Tuesday, September 15, 2015

NOTS "Reactor" Video and tour

You should remember that NOTS LP "We Are Nots" was one of my favorite records from 2014.

Read the review here: http://frankfoe.blogspot.com/2014/12/nots-we-are-nots-lp.html

NOTS just released a video for the song "Reactor" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=142&v=FGp7xFdbPbs

NOTS are heading out on tour. Locally, they will be playing Philadelphia on Thursday October 22nd, 2015.

Oct-19 - Nashville, TN - Stone Fox

Oct-20 - Cincinnati, OH - Comet

Oct-21 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Roboto

Oct-22 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie

Oct-23 - Boston, MA - Club Bohemia

Oct-24 - Brooklyn, NY – Tuff Weekend @ The Wick

Oct-25 - Brooklyn, NY – Tuff Weekend @ Acheron

Oct-27 - Montreal, QC - Brasserie Beaubien

Oct-28 - Toronto, ON - Smiling Buddha

Oct-29 - Oberlin, OH - Dionysus Discotheque (Oberlin College)

Oct-30 - Cleveland, OH - Now That's Class

Oct-31 - Detroit, MI - UFO Factory

Nov-02 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle

Nov-03 - Indianapolis, IN - Hi Fi

Nov-04 – Columbus, MO – Rose Music Hall

Nov-05 - Springfield, MO - Outland

Nov-06 - Norman, OK – Mainsite Art Gallery

Nov-07 – Ft. Worth, TX – Lola's

NOTS latest single is "Virgin Mary" on Goner, listen here: https://soundcloud.com/gonerrecords/nots-virgin-mary-7-out-soon-on-goner-records/s-oX1p8

Frank FOE

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Low In The Lehigh Valley

Part of Lehigh Valley HC legend is the Mr. Yuk recording of "Murder Brick" which introduced many people to the the song "Low in the Lehigh Valley", specifically the Texas Jim Robertson version. 

The version below is by Paul Weston and His Orchestra with The Norman Luboff Choir.

The Texas Jim Robertson version is the one that got airplay on Frank FOE's radio shows over the years as it was the hillbilly version we most associated with LVHC. 

I spent many years tracking down copies of the 7"/45s of both of these versions of "Low In The Lehigh Valley". I was also lucky enough to find the 78 version of Texas Jim Robertson's version. 

Don't forget to head over to http://www.foe.firstpress.net/foedisco.html or http://frankfoe.blogspot.com/p/lehigh-valley-archives.html for the FOE and LVA discography. Hundreds of songs by Lehigh Valley musicians available for free download or stream.

Good luck finding the Mr. Yuk 7" too!

Frank FOE

Addendum from Shawn Smith:

The deep baritone vocals on the Paul Weston version of "Low in the Lehigh Valley" are done by Thurl Ravenscroft, the voice of Tony The Tiger and vocalist of the "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch" song from the animated "How The Grinch Stole Christmas". 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Zebras The City of Sun

"The City Of Sun"
Secret Records
Digital Released: July 14, 2015
Vinyl Released: September 25, 2015

Vincent Presley (guitars/vocals), Shane Hochstetler (drums) and Lacey Smith (analog synths) make up the Wisconsin based Zebras. 

"The City Of Sun" is an intense experience. Fueled by a variety of influences, including punk, hardcore, metal and other genres may make it difficult to classify, but the overall intensity and creativity makes it easy to enjoy. The great riffing, rhythm and vocal shredding on "The City of Sun" makes for a hell of a rip roaring time. Give it a listen on Zebras bandcamp page and don't forget to pre-order the vinyl!

The Ten songs blow by in 31 minutes of fury. Surprisingly great record from some fresh blood (since pairing with Shane Hochstetler, Zebras has shelved all prior material - originated in 2007-  had a complete gear overhaul, and considers themselves an entirely new outfit).

Zebras and Child Bite are my two favorite finds so far in August 2015!

Frank FOE 

Beach Slang Pre Order The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us

Beach Slang
The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us
Polyvinyl Records
Release Date: October 30, 2015 
(pre orders ship October 21, 2015

  • Early Bird Edition 180-Gram Clear vinyl (limited to 800)
  • 180-Gram Purple vinyl
  • CD
  • MP3
  • Tape (Purple)
  • Bundles (with T-Shirt, ltd. edition Silk-Screened poster, or 10 Button set)
Pre-order at this link: 

Preview the song "Bad Art and Weirdo Ideas" here:

The Biography so far:

Beach Slang are a band who have garnered a lot of attention considering that they've only released two 7"s: 2014's Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street and its companion Who Would Ever Want Something So Broken?

Refreshingly this Philadelphia based act have built their hype the old­ fashioned way, without any gimmicks or marketing teams, which makes sense when you consider that frontman and writer James Alex cut his teeth in the Pennsylvania pop­-punk act Weston while drummer JP Flexner and bassist Ed McNulty also play in buzzed about projects such as Ex­Friends and Crybaby.

However there's something indefinable about Beach Slang's music that evokes the spirit of punk and juxtaposes it into something that's as brutally honest as it is infectiously catchy.

That feeling of youth and vulnerability also lie at the core of Beach Slang's music, which is part punk, part pop and all catharsis. It references the ghosts of The Replacements but keeps one foot firmly rooted in the present. It's fun and it's serious. It's sad but it isn't. It's Beach Slang. Enjoy it and look out for the band's debut full-­length later this year because they're still just getting started.

Having very close ties to the band Weston, I am a bit biased. I consider myself an actual friend to many of the members throughout the years. I have roadied for them, driven their van, sold their merch, put out records, wrote about them in FOE zine etc... Smilin Jim (weston) continues where he left off with weston in Beach Slang and that earns a pre-order in my book.

Bix and Smilin Jim
Bix was on the road with Braid as a roadie. 
Beach Slang was playing a show with Braid, reuniting the two Lehigh Valley legends in Nashville.

Frank FOE

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Superjoint Ritual King Parrot Child Bite

I purchased Superjoint Ritual's "Use Once and Destroy" and "A Lethal Dose of American Hatred" in 2003 at a record shop called Vyagra Records. Yes, I actually remember shopkeep John telling me I had to get these CDS. Thanks John. 

Phil Anselmo (Pantera) Hank Williams III and Jimmy Bower (EyeHateGod) are three of my favorite musical talents. Hank Williams III was not a part of this touring lineup, but his contributions to the band further evidence my love of Superjoint.

Superjoint only released those two albums and I never got the opportunity to see them live. When I heard they would actually be playing the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, over more typical landing points by touring bands like Philly or NYC in 2015, I made this show a priority! Phil even wore a Discharge shirt, making my day even more perfect. I would have lost my mind had they actually played a Discharge cover!

Making the show even more special was that King Parrot was on the bill. I missed King Parrot when they played Allentown PA last time around and was grateful for the second chance! I love King Parrot. I have reviewed their two albums within this blog http://frankfoe.blogspot.com/2015/07/king-parrot-dead-set-review.html and http://frankfoe.blogspot.com/2014/03/king-parrot-bite-your-head-off.html.

Extra special surprise of the night was Child Bite. I couldn't really grasp their album "Strange Waste" from 2014. Seeing them live, I now get it and am a fan! The live show completely won me over. An amazing hybrid of NoMeansNo, Jesus Lizard and Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, three of my favorite bands, with an extra dose of heaviness.

Child Bite is currently out on the road with Down. Don't miss them if you get the chance.

What follows are photos I took at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster PA on July 18, 2015 that I would like to share with you. Enjoy. 

Frank FOE




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