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23min of Ska Cross Over : Checkered Cast

At it again with Checkered Cast! This time I’m teaming up with Tara for the hardest and most rewarding episode so far! We both have such similar tastes that I’ve played a lot of what she had ideas for, but we got through it! And this episode is all the better for the hard work she put into it (that and having to deal with me!)

00:00 – the Scotch Bonnets – Ruder Than You (Check One – 2 comp ’19)
03:03 – Some Ska Band – So You Think (It’s Going Down ’18)
05:02 – Bite Me Bambi – I don’t Want to Be (I don’t Want to Be ’20)
08:10 – the Radiation Kings – Dem Try (Early Years ’99)
11:02 – Sonic Boom Six – Monkey See, Monkey Do (Rude Awakening ’10)
14:24 – Yes Brainer – Times are Getting Harder (Demo 2018 ’18)
16:07 – TalkBats! – TalkBats (World Domination Vol.2 comp ’20)
20:06 – Amy Winehouse – Monkey Man (Back to Black: B-Sides ’07)

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23min of Ska Convoy : Nobody Knows Me in this Big Windy Town

23skaTRUCKERconvoyJIMWith all of the craziness surrounding the global COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve found myself listening to a lot more ska. It’s hard to put my finger on why, but I’d liken it to my favorite type of comfort food: not only is it good for the soul but it provides a bit of certainty in these uncertain times. To that end, I picked out a few upbeat tunes that I’m hoping will help provide at least a small distraction. Stay safe out there, and keep washing your hands!

00:00 – the KING LION – Skatman (Blank ’19)
03:06 – the Kubricks – Criminals (Criminals ’20)
05:51 – Roland Alphonso w/ the Skatalites feat. Don Drummond – Nimble Foot (Nimble Foot / Love is Stronger ’65)
08:53 – the Radiation Kings – Murder (Early Years ’99)
13:19 – Deal’s Gone Bad – Be Mine Tonight (Guide to Boat Drinks & Cruise Cocktails ’02)
17:19 – North East Ska Jazz Orchestra – Hard Man fe Dead (Stompin’ & Rollin’ ’15)
20:55 – the Operators – 6 Month Blues (Ain’t it Obvious / 6 Month Blues ’19)

RJ sez: Jim is one half of the very excellent Windy City Sound System, which you should totally have checked out by now! Building on Jim’s picks, I added the new single from the Kubricks and the closing track from the Operators. I had the pleasure of meeting Jim and his WCSS co-star at the Jump Up Records 25th Anniversary show a few years back, and I couldn’t be happier then, and I couldn’t be happier now that they’re still in the game creating their show! Give it up for the Windy City Sound System!

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23min of Ska : the Stubborn Records Special!

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cover photo: John McGall

I wish I could say that this episode is a trip down memory lane, that I’m just playing you all the cool shit I was into back in the late ’90s, specifically the stuff from Stubborn Records… but alas, I ain’t that cool. I don’t know how Stubborn was such a blind spot to me for so long, but they were, and I really didn’t start exploring their catalog until the mid-’00s. And man or man there was a wealth of fantastic stuff to find and listen to! Bless King Django for bringing us this label and allowing it to get all of us some very fine fine music to listen to!

00:00 – Skinnerbox – I Got to Know (Hepcat Season / I Got to Know ’98)
02:43 – Rocker-T and the Version City Rockers – I Have to Say (Nicer by the Hour ’98)
05:39 – Vic’s Pick – Gravity (Version City ’98)
07:53 – the Radiation Kings – Spending Time (Early Years ’99)
11:53 – King Django and the Forthrights – Anywhere I Roam (Anywhere I Roam / Other People ’09)
15:06 – Hub City Stompers – Ska Ska Black Sheep (Ska Ska Black Sheep ’09)
16:50 – the Snails – the River (the River ’12)
20:32 – the Screw-Ups – Reach Out (No Time to Waste ’16)

Visit Stubborn Records to find more great music : stubbornrecords.com

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Also, feel free to download this episode if you wanna keep it forever.

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Another way to support this podcast is to listen to and support our sister podcast the Ska After Party or to buy some records from our partners in crime over at Grandpa’s Casino Recordings, they carry some great vinyl ska records!