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.
British 2-tone icons The Specials have announced their first album of original material in two decades. The band will release the new LP called Encore on February 1st, 2019 via UMC/Island.
Encore will be the band’s first album of new material since 1998’s Guilty ‘Til Proved Innocent!. The lineup for the band on the Encore is Lynval Golding, Terry Hall and Horace Panter, along with drummer Kenrick Rowe and guitarist Steve Cradock. It’s the first time that founding members Panter, Golding and Hall have recorded together since 1981’s UK number one single Ghost Town.
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.
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.
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.
In USA attitude to Jamaican music depends on which coast you live on (or perhaps on how much sun you get during the year). In California musical nerds strip away Treasure Isle and Studio One music to recreate it perfectly. In New York musicians write great songs by intuition or trial & error. From connecting both these worlds Reggae Workers Of The World emerged. Alongside Jesse Wagner from The Agrrolites and Vic Ruggiero from The Slackers there’s also Nico Léonard from The Moon Invaders throwing in his two euro-cents. Their second album “R.W.W. II” was released in May by Nico’s label, Badasonic Records. For this occasion they went touring in Europe.
Sentimental Moods is an instrumental ska band from Jakarta, Indonesia. They’re formed in 2009 and released 2 LPs, 4 EPs, and singles. On 13th October, 2018 (International Cassette Store Day) the band – in collaboration with Doggy House Records – released EP “Sentimental Moods feat. VOCALS”. EP was released in physical form only on the cassette.
Do you know the Rocksteady Sporting Club? RSC is a great rocksteady/ska band from Reunion Island (one of the overseas departments of France), between Madagascar and Mauritius. The band was founded in 2003. To date, band’s discography is just three singles released by Maudit Tangue Label rock péi on limited 7-inch vinyls. After 15 years of activity the band decided to release their debut album, entitled “Holy Soul – Backyard Diaries”.
Additional info to all you vinyl lovers out there: 2LP gatefold version is gonna be out on October 26th.
Today is the day! Caz Gardiner & The Badasonics debut LP is out now on Badasonic Records. The album was recorded in an amazing Belgian Pum Pum Hotel, an analog only recording studio using tape machines, analog gear, vintage microphones and instruments.
Six (or maybe more) years ago, delighted with the newest discovery, I was talking to a friend (Hi, Sidor!) about a guy, who only by himself makes fantastic music, which hasn’t been performed by any Polish band so far. Not at this quality, not with this feeling.
It doesn’t happen too often to accidentially meet musicians, for whose gig you’ve came from far away. Imagine our surprise, when we stumbled upon guys from Steady 45’s at our hotel’s lobby. It’s not like we’ve ended our day at festival right away and end up at a crazy party in the hallway, but it made much easier to set up a meeting to record an interview at hotel’s dining room.
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.