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Bumpin Uglies announce new album “Beast from the East”

Maryland ska/punk/reggae band Bumpin Uglies will be releasing a new album titled Beast from the East on April 6th. Frontman Brandon Hardesty had this to say about the record:

“I’m very excited about this record! Howi Spangler (Ballyhoo!) ran point on the production for these sessions and the result is our biggest sound to date. This was a very fun record to make and I think it will be a fun record for the fans to listen to as well.”

The band last released Keep It Together in 2016. They are currently touring the US and will be on the road through the end of April. Dates are below.



Streetlight Manifesto announces 20th anniversary “Keasbey Nights” show

Ska super-heavyweights Streetlight Manifesto have announced plans to play a 20th anniversary show celebrating the legendary “Keasbey Nights” album. The band will celebrate by playing the single most played album in my collection from top to bottom.

Check out a personal favorite below.

In case your unaware “Keasbey Nights” was originally recorded by New Jersey ska legends Catch 22, “way back in 98, yo”. A few years later Tomas Kolnocky left the band to focus on higher education and upon his completion of said task, brought the world the awesomeness that is Streetlight Manifesto.

Streetlight Manifesto infamously re-recorded the masterpiece and somehow made it better? At the behest of Victory Records (ahem who they later sued and won). After many years of trying to avoid the elephant in the room the band has announced they will play this gem in it’s complete amazingness on May 5, at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River, NJ. Act fast this bad boy will sell out quickly! 



Bombflower release new album “Bleed Me Out”

Illinois ska/punk/hardcore outfit Bombflower have released their third album, “Bleed Me Out”. The record is out on Don’t Panic Records. The album is the band’s third since their inception in 2015.

Vinyl pre-orders are up now on the label Bandcamp. You can have a listen to the album below.



King Tut’s Revenge (Ska) premieres new EP ‘Weather The Storm’

Uk ska punks King Tuts Revenge have (Jah) blessed us with a brand new EP. ‘Weather The Storm’ is the band’s first release since their 2012 full length ‘Finally’.

Check it out below if you’re up for a bit of skanking.



Talco (Ska Punk, Italy) release video for new track “La Verità”

Italian ska punks Talco have released a video for new track “La Verità”. The song is from upcoming album “And The Winner Isn’t”, out 23rd February on the band’s own imprint and on Germany’s Long Beach Records Europe. The album is the band’s seventh. Pre-orders are up now.

You can watch the video below.



Abraskadabra (Brazilian ska) premiere video for new single, “Heavy Hitters”

Abraskadabra have premiered the video for their newest single, “Heavy Hitters.” The song is from their upcoming album “Welcome,” which they plan to release in February 2018.

The band recorded the album themselves over two weeks in “an unconventional house,” which, if it’s the same house in the video, must be Portuguese for “punk house.”

You can check out the video below, and pay what you want for the single at bandcamp.



The Spitfires (Ska) stream new song “Take Action”

Watford UK Ska band The Spitfires are streaming their new song “Take Action.”

You can give it a listen here.

“Take Action” is the b-side to bands’ upcoming single “Over and Over Again,” which is set to be released on December 15th.



The Holophonics release ska Christmas EP

With Christmas right around the corner, the covers of holiday classics are starting to ramp up. Texas ska-punks The Holophonics are the latest to throw their hat in the ring with some ska renditions of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”.

Grab some eggnog and check the songs out below, and download them on bandcamp.



Less Than Jake announce 2018 tour with Four Year Strong & Direct Hit!

Gainesville ska-punk veterans Less Than Jake have announced they will be touring North America with Four Year Strong and Direct Hit! next February. Check out the dates below to see if there’s a show near you.

LTJ last released their Sound the Alarm EP earlier this year on Pure Noise Records.



Voodoo Glow Skulls 2018 West Coast and European/UK festival dates

California ska-punk band Voodoo Glow Skulls have announced that they will be reissuing their class album, The Band Greek Mafia on orange vinyl in celebration of it’s 20th anniversary. And, in case you missed it, the band will be embarking on a full-fledged West Coast tour of the US in 2018 with Reverend Horton Heat. The band will also be hitting a few festivals in Europe and the UK.

You can view the full list of dates and locations below. Stay tuned for more information regarding the reissue.



Behind The Album: Big D And The Kids Table – “Porch Life” & Melt Banana Split 7-inch (2003)

Words by Big D And The Kids Table front man David McWane

It was now 2003 and Big D’s van wasn’t running, so we had a lot of time off. And what better to do when your band is stranded for the summer than to make a Gangsta Rap version of your tunes? Being a fan of Rap & Hip-Hop and also loving the art of creating music, I wanted to see what it was like to put songs together in these genres. I went back to the old recording model of tempting Lammi with some beer and fun. Lammi and I spent the summer making Porch Life, a hilarious collection of Rap & Hip-hop versions of Big D songs.

However, once completed we learned harshly that not everyone has the same humor. This was the beginning of Big D pissing people off and disappointing listeners to a curiously high level. And we would be sure to continue this trend.

Porch Life got reviewed by well known punk publications. 1-star or 2-stars, that was our professional ratings for this release, followed by angry nail-breaking typed comments like ‘How could they go to Hip-hop?’. This is when it dawned on Big D that people actually took us seriously and that’s not the way to look at this band. Big D never had the goal to be famous or make it in the music industry. I always say that there are people who want to be in a band and then there are musicians. Music itself has always been our payment. People showing up and having a chat with us has always been our payment. Making the band a strict business to which the mission is to write songs for the public and not ourselves hoping to cash in is simply a different person’s goals. For me, music and love are the last pure things you can carry with yourself after childhood and I am not keen on poisoning either. We made this album, for the same reason we make all of our albums – because it’s fun. To reiterate, we have never wanted to construct verses and choruses for mass appeal, rather we do it to impress each other and would rather someone passionately hate our songs than to forfeit our music to the uncreative, the unhumorous, the sophomaniac, deconstuionist, curmudgeons of this world. Yuck.

I mean to be serious for a moment, how can you give Porch Life 1-star when it has Sully B. Nuts prank phone calls sprinkled through it?

Moving on…

It’s no secret that Melt Banana is one of my all time favorite bands and to keep with the trend of pissing the public off we did a split 7” with them. For me this was a dream come true. It was humbling with little sparks of feeling proud flashing in my heart. Our fans didn’t really care for the release and Melt Banana fans showed their canines to us at the show we played together at T. T. The Bears in Cambridge MA. Maybe the public didn’t know that RUN DMC and Slayer played shows together or that The Mighty Mighty Bosstones & Slap Shot were brothers in the scene. However, to be fair not everyone lacked the understanding of why this 7” was neat. A few SKA-Punx’ers and Noise Core’ers knew the score.

My favorite music memory of all time is when I went to the back of T. T.s and Yako the singer of Melt Banana was there and she said to me, “I love your voice.”

And I know my hero would have never said that…if I had decided to cater to the masses.

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Tune in next week for another Big D “Behind The Album” piece. They’ll continue weekly until all 34+ Big D albums have been covered!



Behind The Album: “The Gipsy Hill” ep & “Look What You’ve Done…” (2002)

Words by Big D And The Kids Table front man David McWane

Good Luck had been officially released through Asianman records by Mike Park. Mike offered us the first and only generous act for Big D. He fronted us plane tickets to go on our first U.K./Europe Tour, booked by Ian at Hidden Talent Booking. Big D started writing music on tour and you can hear raw recordings of us doing just that on the Gipsy Hill EP. Gipsy Hill is in South London and it is where we stayed on the floor with our TM / Driver / Life Teacher Ben Corrigan. On these tours we made friends with people who we are still friends with today: Lightyear, P.O. Box, Sonic Boom Six, The Foamers, Mad Skat, 5 Knuckle, Random Hand (Marcia from The Skints), Hard Skin and more. We toured hard during these days – about 250 shows a year.

When we returned to the States we decided to record somewhere new, so we saved up all our touring profits (which wasn’t very much) and headed to The Outpost with Jim Siegel. Jim had recorded most of all the classic Boston hardcore bands and The Dropkick Murphy’s. This was the big time for Big D. We had written way too many new songs after Good Luck, so we decided to record an EP in order to free up ideas as well as capture sonically the special time in our lives in the U.K./Europe. STOMP records in Canada agreed to put out the Gipsy Hill EP and even helped us film with Rej our first music video for The Difference. We had a blast with Matt, Mike and all of the STOMP records family and of course with Rej from 123-Punk. These shows in Canada were explosive. We were at our wildest.

Along with the Gipsy Hill EP we recorded three different tracks for a split release with the U.K. band 5 Knuckle called Look What You’ve Done.… This split has the original recording of L.A.X, which wasn’t physically available to the States until our next full length release.

When I think about these times I feel that Good Luck represented touring the United States and the farmlets across it, while the Gipsy Hill EP / Look What You’ve Done represent, Canada, England, France, Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Italy and more. It represents cold squats, cigarette butt floors for sleeping, new friends, tasty big beers, yummy food, heartbreakingly beautiful hospitality, fist fights for being an American, a sprinter for a home, the birth of poetry for me and beautiful friendship.

The question I was often asked on these excursions of self discovery was – ‘American’s need more culture, why don’t more Americans come here?’ My answer then is what I still say today – ‘American’s can’t afford it, they’d loose their jobs and health care; Only fortunate Americans can afford culture’.

So I will leave you with this…

…if you are young or if you are old, own very little and go see Your World.

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Tune in next week for another Big D “Behind The Album” piece. They’ll continue weekly until all 34+ Big D albums have been covered!



The TiPS announce new EP “Come Closer”

German reggae/punk trio THE TiPS have announced that they are to release a new EP, on Long Beach Records. “Come Closer” will be released February 2nd next year, on CD and digitally. 

You can watch the EP teaser below – and check out upcoming dates.



Jaya The Cat release new album “A Good Day For The Damned”

Amsterdam, NL (via Boston)’s ska/reggae exports Jaya The Cat released their new album “A Good Day For The Damned” last Friday (November 17th), through Bomber Music, The release is back by extensive touring throughout Europe and the UK over the coming months. Full details are up now.

You can have a listen to the album below. Various vinyl pressings are up for order now from the band’s Bandcamp.



Jaya The Cat Stream Music Video For “Amsterdam”

Holland-based dub-drunk punks Jaya The Cat are allowing fans to stream their latest music video for their tune “Amsterdam”. The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming record A Good Day For The Damned which is due for release on November 17 through Bomber Music.

Speaking about the song chosen, vocalist Geoff Lagadec had the following to say:

“It’s always amused me how Amsterdam has the reputation as the epicentre of hedonism in Europe and how it stacks up against reality. People come here with the expectation of it being totally mad, but most bars close at one on the weekdays. I was walking home drunk one night thinking about this. I stopped on the bridge over the canal in front of my house and thought, ‘you know what? This city is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen and I love it.'”

In addition to the video and album, Jaya The Cat have a short stint of tour dates planned for the UK this December. You can check out the dates, along with “Amsterdam” below.