Sunday, November 23, 2014

Society Sucker 7"


Society Sucker
"Society Sucker" 7"/download
Get This Right Records
Released: September 16, 2014

Being in my very late 40s, the first thing I think of when I hear "Society Sucker" is Agnostic Front. AF has had a major impact on my life since the the early 80s. "Society Sucker" is of course one of Agnostic Front's greatest songs.

Keeping that hardcore history in mind, if you name your band Society Sucker, you have to bring the goods, else you open yourself up to some pretty harsh rips. 



No worries. North Carolina based Society Sucker, brings the hardcore brutality. As an old hardcore guy, I appreciate this and love this record. The band is also influenced by later hardcore and metal, even using that upside down cymbal breakdown initiator thing that bands used in the 90s/00s before they hit the groove mosh. The Steven Kulesza artwork even has a Sean Taggart feel.

Give it a listen at their bandcamp page: http://societysucker.bandcamp.com/




Society Sucker is built for extricating and relieving what ails you, at least temporarily. This is "dance music", if you will. Expertly crafted and recorded to provide for the ritualistic cathartic release of your poison. 

Cheers,
Frank FOE

Society Sucker fb: https://www.facebook.com/societysucka
Get This Right Records fb: https://www.facebook.com/gtrrecords



Sunday, November 16, 2014

Record Store Day November 28 2014

I love record store day.
I love any day I get to browse through the racks of a record store.
Follow this link to find out the entire release list: http://www.recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases

The following are what I consider the ten most desirable records from the November 28, 2014 "Black Friday' record store day list:



Joey Ramone
Christmas Spirit... In My House

DETAILS
Format: 10" Vinyl
Label: Sanctuary
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
More Info:
Originally released in 2002, this 5 song Joey Ramone holiday EP is a must for fans of Joey, The Ramones or holiday music in general. Never before available on vinyl, this red 10" EP includes "Merry Christmas", "Spirit In My House" and "What a Wonderful World."



Ronnie James Dio/Dio & Friends
Dio and Friends Stand Up and Shout For Cancer

DETAILS
Format: 12" Picture Disc
Label: Rhino
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
More Info:
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund was formed in honor of the legendary singer who lost his life to stomach cancer, and is dedicated to supporting cancer prevention research, raising awareness and educating the public about early detection and prevention. Proceeds from this release benefit the fund.

Track List:
SIDE A "Neon Knights" – Anthrax, "Rainbow In The Dark" - Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher, "Straight Through The Heart" – Halestorm SIDE B "Neon Knights" – Ronnie James Dio (live) "Rainbow In The Dark" – Dio (live) "Straight Through The Heart" – Dio (live)


South Park
James Cameron/My Bitch Ain't No Hobbit

DETAILS
Format: 7" Picture Disc
Label: Comedy Central
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
More Info:
7" picture disc featuring South Park characters. Both tracks were performed on the TV show. "My Bitch Ain't No Hobbit" is a parody of Kanye West's "Bound 2"

Track List:
"James Cameron"/"My Bitch Ain't No Hobbit"





The Flaming Lips
Imagene Peise--Atlas Eets Christmas

DETAILS
Format: 12" Vinyl
Label: Warner Bros. 
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
More Info:
Atlas Eets Christmas was previously released in a very limited quantity on CD under the pseudonym Imagene Peise (with a sticker that read "Love Is The Answer--Merry Christmas From The Flaming Lips 2007). This marks the first time it will be released on vinyl.

Track List:
SIDE A: "Winter Wonderland", "Silver Bells", "Christmas Laughing Waltz (including Jingle Bells)", "Silent Night", "Atlas Eets Christmas" SIDE B: "Do You Hear What I Hear?", "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", "White Christmas (Binson Echorec Sleigh Ride)", "Frosteeeeee", "Christmas Kindness Song", "Merry Christmas to You"




The Afghan Whigs
Gentlemen at 21

DETAILS
Format: 12" Vinyl
Label: Rhino/Elektra
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
More Info:
The original record's 11 tracks, remastered. In addition, includes all original eight demos for the album, recorded at John Curley's Ultrasuede studio space in Cincinnati and are previously unreleased. The bonus material also includes the original Debonair b-sides, including "Mr. Superflow" and a cover of the southern blue-eyed soul classic "Dark End Of The Street", along with three songs recorded live for KTCL in Denver, previously issued on the What is Jail Like EP. The set comes packaged with a faithful reproduction of the original sleeve art and its striking front cover image, an homage to Nan Golden's iconic "Nan and Brian in Bed, New York City." Limited edition 3 LPs, packaged with reproductions of promotional items from the original 1993 release, including 1 of 5 different 8x10 B&W promo photos, a 2x5 sticker w/the Afghan Whigs "STAX" logo and the famous "Do Not Disturb" plastic doorhanger.

Track List:
Side 1  "If I Were Going", "Gentlemen", "Be Sweet", "Debonair", "When We Two Parted", "Fountain and Fairfax" Side 2 "What is Jail Like", "My Curse", "Now You Know", "I Keep Coming Back", "Brother Woodrow/Closing Prayer" Side 3 (the Demos) "If I Were Going", "Gentlemen", "Be Sweet", "Debonair", "When We Two Parted", "Fountain and Fairfax" Side 4 (the Demos) "What is Jail Like", "My Curse", "Now You Know", "I Keep Coming Back", "Brother Woodrow" Side 5 "Little Girl Blue", "Ready", "Mr. Superlove", "The Dark End of the Street" Side 6 "What Jail Is Like", "Now You Know", "My World Is Empty Without You/I Hear A Symphony"


Dead Milkmen
Big Lizard in My Backyard

DETAILS
Format: 12" Colored Vinyl
Label: Asbestos
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
More Info:
Philadelphia's legendary clown princes of punk rock's infamous debut record featuring one of the weirdest hit songs in the 80's ... Bitchin' Camaro. 2900 translucent yellow and 100 green vinyl copies randomly selected and shipped.


The Ramones
Morrissey Curates The Ramones

DETAILS
Format: 12" Vinyl
Label: Rhino/Sire
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
More Info:
Morrissey, being a big Ramones fan, particularly of the early years, had always wanted to compile a "best of" album and this year he got his wish. This compilation reflects Morrissey's experience of listening to the band for the first time. With the sad passing of Tommy recently, both management and Morrissey felt this was a fitting tribute. The use of the Union Jack on the cover reflects both how important the band were to the UK music scene but also how the UK embraced them and their sound. The photo on the back cover by Danny Fitzgerald is evocative of the period and was selected by Morrissey.


Husker Du
Warehouse: Songs and Stories

DETAILS
Format: 12" Vinyl
Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
More Info:
Reissue of Husker Du's 1987 sixth and final studio album on Neon Green and Neon Yellow vinyl.

Track List:
Vinyl 1 Side A: "These Important Years"; "Charity, Chastity, Prudence, and Hope"; "Standing in the Rain"; "Ice Cold Ice" Side B: "You're A Soldier"; "Could You Be The One?";  "Too Much Spice"; "Friend, You've Got To Fail"; "Visionary"; "She Floated Away" Vinyl 2 Side A: "Bed of Nails"; "Tell You Why Tomorrow"; "It's Not Peculiar"; "Actual Condition"; "No Reservations" Side B: "Turn It Around"; "She's A Woman (And Now He Is A Man)"; "Up In The Air"; "You Can Live At Home"
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

DETAILS
Format: Book
Label: Blackheart Records
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
More Info:
The flexi-cover Joan Jett book, designed by Todd Oldham, chronicles all aspects of Joan's career and passions through images--from forming The Runaways to her years with her band, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the book features never-before-seen photos, ephemera and excerpts from thirty years worth of interviews, carefully curated by Joan herself. The 7" single contains previously unreleased live versions of classic Joan Jett tracks.

Track List:
"Bad Reputation (live) feat. Pat Smear" "You Don't Know What You've Got (live)" "TMI (live)" "Cherry Bomb (live)"



Fishbone
Truth and Soul

DETAILS
Format: 12" Colored Vinyl
Label: Asbestos
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
More Info:
The ground breaking ska-punk-funk-rock-metal record that made Fishbone international stars gets a reissue on vinyl for the first time since 1988. 2900 Cherry red and 100 random green copies produced.

Cheers,
Frank FOE

Pork Dukes Interview Part Two October 2014


This is part two of Frank FOE's interview with Horrendous Styles, guitarist of the Pork Dukes. 


The show includes Pork Dukes songs and songs that influenced the Pork Dukes. 




Tracking of the show:
  • Rancid "Up To No Good"
  • Pork Dukes "Dirty Boys"
  • Interview - Pork Dukes Rule OK After 8
  • Pork Dukes "Telephone Masturbator"
  • Interview - Woman On The Phone in Telephone Masturbator
  • Pork Dukes "Big Tits"
  • Interview - Pro Videos for Pork Dukes songs
  • Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band "The Intro and the Outro"
  • Interview - Grandpa to kids at Philly Gig and Influences
  • Pork Dukes "Tight Pussy"
  • Interview - Zappa and Elvis
  • Pork Dukes "Stuck Up You"
  • Interview - English and American Bands
  • Sex Pistols "Pretty Vacant"
  • Interview - Clean It Up
  • Frank Zappa "Call Any Vegetable"
BLINKY getting ready for the Pork Dukes

Frank FOE and the Pork Dukes




Cheers,
Frank FOE


Sunday, November 9, 2014

MANNEQUIN PUSSY "Gypsy Pervert" Tiny Engines


MANNEQUIN PUSSY
"Gypsy Pervert"
Tiny Engines
Released: September 9, 2014

Marisa Dabice (guitar/vocals) and Thanasi Paul (guitar) began Mannequin Pussy as a duo. As their facebook page cites, they are childhood pals turned degenerates. The band expanded to a three-piece for their debut album, "Gypsy Pervert" adding Kaleen Reading on drums.


Ten songs in under twenty minutes is always an indicator that I will enjoy a record. Having a band name like Mannequin Pussy is also a pretty good sign that something pretty special is going down.


Mannequin Pussy are currently based in Philly, transplanted from NY. I have plenty of Philly ties, so that works for me too.


"Gypsy Pervert" has the trio blasting through a variety of influences and styles with raucous ease. "Someone Like You" is a shoegaze gem and "Clit Eastwood" adds a western feel. "My Baby (Axe Nice)" is a garage bubblegum classic, somewhere between the Muffs and Supersnazz.

The video for "My Baby (Axe Nice)" is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyaJfekUrJw




"Clue Juice" is a freaking classic punk, lo-fi, raging release of energy. The video for "Clue Juice" is here: http://vimeo.com/83519360








"Terror No" could have been an oi song, think Infa Riot, interpreted by Slant 6, recorded in a basement. "Meat Slave 2" brings to mind Velocity Girl at times. "Piss Drinker" is moody, dark and brooding. "Sneaky Nips" is garage thrash at its finest. There are Superchunk-like blasts all over the ten tracks.


"Gypsy Pervert" fits. I do not want to give the impression that Mannequin Pussy is just trying to find their way or trying too hard to be different. Quite the opposite. The raw diversification of the songs comes across as pure, real, unadulterated, expressive fun. This is genuine, enjoyable and the balance of lo-fi gutter rawness is perfectly matched by the sweetness. 



Just in case I don't get around to making a top list of 2014, I want you to know this would be on my list if I made such a list. 

Vinyl ordered. 

LP PRESSING INFORMATION
First Pressing: 
100 White w/ Blue & Red Starburst 
150 Opaque Pale Pink 
250 Opaque Dark Seafoam Green

Cheers,
Frank FOE



Obliterations "Poison Everything"

OBLITERATIONS
"Poison Everything"
Southern Lord
Released: October 14, 2014

If Siege and Jay Reatard had joined forces, it would probably sound like Obliterations "Poison Everything". The garage feel meeting the blistering thrash of Siege is wonderful to hear in 2014. Makes me think Jay Reatard should have covered Siege's "Walls".


"Shame" has a vintage Motorhead evil groove and "The Narcisist" even has a Lemmy vocal tribute. "Mind Ain't Right" and "Normalized Decline" have a killer "Boston Not LA" feel, recalling Gang Green and Jerry's Kids. 


Throw in some Poison Idea, early Corrosion of Conformity, along with Japanese, Swedish and early 80s Midwest hardcore influences and I am simply loving what the Obliterations are creating.


Love the video for "Mind Ain't Right", which was shot and directed by Rick Rodney (Strife), and edited by Zach Marshall. These guys killed it, matching still photography perfectly with the soaring and raging song.  "Mind Ain't Right" should be checked out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D38aT4BbvDs



Obliterations are from Los Angeles California and I would imagine they love the "Boston Not LA" and "Cleanse the Bacteria" compilations as much as I do.

Cheers,
Frank FOE

Obliterations FB: https://www.facebook.com/Obliterations
Obliterations Bandcamp: http://obliterations.bandcamp.com/
Southern Lord: http://www.southernlord.com/
Southern Lord FB: https://www.facebook.com/SLadmin



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Chinga "Digging A Hole"

CHINGA!
"Digging A Hole" video
Born of Chaos Records
Released: October 28, 2014

If you are familiar with Up To No Good Radio, you know I love metal in addition to hardcore and punk. Reds and Johnny tolerate my love of metal and allow me to mix in some metal ("scrappy tune of the week") to our usual assortment of punk and hardcore nasties.

Whenever I play some death, thrash or grind metal, Johnny Generic always comments that it has an impact on his bowels. Well, the Lehigh Valley PA's own Chinga! have released Johnny Generic's theme video and the bowels are moving!

bow·el
noun
plural noun: bowels
the part of the alimentary canal below the stomach; the intestine.
synonyms: intestine(s), entrails, innards, small intestine, large intestine, colon; informal guts, insides, viscera

The song is from their upcoming CD which hopefully will be released on Born of Chaos records as their last disc, "Relentless Culinary Assault" (http://frankfoe.blogspot.com/2012/09/chinga-relentless-culinary-assault-cd.html) was... New album is titled "SLAPPED INTO OBLIVION", due for completion before new years and release shortly thereafter! 

The video for "Digging a Hole" was done by Chudward Squillace, and it is amazing both in subject matter and musically. The video stars someone with really bad teeth as well as some other REALLY bad issues.. I'll let Chinga! explain the rest:

Digging a hole: chapter 1, book 2 of the chilling, beyond belief, true life stories the blackenedgrindthrashdeathrockgroupband, Chinga! weave. This is a tale of a special man, and the family who exploit him for his paycheck as well as, his disability money. This gentle giant comes home from work to find locked doors and cabinets and must relieve himself the only way he knows. 

Chinga's sophmore album SLAPPED INTO OBLIVION will be released early 2015. The band decided to unearth this song and video so the world can all...well, you can know what to do when the bathroom is locked.

Check out the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=756n75G_gfM





Cheers,
Frank FOE


Chinga! Reverb Nation: http://www.reverbnation.com/chinga1




Sunday, October 26, 2014

7 Seconds "Leave A Light On" LP

7 Seconds
"Leave a Light On"
Rise Records
Released: May 27, 2014


I am writing about the latest 7 Seconds LP, "Leave a Light On", five months after the release date, because, well, I always have my doubts about what to expect from 7 Seconds. 

I was all hands on deck when 7 Seconds started. Purchased the early 7"s via mailorder when they came out, joined the 7 Seconds fan club, got letters from Positive Force and saw them live whenever they came within 75 miles or so. I think Positive Force even took out an ad in FOE way back in the 1980s. I know BYO Records supported FOE zine tremendously. 

  • "Skins Brains Guts" 7"
  • "Committed For Life" 7"
  • "Blasts From the Past" 7"
  • "The Crew" LP
  • "Walk Together, Rock Together" 12" EP


These records ruled my world. Still love them. Those records were all released 1982-1985.

 


  

1986-2004 I stayed away from 7 Seconds and Kevin's solo material. I don't own any of that music. Not that I actually listened to it or bought it, just heard it wasn't my cup of tea. So I neither endorse, nor condemn it.

2005 saw the release of "Take It Back, Take It On, Take It Over!" LP. I didn't get that one when it came out either. After five reliable sources let me know that this was indeed a record I should get, I picked up the vinyl LP on SideOneDummy. I am very glad I purchased that record and glad my friends insisted I would like it.


The new 7 Seconds is on Rise Records, a label that releases a lot of music that I know nothing about. OK, I know about Acacia Strain, Issues and of Mice and Men. I do also have the Face to Face, Hot Water Music and Bouncing Souls records on this label. 

Anyway, I love "Leave A Light On". So if you are one of those, like me, who is waiting for five reliable sources to tell you to check it out, check out "Leave a  Light On". Hopefully I am the fifth person to tell you this, cuz you shouldn't wait.

Great blend of melody, speed and relate-able lyrics. Easy to love. Fun to listen to. Even the pop material.

If you doubt me, check out this youtube video for the song "I Have Faith In You" from "Leave A Light On"   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okvHzLOtzh4&feature=youtu.be . The video was just released October 18, 2014, so I don't feel so bad about waiting 5 months to pick this LP up and let you know I dig it.





I also suggest you obtain:
  • "Alt.Music.Hardcore" LP which collects the "Skins, Brain & Guts" 7", "Committed For Life" 7", and the "Blasts From the Past" 7"
  • "Hardcore Rules 1980-82" LP which collects three demos; "Drastic Measures", "Socially F&cked Up" and "3 Chord Politics" from 1980, 1981 and 1982.


Vinyl notes on "Leave A Light On":

  • 100 - YELLOW
  • 300 - WHITE (INTERPUNK EXCLUSIVE)
  • 600 - GREEN
  • 2,500 - BLUE
7 Seconds is:

  • Kevin Seconds - lead vocals
  • Steve Youth - bass, vocals
  • Bobby Adams - guitar, vocals
  • Troy Mowat - drums, vocals


Cheers,
Frank FOE