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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

The Jazz Adds – Second Week of May

CHARTS

1 TRIOLOGY Triology Cellar Live
2 AMY CERVINI Jazz Country Anzic
3 ARTURO O’FARRILL The Offense Of The Drum Motema
4 CATHERINE RUSSELL Bring It Back Jazz Village
5 RICHIE KAYE’S MUSIC AND MIRTH The Last Whoop Dee Doo
6 NELS CLINE SINGERS Macroscope Mack Avenue
7 REVOLUTIONARY SNAKE ENSEMBLE Live Snakes Accurate
8 CRAIG WUEPPER Storytelling Cellar Live
9 RACHEL ECKROTH Let Go Virgo Sun
10 LAUREN KINHAN Circle In A Square Self-Released

ADDS

1 CRAIG WUEPPER Storytelling Cellar Live
2 PERRY BEEKMAN Bewitched: Perry Beekman Sings And Plays Rodgers And Hart Self-Released
3 DAVID KRAKAUER The Big Picture Self-Released
4 OMAR HAKIM EXPERIENCE We Are One Ozmosis
5 LISA CASALINO I’m Old Fashioned Self-Released

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Omar Sosa: Tribute to Miles

Omar Sosa and his group have released a new CD entitled Eggun- a tribute to Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue. Melodies are constructed by taking bits and pieces of Miles’ various solos throughout the album and, in the process, a new tune is created. It stretches the boundaries of what the music on Kind of Blue previously held while at the same time it takes the sound forward, paying perfect homage to the original. When played live with his sextet at Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz last April, it brought down the house. The show was sold out, however it was one of those rare nights when the standing room people didn’t grump while they were grooving. Hear tracks from Eggun on the Stirrin’ The Soup Jazz Collective Wednesday afternoons from 2-4pm on KZSC.

-Jared Frazier, KZSC Jazz Director

P.S.
Enjoy this little shoutout from Omar’s show that you might be hearing over the airwaves in the near future:

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April 30th: International Jazz Day!

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If you didn’t know, today, April 30th, is International Jazz Day! Around the world, musicians and listeners alike are celebrating the both the historical and contemporary significance of America’s greatest musical treasure. Featuring performances by renowned artists all over the world, think of today as Christmas for jazz lovers worldwide. The hosts of Wednesday’s 2-4pm jazz show Stirrin’ the Soup are ecstatic to share this day with you, so tune in on KZSC to hear some great jazz this afternoon!

Courtesy of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), please enjoy the International Jazz Day 2014 Global Concert in Osaka, Japan below via recorded live stream:

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Fonzie Interviews Antwon!

Fonzie caught up with world-famous San Jose rapper Antwon in February. Listen to it here!

You can stream Antwon’s new album Heavy Hearted In Doldrums via Pitchfork advance here. Make sure to download it when it officially releases May 6!

Tune in to Fonzie’s programs The Fonzie Scheme and The Illest Villains Monday nights and Tuesday nights at 10 pm!

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KZSC Loud Rock Charts 4/29

Hello metal people.  Here are the charts for this week. Yay new Mastodon and Arkona!

ADDS
1    MASTODON    “High Road” [Single]    Warner Brothers
2    HELSTAR    This Wicked Nest    AFM
3    PORTRAIT    Crossroads    Metal Blade
4    ARKONA    Yav    Napalm
5    PRONG    Ruining Lives    SPV

CHARTS
1    ANIMALS AS LEADERS    The Joy Of Motion    Sumerian
2    ASSASSINS    War Of Aggression    Entertainment One
3    WHITECHAPEL    Our Endless War    Metal Blade
4    I DECLARE WAR    We Are Violent People By Nature    Razor and Tie
5    OFF!    Wasted Years    Vice
6    HAMMERCULT    Steelcrusher    SPV
7    COMEBACK KID    Die Knowing    Victory
8    PILGRIM    II: Void Worship    Metal Blade
9    HOLY MOSES    Redefining Mayhem    SPV
10    BLACK LABEL SOCIETY    Catacombs Of The Black Vatican    eOne