Author: FRANK

The Lions At New Gabah

Pandomonium. Cars stopped for hours on end. Gridlock terrorizing the fair city of Los Angeles. CARMAGEDDON!!!! This wasn’t enough to keep me from taking the freeways  to Hollywood to check out Los Angeles band The Lions. Featuring members of Hepcat, Ocean 11, Fitz and The Tantrums,…

Forthrights Tour Blog: Day 1 w/Free Download

For those that don’t know me, which is probably all of you, my name is Sammy. I’m a kid, born and raised in the great state of New Jersey. Yes, New Jersey. No, I don’t know Springsteen, but I have spent many a nights drunkenly singing…

Catching up with T-bone!

4 years ago (wow that’s been awhile!), one of the first interviews that appeared on Music is Our Occupation was an interview I did with Nakarin Teerapenun, lead guitar player, and one of the original founders of Thailand’s oldest ska band T-bone! 4 years later, T-bone…

Turntable.fm

I’ve lamented in a past blog entry about how some ska/rocksteady/reggae bands and labels have yet to jump into digital distribution. Jamaican music itself is already a niche genre of music, and I feel that bands and labels have to work extra harder to get their…

The Specials with Little Hurricane @ The Fillmore

The Fillmore is 2,000 seat ballroom type venue with a balcony spanning the perimeter in downtown Silver Spring.   The Live Nation venue is relatively new and it was the first time I had seen any bands here.    We made our way to the bar…

Review: All Skanadian Club Vol. 5

On June 7, the long-standing Montreal ska-punk record label Stomp Records released the fifth volume of its flagship ska compilations, the All Skanadian Club vol. 5. It had been eight years since All Skanadian vol. 4 was released, prompting many fans to wonder what was happening…

Stomp Records Still on Top!

Photo by JEN ARNOLD & KEVIN COLE (Montreal Mirror) Montreal’s long-running ska/punk record label Stomp Records is back on top! They just got voted the #1 Best local record label in the annual Montreal Mirror “Best of Montreal” readers poll. The timing couldn’t be any better…

Ed Lowery (Magadog) talks Florida Ska & Kickstarter with Jeff Richey

Jeff Richey is the former sax player of world famous 2-tone ska band The Toasters (1999-2007). He is currently the lead singer and sax player for Orlando area ska, rocksteady & reggae group Control This!, as well as the sole proprietor of Florida Ska Events, a…

His Story of U.S. Ska By David Hillyard Part 1

A little intro. David Hillyard is well known to general readers of this blog. He’s a very long standing OG member of The Slackers, founded his own Rocksteady 7, played on the now classic Hepcat album Out of Nowhere and even before that he was playing…