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I paid a visit to Amoeba Music in San Francisco over the past weekend and walked out with this box set in my hands: Surf-Age Nuggets: Trash & Twang Instrumentals 1959-1966. This is an under-documented corner of rock & roll, and outside of Crypt’s excellent “Strummin’ Mental” compilations, the raw/surf/hot rod boss instrumental noise that came from garages all around the US has been mostly frustratingly confined to rare, pseudo-bootleg LP’s. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course.

Apparently amongst the many 100+ gems here are among the most rare 45s of all time. It’s got The Nautiloids’ “Nautiloid Reef”, which is a huge plus and a big yeah-hup for the folks behind this one. What a monster instrumental. I’ll post a track or two from this set when I’ve digested it a few times. Right now the big new-to-me winner is “Mr. Custer Stomp” from THE SCOUTS. Let me know if there are other 60s instrumental LP/CDs besides, say, “Diggin’ Out” and “Concussion!” that you’d recommend as well.

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