Slam Dunk, Da Funk

Winter is not only a time for hot cocoa and new year’s resolutions – it is a time for NBA basketball.

The city of Santa Cruz is taking the NBA D-League by storm this winter with the Santa Cruz Warriors performing far beyond expectations and making league history.  Currently, the SC Warriors are number one in the West Division with a record of 9-4.  After winning their first game in the history of Santa Cruz before a sellout crowd, defeating the Bakersfield Jam 93-88, the Warriors were off to a great start to the NBA D-League Season.

In addition to their outstanding victories, Santa Cruz Warriors guard Travis Leslie has been named NBA Development League Player of the Month of January for games played in November and December.  The first honor of the 2012-2013 season is also the first of Leslie’s NBA D-League career.  On January 7th, the NBA D-League announced that Leslie will compete in the Showcase slam dunk competition on Wednesday.

For updates, statistics, and schedules of the Santa Cruz Warriors visit www.nba.com/dleague/santacruz.

Keep tuned in to Slug Talk every Friday from 5-6pm to hear all the latest news.

 

John McCutcheon, Fri & Sat Jan 18th-19th

The Santa Cruz Resource Center for Nonviolence celebrates the birthday of Martin Luther King with a weekend of events centered around “The Power of Songs for Social Change.” John McCutcheon will be in concert Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at the Resource Center starting at 7:30pm, and will lead a singing workshop on Sat, Jan 19 at the same venue from 10am-noon. John is a talented multi-instrumentalist (fiddle, banjo, guitar, hammered dulcimer and more), singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist, and author, has released over 30 recordings, and been nominated for seven Grammy awards. Visit the Resource Center’s website for the other weekend events, which include a South African choral workshop, a Gospel night concert, an afternoon of free Hip-Hop workshops for youth of all ages, and an evening Hip-Hop concert.

 

Mac DeMarco Cooks Up Something Good on “2”

Man vs. Mannequin II: The Reckoning

Man vs. Mannequin II: Return of the Mac

Oh hi! Didn’t see you there. I’d like to talk to you about a wonderful little record by a guy who goes by the name of Mac DeMarco. DeMarco – a Canadian singer-songwriter, formerly of the band Makeout Videotape – released his second album, fittingly titled “2”, in October, and I finally got  around to checking it out a couple weeks ago. I’m gonna be honest with you – I was pretty positive I would hate this album before I listened to it. The cover and Pitchfork hype made for a lethal combination in my mind, acting as some kind of harbinger of “ironic slacker” doom. The album’s first track (“Cooking Up Something Good”) even starts with a kinda chunkity-chunk Jack Johnson guitar part. Luckily, by the time the song’s chorus hit, things started to turn around. By the third track – The “Sultans of Swing”-esque “Freaking Out the Neighborhood” – I was hooked. Every song on the album is a catchy, hook-filled fun-time bonanza, full of jangly, shambolic grooves (think Pavement at their most singer-songwritery, laid back moments). These are songs you’ll be humming all day, then you’ll catch yourself humming them and be all “man, I ain’t even mad.” It’s the feelgood album of the summer, except, like, you know, in the winter. Let DeMarco and his band of merry men transport you to sunny days where the drinks are free and Jimmy Buffett is nowhere in sight. Swimming pools and barbecues are there too. Seriously, it’ll be cool. You just gotta listen.

 

FIDLAR Jan. 19

Do you like punk? Come get ur freak on Saturday night at the Catalyst Atrium with LA band FIDLAR. Opening for them will be Pangea (LA), Meat Market (Oakland) and Bummer City (Santa Cruz) with a special guest spot by DJ Se666undo. Show starts at 9 PM; this is a 16 or older event.

Talkabout 01/16/13

This week on Talkabout it Elen Perie on local politics followed by Peter & Donna Thomas on California hiking expeditions. 


First Hip Hop Charts of 2013

Here’s just a quick snapshot of some of the new Hip Hop that is getting played on KZSC in the new year:

1 ROC MARCIANO – Reloaded
2 DJ VADIM – Don’t Be Scared
3 E-DUBBLE – Reset
4 PAT MAINE – Doomsday Charades
5 PLAN B – Ill Manors
6 MAIN ATTRAKIONZ – Bossalinis And Fooliyones
7 PROF Kaiser – Von Powderhorn 3
8 BENNFRANK – BFK
9 P.O.S. – We Don’t Even Live Here
10 KLASSIK – In The Making

Be sure to check the Hip Hop charts on cmj.com to stay updated on the weekly Hip Hop playlists!