Submit to Anonymous Callers 2nd Edition

Back by popular demand and just in time for the cold, harsh, lonely winter months, KZSC’s 2nd edition of Anonymous Caller is now accepting submissions. The theme for this issue is graffiti-you’ve-spotted-around-that-looks-cool. That means photos of bathroom graffiti, wall graffiti, sweet doodles and tags. Tags your grandma throws up, really bad tags, really good tags…you get the idea. Of course all other musical content will be warmly welcomed. Want to print an interview with your neighbor’s sad dad-rock band? Send it in! Wanna tell the world what you really think about Tame Impala? Jot it down! Have a muffin recipe to share (that may or may not include impalas)? You know what to do. Send your submissions to: zine@kzsc.org. The deadline to submit is Friday, January 18th.

 

Best Album Artwork of 2012

We’ve all been told not to judge a book by its cover, but what about albums? Imagine walking in to your local record store, pumped to flip through bins and let your eyes scan over the endless possibilities for a new find. How many times has an album jumped out at you, not because of the name of the band, but because of the image plastered on its cover? Covers communicate an album’s first impression upon its viewers, hoping that by catching your eye it will tempt your ears into listening to the artist’s work. This year, there has been a flood of great music entering our station at KZSC, and I can’t help but get excited when I see the freshly printed covers. It was hard to pick a few favorites, and I’d love to hear from you about the albums you find to be the prettiest albums of 2012. Comment away, this list is hardly exhaustive!

Django Django, Self-Titled album Released January 30, 2012

Visions by Grimes, released January 31, 2012

Ugly by Screaming Females, Released April 3, 2012

Blunderbluss by Jack White, released April 23, 2012

Grief Pedigree by KA, Released April 24, 2012

Father John Misty by Fear Fun, Released April 30, 2012

In Our Heads by Hot Chip, released June 11, 2012

Russian Roulette by Alchemist, released July 17, 2012

Slaughterhouse by Ty Segall Band, released June 26, 2012

YOKOKIMTHURSTON by Yoko Ono, Kim Gordon, & Thurston Moore. Released September 25, 2012

III by Crystal Castles, released November 7, 2012

Bastards by Bjork, released November 19, 2012

Ship of Fools

Ship of Fools may make you think of a Grateful Dead song or a song from The Doors, but the history behind this 3-word phrase is really quite amazing. It first appears in 1494 as a book, Das Narrenschiff, written by Sebastian Brant. Around the same time period painter Hieronymus Bosch depicted the concept on canvas (this image). Other books using the title came up in 1962, 2002 and 2009.  A movie based on the 1962 book came out in 1965.  The infamous Ted Kaczynski (aka The Unabomber) wrote a play called Ship of Fools. Within our music archives at KZSC we have a number of the artists who have used Ship of Fools as a song title, each with unique lyrics including versions done by John Cale, World Party & Erasure. The only covers I’ve found so far are both Elvis Costello and The Persuasions doing renditions the Dead’s Ship of Fools. If you are curious about who else has used this storied phrase, get into your little dinghy & start your outboard search engines…but be careful sailor, the web is a big ocean where many have lost their way.