About the writer
Radly “Rad” Jose Phoenix, born to an American mother and a Mexican father, thus began life as he was destined to live it… going in several directions at once. A brilliant neurosurgeon, this restless young man grew quickly dissatisfied with a life devoted solely to medicine. He roamed the planet studying martial arts and particle physics, collecting around him a most eccentric group of friends, those hard-rocking scientists 1209towanda.
About the content
A Short History of the blog
Much of what’s on here used to be composed of everyday happenings and the confused thoughts of a boy in his early 20s, that started to get a little old a few years ago. In fact the “journal” as it were, was more or less on life support for much of 2008 & 2009. Starting in 2010 it was time to turn in all around and have fun with it, thus birthing the podcast 23min of Ska.
23min of Ska
The sharing of music! My favorite genre of music is ska, and I just can’t get enough of it. When looking for a ska podcast I couldn’t find one that had any 3rd wave ska included, so I set out to make one. 23 minutes of ska, twice a month just seemed like the right amount for the first year. In 2011 a once monthly ska band interview episode was added to the mix as well upping the podcast to a thrice a month schedule with new episodes falling on the first, eleventh and twenty-third of each month, this mutated in 2012 into a weekly format with new episodes containing either music or interviews posting on Thursdays.
Grandpa’s Casino Recordings
In 2012 I decided to launch a vinyl only ska record label to get some records out for some great bands. After running a successful Kickstarter campaign the Grandpa’s Casino Recordings record label was started. The first release was a set of seven 7″ records known as “the Big Ska Gamble.”
the Grandpa’s Casino Radio Show
Ska Bob over at Bob’s Ska Radio offered to let me run a weekly radio show in March of 2013, the catch was that I had to talk instead of just playing songs like for 23min of Ska. Every Tuesday at 1pm PT I can be heard at BobSkaRadio.com playing music and talking. The show runs again on Wednesday at 1am PT and then is podcasted out on Fridays. The show contains music, stories and tour dates.