Tim Armstrong & Friends Record A Bunch of Ska

Tim TImebomb 30 Pieces of SilverTim Armstrong is no stranger to the Ska & Reggae of course. Starting with his first project Operation Ivy, through dropping the now classic “Time Bomb” and up to this year producing Jimmy Cliff’s career resurgence collection Rebirth. He’s also always been a deeply rooted music fan enjoying all sorts of music styles. He’s a wandering minstrel for sure.

His follow-up solo collection to 2007’s A Poet’s Life, which he recorded with the Aggrolites as backing band, is due for release next year. It’s called Tim Timebomb & Friends and includes collaborations with a rotating cast of friends doing covers of some of their favorite tracks. There’s some country, some rockabilly, some punk and plenty of Ska/ Reggae too!

He posted this note on his website www.timtimebomb.com about the project:

Tim Timebomb and Friends is a place for me to share with you some of my favorite songs that I’ve recorded with friends of mine. I’ve always enjoyed sharing music, whether I’m just sitting around playing acoustic guitar with my friends or breaking out old 45’s. I guess you could call me a music nerd. I like everything from Bob Dylan to the Ramones, to Jimmy Cliff to Cock Sparrer. I plan to bring together a great group of players to record covers as well as some originals. I hope you dig it and encourage you to pass them on.

2 Tone covers have been plenty on the album and include such classics as The Specials’ “Concrete Jungle,” The Bodysnatchers’ cover of “Let’s Do Rocksteady,” Bad Manners’ “Lip Up Fatty” and The English Beat’s “Save It For Later.”

As soon as they record a track in the studio it seems they throw a video up on youtube for everyone to check out.

One of my favorites is “Thirty Pieces of Silver” by the one and only Prince Buster. It’s one of my favorite tunes anyway and this version treats it well. Here is the video below.

Players on the tune include J. Bonner (Aggrolites), Dan Boer (Jimmy Cliff), Scott Abels (Hepcat, The Bastards, Jimmy Cliff) and recent Hellcat signees The Interupters.

Here’s the original for comparison.

As a bonus here is another cut of the same tune.!

Go ahead and visit the website set up to follow updates for the project Tim Timebomb & Friends here. The collection should hit iTunes first first part of 2013 with physical to come later I would imagine.

I've been involved in the Los Angeles music scene since at least 1995 going to shows, promoting, spinning records and running labels. Ska and Early Reggae are my passion among other things of course.