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The TiPS (punk) streaming new album “Come Closer”

German punks The TiPS are streaming their latest creation “Come Closer”. The album which came out February 2nd features a pleasant mix of ska, punk and melodic.

You can check out the album below.

This will be the fourth release for the eclectic German’s. Their most recent release “Twists ‘N’ Turns” was released in 2016. 



Hub City Stompers (ska) announce new album

New Jersey ska vets Hub City Stompers have announced a new album. “Haters Dozen” will be released April 20th via Altercation Records.

This is the first new album from Hub City Stompers since the January 2015 release of “Life After Death”.

Check out the track “Hey Ed” from “Life After Death” below.



Goldfinger release “Tijuana Sunrise” video

California ska-punk veterans Goldfinger have released a new music video for “Tijuana Sunrise”, off their latest album The Knife. Check it out below.

The Knife came out in 2017 through Rise Records. It’s their first album since 2008’s Hello Destiny.



The Planet Smashers and Mustard Plug to tour Quebec and Ontario

It’s Tuesday that means a little maple syrup for your morning eh? The Planet Smashers, Mustard Plug and K-Man & The 45’s have announced a short run of shows through Quebec and Ontario.

In case you were unaware Mustard Plug and The Planet Smashers have been running mates for a long time on the ska scene so these promise to be entertaining shows.



Behind The Album: Big D and the Kids Table – “How It Goes 2004”

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

It was now 2004 and Big D was a writing machine. Dissimilar to many other bands we were not writing our new songs to impress gatekeepers outside of the our unit in the woeful hope to make it into punk royalty. Instead, we were stirred by everyone in the band’s different inspirations, thus having How It Goes become an eclectic album of musical genres and topical emotions. Every musician was encouraged to write and every idea was worked on with encouragement. Receptivity.

From L.A.X to Safe Haven, Girls Against Drunk Bitches to Burn Something, you can pickup that Big D wasn’t, isn’t and will never be easy to identify. After a colleague of mine implored that the album must start with L.A.X, because of his music business reasoning, I intentionally put The Sounds Of Allston Village before said track to set those who play by his rule book to judge and dismiss the album. Big D does not want to live by any hyperactive music business rules.

People will tell you, “music is a business”. Those people have lost what music is. Sure music takes work; Sure music is more than simply singing a song. Love takes work, being in a relationship takes work, but neither is a business. Music is your heart. Music is your soul. Music is the fire inside you. Music is comfort. Music is a friend. Music is you sharing time with the one you love most. Consider never saying “music is a business” or better, go ahead and say it, but stay away from me. Like I often say, love and music are the last two things you can hold onto after you become an adult and I’m not looking to taint either. Music is a business to business men. Music is life to musicians.

Sophomaniacs told us to start How It Goes with L.A.X, sophomaniacs told us to have 10 songs and not 20, sophomaniacs told us not to do that cover, because logos and art were in, sophomaniacs go on and on and on and on. But in Big D fashion we just did what we collectively wanted to do and we are very proud of How It Goes. You’re Me Now is so weird.

Big D saved up the money needed to record with Jim Siegel at The Outpost by playing shows. Up to this point and beyond Big D members never got paid for playing music or selling albums/t-shirts, we always saved the money to record, buy a van, print shirts, pin, patches or to pay bills (rehearsal space rent, van/trailer insurance, copies of our albums, etc.). And Big D wouldn’t get paid for many years to come. “That’s just how it goes”…we would always say. Being an orphan to the scene, “Well…that’s just how it goes”, was often said to make sense of the always punctual struggles of life.

The cover photo was taken outside 76 Franklin St. (Trash House) in Allston Massachusetts where I lived with Todd (lyrics from Breaking The Bottle) & Johnny Trouble (lyrics from Shining On). The rest of the guys lived walking distance, down the streets of lower Allston. If you can, it’s best to live walking distance from your band mates. Brotherhood. All the lyrics are in that book between my feet. The L.A.X video was shot at this location as well by Dan Dobi. Thanks Dan! Let’s do another video again someday.

Some of my favorite songs from How It Goes are You’re Me Now, Flashlight, Burn Something, Girls Against Drunk Bitches, L.A.X & My Girlfriends On Drugs. People often ask who sang on My Girl Friends On Drugs & Girls Against Drunk Bitches. MGFOD is my good friend Hillary, who is a wonderful light inside an often times dark humanity and she has a wicked fun laugh. GADB is my friend Marz or Mariam (prob not spelled how she prefers). We went to college together; She sang in the sludge-core band Mancain. She would have taken over the world, if the world had been something she wanted.

The tours that followed How It Goes were some of Big D’s favorites. The lot of us still didn’t feel like we were in a real band, more, we felt like a bunch of guys that were somehow allowed to play on the bill and get free beer. We had a beautiful time being too SKA for the punk bands and too punk for the SKA bands. Not many, maybe none, of the successful bands ever chose to make friends with us. But you know, that’s just how it goes and it was always fine by us. Being ugly is underrated.

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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 Suicide Machines working on new music

Detroit ska-punk legends The Suicide Machines announced on their Instagram page that they are working on new songs. The band likened their new sounds to fellow punk legends, Refused, which should be interesting for most fans of the band.

The Suicide Machines’ last album was 2005’s War Profiteering Is Killing Us All, which was released on Side One Dummy. We’ll try to keep you updated on the new music.



Introducing Jacob Horn Trio (Chicago IL, Ska-punk)

The best part of writing for this site is discovering interesting new artists, and today grants me that exact opportunity. Meet Jacob Horn Trio, from Chicago, Illinois!

The 6 piece ska-punk trio has made 2 tracks available for streaming from a forthcoming LP due later this year. I was immediately surprised by the depth of the sound in the two tracks. The band’s bio notes they draw inspiration from ska and soul, and there is a hint of Motown in their lush combination of horns and guitars; complimenting Horn’s distinctive and emotive vocals.

Check out the tracks “Because” and “Catastrophic” below, and let us know what you think!



Abraskadabra (Ska Punk, Brazil) release video for “The Dream”

Brazilian ska punks Abraskadabra have released a video for new track “The Dream”. The track features on new album “Welcome”, released next month, although you can also download it for free on Bandcamp.

You can watch the video below – and see details of the band’s US tour, which is taking place in April and May.



Random Hand announce “Change of Plan” 10th anniversary vinyl reissue

UK ska-punks Random Hand have announced they will be collaborating with TNS Records to reissue their debut album Change of Plan on vinyl, in celebration of its 10th birthday. The release is limited to 300 copies on translucent red wax, and you can pick it up here.

The band has been mostly inactive in recent years, but they have a few shows lined up for the coming months. Check out their tour dates below to see if they’re playing near you.



Pouzza Fest 8 announces secound round of bands

Montreal based Pouzza Fest has announced the second round of bands  for their eighth installment. Reel Big Fish and Anti-Flag headline while the robust lineup is rounded out with bands such as: Cancer Bats, Get Dead, Tsunami Bomb, with even more to be announced. For more information on the festival which takes place May 18, 19 and 20th scoot on over here.

For a look at the lineup so far check out the poster below



The Holophonics Kickstarting third album, post a new song

Denton, TX ska-punks The Holophonics have set up a kickstarter for their next album. They’ve posted a new song, “Sleepwalker” in the updates.

For three bucks, you can get a download of a previous album of your choice, and for five, you get a download of the upcoming album. There are lots of other reward tiers including t-shirts, CDs, vinyl, stickers, your name on the list for any/all shows, and even your own song for $300. You can check out the song in the updates, and make a pledge on the campaign page.



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.