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Australia Week :: Black Knight and Highway Blonde

Black KnightOn the first day of Australia Week we are looking back to two bands that made their appearances in our inaugural year of 2009. And unfortunately, we haven’t heard anything from either of these guys since. Highway BlondeBlack Knight and Highway Blonde (formerly Smart Artists) are both solidly in the rock genre. Highway Blonde is a bit more modern rock while Black Knight is a bit more on the post-punk side of things. Over the years I’ve found myself humming a tune or two from these guys. It’s always a testament to me whether a band is good or not if one of their songs can find their way into your head just out of the blue.

So, without anything new since 2009 from either, check out a couple of videos from their glorious pasts….

 

 

– DMitch

 

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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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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

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Screaming and Halloweening with the Brains

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It’s Halloween, my pretties, so it seems rather fitting that we pimp a little pychobilly from The Brains.  The uncensored video for “Screaming” (above) is from their just released Drunk Not Dead album so if you digz it click the iTunes link above and get you some.
Stay safe this evening and if you hear something go bump in the night, fret not…it’s only Froglix and we don’t bite…much.  Mmmwoo hah haha!

– Drago

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The Week in Review :: 6.11.2011

This past week saw the return of record temps here in these the Eastern United States. Officially it’s still Spring but there is no doubt Lord Summer is here and, apparently, he’s pissed.  It’s freaking hot out there my friends. To combat the unpleasantness of the weather this past week, your friends at Froglix offered up some cool jams.
New music from Race You There kicked things off this past week as Drago dropped the 411 on this the latest addition to the broadcast.  Thurdeen followed shortly thereafter with the downlow on GoldRat’s newest single, “Marcus Lives” and we topped it all off with an epic featuring The Stone Roses.
Check back next week for some cool tuneage…

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Flashback :: Ministry

In selecting the Flashback this week, I enlisted the assistance of my esteemed colleague Thurdeen and in my humble (but accurate) opinion he has made an excellent choice.  Today your friends at Froglix bring you a track from the pre-industrial/synth-pop stylings of Al Jorgenson and Ministry. The year was 1983 and the song…“Revenge” from their debut album entitled With Sympathy [Arista Records] [itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/effigy-im-not-an/id298489787?uo=4″ title=”Get it on iTunes!”]. Happy Tuesday everyone!

– Drago

 

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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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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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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