Category Archive: Exotica

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Aug 30 2015

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: The Voodoo Organist


The Voodoo Organist Official Site Organ Voodoo, Dionysus Records 2015 Ever since the overstuffed first installment of the Freaky Tiki Surf-ari back in 2010, I’ve always made a conscious effort to keep my reviews limited to two exotica albums and two surf albums per year. But when Dionysus Records told me about this album, I …

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Aug 21 2015

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Space Fezcapade


Ding Dong Devils Official Facebook Space Fezcapade, Tiki Tunes Records 2014 It has been a year since I had last covered the Ding Dong Devils here and the outer space album promised in that last review is now a reality. Hardcore exotica fans will recognize the name and cover art of Space Fezcapade as being …

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Aug 12 2015

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: The Crazed Mugs


The Crazed Mugs Official Site Find Forbidden Island, Orange Seal Entertainment 2011 The Crazed Mugs are a Florida-based exotica band which only could have formed in the internet age. Founded in 2004 by the mystery man known only as “pablus,” he met Ken Kanaka through the Tiki Central website. Mr. Kanaka was the man behind …

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Aug 26 2014

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Creepxotica


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 14 2014

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Hello Little Olives


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 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 22 2013

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Hans Karl


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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Dec 22 2012

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


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: Clouseaux


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 21 2012

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica


Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica Official Site Third River Rangoon, Self-released 2011 [Audio clip: view full post to listen] One cannot discuss Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica without first discussing Juan García Esquivel. More popularly known as “Esquivel” or “The King of Space Age Pop,” he got his start piano playing for a Mexican radio station when he was …

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Aug 08 2012

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: The Return

The Freaky Tiki Surf-ari is back and I’m really excited about this year’s schedule of events. We’ve got two exotica reviews, two surf rock reviews, a tie-in episode of the podcast and more! On top of that, each music review will have a bonus sample track! I’m also looking forward to showcasing my new, stripped-down …

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Aug 31 2011

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: King Kong vs. Godzilla Soundtrack

Akira Ikufube Official Site (Label) King Kong vs. Godzilla Soundtrack, La-La Land Records 2006 (Original release date: 1962) I know this seems like a bizarre way to close out this year’s Freaky Tiki Surf-ari. Truth be told, even I thought the idea that the King Kong vs. Godzilla soundtrack had anything to do with exotica …

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Aug 19 2011

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: 6′+ Episode 11 is Up!

To quote the description given at the new listing: “It wouldn’t be summer without the annual event over at Gravedigger’s Local 16: The Freaky Tiki Surf-ari. You can check out all the hooplah at the luau here while you listen to this episode. We have some of the hits from Tiki’s past, present and future. …

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Aug 18 2011

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Ding Dong Devils


Ding Dong Devils Official Myspace Tassels, Mai-Tais & Mischief, Tiki Tunes Records 2010 Based out of Los Angeles, the Ding Dong Devils are not your average exotica band. In addition to the obvious exotica and surf influences, the band also draws inspiration from “fuzzy 60’s garage rock, amped-up rockabilly, tremolo-laden surf, and even the greasy …

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Sep 29 2010

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Don Tiki

You don't have to turn off the red light...

Don Tiki Official Site South of the Boudoir, Taboo Records 2009 I first became hooked on Don Tiki after hearing the spooky Tiki track “The Natives Are Restless.” Further research on the band led me to discover that they had done other songs with kinda creepy titles, such as “Axolotl” and “The Hypnotizing Man.” Their …

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Sep 28 2010

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Robert Drasnin

That voodoo that he do so well...

Robert Drasnin Official Site Voodoo II, Dionysus Records 2007 Martin Denny. Les Baxter. Arthur Lyman. They are the greats of the classic exotica world. However, I think there’s a name missing from that list: Robert Drasnin. Granted, he’s only released two exotica albums, Voodoo and Voodoo II, but I think their quality and importance more …

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