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Archive for February, 2009

Louie Bellson's funeral in Los Angeles

Sorry to remind that today 26th February there will be the funeral of Mr. Louie Bellson in Los Angeles.

Not exactly a surf music news - I know - but I have to say that it is a critical news for all musicians and drummers as Louie Bellson has been an amazing inspiration for many music styles and he developed new drumming techniques during his career. He has represented a basic teaching on how to play drums!

Louie Bellson was one of the first drummers experimenting the use of the double bass drum and developed the so-called "finger technique" more than anyone else, opening new doors to modern drumming and, of course, jazz playing. He was one of the best drummers in the world an much fun to see, more elegant than Gene Krupa and nothing less than Buddy Rich.

I'm sorry that I never had the chance to see him playing as he has been doing concerts up to a few months ago.

Operation: Crush Cancer! A Benefit for Spanky Twangler of The Penetrators

Editors Note: Found on the Double Crown Blog:

If any of you have picked up The Penetrators DVD “Declassified” (available for purchase here: ) I’m sure you’ve committed to memory the fact we played our first club gig on March 26th 1994. As coincidence would have it, the 15th anniversary of that date will be commemorated with “Operation: CRUSH CANCER” – A benefit for Brian (Spanky Twangler) Rogers at the Star Bar in Atlanta on Thursday March 26th and Friday March 27th.

Benefit or no benefit, this is one crazy-great line up of straight-up Surf & Garage Rock and Roll!!!!! Here is the info:

[begin transmission] I'm proud and excited to present the "official" line-up for: The Southern Surf Syndicate Spanktacular, Operation: CRUSH CANCER

At The Star Bar March 26th-27th. Benefit for Brian (Spanky Twangler) Rogers.

Thursday March 26th

9:00-9:30pm Slim Chance and the Convicts
9:45-10:15pm The Mystery Men!
10:30-10:50pm Myopic i (Debut!)
11:05-11:35pm The Holland Dutch
11:50-12:40pm Cletis and His City Cousins
12:55-close Thee Crucials

Friday March 27th

9:00-9:30pm The Surge!
9:45-10:15pm The Electric Cycles
10:30-11:00pm Dragline (Re-union!)
11:15-11:45pm The Penetrators w/ special guests
12:00-12:50pm The Woggles
1:05-close The Forty-Fives

There will be DJs each night and a fund-raising raffle too! The Star Bar is located at 437 Moreland Ave Atlanta GA 30307.

The AquaSonics at The Skylark featuring Miss Kitty Baby!

The AquaSonics play Saturday, February 28th, at the Skylark with special guest Miss Kitty Baby! Read more for the show flyer...

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Boardwalkers at Pop Culture Book Signing 2/21

Free live surf instrumentals w/ The Boardwalkers this Saturday, 6-9 (+ new Dumb Angel Blog)

On Saturday February 21 @ 6, come by Stories Book Store, 1716 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California (Echo Park, just South of Alvarado) to hear surf instrumental combo The Boardwalkers live and in person. They'll be playing between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Stories for a book event based around my new one with Brian Chidester, "Pop Surf Culture: Music, Design, Film and Fashion from the Bohemian Surf Boom." Several television monitors around the shop will be screening a wide variety of pre-1970 surfing movies as background eye candy (and for Pop effect) as The Boardwalkers play, and we meet, greet and sign books. For more information and a ton of groovy pics, check:

Comments on the blog site, very much appreciated. No one previous has presented The Rendezvous like this.

Thanks, folk, and hope to see you @ Stories...

Domenic Priore

The Wet-Tones opened 4 Los Straitjackets in Italy

ok,it's the "date"! at 15 february we opened 4 the " marvellous maskerade band" LOS STRAITJACKETS ! a dream come true!To be on the same stage with my heroes,FANTASTIC!so many times I wondered how Eddie &co,set their amps& guitars,now I know 'couse Eddie twin reverb!!!They are great people,very friendly,we had funtimes together before and after the show.In the backstage  with my son Yari  movin' between the DIPinto's and their sharp dress,look incredible to me. Ah,I forgot to say that I live in a place in Italy where nothing happens..ever..never.. so it was the "LIFE's  DATE"!They play and know well  what to do on stage,grea t performance,great sounding amps(wet-tones's amps),but prior to everything..they are "simply FRIENDS"!!!!! one of the best  day in my life!

aloha from Bruno the Wet-Tones...Italy

Docteur Legume Live at last !!!!

Docteur Legume played live @ Zogra (ITA) last 10/2/09

Doc played tikidrums, farfisa & Weird Sound Generator

Absolutely mad show featuring:

Andrea "ZIO" Giunti: CAJUN
Marcello Milanese: THEREMIN

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''An Evening with the Mermen'' Kicks Off the Iconic Band’s 20th Anniversary Year

The Mermen wash into San Francisco’s Independent on March 6, 2009. “An Evening with the Mermen” Kicks Off the Iconic Band’s 20th Anniversary Year of Celebratory Headlining Performances and a Summer CD Release. See the full press release online with images at:

Agent Orange show Feb. 15th

For all Agent Orange fans...

Agent Orange, the original southern California punk/surf power trio band, will appear at Paradise Lost on Feb. 15....


The AquaSonics at the Skylark

The Aquasonics will be rockin' our favorite beer joint, The Skylark Lounge in Denver Colorado on Saturday 28 Feb. 2009 with our go-go dancer, Miss Kitty Baby. Opening the show up will be Rockabilly Rouzers , The Smokin' Jays. See you there!
The Aquasonics on MySpace

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John Blair Joins the Eliminators!

John Blair

Surf guitar legend John Blair of Jon & The Nightriders, who is responsible for starting the second wave of surf music, has joined The Eliminators Surf Band.

Jon & The Nightriders electrified music lovers in 1979 when their maiden effort "Rumble At Waikiki" exploded on to the Hollywood scene and ignited what music historians now call the "second wave," or modern school of rock & roll's first electronic revolution: "instrumental" surf music.

In addition to reintroducing the nearly-forgotten style of guitar-based, instrumental surf music that laid the groundwork in the late 50s and early 60s for heavy metal and fusion styles, Jon & The Nightriders inspired classic "first wave" bands such as The Ventures and Dick Dale to resume touring.

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