If you listen to any 3rd Wave ska (which let’s be honest, no one does) you should know who Streetlight Manifesto is/are. They came onto the scene 3ish years ago and a bunch of crazy ass fan boys and girls (like me at the time) practically jerked off to their CD, Everything Goes Numb. Besides making a pretty great CD, they also said that they would make ska stop sucking. Well they toured a lot that year and promised us a new CD within the next year. It never happened. They toured some more and promised us an amazing new CD. Still wasn’t happening. Finally, after close to two years, they reveal their new CDs plans. They are going to redo Keasbey Nights, a CD that pretty much topped the 90s in terms of 3rd Wave ska and was originally made by some of the members of Streetlight (mainly guitarist/vocalist Tomas Kalonky). Most of their fans rejoiced and said they would love to blow Tomas if he gave them a chance. At this point mine and others hardcore crushes on them started to wane.
Well that was a over a year ago, so what has happened since? They toured some more (big surprise), and possibly had the worst luck imaginable. Within the course of two months Streetlight Manifesto got over $80,000 worth of equipment and personal goods stolen. Not once, but TWICE. Damn. They finally did make the new record, but their bad luck was not done. Now it is on the internet, and I’ve got a copy.
Now I am going to say this straight up, this CD is pretty much bullshit. A couple of fancy new horn lines, lyrics, and additional parts do not justify remaking a CD in my book, let alone reselling it and expecting everyone to buy it at a full price. On a personal note there is none of the magic and emotion within this copy that could be found in the original. I mean seriously, the first time you record something it is because you care about it, re-records with “additions” are done almost purely for money. More importantly this additions aren’t even that significant, they hardly noticable unless you really have the original engraved in your brain like some of us do.
I don’t think anyone should have to pay for this CD, and as a result I am offering this version of Keasbey Nights to anyone who wants it on the lovely internet. Either E-mail me at Ahoustoun@gmail.com or IM at RaHoustoun. Or if you really want to get your hands on a real copy go buy the original.