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Surfin' NYC

by Bossa Nova Beatniks

A fun and sometimes funny romp through a collection of whimsical songs, so press play for an instant party.
Genre: Pop: Beatles-pop
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1. Baby, What’d You Do
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2. Talkin’ Bout You
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3. Nothing Personal
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4. Any Road (Is Taking You Home)
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5. Don't Let Me Down
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6. The American Dream (The American Way)
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7. Argonne Crossing
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8. Jack Jack
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9. Down on My Luck
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10. This Cruel World
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11. You’re the Reason
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Describing themselves as ‘one of the most unique and original bands in New York’ BNB certainly live up to that description. Bandleader Tom Gould's songs often have an indefinable quality, bouncing from pop to jazz to world rhythms - sometimes within a single song. Constantly re-inventing themselves, the Bossa Nova Beatniks are a very dynamic live act as well. Expect a wide range of emotions and rhythms to flood from the speakers.



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There are bands out there with a serious tone and message to convey. Others are like an unstoppable party or full of rebellious angst. Then there are bands that just want to play music that is inherently fun. Enter the Bossa Nova Beatniks. Coming together in Greenwich Village in 1992, the Bossa Nova Beatniks have been playing in and around New York ever since. They recently released their latest album 'Surfin' NYC,' an 11-track record that takes things back to a simpler time when music was just fun.

This is a band that embraces various genres within their music such as surf, bossa nova, jazz and beatnik styles. On 'Surfin' NYC' you can definitely hear all of these elements, along with some great guitar riffs, bongos and very skilled bass. A couple of standout tracks for me were 'Talkin' Bout You' and 'The American Dream (The American Way).' Throughout the album the theme is clear; embrace your passions and have fun. That's something I think we don't do enough of these days, so it is nice to hear a band trying to pass along feel good tunes.

Bossa Nova Beatniks are: Tom Gould - Bass & Vocals, Jerry Dugger - Bass & Vocals, Skip Krevens - Guitar, Brother Dave - Guitar, Bakithi Kumalo - Bass & Percussion, Tim Stapleton - Percussion & Vocals, George Vahamonde - Drums

Freddy Celis

You simply must enjoy to the fullest from the very beginning to the end.
A loose translation of Rootstime magazine - Belgium

The young man on the '1960 Thunderbird' stands in the famous New York ' Times Square ' is Tom Gould, the central figure of the band 'Bossa Nova Beatniks' from the U.S. State of New York. In 2018, he is already graying with children and grandchildren, but the musical sense of catchy pop and rock songs for several decades remains unchanged for him.
On the website of '' you can find the impressive list of CD’s that began in 1992 in Greenwich Village formation over the years, beginning with their debut album "Heart To Beat" from 1996. If the count is a bit right, we now have the 'Bossa Nova Beatniks' seventeenth album under the title "Surfin' NYC". This CD comes two years after their previous "For the Fun" CD and is also again especially about making fun and entertainment for their many fans.
The current line-up of the band consists of singer and song writer Tom Gould from guitarists Skip Krevens and Brother Dave, bassist Bakithi Kumalo, percussionists Jerry Dugger and Tim Stapleton and drummer George Vahamonde. For the recording of the new album, however, a lot of friendly New York Guest instrumentalists got the job done. There’s a total of eleven tracks on "Surfin' NYC", of which one is a cover version of the famous Beatles' number, "Don't Let Me Down" (see video).
That the 'Bossa Nova Beatniks' are a party group is proven again in the most dynamic songs on this record. In these often less fun times, enjoy blown from the bluesy songs like opener "Baby, What'd You Do", "Talkin' Bout You", "Any Road (is taking you home)", "The American Dream (The American Way)", "Jack Jack", "This Cruel World" and final song "You're the Reason.” This is yet another disc of this band that you simply must put immediately in the cd player to enjoy to the fullest from the very beginning to the end.
The original review in Dutch
De jongeman die op de auto ‘Thunderbird 1960’ staat op de beroemde New Yorkse ‘Times Square’ is Tom Gould, sinds jaar en dag de centrale figuur van de formatie ‘Bossa Nova Beatniks’ uit Huntington in de Amerikaanse staat New York. Hij is anno 2018 al een grijzende vijftiger geworden met kinderen en kleinkinderen, maar het muzikale gevoel voor catchy pop- en rockliedjes blijft voor hem sinds meerdere decennia onveranderd.
Op de website van ‘CD-Baby’ kunt u de indrukwekkende lijst terugvinden van platen die deze in 1992 in Greenwich Village opgerichte formatie in de loop der jaren heeft uitgebracht, beginnend met hun debuutalbum “Heart To Beat” uit 1996. Als de telling een beetje klopt, hebben ‘Bossa Nova Beatniks’ nu hun zeventiende plaat uitgebracht onder de titel “Surfin’ NYC”. De plaat kwam er twee jaar na hun vorige “For The Fun” en ook nu gaat het alweer vooral over het maken van plezier en entertainment bezorgen aan hun vele fans.
De huidige bezetting van de band bestaat naast zanger en songschrijver Tom Gould uit gitaristen Skip Krevens en Brother Dave, bassist Jerry Dugger, percussionisten Bakithi Kumalo en Tim Stapleton en drummer George Vahamonde. Voor de opname van dit nieuwe album werd er echter heel wat beroep gedaan op bevriende New Yorkse gastinstrumentalisten. Er staan in totaal elf tracks op “Surfin’ NYC”, waarvan er ééntje een coverversie is van het bekende ‘Beatles’-nummer “Don’t Let Me Down” (zie video).
Dat ‘Bossa Nova Beatniks’ een partygroep is bewijzen ze ook nu weer in de meeste dynamische nummers op deze plaat. In deze vaak minder leuke tijden is het volop genieten geblazen van songs als de bluesy opener “Baby What’d You Do”, “Talkin’ Bout You”, “Any Road (is taking you home)”, “The American Dream (The American Way)”, “Jack Jack”, “This Cruel World” en slotsong “You’re The Reason”. Dit is alweer een plaat van deze formatie die je simpelweg meteen in de cd-speler moet stoppen om er met volle teugen van bij het prille begin tot het te vroege einde van te genieten.

Vincent Zumel

A good dose of quality to this good, funny refreshing album
Two years have gone by since Bossa Nova Beatniks published their previous recording. Besides doing different live shows, during these two years the band has devoted to work hard to prepare this new album they now bring us. To do so they have copied to digital format some studio tapes, but they have also finished or composed some new material that you will find in the album. The band has also counted with the collaboration of some good musicians and friends like Sherryl Marshall, Monica Passin, Chris James or John Tabacco who have helped to give shape and a good dose of quality to this good, funny refreshing album, adding their personal attractive vision to a selection of peculiar innovative songs. Led by singer and bass player Tom Gould, this new Bossa Nova Beatniks recording follows the path of what we usually expect from them. This is an album full of original, honest and casual songs with the only aim to bring fun and joy to every listener so, although they no longer are reading William Burroughs, William Ferlinguetti, Jack Kerouac, Phillip Mantleia or Allen Ginsberg, they are still the most genuine “beatniks". VERY GOOD. ......... Original review -- Dos años han transcurrido desde que los Bossa Nova Beatniks publicaron su anterior trabajo. Además de seguir realizando conciertos, durante estos años la banda se ha dedicado a preparar concienzudamente este nuevo disco que ahora presentan. Para ello han editado en formato digital algunas cintas de estudio además de finalizar o componer nuevo material que se encuentra en este álbum. También han contado con la colaboración de algunos buenos músicos y amigos como Sherryl Marshall, Monica Passin, Chris James o John Tabacco que han ayudado a dar forma y calidad a este estupendo, divertido y refrescante trabajo aportando su personal visión y atractivo a una selección de canciones ya de por si peculiares e innovadoras. Liderados por su cantante y bajista Tom Gould, este nuevo trabajo de los Bossa Nova Beatniks sigue la línea habitual a la que ya nos tienen bien acostumbrados. Una grabación llena de canciones originales, honestas y desenfadadas cuya única misión es aportar diversión y alegría al oyente y, aunque ellos ya no lean a William Burroughs, William Ferlinguetti, Jack Kerouac, Phillip Lamantia o Allen Ginsberg, siguen siendo unos “beatniks” de la cabeza a los pies. MUY BUENO.