The Growlers: A Look at Brooks Nielsen, his opinion on festivals, and how Ellen DeGeneres became their number one fan.

Seeing The Growlers for my third time, I didn’t know what to expect for this show, and this new album. My usual experience of seeing them live was high energy shows, songs from their albums Hung at Heart and Chinese Fountain, and funky dance moves from the lead singer, Brooks Nielsen. This time, the performance had a different atmosphere. The two musicians who worked with Nielsen on other albums such as Chinese Fountain, Scott Montoya and Anthony Perry, left the band before making it on tour. (Although Perry may return in the future)

And the different thing about the performance for me was The Growlers’ new album City Club. While the album has the same catchy guitar riffs, scratchy vocals from the lead vocalist Brooks Nielsen, and a fun/upbeat danceable quality, it’s a different sound than I’m used to. In a way, it was strange for me to see one of my favorite bands with with a “surf-rock” instrumentation, to give the essence of a pop-garage rock and 80s  infusion. They did play songs such as Someday, One Million Lovers, Pet Shop Eyes, and Chinese Fountain. And In this way, they satisfied my nostalgia  for an older sound. But now that I reflect, why should they have to? The Growlers are evolving as a band, and along with their new production with Julian Casablancas under Cult Records, their “genre” is completely evolving as well. While they still have the same goals and down home energy they had for their first three albums, their sound is a bit crisper now, more fine tuned, and has an upbeat production that is less “surf rock” and more inclusive of an eclectic mix of genres. (Including more beat production done on the computer, which Brooks will talk about later in our interview)

I’m all for nostalgia. To a point where sometimes I only talk about that one band’s “first album”. However, I realize that with some bands, the new evolution of genre needs to happen, and for The Growlers, it shows maturity, smooth production, and a completely new way of looking at what has been coined, “Beach Goth”.

Some amazing songs you can check out off their new album, ones that they also played at The Catalyst last week, include City Club, I’ll Be Around, and Night Ride.

Really, you can here more about the important stuff from Brooks Nielsen himself, who I had the chance to interview along with Parker Kaye, and Becca Mu. Me (Sydney Fishman) and Parker Kaye produced and conducted the interview.

The amazing photos of their tour of City Club at The Catalyst, are done by Parker Kaye and Becca Mu.

Here is the link to the interview. Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tycho at Treasure Island Music Festival

As the sun peaked through on an otherwise stormy weekend, DJPK sat down and chatted with Scott Hansen, the frontman and creator of ambient electronic band, Tycho. This Treasure Island Music Festival set marked the end of Tycho’s Division Tour and homecoming to the Bay, promoting his Grammy nominated album, Epoch. Scott and DJPK talked about the inspirations of the new album, as well as themes and where the project is headed in the future. Scott will be in Los Angeles with the rest of Tycho tomorrow night to see if Epoch is dubbed Best Electronic Album of the year at the 59th edition of the Grammys.

Cherry Glazerr: Sold out show at the Catalyst 2/12

 

After three years since their last album, Cherry Glazerr is back in full force with their new album “Apocalipstick”. The new album is full of foot stomping, hard hitting rock reminiscent of the White Stripes and the Runaways.  They’ll be performing songs from this album and more with Slow Hallows and Sundried at the Catalyst this Sunday! Make sure to check out what will be an awesome show. KZSC will be covering the show with photos, an interview, and blogpost, so look out for that!

SOB X RBE Interview & Concert Review by riz aka djrsd of KZSC Santa Cruz

 

I caught up with the hottest artists on the block right now, from my hometown Vallejo, located in the North Bay Area, SOB X RBE. The group was on tour with Platinum recording artist and producer Sage The Gemini, and they concluded the “West For Winter” tour here with a sold out show at The Catalyst. We talked about the process of making music, how they were able to hook up with Sage for the tour, unbelievable fan support, similarities between their group and N.W.A., favorite songs they made, how they got out there, their process of choosing the 12 songs of the tape, and advice to other artists. Not to mention, growing up in the struggle of living in North Vallejo (Country Club Crest to be exact, the same place as the late, great, Mac Dre), has inspired them to do the best with what they have and how they were endorsed by other big name rap artists like E-40, HBK Gang, Mozzy, and Tee Grizzley. Enjoy the interview and check the concert review below written by Rizal Aliga (riz aka djrsd). (*SHOUTOUT TO CURTIS & STRETCH AND ALL THE PRODUCERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, VIDEOGRAPHERS, AND FANS*)!

-djrsd

 

(QUESTIONS FORGOT TO ASK: how they got their names, how did they meet, what did they use to record)

SOB X RBE Review

Young, but still on the rise, SOB X RBE needs to be on your radar. SOB X RBE stands for ‘Strictly Only Brothers, Real Boi Entertainment.’ The group consists of four members ages 18,18, 19, and 20; SOB X RBE never holds back the notion that age is just a number. The group represents four artists that reside from North (Crestside) Vallejo, CA: Yhung T.O., Slimmy B, DaBoii, and Lul G. Similar sound to N.W.A., SOB X RBE also credits local and platinum artists that influence them like Future, Drake, Lil Wayne, E-40, Mac Dre, and Nef the Pharaoh and Tee Grizzley with “that Detroit sound.”

The group developed their own rap style in their hometown Vallejo – the famous hotbed of hip-hop for the Bay Area producing stars such as Mac Dre, E-40 and Nef The Pharaoh. Slimmy B (20), graduated Vallejo High School in 2015, while DaBoii (19), graduated Benicia High School the same year. According to a source, Yhung T.O. and Lul G (both 18), are “seniors finishing up some classes” at my alma mater, Jesse M. Bethel High School, which is also located in Vallejo. Lul G states that, “we all met when we were young and we are still close to this day.” They began their stint with DaBoii’s “100 Bars,” and Slimmy B’s and Yhung T.O.’s “Bad Lil B*tch.” A few weeks later, Yhung T.O. and Slimmy B dropped “Cautious” which is one of Slimmy B’s favorite songs.

After “Cautious,” DaBoii dropped his favorite song “Can’t Tame Us” followed by “Game Over,” “401 Degreez,” and the –2 million view– hit single “Different.” “Different,” “Anti,” and “Lane Changing” are clearly fan favorites and SOB X RBE is known across the nation, from as west as Vallejo, to as east as Detroit with Tee Grizzley’s area. However, SOB X RBE’s new self-titled mixtape has caught fans by surprise with it’s outstanding production and wide variety and different taste of songs.

SOB X RBE went on tour with Sage The Gemini and hit up the following cities:

Slimmy B stated San Luis Obispo (SLO) was the best show, while Yhung T.O. and Lul G both agreed that Sacramento (SAC) and San Luis Obispo (SLO) were best shows. However, Santa Cruz was live! The DJ for SOB X RBE, my childhood homie Xslapz, started the night with his own quick five minute set. Xslapz had the crowd going mainey, as SOB X RBE came out to “Calvin Cambridge,” followed by Yhung T.O.’s recent single “On My Momma (produced by Remedy).” Fans traveling from all over California went crazy the rest of the night, watching SOB X RBE perform “No Love” and “Lane Changing.” During the quick second break, they brought out Lil Sheik for their song “Ballin’” (stay tuned for Lil Sheik’s mixtape coming soon)! The group ended their performance with hit songs “Anti” and “Different.” Sage The Gemini came later and had a stellar performance.

I went to this concert with a goal to interview one artist for my Intro to Radio class, and for my first interview I am blessed and fortunate to interview artists from my hometown of Vallejo especially the talented SOB X RBE. I remember when I first heard SOB X RBE, my little cousin always played their songs whenever we went to go eat (lol). From there I checked out SOB X RBE when they hosted their “All Stars” event on December 9, 2016, and since then, I had tried to book an interview but they were grindin’ in the studio. It’s truly mind blowing to see SOB X RBE blow up like that, especially being “in a rare position” of representing and making it out of Vallejo. Wish nothing but the best for my friends SOB X RBE.

-riz aka djrsd of 88.1FM KZSC Santa Cruz

JAZZ CHARTS NOVEMBER

Hello all you jazzy listeners and KZSC supporters!

Here are the Jazz Charts for this week! Make sure you check out or jazz programming including shows like Clam Chops on Tuesdays at 12pm and Jazz Kitty on Saturdays at 12pm.

Peace and Jazz y’all.

Album Artist Year Label
True North Leslie Pintchik

2016

Pintch Hard Records
Otis Was a Polar Bear Allison Miller

2016

The Royal Potato Family
Astral Progressions Josef Leimberg

2016

World Galaxy / Alpha Pup Records
Day Breaks Norah Jones

2016

Blue Note Records
You & I (Deluxe Edition) Ala.ni

2016

No Format!
Shelter from the storm Barb Jungr

2016

linn rocords
Carolina Carol Saboya

2016

AAM Music
Harlem On My Mind Catherine Russell

2016

Jazz Village
Language of the Heart D’erania

2016

Everlove Music
Soul Eyes Kandace Springs

2016

Capitol Records, LLC

Listen to Morganic’s EVERY SHADE OF BLUE, MONDAYS 8:30 pm – 10 pm!

Rest in Power to Mose Allison & Sharon Jones.

KZSC Show Reviews: Nicole Dollanganger, Teen Suicide, Elvis Depressedly

If you have the opportunity to see Nicole Dollanganger, Teen Suicide (or whatever name they change to), Elvis Depressedly, or Aeon Fux, go spend that money. They’re gems, all of them.

Many thanks to the good folks at the Vera Project for showing me live music isn’t a huge chore. Festivals are a whole different story, but this will be the year I go out to see some more shows more often.