And here we are again, still stuck in ’00s, hearing the bright sparks of ska bands that refused to throw in the towel, just because mainstream taste-makers did. I won’t lie to you, during much of the early ’00s, I didn’t abandon ska music, but I got much more insular and into the bands in the Midwest at the time before moving out to LA half way through that decade and trying to catch up w/ the ska that was going on in the world at the time. I feel as if I am still playing catch up, but I loved my local ska bands so much I wanted to give them all the support I could, sorry world ska scene, I’m learning and making up for it now! And this concludes side A of the 90min ’00s mix tape.
I want to go to the park. Go to the park and put on some good music and dance. Dance my ass off. It would be great. Ska music, sunshine and nature. Happiness would abound. But for many it is too cold for all that, so put on this episode and think of those times, let it be a reminder of what is in the coming months. The sun and warmth is coming, but the ska beat will ever be at your side to guide you towards it.
There aren’t too many traditions on 23min of Ska, in fact some are very secret, but this is a well known one, around this time of year I make an episode comprised on of music made this year. This isn’t a “best of” this isn’t a “you may’ve missed” it is just 23 minutes of ska music that was released in the year twenty twelve. If you’re saying that good ska isn’t being made anymore, then listen to this, you may just be wrong!
Coming at you with a new episode. I like these songs. I don’t have much to say other than how much I dig these songs! The first two bands (the Dropsteppers & the Pinstripes) are from the Midwest, where I once called home and they really bring the ska style back to its roots. Then we have the Backyard Superheroes w/ a song off of their yet to be released EP! The Snails have been putting out constantly great music for a while now and it is about time I have one of their songs on the podcast. Likewise, Small Town Get Up have been throwing it down for a time up in Canada and really need to be heard! Sonic Boom Six, if someone described their style and what they do with the ska beat I think I would say “pass!” and that would’ve been a mistake. So if you haven’t heard them I’m not going to try and prep you to them, just enjoy it. Finally we end w/ a classic track from the Insteps. So there you have it, a well rounded, new to older 3rd wave goodness w/ everything in between.
This is a very special and awesome interview, I’m talking to the Pinstripes! Specifically Leonardo Murcia (Trombone/Vocals), John Bertke (Drums), Chris Grannen (Bass)and Mike Sarason (Vocals/Saxophone) about their forthcoming record “I”. Not only do we find out what went into recording this album, but we also get a sneak listen at the songs “the Wokkabout” and “the 1070 to 1963” and also a bit about the meaning behind the songs.
* Friday December 2nd at 9 PM at Victory’s in Columbus, OH
w/ Team Danger
* Saturday December 3rd at 10 PM at the Kinckerbocker in Lafayette, IN
w/ Circle City Deacons
* Friday December 16th at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, IN
* Saturday January 21st at the Beat Kitchen at in Chicago, IL
w/ the Green Room Rockers and the Dyes
* Friday February 3rd in Cincinnati, OH
IIf 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. Hey, why don’t you download this episode?
The intro song used was “Rest Your Head” by the Pinstripes from their split 10″ (with the Green Room Rockers) “Midwest Soundclash”
In celebration of my recent wedding I cooked up this podcast. Is it a little mushy? Sure, but man, that’s what makes weddings a fun time. OK, maybe I’m getting a little personal with this episode, but heck, can you blame me? Get up, dance, drink a beverage, eat some cake and pretend you were there.
the Pepper Pots – the Garden of Love (Shake It! ’07) doctormanette – Something I’ve Been Meaning to Say (the Same Thing Over & Over ’99) the Pinstripes – Sweet Lovin’ (Sweet Lovin’ ’10) New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble – You are My Love (Step Forward ’08)
Prince Buster – My Girl (My Girl/Here Comes the Bride ’65)
Isaac Green & the Skalars – I Love You (Skoolin’ with the Skalars ’96) Reel Big Fish – We Close Our Eyes (Dead Band’s Party ’05)
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Ohio’s own, the Pinstripes have an album that is ready to go. Almost ready to go that is. They need some cash to make it happen. So, they’re takin’ it to Kickstarter to try and get the funds. Seriously, check out all the information. Every donation level gets you special things from the band for helping them out. Heck, if you donate even $1 you’ll get a digital EP! I’ve never seen an offer on Kickstarter like that for a dollar! Usually a buck gets you a “thanks,” here the band is giving you music for your money! DO IT!
It is back to school time! Woo! Or not, I guess it is completely up to you how you feel about school and schooling, but that’s not what we’re here for, we’re here for some ska. I seriously couldn’t resist using Isaac Green & the Skalars, the Skolars & the O.C. Scholars in the same episode. It just seemed like the right thing to do. I know, the Skolars went on to change their name to Telegraph, but the original release of “10 Songs and Then Some” is by the Skolars and that’s just what I have. This Corey Dixon and the Zvooks song is a rare one from an Illinois based music compilation that never really got out much, so I just wanted everyone to hear it. Well, there you go, more ska & ska-punk to listen to while you ride the bus, slack off in math class or not do homework.
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! I’ll play most anything.
In this episode I’m pushing the limits of third wave in a few directions. Some towards the punk side, one in the rocksteady direction and one even towards pop. One of the things I really liked/like about ska in general is how it can blend with other genres well and still retain its own sense of self. It was another awesome experience to put together for all you listeners, so I hope you enjoy!
Also, a thank you to listener Ben who suggested the Pinstripes which I used in this podcast. He’ll get a prize for that once I think of what it should be. 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 let me know!
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