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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!

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SWELL OF DWELL - The new Surfer Joe album on Dionysus Records - June 15th, 2018

It is with great pleasure that I announce the release of my new full album on June 15th 2018.

SWELL OF DWELL
(Dionysus Records, Surfer Joe Music)

The album includes 10 new tracks of pure instrumental music and comes out on 12" black vinyl and digital.
The CD version is also scheduled to be available shortly after.

Released by Dionysus Records and Surfer Joe Music, it will be distributed in USA and Europe and soon be available also on most online stores.

Pre-orders will begin in a few days and retailers can contact us anytime for more details (info@surferjoe.me).

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The Tommy Guns Record & Release New CD Single "Swooney"

The Tommy Guns Record & Release New CD Single "Swooney"
Recorded at the Grammy Winning Slack Key Studio's in Nashville,TN.
With Grammy Winning Producer/Engineer Randy Kohrs.

The Tommy Guns are an Instrumental Surf & Rock-A-Billy Band
Playing the Great Tunes of yesteryear - Link Wray, The Ventures, Duane Eddy, Dick Dale, Al Caiola, & more.
- Sweet Music to your ears.

~ To Order our New Cd Single " Swooney " Please e.mail: TheTommyGunsMusic@gmail.com ~

The Tommy Guns Are:
Tom Purcell - Guitar's
John McTigue lll - Drums
Steve Purcell - Guitar's
David "The Duke" Spicher - Bass

  • Please Help Us Spread the Word, & Check back with us soon, Our Website is new & we are just getting started.
    As Always, Thanks For Your Support.

" The Tommy Guns "
Nashville, Tn. USA 37212
Web: http://TheTommyGuns.site123.me
E.mail: TheTommyGunsMusic@gmail.com


Insect Surfers present their 'Datura Moon' vinyl Kickstarter project!

CDs aren't such a financial stretch, but vinyl sure is these days! To release our latest, 'Datura Moon', on clear purple wax, we are essentially using Kickstarter as a pre-order strategy here, PLUS we are releasing 'Living Fossils', a CD of all the studio tracks that we've put on various compilations over the past three decades (plus lotsa rare demos)....

See - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2117881320/datura-moonvinyl-project


Announcing the release of the Madeira's "Center of the Surf" CD

We are extremely excited to announce the release of "Center of the Surf" (Double Crown Records), the Madeira's second live album, this one recorded at the 10th Surf Guitar 101 Convention at the Alpine Village in Torrance, CA on August 5th, 2017. It was recorded and mixed by Mark Linett, triple-Grammy-winning producer and audio engineer who has worked with a long list of legendary artists, among them the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, Frank Zappa, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul Simon, Los Lobos, Jane's Addiction, and Los Straitjackets. (See here for the full accounting of his many accomplishments). The tracklist is focused on the songs from our most recent studio album, "Ancient Winds", and we were also joined for the final three tracks of the set by John Blair on second rhythm guitar, as well as Jonpaul Balak on second bass guitar, making for an epic six-person line-up and a sound that can only be described as extraordinary in its scope! The cover and the CD package were designed by Stephen Blickenstaff, the well-known artist behind dozens of album covers (and many other artistic endeavors - as well as the theremin player in Atomic Mosquitos!), including most famously "Bad Music for Bad People" by the Cramps.

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The CD will be available for mail-order from Double Crown Records on April 24th, but we will have it available at our two CD-release shows next weekend, at Melody Inn in Indianapolis on Friday, 4/20, and the Player's Pub in Bloomington, IN on Saturday, 4/21 (as well as Southgate Revival in Cincinnati on Saturday, 5/5). We hope you can join us for these all-surf shows - see more details here and here.

Finally, we're also thrilled to announce that the compilation album of the 2017 Surf Guitar 101 Convention will be released by Sierra Records in July, and it will include two exclusive tracks by us, recorded at the convention but only available on this compilation. All the tracks on the compilation were again recorded and mixed by Mark Linett. Stay tuned for more info about this exciting release.

We hope you pick up and enjoy "Center of the Surf" and that we see you at one of our many upcoming shows in the next six months, whether in Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan, or Florida and New Jersey!

(Check out this brand new video, once again ably edited by Patrick, accompanying the live version of "Leviathan" from the "Center of the Surf" CD: https://youtu.be/UfOm_3UBKCw )


Surfer Joe Returns To Japan!

After the success of last year's inaugural Surfer Joe tour of Japan, the international Surf Music Ambassador continues to live up to his name and returns to Japan once again for an even longer tour! The 2018 tour will visit even more far-reaching locations including Kokura, Fukuoka, and Hiroshima and will be highlighted by performances from some amazing Surf colleagues including The Surf Coasters, The El Caminos, Lulufin The Woo Hoo, The WHYs, The Fuzziyama Surfers, The Surf Vader, The Palms, Switch Trout, BCV and more! In addition, on this tour Surfer Joe will be joined by a bi-coastal American rhythm section consisting of his longtime collaborator Jonpaul Balak (Insect Surfers, Tikiyaki Orchestra) on bass, and Vincent Minervino (Black Flamingos, Royal Pacifics) on drums!

Arigato! See you there!

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ARNO DE CEA & THE CLOCKWORK WIZARDS' NEW ALBUM and TOUR in EUROPE

ARNO DE CEA & THE CLOCKWORK WIZARDS, the Brutal Surf Music trio from the Silver Coast in France with members of The Irradiates,The Taikonauts, Antena Tres.... just released its 4th album, called "RETRO FUTURISME VOLUME I " , digitally on bandcamp:

https://arnodecea1.bandcamp.com/album/retro-futurisme-volume-i-lp

The blue turquoise vinyl version of the record will be out on 24th of April thanks to Calico Records and Les Productions de L'Impossible Records.

The band also released recently a new 10" Split LP called " Sergent Surf " with the Surf Horror band DEMON VENDETTA :

https://arnodecea1.bandcamp.com/album/sergent-surf-split-tape-lp-10-w-demon-vendetta

Also coming is an EUROPEAN TOUR for April 2018 :

ARNO DE CEA & THE CLOCKWORK WIZARDS 2018 TOUR DATES :

12.04.2018 : Toulouse (FR) @ Le Ravelin

13.04.2018 : Marseille (FR) @ La Salle Gueule

14.04.2018 : Clusone (IT) @ Bar Posta

15.04.2018 : Borno (IT) @ Meeting Pub

16.04.2018. Cakovec (HR) @ Club Prostor

17.04.2018 : Petrovcu na Mlavi (RS) @ Domu za mlade (stara škola)

18.04.2018 : Beograd (RS) @ Kvaka 22

19.04.2018 : Szeged (HU) @ Grand Café

20.04.2018 : Budapest (HU) @ Aurora Club

22.04.2018 : Praha (CZ) @ Sběrné Suroviny

24.04.2018 : Berlin (DE) @ West Germany Club

26.04.2018 : Kreuzlingen (CH) @ Horst Klub

27.04.2018 : Befort (FR) @ La Poudrière, Impetus Festival

28.04.2018 : Limoges (FR) @ El Doggo

22.06.2018 : Les Roques (FR) @ Fête de la Musique

29.06.2018 : Nantes (FR) @ Dynamo

30.06.2018 : Brest (FR) @ P’tit Minou

01.07.2018 : Jallais (FR) @ Tapette Fest X

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Viva Las Vegas Tiki Pool Party

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender #21: April 20-22, 2018.

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The Mermen in Morro Bay 4-07-18

The Mermen are playing the 5th annual KROCK 97.3 107.9 FM fundraiser on 4-7-2018.

The event is at:
The Morro Bay Veterans' Hall
209 Surf St, Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-6278
Free Admission
All Ages
Doors- 6pm PST
Show- 6:30pm

Bands & Artists on the bill:

  • The Mermen
  • Wood
  • Ricky Montijo
  • Jill Knight with Rob Capinosa

It should be a beautiful weekend on the Central Coast of California. What better way to enjoy it, than to include the a healthy dose of psychedelic ocean stylings of the incredible Mermen?


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The Stingrays at EB’s Farmer’s Market Bar

Speedie John presents The Stingrays at EB's Bar in the original Farmer's Market in Hollywood. No Cover! Hot Rod/ Surf Retro Rock N Roll, featuring Drummer Kenny Toye from local legends "Motorcycle Boy". Be there or Be Square!

Friday, March 23rd 7-9pm.

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Shamrocks and Surfboards in Seattle March 17

Join us for a St. Paddy's Day bit of fun with The Viking Surfers, Via Combusta and Banzai Surf. Darrell's Tavern in Seattle on March 17th at 9PM $7

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