Category Archive: Freaky Tiki Surf-ari

Aug 31 2014

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion

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Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion Official Site The Legend Of Goatman’s Bridge, Scorpi-O-Tone Recordings 2011 Five After Midnight, Scorpi-O-Tone Recordings 2011 While there are many horror bands who wear masks and perform under aliases, none are nearly ass mysterious as Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion. One would think a band based …

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Aug 26 2014

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Creepxotica

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Creepxotica Official Site Creepxotica, Dionysus Records 2011 Haunted Bossa Nova, Dionysus Records 2013 Creepxotica has a rather interesting history. It’s actually a side project of the horror surf band The Creepy Creeps, which is in turn made up from former members of bands like Struggle, Tarantula Hawk and The Locust (among others). Hailing from San …

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Aug 19 2014

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: The Tsultry Tsounds of Go!Tsunami

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Go!Tsunami Official Facebook The Tsultry Tsounds of Go!Tsunami, Deep Eddy Records 2013 What can I say about Go!Tsunami that I haven’t already said in my first review of their work? As you may have guessed, this means I love the band and their follow-up to 2009’s New Wave Order is awesome. Let’s look at how …

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Aug 14 2014

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Hello Little Olives

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Ding Dong Devils Official Facebook Hello Little Olives, Tiki Tunes Records 2012 The Ding Dong Devils are back! While the songs are all new, their unique brand of playful exotica/surfabilly/fuzzy rock is still the same. Hello Little Olives is loaded with musical shout-outs, which ranges from Don Ho to GG Allin! “Meet Me At the …

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Aug 06 2014

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: The Return

I started the Freaky Tiki Surf-ari four years ago and find myself pleasantly surprised by how the exotica genre seems to embrace its freaky side more and more each year. Hopefully you had similar feelings about our surprise foreshadowing on the podcast. This year is no exception and I think you will find the albums …

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Aug 01 2014

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: 6′+ Episode 116 is Up!

To quote the description given at the new listing: “It wouldn’t be summer without this yearly event of surf and exotica. We have music from Creepxotica, Hell-O-Tiki, Go!Tsunami, The Atomic Mosquitos, The Hula Girls and more. Monstermatt Patterson tries to go surfing but can’t find a stable wifi connection.” Remember to email 6′+ (contact at …

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Aug 29 2013

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Les Baxter

Les Baxter Official Site Ritual of the Savage, Rev-Ola Records 2006 (Original release date: 1951) The Passions, Rev-Ola Records 2006 (Original release date: 1954) Ever since I first started the Freaky Tiki Surf-ari, I know that someday I simply had to cover the work of Les Baxter in some way. Considering how his album Ritual …

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Aug 26 2013

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: The Coffin Daggers

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The Coffin Daggers Official Site Monsters from the Id, Urko Records 2011 New York 1999. While Y2K was weighing heavily on many peoples’ minds, Viktor Venom (aka Victor Dominicis) was thinking about music. Having previously preformed as a part of Reagan Youth, Chaos UK and Nausea, Venom was no stranger to punk rock. However, he …

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Aug 22 2013

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Hans Karl

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Hans Karl Official Site Shagxotica!, Hans Karl Music 2002 The works of Josh “Shag!” Agle have an undeniable place in the world of Tiki culture (and vice versa). But for some reason, that only seems to apply to the art of Tiki and not the music. While it is true that Shag has designed covers …

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Aug 20 2013

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Volcano Kings

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Volcano Kings Official Myspace Music For An Exotic Monster Beach Party in Outer Space: Volume 1 , The Pawtucket League of Gentlemen 2012 The Rhode Island-based Volcano Kings have one of most intriguing musical styles I’ve ever encountered. Although plenty of the bands I’ve reviewed here cite surf, spy and film western music as influences, …

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Aug 06 2013

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Crafts and Cocktails

Back in 2011, the Curiosity Group’s monthly papercraft calendar for May was a Tiki idol. If you can’t find it, you can always try politely emailing them to see if they’ll send it to you. Maui Tiki Tours has a great tutorial on how to build your own Tiki Halloween costume. Tiki idols always look …

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Aug 02 2013

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: The Return

It’s August and you know what that means: The Freaky Tiki Surf-ari is back! I may have a lot going on in my personal life, but that won’t stop me from giving you my annual series of exotica and surf reviews (complete with a tie-in episode of the podcast). So until we get things started …

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Dec 22 2012

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: King Kukulele and the Friki Tikis

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King Kukulele and the Friki Tikis Official Site Luau In December, Friki Tiki Records 2008 Even if you’ve never heard one of their albums before, chances are that you’re already aware of King Kukulele and the Friki Tikis. Although active for quite some time on the West Coast, King Kukulele officially made his presence known …

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Aug 31 2012

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Phase 2

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Daikaiju Official Site Phase 2, DingDong Records 2010 Daikaiju has been up to a lot since I reviewed their debut album in the first Freaky Tiki Surf-ari. After issuing their “Flight of Garuda” single, the band released their second major album, appropriately named Phase 2. In “Escape From Nebula M Spacehunter” (named for the location …

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Aug 31 2012

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Clouseaux

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Clouseaux Official Site Clouseaux, Air Y Hola 2001 Destination Oasis, Air Y Hola Records 2003 Lagoon, Dionysus Records 2004 Beyond Good and Evil, Self-released 2006 [Audio clip: view full post to listen] When one thinks of exotica, visions of Polynesia and Hawaii immediately spring to mind. However, exotica groups can be found all over America …

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Aug 29 2012

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Space Party

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Space Party Official Myspace Invasion of the Surfer-Men!, Self-release 2010 Hellfire Halloween, Self-release 2010 With the scene flooded with so many American horror surf bands, it might be easy to miss the Australian group Space Party at first. Consisting of Alex Plegt on guitar, Kevin Lauro on bass and Darren Atkinson on drums, the band …

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