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The Tiki Men Story: How Two of the Best Surf Instrumental 45s from the 1990s Were Recorded in a Sacramento Bean Sprout Factory

I wrote a longform story about the Sacramento instrumental band the Tiki Men. They came up in the 1990s, during the West Coast surf music revival, and they recorded two of the best 45s in the genre I’ve ever heard, just pure, powerful, catchy. 289 more words

Permanent Summer: Let's Talk About Surf Tees

I was riding my bike home last summer when a homeless man laying down at a bus stop yelled, “Nice surfer shirt!”

I flashed a thumbs up as I passed and howled, “Thanks!” 507 more words


Russell Quan Buttons Up

You may know Russell Quan from the Mummies, Phantom Surfers, and BobbyTeens, as well as the epic badges he wears ’round the Bay Area. 12 more words


Tonight in Brooklyn, the once and future kings of Budget Rock and Roll, The Mummies will rip this town a new one.  Together from 1988-1992, The Mummies were a bay area garage sensation releasing  a big batch of singles and a handful of lp’s strictly on vinyl.  648 more words