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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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Flashback :: NYC's Urban Blight

It was a Saturday, many moons ago.  I remember sitting at home and, after counting all of the ceiling tiles in the family room, quickly determined that I was bored out of my skull.  It got the point where even hard labour was starting to sound appealing. Was anyone going to call?  Finally, there it was.  Ring…Ring. I was saved! With my feet barely touching the ground I sprinted into the kitchen and anxiously picked up the receiver.  To my chagrin, it was one of my college buddies from Baltimore, MD. “What are you doing?” he asked. “Nothing, I’m bored out of my mellon,” was my reply. “How’s that working out for you?” he chided.  “There better be an invitation coming jackass or I’m going to reach through the phone and rip out your larynx.” Thankfully (and luckily for him) there was indeed an invitation.   It was to join he and some other compadres at the 8×10 Club in Baltimore that evening to see a band from NYC called Urban Blight. Who?  Never heard of them…but heck anything was better than doing nothing.

What I remember most was that as soon as those cats hit the stage the air was suddenly electric.  It was like everyone knew what was coming.  The drummer set the tone immediately with a phat groove that became the foundation for  “Knock You Out” and I became insta-fan.  Loved it.  The mix of funk, ska and new jack swing was simply phenomenal and while “Love Bites” remains my absolute fav, the song featured in the video above, “Get Closer”, was a close 2nd.

Happy Friday my friends…now let’s get funky.

– Drago

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The October Thumbs Up Goes To….

thumbs upWe’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

– DMitch

 

 

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Nothin' But the Good Stuff

artist: Rude City Riotgenre: power ska, punk, reggae | label: Skaspot/Stomp


In the midst of a rather busy show schedule this past summer, the Kings of Canadian Ska somehow found the time to record, master and release their debut, full-length album.  How do they do it!? Do these cats ever sleep!?!?  As the saying goes, “all good things to come to who wait, but only the things left behind by those who hustle” and you’d be hard pressed to find a band who hustles more than Rude City Riot.  Without a doubt these cats are on adrenalin overload 24 – 7…good thing for us it translates well into their music!
Their latest studio release is also their first full length album entitled Nothin’ But Time…and it is indeed a gem.  We have been following this band for a while and have been duly impressed all along the way with their unique blend of ska, rock and a little reggae vibe thrown in there for good measure.  Think the energy and intensity of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones coupled with the soulfulness of The Specials and you’d be close.  In addition to being the title track, ‘Nothin’ But Time’ jumps in fast and furious and really sets the tone for the RCR brand of power ska that your friends at Froglix have come to know and love.  That song is unquestionably bad ass.  Equally impressive are tracks like ‘It’s Raining’, ‘Rudies Don’t Care’ and ‘Pray for You’ that all sport more of a traditional 2 Tone vibe.  ‘The Reaper’, which swings even further to the dub side of the spectrum, is simply marvelous music.
Before hearing this album, we knew these boys good jam out on some high octane tuneage so to be able to experience the cooler side of their ska pillow just added to our already high opinion of this band.  Two thumbs way up for both RCR and Nothin’ But Time.

– 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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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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Flashback :: Video Clash

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The year was 1980.  The first rock festival was held in Russia, Ronald Reagan became the 40th President of the United States of America, Mt. Saint Helens erupted in Washington State…and The Clash released “Bankrobber.We certainly could debate the relative importance of these events to each other, to the time period, to history, etc. but it’s going to take a lot of convincing for me not to rank the band and this song #1. To this day this is still one of my all time favs.  Enjoy!

– Drago

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Di Riddim and Di Melody

artist: Singing Melody | genre: reggae, dancehall | label: S.H.E.M. Music Productions
listen now: Wi Set Di Trend
It happens to all of us at one time or another. We awake from a restful night’s slumber expecting only the best for what lies ahead and then…it happens.  Out of nowhere, we find ourselves smack dab in the middle of “one of those” days. Right from the jump, we’re in overdrive going mach 10 with our hair on fire and then, just when we think that our melons are about to explode, we hear it.  The final whistle.  Unfortunately, most of us just can’t turn it “off” when we’ve been “on” all day. We must de-stress…but how?  Some choose alcohol but, for many of us, that’s a non-starter because we realize that we have to apologize enough as it is for dumb ass mistakes without the aid of a chemically induced stupor adding fuel to the fire. Fear not! Your friends at Froglix have the answer.  It is our semi-professional opinion that a healthy dose of reggae will take the edge off quite nicely…and without the hangover. Further, we suggest that Kingston’s own Singing Melody (aka Everton Hardweare) be part of your emergency collection.

“Wi Set Di Trend,” Melody’s newest single, showcases his strong tenor vox set against dancehall riddims and rich melodies.  If you’re looking for something that swings more the roots side of the reggae spectrum then you’ll dig “Special Love.” With work having already begun on his fourth album, we expect to be hearing much more from this talented artists in the months ahead.

– 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”]