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23min of Ska Convoy : Lockdown and Loaded

23skaTRUCKERconvoyCHRISAbout the Tracks:
Nathan Leigh and the Crisis Actors – This Machine Kills Centrists
Nathan Leigh and the Crisis Actors are an interesting project that tends to play punk-influenced folk and rock music, but has been known to pull influences from all over the map ranging from swing to ska, to country and beyond. They pulled yours truly into play trombone on this record and it’s one of my favorite projects I’ve been a part of. Their new album, “Myths, Conspiracy Theories and Other Things I Made Up to Sound Interesting” dropped last week, and it even had a ska song on it, lamenting an all too familiar attitude in our political discourse.

The Autocratics – Brainwashed Friend
The Autocratics, from Tokyo, Japan, are what would happen if you took bands like Bad Manners, Madness, and the Specials further refined that nutty two tone sound to its apex. Fronted by Shuhei Yokota (Rude Bones), The Autocratics have been carrying the two tone torch in Japan for over a decade now and have developed quite a fanbase, and yet remain one of ska’s best-kept secrets. So grab your Fred Perry, crack open an ice-cold Stella and enjoy The Autocratics!!! Brainwashed Friends is my favorite track off the band’s debut album.

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra – Perfect Future
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra is, for lack of a better description, perfect. My favorite band by about a mile and a half, having been together for over 30 years they’ve got a catalog deeper than the Marianas Trench. The band’s trademark of blending ska with just about anything you can think of and making it their own is evident on this track, the leadoff/title track of 2009’s “Perfect Future ”

Karikatura – White Lies
The quick way to describe Karikatura is to say they play trans-global soul or world indie. A deeper inspection, however, yields a dizzying array of sounds ranging from jazz to cumbia to reggae to funk and of course the aforementioned soul. Crisscrossing the world for over 10 years, they dropped this aggressive meringue track, White Lies, as a response to the Eric Garner murder and Black Lives Matter movement. Diverse and eclectic music with (a) soul.

Warsaw Poland Brothers – Summer of Ska
Warsaw Poland Brothers are the unsung heroes of the socal/southwest ska scene. Having been active for over 30 years, and forming 2 sub-bands (California Celts, Kalifornia Krauts) they have managed to carve out a cult following from coast to coast. Great songwriting and excellent musicianship from the Poland brothers (Chris and Aaron). Summer of Ska is a single off the as of yet unreleased 8th album! The perfect track to get you ready for summer, even if we’re all stuck indoors. Catch these guys if you ever get the chance and wish their singer Chris a happy 50th Birthday!

About Chris:
Chris Malone is a busy guy. Having been playing trombone in ska bands from all over the NYC/Long Island area for over 20 years, he is currently the bandleader/singer/trombonist in NYC based ska-punk band The Pandemics, he also occasionally plays with raggacore legends Pilfers. In addition to being an active musician, he also runs the fledgling record label, Lonely Atom Records, runs the Touring Ska Bands Facebook group (a resource for independent ska bands looking to book their own tours), and curates a Spotify playlist called The Best Ska Bands You’ve Never Heard Of that spotlights 5 criminally underrated ska bands from all over the world, hoping to shine a spotlight on all of the great ska bands making great music under most people’s radars. The playlist is updated every Wednesday!

00:00 – Nathan Leigh & the Crisis Actors – This Machine Kills Centrists (Myths, Conspiracy Theories, and Other Stuff I Made Up To Sound Interesting ’20)
01:59 – THE AUTOCRATICS – Brainwashed Friends (the Autocratics ’17)
04:42 – Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra – Perfect Future (2020 Remaster) (TOKYO SKA TREASURES ’20)
08:28 – Karikatura – White Lies (Speak Now ’16)
12:35 – Tommy Tornado and the Clerks – Downhill (Back on Track ’19)
17:04 – Warsaw Poland Bros. – Summer of Ska (Summer of Ska ’19)

RJ sez: I added the Tommy Tornado and the Clerks song because, well, I like that band, and this song seemed like it’d be in good company with all the great tracks that Chris chose. There’s not too terribly much I can add about Chris that he didn’t already cover, but I don’t think he mentioned the Lonely Atom Youtube though, so go subscribe to that! I’ve known Chris for a few years now, he was even a guest on the late Ska After Party and we’ve kept up with each other via social media all this while. We’ve actually verified that we’ve been at shows at the same time, but that was well before we got in touch with each other. So this wraps up the Convoy series. It was a lot of fun these last 7 weeks, and it went so smoothly and brought so much good stuff to the show I’m fixing to find a way to do it all over again. If I’m lucky, I’ll find another talented batch of folks to collaborate with!

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23min of Ska : You Call It Vol. 16

23skaBEERSFor this holiday weekend… I’m kinda taking the day off and I let the 23min of Ska listeners pick the songs this time. Also, I kinda gave them the day off too by collecting songs that had been suggested for this kind of podcast quite a while ago, but I never got around to playing. I plan on doing another one of these next week, so if you have any suggestions, comment below! Thanks again for listening and have a great day!

00:00 – the Hotknives – David Jones (About Time ’10)
03:55 – Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra – Silent by Your Side (Paradise Blue ’10)
08:55 – Mustard Plug – Jerry (Evil Doers Beware! ’97)
12:18 – Talking Heads – Totally Nude (Naked ’88)
16:21 – Farin Urlaub – Abschiedslied (Endlich Urlaub! ’01)
19:47 – Runaway Ricochet – Quicksand (Gas Station Culture ’18)

Show support for the bands by clicking on those links and checking out their websites and music! Show support for the podcast by donating on Patreon or by finding & liking 23min of Ska on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Also, feel free to subscribe and listen to the podcast on iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher.

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

What to submit your band? Email: submissions@23ska.com
Have something else to say? Email: podcast@23ska.com

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 : Peppermint Patties

23skaMINTPATTYReady for a laid back chill episode? Well, here it is… kinda… I’m not going to say it’s laid back and chill the whole way through, but boy oh boy there are certainly real moments of it. There’s some straight up ska, ska/soul and ska/lounge on this episode that I think/hope that you’ll really enjoy listening to.

00:00 – Millie & Jimmy Cliff – Hey Boy, Hey Girl (Ska at the Jamaican Playboy Club comp ’68)
03:06 – New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble – Perfidia (Break Thru ’19)
05:23 – the Steady 45s – I’m so Proud (I’m so Proud ’19)
08:51 – Western Standard Time – Man in the Streets (a Big Band Tribute to the Skatalites Vol. 1 ’12)
14:08 – Skastra – Hilang Asa (Minor 7 ’17)
18:40 – Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra – Brazil (Walkin ’12)

Show support for the bands by clicking on those links and checking out their websites and music! Show support for the podcast by donating on Patreon or by finding & liking 23min of Ska on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Also, feel free to subscribe and listen to the podcast on iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher.

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

What to submit your band? Email: submissions@23ska.com
Have something else to say? Email: podcast@23ska.com

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 : You Call It Vol. 13

23skaBEERSWelcome to the 13th installment of you the listener picking out songs for me to play on the podcast! I think we have a pretty damn good episode here if I do say so myself. I literally take no credit, this awesome episode is because of all your awesome suggestions! Thank you, and enjoy!

00:00 – Runaway Ricochet – Four Leaves (Gas Station Culture ’18)
02:38 – the Reggaskas – Mr. Trumpet (Long Way Home ’16)
06:45 – DISSIDENTE / ДИССИДЕНТЫ – Black Bloc (FRONTLINE ’17)
09:43 – Mr. Incommunicado – Hunt You Down (FLÜD ’17)
13:10 – Heavyball – Black Eye Friday (Black Eye Diaries ’14)
16:18 – Spirit of the Wildfire – IVV (Paradisolation ’17)
19:38 – Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra feat. Toshi-Low – To Fellas with No Ambition (Glorious ’18)

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 subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

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!

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra Interview

tsopRecently I got to ask a few questions to Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra member Atsushi Yanaka. It is a short, but fun little interview and I love that I got the chance to take some of his time. Many of these questions were sourced from the 23min of Ska listeners on facebook and /r/ska.

When the Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra started, did you have any idea that it would still be around 25 years later?
I had no idea we would last 25 years. It is an extraordinary case in the Japanese music scene that a band as big as we are can continue, specialized in a genre of ska.

How difficult is it to manage so many members?
We don’t have a leader. Each of the nine members have his own opinion so it’s not easy to put all of them together.

What was the writing and recording process like for your latest release “Ska Me Forever?”
It’s an album that TSPO took the longest time in our band history in making it. When we finished one tune, we took time in evaluating the arrangements to make sure everything was okay. Sound wise, we concentrated everything TSPO can do at this time, such as the rock-oriented approach, dub-style sound, etc.

“Ska Me Forever” features collaborations with acts like “Asian Kung-Fu Generation” and “the Fantastic Plastic Machine”, what brought about working with them?
Asian Kung Fu Generation is in an important position in the Japanese music scene and we have always wanted to work with them one day. We couldn’t imagine what would happen if their distinctive worldview mixes with ours, but we were sure the result would be interesting. So we made the offer. As for Fantastic Plastic Machine, we have been friends with them for a long time through the club scene such as DJing. When we made the tune “Damned”, we thought it would be nice to do a club-style approach and we asked them to take care of the arrangements.

Was there always a budding ska scene in Japan or did it sort of start with Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra?
Of course, the ska scene was there even before we made our debut. But we have been active in the media such as television, which might have helped expand the recognition of ska.

Who are your major influences?
In terms of ska, we have been strongly influenced by the Specials, Madness, and the Skatalites.

What is your favorite American band?
It’s difficult to pick just one! But we have been close to Fishbone since our debut and we all love Fishbone. They performed at the “Tokyo Ska Jamboree” music festival which we organized, and vocalist Angelo sang in one of our tunes.

What are the chances on a US tour?
We love performing in front of US audience. We would like to come back every year. Hope it will happen this year again!

Tondemo Crisis has a killer soundtrack, would you ever make a video game OST again?
Thank you! We think we are very good at game music or movie soundtracks, tailoring the music to the themes. We would love to do game music if there are any offers in the future.

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra has a new album out called “Ska Me Forever” now out on vinyl from Nacional Records! For more information, the band can be found on their website and facebook. Also check out more from TSPO on these 23min of Ska episodes!

23min of Ska : the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

23skaTEMPLEFirst, check that Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra track! This is kinda the American debut of that song, for reals! The only way to have heard it already is to have been a filthy bootleggin’ pirate! (Or live in Japan I guess.) Second, that intro track by the Zvooks, all intros on any podcast should be that good! The Zvooks used to play a bunch around my area, loved those guys, that song was a set staple, hearing it always brings me back to dancing in an American Legion Hall or the back room of a pizza joint. That’s the thing about ska, it’s always out there, somewhere, lurking, ready to show you a good time and get you to move your feet! All the other songs are flippin’ great as well, but I had to call attention to those two! Enjoy!

00:00 – Corey Dixon and the Zvooks – Got All My Life (Calm Down ’01)
02:47 – Deal’s Gone Bad – Good Old Days (the Ramblers ’07)
06:41 – Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra feat. Asian Kung-Fu Generation – Wake Up (Ska Me Forever ’15)
11:17 – Punch the Clown – $10 Cigar (the Secret Life of Punch the Clown ’98)
13:57 – Call Me Malcolm – Tally Man (Check Sells ’11)
16:42 – One Groovy Coconut – Millennium Falcon (More Like This Than That ’89)
19:17 – the Longshots – Why You Fightin’ Rudy (Borrowed Time ’14)

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 : Samurai

23skaSAMURAIHere’s a little something different to break up the monotony of your day. I hope that you dig this episode as much I did while getting it together. We all must remember that a break from the usual can be beneficial, heck, getting away from our regular routine can sometimes bring us the biggest joy in life. So, take a break, take a right instead of a left, order something different off the menu, it’s only once, and you just might enjoy it!

00:00 – OreSkaBand – Shall We Dance (オレスカバンド ’07)
02:51 – Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra – Return of Supercharger (Walkin ’13)
07:07 – POTSHOT – Time (Pots and Shots ’97)
09:44 – the Ska Flames – Cool Smoke (Ska Fever ’89)
13:21 – Yum!Yum!Orange – Welcome to the Wonderland (Orange Street 33 ’02)
16:52 – Unscandal – Feel so Good (1.2.3!!!! ’03)
18:57 – PUNK SKA UNITY – Decision (Decision ’11)

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