What possesses a musician to obscure his or her ugly mug with a mask or makeup? There are probably as many reasons as there are noodles in a box of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese: showmanship, shyness, chronic acne and participation in the witness protection program are a few of the more popular explanations.
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "It’s Monster Surfing Time," a new song by Los Straitjackets, aka "America's Instrumentalists." The track is from Yep Roc Records' upcoming Halloween-themed album, Mondo Zombie Boogaloo, which will be released October 1.
I guess you could say this about any recent year, but 2012 often felt a lot like the late '70s. We got high-profile studio releases by Van Halen, ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Neil Young, Carlos Santana, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Rush, Kiss, Joe Walsh, Asia, Ringo Starr, Alvin Lee, Jeff Lynne and two members of The Jam, plus a live Led Zeppelin album and a pair of new songs by The Rolling Stones.
Ah, Halloween. A time to share videos of my favorite masked band covering the theme song from my favorite monster-themed 1960s sitcom. Yes, it's Los Straitjackets performing "The Munsters Theme." Here's a version from a 2009 show at the Continental Club in Austin, Texas.
Here's the exclusive premiere of "Space Mosquito," a new track by Los Straitjackets, aka "America's instrumentalists." "Space Mosquito" is from the band's new guitar-driven album, Jet Set, which will be released August 7 via Yep Roc Records.
The 9th Annual Guitar Geek Festival, which takes place this Friday and Saturday nights at the Anaheim Plaza Hotel, will feature a performance by the reunited Hellecasters, who will be playing their first show together in more than 10 years.
"Calhoun Surf" is the first song I ever wrote. It was 1978, and I was living in Minneapolis, not far from Lake Calhoun. I’d been wanting to start a band and had just remembered how much I liked surf instrumentals.