Froglix Flashback: Jawbox

The year was 1993 and Jawbox had pulled off what many thought to be the unthinkable.   They left the legendary label of DC hardcore, Dischord Records, for the greener pastures of a major label (Atlantic to be exact) and not too long after we find bassist Kim Collete, front man/guitarist Jay Robbins, guitarist Bill Barbot and drummer Zach Barocas debuting on MTV in 1994.  The song?  “Savory” from the album entitled [itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/savory/id207081205?uo=4″ title=”Jawbox on iTunes” text=”[itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/savory/id207081205?uo=4″ title=”For Your Own Special Sweetheart” text=”For Your Own Special Sweetheart”].

Probably one of the more under appreciated bands of the era, their 2nd album did well on college stations but failed to produce a mainstream single so they were dropped.  Damn it.  So, where are they now?  Eventually the band broke up and its members went on to pursue other projects and passions.  Collete and Barbot started Desoto Records, which is still in existence today.  Barocas went on to either start or join other bands as did Robbins, who can also add successful Producer to his list of accomplishments.

I liked this band…still do.  Am I biased because Jawbox got started in the DC area where I happen to be from?  Yup.  What of it?

– Drago

 

 

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