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Beat the Dealer : Heather’s 23 Minutes

A few months ago I was raising money for the Big Ska Gamble on KickStarter, and one of the prizes was putting together an episode of “23min of Ska”. I wasn’t sure if these were going to even sell! Imagine my shock that they sold, quickly! Also imagine my shock to find that my first donation was for this prize as well! On top of that, the donation was in excess of the actual donation request! If this sounds crazy, I also must tell you that it also happened within minutes of me making the KickStarter page live, before I even told people online it was good to go! I was shocked! That person was Heather. Heather’s a pretty cool ska fan and she’s brought to you some awesome ’90s ska to share. As you can tell she obviously knows her stuff and I’m pretty pleased to add this episode to my archive as the first (but not last) episode done by someone other than me. I’m not always the best at sharing, but Heather made it really easy with this fun mix! Oddly, I’m not sure if Heather and I met before back in the Midwest in the ’90s/’00s at a some show or not (I was usually drunk &/or too tired to remember anything but the music), but either way, I know her now through this podcast, and bringing people together through music, isn’t that part of what makes the ska scene awesome?

Rudiments – Spoon (Skank for Brains ’95)
Johnny Socko – If I Didn’t Have a Goiter (Oh, I do Hope It’s Roast Beef! ’95)
Ska King Crab – Inspector Gadget (Mission to Mars ’96)
One Eye Open – Paul Sharrar (Misfits of Ska comp ’95)
Mustard Plug – Thigh High Nylons (Big Daddy Multitude ’93)
the Exceptions – Angel Unreleased (Five Finger Discount ’96)
Vic Ruggiero – Always on My Mind (live) (Hellcat.com Slackers promo video ’99)
Telegraph – Rude Girl (10 Songs & Then Some : the Skolars Collected: 93-96 ’97)

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.

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. Take Heather’s hard work with you and download this episode!

Also, hit up www.BigSkaGamble.com for 7 awesome ska 7″ records! Heather did, look where she is now! Making an episode of 23min of Ska and being SO AWESOME!

23min of Ska : Sanity

Back in my youth I was even less put together than I am now, and while I’ve never understood how people say “music saved my life,” I can without a doubt say that music kept me sane. Sane and out of trouble. And no genre more so than ska and ska/punk. It really is a lovable community! So once again I bring you listeners a bunch of songs that kept me from injecting bleach into my eyeballs or whatever the kids were doing back then. Bands like the English Beat and Sublime have been around for anyone who’s listened to the radio and had a bit of taste, but bands like the Step Lively and King Apparatus did a lot more for me personally. Like personally rocking me like Step Lively did at a basement show in Normal, IL and the Exceptions who where a super friendly group of guys who always had a handshake and a hug for any audience members. I also wanted to showcase an Exceptions song that was exclusive to the “Ska American Style” compilation that you may not’ve heard. The last song is from the Malcontents, a band so nice, that after driving for hours to attend their CD release they dedicated a song to me! See, these bands are all such lovable people that just seeing them and hanging out with them kept me from a life time of being a damn jerk all the time.

If you’re in a ska band and would like to be featured or if you know some music that you think I should hear for future inclusion, please email me at radjose[at]gmail[dot]com!

You can also subscribe to the podcast by going to your advanced tab on iTunes, then select “subscribe to podcast…” and entering this: http://23minofska.podomatic.com/rss2.xml into the box that opens. Oh and totally download it if that’s your thing.

And shout out’s to my boys and gal at the Checkered Socks Blog! Check them out at www.checkeredsocksska.com
BONUS! A band featured in the last episode, Lockstep, just put out a video! Check it totally out!