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Everything Is Golden: New CD by Ravcon

Album Art

SurfGuitar 101 forum member Ravcon, aka, The Man From RavCon, has just released his new album, Everything Is Golden. It's a guitar-based combination of Surf/Spy/Spaghetti Western music, influenced by instro/surf pioneers such as Duane Eddy, Jack Nitzsche, Dick Dale, and newer bands The Surf Coasters, Laika & The Cosmonauts and The Tremolo Beer Gut. There's also a little John Barry feel thrown in the mix, as well as a surf rock arrangement of Morricone's classic Once Upon A Time In The West theme. These latter two influences help lend Everything Is Golden a cinematic appeal that ties it in nicely with The Man From RavCon's debut release, Zombie Pimp Cowboys From Outer Space!

Everything Is Golden is available for download now at the itunes store and cdbaby.

The album will also be available for order in CD format from cdbaby soon.

For more info on The Man From RavCon, see www.myspace.com/manfromravcon


Whimsical Surf CD the main feature on MWE3.com

Surf Band's New CD Acclaimed

The music of the surf-rock band The Insanitizers is now the main feature on the front page of music review internet site Music World Express 3000 (mwe3.com). They could have featured any CD and they chose the Insanitizers' new "Whimsical Surf." The review says "the 17 cut all instrumental CD is just the ticket to get things moving in this summer heat...The CD sounds great and the band has done a super job packaging...with excellent graphics."

The CD review is followed by a photo interview with lead guitarist Conrad Swartz, showing several unusual guitars. The music is "uptempo, lively, vigorous, energizing" and about having fun. Other band members are Ralf Palin on bass, Tim Ennis on drums, and Chad Van Dyke on guitar. This Summer the Insanitizers performed at the Hawaiian Festival and the Farmers Market, both in Vancouver, Washington.  Their MySpace site is www.MySpace.com/SurfInsanitizers.


El Ray: Chasing Ray - New Release August 30, 2010

Chasing Ray
EL RAY - "CHASING RAY"
Releasing August 30th 2010 on Blackout Music

THE SOUNDTRACK OF YOUR WILDEST IMAGINATION

At the turn of the century, a strangely inspiring dude called Frank transformed four cute indie guys with a soft spot for love struck lyrics into dirty savvy surf instrumentalists where mums the words.  Nine years, three bass players and three albums later, El Ray now releases its fourth studio album 'Chasing Ray'.  Are you ready to be surfed away by the soundtrack to your wildest imagination finally being released?

A TRIBUTE TO EL KID'O

Drawing on inspiration from legendary Link Ray & Dick Dale, mixed with class acts like Pixies, Bob Hund & Sonic Youth and with a profound love for the garage scene, El Ray is more than music, it's deadly fun.  'Chasing Ray' is the band's tribute to former bass player extraordinaire, El Kid'o, who died tragically of cancer at the age of 27.  With new bass player La Chiquilla in place, El Ray is once again ready to get in character and play bikinis and trunks of every cool cat in town.  Ink or no ink, you're all welcome at El Ray's surf party and as the band says: 'As long as you're into surfing the genre with a twist and more than ready to venture into the night, you're a Ray'.

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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.

FilmBaby.com
CDBaby.com

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.

''Chasing Ray'' - New album from El Ray

The new El Ray album is currently being printed and due for release in August! It will be out on 180 gram vinyl, Cd, iTunes etc.

Check out a few songs from the album on our Bandcamp page.

http://elray.bandcamp.com/

KEYS/VOCAL needed for SURF ROCKERS BAND

"SURF ROCKERS" HAS REGROUPED.  WE NEED A PIANO PLAYER  WHO CAN SING.  THERE WILL BE NINE OF US AFTER WE FIND SUCH A PIANIST.  WE DO VOCALS AND INSTRUMENTALS.  WE HAVE SOME GIGS ON CALENDAR FOR THIS SUMMER.  THEY HAPPEN TO BE PAY GIGS, BUT THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES.  WE ARE A HOBBY BAND. We rehearse in Gardena, CA.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, PLEASE EMAIL ME AT omalleylaw@hotmail.com OR CALL MIKE MARONEY AT 818-355-1338.

SURF'S UP!

NICK O'MALLEY (an original Del-Tone)

Ramblin' Ambassadors to release 7"

The Ramblin Ambassadors are all set to release their brand new 7" on Eat Shit and Die Records out of Edmonton. Containing one original "Pine Beetle Express and two Shadows covers (The Savage/FBI) this little platter is pure dynamite!

For ordering info contact: www.esanddrecordings.com

Also look for the Ramblin' Ambassadors touring Western Canada in April!

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The Svens on My Space

The Svens have joined the E world. Check us out on MySpace.  

www.myspace.com/svenscowboysurfpoetry

Give us a listen, find out what Cowboy Surf Poetry is all about. Enjoy

Picture gallery of The Atlantics Live at the Basement in Sydney

The Atlantics played at the famous Basement in Sydney on Janaury 19th 2010. You can see a gallery of photos here: http://www.pixels-bandwidth.com/images/atlantics-basement.

The Atlantics reformed in 1999 after a long break. The original members Jim Skiathitis, Peter Hood, Bosco Bosanac with new guitarist, Martin Cilia have since released four new CDs - Flight Of The Surf Guitar, Atlantics - The Next Generation, Point Zero and Atlantics -The Best Of.  In 2002 the Atlantics joined the 'A Long Way To The Top' tour and in 2006 they recorded several new tracks for the documentary/DVD, Delightful Rain: A History of Australian Surf Music, released on the Bombora label and screened several times on the ABC. During this session they also recorded the Live at Freshwater concert, which was recently released on DVD through the Bombora label. Four years ago, bassist, Bosanac retired from the band to tour his own shows and was replaced by Michael Smith (Scandal, Guitar Heroes,  music journalist and Associate Editor of The Drum Media).

The Atlantics seminal surf classic instrumental Bombora shot to number one for a record eight weeks in 1963 and charted around the world. Their follow up single The Crusher was also charting strongly only to be stopped at No. 2  by the Beatles. The Atlantics went on to record seven more singles and four LPs, all of which are now regarded as classics of the Surf Instrumental Genre. In 2000 Bombora was given the ultimate accolade by being used in the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games. The Atlantics have supported The Beach Boys and Chris Isaak shows, resulting in rave reviews for their music and their talents and once again cemented their title of Australias Greatest Instrumental Band ever.  A subsequent string of live performances at big shows and Festivals, including the inaugural Adelaide International Guitar Festival, Canberra's National Folk Festival,  The Noosa Festival of Surf and at The Benidorm Music Festival in Spain, thrilled original fans and introduced a whole new generation to the driving, infectious guitar sounds of The Atlantics.


STEREO DYNAMITE RECORDINGS SIGN THE von DRATS

For Immediate Release:
January 28, 2010

STEREO DYNAMITE RECORDINGS ANNOUNCE THE SIGNING OF TORONTO HORROR SURF PUNK BAND THE von DRATS.


BAND TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM “DRATSYLVANIA” ON MARCH 9, 2010

Toronto, ON – Stereo Dynamite Recordings are pleased to announce the signing of surfing crypt keepers: The von Drats. A band so terrifyingly groovy, one listen to their debut album “Dratsylvania” and you’ll be trapped forever under their sonic spell!

Originally hailing from the mysterious Dratsylvania, the band relocated to Toronto in 2005 where their strange appearances (looking like extras from The Addams Family or a cartoon hot rod gang) and creepy, rowdy and kooky high energy surf punk live shows have made them a favorite with the local late, late, LATE(!) night ghastly Go-Go crowd.

The lightning fast long arm of the drums, Leonard von Drat, bids you welcome and keeps everyone in stitches with his rapid fire wit. An uncontrollable wildman, Dave von Drat sets the mood with the spooky sounding Farfisa organ and spastic movements that would even leave old Uncle Fester in shock. The big brother Trevor von Drat quite easily transitions from being a calm and collected surf guitar gentlemen to a garage rock growling life of the party. The werewolf cursed DanO von Drat stares wild eyed and lays down a solid and smooth bass foundation for his savage kin to play over. The youngest brother, Steve von Drat, is a surf guitar sharp-shooter and a reverb tank riding creature that will leave you in disbelief. Add to the mix on most nights, little sister Holly von Drat twisting and shaking everyone into a frenzy – and you’ve got a live experience that you’ll never forget!

The band have just finished recording their self-produced Stereo Dynamite debut album “Dratsylvania” (set for a March 9th release date). Featuring 13 twangy and twisted tunes that should appeal to fans of 60’s surf rock, horror punk, or classic monster movies. “Dratsylvania” is the soundtrack to the greatest, grooviest, demons-on-dirtbikes film you’ve never seen.

The von Drats are currently planning spring and summer tours. Expect a first video from the album DRATSYLVANIA to be announced shortly.

DRATSYLVANIA is in-stores March 9, 2010.

www.vondrats.com
www.Myspace.com/vondrats
www.StereoDynamite.com