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The Okay-Men release Auf Kassette

The Okay-Men - Auf Kassette

Last time we heard from the The Okay-Men I did some sleuthwork into figuring out just who these mystery men were. Looks like this isn't a one-off side project though, we've got a full LP and in the quick sample listen I did this morning I'd say it's the best Okay/Boo-Men material yet. It's faster, harder, but it's still got plenty of that pogo pseudo-polka beat.

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Phantom Operators release Surf Trippin' in support of V2 indiegogo

Phantom Operators - Surf Trippin'

The Phantom Operators just released two songs in support of V2 Tuesday (V2uesday?), which is raising money for Bob Spalding and Leon Taylor, current members of the Ventures, to release a new record through Indiegogo. All purchases of this single or their other works will go to V2 today.

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Moussaka release Sa Sa EP

Moussaka - Sa Sa

Moussaka plays surf covers of balkan folk pop songs from the 80's. At least that's what they say, and since I can't think of a single example of that genre, I'm going to have to play them. One of the guitarists also plays bass for Threesome, which is reason enough to give it a moment of eartime.

They've got it at a Pay-what-you-want level on bandcamp

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Travelers of Tyme release A Fistful of Dragons EP

Travelers of Tyme - A Fistful of Dragons

Travelers of Tyme released an excellent and very diverse self-titled LP a over 3 years ago. Though they've updated their bandcamp page with older items (at least I think so, hard to say for a Tyme travelling band), I was really hoping for something new. We finally have something and it includes an instro cover of the Game of Thrones theme.

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The Terrorsaurs release Atomic Lizard Party

Terrorsaurs - Atomic Lizard Party

The Terrorsaurs have a rare reptilian take on surf - though tracks such as Avalanche, Himalayan Surf, Moose Call and Apache Bear may suggest otherwise. Perhaps it's true that dinosaurs are warm blooded, which would excuse the cold-themed songs. Perhaps Terrorsaurs eat mooses and bears. I don't know.

Back to business. I believe the special guests are imaginary (I tried looking them up) and the whole thing is pretty fun and goofy, though with a creepy, dark vibe throughout as well.

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Grand Kahuna release Grand Kanuna II EP

Grand Kahuna - Grand Kahuna II

The saxophone seems to divide surf fans, but Grand Kahuna know exactly where they lie in the argument: they've got two of them. I really liked their last record, especially their longer takes on songs like Surf Beat. These are all covers again, they're shorter and there's less of them but they make them fresh! Glad to see more from them!

Edit: As pointed out in the comments, they've expanded this one to 8 tracks! Yes!

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Chinese surf band spotted! Shanghai's The Psyders

Surf has inarguably found its way far past the borders of the US let alone California. Even in the 60s, many different cultures across the globe showed that they were listening to The Ventures or The Shadows. However, the most populous nation on the planet is almost completely devoid of surf or instrumental rock & roll both now and historically. Even Malaysia had a surprisingly strong Shadows-influenced scene, but it never caught on in China.

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