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  • Mix Tape : the 10s Side A (part 1)

    Mix Tape : the '10s Side A (part 1)

    25/06/2020 Duración: 22min

    It’s been a minute since I set up a virtual 90min mix tape (split across 4 episodes) dedicated to a decade. One reason it’s been awhile is well… I ran out of decades… but hey, look, we’re in 2020, the 2010s are behind us! Let’s go! Like always, this isn’t a “Best of 2010s Ska” at all, it’s a just a bunch of great music from that decade. I also made it a special point to play bands that I haven’t played in a bit, but were always really rad! When I switched over to trying to keep as current as possible, some of these great bands fell by the wayside, as they either broke up, had trouble recording new material, moved away from being a ska band, or put out great new material that superseded their older, yet still great work! Enjoy this episode and for the next 3 weeks some more gems that we shouldn’t leave behind as we continue on into the 2020s! 00:00 – the Fabulous Lolo Meets King Kong Girio – I know What I’ve Go (My Favorite Heart to Break ’15) 03:12 – Kevin Batchelor’s Grand Concourse – Leave it Alone (Kevin

  • Keep On Truckin

    Keep On Truckin'

    18/06/2020 Duración: 22min

    Alright, so how could I close down this last 23 episodes? A set of episode influenced by trucker slang? I think you know! Then on to some topical songs, then some flat out great songs and ending it, remembering a friend. Honestly, I had a lot of fun over these last 23 weeks, had those 7 great collaboration episodes too, those were great, right? This now marks twice as many episodes as I was originally planning to do and am I stopping? Oh heck no! I'm gonna keep on truckin'! See ya next week! 00:00 - Johnny Socko - Full Trucker Effect (Full Trucker Effect '97) 03:53 - Grey Matter - Not My Friend (Climbing Out '20) 05:49 - the Bruce Lee Band - Stand Up for Justice (the Bruce Lee Band '95) 07:03 - OMNIGONE - Horizontal Aggression (No Faith '19) 08:15 - Alla Spina - Obrigada (I Don't Give a Damn) (One More Thing '19) 11:37 - the Void Union - Wash Yo' Hands (Return of the Super Vape '19) 16:23 - the Stingers ATX - Sing for Me (This Time Around... '08) 19:46 - the Soul Brothers - Lawless Street (Ska Club '67 comp

  • Watch Out for Smokey

    Watch Out for Smokey

    11/06/2020 Duración: 22min

    This episode was a lot more... let's say laid back when I started it... but, it couldn't stand... it just didn't feel right. So I started switching out songs, and switching out more... and more... and eventually I had an all different episode... and episode that feels right, I hope you all agree. Keep fighting the good fight. I love you all. 00:00 - Dang!t - Kids in Cages (What do You Know About Ska Punk? Vol. 4 comp '20) 03:01 - Thirsty Guys - Quarantine (Quarantine '20) 06:05 - Bruce Lee Band - It Never was Quite Like This (Rental!! Eviction!! '19) 07:33 - Big D & the Kids Table - Try Out Your Voice (Strictly Rude '07) 10:17 - the Suicide Machines - Babylon of Ours (Revolution Spring '20) 12:49 - Abraskadabra - the Dream (Welcome '18) 15:09 - Call Me Malcolm - a Beginner's Guide to Fighting a Losing Battle (Me, Myself and Something Else '20) 19:22 - the Slackers - Walking On (Wasted Days '01) Visit the website at to find links to band websites and songs featured in this episode. Fi

  • Both Feet on the Floor

    Both Feet on the Floor

    04/06/2020 Duración: 22min

    When I started this episode, and finished it a few weeks ago (sorry I've been working ahead a bit, I have been busy with my essential job (second aside: I don't come into contact with many people, so don't worry for me)) I didn't expect the world to go to hell... I almost scraped this for a more pointed episode addressing America's dire situation... but in the end this episode that I had assembled kept bringing me joy as I listened to it, and I want to bring you all joy as well in these, now very, troubling times. Be well my friends, take care of yourselves and care and help out others in need. 00:00 - the Players Band feat. Steven Jackson - Get in the Van (Skamörgåsbord '20) 02:33 - Dan P. - Heartbeat Survival (Heartbeat Survival '20) 06:04 - Half Past Two - Lyin' Eyes (Lyin' Eyes '20) 09:17 - Millington - Let You In (Beatdown Generation '20) 12:56 - los Kurados - Cows Can't Read (Rabia Ska '20) 14:52 - the Planet Smashers - What's Going Down (Too Much Information '19) 18:07 - Hobo Chili - Hobo Chili (Salt

  • Dixie Cup on a Clean Channel

    Dixie Cup on a Clean Channel

    28/05/2020 Duración: 22min

    When you're home a bit more, and you have more time to think about your hobbies... and then you think "Hey, let's do that follow up episode that you teased moths ago!" And in my silly way, I figured that this would be the best place for it. So yeah, it's the "rude girl" episode... no, not all the music is performed by women, but it's more about the song name, much like the the "rude boy" episode was. So enjoy it rude ones, it's for you! 00:00 - the Skallions - Rude Boys and Girls (Skallion Battalion '20) 03:06 - Sally and the Monkeys - Ruder Than You (Monkey Business '20) 05:39 - Skolers - Rude Girl (American Skathic comp '94) 07:41 - Lone Raspberry - Rude Girl (slow) (Children of the Horn '96) 09:59 - Juantxo Skalari & la Rude Band - Rudi Not Dead (RUDI RECORDS '14) 14:20 - Undercover S.K.A. - Rude Girl (We've Come for Your Daughter '95) 18:44 - the Doped Up Dollies - the Rude (the New Way Out '14) Visit the website at to find links to band websites and songs featured in this episode.

  • How Many Candles You Burning?

    How Many Candles You Burning?

    21/05/2020 Duración: 23min

    It’s my birthday early next week, so I thought I’d dig around in my records crate and pull out some tracks for an all vinyl episode of 23min of ska. Some of these tracks were later put out digitally, but I don’t have them. So yeah, there’s some clicks and pops and other random record sounds, this is mainly because I do only a small clean up of the music after the transfer. This is because I dig those little imperfections that come with vinyl and I don’t really want to remove that from the final product. 00:00 – the Mighty Mighty Bosstones – I won’t Go Out Like That (What the World Needs Now is Love ’17) 03:24 – Alex Desert & Greg Lee with Western Standard Time – All of Me (All of Me / Free Form ’15) 05:41 – Johnny Too Bad & the Strikeouts – St. Paul St. (Johnny Too Bad & the Strikeouts ’96) 08:35 – Blue Beat Makers – You’ve Been So Nice (You’ve Been So Nice / My Own Way ’14) 11:31 – the Snails – Washington Bullets (I Saved the Snails ’14) 13:55 – Crazy Baldhead – Cutback! (Occupy! ’12) 16:44 – the Kinky Coo

  • Starving the Bears

    Starving the Bears

    14/05/2020 Duración: 22min

    So in "Trucker Slang / CB Slang" the term "Starving the Bears" means to go the speed limit so that the cops won't pull you over and give you a ticket. And slowing down a bit seems like not too terrible of an idea right now. We're all in a rush to get back out into the world, but maybe we should take a minute to pause and see if that's the best idea. All but one of these tracks has been released since we've been in quarantine, hell, some were written and recorded directly because of it! I can't wait for this lockdown to end, but I don't mind waiting a bit longer if it means not feeding the bear. 00:00 - the Bar Stool Preachers - State of Emergency (Soundtrack to Your Apocalypse '20) 02:47 - Cale Wilcox - Going Mad (Pacific Sound System IV: Quarentunes comp '20) 06:30 - the Holophonics - Don't Buy the Hype (Sunk Cost '20) 08:14 - Esaopa - Escoria Humana (Stage 1 '18) 11:23 - the JB Conspiracy - Falling Down (Guiding Lights '20) 15:15 - Something To Do - Stay Inside (Stay Inside '20) 17:35 - No Villains Left -

  • Jackknife in the Circle City

    Jackknife in the Circle City

    07/05/2020 Duración: 23min

    So each year, a few friends of mine celebrate "Johnny Socko Day" which is on May 6th, so this podcast, unfortunately, misses the silliness by a day. Basically, all we do is make Socko references to each other on social media and listen to Johnny Socko while we do our day jobs, you know some real corny goofball stuff. Anyway, I decided to make this episode of 23min of Ska in the same Socko celebration spirit! This is an episode that is chock full of Indiana's finest ska and ska/punk bands, from way back when to the present day. So put on a pair of comfortable shoes, cut a rug and be the freakiest freak on the dancefloor! 00:00 - Johnny Socko - If I didn't Have a Girlfriend (live) (Triple Live '02) 02:50 - the Operators - Hybrid Moments (Hybrid Moments '20) 04:55 - Pro Midgit Mafia - Babydoll (the Beat Inside My Head '97) 07:07 - Lockstep - Riot in the Club (It Happened in the City... '10) 09:54 - Green Room Rockers - I'll Make Love to You (Sweat Steady '17) 13:15 - the Circle City Deacons - Say a Prayer (Welc

  • 10-23, Stand By

    10-23, Stand By

    30/04/2020 Duración: 23min

    Well folks, looks like you're once again stuck with me, RJ Phoenix to prepare, mix and then cast this show back out to you. I'd like to once again thank the other folks who made the last 7 episodes so fantastic! But I've prattled on enough, get to the music you magnificent folks! 00:00 - the Makeways - Feelin' Good (Feelin' Good '20) 04:14 - the Twilights - Panic Attack! (Panic Attack! '20) 08:03 - the Bandulus - Trust (Love a Woman '19) 11:23 - the Soulsteppers - Victory Dance (Bout Time / Victory Dance '11) 13:54 - the Revivors - Medical Operation (Reggae Fever / Medical Operation '11) 16:55 - the Impalers - Mr. Uppercut (Mr. Uppercut / Uppercut '11) 19:49 - the Prizefighters - a Fist Full of Credits (the Prizefighter Beat '20) Visit the website at to find links to band websites and songs featured in this episode. Find & follow the show on: Facebook - Twitter - Instagram - Stitch

  • Convoy : Lockdown and Loaded

    Convoy : Lockdown and Loaded

    23/04/2020 Duración: 22min

    About the Tracks: Nathan Leigh and the Crisis Actors - This Machine Kills Centrists Nathan Leigh and the Crisis Actors are an interesting project that tends to play punk-influenced folk and rock music, but has been known to pull influences from all over the map ranging from swing to ska, to country and beyond. They pulled yours truly into play trombone on this record and it's one of my favorite projects I've been a part of. Their new album, "Myths, Conspiracy Theories and Other Things I Made Up to Sound Interesting" dropped last week, and it even had a ska song on it, lamenting an all too familiar attitude in our political discourse. The Autocratics - Brainwashed Friend The Autocratics, from Tokyo, Japan, are what would happen if you took bands like Bad Manners, Madness, and the Specials further refined that nutty two tone sound to its apex. Fronted by Shuhei Yokota (Rude Bones), The Autocratics have been carrying the two tone torch in Japan for over a decade now and have developed quite a fanbase, and yet r

  • Convoy : This is Your Brain on Ska Box!

    Convoy : This is Your Brain on Ska Box!

    16/04/2020 Duración: 22min

    Hey, guys! This is SKA BOX- an all ska subscription box, sending music, merch and more- straight to your door. Bringing you great ska bands, brands, and labels from around the world.  SKA BOX is owned and ran by Cassie and Becky. Made for ska fans by ska fans, boxes are curated each month to fit various themes.  Boxes come with 5+ items, such as stickers, download codes, CDs, pins, etc., and always include a t-shirt and music. The most recent box was Women in Ska, highlighting women in the ska scene- including artists, musicians, and vocalists. The next box will be the Ska Parade Tour box, highlighting Tazy's 30th Anniversary Tour, the Ska Movie Bluray Release Party, and the great bands that were part of the tour. Boxes are $35 a month, with free domestic shipping. One-time purchases are also available. The order deadline is the 5th of each month. Boxes ship the 15th of each month.  Song Selection: Soul Ska- Propaganda Soul Ska was in our most recent box. They are a super soulful, rocksteady- heavy band f

  • Convoy : Lady Luck Just Slapped Me in the Face

    Convoy : Lady Luck Just Slapped Me in the Face

    09/04/2020 Duración: 22min

    Hey all, this is Jr Ska Boss of Viva Ska Radio where every Wednesday my killer partner in crime Selecta Scream & I try to bring the best in Ska. Old and new and whatever else we can throw in to get your toes tapping. It's a radio show out of Las Vegas, NV and you can check it out on 7pm-10pm Pacific on Wednesday evening! Let's dance people! 00:00 - Wank - Blue Skies (White Knuckle Ride '20) 02:59 - Joker's Republic - Falling Behind (Falling Behind '19) 07:23 - the Dendrites - No Money (Lunchin' with the Dendrites '20) 11:02 - Mr. Kingpin - Ease Your Mind (Ease Your Mind '19) 14:24 - the Sheldons - the Shit is Going On (the Sheldons '19) 18:05 - the Zero Class - Main Street (Main Street '16) 20:25 - Happy Drunk Cartel - If You were an Animal (the Rinsed Years '20) RJ sez: Jr Ska Boss sent me a killer line up for this episode, witched I goosed with tracks from the Dendrites and the Sheldons to send it over the top. It's easy to do when I'm starting with quality picks. See, Jr Ska Boss

  • Convoy : Nobody Knows Me in this Big Windy Town

    Convoy : Nobody Knows Me in this Big Windy Town

    02/04/2020 Duración: 22min

    With all of the craziness surrounding the global COVID-19 pandemic, I've found myself listening to a lot more ska. It's hard to put my finger on why, but I'd liken it to my favorite type of comfort food: not only is it good for the soul but it provides a bit of certainty in these uncertain times. To that end, I picked out a few upbeat tunes that I'm hoping will help provide at least a small distraction. Stay safe out there, and keep washing your hands! 00:00 - the KING LION - Skatman (Blank '19) 03:06 - the Kubricks - Criminals (Criminals '20) 05:51 - Roland Alphonso w/ the Skatalites feat. Don Drummond - Nimble Foot (Nimble Foot / Love is Stronger '65) 08:53 - the Radiation Kings - Murder (Early Years '99) 13:19 - Deal's Gone Bad - Be Mine Tonight (Guide to Boat Drinks & Cruise Cocktails '02) 17:19 - North East Ska Jazz Orchestra - Hard Man fe Dead (Stompin' & Rollin' '15) 20:55 - the Operators - 6 Month Blues (Ain't it Obvious / 6 Month Blues '19) RJ sez: Jim is one half of the very excellent Windy City S

  • Convoy : TVs Fine if You Like WGN

    Convoy : TV's Fine if You Like WGN

    26/03/2020 Duración: 22min

    Wash, wash Washing my troubles away Oh yeah, oh yeah Maybe these words ring hollow in our troubled times. Or maybe they hit just right. Either way, I hope the potent mixture of 2 Tone, ska-punk, and Jamaican ska that follows finds your ears well. Within this mix, you’ll find five tunes from four different countries — a reminder that it’s not just COVID-19 that has gone global! 00:00 - the Crombies - Wash Wash (Dance Crazee '16) 03:22 - Justin Hinds & the Dominoes - Over the River (Over the River / Corner Stone '64) 05:39 - Lxs Fama - la Reina del Desastre (No Caben más Locos '20) 08:55 - the Bionic Rats - New Day Rudie (T.B.R. '16) 11:41 - the Cabrians - Time Map (Sun & Shadow Heroes '16) 15:14 - the Holophonics - Escape Velocity (Phantom Arrival '18) 17:24 - Beat the Smart Kids - Emoticons (Broke Again '16) 19:55 - the Swashbuckling Doctors - Better Than Nothing (Better Than Nothing '20) RJ sez: Kevin is one half of the very excellent Windy City Sound System, which is kind of a must-listen podcast! Buildi

  • Convoy : the New, the Old  the Local

    Convoy : the New, the Old & the Local

    19/03/2020 Duración: 23min

    Ska music has been a big part of my life for over the past 20 years. I even met my wife because of ska music. Being a teenager in Orange County, California in the mid 90’s you couldn’t escape ska music. However, when others stopped listening, ska music stayed in heavy rotation with me. For this playlist, I followed a very simple plan to make it. I picked something old, something new and something local. Five Iron Frenzy, The O.C. Supertones and Less Than Jake are the bands I’ve been listening to the longest. Millington and The Skluttz are the newest bands on the list. Half Past Two, Hooray For Our Side and Codename:Rocky are some of my favorite hometown bands. I hope you enjoy my picks. 00:00 - O.C. Supertones - Supertones Strike Back (the Supertones Strike Back '97) 02:37 - Hooray for Our Side - Don't Panic (Overture '15) 05:05 - Codename: Rocky - Ctl Alt Del (Reboot '16) 07:22 - Less Than Jake - Motown Never Sounded so Good (Anthem '03) 09:55 - the Skluttz - Ska Police (Confidence is Key '20) 13:15 - Mill

  • Convoy : Looking for Direction

    Convoy : Looking for Direction

    12/03/2020 Duración: 23min

    Deeply honored to have my pal RJ ask me to do this, and it was an interesting exercise. I appreciate his support and the work he is doing with the podcast and bringing the ska to the people. I took some of my favorite bands as a jumping-off point and the theme materialized out of that. Hope you enjoy it, and if you want to learn to play The Selecter’s Carry Go Bring Come on the Ukulele look for it in an upcoming episode of The Two Tone Singalong at 00:00 – Oreskaband – Carry On (Carry On '14) 03:37 – the Selecter – Carry Go Bring Come (Too Much Pressure '79)  06:25 – Cut Capers – Get Moving’ (Get Moving '17) 09:42 – Sonic Boom Six – Let's Push Things Forward (Keep On Believing '13) 13:16 – the Dualers – Don’t Go (Don’t Go '06) 16:41 – Stubborn All-Stars – Catch That Train (Open Season '95) 19:06 – Counting Coins – Don’t Look Down (Counting Coins '15)  RJ sez: Denver Dave is the man! He's been showing his enthusiasm for ska via his proj

  • Ten-Four, Good Buddy

    Ten-Four, Good Buddy

    05/03/2020 Duración: 22min

    After 2 solid ska/punk and high energy ska episodes in a row, I decided to take it down a notch on this one. Also, when I started this session of 23min of Ska I dedicated it to friend Lawless, and well, it's about to get a little Lawless up in here because I'm including a clutch of songs from his Moondust record label on this one. I'm keeping it a bit laid back to make the tone, but also give us all a bit of breather to relax and reflect. 00:00 - the Bandulus - Stop Playin' with My Heart (Love a Woman '19) 02:34 - Alpheus - Rudies (Rudies / Our Time Will Come '20) 05:41 - the Twilights - Dancing Moon (Hear What I Say '18) 08:30 - 4th Street Orchestra - Ah Who Seh? (Ah Who Seh? / Go Deh! '20) 11:34 - Ocean 11 - Miss Understanding (Miss Understanding / Spring in Rome '11) 14:48 - Laurel Aitken - Apollo 12 (Skinhead Invasion) (Apollo 12 / Moon Rock '11) 16:52 - Irie Beats - No Jodes Ver. 2 (People Need People / No Jodes Ver. 2 '11) 20:35 - Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra feat. Greg Lee & Alex Desert - World

  • There are Two Miles of Ditches for Every Mile of Road

    There are Two Miles of Ditches for Every Mile of Road

    27/02/2020 Duración: 23min

    This bit of trucker slang is just a basic reminder to drive safely. So I'd like to take the time to tell all of you out there to take care of yourselves! It's rough out there, and it could get rougher, but don't fret, because you're pretty damn dope. If what you need is some ska music, here it is, but if you need something more, go out and get it. There's no shame in asking for help, for your state of mind, or for your new favorite ska band. There are helpers everywhere and they're easy to find. 00:00 - Bite Me Bambi - Hot Lava (Hot Lava '20) 03:25 - Malambo Ska Band feat. Hugo Lobo - Racist Friend (Racist Friend '20) 07:26 - the Skluttz - Stand Our Ground (Confidence is Key '20) 10:49 - Hans Gruber and the Die Hards - Is Today Worth Waking Up for? (Hans Gruber and the Die Hards 2 '19) 13:19 - Cheatin' at Solitaire - Don't Wanna be Miserable (Audrey '20) 15:55 - Skalapper - Depressed Feeling (find a new world '10) 19:23 - the Upstarts - So Sharp (the Upstarts '07) Visit the website at t

  • Put the Hammer Down

    Put the Hammer Down

    20/02/2020 Duración: 22min

    Are you ready for some hard-hitting, speedy as hell, unrelenting ska and ska/punk? If so, you are in luck! I went big and loud on this one, I just couldn't help myself, it's the mood I was in, and I hope you'll agree that it's all pretty rad. Also, how can you just sit and listen to this one? I couldn't even sit still when I was putting this one together! Damn! Get it in your ears! Get outta yr seat and shake it!  00:00 - Madaline - Exit Strategy ("it is what it is" '19) 03:15 - K-Man & the 45s - Paradoid Panic (Stand with the Youth '19) 05:58 - the Re-Adjusters - Red (Rebound '19) 08:55 - Cartoon Violence - Serpico (Passive Aggressive '18) 11:36 - Bumsy and the Moochers - Six Months (Spaced Out '18) 15:36 - Zéro Talent - 50% (Société Anonyme '18) 18:01 - We Are The Union - Out of Patience (Self Care '18) 20:23 - the Bruce Lee Band - Ms. Me (Community Support Group '14) Visit the website at to find links to band websites and songs featured in this episode. Find & follow the show on: Fa

  • the Ska After Party for 2/17 feat. Mark from Madaline!

    the Ska After Party for 2/17 feat. Mark from Madaline!

    19/02/2020 Duración: 30min

    On this episode I’m talking to Mark O’Neal Kimberlin, the guitarist and one of the vocalists for Denton, TX based band Madaline! We talk about their music as well as their big upcoming Southern California tour! Find Mark and the rest of Madaline here: Background music from Eric Daino: If you would like to lend an instrumental track to use as bed music for this show, or heck, write a theme song for this show, please sent it to: Support the Ska After Party Patreon at: Find & follow our other show 23min of Ska on: Facebook - Twitter - Instagram - Stitcher - Want to submit your band for a future interview? Email: Let me know what you think of this show, or let me know of tours and upcomi

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