23min of Ska : Crayons

23skaCRAYONThis is the most colorful episode of the podcast that I’ve ever done! Enough with the puns, on w/ the great music! I hope you all like ska and ska/punk, cuz that’s all your getting. Sorry this write up is short, but I’m on my way to Texas for a wedding, fun time!

00:00 – Run and Punch – Soilent Green (No Loose Ends ’13)
02:22 – Drewvis – Purple (Disposable Pleasures & Meaningful Pursuits ’11)
05:29 – New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble – Red Eye (Step Forward ’08)
09:14 – Bim Skala Bim – Blue (How’s it Goin’? ’90)
13:07 – doctormanette – Orange Juice (Dew Unto Others ’96)
15:01 – Reel Big Fish – Brown Eyed Girl (Fame, Fortune & Fornication ’09)
18:32 – Mephiskapheles – Introduction to the Yellow Passion (Maximum Perversion ’97)
20:16 – Black Square – Black Square (Black Square ’11)

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Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra Interview

tsopRecently I got to ask a few questions to Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra member Atsushi Yanaka. It is a short, but fun little interview and I love that I got the chance to take some of his time. Many of these questions were sourced from the 23min of Ska listeners on facebook and /r/ska.

When the Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra started, did you have any idea that it would still be around 25 years later?
I had no idea we would last 25 years. It is an extraordinary case in the Japanese music scene that a band as big as we are can continue, specialized in a genre of ska.

How difficult is it to manage so many members?
We don’t have a leader. Each of the nine members have his own opinion so it’s not easy to put all of them together.

What was the writing and recording process like for your latest release “Ska Me Forever?”
It’s an album that TSPO took the longest time in our band history in making it. When we finished one tune, we took time in evaluating the arrangements to make sure everything was okay. Sound wise, we concentrated everything TSPO can do at this time, such as the rock-oriented approach, dub-style sound, etc.

“Ska Me Forever” features collaborations with acts like “Asian Kung-Fu Generation” and “the Fantastic Plastic Machine”, what brought about working with them?
Asian Kung Fu Generation is in an important position in the Japanese music scene and we have always wanted to work with them one day. We couldn’t imagine what would happen if their distinctive worldview mixes with ours, but we were sure the result would be interesting. So we made the offer. As for Fantastic Plastic Machine, we have been friends with them for a long time through the club scene such as DJing. When we made the tune “Damned”, we thought it would be nice to do a club-style approach and we asked them to take care of the arrangements.

Was there always a budding ska scene in Japan or did it sort of start with Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra?
Of course, the ska scene was there even before we made our debut. But we have been active in the media such as television, which might have helped expand the recognition of ska.

Who are your major influences?
In terms of ska, we have been strongly influenced by the Specials, Madness, and the Skatalites.

What is your favorite American band?
It’s difficult to pick just one! But we have been close to Fishbone since our debut and we all love Fishbone. They performed at the “Tokyo Ska Jamboree” music festival which we organized, and vocalist Angelo sang in one of our tunes.

What are the chances on a US tour?
We love performing in front of US audience. We would like to come back every year. Hope it will happen this year again!

Tondemo Crisis has a killer soundtrack, would you ever make a video game OST again?
Thank you! We think we are very good at game music or movie soundtracks, tailoring the music to the themes. We would love to do game music if there are any offers in the future.

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra has a new album out called “Ska Me Forever” now out on vinyl from Nacional Records! For more information, the band can be found on their website and facebook. Also check out more from TSPO on these 23min of Ska episodes!

23min of Ska : Chaos

23skaCHAOSThings fall apart. Things go to hell. This is how the universe works. It is time to get used to it. Take this episode for example. I had no idea what I was going to do. I have been kinda sick all week and had few ideas, so yeah, I though this is going to be a tough one. It wasn’t. It was a breeze! It all fit together! And hey, look, two different songs w/ the same name, I surely didn’t plan that! Chaos rules!

00:00 – the A-OKs – When Life Give You Lemons, Make Bombs! (FunEmployment Benefits ’14)
03:38 – the Hotknives – Captain Chaos (Screams, Dreams & Custard Creams ’00)
07:17 – Brooklyn Attractors – Entropy (Good Evil Alchemy ’14)
11:13 – the Pietasters – Drunken Master (Turbo ’02)
15:11 – Bruce Lee Band – North of Motague (Beautiful World ’05)
17:14 – Mrs. Skannotto – Entropy (Outlier ’14)

Show support for the band by clicking on those links and checking out their websites and music! Show support for the podcast by finding & liking 23min of Ska on facebook as well as follow on twitter. Also, feel free to download this episode if you wanna keep it forever. Another way to support the podcast is to buy some records from our partners in crime over at Grandpa’s Casino Recordings, they carry some great vinyl ska records!

Special : You Call It Vol. 5

23ska-beerHere we go once more with an episode that has songs mostly picked out by listeners of this fine fine podcast. Once again, I’d like to thank my sisters, brothers and others over at /r/ska for being game and filling my head with songs and ideas and my inbox with sweet sweet ska!

00:00 – the Taj Motel Trio – Here We Go Again (4 Songs 7 Inches ’15)
03:05 – Night Gaunts – Apple Tree (3am Sessions ’14)
06:05 – the Delirians – Tears of Joy (the Delirians ’12)
08:52 – Spring Heeled Jack – Rufus Shakeedoo (Static World View ’96)
12:10 – Half Beat – Did I Mention (Big Kids ’14)
15:22 – Edna’s Goldfish – This is Not Here (Before You Knew Better… ’97)
17:37 – Jeffries Fan Club – Crystal 52 (Nothing to Prove ’99)
20:22 – Let’s Go Bowling – Hot-Buttered (Mr. Twist ’96)

Show support for the band by clicking on those links and checking out their websites and music! Show support for the podcast by finding & liking 23min of Ska on facebook as well as follow on twitter. Also, feel free to download this episode if you wanna keep it forever. Another way to support the podcast is to buy some records from our partners in crime over at Grandpa’s Casino Recordings, they carry some great vinyl ska records!

23min of Ska : the Lighthouse of Alexandria

23skaLIGHTHOUSE…and here we are, at the final episode of the seventh set of 23 episodes. So yeah, sevens, if you haven’t noticed, was kind of a theme for this batch. I got some good episodes out of it I think. I hope you agree and I hope that you enjoy this episode as much as you have the last 22… hell, the last 160!

00:00 – the Hotknives – Seven Days (Home ’96)
04:30 – Skaos – Invincible Seven (Beware! Skaos …is Approaching! ’88)
07:34 – David Hillyard and the Rocksteady 7 – 7 Years of Plenty (Get Back Up ’09)
11:52 – Inspecter 7 – Channel 7 (the Infamous ’97)
14:00 – the One Droppers – Seven Jackets (the Big One ’11)
18:07 – Pressure Cooker – Seven Years (I Want to Tell You ’01)
21:00 – Madness – Return of the los Palmas 7 (Absolutely ’80)

Show support for the band by clicking on those links and checking out their websites and music! Show support for the podcast by finding & liking 23min of Ska on facebook as well as follow on twitter. Also, feel free to download this episode if you wanna keep it forever. Another way to support the podcast is to buy some records from our partners in crime over at Grandpa’s Casino Recordings, they carry some great vinyl ska records!

23min of Ska : the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

23skaMAUSOLEUMCan you believe it? 5 years of 23min of Ska? That’s nuts! I had no idea that when I put the first episode together in January of 2010 that I’d ever have a handful of listeners or still being doing it even a few years later! I can honestly say that it blows my mind. To everyone out there that sends me songs to play (bands, labels, listeners) I say thanks, you help me find stuff that sounds great and helps make the show better! So I hope you all dig this episode, as well as all the episodes, and I’ll see you all here next year, yeah? And, as always, thanks for listening, and enjoy!

00:00 – the Robustos – Miles to Go (Introducing… ’97)
02:47 – Coolidge – I’m an Idiot (Pop Star Baby ’07)
05:51 – Stop the Presses – New Years (eSKAndalo! ’13)
09:03 – the Amphetameanies – Took Some Time (Last Chance Bordello ’14)
12:47 – I Voted for Kodos – Not Tonight (Dear Chris Demakes, I’m Also Never Going Back to New Jersey ’13)
15:30 – Rude King – Until the End (Ruder, Better, Faster, Stronger ’11)
19:07 – Yum!Yum!ORANGE – プレゼント (Jelly Beans ’06)

Show support for the band by clicking on those links and checking out their websites and music! Show support for the podcast by finding & liking 23min of Ska on facebook as well as follow on twitter. Also, feel free to download this episode if you wanna keep it forever. Another way to support the podcast is to buy some records from our partners in crime over at Grandpa’s Casino Recordings, they carry some great vinyl ska records!

23min of Ska : the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

23skaTEMPLEFirst, check that Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra track! This is kinda the American debut of that song, for reals! The only way to have heard it already is to have been a filthy bootleggin’ pirate! (Or live in Japan I guess.) Second, that intro track by the Zvooks, all intros on any podcast should be that good! The Zvooks used to play a bunch around my area, loved those guys, that song was a set staple, hearing it always brings me back to dancing in an American Legion Hall or the back room of a pizza joint. That’s the thing about ska, it’s always out there, somewhere, lurking, ready to show you a good time and get you to move your feet! All the other songs are flippin’ great as well, but I had to call attention to those two! Enjoy!

00:00 – Corey Dixon and the Zvooks – Got All My Life (Calm Down ’01)
02:47 – Deal’s Gone Bad – Good Old Days (the Ramblers ’07)
06:41 – Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra feat. Asian Kung-Fu Generation – Wake Up (Ska Me Forever ’15)
11:17 – Punch the Clown – $10 Cigar (the Secret Life of Punch the Clown ’98)
13:57 – Call Me Malcolm – Tally Man (Check Sells ’11)
16:42 – One Groovy Coconut – Millennium Falcon (More Like This Than That ’89)
19:17 – the Longshots – Why You Fightin’ Rudy (Borrowed Time ’14)

Show support for the band by clicking on those links and checking out their websites and music! Show support for the podcast by finding & liking 23min of Ska on facebook as well as follow on twitter. Also, feel free to download this episode if you wanna keep it forever. Another way to support the podcast is to buy some records from our partners in crime over at Grandpa’s Casino Recordings, they carry some great vinyl ska records!