2015 is done, and it was pretty damn good. But there's already some things looming on the horizon for 2016 to get really excited about.
The Coffin Daggers
Why not start with the one we'll likely see soonest? Coming in February, The Coffin Daggers have their next LP Aggravatin' Rhythms (above) ready for preorder with by far their silliest album art to date. Loved everything they've done so far, so I'm in line.
Fifty Foot Combo
Fifty Foot Combo have been resurrected for a few years now and so far we have a great 7" to show for it. We've got another 7" on the way this year but also a full-length!
Mike Barbwire and the Blue Ocean Orchestra
After releasing what might be my favorite surf album ever with The Barbwires - Searider, Mike Barbwire retreated a bit, releasing two stunning 7"s under "Mike Barbwire and the Blue Ocean Orchestra" and more recently a handful of releases with The Dragtones.
The Dragtones 7"s were great, but not as gigantic or surf-oriented as his work with the Blue Ocean Orchestra. Then I saw this recently on facebook.
Recordings done. Time to tear it down, clean up the mess and start mixing. Amazing and wicked sounds produced in a few days. New release out in 2016. #mikebarbwire #blueoceanorchestra #surf #mambo #exotica #kapsylen @johanibockara @gertsvetsare @gustavbendt @patrikkolar @jugglan
It's not clear to me whether this is another 7" or (be still my heart) a new LP, but either is something to be excited about.
Kill, Baby... Kill! recently rebranded to The KBK, and I'm curious what that brings to their sound. I've had the pleasure of seeing them live -- absolutely off-the-wall, and their last release "Stop off in Ridgeview" was more intense than anything they had recorded before.
I'm guessing the fact that they're done with this recording after 3 songs means "EP". I'll take whatever from The Irradiates.
The Reigning Monarchs
After their experiment with releasing songs through a fan subscription service, The Reigning Monarchs are heading back to the conventional release methods, bringing us their Cheetah Week EP
This sounds like 2016 isn't guaranteed but hopeful. That's good news!
The Bitch Boys
Early in 2015 The Bitch Boys were telling us about "Surf Illusions", their first record since 2004. They were confident enough about it that they released a video!
Well, it didn't happen, so I checked in and got the following message
HELLO, YOU'RE RIGHT, BUT WE PROMISE Part I will be released in 2016 ! Happy new year my friend, bye Robi
Docteur Legume et les Surfwerks has been drip-feeding us some great surf with wild video accompaniment for a while, though he seems to have slowed his pace recently. Turns out he's changed directions a bit.
I don't know what the new sound is like, but count me among the hyped
Just announced this morning, the Kanaloas are the latest addition to the Double Crown lineup! This is from the Double Crown newsletter.
We have a new band on the label - Spanish surf/instro combo The Kaneloas! After releasing a couple of amazing 7"ers, we're pleased to announce the release of their new full-length CD "Surf A Go Go"! Look for this sometime in February!
After two really fun EPs in 2015, the Tsunamibots keep it coming with a split cassette on Chickpea records and an LP on Sharawaji records later this year.