Interview with Rupa and the April Fishes

Yesterday, I had the privilege of interviewing Rupa Marya, lead vocalist of the world fusion group Rupa & the April Fishes. Formed in San Francisco, the band has a very distinct, jazz-influenced style of music, overlaid with Rupa’s soothing vocals in English, French, Spanish, and even Hindi. Rupa discussed their newest release, “Build”, as well as other aspects of the band, in this interview – check it out at the link below.

The band will also be performing at Moe’s Alley this Friday, November 2, at 9 pm. Don’t miss it!

Rupa Interview

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Universal Grapevine 10/30/12

Live interview with Bruce Van Allen about political campaigns and issues; and Bruce talks with UCSC Professor, John Brown Childs, on “Indigeneity” book. Click PLAY to listen!

KZSC’s Annual Music Sale Nov. 17th

If you haven’t been to one of these before and you LOVE music, plan to join the crowd Saturday, November 17th for KZSC’s Annual Ultimate Music Sale. Thousands of CDs & LPs will be available for purchase from bunches of independent vendors in one big room. How big? It’s formally the dining hall at UCSC’s Merrill College. And, as always, KZSC will have its own special 25-cent table. That’s right: CDs or LPs for just a quarter (or four for a dollar). No doubt there’s something for any music hound no matter what your tastes are. P.S. -this is a fun fundraiser for KZSC. Doors open Saturday, November 17th at 10 AM. Get here early for best selection.

If you’re interested in renting table space as a vendor, call Charlie at 831-454-8807 or email us. More info about KZSC’s Annual Ultimate Music Sale can be found on our Facebook Page.

Loud Rock Charts: 10/30

Consider this: during any other year, almost every single album listed below would be an album of the year, and at the very least a top 5 record. However, 2012 isn’t just any other year. I’ve said this time and time again, but this is quite arguably the greatest single year in recent loud rock history. It doesn’t get better than this folks. Oh wait, yes it does: Deftones’ newest record drops in 2 weeks. Still unconvinced?

1 NEUROSIS Honor Found In Decay Neurot
2 GEOFF TATE Kings And Thieves Century
3 KAMELOT Silverthorn SPV
4 EARLY GRAVES Red Horse No Sleep
5 PARKWAY DRIVE Atlas Epitaph

 

 

1 CONVERGE All We Love We Leave Behind Epitaph
2 ENSLAVED Riitiir Nuclear
3 METALOCALYPSE: DETHKLOK Dethalbum III Cartoon Network
4 ABIOTIC Symbiosis Metal Blade
5 MOTORHEAD The World Is Ours, Vol. 2: Anyplace Crazy As Anywhere Else UDR
6 DOWNFALL OF GAIA Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes Metal Blade
7 WINTERSUN Time Nuclear Blast
8 BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME The Parallax II: Future Sequence Metal Blade
9 HAARP MACHINE Disclosure Sumerian
10 ALL DINOSAURS Rules Of Civility And Decent Behavior Self-Released

Santa Cruz Surf Legend Jay Moriarty Portrayed in “Chasing Mavericks”

“Hey Emma,” you might ask, “is that your brother?” Wrong guess. It’s 23-year-old up-and-coming Hollywood movie star, Jonny Weston. Jonny costars in the film Chasing Mavericks with Gerard Butler (remember Leonidas in 300, The Phantom in Phantom of the Opera–that guy). In Chasing Mavericks, Butler plays surf mentor/father figure Frosty to Jonny, who plays the late Santa Cruz surfing legend Jay Moriarty. As most locals know, Jay Moriarty was an accomplished big wave surfer from Santa Cruz who made it big internationally when a photo of his wipeout at Mavericks landed the cover of Surfer Magazine in 1995 (Jay was 16). He died while free-diving in the Indian Ocean just before his 23rd birthday. Of course the weight of Jay’s history put Jonny under a magnifying glass.When asked what it was like playing Jay Moriarty, Jonny replied, “It was awesome at first. I was like, ‘hell yeah, I’m paying a real live character. When it started catching up with me, I realized how affected people were by this guy. I started freaking out–I mean freaking out. God bless Kim (Jay’s wife) for taking phone calls from me at 2 in the morning.” Jonny admitted, “I began to be terrified by the responsibility of it.” The approval of his performance from Kim Moriarty and the rest of Jay’s family was only the “second best thing” that he could have heard. “He’s the only person in the world that I would be satisfied to hear the opinion of” Jonny said. The entire interview with Jonny Weston will be aired on KZSC’s show, The Cruz Report on Tuesday, November 6 at 8 pm.

Photography by Kohar Minassian.

 

Roller Derby Oct 27th

On Saturday, October 27th the Santa Cruz Derby Girls’ Boardwalk Bombshells will close out the league’s home season with a bout against SoCal Roller Derby at the Civic Auditorium.  This is the last chance to catch some action-packed roller derby this year. In proper Halloween tradition, the Girls expect attendees to come in costume. In addition to the Halloween festivities and roller derby action, a portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank. Doors open at 5:45pm and the bout begins at 6:30pm.

For more info is available on their website,  SantaCruzDerbyGirls.org.