Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Wave Benders - Surfin' Christmas

Surfy versions of Christmas songs. "The Wave Benders" are a bunch of studio musicians in Amsterdam recording their idea of surf. Pretty good, if somewhat generic. More rough around the edges, frat surf rather than the polished sound of The Ventures. Still good to throw in the holiday mix.

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 2. What Child Is This? 3. Deck the Halls 4. Twelve Days of Christmas 5. Do You Hear What I Hear? 6. We Three Kings 7. Joy to the World 8. Jingle Bells 9. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 10. Silent Night 11. Little Drummer Boy 12. We Wish You a Merry Christmas


The Honkeys - Tequila Mockingbird

The Honkeys are St. Louis’ current premier surf/instrumental rock ’n’ roll sensations. With lightning-fast Fender and Mosrite guitar-picking artistry; tons of fuzz and reverb effects; heart-pumping bass; foot-stomping, big-beat percussion; mysterious, spine-tingling organ riffs; and intriguing melodies bristling with excitement and adolescent menace, these fine young men lay down some of the wildest, sexiest, and most exotic surf and instrumental rock ’n’ roll stylings ever attempted around this part of the landlocked Midwest. Inspired by their love of ’60s go-go movies, reverb, chili, yo-yos, and the occasional professional wrestling match, they molded their noise into a groovy modern interpretation of instrumental surf music that is both unmistakable and unforgettable. They are faithful to their instruments’ traditional vocabularies as they strive to create the instrumental sound of now; contemporary in attitude, fresh and exciting in execution.

Solid heavy surf, and a Zappa cover to boot. Merry Christmas Tru.

Tsunami? 2. The Sound of Two Checmicals Being Swirled Around In An Erlenmeyer Flask: Good / Evil 3. Fire Backstage 4. The Wayback Machine 5. Wolfman's Got Nards 6. Honkey's Can't Surf 7. Open The Pod Bay Doors, Hal 8. Tell 'Em Large Marge Sent Ya 9. S'othern Repercussions 10. Dr. Strangelove / A Separate Peace 11. Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance 12. Intergalatic Cheese 13. No Brakes 14. Beast 15. Tossage 16. ...untitled bonus vocal at the end of a tedious 11 minutes of silence


Art Van Damme - The Van Damme Sound/Martini Time

Well, here it is. For all you loungeophiles some Christmas cool. Art Van Damme played jazz music on the accordian. Some of the best fifties jazz quintet you will ever find. Art’s accordion style with his unique tunings are a treat for those interested in a very clean crisp (non mussette ) tonal quality. If you like lounge music or exotica, then you will enjoy this. It brings back *the* jazz accordionist of the 50's and 60's. Too many people dismiss the accordion as a toy, but in talented hands, it is a very much a musical instrument. Give it a listen and get ready for fun. At times it sounds as if you're strolling down the aisles at Home Depot, but other times the music really swings. Great for chillin' and parties.

1. Carioca - Art Van Damme, Kahn, Gus 2. I'll Remember April - Art Van Damme, Raye, Don 3. Lullaby of Broadway - Art Van Damme, Dubin, Al 4. Early Autumn - Art Van Damme, Mercer, Johnny 5. Ol' Man River - Art Van Damme, Hammerstein, Oscar 6. Slaughter on Tenth Avenue - Art Van Damme, Rodgers, Richard 7. I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart - Art Van Damme, Redmond, John [Comp 8. Thou Swell - Art Van Damme, Hart, Lorenz 9. Deep Night - Art Van Damme, Vallee, Rudy 10. Let's Fall in Love - Art Van Damme, Koehler, Ted 11. Don't Worry 'Bout Me - Art Van Damme, Koehler, Ted 12. Tea for Two - Art Van Damme, Caesar, Irving 13. Adios - Art Van Damme, Madriguera, Enric 14. Blue Lou - Art Van Damme, Sampson, Edgar 15. Cheek to Cheek - Art Van Damme, Berlin, Irving 16. Let Yourself Down - Art Van Damme, VanDamme, Art 17. My Kinda Love - Art Van Damme, Alter, Louis 18. I Hear Music - Art Van Damme, Loesser, Frank 19. If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight) - Art Van Damme, Creamer, Henry 20. I Didn't Know What Time It Was - Art Van Damme, Hart, Lorenz 21. The Surrey With the Fringe on Top - Art Van Damme, Hammerstein, Oscar 22. Tenderly - Art Van Damme, Lawrence, Jack 23. It's Easy to Remember - Art Van Damme, Hart, Lorenz 24. Madame Van Damme - Art Van Damme, Van Damme, A.



Mister Neutron - Mister Neutron Loves You

With a tight trio of talented musicians behind its sturdy, steady sound, Mister Neutron Loves You takes you in 19 different musical directions, all of them leading back to the roots of great rock 'n' roll. Especially strong are the blues and surf tracks that make you realize just how good these genres can be with the right people playing the instruments. The instros like Danger:Diabolik are surf/spy goodies so you can tell they are leaning in that direction.

This is the first and lesser known Mister Neutron album - more indie rock - like a less frantic They Might Be Giants - yes- this one has vocals. They evolved into a powerful surf instro combo for the next two outings - Red Triangle has been posted by Trustar - see links.

1 Love Theme From Mister Neutron 2 A Mod Proposal 3 Soledad O'Brien 4 Danger: Diabolik 5 Pretty Green Thing 6 Special Boy 7 Mrs. Neil Armstrong 8 Atomic Supermen 9 Naughty Bits 10 Hydroplaning 11 Go, Stinky Monkey! 12 Casbah 13 Waterworks 14 Pyramid Scheme 15 Dreaming I'm Driving 16 10'll Gretsch You 20 17 Robot Arm 18 Mister Neutron Loves You 19 Whirligig



Saturday, December 13, 2008

Thurston Lava Tube - Move Over Rover, Let Clover Take Over

The Thurston Lava Tube are a psychedelic, experimental surf instrumental band from Leicester, England. The Lava Tube sound features an interesting range of vintage organs in addition to the traditional surf guitar line-up. Super ballsy, rock'n'roll, surfy instros. A++. I mean it. Besides, any band that covers Zappa gets a first look in my book. See, Trustar, there are Zappa fans out there.

1 Penetration 2 Gluon Boy 3 Lumpy Gravy 4 The Man with no Ping 5 Dogmatic 6 Lullaby of the Leaves 7 func_surf entity 8 Rocket Science 9 Being and Nothingness 10 Pempslider 11 Fox Sharp, Badger Minor 12 Don't Eat Aluminium 13 Dogs are from Pluto 14 Forget about Freeman


Milo De Venus

The self-titled CD by Santa Fe's Milo De Venus starts innocently enough, with "Little Big Hair," a simple, catchy little surf rocker. But by the third track, "Goddess of Sloth," you get the feeling that if you went to see the group play and requested "Wipe Out," you'd be more embarrassed than the band, who would probably stare you down and then break into something like "The Ed Tube" - punk energy, squawking fuzz guitar, and an inescapable, mantra-like bass line. Or the melodic "The Last Dance" - understated and moody while eschewing self-conscious lounginess.

Revolving around guitarist Jason Goodyear and bassist Susan Holmes (with Mark Clark and Jon Gagan alternating on drums), Milo De Venus has carved its own niche in the sea of instrumental surf and lounge bands. It doesn't sound as though it consciously resisted falling into either camp as much as it simply created its own.

There's a sparseness, with the guitar tones sounding like the amp is never cranked beyond 3, with more emphasis on grooves than virtuosity, and a welcome sense of humor - like the Jew's harp tone Goodyear gets in the middle of the funky "Nonsequitor." And he answers the Plungers' "Spring Break" with "Tremolo King," inspired, he writes, by love - "the love of a good man for his Roland tremolo pedal." Well, someone had to have the courage to say it.

A bit of surf, a touch of instrumental Meat Puppets and just a pinch of Camper Van Beethoven when they weren't fighting each other for the spotlight. Damn fine.

1.Little Big Hair 2. Osage City 3. Goddess of Sloth 4. Ed Tube 5. Last Dance 6. Backyard Betty 7. Bonehead 8. Nonsequitor 9. Prime Time 10. Tremolo King


Legends of Acid Jazz - Hammond Heros

Lots of compilations that you buy have several tracks that are really good, but also contain some poor or disappointing stuff. This is completely different. Taken from Prestige Records albums from 1958 to 1967 this contains some organ based tracks that appeared on other artists albums, as well as some excellent material from organists that are currently unavailable elsewhere on CD .

Favorite tracks are difficult to choose (and there's not a poor one amongst them). However I'd especially mention the following."Please Mr Jackson" is the title track of a Willis Jackson album from 1959 and features some excellent B3 sounds from Jack McDuff, with a special mention for the guitar of Bill Jennings."Sticks and Stones" is another version of the Joe Turner/Henry Glover track made famous by Ray Charles. This version features Johnny "Hammond" Smith set off against the vibraphone of Freddy McCoy.Possibly my favourite is "One track mind" which features Freddy Roach from the album "The Soul Book".Roach really smoulders on this outing.This is an album which you should own if you like organ driven combo's. Don't, above all, be put off by the fact that it appears with the sub-title "Legends of Acid Jazz" - this is an inappropriate title that could easily mislead. An excellent album!

1.Please Mr. Jackson - McDuff, Jack 2. Takin' Care of Business - Scott, Shirley 3. Smooth Sailing - Cobb, Arnett 4. Sticks and Stones - Turner, Titus 5. Remember - Berlin, Irving 6. Twistin' the Jug - Ammons, Gene 7. Crib Theme - Cadena, Ozzie 8. Rock Candy - McDuff, Jack 9. Pool Shark - Jackson, Willis "Ga 10. Donald Duck - Patterson, Don [1] 11. Misty - Burke, Johnny [Voca 12. One Track Mind - Roach, Freddie 13. Take Five - Desmond, Paul



Rare Grooves Vol.1 - The Originals

This is an incredible collection of jazz works during a very brief era, where the innovators were turning out exceptionally funky tunes, probably inspired by both Motown, and the Bossa. It has a very mellow groove, undisturbed except for the more raucous Ohio Players track (Fopp). The 15-song collection contains certain classics that can never be overplayed: Sweet Thing by Chaka Khan & Rufus, Cruisin by Smokey Robinson, and For the Love of You by the Isley Brothers; but also the rarer Riding High by Faze-O and Be Thankful for What You've Got by William DeVaughn. It’s great to listen to on a sunny afternoon at home or behind the wheel. The Al Green track's intricate opening beat was sampled by Notorious BIG. Other songs have been sampled and re-made, but these are the ORIGINALS. You won't be disappointed! Unfortunately, this phase didn't last very long - some of the artists went back to more traditional jazz, others to fusion, and yet others to slippery sweet disco (unbelievable but true). Man, I wish there were more of these...

1. Riding High - Harrison, Keith 2. Oh Honey - Denne, Michael 3. Playing Your Game, Baby - Johnson, Austin 4. Be Thankful for What You Got - DeVaughn, William 5. Everybody Loves the Sunshine - Ayers, Roy 6. In the Mood - Richmond, Paul 7. Mister Magic - MacDonald, Ralph 8. Fopp - Wiliams, F. 9. Cruisin' - Robinson, Smokey 10. I'm Glad You're Mine - Green, Al 11. Sweet Thing - Maiden, Tony 12. Remind Me - Rushen, Patrice 13. For the Love of You, Pts. 1 & 2 - Isley, Ernie



Lonnies Smith Trio - Foxy Lady

Four lengthy interpretations of Hendrix tunes by a relaxed trio of John Abercrombie, Lonnie Smith, and Marvin Smith. Abercrombie retains his identity while spooling out tasty lines of dissonance and happy threads of jazzy melody. But it is Smith who most impresses, pulverizing with abrupt keyboard washes from Mars, while still maintaining a groove and a direction.

These guys are masters of their respective instruments ,all are legends in their own right .. their interpretations of Jimi's stuff is a very nice listen ..John does not play like Jimi ,John is John , and what a fine guitarist he is..His ECM work is wonderful , especially when teamed with Charles Lloyd . I like the track 'Jimi Meets Miles' on this disc .. makes you wonder ..boy , if only they could have got together in the studio! Great Jazz Power Trio here!! Not a Hendrix imitation, instead, a very cool jazz Jimi tribute not many have heard.

Foxy Lady 2. Castles Made Of Sand - Star Spangled Banner 3. Third Stone From The Sun 4. Jimi Meets Miles



Saturday, December 6, 2008

The Kustard Kings - BLAM!

For my money, this is classically beat music. Everyone'll tell you these guys do the instrumental thing a la Meters...hip grinding, knee genuflecting, neck swivelling like an Egyptian Hieroglyph cat. You get the idea, I'm sure. Excellent all instrumental, original , with enough points of reference so that the uninitiated can get it quick. The final two cuts, covers of "Jungle Boogie" and "Spiderman," will hook many listeners, not simply because the tunes are familiar but because the Kustard Kings somehow make the songs their own--as if Spidey and Kool and the Gang never realized until now that their tunes would sound so fresh as lounge-fare-with-organ. The rest of this is even livelier: Terhune, McGinty, and Woolsey are inventive songwriters, and the band is crisp and explosive. And really, really tight. A great record for parties and driving. Highly recommended.

1. Hideko 2. Nina E. 3. The Golden Ram 4. Maya (Pick Up Sticks) 5. Blam! 6. Scream Savers 7. Elene Laura 8. Space Nutz 9. Vampcamp 10. Jungle Boogie 11. Spiderman

The Hi- Frequencies

Released in 2002 the Hi-Frequencies feels and sounds shimmeringly and like it could have been cut in 1963. The
Hi-Frequencies throw detail-obsessed surf rock and early garage playing into a blender and hit the majestic power pop button. But as much as audiophile-level mono sound replication is a key to the group's sound, so is conjuring the spirit of the pleasant part of the early '60s on the West Coast, exploring its boundaries and expanding them.

A combination of instrumentals and vocals. The rollicking "Clairton Beat" tumbles wonderfully into the opening "Mr. Tambourine Man" jangle of "To Do." "Jerome Green" is a shaking Bo Diddley-beat revival, played with style and pride. The album's best track, the beautiful "Stranded," is deceptively simple and effortless, with Kate Daly's bass working up a throbbing jungle beat, McAdams weaving an intoxicated reverb frenzy, rhythm guitar player Jason Lizzi hitting his chords always at exactly the right moment, and drummer Bill Scully alternating between rolls and four-on-the-floor playing, the whole thing timeless, effortless, and perfect. Bonus points for the meticulous All Summer Long send-up cover art and the deliciously quirky liner notes. A fully realized and convincing debut.

1. Clairton Beat 2. To Do 3. I've Got to Know 4. Junior Varsity 5. Wrong Again 6. Eldorado 7. Shaky 8. Peggy Sue Got Married 9. Jerome Green 10. Stranded 11. Riviera 12. Hodad's Revenge 13. You Never Win 14. Corvette Hollow


So Blue So Funky

If you're just getting into the classic B-3 organ combo sound, or have been into it for sometime, and want to get your hands on some great tracks which have fallen out of print, this is THE COLLECTION. And probably something very different than you're used to hearing. - - I mean, it’s the difference between Ruth Chris’ Steak and greasy hot barbeque at your favorite soul food joint. Both are good, but I guarentee you, sometimes its best to have that hot sauce dripping down your chin with a bit of Bro' McDuff blaring on the juke box (though you might not exactly impress your date... especially after you pop a button off your suit get that stuff all over your shirt.)

Here is the groovy soulful side of the Blue Note organ combo sound, the highlights of which are several grooves that got deep down in the vaults. Worth the purchase alone is BOOP BOP BING BASH, from an out of print Blue Note CD featuring Billy Gardner on organ and featuring George Braithe, a frequent John Patton/Ben Dixon Grant Green sideman. John Patton's Fat Judy really has that early '60s B-3 combo juke box feel. Grant Green tears the roof off on AIN'T IT FUNKY NOW with a very James Brown feel.

All About My Girl - McGriff, Jimmy 2. The Silver Meter - Patton, Big John 3. I'm Movin' On - Snow, Hank 4. Brown Sugar - Roach, Freddie 5. Hootin' 'N' Tootin' - Jackson, Fred 6. Face to Face - Willette, Baby Face 7. Plaza de Toros - Green, Grant 8. Boop Bop Bing Bash - Gardner, Billy 9. Fat Judy - Dixon, Ben 10. Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky (From Now On) - Toussaint, Allen 11. Butter (For Yo' Popcorn) - McDuff, Jack 12. Ain't It Funky Now - Brown, James



Blue'N' Groovy Vol. 2 Mostly Modal

Absolutely killer collection of hard bop, guaranteed to rock ANY dancefloor. Ideal record for people who think they don't like jazz -- or to play to people who think they don't. The Art Pepper track is my favorite, but it is all excellent.

The Flip - Mobley, Hank 2. And Satisfy - Bright, Ronald 3. Dixie Lee - Byrd, Donald 4. Greasy - Davis, Walter [2] 5. A Little Busy - Timmons, Bobby 6. Mambo de la Pinta - Pepper, Art 7. Mamacita - Henderson, Joe [1] 8. Señorita Eula - Wilkerson, Don 9. Afreaka - Walton, Cedar 10. Wahoo - Pearson, Duke 11. Message from the Nile - Tyner, McCoy

Friday, November 28, 2008

The Moe Greene Specials

From Belgium, The Moe Greene Specials play cinematic instrumental surf and spaghetti western tunes that evolve almost symphonically, with trumpets doubling the guitars. Musical influences vary from Calexico-style desert songs to Stax soul to Dick Dale.

Their seriously moody and dramatic form of spaghetti western, with multiple guitars that create a thick wash of sound, and bass and drums, and accompanied by horns really add to the Morricone experience. It's certainly the best spaghetti western album that Enrio Morricone never made and, to my ears at least, better than many of the albums he did make. This is because it is intended for listening to rather than as an accompaniment to pictures. If you have any spagwest albums you certainly need this one too. If you ever fancied trying one and weren't sure where to start, then this is the place. Ok hombre? Phil Dirt gives this 4 stars, so it ain’t just me tellin’ ya to get it..

1 The Vast Land 2 Maplewood Drive 3 Malibu Rendezvous 4 Quintana Sixteen 5 Rain Scene Take 9 6 Sacramento 7 A $ 1000 Ride Pt.1 8 A $ 1000 Ride Pt.2 9 The El Monte Case 10 Julia's Waltz 11 Santo Trafficante 12 Esperos De Oro


Calexico – Hot Rail

Calexico is like some half-breed love child of a mariachi band and Morphine. Like a band in a saloon from the good, the bad and the ugly they are both intoxicatingly exotic and mildly menacing. More than just a side project of Giant Sand's (and Friends of Dean Martinez's – see FCCL archives for these) John Convertino and Joey Burns, they are one of the most original bands to emerge of the American alternative scene in a long time. Mixing indie-rock sensibility with the traditional sounds of Southern USA and Mexico, Calexico's dark and moody sound incorporates mariachi (#1, 7), french chanson (#2), jazz (#3!), spaghetti western soundtrack music, post-rock (#14), American folk and old time western into an unique style perfectly fitting to their name. This album is not as multi-layered as their previous `Black Light'; more of your basic bass-drums-guitar, but still features vibes, organ, accordion, cello, harmonica and mariachi horns. Tracks 1, 7, 8, 12, 13 and 14 are instrumental.

1. El Picador 2. Ballad of Cable Hogue 3. Ritual Road Map 4. Fade 5. Sonic Wind
6. Muleta 7. Midtown – Calexico 8. Service and Repair 9. Drenched 10. 16 Track Scratch
11. Tres Avisos 12. Hot Rail



Acid Lounge Goes West

The boys of 45 Dip have done it again with the truly eclectic, haunting, wild and funky Acid Lounge Goes West. This one veers away from the hard acid jazz flavor that they offered on their own CD "The Acid Lounge", "Welcome to the Acid Lounge, Volume 1" and the phenomenal "Acid Lounge in Space", although that style can still be heard, but very faintly, which is what gives this set it’s modern kick in pants. This takes you out west with songs that are reminiscent of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Apollonia 6 and Muddy Waters, flying on UFO’s. Songs of note are the disturbing "Plastic Jesus" from 45 Dip, the Bluesy "Camieux" from Boojou Bajou, “Cosmic Cactus” from A.White, a bluesy version of the “Twin Peaks” theme, the rock-driven "Black Cadillac" from Pepe Deluxe, the funky "Vegas Vagrants" from 45 Dip, Sugarman's thumpin' "Dodge City" and Ursula Rucker's killer Dr. Rockit remix of the thought-provoking "Seven"--although, this is the only song on the CD that lacks a western flava. That notwithstanding, the "Out West" theme is consistent throughout and the songs are well-selected and original. Even the additions of two pure country songs ("Poppin' Pills" and "Let's Get Drunk and Screw") are welcome here. There are quite a few other songs I can think of that could have made the cut on this CD like Lemon Jelly's "Ramblin Man" and Boys Don't Cry's "I Wanna Be a Cowboy," but all in all, this set is worth getting if you're looking for something fresh and entertaining. Over time, it really grows on you. It's great for traveling cross-country, especially if you're headed...where else...out west!

Disc: 1
1. Nor'easter – Green 2. Sombre Hombre - Lee, Tim "Love" 3. Quite Spectacular - James, Jonathan 4. Wonderful - Dorfmeister, Richar 5. Dodge City – Wilson 6. Mugwamp Mondo – Hand 7. The Dub Cowboy - Perry, Marcus 8. Popping Pills - Miller, John
9. Elios Therepia - Dragazis, Andy 10. Butch Accidy - Method Man 11. Black Cadillac - Salo, Jo 12. Vegas Vagrants - Bemand, C. 13. "7" (Dr Rockit Rekiss) - Rucker, Ursula
14. Jays Bar - Bemand, C. 15. Loch - Harold, John



Disc: 2
1. Camioux - Heider, Peter 2. Cosmic Cactus - White, A. R. 3. Guns - Langley, S.
4. Plastic Jesus 45 Dip 5. Is the 'Erb Dope? - Bangs, Chris 6. Singalong - Treva Whateva
7. Stiff Jazz - DZihan, Vlado 8. Move Out of the Way - Sanata, R. 9. Battle of Bongo Hill - Wherry, Jake 10. Filthy Injun - Bemand, C. 11. Valley of the Sausages - Carthy
12. Fair-Weather View - Brooks, Faron 13. Haze - Houghton, Simon "Sn
14. Why Don't We Get Drunk - Buffett, Jimmy



Best of the West - MGM Soundtrack

This compilation boasts several unforgettable highs and a few forgettable lows, but the highs include tracks that, by themselves, still make this worthwhile -- perhaps even mandatory for a serious fan of the western-movie music genre. This is the only CD that includes the decades-out-of-print original recordings of Jerome Moross's benchmark masterpieces, The Big Country and oft-overlooked The Welcoming. Although a number of conductors and orchestras recorded The Big Country over the years, no one duplicated the signature tension Moross created between the brass and strings, a tension unaccountably and completely lost in all other renditions. The differences are as striking as the gulf between Ennio Morricone's offbeat and edgy "spaghetti Western" scores and Hugo Montenegro's comparatively tame makeovers. Best of the West also seems to be the only CD to include Elmer Bernstein's playful and thematically schizophrenic title track for The Hallelujah Trail, a romp that well reflects the film's equally rambunctious and schizophrenic plot. Bernstein's kicky Hallelujah Trail grows on you. Dominic Frontiere's derivative but distinctive theme for Hang 'Em High is a welcome addition in its own right (if one declines a natural temptation to compare it with Ennio Morricone's wellspring scores for other early Clint Eastwood Westerns). So is Bonnie Blue Flag, a nostalgic echo from The Horse Soldiers likely to summon up haunting imagery for anyone who saw the film. Lesser-known scores populate the rest of the CD, which concludes on a high note with Elmer Bernstein's classic The Magnificent Seven Theme, from The Return of the Magnificent Seven. Excellent for beginner and collector’s alike.

1. Main Title - Moross, Jerome 2. The Welcoming - Moross, Jerome
3. Acorss the Texas Panhandle (The Unforgiven) - Tiomkin, Dimitri
4. Main Title from "The Wonderful Country" - North, Alex
5. Acorss the Rio Grande (The Wonderful Country) - North, Alex
6. Square Dancers for Loco Horses - Bernstein, Elmer
7. Forced March - Bernstein, Elmer 8. The Buffalo Hunt - Rosenthal, Laurence
9. Overture - Bernstein, Elmer 10. The Hour of the Gun - Goldsmith, Jerry
11. Whose Cattle (Hour of the Gun) - Goldsmith, Jerry
12. The Train (Pup Tent) (Young Billy Young) - Manne, Shelly
13. Main Title - Frontiere, Dominic 14. Bonnie Blue Flag - Buttolph, David
15. El Toro - Bernstein, Elmer 16. The Magnificent Seven - Bernstein, Elmer


Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Wipeouters - P'Twaang!!!

Right now- my favorite party music.

Mark Mothersbaugh of DEVO was approached to do music for a cartoon about surfboards and skateboards called "Rocket Power".( Thus the "Rocket Power Theme" track.) And so,a retro-legend was made!

It ain't Devo but there's definately Devo sprinkled all through this quasi-surf release from the Devo "offshoot" band. A mix of guitars and electronics, the Wipouters sound like a 60's surf band pushed into the 90's with a hybrid of sounds from B-52's to classic video games.

Four songs actually have vocals, one has some sampling...doesn't ruin the mood or concept. "P'Twaang!" definitely sets the tone,as a brilliant surf piece and parody of "Wipeout".( It also sounds like the theme to a Surf-Detective TV series.) "Twist 'N' Launch" is a wierd surfified version of DEVO's own "Happy Guy"...and it somehow works. "Ravin'Surf" is the killer instro mind meld of twang guitar, Devo style beats, and sound collage - all over 7 minutes! The "Rocket Power Theme" keeps it going. Mark goes for a wide selection of intruments,including Ukelele's and Sitars! "Wedgie Wipeout","Rocket-ful of Power" and "Nubbie Boardsmen" are all by the book surf tunes....with a sci-fi edge. A funny album punchline comes with the meshing of 90's Sampling and 60's surf in the craziness called "Shut Up Little Man!",brimming with B-Movie cheesiness!
The one track that can be called "DEVO" is "Luna Goona Park". This is because Gerry Casale is involved with this one. It's a lot of fun. And would probably make it on to any surf tribute album. Good choice guys! When Robots ride the assured The Wipeouters will be supplying the soundtrack!

1. P'Twaang!!! 2. Dangerdog 3. Surf's Up On Goon Island 4. Twist N' Launch 5. Bikini Beach 6. Ravin' Surf 7. Rocket Power Theme 8. Wedgie Wipeout 9. Wounded Surfer10. Luna Goona Park 11. Nubbie Boardsmen 12. Rocket-ful Of Power 13. Shut Up, Little Man



Here's the whole file. Sorry, all. Wiped out muself on this one.

Upstart Promo Sampler

A nice goodie from Upstart, some excellent tracks here, abit of surf, billy, and garage. You will find something in here you like.

1 Feel Like I'm Fallin' Tailgators 2 Brokenhearted I Will Wander Dennis Brennan 3 I Live on a Battlefield Nick Lowe 4 University Blvd. Los Straitjackets 5 Drag Blob Simon & the Bar Sinisters 6 Malt Liquor Man Big Ass Truck7Bubba David Tronzo & Reeves Gabrels8 It's a Wonderful Halibut The Halibuts 9 Love Magic Amazing Delores 10 Carry Me The Vidalias 11 119 Years Ago Reeves Gabrels w, Frank Black 12The A-Treatment Laika & the Cosmonauts 13 Born Too Late Falco, Tav and Panther Burns 14 Let Them Eat Rock Upper Crust, The 15 I Almost Lost My Mind Teisco DelRey



Demolition Derby: A Crash Course In New Music From Yep Roc

Fun punk,garage, surf sampler from Yep Rock. You will see familiar names and maybe a few new ones to check out. I bought this at Borders for 1 penny. You are getting it pretty close to what I paid for it. Enjoy.

1. Doublewide -- Southern Culture On The Skids; 2. Blues That Defy My Soul -- Dexter Romweber; 3. Slingshotz & Boomerangz -- C. C. Adcock; 4. Too Bad That You're Done -- Two Dollar Pistols; 5. Alive -- Chris Stamey; 6. Anyway -- Amy Farris; 7. Don't Die -- Ken Stringfellow; 8. Sweetwater -- Tres Chicas; 9. East -- Marah; 10. Zigaboo -- Spencer Dickinson; 11. Cruisin' Part 1 -- Houndog; 12. Invisible Drugs -- The Comas; 13. I Resign -- The Bigger Lovers; 14. The Forgotten Fridays -- The Minus 5; 15. Trouble -- The Butchies; 16. Even Numbers -- The Standard; 17. Ways In Which We Burn -- Jason Darling; 18. Sleeperhold -- Dolorean; & 19. Mr. Melee -- Laika & The Cosmonauts.



Legends of the Guitar - the 60's Vol.1

Classic guitar - all styles of rock, including some great surf, twang and boogie instros. Excellent starter to stimulate further rescarch. Good stuff just to have around if you don't already.

1.The Ventures / Lullaby of the Leaves2:022.The Yardbirds / The Train Kept A-Rollin'3:283.Lonnie Mack / Chicken Pickin'2:124.The Sonics / The Witch2:415.The Jimi Hendrix Experience / Hey Joe (Live At Winterland)6:486.Chet Atkins / Boo Boo Stick Beat2:117.The Mothers of Invention / Nine Types of Industrial Pollution6:038.Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band / Abba Zaba2:469.The Astronauts / Hot-Doggin'2:1610.The Yardbirds / I Ain't Got You2:0311.Booker T. & the MG's / Red Beans and Rice2:3512.Love Sculpture / Sabre Dance4:5413.Dick Dale & His Del-Tones / Misirlou2:1614.The Shadows / Apache2:5715.Quicksilver Messenger Service / Gold and Silver6:4316.The Byrds / It Won't Be Wrong2:0117.The Kinks / You Really Got Me2:1618.Big Brother & the Holding Company / Ball and Chain



Legends of the Guitar - the 60’s V2

More classic guitar licks and riffs. Pick what you like. The Supernatural is my absolute fave - sends chills down my spine.
Play it LOUD.

1. Beck's Bolero - Page, Jimmy 2. Soul Serenade - King Curtis 3. Who Do You Love? - McDaniel, Elias 4. Mr. John Lee, Pt. 1 - McGee, G 5. Night Owl Blues - Sebastian, John 6. Six Days on the Road - Green, Earl 7. Torture - Sundquist, James 8. Love Scene - Garcia, Jerry 9. Section 43 - McDonald, Country J 10. Scratchy - Chrisman, Gene 11. Tales of Brave Ulysses - Clapton, Eric 12. The Supernatural - Green, Peter [1] 13. Knockers Step Forward - Mayall, John 14. You Can't Sit Down, Pt. 1 - Clark, Dee 15. The Jam, Pt. 1 - Gregg, Bobby 16. Hold It - Butler, Joe [1] 17. Frenzy - Burk, Mike 18. Trouble No More - Waters, Muddy



Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Silhouettes - Rautalankarenessanssi

This is one of the single best all out gutiar romps I have heard all year - no s**t. Twang oriented instros that go from surf to jazz to rock to Middle East and all places inbetween. Not a dog in the bunch. Don't know much about this Finnish group except this is a major surprise. Outstanding. You will love it with leather and rubber just like Unkle Frankie sez.

Tornado / Africa / Caravan / Muistatko Monrepos´n / Lake Bodom - June 5, 1960 / Kesäillan Twist / High / Elämä juoksuhaudoissa / Finnish Knockturne / Wild Rose / Conspiracy Of Silence / Kaunis on luoksesi kaipuu / Triangle



Infrareds – Recorded on Microfilm

Hard to find second CD from one of surfdom's fastest and wildest bands. The Infrareds have created a sound and fury that set them apart from the crowd. 17 wild instros and one uncredited vocal based on "One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato, Four" and "Papa Oom Mau Mau." Yikes!

The Red Scare, Delivering The Microfilm, Infiltrating The Temple, Opening The Watergate, The Infraromp, The Original Mystery, International Man Of Disguise; Code Name: White Tiger, Adventures In Capture, The Umiac Mission 2003: The Eskimo Files, Celluloid Planetoid, Internationally Notorious Fragmented Recognizance Agents Responding To Ever-growing dangers In Security, Number One On The Spectrum Of Light, Surf Guitar Ninja, The Red Square, The Infraromp, Opening The Watergate, International Man Of Disguise; Code Name: White Tiger



The Tormentos - Grab Your Board

The Tormentos play mostly uplifting surf with great rhythms. They remind me some of the Woodies. Great melodies and sound. This is highly recommended for fans of trad sound who don't mind a little evolution. The CD ends with a vocal called "Tormentos (Reprise)."

Tormentos, Surf Party, The Search For The Lost Tiki, New Wave, U.F.O. Incident, Take Off Or Die, Moon Over Marin, Blue Eyed Little Baby, Fuga a la Medianoche, Santa Clara Del Mar, El Justiciero, The Imposter, Scatter Shield, Pool Rider

Ralph E. Hayes - The Long Drive Home

Long Drive Home, the debut album by Tennessee guitarist Ralph E. Hayes, is not easy to categorize. Although moody and relaxed, this instrumental disc isn't new age, nor is Hayes a flamboyant, hell-bent-for-chops hard rock shredder in Steve Vai/Joe Satriani/Randy Coven vein. And he isn't an acoustic folk-rock picker along the lines of John Fahey, Leo Kottke, Peter Lang, or Stefan Grossman. So exactly where does Hayes' instrumental rock fit in?

Arguably, Long Drive Home should be described as neo-surf rock. Hayes' electric guitar playing owes a lot to Dick Dale and Duane Eddy -- the '60s influence is quite strong on this 2004 release, and Hayes is obviously well aware of the Ventures, the Challengers, and other surf bands that were popular back then. But Long Drive Home isn't a carbon copy of '60s surf rock any more than Alicia Keys is a carbon copy of her '70s influences, and at times, Long Drive Home almost suggests Chris Isaak without vocals.

You won't find anything as exuberant as "Wipeout" or "Hawaii Five-O" (two Ventures hits) on this CD; Hayes' instrumentals are reflective, shadowy, and laid-back, which is why he likes to describe his style as "guitar noir." That term, of course, is based on the term film noir, but Long Drive Home doesn't sound like background music from '40s film noir classics such as Laura, The Postman Always Rings Twice, and Gilda -- if anything, Hayes' work owes more to the sort of background music one might have expected from a Dennis Hopper movie in the '60s or '70s. Long Drive Home is a likable, fairly intriguing debut for the Tennessee guitarist. Alex Henderson all music

1.Deep into the Moment 2. Long Drive Home in the Rain 3. Walk at Low Tide 4. Round Waves 5. In This Time 6. Slow Dances in Sand 7. Inflection Point 8. White Clouds, Blue Sky 9. Living in Slow Motion 10. Downstream 11. Openings 12. Wellspring



The Dynotones - Super Six

A great 6-song release by Southern California's favorite surf/instro combo: The Dynotones! This CD-EP features six great new recordings and comes in a cover designed by world famous tiki artist Shag.

Quick, fast, fun. Makes you want more - like a good ep should.

Tracks: Branded - Whittier Blvd. - Von Zipper's Revenge - Wild Woman - Our Favorite Martian - He Never Came Back.


Friday, November 7, 2008

Sleazefest - Live Garage Comp

Live CD from the 2-nights of bands, b-movies, bar-b-q and beer known as Sleazefest '94 that took place at Local 506 in Chapell Hill, North Carolina.

Lots of grody good stuff.

1.Hang-Up - The Strychnines 2.Hitch - Chrome Daddy Disco 3.I Got Your Number - The Woggles 4.My Baby Likes to Boogaloo - The Woggles 5.Boo Boo the Cat - Hasil Adkins 6. Head on the Wall - Hasil Adkins 7.Class with a Capital 'K' - Hillbilly Frankenstein 8. High Class to Trailer Trash - Hillbilly Frankenstein 9.Red Roses - The Subsonics 10. Shady Side of the Street - The Subsonics 11.I Made You a Clown - The Subsonics 12. Pneumonia - The Bassholes 13.You're Never Gonna Be Alone - Dexter Romweber 14. Hurricane's A-Coming - Dexter Romweber 15.Vamp Camp/Patina in Em - Family Dollar Pharaohs 16. Shake It Some More - Santo's Helpers 17. Mudbuggy - Southern Culture on the Skids 19. Hubcap Hunch - SCOTS with Hasil Adkins 20. Leaves in Autumn - Hasil Adkins



Celebration of Life - Live Surf Comp

Celebration Of Life presents a fine set of powerful surf blasts from five great bands, all captured live. The Insect Surfers display their unique dueling guitar style, the Dynotones chunk and romp, the Sand-Dunes drive the curl hard, the Surf Kings swirl and shred, and Slacktone - well - what needs to be said about Slacktone! -- Phil Dirt,

1 Mojave 2 Electric Marlin 3 Volcano Juice 4 Hotline 5 Von Zipper's Revenge 6 Goo Goo Muck 7 Spanito Bandito 8 Green Room 9 Space Oddyssey 10 Tears of the Dolphin 11 Misirlou 12 Out of Control 13 Coffin Closer 14 Glide 15 The Wedge



King Dapper combo - Big Dumb Fun Party Music

Truth in advertising - the title is exactly what you get. Sloppy, lo-fi, energetic frat rock with a swing band influence.

"Imagine Spike Jones fronting the Cramps - on second thoughts, don't! Predating the swing/Incredibly Strange Music revival by several years, The King Dapper Combo have wowed audiences opening for the likes of Mojo Nixon, Ronnie Dawson, Web Wilder and Sleepy Labeef." Cut And Paste Records

More Scooby-Doo material! This King Dapper Combo really DOES sound like the same band that plays on those 'Scooby-doo' cartoons!

1.Ragg mopp ... live on campus! 2.Beach party 3.Elvised 4.You gotta be loose 5.House trailer polka 6.Ka-ding-dong 7.Booze party 8.Wild one 9.Lone twister 10.Tallahassee lassie 11.Hootie sapper ticker 12.Is it true 13.Kakamaumau 14.Action-packed 15.The King Dapper twist



Dave Thomas and Two Pale Boys - Surf's Up

Don't let the title fool ya. Not really surf - cool anyway. David Thomas' creative brainchild borders on the wonderfully weird; looping drum lines and beats over his disconnected and demonic vocals. Thomas sends effects swirling around the room, not sparing any vibrato, and makes eloquent use of the effects on Melodeon and Musette. Keith Moline's guitar lines are wonderfully interconnected with the cacophony, giving the listener an ominous feeling of impending doom. Not forgetting the horn player, Andy Diagram's trumpets provide an ambient tone reminding one of "Bitches Brew" by Miles Davis. So, if you like Pere Ubu, or have an open mind to music that is "outside the box", give this a listen; if not, then buy another Dave Matthews Band album and have fun humming along. To the fans, know that this doesn't break any new ground for this band, it refines it. It is what we have come to expect and love and I for one get hours of listening enjoyment from it. They sound closer to Tuxedo Moon than Ubu here, be prepared for some atmospherics and strangeness. The third cut is standout.

1. come home-green 2. ghosts 3. man in the dark 4. night driving 5. river 6. runaway
7. spider in my stew 8. surf's up



Thursday, October 30, 2008

Happy Halloween - Brandonio's Fright Fest (the Original)

Fresh from the FCCL Vaults ---

Our buddy Brandonio of Rock is Dead R.I.P (see links) put this horriffic number together last year for our Halloween Special here at the Lounge, and I thought it would be a treat for those of you who missed it to get this year. Get his other 2 comps over at Rock is Dead R.I.P. and have yourself a frightfully fun Halloween season. This comp was even reviewd by none other than Phil Dirt HIMSELF!!! So you know it has mucho coolness. Get it now!!!

Likely just a web comp (bootleg, some tracks from vinyl sources with pops and clicks included), Brandonio's Fright Fest does slice through a broad spectrum of surf related material that's on the dark side. Three stars – Phil Dirt

Brandonio sez --
Hello boils and ghouls! It's that time of year again. Halloween is coming up in few weeks and some of you are still probably deciding on the costume that you’re going to wear to buddy's Halloween party. Something scary, silly, or sexy [I hope that's just the chicks].Well, I've been busy compiling an audio accompaniment for your little Monster Shindig. Life in general needs a good soundtrack and Halloween is no exception. What you dig up here is a mix of spooky surf, moon crazed rockabilly, and lurking sounds from the unknown. I think this will be pleasant and discomforting listening at the same time.

Some of you will notice there are a few songs that might bleed into each other, but you won't even care after you toss back a few shots of that green slimy stuff with the mystery lumps your fiend has concocted for the uninvited creeps that always lurk in unexpected.I could have made 2 volumes of music, trust me. Maybe with a little encouragement I will, we'll just see how this goes.
I really tried to capture the sound of Halloween not just some scary sounding song title, I mean the song "Go Go Girl" by the Fiends doesn't ring ScArY does it? Just wait until you hear it. Well, Germs and Vamps try not to drool too much, DaBoss is watching and you’ll have to clean it up afterwards.



Danger Will Robinson -- this tracks out at something like 79:59 if you use the burn at once option with no space inbetween tracks so you might want to hold off one cut and put it on a different comp later on. Just in case you have a cranky program. DB

Monday, October 27, 2008

Phantom Creeps and Damien Storm - Greetings From Hell

They are the creepiest most terror-ific garage band around! Combining clean Fender reverb tones with grinding fuzz, The Phantom Creeps churn out some of the most horrific music... that doesn't take its self too seriously. Their influences range from The Cramps and Deadbolt to The Ghastly Ones. Phantom Creeps newest release, a split disc with New Orleans Damien Storm features several instrumentals as well as some vocal stylings that will help get you in the Halloween mood. There are some straight ahead surf songs like "Witch Hunt" as well as the sinister stomp of "Redrum" and the garage punk sing along "Little Ghoul". Fun stuff.

1 Phantom Creeps- Redrum 2 Phantom Creeps- Witch Hunt 3 Phantom Creeps- Little Ghoul (demo) 4 Phantom Creeps- Creep Walk (demo) 5 Damien Storm- Behind The Curtain 6 Damien Storm- Wormy The Werewolf 7 Damien Storm- Stormbringer 8 Damien Storm- Raven In The Courtyard (demo)


Surf Zombies

This record was recorded using state of the art equipment from the late 50's and early 60's. Feel the heat of the tubes from the amps as these boys rev up and rock. Lose yourself in the reverb, but don't forget to come up for air! You may be intoxicated by the savage jungle rhythms, the twirling swirling tremolo of the dueling guitars. Hotrod culture fans, tattoo junkies, punkers, the power pop crowd, all fans of great guitar work and everyone interested in all things cool should enjoy the vibes! Excellent trad surf, not horror surf – great cover – tho.

1 Hammerhead 2 Speedo 3 Submarina 4 Garage Jam 5 Space Ape 6 They Feed at Night 7 Sea Snake 8 289 to Ape City 9 Primitive E 10 Pretty Daddy 11 Seaside Heights 12 Skullaballo 13 The Meat Grinder 14 The Is 15 Nothing Good Happens after Midnight


Reverb Syndicate - Sputink A - Go-Go

This time, The Reverb Syndicate give their second effort a more relaxed, spacier, surfier sound. It sounds as if they're busy defending us from some sort of space invaders one-handed while holding a martini in the other. (Hey, these guys were busy saving the world from the-GASP-Top 40 with their first release, Operation: Jet Set.) If you liked their first offering (see archives), you'll like the second. This time around we find the band deep in space to launch its latest offering, Sputnik A-Go-Go. A collection of ten Syndicate originals, combining the spy/surf of 2006’s Operation: Jet Set! with theremin-laced, double-picking surf rock from the depths of space!

Review from Phil Dirt at Reverb Central: (

This is the second release from The Reverb Syndicate. The whole album is light hearted, rich in imagery, and fluid. Sputnik A-Go-Go is a very listenable and enjoyable release.

The full review is at

I like it!

1 This Is Not A Test 2 Lunar Attack! 3 Sputnik A-Go-Go 4 Bolshevik Boogie 5 The Martini Cluster 6 The Lonely Henchman 7 La Balada De Senor Esquivel 8 Escape From The Village 9 Belka & Strelka's Big Adventure 10 Theremania! 11 Trans-Siberian Sunset


Radioactive Gamma Rays - Activate

Blending traditional surf music with a punk vibe that will have you moving your feet in no time; the Gamma Rays create the perfect background music for fun. There is not a sound as welcoming in any situation as surf music. If you want to have a good time, anytime, listen to surf music. If you want to have a great time, in any situation, listen to the Retroactive Gamma Rays.

The twelve songs on this CD are all originals with sound effects and sound clips from cult classic movies like Hot Rods to Hell, The Day The Earth Stood Still, Repoman and more.

1 Intro 2 Avast Ye! 3 Hammock Connoisseur 4 Get Bent 5 Western Tongooee 6 Footprint 7 Kiwanda Cove 8 Speakeasy 9 Juror #7 10 Flat Drunk Friends 11 Get Off Your Back Porch 12 Boiler Bay 13 The Last Gamma Ray


Saturday, October 18, 2008

Los Cobras - De Capello

Head-boppin', Hip-shakin', Sand-kickin' Surf all the way from the shores of Michigan! Perfect for bonfires, beach parties, clam bakes, luaus, and backyard hootenannies. Serious chops, excellent driving instros. Amazing first effort--all you surf lovin’ rockers get this -- only problem is that it's a little too short.

1 Watery Grave 2. Edy 3. Astro Jam 4. Cobra Strike 5. Graveyard 6. Sunset Blue 7. Mastadon't 8. Jazz Thing 9.Venomous 10. Galiathon


Surf - Music and Vibes

Don’t let the name fool ya. No twangy surf guitar here. Crazy Joe's music is associated with the mood of swank space age bachelor pads, exotica, cool hepcats, martinis, lava lamps, tiki torches, beach parties, sand, surf, sunsets, mondo mambo, bossa-nova bongo, atomic cha-cha, crime spy jazz, jet set hi-fi hi-balls, and cocktail pop subculture. Here is the sound of swinging sophistication. Lot’s of vibraphone makes this sassy background a breeze for people who want to have a fabulous time. Take your shoes off, and live the high life while you can. Play this at your next party, and check your attitude at the door. It's the ultimate escape, and the coolest vacation you can take... a soundtrack for paradise. Soothe your ears, and ease your mind from a stressed out world. Relax, laugh, listen and enjoy!

1. Intro 2. Bossa Nova Beach 3. On the Rocks 4. Green Flash 5. Third Reef Tiki Time
7. Sunsets and Stars 8. Swank Swing . Offshore 10. Mambo Voodoo 11. Lovers of the Sea 12. Crazy Joe's Jazz 13. Surf Cha Cha

link fixed - solly cholly.


Cocktail Angst

Cocktail Angst experiments with Latin rhythms, Mancini-inspired 60's film music, a shared hatred of parades and hours of maniacal laughter to produce their unique sound. Toby Williams's golden-throat vocals provide an ethereal contrast to themes such as stalking, kidnapping and love gone muy loco psycho. Breathy, 50’s ish vocals give a lilting float to the off kilter lyrics. Fun stealth music.

Muy Loco Psycho Mambo 2. Little Red Wagon 3. I Hate Parades 4. Stalkers Night Out 5. Secret Mambo 6. Ecstatically Mine 7. Rhumba of the Saints 8. A Slice of Cocktail Angst (Theme) 9. Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me)


Danny Morris - Golden Prize

Morris has changed the supporting cast from his first two CD's replacing Michael Maye and Paul Barker on bass guitar with John Coppola and George Johnson on drums with Joe Wells. The resulting sound has also shifted away from the surf blues formula found on the first two releases to surf pop which, while good, makes for a slight shock. Remaining true to surf, Morris has included a blistering cover of "Pipeline" and original tunes "Flight School", "Arthur's Boogie" and "Ooh Wee!". On the pop side, Morris instrumentally covers the Lennon/McCartney tune "Please Please Me" and includes original tunes "Your Mine" and "Twistin' Kristin". Probably the most interesting tunes on the disc are "Baila Para Mi" and "You're Mine" which have a nice spanish flare. While, I prefer the original blusey mix on the two previous discs, there is still plenty to enjoy on this retro pop sounding disc.
1. Twistin' Kristin 2. Flight School 3. You're Mine 4. All I Think About 5. No One Knows Virginia 6. I Only Have Eyes for You 7. Arthur's Boogie 8. Our Moon 9. I Was a Mountain 10. Pipeline 11. Ooh Wee! 12. Please Please Me 13. Stop Teasing Me



Saturday, October 11, 2008

Voodoo Court - Nuclear Vacation: The Party's Over

A "musically mature" cd? It rocks hard just like the songs in the previous 2 releases. Sinister, sultry, seductive, (just listen to 007/Goldfinger!) but NEVER MELLOW. Voodoo Court's Nuclear Vacation: The Party's Over is one great little package. There are many top notch surf tunes on this, such as the eye opener "Surfing in Chad", the bouncy and fun "Coffee Stained Shirt", the hard edged "Third Times a Charm", the triumphant "Toxic Seaweed", and the energy driven "Thumb's Up". Voodoo Court has also included an amazing medley of the 007 theme with the theme from the best 007 movie ever, Goldfinger, my fave. I heartly recommend Voodoo Court's latest surftastic achievement.

1 Surfing in Chad 2 Elbow Grease 3 Coffee Stained Shirt 4 Third Time's a Charm
5 007 / Goldfinger 6 Thumb's Up 7 Sex Wacks 8 Badlands 9 100,000 Years
10 Toxic Seaweed 11 The Party's Over


The Lava Rats - Don't Drink the Water

A creaking door sound effect and slow, ominous descending guitar riff usher you In The Charnel House. With a sudden scream and shattering kick of a reverb tank, you know there's no turning back. This is surf music with a dose of horror. Over and over, they hammer home the main theme with heavily reverbed spy-tone and change things up with agressively double picked melodic variations. Spooky and fun.

Caution! Stealth track alert! Do not adjust your voume control, as doing so could cause injury. The alblum ends with 1:50 of silence followed by a blistering coup-de-gras!

1 Inside the Charnel House 2 Devil's Slide 3 Keel Haulin' 4 Don't Drink the Water 5 Gotham 6 Peligroso 7 Under Tone 8 Dragline 9 The Flasher 10 Pistol Grip
11 Drop the Bomb 12 Miss Fortune 13 Suicide Squeeze 14 Heat Lightning (Bonus Track)


Danny Morris - Storm Surge

If you ever wondered what would happen if you threw the music of Luther Allison and Dick Dale into a blender, this may provide a hint of what you would get.

Danny Morris, formerly with D.C.'s local favorite, the NightHawks, successfully blends surf music of the 60's with some modern Chicago blues and then throws in some Cuban flavor and even a little punk for extra pizzaz. The result is curiously interesting.

"Beat Cop", for example, sounds vaguely familiar, as if it came right off of the TV show Hawaii Five-0 or even Dragnet. "Violated" hints at a little punk while "Renee's Cha-Cha" will have you looking for that cuban cigar. There are some down right bluesy numbers as well. Take for example the extended version of Earl King's "Come On" which clocks in at 7:38 or the Texas shuffle numbers, "Sad and Blue" and "Swing With You Baby".

Keeping true to the surf songs of the 60's, most songs are very brief averaging in the 3 minute range. Overall, a very creative mixture of two sounds that you would never expect to mix sucessfully. Morris to pulls it off effortlessly. Check out his first shot - "I Won't Worry" here in the archives. Good listenin'.

1. Beat Cop 2. Swing With You 3. Storm Surge 4. Moon Relay 5. Sweet Honey Suckle
6. Violated 7. Mowgli's Bounce 8. Come On 9. Renee's Cha Cha 10. That's Alright
11. Run Chihen Run 12. Sad & Blue 13. Women From Pluto 14. Need You So Bad
15. She's A Liar 16. Garbage Man 17. Hurry Up, Slow Down



Rock This Town Vol. 1

Going for a more hillbilly as opposed to R&B influence on rock, this effectively captures some of the best rock and roll of the early days. A few of the tracks can be gotten elsewhere on better CDs ("Oh Boy!" and "Blue Suede Shoes" in particular are on dozens of more comprehensive collections), but most of the tracks are "missing in action" treasures that even the most rabid rock and roll fans may never have heard. All original versions in excellent audio quality.

1. The Train Kept A-Rollin' - The Johnny Burnette Trio 2. Rock The Joint - Bill Haley 3. Ooby Dooby - Roy Orbison & The Teen Kings 4. Bigelow 6-200 - Little Brenda Lee
5. Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins 6. The Fool - Sanford Clark 7. My Boy Elvis - Janis Martin 8. Red Hot - Billy Riley & His Little Green Men . 9.Susie-Q - Dale Hawkins 10. Sweet Rockin' Baby - Sonnee West
11. Party Doll - Buddy Knox With The Rhythm Orchids
12. Lotta Lovin' - Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps
13. Oh, Boy! - The Crickets 14. Love Bug Crawl - Jimmy Edwards
15. Believe What You Say - Ricky Nelson
16. I Got A Rocket In My Pocket - Jimmy Lloyd
17. High School Confidential - Jerry Lee Lewis & HisPumping Piano
18. Come On, Let's Go - Ritchie Valens


Rock This Town Vol. 2

A good insight into the beginnings of rockabilly, and a somewhat-decent record of the current trends in this awesome field. I think this album should have included a song by the Cramps (the dark side of rockabilly), but overall, this compilation is just so much fun to listen to!

1. C'mon Everybody - Eddie Cochran
2. Penny Loafers And Bobby Socks - Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones 3. Let's Have A Party - Wanda Jackson
4. Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor - Johnny Horton
5. The Way I Walk - Jack Scott 6. Danny Boy - Conway Twitty 7. Mercy - The Collins Kids 8. Mary Lou - Bonnie Hawkins & The Hawks 9. Woo-Hoo - Rock-A-Teens
10. Action Packed - Ronnie Dee 11. Hot Rod Lincoln - Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen 12. I Hear You Knocking - Dave Edmunds 13. I Can Help - Billy Swan
14. Red Hot - Robert Gordon 15. Hot Rod Man - Tex Rubinowitz 16. Flattop Joint - The Blasters 17. Rockabilly Music - Ray Campi & His Rockabilly Rebels
18. Rock This Town - Stray Cats


Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Sleepwalkers - Twisted Fate

Brilliant early 60s style Rock 'n' Roll guitar instrumentals from this Finnish group. Lots of original material, crystal clear production, and perfect musical arrangements and performances. The Sleepwalkers are strongly influenced by the great instrumental guitar bands, performing with character and originality. Guaranteed to keep you awake.

Sleepwalkers Theme 2. Twistin' Tango 3. Mr. Z 4. Too Young 5. Above the Clouds 6. Shazam 7. Kvantingen 8. Twisted Fate 9. Beautiful Dream 10. Cossack 11. Golden Earrings 12. Gunfight Saloon 13. Dream of Autumn 14. Riding Guitars


The Brillantina’s (Los Brillanticos) Pulp-A-Madrilla

The Brillantina’s (Los Brillanticos) Pulp-A-Madrilla

Some instro-surf, some spaghetti twang, a little frat-rock, a bit of biker-fuzz-rock, an obvious rendition of the great classic composers of cinema scores and, the best of all, a shocking and solid rock spirit and attittude. Spanish twang at it’s best.

1 Hold On 2 Gardens Of Atakama 3 Noire Parranda 4 Magnolia Ice 5 Nessuno Me Puo Giudicare 6 El Perro Vicio 7 Lindo Pulgoso 8 Burlesque De Rhumba 9 Klezmer Queen Of Swamp 10 Nous Ne Sommes Pas Des Anges 11 Da Cruella Sun


Voodoo Court - Electric Beach

This is one strong release. It has bite, an interesting and a different approach to melody within the genre, and a magnetic personality that gets calls when I play it on Surf's Up! A band to watch. Within you'll find creative original instrumentals based on surf and pushing the edge of the envelope. Rewarding listening. – Phil Dirt

Foaming At the Mouth 2. Fun Love in a Thong Bikini 3. Backwash 4. Aint Got No Surfboard Blues 5. Sex Wacks 6. Fish Taco 7. Lost in Mazatlan 8. Salmon Creek 9. Psycho Surfer 10. Eat Me 11. Swallow the Clam 12. The Claw 13. Heavy On the Cream 14. Goin' Off 15. Polluted Surf


A Proper Introduction to Ike Turner with Jackie Brenston

Forget that this alblum is a good sampler of Ike Turner's best work. Forget that this is high quality release from Proper Records. The original version of Rocket 88 is included here! The song, for those of you that don't know is, THE mother of all R&B songs. It is the epitome of the 50's R&B feel- drinking, women.. and that's not *is* afterall, a song about a car! What makes this song so special is the feel. The unique guitar sound was achived form stuffing a damaged guitar amplifier full of paper. The result was the *first* example of distortion. Mix that with some killer tenor sax and some tough-guy lyrics, and you have one of the most historically important and hardest rocking songs of all time. "Rocket" is historically entitled as the first Rock n' Roll song, recorded in 1951. Lots of other great gutar and wailin'. For you rock-a-billy fans if you're looking for something a little different give this cd a listin' well worth the money and some screaming guitar, I think you'll like it.

1.Rocket 88 - Jackie Brenston 2. Independent Woman - Jackie Brenston 3. My Real Gone Rocket - Jackie Brenston 4. Tuckered Out - Jackie Brenston 5. You Know I Love You - B.B. King 6. How Many More Years - Howlin' Wolf 7. Dry Up Baby - Robert Calvin Bland 8. Ridin' in the Moonlight - Howlin' Wolf 9. 3 O'Clock Blues - B.B. King 10. Gonna Let You Go - Ike Turner 11. Blue Serenade - Ike Turner 12. Please Send My Baby Back - Sunny Blair 13. Troubles & Heartaches - Ben Burton, Ben Burton, Ike Turner 14. You're Driving Me Insane - Ben Burton, Ben Burton, Ike Turner 15. Good Morning Baby 16. Relation Blues - Houston Boines 17. Rabbit Blues - Charley Booker 18. Charlie's Boogie Woogie - Charley Booker 19. Ramblin' on My Mind - Boyd Gilmore 20. Whole Heap of Mama 21. If You Feel Froggish 22. Lookin' for My Baby - Bonnie Turner, Ike Turner 23. My Heart Belongs to You - Bonnie Turner, Ike Turner 24. Bad Women Bad Whiskey - Junior Parker 25. Good Lovin' - Bobby "Blue" Bland 26. Shake It Up and Go - B.B. King 27. Beggin' My Baby - Little Milton 28. Somebody Told Me - Little Milton 29. Prisoner's Prayer - The Prisonaires


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