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Since February 26, 2006, SurfGuitar101.com 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!

Goodbye to Dick Dale

R.I.P. Dick Dale, the King of the Surf Guitar. We wouldn't be here without him. Thank you for all the incredible music.

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Z & the Tiki Twisters self titled 12" LP on Surf Cookie Records

Way up from the Pyrenees again, Z & the Tiki Twisters self titled 12" LP will be released on Surf Cookie Records on September the 23rd.

Available on Bandcamp or at Surf Cookie Records

More info on Facebook

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Mach IV "ELEKI Extra" re-release on Surf Cookie

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Surf Cookie has re-released The Mach IV's 2003 album "Eleki" with eight additional tracks and deluxe packaging with new liner notes. The album is available as a CD or for digital download from Bandcamp

The Mach IV came together in 2000, with members of Los Mel-tones, The Berzerkers, Shig and Buzz, Pollo Del Mar to play trad style surf music. Phil Dirt's 5 star review said: "Boy howdy! This second release from the Mach IV is wonderful! 16 marvelous tracks, many with rich three-guitar arrangements, and all with well crafted melodies, delivered by the cream of the Nor-Cal surf scene. The packaging is superb - a well executed take off on the eleki albums of the sixties. This is a must-have CD."

The new tracks include 6 originals, Paul Johnson's "Bedlam" and Gary Usher's "Honda Beach Party."

Go to Bandcamp for more information.


SRW209 Magnatech 'Impala 59 (Vinyl LP, CD and Digital Download)

SRW209 Magnatech - Impala '59 (12" Vinyl LP, CD and Digital Download)

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Take one part Surf Raiders, one part Jon & the Nightriders, mix well and carefully stir some Evanstones and Man or Astroman? into the mix. Then gracefully lace everything with a good dose of early 60's European instrumental music and fold in Indo rock. Season with early 60's surf to taste, bake for 3 to 4 decades and the result is Impala '59, the new album by Magnatech!

Buy it now: Link


For the Film of the Same Name - new album by the Electric Heaters

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From the Film of the Same Name:
overlooked cinematic soundtracks from the TKJ Library, reimagined for the Roaring Twenties.

The Electric Heaters, led by guitarist Matt Heaton, are an instrumental guitar trio based in Boston. They call themselves a surf band to keep things simple; after all the guitar is dripping in reverb and there’s no singing. But they are far from surf purists, delving into spy, spaghetti western, noir, soul and other sounds. The band released its first album, “Live at the Burren” recorded months before the first Covid lockdown. And now finally they return with their first studio recording.

The songs on this album are all from a series of forgotten films from the ‘60s, '70s and '80s. The films themselves—Beach Parties, Westerns, Teen Comedies, Horror Flicks, Spy Capers, Juvenile Delinquency and Martial Arts movies—had short (or no) runs in small cinemas. They spent most of their lives in a storage unit on the old Paniversal Studios site.

When demolition for a new commercial construction unearthed the collection, the original Paniversal licenses had all expired. So the reels ended up in the hands of T.L. Jones, the grandson of Thomas “T.K.” Jones, whose TKJ music library provided the soundtrack for 90% of the films.

Through a mutual friend, guitarist Matt Heaton was connected with T.L. who gave him permission to re-record selections from the soundtracks. After hundreds of hours of listening, Heaton and his band, the Electric Heaters, settled on a dozen selections from the TKJ Library, plus the original cover of “Tainted Love,” before Soft Cell brought the song to wider acclaim.

We hope you enjoy this sonic time capsule. Chai Yo!

Available at Bandcamp!


The Routes - Instrumentals (2013) reissue. Out now on Otitis Media Records

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Hi Everyone,

Just a heads up that The Routes "Instrumentals" album from 2013 has been reissued by Otitis Media Records. It's available on red/white (150 copies) or blue/white vinyl (150 copies), and comes with brand new "Blues Theme" inspired artwork and an obi strip.

Available here while stocks last:

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Hotwired:
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You Nearly Got Me:
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Thanks
CJ


SRW080 Mark Malibu & the Wasagas “Dance Party a' Go Go” (Transluscent Neon 12" Vinyl LP)

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SRW080 Mark Malibu & the Wasagas “Dance Party a' Go Go” (Transluscent Neon 12" Vinyl LP)

Now available for the first time on vinyl!

Existing originally from 1979-1982 these groovy teenagers lived far from the west coast but they mixed their 60s influences with their 80s attitude.

Buy it now - Link


SRW222 Robotron - Atomium (Jacket CD)

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SRW222 Robotron - Atomium (Jacket CD)

Atomium is a 9 track album for fans of instrumental surf music, robots, kaiju monsters, sci-fi themes and more robots.

Influenced by Man...or Astroman, Dick Dale, Los Straightjackets, Robotron have managed to build their own sound mixing the reverb from surf music and the overdrive from rock and roll.  

But it now - Link


SRW219 - The Angry Red Planet - "Captain... The Klingons Have Surrounded Uranus!" (Jacket CD)

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SRW219 - The Angry Red Planet - "Captain... The Klingons Have Surrounded Uranus!" (Jacket CD)

Combining elements of surf, rockabilly, 60’s psychedelia, Morricone, 70’s TV show themes, vintage sci fi/horror, and a touch of sophomoric humour; The Angry Red Planet merges the sounds of the rock n roll’s early years with the punk and thrash of the ‘80s. An instrumental mutant hailing from Canada’s North West, creating unexpected and bizarre musical soundscapes... for those who dare!

The Angry Red Planet’s debut features vintage aural aesthetics channeled through unique and unlikely arrangements. Alternately blistering, ridiculous, and introspective, “Captain... The Klingons Have Surrounded Uranus!” is a warped journey through 8 disparate yet cohesive tracks of guitar forward instrumentals that don’t take themselves too seriously.

Buy it here - Link


SRW213 Jim and the Sea Dragons - Sous les Paves, la Plage! (Jacket CD)

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SRW213 Jim and the Sea Dragons - Sous les Paves, la Plage! (Jacket CD)

‘Sous les Pave, la Plage’ is a tribute to French instrumental bands from the early 1960’s. With influences ranging from Gypsy Jazz to Hank Marvin and the Shadows, the new CD is an exciting look in to the pre-Beatles instrumental music scene that was happening in France.

Jim and the Sea Dragons are a guitar-centric Florida based combo with influences ranging from 60's Surf, Pop and a dash of Exotica.

Buy it on CD and a digital download here - Link



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