What I loved about ska shows back in the mid-’90s was that you really didn’t know what you were going to get. A more traditional ska band, a ska/punk band that was more punk than ska, a 2 Tone revival sounding band, a ska/punk band that was more ska than punk, a band with 4 members, a band with 10 members, a band full of high schoolers or a band full of actual adults! It really was all over the map like that, and the thing that brought those bands to our towns and the crowds to the venues was the ska that was at the center, in some way, of it all. This episode represents that love of all things ska that I had as a young man encountering shows not knowing exactly what I was going to see, but at the same time knowing that I was going to dig it!
Also, check this out! This episode kicks off with a brand brand new song from the New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble from their forthcoming album “Break Thru” (click the link for the pre-order), followed by a song of the latest release from Joker’s Republic before moving on to a new song from the Pomps that will be the lead track of their new EP “Drums and Liars” due out next month.
00:00 – New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble – Chicky Chicky Boom Boom (Break Thru ’19)
02:54 – Joker’s Republic – Grow Up (Falling Behind ’19)
06:13 – the Pomps – P.A.D.D. (Drums and Liars ’19)
08:50 – the Crombies – Hooligans (One Love ’17)
11:19 – Dan P. & the Bricks – Only Words (When We Were Fearless ’18)
13:14 – the Delirians – Dream of Me (el Remedio ’18)
17:23 – Royal City Riot – the Rhythm (Coast to Coast ’09)
20:49 – Mustard Plug – Perfect Plan (Can’t Contain It ’14)
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