Friday, December 31, 2010

Shake Your Maraca 5-O One More Time

Re-up for Andrewski

Maraca Five-O
Headin' South At 110 Per

To a great degree, these Denver instrumentalists stake out the same surfing grounds as Dick Dale, the Ventures and the Lively Ones, but there's a greater sense of humor working here ("Gidget's Guns", "Jesus Wrecked My Stuff"), and a stronger garage rock component. Bands within this genre have an easy time making a ton of songs that sound more alike than different, so Maraca Five-O have to be commended for all the variations they work into each track. Sometimes they're fast, other times they're faster, and sometimes the melodies are like waves you can't outrun. The band even goes psychedelic in the druggy tour de force "Dance, Elaina". Everytime I played this track, the violin of Kelly O'Dea conjured up a couple of the (many) strange women in Blue Velvet, and so I pictured Elaina as one of these gals, swaying back and forth on a car top while Frank Booth tortured poor Jeffrey Beaumont.
Discovering such brutal images in these surf-rock instrumentals, in fact, is more the norm than the exception, so don't get Headin' South at 110 Per if you're a small-and-delicate-wave kind of beach bum. It's not for all you fellas with eight types of suntan lotion, either; people afraid of skin cancer, dude, are certainly afraid of rhythms this wild! There is an extremely strong rock-n-roll mentality here, a blistering desire from these rockers to beat the waves senseless each time their guitars ride 'em out. Their recklessness, passion, and sheer talent keep the entertainment factor high, well worth a full-keg salute. By the end of the disc, I was so satisfied with the music that my disappointment over the band being instrumentalists (me being a vocal lover and all) had completely disappeared. Yes, their song titles ("Night of the Shadow Midgets") seem too good to go without some fun smartass lyrics, but this keeps the band free of Mojo Nixon-type "novelty act" tags. Besides, if you want lyrics that bad, you can make 'em up yourself, and let the band and their guitars take your Dead Milkman pilferings past their imaginatively evoked Colorado shores.
-- Theodore Defosse
Track Listing:
01. I'm In League
02. Gidget's Guns
03. Headin' South At 110 Per
04. Dance, Elaina
05. Mystery Board
07. Mandelbrot Set
08. Sour Mash
09. Jesus Wrecked My Stuff
10. Night Of The Shadow Midgets
11. The Perfect Shiner

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Hi Jack!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Do It Yourself! Re-upped by request

Arya requested a re-up on this one. We are always glad to oblige.

Los Esquiazitos
Hagalo Usted Mismo E.P./Do It Yourself

01.-Guitarras y muchachas/Guitars and Girls

02.-Un dia en texas (version gore)/One Day In Texas

03.-Amor y agua salada/Love and Saltwater
04.-Siempre de malas/Always Bad
05.-El viejo bufanda
06.-El Efecto Bob Ross (version jungle 2x2 part.1)/The Effect Bob Ross
New Link HERE

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Mele Kalikmaka by The Hula Girls

A good friends band that can really kick it up. Can you say HulaBilly??

Merry Christmas all


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Wash Your Car Mister???


60 Seconds with The City Champs

The City Champs’ new album The Set Up is out now, and the critics are giving it an enthusiastic response (check out press quotes below). After touring the East Coast the Champs returned to Memphis to take part in several new projects. After taping a travel segment for, they took part in the filming of a new Memphis music documentary. Tentatively titled Memphis Revival, this Cody Dickinson/Martin Shore-produced film showcases icons of Memphis’ music scene playing with up and coming young bands. On November 29th, The City Champs collaborated with the harp legend Charlie Musselwhite to film a segment at Electraphonic Studios. The band recorded a live show for Beale Street Caravan, they were joined by saxophonist Tom Link and trumpeter Marc Franklin for this globally syndicated radio program hosted by Sid Selvidge. Back in New York City, the burgeoning designer Billy Reid, (Vogue Fashion Award winner) has been spinning the Champs during his runway shows, landing their name in the Wall Street Journal and Vanity Fair’s blog.

"One part Booker T. & the MGs, one part Jimmy Smith, and one part Henry Mancini, Memphis three-piece the City Champs are arguably the top instrumental group in Memphis, a lean, mean soul-jazz machine that brings its own contemporary spin to a classic sound." The Commercial Appeal

“…the City Champs put their own spin on standout tunes “Drippy,” “Ricky’s Rant,” and “Comanche.” And their toe-tapping take on RJD2’s “A Beautiful Mine” (better known as the theme from AMC’s Emmy-winning “Mad Men”) is worth the purchase price itself.” The Daily Paper
“The overall result encapsulates the Champs sound: Think The Meters and Booker T. playing a 60s film theme on a session at Rudy Van Gelder's studio for a Blue Note or Prestige Records release.” Blurt Online

"They find their heart in the classic Memphis Stax style yet push at the borders of that genre to create memorable instrumental music that doesn't need a vocalist or frontperson to connect. The band's firm grip on dynamics and especially arrangements makes the music sizzle with a power and intensity lost on other instrumental acts without this intuitive talent." AllMusic

“The album winds up on a towering, anthemic, even majestic note with another original, Comanche, a Lynchian take on a Link Wray-style groove that roars with gospel intensity until a quick, unexpected fade.” Lucid Culture

Memphis soul/jazz organ trio The City Champs return to Memphis’ Electraphonic Recording studio for the follow up to their acclaimed debut album, The Safecracker. The Set-Up finds the group stretching out, adding Latin jazz, psychedelia and 60’s film score influences to their established Booker T. and the MGs meets Blue Note/Prestige Records sound. The City Champs are comprised of three of Memphis’ top musicians: Guitarist Joe Restivo, organist Al Gamble and drummer George Sluppick. Their resumes include studio recordings and live dates with artists such as Rufus Thomas, Alex Chilton, JJ Grey and MOFRO, William Bell, Syl Johnson and the Memphis Horns. Augmenting the City Champs trio sound on The Set-Up is renowned Motown Funk Brother Jack Ashford on tambourine (who was featured in the award winning documentary, Standing in the Shadows of Motown), The Bo-Keys horn men (Marc Franklin, Jim Spake and Kirk Smothers), Latin percussionist Felix Hernandez and Bo-Keys bassist and The Set-Up’s producer, Scott Bomar, who most recently produced Cyndi Lauper’s “Memphis Blues.”

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Little No Cal Surf Tune

Very cool little video from my new friend Jon up in Northern California area. Jon plays a pick and finger style that goes nicely with this old Beach Boys tune.

Give it a view for a nice change of pace with a little beach sand added.

Get A Load Of These Mullets!

The Mullet Monster Mafia

Power Surf Orchestra

A little gift I received from the band to share with you all.

Phil says...

If you like The O'Hara's at all, you'll like this. It's loud, intense, dark, and the rock solid dangerous surf is complimented with trumpet. The Mullet Monster Mafia's music is not melodic, but the power and menacing are so strong that you might well not care about that.

The Wallrider
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark double picked stereo delay enhanced guitar, raw trumpet, and a solid surf beat and bass carry off a shore grinder. "The Wallrider" is not very melodic, but it has lots of danger.

Surf (Instrumental)

Grumbly bass, grand stereo chop chords, harmonic chords, chants, dark glissandos, and solid drums and subliminal bass combine with trumpet for a large and dangerous track. "Swamp" is riff based, not really melodic, but is without a doubt loud and dominating, and some of the muted fills are just superb!

Sinister People Secrets
Surf (Instrumental)

Double picked intense, with big drums attitude, and grumbling danger. The relentless power and energy will wear you out! Punky, but more surf than spunk! The trumpet creates an avant gard feeling. Great drums!

Surf (Instrumental)

"Freshwater" is a slower number, but certainly not a less powerful or loud one. Two guitars compliment each other, trumpet flatters the song, and the drums and bass are strong and hit hard. Cool track!

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Your Move

It's A Bikini World I'm Livin' In Re-up Again

Bikini World


For the Eekster!

Can't get enough of these surf comps! Bikini World is especially hip as it includes a passel of artists that usually avoid the hi-fi world of the compact disc, including Phantom Surfers, Untamed Youth, and the Trashwomen, as well as a bunch of bands I'd never heard of like The Royal Knightmares, The Hillbilly Soul Surfers, and Sir Bald Diddley & his Hounourable Right Big Wigs (well, that's how they spell it). As a collection, it's uniformly hot spit, especially Untamed Youth's blow torch summer epic, "Tube City" and the painfully-punned "Surfs You Right" by Finland's finest, Laika & the Cosmonauts. "Scalpin' Party" by Jackie & the Cedrics has some of the most percolating percussion I've ever encountered, but, disappointingly, they just fade out instead of come up with a proper ending. "XKE!" from Seattle's own Boss Martians, is, as you might expect, eerie and extradimensionally cool. You may think you've heard this stuff a million times, but we both know that's not enough. Gnarly. --John Chandler

1 Sloth in Molasses Phantom Surfers
2 Aphrodesia Trashwomen
3 Tube City Untamed Youth
4 Rumors of Surf Southern Culture On The Skids
5 It's a Bikini World Boardwalkers
6 Surfs You Right Laika & The Cosmonauts
7 The Hipster Royal Nightmares
8 Scalping Party Jackie & the Cedrics
9 Xke! Boss Martians
10 Surfer's Deal Daytonas
11 Renegade Hillbilly Soul Surfers
12 Fathomless Fathoms
13 Calhoun Surf Los Straitjackets
14 Time Bomb Bomboras
15 Chaeto Sir Bald Diddley & His Honourable Big

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Speed Crazy Eliki Again

Wild Sammy & The Royaltones

Speed Crazy


By request of sputnik from Argentina. Salud

Wild Sammy & the Royaltones: Speed Crazy (One Million Dollar Records, Germany)
(Originally posted on Surf Guitar 101 on February 7, 2006)

This is the same band as the Royal Fingers, about whom there was some discussion here recently. So, a Japanese trio with a girl bass player. I first heard their song Echo Rocket 66 on the Continental zine compilation and thought it was really great, so I bought their Del Fi album "Wild Eleki Deluxe" and hated it. I put the CD away and forgot about it, until people started talking about it on SG101, at which point I pulled it out again and gave it another spin. Strangely enough, I got really into it at that point, and now love the CD.  "Speed Crazy" is pretty much as good "Wild Eleki Deluxe", though it is more lo-fi in production. Most of it is lo-fi in a way that makes it sound kinda vintage (with a lot of distortion of the rhythm section), though there are two songs (Jet GT and Pipeline, both maybe live?) that sound really bad, like they were recorded on a seventies boom box. There is slight overlap between the two CDs, with four songs being on both CDs: Wild Datsun, The L.A., Running Donkey, Echo Rocket 66. But as far as I can tell they are different performances and recordings, so it's not that big of a deal. 

The sound is very much Eleki, the Japanese instrumental surf sound of the mid-sixties. Eleki is more melodic and complex than the typical surf song, and requires more guitar technique. The eleki guitar style sounds like DD meets Nokie's heavily reverbed, somewhat overdriven and aggressive, with lots of pull-offs and hammer-ons and wild, extreme bends. And Sammy has totally mastered it. The guy is a monster guitarist. I bet you he could go head-to-head with Shigeo of the Surf Coasters and completely hold his own. Truly awesome chops, best demonstrated in the closing song Tsugaru Jyongarabushi, which is (after the short main theme) mostly a one-chord vamp with Sammy just going OFF. Most of the songs also have either an additional rhythm guitar or organ (or both), which definitely fills out the sound very nicely. As far as the other two members, the drumming is serviceable if not outstanding, and the bass playing is pretty good, sometimes adding some very cool parts. But what really matters is the songs, songs, songs, and this is where Wild Sammy & the Royaltones excel. There are no songwriting credits, but I think only a couple of the songs are covers of classic eleki (The L.A. and maybe Wild Jet Beach  both really awesome, very tough-sounding), with the rest being originals. Among those, Echo Rocket 66, Wild Datsun, Royal Tones No. 1, Aoi Hoshikuzu and Eleki Heiankyou really stand out, incredible stuff. But hell, every song on the CD offers something really cool. I highly recommend you all pick up this release. All the tradheads will LOVE it, and even the more prog-types may be able to get into more than a few of the songs. 

  1 Wild Datsun
  2 Fire Z
  3 Royal Tones No 1
  4 Aoi Hoshikuzu
  5 Road Runner
  6 Echo Rocket 66
  7 Genroku Wave
  8 Jet-GT
  9 Pipeline
  10 Running Donkey
  11 The L A
  12 Eleki Heiankyou
  13 Wild Jet Beach
  14 Tsugaru Jyongarabushi

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Monday, November 15, 2010

The Hardest Working Farm in Tikidom

10th Anniversary of the fabulous Tiki Farm, pervayors of the finest in Polynesian Pop Culture. To many cool tiki mugs to count. Many of these fine treasures reside in Trustar's own collection.

If you dig these ya gotta check out whats going on at The Farm.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

This Makes Me Have To Pee!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Want To Hear Something REAL Scary?

Edgar Allan Poe

The Raven

Read by Christopher Walken

Sit down kiddies and turn the lights down low. Uncle Trustar is back with a shot little story read by one of the alltime greatest caricature actors of our time. From The Devil to a dapper dance man, Mr Walken can do it all. He does magic with Poe's classic, The Raven.


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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Things To Do When Your Not Listening To Music

Yes, kiddies, ol' Trustar does do a few things that don't have a soundtrack to it. One of my other passions is reading, specifically the strange and creepy types. Major horror fan is I. While I don't have as much time to read like I used to I do follow some of my favorite writers and a few specialty publishing houses. A news flash I received this week was in regards to a free e-book posting on the WOWIO book site. Here is a fresh new e-book to treat your eyes and mind to.

The Painted Darkness
by Brian James Freeman

When Henry was a child, something terrible happened in the woods behind his home, something so shocking he could only express his terror by drawing pictures of what he had witnessed. Eventually, Henry's mind blocked out the bad memories, but he continued to draw, often at night by the light of the moon.

Twenty years later, Henry makes his living by painting his disturbing works of art. He loves his wife and his son, and life couldn't be better… except there's something not quite right about the old stone farmhouse his family now calls home. There's something strange living in the cramped cellar, in the maze of pipes that feed the ancient steam boiler.

A winter storm is brewing, and soon Henry will learn the true nature of the monster waiting for him down in the darkness. He will battle this demon and, in the process, he may discover what really happened when he was a child — and why, in times of trouble, he thinks: “I paint against the darkness.”

But will Henry learn the truth in time to avoid the terrible fate awaiting him… or will the thing in the cellar get him and his family first?

Written as both a meditation on the art of creation and as an examination of the secret fears we all share, The Painted Darkness is a terrifying look at the true cost we pay when we run from our grief — and what happens when we're finally forced to confront the monsters we know all too well.


If that don't grab you by the boo boo I don't know what will.

Uncle Trustar says "Check it out!"

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Stand Up Tall To Be Heard!

Jethro Tull
Stand Up (w/ Bonus Tracks)
Ripped @ a towering 320 w/ 3% Recovery

Review by Bruce Eder

The group's second album, with Ian Anderson (vocals, flute, acoustic guitars, keyboards, balalaika), Martin Barre (electric guitar, flute), Clive Bunker (drums), and Glen Cornick (bass), solidified their sound. There are still elements of blues present in their music, but except for the opening track, "A New Day Yesterday," it is far more muted than on their first album -- new lead guitarist Martin Barre had few of the blues stylings that characterized Mick Abrahams' playing. Rather, the influence of English folk music manifests itself on several cuts, including "Jeffrey Goes to Leicester Square" and "Look Into the Sun." The instrumental "Bouree," which could've passed for an early Blood, Sweat & Tears track, became a favorite concert number, with an excellent solo bit featuring Cornick's bass, although at this point Anderson's flute playing on-stage needed a lot of work. As a story-song with opaque lyrics, jarring tempo changes, and loud electric passages juxtaposed with soft acoustic-textured sections, "Back to the Family" is an early forerunner to Thick As a Brick. Similarly, "Reasons for Waiting," with its mix of closely miked acoustic guitar and string orchestra, all hung around a hauntingly beautiful folk-based melody, pointed in the direction of that conceptual piece and its follow-up, A Passion Play. The only major flaw in this album is the mix, which divides the electric and acoustic instruments and fails to find a solid center, but even that was fixed on later CD editions. (The original LP had a gatefold jacket that included a pop-up representation of the band that has been lost on all subsequent CD versions, except for the Mobile Fidelity audiophile release.) [In late 2001, Stand Up was re-released in a remastered edition with bonus tracks that boasted seriously improved sound. Anderson's singing comes off richer throughout, and the electric guitars on "Look Into the Sun" are very well-delineated in the mix, without any loss in the lyricism of the acoustic backing; the rhythm section on "Nothing Is Easy" has more presence, Bunker's drums and high-hat playing sounding much closer and sharper; the mandolin on "Fat Man" is practically in your lap; you can hear the action on the acoustic guitar on "Reasons for Waiting," even in the orchestrated passages; and the band sounds like it's in the room with you pounding away on "For a Thousand Mothers." Among the bonus tracks, recorded at around the same time, "Living in the Past," "Driving Song," and "Sweet Dreams" all have a richness and resonance that was implied but never heard before.


1 A New Day Yesterday
2 Jeffrey Goes to Leicester Square
3 Bourée
4 Back to the Family
5 Look into the Sun
6 Nothing Is Easy
7 Fat Man
8 We Used to Know
9 Reasons for Waiting
10 For a Thousand Mothers
11 Living in the Past
12 Driving Song
13 Sweet Dream
14 17


Saturday, October 09, 2010

The Mad Athenian Is Back At It!

Double Bumble


At a buzzin 320

Yes, our friend GSD (Greek Surf Demon) has been at it again, bring us all a hint of the tried and true tempered with some very nice variations upon the theme. Something to play over and over in the fading summer time sun.


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Friday, October 08, 2010

The Look of Love

Sergio Mendes & Brazil '66

Look Around


by Richard S. Ginell
Sergio Mendes took a deep breath, expanded his sound to include strings lavishly arranged by the young Dave Grusin and Dick Hazard, went further into Brazil, and out came a gorgeous record of Brasil '66 at the peak of its form. Here Mendes released himself from any reliance upon Antonio Carlos Jobim and rounded up a wealth of truly great material from Brazilian fellow travelers: Gilberto Gil's jet-propelled "Roda" and Joao Donato's clever "The Frog," Dori Caymmi's stunningly beautiful "Like a Lover," Harold Lobo's carnival-esque "Tristeza," and Mendes himself (the haunting "So Many Stars" and the title track). Mendes was also hip enough to include "With a Little Help From My Friends" from the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper LP. As things evolved, though, the one track that this album would be remembered for is the only other non-Brazilian tune, Burt Bacharach's "The Look of Love," in an inventive, grandiose arrangement with a simplified bossa beat. The tune just laid there on the album until Mendes and company performed it on the Academy Awards telecast in 1968. The performance was a sonic disaster, but no matter; the public response was huge, a single was released, and it become a monster, number four on the pop charts. So much for the reported demise of bossa nova; in Sergio Mendes' assimilating, reshaping hands, allied with Herb Alpert's flawless production, it was still a gold mine.

To The Moon Alice!

Nova Surfer
Nova Surfer
Ripped @ 128

Based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Nova Surfer brings you SurfRock, Sci-Fi, Riddles and Two-Steps of the loud and short kind.
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Put Your Foot Into It!

Magnum 500
Forbidden Sounds
Ripped at an ass-hauling 320

Like a jacked up muscle car with a blown V8, this little set of tunes will put you back into your seat. Hold on for some spirited surf-a-billy sounds.

1 Talking Pipes (Edit)
2 Magnum Dutch
3 Hobie McGregor
4 Talking Pipes (Full Version)

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Thursday, October 07, 2010

Damn Yankees!

Damn Yankees
Damn! They did it again! Arghhhhh!
Damn Yankees is a 1958 musical film made by Warner Bros., a modern version of the Faust legend set in 1950 involving the New York Yankees baseball team. The film is based on the 1955 Broadway musical of the same name.

The film version was directed by George Abbott, as he did the earlier stage version, with assistance from Stanley Donen. With the exception of Tab Hunter in the role of Joe Hardy (replacing Stephen Douglass), the Broadway principals reprised their stage roles. The film is very similar to the stage version. A notable difference between film and stage versions, however, was Gwen Verdon's performance of the song, “A Little Brains”. For the film version, Verdon’s suggestive hip-movements (as choreographed by Bob Fosse and performed on stage) were considered too risqué for a mainstream American film in 1958, and so, in the film, she simply pauses at these points. Similarly, the film was released in the United Kingdom under the title What Lola Wants, to avoid use of the word "Damn" on posters, hoardings and cinema marquees.

Plot synopsis
Joe Boyd, a middle-aged fan of the ill-fated Washington Senators baseball team, wishes he could help them out. His wishes suddenly come true when "Mr. Applegate" magically appears, and offers to turn old Joe into a young baseball slugger "Joe Hardy", with the catch that he must give his soul to Applegate and leave his beloved wife Meg. Joe agrees, but with an escape clause: by a certain time he can renounce the deal and return to his wife and former life.
As young Joe becomes a star on the Washington Senators, he misses his wife and wants to return. Applegate has "Lola", another of his "Lost Souls", seduce Joe and convince him to stay with Applegate ("Whatever Lola Wants"). Joe misses the deadline and appears to be lost forever, but Lola helps him. He both helps the Senators beat the New York Yankees and break the spell and return home.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

You Can't Do It Without Your Fez On

The Surfside IV

Ballad of the TIKI


At a mod 320 w/ 3% recovery

The Surfside IV are: T-Ray (guitar), Cap'n Tubesock (guitar), Nilla (bass), and Scotty Bravo (drums).

Killer instrumental surf sounds from Phoenix, Arizona...hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean. Fueled by a love of a Fender guitar drenched in spring reverb and the big surf beat (and perhaps a mai-tai or two), we don our fezzes and salute the lost art of playing real music with real instruments. See you at our next show!

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Get The Lowdown

Sunday, September 19, 2010

"We Don't Just Let Anybody Cum In Our Bust"

Baltimore honors late rocker Frank Zappa with bust

From the land of Da Boss

BALTIMORE – Rocker Frank Zappa was born in Baltimore but gained greater popular acclaim in Europe than in the United States. On Sunday, devout European fans of the late musician brought his mustachioed likeness back home in the form of a bronze bust.

Several hundred fans gathered on a sweltering afternoon as city officials dedicated the bust of the ponytailed rocker outside an east Baltimore library. The bust is a replica of another in a public square in Vilnius, Lithuania, and was donated to the city by Zappa enthusiasts in the small Baltic nation.

"The spirit of Frank Zappa is alive and well in Baltimore," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said.

The mayor joined Zappa's widow, Gail, and three of his grown children in watching as a curtain was drawn back to reveal the bust set atop a 12-foot steel pole. Later, Zappa's son, Dweezil, took the stage with his tribute band, Zappa Plays Zappa.

Zappa was known for everything from novelty rock songs to elaborate classical compositions. He died of prostate cancer in 1993 at 52.

Sunday's ceremony marked the 25th anniversary of Zappa's testimony before Congress on freedom of expression for recording artists, though the scheduling was coincidental. Zappa had testified against proposed warning labels about lyrical content, calling them a path to censorshiop.

Libraries were a vital resource for Zappa, who had no formal music education, Gail Zappa told The Associated Press in a recent interview.

Zappa would have appreciated the bizarre way he came to be honored in his birthplace, his widow said. Zappa's songs were known for their quirky, humorous lyrics: One of his biggest hits was "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow." Yet his music was also a favorite of the avant-garde.

"He'd be wildly amused by this, because of the absurdity of these guys in Lithuania coming up with this phenomenal sculptor who normally does busts of Stalin," Gail Zappa said.

Zappa's daughter, Diva, choked up while addressing a throng that chanted Zappa's name.

"Thank you so much for just loving my dad," she said.

Also at the ceremony were the mayor of Vilnius and Saulius Paukstys, the longtime president of a Lithuanian Zappa fan club who commissioned the original statue.

He has described the effort to erect the bust in Vilnius in the early 1990s as a test of the former Soviet republic's fledgling independence. The Baltimore dedication, he said, was a great day "for art, the human mind and democracy."

Helen Urban, 61, of Silver Spring, was among the Zappa fans in the crowd and saw the original bust during a trip to Lithuania last year. The replica is in a better location, Urban said.

"They have it sitting in the parking lot of a hospital," she said. "It's ugly as sin, but it's cool."

Gail Zappa, on the other hand, finds it beautiful.

"The guy was inspired," she said of sculptor Konstantinas Bogdanas. "It's more than a likeness. It captured the force of his personality and his will in terms of being an artist."

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Remember, It Never Hurts To Help

Today, September 9th was the birthday of one of the nicest people I have ever met on the internet or anywhere else for that matter. A true friend of the blogger community, surf music addicts, and guitar fanciers, my friend Randy, or as most of you know him Eek! the Cat, lost his long battle with illness on July 10th. I only found this out last week by a friend who had checked in to Randy's Facebook page and saw the notice. I'm still a little stunned over this. Strange, you might say, for someone who had never met the man in person but Randy had a way of really touching you with his open and kind manner. I know he had the same impact on many others out there as he always tried to keep upbeat no matter how bad he felt. I visited his Facebook page myself last week and saw how much he meant to his wife, daughters, brothers and friends. I know I will always feel the loss.

He was a remarkable man, my friend Randy.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

"I'm Going To Disneyland!"

A Musical History of Disneyland


Review by Rob Theakston
While the Disney name is more commonly known for its animation, theme parks and countless other attributes, it has produced more than its fair share of popular culture anthems for the past century via its movies, animated shorts and TV specials. And though the marriage of music with the other projects is symbiotic, Disney's soundtracks have always been able to stand alone and remain instantly recognizable to anyone who has grown up with exposure to the Disney brand, a testament to the musicians, songwriters and arrangers that quietly stood in the background for decades while making timeless music. So with nearly a half century behind it, Disney's first theme park, Disneyland, was due for an anthology capturing the essence of visiting the park without actually being there. Collected over six discs, there are field recordings, rare radio excerpts, and soundtracks to the major attractions. To describe it as overwhelming would be a gross understatement, even for the most dyed-in-the-wool Disney fanatic. Divided up by Lands (for those who have yet to visit the park, it is divided into several themes, each with its own atmosphere, which are glued together by a section of the park known as Main Street USA), each disc features musical nuances so minute and in the background of the whole experience, it's easy to take their brilliance for granted. This box set not only rectifies that problem, it helps to bring a greater appreciation to the level of musical detail Disney invested into the theme park. It also unearths long-lost audio excerpts from such events as Walt Disney's dedication on opening day to the big band sounds of Disney's big band. During the '50s, Disney catered to adults during the evening by featuring a band that would play all sorts of music and provide the ideal atmosphere for a date, including carriage rides and fireworks (a precursor to the Pleasure Island aspect Disney would introduce decades later). Virtually every sound imaginable is crammed into this box set, and for this alone it's well worth the price for Disney collectors. As a bonus, there's also a lavish hard-bound book, The Sounds of Disneyland, featuring rare photos, conceptual drawings and in-depth essays. The price may seem steep for such a collection, especially for casual listeners. But for diehards, it's simply essential and one of the finest collections of Disney music ever assembled.

1 Walt Disney's Dedication of Disneyland :41
2 All Aboard - Main Street Station :30
3 Minnie's Yoo Hoo! Disney, Stalling :41
4 Meet Me Down on Main Street Adair, Wallace 1:52
5 Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln 11:54
6 Disney Medley: March of the Toys/Whistle While You Work/Zip-A-Dee- ... Bruns, Churchill, Gilbert ... 4:06
7 Alexander's Ragtime Band 2:36
8 Let's Dance at Disneyland Ludlum, MacDonald 2:12
9 Tiki Room Barker Bird :46
10 The Enchanted Tiki Room Garden Show 3:58
11 Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room: The Tiki Tiki Tiki ... Damerell, Evans, Free ... 17:36
12 Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye Williams 3:25
13 Swisskapolka Baker, Jackman 1:54
14 Tarzan Medley Collins 2:38
15 The Mark Twain: Waiting for the Robert E. Lee/Crusin' Down the River 3:50
16 Pirates of the Caribbean: Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me) Atencio, Bruns 16:07
17 Feed the Birds Sherman, Sherman 3:04
18 Love Is a Song Churchill, Morey 1:10
19 Sounds of the Frontierland Station :45
20 Happy Rag Bruns 3:51
21 The Haunted Mansion: Grim Grinning Ghosts Atencio, Baker 13:52
22 Rufus :18
23 Bearless Love 2:03
24 Country Bear Jamboree: Pianjo/Bear Band Serenade/Fractured Folk Song Atencio, Bruns, Burns, Davis ... 15:33
25 All I Want Darby 2:14
26 Splash Mountain: How Do You Do/Ev'rybody Has a Laughing ... Gilbert, MacGimsbey, Wolcott ... 12:11
27 Country Bear Vacation Hoedown: The Great Outdoors/Life's No Picnic ... Boudleaux, Brown, Bryant, Love ... 16:46
28 The Rain, Rain, Rain Came Down, Down, Down Sherman, Sherman 1:45
29 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: Winnie the Pooh/A Rather ... Sherman, Sherman 4:56
30 Battle Cry of Freedom Root 1:18
31 A Cowboy Needs a Horse Howard, Mills 1:29
32 Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland and the Rainbow Caverns 8:18
33 All Aboard the Mine Train Sherman, Sherman 1:44
34 The Golden Horseshoe Revue: Hello Everybody/A Lady Has to Mind Her PS ... Adair, Caligan, Donohue ... 31:33
35 The Columbia Sailing Ship 3:19
36 When You Wish Upon a Star Harline, Washington 3:12
37 Once Upon a Dream Fain, Lawrence 2:19
38 Fantasyland Dark Ride Suite: Little Wooden Head/Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee ... Cahn, Churc, Fain, Harline ... 17:54
39 Matterhorn Yodelers 2:18
40 It's a Small World Sherman, Sherman 13:42
41 The Sound of Toons :35
42 Steamboat Willie Bertram 2:08
43 Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin 2:26
44 20, 000 Leagues Under the Sea Medley: Main Title/Whale of a Tale Gimbel, Hoffman, Smith 2:23
45 America the Beautiful Bates, Ward 17:51
46 The Monorail Song 1:53
47 Adventure Thru Inner Space Baker, Smith 7:31
48 Miracles from Molecules Sherman, Sherman 1:36
49 Star Tours Williams 4:06
50 The Carousel of Progress: There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow Sherman, Sherman 19:28
51 Progressland: There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow Sherman, Sherman 5:47
52 Nation on Wheels Bruns 1:56
53 Flight to the Moon 13:02
54 America Sings: Yankee Doodle/I Dream of Jeannie with the Light ... Bertino, Brooks, Brown, Davis ... 21:33
55 The Submarine Voyage Thru Liquid Space 9:10
56 Space Mountain Richard 3:48
57 Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Newman 6:13
58 Space Mountain Giacchino 1:26
59 Remember Dreams Come True: Wishes Fanfare and Theme/When You Wish Upon Churchill, David, Harline ... 17:10
60 Closing: Mickey Mouse Alma Mater Dodd 1:14
61 The Country Bear Christmas Special: Rudolph the Red-Nosed ... Anderson, Feiten, Hayes ... 16:11
62 It's a Small World Holiday: Jingle Bells/It's a Small World/Deck ... Sherman, Sherman 15:07
63 Haunted Mansion Holiday /Graveyard Finale/Hitchh ... [Premiere Edition/Graveyard Finale/Hitchh] Atencio, Baker, Davison ... 16:40
64 The Main Street Electrical Parade: Electric Fanfare/Fanfare of ... David, Dorsey, Fain, Hilliard ... 9:13
65 Fantasmic!: Main Themes, Pts. 1-2/Kaa and the Monkeys ... Harline, Healey, Menke

Had some bad .rar files I found out so these are all spankin' new.

Get CDs 1 thru 6 







If you already d/l any of the old links try rb-16 as the password. Thanks A & B

Sorry for the mess.



It's A Gas

Fifty Foot Combo

Jennifer Jennings EP


@ a loaded 320 w/ 3% Recovery

Fifty Foot Combo never took the easy way out. Without much media-attention and in a times where there seemed to be no room left for straight forward rock'n'roll, they mainly relied on bringing their music live and straight to their audience. Their live-reputation is one in a million,and their loyal fan base keeps on growing every day! In attendance of their new full studio album due April 2004, the uncrowned "kings of Monstrophonic sound' are releasing a brand new EP, named " Jennifer Jennings", a swinging and instrumental version of the legendary Louis Neefs track on which they push their barriers even further; using female backing vocals and a sitar! Powerfull but swinging. It's definitely on of their finest moments... Also included are 2 live tracks, "theme from f.a.c.t.s" and a neckbreakin' version of LIO-classic "Banana Split."


1. Jennifer Jennings
2. Theme From F.A.C.T.S.
3. Banana Split

Get it HERE

Hot Sheet Hotel

The Gasolines

Tanger Hotel


The Gasolines are on the road for over 15 years. According to legend, Alexandre Kanashiro, the band's guitarist, had an epiphanic moment in a show of Guitar Wolf in 1993 in the U.S. and decided to assemble a band to play Link Wray.

Back in Brazil, rode the Gasolines. What began with influences of Link Wray was increasing its range of influences and have been incorporated Latin rhythms, melodies movies Bang Bang, Latin Jazz and, of course, always with a footprint Surf.

There are already four CDs and a demo released. The first demo, "Wild and Primitive" is a rarity and unfortunately not be offered. The first demo CD, "Sonido de la Frontera," already shows that the band came with the first appearance of the version of Tico Tico no Cornmeal and reissues from Link Wray and Ennio Morricone, plus his own compositions. The second CD, "La Shereefa," brings more reinterpretations of movie themes and more influences from Latin music. The third CD, "Tanger Hotel," was first released by Allied Cheap, and brings some songs already present in the previous demo. The fourth and latest CD, "Pure Veneta," already has an even wider set of influences, from music by Italian, Latin, Dub, and a mandatory version of the band's primary influence, Link Wray.

The band, which today includes Alexandre Kanashiro on guitar, drums Fabio Barbosa, Julian Campbell on bass and Richard on guitar Granata percussion, has performed throughout Brazil and in various festivals (including first Campeonato Mineiro de Surf , Sons of summer night) and was winner of the first GDP, which occurred in 2007. With this, the band became godmother night Aquatic PiB 2009, which took place on July 9 in CB Bar in Sao Paulo.

In August, the band released one more contract and play every Friday of the month in Astronete with a different repertoire each week. Start with Link Wray and end only with classic Surf Music, going for a night and an Exotic Jungle Jazz. Almost a deconstruction of his main influences and references. You may see the details of each night on our agenda next door while listening to their albums.


 Beachnik Road
 Havana Café
 El Moroco
 Cosa fai
 Pic Nic Panic
 Hava Nagila
 A Shot in the Dark
 Cine Triada

Light it up and get it HERE

Elvis Is Everywhere

Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper



Review by Kieran McCarthy

When Mojo Nixon and his partner in silliness, Skip Roper, released Bo-Day-Shus!!! in 1987, it opened a Pandora's Box of attention for the charismatic funnyman. The song "Elvis Is Everywhere" found itself on television and radio programs all over the United States. As did its author, who became a part-time VJ on MTV on the heels of its success. Not every joke Mojo Nixon lets fly on Bo-Day-Shus! is a knee-slapper, but one cannot deny his persistence. If you don't like the first quip, he might catch you on the second one, or the tenth. And if you never laugh, well, he'll keep going anyway. That's what he does. "Elvis Is Everywhere plays out as you'd expect: Nixon rants about how Elvis constructed the Great Pyramids of Giza and claims that he can see the King in everyone around him, while Roper backs him up with a pre-Beatles bluesy riff. The Story of One Chord is no less self-explanatory: He sings of a time when prehistoric man had only one chord to play on their primitive two-string guitars. In "I Ain't Gonna Piss in No Jar," Nixon threatens to personally deliver his marijuana-contaminated urine to the first lady herself, Nancy Reagan. None of the songs are brilliant, but every track is worth at least a couple of chuckles.

  1 Elvis Is Everywhere 
  2 We Gotta Have More Soul! 
  3 I Ain't Gonna Piss in No Jar 
  4 The Polka Polka  
  5 I'm Gonna Dig up Howling Wolf 
  6 The Story of One Chord 
  7 Gin Guzzlin' Frenzy 
  8 B.B.Q. U.S.A. 
  9 Positively Bodies Parking Lot 
  10 Wash No Dishes No More 
  11 Lincoln Logs  
  12 Wide Open 
  13 Don't Want No Foo-Foo Haircut on My Head

Ya kin git ya sum rot HER

Where Did The Summer Go?

The Vista IV



@ a killer 320  w/ 3% Recovery

The earliest lineup of the Vista IV was short lived at about 9 months but managed to travel out of state & record several lo-tech surf songs & get plenty of radio play in that short time. The Vista Four started as a twin guitar instrumental surf band by Skater j in Las Vegas, NV. Skater was performing as a backup player for Jim Masoners "The Lively Ones" (heard on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack) when he met Benny Hammond. Dressed in a black trenchcoat, black high-water pants, and standing alone back among the crowd, Mr. Hammond approached Skater j and introduced himself as a surf guitarist just up from Phoenix. Always on the lookout for surf musicians, Skater j asked Mr. Hammond for a tape of his surfage. Material from Benny and The Goons, his old band from Phoenix Arizona was available so the tape was slipped to Skater. The two guitarists set about rehearsing for the new band and by the spring of 2000 Little Donny (bass), Mr. Hammond (rhythm guitar), Tonya Jaynes (drums), and Skater j (lead guitar) had become known as The Vista Four and were performing in the old section of downtown Las Vegas. Eventually Mr.Hammond and Tonya both moved to California for other projects.

2002-2007 - Not long after their departure The Vista Four was joined by Liz N and Gary Levin. No longer a two guitar band they soon became the original and powerful surf & spy band they are today. Thanks to the interaction of Skater j on guitar and Liz N on organ & Rhodes, along with the heavy backing of Little Donny on bass and Gary Levin on drums, "The Vista Four sound" has made them in demand for playing First Friday's in the downtown Las Vegas area.

The Vista Four members are Little Donny, Liz N, Skater j, and Gary Levin. They have been busy recording, playing the hits, & arranging surf & spy instro music for years for very enthusiastic audiences.


1.   Tsunami Mommie

2.   The Ballad of Nansy Lou

3.   Mystical Abyss

4.   Malibu Longboard

5.   Summer

6.   Ocean West

7.   Agent X

8.   The Man In The Grey Suit (The Shark)

9.   Rip Tide

10.  Barracuda Baby

11.  Go Go Youbari  On The Tokyo Beach

You can snatch it HERE

Link Wray - Hotel Loneliness

Whys On Second

Of course Who's on first.

The Whys Live at The Purple Orchid

For those of you who have checked out the video of this show at the exotic Purple Orchid in BEAUTIFUL El Segundo, here is the tunage to plug into your mobile dee-vise and listen to it as LOUD as you want it. With a shimmy and a shake these darlin's (and one brave dude) will set your ears to smokin with some great Japaneezee surf sounds. Don't let them catch your grass skirt on fire.

Sorry, no tracklist for this one. Just got my computer working again and have too much catching up to do. You can rough it.

You can get it HERE

Saturday, August 07, 2010

What Would You Do?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

From The Land of Zilla!

If the Land of Misfit Toys elected a team of cultural ambassadors, Logan Lynn would be its poet laureate. In Portland, Oregon’s pulsating indie music scene, he occupies a singular position: an emo prophet with a penchant for electronic beats, preaching the Good Word to drug-damaged crybabies and unemployed, bearded yuppies.

Interestingly, Logan Lynn’s musical roots extend back to his grandmother, LaVanda Mae Fielder – a piano and vocal instructor, whose students included a young man by the name of Johnny Cash. Logan Lynn’s unavoidable folk music DNA, combined with his passion for dance music, weave together an undeniably innovative approach to songwriting.

Lynn initially generated buzz with his first two full length albums, particularly in the LGBT communities of Portland, San Francisco, and New York City. However, his vast appeal was truly recognized with the release of his 2007 Feed Me To The Wolves EP, the title track of which was popular on MTV’s Logo Channel. The EP also quickly captured the attention of The Dandy Warhols frontman, Courtney Taylor-Taylor, who immediately signed him to The Dandy Warhols’ label, Beat The World Records.

Early reviews of From Pillar To Post, Lynn’s upcoming release on Beat The World Records, has drawn wide comparisons, ranging from The Postal Service to M83, Lykke Li, Cut Copy, Ladytron, Goldfrapp, and even indie rockers, Metric. URB Magazine proclaimed, “Sonically adventurous, yet possessing the pop sensibilities that lesser artists would forsake in the name of artsiness, Lynn is set to become the new golden boy of sensitive electro-pop.”


6.27 – Seattle, WA – The Cuff Pride Street Party

7.13 – San Francisco, CA – Rockit Room with Special Guests The Hugs (Portland, OR) & Little Black Bats (Sacramento, CA)

7.14 – Sacramento, CA – Blue Lamp with Special Guests The Hugs (Portland, OR) & Little Black Bats (Sacramento, CA)

8.6 – Salem, OR – Flipside Nightclub

8.20 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Mark Your Calendars

Huntington Beach International

Surfing Museum

Cordially invites you to attend

Sunday June 20th 1 to 4 Pm

HBISM 23rd Anniversary

Surfboard Shapers Part 2:

“The Foam Years”

Exhibit Grand Opening

Earl Beasley Lifetime Award

Presentations by Celebrity Guests,

City Dignitaries, Shapers & Surfers


The Muertones & Tahiti Shuttle Experiment in Concert

411 Olive Ave HB 92648

Sunday, June 06, 2010

" Nurse, Give Em 10cc of Pop/Rock STAT!"


Ripped @ a metric 320

Biography by Jason Ankeny
Deriving their name from the metric total of semen ejaculated by the average male, the tongue-in-cheek British art-pop band 10cc comprised an all-star roster of Manchester-based musicians: vocalist/guitarist Graham Gouldman was a former member of the Mockingbirds and the author of hits for the Yardbirds, the Hollies, Herman's Hermits and Jeff Beck; singer/guitarist Eric Stewart was an alum of Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders; and vocalists/multi-instrumentalists Kevin Godley and Lol Creme were both highly regarded studio players. Formed in 1970, 10cc began as a session unit dubbed Hotlegs; after establishing residence at Stewart's Strawberry Studios, Hotlegs scored a surprise U.K. smash with the single "Neanderthal Man," subsequently issuing an LP, Thinks: School Times and touring with the Moody Blues.

After signing to Jonathan King's U.K. label and rechristening themselves 10cc (a name suggested by King himself), the group backed Neil Sedaka before recording 1972's "Donna," a sly satire of late-'50s doo wop. The single reached the number two position on the British charts, establishing not only a long-running string of major hits, but also the quartet's fondness for ironic and affectionate reclamations of musty pop styles. The follow-up, "Rubber Bullets," topped the charts in 1973, and both the subsequent single "The Dean and I" (a nostalgic look at academia recalling Jerry Lee Lewis' "High School Confidential") and an eponymously titled debut LP further solidified 10cc as a major force in British pop.

While 1974's Sheet Music and singles, including the Brian Wilson-esque "Wall Street Shuffle," "Silly Love" and "Life Is a Minestrone" continued 10cc's dominance of the U.K. charts, they found the American market virtually impenetrable prior to the release of 1975's "I'm Not in Love," which topped the charts at home and climbed as high as number two in the States. After 1975's Original Soundtrack and the next year's How Dare You!, Godley and Creme exited to focus on video production as well as developing the Gizmo, a guitar modification device the duo invented. In the wake of their departure, Gouldman and Stewart continued on alone, enlisting the aid of session men to record 1977's Deceptive Bends, highlighted by the perennial "The Things We Do for Love."

After recruiting guitarist Rick Fenn, keyboardist Tony O'Malley and drummer Stuart Tosh as full-time members, 10cc returned in 1978 with Bloody Tourists, which yielded the number one reggae nod "Dreadlock Holiday." Following a series of unsuccessful efforts, including 1980s Look Hear?, 1981's 10 Out of 10 and 1983's Window in the Jungle, the group disbanded; while Stewart produced Sad Cafe and worked with Paul McCartney, Gouldman supervised recordings for the Ramones and Gilbert O'Sullivan before joining Andrew Gold in the duo Wax. In 1992, the original lineup of 10cc reunited for the LP Meanwhile, while only Gouldman and Stewart remained for 1993's Mirror Mirror.

Review by Michael Ofjord
Displaying a command of pop styles and satire, 10cc showed that they are a force to be reckoned with on their first album. Hooks abound, harmonies shine, and instrumentation is dazzling without being overdone. Though charges of "self-consciously clever" could be leveled at the group, their command of witty, Anglo-styled pop is so impressive that even those criticisms must be weighed against the mastery of styles. All four members sing lead and are talented songwriters, and this leads to a wide variety of styles that add to their vision. Featuring their number one U.K. hit "Rubber Bullets," 10cc wade through ten selections of satire and parody. One of the best is "Johnny Don't Do It," a parody of all the "death discs" of the late '50s and early '60s (the misunderstood "bad but really good" guy who is killed in a wreck). More contemporary and bitingly sarcastic is "Headline Hustler," a commentary on the ravenous, scandal-hungry media. Medical facilities and the treatment afforded there is given ripe 10cc commentary in "The Hospital Song." ("And when I go, I'll die of plaster casting love.") Whether doing loving parodies of the music they grew up with or satirizing contemporary issues, 10cc show themselves to be top-level purveyors of pop on their debut recording. Some might criticize the group for being too self-satisfied with their own intelligence, but there is no denying the true craftsmanship and humor on their 1973 debut.


1 Rubber Bullets
2 Donna
3 Johnny Don't Do It
4 Sand in My Face
5 Speed Kills
6 The Dean and I
7 Ships Don't Disappear in the Night (Do They?)
8 The Hospital Song
9 Fresh Air for My Mama
10 Headline Hustler
Get it HERE

Saturday, June 05, 2010

I'm Feeling A Bit Sluggish - Get The Plungers!!!

The Plungers
Surf Americana
Ripped @ a patriotic 320

With their previous CD Guitars Gone Wild, The Plungers showed us that they had an authentic vintage surf sound - although I was left wondering if they had quite enough high quality original material to really convince. I'm far more impressed with this release which boasts several catchy tunes and a more imaginative approach.
We kick off with the knockout opener High Plains Surfer, which freely mixes the old west with the old sixties reverb and features a powerful galloping surf rhythm as well as extracts from High Noon and a rather inspired middle section which really builds the tension - super track!
The CD concludes with another super track, Unchained Medley, an inspired blending of Somewhere, Tammy and even a touch of Puccini for good measure, the ever-busy three guitar front line landing a powerful emotional punch to make it a fitting closer.
Fans of vintage surf should be well pleased with this Cd and I feel that The Plungers just moved up into surf division one.


  1. High Plains Surfer  
  2. Flaming Arrow 
  3. Surfin' Byrd 
  4. To Be Young 
  5. Bongo Beach 
  6. El Toupee 
  7. Runaway Bay 
  8. Black Pool 
  9. Riverside Nights 
  10. Clipper 
  11. Surfopolis 
  12. Wonder Wheel 
  13. Thundercloud 
  14. Hollie days 
  15. Workin' Out The Kinks 
  16. Unchained Medley

Get it HERE

Friday, May 21, 2010

Some Sounds Of Before In The Land Of Now

The Five

For Five Nights Only


Two sample tracks for your ears ripped at a crunchy 320.

Brandonio @ Rock Is Dead R.I.P. ( treated us all to our first introduction to this Brisbane based group of musicians a few months ago. Today I'd like to share their new video with an additional 2 tracks from their For Five Nights Only CD.

Hitting on all five cylinders they pay homage to some of the masters, Link Wray with (Mustn't) Grumble and StingRay, space-age twang with Theme From Burger Force (The Suffering Bastard), the fuzzed out sounds on 2000lb Bee Part 2, and some low-key reverb tunes like Midnight at Charlie and Big Bird and major tip-of-the-hat to Mr Dale with Miseri Loves Company. Since their credo is "Five shows and we're out of here" make sure to catch em if you can. If not, you can pick-up this fine CD/Vinyl combo HERE and enjoy them forever. Check out their site, give them some props and maybe we can convince them to reconsider their "green flash" moment and put out some more tunes. Drop by HERE

Get Big Bird HERE

Get No Sauce HERE

Dig their crazy video with the old-school skater kids doing their thang to Miseri Loves Company.

The Real Suffering Bastard

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Ssssh! Be Vewy Vewy Quiet - Music To Nap By NOT!!!

Ten Years After



Ripped @ a boogying 320 w 3% Recovery

Review by Jim Newsom

Ssssh was Ten Years After's new release at the time of their incendiary performance at the Woodstock Festival in August, 1969. As a result, it was their first hit album in the U.S., peaking at number 20 in September of that year. This recording is a primer of British blues-rock of the era, showcasing Alvin Lee's guitar pyrotechnics and the band's propulsive rhythm section. As with most of TYA's work, the lyrics were throwaways, but the music was hot. Featured is a lengthy cover of Sonny Boy Williamson's "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl," with reworked lyrics leaving little doubt as to what the singer had in mind for the title character. Also included was a 12-bar blues song with the ultimate generic blues title "I Woke Up This Morning." Ssssh marked the beginning of the band's two-year run of popularity on the U.S. album charts and in the underground FM-radio scene.


1 Bad Scene

2 Two Time Mama

3 Stoned Woman

4 Good Morning Little Schoolgirl

5 If You Should Love Me

6 I Don't Know That You Don't Know My Name

7 The Stomp

8 I Woke Up This Morning

Get it HERE

20th Century Boy

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Plug It In! Bang It Up!


Electric Boogie


Ripped @ 320 w 3% Recovery

Not exactly the most glowing review, mainly criticizing the production and several hazy facts in the liner notes. It does acknowledge that it is a very passable chance to hear some of the limited options there are to hear this great band live. Get it while you can. Marc and the boys do Rock.

Review by Dave Thompson

Prior to the long-delayed release of the Born to Boogie soundtrack album, T. Rex were never treated to a truly stellar live recording, one that not only captured the incandescent energy of their concert performances, but also did so in a reasonably listen-able fashion. It is almost as if the only people with the foresight to record the band at its height were the ones with tickets for row Z -- which they'd lost en route to the venue, so they taped the gig from the street outside. Electric Boogie is another addition to that sorry roll call, although in fairness it is a vast improvement on many of the releases out there. Excerpts from four shows revolve around T. Rex's summer 1971 tour of the U.K. and Europe -- the period, that is, immediately after the singles "Ride a White Swan," "Hot Love," and "Get It On." Included are six medium-fidelity tracks from the Rotterdam show, plus two cuts apiece from Bournemouth, Lewisham, and Wolverhampton, with the first named unquestionably highlighted by a nine-minute rendition of "Ride a White Swan" -- and, if you're wondering how a simple three-minute pop song can be so elongated, remember Bolan's guitar-playing skills weren't limited to the brusque, choppy chords that highlighted his studio work. "Elemental Child," from the Wolverhampton gig, makes the same point less surprisingly. If there is any downside to this set, it is that the packaging is utterly misleading, conveying the impression that the recordings hail from another show that summer, the legendary Weeley Festival bash. Both the cover photo and Bill Legend's liner notes abet the deception, although truthfully such details probably matter only to the most committed collectors. For everyone else, a rare chance to hear (and even enjoy) T. Rex at their live peak is simply too good to pass up. 


1 Cadillac
2 Beltane Walk
3 One Inch Rock
4 Debora
5 Ride a White Swan
6 Girl
7 Cosmic Dancer
8 Hot Love
9 Bang a Gong (Get It On)
10 Jewel
11 Elemental Child
12 Jam Session

Get it HERE and HERE and HERE

I Lost My Hole!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Don't Ask Why

The Whys

From Fukuoka, Japan
Ruiko was influenced from Trashmen. Naomi was from Dick Dale.Since 1999, we started with other woman drummer. Yuta joined it in 2003. He wear woman's disguise at the start. However, he entreated it, and it was dressed like a man!2003,we joined GOGGLE-A's 'SAZANAMI LABEL' comp CD.2004, Phill Dirt 'Reverb Central' gave "SURF OPERA 4 stars.2006,we release new CD 'THE WHYS Sanjo!'


1 Por Que
2 Makka Na Taiyo
3 Sunset Party
4 Oh! Ninja
5 Bye Bye Beach
6 Bye Bye Beach
7 Satsujin Taiyo
8 Minato De Sasareta Otok
9 Surf Opera
10 Ebola Beach

Link fixed!
Get it HERE

Friday, May 07, 2010

Hey!!! Gimme Some Popcorn!

Surf Cinema

Surf Cinema


Ripped @ a blazin' 320 w 3% Recovery

Surf Cinema is an instrumental-soundtrack band and a collage of surf, beach party, spy movie, car crash, western, sitcom, kitsch, and clay-mation clips to project live on stage behind the band to form "Surf Cinema". It's a slight twist from traditional surf and a bit more visually entertaining.

The band has shared the stage with Dick Dale, The Red Elvises, and many other bands up and down the west coast.

Heter, baring a nickname derived from a drunken Newfoundlander, hails from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has played in many successful cover and indie bands across the country for that last 15+ years.

Aaron, has been a staple Bay Area musician for more than 15 years playing bass and drums for the likes of Chug, Sinister Sam and The Floppy Rods. He also manages one of the more popular local music stores and runs a spectacular 48 track-recording studio. Ironically, Aaron was sitting in when our original drummer needed to sit out a few weeks. The chemistry was too good to stop!

Jim, our bass player has also been a Bay Area mainstay with bands Leghound, JTS and The Floppy Rods. He can also play guitar, clean your pool, size you for a helmet and let you drink him under the table.

We are very good friends in and out of the music which makes the perfect formula for a great band.

See you at the next show.


1. Flemgringo
2. Zippy to the Rescue
3. Unbundled
4. Sticky Finger Sunset
5. Pale Face Hombre
6. Honeybaked Ham
7. Dos, Dos Equis Por Favor
8. Harlem By The Sea
9. He No Lickety Split
10. Prague Rock
11. Dead Pedestrian
12. Ricko Suave
13. Strait Up Chuck
14. Country-fied
15. Quarter Pump
16. Bullfight In April
17. Sleigh Ride

Get it HERE

We Only Speak The Tru-th Here

The Mighty Diamonds

Speak The Truth


Review by Jo-Ann Greene

After the gentler vibes of the effervescent Paint It Red, the Mighty Diamonds now offer up much punchier fare with Speak the Truth. From the opening punch of "Knock Knock," there's no reining the trio in. It's equally evident they're determined to mix things up as much as possible. The gorgeous "Hey Mommy" is doo wop with a kick, with Fitzroy Simpson beautifully handling the lead vocals. Lloyd Ferguson takes center stage on "This Time," his incandescent falsetto hovering over the sweet melody. That number conjures up the marvels of Smokey Robinson & the Miracles; "Knock," delivered up ska-style, hints at the Wailers; while "Why" returns the group to its own roots, as it offers up a sizzling variation on its own classic, "Why Me Black Brother Why"; "Planet Earth" is also revisited, in sparkling, upbeat fashion, under the title "Live in Love." There's a flood of coursing new numbers -- slamming dancehall pieces served straight-up or flavored with driving reggae; perky, percolating keyboard melodies; or seething with Dean Fraser and Clive "Azul" Hunt's superb brass. Self-producing the set themselves, the trio ensures that the entire set sparkles. Donald Shaw's performances shimmer and shine, while his bandmates' harmonies glitter and soar. The sleeve notes provide song lyrics, a quick career run-down, and boast an interview with Simpson explaining each track's theme and how the number came to be written. A modern classic.


  1 Knock Knock  
  2 Corrupt Cop   
  3 Gone Bad 
  4 Speak the Truth 
  5 Hey Mommy 
  6 Live in Love 
  7 Surely 
  8 Why 
  9 This Time 
  10 Things You Do

Get it HERE

Happy Mothers Day!

MOM  Music For Our Mother Ocean


No Alternative, Sweet Relief and Home Alive: The road to alternative compilations is paved with good intentions.

It's been a standard practice for years -- a bunch of artists come together to record a compilation album to benefit some organization. What most lack, though, is a cohesive theme.

Enter Music For Our Mother Ocean, a compilation benefiting the Surfrider Foundation and, ultimately, our oceans and beaches. Where most compilations coast through with throw-away B-sides by well-known artists, MOM hangs ten with a collection of surf-influenced covers and originals.

If you like punk-tinged surf music, you'll probably like the album. But if you're looking for standard fare from the artists therein, you might be very surprised. For instance, Pearl Jam rips up "Gremmie Out Of Control," a cover of some lost surf-garage single from the '60s. With its rapid surf guitar licks and low-fidelity recording quality, the song sounds nothing like what one usually expects from alterna-rock's reigning band.

The Ramones turn in a cover of "California Sun" that's more true to the band's place in punk's old school, while Pennywise secures its place with a cover of "Surfin' U.S.A." that's hyper-fast and overdriven.

But the most successful songs are the originals. Soundgarden's "My Wave," off the group's 1994 album Superunknown, takes '50s surf and mixes it with the band's metallic crunch to create a more successful homage to the genre. Everclear does much the same with the hardcore-ish "Hateful."

Only a few times on the album does the pace slow. But when it does, the results are pleasant. On the acoustic and slow-moving "Bali Eyes," Porno For Pyros conveys images of Tiki gods and a cool breeze blowing over a tropical beach. Jewel trades in her usual down-to-earth lyrics for a tale of a man and woman who talk to wolves and listen to how the sky sings in the gentle "Quiet Warrior."

The Beastie Boys turn in the album's most interesting track: over a lounge-jazz shuffle beat, the Boys sing in their best Frankie Valli soprano on "Netty's Girl."

Overall, MOM isn't a great collection of tracks like No Alternative or Sweet Relief. Some of the songs are interesting stretches by alternative bands, although wading through all 23 songs probably isn't worth the effort.


1. Intro
2. Good Times - Sprung Monkey
3. Gremmie Out of Control - Pearl Jam
4. Honky Tonk - Brian Setzer Orchestra
5. California Sun - The Ramones
6. Bali Eyes - Porno for Pyros, Porno for Pyros
7. Surfin' U.S.A. - Pennywise
8. Surfin' Bird - Silverchair
9. Wipe Out - Donavon Frankenreiter, Gary Hoey
10. Never Give Up - Common
11. I Can't Surf - Reverend Horton Heat
12. Mama Nature - Pato Banton
13. Mr. Know It All - Primus
14. Sailin' On - No Doubt
15. Army of Me - Helmet
16. My Wave - Soundgarden
17. Quiet Warrior - Jewel
18. Hateful - Everclear
19. Blackwing - Seven Mary Three
20. Netty's Girl - Beastie Boys
21. Badfish - Sublime
22. Waggy - blink-182
23. Closing

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