First off - the oldies but goodies.
Selecter's String Theory
. - Like most good 80s albums (records and tapes in those days) the "first side" was the mediocre side that was intended to sell the record. The good stuff was always on the b-side.
Bad Manners released "You're Just Too Good to be True".
The Last of the One Named Singers" was a tribute to Dion. So was THIS)
.Anyway...this album is a collection of songs previously released by Bad Manners, cover songs, and the rare original. While I appreciate the Jo Jo Zep cover and the Bad Manners cover of the Frank Black and the Catholics' cover of the Specials' "Do Nothing" I wasn't really impressed with it.
"Shape I'm In"
The best bang for your buck in 2013 had to come from Bigger Thomas' Under a Super Moon EP.
Read more about it HERE. (One thing that Marco didn't explain is that "The Lake" mentioned in the lyrics is not a lake, but a club called The Lake)
Two great songs for $2.00. Buy the EP HERE.
Australian ska band the Funaddicts only released one 7" in their existence. They had a couple songs recorded that were supposed to be released as a second single but the band broke up and it never happened. Until 2013 when they released an 8-track EP called "The Turn Out"
Buy it HERE
"All Day Till Midnight"
Speaking of Australia, ska legends Strange Tenants released a social commentary called "Who Mines the Riches" dedicate to mineworkers, their families and communities the world over.
The release in 2013 that had me the most thrilled was the Ann Arbor Michigan band S.L.K. (Street Light Knights) with their compilation release simply titled "S.L.K." which is available on Amazon
"Bits and Pieces"
Bim Skala Bim - Chet's Last Call
Other stuff I've listened to in 2013:
Skambomambo's [Szczecin, Poland] "Made to Specification" LP
Saucy Horn [East Los Angeles] - Riddim and Riot
"Too Easy"(they've been playing this one live for a while VIDEO)
Aggressors BC - The Tone of the Times
"What She Gets"
Screw Ups - The Screw Ups EP
JK and the Relays
"Timebomb" from Skannibal Party 12 (their EP was released in 2012 but this song appeared on Skannibal Part 12 which was released in 2013 so I'm allowed to post it. Fuck the system!)
Debonaires - Movin' (Buy your copy HERE)
The Kinky Coo Coos - Sweet, Fun, and Ready
Ottly Mercer [San Diego, California] Big Noise
Cartoon Violence - Tit for Tat
Bombskare - The Day the Earth Stood Stupid
Common Sense [reggae, funk, blues, and ska from Orange County California] "What's it All About"
65 Mines Street - Fix the Clock
Melbourne Ska Orchestra - Melbourne Ska Orchestra
Club 99 - Club 99
Less Than Jake - See The Light
Delegators - All Aboard
Simmertones - Something for the Weekend
Stiff Joints - Circus on Repeat
I was most impressed with Boss Capone's "Another 15 Dance Floor Crashers"
(as a side note...
Boy George released "This is What I Do"
(There were lots more great ska releases from 2013 (I may edit this post at some point)...a lot of these I found on Bandcamp. The music's out there...find it...)