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Small City Calling :: Hold Me Closer

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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.

– DMitch

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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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Tomorrow is Here Today

artist: SIMPL3JACK | genre: punk | label: Holy War Entertainment

 

Dig it…new vid from S3K!  BTW…this is not a cover a Silver Chair’s “Tomorrow” so if that’s what you were exepecting we are more than happy to disappoint. These cats are not only onto something…they are on the rise fo sho.

Drago

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S3K::Lizard Wash video

artist: SIMPL3JACK | genre: punk | label: Holy War Entertainment

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Simpl3jackIn the tail end of February we posted a review of SIMPL3JACK, a teen punk band from Northern California. In that I singled out “Lizard Wash” as one of the best tracks off their self-titled album. I am pleased they made a video for it, just their 2nd official video from the album.

– DMitch

 

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Picking Up Where They Left Off

artist: Small City Calling | genre: alternative, indie-pop | label: unsigned

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Hold Me Closer :: Standing Room Only :: Satellites

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.

– Drago

 

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Simply Punk :: SIMPL3JACK

artist: SIMPL3JACK | genre: punk | label: Holy War Entertainment

SIMPL3JACK
What do you get when a thirteen year old boy falls asleep and dreams of a space odyssey searching for Bob Mould and Grant Hart from Hüsker Dü? You get a song dedicated to White Stripes drummer Meg White of course. If that makes any sense to you at all then you are going to love the oft-times quirky lyrics delivered in the classic hardcore punk style that SIMPL3JACK delivers.
What else do you need to know? They are young teenagers; they are from Northern California; their lyrics aren’t going to inspire a revolution, a small uprising or win a Pulitzer, for that matter…but they are downright clever. Most of all though…these cats can play and they’re good. Really good.
Sample a few tracks from their newest release (below) and,  if you like these, then we recommend heading on over to iTunes and download the whole album for yourself.

Song For Meg :: Carny Asada :: Lizard Wash
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– DMitch

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Black Heart Vacancy

artist: Black Heart Vacancy | genre: alt-rock, punk | label: Baked Fresh Records

From their latest EP on Baked Fresh Records, LA’s Black Heart Vacancy sticks one right between the eyes with “Man Overboard.” I dig the melodic edginess these cats are throwing down.  Yuppies beware…I’m pretty sure BHV is sending you a message here that is loud and clear!

-Drago

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The Spoken and the Sassy

artist: Sheila Sondergard | genre: alternative, indie-pop | label: unsigned

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Spoke Too Loud
Same Ol Bend

Take a listen to “Spoke Too Loud,” the title track to Sheila Sondergard’s most recent CD, and if you don’t think it’s one of the grooviest songs you’ve ever heard…then you need groovy lessons.  The verses offer a jazzy/Krieger-esque guitar sound before jumping into a stellar indie-pop chorus.  Throw in some syncopated latin style riddims,  a buttery bass line to hold it all together and top it off with  sassy vocals from Miss Sheila and you’ve got it…grooviness times ten.  On the flip side, “Same Ol Bend” is awash with indie attitude.  Sparkly guitars give way to an unbridled edginess and siren like vocals.

– Drago


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A Cool Groove from LA

artist: Glacier Hiking
genre: electronica | alternative | rock
label: unsigned

Contrary to the label above, neither this song nor this video are “new”.  It’s actually about 1 year old, near as I can tell.  However, it is new to me and I must say I have taken quite a fancy to this band from LA.  You can hear their latest release, The Color By Number EP, via their MySpace page as well as on iTunes.

– Drago

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From the Shores of San Diego

artist: Small City Calling
genre: alternative | indie-rock
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Oceanus (EP)
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unsigned

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Castaways :: We Are the Messengers :: My Friend the Ocean (Coming Home)

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.

– Drago