Ska Mixed With Traditional Irish?! Surely You Jest!

When I was browsing the music collection over at the Free Library of Philadelphia (a good way to find some music that isn’t punk/ska/hardcore), somewhere between Bach and Brahms, I noticed a band named “Black 47”. Thinking that is sounded like a punk band’s name, I grabbed it, and read the back cover of their “Trouble In The Land”: “A streetwise mix of rock, reggae, ska, and Irish music…” Ska? Irish? I knew I had to check out this little Frankenstein. A mix between Flogging […]

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Blink 182- Greatest Hits

So I was at work today being all hardcore like I do- listening to some Leftover Crack, when I see that a new person on itunes has Blink 182’s Greatest Hits. I’m not even gonna pretend I stopped to think. I ripped my headphones outta my ipod and plugged into my computer. At this point I really can’t separate the music from the nostalgia. It made my day. Buy:Amazon

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Today in Music History

My friend has a daily rock and roll trivia calendar. They’re usually not too interesting but I felt compelled to share today’s fact with you. On January 29th 1996: Garth Brooks refused the American Music Award for Favorite Artist of the Year saying that Hootie and the Blowfish had done more for music that year than he had. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-zjklsUqUE]

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Antarctica Takes It! Interview

Awhile ago I wrote about Antarctica Takes It! Being the intrepid reporter that I am, I sent them some questions: I love the cover art for your album The Penguin League, who is that with the penguin? The cover art is a photo of explorer Charley Hollister and an Adelie penguin taken by Sam Silverstein in 1967. I had originally discovered the photo in an old National Geographic at a friend’s house. I later came into contact with Mr. Silverstein and he is quoted in […]

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Paint It Black – New Lexicon

(photo from PaintItBlack.org) With their 3rd release “New Lexicon”, Paint It Black definitely dove into some new territory, and it works. Anyone who is familiar with this Philadelphia outfit featuring Dan Yemin of Kid Dynamite, Lifetime, and Armalite will tell you that their music is short, fast, loud, and raw (that’s what she said! Err.. Sorry). The songs on New Lexicon are longer (they actually broke the 2 minute mark for the first time), with some songs lasting up to three whole minutes (quite a […]

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Fear – For Fans of The Dead Kennedys

Image from Mediaspin.com Fun trivia about Fear: They were on Saturday Night Live back in 1981 (much to the producers dismay) and had a bunch of fans from D.C show up (including Ian Mckaye, who you can see stage diving and skanking). Youtube it, and watch how fast the place became an all out frenzy (wait about 30 seconds in). I’ve been listening to these guys for 2 days straight now. If you’re a fan of 80s punk in the veins of the Dead Kennedy’s, […]

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Ska Nickelodeon Style

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL-R47vp2XQ] I’ve seen some weird stuff on this Yo Gabba Gabba! show, but teaching kids to clean with ska? It’s kinda catchy. This isn’t the first time Nickelodeon’s gotten a little rude. Remember that old show Kablam? The opening theme was Two Tone Army by my old favorites The Toasters (credited as the Moon Ska Stompers). MP3: The Toasters- Two Tone Army Buy:Amazon UPDATE: That Yo Gabba Gabba song “Pick It Up” is by Parker Jacobs and was performed by GOGO13 featuring Alex Desert (of […]

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