Aaron Bruno's Top 5 Favorite Surf Spots ...by Alt Press
Aaron Bruno of AWOLNATION recently stopped by the Alt Press offices in Cleveland to dish on his top 5 favorite surf spots. Watch the clip to see Aaron talk about his most crucial spots.
Atlantics Interview - Trouble In Beer Garden ...by Robert Lastdrager
Sydney's surf maestros The Atlantics were pioneers who defined the instrumental rock'n'roll of the early sixties. The Atlantics were recently invited to tour with The Beach Boys on the Australian leg of their world tour, and in between sound check and showtime I squeezed them into a boisterous Galleon café for coffee and questions.
Autoramas Interview ...by Commandante
One of the best well known Brazilian independent bands, Autoramas is constantly regarded by the native press for their powerful performance onstage!
Baywatchers Interview ...by Commandante
It was fun watching this band performing their "crude" instro surf! In a wise presentiment that some (after show) events of that evening will disappear in a dim haze of beer and mystery, I prepared an interview with The Baywatchers per email.
Dan "Hound Dog" Taylor Caught The Right Subway ...by Dan "Hound Dog" Taylor
At the right Subway at the right time! Dan "Hound Dog" Taylor tells us about his chance encounter with "The King of the Surf Guitar"!
Feedback ...by Robert Lastdrager
Institutions come in all shapes and sizes and many wild and varying ideologies. During the nineties my dogma-riddled ideology was a mongrel called rock and roll and its kennel was the Punters Club in Fitzroy, Melbourne Australia.
Firstborn Interview ...by Surf Rock Music
Who are the creative musicians in Firstborn and what is their history? What are the motivating factors behind their music? We had the good fortune to ask Firstborn for the answers to these questions and others.
Get Your Shit Outta Here ...by Robert Lastdrager
The Internet has become the new middleman. These days it's possible for self financed independent releases to source particular niche outlets world wide and approach them directly, saving time and, in a lot of cases, money. And what does it take? Well, it takes what it's always taken; a dose of DIY ethos as espoused in those fantastic old Maximum Rock'n'Roll magazines.
Goodnight CBGBs ...by Robert Lastdrager
...it was like something out of the Addams Family. The walls were covered thick with the posters, stickers, sweat, snot and ash of ten thousand bands, and I was keen as mustard to add our little poster to the sea of grimy paste and paper...
How We Survived the Rock and Roll Blitz ...by Robert Lastdrager
In the early 90’s I was part of a Melbourne garage rock and roll band called the Stiff Kittens and we were like so many others in the inner city then, writing songs and rehearsing feverishly day and night. Our first recording "As You Walk" resulted in a record deal with London label Psychic Records and by 1995 we had four EP’s released in the UK.
I Fell for a Surf Music LP in the Supermarket ...by Guitar Bob Ohsiek
...and they planned it that way. The 1st Surf Music bandwagon. Everyone wanted a piece of the action and started making Surf LPs: Bo Diddley, Joe Houston, etc.
In the Curl with Bigrock ...by Devon Cathlin
It took a 50s-60s teen icon and a member of the infamous Masked Marauders to do it ... re-invent the pick.
Jan Berry and Dick Dale Meet Unsteady Freddie! ...by Unsteady Freddie
Freddie is a cool guy! He tells us about meeting up with Surf and Hot Rod Legend Jan Berry and 'King of the Surf Guitar' Dick Dale!
Jetpack Interview ...by Wexler
Daniel J gave me some insight to what happens when a pair of large corporations dabble in selling surf music, staying original while covering famous material, and his associations with Dick Dale!
Laurie Geltman Interview ...by Devon Cathlin
This woman rocks! Talking to her, you immediately know she's anything but a slouch with the craft and art of music. Throw out the wrong word – she catches it. Act innocent and she'll know whether you're bluffing or not.
Neptunas Interview ...by Devon Cathlin
Outrageous Women Who Rock! Devon Cathlin interviews these Uber Cool, Outrageous Women Rockers! Get ready for some wet-your-pants fun! Can we ever be that cool?!
Riding Surf Music’s First Wave With The Surfaris, The Lively Ones And ? ...by George Boccanfuso
My band at that time was called Rip Curl. We played a few dances and a couple of parties. We got a call one afternoon and were asked to play at the Rec Center, as The Lively Ones were not going to be able to make the gig. We were excited, also scared. We played about five tunes and the promoter told us that The Lively Ones would be playing the rest of the night after all. We played one or two more and left the stage. I guess we sort of opened for The Lively Ones back in the day, but I doubt they knew it!
Rock & Roll Retreads ...by Robert Lastdrager
Please don’t tell anyone… but rock and roll isn’t doing it for me any more. I’ve reached a juncture in my life and there’s no turning back.
Sony Pictures Classics: Riding Giants ...by Sony Pictures
Check out Riding Giants at the Sony Pictures Classics official film site. And be sure to check out the Riding Giants trailer.
Sunrays Story ...by Eddy Medora
We were called the Renegades. We were a garage band rehearsing in my parents home in Pacific Palisades. We were in 7th and 8th grade. I saw a band perform called the Riptides - they had a local hit called Machine Gun. My name is Eddy Medora and I was the lead guitar player for The Sunrays.
'Viva' Lastdrager ...by Tim Barbon
Drummer Rob Lastdrager has done it all in music performance. Since the '80s he’s been at it in the Oz pub scene playing rock/alternative/country/punk bands, recording and promoting vinyl LPs, radio interviews, European tours, a gig at famed punk venue CBGB’s in New York. Rob Lastdrager plays drums with Melbourne’s surf slack-o-billy trio The Tommys, gets film extra work and become a daddy.
Working at Fender (or I decided to get a 'real job') ...by Guitar Bob Ohsiek
I worked assembling amps at Fender in '72 and '73. Super Reverbs, Bassman, Twins, whatever; maybe we'd assemble 30 per man, per day. When I walked through the plant mornings and afternoons I would pass bins of 'blem' guitar necks slated for destruction at the bandsaw. I agonized over it: "Can't I just take 'em home?" As it was, I ended up importing a few handfuls of pots, switches, and jacks home in my lunchpail...
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