Tonight we put the spotlight on Smoke & Mirror Soundsystem, the brand new collaboration helmed by John Roy of Unsteady. Like many music projects started during the quarantine of 2020, this is a group that for the most part exists only in recorded format, and features a multitude of performers from the ska scene around the country from New York City to San Diego. Watch for a live version of the band, which appears to be in the works
Their debut album, Strength in Numbers, is also the first record released by new label Mixed Tape Records, and the LP is available now direct from the label.
We also list to a host of new singles released so far from 2021, including Junior Dell & the D-Lites, Dakka Shanks, and Tight Spot.
Finally, get the skinny on the concert calendar, with a bunch of concerts in the NYC area ahead of the Supernova Ska Festival
Smoke & Mirrors Soundsystem – Mile in Their Shoes
Junior Dell & the D-Lites – Miss Aranivah
The 18th Parallel – Stamp ‘n’ Go
Woodfield Road All-Stars – Muhammad Ali
The Seattleites – Ska-La-Mode
Tight Spot – Time Heals Everything (Happy People Records)
Carroll Thompson & the Mighty Megatons – Dance With Me
Key Day & Newentun All Stars – All You Fascists Bound to Lose
Erin Bardwell Collective – Please Please Please
Le Grand Miercoles – Cowboy Fantasma
The Void Union – Centipede
The Ska Flames – Star Eyes
King Zepha – Grass in Greener
Unsteady – Dr Buru
Go Jimmy Go – Head Up High
Stubborn All-Stars – True Mental
Agent 99 – Happy?
Dakka Skanks – You Can’t Cancel This (Digital Single)
Don’t forget to follow DJ Ryan Midnight and the 100% Ska Podcast on Facebook and get your weekly dose of a DJ trying to emulate your favorite old college radio ska show by subscribing to the podcast if you haven’t already!