The Train Keeps Rolling

“It’s Americana-ish!” is how Andy Hawk describes his latest studio effort with the Train Wreck Endings and if you’ve heard any of their previous work you’d find it hard to put them into one specific category or genre too.  This, my friends, is a talented group of musicians that effortlessly blends folk, blues and rock into their own special brand of truly American music.

In addition to a new set of original tunes, the soon to be released disc entitled Another Storyline also includes a rocking cover of New Order‘s “Temptation” that features a mandolin as a stand in for the synths….very nice. “Sunshine Street,” my favourite original track, starts with a punchy little bass line paired with the perfect drum cadence…add in some excellent vocal harmonies and, of course, more mandolin and you’ve got a cool little ditty.

Froglix greatly appreciates Andy and company for allowing us a “sneak peek” at Another Storyline and would be remiss if we didn’t do a little pimpin’on their behalf by promoting their upcoming CD release party.

  • When: Friday, November 11 @ 8pm
  • Where: Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville, VA.

Be sure to check out www.andyhawk.com for details, tickets, etc.

– Drago


Drago’s Morning Drive

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

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

Jump Back :: The Week In Review

This week we broke out with The Chain Gang of 1974…and I just now got Thurdeen’s reference in the title. How sad is that?  I am sharp! Regardless, “Matter of Time” is a great tune and definitely worth a listen from their MySpace page.  DMitch pimped some of OT-musicboy’s new tuneage…and…uh…I have to agree, that cat plays some good music but that name…arg.  We then followed up with a video from San Antonio indie rockers Ledaswan which is just a prelude to a full review due out next week.  Finally, (3) tracks from HUB brought yours truly to the stunning realization that there are some good singer-songwriters out there!

Next week…more from Ledaswan, King Cotton and much more!  Until then…peace!

-Drago

…an End and a Beginning

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Secrets and Lies

Word has recently reached our ears that brothers Mark and Ian Munroe (better known as IM Munroe) have decided to make a musical split.  While we’re not sure exactly why they have decided to go their separate ways, as anyone who has been in a band can attest, “artistic differences” can usually be fingered as the culprit.  Regardless of the reason, we certainly appreciate their music and were honoured to have been given the chance to share it with the Froglix Faithful around the world.

So where to do they go from here?  Well, we are pleased to report that at least one of the Monroe’s is already back at it and recording new music on his own.  Mark’s newest single entitled ‘Secrets and Lies’ explores new areas of sound as he pairs his undeniably unique vocals with more electronic instrumentation than we’ve heard before.  The synths are by no means overwhelming and while they do create a mood than is noticeably different than his previous work with brother Ian, the change is indeed an interesting one and definitely worth a listen.

– Drago

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!