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Like, Zoinks Scoob!: On the Ambiance of All Hallow’s Eve

It’s that time of year again – people are making costumes, buying candy, and starting blog posts in the most clichéd ways imaginable. That’s right, anonymous internet stranger, it’s time for Halloween! That can only mean one thing: time for some tunes to soundtrack that spookiest of holidays! Below are a few classics for your listening pleasure:

Slint – Nosferatu Man

Never mind the fact that the song’s title alludes to the classic 1922 German horror film, it’s the atmosphere of it which really amps up the creepiness factor. With lyrics about a prince in a dark castle, attempting to “please [his] queen,” and subsequently chasing a trespasser into the darkness, the song is perfect for an eerie Halloween night. Its off-kilter beat creates a tension which puts the listener on edge, a trick which ultimately becomes a treat (See, cause it’s Halloween! Get it? Hello? Where did everyone go?)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=im74bBeOT74

Ramones – Chainsaw

From the fathers of punk rock comes something a little more upbeat but no less appropriate. The song is all about the use of the titular instrument being used in all sorts of creepy and terrifying ways. The most disturbing aspect of the song, however, may be Joey Ramone’s pronunciation of the word “massacre.” What’s up with that?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltyC3DEYoZ4

Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt Kickers – Monster Mash

I never claimed to be original.

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Kabile, Sat Oct 20th

The Kabile Bulgarian band takes its name from a small village just north of the city of Yambol in Thrace. One of the premier traditional Bulgarian bands, they are on tour in the U.S. and will be playing for a dance at the Cabrillo College Dance Studio in Aptos, CA on Saturday, 10/20/12 at 8pm. They sing and play native instruments including accordion, kaval (end blown flute), gajda (Bulgarian bagpipe), gadulka (fiddle-like), dumbek and tupan (drums).

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Lil’ B – A Golden State Warrior?

The Santa Cruz Golden State Warriors tryouts were this weekend and there were many a talented players who came out to tryout for this NBA D-League team. Among all the players there was one that brought the attention of the folks from Pitchfork Magazine. The one and only Bay Area rapper and internet meme, LIL’ B BASEDGOD. LIL’B had tweeted about trying out for the team and he surely showed up to do just that — let’s hope that LIL’ B makes the team and we will make sure to go to every game.

Check out the Golden State Warriors website for more information about their upcoming season and check the link below for a video of Lil’ B practicing on his basketball skills.

 

http://www.nba.com/dleague/santacruz/

 

Do you think he has the skills to be on the team? If the Space Jam reference is any indication of his love for basketball, I’m sure he’ll be great.

2011 KZSC Music Sale

Date Set For Fall Music Sale

Start saving your lunch money and mark Saturday, November 17th as the date for KZSC’s Annual Ultimate Music Sale. Thousands of LPs, CDs, 45 RPM records and assorted music memorabilia items will be available from dozens of different vendors. And by popular demand, KZSC brings back our 25-cent music table. You read correct: CDs and LPs for just a quarter each. Come early for best selection. Doors open at 10 AM.

Interested in table space to sell? Email Charlie at cdsale@kzsc.org for details. Music sale updates and more info will be posted on Twitter, Facebook and right here. Take a peek at the frenzy from 2009 below:

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Between the Buried and Me’s Newest Album Teases With Some Sexy Foreplay But Will Never Call Back

When Between the Buried and Me came to San Francisco for Summer Slaughter, I had the great fortune to sit down with Dan Briggs and Dustie Waring. Of course, one of the main things we discussed in detail was their newest addition to their diverse discography, The Parallax II: Future Sequence. We talked extensively about the new record, but one thing Dustie told me really stuck out to me; he seemed to genuinely think that it was their best musical venture they had ever created. Unfortunately, I very highly disagree with that statement.

Tracklist
1. Goodbye To Everything
2. Astral Body
3. Lay Your Ghosts To Rest
4. Autumn
5. Extremophile Elite
6. Parallax
7. The Black Box
8. Telos
9. Bloom
10. Melting City
11. Silent Fight Parliament
12. Goodbye To Everything (Reprise)

 

Both musically and conceptually, TPII begins right where The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues left off. The only problem is that it’s start is a little too awkward and jerky. After the intro, “Goodbye to Everything”, we get a little build up that leads into “Astral Body”, but it never really feels or conveys like we’re going onto this awesome musical journey into space where we’ll proceed to have our brains made sweet sweet love to. Ultimately, “Astral Body” seems very out of place as the beginning track. Fortunately, it leads very smoothly right into the next track, “Lay Your Ghosts to Rest”, which is in itself a very solid song. It almost feels as if this should have been the beginning track. This is further perpetuated by the lyrics present towards the last minute or so of the track: “The end, starts now.” In fact, a good chunk of the album sounds like it shouldn’t be there at all. “Autumn” is just a filler track before the meaty “Extremophile Elite”, and “Parallax” doesn’t fundamentally serve a purpose besides some basic storytelling.

Of course, there are more than enough redeeming factors to make this a worthwhile listen. They’ve seemed to realize that their musical endeavors can get bogged down by their penchant for unnecessary wankery, which they have undertaken to fix this time around, with moderate success. While addressing those complaints, they haven’t forgotten what’s made them one of the biggest progressive metal acts around. There is still a ton of weirdness and craziness present in the album, such as the very “sitary” reference to last year’s EP, and the utterly soul crushing breakdown in “Telos”. “Bloom” is also an incredibly fun listen, if a little out of place.

While the first 45 minutes are a sensory overload (for better or worse), the last 30 minutes of the record display some mind boggling and questionable songwriting decisions. There is the occasional segment of exorbitant showoffiness mixed with some seemingly random riffage, but the big difference between TPII‘s examples of etravagance and their previous efforts is the lack of an ultimate climax (stop your snickering). Once I had finally traversed through the drudgery of their instrument work and reached the end of my journey throughout Colors and The Great Misdirect, I felt like I could put the record away, that there was a satisfying conclusion to the melodious struggle that I had just experienced. This was what defined my time with BTBAM: the breathtaking and exciting climaxes that I felt throughout each and every one of their albums. However, with TPII, I experienced no such climactic feeling. I still had a sense of moving forward even though I had conclusively reached the end of the groundwork that BTBAM had orchestrated for me. It all adds up to a very anticlimactic finish from what is an otherwise pleasant aural eargasm.

Overall, TPII is a solid outing from BTBAM, though one can’t help but get the feeling that more could have been accomplished here. BTBAM tried to do too much and not enough at the same time, and while their newest release indicates that they are indeed moving forward, it also suggests that they’ve lost a step or two in their songwriting prowess along the way. Still, it’s hard not to be hopeful for the future. If BTBAM can execute more or less what they’ve done in TPII without the occasional clumsiness and stumble, it’ll be incredibly difficult for any band to top what they can deliver.

FINAL SUPER ULTIMATE RATING:

(3.5 Brutalisks out of 5)

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Calvin Likes All the Girls

Calvin Harris has been a popular act since the release of his first album I Created Disco. One of my favorite records ever was his second album Ready for the weekend. Lately though Mr. Harris has been making himself more of a household name by creating tracks for popular singers. The most popular of these songs was Rihanna’s “We found love”

So following the succes of this song Calvin Harris produced two more tracks with other popular singers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wg8PSl0I0Mc

Here is a track with Ellie Goulding that just came out in the first week of October.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duHqMkde7dU

And this track features Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine.

More artist should copy this plan of producing for other popular acts. We as listeners win because we get new fusions of music from out favorite artists and electronic producers win by getting their names into more ipods. Also be on the lookout for Calvin Harris’s 3rd album 18 months out October 29th