Surviving DUI Friday With Fishbone

How was your weekend? Did you go out on DUI Friday? It’s Sunday, are you putting it all back together again? Well most of us have been there. Here’s an epic track from Fishbone, off their brand new record, all about the potential benefits of not finding your keys. Din turned me onto this – he’s got the title track “Crazy Glue” up at his blog. Some 30 years into an unbroken stream of tours, albums, triumphs and struggles, the ‘bone has created another gr8 record. It comes out officially on Oct. 11. I’ll drink to that.

Fishbone
“DUI Friday” (mp3)
from “Crazy Glue”
“DUI Friday” (play)
(Cockroach Media)
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Orkestra del Sol Honks A Mighty Honkstep

Honk. Honk. Honkstep, babies. Enter a cartoon world of zany horns and woodwinds, loping and careening thither and yon in a fervent display of perfect nonsense. There’s no small part if this that I do not love. Bounding, dancing, ska-klezmer elephants on ‘shrooms? But yes. Orkestra del Sol, my dears.

Orkestra del Sol
“This Is Honkstep” (download mp3)
from “Lung Capacity”
(SolMusic Recordings)
“This Is Honkstep” (play)
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The Uptones Orbit A Solar Disco Ball

This track from The Uptones‘ new CD is dub sunshine in a bottle. Huge molten brass slathered over a miles-wide bass and drum beat mixes it up with skankin’ guitars and shimmering organ bubbles. An instrumental reggae lovefest, “Solar Disco Ball” just became the soundtrack to my East Bay spring day.

East Bay OrbitsThe Uptones
 “Solar Disco Ball” (download mp3)
from “East Bay Orbits”
(Fun Fun Fun Recordings)
“Solar Disco Ball” (play)
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The Phenomenauts – “I Am Not Robot”

The Phenomenauts – “I Am Not Robot”

Aliens from Oakland, California have captured this week’s MP3 Jackpot! The Phenomenauts those special beings from this planet perform what I call Space-a-Billy. Their MP3, “I Am Not Robot,” is this week’s winner. Besides gr8 songs, these beings from our planet have a hell of a stage show.

The Phenomenauts
“I Am Not Robot” (mp3)
from “Electric Sheep: Electronic Extended Play”
(Silver Sprocket)

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R We Not Robots? We R Phenomenauts

The Phenomenauts – “I Am Not Robot” mp3

Hailing from a planet near Oakland, CA whose name you can’t pronounce, The Phenomenauts have been practicing their space-o-billy stage wizardry for over a decade in earth years. For them it is but an eye blink, and here we find the ‘nauts in a do-wopppish state of robot reverie, dreaming of electric sheep. This is a band that set up uninvited outside the Warped Tour one summer, played with a generator next to their van, which itself looks like a comic space ship, won fans over and were eventually added to the tour lineup. That’s badass. Robots or not, these guys have tons of heart. And this song is gr8.

The Phenomenauts
“I Am Not Robot” (mp3)
from “Electric Sheep: Electronic Extended Play”
(Silver Sprocket)

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Stiff Richards – “Not From Here” (mp3)

Stiff Richards – “Not From Here” (play)

In the long strange trip of Berkeley, California ska pioneers The Uptones, three founding members spent some time playing clubs on the west coast as Stiff Richards, while the Uptones were on hiatus. During that time, they wrote some of the gr8 songs they now play with the re-formed Uptones. One of the standouts was “Not From Here” which I was thrilled to find is on the set list for their Warped Tour appearances this month. Here is the Stiff Richards original version, off the “E-Mail EP” recently re-released by Fun Fun Fun Recordings. A scorching ska punk number about post modern alienation, sung by The Rev. Paul Jackson himself. Rock it.

Stiff Richards
“Not From Here” (mp3)
from “E-Mail – EP”
(Fun Fun Fun Recordings)

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Stiff Richards was Not From Here

Stiff Richards – “Not From Here” mp3

In the long strange trip of Berkeley, California ska pioneers The Uptones, three founding members spent some time playing clubs on the west coast as Stiff Richards, while the Uptones were on hiatus. During that time, they wrote some of the gr8 songs they now play with the re-formed Uptones. One of the standouts was “Not From Here” which I was thrilled to find is on the set list for their Warped Tour appearances this month. Here is the Stiff Richards original version, off the “E-Mail EP” recently re-released by Fun Fun Fun Recordings. A scorching ska punk number about post modern alienation, sung by The Rev. Paul Jackson himself. Rock it.

Stiff Richards
“Not From Here” (mp3)
from “E-Mail – EP”
(Fun Fun Fun Recordings)

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Stiff Richards – “Not From Here”

“Not From Here” today’s MP3 Jackpot winner from Stiff Richards is very profound theme for popular music. How amazing, the concept of being the perpetual stranger is totally articulated in song. This was recorded when the legendary Uptones performed as the four piece, Stiff Richards, and this is one of the gems they created.

Stiff Richards
“Not From Here” (download mp3)
from “E-Mail – EP”
(Fun Fun Fun Recordings)
Not From Here (play)

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Cherry Poppin Daddies – “Hi and Lo”

If you wanted to skank in Eugene, Oregon, you’d be in luck. Hometown of the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, who have won this week’s MP3 Jackpot with “Hi and Lo.” This mp3 chronicling the ups-and-downs one faces in trying to do anything these daze.

Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
“Hi and Lo” (mp3)
from “Skaboy JFk”
(Space Age Bachelor Pad)
Cherry Poppin Daddies – “Hi and Lo”
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