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Interview with BLACKWOOD KINGS
Interview with BLACKWOOD KINGS
Blackwood Kings are one of the newer bands to emerge from Vancouver Island's ska and reggae scene, but these boys are bringing a whole new groove to the island. Their sound is hard to pin, but something totally all their own. We got a chance to talk wi
posted: Jul 16, 2014
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Album Review: The Drastics - Waiting
Album Review: The Drastics - Waiting
The Drastics are an amazing band to see live! While as a live band they usually count on improvisation to really nail the live experience, this album stands up to their live performance, if not makes it stronger. 
posted: Jul 16, 2014
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Album Review: 10ft Ganja Plant - Shake up the Place
Album Review: 10ft Ganja Plant - Shake up the Place
10 Ft. Ganja Plant Have already earned the reputation for making some of today's best reggae beats as well as having stellar production, and this album carries on that tradition.
posted: Jul 16, 2014
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One Track Mind
One Track Mind
When the call for submissions to SkaBlog registered with me, I immediately thought of all the memories of my first band, One Track Mind, who D’Arcy Briggs (now organizer with the Victoria BC Ska Society) played trombone for with gusto and pizzazz
posted: Jun 9, 2014
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Album Review: The Beatdown - Walkin\' Proud
Album Review: The Beatdown - Walkin' Proud
The Beatdown Walkin' Proud CD - LP Stomp Records - STMP099   The Beatdown have become masters of their craft! Their 2010 debut album saw the group carry on the work put down with One Night Band and carried into into garage rock terri...
posted: May 13, 2014
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Album Review: Sticky Fingers - Caress Your Soul
Album Review: Sticky Fingers - Caress Your Soul
This sounds like the clash between the end of the two-tone era with the sharp sounds of The Jam, The Clash, and the reggae influence from groups like Katchafire and 10FT Ganja Plant. The production is pretty smooth and really makes the album an above a
posted: May 12, 2014
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Album of the Month: December, 2013
Album of the Month: December, 2013
We've been gone for some time, but we're back and ready with a review of a great ska record!
posted: Dec 27, 2013
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Album of the Month: July, 2013
Album of the Month: July, 2013
Each month we pick one record to hold the title of "Album of the Month." This month we take a look at Early Reggae by The Revivers.
posted: Jul 24, 2013
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Recap of Victoria\'s 14th Annual Ska Festival
Recap of Victoria's 14th Annual Ska Festival
It is with a smile that we close the book on the 14th chapter of the Victoria Ska Festival. This entry is a look back on what made this year so special, and what we hope to build on in the future.
posted: Jul 18, 2013
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Ska Fest 2013 Playlists
Ska Fest 2013 Playlists
With another year of amazing shows and musicians, so too is it another year of summer playlists to play in the car, at work, and wherever you go. We've put together a list of our playlists for our 2013 festival.
posted: Jul 5, 2013
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Ska Fest Memories #1
Ska Fest Memories #1
We've had plenty of awesome bands come through our festival, and here are just a few memories from some of the artists we've had come by.
posted: Jun 23, 2013
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How did D\'Arcy ska?
How did D'Arcy ska?
In the "How did blank ska?" feature, we'll get into just how our organizing team got into ska and reggae music. This first edition features our merchandise coordinator, D'Arcy Briggs
posted: Jun 15, 2013
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Interview with Marcus Geard and Glen Pine of THE SLACKERS
Interview with Marcus Geard and Glen Pine of THE SLACKERS
This interview also appears in issue #51 of Absolute Underground. New York’s The Slackers have been combining ska, dub, reggae, and rock n’ roll for over 20 years. The Hellcat Re
posted: May 28, 2013
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Interview with Chris Demakes of LESS THAN JAKE
Interview with Chris Demakes of LESS THAN JAKE
For people who don’t know much about your band, you were on a major label for a while, Capitol Records, right?&a&l
posted: May 5, 2013
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Interview with Ryland Steen of REEL BIG FISH
Interview with Ryland Steen of REEL BIG FISH
Welcome to Victoria. Have you ever been here before? If not, what are your first impressions?   Ryland “Rabbit” Steen: This is my first time ever being here, and I think it’s the band’s firs
posted: May 2, 2013
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Top 10 Albums of 2012
Top 10 Albums of 2012
2012 was a great year for ska and reggae music. We've produced a list of what we feel are the top 10 albums that were the best of the genre in 2012.
posted: Mar 24, 2013
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Organizers\' top-ten albums OF ALL TIME
Organizers' top-ten albums OF ALL TIME
This is a list of our top-ten ska, rocksteady, and reggae records of ALL TIME! We've all been doing this for a long time and it was tough to narrow our lists down, but here they are.   D’Arcy Briggs, Merchandise Coordinator1. T...
posted: Oct 31, 2012
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Interview with Shane Philip
Interview with Shane Philip
Interview with Shane Philip was done in October, 2012 by D'Arcy Briggs Ska Fest:  How are you doing today? You just got back from playing Tofino and Salt Spring Island, how was that? Shane:  Yeah yeah, it was great. It's good to...
posted: Oct 31, 2012
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Interview with Rocky Mountain Rebel Music
Interview with Rocky Mountain Rebel Music
Interview with RMRM done in October, 2012 by D'Arcy Briggs Ska Fest: So first off, RMRM have become known as one of the region's best ska, reggae, and party bands. What were some of the original ideas behind the group and how would yo...
posted: Oct 31, 2012
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Interview with The Delirians
Interview with The Delirians
Interview with The Delirians done in June, 2012 by D'Arcy Briggs Ska Fest: When and where did you guys meet? When did you decide to form the band? Delirians:  Most of us, like many other bands, grew up in the punk rock scene, ...
posted: Oct 31, 2012
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Interview with Dope Soda
Interview with Dope Soda
Interview with Dope Soda was done in June, 2012 by D'Arcy Briggs Ska Fest: When and where do you guys meet? When did you decide to form the band?   Dope Soda: Well Dope Soda was a project I have been wanting to do for a v...
posted: Oct 31, 2012
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Interview with Heads Hang Heavy
Interview with Heads Hang Heavy
Interview with HHH was done in June, 2012 by D'Arcy Briggs Ska Fest: When and where do you guys meet? When did you decide to form the band? HHH: We all met through playing in other projects together. For example, our drummer, Pher, and Ch...
posted: Oct 31, 2012
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Interview with Sweat Leaf
Interview with Sweat Leaf
Interviewwith Sweatleaf done in October, 2012 by D'Arcy Briggs Ska Fest: First off, who is in this band and why do you play music? Sweetleaf: Let's start with Zack Knippel on bass. Jay Ramalho plays sax. We've got Scott Renton on the tr...
posted: Oct 30, 2012
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