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The Nebulas - Nebula 89.7dotdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is the first in the live-at-KFJC series from Double Crown. Twelve great tracks from the Nebulas, who made a Pitstop on October 5, 2002.
Picks: Da Cat, Mandalore, Torque Wrench, Vendetta, Morpheus, The Godfather, Bristol Express, Cecilia Ann, Journey To The Stars / High Tide / Third Star From The Left, Tuco's Lament, Rhino Chaser, Nebula One

Track by Track Review

Da Cat dotdotdot

The Nebulas opened their performance with a rough and ready surf rage called "Da Cat." It's chunky and spunky and riffy, with a slight sadness and lots of energy.

Mandalore dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The drums of "Mandalore" herald the lure of glassy curl that should be seen and not ridden. Fast and darting like a near-death ride at Mavericks. Way cool!

Torque Wrench dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Supertones' "Torque Wrench" is fast and over the top, with pumping drums and a damped verse that's entirely too cool. The great drums drive this really hard! A top drawer song with lots of surf power.

Vendetta dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The inevitable sadness of the vendetta is conveyed with throbbing vibrato and pounding tom toms. Moody and dangerous.

Morpheus dotdotdotdotdot

Ah yes, the Toads' obscuro "Morpheus" is a fine cover choice. Moody and powerful, with dribbling reverb and minor key danger. Fine performance!

The Godfather dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"The Godfather" is played fast and double picked in a surf rather than Italian style. The slow damped verse is cooler than cool! Way cool.

Bristol Express dotdotdotdot

Moody and mysterious, "Bristol Express" is fast and pumping with great reverb and a fine arrangement. Melodic and pensive, it grabs and holds your attention.

Cecilia Ann dotdotdotdotdot

There are a number of covers of "Cecilia Ann" out there. Most were influenced by the Pixies' cover, but this is right off the original Surftones' version, only faster and more powerful. Excellent!

Journey To The Stars / High Tide / Third Star From The Left dotdotdotdotdot

This is a grand medley! The Ventures' "Journey To The Stars" pumps and churns in full force, including damped guitar mayhem, before a glissando launches into full throated performance of the Lively Ones' raging "High Tide," which captures much of the power and edge of the original. Then, without warning, the Nocturnes' glorious "Third Star From The Left" plays out in full regalia. This is an intense trip to the big surf! All three songs are full length.

Tuco's Lament dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Tuco's Lament" is a top notch piece of writing, a mid tempo number that is both sad and hopeful. The fine melody line is open faced, with nothing to hide and nothing held back, and the whammy chords and splashy reverb just make it better.

Rhino Chaser dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Rhino Chaser" is tuff. The mean edge and attractive guitar lines rock it solidly with a fast and catchy sound. Intense and relentless, with an urgency all its own.

Nebula One dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The bass rumble starts as the launch sequence, which culminates under the damped dribble. The mean guitar line is double picked and richly varied. Each verse is its own mission, flown on "Nebula One" via tuff storm surf. Excellent!