Friday, February 20, 2015

Marshall Doktors - The Worrying Kind 7" (1980)

Not really a ska record but more like a classic rock-n-roll record - the sort of songs that the Cramps taught you. But this is often sold as a ska record and I can see why. It does have a ska feel to it. This record was intended to be 50s style but it was put out during the dawn of the 80s so the two styles were meshed together perfectly. If you listen to the b-side first you won't get it. But, if you listen to the a-side first, and then the b-side, you'll hear the ska influence.

A - The Worrying Kind
B - O Kay!


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Just the Facts - MX Missiles EP (1985)

This was a rock/power pop band from Bangor, Maine. I don't know if this is the only thing they ever recorded but it is the only thing I know of by them.
For the Tone and Wave crowd the highlight here is their cover of "Eve of Destruction".

A1 - MX Missiles
A2 - Eve of Destruction
B - Mutension


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Heavy Manners - World War Six 7" (1979)

This is not the same Heavy Manners from Chicago. These guys were from Belgium and they released two singles that I know of. This one, and one called "That Train" with a b-side called "Barley Wine" which featured Saxa from the English Beat.

A - World War Six
B - Attention


Jah Moon - Reggae American Style (1984)

Rare release from this California pop-reggae band.

A1 - Reggae American Style
A2 - Redd Lite Lady
B1 - I Want You
B2 - Down Babylon

"Redd Lite Lady"


Friday, February 13, 2015

Luddy Pioneer with Joe Lewis & the Ska Kings - Ska Revival (1975)

This record was ahead of its time - the name "Ska Revival", the black and white checkers, and that unique sound a few years before Jerry Dammers and the Specials adopted these elements as their own - I would be surprised if this wasn't the spark that started the 2 Tone fire. .

1 Time Longer Than Rope
2 Housewife Choice
3 Tickle Me
4 Burning Fire
5 Mama No Fret
6 Never Never
7 Rough & Tough
8 Pretty Lou Lou
9 Blazing Fire
10 Penny Wheel
11 Elena

"Pretty Lou Lou"


Ska News...

This T-shirt is available at Redbubble. It's from this scene from the show Portlandia. I'm sure you can expect to hear this clip on lots of upcoming ska releases for years to come. 


Members of Rude Boy George have started a new project called Heavensbee described as The xx meets Massive Attack with lots of reggae and dub influences.
This is what they sound like:
Trilby Records' Facebook will keep you updated.


Teenage Heart is an independent record label based out of Kansas City, MO. Founded in 2014 by filmmaker Johnny Starke and Modern Life Is War vocalist Jeffrey Eaton . Starting out as a distro for self released Reggae, Ska, and Punk records, 2015 found the label releasing it's first material on the Teenage Heart imprint.

The first release is the Kansas City band New Riddim  "Carolina/What Can I Dub?" 7"
New Riddim is also set to release a new album this year following up on 2012's "Kidnapped". Stay tuned to their official site.

The Teenage Heart Stateside Distro webstore carries exclusive, limited run, and self released vinyl records from current bands making the finest Reggae, Dub, Ska, Punk, Oi! that we can find! Stocking only limited quantities of each title the items available are always changing.

Teenage Heart


Reggae Steady Ska has a list of ska albums released in January 2012 HERE. These are albums and do not include singles and EPs.

A couple of singles and EPs released in January 2015 are the Less Than Jake "American Idle" 7". The song "American Idle" is on the album "See the Light" but the b-side is exclusive to this single - you can hear it HERE.

Boston rock/ska/reggae band The New Limits released their debut EP "Pressure Up"
available at Bandcamp  HERE.

SOTD - Izzy Stradlin from Guns 'N Roses - Can't Hear 'Em (1992)

Heavy metal and reggae/ska don't mix very well. Sepultura did a cover of Bob Marley's "War" but they weren't even trying. David Lee Roth did try with his song "No Big 'Ting" but it didn't work too well. The popularity of third wave ska even inspired GWAR to use horns.

Before all that, and years before there was a third wave Izzy Stradlin left Guns 'N Roses to become a solo artist. His first solo album "Izzy Stradlin and the Ju Ju Hounds" was released in 1992 and it featured a cover of Pressure Drop which was done in a straightforward hard rock style - with a touch of reggae at the end. But then he released the 4-track Pressure Drop EP which contained the same rockin' Pressure Drop and two other rock and roll tracks but it also had a song called "Can't Hear 'Em" which was not available anywhere else and it was a complete diversion from anything else he had ever released. It sounded like this:


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Monday, February 9, 2015

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra - Ska Me Forever

RELEASED TODAY! Early versions of this album were leaked last year and posted on other blogs but those versions didn't include all tracks.
Iconic Band Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Highly-Anticipated Release of 'Ska Me Forever'

Renowned Worldwide for Explosive Live Performances, 
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra’s International Following Continues to Grow Through Extensive Global Touring

After decades of performing sold-out shows in Japan and in over 26 countries, legendary band Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra celebrates their 25th anniversary with the U.S. release of their new album, ‘Ska Me Forever” on vinyl and digital download on February 10th.

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra’s 19th album boasts a dynamic blend of rock, jazz, ska and punk, and features the lead single “Wake Up!” with Asian Kung-Fu Generation. Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra also puts their playful and diverse spin on fan-favorite covers of Café Tacvba’s 'Eres,' Beethoven’s 'Symphony No. 9,' and the classic Mexican folksong, 'Cielito Lindo.’ Their new release 'Ska Me Forever’ marks a significant milestone for the ever-evolving band who continue to delight and surprise audiences with their music and exciting live shows.

From their beginnings in the late 1980s club scene in Japan, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra rose to fame in their native country and have taken their acclaimed live show worldwide, performing to festival audiences in Europe, the United States and Latin America, including the Warped Tour, Glastonbury, Supersonico, Coachella and Vive Latino.

You can get the real version - all 18 tracks - HERE

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Odds - Dread in My Bed 7" (1980)

A - Dread in My Bed
B - Spare Rib


Tee-Vees - Dr. Headlove 7'' (1980)

Rare disc from this Irish band who were formerly called The Jets.

I must confess that I never attained a copy of this record myself. This rip was found somewhere online and I'm pretty good about giving credit where it's due but I completely forgot where I found it and a simple Google search isn't helping.

A - Dr. Headlove
B - War Machine


To the original poster:  thank you, and I'm sorry!

Laurel Aitken - Sahara 7" (1986)

Laurel Aitken with Potato 5 on Gaz's Mayall's Gaz's Rockin Records label.

The song Sahara is the same version that appeared on the album - which is a totally different version than the one on The Blue Beat Years (this is the better version). The b-side is also on the album but this is a different version.

A - Sahara
B -Long Time (I've Been Watching You)


Amazulu - Too Good to be Forgotten 12" (1986)

A - Too Good to be Forgotten (12" version)
B - Sez Who