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23min of Ska : And the Horsemen Shall Ride


23skaPumpkinThe night is getting longer, as well as getting colder out. This is the turning point, there’s just a few more weeks of outdoor time before you only leave you living space for transport to work, food or music. No more frolicking in nature for most of you, and if there is, not for very long. This is the time to grab a warm cider, step outside and enjoy it while you can, much like everything else, it is fleeting, so grab it now!

Look at that lovely logo! That Ska-O-Lantern carved by Geoff Henkle! It was part of the annual Ska-O-Lantern contest put on by my buddy Miles! Geoff wins this Honorable Mention for now, good luck in the finals Geoff!

Big D & the Kids Table – Breaking the Bottle (Strictly Rude ’07)
Highball Holiday – Playground (Highball Holiday ’97)
the Screw-Ups – Watch Yourself (EP ’13)
el Gran Miercoles – Veracruz 4 (This is Surf-Steady ’11)
the Delegators – I Didn’t Mean to Break Your Heart (All Aboard ’13)
Bombskare – Panic Button (Fistful of Dynamite ’09)
the Pomps – Right My Ship (Top of the Pomps! ’12)
Stretch – Tug of War (Armstrong ’96)

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23min of Ska : It’s Time to… Start Again!


23ska-bwplaidWow, I really dug back in to my stash for this one! A lot of these tracks are ones that I just couldn’t believe that I hadn’t played yet on the show! Sure, maybe it is a little too ’90s, but don’t act like you don’t enjoy it! For most of the year (save May) I’ve really been pushing new music from established and emerging ska bands, so I just HAD to have a small dip back into what got me hooked on ska way back when (alone w/ a new song that is crazy stuck in my head!)

Bim Skala Bim – Start Again (How’s it Goin’? ’90)
MU330 – LA (Chumps on Parade ’96)
the Smooths – Take a Look (No Breaks ’98)
Kriptolites – vete ya (mueve tus pies con kriptolites ’13)
Johnny Socko – Half Your Brain (Full Trucker Effect ’97)
the Toasters – Freedom (Dub 56 ’94)
Stretch Armstrong – Crackhouse (Lollygag ’94)

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23min of Ska : Excuse Me Mister


In honor of my awesome cat Mr. Pants here is a whole bunch of songs for the Misters! There is a lot of absolute classics in here! You can’t beat the Toasters, the Articles or the Smooths! Hands down, great songs by great bands! New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble and Pressure Cooker also the deliver the good diggin’ down on the ska sound. The Stretch Band (AKA Stretch Armstrong) throws in a cover of one of my favorite Devo songs, and while it loses the ska beat every now and again, it is so good, I couldn’t leave it out! Then smack in the middle of all this, I hit you with Jorge and the Landladies incredibly lush and psychedelic sound. If you don’t have that album yet, I don’t know what more convincing you’ll need.

the Toasters – Mr. Trouble (Skaboom! ’87)
New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble – Mr. Pitiful (Low Blow ’97)
the Stretch Band – Mr. DNA (Mashin’ Potatoes comp ’00)
Jorge & the Landladies – Mr. David (Monobound ’12)
Pressure Cooker – Mr. Precious (Future’s History ’06)
the Articles – Mr. Pink (Flip F’real ’97)
the Smooths – Mr. Figurehead (Very Own Vegas ’96)

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.

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Don’t forget to enjoy the fruits of my labor and get some awesome ska vinyl by hitting up the Big Ska Gamble featuring another song from Jorge & the Landladies!

23min of Ska : May Mix Tape : Side B (part one)


Back with more straight outta the 90s! If you don’t know some of these bands, well, I feel sorry for you, because these are bands that would TEAR DOWN THE HOUSE LIVE! Ok, I haven’t seen all of these bands live, but the ones I have, I can vouch for. Secret Society rocked the back room of the Peoria Pizza Works, Stretch Armstrong stole the show from Mustard Plug and Hepcat, doctormanette snapped me out a mid show stupor in at a Rockford skate park and then made the entire crowd at the Metro in Chicago forget that they were there to see the Aquabats, and seeing Unsteady at the Knitting Factory is flat out one of my personal life high-lights. The Scofflaws are a true classic in the ska scene, so check them out right away. Also hit up Punch the Clown who was always a ska compilation ringer, and when you get an album of theirs and hear how great all the songs are it is even more clear how great they were. Speaking of ska compilations, Insatiable and this song was the shining star on the “Ska: the 3rd Wave Vol. II” that just about everyone I knew had a copy of growing up. It was a decent comp, but that song was just killer! It’s a excellent way to get us to the midway point of side B.

Secret Society – Did it Again (Can I Borrow Your Beard? ’97)
Stretch Armstrong – Drool (Lollygag ’94)
Punch the Clown – Leaving (the Secret Life of Punch the Clown ’98)
the Scofflaws – Nude Beach (Ska in Hi-Fi ’95)
doctormanette – Happiness (the Same Thing Over & Over ’99)
Unsteady – Bad Attitude (Tightrope ’96)
Insatiable – GPC’s (Can’t Get Enough ’94)

This is part three of a 90min ska mix tape from the nineties running each Thursday throughout May.

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.

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Special: Ska Round Table Vol. 1


When old ska fans get together to talk about the good ole days, they always want to share some of the songs from their adventures. In this episode, me, James and Randy hang out and talk about some of the biggest ska shows we’ve been to and some of the best ska shows we’ve been to, all the while sharing songs. Why James and Randy? Why because, like me, they also run their own ska podcasts! So yeah, it is like a big ska podcaster meet up, and you the listener are rewarded! There was a LOT of stuff recorded for this and to tell the truth, I thought the finished product was going to be a lot more talk heavy, but as I was editing it all together this was starting to take shape and BAM! I knew it was the way to go!

23min of Ska: 23Ska.com
the Ska Geek: theSkaGeek.blogspot.com
Ska Crazy: SkaCrazy.com

Skankin’ Pickle – Gas in My Car (the Green Album ’96)
the Siren Six! – One Sided (the Voice with the Built in Promise ’97)
the Smooths – Commander 7 to Space Boy (No Brakes ’98)
the Mighty Mighty Bosstones w/ the Pietasters – Ocean (Music for Our Mother Ocean II ’97)
Hepcat – the Secret (Right On Time ’98)
Stretch – Truth Surrup (Armstrong ’96)

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.

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23min of Ska : We Survive


The great thing about ska is that it always survives. It has been what, 5 or 6 decades? That is pretty long lived. Nothing slows it down & it keeps us dancing. And us ska fans? We survive too, trends or not, it makes no difference, we just like ska. We survive, ska survives, long live ska! Yay!

Green Room Rockers – Twenty-Five (Green Room Rockers ’10)
Stretch Armstrong – Gladly Pay You Tuesday (Lollygag ’94)
Skankin’ Pickle – David Duke is Running for President (Skankin’ Pickle Fever ’92)
Too Rude – No Short Cuts (Re-Invention ’04)
Deal’s Gone Bad – You Get the Keys (the Ramblers ’07)
King Django Quintet – Rise to Find You (Brooklyn Hangover ’10)
Moon – Running Back to You (the Landing ’11)
Monkey – Attraction (Cruel Tutelage ’05)

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 at 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. Also, you may download it.

Most of the music in today’s podcast was purchased at Amoeba Records. If you’re ever in California be sure to visit an Amoeba Records in Hollywood, Berkley or San Francisco or just make sure to support your independent record store where ever you are.

23min of Ska : Following

Doubled up by popular demand, it’s 23min of Ska!


I decided that once a month wasn’t enough, so now there’s 23 minutes of ska for you twice a month, on the 11th and on the 23rd. Like last time I had a lot of fun putting together these songs for you to enjoy, so I hope that you do. And here’s hoping that you download it.

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