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Category: Surf Scene News

Kreepsville Manor Halloween Comp Out Now!


Friday Oct. 6th 2006

Kreepsville Industries the makers of 1313 Magazine "The Phantom Monster Show" is proud to present "The Spooky, Swingin' Sounds of Kreepsville Manor". A full length, 60 minute Halloween spook-tacular album in the same vein as the old monster records of the 60's and 70's. This is Kreepsville's first high concept release which is produced under their brand new mini monster music label "Headless Spectre Records".


Scream-along with 21 eerie recordings of ghastly monsters, howling winds, spooks, rattling chains, bloodcurdling screams, and all the other bone-shivering things that go bump in the night within the wall's of the old haunted house, known as "Kreepsville Manor"! The music part is great fun for Halloween shindig's or for listening alone in the dark. And the sound f/x part, is perfect to use as background sounds for your next spookhouse attraction. Frighten your fiends. A Halloween delight!

Featuring music by...The Legendary Invisible Men, The Fuzztones, Davie Allan and The Arrows, Psycho Charger, The Nebulas, The Vooduo, The Fiends, The 3-D Invisibles, The Hollywoods, Monsters from Mars, The Von Drats, Cult of the Psychic Fetus, The Worst, The Moon-Rays, and The Hangee V.

Plus, a tale of terror, and 3 bonus sound f/x!

The artwork was created by Belgium Pigsnoot and David Hartman who provided art for the disk and inside tray.

To purchase this gruesome goodie for $13.99 plus shipping lurk on over to CafePress.
Plus, don't forget to visit Kreepsville Industries.

"Live from the KFJC Surf Battle" Fundraiser CD


KFJC has put together a CD from last June's Surf Battle in San Francisco. Each band donated 2 live tracks, and the multimedia portion of the CD has a video of each band. Sales of the CD benefit KFJC.

Go here for more info.

Here is the official PR:

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Double Crown On The Rocks T-Shirts/Posters For Sale!

Hey, we've still got some cool Double Crown ON THE ROCKS T-shirts and posters available from the shows this past weekend. If you'd like one, here is ordering info:

Poster is $10 + $6.00 for USPS Priority Mail shipping to any US address. NOTE: This is a mockup of the poster done by Johnny Bartlett - the actual poster looks slightly different than this (even better than this!). The posters were printed on thick cardstock on an old 100+ year letter press by Horwinski printing - check out their site at At the moment, this is not available outside the US I'm afraid. It is a large poster on thick cardstock and cannot be folded or rolled, so I haven't figured out a way to mail it without it being damaged outside the US.

T-Shirts are $10 each + $4.00 for USPS Priority Mail Shipping to any US address. Shipping is $7.50 for USPS Global Priorty Mail to Canada/Mexico and $9.50 for shipping outside the US/Canada/Mexico. Sizes: Womens Small & Medium (baby doll and spaghetti strap styles) - Men's Standard Style Small, Medium, Large and X-Large. The shirts are preshrunk.

To order, you can send a Paypal payment to: or cash/check/money order to:

Double Crown Records
P.O. Box 4336
Bellingham, WA 98227-4336

These will be added to the Double Crown site soon, but I'm giving all of you at SurfGuitar101 first crack at 'em!

We also have Kilaueas tour shirts available - please e-mail me at: for details. These will be going up on the site soon.

New Book: Surf Music U.S.A

We have some very exciting news here. Australian author Stephen McParland, a very prolific writer of many books on the 60's surf and pop culture scene, has just completed a new book titled Surf Music U.S.A. - All the Surf, Hot-Rod, Motorcycle and Skateboard Hits 1960-65!

Surf Music USA Cover

Here is what surf music author, historian, and musician John Blair (Jon & The Nightriders) has to say about this new book:

"This is the first book to present an accurate, highly detailed account of surf and hot-rod music's early history. At 300+ pages, the book is well illustrated with numerous photos and graphics, some in color (including 14 color pages of record labels and LP covers). The primary emphasis here is on the recordings, themselves, and the artists and producers who made the scene happen. The book also features an exhaustive index and bibliography. Given how detailed and expansive 'Surf Music U.S.A.' is, the cost (including the postage) is very reasonable. This is a strongly recommended document for your bookshelf!!"

Read on for the press release and ordering information.

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Happy Birthday Leo Fender!

As Eddie Katcher has pointed out, today is Leo Fender's birthday! He would have been 97!

From Wikipedia: "Clarence Leonidas Fender (August 10, 1909 - March 21, 1991) was an American luthier who founded Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company, now known as Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, and later founded G&L Musical Products (G&L Guitars). His guitar, bass, and amplifier designs from the 1950s continue to dominate popular music more than half a century later. Marshall and many other amplifier companies have used Fender amps as the foundation of their products. Fender and inventor Les Paul are often cited as the two most influential figures in the development of electric instruments in the 20th century."

Read more here.

Here is a Free Information Society biography of Fender.

And let's not forget the 60's surf bands who were early adopters of Fender gear. It has been said that it was the surf bands who cemented the popularity of "The Fender Bass" as a viable electric instrument.

Happy Birthday Leo Fender!

Pipeline Instrumental Review #71 Out Now!

I just received my copy of Pipeline #71 Summer 2006 all the way from jolly old England. Editor Alan Taylor was kind enough to also send me #70 as a promo copy. I sheepishly admit to not being able to find the time to do a proper review. However I have no problem asserting that if you have any interest in instrumental music from any decade since the beginnings of rock and roll (and yes this includes a healthy dose of surf music!) you will be extremely satisfied with this well written and edited 'zine. Both issues are 65+ pages and they are jammed with reading material that will keep you busy for weeks.

Issue #70 features an incredibly in-depth interview and discography of George Tomsco and The Fireballs. There is also a feature on Mike Vernon and 3 Balls of Fire. Issue #71 has a lengthy interviews with Bob Spalding (the 5th Venture!) and our very own Ivan Pongracic of The Madeira / Space Cossacks. Plus coverage of Pipeline 2006, the 14th Pipeline convention that featured The Flames, Bob Spalding, 3 Balls of Fire, George Tomsco, The Original Rapiers, and The Surfin' Gorrillas. Each issue also features an extensive reviews section of recent releases.

Head on over to The Pipeline Magazine website and buy a subscription now! Back issues are also available so you can get caught up.

Stolen Berzerkers Bass!


I have been corresponding with John Hamilton, bass player for the Berzerkers. He told me that his jazz bass was stolen from his car during the KFJC Battle of the Surfing Bands. I told him he should post information about it on SG101, but he indicated that he did not use this site and asked if I would mind posting the details of the bass just in case someone sees it somewhere. Anyway if anyone sees his bass please let him know where he can recover it. John is a great guy and does not deserve to have this happen to him. Below are the details of the stolen bass:

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Continental Magazine #13 w/CD Available (Southern Culture On The Skids Cover)

The Continental Magazine - Issue #13 w/23 song CD - #CT013 - $5.95 (OUT NOW!!!)

The latest issue of The Continental Magazine, featuring interviews with Southern Culture On The Skids and The Barbary Coasters (featuring Johnny Bartlett of The Phantom Surfers/Saturn V Featuring Orbit/Hillsdale Records).

It includes a 23 track CD packed with great surf/instro/twist/garage rock tunes and is now available for only $5.95. Also included in this issue are The Nebulas, The Kilaueas and much, much more. 36 pages in all, with a 2 color glossy cover.

To order send $5.95 US + shipping ($1.05 to any US/Canadian address, or just $2.05 to any other address) to Double Crown Records - P.O. Box 4336 - Bellingham, WA 98227-4336 - USA. You can also send a Paypal payment to or cash/check/money order, or order online at

Track List For Continental #13 CD:

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Tons of pics from the KRAUTSURF Release Party

Hey everybody,

Just a quick link to a picture album taken last saturday at the KrautsurfRelease Party in Muelheim feat. 10 german surf combos
[Razorblades, Kilaueas, The Sidemen, Commando, Stronzo Gelantino, Achtung Rakete, Pozor Vlak, Way out west, Leopold Kraus Wellenkapelle, The Cruncher]. Watch it at the german surfmusic-forum here:
Kraut Surf Release Party Photos

Also dont forget to buy the KRAUTSURF CD released via NPR Records!

Devlar Surf Sessions Celebrates 5 Years!

Ray Duke's Devlar Surf Sessions has just celebrated 5 years of operation over at Live365 Internet Radio! Ray started his station to play his favorite band Slacktone, and quickly expanded to play the best in surf, hot rod, garage, tiki, spy, space, and lounge. Congratulations Ray, and THANK-YOU!

Check out Devlar Surf Sessions.