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The Mighty Surf Lords have been out making new friends this past week.

One is local DJ Max Volume for KOZZ Radio. Max has taken me under his wing, and has been promoting our new album on this local classic rock station.

Max LOVES surf music, and is really helping to spread the word around Reno, Carson, and Tahoe.

Then yesterday we were apporoached by Buzz, who did a small interview and has made our music available, anytime, at

There are many people in this area  who are discovering surf music, and they are really diggin' it! This is good news for all surf bands!

The Ventures Inducted into Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame

The Ventures have finally been inducted into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame! VH-1 Classic will broadcast the ceremony live on Monday, March 10th at 8:30 PM Eastern time. In addition, a special two and a half hour highlight edition will premiere on VH1 on Saturday, March 22 at 11:00 PM.

Congratulations to The Ventures from!!!

laramie dean out with agent orange!

besides the fantastic news of agent orange releasing a live dvd from hamburg germany, surf guitar axe man laramie dean is now on tour with the boys and has been sitting in with them on select instros for their encore. if they are coming your way good. if not, then i suggest you go to them.

SG101 Get-Together in Summer 2008?

Please take a moment to vote in our latest poll. Plans are being kicked around for a SG101 meet and greet, most likely in Southern California in the summer of 2008. Obviously we'd like to schedule this around some great music events. Thanks!

Bob Spaulding Guitar on eBay

I received this via a long forwarded email chain... -BN

Happy New Year to Everyone,

I’m writing to let you all know that one of my Venture model Aria guitars will be auctioned off through eBay starting around 02/01/2008. The proceeds will be used toward a benefit fund for Tony Carbone a young friend and musician. Tony has been battling a virulent form of cancer for the past 3 years and all his friends are gathering together to provide the necessary support.

Tony has been my son Ian’s writing and musical partner for more than 25 years. They met in 4th grade and became fast friends while beginning to play, sing, and write songs at the Spalding house. Tony also became intertwined in Ian’s story by introducing him to his future wife Sandra Abrahamian. Of course Ian and Sandra got married in 1998 with Tony as their best man. Tony and Ian recorded their first songs in the 5th Venture’s home studio while young teenagers. It almost landed their first recording contract with Electra Records (they were only sixteen). They both evolved into accomplished musicians and artists. Tony’s group Bike Ride recorded several CDs released both in the US, Europe, and Japan.

Please let anyone know that may have an interest in this 5th Venture autographed Ventures’ model guitar that was played by Bob Spalding on the Ventures Japan Tour of 2005. If you have any questions or interests in this auction please let me know. This is for a great cause to get Tony going again and back to his music.

I hope everyone will have a great 2008.

Bob Spalding
The Ventures
BigDog/LittleDog Music

8th Minas Gerais State Surf Music Championship

Reposted from Reverborama -- BN

Hi all, Claudao here from Estrume'n'tal in Brazil.

Once again we are promoting the only Brazilian surf music/instro rock festival, the 8th Minas Gerais State Surf Music Championship - in Portuguese but you can find plenty of pictures, videos and songs there!

Last year we were honored with the presence and performance of Daddy-o Grande from Los Straitjackets! Check out the videos here:
Wrong Planet:

This year the festival will happen between 19-22 March in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and this is an open invitation to all surf bands who wish to participate. Unfortunately we have no cash to pay for airfare but we'll be glad to set any bands up who could come with hotel, food, some beer and great party opportunities. We can also try to set up a Brazilian tour for interested bands.

If your band of any surf band you know are interested, please drop me a line at

Thanks to all and happy reverbs,

Estrume'n'tal - Brazil

Please Keep Duff and His Family In Your Thoughts

Duff Paulsen, drummer for the Torquays and designer of the latest SG101 T-Shirt, is scheduled for surgery to remove a benign brain tumor. Everyone please keep Duff and his family in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time. We all hope you recover quickly Duff. All the best.

Music Conference in Harrisburg PA - MMC12

If you have ever been curious about music conferences, this is a good one to attend.  I'm not affiliated with them in any way except by prior attendance / performance...
Terrific music industry panels, lots of bands but not too many.   I have considered organizing a Surf Music Conference and this is the one I'd model it on...
Millennium Music Conference (MMC12)
Harrisburg, PA
Radisson Hotel

Witches In Bikinis is performing on the main stage at the Radisson on Saturday night, 10:45 PM
We're not doing our surf song,  "Alien Surfer Babes" but we are doing "Moosejaw Millie", a kind of rockabilly song, and "Mermaids In Outer Space", just generally cool.
And another new song: "Freak Show Safari", and other favorites such as "Horror Flick Chicks" and "Zombie March"

Send me an email if you want to know more - we attended / performed last year.

XM Radio Play for Surf Bands!

I am passing along an email I received from Lou Brutus  -- BN

Hello!  I've been hearing from a lot of bands who I believe heard about myself and the surf music on play on XM Satellite Radio.  I host Kowabunga Uber Alles on the punk channel Fungus 53.  I also created the Wax Your Woody show that airs on XM 60's on 6.

If you could pass on to all the bands...they can mail their music to me at the following address:


Two copies of each disc is appreciated.  I collect stickers and pins too is you wanna send 'em!

Hang Ten,

Lou Brutus
XM Satellite Radio & Former Manasquan NJ Surfer

Cowabunga Web Ring Going Dark

From an email from Dave Wood:

I have chosen not to renew web hosting and the domain registration for
Zptduda.Com, which will be effective at the end of January.  This will mean that
the Cowabunga links pages will be going away.  If you have not already, I highly
recommend that you join and add your site to their links pages.

I will also be closing down the Cowabunga webring.  If your site is currently a
member of the Cowabunga ring, please feel free to remove the banner graphic and
web ring controls from your pages.

Thanks and best regards,


The Cowabunga Web Ring was an important web ring in the 90's, back when search engines weren't as good as they are now. I fondly remember clicking on the random site link and discovering all kinds of bands and web sites. Thanks go out to Dave for all his hard work on this and his contributions to the surf music community!