Blue Beat DC and Jump Up Records have teamed up to present the inaugural Capital Ska & Reggae Review, kicking off Memorial Day weekend on Friday, May 24 at the Songbyrd Music Café. Washington DC’s traditional ska-jazz legends Eastern Standard Time will be celebrating the release of their brand new studio album “Time For Change” alongside The Fuss, Scotch Bonnets, and The Loving Paupers.
The Capital Ska & Reggae Review will showcase Washington DC’s finest vintage Jamaican sounds; all four bands take the classic style in their own distinct musical directions. Three bands are female-fronted, adding a unique perspective and contrast to the “mainstream” ska sound of the 90’s. The night will also feature an all star cast of DJ’s including Chicago’s Chuck Wren, head of top US imprint Jump Up Records. The Scotch Bonnets, lead by Lady Hatchet, formed in 2009 and were quickly embraced by the DIY punk scene, teaming up with H.R. of Bad Brains and Roddy Radiation of The Specials to record and tour. Their debut single included a cover of the Evens (Dischord), and they have been featured on tributes to The Clash and The Ramones. The Loving Paupers are a rootsy “lovers rock” reggae band featuring current & former members of The Pietasters, lead by the stunning siren Kelly Di Filippo These Beatlesque broken hearted songs are often are compared to Cat Power, Hollie Cook and Kate Bush. The Fuss deliver a British mod twist to Jamaican ska, with beautiful 3-part harmonies and a large horn and rhythm section. Lead by Andi Leo, who not only programs the monthly Blue Beat DC night but is also a well known DC scooterist. Eastern Standard Time are the elder statesmen of the DC traditional scene, formed in 1995 as a project to bring musicians from DC’s jazz and Caribbean communities together to play music based on the original Jamaican Ska. Over the years the membership crystalized into a seven-piece group primarily blending American soul and jazz with danceable Jamaican rhythms from the 50s to the 70s. Eastern Standard Time has logged years on the road, with dozens of tours throughout Europe and North America to their credit.
Capital Ska & Reggae Review
Friday, May 24 2019
Songbyrd Music Café / 2475 18th Street N.W. / Washington, DC 20009
For tickets and more info: http://songbyrddc.com/
Washington DC’s Loving Paupers formed in 2015, featuring a talented cast of established and diverse regional musicians, including current and former members of third wave ska legends The Pietasters and The Smooths. Make no mistake, The Loving Paupers are a reggae/dub outfit, but their music is heavily influenced by the likes of The Beatles, Kinks, Zombies, The Supremes, to the late Gregory Issacs, Sugar Minott, and Dennis Brown. Featuring powerhouse lead vocalist Kelly Di Filippo, whose emotive style brings immediate comparisons to Chan Marshall (Cat Power), Jane Birkin, Kate Bush and even Joni Mitchell, in modern reggae circles the band is likened to recent output by Hollie Cook, The Frightnrs, and The Skints. The Loving Paupers recorded their debut EP in 2016, working alongside Grammy Award winning Brazilian producer Victor Rice, and since have received rave reviews for performances at various festivals, to venues such as DC’s 9:30 Club. “Lines” is the band’s debut full length album – ten melancholic songs that touch upon heartbreak and emotional dissidence, moody melodies enhanced once again by Victor Rice’s loving touch. Broken hearted roots reggae. Dreamy Lovers Rock vibes. Limited edition of 400 on red and black vinyl.
Two great vinyl releases from The Toasters label MEGALITH! The 2 TONE LIZARD KINGS hail from Arizona and deliver an album full of high octane traditional based ska and laid back rocksteady grooves that will put a kick in your step! The faster songs kind of have a vibe of early 90’s European bands like The Busters or No Sports, and the slower reggae tunes fit in with many bands on Moon NYC back in the heyday. A nostalgic listen indeed! Next up is CARTOON VIOLENCE from Wales – their sound is an insanely catchy affair that mixes super bouncy 2 tone ska with distinctly British sounding pop & indie stylings. Their songs capture the classic Brit Pop storytelling vibe of the likes of The Kinks, Madness, Squeeze, The Hotknives & Parklife-era Blur, with each tune lyrically being like a mini kitchen sink drama in its own right! Endless soaring energy, great sing-a-long choruses & wonderful piano/organ melodies are all hallmarks of the band’s unique ska sound.
Phoenix City All-stars “Clash Version Rockers” CD: Following their Jamaican ska takes on 2 Tone Records, The Rolling Stones and Dexys Midnight Runners, Phoenix City All-stars return with their fourth studio album – Clash Version Rockers – an incendiary dub take on The Clash. Tracklisting features 9 devastating 70s style rockers cuts of White Riot, Bankrobber, London Calling, Career Opportunities, White Man In Hammersmith Palais, Clash City Rockers, This Is Radio Clash, Tommy Gun and Guns of Brixton. Pama International meets Manasseh “Trojan Sessions In Dub” CD: In 2006 Pama International became the first new band to sign to the legendary Trojan Records in 30 years. The album ‘Trojan Sessions’ was produced by band founder, writer, keyboardist Sean Flowerdew and Nick Manasseh and featured numerous reggae legends including; Rico Rodriguez, Derrck Morgan, Dawn Penn, Dave & Ansel Collins, Dennis Alcapone and more. Now, for the first time, all 8 Manasseh dubs from the Trojan Sessions have been released! Various “Rudies All Around” CD: The compilation stars the very best in todays ska, rocksteady & reggae scenes. Continue reading HAPPY PEOPLE UK import CDs have arrived! Clash City Rockers / Rudies All Around / Trojan Dubs
As you already know JUMP UP has been working with SPECIALIZED UK since 2012, releasing limited edition vinyl singles to compliment their incredible tribute CDs – with proceeds benefiting the Teenage Cancer Trust. Multi-CD tribute albums of THE SPECIALS, THE BEAT, MADNESS, THE CLASH, and BOB MARLEY have been released with JUMP UP issuing 10 limited edition 7″ singles from these collections. We even did a cassette tape edition of their DANCE CRAZE tribute! In 2017 the Specialized team released GIFTED, a four CD collection of bands covering mod revival legends THE JAM. Obviously, this collection was an immediate success because Paul Weller is a god across the British Empire! As you would expect, this collection was less ska/reggae based, but when we heard the fantastic ska/reggae tunes that DID appear we thought to ourselves….let’s do a full length colored vinyl LP. Limited edition repress on random marbled color vinyl, 100 copies only. Perennial faves KING HAMMOND, LYNVAL GOLDING (The Specials), and PRESSURE TENANTS (Laurel Aitken’s old backing band) all appear along with a who’s who of top UK acts: MEOW MEOWS, ERIN BALDWELL COLLECTIVE, AMPHETAMEANIES, BIG FAT PANDA, THE SKAPONES and THE BIG. The USA is represented in fine fashion by THE CROMBIES, RUDE BOY GEORGE and CONTRA COUP, plus THE VALKYRIANS from Finland and LOS CHICKLETS from Mexico round out the collection. Continue reading GIFTED: SKA Tribute to THE JAM LP vinyl repress + Dance Crazy Tape! Proceeds benefit the UK SPECIALIZED Teenage Cancer Trust!
The wait is over! The SPECIALIZED Teenage Cancer Trust folks in the UK just released their BOSS 4xCD – a tribute to the original 60’s ska & reggae sounds. The Jump Up vinyl 7″ singles have JUST arrived – and we think this 4 song EP is absolutely brilliant!! One side is on a roots reggae Jamaican tip, while the other has a 2-TONE ska 80’s flair! Limited edition of 400 each and will go fast! FYI: these will be shooting across the pond and will arrive in the UK next week where they will be available on the Specialized website!
BOSS – Tribute to the Original Sounds 7″ vinyl EP (JUMPTCT11) : Kingston All Stars f/ Stranger Cole “Step Up / Keith & Tex w/ Akasha “Stop That Train” / The Crombies “Rough & Tough” / Arthur Kay & The Clerks “Sea Cruise” Continue reading BOSS – Tribute To Original Sounds 7″ vinyl EP available now – feat Keith & Tex, Stranger Cole, The Crombies, and Arthur Kay!
REPRESS has arrived! Debut 1994 album from New York City satanic ska punk band, produced by Bill Laswell. Thirteen upbeat skankers, flush with brass, drenched with irresistible melodies and infectious choruses. Originally self released, the album soon went global after being licensed by Moon Ska Records. Far beyond 2-Tone with a slight nod to Jamaica’s originators, Mephiskapheles birthed their own ska-based niche. Go SATAN! Go SKA! We also released the cassette tape for Cassette Store Day 2017, add one for the collection only 150 made! Their second album “Maximum Perversion” is also available on vinyl and tape from us!
Continue reading MEPHISKAPHELES “God Bless Satan” LP black vinyl with bonus 7″ single with demos!
Last year’s Christmas 7″ single is back in stock! We are SO PROUD of this record!! In the late 80’s there were a handful of bands across the world that kept the ska flame alive, one of our favorites was NAPOLEON SOLO from Denmark. An amazing soul/ska band, keeping the 2-TONE flame with modernist vibe, their first mini-LP “HOW TO STEAL THE WORLD” on UNICORN is still a stone cold classic to this day! They’ve been at it for over 30 years, but haven’t released a new record since the early 90’s. LEO & THE LINE UP are also from Denmark – they’ve become one of the hottest ska bands in Europe with releases on PORK PIE, GROVER, and of course JUMP UP. An amazing soul ska band with three amazing female back up singers – it just made sense to unite the two on this Christmas vinyl single! DANISH DYNAMITE BABY! LEO & THE LINEUP penned a new holiday classic “CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU” while NAPOLEON SOLO covers the classic “MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY”. Limited edition of 500, available on RED and GREEN vinyl.
It’s that time of year again – when we help fire up tape decks and boomboxes worldwide! Once again this year we lead the charge in the ska reggae world releasing a grip of new tapes – many classic 90’s gems on cassette for the first time ever! Peek at our boombox and see this years tapes!
CSD 2018 releases each limited to 100 copies:
THE SLACKERS “Better Late Than Never” Tape (Debut alum – Moon Ska Classic!)
DAVE HILLYARD & THE ROCKSTEADY 7 “Playtime” Tape (Debut album – Hellcat classic!)
THE PIETASTERS “OohLooLoo” Tape (Moon Ska classic)
THE PIETASTERS “S/T” Tape (Debut album from the early 90’s!)
MEPHISKAPHELES “Maximum Peversion” Tape (Second album – Moon Ska Classic!)
Various “DRINK THE SKA” Tape (Our RSD collaboration with Ska Brewing)
KINGSTON ALL STARS “Rise Up” Tape (Brand new album from Jamaican reggae legends)
THE FUSS “Ourselves” Tape (Wash DC female fronted soulful ska/reggae)
RUDE BOY GEORGE “Play Anything” Tape (NYC band who do ska versions of new wave classic)
You can now order these limited items here and NOW. After placing your order send us an email to email@example.com letting us know which tapes you want! Continue reading CASSETTE STORE DAY 2018 exclusive releases from THE SLACKERS / THE PIETASTERS / MEPHISKAPHELES and more!