Links for 1/14/17

7 Reasons Why Music Is Important To World Cultures  – MTT – Music Think Tank


 

Coral in the Sekisei lagoon in Okinawa has turned brown and is covered with algae, according to a government study

Source: Almost 75% of Japans biggest coral reef has died from bleaching, says report | World news | The Guardian


 

Earlier this year, message boards and forums lit up with rumors of Fender’s 2017 American Pro series guitars, especially the Jazzmaster and Jaguar models in the range. Appearing to be a more afford…

Source: Fender American Pro Jazzmaster & Jaguar: First Impressions and In-Depth Review | Mike & Mikes Guitar Bar


 

David Bowie’s last album was last year’s most popular vinyl in the UK

Source: The Quietus | News | UK Vinyl Sales At 25-Year High


 

An extract from Liberatum’s documentary In this Climate, in which a range of cultural and environmental figures respond to the threat of climate change

Source: David Attenborough on climate change: The world will be transformed – video | Environment | The Guardian


 

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Big Event/Benefit Show for
Eddie Bertrand

Eddie has had a couple of really bad falls, and broken his hips. He is in financial hard times right now, so Tim (H.B. Kahuna) and Jeff (Big Tiki Dude) Hanson are putting on a Huge benifit show for the man who basically invented Surf Music for us to all love. Now it’s our turn to show the love…

Ok here is the Line up for the Big Show (not in order of appearance)

  • The Riptides (south bay band) not Jason Lee and the RIP tides.
  • Outerwave
  • The Eliminators
  • Slacktone
  • The Insect Surfers
  • Secret Samurai
  • The Men Of Mystery

and an All Star Jam doing songs of the Bel-Air and Eddie and the Showmen,
Feat. John Blair, Paul Johnson, Tim Fitzpatrick, John Benton, Jim Frias and Matt Quilter and possibly some other legends.

I wouldn’t miss this!

Saturday February 5th 2011
Don The Beachcombers
16278 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA

By the way, just found this bit on musician healthcare:
that’s more like it: Ohio co-op helps musicians handle medical insurance…

The New Dimensions Interview by Lance Monthly

I had written a nice text about how I was introduced to The New Dimensions in the 80s. But I lost it trying out the new “Press This” feature of this blog software. It boiled down to the essence that any surf music fan worth his salt has to know this great teenage band from 1962.

The New Dimensions

Michael Lloyd, lead guitar; Jimmy Greenspoon, piano; Art Guy, drums, Danny Belsky, saxes; David Doud, bass; and Craig Nuttycombe, rhythm guitar.

The band never had any singles released. We worked with these hustler types by the name of Robert Hafner and Tony Hilder. They had a deal with a tiny budget label called Sutton to issue the New Dimension albums as ‘rack jobs.’ Essentially that meant their records would be pressed on cheap vinyl normally reserved for placemats, packaged in fairly generic sleeves, and shipped directly to the cut out bins with no hope of promotion, airplay, or royalties. We had three studio albums, ‘Surf ‘N Bongos’, ‘Soul’, and ‘Deuces & Eights’. We were part of a live album from the Santa Monica surf fair titled ‘Shake! Shout and Soul!’

Read the interview here.

Spacedog live in Berlin 21.6.

Wer Spacedog noch nicht gesehen hat sollte das nicht verpassen!
Ich hab sie bei der Wassermusik Preview gesehen und war äusserst angetan.
Sebastian schreibt:

Liebe Leute,

es gibt wieder was auf die Ohren und in die Tanzbeine:

Rosengarten im Park am Weinbergsweg (Mitte)
Sa., 21.06.
Nachmittags ab ca. 17h

Rosengarten
Spacedog

Freu mich,
Seb.

Tiki Office Re-Styling TV Show

Fender Jaguar/Jazzmaster authority and accomplished surf guitarist Mel Waldorf writes at Surf Guitar 101 about an american tv-show (HGTV) they (himself and Jessica Lindsay) participated in and got their home office re-designed.

This is when the action takes place
Air times:
.January 26, 2008 5:30 PM ET/PT
from the HGTV website:

‘Tropical Tiki Office
As avid collectors, homeowners Mel Waldorf and Jessica Lindsey have a jackpot of fun finds to use, so creating a very personalized space is easy. While incorporating bright and fun elements, host Karen McAloon and the Design Remix team give the room purpose, clear up clutter and form functioning workspaces. The result is a home office that’s practical, yet playful and as tempting as a tropical tiki island.’

Disclaimer: The show’s director strongly encouraged us to behave like imbeciles… we were acting…really.

I really would love to see this.

Sonic Blue Jaguar Project (Almost) Finished

Gordon finished his Jaguar project. It’s a very special guitar, based on Fender’s favorite surf guitar – the Jaguar.
Everybody wants to hear it, and I am no exception! He chose Charlie Christian style pick-ups and a reverse headstock, that crazy french-man.

Here’s his blog.

Dave Wronski in The Press

Surfguitar 101 made me aware of an article in Vintage Guitar Magazine. I don’t have it but it’s said to be really good, with big full color photos of his gear. Now, you don’t know who Dave Wronski is? He has this band called Slacktone. He’s working for Fender and plays with John Blair in Jon & The Nightriders, who were the most influential second wave surf band in the 80s, from an international view that is all I can say. Slacktone is Dave Wronski’s take on the modern Surf with strong historical references. They are one of the best, possible the best modern Surf band. He has great knowledge to get the tone he wants – and it’s amazing. He’s mainly a Jaguar player, even though he got famous with a Mosrite on the cover of Jon & The Nightriders Live At The Whiskey A Go-Go, a record any live performing surf band is hereby strongly advised to call their own.