Category Archives: 23min of Ska

23min of Ska : Threes & Eights

23skaTRUCKER3sand8sWelcome to the 18th and latest session of 23min of Ska. This session is all about trucker slang because why not, it’s my podcast, I’ll do what I want. I’m pulling back on the intense art commitment this time around, but I may make a few tweaks as I go on. Also, I’m taking a break for the next 23 episodes w/ doing the ska label highlights, those were fun, and I’m totally going to do something like that again, but not anytime soon.

This episode changed a lot over the last several weeks. I thought it was basically finished in late December. I then took a week off because I wanted to enjoy my limited Christmas time off, and because I wanted this session to occur all in 2020. Then I did two listener selected episodes because I was lazy. I got those listener episodes set up quick too. Hell, those episodes were done a put together by the first, and honestly, I was only going to run “You Call It Vol. 18” and save “You Call It Vol. 19” for the Summer. Then I got the news that my friend Jason Lawless had passed. And it hurt. And I knew I had to make some changes to this episode’s playlist.

In changing the tracklist I yanked out the ska/punk and changed the opening song. Lawless was always more of a traditionalist, but would still let me natter on about ska/punk and ska/pop and the like. He was also always a supporter of  23min of Ska and of me. It can be odd making new friends as an adult, especially in a scene where everyone else has known each other for years but Lawless never let me feel like an outsider. Hell, neither have any of the people he introduced me to! He was great to this weirdo out of the Midwest when he had no reason to be, and I could never thank him enough for it. Lawless will be forever missed by all who knew him, I count myself lucky to have been one of them. This episode and the next 22 are dedicated to him, his support, his passion, and his “Lawless-ness.” Thanks for everything.

00:00 – the Skatalites – Lawless Street (Ska Boo-Da-Ba ’65)
03:14 – the Hacklers – Bring it Back (Between the Lines ’16)
06:50 – the Scotch Bonnets – Hair Did (Come on Over ’19)
10:41 – the Loving Paupers – Where’s My Wave (Lines ’19)
14:13 – Tommy Tornado and the Clerks – Back on Track (Back on Track ’19)
18:07 – Pocket Billiards – My Next Last Time (Troubles Edge ’19)
20:59 – Venus Hill – Back on My Feet (Whatever ’02)

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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 : You Call It Vol. 19

23skaBEERSIt’s another episode where my helpful listeners have suggested the music for! I like this one quite a bit, lots of great songs on it. It’s been a rough week for me, so all of your help has been pretty much essential in helping to get this episode out. I literally cannot do this podcast without the bands, or all you helpful listeners, so I appreciate all who took the time to make suggestions these last few weeks to help another top-notch episode get out to all your lovable rude little ears.

00:00 – the Untouchables – Be Alright (Latest & Greatest: Ghetto Stout ’00)
02:42 – Joker’s Republic – Separation of Chuch and Skate (Separation of Chuch and Skate ’20)
05:30 – the Sheldons – No Way (the Sheldons ’19)
09:17 – You Dirty Rat – Rattitude (Latrine ’18)
12:09 – Souvenir Atómico – Esclavo del Sistema (Souvenir Atómico ’17)
15:48 – Black Square – Discord (To the Hills ’19)
20:11 – INDK – East Coast Rising (Kill Whitey! ’02)

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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 : You Call It Vol. 18

23skaBEERSFirst off, thanks to everyone for letting me take a week off! I try not to, but the holidays got to me and I wasn’t able to get my stuff together. Such to the effect that I asked for suggestions on what to play on this episode. I got a TON of responses! But hey, we always have next week to play those! Also, feel free to toss your hat into the ring and suggest songs for the next episodes, because man oh man, I have so much going on that I could use the help. Currently mapping out the next year of 23min of Ska and the Ska After Party and I’m very excited to have you all along for the ride.

00:00 – Ska Jazz Messengers – Mil Veces No (Radio Edit) (Mil Veces No (Radio Edit) ’19)
03:28 – Bootleg Catch Up – Olympia (Bootleg Catch Up ’19)
06:05 – Tom Nevers Field – Impossible (Impossible ’19)
08:19 – Vieja Skina – Barrios Altos (4 ’19)
13:11 – Crash & the Crapenters – She’s Subatomic (She’s Subatomic ’19)
15:59 – the Swashbuckling Doctors – Here Comes the Milkman (Rescue the Universe ’17)
20:25 – Rudebeard – Thrown Away (Wide-Os on the Rise ’19)

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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 : the Moon Ska Special!

23skaMOON

cover photo : Meredith M. Goldberg

The Toasters album “Dub 56” was my intro into the big world of ska, I will always hold it in high esteem for that alone. Besides, it was a ripper of an album! It started a love of the sound that has never gone away. In my young lust to find more ska music, I took note of the label, Moon Ska, and the label catalog that came with the album. It wasn’t long before I was sending away for other CDs that Moon had released. Was I loving every minute of it? You bet I was! Moon was my label for more tradition sounding ska (I went to Dill and Asian Man for my ska/punk and to Jump Up for my local Midwest scene) and I could never get enough. It was a fair time before I met the man behind the label, Robert “Bucket” Hingly of the Toasters. I’m not gonna lie, me and Bucket aren’t pals in the least, and he could never pick me out of a line up of 3 goofy white boys, but he’s always been a good guy to me. It was years before when I’d see them on tour we’d even talk ska. Honestly, we usually talked about Jack Kirby and his work for Marvel (specifically Silver Surfer) or talk about the other bands on tour. He’s a top guy, never made me feel like an idiot about ska history (even when I kind of am) and more than that he’s always down to chat. That’s what I love about Bucket, he’s a man of the people, he’s an authority that never feels like it and he tears up the stage! I could talk more about Moon, but this episode really is just a love letter to Bucket. Thank you Mr. Hingly, see you on the road.

00:00 – the Toasters – Dub 56 (Dub 56 ’94)
02:41 – Hepcat – the Secret (Out of Nowhere ’94)
05:16 – the New York Citizens – the National Front (On the Move ’88)
08:00 – the Scofflaws – Back Door Open (Ska in Hi-Fi ’95)
10:27 – Let’s Go Bowling – You Take Me (Mr. Twist ’96)
14:14 – the Articles – Spread Satin (Flip F’real ’97)
19:23 – Easy Big Fella – Stuck in the Chapel of Love (Eat at Joey’s ’97)

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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 : the December Issue!

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cover photo by merydolla

This is not a “Best of 2019” list. I dunno, I just usually don’t do that kind of thing. And this year would be so hard, 2019 kicked us all a lot of good ska, and this episode is only a small part of it. So yeah, here’s a load of 2019 ska and ska/punk for you, and if this is the first time you’re hearing some of these bands, kick-ass, look more into them, they’re all rad. And if you have heard some of them before… you’re welcome, these songs are great, I’m sure you’re glad to hear them again!

00:00 – Mr. Kingpin – Cards on the Table (Cards on the Table ’19)
02:35 – Hooray for Our Side – Carousel (Everybody Love Everybody ’19)
05:37 – the Fanculos – Better Late Than Never (the Fanculos Album ’19)
09:28 – Skatax – Tranquilo y Rimbombante (One Shot ’19)
11:32 – K-Man & the 45s – Never Can Tell (Stand with the Youth ’19)
14:39 – Roy Ellis / Mr. Symarip – I’ve Told You to Change Your Evil Ways (Ska Almighty ’19)
18:52 – Derrick Morgan – Judge Dread in Court (Judge Dread in Court / Last Chance ’67)

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 : the Mossburg Music Special!

23skaMOSSBURGI first became aware of Mossburg Music when I was working w/ the Georgetown Orbits. They really seemed to be a quality label. Later on, I got to know Billy Geoghegan, the founder of Mossburg. He was a great guy, to talk with in general, about running a label, about ska and about this great country. Mossburg isn’t confined to a specific area, because Billy isn’t. Wherever he goes he brings that Mossburg magic and manages to crank out a few releases. The label has been around in fits and spurts for some time, and I for one really hope that it continues on!

00:00 – the Notables – Freak Shuffle (Godfather Ska / Freak Shuffle ’93)
02:55 – Contra Coup – Rudie has Fallen (Run for the Moon ’05)
07:24 – the Stingers ATX – Near Me (This Time Around… ’08)
10:34 – Kevin Batchelor’s Grand Concourse – Your Man (Kevin Batchelor’s Grand Concourse ’11)
13:29 – the Bashments – Got to Give (the Bashments ’11)
16:23 – the Georgetown Orbits – David and Goliath (Super Sonic ’11)
20:20 – Lynval Golding and Contra Coup – the Same (Know Your Rights! ’16)

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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 : the Winter Issue!

23skaWINTERISH

cover photo: Gennadiy Kravchenko

Happy Thursday world and happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the States! Once again, I’m bringing your ears the new ska! I’ve done new ska, I’ve done new ska/punk and here… here it’s ska, it’s got some punk, some rock… and something else! Oh yeah! I’m just so happy this episode came together, some of these songs I’ve been wanting to play for all of you for a while, but they just weren’t fitting in quite right… and now here we are! Love it! Love you! Take care of yourself, you rule!

00:00 – Simple Minded Symphony – Aimless (Places ’19)
04:46 – the Planet Smashers – Heart Like a Lion (Mixed Messages ’14)
07:58 – Drop Party – the Mountain (Lean into the Wave ’19)
15:26 – Black Square – Walk Away (To the Hills ’19)
19:16 – Prince Buster & the Prince Buster Allstars – the Appeal  (the Appeal / Land of Imagination ’67)

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!