Author: Jacob Wake Up!

Put down the drink and dance. Guitarist for @thenewlimits, bassist for hire. Marketer at @wheelockcollege. #bostonska fanboy. jacobwakeup.com. he/his/him.

Not News: BossToneS Hate Nazis

This was originally published at Boston Ska (dot) net

If you disagree with these words and this sentiment then please do not continue to support The Mighty Mighty BossToneS – we don’t like you and you don’t understand us.

This was commentary that The Mighty Mighty BossToneS shared on an Instagram post following a video clip of President Barack Obama asking “How hard can that be? Saying that Nazis are bad?” Well, it’s 2018 and making sure people are still saying “Nazis are Bad” is news. And I’m here talking about it because it’s a big deal that bands like the Bosstones are telling their Nazi-sympathizing fans to fuck right off. (more…)

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Songwriting and Work Ethic Wisdom from Irving Berlin

Berlin has said that he “does not believe in inspiration,” and feels that although he may be gifted in certain areas, his “most successful compositions were the “result of work.” He said that he did most of his work under pressure. He would typically begin writing after dinner and continue until 4 or 5 in the morning.

This is wikipedia so I take it with a grain of salt, however, the sentiment still speaks to me. I would never dare compare my songwriting to that of Irving Berlin. However, I’m acutely aware that songs that don’t materialize out of thin air. (more…)

WATCH: The Interrupters Perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live

This post originally appeared on Boston Ska (dot) net

Apparently I’m now just an Interrupters fan blogger, truth be told, the band is having a great year. They’ve released their third album (read an in-depth review here), released a few music videos, traveled with Warped and Punk in Drublic festivals, seem to be getting interviewed in Billboard, and generally can’t be stopped! (more…)

REVIEW: The Perceptionists Perform Intimate Set with Members of Dub Apocalypse at Lizard Lounge

There was too much talent on the tiny stage at Lizard Lounge last night. I’m sure this is often the case given the size of the venue and the sheer volume of talent in the Boston area. Nonetheless last night was something special.
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Vans Warped Tour Announces Lineup for Final Summer

This post originally appeared on Boston Ska (dot) net.

“This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.”

The Vans Warped Tour recently announced the lineup for their final summer tour. The list of bands is pretty underwhelming. Acts of note include Reel Big Fish and Less Than Jake, but none others with immediately appeal to the ska audience. (The Interrupters are appearing on select dates not including Massachusetts). The tour visits the Xfinity Center in Mansfield on July 27. (more…)

Beantown Jewish Gardens: You Spoke, We Listened

I have had the pleasure of being involved with Beantown Jewish Gardens since moving to Boston in 2012. I wrote the following letter on behalf of the Board of Directors of this nonprofit following the initiation of a strategic planning process. The original version was posted here.

One year ago, Ganei Beantown convened the first meeting of a new board of directors. The creation of this board was necessary to ensure the long term viability of Ganei Beantown. This new board is a group of individuals focused on supporting and sustaining the work of this grassroots organization. (more…)

REVIEW: The English Beat and Pressure Cooker at Brighton Music Hall

This post originally appeared at Boston Ska (dot) net.

No one was more surprised than me to walk up to the doors of Brighton Music Hall and see that The English Beat show was sold out. Really? The English Beat? In 2017? I was floored. Local support from Pressure Cooker and DJ Panda was added pretty late and the $35 was unlikely to draw in newer fans making a sold out house all the more impressive. (more…)