Category Archives: 23min of Ska

23min of Ska Convoy : Nobody Knows Me in this Big Windy Town

23skaTRUCKERconvoyJIMWith all of the craziness surrounding the global COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve found myself listening to a lot more ska. It’s hard to put my finger on why, but I’d liken it to my favorite type of comfort food: not only is it good for the soul but it provides a bit of certainty in these uncertain times. To that end, I picked out a few upbeat tunes that I’m hoping will help provide at least a small distraction. Stay safe out there, and keep washing your hands!

00:00 – the KING LION – Skatman (Blank ’19)
03:06 – the Kubricks – Criminals (Criminals ’20)
05:51 – Roland Alphonso w/ the Skatalites feat. Don Drummond – Nimble Foot (Nimble Foot / Love is Stronger ’65)
08:53 – the Radiation Kings – Murder (Early Years ’99)
13:19 – Deal’s Gone Bad – Be Mine Tonight (Guide to Boat Drinks & Cruise Cocktails ’02)
17:19 – North East Ska Jazz Orchestra – Hard Man fe Dead (Stompin’ & Rollin’ ’15)
20:55 – the Operators – 6 Month Blues (Ain’t it Obvious / 6 Month Blues ’19)

RJ sez: Jim is one half of the very excellent Windy City Sound System, which you should totally have checked out by now! Building on Jim’s picks, I added the new single from the Kubricks and the closing track from the Operators. I had the pleasure of meeting Jim and his WCSS co-star at the Jump Up Records 25th Anniversary show a few years back, and I couldn’t be happier then, and I couldn’t be happier now that they’re still in the game creating their show! Give it up for the Windy City Sound System!

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Another way to support this podcast is to listen to and support our sister podcast the Ska After Party or 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 Convoy : TV’s Fine if You Like WGN

23skaTRUCKERconvoyKEVINWash, wash
Washing my troubles away
Oh yeah, oh yeah

Maybe these words ring hollow in our troubled times. Or maybe they hit just right. Either way, I hope the potent mixture of 2 Tone, ska-punk, and Jamaican ska that follows finds your ears well. Within this mix, you’ll find five tunes from four different countries — a reminder that it’s not just COVID-19 that has gone global!

00:00 – the Crombies – Wash Wash (Dance Crazee ’16)
03:22 – Justin Hinds & the Dominoes – Over the River (Over the River / Corner Stone ’64)
05:39 – Lxs Fama – la Reina del Desastre (No Caben más Locos ’20)
08:55 – the Bionic Rats – New Day Rudie (T.B.R. ’16)
11:41 – the Cabrians – Time Map (Sun & Shadow Heroes ’16)
15:14 – the Holophonics – Escape Velocity (Phantom Arrival ’18)
17:24 – Beat the Smart Kids – Emoticons (Broke Again ’16)
19:55 – the Swashbuckling Doctors – Better Than Nothing (Better Than Nothing ’20)

RJ sez: Kevin is one half of the very excellent Windy City Sound System, which is kind of a must-listen podcast! Building on Kevin’s picks, I added the Lxs Fama, Holophonics and Swashbuckling Doctors tracks his already killer line up (and in doing so adding another country to the previous count.) I had the pleasure of meeting Keven and his WCSS co-star at the Jump Up Records 25th Anniversary show a few years back, and I couldn’t be happier then, and I couldn’t be happier now that they’re still in the game creating their show! Cheers to the Windy City Sound System!

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Another way to support this podcast is to listen to and support our sister podcast the Ska After Party or 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 Convoy : the New, the Old & the Local

23skaTRUCKERconvoyMATTSka music has been a big part of my life for over the past 20 years. I even met my wife because of ska music. Being a teenager in Orange County, California in the mid 90’s you couldn’t escape ska music. However, when others stopped listening, ska music stayed in heavy rotation with me.

For this playlist, I followed a very simple plan to make it. I picked something old, something new and something local. Five Iron Frenzy, The O.C. Supertones and Less Than Jake are the bands I’ve been listening to the longest. Millington and The Skluttz are the newest bands on the list. Half Past Two, Hooray For Our Side and Codename:Rocky are some of my favorite hometown bands. I hope you enjoy my picks.

00:00 – O.C. Supertones – Supertones Strike Back (the Supertones Strike Back ’97)
02:37 – Hooray for Our Side – Don’t Panic (Overture ’15)
05:05 – Codename: Rocky – Ctl Alt Del (Reboot ’16)
07:22 – Less Than Jake – Motown Never Sounded so Good (Anthem ’03)
09:55 – the Skluttz – Ska Police (Confidence is Key ’20)
13:15 – Millington – Big Man on Campus (Millington ’18)
16:45 – Half Past Two – See You Again (See You Again ’20)
19:19 – Five Iron Frenzy – Cool Enough for You (Upbeats & Beatdowns ’97)

RJ sez: On the Upbeat is a hell of a fun podcast, go back and listen to the older episodes while the show is on break! And for full disclosure, Matt had picked different songs for Hooray for Our Side and Half Past Two, but after Half Past Two put out this killer new single we both knew it had to be included. This, of course, threw off the timing of the episode, so I offered up a change to the Hooray for Our Side song to even things out. Luckily Matt agreed and we have another rad episode!

Show support for the bands by clicking on those links and checking out their websites and music! Show support for the podcast by donating on Patreon or by finding & liking 23min of Ska on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Also, feel free to subscribe and listen to the podcast on iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher.

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Another way to support this podcast is to listen to and support our sister podcast the Ska After Party or 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 Convoy : Looking for Direction

23skaTRUCKERconvoyDAVE

photo by Jason Lawless

Deeply honored to have my pal RJ ask me to do this, and it was an interesting exercise. I appreciate his support and the work he is doing with the podcast and bringing the ska to the people. I took some of my favorite bands as a jumping-off point and the theme materialized out of that. Hope you enjoy it, and if you want to learn to play The Selecter’s Carry Go Bring Come on the Ukulele look for it in an upcoming episode of The Two Tone Singalong.

00:00 – Oreskaband – Carry On (Carry On ’14)
03:37 – the Selecter – Carry Go Bring Come (Too Much Pressure ’79)
06:25 – Cut Capers – Get Moving’ (Get Moving ’17)
09:42 – Sonic Boom Six – Let’s Push Things Forward (Keep On Believing ’13)
13:16 – the Dualers – Don’t Go (Don’t Go ’06)
16:41 – Stubborn All-Stars – Catch That Train (Open Season ’95)
19:06 – Counting Coins – Don’t Look Down (Counting Coins ’15) 

RJ sez: Denver Dave is the man! He’s been showing his enthusiasm for ska via his projects like “This is Ska” and the “Two Town Uke Sing Along” for oh so many years. I was lucky enough to meet him a few years back, and I’m even luckier to call him my friend. I couldn’t think of anyone better than to start off this 7 episode series, where I’m sitting shotgun, and someone else is taking the wheel, than with Denver Dave. Also, this is my 400th episode! Man, that’s a good one to have Denver help out with!

Show support for the bands by clicking on those links and checking out their websites and music! Show support for the podcast by donating on Patreon or by finding & liking 23min of Ska on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Also, feel free to subscribe and listen to the podcast on iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher.

Also, feel free to download this episode if you wanna keep it forever.

Want to submit your band? Email: submissions@23ska.com
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Another way to support this podcast is to listen to and support our sister podcast the Ska After Party or 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 : 10-4 Good Buddy

23skaTRUCKERtenfourgoodbuddyAfter 2 solid ska/punk and high energy ska episodes in a row, I decided to take it down a notch on this one. Also, when I started this session of 23min of Ska I dedicated it to my friend Lawless, and well, it’s about to get a little Lawless up in here because I’m including a clutch of songs from his Moondust record label on this one. I’m keeping it a bit laid back to make the tone a little chill, but also to give us all a bit of breather to relax and reflect.

00:00 – the Bandulus – Stop Playin’ with My Heart (Love a Woman ’19)
02:34 – Alpheus – Rudies (Rudies / Our Time Will Come ’20)
05:41 – the Twilights – Dancing Moon (Hear What I Say ’18)
08:30 – 4th Street Orchestra – Ah Who Seh? (Ah Who Seh? / Go Deh! ’20)
11:34 – Ocean 11 – Miss Understanding (Miss Understanding / Spring in Rome ’11)
14:48 – Laurel Aitken – Apollo 12 (Skinhead Invasion) (Apollo 12 / Moon Rock ’11)
16:52 – Irie Beats – No Jodes Ver. 2 (People Need People / No Jodes Ver. 2 ’11)
20:35 – Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra feat. Greg Lee & Alex Desert – World’s Fair (Big Band Tribute to the Skatalites: Vol. 2 ’15)

Show support for the bands by clicking on those links and checking out their websites and music! Show support for the podcast by donating on Patreon or by finding & liking 23min of Ska on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Also, feel free to subscribe and listen to the podcast on iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher.

Also, feel free to download this episode if you wanna keep it forever.

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Another way to support this podcast is to listen to and support our sister podcast the Ska After Party or 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 : There are Two Miles of Ditches for Every Mile of Road

23skaTRUCKER2milesofditchesThis bit of trucker slang is just a basic reminder to drive safely. So I’d like to take the time to tell all of you out there to take care of yourselves! It’s rough out there, and it could get rougher, but don’t fret, because you’re pretty damn dope. If what you need is some ska music, here it is, but if you need something more, go out and get it. There’s no shame in asking for help, for your state of mind, or for your new favorite ska band. There are helpers everywhere and they’re easy to find.

00:00 – Bite Me Bambi – Hot Lava (Hot Lava ’20)
03:25 – Malambo Ska Band feat. Hugo Lobo – Racist Friend (Racist Friend ’20)
07:26 – the Skluttz – Stand Our Ground (Confidence is Key ’20)
10:49 – Hans Gruber and the Die Hards – Is Today Worth Waking Up for? (Hans Gruber and the Die Hards 2 ’19)
13:19 – Cheatin’ at Solitaire – Don’t Wanna be Miserable (Audrey ’20)
15:55 – Skalapper – Depressed Feeling (find a new world ’10)
19:23 – the Upstarts – So Sharp (the Upstarts ’07)

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Want to submit your band? Email: submissions@23ska.com
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Another way to support this podcast is to listen to and support our sister podcast the Ska After Party or 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 : Put the Hammer Down

23skaTRUCKERhammerdownAre you ready for some hard-hitting, speedy as hell, unrelenting ska and ska/punk? If so, you are in luck! I went big and loud on this one, I just couldn’t help myself, it’s the mood I was in, and I hope you’ll agree that it’s all pretty rad. Also, how can you just sit and listen to this one? I couldn’t even sit still when I was putting this one together! Damn! Get it in your ears! Get outta yr seat and shake it!

00:00 – Madaline – Exit Strategy (“it is what it is” ’19)
03:15 – K-Man & the 45s – Paradoid Panic (Stand with the Youth ’19)
05:58 – the Re-Adjusters – Red (Rebound ’19)
08:55 – Cartoon Violence – Serpico (Passive Aggressive ’18)
11:36 – Bumsy and the Moochers – Six Months (Spaced Out ’18)
15:36 – Zéro Talent – 50% (Société Anonyme ’18)
18:01 – We Are The Union – Out of Patience (Self Care ’18)
20:23 – the Bruce Lee Band – Ms. Me (Community Support Group ’14)

Show support for the bands by clicking on those links and checking out their websites and music! Show support for the podcast by donating on Patreon or by finding & liking 23min of Ska on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Also, feel free to subscribe and listen to the podcast on iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher.

Also, feel free to download this episode if you wanna keep it forever.

Want to submit your band? Email: submissions@23ska.com
Have something else to say? Email: podcast@23ska.com

Another way to support this podcast is to listen to and support our sister podcast the Ska After Party or to buy some records from our partners in crime over at Grandpa’s Casino Recordings, they carry some great vinyl ska records!