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Pavlov's Woody - Castaway Moteldotdotdot
artworkPavlov's Woody reside just off the main drag, employing blues, soul, rock, and other styles in their translation of surf. There is a variety of sounds here. I particularly like "Island Sand."
Picks: Galactic Breakout, Atomic Pylon, Island Sand, Packin' Heat, Davey Crockett meets The Mars Man, Apocalypso, El Pavlo Lamento, The Steel Tunnel

Track by Track Review


Galactic Breakout dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An infectious rhythm track is topped by a piano-like guitar melody. "Galactic Breakout" really creeps up on you, beginning in a modest way, but gradually realizing domination of your attention. Catchy and very fun.

Stampede in East L.A. dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

Distortion guitar plays a bluesy jam above a basic surf beat. Coastal and well played with a bit of funk. The main riff is a little like Bo Diddley's "Road Runner " jammed and funked up.

Atomic Pylon dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The rhythm riff in the opening is on the mean side. In a sort of tuff soul surf vein, "Atomic Pylon" is a fun track with charm. The piano adds a vintage feel.

Island Sand dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Very cool tribal drums and tropical lagoon chords provide a sinewy bed over which the whammified melody floats. "Island Sand" has an Adventures In Paradise feel to it. The shimmer of the keys is thoroughly cool!

Packin' Heat dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Piano and gritty guitar, rising intensity, then a jammin' rock instro ensues. There's fire in the belly, and adequate changes to keep "Packin' Heat" interesting.

Davey Crockett meets The Mars Man dotdotdotdot
Cowboy Space Surf (Instrumental)

"Davey Crockett meets The Mars Man" is a fun, almost silly romp that's hard not to like. The grins and the sci-fi strangitudinal chorus add to this unusual blend of surf, space, cowboy, and fifties b-movie imagery.

Apocalypso dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Exotic percussion and spy arranging combine with low tremolo guitar and a cycling bass, to be enhanced by shimmering tremolo Martin Denny-ish vibes-keys. "Apocalypso" grows on you as the exotica quotient rises. Very cool!

El Pavlo Lamento dotdotdot
Surf n Soul (Instrumental)

A horn section provides a soulful melody over slow moody backing. Part R&B, part surf, "El Pavlo Lamento" is a funky post-curl-ride meander through the east side.

Slow Moe dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

This modestly paced number is a blues jam with influences in the sixties. It's a pleasant ride along the coast in an urban mood.

A Shot in the Dark dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a pretty funky cover of Henry Mancini's "A Shot In The Dark." It uses fuzz for lead, and piano for rhythm. It's an original arrangement of this often covered classic.

The Steel Tunnel dotdotdotdot
Surf n Soul (Instrumental)

Lovely shimmering keys and delicate double picked guitar jam together on this surf n soul number. Much of the song employs a two-guitar duet, each in a different register on the main riff, and a jammy break. Cool drums and rock solid bass.