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Popes Of Chillitown release video for “No Manners In Ireland”

London, UK ska-punks Popes Of Chillitown have released a video for “No Manners In Ireland”. The track is from recent album “Work Hard, Play Hard, See You In The Graveyard”,  ‪which was released back in May.

You can watch the video below – and buy the album from the band’s Bandcamp.



Millie Manders and The Shutup to release new EP via Kickstarter Campaign

Norwich, UK based ska punks Millie Manders and the Shutup are to release a new EP, the follow up to last year’s “Obsession Transgression”. The EP is being funded by a KickStarter campaign, which has a few days to go. You can help pay for the record by pledging on a variety of merch options.

The band’s back catalogue, including Millie’s recent acoustic EP, is available on the band’s Bandcamp page.



Album Review: Mad Caddies – “Punk Rocksteady”

“Punk Rocksteady” is a neato concept cd. From what I gather, the Mad Caddies and Fat Mike came up with the idea of doing some Rocksteady, Reggae, Ska, etc. covers of classic Punk songs. And, if you come at this cd from the angle of enjoying it for what it is, you’ll love it. Weeks ago, I was on social media and I read that the Mad Caddies did a Reggae cover of Green Day’s She. I listened to it and thought: “Nope. Nice try, but will everyone quit stroking Green Day’s ego? They’re claiming that they are God’s favorite band.” Tho, to listen to the entire “Punk Rocksteady” album, it makes sense..all the songs do. Individually, they are open to criticism…but as a collective they are poignant.

The cover of Bad Religion’s Sorrow is moving, to say the least. The lyrics really work well in the genre setting. A couple years ago I lived in Florida for a winter. I worked at a pizza restaurant with a bunch of Haitian refugees…who listened to Reggae all day long. It was like a Music History/Appreciation class. Sorrow really gives me the same vibe as real Reggae. Seriously, if you kinda don’t give a crap about this sort of thing but wanna be Punk-woke, at least listen to Sorrow from “Punk Rocksteady”.

The second song’s bass is just phenomenal. We all know that the whole Rocksteady/Ska/Reggae realm of music is good for bassists and bass lovers. But Sleep Long is splendiferous. I sat in my car in a parking lot just enveloped in that bass tone. Sure, the rest of the tunes have stellar bass recordings, but Sleep Long just sticks out like a fat female vocalist in a Pop Country video.

The funnest tune is Sink, Florida, Sink. If that doesn’t make you wanna dance, then you probably don’t like dancing.

I dunno…initially, I listened to this cd 3 or 4 times in a row. Not just cuz I have to for this gig…nope. I just really took to it. I was in a mood where I just wanted something uplifting. It was a nice day. Bright enough for sunglasses but not hot enough to sweat while standing around…so I took a drive. Ended up in a parking lot eating chips listening to “Punk Rocksteady”. It seemed to make me agree with the world. I had that “F-it, it’s almost summer…I don’t see any civil unrest..people are just coexisting in harmony from what I can tell…I’ll just listen to this here cd and not worry about what opinions journalists are editorializing about” mentality. It was a fine time. I even had to pick up a family member…who leans Right, so to speak. The album seemed to make him mad. Like it wasn’t American enough to be worthy of listening to. So that made me chuckle to myself. Not that I’m some whiny Leftist that wants to make it to where we can’t laugh at Daniel Tosh’s humor, no. I’m just saying that Punk Rocksteady has the potential to frustrate fools. So yeah. #PunkRock

I then spent a few days not listening to but thinking about the cd. I thought about how I’ve never been a Mad Caddies fan. I always respected them as a band. You know how it goes…some bands are around and you’ve heard a few songs and were like: “Okay. Not bad. Maybe one day I’ll wind up a super-fan.” but that day never comes. Lots of the 3rd Wave Ska was…well…it seemed to linger. Even upon first coming out, bands like the Mad Caddies just seem to linger. They didn’t seem to punctuate anything…just exist knowingly.(Think of how Jughead’s Revenge was to Punk.) I honestly wish I liked them more…along with a lot of the 3rd Wave stuff but it’s just so meh.

After days of not listening to “Punk Rocksteady”, I couldn’t will myself to listen to it. I lost myself to the idea that Punk is basically a traveling carnival. You pay your way to get in to the show, for a few hours you get to act like it’s actually part of reality, and then you leave, go home, and the world isn’t a carnival. I don’t know about you, but I never see punkers. We’re so rare that when I see one of us in public I think: “Why are you out and about? You should be inside. Don’t you know that society hates us?” Sure, we can start Punk bands but what is that other than living in poverty and trying to impress those above glass ceilings? Any unsigned Punk and/or Ska bands that don’t want to burn Fat Wreck and Hellcat to the ground at least a little bit aren’t anti-establishment at all.

Ever since ol’ what’s-his-face became president, I consider poverty differently. I look at most products and think: “Is this more important than feeding the starving?” As neato as “Punk Rocksteady” is, I think the money that went into making it would have been better spent feeding the starving. But, the cd exists. If you go to the Fat Wreck store on their website, you can download the album for $10…or you can buy the cd w/ digital download for $10.

I’ll let you think about that for a moment.

Understand that I have a bit of the Asperger’s Syndrome…so sometimes what makes sense to most people is just lost to me. When I was a younger human being, a cd cost about $12. I got into my own band when I was older than the previous younger. We recorded a cd. I realized that cds cost around $12 cuz you had to pay for recording, legal fees, packaging/distribution, and a few other things. When the MP3 craze took over Pop and helped MTV convince the masses that music isn’t worthy of attention, it seemed like the cost of a digital copy of an album would be much less. Even if the labels/bands were still trying to recoup costs (don’t think about paying $1 for a download of something off Blink 182’s Enema of the State these days…seriously, don’t)….even if recouping is still a concern, wouldn’t the price of packaging/distributing be taken out of the price of digital downloads?

I’m sure you’re like: “Well, logically yes. But people can charge whatever they want for the products they create. That’s capitalism.” Yes, and capitalism is ruining America faster than bipartisanship. I, personally, have contacted pros about this mathematical disaster and they act like I’m crapping on Punk. I’m all like: “Look it: You’re the ones that are supposed to be creating an image of self-sufficiency in the industry. Don’t come at me with terrible math acumen and complain about how song sales aren’t as high as you’d like. Sell your product for a reasonable price and people won’t feel ripped off and complacent, you knuckleheads.” But I sperg. I go nowhere.

So yeah, you can spend a ten dollar bill on digital or click the other button and get an actual physical copy of the cd also…and don’t you dare believe the hype shoved down our throats by the tech companies. People still have cd players. There are people that still have their record players from the 1970s…you gonna tell me that absolutely everyone that ever owned a cd player just up and threw them out because our phones are supercomputers? C’mon.

I woke up this morning and had to run a quick errand. I turned on the local Alternative Rock station in the car and instead of some histrionic, loudmouth morning dj, they were playing Rancid’s Ruby Soho. I guess it set the tone for my day. A blast from the past. Here’s to never having a blast of the present.

The Mad Caddies’ “Punk Rocksteady” is a decent buy…but I’d say it’s only worth $3 digitally…and it’s an album that deserves to be bought on sale. So like $2.25. That’s not me devaluing the songs, no. I think that’s more of a rational valuation of digital music. Charging as much for digital as you would a cd is highway robbery and we punkers have been getting screwed over so much by the pros over the years that we just plain enjoy being ripped off.

“Punk Rocksteady” seems like a cd that could be important to music.

Here’s to overwhelming amounts of importance.

4/5 Stars



Early stream of “New Beginings” from Sweet Babylon (punk reggae ska)

Just in time for summer Fall River, MA’s Sweet Babylon (punk reggae ska rock) has allowed us an early stream of their new album New Beginnings. From the opening ode to Massachusetts to the rocking “New Years’ Rez” this album is full of heart and dance-able rhythms.

Sweet Babylon last released Ideal Personality in the summer of 2015. Which can only mean that summer time is Sweet Babylon time.

Be sure to catch them at their album release party this weekend and check out the stream below.



New video from the Hub City Stompers for “Hard Place to Be”

Hub City Stompers showcase some sweet dance moves in their new video for “Hard Place to Be” from their album Haters Dozen which was released earlier this year. An album that has to be considered for one of the best ska albums of the year, in a year stacked with great releases.

Check out the sweet moves below.



Sonic Libido (ska/rock) stream album “Sorry for Being Good”

Brunswick, ME’s Sonic Libido are streaming a new full length album Sorry for Being Good. It’s ten songs of high energy ska, hard rock, punk and reggae.

Enjoy the stream below.



Abraskadabra release new video for “Catching Fog”

Abraskadabra have released a lyric video for “Catching Fog” off their latest album Welcome which was released earlier this year.

Be sure to turn up the volume when you check out the video below.



Something to Do stream album “Design for Living”

Milwaukee ska band Something to Do are now streaming their album “Design for Living.” Something To Do’s last full length was 2016’s “Not Making a Sound.”

Make sure to check it out below for some kick ass ska punk!

 

 

 



New single and music video from Deadbeat At Dawn (punk/ska)

Deadbeat At Dawn a punk/ska/rap band from Yorkshire, UK are releasing a new single on June 28. Ahead of this single they have released a music video for the first song “You Can’t Kill (What’s Already Dead)”.

If you like your punk-ska with some delicious toasting, check out the video below.



Just Friends (ska) streaming new album “Nothing But Love”

California-based ska-punk group Just Friends are streaming their funk heavy new album Nothing But Love. I must admit I love ska so this album is right up my alley. Great horn sound, great vocals, great album.

Give it a listen below.

This is the first new music from Just Friends since their 2016 split album. If you’re a fan of Dance Hall Crashers these guys reminded me of some of their later releases.



Mad Caddies Stream Cover Album “Punk Rocksteady”

Fat Wreck Chords stalwarts Mad Caddies are allowing fans to stream all of their latest album. Punk Rocksteady features cover versions of several legendary punk rock tunes from the likes of Propagandhi, Misfits, Lagwagon, Bad Religion, and others. Of course, they’re all delivered with the laid back ska sounds Mad Caddies have become famous for.

You can listen to it all below. Enjoy!

 



The Mighty Mighty Bosstones premiere music video for new song “The Constant”

Boston ska-punk legends The Mighty Mighty Bosstones revealed “The Constant” via the band’s YouTube. The track is off of their long-awaited socially-charged upbeat and optimistic new album While We’re At It, which is due out on June 15th via their very own Big Rig Records.

They are offering limited edition pre-order bundles via their website.  Check out the video below.



The Interrupters release video for “Title Holder”

Los Angeles ska-punk band The Interrupters will release their third studio album “Fight the Good Fight” on June 29th via Hellcat Records. Ahead of the release, the band have released a lyric video for “Title Holder” from the album. The video was directed by Tim Armstrong, who also produced the record.

You can have a watch below.



Mad Caddies stream cover of NOFX’s “She’s Gone” from upcoming covers album

Bastions of ska Mad Caddies are streaming their cover of NOFX‘s “She’s Gone” off their upcoming covers album, “Punk Rock Steady.”

Mad Caddies gave the normally flat-out song a mellow two-tone treatment. Check out Riot Fest for guitarist Sascha Lazor’s comments on the song. In the meantime, you can stream the song below.

“Punk Rock Steady” will be released on June 15th on Fat Wreck Chords, and will features covers of Descendents, Against Me!, Snuff, and more.



The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Stream Single “Wonderful Day For The Race”

Boston-based ska legends The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are allowing fans to stream their latest single. The track is titled “Wonderful Day For The Race” and features on the band’s soon-to-be-released record While We’re At It.

While We’re At It is scheduled for release on June 15 on Big Rig Records. For now, you can listen to “Wonderful Day For The Race” below.