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New Book: "Southern California Surf Music, 1960-1966"

Submitted by Brian on April 07, 2015.
Surf Scene News

Discover the History of Southern California Surf Music in New Book

Telling a story in pictures is Southern California Surf Music, 1960-1966, the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series. The book by local author John Blair is set to release on April 6th, 2015. The book boasts vintage images, many of which have never been published, and showcases memories of days gone by.

Dick Dale & the Del-Tones began holding weekend dances at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa, California, in the summer of 1960. Over the next year and a half, Dale developed the sound and style that came to be known as “surf music.” The result was the development of more powerful guitar amplifiers, a dramatic increase in the sales of Fender guitars and amplifiers, and a shift from New York to West Coast recording studios.

More and more people were drawn to the sport of surfing, which became an important part of teen beach culture at the time. Even landlocked teenagers were captured by the moment, carrying surfboards atop their woodies in Phoenix or bleaching their hair blonde in St. Paul. For hundreds of thousands of kids, though, the attraction was not the connection to surfing; it was the connection to the music pioneered by Dick Dale.

Southern California Surf Music, 1960–1966 features seldom seen archival photographs that illustrate the early history of this unique musical style.

About the Author of Southern California Surf Music, 1960-1966

John Blair has been collecting surf music recordings since 1961, beginning with Dick Dale’s Surfer’s Choice album. His first published writing was an interview with Dale in 1975. Over the years he has contributed articles to various record collector fanzines and mass market periodicals such as Guitar Player and Vintage Guitar magazines. In 1978, he wrote and self-published the first edition of The Illustrated Discography of Surf Music. A fourth edition of the book was published in 2008. In 1990, he co-authored The Illustrated Discography of Hot-Rod Music with Stephen McParland, a noted surf music historian and discographer from Australia.

Blair has also contributed liner notes, archival material, and discographical information to many retrospective surf music compact disks, beginning with a compilation of Dick Dale recordings in 1989. In 1996, he co-produced the best-selling, Cowabunga: The Surf Box, for Rhino Records. Not content with just writing about surf music, he formed the surf instrumental band Jon & The Nightriders in 1979. The band has been credited with sparking a resurgence of popular interest in this type of music after several recordings and multiple tours of Europe during the 80s and 90s.

ARCADIA PUBLISHING ∙ PUBLISHERS OF LOCAL AND REGIONAL HISTORY BOOKS
420 Wando Park Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 ∙ Telephone: 843-853-2070 ∙ Facsimile: 843-853-0044 ∙ www.arcadiapublishing.com

Book cover


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Let's help Zanti beat cancer

Submitted by DannySnyder on March 12, 2015.
Surf Scene News

Many of you know we're running a fundraiser to help Zanti over come the financial obstacles set up by his battle with cancer. Fortunately he's beating it, but the bills are starting to come in and  he needs any help that you can give.

If you don't know Zanti, he's one of two guitarists in the S.F. Bay Area surf band The Deadbeats. These guys have been surf music fans since their teens, and quickly became one of the Bay Area's best live surf bands. Channeling the energy of first wave bands like Jim Messina and the Jesters, Dick Dale and the Deltones, Davie Allan, plus Eleki music from Japan. Then drawing further inspiration from modern bands like Satan's Pilgrims and The Treblemakers, Zanti and the guys went on to write their own modern classics like Gooch in Space and Hagbelly (to name only 2).

Zanti and his bandmates are just dripping with talent, and the surf music community is so fortunate to have these young men join our ranks. Speaking of the surf music community, we have really stepped up and put our money where our mouths are. We are over half way to our goal in only a day and a half. At this rate, Zanti will be free from excessive money worries and be able to concentrate on what's really important - making great music!

Please click this link and contribute if you haven't done so already.

Thanks!!!


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Poster of Surfer Joe Summer Festival 2015: Steve Nazar comes to surf music!

Submitted by surferjoemusic on February 17, 2015.
Surf Scene News

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the official poster of the Surfer Joe Summer Festival 2015.

The designer STEVE NAZAR has come to surf music after our request for the very fist time. His graphic style has become legendary with Town&Country Surf Design in the late 80s. He's THE man, his style has been imitated everywhere as a symbol of wild, cool & sporty. His characters has been replicated in walls all over the planet.

He realised 2 fantastic custom designs for us. One of the two is this one. The other, still a surprise, will be soon available with our merchandise for the festival.

The posters will be available at the festival in A3 format, glossy heavy paper 300gr. You can reserve one if you like, just write us asap at info@surferjoemusic.com. The cost of the poster is 5 euros. Bring your marker and get your copy signed by all artists!

Enjoy.

 


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Combo Swell - 2014 Surf Compilation from KFJC

Submitted by CousinMary on February 07, 2015.
Surf Scene News

Following the long tradition of KFJC produced surf CDs, COMBO SWELL is nineteen tracks of surf music - all recorded live at KFJC or at KFJC events between 1996 and 2014.  

  1. Mermen: Curve
  2. The Whys: Satsujin Taiyo
  3. Pollo Del Mar: Pose of Awareness
  4. Tomorrowmen: El Condor Pasa
  5. Frankie and the Pool Boys: Dreams
  6. The Berzerkers: Mung Taco
  7. Bradipos IV: Wray-Man
  8. Surfside IV: Meat Saw
  9. The Deadbeats: Ichabob Crane
  10. Mighty Surf Lords: Six Gun Surfer
  11. Los Venturas: Delirium
  12. El Ray: Twang Am
  13. Aloha Screwdriver: Eating, Drinking, and Killing
  14. Tequila Worms: Unsteady
  15. Three Balls of Fire: Jet Set Guitars
  16. Martin Cilia: Return of the Surf Guitar
  17. The Insect Surfers: Space Park Drive
  18. Trivalve: Buddy
  19. The Kilaueas: Universal Spy
Available for a $45 donation at http://www.kfjc.org/donate or at KFJC events.
Check out the great artwork from Fred Lammers:

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Sierra Surf Music Camp 2015

Submitted by Pyronauts on January 23, 2015.
Surf Scene News

Howdy Campers!

It's that time of year again - time to sign up for Sierra Surf Music Camp!  What the heck is SSMC you may wonder?  It is the ultimate weekend camping out with some of the finest surf musicians and people on the planet!  The camp is located near the historic gold mining town of Nevada City at a beautifully wooded 4,000-foot elevation and is situated beside the picturesque Bear River.  Surf jams start the weekend off before groups of campers are assembled into SurfBand101 classes.  Through rehearsals and one-on-one lessons with pro musicians like John Blair, Dusty Watson, Dave Wronski, Ferenc Dobronyi, Matt Quilter, and many others, campers will learn to improve their skills on their instrument.  Classes will also be offered in songwriting, the history of surf music, instrument set-up/maintenance, and ukulele.  Each day culminates with surf music by the campfire and at the end of camp each SurfBand101 group will perform what they’ve learned.  SSMC is open to all ages and levels of musicians and families are strongly encouraged to attend.

May 28-31, 2015

To sign up please visit our website and download the application.

www.sierrasurfmusiccamp.org

For more information contact camp director Paul Beatie

sierrasurfcamp@gmail.com

530-320-5314

Surf Scout


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The Continental Magazine #22 w/CD - The Atlantics & Dusty Watson Out Now!

Submitted by Double-Crown-Records on June 29, 2014.
Surf Scene News

The Continental Magazine - Issue #22 w/CD - OUT NOW!!!

Issue #22 is finally here, featuring our very first full-color cover! It includes part 2 of a huge feature interview with The Atlantics (conducted by Ivan Pongracic) covering the later years of this famed Australian surf and rock n' roll combo. If you missed it, part 1 which dealt with their early years was in issue #21. The magazine also has an in-depth interview with surf rock drummer extraordinaire Dusty Watson, well known for his work with Slacktone, Dick Dale, Agent Orange, The Sonics, Frankie & The Pool Boys, and many other great bands. This issue is also jam packed with tons of music and DVD reviews, including more vinyl reviews than ever before. You also get a free CD filled with lots of great surf, instro and garage rock tunes. 40 pages in all, with a full color glossy cover.

TRACKS: (The TomorrowMen) The Man Who Couldn't Tell Time - (The Trabants) Coast of Capri - (Martin Cilia) Koko Head - (Jason Lee & The R.I.P. Tides) Snake Eyes - (The Stingrays) Panic Beach - (Audios Amigos) El Avispon - (Die Kosmonauten) Life Is Too Short - (The Derangers) Rio Sangre - (Beware The Dangers Of A Ghost Scorpion) Satan's Invisible World...Revealed! - (The Surf Zombies) Candyass - (Les Agamemnonz) Simon Beat - (Secret Samurai) A Proper Quarrel - (The Razorblades) Are You Ready For A Rock 'n' Roll Weekend? - (9th Wave) Victory At Sunset - (The Torments) The Creamer - (The Grande Bois) Meltdown - (The Spytones) Surfing Salzburg - (Los #3 Dinners) SA Woman - (The Delusionaires) The Scrump

The Continental Magazine - Issue #22 w/CD - $6.95 (Click To Order From Double Crown Records)

The Continental Magazine - Three Issue Subscription Starting With Issue #22 (Click To Order From Double Crown Records)

We are getting copies out to bands and subscribers as quickly as possible - a box went out today, and we will continue sending them out through next week.


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Get Ready For A Sonic Cataclysm - New Live CD From The Madeira Available For Pre-Order!

Submitted by Double-Crown-Records on May 28, 2014.
Surf Scene News

It's the 10th anniversary of the famed surf/instro rock combo The Madeira, and to celebrate they're releasing their first ever live CD! Recorded at the Melody Inn in Indianapolis last December over two nights, the band delivered an amazing set packed with long-time fan favorites, some choice cover tunes and even a few brand new songs from their upcoming full-length studio release! It was recorded and mixed by Tommy Schichtel of The Concussions, and features amazing, moody cover art by the incomparable Steve Blickenstaff!

Tracks: Introduction - Tribal Fury - Everybody Up - Surf Fidelis - Cities Of Gold - Witch Doctor - Jungle Drums - Burning Mirage - Macarena - Caravela - Farthest Shore - Night Rider - Mar Vista - The Saracen - Tangaroa - Wreak Havoc! - Undercurrents - Ricochet - Sandstorm! - Intruder

(PRE-ORDER) The Madeira - Sonic Cataclysm: Live CD - DCCD54 - $12.75

Click To Pre-Order From Double Crown Records

CDs will start shipping on June 14th. That evening you can also buy the CD from the band at their CD Release Show at the Melody Inn in Indianapolis, IN. Also appearing on the bill are The Volcanos and The Mystery Men.

You can also sign up for the Double Crown Music Club - members will receive a free limited-edition Madeira poster with the CD!

Get the scoop on the band and their upcoming CD at www.themadeira.net or their Facebook page.


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Various Artists "Search for Atlantis" CD, all Greek, all instro, all surf!

Submitted by mikesurf on April 11, 2014.
Surf Scene News

The "Search for Atlantis" is a collection of Greek bands. In the past, there were several collection of Greek bands; even specialized ones with groups playing a specific style of music. However, this collection is unique as all participating bands play solely instrumental surf. Never before were so many bands in Greece to play this kind of music. We are talking about a very vibrant scene that is booming within the biggest economic and social catastrophe that Greece has experienced in its modern post-war history. We have created this collection with so much care both because we love surf music and for its particularity: The vast majority of participants haven’t released anything else so far and so this is their first step towards the general public. We want this scene to flourish by all means and leave visible traces in its passing. We hope it will receive positive response as a first step to establish in the minds of the people that surf music is an autonomous genre with lot of potential, but also as a reward of all the bands which strive for the best in unfavorable conditions. Surf's up !

LINK : http://greencookierecords.bandcamp.com/album/search-for-atlantis-cd

PROMO DOWNLOAD CODES UPON REQUEST : nikos@greencookie.gr

Search for Atlantis


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Surf Music comes to shortwave

Submitted by peterquinn on April 04, 2014.
Surf Scene News

Great news if you love surf music and like exploring shortwave radio. The Big Beach Radio Show is coming to The Mighty KBC Europe on 6095 kHz for the summer of 2014. The show’s presenter Peter Quinn describes the venture as 'a mirage of the perfect day on the beach.' Peter has been heard on a range of radio stations over the years including Radio Caroline, The Voice of Peace, Island Sound Malta and numurous UK and European radio stations. He says hes delighted to be appearing on The Mighty KBC and cordially invites you to catch some surf on shortwave every week at 11.00 UTC.

The show starts Saturday 19th April and goes to air whatever the weather.


The Big Beach Radio Show
Station – The Mighty KBC
Freq – 6095 kHz (49 mb shortwave)
Day - Saturday
Time - 11.00 UTC

contact peter@bigbeach.eu


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Voting has started for North Sea Surf Radio´s Album Top 101

Submitted by nielsjansen on March 07, 2014.
Surf Scene News

North Sea Surf Radio was already doing groundbreaking work with compiling and broadcasting the Classic Surf Top 101 and the Surf Revival Top 101. Now, for the first time in history the surf music scene is to compile another ultimate list in surf music; The Album Top 101, the best 101 Surf Revival Albums as voted for by the listeners of North Sea Surf Radio and the members of the Surf Guitar 101 forum.

Everybody can submit their 10 personal favourite albums from the Surf Revival Era (1979-2013). Records released this year are excluded from the list. With all the contributions the team at North Sea Surf Radio will compile the Album Top 101 which will be broadcasted on April 20th, presented by DJ Jonpaul (Surf Guitar 101) and DJ Phantom (North Sea Surf Radio).

People can help decide what the best instrumental surf music albums of all time are by adding their Top 10 to the Surf Guitar 101 forum in the following thread.

Another option to submit votes it to send an email with name, country and the Album Top 10 list to TOP101@northseasurfradio.com

The deadline for submissions is Friday 11th April.

Please note: 

  • Albums are releases with at least 5 different tracks or over 25 minutes of music.
  • NO 2014 albums allowed.
  • NO "Best Of" albums allowed.
  • NO Various Artist compilation albums allowed.
  • NO Single Artist compilation albums allowed (b-sides, single collections etc.)
  • If an album contains some vocal tracks this is not a problem as long as the majority of tracks are instrumentals.
  • The order of the albums DOES matter, the number 1 will receive the most points in the Top 101, your number 10 will receive the least points.

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