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Category: Surf Scene News

Surf Nut! 7" EP Featuring The Surfites & The Thunderchiefs

V/A - Surf Nut! Surfites & Thunderchiefs 7" EP (Double Crown / Wormtone)

We're incredibly stoked to have released a fabulous new 7" EP featuring The Surfites and The Thunderchiefs, containing two brand new songs from each band! It's a joint effort with Double Crown and Wormtone Records, and will definitely be one of the most talked about (and listened to) releases of the summer! The amazing sleeve art, shown above, was done by famed artist (and Thunderchiefs guitarist) Mike Guerrero.

On one side you get Swedish faves The Surfites with "This Time Tomorrow" and "Hot Dog On A Stick". Flip it over and you get two more boss tunes from Austin, TX surf combo The Thunderchiefs - "Kook Patrol" and "Tomsco Twist".

While the music and amazing artwork is best enjoyed in the 7" vinyl format, we do understand that many of you don't have turntables. For you, we have the digital version of the EP, which can be downloaded at: iTunes ~ CD Baby ~ Emusic

Tracks: The Surfites: This Time Tomorrow - Hot Dog On A Stick / The Thunderchiefs: Kook Patrol - Tomsco Twist

Order From Double Crown Records - $6.75 each

FIBERGLASS JUNGLE - New 2 Hour Surf Music Radio Show on!

Fiberglass Jungle Logo

This Saturday, April 6 from 2-4PM (Pacific) will mark the debut of a new weekly 2 hour Surf Music radio show on called FIBERGLASS JUNGLE.

Luxuria is an extremely well known and fanatically followed internet station that presents 24 hours of unusual, specialized programming geared to those with more retro sensibilities. The station features a number of fantastic shows hosted by some pretty heavy hitters covering a wide range of genres and styles--Garage, Psychedelic, Jazz, Easy Listening, Exotica, Lounge, Space Age Pop, Bachelor Pad, Incredibly Strange and Outsider Music, and much more!

Fiberglass Jungle will present the very best in recordings that fall under the wide instrumental Surf Music umbrella. This base encompasses the “pre-surf” instrumental Rock n’ Roll tunes of the late 50s, the classic “First Wave” originators of the early 60s, the “Second Wave” bands of the late 70s and early 80s, the crossover, genre-blending “Third Wave” bands of the 90s, the cutting-edge, description-defiant melting pot of current-day innovators, as well as a healthy dose of Spaghetti Western, international styles such as Japanese Eleki and Finnish Rautalanka, Surf-Guitar-based Exotica, Easy Listening, and Spy/Crime Jazz.

There will be a proper web presence coming soon, which will likely include a blog where each week's playlist and band/song/album information will be posted regularly.

To submit music, press releases or other Surf Music related news, please feel free to contact

Saturdays, 2-4PM (Pacific)

Shrunken Head Lounge E-Newsletter, Feb. 2013

Hello Surf Lovers,

What better way to tell someone you love them by tuning in to some cool surf music!

NOW AVAILABLE for download... Show #63 Parts 1 & 2:

... More Unsteady Freddie Presents!
* featuring Martin Cilia, Pacifica Roadshow, The Concrete Rivals and more

Various Artists #29
* featuring Ronny and the Daytonas, Shoot the Pier, The Super Stocks and much more

Please go to our website for air dates and times. All shows are also available FREE for download & podcast at



DJ & Curator of The Shrunken Head Lounge

George Tomsco and The Fender Jazzmaster In Fretboard Journal

The fretboard JournalNow is the time to subscribe to the best guitar magazine out there; The Fretboard Journal. Issue 28 is shipping now with a great article on George Tomsco, with early and current photos. Also a great article with lots of Jazzmaster image porn by Derek See. Fretboard Journal is designed by Neptunes guitarist Tom Walzem. Hope you all dig it!

Fretboard Journal Website

Insect Surfers Kickstarter Project ! ! !

Yes, folks,the Insect Surfers are finally gearing up to release new cd/vinyl, t-shirts and beach towels! But we need your help and have launched a kickstarter program. PLEASE check it out at -

We have a few songs 'in the can' but are working on several more! And we will be proud to bring this stuff to Europe this year! Thanks to you, the surf rock community for any and all your support!

David Arnson/Insect Surfers

A note regarding Surfin' Sundays 2013

Aloha Everyone…

The following message is extremely important, please read carefully…

Although I am currently down sick with bronchitis for the second time this month I have need to address something very important…

You may or may not have heard rumors circulating around the surf music and surrounding communities coming supposedly from the museum…

Let me put all the rumors regarding Surfin’ Sundays 2013 Summer Concert Series and my continued involvement to bed once and for all…

The rumors that I have been made aware of don’t reflect the opinion of the current Board of Directors nor the future of Surfin’ Sundays…

Rest assured I am totally committed to Surfin’ Sundays concerts being run in the same fashion as I have been doing for the past 8 years…

Surfin’ Sundays is my lifeblood and I have invested my passion, heart and soul into it and intend to do so till I can no longer function…

I am currently working with the city of HB to set up the 2013 schedule both at the pier and HBISM and will be booking bands shortly…

In the next couple of weeks I will be filling out the extensive paperwork to obtain our permits and business license from the city of HB…

As for the meeting with the city of HB next month, it is strictly for me to attend in order to obtain our permits for Surfin’ Sundays…

Jeff BTD will be working with me and our faithful musicians to insure the we give you the best entertainment we have to offer…

Unless you hear directly from me please disregard any further rumors as total unwarranted deception coming from one individual…

If you any information, concerns, comments and or questions please email me directly at my usual dragonfly address…

Even though I am not responsible for this deception I feel the need to let you know I am deeply sorry for any stress this may have caused you…

Mahalo for your continued support…

Your humble servant,

Linda Miller

2013 Secretary/Director Surfin’ Sundays

Surfabilly Freakout Radio presents: Throttlebilly Beach Riot!

Throttlebilly Beach Riot CD Cover

Surfabilly Freakout Radio hit the airwaves in May of 2006 on WPGU 107.1 FM in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.  The show features surf, garage, psychobilly, rockabilly, and spaghetti western music performed (mostly) by modern bands.    The CD is high-energy from start to finish with a sound reflective of the radio show.  The fantastic band line-up includes The Cocktail Preachers, The Madeira, The Coffin Daggers, The Nebulas, 9th Wave, Daikaiju, The Creepy Creeps, Go! Tsunami, The Men from S.P.E.C.T.R.E., the Mutants, The Heavies, Knuckel Drager, The Love Me Nots, The Brains, The Koffin Kats, the Krank Daddies, The Phantom Jets, The Phenomenauts & Vegas 66!

A full track listing a purchase information can be found here:

Surfabilly Freakout Radio is definitely about the music, but it was apparent early-on that there would be more... this part that we refer to as "Jackassery, Tom Foolery and Damn Fool Boobery."  "Freakout Studios" (WPGU FM) has six microphones and the original DJs (Jet Sterling and Reverend Chuck Allen) were soon joined by a large cast of characters. Today, there is rarely a show when all six aren't in use (and often, there are more DJs than mics).  The DJ crew, which grew early-on to include Chelsea Bandita, Koffin Keith, Motorhead Mike and the Director of Awesome expanded into booking and promoting live shows in Champaign-Urbana... often recruiting new DJs out of the crowd.  Local gigs led to remote DJ/MC gigs as well as providing organizational assistance at surf, Tiki and hot rod events throughout the Midwest and on the East Coast.

For a raucous selection of surf, garage and 'billy, check out "Throttlebilly Beach Riot!".  We hope you dig it!

Crowd funding Nokie Edwards' hospital costs

This may be old news already, but the crowd funding site has a campaign going for The Ventures guitarist Nokie Edwards, who incurred a mountain of hospital costs in Japan.

Check it if you're interested in helping the family of the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame surf guitar legend.

Dear Friends and Fan family,
We are trying to raise money to help with Nokie Edwards hospital bills and care. He had two heart attacks while on tour in Japan. He has been in two hospital Sendi and Tokyo. We have cover one hospital and now trying to pay the bills from Tokyo Saiseikai Central Hospital. He has had a pacemaker/defib w/4 leads and 3 stints on his left side of his heart. We hope for him to be up and playing guitar soon. Music is the best therapy. He is a strong man that loves his music and his fans around the world. We have just found out that the MusiCare program Twill not help Nokie wirh his hospital bills because his heart attacks happened in Japan. I am asking our friends and fan family to please pass Nokie's Hospital Care link through their internet address books and facebook and twitter, Thank you for all your prays. God Bless, Judy

Eddie Bertrand Update

As many of you know, Eddie Bertrand has terminal cancer has a week or perhaps 2 weeks at best left with us. In order to get as many letters to Eddie as possible you may email Eddie directly at I will print the emails and hand carry them to Eddie daily. Eddie is appreciative of your thoughts and well wishes.

Crossfire's Birmingham Sunday, Hollywood Persuaders, Surf/Pop Box Sets Build on Success of Paul Buff/Frank Zappa "Highlights" Set

For Immediate Release

Crossfire's Birmingham Sunday, Hollywood Persuaders, Surf/Pop Box Sets Build on Success of Paul Buff/Frank Zappa "Highlights" Set

October 20, 2012 - New York - Hot on the heels of the 5-CD set "Paul Buff Presents Highlights from the Pal and Original Sound Studio Archives," Crossfire Publications will release three multiple-disc sets drawn from Paul Buff's master collection. More than 100 tracks are making their official CD debuts. "Prevalent Visionaries: The History of Birmingham Sunday" is Crossfire's definitive two-CD, 46-track set of the Nevada-based group with more than two dozen previously unissued demos, alternate mixes and reunion recordings. The 90-track, three-CD "World Of Paul Buff" collections "Breaktime For Surf" (covering 1959-1964) and The Hollywood Persuaders' "Drums-A-Go-Go" (spanning 1963-1970) have five previously unreleased tracks each. Both triple-disc sets are lavishly packaged in DVD-sized cases with full color, 24-page illustrated booklets.

Birmingham Sunday was formed in Carson City, Nevada in 1966. After signing to Bill Holmes' All-American label in 1968, the group recorded their debut album "A Message From Birmingham Sunday" at Original Sound with Paul Buff engineering and playing a Mellotron-like Chamberlin throughout. The album was accompanied by the single "Prevalent Visionaries"/ "Egocentric Solitude," a Top 10 radio favorite on Nevada and California radio stations. Original albums (with only 10-20 in existence) have recently sold for more than $1,200, and its full inclusion as part of Crossfire's set emphasizes its solid value to collectors. Birmingham Sunday's recently recorded second album, "It Is What It Was," will also be part of this essential set.

Multi-instrumentalist Paul Buff, owner of Pal Recording Studio in Cucamonga, California from 1957-1964, created Pal in December 1957 with a simple two-track Viking recorder. The demand for stereo recording led Buff to create a homemade, five-track recording studio when the industry recording standard was still mono or two-track stereo. Buff's creativity with his equipment proved that the studio was yet another musical instrument in the recording process. Musicians of all backgrounds and styles took advantage of the creative environment at Pal to create career-defining, high quality master recordings.

While still at Pal, Paul Buff started working with legendary deejay Art Laboe, owner of Original Sound Records. Laboe asked Buff to create a new recording studio for Original Sound, and in 1964, Paul unveiled his ten-track recording and mixing console. Paul Buff was already in place as Original Sound's studio engineer when he sold Pal Recording Studio to Frank Zappa on August 1, 1964, and Buff engineered all recordings by Original Sound clients until 1972.

Paul Buff's Pal and Original Sound output was credited to his own name as well as many other artists. Early tracks recorded with guitarists Ronnie Williams and Frank Zappa were released as by The Masters, while cuts with Dave Aerni were credited to The Bongo Teens or The Rotations. One-man-band recordings issued as The Hollywood Persuaders include the well known "Tijuana" and "Drums A-Go-Go." Paul also recorded with his wife Allison as The Catalinas, Lori Allison, Lori Lynn, The Buff Organization and with vocalists Ricky Dean and John Castello. The Friendly Torpedoes featured Buff with the late Music Machine leader, Sean Bonniwell.

"Breaktime For Surf" contains many in-demand early 1960s Buff tracks along with a stellar collection of surf instrumentals, big band jazz, doo-wop and pop vocals. Demos, outtakes and first-time stereo mixes are well represented. One of the CD debuts is Johnny Gatewood's "Pocketful Of Rainbows," a song that Elvis Presley first recorded for the film "G.I. Blues." The deluxe booklet also covers the untold stories of Frank Zappa-related singles by Ron Roman and Brian Lord And The Midnighters.
The Hollywood Persuaders' "Drums A-Go-Go" was one of the most popular drum showcases of the mid-1960s, with Paul Buff's original version quickly joined by versions by Sandy Nelson and Hal Blaine. Crossfire's "Drums A-Go-Go" collection contains the original stereo album and singles plus numerous rarities and tracks by The Buff Organization, The Tired 4, Ricky Dean, John Castello and The Friendly Torpedoes. Also notable is the inclusion of the demonstration record/tape for Buff's groundbreaking Kepex noise-reduction system. Kepex would be used by studios throughout the world for decades.

"Drums A-Go-Go" from 1965 marked Paul Buff's transition to ten-track recording at Original Sound. The album's full audio spectrum was the initial result of the studio's enormous recording capability, with competing studios clamoring to upgrade their four-track equipment. As music became more progressive as the second half of the '60s unfolded, Paul Buff and Original Sound's studio led the way. Independent producers brought their clients into Original Sound to create groundbreaking recordings, and Paul Buff moved into more progressive music with his Buff Organization. This is the first CD collection of Hollywood Persuaders recordings remastered from the original mixdown tapes. Demos, originally unissued tracks and first-time stereo mixes abound.

Release Dates for all three projects: October-November 2012.

Press Inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158