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The October Thumbs Up Goes To….

thumbs upWe’ve tallied all the Thumbs Up’s and Thumbs Down’s for the month of October and the Froglix listeners have proven to have quite the diversity of tastes. Forty-five (45) tracks from thirty-three (33) artists received votes, but alas, not everyone can be a winner. Represented in the Top Ten alone though are artists we have described before as rock, modern rock, alternative rock, Brit alt-rock, ambient, electro, electronica, indie pop, ska, power ska, reggae, punk, post-punk, singer/songwriter, and actually quite a bit more. So without further ado…take a listen to October’s favorites…

October’s Top Ten
(in alphabetical order)

28-200 :: I Kiss U
Attention Thieves :: Let It All Out
Case Of The Mondays :: Indie Girl
Mars Accelerator :: Fill For The Glacial Till
Mobile Wash Unit :: September Was Winter
Ring Of Truth :: Why Should This Be?
Rude City Riot :: Victoria
Small City Calling :: Atlantic: Castaways
Treading Lemmings :: Comeuppance
Variety Workshop :: U Suck Noodles

– DMitch

 

 

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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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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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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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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

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Johnny Go Skaspot

genre: Power Ska
label: Skaspot Records

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Imposter Man
Same Old Story

From the untamed wilderness that is the Pacific Northwest comes a gift…and a marvelous gift it is indeed.  No, it’s not amateur video footage of Sasquatch doing the Macarena (although that would obviously rock).  It’s better.  Much better.  Those crazy ska-nucks, Rude City Riot, recently released a double-sided digital single as a follow up to their debut, self-titled album and our friends at Skaspot Records were kind enough send us a copy.  Brilliant!  With “Imposter Man” and “Same Old Story”, RCR picks up right where they left off with the their last studio offering.  Power ska at its best.  The melodic elements of 2 Tone meets the edginess of third wave, pulling up just short of the ska-core precipice.  These cats continue to impress.

– Drago

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Big Doings for the Canadian Ska Masters

genre: ska
label: Skaspot Records

In case you missed it, our favourite Canadian ska band, Rude City Riot, was a featured guest on CBC Radio One’s On the Coast hosted by Stephen Quinn this past week.  RCR played (5) tracks live on the air, followed by another (5) off air and topped it off with a free concert outside on the patio of the CBC Vancouver building.
Some say ska is dead…but Froglix says nay nay.   With bands like Rude City Riot wildly waving the rude boy banner in the Great White North, ska is alive and well my friends.  Alive and well.

– Drago

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Rude City Riot Featured in New Compilation Disc

The Pier Exposed Sampler 2010Our ska friends from the True North Strong and Free, Rude City Riot have been honoured by having a track from their debut CD included as part of a new compilation disc.  The Pier Compilation – Exposed 2010 features some of the best reggae, rock, ska, and acoustic performances from out West.  You will find “25 Years” is track number 7 on disc 2.  While this compilation does boast some excellent music from a number of talented artists, it’s our humble, but accurate, opinion that Rude City Riot steals the show.  Please forgive us if we seem a bit biased.  It’s only because we are…congrats Gents!
Click here to download the (30) song sampler for free!
 

– Drago

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Rude Boys from the Great White North


Perhaps it’s just my imagination but it seems like the critics of Ska music have been predicting its demise ever since the genre first emerged back in the 1960’s.  Well, Froglix is happy to report (and disappoint, as the case may be) that Ska is very much alive and, dare I say, thriving both here in the US and around the world…especially with bands like Vancouver, Canada’s Rude City Riot leading the charge.  This mighty ensemble from the Great White rudecityriot_playingNorth can kick it old school or rock it with a Third Wave style that is packed with bold originality.  These uber talented Canucks are most definitley poised to and on the cusp of catapulting to the next level because they have been able to do something not everyone can…write and perform music that has  the potential for mass market appeal while staying true their roots.  Rude City Riot’s particular blend ska, punk and reggae masterfully builds on the core elements of these genres while molding them into a musical offering that is ripe with well-crafted hooks, infectious grooves and an energetic vibe that is unmistakably unique.  
In addition to “Victoria” (featured in the video above…and our personal fav) we have also included (3) other titillating tracks from their 2008 self-titled debut CD as part of Froglix’s global broadcast.  So get out your skankin’ shoes and get ready for wild ride!