Subway to Skaville presents: Skappository, Drop Party, Be Decent, and JT Turret, plus DJs Duff Guide, Jimmy Dolly & Ryan Midnight (1/12/24, Otto's Shrunken Head)
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Subway to Skaville presents Cenzo, The Sunshine Melodies, Threat Level Burgundy, plus DJs Ryan Midnight and Duff Guy at Otto's Shrunken Head This Friday Night!
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  I'm spinning the best in ska, reggae, new wave, and post-punk this Friday night from 8 p.m. to midnight at Otto's Shrunken Head Tiki Bar in Alphabet City (Manhattan)! (Apologies to Godzilla and Hedorah.) + + + + Also, here are the flyers I created for some other nights I've DJ'ed there recently ..read more
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Subway to Skaville presents Joker's Republic, The Agonizers, and Across the Aisle at Otto's Shrunken Head This Friday Night!
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Duff Review: The Selecter "Deepwater" (Single Version) from the 40th-Anniversary Deluxe CD Reissue of "Celebrate the Bullet" (Chrysalis Records)
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(Review by Steve Shafer) I've written a fair amount about The Selecter's brilliant but unfairly maligned second record, Celebrate the Bullet (read my appreciation of the album and my interview about it with Selecter guitarist/songwriter Neol Davies first published in my book The Duff Guide to 2 Tone). So, I didn't expect to have too much more to add to the (late to the game) 40th-anniversary release of Celebrate the Bullet, which has been remastered and issued on heavyweight, clear vinyl and as an expanded triple-CD deluxe version (which contains a 20-page booklet with new ..read more
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Duff Review: Smoke & Mirrors Sound System "Mala Salud: A Field Guide to Quackery"
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50-page, 8 x 10 paperback book and 7" flex disc 2022 (Review by Steve Shafer) For much of our nation's history, Americans have been deluged with hearsay, humbuggery, and bunco. It's all a malignant but necessary component of our hyper-capitalist society where accumulating wealth and power means everything (it's the American dream!). Duping regular folks to win their cash, vote, and/or blind acquiescence to achieve all this is a feature of capitalism, not a bug. One area that always has been ripe for exploitation is non-prescribed medicines (aka over-the-counter medication). These "pat ..read more
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Shots in the Dark: The Adjusters "Otis Redding Will Save America"
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Editor's note: Shots in the Dark spotlights Third-Wave ska releases that should have been massive hits on the scene but, due to bad timing, poor luck, or a fickle record-buying public, were lost in the fray. (Appreciation by Steve Shafer) The Band: The Adjusters, an overtly left-wing, mod-ish ska-soul band from Chicago who were heavily influenced by The Redskins (anti-fascist, socialist soul-rockabilly-punk skinheads, who released several singles and one classic album, Neither Washington Nor Moscow) and Billy Bragg (anti-fascist, socialist folk-punk rocker who still endeavors to write prote ..read more
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NYC Ska Calendar #6, Fall/Winter 2022
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Thursday, October 6, 2022 @ 6:00 pm (DJ set); 8:00 pm first band Subway to Skaville presents Joker's Republic, Rundown Kreeps, Eye Defy (NJ vs. CA Ska Punk Show), plus DJ Pitter Pat Otto's Shrunken Head Tiki Bar & Lounge 538 East 14th Street (between Avenues A & B) Manhattan, NY No cover/21+ But please bring cash for each band's tip bucket + + + + Saturday, October 15, 2022 @ 4:00 pm Otto's Shrunken Head 20th Anniversary Celebration Live music: The Bloody Muffs, Barbicide, Bikini Carwash, The Hipp Pipps, Recreational Outrage, The Electric Mess, Memphis Morticians, Crusier: Micha ..read more
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40th Anniversary Reissue of The Selecter's "Celebrate the Bullet"/"The Lost Interview: Neol Davies of The Selecter"
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It's a little late, but Chrysalis is finally releasing the 40th Anniversary of The Selecter's dark and superb 1981 sophomore album Celebrate the Bullet on November 11, 2022. The album is remastered from the original production tapes and being issued on heavyweight clear vinyl and in an expanded, triple-CD deluxe version, which features a 20-page booklet with notes from the band; the unreleased "Deepwater" single and its dub; the Celebrate the Bullet BBC sessions; and an unreleased live concert recorded at Birmingham's NEC in 1980. (Pre-orders can be made through ..read more
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Duff Review: "Blue Beat Baby: The Untold Story of Brigitte"
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(Review by Steve Shafer) Blue Beat Baby: The Untold Story of Brigitte, a new 30-minute video documentary by Joanna Wallace, does an excellent job of piecing together the largely forgotten story of Brigitte Bond, who inadvertently inspired the design of The Beat girl. While the average ska fan knows 2 Tone's Walt Jabsco was created by Jerry Dammers (and refined with help from Horace Panter and John "Teflon" Sims) and based on a photo of Peter Tosh from his early Wailers' days, far fewer are aware of the origins and background of The Beat girl. In Blue Beat Baby, Wallace explain ..read more
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Skavoovie & The Epitones Release Back Catalogue with Bonus Tracks!
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(by Steve Shafer) If you missed Ken Partridge's recent profile of Skavoovie & The Epitones, stop and go read it now. It's the best piece ever written about the band (I should know--I used to read and compile all of Skavoovie & The Epitones' press clippings during my Moon days). But the big news is that on September 14 Skavoovie & The Epitones are re-issuing their brilliant 1995 debut album Fat Footin' in the digital realm (Bandcamp, Apple Music, Spotify) and are including two bonus tracks: a cover of The Skatalites classic “Beardman Ska” and an alternate version o ..read more
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