Friday, April 29, 2011

Zine of the Week (29 April 2011): Floating

This week's zine is another stellar production of Brass Tacks Press. The zine floating was published posthumously in two installments. It's full of more art that will blow your mind or, if anything, inspire you to create your own art zine (hopes and dreams...). The zine is about heads, well it's about, heads floating away due to a drug-induced phenomenon.
Full of surreal sketches and flying chickens (see above), this is another zine that you must check out. Furthermore, this zine is full of great sketches and small barbs aimed at Los Angeles.
Get Floating: Here.

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The Best Friends on The Rising Tide tonight!

Hey all,

It's been an exhausting last couple of weeks, but nothing's going to slow down The Rising Tide! As you may have noticed from our sidebar, we've got a slew of wonderful performances to look forward to in the month of May! Interviews with Pangolin, The Ian Fays, The Beggar and The Coal, and more, so keep an eye out on the blog for more information about our upcoming guests.

Speaking of which, it's my pleasure to introduce you to this week's guests on The Rising Tide, a band by the name of The Best Friends.

A 5-piece consisting of UCSC students who all met in the Stevenson dorms in their freshmen year, The Best Friends bring together the best of roots rock, r&b and funk in a way that echoes artists such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and George Clinton. The group's cooperative ethic is best seen in a live setting, where the band members share the front stage by taking turns at the microphone. It is here that the group really thrives, whether it be powering through their own original material or laying down an authentic cover song or two, for The Best Friends are the closest thing Santa Cruz has to a legit party-all-night band.

The group is coming onto The Rising Tide tonight to talk about their upcoming shows (including their May 11th show at the Crepe Place with Good People and The Jolly Llamas), possible future recordings, and whatever else 2011 has in store for the group.

This and more on The Rising Tide tonight at 7pm sharp! Listen live at 88.1fm or

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Ian Fays are Coming to Santa Cruz!

Happy Hump Day Beautiful People!

This Friday at The Crepe Place, the lovely band The Ian Fays will be performing! Not only should you check out the show, but I will be interviewing them at the venue, which you can hear on next weeks show!

The Ian Fays is a band that consists of three sisters from San Francisco, with a Folk Rock/Indie style. Please come watch the show and/or listen to the interview on Friday May 6th at our new time 7PM on The Rising Tide!

Have a safe weekend :].

Friday, April 22, 2011

Electroswing: Roaring 20s Remixed

    I first heard of the "electroswing" genre on this past New Years Eve.  Dressed in my best 20s flapper attire, I drove to a club in downtown Los Angeles ready to get my groove on at mobster style, prohibition era party.  The event flyer advertised a night of "electronic jazz and prohibiton remixes" – I was beyond curious to hear what this music genre would sound like.  As I made my way into the club, my ears were greeted with the glorious sounds of swing music combined with a heavy, dancy beat.  This was it – the whole party was worth these few bars of music.  Electroswing music instantly became my new best friend.

    Since that fateful NYE night I have been on a wild goose chase in search of electroswing DJs.  After spending an hour on Google I came across the website of Austrian DJ Parov Stelar, whom, according to the Prague Post, is the originator of the electroswing genre.  His song Booty Swing off of the album The Paris Swing Box EP (2010) is my favorite electroswing song and soon to be yours too.

    With love and music,
    DJ Jules
    Rising Tide collective member 
    and founder/DJ of KZSC's Girls With Guitars

    Ps. What do YOU think?  I would love to read your comments below!

    Zine of the Week (22 April 2011): The Children's Guide to Astral Projection

    One Week Haitus, and you thought I was at Coachella fest. Well, ha, I was actually locked away all by my lonesome with enough new zines to become a prime candidate for the show Hoarders. To quickly mention Coachella fest one more time, if you were there I don't want to hear about it anymore, but I might read about it, if you'd unstick your faces from the internet and make a zine about it.
    Now, this week's zine is The Children's Guide to Astral Projection available through brass tacks press, an awesome art zine that you can view free on-line, though you could buy it (and your local zinester- blah blah blah).

    A selection of the art zine seen above gives you an idea of how awesome the artwork is. This zine  was made by J.A. Homes whose art is scatterbrained and wonderful. This zine is huge, it's art-insane and it's awe inspiring as well as the best Children's Guide to Astral Projection that I have ever read.

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    The Rat Trap on The Rising Tide tonight!

    Hey all,

    As you all know, our show has moved to 7pm on friday nights! You can tell your friends about our move by showing them our fly new poster!

    As such, we have a very excellent show for all of you tonight!

    Our guest for tonight's Rising Tide are a local Santa Cruz band by the name of The Rat Trap.

    This five-piece features a number of young Santa Cruz musicians whose work demonstrates a knack of song-writing far beyond their years. The Rat Trap's music draws upon the familiar northwestern indie rock sounds of Modest Mouse and The Shins, but with a decidedly folk-rock turn that also recalls Bill Callahan and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy at times.

    The group's first album (the cover art can be seen above) The Western Boundary was released just last month, but that doesn't mean that the band is resting on their laurels. In fact, they'll be coming on our show tonight to talk about their forthcoming show with Dominique Leone at the Abbey this Saturday, April 23rd, as well as what the rest of 2011 holds for this promising young group!

    This and much more on The Rising Tide tonight starting at 7pm! You can tune in to KZSC at 88.1fm or listen live at!

    Friday, April 15, 2011

    The Love Dimension on Tonight's Show!

    Hello Beautiful People!

    Today is an exciting show with our NEW TIME on air, which is 7-8:30 PM on KZSC Santa Cruz 88.1 FM. You can also listen online at :].

    We will be welcoming The Love Dimension to the show! The Love Dimension is a San Francisco indie band with an awesome Garage/Punk/Psychedelic sound to them. They are traveling over the hill to play live for all of you listeners and fans, so please tune in tonight to hear them! You should also check out their upcoming show on April 20th at the Stork Club in Oakland, CA if you can.

    There will only be two of us from the collective on-air tonight because of many festivities happening throughout California this weekend - one being Coachella. If you were lucky enough to get tickets on time, have fun and be safe!

    Enjoy your weekends and do not forget to tune in tonight for more FUN!

    Tuesday, April 12, 2011

    Zine of the Week (8 April 2011): Hot Topik

    Looking for something to stare at as an alternative to skool and the monotony of life. Don't worry I have you covered on this one. Well, Matt Furie and Sam Gaskin have got you covered with an art zine full of t-shirt designs for "goth-rockers' who hang out around the mall.
    Unfortunately, to all you zinesters and zine lovers, out there this zine costs money. On the bright side it's printed with soy based inks on 100% recycled paper meaning you'll have to shell out up to $5 depending on where you buy the zine. This zine is great to flip through and a lot of fun for ideas, if you and your friends ever get bored. Use it as a coffee table zine for your hip friends and their ironic mustaches, or buy it, burn it, cherish it, you can even stash it in the bathroom for guests with time on their hands.

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    Friday, April 8, 2011

    Magic Trick (Tim Cohen), Corpus Callosum, Man Go and more on tonight's Rising Tide!

    Hey all,

    Things are changing on The Rising Tide, that's for sure. Starting next week, we'll be on air from 7pm to 8:30 on friday nights.

    Although we'll be programming for a half hour less than we have been, you can be assured that we will be doing our best to promote up and coming local independant artists in the time that has been given to us. That being said, I must be frank in stating that there are a few very specific reasons for the timeslot change.

    In short, due to the actions taken by some previous guests on the show we are now standing on very thin ice as a program. I don't want to labor too much on this right now, as I'd rather talk about the program we are putting on tonight, but I feel like it's something I will address in full very soon.

    That being said, let's talk about our guests this evening on The Rising Tide. First off, we'll be hearing from Magic Trick, a group fronted by Tim Cohen of The Fresh & Only's.

    A prolific singer-songwriter hailing from San Francisco, Tim Cohen's Magic Trick is the genesis of his most recent solo output. Though not drastically stylistically different from The Fresh and Only's nor any of the other groups that litter the psychedelic garage rock scene from the city, such as Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees and The Mantles, Magic Trick's sound demonstrates the fullest extent of an artist's pursuit to fully commit himself to generate quality songs as often as humanly possible.

    Tune into the program tonight to hear a portion of the interview we recorded with Tim Cohen and the rest of Magic Trick at the Crepe Place this past monday, when they opened for Six Organs of Admittance in stellar fashion.

    Also on the program: Corpus Callosum from San Jose and local folk-pop musicians, Man Go.

    Tune in tonight at 8:30pm at 88.1fm or online at!