Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you: Los Cuchillos. You’ve probably never heard of these guys, but you need to go listen to them right now. Their name first struck me as awesome (Los Cuchillos is spanish for The Knives), and then the music floored me. It’s awesome. If you’re into the look and the sound of surf guitar – it’s all there with this surf band from Costa Rica. Check out their official website and/or their myspace page for some awesome tracks, pictures and videos.
I might also add that there are several pictures of their lead guitarist playing a DiPinto guitar:
DiPinto Guitars, based in Philadelphia, is making some of the most surfy guitars you can find, and it makes me happy that Los Cuchillos have one of these guitars in their arsenal.
I’ll leave you with a badass video Los Cuchillos did for El Hombre Lobo (the Wolfman):
I ran across “The Modelos” for the first time this weekend. If you’re not familiar with them, I think you will enjoy taking a listen. I found them on their MySpace page, where they’ve got several sample tracks.
Apparently they are from Vancouver, Canada, which means they are likely to smell like a moose and push some universal health care on you. Otherwise, they are a great sounding rockabilly/surfy/spaghetti western band, with a mix of insturmental songs and songs with vocals. They’ve got two albums out now.
Not really a video, just pictures but with the sound. Regardless, it’s great country artist Junior Brown playing a great surf medley on his crazy custom-built “guit-steel.” He puts on a pretty entertaining show.
If you’re not sucking down your company’s broadband by streaming Pandora radio all day, you’re missing out. Pandora is a great site for listening to free music, based on the artist or song you specify.
Setting up a station depends on the type of surf music you like. Most all popular bands are available, so if you simply enter your favorite band, that will work fine.
Personally, I like to create stations with multiple artists, to make the music a little diverse. At least, I think that’s how it works. Here are some tips I’ve found:
Songs work better than artists. A song has a specific sound, a band can have many sounds.
Do you want a 60’s “clean” surf guitar sound, or do you want a dirty sound? If you want both, create two different stations or your one station will sound muddled.
For an old-school surf station, try:
“Surf Rider” by the Lively Ones
For a clean station, try:
“Pacifica” by Los Straitjackets
“Blue Venus” by the Blue Sting Rays (also good for a slow, get your wife in the mood station)
For a crunchier sound, how’s about:
“Eliminator” by Dick Dale
“Son of DaiKaiJu” by DaiKaiJu
A more swing sound:
“Can You Dig It?” by Los Straitjackets
Lots of reverb:
“Mystery Meat” by Man or Astro-Man?
“Rebel Rouser” by Duane Eddy
What are your Pandora station suggestions? Or any other internet radio stations?
Non-surfy music like rockabilly when we’ve got nothing better to say
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