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A Message For You…

It ain’t Friday…but I figured there is no time like the present for a flashback.  From their 2008 appearance in Tokyo, Sting, Andy and Stuart rock it old school with one the all-time iconic tunes.  Such a cool version…
Check out this and other songs by The Police on [itunes link=”https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/message-in-a-bottle/id110871?uo=4″ title=”The Police on iTunes!” text=”iTunes “]!

-Drago

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Friday Flashback :: Smithereens


Arguably, one of the most underrated alt-rock bands of the 80’s & 90’s, The Smithereens, to this day goes down as one of my all-time favs as I quite literally have every album and know most every song, even the deep tracks, by heart.  So, naturally, when they came to the Northern Virginia’s State Theatre a while back I just had to go.  Some may say that the band has long since passed their prime…and they’d be right.  However, these cats still rock out loud.  They are not even the least bit pretentious.  In fact, they are far from it.  While most of the alt-rock veterans would rather play their “brand new” stuff (that nobody cares about) the Smithereens plastered the filled to capacity crowd with their most notable tracks from every album in their arsenal.  It was epic.
I was fortunate enough to actually meet and hang out with the band a little bit after the show (that’s me with drummer Dennis Diken) and they were the epitome of cool.  In fact, I talked with bassist Severo “The Thrilla” Jornacion about playing the bass line to “Blood and Roses” featured above.  His response? “The first time I played it I thought I my fingers would bleed…it is such an honor to play that song.”  With all the nit-picking in the music industry today it’s somewhat refreshing to hear someone give deference to their predecessor, in this case, former bassist Mike Mesaros.
We could have picked any number of tunes from The Smithereens catalog…“A Girl Like You” or “Only A Memory” would have been the more than obvious choices…but “Blood and Roses” was one of the tunes that was instrumental in my alt-rock conversion.  Thusly, I pay homage to the song and the band today on the Friday Flashback.  Enjoy my friends
Check out all the stuff by The Smithereens on [itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-smithereens/id529246?uo=4″ title=”Smithereens on iTunes”] !

– Drago

 

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Summer Ending Soul

artist: Attack Ships on Fire | album: Vegas Soul | genre: rock, punk | label: SquidHat Records

Attack Ships On Fire :: Vegas Soul

Attack Ships On Fire - Vegas SoulLabour Day is fast approaching likewise, coincidentally, the end of Summer 2012.  If they haven’t already done so, young chitlins, angst ridden teens and future college drop outs all around the world will soon be starting their Fall classes and, thus, ending life as they know it. Fortunately for these wayward yutes there is a new album dropping from Oregon’s Attack Ships on Fire that should help in tiding them over until…well…with their limited attention spans Thanksgiving might be a stretch but I think Halloween is in the bag for sure.  The (12) tracks that encompass the Pride of Portland’s third album entitled Vegas Soul were actually inspired by a new book from author P Moss called Vegas Knockout that is due to drop on Sept. 6th as is album #3 from the aforementioned ASoF.

We got a sneak peek…err listen…to the album’s title track and it’s delovely.  Driven doesn’t even begin to describe it.  This one, my friends, comes at you fast and furious with a musical double tap that is true pandalerium.  I freaking love it…sounds a bit like Coheed and Cambria meets the Sex Pistols but that’s what I dig about it.

Many thanks to our friends at SquidHat Records for sharing the love.  Peace…

 

– Drago

 

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Good News for Goodbyemotel


2011 was indeed a good year for Australia’s up and coming indie rockers Goodbyemotel Not only were they nominated as finalists in this year’s Music Oz Awards…but so was their video (above) for the title track of their 2011 EP [itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wish-your-way/id456122590?i=456122600&uo=4″ title=”Wish Your Way” text=”Wish Your Way”].  Naturally, this comes as no surprise to your friends here at Froglix as we predicted back in October that big things were expected from these cats and, true to form, it is all coming to fruition.  Cheers mates!  Job well done…

– Drago

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Smooth Like Butter

The Golden Butter BandA good friend of mine from Sharpsburg, MD (which is not at the end of the world but you can, in fact, see it from there) turned me on to these cats recently and all I can say is…wow.  The Golden Butter Band’s ability to flow effortlessly between rock and reggae is truly jamalicious.  As it turns out they are playing this Friday, March 16th at Sweet Caroline’s in ye olde Winchester,VA…and I shall be there.

– Drago

 

 

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Tour Update: The Joy Formidable

Coming to a city relatively near you, my friends…shows are selling out so click here bee-yottches so get yo tix asap.

 

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Happy Hour is Starting Early Today

Twas many a moon ago when a certain English gentleman, Marty I believe his name was, was here from the Great Isle visiting a friend of a friend.  I don’t think I had known him for more than (5) minutes before, naturally, I felt it my solemn duty to pester him until he told me the name of at least one band from the UK that no one was yet listening to here in the States.  After several not so veiled threats of violence he finally gave up a name.  “The Housemartins,” he said.  “The what Martins?” I replied.  This cat was setting me up for sure.  “The Housemartins,” he said again.  “It’s boppy English music played by nerdy white guys.”  Oh…this I just had to hear.
He lent me a cassette (I told you it was a while ago) and the first song I heard is featured above.  ‘Me and the Farmer’ was released as a single in August 1987 and then later released as part of what would be both their 2nd and final studio album The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death.  Quite honestly, while I dug this tune and another song from the same album called ‘Build’, the rest of the album didn’t thrill me.  It did however make me curious enough to procure a copy of their debut release entitled London 0 Hull 4.  I was (and still am) completely enamored with tracks like ‘Happy Hour’, ‘Flag Day’, ‘Sitting on a Fence’ and ‘Think for a Minute’.  The music was the furthest thing from complicated and yet seemed to sparkle with a certain brilliant simplicity that was quite intriguing.  What I struck me most, though, was that it was, and still is, instant sing-a-long music.  Take gander at the vid above and see if you don’t agree!
– Drago
 

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Criminally Good

Our friends at Criminal Records in the UK are making headlines again with a couple of very intriguing artist announcements.  First and foremost, The Kut has sold out their “Love Hate Vampire Shotgun System Circus” Tour AND is about to commence recording their debut album AND they have a new video AND…well that’s it but, needless to say we are pretty stoked about it.  Maha (lead vox/guitar), Fidan (drums/vox) and Alison (bass/vox) are on fiyah at present and we wish them nothing but continued success.  Can’t wait to hear the new stuff!

Speaking of new stuff, checking out the newest band to sign with CR is an absolute must. Argonaut is a 5-piece ensemble that hails from London Town and are criminally good in their own right.   Lorna (vocals), Abby (keys, guitar, vox), Nathan (guitar), Paul (bass) and Rob (drums) cite a variety of influences that have paved they way to a remarkably original sound…thankfully none of those influences was Englebert Humperdink!  But seriously folks, theirs is a sound awash in gritty guitars, driving drums, siren-esque vocals and just a hint of dissonant angst…very cool.

– Drago

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Damn Skippy


artist: Damn Vandals | genre: alt-rock | label: unsigned
New music is already on the way in 2012 from our favourite/rehabilitated juvenile delinquents from Great Britain.  We are pleased as punch that Damn Vandals have a new EP that is expected to drop at the end of February.  We can’t wait to hear it.
Previous Posts featuring Damn Vandals: Crodile Rocks, OuterSound and Vandalism at it’s Finest.

– Drago

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Flashback: Descendents

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Ever wonder where the emo-punk got it’s start?  Contrary to what Billy Joe may think, it wasn’t Green Day.  Sorry to disappoint but, while they were prolific early adopters of the genre, it was actually a band nearly (400) miles to the south in Hermosa Beach, CA that many point to as the true founders of melodic hardcore.  Descendents got their start in 1978 but it wasn’t until a few years later that I discovered them on a fateful “unauthorized” Spring Break trip to Myrtle Beach, SC.  Certain details of the trip are still a bit fuzzy but what I do remember was my buddy Ted “Under the Table” Levendosky turning me on to Milo and the boys doing their rendition of “Wendy” by the Beach Boys.  Epic.  Some of my other personal  favs from their 1986 release entitled Enjoy! are “Sour Grapes”, “80s Girl” and “Get the Time”.

Regrettably, there is hardly any decent live footage or video from the band’s earlier work but the vid above for “I’m the One” found on 1996’s Everything Sucks disc is very much representative of the simple punk genius that is Descendents.  Dig it.

-Drago