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A six month 7" record club starting in July, bringing you the best in new ska bands from around the United States.

Do you remember the joy of finding new bands? The thrill of listening to a new record? The excitement of getting a package in the mail? I sure do and nothing else ever did come close to those feelings again. In trying to spread that wonderment I'm starting a 7" subscription club focusing on bringing you the best in current ska music.

To that end, I took my time and found 6 bands to work with from across the United States. These bands and their records will comprise a record subscription club named the Big Ska Gamble. The subscription club will send out 2 7" records starting in July and continuing every other month after that.

The participating acts are:

  • the Action League - ska/punk from San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Do It With Malice - ska/metal/hardcore punk from Buffalo, NY
  • the Georgetown Orbits - ska, reggae and dub from Seattle, WA
  • Lockstep - reggae punk from Indianapolis, IN
  • the Shifters - rocksteady from Washington D.C.
  • Stop the Presses - ska/surf/punk from Miami, FL

Bonus! As part of this project, anyone who donates at the $36 level or higher will get a bonus 7" record! That's right, six records wasn't enough, we're adding a seventh record to full subscribers. It will be split record from Whatevski Recording artists Sammy Kay & the Fast Four and Jorge & the Landladies! Can you believe that!?

When I say these bands are participating, I mean just that, they are doing this. It isn't some wish list. These artists have been hitting the studio over the last few months and have been laying down music. Right at this moment I have a lot of the songs from these bands with the rest coming in soon. We just need to get the money so that we can turn that cash into wonderful records for you to enjoy at home! Already having access to the music means one big thing: NO DELAYS! The bands and I have been working diligently to make sure every record will ship on time, provided we make our goal.

Once these records are sold, they are gone. Only a limited number of these are ever going to be pressed. You wouldn't want to miss your chance on this opportunity would you?

So, there's my pitch. The music is done. It wants to be heard. We're all ready to go. The question is, are you ready to throw your money on the table and let it ride? Are you ready to take part in the Big Ska Gamble?

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    DOLLAR SLOTS! Thanks for your donation! You don't know how much this means to everyone involved in this project! The closer we get to our goal the closer we get to sharing great music with the world.

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    THE TROPICANA! Just in time for Summer, two 7" ska records to cool you down and get you going. From the rocksteady grooves of the Shifters to the hyper bounce of the Action League, this small set will get you Summer off to a great start. (Add $3 for international shipping)

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    THE IMPERIAL PALACE! Don't let the Winter blues get you down, get the small pack of 2 7" to keep you happy. Do It With Malice will shock you into warmth with their blend of ska, metal and hardcore while Stop the Presses will ease you troubled mind from holiday shopping with their mix of ska, surf and pop punk. (Add $3 for international orders)

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    THE GOLDEN GATE! Fall won't mean sadness this year when you're getting a 7" record each from Lockstep and the Georgetown Orbits. Lockstep brings you their gritty reggae punk sound and the Georgetown Orbits whip out their roots ska jams. This small set is sure to get you dancing (Add $3 to international shipping)

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    BET ON ODDS! Do you like your ska with a little something extra? We have you covered with a record each in this half package from the Action League, Do It With Malice and Stop the Presses. (Add $3 for international shipping)

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    BET ON EVENS! Do you like to keep your ska more on the traditional tip? If so, this half package is for you, featuring the records of the Shifters, the Georgetown Orbits and Lockstep. (Add $3 for international shipping)

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    PLACE YOUR BETS! This is it, what you came for, 6 new 7" records featuring 6 new ska & rocksteady bands from around the nation. That's 12 songs! Shipped 2 at a time every 2 months, starting in July!

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    THE MONTE CARLO! So you don't live in America, that doesn't mean you have to give up on the ska goodness. Priced especially for international travel, these 6 records will be mailed out every other month starting in July.

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    SAFE BET! What's this? Lockstep would like to share their debut 7" record "Last Time Again" with you in addition to the 6 great record club 7" records you are getting! That's a killer deal! You'll really be getting your record collection looking fine with these awesome pieces of vinyl on your shelf.

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    DOUBLE DOWN! Time to double down w/ the Shifters! That's right, if you bid on this package you get the 6 7" records that everyone is going to enjoy, but you'll get some extra enjoyment, that is, the Shifters 10" "In It!" Also you'll get this record before the official record release! Advanced awesomeness from our friends in the Shifters!

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    TWO OF A KIND! Are you ready for extra Georgetown Orbits action? If you gamble on this package you get the 6 7" records that everyone is going to enjoy, but you'll get the bonus of a digital download of the Georgetown Orbits new album "Super Sonic!" That's a deal that may be too hard to pass up!

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    COLOR UP! Check out the Double Down reward, you'll get the sweet new 10" record "In It!" from the Shifters along with the regular 6 7" records from the Big Ska Gamble. What's the difference? These 3 records are marble blue vinyl! The special colored vinyl that you could only previously get on Kickstarter! Super rare, super awesome!

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    BEAT THE DEALER! Ok, you want your 6 amazing 7" records, and you're going to get them! While rocking out to them you think "Hey, I'd like to share some awesome ska music with the world too!" Here's your chance to program an episode of the "23min of Ska" podcast with Bryan J. Each month that a record comes out (July, September & November) one lucky gambler will have free reign to pick the track list for an episode in that month.

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    THREE OF A KIND! Can't get enough of the Georgetown Orbits? With this package you're already getting 6 excellent 7" records from 6 of America's finest ska bands, one of which is a new Georgetown Orbits record. You also want digital download of their latest album "Super Sonic" but it doesn't end there, because you're demanding their rare first 7" "My Baby's Okay / Free the Bears" from the Dead End Social Club. That's a lot of Georgetown Orbits music for you, you sly devil!

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    TREASURE ISLAND! Those rascals over at Urban Pirate Records want to really help make your day! Not only would you get the 6 records from the Big Ska Gamble but you'd also get almost their entire set of punk and ska releases! What does this include? Well for starters there's these 7" records of the Slackers "New Years Day", Crazy Baldhead "Too Much Technology" and Bored Straight "Tinnitus". But that's not all, they're also throwing in a boat load of CDs too! Haywire "A Bottle of Whiskey and a Switchblade Knife", Bear Proof Suit "A Suit to alter Fate", Paul Dobbs & the Poon Pirates "Commin For Yer Booty" and Carbombs "Sticks & Stones".

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    GAMBLER'S SPECIAL! Not only do you get the regular reward of 6 7" records featuring new and exciting ska music delivered to your door every two months (2 at a time) starting in July, but your final shipment (in November) will also contain a rare test pressing of one of the club records!

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    TREASURE ISLAND TOWER ROOM! Urban Pirate Records wants for you to rock another jackpot like no other. You'll get the 6 records from the Big Ska Gamble and you'd also get almost their entire set of punk and ska releases! Like these 3 7" records: the Slackers "New Years Day", Crazy Baldhead "Too Much Technology" and Bored Straight "Tinnitus". And these CDs: Haywire "A Bottle of Whiskey and a Switchblade Knife", Bear Proof Suit "A Suit to alter Fate", Paul Dobbs & the Poon Pirates "Commin For Yer Booty" and Carbombs "Sticks & Stones". How can this get better? Two ways: You'll get a limited edition CLEAR VINYL version of the Slackers "New Years Day" and you'll also get the increasingly hard to find Concrete Class CD.

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    HIGH ROLLER! Not only are you getting 6 incredible 7" records full of fine fine ska & rocksteady grooves, you also get a big ole "thank you" on each one. As in, you will literally be thanked on the back of each release in easy to read English!

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