Longtime fans of ska may know Joachim Uerschels as the guitarist and singer for the German ska band The Braces (which was active in the last half of the 80s and first half of the 2000s). Recently, he is one of the people behind the superb ska website Reggae Steady Ska and he is working on an acoustic ska album project called Joe Scholes.
2012: The Year in Ska - Joachim Uerschels/Reggae Steady Ska/Joe Scholes
Top 5 Favorite Ska Releases
1) Jimmy Cliff, Rebirth
2) Dr. Ring Ding Ska-Vaganza, Piping Hot
3) Tommy Tornado, Cool Down
4) Babylove and The Van Dangos, Let It Come, Let It Go
5) Buster Shuffle, Do Nothing
Favorite Live Ska Shows
Buster Shuffle, Sonic Ballroom, Cologne
Madness, Stahlwerk, Düsseldorf
Favorite Ska Merch
I'm afraid there was nothing much new.
Top 5 Ska Regrets
1) London International Ska Festival
2) Every live show at the Reduit in Mainz, such a great venue
3) This Is Ska Festival in Rosslau (Lee Perry playing an old reggae set)
4) Dynamite Ska Festival, Leipzig w/Rude Rich and The High Notes
5) The Skatalites in Cologne
Top Ska Wishes for 2013
1) To see new 2 Tone-style pop bands.
2) To see Ernest Ranglin live.
3) To record a new acoustic ska album with Joe Scholes.
4) To hear more fresh ska from all around the world.