Reverb Central FAQ
Reverb Central is a publication of Phil Dirt, recognized authority on Instrumental Surf music, Surf
DJ, and Surf Music Producer.
Reverb Central is accented by occasional articles abolut side interests or related subjects. It is
the web clearinghouse for reviews, how-tos, opinions, and links to surfband and related websites.
FAQ 1: What's here and what's not!
For those just entering the world of Dirt, you'll notice some distinct difference between this site
and most printed publications about surf music. Reverb Central is dedicated to Instrumental Surf music.
It is a publication of Phil Dirt, recognized authority on Instrumental Surf music, Surf DJ, and Surf
Music Producer. Reverb Central is accented by occasional articles abolut side interests or related
subjects. It is the web clearinghouse for reviews, how-tos, opinions, and links to other web sites
on the web. Everything available is reviewed, with the exception of music from bands that have treated
me or other bands with disrespect or extreme prejudice (all two of them).
FAQ 2: What kind of music is this site about?
Instrumental Surf Music!
This site focuses on Instrumental Surf and related Instrumentals only.
If you want to read kind words about vocals, you will be dissapointed. There are other places on the
web for sissy music with words. No lyrics sung here!
FAQ 3: What do the reviews mean?
While I am totally supportive of Instrumental Surf music, I do not think everything released with
the word "Surf" on it is good, I don't think the evolution of surf music has been frozen
for study by paleo-musicologists, and I do not have a finacial interest in distributing the music.
Everything you read is my opinion, not sacred gospel, and certainly not bootlicking nice words so
I'll get the next CD free. The reviews are intended to aid in the search for the good stuff.
FAQ 4: How are the decisions made to include other sites in the links?
Website URL's are provided for artists & labels in the Links
section where ever they are
available, whether I like the band or not.
FAQ 5: Is this one of those silly vinyl churches?
If you are looking for a temple of worship to vinyl or cheap disrorted ambient recordings, this site
will be sacreligious to you. Bad recordings and noisy pressings are just that. Trash consciousness
does not dwell here.
FAQ 6: Is information about demos included in this site?
Some items reviewed here are not available commercially. By providing reviews of advance recordings,
often CD-R's, you can get a glimpse of things to watch for in the future from new artists, projects
in the works, or live performances. Available recordings of live shows are included. Selected mp3's
via band websites, MySpace, etc. are also reviewed, either for what they are, or as bonus tracks with
FAQ 7: Does this site include show reviews?
I don't review shows, unless they were some very VERY
special event, like The Eliminators "Woodies
On The Wharf"
or A Surfer's Paradise
. I do review
live radio performances because they are recorded, and are part of the audio archive record of instrumental
FAQ 8: Does Phil Dirt answer email?
I answer nearly
every piece of email I get. Drop me a line. I like to know what you think about
FAQ 9: Who is Phil Dirt and why should I read his dribble?
For 25 years, Phil Dirt
hosted SURF's UP
on Saturday nights from 7 to 10 p.m. on KFJC
in Los Altos Hills (South Bay region - San Francisco Bay Area). Phil first played
surf music on KFJC in the mid '60s. He returned to KFJC in 1980 as surf was beginning to re-emerge,
producing a 132-episode half-hour weekly rock histroy series, before taking over a Sunday afternoon
programm called Relix
that became Surf's Up!
. Phil mixed and recorded roughly 300 instrumental
surfbands live on the radio. He also produced live and studio surfband recordings, and put on dozens
of surfband events. Phil's live surf CD series raised close to $100,000 in support of KFJC. He has
been listening to, collecting, and writing about Instrumental Surf music and it's precursors since