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Music: Tiny Messengers – Ukulele Christmas

December 22, 2013

My friend Kimo recorded a great Christmas album a few years back. If you’re looking for something new to listen to this season, shelve the Mannheim Steamroller, and listen to some heartfelt ukulele music, by the talented Kimo Muraki & his Tiny Messengers. You can stream the album here. If you enjoy it, please consider purchasing the album on Kimo’s Bandcamp page.

Music, Surf

Morning of the Earth x Simple Ben

February 13, 2013

It was a simpler time in 1972 when “Simple Ben” formed an integral part of the soundtrack to seminal surf film Morning of the Earth.

‘Simple Ben ,” originally written and recorded by John J Francis for the soundtrack.. has a Country/Soul feel reminiscent of Crosby Stills and Nash.

The words and the sentiment of the song still echo true today in this re-recording version, featuring Lior, Brian Cadd, Old Man River and Mike Rudd.

For Patrick

Music, Surf

A Brief 3 Minutes and 31 Seconds

February 5, 2013

Briefly: Perhaps it was a subconscious effort to contort myself out of the pile of work sitting on my desk but I started to daydream. I was thinking about the box from Stoke Harvester headquarters that is currently making its way to my doorstep and of the surf videos within. Deciding to ride out the daydream I plopped some headphones on my head, propped my dogs up, cranked The Allah-Las and drew myself onto an 8-foot single-fin Almond straight cruisin’ down the line. So for those who would rather be out on the water or belly down in the sand getting their bronze on, I offer this tune and the opportunity to mentally slip away for a brief 3 minutes and 31 seconds.

Au Revoir,

Music, Retro Stoke Harvester

Right Coast: Patrick Keenan

January 2, 2013

Well, I think an introduction may be in order. My name is Patrick, the newly appointed Stoke Harvester East Coast correspondent – yeah, Stoke Harvester is that popular now. For those of you familiar with the late, great Cheka Looka Surf Shop I was the nerdy kid restocking the surf wax, conspicuously checking out your girlfriend or writing down the receipt for your ding repair (if you haven’t gotten your board back, Jeff is still working on it). After what I can only describe as a “righteous time” working with Jeff and Shawn and babysitting Seth and Dug, I moved to Austin, then to Los Angeles, and now currently freezing in New York City. My travels have allowed me to cruise some gnarly waves, chill with some great tunes, down some torpedo juice and meet some great folk, all the while relaying my voyages back to my friends at Stoke Harvester.

So, one morning I received a text from Shawn asking if I would post on the SH blog to which I replied with an overly caffeinated but restrained, “That would be great.” So, here we go, you and your new pal Patrick. Let’s set the mood with some mid-winter longing for summer music.

Here let me light you up…

Mac DeMarco

“Ode To Viceroy”

If you are like me, and I assume you are, then you enjoy some positive mellow vibrations in your music. Well, Mac DeMarco has entered stage right and boy does he have a surprise for you. DeMarco’s album “2”, released in October, displays a more mature DeMarco from his previous and groovy, though overly Ariel Pink influenced, album: “Rock and Roll Night Club”. The album “2” contains a more funky and jazzy feel that seems to be missing in the tight pants community – come on, 7th chords aren’t that difficult, kids. Tracks like “Freaking Out the Neighborhood” and “Annie” illustrate DeMarco’s danceable yet mellow songwriting style full of clean guitars with extreme treble, funky but lax basslines and DeMarco’s easy lyrics. Rounding out the album DeMarco includes songs like “My Kind Of Woman” (a personal favorite) and “Ode to Viceroy” that are relaxed and that straddle the fence between a post surf session feel and a straight needle in the vain. The juxtaposition between these two mellow/fun and mellow…/mellow songs makes for a unique album. “2” closes with a lazy acoustic ditty titled “Still Together” that I am sure will get you laid.

– Patrick