05 – Vic Ruggiero – Conversations on a Revivalist Movement

Posted on April 16th, 2007 by JJ Loy

Being the band leader, songwriter, keyboard player, and vocalist of The Slackers, Vic Ruggiero is a very busy man. But he took an hour out of his schedule to talk to me in this, the final episode of the series.

Vic picks up where Joey Altruda left off, last episode, talking about working within a genre’s parameters. And Ruggiero also answers my many questions about his lyrics and the various themes that appear in them. In doing so, he represents the connection between American and Jamaican Roots Music. All this plus Vic’s take on fate, collective thought, and Os Mutantes.

You’ll also hear lot’s of live music from The Slackers, as well as New Vic Solo Stuff.

Links of Interest:

-The Slackers live sets on Archive.Org
- The Slackers merch page
- Ruggiero’s MySpace with Downloadable tracks for Free and for Fee
- JupUp Records sells Vic’s Japanese Solo Record, Hamburguru
- Vic and The Slackers on NPR
- And On Austin Radio

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04 – Joey Altruda – Conversations on a Revivalist Movement

Posted on April 2nd, 2007 by JJ Loy


I was back on the phone to LA this episode. This time, to talk to Joey Altruda about his part in the California Trad Ska scene, as the leader of Jump with Joey. Not only has he played with many of Ska’s founders, as my other guests have, Altruda has genuinely befriended his Ska and Jazz mentors. He’s played countless shows with Ernest Ranglin and Plas Johnson, toured with Roland Alphonso, and produced sessions with Coxsone Dodd.

He also discusses the maturation of the LA crowds, and the few things American Ska fans have in common with the original Sound System audiences of yesteryear.

Links of Interest:

- Joey Altruda’s Myspace.
- A video interview with Joey, about a theme song he wrote.
- Amazon Link to Jump With Joey CDs. Mostly used, but cheap. And the buy now feature often links to a local shop somewhere.
- Altruda’s Merch Page
- A wonderful NPR story about Monty Alexander and Ernest Ranglin, with live music and interviews.

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03 – Dave Hillyard – Conversations on a Revivalist Movement

Posted on March 20th, 2007 by JJ Loy


In this Episode, you’ll hear my interview with Dave Hillyard, as well as some live music from his bands, The Slackers and The David Hillyard Rocksteady Seven. Hillyard talks about life on the road, as a touring musician, and life at home, as a husband and father. We discuss playing for non-ska audiences and the different reactions he’s gotten from Jazz-heads. He also talks about his trip to Jamaica, and the times he’s worked with some of Ska’s earliest legends.

Other Links of Interest:
-Hillyard’s MySpace page with Downloadable tracks for Free and for Fee.
-A Press Kit for RS7′s United Front.
-YouTube Results for Dave

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02 – Victor Rice – Conversations on a Revivalist Movement

Posted on March 3rd, 2007 by JJ Loy


This edition features the words and music of Victor Rice. Recorded in Sept. of ’06, from his home in Sao Paulo, Rice talks about his early career in the NYC Ska scene, and the work he did for Moon Records and Version City. In the 90′s, Rice was a prolific producer and bassist for such bands as The Scofflaws, Mephiskapheles, New York Ska Jazz Ensemble, and many more. We also discuss some of his lesser known projects, his current work as a Dub engineer in Brazil, and the future of Samba Rocksteady.

Other Links of interest:
- Rice’s Resume
- A place to get Age of Insects
- Get music from Victor
- A place to get many of the records Rice has produced

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01 – Chris Murray – Conversations on a Revivalist Movement

Posted on February 13th, 2007 by JJ Loy


In this episode you’ll hear my interview with Chris Murray from Dec of ’06, as well as a few tunes from various points of his career. We spoke about his early 4-track solo style, and his recent recordings with The Slackers Murray answers questions about working for Moon and Asian Man Records, and talks about the LA Ska and Reggae concert series, The Bluebeat Lounge, which he also hosts.

Other related links:
-Chris Murray’s Homepage
-A place to buy Da Whole Thing at Version City
-A place to buy Chris Murray feat. The Slackers: Slackness (good luck)
-Murray’s solo albums can be ordered here

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Comments (0) Feb 13 2007