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Sharawaji Records is proud to announce the release of Deep Latin Surf Attack! by The Chukukos. The Chukukos play reverberant, instrumental music influenced by psychedelic, surf, punk, garage and cumbia music.
You can buy Deep Latin Surf Attack from www.sharawaji.com on CD and digital download. Vinyl release to follow.
“Sleepwalk? What’s that? There’s no such thing as a slow dance song on The Chukukos’ latest album, Deep Latin Surf Attack! From La Virgen De Las Barricadas all the way to Surfeando en Los 90’s, The Chukukos never let up on the high-speed sonic surf shockwave! This is the sort of surf that wouldn’t be out of place in a high speed car chase!" - Derk - The Surfphony of Derstruction 2000
"Great record!" Hunter King - Storm Surge of Reverb
#chukukos #deeplatinsurfattack #SharawajiRecords #surfmusic #surfpunk
Hi! Paul Robinson of the Hot Licks here! Nice to meet you all!
A) I got a new project of 50s/60s jazz done Ventures-style in honor of Nokie Edwards - called Surf'd Up.
B) Dan Hicks has transported outta here but the Hot Licks and all those great tunes play on. We'll be at the Empress Theatre in Vallejo, CA on August 4th - Folk/Swing lives!
Hopefully see you and yer friends there.
I'll release Surf'd Up soon - Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk and Wayne Shorter walk into a surf shop... Hey, it could happen.
Hi to everyone!
Here is the second full length album by surf-instrumental charmers Bamboogie Injections! Staying loyal to their own making music conception they are happy to present new bunch of versatile stuff. Prepare yourself for pleasant journey through the instroscopic landscapes with tailwind of surf, but be ready for small shift of wind in punk or psychedelic directions. Don't worry, the destination point will always be the same.
Digital album is available on our bandcamp page. Thanks!
Canada's Urban Surf Kings are at it again. Astro Surf a-Go-Go is the band's brand new full length, featuring 13 instro-surf tunes for your listening and dancing pleasure. The album was recorded live off the floor (with minimal overdubs), just like the way surf music should be.
There is something for everyone: traditional surf sounds, sci-fi influenced songs, straight ahead surfers, a rockabilly stomper, plenty of reverb, and more.
This is a co-release from Greece's Surf Cookie Records, and Canada’s Reverb Ranch.
Reverb Nation: Live at the 2017 Surf Guitar 101 Convention
(Entrée ERCD 2001)
Surf instrumental music, as an art form, was established in the early 1960s by bands such as Dick Dale & His Del-Tones, The Chantays, and The Surfaris. That reverbed, guitar-driven instrumental sound blasted out of Southern California over 50 years ago; today, it’s embraced and practiced by hundreds of bands in this country and around the world.
Every summer for the last 10 years, the Surf Guitar 101 Convention has attracted a great many fans to Southern California for a three-day feast of surf music. The event includes dozens of vendors selling CDs, t-shirts, and all sorts of swag related to surf music. The event not only celebrates the music, it also brings together many of those who habit the social networking website, www.surfguitar101.com (after which the Convention was named). It’s a time to renew old friendships and make new ones.
The big draw each year, however, are the many surf instrumental bands invited from all over the country AND the world to perform. The 2017 event featured some of the best surf bands from Southern California that included Outerwave, The Volcanics, The Tequila Worms, Par Avion, and The Insect Surfers (originally formed in 1979, this group is recognized as the longest running modern surf instrumental band). The rest of the country was represented by The Mystery Men (from Georgia), The Atomic Mosquitos (from Washington D.C.), The Exotics (from Wisconsin), and The Madeira (from Indiana).
Since this music has become truly universal, the 2017 Surf Guitar 101 Convention also featured The Kilaueas and The El Caminos. These two bands, from Germany and Japan, respectively, prove that surf instrumental music is not only loved and accepted on the other side of the planet, but the reverence that exists for the music’s traditional sound and style transcends language and cultural barriers.
In 2017, the event attracted the attention of three-time Grammy Award winning producer and engineer Mark Linett, who recorded Friday and Saturday night’s shows, and mixed and produced the tracks. Those performances are represented on the new compilation CD from Entrée Records, “Reverb Nation: Live at the 2017 Surf Guitar 101 Convention.”
The worldwide release date for this CD is 7 August. However, copies will be available at a special price for this year's SG101 Convention on 4 August.
We want to personally invite you to listen to our latest release, Summer. What better day than July 4th to drop our latest release. It is a 2 song single:
1) Endless Blue
2) Crusin Home at Sunset
It's here just in time for this perfect California weather. These tunes are made to accompany you on your summer road trips, hopefully to the beach to share a cold one with friends. Visit our Bandcamp page to download our latest release and any of our previous releases. As you will see it is FREE, but any donations are truly appreciated.
Now grab the cooler, jump in the convertible and let the music flow. Here's to a sun filled Independence Day and as always thank you for your continued support. We cannot thank everyone enough for the encouragement that we get. Reverb, set, go!
The Reverbivores announce the upcoming release of their debut EP Orbit to Intercept!
Orbit to Intercept is an instrumental surf music expedition through time and space. The seven-track EP takes the listener from the sun-drenched coast of Morocco to the stark beauty of low-Earth orbit. Spaghetti Western gunslingers have it out with Volga boatmen while Cuban revelers party with David Bowie. Throughout the journey, The Reverbivores deliver melodic reverberations true to their name.
Performing throughout Northern California since 2016, The Reverbivores have honed a style of instrumental surf that pays tribute to the early masters of the genre while breaking with many of the genre’s strictures. Complex guitar lines, themes and orchestration blend into a cinematically psychedelic musical melange.
Produced and released by the band, Orbit to Intercept was tracked to 2” tape and mixed over five days at historic The WallySound in Oakland, California.
Orbit to Intercept is available now for pre-order from iTunes and will be available from the leading digital providers June 26, 2018 and on CD July 19, 2018. In addition, a 7” inch two-track collector’s edition vinyl release will be available later this summer. CD and vinyl may be purchased at our shows and from www.thereverbivores.com.
The Stingrays are appearing at the beautiful Rose Theatre in Pasadena, opening for Venice on Friday, August 24.
Tickets are available online at roseconcerts.com
The fourth release by Serbian surf-folk attraction MOUSSAKA is officially out. 4 tracks recorded and mixed all-analog at Down There Studio in Belgrade (Serbia) by Uroš Milkić and MOUSSAKA. EP '1111' brings the interesting artwork by Petar Živić, that is a combination of old banknote designs from ex Yugoslavia. Also on MOUSSAKA's youtube channel you can see the new video for the first single S Kim Si Gde Si, and cool animations inspired by the artwork itself.
The May 2018 issue of Vintage Guitar magazine is featuring every surf player's favorite amp, the venerable Fender Showman 6G14-A. This particular example has apparently fallen into the hands of a collector and is all original. Wow!
Being a Showman 12", it features the separate, elaborately ported 12-inch JBL D-120-F "speaker Projector Ring" (tone-ring) "piggy-back high fidelity Lansing enclosure" cabinet, versus the Dick Dale-approved 15-inch JBL D-130-F speaker. Yet, for the devoted, it is a fascinating look both into an especially well-preserved specimen and at this model's place in history.
Lucky you! Vintage Guitar kindly makes some of their issues freely available on the Web, and possibly only for a limited time. It is available now via online distribution. Follow this link: The Show Must Go On: Fender's 1961 Showman by Dave Hunter
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