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23min of Ska Interviews : the Shifters

23InterviewShiftersNOTICE:
1. This episode is longer than 23 minutes
2. There is a lot of talking

The reason for that notice is that I’m talking to the Shifters, a great ska/rocksteady/reggae band out of D.C. and I wouldn’t want to cut them short or deny any of you listeners a thing they have to say or some of their music. It had to happen this way, and you’ll be glad I didn’t short change you. The Shifters are going on a short Southern California tour next week, so I want everyone to know about that too, and show up, and dance, and have a great time!

The Shifters Southern California Halloween Tour:
Oct. 30 at the Slidebar in Fullerton, CA w/ Chris Murray
Oct. 31 at Boars Cross’n in Carsbad, CA
Nov. 1 at the Tin Can in San Diego, CA w/ 2000 Tons of TNT and Ottly Mercer
Nov. 2 at Resurrection Ride in Los Angeles, CA

Also:
Nov. 21 the Final Blue Beat DC show w/ Chris Murray, Sammy Kay and the Snails

Visit the Shifters on their facebook and on their bandcamp page.

photo of the Shifters by Apuesta por el Rock
also, here’s the download for this episode

Interview : the Longshots

Look at me, I get to talk to Blake Hoshibata, guitarist for the Eugene, OR ska band, the Longshots. We talk about the usual, how the band got together, what went into writing and recording their latest EP, all that fun stuff. But what is really fun is that Blake also takes us all on a tour of the EP telling us the story behind the songs “Books” “Ryan Salisbury” and “Two Down”. He also lets us know that there is an full length album coming out soon too!

Check out the Longshot’s facebook & their Bandcamp.

The intro & outro for this episode is “Jason’s Song” by the Longshots off of their self titled EP.

LA fans, take note: the Longshots will be in our city on Aug 17th… location TBA! Mysteriousness…

This episode and all episodes can always be found here. You can also subscribe to the podcast by going to your advanced tab on iTunes, then select “subscribe to podcast…” and entering this address: http://23minofska.podomatic.com/rss2.xml into the box that opens. Also if you’d like, find & like us on facebook. Be sure to download this episode as well!

23min of Ska Interviews : Lockstep

In my effort to grow this podcast, I’ve decided to start doing interviews with ska bands at the first of each month. For our first go around in interviewland I talk to the Indianapolis, IN group Lockstep. I’m mostly talking to vocalist/bass player Dave Grove, but if you listen close you can also hear keyboardist Jen Grove as well. We talk about how the band got started, what it is like to be married to a band member and their recent album “It Happened in the City…”. We also talk about Dave’s song writing process in general and specifically for the song “Michigan Road” which we close out this episode with.

You can find Lockstep at:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lockstep/165875323432186
http://www.myspace.com/lockstepgotsoul

Upcoming Lockstep shows in February:
* Thursday the 3rd at 7:30pm at Birdy’s (Indianapolis IN)
w/ Passafire
* Saturday the 19th at 10:30pm at the Melody Inn (Indianapolis IN)
w/ the Toasters
* Thursday the 24th at 7:30pm at Birdy’s (Indianapolis IN)
w/ One Punch Knockout, the Putz & the Typos

Lockstep’s song “Last Time Again” was previously featured in the episode “Rebirth” from May 23rd, 2010.

If you’re in a ska band and would like to be interviewed, please email me at radjose[at]gmail[dot]com. We’ll see if we can set something up.

This episode and all episodes can always be found here. You can also subscribe to the podcast by going to your advanced tab on iTunes, then select “subscribe to podcast…” and entering this address: http://23minofska.podomatic.com/rss2.xml into the box that opens. Alternatively, you can always download this episode. Also if you’d like, find us on facebook and tell us what you think.