If I was the maker of fine sugar, I wouldn’t sell it in a milk carton. But I would use the sweet Ska sounds of Norway’s Razika to sell the stuff. Luckily, the makers of St. Louis Sucre got it half-right, featuring the sugary sweet, Taste My Dream.
They’re being mean again! Sure, this scathing 3rd Wave Ska parody from CollegeHumor.com is about 12 years too late, but it’s my job to cover it when anyone is picking on Ska. What’s sad is that this is still the image the world has when they think about Ska- if they even ever think about Ska to begin with.
Please don’t get upset with me for posting more Ska Deprecation. I don’t think a lot of the points they make are all that apt anymore- but like the Ras Trent thing from last year, I think this video is good medicine for the scene. Besides, I’d wager the songwriters, Patrick Cassels and Scott Hallam were drawing from some personal ska experiences to craft such a put down to the ska-punk sound.
I’ve been playing the hell out of the latest release from Mr. T-Bone and The Young Lions on my radio show, Ska’s The Limit. I especially enjoy, The President of The Republic of Bananas- so I’m pretty happy with the band’s decision to make it their new single.
From their new record, Heroes, here’s the brand new video:
Here’s something I just got hipped to, through a clip Maddie Ruthless recently posted to FaceBook. The clip in question turned out to be just a small piece of a Reggae documentary from a 70′s UK entertainment news program. I can’t find much information on the show itself, which was called Aquarius. However, I was able to track down the episode, in it’s entirety.
The episode takes a nice aproach to educating it’s uninitiated white viewers. The producers seem to be trying to heal racial tensions in England, by celebrating Jamaica’s most identifiable cultural export, Reggae. One guest points out that what kept Reggae off of the charts was not racism, but a lack of understanding Reggae and Jamaican culture, from the record companies’ point-of-view.
Of course, if you’re a frequent visiter to Ska Blah Blah, I imagine you need no tolerance lesson. For you, I recomend this movie for it’s great performances and insightful interviews, from Roy Shirley and many more.
I don’t know what I’m most excited about- the new Rancid album, Let the Dominoes Fall, or Conan O’Brien’s new gig as the host of The Tonight Show. Good thing I don’t have to choose, here’s the best of both worlds:
UPDATE: NBC has taken down this vid, and any others that feature this clip. It’s like the TV companies don’t want you to like them- congrats NBC, I don’t. I’ve got love for Conan, but the suits need to get a better handle on viral marketing. To make it up to you, my loyal readers, here’s the official video for Last One to Die: