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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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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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LES PROFS DE SKIDS / USA tour 2019 w/ NATURE BOYS

Surf-punk band LES PROFS DE SKIDS (from Grenoble, France) will be on tour all around the USA with NATURE BOYS (Kansas City MO) in September, October and November

Listen to the new Profs's LP ' IN TEMPORE SINE MORA ': https://lesprofsdeskids.noblogs.org/

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september

18/09 - KANSAS CITY MO @ Stray Cat w/ Bad Ideas, Face Face

19/09 - St LOUIS MO @ CBGB tbc
20/09 - MEMPHIS TN @ Lamplighter

21/09 - NEW ORLEANS LA @ Banks St. Bar

24/09 - GAINESVILLE FL tbc

25/09 - St AUGUSTINE FL @ Sarbez

26/09 - JACKSONVILLE FL tbc

27/09 - ATLANTA GA tbc

28/09 - CHATTANOOGA TN @ Sluggos w/ Listening Skulls

29/09 - ASHVILLE NC @ Static Age

october

02/10 - PHILADELPHIA PA @ Vanishing Point

04/10 - NEW YORK CITY NY @ The Chicken Hut

05/10 - BUFFALO NY @ Hickory Woods

06/10 - PITTSBURGH PA @ Pats house

08/10 - DETROIT MI @ Phony Island

09/10 - CHICAGO IL tbc

10/10 - MILWAUKEE WI @ High Dive

11/10 - WINONA MN @ Eds No Name Bar

12/10 - MINNEAPOLIS MN @ VFW w/ Constant Insult, Spowder

14/10 - FARGO ND tbc
15/10 - MINOT ND tbc

18/10 - MISSOULA MT @ Shane's Place

19/10 - MOSCOW ID @ Bitter root Tattoo

20/10 - SEATTLE WA @ Georgetown Liquor w/ Pigeon

21/10 - PORT TOWNSEND WA tbc

22/10 - OLYMPIA WA tbc

24/10 - PORTLAND OR tbc

25/10 - CORVALLIS OR tbc

26/10 - WEED CA @ BBCRC

29/10 - EUREKA CA tbc

30/10 - SAN FRANCISCO CA @ The Knockout (Matinee show 6-9)

31/10 - OAKLAND CA @ Unimatrix Zero

november

01/11 - SANTA CRUZ CA tbc

02/11 - LOS ANGELES CA @ The Monty w/ Dons Night Wired Up

03/11 - SAN DIEGO CA tbc

04/11 - TUCSON AZ tbc

06/11 - SANTA FE NM tbc


The Baleful Sounds of Black Valley Moon Vol. 1 on Sharawaji Records now available for pre-order!

The debut full-length album from Tampa's Black Valley Moon on Sharawaji Records now available for pre-order. With a release date of 8/31/19, Halloween comes a couple of months early with this collection of instrumental guitar rock songs inspired by surf, and other sounds of the 60's. Includes members of seminal 90's punk band Down By Law. Available on CD and on Bandcamp.

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Chewbacca's "The Return From Echo Lake"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Chewbacca's album, "The Return From Echo Lake" will be available on LP, CD and digital download from 14th September 2019. The album was recorded in Valencia, Spain, and was produced by Brian Scott Teasley (Birdstuff), a founding member of Man or Astro-man?

The album is available for pre-order now, including an exclusive bonus download track during the pre-order period - a cover of Por Un Tubo by Lost Acapulco.

https://chewbaccas.bandcamp.com/album/the-return-from-echo-lake


The Turbosonics Release a new single, "Bedrock Stomp"

The Turbosonics have released a single from their soon-to-be-released, five original song EP, "Center of the Sun." The single, "Bedrock Stomp" (limited release available only on Bandcamp) also includes B-side: "Journey to the Center of the Sun. The full EP release is set for August 20, 2019, and will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, etc.

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Bedrock Stomp is a tribute to the teenage dances, or Surfer Stomps, in 1960s Southern California. The Stomps were often headlined by Dick Dale, who pioneered ear-splitting, 100-watt tube amplifiers and surf beat rhythms. This song also employs a fuzzy-gritty guitar influenced by the likes of Davie Allan, the American guitarist best known for his work on soundtracks to various teen and biker movies in the 1960s.

The start of a new day brings a golden sunrise, and inspires us to continue our quest for the endless summer. This tune is a musical journey through varying rhythms, patterns, and melodies - all coated in that dripping wet reverb, which classic surf music is known for. Choose your ride and join the Turbosonics as they Journey to the Center of the Sun.

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The Turbosonics


The Jagaloons "Ruin The Party" now available on LP!

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The wait is over!

The Jagaloons new record, Ruin The Party, on Sharawaji Records is now available on sweet pool party blue 12" vinyl!

You can grab your copy at http://thejagaloons.bandcamp.com


Sat 8/3: End of Shark Week in NO, 2x surf bands

Whoops sorry for the late notice but Blood Reef is playing with Shark Attack at Portside Lounge, New Orleans. A rare all-surf night!

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