Duff Guide to Ska Fast Takes: King Kong 4 "There’s Not Much That You or I Can Do About It," Jackie Mittoo "Striker Showcase"

(Reviews by Steve Shafer) King Kong 4 – There’s Not Much That You or I Can Do About It (Five-track digital EP, Winterbeard Records, 2017): I saw the harrowing movie version of Nevil Shute’s post-World War III/doomsday novel “On the Beach” (where the last bits of humanity in Melbourne, Australia wait for the the nuclear fallout to reach and kill them–though most of the characters opt out via suicide pills, rather than suffering an agonizing death due to radiation poisoning) while in middle school at the end of the 1970s, when nuclear armageddon was a terrifyingly real possibility (and kept me up at nights). While King Kong 4’s There’s Not Much That You or I Can Do About It EP and its song titles are all taken from Shute’s bleak novel (note the mushroom clouds in the EP cover art), all of their instrumental tracks are actually pleasantly bright and cheery.

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The Duff Guide to Ska NYC Summer/Fall 2017 Ska Calendar #48

Photo by Janette BeckmanFriday, June 9, 2017 @ 7:00 pmThe Specials, The Far EastBrooklyn Steel319 Frost StreetBrooklyn, NY$50/16++ + + +Saturday, June 10, 2017 @ 9:00 pm (2 sets!)Larry McDonald’s 80th Birthday Party w/Dave Hillyard and the Rocksteady 7, plus DJ One Hundred DecibelsHank’s Saloon46 Third AvenueBrooklyn, NY$8+ + + +Saturday, June 10, 2017 @ 9:00 pmAlla Spina, Beat Brigade,

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Duff Guide to Ska Fast Takes: Hopeton Lewis "There She Goes" b/w Vin Gordon and The Supersonics "Reggay Trombone," Johnny Clarke and the Flying Vipers "Highest Region" b/w "Highest Version," Mungo’s Hi Fi featuring Johnny Clarke "Rain Keeps Falling" b/w "Spring Shower Dub"

(Reviews by Steve Shafer)Hopeton Lewis “There She Goes” b/w Vin Gordon and The Supersonics “Reggay Trombone” (heavyweight 7″ vinyl single, Trojan Records, 2017): This limited edition Record Store Day 2017 release boasts two unreleased Duke Reid productions from Treasure Island’s archives. As both cuts are fantastic, one wonders why they lay hidden until now (perhaps the almost ridiculous abundance of incredible music in JA at the time made it difficult to choose what to release?).

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