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Flashback :: Violent Femmes

The consummate  forerunners of folk-punk, Violent Femmes began with the formation of their rhythm section consisting of Brian Ritchie on bass and Victor DeLorenzo on percussion.  Gordon Gano (singer/guitarist) would join later, completing the trio that would eventually be discovered by the Pretenders who, back in 1981, were playing the Oriental Theatre in the Femmes home town of Milwaukee, WS.

As the story goes, the Femmes were playing out on the street (which they did a lot)  in front of the theater and were invited by Chrissy Hynde to play an acoustic set after the opening band.  They did just that and the rest is history.  Soon after they recorded their break through, debut album that included songs that would clearly define the bands early years, ‘Blister in the Sun’, ‘Add it Up’, ‘Kiss Off’ and ‘Gone Daddy Gone’.    Almost  ten (10) years and one brief break up later, they released their album 3 which produced what would be their next hit, albeit a minor, ‘American Music’ featured in the video above.

The Femmes enjoyed quite a long run on the alternative music scene but, alas, all things must come to an end and for them the end was 2009.  After disputes over song rights and a desire to pursue other musical interests, Gano announced that they were done as band.   However, for this week, Flashback celebrates the simplistic genius that was and is the Violent Femmes.

– Drago

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More than Treading…

Froglix has recently received word that the Treading Lemmings, fresh off their righteous gig at Philadelphia’s Hard Rock Cafe (photo above), are putting the finishing touches on some new material.  Front man Christopher Quinn tells us that they are on track to have at least (4) new songs completed by summer’s end and we, of course, are rather looking forward to taking a listen.  No doubt they’ll be solid as we’ve come to expect nothing less from them.  (No pressure gentlemen).


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Sometimes All We Need is a Little Closure

artist: The Kut | genre: alternative, indie, rock | label: Criminal Records

Straight from our friends at Criminal Records, Froglix is stoked to present for your viewing and listening pleasure “Closure” from Britain’s The Kut.  Cool song, cool video, cool band…and I would suspect some cool chics to hang out with.

– Drago

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All Hail the Working Man

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Flashback highlights one of the greatest, if not the greatest, progressive rock bands of all time.  Rush formed in Toronto, Canada back in 1968 and are still going strong today.  Although the band got it’s official start back in ’68 it recognizes 1974 it’s official starting point as that was the year that drummer extraordinaire Neil Peart joined the band…just (2) weeks before their first tour of America.  Since their inception, Rush has always been on the cutting edge of progressive rock invoking an eclectic mix of genres, instrumentation and influences in their compositions creating a sound that is near impossible to duplicate or copy.  Neil along with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson are true originals through and through.

‘Working Man’ was released as part of Rush’s self-titled debut album back in ’74 and remains a classic today.  For all the doubters out there who might think that rockin’ for 30+ years has taken it’s toll on this band…think again.  The video above shot just a couple of years ago is proof positive that these cats have not lost a step.

– Drago

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New Vid from Ledaswan :: What a Way Two Drown

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San Antonio’s Ledaswan is back in the mix with a new video for yet another diggable track from their EP NUM83R5.   ‘What a Way Two Drown’ is a sultry, melodic malay that showcases luscious layers of sound.  The dynamics of this song are stellar as are Erica’s vocals.  Just as she, they are simply lovely.

Froglix was very much impressed with this track when we first wrote about it a few months back but seeing it set to video truly gives it a life all it’s own.  DMitch, Thurdeen and myself plan on heading down to the Lone Star State for SxSW next year and very much hope to be able to catch these cats live.

– Drago