September 2nd, 1838, Birthday of Lili’uokalani


On Wiki Wiki Wednesday, a musical tribute to the music and songs of Hawai’i and the Pacific Islands, we celebrate the birth of Queen Lili’uokalani.  She was born September 2nd, 1838 and reigned as Queen in her own right, in the Kingdom of Hawai’i, in the middle of the sea.  Lili’uokalani ascended to the throne January 29th, 1891, after the death of her brother, King David Kalakaua, known as the Merrie Monarch, for his revival of the hula, surfing and other Hawaiian arts.  The royal brothers and sisters were known as the “Royal Fours” for their musical talents.  Queen Lili’uokalani was an accomplished author, composer and musician.

She authored “Hawai’i’s Story By Hawai’i’s Queen”

After the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom, The Queen was imprisoned in her own ‘Iolani Palace. While under house arrest, she took solace in composing and transcribing music, including the Hawaiian creation epic, the Kumulipo.  She believed in peaceful resistance and wanted to avoid bloodshed.  These events still ring through the islands today.  Following the Queen’s release, the Hawaiian Republic gave her a full pardon and restored her civil rights. She lived at her palatial residence in Honolulu until her death in 1917.

She composed “Aloha ‘Oe,” or “Farewell to Thee,” a popular lover’s goodbye, which later became imbued with mourning for the loss of her country.  The huge events of the political realm reverberate today throughout the Hawaiian islands and within the Hawaiian nation in diaspora.  We keep the Queen and Hawaiian Kingdom in heart, in part through the music.

La Luz

Rock Charts Mid-August

Hey you! Check out some cool new tracks below and never stop listenin’ to The Great 88.1FM for your source of rad music, old & new.

Top 10:

  1. Mac DeMarco – Another One
  2. La Luz – Weirdo Shrine
  3. Tame Impala – Currents
  4. Ducktails – St. Catherine
  5. Wilco – Star Wars
  6. Seapony – A Vision
  7. Novella – Land
  8. Slim Twig – Thank You For Stickin’ With Twig
  9. Numb Bats – Bees And Trees
  10. Leon Bridges – Coming Home


  1. Land Lines – The Natural World
  2. Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss
  3. Deradoorian – The Expanding Flower Planet
  4. Wild Ones – Heatwave
  5. Cold Beat – Into the Air

Rock Charts – First Week of August!

August is my favorite month. The weather is always brilliant, and, we just added a bunch of great new albums to our new releases shelf in the KZSC on-air studio. One of those albums is Another One by Mac DeMarco; in the last track, he gives you his address and invites you to come over for coffee! Check out another track from the album below.

Top 10:

  1. Tame Impala – Currents
  2. Leon Bridges – Coming Home
  3. Ducktails – St. Catherine
  4. Jaill – Brain Cream
  5. Damaged Bug – Cold Hot Plumbs
  6. Yonatan Gat – Director
  7. Jack + Eliza – Gentle Warnings
  8. Walter TV – Blessed
  9. Froth – Bleak
  10. Bully – Feels Like


  1. Mac DeMarco – Another One
  2. La Luz – Weirdo Shrine
  3. Wilco – Star Wars
  4. Zachary Cale – Duskland
  5. Seapony – A Vision


Mele’uhane Wednesday July 29th


Keikilani and Leokani Lindsey come to California – and Santa Cruz – next “Wiki Wiki” Wednesday.  Keikilani is the father and Leokani the son in this family duo from Kona, on Hawai’i Island, also known as The Big Island.     The family is big on talent, as papa Keikilani distills 5 generations of Hawaiian storytelling, paniolo cowboy action, music and hula into his singing and songwriting. Eldest son Leokani “Leo” has come up from the percussion and rhythm of his youth and has taken to guitar in a Big Island way.

Join us on Wiki Wiki Wednesday July 29th as we host Mele’uhane live in studio during the program, which runs & rollicks from 6:00 – 9:00 am.

The gentlemen of Mele’uhane perform at Pono that evening, 6:30 inside the Reef Bar building at 120 Union Street in downtown Santa Cruz.

You can hear the music from their new album, the cd entitled, “The Garden” honoring the island of Kaua’i, the land, the people and the music.

Join KZSC Wednesday morning, July 29th to hear the boys live  & see you at Pono that night!

My Experience at Lightning in a Bottle 2015

This past Memorial Day weekend, DoLaB’s Lightning in a Bottle captivated its largest audience to date. More than 20 thousand people came to the town of Bradley, CA to attend this magical gathering. This was my first year attending LiB and it was surely an unforgettable experience.



I checked in early Friday morning and set up camp on the outskirts of the festival. What seemed like a far off location, was only a 5-10 minute walk into the actual festival grounds. As I roamed around, I was pleasantly surprised by the many amenities the festival had to offer. There were three stages, Lighting, Woogie, and newly added Thunder. Each stage had its own unique design, which provided the perfect setting for the amazing acts that LiB had lined up for us. Lighting stage was lit up each night with super star performances by Flume, the euphoric sounds of electronic duo Odezsa, and of course, the lovely AlunaGeorge. The Woogie stage, also probably my favorite stage, had artists play in a wonky treehouse, where there were lots of colorful canopies to cool off and groove to some good ol’ house music from  Thomas Jack, Shiba San, and old school legend John Digweed. The Thunder stage rumbled all day and night with bass centric music from the likes of Santa Cruz’s own G Jones, while also bumpin’ to some r&b inspired UK goodness by Snakehips and Stwo.

Aside from the amazing music, what was different about this festival is that it was a fully immersive environment that provided interactive things all around you. The Temple of Consciousness offered a variety of activities that festival goers could check out when taking a break from getting down to the music, or in my case, trying to beat the heat. There were tea ceremonies, live art, yoga, dancing, and even a cooking workshop that taught you how to make healthy food to nourish the mind, body, and soul. One thing that I have to note about this festival is the food selection – there were so many healthy meals to choose from! You could find a lot of vegan and veggie centric dishes, but could also satisfy your junk food cravings. Who knew vegan corndogs could taste just as good as the real deal??

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There was never a dull moment at LiB, and I wish I could have experienced everything the festival had to offer. I really enjoyed and appreciated the panel of speakers they had at the Temple of Consciousness. I got to catch a speech by one of LiB’s cofounder Dream Rockwell, where she shared her life endeavors with us – how she got here, to make this all of this happen. Her journey inspired me to pursue my own dreams, and to just go for it.

Overall, this has become my favorite festival that I’ve ever attended. The lineup was amazing, the people were wonderful, and there was just so much to see and experience. LiB is said to be considered as a “transformative” festival, which means that you go into the festival and take something from it. What I took from it is that it really inspired me to pursue my career path, which involves having music in my life at all times. I left the festival with a positive look on life, feeling lucky to have shared this incredible experience with my amazing friends, new and old.

Until next year, LiB!

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To catch a glimpse of LiB magic, make sure to check out Woogie Weekend, July 17 – 19 @ Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, CA!



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.