Ska Online: Original Ska Documentary

Posted on June 4th, 2009 by JJ Loy

I’ve been looking for a copy of This is Ska, ever since I caught a glimpse of it on a friend’s Laserdisc. Clips have been available for years, but the entire movie was hard to track down. Then I ran across the whole thing (in four parts) on YouTube, this morning!
So here it is- for you- Check out Jimmy Cliff, Toots and The Maytals and Byron Lee and The Dragonaires, The Blues Busters and The Charmers. The best part about this doc, in my opinion, is the awesome, original ska dancing from these clean-cut Jamaican teens.
I know that it was filmed at the Sombrero Club in 1962, and that the film’s intro is sampled in tons of tunes- however, it’s still very difficult to find any info about it. If anybody’s got some info, send it my way.

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Comments (1) Jun 04 2009

Ska Online: Tim Armstrong and Aggrolites – Live in mp3

Posted on March 29th, 2008 by JJ Loy

I don’t want this site to be one of those blogs that posts a lot of zShare and RapidShare content, however, I love bootlegs and live recordings. Since the kids over at punktorrents.com didn’t seem too interested in my offering of this great live set, I thought maybe my loyal readers would be.

This was recorded (not by me) live at the KROQ Weenie Roast ’07 and features Tim and the Aggrolites performing a lot of songs from A Poets Life. Plus, for the last two songs, Lars Fredrickson joins the group for some old fashioned Rancid tunes. The recording itself is better than average, with only a little bit of noise and glitch- if I had to grade it, I’d give it a B.

Click here for the zShare link.

Related Ska Blah Blah coverage:

A Poets Live Review and Vids

Comments (1) Mar 29 2008

Ska Online: Desirable DVDs Abound

Posted on March 27th, 2008 by JJ Loy

My last post pointed you to an upcoming Rocksteady documentary, but that is far from the only interesting documentary coming down the pike.  Here’s three other projects with accompanying trailers:

Legends of Ska: The Movie

This one looks to be a similar idea as the Rocksteady doc-  get all the heavy hitters from around the world, film a concert, record some music, and shoot some interviews.

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The Birth of Ska in Britain

Here we have a doc that will cover the migration of Jamaican music to the UK, featuring Duke Vin, Count Suckle, and Daddy Vego, to name a few.

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The Skatalites – Live in Sao Paulo

Here’s one I mentioned a few months ago.  Victor Rice and the folks at Radiola Records have put together a live presentation of this not-so-original line-up.  Release date is as soon as April 7.

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Comments (0) Mar 27 2008

Dub Online: Flash Game Makes You the DJ

Posted on January 4th, 2008 by JJ Loy

I found this site a few years ago, and quickly lost track of it. Only because of serendipitous searching has it found it’s way to my bookmarks list.

It’s Infinite Wheel, a Flash-based series of Games that puts you in the DJ drivers seat. There are 10 games in all, each with multiple riddim tracks and packed with friendly cartoon characters and urban landscapes that, when clicked, fire off signature dub FX. There is no goal to the games except executing your own track without dropping the beat.

It’s a blast! However, I’d like to see this idea expanded upon in just two ways: While the cartoony interface is fun, I’d go crazy for an interface that simply represented the mixing board. You know, a true Dub Simulator. And the main drawback to the Infinite Wheel games is the lack of record-ability. How cool would it be to carve out a flawless Dub track on IW and then export the song to show off to your friends?

Here’s the Link you’ll need, just click the different characters to play their game.

Comments (0) Jan 04 2008

Dub Online: NPR profiles Reggae Ice Cream Truck

Posted on January 4th, 2008 by JJ Loy

The spirit of the Sound System is alive and well as evidenced by Aurelito and Shakespeare’s tricked out, 1960′s era ice cream truck. Instead of selling Bomb Pops and poorly designed sherbet on a stick, these LA DJ’s sling cds and spin vinyl for the neighborhood kids.

Get the whole story from this 2004 Day to Day segment. Link

 

Fans of my favorite blog, Boing Boing, might recognize the name in this story’s byline is that of the host of Boing Boing TV, Xeni Jardin. Not only does she have the hottest voice to regularly grace NPR, but she is easily the foxiest of all the BB.net editors. But we love her for her mind, of course. She brings a unique perspective to tech journalism by focusing on the cultural side of science. Yes, I’m a Ska Geek, but I’m also a Geek Geek.

Comments (1) Jan 04 2008