Checkered Past: The Ska'd Cast

Checkered Past: The Ska'd Cast

Checkered Past is the #1 Edmonton-based Ska History podcast. Every two (tone) weeks siblings Celine and Rob dig in on a different ska band covering their history, impact and catalogue. Expect a lot of jokes, culture discussions and of course, ska-based puns. Great for new, lapsed and casual listeners of the genre as well as fellow Skaficianados!

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January 25, 2022 109 min

Grab your banjo, your grass and your organic protein bars 'cause Checkered Past is digging in on Santa Monica Ska-Punks, Mad Caddies! For the journey they bring along Ben from Saskatchewan Ska flag-bearers, Minivandal. The trio discuss CanCon, the nature of Ska in the Prairies and fusing multiple genres together. After, they dig in on the early years of the 'Caddies including their granola lifestyles, their loyalty to Fat M...

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All these podcasts are gold, only Checkered Past breaks the mold! On this TromBonus, Celine, Joey and Rob run down the Ska tracks of 90's movie soundtrack mainstays, Smash Mouth! They talk about the Guy Fieri conundrum, the mozza-stick energy of their first album and ask once and for all: "is Smash Mouth good?" They finish it all off with a beach-themed edition of Build-a-Band Workshop. By the end, maybe YOU will be a b...

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January 11, 2022 130 min

There's more than one way to pickle your Ska! On the latest Checkered Past, Celine and Rob chat with New Tone and Laptop Ska wunderkind, Kenny Malloy aka KMoy! The two talk about New York, Listmania and the joys of Newgrounds before diving into the brief but fascinating discography of Ska-Rockers, Slow Gherkin! They discuss the band's juvenile origins, their ground-breaking heyday and their unfortunate demise. Plus: a very ...

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January 4, 2022 54 min

Ollie, grind, flip, grab and manual your way to the newest episode of Checkered Past! On this TromBonus, Celine, Rob and Engineer Joey shallow dive into the Ska tracks of Swedish Skate-Punks, Millencolin! Plus they discuss Baldos, The Matrix and Disco Elysium before playing a skate-themed edition of Build-a-Band Workshop! You don't have to be 13 years old to enjoy this one!

Hosts: Celine, Rob and Joey Engineer: Joey Producer: ...

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If you've never heard Checkered Past: The Ska'd Cast before, this is your entry point! We reflect on our first year of podcasting and play 15 different clips curating from 25 episodes to give you a glimpse as to what makes our podcast special. You will hear us at our best, our worst and our funniest! It's a fun 2+ hour ride with Rob, Celine and Engineer Joey!

We want to thank all the Checkerheads out there for your...

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December 21, 2021 56 min

It wouldn't be a music podcast if Checkered Past didn't talk about all they're favourite songs of 2021! And that's favourite with a U! Celine, Rob, Engineer Joey and Producer Arianne submit 15 of their most played songs of the year! It's not all Ska either: there's Pop, Hip-Hop, Metal, Punk, Indie and everything in between! No segments, no bits, just 60 minutes of chat and tunes! Put some headphones on and e...

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December 14, 2021 110 min

Go Feet Go! Buffalo, NY Soul/Ska group The Abruptors join Celine and Rob to discuss the entire discography of the rotating super group Bruce Lee Band! Mike and Toni discuss the Canadiana of Buffalo, how they want to represent their local scene and tell the story of how they connected with Asian Man Records. Then, the Time Skachine runs through every single iteration and release of BLB including the connections to Less Than Jake, Rx...

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December 7, 2021 49 min

Bring your grinchiest grin and humbuggiest humor to the first annual Checkered Past Skaliday Skanktacular! Celine, Rob and Joey lament on their past retail endeavors, bizarre temporary employees and why they are generally miserable around the holidays. Then, Rob and Joey swap holiday-themed Ska songs with classic Celine Color Commentary and they ask whether you are #TeamRob or #TeamCeline. Stay to the end for a big announcement!

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Celine and Rob welcome Eric Daino of the Ska-Punkers, The Holophonics to enter the Jeff Rosenstock metaverse by going through the first third of the history of Bomb The Music Industry! Eric discusses his cross-country history, his DIY philosophy as well as Jeff's influence and work ethic. Then, the trio go through the first 3 releases of BTMI! and the groups bizarre live shows, anarchic sound and legacy of bedroom punk and ska....

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It's a very special TromBonus episode! Celine and Rob interview Alex, Patrick and Matt from The Planet Smashers live from the Stomp 26 Anniversary Show in Edmonton! Interspersed, the Checkered Past crew (including Engineer Joey) talk about the show itself, how the interview came about and what they remember about that night. Be warned! The interview contains some intoxicated anarchy!

Hosts: Celine and Rob Producer: Joey Engine...

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November 16, 2021 103 min

Hi! (Checkered Past: The Ska'd Cast edition). Rob and Celine welcome the HyperSka Superstar, Eichlers on the podcast to go through the Ska years of No Doubt! Eich gets into his Ska roots, sets the record straight on Hyperpop and talks about his social media dominance before diving deep on the biggest selling Ska band of all time, No Doubt! All bets are off and it is the most pun heavy episode yet! PLUS: The debut of the new gam...

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November 9, 2021 58 min

Nurse your Halloween Hangover with Checkered Past as Celine, Joey and Rob go track by track through the complete Ska of Oingo Boingo! They chat about Danny Elfman, performance art and burlesque shows before hunkering down for an 80's-themed Build a Band Workshop! Plus: the CP/SC gang listen to some new music submissions by listeners! Thanks Checkerheads and keep 'em coming!

Hosts: Celine, Rob and Joey Engineer: Joey Produc...

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Rudies, Punks and Nerds unite! Checkered Past welcomes Bex of New Jersey-based Ska Punkers, Backyard Superheroes to truly go way back and cover Rocksteady icons, The Techniques! Bex talks about all things Garden State, the value of authenticity in their music and all the ways the modern Ska scene is a bastion of inclusivity. Afterwards, they get in deep with Techniques; a jaw dropping tale of voodoo spliffs, Rasputin-style invincib...

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October 26, 2021 54 min

Things are about to get irie... no, I mean EERIE on the newest Checkered Past TromBonus! It's all things spooky and kooky as Celine, Rob and Engineer Joey tackle Halloween traditions, scary movies and new music before doing a Spooky Ska Song draft! Plus a monstrous edition of Build a Band Workshop!

It's Dead Man's Chestered Past: The Ska'd Cast of Amontillado!

Hosts: Celine and Rob Engineer: Joey Producer: Joey

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Is this another episode of Checkered Past: The Ska'd Cast? I think it is! Chris Reeves of Ska Punk International joins Celine and Rob to begin a long term series on the deep history of the incredible Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra. They discuss bringing international Ska into North America, DIY tactics and the modern state of the culture. PLUS: a scintillating and not at all complicated game of The Shipping Blues. This super-size...

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October 12, 2021 50 min

It may be Raining Tacos but Checkered Past: The Ska'd Cast is still here to deliver a brand new TromBonus! Rob interviews Engineer Joey on his history with Ska before diving into new music, exploring the Checkered Past of YouTube celebrity Parry Gripp and having a quick Skarrection. PLUS: Engineer Joey turns the tables on Rob with a new game entitled: Build a Band Workshop!

Hosts: Rob and Joey Engineer: Joey Producer: Arianne

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Hit a Question Block and grab a Super Leaf! Andrew and Kerley from Flying Raccoon Suit join Celine and Rob to discuss the first 3 albums of seminal Indie/Ska group Mu330! They discuss genre melding, the state of modern Ska and Punk-Rock Sting before playing a rousing game of 1337AF. Is musician truly a dirty word? Can anyone convince Celine that Fishbone is good? WAS there a saxophone? Tune Me Out to find out!

Hosts: Celine and Ro...

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September 28, 2021 44 min

It's Ska Redemption! Checkered Past goes through every single Bite Me Bambi song while Rob and Celine reminisce about their first episodes, the growth they've experienced as podcasters and the improvement of the tone and format. Plus, Engineer Joey hops on mic to talk about the news, new music and ask how someone would introduce a classic rock radio listener to Ska.

Hosts: Celine and Rob Producer: Joey Engineer: Joey

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Checkered Past tackles one of the biggest groups to ever grace the radio in the Summer of Ska, Reel Big Fish! Rob and Celine welcome Dillan and Levi from Ska-Punk band The Third Rates to tackle RBF's first 3 albums and their lasting influence. While they are at it, they swap show stories, talk about creating a band during a pandemic and how social media helped get the word out about their music! Grab your favorite fried cheese ...

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September 14, 2021 40 min

It's Checkered Past's first ever mini episode that they are dubbing: TromBonus! (pronounced like Trombone... get it?) Celine and Rob discuss recent Ska news, music they are listening to and RuPaul's Drag Race before going through every Ska track that the Offspring has put out! At the end they debut their new segment, the Ska-rrections Department, where listeners and artists fact check Rob on his research abilities! It&#...

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