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No matter how you slice it, Valentines Day is about love. Who better than The Beatles to give you an early start on “les vacances de l’amour”? This Thursday during the Here, There & Everywhere program we’ll be taking your requests and dedications to That Certain Someone waaay before February 14th. Who knows? it just may keep you out of the doghouse if you forget the card, flowers and chocolates next Monday.
How many songs did The Beatles record with “Love” in the title? Check it out for yourselves 6-9 AM Thursday on the station for lovers, KZSC.
Each student in KZSC’s Intro to Radio class dreads the FCC lecture: they are bombarded with facts, restrictions, and nebulous definitions of what they can and cannot say on-air. But there is a shimmer of hope: it is also the day that we talk about George Carlin.
George Carlin (may he rest in peace) was known for his black sense of humor, cultural irreverence, and these seven words: shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits. Any Intro to Radio student could recite them to you at the drop of a hat, and not because it’s really fun to swear in a classroom. Those seven words, (which started off as a laundry list of things you cannot say on television) were the basis of the seminal lawsuit against the California-based Pacifica Foundation which stated that they could not only be said on television, but on radio as well. Today, they are the first thing anyone volunteering at KZSC learns, the question that torments students from the first days of class to their final. Yes, Howard Stern’s shock jock antics and overwhelming vulgarity do bear mentioning, but it is Carlin who provides concrete examples for some of the most difficult concepts to grasp in learning radio. Take it away, George.
Friday night is just around the corner, meaning it’s that time again: Time for The Rising Tide on KZSC!
Allow me to introduce the first of Friday night’s guests: Blackbird Blackbird.
Blackbird Blackbird is the moniker of Mikey S., a San Francisco-based electronic artist whose work has attracted the attention of the press (The Bay Bridged, The Hype Machine and The Fader, among others) in recent months. Though firmly in the hypnotic and hazy world of chillwave at surface level, Blackbird Blackbird forgoes the vocally-focused approach of the genrefor a more glitch-and-dream pop sound that fits nicely between Gold Panda and Baths. Remixes and covers of the likes of Beach House and Modest Mouse demonstrate that Blackbird Blackbird is an artist who refuses to rest on his laurels and not challenge himself.
Tune in tonight to hear Blackbird Blackbird talk about the upcoming CD release of his debut record, Summer Heart, his forthcoming performance at the SF Weekly’s All Shook Down event, and what ever else he has in store for us this year!
Blackbird Blackbird will be joined on air by the local group who will be backing him up at the SF Weekly event mentioned above, Old Arc.
This local two-piece has been burning up lately, amping up their psychedelic synth pop sound with a live show that’s equal parts MGMT-inspired tribalism and utter youthful exuberance. Similarly ambitious in scope as Blackbird Blackbird, Old Arc have remixed the likes of Toro Y Moiand Local Natives, and their collection of demo recordings, EPs and remixes have been on rotation on The Rising Tide for the last few weeks.
Old Arc will come into the studio tonight to talk about their live collaboration with Blackbird Blackbird, their forthcoming recordings, and what they have planned for the year as well.
And to wrap things up, we’ll be joined live in the studio by our third guests that evening: The Mystery Lights.
Hailing from Salinas, CA, The Mystery Lights relentless garage rock assault has terrorized this part of the state for several years. Sounding like something of a fever dream straight out of a 60s psych festival, The Mystery Lights are poised to deliver the goods in 2011, including the follow up to 2009′s Teenage Catgirls and The Mystery Lightshow. The band has been laying low for the past few months, but they are returning to help support the one-night-only reunion of The Spurts at the Crepe Place on Thursday, February 3rd (also playing are Sugar Shack).
Tune in tonight to hear from these artists and more, starting at 8:30pm on KZSC Santa Cruz!
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Let’s dig into the bands who’ll be coming up to our treehouse up in the woods tonight!
The first of which is Gay Genius.
This local two-piece group is comprised of Nessie from Nessie and Her Beard and Tyler from James Rabbit, both of whom are Rising Tide alum in their own right. The duo banded together as a result of a rapturous performance piece at one of SCUM’s Panbandamonium events that took place last year and got together to write last year’s release, Perfect Dark. The two trade harmonies and lead vocal duties over synth pop beats that recall Casiotone for the Painfully Alone and Soft Cell, among others.
Gay Genius will be coming on to the show on friday night to talk about their collaborations, their forthcoming live performances (including a show this Saturday night, the 22nd) and what the future holds for Gay Genius!
Later on in the evening, The Rising Tide will host SF’s own The Art Museums as guests.
The duo of Josh Alper and Glenn Donaldson have played in a number of folk and americana oriented acts both in Santa Cruz and in the bay area. However, joining forces as the Art Museums has taken their music in a decidedly different direction. As last year’s Woodsist-issued Rough Frame EP can attest to, the band plunders the sounds of lo-fi indie pop music from the genre’s forebears (i.e. Television Personalities), echoing The Pastels and Guided By Voices, among others.
The group will be performing alongside The Sandwiches, The Soft Bombs and local artist Rachel Fannan (formerly of Sleepy Sun) at Slim’s in San Francisco next tuesday, January 25th. But before that, the Art Museums will come on the radio to talk about the show, let us know about their upcoming work, and regale us with stories of being a band to watch for in the big city!
Tune in for these and more on The Rising Tide on KZSC! Tune in to 88.1fm if you’re in the Santa Cruz, Monterrey Bay or San Benito counties, or online at www.kzsc.org starting at 8:30pm!
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