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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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The Specials announce new album

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.

Categories Events Festivals

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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Reggae Workers of the World: It’s a really funny creative process

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.

The Statement – The Backseat Driver

Swedish ska band The Statement will release a new single entitled ”The Backseat Driver” in exactly 1 month. A follow-up on the EP ”Checking In” (2017) and a taste of the forthcoming album (scheduled for 2019).

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Sentimental Moods feat. VOCALS

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.

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The Offenders tour in Poland

The Offenders are coming to Poland next week for 5 gigs. Band was created in Italy in the end of 2005. When they released their first album “Hooligan Reggae”, they had no idea, that in future it’ll be considered european ska scene classic.

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Eli Paperboy Reed feat. Big Daddy Kane – 99 Cent Dreams

Watch the new Eli Paperboy Reed video for “99 Cent Dreams” featuring legendary Hip-Hop pioneer Big Daddy Kane. Soul music and hip hop? Why not..

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Michał Gawlicz died

Sad news. Michał Gawlicz died, he was 39 years old. Michał has been associated with Polish ska and reggae music for many years.

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You Can’t Have All of Me – new Reel Big Fish video

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Rocksteady Sporting Club raising money for debut album

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”.

Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records – O.S.T

It is now available on CD and digital – soundtrack to “Rudeboy: The Story Of Trojan Records” documentary film, which had its worldwide premiere 2 days ago at the BFI London Film Festival.

Additional info to all you vinyl lovers out there: 2LP gatefold version is gonna be out on October 26th.

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Miserable Man – Mr. Happy Feet

Check out the brand-new Miserable Man single & video!

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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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Vespa’s “Bujaj się” on vinyl

Great news for vinyl maniacs! On 27th October, 2018 – 15 years after the premiere of the CD – Vespa’s second album “Bujaj się” will be released on vinyl for the first time!

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A brand-new early reggae piece by xRobBlack!

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Kam Franklin of The Suffers ft. Manchile – Wasted Days

Kam Franklin of The Suffers feat. Manchile covering “Wasted Days” by The Slackers. Beautiful!

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Arte on skinheads – Capturing a Culture

Do you know a documentary series by Marc-Aurèle Vecchione entitled “Capturing a culture”? The program was realised by Arte, a public Franco-German TV network that promotes programs in the areas of culture and the arts.

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SKAcowani – Janosik

It’s probably a third time, when a Polish band plays a ska-version of cult movie theme “Janosik”.

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Caz Gardiner & The Badasonics – 12”

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.

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Hollie Cook – Sweet Like Chocolate

“Sweet Like Chocolate” b/w “Dub Like Chocolate” – Hollie Cook new single, released by Merge Records on August 28, 2018. First song also got its own music video.

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Sari Ska Band – Bo jest za co

Check out the latest Sari Ska Band videoclip. The song “Bo jest za co”, formerly known as “Kobity”, comes from “100% Sari“, the band’s debut album released by Jimmy Jazz Records in 2009.

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Robert Brylewski died

Robert Brylewski, Polish musician, singer-songwriter, and producer, died yesterday morning. For several weeks he was in a coma caused by severe trauma. He was 57.

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Interview: xRobBlack

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.

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Steady 45s: to us this is not only business, it’s our lives.

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.

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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.