Less Than Jake, Pepper live in Philadelphia (2/19/17)

Last week, I headed to Philadelphia’s Fillmore to catch one of my favorite ska bands Less Than Jake play with Hawaiian reggae/punk band Pepper.  This was my first time at The Fillmore’s main stage (compared to the smaller side stage known as The Foundry where I saw Less Than Jake) and the place was pretty big, yet still had a sizable amount of people there. If you’ve never been to the Fillmore, it’s your typical large Live Nation venue. If you’re into overpriced drinks and […]

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Less Than Jake, Big D And The Kids Table, Mustard Plug Live In NJ (11/19/16)

My ancestral homeland New Jersey, one of the few places in the US where ska is still big.  As has become an occasional tradition at this point (went back in 2008 and 2013), I headed out to a packed Starland Ballroom to see some of my favorite ska-punk bands around play “Skanksgiving”… because is it REALLY 3rd wave ska without a ska pun? I was pumped for the show as I’ve been listening to all these guys for nearly 18 years now, and it was […]

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Less Than Jake and Bigwig Live In Philly (3/11/16)

This past Friday, I headed up to Philadelphia’s new venue, The Foundry in order to two of my all-time favorite bands: Bigwig and Less Than Jake.  I grew up listening to both of them and playing their music ad-nauseum, and the fact that Less Than Jake was playing Losing Streak in it’s entirety had me incredibly excited. It’s 2016, ska’s pretty much been on life-support, and they’re still able to sell out shows. I got to the venue, and I have to say I wasn’t […]

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Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish Live In Philadelphia (1/24/15)

Ska shows are a rare beast these days in our modern world.  Even though I listen to ska regularly still and go to plenty of shows, long gone are the days of VFW Halls filled with kids decked out in chain wallets and checkerboard accessories, so you can imagine my surprise when I found out that Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish completely sold out the Electric Factory, one of Philadelphia’s larger venues. My girlfriend and I got to the Electric Factory a bit […]

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Less Than Jake, Big D And The Kid’s Table, Mustard Plug Live In NJ (11/9/13)

This past Saturday night, I headed to my old stomping grounds of NJ to catch “Skanksgiving”, which featured some of my all time favorite ska bands playing a show together that could only be described as straight out of 1999.  I headed to The Starland Ballroom for the first time since 2008 (which incidentally enough was also to catch Big D, Mustard Plug, etc).  Let me just say, only in New Jersey does a 2000+ capacity venue almost sell out for a ska show.   And […]

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Less Than Jake – Greetings And Salutations (For fans of Streetlight Manifesto, Big D And The Kids Table, Mustard Plug)

Shocking to probably many of you, Less Than Jake is still around and cranking out ska.  Even more shocking to most of you, that music is still pretty damn good.  Now I know that ever since they abandoned ska with their erhm… pop-friendly In With The Out Crowd that they lost a lot of their older fans, including myself.  However they had a return to form with their 2008 release of GNV FLA that was incredibly solid, and let me go ahead and say that […]

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Punks In Vegas (A Mix)

Long time no see homies!  I just got back from a trip to Vegas for the first time in my life, and what a fucking place.  I never been there before, and for someone with A.D.D, that place is one giant distraction after another.  Pulled all nighters practically every night, my entire trip was pretty much sponsored by energy drinks and questionable decisions (that worked out very well in the end). Everything in that city is over the top, and I can see why people […]

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Less Than Jake – Pesto (For fans of Reel Big Fish, Slapstick, Streetlight Manifesto)

So about a week ago, Less Than Jake came to Philly and I completely skipped it.  I still feel guilty about it (let’s be honest, ska is a dying breed) so I’ve been listening to my old early high school favorites for the past week (seriously, Less Than Jake used to be my JAM 13 years ago when I was just a wee freshman). Less Than Jake has a lot of obscure vinyl releases, but one of their rarer and more interesting ones was their […]

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