We’ve all been told not to judge a book by its cover, but what about albums? Imagine walking in to your local record store, pumped to flip through bins and let your eyes scan over the endless possibilities for a new find. How many times has an album jumped out at you, not because of the name of the band, but because of the image plastered on its cover? Covers communicate an album’s first impression upon its viewers, hoping that by catching your eye it will tempt your ears into listening to the artist’s work. This year, there has been a flood of great music entering our station at KZSC, and I can’t help but get excited when I see the freshly printed covers. It was hard to pick a few favorites, and I’d love to hear from you about the albums you find to be the prettiest albums of 2012. Comment away, this list is hardly exhaustive!
Celebrating 45 years of waking people up in Santa Cruz, the new KZSC “45″ shirt features two battling bantams on the front. If the front celebrates our past, the back acknowledges the future with our URL in a dark, rooster red. You can sport your own Radio Rooster and be a community radio booster. Find out how at our KZSC WEB STORE.
Ship of Fools may make you think of a Grateful Dead song or a song from The Doors, but the history behind this 3-word phrase is really quite amazing. It first appears in 1494 as a book, Das Narrenschiff, written by Sebastian Brant. Around the same time period painter Hieronymus Bosch depicted the concept on canvas (this image). Other books using the title came up in 1962, 2002 and 2009. A movie based on the 1962 book came out in 1965. The infamous Ted Kaczynski (aka The Unabomber) wrote a play called Ship of Fools. Within our music archives at KZSC we have a number of the artists who have used Ship of Fools as a song title, each with unique lyrics including versions done by John Cale, World Party & Erasure. The only covers I’ve found so far are both Elvis Costello and The Persuasions doing renditions the Dead’s Ship of Fools. If you are curious about who else has used this storied phrase, get into your little dinghy & start your outboard search engines…but be careful sailor, the web is a big ocean where many have lost their way.
We asked fans of The Great 88 to send us a postcard while on summer vacation. The first batch included Kama’ole Beach in Maui, “Beer Mondays” from Portland and this gem from someone who claims to have been abducted by aliens while prospecting. If your summer plans call for travel anywhere between Los Gatos and the Galapagos Islands don’t forget to take your favorite station along by using our website or Smart Phone App. And before you’re transported beyond our solar system, please mail us a postcard. We’ll share your card and comments with others on our website. Mail your postcards to:
KZSC/UC Santa Cruz – 1156 High Street – Santa Cruz, CA – 95064
Just in time for Spring Training, The Great 88 will be offering a new baseball-style jersey shirt during March. To commemorate our 45th year of broadcasting from UCSC, the shirt features a KZSC 45 RPM single on the front and the number 45 on the back. The new shirt is still in the production stage but we’re interested in your reaction. Let us know if you’d wear one of these; if you have other ideas or artwork to help us celebrate 45 years in your ears, leave your comments below!
Long before we became KZSC, students were broadcasting at UC Santa Cruz. In 1967 these pirates boarded the airwaves as KRUZ from the basement of Stevenson Dorm 2. It didn’t take long for both the FCC and UCSC administrators to realize there was “a problem”, but the broadcast seed was planted. Forty-five years later, KZSC kicks out a legal 20,000 watts throughout the Central Coast of California and around the world on the web.
We’re looking for ways to commemorate our past and present during 2012. If you have artwork, DJ memories or old tapes of the early days of KRUZ or KZSC, we’d love to hear from you.