Duff Guide to Ska Fast Takes: Hollie Cook’s "Superstar," Pama International’s "Man Next Door" b/w "Austerity Skank," and Neville Staple’s "Return of Judge Roughneck"

(Reviews by Steve Shafer) Hollie Cook “Superstar” b/w “Superdub” (free Record Store Day 7″/digital download, Merge Records, 2017): The physical release of this single was a last minute addition to the 2017 Record Store Day line-up and was said to given out for free at select indie shops in celebration of Cook’s joining the Merge Records line-up in the USA (did anyone receive one?). The choice of cover here–The Carpenters’ AM pop staple “Superstar”–is definitely inspired, continues to fulfill Cook’s mission to create “tropical pop,” and is well matched to her wonderfully pure voice. And while this is no slight to producer/drummer Ben Mckone (who does a very fine job here), I have to admit to kind of missing the Prince Fatty touch

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Confirmed US and UK Record Store Day 2017 Ska and Reggae Releases

This year’s Record Store Day is right around the corner (4/22/17), so the powers that be have finally revealed the official list of releases that will see light of day and, in some cases, may work their way into your record collection (and your hearts?).Below, please find the official list of RSD 2017 ska and reggae releases for the US and UK that may be of interest to Duff Guide to Ska readers.Happy hunting next week!US ReleasesCreation Rebel: Starship Africa 12″ (On-U Sounds)Ken Boothe, Dillinger, Leroy Smart, Delroy Wilson: White Man in Hammersmith Palais 7″ — Features one hit from each artist named-checked in The Clash’s song of the same title

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Marco On The Case

This ska doggie has been notoriously busy herding cats and chasing doggie biskits. Meanwhile ska news comin’ in hot from Marco On The Bass:

Montreal Ska Festival Announces The Skatalites & The Toasters as Headliners

The third installment of the Montreal Ska Festival, which is quickly establishing itself as the premiere ska event in North America, will kick-off from October 13-15th with a diverse line-up of bands from across Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Read more..

Suggs confirms new Madness album for 2012: New songs return to ska and reggae roots

Madness frontman Suggs has confirmed the U.K. ska/pop insititution plan to release a new studio album in 2012! The new record will be the band’s first since 2009′s ‘The Liberty of Norton Folgate‘, which broke into the UK Top 5.  Read more..

And this bit o’ doggie baffling..

Two Indie Films About Ska Titled ‘Rude Boy” Seek Funding On KickStarter

Not one, but two indie films titled ‘Rude Boy’ that have ska at the core of their coming of age stories are seeking funding support via the crowd sourcing website Kickstarter.  Read more..