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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.

 

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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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New World Music

On the way to Memorial Day weekend, our world music “repeat plays” go to electronic group Thievery Corporation with their fantastic twist on classic bossa nova, Tuareg musicians Tinariwen’s newest album and the latest psychedelic tropicália from Caetano Veloso. Here’s the Top Ten:

1 THIEVERY CORPORATION-Saudade
2 TINARIWEN – Emmaar
3 CAETANO VELOSO –  Abracaco
4 LA MISA NEGRA – Misa De Medianoche
5 ALSARAH AND THE NUBATONES- Silt
6 HAFEZ NAZERI- Rumi Symphony Project Untold
7 OMAR SOULEYMAN- Wenu Wenu
8 SAN LAZARO- Serendipity
9 ANA TIJOUX- Vengo
10 FAREED HAQUE- Trance Hypothesis

imageIf you’re shopping for new world music, keep an eye out for KALI MUTSA- Souvenace, ILHAN ERSAHIN’S WONDERLAND- The Other Side and BADI ASSAD-Between Love And Luck.

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Rock Charts – Second Week of May

Top 10:

1095281. LES BIG BYRD – They Worshipped Cats
2. MYSTIC BRAVES – Desert Island Self-Released
3. THEE OH SEES – Drop Castleface
4. CLOUD NOTHINGS – Here And Nowhere Else Carpark-Mom And Pop
5. CHAD VANGAALEN – Shrink Dust SUB POP
6. DYLAN SHEARER – Garagearray Castleface-Empty Cellar
7. WYE OAK – Shriek Merge
8. SYLVAN ESSO – Sylvan Esso Partisan
9. AFGHAN WHIGS – Do To The Beast SUB POP
10. THIEVERY CORPORATION – Saudade ESL

 

 

 

 

Top 5 Adds:

000717791. AMEN DUNES – Love
2. GUIDED BY VOICES – Cool Planet
3. PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART – Days Of Abandon
4. GERONIMO – Cheap Trick
5. SWANS – To Be Kind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am really excited about this new Amen Dunes record. It’s another great release from Sacred Bones Records.