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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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Current News Stories

Pony M by Horse Rock out now

Equine surf legends Horse Rock are proud to present our new EP Pony M available right now on Spotify.

Featuring 2 originals, a Russian-themed surf-disco classic (Rasputin by Boney M) and a cover of our favourite German Surf band The Kilaueas.

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Horse Rock - Pony M


Blue Eyed Surf - New release from Agent Octopus!!!!

The Agents are back with their 2nd cd and they're on a secret mission!!
To infiltrate your ears and mind into believing you have been taken to Dr. No's secret island of pleasure and mystery!! Will you return???
Dive into their repertoire and lose yourself as the agents come to your rescue. (with a cool martini in hand...)

Blue Eyed Surf - CD BABY

Blue Eyed Surf - BANDCAMP

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Agent Octopus:
Bass & Guitars - Jim Colby (Viktor Martini, CIA)
Guitars, Keys and Bass - Art Svrjcek (Trey 'Shadowhawk' Montgomery, MI6)
Rhythm Guitar - Bill Bates (Sir Giles Latte, MI5)
Drums - Lew Bobbit (CDT Von Cleavage, GRU)

Additional Operatives:
Drums - Jeremy Carlson (Mako Dreadlock, Hawaiian Secret Police)
Guitars - Mark Prentice (Rod Dangerfeldt, FBI)


Lost Planet Shamen on the Air

OK, it's not Impeachment talk or the World Series, but the Shamen are nonetheless pleased to announce that, weather and fires permitting, their music will be on KQBM, Blue Mountain Radio, 90.7 FM. A special shout out and big thanks to DJ James Fox. If the station doesn't burn down, the Lost Planet Shamen will be making a little surfy noise on Tuesday, November 5th, between 10-12 AM. You can also listen online - https://www.kqbm.org/. Not a major victory, but another step forward in the march to bring reverb to the people!

https://www.kqbm.org/

https://lostplanetshamen.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Lost-Planet-Shamen-366987463657230/

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CANNIBAL MOSQUITOS (France) . Vroom Vroom Brazil Tour . Nov/2019

Orleone Records/Booking proudly presents :

CANNIBAL MOSQUITOS . Vroom Vroom Brasil Tour 2019

The amazing Cannibal Mosquitos, wild surf trio from Romans sur Isere/France, will cross the ocean on the way to South America for a sequence of 08 gigs in 10 days in Brazil.

The tour is organized by the Orleone Records/Booking; the shows will go through Guarulhos, Piracicaba, Americana, São Paulo (when the band will play at the INSTRUMENTAL SESC BRASIL, live broadcasting gig in one of the most importants stages of Latin America), Curitiba, Balneário Camboriú, Santos and Sumaré.

Also, the Sesc TV will do a small documentary about the band, just as they have done bands like The Bambi Molesters, Dirty Fuse, Los Protones, Lorenzo Surfer Joe, and many other bands that toured in Brazil through the Orleone Records/Mamute Productions.

Stay tuned for the dates!!!

Stay conected on monday, Nov 18th at 7pm (BR time) for saw the live broadcasting show at INSTRUMENTAL SESC BRASIL in São Paulo.

Surf's UP!!! É ROCHA!!!

info : sentaaporva@gmail.com

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Announcing the 2019 SurfGuitar101 MP3 Compilation!

I am pleased to announce the SurfGuitar101 2019 MP3 Compilation! Our 15th one! Just like before, this is a way for members to share music, recording tips, and to just have fun. The main emphasis is fun, so please send in an entry no matter what your skill level is. Here are the rules:

  1. You must be a member of this website to submit an mp3.
  2. You may submit only 1 mp3.
  3. The mp3 you submit must not have appeared on any "official" release before. Likewise, please don't submit anything that is destined for an official release in the future.
  4. The file must be in mp3 format and less than 8 MB in size.
  5. There is a good chance the comp will end up on Archive.org. Therefore, you must agree to their Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, No-Derivatives) License for your mp3.
  6. The deadline for submitting an mp3 is Saturday, December 14th, 2019.

Please use the comment thread for this news story to discuss the compilation and to get information on how to submit an mp3. Please also use that thread if you'd like to find a fellow member to work with on the project. With the magic of digital recording and the Internet, remote collaborations are possible. Make your own virtual surf band!

Please check out our prior compilations by using the links in the bottom left sidebar of the desktop version of our site.

Let the comp begin!


New Halloween EP by Blackball Bandits - "Tales from the Shadows"

Enjoy a spooky Halloween with Blackball Bandits ! A collection of haunting surf/instrumental songs, full of reverberated guitars and ghostly vibes, released on Double Crown Records.

Includes a cover of the classic "Night of the Vampire" by the Moontrekkers, a brand new original ("Nightmare Frontier"), "Flyin' Pumpkin" and "Swingy Creepy" (previously released on sold out lathe cut vinyl), and "Undead Beauty Queen" (with vocals by wicked crooner SJ Salem).

CDs available from October 25 on Double Crown Records online store (https://www.doublecrownrecords.com/).
Also available digitally on Bandcamp (https://blackballbandits.bandcamp.com/), CDBaby, and streaming platforms.

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King Ghidora "The Secret Origin Of An Unknown Planetary Destroyer"

!!! PRE-ORDER NOW !!! SRW059 King Ghidora “The Secret Origin Of An Unknown Planetary Destroyer” LP on cosmic black and translucent UFO green vinyl.

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KING GHIDORA are a masked instrumental surf rock trio that blend elements of punk rock and 90's noise rock with the heavy instrumental sounds of sixties surf music creating a sound the band refers to as "SONIC SURF ROCK".

Originally from the Planet known as X King Ghidora now live in McMinnville, OR.
King Ghidora arrived on Planet Earth in 2010.


Mariachi Death Squad "You've Been Hit By..."

NEW RELEASE: Mariachi Death Squad's debut EP "You've Been Hit By..." now available on CD and digital download.

https://mariachideathsquad.bandcamp.com/albums/youve-been-hit-by

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Mariachi Death Squad are a reverb crashin', point breakin' power surf trio. The experience of Mariachi Death Squad is akin to that of the Fujiwara Effect where, after a delicate and beautiful dance of nature, everything is then BLOWN AWAY.


Aloha Fest 4 - an evening of European surf music

The fourth edition! So we can call it almost a tradition to start of the new year at Grenswerk in Venlo, the Netherlands. Here you can see 6 of the best surf bands Europe has to offer, on 2 stages. Also a market, with tiki-stuff, clothing, CD's and vinyl, a barbershop and lots more!

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LINE UP:

Bradipos IV (Napoli, I)
Italy’s oldest surfband has been one of Europes best and spectacular surf bands since 23 years! And one of the nicest guys to work with. They had to cancel their show at Aloha Fest 3, but promised to be back for edition 4! And here they are, come and meet your new best friends!

Bang! Mustang (Leipzig, D)
One of the most dynamic trio’s in the international surfscene. Bang! Mustang are from Leipzig, Germany, but when you listen to their two albums, you hear South-American rhythms, melodic surf punk and more. These guys know how to work an audience and afterwards you will need some new dance shoes!

Arno de Cea & The Clockwork Wizards (Bordeaux, F)
Remember Man or Astroman? These French guys will help you forget them. Brutal surf they call it them selves, but there are some great tunes too! They have a stage show that will leave everybody breathless, with acrobatic guitar antics and some ADHD on speed dance moves!

Humanga Danga (Gent, B)
The Belgium city of Gent is rivaling California as the hotspot of original surfmusic. Bands like Fifty Foot Combo and, Akulas already played Grenswerk. Newcomers Humanga Danga have stirted up the international surfscene with their debut album. Even on Surfguitar101, the biggest surfforum on the net, they are celebrated as the new best thing happening to surfmusic!

Aloha Sluts (Venlo, NL)
After 5 years, the previous version and most successful version of Aloha Sluts broke up. But now it is time for version 4.0! An all Venlo line up, with some new songs and updated versions of old Aloha Sluts classics. Yep, they are still playing ‘Gaywatch’, a top 3 hit on the Australian Rock Charts for 12 weeks, with 3 weeks at number one!

Martini Hulks (Bonn, D)
Traditional we start the evening with a German band that combines surfmusic with ‘50s nightclub music. They combine reverb guitars with raunchy saxophones. The ideal music to start drinking to get in the mood… but don’t drink too much, you want to dance to the next 5 bands too!

Saturday february 8th 2020 - Grenswerk, Peperstraat 10, Venlo
Open: 20:00
Tickets: 14,- (pre-sale), 17,50 (door)

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New Eleki 7" from Surfer Joe - Release on September 6th

A new 7" record is coming out in the next days for SURFER JOE!

We are quite excited because this is our first real "Eleki style" release and even if we have toured 2 times in Japan, love and collect Japanese music, this wanted to look absolutely Japanese in every aspect.

The single, produced by Hi-Tide Recordings, includes:

HIROSHI NO SUBARASHI RAMEN
(by Surfer Joe, originally from the album "Swell Of Dwell", 2018 Dionysus Records)
This song is dedicated to our friend Eddie Ugata of the band El Caminos for a nice experience we had together with him in 2017 while in Kobe.

BLACK SAND BEACH
(by Yuzo Kayama, a song that many of you know well of course)

The band's line up for this recording is actually the band that toured Japan in 2018:
Surfer Joe (guitar) - Jonpaul Balak (bass) - Vincent Minervino (drums)

Where to get it:
Available from September 6th in vinyl at the Hi-Tide Recordings online store and at all shows of Surfer Joe during the U.S. Tour. Also, it is released in digital via the Bandcamp of Surfer Joe (surferjoe.bandcamp.com), CDBaby and all major streaming platforms.

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