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    When I met Shaggy I was star-struck – but with Kylie, I'm in awe - New Statesman

    23 Apr 2018, 11:10 am
    When I met Shaggy I was star-struck – but with Kylie, I'm in awe
    New Statesman
    Her new album is suffused with country influence. Kylie met Dolly Parton, became very interested in the music, and tried to accommodate her own temper and style within that tradition. She has reinvented herself as a country pop star, and it is ...

    Ska stars announced as headliners for Dundee's Westfest - Evening Telegraph

    23 Apr 2018, 5:05 am

    Evening Telegraph
    Ska stars announced as headliners for Dundee's Westfest
    Evening Telegraph
    A Westfest spokesman said: “We're all hugely excited to announce the live music line-up for Big Sunday 2018. It's always a fabulous family day out and I'm sure everybody will agree the music is the icing on the cake. “We've had some really tremendous ...

    MUSIC: Ska boys bring their Madness back for 3Arena Dublin show - Dublin People

    22 Apr 2018, 6:02 pm

    Dublin People
    MUSIC: Ska boys bring their Madness back for 3Arena Dublin show
    Dublin People
    MADNESS have announced a headline date at 3Arena, Dublin on Saturday, July 28 with special guests The Lightning Seeds. Madness is a band that retains a strong sense of who and what it is. Many of the same influences are still present in their sound ...

    Laurel Aitken, born 22 April, 1927

    22 Apr 2018, 7:58 am

    Hardly any musician had as much influence on each and every ska generation since the beginnings of this music as Laurel Aitken, born on 22 April 1927. He is often called “the Godfather of Ska“, not just for being Jamaica’s first real recording star. He was also one of the first artists to release a ska record, the first to work at promoting his music in the U.K., and one of the first to record for the seminal Island label. He left his Jamaica to live in in Leicester, England, he left his mark in the 2-Tone movement and the following generation as an elder statesman who was always open to support and work with younger musicians, from The Beat to UB40 to The Busters. 

    On July 17, 2005 when at the age of 77 the singer suffered a heart attack and passed way.

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    Record Store Day 2018

    21 Apr 2018, 9:03 am

    So, you haven’t come around to scan the list of 437 releases for Record Store Day 2018? Don’t worry, we got you covered.

    Here are our recommendations:

    Duke Reid’s All Stars & Roland Alphonso – Judge Sympathy c/w Never to Be Mine (O Sole Mio) (RSD 2018 Exclusive) Pressed on orange vinyl and presented in a specially created card sleeve

    The Skatalites – Hi-Bop Ska, first time on vinyl (album), Jump Up Records. And Find a bonus release on the Jump Up Records website.

    Skatalites, Hi Bop Ska
    Skatalites, Hi Bop Ska, first time on vinyl, by Jump Up Records

    The Hempolics – Riding For A Fall/Come As You Are 12“

    Bim Sherman – Lightning & Thunder (Mungo’s Hi Fi Remix), Pressed up on a crisp 10

    The Maytones – Only Your Picture (LP+12″ / RSD)

    Studio One Dub Plate Box Set featuring the following 7“s

    1. Alton & Cedric – Black People
    2. Cedric Brooks – Soul Eye
    3. The Officials – Distant Drums
    4. Cedric Brooks – Power To The People
    5. Soul Brothers – Skitting Day
    6. Carey Johnson – Go Ahead
    7. Alton & Zoot – Don’t Know What You’re Doing
    8. Brentford All Stars – The World Is A Ghetto
    9. Jacob Miller – Westbound Train (Alternate version)
    10. George Philip – One One (Alternate version)

    Let us know in the comments, if you have more tips for Record Store Day 2018 and how RSD 2018 was for you.

    Find our list with regular album releases from March 2018 here.

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    Freedom Sounds Festival 2018 – the sixth edition

    20 Apr 2018, 8:36 am

    It’s the weekend of weekends for ska, old-school reggae and soul fans in the German Rhine area and around. The sixth edition of Freedom Sounds Festival brings loads of great international bands, unique performances and the chance to catch up with tons of friends you only see once a year. Plus, there will be a This Art 2-Tone exhibition all weekend by and in the presence of the legendary John “Teflon” Sims.

    Have a look at the impressive list of artists performing at the Gebaeude 9, the best location for live shows in Cologne, Germany, and you know why you should make it a date for next year, if you aren’t coming already.

    Day 1, Friday, 20 April, 2018

    The Invisibles (NL)), The Magnetics (Italy), Heavyball (UK), Intensified (UK), Masons Arms (GER), The Tibbs (NL), The Trojans, Supertonic Sound Club (Ireland), Dub Spencer & Trance Hill featuring Umberto Echo, Allnighter with DJ Gaz Mayall and Wicked Bighead

    Day 2, Saturday, 21 April, 2018

    Youthsayers Outernational Orchestra (UK; GER), Los Apartamentos (GER), Dojo (UK), Victor Rice Septet (USA, Brazil, Belgium), North East Ska Jazz Orchestra (I), Supertonic Sound Club (Ireland), Soothsayers (UK), The Debonaires (USA), Susan Cadogan (Jamaica), Maroon Town (UK).

    Get into the Freedom Sounds vibe with these spotify and youtube playlists.

    We will hook you up with impressions from the festival weekend. Have a great one.

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    Ahead of the curve: Well-known ska punk band focuses on gratitude and graciousness - Albuquerque Journal

    20 Apr 2018, 6:02 am

    Albuquerque Journal
    Ahead of the curve: Well-known ska punk band focuses on gratitude and graciousness
    Albuquerque Journal
    In those 26 years, Less Than Jake has become one of the best-known bands in the ska punk genre, and has released eight full-length albums in that time. Fiorello says the band – which includes Chris DeMakes, Roger Lima, Buddy Schlaub and Peter “JR ...

    Duff Interview: Tim Receveur, Organizer of the Supernova International Ska Festival (May 26-27, 2018)!

    19 Apr 2018, 5:32 pm
    Derrick Morgan backed by Eastern Standard Time
    (photo: James Walker Studios)
    Editor's note: Tim Receveur, along with his wife April, are the organizers of the Supernova International Ska Festival, which will be taking place on May 26-27 at the 1781 Brewing Company in Spotsylvania, VA (see the entire bill below). We very much appreciate him taking the time so close to the event to answer our questions about the festival. Please note that Duff Guide to Ska readers can save $10 on a weekend pass to Supernova with the promo code "Duff."

    The Duff Guide to Ska: How did last year's festival turn out? What were some of your personal highlights?

    Tim Receveur: "The 2017 Supernova festival accomplished most of the goals that my wife April and I set out to accomplish. We wanted to put ska back on a larger stage and hopefully inspire people to think about it's past and future in a brighter light. On one end, we honored the legendary Derrick Morgan by hosting his 60th anniversary performance with Eastern Standard Time (who absolutely gave a performance of a lifetime), while at the same time mixing the weekend with a ton of young, up-and-coming ska bands who were barely alive when ska was big in the '90s. I didn't see much of the festival to be honest, but I did see The Aggrolites and The Pietasters backing Greg Lee of Hepcat on Night 1 and The Skints and The Pietasters on Night 2, which were all highlights for me. Adam Flymo Birch, who played trumpet for The Specials and The Toasters, also showed up for the weekend not knowing what to expect and he ended up playing on everyone's sets."

    DGTS: Without getting too much into the nitty gritty, how are you financing this? Did you break even or turn a profit last year? (Will this always be more a labor of love or would you like seeing it develop into a bigger business venture?)

    Greg Lee of Hepcat backed by The Pietasters (photo: James Walker Studios)
    TR: "This has always been a labor of love and no one in their right mind would spend this amount of time on a festival if they didn't have a deep affinity for the community and the bands. Last year, we financed the festival through ticket sales, a percentage of the beer money, and a GoFundMe campaign, but it lost money unfortunately. This year, we're trying to do a better job of keeping our costs down and hoping that last year's success will lead to more tickets sales in 2018 ("

    DGTS: What about putting on the Virginia Ska Festival a few years ago made you want to make the jump to a larger and more ambitious international ska fest?

    TR: "Supernova was actually the third try at a name after a stupidly named Brew Fest in 2014 and the Virginia Ska Festival in 2015. The first year was just one day and five bands including The Pietasters, Chris Murray, and The Snails (now The Dull Blue Lights) and we expanded it to two days with the Virginia Ska Fest. The first band we signed in 2017 was The Skints from the UK, so it felt like we needed to think a little bigger about the festival name. NOVA is just shorthand for Northern Virginia, so the name is bigger while recognizing our roots in Virginia."

    DGTS: What is your criteria for selecting acts each year?

    The Aggrolites (photo: James Walker Studios)
    TR: "We have a few that we try to target and lock down early each year. For 2018, I wanted The Suicide Machines, MU330, Western Standard Time and Hepcat, and we were able to lock down three of the four. We couldn't land Hepcat in the end, but Greg Lee is coming in and singing a set with WST this year. For the other bands, it's been a family effort and my son Brody has helped pick the bands, especially the newer bands. For criteria, we spent all summer listening to the tracks that bands sent, we want to have a geographic mix of bands and have some variety to the ska. We've also been coordinating closely with Chuck Wren from Jump Up Records and Matt Flood from Asbestos Records, who have both helped getting the bands and the word out."

    DGTS: What's it like juggling your considerable responsibilities at the PeaceTech Lab with organizing a major music festival?

    TR: "It's been extremely tough over the last few months. My work for PeaceTech Lab has had me on the road in four continents since December and I recently spent the better part of early 2018 in Niger, mostly without internet, which makes it hard to get the word out for the festival. The upside is that I run into ska fans in unexpected corners of the world."

    The Skints (photo: James Walker Studios)
    DGTS: What do you think of the ska/punk/reggae "Back to the Beach" festival out in California (and why do think ska festivals out there attract big music industry promoters, while there's not much interest back East)?

    TR: The Back to the Beach festival looks like a dream come true and most of my all-time favorite bands are there. When I first saw the bill, I definitely thought it was fake. California is definitely the epicenter of the bands and the promoters, so it makes sense that it would be bigger out there. For selfish reasons, I'm just glad this wasn't announced in New York or Florida or we would be sunk with it so close to Supernova. We obviously don't do ourselves any favors by hosting this in Virginia and we've had offers to move this to New York or Boston, so we'll see how this year goes and explore that in the future."

    DGTS: It seems like most of the major scenes from across the US are represented by bands on this year's festival bill--but it's still challenging upping the quotient of international acts, right (what with travel expenses, visas, etc.)? Do you see including a higher number of international acts in the future?

    TR: "The downside to international acts is exactly what you mentioned. You can find affordable flights, but the visa issue is the hardest thing for independent performers. We tried to bring in Rhoda Dakar this year unsuccessfully because the visa process is absolutely daunting and even with a lawyer it takes months. A British citizen can come to the U.S. with no problem, but if they want to sing and get paid they need an O visa which is the same thing that Bono and Sting need to tour. We do have international acts coming with Doreen Schaffer from The Skatalites coming in to sing with Western Standard Time, Roddy Radiation from The Specials will be there backed by The Scotch Bonnets from Baltimore, and Dr Ring Ding will be coming in from Germany."

    DGTS: Is there anything about this year's festival that you want to pass along to The Duff Guide to Ska readers?

    TR: "We will be reuniting The Stubborn All-Stars with an absolutely killer line-up for this year's fest with King Django, Vic Ruggiero, Eddie Ocampo, Agent Jay Nugent, Sheldon Gregg aka Bassista Giamaicano, David Hillyard, and Rich Graiko. This will also be the first time on the East Coast for both Western Standard Time and the Chris Murray Combo.

    Help us keep ska alive by buying your tickets and coming down to the festival! It will be held at a beautiful brewery called the 1781 Brewing Company and you can see some photos here ( Get your tickets at and save $10 on a weekend pass with the promo code "Duff." Our website can be found at Thanks!"

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