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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!

Reverb Nation: Live at the 2017 Surf Guitar 101 Convention

Have you heard the news? A live album was recorded at last year's SG101 Convention by Grammy winner Mark Linett, who also mixed and produced the album! This album features an astounding 27 tracks (!!!) from The Surf Rockers, Outerwave, The Volcanics, The Tequila Worms, The Insect Surfers, The Mystery Men?, Atomic Mosquitos, The Lively Ones, The Surfaris Tribute Band, The Exotics, The Kilaueas, The Madeira, Par Avion, El Caminos, and Venturesmania! This is simply thee album to get if you love surf music and want to hear what's happening in the current surf scene! Never before has an album like this been available, and so expertly produced! Buy several copies for your friends!

Want more information? Checkout this news story for more information.

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Current News Stories

Z & the Tiki Twisters first 7 track EP is out now!

Way up from the Pyrenees, Z & the Tiki Twisters released their first 7 track EP Hardcore Twist in Istanbul City.

Available on Bandcamp, more info on Facebook

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The Waterboarders NEW ALBUM OUT NOW!

The Waterboarders new album "Plymouth Five-0" is available now. The UK surf band release their 10 track CD, available through the Facebook page with downloads available from https://thewaterboarders.bandcamp.com.

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The release party is on 3rd November at Rockets & Rascals, Barbican, Plymouth UK from 7pm with The Waterboarders playing between 8pm and 9pm. After party drinks at The Nowhere Inn until 3am.

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Hope you all enjoy it! The album should be available on Spotify, iTunes, Deezer, etc soon


Baja Surf Stomp V (BSS-V 2018)

What is "Baja Surf Stomp"?

Event dedicated to the promotion of national and international Instrumental Surf Music in Mexico since 2015; organized and operated by "Planeta Reverb" & "Barracuda Productions". La Paz, La Ventana and Todos Santos (Baja California Sur, Mexico) have been chosen as venues for their intense tourist activity and good acceptance of the genre among the public of different nationalities. The fifth edition will take place from 6th - 9th December 2018 and includes "Los Cerritos" beach as the new venue for a total of 4 concerts where attendees can enjoy music as teenagers avid for fun and adventure .

FACEBOOK EVENT

BANDS:

  • THE SONORAS (CDMX,MX)
  • MEXICAN WEIRDOH'S (BCS, MX)
  • DR. TRITÓN (CDMX, MX)
  • THÁLASSES (CDMX, MX)
  • THE BARRACUDA'S (BCS, MX)

LOCATIONS:

THURSDAY 6TH > THE WINDOW
FRIDAY 7TH > LA PAZ
SATURDAY 8TH > TODOS SANTOS
SUNDAY 9TH > LOS CERRITOS BEACH

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A new article about Surf Zombies

Surf Zombies & Flamin’ Camaros Keep Brook Hoover Rockin’

Article by Ric Holmquest

Surf’s up and Brook Hoover is shredding the wave. Hoover’s band, the Surf Zombies are set to release “Return of the Skeleton” this month, their fifth studio album. The Surf Zombies were inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017. The band was recently honored with their own signature beverage Surf Zombies IPA by the Cedar Rapids based Iowa Brewing Company, where they frequently perform.

The seeds were planted when Brook and his friends discovered a scratchy 45 rpm record of the Surfaris’ “Wipe Out”. The journey to unlock the secret of surf guitar had begun. Brook shares “I grew up in Fort Dodge, which turns out to be a hotbed of creative, sarcastic, eccentric musicians. I picked up the guitar at age 14, learning to play with my neighborhood friends who engaged in extended improvised jams with drums, electric bass and guitars.”

After years of friends and fans suggesting he start an instrumental surf group, the Surf Zombies were born in 2006 with Hoover and Doug Roberson on guitar, Jim Viner on drums, and long-time collaborator and childhood friend Joel McDowell on bass. Hoover informs “We released a debut album that sold very well and received many decent reviews and continues to be pretty popular for that genre.”

The Surf Zombies have opened for legendary surf guitarist Dick Dale, performed each year at Iowa’s Vintage Torquefest and had their music featured on TV shows including MTV’s Ridiculousness and A&E’s Bad Ink. The current Surf Zombies lineup includes; Ian Williams and Brook Hoover on guitar, Trevor Treiber on bass, with Luke Ferguson on drums.

The Surf Zombies have chemistry, high energy and enjoy performing together. Hoover remarks “It’s rare to find a band with three experienced songwriters who share a dedication to the music and enjoy each other’s company. There are plenty of songs left in the vault and a steady stream of new material being written. The band loves to collaborate with one another and continues to make plans for spreading the fun of surf instrumentals throughout the world.”

Hoover’s guitar has taken him on a musical journey, both domestic and international. While living and performing in Minneapolis, Brook was called in for a recording session at Prince’s Paisley Park Studios. He performed at The Cavern Club in Liverpool England in 2002 for the Pop International Overthrow Festival with Chicago power-pop band Swinger and performed a solo show in Japan in 2015 at Rocks in Oyama.

Hoover is a busy full time musician, also performing with the Flamin’ Camaros. The Camaros are an extension of his popular eastern Iowa rock band Meerkats. Flamin’ Camaros feature Trevor Treiber’s guitar and vocals, Matt Brooks’ bass and vocals, Brook Hoover’s guitar and vocals, with Jon Wilson on drums. Brook performs solo, co-hosts the Parlor City Jam twice monthly and often sits in with Dennis McMurrin there on Thursday nights.

Brook affirms “I love to play all kinds of melodic guitar including rockabilly, punk rock, surf, pop or country, mixed with a bit of classical and psychedelic sounds. Playing music is incredibly soothing and restores a part of me I never want to lose touch with. Playing music has introduced me to thousands of people. I am so grateful for the friendships I have enjoyed with my fellow band mates and jam partners.”

Upcoming performances include;

Oct 9 Brook at Parlor City Blues Jam 7-10
Oct 19 Surf Zombies at DG’s Tap House in Ames 9-12
Oct 20 Surf Zombies at Whiskey House in Ankeny 8-12
Oct 21 Brook at Rumors Jam / Tribute for Kyle Oyloe 4-7
Oct 23 Brook at Parlor City Blues Jam 7-10
Oct 26 Surf Zombies at Peace Tree in Knoxville - Halloween Party 8-10
Oct 27 Surf Zombies at the Yacht Club in Iowa City 9-12
Oct 28 Surf Zombies at CSPS with Twins - CD Release Party 7-10 (free CD with admission)
Oct 31 Surf Zombies at the Des Moines Social Club –
Iowa Public Radio live performance 7-9
Nov 9 Surf Zombies at Octopus in Cedar Falls 9-1
Nov 16 Flamin. Camaros at J&A Tap in North Liberty 9:30-1:30


Twang-O-Matics NEW ALBUM OUT NOW!

The Twang-O-Matics are back with yet another bone-shakin' release. This time they're sounding wilder than ever! Just as your ears finally stopped bleeding and you thought it was safe to listen to music again, the titans of twang, the rajahs of reverb, the tycoons of tremolo, the sultans of surf - release their third album packed with fourteen frantic new tunes that will drive you into a foot stomping frenzy! It's wild, it's loud, and it's better than ever! The Twang-O-Matics have packed their new record with more reverb, louder guitars, deeper bass and bigger drums, and the result is earth-shattering! They will destroy your ears, they will destroy your stereo, and if you keep listening, they will - more than likely - destroy your life. NOW; enjoy the awesome instro-whompus of the Twang-O-Matics, turn your stereo up to 12 and ignore the neighbors. It's time to get wild!

Order it now from our website!

Artist THE TWANG-O-MATICS
Title THE WILD AND EXOTIC SOUNDS OF…
Catalogue # HSR005CD & HSR005LP
Label HACK SHACK RECORDS
Format CD, LP & DOWNLOAD
Release date 26.10.2018

http://www.thetwangomatics.com/


The Invisible Surfers new album!!!

Lost In Tyme presents the new album of the Invisible Surfers - Desert King...

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Lost In Tyme Link

The Invisible Surfers Link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es7dHQt55Ck


KFJC-FM To Broadcast Live Audio and Video from Surf Festival Reverb Rampage

KFJC-FM Ventures to Berlin to Broadcast Live Audio and Video from Surf Festival: Reverb Rampage!

For its 10th live remote broadcasts, Foothill College radio station KFJC 89.7 FM travels to Berlin, Germany to broadcast sets from Reverb Rampage on October 27.

Los Altos Hills, CA – The KFJC airwaves will be filled with surf music in the coming weeks, as the Foothill College radio station once again travels overseas to present live remote broadcasts, this time from Berlin, Germany.

Volunteer and student-run non-commercial radio station KFJC 89.7 FM will broadcast live music performances from the surf music festival Reverb Rampage on October 27 Broadcasts will feature live streaming audio and video at KFJC.org. Local San Francisco Bay Area listeners can also tune in at 89.7 FM.

Reverb Rampage

A San Francisco Bay Area radio station broadcasting from a surf festival in Germany, featuring bands from Germany and Italy? Of course! Held at Cortina Bob in Berlin, Germany, Reverb Rampage #3 takes place on Saturday, October 27 and will include performances by Surfer Joe (Italy), Mikrowelle (Leipzig, Germany), Bang! Mustang (Leipzig, Germany), the Kilaueas (Berlin), and the Hicadoolas (Berlin).

KFJC’s live broadcast will begin at approximately 10am PDT on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Visit KFJC.org during the festival for live audio and video, as well as for photos and more goodies during and after the festival.

History of KFJC’s Remote Broadcasts

KFJC has been doing live remote broadcasts from outside of the San Francisco Bay Area for 24 years, with its first out-of-state broadcast from SXSW in Austin (1994). KFJC’s first international live remote was 22 years ago: from Brixton, England (1996). In 2000, KFJC volunteers traveled to Dunedin, New Zealand to broadcast 6 nights of live music from the Otago Festival of the Arts.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of KFJC’s first international remote with live video. In 2008, KFJC went to Tokyo, Japan and transmitted its first-ever live four-camera video stream.

Recent International Live Remotes

KFJC’s other live international broadcasts with video have included Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia (2014 & 2017), Eindhoven Psych Lab in Eindhoven, The Netherlands (2015 & 2016), Surfer Joe Summer Festival in Livorno, Italy (2016), and Live from the Icelandic Underground (2017).

Listening Details

Reverb Rampage, KFJC’s 10th international live remote broadcast, will air over KFJC 89.7 FM on Saturday, October 27 (beginning at 10am PDT).

All times are tentative and may change. Tune in to KFJC at 89.7 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area, online at: http://kfjc.org/player/, and on the KFJC Android and iPhone apps. View the live video feed at http://live.kfjc.org

To learn more about the festival, visit https://kfjc.org/events/.

About KFJC:

Student and volunteer- run Foothill College radio station KFJC 89.7FM is a conduit for new and interesting audio art and information, especially the sorts that are unavailable elsewhere. Granted a Metro “Best of Silicon Valley” Gold Award in 2016 and named the best community college radio station in the country by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System in 2012, KFJC airs many styles of music and relevant public affairs programming. KFJC began broadcasting in 1959 out of a broom closet. Since its inception, KFJC has been at the forefront of free form radio programming and engineering, with live remote broadcasts from the UK, New Zealand, Japan, the Netherlands, Italy, and Iceland as well as within its San Francisco Bay Area broadcast range. KFJC has been available worldwide since 1996 via its live webstream and has been providing video streaming of in-station and remote performances for a decade. More information at: http://kfjc.org/


Surf Zombies release 5th studio album

The gig is at The Iowa City Yacht Club. Here is a Facebook link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1954118578214265/


Green Cookie Records reissues Satan's Pilgrims "At Home With..."

Green Cookie records Presents....

GC057 SATAN'S PILGRIMS - AT HOME WITH (LP/CD)

USA, Canada, and Mexico, and the rest of the Americas order from SP site!

satanspilgrims.com

Europe and the rest of the world can order from Green Cookie.

http://www.greencookie.gr/

At Home With Satan's Pilgrims reissue by Green Cookie Records revisits Satan's Pilgrims very first LP from 1994! Remastered and available on cherry red vinyl, black vinyl, and CD now!

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Los Venturas On Tour & New Release: Playtime!

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After 18 years of playing, Los Venturas have marked their spot in the international scene of instrumental guitar music called ‘surf music’. That label however is too small for what the band brings its crowd: there’s exotica, balkan, ska, soul, rock ‘n roll, … Some have already uniquely labelled it ‘world surf music’. The band itself rather sticks with ‘penetrating guitar instrumentals™’. This unique fusion of styles has been approved by many crowds in Europe and over the Atlantic. Not to be surprised, as their accessible music guarantees good vibes. On top their many years of experience can be heard as a flawless live performance. In short, they know how to throw a party, in diverse settings and different stages, going from clubs to festivals, inland or at the seashore.

Their many years of writing music can be heard on 7 albums/singles that were released from 2001 on: Sharkfest, Aloha Summer, Surfers Brew, Besame Mucho, Kaleydoskop, Paisley Beach & Miles High. The last 3 albums were recorded and produced in Los Angeles by Pete Curry (Los Straitjackets, Jon & The Nightriders) and released under Green Cookie Records. This fall Green Cookie records and Los Venturas proudly present their 4th cooperation: “Playtime!”. Unlike the previous albums, this one is 100% made in Belgium: recorded at Nico Leonard’s Pum Pum Hotel in Charleroi, mixed at Great Oak Studios by Steven Van Gelder and produced by Sam Pieter Janssens.

Playtime! features 11 originals, each of them a world on its own thanks to the use of multiple instruments, techniques and the added value of some top notch guest appearances. It comes in white vinyl and CD. The first 100 LP’s come with an extra 7” featuring two alternative versions, dancefloor-proof! Whether you’re a DJ, collector, music lover or player, don’t hesitate to purchase your copy and… play it!!



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