Programmer of the Month: Aimdog Hamslice

Written by Ian Zentner

KZSC is proud to present Aimee Hamel as October’s Programmer of the Month. Aimee graduated from UCSC back in the Fall of 2014. In the midst of majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Electronic Music, Aimee fell into the warm hands of KZSC during her senior year.

When asked how she was introduced to the station, she recounted the day in Fall 2013 where she received a ride up to campus with her friend Nikki Nice, host of Stirrin’ the Soup. The KZSC Fall Pledge Drive was in full swing, and when offered to check out the station she took the opportunity. Aimee told us that, “There were pastries for the people working the phone lines. I volunteered right then and there, and I kept coming back.” Although, she did remark that, “I thought that there was always going to be a hefty stack of pastries at the station, and that was the only let down.”

For those of you who are not familiar with Aimee Hamel, you may be more familiar with her on air name of Aimdog Hamslice or DJ Rrr Rr Rr Rr RRR (think rooster call), depending on what show she was doing. Original starting out as Aimsky Hamdog, but unsatisfied with the handle, she was gifted the name Aimdog Hamslice through her mentor Olright back from CR8 Diggers Anonymous and now Du$ty Finger$. Aimee told us that, “He would announce me as a different name every week until he spit out Aimdog Hamslice, and that was that.”

Aimee’s primary show was Country Fried, which finished up a full year-run with the end of the summer schedule. The first show she was spinning was Irish Boyfriend. One Saturday morning, she needed to do some emergency subbing for the show directly after Irish Boyfriend. Struggling to come up with another three hours of music to play, she started spinning from a large stack of Country vinyl from the library. The fun and insanity that came from subbing that show, along with already having a passion for playing the fiddle and loving folk music, lead to what would be the creation of Country Fried. Over the Summer of 2015, Aimee was able to test out a new show known as Sexism, Drugs, and Rock n Roll, a show focused on showcasing female musicians only. Currently, Aimee is still a part of the Lagniappe and Local Brew collectives.

When asked about what kind of advice Aimee would give to those getting started in college and radio, she said:

Do what you want. The pressure of other’s people’s eyes adds up, and made me feel like doing things that I didn’t want to do, or not do things that I did want to do. Be selfish, but not cruel. I wish I spoke up in class. Whenever I would listen to the radio, it seemed like a thing that was so far away that I would never get close enough to it to see where it was broadcasting from, yet alone have my own show. It’s such an amazing place, and it’s right on campus. You do have to hike up a hill to get there, but getting to any class is a trek. I always struggled with talking in front of large groups of people, and radio has really helped me with that. It’s a lot easier to talk in front of people if you can’t see them 🙂

Aimee is planning to move to the Bay Area soon after scoring an internship at WAM (Women’s Audio Mission). WAM is the only non-profit recording studio in the world that was built and run by women. Less than 5% of people working in the audio industry are women, and WAM’s goal is to “change the face of sound.”

Thank you Aimee for all the hard work you have put into making KZSC the community station we all love.

Day of the Dead a Time to Remember

"unnamed" by Cole Lemke Ink and watercolor on a 18x36 inch wood panel.

“unnamed” by Cole Lemke
Ink and watercolor on a 18×36 inch wood panel

We lost Greg Williams this year. He was a programmer and a warm and welcoming presence at KZSC for years and years.

On this Day of the Dead, we wanted to share this Cole Lemke artwork–in tribute to Greg AKA DJ Sequoia Slim and The Gemini Factor. It seems perfectly fitting.

Greg was known for his diverse programming and the wonderful heart that he opened up to KZSC and to his listeners. Greg left behind an online archive for us to continue to discover the “weird and wacky” music he shared with us. The artist, Cole Lemke is a dedicated listener, and it’s this diverse and eclectic nature that Greg embodied which Cole loves the most about KZSC. You can find more of Cole Lemke work at

Hope everyone has a joyous Day of the Dead celebrating the lives of our lost loved ones.








Greetings from Festivals Acadiens et Creoles

Cajun School Bus by Norva B. Mestayer

We were so happy to get this great postcard, direct from The Festivals Acadiens et Creoles in Lafayette, Louisiana!

It says: “Get on board and git a good education…. The Lagniappe crew needs a field trip!”

Thanks, Randy D! We’re packing our pirogue for the next fest!

Dylan october 2012

Bon Voyage, Dylan Music

Quite frankly, I’m not happy about it, but what can you do? Reality has that annoying habit of being unavoidable.

In this case, KZSC is losing one of its very best DJs, just as we head into our fall schedule. Dylan Music (AKA DJ Oy-Dog) of Muzikal Jewz has to end his seven-year run with The Great 88.

The good news is that he has a job in radio. The bad news is the commute back to our side of the Monterey Bay is just too long. Two hours of driving to do a two-hour radio show on a day off is not a great plan. Many have tried and all have failed. It’s a tough deal, because, Muzikal Jewz has been one of the most iconic, humorous and straight-up delightful shows ever in the history of this college radio station. We can only hope that the fates bring him back to us someday. He knows he’s welcome anytime.

Programmer of the Month: David Anton Savage

The Man The Myth The Legend…

David Anton Savage, The Savage, as he is warmly known by many at the station, has been a big part of the KZSC Community for 16 years now. Best known for his work on Unfiltered Camels, a show which began in the Fall of 1989; he became the host in June of 1999 (and the show hits its 26th year this Fall) !

Savage has also gone above and beyond the call of duty as a volunteer at KZSC. He has served on the Program Review Committee four times and was elected to be the station’s music librarian for two years in a row.

He has acted as an alternate host for the public affairs show Talkabout for many years, and been involved with various side projects, including:

  • For almost every Summer since 2007 , he has hosted The Savage Bistro, a show dedicated to mixing music and spoken word. It is a show that can only be on after hours because things can get kind of savage.
  • Also, beginning last Summer, 2014, he created a new show called, Insect Agony, a program of free-form experimental music and noise. Which has now grow to a large collective of his fellow DJs programming for chaos theory.
  • And finally, in his alter ego, DJ Goy Boy, he produces a weekly feature for the Sunday radio show, Musikal Jewz, called “Did Jew Know?” a  2 to 4 minute segment of Jewish knowledge.

So here is to David Anton Savage for truly being a dedicated member of the KZSC community through and through. Very well deserving of August’s Programmer of the Month!

Fonzie’s “Don’t Sleep on ‘Em” Recommendations Volume Two: Top 10 Hip-Hop Songs of 2015 So Far

The Fonzie Scheme will be back on air in the Fall! Until then, here are some “Don’t Sleep on ‘Em” Recommendations to hold you over while I’m gone. For Volume Two of my “Don’t Sleep on ‘Em” picks, I decided to list my top 10 songs of 2015 so far since we’re about at that halfway point. There’s a repeat or two from Volume One because a few of those recommendations were some of my favorites of the year. I honestly tend to hate on top 10 type lists, so I want you to keep in mind, this is just my opinion!


Nell – One Life to Live ft. Twelve’len (The Screw Tape)

Nell first made a name for himself with Spaceghostpurrp‘s Raider Klan. Living in the South Florida area, he has continued to garner an underground following. Nell‘s release The Screw Tape from this year is a collaboration with El Camino Black. Each song samples a classic joint by the Legendary DJ Screw. Twelve’len also hails from the South Florida area, and you can hear both Nell and Twelve’len featured on Denzel Curry‘s newest Double EP 32 Zel/Planet Shrooms. This song uses the chopped and screwed cut of One Life To Live by Al D, Dat Boy Grace, and Wood. Nell comes in with that classic 90s Bone Thugs flow, and Twelve’len is rapping with somewhat of a dancehall influence. I love how the song uses the original song for the hook and closes out with DJ Screw speaking. RIP to DJ Screw.


Sicko Mobb – Robin Jeans (Mulah)

The Chicago Bop scene is really blowing up right now. No, I’m not talking about Be-bop jazz haha. Bop has been a dance and sub-genre movement in hip-hop for a couple years now, with Chicago artists such as Lil’ Kemo, DJ Nate, and Sicko Mobb fusing elements of Chicago drill with dance, pop, and R&B. Mulah is Sicko Mobb‘s second release this year, following up Super Saiyan 2. This song “Robin Jeans” is produced by TM 88 of the 808 Mafia from Atlanta, popular for their production with Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka Flame, and Future. It’s just a really fun song. Lil’ Trav and Lil’ Ceno go in about flexing their great fashion decisions.


CZARFACE (Inspectah Deck + 7L & Esoteric) – Ka-Bang ft. MF DOOM (Every Hero Needs A Villain)

Czarface is the collaboration between Inspectah Deck of the Wu-Tang Clan and Boston hip-hop legends 7l & Esoteric. Every Hero Needs a Villain is their second full length LP which just came out earlier this year. Both albums feel like you’re listening to a comic book on record, and they have some sick album art. MF DOOM destroyed his verse here on “Ka-Bang”, as usual. 7L made a crazy beat here, and I like the vocal samples to give the song that comic book feel. DOOM, Inspectah Deck, and Esoteric all use really sick rhyme schemes in this song.


Bones – TheHealingFields (Powder)

Bones has been steadily growing his underground following for years now. 2015 is turning out to be a big year for Bones with his placement on A$AP Rocky‘s new album (the song actually just uses a rerecorded hook from Bones‘ song Dirt).  Powder came out in April, and with 28 songs it is much longer than his usual release. “TheHealingFields” is a collaboration with Greaf, who produces for Bones side-project surrenderdorothy. The acoustic guitar sample really makes for a meditative feeling on this joint.


Future & DJ Esco – 56 Nights (56 Nights)

Future and his official DJ, DJ Esco “The Coolest DJ in The World” released a mixtape together in March of this year. Future is member of the Atlanta Dungeon Family Collective with Outkast, TLC, Killer Mike, Janelle Monae, and several other artists from Atlanta. Future has been dropping mixtapes since 2010, and he has since gained a pretty sizable mainstream following with his last album Honest reaching critical acclaim and selling over 100,000 copies. The name “56 Nights” is inspired by the 56 Nights DJ Esco spent in a Dubai prison (read the full story at Fader). Produced by Southside of 808 Mafia, the song has a catchy Atlanta trap sound with somewhat of a dark mood to go along with the emotional topic.


Post MaloneWhite Iverson

Post Malone is really on the rise. He’s only released a few songs on his soundcloud, but he’s already been spotted meeting with Rick Rubin, who has produced for LL Cool J, the Beastie Boys, Kanye West, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, just to name a few. Atlanta duo FKI produced the beat on “White Iverson”. There are countless metaphors between basketball and life here, but the one that stands out to me is “I need that money like the ring I never won.”


Meyhem Lauren & IceRocks – Fly Counterparts (More Cashmere EP)

I’ve heard of Meyhem Lauren for while now from his work in the New York hip-hop scene with artists such as Action Bronson and Harry Fraud. His newest release More Cashmere EP straight blew me away. Every song is so polished, and you can really tell Meyhem Lauren has developed his own sound reminiscent of 90’s boom bap. His delivery couples so well with IceRocks New York sound. Laurenovich is just spitting about his life on this song. The imagery is clear, and his delivery is on point. This song just rides.


KeithCharles Spacebar – All my Luv (ft. Abra) (We’re All a Little Triflin)

I’ve been saying it, but Awful Records is taking over in 2015. Almost 20 members deep, they just killed it in their Boiler Room set, which will definitely get them some more recognition. KeithCharles Spacebar or KCSB both produces and raps, and he is touring with Awful labelmates Father, Playboi Carti, and Slug Christ this summer, which will stop at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz. This track features Awful Records’ “Darkwave Duchess” Abra bringing a smooth R&B hook. KCSB produced a killer beat here, and his verses are solid.



Black Kray has been grinding in the underground for a few years now. The young rapper has already worked with Bones, Spaceghostpurrp, and Yung Lean. He puts out a bunch of material, this year already releasing two albums, several music videos, and several releases by members of his Goth Money Records, based in Richmond, Virginia. You can really feel the emotion in this song. Produced by Kenshi, the instrumental, has some deep bass and the piano melody makes for quite a dark mood.


Xavier Wulf – Wulf of Akina (Project X)

Xavier Wulf has been growing his underground fan-base for years. Originally from Memphis, TN, he now pulls in hundreds of thousands of plays on his songs on Soundcloud. Wulf started out as Ethelwulf in Spaceghostpurrp’s Raider Klan, but he has since broken off into his own Hollow Squad, frequently touring and collaborating with Bones and Chris Travis as SESHOLLOWATERBOYZ. His early work drew strong influence from lo-fi 90’s underground Memphis rappers such as Three 6 Mafia and Tommy Wright III. You can still hear that sound in Xavier Wulf‘s newer music, but he has developed his own style that also incorporates anime and cloud-rap. Both of his projects released in 2015, Tundra Boy: Season One and Project X, have been two of my favorite releases of the year. Although I have never watched the show Initial D, his new album Project X has kind of inspired me to. This is my unproven theory about the album:  With a duration of about 30 minutes, and opening and closing with songs by M.O.V.E., the band behind most of the soundtrack of Initial D, I think the album is meant to be kind of an episode of Initial D. It seems to me like X Wulf is rapping as if he is a character in the anime show, hanging out at Fujiwara‘s house, while still relating elements of his own life to the story, making frequent references to racing people in his 240 S13, and smoking blunts with women. The songs incorporates vocal and car engine samples from the show, which with his lyrics form a storyline throughout the album. After opening with the high energy “Akina Speed Star” and “Wulf Takahashi“, “The Wulf of Akina” is kind of a slow-down point in the album. Brobak made a very meditative instrumental, that Wulf rides perfectly. The first verse he raps about driving around smoking blunts while also briefly mentioning his relationship with a girl. In the second verse he explains his decision go against Mr. Fujiwara‘s advice and race. The song closes with the sound of a car driving away.