The Deep are a trio from Germany that, despite the simplistic surf-ish cover, have a lot of big ideas. This is not your 60's surf by a longshot, taking more cues from moodier groups like Bambi Molesters or maybe the Mermen and focusing a bit more on sound than an infectious beat. The result is cinematic, somewhat psychedelic, and a surf record that engages your frontal lobe a bit more than your lizard brain. If you're a fan of the Aussie band The Break then this might work well for you. "Hang 5" is probably the most clearly surf-influenced but "Fight" and "The Time That Land Forgot" with...Read more
Regretfully it wasn't until the end of the year that I actually sunk my teeth into The Isotopes' 2016 release Overstay Their Welcome. Looks like they're already back with a new one, and this time I'm paying attention.
The name of this record suggests a bit more of a trad surf bent than their style-hopping previous album, and that does seem to be happening by perhaps a smidge, but there's still a lot of very fresh non-60's ideas going on with different moods, instruments, and playing styles. "(Grappling With the) Pickle Matrix" for instance, with its...Read more
Man, I had so much I wanted to play but couldn't squeeze in! That's a good thing though! The real nice surprise was when our music director handed me a copy of the new Los Straitjackets, so got to play one track off of that!
Anyway, here's what I played:
the royal fingers - blue jean no 1 (wild eleki deluxe)
hypnotide - and then the sharks came (landlocked)
Langhorns - teera del fuego (langhorns)
The Surfside Four - harem scarem surfem (Ballad of the Tiki)
The Orchids - Good Time Stomp (Twistin' at the Roundtable)
the lepricons - surf jam (Battle of the...Read more
Feelin groovy y'all. Got a number of hipshakers ready to go, a few fun new oldies, and a sizeable chunk of brand new stuff from The Apaches, Viernes de Hongos and WJLP. Plus still-new-enough stuff from Doyley and the Twanglords, The Pulltones, King Beez, the Akulas and The Cavaleros. Tune in!Read more
Doyley and the Twanglords is an all-instro pursuit from Diablo Records owner Philip Doyle, who has played guitar for rockabilly and psychobilly bands like Guitar Slingers, Demented Are Go, and The Klingonz. Like many 'billy nuts out there, he's got a penchant for surf as well, and this is a compilation of his instrumental efforts over the last 20 years.
Thoughout these 20 tracks, that rockabilly beat and (predictably) twangin' guitar is probably the most consistenly appearing thread, but there's plenty of Man or Astro-Man style electronic ornaments and even some brass...Read more
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