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23min of Ska : Birthday

Woo hoo! It’s my birthday today (that is, if you’re listening to this on May 25th) and that mean, Imma gonna play whatever the hell I want. Sure, you may think I do that every week, and that’s mostly true, but I’m also looking to play stuff that I think you, my listeners, will enjoy. I go out looking for new and exciting bands to play for you. This week, nah, I just gathered up a load of great tracks that I want to listen to, if you don’t like it, eh, you got no taste. Sorry, buddy, but this stuff here is still the real deal, if you’re not down, scram. Ok… I may’ve started celebratory drinks a bit too early…

00:00 – Sean Arawjo (feat. Najwa Parkins & Andy Moose) – People Stuff (Dysania ’17)
03:35 – the Steady 45’s – Anywhere but Here (Trouble in Paradise ’17)
06:18 – Rude King – Sickness in the City (Sickness in the City ’17)
11:04 – ORESKABAND – Free Now (Slogan ’17)
15:06 – Hooray for Our Side – Looking Up (Overture ’15)
18:05 – Big D & the Kids Table – G.L.D. (Good Luck ’99)
20:02 – the Pietasters – Freak Show (Ooolooloo ’95)

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23min of Ska : Old Fashioned

Here’s what I was originally cooking up last week! A whole episode chock full of classic ska. I really can’t believe that I haven’t played most of these before. I know some of the mastering of these songs is a little shoddy, and even bought some new ones because the transfer is so much better on comps that came out a few years ago vs. the comps I bought back in the ’90s. This is the roots, this is the good stuff, hope you enjoy!

00:00 – Millie – Oh, Henry (Sweet William / Oh, Henry ’64)
01:49 – Derrick Morgan – Do the Beng Beng (Do the Beng Beng / Revenge ’68)
03:56 – Prince Buster and the All Stars – Hard Man fe Dead (Hard Man fe Dead ’67)
07:14 – The Original Ska-Talites – Lee Oswald ‎(Ska Authentic ’67)
10:09 – Laurel Aitken & the Blue Beats – Bar Tender (Bar Tender ’61)
12:39 – Keith & Ken – I don’t Love You Anymore (Jamaican Jerk ’66)
14:41 – the Wailers – Rude Boy (Rude Boy / Ringo’s Theme ’65)
16:58 – the Ska Kings – Oil in My Lamp (Jamaican Ska / Oil in My Lamp ’64)
19:19 – Toots and the Maytals – Pressure Drop (Sweet and Dandy ’68)

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Special : In the Sixties… Vol. 4

23Ska60sBack, once again, is an episode of some fine ska from the original source. I know I usually play more modern ska on this podcast, but sometimes I think we need to hear the roots of the sound we love so much. This stuff is so good! I always vow to play more of it, but I don’t always get the chance, so here it is, and I hope you enjoy it. Note: the last three songs on here are all in contention for being “the first ska song” and they all came out and or were recorded around the same time, listen and decide for yourself!

00:00 – Laurel Aitken – Boogie in My Bones (Boogie in My Bones / Little Sheila ’60)
02:41 – Lloyd Terrel – Bang Bang Lulu (Bang Bang Lulu / I Never Knew ’68)
05:42 – the Paragons – Silver Bird (So Close to You / Silver Bird ’68)
08:23 – Roy Richards & the Soul Vendors – Summertime (Give Me a Little More Time / Summertime ’68)
11:38 – Max Romeo – Wet Dream (a Dream with Max Romeo ’69)
14:24 – Theophilus Beckford with Clue J and His Blues Blasters – Easy Snapping (Easy Snapping / Proof Rum ’59)
17:10 – the Folkes Brothers – Oh Carolina (Oh Carolina / I Met a Man ’60)
19:50 – the Blues Blasters – Pine Juice (Pine Juice / Little Willie ’60)

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23min of Ska : May Mix Tape : the ’70s : Side A (part 1)

MayMixTape70-SideAPart1It’s May, that means it is time for another 90min digital mix tape, broken into 4 parts, with a decade spanning theme, this time it is the 1970s! Not gonna lie, this’ll be an odd month. Ska was really winding down in Jamaica in the early ’70s and wouldn’t pick up in a big way until the late ’70s in the UK. So it’ll be an odd mix, but an important one in representing some ska history.

00:00 – the Specials – (Dawning of a) New Era (the Specials ’79)
02:23 – Derrick Morgan – Rasta Don’t Fear (Rasta Don’t Fear ’74)
04:54 – Ken Lazarus – Put Yourself in My Place (John Jones / Put Yourself in My Place ’70)
07:10 – Lord Tanamo – Rainy Night in Georgia (Rainy Night in Georgia / In Love with You ’70)
12:08 – the Clash – Rudie Can’t Fail (London Calling ’79)
15:30 – Judge Dread – Ding a Ling (Dreadmania ’73)
17:53 – Laurel Aitken – Landlords and Tenants (Landlords & Tenants / Everybody Suffering ’70)
20:30 – Madness – Swan Lake (One Step Beyond ’79)

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23min of Ska : Belly Drums All Night

23skaLOGANThis episode came together quicker than I thought it would, I knew a lot of great songs that I wanted to use and they all just snapped into place. My wife wanted me to put some David Bowie to see if any of you were paying attention, I laughed, but in the end only let her name this episode and pick the episode picture. So here it is, a new great episode of 23min of Ska for your Summer listening pleasure.

the Forthrights – Carla (Policeman/Carla ’10)
Less Than Jake – Harvey Wallbanger (Greetings from Less Than Jake ’11)
Kill Lincoln – “F” for Finished (That’s Cool… In a Totally Negative & Destructive Way ’13)
Abraskadabra – Rainbow (Grandma Nancy’s Old School Garden ’12)
Dave Hillyard & Friends – Green Dolphin Street (California ’13)
Laurel Aitken – Sally Brown (the Story so Far… ’06)
the Specials – Too Hot (the Specials ’79)

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