In this episode I’m taking you a bit behind the ska scene such as it is, to people who have an imprint on the scene with out necessarily being in a band. In this episode I’m talking to Justin Schwier from Underground Communique Records. To tell the truth, Justin does most of the talking on this episode, I basically ask very few questions and Justin takes off to tell the story! Stories like how he started Underground Communique and about starting the 3rd Wave Ska Preservation Society Vinyl Reissue Project co-released w/ Asbestos Records. It’s pretty awesome how they got it going and now they currently trying to get a second round of classic 3rd wave ska records pressed onto vinyl again!
I got to talk to Jorge Pezzimenti and it was awesome! Jorge is better known as the Jorge of Jorge & the Landladies or as a former member of the Pietasters. Jorge is hilarious! So get ready for a ton of laughing on my part. We talk a lot about the sound of his new album “Monobound” as well as Sunday morning albums, songs about hand-jobs and Mighty Mighty Bosstones cassette tapes. Jorge also gives us some insight into the song “Stop Locking the Front Door” which plays at the end of this episode.
I’m the lucky guy who not only got to talk to not just one, not just two but three members of the legendary Boston reggae band Pressure Cooker! I spent most of my time talking to Jeffrey Eckman (Drums) and Robin Teague (Tenor Saxophone) about the formation of the band as well as their concert backing up some first wave ska luminaries. We are eventually joined by Adam Dobkowski (Guitar) and talk a short bit about the writing process that Pressure Cooker employees. We then shift gears to talk a bit about how they’re using kickstarter to raise money for their newest album! Only $800 left to go at the time this episode is getting posted! Not too shabby! We also discus a bit about the ups and downs of the ska scene in America throughout the late ’90s into the Twenty First Century. There’s lots of laughing, you’ve been warned!