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The Georgetown Orbits new album!

Posted by Orion Anderson on February 24, 2014 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

Hey Everyone,

The Georgetown Orbits are an 8-piece Ska/Reggae/Rocksteady group from Seattle. We currently have a Kickstarter campaign going to raise funds for the release of our 3rd studio album. Please visit our website and Facebook page.

If you like what you hear, please donate to our Kickstarter! There are lots of cool rewards for all donations over $10.

Thanks!

-GtO's

Upcoming Florida Ska Compilation Has Something for Everyone!

Posted by skaisyourfriend on February 23, 2014 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

Whether you’re a Floridian or not, Citrus Records' upcoming release of Florida Ska: Closer Than You Volume 3 promises to be “skankworthy” to traditionalists and ska punks alike. The 2 CD compilation features a potpourri of established and newer Florida bands. Executive producer of the album, Ed Lowery is no stranger to Florida’s ska scene. The front man for Tampa’s legendary Magadog and more recently The Apes, Lowery produced the first two volumes of the “Florida Ska: Closer Than You” comps.  Since the first release in 1996, the Florida Ska Comps have introduced listeners to several noteworthy Florida bands such as Less Than Jake, Skif Dank, The Usuals, Pork Pie Tribe,King 7 and The Soulsonics, Cold Spot 8 and many more. The tradition continues with volume 3 which will feature the following confirmed bands:

Askultura – Miami

The Duppies – Gainesville

The Apes FLA – Tampa

Control This! -­ Orlando…

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SKAspot Interviews Reel Big Fish + A Review of the Show!

Posted by skaisyourfriend on November 6, 2013 at 10:26pm 3 Comments

I believe I heard the word "SKAwesome!" more than once at Jannus Live on Saturday, November 2nd. That one word summed up my experience as I had the opportunity to interview one of the bands that inspired my interest in ska in the first place. On Saturday afternoon I sat down with guitarist and front man, Aaron Barrett, and drummer, Ryland Steen,  to discuss a range of topics from new ska, their influences, favorite cartoons, guilty pleasures and even Aaron's failing grade in 10th grade English that led to his picking up the guitar. The conversation was laid back and, shaking off the part of me that saw these guys intangible as rock stars, I felt strangely like I was chatting with some old friends. At the conclusion of the interview, the duo was so kind as to record a station id for the Ska channel on SKY.fm and recorded an opening for the school news at the middle school I work at by day (I teach TV Productions). 

 

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Beebs and Her Money Makers kicked off the festivities with a high energy set including some dance-worthy ska, soulful vocals, tight horns, confetti and a giant robot! It's rare that you find a band with so much pizzazz in costume, stage presence and sound but that's what we got with BAHMM! Aaron Barrett even joined the band on stage at one point. With my photo pass, I was able to sneak around in…

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