Black Friday 2021: Retro Airline Bags & J Roots Jamaican Timeline Puzzle

A few years ago we found a supplier with overstock on blank retro airline bags, we printed on them and they were a big hit! For years we tried to get more but they never turned back up with our supplier – until earlier this year! We asked our ace designer Chema Skandal to create a new original Jump Up design for this new batch and debuted them at Supernova Ska Fest in September. We sold out of the 50 we brought in 2 days! People who missed out started asking if we would have more, plus folks who saw these cool items on the shoulders of fans returning from the fest wanted  them too! We listed and MADE MORE! And remember that free poster we gave out at June’s Record Store Day? We MADE A PUZZLE of the J-ROOTS Jamaican Music Timeline!!! It’s 16″ x 20″ and 221 pieces – not only is this a fun challenge for any puzzle fan but it’s a GREAT educational tool. Want to teach your kids the rich history of the music you love? Sit down and do this puzzle with them – we guarantee all the musical pieces will start to connect!  Add the puzzle or airline bag to to any Black Friday LP order for only an additional $15 from the cart below. We have less than 20 of each!

THE TOASTERS “THRILL ME UP” & “POOL SHARK” LP vinyl reissued on MAD BUTCHER Germany! Must have 80’s classics!

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.  “POOL SHARK” was released on Unicorn in 1987 and contains early classics that the band still performs to this day!  Continue reading THE TOASTERS “THRILL ME UP” & “POOL SHARK” LP vinyl reissued on MAD BUTCHER Germany! Must have 80’s classics!

SKA BOOM! promotional 80’s mix CD tracklist announcement!

Did you pre-order Marc Wasserman’s book on 80’s American ska and get the cool mix CD we curated? Has not knowing the track listing driven you bonkers? Wait no longer, it’s now listed below – and check out our Instagram page to see a flip video of all the album jackets!  If  you didn’t get a CD with your book (missed the pre-order deadline) you can still get one simply by placing a mail order with us and asking nicely for a free CD! We saved a stash here in Chicago to hook up Jump Up stragglers, just place an order and ask for one at jumpuprecords@gmail.com  Still need to pick up the book? Go to www.diwulf.com

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RESTOCK! Jamaican Reggae Legends on vinyl: RICO RODRIGUEZ / WINSTON FRANCIS

We thought it would be fun to get some of these Grover Germany classics back in stock for the holiday season! RICO RODRIGUEZ sadly left us a few years ago, but his legacy of big trombone anthems lives on with “GET UP YOUR FOOT”, twelve amazing ska & reggae tracks released in 2000 with his top notch band! This was one of his last studio albums as he became quite busy as a part of JOOLS HOLLAND’s band! WINSTON FRANCIS is a soul ska/reggae legend, his voice is MAGIC. A STUDIO ONE veteran we had the pleasure of booking here in Chicago in 2014. That same year “MR FIX IT” released a new album backed by RUDE RICH & THE HIGHNOTES full of classics redone is true vintage style. Such a great set on clear vinyl:

A1 A Little More Oil in My Lamp  A2 Dancing Mood  A3 Love I Can Feel  A4 Only A Smile  A5 Your No Good  A6 Love Me Forever  A7 Breaking Up  A8 Love And Affection  B1 My Number One  B2 My Jamaican Girl  B3 Sukiyaki  B4 On The Beach  B5 Guilty  B6 Turn Your Lamp Down Low  B7 Never Love Again  B8 Girl I Got a Date  B9 A Little More Oil (Binghi Version)

 

Record Store Day 2021: BIM SKALA BIM “Sonic Tonic” LP vinyl / Import CD – Boston’s Legends are back!

Bim Skala Bim’s “Boston Blue Beat” is a mix of upbeat 2 tone ska, alt-rock, calypso and reggae, the key to their signature sound is an unchanged line up since formation in 1986. Their brand new album “SONIC TONIC” is a true return to the form, proving once again why they were one of America’s premier bands who kickstarted ska’s third wave in the 1990s. “Sonic Tonic” contains nine new songs with special guest appearances by Dave Hillyard (The Slackers), Chris Rhodes (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones), Nick Welsh (aka King Hammond), Ken Stewart (The Skatalites), and Steve Cracknell (The Dub Pistols). “Sonic Tonic” contemplate life and the human condition, the album’s themes include multiculturalism (Gumbo), illicit drinking (Lighting), personal wellbeing (The Loon), age (Go Back), and travel (Cuz A U). JUMP UP is once again proudly working alongside The Specialized Project to release a vinyl edition, helping support their fund raising for teen cancer and mental health charities. If you’re visually inclined music videos have been made for every song on the album! Red vinyl limited to 300 copies and has been released to celebrate Record Store Day’s July date.

Bim Skala Bim is:
Dan Vitale – Vocals Vinny Nobile – Trombone Mark Ferranti – Bass Jim Arhelger – Drums
Jim Jones – Guitars, Vocals Rick Barry – Percussion Dave Butts – Sax, Keyboards
John Cameron – Keyboards John Ferry – Trombone

 

Cassette Mania! New TAPES from THE ARTICLES, THE PRIZEFIGHTERS and GREEN ROOM ROCKERS

Limited edition cassettes to play on that old skool boombox! THE PRIZEFIGHTERS “Get Ready” TAPE is a collection of rarities, demos, out takes, and live recordings previously buried deep in the vaults!  GREEN ROOM ROCKERS “Parkway Sessions” TAPE was recorded “live in studio” and features all your favorites plus covers you hear them do live! Finally, we can’t believe the 2001 album “ACTION CLAW vs GORILLA SUIT” from Detroit ska jazzers is finally seeing light of day! Produced by JOE FERRY and shelved when the band went on a permanent hiatus, this tape is a must have for fans of their lone Moon Ska classic “Flip F’ Real”.  All tapes are super limited and a a great bargain. With so many new tape decks and tape boomboxes once again available in shops there’s no excuse not to rock tapes in 2021 – we have released over 50 to date!

GREEN ROOM ROCKERS “Sweat Steady” LP / CD / Tape – 90’s R&B bamgers inna Jamaican stylee!

This project has been a bit of a holy grail for years. Did it exist? Could such an amazing concept album really happen? Just when you thought it was all bogus, the band would sneak a track or two in a live set and rumors would begin all over again. Shared live fan videos of GRR performing “PONY” and “NO DIGGITY” in 2017 got everyone talking again….then it happened. An official announcement on the Cassette Store Day website. It firs appeared as “Knockin’ Roots”, but then it’s official name was unleashed “SWEAT STEADY”. Eight tracks that immediately bring a smile to your face, and a mad dash to the packed dancefloor with the exclamation “that’s my jam!”  Damn straight it’s your jam, this album is all that and a bag of chips son! Amazing ska/reggae versions of Lauren Hill “Doo Wop”, Ginuwune “Pony”, Blackstreet “No Diggity”, R. Kelly “I Believe I Can Fly”, KC & JoJo “All My Life”, Aaliyah “Are You That Somebody”, Boys II Men “I’ll Make Love To You” and Montell Jordan “This Is How We Do It”. You gotta hear it to believe it! Visually. we put this on green vinyl (of course!) and have designed it to look like a 1990’s major-label DJ promo-only LP (you know, back when everyone said vinyl was dying). LP limited to 300 copies. “Mixtape style” slimline CD limited to 150 copies.  Continue reading GREEN ROOM ROCKERS “Sweat Steady” LP / CD / Tape – 90’s R&B bamgers inna Jamaican stylee!

RODDY RADIATION “SKABILLY REBEL ANTHOLOGY” LP (RED VINYL IMPORTS) / “BLUES ATTACK” LP (JUMP095LP – OUT OF PRINT)

BLUES ATTACK now OUT OF PRINT.  It’s been many years since we last had RODDY RADIATION’s excellent collection of pre-SPECIALS nuggets, but it’s worth the wait as we now have copies on 180g RED VINYL! An amazing selection that incudes some of our favorite Tearjerkers material as well! Fans of THE SPECIALS and roots rockabilly must get this!  Also we have the LAST COPIES in Hand SCREEN PRINTED SLEEVES of “BLUES ATTACK” ! Far too often when a band claims to combine two dissimilar styles of music into an all powerful “new” hybrid, fans get a wee bit skeptical. After all, in most cases these creative endeavors fail miserably – and quite often it involves ska music. Simply put, this stereotype does not apply to the SKABILLY REBELS. RODDY RADIATION’s band successfully takes the best parts of rockabilly, minus the cheesiness that all too often is associated with the genre, and then puts it to a laid back traditional ska beat. Should we expect anything less? Of course you already know him as the legendary guitarist of The Specials (who also wrote their classics ‘Rat Race’, ‘Concrete Jungle’ & ‘Hey Little Rich Girl’), who also later formed blues influenced acts The Bonediggers and The Tearjerkers. He’s a veteran and true innovator of both the 2-TONE ska movement and the English rockabilly revival scene. Roddy’s  voice is smooth and melodic, yet with pub grit. The fact that his guitar playing is superb goes without saying, but his ability to seamlessly combine both ska and rockabilly without losing the integrity of either genre is downright amazing.  Roddy Radiation has proven again that he is a truly innovative musician and may be in the process of once again reinventing the face of ska music. Guess this album forces rude boy mods and skins to mix with rockers and teddy boys. What can’t we all just get along? Continue reading RODDY RADIATION “SKABILLY REBEL ANTHOLOGY” LP (RED VINYL IMPORTS) / “BLUES ATTACK” LP (JUMP095LP – OUT OF PRINT)

SPY KIDS “Covert Action” LP / CD – 30 years later Cali 2-Tone pioneers record debut album!

Spy Kids were formed in 1990 in San Diego, California by like-minded souls who shared a love of Jamaican music and ska. The band drew its influences from a wide range of artists such as Bad Manners, The Upsetters, local San Diego bands The Donkey Show, Color Blind and Gangbusters, and contemporary California ska bands Let’s Go Bowling, Hepcat and The Specs, among others. After cutting their teeth playing local scooter club parties and ska shows around southern California, Spy Kids went into the studio to record a four-song self-titled demo tape. The pinnacle of the band’s whirlwind existence came shortly after, as they earned a supporting slot opening for UK ska legends The Selecter in Riverside California. By the middle of 1991, Spy Kids gradually came to an end as various members went on to join up with acts such as Flogging Molly, Unwritten Law, Buck-O-Nine, Unsteady and Pivit. Matt Hensley and Jason Bowen were also part of the early lineup of Chicago ska stalwarts Deal’s Gone Bad. Spy Kids last live performance was playing alongside the newly formed Buck-O-Nine at a wild party in Vista, CA which was broken up when the police threatened to send in a helicopter; perhaps a fitting end to the band’s short-lived yet frenetic initial incarnation. Fast-forward to a scooter ride in 2018 which brought several of the original members together; and discussion about re-recording the original songs sparked the process of getting the Spy Kids back together and into the studio. In February 2020, thirty years later, the band recorded the “Covert Action” album, consisting of five songs from its initial incarnation, the brand new reggae-influenced “Wrong Number”, plus versions of Jimmy Cliff’s “Harder They Come” and Prince Buster’s “Judge Dread”, featuring skateboard legend Ron Allen on vocals. White and red vinyl both limited to 150 copies! Comes with a “90s style fanzine” and sticker set!