Spring Thaw: Ska Comes Out of Hibernation

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A spring ska news round up with updates from The Planet Smashers, Fishbone, NY Ska Jazz, The Specials, Mad Caddies, The Pinstripes, Jesse Wagner, and Jump Up Records

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Premier “They Will Need Music” Video on Alternative Press

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The Mighty Mighty Bosstones They Will Need Music video pays homage to their HomeTown ThrowDown | Alternative Press

Boston ska stalwarts The Mighty Mighty Bosstones have made a music video for “They Will Need Music” and Alternative Press has the exclusive premier. The Bosstones announced the video’s release on Facebook yesterday, saying:

[quote]This video is our love letter to the HomeTown ThrowDown which is our yearly love letter to the City of Boston and the people that support our band, The Mighty Mighty BossToneS[/quote]

The video includes great footage from the 2013 Hometown Throwdown, the Meet and Greet at McGreevy’s, and the sledding event held at Frozen Fenway. Intentional or not, I love that the sledding scenes look like home video footage circa the 1970s. If you attended any of these events, look closely and you just might see yourself! Yours truly makes a cameo at about the 1:54 mark! No one could ever claim that the Bosstones didn’t care about their fans. The video itself was made local filmmaker Mark Higgins who is also responsible for the Music video for “The Daylights” (see below) and Dropkick Murphys’ “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” music video, among others.

UPDATE 2/17/14 8:45AM: The video is no longer exclusive to Alternative Press. Here it is on YouTube:

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Less Than Jake Play Royale, Release New Record on Fat Wreck

20131112 less than jake fat wreck tourEarlier this year Less Than Jake announced a return to Fat Wreck Chords for their forthcoming record  “See The Light.” It looked like they were headed in this direction anyways with the re-issue of their 2000 record “Borders and Boundaries” originally released on Fat Wreck and the “Greetings and Salutation” compilation.

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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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