We’ve spent the day learning the the Supreme Court intends to overturn Roe V. Wade and Casey V. Planned Parenthood. Not only will this cause mass femicide and further inequity, our right to privacy is tied to Roe. A right that has been dying on the vine ever since the unending PATRIOT ACT. I’ve had an idea to fight this. I propose all women go on a sex strike to include porn content. Yes, a black out of all female porn and sex. If America can’t respect women as having autonomy then it shouldn’t have access to their bodies #sexstrike
Now this is a long overdue review of one of my favorite ska punk releases at all. If you need a heavy ska record to rage through the worst of mental health struggles to, it’s Good Riddance to Good Advice by Kill Lincoln. Yeah, not only does Mike run Bad Time Records, he ficking shreds on guitar and writes songs that have helped me through some shit. Stand outs are the title track that just sounds like intentionally tanking a bad day. Sometimes we need that. And Days I Spent Inside. It just sounds like a fight against depression and the basement hardcore chant of Do This For Yourself just fuckin slaps! Crank this one to 11 and hardcore skank through the trauma!
I’ve always loved ska. I never went through a “cool kid” phase where I pretended to not be rude. This past summer I’ve been delving so deep into it that I don’t wanna come back here. I love the idea that punk is supposed to be, but fuck the scene. A large part of this came from being in So Cal and sewing either boomer punks or kids who just wanna be wasted and get into shows free. I got into this because it’s supposed to be about doing something to unfuck the world. Or our supposed DIY infrastructure spent years working against ska and only wants anything to do with it if it’s monetarily viable. Ska never died. The two tone army, skatune platoon and other mutants of rude have been here building the community and scene that we can believe in.
Hyper Ska superstar Eichlers has released their debut full length on Bad Time Records. This is the most exciting ska news of 2022 because this is honestly, so sick! If you’ve been paying attention, Ike has been loudly moving in this direction. I’ve been stoked since I heard the New Tone single. I still don’t completely understand hyper pop musically, but Eichlers is fucking awesome. Nickel City is lyrically my stand out track. It just sounds like a love letter for us who’ve been doing this a long time, this is the anthem for the elder rudies, we say stand together! Musically, I Need Hep Immediately with solid 808s under a classic sounding ska beat (trap rock steady) is the killer dance track of this. The features of Omnigone, Jer and Tape Girl add to this being a class in the new ska scene. This album was written and created by people that honestly love ska and are ready for its checkered future. And to the haters “talk shit and get sick”. Get a hold of this and blast it loudly and repeatedly!
So, my gnarly homegirl Kels had an idea for a mental health podcast. We’ll be going over CBT and talking about ways to build a better home in yourself without having to rely on the broken mental health system. Episode 1 will premier this Monday. Follow the link below to subscribe. We’re gonna apply full punk fuckin rock DIY system hacks to unfuck the negative cognition that comes from life in a dystopia. We’ll also be doin a regular music and mental health segment. This week or We Are The Union- Self Care
Coming out back in 2018 was the beginning of the reinvention of We Are The Union as we know them today. This was their first album with Jer and the influence is very clear in the ska of this album. WATU is still the basement emo ska band we love bit with more ska which is an upgrade. This whole album tackles a subject that needs more conversation in the scene. Self Care and mental health. My 2 stand out tracks are Better Home and Surfin On The Waves Of Depression. Better Home is a reminder that we don’t have to keep living whatever way the damage made us. It’s a cathartic fuck you to the trauma. Surfin’ other than being a solid ska punk track, is just giving into pain and riding those waves. Sometimes that’s just the answer. Stalk and support at the links below and play this fuckin loud!
Look for a deep dive on this album in relation to mental health on the Psych Revolution podcast.
My first favorite album of the year dropped this past Friday. From Pittsburgh PA it’s Dissidente’s war on 2 fronts. What’s it sound like? Western PA basement hardcore meets east coast ska core. It’s ska core as fuck. And listening to this baked is a fucking experience! There’s also some doom ska going on. The genre I didn’t know I needed. This is their debut LP from the label defending ska, Bad Time Records. This is also the first Bad Time release of 2022. Black Bloc is my stand out track. It’s solid fuckin ska core to dance around the burning police station to. Yeah, this is fuckin riot ska. We get cheese sticks after the revolution. So hit up the links below and blast this loud enough to lower property values.
I’ve shared this playlist before. Originally named Misfits Of Ska after the Asian Man Records comp. As I get questions and comments about it being the entirety of ska. Well, that was the idea. Other than wanting a portable library of the genre to listen to, it’s about algorithms and search results. To have all and any ska appear in the similar artists. We need all that builds upon what started in Jamaica in the 1950’s to get to know one another. If it wasn’t for the politics of ska, punk would’ve burned out with the Sex Pistols. Ska is a weapon against racism and our music is a weapon against the fascist favoring algorithms. Play yo shit loud and constantly!