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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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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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All Hail the Working Man

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Flashback highlights one of the greatest, if not the greatest, progressive rock bands of all time.  Rush formed in Toronto, Canada back in 1968 and are still going strong today.  Although the band got it’s official start back in ’68 it recognizes 1974 it’s official starting point as that was the year that drummer extraordinaire Neil Peart joined the band…just (2) weeks before their first tour of America.  Since their inception, Rush has always been on the cutting edge of progressive rock invoking an eclectic mix of genres, instrumentation and influences in their compositions creating a sound that is near impossible to duplicate or copy.  Neil along with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson are true originals through and through.

‘Working Man’ was released as part of Rush’s self-titled debut album back in ’74 and remains a classic today.  For all the doubters out there who might think that rockin’ for 30+ years has taken it’s toll on this band…think again.  The video above shot just a couple of years ago is proof positive that these cats have not lost a step.

– Drago

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OuterSound :: The Stomp Episode

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OuterSound :: June 2011
In this month’s installment of OuterSound Froglix is featuring a double shot of songs from (5) spectacular bands…all on the Stomp Records label.  Needless to say, we have been quite impressed with the talent currently being amassed in the Stomp stable of artists, the latest of which includes the aforementioned Kings of Canadian Ska, Rude City Riot, and while we don’t have any RCR in this particular podcast, we will in the very near future.  So be sure check back frequently or, better yet, subscribe to OuterSound on iTunes!
As for this particular show, prepare yourself to be hit right between the eyes with some of the best ska, pyscho-billy, punk, polka (that’s right…freaking polka!) and reggae on the planet.  OuterSound lights it up with The Creepshow, The Aggrolites, The Resignators, The Dreadnoughts and The Brains.  Buckle up kids… OuterSound is back and better than ever!

– Drago

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It's Official…Rude City Riot signs with Stomp Records


Congratulations are most certainly in order for Rude City Riot who will be celebrating the release of their newest CD on June 6th at The Media Club in Vancouver, BC…but wait there’s more!  Nothing But Time is not only RCR’s first full-length disc it is also the first of 2-record with Stomp Records!  Yup.  No joke.   Needless to say, your friends at Froglix are big fans of both RCR and Stomp and are thrilled, intrigued and delighted at the possibilities that this collaboration can bring.  As for the album, while we cannot reveal our sources, we have been given a sneak preview of several tracks that will be and included…and it’s good.  Check that…damn good.  RCR throws down their patented version of power ska and tosses in a few surprises for good measure.  Ska fans rejoice…it’s almost here!

– Drago

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Flashback :: The Grapes of Wrath

I can’t prove it but I’m pretty sure it’s the same dude playing all three instruments…check that…it’s just the same hair.  Regardless, The Grapes of Wrath were one of Canada’s most successful indie/folk/rock bands from the time they formed in British Columbia in 1983 until they broke up in 1992.  This particular track,  “O Lucky Man” was a big hit on the college scene back in the day.  It’s a bit overcast here in the Washington, DC so I figured some sparkly guitar and harmonious lyrics would liven up the place a bit.  Whether it’s sunny, cloudy or coming down in buckets wherever you are in the world…happy Monday, my friends.  Enjoy!

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BOOM!…BANG!…The Creepshow

artist: The Creepshow | genre: power ska, punk | label: Stomp Records

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Looking for a big bang to get your week started?  Look no further than The Creepshow.  Cornerstones of the Canadian Ska scene, Sarah “Sin” Blackwood, Sean “Sickboy” McNab, Matt “Pomade” Gee and “Reverend” McGinty bring it large with “They All Fall Down.”

– Drago


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Drago Needs Help and HUB Delivers

HUBartist: HUB
genre: indie-pop, alt-rock
label: unsigned
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Upside Down :: Forget Them :: Round and Round

Ok. I have something that I just have to get off my chest.  My name is Drago and, under normal circumstances, I have a complete and utter disdain for “singer-songwriters.” Whew!  I feel much better now.  I’m not altogether sure from whence this animosity emanates or, to that end, what even sparked it in the first place but admitting you have a problem is the first step…right?  In any event, I was just about to seek therapy (yes…again) in attempts to uncover the genesis of this rather troubling condition when along comes Josh McFadden and his brainchild HUB.  Crisis averted. In fact, I was about half way through HUB’s latest album 8 before I even realized that HUB was actually Josh (and vice versa, of course.)  I’m not sure if he is pulling a Kravitz here and playing all of the instruments on this record (perhaps he’ll weigh in via the comments and let us know) but if he is I am duly impressed.
“Upside Down” gets out the gate and in yo face from the get go with an opening chord sequence that immediately had me thinking “Oasis!”  I suspect that those who consider themselves to fans of the the brothers Gallagher (and even those that don’t) will appreciate the comparison as well as the song.  Other notable tracks include “Forget Them” which sports a groovy riff that gives way to a harmony filled hook that I just can’t shake out of me mellon while “Round and Round” swings a bit more to the subtle side compared to the rest of the disc and rocks it with a brit-pop kind of style.
Start to finish 8 is an energetic thrill ride and, while I can’t say I’m 100% cured of my malady, HUB certainly has opened my eyes and, more importantly, my ears to the possibility of a full recovery.

– Drago

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…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

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Music Notes: New Studio LP on the Way from Rude City Riot

The word out of the Great White North is that the Kings of Canadian Ska, better know as  Rude City Riot (Stomp Records), are working on a full length studio release.   The drop date is scheduled for March 22nd, providing there are no unexpected delays.
How’d you like to catch a sneak preview of their new material?  Yeah…so would we.  Well, we haven’t gotten anything yet but when/if we do, we’ll put it out there fo sho.  In the meantime, rumour has it that RCR will be previewing some of their new material at their Jan 28th show in Vancouver.  So if any of the Froglix Faithful are even in remote proximity of Malone’s that fine evening, it’s highly recommended that you go see them live and report back…stat!

– Drago