Greetings, Stubborn Massive! Most of America will be grilling and enjoying the start to their summer this Memorial Day weekend, so we have some new music for you to listen to at your BBQ's. We've got even more imported Ska this week to add to the 850 items at, including a CD that was produced and recorded by Vic Ruggiero of The Slackers and our own King Django at Version City. Check it out!


Skavesa' - Ten Years of Love and Hate CD (Italian Import) Italy's Skavesa' took Vic Ruggiero and King Django into the legendary Version City Studio to make a record with their heroes. The product is truly something to behold! It bounces from Traditional Ska and Rocksteady to Reggae, and then just as comfortably to a faster-paced modern-style Ska. You can even detect the influence and attitude of 50's-style American Rock and Roll and more modern punk in their sound and style. Skavesa' take many chances on this record, singing a lot of songs in English, and only a couple in Italian. Check out the fruits of their labors!

Jamasound - Superpanoramas CD (French Import) Jamasound were a fine French band that played solid Reggae and Rocksteady in the old school tradition. There's a lot of Roots and Dub on this CD, and it's done very tastefully, and with style. Most of the songs are in French, which adds to the authenticity of the band and their art. This is definitely a unique CD with some top-notch music on it!

Orange Street - Pirates and Treasures Double CD Limited Edition Box Set (French Import)

Alton Ellis live w/ Aspo - Workin' On a Groovy Thing CD (French Import)

ASPO - In the Web of Love (Love Potion No. 2) CD (French Import)


Byron Lee and The Dragonaires - Rock Steady Explosion LP (Jamaican Import) Byron Lee and The Dragonaires were an incredibly talented, skillfully-led band that were able to play a variety of styles flawlessly. This LP features 12 incredible songs in the Rocksteady style, including some of the biggest Jamaican hits of 1967 and 1968. Our favorite part of the record is the jacket, which has explosive artwork on the cover, and actual instructions and pictures from the 1960's that describe how to dance the "Rock-Steady." We even have a Rocksteady Explosion T-shirt with artwork inspired by this cover. This is a collector's item, in addition to being fun to listen to!

Roland Alphonso - A Shot in the Dark b/w Determination 5 7" single LIMITED EDITION GREEN VINYL (Jamaican Import) Roland Alphonso was one of the greatest Sax players in Jamaica throughout his career. This rare GREEN VINYL 7" single from Jamaica features Alphonso leading The Skatalites on two classics. A Shot in the Dark is a memorable Henry Mancini song that the Skatalites covered, creating one of their biggest hits! Determination 5 is another upbeat Ska tune with the Skatalites' blistering horns working over a killer beat. These songs are very hard to find, so grab them while you can!

Horace Andy - Ain't No Sunshine b/w Version 7" single (Jamaican Import) Horace Andy is a living legend, and one of the most unique Reggae singers of all time. His style has been imitated often, but never duplicated. This track finds him covering Bill Withers' haunting 70's Soul hit "Ain't No Sunshine." Andy puts his unique vocal stamp on it, and the instrumental track behind the vocal is fantastic, brooding deep Roots Reggae. The sadness of the lyrics come through in the performance, and the tune is infectious and very cool. This is a rare Jamaican pressing!

The Soul Bros. - Carib Soul LP (Jamaican Import)

Augustus Pablo - East of the River Nile b/w Version 7" single (Jamaican Import)

Slim Smith - Somebody to Love b/w Peter Tosh - The Crimson Pirate (Instrumental) 7" Single (Jamaican Import)


Bad Manners - Buster Bloodvessel Patch This circular patch measures two inches across. It features a classic Bad Manners logo with Buster Bloodvessel drawn as a cartoon. This is a crucial piece of Ska paraphernalia!

We just got these goodies back in stock!

The Slackers - NYC Blue and White Embroidered Patch

Prince Alla - We No Want No Bomb b/w Dread No Want No Bomb 7" single (Jamaican Import)

Trojan Helmet - Sterling Silver Pendant

You may have noticed that we've been on a French Ska kick lately. We happen to be very much into the music our friends at Patate Records have been putting out for years. We're proud to offer much of it to American audiences for the first time. Many of their releases have been hard to find here in the States, so take advantage of this new opportunity to sample some of the fine music our French friends have been releasing. Ska is a universal music, and it's wonderful to be able to listen to different interpretations of it from different countries around the world. We're committed to helping everyone sample some Ska and Reggae from all of the countries of the Ska world! Enjoy!


-Stubborn Crew