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Lovefest Friday

No matter if your loved one is four legged, two legged or has other appendages, February 14th is Valentine’s Day. We know it’s important to spread love the other 364 days of the year, but The Great 88 will do our part to make it a special holiday for you and your significant other(s). Tune in for the kind of mushy stuff that makes you quiver all day and into the evening on KZSC.

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New RPM in Mid-January

How are you doing with 2014 so far? Here’s how new releases look in electronic/RPM music at KZSC:

1 MACHINEDRUM Vapor City Ninja Tune
2 POLICY Postscript 100% Silk
3 BURIAL Rival Dealer Hyperdub
4 SPECIAL REQUEST Soul Music Houndstooth
5 DAEDELUS Drown Out Anticon
6 CASHMERE CAT “With Me” [Single]
7 IMAMI Madhouse [EP]
8 MAT ZO Damage Control Astralwerks
9 CRYSTAL METHOD The Crystal Method Tiny E
10 GESAFFELSTEIN Aleph Bromance

A “Fast 5″ to watch for:

1 CRYSTAL METHOD The Crystal Method Tiny E
2 PROSPERO Between Spinning Nothing
3 BLIND SCUBA DIVERS Blind Scuba Divers [EP] Lava
4 BURIAL Rival Dealer Hyperdub
5 VARIOUS ARTISTS Nublu Sound 2 Nublu
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The Abigails, Cool Ghouls & Froth Jan. 25th

All you garage fans will finally have something to Dwyer-yip about in the New Year. The Crepe Place is playing host to not one, not two, but three killer bands. Orange County western lo-fi outfit The Abigails top the bill as they gear up for the release of their album “Tundra” on Burger Records. San Francisco’s Cool Ghouls are quite familiar with the stage at Santa Cruz’s alternative pancake restaurant. Their debut album was the third most-played new release in 2013 at KZSC; they are sure to feature some tracks off their upcoming Sonny (Sonny and the Sunsets) produced second LP. Los Angeles’ Froth rounds out the bill with burning, organ-grinding psychedelic jams. So throw on your denim jacket, polish up the buttons and join the throngs at The Crepe Place, Soquel Avenue in Santa Cruz on Saturday, January 25th. The noise starts at 9 pm.

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Hula & A Movie Jan.19th

Santa Cruz’s own Ladies of Mehana hula halau are hosting a Santa Cruz movie premiere by writer/director Keo Woolford, shot on location in Hawai’i.  “The Haumana” (The Student) is an indie charmer, the story of Jonny Kealoha, who is working a Waikiki Polynesian revue when he is appointed successor to a high school boys’ hula class. It’s a movie by Hawaiians, about Hawai’i for Hawai’i…and for all of us to see. (Spoiler Alert: watch for the famous and much beloved singer Marlene Sai acting in this movie!).  There will be a question & answer session with the film’s director after the feature. “The Haumana” premieres Sunday, January 19th at The Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz.  The box office opens at 3:3o; hula and other pre-show entertainment begins at 4:30 pm; the film rolls at 5.

 

 

John Coltrane A Love Supreme

John Hanrahan Quartet & Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”

The hosts of “Stirrin’ the Soup” had the pleasure of hosting two members from the Chicago-based group known as the John Hanrahan Quartet last week. John (the leader/drummer, now based in Santa Cruz) and his longtime bandmate/tenor saxophonist Brian Kephart, joined us for an exciting discussion about their show at Kuumbwa Jazz. When I heard that this group was going to perform Coltrane’s magnum opus A Love Supreme, I was impressed at the ambition of these guys – I mean,  what a piece to tackle! Here’s the crazy part: these guys meet up transnationally from Chicago to Santa Cruz every few years to play A Love Supreme without rehearsal, straight from the heart and from the top of the head. I went to their show and can say with unmatched certainty that these guys are amazing. Brian absolutely tears it up on the tenor sax and the rest of the band carries the tunes phenomenally. There was something special happening inside the Jazz Center that night; several attendees of the show reported sharing a feeling of spiritual connection to the music throughout the performance. Not quite speechless, but I can only express so much via text so please, find a comfy chair, sit back, relax and check out our discussion about the music we call “Jazz” if you like, and I hope you find it as stimulating as we did. Disclaimer: It’s a long one.