On Friday, August 31, Lawrence Beer Co. celebrated its first anniversary with a street party, featuring music from SoCal ska band Save Ferris. Local ska / reggae purveyors, Page 7, opened. In addition to tunes, there was quite a lot of beer (obviously), including collaborations with Chicago’s Half Acre Beer, including an excellent sour made with fruit.
The One After: Reel Big Fish — Why Do They Rock So Hard?
The One After: Reel Big Fish â Why Do They Rock So Hard?
The One After is a feature in which Modern Vinyl writers take on the album AFTER the peak. In other words, what did a band do to follow up their greatest record? How do you follow up âBlonde On Blonde?â What about âLondon Calling?â Did the artist build off their success, recoil from it, or land somewhere in between?
Something about pairing the twin titans of ska-punk brought out every 30-something in Lawrence Friday night. Also, their kids. Hell, even my kid was there with his roommate. It seemed like the in place to be. And why not, really? While it’s a legitimate argument that neither Less Than Jake nor Reel Big Fish have put out a good album in the last decade, the energy and fun of their live shows is undeniable. Continue reading →
Argh. Of course the link for this would’ve shown up just before work today. It’s going to be eating me up that all of you are watching this right fricking now while I’m in scads of meetings. But I shall cope, and persevere, and all of you ska fans out there should watch an enjoy the two-years-in-the-making documentary, Brooklyn Rocksteady: The Roots, The Scene & The Culture.
Dan Potthast is perhaps best known as the frontman for St. Louis’ finest circus-ska purveyors, MU330. In the years since that band took an unofficial hiatus, he’s performed solo and with the Stitch Up. Most recently, Potthast performed and recorded with the more traditional ska outfit Dan P. & the Bricks, which features members of Slow Gherkin. He’s getting ready to go on a tour with Reel Big Fish and Pilfers which starts January 5 at the House of Blues Downtown Disney in Anaheim, California. In advance of his six weeks on the road, Potthast was cool enough to answer some questions via e-mail about touring as a solo act, and the inherent differences between that and his usual band gigs. Continue reading →
And here we have the precise moment where digital downloads reveal their fatal flaw to me. Big D and the Kids Table release Built Up From Nothing: The D-Sides and its attendant Strictly Dub disc on October 2, but SideOne Dummy sent me an advance download for review.
While I can review the music easily, putting the details into perspective is a little difficult, as there’s no actual information beyond track titles. Continue reading →
If someone wants to make your friendly neighborhood record reviewer a happy person, you’ll figure out a way to get this into my hands. Seems that Pist ‘n’ Broke has a new picture disc LP available from Germany’s Randale Records. The long-dormant group reunited a couple years ago, but this is the first sign of any recordings from them in over a decade.
Entitled 20 Years Strong, it’s essentially a revamped version of the quite out-of-print compilation The Last Call 1992 To 1996, which came out on Vulture Rock in the late ’90s. Additionally, it contains four unreleased songs, making this the first picture disc I actually want. Seriously — I usually hate these things, but this is the sort of record that seems to pop up, sell right the fuck out, and then you spend five years tracking down a copy.
Limited to 500 copies, the oi/ska group ought to have copies at the 2000 Tons of TNT festival in Hartford over Labor Day weekend. It’s not yet in the Randale shop, but keep your eyes glued. If you ever loved the Skoidats or Inspecter 7, this is for you.