Instead of saying “kiss my bottom”to his critics, Sir Paul tactfully quoted a line from Fats Waller’s 1935 composition, “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter”for the title of his new recording. McCartney’s “Kisses on the Bottom” is a collection of standards he grew up listening to in his childhood along with two new compositions. Some may say that, following Willie Nelson, Rod Stewart, etc. into the world of pop standards is a sign of a shortage of inspiration. Paul says it’s something he’s always wanted to do and he’s brought Eric Clapton and others along for the ride. Form your own opinion as we play selections from the new Paul McCartney next to classic Paul songs Thursday on KZSC’s “Here, There & Everywhere” program from 6-9 AM. Your Fab Four requests are always welcome.
Once the Monterey Pop festival introduced “The San Francisco Sound” to the world, Haight/Asbury became ground zero for the newest trends in music. Enter The Grateful Dead, Quicksilver, Big Brother & The Holding Company and others including Moby Grape. Bass player for the Grape Bob Mosley checks in with DJ Oliver during “Sex, Dope and Cheap Thrills” today between 9 am and noon.
Being released after the holiday rush is usually a bad idea for musicians but it helps if you’re an icon. The cat named Ringo does as he pleases; no longer signing autographs, “living in the present” and touring/recording whenever the mood strikes. Lucky Beatle fans will get to hear his latest, “Ringo 2012″ on Thursday, February 2nd. Featuring some old skiffle material, a revisit of “Step Lightly” and “Slow Down” from his past alongside new songs, the 17th solo studio record by The Fab Four’s drummer is worth a listen. Tune in to hear from Ringo on the “Here, There & Everywhere” program Thursday, February 2nd starting at 6 AM.
Hawaiian John Cruz gets a chance to visit KZSC during our singer/songwriter “Friday Folk” show this week. He’ll talk about his visit with President Obama, the use of his music on TV’s “Hawaii 5-0″ and of course the craft of writing songs. Hear John Cruz live on KZSC Friday morning between 9 and noon with host Lani B; John will be appearing at Don Quixotes in Felton with special guest Patti Maxine January 27th at 8 pm.
The Maya were right. The culture that invented drainage systems, numeric calendars and perfected chocolate are getting a lot of attention these days for their 2012 predictions (or lack thereof). One thing they nailed for sure – a great new program schedule on KZSC. How they knew is still a mystery; what you’ll find on The Great 88 does not. To find out more about the changes in our programming, check out our Schedule/Playlist page. We hope you enjoy it as much as they did.
World-renowned poet, writer and activist Nikki Giovanni will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Convocation. Still committed to the struggle for civil rights and equality today, her talk will cover “The Privilege of Serving: Art and the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr”. The event takes place Thursday, February 2nd at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. It’s free and open to the public with doors opening at 6:30 pm. If you can’t make it there in person you can hear exclusive live coverage of UCSC’s 28th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Convocation on KZSC beginning at 7 pm.