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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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John Blair & Mark Linett Team Up On 'Waves Of Care' Surf Music Project To Benefit MusiCares

From Grammy dot com:

Take off on a surf odyssey with this collection of 12 bands and 27 [songs] from the Surf [Guitar] 101 Convention with all proceeds benefitting MusiCares.

A new benefit album, Waves Of Care, celebrates surf music for a great cause. Conceived by three-time GRAMMY-winning producer and engineer Mark Linett and acclaimed surf music historian and performer John Blair, the album is out now online and on physical CD, with 100 percent of proceeds from its sale going to benefit MusiCares.

Recorded live by Linett, the album features all 12 bands that performed at the 2018 Surf Guitar 101 Convention as well as three bonus tracks from the 2017 convention. In all, its 27 tracks explore the glorious, reverb-soaked sounds of surf music by bands from the United States, France, Denmark, Canada, and Italy.

Bands featured on Waves Of Care include Fascinating Creatures of The Deep, Black Flamingos, Kaisers of Kalifornia, Tremolo Beer Gut, Sentinals Tribute Band, Frankie & the Pool Boys, Urban Surf Kings, PJ & the Galaxies Tribute Band, Surfer Joe, King Pelican, Les Agamemnonz, Par Avion, Surf Rockers and Blue Hawaiians, who have contributed to the soundtrack of the TV series "Friends" and "SpongeBob SquarePants."

The project celebrates the rich history of instrumental surf music, from its emergence in the early '60s to its resurgence since the late '70s, its heavy use in the 1994 blockbuster film Pulp Fiction and its continued rise in popularity in the era of social media.

"Today, there are hundreds of bands performing and recording surf instrumentals with a growing, global fan base," a statement about the project says. "Some bands maintain a traditional approach to the sound and style, while others take it into slightly progressive territory."

The Surf Guitar 101 Convention, where the album was recorded, is an all-day event that hosts a dozen bands from all over the world and has been held annually since 2008 in Southern California. Additionally, Surf Guitar 101's website serves as the premier social networking hub for surf music.

The proceeds from the digital and physical sales of "Waves of Care" will benefit MusiCares and their continued efforts to help music people in need. Waves Of Care on CD will be available via eBay and www.johnblair.us, while digital downloads will be available on Bandcamp.

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The Second Album by The Melamine Division Plates is Out Now.

"The Impenetrable Arch of Probability" is a concept about the V2 rocket. It comes in a complicated hand-made cover with interesting and informative sleeve notes.

Here is a track from it: https://soundcloud.com/cordelia-records/the-melamine-division-plates-flight-technology-apples

And here is an accompanying single: https://alanjenkins.bandcamp.com/album/the-melamine-division-plates-rudolf-hermanns-supersonic-wind-tunnel


The Spiratones - Sunworshipper - new album

The Spiratones present their debut album - 'Sunworshipper'.

A buffet of beach-bound bangers, a surfeit of surf-instro stompers, a platter of garage rock clatter...
...Sunworshipper is out now on compact disc and as a digital download!

Available here:
Link

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Debut album from Diesel Marine

Staycation is the debut album by Diesel Marine. It is an homage to the reverb guitar instrumental. Sometimes trad, sometimes futuristic, Staycation is both evocative of yesterday while suggesting new possibilities. Dusty, rusty, fresh water sounds from a basement studio in Southeast Michigan.

To listen, purchase and learn more click the link below!

dieselmarine.bandcamp.com

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Captain Rico & the Ghost Band - The Giant Turtle Is the Memory of the Beaches / 1st album release today

Captain Rico & the Ghost Band release their 1st album today.

Click on this link to discover: Link

Have a good listen and see you soon on the french basque coast.

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New Space Force CD album by Insanitizers surf guitar band

Insanitizers "Space Force" album has 12 memorable reverb rock instrumental adventures with tuneful melodies and widely varying guitar tones. All organ-like melodies are guitar. You can hear expression and dynamics that organs do not have. No two songs sound similar.

Space Force 2:30 140 BPM
The Arrival of Doctor Space 2:53 150 BPM
Exotic Planet 2:40 92 BPM
Galactic Tide 2:45 180 BPM
Space Carnival 2:28 155 BPM
Ray Gun Ranger 2:47 120 BPM
Spacedrunk 2:48 120 BPM
Weightless Scramble 1:55 190 BPM
Conundrum 1:58 135 BPM
Space Trip 2:33 150 BPM
Victory in Space 2:34 140 BPM
The Challenge 3:07 130 BPM

The CD and MP3s are at Insanitizers.Bandcamp.com
The CD can be ordered at most USA record stores.
Stream on Pandora, Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music,...

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The Tourmaliners New Single - Amber - Now on Altered State of Reverb

Check out The Tourmaliners new single "Amber" now streaming everywhere at: Link

Amber Video link: Link

On Altered State of Reverb label: Link

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Aloha Screwdriver "The Lost Recipe" CD

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We have a new CD available for pre-order called The Lost Recipe! Orders will ship out next week on the 21st. It’s a collection of all our vinyl-only EPs from the past 7 years, along with 6 new songs we recorded just for this album. The vintage matchbook style gatefold artwork by Josh Ellingson is a real treat. Order yours from Double Crown Records.

https://www.doublecrownrecords.com/aloha-screwdriver-the-lost-recipe-cd/

A sampling of some songs can be heard here:
https://soundcloud.com/aloha-screwdriver/sets/the-lost-recipe


The Evanstones CD '1961' now available at...

The collective hard work from all hands on deck has made this news possible. The NEW Evanstones CDs are finally available and shipping out! YES, that's right. Physical Media! Much Thanks goes out to Mike at Sharawaji Records!

The second full-length, '1961', features 12 new tracks along with 1 cover. Trad Surf, Spaghetti Western, Spy, Exotica, HotRod? Whatever you are into, we musically attempt to satisfy! We're so humbled by all the kind words from everyone here! We thank each of you for the time you took to listen.

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Available to purchase on CD NOW through our Bandcamp and also from the good folks over at Double Crown Records

BANDCAMP:
the-evanstones.bandcamp.com

DOUBLE CROWN RECORDS:
DoubleCrownRecords.com
Double Crown

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RETRO GAMING SPLIT 10"

Featuring the MULLET MONSTER MAFIA (Brazil), ARNO DE CEA & the CLOCKWORK WIZARDS (France), LOS PECADORES (U.K) and SUPERINVADERS (Italy) , "RETRO GAMING SPLIT" is a Surf tribute to vintage video games.
Along the 10 tracks of this record, you will find some video games themes covers and some original tracks concerned by this topic.

It is released on 10" vinyl by Creepozoid, Orleone, Les Productions de l'Impossible and Calico records, mastered by Dan Randall (Ghoul, Iron Reagan, Vio-Lence...) with the beautiful cover artwork by Flo Impure.

Digital release by here:

https://arnodecea1.bandcamp.com/album/retro-gaming-split
https://themulletmonstermafia.bandcamp.com/album/retro-gaming-split
https://superinvaders.bandcamp.com/album/retro-gaming-split
https://lospecadores.bandcamp.com/album/retro-gaming-split

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