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SKAcowani – 500+

SKAcowani is a Polish band from Cracow and they have a St. Nicholas Day gift for you. It’s a new song and lyrics video. You’d think it’s a nice and jolly occasion, but what they’re singing about touches some serious social topics. 500+ is a name of Polish government’s controversial program granting monthly finantial help to families with kids. Anyway, enjoy.

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The Uppertones – 3 on 1 EP vol. 2

The Uppertones is an Italian trio with famous vocalist and trombonist Mr. T-Bone as a leader. As they are known for quite extensive touring, there’s a good chance you’ve already heard their mix of jamaican R’n’B, calypso, mento and ska. Besides all those gigs guys sometimes decide to visit the studio. Latest effects of that kind of activities are three songs released on a 45.

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Yellow Umbrella – The Weasel

If you’re planning to make use of the winter season and spend some time on the slopes, Yellow Umbrella has a perfect soundtrack for you. A song from “Hooligans Of Love” album recorded two years ago just got a brand new snowboard video.

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Freedom Sounds Christmas Ball #2

It was quite some time ago when Freedom Sounds advanced in my personal festivals ranking to the very top, pretty much number one actually. I’ve had a pleasure to visit Cologne in spring for three consecutive years and every single time I was amazed by perfect organisation and magnificent lineup. Now under “Freedom Sounds” banner Pete and his crew are making a second edition of christmas ball in ska, rocksteady and reggae rhytms, which is definitely one the most interesting propositions to spend good time during pre-Christmas period.

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The Specials – Vote For Me

First single of new album by The Specials, scheduled for february, had its premiere today on BBC Radio 6 Music. Song “Vote For Me” aired after 5pm on Steve Lamacq’s show and it was quite a surprise to me.

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Lollypop Lorry – Ural Station on air

In the middle of Russia, behind Ural mountains, actually almost on border between Europe and Asia, lays a fourth biggest city of the country, Yekaterinburg. Looking at its location, it’s not so hard to think out, that temperatures below 40 degrees Celsius below zero are nothing surprising to anyone there. But that’s exactly the place, where one of most meaningful russian bands playing music originating from sunny Jamaica was formed. I’m talking about Lollypop Lorry here, and there’s a very good reason to mention them right now. Yesterday they’ve released a brand new album titled “Ural Station”.

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Gdańsk Ska Jamboree – that’s the kind of festival we need

Last weekend was gonna be great and I knew that way before it started. First Gdańsk Ska Jamboree was already fantastic and for its second edition promoters planned so much great bands from abroad, that it was even remotely imposssible to imagine, that something could go wrong.

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Masons Arms – Wunderbar

Masons Arms from Cologne published their new video today. “Wunderbar” promotes group’s third album.

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R.I.P. Trevor McNaughton

Another legend passed away. Founder of The Melodians died yesterday at the age of 77 years. He was the last living original band’s member.

Skank Ranger’s colors on vinyl

If you haven’t already had an occasion to make yourself familiar with Skank Ranger activities, the upcoming premiere of his new 7″ is your perfect chance. This time the hero of this text has got down to a polish hc-punk classic – “Kolory” (Colors) by Post Regiment.

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Gdańsk Ska Jamboree vol. 2

There’s not a lot of events in Poland, which you could proudly call a ska-festival. During the years there were a few initiatives of that kind, but usually they weren’t able to stay for its second, and surely not the third edition. In this context what looks extremely optimistic is Gdańsk Ska Jamboree. Its second edition is gonna take place this weekend.

10 songs for 100 years of Polish Independence

Last Sunday in Poland we celebrated the 100th anniversary of regaining our country’s independence. That’s the perfect occasion to launch upon the high, international seas and to showcase our website to the rest of the world.

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Jr. Thomas & The Volcanos – Rockstone

It’s the release you don’t want to miss. Junior Thomas aka Thomas McDowall was born in Minneapolis. After moving to California, with help of musician and producer Brian Dixon he formed a 10-men band The Volcanos and devoted himself to recording beautiful, melodic tunes refering to the golden era of rocksteady.  In effect in 2005 an absolutely perfect album “Beware” was created. After three years guys went with the punch and on  October 18th “Rockstone” came out.

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Ziggie Piggie at Róbrege Festival

At the end of September we were at Róbrege Festival in Warsaw and we managed to catch some very special moments. ZiggiePiggie and recently deceased Robert Brylewski in never published, farewell song.

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This Is Ska Festival – 27-28.06.2014, Roßlau, Wasserburg

During the last few years German festival This Is Ska has earned itself the name of one of the most anticipated summer music events. Promoters who consistently invite Jamaican stars from so called top shelf, great ogranization and perfect atmosphere unreachable for most of similar parties – these are the reasons for which ska fest in Rosslau takes up the key place in holidays’ calendar.