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Archive for May, 2007

GET THREE COFFINS READY FULL LENGTH OUT NOW ON N.D.S.A. RECORDS

GET THREE COFFINS READY'S NEW LP "S/T" IS OUT NOW ON N.D.S.A. RECORDS! 9 BLAZING ORIGINALS!!! YOU CAN ORDER THE CD THROUGH THEM AT  WWW.MYSPACE.COM/GETTREECOFFINSREADY PAY BY PAYPAL OR CONVENTIONAL METHODS. DENVER'S OWN "WESTWORD" AND "THE ONION" BOTH HAVE GIVEN THE ALBUM PRAISE! CHECK OUT WWW.WESTWORD.COM OR WWW.THEONION.COM FOR THE REVIEWS! ON SOME SIDE NOTES: THEY HAVE ADDED A FIFTH NAIL TO THE COFFIN FOR LIVE PERFORMANCES! MICHAEL C. WRIGHT OF THE DENVER CITY SALTLICKS WILL BE PERFORMING FROM TIME TO TIME ON DEISEL POWED UKE!

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New Dick Dale Reissues Now Available at Sundazed

Sundazed is now listing several more Dick Dale Capitol records reissues as now available on their site! That's right, you can finally pick up Checkered Flag, Mr. Eliminator, and Summer Surf on CD for the first time ever. Sundazed previously released the landmark King of the Surf Guitar record a few months back, and if these new releases have the same quality packaging and liner notes, they are bound to be winners!

New from El Ray!

I just got word from El Ray that they have a new 10" record called Holiday on Ice and a new best-of called HIGHWAVE TO HELL - 23 golden hits 2001-2006! If you haven't heard these guys before I highly recommend you check them out. I have their Tick...Tick...Tick CD and I love it. They play a very explosive and edgy brand of surf that will make you wanna jump up and smash stuff!

Holiday On Ice
HIGHWAVE TO HELL

Swamp Coolers Get Some Ink

The Swamp Coolers will be kicking out the jams and cranking up our Fender amps July 12 at The Loft in Tempe from 7-8:30 PM. 420 S. Mill Ave. We hope to see you there! Chris Hansen Orf, from the The East Valley Tribune (Mesa, Ariz.), wrote a nice article about The Swamp Coolers in the current issue of Get Out Magazine. You can check it out at http://www.getoutaz.com/story/2327.

The Volcanos at Autorama on YouTube!

Midwest_Surf_Guy has graciously posted a batch of surf slammin' video clips from Detroit's Volcanos, including several new originals. The guys were playing at Detroit's Autorama car show. Head on over to this forum thread to see the complete list. In the meantime, enjoy this new original, Side Swipe!




Los Straitjackets Summer Camp!

"A select few journeyed to Spain with Los Straitjackets. Hundreds surfed to Baja with Los Straitjackets and the Ventures. Now we bring you the best rock and roll vacation yet! Los Straitjackets Rock ‘N Roll Summer Camp. Three days and nights of twangtastic guitars, dancing Pontanis, rock en espanol and midnight jam sessions all in the beautiful environment of The Catskill Mountains."

Wow, a rock-n-roll summer camp with Los Straitjackets! What a brilliant idea! Head on over to http://straitjackets.com/summercamp/ for the details.



Eddie Bertrand Live at HBISM!!!

Surfin Sundays Concert June 10th from 1 to 3 pm
Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum
411 Olive Ave Huntington Beach, CA 92648
SoundWaves & 60's Guest Legend Eddie Bertrand (The Belairs, Eddie & The Showmen)

After a lengthy hiatus venturing into various types of music Eddie Bertrand has decided to make a comeback to his old favorite surf music scene.  He told me on the phone the other day his friends have been bugging him to pick his old guitar and get back to playing the music that made him popular. Eddie was friends with the late SoundWaves drummer Jim Rudnick who passed away very recently after losing his battle with cancer.  The SoundWaves have been after him to play with them at the museum and he finally agreed.  He was most humble when I told him not a Surfin Sundays gig goes by that he isn't mentioned or a couple of his songs played. He didn't think anyone even remembered him let alone play the songs such as "Squad Car" & "Mr. Rebel" that he created and made popular.  Maybe some of you know but most of us don't that the siren on "Squad Car" was originally invented on the mouthpiece of a saxophone, not the guitar.  He got interested in playing with the SoundWaves because he and Jim were close friends who clicked together like bread and butter.

HBISM has the exclusive on Eddie's grand comeback during his special legendary guest performance with the SoundWaves. We at HBISM are STOKED about Eddie's comeback and invite you to join us in celebration of his success and pay respects to Jim while enjoying great music and it's all free. Eddie is a great guy and we wish him well.


Question about JBL Clones?

Has anyone had any experience with the new Eminence Commonwealth 12's or 15's?

According to one source (supposedly an Eminence rep ) they are meant to sound like the JBL E120.

Although familiar with the D120F and D130F, I 'm not familiar with the "E" series.  What are the sound differences between "E" and "D" series?

How close do the Commonwealths come to the traditional sound of the D120F's and D130F's ? 

How do they compare to the Weber High Power California D120F and D130F  clones which I understand are very good.  It is worth noting that the Commonwealths' have the traditional JBL 4 inch voice coil, high power handling capability (225 watts), and are less expensive than the Webers ( $135 and $150 each).