Ring the bells because Tuff Gong is rising! While Bob Marley-arguably the most symbolic musician of all time-will not be rising from his ashes (we can dream about a hologram), we're getting the next best thing: his music modernized. Sir Irie will have his iconic 1984 album 'Legend' re-interpreted for the with remixes from a host of veteran and modern dance producers. The decision from Marley's estate was certainly extremely difficult and will no doubt face criticism from many of his fans (as a money grab-it's being placed in Hyundai ads). But one must hope the reasoning behind [...]
Hi Folks, Thanks for dropping by. Want to know about us? Well here are the questions that we get asked a lot ....the answers are all true. We were trying to find a bit about the origins of Bombskare, but failed, can you tell us about how you came together? I’m not an archaeologist but I’m told we were formed around the time of Charlemagne. That would make us over twelve hundred years old, which feels about right, but until we get round to carbon dating Papa Joe, our oldest [...]
If you listen to ska at all, you know who Jesse Michaels is, and if not you probably at least have heard of his most famous project Operation Ivy, the quintessential ska-punk band. Perhaps you're a fan and have listened to his other band Common Rider (have I dropped enough names for you yet?) After Common Rider's demise Michaels went on sort of a musical hiatus, but recently came back to music with his latest punk band Classics of Love, and their Self Titled album is definitely a high energy punk album that any fan should check out. [...]
Reel Big Fish have posted a video for their song, "Your Girlfriend Sucks," made primarily from live footage from the band's European tour. The song comes from 2012's Candy Coated Fury .
Shocking to probably many of you, Less Than Jake is still around and cranking out ska. Even more shocking to most of you, that music is still pretty damn good. Now I know that ever since they abandoned ska with their erhm ... pop-friendly In With The Out Crowd that they lost a lot of their older fans, including myself. However they had a return to form with their 2008 release of GNV FLA that was incredibly solid, and let me go ahead and say that their compilation [...]
Ya antes habia escuchado y publicado material en solitario de FEDE FLORES integrante de la banda de Rock, Ska, Reggae KARAMELO SANTO, que destacaba como principal orientacion la cumbia, ahora sin perder esa misma orientacion cambia algo la direccion tomando el clasico "Como te voy a olvidar" en un muy buen cover muy estilo Ska-punk, aprovechando un poco del revival que tienen LOS ANGELES AZULES como muchos vimos en el pasado Vive Latino 2013, donde compartieron escenario con gente desde el IMS hasta una fresisima XIMENA SARIÑANA. Descarguen las 100 que estan por volar. I [...]
Well we've finally gotten our first round of warm summer-esque weather here in Philadelphia, and I didn't waste a minute heading out to my ancestral homeland of NJ's beaches. On my ride over though, I needed an album that just reminded me of summer, and Mustard Plug's Evildoers Beware just hit the right spot. Released back in 1997, Evildoers Beware was actually my first introduction to the ska band Mustard Plug, and it was actually introduced to me by a die hard metalhead. Many moons ago, in the middle of my high school physics [...]
Sandwiched bewtixt DJ Harry Duncan and the vintage ska sounds of The Specials, Little Hurricane rocked the Warfield.
The other kids at camp were understandably concerned about relying on the Specials to hold up their end of the "trust fall." Elisabeth and I are both fans of the Specials, and we got to see them play live at Seattle's Showbox Sodo this past Wednesday night. We were not disappointed. Thankfully, this was not one of those deals where you had one original member surrounding himself with a bunch of new guys and still thinking that counts as the band. No, there were 5 of the 7 original members (the absences being Jerry [...]
Le mode vanno e vengono, le passioni restano. E questo disco è il frutto di una passione per un genere musicale che era molto di moda una decina di anni fa, e che oggi resta nel cuore (e nei dischi) degli amanti della vecchia scuola ska e della sottocultura dei 'rude boys'. Ascoltando questo lavoro, si rivivono i momenti di passione di un tempo, dal gusto rocksteady e nostalgico, ma allo stesso tempo spensierato e leggero. In qualche punto ci sembra di tornare all’adolescenza, se non fosse per i suoni puliti e per gli arrangiamenti musicalmente ben fatti che ci [...]
Following on from yesterday , today we bring you Sound Business , another terrific reggae documentary. This one dates from 1981, and so focuses a bit more on the later stuff than The Studio One Story does.
Ask 10 people their favorite musical artist from Jamaica, and 9 out of 10 are going to say Bob Marley. The other person is probably going to get Jamaica confused with Cuba and go on some rant about Communism (fuck that guy). Unless you're hanging with a bunch of knowledgeable ska nerds (don't worry, you're in good company here), you're probably not going to get Desmond Dekker as an answer, although he is hands down my personal favorite and one of the most influential artists to ever come out of Jamaica. Desmond Dekker's third full length release [...]
Lets get the weekend started properly today with this lengthy but incredible documentary on reggae which mainly focuses on Studio One - the label and studio run by Clement "Coxsone" Dodd (pictured above). This doc was originally put together & released by the folks at the incredible Sounds of the Universe record store & Soul Jazz label in London. They know their shit. Buy it here .
The Cat Empire is a group that I have enjoyed listening to for years but have never had the chance to see them live. This probably has to do to the fact that they're based out of Australia but whatever. This tune will be on their fifth studio album which will be coming out this spring, their first full-length release in three years.
FED up with the same old run of the mill repeated rubbish pumping out of the radio? I bloody am. So I was particularly pleased to have a copy of Los Chinches' Fongo land on my desk. The group are a London-based outfit, a mixture of European and Latin American musicians who mix cumbia grooves with retro psychedelic-tinged Peruvia 'chicha' rock and ska - stick that up your "great music variety", radio. And the upbeat retro sound of Fongo harnesses the sunny South American disposition, and the hot rhythms of the continent, to create a good [...]
Will Magid gives us a clear look into his electro-soul future funk mind.
Sometimes you can listen to an album that will completely take you back to a particular point in your life. For me, Big D And The Kids Table release How It Goes takes me back to my sophmore year in college where I grabbed it the day it came out in 2004. By that point, I already been a hardcore Big D fan for a few years (I even had the wristband that I wore religiously along with my Rise Against wrist band) and was highly anticipating the release for a few months ever since I heard them [...]
The community radio sector is something which all of us as 'taste-markers' will inevitably have to peruse on a daily basis. Whether it be the vitality of Melbourne's 3RRR or Sydney's FBi , community radio stations have I'm sure, granted you with a multitude of new experiences and insights into the artists you've come to know and love. And Melbourne's Progressive Broadcasting Service (PBS) is no different. Home to "little heard music", PBS has been many a watershed moment for [...]
Derrière les quatre lettres majuscules qui forment leur nom, LODD (avec deux D, s'il-vous-plaît) se cache un groupe de ska - principalement - 100% genevois. Energie positive et bonne soirée pour leurs concerts, voilà ce que les sept membres de ce crew plein de fougue propose à leurs fans. Au programme Azimut de ce samedi 23 février, de l'énergie en barre et trois voix , rien que ça, pour nous parler de leur « envie de renouveler le ska moderne ». Eh oui, ils ont de l'ambition ces jeunes-là! [...]