“The Quiet Beatle”; “The Beatle That Changed The Most”; “The Spiritual Beatle”. The descriptions for George Harrison keep going on and on. Perhaps because he’s a huge music fan (he’s already directed documentaries on The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and was a cameraman for the film “Woodstock”) or perhaps because of a desire to tell the story of one of the most complex members of the Fab Four, Martin Scorsese’s new Harrison documentary, “Living in the Material World” premieres on the HBO network October 5th & 6th. In celebration of this event, KZSC will highlight some of George’s music with and beyond The Beatles and take your requests and dedications this week on “Here, There & Everywhere”. Tune in Thursday, 6-9 AM on the Great 88.
KZSC is experimenting once again with a new feature on our website. It will allow you, dear website visitor, to communicate with other like-minded web users and our on-air host. A “Chat Room” will be open inside the playlist of the music show you’re listening to; once it’s open, you’ll be able to comment on songs, musicians and other (perhaps) items of related interest . You’ll be amazed how many people like what you do…and have something to say about it.
Our new awesome Playlist Chat feature will premiere on a variety of music shows. Find it by clicking “View Full Playlist” on our homepage. Join the fun and let’s see where science takes us next.
Recorded at two sessions in 1972 and ’73 in London’s Abbey Road Studios, Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” was an immediate success. It remained on the best-selling album charts for 741 weeks from 1973-88, longer than any other album in history. With an estimated 45 million copies sold, it is ranked as one of the greatest rock albums of all time. “The Dark Side of the Moon” has just been re-released in a massive 6-CD box set this month. In celebration of this historic event, KZSC will be giving away a copy of the new 2-CD remastered version while we air a Pink Floyd radio special hosted by Floyd drummer Nick Mason. Tune in for “Why Pink Floyd” Wednesday during the “Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills” program (9 AM-noon). And don’t forget to get your DVD player ready to show “Wizard of Oz”!
Ska and Rocksteady have their musical roots in Caribbean, jazz, and R&B music – and are the forebears of modern reggae. There are competing claims as to the origin of the term “ska” which emerged in the early 1960s in Jamaica. In late 1970s England, these sounds evolved into second wave ska (sometimes referred to as Two-Tone) which had punk rock influences and sensibilities. In the late 1980s a third wave of ska emerged that flourished in the USA, achieving some commercial success. There is also an emergent 4th-wave ska scene which has an even harder edge.
In the last ten years there have been a number of post-3rd wave bands that are reinterpreting traditional 1960s ska for modern audiences. For this musical bounty we can thank the Skatalites, who first performed in 1963 and have been an enduring force in music to this day. Like the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, by keeping traditions alive they have inspired a new generation of musicians to explore their musical roots.
The Moon Invaders are a great example of a traditional ska band, singing in 3-part harmony like great vocal ensembles such as the Mighty Vikings and the Blues Busters. If you like your ska with a side of funk, check out the Caroloregians (think the Maytals and the Meters) or the soulful Westbound Train. Another traditional band that is currently tearing up is Super Ska, comprised of all-star musicians that hail from Bim Skala Bim, the Allstonians, Heavy Metal Horns, Shy Five, Steady Earnest, the Agitators, and Popgun Seven.
Other contemporary traditional ska bands are the Coyabalites, Hepcat, Eastern Standard Time, the New York Ska Jazz Ensemble, Joey Altruda, the Skatet, the Brothers Ignatius, the Bluebeats, After Hours, Jazz Jamaica, Ocean 11, the Ska-Flames, and Skavoovie & the Epitones. Other groups that that play some old-school ska include the Les Miserables Brass Band, the Scofflaws, Dr. Ring-Ding, and the Stubborn All-stars. Modern rocksteady bands include Pama International, the Duppy Conquererors, the Malarians, Mobtown, and Take One (from Santa Cruz).
Tune in to KZSC at 8:30PM on Fridays for an exploration of all types of ska, rocksteady, and edgy reggae, hosted by the Skallelujah collective.
-Bobo Z of the Skallelujah Collective
2011 marks the 10-year anniversary release of the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers’ film, “Oh Brother Where Art Thou?” The soundtrack not only sold over 7 million copies, it won several Grammy awards in 2001 including Album of the Year. Featuring performances by Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch (who made a brief cameo in the film), Ralph Stanley and others, “Oh Brother Where Art Thou?” sparked a renewed interest in American roots music. Find out why as KZSC presents a radio special celebrating this historic soundtrack during the “Heaven’s Bar & Grill” program this Friday, August 19th between 9 and noon.
Sometimes referred to as “the 5th Beatle”, George Martin’s musical expertise helped fill the gaps between their raw talent and the sound they wanted to achieve. Most of The Beatles’ orchestral arrangements and instrumentation (as well as frequent keyboard parts on the early records) were written or performed by Martin in collaboration with the band. He is considered one of the greatest record producers of all time, with 53 #1 hit singles in the UK and the USA .
BBC Radio produced a fascinating documentary on Sir George Martin. KZSC will air the George Martin Radio Special in two parts during the “Here, There and Everywhere” program; Part Two airs Thursday, August 18th beginning at 6 AM. The story picks up during the recording of Sgt. Pepper and continues through Abbey Road and beyond. The special is followed by examples of his work with the Fab Four. As always, your Beatle requests are most welcome.