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Archive for March, 2009

Surf Shows >> Seattle >> Contact

Hey everybody, this is Joe Jabon from Banzai Surf.

I am going to be starting to set up some surf shows up here in Seattle this Summer.

If you know anyone who's planning on making the trek near these parts or would just like to lay the ground work for playing up here in Latteville, give me a buzz and I'll do what I can to help set things up with local clubs, bands and radio stations.


-joe jabon-

Goodbye to The Sundogs


Robbie Allen Ditches ‘Sundogs’; Says Hello to ‘The Outer Edge’

Sacramento, CA – With the band’s one-year anniversary looming just months away, Robbie Allen along with his band mates Josh Hester and Gary Christensen, have announced that they will be dropping the current name of the band (“The Sundogs”) for a title that better portrays their image and style of music. The surprise announcement comes in the wake of a legal hang-up regarding the use of the band’s current name, already a registered trademark of a Berkeley, CA based roots rock group. “The Sundogs” name was originally coined by Gary Christensen after much deliberation between the band’s original members. Gary and Robbie have both stated that it was not their intention to infringe on the rights of the current trademark holders and, at that time they were unaware of the Bay Area group (who ceased from touring nearly ten years ago) that had seven major releases – some of which are still available at select retailers. The band’s recent move to the title “The Outer Edge” was mutually agreed upon by the members of the group after considering over two-hundred titles. The decision was based on legal advice from the band’s attorney. In response to an email, Robbie Allen commented from his apartment overseas: “We think that while the core theme of our music draws heavily on the instrumental guitar trends of the 60s including surf music, on the same token, our style is very versatile and constantly adapting to the melting pot of influences and creative whims common to all three members of our band, not to mention the people we collaborate with behind the scenes. I think the new name reflects the edgier-sounding ‘acid surf rock’ vibe that is beginning to define us more and more.” The band has also decided to maintain “Robbie Allen” as part of the group’s name so as to avoid confusion during the transition. More info can be obtained by sending an email to

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Surfer Joe Summer Festival 2009 - 24, 25, 26 July - Livorno, Italy

The web site for the SJ Summer Festival 2009 is online!
As you can see there is still something missing, you know... last minute confirmations, other bands, exhibitors... but most of it is there.

I hope to see some of you guys at the fest this summer, it will be amazing! We managed to put together a very nice line-up of bands and the exhibition will be bigger. On the web site you find some info about accommodation, but feel free to contact us for details.

Good vibes,

New Double Crown Website & URL

After months of work, we're ready to launch the brand new Double Crown Records website!

Check it out at:

It has a bunch of features that we're really excited about. It's easy to integrate video and audio into the website, both on the front page and in blog posts. We are still using CCNow for order processing, so for all of you long-time customers that part of ordering with us will be the same as usual. The shopping area of the website is much easier to navigate than the old site, and every item has a cover scan and track listing (for CD's and 7"s). There are options to view 10, 20, 50 or all items on a page, and best of all, there is a search function, so you can enter a band name or keyword, and get a list of every CD, 7" and magazine that features that band or keyword. For example, search for "The Madeira" and you'll see all 3 Double Crown CD's, plus the 3 issues of The Continental magazine that they appeared on the CD comp.

I have gone through the site and looked for any mistakes or broken links, but if you find one drop me an e-mail at: I would also welcome any comments or criticisms about the new site.

The old URL, , will continue to work indefinitely. I will update both sites for the next few months or so, until I know that the new site definitely works. At that point I will then redirect to the new site, so both URLs will work.

It's a big step - I haven't really ever updated the look and functionality of the old site, and it shows!

Order from either site until March 31st and take 20% off any order over $20.00 using coupon code: MARCH20
Double Crown Records

The Pyronauts 10 year Anniversary!

Howdy Surfer Boys and Girls!

There are many many things happening in The Pyronauts world, so read on to not miss important information:

We've been busy planning our 10 year anniversary party for June 13th this summer!  Make your plans now to be in attendance!  We will be featuring many former band members, have special guests, special displays, new merchandise, and possibly some very rare out of print vintage merchandise!  We hope to have serveral of our 10+ current and former drummers as well as our some of our 8 current and former bass players!  This will be a free show held at the former "U-Turn" building in Auburn.  Please contact us and let us know if you'd like to help with the show or have any cool pictures or video that you can send us!

We also have a very important show on May 15th at Slim's in San Francisco.  This is a huge club and it is a very big deal that we are opening for The Red Elvises there on this Friday night (May 15th).  It's our first time playing there and we need everyone's help to fill this place up!

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Los Straitjackets Summer Camp 2009!

Roasting marshmallows around a fire, a pristine mountain setting and rock & roll guitars...? That's right amigo, Los Straitjackets Rock & Roll Summer Camp is back! August 25th through 28th spend three days and nights with the men behind the masks!  Enjoy three great shows, get personal instruction in guitar and rock & roll showmanship, and share the camaraderie of fellow fans. At the spectacular Full Moon Resort located in the heart of the Catskills Mountain Preserve in upstate New York.

Package(s) include:
  • Three nights of live music with Los Straitjackets and special guests. This year, Dieselbilly legend Bill Kirchen will sit in with the hombres and teach a workshop to boot. 
  • Three nights of comfortable country inn accommodations at the Full Moon Resort with over a hundred pristine acres of mountains, fields and streams to wander and explore.
  • Opening night cocktail party. 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared each day by Full Moon’s on-site chef.
  • Guitar workshops with Eddie Angel, Daddy-O-Grande and Bill Kirchen.
Check out all the details at!

Surf Guitar Weekend in Santa Cruz..etc...

Is anybody planning on going to Brookdale outside of Santa Cruz this weekend? Well...if you are then you're in for a treat. No, this isn't just another reminder about the show with The Ventures guitarist Nokie Edwards on March 21st with Robbie Allen's band, and The Reefriders. Actually...

The Shitones will also be performing this Friday, March 20th at The Brookdale Inn. An arrangement is being made so that guests who attended the Shitones show will get $3.00 off on their admission the next night with Nokie Edwards. (Sorry, discount does not apply to Surfguitar101 members who already purchased their tickets in advance using the coupon code.)

For those of you in the Sacramento area who can't make it down for the weekend's activites, Robbie Allen and the Sundogs will be playing at Constable Jacks in Newcastle, CA Friday night at 9:00 PM. As a result, if you are planning on going to the Brookdale show and can make it out to Robbie Allen and his band's gig in Newcastle, then you'll also recieve the $3.00 discount when you attend Nokie's show at the Brookdale Inn.

(916) 760-8560

The AquaSonics at Viva Las Vegas rockabilly Weekend 12

The AquaSonics will be bringing the Surf sound to the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender for 3 nights, April 10, 11, and 12, 2009 inside the Orleans Hotel and Casino at Brendans Pub With our beautiful Go-Go girl Miss Kitty Baby. This is by far the best party of the year with 4 stages, big, big car show, burlesque show, tons of venders and a Tiki pool party that has turned out to be one of the highlights. All the details can be found at you can see a lot of pictures from last years Viva on our myspace site. We hope to see you there!!!   Pray for Cerf , The AquaSonics

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Pollo del Mar in Europe in July & even more booking news...

This is the first news I can give regarding the US guests for the SJ Summer Festival. Pollo del Mar will come touring Italy and Germany - at least - on July. Dates range is between July 15 and July 26, with an appearance at the Surfer Joe Summer festival on Saturday 25. They are not the only band coming, but I will say more in the next days hopefully. For updates regarding the festival you will be able to look at, and I will post more about US touring bands. We will deal with other bands in the next months and 99% we will have Slacktone again on September, Surfaris on October. I will manage the Italian dates with Blitz Studio as usual. Plus we have already scheduled Vibrants (Spain), Barbwires (Sweden), Dead Rocks (Brazil). So, jump on the flight with Ferenc & Co. and come to the festival please...

Update on Nokie Edwards Concert in Santa Cruz

Hey gang, we wanted to remaind everyone of the upcoming show with Nokie Edwards (lead guitar of the Ventures as you all know). The Reefriders will open the show at 9:00p, you gotta see these guys, thier drummer Glen kicks some serious punk/surf butt. Robbie Allen and the Sundogs will be there doing their surf/psychedelic thing, and then Nokie will be performing an all-Ventures setlist, backed by Robbie and the Sundogs

Ticket price for the Nokie Edwards concert at the Brookdale Inn will be $20 but we've arranged for surfguitar101 members to get a discount if they buy online at the page.
Click on the button that says 'Discount Code' or something like that and type in "surfguitar101" and your ticket price drops to $15.

There will also be both an acoustic guitar drawing and an electric guitar drawing at the Nokie Edwards concert at the Brookdale Inn in March.
You can also buy tickets and keep up-to-date on the concert by going to