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And the Froggy Goes to…

As 2010 comes to a close, naturally, we tend to reflect on the year that was…and what a year it’s been here at Froglix!  We’ve made a number of technical upgrades and changes, incorporated more video content into our postings and last (but certainly not least) we’ve welcomed our good friend Thurdeen to the Froglix fold as our newest writer.  Further, and most importantly, we have been introduced to a bevy of talented musicians from around the world all striving for the same goal…to have their voices and their music heard by a global audience.  We consider it an honour to have been able to play even a small part in making that happen.  It has truly been a tremendous year in indie music and we are looking forward to what we are sure will be an incredible 2011 with great anticipation.  However, before we jump ahead, we would be remiss if we were not to take one more look back at the year that was and offer up our own “best of.”

Ladies and gentlemen, it is a distinct honour, nay a privilege, to present the First Annual Froglix Music Awards!  Winners of this year’s “Froggy” awards have been selected by the listeners and readers with input for DMitch, Thurdeen and myself, of course.  With a year filled with so much excellent music it was indeed difficult to narrow it down…but with no more gilding the lily or anymore adieu I give the winners!


Treading Lemmings

Artist of the Year | Album of the Year

[itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/all-at-sea/id395957999?uo=4″ title=”Cliff Notes”]


Small City Calling

Best Indie Pop Artist or Group | EP of the Year
Song of the Year (Castaways)

[itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/indian-messengers/id363954160?uo=4″ title=”Oceanus”]


The Sky Life

Best Alternative Artist or Group

[itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/roots-and-wings/id402268988?uo=4″ title=”Roots and Wings”]


Killer Godzilla

Best Alt-Rock Artist or Group

[itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/karate-for-fat-girls/id333504602?uo=4″ title=”Killer Godzilla”]


28-200

Best Ambient/Electronica Artist or Group

[itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wasabi/id350742206?uo=4″ title=”Video Games & Popsicle Sticks”]


Sickhoose

Best Punk/Hardcore Artist or Group

[itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/tia-feat-davy-peckett-vocals/id377940733?uo=4″ title=”Nozdrilz”]



Attention Thieves

Best Grunge/Hard Rock Artist or Group

[itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/broken-promise/id384717507?uo=4″ title=”Broken Promise”]



Diversifyd

Best Reggae Artist or Group

[itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/silly-love/id321746512?uo=4″ title=”Emotional Rollercoaster”]


Rude City Riot

Best Ska Artist or Group


[itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/25-years/id301517409?uo=4″ title=”Rude City Riot”]


Sacha Sacket

Best Singer/Songwriter

[itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/brandon-boyd/id260989007?uo=4″ title=”Lovers and Leaders”]



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Quirky and Cool…Austere from The Joy Formidable

I’m in…hook, line and sinker.  Check out the new vid from The Joy Formidable for their latest track…‘Austere.’ Can’t wait to see these cats (and chic) live next time they come to the States.  Digz it I do!

– Drago

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Britain's Rocketclover Gettin' Viscious

artist: Rocketclover | genre: indie, folk | label: Criminal Records

Our friends at Criminal Records have turned us on to some great music since Froglix launched almost a year and half ago!  The Kut, The Exits…cutting edge alternative rock bands with plenty of indie attitude…and then there’s Rocketclover.  These blokes are hilarious, wonderfully talented musicians who have taken what is arguably one of the best (if not the best) punk song every written and transformed it into an indie/folk gem!  Look, covering the Sex Pistols is nothing new but…a folk version of Anarchy in the UK’!?  Are you kidding me?!?  This one has got to be at the top of the list for ingenuity.

A recent press release from CR stated out that “The motive behind the release aims to rectify the 1977 injustice against The Sex Pistols whose popular single ‘God Save The Queen’ was prevented from reaching No. 1 because of an ‘unwelcome’ coincidence with the Queen’s silver jubilee.”

Their motivation ’tis noble indeed…and the song/video are both a fitting tribute to a phenomenal band.

– Drago

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A Cover from Down Under

artist: Sarah McLeod | genre: alt-rock, electronica | label: unsigned

While imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I think it’s fair to say that, as a general rule, we really don’t pimp a lot cover tunes here at Froglix.  It’s not that there is anything wrong with a band playing covers but it’s a bit contrary to our mission which is to shine a light on indie artists around the world who are performing original music.  That, my friends, is what we are all about and it is also why I really wanted to hate Sarah McLeod’s rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” but try as I might I just couldn’t do it.  In this, rather dark, Depeche Mode-like interpretation of Springsteen’s classic, McLeod takes a boppy MTV standard (remember a young Courtney Cox jumping on stage in the video…of course you do) and creates her very own mystical, melancholy version that comes complete with an extra serving of angst. McLeod slows down the tempo, loses the cheesy 80’s keyboard adds in a healthy dose of of her airy yet edgy vocals to complete the mix.  Well done, Ms. McLeod…well done indeed.

-Drago

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Reggae Vid from the Evergreen State

artist: High Ceiling | genre: reggae | label: unsigned

We first introduced the Froglix Faithful to this super cool reggae (aka High Ceiling) band from the woodlands of Washington state just about a year ago when they were touring in support of their latest album entitled Illusions.  Well, they are still gigging so we certainly hope our friends on the left coast have been able able to check these cats out live…but if not, here’s a vid for you!

Enjoy!

– Drago