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Category: Surf Scene News

Lucky Joe's Tiki Room in Milwaukee to Close

Submitted by Tikinaut on October 29, 2015.
Surf Scene News

I'm sad to report that Lucky Joe's Tiki Room in Milwaukee will be closing its doors this Saturday, October 30. While short lived, the bar was highly regarded in the Tiki scene. In fact, The Revomatics were the "unofficial" house band for the bar playing to enthusiastic capacity audiences. I'm told the owners accepted an offer on the building that was just too good to pass up. Hopefully, they'll reopen Lucky Joe's at another location in the near future.

We will definitely miss this venue. It was a great place to perform at! Good cocktails too!

You can read more about the bar's closing here.

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Continental Magazine #23 w/CD + Aloha Screwdriver / A-Phonics / Irradiates Out Now!

Submitted by Double-Crown-Records on July 05, 2015.
Surf Scene News

The Continental Magazine - Issue #23 w/CD

Issue #23 is available now, featuring another full-color cover designed by Jonpaul Balak! In this issue we include exclusive interviews with some bright new faces on the surf/instro scene: Aloha Screwdriver, Els A-Phonics and The Irradiates. All three bands have released outstanding new discs in the last year or so, and amazed and astounded instro fiends all over the world. We also ask some of your favorite surf/garage rock stars what their favorite non-surf/garage rock discs are, plus there's tons of music and DVD reviews, including more vinyl reviews than ever before. You also get a free 20-song CD filled with lots of great surf, instro and garage rock tunes. 40 pages in all, with a full color glossy cover.

TRACKS: Surf Explosion (Video Edit) (Martin Cilia) - All Around In The Space (The Charades) - Mecca (Trabants) - El Toro (Satan's Pilgrims) - Genie Versus Genie (Clouseaux) - Boss Board (Burt Rocket) - Billions of Bilious Blue Blistering Barnacles... (El Supernaut) - Stomp It (Crazy Aces) - A Test Of Character (The Spoils) - Crawler (The Stents) - Storm Warning (The Del-Rios) - The Stingray Shuffle No. 1 (The 427's) - Big Hit (The Violentures) - Hayburner (Blue Wave Theory) - El Santo Stomp (King Pelican) - Tatiana (Slingshot Dragster) - Acme Speed Dynamite (Kingargoolas) - Die Traurige Grammel (Balu & die Surfgrammeln) - Filipina Sex-ray (The Zillatones) - Rock 'n' Roll Clef (De Surfures)

Just $6.95 + shipping - (Order Here)

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Burt Rocket - Fiberglass Frenzy CD On Double Crown Records

Submitted by Double-Crown-Records on May 20, 2015.
Surf Scene News

Burt Rocket - Fiberglass Frenzy

Burt Rocket - Fiberglass Frenzy CD

The 2nd wave of Burt Rocket's roaring surf is now pounding the shores around the world! Firmly rooted in the great tradition of 60's reverb-soaked surf music, yet also exploring new terrain, FIBERGLASS FRENZY is a must for every true surf music fan! Traditional surf sounds are blended with exotica and Far East mystique at times. This follow up to the debut, SAVAGE ICELAND, is bound to please long-time fans, as well as new fans throughout the world. On board this time is drummer Dave Klein of The Ghastly Ones - he lays down a monster beat on all twelve cuts here. Cover art comes from the always amazing Fred Lammers.

Tracks: Ho-Dad Hot Dog - Boss Board - Bedouin Banzai - Santo's Hot Rod - Wave Vehicle - The Left Arm Of Buddha - Sea-N-Shore - Fiberglass Frenzy - The Wreck - Twang-O-Matic Terror - The Spy Who Came In From The Surf - Hang Twang Follow Burt Rocket On Facebook:

Burt Rocket - Fiberglass Frenzy CD - DCCD61 - $12.75 (Pre-Order Now!)

Here's a great new tune from the new Burt Rocket CD, FIBERGLASS FRENZY called "Boss Board". (Youtube video:

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Surfer Joe Summer Festival 2015 MUG available now!

Submitted by surferjoemusic on May 04, 2015.
Surf Scene News

The Surfer Joe Summer Festival 2015 official MUG is now available for sale and order!

Here we go, even this year we made it, very special and amazing!
The artwork is by STEVE NAZAR himself (do you remember T&C Surf Designs in the 80s?) custom done for Surfer Joe.

The mug is printed full colors. It is a commercial quality product, dishwasher safe.

50 pieces only, HAND NUMBERED on the bottom.

You cannot miss it!
Write us at and BOOK YOURS NOW.
Pickup only at the Surfer Joe Festival in June (18-21, Livorno, Italy).


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New Book: "Southern California Surf Music, 1960-1966"

Submitted by Brian on April 07, 2015.
Surf Scene News

Discover the History of Southern California Surf Music in New Book

Telling a story in pictures is Southern California Surf Music, 1960-1966, the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series. The book by local author John Blair is set to release on April 6th, 2015. The book boasts vintage images, many of which have never been published, and showcases memories of days gone by.

Dick Dale & the Del-Tones began holding weekend dances at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa, California, in the summer of 1960. Over the next year and a half, Dale developed the sound and style that came to be known as “surf music.” The result was the development of more powerful guitar amplifiers, a dramatic increase in the sales of Fender guitars and amplifiers, and a shift from New York to West Coast recording studios.

More and more people were drawn to the sport of surfing, which became an important part of teen beach culture at the time. Even landlocked teenagers were captured by the moment, carrying surfboards atop their woodies in Phoenix or bleaching their hair blonde in St. Paul. For hundreds of thousands of kids, though, the attraction was not the connection to surfing; it was the connection to the music pioneered by Dick Dale.

Southern California Surf Music, 1960–1966 features seldom seen archival photographs that illustrate the early history of this unique musical style.

About the Author of Southern California Surf Music, 1960-1966

John Blair has been collecting surf music recordings since 1961, beginning with Dick Dale’s Surfer’s Choice album. His first published writing was an interview with Dale in 1975. Over the years he has contributed articles to various record collector fanzines and mass market periodicals such as Guitar Player and Vintage Guitar magazines. In 1978, he wrote and self-published the first edition of The Illustrated Discography of Surf Music. A fourth edition of the book was published in 2008. In 1990, he co-authored The Illustrated Discography of Hot-Rod Music with Stephen McParland, a noted surf music historian and discographer from Australia.

Blair has also contributed liner notes, archival material, and discographical information to many retrospective surf music compact disks, beginning with a compilation of Dick Dale recordings in 1989. In 1996, he co-produced the best-selling, Cowabunga: The Surf Box, for Rhino Records. Not content with just writing about surf music, he formed the surf instrumental band Jon & The Nightriders in 1979. The band has been credited with sparking a resurgence of popular interest in this type of music after several recordings and multiple tours of Europe during the 80s and 90s.

420 Wando Park Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 ∙ Telephone: 843-853-2070 ∙ Facsimile: 843-853-0044 ∙

Book cover

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Let's help Zanti beat cancer

Submitted by DannySnyder on March 12, 2015.
Surf Scene News

Many of you know we're running a fundraiser to help Zanti over come the financial obstacles set up by his battle with cancer. Fortunately he's beating it, but the bills are starting to come in and  he needs any help that you can give.

If you don't know Zanti, he's one of two guitarists in the S.F. Bay Area surf band The Deadbeats. These guys have been surf music fans since their teens, and quickly became one of the Bay Area's best live surf bands. Channeling the energy of first wave bands like Jim Messina and the Jesters, Dick Dale and the Deltones, Davie Allan, plus Eleki music from Japan. Then drawing further inspiration from modern bands like Satan's Pilgrims and The Treblemakers, Zanti and the guys went on to write their own modern classics like Gooch in Space and Hagbelly (to name only 2).

Zanti and his bandmates are just dripping with talent, and the surf music community is so fortunate to have these young men join our ranks. Speaking of the surf music community, we have really stepped up and put our money where our mouths are. We are over half way to our goal in only a day and a half. At this rate, Zanti will be free from excessive money worries and be able to concentrate on what's really important - making great music!

Please click this link and contribute if you haven't done so already.


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Poster of Surfer Joe Summer Festival 2015: Steve Nazar comes to surf music!

Submitted by surferjoemusic on February 17, 2015.
Surf Scene News

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the official poster of the Surfer Joe Summer Festival 2015.

The designer STEVE NAZAR has come to surf music after our request for the very fist time. His graphic style has become legendary with Town&Country Surf Design in the late 80s. He's THE man, his style has been imitated everywhere as a symbol of wild, cool & sporty. His characters has been replicated in walls all over the planet.

He realised 2 fantastic custom designs for us. One of the two is this one. The other, still a surprise, will be soon available with our merchandise for the festival.

The posters will be available at the festival in A3 format, glossy heavy paper 300gr. You can reserve one if you like, just write us asap at The cost of the poster is 5 euros. Bring your marker and get your copy signed by all artists!



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Combo Swell - 2014 Surf Compilation from KFJC

Submitted by CousinMary on February 07, 2015.
Surf Scene News

Following the long tradition of KFJC produced surf CDs, COMBO SWELL is nineteen tracks of surf music - all recorded live at KFJC or at KFJC events between 1996 and 2014.  

  1. Mermen: Curve
  2. The Whys: Satsujin Taiyo
  3. Pollo Del Mar: Pose of Awareness
  4. Tomorrowmen: El Condor Pasa
  5. Frankie and the Pool Boys: Dreams
  6. The Berzerkers: Mung Taco
  7. Bradipos IV: Wray-Man
  8. Surfside IV: Meat Saw
  9. The Deadbeats: Ichabob Crane
  10. Mighty Surf Lords: Six Gun Surfer
  11. Los Venturas: Delirium
  12. El Ray: Twang Am
  13. Aloha Screwdriver: Eating, Drinking, and Killing
  14. Tequila Worms: Unsteady
  15. Three Balls of Fire: Jet Set Guitars
  16. Martin Cilia: Return of the Surf Guitar
  17. The Insect Surfers: Space Park Drive
  18. Trivalve: Buddy
  19. The Kilaueas: Universal Spy
Available for a $45 donation at or at KFJC events.
Check out the great artwork from Fred Lammers:

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Sierra Surf Music Camp 2015

Submitted by Pyronauts on January 23, 2015.
Surf Scene News

Howdy Campers!

It's that time of year again - time to sign up for Sierra Surf Music Camp!  What the heck is SSMC you may wonder?  It is the ultimate weekend camping out with some of the finest surf musicians and people on the planet!  The camp is located near the historic gold mining town of Nevada City at a beautifully wooded 4,000-foot elevation and is situated beside the picturesque Bear River.  Surf jams start the weekend off before groups of campers are assembled into SurfBand101 classes.  Through rehearsals and one-on-one lessons with pro musicians like John Blair, Dusty Watson, Dave Wronski, Ferenc Dobronyi, Matt Quilter, and many others, campers will learn to improve their skills on their instrument.  Classes will also be offered in songwriting, the history of surf music, instrument set-up/maintenance, and ukulele.  Each day culminates with surf music by the campfire and at the end of camp each SurfBand101 group will perform what they’ve learned.  SSMC is open to all ages and levels of musicians and families are strongly encouraged to attend.

May 28-31, 2015

To sign up please visit our website and download the application.

For more information contact camp director Paul Beatie


Surf Scout

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The Continental Magazine #22 w/CD - The Atlantics & Dusty Watson Out Now!

Submitted by Double-Crown-Records on June 29, 2014.
Surf Scene News

The Continental Magazine - Issue #22 w/CD - OUT NOW!!!

Issue #22 is finally here, featuring our very first full-color cover! It includes part 2 of a huge feature interview with The Atlantics (conducted by Ivan Pongracic) covering the later years of this famed Australian surf and rock n' roll combo. If you missed it, part 1 which dealt with their early years was in issue #21. The magazine also has an in-depth interview with surf rock drummer extraordinaire Dusty Watson, well known for his work with Slacktone, Dick Dale, Agent Orange, The Sonics, Frankie & The Pool Boys, and many other great bands. This issue is also jam packed with tons of music and DVD reviews, including more vinyl reviews than ever before. You also get a free CD filled with lots of great surf, instro and garage rock tunes. 40 pages in all, with a full color glossy cover.

TRACKS: (The TomorrowMen) The Man Who Couldn't Tell Time - (The Trabants) Coast of Capri - (Martin Cilia) Koko Head - (Jason Lee & The R.I.P. Tides) Snake Eyes - (The Stingrays) Panic Beach - (Audios Amigos) El Avispon - (Die Kosmonauten) Life Is Too Short - (The Derangers) Rio Sangre - (Beware The Dangers Of A Ghost Scorpion) Satan's Invisible World...Revealed! - (The Surf Zombies) Candyass - (Les Agamemnonz) Simon Beat - (Secret Samurai) A Proper Quarrel - (The Razorblades) Are You Ready For A Rock 'n' Roll Weekend? - (9th Wave) Victory At Sunset - (The Torments) The Creamer - (The Grande Bois) Meltdown - (The Spytones) Surfing Salzburg - (Los #3 Dinners) SA Woman - (The Delusionaires) The Scrump

The Continental Magazine - Issue #22 w/CD - $6.95 (Click To Order From Double Crown Records)

The Continental Magazine - Three Issue Subscription Starting With Issue #22 (Click To Order From Double Crown Records)

We are getting copies out to bands and subscribers as quickly as possible - a box went out today, and we will continue sending them out through next week.

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