“It’s pretty cool there’s a designated day promoting people to be overly loving toward a special someone. I mean, ideally, people would act like that every day but that’s difficult; we can only spend so much time in our daily lives trying to make others happy.
Most people aren’t that optimistic anyway, especially on Valentine’s Day. There’s a good amount of people right now feeling glum from all the love around them while they’re destined to spend the day by themselves. That’s just not right, Valentine’s Day should be catered to all dammit! Everyone should have the opportunity to receive kindness today, whether they’re in a relationship or not.
That’s why I decided to make a playlist with something for everyone. From the synth-pop tenderness of New Order to CupcakKe’s hyper-sexual rap game and the Japanese alt-rock loneliness of RADWIMPS, this Valentine’s Day everyone’s gonna feel validated.”
-Dustin Lennin Choto AKA “DJ Maladroit”
New Media Director
KZSC Presents: “Somebody’s Valentine”
Running Time: 1hr 58min
Special Thanks to the following DJs (for recommending songs for the playlist): Firey Nairi, Mu, and DJPK.
Hello Jazzy and Bluesy Folks
We hope you’ve been listening to all the wonderful jazz and blues programming we’ve had so far this program schedule. In case you missed any, below is a list of the shows on the schedule offering the best of jazz and blues.
- Every Shade of Blue with Morganic on Mondays from 8:30-10pm
- Two Steps from the Blues on Tuesdays with Charlie from 6-9am
- Clam Chops on Tuesdays with Rocko from 12-2pm
- Beats, Rhymes, & Life on Tuesdays with the Tone from 11pm-1am
- Jazzmatazz on Wednesdays with Arya from 1pm-3pm
- Out Front, Outback on Saturdays with Larry Blood from 10am-12pm
- Jazz Kitty on Saturdays with BlueJay from 12-2pm
Recently Arya Poorsoltan and Eric Partika attended BadBadNotGood at the Catalyst. Below is a report of the show written by Arya:
Mosh. Mosh. Mosh. That is what went down during the BADBADNOTGOOD concert at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz last week. This was the band’s first show in a while and their first time in Santa Cruz, so we made sure to give them a warm welcoming. They played many songs off of their latest album, IV, which was released last year and has showcased their musical talent. They played hits such as, Speaking Gently, Confessions part II, and Cashmere. Their ability to keep jazz alive while incorporating elements of hip-hop, rock, and soul is something that I really appreciate.
My friends and I were quite surprised at the intensity of the mosh pits and the mere existence of them, since this was a jazz show. We thought we would be grooving to the music and just having chill vibes. However, the mosh pits were so intense that I almost fainted, if it wasn’t for my friend who came in clutch with a water bottle. The band’s energy filled throughout the venue that encompassed their youth and enthusiasm.
After the show, Eric, me, and some friends went backstage to chill the band and eat pizza with them. Our conversations felt like any other ones that I have had before, as we talked about daily activities such as Netflix and their lives in Canada. If they weren’t famous musicians, I would think that they were UCSC students.
Anyways, if you want to know more about their musical talents, collaborations, and their lives, check out the interview conducted by Eric and I (Arya).
Now for what you all have been waiting for…..Arya Poorsoltan and Eric Partika, two of our very own DJs, got an interview with the members of BadBadNotGood. To listen follow this link
Keep on listenin’
Alexandra Starlight and Zachary James of Alexandra & the Starlight Band stopped by the station to do an interview with our own DJ Soul Patch during his program Not-so-distant Relatives which airs every Thursday from 2pm-4pm. Listen for Alexandra’s rocking acoustic jam! Although the KZSC talk department is fairly new on the scene, KZSC has a long tradition of getting awesome artists, writers, musicians and other talented people on the air. We want to keep that tradition alive by getting more exposure for some of these great interviews you may have missed, and some that are coming up in the near future! Stay tuned to KZSC and kzsc.org
A Conversation with B. Ruby Rich on New Queer Cinema:
Two decades ago, B. Ruby Rich coined the term “New Queer Cinema” in a Sight & Sound essay to describe the movement of emerging independent queer films at film festivals. This March, Rich released a new book entitled “New Queer Cinema: The Director’s Cut,” which chronicles queer films of the last twenty-one years. The work doesn’t shy away from criticisms yet invokes scholarly and contextualizing discussions on post-1980s LGBTQ cinema. It is Rich’s second book, following Chick Flicks: Theories and Memories of the Feminist Film Movement.
Rich has had an extensive career around the film industry, writing for the Village Voice, The New York Times, The Chicago Reader and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. She frequents film festivals including Sundance and Toronto, and still manages to find time to teach at UC Santa Cruz, including my Eyecandy Film Journal seminar. After working with Professor Rich for a quarter, I realized she is a walking encyclopedia of all things film; dropping the names of people that she has worked with or met along the way (“John Waters isn’t as weird as you may think”) and recommending the most underground film for whatever topic a student is working with. Even with the iconic nature of her name attached to her person, Professor Rich may be one of the most approachable professors at UCSC. I had the opportunity to speak with Professor Rich on her new book, as well as oppurtunities within the film industry and the changing structures of delivering film criticism. In this interview she also discusses her upcoming endeavors, and explains the draw to the Social Documentation program at UCSC.
The interview is available online through Soundcloud. Listen below by clicking the red play button.
“New Queer Cinema: The Director’s Cut” was released in March 2013 and is available through Duke University Press.
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