Ship of Fools

Ship of Fools may make you think of a Grateful Dead song or a song from The Doors, but the history behind this 3-word phrase is really quite amazing. It first appears in 1494 as a book, Das Narrenschiff, written by Sebastian Brant. Around the same time period painter Hieronymus Bosch depicted the concept on canvas (this image). Other books using the title came up in 1962, 2002 and 2009.  A movie based on the 1962 book came out in 1965.  The infamous Ted Kaczynski (aka The Unabomber) wrote a play called Ship of Fools. Within our music archives at KZSC we have a number of the artists who have used Ship of Fools as a song title, each with unique lyrics including versions done by John Cale, World Party & Erasure. The only covers I’ve found so far are both Elvis Costello and The Persuasions doing renditions the Dead’s Ship of Fools. If you are curious about who else has used this storied phrase, get into your little dinghy & start your outboard search engines…but be careful sailor, the web is a big ocean where many have lost their way.

 

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?)

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?

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

I never claimed to be original.

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).

Album Review: Tilly And The Wall’s “Heavy Mood”

When it comes to going back to school, nothing is better than new music that keeps your walk to class up-beat and motivated. Tilly And The Wall’s new album Heavy Mood is filled with stomps and claps, making it the perfect anthem to pump up your stroll to class, as well as tug at your heart strings. Since their debut album Wild Like Children, they have evolved to encompass much more in their style. The heavy-folk-electronic sounds are accompanied by honest, genuine lyrics that emphasize love, friendship, and a power to the people attitude.

Although the entire album is phenomenal, some tracks from the album you definitely want to check out are:

Love Riot, Heavy Mood, Thicker Than Thieves (best BFF song ever), and Youth.

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Universal Grapevine 10/16/12

Click the play button to hear a live interview with  with Catherine Segurson about the Catamaran Literary Reader; as well as Richard Popchak about Ventana Wilderness Alliance.

The Cruz Report: A Collective

Here we go, it’s fall! The Talk Programming Department has gathered its minions and we are ready to attack–or rather, occupy the airwaves with quality pieces. Look out for The Cruz Report, the Talk Programming collective Tuesday nights 8-8:30pm. Six of us DJ’s will be taking turns throughout the quarter to host the show and air pieces with the shared theme of local news and events. Our audience can expect interviews with professors, performances by local musicians, audio from local events, and even sound collages. Because there are so many of us in the collective, each Tuesday night will be packed with interesting information from a student perspective. The Cruz Report fits in right after Bruce Bratton’s Universal Grapevine, so keep the dial set to 88.1 when you hear those dudes from Creedence Clearwater Revival singing about grapes!