We’re so happy to announce our second release on PAY ATTENTION – our brand new imprint with Ska Punk Daily! What better than a brand new full length album from California’s HALF PAST TWO, who were featured on our first release TOO HECTIC earlier this summer! Having formed in 2006 and gigged with national acts Reel Big Fish, The Aquabats, Less Than Jake, The Skatalites, RX Bandits, The Selecter, The English Beat, Mustard Plug, and The Toasters, Half Past Two are veterans of the ever-thriving Orange County ska scene, but their forward-thinking approach also aligns them with with ska’s bold new generation. Their recent single “Shine” was a highlight of the 2020 compilation ‘Ska Against Racism’ and truly forecasted the amazing new album we have here today! The album-making process took a little longer than usual due to COVID, but HP2 kept the momentum going by rolling out singles on a regular basis throughout 2020 and 2021 — first “Shine,” followed by “All About You,” “Mean Green,” and “Some Nights” – all included here on the new self titled album. As you can hear on the pre-release singles, Half Past Two pull inspiration from multiple eras of ska as well as anything from driving punk rock to shiny pop. They cite such influences as Reel Big Fish, Weezer, The Hippos, RX Bandits, and Mad Caddies, and they’re proud to coat their songs with a little sugar. ‘Bubblegum Ska” is honestly the best description for HALF PAST TWO and we can’t get enough of this wonderful 12-track album! Blue and yellow vinyl each limited to 200 copies, both with full color insert / lyric sheet! ***2021 LP CLUB SELECTION already on it’s way to you!***
PAY ATTENTION RECORDS is a joint venture between SKA PUNK DAILY and JUMP UP, our debut compilation release TOO HECTIC is finally here! This 17 track compilation features unreleased and first time on vinyl selections from our favorite current Californian Ska bands – bringing you that upbeat, catchy AF Ska Punk tracks – all personally selected by SKA PUNK DAILY’s fearless leader PHILLP! And we gotta tell ya he’s got mighty fine taste! Obviously we are a bit biased, but this is an absolute banger of a compilation! Artwork created by Sam Grinberg who works for this little show you may have heard about called The Simpsons. First Vinyl Edition: 300 yellow/gold and 300 purple. Check out the track listing:
DAY LABOR “Next Year” / HALF PAST TWO “Curtain Call” / TUNNEL VISION “Holes In My Shoes” / LEFT ALONE “West End Girl” / SOUTH CENTRAL SKANKERS “Hello Again” / CODENAME:ROCKY “Silos” / THE GHETTO ON PHYRE “Dad Bod” / AT BOTH ENDS “Jump Ship” / THE GOODWIN CLUB “See No Color” / BITE ME BAMBI “Like That” / NOISE COMPLAINT “In The Ground” / THE MEDDLERS “Koolero” / THE STEP DAUGHTERS “We Are One” / MONKEY “Mr Invisible” / OCEANSIDE SOUND SYSTEM “Give Me A Chance” / HOORAY FOR OUR SIDE “This Future” / GABRIELA PENKA “Abajo El Poder”
Our debut release on PAY ATTENTION is also available on CD and cassette – two wonderful formats that flourished in the 90’s when the American ska punk sound was becoming an international force! CDs are in simple full color jackets limited to 300 – buy 2 for hella cheap and hook up a friend! Cassette Tapes on purple shells limited to 60 (there will be a second edition in October for Cassette Week 2021).
Wild Man Riddim, a 6-piece ska/jazz/reggae band from Oslo, Norway, has released their third album called Panatlantic. The concept of album is to take the listener on an extravagant and suggestive journey between the shores of the North Sea and the warm waters of the Caribbean. The record kicks off with heat and sun on “On A Jetpack To Cuba” before entering the northern seas of Norway and Lofoten on the track “Moskenes Ferga”. Then the band goes into cumbia mode with “Zipline Timetravel” telling about childhood in the suburbia of Oslo called Gjønnes. Next is a travel down to Uganda hitting the pulsating “Bombo RD Boogie” before feeling homesick and returning to the cold “Tigertown Lockdown”, watching bars and restaurants dark and lonely in streets of the eastern part of Oslo where people used to meet and greet. “Salska” takes the listener into Latin America before leaving for the Northwest to Britain, Liverpool, to dance and taste the British ale. The ship leaves for Mumbai, India, where the smells, sounds and visuals float around at the local market. The ten instrumentals on the album are mixed by Latin Grammy award winning engineer, musician, and producer Victor Rice. Very limited import from Norway only 250 pressed. NOTE: slight dent crease in one corner from overseas travel.
We’re celebrating the SUMMER OF SKA and the debut release on our PAY ATTENTON label with a killer vinyl sale! This deal is so good you’ll try some new bands! Feel good about helping a DIY business where buying vinyl won’t break the bank! If you’re new to vinyl records stick with us – we’ll beef up your collection real quick! We release more ska LPs than any other label in the world and promise not to steer you wrong! This brand new deal lets you chose from over 75 titles including color vinyl and import editions – only 20 deals act now! Slipmat added automatically! List of titles below. Please purchase the deal first then send your list of choices to email@example.com – Thanks! Chuck
Welcome to the magnificent seven (plus 1) of Cassette Week 2021! Once again our friends at Tapehead City are continuing the event which runs Sunday October 10th through Saturday October 16th, which technically would have been the original Cassette Store Day. Shop participation is very spotty this year (it is what it is) – guess you just gotta pick these up from us! For more information on the event visit www.tapeheadcity.com or www.cassetteweek.com Title descriptions listed below – the more you buy the more you save – email selections to firstname.lastname@example.org and enjoy the magnetic magic! Continue reading CASSETTE WEEK 2021 releases available NOW! The Slackers / Bim Skala Bim / Mr Kingpin / Man Like Devin & more!
New York’s STOP THE PRESSES have been hard at work becoming one of today’s top traditional ska rocksteady acts, touring across the USA and wowing crowds at Supernova Ska Festival in 2021! This self released debut is a classic was engineered and mixed by Agent Jay and features a guest appearance by Dave Hillard of The Slackers. Includes the live fan favorite cover of OINGO BOINGO’s “DEAD MAN’S PARTY” too! Gold vinyl.
Three more great German reissues from MAD BUTCHER! First off is the debut and second album of bouncy 2-Tone rhythms from SKAOS! These stone cold classic originally were released in 1989 on PORK PIE Germany, but also appeared later on UNICORN UK. From the get go this album gets your feet moving much in the same way as others from the era: MR REVIEW, NO SPORTS, NAPOLEON SOLO immediately come to mind. SKAOS was always compared to MADNESS back in the day, and I can still see that – this album does have a constant “ONE STEP BEYOND” feel to it with it’s hypnotic horns and tight keys. Oh my listening to this once again brings back some memories! Reissued in original German art. Another gem from Germany is BLECHREIZ “Who Napped J.B.?”, a soul influenced 2-Tone gem that originally was released on the short lived RUDE RECORDS in Germany.