I made a return appearance to Keith Baxter’s estimable Rock ‘n’ Roll show on Seahaven FM earlier this week. We spent a very peasant hour chewing the fat, whilst spinning some of our favourite tunes. Keith played Rebel Rouser in honour of it being Duane Eddy’s birthday, How Come It, from George “Thumper” Jones’ short-lived rockabilly period, as a tribute to the sadly departed country icon and Remember Walking in the Sand by The Shangri Las, to mark the passing of producer Shadow Morton.
I chose two tracks from the instrumental release of 2013 so far, Adios Sancho, from Madrid’s excellent purveyors of “Surf Music Spanish-style”, Los Coronas. We had the title track and the quite brilliant La Leyenda del Solitario. This album is extremely hard to track down on CD in the UK (my copy was delivered from Australia), although it is available to download in all the usual places and I really can’t recommend it highly enough: great stonking spaghetti western melodies, handclaps, thrilling guitars and TRUMPETS, lots of trumpets (we like trumpets at HangNine towers!). Fabulous.
Of course, once people know that you write a bit about surf music and suchlike, you do tend to get sent CDs (and, increasingly, links to dowloads and the like) for review purposes. Since changing the format of HangNine, I'm not so eager to write reviews as such, but it's always nice to recieve some new instrumental music in the post, so please do keep sending. One band who contacted me a while ago were Stockholm's Blazing Surfboards, whose Lone Star EP makes for a very pleasant summery listen indeed. Very apt for the suddenly improved English weather. As mentioned, I've been somewhat inactive for a while, so I can only apologise to Blazing Surfboards for spending so long getting around to mentioning their release. Do look them up.