Man or Astro-man led the charge of a new b-movie punk branch of instrumental surf. That reach extended globally but their crash-landing in Alabama left a radioactive fallout that spawned instro bands within a small radius for years to come. Kill Baby Kill (now The KBK) came along much later, but spilled out of the same crater and stuck around long enough to make an impact on many of us. When I spoke to Chad Shivers, organizer of Southern Surf Stomp, member of the Mystery Men? and currently bassist for The KBK, he told the main reason he joined the band is because it’s meaningful to him and he didn’t want it to go dormant. Kill Baby Kill played the first benefit I ever did for Storm Surge of Reverb and it was better than I could have imagined, so I totally get it.
Here in New Orleans it’s carnival time. Nearly every night this week there are parades all over the city. Once you’ve been to enough of these parades, they lose a lot of their appeal, and as that happens your focus draws away from the flashy floats and the beads flying through the air and towards one of the most underappreciated facets of New Orleans culture: the high school marching bands. The New Orleans tradition of small brass ensembles have been slowly getting more of their due, but these marching bands don’t cut albums and are rarely experienced outside of carnival.
Cyclist Conspiracy - El Beso de la Muerte
Definitely some ambition in this group. Two of the tracks have a middle-eastern sorta vibe and can be a little more experimental and less rock&roll minded than your average surf group. The tracks that aren't in the East are firmly in the West! The third track (sort of a vocal track) is a goofy approach to a Spaghetti Western sound that really captures the vibe -- I love it. This is their third release and their others seem a little less surf, more psychedelic, but just as pleasing. This one is a free download.
Saturday March 23rd we're having a night of wild guitar action at the tiki bar Portside Lounge here in New Orleans. All $12 of your money goes to WTUL and therefore to support Storm Surge of Reverb.
Amphibian Man - The Last Wave (Waves)
los cataclismos - Absentonic (el vertigo de las olas)
guantanamo baywatch - Area 69 (Desert Center)
langhorns - john doe (langhorns)
the woggles - bullfrog (tempo tantrum)
Dick Dale - The Victor (Mr Eliminator)
The Deuce Coupes - Satin's Chariot (Hotrodder's Choice)
Opposite Six - Church Key (pt. 68) (45)
Sandy Nelson - Tub Thumpin' (drummin' up a storm)
The Good Guys - Collision Course (Sidewalk Surfin')
the astronauts - the hearse (competition coupe)
The Cops - Domestic Violence (Crime Wave)
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