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!!


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Freebie Friday: “Pacific Sound System: Volume Two”

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 Two

Yea, after posting the first one, ’twas only a matter of time until I brought along Volume Two and for good reason, as this edition is just as legit as the first! It’s also several years newer, so some more of the groups on here are still active. Its 24 tracks long, so warning for all you burners like myself, I couldn’t get the entirety of this collection on one disc, but man it’s worth the burning of two. Here are some of my favorites 🙂

This was a great way to introduce the world to Ballard’s finest Ska act, The Kings! Is there a such thing as Greaser Ska? Is now 🙂

Curtis Irie is a renaissance man in his own regard when it comes to his versatility in the Ska/Reggae scene, as in addition Irie Idea, the dude plays in the Bandulus, has backed up and tour with Sammy Kay, and also is a master engineer. This also proves his prowess as a songwriter and if you get a chance, he’s awesome as a solo artist too!

Seattle’s longest running and consistent Ska Band, Natalie Wouldn’t, throws you a curve ball and makes even Lou Reed feel the Ska with some horns and skanking rhythms.

So, Anyway head over to: https://pacificsoundsystem.bandcamp.com/album/pacific-sound-system-volume-ii for your free copy and enjoy! More Free stuff next week amigos!

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: “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* 😉

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!