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Ska and Reggae
Artists with releases on this label:
Fox Trotsky, The Aquabats, High School Football Heroes, Hot Stove Jimmy, Lightyear, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Cellphish, Public Access, Babylon Circus, Suburban Legends, Slightly Stoopid, Razbari Sumthing, Big D and the Kids Table, Ska Weekend 2006, Stuck Lucky, Lee Scratch Perry and the WhiteBellyRats, Los Furios, Buck-O-Nine, The Arrogant Sons of Bitches, The Specials, Victims of Circumstance, Circle City Ska Fest, The Pietasters, The Homecoming Queens, Joey Terrifying, The Planet Smashers, Lemon Lime Tennis Shoes, Out of Nothing, Skavesa`, Mouthwash
Ska emerged in the early '60s as a precursor to reggae by Jamaican musicians influenced by the New Orleans R&B that reached the island over radio. Early bands from this movement including Skatalites and Toots & The Maytals developed the distinct rhythms and arrangements now associated with the style. In the late '70s the music saw a revival in England when young British acts fused the recent sounds of punk rock with the style. Ska revivalists featured racially integrated lineups and bold political statements. The lead group from this time was The Specials, who formed the independent label 2-Tone. The scene cultivated by The Specials included Madness, The (English) Beat and The Selector.
Ska music saw it's third wave begin in the mid to late 80s with bands that further further mixed punk rock with the 2-Tone sound like Fishbone, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Operation Ivy. Furthermore a strong roots ska scene was emerging in New York City with The Toasters and Moon Ska Records. The style's popularity peaked in `96 with bands like Rancid, No Doubt, Sublime, Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish and the Bosstones all making huge waves in the mainstream.
While the popularity of the style has waned over the years, a small but devoted group of bands like The Slackers and The Planet Smashers have carried on the style into the new millennium.
Suburban Legends (west coast)
Suburban Legends have announced tour dates for this summer, traveling the west coast of the US and Canada. The band most recently released Day Job in…
Reel Big Fish: "Your Girlfriend Sucks"
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.…
Fishbone and Slightly Stoopid to release split
Fishbone and Slightly Stoopid will be releasing a split 7-inch next month, featuring one song from each band. Slightly Stoopid will contribute "Ska Diddy," the title track to their latest album, which features Fishbone frontman Angelo Moore. Fishbone presents a new song titled "Whipper Snapper." The split is set to be released on…
Big D and the Kids Table launch Kickstarter to raise money for two new records
Big D and the Kids Table are currently raising funds towards an upcoming pair of albums via Kickstarter. After three records -Strictly Rude,…
Viva Ska Vegas reveals 2013 line up
The annual festival, Viva Ska Vegas, has just unveiled its line up for this year's event. Headlining this year is Orange County California's Reel Big Fish. Also playing this year is The Chinkees, Suburban Legends, and several other acts. Viva Ska Vegas takes place May 4th in Henderson, Nevada.…
The Selecter / Lee "Scratch" Perry (West Coast)
Seminal UK ska band, The Selecter have announced a run of dates on the west coast to coincide with their Coachella performances in April. Tapped to support is the legendary producer and performer, Lee "Scratch" Perry.…
Reel Big Fish: "Brown Eyed Girl" (Van Morrison cover)
Reel Big Fish have unveiled a video for their cover of Van Morrison's classic "Brown Eyed Girl." The song appeared on the band's 2010 compilation A Best of Us...for the Rest of Us, but the version here contains new vocals from new band member Matt…
The Specials announce US tour
U.K. ska legends, The Specials, have just recently announced that they will embark on a tour of North America later this year. Not many details were given in the original announcement other than that the tour would begin in Chicago and make a stop at the SXSW festival in Austin.…
Tim Timebomb and Friends: "Family"
Tim Armstrong has posted another song under the name Tim Timebomb and Friends. The song is a collaboration with current Hellcat Records signing, The Interrupters, and it features Tim trading vocals with frontwoman Aimee Allen. The band notes that the the song will appear…
Leftover Crack (Southeast, Texas)
Leftover Crack have announced some dates for the end of this year and beginning of…
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