Saturday, October 27, 2012

248 Posts Later...

I've written 248 posts celebrating the ska.

The blog was going strong through August 2011 before some personal issues started popping up.  Before the end of 2011, I ended up losing 2 kindred spirits that were very close to me.  During that period it took me out of the mood to listen to ska, much less write about it.

I've recovered from those events, but the passion to write hasn't returned and that's why I haven't posted in over 6 months.

I found other things to do.  I've gotten very into digital photography over the past year and have found it greatly rewarding to "create" the photographs.

I still listen to ska reasonably often, but I haven't really been seeking out what's new.

The original reason I created the blog is that I found it somewhat difficult to get information on some of the bands I was interested in.  So, I decided to post thoughts on them myself. 

I am not "ending" the blog.  I'm just writing to say I haven't posted in a long time and don't see myself posting in the near future.  I'm happy to leave the blog intact as a resource.  I'm proud of what this blog has been able to accomplish and think it is an outstanding resource.

Best Regards
Dave "DThrog Ska"

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Chris Murray Combo Official "We Do The Ska" Video

The official ska video for Chris Murray Combo's "We Do The Ska" is below!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Cartoon Violence "Attic" Video

What a great catchy song from an outstanding band. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Reel Big Fish Random Video "The Set Up"

See a random video from the USA Network program "The Happy Hour" with the Zappas and Reel Big Fish playing "The Set Up".

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Let's Go Bowling Video "Spy Market"

Sorry for the sporadic posting. Regardless, here's a video from the underrated ska band Let's Go Bowling.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Easy Big Fella "The Road Alone"

This is one of my favorite ska songs. This link is nice because it also has the lyrics. Enjoy!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Megalith Records $6 CDs

Megalith Records has all of their CDs $6 until end of the year including the new release from Minnesota ska band the Dropstepper's "Get Up In It!".

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Toasters "Christmas-Ska" Album Review

The Toasters recorded “Christmas-Ska” between “Hard Band For Dead” and DLTBGYD. It is my favorite ska Christmas album ever recorded and really finds the band at the peak of their instrumental abilities.

“Little Drummer Boy” kicks the album off very nicely. There is an outstanding saxophone solo beginning at the 1:16 mark. “Sleigh Ride” features the smooth vocals of Jack Ruby Jr leading a catchy ska beat. “Winter Wonderland” definitely has a different point of view with Louis Armstrong inspired vocals. It’s not as good as some of the other material, but is unique. “War Is Over” is another very well done song similar to “Sleigh Ride” in its mood and makeup.

“Happy Christmas” is the first Toaster’s original so far and is done in typical Toasters style with a jazzy vibe. I like the organ work at 1:09. “Rudy Christmas A Jail” is a Toasters’ original and one of my favorite songs of all time. It is easily my favorite on the album. It mixes a tremendously catchy melody with great lyrics and great instrumentation.

“We Three Kings” is a well done instrumental similar to “Little Drummer Boy”. “Christmas Time Again” is the 3rd and final Toasters’ original on the album. The toasting rich “God Rock You Steady Gentlemen”, a traditional version of “Feliz Navidad”, and the excellent “Blue Christmas” bring the album to a close.

I love the album and highly recommend it. You can get it from cdbaby.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Classy San Diego

Third wave inspired ska Oklahoma City ska band Classy San Diego released "Fighting the Good Fight" in November 2010 and they currently have it on band camp available for a name your price download.

I'd recommend checking them out and see what you think. They feature female vocals behind a typical ska setup of guitar, bass, drums, and trombone. They also must be big fans of the movie Anchorman.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Super Mario Brothers Ska

Courtesy of NYC band Hey Stranger! Their new album "Waited Out The DLinkay" is available on bandcamp right now for only a $1. I highly recommend it.