Surfdog Unites With Drake Bell for Major Strategic Partnership

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012





Surfdog unties with Drake Bell for major strategic partnership.

Surfdog is proud to announce its new strategic partnership with multi-talented musician/actor Drake Bell. The deal will comprise recordings, merchandising, live music performances, and other creative initiatives. Bell is currently hard at work recording his Surfdog label debut, with release scheduled for early 2013.

“I’ve known Dave and the people at Surfdog for a long time now and they are a great group of music loving people,” says Bell. ”When it was time to begin the next phase of my music career, I knew that’s where I wanted to be.”

“We are excited to be working with Drake, who is one of the most talented and motivated young artists I’ve ever met,” says Dave Kaplan, President of Surfdog. “Drake has some very focused musical ideas that fit well with what we do here at Surfdog, so making this deal was a no-brainer for us.”

“Drake is an awesome talent and we’re all impressed with his writing, performing, and enthusiasm,” adds Surfdog General Manager Scott Seine. “We’re stoked to be working together!”

An extraordinarily versatile artist, Bell’s career kicked off with roles in a number of iconic films, including Jerry Maguire and High Fidelity (in which he memorably portrayed the young “Rob Gordon”). He received his first guitar lessons from the legendary Roger Daltrey while the two co-starred in 2001’s Chasing Destiny and quickly began writing and performing his own original songs. Two full-length albums followed, 2005’s independently released Telegraph and 2006’s It’s Only Time. Allmusic awarded four-out-of-five stars to both collections, praising Bell’s “knack for charming, well-crafted pop tunes” as well as the “vintage sound inspired by Abbey Road Studio.” Bell toured often, selling out venues around the world with his classic but contemporary brand of melodic pop rock ‘n’ roll. An inexhaustible songwriter, Drake unveiled a series of new songs online before releasing 2011’s A Reminder EP, produced by John Fields (Jellyfish, Rooney, Jack’s Mannequin).

Bell is of course best known to a generation of fans as one of the eponymous stars of Nickelodeon’s smash sitcom, Drake & Josh. The long-running series made Drake an international household name, spawning three highly-rated TV movies and a hugely successful soundtrack collection highlighted by Bell’s original opening theme, “I Found A Way.” Bell proved one of Nickelodeon’s most popular and resourceful stars, winning a total of 10 Kids Choice Awards, both here and abroad. He recently paid homage to the network by starring in two live-action films based on the network’s animated series, The Fairly OddParents. In 2008, Bell received the 2008 Teen Choice Awards’ “Choice Breakout Movie Actor” surfboard, honoring his leading role in the hit comedy, Superhero Movie. Drake is also a hugely in-demand voice actor, currently starring as “Peter Parker” on the breakthrough animated series Ultimate Spider-Man.

Known for his philanthropic activities, Bell actively supports The Thirst Project, a nonprofit movement of high school and college students who are raising awareness of and bringing solutions to the global water crisis. Together Bell and The Thirst Project have worked to provide safe, clean water to thousands of children in need. In 2010, Drake was honored with the Pioneering Spirit Award, the highest honor The Thirst Project accords any individual. Please visit for more information.

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About Surfdog: Surfdog Records and Dave Kaplan Management are part of a broad-based entertainment company founded in 1985 by Dave Kaplan. Located in Encinitas, CA, the entertainment group also includes: Surfdog Music Publishing & Licensing, Surfdog Entertainment Marketing (SDE) and Surfdog’s Java Hut. The label’s passion for music includes an eclectic array of genres. They have released over 100 albums, by artists such as Brian Setzer, Glen Campbell, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart, Stray Cats, Butthole Surfers, Slightly Stoopid, Richard Cheese, Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks, Gary Hoey, and many more. In addition, they’ve released several soundtrack albums, including The Endless Summer II and Step Into Liquid. Surfdog artists’ music has been prominently featured in numerous top-line motion pictures, commercials and television shows. Surfdog is proud to be an ocean-conscious company whose motto is “Please Help Preserve Our Oceans,” something they do daily in their support for Surfrider Foundation and involvement in the local community.

Pre-order: Brian Setzer’s “Rockabilly Riot! Live from the Planet” on LIMITED EDITION TRIPLE-GATEFOLD COLOR VINYL!!

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012



Product ships out Aug. 31st.


Brian Setzer’s smash hit “Rockabilly Riot!” tour saw him rock four different continents: Europe, North America, Japan, and Australia! We took the very best from every show to put together this amazing album! It’s an all-out assault. An overcharged and thrilling attack of American rock n’ roll. This lineup includes two (YES TWO!) slappin’ stand-up bassists (each bringing some extra thump to the party,) two (YES TWO!) drummers, one being none other than Stray Cat Slim Jim Phantom, and an on-fire boogie-woogie piano. 


Now the WHOLE SHOW is available as a TRIPLE-GATEFOLD COLORED VINYL – LIMITED TO ONLY 1,000 PIECES! It comes with a full MP3 download too!


Check out the scorchin' tracks on the vinyl:



Ignition (Clermont-Ferrand, France)

’49 Mercury Blues (Calgary, Canada)

This Cat’s On A Hot Tin Roof (Edmonton, Canada)

Drive Like Lightning (Crash Like Thunder) (Adelaide, Australia)



8-Track (Bordeaux, France)

Slow Down / Folsom Prison Blues (Austin, Texas, USA)

Put Your Cat Clothes On (Seattle, Washington, USA)



Blue Moon of Kentucky (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Pickpocket (Stockholm, Sweden)

Rumble in Brighton (Tokyo, Japan)

Runaway Boys (Portland, Oregon, USA)



(She's) Sexy + 17 (Berlin, Germany)

Stray Cat Strut (Manchester, England, UK)

Cry Baby (Zurich, Switzerland)

Great Balls Of Fire (Sydney, Australia)



Red Hot (Amsterdam, Holland)

Fishnet Stockings (Spokane, Washington, USA)



Rock This Town (Luxembourg, France)

Seven Nights to Rock (Wichita, Kansas, USA)



Setzer was every inch the lightning-fingered keeper of the rockabilly flame. – Brisbane Times


Yes, this is rock & roll how it should be done. – Rave Magazine


Setzer and Co. prove that these old hands sure know how to rock n’ roll, and perform in their various configurations like a tightly wound, well oiled, fighting machine… –


Reaching into the past, Setzer has communed and collaborated with the great musical ghosts and has pressed on with his mission of revising and redefining the sounds of origins of rock and roll. –


The Burning of Rome WINS ‘Best Alternative’ at 2012 San Diego Music Awards!!

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Congrats to The Burning of Rome on winning 'Best Alternative' at the 2012 San Diego Music Awards!


The Burning of Rome is currently on tour, and were performing in Phoenix, AZ at Revolver Records when we reached them with the great news. Here's what they had to say:

"To the kind civilians that thought enough of our music to vote for us at the SDMA's this year, a great and many thanks for your continued support. If it were scientifically plausible we'd teleport into each of your homes right now and wrap you in rainbows of appreciation. As strange as it feels to be an artist pitted against our peers for recognition it is still comforting to know that our music is being heard and appreciated by those that voted for us. Leagues of gratitude from the Burning of Rome. We love you all very much."

Congrats to all the nominees!

Catch The Burning of Rome on tour now!

Upcoming tour dates:

…and be sure to grab their new album With Us, out September 18th on Surfdog Records!!

The Burning of Rome - With Us

Free MP3 download: Ballad Of An Onion Sprout


Dave Stewart To Release New Album ‘The Ringmaster General’!!

Thursday, August 9th, 2012


Dave Stewart's "The Ringmaster General" available September 4th!!
Dave Stewart holds a special place in his heart for Nashville. That’s where the legendary British singer, songwriter and guitarist has now recorded two albums: 2011’s critically praised The Blackbird Diaries and the forthcoming THE RINGMASTER GENERAL, set for release September 4 in the U.S. and September 3 in Europe via Weapons of Mass Entertainment/Surfdog. The album was produced by STEWART and Mike Bradford.
A potent and distinctive musical gumbo with rock, blues, country, rhythm & blues and psychedelia, THE RINGMASTER GENERAL was recorded and mixed by John McBride at the famed studio he owns with Martina McBride, Blackbird Studio. It features 13 new songs–including striking duets with Alison Krauss, Diane Birch and Joss Stone–as well as one sung with and co-written by Jessie Baylin.  The blistering guitar skills of Orianthi are featured as well. As with The Blackbird Diaries, STEWART is backed by some of the finest musicians in Nashville including: guitarist Tom Bukovac, drummer Chad Cromwell, bassist Michael Rhodes, steel guitarist Dan Dugmore and Mike Rojas on piano.
More on this story can be found here.

New video: The Burning of Rome – Ballad of an Onion Sprout

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

The new video for "Ballad of an Onion Sprout" made its premiere over at


Owl And Bear

Glen Campbell’s Video For “A Better Place” In Rolling Stone’s Playlist

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Rolling Stone has added Glen Campbell's touching video for "A Better Place" to the RS playlist!

Brian Setzer – Rockabilly Riot! Live From The Planet: Listen to “Ignition” Now!!!

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Check out the CD track list! Bonus tracks will be available on the vinyl and digitally!

  1. Ignition (Clermont-Ferrand, France)
  2. ’49 Mercury Blues (Calgary, Canada)
  3. This Cat’s On A Hot Tin Roof (Edmonton, Canada)
  4. Drive Like Lightning (Crash Like Thunder) (Adelaide, Australia)
  5. 8-Track (Bordeaux, France)
  6. Slow Down / Folsom Prison Blues (Austin, Texas, USA)
  7. Put Your Cat Clothes On (Seattle, Washington, USA)
  8. Blue Moon of Kentucky (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
  9. Pickpocket (Stockholm, Sweden)
  10. Rumble in Brighton (Tokyo, Japan)
  11. Runaway Boys (Portland, Oregon, USA)
  12. Cry Baby (Zurich, Switzerland)
  13. Great Balls Of Fire (Sydney, Australia)
  14. Red Hot (Amsterdam, Holland)
  15. Seven Nights to Rock (Wichita, Kansas, USA)

Were you in the audience for one of these songs? Head over to Brian's Facebook page and let the planet know! This is one live album that's gonna rock!!


New Dan Hicks Tour Dates!

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Dan Hicks


If you haven't seen Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks live yet…here's your chance!

The Burning of Rome: Incredible Minds

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

"A lot is riding on this new record." Adam Traub checks in by phone about his band the Burning of Rome and their new disc. "Kind of everything. We've got a good relationship with our label (Surfdog Records.) I'm treating it like it's our chance to break out. Everything came together at the same time – the booking agent, the label, and the publicist. It's sink or swim time."


Read the rest of Dave Good's interview with The Burning of Rome at the San Diego Reader.

New dates added to The Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza 2012!!!

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

The Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza 2012


More dates and pre-sales have been added to this year's Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza!! Check out all of Brian's tour dates below, and stay tuned for more announcements to come!