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Welcome to the all new! We've rewritten the site software and have a new design! We hope you like the new site and features; please leave feedback in our forums.

Since February 26, 2006, has been the premier home on the web for friends and fans of the world-wide phenomenon known as surf music! Created in Southern California in the early 1960's, surf music is very much alive today and has spread around the globe. Join us in our forums to discuss surf music, past and present. Meet new friends and discover new bands. Want to play surf music? We have lots of forums devoted to playing, performing, and writing surf music. We have lots of discussions on gear: guitars, amps, and drums. Check out our podcasts and hear some really great tunes! Finally, we feature news and articles on the surf scene, and you'll always know where you can catch some live surf music!

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Announcing the 2014 SurfGuitar101 T-Shirt!

Submitted by Brian on November 22, 2014.
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Now is your chance to own an official t-shirt designed by the legendary Fred Lammers! Multiple sizes are available in the following styles: men's, women's, and a men's long sleeve.

To reserve your shirt visit the SG101 Teespring page!

We are using Teespring to produce the shirt, and the shirts will only be produced if enough people reserve orders. Please see the Teespring FAQ for any questions if you've never used them before. The campaign will run until mid-December, and if successful, the design will be sent to the printers then. A short time later the shirts will ship to you.

If you have any questions, leave a comment or visit this forum thread.


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VOTE for The Revomatics - Milwaukee Music Awards

Submitted by Tikinaut on November 21, 2014.

The Revomatics have been nominated for Best Band and Album of the Year (Rev It Up!) in the 2014 Radio Milwaukee Music Awards. We are the sole SURF band among a myriad of nominees which include blues, alternative, hip hop and metal groups. To vote, please visit this link. Voting ends November 23. Make sure to tell your friends! Thanks for your support!


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Submitted by WaveSauce on November 11, 2014.

"WaveSauce has the best use of the Theremin ever seen! Best thing to
happen to surf music since Man or Astroman." - Audio Gasoline

WaveSauce proudly presents their debut album: "Stop Go!" To celebrate, the band is hosting a CD Release party Friday, December 5, 2014 at 7:00 PM at the Analog Theatre in SE Portland, Oregon. Catch two sets of music from WaveSauce featuring songs from the album, plus DJ Dirtynick will be busting out the vinyl. Great tunes, extra surprises, and lots of fun guaranteed. All ages are welcome, so bring the whole family. Admission is $5, or $10 for the CD and admission. Children 12 and under get in free. 

Wavesauce is a Portland based band entertaining audiences with their intriguing and dynamic interpretations of surf, spyfi, and Amercian pulp. Technically an instrumental band, WaveSauce employs the sounds of a Theremin to fill the role traditionally met by a lead vocalist. 

Their new album, "Stop Go!" offers a unique sound that is cornered by a driving rhythm section, locked to create a backdrop appropriate for classic cruisin'. This groove is synced with solid rhythm guitar, which capably bursts into the foreground with sonic leads throughout the varied tracks. Capped by the beautiful and haunting melodies of the Theremin, the result provides the listeners with the sensation of hopping on a board to catch a gentle wave, only to find themselves blasted into another cosmic dimension. When "Stop Go!" hits the turntable, hold on tightly to the mothership, and simply enjoy the ride. 

"Stop Go!" was recorded and mixed by Carlos Severe Marcelin at "House of Tomato Studios" and consists of original material and covers. Entering the recording process, the primary goal of the band was to capture the energy and spirit of their live performance. WaveSauce believes "Stop Go!" successfully achieves this goal. 

For further information about the band, release party tickets, and purchasing the CD, visit Analog Café & Theater is located at 720 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, Oregon, and online at


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New Aloha Screwdriver EP "One Too Many"

Submitted by Aloha_Screwdriver on November 06, 2014.

Just announced! Alameda, CA surf rock trio Aloha Screwdriver's 4-song 7" record is now available direct from the band and through Double Crown Records.

The record is pressed on purple vinyl, and like all our previous releases it was recorded live to tape and mixed to tape for an unmistakeable analog sound.

The songs are vinyl-exclusive, so don't hold your breath for an iTunes or Spotify version. A streaming version of the first song can be heard here.

Original artwork by Christine Benjamin.

Track listing:
1. The Calamari Kid
2. The Dead Line
3. It Fell From Earth
4. One Hearse Town

One Too Many record cover

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Announcing The Official SG101 Master Surf Guitar Instructor: Alex Anthony Faide

Submitted by IvanP on November 05, 2014.
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Alex Anthony Faide

Surf Guitar 101 is extremely happy and honored to announce that Alex Anthony Faide, the lead guitarist of the highly-acclaimed modern surf band Los Twang! Marvels, has been named the official SG101 Master Surf Guitar Instructor!  We encourage SG101 members looking to improve their playing to consider signing up for Skype lessons with Alex.  You will get full access to his prodigious talents and massive knowledge, and will receive instruction unique in its focus specifically on surf/instro music.  

Who is Alex Anthony Faide:  Alex is one of THEE most talented and celebrated guitarists in all of surf music and almost certainly needs no introduction in our community, but just in case, here’s his brief bio:  As a teenager and young adult Alex played in MANY bands in his native Buenos Aires, Argentina, but the defining period of his musical life came when he studied in - and eventually instructed for - Robert Fripp’s legendary and highly challenging Guitar Craft program from 1995 until 2000. Moving to Germany in 2000, he started Los Twang! Marvels in 2002, touring all over Europe and Latin America for the next decade, even appearing on Brazilian network TV. Los Twang! Marvels’ second album “Jungle of Twang” (2008) was voted by surf music fans #3 in the Top 101 Surf Revival (post-1980) albums, while “Sea of Glory,” the album’s opening track, was voted #2 in the Top 101 Surf Revival songs. Alex was also a professional session guitarist for much of his time in Germany, playing many different genres but specializing in rockabilly, rock’n’roll, country and ‘Americana’.  He moved back to Buenos Aires, Argentina earlier this year (which is two hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time zone).  Alex speaks fluent English.

A few words about the lessons directly from Alex:  “The emphasis will be on the mechanics of playing guitar with a pick rather than theory (which can be easily studied elsewhere on the internet). We will work on the student getting better through a body of exercises and quality practice concepts.  Some of these exercises may seem very simple on the surface, but are quite difficult at the proper intensity (determined by the student’s current abilities).  The possibilities are endless, and all skill levels are welcome. (My coaching can also lean towards learning repertoire rather than particular techniques.) There will be a focus throughout the study on generating good guitar tone, and I can also aid in the search for the right gear, effects, accessories and general surf-music paraphernalia, as well as sounds and bands, old and new.  The regular program of study would consist of (roughly) a lesson every two weeks, which should leave enough time for the student to practice and experiment using newly learned techniques. Particular requests and wishes are welcomed, naturally!”

How much:  $45 for an hour of coaching/instruction. Alex is offering the first half-hour session for free, during which the student’s capabilities and needs can be assessed, and an appropriate program of study calibrated. Payment would be made through Paypal to

Testimonials:  There have been three Surf Guitar 101 members who have taken Skype lessons with Alex and here is what they say about their experiences:

Noel Squitieri: "Alex Anthony Faide is a guitarist's guitarist. As a guitarist, he is thoughtful, powerful, sensitive, inventive, hard-working, musical, artistic, and dedicated. In a word, brilliant. As a guitar teacher, Alex is patient, diligent, kind, generous, enthusiastic, and encouraging. Alex has been my guitar teacher since March 2014. Despite some concerns, there really isn't a limitation to taking guitar lessons using Skype. I enthusiastically and without reservation recommend Alex to anyone looking to study guitar."

Jeremy DeHart (The Monterreys, ex-Aqualads): “I started taking lessons with Alex and he immediately corrected some fundamental issues with my guitar playing that has led to a better foundation for my tremolo picking and a more robust ability to produce a better tone. He is very concise and extremely knowledgeable about all areas of the guitar, and I can't recommend his instruction highly enough. He has fundamentally changed the way I approach the guitar and practicing, and it has vastly and quickly improved my capabilities as a guitarist.”

Ben Johnson (The Deadbeats, ex-The TomorrowMen): “I've only taken a few months' worth of lessons from Alex, but even just an introductory round with him has been hugely helpful and illuminating! Alex's self-admitted approach is to teach "how" to play rather than "what" to play, and so my focus with him has been more on technical exercises than songs, but everything I've learned has been deeply applicable to more musical pursuits - both in playing and writing.  If you want to get better at playing the guitar, and want to really get to know the instrument better than you do, talk to Alex. His help has already introduced me to an array of important details I might have otherwise missed or ignored - things ranging from how to milk the most tone out of both your hands (yes, both matter!), to developing a much more musical feel for the entire fretboard. After a few months of work, I can feel that my left hand is more limber, with my fingers more independent of each other, and my right hand is more steady with a more confident attack. And, just as important, my ears are more open! Not only is Alex an incredible technical talent to help your fingers, he's also an astute and inspired musician with a perceptive emphasis on the feel of what you're playing and hearing. It's a very holistic approach to the guitar, and he does it well enough that it even cuts through the technological limitations of Skype. It's helped me greatly as a player, listener, and writer. And he knows enough to school just about anyone on all fronts - you're bound to learn something, you can't lose!”

The future:  There are early plans to develop a packaged curriculum (in both text and video forms), a guitar study class aimed directly at the surf community, to be sponsored and hosted by SG101, and initially aimed at two areas: tremolo picking speed and scale dexterity enhancement. Stay tuned for further announcements.  

What to do next:  If you wish to take advantage of your first free lesson, contact Alex through email at, Facebook at or Skype at instrofreak. 

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Paul Johnson & Friends Debut Performance Oct. 26

Submitted by pjmoto on October 29, 2014.
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Friends and guitar music fans:

I am happy to tell you that I have a new band ‹ Paul Johnson & Friends ‹ and that this new band is about to make its DEBUT PERFORMANCE this coming weekend at the COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE in ALTADENA.

I have hand-picked some of the top players from within the surf-instro genre to work with me at this endeavor of love. Accompanying me on the CGB stage for our first public performance will be:

  • RON EGLIT (guitar and bass) ‹ bassist for Dick Dale for 20 years; then more recently, guitarist for the Surfaris (Wipe Out) for another decade.
  • MATT QUILTER (guitar and bass) ‹ veteran guitarist for the past twenty years with the innovative instro band the Reventlos.
  • DUFF PAULSON (drums) ‹ veteran drummer who played for many years with the classic traditional-style instro band the Torquays.

As Ron & Matt are both adept at playing both the guitar and the bass, the plan here is to have them trade off between the two instruments, thus lending greater variety to guitar sounds within the band. The group's repertoire will include all the usual surf and rock-instrumental classics, as well as my own catalog of original tunes. The goal for Paul Johnson & Friends is to move the genre forward with new ideas for the music, while remaining faithful to the original style that defines the surf-instrumental genre.

2029 LAKE STREET, ALTADENA (about 2 miles north of the 210 Fwy)

You should make reservations NOW ‹ shows here often sell out in advance; there are only 50 seats available in this intimate venue... but every seat is up close and personal and the sound is great too, making the CGB the IDEAL venue for what we do!

Tix: $18 - call 626/798-6236
More info at the CGB website.

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'Legends of Surf Music' concert to premiere in Vista Calif. on October 25

Submitted by Brian on October 24, 2014.
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'Legends of Surf Music' concert to premiere in Vista Calif. on October 25, 2014 at the Moonlight Amphitheatre.

Stars and Stripes Events, a concert production company located in Escondido, Calif., is promoting a surf rock concert with former members of eight of the best known famous surf rock bands of the sixties. The promoter will donate 10 percent of ticket sales directly to Wounded Warrior Homes also located in Vista Calif. The concert is at the Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista on October 25.

The concert line-up of performers will include former members of the Hondells, Castells, Marketts and the Routers; all performing for the first time in 50 years with several original members.

Also performing are former and original members of the Beach Boys, Surfaris, Jan & Dean, Chantays, Belairs and Dick Dale & the Del Tones.

These surf bands are attributed with such songs as "Surfin USA," "Wipeout," "Little Deuce Coupe," "Little Honda," "Surfer Joe," "Pipeline," "Out of Limits," "Misirlou," "Let's Go Trippin," "Little Old Lady From Pasadena," "Dead Mans' Curve," "Mr. Moto," and dozens more.

John Jerd, the President of Stars and Stripes Events, said, "This concert will make music history because the audience hasn't seen some of these groups in decades, and never all these famous band members in one concert."

The "Legends of Surf Music" concert will be held at the Moonlight Amphitheatre at 1200 Vale Terrace Drive Vista, CA 92084, on October 25, 2014.

Stars and Stripes Events, and Jerd & DiMaggio Productions of Escondido California, headed up by John Jerd, produce and promote concerts primarily for 501(c)3 non-profit organizations; especially where the non-profit serves our military heroes.

Complete information can be viewed at and tickets can be purchased at - or by calling the box office Monday through Friday 12 noon to 5 p.m. at 760-724-2110.


NEWS SOURCE: Stars and Stripes Events

Send2Press® is the originating wire service for this story.

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The Shockwave! - Contact From Space CD On Double Crown Records

Submitted by Double-Crown-Records on October 22, 2014.

The Shockwave! - Contact From Space CD (Double Crown)

It's the 2nd full-length CD by The Shockwave!, a Finland based 4-piece that has recorded an (inter)stellar set of instrumental rock n' roll tunes, with a couple of covers that will appeal to fans of pop music from the 80's (Cyndi Lauper & A-ha). Their debut was released by Gas/Goofin' Records, and won the band a legion of fans all over the globe. This release takes their sound even further, embracing modern and traditional surf, as well as the beloved Rautalanka sound of their home country. The cover artwork for this digipak was created by the incomparable Fred Lammers.

Pre-Order Now: Official Release Date is November 8th. CDs will begin shipping to Double Crown Music Club members right away.

Tracks: Golden Gambler - Gasping Runner - Contact! - After Stormy Weather - She Bop - Space Glider - Shock A Go Go - Penetration From Space - 5th Floor - Suon Kulkija - Flow Waves - Take On Me - Nightwalker

The Shockwave! - Contact From Space CD - DCCD58 - $12.75 Pre-Order From Double Crown Records

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Urban Surf Kings - Penguin or Robot?

Submitted by revhank on October 14, 2014.

Reverb Ranch presents the latest release from Canada's Urban Surf Kings. Penguin or Robot? is a 4 song 45rpm slab of wax with an additional 4 songs available as digital downloads. That's 8 surfy songs in total. Recorded by Brad Conrad, and mastered by J. LaPointe, the 7 inch is the band's 12th release, and is available at fine record stores everywhere.

Track Listing

Side 1

  1. Penguin or Robot
  2. Agent 6K6

Side 2

  1. Quick Draw Norman
  2. Last Chance for Clams


  1. Surf Monkey
  2. Snow Day
  3. Trans Ural Express
  4. Quick Draw Norman (unabridged)

Order here:

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Announcing the 2014 SG101 MP3 Compilation!

Submitted by Brian on October 12, 2014.
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I am pleased to announce the SurfGuitar101 2014 MP3 Compilation! Our 10th one! Just like before, this is a way for members to share music, recording tips, and to just have fun. The main emphasis is fun, so please send in an entry no matter what your skill level is. Here are the rules:

  1. You must be a member of this website to submit an mp3.
  2. You may submit only 1 mp3.
  3. The mp3 you submit must not have appeared on any "official" release before. Likewise, please don't submit anything that is destined for an official release in the future.
  4. The mp3 must be 8 MB in size or less.
  5. There is a good chance the comp will end up on Therefore, you must agree to their Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, No-Derivatives) License for your mp3.
  6. The deadline for submitting an mp3 is Saturday, December 20th, 2014.

I have created an Official 2014 MP3 Compilation Forum Thread. Please use that thread to discuss the compilation and to get information on how to submit an mp3. Please use that thread if you'd like to find a fellow member to work with on the project. With the magic of digital recording and the Internet, remote collaborations are possible. Make your own virtual surf band! Let the comp begin!

Please check out our prior compilations if you haven't seen them already: 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013.

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