Duff Guide to Ska Fast Takes: The Bakesys "Studio Selections 1991-1995," Flying Vipers "The Copper Tape," The Skatalites "Foundation Ska"

(Reviews by Steve Shafer)The Bakesys Studio Selections 1991-1995 (CD, Do The Dog Music, 2017): Even though I was pretty well plugged into the international ska scene in the early 1990s (largely thanks to The Bakesys’ keyboardist Kevin Flowerdew, who produced the wonderfully comprehensive Rude Skazine, which morphed into the current Do The Dog Skazine), I somehow missed the thread with The Bakesys–which I’m all the lesser for, since they recorded some truly excellent modern UK ska (a frenetic 2 Tone-power pop blend influenced by The Specials and The Jam, amongst others, and specifically made for maximum dancing), as captured on Studio Selections 1991-1995 (all of which holds up very well 25 or so years later). This release contains their debut album (key cuts: “Looking for Love,” “Confused,””Days Gone By,” “Life So Dub,” and the int’l ska comp favorite “Animated Violence”), plus six sweet rare/unreleased songs/versions (highlights: “Sunnyside Up,” “Looking for Version,” “Without Warning,” and “Days Gone Pop”). Don’t be a dope like I was and miss out on The Bakesys’ music this time ’round

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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..