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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Episodes

2 days ago

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. Plus, a quote unquote brand new game entitled: THE EXCLAMATION POINT GAME! Hosts: Celine and RobProducer: ArianneEngineer: Joey

Tuesday Nov 23, 2021

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 RobProducer: JoeyEngineer: Joey

Tuesday Nov 16, 2021

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 game, Jennifer Skarner and, yes, its just as obtuse as it sounds! Hosts: Celine and RobEngineer: JoeyProducer: Arianne

Tuesday Nov 09, 2021

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 JoeyEngineer: JoeyProducer: Joey

Tuesday Nov 02, 2021

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 invincibility and general Orange Street hooliganism. Plus: A visit from the Technical Difficulties Fairy... there is some unobtrusive audio fidelity issues in the second half of the episode.  Hosts: Celine and RobEngineer: JoeyProducer: Rob

Tuesday Oct 26, 2021

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 RobEngineer: JoeyProducer: Joey

Tuesday Oct 19, 2021

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-sized episode cannot be missed! Hosts: Celine and RobEngineer: JoeyProducer: Arianne  

Tuesday Oct 12, 2021

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 JoeyEngineer: JoeyProducer: Arianne

Tuesday Oct 05, 2021

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 RobEngineer: JoeyProducer: Joey

Tuesday Sep 28, 2021

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 RobProducer: JoeyEngineer: Joey

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