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!
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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!
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?
When getting into new ska bands, it is always a gamble. They could be good, they could be great, or they could outright suck. In this case, each of these albums I got with little to no knowledge of the songs on them, and everything turned out awesome! Totally awesome! I’m more than extremely pleased to share all these songs with all the listeners. Pay attention to the 3rd track by Infamous Jake & the Pinstripe Mafia, if you like it, check out the kickstarter campaign to re-release the album this track comes from on vinyl. All the proceeds go to charity, so not only are you rocking out, you’re rocking out for a good cause. Time to do some good and dance, let’s roll!
Oh yeah, get excited, because this month I’m interviewing the very cool, very fun, straight from San Luis Obispo, CA, the Action League! I’m talking to the ENTIRE BAND! It is hard to keep up at times, but it is worth it, it is a hilarious interview. Also you’ll get to hear the song “Day Off” from their upcoming album!
Upcoming Action League show in June & July
* Saturday, June 18 at 9:00pm at Babylon (Fresno, CA)
w/ Buck O Nine and The Giddy-Ups
* Saturday, July 9 at 8:00pm at the Gilman (Berkeley, CA)
w/ Dezu, la Toska, Nine5One and Never Knows Best
The Action League’s song “Rude Boy’s Life” was previously featured on the episode “Open Secret” from February 23rd, 2011.
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.
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