Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae |OT| Ska Came First

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This is sounds great. Thanks for sharing. I like the singers voice. On that first song, she kind of reminds me of Pauline Black from The Selecter.
If anyone is interested in having a listen, you can check out the album on their website here: https://www.bossriot.com/listen
She's Kerosene is a great song and it's nice to see The interrupters doing well.

I know they don't play ska anymore, but The Aquabats have a kickstarter for a new album and new episodes for their TV show that some people might be interested in checking out.
Great to see they are still trying to make music and TV shows. Hope they can hit their $1.11 million goal.
 
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Kill Lincoln just put out a re-release of their Good Riddance to Good Advice record on vinyl with a completely new b-side. It's really, really good.

Very nice. Any word on a new full length album coming? It's been 3 years since that EP. Would love to hear more from these guys.

Phonsonics - Reggae Don't Pay the Rent
The cover art for their EPs and Singles are consistently terrible, but they make good music.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3TiuoP5lH1XlrUsUXPDHWZ?si=XzeRO5noToynoGEFrnSYJA
Bandcamp: https://phonosonics.bandcamp.com/album/reggae-dont-pay-the-rent

Broken 3 Ways - At Full Mast

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/1688dxTt2MF9Kw3cwMzxRk?si=TWwQwazfQq-gR9am4LMy4A
 
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Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra's newest album Glorious popped up on Spotify today. These guys need to make another video game soundtrack. The track The Battle of Tokyo would be a great boss battle tune.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4KRVHbmjDsaYefFb09dFGG?si=MnUCIPksQmehYH5iDCMasQ

The Bar Stool Preachers - Grazie Governo

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3smUFawuEdEriRtb69L6ev?si=vXJs9nUURXS9P28J_lGopQ
Bandcamp: https://thebarstoolpreachers.bandcamp.com/album/grazie-governo

The Tree Brothers - The Tree Brothers

Bandcamp: https://thetreebrothers.bandcamp.com/album/the-tree-brothers
 
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New We Are The Union is out and it's dope. You can find it on all streaming services. I think they also put a vinyl out. They kickstarted this a while ago, good to see that it worked out.

 
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New We Are The Union is out and it's dope. You can find it on all streaming services. I think they also put a vinyl out. They kickstarted this a while ago, good to see that it worked out.

Nice, thanks for the heads up! Didn't realize this was releasing so soon. I really liked the singles they released so far. Looking forward to giving it a listen.

Also, I do have a bunch of albums to share that I've been listening to that I've been meaning to get around to posting. I'll try to post them on Friday or this weekend.
 
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Had a little downtime at work, so here's a few albums to check out.

Kemuri - [Ko-Ou-Doku-Mai]

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6Y8pMgVGNgGqFBrnojx2e8?si=-iSg7Ys-SkSZb9X2KMbcAw

The B Sharps - Plans B's Get Degrees

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5ViaWSyDqr1ch0qipjXyML?si=XBKxx4F5RKqatfZ9aOx9LQ
Bandcamp: https://thebsharpsband.bandcamp.com/

Reggae Workers of the World - RWW II

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/1L4vhWCrxEf0kK0wkLnpAR?si=7HmxbG6oRQiVGLXLMAkYBA

The Magic Touch - Fights the Evil of the World, Vol. 1

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2C4AWrB7jkEf7ogRRbrLZ9?si=bnUj2XkVR86q5dkpLQm_wA

Ballyhoo! - Detonate

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6cBJXpCUSfMLG5dvHeLrf1?si=tlXjWwcpTzuZHIElnOFinw

Boomtown United - Boomtown United

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2bdXj8KoUpW6rldKFPaNtH?si=-7YmdDcfTFmsVZBuNpQGyA

¡MAYDAY! - South of 5th.
A Hip-hop group not known for their reggae, puts out a reggae album and it's great. Would love to hear more stuff like this.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5uuDX34CbxXIArcU4PW2c6?si=e4gtjMk-Sim3EnBYP3CVGQ

Neville Staple & Sugary Staple - Rude Rebels

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0igVM9Pq3lIoQFvbo5Ln1L?si=pbKVMu_vSRqu8bdWeypRNQ

The Sentries - Hot Session

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2eG9ycun57SaY9nn4I3cjn?si=lIYVAJkeSc-bisAQmYmDKw
Bandcamp: https://thesentries.bandcamp.com/album/hot-session

Thirteen Towers - Two-Banana Habit

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4JDMjHEkr8AC3jYVZeakqp?si=ALw_Z5C7TkCwZASziA5LWA
Bandcamp: https://thirteentowers.bandcamp.com/

We Are The Union - Self Care.
This is the album haveheart mentioned yesterday. Figured I'd post it again.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/1rb4vw3gnALa1HLMf3PA6X?si=DcE7qgkoR4Oeauc0COpMYA
Bandcamp: https://wearetheunion.bandcamp.com/album/self-care

Babylove and The Van Dangos - On My Life
This one came out a few years ago, but I somehow missed until recently. Great band and album.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4aWEJS2SirRAvWnBSfXzC9?si=XsaNw6wVTeigavRE48mQnA
 
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New Reel Big Fish single came out today. Looking forward to the new album.


Looks like there are quite a few other new releases today as well. I should be able to get around to posting them later today.
 
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Fuck, dude, still need to catch up with you last week‘s post.

Nevertheless, the new rbf is single is awesome (as always) and backyard superhero are a really good skapunk setup.

A bit ot, but I saw frenzal rhomb for the first time yesterday and it was unbelievably good.

And I'll just leave this song here, I love Kill Lincoln, but the brass part starting at around 3:20 is so fucking amazing:

 
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Fuck, dude, still need to catch up with you last week‘s post.

Nevertheless, the new rbf is single is awesome (as always) and backyard superhero are a really good skapunk setup.

A bit ot, but I saw frenzal rhomb for the first time yesterday and it was unbelievably good.

And I'll just leave this song here, I love Kill Lincoln, but the brass part starting at around 3:20 is so fucking amazing:

Damn, Frenzel Rhomb is still around? I can't remember the last time I heard those guys. I'll have to give them a listen sometime today.

Here's two more albums to add to the pile.

Well Charged - Lift Up Sessions EP

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/7wsA9vuki8jtMMp4EKy9RZ?si=BdezDU0iTc-4PfsYbv_1kQ
Bandcamp: https://wellcharged.bandcamp.com/

Kingston Factory - The East Coast Sessions

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5NWRjjeglRHgkHcYz2ZLug?si=F_juv63fRYil0IuJ5jxosw
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZU_pe_ynHawNwlFKx5x6Cw8C9UCp1Ory
 
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With the Red Dead Redemption 2 release fast approaching, I thought I'd share this fantastic album. If you ever wondered what a Western movie with a ska soundtrack would sound like, wonder no more.

Prince Fatty meets The Mutant HiFi - Return of Gringo!

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/22Xbxk5rZBYB5BLAj3XHKQ?si=c17gkt9WSVuBCtNpY56uxA
Bandcamp: https://princefatty.bandcamp.com/album/prince-fatty-meets-the-mutant-hifi-in-return-of-gringo

Haha, thanks for that! This is amazing, gives me heavy Specials, particularly Ghost Town vibes.
 
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Haha, thanks for that! This is amazing, gives me heavy Specials, particularly Ghost Town vibes.
Glad you like it. It's such a great album. Will definitely cruise around on my horse with it plays in the background. I should also post this Le Grand Miercoles album that's also got that western vibe that's amazing.

Le Grand Miercoles - Ghost Cowboys

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/1RPdHKy1PuQPq1vkS56sjw?si=USsi2iaLSomg2r_BPOsf1Q
Bandcamp: https://thegoldensinglesrecords.bandcamp.com/album/le-grand-miercoles-ghost-cowboys

 
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I don't think we seen Just Friends in this thread. I wouldn't exactly call them a ska band, though. I think it's important to know that they're close with Mom Jeans/Graduating Life and the adjacent Emorock scene. I'd describe them as a weird emo/punk/funk/soul/ska crossover.

They released a new album a couple of months ago adn there are some wild but also some mellow songs (which I particularly like) on it. Great stuff overall.


 
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FYI, they're doing another punk/ska festival this June in Ohio. This year's was great, but somehow the lineup is even better already.

https://www.songkick.com/festivals/2787764-camp-anarchy/id/36303699-camp-anarchy-2019#lineup

Offspring, Bad Religion, NOFX, Rancid, Pennywise, Less Than Jake, Suicidal Tendencies are the headliners. More to come I think.

Hopefully Fat Mike doesn't visit Vegas this year.
Damn, looks to be another great show. Those headliners are great. I'd like to see pretty much every band listed in that link. I've always wanted to see The Suicide Machines live. The show is 9 hours away from me though, but that's closer than a lot of these great concerts/festivals are usually at.

Also, I do have a few more new albums I've been listening to that I've been meaning to get around to sharing. I'll try to post them sometime this week.
 
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Possibly the best soundtrack of all time... my copy had a nice divot on Pressure Drop but I played it so much on a beater turntable I had that it wore smooth and doesn’t skip anymore.

 
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Yay, finally in the community spotlight. Welcome newcomers and I hope you find some new ska to listen to. I've been real lazy lately listing some recommendations. I'll definitely post some of the new stuff I've been listening to soon. I have off work tomorrow due to the crazy cold coming so I'll definitely have some time to make a list.
 
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Goldfinger is one of my favourite bands, or at least was when I was younger. I saw them live 7 times and met them twice. I think they're the only ska band I've really been able to get into, and only some of their songs are ska.
 
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Yay, finally in the community spotlight. Welcome newcomers and I hope you find some new ska to listen to. I've been real lazy lately listing some recommendations. I'll definitely post some of the new stuff I've been listening to soon. I have off work tomorrow due to the crazy cold coming so I'll definitely have some time to make a list.
I’m glad it came up on spotlight. Is the more dub or dancehall side of things cool here, too? I’m thinking of Lee Scratch Perry or Ini Kamoze.

There could be some nice overlap with the punk community thread here but if you really want to see the definition of lazy, take a look at that worthless poster who still has the “OP in progress” for over a year now. Soon, though. Maybe.

Also, in terms of ska punk frontmen, one of the all-time best has got to be Dicky Barrett from the Bosstones. Such a great swirl of tune and gargle.
 
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I’m glad it came up on spotlight. Is the more dub or dancehall side of things cool here, too? I’m thinking of Lee Scratch Perry or Ini Kamoze.

There could be some nice overlap with the punk community thread here but if you really want to see the definition of lazy, take a look at that worthless poster who still has the “OP in progress” for over a year now. Soon, though. Maybe.

Also, in terms of ska punk frontmen, one of the all-time best has got to be Dicky Barrett from the Bosstones. Such a great swirl of tune and gargle.
Aptly named OP
 
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I’m glad it came up on spotlight. Is the more dub or dancehall side of things cool here, too? I’m thinking of Lee Scratch Perry or Ini Kamoze.

There could be some nice overlap with the punk community thread here but if you really want to see the definition of lazy, take a look at that worthless poster who still has the “OP in progress” for over a year now. Soon, though. Maybe.

Also, in terms of ska punk frontmen, one of the all-time best has got to be Dicky Barrett from the Bosstones. Such a great swirl of tune and gargle.
Yeah those genres are cool to post. I'd say anything that has some roots in ska, rocksteady or reggae is welcome here.

I'll throw a link in the OP to the Punk OT since there should definitely be some overlap for ska punk fans. Since our communities are small, any way to get more views would be welcome.
 
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Going to see The Interrupters for the first time in a couple of weeks with Masked Intruder.

First Ska band I'll get to go see since The Specials headlined at Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival two years ago. Excited as all hell.
 
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Going to see The Interrupters for the first time in a couple of weeks with Masked Intruder.

First Ska band I'll get to go see since The Specials headlined at Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival two years ago. Excited as all hell.
They do an awesome show. Lots of energy and crowd pleasing stuff.
 
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Well the cold blast is living up the hype. Cars completely dead at the moment and being outside for any longer than 10 minutes is brutal. Perfect time to share some warm weather vibes. Here's some newer stuff I've been listening to.

The Pressure Droppers - Ricochet

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/7aBgT4p2oCw6ybq2AWtjUN?si=pMr4kbFrTSakYgVm0eo2RA

Soul Ska - Propaganda

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2l4LSVSLgI5kcEJnvrEkb8?si=n0vhSpdETGG9eOHz8SW5JQ

The Elovaters - Defy Gravity

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4M1STTtxRg5cQKRfqBM8Uw?si=f5GJqqKDS-KpcSnAoFIp0w

Authority Zero - Persona Non Grata

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0x8LMd14mtU8fLTcQfzvcI?si=9TIJ0RsOQoiBPrhp9aoeKw
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qa785I4v31Q

Caz Gardiner & The Badasonics

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/7a3FJgp89bYG7Q5AdUekkF?si=lCQCkN1OSHSmHfRW5XE0Gg

Double Jabs - Million Dollar Reggae

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/63tIzMbF5aKPF71QeeW3Iz?si=Qmax8bJDQDeiCatB3yHlfw

Gentleman's Dub Club - Lost In Space

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4oad6FGhB7NH9NxDI5q1pl?si=x_MuCrwmSW-gIekEKybK-Q

Black Square - To The Hills

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5kWxja5CmmLPOiCeZRL5ID?si=FzB4cW6yTySJy1w3YtHdlg

Millington - Millington

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5gz45mwB0QjezGF7nOpesx?si=L70W8xyiQzGCYPtXVTGQAA
Bandcamp: https://millingtonband.bandcamp.com/releases

Napoleon Solo - Open Channel D

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0YAF2tnjDupNRRRtj6ukUS?si=7d4_-BPZTDGOPkI4Reu0dw

The Nutty Boys - Got Your Dancing Shoes?

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4nsJeMJO26YpVSutvqJeqA?si=VRPh52uRQnaCKpUDT297UA

Reel Big Fish - Life Sucks... Let's Dance!

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/7oZd1PgW5rhdtVP8N8d6Wy?si=Iwx_4KEcT7iQS8phAjA7fw

Spankshaft - Beasts & Goddesses

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2skpzY0rhawJKd1iJaFYUB?si=CDjGJHj9SJKHYSGo0DBL_A

Stranger Soul Cole - More Life

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/541PQCzJbZtmgXV9aX4fGR?si=pGrdf95vTwKwPVvmCPbq6Q
Bandcamp: https://liquidatormusic.bandcamp.com/album/more-life

Truth In Soul - Round and Round

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2MSThUsU0t03IwdlD2MTLx?si=aVL9nU79QMG4qUZs45Kz4w

Yellow Cap - Too Fucked To Go

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/437cp26LhMy8O4eVDFDsjW?si=QmsQaBzNRX6ZpwXxQeeX5A

Artikal Sound System - Time

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/7c2GLSFQynCmw4cYKxh4Bq?si=SyczCdNzQkWu_Evp4eLzWg

That was a few more albums than I thought. It has been a while since my last album dump. Probably missed a few too. That should keep people busy for a little while. Hope there's some stuff in there others will enjoy.
 
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Love this huge list of recs to dive into.
Hope you find some stuff you like. If you or anyone else finds something they're really into, let me know and I'll try to recommend something that sounds similar if I can.

Just came across these two albums browsing through Bandcamp that I really like. Haven't listened to all of it, but I what I've heard is good stuff, especially The Fanculos album.

The Fanculos - The Fanculos Album

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0IGwbXoM5GBfT1KWF8mt35?si=pioBJ8IiQzmjXC-1DMJPyw
Bandcamp: https://thefanculos.bandcamp.com/album/the-fanculos-album

Skadiva - Offbeat Circus

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6nm22GEbhOnIx3aPKL0Mdn?si=z_M1eyFFS2qoCiQTAWmD0A
Bandcamp: https://skavida.bandcamp.com/album/offbeat-circus
 
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I just need to say The Fanculos album I posted above is fucking awesome after having a chance to sit down and listen to it. The lead singer must be a clone of Dave Wakeling of The English Beat. Guy sounds just like him and it's so good. Definitely check out the album.
 
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That is a Funhaus reference in the title isn’t it? Love those guys! I’m disappointed if it is and no one pointed it out.
 
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Sooo, the new Be Like Max record will be out in February, i think backers will get their digital copies next week.

This is their latest music video and oh my, this reminds me so much of the Suicide Machines. Super fast, aggressive, pissed off and just fun:


The album is completely diy, no label, financed through kickstarter and produced by Dave McWane (Big D and the Kids Table).
 
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That is a Funhaus reference in the title isn’t it? Love those guys! I’m disappointed if it is and no one pointed it out.
I've actually never watched Funhaus before you mentioning it, but I want to hang out with that Bruce guy after watching the Camper Jumper video. Not sure why I made the subtitle Ska Came First. It is true though. Ska did come before Reggae.
Sooo, the new Be Like Max record will be out in February, i think backers will get their digital copies next week.

This is their latest music video and oh my, this reminds me so much of the Suicide Machines. Super fast, aggressive, pissed off and just fun:


The album is completely diy, no label, financed through kickstarter and produced by Dave McWane (Big D and the Kids Table).
This song is fucking awesome. Love the sound and energy. Looking forward to hearing more.

The Specials released a new album today.

The Specials - Encore

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2K7Z8kR4tsXDIkS0jWLkwZ?si=lBfFV63tSMyzUyysjZfU6w
 
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I've actually never watched Funhaus before you mentioning it, but I want to hang out with that Bruce guy after watching the Camper Jumper video. Not sure why I made the subtitle Ska Came First. It is true though. Ska did come before Reggae.

This song is fucking awesome. Love the sound and energy. Looking forward to hearing more.

The Specials released a new album today.

The Specials - Encore

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2K7Z8kR4tsXDIkS0jWLkwZ?si=lBfFV63tSMyzUyysjZfU6w
I had no idea that they were doing new stuff?!
What a pleasant surprise. And with live recordings of their hits, this is awesome!
 
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I had no idea that they were doing new stuff?!
What a pleasant surprise. And with live recordings of their hits, this is awesome!
I saw two songs pop up on Spotify recently, but didn't know they had an album dropping so soon. Was happy to see it in my Release Radar playlist this morning. Only listened to it once, but I really like what I've heard so far.
 
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I saw two songs pop up on Spotify recently, but didn't know they had an album dropping so soon. Was happy to see it in my Release Radar playlist this morning. Only listened to it once, but I really like what I've heard so far.
Same here. Now on two playthroughs and it's quite good!

Talk about a ska revival. Ska and Skapunk is really making a comeback, who'd have thought that.

New releases by Reel Big Fish, Mad Caddies, iirc Less Than Jake are working on new stuff, all of these bands are touring. Streetlight Manifresto's orchestra/BOTAR were highly praised and immediately sold out and they just announced several additional shows.

Also Barker's Back to the Beach festival last year (this year's not looking that ska-heavy).

The Interrupters are super popular (Jimmy Kimmel appearance) and are basically doing Rancid/Operation Ivy ska.

Pick It Up, the documentary about ska in the 90s will also be out in a few months.

And of course all these new bands such as Call Me Malcolm, Kill Lincoln, We are the Union. Wild stuff.

Maybe this time around ska will be considered cool.
 
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Same here. Now on two playthroughs and it's quite good!

Talk about a ska revival. Ska and Skapunk is really making a comeback, who'd have thought that.

New releases by Reel Big Fish, Mad Caddies, iirc Less Than Jake are working on new stuff, all of these bands are touring. Streetlight Manifresto's orchestra/BOTAR were highly praised and immediately sold out and they just announced several additional shows.

Also Barker's Back to the Beach festival last year (this year's not looking that ska-heavy).

The Interrupters are super popular (Jimmy Kimmel appearance) and are basically doing Rancid/Operation Ivy ska.

Pick It Up, the documentary about ska in the 90s will also be out in a few months.

And of course all these new bands such as Call Me Malcolm, Kill Lincoln, We are the Union. Wild stuff.

Maybe this time around ska will be considered cool.
Don’t forget that the Aquabats are releasing their tv soundtrack, a live album, and a new record all this year.
 

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There is a Ska thread and I have never posted in it- How is that possible?
Anyhow, threw ska shows in High School and these days I DJ Dubby weird electro stuff. I know far too much about modern Jamaican inspired music.
I should have two discs this year, one is punk rock mashups and I have a political ska record in the works using samples from an old band called The Adjusters but sampling ska is a pain in the ass and takes forever.
I also trying to get my dream gig together with DJ Vadim and Version City.. but that is an ongoing work in progress.