JJ’s Still Got It

Posted on December 5th, 2009 by JJ Loy

So here’s my obligatory, “sorry-I-haven’t-posted-in-a-while” post that are so popular with the kids these days.

The truth is, I’m not all that sorry.  I’m still doing the Ska’s The Limit radio show, and I’ve even been podcasting for the boys over at Pressure Drop/Music Is Our Occupation.  Trust, I’m keeping busy.

Also contributing to my lag- There are just so many great Ska blogs out there, scooping me at every turn.  Perhaps I’ll start showcasing a few of these wonderful websites, in the near future.

Of course, any reader of mine has got to be hip to the one they call, Gabe Pressure and his catalog of ska podcasts, Music Is Our Occupation.  A few months ago, Gabe and I thought it would be fun to recreate the tracklist of The Slackers’ seminal record, Redlight, using tracks from my extensive live bootleg collection.  Redlight is the second album by The Slackers- but in many ways, it’s their first.

The whole sha-bang can be found over at MusicalOccupation.com- JJ Loy Presents: Redlight Redid


One last thing- When I collected these live bootlegs, I didn’t realize that I’d ever play them for the public.  While I’m all too happy to do so, I feel bad that I don’t have a single credit for any of the tapers.  I apologize.  If you are one of the tapers, or you know who the credit goes to, please let me know.

Comments (3) Dec 05 2009

Dub Online: Live Dub From Balanced Records

Posted on January 6th, 2009 by JJ Loy

Balanced Records has quite a long list of killer dub and electronic podcasts, full of long, live DJ sets and mix tapes.  I’m especially into the hour long Dubmatix set.  I also can’t wait to check out the episode featuring Subatomic Soundsystem.  If you are in the mood for some straight, uninterrupted live dub- the Balanced Podcast is for you.

Check it: Balanced Podcast

Dubmatix Homepage

Subatomic Soundsystem

Comments (0) Jan 06 2009

The State of Ska Blah Blah

Posted on July 21st, 2008 by JJ Loy

I’ve come to the end of another series of interviews.  Small Talk concluded with just as much punch as it began with- and I am honored to have spoken with each and every artist featured within.

I know the site has been wonky with Safari and Opera, lately- and I think that issue is resolved at the moment.  Please let me know if you are still having trouble viewing SkaBlahBlah.com.  A site overhaul is in the works.  Until then, here’s a complete hunk of links- everything I’ve produced for Ska Blah Blah:

Series One – Conversations on a Revivalist Movement

01.Chris Murray
02.Victor Rice
03.Dave Hillyard
04.Joey Altruda
05.Vic Ruggiero

Series Two – Cut the Chit Chat

01.New Ska
02.Skinhead Reggae
03.Hard Edged Dub
04.Ska Rap
05.Ska Demos
06.Even Newer Ska

Series Three – Small Talk

01 – Victor Axelrod
02 – Green Room Rockers
03 – Babylon Party Machine
04 – The Impalers
05 – The Aggrolites

Special Episodes

00 Field Trip to Ska Weekend ’07
00 A Look Back at The Skatalites Middle Period

New episodes aren’t in the near future, but the blog side of Ska Blah Blah will continue to bring you lots of Ska Links and Videos.  If you haven’t already, please subscribe with your favorite feed reader.

Thank you all so much for reading the blog and listening to the podcasts, especially those of you who have really contributed by commenting on the various posts.  I encourage everyone to leave a comment or drop me a line with your thoughts on all things Ska.


-JJ Loy


Comments (1) Jul 21 2008

Ska Blah Blah: Small Talk – Episode 05 – The Aggrolites

Posted on July 17th, 2008 by JJ Loy

Brian Dixon has been a major influence in LA’s Ska and Reggae scene for years now.  He’s been a key player in the Rhythm Doctors and the After Hours project- his latest thing is a little band you might have heard of- called The Aggrolites.

Brian and I discuss The Aggro’s writing process and their belief that everyone can love good Reggae, on this, the last episode of Small Talk.

Get The Aggrolites newest record Reggae Hit LA Link

Watch The Aggrolites Videos on YouTube Link

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Comments (5) Jul 17 2008

Ska Blah Blah: Small Talk – Episode 4 – The Impalers

Posted on June 26th, 2008 by JJ Loy

Lars Nylander, once the great valve T-bone player for Skankin’ Pickle and now the (even greater) keyboadist to the Impalers, talked to me at length for this episode of Small Talk.  We discuss the maturation of his music as well as the production techniques that distinguish The Impalers from their Skinhead Reggae brothers, The Aggrolites.

The Impalers are an impressive band and Axe Records is a quality label, I encourage everyone to check them out.


Axe Records Link

Impalers MySpace Link

Buy Blood, Rum & Reggae from iTunes Link

Bobby Bobson’s review at Musical Occupation Link

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Comments (2) Jun 26 2008