Our friends over at Asbestos Records have put up a free 35 songs compilation record as an added perk to the already incredible Skalapalooza tour that took place last month. You can grab it right here!
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After much anticipation and a long wait, Skalapalooza kicked off last week in Philadelphia at World Cafe, and it was quite a spectacle! To think we’d be able to see The Pietasters, Pilfers, and Spring Heeled Jack one more time is beyond comprehension, but it happened, and what a time it was!
Philly was followed up by hugely successful shows in DC and NYC, and I just wish we could’ve been there to witness the excitement. Thanks for imminent fatigue, CMJ.
Anywho, scroll down to check out a bunch of great photos from Night 1 courtesy of Pamela Janutolo, who was bouncing around all night in a weird work/play balancing act. Great job, Pam!!! Read More…
New Haven, Connecticut’s Spring Heeled Jack USA was a frontrunner of the East Coast Ska Scene during their tenure as a group. Existing from 1991-2001, the septet helped and encouraged the burgeoning Third Wave Ska movement, and made Connecticut’s scene one of the most active and vibrant in the nation. Several members of the third wave group went on to perform with other high profile acts including The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Less Than Jake, and Reel Big Fish among others, true to their Ska roots to this very day. The untimely passing of original drummer Dave Karcich, as well as the difficult and tumultuous world of music business, ultimately led to the group disbanding as of 2002, but the group’s legacy lives on.
Tom’s River, NJ octet River City Extension is a band you fall in love with. I did, and if you give them a chance, you probably will, too. During SXSW 2012, I booked the 8-piece group from my hometown of Syracuse, NY, confident that the venue I was dealing with would make every accommodation for traveling acts and out of state promoters. Ahem… Beware, and get a contract. Lesson learned.
I gotta say… It’ll be a cold day in Hell when I stop thinking about the insanity and amusement of my many experiences watching The Pilfers perform. Formed when members Coolie Ranx, Vinnie Nobile, James Blanck, Anna Milet-Meyer, and Nick Bacon left their spots in The Toasters, Bim Skala Bim, Skinnerbox, and The Erratics (respectively), the 5-piece unit was a beacon of the Ska scene from their very first recording.