Archive for October, 2009

Playing this Friday at the Central in Seattle with a huge horn section..

Posted in The Band with tags , , , on October 29, 2009 by mrmikef
We are very excited for your show at the Central this Friday. Natalie Wouldn’t will be playing with a full horn section. Yes 5 horns. The sound they generate is amazing. If you haven’t been out to see us then this would be a great night to come out. For those of you who need to get to bed early on Friday we have thought about you as well and so we will be taking the stage first, going on at 9:00.  Here is a link to the details about you show.

What is SKA? Well Wiki says!

Posted in The Band with tags , , , on October 15, 2009 by mrmikef


So lately as I’m out and about it may get mentioned that I play drums in a SKA band. Lots of times the response will go something like this.  SKA? What kind of music is that? Then I have to go through the Etymology and the History of SKA. So I thought for those of you who are curious here is what Wiki has to say.


There are different theories about the origins of the word skaErnest Ranglin claimed that the term was coined by musicians to refer to the “skat! skat! skat!” scratching guitar strum.[6] Another explanation is that at a recording session in 1959 produced by Coxsone Dodd, double bassistCluett Johnson instructed guitarist Ranglin to “play like ska, ska, ska”, although Ranglin has denied this, stating “Clue couldn’t tell me what to play!”.[7] A further theory is that it derives from Johnson’s word skavoovie, with which he was known to greet his friends.[8] Jackie Mittoo insisted that the musicians themselves called the rhythm Staya Staya, and that it was Byron Lee who introduced the term ‘ska’.[9]


After World War IIJamaicans purchased radios in increasing numbers and were able to hear rhythm and blues music from Southern United States cities such as New Orleans by artists such as Fats Domino[10] and Louis Jordan.[11] The stationing of American military forces during and after the war meant that Jamaicans could listen to military broadcasts of American music, and there was a constant influx of records from the US. To meet the demand for that music, entrepreneurs such as Prince BusterClement “Coxsone” Dodd, and Duke Reid formed sound systems. As jump blues and more traditional R&B began to ebb in popularity in the early 1960s, Jamaican artists began recording their own version of the genres.[12] The style was of bars made up of four triplets, similar to that of “My Baby Just Cares for Me” by Nina Simone, but was characterized by a guitar chop on the off beat – known as an upstroke or skank – with horns taking the lead and often following the off beat skank and piano emphasizing the bass line and, again, playing the skank.[1] Drums kept 4/4 time and the bass drum was accented on the 3rd beat of each 4-triplet phrase. The snare would play side stick and accent the third beat of each 4-triplet phrase.[1] The upstroke sound can also be found in other Caribbean forms of music, such as mento and calypso.[13]

One theory about the origin of ska is that Prince Buster created it during the inaugural recording session for his new record label Wild Bells.[13] The session was financed by Duke Reid, who was supposed to get half of the songs to release. However, he only received one, which was bytrombonist Rico Rodriguez.[citation needed] Among the pieces recorded were “They Got to Go“, “Oh Carolina” and “Shake a Leg.”[citation needed] According to reggae historian Steve Barrow, during the sessions, Prince Buster told guitarist Jah Jerry to “change gear, man, change gear.”[citation needed]The guitar began emphasizing the second and fourth beats in the bar, giving rise to the new sound. The drums were taken from traditional Jamaican drumming and marching styles. To create the ska beat, Prince Buster essentially flipped the R&B shuffle beat, stressing the offbeats with the help of the guitar.

The first ska recordings were created at facilities such as Studio One and WIRL Records inKingston, Jamaica with producers such as Dodd, Reid, Prince Buster, and Edward Seaga.[13] The ska sound coincided with the celebratory feelings surrounding Jamaica’s independence from the UK in 1962; an event commemorated by songs such as Derrick Morgan‘s “Forward March” and The Skatalites‘ “Freedom Sound.” Because the newly-independent Jamaica didn’t ratify the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works until 1994 copyright was not an issue, which created a large number of cover songs and reinterpretations. Jamaican musicians such as The Skatalites often recorded instrumental ska versions of popular American and British music, such as Beatles songs, Motown and Atlantic soul hits, movie theme songs, or surf rockinstrumentals. Bob Marley‘s band The Wailers covered the Beatles’ “And I Love Her,” and radically reinterpreted Bob Dylan‘s “Like a Rolling Stone.”

Helping United Way of King County via Microsoft

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 7, 2009 by mrmikef


Yes it is true Natalie Wouldn’t made it on the internal distributed CD in the Microsoft world. This CD is only available for Microsoft employees but if you happen to know someone who works there which is a huge possibility in this neck of the woods you might be able to get your hands on one. We are always excited when we can let our music help others.

Cheers NW