To further put off studying for finals last friday, I attended one of Bay Area rapper Lil B ‘The BasedGod’’s #veryrare concerts at The Catalyst. Well known in the Bay for his work in rap group The Pack (who opened for him), Lil B has reached a distinguished status in the rap game through his extensive online social media presence as well as his prolific free mixtape collection available on the web. Best known for his self invented musical subgenre ‘based’ music, Lil B continues to expand and innovate within the hiphop genre with his stream of consciousness lyrics and eccentric selection of beats.
November 11th marked the sixth studio LP release of The Birthday Massacre’s “Superstition” through Metropolis Records. The Canadian synthrock band did not fail to impress with what they claim to be their best album yet. Superstition is ten track of beautifully executed vocals accompanied with upbeat yet dark instrumentals. Listening to the album in its entirety gives a feel of taking a journey through a haunting storybook tale. The euphoric yet melancholy back beats in sync with the sometimes sweet, sometimes dark vocals bring a natural progression throughout Superstition. It should also be noted that the stunning album art falls in line with The Birthday Massacre’s previous album’s artwork almost creating a cohesive timeline of their talent. The Birthday Massacre continue to evolve their sound while maintaining the qualities most unique to them, which can distinctly be heard in Superstition.
Here is the official music video for “Beyond” from Superstition:
This month’s Programmer of the Month is DJ Oy-Dog, AKA Dylan Music from the long-running program “Muzikal Jewz.”
Dylan started volunteering at KZSC when he was a senior at UCSC. Then in March of 2008, after completing the broadcasting class, Dylan was inspired to start the show “Muzikal Jewz,” in order to “make people laugh, dance, cry, and experience Jewish music and culture in all of its forms.”
“It took about 4 hours of prep time per week at first. I started with three Jewish music CDs (Socalled’s “Ghettoblaster,” “Connie Francis Sing Jewish Favorites,” and Black Ox Orkestar’s “Ver Tanz”) and it exploded from there,” said Dylan (aka DJ Oy-Dog). The show has been a staff and audience favorite ever since.
After finishing his Master’s thesis “Beat me Rabbi Eight to the Bar” (about Yiddish swing Jazz life in the U.S. in the early 20th century) and graduating from the Literature Department in 2011, Dylan is now a community member at KZSC and still hosts “Muzikal Jewz” every Sunday from 4PM to 6PM.
A little-known trivia fact: In the summer of 2011, Dylan also created and hosted a show at KZSC called “Christopher Tracy’s Parade,” which featured music by the purple paisley love god Prince, and his disciples.
Over the years Dylan has also been an 8-time student mentor and twice served in the KZSC program review committee. For his dedication and creativity KZSC declares Dylan Music “programmer of the month,” an honor only bestowed upon the most awesome of staff members!
Coming to the Rio Theatre this Saturday is Planet Cruz, a comedy/variety show dedicated to ‘keeping it weird’, will feature the music of “the Goddess of Soul” Tammi Brown and Peter Cor and the Planetoid Band; Rhan Wilson, Matt Bohn, and Kevin Di Noto.
The Comedians include:
Teresa Tudury , Don Reed as seen on HBO, Showtime, and The Tonight Show, Kellen Erskine, Dan St. Paul with “What’s Funny After 50?”, Sven Davis, Alan Heit , Ryan Coonerty , and Zach Friend .
The event will be hosted by Richard Stockton and there will be plenty of comedy sketches about the state of Santa Cruz for all the locals and neo-locals out there! Where else could a professional comedian space-cowboy come from? Only Santa Cruz!
For more information, Check out their promo video and http://planetcruzcomedy.com/ for all that Planet Cruz has to offer you!
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