Michael Weybret recut his short film “An Early Autumn’s Hope” into a music video for the song that helped inspire the story. Just so happens to be “Hold Me Closer” by Froglix favourite Small City Calling. Check out the video below.
We’ve tallied all the Thumbs Up’s and Thumbs Down’s for the month of October and the Froglix listeners have proven to have quite the diversity of tastes. Forty-five (45) tracks from thirty-three (33) artists received votes, but alas, not everyone can be a winner. Represented in the Top Ten alone though are artists we have described before as rock, modern rock, alternative rock, Brit alt-rock, ambient, electro, electronica, indie pop, ska, power ska, reggae, punk, post-punk, singer/songwriter, and actually quite a bit more. So without further ado…take a listen to October’s favorites…
October’s Top Ten
(in alphabetical order)
28-200 :: I Kiss U
Attention Thieves :: Let It All Out
Case Of The Mondays :: Indie Girl
Mars Accelerator :: Fill For The Glacial Till
Mobile Wash Unit :: September Was Winter
Ring Of Truth :: Why Should This Be?
Rude City Riot :: Victoria
Small City Calling :: Atlantic: Castaways
Treading Lemmings :: Comeuppance
Variety Workshop :: U Suck Noodles
Tune in and logon next week for more incredible indie music and mindless commentary from DMitch, Thurdeen and, of course, yours truly.
artist: Small City Calling | genre: alternative, indie-pop | label: unsigned
When last we visited Small City Calling they were racking up 2010 Froglix Music Awards in bunches. Fast forward to 2011 and we find this talented quintet from sunny San Diego on the verge of releasing there newest record which, at the time of this writing, is scheduled to drop next month. I can’t wait. I mean that quite literally, I really couldn’t wait. As soon as I received word about the new album I begged SCC’s Ryan Erwin for a sneak preview. Ok, perhaps “begged” is a bit over the top, but I did ask nicely and, thankfully, Mr. Erwin obliged by sending us not one but three (3) tracks from the new album! (Many thanks, my good man.)
While I am saving my “full review” until after I’ve had a chance to hear the album in it’s entirety, I’ll say this. I have now listened to “Hold Me Closer,” “Standing Room Only” and “Satellites” about (2) dozen times since downloading them earlier this week and, judging by what I have heard so far, if the rest of the tracks are even half as good as these, Golden State of Entropy is going to be a bonzer! Luscious layers of melodica delivered with true originality. This is a unique band with an unforgettable sound that has taken what they accomplished with their last EP, Oceanus, to a new level.
Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself and enjoy the aforementioned tracks by utilizing the Froglix “play” feature from this post.
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!
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”]
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”]
Best Alternative Artist or Group
[itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/roots-and-wings/id402268988?uo=4″ title=”Roots and Wings”]
Best Alt-Rock Artist or Group
[itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/karate-for-fat-girls/id333504602?uo=4″ title=”Killer Godzilla”]
Best Ambient/Electronica Artist or Group
[itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wasabi/id350742206?uo=4″ title=”Video Games & Popsicle Sticks”]
Best Punk/Hardcore Artist or Group
[itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/tia-feat-davy-peckett-vocals/id377940733?uo=4″ title=”Nozdrilz”]
Best Grunge/Hard Rock Artist or Group
[itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/broken-promise/id384717507?uo=4″ title=”Broken Promise”]
Best Reggae Artist or Group
[itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/silly-love/id321746512?uo=4″ title=”Emotional Rollercoaster”]
Best Ska Artist or Group
[itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/25-years/id301517409?uo=4″ title=”Rude City Riot”]
[itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/brandon-boyd/id260989007?uo=4″ title=”Lovers and Leaders”]
OuterSound – August 2010
OuterSound is back in a big way with a bevy of select indie gems from around the world. Froglix is proud to present yet another cast of phenomenal indie artists for August’s episode. Enjoy!
Zion Judah :: Higher Consciousness
Rude City Riot :: Imposter Man
GoldRat :: The Judas Cow
Small City Calling :: Castaways
ThisOrder :: Unus
Damn Vandals :: Union Jack Boxes
Casper Jones :: Bleeding Heart
Mobile Wash Unit :: September Was Winter
Grimus :: In A Glimpse
Toykult :: Super Cleaner
artist: Small City Calling
genre: alternative | indie-rock
album: Oceanus (EP)
Just a few short months ago, San Diego’s Small City Calling released their 2nd studio recording and follow up to 2009’s The Living Room Demo. Their latest work, Oceanus, is an intriguing 7-song EP that, in addition to showcasing the talents of founding members Ryan Erwin (lead vox, guitar, keys), Kevin Adams (guitar, vox) and Jake Falzone (bass, vox), also marks the debut of the band’s newest addition, Hanna Hoffman (guitar, vocals, keys).
The blend of acoustics and electrics is stellar indeed, however, equally impressive is the interplay of melody and harmony that creates a cascading effect that leaves listeners awash in auditory bliss. While there are certainly some tracks that I favour more than others, of the (7) featured on this EP there are none that I dislike.
“Castaways” jumps in from the first downbeat with a quiet, steady cadence that is an instant attention getter. Piece by piece, bit by bit it continues to build, culminating with a chorus drenched in pure indie attitude. Dig it. The groovy acoustic vibe beautifully complements the colourful vocal elements featured in “We Are the Messengers” and makes for a track that is much more than memorable. Finally, as I listen to “My Friend the Ocean (Coming Home)” two words pop into me nugget…”simply inspiring”. Coincidentally, those are the same two words which, if asked, I’d use to describe this EP and this band.