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    Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade 2017 @ Tompkins Square Park, NYC – 10.21.17

    22 Oct 2017, 12:15 am

    After taking last year off with the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade, I decided to head into the city to take pictures of cute traumatized doggies in Halloween costumes. In NYC, they always do it up and make a spectacle of it and this year was definitely not a disappointment. Of course, it was prepare packed and complete mayhem!

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    I arrive at 10:30 which was really early, I paid a visit to Joe Strummer mural like I always do and then sat on the park bench. I watched some crazed guy yelling at people walking by and threatening them. Ah, the old New York is still New York it seems. After that, I decided to walk in the fenced in area where they were doing the dog parade. Probably was a good idea to get there early since it was loaded with people soon after. They moved it from 2 years ago so it was more open, but still jammed packed.

    Slowly, dogs and their owners came in and I tried to find as many as I could get since I wanted to leave fairly early. I didn’t have a press badge so I had to wait by the entrance and just take pictures out in the court with everybody. It was a bit chaotic trying to get a shot when there’s 20-30 people all trying to get a photo. The biggest draw that I saw was a double decker sightseeing bus that had at least 4 bulldogs in it. There was some awesome costumes like Game of Thrones related ones, a Nemo fish tank one and just loads more. People really wanted those Hamilton tickets.

    I couldn’t take the loads of people about 15 minutes after they officially started the parade and judging. I got out of there and it was so crowded, it was spilling out into the sidewalks and streets. There was a line to get inside and a line to get out. Nuts but guess people love their dog costumes! Another fun dog parade gone, bring on next year!

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    Canberra Day of the Dead Fiesta – Music, art, Mexican wrestling and more! - The RiotACT

    21 Oct 2017, 10:32 pm

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    21 Oct 2017, 10:04 am
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    The 'original rude boy' Neville Staple to perform with his band in Bristol - Weston & Somerset Mercury

    20 Oct 2017, 7:02 pm

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    Neville Staple will perform at Bristol's The Fleece on Saturday in a show-stopping event featuring a blend of the traditional ska music with punk rock. The 1970s legend has performed with the ska giants The Specials and also collaborated with No Doubt, ...

    American punk and ska band celebrate 25th anniversary with Australian tour - Courier Mail

    20 Oct 2017, 7:37 am

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    Cassette Store Day 2017 (Postscript): Interview with Marc Beaudette of Flying Vipers

    20 Oct 2017, 2:45 am
    Editor's note: For Cassette Store Day 2017Jump Up Records issued twelve cassettes (!) from acts like The Toasters, The Slackers, Mephiskapheles, Green Room Rockers, Roger Rivas, Danny Rebel (of Danny Rebel and the KGB), CeANNE (of The Mighty Fishers and Pannonia Ska Orchestra), Flying Vipers, The Drastics, as well as a Jump Up compilation titled "Pressure Hop" (a detailed list of Jump Up CSD releases can be found here). This is the last CSD-related interview we're posting this year...

    Thanks to Marc Beaudette of Flying Vipers and Destroy Babylon for taking the time to answer our cassette-related questions!

    The Duff Guide to Ska: "The Shadow Tape" is the third release on cassette from Flying Vipers--why did you decide to go with this format? Is dub music somehow better suited for tape than vinyl?

    Marc Beaudette: "We started this project with a Tascam 8-track recorder and the intent to do as much as we could using only analog gear. The first two releases were tracked and mixed direct to cassette, so offering them on tape seemed appropriate.

    For this new release, our producer Jay Champany used previous sessions, extending vocal versions and slowing down tape speeds to give the dubs a new vibe. If we could afford to put everything on vinyl, we would! Most music I think sounds best on wax, though the tape compression does sound great with certain genres like hip hop and hardcore punk."

    DGTS: Are you a tape collector? Do you have a lot of dub and reggae on cassette (if so, which are your faves)?

    MB: "My brother and I still have a few dozen tapes from our youth, and we both still collect. There are more punk and rock albums than anything else, but there's a good stack of reggae in the mix. Black Uhuru's Red is one that got played on repeat in my car, plus a handful from the Hearbeat label and ROIR. HR's Charge is another one that I played a lot along with his other SST releases."

    DGTS: Did you grow up listening to music on cassettes?

    MB: "For sure. Before we could even buy our own music, we'd get cassettes and blank tapes for birthdays and Christmas. We were really into making our own mixtapes; listening to the radio for hours, waiting for our favorite songs to come on and hitting record as fast as we could. Even when CDs were gaining popularity, I still rocked my yellow Walkman and wore out early Green Day and Weezer tapes riding the bus."

    DGTS: At the moment, a lot of people see this format as a bit of an oddity. Something collectable perhaps, but not a truly viable way to listen to music, given the relative scarcity of cassette players in people's homes, cars, etc. Should bands and indie labels make a more concerted effort to make more releases available on cassette to drive a resurgence of this format? (They are an inexpensive way to release music in a tangible format...)

    MB: "It's certainly an affordable way to get something physical out there, but it will most likely remain a very limited audience. Vinyl and CD are also niche markets, so for me it comes down to personal preference. It's difficult to sell digital albums in 2017, now that most listeners pay monthly to stream or just use YouTube/Bandcamp. If a run of cassettes helps album sales, I'd encourage indie bands and labels to look into it. That said, I also think the type of album plays a role. The new Destroy Babylon record we dropped this summer is very high fidelity, and didn't seem to warrant a cassette release (we opted for vinyl and CDs). The lo-fi dub sessions make total sense for tape."

    DGTS: Flying Vipers are playing with Lee "Scratch" Perry soon--do you think he still listens to tapes (I assume you'll pass him some of yours...)?

    MB: "I could imagine Scratch traveling the world with a bedazzled Walkman and a few choice cassettes. But then again, maybe he just has an iPhone 8."

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    Read The Duff Guide to Ska reviews of Flying Vipers' previous cassette releases, The Copper Tape and The Green Tape.

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    Korea's ska pioneers Kingston Rudieska to take on K-Music Festival 2017 - DIY Magazine

    18 Oct 2017, 2:10 pm

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    Korea's ska pioneers Kingston Rudieska to take on K-Music Festival 2017
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