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Category: Surf Scene News


John Blair's New Website

Submitted by Brian on August 25, 2007.
Surf Scene News
John Blair, noted surf historian and founder of Jon & The Nightriders writes:

I've been working on my own website and it's finally online. Please check out: www.johnblair.us

As indicated on the site, Jon/Nightriders' 1986 LP "Stampede" is going to be released on CD for the first time by Crossfire Publications later this year. The CD has been mastered from the original 2-track tape and will include several bonus tracks. I don't have a street date yet, but I'll post it here when I find out. There are other projects in the works, too. Check out my website for further info.


Keep on the lookout for a new 4th edition of his “Illustrated Discography of Surf Music, 1961-1965,” revised and greatly expanded!

And finally, please welcome John to SG101!

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Get Three Coffins Ready On Flying Saucer Rock N' Roll Podcast #33

Submitted by curbsurfer on August 15, 2007.
Surf Scene News


Flying Saucer Rock N' Roll Episode #33

Hey All You Reverb Junkies. Get Three Coffins Ready Can Be Heard On The "Flying Saucer Rock N' Roll Episode #33 Podcast!!!!!" Right Now. Our Song "El Cementario" Appears Thanks To Dan Electreau!!!!!! Click On The Link Above To Access This Golden Piece Of Explosive Reverb Action!!!


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Lee Hazelwood dies at 78

Submitted by Brian on August 07, 2007.
Surf Scene News
Lee Hazlewood, acclaimed singer and songwriter, died at age 78 on August 4th, 2007. Many news media outlets have picked up the story and ran tributes and obituaries:

MSNBC (AP Story)
Pitchfork
New York Night Train
The Independent

These articles mainly talk about his work with Nancy Sinatra and his solo career. Of interest to surf fans was his collaborations with legendary guitarist Duane Eddy, who had an enormous influence on the young surf guitarists in the 1960's. Hazlewood wrote songs and produced Eddy, helping to pioneer that deep twangy guitar sound that inspired the surf genre. The recent tributes fail to mention that Hazlewood penned several surf classics that were recorded by Colorado's The Astronauts: "Baja", "Movin", "The Hearse", "El Aguila", and "Surf's You Right". These landmark songs have been covered by literally hundreds of surf bands since then. The surf crowd thanks you, Mr. Hazlewood.

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Los Straitjackets Drums For Sale!

Submitted by Brian on July 30, 2007.
Surf Scene News
This just in from the Los Straitjackets Yahoo Group. Teen Beat is selling a drum kit! He writes:

Well once again I'm gonna be selling a set of drums that I used on the last few tours and on Conan O'Brien.  They are the set built for me by SJC drums in Dudley Mass.  The finish is silver glass glitter, and has a light up bass drum.  The drums are in very nice shape, I'm selling them because I'm planning on ordering a new set.  Too many drums and not enough room!  So if anyone is interested contact me... I'm asking $1800.00 for the (4) drums.  22x14 bass/ 16x16 floor tom/ 13x9 tom/ 14x7 snare.
Thanks and hope to see you on the road!
-Jason


Contact Jason at  jsmay at rochester.rr.com

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Pipeline Magazine #74 Now Available

Submitted by Brian on July 21, 2007.
Surf Scene News
I just received all the way from jolly old England the latest version of Pipeline Instrumental Review, #74. I am very impressed with each issue of this magazine, which has been published about 4 times a year since 1989. In this issue is a featured "Ventures vs. Shadows" article, in which they compare, track by track, all common songs from each group's massive catalogs! Very interesting! There is a lengthy article on the Pipeline 2007 convention and the bands that played there. And finally, what Pipeline is famous for, the detailed review section. In this issue they cover releases from SG101 member bands and favorites The Aquasonics, The Mel-Tones, The Thunderchiefs, Los Twang Marvels, and El Ray. Also reviewed are the recent Dick Dale Sundazed releases, The Crimson Ghosts, a Crossfires/Jesters CD-R, Duane Eddy, I Fantomatici, The Spotnicks, and of course The Shadows.

Highly recommended!

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The Continental Magazine - Issue #14 w/24 song CD Available Now

Submitted by Double-Crown-Records on June 23, 2007.
Surf Scene News
The Continental Magazine - Issue #14  w/24 song CD - #CT014 - $5.95 (OUT NOW!!!)

The latest issue of The Continental Magazine, featuring interviews with The Ghastly Ones and Wormtone Records, along with a 24 track CD, is now available for only $5.95. Also included in this issue are Satan's Pilgrims, a look at the Scandinavian surf/instro scene, the Double Crown On The Rocks 10th Anniversary Fest and much, much more. 36 pages in all, with a 2 color glossy cover. To order send $5.95 US + shipping ($1.05 to any US/Canadian address, or just $2.05 to any other address) to Double Crown Mail Order. You can also send a Paypal payment to records@dblcrown.com or cash/check/money order or order through the Double Crown website.

Read More There is more to this story, continue reading ...


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New Dick Dale Reissues Now Available at Sundazed

Submitted by Brian on May 30, 2007.
Surf Scene News
Sundazed is now listing several more Dick Dale Capitol records reissues as now available on their site! That's right, you can finally pick up Checkered Flag, Mr. Eliminator, and Summer Surf on CD for the first time ever. Sundazed previously released the landmark King of the Surf Guitar record a few months back, and if these new releases have the same quality packaging and liner notes, they are bound to be winners!

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Los Straitjackets Summer Camp!

Submitted by Brian on May 19, 2007.
Surf Scene News
"A select few journeyed to Spain with Los Straitjackets. Hundreds surfed to Baja with Los Straitjackets and the Ventures. Now we bring you the best rock and roll vacation yet! Los Straitjackets Rock ‘N Roll Summer Camp. Three days and nights of twangtastic guitars, dancing Pontanis, rock en espanol and midnight jam sessions all in the beautiful environment of The Catskill Mountains."

Wow, a rock-n-roll summer camp with Los Straitjackets! What a brilliant idea! Head on over to http://straitjackets.com/summercamp/ for the details.



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Damn..........(Josie Wilson and Bill Carson)

Submitted by eddiekatcher on March 06, 2007.
Surf Scene News
We have lost Josie Wilson and Bill Carson in the same month..........I can't think of anything to say. Thanks Josie for giving us all those wonderful early Ventures records. Thanks Bill for your part in making the Stratocaster the world's most popular guitar......eddie katcher

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For a Few Guitars More on NPR

Submitted by Brian on February 22, 2007.
Surf Scene News
The NPR program Weekend America is going to run a segment on the outstanding For a Few Guitars More tribute to Ennio Morricone that was released in 2003. They have interviewed Moon Dawg, Ferenc Dobronyi, and Spanky Twangler, so it should be a very interesting segment.

The show airs at different times in different cities, usually on Saturday afternoon. The stations and times are listed here. Podcasts of the show are available after 3pm Saturday also, check here.

Hopefully this will renew some interest in this outstanding CD. Ferenc is working on getting another pressing going as well. Congratulations guys!

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