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Ska and Reggae in America: the book

Posted April 25, 2021, 9:41 a.m.
Ska and Reggae in America: the book

Ska Boom! An American Ska & Reggae Oral History

A new book titled Ska Boom! An American Ska & Reggae Oral History will be available on July 4, 2021. Authored by Marc Wasserman and to publishi via DiWulf Publishing House, the book collects anecdotes and history from The Shakers to The Specials to 3rd Wave ska in the 1990s in more than 400 pages.

Interviewees include members of The Untouchables (Los Angeles), Bim Skala Bim (Boston), The Toasters (New York), The Uptones (Berkeley, CA), The Scofflaws (Long Island, NY), Mephiskapheles (New York), and more.

Pre-orders will come with a 1980s collection curated by DJ Chuck Wren (Jump Up Records).


Will Yip sponsors fundraiser

Posted March 27, 2021, 8:52 a.m.
Will Yip sponsors fundraiser

photo by Loren Green

Producer Will Yip is hosting a fundraising raffle with prizes that include rare items from Fender, various bands Yip has recorded -- such as Circa Survive, Title Fight, and Code Orange -- Q&As and recordings.

All proceeds will benefit the Asian American & Pacific Islander Community Fund.

"The growing racism and violence against Asians in America have been horrific. It's been even more apparent as of late. We need to come together and stand up for one another and keep each other safe," Yip says of the cause.

"I'm very grateful for the community of artists, instrument makers, record labels, and brands who stand with me in fighting for the rights of AAPI. With everyone's generous contributions, we are raffling off (3) incredible and unique Grand Prizes in which all proceeds will benefit the AAPI Community Fund."

Check it out.

April 3 update: An additional prize with items connected to Kid Dynamite, Gorilla Biscuits, Thursday, The Starting Line, Quicksand, Deftones and more has been added. 

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Music News Roughneck Recording Co talks Leatherface history

Posted Jan. 24, 2021, 5:50 p.m.

Roughneck Recording Co talks Leatherface history

photo by Chris Goyette

SPB doesn't make standard practice of sharing interesting interviews elsewhere, but Leatherface fans should take note of a recent interview at Negative Insight magazine, which digs deep into the band's catalog and history ...

Music News NYIVA seeks funding for NYC independent venues

Posted Dec. 20, 2020, 5:10 p.m.

NYIVA seeks funding for NYC independent venues

photo by Loren Green

With independent music venues facing economic challenges related to widespread shutdowns, various organizations are working to find relief to sustain those businesses through the pandemic. The New York Independent Venue Association has opened a campaign ...

Music News Punk Rock Karaoke: open call

Posted Dec. 20, 2020, 10:54 a.m.

Since 1996, Greg Hetson (Bad Religion, Circle Jerks), Eric Melvin (NOFX), and now Darrin Pfeiffer (Goldfinger) and Randy Bradbury (Pennywise), have organized a concept called Punk Rock Karaoke. The musicians listed will play a punk ...

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Music News First Avenue fundraiser offers exclusive songs via subscription

Posted Dec. 19, 2020, 1:38 p.m. in Music News by Loren

First Avenue fundraiser offers exclusive songs via subscription

Offering a new model of raising funds by offering exclusive music, Minneapolis, MN-based venue First Avenue launched the First Love Project this week. Like many ...

First Avenue celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020 and is one of the country’s longest-running independent music venues. Here’s a review of Dillinger Four at First Avenue in late 2020. The venue is also known from the film Purple Rain.

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Music News Ryan Butler (Landmine Marathon) fundraiser

Posted Sept. 7, 2020, 10:06 a.m. in Music News by Loren

Ryan Butler, the guitarist of Landmine Marathon and a recording engineer for Exhumed, Misery Index, Ghoul, and more, has been added to the liver transplant ...

Former Landmine Marathon vocalist Grace Perry states:

If you’re lucky enough to call him a friend, you know how much he has given and impacted the local music scene over the past several decades... I spent over 7 years in a band with this hunk of burning love and can’t begin to explain how amazing he really is. Sending him and his family all my love and compassion during this difficult time.

Former Landmine Marathon bassist Matt Martinez states:

Ryan is a great friend to so many of us. Ryan has more than likely entered and impacted your lives through music; As a member of the bands Landmine Marathon, Unruh, Northside Kings and many more, he has released music to critical acclaim, toured the world and established countless lifelong friendships. As the owner and engineer of Arcane Digital recording studio, he produced, engineered, mixed and mastered an impressive catalog of music that fills our record collections... In 2019, Ryan was diagnosed with Wilson’s Disease; this is the same disease that took his mother’s life. Wilson’s Disease is an extremely rare, inherited disease that causes excessive copper to accumulate in the liver. Unfortunately the disease has progressed to the point where liver failure is inevitable. Luckily, Ryan was recently put on the list for a liver transplant. The transplant will eradicate the disease and return Ryan to a much more normal way of life. We expect a suitable donor organ to be found very soon (weeks or months). Knowing that these are both financially and emotionally stressful times for all of us, we are humbly reaching out to our strong and powerful community and extended family to help offset some of the overwhelming financial impact of the journey of healing that Ryan is taking on.

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Music News New eco-friendly vinyl packaging announced

Posted Aug. 30, 2020, 10:05 a.m. in Music News by Loren

New eco-friendly vinyl packaging announced

German media manufacturer Optimal Media has announced an eco-friendly vinyl pack that uses no shrinkwrap, recycled vinyl and paper, plant-based ink, and carbon emmision compensation ...

Interested parties can learn more at their website.

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Music News 2 new GG Allin books

Posted Aug. 29, 2020, 11:21 a.m. in Music News by Loren

2 new GG Allin books

photo by Loren Green

GG Allin, who passed away 27 years ago, continues to garner attention. This fall, Microcosm Publishing will release two new Allin-themed releases: Rock and Roll ...

Music News Amid COVID-19 shutdowns, US Senate introduces venue relief bill

Posted Aug. 19, 2020, 9:57 a.m. in Music News by Loren

Amid COVID-19 shutdowns, US Senate introduces venue relief bill

photo by Loren Green

With the majority of music venues shut down since spring and unable to earn income, the live music industry faces a bleak future. On Tuesday ...

Music News A look at the logistics of starting a band

Posted Aug. 7, 2020, 8:09 p.m. in Music News by Loren

A look at the logistics of starting a band

photo by Loren Green

Website OutwitTrade has posted a story that interviews multiple bands about different methods of getting started -- not specifically their origin stories, but more in line ...

Outwit Trade is primarily user-submitted content, seeking additional a community-driven approach -- meaning that the comments section welcomes additional thoughts on how bands can get started, even during the challenging situation this year.

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Music News Live reading from Patti Smith

Posted Aug. 6, 2020, 8:38 p.m. in Music News by Loren

Live reading from Patti Smith

photo by Jesse Dittmar

Musician and author Patti Smith has announced her only staged program of 2020, a live reading with live music performance from Murmrr Theatre in Brooklyn ...

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