What is "Modern Surf"? Maybe I'm splitting hairs here, and it's definitely pretty subjective, but I'm defining Modern as groups that still have a strong root to 60's-styled surf but have picked up a handful of outside influences mostly missing from that era. It's a pretty murky line and my choices as to which groups lie on which side of it will probably be objectionable (I'll probably disagree an hour later) but I think instro music has gotten much more diverse and it's hard to compare some of these bands against each other.
bang! mustang - stranded (surfin' NSA)
the barbwires - Waimanalo (searider)
barbacoa - grackle tree (italian medallion)
the dead rocks - surf explosao (surf explosao)
the charades - Soul Bossa Nova (all around the world with)
Bo Diddley - help out (bo diddley and company)
the revengers - high wire (batman and other super men)
the frantics - oh yeah (the complete frantics on dolton)
Dick Dale & his del-tones - Misirlou (The Best Of Dick Dale & His Del-Tones)
the chemist and the acevities - c6H14 (the anarcho surf laboratory co)
Welcome to the first category of the first Annual Gremmy Awards, in which we'll line up what I consider to be the prettiest surf records of 2014. Any medium is fair game in both the artistic sense and the recording sense. There were a lot to choose from this year and a lot of great ones that didn't make the cut here. If you feel like something got overlooked, go ahead and leave a comment. By the way, given that this award is about art, I'm using the highest quality images I had on-hand, so be patient while it loads.
Plain ol' Peanut-butter-n-Jelly surf instros with an upbeat vibe from Argentina. I found all six tracks enjoyable, and the drummer seems especially eager. Give 'em a quick listen!
Khruangbin have released 3 EPs this year, two of which were teetering on the edge of surf/rock & roll -- and I decided they were over the edge. This one I think is far enough in our camp, and I think they all deserve a listen if you want to hear something different. They're a little surfy, a little jazzy, dreamy, some krautrock in there...
This one is all (mostly obscure) covers and a little more tight than their other EPs. I'll just go ahead and post them all below
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