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Drago's Morning Drive…Stomp Style

My morning drive today came courtesy of a “care” package that we recently received from our friends at Stomp Records.  I had recently conversed with Stomp’s Mike Magee over email and mentioned that we really liked what they were doing and would love to hear from them.  Bang!  The package arrived yesterday and I could hardly wait to pop the disks in the CD player.
Started with the punk-polka (that’s right, I said polka) of The Dreadnoughts, next came the reggae/dub sounds of The Aggrolites, followed by Third-wave ska/punk of The Creepshow and The Resignators and washed it all down with the rockabilly/punk stylings of The Brains. My life will never be the same again.

– Drago

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Flashback: Bad Brains

[itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/bad-brains/id6562656?uo=4″ title=”Bad Brains on iTunes “]

This is one of my all time favourite bands…and one of my all time favourite songs!  I distinctly remember waiting up all night to catch this video the first time it aired on MTV’s 120 Minutes.  It was so worth it.

I was fortunate to catch HR sit in with Fishbone a few months back when they visited 930 Club in Washington, DC.  They did a version pf “Banned in DC” that was truly epic.  So glad I was there to see it live.  There are very few bands, if any, around today that could pull of what Bad Brains did back in the day.  They’re a bit older, a bit wiser…but still rockin out loud!

– Drago

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Drago's Morning Drive


Longbeach Shortbus, Talk Talk, Connells, Foo Fighters, Hoodoo Gurus, Sharif, AC/DC, REM, RedRum, Black Knight and Snow Patrol.

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Jump Back: The Week in Review

NUM83R5, the new album by Ledaswan was the subject of Monday’s review complete with (3) new tracks for your listening pleasure. Don’t forget about the video post from the previous week for their single “Faulkner.” Next up was the Vetoes, British alt-rockers now working with SpaceRay Music and Adam Whittaker whom, you may recall, also introduced us to Grimus and Attention Thieves.  Mid-week we promo’d a new digital sampler for the Sounds Like Brisbane.   More than a dozen independent artists and their respective labels coming together for a flat out phenomenal compilation.  Click here to download the entire collection or just the individual tracks for free….way cool. Finally, we flashed back to an indie band from the 90’s underground.  Jawbox and their video for “Savory.” Classic.
Join us next week for even more music, reviews, news and general meanderings from Drago, DMitch and Thurdeen.

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Froglix Flashback: Jawbox

The year was 1993 and Jawbox had pulled off what many thought to be the unthinkable.   They left the legendary label of DC hardcore, Dischord Records, for the greener pastures of a major label (Atlantic to be exact) and not too long after we find bassist Kim Collete, front man/guitarist Jay Robbins, guitarist Bill Barbot and drummer Zach Barocas debuting on MTV in 1994.  The song?  “Savory” from the album entitled [itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/savory/id207081205?uo=4″ title=”Jawbox on iTunes” text=”[itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/savory/id207081205?uo=4″ title=”For Your Own Special Sweetheart” text=”For Your Own Special Sweetheart”].

Probably one of the more under appreciated bands of the era, their 2nd album did well on college stations but failed to produce a mainstream single so they were dropped.  Damn it.  So, where are they now?  Eventually the band broke up and its members went on to pursue other projects and passions.  Collete and Barbot started Desoto Records, which is still in existence today.  Barocas went on to either start or join other bands as did Robbins, who can also add successful Producer to his list of accomplishments.

I liked this band…still do.  Am I biased because Jawbox got started in the DC area where I happen to be from?  Yup.  What of it?

– Drago

 

 

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Drago's Morning Drive

Metallica, Azoora, Dashboard Confessional, Trusty, Fugazi, Soundgarden, Nena, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Cure, Attack Ships on Fire, Rancid and Beastie Boys.
It was a veritable rockin’ rollercoaster…dig it.

– Drago

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Sounds Like Something Big is Headed this Way

Ever since our inception, Froglix has been mightily impressed by the quality of independent music emanating from the land Down Under and the city of Brisbane, in particular, has the very real potential of becoming the next big thing in music.  What?  Brisbane? Drago, surely you jest.  Nay my friends, nay.  Don’t believe me?  Then check out the latest digital sampler from Sounds Like Brisbane.  This incredible collaboration compiles tracks from (18) different artists and their respective labels to create one mega Australian indie collective.  Genres include everything from jazz, to hip hop (that’s right Australian hip hop), country, alt-rock and…well…you get the picture. It’s a smattering of just about everything and here is the best part. You can download all (18) songs at once or listen to them one by one and download your favs…all for free!  Just go to www.soundslikebrisbane.com and have at it!

There are a number of stand out performances but some of my personal favs include “Blue Blood” (DZ Deathrays), “Her Song” (The Medics), “These are a Few of My Favourite Flings” (The Good Ship), “Washed Up” (I Heart Hiroshima) and “Taxes” (Undead Apes).

Aside from the music, what I find most intriguing about the SLB project is that it’s genesis sprung from the labels themselves. Stephen Green from SGC New Media Marketing explains. “There were a few meetings and some of the labels were already helping each other out, so they thought they’d get together and make it official and start the SLB website. They figured that there’s so much good stuff going on that it made sense to pool their fans and let everyone sample what everyone else is doing.” It’s a brilliant idea but will it work?  Oh, I’d say so.  If memory serves me, I believe Dischord Records in DC made quite splash by unifying the DC punk scene, paving the way for a number influential bands back in the 80’s.  Then in the the 90s, it was bands like Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, Soundgarden and the like working together and supporting each other that set the stage not only for the “Seattle Sound” but entire grunge genre.  Given that track record, I’d say that the labels tying into the SLB know exactly what they are doing and we at Froglix applaud them for pushing the indie envelope and doing their part to get more great music out of the shadows and onto the world’s stage.

– Drago

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OuterSound :: January 2011

listen/download now: OuterSound :: January 2011

We couldn’t very well let January come to a close without an OuterSound Indie Music Podcast could we?  Absolutely, not…so here it is.  This, our very first episode of 2011, is dedicate to the winners of this year’s Froglix Music Awards (aka The Froggy).  Music from Treading Lemmings, Diversifyd, Attention Thieves  along with the general meanderings of yours truly await you at iTunes.  Download it today…don’t cost nothing and it’s chock full O’ goodness!
Make 2011 the  year you rock out loud!


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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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OuterSound :: August 2010

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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

– Drago