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

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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* 😉

FREE SUMMER CONCERT GUIDE

 

So, nothing beats free music for all ages, so I decided to compile a list of all the happenings I could around Washington State that 

June 28th (Thursday)
Port Gardner Landing (Everett, WA) All Ages FREE
Clinton Fearon

June 30th (Saturday)
Port Gardner Landing (Everett, WA) All Ages FREE
Longstride

July 22nd (Sunday)
Bremerton Boardwalk (Bremerton, WA) All Ages FREE
Longstride
WEPA

July 24th (Tuesday)
Ober Park (Vashon, WA) All Ages FREE
Clinton Fearon

July 26th (Thursday)
St. Edwards Park (Kenmore, WA) All Ages FREE
Winston Jarrett
Yogoman Burning Band

August 28th (Tuesday)
Virginia Mason Bellevue (Bellevue, WA) All Ages FREE
Adrian Xavier

August 30th (Thursday)
Bellevue Connection (Bellevue, WA) All Ages FREE
The Georgetown Orbits

August 31st (Friday)
Harbor Steps (Downtown) All Ages FREE
Clinton Fearon

 

New Tune: Simple Minded Symphony “Mind Blind”

Hey, not missing a beat after a hard fought, strong finish in their attempt to get on Ska Mic Con, Simple Minded Symphony have just put out the first single as a precursor to the increased amount of recorded Ska goodness they have plan.

This tune has been available for a short time now, so if you haven’t heard it, get on it now and prepare for an EP that will release sometime in Mid-Early Fall and then the full length, “Horizons,” which will hit maybe around the end of 2017/beginning of 2018. So, check out “Mind Blind,” below:

If you wanna catch them live soon, they will be at:

(August 18th) MWR Customer Appreciation w/ Vertical Horizon (FREE)

(September 2nd) Oak Harbor Music Festival w/ Marc Broussard, Dirty Revival, The Paperboys and more!

(September 3rd) The Ska Mission Presents ALL SKA & NO WORK w/ The Kings, Rundown Kreeps, Echo Shot, Day Labor and Landrace!

Whats the Happs?

So, it’s been a while since I’ve run things down on what’s happening in the PNW Ska/Reggae Scene. Here’s some news and tidbits:

-The Sentiments had a highly successful mini-tour with The Slackers and wowed audiences in Seattle, Vancouver, Victoria and of course their hometown, Portland. Don’t forget, they dropped their album, “Hi-Fi”, on December 1st and you can get yourself a copy HERE.

-Speaking of tours, It Gets Worse completed their jaunt down the west coast, hitting up venues in Medford, Orange County, Los Angeles, Tempe, Tucson, Flagstaff and Oakland. Sounds like they did the PNW proud with some great crowds and now they have returned home to get this album out that they keep teasing me with, hopefully ;). They have a pre New Years Eve show next Friday (30th) at Barboza with Gully and Tacoma Reggae Dudes, Echoshot. Then, they will be supporting the Devil’s Three Way Tour that features Voodoo Glow Skulls, Buck-O-Nine and The Porkers at El Corazon on January 10th and IGW has tickets, so if you need them still, hit those dudes up. Also, a side note on that Corazon gig: the show is being opened by a young Ska group known as Simple Minded Symphony, I recommend you check em out.

-Oh and dare I say more your news? The Bandulus, those glorious rockers of Bridge City, are hitting the road with the LA homies, The Steady 45s, for a trip through California, Arizona and all the way to the Dulu birthplace, Austin, TX. This journey ends up in Portland at the Fixin’ To on March 4th and also has a date in Eugene at Old Nick’s Pub on March 3rd, for my PNW contingent, but keep an eye for my postings and repostings of the full itinerary. Also, i hear Dulu Record #3 and #4 are in different stages of completion, so someday hopefully not too far from now, we get ourselves some new tunes to drink and dance to my friends 🙂

-But the tour news ain’t over yet. Our Eastern WA/Spokaner buddies, Ragtag Romantics, are going on some insane quest of 120 gigs that starts in March and ends in July, I believe. They are going along with Deschamp, an awesome solo artist with a new album for y’all to check out. We are working on a Seattle date, stay tuned for that.

-The Georgetown Orbits have some big 2017 plans and they start with the first Ska Mission supported show of the year: The GTOs alongside Easy Big Fella and Skablins will be hitting the High Dive in Fremont on the 13th of January. Then, I’m hearing rumblings of recordings from the Orbs and maybe some out of area shows. One can only hope 🙂

-As for my glorious self, (This is the part where most of y’all can click out of the window), I survived another online semester of second bachelor degree quest and am trying to figure out the next steps along with RC and Justin. I want the Mission to keep growing and for Ska/Reggae music to seem ubiquitous in the region, especially with all the talent from here and all the talent that wants to come here.

We are currently working on the lineup for the next Ska Fest installment and should have some groups to announce soon. Honestly, this may be the biggest one yet, depending on how the machinations in place turn out. I would love for this to become an even bigger event on a cultural and artistic standpoint, so we will be looking into some potential extra events and yea, I’m  using a lot of vague speak in this post, but I promise all will be revealed when ALL is confirmed.

Finally, I will have my albums of 2016 list up before the New Year, so check back for that if you like and some show updates on the show lists as well. Cheers and love to you and yours!

-Stuck