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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

MAXIMUM FREAKBEAT [Feedback! Fuzz! Distortion! And Mayham!]

Feedback, fuzz, distortion, and mayhem -- that's what the cover of this 21-song compilation of mid-late-'60s British sides promises, and it delivers and then some. There's barely a word of information about any of the 21 acts included here, which range from relatively familiar names such as the Mark Four ("I'm Leaving"), the Mascots ("I Want to Live"), Wimple Winch ("Save My Soul"), Thor's Hammer ("I Don't Care"), and the Syndicats ("Crawdaddy Simone") to bands such as the Elois ("I'm a Man") and the Truth ("Hey Gyp [Dig the Slowness]"), about which precious little is known, and the release itself is a CD-R, which doesn't exactly stand as a recommendation. But the music is astonishing as well as astonishingly good -- all of it loud, mod-influenced, soul-based rock built on over-amplified guitars and drumming from the Keith Moon school of reckless abandon, slashing, pounding, and crunching their way through two or three minutes of mayhem masquerading as music -- actually, most of it is surprisingly successful musically, though hardly any of these acts lingered commercially for more than five minutes. Interspersed with the British acts are a handful of European groups that had ties to British labels, including the Mascots and Thor's Hammer (who sound a lot like the '60s American outfit the Litter), but it all flows together nicely, and despite the lack of annotation, there are some neat poster re-creations of the era, and the sound quality is amazingly good, with no obvious deficiencies despite the obscurity of the material and the obvious fact that this isn't an official release. [Bruce Eder]

Catching R&B as it morphed into psychedelia, but with an angry, frantic edge, freakbeat has become one of the most avidly collected genres in all of pop. This legendary compilation – unavailable for over a decade – gathers 21 of the genre’s finest examples. Britain is amply represented by legends such as Wimple Winch, the Mark Four and the Syndicats, alongside furious contributions from Iceland (Thor’s Hammer), Australia (the Missing Links, the Elois), Germany (the Ricketts), Sweden (the Lee Kings) and Holland (the Motions), proving that freakbeat was a truly International phenomenon.

You're pretty familiar with some of these stuff from elsewhere [and from this blog as well] but then again it' a...

!!! RAW 'N' WYLD 60's BEAT !!!

Monday, August 18, 2014

GARY USHER - Hot Rod U.S.A. [1960-1965]

This quasi-legitimate bootleg compilation collect 30 tunes (mostly hot rod & surf) that Usher had a hand in as producer and/or performer between 1960 and 1965, most taken from rare collector 45s.
The majority of tracks here are penned by Usher, from "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" rip-off "Lonely Surfer Boy", to two 1960 singles released under Gary Usher's own name: "You're The Girl" (which was his first 45, released on the Titan label) and its b-side "Driven Insane" which has backing vocals by future Honeys member Ginger Blake; solo compositions like The Wheel Men's "School Is A Gas," the instrumental "Gear!" and The Pyramids "Custom Caravan."  An unusual chord structure and prominent piano solo distinguish The Pendletons "Barefoot Adventure" and the ultra-rare comedy track "Wave Hog" which is sung by Gary Usher - is credited to the Silly Surfers and was commissioned for a model-kit building company!  Following this is two follow-up tracks: "Francis The Foul" (which is about a cheating football player) and "Leaky Boat Louie", both taken from a 1965 comedy album by the Weird-Ohs.  Other highlights are the Four Seasons-inspired "Shame Girl" b/w "I've Got Plans" by the Neptunes and what is credited as "the only enjoyable cut" from the comedy album Rod's N' Ratfink by Mr. Gasser & The Weirdos: "The Lonely Stocker" - which was strangely enough the weakest track on the Knights album.  Also found are a Gary Usher vocal on the Wilson-Usher collaboration "Shut Down" which was released under the name The Road Runners.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

LOOK WHAT I HAVE FOUND vol.14 "Stampede!" [16 Weird Instro Wailers From The Pre-Surf Era]

"What a good time that was, the late 50s and early 60s. If you couldn't sing, don't bother; just start an instrumental band and make some great songs. Now everyone thinks he can sing and we have to listen to it day after day. Write your own lyrics to these tunes, daddy-o. and sing along under the cold shower..." 

So many compilations so little time... What we got here is unofficial collection from the series of over 200 !!! rare singles comps made by fictitious In The Trash Can Records. You gotta deal with some early surfin', rockin', sci-fi and novelty instros and couple of vocal tunes [and few Cramps favs too] from rare 45's. Read the original story here. Composed by Mr.Eliminator, cover Art by SURFADELIC.

Friday, August 15, 2014

BLUE CHEER - Blitzkrieg Over Nüremberg [Live in Germany 1988]

Look folks, I don't dig heavy metal no way, no no [except Motorhead when I'm in a "Killer" mode] but BLUE CHEER proto-metal is my weakness. Their first two '68 slabs are hard rock/garage-psych jewels standing shoulder to shoulder with MC5 & Stooges power stuff. This here is pretty fine live '88 recordings with new line-up: Duck MacDonald lead guitar/vocals, Dave Salce on drums and only original member Dickie Peterson on bass guitar & vocals. They ''surf'' through some Blue Cheer's classic stuff as Just A Little Bit, Out Of Focus, Babylon, Doctor Please & Summertime Blues and couple of solid 80's tunes. There are some great guitar fireworks worthy of an Leigh Stephens. Say... Blitz!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WADADLI RIDERS - Made In Antigua [2009]

This is the first full album of Wadadli Riders. A recording proudly done and mixed in Antigua. It is actually the very first surf music recording done in the Caribbean. The sound is mostly traditional, lots of reverb and in some cases a harder drum sound: all fans of classic surf music will like this album!
The guitar sound of Wadadli Riders takes inspiration from bands like Astronauts, giving particular accent to the reverb and the dwell from the Fender tank, but it pushes in some cases stronger vibrations, due to the heavy gauge of the strings used with the Fender Jaguar. The first song "Dwell At 10" comes out very strongly and it is missing of a rhythm guitar, and gives a good idea of the live sound of the band. It introduces the album with a great impact. Going through the song list you can enjoy ballads like "Going My Wave" and faster and more aggressive surf music tunes, like "JBL D-130F" (named after the famous guitar speaker, used in the recording), "Kawaramachi" or "Hurricane Season". It is much fun to listen to Caribbean inspired melodies like "Caribbean Vibes".

What the hell is "Wadadli"? Well, it is the ancient name of the Caribbean island of Antigua where the band was actually formed in 2005.
Since then the band was very active with concerts worldwide, participating to important festivals like the Surfer Joe Summer Festival in Italy and the Surf Guitar 101 Convention in California. They have also been touring with Daddy-O Grande of Los Straitjackets and shared the stage with many surf bands from everywhere.
As the musicians did split in early 2011, the band finished its career with just this album out and an EP together with Rev Hank of the Canadian band Urban Surf Kings called "Rev Hank Meets Wadadli Riders".
[Album Notes]

Sunday, August 10, 2014

TIKI OASIS 14 “Beat Tiki” in San Diego!

 DIG TIKI OASIS the BIGGEST TIKI WEEKENDER on the PLANET!  Tiki Oasis 2014: “Beat-Tiki” A Gathering of the Urban Beachcomber – Bohemian Underground
Thursday August 14 – Sunday, August 15-17 – San Diego

Tiki Oasis’ “Beat-Tiki” weekender offers a unique pairing of the Beatnik and Tiki ethos. Like the Beat Generation of legend and lore, today’s Tiki aficionados are drawn to primitivism and thirst to reconnect with the primal past, celebrating it in a modern context. Spend a carefree weekend in an urban oasis amidst fellow barefoot bohemians, reveling in the kind of art, music, literature and mixology that is sure to flip your lid!
Symposiums and Special Events… Click for Event Overview!

Tiki Oasis is offering over 30 Symposiums this year – so you can dig the most in mixology, dance, architecture, music, poetry, tiki history, beat workshop for kids, the historical significance of the Beats, international tiki trailblazing, lingerie, tiki crafts, pin-up hair and make-up and a whole score of book signings! Special events include the Miss Tiki Oasis Pageant, Cigar and Rum Pairing Lounge, Tiki Oasis Beauty Bungalow and Glamour Pin-Up Packages!

Tiki Oasis 14: “Beat Tiki” entertainment includes…
on the main stage:
The Standells, LOVE Revisited, Kate Flannery and Scot Robinson’s The Lampshades, King Kukulele, El Vez, Ixtahuele (Sweden), Davie Allan and The Arrows, The Unclaimed, The Satin Chaps, The Kilaueas, The Devil-Ettes, The Martini Kings, Tiki Joe’s Ocean, The Loons, The Cocksmen, Jason Lee and the RIP-Tides, Phast n’ Bulbous, Hang Ten Hangmen and more!
Click for detailed entertainment information  and Click here to download a digital Tiki Oasis 14 music sampler


  • King Kukulele

    King Kukulele

  • El Vez

    El Vez

  • The Standells

    The Standells

  • LOVE Revisited

    LOVE Revisited

  • The Lampshades

    The Lampshades

  • Ixtahuele


  • Davie Allan and the Arrows

    Davie Allan and The Arrows

  • The Unclaimed

    The Unclaimed

  • The Satin Chaps

    The Satin Chaps

  • The Martini Kings

    The Martini Kings

  • The Kilaueas

    The Kilaueas

  • The Devil-Ettes

    The Devil-Ettes

  • Preston Epps

    Preston Epps

  • Tiki Joe's Ocean

    Tiki Joe's Ocean

  • The Loons

    The Loons

  • The Cocksmen

    The Cocksmen

  • Boss Fink

    Boss Fink

  • Jason Lee and the RIP-Tides

    Jason Lee and the


  • Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid

    Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid

  • Phast n' Bulbous

    Phast n' Bulbous

  • Hang Ten Hangmen

    Hang Ten Hangmen

  • Hang Ten Hangmen

    Los Shimmy Shakers

  • The Amandas

    The Amandas

  • Threesome


  • Chad Allen

    Chad Allen

Friday, August 8, 2014

ANTHONY MEYNELL & SQUIRE - Hits From 3000 Years Ago [1981]

While briefly retiring the Squire name, Meynell issued this album of unreleased tracks under his own name in 1981. Not surprisingly, it sounds just like Squire (in fact, this album boasts an alternate version of the Squire favorite "My Mind Goes Round in Circles"). Once again, the songs are top-notch odes to his '60s influences. While The Singles Album is a varied collection of songs, Hits from 3000 Years Ago is a far more cohesive album. The songs are filled with an excitement and wild-eyed innocence that may not get punk enthusiasts excited, but mod fans and power pop fans will eat this up with gusto and passion. It's sugar sweet and ballsy enough to crank up loud while cruising down Main Street on a Saturday night and not be embarrassed about. The music is timeless and more melodic than most albums released in the last 25 years (one tune here has probably more hooks than a modern power pop album). ""I Don't Get Satisfaction"," "B-A-B-Y Baby Love," and "To Keep Me Satisfied" are pure magic with power chords! While not Anthony Meynell's finest work (that honor goes to the Get Smart!), this is solid from beginning to end and actually out-pop's the excellent Singles Album! 
[Steve "Spaz" Schnee]

Thursday, August 7, 2014

SQUIRE - The Singles Album [1985]

When the Jam moved up from punk upstarts to mod statesmen in 1979, the British kids turned to other mod outfits to satisfy their craving for everything well-dressed and retro. While the Chords followed in the Jam's footsteps, the three other main contenders for the mod followed different musical paths: Secret Affair were a magical blend of punk, soul and pop with a mild dose of prog; the Lambrettas were straightforward power pop; and Squire were a mix of all of the above and more. In fact, if the mod scene hadn't existed, Squire would have still made brilliant, timeless records, no matter what was going on around them. While only releasing one full-fledged album (Get Smart!), singer/songwriter Anthony Meynell would embrace the '60s wholeheartedly while releasing a batch of singles that still managed to sound contemporary while exposing the many influences he wore on his sleeve. 
The Singles Album, originally released in 1985, features 17 moments of inspired pop genius that will appeal to fans of mod, power pop and '60s inspired ecstasy. Meynell and his mates created songs that could have easily topped the charts in the mid-'60s but were virtually ignored during the late '70s and early '80s. Making records that did not bear the stamps of modern production (synths, programmed drums, etc.) may have not helped their careers in the short run, but Squire's releases sound so much better for it more than two decades later. While some would accuse them of being mere copyists, Squire may beg, borrow and steal from the best, but they still sound like Squire! "No Time Tomorrow" borrows heavily from the Fab Four's "Tomorrow Never Knows" while tracks like "Don't Cry to Me" and "I Know a Girl" reach back to their simple Merseybeat days. "My Mind Goes Round in Circles" recalls the best of the Who's early pop epics. From the punk power of "Get Ready to Go" to the glorious Baroque pop of "Every Trick in the Book of Love," this remains one of the most cruelly overlooked compilations from the early '80s. [Steve "Spaz" Schnee]

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