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Walk A Mile April 13th

Would you put on a pair of high heels and walk a mile in her shoes? Men, women and children will be teaming up with Women’s Crisis Support/Defensa de Mujeres to walk a mile and raise awareness about sexual assault in our community. Sponsored by the Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women, the event takes place at Lighthouse Point on Santa Cruz’s Westside Saturday, April 13th from 9 AM to noon. Your MC host will be KZSC’s Lani B of “Wiki Wiki Wednesday” fame. To register to walk or for more information, call Women’s Crisis Support at 831-722-4989 or visit their website, WCS-DDM.com.

 

Climbing Up Pledge Drive Mountain

Our intrepid mountaineer Hanz Over Di Money is heading slowly towards the top, climbing one famous peak after another. Watch his progress on our Facebook Page,  Instagram App or click on the little camera icon on our homepage. Call KZSC at 831-459-4036 or DONATE ON-LINE with a credit card. Every pledge helps Hanz catch his breath and take another step upward to the top of Pledge Drive Mountain. Together we can reach the top by this weekend. Go Hanz Go!

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Calling All Cars…

Broadcasting music from the UC Santa Cruz campus started back in 1967. As you can see from the picture, we faced some pretty stiff competition back then. Technology has marched on in the last four decades but The Great 88 remains a resource for local talk and fine music. KZSC asks that if you have a push button set on your car radio for 88.1 FM, a bookmark for kzsc.org or if you’re exploring our programming for the first time that you consider making a donation to keep us going.

KZSC is sponsored by listeners; you can help by calling in now during our  ON-AIR FUNDRAISER at 831-459-4036 or by Giving Now. Buckle up and stay tuned for the fun we put into fundraising for The Great 88!

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Henry Henry

In honor of  punk rock icon Henry Rollins, I will now pile on 16 tons of Henry knowledge. Germanic in origin and meaning, “Henry” is well used as a first or last name. Dozens of royals in multiple countries have been named Henry plus the Roman numerals. Thanks to Joseph Henry, science uses “the henry” (symbol H) as i, H/m (henry per meter). Many musicians have sung about the legend of John Henry and his steel-drivin’ ways. The King of Pirates, Henry Every, boosted loot on the high seas and disappeared into the mists of time with no known date of death. Major General, Henry Shrapnel,  invented a hollowed-out cannon ball filled with shot, hence the word shrapnel. St. Henry is the patron saint of the childless; his feast day is July 13th. Henry Miller’s 1934 “Tropic of Cancer” was deemed obscene until 1964 when the Supreme Court ruled that the erotic novel was art.  The first foreign-born kabuki actor in Japan and the only foreign-born rakugoka (story teller), was an Australian by the name of Henry James Black. And finally, as I finish typing this blog, local printmaker Bridgette Henry has put together a show called “Cemetery Polka” featuring 16 artists presenting works inspired by the music of Tom Waits. It’s on display at the Felix Kulpa Gallery in downtown Santa Cruz until February 24th.

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CMJ 2012

In mid-October I had the privilege of attending the CMJ conference/concert marathon in New York City. There are over 1000 artists that play within 5 days, as well as conferences in the morning/early afternoon ranging from DJ tips to the ins and outs of the biz. I managed to stay on California time during my weeklong work-cation fun-tastrophe, and couldn’t have done it without my old friends and new ones too. I was fortunate enough to stay with my friend Angelie in the West Village, special thanks to her and her roommate for allowing me to intrude on their exotic New York lifestyle. Also thanks to Mateo and Peter for keeping my company because our Station Manager and Rock Directors couldn’t make it, so we put their passes to good use. Although I wasn’t 21 I managed to see some cool shows with interesting new artists as well as catch up with old friends who were around in the city. My top artists of the week were the Robert Glasper Experiment which played the first night (Tuesday). Even though they started their set an hour and a half late and I hurt my foot and subsequently couldn’t walk for the next few days, I think it was worth it. The Experiment as it is called now is a hip hop band full of once (and still) jazz musicians who decided to take their artistry to the next step. Robert Glasper is still a Blue Note artist, despite his genre change. What I find interesting is the tendency for artists to mesh genres once they get a big time contract. Glasper is no exception. He brings in the who’s who of hip hop on his latest release “Black Radio,” including Mos Def (Yasiin Bey), Erikah Badu, Lupe Fiasco, and so many more. You should check out this record, it’s worth your time, although it may get repetitive after you play it a few hundred times every day.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-0JZlrk4xA

Besides Glasper, after my foot healed and I could walk again I managed to catch my next favorite Tokimonsta, an important player in the LA electronic beat scene. Think Flying Lotus in the body of a hip asian woman. Her music was noticeably more mature than other artists from her label, which made her really stand out to me. Her music is easy to experience, and spectacularly put together. She was doing live material not just prerecorded CDs like her colleagues.

These were my top two artists of the week, but others include Hundred Waters, The Neighbourhood, and many many more.

All in all this week was a week of discovery of new music, and also how much it costs to not walk in New York City. Being surrounded by my new friend(s) from WMVL, a pirate station from Manhattanville College was nice, special thanks to Elyse Rousseu for being an awesome person along with Candice, Mitchell, and all the other WMVL folks. Truly good vibes all around. It was a blast seeing cool music, and hanging with old friends too, this is one for the books. But it’s also good to be back in the Cruz finally caught up on school work. Would I go again? Yes, but hopefully I won’t have to do as much homework.

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Outside Lands Fest

It’s easy to forget how good we have it here in Santa Cruz. There’s the obvious: beaches, redwoods, meadows, radio (duh)… but there’s also our prime location. Santa Cruz is exactly 73.4 miles from San Francisco, home to the 2012 Outside Lands Music Festival.

This weekend, August 10-12, Golden Gate Park will undoubtedly experience an explosion of amazing artists, and I don’t just mean the legendary musicians who will be occupying the stages. Once again, OSL will be collaborating with Juxtapoz Magazine to provide attendees with free (!!!!) mags, live artist performances and even installations which will be built throughout the weekend.

I’m especially stoked to see work by the quirky, adorable Australian duo Dabs MylaAnother pair-up will occur on Sunday: Marcus LaFarga, an artist with a clean, contemporary aesthetic and a knack for reinventing classic typographic images, will execute a live painting with Brett Armory, whose haunting portraits (like the one seen below) capture the isolation of individuals in misty, smudged creations.

Artists will also include graffiti writers Curve (seen below) and Pastime, tattoo artists from Golden West Tattoo, illustrator N8 Van Dyke, and many more.