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    Ska Brewing Expands Capacity - Brewbound.com

    29 Apr 2017, 9:37 pm
    Ska Brewing Expands Capacity
    Brewbound.com
    DURANGO, CO — Ska has added five new fermenters, a second kettle to the brew house, and a de-aerated water system to give them a 20% increase in brewing capacity at the Durango, Colorado-based world headquarters. The new additions will also enable Ska ...

    Fort Punta Christo a Paradise for Music Fans with 4 Festivals this Summer - Total Croatia News

    29 Apr 2017, 7:49 am

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    Fort Punta Christo a Paradise for Music Fans with 4 Festivals this Summer
    Total Croatia News
    Seasplash is a four day music festival that honours the culture of reggae, dub, drum & bass, dancehall, ska, world music and various electronic music. This year it will take place between July 20th and 23rd and feature shows by Vin Gordon & the Real ...

    SKAspot Selections Top 10 for the Week of April 29th, 2017

    29 Apr 2017, 3:59 am

    10. Madness – Baggy Trousers
    9. Los Fabulosos Cadillacs – Te Tirare del Altar
    8. The Duppies – What A Shame
    7. Chris Murray – The Real Ska
    6. Dance Hall Crashers – Lost Again
    5. The Dualers – Don’t Go
    4. The Interrupters – She Got Arrested
    3. The Toasters – Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down
    2. The English Beat – Ranking Full Stop
    1. Bullbuckers – Appreciation

    Me First And The Gimme Gimmes @ Webster Hall, NYC – 4.23.17

    28 Apr 2017, 1:29 am

    Me First and the Gimme Gimmes played at Webster Hall on April 23rd, 2017 and it’s been about 12 years since last seeing the supergroup cover band. You can read my review over at ReadJunk.com.

    The last time I saw the band, they played at Irving Plaza and had few different people in the band. I tried to get a lot of shots of Jay Bentley of Bad Religion since he was most active besides Spike. Spike was dancing around the stage and was great to shoot as well. I almost wish they went with the white suits or Hawaiian shirts since they would have made for better pictures than the black & gold attire.

    The band is always fun to shoot but it’s just not as the same like the first time I shot them on the Vans Warped Tour 2001. They brought up their own tiki bar on stage and serving people drinks while they played.

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    Duff Guide to Ska Fast Takes: Hollie Cook's "Superstar," Pama International's "Man Next Door" b/w "Austerity Skank," and Neville Staple's "Return of Judge Roughneck"

    27 Apr 2017, 4:45 pm
    (Reviews by Steve Shafer)

    Hollie Cook "Superstar" b/w "Superdub" (free Record Store Day 7"/digital download, Merge Records, 2017): The physical release of this single was a last minute addition to the 2017 Record Store Day line-up and was said to given out for free at select indie shops in celebration of Cook's joining the Merge Records line-up in the USA (did anyone receive one?). The choice of cover here--The Carpenters' AM pop staple "Superstar"--is definitely inspired, continues to fulfill Cook's mission to create "tropical pop," and is well matched to her wonderfully pure voice. And while this is no slight to producer/drummer Ben Mckone (who does a very fine job here), I have to admit to kind of missing the Prince Fatty touch. No word on the new album yet, but it bodes well, based on this teaser...

    Pama International "Man Next Door" b/w "Austerity Skank" (clear vinyl 7" single/digital download, Record Kicks, 2017): Following their fantastic cover of Martha and the Vandellas' "Heatwave" comes Pama International's second single off their forthcoming Love and Austerity album (to be released any time now via Record Kicks and featuring the amazing co-lead vocals of Jewels Vass and Anna Uhuru). John Holt's rocksteady urban living lament (most memorably versioned/deconstructed by The Slits) is beautifully rendered here. Even better is Pama International's original tune "Austerity Skank," which tries to shake off the gray of the punishing Cameron (now May/Brexit) years through PMA: "Hard times have come/Now, hard times be gone/No more illusions/System delusions/Our hard times are done...I'm stepping out to a better place/Tired of all of the lies getting in the way/I just want to be free/With no austerity..."

    Neville Staple Return of Judge Roughneck (CD/2 x LP, Cleopatra Records, 2017): When I first put on Neville Staple's new record (after first seeing it on Chuck Wren's FB feed) and heard the opening notes of "Gangsters"/"Al Capone" in "Return of Judge Roughneck" (referencing his "Stupid Marriage" persona, natch), I braced myself for an album trading heavily on 2 Tone/Specials nostalgia (even note the use of The Specials' font on the back cover). After having listened to the LP several times through now, my initial impressions haven't been dispelled, but it's all done so winningly and well that any cynicism melts away at the sheer joy of it all. About half the tracks are safe but good covers (Stranger Cole's "Bangarang," Peter Tosh's "Maga Dog," The Melodians' "Sweet Sensation," and Sigman and Magidson's via Prince Buster/The Specials "Enjoy Yourself," among them)--though, the "Ghost Town"-like version of his own Fun Boy Three's "The Lunatics Have Taken Over the Asylum," an apt tune for the times if there ever was one, and gleeful rendition of Jimmy Soul's "If You Want to Be Happy" are truly ace; but think of them as warming you up for the really good stuff. Just about all of the new tracks--the Toasters-like modern ska of "Down My Street," the rocksteady rude boy anthem "Crime Don't Pay," the Madness-y sing-along music hall ska of "Gang Fever" ("Every time you read The Mirror or Star/Kids shot dead, rumours of war/It's a fever"), and "Politician Man"--are really good in their own right (more of these, please!). Oh, and there's a full album of inventive dubs included on the second LP or extended CD ("Crime Dub," Roadblock," "Dub Fever," "Bang Bang," "Dub Crazy," and "Legal Dub" in particular are fantastic!). This one is very much worth picking up.

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    Masked Intruder @ Webster Hall, NYC – 4.23.17

    27 Apr 2017, 11:41 am

    Masked Intruder played before Me First and the Gimme Gimmes at Webster Hall on April 23rd, 2017. You can read my review over at ReadJunk.com.

    Masked Intruder are always fun to shoot. Intruder Green is always the most active – jumping, kicking, and interacting more than the other guys. So all the cameras are usually fixed on him.

    Of course there’s Officer Bradford there to stand and stare, flip people off and then go into the crowd to get everybody into the set. Later on in the set, he ripped off his clothes and had wrestling garb on. It was quite the sight to say the least.

    Not much different from the other set at this show. Used the 24-70mm f2.8 the entire show and only used the 14-24mm for PEARS. I kept the 70-200 at home because figured I wasn’t going to use it and didn’t want any extra weight in my bag.

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    PEARS @ Webster Hall, NYC – 4.23.17

    27 Apr 2017, 1:39 am

    PEARS opened up the Me First and the Gimme Gimmes show at Webster Hall on April 23rd, 2017. You can read my review over at ReadJunk.com.

    I never seen PEARS before but they were a blast to photograph. Well, mainly the singer was a blast to photograph. He reminded me of an angrier Jello Biafra. constantly moving around but posing for cameras up front. He seemed to come to me a lot which was nice. I ended up with a lot of cool shots of the band and would love to shoot them again.

    It’s been 2 years since shooting at Webster Hall and the lighting was okay. Little heavy in the back and not as much up front. I’m just happy they have a human side photo pit, unlike what they used to have a few years ago.

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    It Gets Worse premieres music video for ska infused cover of ... - Dying Scene

    26 Apr 2017, 11:54 pm

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