Hot Jazz of July

As we all may know, summer is slow. Regardless, a few new titles have been coming in here and there, and some of it’s hot. Check it out:

  1. CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE TRIO    Out Here
  2. HRISTO VITCHEV QUARTET    Familiar Fields
  3. ETIENNE CHARLES    Creole Soul
  4. EMILY BEAR    Diversity
  5. GEORGE BENSON    Nspiration: A Tribute To Nat King Cole
  6. PAT METHENY    Tap: John Zorn’s Book Of Angels, Vol. 20
  7. JANE MONHEIT    The Heart Of The Matter
  8. ARJUN    Space
  9. BRANDON BERNSTEIN TRIO    But Beautiful
  10. WAYNE WALLACE LATIN JAZZ QUINTET    Latin Jazz-Jazz Latin

Americanarama Fest August 4th

Ahhh summer. Time for corn dogs, roller coaster rides and package tours that fill outdoor venues across the nation. Shoreline will see its fair share of these roll through this season, but there’s one that puts the rest to shame. Bob Dylan, Wilco, and My Morning Jacket will descend upon the venue famously built atop a landfill as part of their Americanarama Festival tour. And with the promise of over 4 hours of music at each stop, it’s sure to be a knockout night. The Americanarama Festival takes place Sunday, August 4th at the  Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View. Show begins at 5:30 pm.

The “Original” Wailers

The Original Wailers recently released a five song album named Miracle that, “recreates the true sound of Bob Marley and The Wailers.” The “Original” name is somewhat misleading since guitarist Al Anderson remains the only performer from the mid-1970’s Wailers, a band several line-ups removed from the Marley/Bunny Wailer/Peter Tosh “Wailing Wailers”. Performances by groups like these carry the power of nostalgia with them; aged adults love to revisit “their glory days” via music idols (now aged themselves) from their youth. And it more often than not works because music is timeless-it flows into the past and into the future. Old influences alter future trends. As they say in Jamaica, “There is no fruit without the root”. So you’re too young to remember the original Wailers? Listen to The (new) Original Wailers album or better yet, seem them perform live to catch that mid-70’s reggae vibe…again. The Original Wailers will be performing during the U.S. Grand Prix event July 20th at the Mazda Raceway in Laguna Seca.

Fanfare Ciocarlia: Moe’s Alley July 20th

Fanfare Ciocarlia – whose name translates as “lark’s song”, are from the village of Zece Prajini in north eastern Romania. With humble beginnings as musicians performing  at local weddings, this group is full of vigor and daring. They are known for such idiosyncrasies as their well  worn instruments, impromptu blasts from horns and clarinets, and going sheet music-less.  A great driving,  staccato and high energy style, they bring to all their music and interpretations. Fanfare Ciocarlia makes their Santa Cruz debut  “for a Saturday night Balkan Brass dance party” at Moe’s Alley Saturday, July 20th. Doors open at 7:30; music at 8:30 pm.

here, is Fanfare Ciocarlia’s special twist on the “007” James Bond theme

Top Rock Charts For Mid-July

Middle of Summer’s Top Rock on KZSC:

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1. SMITH WESTERNS – Soft Will
2. MIKAL CRONIN – MCII
3 SHANNON AND THE CLAMS – Dreams In The Rat House
4. COOL GHOULS – Cool Ghouls
5. VAMPIRE WEEKEND – Modern Vampires Of The City
6. BASS DRUM OF DEATH – Bass Drum Of Death
7. KING TUFF – Was Dead
8. FEMI KUTI – No Place For My Dream
9. SURFER BLOOD – Pythons
10. ROSE WINDOWS – The Sun Dogs
 Top 5 Adds:
945080_670323512982411_1298616250_a1. HUNX AND HIS PUNX – Street Punk
2. DAVID LYNCH – Big Dream
3. HOT CHIP – Dark And Stormy [EP]
4. IMPRESSIONS – “Rhythm!” B/w “Star Bright” [7-Inch]
5. TRAVIS BRETZER – Making Love 

 

 

 

And although it didn’t make it into our Top 10 charts, one of my favorite new albums is Salvia Plath’s, The Bardo Story.  Everyone should check it out!

 

The Daily Mail

If you’re a local artist, band on tour, or bedroom pop architect angling to make bleep on the blogospheric radar, it’s time to think inside the box.

KZSC staff are keeping their mailboxes extra ajar for your CDs, LPs, EPs, singles, tapes, laser discs, 8-tracks, or similarly strange ephemera for a HITS FROM THE BOX-style comp to drop (possibly?) this fall.

Here at the Great 88, we love to get first taste of fresh new artists looking to sow their sonic seeds. So lay those tracks to tape, groove, or polycarbonate plastic and provide us with something solid to rock out to – just remember, this station’s ballin’ on a budget, so copyrighted material need not be submitted without appropriate permissions. Legal battles really yuck our yum over here at this not-for-profit establishment, sayin’?

However, if free’s your jam and your sounds are smooth, cut out the crust and submit your material to:

KZSC Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Alternatively, you can drop mp3 files in this director’s Dropbox on Soundcloud here.