Flashback :: NYC’s Urban Blight

It was a Saturday, many moons ago.  I remember sitting at home and, after counting all of the ceiling tiles in the family room, quickly determined that I was bored out of my skull.  It got the point where even hard labour was starting to sound appealing. Was anyone going to call?  Finally, there it was.  Ring…Ring. I was saved! With my feet barely touching the ground I sprinted into the kitchen and anxiously picked up the receiver.  To my chagrin, it was one of my college buddies from Baltimore, MD. “What are you doing?” he asked. “Nothing, I’m bored out of my mellon,” was my reply. “How’s that working out for you?” he chided.  “There better be an invitation coming jackass or I’m going to reach through the phone and rip out your larynx.” Thankfully (and luckily for him) there was indeed an invitation.   It was to join he and some other compadres at the 8×10 Club in Baltimore that evening to see a band from NYC called Urban Blight. Who?  Never heard of them…but heck anything was better than doing nothing.

What I remember most was that as soon as those cats hit the stage the air was suddenly electric.  It was like everyone knew what was coming.  The drummer set the tone immediately with a phat groove that became the foundation for  “Knock You Out” and I became insta-fan.  Loved it.  The mix of funk, ska and new jack swing was simply phenomenal and while “Love Bites” remains my absolute fav, the song featured in the video above, “Get Closer”, was a close 2nd.

Happy Friday my friends…now let’s get funky.

– Drago

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

Flashback :: The English Beat

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For the Flashback this week we present for your listening and viewing pleasure the Titans of Two Tone…The English Beat. From 1978 – 1983, Dave Wakeling, Ranking Roger, et al were at the epicenter of all that was Ska and the (3) studio albums released during their run have become rude boy classics.  “Mirror in the Bathroom,” from I Just Can’t Stop (1980) is one of my absolute favourites and, even though  the original line up has long since broken up, Mr. Wakeling  still gets a certain swagger in his step when this one comes up on the setlist.  Take a listen…and you’ll see why.

– Drago

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

Drago’s Morning Drive…Stomp Style

My morning drive today came courtesy of a “care” package that we recently received from our friends at Stomp Records.  I had recently conversed with Stomp’s Mike Magee over email and mentioned that we really liked what they were doing and would love to hear from them.  Bang!  The package arrived yesterday and I could hardly wait to pop the disks in the CD player.

Started with the punk-polka (that’s right, I said polka) of The Dreadnoughts, next came the reggae/dub sounds of The Aggrolites, followed by Third-wave ska/punk of The Creepshow and The Resignators and washed it all down with the rockabilly/punk stylings of The Brains. My life will never be the same again.

– Drago