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Help Banding Together for Giving Tuesday!

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

We challenge you to #GiveALittle on #GivingTuesday. Help Banding Together achieve 108 donations in 24 hrs!

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Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot: Osaka Rocka! – Live in Japan is now available

Friday, November 4th, 2016

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Three-time Grammy-award-winner BRIAN SETZER’s new concert Blu-ray/CD, ROCKABILLY RIOT: OSAKA ROCKA! – LIVE IN JAPAN–filmed on February 18 at Namba Hatch in Osaka, Japan–is now available via Surfdog Records. Live and loud, the concert encompasses songs from SETZER’s acclaimed 2014 studio album Rockabilly Riot! All Original—a sizzling rockabilly album from start to finish featuring SETZER’s trademark twang and fretboard fire. Also included are classic hits from his Stray Cats days, Brian Setzer Orchestra tunes and tracks from his solo albums. In front of the wildly enthusiastic audience, Brian Setzer and his band—Noah Levy (Drums), Kevin McKendree (Piano and Guitar) and Mark Winchester (Bass)—are firing on all cylinders.
“This is the first time we’ve recorded the Rockabilly Riot on film,” says SETZER. “And also, just like in America, the cities differ in Japan. The Osaka fans are noted for generally being a very loyal and energetic audience. As you’ll see from the show, the Osaka fans are die-hard and know every single song and applaud after guitar solos, and even sing along to songs that I typically don’t see in other cities.”
ROCKABILLY RIOT: OSAKA ROCKA! – LIVE IN JAPAN is impressive on many levels including the red-hot chemistry of the band. “When you look up rockabilly in the dictionary there is a picture of Mark Winchester,” notes SETZER. “He grew up slapping the bass and is in a class of his own. The relationship with the drummer and the bass player in rockabilly is very unique. The slap bass is a rhythmic sounding instrument, so the drummer has to be very in time with him in order not to sound sloppy. Noah Levy is a very on-the-beat solid drummer, whereas me, as a guitar player, I push everything while they hold it all in place. And when you’re talking about the great rockabilly piano players, it’s a very short list, and Kevin McKendree is on it. And he also plays guitar incredibly well. We all just complement each other.”
Asked what he’d like to overhear fans saying after a gig, SETZER says: “I would love to hear, ‘You know, that Rockabilly Riot squad has all the energy and great things I like about the original rockabilly sound, yet they’re a modern band making this music sound new. I love it.’”
Blu-ray Track List:
1. IGNITION
2. RUMBLE IN BRIGHTON
3. VINYL RECORDS
4. STRAY CAT STRUT
5. NOTHING IS A SURE THING
6. STILETTO COOL
7. CRY BABY
8. ’49 MERCURY BLUES
9. WHAT’S HER NAME
10. DRIVE LIKE LIGHTNING (CRASH LIKE THUNDER)
11. SLOW DOWN / FOLSOM PRISON BLUES
12. GENE & EDDIE
13. BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY
14. RUNAWAY BOYS
15. 8-TRACK
16. FISHNET STOCKINGS
17. LET’S SHAKE
18. SLEEPWALK
19. ROCK THIS TOWN
20. SEVEN NIGHTS TO ROCK
CD Track List:
1. IGNITION
2. VINYL RECORDS
3. STRAY CAT STRUT
4. NOTHING IS A SURE THING
5. STILETTO COOL
6. CRY BABY
7. WHAT’S HER NAME
8. SLOW DOWN / FOLSOM PRISON BLUES
9. GENE & EDDIE
10. BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY
11. RUNAWAY BOYS
12. FISHNET STOCKINGS
13. LET’S SHAKE
14. SLEEPWALK
15. ROCK THIS TOWN
16. SEVEN NIGHTS TO ROCK

 

Legendary producer Glyn Johns visits the Surfdog office!!

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame producer Glyn Johns stopped by the office for a visit! Surfdog and Glyn recently worked together on the release of Eric Clapton’s latest record, I Still Do, which was received with rave reviews by fans and critics and was a Billboard Top 5 Album (and #1 Billboard Blues Chart for 16 consecutive weeks).
Check out Glyn, his wonderful wife Glynis, cruising in a ’76 Cadillac Eldorado (with Surfdog owner Dave K in the back seat)!
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Banding Together Magic with Ziggy Marley

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Such a magical night with Banding Together rock stars getting to jam with Ziggy Marley at the Belly Up!

20 years ago today, “What I Got” reached #1 on Billboards Alternative songs chart!

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

On this day back in ’96, Sublime’s classic hit, “What I Got” made it to the #1 spot on Billboards Alternative songs chart!!

Celebrating 20 Years of MOM!!

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

In 1996, Dave Kaplan (Surfdog Founder) and Pierce Flynn (CEO Surfrider Foundation) got together to produce the first MOM (Music For Our Mother Ocean) album. They started with nothing except a dream to help their beloved Mother Ocean! When fellow surfers Eddie Vedder and Perry Farrell joined the mission, the project was off and running. They were later joined by No Doubt, Beastie Boys, Ramones, Soundgarden and tons of other iconic alternative bands. Surfdog donated the proceeds from album sales to the Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to protect and preserve the world’s oceans, waves, and beaches. Click here for more information and to join!

One of the many incredible stories behind ‘the making of’ MOM was that of Sublime.  The record was entirely finished and mastered when we received a call (out of nowhere) from Bradley Nowell.  Bradley explained that he was an impassioned surfer and ocean-lover and how meaningful it would be to him, personally, to be included.  He told us his band had a song (which turned out to be ‘Badfish’) that was perfect.  We told him we unfortunately had no more room on the cd and that the cover art was already completed, etc.  When he would not relent on his emotional plea, we finally said to ourselves, ‘How can we NOT include him and the band on our record?!’  So…we found a way to add the song (we’re so glad we did!) and, as you can note on the cover art, their name does not match the other bands on the cover due to it being drawn onto the already-completed artwork.  Thank goodness the name ‘Sublime’ came last alphabetically or (in the manual-art days before photoshop) it may have been impossible!

The MOM compilation album(s) led to one of the largest donations in Surfrider Foundation history. Two other MOM releases followed in subsequent years, featuring many of the biggest musical artists in the world. Check out the documentary below!

Happy 34th Anniversary to Kim and Glen Campbell

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Today marks Kim and Glen’s 34th wedding anniversary. Check out Kim’s heartwarming article, expressing her love for Glen and the struggles of his Alzheimers.

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Check out the Premiere of “Rumble In Brighton” In Rolling Stone

Monday, October 24th, 2016
Click here to check out the exclusive Rolling Stone premiere of Brian Setzer performing “Rumble In Brighton” featured in the upcoming Rockabilly Riot: Osaka Rocka! – Live in Japan release out November 4th.
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Brian’s album, “13” turns 10!

Monday, October 24th, 2016
On this day back in ’06, Brian released 13!
In celebration of the anniversary and the year of the 13th Annual Christmas Rocks! tour, check out Brian’s 13 Deep Cuts playlist!

Today marks Stray Cats’ 35th anniversary of their American Television Debut!

Sunday, October 16th, 2016
On October 16th, 1981, Stray Cats made their American television debut on ABC’s “Fridays” – a sketch show that rivaled Saturday Night Live.