New World Music

On the way to Memorial Day weekend, our world music “repeat plays” go to electronic group Thievery Corporation with their fantastic twist on classic bossa nova, Tuareg musicians Tinariwen’s newest album and the latest psychedelic tropicália from Caetano Veloso. Here’s the Top Ten:

2 TINARIWEN – Emmaar
3 CAETANO VELOSO –  Abracaco
4 LA MISA NEGRA – Misa De Medianoche
6 HAFEZ NAZERI- Rumi Symphony Project Untold
8 SAN LAZARO- Serendipity
10 FAREED HAQUE- Trance Hypothesis

imageIf you’re shopping for new world music, keep an eye out for KALI MUTSA- Souvenace, ILHAN ERSAHIN’S WONDERLAND- The Other Side and BADI ASSAD-Between Love And Luck.


College Radio Madness Ends…

Our congratulations to Georgia State University for winning this year’s SoundTap, College Radio Madness contest. The Great 88 represented all things West Coast very well by surpassing over 60 other stations in the U.S. and finished in second place overall. Silver this year; KZSC will be back to go for the gold in 2015. Thank you listeners who played along with us!




David Grisman May 5th

At a Bill Monroe bluegrass show in 1964, David Grisman met Jerry Garcia. Fast forward almost ten years and they hook up again as “Old & In The Way”, a bluegrass super group worshiped by Dead heads. David and Jerry continued to collaborate over the years,however “Dawg’s” (Grisman’s nickname, given to him by Garcia) interests ranged widely to include jazz, kleezmer and just about anything else played on the mandolin. His record label Acoustic Disc just released a new album. David Grisman’s Sextet plays it live in Santa Cruz Monday, May 5th at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in downtown Santa Cruz. Showtimes are 7 and 9 pm.

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Best Radio. Ever.

Thousands of readers in Santa Cruz County voted once again for KZSC as their favorite radio station in 2014. It’s nice to know that what we do pleases so many people. Our thanks to Santa Cruz Good Times and those of you who voted for the recognition!

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New RPM Music For April’s End

The spinning doesn’t stop in April…here’s a hot list of new electronic dance music playing on KZSC:

1. CONRAD CLIFTON – Picture In Picture / Self-Released
2. TENSNAKE – Glow / Astralwerks
3. PANTHER GOD – Golden Changes / Outside
4. EVIAN CHRIST – Waterfall [EP] / Tri Angle
5. SUPER DUPER – Diamonds & Doubt – EP / Apothecary
6. DISCLOSURE – Settle / Cherrytree-Interscope
7. RYAN HEMSWORTH – Guilt Trips / Last Gang
8. SAINT TIIMBRE – Power / Little Friend
9. MACHINEDRUM – Fenris District [EP] / Ninja Tune
10. KI:THEORY – Kitty Hawk Deluxe / Kringer

Other news: great beats & textures on Super Duper’s new EP “Diamonds & Doubt”; Illum Sphere’s new release “Spectre Vex” features remixes from the album “Ghosts of Then and Now” and Dillion Francis headlines UCSC’s first Edge Of Eden Outdoor Festival Saturday, May 10th.