Tuesday Selekter-Shut Up and Listen

May 17 2016

When I first started going to shows 3rd wave ska from NY and NJ was still popular with the skins and rudies. These shows were hours long and everyone skanked traditionally.

It’s strange to think of a relatively huge east coast Oi!/Ska scene now. At that time sub-culture style, rules and traditions were adhered to rigidly. Example: People would lecture you about how to tie your shoes and with what laces. Quiz you about bands-Had to make sure you weren’t a clockwork skinhead or whatever litmus test was going around that season. Teach you to skank. Make you a mixtape of some impossible to get records.

1st Wave Desmond Dekker era-Jamaica
2nd Wave Madness/Specials/ era-UK
3rd Wave- Toasters, Bigger Thomas, NY Citizens, Bad Manners, etc etc era – NYC

Some of the first shows I went to were Moon Records showcases with the Toasters and NY Citizens. It was a fairly traditional ska scene and is probaby what got me interested in reggae, before I heard the Bad Brains.


The Toasters were the heads of the nyc ska scene. I think this is their stand out song, or East Side Beat.

I like this one better for the lyrics.

“Danceteria, is where you could find her!
At CBGB’s she could be seen
Or at any club you’ve ever been
And I wonder what became of her
She lived so hard in the club world
Well I guess we’ll never know”

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This music was fairly mainstream palatable and popular. This is a screenshot of a video of them on USA network, on New Year’s Eve in 1992 at the Palladium. The special was called USA Up All Night New Year’s Eve Ska Party. I wasn’t into this stuff at that point-hardcore was to powerful for me to chill and listen to ska, and the whole thing with dressing up in suits and drinking beer wasn’t for me. I knew some people who told me about it. Check out the crowd, maybe some of you older Generation X people know somebody in there. Here’s the link to the video on facebook:

The NY Citizens played a lot locally and were more of a rock, new wave, dance thing then a pure ska thing.

Their promo picture on the album in the youtube video above makes them look like a 1990 hardcore band and I’m really digging the one guy’s Cape May sweatshirt.

I think they were one of those bands that was expected to blow up and then fizzled and faded.

Some other stand out tracks that I recall were Helltown, Lemon Jelly, and National Front (an obviously anti-racist song).

Some of it’s on youtube, but no full album or ep. This song Helltown has the word “homos” in it. That’s not cool, but in 1990 it was common. No offense to gay friends.


NYCitizens promo picture

Off track slightly:

Since we’re delving into strange ska influenced dance music from 1990 NYC here’s Urban Blight featuring the OG NYC graff writer TEAM, PS 41, a burn LS t-shirt, a Stay High character and more, plus that dude from Law and Order.

(Is this really 1990 and not later? I remember that Burn shirt coming out later on. The Burn shirt I had was a white short sleeve with the logo going vertically I think. I have the shirt on in my sophomore HS yearbook picture, I’ll have to check at my Mom’s. I had a fresh shaved dome, and the shirt was worn over a thin, green hoodie, which was style I saw I thought was awesome.)

(((If this is your picture sorry for the no credit. I took it off a Ukranian straight edge blog. Maybe it’s Ken Salerno or BJ Pappas Either way respect due unknown photog on the stage. Also check me out getting a GIS jersey in this post, I always try to include at least one bike thing in these long posts.)))

((I got it at a show that was billed as Burn, Rest in Pieces, and Sick of It All. I thought it was 1990, but maybe 1991. Rest in Pieces cancelled and maybe Discipline played? It was violent as hell and Randy Now kept getting on the PA saying stuff like “If there is one more fight we’re shutting it down.” I can’t remember if I liked Burn or SOIA more. I remember Chaka came out in this sick track suit and went fucking nuts and I was blown away. [Might be the show above.] That whole show I was blown away. So intense.))

Live Urban Blight set from 1986 when they were still leaning further in the ska direction:

Moving On: 1990 Urban Blight fits into the BAD II department.

Another band I really like:

P.S. I’m so uninterested in any of the “ska-punk” that came after this. Gar-baj, no style, no tradition, no points. Duck music.

MTB Fever

May 17 2016


I caught it. I don’t know what’s going on with me this spring. I’ve been feeling the need to go in the woods and get gnarly. I’ll adjust the program as I see fit but right now I think I’m enjoying MTB more.

But…but…what about my Strava quota? Going to have to double up I guess.

Also I haven’t put one of these on here for a while but here’s a wants list for my viner:

8 speed XT cranks.
8 speed xt RD
8 speed XT FD or whatever
26.4 seatpost (nothing special, I just cracked mine at the clamp.)
platform/spd pedals
bar/stem combo
some fresher wheels with 8 speed XT

please hit up “contact” if you have any of this.

I’m going to learn more on the rigid bike and then when I feel ready I’ll move into FS.

Other Sport News

May 16 2016

The Sixers have sucked so bad they had to get a sponsor. I imagine in 10 years NBA jerseys will be covered like cycling kit.

Mat T Update

May 16 2016





G.S. Morning

May 16 2016


Details soon.

Rigid Practice

May 16 2016




Trying not to endo flip into a tree. Focus is a little shitty on these. Cell phone in the woods. Sorry.

BTW this session was completely solo. Did not see one human in the woods. Bueno.


May 16 2016


I’m a little better than this, but not much. Hope this guy was ok, wear a helmet. Or get an airbag collar.

Bay Area Surveillance Update

May 15 2016

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OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Hidden microphones that are part of a clandestine government surveillance program that has been operating around the Bay Area has been exposed.

Imagine standing at a bus stop, talking to your friend and having your conversation recorded without you knowing. It happens all the time, and the FBI doesn’t even need a warrant to do it.

Federal agents are planting microphones to secretly record conversations.

Jeff Harp, a KPIX 5 security analyst and former FBI special agent said, “They put microphones under rocks, they put microphones in trees, they plant microphones in equipment. I mean, there’s microphones that are planted in places that people don’t think about, because that’s the intent!”


Guys I don’t want to freak you out but I heard they are targeting bike messengers, framebuilders and urban bike people with beards or tattoos. You better start lifting up all the suspicious rocks at the park and check in the bushes too. I knew this guy who got into some weird pigeon theories as well.


What next?

I really do know this one guy who started thinking the satellite dishes and cell phone tower thing on his roof were controlling his thoughts. He was pretty deep into a bunch of drugs at the time. One day he finally snapped and went up to the roof with an axe and chopped all of he stuff up. He got arrested. Got sent to Rikers. Someone paid me to bail him out. The end.

Missing Foundation Update

May 15 2016



-mat t

Check Pete Missing out.


I wonder if you get kicked in the chest at this opening? You know, for the authentic MF experience. You walk in the door Duke 9 screams in your face, and then Pete lights himself on fire and chases you around. Then some other gnarly squatter dude kicks you in the chest.

Just kidding, it is not 1988 anymore. Don’t be scared, check it out.

Large Bag Department

May 15 2016


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