Woohoo, here we go with part two! So many of these bands are ones that I miss all the time. It’s a bit more punky than the last one was, but that’s what we all love about ska, right? It’s multifaceted! I know for a fact that a number of the bands on this episode are not officially broken up but on hiatus, and hey, the Bosstones were on hiatus for 8 years and that wasn’t code for “broken up” so I shan’t push that narrative here! All I know is that I want more from every single one of them! And if there is… tell me, because I want to hear it and it’s obvious that I have managed to miss it!
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 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and at 23ska.com. Also, feel free to subscribe and listen to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher.
Another way to support this podcast is to listen to and support our sister podcast On the Upbeat or to buy some records from our partners in crime over at Grandpa’s Casino Recordings, they carry some great vinyl ska records!
In what has to be the most self-serving episode ever, I present to you the little label that thought it good, the one that flew too close to the sun on vinyl wings, the most failing-ist ska label around… Grandpa’s Casino Recordings… the label that I ran… into the ground. Actually, it wasn’t all that bad, in fact, the songs are pretty damn good, all the bands were top tier! So yeah, I had good instincts! And we started w/ a Kickstarter and earned the cash to make seven 7″ records, and we made them all and everyone seemed pleased, so you know… yay. So why no more releases? Well, see, this is where business comes in. The idea was to make some more copies of those records past the Kickstarter to sell and raise cash for more 7″ records from more bands… well… that didn’t work out and I still have a closet full of these records… quality records… but 7 years on, I can admit, I totally over-reached and fell on my face. In the end, hell, I got 7 more great records out into the world, releases I’ll stand behind. And hey, I still have some for sale, hit me up!
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 Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Also, feel free to subscribe and listen to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher.
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!
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.
The modern Prometheus, Sheeda-born, conqueror of Mars, agent of S.H.A.D.E. and first of the Grundy Men, carrying his handy steam-gun and the sword of the Archangel Michael it’s Frankenstein’s Monster. OK, yeah, this description is mostly based on Grant Morrison’s version of the character for DC Comics, but damn, read it and say it isn’t the best version of the character ever.
Are you ready for me to shill some ska at you! Here it is, the first time I’ve played any of the songs off of the 7″ records that I made last year. Yes, I’ll admit it, this is an advertisement. I really want you all to know what great songs are on this record! Of course the records will sound a whole lot better, will be full (I made did some editing so everything fits) and won’t have my voice interrupting and talking about things. Hit up www.GrandpasCasino.com and get your set today! Woo! RECORDS! SKA RECORDS!
Hey all, hate to hit you with another “back in the day” episode so soon, but the holidays have been getting rather busy for me! This originally ran back in Nov 2010 and it just might be one of my favorite episodes ever. I hope that you enjoy it again if you were here back then, and I hope that you’re enjoying it now for the first time if you’ve just joined this podcast this year! Thanks again, to every one of my listeners!
Stinkfish – All in the Family (Stinkfish Does it Again ’97) the Jinkies – Success (the Jinkies ’97) Do It With Malice – Russian Roulette (the Burned-Over District ’10)
the Smooths – Get By (No Breaks ’98)
Johnny Nine & the Racers – Gone (Chin Up ’09) Big D & the Kids Table – Halfway Home (Noise Complaint ’07)
If you’re in a ska band and would like to be interviewed or have a song featured, please email me at radjose[at]gmail[dot]com.
This episode was created to show off the many bands that are taking part in the Big Ska Gamble, a Kickstarter campaign to bring you a 7″ vinyl record subscription club of all ska bands. You get to hear 6 different songs from the six bands represented. These aren’t the songs that are going to be on the records that come out, but good representations of these excellent bands.
Check out the project at the Big Ska Gamble (http://www.BigSkaGamble.com)
Do you remember the joy of finding new bands? The thrill of listening to a new record? The excitement of getting a package in the mail? I sure do and nothing else ever did come close to those feelings again. In trying to spread that wonderment I’m starting a 7″ subscription club focusing on bringing you the best in current ska music.
To that end, I took my time and found 6 bands to work with from across the United States. These bands and their records will comprise a record subscription club named the Big Ska Gamble. The subscription club will send out 2 7″ records starting in July and continuing every other month after that.
The participating acts are:
the Action League – ska/punk from San Luis Obispo, CA
Do It With Malice – ska/metal/hardcore punk from Buffalo, NY
the Georgetown Orbits – ska, reggae and dub from Seattle, WA
Lockstep – reggae punk from Indianapolis, IN
the Shifters – rocksteady from Washington D.C.
Stop the Presses – ska/surf/punk from Miami, FL
When I say these bands are participating, I mean just that, they are doing this. It isn’t some wish list. These artists have been hitting the studio over the last few months and have been laying down music. Right at this moment I have a lot of the songs from these bands with the rest coming in soon. We just need to get the money so that we can turn that cash into wonderful records for you to enjoy at home! Already having access to the music means one big thing: NO DELAYS! The bands and I have been working diligently to make sure every record will ship on time, provided we make our goal.
Once these records are sold, they are gone. Only a limited number of these are ever going to be pressed. You wouldn’t want to miss your chance on this opportunity would you?
So, there’s my pitch. The music is done. It wants to be heard. We’re all ready to go. The question is, are you ready to throw your money on the table and let it ride? Are you ready to take part in the Big Ska Gamble?
Oh yeah, back with the first new full music episode of 2012! We have a lot here! A bunch of newer songs and a bit of older stuff thrown in. I mean we go way back w/ some Desmond Dekker before speeding up to some late 90’s jams from Johnny Socko and the Agents. Then it is a quick stop from Monkey on the way up to the present with the Upsessions and Do It With Malice, two of my favorite more resent bands. And we also get smacked with A Guy Named Guy’s killer new song, that should be an anthem for the new year! Ska music’s not going to die, it just lost it’s direction, now that we have a plan of action, I just want to hear the music’s personality, give me action and some dancing! This is what it all about, new ska, old ska, traditional ska, punk ska, pop ska, super mind-bending hybrid ska! It gets me up in the morning and sets the day right! Hope it does the same for you. It is good to be back!