Analysis of the Rock The Casbah music video

Firstly, The Clash is my all time favorite band forever. Now let’s get to it. I am theorizing that this video takes place in Southern California, primarily Long Beach and Compton. Here’s my evidence; the oil well in what’s clearly on urban setting that looks like Signal Hill, the Winchell’s that looks like up by Poly high and it wouldn’t be too strange to have an Armadillo running around, that gas station is definitely the one around the corner from Cubesmart. And finally, where else are you gonna find an Orthodox Jew and Sheik chill enough to party together like that?

Skanking in an alternate reality with Jer

For those who been sleepin’. Jer (best known as Skatune Network dropped their full length recently. To start with it’s outright fucking amazing and Jer in person is even more awesome than we imagine from YouTube. The album opens with Bothered, a classic sounding ska punk track about shit we should be bothered to sleeplessness by. The next track You Got Yr ***** Card Revoked deals with issues of identity and the fact that we’re all valid no matter what. Gonna skip ahead to Decolonize Yr Mind which is my fucking song of the year! This is a mind blowing mix of ska meets Tribe Called Quest and the lyrical mind of Dead Prez. I totally lost my shit when they played it at the show as I’ve been blasting this track like it’s a religion because decolonization should be! https://youtu.be/Bn6b-K-vUYc

The next track that really jumps out is Garden Of Understanding which is the first of two solid Emo Steady tracks. Emo Steady is a term that Jer to pursue a genre that blends ska with Midwest Emo. I’m fuckin here for it! The 2nd is a track called Maybe. To me it’s about dealing with activist burn out. It happens to me all the time because spending that much time fighting and caring about changing the world around us. The beginning of this song is sad as fuck going into the hopelessness we all feel when it constant seems like things aren’t gonna get better then goes into an amazing breakdown with a return of fighting spirit. Honestly, that’s how it feels. This whole record just keeps getting better as you hear each track front to back. In a time where too many are still trying to hate on ska, this shot to 74 on Billboard album sales. So clearly the haters don’t know shit. Maybe if we all support the absolute fuck outta this amazing release from Bad Time Records, Emo Steady can become a full genre. Go get a hold of this and blast it loud enough for the whole hood to dance and know how you feel about the present reality

– C Fish

Stalk and Support:


https://jerska.bandcamp.com/album/bothered-unbothered

https://twitter.com/Skatunenetwork?t=Ux8_h_r3K_taLWnnPqTnlQ&s=09

https://www.tiktok.com/t/ZTRhCSpvK/

https://www.facebook.com/Skatunenetwork

Kill Lincoln- Good Riddance To Good Advice

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!

– C Fish

Stalk and Support:

https://www.facebook.com/KillLincolnDC

https://linktr.ee/killlincoln

https://twitter.com/KillLincoln?t=an32SV_5xNRaozFrv3mk0Q&s=09

https://instagram.com/killlincolndc?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

https://killlincolndc.bandcamp.com/album/good-riddance-to-good-advice-2018-deluxe-edition

https://www.tiktok.com/@killlincoln?_r=1&_d=dk2h5ed3a2miaf&language=en&sec_uid=MS4wLjABAAAAErD8ugAtlg2WIS53pw0kyAgJnADg1yLE43FjY2WsbjoBrpnG2tYBI3B3Pi7nQ0_-&share_author_id=6903641538929574918&source=h5_m&u_code=dj7blk3lblk4me&timestamp=1649802146&user_id=6976015333136958469&sec_user_id=MS4wLjABAAAAXL417ssZLojr0hMzhNa2JHDDCLMUSRc4–w-nWqMH0ye6w-GNejNZ8zRziwG20_S&utm_source=copy&utm_campaign=client_share&utm_medium=android&share_iid=7084524581692966698&share_link_id=1fefbf80-551b-45f5-9850-c0470377a126&share_app_id=1233&ugbiz_name=Account

Checkered thoughts

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.

– C Fish

Eichlers- My Checkered Future

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!

– C Fish

Stalk and support with the links below

https://eichlers.bandcamp.com/album/my-checkered-future

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_lkE8egwpJwleI8FfgsYrc_OnbCWKzxyak

https://instagram.com/eichlers__?utm_medium=copy_link

https://twitter.com/eichlers__?t=H7mfPyCapJypMbuTB_qbgA&s=09

https://vm.tiktok.com/TTPduJWRbL/

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. I’ve been listening to this on heavy rotation while I’m currently dealing with a failure of effectiveness in my meds. And it’s such a fucking amazing friend that gets just how fucked up you feel inside. 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. This album has been a life jacket for me on those waves twice now. Make fuckin sure you listen to this, it can make a difference. Stalk and support at the links below and play this fuckin loud! This is the official album of underground mental health, Reade is our fuckin ska queen and We Are The Union is the official band of pride!

Look for a deep dive on this album in relation to mental health on the Psych Revolution podcast.

– C Fish

https://youtu.be/xRTAolY-nD8

https://www.facebook.com/wearetheunion

https://twitter.com/wearetheunion?t=MQ9jiwerQUI_zf_Q16bwKw&s=09

https://instagram.com/wearetheunion?utm_medium=copy_link

https://wearetheunion.bandcamp.com/album/self-care

https://watu.bigcartel.com/

Dissidente- War On 2 Fronts

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.

– C Fish

https://www.facebook.com/dissidenteband/

https://twitter.com/dissidenteband?t=Fw_KeD9aOIbyX_YMtezjqg&s=09

https://instagram.com/dissidenteband?utm_medium=copy_link

https://youtu.be/ESACwbknNAM

https://open.spotify.com/album/5aU2WPvcPlmswn1XqDDMAv?si=nIf3cqvNTNGEy7UM_hHxjg&utm_source=copy-link

https://dissidente.bandcamp.com/album/the-war-on-two-fronts

The Skallector

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!

– C Fish

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/11ARNmJNSrVGqoWzhsEp2e?si=669tvXYrQE2RJ7h3NXLxxQ&utm_source=copy-link