This week on the grapevine is Laura Marcus here to talk about the Dientes Community Dental Clinic. Following is Lisa Jensen and Christina Waters on film criticism.
In this week’s version of great awesome new metal, we see hardcore band Shai Hulud release what could amount to be one of the finest albums in the genre since Converge’s Jane Doe (yep, you heard me right).
Also dropping is the ever increasingly popular band Bullet for my Valentine with Temper Temper, who are hoping to set themselves apart from the quickly over-saturated genre.
1 SHAI HULUD “Reach Beyond The Sun” [Single] Metal Blade
2 BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE Temper Temper RCA
3 AUDREY HORNE Youngblood
4 DEMON HUNTER Godforsaken [EP] Solid State
5 HEMLOK A Cautionary Tale Transit
1 CULT OF LUNA Vertikal Density
2 POMEGRANATE TIGER Entities
3 DEAD LABEL Sense Of Slaughter Nuerra
4 HOLY GRAIL Ride The Void Prosthetic
5 GLORIA MORTI Lateral Constraint Metal Blade
6 VOIVOD Target Earth Century Media
7 ANCIENT VVISDOM Deathlike Prosthetic
8 FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND Conduit The End
9 HATE Solarflesh Napalm
10 ZOMBIFIED Carnage Slaughter And Death Metal Blade
In honor of punk rock icon Henry Rollins, I will now pile on 16 tons of Henry knowledge. Germanic in origin and meaning, “Henry” is well used as a first or last name. Dozens of royals in multiple countries have been named Henry plus the Roman numerals. Thanks to Joseph Henry, science uses “the henry” (symbol H) as i, H/m (henry per meter). Many musicians have sung about the legend of John Henry and his steel-drivin’ ways. The King of Pirates, Henry Every, boosted loot on the high seas and disappeared into the mists of time with no known date of death. Major General, Henry Shrapnel, invented a hollowed-out cannon ball filled with shot, hence the word shrapnel. St. Henry is the patron saint of the childless; his feast day is July 13th. Henry Miller’s 1934 “Tropic of Cancer” was deemed obscene until 1964 when the Supreme Court ruled that the erotic novel was art. The first foreign-born kabuki actor in Japan and the only foreign-born rakugoka (story teller), was an Australian by the name of Henry James Black. And finally, as I finish typing this blog, local printmaker Bridgette Henry has put together a show called “Cemetery Polka” featuring 16 artists presenting works inspired by the music of Tom Waits. It’s on display at the Felix Kulpa Gallery in downtown Santa Cruz until February 24th.
ZZ Ward’s raw edge evokes blues greats such as Big Mama Thornton with a modern twist. Her “Eleven Roses” mixtape began to catch the public’s attention when she sampled hip-hop beats over her bluesy vocals allowing for an explosive fusion of soul, blues and hip-hop. Her recent releases, the “Criminal” EP and “Till the Casket Drops”, continue her bold freshness. ZZ Ward presents a live show you definitely do not want to miss! She appears at The Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz Wednesday, February 13th at 8 pm
This week I had the opportunity to listen to Branford Marsalis’ newest release, Four Mfs Playin’ Tunes. This album is the first of his to feature 21 year old drummer Justin Faulkner who in the last 5 years has replaced the seemingly irreplaceable Jeff “Tain” Watts. Tain is one of the most powerfully aggressive modern drummers out there who helped change the face of modern jazz in the 1980’s, but now is busy with his own projects which is why Faulkner has taken over since 2009 (when he was 18). Branford Marsalis’ quartet has a very nostalgic sound to it, as it really hasn’t changed much since 1984. The same hard driving swing that characterized the young lions from the late 80s/early 90s is still there, but so is the more relaxed and fluid songs that seem to lack time whatsoever: another Branford specialty. All in all, the album is what I expected, which doesn’t mean it’s bad at all, it’s your classic Branford, none of the guitar and drums heavy pretentious stuff you might hear at a Berkelee College of Music jazz senior recital, this is just four MFs playin’ tunes.
John has guest Richard DeBoard on the gold & coin market in Santa Cruz. Also on the show is Brian Murtha, on the Santa Cruz Democrat club.
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