After years of ogling pictures of footage from previous Surfer Joe festivals I decided to go ahead and buy that expensive plane ticket and see the world’s premier surf music festival for myself.
Krontjong Devils - The Rafter (En Garde)
Durango14 - Desperado (Vol. 3)
I Fattones - Middle East Nights (I Fattones)
Par Avion - Surfzilla (Surfzilla!)
Les Vice Barons - Fire in your Soul (lookin' in the face of evil)
The Fugitives - Fugitive (45)
The Challengers - Torquay (45)
Frank and the Tel Stars - Concerto in the Stars (45)
The Nitehawks - Muddy (45)
los blue kings de ñaña - melodia para un rey (45)
The Ouroboros Boys - Crossed Wires (Mall of Horrors)
The Wet Ones! - Inept Tune (Tombstoning)
Pointbreak - Pointbreak (Sing!)
El Zeb - Lane Splitter (El Zeb)
El Supernaut - Walking the Concrete Pig (plays half dead)
flat duo jets - chiquita (flat duo jets)
The Volcanics - Revel Rally (Forgotten Cove)
The Insect Surfers - Electric Marlin (Mojave Reef)
Mac Rebennack - Storm Warning ()
The Tennessee Guitars - Trophy Run - 45
the original surfaris - down under (bombora!)
The Journeymen - Surfer's Rule (rare surf volume one)
The Bel Airs - Baggies (Get a board!)
los rockets - caravan (los rockets)
The Flying Faders - Pontius Pirate (Tectonic Shifts)
I've often seen talk of drum machines in surf but it usually seems like a solution for bedroom composing and the inability to form a band. I gotta say that most of the music I've heard with them is... eh. But there are some bands that have fused surf with synth and drum machines very well, such as earlier Messer Chups and Matorralman. Galactic Gold sounds like neither and pulls it off well.
Chad Shivers (organizer of the Southern Surf Stomp, plays in The Mystery Men?, KBK, plenty of others bands) champions The Flying Faders’ debut album No Sweat as one of the best surf albums of the past 10 years. I like it, but it never quite grabbed me enough. I couldn’t tell you why, and I can’t tell you why their new LP seems to fix whatever it was. Tectonic Shifts is a great album.
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