A note from the interviewer, John The Reptilian: As a teenager in the 1980s Jason Becker was one of the most promising up & coming players & one of the most talented guitarists of all time. In 1988 he recorded his groundbreaking solo album Perpetual Burn. Prior to that he had recorded albums with Marty Friedman under the name Cacophony. He landed the role of lead guitar in the David Lee Roth band & recorded the album A Little Ain't Enough.
On February 9th, 2020 DJ Velvet Einstein interviewed the duo CUP, composed of Nels Cline and Yuka Honda. Check out the conversation they had below.
On February 6, 2020, Sonia Mistry and Chris Michel of Film Close-Ups sat down with
actress and filmmaker Isabella Rossellini to talk about her new “theatricalized lecture”
project “Link Link Circus,” her interest in animal psychology, and more.
With hundred of albums circulating through the station every week, the ones that stay get reviewed by volunteers before they make their way onto the airwaves. 2019 brought us an incredible wave of new music, along with reissues that remind us that some records are not to be overlooked. KALX volunteers Chandler Le Francis and Keesan Nam discuss 3 albums they enoyed from the past year in detail below:
Laurie Spiegel - Unseen Worlds (Scarlet Records)
Genre: Electronic Avant-Garde
Written by Chandler Le Francis
A note from the directors:
Live music has always gifted a unique experience to every individual in its presence. As someone who frantically searches for the right answer to the question what’s the best concert you’ve ever been to and ends up listing a dozen different shows for a dozen different reasons, it has only become more apparent that it is not only impossible, but unfair, to try and find a “right” answer when the artists, the instruments, the venue, the genre, the crowd and more all take part in the ritual of attending a show.
The tiny dancefloor of the Rickshaw Stop was exploding with energy on November 21st as the four 20-year old British punks known as Black Midi rocked out onstage in promotion of their debut album Schlagenheim (a personal favorite of the year), released on Rough Trade on June 21st, 2019.
Written by Samy Long
By Elliot Gross
Edited by Tessa Rissacher
Singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Steve Lacy stopped by San Francisco for his Apollo XXI tour on October 25th to perform for a sold-out crowd. The 21-year-old member of The Internet has turned heads recently with an onslaught of top-tier production credits including songs by Solange, Vampire Weekend, and Kendrick Lamar.
Caamp is comprised of three friends from Athens, Ohio. They describe themselves as a “folk trio... making beautiful noise.” This summary perfectly surmises the group and the infectious joy they brought to the Fillmore in San Francisco on October 21st.
Written and photographed by Makaila Heifner
On October 28th, Jordan Rakei shook August Hall with his electronic symphony.
Written by Elle Henriksen