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Archive for July, 2010

Dick Dale Riding The Wave Back From Cancer: L.A. Times Article

The L.A. Times Entertainment blog has a great article entitled Dick Dale: Surf guitar king riding the wave back from cancer. This story is a must read to appreciate the resiliency and determination of our favorite guitar player. Please join SurfGuitar101 in wishing Dick a complete and full recovery from his recent medical issues. As one forum member put it: "Dick Dale is The Victor!"

Instromania, Melbourne, Aust. - new gigs announced in August

Instromania is Australian instrumental music at its best

The lineup this time is Martin Cilia - a member of legendary Australian surf band "The Atlantics" and one of Australia's best known surf guitarists and Ben Rogers Instrumental Asylum is a high-energy, surf-style trio dedicated to reverb drenched surf/gypsy/Tarantino guitar. Guaranteed to be LSD* free. Also, be prepared for a secret surprise support act.

Image*Lead singer disease

Friday 20th August - St Kilda RSL (St Kilda Army/Navy)
88 Acland St, St Kilda
8pm - 11pm

Saturday 21st August - The Studio
37 Geringhap St, Geelong
8pm - 11pm

Sunday 22nd August - 303
303 High St, Northcote
3pm - 7pm

More info:
Tickets available from Moshtix

KKCR Hawaii looking for surf to play

Howzit- New to the site, although Ron has been here for awhile. Got a radio show on our local community radio station and am getting more into the surf genre and being so far from the mainland it's been hard getting ahold of new/old material to put on air. If anyone is interested in some airplay in Hawaii and over the web via, let me know. You can send material to:

KKCR  P.O. Box 825 Hanalei Hi 96714  Attn; Conrad


New Sandblasters DVD- Live from Texas

Sandblasters - Live From Texas CD Cover Art Live DVD / CD double disc! Instrumental Surf/Spy-Fi/Spaghetti Western/Space Cowboy visionary surf twang. 18 song video/16 song CD collection captures the, raw, live energy of the Sandblasters w/ multiple camera angles in TV studios w/ digital audio.

The long awaited release of "Live from Texas " captures the Sandblasters in high quality video in intimate TV studio settings before live audiences playing the hits from both of their infamous CD releases Space Bar B Q and Cactus Stingray.

Mark Stultz -Guitar, Spencer Clark- Drums, Chris Happel and Drew Schuller on bass. Compiled and produced by Mark Stultz- guitarist/band leader and songwriter for the Sandblasters

Although the Sandblasters are no longer playing live shows, they still keeping the music alive and are still very close friends. There are 12 videos posted on YouTube to enjoy. Mark now lives in Nashville, TN. Mark is still writing and performing both acoustic and electric instrumental music and manages the Sandblasters archives and releases. Spencer and Chris are both actively playing in various bands in Austin, TX and Drew is temporarily living in Honduras.

A Day At The Beach Podcast #3 Now Available

Clint Beachwood from KCR radio in San Diego is now creating podcasts! The first three episodes are available here courtesy of Rickshaw Records. Check them out!

SG101 Podcast #12 Now Available!

Join Lady Reverb as she spins music from the bands who will be performing at the 3rd Annual Surf Music Convention on August 7th, 2010 in Los Alamitos, CA. Also featured are new music from The Bambi Molesters, The Reigning Monarchs, and The Wagon Train.

Head on over to our podcast page to download it now, or look for it in iTunes shortly. Enjoy!

A big thank you to Lady Reverb & Danny Snyder for producing this episode!

Song List:

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Radio Free Bakersfield Spotlights SG101 Convention #3

Whorehay has graciously turned over the microphone at the Radio Free Bakersfield podcast to Jeff "BigTikiDude" Hanson and head Insect Surfer Dave Arnson to create a show hyping the 2010 convention! Click here to download the show, which features songs by bands appearing at the convention and surrounding dates. The list of bands includes The Space Rangers, The Surfside IV, The Wadadli Riders, The Space Cossacks, The Atomic Mosquitos, Frankie & The Pool Boys, The International Men of Mystery, The Insect Surfers, The Eliminators and The Secret Samurai. All of that, plus the scoop on the convention and related events, witty banter, and "your mother" jokes! Check it out!

Japan's Emperor honors The Ventures

In June, The Seattle Times featured an article about The Ventures receiving recognition from the Emperor of Japan. What shocked me was this: one source estimated that there are more than 600 Ventures tribute bands in Japan. Astounding...

Below is a snippet from the original article.

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Sound of The Surf: Upcoming Surf Music Documentary

"Sound of the Surf" is the first feature documentary that tells the true story of Surf Music. With author and musician John Blair, Director Thomas Duncan spent over three years researching and filming. The film explores the early 60s when venues like the Rendezvous Ballroom, Harmony Park Ballroom, Revelaire Club, and Retail Clerk's Hall dominated the Southern California music scene. But it didn't stop there. Blair went beyond the rumored demise of Surf in the late 70s when his band Jon and the Nightriders re-ignited the Surf Music phenomenon in the middle of the Los Angeles punk rock scene.
Surf Music is still very much alive and well today. The musical form has spread across the globe, represented by thousands of bands from nearly every country. "Sound of The Surf" includes live performances by the bands who best show the diversity and innovation that Surf Music continues to develop. The film includes appearances by The Eliminators, Surfaris, Slacktone, The Madeira, Surf Coasters, Meshugga Beach Party, The Bitch Boys, The Barbwires, Laika and the Cosmonauts, Wadadli Riders, Los Straightjackets, and more.

The Space Cossacks, Frankie and The Poolboys, and The Secret Samurai, oh my!

Image To help prepare for the weekend's onslaught of surf fueled mayhem, we're happy to announce this year's SurfGuitar101 Convention San Diego Pre-party!  The show will be held at The Soda Bar in the North Park area of San Diego.

This year is really special as we're lucky to have one of the greatest instro surf bands of all time, The Space Cossacks!! If that weren't enough, also on the bill is the surf super group, Frankie & The Poolboys consisting of Ferenc Dobronyi from Pollo Del Mar, Danny Snyder from The TomorrowMen/Meshugga Beach Party, Karen Dobronyi from Meshugga Beach Party, Naotaka Seki from The Surf Coasters, and Tony Bald from The TomorrowMen. Rounding out the lineup will be San Diego's, The Secret Samurai who will start things off at 10pm.

This show should get you more than adequate reverb poisoning. We hope to see as many sg101ers as possible to help kick off the weekend!  Check out the forum thread on this show for updates and for show reports. Check out the Facebook Event Page for the show as well!