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 Selecter Rocks High Energy Crowd at Paradise Rock Club

the selecter Cruel- BritanniaI was first introduced to The Selecter in a sort of happenstance way. The closest record store to me was The Exile on Main Street in Hamden, CT. They had a good selection of used CDs and in particular an unorganized box labeled “$5 Ska.” I used to pop in every now and again and dig through that box. I stumbled across The Selecter’s 1999 record Cruel Britannia. I knew the band’s name and I knew they were often cited as by other bands as an influence. I bought it on the spot and was hooked after one listen. It was from there I found my way to their more well-known releases such as 1980’s Too Much Pressure. Of all bands of the Two-Tone era, The Selecter grabbed me first. Much of it was thanks to singer Pauline Black’s distinctive voice (you’ll have to excuse me if I didn’t fall in love with Terry Hall’s voice the first time I heard it).

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CONTEST: Win Tickets to The Specials Pre-Party with King Django and Version City Party

King Django’s Version City Tour provides the pre-show festivities for The Specials on Thursday night at House of Blues Boston. Win a pair of tickets from Boston Ska (dot) net!