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2011: End of the Year – THE NEW BREED

          The Year 2011 brought us a wide collection of great music from many genres of horror music. It would be pretentious of us here at GdL16 to think that we could pick THE BEST ALBUM OF 2011. And as science has proved, lists are for suckers and shitty music blogs. …

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2011: End of the Year – PART 2

          The Year 2011 brought us a wide collection of great music from many genres of horror music. It would be pretentious of us here at GdL16 to think that we could pick THE BEST ALBUM OF 2011. And as science has proved, BEST OF lists are for suckers and shitty …

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Things I Dig Up

For about five years, I resided in Troy, New York. It was one of the three cities in the “Tri-City Region,” the other two being Schenectady and the state capitol, Albany. Schenectady and I never hit it off. My only forays included hanging out with a semi-crazy goth girl I met while she worked at …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: The Crimson Ghosts

The Crimson Ghosts Official Myspace Earth EP, Necro-Tone Records 2009 One cannot discuss the Crimson Ghosts without first discussing the Misfits. Formed by Glenn Danzig in 1977, the punk band has gone through many changes since its humble beginnings in Lodi, New Jersey. Although their name came from a Marilyn Monroe film, the band’s image …

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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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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Go!Tsunami

Comrade Voorhees approves!

Go!Tsunami Official Myspace New Wave Order, Deep Eddy Records 2009 The exact origins of Go!Tsunami are just as mysterious as the hockey mask-wearing musicians that make up the band. Checking their official bio will tell you the band was formed in Springfield, IL and how the band consists of: Riptide Stan Overboard Stringray Jr. The …

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Year of The Von Drats

2011 might be the year of The Von Drats, the surf band from out of Toronto. Riding high from their debut release in 2010, the rockin’ “Dratsylvania,” the band has seen a pick-up in activity in 2011.  First, they were the only surf band on the Rue Morgue comp, Hymns from the House of Horror Vol.2 (which, if you …

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The Mermen A Glorious Lethal Euphoria June is a four letter word. June, historically, has been what they call a shit month for me. Nothing outright tragic or catastrophic has come about within that calendar month which is why the yearly dolor that rides in after May is confounding. Outside of some biological or metaphysical …

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Kill, Baby…Kill, ‘Sometimes They Come Back’

What the hell is going on in Alabama? That state has produced some of the most interesting surf-instrumental reverb minds around. One of the finest examples is Kill, Baby…Kill, the five-fingers of death in music form. Their debut recording, the EP titled SOMETIMES THEY COME BACK, is five tracks of high voltage instro music. It’s not just power …

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Zombie Surf Camp, ‘Zombie Surf Camp’

Zombie Surf Camp Zombie Surf Camp Can a vampire ever be a convincing lower-class dredge? There are many attempts to give the creature a grittier edge, though outside of a return to the inhuman version of NOSFERATU, the vampire will have a lot to overcome before it turns out to be something less-than-beautiful. Since the …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: The Ghastly Ones

Date night!

The Ghastly Ones Official Site Target: Draculon, Ghastly Plastics 2006 Unearthed, Ghastly Plastics 2007 Well, Freaky Tiki Surf-ari has come to a close and I’ve saved what’s often regarded as (and rightfully so) the best for last. Not only do the Ghastly Ones play amazing horror surf jam-packed with horror movie references, but they also …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Satan’s Pilgrims

Satan’s Pilgrims Official Site Plymouth Rock, Musick Recordings 2004 Psychsploitation, Sp Records 2009 According to their official Facebook page, Satan’s Pilgrims formed in 1992 over a (quote) “series of house parties hosted by the members of the band” in Portland, Oregon. Basing their name on the exploitation film Satan’s Sadists, the Pilgrims soon became an …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: The Surf Zombies

Criswell Predicts!

The Surf Zombies Official Myspace Something Weird, Oasis Manufacturing 2009 The Surf Zombies first came to my attention by the way of a “Rock and Roots” CD sampler. The split second I saw the song title “El Funebre (The Hearse)” and the band’s name on the track listing, I knew I was in for a …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Man Or Astro-Man?

Man Or Astro-Man? Official Site Live Transmissions From Uranus, Touch and Go Records 1997 (Original release date: 1995) Founded in Auburn, Alabama during the early 90’s, Man Or Astro-Man? soon rose to fame for both their excellent surf music and various gimmicks. Not only did they base songs on horror and sci-fi movies (even including …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: The Mission Creeps

Don't ask me, I have no idea what that is.

The Mission Creeps Official Site Dark Cells, Refractory Records 2010 The Mission Creeps aren’t your typical horror surf band. Brandon Specktor of the Arizona Daily Wildcat described their unique style as “gothic/garage rock,” ReverbNation called it “reverb-drenched guitar, psychotic theremin and velvelty…” and one Frankie Estelle calls them a “Cramps-style surfabilly band.” The Creeps themselves …

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The Crimson Ghosts: 10 Years and Countless Bodies later.

The Crimson Ghosts, the world’s only Instrumental Surf-Misfits tribute band, is a decade old this year. The band will only play a few shows in 2010 as John Kozik is living the glory with Kilslug and The Disconnect, Gein is killing it with his bass in Black Pyramid and Max Reverb is rockin’ out like …

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