Tag Archive: Freaky Tiki Surf-ari

Aug 14 2017

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Voodoo III

Robert Drasnin Official Site Voodoo III, Dionysus Records 2017 Exotica legend Robert Drasnin had been hard at work right up until his passing in 2015. 2011 saw him working with the Waitiki 7, both on covering his past hits and playing his new composition “In A Dorian Mode.” He was also hard at work on …

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Aug 07 2017

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: The Return

Those subscribed to the site’s Facebook and Twitter feeds will undoubtedly recall our behind-the-scenes woes from earlier in the summer. Although I’m happy to report we’re back in the game, I must admit a twinge of sadness over the lost time I could have been spending on getting content done in advance. In addition to …

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Aug 29 2016

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Tres Gatos Suave

The Turbosonics Official Site Tres Gatos Suave, Self-release 2015 VFW Surf, Self-release 2008 When I last discussed the Turbosonics, I expressed hope the (then) upcoming release of Tres Gatos Suave (“Three Cool Cats” for those who you who didn’t take high school Spanish) would lead to more spooky stuff by the band. Did I get …

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Aug 26 2016

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Maritime Mysteries

Kava Kon Official Site Maritime Mysteries, self-release 2016 It’s been a long time since we last heard from Kava Kon. Although the proposed EP Virgin Lava has yet to materialize, I can’t complain since we got a full album instead. That’s right, Maritime Mysteries is the band’s third album and the wait was completely worth …

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Aug 16 2016

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Genki Genki Panic

Genki Genki Panic Official Site Ghoulie High Harmony, Canker Bay Records 2015 Spooky Fingers, Canker Bay Records 2016 The Japanese word “genki” is hard to translate thanks to its many potential English meanings. A quick online shows people romanizing it as “energy,” “happy,” “energetic,” “lively” and “enthusiastic.” It’s apparently also used in Japan as a …

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Aug 08 2016

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Alika Lyman Group

Alika Lyman Group Official Site Leis of Jazz, Vol. 2, Dionysus Records 2014 For those not in the know, the original Leis of Jazz was released by the legendary exotica artist Arthur Lyman back in 1959. Leis of Jazz, Vol. 2 is the creation of his great nephew Alika. I can’t claim to have my …

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Aug 01 2016

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: The Return

Dionysus Records recently gave me some great news about this year’s Tiki Oasis. Not only is the theme going to be “Party on Monster Island,” but there is going to be a TON of live performances from bands like Creepxotica, Jason Lee and the R.I.P.tides and Alika Lyman Group (among many others). Don’t worry if …

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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 24 2015

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: The Vulcanos

The Vulcanos Official Facebook Meet The Vulcanos, Scatter Records 2013 Hailing from Argentina (Buenos Aires, to be specific), the self-described “mod-surf-beat-garage” band the Vulcanos have a particularly interesting history. Formed from members of the defunct surf groups Los Vengadores, Los Transmisores and MODelo ยด63, the band officially started in 2006. I say “officially” since two …

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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 17 2015

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: The Turbosonics

The Turbosonics Official Site Live At Howlers – Pittsburgh, 2010, Self-release 2011 The Turbosonics, Self-release 2013 The story of the Turbosonics begins in Pittsburgh, PA. Pittsburgh in 2008 to be specific. That’s when drummer Timmy Klatte placed an ad on Craigslist in order to make his dream of playing in a surf band come true. …

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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 04 2015

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: The Return

2015 has proven to be quite the year for the world of exotica. Although several great albums have been (or will be) released, I thought it best to save discussion of those for another time. It seemed to be the only appropriate way to handle the matter, given the recent passing of exotica pioneer Robert …

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Aug 31 2014

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

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

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

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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