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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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We can't wait to tell you about our new ep! Checkered Past welcomes Chris Ruckus of Pittsburg Skacore band Dissidente on the podcast to discuss influential Ska Punkers The Suicide Machines! First, Chris recounts his formative Ska years, the realities of going to shows as you age and the unfortunate realities of pay-to-play booking. Then, Rob, Engin…
 
Throw back your favorite alcoholic beverage and pull a comb through whatever colored hair you have, cause Checkered Past is tackling swingsters Cherry Poppin' Daddies! On this TromBonus, Rob, Celine and Joey listen to the bands Skaboy JFK compilation front to back tackling their Ska tracks from 1990 to 2009. They discuss the bands whiplash stylisti…
 
Megababes rejoice: Checkered Past welcomes Diglo and Michi of indie-rock band Megawave! They talk to Rob and Celine about their friendship with the Ska community, their Ska origin stories and the various influences on their debut record Rainbow Heartache. Afterwards they all dig in on the tumultuous career of 2000's Ska pioneers, Streetlight Manife…
 
It is the debut episode of our first spin-off podcast, Gear In Your Bedroom with Engineer Joey! It's a podcast dedicated to the DIY musician: their songwriting process, their influences and, of course, their gear! It's a journey to learn more about how someone gets the idea to write music and brings it to completion with a finished product... but w…
 
I'm gonna make this milky clear, Checkered Past is breaking down pop-punk bros Zebrahead! Rob, Celine and Joey break down every Zebrahead album going through all three of their phases starting with their funk-punk beginnings to their pop punk superstardom to their metal-influenced modern era. All the while, finding and dissecting the band's attempt…
 
Yipee Ki-yay Mother Skanker! Checkered Past welcomes Austin-based Skacore band Hans Gruber and the Die Hards on to discuss the pride of Connecticut Ska, Spring Heeled Jack USA! First, Rosie, Kurt and Chris discuss their Christian upbringings, the music scene of Connecticut and the origin of their song No No Bronto. Then they dive into SHJ USA from …
 
Grab a pizza with pineapple and a fruity punch as Checkered Past explores the one-off Dill Records cult classic, Tantra Monsters! Rob and Engineer Joey blind listen to the complete album and comment on each song while also talking about what little they know about Hawaii, fast guitar playing and the 90's obsession with funk rock. Sign up for the Ch…
 
All Our Best Friends Are Checkerheads! Checkered Past welcomes the Ska Daddy himself, Five Iron Frenzy vocalist Reese Roper on to the pod to continue their discussion of Less Than Jake! Before that, they talk about the early days Five Iron, Reese's journey as a vocalist and the Christian music scene. Then, Celine, Rob and Reese dig in on Hello Rock…
 
Now that Madness March is over, it's time for the night to feel our pod with Canada's Ska-adjacent dynamic duo Bedouin Soundclash! Engineer Joey and Rob talk about the bands heyday on the radio, beach-bum reggae and the nature of the music industry in the mid 00's. If you want some chill-dude vibes this is the episode for you! Hosts: Rob and JoeyEd…
 
Madness March reaches its inevitable and satisfying conclusion! To ensure the absolute best Madness single is selected as the winner, Rob and Celine invite Mike Park of Skankin Pickle, Bruce Lee Band, The Chinkees and Asian Man Records. Mike rolls through his introduction to Ska, his relationship to Madness and his definitive 2Tone rankings. Then, …
 
It Must Be Love cause you came back for Round 3 of Madness March! On the penultimate episode, Celine and Rob are joined by Middagh Goodwin of This Is Ska Radio to break down 4 more matchups on the path to deciding the greatest Madness Single of all time. This round is based on the band's prolific videos that is guaranteed to have some silliness, at…
 
My name... is Michael Caine. At least that what YOU will be saying after you finish your midlife crisis with Round 2 of Madness March! Laptop Ska-Punker Common Sense Kid (aka Craig from Frome) joins Rob and Celine to advance 8 more matchups and offer his UK perspective to give legitimacy to the proceedings! He talks about Madness as a mainstream ba…
 
Madness March continues for the last half of Round 1 on Checkered Past: The Ska'd Cast! Celine, Rob and Engineer Joey continue to blind listen to 16 more Madness singles in head-to-head matchups and decide the winner based on their initial impressions! Will the most popular singles make it through or will some dark horses make an upset? Stay tuned …
 
Checkered Past is doing the unthinkable... pitting 32 songs of legendary Two Tone Ska band, Madness against each other to see which is the greatest of all time! In this first episode, Celine, Rob and Joey go through the first 8 matchups to help narrow the down the field. The theme is simply first impressions and as to be expected, there are several…
 
It's time for Maximum Fun as Checkered Past welcomes podcast phenom, Jordan Morris of Jordan Jesse Go and Bubble to chat about Less Than Jake! Jordan discusses with Celine and Rob his Ska origin story as well as his thoughts on the Mighty Mighty Bosstones break-up and Less Than Jake's foray into NFTs. Then, the trio delve into LTJ canon with their …
 
Should you stay or should you go? Definitely stay and listen to this episode of Checkered Past! Rob, Celine and Joey talk about Joey's recent COVID adventure, Celine's accent work and their upcoming projects while shallow diving into the Ska-adjacent world of The Clash. They explore the heavy dub influences, the extravagancy of their 80s years and …
 
This pod has energy, the kind we think you really need! Checkered Past return to St. Louis to finish the history of Indie-Ska superstars, Mu330! Andrew from Flying Raccoon Suit returns and this time brings along his bandmate, Jessica to gab with Celine and Rob about their bands origins, their future and the validity of melodicas. After, they discus…
 
If this was Jeopardy, it would be called potpourri! Rob, Celine and Joey listen to the Ska dalliances of MC Lars, Shiloh, The Neverland Pirate Band and Weird Al Yankovic. All the while sprinkling in bits of trivia, whether the Ska actually works and mid '00s Canadian Pop-Punk. Bonus track from Joey featuring his band's attempt at Ska! Madness March…
 
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 yea…
 
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-t…
 
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 orig…
 
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 ye…
 
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 Eng…
 
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, ju…
 
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 ever…
 
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 as…
 
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 …
 
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 intervie…
 
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…
 
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 Checker…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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 sci…
 
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 entitl…
 
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 Fi…
 
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 radi…
 
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 …
 
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, w…
 
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 th…
 
It's the first ever Checkered Past to feature a guest! Rob and Celine invite Eric McKnight of Edmonton-based Metal bands Messiahlator and Languid to discuss the incredibly influential Operation Ivy! Eric brings his fresh perspective on how a Ska band can inspire him to start a band, do it all yourself and buck authority. They also take a detour at …
 
Do you have Ska Fever? Well, the only antidote... is Skankin' Pickle! On this episode Celine and Rob discuss the entire history of the California originals from their garage beginnings in the Bay Area to their breakup just as Ska was about to go mainstream. They also take detours to discuss AAPI hate, Ice T vs. Ice Cube and Rob's dump truck ass. PL…
 
The End is Here... For Five Iron Frenzy episodes that is! It's Part 2 of our two-part exploration of those firebrand Christian Ska heavyweights! Celine and Rob tackle the bands initial break up, exploration of musical styles and blockbuster success on Kickstarter. There is also sidebars about CCM, castratos and some truly naughty words. PLUS: A bon…
 
It's Our Newest Episode Ever! Checkered Past travels down to Denver, Colorado to begin it's two part exploration of Christian Ska titans, Five Iron Frenzy! Part 1 covers the Ska-est years from Upbeats to All the Hype with the hosts talking about their own upbringing in a Catholic town, how the band shaped their opinions on Christians and dissecting…
 
For episode 5, Checkered Past covers the biggest charting modern Ska band, The Interrupters! They cover the twinning origins of the band's songwriters, the pressure of being the standard bearers for a maligned genre and, yes, THAT controversy. Amidst the puns and jokes, Celine and Rob get into the nature of art vs. artist and what we should expect …
 
Checkered Past travels to Indiana to talk about the hard touring, collegiate weirdos, Johnny Socko! Celine and Rob run through their entire history covering their challenging discography, their brief flirtation with success and their devil-may-care ethos. 90's sexism, rural satire and post-modernism all get dissected in the best Ska'd Cast yet! Plu…
 
In this episode of Checkered Past, Celine and Rob finish their discussion on Canadian Ska Royalty, The Planet Smashers! In Part 2 the hosts cover the album Mighty all the way to the present stopping along the way to chat about the rise of Stomp Records as an indie label powerhouse! There's also talk about Tiki, Rockabilly and whether or not The Hip…
 
In this episode of Checkered Past, Celine and Rob tap into their roots to begin their two part exploration of Canadian Ska Legends, The Planet Smashers! In Part 1 they cover the years 1992 to 2001 covering the bands early days in Montreal to the formation of DIY label Stomp Records up to their blockbuster records at the start of the new millennium.…
 
It's the debut episode of Checkered Past: The Ska'd Cast! In the inaugural episode, Celine and Rob dive into Save Ferris' career from their formation in Orange County to their complicated break-up to their triumphant return... with a little detour to discuss the spin-off project Starpool. Smashing the patriarchy! Swing in Ska! Bear hats? This episo…
 
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