Happy Dog Project: Treat (LP, 2022)

Happy Dog Project share their their new album “Treat”. Released by Green Cookie Records @ 9 September 2022 on limited edition vinyl (200 copies back & 100 copies transparent yellow).

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Formed in Athens, Greece, in 2000, Happy Dog Project is a sextet, whose groove-centric music combines elements of Afrobeat, Ethio-jazz and hip hop. The band’s members are Yannis Dimitriadis (organ, keyboards), Vangelis Kasvikis (drums), Stelios Mcris (trumpet), Yannis Tseronis (bari sax), Yannis Dimakos (el. guitar), and Panos Tomaras (el. bass). MC’s BNC and RoI add rhymes and high-octane energy to the mix, both live and in the studio.

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“Treat” is Happy Dog Project’s fourth studio album. It contains eight original tracks that were recorded, produced and mixed in June 2020 by Thanos Amorginos @ Downstroke Studio, except for “Afro K.” and “Don’t let me know”, that were recorded two years earlier by Yannis Petroyiannis @ Matrix Studio. The album includes contributions by rappers BNC and RoI, singer Jenny Kapadai and saxman Apostolis Lampouris.

International Love Corporation: “The Experimental Shape Of Happiness” (LP, 2022)

The Experimental Shape of Happiness is an album is about love, of wanting to reach something higher. And the song Shelter captures that more than any other. Debut album by The International Love Corporation . Out 1 July 2022 @GreenCookieRds

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THE INTERNATIONAL LOVE CORPORATION
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The International Love Corporation is a project formed by former Out of My Hair front man and songwriter Comfort aka Simon Eugene. A roaming collective of musicians that gather together wherever they find an opportunity to do so, the ILC concept started originally as a club in London that itself had its roots in an art led project ‘Western Power Trip’. The ILC has a fundamental philosophy at its roots as the search to find meaning in the common concepts of what love really is and how we relate the understandings in our treatment of each other as people of this world.

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The International Love Corporation is a band and at the same time an ethos. It is as the name suggests, a gathering of people, with a few core members, but anyone can be a part of this. A reaction to all the crap that goes on in the world, that is constant, just with ever changing players. Trying to find the light within the dark. The ILC has moved between countries. Its founder, Simon Eugene aka Comfort, has journeyed across the world with it. Setting up in different continents to create moments of celebration around the concept.

The Experimental Shape of Happiness is an album is about love, of wanting to reach something higher. But if you’re going to preach that message then you have to question first what is love? And then you have to question yourself, about where you are at as a person, because you can’t start singing about these virtuous things without looking at who you are in all of that. So the ILC is about a personal journey and also creating this immensely positive atmosphere of celebration whilst understanding the conflicts within that, recognizing the dark within The light.

This is what the Experimental Shape of Happiness is about. And the song Shelter captures that more than any other.

To create that atmosphere, in its recording, everything had to be done live, old style, the band all set up in one room, everything bleeding into everything else, and just going with it. Nothing fake, nothing programmed. Just the moment of happening. Trust in each other. I think we all believe that each time we get together magic happens, just by the ‘declaration’ of it. The name inspires us to be that, in the moment, just this fantastic bond that exists between anyone who is part of it.

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Songwriter Simon Eugene aka Comfort formed Out of my Hair in the early 90’s when, signed to RCA Records, they had a number of close shaves with the charts, including best known tracks In the Groove Again and Mr Jones. The band built up a loyal following before problems with the label ran the project into the ground. Simon continued to perform as Comfort, then retired from music, then came back to form the International Love Corporation. A prolific writer, he then diverged into film soundtracks, experimental art projects (Western Power Trip) but with so much unreleased material and with some different projects, decided to reform OOMH as a vehicle for his most favourite style of psychedelic pop/folk. Simon also performs solo, still as the ILC with a new album out soon. He is also in heavy demand as a producer and writer for other artists.

 

The Wave Chargers: “Caravelle” (LP, 2022)

The Wave Chargers share their new album “Caravelle”. 12 tracks of Surf Rock, Eleki, Exotica and Rock’n’Roll. Released by Green Cookie Records, Sonic Twang Dangerhouse Skylab. Available by streaming, download and CD now. Available on vinyl in July.

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Here is “Caravelle” the second album of The Wave Chargers.

The Wave Chargers are four young people active in the Parisian underground since 2015.
Four musicians playing energetic and sexy surf music at the same time.
After two EPs and an LP (“The Wave Chargers” 2019) noticed by the public and the media (Rock & Folk, Rolling Stone, FIP, France 24, Radio 3-rtve) the group returns to what it knows how to do better: mainly surfing instrumental music (think Californian sixties bands), but this time also with an eye towards other geographical and cinematographic horizons.

These so-called horizons, they opened them up after the release of their first album. Too confined as they were to wait for the resumption of concerts, they took the opportunity to work as composers and session musicians for the needs of several catalog music. Surf, jazz, yé-yé, rock’n’roll projects, which regularly find their way to cinema or television (“L’Evènement” Golden Lion – Venice 2021, various Netflix series or films (“Emily In Paris” “Madame Claude”), France TV, Discovery Channel).

Additional experiences that allowed The Wave Chargers to show that they were not just an instrumental surf music group, but four talented musicians who can play what they want, and give a whole richness to this second album.

From the surf theme that makes you want to tap your feet all along, from winks to beach party movies from Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon, passing through Hawaiian atmospheres, references to the Japanese Eleki, or a detour to the West and North African coasts, this Caravelle trip is a short world tour in less than 30 minutes.

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Francis Viel : guitares
Louise Sordoillet: guitares
Samy Khanchouche: basse, piano
Claude Enée: batterie, percussions
Mat Le Rouge: saxophone

Enregistré par Florian Chambonnière au studio Melodium, 2021
Assisté par Adrien Cabanes
Mixé par Florian Chambonnière
Masterisé par Yannis Parzialis, Groove Sexion Productions
Graphisme par Samy Khan

Tony Malacara: Tony Malacara (LP, 2022)

Tony Malacara is a Mexican American musician/artist based in Southern California. For 11 years, Malacara performed internationally with a well known garage rock band (from Switzerland to Spain to the UK), playing festivals like Austin Psychfest, opening for iconic 60s groups including the Zombies and the Standells, and sharing bills with Ronnie Specktor and Roky Erickson.

Malacara’s first solo album is psychedelic and dreamy with sinister undertones. A self taught musician, Tony writes and sings his songs, overdubbing bass, guitar, piano, organ and mellotron for recordings. Tony Russo, Malacara’s lead guitarist and longtime childhood friend, provides polished, floaty structure while Shane Graham of Dream Phases provides intuitive and precise drums and percussions. The album was recorded in LA by the talented musician and recording engineer Joel Jerome. Influenced by hazy visions of witches and ghosts, Malacara transports you into an otherworldly realm that hovers between the hopeful and the ominous.

Tropa Magica: III (LP, 2022)

Tropa Magica uphold tradition and Mexican identity with psychedelic Cumbia Rock.

The East L.A. duo made a name for themselves by combining alternative, grunge, and psychedelic rock with cumbia — a danceable genre that originates from Colombia and is typically grouped with tropical sounds like salsa, merengue and bachata, among many. But Tropa Magica expands that sound by featuring diverse instruments and incorporating bossa nova, surf rock and disco.

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TROPA MAGICA “III”
Release date: May 13th, 2022

East LA’s, Psychedelic Cumbia Punk outfit Tropa Magica release their third studio album Tropa Magica “III” following up their ambitious sophomore album “Tripiando Al Infinito En Mi Recamara” which got placements on Netflix’s Gentefied and Felipe Ezparza’s Bad Decisions Comedy Special. Tropa Magica “III” will be co-released internationally on vinyl by the Greecian label “Green Cookie” Records.

During the pandemic Pacheco brothers David and Rene, worked on this album from hundreds of miles apart in different states. David residing in New Mexico emailed Rene tracks and via emails they mixed and mastered this new album. Originally meant to be demos, the brothers decided to release the tracks in their “lo-fi” state in order to remain truthful and reflecting of the times in which it was written.

Unlike previous albums some of these songs first started off as commissions that David wrote for patrons in order to make some extra cash while unable to tour during the pandemic. What results is a Tropa Magica album that has less production but instead caters to its audience and retains a more coherent and unified Tropa sound. The band prepares to tour nationally this year to support the album.

For more information, promo request or to arrange an interview contact David Pacheco at tropamagica@gmail.com

Ojibo Afrobeat: Ojiboland (LP, 2022)

“Ojibo Afrobeat” is an afrobeat/afrojazz/high-life music band from Vilnius, Lithuania founded by Gediminas Stankevičius, Karolis Levarauskas and Arūnas Blažys in 2018. 
In January 2020 the band released their debut album “Ojiboland” which also happened to be the first afrobeat album from Lithuania and one of the first ones from Eastern Europe music scene. 
In 2021 the collective released their first international collaboration, a single called “Igobi Keke” featuring the Kenyan artist “Makadem”. The end of the year was marked with a new EP “Transitions”. 
 The band is planning on releasing another full length album sometime in 2022.

Quickly after release album aired locally well known radio stations “LRT Opus”, “Start FM” in Lithuania and received many positive reviews from Belgium, France, Brazil, Argentina and United States as well as music people from Lithuania. Only positive feedback was received from well known african culture and afrobeat music ambassador in Belgium Benjamin Tollet a.k.a DJ Mukambo who featured “Ojiboland” in his popular radio podcasts. “Ojibo Afrobeat” on stage is an open-hearted act which shares positive energy and good vibes. During live performances this combination rarely leaves the audience without a proper party.

The Mutants: Deathrace 3000 (LP, 2022)

THE MUTANTS

20th year anniversary. Exactly 20 years after the release of  ‘Deathrace 3000’ on CD finally a vinyl version (green colored) with a new artwork by Henrique San. Funky garage. Afrogaragemambo. Psychedelic voodoo groove.

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Funky garage. Afrogaragemambo. Psychedelic voodoo groove. Oh dear… The Mutants are a tough little bastard to exactly pin down what they’re all about. But with music this cool, funky and with an all-out party on!-attitude you really shouldn’t even care.
The Mutants was originally started as an instrumental garage rock band in 1998. As The Mutants slowly began incorporating more rhythmic influences in their music, the line-up was fortified with a percussionist and a saxophone player. Some say the Finnish music scene would never be the same…
The band released their first 7″, “Le Mutant”, in the summer of 2001 on a Finnish label Legal Records after which the band has released a bunch of singles and appeared on compilations worldwide. Tracks from the singles and some compilation appearances were put on one CD by the Greek label Green Cookie Records in 2002.

The Bash Dogs: Disco Cowboy (LP, 2022)

Cheers to the years! A spirit of exploration, of love and unity – a musical philosophy Los Angeles quartet The Bash Dogs keep alive with their surf disco (*), but also their pure devotion to the art form. After cementing their status as the hosts of the grooviest party in town, The Bash Dogs are gearing up to release their debut album. With a new member, a new vibe, and new songs made to get people moving and grooving all night long, the next chapter of the Dogs starts now.

As the Dogs’ realized their talents could expand far more than just 12 bar blues and guitar solos, they decided to develop something new. Coming from the city where surf/garage/psych bands are never in short supply, the last few months had felt repetitive and stale, like the band was idling. Trying on some dance-floor rhythms and sugary bass lines more influenced by classic funk and disco, their sound transformed. With the spark of this newfound energy and the space to push their songwriting and playing to new levels, Surf Disco was born.

As you can taste bits and pieces of the classic and memorable rock n’ roll sound the Dogs grew up on, this newborn fusion they have created is guaranteed to get you off your feet and it is reflected in the sophisticated groove changes and experimental structure of 2020 single, “Dog Days”—funk guitar and buttery vocals pointing to a refined, more mature sound that the Dogs are ready to further unveil. As soon as the unmistakable groove and the synth waves hit you, there’s no denying it’s slicker, it’s glossier, and it’s the perfect soundtrack for “boogie nights and disco parties.”

(*) Green Cookie Records note: ‘surf’ stands for ‘indie surf’ NOT for “surf rock”, see: rateyourmusic.com/genre/indie-surf/

Nate Barrett (Vocals/Guitar); Jerm Barrett (Drums/Vocals); Nathan Schmok (Bass); Kyle Gaffney (Guitar/Vocals).

Soundtrack: Laisse​-​Moi Respirer (LP, 2022)

DOLORES

Green Cookie Records, Sumerset Records & 3JT Films present …
the soundtracks of two lost cult movies of the 60’s.

In 1963 the French-Italian director Bernard Fabriano (probably a moniker) presented the independent movie “Laisse-Moi Respirer” (Let Me Breathe). – Cannes, March 1963: He suffocates her, she will take her breath away.
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack performed and composed by The Vrooming Crew with Dolores.

In 1969 he returned with another independent film “Sex Call From Paris”. – 1969: two strippers flee Paris to go crazy in Santa-Cruz.
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack performed and composed by The Vrooming Crew with La Grandsart & Dolores.

Nothing is known about Bernard Fabriano. The soundtrack of “Sex Call From Paris” suggest it was a kind of burlesque, striptease, sexploitation grindhouse-style film while “Laisse-Moi Respirer” should have been a rare mix of Nouvelle Vague and 60’s pop culture. The track “Caresse Mes Cheveux” from the later has been used in “Madame Claude” movie trailer (Netflix, 2021). < www.imdb.com/title/tt10307724/ >

The recordings have been discovered last year in the suburbs of Paris. Tape restoration has found place at Sumerset Records ATPR studio. Green Cookie Records proudly presents the soundtracks of those films on limited collectable LPs.

Soundtrack: Sex Call From Paris (LP, 2022)

Green Cookie Records, Sumerset Records & 3JT Films present …
the soundtracks of two lost cult movies of the 60’s.

In 1963 the French-Italian director Bernard Fabriano (probably a moniker) presented the independent movie “Laisse-Moi Respirer” (Let Me Breathe). – Cannes, March 1963: He suffocates her, she will take her breath away.
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack performed and composed by The Vrooming Crew with Dolores.

In 1969 he returned with another independent film “Sex Call From Paris”. – 1969: two strippers flee Paris to go crazy in Santa-Cruz.
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack performed and composed by The Vrooming Crew with La Grandsart & Dolores.

Nothing is known about Bernard Fabriano. The soundtrack of “Sex Call From Paris” suggest it was a kind of burlesque, striptease, sexploitation grindhouse-style film while “Laisse-Moi Respirer” should have been a rare mix of Nouvelle Vague and 60’s pop culture. The track “Caresse Mes Cheveux” from the later has been used in “Madame Claude” movie trailer (Netflix, 2021). < www.imdb.com/title/tt10307724/ >

The recordings have been discovered last year in the suburbs of Paris. Tape restoration has found place at Sumerset Records ATPR studio. Green Cookie Records proudly presents the soundtracks of those films on limited collectable LPs.

Various Artists: Wave Walk’n: A Tribute To The Surf Raiders (CD)

The Surf Raiders occupy and deserve an extremely important place in surf music history. They were one of the forerunners of the rediscovery and proliferation of the traditional sound of 60s surf instrumentals at a key period in the early 80s during the new explosion of interest in this “dead” genre. While most contemporary bands were caught up in the musical trends of the day –new wave, punk, power pop, and radio friendly pop earworms– a rag-tag group of record-collecting gremmies from the Los Angeles suburb of Azusa armed with drive, determination, vintage Fender® guitars and a deep love for a bygone sound, set out to continue spreading the reverb gospel initiated by the 1978 publication of John Blair’s Illustrated Discography Of Surf Music: 1959-1965.

With guitarist Bob Dalley at the helm, The Surf Raiders would wow audiences across Southern California with their faithful renditions of surf classics and original compositions in that style. From their first 7” single in 1981 (The Curl Rider b/w Let There Be Surf) through 9 additional singles, 3 EPs, 3 LPs, multiple tracks on compilations, and numerous influential performances at venues such as Knott’s Berry Farm, The Ice House and The Whisky a Go Go, the ‘Raiders would perpetuate the spirit, energy and unique sound of traditional 60s surf instrumentals all the way through 1988.

But the story does not end there. Bob would go on to release one of the most important publications on the music of the original era: “Surfin’ Guitars: Instrumental Surf Bands Of The Sixties”, now in its third edition and widely considered fundamental and essential reading for any serious fan of surf music. For several years Bob would also run an international fan club (The Salt Lake City Surf Music Appreciaton Society) and publish a regular newsletter (Surf Music USA) that further spread the awareness of and appreciation for this niche genre.

Thanks to the hard work and legacy of early second wave instigators like The Surf Raiders, surf instrumentals continue to captivate and inspire intensely dedicated new bands and fans all over the world. Wave Walk’n represents just a fraction of those energized modern bands from Japan, Italy, Russia, the UK, and across the USA.

– – Jonpaul Balak

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After hearing “Pipeline” on the radio for the first time, I knew that instrumental surf music was going to be in my life forever. I am glad to have played a small part in the revival of the music and the documentation of the bands that played it. I hope others follow and keep the guitars wet with reverb and the music alive forever. – – Bob Dalley

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The El Caminos – Wave Walk’n
Surfer Joe – Hit The Surf
Messer Chups – Point Conception ’63
The Sunnyside 5 – Hott Foam Rider
The Supertones – The Curl Rider
The Wrecked Crew – Surf Raider
Longboard Ranch – Swami’s Reef
The Curl Riders – Long Boards At San Onofre
Albacore – Tsunami
Glasgow Tiki Shakers – Sunset At Makaha
The Fabulous Nomads – Malibu Sunsets
Jim & The Sea Dragons – El Surfboard
The Breakers – Point Conception
Voodoo Surf Tribe – Raider Jam
Agent Octopus – Bonzai Riptide
Surf Zombies – Jelly Board
Frankie & The Poolboys – Free Fall
Insect Surfers – Suicide Point

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Facebook:
Discogs: www.discogs.com/artist/390547-The-Surf-Raiders
Spotify: open.spotify.com/artist/6Px99RtLw6GMHiJnVWDDeY

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Produced by Robert J. Dalley & JonPaul Balak.
Mastered by Dave Klein.
Layout & Design by JonPaul Balak.
Cover Photography by Jeremy Bishop.

All songs © Robert J. Dalley/Robert Dalley Music (BMI) except (1) Robert J. Dalley/Loyd Davis, (3, 13) Neal Kuzee, (7, 18) Loyd Davis,(17) Richard Podolar, Calvary Music Publ. Co. (BMI) and (16) Loyd Davis/Robert J. Dalley

Insect Surfers: Satellite Bay (CD)

Hello galactic Insect Surfers listeners! Satellite Bay is a new edition of “best of” that we put together with the legendary Green Cookie Records that includes songs that span a musical path of several decades. Although there were so many typically-played cuts to choose from, we deliberately wanted to focus on some “deeper cuts” and also left out any vocal numbers to give you a more instro-mental listening experience! If you like what you hear here, we encourage you to go further down the Insect Surfers rabbit-hole and digest the individual releases!
Thanks so much for your support and stay chitinous!
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All tracks remastered by Steve Refling!

Includes brand-new liner notes and special Dave Arnson illustrations throughout!

Produced By: David Arnson and Jonpaul Balak
Mastered By: Steve Refling
Liner Notes: David Arnson and Jonpaul Balak
Layout & Design: Jonpaul Balak
Illustrations: David Arnson