Old Man Takes A Look At His Life

We here at the Great 88 love a good rockstar memoir. They offer us windows into the creative minds of our musical heroes. Plus they’re just fun reading.

The latest and greatest grey haired musings come to us from everyones favorite flannel wearing Canadian, Neil Young. In “Waging Heavy Peace” the  prolific songwriter meanders through an wide array of topics from model trains to his new high fidelity digital audio company. Young hits all the musical periods of his life from his garage days as a teen in Ontario to the new Crazy Horse album. His stories share intimate details of the process behind his greatest recordings and the formations of his many important bands.

Young delves even deeper, speaking at length on various characters integral to his career, and in many cases, those characters deaths. He worries about not being able to write music since ceasing to smoke weed. It easy to imagine Young speaking while reading this. He writes not just for the product, but for the exercise.

If you find yourself with an empty bedside table and would like to sit down for a chat with one of the absolute greats of rock n’roll then grab this self described rich hippy’s book, and once you need to hear the thunder of Old Black be sure to tune in to KZSC.

Universal Grapevine 02/19/13

Bruce has on the show Kimberly Jannarone and Nancy Carlin to talk about the UCSC production of Peer Gynt. Also on the show is Sandra Nichols on the Santa Cruz County Board of Education!  

KZSC Jazz Charts 2/19

After what felt like a week of summer weather it’s finally a chilly 50 degrees with rain in California. For a second I thought winter was over. Your Charts and Adds for the week as follows:
KZSC Jazz Charts
1 JOY MOVER Joy Mover
2 AARON NEVILLE My True Story Blue Note
3 CECILY KATE Standards Self-Released
4 MIMI FOX Standards, Old And New Self-Released
5 MOLLY HOLM Permission
7 ORGANISSIMO Dedicated Big O
8 JOSE JAMES No Beginning No End Blue Note
9 PETE ESCOVEDO Live At Stern Grove Festival Concord Picante
Reported Adds
1 NEXT COLLECTIVE Cover Art Concord
3 JOY MOVER Joy Mover joy mover
4 PATTY PETERSON The Very Thought Of You
5 IAN CAREY QUINTET +1 Roads & Codes
Besides these reported adds I also have added:
Rebecca Coupe Franks    Two Oceans
Mark Kleinhaut & Neil Lamb    Jones Street
Hoopty    Hoopty
Lisa Taylor    Let Love Shine
Troy Roberts  Nu-Jive 5
Shoestring Trio   Shoestring Trio
-N. Mokover

Double Shot Of Hawaiian Guitar March 1st

Friday, March 1st is the Day of The Hawaiian Guitars. Both Makana and Maunalua honor the traditional Hawaiian style and make it their own, performing at two locations. Bobby Moderow, Kahi Kaonohi and Richard Gideon are in the band Maunalua. Their rich harmonies and glorious guitars will take you to Hawaii on a musical flight non- stop…well, at least until 9 pm! Maunalua take the stage starting at 6 pm at Pono, 120 Union Street in downtown Santa Cruz.

The Carriage House Theatre will be the place for Hawaiian guitar moving into the future as Makana performs his blazingly brilliant and original style of Hawaiian slack key guitar at Villa Montalvo in Saratoga also on Friday, March 1st at 8 pm. Montalvo also offers a pre-show cocktail party in the historic Villa.

Makana Live at Guitar Player’s Superstar Event

Loud Rock Charts: 12/19

I sincerely hope everyone has had a great three day weekend! In celebration of our forefathers, why not take a listen to some awesome new metal? In particular, Suffocation’s Pinnacle of Bedlam has been making waves in the metal community, for great reason. Also adding today, Psychothermia’s newest album is just as awesome and “kooky” as its name implies. It’s also self-released, so why not help out an up-and-coming independent band?


Suffocation-Pinnacle-of-Bedlam-Small1 SUFFOCATION Pinnacle Of Bedlam Nuclear Blast
2 PSYCHOTHERMIA Fall To The Rising Sun Self-Released
3 STIGMA For Love And Glory Durty Mick
4 ORANGE GOBLIN “The Filthy And The Few” [Single] Candlelight
5 BLACK DRAWING CHALKS No Dust Stuck On You Self-Released



ShaiHulud-ReachBeyondTheSun1 SHAI HULUD Reach Beyond The Sun Metal Blade
2 CULT OF LUNA Vertikal Density
5 DEAD LABEL Sense Of Slaughter Nuerra
6 HOLY GRAIL Ride The Void Prosthetic
7 GLORIA MORTI Lateral Constraint Metal Blade
8 ANCIENT VVISDOM Deathlike Prosthetic
9 PISSED JEANS Honeys Sub Pop
10 HATE Solarflesh Napalm

World Music Show Feb. 19

This and next month are full of African and African-influenced music events in Santa Cruz. Tuesday the 19th, world fusion band Toubab Krewe will perform at Moe’s Alley. Toubab Krewe specializes in upbeat instrumentals that draw from African blues, rock, folk, and so much more. Some of the instruments used are the Kora, electric guitar, Djembe, and fiddle. This 21+ event  will also feature New World Ape and Shovelman. The music starts at 8:30 pm;  doors open at 8.