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Thee Idea Men Interview (posted on 03/28/14 @ 02:42 PST)

We heard about Philadelphia's garage blues-rockers, Thee Idea Men. It doesn't get weirder or better than these guys! Matthew Jurasek, Tyler March, Kris Pirnat and Matt Raspanti are Thee Idea Men. They have a new single, "Help Me Mama", that will knock your do-rag off and make anyone's Mama howl at the moon. (read the interview))

Pierre Bensusan: In Concert at the Alberta Rose Theatre in Portland, Oregon (posted on 03/24/14 @ 05:54 PST)

I recently discovered Pierre Bensusan, a remarkable man who is on his Fortieth Anniversary Tour. Imagine: Forty years. More than 3,000 performances spanning the globe. Although I had listened many, many times to his Encore CD collection, I was in for a very special treat when I saw his live performance in Portland, Oregon during the USA leg of his Fortieth Anniversary Tour. I was enchanted by the whole of what I experienced. I simply couldn't take my eyes and ears away from the stage. (read the review)

An Interview With: Arielle (posted on 03/21/14 @ 09:05 PST)

Times are changing! There's a new woman in town and the skill she imbues in her songs is matched only by the passion she has for her art. Arielle is truly gifted and that gift has been honed by an entire life spent studying music, sometimes 17-18 hours a day for weeks and months on end. Arielle blows us all away with her energy and talent. She is a power to be admired. (read the interview)

Strange But Surf: Spring is Here Party! (posted on 03/19/14 @ 19:11 PST)

Spring is Here Party!

Our gig went so well last time, they asked us back!

The Local Bar & Grill
2955 Merrick Rd.
Bellmore, NY

Join us again at the infamous Local Bar and Grill Friday, April 4 at 9:00pm for some live surf rock!

An fun evening that celebrates the start of Spring! Summer is right around the corner when the surf is up and the bikinis come out. So put on your bikini, come on down and enter our bikini contest - $50 to the winner!

Strange But Surf has been an established surf-rock band on Long Island since 2003. They play at venues across New York and appear regularly at Otto’s Shrunken Head - a renowned surf & tiki club in NYC.

They have released 2 albums, “Making Treble” and “Swimming in Reverb”, and appear on the surf compilation CD “Off the Deep End” by Deep Eddy Records. These talented musicians make every gig an event, surprising their fans with a constantly inventive and evolving repertoire.

Strange But Surf website

Asbury Park Surf Music Festival (posted on 03/19/14 @ 08:43 PST)


I’d like to let you know about the 1st Annual Asbury Park Surf Music Festival in Asbury Park, NJ this July 26, 2014. There will be 8 local surf bands, hot rods, a swap meet, classic surf movies, as well as sponsorship from Jetty, Pop-Break, NESMA, Rozbern Surfboards, Lightly Salted, Russo Music, and DiPinto Guitars. We hope you can make it and spread the word!

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Aaron / Asbury Park Surf Music Festival

Kimmo Kalaja & Friends: Surfpunk! (posted on 03/14/14 @ 07:45 PST)

Kimmo Kalaja has managed to take a Ramones feel, blend it with some killer surf, and create a melody-driven, mind-blistering unique sound. Kimmo Kalaja is definitely a force to be reckoned with and will someday soon be a household name if his solo CD, Surfpunk!, is any indication. An amazing CD by a phenomenal talent. (read the review)

The Shrunken Head Lounge: Show #105 (posted on 03/12/14 @ 18:02 PDT)

Hello Surf Friends!

NOW AVAILABLE for download... Show #105 Parts 1 & 2:

  • Music To Keep Warm By
    • featuring The Beach Boys, Coffin Wheels, The High Fidelics and other 'cool' tunes
  • Various Artists #69
    • featuring Los Beatniks, The Atlantics, The Clams and much more...

Please go to our website for air dates and times.  All shows are also available FREE for download & podcast at and iTunes

DJ & Curator of The Shrunken Head Lounge

Aloud: It's Got To Be Now (posted on 03/10/14 @ 19:58 PDT)

When I heard Aloud, it reminded me of the halcyon days when there was an amazing female and dynamic male voice lending fullness and panache to beautifully and powerfully written songs. What? What? WHAT? Did I really just compare Aloud to Ella Fitzgerald and Bill Kenny of The Inkspots? Oh, baby, I sure did! It's a treat beyond compare to get a new duo trading out like the old days. I can't tell you how hot damn good these guys are. (read the review)

Fruits de Mer's World Tour(!) Has Been Finalised (posted on 03/08/14 @ 14:32 PST)

Fruits de Mer's world tour(!) has been finalised - i hope you'll be able to make one of the gigs; here's the complete list:

April 10 - CRABSTOCK USA - The Bowery, NYC
The Seventh Ring Of Saturn
Sly Picnic
King Penguin
plus FREE Crabstock USA CDs and FdM promo CDs for the first 100 people through the door
$7 at the door - or pre-book by phoning The Bowery on 212-228-0228

April 11 - CRABSTOCK USA - Outer Space - Hamden Conneticut
The Luck Of Eden Hall
Sky Picnic
The Seventh Ring Of Saturn
plus FREE Crabstock USA CDs and FdM promo CDs for the first 100 people through the door
$5 at the door - no pre-booking - get there early!

April 25th - CRABSTOCK - The UFO Club, Cardigan, Wales
Earthling Society
James McKeown
Crystal Jacqueline
Jack Ellister
plus FREE 'Lobster Disque' FdM exclusive CDs and FdM goodie-bags packed with CDs for the first 100 people through the door.
£10 - only 20 tickets left

May 3rd - CRABSTOCK ON ICE - Club Darkside - Helsinki - Finland
Octopus Syng
The Legendary Flower Punk
Us and Them
plus FREE Crabstock On Ice Cds and FdM promo CDs for the first 100 people through the door
8 euros

more details on the Fruits de Mer website -

and finally - here's a link to one more excerpt from the March vinyl release you might not have seen yet - by the wonderful Bronco bullfrog; the reviews of all the singles have been fantastic (so far), vinyl should be shipped from the pressing plant to Heyday, Shiny Beast and other Fruits de Mer stockists at the end of March.

Fruits de Mer Records announces CRABSTOCK - April 2014 (posted on 03/08/14 @ 14:01 PST)

Get out your maps, because Fruits de Mer is heading for sunny Wales in April 2014....

Fruits de Mer Records and Sendelica announce an evening of acoustic and electric psychedelia featuring a great line-up of FdM artists.

After the success of our first live event – the 2013 summer all-dayer at the Borderline Club in London, FdM seeks out its Welsh connection with 8 hours of music at Cardigan's warm and cozy Cellar Bar, home of the UFO Club, and all organised by the wonderful Sendelica!

Early-bird (/fish) tickets are just £10 and that includes a FDM GOODIE BAG to the first 100 people through the door (received on entry to the venue) including an exclusive FdM compilation (A borderline goodie bag solf on ebay for over £125, and the Fruits de Mer Cd compilation alone for £70+).

Sendelica will be playing a full electric set; they are, of course, Fruits de Mer regulars, featuring on many releases – from their stunning version of The Velvet Underground's 'Venus In Furs' to a sidelong track on the 'strangefish' series of albums.
(PROG magazine rated their new album #2 in their top 5 albums of 2013, it also featured in US Goldmine Magazine's top albums of 2013)

Earthling Society will be playing a full electric set – they too have delivered a Fruits de Mer single as well as tracks on 2013's strangefish set. Their latest album, 'Zodiak', was another of PROG magazine's top 5 albums..."if Primal Scream covered Hawkwind, they'd sound like this".

But that's not all – there will also be acoustic sets by:

James McKeown – who, as well as leading Bristol's Hi-Fiction Science, is a brilliant solo artist in his own right, contributing wonderfully atmospheric guitar+electronics tracks to the strangefish box set; James has been played regularly by Gideon Coe on his BBC 6Music show.

Crystal Jacqueline – Jacqui's forthcoming double 7" on Fruits de Mer will feature covers of songs by Curved Air, Mighty Baby and The Electric Prunes. Her latest album, 'Sun Arise' was voted one of Goldmine magazine's best albums of 2013.

Jack Ellister – Jack will be coming over from the Netherlands especially to open the festival (as he did for the Borderline event). Jack brings his new psych edge to songs by Syd Barrett, The Beatles and his own compositions - a smashing guy!

DJ Wally Stagg...... legendary vocalist on Sendelica's version of 'Journey To The Centre Of The Mind' released on FDM's 'Keep Off The Grass' double LP..... he'll spend the evening spinning obscure psyche classics inbetween bands...... an aural treat.....

Stalls selling exclusive Fruits de Mer vinyl and signed copies of releases by all the featured artists

'Crabstock – the CD' – a limited-edition CD with tracks by all the artists appearing at Crabstock, limited to 250 copies and available exclusively on a first-come-first-served basis to people attending the festival – a future collectible, for sure.

That Fruits de Mer Crabstock goodie-bag, which will include three free CDs, all Crabstock exclusives, including a new Fruits de Mer full-length promo CD

...all that for just 10 quid ADVANCE TICKET!!!

click here for booking details

Please email me for more details

psychedelia, progressive rock, acid-folk, krautrock, R&B, spacerock...and vinyl

The Coconauts: I Drove My Car To Heaven (posted on 03/06/14 @ 19:29 PST)

The Coconauts' I Drove My Car To Heaven is an eargasmic delight. The three original instrumental tunes showcase the depth, diversity and direction of the band. The trio punches out as much sound as any band with four, five, or even six members. Excellent musicianship and excellent sounds permeate I Drove My Car To Heaven. (read the review)

The Razorblades: Snapshots From The Underground (posted on 03/04/14 @ 20:42 PST)

Dear friends and friends of friends of friends, I ask you as a fellow traveler on the journey - don't bogart the new Razorblades CD. These blades cut right to the quick and that's summum bonum - the highest good. The Razor dudes are, by their own statement, moving on to new ground and reinventing their sound. (read the review)

The Pyronauts European Tour Kickoff Show and New Live CD (posted on 03/02/14 @ 15:51 PST)

This blistering live CD features The Pyronauts at their best in San Francisco!

The Pyronauts have been a surf rock band for over 15 years. 2014 marks their first European tour and the release of their newest CD: Live in San Francisco. The band's history goes back to 1998 when four kids: Paul, Bob, Gabe, and Leigh started a group called Fire Arm. A few gigs later the band changed the name to The Pyronauts (meaning explorers of fire and paying homage to surf band The Astronauts). The current line up is the groups longest running line up yet. The Brett Cole, bass, joined in 2003 and Tim Stephenson joined shortly after on the drums.

Over the years the band has performed up and down California... 640 gigs in total! That's well over 1500 hours of performing, untold number of hours rehearsing, and probably close to 10,000 hours driving in the band van (the unsung hero of the group). The band's albums have been recognized with 5 star reviews, they have appeared on television numerous times, opened for Dick Dale an astonishing 20 times, and have entertained thousands upon thousands of people - all while playing the music that they love - surf!

This project is to raise the funds for the release of their 8th album: Live from San Francisco, help pay their impending European Tour gas bill (it's a loooong drive to Europe from California), and to re-order merchandise to take to Europe. The band will also document their tour with a DVD to be released in the fall of 2014. Thank you for your support! (read more)

International Rock Star MAX Debuts New Single (posted on 02/26/14 @ 16:24 PST)

International rock star and TV personality MAX has premiered his debut single "Have a Nice Flight," and will release the official music video in early March. MAX has played for millions of fans throughout Europe over the past decade and has been seen on numerous TV shows. His over the top style is a unique mix of high-octane party rock combined with outlandish humor. (read more)

Diamante Premieres Official "Burns" Lyric Video (posted on 02/22/14 @ 12:21 PST)

Peaks at #6 on Billboard Hot Singles. Now Available on iTunes. Rising teen artist Diamante released the official lyric video for her heartfelt ballad, "Burns." The single is co-written and produced by Kevin Savigar (Rod Stewart, Daughtry) and available on iTunes HERE. "Burns" charted at #6 on Billboard's Hot Singles, while her previous single, "Savage," is back at #5. (read more)

The Dough Rollers Release First Single And Title Track Off Their New EP (posted on 02/20/14 @ 07:56 PST)


"Once boys you'd proudly bring home to your mother, they are now the sort you'd sneak off with
in the night on the back of a motorcycle." -Interview Magazine

"On the band's new track "Gone Baby Gone," the quartet continue building on that original sound with soul-drenched despair, where vocalist Malcolm Ford laments the loss of a lover alongside guitarist Jack Bryne's cold, bending riffs." -Rolling Stone Magazine
(read more)

Pierre Bensusan: Encore (posted on 02/13/14 @ 07:18 PST)

Pierre Bensusan is world renowned as the "Mozart of Guitar." Encore elegantly takes listeners on the journey Bensusan traveled to become, in a phrase, The Best of the Best. Named Album of the Month for December 2013 by Spain's ultimate guitar magazine, Guitarra Total, this 40th Anniversary collection of songs captivates as only live performances can. (read the review)

The Surfer Joe Summer Festival 2014 (posted on 01/02/14 @ 08:10 PST)


The Surfer Joe Summer Fest is back! This is the greatest event with audience and bands coming from all over the world to enjoy a 3-days full immersion in instrumental surf music.

The program of 2014 is really exploding with activities for fans and people who is just getting closer to this musical genre.

So no excuses to miss the show... this is guaranteed fun for the whole family!

instrumental (this is surf music, please), some faces you know already, some are new and of course the SJSF has always given space to new and unknown bands with great success

mainly related to surf & guitars, showcasing amps and instruments, old and new

Vendors: an intense market with stands selling records, various merchandise and clothing

Seminars: to understand what surf music is, guitars and drums, from the musicians perspective

Projections: latest movies regarding surf music

Food & Drink: yes, of course, you are at the Surfer Joe Diner, what would you expect?


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