Bim Skala Bim Releases Bob Marley Cover; Free Download When You Pre-Order New Record

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Bim Skala Bim has posted a cover of Bob Marley’s “Easy Skankin'” on soundcloud. I’m really diggin’ the lead hook on trombone, the midtempo ska feel, and the twangy guitars on their version. If you pre-order their new record “Chet’s Last Call,” available August 17, you can download the song now.

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Hobo Chili Offers New EP for Free Download

hobo chili logoSka/Reggae/Rock band Hobo Chili originated in Framingham in 2012, but recently moved to Boston. They recently celebrated the release of their new EP at Davis Square Theatre in Somerville. The next day, July 27th, they made the record available for free!

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SHOP Releases 2nd Compilation Featuring Local Boston Ska Bands

shop comp 2Allston-based production company S.H.O.P. released their 2nd compilation of local bands on July 25th. The compilation features a whopping 21 tracks and the incredibly affordable “name your own price” rate. SHOP explains the comp on their bandcamp page:

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Alternative Press Streams Two New Big D And The Kids Table Songs

Alternative Press Streams Two New Songs from Big D And The Kids Table

Alternative Press Streams Two New Songs from Big D And The Kids Table

Big D and the Kids Table is pulling out all the stops to promote the double-release of “Stomp” and “Stroll,” two new full-length records they recently finished recording.

Alternative Press is streaming one song from each record and the band (read: leader singer David McWane; note the use of “I”) tells the story behind each song.

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The Screw-Ups Migrate to Boston and Release Self-Titled EP

the screw ups ep cover artFor all the negative things that have put Newtown, CT in the news, it will always be a musical hub in my mind. I grew up a few towns over and the Newtown Teen Center had a somewhat mythical status. I’m not sure I could name all of the bands I saw in high school that came out of Newtown. Connecticut-based punk/ska record label Asbestos Records credits the town with being the catalyst for the label’s creation.

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Interrobang!? to Release New Album May 1st

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Boston ska-core band Interrobang!? has announced the upcoming release of a new full length album entitled

It is with great great pleasure and anticipation that we give a long awaited announcement. After years of toiling, and hours of laboriously redefining what this band stands for, and what it means to us, we present our first full length effort Forge On. The culmination of of a seven year effort as a band, that reads as a reflection of those times, good and bad.

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Stray Bullets Re-Release “The Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Fortune”; Are They Back Together?

The Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Fortune

The Slings and Arrows of Outrageous FortuneBoston punk act Stray Bullets have re-released their 2004 album, “The Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Fortune” on their own bandcamp. Originally released on Fork in Hand records, it’s hard to come by online (Interpunk is sold out and Amazon has a few copies for $80). I’d only heard of the band having read the bio of the Have Nots, but I finally got to see them when they opened up Skalapalooza this past October. They sounded just about like a proto-have-nots act (so, for fans of Rancid and Suicide Machines) and that was just fine with me.

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New Music Monday: The Causeway Bandits – High Horse

One of my favorite tech blogs, Mashable, runs a Music Monday feature. I know I’m always in need of fresh tunes on a Monday morning. The Causeway Bandits have released another song on YouTube, this time it’s a far more punk rock sound than the so-ca reggae tune they debuted with. Sounds like they’ve been … Read more