When getting into new ska bands, it is always a gamble. They could be good, they could be great, or they could outright suck. In this case, each of these albums I got with little to no knowledge of the songs on them, and everything turned out awesome! Totally awesome! I’m more than extremely pleased to share all these songs with all the listeners. Pay attention to the 3rd track by Infamous Jake & the Pinstripe Mafia, if you like it, check out the kickstarter campaign to re-release the album this track comes from on vinyl. All the proceeds go to charity, so not only are you rocking out, you’re rocking out for a good cause. Time to do some good and dance, let’s roll!
So Asbestos Records is pressing, on vinyl, the 2003 release of Infamous Jake & the Pinstripe Mafia’s “This is the Beginning of the End” to raise money for former front man Dan Lang-Gunn’s recovery treatments due to an anoxic brain injury he suffered in 2004. Follow the link below to get the whole story, but in short, this is for charity! I’m pretty much totally behind this. This is a good cause and a good album. They have 24 days and about $150 left to go. Even a $1 donation will get you a digital copy of the album. And it is a good ska/punk album, seriously, we can make this a reality, no sweat.
In celebration of my recent wedding I cooked up this podcast. Is it a little mushy? Sure, but man, that’s what makes weddings a fun time. OK, maybe I’m getting a little personal with this episode, but heck, can you blame me? Get up, dance, drink a beverage, eat some cake and pretend you were there.
the Pepper Pots – the Garden of Love (Shake It! ’07) doctormanette – Something I’ve Been Meaning to Say (the Same Thing Over & Over ’99) the Pinstripes – Sweet Lovin’ (Sweet Lovin’ ’10) New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble – You are My Love (Step Forward ’08)
Prince Buster – My Girl (My Girl/Here Comes the Bride ’65)
Isaac Green & the Skalars – I Love You (Skoolin’ with the Skalars ’96) Reel Big Fish – We Close Our Eyes (Dead Band’s Party ’05)
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Hot off their new album, “Get Up In It!” I get a chance to talk to Tom McDowall and Albert C. Perez of the band the Dropsteppers. We talk about what brought the band together, how they developed their sound and what it was like to get an e-mail from Bucket Hingley. We also discus the inspiration behind the song “Bring It On Home To You” and take a listen to it in this episode.
Upcoming Dropsteppers shows in November
* Saturday November 5th at 8 PM at Club Garibaldi’s in Milwaukee, WI
w/ the Beatdown and Something To Do
* Sunday November 6th at 8 PM at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis, MN
w/ the Beatdown.
* Wednesday November 30th at 9 PM at the 331 Club in Minneapolis, MN
The Dropsteppers song “Hot Mess” was featured in the episode “So Ace” from October 23rd, 2011.
If you’re in a ska band and would like to be interviewed or have a song featured, please email me at radjose[at]gmail[dot]com. This episode and all episodes can always be found here. You can also subscribe to the podcast by going to your advanced tab on iTunes, then select “subscribe to podcast…” and entering this address: http://23minofska.podomatic.com/rss2.xml into the box that opens. Also if you’d like, find & like us on facebook. Don’t forget to download this episode.
The intro music for this episode is the song “When the Band Plays” also by the Dropsteppers.