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Surf Drummer Dies While Playing Surf Music; Brought Back To Life; It's Stretch Riedle...!

I know I don't contribute much here, but as a member of the surf music and surf drumming community for 30+ years I figured it was ok to post this.

On 11/25/17, while playing a gig with my band the New Shockwaves, I suffered cardiac arrest and died slumped over my kit. I was quickly attended to with CPR [from my ex-girlfriend and still friend] and then by the 911 team that arrived. I was brought back to life, so I'm still around to tell this story. I've been in the hospital since, and on Monday 12/11/17 I will have my Mitral heart valve repaired. If repairing it doesn't work then I'll get a new mechanical valve installed. I'm also getting a defibrillator installed. I will be better than new at this point once I recover from the surgery.

I look forward to getting back on the kit and continuing to play for both the New Shockwaves and Fascinating Creatures Of The Deep.

Finally, a friend of mine started a GoFundMe page to help cover medical expenses. (I also can accept PayPal at stretchriedle@gmail.com). I have no expectations from anyone, but I will put it out there nonetheless.

https://www.gofundme.com/jeff-stretch-riedle-medical-fund

Surf's still up!
Stretch Riedle


Aloha Sluts new album out! 'Let's get Wild!'

Dutch surfpunx Aloha Sluts just released 'Let's get Wild' on the legendary psychobilly label Tombstone Records Holland (Guanabatz, Space Cadets, Nekromantix, Demented Are Go). The album contains the complete 'Return of the Sluts' session, plus some previous unreleased live recordings, demo-takes and more... all remastered to blow up your speaker set! 666% Surfabilly! If ya into Link Wray? Git it!

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Lake Effect Reverb on WJCU

I host "Lake Effect Reverb" on WJCU FM 88.7 Saturday morning from 09:00-11:00 ET. I usually do a 2 or 3 sets of surf music every week. You can listen online if you're not in the Cleveland OH area (most of you aren't) at wjcu.org. If you're in a band and have a release on bandcamp let me know and I'll probably pick it up.


The Doltones - Dance Or Die CD Out Now On Double Crown Records!

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The Doltones - Dance Or Die CD (Double Crown Records)

It's the debut full-length CD by The Doltones, an up-and-coming surf/instro combo based in Finland that is popular in Scandinavia, and will become a favorite worldwide with this 13 song release. Mixing surf, instrumental rock, Rautalanka and spaghetti western melodies and twang, you'll be wowed by the performances, songwriting and production from start to finish. Most of the songs are originals, but they have worked in covers of some obscure classics, such as "Space Probe", "Theme From The Unknown", "Department S", "Les Aventuriers" and "Collision Course". Guitars, bass, drums and occasional trumpet deliver a sound that you'll play over and over, and surely contributing to your summer soundtrack.

Tracks: Space Probe - Dance Or Die - Theme From The Unknown - Speed Driver - Mysterioso - Triumph A Go-Go - Department S - Hot Swinger - Les Aventuriers - Collision Course - Quicksand - Latin Surfer - Return To The Jupiter

Double Crown Music Club members CDs will be shipping right away!

The Doltones - Dance Or Die CD - DCCD72 - $12.75 (Order Now From Double Crown Records)


A Merry Christmas Message from The New Dimensions

Since Christmas is upon us; we would like to take this opportunity to thank all the wonderful people who have made Surf Guitar 101 and Surf Music Radio around the world such a huge success. Your input, interest and love of the music is truly inspirational. So many artists, DJ's and promoters have made great contributions musically and otherwise.

Additionally, countless groups and artists have recorded, performed and showcased outstanding original music, too many in fact to list individually, however, all enjoyed. Others include those who constantly promote surf music via concerts and events. We urge you to purchase the instrumentals, songs and albums you have enjoyed, in support of these outstanding artists.

During this past year as word of our reunion after more than 50 years apart and our new CD and documentary titled; "Full Circle" was announced; literally thousands of surf music fans have sent their best wishes and positive comments via the Internet and various websites from across our great country and around the world. Each of these messages has been read and appreciated.

We would also like to personally thank some of the surf music heroes and legends who have made surf music what it is and who have graciously appeared in our upcoming documentary or are yet to be interviewed. Just a few include Randy Nauert of The Challengers, Will Glover of The Pyramids, Paul Johnson of The Bel-Airs, Dave Myers of Dave Myers and the Surftones, members of The Ventures, The Beach Boys, Dean Torrence, Three Dog Night, Jan and Dean, Drummer Sandy Nelson, Lorenzo Valdambrini aka; Surfer Joe, Academy Award nominee and former rocker James Edward Olmos of Eddie James and the Pacific Ocean, Denny Tedesco, son of legendary guitarist Tommy Tedesco and producer of The Wrecking Crew movie, James Darren; aka; Moondoggie of Gidget fame, Tommy Roe, Johnny Tillitson, Ron Dante of the Archies and Cufflinks, Denny Randell composer/arranger for the Four Seasons, surf music historian Bob Dalley, iconic producer Bones Howe, historians from The Surf Heritage Museum, numerous former and present day professional surfers, custom surfing related auto and woodie builders, historians and numerous others.

With luck and a prayer, the story may conclude principal filming the summer of 2017. There remains a number of scheduled interviews by other movers and shakers in the world of music and film, who will help to ultimately shape the story behind surf music and the music and generation of the 1960's. Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, a great healthy and prosperous 2017. Sincerely, members of The New Dimensions band.


Double Crown Records Presents "Seasonal Favorites: Volume 4 CD" - Out Now!

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V/A - Seasonal Favorites: Volume Four CD (Double Crown)

People have bugged us the past few years, even in the middle of the summer, asking when the next volume of our Seasonal Favorites series would be out. Well, the agonizing wait is over - it's here, just in time for Christmas 2016! This may be our best one yet, with new recordings from The Beagles, Black Flamingos, The Ogres, Twang-O-Matics, Urban Surf Kings, The Other Timelines, The TomorrowMen, Tiki Joe's Ocean and more. Plus, it's got some past faves from Martin Cilia, Los Straitjackets, The Barbary Coasters and others. Mostly holiday surf/instro tunes, but there are a few vocals to really get you in the spirit of the season. 15 instros and 5 vocals, with cover art as always from the incomparable Johnny Bartlett!

Tracks: Martin Cilia: Christmas In July - Los Straitjackets: Groovy Old St Nick - The Beagles: Snoopy’s Christmas - Meshugga Beach Party: Hot Rod Hannukah - Black Flamingos: How The Gurch Stole Christmas - The Barbary Coasters: Lump Of Coal - Twang-O-Matics: Staffan var en stalledräng - Urban Surf Kings: I Saw Three Ships (Mr. Rebel Version) - Fronkensteen: Nutty Sweet - Aqualads: Angels We Have Heard On High - The Ogres: Xmas Is A Bust - The TakeOffs: Santa Claus Is Coming To Surf - The Other Timelines: Public Access Christmas Special - The Kanaloas: X-Mas Palm Tree - The Falcons: Ye Merry Gentlemen - Crazy Aces: Crazy AceMas - The TomorrowMen with E-Rock: Friends (At Christmas Time) - Travelers Of Tyme: Dance Of The Sugarplum Fairy - Tiki Joe’s Ocean: Jingle Bells - Whoa Nellie! Vera & Johnny: Little Johnny Got a Japanese Guitar for Christmas

Just $12.75 - Order Now At Double Crown Records


Surf Rock Radio + Fender/Hurley

I just have to share this most excellent news about Surf Rock Radios' major coup sponsor-wise.

Now I'm not all up on fashion sense and all Dapper Dan like Don Draper but apparently Fender has partnered with Hurley for a new clothing line and this luscious pairing is the newest sponsor for none other than Surf Rock Radio!

I am all about SRR and am tight with all things concerning Gnarly Mike (Mike75 on SG101) but this left me totally gobsmacked. Boy Howdy!

Sponsor? Like someone spending $$$ promoting merch on a surf station? Is that even legal?

Leave it Mr. Mike- string puller and wheeler dealer extraordinaire!

http://surfrockradio.com/sponsors/fender-x-hurley

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Surf Cookie records first releases

Surf Cookie records proudly presents:

SC001 LOS APOLLOS - CHAOS AT THE LOBSTER LOUNGE (LP) -GERMANY-
SC002 SURFONIANI - SURFONIANI (CD) -ITALY-
SC003 BAMBOOGIE INJECTIONS - WILD DANDELION STOMPING (CD) -RUSSIA-

COMING SOON...

SC004D LOS JAVELIN - SURF-A-BILLY & ROLL (digital) -VENEZUELA-
SC005 INDY TUMBITA - BAY VIBRATIONS (CD) -SPAIN-

Stay tuned and support
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Green Cookie records New releases and Surfer Joe Summer Festival 2016

Green Cookie records will be again on the Surfer Joe Summer Festival.

We can't wait to meet you and have you check out our new and old releases.

We will have NEW releases on the festival.

  • GC052 THE AQUA BARONS - SOUTHEAST STOMPERS (CD)
  • GC053 LOS VENTURAS - MILES HIGH (CD)
  • GC053LP LOS VENTURAS - MILES HIGH (LP)
  • GC054 THE EL CAMINOS - BEHIND THE SURF (including Unreleased tunes)

We will have fun!


Record label looking for up to 5 surf bands for a compilation

Go-Kustom Rekords is looking for up to 5 surf bands to round out a 20 band surf compilation titled 'Worst Case Scenerio'.

Go-Kustom has released two The Invisible Surfers albums, as well as the surf and hot-rod comp. 'Wild Ride'.

To submit a song for 'Worst Case Scenerio' send an email with a link to the track you would like to submit to gokustom@gmail.com.

Reach out to
D.A. Sabbastian
Go-Kustom Rekords

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