Everything is Better Fried

artist: Fried Goat | genre: americana, folk, rock | label: Outhouse Vinyl
Check ’em out on [itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/henry/id424883293?uo=4″ title=”Bon Appetit on iTunes”]

listen now:
Maybe Today    Bulgarian Rhapsody

Froglix welcomes Georgia’s Fried Goat to the broadcast with a few select cuts off their latest album. Bon Appetit is a feast of southern inspired flava that mixes healthy portions of americana, folk and southern rock with a dash of  blues and a pinch of country twang thrown in for good measure.  “Maybe Today” starts off a little Neil Young-esque…but only for a second, I promise.  As soon as the hook kicks in with “Maybe today the clouds will fade away” it’s accompanied by a subtle harmony that makes it all Fried Goat.  The jump to double time for the guitar solo was nice juxtaposition and really makes the wailing sound of the guitar stand out quite nicely.   “Misery is Optional” and “Henry” are notable tracks as well and further capture the essence of the band’s core sound.  However, the most interesting track was “Bulgarian Rhapsody.” This particular song is a complete departure from the rest of the album but as the “what were they thinking” moment passed,  I really came to appreciate this particular tune.  I have no idea what they lyrics are but they sound good and fit nicely with the edgy bulgarian folk thang these cats are throwing down.  The performance is solid and their crisp sound resonates with a warm sense of reality that is completely genuine.

If your ears have a hankering from some southern type comfort food this summer…get yourself some Fried Goat!

– Drago

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.”]

listen and download (for free) now:
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

 

Drago’s Morning Drive

Metallica, Azoora, Dashboard Confessional, Trusty, Fugazi, Soundgarden, Nena, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Cure, Attack Ships on Fire, Rancid and Beastie Boys.

It was a veritable rockin’ rollercoaster…dig it.

– Drago

Southern Fried Monday

artist: King Cotton | genre: rock, americana | label: unsigned

King Cotton

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Up All Night :: Them That Believe :: Where the Hell I’ve Gone

There once was a time when southern style rock was all the rage. A time when bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd (the original version), Blackfoot, The Allman Brothers and the like roamed free across these here United States and if were I to say that I was not a fan of their music (and others of that particular ilk) back in the day I’d be flat out lying.  A good friend told me once that, deep down, I had little redneck in me and, after years of denial, I have finally accepted this as truth.  Perhaps that’s why I feel so at home in West “Where men are men…and the sheep are nervous” Virginia? By the way, DMitch has a little redneck in him too but I’m not sure he’s ready to come out of the closet quite yet.  That’s ok.  We’ll give him some time.  But I digress.  The point that I am attempting to convey here is that, while I have heard “Sweet Home Alabama” way too many times in my life, I have not lost my fond affinity for the “southern fried” genre.

Enter King Cotton.  The Boise band that originally formed in the early part of 2009 and, after a brief hiatus and few line up changes, now features Grant Camp (lead vocals, guitar), Jeff Logan (drums, backing vocals), Ray Logan (saxophone, keys, backing vocals), Curt Wardhaugh (guitar, backing vocals) and Adam Young (bass). Their particular brand of “sonic gumbo,” as they refer to it, is quite rich and showcases a variety copacetic sounds.  “Up All Night” brings a blend of both gritty and clean guitars, throws in some groovy organ in the background and a hook that is a mix between Tom Petty and Dylan (the younger, Wall Flowers version that is.) The bluesy verses of “Them That Believe” give way to a groovy pre-chorus that makes for an interesting combination for sure while the acoustic start to “Where the Hell I’ve Gone” reminded me of something that Clapton might have played on his now infamous unplugged album.  What I like most about this tune, however, happens at about the 1:54 mark when the mood does a complete 180 and thus begins the interplay of guitars and violins as the song rides out and fades way.  Brilliantly done.

I’m glad to see that a genre of music that I enjoyed so much during my “formative” years is still going strong.  Carry on King Cotton, carry on.

– Drago

 

Sunflower and the Seeds

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Sweet Escape :: Rain or Shine

Folk/rock from New Jersey?  Really?  The one summer I spent on the Jersey Shore (Seaside Heights…to be exact) all I ever heard was club music and hip-hop.  Musically, it was the worst three months of my life!  Not that there is anything wrong those genres, I actually dig them…just not 24/7.  Needless to say, being able to listen to band as digable as Sunflower and the Seeds would have been a welcome change to Lime and The Cover Girls…although my roomates at the time (Pauly “The Gooch” Gaccione, Joey Tut and John “Mulch” Vilotta) would staunchly disagree!

However, having listened to their 4-song EP entitled This One’s on Us about a gazillion times I must admit I’m quite smitten with their sound.  The music of  Kyra “Sunflower” Schenck (vox/acoustic guitar), Bob Schenck (keys), Alex Denney (bass), Teddy Owen (electric guitar), Jovan Mann (electric guitar) and Joe Huster (drums) exhibits a certain degree of honest purity that is not always easy to find in today’s commercial/mainstream music scene.  I find myself being drawn as much to the melancholy moodiness of “Jellyfish Sunrise” as I am the dark guitar laden jams of “Apocalypse” as both tracks showcase the band’s range and versatility.  This versatility of which I speak is further exemplified in “Rain or Shine” which sounds a bit like Edie Brickell fronting the Alman Brothers band while being backed by gospel singers from U2’s “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”  Way cool.  The coolest, however, in my humble (but accurate) opinion is “Sweet Escape. It’s bouncy. It’s folksy. It’s soulful…and it rocks. The keys (which sound a lot like a Hammond Organ) really make this song for me, not because they are way out in front but because they provide a colourful backdrop for some wicked guitar work and a vocal element that is truly inspired.

– Drago

Double Down on Kirsten DeHaan

genre: folk | rock
label: SirLady Records

Kirsten DeHaan

With her commanding yet earthy/folk voice, strong melodies and gift for writing incredibly honest lyrics you can’t help but like Kirsten DeHaan.  What’s even better is that all of the aforementioned elements come together perfectly on her latest album entitled Thorns On a Crown. “I’m Coming Home is a prime example of all of DeHaan’s strengths on display. The intro starts with a delicate guitar solo, plucking each audible note all the while preparing the listener for what’s coming next…potent lyrics delivered so candidly that you can actually feel her heart ache as your own personal angst percolates to the surface along with it. “Double or Nothing” is an upbeat tune that will have you tapping your foot for the whole ride and by the second chorus you’ll find yourself singing along. For sure it’s pop, but DeHaan’s voice and guitar make it the perfect antidote to the formulaic dross sung by pre-packaged female artists that is currently being offered by the “mainstream” music industry these days.  After listening to the other tracks on the album it’s apparent that everything one may have discerned about about DeHaan culminates with 1984″. Her voice (reminiscent of Stevie Nicks), guitar, bass and drums all blend beautifully together to create a compelling folk/rock sound.

Take a listen and let us know what you think.
Double or Nothing
1984
The Night Shift

– DMitch