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. 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.

– C Fish

https://youtube.com/channel/UCGx7vUEwxzPohtR5yqANKjQ

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

Mighty Mighty Bosstones RIP

The following is the bands own announcement.

After decades of brotherhood, touring the world and making great records together, we have decided to no longer continue on as a band.
Above all, we want to express our sincere gratitude to every single one of you who have supported us.
We could not have done any of it without you.
Love Always,
The Mighty Mighty BossToneS

For me this is heartbreaking. BossTones were the band that really got me into this whole thing. I got 2 albums in 1998 that changed my life. Bosstones- Let’s Face it and Bad Religion- No Substance. Bosstones led me to the rest of ska and a lot of hardcore. They’ve had a long and amazing career and had to hang up the plaid some time. It still feels like a kick in the balls.

-C Fish

Eichlers review

I kept hearing Eichlers mentioned by some of my favorite ska artists and finally paid attention to what was on the corof my desk. So Eichlers is a hyper pop artist. Now, I don’t completely understand that genre, but it sounds good. Eichlers sounds like a drugged out pop punk fever dream and I fuckin love it. There’s elements of trap, digital hardcore and bedroom pop packed with obscure references to older underground music. And right now some boomer punk in a D.I. shirt is asking “how’s this punk?” Well, he makes this music in his room for no fuckin money and is entirely free to get paid via alternative and underground economics. That’s punk as fuck. And now he has created a new genre known as hyper ska. I’m hella here for it and you should be too. This whole scene is achieving the diy dreams we all had in the 9p’s and early 00’s. Check links below to stalk and support Eichlers.

– C Fish

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

https://eichlers.bandcamp.com/album/new-tone

https://vm.tiktok.com/TTPdhh1mjf/

https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1431024147199500291/wCfNpsqe.jpg

Fuck Stza

Yeah, fuck Stza as a person, a crew, record label and overall organization. So after he abused Whitney of Days N Daze and releasing a fucking still birth of an album. Even by punk standards, Stza is a shit writer. Looking at Morning Glory, we can tell who the good writer was. He’s getting ready to do a Star Fucking Hipsters tour. But where’s Nico? She quit after Stza hit her in the face. Whitney posts calling out Stza and a former friend of hers. This is a sensible thing to do. In response Stza posts this weird shit somehow linking Whitney to Erik Peterson’s passing. Other than the deflection l, there’s the fact that Mischief Brew and Days N Daze weren’t exactly connected. They were still gaining steam of Rogue Taxidermy when Peterson died. This is 2 different eras and region of the folk punk scene. It sucks that Stza’s art has been dramatically important to the underground scene, but he’s gotta go. Ska punk and crust existed before him and Crack Rock Steady will continue exist after him. In conclusion, fuck Stza and fuck anyone who still backs him. Another problem is that Stza’s music is entrenched in the more conscious side of punk and his endless bullshit makes a mockery of the ideas and ethos.

– C Fish

The Best Of The Worst- Better Medicine

If you’ve ever wondered if you could mix smooth ska with brutal mathcore, the answer is fuckin yes!! Holy shit, this goes into the most interesting evolutions of ska list. The Best Of The Worst’s latest album Better Medicine. Another solid release from Bad Time Records. The sound is just fuckin insane, manic and beautiful. For me, it’s the most interesting band in ska since Blue Meanies. This is the new ska for the weird kids! I can’t pick a stand out as each track just has so much going on. If you need on music at all, play this one! Every bit of this from the vocals to the instrumentation is at the top of its game! They even have a gnarly fuckin 2Tone breakdown on one track and this whole record is full of gnarly breakdowns. So, figure out how to skank and hardcore dance at the same time for your new fitness regimen and blast this fucker till the paint melts from your walls! Stalk and support at the following links.

https://thebestoftheworst.bandcamp.com/album/better-medicine

https://www.facebook.com/thebestoftheworst

– C Fish