So I’m just minding my own business, trying to promote this podcast (as well as www.BigSkaGamble.com) by invading people’s personal lives on twitter when a single delightful reply comes my way with about a half dozen suggestions on what I should be playing on this podcast. After a few exchanges back and forth about music, I came to learn about a ton of new bands that I’d missed and I had also made a new online pal. Some of her suggestions were already mixed into the last episode, but this one has a lot of stuff she flipped me on to, or I was listening to while tracking some of this down. This ones for you Bezz, thanks, now everyone, rock out!
In this episode I’m taking you a bit behind the ska scene such as it is, to people who have an imprint on the scene with out being in a band or running a label. In this episode I’m talking to Tazy Phyllipz of the long running ska radio show “the Ska Parade”. We talk about a lot of the bands that have been on “the Ska Parade” since it started in 1989. Not only that but we talk a lot about the upcoming “Viva Ska Vegas” ska show on April 28th. With Tazy and I being old ska guys we tell a lot of stories, and while my original intention was to fill this episode w/ a lot of music, I just couldn’t bear to cut any of us talking (besides a few seconds at the beginning where were both like “hello..?” “uh… hello?” and a bit near the end where we talk about Madness that was dropped for time). I hope you enjoy it, we had a lot of fun talking, and I think it is good to get to know someone like Tazy just a little bit better.
Bucking the trends and going against the grain. Doing what you want, without a worry about shame. I don’t care what people say and how they define ska music, I know what I know. There’s nothing missing in any of these great songs, even if some would have you believe that there is. If you guess what is missing easily, then you’ve been paying attention. If you never figure it out because it is all such awesome music, then you’re awesome too. If you are at pains to figure it out after repeating this episode time and time again, don’t worry so much, it was never a contest anyway.
I got to talk to Jorge Pezzimenti and it was awesome! Jorge is better known as the Jorge of Jorge & the Landladies or as a former member of the Pietasters. Jorge is hilarious! So get ready for a ton of laughing on my part. We talk a lot about the sound of his new album “Monobound” as well as Sunday morning albums, songs about hand-jobs and Mighty Mighty Bosstones cassette tapes. Jorge also gives us some insight into the song “Stop Locking the Front Door” which plays at the end of this episode.