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Archive for November, 2008

SG101 Podcast Episode #5 Is Now Available!

Head on over to the podcast page and grab yourself a copy of the SG101 Podcast, Episode #5!

This one features an Eleki set plus Ferenc interviews Shigeo Naka of the Surf Coasters!

By popular request we have published this episode in the AAC (.m4a) format. This allows you to have tracks inside the podcast so you can jump around from song to song. If you are a Windows user you can play this podcast in iTunes or QuickTime player.

Thanks Lady Reverb!

Speedball Jr

"V8" by Speedball Jr from the "Whiplash" CD (Drunkabilly records, 2003)

Robbie Allen and the Sundogs at Blondie's

Robbie Allen and the Sundogs w/ The Reefriders @

Blondie's Bar
540 Valencia St
San Francisco, California 94110

November 24, 2008
9:00 PM

We had a very nice crowd last month at Blondies. Sorry we didn't get it on video. Some of our fans from MySpace came out of the shadows to watch us play as well. We'll have a little merchandise there this time including T-Shirts, CD's, and those miniature guitar surfboards. We were joined by the Reefriders who are a cross between punk and classic surf. Thier drummer, Glenn James Campbell, is a hard-hitting oddessy that will blow your mind, while Bruce Brewington keeps it real with his vintage 1965 Fender Stratocaster through a Fender Reverb Tank, and Bud Custodio cranks out the rhythms on his Beatle bass, yes, his Beatle bass. All members of surfguitar101.

Hope to see you there!

Pounding Surf DVD Trailer!

The Pounding Surf full-length documentary explores the roots and branches of the SoCal surf music scene from 1961 to the present. Narrated by Paul Johnson, featuring interviews with and concert footage of first, second and third-wave surf artists. Includes "The Art of Surf Drumming", 75 minutes of tips and lessons from four great drummers, including the incomparable Dusty Watson. Grab your copy at or from Paul's website!

The Illustrated Discography of Surf Music 4th Edition is Now Available!

Hot off the press, from John Blair:

The new 4th edition of "The Illustrated Discography of Surf Music, 1961-1965" is here!
Hundreds of 45s and LPs with labels and album covers in full color. The new edition is 248 pages with a Foreword by Dick Dale. There are Appendixes for compilation albums, movies and documentary soundtracks, and surf music on the Top 100. The new 4th edition also has a greatly expanded index from earlier editions.
Price is $46 plus p/h.  Order up to 3 copies directly at using PayPal or credit card. Email to for price and shipping on quantity orders.

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The Eliminators in the November OC Magazine

The Eliminators are in this months OC Magazine. Get a copy at your local news stand.

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Pounding Surf - DVD

From Paul Johnson's Website:

Pounding Surf - DVD
TWO complete programs on one DVD: The feature-length documentary, A Drummer’s Guide to Surf Music, presents a colorful history of the genre (´60s-to-present day) along with great live performances, interviews with key figures and other special features. A separate program, The Art of Surf Drumming, offers instruction from four top surf drummers.

Please be assured: this package is NOT just for drummers — it’s for everyone who loves good music! What started out as just a simple idea for a “surf drum instruction video” has ended up as a much larger concept...  I was invited into the project early on to contribute guitar parts for the drum lessons; then I was asked to narrate “a bit of history” ... This grew to more ambitious proportions as we began to see the potential for producing a general-interest documentary feature along with the lessons. I was soon co-producing and doing the video editing, and we continued developing and refining the content until we were satisfied that we had compiled the most comprehensive and authoritative treatment of this subject that has ever been done.

You´ll see many of the top musicians from the original and present-day scenes, performing and telling stories illustrated with lots of great photos, video clips and graphics from every period. I think it’s safe to say that anyone who views this documentary will gain a thorough understanding of the dynamics of the surf music movement and how it evolved to what it is today!

— PJ

Head on over to Paul's Pounding Surf page and check out a preview clip of the DVD. Read what your fellow SG101'ers are saying about the DVD in this forum thread.