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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.



Behind The Album: Big D And The Kids Table – “Good Luck” (1999)

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

After the release of Shot By Lammi in 1996, Big D toured the States non-stop. Videotape footage of the band on these early tours was captured and can be found on Big D’s Dvd ‘Built Up From Nothing’. We look like puppies. To this day I don’t know how a bunch of 18 & 19 year olds saved up for a van and drove around the U.S. playing music, meeting new friends and laughing endlessly. It was an 8 passenger van and we had 10 musicians. I sat on the back wheel hub and we took turns sitting on a cushion in between the driver seat and shotgun.

We had always been close, but now we were officially brothers and you could hear that in the new songs we were writing for our second full length ‘Good Luck’. The official Big D writing process had solidified itself with the writing of Good Luck. Every idea was positively excepted and worked on. Every musician was encouraged to write a song. We wrote for ourselves and not for the public and still do to this day. Listeners had learned the lyrics to Shot By Lammi and sung them at shows. This made me want to really give them something useful for Good Luck. The process of writing the lyrics began one afternoon when I was walking down a snow covered street in Boston. A homeless man with vitiligo crashed into me grabbing my jacket to stop him from falling to the ice. He looked at me with his green eyes and said, “The only thing I miss is myself”. I wrote most of those lyrics walking down the streets of Boston, occasionally huddling in doorways to write a line here and there. The band was now becoming important to me.

When the songs were finished we did the same process – we went to Big Sound recording in Maine when it was closed and recorded for 24 hours for three days. Again, I believe we only gave Lammi another 300-bucks and some beer. The recording process was simply laughter and music. Afterward I got together with Gary Hedrick (singer of Kicked In The Head) and we put together the artwork. All of the 1950’s clip art was from my families encyclopedia that I used through out my earlier school days and still have today. I may use it again for Big D’s next album. Gary worked on Photoshop 1 on a Mac Performa; It took one full day to render. We had a blast together; Possibly our best time together.

Big D has never been a fortunate band when it comes to connections and opportunity. We have seldom been excepted by them ‘cool bands’. I have always described us as the orphans of the scene. However, persistence is a gift. There have been three kind people in Big D’s 21 years thus far, and the first one to make his introduction is – Mike Parkof Asianman records.

Through this somewhat new thing called email, Mike said he would put Good Luck out on his label. Most of Big D live together at the time and non of us had cellphones yet, so I put a note on Sean P. Rogan’s bed that said – ‘We got signed to Asianman – Meet us at the bar’. And he did.

This band that had been created simply so that 10 freaks could have a fun Friday night was now about to bring the ruckus.

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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: Big D And The Kids Table – Live EP & Lounge Split

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

1998, a year after the release of Shot By Lammi, Big D and the Kids Table started playing shows all around the east-coast. We never paid ourselves and we wouldn’t for many years to come. We wouldn’t even use the money to buy ourselves food, we just put the money back into the band – gas, merch and saving up for our first van. One Boston night, a fan showed up to a show named Shawn Flores, he came with gifts – printed Big D t-shirt and Big D patches. He told us that the ones we printed were crappy and that the ink ran off in the rain. We have been printing our merch with Shawn ever since. Steve Foote and myself decided to start building on the idea of Fork In Hand records. We started finding bands like ourselves that could appreciate a little help. Steve and myself knew how these bands could get their music recorded, print a CD, print some merch and book some shows. The first three bands we decided to help were Kicked In The Head, The Sellouts & The Mission 120. We started booking this line up in every VFW, church or basement. Fork In Hand records was now a well known underground Boston label. Steve and I never took a penny, we just put all profits into F.I.H. band’s music.

People kept talking about our “explosive” live show, so we decided to capture that energy in a Live EP. You can hear Kicked In The Head’s Matt & Gary announce us at the start. Big D couldn’t believe that we now could actually record live club recordings and print them on compact disc. The next year the label Montalban Hotel offered to print a 7” vinyl release with the band Lounge. Again we were dumbfounded, ‘someone wants to print us vinyl and we don’t have to pay for it or do any of the efforts to make it happen. And it’s green!?!?’.

All this time we were writing our next full length album that would be released the following year.

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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!



Buck-O-Nine release new music video for “Don’t Be Afraid”

San Diego ska veterans Buck-O-Nine have released a new video for their song “Don’t Be Afraid”. The video features a lot of skulls and bones, and it comes off the Cleopatra Records Halloween Compilation.

You can check out the rad new video below.

The new song is the first new music from Buck-O-Nine since 2007’s Sustain. 



Joe Tilston (Random Hand) started “Idle Natter” podcast

Joe Tilston, bassist of UK ska punks Random Hand, has begun a podcast, interviewing friends and touring musicians. Episode two of “Idle Natter” is up now on all the usual podcast platforms, with Tilston interviewing Dan Allen of Ducking Punches.

You can listen to the pod on Soundcloud below.



Behind The Album: Big D And The Kids Table – “Crack / Shot By Lammi” (1996 / 1997)

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

The first Big D and The Kids Table release was a cassette titled Crack. I can’t find an image of it. And Giving It Up was the first song we ever wrote. We went to a recording studio hidden in a Boston alley called Toxic Audio. Big D was simply a bunch of friends that wanted to play music together for fun and had no desires to be a real band or try and ‘make it’. We recorded our four songs and really enjoyed hearing our tunes played back. Jon Lammi, who played sax sometimes, guitar other times, said he could record us a full album at Big Sound in Maine when it was closed. It was then that we decided to write Shot By Lammi. We drove up to Maine and recorded the album in a weekend. I remember recording my vocals from about 4AM to sometime. We paid Lammi $300 and some beer.

After Shot By Lammi was recorded we had plans to manufacture cassettes, which was the standard medium. However, one day as I was walking down the streets of Boston I bumped into my friend Tom Appleman. He showed me that his band Epileptic Disco had just printed a Compact Disc aka CD. I couldn’t believe that people like us could have the ability to print this new fancy medium. We did a little research and this began the DIY ethic that Big D would later be known for. The band left Sean P. Rogan and myself to do the artwork. I had no idea what to do, so I put an old family photo on the cover and scratched up the lyrics and liner notes. The layout was done physically – no computers or photoshop.

We decided to start a record label called Fork In Hand records, inspired by Asianman Records. We did this because our friends who were in another band called DREXEL couldn’t afford to print their newly recorded album, so we decided to put their music on our CD as well, because compact discs held so much information that purchasers of the album could get two albums for one.

We pretty much were done with our goals as a band until Epileptic Disc asked us to play a show at The Middle East with Broke & Big Lick. We couldn’t believe we were asked to play a real show and we couldn’t believe we were going to play in a proper club.

We sold Shot By Lammi by meeting up with people on the street that had found a way to contact us. We really enjoyed the record, because we liked hearing what our friendship sounded like.

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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!