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June is International Surf Music Month!
June 1, 2019 – This June marks the eleventh anniversary of “International Surf Music Month”, endorsed by a coalition of international surf bands. With the support of NESMA, a U.S. based network of surf bands, surf music events are planned for the month of June throughout the world. In addition to the northeast U.S., including Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and New York, shows will take place in Maryland, Washington DC, California, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Canada, among other places.
Surf music is a form of guitar-led instrumental rock music which evolved in the early 1960s. Pioneering surf musicians included bands such as Dick Dale and the Deltones, The Surfaris (of “Wipe Out” fame), and composers like Paul Johnson of The Belairs. Specialized instruments and amps focus on a reverb sound and guitar techniques that mimic the sound and feel of surfing. While taking a backseat to vocal pop music during the late 1960s and 1970s, surf music rebounded in the 1980s (sometimes called the “second wave”), and again in 1996 with the popularity of the film “Pulp Fiction” and its surf music-laced soundtrack. Current surf bands continue to play the classic tunes from the 1960s and later, while composing new surf music and releasing original recordings to expand the style.
“Surf instrumental music has no language barriers or age restrictions", says Mike Rosado, founder of NESMA and the Connecticut surf band 9th Wave. “Today's instrumental surf music pays homage to the founding legends of the style, as well as pushing the boundaries of progressive, contemporary surf music.”
The month starts out with The Great Lakes Surf Battle (fourteenth annual) in Toronto Canada on May 31-June 1. Founded in 2006 by Canadian surf bands The Blue Demons and The Von Drats, the Great Lakes Surf Battle has grown to become the top surf music event in the far north. This year’s festival will see the first night focusing on Toronto-area surf bands, such as The Cliff Divers, and Mark Malibu & the Wasagas. The second evening of surf music will be an “Intercontinental Championship”, including The Tsunamibots and 9th Wave from the New England, as well as bands from Texas and Nova Scotia.
In the U.S., the first Saturday of every month since 2004 finds Unsteady Freddie’s Surf Rock Shindig hosting regional, national and international bands at Otto’s Shrunken Head Tiki Bar in New York City. June 1 is no exception, offering up a diverse show with bands such as The Derangers (Massachusetts), Commercial Interruption (CT), and The Supertones (NYC), for a crowd well-versed in instrumental surf music.
Italy is also celebrating with the annual Surfer Joe Summer Festival in Livorno Italy, June 20-23. This is the 14th edition of this festival which has been running since 2003; this year it boasts performances by about 30 international bands over 4 days, including bands from Italy, U.S.A., Israel, Mexico, Spain, Greece, Denmark, the Netherlands, Brazil, France, Germany, and Belgium (more information at http://www.surferjoemusic.com/festival/).
Mexico has its own large surf & garage music festival planned for June 1, called Wild O’ Fest. Bands on the bill this year come from Mexico, U.S.A., Canada, Puerto Rico, the Netherlands, and Spain. Of course, other important surf music events happen in months that are not designated as International Surf Music Month, such as the Surf Guitar 101 Convention each August in southern CA (https://www.facebook.com/SG101Convention).
The genre of surf music continues to thrive throughout the world; surf bands in almost every country, including Russia, Israel, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Japan, Serbia, U.S.A., Canada, and the U.K. make this a truly diverse, international style of music. (For a brief history of surf music, see http://www.nesmasurf.org/surf%20music%20history.htm)
International Surf Music Month community on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/surfmusicmonth
It's that time again! Please help support a very special station-- Luxuria Music! Fiberglass Jungle will be live in the studio with Kat for the next two Saturdays (Mar. 2 & 9) 2-4PM PST with tons of ultra cool Surf swag to reward your generosity! Thanks in advance!
The Continental Magazine - Issue #26 w/CD
Issue #26 is available now, featuring a full-color cover designed by Scott of Hidden Volume Records. In this issue we include exclusive interviews with legendary instrumental rock combo Impala and modern surf maestros The Mystery Men? Plus there's tons of music, zine and DVD reviews. You also get a FREE 23-song CD filled with lots of great surf, instro and garage rock tunes. We've also added 4 more pages - 44 pages in all, with a thick, full color cover.
1 Drifting Sand - Surf, Surf, Surf (www.driftingsand.com)
2 Ted Boys Marinos - Drukula (otitismediarecords.bandcamp.com)
3 Frankie & The Pool Boys - Spin The Bottle (www.facebook.com/FrankieAndThePoolBoys)
4 The Trabants - The Truel (www.trabantsmusic.com)
5 Tsunami Experiment - Elements / Nucleotides (tsunamiexperiment.bandcamp.com)
6 Martin Cilia - South Of The Equator (www.martincilia.com)
7 I Fat Tones - The Legend Of The Masked Hero (ifattones.bandcamp.com)
8 Surf Me Up, Scotty! - Lightning Bolt (www.facebook.com/surfmeupscotty)
9 The Head Henchmen - Craig Charles Taxi (www.sharawaji.com)
10 The Seatopians - Canadian Dream Girl * (theseatopians.bandcamp.com)
11 HJ - Missing Link * (www.hj-tones.com)
12 Total Death Mechanics - Battle Of The Seagulls Pt. 1 (otitismediarecords.bandcamp.com)
13 The 427’s - Liberty Belle (www.the427s.com)
14 The Mystery Men? - Sky Lanterns (www.themysterymenofsurf.com)
15 The Cosmic Wrays - Ellen Barkin Across The 8th Dimension * (www.cosmicwrays.com)
16 The Del-Vipers - Kapu (thedelvipers.bandcamp.com)
17 The Twang-O-Matics - Death March (www.thetwangomatics.com)
18 The Del-Rios - Hot Doggin' (www.facebook.com/thedelrios)
19 Humanga Danga - Balkan Brawl (humangadanga.bandcamp.com)
20 The Apaches - Pacific Coast Highway (www.theapachesband.com)
21 OHO - Aubrey Circle Dance * (www.ohomusic.com)
22 Los Venturas - Go-Go GTO (Full Throttle) (www.greencookie.gr)
23 The Weaszels - I’m Still Wild * (www.ohomusic.com)
* - New Or Exclusive To This CD
The second volume of the Deep Eddy Three-way compilation series is NOW IN STOCK. Go to deepeddy.net to order your copy and get great new tracks from Urban Surf Kings, Beware of Blast, and The Nematoads.
Paul Johnson, one of the founders and pioneers of surf music (Mr. Moto anyone?), is having some health problems, and hopefully you've been following along in this forum thread. Recently his daughter Anne setup a GoFundMe Campaign to help with his many expenses. Please consider helping out if you are able to contribute!
Paul has been a champion of and a constant presence at the SurfGuitar101 conventions over the years. Everyone who has attended a convention will remember Paul walking around grinning, giving the thumbs up to the bands, and of course performing tunes from his extensive and amazing catalog. He has contributed many insightful posts to our forums and has written a nice history of surf music which you can go read here.
Everyone at SurfGuitar101 wishes all the best to Paul on his tough road ahead. We can't wait to see him at a future convention!
Satan's Pilgrims - Taco Truck / Neahkahnie 7" (Double Crown)
Satan’s Pilgrims bring you the latest in stereophonic entertainment with their timeless and engaging surf instrumentals “Taco Truck” and “Neahkahnie.” On the A-side, “Taco Truck” transports the listener to a magical place where delicious melodies reverberate from Venice Beach to Cape Cod. Some fear one day there will be a taco truck on every corner, Satan’s Pilgrims welcome that day! The B-Side is a caravan of pleasure with the deliberate and mellow song, “Neahkahnie”—bringing to mind the mysterious siren call of the mountain from which it was named. One part Jorgen Ingmann, one part triple-sec, one part fun!
This record is a co-release between Double Crown Records and Hidden Volume Records, who have wowed the world with their awesome garage, garage punk and (occasional) rock n’ roll instro releases, all packed in exquisite, deluxe sleeves. Recorded and mixed by Satan’s Pilgrims at the Mt. Hood Masonic Lodge, Portland, Ore., mastered by Gus Elg at Sky Onion. This is available in limited edition green vinyl and black vinyl - get your copy today as this will sell out quickly!
We will also include a limited edition, promotional postcard with every order while supplies last!
Comes with a free download card!
Double Crown Music Club Members: If you would like this sent to you as one of your four Double Crown Music Club releases, send us an email at: email@example.com - please specify if you'd like green or black vinyl (if you don't specify we'll send you green!).
Tracks: Taco Truck - Neahkahnie
Linda and I will be attending the Surf Guitar 101 Convention again this year. It is being held at Alpine Village located in Torrance. We will be there on Saturday the 4th. We will be selling copies of the 3rd edition of Surfiin' Guitars, Surf Raiders CD's and CD's from the 1980's and 1990's. If you have stuff from the Surf Raiders or my book and want autographs, bring it along. There will be some great surf bands at this convention. See you there.
Reverb Nation: Live at the 2017 Surf Guitar 101 Convention
(Entrée ERCD 2001)
Surf instrumental music, as an art form, was established in the early 1960s by bands such as Dick Dale & His Del-Tones, The Chantays, and The Surfaris. That reverbed, guitar-driven instrumental sound blasted out of Southern California over 50 years ago; today, it’s embraced and practiced by hundreds of bands in this country and around the world.
Every summer for the last 10 years, the Surf Guitar 101 Convention has attracted a great many fans to Southern California for a three-day feast of surf music. The event includes dozens of vendors selling CDs, t-shirts, and all sorts of swag related to surf music. The event not only celebrates the music, it also brings together many of those who habit the social networking website, www.surfguitar101.com (after which the Convention was named). It’s a time to renew old friendships and make new ones.
The big draw each year, however, are the many surf instrumental bands invited from all over the country AND the world to perform. The 2017 event featured some of the best surf bands from Southern California that included Outerwave, The Volcanics, The Tequila Worms, Par Avion, and The Insect Surfers (originally formed in 1979, this group is recognized as the longest running modern surf instrumental band). The rest of the country was represented by The Mystery Men (from Georgia), The Atomic Mosquitos (from Washington D.C.), The Exotics (from Wisconsin), and The Madeira (from Indiana).
Since this music has become truly universal, the 2017 Surf Guitar 101 Convention also featured The Kilaueas and The El Caminos. These two bands, from Germany and Japan, respectively, prove that surf instrumental music is not only loved and accepted on the other side of the planet, but the reverence that exists for the music’s traditional sound and style transcends language and cultural barriers.
In 2017, the event attracted the attention of three-time Grammy Award winning producer and engineer Mark Linett, who recorded Friday and Saturday night’s shows, and mixed and produced the tracks. Those performances are represented on the new compilation CD from Entrée Records, “Reverb Nation: Live at the 2017 Surf Guitar 101 Convention.”
The worldwide release date for this CD is 7 August. However, copies will be available at a special price for this year's SG101 Convention on 4 August.
Please tune in to Fiberglass Jungle at www.luxuriamusic.com live at 2PM PST on Saturday, Feb. 24 and help show your support for Surf instrumental radio! I can only participate in the drive one show this year due to prior obligations (the Tikiyaki 10th anniversary show), so it is all the more important that people tune in this Saturday!
I'll have more exclusive premiums than ever before including vinyl, CDs, magazines, books, Tiki mugs, private concerts, and guest-hosting spots!
For quick reference, here's what time it will be in other parts of the world:
Austin, Mexico City, San Jose, Chicago, Saskatoon 4PM
Asbury Park, New York City, Atlanta, Toronto, Montreal 5PM
Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Santiago 7PM
London, Dublin, Glasgow 10PM
Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Livorno, Madrid, Oslo, Stockholm, Zagreb 11PM
Athens, Helsinki, Kyiv 12 Midnight
St. Petersburg 1AM Feb. 25
Bandung 5AM Feb. 25
Perth 6AM Feb. 25
Tokyo 7AM Feb. 25
Sydney, Melbourne 9AM Feb. 25
Wellington 11AM Feb. 25
If you can't tune in live but would still like to donate, send me a PM and we can make it happen!
Sincere thanks in advance for showing your support not just for Surf instrumental radio, but for the global Surf instrumental scene in general!
Happy New Year Everyone! Lake Effect Reverb is on WJCU 88.7fm Saturday 09:00-11:00 est. I play a lot of surf on the show and if you're in a band that has something on bandcamp let me know. I also have a page "Lake Effect Reverb" on Facebook to get a hold of me. Thank you.