Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
My kids have been obsessed with monorails ever since they were about 3 years old. We're lucky enough to have one in nearby Seattle, but haven't made it to Disneyland quite yet (although my kids have a motorized toy Disneyland monorail system). The real Disneyland monorail hasn't been in operation for about 20 years, but it's back now! This photo is from the 60's, but the article linked here has photos of the new monorail being lowered onto the track.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Friday, December 07, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Okay, so we all know about how Davie Allan is the "King of the Fuzz Guitar", with his trademark sound appearing on virtually every track he's ever recorded. Well, who knew there was a genre of music called "country-fuzz"? WFMU has a whole bunch of downloads, from country stars of the 60's and 70's like Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Wanda Jackson and the Willis Brothers - amazing stuff!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
Just in time for the holidays - we are proud to announce the sequel to one of our most popular releases. This time we have gathered 20 songs from bands located all over the globe - sending their best wishes for the holiday season straight to your hi-fi!
Carol Of The Bells - Pollo Del Mar
Drums For Christmas - The Pete Curry Orchestra
Sleigh Ride In Fresno - The Neptunes
Snowman - The Icicles
Leise Rieselt Der Schnee - The Incredible Mr. Smith
Jingle Bell Rock - Surfin' Santa With Meshugga Beach Party
Little Drummer Boy - The Dusty Watson Complex
I Want A Monkey For Christmas - The Barbary Coasters
Saint Nick's AA Fueler - The Surfites
Deck The Halls - Glasgow Tiki Shakers
Silent Night - Big Boy Pete
Rudolph's Secret - Speedball Jr.
O Come All Ye Faithful - The Pyronauts
It's Christmas In The Islands - Full Load Of King
Happy X-Mas (War Is Over) - Frankie & The Poolboys
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Urban Surf Kings
Deck The Halls - Joe's Ocean
Sleigh Ride - Surfin' Santa With Meshugga Beach Party
Christmas Time For Fun - The Daytonas
Auld Lang Syne - Frankie & The Poolboys
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CD's Will Start Shipping On November 13th, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Saturday, June 30, 2007
The latest issue of The Continental Magazine, featuring interviews with The Ghastly Ones and Wormtone Records, along with a 24 track CD, is now available for only $5.95. Also included in this issue are Satan's Pilgrims, a look at the Scandinavian surf/instro scene, the Double Crown On The Rocks 10th Anniversary Fest and much, much more. 36 pages in all, with a 2 color glossy cover. To order send $5.95 US + shipping ($1.05 to any US/Canadian address, or just $2.05 to any other address) to Double Crown Mail Order. You can also send a Paypal payment to firstname.lastname@example.org or cash/check/money order or order through the Double Crown website.
If you would like a 3-issue subscription, it's $16.00 if you live in the US, or $20 anywhere else in the world.
1. Car Hire From Hell: El Ray
2. At The Skyline Drive-In: The Barbwires
3. Das Kosmodrom: Die Kosmonauten
4. Lillian: Eddie Angel
5. Night Boat: The Sidemen
6. Wild Driver: The Men From S.P.E.C.T.R.E.
7. Cal-Tiki: The Pyronauts
8. That’s Why You’re On My Mind: The Barbary Coasters
9. 350 Bumper Car: Glasgow Tiki Shakers
10. Lollypop Queen: The Incredible Mr. Smith
11. Get Bent: Retroactive Gamma Rays
12. Shooting Star: Shig & Buzz
13. Sukiyaki: Cocktail Preachers
14. CheeseCake: Pozor Vlak
15. Shufty: The Special Agents
16. Crystal T: SPF-4
17. Avast Ye!: Retroactive Gamma Rays
18. ChronoSurf: The TomorrowMen
19. She-Wolf Of Lubyanka: The Illuminoids
20. Long Range Desert Group: El Patapsco
21. Dos Diablos: The Nematoads
22. Surfin’ The Cruncher: The Cruncher
23. Attack Of The Sea People: Mister Neutron
24. Shark Pit: Cutback
Monday, June 11, 2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Although Double Crown is primarily a surf/instro label, occasionally we like to branch out a bit into other kinds of music. The latest release on Double Crown is by a local (Bellingham, WA) group called The Buckle Busters, who are currently one of the most popular bands in town. The eight track CD features 7 vocal cuts by legends like Johnny Cash, Merle Travis, Hank Snow and others, along with one original instro tune called "The Buckle Buster". The disc mixes rockabilly with country and swing.
You can get more info, and order online, here: http://www.dblcrown.com/dccd27.html
or visit our MySpace page to hear the first track:
Note: Since this is a mostly vocal release, it will not be sent as a Double Crown Music Club release.
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
The Surfites are a gang of landlocked gremmies playing instrumental surf music in the old school style. They formed in 2003 by the two Fjellgren brothers of now defunct Swedish surf band The Daytonas. They're mainly a studio group with buddies Folke Bergkvist (bass), Henry Karlsson (piano/organ) and Gunnar Lindholm (drums) dropping by for the recording sessions. Phil Dirt/Reverb Central says "Vintage surf with a real sense of the period, but all original songs". Order now and get a free bonus track, "Drag-U-La Beat".
Tracks: Bump Day - Spinning Boards - Tail Slide - Cleopatra - Surf Encounter - Tortuga - Thou Shalt Drag - Surfville - Dana Point - Jack-The-Bear - Ding In My Board - Tube Steak - Fleabag - Pioneer Trail Surf - Big Pounder - Single Seater.
The Surfites - Big Pounder CD - #DCCD26 - $12.75
"I got it a couple of days ago, and enjoyed it in the few times I have listened to it. I like the packaging and the sound is great. When Klas said that they recorded straight from preamp to the recording medium, I remembered that we did some scratch tracks with DIs in my old band, and they sounded very good. Also, I agree that tape gives something, but the machines and the tape is expensive, and today there are good digital options. This CD certainly proves that you can get a very authentic sound using "modern" methods. Good job on that.
The songs I like the most so far are the ones that were on the myspace page and the website (Surfville, Tube Steak that changed to "For Surfers Only", Fleabag, etc), but I think that's becasue I have listened to them many times before. Time will tell. Anyway - for anyone that haven't heard any samples yet, they style is very trad, some of the songs can be thought of as The Astronauts "Movin'" meets electric piano. There are some other styles, with some songs being more melodic than others, some are mid tempo, some faster. IIRC, no slow songs, adds to the fun factor.
Be aware that the drums are low in the mix, in accordance to the 1st wave recordings. Works perfectly for this album. The electric piano adds a lot, it has a mellow sound that's really different than the Farfisa/Hammond organs that's popular in Garage/Surf combos.
I'd defintely reccomend the album. " - Ran from The Sand Devils / The Astroglides
"Oh yes I recieved my copy today Monday April 9th, and man the lead guitar in every song is insanely drippy now that's what I'm talking about hell yeah! the drip reminds me of Frank Blandino's drippy guitar so if your a fan of The Fathoms hell you'll dig this disc! " - Kyle from The Verbtones"
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Although I'm not sure of his math skills, Dick Dale offers some surprisingly good advice to bands trying to "make it" in the music biz.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
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Thursday, March 29, 2007
Click here to see what they've got.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
I've traveled over in Europe a few times, riding on subways to get around in the larger cities. I've seen a lot of street musicians ride them and play between stops for tips. Officially they are not allowed to do this, so usually they can only play half a song before they run off to another train to avoid getting caught. Some of 'em are pretty good, but not as good as this group (although I'm no Phil Collins fan)...
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Apparently this is pretty old, which makes it all the more impressive, since whoever did this was able to throw this together without computers and digital editing software.
Thursday, March 01, 2007
The Surfites are a gang of landlocked gremmies playing instrumental surf music in the old school style. Formed in 2003 by the two Fjellgren brothers of now defunct Swedish surf band the Daytonas. The Surfites are mainly a studio group with buddies Folke Bergkvist (bass), Henry Karlsson (piano/organ) and Gunnar Lindholm (drums) dropping by for the recording sessions. Klas and Jack Fjellgren play all the guitar parts and write the songs, as well as arranging and producing the recordings. The guys have just completed recording material for a debut album in their basement studio and the finished CD will be released on Double Crown Records on March 27th 2007. One of their songs, "Surfville", will appear on the upcoming Sazanami Records compilation Wild Sazanami Beat #4. Also, be sure to check out the Surfites on MySpace. Cowabunga!
The Surfites - Big Pounder CD is now available for order with credit card and Paypal. If you order before the release date of March 27th you will receive a free bonus track called "Drag-U-La Beat" immediately. The CD will then be shipped to you on it's release date. If you are a subscriber to the Double Crown Music Club you can also get this free bonus track - just drop us a line for details (email@example.com).
To order, click on this link THE SURFITES - BIG POUNDER CD
Sorry there hasn't been a podcast since Halloween - kind of a combination of being super busy and just kinda forgetting to do a new one. However, a few people over the last week have asked when I'm going to do a new show, so here it is! I saw Satan's Pilgrims/Ghastly Ones in Seattle last Saturday, so I decided to dedicate this show to them. It's all Satan's Pilgrims and Ghastly Ones!!! If you have any requests/comments, please send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or use the handy comment form below.
We're up on iTunes now, so if you're looking for an easy way to subscribe/download this podcast, just go to the iTunes music store and search for the "Double Crown On The Rocks" podcast.
You can download this week's show here:
Double Crown On The Rocks - Podcast #17 18.7 MB MP3 02/28/07
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Friday, February 23, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
All I can say is wow! It was quite a night up at Western Washington University for a rare Bellingham show by Neko Case, with Eric Bachmann of Crooked Fingers opening. Neko has quite a history in Bellingham, with relatives in the county and a short stint here working at the 3-B Tavern back in the early 90's. I didn't really follow her much when she moved to Vancouver and started a punk band called Maow, but I did catch her first couple of shows playing at the 3-B Tavern around the release of her debut solo album, The Virginian. Her first show there is probably in my top 5 favorite concerts of all time. The bar was fairly full, but not completely sold out, so there was room to move, converse with friends and enjoy a drink or three. Opening the show was The Sadies, who have played live and recorded with her quite a bit over the years. It was my first Sadies show and it was absolutely spellbinding - their echoey, twangy sound reverberated throughout the club. After a fairly lengthy set (for an opening band) they just stayed up there and welcomed Neko Case to the stage. She only had one album out, and she played just about every song off it, along with a few covers. While I think all of her albums are great, I am thankful for being able to see her so early in her career because she definitely had a different sound back then, perhaps more fun and energetic. It was a transitional period for her, going from a punk band to a (alt) country solo artist. She was very unprofessional back then, with lots of banter between her and the crowd (which thankfully she's continued to do to this day), drinks onstage, and a set of unpolished songs that, when mistakes were made, she'd just shrugg off and continue on.
The next time I saw her she had a different backing band that features Scott and Joel, who were in the Boss Martians back then. They were great musicians, and worked okay for this period in her career, but didn't give her music the same atmosphere as the Sadies did (or her current backing band, for that matter). It was another excellent show, the club was sold out, and I even got to meet her briefly before the show. Joel, Scott, Neko and I talked a bit about their tour...it was a long time ago and having had a few drinks that night, I can't remember any of the details of our conversation. It was easy to tell though that she was having a great time making a living playing music and playing shows all over the country.
The third time I saw her wasn't fun at all. It was a dream bill - The Sadies were opening for her and acting as her backing band again, but this time it was at a large club in Seattle called Nuemos. The room was packed for the Sadies set - they put on a good show, playing for about an hour and featuring songs off their Favourite Colours CD and others. I am fairly tall, just shy of 6 feet, so I could see the stage fairly well from the back (the front was already packed), but my wife couldn't see a thing and wasn't having a good time. After their set we got a drink and a breath of fresh air outside. When we came back in the entire room was absolutely packed - there was no way another person could get into the main room without pushing or shoving their way in. It just didn't seem worth the effort for me, and my wife wasn't going to go through that kinda effort just to be squished and still not be able to see anything. So we tried to listen to the show from a hallway to the side of the stage (next to the restrooms and the smell that one would associate with restrooms). We could kinda see the stage from there, but it just wasn't fun. After about 6 or 7 songs we left. The next day I e-mailed the club and told them how bad I thought it was and asked if they had oversold the show. They apologized, but didn't really answer my question. They did give me free tickets to see the Ocean Blue the following week. I went to that show and had a great time (the club was only about half full).
When I heard that Neko was going to play in Bellingham, my wife (and I) immediately remembered our horrible experience in Seattle. She wasn't that into it, but then I mentioned that it was at the university at their performing arts center. That changed everything. The only thing we'd ever seen their was Western's symphony, so hearing Neko in a venue with seats and perfect acoustics seemed like an amazing prospect. I picked up tickets right away, which was good because it sold out quickly. The place holds about 700 people, but it could have been in a larger venue and still have sold out.
We started off the evening with drinks and dinner, then headed up for the show (the university is situated on a hill overlooking Bellingham Bay). Up front in the "VIP" row was Neko's family, Aaron of the 3-B Tavern/Mono Men, Dan of the Footstompin' Trio/Bucklebusters, and a few restaurateurs that my wife recognized. Eric Bachmann of Crooked Fingers opened the show with a half hour solo set on acoustic guitar and harmonica. He had a nice, mellow sound that fit the room nicely. I especially liked the songs he sang in Spanish - they suited his voice well.
After a short break Neko took the stage along with her band featuring the incredible Jon Rauhouse on guitars and pedal steel and Rachel Flotard of Visqueen on backing vocals. She played a long set, about 1 hr 45 min, including songs from all of her releases except The Virginian (she seems to have disowned that album for some reason). It was amazing to hear her in a room with such perfect sound - you could hear all of the instruments clearly, the buzzing of guitar strings, the sound of the brushes beating against the drums, and the picking of up to four guitars at a time. It was dead quiet between songs, other than banter from the stage and an occasional "whoop", "yeah", or "I love you Neko" from the crowd. The star of the show was obviously Neko, but I was floored by how well her voice blended with Flotard's voice. I haven't heard Visqueen's music yet, but I'll have to give it a try soon. Neko said she was kinda making up the setlist as they went on, which became apparent when they did a song that required Flotard's backing vocals and she was off-stage taking a break. However, she made it back on just in time for the chorus. The set included songs like "Favorite", "Set Out Running", "I Wish I Was the Moon", "The Tigers Have Spoken", "Maybe Sparrow", "Margaret Vs. Pauline", "Buckets of Rain", "Deep Red Bells", "Hold On, Hold On", "Furnace Room Lullaby", along with a bunch of others. She gave shout-outs to the 3-B Tavern and Carl Cozier Elementary school. I didn't think she lived here when she was that young, but it was cool that she still felt a connection with our small little town. She got two standing ovations at the end, after the end of her set and after the encore, and with that the show was over. It was a great, great show that might just nudge itself into my personal top 5 - I don't know if I can bump her first show here at the 3-B from that list though...
I almost forgot, you can download a full Neko Case concert from the NPR website here.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
If any of you out there know of any surf/instro websites, for bands, record labels, or otherwise, that have free downloads please leave a comment with the link. I'll check 'em all out (if there are any) and will post up full write-ups here.
Monday, February 05, 2007
Friday, February 02, 2007
Two seemingly harmless movies, with the help of some creative editing and creepy music, made into horror movie trailers. Pretty funny stuff!
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
The Surfites have put together a video for the title track from their upcoming Double Crown CD, Big Pounder! The CD is set to come out March 2007 - we are just putting the finishing touches on the artwork, then it'll be off to the manufacturer...
The Surfites - Big Pounder
Friday, January 26, 2007
http://www.eklektrikdesign.com. She will be adding more items over the coming months.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
We've got plenty of surf/instro releases (CD's, 7"s and fanzines) available at Double Crown Records. A bunch of new items have been added to the catalog over the last few weeks. Order before January 31st, use coupon code FREESHIP and receive free shipping anywhere in the world (minimum order $20.00). You can order online with credit card/Paypal at: www.dblcrown.com/catalog.html. You can also send a Paypal (www.paypal.com) payment directly to: email@example.com
NEW ITEMS - CD's
* (NEW!) The All-Nighters - Dance 'Til Dawn CD - AMR01 - $12.75
* (BACK IN STOCK!) The All-Nighters - Drink The Night CD - NRM09 - $12.75
* (NEW!) Eddie Angel - Guitar Party + Bonus Tracks CD - SPCD23 - $14.75
* (NEW!) The Aquasonics - Play Songs For The Surfin' Set CD - WT506 - $14.75
* (BACK IN STOCK!) The Arousers - Princes Of Penetration CD - RAU073 - $12.75 (NS)
* (BACK IN STOCK!) The Astroglides - Selling Out CD - SHR02 - $14.75 (NS)
* (BACK IN STOCK!) The Beat Tornados - Scandinavian Interlude CD - FR009 - $16.75
* (NEW!) Big Boy Pete - London American Boy CD - RAU105 - $12.75 (NS)
* (NEW!) The Fuzz-Busters - Retro-Sonic Music For The Moderns CD - FB751 - $14.75
* (NEW!) The Ghastly Ones - Target: Draculon CD - GPC02 - $14.75
* (BACK IN STOCK!) Goggle-A - Goggle-A In Europe DVD - SZ002 - $16.75
* (BACK IN STOCK!) The Kilaueas - Profesor Volcanova CD - ASM022 - $14.75
* (BACK IN STOCK!) Los Mel-Tones - Surf Sensation CD - LCM46 - $14.75
* (NEW!) The Orangu-Tones - Introducing The Simian Sounds CD - WT503 - $14.75
* (NEW!) The Orangu-Tones - Pledge Kappa Epsilon Gamma CD - WT504 - $14.75
* (NEW!) Planet Creep - Self Service CD - PC001 - $16.75 (NS)
* (NEW!) The Rattlesnakes - Tornado CD - TCY04 - $14.75 (NS)
* (NEW!) The Razorblades - The Dark Side Of The Beach CD - GS001 - $14.75
* (BACK IN STOCK!!) The Sandblasters - Jupiter Beach CD - RAU111 - $12.75 (NS)
* (NEW!) The Sidemen - Go Too Far! CD - ZRR01 - $16.75 (NS)
* (NEW!) The Sin-Tones - Surf-O-Ghetti! CD - FWM26 - $16.75
* (BACK IN STOCK!) Surf Cinema - S/T CD - SC4827 - $14.75
* (BACK IN STOCK!) The Surfin' Gorillas - The Return Of... CD - FT017 - $14.75 (NS)
* (NEW!) The Surf Kings - Coming Up For Air CD - IM002 - $13.75
* (BACK IN STOCK!) The Surf Kings - Up From The Depths CD - IM001 - $12.75
* (NEW!) TubeStone - Aligretosurfati CD - TBS01 - $14.75 (NS)
* (BACK IN STOCK!) V/A - Better Than The Average Weekend: Shadowy Men Tribute CD - DE011 - $14.75
* (NEW!) V/A - Big Wave Riders CD - DE020 - $14.75
* (NEW!) V/A - Los Kahunas / The Invisible Surfers - Waves Of Reverb, Sea Of Fuzz #1 CD - NF017 - $14.75 (NS)
* (NEW!) V/A - Reverb Brazil CD - RB001 - $14.75 (NS)
* (BACK IN STOCK!!) V/A - This Is Rockabilly Clash CD - RAU131 - $14.75 (NS)
NEW ITEMS - 7" & 10" VINYL
* (NEW!) El Ray - Holiday On Ice 10" - HTR203 - $11.75
* (NEW!) The Ghastly Ones - Flying Saucers Over Van Nuys 7" (Green
* (BACK IN STOCK!) Los Kogars - Action Packed 7" EP - SFX008- $4.75
* (NEW!) Monsters From Mars - Surfing Through A Creepy Castle 7" EP - TTT01 - $4.75
* (NEW!) The Orangu-Tones - Santa's Comin' / Don't Believe In Christmas 7" - WT709 - $4.75
* (BACK IN STOCK!) The Panasonics - Introducing The Inscrutable Panasonics/Panther 7" - SP008- $4.00
* (NEW!) The Savage Wrong Notes - Rip Tide / Green Room 7" - VR002 - $4.75
* (NEW!) Thundercrack - Here Comes... 7" EP (French Import) - RY709- $4.75
NEW ITEMS - FANZINES
* (NEW!) Barracuda Magazine - Issue #21 - BM021 - $3.50
* (NEW!) Barracuda Magazine - Issue #22 - BM022 - $3.50
* (NEW!) The Hungover Gormet - Issue #8 - HG008 - $2.00
* (NEW!) New Gandy Dancer - #80 - NGD080 - $8.00
* (NEW!) Pipeline Instrumental Review - #72 - PL072 - $6.75
* (NEW!) Tiki Magazine - - TM006 - $4.95
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Friday, January 19, 2007
Okay, I'm a little late with this, but it's still pretty cool. This site has the original version and a slowed down version, allowing you to hear how the "Chipmunks" sang their parts. They had to harmonize and enunciate carefully, but really, really slow. Check it out here.