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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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

Tuesday Sep 21, 2021

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 snack and dig in! Hosts: Celine and RobEngineer: JoeyProducer: Arianne

Tuesday Sep 14, 2021

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's loose. It's silly. It's Checkered Past: The Ska'd Cast! Hosts: Celine and RobEngineer: JoeyProducer: JoeyTheme Song: OaO by Mad Bomber Society  

Tuesday Sep 07, 2021

Tell me baby what wrong have I done you and why are you not listening to Checkered Past: The Ska'd Cast? Rob and Celine welcome Sam Thompson of the award-winning Winnipeg podcast Witchpolice Radio to discuss JFK and the Conspirators! They chat about the fertile Manitoba ska scene of the 90s/00s, the legitimacy of Beatles worship and the charm of the Canadian Prairies. Plus the debut of a new game: Boots, Bugs and Bruh We Ain't Got No Label! Plus: The return of the technical difficulties fairy! You may experience some minor changes in the sound quality through the episode Hosts: Celine and RobEngineer: JoeyProducer: ArianneTheme Song: OaO by Mad Bomber Society

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