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Hornpod Offbeat 001

Hornpod Offbeat is a new occasional series where JJ and Matt stop talking about ska and start talking about other things they like. Consider it bonus content. In this mini episode the boys have a conversation about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, recorded before… Read More »Hornpod Offbeat 001

009 – Take Her To Jamaica

JJ and Matt consult a real expert to discuss mento, the Jamaican music that preceded ska, and discover that maybe it’s wrong to link one to the other. They then consider which essential mento collections necessitate inclusion in the Ska Canon.

008 – Do Somethin’ Crazy

JJ and Matt take on the past and present of skacore with the help of their first guest contributor, Jimmy Doyle (the Fad, the Forthrights). Then a few skacore albums are considered for the Ska Canon.

007 – Soul Revival

JJ and Matt praise their favorite soulful ska and reggae singers throughout history. Possible inductees into the Ska Cannon include two records from the soul-ska movement of the mid-2000s.

006 – Nobody is Special

JJ and Matt take a close look at the Specials, a band that redefined ska for decades to come. Then they consider some Specials albums for the Ska Canon.

005 – Tighten Up

JJ and Matt head to the late 1960’s to look at the earliest music of the emerging genre called reggae. What’s the difference between this music and the Jamaican styles that came before and after it? Then your hosts debate some albums that defined the… Read More »005 – Tighten Up

004 – Best of the Decade

JJ and Matt look back at the 2010’s and discuss which ska albums stand above the rest. Will any of these newer records be worthy of the Ska Canon?

003 – Pick It Up!

JJ and Matt discuss the new documentary Pick It Up!: Ska in the ‘90s, and in particular reevaluate their thoughts on the role of Reel Big Fish. Then they consider six – SIX! – big albums from the mid-‘90s for inclusion in the Ska Canon.

002 – In The Mood for Ska

JJ and Matt discuss how their respective spouses feel about the music they both love. Then they pit two Mephiskapheles albums against one another in a head-to-head showdown for Ska Canon glory: it’s God Bless Satan vs. Maximum Perversion.

000 – An Introduction

JJ and Matt talk about their personal histories with ska, JJ as a radio host and Matt as a musician. Then they discuss their first candidates for the Ska Canon, considering bands from their home towns: the Suicide Machines and MU330.