Thursday, October 30, 2008

Happy Halloween - Brandonio's Fright Fest (the Original)

Fresh from the FCCL Vaults ---

Our buddy Brandonio of Rock is Dead R.I.P (see links) put this horriffic number together last year for our Halloween Special here at the Lounge, and I thought it would be a treat for those of you who missed it to get this year. Get his other 2 comps over at Rock is Dead R.I.P. and have yourself a frightfully fun Halloween season. This comp was even reviewd by none other than Phil Dirt HIMSELF!!! So you know it has mucho coolness. Get it now!!!

Likely just a web comp (bootleg, some tracks from vinyl sources with pops and clicks included), Brandonio's Fright Fest does slice through a broad spectrum of surf related material that's on the dark side. Three stars – Phil Dirt

Brandonio sez --
Hello boils and ghouls! It's that time of year again. Halloween is coming up in few weeks and some of you are still probably deciding on the costume that you’re going to wear to buddy's Halloween party. Something scary, silly, or sexy [I hope that's just the chicks].Well, I've been busy compiling an audio accompaniment for your little Monster Shindig. Life in general needs a good soundtrack and Halloween is no exception. What you dig up here is a mix of spooky surf, moon crazed rockabilly, and lurking sounds from the unknown. I think this will be pleasant and discomforting listening at the same time.

Some of you will notice there are a few songs that might bleed into each other, but you won't even care after you toss back a few shots of that green slimy stuff with the mystery lumps your fiend has concocted for the uninvited creeps that always lurk in unexpected.I could have made 2 volumes of music, trust me. Maybe with a little encouragement I will, we'll just see how this goes.
I really tried to capture the sound of Halloween not just some scary sounding song title, I mean the song "Go Go Girl" by the Fiends doesn't ring ScArY does it? Just wait until you hear it. Well, Germs and Vamps try not to drool too much, DaBoss is watching and you’ll have to clean it up afterwards.



Danger Will Robinson -- this tracks out at something like 79:59 if you use the burn at once option with no space inbetween tracks so you might want to hold off one cut and put it on a different comp later on. Just in case you have a cranky program. DB

Monday, October 27, 2008

Phantom Creeps and Damien Storm - Greetings From Hell

They are the creepiest most terror-ific garage band around! Combining clean Fender reverb tones with grinding fuzz, The Phantom Creeps churn out some of the most horrific music... that doesn't take its self too seriously. Their influences range from The Cramps and Deadbolt to The Ghastly Ones. Phantom Creeps newest release, a split disc with New Orleans Damien Storm features several instrumentals as well as some vocal stylings that will help get you in the Halloween mood. There are some straight ahead surf songs like "Witch Hunt" as well as the sinister stomp of "Redrum" and the garage punk sing along "Little Ghoul". Fun stuff.

1 Phantom Creeps- Redrum 2 Phantom Creeps- Witch Hunt 3 Phantom Creeps- Little Ghoul (demo) 4 Phantom Creeps- Creep Walk (demo) 5 Damien Storm- Behind The Curtain 6 Damien Storm- Wormy The Werewolf 7 Damien Storm- Stormbringer 8 Damien Storm- Raven In The Courtyard (demo)


Surf Zombies

This record was recorded using state of the art equipment from the late 50's and early 60's. Feel the heat of the tubes from the amps as these boys rev up and rock. Lose yourself in the reverb, but don't forget to come up for air! You may be intoxicated by the savage jungle rhythms, the twirling swirling tremolo of the dueling guitars. Hotrod culture fans, tattoo junkies, punkers, the power pop crowd, all fans of great guitar work and everyone interested in all things cool should enjoy the vibes! Excellent trad surf, not horror surf – great cover – tho.

1 Hammerhead 2 Speedo 3 Submarina 4 Garage Jam 5 Space Ape 6 They Feed at Night 7 Sea Snake 8 289 to Ape City 9 Primitive E 10 Pretty Daddy 11 Seaside Heights 12 Skullaballo 13 The Meat Grinder 14 The Is 15 Nothing Good Happens after Midnight


Reverb Syndicate - Sputink A - Go-Go

This time, The Reverb Syndicate give their second effort a more relaxed, spacier, surfier sound. It sounds as if they're busy defending us from some sort of space invaders one-handed while holding a martini in the other. (Hey, these guys were busy saving the world from the-GASP-Top 40 with their first release, Operation: Jet Set.) If you liked their first offering (see archives), you'll like the second. This time around we find the band deep in space to launch its latest offering, Sputnik A-Go-Go. A collection of ten Syndicate originals, combining the spy/surf of 2006’s Operation: Jet Set! with theremin-laced, double-picking surf rock from the depths of space!

Review from Phil Dirt at Reverb Central: (

This is the second release from The Reverb Syndicate. The whole album is light hearted, rich in imagery, and fluid. Sputnik A-Go-Go is a very listenable and enjoyable release.

The full review is at

I like it!

1 This Is Not A Test 2 Lunar Attack! 3 Sputnik A-Go-Go 4 Bolshevik Boogie 5 The Martini Cluster 6 The Lonely Henchman 7 La Balada De Senor Esquivel 8 Escape From The Village 9 Belka & Strelka's Big Adventure 10 Theremania! 11 Trans-Siberian Sunset


Radioactive Gamma Rays - Activate

Blending traditional surf music with a punk vibe that will have you moving your feet in no time; the Gamma Rays create the perfect background music for fun. There is not a sound as welcoming in any situation as surf music. If you want to have a good time, anytime, listen to surf music. If you want to have a great time, in any situation, listen to the Retroactive Gamma Rays.

The twelve songs on this CD are all originals with sound effects and sound clips from cult classic movies like Hot Rods to Hell, The Day The Earth Stood Still, Repoman and more.

1 Intro 2 Avast Ye! 3 Hammock Connoisseur 4 Get Bent 5 Western Tongooee 6 Footprint 7 Kiwanda Cove 8 Speakeasy 9 Juror #7 10 Flat Drunk Friends 11 Get Off Your Back Porch 12 Boiler Bay 13 The Last Gamma Ray


Saturday, October 18, 2008

Los Cobras - De Capello

Head-boppin', Hip-shakin', Sand-kickin' Surf all the way from the shores of Michigan! Perfect for bonfires, beach parties, clam bakes, luaus, and backyard hootenannies. Serious chops, excellent driving instros. Amazing first effort--all you surf lovin’ rockers get this -- only problem is that it's a little too short.

1 Watery Grave 2. Edy 3. Astro Jam 4. Cobra Strike 5. Graveyard 6. Sunset Blue 7. Mastadon't 8. Jazz Thing 9.Venomous 10. Galiathon


Surf - Music and Vibes

Don’t let the name fool ya. No twangy surf guitar here. Crazy Joe's music is associated with the mood of swank space age bachelor pads, exotica, cool hepcats, martinis, lava lamps, tiki torches, beach parties, sand, surf, sunsets, mondo mambo, bossa-nova bongo, atomic cha-cha, crime spy jazz, jet set hi-fi hi-balls, and cocktail pop subculture. Here is the sound of swinging sophistication. Lot’s of vibraphone makes this sassy background a breeze for people who want to have a fabulous time. Take your shoes off, and live the high life while you can. Play this at your next party, and check your attitude at the door. It's the ultimate escape, and the coolest vacation you can take... a soundtrack for paradise. Soothe your ears, and ease your mind from a stressed out world. Relax, laugh, listen and enjoy!

1. Intro 2. Bossa Nova Beach 3. On the Rocks 4. Green Flash 5. Third Reef Tiki Time
7. Sunsets and Stars 8. Swank Swing . Offshore 10. Mambo Voodoo 11. Lovers of the Sea 12. Crazy Joe's Jazz 13. Surf Cha Cha

link fixed - solly cholly.


Cocktail Angst

Cocktail Angst experiments with Latin rhythms, Mancini-inspired 60's film music, a shared hatred of parades and hours of maniacal laughter to produce their unique sound. Toby Williams's golden-throat vocals provide an ethereal contrast to themes such as stalking, kidnapping and love gone muy loco psycho. Breathy, 50’s ish vocals give a lilting float to the off kilter lyrics. Fun stealth music.

Muy Loco Psycho Mambo 2. Little Red Wagon 3. I Hate Parades 4. Stalkers Night Out 5. Secret Mambo 6. Ecstatically Mine 7. Rhumba of the Saints 8. A Slice of Cocktail Angst (Theme) 9. Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me)


Danny Morris - Golden Prize

Morris has changed the supporting cast from his first two CD's replacing Michael Maye and Paul Barker on bass guitar with John Coppola and George Johnson on drums with Joe Wells. The resulting sound has also shifted away from the surf blues formula found on the first two releases to surf pop which, while good, makes for a slight shock. Remaining true to surf, Morris has included a blistering cover of "Pipeline" and original tunes "Flight School", "Arthur's Boogie" and "Ooh Wee!". On the pop side, Morris instrumentally covers the Lennon/McCartney tune "Please Please Me" and includes original tunes "Your Mine" and "Twistin' Kristin". Probably the most interesting tunes on the disc are "Baila Para Mi" and "You're Mine" which have a nice spanish flare. While, I prefer the original blusey mix on the two previous discs, there is still plenty to enjoy on this retro pop sounding disc.
1. Twistin' Kristin 2. Flight School 3. You're Mine 4. All I Think About 5. No One Knows Virginia 6. I Only Have Eyes for You 7. Arthur's Boogie 8. Our Moon 9. I Was a Mountain 10. Pipeline 11. Ooh Wee! 12. Please Please Me 13. Stop Teasing Me



Saturday, October 11, 2008

Voodoo Court - Nuclear Vacation: The Party's Over

A "musically mature" cd? It rocks hard just like the songs in the previous 2 releases. Sinister, sultry, seductive, (just listen to 007/Goldfinger!) but NEVER MELLOW. Voodoo Court's Nuclear Vacation: The Party's Over is one great little package. There are many top notch surf tunes on this, such as the eye opener "Surfing in Chad", the bouncy and fun "Coffee Stained Shirt", the hard edged "Third Times a Charm", the triumphant "Toxic Seaweed", and the energy driven "Thumb's Up". Voodoo Court has also included an amazing medley of the 007 theme with the theme from the best 007 movie ever, Goldfinger, my fave. I heartly recommend Voodoo Court's latest surftastic achievement.

1 Surfing in Chad 2 Elbow Grease 3 Coffee Stained Shirt 4 Third Time's a Charm
5 007 / Goldfinger 6 Thumb's Up 7 Sex Wacks 8 Badlands 9 100,000 Years
10 Toxic Seaweed 11 The Party's Over


The Lava Rats - Don't Drink the Water

A creaking door sound effect and slow, ominous descending guitar riff usher you In The Charnel House. With a sudden scream and shattering kick of a reverb tank, you know there's no turning back. This is surf music with a dose of horror. Over and over, they hammer home the main theme with heavily reverbed spy-tone and change things up with agressively double picked melodic variations. Spooky and fun.

Caution! Stealth track alert! Do not adjust your voume control, as doing so could cause injury. The alblum ends with 1:50 of silence followed by a blistering coup-de-gras!

1 Inside the Charnel House 2 Devil's Slide 3 Keel Haulin' 4 Don't Drink the Water 5 Gotham 6 Peligroso 7 Under Tone 8 Dragline 9 The Flasher 10 Pistol Grip
11 Drop the Bomb 12 Miss Fortune 13 Suicide Squeeze 14 Heat Lightning (Bonus Track)


Danny Morris - Storm Surge

If you ever wondered what would happen if you threw the music of Luther Allison and Dick Dale into a blender, this may provide a hint of what you would get.

Danny Morris, formerly with D.C.'s local favorite, the NightHawks, successfully blends surf music of the 60's with some modern Chicago blues and then throws in some Cuban flavor and even a little punk for extra pizzaz. The result is curiously interesting.

"Beat Cop", for example, sounds vaguely familiar, as if it came right off of the TV show Hawaii Five-0 or even Dragnet. "Violated" hints at a little punk while "Renee's Cha-Cha" will have you looking for that cuban cigar. There are some down right bluesy numbers as well. Take for example the extended version of Earl King's "Come On" which clocks in at 7:38 or the Texas shuffle numbers, "Sad and Blue" and "Swing With You Baby".

Keeping true to the surf songs of the 60's, most songs are very brief averaging in the 3 minute range. Overall, a very creative mixture of two sounds that you would never expect to mix sucessfully. Morris to pulls it off effortlessly. Check out his first shot - "I Won't Worry" here in the archives. Good listenin'.

1. Beat Cop 2. Swing With You 3. Storm Surge 4. Moon Relay 5. Sweet Honey Suckle
6. Violated 7. Mowgli's Bounce 8. Come On 9. Renee's Cha Cha 10. That's Alright
11. Run Chihen Run 12. Sad & Blue 13. Women From Pluto 14. Need You So Bad
15. She's A Liar 16. Garbage Man 17. Hurry Up, Slow Down



Rock This Town Vol. 1

Going for a more hillbilly as opposed to R&B influence on rock, this effectively captures some of the best rock and roll of the early days. A few of the tracks can be gotten elsewhere on better CDs ("Oh Boy!" and "Blue Suede Shoes" in particular are on dozens of more comprehensive collections), but most of the tracks are "missing in action" treasures that even the most rabid rock and roll fans may never have heard. All original versions in excellent audio quality.

1. The Train Kept A-Rollin' - The Johnny Burnette Trio 2. Rock The Joint - Bill Haley 3. Ooby Dooby - Roy Orbison & The Teen Kings 4. Bigelow 6-200 - Little Brenda Lee
5. Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins 6. The Fool - Sanford Clark 7. My Boy Elvis - Janis Martin 8. Red Hot - Billy Riley & His Little Green Men . 9.Susie-Q - Dale Hawkins 10. Sweet Rockin' Baby - Sonnee West
11. Party Doll - Buddy Knox With The Rhythm Orchids
12. Lotta Lovin' - Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps
13. Oh, Boy! - The Crickets 14. Love Bug Crawl - Jimmy Edwards
15. Believe What You Say - Ricky Nelson
16. I Got A Rocket In My Pocket - Jimmy Lloyd
17. High School Confidential - Jerry Lee Lewis & HisPumping Piano
18. Come On, Let's Go - Ritchie Valens


Rock This Town Vol. 2

A good insight into the beginnings of rockabilly, and a somewhat-decent record of the current trends in this awesome field. I think this album should have included a song by the Cramps (the dark side of rockabilly), but overall, this compilation is just so much fun to listen to!

1. C'mon Everybody - Eddie Cochran
2. Penny Loafers And Bobby Socks - Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones 3. Let's Have A Party - Wanda Jackson
4. Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor - Johnny Horton
5. The Way I Walk - Jack Scott 6. Danny Boy - Conway Twitty 7. Mercy - The Collins Kids 8. Mary Lou - Bonnie Hawkins & The Hawks 9. Woo-Hoo - Rock-A-Teens
10. Action Packed - Ronnie Dee 11. Hot Rod Lincoln - Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen 12. I Hear You Knocking - Dave Edmunds 13. I Can Help - Billy Swan
14. Red Hot - Robert Gordon 15. Hot Rod Man - Tex Rubinowitz 16. Flattop Joint - The Blasters 17. Rockabilly Music - Ray Campi & His Rockabilly Rebels
18. Rock This Town - Stray Cats


Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Sleepwalkers - Twisted Fate

Brilliant early 60s style Rock 'n' Roll guitar instrumentals from this Finnish group. Lots of original material, crystal clear production, and perfect musical arrangements and performances. The Sleepwalkers are strongly influenced by the great instrumental guitar bands, performing with character and originality. Guaranteed to keep you awake.

Sleepwalkers Theme 2. Twistin' Tango 3. Mr. Z 4. Too Young 5. Above the Clouds 6. Shazam 7. Kvantingen 8. Twisted Fate 9. Beautiful Dream 10. Cossack 11. Golden Earrings 12. Gunfight Saloon 13. Dream of Autumn 14. Riding Guitars


The Brillantina’s (Los Brillanticos) Pulp-A-Madrilla

The Brillantina’s (Los Brillanticos) Pulp-A-Madrilla

Some instro-surf, some spaghetti twang, a little frat-rock, a bit of biker-fuzz-rock, an obvious rendition of the great classic composers of cinema scores and, the best of all, a shocking and solid rock spirit and attittude. Spanish twang at it’s best.

1 Hold On 2 Gardens Of Atakama 3 Noire Parranda 4 Magnolia Ice 5 Nessuno Me Puo Giudicare 6 El Perro Vicio 7 Lindo Pulgoso 8 Burlesque De Rhumba 9 Klezmer Queen Of Swamp 10 Nous Ne Sommes Pas Des Anges 11 Da Cruella Sun


Voodoo Court - Electric Beach

This is one strong release. It has bite, an interesting and a different approach to melody within the genre, and a magnetic personality that gets calls when I play it on Surf's Up! A band to watch. Within you'll find creative original instrumentals based on surf and pushing the edge of the envelope. Rewarding listening. – Phil Dirt

Foaming At the Mouth 2. Fun Love in a Thong Bikini 3. Backwash 4. Aint Got No Surfboard Blues 5. Sex Wacks 6. Fish Taco 7. Lost in Mazatlan 8. Salmon Creek 9. Psycho Surfer 10. Eat Me 11. Swallow the Clam 12. The Claw 13. Heavy On the Cream 14. Goin' Off 15. Polluted Surf


A Proper Introduction to Ike Turner with Jackie Brenston

Forget that this alblum is a good sampler of Ike Turner's best work. Forget that this is high quality release from Proper Records. The original version of Rocket 88 is included here! The song, for those of you that don't know is, THE mother of all R&B songs. It is the epitome of the 50's R&B feel- drinking, women.. and that's not *is* afterall, a song about a car! What makes this song so special is the feel. The unique guitar sound was achived form stuffing a damaged guitar amplifier full of paper. The result was the *first* example of distortion. Mix that with some killer tenor sax and some tough-guy lyrics, and you have one of the most historically important and hardest rocking songs of all time. "Rocket" is historically entitled as the first Rock n' Roll song, recorded in 1951. Lots of other great gutar and wailin'. For you rock-a-billy fans if you're looking for something a little different give this cd a listin' well worth the money and some screaming guitar, I think you'll like it.

1.Rocket 88 - Jackie Brenston 2. Independent Woman - Jackie Brenston 3. My Real Gone Rocket - Jackie Brenston 4. Tuckered Out - Jackie Brenston 5. You Know I Love You - B.B. King 6. How Many More Years - Howlin' Wolf 7. Dry Up Baby - Robert Calvin Bland 8. Ridin' in the Moonlight - Howlin' Wolf 9. 3 O'Clock Blues - B.B. King 10. Gonna Let You Go - Ike Turner 11. Blue Serenade - Ike Turner 12. Please Send My Baby Back - Sunny Blair 13. Troubles & Heartaches - Ben Burton, Ben Burton, Ike Turner 14. You're Driving Me Insane - Ben Burton, Ben Burton, Ike Turner 15. Good Morning Baby 16. Relation Blues - Houston Boines 17. Rabbit Blues - Charley Booker 18. Charlie's Boogie Woogie - Charley Booker 19. Ramblin' on My Mind - Boyd Gilmore 20. Whole Heap of Mama 21. If You Feel Froggish 22. Lookin' for My Baby - Bonnie Turner, Ike Turner 23. My Heart Belongs to You - Bonnie Turner, Ike Turner 24. Bad Women Bad Whiskey - Junior Parker 25. Good Lovin' - Bobby "Blue" Bland 26. Shake It Up and Go - B.B. King 27. Beggin' My Baby - Little Milton 28. Somebody Told Me - Little Milton 29. Prisoner's Prayer - The Prisonaires



Albert Kuvezin And Kat-Kha - Re-Covers

In the WTF department – this is the STRANGEST stuff I have heard in decades – I kid you not. Throat-singing - what the hell is that all about? If you've never seen one mouth singing two or three separate simultaneous melodies, you really need to get out more. Go to Tuva, for example, a remote republic in Siberia surrounded by mountains and filled with moonshiners, miners and cows. There you will find shamanic folk songs played on unpronounceable instruments by bearded men with grizzly, guttural voices that will give you goosebumps forever.

And if you're really lucky, you'll stumble across Albert Kuvezin and his band Yat-Kha. Fighting against Communist musical censorship that tried to tell him what styles he could and couldn't play, Kuvezin has forged a near-impossible international reputation for his music. And with Yat-Kha, he combines Tuva's traditional music with the Western heavy rock he loves, chugging an electric guitar as he goes "Oh yeeeeah" in his filthy double-bass vocal.

After several albums of this punk-folk mish-mash, the logical next step is a covers record; and what a beast this is. From the opening strum of Led Zeppelin's 'When The Levee Breaks', 'Re-Covers' sets its stall as a reverent but unapologetic album. Simmering the song to its bones, Kuvezin rebuilds it as a Siberian folk masterpiece, his unnervingly deep growl spinning a magical, mesmeric tale over the delicate instrumentation.

And so they are all reworked. Kraftwerk's 'The Man Machine' becomes a haunting canvass of guitar effects and acoustic play-about, with overtone chanting roaming for carrion. These eerie high-frequency melodies knock against the rich deep-throat bass vocal. Quite how they could come out of the same larynx - simultaneously or not - is a miracle.
Captain Beefheart's 'Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles' takes on a dreamy Celtic quality; Motorhead's 'Orgasmatron' swirls with black magic; and 'Play With Fire' is a fair old walk from anything The Rolling Stones ever meant to write.

But it's not just rock stuff that gets the folk-me-up treatment. Hank Williams' 'Ramblin' Man' takes that age-old tale of a man whose heart belongs to the train tracks and gives it a darkly wistful edge, with minimal rhythm pulsing like a heartbeat. Joy Division's 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' falls slightly flat, its beautiful acoustic guitar lines marred by slightly off-key bear-growl vocals. And a Bob Marley track joins People's Music from Russia, Ireland and France, bobbing joyously with sweet percussion and a voice that sounds like a million cigarettes but is actually the product of one too many homemade vodkas.

Great for Halloween. Probably too much for one sitting. Go on – I dare ya!!!!

1. When the Levee Breaks 2. Man Machine 3. Ramblin' Man 4. In a Gadda Da Vida 5. Love Will Tear Us Apart 6. Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles 7. Pesnya O Giraffe (A Song About a Giraffe) 8. Orgasmatron 9. Wild Mountain Thyme (Will Ye Go, Lassie Go?) 10. Toccata 11. Black Magic Woman 12. Exodus 13. Play with Fire 14. Pesnya Mergena (The Song of Mergen)


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