Aloha Screwdriver: The Haunted Planet ...by Justin Hayes
What a cool, fun band! Aloha Screwdriver is an instrumental surf, rock and twang trio based in Alameda, California. Their songs have been featured on History Channel's American Pickers. The Haunted Planet is Aloha Screwdriver's 11-track, all-instrumental CD. It has enough boo-factor to scare the pants off a centipede.
Amino Acids, The: Destroy the Warming Sun! ...by Lisabeth Posthuma
If hyperactivity were communicated in sound wave, the result would be The Amino Acids' sophomore release, Destroy the Warming Sun! This album is a satirical, retrospective nod to 1960's B movies with UFOs floating via visible fishing wire!
Apemen, The: 7+ Inches Of Love ...by Justin Hayes
7+ Inches Of Love is a deliciously wild CD. Its 20 instrumental tracks are packed to the hilt with a bodacious collection of surf, garage and hot rod music. Every track is totally cool. There are absolutely no B-sides on 7+ Inches Of Love. The Apemen demonstrate a prodigious ability to pump out great music, and pump it out with ferocity. It's an exceptional group of recordings by an exceptional band of primates.
Aquatudes, The: Unsafe At Any Speed! ...by Justin Hayes
Unsafe At Any Speed! is The Aquatudes' debut 12-track CD. With it, they've wasted no time climbing into the upper echelons of instrumental bands. The world of instro music can look forward to a bright future as The Aquatudes turn us on with their terrific sounds. Unsafe At Any Speed! is a bodaciously excellent collection of original music.
Astroglides, The: Channel Surfing ...by Cerulean Ravenwing
A powerful, double picking phoenix screams through the jungle on wings of reverb. Right from the first track Channel Surfing With... The Astroglides grabs the jugular, holds on tight and takes you for a wild ride deep into the Reverb Trench. No let-downs. Consistent quality!
Astroglides, The: Selling Out ...by Emma Jade Gunn
The Astroglides have created their own huge sound. It's an outrageous, delicious sound that I love. What can I say about this incredible CD? It's totally bodacious. It sent Emmy into a tail wagging frenzy. What can I say about The Astroglides? They're totally cool!
Bevel Emboss: Celluloid ...by Emma Jade Gunn
I can tell good stuff when I hear it and the members of Bevel Emboss are fantastic. If I had any idea they made instro music this great in Amsterdam, I would have found a way to get there. It's worth swimming across the pond for, that's for sure! I rocked hard when I listened to the Celluloid CD.
Bitch Boys: Behind The Hound Dog Walls ...by Stephen L. Robbins
This Slovenian band has everything going for it and no drawbacks, except they're over there and we're over here. Come on over to the USA, guys. Recorded live at a club called "Hound Dog", the drama of this group of musicians is to be found in talent!
Bitch Boys: In Heat ...by Duke
My love affair with surf rock has lasted more than 50 years. In that time I've listened to some kick-ass tunes. But, In Heat offers up some of the best surf music I've ever heard. I'm talking ear bending, heart pounding, dripping wet, reverb soaked, double picked dynamite.
Blue Giant Zeta Puppies, The: 40 Million Miles To Earth ...by Justin Hayes
Released in October 2012, 40 Million Miles To Earth is an otherworldly, warp drive, two-track single by The Blue Giant Zeta Puppies. The 'Zeta Puppies have packed more punch and musical entertainment in those two tracks alone than many 20-song CDs have in their entirety. Who are The Blue Giant Zeta Puppies? That's a good question.
Bonney & Buzz: Play Rough ...by Emma Jade Gunn
Bonney and Buzz's Play Rough CD is advertised as Surf / Instrumental Rock. It hits on all eight cylinders in both genres plus a few more. Play Rough is going to cross some barriers because it definitely, deliciously and defiantly crosses genres with panache and pure power. Simply Great!
Brave New Surf: 20-Track Compilation CD ...by Duke
Brave New Surf is a fantastic CD. It brings together 20 great bands on one disc. Combined, they serve up a 20-course music feast fit for kings and queens. Get ready for fun and excitement as Brave New Surf entertains you with 65 minutes of world-class instro surf sounds. This is one CD you don't want to pass up.
Breakaways, The: Time Surfin' ...by Stephen L. Robbins
I consider the day I was asked to review Time Surfin' to be one of my luckiest. This is a really fantastic collection of classic style surf rock. The Breakaways are a blast from the past and are deeply connected to some of the best traditional surf music you're ever going to hear!
Brigantines, The: Vacation! ...by Justin Hayes
With a combination of vocal and instro tunes, Vacation! is a monumental cut above the rest of the vocally infused albums I've heard in many moons. What makes Vacation! so different and so cool is that the lyrics are fun, interesting, and tell captivating stories in two and three-minute musical chapters.
Cilia, Martin: Surf Explosion ...by Stephen L. Robbins
Is you play guitar for the legendary Atlantics, you have to be good. Extremely good. Enter Martin Cilia. Extremely good doesn't begin to cover things when you're talking about his ability with a guitar. This man can flat get with an axe. Make no mistake about it, he's great. Martin's new composition, Surf Explosion, is as good as surf music gets. It's performed in the classic surf style with two guitars, a bass and drums.
Classic Rock Instrumentals (Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation) ...by Duke
Classic Rock Instrumentals is an outstanding book. It features 29 tunes with plenty of surf and surf related music, including Pipeline. Each song has notation, tablature and a brief history. An introduction and notation legend are included.
Cocktail Preachers, The: The Exotic Moods Of ...by Emma Jade Gunn
They had me in their pocket, wet and mushy and melting at the touch of their hands like a Hershey's Kiss on a sunny day. Oh, Stevie, Phil, Bruce, Rick! What will I do with you boys? This CD is going to be my standby on those days when the Em needs some very serious sound strokes to bring on the Ooooh Factor.
Coconauts, The: Get Coco-naughty! ...by Emma Jade Gunn
One upon a time a group of four Coconauts reentered Earth's atmosphere and landed their spaceship on Surfy Islands in the South Pacific. Or so the story goes. I believe it's true, just like my mama should have believed it when I told her pumpkin pie is a meal all by itself. She said I should stop being naughty and eat dinner. If I'd known then what I know now, I could have told her naughty is a point of view not to be trifled with. Case in point, Get Coco-naughty!, the debut album by The Coconauts.
Concaves, The: Warning, Heavy Surf Advisory ...by Tammy Tenino
I've had a few mind-altering experiences come out of Santa Cruz. One of them was Warning, Heavy Surf Advisory by The Concaves. This power trio takes surf rock music another step further into new waves of sound. Warning shows the prowess of this talented and highly experienced group.
Concussions, The: Fall In Love With The Concussions ...by Emma Jade Gunn
What an uber fab band! Sooo, where have they been all of my life? Are they a secret society? Who are The Concussions? Their album, Fall In Love With The Concussions, is the first of a pair of CDs this Michigan based instro combo are releasing this year. It definitely whet my appetite for the second.
Continental Magazine, The: Issue #19 ...by Duke
The Continental Magazine is chock-full of reviews, articles, interviews and timely information about our favorite genres. In addition to the many hours of fun and enlightening reading, Issue #19 comes with a free 25-track CD, filled with some of the coolest music by some of the best bands on today's music scene.
Cordelia Records: Beyond The Sea ...by Commandante
Straight out of the Cordelia Records laboratory comes the newest compilation. This comp is mighty fun! You don't have to be ashamed anymore when listening to Barbie Girl, Super Freak, Take on Me or all the other hits. An ear catcher is an ear catcher!
Cubic Feet: The Living End - then and now ...by Duke
Cubic Feet's new album The Living End then and now is, well, the living end. Imagination, creativity, quality, great tunes and all of the things we love about music are neatly folded into this double CD package. There are 21 songs split between the two CDs. Yes, there's great music. But what really sets this album apart is, literally, then and now.
Danger*Cakes: Dessert First ...by Emma Jade Gunn
I love chicks with licks and these chicks have some serious licks. Danger*Cakes freaking rocks it, chocks it, clocks it, tick-tocks it and socks it out of the park. Dessert First, baby! Danger*Cakes is an Austin based all-girl band that sounds and has a stage presence unlike anyone else. Dessert First is an uber fab ten-track debut CD. Danger*Cakes played and sang their way into this girl's heart, for sure..
Dead Rocks, The: IL Grilletto D'Oro ...by Justin Hayes
IL Grilletto D'Oro is a neat all-instro CD, housing ten spaghetti and other western style tunes. It doesn't have any of that watered down, tear-in-your-beer shit. This is ten tracks of western music, the way western music should be played. The diverse mixture of mood-setting tunes keeps the interest level at a peak.
Dead Rocks, The: International Brazilian Surfs ...by Justin Hayes
In keeping with what I find to be a great Brazilian tradition, The Dead Rocks are excellent musicians packing a potent collection of music. Call it 4th wave or new wave, The Dead Rocks' willingness to push the surf music boundaries makes International Brazilian Surfs a cool listening experience.
Dead Rocks, The: One Million Dollar Surf Band ...by Justin Hayes
I want to stress the steadfast high quality that is a hallmark of The Dead Rocks' CDs. Everything from the music to the production is consistently excellent. Every track is a work of art and stands on its own. One Million Dollar Surf Band is an appropriate title. The Dead Rocks are wizards at their craft and take a back seat to nobody.
Dead Rocks, The: Tiki Twist ...by Duke
I love this album a lot. I mean a WHOLE lot. I was in my teens back in the early '60s. That old surf and rock 'n' roll was, and still is, my thing. The Dead Rocks have captured the sound. Tiki Twist is an absolutely fabulous CD and brings you eleven outstanding tracks of instro surf and rock 'n' roll.
Deep Eddy Records Presents: Radical Waves ...by Justin Hayes
What a terrific CD! Deep Eddy Records has scored a hit with Radical Waves, a 24-track instrumental compilation album. Radical Waves features some of the best bands on today's music scene. Talk about the ultimate instro lover's delight, this is like musical manna from the instro gods.
del-Toros: Fifty Knots / 50 Knots ...by Justin Hayes
Grab your ass, hold on tight, and get ready for a wild ride courtesy of a very cool Dutch surf band. Fifty Knots / 50 Knots is a 7" two-song limited surf punk record on colored vinyl, just like the old days. Fifty Knots / 50 Knots is a great single. It has everything you'd want in a surf punk vocal and instrumental record. This baby screams like an Atlas rocket.
Diamondheads, The: Surf Guitar Instrumentals ...by Cerulean Ravenwing
From the opening note The Diamondheads flood your auditory canals with wet, drippy, slappy, body drenching reverb. This is what it's all about. The pure essence of surf rock. These guys are just perfect. There’s no other way to put it. Even the name of the band harkens back to the glory days of surf rock.
Dick Dale at The Hut in Tucson, Arizona ...by Cerulean Ravenwing
The last time I’d seen Dick strut his stuff was over a decade ago, back in a tiny brewpub in Eugene, Oregon, called The Wild Duck. Would the King of the Surf Guitar, the Father of Heavy Metal, the member of the Musicians Hall of Fame and cancer survivor still be able to bring it like he did as a young kid on the beaches of Southern California?
Dick Dale: Calling Up Spirits ...by Duke
Dick Dale's powerful playing in the '50s and '60s was enormously influential. Not only did it set the trend of that time, it also set the stage for the musical eras that followed. Dick Dale possesses a masterful blend of power and finesse. Here's a look at one of his later albums, Calling Up Spirits!
Dick Dale In Concert ...by Cerulean Ravenwing
The Wild Duck shook as he rocked us with his double picking, string-bending, mind-blowing music. I was pumped, the crowd was pumped, the whole damn place was pumped. It was music in its purest form. From the Wild Duck Music Hall in Eugene, Oregon, Cerulean Ravenwing rocks out with The King of the Surf Guitar!
Dirty Fuse: Dirty Fuse ...by Justin Hayes
I'd been looking forward to hearing Dirty Fuse's self-titled CD, Dirty Fuse. I finally got the chance and was not disappointed. The CD not only lived up to my expectations, it surpassed them. Dirty Fuse is a 12-track, all-instro CD. It's packed with 30 great minutes of surf and plenty of good old-fashioned fun.
Dirty Fuse: Lost Riders ...by Justin Hayes
Hailing from Athens, Greece, Dirty Fuse does their country's music scene proud. They prove that instrumental music is alive and well in all corners of the world. Lost Riders is a terrific 7" vinyl (Yes, VINYL) record. There is some great stuff embedded in those grooves.
Docteur Legume: La Planete Sauvage ...by Duke
I had the pleasure of meeting Massimiliano Bocchio, aka Docteur Legume, a couple of years ago. He'd posted some information about his music at a forum we were running. His new record, La Planete Sauvage, is another brilliant work of art. Once again, Docteur Legume demonstrates his mastery of many instruments.
Doug Barron: Surf Trax ...by Emma Jade Gunn
Doug Barron. Dougie. Dougie. Dougie. What is a girl to do with you, honey? I was taken to Barron's Land of Surf. I hoped for some new surf music because, well, Dougie's from Canada, you know? Surf music with a Maple Leaf twist. See? NEW. SURF. MUSIC. I'm thinking wahoo, baby. Now I know what a girl does with you.
Dynamic Subarashii, The ...by Duke
This trio of Midwesterners prove that you don't have to live near the ocean to ride the surf rock music wave. This CD houses some terrific stuff, courtesy of some very high caliber musicians. These guys can play. And they have imagination. Pass the margaritas, I'm on the beach.
Firstborn: Define Our Generation ...by Justin Hayes
Reminiscent of the early days of heavy metal, Define Our Generation is a deep, moody, powerful CD by Firstborn, an alternate rock / metal band from Sweden. The band features four accomplished musicians who deliver their music with plenty of strength and believability. Firstborn included the lyrics to all of their songs.
Frowser: The King With Personality Plus ...by Justin Hayes
The minute The King With Personality Plus begins you can tell this foursome is out to break new ground. They are blazing their own path and leaving an impressive trail in their wake. Frowser's sound is textured and dynamic. To be honest, a lot of genres would benefit greatly by adding Frowser to their playlist.
FUZZnSURF Records: Lost At Sea ...by Duke
It's vinyl. Seven inches of magnificent vinyl. Lost At Sea literally is groovy. Spin that turntable, lower the needle and dig those cool grooves. FUZZnSURF Records knows how to stroke a needle. They picked four very cool, wild-ass surf and garage bands to cut the wax on Lost At Sea. The past meets the present thanks to FUZZnSURF Records!
High Fidelics, The: The High Fidelics ...by Justin Hayes
The High Fidelics' self-titled debut album features ten instrumental tracks in multiple styles ... and it's a doozy. However, what really makes this album exceptional are the four extremely gifted musicians who are responsible for its inception and its content. It's as much of an educational experience as it is a musical experience. If I was teaching a music class, I would have my students study The High Fidelics.
il Triello: Three Western Tales ...by Stephen L. Robbins
I'm passionate about Spaghetti Western music. I've been that way ever since my introduction to the music of Ennio Morricone and Dominic Frontiere. Spaghetti Western music has to stir my imagination. If it doesn't, I'd just as soon not listen to it. So, it was with some trepidation that I popped Three Western Tales into my CD player – and there it stayed, repeatedly. Three Western Tales not only stirred my imagination, it stirred my soul.
Insanitizers: Whimsical Surf Version 2 ...by Justin Hayes
Whimsical Surf Version 2 is fun. Good old-fashioned party time fun. Everything from the music to the artwork is a gas. Whimsical Surf Version 2 is an all-instrumental album that packs 17 delicious bite-size morsels of music into one very entertaining CD.
Invisible Surfers, The: Dogs Killa Cat ...by Commandante
This instrumental three-piece combo from Greece plays fast rocking instros in a remarkable style. In 2002 the band released Dogs Killa Cat. The CD contains 14 songs (12 originals and 2 cover versions). Dogs Killa Cat has everything to make an instro nerd happy ... it is raw, it is authentic, it is cool!
Jetpack: Surfin' to No Doubt ...by Wexler
Guitar fans will enjoy playing spot-the-influence (Dick Dale, Link Wray, Bo Diddley, Roger McGuinn...) and the musicianship, which is top-shelf. As far as production, reverb junkies are assured to get their fix many, many times over with the Jetpack Twin Guitar Attack!
Kenny Rogers and Len Epand: Making It With Music ...by Stephen L. Robbins
This is an outstanding book, geared toward the business end of music. Making It With Music is an absolute must-have for serious musicians. The information applies to all musicians of all genres. The book includes many photographs and sample contracts. Kenny and Len leave nothing out.
Laika & The Cosmonauts: Local Warming ...by Ann Rein
A truly memorable CD from Laika & The Cosmonauts will be hitting the streets on January 13, 2004, marking the first studio album release in six years for Finland's #1 surf/instro band. Local Warming offers a dazzling array of genre-crossing music!
Lava Rats, The: Surfing the Magma ...by Ann Rein
Starting sultry like that winding mass of blacktop on a hot summer night and moving into some vivacious strings popping like the waves off the Point, Surfing the Magma rocks! These guys have some chops that will make them go far, and that I promise. The Lava Rats have it all!
Los Fantasticos: The Devil Went Down to George Street ...by Emma Jade Gunn
The boys from Brighton are the Bomb. Honest! I would not lead you astray even though the boys will. They'll lead you to dance with the Devil, tally-ho! on an Iron Horse, play with bulls just off a famous Spanish surfing beach, and tantalize your senses in a Paris park - after you tango there, of course.
Los Pocos Locos: Los Pocos Locos ...by Stephen L. Robbins
Los Pocos Locos is filled to the brim with a delicious brew of surf, garage and coolness. Every song stands on its own and delivers something unique. Los Pocos Locos know how to deliver their musical messages with power, clarity and finality. If you like surf, power 'n' fuzz, you'll love Los Pocos Locos!
Los Straitjackets: ¡Damas Y Caballeros! ...by Emma Jade Gunn
Los Straitjackets' ¡Damas Y Caballeros! CD was recorded live in the summer of 2000 at the Foothill Tavern in Long Beach, California. This is rock, baby! Woooooo! Emma Jade Gunn fantasizes, pants and grabs for oxygen, but never asks the one question that begs to be answered, "Who are those masked men?!"
Los Straitjackets: Supersonic Guitars In 3-D ...by Emma Jade Gunn
This CD is outrageous. Supersonic Guitars In 3-D comes with your very own 3-D glasses. Emma Jade Gunn does not squeal easily, but those masked guys have gone and done, done, done it again. She gets the vapors as her hooded hunks stick out in 3-D! Aw, c'mon, get your mind outta the gutter!
Madeira, The: Tribal Fires ...by Duke
I'd been reading some good things about The Madeira. My first opportunity to hear their music presented itself when a copy of Tribal Fires arrived in the mail. After popping it into the CD tray, I soon realized that all of the enthusiastic comments about the band were well-deserved accolades.
Man From RavCon, The: ...by Emma Jade Gunn
Mike Brown is The Man From RavCon. What a flyalicious treat his CD, The Traveler, is! Anyone who likes solid surf, spy, psych-prog, spaghetti western, super uber superb instro songs is going to AAAAdore The Traveler. As Mike would say, "No need to leave home - just slip on the headphones, dim the lights, sit back and let the journey begin."
Martini Surfers, The: Welcome to Martini Land ...by Stephen L. Robbins
Welcome to Martini Land gets two Tiki nods. The first nod is for cool music. The second nod is for a cool 7-inch colored vinyl EP. Welcome to Martini Land boasts four cuts - three instrumentals and one vocal. All of them are superb thanks to four skillful musicians playing four groovy tunes.
McCulloch, Zoe: Girls with Guitars ...by Emma Jade Gunn
Zoe's credits are remarkable. Take a look at her biography. Talk about a who's who of guitar players, her bio is enough to make anyone stand up and take notice. It's an enlightening look at this amazing young lady. Zoe's album, Girls with Guitars, is a 14-track CD that's overflowing with great music, highlighted by her stellar guitar playing.
Metalunas, The: Instrumentals of Terror ...by Emma Jade Gunn
Emma Jade Gunn relives the thrills and chills of The Metalunas release. It was recorded, if you read the small print which (of course!) Lil Em always does, in Horrific Stereo. What we get as a result is mash to bash, stomp to romp, and beats to heat ya of the most horrific kind and that's a good thing!
Monster Summer Hits Wild Surf CD ...by Emma Jade Gunn
Monster Summer Hits Wild Surf on CD is a find. Deliciously digitized remasters of some old surf songs by some hard to find artists and a free mini-poster to boot. This remaster is cooler than a North Shore breeze. The mini-poster is about 9 1/2 by 9 1/4 inches and is a copy of the fantastic art that graces the cover.
Mullet Monster Mafia, The: Dogs of the Seas ...by Justin Hayes
The Mullet Monster Mafia are good. They are very, very good. This is one high-octane, in-your-face, kick-ass band. Dogs of the Seas is an explosive, all-instrumental album with a wild combination of surf, punk, and hot rod style music. It comes on like a tidal wave and never relents in its ferocity.
Mullet Monster Mafia, The: Power Surf Orchestra ...by Justin Hayes
Balls-to-the-wall power. That's the first thing that comes to my mind when describing The Mullet Monster Mafia. I'm really high on these guys. They are phenomenal. Power Surf Orchestra ia a graphic example of their unlimited potential. It is a truly outstanding album by a truly outstanding band.
Nematoads, The: Five Guns West ...by Emma Jade Gunn
The Nematoads are making my heart go all jelly belly since they recorded their Five Guns West Texas/Spaghetti CD. Take a ride with The Nematoads through Texas and visit a few water drenched surfista scenarios, a lot of cowboy cowtowns, a couple of bandit infested badlands and a place where el diablo vents a lava flow of musical mayhem. The Nematoads rock.
Nematoads, The: Spy Car Mechanic ...by Justin Hayes
The Nematoads' Spy Car Mechanic kicks ass and takes names. It has the horsepower of a funny car dragster and the intrigue of a James Bond flick. Spy Car Mechanic combines three of my favorite things ... surf coolness, hot rod music and spy / whodunit chicanery ... into one bodacious 13-track, all-instrumental CD.
No Smoking on Board: Boards And Bikinis ...by Emma Jade Gunn
I've got to put Portugal on my must-visit-soon list. I want to feed those guys grapes and cool them with palm fronds. My beach chick friends and I have these secret fantasies. Wait until they get a load of No Smoking on Board's Boards And Bikinis. My friends will be bustin' their own boards and bikinis.
Nuke the Soup: Make Waves Not War ...by Duke
Make Waves Not War offers a truly great listening experience. Eleven tracks give you more than forty minutes of aural pleasure. The offerings exemplify a band of substance. Mark Davison is a master at weaving great storylines. He engulfs the listener in a tide of musical exhilaration and introspection.
Orions, The: Always Clean And Fresh ...by Justin Hayes
I'm really digging The Orions' debut EP Always Clean And Fresh. It's a high-octane gasser, filled with four tracks of supercharged instrumental surf music. The Orions have done a stellar job. Always Clean And Fresh boasts four original outstanding tracks of music. I can't wait to hear more from these guys in the future.
Os Pazuzus: A Maldição do Surf Sumério ...by Justin Hayes
Mystery and mayhem are the order of the day on A Maldição do Surf Sumério and Os Pazuzus delivers them with power and panache. They don't mess around. Os Pazuzus delivers a knockout punch right from the get-go. A Maldição do Surf Sumério is cool, hot, and all points in between.
Phantomatics, The: She Left Her Brain At The Drive-in ...by Justin Hayes
What a monstrously entertaining and gruesomely enjoyable CD! This one takes the cake for ghoulish fun and spooky shenanigans. She Left Her Brain At The Drive-in is six original tracks of radical instro surf 'n' party madness. This hair-raising riot is brought to you by The Phantomatics, a spooktacular surf band from San Antonio, Texas.
Pollo Del Mar: The Golden State ...by Justin Hayes
I never was a surfer dude in spite of a deep desire to be one. I don't even own a surfboard. So, what should a self-respecting wanna-be King of Surf do? Decide that when faced with this particular dry reality, a wet fantasy might serve just as well. Enter Pollo Del Mar: The Golden State. It was destiny!
Popov, Roman: '50s & '60s Instrumental Music ...by Justin Hayes
Man, do we ever dig this guy. Roman Popov has a great musical mind. He is from Russia and describes his compositions as "...music of 50-60 years style." Roman's music is richly textured and beautifully orchestrated. For some strange reason I keep thinking of Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Pyronauts, The: Live from the Pit ...by Duke
Talk about party animals, The Pyronauts take the cake! There is something about these guys. That special, intangible something that has PARTY written all over the place. Their energy is highly contagious. Live from the Pit is filled with primo music and musicianship that spans generations and genres.
Razorblades, The: Get Cut ...by Justin Hayes
Get Cut by The Razorblades takes you there, way out there, alternating between a roaring wave and a billowy cloud of sounds. Get Cut is filled to the brim with exceptionally good surf music. Everyone, including the purists, will enjoy this CD! I can see these guys going far and riding the wildest wave into surf music history.
Razorblades, The: The Dark Side of the Beach ...by Emma Jade Gunn
The Dark Side of the Beach blew the dust bunnies right off my laptop. This is seriously delicious ear candy. The Razorblades did it right with The Dark Side of the Beach. Talk about some smokin' tunes, The Razorblades pegged my heat-meter on sizzle. These guys are hot, hot, hot!
Red Button, The: As Far As Yesterday Goes ...by Emma Jade Gunn
A sonic gem, As Far As Yesterday Goes delivers a dozen tracks reminiscent of sun-filled days in meadows and rain-drenched city streets. Can you remember when songs got stuck in your head and you couldn't help but hum them long after the music itself swirled into the mist? In a nutshell, the Red Button evokes that reaction.
Rev Hank: Longhorn ...by Duke
Longhorn isn't just a stellar album, it's a guitar clinic. Rev Hank, a.k.a. Michael Diabo, is an incredible guitar slinger. His string pyrotechnics are electrifying. Longhorn is one of those rare albums that compels you to play it again and again. It's impossible to wrap around everything that's happening the first time, or even the second time you listen.
Ruppe, John: Double Agent ...by Duke
Wow, what a blast from the past! With double-picked glissandos, dripping reverb and a cool surf beat on the drums, John Ruppe's Double Agent is a real gas! It has all of the cloak 'n' dagger, mystery and suspense of the '50s/'60s action-adventure, spy, secret agent and private investigator television shows and movies.
Secret Samurai, The: Zanshin ...by Duke
Just when you think you've heard it all, along come The Secret Samurai. These men are extremely good. The amazing quality of their refreshingly unique music is punctuated by their ultra high-caliber musicianship. The Secret Samurai's second release, Zanshin, boasts an awesome assault by guitarist Ryan Ruiz.
Skurkarna: A Crimewave Escapade ...by Justin Hayes
If I were making a noir gumshoe movie, Skurkarna's A Crimewave Escapade would be my first pick for the soundtrack. A Crimewave Escapade combines excellent style, superb musicianship and great imagination into villainous acts of delinquency. Skurkarna must have met Dick Tracy's 'Rogues Gallery' somewhere in time.
Spaceguards: Multivision ...by Justin Hayes
Multivision is an extraordinary and eclectic instrumental album. It combines various elements of surf, space, punk, hot rod and spaghetti western into an unusually compelling mix of sounds. The interstellar overtones let your imagination run wild. Multivision conjures up the awe and mystery of space.
Spruiker: Music for toe-tappin’ FREAKS ...by Tammy Tenino
The original tunes are chock full of fast guitars just as you'd anticipate from a vintage surf rock band. Baby, it just doesn't get any better than this! I can't imagine not having a copy of Music for toe-tappin’ FREAKS in my car, in my bedroom, in my living room, at work, at the beach, mountains, desert, Australia, USA, the moon.
Sun Protection Factor Four, The: Surf-n-Turf ...by Emma Jade Gunn
Not only am I totally enamored of Surf-n-Turf, I need The Sun Protection Factor Four. You'd have to be brain dead not to get a huge jolt of sun, sand and waves euphoria when you pop Surf-n-Turf into your player. Surf-n-Turf is a surf, spaghetti, rock-it-on disc with 13 fab all-original instrumental songs. SPF-4's Surf-n-Turf is a musical blast of protection. I'm not going anywhere without my SPF-4.
Sunny Boys, The: FreebOObin' ...by Stephen L. Robbins
FreebOObin' is the perfect album for those times you want to listen to something different. Its 10 tracks are filled with power pop, punk, and a bit of beach music. The Sunny Boys have an impressively wide range of vocal styles which always keep things refreshing and exciting.
Surf Guitar (Creative Concepts Publishing Corp) ...by Duke
Surf Guitar is filled with 30 outstanding classics and some great, hard-to-find transcriptions, including Balboa Blue, Penetration and Surfer's Stomp. Each song has notation, tablature, chord symbols and, where applicable, lyrics. The book includes playing tips and information about reading tab.
Surf Nation: Music for Dangerous Activities ...by Emma Jade Gunn
When I say these guys sizzle, I mean the middle of July five o'clock rush hour in Tucson, Arizona sizzle. Surf Nation is hot! A highly polished and professional sound mixed liberally with wit and fun. I'm talking A#1 high gloss Shinola, baby! And I supplied ample spit from all my droolin' over these rad tunes. Surf Nation isn't just good, they sizzle!
Surf School Dropouts: Summer is a State of Mind ...by Stephen L. Robbins
Turn back the hands of time, blast out Summer is a State of Mind through that old bakelite radio and I would swear it was The Beach Boys or The Sunrays or The Fantastic Baggys lighting up the radio dial. Surf School Dropouts' Summer is a State of Mind is pure 1960's surf 'n' pop vocals to the max.
Surf Zombies, The: Lust for Rust ...by Duke
I thoroughly dig The Surf Zombies. Their Lust for Rust CD panders to my tunnel vision hot rod mentality. Lust for Rust's 19 tracks offer more than 45 minutes of white-knuckle, balls-to-the-wall, instrumental hot rod 'n' roll music. It's Gary Usher meets Link Wray kind of stuff. This is serious hot rod music.
Surf Zombies, The: The Surf Zombies ...by Emma Jade Gunn
The Surf Zombies' self-titled CD has a stupendous stack of surf and instro songs that whet your appetite and make you drool. Dig the old instruments, the new sounds, the dangerous and the dainty and woohoo wonderfulness of The Surf Zombies. Becoming undead is optional, but you're going to want to join the club after this.
Surfaders, The: Dragstrip Murder Mystery ...by Emma Jade Gunn
when I swiped The Surfaders' CD from the dash of Duke's '56 Chevy, I just knew, knew, knew I had to own it. The Surfaders are the best I've heard lately and I do a lot of listening. The musicianship is extreme, as in muy perfecto. The writing shines and the overall cohesiveness from song to song makes this CD an entrancing story.
Surfites, The: Here She Comes Again / Theme For Surfers - 7" 45rpm Record ...by Duke
It's a sonic gem, with two neat songs gracing its grooves. Here She Comes Again and Theme For Surfers are fabulicious reminders of the early days of surf, garage and hot rod music. A Double Crown Records release, Here She Comes Again and Theme For Surfers take you back to the carefree early days of surf, girls and fun, fun, fun.
Swirsky, Seth: Watercolor Day ...by Emma Jade Gunn
Honeys, I had deja vu all over again when I heard Watercolor Day. Is Seth Swirsky channeling the Venice Beach days and lounging in the sand along the river from my teens? Hey, I had "Summer in Her Hair" just like Seth sings. Okay, so maybe no one was crooning along while I sat around trying to be oh-so-nonchalantly beeeaaauuuutiful.
Swiv-O-Matics, The: Charm City Surfer ...by Emma Jade Gunn
These dudes are so easy to listen to that you feel like you're oozing off the couch with your buds, splashing waves of fantastico music over your bod, just like in the heydays of the old surf, garage and party bands. And they're from Baltimore! BaltoRockoSurfers! How spiky is that? Uber. If this is Baltimore surf, I want to go!
Swiv-O-Matics, The: Music To Get Lucky By...Or...Return Of The Fez-Men! ...by Emma Jade Gunn
I sure had the urge to swish and sway and swivel my hips. Oh, baby, I gyrated and hyperventilated and instigated a dance. This band never ceases to amaze me. Once again Baltimore's Big Boys of Surf prove they are second to none! Way to go, Swiv-O-Matics!
Swiv-O-Matics, The: She Walks On Bars ...by Emma Jade Gunn
Summer can hit a surfer girl like a tsunami and waves can break clean and cool, but great music is a year-long rush. The Swiv-O-Dudes not only cut fourteen Balto Rockin' surf tracks on this uber cool CD, they tracked new territory in the surfrock genre. Another great one by The Swiv-O-Matics. Play it again, Sam!
Threesome: Adriatica ...by Duke
Threesome pumps out power by the truckload. They have the force to make mincemeat out of woofers and tweeters. Their debut full-length CD, Adriatica, is a powerhouse. It delivers 12 tracks of instrumental coolness offering more than 34 minutes of action, drama and thrills.
Tommys, The: Grow Fins ...by Duke
Grow Fins rocks. It flat-ass rocks. It's alive, animalistic and tweaks that primal urge in all of us. This is music with a switchblade edge, muscle on its bones and a strong hint of "don't screw with me" mixed into the brew. Grow Fins is rock 'em sock 'em bump 'n' grind ... to the max!
Twang-O-Matics, The: Fretboard Mojo ...by Emma Jade Gunn
The Twang-O-Matics are an all-instrumental band. They were formed in the summer of 2011, influenced by rockabilly, sixties garage and surf. Fretboard Mojo is the band's debut full-length recording. My, my, my. It's mind control, I tell you. The Twang-O-Matics stole my brain and returned it filled with gnarly instro rock notes. Believe me, their mojo is working!
Twin Guns: Sweet Dreams ...by Justin Hayes
Every once in a while you hear music that opens your eyes, tweaks your brain and makes your ears pop. It affects you in many ways. Most of all, it commands your attention. Enter Sweet Dreams, an 11-track album that totally enthralled me. Filled with deep, dark, kick-ass garage and punk tunes, Sweet Dreams is the latest release by Twin Guns.
UB Hank: Shadows Backing Tracks ...by Duke
let's daydream and conjure up some imaginings of cool things. Imagine being able to jam with The Shadows. Talk about the ultimate in cool experiences, it couldn't get any better than that. As long as we're dreaming, we might as well shoot for the moon. Dream on and imagine Hank Marvin passing the lead over to you. Do dreams really come true?
Ventures, The: In Space ...by Duke
Remember those 33 1/3 LP discs that used to populate the record shops? You know, the cool, grooved 12" pancakes that slid neatly into lavishly decorated cardboard jackets? Here's a look at one very influential album from the pioneer days of Space Rock!
Ventures, The: Teensville ...by Duke
Like, Teensville, Dad! "...The Ventures, as exciting an instrumental twosome as you are likely to hear." They began performing in 1959 as a duet, calling themselves The Versatones. They did some vocals in their early years, but all three cuts on this compilation album are instrumental.
Wah Wah Willie: Cinema ...by Ann Rein
Dennis Nattrass is Wah Wah and he's outstanding. Nattrass doesn't need to howl or shock us with lyrics to make a point. There is an abundance of fabulous guitar playing throughout Cinema. Nattrass is nothing if not a master of his instruments. It's no surprise his work appears in movies.
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