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FATHER JOHN MISTY & Friends: Benefit for the Henry Miller Memorial Library Sept. 19

Jesse Goodman with Peter Hale, (((folkYEAH!))), and the Henry Miller Library present an evening with Father John Misty and poets Anne Waldman, Ambrose Bye, and Sara Goodman at the Henry Miller Memorial Library’s 10th Benefit Concert on Thursday, September 19th at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur.

Henry Miller once wrote that “Memorials defeat the purpose of a man’s life. Only by living your own life to the full can you honor the memory of someone.”

Big Sur’s preeminent nonprofit book store and arts organization may be in a perpetual crisis of identity, but the Henry Miller Memorial Library encourages visitors to follow their bliss by providing a cozy atmosphere to browse, look at what’s on the walls, listen to music, have a cup of coffee or tea, sit down by the fire, read for a while, or simply enjoy a place “where nothing happens”.  The Library was founded in 1981 by Emil White, Miller’s longtime friend, occupying White’s former home and championing the late writer, artist, and Big Sur resident Henry Miller.

At the tail end of the semi-autobiographical novelist’s yearlong “Air-Conditioned Nightmare” journey for a place to settle, Henry Miller rooted in Big Sur in what he would call his “first real home in America”. Notorious for his fringe literary technique that blended character study, surrealist free association, philosophical and social reflections, and mystical deviations from the firsthand life experiences that underpinned most of work, Miller connected with White and a variety of artists, writers, and locals who would soon influence and collaborate with him on later works. His most characteristic works at this time were Tropic of Cancer (1934), Black Spring (1936), Tropic of Capricorn (1939) and The Rosy Crucifixion trilogy (1949-59), all of which were banned in the United States until 1961. While Miller was establishing his base in Big Sur, the Tropic books, still banned in the USA, were being published in France and steadily acquiring notoriety among both Europeans and the various enclaves of American cultural exiles. As a result, the books were frequently smuggled into the States, where they proved to be a major influence on the new Beat generation of American writers, most notably Jack Kerouac.

The Library hosts events throughout the summer months (May-October), including fashion shows, theater, open mics, lectures, book signings, art shows, and more.  With a capacity of 300 and nestled in a towering redwood grove, it is also one of the most unique live music venues in the world.

Past performers include KZSC favorites Patti Smith, Philip Glass, Arcade Fire, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, Henry Rollins, Fleet Foxes, Ben Gibbard, Frank Black, Explosions in the Sky, Thee Oh Sees, Woods, Kurt Vile, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Animal Collective, Camper Van Beethoven, White Fence, Sic Alps… the list goes on.

The psych-folk flavors of Father John Misty, formerly of Fleet Foxes and solo project J. Tillman, will join the ranks of these historical performances with accompanying poets Anne Waldman, Ambrose Bye, and Sara Goodman, as well as DJ Britt Govea, for an intimate evening at the outdoor stage where there will be a meet-and-greet with Misty prior to the show, table service, and signed posters. Attendees will also be part of history: the Henry Miller Memorial Library has recently submitted plans with Monterey County to create a sustainable, ADA-compliant space that will serve visitors, artists, and musicians for years to come. Your support will help make these plans a reality, all while celebrating the 10th benefit curated by Jesse Goodman.

For ticket information, hit on http://fatherjohnmisty.eventbrite.com/ and join what will surely be a landmark evening in the history of this special venue.

For more encouragement, scope the minister of acid-tinged folk jams doin’ what he does in a zoot suit fit for big guns upstairs Himself.

And on KEXP making Henry Miller proud with a ballad about writing a novel the good old-fashioned way.

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Rock Charts First Week of Spetember

Top 10:

images1. NO AGE – An Object
2. TY SEGALL – Sleeper
3. COKE WEED – Back To Soft
4. MALLARD – Finding Meaning In Deference
5. JACUZZI BOYS – Jacuzzi Boys
6. HUNX AND HIS PUNX – Street Punk
7. DIARRHEA PLANET – I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams
8. DODOS – Carrier
9. KITTEN FOREVER – Pressure
10. SALVIA PLATH – The Bardo Story

 

Top 5 Adds:

images-11. KING KHAN AND THE SHRINES – Idle No More
2. COACHWHIPS – Hands On The Controls
3. MEAT MARKET – Too Tired
4. JOANNA GRUESOME – Weird Sister
5. GROWLERS – Humdrum Blues

 

 

 

 

This week No Age’s new album, An Object, is topping our charts. I really love this album.  Here is the one of my favorites singles from it called An Impression:

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Rock Charts – Mid-August

HUNXXXX!  We’ve been loving the new Hunx and His Punx album at The Great 88.  Here’s our current Top 10:

images-11 HUNX AND HIS PUNX Street Punk
2 SMITH WESTERNS Soft Will
3 COOL GHOULS Cool Ghouls
4 MALLARD Finding Meaning In Deference
5 BASS DRUM OF DEATH Bass Drum Of Death
6 GOGOL BORDELLO Pura Vida Conspiracy
7 BOOKER T Sound The Alarm
8 RUNNING Vaguely Ethnic
9 KING TUFF Was Dead
10 SALVIA PLATH The Bardo Story

 

Also:

images1 HIATUS KAIYOTE Tawk Tomahawk
2 DIARRHEA PLANET I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams
3 SUPERCHUNK I Hate Music
4 JULIA HOLTER Loud City Song
5 DESTRUCTION UNIT Deep Trip

 

 

 

 

This week we’ve got two Top 10 debuts from Thee Oh Sees’s record label Castle Face: The Mallard’s Finding Meaning in Deference and Running’s Vaguely Ethnic.  Both are definitely worth a listen.

Here’s a track from The Mallard:

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Rock Charts – First Week Of August

First day of August; here’s the KZSC Rock Top 10:

  1.  HUNX AND HIS PUNX – Street Punk
  2. COOL GHOULS – Cool Ghouls
  3.  SMITH WESTERNS – Soft Will
  4.  BASS DRUM OF DEATH – Bass Drum Of Death
  5.  KING TUFF – Was Dead
  6.  DAVID LYNCH – Big Dream
  7.  SHANNON AND THE CLAMS – Dreams In The Rat House
  8.  SURFER BLOOD – Pythons
  9.  ROSE WINDOWS – The Sun Dogs
  10.  SALVIA PLATH – The Bardo Story

Runners Up Worth Listening To:

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MALLARD – Finding Meaning In Deference
MEAN LADY – Love Now
PAPER KITES – Young North [EP]
FLAAMINGOS – Flaamingos
BARE MUTANTS – The Affliction

 

 

 

In addition to being really excited about the new Mallard album, I’m loving Mean Lady’s debut album, Love Now. Here’s one of my favorite tracks from it called Far Away:

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Top Rock Charts For Mid-July

Middle of Summer’s Top Rock on KZSC:

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1. SMITH WESTERNS – Soft Will
2. MIKAL CRONIN – MCII
3 SHANNON AND THE CLAMS – Dreams In The Rat House
4. COOL GHOULS – Cool Ghouls
5. VAMPIRE WEEKEND – Modern Vampires Of The City
6. BASS DRUM OF DEATH – Bass Drum Of Death
7. KING TUFF – Was Dead
8. FEMI KUTI – No Place For My Dream
9. SURFER BLOOD – Pythons
10. ROSE WINDOWS – The Sun Dogs
 Top 5 Adds:
945080_670323512982411_1298616250_a1. HUNX AND HIS PUNX – Street Punk
2. DAVID LYNCH – Big Dream
3. HOT CHIP – Dark And Stormy [EP]
4. IMPRESSIONS – “Rhythm!” B/w “Star Bright” [7-Inch]
5. TRAVIS BRETZER – Making Love 

 

 

 

And although it didn’t make it into our Top 10 charts, one of my favorite new albums is Salvia Plath’s, The Bardo Story.  Everyone should check it out!

 

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CMJ Top 30

This week’s charts at KZSC are a classic case of “tell me something I don’t know.” What we do know is that Thee Oh Sees are the most badass band on the planet. San Francisco’s prolific garage crew has delivered an album that four out of five dj’s suggest for daily listening. Floating Coffin kills, nuff said. Check out these psychotic songsters on Great 88 shows “Indie Babies”, “Do or D.I.Y” or other indie programs. You might even hear someone spin it on the ultra rare, ultra clear vinyl, with red blood splatter.

Here’s the Top 30 for KZSC for this week.

ARTIST album label

1 THEE OH SEES Floating Coffin Castle Face
2 KURT VILE Wakin On A Pretty Daze Matador
3 IRON AND WINE Ghost On Ghost Nonesuch
4 FLAMING LIPS The Terror Warner Brothers
5 YOUNG MAN Beyond Was All Around Me Frenchkiss
6 BAZOOKA Bazooka Slovenly
7 JAMES BLAKE Overgrown Republic
8 BORED NOTHING Bored Nothing Cooperative-Spunk
9 DEVENDRA BANHART Mala Nonesuch
10 !!! Thr!!!er Warp
11 THE KNIFE Shaking The Habitual Mute
12 DEPTFORD GOTH Life After Defo Co-Operative
13 BOMBINO Nomad Nonesuch
14 THERMALS Desperate Ground Saddle Creek
15 BLEACHED Ride Your Heart Dead Oceans
16 WHITE FENCE Cyclops Reap Castle Face
17 TERA MELOS X’ed Out Sargent House
18 BORN RUFFIANS Birthmarks Yep Roc
19 PURLING HISS Water On Mars Drag City
20 BROADHEDS Broadheds Dangerbird
21 MILK MUSIC Cruise Your Illusion Fat Possum
22 AKRON/FAMILY Sub Verses Dead Oceans
23 OS MUTANTES Fool Metal Jack Krian
24 PHOENIX Bankrupt! Glassnote
25 POSTAL SERVICE Give Up: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition SUB POP
26 BLACK ANGELS Indigo Meadow Blue Horizon
27 WAX IDOLS Discipline And Desire Slumberland
28 COLLEEN GREEN Sock It To Me Hardly Art
29 MAJOR LAZER Free The Universe Secretly Canadian
30 MERCHANDISE Totale Nite Night People