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Archive for June, 2011

The Man From RavCon Rides Again!

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The Man From RavCon Rides Again! is a full on guitar-based Spaghetti Western CD with a twist. Like the latter-day spaghetti western soundtracks of the late 60's and early 70's, the eleven tracks that make up The Man From RavCon Rides Again! incorporate elements of another popular music form of the time: Progressive Rock. In addition to the simple but effective deep surfy single-note guitar melodies present on the previous releases, you'll hear light prog embellishments such as Hammond Organ, Mellotron Strings, Flute and Choir as well as unique time signatures and tempo changes. The new sound has been described as "progressive twang" and it fits.

The Man From RavCon Rides Again! is now available for download at CD Baby. The physical CD will be available soon.

Calhoun Surf Tab by Daddy-O Grande

Damian Fanelli (Mr. Neutron) is doing a great job as the editor of the online version of Guitar World magazine. Now, here's the first column by Daddy-O Grande of Los Straitjackets. Daddy-O explains the history of his classic song Calhoun Surf, and it even includes tablature. Daddy-O did the tabs himself, so you know it's correct!

BODYSNATCHERS Live at the OC Fair July 22nd!

We're celebrating 1 year as your new favorite surf band! And we're putting together our biggest show yet for this year's OC Fair! We hope to see everyone there on July 22nd, we will hit the stage at 2:30pm! We'll have our CD 'Calling All Creeps' as well as the new 'Dantes Beach Party' single for sale!

Check us out on our new Reverbnation page too!

Santa Catalina Island Company Presents Dick Dale w/ The Eliminators July 2

The King of the Surf Guitar

Dick Dale and son Jimmy Dale

Special guests The Eliminators

Dick Dale, "The King of the Surf Guitar," brings his spirited sound to the Catalina Casino.  Dale is a legendary performer who invented the surf guitar sound and continues as its chief ambassador to this day.  His many hits include "Miserlou," the song that electrified Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction.

Dale's son Jimmy Dale joins him on stage for a performance of dueling Fender guitars.  Surf rock favorites The Eliminators open the show.

Saturday, July 2, 7:30 pm.  All ages are welcome.

Buy tickets:

New TomorrowMen - It's About Time CD From Double Crown Records


The TomorrowMen are ready to hit the surf/instro rock scene with their debut CD release, “It’s About Time!”. Led by guitarist Mycroft Eloi (aka Danny Snyder – Meshugga Beach Party and Frankie & The Poolboys), the TomorrowMen will blow you away with their unique blend of traditional and modern surf rock, adding a slight Man Or Astro-man influenced sci-fi sound to several of their tunes. The songs are powerful, melodic and sure to stick in your head for years to come. What makes the The TomorrowMen stand apart from the majority of surf bands playing today is their priority on creating memorable melodies and presenting them in very inventive arrangements. When placed in the midst of a really strong rhythm section such as they have here, you end up with a recipe for some of the best surf music you’ll ever hear.

Order direct from Double Crown and receive a free bonus track via e-mail – their version of “El Condor Pasa”!

Tracks: Dr. Kilometers (Uncertainty Principle) – Tempori Parendom – Maelstrom – Curse You Fred Haines – Midnight At The Chronolab – Mobius Transformation – Argosy – Phistful Of Photons – Claire de Lune – Run Ripley Run – Momentium – Chronosurf – Requiem For A TomorrowMan

The TomorrowMen – It’s About Time CD – DCCD42 – $12.75. Click To Order From Double Crown Records.

Available now at CD Baby and soon via iTunes!

Official TomorrowMen Website
The TomorrowMen On Facebook

Note: This will begin shipping to Double Crown Music Club members next week (June 20 – 24).

The Surfaris play West Palm Beach, FL and Glendora, CA in July!

The Surfaris with Bob Berryhill will be performing at the block party opening of Longboards in West Palm Beach on July 2nd.  The band will be playing the Surfaris hits like Wipe Out and Surfer Joe along with some deep cuts like Similau, Scattershield, Murphy the Surfie, Point Panic, Surf Scene, Burnin Rubber, Waikiki get the point! The Jacuzzi Boys will be opening the show. Check this link for more info.

Then, just two days later, The Surfaris will be performing at the Glendora, Ca. July 4th Celebration on Glendora ave @3pm.  The band played the event last year to an amazing hometown audience. Come see The Surfaris play in the town where it started for them back in 1962.  Go to our web site or check this link for more details.


Announcing the SurfGuitar101 Convention 2011!

Flyer by JonPaul Balak
It’s hard to believe, but the fourth convention is now upon us! Mark your calendars now, Saturday, August 13th 2011 is a date you will not want to miss! Join us for a celebration of live surf music in the heart of Southern California!
We are absolutely pleased to announce the headlining act will be none other than Satan’s Pilgrims! We are also excited to continue the tradition started last year by hosting bands from outside the United States. This year, visiting from foreign shores we will have The Razorblades (Germany), The Bradipos IV (Italy), and The Blue Demons (Canada)!

As before, we will host a special “Legends of Surf” jam, where members of original 1960’s surf bands will play the classics in the genre. You won’t want to miss this! Past years have featured members of The Belairs, Eddie & The Showmen, The Chantays, The Lively Ones, and The Crossfires. This year we are going to feature the music of The Belairs, Davie “King Fuzz” Allan, and a tribute to Eddie Bertrand!

Do you play an instrument? Why not sign up for the SG101 member jam? Site members get up and play surf classics old and new, sometimes standing side by side with musician’s from the original bands!

We’ll also have a large vendor space featuring CD’s, vinyl, t-shirts, DVD’s and more!

All of this is happening Saturday, August 13th, 2011 at The Starting Gate, 5052 Katella Avenue, in Los Alamitos, California, 9am to 8pm. Tickets will be $25 at the door. Kids 16 & under are free!

Here is the complete band lineup for the convention:
  • Satan’s Pilgrims - One of the most popular and influential modern surf bands, these caped musicians hail from the Pacific Northwest, home of the Ventures, The Sonics, and The Wailers.
  • The Razorblades - All the way from Germany, you’ll dig their fast and loud take on surf music.
  • The Bradipos IV - From Italy, you’ll love their traditional surf and spaghetti western sounds.
  • The Cocktail Preachers - This Chicago band indeed preaches to the faithful the sounds of surf, exotica, and Mai-Tais.
  • Daikaiju - This Kabuki masked band hails from Alabama, and plays a high explosive, rocket-fueled progressive form of surf music. One of the most talked about live acts on the scene.
  • Meshugga Beach Party - Who knew? Traditional surf music combined with Jewish folk songs! You have to see to believe these chosen surfers from Northern California.
  • The Deadbeats - One of the hottest and youngest surf bands today, these kids like to play old school surf music loud and fast!
  • The Blue Demons - From Toronto, these wrestling super heroes will take you to the mat with their pile-driving take on surf and garage music.
  • The Tequila Worms - Another young band, these guys hail from Anaheim, California, and sound like The Ventures after getting in a car crash with Link Wray!
But wait there is more! That’s right, we have all kinds of shows lined up for you before and after the convention. Book your hotel rooms now for a massive celebration of live surf music. Here is the complete schedule:

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Surfapalooza II - June 25th w/7 surf bands!! Annapolis, MD

Surfapalooza II - 2011 kicks off Saturday, June 25that 6pm at the Whiskey in Annapolis, MD.    

This year we’ve expanded the event to include 7 kickin’ surf bands on 2 stages! Joining us this year for the 1st time will Baltimore Surf Sensation the Diamondheads, also the Clams, Blue Wave Theory and Killer Filler!  Returning from last year are the Annapolis favorites the Atom Bumz, the Instronauts of Reverb Galaxy and the Hypersonics!    Plus once again everyone will be treated to the awesome Surfer Girl fashion show held by the great folks at The Brown Eyed Girl Surf Shop!  Third Eye Comics will be bringing their Marvel Comics Silver Surfer display and DJ Bump returns spinning a variety of surf/beach music between sets!

Lew of the Atom Bumz and Mike at the Whiskey are putting on a fantastic event this year, and we hope you can join us!  Cover is a mere $10.

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Paul Johnson and The Everpresent Fullness!

Paul Johnson played a reunion of his post-surf folk-rock band 'The Everpresent Fullness' Sun Jun 12th at the 'Rhino Pop-up Store' in Westwood, Los Angeles. Abetted by 2 'youngsters' on drums and vocals/melodica/harmonica, the original singer/guitarist, bassist and lead guitarist Paul did a very tight set of their signature songs from 1966. It was definitely folk-rock, a few touches of blues, and Paul explained to the audience how their then record label 'White Whale (who also had The Turtles) was grooming them to be the West Coast's answer to The Lovin' Spoonful. It was explained to the audience that the release of their one big single was screwed up by the original writer (not in the band) disliking their arrangement and preventing the release! Also included in the set were a few Dylan tunes, and PJ even played a beautiful sounding electric 12-string on one song.  i had never heard any of the material before, I only knew OF the band, but i was not disappointed in the least. The last number I joined surf author Dominic Priore in boppin to the beat by the side of the stage! Hopefully PJ will continue to a few more Everpresent Fullness gigs around town!!


Jon & The Nightriders' Surf Beat '80 released on CD

Good news!!!

The seminal surf instro album from 1980, Jon & The Nightriders' "Surf Beat '80" was released on CD for the first time on 7 June!! All of the tracks have been digitally remixed and remastered. There are SIX bonus tracks included, several appearing for the first time. I expect the CD will be available on Amazon and CDBaby, as well as the following websites:

I'll also have copies available at the Surfer Joe Festival and all of the upcoming John Blair Band tour dates in Italy later in June (