Freebie Friday: 100% Skacore The Sampler Volume II

All right, so we can always use new music and isn’t it better when its free? We at The Ska Mission agree which is why, once a week, we’d like to provide you with linkage to free music! Keep in mind, some of these albums may have a “name your price,” setup, so we’d encourage you to at least throw a few bucks at em, but regardless, come one, come all and download some free tunes!

100% Skacore Vol II

So, this comp right here is pretty rad! It’s a collection of Ska/Punk, Skacore, or however you wanna define them bands from over in Germany and of course, its free for download. Its very well recorded with plenty of fast skanking songs, plenty of horns and of course, plenty of songs sung in German for you peeps that are down. I have just started diving into this comp myself, so I’ll have to get back to you on what some of my favorites are, but for now, expand your ears and head over HERE TO DOWNLOAD.

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Half Past Two “Camp Slushtone”

Okay, so there is a whole bunch of great music out there that is not getting its due. I know typically when you see somebody post reviews about albums and the like, it’s in conjunction with a forthcoming release or one that is still hot off the press, but nah, I’m just going to start reviewing whatever I want whenever I feel like it, especially, because I think a lot of these albums are probably still going to be brand new to a the handful of people that wander this to this site. That being said, Let’s get it started with one of my favorite OC bands, HALF PAST TWO, and their release from last year, “CAMP SLUSHTONE.”


So right off the bat, the struggle is real when it comes to fighting the urge to sing along to these songs. The energy remains pretty upbeat through the whole EP and the catchiness burrows these songs into your skull with no intention of leaving. Point in case, my four year old has loved this album since the day I first played “Proximity,” (and he demanded I repeat it about 30 times), to the point where I catch him singing random verses about three or four times through out the day. And mind you, its the entire EP! So, for all you peeps with little ones, huck the Kidz Bop off an over pass and queue up Slushtone if you want something family friendly that your kids will totally dig, but also feeds your need for the some third wave goodness!

I really dig the overall energy of this release as it really is the perfect Summertime jam, as the overall theme of Slushtone seems to try to convince you that there’s good time happening something if you’re just open to it. Tara Hahn’s vocals and lyrics seem to challenge the listener to join the fun, especially with the cover of The Killer’s “Smile Like You Mean It,” which cracked me up to happy tears when I first heard it! As with a lot of OC bands before and after, you have a good amount of quick upstrokes mixed with some catchy Pop Punk chords, but while we’re add it, lets add some moogy sounding synths, some Van Halen-esque Guitarmonies and other fun as well. I could gush about this album for a bit more, but I’ll get down to the details, followed by a couple more music videos 🙂

“CAMP SLUSHTONE” by HALF PAST TWO
DOWNLOAD HERE!!


Freebie Friday: “WEST to EAST”

All right, so we can always use new music and isn’t it better when its free? We at The Ska Mission agree which is why, once a week, we’d like to provide you with linkage to free music! Keep in mind, some of these albums may have a “name your price,” setup, so we’d encourage you to at least throw a few bucks at em, but regardless, come one, come all and download some free tunes!

 

WEST TO EAST

Well, if you’ve followed the activities of the Ska Mission since Mayish, then you may have heard about the sampler we put together that consisted of 13 groups based west of the Mississippi River with then intent to send as many copies to Supernova Ska Fest in order to get awesome music from the west into the hands of those in the east. Ultimately, 180 copies of this 100% DIY sampler (I have the cardboard scraps, super glue stains and recurring rubber cement headaches to prove it 😉 ) made it to the festival and were distributed by the Finkster. However, we have since made another batch that are being completed and sent to some of the bands (currently, The Big News may have some copies on hand, while I am finishing up a package to be received by Fun Abuse and then there should be a good amount available at Pocket Entertainment’s SkaMicCon event in July). I think I will discontinue physical copies at about 350-400. Then, I will decide the direction of the next sampler (Open to ideas/submissions), as I think as much of a novelty as it maybe, its still pretty cool to get free music at shows and festivals.

Anyway, for those not able to get physical copies, I am providing a share link to our dropbox that will allow you to get free copies of songs by Half Past Two, Day Labor, Mister Blank, Matamoska, Rundown Kreeps, The Georgetown Orbits, The Seattleites, The Big News, Simple Minded Symphony, Casa De Calacas, Ragtag Romantics, Fun Abuse and Skablins! I hope y’all enjoy and maybe get inspired to pick up an album or EP from one of these most triumphant bands!

DOWNLOAD WEST TO EAST HERE

Freebie Friday: “Project Dub Anthology” by Cale Wilcox

All right, so we can always use new music and isn’t it better when its free? We at The Ska Mission agree which is why, once a week, we’d like to provide you with linkage to free music! Keep in mind, some of these albums may have a “name your price,” setup, so we’d encourage you to at least throw a few bucks at em, but regardless, come one, come all and download some free tunes!

“Project Dub Anthology” Cale Wilcox

So Last Week, Cale Wilcox, bassist for the Georgetown Orbits and sound engineer extraordinaire, released his latest dub project on bandcamp, “Smoke & Fire,” last week through band camp, but this week’s freebie, is his previous album, “Project Dub Anthology,” which spans a much wider time range (1998-2016) for the source of the material and was released last summer.

On this killer release, you’ll find all sorts of dubs from Cale’s past, including from his time in Get Down Moses, to older Orbits’ releases, as He’s been the dude behind the dials for all of their albums. Being Dub, this is mostly instrumentals with Cale doing the bulk of the playing, but damn is it solid, smooth and worth many lessons, especially for appreciators of excellent Dub Reggae. Here are a few of my favorites, with the last one being, “Caught Up (Buzzard Dub)”, which is easily one of my favorite tracks from last year:

Now, you can get this album at: http://calewilcox.com/album/project-dub-anthology and there is no set price, but since this one is a Name your price, throw the man a few bones for this masterpiece. At the very least, get your copy today and settle into summer nice and easy, my friends.

 

Freebie Friday: The Skacademy Awards 2018

All right, so we can always use new music and isn’t it better when its free? We at The Ska Mission agree which is why, once a week, we’d like to provide you with linkage to free music! Keep in mind, some of these albums may have a “name your price,” setup, so we’d encourage you to at least throw a few bucks at em, but regardless, come one, come all and download some free tunes!

THE SKACADEMY AWARDS 2018: TOUR AND WINNERS

So, in case you haven’t heard, those awesome homies at Pocket Entertainment have created an annual event to recognize awesome Ska groups from all over the country. This year, they expanded on that event and created a short tour up the west coast that included the likes of The Toasters, Half Past Two, Codename: Rocky and more! Pretty awesome if you ask me, and now, to help commemorate this year’s festivities, Pocket put out a short comp that includes winners of awards as well as bands that played the tour and yes, its FREE to DOWNLOAD right here!

Haven’t enticed you enough? Here are my a few of my favorite tracks:

MATAMOSKA – EAST L.A.

THE HOLOPHONICS – SLEEPWALKER

So, if you want some killer music, check out this release here: https://pocketentertainment.bandcamp.com/releases

Also, if you have free or name your price Ska related music that you would like considered for this feature, please email a link to your tunes to theskamission@gmail.com with “FREEBIE” in the subject line. ENJOY!

Freebie Friday: “Pacific Sound System: Volume One”

All right, so we can always use new music and isn’t it better when its free? We at The Ska Mission agree which is why, once a week, we’d like to provide you with linkage to free music! Keep in mind, some of these albums may have a “name your price,” setup, so we’d encourage you to at least throw a few bucks at em, but regardless, come one, come all and download some free tunes!

PACIFIC SOUND SYSTEM: VOLUME ONE

This compilation of tracks came out  in 2014 and features bands mostly from the Pacific Northwest/British Columbia, as it was put together by members of The Brass Action, a punk rockabilly sounding ska group from Vancouver. You definitely don’t get cheated as it features 26 of the most notable groups from the region, including Los Furios, Easy Big Fella, The Georgetown Orbits, Dope Soda, The Longshots, Wet City Rockers and more!

A few of my personal faves include:

Great, catchy singalong organ driven song from three of the members of Los Furios. Very full sound and great lyrical content!

The Godfathers of Seattle Ska and Moon Ska Vets, Easy Big Fella, added this awesome unreleased track.

https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=1651755570/size=small/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/track=512556856/transparent=true/

Finally, one of the earliest recordings from Simple Minded Symphony, and while a bit raw, it definitely shows the awesome arrangements and songwriting they’ve continued to build on as well as the potential for where they are taking their music.

https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=1651755570/size=small/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/track=747594036/transparent=true/

So, check out this great free comp available HERE (web site: pacificsoundsystem.bandcamp.com/album/pacific-sound-system) and stay tuned for next week’s edition.

Also, if you have free or name your price Ska related music that you would like considered for this feature, please email a link to your tunes to theskamission@gmail.com with “FREEBIE” in the subject line. ENJOY!

 

Simple Minded Symphony “Widow’s Watch”

Hey all!

Been a while and a half, but there’s pressing matters of Ska* and right now at the forefront is Simple Minded Symphony dropping Gem after Gem to get y’all ready for their forth coming EP, WIDOW’S WATCH, an acoustic and kinda chill vibe song that if you haven’t heard it yet, get on that. And well, if you don’t get on that, be sure to check out all the big Ska radio shows across the web, cuz they will be blowing up your speakers with it shortly!

BUT… Don’t be lame, get on that and while you’re at it, check out the other awesome offerings leading up to what shall be a master piece of Ska:

STAY AWAY
TO THE HIGHEST CALIBER”
MIND BLIND

And also, catch Simple Minded Symphony with Deschamp and The Bear Dance at the Highline on January 26th! Tickets on Sale NOW!

*There are ALWAYS pressing matters of SKA* 😉