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August 11th, 2010

Dead Blog

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This blog is now dead. Well fully dead I guess. Since the beginning of the year I've been dual posting between LiveJournal and Wordpress and I'm just done with doing that. You can, and always will be able to find me at www.radjose.com. I know, it is the end of an era and another bookmark in an ever growing list, but LJ isn't working the way I need it too. LJ, you were awesome and I made some friends, but now it is time to go.

Bryan J AKA Rad Jose
www.radjose.com



(PS there's a new 23min of Ska over on the "new" site too & LJ wouldn't let me share it here! That's one of the many reasons I've ended the dual postings.)

July 26th, 2010

23min of Ska : Lucky

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If you get this on the 23rd then you're either lucky you signed up for the feed, or you're lucky that I managed to get this set up right! Either way, you're lucky because you're getting some awesome ska & ska/punk music! Think of this episode as kind of a sandwich, with two well known bands (Mustard Plug & Buck-O-Nine) as the bread at each end and then stuffed with regional favorites. Roscoe P. Soultrane was playing at the very first ska show I ever went and saw back in the day, I'll always remember them fondly for that. And for the fact that the trombone player, Dave, got me into ska 2 years before that. No Reason Given is a band that is also close to my heart, a lot of good friends in that band. Even if I ended up in Indianapolis or Bloomington for any reason and there wasn't an NRG show I was usually hanging out w/ some of them any way. I'm also featuring a song from Sgt. Scagnetti that my LA ska show friend gave to me as that's who she grew up dancing to. That's what ska is really all about, dancing, friends, good times! We're all lucky to get it when we can.





If you’re in a ska band and would like to be featured or if you know some music that you think I should hear for future inclusion, please email me at radjose[at]gmail[dot]com! I’ll play most anything.

You can also subscribe to the podcast by going to your advanced tab on iTunes, then select “subscribe to podcast…” and entering this: http://23minofska.podomatic.com/rss2.xml into the box that opens. Oh, don't forget, you can totally download it too!

July 11th, 2010

23min of Ska : Midway

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Here we are at the half way mark of the first year of "23min of Ska" and I think it has went pretty well. Originally I was only going to be doing one episode a month, so this would be the end, but no, I had to go and double it up and spread the ska love far and wide! Speaking of love and ska I can't believe this is the first time I've worked the Skatalites into an episode! They are way too good! And Half Past Two I've been waiting to play for people since I first saw them at the LA 3 Floors of Ska a few years ago! All in all, this first 6 months of "23min of Ska" has taught me one thing, you can only prepare so much. This very podcast only contains 2 of the songs I was originally going to put in it! It was almost completed and I had 2min left to fill, that's when things went out the window. One song didn't follow the last so well, a few were too short and ended up being better picks so what to delete? It went like this for a while and I ended up with this, far superior that what I'd been intended to send out! Once again, I hope you enjoy the music and you share your enjoyment with others.





If you’re in a ska band and would like to be featured or if you know some music that you think I should hear for future inclusion, please email me at radjose[at]gmail[dot]com! I’ll play most anything.

You can also subscribe to the podcast by going to your advanced tab on iTunes, then select “subscribe to podcast…” and entering this: http://23minofska.podomatic.com/rss2.xml into the box that opens. But you know, there's always downloading it. Oh, quick mention, I'll be out of town on the 23rd this month, so I won't be able to post the next episode on my site until a few days later, but if you subscribe to the podcast you should get it on time... just saying is all.

Fan of both ska and 7" records? Check out this site

July 9th, 2010

Last weekend, with nothing much to do, my lovely girlfriend came up with the notion to spend some time at Universal Studios Theme Park. Not a bad idea, it is always fun, it was a nice day and better yet, just a block away! Also she really wanted to go on the new Universal Backlot Tour to see the newly installed King Kong 3D 360. I was curious about that as well, so after we hit our mandatory ride on the Simpson's Ride it was time to wait in the long ass line for the now highly demanded Universal Backlot Tour. The King Kong 3D 360 was awesome! By all means check it out, there were a few other things on the Backlot Tour I haven't seen before either that were awesome... but 5 things pissed me off and annoyed the hell out of me! One is new, the other 4 have been bothering the hell out of me since I first moved here.

ABBA Because Universal put out "Mama Mia" we're now all subjected to goddamn "Dancing Queen". "Dancing Queen" is why uneducated people say that disco sucks. That song suck, that song is disco, but dammit, disco doesn't suck, besides, you're 15 and don't even know what you're talking about!

Billy Bush & Nancy O'Dell That's right, they annoy me for the same reason and they're always appearing together in this thing. The annoyance first starts while you stand in line for the tour. They run a loop of these 2 morons reading really terrible, trying too hard and failing to be funny copy that make you embarrassed for English speakers everywhere, on monitors as you wait. It is just too soul crushingly unfunny. And then at the end of the tram ride they return w/ a voice over that makes me want to stab babies.

Al Roker I usually have no problem w/ Mr. Roker, but something about the fake weather report for the backlot that he gives on the monitors the trams have just irks me. Maybe it is just because I think some executive thought "Hey, you know how we can brand this theme park tour w/ something else we own?" and everyone else in the board room called him a genius. I don't know, I just hate it.

Whoopie Goldberg Once you get on the trams you are subjected to Whoopie on the television screens of your tram every now and again, giving you the history of Universal Studios. It is terrible, I cringe every time the tour host stops talking to switch to a pretaped package, with fear that it will be her. She's not funny. She hasn't been remotely funny since what? The early 90s? I'm sure that we can all agree on that. That makes her not funny for nearly 20 years now. Why did the morons putting this together get her to host it then? And have her try to be funny? Her John Wayne impression is so terrible it makes Peter Griffin's look pretty damn impressive. It is seriously nails on a chalkboard bad. It is like they're trying to tell us "Hey, its Whoopie! You all like her, right Middle America? She was in movies! Remember when she was funny! You assholes all bought tickets to "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit!" Weren't you all just delighted when you heard her in "the Lion King?" So this is really all your fault!" Can't we get someone else? Hell for the few minutes Peter Jackson was on, it was not only refreshing not to see Whoopie, but exciting to see someone legitimately excited to show you something on the backlot as well as not talking down to you.

July 7th, 2010

Man or Astro-Man? was a late 90s surf rock band from down in Alabama who would put out more 7" records in a year than your average punk band would have in its discography. Prolific doesn't even really begin to describe it and when I was looking for the perfect record to share for the 7th installment of my 7" on the 7th series, this was the clear winner. I started listening to Man or Astro-Man? when I worked at Acme Comics back in Peoria IL about 11 or so years ago. My coworker Skip had most of the CDs and we'd chuck 'em in the stereo and play them over the store speakers. This was also at the height of coolness (for me at least) working there. We had Skip, Randy and Farmer Ted on staff, Chadwick was still stopping in when he could and Bob & Dani were still baby free. This group resulted in possibly the best company Christmas dinner I've ever attended. Oh, but back to the band, yeah, Man or Astro-Man? just always seemed to be around, what with Skip playing them and my friends Atomik, Robot Allison and Lins all being huge fans. This may or may not've contributed to me not getting super into them, as I could go most anywhere with some buddys and a copy of "Project Infinity" was sure to either be playing or on hand to be played. In fact for years the only CD of theirs I had was "Is It..."! This all changed last November. Feeling nostalgic I took my copy of "Is It..." with me to play in the car while Christmas shopping in Burbank and it just cracked my head right open. I loved it even more than I did back in the day! Absence makes the heart grow fonder or what ever, I don't know, but I was digging them on a level that I previously hadn't. So I did what any sensible person would do, check local record shops and online to fill out my collection with some more Man or Astro-Man action. Here's their first release. Some of these songs were rerecorded for future albums, some were collected onto CD and some songs are only on this very record. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did, and it helps you recall days past.

Side A
the Universe’s Only Intergalactic Radioactive Breakfast Bar
Taco Wagon
Holojoy's Interlude

Side B
Mystery Meat
Space Potatoes
You Can't Get Good Riblets in Space

Artwork
Front, Back, Insert Front, Insert Back, Interior & the Record.

June 28th, 2010

I really like OK Go and I finally watched this video this weekend and now I can't get the song out of my head. I don't care if you've seen it before, it is awesome and you will watch it again!

June 23rd, 2010

23min of Ska : Cool

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Now that it's officially Summer it is time to cool off w/ some music and ska ranks right up there w/ lemonade for me a perfect laid back sunny day. The first ska CD I ever got was the Toasters "Dub 56" and a song like "Goody Goody" takes me right back to that day of discovery. Out of all of the songs on that album 2 were left of of the second pressing, "Goody Goody" was one of them and think people should hear it (oddly enough it resurfaced on the 3rd and current pressing of "Dub 56"). Reel Big Fish, it had to be done, I couldn't avoid them forever, plus I actually like them. I'm no ska elitist. I'm not going to lie, when I first heard this song as "In the Pit" on the "Teen Beef" 7" I couldn't believe it was left off their major label debut, hell there's writing credits for this song in the CD sleeve! Thankfully they left it on the cooker and we got the sweet sweet rockin'ness that is "Thank You for Not Moshing." Sometimes I'm hard on RBF but they're still out there making ska, and I appreciate that. The Pietasters are another good example of a band that just doesn't quit and has made the world better for it. I've only gotten a chance to see them once and it was completely amazing! Eastern Standard Time and Spring Heeled Jack were also bands that delivered awesome music that could be blasted out of car windows on warm summer nights. Finally we end with the Pilfers, and you may just question this song. Yes, this song has ska elements galore, and yes, this tune scribbles even more all over the musical landscape than any other song I've ever included on this podcast, but in my defense it is an exceptionally excellent song and one that was a constant party mix mainstay for my Moss Ave. Apartment days when I lived with Bryan from the Drunken Zombie podcast. Ska + Too Many Ciders + Summer Nights + Apartment Crowded with Great Friends = "Legal Shot Pam Pam!" I know, the subject matter is dark, but the music is oh so killer!

If you’re in a ska band and would like to be featured or if you know some music that you think I should hear for future inclusion, please email me at radjose[at]gmail[dot]com! I'll play most anything.

You can also subscribe to the podcast by going to your advanced tab on iTunes, then select “subscribe to podcast…” and entering this: http://23minofska.podomatic.com/rss2.xml into the box that opens. Failing that, you could always just download it.

Also, if you figured out this episodes theme then good for you, you're totally awesome and don't forget to watch the right.

June 14th, 2010

If you didn't follow the link at the end of last Friday's post then you missed this. You shouldn't miss this! Lockstep is great! Not just because my friends NotPunk Jen and Dave Grove Life of the Party are in the band, it is because they just do! Seriously, they are a fun and awesome band, and I still need their new album! And if you dig ska then you do too!

June 11th, 2010

23min of Ska : Sanity

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Back in my youth I was even less put together than I am now, and while I've never understood how people say "music saved my life," I can without a doubt say that music kept me sane. Sane and out of trouble. And no genre more so than ska and ska/punk. It really is a lovable community! So once again I bring you listeners a bunch of songs that kept me from injecting bleach into my eyeballs or whatever the kids were doing back then. Bands like the English Beat and Sublime have been around for anyone who's listened to the radio and had a bit of taste, but bands like the Step Lively and King Apparatus did a lot more for me personally. Like personally rocking me like Step Lively did at a basement show in Normal, IL and the Exceptions who where a super friendly group of guys who always had a handshake and a hug for any audience members. I also wanted to showcase an Exceptions song that was exclusive to the "Ska American Style" compilation that you may not've heard. The last song is from the Malcontents, a band so nice, that after driving for hours to attend their CD release they dedicated a song to me! See, these bands are all such lovable people that just seeing them and hanging out with them kept me from a life time of being a damn jerk all the time.

If you’re in a ska band and would like to be featured or if you know some music that you think I should hear for future inclusion, please email me at radjose[at]gmail[dot]com!

You can also subscribe to the podcast by going to your advanced tab on iTunes, then select “subscribe to podcast…” and entering this: http://23minofska.podomatic.com/rss2.xml into the box that opens. Oh and totally download it if that's your thing.

And shout out's to my boys and gal at the Checkered Socks Blog! Check them out at www.checkeredsocksska.com
BONUS! A band featured in the last episode, Lockstep, just put out a video! Check it totally out!

June 9th, 2010

Wrapping a Present!

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wrapping a present!
Originally uploaded by Rad Jose.

Jake and I wrap a present for Allison on her birthday! Happy birthday Allison!

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