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Johnny Go Skaspot

genre: Power Ska
label: Skaspot Records

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Imposter Man
Same Old Story

From the untamed wilderness that is the Pacific Northwest comes a gift…and a marvelous gift it is indeed.  No, it’s not amateur video footage of Sasquatch doing the Macarena (although that would obviously rock).  It’s better.  Much better.  Those crazy ska-nucks, Rude City Riot, recently released a double-sided digital single as a follow up to their debut, self-titled album and our friends at Skaspot Records were kind enough send us a copy.  Brilliant!  With “Imposter Man” and “Same Old Story”, RCR picks up right where they left off with the their last studio offering.  Power ska at its best.  The melodic elements of 2 Tone meets the edginess of third wave, pulling up just short of the ska-core precipice.  These cats continue to impress.

– Drago

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Vandalism and Its Finest

artist: Damn Vandals :: genre: alternative | rock :: label: unsigned

Cocaine Love :: Union Jack Boxes

April showers bring May flowers but what do May flowers bring?  Damn VandalsJack Kansas (vox), Frank Pick (guitar), Adam Kilemore Gardens (aka THE ANVIL – bass) and Chris Christianson (drums) make up this talented quartet.  Hailing from the Big Smoke (that’s London for the Yanks out there) the story goes that these cats met via an online forum for graffiti artists and, after “collaborating on a project”, got busted and had to complete (500) hours of community service as a penalty…or is it rehabilitation.  It matters not as it’s quite apparent that the Brits don’t look kindly on that type of artistic expression either.  Regardless of how it all started, I imagine if they keep putting out music like this, I dare say it could end quite well for these blokes as their haunting vocals paired with Echo-like guitar phrasing makes for a very intriguing mix indeed.  ‘Cocaine Love’ and ‘Union Jack Boxes’ (available for listen here and as part of our global broadcast) are just (2) of the tracks featured on band’s upcoming Sexy Beast disc that is scheduled to drop next Tuesday, May 25.  Needless to say we are quite honored to be entrusted with a sneak peak and wait on baited breath for our chance to listen the rest of their newest album in it’s entirety.

– Drago

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OuterSound :: May 2010

The May episode of OuterSound showcases a variety of independent artists from around the world to include Australia, Italy, Korea, Canada, the UK and, of course, the US.  Here’s who you’ll hear…
Prophet Z :: Brooklyn, NY
The Wake :: Rosignano Solvay, Italy
Sink to See :: Los Angeles, CA
28-200 :: Denver, CO
IM Munroe :: Vancouver, Canada
ThisOrder :: Rome, Italy
The Breathing :: Seoul, Korea
Cantalouper :: Columbia, MO
Sickhoose :: Ovingham, Great Britain
Tenpenny Joke :: Melbourne, Australia
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Big Doings for the Canadian Ska Masters

genre: ska
label: Skaspot Records

In case you missed it, our favourite Canadian ska band, Rude City Riot, was a featured guest on CBC Radio One’s On the Coast hosted by Stephen Quinn this past week.  RCR played (5) tracks live on the air, followed by another (5) off air and topped it off with a free concert outside on the patio of the CBC Vancouver building.
Some say ska is dead…but Froglix says nay nay.   With bands like Rude City Riot wildly waving the rude boy banner in the Great White North, ska is alive and well my friends.  Alive and well.

– Drago

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The Hoose Is Loose

genre: punk | rock | power-pop
label: unsigned

Somewhere between the incredibly brilliant and the criminally insane lies our newest addition to the broadcast…otherwise know as Sickhoose.  Their latest release, a 3 song ditty entitled Nozdrilz, comes pre-installed with a respectable dose of angst-laden guitars and syncopated rhythms (Stuart Copeland would be so proud) which, in turn, provide a compelling backdrop for a vocal element that effortlessly intermixes melody and harmony.
For those who like a little more “umph” in their indie, look no further as the Sickhoose pendulum clearly swings to edgier side of the alternative music spectrum.  Britain’s Ad Lee and Davy Pecket beautifully slam 10 lbs of punk-infused power pop into a 5 lb sack.  That being said, rest assured theirs is not an experiment in discordant feedback or disconnected power chords played as part of some cathartic release suggested by their therapist.  Quite the contrary.  Actually, for a genre that has many imitators and impersonators, it’s quite invigorating to hear something creative and unique.  Now if I could only figure out what the names of their songs mean!  Regardless, well done mates, well done.

– Drago

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