No Surf Music


About Us & Contact


So what's wrong with surf music?

The answer is... Nothing!

The name No Surf Music comes from a 1979 song by the Euclid Beach Band, "There's No Surf in Cleveland." It's half surf rock, half heartland rock, all North Coast pride. Cheesy? Maybe, but we love Cleveland and we love music, so No Surf Music was born. Members of the Ventures and Jan & Dean fan clubs, you're welcome here, too.

There are many fine music websites out there, but very few cover the kind of music we love well. No Surf Music's mission is to be your number one source for Americana, and indie rock reviews, interviews and information. Thanks for stopping by!

Who am I? What am I doing here?

Well, thanks for asking! Although I can't imagine why you'd want to know. No Surf's staff is small but feisty. Here's a quick look at who we are:

Jason D. 'Diesel' Hamad

Publisher, Editor, Writer, Photographer, Webmaster, Graphic Artist, Publicist, Bookkeeper, Janitor, Cook, Style Consultant, Ne'er-Do-Well, Jack-of-All-Trades, General Miracle Worker

Diesel at the Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas. Yes, that's a Ché shirt and yes, he made it out of Texas alive. Photo by Alan "Pender" Pendergrass.

Diesel founded No Surf Music in April, 2011 after the online poker crackdown left a big chunk of time in his schedule. He was born and raised in Northeast Ohio on a steady diet of classic rock. He added folk and folk rock to his musical interests in college. While living in New York, he became wrapped up in the city's awesome indie rock scene and struck up relationships with a number of his favorite bands. After leaving the city in 2006, he became more and more interested in outlaw country and music thanks to many hours of crisscrossing the country listening to satellite radio.

He's always loved music, but is burdened by a complete and utter lack of talent. He therefore looks on No Surf Music as a great way to stay involved in the scene without actually, uh, being involved in the scene. You know what they say: Those who can't become critics. But who knows, maybe he'll pull a Bogdonovich and come out with a rock banjo album one of these days.

Attractive women and other interesting people may contact Diesel directly at

Alan "Pender" Pendergrass

Writer, Photographer, Chauffer/Designated Driver, Business Consultant, Analytics Wizard, Scheduler, Proofreader, Homonym Hunter, Occasional Conscience, General Pain in the Ass

Pender standin' on a corner in Winslow, Arizona next to a surprisingly diminutive (and metalic) songwriter. And no, the girl in the flatbed Ford is not slowing down to take a look at HIM. Photo by Jason D. 'Diesel' Hamad.

Pender is not a native Clevelander, but has lived in Northeast Ohio off and on since age fourteen. His early childhood was filled with oldies, back when that term still meant music from the fifties and sixties. Later, his tastes drifted more to classic rock and by college graduation he had started down the rabbit hole of classic country music, Americana,, and everything related. Through it all, he has maintained a borderline pathological obsession with music. He secretly dreams of being a contestant on Rock 'n Roll Jeopardy! or Name That Tune, undeterred by both shows being off the air.

Saddled with those soul-crushing burdens that plague so many of us—a straight job, a beautiful family, and a general sense of responsibility—Alan is a part-timer here at No Surf. He'll chime in with an album review here and there, and is always up for a show. After the baby goes to bed, of course.

Pender is off the market, but ugly males and complete bores may contact him directly at



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