Wednesday, September 26, 2018

#520 :: LIVE Recording Wednesday :: The Oldians LIVE at Jamboree Club, Barcelona (26 Sept 2018)

An unofficial recording of The Oldians live at Jamboree Club, in Barcelona on 24 August 2018.

This is a band with a great sound doing ska, rocksteady and reggae with a touch of jazz. We first heard about this band thanks to Liquidator Music. Hear this!

Out Of The Blue
Wandering Soul
Come On Dance
Those Little Things
Love Me Before I Leave
Blue Marbles
Come Here Baby
Lil Sista
I Am What I Am
Your Smile
Go Find Your Own Way

Thursday, September 20, 2018

#519 :: Windy City Sound System #9 (19 September 2018)

This Friday is the official last day of summer, here on the Northern Hemisphere. With the weather in the Chicagoland area being quite hot, even until the bitter end of the season, it got us in the mood for something other than upbeat ska. So we’ve put together a set-list filled to the brim with some soulful classic and contemporary rocksteady tunes! ~Jim Cascino

The Ethiopians - Give Me Your Love
The Three Tops - It’s Raining
Justin Hinds & The Dominoes - Carry Go Bring Come
The Steady 45s - Life Is But A Dream
Fitzroy Campbell - Waiting For My Rude Girl
Smooth Beans - Turn The Coin
Dandy & His Group - Groovin’ At The Cue
Green Room Rockers - Northbound Train
Stubborn All Stars - Laffinatcha
The Mighty Fishers - Give Me Some
Count Bobo - Toshiro
The Invaders - Soulful Music
The Frightnrs - Lookin’ For My Love
Stahl - Pripyat
Red Soul Community - All Night Long
The Pinstripes - Wake Up
Dobby Dobson - Seems I’m Losing You
Danny Simpson & Tommy McCook - Mary Poppins

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

#518 :: It's Alright, Have A Good Time (Ska, Rocksteady, RnB, Blues, Northern Soul)

Caz Gardiner & The Badasonics - Feel Like Jumping
Melbourne Ska Orchestra - Moving On
Johnny Longshot - True Confession
The Oldians - Go Find Your Own Way
The Pepper Pots - Duck Soup
Chris Murray - The Real Ska
Keith & Tex - Let's Sing
The Gaylads - Don't Try To Reach Me
David Isaacs - See That Man
The Blues Busters - Soon You'll be Gone 
The Wailers - I'm Gonna Put It On
Llans Thelwell & The Celestials -Mughead Ska
Fred Bridges - Baby Don't You Weep
Leroy Jones - It's All Right
Jack Dupree - Stumbling Block
Rosco Gordon - Just a Little Bit
Tammy Jones - That's Fat Back
Elmar Parker & The Light Lighters - I Like The Way You Walk

Friday, September 7, 2018

#517 :: Steady Ska & Rockin' Blues (5 Sept 2018)

Smokin' Fuzz feat. Jesse Wagner - Take Your Own Time
Nat Birchall - Hail Don D Jr
Janet Kumah - I Can't Wait
NRG Rising ft. Israel Starr - Revelation Steppers
Maroon Town - Rebel
The Debonaires - Oil in My Lamp
Maroon Town - Hope 
Stephen Cheng - Always Together
The Maytals - Bam Bam
The Blues Busters - Love Me Forever
Eddie Perkins - Baby Please Don't Go
The Sharks & The Federal Studio Orchestra - You Made Me Warm
Ernest Ranglin & Selected Group - Skalvouvia
Eddy Koenig - Road Runner
Baker Knight - Bring My Cadillac Back
Big Jay McNeely - Psycho Serenade
The Ideals - Go Go Gorilla
Little Freddie & Ripcords - Goodbye New York Hello New Orleans

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Putumayo Presents :: Ska Around The World (2018)

Putumayo began in 1975 as a Latin American handicraft shop in New York City, by then 23-year old founder Dan Storper. Dan majored in Latin American Studies, and on a trip to Colombia found himself in the Putumayo river valley where he fell in love with the indigenous handicrafts, people, and countryside. The company grew to seven shops and a wholesale business selling international handicrafts and women’s clothing to 600 boutiques.

In 1991, on his return from Indonesia Dan stopped in San Francisco where in Golden Gate Park he happened upon an African band named Kotoja – who was performing upbeat Afro-beat music to a happy, dancing crowd. That chance occurrence led Dan to start the Putumayo World Music record label with his friend Michael Kraus in 1993. For the past 25 years, Putumayo World Music has become known for its joyful compilations of international music, featuring album covers illustrated by British artist Nicola Heindl.

Putumayo has been considered a pioneer in developing the non-traditional market of gift, health food, children’s and other specialty stores as outlets for music. The company’s commitment to helping communities in the countries where the music originates led to the label contributing more than half a million dollars to non-profit organizations around the world.


Ska Around the World

Putumayo is pleased to announce the release of its newest collection, Ska Around the World, on August 31st. Available as a CD, MP3 download and with select tracks for streaming, this collection puts the spotlight on a genre that exploded out of the island of Jamaica and circled the world with its energetic, upbeat rhythms. While also serving as the basis for several significant musical movements including reggae, ska continues to rock fans across the globe.

The party kicks off with Brazil’s Orquestra Brasileira de Música Jamaicana. Canadian Chris Murray follows, singing “Make it hard from the yard inna old time way … Give it to me, we want the real ska,” and the popular Basque group Akatz keeps the party going with their hit “Así Eres Tu.”

As a testament to the roots of ska, Putumayo included legendary Jamaican band The Skatalites with “Glory to the Sound.” As the album demonstrates, ska’s influence has extended far from its country of origin. Listeners will also be treated to the sultry and sweet “IJssalon Bernardo” by Amsterdam trio Zazí and “Duck Soup” by Catalonian group The Pepper Pots.

Ska has a long history of inclusivity and diversity, and the South Indian folk tune “Chanda Mama,” as performed by the global musical project Playing For Change and featuring Israeli singer Tula, is a prime example. Ska is also about having fun and getting down, and horn-lovers won’t be able to get enough of “Buttah (Instrumental)” by the New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble.

As the album comes to a close, Algeria-born, West Africa-raised, Montreal-schooled and Ecuador-based artist Sarazino pays tribute to his African roots and Latin American home on the track “Ecos de Radio Iguana.” Finally, the albums wraps up with “Policy of Truth” by the Russia-based St. Petersburg Ska-Jazz Review.

There is no doubt that, despite its small island roots, ska still has global appeal. Ska Around the World will take listeners on a global journey of discovery and demonstrate the influence of this important genre on the music of the world.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

#516 :: Tribute to Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16th, 2018)

Songs originally done by, or covered by, the amazing Aretha Franklin, inna Jamaican stylee. 
Rest Easy Queen of Soul. Diva of divas. 

Marvels - Rock Steady
Lloyd Charmers - Travelling On
BB Seaton - Thin Line Between Love & Hate
Dave Barker - Just My Imagination
The Marvels - THINK
Jow White - Try A Little Tenderness
Ambassa feat. Nichola Richards - One Step Ahead
Prince Buster - Bridge Over Troubled Water
Johnny Osbourne - People Get Ready
Bob & Marcia - To Be Young Gifted and Black
Marcia Griffiths - Sweet Bitter Love
Diana King - Say A Little Prayer
Lee Scratch Perry & Pat Kelly - The Dark end Of The Street
Norma Fraser - Respect 
Soul Dimension - Soulful Strut
Jackie Mendez - Forever True
Derrick Morgan - Don't Play That Song

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

#515 :: Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra LIVE @ Glastonbury Festival (22 August 2018)

Brilliant performance by founding member & saxophonist of band MADNESS, Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra at Glastonbury Festival 2014.

Guns Fever (The Marvelettes cover)
Heatwave (Tommy McCook & The Aggrovators cover)
Ali Baba (John Holt cover)
Eastern Standard Time (Don Drummond cover)
Hot Pants (James Brown cover)
Sit & Wonder (Prince Buster cover)
Tunnel One (Tommy McCook & The Aggrovators cover)
Fu Man Chu (Desmond Dekker cover)
Mission Impossible
Bangarang (The Skatalites cover)
You Don't Love Me (No, No, No) (Dawn Penn cover)
My Girl Josephine (Fats Domino cover)
Broadway Jungle (Toots & The Maytals cover)

Saturday, August 18, 2018

#514 :: Windy City Sound System #8 :: The Humble 45 Rides Again (15 Aug 2018)

Here at Windy City Sound System HQ, we have more records than we know what to do with, especially 45s. A few months ago, we decided to put together an on-the-fly mix, picking records straight from the box, which is exactly what we did for this month’s edition of the show. Sit back and enjoy another appreciation of the humble 45! 
~Jim Cascino

Baby Version - Prince Buster & Jah Fender
Illya Kuryakin - Ike Bennett & The Crystalites
Unity - Desmond Dekker & The Aces
Dragon Fiyah - Dave Hillyard & The Version City Rockers
Jesse James Rides Again - The Bees
Home - Chris Murray
Ice Water - Jack Sparrow
Tings A Gwan - The Hypocondriacs
You Done Me Wrong - Tyrone Evans
Night & Day - The Maytals
Vostok 1 Bop - The Upshitters
Real Ring Ding - Derrick Morgan
You Say - The Shifters
Have You Seen Her - Derrick Harriott
Anywhere I Roam - King Django & The Forthrights
Troubles - Charley Organaire & The Prizefighters
Joseph - Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra
Come Back Home Meh Boy - Lord Kitchener
Kingston 13 - Bell’s Group

That's the Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra in the pic. A Hungarian ska band formed in Budapest, in 2003. The band's musical style has fused Jamaican-style ska and reggae with jazz melodies and elements of traditional Hungarian folk music: Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra

Thursday, August 16, 2018

#513 :: Rockin' Sensation (8 August 2018)

Tunes from all over the globe. From J.A. to the U.K to Australia and Germany. This is a rockin' sensation!

The Oldians - Come Here Baby
The Delirians - Leave This Town
Delano Stewart - Rocking Sensation
Kid Nesian - Into You
Nahko and Medicine For The People - Love Letters To God
The Fuss - We're Going Out
Johnny Reggae Rub Foundation - Oi Oi Oi
Dermott Lynch - Hot Shot
Hugo Lobo feat. Gaz Mayall - Ina De Graveyard 
Sonny Burke - Rudy Girl
The Capsouls - Took My Love
Orquestra Brasileira de Música Jamaicana - Whysky A Go Go
Melbourne Ska Orchestra - Bus Driver
Johnny Longshot - Misery

That's Chrissy Reggae in the pic, she's from Johnny Reggae Rub Foundation.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

#512 :: SOUL # SKA # SKINHEAD (1 August 2018)

Beautiful musical morsels. Enjoy!

Alpheus - Love Life
The Hempsteadys - The Moon Laughs Knowingly
The Rudies - Boss Sound
Angel Town Combo - Adorable You
Ska Beat City feat. King Hammond - Bad Till I Die 
Martha High - Don't Throw Your Love in The Garbage Can
Tanika Charles - Money
Supertonic Sound Club - I Need You
Martha Ren & The Groovelvets - I'm Not Your Regular Woman
Supertonic Sound Club - Please Don't ask
Desmond Dekker - Jamaican Ska
David Hillyard & The Rocksteady 7 - Measure of a Man
Monty Neysmith & The Bishops - Mama Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Skinheads
Dr Woggle & The Radio - Tenderim
Two Tone Club - One In A Million
The Skamotts - Super Tanker
Bonus Track