Ska Blah Blah: Small Talk Episode 03 – Babylon Party Machine

Posted on May 29th, 2008 by JJ Loy

This episode, Matt Wixson- former keyboardist to the Flaming Tsunamis. He’s the one and only member of Babylon Party Machine, an electro-Ska experiment who (last year) released two albums online. For free. At once, Wixson’s music can seem contradictory and more than a little controversial, but then all forward thinking music is.

Link to Babylon Party Machine MySpace

Link to Matt Wixson’s MySpace

Link to Free Copy of The Back of My Hand EP

Link to Free Copy of God Hates Babylon Party Machine

Link to Free Copy of Matt Wixson’s solo album, Best Intentions

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Comments (4) May 29 2008

Rude Boy for President

Posted on May 28th, 2008 by JJ Loy

I can’t find any evidence that the future President of the US enjoys Reggae or Island music, but Jamaica is behind him anyways.  I can’t say that I really enjoy any of the songs for the various candidates- and I know they aren’t all meant to be enjoyed, some of them are jokes- but I’m impressed that Reggae hasn’t missed the train on the most socially conscious hopeful in decades.

Obama embodies many of the ideals espoused in Reggae Music. His calls for drastic reform, an end to the war, transparency in the government, and support and compassion for the least of us is decidedly anti-Babylon.

Here’s a big roundup of Obama themed music videos- some Reggae, one calypso tune from the legendary Mighty Sparrow, and one that has nothing to do Ska or Reggae but is simply irresistible.

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Comments (0) May 28 2008

Rumor Becomes News – Specials Will Reunite

Posted on May 27th, 2008 by JJ Loy

You’ve no doubt heard the rumors buzzing around the past few months regarding a full reunion of the Two Tone legends, The Specials.  I had always heard that any Specials reunion will never be complete due to longstanding personal feuds that go back nearly 30 years.  I’ve seen Golding fronted reunions dissolve into screaming matches with the crowd;  I’ve heard unimpressive live stuff from the Special Beat, in recent years; and who could forget the train wreck that was Today’s Specials- but a full member reunion might recapture that magic of ’79- maybe.

This video has given me a pinch of hope:

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Comments (0) May 27 2008

Vic Online – Full Live Set on YouTube

Posted on May 27th, 2008 by JJ Loy

These vids were recorded a little over a year ago, at The Elbow Room, but they are new to me.  Maybe they’re new to you too.  This set is automatically better than your average Ruggiero live video set, in that you can actually hear the music and see the artist.  This is Vic in full One-Man-Band mode, playing mostly stuff from his solo songbook, and a little bit from The Slackers’ cannon.  Please enjoy:  Link to The Entire Set

Here’s a sample from the set in question, California:

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Bonus!  Not from the Elbow Room set- but what a great performance:

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Comments (0) May 27 2008

On the Subject of Me

Posted on May 20th, 2008 by JJ Loy

No, this is not a personal Blog. You don’t come to my feed to learn more about me as a person. You want to read about new and strange pieces on the subject of Ska.

Tough taffy, my friends.

The truth is, I’m proud of a lot of my non-Ska projects and I won’t tie my own hands for the sake of consistency.

A few years back, my comedic collaborator, Daniel Waxler and I shot a short film here in St. Louis. The premise revolves around two corporate lemonade salesmen and their attempted takeover of a local independent competitor, two little girls across the street.

MiniMovie.com, a new embedded video upstart was eager to license the short- and LemCon is now available for your viewing pleasure. MiniMovie’s embedding options are very limiting, click here to Watch LemCon.

Comments (1) May 20 2008