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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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Current News Stories

The Atomic Beliveaus Release Debut Album!

Start 2017 right - with your copy of the Atomic Beliveaus first album! This highly anticipated collection of 13 original tunes from Toronto’s newest instrumental combo is just what you need to satisfy your six-string craving. It’s original rock’n’roll with a strong vintage vibe, powered with reverb, echo, tremolo and plenty of whammy! La Bout! is a marvel in Twang-O-Sonic sound, carrying the Link Wray Seal of Approval. Don’t miss out!

Available for download/purchase at the band’s website & CD baby

theatomicbeliveaus.com


New Cruncher CD called "STORMY"

Herbert phoned me a few days ago and told me that he has 26 tunes in the can.
At least 18 will find its way onto the new CD called "STORMY".
In the new year he will start to have them pressed.
So let´s hope for some stunning tracks (this time I have not received a pre-sales cdr
so I don´t know what he will offer!???)

RuediGer


Baja Surf Stomp Vol. III

Baja Surf Stomp Vol. III

Once again "Planeta Reverb" and "Barracuda Productions" present 'Baja Surf Stomp'.
Mexican state of Baja California Sur is the perfect destiny for a mini tour full of music, fun and all the Surf vibe you can ask for. We're visiting La Paz, La Ventana & Todos Santos. Join us!

  • Los Grainders
  • Mexican Weirdoh's
  • Los Astros
  • The Barracuda's

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2016 MP3 compilation now on archive.org

Hey everyone! I've just finished uploading this year's MP3 compilation to archive.org. Please spread the word and share the link. You can download all the files in a few different formats as well as stream the individual songs.

SG101 2016 MP3 Compilation on Archive dot org

If you'd like to contribute some album artwork, or you've spotted a mistake, please leave me a note in the comments.

Finally, if you enjoy the service archive.org provides, please consider giving them a donation. They provide a valuable service and have a vast treasure trove of information, books, music, audio collections, and so much more, all for free!

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's compilation and Happy New Year!


A Merry Christmas Message from The New Dimensions

Since Christmas is upon us; we would like to take this opportunity to thank all the wonderful people who have made Surf Guitar 101 and Surf Music Radio around the world such a huge success. Your input, interest and love of the music is truly inspirational. So many artists, DJ's and promoters have made great contributions musically and otherwise.

Additionally, countless groups and artists have recorded, performed and showcased outstanding original music, too many in fact to list individually, however, all enjoyed. Others include those who constantly promote surf music via concerts and events. We urge you to purchase the instrumentals, songs and albums you have enjoyed, in support of these outstanding artists.

During this past year as word of our reunion after more than 50 years apart and our new CD and documentary titled; "Full Circle" was announced; literally thousands of surf music fans have sent their best wishes and positive comments via the Internet and various websites from across our great country and around the world. Each of these messages has been read and appreciated.

We would also like to personally thank some of the surf music heroes and legends who have made surf music what it is and who have graciously appeared in our upcoming documentary or are yet to be interviewed. Just a few include Randy Nauert of The Challengers, Will Glover of The Pyramids, Paul Johnson of The Bel-Airs, Dave Myers of Dave Myers and the Surftones, members of The Ventures, The Beach Boys, Dean Torrence, Three Dog Night, Jan and Dean, Drummer Sandy Nelson, Lorenzo Valdambrini aka; Surfer Joe, Academy Award nominee and former rocker James Edward Olmos of Eddie James and the Pacific Ocean, Denny Tedesco, son of legendary guitarist Tommy Tedesco and producer of The Wrecking Crew movie, James Darren; aka; Moondoggie of Gidget fame, Tommy Roe, Johnny Tillitson, Ron Dante of the Archies and Cufflinks, Denny Randell composer/arranger for the Four Seasons, surf music historian Bob Dalley, iconic producer Bones Howe, historians from The Surf Heritage Museum, numerous former and present day professional surfers, custom surfing related auto and woodie builders, historians and numerous others.

With luck and a prayer, the story may conclude principal filming the summer of 2017. There remains a number of scheduled interviews by other movers and shakers in the world of music and film, who will help to ultimately shape the story behind surf music and the music and generation of the 1960's. Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, a great healthy and prosperous 2017. Sincerely, members of The New Dimensions band.


SandBlast releases first album - The True Blue Incident

SandBlast is pleased to announce our first digital audio collection. It was recorded in one day at True Blue studios in Whittier, CA. Kudos to Brad Haymen at the controls. It consists of ten original tunes that vary from straight ahead surf to surf influenced musical walkabouts. We have a few videos on our Facebook page if you'd like to come by and give a listen. https://www.facebook.com/SandblastSurfMusic/

As always, thanks to Jeff and the SG101 folks for your support. Cheers!

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"Shootout" by The Insanitizers wins First Prize in Dallas Songwriters Association 2016 Competition

"Shootout" just WON FIRST PRIZE in the 2016 Dallas Songwriters Association Contest (Instrumental). The award page cites Insanitizers guitarist Conrad Swartz as the songwriter ("Squid" here on SG101). Here is a link to the awards page:
https://dallassongwriters.org/2016-dsa-song-contest-winners/
Along with that web page announcement is a video announcement, on the third in a sequence of video recordings of the contest awards program. "Shootout" is the first song on The Insanitizers' October 2016 album "Guitar Fun" and is followed by 21 more energetic guitar instrumentals. You can hear it at Insanitizers.com, and the CD album is sold by DWM Music, Deep Eddy Records, CD Baby, etc.

In this contest "Shootout" competed against instrumentals of any genre, so this shows that surf guitar music remains interesting and competitive. In recording the lead Conrad used a Rose Mariposa pickup near the bridge on a strat style guitar.


TMMMafia back 2 Europe / 2017

THE MULLET MONSTER MAFIA . Euro Tour 2017
June 28th to July 16th.
Infos & Booking : sentaaporva@gmail.com / mamuteprod.com
Mamuteprod / Orleone Records

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John Blair to present the Classic Surf Top 101 on North Sea Surf Radio

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This Sunday North Sea Surf Radio will broadcast the 4th edition of the oldest and most popular countdown lists on the station; the Classic Surf Top 101 and the Surf Revival Top 101. North Sea Surf Radio is very proud to welcome John Blair as honorary guest DJ who for this special occasion will present the Classic Surf Top 101. John Blair is widely known in the surf music scene as instigator of the first surf revival with his band Jon & The Nightriders and author of the Illustrated Discography of Surf Music. The Surf Revival Top 101 will for the first time be presented by DJ Jonpaul, who successfully hosted the first three editions of the Classic Surf Top 101, now handing over these duties to John Blair.

"When Niels asked me to present the 2016 edition of the Classic Surf Top 101, I was immediately enthusiastic. North Sea Surf Radio is an unprecedented radio station and a very valuable resource for the surf music scene. I am honored to make a small contribution for this end-of-the-year celebration of the best surf instrumentals of the 1960s. Having collected surf music since the early 60's and writing my Discography of Surf Music, there are a lot of facts and insights that can be shared with the listeners of the station. I look forward to presenting the best 101 surf instrumentals of the First Wave to NSSR listeners."
- - - John Blair, founder Jon & The Nightriders - - -

"John is one of the most knowledgeable persons when it comes to classic surf music and I am absolutely thrilled that he said yes when I asked him to present this list. Having actually grown up during the early 60's and owning one of the most extensive collections of classic surf music I am certain he will be able to make this 4th edition of our list an absolute joy to listen to. His six hour show will contain some highly interesting first hand anecdotes that our listeners are craving for.
After personally having presented the first three editions of the Surf Revival Top 101 I am happy to hand over this responsibility for the fourth edition to DJ Jonpaul, who did an amazing job on the Classic Surf Top 101 in previous years. I am off this year and will be nailed to the radio."
- - - Niels Jansen, founder North Sea Surf Radio - - -

Broadcast schedule Sunday December 18th

Surf Revival Top 101: 03AM PST / 05AM CST / 06AM EST / 12:00 CET
Classic Surf Top 101: 09AM PST / 11AM CST / noon EST / 18:00 CET
Followed by an immediate rerun of both lists:
Surf Revival Top 101 (rerun): 03PM PST / 05PM CST / 06PM EST / 12:00 CET
Classic Surf Top 101 (rerun): 09PM PST / 11PM CST / midnight EST (19th) / 06:00 CET (19th)

Tune in at www.northseasurfradio.com/listen


Double Crown Records Presents "Seasonal Favorites: Volume 4 CD" - Out Now!

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V/A - Seasonal Favorites: Volume Four CD (Double Crown)

People have bugged us the past few years, even in the middle of the summer, asking when the next volume of our Seasonal Favorites series would be out. Well, the agonizing wait is over - it's here, just in time for Christmas 2016! This may be our best one yet, with new recordings from The Beagles, Black Flamingos, The Ogres, Twang-O-Matics, Urban Surf Kings, The Other Timelines, The TomorrowMen, Tiki Joe's Ocean and more. Plus, it's got some past faves from Martin Cilia, Los Straitjackets, The Barbary Coasters and others. Mostly holiday surf/instro tunes, but there are a few vocals to really get you in the spirit of the season. 15 instros and 5 vocals, with cover art as always from the incomparable Johnny Bartlett!

Tracks: Martin Cilia: Christmas In July - Los Straitjackets: Groovy Old St Nick - The Beagles: Snoopy’s Christmas - Meshugga Beach Party: Hot Rod Hannukah - Black Flamingos: How The Gurch Stole Christmas - The Barbary Coasters: Lump Of Coal - Twang-O-Matics: Staffan var en stalledräng - Urban Surf Kings: I Saw Three Ships (Mr. Rebel Version) - Fronkensteen: Nutty Sweet - Aqualads: Angels We Have Heard On High - The Ogres: Xmas Is A Bust - The TakeOffs: Santa Claus Is Coming To Surf - The Other Timelines: Public Access Christmas Special - The Kanaloas: X-Mas Palm Tree - The Falcons: Ye Merry Gentlemen - Crazy Aces: Crazy AceMas - The TomorrowMen with E-Rock: Friends (At Christmas Time) - Travelers Of Tyme: Dance Of The Sugarplum Fairy - Tiki Joe’s Ocean: Jingle Bells - Whoa Nellie! Vera & Johnny: Little Johnny Got a Japanese Guitar for Christmas

Just $12.75 - Order Now At Double Crown Records



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