Radio from a parallel universe.


Sometimes a hole in your memory banks can really mess with you. It can be an unsettling feeling. Such was the case for yours truly on a long-overdue trip back East to see family. Turns out that, my hometown high school has a radio station! I was stoked and assumed that the radio station (and TV station) were added on when the school was totally renovated in 2012. Ah, but here’s where it starts to feel like I’ve entered the Twilight Zone… there was a radio station at my old high school in 1974! Two years before I graduated, and I can’t even tickle an inkling from the cranium??? It’s a bit embarrassing for a radio fanatic to admit; with 17 years of radio under my belt with KZSC. But I guess you just have to chalk it down to the fact that teenagers are easily distracted. There was a lot of stuff that just wasn’t on my radar. Regardless of my lack of recollection, it was great to stop in at WRPS 88.3 FM, see the air room, check out the class room and meet with the great staff working at the station. And, it should be noted, KZSC & WRPS have some things in common… each of them is non-commercial, they both have 1974 in their histories, each has a mission to teach radio to students and they share a great number on the dial, 88.



Wakin on a Pretty Day with Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile is almost a little too “hip” to be extremely outgoing during a performance, but that’s why we love him, right? To quote one of my new friends from Alabama whom I met at Bonnaroo Music Festival, “Kurt seemed more jazzed at the Ween show than during his own performance”. (Ween is an alternative rock band with a huge cult following and they performed after Kurt Vile’s set.) Seeing Kurt Vile and the Violators was a complete contrast to when a musician “creates energy for the crowd”. It was more like a casual conversation, the interaction between the crowd and the musician became one of an intimate setting, even though Vile was performing in front of hundreds if not thousands of people. I enjoyed seeing a musician who didn’t need to work so hard to interact with the crowd in such an “energetic way”. He went on stage, sang beautifully, and didn’t perform with an over exaggerated stage presence. He was actually quite shy, but in a way that made you feel like you could relate with him. It was like he was saying “hey, I know what it’s like to not want to act in an extroverted way, and I know that’s not your personality”. That’s exactly it, Kurt Vile doesn’t act like he has an outgoing stage personality when he knows he just doesn’t have that type of attitude.


The reason I can shed some light on Kurt Vile’s personality is because I was actually able to meet him inside the press tent at the festival before his show came on. He answered questions in a timid, introverted manner. He walked about the press tent with a cool, mellow look to his face, with his curly long locks hanging down the graphic on his t-shirt. When I asked him to do a station ID for KZSC, he looked at me and said in his soft, cool voice, “Hey KZSC Santa Cruz, this is Kurt Vile, Sup’” (Shortened for What’s Up, I assume) . It was magnificent, simple, and he didn’t need anymore words to make the station ID perfect for KZSC.


During the performance of Kurt Vile and the Violators they played a number of hits off his new album B’lieve I’m Goin Down, including “Pretty Pimpin’” and “All in a Daze Work”, as well as a few others. They also delved into some older songs of Vile’s, including “Wakin’ on a Pretty Day”, which is from his album Wakin on a Pretty Daze. Kurt Vile sang in a slow, mellow, dreamy voice. He played guitar while his band supported him with beach-like rhythms that made you feel as though you were hanging out on his couch in Los Angeles on a sunny afternoon. (Which it was reported that he wanted his records to sound relaxed, like he recorded them sitting on his couch in his house.) His melodies were intricately presented, and his voice made you feel comfortable. He made the audience feel at ease and wanting to dance, and sway, because of his personality, his brevity of speech, and his way of maneuvering the stage in a relaxed manner.

I recommend going to see Kurt Vile and the Violators on August 11th in Santa Cruz, at The Catalyst! If you want a good time, and if you want to feel like you’re on some mellow vacation in a small beach town in California. (Which you probably are on vacation if you are in Santa Cruz at this time.) Go enjoy the show and see what Kurt Vile is all about!

Bonaroo Arch by flickr user Shannon McGee

Ready for the Heat at Bonnaroo Music Festival?

I’m a California, specifically Bay Area person, that hasn’t had much real experience with the hot, humid weather of the South. I also haven’t had to fight off the intense heat while pushing my way through crowds, working to get the best location for photos of some of my favorite bands. But I’m an avid music lover, as many other DJs are at KZSC Radio Station, and I’m getting ready to take on the beating sun in Tennessee.

Bonnaroo Music Festival is held annually at the Great Stage Park in Manchester, at the historic location of “The Farm”, about an hour South East of Nashville. The festival had its debut in 2002, and has featured many greats such as Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, The Beach Boys, Kanye West,  James Brown, and Bob Dylan. Located in such a quintessential landmark such as the farm, and a host to many musicians and bands from a variety of genres, no wonder the festival was labeled one of the “50 moments that changed Rock & Roll” by Rolling Stone Magazine. I am excited to represent KZSC at a large-scale event such as this one, and I hope you can follow my check-ins during the weekend!

As the event has an annual influx of 85,000 campers per year, and approximately “700 acres of Tennessee nature”, I can’t promise I will be able to report to you from the blog, as the internet will be spotty. But I can promise a full report as soon as I reach “connection”, and make sure to check out the updates on the KZSC Instagram and Twitter page, as I’ll be posting more frequently from there.

Check out my updates specifically on: Tame Impala, LCD Soundsystem, J.Cole, The Internet, and many others.

Have a great Summer and hope to get your feedback about my updates on Bonnaroo Music Festival.

See you soon!


Sydney Fishman

DJ Syd the Kyd




May 29 KZSC Presents: Sugar Candy Mountain w/ Luke Sweeney and Jackie Zealous



SUNDAY, MAY 29TH at 9pm at The Crepe Place, $8 tickets sold at the door

From Joshua Tree, California, KZSC Presents tropical psychedelic pop band, Sugar Candy Mountain with Santa Cruz’s surf garage rock band, Jackie Zealous and San Francisco’s psychedelic soul pop band, Luke Sweeney.

“If Brian Wilson had dropped acid on the beach in Brazil and decided to record an album with Os Mutantes and The Flaming Lips, it would sound like this— featuring space-age sounds and far-out frequencies from the tripped out tropics,” then you would have Sugar Candy Mountain.

Also check out our show review of Luke Sweeney at SXSW in Austin, TX this year!

Hope to see you there!



Charles Bradley plays the Catalyst on May 16

Support KZSC and get some great tickets!

KZSC has all kinds of great tickets still available during this Spring’s Pledge Drive.  You can get these tickets for less then you would pay at the door. We don’t charge service fees! And all your cash goes to support KZSC.

Check out these hot tickets, and click on the ones you want!

May 27: Steven “Ragga” Marley at the Catalyst

May 28: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in SF

June 3: Bad Religion at the Catalyst

June 4: The Budos Band at The Catalyst

June 21: Cherry Glazerr at The Catalyst

July 9: Island Reggae Festival in San Jose

Sept 3: Tame Impala in Berkeley

Even more tickets are available during the Spring Pledge Drive in the Pledge Drive Shop.

Thanks again for your continued support!


May 3-12: KZSC Spring 2016 Pledge Drive

Spring is in the air and with all those new flowers in bloom, it’s time for the KZSC Spring Pledge Drive!

Between May 3rd through the 12th, we’ll be reminding everyone that KZSC can’t exist without the support of our listeners–that’s you! Help us continue our nearly 50-year run and make a secure pledge by clicking here. It only takes a minute.

Between May 3rd and 12th, you can call us at 831-459-4036 or 831-459-2811. Help us spread the word with #KZSCPledgeDrive!