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1. Go Jimmy Go
Go Jimmy Go formed in the fall of 1996 on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Since then, Go Jimmy Go has toured around the country and internationally, showcasing its distinct island sound. The band's list of releases includes Slow Time (2000), Soul Arrival (2002), and a remastered version of Slow Time (2004), which includes two additional tracks, Guenon and Plantation. The discography also includes The Girl with the Fish Bowl Eyes (2005), Holiday Hell Yeah! (2007), and the more recent self-titled album (2009). The song featured on this episode is Mama Bird, off of Soul Arrival. An earlier version of the song also appears on the Hawaiian Express compilation, Punkwatch Hawaii.
2. The Rudeness
The Rudeness was once the pop/punk band, M-80. It was a few years back that the members felt the need to go back to their musical roots of ska and reggae. Based in Providence, Rhode Island, The Rudeness blend the sound of modern day reggae with smooth rhythmic harmonies and a strong horn section. The Rudeness currently have a couple releases including a self-titled demo and an album, Stick it to You. The Rudeness may at times add an upbeat rock twist to its sound (Not Too Cool, Stick it to You), but a majority of the time keep it grooving with tracks like The Thaw and Seize the Day. The song featured on this episode is the track While Waiting from the self-titled demo.
3. The Sidewalks
The Sidewalks come from Charlottetown, PEI, Canada and play a fusion of ska and alternative rock. This five piece began playing shows in the summer of 2008 and in 2009 released their debut EP, Better Late than Never. The EP is currently available on iTunes. More info can be found on their website. Better Late than Never features seven full-tracks of original ska tunes that showcase the members many different influences. New material is currently being written for a new album set to be released in the Spring 2011. The song featured on this podcast is called, On Empty, off of Better Late Than Never.
4. Big D and the Kids Table
Big D and the Kids Table have been around for more than 15 years, first forming in lower Allston, Massachusetts. Since then, Big D have released six full-lengths, countless splits and have been featured on numerous compilations. The band is known for its very distinct ska/punk sound, but took a significant leap in terms of musicianship and structure when the band released Fluent in Stroll. The album features more reggae based tunes and at times, blues and swing rhythms with the additional four-part vocal harmonies. It's a new direction for the band, but so far it's sounding good. The song on this episode is the track, Been Wishing On, off of, Fluent in Stroll.
5. La Muñeca y Los Muertos
La Muneca Y Los Muertos are a five piece ska outfit based in San Francisco, California. The English translation of the band name is, The Doll and the Dead. This quintet combines a unique blend of Latin vibes and traditional third-wave with lyrics sung in both English and Spanish. The band came together and formed in 2004. The members of La Muneca Y Los Muertos include Muneca Osorio (vocals, guitar), David Simon-Baker (vocals, guitar), Kristin LoBianco (bass), Nick Lee (trombone), and Matt Cohen (drums). The featured track on this episode is Los Muertos, off of the band's newest release, Estrella.