We’re now carrying this great “Best of” import collection from California’s top traditional act THE DEBONAIRES. We released “Movin'” CD/LP and “Longshout” CD on Jump Up – which are now all out of print. But this GROVER import is the next best thing!
Tracklisting: A1 Criminals A2 See You Again A3 Oil In My Lamp A4 No Dice A5 Hold You A6 From My Eyes A7 Garcia y Vega B1 Out Of My Life B2 Same Way B3 Shutdown B4 Left With A Broken Heart B5 Fortune Teller
B6 Interrupted B7 Change Of Mood
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!***
STAY TUNED in 2022 for a small REPRESS! 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”
We’ve restocked some incredible Grover classics from Dutch skinhead reggae acts The Upsessions & Boss Capone! Both sharp-dressed & infectious, with an unbelievable organ sound and incredible stage performances! Playing early reggae, ska, funk, Calypso and soul, their debut 2005 album “The New Heavyweight Champion” was released on the legendary Moon Ska Europe label, plus we have also restocked their final 2016 album “This Is The Upsessions”. “Cool and deadly, rough and badly, this band is gonna rock you up madly!” BOSS CAPONE are another incredible early reggae band from Holland, we’ve got more copies of their debut 2013 album “Another 15 Dance Floor Crashers” too!
Another incredible 90’s Moon Ska NYC classic gets a vinyl on BLACK FRIDAY! ! St Louis’ ska darlings debut album from 1996 on orange vinyl limited edition of 200 copies! Not familiar with The Skalars? Too young? Here’s a great review from back in the day: Continue reading Moon Ska Classic! THE SKALARS “Skoolin’ With The Skalars” LP – orange vinyl
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 Last Copies RSD 2017: RUDE GUEST Lost Chicago Ska 1982-1993″ LP vinyl / CD / TAPE
SOLD OUT…SORRY! BLUE VINYL + BONUS 7″. First time on vinyl for 1993 classic from ska originators. Part of the the Shanachie trilogy of 90’s albums from legendary Jamaican big band that invented the genre in the early 1960’s. Released in 1993, Ska Voovee finds original saxophonist Tommy McCook leading a lineup that includes original members (bassist Lloyd Brevett, drummer Lloyd Knibbs, alto saxophonist Lester Sterling ) alongside newcomers and jazz guests, including trombonist Steve Turre and trumpeter Frank Gordan. This edition of the Skatalites was quite faithful to the band’s history, lively instrumentals like “Skamaica” and “Skapan” are instantly recognizable as authentic Skatalites performances. These dozen tunes are solid and engaging, an effort that both die-hard and casual fans will equally enjoy. Blue vinyl LP with bonus “Jamaican Blank” style 45 rpm 7 inch single, originally scheduled for Record Store Day 2020 – but we pulled the title to keep our fans safe! We don’t want you to have to wait in a line this fall….it’s just too dangerous. Ska At Home Saves Lives!
It’s so exciting to see these late 80’s / early 90’s European revival albums originally released on UNICORN and SKANK RECORDS back on wax from our friends at MAD BUTCHER in Germany. To put it simply, labels like UNICORN, SKANK, SKA, and PORK PIE bridged the gap between the end of 2-TONE and the beginning of what became known as the “third wave”. Super melodic with catchy vocals and gentle horns, THE HOTKNIVES “THE WAY THINGS ARE” was truly a modern British ska classic. To this day, this album is still my stone cold favorite from the Unicorn catalog. Songs like “DAVE & MARY”, “OLD MAN AND HIS DOG” and “DON’T GO AWAY” are so perfectly English, strong lyrics that stay in your head forever. Exact replica from the 1990 issue – we can not recommend this enough for people who like 2-TONE ska!!
Prior to THE HOTKNIVES debut studio album – SKANK records releases an amazing LIVE double LP capturing the band at it’s prime!! A two LP set full of tunes that would become popular worldwide, including covers of “LIQUIDATOR”, “DOUBLE BARRELL”, and “AL CAPONE”. Tracklisting: A1 Cryin’ A2 Alcoholic Nightmare A3 Don’t Go Away A4 Dick Barton A5 Turkey Stomp A6 Doing Alright B1 Skin Up Harry B2 Believe It B3 Driving Me Mad B4 She’s A Lady B5 Liquidator B6 Holsten Boys C1 Rio C2 W. L. N. C3 Jack The Ripper D1 Dust Of Death D2 Double Barrel D3 Al Capone
Andy Bassford, born in Hartford, Connecticut, is the reggae legend you’ve never heard of. After initially playing several years in rock, reggae, latin jazz, and country bands, he then was discovered by Horace Andy, which led to his recording debut on the classic album ‘In The Light’ in 1977. In 1980 he went to Jamaica and began playing on sessions with the Roots Radics. Soon after he joined Lloyd Parks and We The People, thus performing or recording with nearly every reggae artist of the era, most notably Dennis Brown. Upon his return to the US in late 1980’s he joined Toots and the Maytals among many others and became the house guitarist for the seminal Studio One label. Currently, Andy performs internationally in Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander’s Harlem-Kingston Express reggae-jazz fusion project, with whom he has also recorded two albums. In 2003, he was honored by the Jamaica Federation of Musicians for Outstanding Contributions to the Jamaican Music Industry, one of the only-non Jamaicans to receive this award. In 2019, he won his first Grammy as a composer and guitarist on Sting & Shaggy’s “44/876”, which took the honor of best Reggae album. Andy Bassford’s first ever solo album “The Harder They Strum” pays homage to the movie and album that lured Andy into the wonderful world of Jamaican music. Continue reading Reggae Guitar Legend’s Debut Solo album! ANDY BASSFORD “Harder They Strum” LP vinyl / 8 TRACK TAPE sold out
The MR REVIEW vinyl keeps coming! One of our favorite bands from the late 80s / early 90s European ska explosion follow up the reissue of their 2010 “comeback” album XXV with a new collection of rarities, outtakes, singles, and live goodies titled “PRIOR 2 THE 0″s AND 1’s”. When the dynamic Dutch ska duo of Rude & Visser got the band back together in 2010 we were so excited, the album “XXV” was originally self released by the band on CD and then in 2012 on a very limited vinyl picture disc. Fast forward to 2020 and reissue kings Mad Butcher released the band’s first two classics on vinyl (see earlier post) – fans immediately started to demand more vinyl! Now in 2021 we get an even cooler rarities collection!
Tracks: A1 Can’t do it alone A2 Redemption Road A3 Losin’ my mind A4 A tree A5 The feeling is alright A6 Ice & Snow B1 The strett where I’m living B2 Africa (live) B3 Ships that pass in the night B4 Joe’s colors B5 Christine Keeler (live) B6 Mystery view (live)
Both these new vinyl editions are limited and are must have additions to every MR REVIEW collection!