New Ska release is for turntables, not tabletops

By Steve Graham

The founders of Ska Brewing Co. in Durango famously listened to their namesake musical style every time they brewed in the early days. More than 20 years later, they can brew Steel Toe Milk Stout and Modus Hoperandi IPA while they listen to their own compilation album, as long as there’s a record player back in the brewhouse.

The brewery has teamed up with Chicago’s Jump Up Records to create “Drink the Ska,” a vinyl-only ska compilation that is being released just in time for National Record Store Day on Saturday, April 21.

Jump Up Founder, Chuck Wren, was the DJ for Ska’s anniversary party last year, when he started working with Ska Founder and CEO Dave Thibodeau on the idea of producing a record. The album has 17 tracks by regional ska bands including Durango’s own Buster’s Ghost, as well the Dendrites and the Breachers, two Denver ska bands. And no respectable ska compilation could be complete without a contribution from the Toasters, the godfathers of American ska music.

The record will be available at the brewery’s Record Store Day party, which starts at 5 p.m. at Southwest Sound in Durango.

Other Record Store Day events: Special events are also scheduled throughout Colorado.

• A pop-up record store will operate from noon to 4 p.m. at Summit Music Hall in Denver, with more than 10,000 records for 99 cents each, plus 2-for-1 pricing on all other records. The event will include listening stations, live DJ sets, a poster art collection and drink specials.

• Independent Records in Colorado Springs is having a Record Store Day sale with exclusive merchandise, DJ sets and live bands.

• Intersect Brewing in Fort Collins is having a Record Store Day sale from 9 a.m. to noon in its small in-house record store.

For many more events, check out the Record Store Day website.