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The Orwells Interview 12.11.17

Imagine being 16 again. The year is 2013 and Snowden has recently leaked documents about U.S. mass-surveillance programs. You and your friends decide last-minute to drive to Eagle Rock, catch a couple bands, and be delinquents. As you step into the former church, a haze of smoke fills the air while Jeff the Brotherhood blares over speakers. Suddenly, the music cuts out and The Orwells step onstage. Chords permeate through the repurposed church as the mostly underage crowd moshes in rhythm to “Who Needs You”. At the end of the show, the frontman, Mario Cuomo, climbs onto the rafters above the crowd and dives headfirst into a sea of teenagers.

This was my first time seeing The Orwells live.

The Orwells are a rock band composed of five members who graduated high school early to pursue their love of music. The band started out with a destructive stage presence, at times getting into altercations with venue security and staff. When I had the chance to catch them live at The Troubadour in ’14, Mario was arguing with security for stopping teenagers from moshing during their set. This was what really drew me towards the band. The Orwells stood for rebellion, and they didn’t just go against the grain, they ripped through it. With powerful lyrics such as:

You better pledge allegiance; you’re not the only one. Listen up forefathers; I’m not your son. You better save the country, you better pass the flask, you better join the army, I said no thank you dear old Uncle Sam.

While the band has calmed down in some ways, they still put on an amazing show no matter where they go. From their run with The Arctic Monkeys in 2014, Weezer in early 2017, and The Pixies in late 2017, they’ve proven time and time again that they can get a crowd on its feet. The evolution of the band with their most recent album, Terrible Human Beings, is just further reassurance that The Orwells aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

I’m also ecstatic to announce that I had the opportunity to catch them live right here in Santa Cruz. Make sure to check out the incredible interview that I had with Mario, guitarist Matt O’Keefe, and (with some cameo insights) drummer Henry Brinner. With HOT topics like: the music industry, Steve Jobs, and Atlanta twerk videos. Huge thank you to Bryan Nelson for setting this up as well. -Chuck Bass

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P.S. They have a killer Stooges cover of “I Wanna Be Your Dog”

Ace of Cups today

Interview: Denise Kaufman from the Ace of Cups

The Ace of Cups, one of the first all-women rock bands emerging in the mid-sixties , were at the center of the San Francisco music scene and the summer of love in 1967.

Fifty years later, the group has come together to record a proper studio album of old and new songs. Listen here to Carol’s exclusive interview on the Test of Time with Ace of Cups’ guitarist & bassist Denise Kaufman.

Kaufman talks about the band’s past, present, and future. Their upcoming triple album on High Moon Records offers a vast array of songs with the help of many Bay Area musicians and friends. You’ll hear Kaufman share clips from the upcoming album and tell the stories behind them. It’s been a long time coming, but is well worth the wait.


Ace of Cups today; From L-R Diane Vitalich, Denise Kaufman, Mary Ellen Simpson, Mary Gannon

Larry Coryell, photo by Jose Nieto

Aug 26 (1 pm): Larry Coryell interview

Larry Coryell, photo by Jose Nieto

Photo by Jose Nieto (CC by 2.0)

Virtuoso guitarist Larry Coryell is known for standing at the forefront of the jazz fusion movement. He joined the jazz scene in New York City in the mid ’60s, recording with Chico Hamilton. But before the decade was out, he had also released a memorable psychedelic rock album with The Free Spirits.

Tune in to KZSC’s Test of Time this Friday at 1 PM for Carol’s in-depth discussion with this fusion guitar pioneer, covering several highlights of his storied musical career. His upcoming release, Seven Secrets, has Larry regrouping with members of The Eleventh House—once again exhibiting their collective power of collaboration and creation.

 

 

Willie K. At Moe’s Alley This Sunday, Nov. 8th 2015

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Multi instrumentalist, Multi talented Willie K. is blasting into Moe’s Alley Sunday November 8th for 2 blistering sets of blues, a smattering of jazz and perhaps a traditional tune from this virtuoso Hawaiian entertainer. Listen to Wiki Wiki Wednesday on Nov 4 for an interview!

Willie K, from a large musical family, has taken in diverse influences all his life.  As is said in the Islands, he “can play Any Kine,” and he can “sing, small kine,” ~ Willie K., singing ’bout that life; we know this and that he does it wonderfully in his own masterful Willie K. way.

Help welcome this traveling blues man, musician, singer & guitar slinger.  Enjoy yourself as you “het Up” Moe’s Alley on a cool November Sunday evening. The Moe’s Alley door opens at 7:30, the rocking and blues shouting will commence at 8:00 pm. Willie K. comes to us from the middle of Maui, the Valley Isle, which is No Ka ‘Oi, the Best. That’s the way to play …on a Sunday.  For that lil bit of halo, lil bit of horns, get ma’k, get set, GO – Lace your your dancing shoes & let us see ya move your feet!

 

Rock Charts – Mid September

Did you know that the score to Love & Mercy was inspired by The Beatles’ Revolution 9? Well now you do! Revolution 9 was released almost 47 years ago, but the new Shannon & The Clams album, Gone by the Dawn, was released just this last week! Check out the killer track “Corvette” from their new album below. While you’re at it, listen to Widowspeak’s “Dead Love (So Still)” off of their album, All Yours. 

Top 10:

  1. BEACH HOUSE – Depression Cherry
  2. PANDA BEAR  – Crosswords
  3. TIJUANA PANTHERS – Poster
  4. WIDOWSPEAK – All Yours
  5. YO LA TENGO – Stuff Like That There
  6. DESTROYER – Poison Season
  7. FIDLAR – Too
  8. DERADOORIAN – The Expanding Flower Planet
  9. LOU BARLOW – Brace The Wave
  10. HINDS – Very Best Of Hinds So Far

Top 5 Adds:

  1. SHANNON & THE CLAMS – Gone by the Dawn
  2. MILD HIGH CLUB – Timeline
  3. YUNG – These Thoughts Are Like Mandatory Chores
  4. DOGS ON ACID – Dogs On Acid
  5. BAIO – The Names

Rock Charts – 2nd Week of July

We’re already a month into KZSC’s summer program schedule, which means numerous new records have graced your ears as you ride off into the summer sunset with The Great 88! This is what has been spinning off of our new releases shelf:

  1. Bully – Feels Like
  2. Walter TV – Blessed
  3. Jaill – Brain Cream
  4. Froth – Bleak
  5. Damaged Bug – Cold Hot Plumbs
  6. J. Fernandez – Many Levels of Laughter
  7. Girlpool – Before The World Was Big
  8. Alabama Shakes – Sound and Color
  9. Leon Bridges – Coming Home
  10. Jack + Eliza – Gentle Warnings

Top 5 Adds:

  1. EZTV – Calling Out
  2. The Velvet Teen – All is Illusory
  3. The Bird and the Bee – Recreational Love
  4. Creeping Pink – Mirror Woods
  5. Yonatan Gat – Director

Groove out to this song by Leon Bridges!