I got my CD. I appreciate the personal touch, even though your wordplay failed to take into account that c makes an s sound in English when it preceeds y. Although there aren't many genres I can say "I really like that genre!" ska happens to be one of them, so I've already given the CD several listens. Here's my quick review.
1) We Will Fall Together -- I like this song a lot. It mixes that "third wave" punk/ska feel together perfectly... from the vocals to the energy to the guitars and horns. I see why it's your favorite.
2) High Fives -- Definitely has a pop sound to it. But it seems like they're pop-y in a tongue-in-cheek kind of way... and it doesn't hurt them at all. I doubt I could listen to a whole album of this band, but this track was fun.
3) All My Best Friends Are MetalHeads -- I've heard of "Less than Jake" many times, but I've never listened to them. I think the reason is I keep confusing them with "Jake's Leg" -- a local piece-of-**** Phish-wanna-be jam-band piece-of-**** ****-piece band. Anyway, I liked this song for the same reasons as track 1, although I did like the first track better. This song had more of a rock feel to it, dispite the horn section. Maybe this is fourth or fith wave.
4) Beer -- Ha. I almost put this song on my own mix. I didn't because a) I figured everyone'd already heard it and b) I knew you were doing all ska, and figured Reel Big Fish would get their shot. Needless to say, this is a great one... although I have to say that RBF's lyrics do tend to sound the same in every song.
5) Shining On -- Now we're back to more of the ska feel. The laid-back sound of this one is a good respite from the harder stuff earlier. This is a great track, too.
6) Super Rad -- Kind of like track 2, this has the tongue-in-cheek pop-y sound that ska can totally get away with.
On another note, since the whole album is one genre, I'm running out of unique stuff to say by track 6. Anyway, on with it.
7) Wasting My Life -- This "ska" track is not really "ska" at all. Whatever this band calls themselves, this is a pop/rock song. Not that that's bad, I'm just saying. It's still all right. I like the two beats they cut off in the chorus. The electronica solo is kind of annoying, but mercifully short.
8) Favorite Show -- This is the first track I really didn't like. Worse than that, it made me sad. MU330 is the biggest local (St. Louis) Ska band around here, so I want to like them. But I've never been a fan. They always sound amateurish, and I hate the lead singer's voice. And this track is no exception. It's just kind of boring. Yuck. Move on! Nothing to see here.
9) Ever Since I... etc. -- That's more like it. Wisconsinness notwithstanding, I like this track. Again, I don't really know how ska it is aside from the horn section. But the punk/ska sound is great, too.
10) Hey -- I disagree that this is the first mix of ska with punk. Although this one of the first songs that really has a lot of ska and a lot of punk feel at the same time. Still like track 1 better!
11) Superman -- This song is not bad, but I don't see much special about it. Basically a pop song with extra horns attached.
12) Keasbey Nights -- This one rivals track 1 for my favorite track of the CD. The refrain is JUST SO FUCKING CATCHY. It almost has an Irish drinking song feel to it. The changing rhythms keep it interesting, but hold together. The fun just doesn't stop on this one. Wins the award for "most listened to by Scyess so far."
13) Crushing Destroyer -- What is this, bossa nova "third wave" classic rock? Very interesting sound, but not something I'd be interested in persuing. Of course, it sucks to follow Keasbey Nights.
14) Clear -- Maybe I was ODing on "third wave" by this point, but for no reason I can figure out, I wasn't a big fan of this one. I guess these guys are the "Shonen Knife" of ska. There are some good ska bands out of Japan, though. Germany, too. Must be an Axis thing.
15) Insubordination -- Sounds like a frenetic chase scene at a circus. Yes, that's a good thing. This one is fun... and the parts with the ska upbeats played on the snare are kind of neat. And, of course, I always like musical shouting.
16) Infectuous -- Woah... it's disca. It's like a song from the 80s with Daft Punk on backup. Not bad... but not quite infectious. The guitar solo is pretty awful.
Overall, this was a great CD. It's always good when I find some bands I want to hear more of. I suppose I was just lucky that I happen to like your genre of choice.
And now I feel compelled to point you to the most excellent ska radio show ever. They have streaming audio Fridays 8 - 10 pm (central), and also archived streams from two shows ago. Good stuff here... check it out.
"Old" is the old new.