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23min of Ska : Threes & Eights

23skaTRUCKER3sand8sWelcome to the 18th and latest session of 23min of Ska. This session is all about trucker slang because why not, it’s my podcast, I’ll do what I want. I’m pulling back on the intense art commitment this time around, but I may make a few tweaks as I go on. Also, I’m taking a break for the next 23 episodes w/ doing the ska label highlights, those were fun, and I’m totally going to do something like that again, but not anytime soon.

This episode changed a lot over the last several weeks. I thought it was basically finished in late December. I then took a week off because I wanted to enjoy my limited Christmas time off, and because I wanted this session to occur all in 2020. Then I did two listener selected episodes because I was lazy. I got those listener episodes set up quick too. Hell, those episodes were done a put together by the first, and honestly, I was only going to run “You Call It Vol. 18” and save “You Call It Vol. 19” for the Summer. Then I got the news that my friend Jason Lawless had passed. And it hurt. And I knew I had to make some changes to this episode’s playlist.

In changing the tracklist I yanked out the ska/punk and changed the opening song. Lawless was always more of a traditionalist, but would still let me natter on about ska/punk and ska/pop and the like. He was also always a supporter of  23min of Ska and of me. It can be odd making new friends as an adult, especially in a scene where everyone else has known each other for years but Lawless never let me feel like an outsider. Hell, neither have any of the people he introduced me to! He was great to this weirdo out of the Midwest when he had no reason to be, and I could never thank him enough for it. Lawless will be forever missed by all who knew him, I count myself lucky to have been one of them. This episode and the next 22 are dedicated to him, his support, his passion, and his “Lawless-ness.” Thanks for everything.

00:00 – the Skatalites – Lawless Street (Ska Boo-Da-Ba ’65)
03:14 – the Hacklers – Bring it Back (Between the Lines ’16)
06:50 – the Scotch Bonnets – Hair Did (Come on Over ’19)
10:41 – the Loving Paupers – Where’s My Wave (Lines ’19)
14:13 – Tommy Tornado and the Clerks – Back on Track (Back on Track ’19)
18:07 – Pocket Billiards – My Next Last Time (Troubles Edge ’19)
20:59 – Venus Hill – Back on My Feet (Whatever ’02)

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23min of Ska : James Bond

23skaBONDJames Bond and ska have ties going all the way back to 1962’s “Dr. No” where James finds himself in Jamacia. Not only that, but ska band Byron Lee & the Dragonaires are even in the movie! I’ve picked some obvious and not so obvious songs for this episode. Enjoy this episode with a nice cocktail.

00:00 – Prince Buster – 007 (Dance Cleopatra Dance ’72)
02:20 – Lyn Taitt & the Jets – el Casino Royale (el Casino Royal / Dee’s Special ’68)
04:55 – Tommy McCook – Goldfinger (Goldfinger / My Girl ’65)
07:46 – Soweto – Honey Ryder (You Give Me Fever ’08)
11:00 – Lloyd Charmers – Dollars and Bonds (Dollars and Bonds / Sound Familiar ’70)
13:34 – the Skatalites – James Bond (Ball of Fire ’92)
20:12 – the Butlers – Sock it to ‘Em J.B. (Spare Shells comp ’01)

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23min of Ska : Old Fashioned

Here’s what I was originally cooking up last week! A whole episode chock full of classic ska. I really can’t believe that I haven’t played most of these before. I know some of the mastering of these songs is a little shoddy, and even bought some new ones because the transfer is so much better on comps that came out a few years ago vs. the comps I bought back in the ’90s. This is the roots, this is the good stuff, hope you enjoy!

00:00 – Millie – Oh, Henry (Sweet William / Oh, Henry ’64)
01:49 – Derrick Morgan – Do the Beng Beng (Do the Beng Beng / Revenge ’68)
03:56 – Prince Buster and the All Stars – Hard Man fe Dead (Hard Man fe Dead ’67)
07:14 – The Original Ska-Talites – Lee Oswald ‎(Ska Authentic ’67)
10:09 – Laurel Aitken & the Blue Beats – Bar Tender (Bar Tender ’61)
12:39 – Keith & Ken – I don’t Love You Anymore (Jamaican Jerk ’66)
14:41 – the Wailers – Rude Boy (Rude Boy / Ringo’s Theme ’65)
16:58 – the Ska Kings – Oil in My Lamp (Jamaican Ska / Oil in My Lamp ’64)
19:19 – Toots and the Maytals – Pressure Drop (Sweet and Dandy ’68)

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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 : Midway

Here we are at the half way mark of the first year of “23min of Ska” and I think it has went pretty well. Originally I was only going to be doing one episode a month, so this would be the end, but no, I had to go and double it up and spread the ska love far and wide! Speaking of love and ska I can’t believe this is the first time I’ve worked the Skatalites into an episode! They are way too good! And Half Past Two I’ve been waiting to play for people since I first saw them at the LA 3 Floors of Ska a few years ago! All in all, this first 6 months of “23min of Ska” has taught me one thing, you can only prepare so much. This very podcast only contains 2 of the songs I was originally going to put in it! It was almost completed and I had 2min left to fill, that’s when things went out the window. One song didn’t follow the last so well, a few were too short and ended up being better picks so what to delete? It went like this for a while and I ended up with this, far superior than what I’d been intended to send out! Once again, I hope you enjoy the music and you share your enjoyment with others.

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.

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