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

ReggaeTV knows their Ska

Posted on October 8th, 2009 by JJ Loy

I just discovered ReggaeTV.

Is it a video podcast?  An online TV show?  A collection of Reggae and Ska interviews?  I don’t know exactly, but it’s something like that.  In addition to interviews with such Reggae headliners, Owen Grey, Ras Michael and Steel Pulse- ReggaeTV also has a share of Ska coverage.

Two videos should be of particular interest to Ska Blah Blah readers, Vic Ruggiero and Chris Murray:

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I love Vic’s explanation of what he sees in Ska.  Plus, he makes a few comments about his father that add an interesting follow-up to the 2001 video I posted last week.

I’m also looking forward to checking out the episodes featuring Reggae historian, Roger Steffens and Heartbeat Records’ Chris Wilson.  Keep your eyes peeled for future episodes featuring Lee Perry and Tippa Irie.

Comments (0) Oct 08 2009

Mr. T-Bone To See America, again!

Posted on September 7th, 2009 by JJ Loy

That’s right-  Everyone’s favorite Italian Ska Boss, Mr. T-Bone, is planning not one, but two more tours in the US.  Here’s the details that were passed along to me…

Mr. T-Bone will appear with Brooklyn’s The Forthrights, for two shows this month with The Slackers:

Sept 25th SLACK-FEST @ Bowery Ballroom NYC
Sept 27th Middle east downstairs + The Slackers Boston MA

And later on, in January, you can expect Mr. T to hit up both coasts and spots between.  He even hinted that Chicago will have a date on the tour, which means that mid-westerners like myself might even get a chance to dance.

Also, keep your eyes peeled for his latest album Heroes, to be release on LP by Jump Up, and on CD by Special Potato sometime soon.

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New Video from Mr. T-Bone

Comments (1) Sep 07 2009

Pick It Up Zine features Yours Truly

Posted on September 19th, 2008 by JJ Loy

Madie Ruthless isn’t just the coolest lo-fi acoustic ska act to come along since the one, Chris Murray, but she’s also the person responsible for New Orleans’ Pick It Up Skazine.  I nearly forgot that she reprinted my review of the newest Slackers record, Self Medication.

Of course you can read it here on Ska Blah Blah, but then you’d be missing out on interviews with Sic & Mad, Tommi Infamous and Deal’s Gone Bad.  And Pick It Up will take you back to the days of zeroxed, DIY zine’s that used to connect us all to the scene. Check it out.

Comments (1) Sep 19 2008

The Slackers Recorded Live in Ithaca, NY

Posted on May 3rd, 2008 by JJ Loy

Here’s another great recording from Tom, who did the fabulous Funk’n Waffles Slackers set, this time from Ithaca NY.

Here’s Tom on making ska bootlegs:

Funny that there are a lot of people recording all kinds of live music these days, yet, there aren’t a whole lot of live recordings of ska/reggae bands.  My aim is to change that somewhat.

and on the Ithaca show in particular:

feel free to post it…its not the most even sounding record because the board is all over the place at times..but 90% of it is excellent.

Click here for the FileFront Link.

Comments (0) May 03 2008