Official Hal Blaine Site

One of the great Los Angeles session men, he played drums on countless hit records, as well as some of the best instrumental studio productions of the sixties. Here’s the Official Hal Blaine Website

here’s his drumming on iTunes
The Gene Norman Group featuring Glen Campbell, Jim Horn, Al Delory, Lyle Ritz, and Hal Blaine - Dylan Jazz
Nancy Sinatra & Hal Blaine - The Essential Nancy Sinatra
Glen Campbell - Classic Campbell

Les Baxter Homepage

This stylish page about the godfather of Exotica is interesting. Luxuriamusic used to be layoutet horizontally in the beginning, too.

Europe’s 1st Artificial Reef in Dorset

Very interesting, I found it via 70%.org.
Here’s a quote of the first lines…

A project started today which will see Europe’s first artificial surf reef created along the South Coast.

The £1.4 million reef is to be built along Boscombe seafront in Dorset in a bid to attract up to 10,000 surfers each year to the seaside town.

Read all of it here.

Chachacharming
on Chachachantal Goya

Chantal Goya CD

This magnificent website has an article on one of my favorite yeye-girls – Chantal Goya! I dig France Gall, Francoise Hardy, Sheila and Sylvie Vartan very much for their music, but Chantal appeared in my favorite non-surf movie, Masculin Feminin by Jean Luc Godard, where she sings, and plays – what else – an up and coming yeye-girl. If I had never seen this film I wouldn’t understand yeye, Paris, french movies, mod, the 60s, and thus wouldn’t really have lived.
The trailer for the movie.

Chantal Goya

Here’s her MySpace.

Tiki Beach Towel

Now here’s a great contemporary painter & illustrator. Tikishark. I stumbled upon him at Tiki Central, and of all the things he makes, I want to showcase his beach towel here.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
Highly recommended – very fun stuff. Especially when they find endless variations of chord patterns which repeat throughout musical history and make a big mix out of it. Incredible stuff. Apparently been together for 28 years – with showmanship and chops to match!
Here’s the homepage.
Here’s their music at iTunes.
They have a CD and live DVD out. Review to follow here. Today I got the info they’re in Hamburg for the next two weeks – so don’t miss them!

Buddy Merrill

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I don’t have that many of his records – but I sure found a lot of his tracks at iTunes! He was very busy covering any style of popular guitar playing you can think of during the 60s and 70s. I guess most of you don’t know him, so for starters I made a little 42 track Buddy Merrill iMix, which you can find at Itunes.
Here’s what I wrote about it:

The versatile Buddy Merrill!
We start with a surfy/Ventures-style division before going into a nowsound/funky part. This turns over into his best bossa tracks on iTunes. After this we are exposed to a little gang of country favorites leading into Buddy’s steel guitar skills featured on his coolest hawaiian offerings. We go Exotica for the second to last bunch of tunes. This leaves us to close this collection with three tunes pulled from the classical catalogue – Where Czardas had briefly taken us during the bossa section.


Here’s his homepage www.buddymerrill.com.

Buddy on iTunes