Two Door Cinema Club Dec. 5th

Last year I fell head over heels for Two Door Cinema Club’s album, Tourist History. Loaded with the electro-pop dance grooves I was looking for in a band, Tourist History was high energy and infectious, making it impossible to not want to groove along. Needless to say it set the bar pretty high for a followup album. Now available, Beacon expands our expectations of the musical range of TDCC.  Find out for yourself when Two Door Cinema Club plays The Catalyst in downtown Santa Cruz Wednesday, December 5th.  Showtime is 8 pm.

They’re also part of “Not So Silent Night” with Jack Black, Metric, The Shins, Of Monsters and Men, The Gaslight Anthem Friday, December 7th at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.  Bursting with music, this show begins at 6 pm and will sell out soon.

King Lollipop & Peach Kelli Pop on Bikini Kill TONIGHT

 

Tonight, if you happen to pass by the Jury Room, you will hear the ruckus of people getting down to King Lollipop and Peach Kelli Pop, Oakland music staples. The show at The Jury Room starts at 9:00PM with Santa Cruz local bands Slumber Party and The Wild Ones opening for Peach Kelli Pop and King Lollipop.

Peach Kelli Pop

 

King Lollipop

Catch an interview with King Lollipop and Peach Kelli Pop on Bikini Kill TONIGHT at 7PM before their show at the Jury Room, should be a hoot! And don’t forget to catch them at the Jury Room tonight at 9PM!

Punch Brothers Fri Nov 30th

From New York City, The Punch Brothers with Chris Thile will be in concert Friday, November 30, 2012 at 8pm at the  Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz, CA. Rooted in the rhythmic structure of bluegrass, these four virtuosic musicians take their original acoustic music and songs to an edgier, energetic fusion with elements of classical music, pop, indie-rock, and jazz. The band features Chris Thile (mandolin and vocals), who recently received a no-strings $500,000 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellowship, giving him the freedom to pursue whatever he wants for the next five years! The other band members include Gabe Witcher (fiddle), Noam Pikelny (banjo), Chris Eldridge (guitar), and Paul Kowert (bass).

 

Jazz Charts

This week’s results for KZSC Jazz Charts and Adds. Lot’s more new music coming in this week, I’m especially excited to be adding more Marsalis music to the Jazz library.

Top 10 KZSC Jazz Spins

1 AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE When The Heart Emerges Glistening Blue Note
2 TARA LINDA Torch And Sass
3 ANDREA BRACHFELD Lady Of The Island Zoho
4 HIROE SEKINE After The Rainfall
5 AMIKAEYLA Being In Love RootsJazz
6 BRAD MEHLDAU TRIO Where Do You Start Nonesuch
7 DANIELA NARDI’S ESPRESSO MANIFESTO The Songs Of Paolo Conte Acronym-EMI Music Canada
8 GERALD CLAYTON Bond: The Paris Sessions Decca
9 NINETY MILES Live At Cubadisco Concord Picante
10 VICTOR WOOTEN Sword And Stone Compass-Vix

This Week’s Adds

1 BRANFORD MARSALIS Four MFs Playin’ Tunes Marsalis Music
2 MIGUEL ZENON Esta Plena Marsalis
3 WAVE MECHANICS UNION Further To Fly HXMusic
4 HARRY CONNICK JR. The Happy Elf Marsalis Music
5 BRANFORD MARSALIS AND JOEY CALDERAZZO Songs Of Mirth And Melancholy Marsalis

Talkabout 11/28/12

John has on the show Brett Hall & Dan Grebil discussing the UCSC arboretum and the California fire fee, respectively. Press PLAY to listen!

CMJ 2012

In mid-October I had the privilege of attending the CMJ conference/concert marathon in New York City. There are over 1000 artists that play within 5 days, as well as conferences in the morning/early afternoon ranging from DJ tips to the ins and outs of the biz. I managed to stay on California time during my weeklong work-cation fun-tastrophe, and couldn’t have done it without my old friends and new ones too. I was fortunate enough to stay with my friend Angelie in the West Village, special thanks to her and her roommate for allowing me to intrude on their exotic New York lifestyle. Also thanks to Mateo and Peter for keeping my company because our Station Manager and Rock Directors couldn’t make it, so we put their passes to good use. Although I wasn’t 21 I managed to see some cool shows with interesting new artists as well as catch up with old friends who were around in the city. My top artists of the week were the Robert Glasper Experiment which played the first night (Tuesday). Even though they started their set an hour and a half late and I hurt my foot and subsequently couldn’t walk for the next few days, I think it was worth it. The Experiment as it is called now is a hip hop band full of once (and still) jazz musicians who decided to take their artistry to the next step. Robert Glasper is still a Blue Note artist, despite his genre change. What I find interesting is the tendency for artists to mesh genres once they get a big time contract. Glasper is no exception. He brings in the who’s who of hip hop on his latest release “Black Radio,” including Mos Def (Yasiin Bey), Erikah Badu, Lupe Fiasco, and so many more. You should check out this record, it’s worth your time, although it may get repetitive after you play it a few hundred times every day.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-0JZlrk4xA

Besides Glasper, after my foot healed and I could walk again I managed to catch my next favorite Tokimonsta, an important player in the LA electronic beat scene. Think Flying Lotus in the body of a hip asian woman. Her music was noticeably more mature than other artists from her label, which made her really stand out to me. Her music is easy to experience, and spectacularly put together. She was doing live material not just prerecorded CDs like her colleagues.

These were my top two artists of the week, but others include Hundred Waters, The Neighbourhood, and many many more.

All in all this week was a week of discovery of new music, and also how much it costs to not walk in New York City. Being surrounded by my new friend(s) from WMVL, a pirate station from Manhattanville College was nice, special thanks to Elyse Rousseu for being an awesome person along with Candice, Mitchell, and all the other WMVL folks. Truly good vibes all around. It was a blast seeing cool music, and hanging with old friends too, this is one for the books. But it’s also good to be back in the Cruz finally caught up on school work. Would I go again? Yes, but hopefully I won’t have to do as much homework.