Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Battle of Ham's Deep

Silver Snail Comics in Toronto made an epic window display recreating the Battle of Helm's Deep using Muppet characters. It's pretty awesome. check it out!

Friday, May 25, 2007


New episode of the POGBLAST! Podcast now online! "New Wavy 1" features some of my favorite new wave songs both old and new. I know I'm just scratching the surface, so that's why it's just #1. There will be more in the future...

Click now to listen!

1. Gary Numan - Are Friends Electric?
2. Bow Wow Wow - Do You Wanna Hold Me?
3. The Faint - Let The Poison Spill
4. Haysi Fantayzee - Shiny Shiny
5. The Bravery - Unconditional
6. Altered images - Happy Birthday
7. Oingo Boingo - Insects
8. Bis - Dead Wrestlers
9. Thomas Dolby - Hyperactive
10. Fischerspooner - The 15th
11. Howard Jones - New Song
12. Shiny Toy Guns - Don't Cry Out
13. Thompson Twins - We Are Detectives
14. Devo - Snowball



Ex-Special Horace Panter with his new band The Three Minute Heroes, who made their debut at 2-Tone Live at BBC Coventry & Warwickshire.

i had the same fender p-bass he had back in the day, and i came across this and i was stoked he plays the same bass i do now, ok im done geeking out.

Great Club Killers flyer

If only I lived in Sweden... The Club Killers is a Swedish Super-group made of musicians from other bands who do covers of old ska and rocksteady hits. Kinda like a Scandanavian Ocean 11. For more info check out their myspace page.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

little ditty

no words will work to explain

Horace Panter's upcoming Specials book

"Ska'd for Life: A Personal Journey with The Specials "

Look what I stumbled across! Penned by the Specials drummer, Sir Horace "Gentleman" Panter, it's not just a fan book but an actual first hand autobiography. Well, I'm excited for this. According to Amazon, it's official release is in October, but you can pre-order it now here.
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    Sunday, May 20, 2007

    a day at gabba

    having a little bit of fun at downy studios

    Oh what fun we had
    But, did it really turn out bad

    Thursday, May 17, 2007

    Scissor Sisters

    This is the kind of band that when you listen to them you can see why people want to move to new york and go out and party every night. It makes me want to and i'm neither a big city cat or a night person. Check out their CD's insane feel good dance until 5 am music

    this is a live show

    Maxell Israelites advert

    Friday, May 11, 2007

    Ska Patrick's Day 1996

    I have a trunk full of old flyers from back in the day. I was going through them the other night and pulled out a few things I thought were scanworthy. This is a flyer for the Ska Patricks Day shows from 1996. My friend Raquel put on this 4-day event with 4 shows all around northern Utah. It was pretty amazing. They even printed up passports (with walt jabsco's picture in it) for those who bought passes for all 4 days. I wish I would have gotten one of them...

    Day One was okay. It was kind of awkward to have the show in the high school, and I was surprised how much I didn't care for Buck 0 nine. But my buddies in the Shriners were awesome as usual, as were the mod sounds of Tapestry Drive and the Go-Go girls of Thee Martinis. Mr. Goon was a high school ska-punk band that wore silly hats. hmmm.

    Day Two was very similar to day one, in that it was in an odd High School and I wasn't too interested in the show. But it was fun hanging out with Mealticket and I remember talking to Genai about the Book of Mormon which was odd... I don't think the Mudsharks played that night (if they did, I wasn't paying attention) And I don't think I watched Attaboy Skip play either. In fact, I don't think I watched any bands that night come to think of it. Which is a shame, but I think the Soulutions got bumped to the next night.

    Day Three was the BIG night at the Salt Lake Fairgrounds (same place I later saw Rancid and The Skatalites) which is always a fun and bizarre place to see shows. I showed up late and missed my buddies in Attaboy Skip, Model Citizen, and the Soulutions. I was bummed, but Jeff (Go-Go13, Soulutions) gave me their demo tape in the parking lot. I think that's where I first met Micah and Tilt? I don't know... My jacket was heavy and it was dark... I saw the Reel Big Fish guys backstage and played catch up with Scott. Um.. The Mudsharks were boring as were insatiable. RBF got the crowd going and The Aquabats finished the show(?). That was my 2nd appearance as the pigbat and I came out on stage covered in blood. Which was sticky cairo syrup and red food dye. This was before the pink costume, so I was basically just wearing speedos, pantyhose and boots. The Bat Commander urged me to lay down and "rest" (because I had supposedly been beaten up by the Sandfleas). The stage was covered in confetti so it all stuck to me... After I showered backstage, I ran back to watch the rest of the set from the back. The Sandfleas came out and fought the Aqubats and my skinhead friends got really excited about the violence. I got a kick out of that. heheh

    Day Four got moved from UVSC over to JB's Comedy Club in Provo. The Shakes and Creeps By Night were local Rockabilly / Surf bands who were pretty good. Then the Shriners came out and tore it up. (Later I joined them as a keyboard player for their farewell show. man, I love those guys.). Then Model Citizen of course and Mustard Plug, with whom I was incredibly disappointed. Way more punk than ska. bleh. Then Mephiskapheles came out and seriously tore the roof off. They were amazing. Definitely the best performance of the whole 4 days (aside from the aquabats, of course). I went up to their guitar player Brendog afterwords and apologized for some critisms I had made on the internet earlier. He was way cool. Meph won me over that night.

    The whole thing was quite memorable, and I really miss those days. I guess I'm getting old. Wouldn't it be great if someone did something like this nowadays? I mean, of course there's ISC, High Desert Ska Fest, 3 Floors of Ska, etc. But none have the same scavenger-hunt feel of a 4-day multi-venue ska show blitz... Ah, the 90's...


    Click to listen to my POGBLAST podcast #5!

    In honor of the upcoming Virgin Festival, I threw together a playlist of bands & DJs that are playing there... There's bands in here I probably wouldn't play on POGBLAST! normally, but it's all good.

    1. Girl Talk - Hand Clap
    2. Felix Da Housecat - Everyone is Someone in LA
    3. Regina Spektor - Fidelity
    4. LCD Soundsystem - Daft Punk Is Playing At My House
    5. Amy Winehouse - You Know I'm No Good
    6. Peter Bjorn And John - Young Folks
    7. Spoon - I Turn My Camera On
    8. M.I.A. - Amazon
    9. Cheap Trick - Dream Police
    10. Wu-Tang Clan - Gravel Pit
    11. Interpol - Obstacle 1
    12. Modest Mouse - Missed the Boat
    13. 311 - Don't Stay Home
    14. The Beastie Boys - So Whatcha Want
    15. Smashing Pumpkins - Perfect
    16. The Police - Canary In A Coal Mine

    Thursday, May 10, 2007

    Monday, May 07, 2007

    Friday, May 04, 2007

    New Blog - Music is our occupation

    So a few of my internet-acquaintances, have started up a new blog called Music is Our Occupation, and it looks really great. They only have a few introductory posts, but I'm excited for its potential. They'll be posting on music, new releases, old stories, etc. check it out!

    The Ordinary Boys vs Lady Sovereign - nine2five