Dick Dale–the Strat-shredding, pick-melting King of the Surf Guitar–is dead at 81

By Steve Newton The unconfirmed reports circulating earlier today have now been confirmed: Dick Dale, the legendary guitarist whose finger-bleeding fretting style inspired countless guitarists, has died at 81. Dale's passing was confirmed by his bass player, Sam Bolle, and first reported by the California Rocker website. No cause of death was given, but Dale … Continue reading Dick Dale–the Strat-shredding, pick-melting King of the Surf Guitar–is dead at 81

Dick Dale doesn’t need no augmented ninth to make your ears bleed

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JUNE 8, 2000 By Steve Newton Dick Dale, the undisputed “King of the Surf Guitar”, is known for a uniquely fierce playing style. In concert, he grinds guitar picks down by the dozen, while conjuring a frenzied instro-rock din that—as Ted Nugent used to boast about his own noise—could … Continue reading Dick Dale doesn’t need no augmented ninth to make your ears bleed

Anything goes for Cinemuerte curator Kier-La Janisse

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 27, 2005 By Steve Newton Standing amidst the rows of horror rentals at Cambie's Black Dog Video, Kier-La Janisse hunts for a title she'd consider watching. It takes a little while-she's already seen a lot of them-but then her eyes fall on the spine of a DVD called Barbed Wire … Continue reading Anything goes for Cinemuerte curator Kier-La Janisse