Once again, today Bandcamp isn't taking a cut of purchases made on their website which makes today an excellent day to stock up on surf records. They got a little mysterious on us -- apparently June didn't have one and instead had a special Juneteenth event. I don't know if there was a July one, but in any case I have a lot to catch up on since the last one of these I did was May. That was so long ago we have a whole new coronavirus
Just about everything I've written about this band has something talking about how I thought they were special when I first heard some demo EPs on bandcamp years ago. And I can't think of a better intro, so looks like I just did it again. But at this point I think I need to retire the narrative of ascending stars in the surf scene. Their first LP on Double Crown, The Lost Mission, was excellent and even found its way into the top 20 surf records of the 2010s. They have arrived, whatever that may mean in this niche.
This was a special show playing a band from each medaling nation from least to most Olympic medals, starting at 29th place. Using this fancy tool from NY Times I set the value of a gold medal to 2x that of a silver medal, which was 2x that of a Bronze. I had actually started working on this on Saturday night and found a bunch of cool surf bands from nations lesser known for surf, but by Monday morning the medal count had shifted and they didn't make the cut. So I actually had songs ready for over 40 nations!
I tried to choose bands there were representative of their nations, usually either by popularity or by recency.
Apologies for some technical issues on this one.
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