I completely missed Brian's April Fool's shout out. Here it is. http://surfg...
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It's quiet... Too quiet.
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I was just thinking that myself
11 days ago
Maybe because it's Spring Break??
10 days ago
You shouldn't say "spring break" to a surf guitarist!
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Back To School!
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Need.... More..... REVERB!
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Messer Chups tonight! Jealous?
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Yup! But I'll see them at surfer joe, so not so much
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Noel, the original Golf Music story seems to be lost at the moment. It had great photoshopping by Stormtiger.
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The Phantom Operators have released two new songs, "Lords of the Desert" and "Death Rides a Horse", which are available at their bandcamp site, PhantomOperators.Bandcamp.com. They also have an exclusive song "Ghosts in the Canyon" which can be heard only on the horror/sci-fi podcast "Mortis Radio" (facebook.com/mortismedia), Expect a full length release by the end of 2015!
Hello surf rock lovers!!! I am Ferni Vasco and this is my surf project from Madrid, Spain, with a new EP that has just come out! The project's name is Ferni And The Vascos and I do everything by Myself. Just Watch This Video, Thanks for the interest!
Planeta Reverb & The Charades
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"ADVENTURES IN MEXICO CITY" TOUR 2015
After two previous successful visits to Mexico City, The Charades travel across the Atlantic directly from Helsinki, Finland to delight the public of one of the biggest cities in the world from May 5th to May 9th, 2015.
This time the Finnish band will feature: Samu Leminen (guitar), Toni Liimatta (guitar), Leo Eerikäinen (bass) and leader/founding member Jari Moberg (drums) .
The tour will take place at the most active zone in the city when it comes to nightlife and clubbing, with a different set every night and the appearance of Danny “Daddy-O-Grande” Amis from “Los Straitjackets” as a deluxe special guest at the weekend shows every venue will hold a unique show that will be flavored by the wide variety of atmospheres that can be found in a small area. From the 50’s diner style to the obscure underground scene adventure is guaranteed.
Our first 2 albuns are available for download at our Bandcamp page. Here are the links :
The Bambi Molesters full show in São Paulo/Brasil in Jan/19/2015.
Recorded at Teatro Anchieta/Instrumental Sesc Brasil
Mamuteprod Entert. https://www.facebook.com/mamuteprod
The notorious 90's Belgian instro wizards Les Vice Barons have just finished recording 4 brand new tracks.
This recent material including a boombastic cover of Kraftwerk's "Das Model" and a revamping of three of their most exquisite titles is on display on:
Now looking for a record label to issue them on vinyl...
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.
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Dinosaur Ghosts debut self titled album rips into your fleshy mammal ears with a raw primevil ferocity. listen to the whole album here dinosaurghost.bandcamp.com, and watch the music video for the song 'playing with its food' on youtube.
Tsar Wars, Never Forgotten
There are those events in life in which you remember each and every detail; the sunlight coming through the window, the smell of the stale July heat, and the disheveled bed that you hastily threw that package on as you couldn’t wait to rip into. You see, in that packaged contained both the vinyl and CD of The Space Cossacks’ Interstellar Stomp of which I had been wearing out the Real Player samples of on the Space Cossacks', then, cutting edge website. While Interstellar Stomp would be the jewel of most any other package this package also contained the brand new Cossacks album, Tsar Wars. From that album I had heard The Defector, and immediately thought, “This is no Red Sunrise”. This was not the only mistake I was to make as a 16-year-old. This mistake is a common one, playing music outside of the context of which it was intended. You see, Tsar Wars is no mere album. It isn’t an experience, it isn’t even a journey. It is an adventure.
Tsar Wars was released under hurried conditions by MuSick Recordings, with the Cossacks heading to California for a 3-date tour in March of 2000. On March 26th, at the Rendezvous Ballroom Reunion, the first copies of Tsar Wars were sold by the band. The LP, a gorgeous purple marble with silver labels, and the CD, an interactive CD, both contain cover art by Shag and illustrations by Steve Blickenstaff. On that CD, a novella written by Jamie Miles with illustrations by Blickenstaff. The novella, follows the trajectory of the album through a classic story of a man and his car, a classic surf music trope. The difference, is the car is a spaceship and he is relentlessly pursued by an evil alien species and it is up to him to save the day.
One could have an album consisting of number 1 hits, and still have a so-so album. The true power and beauty of the ‘album’ lies in the tracklisting. A perfect album, like Tsar Wars, has a unique feel, tells a story, and causes the world to disappear as you listen to it. Tsar Wars is truly compelling, it’s first track setting the tone of the album. On this track we know something serious is happening as the reversed audio leads to frantic drums and fragile double-picking that resolves to pummeled double-picking only to bring forth a beautiful melody to break the tension before returning to whence it came. As we progress from that perfect opening track the album moves hearts with The Jewel of Duende, creates euphoria with Escape from Gulag 17, and causes us to celebrate with ¡Fiesta Del Cossacapulco! This is an uncertain time, an era of unease, this is Tsar Wars. It is heavy, it is dark, it is triumphant, this is Tsar Wars.
To the author, Tsar Wars went where no surf music had gone before. Arpeggios, double-stops, reverse audio, acoustic guitar, texture, and dynamics to die for. I never had the Shadows or the Atlantics growing up, but I had the Space Cossacks. This is why I am not alone in celebrating the 15th anniversary of Tsar Wars.
Please keep reading for a modern review by our very own Noel and reviews from circa 2000 as well as an interview with Art B of MuSick Recordings.
And be sure to share your thoughts on the forum threads: LINK TO FORUM THREAD
If you're in and around the Edmonoton Alberta area, Come down to The Blind Duck and celebrate spring with us!!
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