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Christmas with Summer Fiction

Summer Fiction - Christmas Eve For TwoIs it the Christmas season already?? I know the holiday decorations now go up the day after Halloween; but, I personally refuse to acknowledge them until after the fourth Thursday of November. Well now that date has passed and Christmas actually is just a month away, so even though I’m a bit of a Grinch, let us all enjoy a bit of Christmas tunage together.

Summer Fiction delivers their gift to the season in their usual wrappings of baroque pop with “Christmas Eve For Two”. This has all the hallmarks of a classic Christmas pop song…subtle sleigh bells in the chorus, mentions of snowflakes, Santa, mistletoe and “kissin’ by the glow of Christmas lights”. What else could you want?

– DMitch

 

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Indie Folk from Philly

artist: Munny & the Cameraman

genre: alternative | indie |folk

label: unsigned

buy now: [itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/like-rocks/id395732715?uo=4″ title=”Munny & the Cameraman on iTunes.”]

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Revolutions  (download Revolutions directly here)
Tattoos  (download Tattoos directly here)

Philadephia’s Munny & the Cameraman released their self-titled debut disc this past fall.  October 8th to be exact…and we missed it.  How in the heck did we miss it?  Time to fire the Research Department.  Wait. That would be me.  Ok…bad idea.  Let’s focus on the positives here shall we?  We shall.

Regardless of how long it’s taken for us to hear this disc, it’s been well worth the wait.  As I hit play on the mp3 player, the opening track entitled “Tattoos” begins and immediately captures my attention with quasi-military style drum cadence. Next the guitars add a sparkling layer of texture that meshes will with the warm bass and vocals which resonate with unmistakeable clarity and melody. “Start a revolution maybe, you’ll feel better inside.” I thought indie-folk was all about the love?  “Revolutions” showcases earthy vocals set against a shuffle like tempo on the drums and echoed by guitar and bass.  I really like the flow of this song. The same can be said about “We All Wanted Something,” as M & the C ditch the rhythm section and rely solely on the interplay of voice and guitar.  Nice.

This is one of those albums that one could imagine hearing while sitting in solitary at a local coffee shop.  You’d notice it right away, then you’d stop to listen just for a second and  before you know it you are lost in thought as your mind switches over to autopilot.  Take my advice, don’t fight it…just enjoy the ride.

– Drago

 

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Throw Your Arms Around Candice

It’s not flashy…but I think that’s what I like about it.  In this video for “Throw Your Arms Around Me” Summer Fiction takes their folkish 60’s vibe and set it to an old Candice Bergen movie…what’s not to like?   Watch it here…buy it on [itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/chandeliers/id405502447?uo=4″ title=”the album”]!
– Drago
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Philly's Got Chandeliers…who knew?!?!

artitst: Summer Fiction | genre: indie, folk, rock | label: unsigned

[itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/chandeliers/id405502447?uo=4″ title=”Summer Fiction”]

At first listen it was almost as if these cats were channeling The Jam…but ’tis not so.  I checked…no channeling.  Good song though.  “Chandeliers” from Summer Fiction‘s self-titled, debut release is a folky/indie-pop ditty that waxes a bit retro…but in a good way for sure.  We totally dig the old school vibe laid down by the  b/w presentation as it most certainly adds to the mystique of the video.

We did take a listen to some of their other songs via their Myspace page (click here) and there definitely some other notable tracks.  Be sure to look for a full-fledged review in the not so distant future but, in the meantime, enjoy the vid and be sure check ’em out online at MySpace and iTunes.

Peace –

– Drago

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Iron City Astronauts

artist: Almost Astronauts | genre: alternative, rock | label: unsigned

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Dry Erase
New Mexico
Frustrated

Tucked away in the bubbling metropolis that is Pittsburgh, PA lies a hidden haven of indie music.  As unlikely as it might seem, ’tis the truth my friends.  I have seen it with me own eyes.  Granted it was sometime ago back in the day when bands like Dharma Sons and Nixon Clocks ruled the South Side.  However, after hearing Defying Gravity from Almost Astronauts it is easy to see, or rather hear, that independent/original music is still very much alive and well in The ‘Burgh.

Jeremy Gray (guitar/vox), Dave Peters (keys), Chris Gibbs (drums) and Craig Morrison (bass guitar) tap into an energetic, alt-rock vibe that is unmistakably indie en route to a vibrant sound delivered with flawless precision and alive with honest emotion.
The stage for “Dry Erase,” is set by a pulsating piano intro that gives way to a well orchestrated track complete with dramatic highs and melancholy lows.  Gray’s guitar work on “New Mexico” effortlessly combines strategic subtlety with a powerful expressive element complimenting the vocals perfectly.  The edginess of   “Frustrated” shows off the bands grittier side while “A Perfect Past” is a bit more ballad-like further evidence their range.
Now if yins ever find yourself in “Stiller” country, I highly recommend goin’ don teh Primanti Brothers for a sandwich and checking out AA if they’re in tahn.

Drago

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SoulsilenS

SoulsilenS_blogGenre: Alt-Rock/Grunge
Label: Unsigned

Froglix journeys from the rolling hills of the bluegrass state to the mean streets of Philadelphia, PA.  That’s right, I speak of the town where Santa Claus gets accosted on a regular basis, and without paying for it I might add.  It is here in the “City of Brotherly Love” we find Andrei SoulsilenS.  Originally from Brazil, this indie rocker is a master of the melancholy as he tosses alt-rock in with a lil bit o’ the grunge for some extra umph.   We are excited to be featuring (2) tracks ( “Sell Me” and “Tears of the See”) from his most recent disc, Several Feelings.

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Fortune Smiles on Small Towns & Big Sounds

Less than an hour’s drive from Pennsylvania’s state capital of Harrisburg is the quaint hamlet of Mifflintown. Ever heard of it? Neither had we. Not surprising. The total population, according to the last census, numbered less than 1000 people. While Mifflintown may be small town, it’s home to an alternative/acoustic rock band with a big, big sound. The duo of Billy Stoner (Vocals/Acoustic Guitars) and Lew Borhman (Acoustic Guitar/Bass) formed Holloe in the latter part of 2006 with intent of writing and performing original music. They have succeeded. Breaking Down, their debut CD released in April 2009, is a fantastic example of acoustic rock done right–think Fuel meets Days of the New with just a dash of a Lowen & Navaro. Holloe’s music is honest, full of heart, and exhibits a certain earthiness that will ring true with acoustic rock lovers everywhere. The tracks “I Don’t Care” and “Lean” are our pix for the best songs on the album and we are elated to be including them as part of Froglix Radio’s global broadcast.
Louisiana singer/songwriter Francesca joins the broadcast with select tracks from her 2nd studio offering entitled Retune Your Fortune. This disc features (12) tracks of original music that dances between country/western, jazz, and alternative rock. The musicianship on this disc is excellent as musician/producer Buzz Beano mixes mellow acoustic guitars with sitars, saxophones, and strings changing the dynamics of each song so that they are strong enough to stand on their own and yet still work well together. Francesca’s strong vocals and insightful lyrics compliment her song writing which has continued to mature and develop very well with this, her 2nd full length CD.
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