

5 FORSAKEN Beyond Redemption Massacre


1 PERIPHERY  Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal Sumerian
2 CONTORTIONIST Intrinsic eOne
3 GOJIRA L’Enfant Sauvage Roadrunner
4 HELLYEAH Band Of Brothers Eleven Seven
5 BARONESS Yellow And Green Relapse
6 BONDED BY BLOOD Aftermath Earache
7 KING OF ASGARD …To North Metal Blade
8 HONG KONG BLOOD OPERA Not For The Faint Of Heart Full Effect
9 WHITECHAPEL Whitechapel Metal Blade
10 SERJ TANKIAN Harakiri Reprise



A “Vacationer” Vacation In < 3 Minutes…

I’m making my way via automobile up to Oregon for a mini-vacation. Nothing too lavish—I’ll be gone less than a week and still be in a separate hemisphere than the Bahamas. But it’s just enough time to get away from that plague of the everyday here in Surf City, where others come to get away. If you haven’t had time to squeeze in any summer merriment yet this season, I have good news.   Vacationer, a Philadelphia-based dream pop band just dropped their new music video. The goods in question? A catchy little ditty called “Trip” is the bands first single. Vacationer partnered with self-proclaimed international community  Lomography, passionately dedicated to antique photography. The video was shot on Lomokino 35mm film. All you Instagrammers out there take heed: this gritty and fun (and grainy, saturated and gorgeous) old-school video makes you want to lay out in the sunshine with a retro bathing suit.


Ban College Football?

I recently heard a podcast on NPR’s Intelligence Squared regarding a ban on college football. I often overhear new students of UCSC talking about how they wish the university had a football team. I found it strange to hear it so often because one of the main things that attracted me to UCSC was the lack of a football team. This debate covers all bases and is definitely worth a watch.


Loud Rock Charts: 7/31

Apologies to the one or two people looking forward to the charts every week. I was out of town, and just got back. I arrive, however, with an interview with The Contortionist’s lead singer Jonathan Carpenter. Look forward to it in the coming weeks on the KZSC blogsite!

1 TESTAMENT Dark Roots Of Earth Nuclear Blast
2 GENTLEMAN’S PISTOLS Gentleman’s Pistols Metal Blade
3 CANDLELIGHT RED Demons [EP] Imagen
4 ATTIKA 7 Blood Of My Enemies Rocket Science
5 FIREBIRD Hot Wings Metal Blade



1 PERIPHERY  Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal Sumerian
2 CONTORTIONIST Intrinsic eOne
3 GOJIRA L’Enfant Sauvage Roadrunner
4 BONDED BY BLOOD Aftermath Earache
5 BARONESS Yellow And Green Relapse
6 WHITECHAPEL Whitechapel Metal Blade
7 FOR TODAY Immortal Artery
8 SAINT DIABLO Saint Diablo Eclipse
9 HELLYEAH Band Of Brothers Eleven Seven
10 KING OF ASGARD …To North Metal Blade