Hey Australians! Manly Festival of Surfing Starts Today!

I’m thinking this post will be “today” in Australia, but the fManly Festival starts tomorrow for those of us in the U.S.

The is the debut of this surfing festival, which is actually not a music festival, but an actual surfing festival.  However, surfer or not, the music will be a draw for surf music fans.

The big band is The Atlantics. The Atlantics started back in the 60’s classic surf era, and had an internation hit with Bombora.

Manly Surf Music Festival
Manly Surf Music Festival

If you can make it, here’s more info on the music scene there:

http://www.manlyfestivalofsurfing.com.au/event_music.html

Dick Dale Tour Dates 2009

With shows starting tonight, there’s a new set of tour dates for Dick Dale. He’ll be performing with his son Jimmy, who I believe plays drums. Here are the dates:
August 26, Wednesday  –
Stephen Talkhouse  – Amagansett, NY.
August 27, Thursday  – The City Winery – New York, NY.
August 28, Friday – The Birchmere – Alexandria, VA.
August 30, Sunday – The Rams Head – Annapolis, MD.
September 9, Wednesday – Santa Monica Pier – Santa Monica, CA

Clarkston Surf Festival

The 4th annual Clarkston surf fest was this weekend near Atlanta, Georgia. I wish we had heard about this earlier to post it beforehand, but we can hopefully have a heads up on next year’s.

Here’s the line-up:

  • Penetrators 
  • Daikaiju
  • StratoGeezer
  • Necronomikids
  • The Broken Spokes
  • The Mystery Men?
  • Killer Filler
  • The Surge!

I’ll post any photos from this year if I can get them.  Send them to us if you have any.  Here’s the Penetrators from 2007:

The Penetrators at Clarkston 2007
The Penetrators at Clarkston 2007

Los Straitjackets Surf Band & Popular Surf Albums

Los Straitjackets have a new album out, “The Further Adventures of Los Straitjackets.” It’s their 12th studio album, and apparently it’s a straightforward classic surf album.

First, the cool stuff.

  1. It’s got a great album cover.  It looks like they are battling some sort of swamp creature.  Swamp creatures are underrated in general.
  2. It comes with a trading card for each member of the band, revealing their superpower.
The Further Adventures of Los Straitjackets
The Further Adventures of Los Straitjackets

The not cool stuff is that I haven’t heard the album yet, so I can’t comment on it.  But I’ve read a few reviews, and most are good.  That’s probably better than my opinion anyhow.

At any rate, this lead to noticing the album is #5 is “Surf Rock” sales on Amazon.  That made me wonder what the heck is outselling it right now.

Here’s the list:

  1. Sounds Of Summer – The Very Best Of The Beach Boys ~ The Beach Boys
  2. Beach Boys – 20 Good Vibrations, The Greatest Hits (Volume 1) ~ The Beach Boys
  3. Echoes of Nature: Ocean Waves ~ Echoes Of Nature
  4. Death Proof ~ Various Artists
  5. The Further Adventures of Los Straitjackets ~ Los Straitjackets
  6. Pulp Fiction: Music From The Motion Picture ~ Various Artists
  7. Today/ Summer Days (and Summer Nights) ~ The Beach Boys
  8. The Ventures Play Telstar — The Lonely Bull and Others /(The) Ventures in Space ~ The Ventures
  9. Classic Disney, Vol. 1: 60 Years of Musical Magic ~ Disney, Classic Disney (Series)
  10. The Very Best of the Ventures ~ The Ventures

First, Amazon needs a better defition of surf rock music, with Classic Disney and Ocean Waves making the list.  Second, the Beach Boys are rich!  How nice is it to have 3 of the top 7 selling surf albums 40-something years after starting your band?

Anyway – let us know if you’ve listened to “The Further Adventures of Los Straitjackets” and tell us what you thought in the comments.