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1. The Beat Dolls
The Beat Dolls are a punk and ska band currently based in Austin, Texas. They definitely have some rock n' roll influences in their music and some really tight vocal harmonies. The Beat Dolls have several recordings up (all with such wonderful melodies) on their facebook and reverbnation pages. They can also be downloaded for free too. Their tunes are an awesome mix of punk, ska and rock n' roll. The diversity of their song writing is well balanced throughout their material. They also have some music videos up, which include, Walking Dead, and Addicted to You. They have have several shows lined up as well. Check their facebook here for details about those shows. The song on this episode is titled, You Were Right.
Eskera are a four-piece punk and ska band from San Diego, California. Eskera tear it up on each and every one of their tracks. They have a very tight crust influence and vocals sung in both Spanish and English. Eskera have been keeping busy, playing shows throughout the entire year. They too have a show coming up this Saturday, October 8 in San Diego. Check out details for that show here. The band also has several releases which include their newest (and first) full length, Ruido Debajo del Puente. The song, Nuestra Lucha, Nuestra Gente, appears on Episode 21 and Episode 24. The song on this episode is titled, Air Pollution, off of the demo, Nuestra Lucha, Nuestra Gente.
3. Go Jimmy Go
Go Jimmy Go are a ska and reggae band from the island of Oahu in Hawaii. Their music is a blend of sweet jams and an island sound they can only deliver. Go Jimmy Go have played a few shows this year, with another one coming up on Friday, October 14 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Details can be found here. It should be a pretty crazy show considering it is for a Zombie Walk. Another track from Go Jimmy Go appeared on Episode 9. That episode featured the song, Mama Bird, off of, Soul Arrival. The song on this episode is titled, Don't Stop Everything, off of, The Girl with the Fishbowl Eyes. A dance-hall mix of this song also appears on the Ska is Not Dead compilation released by Asian Man Records.
4. Night Gaunts
Night Gaunts are a ska band from Auckland, New Zealand. They are currently a two-piece. Their tunes are full of zany riffs and wacky melodies, very fun stuff to listen to. Their record, Full Body Tourettes [Pt. II], is currently available for free, as well as their first demo, Full Body Tourettes [Pt.1]. Check out their facebook for links to download these two releases. Their music is also available on bandcamp, where donations can also be made. A track from their first record appears on Episode 16. The song on this episode is titled, Shivers, off of, Full Body Tourettes [Pt.I].
5. Ghetto Blaster
Ghetto Blaster are a three-piece punk and ska band from Toronto, Canada. This trio began back in 2008. They currently have one self-titled EP (2009) and a full-length in the works titled, Think For Yourself, set to be released real soon. A four-song promo was released by Riot Ska Records and is available on their bandcamp. The promo also includes the song, Bank Korrupt, a Corporation cover. Ghetto Blaster have a bunch of shows in the coming months including a short tour in December. Be sure to check out dates on their facebook here. The featured song on this episode is titled, Beloved GTA, off of, Think For Yourself.