23min of Ska : B Complex

23skaVITAMINBringing you the best blue beat since 2010! Here’s another episode bursting at the seems with bouncing ska action! Brilliant bands like these deserve to be heard and blasted out of every boom box on the block. Now, banging out these episodes week after bloody week can drive one’s brain a bit mad, but fear not, the beginning of the end isn’t even in sight. Be well, my beautiful listeners!

00:00 – Big D & the Kids Table – Bender (How it Goes ’04)
03:27 – Big Mandrake – Burocracia (la Fantastica Maquina Magica ’12)
07:33 – Bombskare – Beatriz (Fistful of Dynamite ’09)
11:00 – the Bohunks – Back on Top (In the Waiting Room ’11)
13:49 – Backyard Superheroes – the Ballad of Troll (Backyard Superheroes ’14)
16:25 – Bim Skala Bim – Breakdown Lame (Eyes and Ears ’95)
19:36 – the Brass Action – Box Wine (Making Waves ’13)

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23min of Ska : Perfectly Unpowered

23ska8BALLThe original idea for this episode was for each song to be from a solo act. From there I said “No! It should be all acoustic!” Now, to be fair, I didn’t make sure that they are all exactly acoustic songs, but they mostly are, so, you know, here’s a (mostly?) acoustic set of ska songs for you all to unplug and unwind to.

00:00 – Chris Murray – Rock Steady (4-Track Adventures ’96)
02:52 – Deal’s Gone Bad – Run From Me (Sweet Serenade ’09)
07:31 – Dan Potthast – 8 Eyes (Eyeballs ’99)
09:41 – Half Past Two – Heather (Heather ’14)
11:20 – Drewvis – Short Measures (Disposable Pleasures & Meaningful Pursuits ’11)
13:57 – Matt Wixson – Oh Starcia (Head Above Water ’11)
16:50 – Beng Beng Cocktail – Dying in Honor (Choices ’12)
20:05 – Reel Big Fish – Scott’s a Dork (Skacoustic ’10)

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 : Luck (Is for Losers)

23ska-ace“Luck is for Losers” is a phrase my wife has been saying a lot lately. It’s totally true. We make our own luck. If you don’t put yourself in the right place at the right time you’ll never even have that chance to “be lucky!” Luck had nothing to do with it, you made the choices in life that lead to such good fortune. About half the bands in this episode took it upon themselves to send me a message about their band and maybe a few songs, the other half I was lucky enough to stumble upon. The former made their own luck, the latter I consider myself lucky to have found. It’s a big, crazy world out there, don’t waste your time, get out in front of it and make your “luck” happen.

00:00 – Greenhouse – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Tomorrow the World ’98)
02:39 – Flying Raccoon Suit – Lucky Day (Paper Airplanes ’12)
04:10 – the Stiff Joints – CAM (Circus on Repeat ’13)
06:12 – Ska’s the Limit – If it Were Me (Ska’s the Limit ’14)
09:05 – the Skarsoles – When We Were Kings (When We Were Kings ’13)
12:26 – Ellwood – Dancin’ Girl (Lost in Transition ’11)
15:48 – Be Like Max – Local Band (Just Tryin’ to Fit in… Ur Mom ’14)
19:55 – the Jellycats – When I Do (When I Do ’12)

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 : Trust is Under Valued

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Trust can take a long time to build up and can be destroyed very quickly. That’s kind of the theme that’s going on here. Hopefully I have your trust each week to take you on a fun little ska journey each week and introduce you to great bands from today and the past. I hope that you trust me enough to always be picking great bands from around the world that play the ska. And I trust that all of you are entertained.

00:00 – the Insteps – Saladin (Eleven Steps to Power ’96)
04:23 – die Tornados – das war eine Schöne Party (Go Out and Dance ’06)
06:41 – Highball Holiday – Multiple Personality Disorder (Highball Holiday ’97)
08:23 – the Forthrights – Trust Me (the Forthrights ’12)
10:23 – OreSkaBand – Bouquet (What a Wonderful World! Vol. 2 ’12)
12:56 – los Furios – How the Mighty Have Fallen (Pacific Sound System ’14)
16:51 – the Interrupters – Can’t be Trusted (the Interrupters ’14)
18:42 – Do It With Malice – Commodity (the Burned-Over District ’10)

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 : 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)

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!

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!