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!

Get it HERE

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

Get it HERE

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.