Sincere thanks to everybody that listened to my most popular show ever. As I was saying at the end, seeing such a big number of online listeners made me feel like I was in the room with the surf/rock & roll community. It was very powerful to me, and I hope y'all caught some of that feeling as well. If you still want to donate, you can do it here.
I really really really really wish I could separate these two events, but now is the time to celebrate Dick Dale and our pledge drive can't be moved. Almost all songs will be Dick Dale or covers of Dick Dale.
My first interview with Dick Dale was back in 2012, which predates this website and I never got around to uploading it. Since Dick Dale passed away today, I did something I almost never do and allowed myself to listen to my own voice. Thankfully, that voice is a very small part of this interview, and I really enjoyed hearing this again. Dick talks about his innovations, his music, New Orleans, his animals, his ranch, his stance on drugs, Quentin Tarantino... and being a great guy you can tell he almost flips the script and tries to small talk me a few times.
It seems the King is dead. This morning social media was swirling with rumors of his death, but any sources seemed less than reputable. At this point enough people that have worked with him closely appear to be confirming it.
The surf band with perhaps the most uncomfortable name since Bambi Molesters have finally released their first full-length, and that mindset of pushing out of the comfort zone is all over this thing. However, this isn’t achieved by merely adding a theremin or doing a spaghetti western song; it’s with unexpected syncopation, different guitar tones, subtle effects and instrumentation. Not only is the band trying new things, but the listener is challenged as well. And most importantly, it works.
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