Chicago’s LOS VICIOS DE PAPA are Chicago’s oldest Latin Ska Fusion band, remember back in the CD days we release their split album with LOS PIES NEGROS? Last summer we released their fantastic hour long “Live At Cumbiasazo” tape for their main stage RUIDO FEST performance, now in 2017 we get two of their fan favorites “VICTIMA” and “ESPERANZA” on 7″ vinyl, limited to 300 copies. We’ve got RED and WHITE vinyl available now – if you have a preference of color let is know at email@example.com ! If you’re a fan of MALDITA VECINDAD, DESORDEN PUBLICO, or LOS FABULOSOS CADILLACS – you will LOVE these guys!
We are SO PROUD to release the debut 7″ vinyl single from the SCOTCH BONNETS! It’s a love letter of sorts to their sister city Washington, DC – “The District” features a new, funky reggae version of their original song Go, Adrian! backed with their hard-hitting rocksteady take on Cut From The Cloth, a song originally penned by THE EVENS. Both tracks were mixed by THE SLACKERS’ guitarist Agent Jay. In true DIY artistic spirit, the Bonnets have screen-printed all the covers themselves. A limited pressing of 500 records, all done with colored vinyl (250 in red, 250 in white). Continue reading SCOTCH BONNETS “The District” 7″ vinyl – red or white color in hand screened sleeves!
THE DRASTICS return with two more MICHAEL JACKSON tunes on limited edition “Jamaican Blank” style 7″ vinyl! “THE LOVE YOU SAVE” and “REMEMBER THE TIME” never sounded better, the original MJ accapellas with new music arranged in ska/reggae style! The limited edition LP / download released in 2009 had 6 songs and took the world by storm! By popular demand, we have pressed a limited edition CD (only 250 copies) with the original 6 tunes PLUS the 2 new ones AND dubs! 10 tracks in all: “I Want You Back”, “The Love You Save”, “Rock With You”, “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”, “Billy Jean”, “Smooth Criminal”, “The Way You Make Me Feel”,”Remember The Time”, “The Dub You Save”, “Remember The Dub”.
They crew at MAD BUTCHER Germany really outdid themselves with these reissues from the late 8os!! ARTHUR KAY’s “RARE AND TASTY” was released on SKANK Records in 1988 but actually compiled his rare self-released singles during the beginning of the 80s during the height of 2-TONE. Songs like “PLAY MY RECORD” and “SOOTY IS A RUDY” are stone cold 2-TONE classics, but his “SKA WARS” single was not far behind. This album is essential for all fans of “lost” UK 2-TONE sounds! The other reissue from the same period is 1989’s 4 track EP from the RUDE BOYS, this was the new orleans r&b styled ska band fronted by Roddy Moreno of The Oppressed. Originally released on 12″ single on SKA RECORDS, Mad Butcher has put this exact repro on 7″ single once again!
At long last, two 90’s classics from THE TOASTERS back on limited edition cassette tape! “DUB 56” was released in 1994, right when the ska scene started to kick into high gear! The album was released on cassette tape by Moon Ska NYC and in Europe on Poland’s Rock N’ Roller label. “2 TONE ARMY” originally was released in 1996 as “HARD BAND FE DEAD” on Moon Ska NYC, and positioned the band to be one of the top acts during the heydey of third wave ska. Features guest appearances from Lester Sterling of The Skatalites and Laurel Aitken. In 1998 the album was named “2 TONE ARMY” for the very first time, released in Poland by Rock N’ Roller…on cassette! This was the only tape release for the album, and has become quite a rarity indeed! We’re glad to have it back on tape once again! Both “DUB 56” and “2 TONE ARMY” are limited editions of 150 copies with brand new artwork – highly collectible! Continue reading Cassette Store Day 2016: THE TOASTERS “2 TONE ARMY” and “DUB 56” on CASSETTE TAPE – both limited editions of 150
Celebrate RECORD STORE DAY 2017 with JUMP UP, and pick up our limited vinyl edition of the RUDE GUEST anthology! Marble vinyl, limited to 150 copies, comes with a DL code and a button! Not familiar with their story? During the early 80’s a small handful of bands kept the 2-Tone ska flame alive – Chicago’s RUDE GUEST was one of them! They released 4 limited edition cassettes before the US third wave kicked into full gear, and this release compiles all 16 songs from these tapes. Songs songs range from happy-go-lucky uptempo 2-Tone ska with a strong sax lead (think Madness or Bad Manners) to progressive roots reggae with a rock guitar lead and brooding 80’s keyboard. We first issued these tracks for CASSETTE STORE DAY back in October, and received some amazing press from the Chicago Reader – who did a full feature on the release including an interview with founding member Paul Schroeder. Read all about that HERE. Continue reading RSD 2017: RUDE GUEST Lost Chicago Ska 1982-1993″ LP vinyl / CD / TAPE
We are so pleased to have these must have 80’s classics from THE TOASTERS back in stock! One of my faves to this day is their 1989 classic “THRILL ME UP”, originally released on Skaloid. That was the heyday of singers Sean ‘Cavo‘ Dinsmore and Lionel ‘Nene‘ Bernard, who became so popular from this album that they got signed to a major label as the UNITY 2. Tracklisitng: A1 Go Girl A2 Don’t Blame Me A3 Haitian Frustration A4 Decision At Midnight A5 Frankenska B1 Thrill Me Up B2 Ska Killers B3 Johnny Go Ska B4 Keep On Going B5 Rhapsody In Bluebeat
Not to be outdone two of their classic 12″ EPs are now reissued as 7″ singles! “Recriminations” (1985) with the songs Recriminations, Razor Cut, Run Rudy Run, Radiation Skank and “East Side Beat” (1987) with the songs East Side Beat, Mr. Trouble , Manipulator, ABC’s
JUMP UP is proud to keep 45rpm 7″ singles alive, with “portablism” (portable turntablism) and DJ culture on the rise we are releasing more vinyl singles than ever before! First up is brand new material from SYMARIP’s MONTY NEYSMITH! We began working with MONTY back in 2014, we teamed him up with THE BISHOPS from Omaha for a live concert at Chicago’s Mayne Stage. The partnership blossomed into a 7″ single early in 2015, then MONTY worked with SOUL RADICS for a second 7″ single later that year. In 2016 he toured around the USA with THE BISHOPS and began recording tracks for an upcoming full length album. To kick things off right, we are releasing this new 7″ featuring two classic SYMARIP tunes from “SKINHEAD MOONSTOMP” re-done in vintage reggae style: “Skin Flint” is a classic mid-tempo instrumental organ grinder, “Fung Shu” is a funky skinhead reggae vocal cut with hilarious lyrics! Red or Blue vinyl available. Email us your choice otherwise we will send you a red one! Continue reading New singles! MONTY NEYSMITH of SYMARIP with THE BISHOPS “Skin Flint” b/w “Fung Shu” 7″ and AKASHA “You Make Me Feel Good” b/w “Eye For An Eye” 7″
You’ve been asking for 7″ sized cloth mats for portable turntables…and we listened! Three of our most popular designs are NOW ready for you! Hopefully you’re using these on good portable players like Vestax, Numark, or the holy grail of modern portables – the Japanese GP-3 made by Columbia! As always, it’s only $5 more when added to any other order, $7 is shipped by itself. Email choice(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are so proud to announce THE SLACKERS and JUMP UP have teamed up to release 5 classic albums on cassette for the first time ever! The whole idea came about when THE SLACKERS announced three album themed shows at Los Angeles’ Troubadour and they wanted to do something special for the gigs. Since JUMP UP has lead the way in the ska/reggae world releasing 9 cassettes in the past year and participating in two Cassette Store Days, naturally we jumped at the chance to get these classics on magnetic tape for the very first time. Hell, if Green Day can release a 13 album cassette box set that comes with a boombox….we can make three cassettes for one of the greatest modern ska bands of all time who are celebrating their 25th anniversary! Pick up a vintage boombox on eBay, or hook up that tape deck into your system – it’s all about analog goodness and embracing what’s great about collectible physical media. All tapes are limited to 200 copies each!
THE SLACKERS “CLOSE YOUR EYES”
THE SLACKERS “PECULIAR”
THE SLACKERS “THE QUESTION”
THE SLACKERS “RED LIGHT” (includes 3 bonus tracks, only appearance on physical media!)
THE SLACKERS “WASTED DAYS” (with bonus tracks)
While you’re picking these up, you should get VIC RUGGIERO and JESSE WAGNER’s REGGAE WORKERS OF THE WORLD tape! We have a limited handful remaining, and this album is SO GOOD!! Pick it up too and we’ll toss in a copy of our latest PRESSURE HOP sampler on tape as well! Magnetic magic!