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23min of Ska : the Mysterious Old Guy at the Back of the Pit

Holy heck, it’s just about been 11 years of 23min of Ska madness! I can’t believe I’ve kept it going this long! But it’s all thanks to great listeners and great ska & ska/punk bands! You all give me the energy to keep going, and I thank you! Alright, now get ready for another great episode, and remember how awesome you are!

00:00 – BoomTown United – How I Feel (Tuffer Than I ’20)
02:47 – Maria Blues – Tonight (Look Who It Is ’19)
06:23 – Dan P. and the Bricks – Kung Fu (When We Were Fearless ’18)
08:54 – los Kurados – Politeista (Multicultural ’17)
10:57 – Skata Tones – In Town Pop Sound (Celebrity ’20)
13:22 – Andy B and the World – Follow the Streetlights (the First One ’21)
17:05 – the Circle City Deacons – Where’d She Go? (Where’d She Go? ’20)
20:21 – aRevo – Schware Hockn (Weiter Geht’s ’17)

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23min of Ska is produced weekly by RJ Phoenix
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23min of Ska : the Secret Sun Set Ska Pier Party

Here we go again with another set of 23 episodes! 2020 was a great for ska and ska/punk and 2021 is already looking up! I’m ready to explore this year in ska with all of you, so I hope to keep you all along for the ride! Thanks for listening!

00:00 – OreSkaBand – Azami Spirit (Slogan ’17)
02:21 – the Far East – NYC Dream (New York is for Lovers ’21)
05:53 – the Magnetics – Tequila Boom Boom (Cocktails and Fairy Tales Vol. 2 ’20)
08:35 – the Stingers ATX – Regards to You (This Time Around… ’08)
12:26 – Roka Hueka – Que No Quede Huella (Que No Quede Huella / Back to You (Version) ’19)
15:57 – Shuffle and Bang – Grand Central (Island Bop ’20)
20:07 – Norsk Råkk – Norden California (Balansekunstnere ’20)

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23min of Ska is produced weekly by RJ Phoenix
Want to submit your band? Email: submissions@23ska.com
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You Call It Vol. 20

Two weeks ago I asked my Instagram for suggestions on what to play and I got a BUNCH of responses! The first problem was that I got suggested a lot of songs I’ve played before, but hey, I still had more than enough to create a kickin’ episode! Big thanks to everyone who took the time to make suggestions, and let’s start 2021 off right!

00:00 – Nate Funk – Seasonal Depression Stomp (Clownsuit ’21)
01:56 – OMNIGONE – Swallow Poison (Ska Against Racism comp ’20)
04:01 – the Stiff Joints – Pop a Knocker (First Proper Album ’17)
06:31 – Fence – Hearts of Gold (Stories to be Told ’03)
08:58 – JER – a Message to My Future Self (a Message to My Future Self ’20)
11:36 – the Tellways – I don’t Need to Tell You (Out to the Cosmos ’21)
14:21 – Bad Manners – Down Berry Wood (Heavy Petting ’97)
19:07 – the Space Heaters – Guns of Navarone (the Space Heaters ’96)

Show support for the bands by clicking on those links and checking out their websites and music! Show support for the podcast by liking & following the podcast on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and at 23ska.com. Also, feel free to subscribe and listen to the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher.

23min of Ska is produced weekly by RJ Phoenix
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 On the Upbeat!

23min of Ska : I Hope You Survive the Experience

…and here we are, winding down the year as well as this comic book theme. It seems like a lot of the rest of you enjoyed it too! Once again, here’s a fat stack of great ska, ska/punk, and dirty reggae to keep your ears delighted! 2020 may’ve sucked, but making these shows kept me sane and I hope they did the same for you! And besides, we could all listen to some more ska, yeah?

00:00 – Backyard Superheroes ft. MC Lars – What If? (Never Give Up, Never Surrender! ’18)
03:24 – Half Past Two – Holiday (Arose Such a Clatter 2020 comp ’20)
06:10 – K-Man & the 45s – Hero with a Death Ray (Stand with the Youth ’19)
07:43 – Lollypop Lorry – Magic Moments (Two Christmas Songs ’20)
10:13 – BAD OPERATION – Little Man (BAD OPERATION ’20)
13:10 – the Aggrolites – Wasted Days (Sound Clash Series Vol. 1 ’20)
16:11 – the Holophonics – Comic Shop Girl (Don’t Mess with the Holophonics ’15)
20:12 – 7 Seconds of Love – Danger of Death (Danger is Dangerous ’08)

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Episode art by John Byrne and Terry Austin
Based on: “the Uncanny X-Men” issue 141

23min of Ska is produced weekly by RJ Phoenix
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 On the Upbeat!

23min of Ska : Ginchy!

I’ve been reading Mike Allred comics pretty much since I got into comics. He’s a guy that makes me still love superhero comics, while bringing his indie idealism into the fold. Kinda like a lot of these bands. Kill Lincoln and Bite Me Bambi are taking that ska/punk sound and totally elevating it! And there’s also great tracks from Shandon, King Kong 4, the Skajects, and Smoke Like a Fish rounding out this episode like Laura Allred’s colors round out Mike’s line work! And that Rude Boy George track? It can’t be a tribute to the Allreds and “Madman” with out a bit of Bowie! (Also, that songs from the upcoming charity album “Block Buster : a Tribute to Glam Rock” Go pre-order it!)

00:00 – Shandon ft. Mr. T-Bone – Wrong Note (Back on Board ’16)
02:47 – Kill Lincoln – Greetings from Inner Space (Can’t Complain ’20)
05:50 – Bite Me Bambi – This Love is Dead (Hurry Up and Wait ’20)
09:32 – King Kong 4 – Going a bit Mad in Our Own Way (There’s Not Much You or I Can do About It ’17)
12:07 – the Skajects – Taken from the Start (Taken from the Start ’20)
15:38 – Smoke Like a Fish – Ready of Not (Smoke Like a Fish ’02)
18:35 – Rude Boy George – Moonage Daydream (Block Buster: a Tribute to Glam Rock ’20)

Show support for the bands by clicking on those links and checking out their websites and music! Show support for the podcast by liking & following the podcast on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and at 23ska.com. Also, feel free to subscribe and listen to the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher.

Episode Art by Mike & Laura Allred
From the cover of “Popgun” Vol. 1 based on their character Madman

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23min of Ska is produced weekly by RJ Phoenix
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 On the Upbeat!

23min of Ska : Holiday Special

You know it’s that time of year again… holiday season! And this year… well, we’ve been blessed with so many new ska and ska/punk holiday songs! Honestly, it was hard to whittle it down to these selections, and I finally got to fit on the Slackers playing “Dreidel” (mainly because I managed to get this episode out during Hanukkah this year!) but I think I ok, I hope you enjoy this bonus gift of an episode this week!

00:00 – the Intercepteurs – It’s Snowing on the TV (It’s Snowing on the TV ’20)
03:26 – Cut Capers – All Alone on Christmas (All Alone on Christmas ’20)
05:12 – the Magnetics – Christmas Present (Christmas Present ’20)
07:55 – the Slackers – Dreidel (Hanukkah ’09)
11:14 – Alex Dominish – Winter Wishing (Winter Wishing ’20)
14:02 – Mr. Incommunicado ft. Haley Green – Have a Merry Christmas (Have a Merry Christmas ’20)
17:26 – We Are The Union – I’m Working Retail for Christmas (I’m Working Retail for Christmas ’20)
20:00 – Super Hi-Fi – Auld Lang Syne (Yule Analog Vol. 1 ’14)

Show support for the bands by clicking on those links and checking out their websites and music! Show support for the podcast by liking & following the podcast on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and at 23ska.com. Also, feel free to subscribe and listen to the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher.

Enjoy this episode? Save it and unwrap it each year around this time!

23min of Ska is produced weekly by RJ Phoenix
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 On the Upbeat!

23min of Ska : Hell Morning!!!

Oh heck yeah! Kicking off w/ a brand new song from Paul the Kid! I’ve been a fan of Paul for a time and he never fails to deliver! I hope you all dig it as much as I do! After a killer Bruce Lee Band tune we move on to some fun recently released tracks, like this fun track from the Intercepteurs out of Salisbury, UK, this absolute gem from Tape Girl, a fun benefit track from my pal Charlie Continental (of SPELLS and Mail Order Children fame) before ending with some classic tracks from Radical Kick, the Waitresses, and the Space Heaters.

00:00 – Paul the Kid – Palm Trees & Ciggies (Palm Trees & Ciggies ’20)
04:28 – Bruce Lee Band – If Only I Could Listen to My Heart (Rental!! Eviction!! ’19)
06:28 – the Intercepteurs – Once Bitten (You are Hear ’20)
09:14 – Tape Girl – …And You’re doing Nothing (…And You’re doing Nothing ’20)
11:27 – Charlie Continental feat. Daryl Wilson, Ella Sugar and the Calgary Family Singers – Be Much Better (Be Much Better ’20)
13:11 – Radical Kick – Satsa På Dej Själv (Satsa På Dej Själv ’81)
16:13 – the Waitresses – No Guilt (Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful? ’81)
19:54 – the Space Heaters – the Girl Next Door (the Space Heaters ’96)

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Art by: Cliff Chiang and Matt Wilson
From the book: “Paper Girls”

23min of Ska is produced weekly by RJ Phoenix
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23min of Ska : the Lovely Angels

I came of age in the ’90s, which means, yeah, I read a fair amount of manga. One of my favorites was always Adam Warren’s take on “the Dirty Pair” a sci-fi book that was ages ahead of the curve by decades in ideas, tech, and even the rise of horrible fan-types. It’s about 2 young government workers who are sent to help citizens, but are a bit accident prone so wherever they show up hijinks ensue. Self assured women whose work entertains? Seems like a good theme for a ska podcast…

00:00 – Nahar Band – Over the Moon (Hurriya ’20)
03:34 – Half Past Two / Bite Me Bambi / Catbite / Skatune Network / Mustard Plug – Lost Again (Lost Again ’20)
06:50 – the Heat Machine – Overdrive (No Coast Dance Party ’09)
10:53 – Girls Go Ska – Quédate (Quédate ’20)
14:03 – OreSkaBand – Life is Beautiful (Slogan ’17)
17:48 – Venus Hill – Empty (Whatever ’02)
21:06 – Highball Holiday – Multiple Personality Disorder (Highball Holiday ’97)

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Art by: Adam Warren
From: “Dirty Pair: Run from the Future” issue #3

23min of Ska is produced weekly by RJ Phoenix
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23min of Ska : Times Past

It’s Thanksgiving time in the States and what a better time to break out a book about family. It’s about a father and son, the meaning of legacy and missing their family that has passed on. Oh and also superheroes, lots of superhero craziness… also a lot of nostalgia for the atomic age… one panel even references the existence of ska, so it’s got that going for it too!

00:00 – Shady Street Allstars – Far from Home (Far from Home ’20)
04:01 – the Insteps – Every Slacker is a Star (Eleven Steps to Power ’96)
07:08 – Bruce Lee Band – Spinning Me Around (Rental!! Eviction!! ’19)
08:16 – Dave Hillyard & the Rocksteady 7 – Father & Son (Playtime ’99)
13:37 – the Topshots – There Goes My Baby (the Topshots ’19)
17:14 – Hans Gruber & the Die Hards – Eternal Beach Ball (Hans Gruber & the Die Hards 2 ’19)
19:17 – the Seattleites – Starry Night (the Thing! ’19)

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Whenever you’d like to visit times past again, pull up this download

Art by: Tony Harris
Based on: Starman Omnibus Vol. 1

23min of Ska is produced weekly by RJ Phoenix
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23min of Ska : Precious Little Life

So, yeah, I wanted to do an episode with a lot of my favorite Canadian bands and pattern it after “Alpha Flight” but that wasn’t coming together. Then I heard the opening track by “Lo(u)ser” and KNEW I needed to do a “Scott Pilgrim” styled episode and then everything just fell right together! Keep the Canadians, add a bunch of other great tracks, and that’s a podcast!

00:00 – Lo(u)ser – Grow Up (Grow Up ’20)
02:18 – Amy Gabba and the Almost Famous – Lies (Heart is Stupid ’19)
05:00 – Rude Boy George – Magnificent 7 (Combat Cancer : a Tribute to the Clash comp ’15)
09:30 – King Kong 4 – dead letter (anything can happen, but almost nothing will ’20)
11:12 – minivandal – Fact Check (Turn Left Here ’18)
13:44 – the Kingpins – All the World’s a Cage (plan of ACTION ’00)
17:02 – Younger Than Neil – Up for Air (la Llorona) (Write New History ’19)
20:03 – Rude Ways – Analog Days (Analog Days ’20)

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Episode artwork by: Bryan Lee O’Malley
Based on his work: Scott Pilgrim

23min of Ska is produced weekly by RJ Phoenix
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 On the Upbeat!