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23min of Ska : Hate the Beach

23skaCOMICShecticSo for the first time in a long time I was up so late perfecting this episode. I thought I’d had the music part done several times. One time I even saved it for publishing. Thing is, it didn’t feel right, the next few drafts didn’t feel right either. It took time, but “Hectic Planet” is one of my favorite and well missed comics of all time. Trying to capture what I like about the book using the music I dig most highly, and trying to promote a load of current ska bands, it is something that needs perfecting and perfection. If you’ve never read “Hectic Planet” you owe it to yourself to dig up the 3 collections out there and enjoy. And if the art looks familiar, it should, “Hectic Planet” artist and writer Evan Dorkin did a host of ska compilation covers throughout the ’90s. He’s a staple of the scene and a staple of my life.

00:00 – We Are The Union – What’s Wrong with Me? (Self Care ’18)
02:23 – Kill Lincoln – Denial (Can’t Complain ’20)
06:01 – Upbeat Allstars – Breaking Point (Wake Up ’12)
08:26 – Fishbone – I Wish I had a Date (In Your Face ’89)
10:26 – Poindexter – Grounded (Poindexter ’20)
13:07 – Joker’s Republic feat. Dave Barry – Talking to Strangers (Falling Behind ’19)
15:47 – Offbeat Offensive – Lost in the Supermarket (Combat Cancer comp ’15)
19:08 – the Skalatones – House of Fun (House of Ska comp ’98)
21:33 – Half Past Two – Bitter (Camp Slushtone ’17)

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 iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher.

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23min of Ska is produced weekly by RJ Phoenix
Episode artwork by: Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer
Based on: “Hectic Planet: the Young and the Reckless”
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 or to buy some records from our partners in crime over at Grandpa’s Casino Recordings, they carry some great vinyl ska records!

23min of Ska : Covert Action

Jim Lee, Scott Williams & Alex SinclairSo, uh, why comics for the theme of the 19th Session of 23min of Ska? Honestly, because I l dig them. Comics were my first pop culture love. Sure, television and movies were OK, but I never had strong allegiances to any show or franchise. But then I found comics… oh man, it was on! I was mostly a news stand kid before eventually finding my way to the specialty stores, one of which I ended up working at in my 20s. A few years later I got into ska, so they’re both foundational blocks of who I am, so why not combine my love of each, for better or worse, over the next few months! So yeah, these are my favorite comics I’m paying tribute to, with my favorite bands. If you haven’t heard of either, go check them out!

00:00 – the Pomps – Resistance Grifter (Drums & Liars ’19)
03:51 – ghost tones – Who Saved Who (Who Saved Who ’20)
08:00 – BowCat – Catch 22 (Dangerously Close ’20)
12:01 – Cosmic Shuffling – Eastern Ska (Eastern Ska / Western Ska ’20)
14:51 – the Ladrones – Rudy’s Voodoo (Salve ’18)
20:06 – Burn It Up – the Zealot (Outlier ’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 iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher.

And hey, click here to download this episode if you wanna keep it forever.

23min of Ska is produced weekly by RJ Phoenix
Episode artwork by: Jim Lee, Scott Williams & Alex Sinclair
Based on: WildC.A.T.s vol. 1 issue 1
Want to submit your band? Email: submissions@23ska.com
Have something else to say? Email: podcast@23ska.com

23min of Ska : A Finer World

Art credit : Bryan Hitch, Paul Neary & Laura DePuyHave you ever tried hard not to make a ska pun? I’m fighting it right now… and I even hate ska puns, but you know… some days… Any way, here we are, another set of great ska, reggae and ska/punk songs for you to enjoy, with just a hint of a theme going on… kinda. So yeah, this is what you can kind of expect for several of these episodes, kinda, sorta, maybe based on some of my absolute favorite comics. And yeah, I may start slightly bending some of my rules on replaying songs here, because if you are doing a show about “the Authority” and you don’t include “Jenny Drinks” you are messing up!

00:00 – James Shaw – Whiskey Devils (Go Rude Boy Go ’20)
02:54 – No Authority – Be O.K. (This is Your Time ’19)
06:40 – Catbite – Midnight Eyes (Catbite ’19)
08:36 – the Punchers – Apollo 11 (Hey, Apollo! This is Horror! ’19)
13:48 – los Aggrios – Alcohol (Alcohol / Manten La Fe ’20)
16:27 – Brehdren – Midnight (Pacific Sound System comp ’14)
20:11 – the Interrupters – Jenny Drinks (Say it Out Loud ’16)

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 iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher.

And hey, click here to download this episode if you wanna keep it forever.

23min of Ska is produced weekly by RJ Phoenix
Episode artwork by: Bryan Hitch, Paul Neary & Laura DePuy
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 or to buy some records from our partners in crime over at Grandpa’s Casino Recordings, they carry some great vinyl ska records!

 

23min of Ska : 23 Minutes of Four Color Ska

art credit: Richard Bruning, Josh Beatman & John SimsOk, here we are, ready to start another 23 episode cycle of 23min of Ska! As always, I hope you are ready to join in on music, find some new bands, and remember older ones… but not too much older. As you can see from this playlist, I try to keep it pretty current with just a handful of tracks from the past. So yeah, in the next 23 episodes you’re going to hear a lot of new ska, and yeah, there’s going to be a bit of a “comics” theme going on (hopefully not too annoying) but I hope you stick around if it’s your first time listening, and if not, thanks for coming back, I mean that! Thanks for listening and keeping up with the show!

00:00 – the Bruce Lee Band – Superman (the Bruce Lee Band ’97)
01:15 – Ongoing Issue – No Worries (No Worries ’20)
02:50 – the Bandulus – Flash Flood (Love a Woman ’19)
05:40 – OMNIGONE – On Wednesdays I am Going to Make it (No Faith ’19)
06:44 – Reel Big Fish – Punisher (Candy Coated Fury ’12)
10:43 – Jim Murple Memorial – Funnel of Love (4 ’20)
14:46 – Dan P. – Brain Scrambling Device (Brain Scrambling Device ’20)
16:23 – the Slackers – the Question (Larry MacDonald Percussion Version) (Rarities 1996 – 2000 ’20)
19:54 – Atwood 9 – Go Man Go (Atwood 9 ’98)

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 iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher.

And hey, click here to download this episode if you wanna keep it forever.

23min of Ska is produced weekly by RJ Phoenix
Episode artwork heavily inspired by: Richard Bruning, Josh Beatman & John Sims
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 or to buy some records from our partners in crime over at Grandpa’s Casino Recordings, they carry some great vinyl ska records!

23min of Ska : Mix Tape : the ’10s Side B (part 2)

MixTape00-SideBPart2…And we’re at the finale! Woo hoo! You’ve lived through the 2010s via ska music, once again! We’re closing it out with another load of fantastic tracks! Most of these are songs I was surprised to find that I hadn’t played earlier for all y’all!

So, let’s get real… I’ve done these “mix tapes” for the 1960s – 2010s now, I’ve done 18 sets of 23 episodes for a total of 414 episodes, and there’s a handful of episodes over at GeekNerdery that I’ve done (but I repeat songs on that one… so… it’s not “cannon?”) and I’ve tried various interview shows over the years (the most recent being “the Ska After Party” and if you’re up for it, I’m still doing that with co-host Matt Vest on “On the Upbeat”), so it begs the question… where do I go from here with 23min of Ska? Is there still gas left in the tank? I sure hope so! I have some ideas, hopefully you’ll come along with me, but do me a favor, tell your ska loving friends about this show… Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of folks saying “Hey check out this band, I just discovered them!” and I’m all “WHAT! I’ve been playing them for years, because that BAND IS AWESOME!” I just want to spread all the ska love, help me out here, eh? Thanks, and I’ll see you all next week!

00:00 – Deal’s Gone Bad – Tell Me what You Know (About Love) (Heartbreaks and Shadows ’14)
03:41 – SKA Petarda – Al Capone (Niewypał ’16)
07:12 – Run and Punch – It’s Not You (No Loose Ends ’13)
09:14 – the Smoking Barrels – in “for” (Unfinished Business ’11)
11:40 – the Shifters – I’m in Love (Limited Edition Tour EP ’13)
14:26 – the Loose Ties – Your Last Chance (Champ of the Week ’12)
16:18 – Soweto – Don in the Arena (Turn on the Music Again ’17)
19:18 – Rudebeard – Au Revoir (Smell Yer Ska ’19)

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 iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher.

And hey, click here to download this episode if you wanna keep it forever.

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 or to buy some records from our partners in crime over at Grandpa’s Casino Recordings, they carry some great vinyl ska records!

23min of Ska : Mix Tape : the ’10s Side B (part 1)

MixTape00-SideBPart1Awww yeah, now we’re on the flip side! This episode is a little more international than the last few episodes on this mixtape. I’ve always wanted more and more international bands on this show, and as I keep doing the show, I’ll keep trying as I continue making the show to keep in as international as possible. Ska isn’t just an English speaking country thing and I need to get better at keeping this show as varied as possible. So yeah, go around the world and back in time a bit with this episode, and enjoy it!

00:00 – the Bohunks – As Is (In the Waiting Room ’11)
02:21 – Last Edition – Playing with Fire (Playing with Fire ’11)
05:43 – DiscoBalls – Time (Dance Like Nobody’s Watching ’14)
08:59 – les Skalopers – Ya Vendra Mi Turno (Ya vendra mi turno ’11)
12:36 – LODD – La fin du monde (Et Pourquoi? ’11)
16:10 – Smerin’s Anti-Social Club – Schizo (Primordial Cordial ’13)
21:07 – Skalapper – Looking for My Soul (find a new world ’10)

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 iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher.

And hey, click here to download this episode if you wanna keep it forever.

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 or to buy some records from our partners in crime over at Grandpa’s Casino Recordings, they carry some great vinyl ska records!

23min of Ska : Mix Tape : the ’10s Side A (part 2)

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!

00:00 – Chase Long Beach – That’s No Moon it’s a Space Station (Gravity is What You Make it ’11)
03:05 – Wobbly Bob – Let’s Get Wasted (Life Lessons for Losers ’11)
06:19 – Must Build Jacuzzi – Everything’s Coming Up Milhouse (Last Place ’18)
10:07 – Small Town Get Up – Wild Like We Were (No Trade Backs ’13)
13:51 – Do it with Malice – No Music (the Burned-Over District ’10)
17:35 – the Closers – Casualties (the Closers ’10)
20:04 – Curious Volume – About Anything (Mumbles and Whispers ’10)

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 iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher.

And hey, click here to download this episode if you wanna keep it forever.

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 or to buy some records from our partners in crime over at Grandpa’s Casino Recordings, they carry some great vinyl ska records!

23min of Ska : Mix Tape : the ’10s Side A (part 1)

MixTape00-SideAPart1It’s been a minute since I set up a virtual 90min mix tape (split across 4 episodes) dedicated to a decade. One reason it’s been awhile is well… I ran out of decades… but hey, look, we’re in 2020, the 2010s are behind us! Let’s go! Like always, this isn’t a “Best of 2010s Ska” at all, it’s a just a bunch of great music from that decade. I also made it a special point to play bands that I haven’t played in a bit, but were always really rad! When I switched over to trying to keep as current as possible, some of these great bands fell by the wayside, as they either broke up, had trouble recording new material, moved away from being a ska band, or put out great new material that superseded their older, yet still great work! Enjoy this episode and for the next 3 weeks some more gems that we shouldn’t leave behind as we continue on into the 2020s!

00:00 – the Fabulous Lolo Meets King Kong Girio – I know What I’ve Go (My Favorite Heart to Break ’15)
03:12 – Kevin Batchelor’s Grand Concourse – Leave it Alone (Kevin Batchelor’s Grand Concourse ’11)
05:55 – the Forthrights – Like a Child (Camp Birdman ’11)
09:12 – the Dropsteppers – Bring it on Home (Get Up in It! ’11)
12:53 – Mr. T-Bone & the Young Lions – Stop Crying (Nothing to Lose ’11)
17:13 – the Valuables – Stuck in the Middle (Reggae-Soul Dogs ’10)
20:14 – Mad Dog & the 20/20s – Buzzkill (Things We Shold have Said (But We’ll Dance to Instead) ’17)

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 iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher.

And hey, click here to download this episode if you wanna keep it forever.

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 or to buy some records from our partners in crime over at Grandpa’s Casino Recordings, they carry some great vinyl ska records!

23min of Ska : Keep On Truckin’

23skaTRUCKERkeeponAlright, so how could I close down this last 23 episodes? A set of episode influenced by trucker slang? I think you know! Then on to some topical songs, then some flat out great songs and ending it, remembering a friend. Honestly, I had a lot of fun over these last 23 weeks, had those 7 great collaboration episodes too, those were great, right? This now marks twice as many episodes as I was originally planning to do and am I stopping? Oh heck no! I’m gonna keep on truckin’! See ya next week!

00:00 – Johnny Socko – Full Trucker Effect (Full Trucker Effect ’97)
03:53 – Grey Matter – Not My Friend (Climbing Out ’20)
05:49 – the Bruce Lee Band – Stand Up for Justice (the Bruce Lee Band ’95)
07:03 – OMNIGONE – Horizontal Aggression (No Faith ’19)
08:15 – Alla Spina – Obrigada (I Don’t Give a Damn) (One More Thing ’19)
11:37 – the Void Union – Wash Yo’ Hands (Return of the Super Vape ’19)
16:23 – the Stingers ATX – Sing for Me (This Time Around… ’08)
19:46 – the Soul Brothers – Lawless Street (Ska Club ’67 comp ’67)

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 iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher.

And hey, click here to download this episode if you wanna keep it forever.

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 or to buy some records from our partners in crime over at Grandpa’s Casino Recordings, they carry some great vinyl ska records!

23min of Ska : Watch Out for Smokey

23skaTRUCKERsmokeyThis episode was a lot more… let’s say laid back when I started it… but, it couldn’t stand… it just didn’t feel right. So I started switching out songs, and switching out more… and more… and eventually I had an all different episode… and episode that feels right, I hope you all agree.

Keep fighting the good fight.

I love you all.

00:00 – Dang!t – Kids in Cages (What do You Know About Ska Punk? Vol. 4 comp ’20)
03:01 – Thirsty Guys – Quarantine (Quarantine ’20)
06:05 – Bruce Lee Band – It Never was Quite Like This (Rental!! Eviction!! ’19)
07:33 – Big D & the Kids Table – Try Out Your Voice (Strictly Rude ’07)
10:17 – the Suicide Machines – Babylon of Ours (Revolution Spring ’20)
12:49 – Abraskadabra – the Dream (Welcome ’18)
15:09 – Call Me Malcolm – a Beginner’s Guide to Fighting a Losing Battle (Me, Myself and Something Else ’20)
19:22 – the Slackers – Walking On (Wasted Days ’01)

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 iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher.

And hey, click here to download this episode if you wanna keep it forever.

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 or to buy some records from our partners in crime over at Grandpa’s Casino Recordings, they carry some great vinyl ska records!