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album coverThe Astroglides Channel Surfing With... 5 stars
Label: Fast Music

This is an incredible project. Even with forewarning about the blend of instruments and sounds, I was not prepared for the scope of the creativity nor the magnitude of the resulting release. This is a spectacularly creative and enjoyable release, blending surf and punk and metal and lounge and exotica and spy themes, and detective tales and... You must hear this CD, but you also must have your adventure hat on and your attitude belt off. It's a daring side trip into uncharted surf territory. Brilliant!

Picks: Tropically Disturbed, Cruisin' Down Menahem Blvd., Inspector Neer, The Man With The Golden Reverb, Nervous Man In A $4 Room, The Adventures Of Rabbi Jacob, Gunslinger 406 Malfunction, Crime And The Law, 2003 Horsepower, Pascua Negra, English, English, English, Meat Cleavage, Second Look, Sunday Syndrome, Sharqiya, High Tide, Dark Surf, Sewerpipe Ride, Kabbalah Fucker


"Tropically Disturbed" 5 stars

Slowly rising from tropical sounds of birds and exotic undulating vibes, suddenly the Astroglides launch into a percussive surf epic. The addition of vibes, exotic percussion, and a chorus, brings out an interesting juxtaposition that's both naturally powerful and unusual. Imagine if Arthur Lyman or Martin Denny had used a surf guitar and real drum kit.
Exotic Surf Instrumental Stereo


"Cruisin' Down Menahem Blvd." 4 stars

Dangerous tribal drums and and jungle chants, coupled with liquid guitar, runs under this manic song. Its split personality alternates between slithery drama and punkoidal thrash. The mondo reverb on the big drums is downright scary.
Surf Drama Instrumental Stereo


"Inspector Neer" 3 stars

Brass and Theremin, lead flute, and experimental percussion, just like in the sixties spy film scores. "Inspector Neer" is period perfect, and brand new too! Quite an undertaking!
Spy Instrumental Stereo


"The Man With The Golden Reverb" 5 stars

Shimmering vibes and dripping surf guitar, a sullen horn, and film score drama... "The Man With The Golden Reverb" is a well developed piece of music, and with minimal luck, should really find its way onto celluloid. Flute and vibes, damped reverb rhythm, and delightful arranging. Too cool!
Espionage Surf Instrumental Stereo


"Nervous Man In A $4 Room" 4 stars

Big danger via "Out Of Limits" licks and rising distortion guitar chunk threaten the peace. "Nervous Man In A $4 Room" has many movements, lots of interesting changes, well thought out panoramic placement (a great mix), and an ominous sound!
Cinematic Surf Instrumental Stereo


"The Adventures Of Rabbi Jacob" 4 stars

"The Adventures Of Rabbi Jacob" employs lots of different sounds, from a horn section and female chorus, to heavy surf guitar and great bass and drums. It's both magical and cheesy like sixties film scores tended to be. Scary and flippant, dangerous and flighty.
Tweaky Surf Instrumental Stereo


"Gunslinger 406 Malfunction" 5 stars

In an inversion of the usual spaghetti western itinerary, "Gunslinger 406 Malfunction" dangerously brings forth mechanical collapse. Theremin, chorus voices, eerie bells, and a sense of Annie Haslam's Renaissance gone mad in the curl. Pompous surf and larger than life production.
Spaghetti Surf Instrumental Stereo


"Crime And The Law" 4 stars

Surf and Detective Farce themery intermingle in an array of sounds and smells. damped reverb, Theremin, horns, and a catchy break. This is very cool in a cheesy sixties way, but commands your attention. You cannot listen without grinning.
Detective Surf Instrumental Stereo


"2003 Horsepower" 5 stars

A lonely whistler wards off the darkness and chill of the graveyard wind while the funeral drums and surf guitar sullenly set the scene. Then, like there's no distance between surf and punk, the guitars richly churn out a damped chop rhythm against pumped drums and thundering bass. "2003 Horsepower" is more than just threatening. Amazing!
Punk Surf Instrumental Stereo


"Pascua Negra" 4 stars

Heavy metal chunk chords thrash out danger while double pedal kick drums punctuate the thumps. Simply big!
Metal Surf Instrumental Stereo


"English, English, English" 4 stars

Against a cowpunk beat, stereo guitars drive the herd to the edge of the cliff. "English, English, English" is an open plains kinda song, but from the back of a pickup, not a horse. Great stuff!
Cowpunk Surf Instrumental Stereo


"Meat Cleavage" 4 stars

Punk and disorderly dark chord thrash, with a circular progression that hammers and revives. When the horns come in, it's quite a contrast. Imagine orchestral punk! Heavy and chunky to the max.
Evil Pulsing Surf Instrumental Stereo


"Second Look" 5 stars

Damped surf, digiridu or jaws harp, and a fine melody line. "Second Look" is a brilliant piece of music with big surf ideas and bachelor pad add-ons. Imaginative and intriguing, with a catchy sound.
Surf Instrumental Stereo


"Sunday Syndrome" 5 stars

The lead line to "Sunday Syndrome" is well developed and interesting on its own, and fronting middle eastern percussion and rhythm patterns, it takes on a surreal sound. More than adventurous, requiring you to remove your attitude hat. Amazing!
Adventurous Surf Instrumental Stereo


"Sharqiya" 5 stars

This is a slow and ultra groovy track. The silky intro gives way to double picked playfulness as the main body of the song comes in. "Sharqiya" is an unusual song in a fairly straight surf format, but it's dissonant danger and nontraditional beat set it apart. Very cool!
Surf Instrumental Stereo


"High Tide" 5 stars

A dribbling glissando opens to a rousing Theramin driven blast through of the Lively Ones' classic. About 30 seconds shorter than the original, this watery grumbler flails and shreds through barrels and white water with equal power. Excellent!
Surf Instrumental Stereo


"Dark Surf" 5 stars

Ultra heavy dark surf eerily comes your way via a nasty double picked lead, reverbed and powerful over an intense howl from a wailing Theremin. Strong drums and bass, and an overall evil texture. Intensely personal in a damaged and dangerous way.
Surf Instrumental Stereo


"Sewerpipe Ride" 4 stars

"Sewerpipe Ride" is menacing dark surfcore with evil chord progressions and disturbing Theremin howls. The warlike sound is intense. Yikes!
Surf Instrumental Stereo


"Kabbalah Fucker" 5 stars

Vial epithets open... so beware. Once past, "Kabbalah Fucker" becomes a monstrously evil surf ride. Huge tone, and howling wails. This is a desert war at machine gun speed, fought against aliens of other worlds.
Surf Instrumental Stereo



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