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23min of Ska : the Grandpa’s Casino Special!

23skaGRAMPSIn 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!

00:00 – the Shifters – It’s Been Too Long (the Big Ska Gamble: July 7″ ’12)
04:18 – the Action League – Space Attack (the Big Ska Gamble: August 7″ ’12)
07:41 – the Georgetown Orbits feat. Bridgid Roney – Jungle Happiness (the Big Ska Gamble: October 7″ ’12)
11:14 – Lockstep – the City is Burning (the Big Ska Gamble: September 7″ ’12)
13:47 – Do It With Malice – Show Me on the Doll Where Ska Touched You (the Big Ska Gamble: November 7″ ’12)
17:04 – Stop the Presses – Daddy Issues Vol. II / Bird or Plane (the Big Ska Gamble: December 7″ ’12)

Seriously, buy some vinyl ska records from me: GrandpasCasino.com

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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!

23min of Ska : Three Hard Winters

23skaNORSEThis episode is for my friends, and by that I mean, you guys, my listeners. Also, the bands in this podcast contain some people that range from good acquaintances to long distance friends (except for doctormanette, I don’t even know anyone in that band). So this, is possibly, the one of the friendliest episodes of the show that I have ever put out! Listen with your friends! Also, re: the title “Three Hard Winters,” it’s a reference to Fimbulvetr, the three harsh Winters (without a Summer) in Norse mythology that is the prelude to Ragnarök.

00:00 – Sammy Kay & the Easygroove Allstars – So Long (Easygrooves Vol. 1 ’13)
03:46 – Rude King – Lose Before I Start (It’ll Probably be Alright ’13)
07:13 – Corey Dixon and the Zvooks – Goodbye, so Long (Come and Go ’01)
10:43 – the Shifters – Moving On (In it! ’12)
14:04 – Stop the Presses – Leading Lady (eSKAndalo! ’13)
21:14 – doctormanette – 2¢ (the Same Thing Over & Over ’97)

Show support for the bands by clicking on those links and checking out their websites and music! Show support for the podcast by finding & liking 23min of Ska on facebook as well as follow on twitter.

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

Another way to support the podcast is 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 : 8% Return

23ska8BALLFor the triumphant return to more modern ska, I went to my listeners and asked what they wanted. Got a few good suggestions, all which are in this podcast. Then, due to my online begging, King Duncan of the Shifters sends me on of their brand new songs. Basically, if you aren’t a close personal friend of the band, this is the first chance to hear it! Man it is a ripper! Also there’s a song from Rude King, that Jon Bravo made sure to get to me right away for you all to hear, that was just released last Saturday! Seriously, so much great new ska for you on this episode it is insane!

00:00 – the Amphetameanies – House of a Hill (Last Chance Bordello ’14)
03:07 – the Shifters – Making Waves (brand new recording! ’15)
07:27 – the Skints – Friends & Business (FM ’15)
10:40 – Nguru – Fight for Your Right (Timezone II ’08)
13:28 – Rude King – Busted Now (Coming Back to You ’15)
16:49 – Bigtopp – Teach Yourself (Next Stage ’15)
20:24 – the Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Who’s Fooling Who (Mashin’ Up the Nation Vol. 3 & 4 ’98)

Show support for the band by clicking on those links and checking out their websites and music! Show support for the podcast by finding & liking 23min of Ska on facebook as well as follow on twitter. Also, feel free to download this episode if you wanna keep it forever. Another way to support the podcast is 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 : the Level of Your Consciousness

23ska8BALLThere is so much going on day to day to be conscious of everything that is going on. There is so much more awareness that each of us need just to get by, or at least get by being fully informed that is. This is something we can all strive for, and achieve, but we always must be aware of the pitfalls of thinking we’ve got how the world works all figured out. We don’t, we never will, we need to find our place in it and remember why we are where we are at, and if that needs to change, we change it. We can do this, make the planet better, but we always need to be meta-conscious of ourselves.

Oh, and hey, this first track is by the very excellent the Duppies and they’re trying to raise some cash for their new album. This is the title track, if you dig it, there’s more of it to come! Toss down for some great music: http://kck.st/1NfUHaM

00:00 – the Duppies – Broken Organ (Broken Organ ’15)
03:26 – the Shifters – Waiting for a Sign (In It! ’12)
06:32 – Mr. T-Bone & the Young Lions – You Don’t Know (Nothing to Lose ’11)
09:09 – the Delegators – Be Good to Me (All Aboard ’13)
11:26 – Abraskadabra – You Want (Fun as in Fungus ’14)
14:13 – Deal’s Gone Bad – All Right (Heartbreaks and Shadows ’14)
16:51 – the Forthrights – Trust Me (the Forthrights ’12)
18:58 – the Bandulus – Over the Edge (the Times We Had ’12)

Show support for the band by clicking on those links and checking out their websites and music! Show support for the podcast by finding & liking 23min of Ska on facebook as well as follow on twitter. Also, feel free to download this episode if you wanna keep it forever. Another way to support the podcast is 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 : You Gotta Bust it Up

23ska-redplaidYou can’t sit idle. You have to go out and make a difference in this world. Don’t apologize for the fact that the way to creation is always destruction. Get out there and tear down what doesn’t work and build it up with something better. At least add something positive to this mess. This is the world, and it is cold and harsh and violent, and sometimes you have to react in a like manner. Then again, I never said you had to be such a serious sour puss about it. This podcast is one of the small things I do on a weekly basis to try and make the world a tad easier to take for myself and anyone who cares to listen. Destroy then rebuild or just add, but don’t sit and watch the world pass you by.

the Shifters
– Who’s Gonna Pay (Limited Edition Tour CD ’13)
Dan Potthast – Dangerous (Songs for School ’13)
Umbrella Bed – Wish That it Would Stop (Refill ’13)
Less Than Jake – Give Me Something to Believe In (See the Light ’13)
the Agents – Good Foot (401 ’00)
Class Action – Rise Up (An Extra Bar of the Wrong Song ’12)
the Peanut Vendors – Brand New Old Goals (Why Rock When You Can Steady ‘n’ Roll? ’09)

Find & like 23min of Ska on facebook. Also, feel free to download this episode. Ska is better on vinyl. Hit up Grandpa’s Casino Recordings, we have some great vinyl ska records!

23min of Ska Interviews : the Shifters

23InterviewShiftersNOTICE:
1. This episode is longer than 23 minutes
2. There is a lot of talking

The reason for that notice is that I’m talking to the Shifters, a great ska/rocksteady/reggae band out of D.C. and I wouldn’t want to cut them short or deny any of you listeners a thing they have to say or some of their music. It had to happen this way, and you’ll be glad I didn’t short change you. The Shifters are going on a short Southern California tour next week, so I want everyone to know about that too, and show up, and dance, and have a great time!

The Shifters Southern California Halloween Tour:
Oct. 30 at the Slidebar in Fullerton, CA w/ Chris Murray
Oct. 31 at Boars Cross’n in Carsbad, CA
Nov. 1 at the Tin Can in San Diego, CA w/ 2000 Tons of TNT and Ottly Mercer
Nov. 2 at Resurrection Ride in Los Angeles, CA

Also:
Nov. 21 the Final Blue Beat DC show w/ Chris Murray, Sammy Kay and the Snails

Visit the Shifters on their facebook and on their bandcamp page.

photo of the Shifters by Apuesta por el Rock
also, here’s the download for this episode

23min of Ska : Hats Off to Haters

23ska-blueplaidApparently I’ve been going about this all wrong. Ska/Punk music is the devil! I shall cast that evil off of this episode! Get back to the roots! Be a proper ska podcaster! But lo, still I fail. Why? Because I dare to support the modern ska bands that are still out there playing. Is this a problem? To some it seems to be. It won’t stop me and the hate won’t stop them. Join us, as we turn our backs on those who don’t agree. Hell, we have more fun than they do anyway. Rock on my brothers and sisters in ska, rock the eff on.

Chris Murray & the Slackers – the Real Ska (Slackness ’08)
Roy & Yvonne with the Shifters – Moving On (Ooh La La / Moving On ’13)
the Pinstripes – Overthinking (the Pinstripes Meet King Tony ’13)
Dan P. & the Bricks – Watch Where You Walk (Watch Where You Walk ’12)
Caz & the Day Laborers – Grateful (Caz & the Day Laborers ’13)
the Bashments – Landlord (the Bashments ’11)
the Longshots – Such a Fool (These Parasites ’12)
the Pomps – Pomps in the Arena (Top of the Pomps ’12)

Find & like 23min of Ska on facebook. Also, feel free to download this episode. Ska is better on vinyl. Hit up Grandpa’s Casino Recordings, we have some great vinyl records!